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LIVE: MLB All-Stars, Japan continue clash (Today)
Rhys Hoskins homered for the second consecutive game as the MLB All-Stars continue their tour of Japan with a game at Nagoya Dome. Watch the action live on MLB Network now, with a repeat airing at 8 p.m. ET.

Cy Young announcement on Wed., 6 p.m. ET (Tuesday, November 13)
BBWAA awards week is upon us, continuing with Tuesday's 6 ET announcement on MLB Network of the American League and National League Manager of the Year winners. The subsequent announcements of the AL and NL Cy Young Awards (Wednesday) and Most Valuable Player Awards (Thursday) are all scheduled for the same time and channel.

Here's what happened in Tuesday's AFL action (Tuesday, November 13)
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday:

Davidson, MLB friends make students' day (Tuesday, November 13)
Matt Davidson, who was a first-round Draft pick out of Yucaipa High School in 2009, maintains a frequent presence at his alma mater, and on Tuesday, he, his wife Julianne and five of his Major Leaguer friends participated in a Best Buddies lunch at the school.

Betances hopes Yanks land Machado (Tuesday, November 13)
The sting from losing to the Red Sox in the American League Division Series is still fresh for Dellin Betances, but the Yankees' reliever has an idea how his team could claim the upper hand for 2019 -- by signing Manny Machado. "I think he'll put us over the top," Betances said.

History shows what Eovaldi can expect in FA (Tuesday, November 13)
One of the best Trade Deadline additions any team made in 2018, Nathan Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA over 12 regular-season appearances (11 starts) with the Red Sox before shining in the postseason for the World Series champions. Having boosted his stock considerably, Eovaldi should draw significant interest on the free-agent market. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.

Twins need a DH; could it be Boomstick? (Tuesday, November 13)
Although he is approaching his 40s and spends most of his time at designated hitter these days, Cruz is still one of the top sluggers in the game and should draw plenty of interest on the free agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran.

Pollock may be the second-best OF available (Tuesday, November 13)
A.J. Pollock has missed a considerable amount of time with injuries during his career, but he offers a well-rounded skill set and is sure to be a top free-agent target for clubs in need of outfield help this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran center fielder.

Is Kimbrel best reliever available? Maybe not (Tuesday, November 13)
Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.

How speed could affect these over-30 FAs (Tuesday, November 13)
What can Sprint Speed tell us about free agents Andrew McCutchen, Mike Moustakas, Brian Dozier, and Daniel Murphy? Maybe a lot. Let's take a look through each of their cases.

No denying Cash had an award-worthy season (Tuesday, November 13)
Bob Melvin of the A's won this year's American League Manager of the Year Award, but MLB.com's Bill Ladson was one of five members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America whose first-place vote went to the Rays' Kevin Cash.

Just how far will Yanks go to add Machado? (Tuesday, November 13)
Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.

7 teams most likely to break bank in free agency (Tuesday, November 13)
With the free-agent marketplace having opened, here's a look at seven teams that seem to be in a position to spend big.

Is signing Harper best use of Giants' resources? (Tuesday, November 13)
After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

Momentum building toward Paxton blockbuster (Tuesday, November 13)
The already robust market for left-handed starters grew deeper when reports emerged that the Mariners are willing to trade "just about anyone" this offseason, including 30-year-old ace James Paxton, who will immediately become one of the most highly desired arms on the market. He was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a career-high 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 2018, when he also became the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter with his effort in Toronto on May 8.

The case for each AL Cy Young Award finalist (Tuesday, November 13)
With the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner set to be revealed in Wednesday's 6 p.m. ET announcement on MLB Network, here's a look at the case for each of the finalists.

The case for each NL Cy Young Award finalist (Tuesday, November 13)
With the 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner set to be revealed in Wednesday's 6 p.m. ET announcement on MLB Network, here's a look at the case for each of the finalists.

Rumors: Bumgarner, Machado, Andujar, Murphy (Tuesday, November 13)
Breaking down the latest MLB free agent and trade rumors.

These 3 teams could be perfect fits for Greinke (Tuesday, November 13)
With the free-agent market light on front-end starting pitchers, an interesting trade possibility has been floated this week: Could the D-backs move Zack Greinke? If Arizona decides to move the veteran right-hander, here are three teams that would be interesting fits.

