Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|While the Brewers weren't fully prepared for Ramirez's announcement that he plans to retire at the end of the season, they weren't shocked, either. It's clear the 36-year-old from the Dominican Republic is prepared to walk away no matter what happens in 2015.
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|You're not really supposed to hit the ball hard during live batting practice, at least not in February. Even the best hitters take some time to catch up to pitching in Spring Training. Yet that didn't stop Adrian Beltre from getting on Prince Fielder on Thursday, when the Rangers held their first full workout at the Surprise Stadium complex.
More»Fielder, Andrus, Banister on spring readiness|
|When September rolls around, we're going to be talking about the D-backs' Chip Hale as a surprise pick in a group of candidates likely to include Joe Maddon, Bud Black, Mike Redmond and all the usual suspects, the guys like Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle and Mike Matheny. It may sound silly to speculate about this before the first pitch of the Cactus League season, but you don't need a crystal ball to know this is going to work.
More»Hale discusses his vision, expectations for D-backs|
|When the White Sox held their first full-squad workout, everywhere you looked, there was a potentially significant player acquired during the roster overhaul that started with the deal for Adam LaRoche.
More»Rodon, Ventura, LaRoche at White Sox Spring Training|
|With all the attention on Yoan Moncada, Jorge Soler looks like one of the best bargains in baseball, given his potential as a complete player with the power to hit 30-plus home runs.
More»Maddon talks about the expectations for Jorge Soler|
|While it was a busy winter for the Giants' Jake Peavy, the pitcher with the pedal-to-the-metal personality, he did find time to add a cable car to the duck boat he shipped from Boston to Alabama after the Red Sox's 2013 World Series parade.
More» Peavy could post solid stats with Giants|
|Generally as upbeat as he is excitable, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was practically levitating as he moved around the workout mounds at Camelback Ranch during the club's first workout of Spring Training.
More»Excited Samardzija 'just wants to win baseball games'|
|Joe Maddon can make your head spin, and that's a good thing. He's smart, daring and funny. And now another adjective applies. He's proven.
More»Epstein, Maddon on Lester and the 2015 season|
|Three years ago, when Curt Schilling offered his endorsement of Theo Epstein's potential impact on the Cubs, the words practically screamed off the page.
More»After adding Lester, Cubs look to contend in '15|
|The legal battle over the late Ernie Banks' estate and burial proceedings are doing a disservice to a man whose Hall of Fame career was all class.
More»Ernie Banks remembered by many at memorial service|
|Every year there are players who turn into late-season keys after being just another face in the clubhouse when Spring Training begins. They're the X-factors who deliver more than anyone saw coming.
More» Yelich could continue to improve in 2015|
|There's an unpredictability to performance by players and teams, but there are things we know. One is that there are going to be some teams who go to the playoffs next October after finishing last season with a losing record. It always happens. Well, almost always.
More»Cherington set with roster going into Spring Training|
|Despite the offseason gains made by their division rivals, the Cardinals and Tigers both enter Spring Training as favorites to again win the NL Central and AL Central, respectively.
More»Dave Dombrowski on replacing Scherzer, 2015 season|
|How the Red Sox handle Mookie Betts is at the heart of one of the most intriguing positional battles shaping up for Spring Training.
More» Betts has plenty of talent, role uncertain|
|If there was any question about the most improved team of the Hot Stove season, it was answered when James Shields agreed to his deal with the Padres. MLB.com takes a look at the other most improved clubs for 2015.
More»Padres agree to four-year deal with veteran Shields|
|It's hard to walk away knowing you did it right. But Ernie Banks' family and friends, the sport of baseball and the city of Chicago can rest assured that they gave Mr. Cub a grand sendoff on Saturday, one befitting his standing as the all-time leader in love of the game.
More»Rev. Jesse Jackson honors Ernie Banks|
|The casket of Ernie Banks lay before thousands of mourners, including former teammates, friends and fans. It was dressed with a pinstriped No. 14 flag that flies from the left-field foul pole on summer days at Wrigley Field and a portrait of the handsome Mr. Cub.
More»Ferguson Jenkins remembers Ernie Banks|
|Like the head of a family who has lost a loved one, Tom Ricketts stood vigil at the back of Fourth Presbyterian Church early Friday afternoon, as an eight-hour public visitation for Ernie Banks was beginning.
More»Cubs fans come together to remember Ernie Banks|
|A week after adding Max Scherzer to the front of their rotation, the Nationals have agreed to a deal that addresses the only issue they faced on the way to Spring Training, adding another solid late-innings option in former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen.
More»Jim Duquette on Nats, Casey Janssen agreeing to terms|
|The Orioles' corner outfield question represents the biggest area in need of upgrade, especially on a team motivated to build on recent success. Here are other needs that remain as the earliest go-getters start to be spotted at camps in Florida and Arizona.
More»How does Scherzer's deal affect the pitching market?|