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Jones eyeing Tigers' center-field spot (Today)
JaCoby Jones, seen by many as the Tigers' center fielder of the future, could end up wearing the same number as their center fielder of 2016. It was just a coincidence, he said, that he had number 4 -- which Cameron Maybin wore for Detroit last year -- during his stint in the Arizona Fall League.

Padres' Margot eyes leap to bigs for good (Today)
There's a chance Manuel Margot could man the Petco Park outfield for a long, long time. But the 22-year-old rookie will never forget his first chance to do so.

Who ya gonna Hall? Class of 2017 awaits call (Today)
Wednesday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Longtime MLB executive O'Brien dies at 87 (Today)
Dan O'Brien Sr., a baseball lifer who was president and general manager of the Mariners as well as general manager for the Rangers and Angels, passed away in Dallas on Tuesday. He was 87.

Waino belts out hits at karaoke charity event (Today)
Forgoing the mound for the mic, Adam Wainwright entertained a few hundred guests and raised several thousand dollars for charity on Monday night by hosting his first Big League Impact Sing-Off.

Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades (Today)
Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.

MLB Network, GRAMMYs team up for contest (Today)
MLB Network is teaming up with The Recording Academy to give fans of baseball and music the chance to attend the GRAMMY Awards, music's version of the World Series.

Hail to the Cubs: Obama fetes WS champs (Today)
"It's more than just sports," President Barack Obama said, referring to how the love affair between the World Series champion Cubs and their followers is as unconditional as it gets.

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers (Today)
Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position, starting with the best right-handed pitching prospects.

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting (Today)
Fourteen MLB.com reporters were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2017 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Here's a look at how they voted.

Grading the 2017-18 free-agent class (Monday, January 16)
It's never too early to think ahead, so let's see where next winter's free-agent class is at its strongest and weakest.

Rangers' deal with Ross awaiting physical (Monday, January 16)
The Rangers are waiting on Tyson Ross to undergo a physical examination before they officially announce an agreement with him on a one-year, $6 million contract.

Bass excited about potential homecoming (Monday, January 16)
Anthony Bass grew up in Trenton, Mich., and played college baseball at Wayne State University, where he trained for several winters. He still dreams of pitching one day for the Tigers, which may not be far-fetched as he wades through free agency this offseason.

Twins open up annual Winter Caravan (Monday, January 16)
The first day of the annual Twins Winter Caravan kicked off on Monday, and while he's not scheduled to appear on any of the caravan's four legs over the next two weeks, the biggest topic of conversation revolved around second baseman Brian Dozier.

Cards' rotation stacked with promising parts (Monday, January 16)
The chance for bounce-back and breakthrough seasons from several starters has the Cardinals confident they have the right pieces in the 2017 rotation.

Sox prospects work with students to paint school mural (Monday, January 16)
For the Red Sox, Monday's opening of the annual Rookie Development Program included an event that befitted Martin Luther King Day, as players took part in community service.

Cards don't plan to reduce Yadi's playing time (Monday, January 16)
The annual topic of Yadier Molina's playing time -- and the question about whether this is the year the Cardinals rein it in -- predictably arose on the final day of the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up. This time, though, manager Mike Matheny came with a bold and changed response.

Rangers won't rush touted Mendez to Majors (Monday, January 16)
The Rangers are holding a minicamp for many of their young players this week in Arlington. It could be a significant week for some of them. Left-hander Yohander Mendez said it was significant for him last year, and he'll be honored at the Rangers' awards banquet Friday night in Dallas as the club's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Japan (Monday, January 16)
Team Japan entered the 2013 World Baseball Classic as two-time defending champions, having won the first two editions of the international tournament, in 2006 and '09. But after losing to Puerto Rico in the semifinal round four years ago, Japan has unfinished business when it opens WBC '17 in Tokyo on March 7 against Cuba.

D-backs prospect Banda focused on consistency (Monday, January 16)
Anthony Banda has catapulted to the top tier of D-backs prospects, ranked No. 2 according to MLBPipeline.com after turning in a strong 2016 campaign between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

Great power earns Bellinger top prospect status (Monday, January 16)
When a young ballplayer's talent, performance and recognition earn him top prospect status, one perk is an invitation to MLB/MLBPA's Rookie Career Development Program, held earlier this month in Leesburg, Va. The program gathers future stars from each organization for a four-day seminar to learn about life in the big leagues, and this year's edition included Dodgers No. 1 prospect Cody Bellinger.

Mental acuity helping Gregorio progress (Monday, January 16)
If knowledge is power, then right-hander Joan Gregorio is among the most mentally fortified pitchers in the Giants' farm system.

Approaching Majors, Zimmer eyes family matchup (Monday, January 16)
Brad and Kyle Zimmer have talked about it plenty of times. Someday, and perhaps not too far off in the future, the brothers might get to face each other in the Majors. Brad is a fast-rising outfield prospect in the Indians' system, while Kyle is working his way up the Royals' organizational ladder.

Marquez sets sights on permanent rotation role (Monday, January 16)
Rockies right-hander German Marquez's cellphone tells the story, in words and motion pictures, of a rapid climb that he hopes lands him in the big leagues for good when the 2017 season starts.

Outfield continuity bodes well for Braves (Monday, January 16)
The Braves used 14 different starting outfielders over the course of the 267 games that were played from the start of the 2015 season through Aug. 1 of this past season. Their only players to make at least 75 starts as an outfielder within this span were Nick Markakis (249) and Cameron Maybin (126), who spent the entirety of the '16 season on the Tigers' roster.

Sanchez serves sandwiches at Bronx deli (Monday, January 16)
Gary Sanchez is beginning the new year as arguably the most recognizable player in the Yankees' lineup, which is why the lunchtime crowd at a Bronx bodega seemed so surprised to see the slugging catcher helping out with their sandwich orders on Monday.

Vazquez among 3 new coaches on Padres' staff (Monday, January 16)
The Padres announced their 2017 coaching staff under manager Andy Green on Monday. Padres executive vice president/general manager A.J. Preller announced that former Padres infielder Ramon Vazquez will join the club as a Major League coach working primarily with infielders, Johnny Washington will come aboard as the first-base coach and Jonathan Mathews joins as a Major League coach working mainly with outfielders.

Prospect Quinn works with youth on MLK Day (Monday, January 16)
Roman Quinn lifted up the netting to step inside the hitting cage Monday afternoon at the Ryan Howard Training Center. A boy with a bat in his hands patiently stood next to the practice tee. Quinn worked with the boy and other area youth playing through the Phillies' MLB Youth Academy on Monday as part of their MLK Day of Service.

Solarte: SD, fans made extension easy choice (Monday, January 16)
Speaking publicly for the first time since signing a contract extension, Yangervis Solarte said he's "really happy, really grateful" to have secured his future in San Diego. But the Padres' third baseman made one other thing clear: He is not satisfied yet.

Cards expect word from MLB on breach by spring (Monday, January 16)
It's been nearly two years since the Cardinals first learned they were under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for unauthorized access of the Astros' database, but the organization expects to learn what punishment Major League Baseball will hand down before the start of Spring Training.

Healthy Tilson should boost hometown White Sox (Monday, January 16)
It took Charlie Tilson exactly one at-bat to pick up his first Major League hit during his White Sox debut at Comerica Park on Aug. 2 last season. Two innings after that single to center off of Anibal Sanchez and the requisite talk at first base with Miguel Cabrera, Tilson's rookie campaign was finished when he sustained a torn left hamstring chasing Cabrera's double in right-center.

Castro: Bautista-Jays match makes sense (Monday, January 16)
Once again, baseball turned its back on Jose Bautista, and once again the Blue Jays are the team giving him an opportunity to prove everybody wrong.

Source: Phils agree to 1-year deal with Saunders (Monday, January 16)
The Phillies have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders, a source has confirmed to MLB.com. The club has not commented on the report.

MLB Pipeline's All-Defense Team (Monday, January 16)
These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates for out 2017 All-Defense Team.

Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to 5-year deal (Monday, January 16)
The Royals and Danny Duffy have agreed on a five-year, $65 million extension, according to an MLB.com source. The 28-year-old left-hander posted a 3.51 ERA in 42 appearances (26 starts) for Kansas City in 2016, striking out 188 and walking 42 in 179 2/3 innings.

Presidential welcome: Cubs honored at White House (Monday, January 16)
The Cubs' celebration of their 2016 World Series title continued Monday afternoon at the White House, where they were honored in the East Room by President Barack Obama for their drought-breaking championship.

Statcast helps show Cervelli's great frame work (Monday, January 16)
Pirates pitchers call it a "vacuum." They throw a pitch down in the zone, maybe even just under the zone, and Francisco Cervelli's gloved left hand sucks it up.

WBC 2017 preview: Breaking down Australia (Saturday, January 14)
With a 12-5 win over South Africa in last February's Sydney qualifier final, Australia punched its ticket to the World Baseball Classic for the fourth time.

Aaron's class, dignity evoke spirit of MLK (Sunday, January 15)
As America prepares to celebrate its holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hank Aaron isn't sure the nation is as close to overcoming all of its various forms of injustices as much as The Drum Major For Justice once urged it to do. "I'm afraid, because we move as a society five steps forward and four steps backward, and I think we still have a long, long ways to go," said Aaron, just a few weeks from his 83rd birthday.

Sources: Bautista, Blue Jays close to deal (Sunday, January 15)
The Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner to sign slugger Jose Bautista, and he's said to be nearing a deal with the club, industry sources told MLB.com.

Grichuk ready to rebound after knee issue (Sunday, January 15)
Randal Grichuk, the Cardinals' projected starting left fielder, divulged on Sunday that he began the offseason by undergoing a scope to remove floating cartilage in his left knee.

Criteria for Hall-worthy starters must change (Friday, January 13)
Although winning 300 games is not a must for a starter to make it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it certainly has been a benchmark. No longer. Thus the criteria to judge Hall-worthy starters must change.

Cards counting on refocused Wong at second (Sunday, January 15)
Following a season in which he lost his everyday job and found himself back, albeit briefly, in the Minors, Kolten Wong spent his offseason assessing what went wrong while also listening to the Cardinals repeatedly affirm their intentions to open the 2017 season with him as their starting second baseman.

WBC 2017 preview: Breaking down Australia (Saturday, January 14)
With a 12-5 win over South Africa in last February's Sydney qualifier final, Australia punched its ticket to the World Baseball Classic for the fourth time.

Smith represents last of 15-year HOF candidates (Sunday, January 15)
For nearly two decades, opponents knew their time was running short when Lee Smith took the mound. Now, after an extended stay on the ballot, Smith is in danger of seeing his own Hall of Fame chances come to a close.

Cardinals focused on building division winner (Sunday, January 15)
Perhaps it's fitting that the Cardinals and Cubs have dueling winter conventions this weekend, as both teams find themselves still having to talk about the other.

Early returns show Hall of Fame hopefuls on the rise (Sunday, January 15)
It's a stock watch, of sorts, and these are the eight men who have seen the greatest gains in 2017.

Seller beware: 10 fair deals that turned into steals (Sunday, January 15)
Sometimes a lopsided trade is pretty easy to identify. But what about deals which seemed fair at the time and turned into total steals? Let's look back over the last five years to find a dozen such trades. Spoiler alert: This is how the Cubs got so good.

Cards prep for Wacha, Martinez arb cases (Sunday, January 15)
After 17 straight years of avoiding arbitration hearings, the Cardinals are now preparing to engage in two after changing their organizational approach to negotiating with arbitration-eligible players.

History in making when Cubs visit White House (Sunday, January 15)
The Cubs are going to the White House on Monday to meet President Barack Obama and celebrate the 2016 World Series championship, and everyone on the travel party is eagerly looking forward to the trip.

Cards' Harris, Gonzales healthy, ready to compete (Sunday, January 15)
Marco Gonzales and Mitch Harris, a pair of pitchers who had their 2016 seasons scrapped due to injury, are both positioned to be at or near the end of their rehab programs when the Cardinals open Spring Training next month.

Team Canada adds Dempster, Gagne (Saturday, January 14)
Former Major League pitchers Eric Gagne and Ryan Dempster are planning to play for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according a report Saturday from Sportsnet.

Exorcise regimen: Demons purged, Cubs eye repeat (Sunday, January 15)
Tom Ricketts couldn't help himself. In his comments welcoming fans to the Cubs Convention, Ricketts made it clear just how things have changed for his franchise. "We're looking forward to 2017," Ricketts said. "I think that anyone who knows Cubs history knows that when the Cubs win a World Series, they always win again the next year."

Legends, scouts honored at 14th annual PBSF banquet (Sunday, January 15)
Baseball's unsung heroes were saluted Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 14th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" awards banquet, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Puerto Rico (Friday, January 13)
With a mix of veteran talent and rising stars, Puerto Rico will be looking to return to the finals of the World Baseball Classic.

Team Canada adds Dempster, Gagne (Saturday, January 14)
Former Major League pitchers Eric Gagne and Ryan Dempster are planning to play for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according a report Saturday from Sportsnet.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Venezuela (Saturday, January 14)
Team Venezuela hopes this can be the year it finally lives up to the lofty expectations of its star-studded roster as it prepares for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Jeter legacy reflected by Greene at first Dream Series (Saturday, January 14)
Top Draft prospect Hunter Greene read "The Captain: The journey of Derek Jeter", when he was 11 years old, and has since done his best to incorporate that book into his daily life.

Zobrist: After missing trip in '16, DC visit is 'huge' (Saturday, January 14)
When the 2015 World Series champion Royals went to the White House last July at the invitation of President Barack Obama, Ben Zobrist wasn't able to go because he was busy with his new team, the Cubs. On Monday, Zobrist will get his chance.

Cubs grilled by young fans at Convention (Saturday, January 14)
Kids ask the darnedest things, like what's your favorite superhero, or whether you have superstitions, or how it feels to be World Series champions.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Venezuela (Saturday, January 14)
Team Venezuela hopes this can be the year it finally lives up to the lofty expectations of its star-studded roster as it prepares for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Edgar, Mussina could be next HOF 'comeback kids' (Saturday, January 14)
If the early returns hold true, 2017 would mark a significant step forward for the two candidates -- even if they're not elected. Even better news for these two: A handful of Hall of Famers have already shown that these kinds of comebacks are possible.

Prospect program aims to change the landscape of amateur baseball (Saturday, January 14)
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball celebrated the start of a potentially groundbreaking endeavor on Saturday, when the two parties coordinated and engineered the completion of the first Prospect Development Pipeline Premier Event.

Signature career moments of 11 HOF candidates (Saturday, January 14)
As next month's Hall of Fame announcement nears it's time to revisit some of the most signature moments from the players who could be headed to Cooperstown in 2017.

Back in business: 6 hitters projected to rebound (Saturday, January 14)
The calendar has flipped to 2017, which brings a clean slate to those whose '16 seasons were marred by disappointment and frustration. Here is a look at six hitters who are projected to bounce back significantly at the plate from '16 campaigns that fell well below their standards.

Hall of Famer Williams to join Cubs at White House event (Saturday, January 14)
Hall of Famer Billy Williams was to attend a breakfast on Monday to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday and listen to Ernest Gibson, who was to talk about his experiences with the civil rights movement. But Williams had to cancel. He'll join the Cubs at the White House on Monday instead to celebrate the team's historic World Series championship.

Shoemaker medically cleared, eager for spring (Saturday, January 14)
Four months after Matt Shoemaker's nightmare on the mound, the Angels' right-hander was back on it Saturday. He was teaching, not pitching. He's looking forward to getting back to the latter soon.