Braves' division title nets Snitker NL MOY (Tuesday, November 13)
Brian Snitker, who used sound decisions and a positive environment en route to the Braves' unexpected run to a National League East title, was named the National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, besting Bud Black of the Rockies and Craig Counsell of the Brewers.

Melvin becomes 8th to win 3 manager awards (Tuesday, November 13)
Bob Melvin, who guided the A's to a surprising 97-win campaign and took them to the American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees despite fielding a team with the lowest Opening Day payroll in the league, was named the AL Manager of the Year on Tuesday, besting Alex Cora of the Red Sox and Kevin Cash of the Rays.

5 reasons why Yankees should sign Murphy (Tuesday, November 13)
Didi Gregorius' Tommy John surgery sent a ripple through the Yankees' offseason plans, but former Mets hero Daniel Murphy could be a low-risk win for the pinstripes.

Melvin wins 3rd Manager Award, Snitker his first (Tuesday, November 13)
A's manager Bob Melvin and Braves skipper Brian Snitker were named the 2018 Managers of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday night.

Bochy: Giants' coaching staff to remain intact (Tuesday, November 13)
While change appears imminent among the Giants, one group that will remain intact is manager Bruce Bochy's coaching staff. Farhan Zaidi's recent appointment as president of baseball operations is widely regarded as a precursor to significant personnel shifts on and off the field. But Bochy confirmed via a text message Tuesday that he'll be backed by the same crew for a second straight year.

Abreu to work with Cuban hitting instructor (Tuesday, November 13)
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu doesn't plan to make any alterations to his workout regimen this offseason. But hitting-wise, Abreu will be making some changes, as he plans to work with Marcos Hernandez, his hitting instructor in Cuba from when he was 18 and during three seasons with Serie Nacional in Cuba.

Snell wins Spahn Award as top lefty starter (Tuesday, November 13)
In what could be a precursor to the American League Cy Young Award announcement, Blake Snell was named the winner of the 2018 Warren Spahn Award on Tuesday. Named after the Hall of Famer Spahn, the all-time winningest left-hander, the award has been given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in baseball since 1998.

Inbox: Should Cardinals overhaul the infield? (Tuesday, November 13)
As we wait for the Hot Stove season to start warming, let's take a dive into another batch of reader questions. As always, thanks to all who made submissions.

D-backs' Duplantier named AFL's Pitcher of the Week (Tuesday, November 13)
Jon Duplantier and his D-backs teammate, catcher Daulton Varsho, needed to make an adjustment prior to Duplantier's last Arizona Fall League start for the Salt River Rafters. So Duplantier and Varsho modified their game plan, and it worked out.

Inbox: Will Marlins extend Mattingly beyond '19? (Tuesday, November 13)
Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers fans' questions in a new edition of the Marlins Inbox.

White Sox Robert named AFL's Hitter of the Week (Tuesday, November 13)
After battling injuries in his first two pro seasons, Luis Robert came to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost at-bats. After facing more injuries at the beginning of the fall, Robert has returned and become one of the Fall League's hottest hitters.

12 players for Rangers to target in offseason (Tuesday, November 13)
The Rangers could use as many as four more starters before Spring Training. They will need at least four relievers, too. There are additional needs, including catcher. Here are a dozen candidates who could be of interest.

New social areas, colors coming to Marlins Park (Tuesday, November 13)
The makeover at Marlins Park will feature an upscale multitiered deck in center field, along with a special standing-room only (SRO) social section down the right-field line.

MLB, USA Baseball announce PDP League (Tuesday, November 13)
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced the Prospect Development Pipeline League on Monday, an expansion of the current Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) program.

10 Rookie of the Year candidates for 2019 (Tuesday, November 13)
Here's our early picks for possible 2019 Rookie of the Year candidates.

4-run 9th gives Japan another comeback win (Tuesday, November 13)
For the second time in four games against the visiting All-Stars from the Major Leagues, Samurai Japan showed that they can't be counted out until the final out.

Young stars Acuna, Soto bond in tour of Japan (Tuesday, November 13)
Given their ages, their enthusiastic zest for playing baseball and how quickly they climbed through their respective Major League organizations, it's no wonder Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto have become such good friends.

LIVE: Acuna & Co. continue Japan Series (Tuesday, November 13)
Newly crowned NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the MLB All-Stars as the Japan Series shifts to Hiroshima. Watch the action live on MLB Network now, with a repeat airing at 8 p.m. ET.

