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Top 10 first basemen: The Gold(schmidt) standard

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?

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Olney: Are Price, Red Sox a match?

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.

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Schoenfield: Who's in the running to sign Heyward?

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.


Bowden: Breaking down baseball's contenders and pretenders

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.

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Marchand: Cano back to Bronx? Don't bet on it

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.

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MLB Buyer's Guide series, top free agents

Keith Law provides a comprehensive preview of the offseason landscape with his top-50 free agents and a look at FAs, trade candidates by position.

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Top 10 starting pitchers: Who's No. 2?

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.

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MLB Hot Stove Daily: Nationals making play for O'Day

The MLB hot stove season is going strong, and speculation is heating up about the Nationals' pursuit of Darren O'Day, among other things. Find out what our writers are hearing Sunday.

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Bowden: Ten big-name players who could be traded

Blockbuster trades are becoming the norm in baseball. Jim Bowden ranks the top players -- including Aroldis Chapman and Starlin Castro -- who are most likely to be dealt this winter.

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Crasnick: The marketing of Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes' representatives are going all out in their approach to selling the free-agent outfielder, highlighted by a book they're distributing about the impact he can have on a team.

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Schoenfield: Donaldson, Harper deserving MVPs

You have to hand it to them: American League MVP Josh Donaldson kept delivering big hit after big hit down the stretch, while National League MVP Bryce Harper -- the youngest unanimous winner ever -- was the best hitter in the majors this year.

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Bowden/Law/Olney: MLB Future Power Ranks

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.


From The Mag: A Giant friendship

San Francisco's most gripping sports story isn't on the playing field. It's up in the broadcast booth, where one of the team's most popular and enduring figures is fighting an epic battle ... with a little help. Krukow and Kuiper

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Olney: Red Sox emerging as big spender

The Red Sox are emerging as a big spender in the chase for David Price, but Buster Olney hopes they're ready to open the purse: Last winter, they were hesitant to offer Jon Lester $135M -- and that'll be far less than what Price can command. Market for Price (Insider)

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Atlanta Braves @Braves

#Braves agree to terms with right-handed starting pitcher Bud Norris on a one-year Major League contract for the 2016 season.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles have reacquired L.J. Hoes, getting the 25-year old outfielder from Houston for cash considerations. The O's drafted the right-handed hitting Hoes in the 3rd round in 2008, then sent him to the Astros in the 2013 deal that brought Bud Norris to Baltimore. In 777 minor league games, Hoes has a .752 OPS., compared to just .617 in 112 big league games.

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MLB announces 50 game suspension of Cubs 2014, 12th rd pick Tanner Griggs for testing positive for Amphetamine

Jayson Stark: Labor issues on horizon?

Since the last baseball work stoppage 20 years ago, the three other major North American sports have had six of them. But in a little over a year, baseball's current labor deal will expire. Issues front and center

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto isn't pausing for the holiday. MLB sources said he's talked to the Marlins about a trade that would bring outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Seattle. Miami is seeking young, controllable starting pitching, and Roenis Elias and Nate Karns both fit that description. Taijuan Walker is almost certainly out of reach, and James Paxton's injury issues would make him a risky bet for Miami.

Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse

An attorney for Rockies SS Jose Reyes entered a not guilty plea to a charge of domestic abuse in a Maui court Tuesday. He was arrested after an argument with his wife that police said turned physical at a resort in Hawaii on Oct. 31. Story

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