|In the age of free agency, rosters are always subject to the requisite offseason evolution, but what's happened these last two months has been particularly nuts, and it has provided a fitting cap to a calendar year that has never lacked surprise or intrigue.
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|Expanded replay was one of the most significant on-field changes baseball has made in decades. For the first time, some 90 percent of calls could be challenged by managers. And the mantra all along remained the same: Get it right.
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|Here's the thing Jeff Banister's life in baseball: He loves every moment of it, every single moment. No man on this planet ever loved his job more than this one. He oozes positive energy, and lots of it. Maybe that's why he's the new manager of the Rangers. It's so plainly obvious that he cares so much about his players, his profession, his organization.
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|As David Byrne famously sang, "I can't seem to face up to the facts." It's too late for last-minute shopping. The best you can do at this point is to extend New Year's wishes.
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|The notion that Cuba, a baseball hotbed, might be open for business as a talent pool is more compelling to North American baseball people than even cigars and rum.
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|If top prospect Kris Bryant is healthy and in form in Spring Training, he's got to be in the Cubs' Opening Day lineup.
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|At this very moment, 26 of baseball's 30 teams believe they are good enough to go to the playoffs. To put it another way, 26 teams might consider their 2015 season a success only if they end up with one of the 10 postseason berths. Welcome to baseball's new landscape.
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|One aspect underlies Bud Selig and has informed each and every decision he has made in 22-plus years as Commissioner: He is a baseball fan. He loves the game.
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|Rarely has there been an offseason where so many teams that struggled like crazy months before have tried so fervently to sprint from nothing to something by Spring Training. You get the feeling no team is satisfied in baseball anymore, and that's a very good thing.
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|Who knows how this will all work out. The Pirates' winning bid on Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang is an intriguing development, if not yet a Disney movie.
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|Right-hander Phil Hughes threw a first-pitch strike 72.5 percent of the time in 2014, tops in baseball. Strikeouts and walks don't tell the whole story of his professional rebirth in the Twin Cities, but they say plenty.
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|So far, Jeff Bridich has resisted the temptation of tearing the team apart. He listens to proposals from other teams, waiting for one he feels is fair, but finding that most of his peers are looking to take advantage of frustrations that grow out of a 96-loss season. Bridich so far hasn't had any problem saying "no."
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|The Yankees are prepared to open the 2015 season with a 24-year-old shortstop and a 23-year-old second baseman. Three of their projected five starting pitchers could be 26 or younger. Out in the bullpen, Shawn Kelley might be the only reliever who has celebrated a 30th birthday.
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|It's been a surprising, slow-to-develop Hot Stove season for the Giants. But all could be forgotten in a hurry next spring if Matt Cain returns strong to join Madison Bumgarner in one of baseball's best 1-2 combinations
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|There's plenty of speculation that the Phillies could soon trade perennial Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels. MLB.com's Jim Duquette gives his take on five teams that have the prospects, the money and the need for Hamels, as well as what it would take to swing a trade and the odds of it happening.
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|Everything about Bud Selig screams "Cheesehead." For one, Wisconsin is the ultimate blue-collar state, and he always carries himself as just another citizen who shovels his own snow. He spent years on the board of directors of the Packers. In fact, he continues to eat a hot dog every day at the same Milwaukee Frozen Custard stand.
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|One of the more amazing parts of A.J. Preller's story is that, until the last few weeks, he was a relative unknown outside of baseball. But things have changed, and dramatically. The Padres have gotten everyone's attention, and so has their new general manager.
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|On second thought, give Matt Silverman, the Tampa Bay Rays' "rookie" general manager credit. What Silverman has done is far more than tweaking the roster. Call it a major overhaul.
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|Before heading to the Dodgers in a trade completed on Thursday, Jimmy Rollins became the best shortstop in Phillies history and the all-time hits leader (2,306) for a club that has been around for more than 130 years.
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|The bottom line with 2015 Hall of Fame ballot is that there are more candidates with legitimate arguments for a place in Cooperstown than there are available votes on any given ballot. This is not a pleasant situation for the candidates who will be disappointed when the results are announced on Jan. 6.
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|All the Dodgers need at this point is a finishing touch. Swing the bat, circle the bases, tip the hat. Goodnight, everybody, and drive carefully. Max Scherzer?
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|For Craig Biggio, his possible induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not just about him. It's about the Astros and -- most of all -- it's about their fans.
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|Even with all of the big moves that have already been made this offseason, marquee names such as Max Scherzer and James Shields are still available on the market.
More»Boras discusses Scherzer's value as the ace of a team|
|Chicago baseball seems to have entered into an entirely new era. No pennants are won in December, but both Windy City clubs have made moves that can only be interpreted as major improvements. The Cubs have made the bigger splashes, but the White Sox have made wider improvements.
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|Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
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|The Padres have looked at Wil Myers' stellar 2013 season a few dozen times the last couple of days as they worked toward acquiring him from the Rays. They did just that on Wednesday by completing a massive three-team, 11-player deal with the Rays and Nationals. If these things came with guarantees, they wouldn't be nearly as much fun.
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|Padres GM A.J. Preller has only been on the job since August, but he's already displayed a willingness to shoot for the stars.
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|Let's say Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington doesn't make any further moves this offseason. Is his team good enough to win the American League East?
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|New White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be stoked for the return to Wrigley Field in July, while lefty Jon Lester called his move to the Cubs "the right fit at the right time.'' The only way it can be better for Chicago fans is if it turns into an annual experience.
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|The Brewers Monday announced plans for a 1,400-square-foot exhibit inside Miller Park honoring Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig. The "Selig Experience" will be a suitable nod to a man who has meant so much to the sport and the city of Milwaukee.
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