International showcase in Aruba set for Tuesday (Monday, November 12)
The Trainer Partnership Program, a new MLB initiative with trainers from Latin America, will host its second showcase for participants in the program, this time for international prospects and trainers from Venezuela, starting Tuesday at Stadium Nadi Croes/Crismo Angela on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

Most shocking free-agent decisions in MLB history (Monday, November 12)
Since the first free agent signing of the modern era back in 1974, there have been several free agent deals that shook the baseball world and realigned power across the Majors. Here's a look at several moves that changed the landscape of baseball, and in some cases, were downright shocking:

International showcase in Aruba set for Tuesday (Monday, November 12)
The Trainer Partnership Program, a new MLB initiative with trainers from Latin America, will host its second showcase for participants in the program, this time for international prospects and trainers from Venezuela, starting Tuesday at Stadium Nadi Croes/Crismo Angela on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

Kapler's home destroyed by California fires (Monday, November 12)
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler lost his Malibu home in the wildfires that have ravaged California.

Rangers part ways with pitching coach Brocail (Monday, November 12)
The Rangers informed pitching coach Doug Brocail on Monday that he will not be returning next season. Brocail had been Texas' pitching coach since 2016, after spending six seasons as a special assistant to the general manager, and later pitching coach, for the Astros.

Ryu only player to accept qualifying offer (Monday, November 12)
Seven free agents had until 5 p.m. ET today to decide whether to accept or reject their teams' qualifying offer.

Four logical trade fits for Carlos Santana (Monday, November 12)
Should the Phillies trade Carlos Santana or keep him and try to fit their roster around him? There's an argument in either direction, because Santana is still a more valuable hitter than you may think.

Here's how QO decisions will affect FA market (Monday, November 12)
The free-agent market took further shape on Monday as six players declined qualifying offers from their previous clubs, attaching Draft-pick compensation to them as they seek new contracts.

Keuchel turns down $17.9M qualifying offer (Monday, November 12)
As expected, left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel turned down the Astros' qualifying offer of $17.9 million for 2019. That means if Keuchel signs with another team, the Astros will receive a compensatory pick in next year's MLB Draft.

Kimbrel rejects $17.9 million qualifying offer (Monday, November 12)
Closer Craig Kimbrel on Monday rejected the $17.9 million qualifying offer he received from the Red Sox and will instead pursue a multi-year deal in free agency.

Ruthian effort nets Ohtani AL ROY Award (Monday, November 12)
Shohei Ohtani, who became the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 pitching appearances and 20 homers in a season, was named the 2018 winner of the American League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, beating out Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Acuna's second-half surge nets NL ROY honors (Monday, November 12)
Ronald Acuna Jr., who finished with 26 homers, 16 steals and a .552 slugging percentage, was named the the 2018 winner of the National League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, beating out Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.

History of qualifying-offer decisions (Monday, November 12)
All the players who have received qualifying offers since the system was implemented -- who accepted it, who rejected it and signed with a new team and who rejected it but re-signed with the same team -- and what Draft picks teams received as compensation for losing free agents who rejected qualifying offers.

All-time Rookie of the Year rankings (Monday, November 12)
Here's a list ranking every Baseball Writers' Association of America Rookie of the Year winner, dating back to the award's origin in 1947.

The case for each AL Manager of the Year finalist (Monday, November 12)
It's difficult to make an argument against any of the three finalists for the 2018 American League Manager of the Year Award. In many other years, Alex Cora of the Red Sox would have been a runaway winner after leading Boston to the most wins in franchise history and a World Series Championship -- in his first year at the helm of the team. But nobody in the league did more with less than Oakland's Bob Melvin and Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash, who turned young, low-cost rosters largely devoid of star power into a shocking 97 wins and an AL Wild Card Game berth for the A's and 90 wins for the Rays.

The case for each NL Manager of the Year finalist (Monday, November 12)
The Dodgers may have represented the National League in the World Series for the second straight season, but the remainder of the NL Division Series field was comprised of a trio of more unexpected teams led by this year's finalists for NL Manager of the Year. Brian Snitker's Braves overcame the Nationals and Phillies to reach the postseason ahead of schedule, while Bud Black's Rockies took the next step with a win over the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game. But most significantly, Craig Counsell and the Brewers embraced the unorthodox, opening and bullpenning their way to within one game of the NL pennant.

