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Schoenfield: In free agency, it's buyer beware

While well more than half of the free agents who signed mega-contracts in the recent past declined in performance the next season, there are exceptions.

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Rogers: Cubs' Heyward just one of the guys now

Jason Heyward will be a big part of what the Cubs do in the coming years, but on a team packed with young stars, the most expensive player in franchise history isn't being asked to carry the club.

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6hDavid Schoenfield

The all-time age-40 All-Star team

If David Ortiz repeats his stats from last year, he could be the best-ever 40-year-old DH. Here's a look at the greatest age-40 seasons by position.

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Top Cuban Gourriel leaves team in Dominican

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Basebal

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Mexico wins Caribbean Series on walk-off HR

Jorge Vazquez's home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday lifted Mexico to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela for the Caribbean Series championship.

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Blengino: Explaining current state of FA market

The rejection of qualifying offers by a number of players are among the reasons why so many quality free agents remain unsigned this late in the offseason. Tony Blengino breaks down the factors.

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Simon: Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of starting pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts.

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4dEno Sarris

Sarris: Four pitchers who could become aces

Using Dallas Keuchel's career as a road map, we found several pitchers who enter 2016 with a chance to deliver the type of results that, at first glance, you wouldn't think they were capable of.

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How does Greg Bird's injury affect the Yankees' plans? (2:39)
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Olney: Puig, Rendon lead list of 'Linchpin Guys'

Buster Olney picks 14 players -- starting with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and the Nationals' Anthony Rendon -- whose performances could determine their teams' playoff chances in 2016.

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6dStephania Bell

Bell: Top 5 injury comebacks to watch

Giancarlo Stanton, set to return after suffering a fractured hamate bone in his left hand last season, is among several players who'll be back on the field after dealing with injuries in 2015.

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Blengino: Explaining current state of FA market

The rejection of qualifying offers by a number of players are among the reasons why so many quality free agents remain unsigned this late in the offseason. Tony Blengino breaks down the factors.

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Breaking down the Braves' rebuilding phase (2:56)
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What can be done about tanking?

Buster Olney speaks with agent Scott Boras and other baseball minds about what MLB can do to prevent teams from tanking full seasons in order to win down the road.

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Bryce Harper's future: Nationals vs. Yankees

Jim Bowden argues the Nationals will have to make Bryce Harper the highest-paid player ever to keep him from the Yankees. Will he stay or will he go? Eddie Matz and Andrew Marchand debate.

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Tigers, OF Martinez strike 2-year deal

J.D. Martinez has reached a deal with Detroit worth $18.5M pending a physical, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. The OF slugged 38 homers and drove in 102 in 2015. Story

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Assuming JD Martinez passes physical, he will become the fourth and final Tiger this offseason to avoid arbitration with the team.

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Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $18.5 million, a source confirms to ESPN. The deal, which comes with a contract value of $6.75 M in 2016 and $11.75 M in 2017, is pending a physical

MLB closer to rule change for slides

The league is making progress in its effort to change rules about sliding into second base after a pair of devastating injuries last season, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Story

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Fantasy: Best, worst parks for hitters

Tristan H. Cockcroft ranked all 30 MLB stadiums in terms of their hitter-friendliness, based on data from the past 5 seasons. Ballparks are shrinking

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