Carlos Correa is just 21 years old and has played only 99 games in the big leagues, but he's already on top of Buster Olney's list of the best shortstops. But who else makes the top 10 at a position with plenty of young talent?
Tony Blengino uses deeper metrics to explain why the San Francisco Giants, who are reportedly interested in signing Zack Greinke, should leave the starting pitcher for another team.
Johnny Cueto joined the Royals at the trading deadline and went on to win a World Series. But for the most part, he pitched poorly for K.C. How much of a factor will that have on his quest to sign a lucrative contract?
The MLB hot stove season is going strong as Johnny Cueto turned down a $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks. Here's what our writers are hearing.
Free-agent outfielder Chris Young is leaving the Yankees to sign a multiyear deal with the rival Red Sox, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Johnny Cueto, one of the top free-agent pitchers this offseason, rejected a contract offer from the Diamondbacks, according to GM Dave Stewart.
The Royals' postseason share is just under the record set by the Giants, while the Mets set a record for a World Series loser at $300,758.
The Tigers have reached an agreement with free-agent right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who started a career-high 33 games for the Nationals last season.
Whether the Chicago Cubs will break the bank for a free-agent outfielder or more pitching is a key question heading into the winter meetings.
Adding Jordan Zimmermann to their rotation should be an upgrade for the Tigers in the short term, but chances are low that he'll perform up to the contract over the long haul.
Baseball's season of movement has arrived. Keep up with all the latest from the hot stove.
David Price and Ben Zobrist have many options as they look to cash in on the free-agent market. And with the winter meetings approaching, Jim Bowden examines the top targets and fallback options for each team.
Fresh off an MVP award-winning season, Josh Donaldson is clearly baseball's best third baseman. Which player under the age of 25 -- Manny Machado or Nolan Arenado -- comes in second on Buster Olney's ranking of the top players at the hot corner?
Mike Veeck, the comic maestro of the minor leagues, tells Jim Caple how thinking outside the batter's box like his father -- and his friend Bill Murray -- has helped him make ballpark magic.
Dee Gordon and Jose Altuve have supplanted aging stars Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia as baseball's best second basemen, according to Buster Olney. Which one earned the top spot in this year's rankings?
Yahoo remains active. CBS has quietly withdrawn. And lesser known daily fantasy sports companies are scaling back.
Mike Hessman, who owns the record for home runs by a minor leaguer with 433, told the AP he will retire at 37 years old to pursue coaching.
Should the Yankees shore up the back end of their rotation and put a 42-year-old Bartolo Colon back in pinstripes?
Justin Upton has had a productive career, yet some view the former No. 1 draft pick as a disappointment. Regardless, he's sure to get big money this offseason, and here are five teams that should be interested.
In ESPN The Magazine's WR Issue, Howard Bryant writes that military tributes have become as common in sports as the national anthem, but at a price that's hidden in more ways than one.
Keith Law and Eric Longenhagen look at the top prospects for the 2016 draft, including 40 profiles and their top 30 rankings. Where does talented Louisville outfielder Corey Ray rank?
First base is loaded with talent in Major League Baseball, but Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is the best of the best. Who else made Buster Olney's top 10 first base rankings?
A look at the latest rumors around the major leagues, beginning with the Oakland Athletics reshaping their infield.
In a little over a year, baseball's current labor deal will expire. And there are a number of major issues that could hang over the talks between the owners and players.
Alex Avila, a seven-year major league veteran, figures to split time with Tyler Flowers.
There's a strong expectation in the industry that the Red Sox will make the biggest offer to David Price. What's not known at this point, however, is if Price really wants to pitch in Boston.
In the quest to spend New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner's money, we take a look at how reliever Darren O'Day can fit in the Bronx bullpen.
A look at the latest rumors from around the major leagues, beginning with the possibility of Marcell Ozuna leaving South Beach.
Jason Heyward could get close to $200 million on the free-agent market. While that price tag eliminates most teams from pursuing him, there are five clubs that stand out as potential landing spots.
The MLB hot stove season is going strong, and speculation is heating up about whether Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is done dealing in Seattle, among other things. Here's what our writers are hearing.
With the winter meetings in Nashville looming, Jim Bowden checks in on the status of all 30 MLB teams -- from the favorites to the retoolers to the rebuilders -- and takes stock of what each needs to accomplish this offseason.
What Pirates fans can be thankful for
What White Sox fans should be thankful for
After closing out the World Series for the Royals, Wade Davis leads the way on Buster Olney's list of the top 10 relievers in baseball. But who else makes the list?
The star power that existed in the NL during Willie Mays' time made MVP voting pretty difficult. But was there something else going on?
The Dodgers seem to have come around on the idea of moving Yasiel Puig if they can find the right trade partner. Which teams could be a fit for the outfielder?
Now that AFL stadiums have gone dark, Eric Longenhagen examines which prospects increased their value or simply piqued interest.
Is Robinson Cano dissatisfied in Seattle? Perhaps, but we've got five reasons a return to New York is a major long shot for the former Yankees second baseman.
Keith Law and Eric Longenhagen lay out the top prospects for the 2016 MLB draft, including 40-plus profiles and a top 30 rankings list.
MLB reportedly will investigate Yasiel Puig after a fight with his sister turned physical. TMZ reported the Dodgers' outfielder shoved his sister.