Turner hosts over 400 vets at Dodger Stadium (Monday, November 12)
It happens in the middle of the second inning of every home game, when third baseman Justin Turner makes his way to the far end of the dugout to present a baseball to the active or former military member being honored that day at Dodger Stadium.

Vlad Jr. leaving AFL early due to family matter (Monday, November 12)
After playing in 18 games over five weeks, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s stint in the Arizona Fall League has come to an end. Baseball's No. 1 prospect is leaving Arizona prior to Tuesday's game to tend to a family matter, sources told MLB Pipeline.

Ohtani AL Rookie of Year; Acuna wins NL honor (Monday, November 12)
Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year, and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday night.

Yadi powers MLB All-Stars to 1st win in Japan (Sunday, November 11)
Powered by Yadier Molina's three-run homer, the MLB All-Stars captured their first win of the Japan All-Star Series on Sunday, handling Samurai Japan, 7-3, at the Tokyo Dome.

With Mallex on board, what's in store for Cano? (Monday, November 12)
As has been noted frequently this offseason, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto faces a series of decisions in the coming days that will play out like dominoes, where one moves leads to the next. And the biggest -- or certainly most-expensive -- domino on the board figures to be Robinson Cano.

Phils may have eye on third-base upgrade (Monday, November 12)
The Phillies know Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are not cure-alls. They must find other ways to improve. Third base is one option.

Compton academy gets boost from golf outing (Monday, November 12)
Much of the Southern California baseball community gathered at Newport Beach Country Club on Monday to help support the next generation of athletes coming up behind them. A number of former and current Major Leaguers took to the links for this year's Celebrity Golf Invitational, which benefits the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Former All-Stars Torii Hunter and Gary Matthews Jr. co-hosted the event at the Newport Beach Country Club for a second consecutive year.

Ryu appears likely to accept qualifying offer (Monday, November 12)
Hyun-Jin Ryu will "most likely" accept the Dodgers' qualifying offer -- a one-year, $17.9 million contract for 2019 -- and remain with Los Angeles for one more season, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Monday.

Emotional Mauer officially retires at Target Field (Monday, November 12)
Joe Mauer formally walked away from the game he loves Monday, finalizing his retirement with a news conference at Target Field. Mauer's farewell to the Twins, his hometown team with whom he spent his entire 15-year career in the Major Leagues, was emotional.

deGrom's future unclear as agent becomes GM (Monday, November 12)
For now, Jacob deGrom is still working out how former agent Brodie Van Wagenen's move to the Mets' front office might affect him. Back in July, Van Wagenen was vocal in saying the Mets should either sign deGrom to a long-term deal or trade him. Like most around baseball, deGrom is unsure if his agent's career change will facilitate either of those things.

Hiroshima visit humbling, moving for MLB stars (Monday, November 12)
What has been a festive trip through Japan took a solemn but peaceful turn on Monday, when the traveling party of the Major League All-Star team visited one of the most impactful historic landmarks in the world.

Any chance of Braves-Kimbrel reunion? (Saturday, November 10)
Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.

Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams (Thursday, November 8)
An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

Most shocking free-agent decisions in MLB history (Sunday, November 11)
Since the first free agent signing of the modern era back in 1974, there have been several free agent deals that shook the baseball world and realigned power across the Majors. Here's a look at several moves that changed the landscape of baseball, and in some cases, were downright shocking:

The case for each AL Rookie of the Year finalist (Sunday, November 11)
The 2018 American League Rookie of the Year will be announced Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, and with a two-way sensation the likes of which we haven't seen since Babe Ruth, along with two Yankees sluggers being the finalists, the results -- like the race -- will be intriguing.

Nine stars we could see traded this offseason (Sunday, November 11)
This offseason seems to have a different feel regarding the trade market. That is, big names appear to be in play. Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Kluber. James Paxton and Billy Hamilton. This doesn't mean any of them will be traded.

The case for each NL Rookie of the Year finalist (Sunday, November 11)
The National League Rookie of the Year race was tightly contested, with the three finalists each turning in an outstanding campaign worthy of recognition. The Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., the Nationals' Juan Soto, and the Dodgers' Walker Buehler each shined in big moments for their respective clubs, making the choice for the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 2018 a very difficult one. With the announcement of the winner coming Monday, here's a look at the case for each finalist.