Draft prospects impress at 1st PDP showcase (Saturday, January 14)
As Bubba Thompson soaked in the early portion of the Prospect Development Pipeline Premier event at suburban Atlanta's Coolray Field on Saturday, he quickly realized how this event differed from other showcases when he peered toward left field and saw a fellow prospect running back and forth within a square while reacting to a digital image that appeared on one of four small monitors.

7th Heaven? Champs relive stressful WS clincher (Saturday, January 14)
Game 7 of the World Series was more than two months ago, but Cubs fans discovered on Saturday they weren't the only ones who were nervous as it unfolded at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Blue Jays' Winter Tour begins in Regina (Saturday, January 14)
The Toronto Blue Jays' seventh Winter Tour presented by TD Canada began Thursday, as Marco Estrada, Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Aaron Sanchez all headed west to Regina, Saskatchewan. With the players hailing from the warmer climates of California and Florida, experiencing the cold Canadian winter was an entirely new experience.

Cards' Winter Warm-Up confirmed to begin Sunday (Saturday, January 14)
The St. Louis Cardinals will proceed as scheduled with the Cardinals Caravans and Winter Warm-Up activities planned for this Sunday and Monday, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Rosario hopes to follow Reyes' path for Mets (Saturday, January 14)
As Amed Rosario develops from an intriguing prospect to one of baseball's best, he has leaned at various points along the way on a few people in particular.

Source: Brewers in mix for reliever Feliz (Saturday, January 14)
The Brewers are in talks with free-agent reliever Neftali Feliz, sources confirmed Saturday.

Addison Avenue: No roadblock too big for Cubs' SS (Saturday, January 14)
Addison Russell is a private man in a public game. He handles attention; he doesn't seek it. While Russell thrives in the spotlight, he's a self-proclaimed "hometown guy" who is most at peace when he's in Pensacola, Fla., in the nest he's built for himself and his growing family.

Q&A: Biggio talks Hall of Fame, Bagwell (Saturday, January 14)
Craig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, his third year on the ballot. Nothing about his career changed over those three years, but his vote total went up each year. And when he was elected, he celebrated.

Ross, Dempster supply laughs at Convention (Friday, January 13)
The bender that Theo Epstein and the rest of the Cubs organization and fans went on following the 2016 World Series championship hasn't stopped, and it continued on Friday night on the first day of Cubs Convention.

Solarte signs 2-year extension with Padres (Friday, January 13)
The Padres announced a two-year contract extension with third baseman Yangervis Solarte on Friday, a deal which also features club options for the 2019 and '20 seasons.

Heyward aims to recapture swing from 2012 (Friday, January 13)
Jason Heyward is thinking, and hoping to hit, like it's 2012. The outfielder has become a gym rat at the Cubs' complex in Mesa, Ariz., this offseason, reworking his swing after a disappointing first year in Chicago in which he batted .230 with seven homers and 49 RBIs.

Bregman will play for Team USA in Classic (Friday, January 13)
Astros infielder Alex Bregman announced via Twitter on Friday that he will suit up for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Just try wiping the smile off Bryant's face (Friday, January 13)
Kris Bryant is still smiling, and why not? His team just won the World Series. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. And, on top of all that, he married his longtime sweetheart last weekend.

Sleepless GM in Seattle: M's best moves (Saturday, January 14)
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been busy this offseason, and here are his best five deals.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Puerto Rico (Friday, January 13)
With a mix of veteran talent and rising stars, Puerto Rico will be looking to return to the finals of the World Baseball Classic.

Hearings loom for teams after arb deadline (Friday, January 13)
Arbitration Friday has come and gone, and a handful of players could be headed to hearings to determine their salary figures for the 2017 season.

Cubs Convention: Champs of a lifetime! (Friday, January 13)
The buzz at the Cubs Convention on Friday seemed louder and livelier than in years past, as fans were eager to celebrate the World Series championship, the first for the franchise in 108 years.

Santiago among 4 Twins to avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Twins avoided arbitration with three of their four eligible players on Friday, signing Hector Santiago, Brandon Kintzler and Kyle Gibson to one-year deals, according to a Major League source.

Underrated Bautista still a dangerous hitter (Friday, January 13)
For all the talk about what Jose Bautista can't do, perhaps we're forgetting what he can still do very well, and that's mash. As his free agency stretches on into mid-January, let's look at what teams could still use a valuable veteran slugger.

Cubs avoid arbitration with 3 players (Friday, January 13)
While the Cubs celebrate their World Series championship on Friday at their annual winter fan fest, the team reportedly reached contract agreements with three of their four arbitration-eligible players: Jake Arrieta, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. Pedro Strop is also eligible for arbitration.

Yanks, Betances might go to arbitration (Friday, January 13)
Dellin Betances and the Yankees could be heading for an arbitration proceeding, as the right-handed reliever prepares to bring home a sizable raise over his league minimum salary from a year ago.

Mets avoid arbitration with Harvey, deGrom, 3 others (Friday, January 13)
The Mets have reportedly avoided arbitration with starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, as well as relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Each has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The club has not confirmed the deals.

Report: D-backs add catcher Iannetta (Friday, January 13)
The D-backs and catcher Chris Iannetta have agreed to a deal, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Source: Rangers add Ross on 1-year deal (Friday, January 13)
Tyson Ross has reportedly signed with the Rangers, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

'Awards Score' a big point for Mussina, Vlad (Friday, January 13)
As a different way to frame the Hall of Fame debates, MLB.com has devised a ranking system for the Class of 2017 based on how they fared historically in MVP and Cy Young Award votes.

Free-agent signings that should be done deals (Friday, January 13)
Some free-agent signings seem inevitable. These are the ones in which everyone wins. That's especially true now with the start of Spring Training a mere month away.

Rays settle with 9 arbitration-eligibles (Friday, January 13)
The Rays have agreed to terms for the 2017 season with nine of their 10 arbitration-eligible players.

Tribe avoids arbitration with five players (Friday, January 13)
With a depleted pitching staff down the stretch and in the postseason, the Indians relied heavily on their bullpen. Cleveland will do so again this year -- and with a relief corps that will cost more than the team's talented starting rotation.

Yanks avoid arbitration with Didi, Pineda, Romine (Friday, January 13)
The Yankees agreed to terms with shortstop Didi Gregorius, right-hander Michael Pineda and catcher Austin Romine on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to reports from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Dodgers agree with final 4 arbitration-eligible players (Friday, January 13)
The Dodgers on Friday reached 2017 contract agreements with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players: catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Luis Avilan, Josh Fields and Alex Wood.

Braves avoid arbitration with Vizcaino, Krol (Friday, January 13)
The Braves avoided this year's salary arbitration hearing process when they reached agreements with right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino and left-handed reliever Ian Krol just before Friday afternoon's deadline.

Inbox: Is there a chance Phils might pursue Bautista? (Friday, January 13)
Is there a chance Jose Bautista signs with the Phillies? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

Peralta, Torres sign to avoid arbitration with Crew (Friday, January 13)
The Brewers signed pitchers Wily Peralta and Carlos Torres to one-year contracts on Friday, but they were unable strike a deal with right-hander Chase Anderson, raising the possibility of the club's first arbitration hearing in five years.

Harrison enjoying retirement ahead of award (Friday, January 13)
Matt and Meghan Harrison spend one day a week volunteering at a North Carolina animal rescue shelter.

Frazier, 4 others agree with Sox on 1-year deals (Friday, January 13)
The White Sox announced one-year contracts agreed upon with five players on Friday, avoiding arbitration with all five. The White Sox have no remaining arbitration-eligible players and have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2001.

A's avoid arbitration with Gray, Vogt, Hendriks (Friday, January 13)
The A's announced on Friday that they've avoided arbitration and settled on one-year agreements with starter Sonny Gray, All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt and reliever Liam Hendriks. Each were first-year arbitration-eligibile players.

Young pitchers happy to keep 'mentor' Nova (Friday, January 13)
The Pirates brought back Ivan Nova last month, signing him to a three-year, $26 million deal. The reunion bolstered Pittsburgh's young pitching staff, providing a mid-rotation starter capable of carrying innings with quality starts. But Nova also brings a degree of experience and leadership his fellow pitchers came to greatly appreciate down the stretch last season.

