Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|In what was one of the more exciting days in recent Hot Stove history, nearly two dozen players changed teams Tuesday, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan and A.J. Pierzynski.
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|The Athletics and Rangers just made the kind of trade that only really smart, really confident general managers make. In this case, it was Oakland's Billy Beane and Texas' Jon Daniels. It's the kind of trade that reflects plenty of organizational swagger on both sides. To put it another way, these boys aren't afraid to fail.
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|Slow it down, fellas. Take a deep breath, count to nine and give us a chance to get our minds around these past 24 hours. Players were changing teams so quickly it has been impossible to keep it all straight. Save something for the Winter Meetings next week.
More»Tigers GM Dombrowski discusses trade with Nationals|
|This is a tremendous acquisition for Washington, writes columnist Richard Justice. A team that was already among baseball's best got better, trading three young players for right-hander Doug Fister from the Tigers.
More»Duquette on Nationals acquiring Fister from Tigers|
|If you congratulate Royals general manager Dayton Moore on his two-year contract extension, he'll shift the conversation to others.
More»Dayton Moore, Royals agree to contract extension|
|The Tigers might be one more bold move away from being baseball's best team in 2014, and who would bet again Dave Dombrowski making it? Here's guessing that trading Prince Fielder was the first of two deals the Tigers' general manager has in mind.
More»Dave Dombrowski chats with Clubhouse Confidential|
|The Cardinals got better at the one position they believed they needed to get better at, and they did it without surrendering one of their big arms. So if you're inclined to fret about how much money Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak paid for Jhonny Peralta, go right ahead.
More»Justice on impact of Cardinals signing Peralta|
|Fifty years later, John F. Kennedy lives on in our hearts and minds, young and vibrant, with that beautiful wife and those two spectacularly beautiful children. He'll be forever 46 years old, forever young.
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|Michael Weiner's enduring legacy may be in the larger lessons he taught so many people during his final 15 months on Earth. To those who loved him and even those who only admired him from afar, his last act might have been his finest hour.
More»MLB Network remembers life, career of MLBPA's Weiner|
|With former Braves pitchers and 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and ex-skipper Bobby Cox on the Expansion Era Committee ballot, Atlanta should be well-represented in Cooperstown this summer.
More»Notable first-timers will be on the 2014 HOF ballot|
|The Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler swap has the potential to be a very good trade for the Texas Rangers. There's still work to be done on the roster, but this appears to be a nice step in the right direction. Are there risks? Absolutely.
More»Richard Justice on Rangers getting Prince Fielder|
|The Nationals are good enough to make the playoffs if general manager Mike Rizzo doesn't do a single thing. In a perfect world, he'd like to add a starting pitcher and upgrade his bench and bullpen. But he can afford to shop carefully and to get players he's comfortable with. His team is good enough that he doesn't have to settle.
More»Hot Stove discusses Bryce Harper's contract|
|The Braves will be competitive again, even with a couple of stinging losses. They've drafted well and done a tremendous job scouting internationally.
More» Hudson thanks Braves fans as team celebrates|
|The addition of veteran pitcher Tim Hudson is more than just a nice fit for the Giants, it's the latest move in what has been masterful roster management by general manager Brian Sabean.
More»Hot Stove discusses Giants' signing of Hudson|
|Major League Baseball's owners on Thursday agreed to expand the use of instant replay. The decision will have a huge -- and positive -- impact on the game for many years to come.
More»Tony La Russa discusses the future of instant replay|
|Despite making the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, the Reds hired new manager Bryan Price in an attempt to find the edge that has been missing for a championship contender. They may still be good enough to win a championship in 2014, but general manager Walt Jocketty has some work to do and some decisions to make.
More»MLB.com discusses Reds hiring Price as manager|
|More so than statistical analysis and in-game strategy, 2013 Manager of the Year Award winners Clint Hurdle and Terry Francona turned their franchises around with their honesty and openness with their players, who in turn bought in to the skippers' team-first approach.
More»MLB.com breaks down 2013 Manager of the Year Awards|
|Sometime soon -- maybe a year from now, maybe two -- we're going to look back and be amazed by what the Houston Astros have built.
More» Luhnow discusses the Astros' young prospects|
|Jose Fernandez might already be the face of a franchise, one that has needed to change the conversation about where it was going and how it was going to get there. But that's just the beginning. Fernandez is headed toward being one of the faces of Major League Baseball.
More»MLB.com breaks down Fernandez winning 2013 NL ROY|
|If you look at the New York Yankees from a certain angle, you see a team filled with questions and stripped of talent. If you look at the Yankees from another angle, you see an incredible opportunity for general manager Brian Cashman to reshape his club.
More»Hot Stove on Yankees' potential offseason moves|