Altuve aims to be '120 percent' ready for spring (Sunday, November 11)
Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he'll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months.

Is Big Maple an option for the Astros? (Sunday, November 11)
The already robust market for left-handed starters grew deeper when reports emerged that the Mariners are willing to trade "just about anyone" this offseason, including 30-year-old ace James Paxton, who will immediately become one of the most highly desired arms on the market. He was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a career-high 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 2018, when he also became the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter with his effort in Toronto on May 8.

BBWAA awards week to honor game's best (Sunday, November 11)
Baseball Writers' Association of America awards week is upon us, beginning with Monday night's 6 p.m. ET announcement on MLB Network of the American League and National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winners. The subsequent announcements of the AL and NL Managers of the Year (Tuesday), Cy Young Awards (Wednesday) and Most Valuable Player Awards (Thursday) are all scheduled for the same time and channel.

Maeda set for homecoming start in Hiroshima (Sunday, November 11)
For eight seasons from 2008-15, Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda was a star for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He parlayed that success into an impressive three-year run with the Dodgers, and on Tuesday, he'll be reunited with old teammates and fans when he takes the mound at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium.

Japan trip not one to miss for Enrique, Taylor (Sunday, November 11)
The Dodgers players participating in the Japan All-Star Series knew when they committed to this trip that there was a chance they'd have little downtime between the postseason ending and having to hop on a plane to fly to the other side of the world.

Yadi powers MLB All-Stars to 1st win in Japan (Sunday, November 11)
Behind Yadier Molina's three-run homer, the MLB All-Stars captured their first win of the series on Sunday, handling Samurai Japan, 7-3, at the Tokyo Dome.

LIVE: MLB continues Japan Series (Friday, November 9)
Watch live on MLB Network: After back-to-back losses, a team of MLB All-Stars regroups vs. Samurai Japan.

Ockimey triumphs in Military Appreciation Game (Saturday, November 10)
Josh Ockimey reached Triple-A for the first time in his professional career during the 2018 Minor League season. Since then, the Red Sox's No. 10 prospect has continued to face tough competition during the Arizona Fall League.

Youth Academy standouts reveal college picks (Saturday, November 10)
More than 500 student-athletes who have come through the MLB Youth Academies have gone on to participate in college baseball and softball programs. More than 160 have been drafted by MLB clubs, including last year's No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene. Seven more student-athletes joined those ranks Saturday and were recognized at the Compton academy as they committed to play on the college level on National Signing Day.

LIVE: Watch top prospects in Fall League (Saturday, November 10)
Watch future Major League stars in the Arizona Fall League's Military Appreciation Game.

5 teams that should gamble on Pollock (Sunday, November 11)
Risk is plentiful on the free-agent market, but there may be no player this offseason who stands out as more of an intriguing gamble than A.J. Pollock.

Most interesting teams by Hot Stove situation (Saturday, November 10)
Here is MLB.com writer Anthony Castrovince's annual list of the team from each division with the most interesting Hot Stove situation.

One under-the-radar free agent at each position (Saturday, November 10)
While the top of this free-agent class is getting much of the attention, let's consider nine under-the-radar free agents.

Correa undergoes surgery for deviated septum (Saturday, November 10)
Carlos Correa underwent surgery this past Monday to repair a deviated septum. Correa said he was having trouble breathing through his nose while running the bases, but hopes the surgery will help alleviate the issue moving forward.

Astros' Toro trending up after big day in AFL (Saturday, November 10)
Abraham Toro, a switch-hitter, came to the Arizona Fall League with a few goals in mind from each side of the plate. From the left side, the Astros' No. 21 prospect went wanted to work on hitting the ball to the opposite field. From the right side, Toro said his goal was to elevate the ball more -- something he accomplished as he went deep and led Scottsdale to a 5-3 win over Glendale on Saturday afternoon.

Youth Academy standouts reveal college picks (Saturday, November 10)
A graduation day of sorts arrived Saturday for five student-athlete products of the MLB Youth Academy of New Orleans. Shortstop Will Spear and pitcher/first baseman Mike Mims of New Orleans-St. Augustine and Chalmette, La., right-hander Antoine Harris announced their college choices in front of a gathering of family, friends and a collection of younger Academy members during an hourlong event staged at the MLB Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow facility.