Rosenthal, Siegrist settle to avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Cardinals settled half of their four arbitration cases on Friday by reaching agreements on one-year deals with relievers Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist.

Dodgers trade infielder Johnson to Braves (Friday, January 13)
The Dodgers traded infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves on Friday for a player to be named or cash considerations, the club announced.

Keuchel, Springer among Astros to agree to deals (Friday, January 13)
Former American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract, right fielder George Springer agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract and center fielder Jake Marisnick agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The Astros didn't reach deals with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players

Ross named special assistant to baseball ops (Friday, January 13)
David Ross will serve as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Sox avoid arb with Bradley, Bogaerts, 5 others (Friday, January 13)
The Red Sox avoided arbitration by reaching one-year agreements with seven players on Friday, including two All-Stars from last season -- shortstop Xander Bogaerts ($4.5 million, according to a source) and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ($3.6 million).

Source: Padres, Myers close to 6-year deal (Friday, January 13)
In an interesting twist on arbitration Friday, the Padres and Wil Myers are nearing an $80 million deal over six years, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The club has not confirmed.

Former Phillies pitcher Champion passes away (Friday, January 13)
Buford Billy Champion Jr., a Major League pitcher with the Phillies (1969-72) and Milwaukee Brewers (1973-76), died on Saturday in his hometown of Shelby, N.C. He was 69.

Kiermaier reportedly among Rays to avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Rays settled with multiple arbitration-eligible players on Friday, including star defensive center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, according to reports from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

Tribe avoids arbitration with four pitchers (Friday, January 13)
Four key members of the Indians' pitching staff were eligible for arbitration this offseason, but Cleveland did not let them get to a hearing. On Friday, the club saw to that by agreeing to one-year contracts with closer Cody Allen, setup man Bryan Shaw and right-hander Zach McAllister.

Source: Miami avoids arb with Ramos, 4 others (Friday, January 13)
The Marlins avoided arbitration with five of their six eligible players on Friday, including All-Stars A.J. Ramos and Marcell Ozuna, according to a source. But the club was unable to reach agreement with right-hander David Phelps prior to the 1 p.m. ET salary exchange deadline. The Marlins haven't confirmed the deals.

Tillman focused on now, not stressing future (Friday, January 13)
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was at this week's minicamp, taking time -- despite not being part of the actual camp roster -- to watch some of the younger pitchers and check in with the team at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

Santiago among 3 Twins to avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Twins avoided arbitration with three of their four eligible players on Friday, signing Hector Santiago, Brandon Kintzler and Kyle Gibson to one-year deals, according to a Major League source.

Impressive offseason brings Majors dream closer for Torres (Friday, January 13)
Once Gleyber Torres gets his call to the Majors, any dates with the Mariners figure to be prominently circled on the calendar. The Yankees' touted prospect says that he wants a piece of King Felix.

Healthy Fried ready to carry momentum into '17 (Friday, January 13)
A little more than two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Max Fried feels he is once again physically capable of proving why he entered the 2012 Draft as one of the top available left-handed pitchers and exited the '13 season ranked as MLBPipeline's 43rd-best overall prospect.

Rangers avoid arbitration with Dyson, 3 others (Friday, January 13)
The Rangers reached agreements with four of their seven-arbitration-eligible players on Friday and exchanged numbers with three others.

Mercer avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal (Friday, January 13)
The Pirates avoided arbitration with shortstop Jordy Mercer before Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline to exchange figures, a source confirmed to MLB.com, as both sides agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.325 million. The Bucs have not confirmed.

Report: Angels, Calhoun agree on 1-year, $6.35M deal (Friday, January 13)
The Angels on Friday agreed with right fielder Kole Calhoun on a one-year, $6.35 million deal, thus avoiding arbitration, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the report.

Hamilton agrees to one-year deal (Friday, January 13)
The Reds avoided arbitration with center fielder Billy Hamilton, MLB.com has learned. The two sides agreed to a one-year, $2.625 million contract. Reliever Blake Wood also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.275 million, sources told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed either transaction.

Rondon, Grimm avoid arbitration, agree to 1-year deals (Friday, January 13)
While the Cubs celebrate their World Series championship on Friday at their annual winter fan fest, the team reportedly reached contract agreements with Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. The Cubs did not confirm the report.

Report: Didi, Romine avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Yankees agreed to terms with shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher Austin Romine on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to reports from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Keuchel, Springer among Astros to settle (Friday, January 13)
Former American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract and center fielder Jake Marisnick agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Royals, Hosmer avoid arb with 1-year deal (Friday, January 13)
The Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed on a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration, the club announced. A source told MLB.com the deal is worth $12.25 million. Hosmer made $8.25 million in 2016.

O's reportedly settle with Machado, Britton (Friday, January 13)
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with two of their biggest stars, third baseman Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton, according to multiple reports Friday.

Source: Rox, Arenado agree to 2-year deal (Friday, January 13)
The Rockies avoided arbitration with star third baseman Nolan Arenado by agreeing to a two-year, $29.5 million contract with him on Friday, according to a Major League source.

Harper among Nats to reportedly avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Nationals settled with three of their four arbitration-eligible players before Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline for teams to exchange salary figures.

Fireballer Steckenrider eager for shot at bigs (Friday, January 13)
When Spring Training begins on Feb. 14, hard-throwing reliever Drew Steckenrider will get his first taste of big league camp. The right-hander, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Marlins' 18th overall prospect, is trending toward reaching the Majors at some point in 2017.

Prospect initiative to aid big league exposure (Friday, January 13)
In an effort to eliminate the financial and travel burdens that might have prohibited some top high school prospects from gaining deserved exposure and instruction, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have jointly created the Prospect Development Pipeline.

Nats sign veteran lefty Cotts to Minors deal (Friday, January 13)
The Nationals signed veteran left-hander Neal Cotts to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced Friday morning.

Rays, Cedeno reportedly avoid arbitration (Friday, January 13)
The Rays and left-hander Xavier Cedeno have avoided arbitration and settled on a $1.3 million contract for 2017, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Friday. The club has not confirmed the report.

Source: Rockies sign Denorfia to Minor League deal (Friday, January 13)
The Rockies have agreed on a Minor League contract with veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia, a Major League source confirmed Friday.

McAllister, Tribe agree to one-year deal (Friday, January 13)
Four key members of the Indians' bullpen are eligible for arbitration this offseason, but Cleveland is hoping to avoid going to a hearing. On Friday, the club continued to make progress with that goal, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Zach McAllister.

Top prospect Adames impresses on, off field (Friday, January 13)
Willy Adames just keeps getting better. That's why the talented 21-year-old shortstop is the Rays' top prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.

Report: Padres close to deal with Cahill (Friday, January 13)
The Padres are nearing a deal with free-agent right-hander Trevor Cahill, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Segura, Seattle reportedly reach 1-year deal (Thursday, January 12)
The Mariners and shortstop Jean Segura have reached a one-year, $6.2 million agreement to avoid arbitration, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

Mess with Texas? Quick Rangers fixes (Friday, January 13)
The Rangers have some work to do this offseason, especially when it comes to filling out the lineup.

Rogers: Cubs are only getting started (Thursday, January 12)
As the Cubs gather this weekend for the Cubs Convention, beginning to turn the page from Game 7 to Spring Training, this is a franchise that is capable not only of repeating as World Series champs but also of putting together the most sustained run since the Yankees went to the Series five times in six seasons, winning four championships. Here are 10 reasons the Cubs' future is as bright as their immediate past.

Bubble trouble? 5 legends in HOF ballot danger (Thursday, January 12)
While many are waiting to see whether there might be a record-tying five BBWAA electees in this year's Hall of Fame class, the number five represents another entirely different kind of drama to some candidates.