The Blue Jays, who likely will lose left-handers David Price and Mark Buehrle to free agency, signed southpaw J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract Friday.
Jed Lowrie has been traded by the Astros to the Athletics for the second time in his career, this time for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry.
An attorney for Jose Reyes entered a not guilty plea for the Rockies shortstop Tuesday in a Maui court. He was charged with abuse of a family or household member after an incident in Hawaii.
Alex Avila has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox, who are looking to improve a catching position that finished ninth in the AL in batting average this past season.
Buster Olney's list of the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB puts Clayton Kershaw at the top. But who comes next? It might be a bit of a surprise.
Dave Roberts, best known for a base he nabbed off Mariano Rivera in the 2004 ALCS, has swooped in and swiped a job the baseball world seemed to think was going to Gabe Kapler.
Jim Bowden wants the Dodgers to send Yasiel Puig to the Indians for a high-upside arm. What else is he hoping for between now and Nashville?
As we head into the offseason, Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney bring you the latest installment of the Future Power Rankings, looking at how well each team is set up for sustained success.
Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
Dave Dombrowski President of the Boston Red Sox told me prior to the off-season his three goals were an impact closer, a right-handed hitting 4th outfielder and a number 1 starter. Kimbrel check 1, Young check 2, now he tries to get David Price for the trifecta.
Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?
David Schoenfield writes: "My guess is that American League teams will be more hesitant to sign him after his poor results with the Royals, so my five top potential destinations are all National League teams." Bound for NL West?
Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
Zack Greinke's free agent talks are quietly picking up steam, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Dodgers and Giants are the principal suitors for Greinke, and it's believed that both teams would like some clarity in the event they lose out in the bidding and have to go in a different direction.
D-backs GM: Johnny Cueto rejected offer
The free-agent RHP turned down an offer from the D-backs earlier this month, GM Dave Stewart told the Arizona Republic. According to multiple reports and first reported by MLB's website, it was a 6-year, $120M deal.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The Red Sox signing of OF Chris Young could open the door for trading Jackie Bradley Jr., but it seems like a quality depth signing to me. Bradley had a big August but also owns a career .298 OBP and Rusney Castillo has yet to show he can hit in the majors. Young is a good fourth outfielder who could start if either falters, leaving Brock Holt to back up in the infield.
Olney on top 10 shortstops in MLB
How good is Astros SS Carlos Correa? Buster Olney puts the 21-year-old No. 1 on his list of the best shortstops in MLB. The other nine (Insider)
Red Sox nab former Yankee Chris Young
Boston has reached an agreement with the free-agent outfielder on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and multiple reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Young had a .320 OBP and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats last season for New York.
David Price @DAVIDprice14
It's pretty chilly in Vegas...that means my golf ball is going to go normal distance or nah?? Now I'm really confused...
Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer
Wilmer Flores was hit by a pitch while playing for Margarita in his native Venezuela on Thursday. He has not appeared in a game since. However, Flores merely is day to day after getting struck on the left calf, according to a Venezuelan media report.
Law: Zimmermann deal a risky one
Keith Law writes of Jordan Zimmermann's big contract with the Tigers: "Zimmermann was worse across the board in 2015 and now has 1,000-plus innings on that new ligament; any realistic projection going out five years would show some significant probability of one of two things -- major injury or major loss of effectiveness -- happening before the contract ends." Long-term overpay? (Insider)
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The Tigers fancy themselves contenders in 2016 and needed to upgrade the AL's worst rotation. Jordan Zimmermann should help but it's also a risky signing given the $110 million price tag: His numbers were down across the board in 2015, perhaps related to a little dip in velocity, and now he moves from the weak NL East to the American League.
Sources: Tigers, Zimmerman reach deal
RHP Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with the Detroit Tigers, per ESPN sources and a media reports. Zimmermann's deal is contingent on him passing a physical. The deal was first reported by CBS Sports. Story
Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
The Tigers made the first big free agent move of the winter by signing Jordan Zimmermann to a 5-year, $110 million contract, and it's likely they'll follow up by adding another veteran to slot in behind Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Zimmermann in the rotation. Doug Fister, who could be looking for a short-term deal to re-establish himself after a rough 2015 season, appears to fit the profile. But he's not the only available option.
Los Angeles Dodgers @dodgers
Happy birthday, Vin!
Mark Simon @msimonespn
Jordan Zimmermann Pitches clocked 95.0 MPH/faster 2012 236 2013 272 2014 159 2015 31 94.0/faster 2012 883 2013 987 2014 928 2015 296
Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
CBS Sports reporting that the Detroit Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have reached a deal. We drafted Zimmermann when I was GM of the Nationals in the 2nd round of 2007 Draft. Zimmermann a career 3.32 ERA and 1.15 whip. His competitiveness, poise and composure are all off the charts.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Pirates among teams being considered by Trevor Cahill. He's looking for a 1-year, bounce-back deal and PIT's free agent Ps tend to get paid.
Olney: Top 10 third basemen in MLB
AL MVP Josh Donaldson taking the top spot shouldn't come as a surprise. But a cast of young third basemen are nipping at his heels. Top 10 3B (Insider)
Happy birthday to Mariano Rivera, the G.O.A.T.! ??
Source: Tigers pursuing ZImmerman
Detroit is in serious talks with free-agent Jordan Zimmermann, according to ESPN and media reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Zimmermann had a 3.66 ERA last season with the Nationals.