Bryce almost went to Astros at '18 Deadline (Saturday, November 10)
The coming weeks will determine whose uniform Bryce Harper wears next, but the superstar outfielder very nearly switched uniforms at last season's Trade Deadline.

Top prospects meet in AFL Military Appreciation Game (Saturday, November 10)
The Arizona Fall League's annual Military Appreciation Game will spotlight several prominent prospects with big league bloodlines. MLB Network and MLB.com will broadcast the matchup with the Mesa Solar Sox visiting the Salt River Rafters live Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time).

7 free agents have QO decisions to make (Saturday, November 10)
Seven free agents have until 5 p.m. ET Monday to decide whether to accept or reject their teams' qualifying offer.

MLB, US Embassy host clinic for Japanese youth (Saturday, November 10)
While much of the focus of the tournament is directed toward the on-field play between the Major League All-Stars and Samurai Japan, the youth element is always present, as was the case Saturday at the Tokyo Dome, hours before Game 2 of the six-game tournament.

Former Dodgers coach Howell passes away (Saturday, November 10)
The Dodgers organization is mourning the loss of former reliever and coach Ken Howell, who passed away on Friday at age 57.

LIVE: MLB continues Japan Series (Friday, November 9)
Watch live on MLB Network: MLB All-Stars take on a team of Japanese stars at Tokyo Dome in Game 2 of the series.

Yanagita, Japan overpower MLB All-Stars (Saturday, November 10)
Yuki Yanagita was the MVP of the last Japan All-Star Series in 2014. With his play in the first two games against the MLB All-Stars, he's making a bid for another.

The latest Brantley free-agent rumors (Thursday, November 8)
Although he's battled his share of injury problems, Michael Brantley has proven to be a well-rounded player throughout his career, and he enters free agency after hitting .309 with 17 homers, 76 RBIs, 12 steals and only 60 strikeouts over 143 games this past season. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

Don't expect Rockies to go to the bullpen early (Friday, November 9)
If baseball is headed the way of "bullpenning" and "initial out-getters," the Rockies are headed the opposite way.

Arenado, Chapman win Platinum Gloves (Friday, November 9)
Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders in their leagues as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards.

Top prospects meet in AFL Military Appreciation Game (Friday, November 9)
The Arizona Fall League's annual Military Appreciation Game will spotlight several prominent prospects with big league bloodlines. MLB Network and MLB.com will broadcast the matchup with the Mesa Solar Sox visiting the Salt River Rafters live Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time).

7 reasons why No. 7 belongs in the Hall of Fame (Friday, November 9)
Selected by his hometown team with the first overall pick of the 2001 Draft, Twins franchise icon Joe Mauer debuted with Minnesota in 2004 and never wore another uniform throughout his 15-year Major League career. After officially announcing his retirement on Friday, there's no doubt that Mauer will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear a Twins uniform. But five years from now, when he is eligible for induction to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, will he also go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game?

Dodgers release Utley to facilitate retirement (Friday, November 9)
Today, the Dodgers gave infielder Chase Utley his unconditional release so as to facilitate his official retirement.

How Mariners could go about replacing Zunino (Friday, November 9)
One move leads to another, as Seattle now must replace Mike Zunino behind the plate.

15 of the biggest free-agent splashes in history (Friday, November 9)
The Phillies are pursuing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency this offseason. Which teams have pulled off signing multiple stars in the same offseason? Here are 15 teams who made that type of splash.

Mauer retires after 15 years, 6 All-Star nods (Friday, November 9)
Joe Mauer, one of the greatest catchers in MLB history, is set to officially announce his retirement after a storied 15-year career with the Twins that saw him win an unprecedented three American League batting titles as a catcher, the 2009 AL MVP Award, surpass 2,000 career hits and earn six All-Star selections.

Not-so-crazy trade proposals for Kris Bryant (Friday, November 9)
What if the Cubs would actually consider trading Kris Bryant? It's difficult to imagine it happening, but it's plenty of fun to consider. Here are three somewhat-plausible ideas for a trade.

Who will be dealt? Each team's top trade chip (Friday, November 9)
Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball's Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB's general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options. Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year's free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we'll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.

Tigers re-sign Kozma, adding depth at SS (Friday, November 9)
The Tigers re-signed a free-agent shortstop on Friday, but it had nothing to do with Jose Iglesias. Nor, for that matter, does Pete Kozma's return on a Minor League contract fill the void left by Iglesias' expected departure in free agency this winter.