Underrated Bautista still a dangerous hitter (Thursday, January 12)
For all the talk about what Jose Bautista can't do, perhaps we're forgetting what he can still do very well, and that's mash. As his free agency stretches on into mid-January, let's look at what teams could still use a valuable veteran slugger.

Cardinals cancel Caravan stops for Friday, Saturday (Thursday, January 12)
Forecasts predicting a winter storm and icy conditions around the region prompted the Cardinals to cancel all of their scheduled Caravan stops for Friday and Saturday.

Steverson evaluates 4 young Sox hitters (Thursday, January 12)
White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson had a chance to work with 16 hitters during a minicamp from Monday through Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. He took some time after its completion to provide analysis on four young hitters.

Duda, Mets avoid arbitration with 1-year deal (Thursday, January 12)
The Mets and first baseman Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract for 2017, the club announced on Thursday. The deal is worth $7.25 million, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

Report: Barney, Carrera reach pacts with Blue Jays (Thursday, January 12)
The Blue Jays on Thursday came to a one-year, $2.8875 million arbitration-avoiding agreement with utility man Darwin Barney, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. The team did the same with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera ($1.1625 million).

Fenway to host 3 college football games in 2017 (Thursday, January 12)
College football returns to Fenway Park in November with three games featuring Division I programs from New England.

Could Tellez take Toronto's first-base reins in '17? (Thursday, January 12)
The departure of Edwin Encarnacion has upset a lot of Blue Jays fans, but there's at least one man who could become a big beneficiary from all of the fallout. Promising first baseman Rowdy Tellez now has a relatively clear path to the big leagues following the loss of Encarnacion, who signed a three-year deal with the Indians this offseason.

Corner shift part of Cardinals' infield evolution (Thursday, January 12)
Once fixtures together on the left side of the infield, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta are now projected to anchor the Cardinals from the corner spots. It's part of a shifting look to the Cardinals' infield, which, in the last 10 months, has unexpectedly evolved.

Ringolsby: Payoff for long-term deals a mixed bag (Thursday, January 12)
From Wayne Garland and the Indians in 1976 to Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins in 2015, there have been 14 players sign contracts with guarantees of 10 or more seasons, eight of them in the current decade. The payoffs for the investments have been mixed at best.

Indians avoid arbitration with Bauer, Otero (Thursday, January 12)
The Indians' first arbitration cases avoided were right-hander Trevor Bauer and reliever Dan Otero, who agreed to one-year contracts for the 2017 season on Thursday.

Tigers' streak of no arbitration hearings faces test (Thursday, January 12)
As a relatively quiet offseason nears an end, the Tigers are about to add to their payroll without adding any players. With arbitration season about to begin, their streak of avoiding an arbitration hearing is about to get another test.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Italy (Thursday, January 12)
The Italian team was among the biggest surprises in the last iteration of the World Baseball Classic in 2013, with a dramatic ninth-inning comeback and a major upset victory in their opening matchup against Mexico.

Breaking down Schilling's Hall of Fame case (Thursday, January 12)
Curt Schilling is in his fifth year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, meaning if he's not elected this year, he'll be halfway through his 10-year window for election by voting members of the Baseball Writers' Assocation of America. Here's a breakdown of Schilling's case before the 73rd BBWAA Hall of Fame election is revealed Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. ET live on MLB Network, and simulcast live on MLB.com beginning at 5 p.m.

Many deals getting done before arb deadline (Thursday, January 12)
At 1 p.m. ET on Friday, the deadline will arrive for arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures with their teams.

Rizzo relishing final flurry before work begins (Thursday, January 12)
Two years ago, Anthony Rizzo predicted the Cubs would win the National League Central. In 2015, they won the NL Wild Card Game and reached the NL Championship Series, but they topped that in 2016 by winning the World Series, which ended the franchise's 108-year drought. So, did Rizzo have a new prediction to make on Thursday?

Peak production: HOF candidates' most valuable seasons (Thursday, January 12)
One season, no matter how amazing, isn't enough to take a player to the Hall of Fame. Rather, a case for Cooperstown is built on a large body of work -- or at least an impressive peak.

Who's his daddy? Pedro Jr. showcases skills (Thursday, January 12)
Pedro Martinez Jr. is one of 120 prospects showcasing their talents in the International Prospect League International Showcase. The son of Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez is expected to command a six-figure signing bonus.

Many options as Rays consider outfield (Thursday, January 12)
Clarity about the Rays' outfield situation was supposed to come once they made a deal, right?

Mets sign lefty Wilk to Minor League deal (Thursday, January 12)
Their bullpen lacking a traditional left-handed specialist, the Mets signed southpaw Adam Wilk to a Minor League contract Thursday that includes an invite to Spring Training.

Twins add catcher Gimenez on Minors deal (Thursday, January 12)
The Twins added a veteran catcher on Thursday, signing Chris Gimenez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Encarnacion in for annual Tribe Fest (Thursday, January 12)
The Indians added an impact bat to their offense with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The first baseman has also joined the planned lineup for Tribe Fest later this month.

Peterson among Braves' 2017 bench options (Thursday, January 12)
With Mallex Smith no longer available as an insurance option if center fielder Ender Inciarte is sidelined for an extended period, the Braves have something else to think about as they fill the final spots on their bench.

Minicamp serves distinct purpose for White Sox (Thursday, January 12)
At the conclusion of a three-day White Sox hitters minicamp Wednesday afternoon, following hitting coach Todd Steverson's upbeat summation to the 16 players at Camelback Ranch, manager Rick Renteria added in his parting words.

Tigers' search for CF slows, turns to internal candidates (Thursday, January 12)
With their offseason of more discussion than deals nearing an end, the Tigers continue to look for a center fielder on the market. Judging from general manager Al Avila's comments, that search seems likely to take until Spring Training.

Bell shapes up as Bucs' first baseman for '17 (Thursday, January 12)
All week, Josh Bell has made his best sales pitch. His teammates file in to the Pirate City clubhouse, eat, shower, dress and leave after a morning of minicamp workouts. Bell follows the same routine, but he's added another wrinkle to his offseason work.

Smyly will 'forever be grateful' for time with Rays (Thursday, January 12)
Drew Smyly will be heading west after the Rays traded the left-hander to the Mariners as part of a four-player deal on Wednesday.

Braves unveil plans for Hank Aaron Terrace (Thursday, January 12)
When fans make their first visit to SunTrust Park this year, they will have the opportunity to see the various ways the Braves have attempted to preserve Hank Aaron's legacy and historical accomplishments via tributes constructed throughout their new ballpark.

Keuchel among 7 arbitration-eligible Astros (Thursday, January 12)
The Astros and their seven arbitration-eligible players -- a list that includes 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel -- face a Friday deadline to exchange their desired salary numbers for the 2017 season -- a process that typically leads to one-year deals getting reached.

Report: Barney, Blue Jays reach 2017 pact (Thursday, January 12)
The Blue Jays on Thursday came to a one-year, $2.8875 million arbitration-avoiding agreement with utility man Darwin Barney, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Source: Galvis, Phillies agree to one-year deal (Thursday, January 12)
A source told MLB.com on Thursday afternoon that the Phillies and Freddy Galvis have agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.

Bauer, Indians settle on 1-year deal, avoid arbitration (Thursday, January 12)
The Indians prefer not to head to arbitration with their players, and the team started chipping away at its pile of cases on Thursday. The first arbitration case avoided was right-hander Trevor Bauer, who agreed to a one-year contract for the upcoming season.

Moscot follows epic trip with journey to recovery (Thursday, January 12)
Pitcher Jon Moscot had just packed up his car Thursday morning and begun the journey from his Southern California home to the Reds' Spring Training complex in Goodyear, Ariz. That drive came on the heels of what could be described as a transformative trip to Israel for Moscot.

Cards, Adams reportedly agree to 1-year deal (Thursday, January 12)
The Cardinals and Matt Adams reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.8 million deal on Thursday, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the signing.

Lindblom follows faith, family from Korea to Pirates (Thursday, January 12)
Josh Lindblom doesn't believe in coincidence. After the last six months and the past few years, how could he? Coincidence did not lead him here.

