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Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

The Reds and Braves have big bats in Joey Votto and Freddie Freeman, respectively, but not much else behind them. David Schoenfield kicks off his pre-spring pecking order with a look at MLB's likely bottom-feeders.

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Will Jenrry Mejia ever throw another MLB pitch? (2:16)
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Free food, drinks for Bautista's bat flip (0:41)
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Keith Law's Top 100 prospects: Nos. 1-50

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with talented Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it.

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New protective hat for pitchers ready to wear

In spring training, 20 big league pitchers are expected to receive newly designed protective headwear resulting from a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

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Law: Prospects who just missed Top 100

Keith Law profiles 10 MLB prospects who just missed his Top 100 rankings, including Pirates third-base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes.

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The Royals' two-year plan

Owners of consecutive American League pennants and a World Series title, the Royals have a clear window to add to their legacy, writes Buster Olney.

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Yost: Signing Alex Gordon best day of offseason (1:54)
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Keith Law's Top 100 prospects: Nos. 1-50

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with talented Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it.

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The best players on really terrible teams

Jason Castro, Jose Fernandez and Darwin Barney are three players who had great seasons for losing teams over the past several years.

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For the love of Hendu

The infectious spirit of the late, great Dave Henderson lives on through those who attend the A's and Mariners fantasy experiences he created.

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It's Truck Day, Red Sox Nation!

The 18-wheeler carrying the Red Sox equipment 1,480 miles from Fenway Park to Fort Myers, Florida, gets on the road Wednesday.

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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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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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Olney: Davis trade shows flawed system

The Brewers trading Khris Davis is just another example of MLB's flawed system, Buster Olney writes: "Under the current rules, there is much more incentive for a subpar team to be really bad than there is for a bad team to be a little bit better." Flaws (Insider)

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ICYMI: Mets' Mejia permanently suspended

Reliever Jenrry Mejia has been permanently suspended from MLB after testing positive for Boldenone, his third performance-enhancing substance violation under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Need to correct one thing from yesterday since someone well-meaning misspoke: Leagues in South Korea and Japan may very well honor the MLB ban on Jenrry Mejia, but they are not technically affiliated with MLB, so they are not by some agreement forced to do so. Regardless, Mejia would be free to participate in winter leagues while banned, including in the Dominican Republic.

Bat flips = free food and drinks

Nik Stauskas interviewed Jose Bautista on the benefits of his signature bat-flip and how to bring that swagger to the Sixers.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jenrry Mejia added to Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez in Spanish: "It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jenrry Mejia told Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez in Spanish: "I'm going to appeal. Lose or win, I have great faith. I have to clear my name. I will take this case to the ultimate consequences."

Is a $400M deal enough for Bryce Harper?

In an interview with 106.7 FM The Fan on Thursday, the reigning NL MVP said he doesn't think much about his future payday, with one important caveat. 'Don't sell me short'

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