Mauer reportedly to announce retirement (Friday, November 9)
Twins icon Joe Mauer will announce his retirement from baseball in a full-page ad in Sunday's Star Tribune, the newspaper reported on Friday night. Mauer, the first overall pick in the 2001 Draft, spent all 15 years of his big league career with the Twins.

Was J.D. most important player in 2018? (Friday, November 9)
There was no more important player in baseball this season, in either league, than Martinez. The Red Sox made one significant addition to their batting order this season. It was Martinez, who had personal bests across his stat line.

Van Wagenen ready to 'charge forward' as GM (Friday, November 9)
When Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon approached Van Wagenen late last month regarding the vacant GM job, he considered the risk and reward. No one, really, had done this before in baseball, at least not in this way. Some criticized it on an ideological level. Van Wagenen weighed the offer and signed the contract.

Report: Cubs are open to offers for Bryant (Friday, November 9)
It seemed like Kris Bryant would be a Chicago institution when he backed up his 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Award with an MVP and World Series championship the following year. But as the Cubs enter a tricky offseason, indications are that any North Side star could be on the move -- including Bryant.

Hoskins honored to take Players Oath in Japan (Friday, November 9)
In sports, it's normally the adults who preach about sportsmanship and fair play, while it's up to the kids to absorb that information and hopefully take it to the field with them with an intent to do things the right way. But on Friday at the Tokyo Dome, the tables were turned, and the adults -- namely, the players on both sides of the diamond participating in the Japan All-Star Series -- were making a promise to the kids to, quite simply, behave themselves.

10 names that had people talking at GM Meetings (Thursday, November 8)
Top names such as Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel got plenty of attention at the General Managers Meetings as teams weigh the pros and cons of diving into the deep end of the free-agent pool to fill holes on their respective rosters. But plenty of other players generated quite a bit of buzz, both in the free-agent and trade markets.

5 pitchers whose talent the Astros could unlock (Friday, November 9)
The Astros have a need in the rotation, and they've also gained a reputation as a franchise that can do a great job helping pitchers improve. Who should they go after next? Here are five possibilities.

Japan stuns MLB stars with walk-off homer (Friday, November 9)
In the first game of the Japan All-Star Series, Major League hitters got a first-hand look at what local fans in Tokyo refer to as "Dome Runs." The big leaguers took a two-run lead into the ninth inning Friday thanks to homers by Amed Rosario, Carlos Santana and Juan Soto, but Samurai Japan got the biggest blow of the night on Yuki Yanagita's walk-off two-run jack against the Padres' Kirby Yates to send the electric Tokyo Dome crowd home happy with a 7-6 win.

Matsui's star still shines brightly in Japan (Friday, November 9)
Hideki Matsui was first approached to be a Japan All-Star Series coach for the MLB team by his former Yankees manager, Joe Torre, who now works for the Commissioner's Office.

LIVE: MLB powering up at Tokyo Dome (Friday, November 9)
Watch live on MLB Network: Carlos Santana connected for a three-run blast, while Amed Rosario has a solo shot as the MLB All-Stars take on a team of Japanese stars at Tokyo Dome. Catch a replay of the game at 8 ET tonight.

Matz hosts bowling event for first responders (Thursday, November 8)
Thursday's Strikes With Steven fundraiser was the latest in a series of ongoing events Steven Matz has hosted for his TRU32 charity, which honors first responders in the greater New York area.

Ivan Rodriguez among Gehrig Award honorees (Thursday, November 8)
For nearly a quarter century, the Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Gala has served as a celebration of progress, a yearly marking of the continued efforts to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. That tradition continued Thursday night, when the ALS Association's Greater New York Chapter hosted its 24th annual iteration of the event.

So long, Stretch: Fans gather to honor McCovey (Thursday, November 8)
Nobody, it seemed, wanted to let Willie McCovey go. The Giants hosted a celebration of McCovey's life on Thursday at AT&T Park, prompting a couple thousand fans and a wide array of ballplayers to show up in tribute.

Betts honored with overall Heart & Hustle Award (Thursday, November 8)
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the recipient of the 2018 Heart & Hustle Award on Thursday, as awarded annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to an active player that it feels "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.

30 best power prospects -- 1 for each team (Thursday, November 8)
Who will form the next wave of young sluggers? Here, we identify the top power-hitting prospect in each organization, focusing on usable power (translatable into home run production) as opposed to simply raw power.