Anderson, Peters among Marlins' spring NRIs (Thursday, January 12)
Two of the Marlins' most highly regarded prospects will get a taste of big league camp when Spring Training opens on Feb. 14. On Thursday, Miami announced that left-hander Dillon Peters and third baseman Brian Anderson are among nine non-roster invitees to Spring Training.

Mintz spends offseason coaching Down Under (Thursday, January 12)
The Adelaide Bite are in good position to make another strong run at the Claxton Shield, but they still have three big series left with Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Q&A: Get to know assistant hitting coach Buchanan (Thursday, January 12)
One of the subtle offseason moves the Royals made was promoting Double-A Northwest Arkansas hitting coach Brian Buchanan to the Major League staff to assist hitting coach Dale Sveum.

Hoskins hoping to make bigs in 2017 (Thursday, January 12)
First baseman Rhys Hoskins got a bit of good news Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Around the Horn: Baby B's to anchor outfield (Thursday, January 12)
With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing with the outfield.

Around the Horn: Mets confident in corner vets (Thursday, January 12)
With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 12, it's time to dissect the Mets' 2017 roster. This is the second of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at projected starters and backups heading into the season. Next up: corner infielders.

Padres 'disappointed' by Chargers' relocation (Thursday, January 12)
The Padres assumed the mantle as San Diego's lone major professional sports franchise on Thursday, after the Chargers announced their plans to relocate to Los Angeles.

Inbox: Prospects poised to break out after injury-plagued 2016 (Thursday, January 12)
Jim Callis answers questions about candidates who could break out this year after an injury-plagued 2016, the number of first-year players who will make the Top 100 Prospects list, Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and more in this week's Inbox.

Reloading, not rebuilding: Yanks still dangerous (Thursday, January 12)
Are the Yankees rebuilding or reloading? While they may be going with youth, rebuilding teams don't sign vets like Aroldis Chapman or Matt Holliday. The Bronx Bombers are still a dangerous competitor in 2017, and could threaten the Red Sox in the AL East.

Dipoto's vision for Mariners more firmly in place (Thursday, January 12)
For Jerry Dipoto, the vision finally is coming into focus. A myriad of moves -- by far the most in Major League baseball over his 16 months as Mariners general manager -- have led to what he believes is a ballclub better suited for Safeco Field and the rigors of a postseason race.

Made in the trade: Deals sparked HOF cases (Thursday, January 12)
Here's a look at some notable trades involving players on the current Hall of Fame ballot, beginning with Jeff Bagwell's trade to the Astros and going in chronological order.

HOF vote a hot topic at Players Trust charity event (Thursday, January 12)
It's that time of the year again. National Baseball Hall of Fame results are going to be announced next week, and the sport is aflutter with curiosity and eagerness to see who will be anointed as freshly voted-in legends.

Fowler, Rajai catch up at MLBPA charity event (Thursday, January 12)
The last time the two of them were in the same building, they were playing in and witnessing one of the great games of all time.

Marlins may try Realmuto at first vs. southpaws (Thursday, January 12)
In J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins believe they have a cornerstone player and a future All-Star. He is one of the most athletic catchers in the Majors, and he's an emerging leader on a team that hopes to be in postseason contention in 2017.

Around the Horn: Yanks have 1B competition looming (Thursday, January 12)
With the start of Spring Training approaching, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, continuing this week with the corner-infield spots.

Bryce hosts poker tournament in hometown (Thursday, January 12)
It was a home game for Bryce Harper, and even though the superstar outfielder for the Washington Nationals didn't take the top prize, he was still smiling.

33 bold pre-Spring Training predictions (Wednesday, January 11)
Some of these are substantive, some are speculative, some might be a little goofy.

Maddon rides coffee-shop 'vibe,' crafts lineup (Wednesday, January 11)
Opening Day is not until April 2, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon followed his pregame routine on Wednesday and emailed what he called a "faux lineup" to first-base coach Brandon Hyde. It's a good indicator of what Cubs fans may see when the team opens the 2017 season against the Cardinals.

Giants, Gillaspie avoid arbitration with one-year deal (Wednesday, January 11)
The Giants have reached a one-year agreement with third baseman Conor Gillaspie, avoiding arbitration. The deal is worth $1.4 million according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

With Jerry on top, M's add sweet ingredients (Wednesday, January 11)
Say hello to baseball's busiest general manager. How busy? Jerry Dipoto made two more trades on Wednesday, running his total to 11 this offseason and 36 since he took over the Mariners 16 months ago. Yes, 36.

A bigger vote? Hall class size may drop jaws (Wednesday, January 11)
It is a week before the National Baseball Hall of Fame announces the remainder of its Class of 2017, and the way the ballots are tracking, it's possible that five players could get in. That would match the inaugural 1936 class for the most ever voted in by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in one year.

Astros ready to roll out caravan week (Wednesday, January 11)
Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Lance McCullers, Chris Devenski and Jake Marisnick are among the players who will participate in the Astros' annual caravan, which begins next week.

Jansen, Turner motivated by winning title for LA (Wednesday, January 11)
Dodgers fans are starved for a World Series, and management gets it, having spent more money on free agents this offseason than any other club.

Mets, Wheeler avoid arbitration (Wednesday, January 11)
The Mets and Zack Wheeler have avoided arbitration by coming to terms on a one-year for 2017, the club announced on Wednesday. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported the deal is worth $800,000.

Breaking down Bagwell's Hall of Fame case (Wednesday, January 11)
After six years of waiting, Jeff Bagwell could finally receive the call of his life. Here's a final look at where Bagwell would rank among the legends whose likenesses already reside in the Hall's Plaque Gallery

Taillon mindful of avoiding sophomore slump (Wednesday, January 11)
When Jameson Taillon walked into manager Clint Hurdle's office for his exit interview last season, he heard the warning: The sophomore slump is real.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Mexico (Wednesday, January 11)
Mexico endured a surprising early exit four years ago in the last World Baseball Classic, but it will open this year's tournament before a home crowd at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco in Group D with Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Italy.

Source: A's, Casilla agree to 2-year deal (Wednesday, January 11)
The A's and free-agent reliever Santiago Casilla have agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez on Wednesday. The club has not confirmed the report.

Friedman talks Puig's upside, LA's offseason (Wednesday, January 11)
With the offseason beginning to wind down, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman addressed some of the question marks surrounding his club on Wednesday at a news conference with free-agent signees Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner.

Podcast: Q&A with Commissioner Manfred (Wednesday, January 11)
MLB.com's Bill Ladson talks to Commissioner Rob Manfred about the Dream Series, the state of Major League Baseball, the 2017 World Baseball Classic and much more.

New face of baseball in Brazil is just 16 (Wednesday, January 11)
Eric Pardinho, the growing teen who turned 16 last week, is emerging as a baseball star in a nation where the sport is gaining in popularity. Young right-hander has low 90s fastball and dreams of playing in the Major Leagues.

Say what? 5 Statcast stunners from 2016 (Wednesday, January 11)
Here is a look at five surprising Statcast™ facts from the 2016 season.

History shows Coors unfriendly to FA pitchers (Wednesday, January 11)
In the opening days of December 2000, the Rockies went on a free-agent pitching splurge, initially signing Denny Neagle to a five-year, $51.5 million deal, and then giving left-hander Mike Hampton a record-setting eight-year, $121 million deal. It became another chapter in a learning process for the Rockies, underscoring the fact that proven big league pitchers struggle to survive at Coors Field.

Additions give Astros' lineup added versatility (Wednesday, January 11)
The offseason acquisitions of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Josh Reddick and Norichika Aoki will give Astros manager A.J. Hinch viable options throughout the lineup, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be stability.

Prospects Jimenez, Ravenelle among NRIs (Wednesday, January 11)
Joe Jimenez will get his opportunity to face Major League hitting this Spring Training. So, too, will fellow Tigers relief prospect Adam Ravenelle. The two hard-throwing right-handers, cornerstones in the Tigers' efforts to build a bullpen through player development, are among 22 of the club's Minor Leaguers issued non-roster invites to Major League camp.

