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MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

Jenrry Mejia, 26, became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

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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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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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Law's Top 100 prospects

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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Yost: Signing Alex Gordon best day of offseason (1:54)
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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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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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Yankees, Chapman settle arbitration

The club and Aroldis Chapman have settled the arbitration case for 11.325M on a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney.

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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 

MLB suspensions are honored by affiliated leagues in other countries, such as in Japan, South Korea and Mexico. However, suspended players are allowed to compete in winter leagues, such as in Jenrry Mejia's native Dominican Republic. Independent leagues are not compelled to honor MLB suspensions but may choose to do so.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs claim lefty reliever C.J. RIEFENHAUSER from Baltimore. To make room Edgar Olmos DFA. Cubs having been playing musical chairs with lefty relievers all offseason trying to find some depth there as spring training opens next Friday.