Moncada shows off skills at White Sox camp (Wednesday, January 11)
If fans were allowed into the White Sox hitters' minicamp, taking place through Thursday at Camelback Ranch, then Yoan Moncada probably would have received the first standing ovation as part of his new team.

Around the Horn: Double-play duo a Sox strength (Wednesday, January 11)
With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing with the middle infield.

Rays trade Smyly for Smith, 2 Minor Leaguers (Wednesday, January 11)
Throughout the offseason, the baseball world has waited for the Rays to trade one of their coveted starting pitchers. That became a reality Wednesday, when they sent Drew Smyly to the Mariners.

Webb excited for fresh start with Pirates (Wednesday, January 11)
Tyler Webb didn't make any plans for the Rule 5 Draft last month. More than anything, he was surprised the annual event took place so early -- beginning at 9 a.m. ET on the final day of the Winter Meetings. He followed the proceedings on Twitter while working out at the University of South Carolina, his alma mater.

Sox see Collins becoming 'very good catcher' (Wednesday, January 11)
John Orton didn't know a great deal about Zack Collins when the White Sox selected the left-handed-hitting catcher with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. So the White Sox Minor League catching coordinator studied some of Collins' work as he played for the University of Miami in the College World Series. Orton immediately liked what he saw.

Edwin's deal, arb-eligibles boost Tribe payroll (Wednesday, January 11)
With a roster built to not only contend right now, but for the next few years, the Indians' ownership opted to step outside its comfort zone in an effort to seize the franchise's momentum. The signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal marked the largest free-agent deal in club history, increased the Tribe's payroll dramatically, and served as a statement that Cleveland will put its foot on the accelerator in an opportunistic environment.

Team Israel takes in culture ahead of Classic (Wednesday, January 11)
The main goals of bringing Jewish-American baseball players to Israel were to help those who will be representing Team Israel in the upcoming World Baseball Classic connect on a deeper level with the country while at the same time helping to grow the sport in a nation not used to playing it.

Spiers helps coach Clemson to NCAA title (Wednesday, January 11)
Former Brewers and Astros third baseman Bill Spiers, now a student assistant coach for the Clemson football program, joined MLB Network's Hot Stove Wednesday to discuss his career transition from professional baseball to college football.

Braves deal Smith, Simmons for 2 lefty prospects (Wednesday, January 11)
Mallex Smith's tenure with the Braves concluded on Wednesday afternoon, when he and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons were traded to the Mariners in exchange for left-handed pitching prospects Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows.

Mariners swing 2 trades to land Smyly (Wednesday, January 11)
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continued his busy winter with his 10th and 11th trades of the offseason on Wednesday, ultimately acquiring left-handed starter Drew Smyly from the Rays.

Nats retain Minors staffs, adjust strength coaches (Wednesday, January 11)
Valuing stability throughout the organization, especially as their top prospects rise through the system, the Nationals retained their Minor League managers and their entire coaching staffs for the 2017 season.

A's, Plouffe agree to 1-year contract (Wednesday, January 11)
The A's have an agreement in place on a one-year deal with infielder Trevor Plouffe. The deal, which is pending a physical, is reportedly worth $5 million plus incentives. The club has not formally announced the deal.

Around the Horn: New approach for rotation (Wednesday, January 11)
The absence is so glaring, and the sense of loss is so immense, but the Marlins are now prepared to push forward in 2017 with a rotation that no longer has All-Star ace Jose Fernandez.

Yanks want Severino focused on flexibility (Wednesday, January 11)
The Yankees are wondering if Luis Severino's increased reps in the weight room may have contributed to his sophomore slump, and they have advised the right-hander to focus more on increasing his flexibility this offseason.

Sarah's Take: NL West-favorite Dodgers can improve (Wednesday, January 11)
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers have won an unprecedented four straight National League West Division titles, they still are considered the favorites in 2017. There is about a month before the catchers and pitchers report for Spring Training. This leaves plenty of time for the front office to improve the team.

Hunter, Hawkins join Twins' broadcast crew (Wednesday, January 11)
In addition to their duties as special assistants to the baseball operations department, former Twins stars Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins will also serve as part-time analysts for Fox Sports North's broadcasts of Twins games in 2017.

Bethancourt's super-utility transition underway (Wednesday, January 11)
The Christian Bethancourt experiment is officially underway.

Oldies but goodies: 5 aging sluggers to draft (Wednesday, January 11)
The five players listed in this article will all be at least 36 years old on Opening Day. But each still has the necessary skills to rank among the top fantasy sluggers in 2017.

Tigers won't move vets just to help payroll (Wednesday, January 11)
The Tigers aren't going to trade veteran players just to shed salary, general manager Al Avila re-emphasized Tuesday. And if they can't find the return they want, they're poised to enter 2017 with a team that looks a lot like it did in '16.

Rockies resisting dealing coveted prospects (Wednesday, January 11)
General manager Jeff Bridich thus far has held onto the Rockies' long-term future, even though he has permission to spend more money in 2017. The biggest moves have been free-agent signings of Ian Desmond and lefty pitcher Mike Dunn, but noticeably absent from Bridich's 2017 strategy has been a trade that gives up prospects or young big leaguers for established stars.

O's tab 7 non-roster invitees, plan to add (Wednesday, January 11)
The Orioles' Major League Spring Training roster is at 47 players, with Baltimore extending invitations to the following non-roster players: outfielders Chris Dickerson, Logan Schafer and David Washington; catchers Audry Perez, Austin Wynns and Chance Sisco; and right-handed pitcher Richard Rodriguez.

Kuntz confident Soler will become solid outfielder (Wednesday, January 11)
One of the reasons that general manager Dayton Moore made the trade for outfielder Jorge Soler was because of his faith in Royals outfield coach Rusty Kuntz.

New coach McDowell builds 'foundation' at minicamp (Wednesday, January 11)
When he got the job as the Orioles' pitching coach in November, Roger McDowell reached out to every pitcher on the 40-man roster. This week, he was able to see a dozen of Baltimore's hurlers up close and personal at the organization's annual spring minicamp.

Vogelsong, Tepesch join Twins on Minors deals (Wednesday, January 11)
The Twins added to their rotation depth Wednesday, signing right-handers Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch to Minor League deals with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Sources: Padres avoid arbitration with Capps (Wednesday, January 11)
The Padres have settled with right-handed relief pitcher Carter Capps on a $987,500 salary for the 2017 season, thereby avoiding arbitration, according to multiple sources. The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Crawford among Phillies' 16 NRI additions (Wednesday, January 11)
The Phillies have invited 16 players to Major League Spring Training as non-roster invitees, including top prospect J.P. Crawford, the team announced Wednesday.

Smith heads list of Mets' 13 NRI additions (Wednesday, January 11)
First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' second-ranked prospect, highlights a list of 13 non-roster players the Mets have invited to big league Spring Training.

Rangers sign Cuban infielder La O (Wednesday, January 11)
The Rangers have signed Cuban infielder Luis Y. La O to a Minor League contract, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Roark to replace Scherzer in WBC 2017 (Wednesday, January 11)
Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark will take the place of teammate Max Scherzer on Team USA's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The Nats have not confirmed the move.

Mariners acquire Smith, Simmons from Braves (Wednesday, January 11)
The Mariners acquired outfielder Mallex Smith and right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons from the Braves on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League left-handed pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows.

MLB announces 2017 Spring Training schedule (Wednesday, January 11)
Edwin Encarnacion will move to the Cactus League and Chris Sale will get ready in the Grapefruit League. The Astros and Nationals will share a new home called The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The World Baseball Classic will intervene once again, and the Cubs will train under the Arizona sun for the first time as World Series champions. The game you loved as a kid and love even more now has a place and a time.

Vincej looking to build off breakout season (Wednesday, January 11)
Zach Vincej is used to being overlooked. Rather than let the lack of notoriety bother him, Vincej has used it as motivation and is coming off a breakthrough campaign.

MLB players help launch DR hunger initiative (Wednesday, January 11)
The Food for the Hungry Foundation, together with Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon as part of its Striking Out Poverty initiative, has launched a two-day program to help nine communities in need in the Dominican Republic.

Breaking Barriers essay contest underway (Wednesday, January 11)
This spring will mark the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, and entries being accepted through March 14 in the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life educational program and essay contest that has reached more than 31 million youth in teaching the Hall of Famer's core values.

Oh reportedly to pitch for Korea in WBC '17 (Wednesday, January 11)
Cardinals closer SeungHwan Oh has been added to South Korea's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency Tuesday night.

Cashman: Gardner likely to remain with NY (Tuesday, January 10)
Brett Gardner appears to have once again outlasted the rumor mill, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that he does not anticipate any moves involving a position player before Opening Day.

Report: A's agree to deal with Plouffe (Tuesday, January 10)
The A's have reportedly agreed to a deal with infielder Trevor Plouffe, according to FoxSports.com. Plouffe hit .260 in 84 games in 2016 with the Twins.

O-Dog brings excitement, energy to D-backs Fantasy Camp (Tuesday, January 10)
Orlando Hudson has been a presence in the D-backs organization the past two years, visiting each of the team's Minor League affiliates to work with infielders. Former manager Chip Hale often brought Hudson to visit the big league team when he felt the players needed some energy.

Raines making a final push for HOF entry (Tuesday, January 10)
Tim Raines has seen his vote total steadily rise over the years, and his name appeared on 69.8 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballots last year. Could this year be the year he gets into the Hall of Fame?

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Colombia (Tuesday, January 10)
The rich history of Colombian baseball will begin a new and historic chapter this March when the nation makes its first appearance in the World Baseball Classic, securing a berth after dramatically winning the Qualifier 3 round last March.

Source: Cubs to visit White House Monday (Tuesday, January 10)
The World Series champion Cubs will visit the White House on Monday before President Barack Obama leaves office.

Key Astros trio putting in work this offseason (Tuesday, January 10)
There might not be three more pivotal players to the Astros' success this year than pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers and second baseman Jose Altuve. All three know there is a lot riding on this season -- and their performances -- which is why they've been at Minute Maid Park several days a week working out together with other teammates.

30 reasons to be excited for Spring Training (Tuesday, January 10)
Spring Training has always had a magical quality to it, and that's true no matter how many times you've been through it. It's warm weather and green grass and seeing your favorite team again. In that way, it truly is renewal.

MLB's best team? Stats suggest Dodgers have claim (Tuesday, January 10)
Could the Dodgers be as good as the Cubs in 2017? Full seasons from Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Julio Urias would help, and some of the more advanced projection systems think the Dodgers are already pretty close.

Moncada shows off skills at White Sox camp (Tuesday, January 10)
If fans were allowed into the White Sox hitters' mini-camp, taking place through Thursday at Camelback Ranch, then Yoan Moncada probably would have received the first standing ovation as part of his new team.

Sadler, Sanchez return to hill in Bucs' workouts (Tuesday, January 10)
For baseball-starved fans in the midst of winter, the sound of catchers' gloves popping Tuesday morning was more than welcome. For the Pirates, so was the sight of Casey Sadler and Angel Sanchez on the mound.

A's send Muncy to Triple-A (Tuesday, January 10)
The A's outrighted infielder/outfielder Max Muncy to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday after previously designating him for assignment following the signing Rajai Davis. Muncy will be a non-roster invitee to big league Spring Training.

Cubs renew Kasper, Deshaies through 2019 (Tuesday, January 10)
Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper and television analyst Jim Deshaies each received three-year contract extensions, the team announced Tuesday. The 2017 season will be their fifth year together.

Out since '15, prospect Kline nears return (Tuesday, January 10)
Orioles prospect Branden Kline, who had Tommy John surgery in October 2015, is expected to have a normal Spring Training, and the organization is optimistic he can began the season at Double-A Bowie.

New year renewal: Bucs' Diaz happy, healthy (Tuesday, January 10)
Elias Diaz could barely hide his excitement about turning the page on 2016. "Definitely a tough year, but it's over. New year!" Diaz said, sitting in front of his locker at Pirate City. "[I'm] healthy. Let's see what's going to happen this year."

To contend, Rockies need to land Quintana (Tuesday, January 10)
If the Rockies weren't serious about their 2017 effort, they wouldn't have given a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond that also cost them the No. 11 overall Draft pick. But they still need another piece, and that piece is Jose Quintana.

Jansen officially returns to Dodgers on 5-year pact (Tuesday, January 10)
The Dodgers on Tuesday confirmed the signing of free-agent closer Kenley Jansen, who received a five-year, $80 million deal to remain with the club. Jansen also has an opt-out after three years.

Freeman plans to honor mom, play for Canada (Tuesday, January 10)
Freddie Freeman was born and raised in Orange County, Calif. He's spent his entire Major League career with the Atlanta Braves and he resides in Georgia. But when the World Baseball Classic commences in a little less than two months, he's likely to be in a Team Canada uniform.

Rockies interested in contract extension for CarGo (Tuesday, January 10)
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club is exploring the possibility of a contract extension for right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, although nothing is imminent.

Dodgers await Twins' imminent Dozier decision (Tuesday, January 10)
The Brian Dozier auction should come to a close this week, according to a baseball source, although even those involved aren't sure if the Minnesota Twins will actually trade the slugging second baseman.

Royals set Minor League staffs for 2017 (Tuesday, January 10)
The Royals announced their 2017 Minor League staff assignments on Friday, with many familiar faces returning to similar roles.

Beloved Rangers press box attendant Beaton dies (Tuesday, January 10)
Bob Beaton, who served as the beloved press box attendant at Arlington Stadium and the Ballpark in Arlington, passed away on Dec. 24. He was 86.

Tigers agree on Minors deals with 22 players (Tuesday, January 10)
The Tigers agreed to terms with 22 players on Minor League contracts Tuesday, including seven who have been invited to the club's Major League Spring Training camp.

Top Draft prospect Greene headlines inaugural Dream Series (Tuesday, January 10)
This week, MLB and USA Baseball launched their inaugural Dream Series, a special event created to provide exposure and development opportunities for a diverse group of high school pitchers and catchers from around the United States. Among the nearly 700 players expected to participate in this year's event is MLB.com's No. 1 Draft prospect, Hunter Greene.

Reds, Coleman agree to Minor League deal (Tuesday, January 10)
The Reds made another move with hopes of fortifying their bullpen Tuesday when right-handed reliever Louis Coleman was signed to a Minor League contract. Coleman was also invited to big league camp at Spring Training, the club announced.

Dodgers reportedly sign Nuno to 1-year deal (Tuesday, January 10)
The Dodgers and left-hander Vidal Nuno have agreed to a one-year, $1.125 million deal to avoid arbitration, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced (Tuesday, January 10)
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

At minicamp, Givens gearing up for Classic (Tuesday, January 10)
Reliever Mychal Givens is at the Orioles' three-day minicamp at the club's Spring Training complex, though the right-hander will not do any official throwing as he prepares to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.

Arbitration deadline looms for 6 core Marlins (Tuesday, January 10)
A busy offseason has quieted for the Marlins on the free-agent-signing front, but by the end of the week, the organization will be faced with handling some internal business.

Which MLB stars should get big extensions? (Tuesday, January 10)
Baltimore's Manny Machado and Colorado's Nolan Arenado are two players deserving of contract extensions.

Could Big Papi be added to DR roster for WBC? (Tuesday, January 10)
David Ortiz captured the attention of Red Sox Nation with cryptic Twitter activity this week. Representatives of Big Papi and Boston haven't said publicly that a comeback is possible. But under any scenario in which Ortiz returns to uniform, the 2017 World Baseball Classic is a natural place to start.

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