Atkins confident in options after GM Meetings (Thursday, November 8)
Ross Atkins departed the General Managers Meetings on Thursday afternoon without any moves to show for his time in California. But he was confident that the appropriate groundwork had been put in place to get the process started.

Zunino to Rays, Mallex to M's in 5-player deal (Thursday, November 8)
Mallex Smith believes in second chances, so he'll happily give Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto a pass on his first abbreviated stint with Seattle. Smith is the centerpiece of a five-player swap that sent catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia and Minor League left-hander Michael Plassmeyer to the Rays in exchange for Smith and Minor League outfielder Jake Fraley.

Phils looking beyond just Harper, Machado (Thursday, November 8)
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have been discussed extensively this week, but the Phillies have more options to pursue than them. Here is a look at the other items on the agenda.

How history projects Harper's, Machado's futures (Thursday, November 8)
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were picked first and third overall in the 2010 Draft. Both debuted in the Majors just two years later, Harper as a teenager and Machado shortly after his 20th birthday.

5 Hot Stove takeaways from the GM Meetings (Thursday, November 8)
CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner returned to the Bronx, the Mariners and Rays consummated yet another trade and player agents met with club officials to gauge valuations in a market headlined by Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Patrick Corbin.

J.D. first to win 2 Silver Sluggers in same year (Thursday, November 8)
J.D. Martinez had such an impressive offensive season that he pulled off an unprecedented feat on Thursday, becoming the first player to win American League Silver Slugger Awards at two positions in the same season.

Yelich reacts after shooting in hometown (Thursday, November 8)
Wednesday's shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that claimed the lives of at least 12 people hit home for Brewers star Christian Yelich, who grew up in that Los Angeles suburb and attended high school less than five miles away.

Sanchez's shoulder surgery goes 'as expected' (Thursday, November 8)
Gary Sanchez underwent surgery on his left shoulder at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday, and the Yankees' catcher is expected to be ready for Opening Day, Brian Cashman said on Wednesday at the General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.

Will Sox, Yanks feud over Eovaldi? (Thursday, November 8)
One of the best Trade Deadline additions any team made in 2018, Nathan Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA over 12 regular-season appearances (11 starts) with the Red Sox before shining in the postseason for the World Series champions. Having boosted his stock considerably, Eovaldi should draw significant interest on the free-agent market. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.

Silver Slugger Awards being unveiled (Thursday, November 8)
Among the most prestigious annual honors for hitters in Major League Baseball, the Silver Slugger Awards for 2018 are being unveiled on MLB Network.

Sox's window to repeat as champs wide open (Thursday, November 8)
If you're the Red Sox, how do you follow up a season unlike any other in team history? It's simple. You have another historic season.

Pirates sign Kang to one-year contract (Thursday, November 8)
Even before declining Jung Ho Kang's club option last week, general manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates would be interested in bringing him back next season and giving him a chance to be their everyday third baseman.

Elder statesman Yadi savoring 1st tour of Japan (Thursday, November 8)

Zunino to M's, Mallex to Rays in 5-player swap (Thursday, November 8)
The Mariners and Rays have announced a deal that sends catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia and Minor League lefty Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay for Rays outfielder Mallex Smith and Minor League outfielder Jake Fraley.

Realmuto, Soto lift MLB stars in Japan opener (Thursday, November 8)
The MLB stars embarked on their tour of Japan with an exhibition game Thursday against the NPB's iconic Yomiuri Giants franchise, and it certainly didn't take the Major League hitters long to shake off any rust they might have had since the end of the season.

Giant splash of Harper not likely from Zaidi (Thursday, November 8)
Farhan Zaidi has been the Giants' president of baseball operations for all of one day, so it's a little too soon to know if he's ready to spend more than $300 million on Bryce Harper. But a number of clues suggest that he isn't.

LIVE: MLB stars in wild opener in Japan (Thursday, November 8)
Watch live on MLB Network or follow along on Gameday: Juan Soto's RBI double off the Tokyo Dome roof was part of a five-run third for the MLB All-Stars, while Seiya Matsubara has an inside-the-park HR for the Yomiuri Giants. Catch a replay of the game at 8 ET tonight.

Padres' outfield depth draws trade interest (Wednesday, November 7)
It's widely believed the Padres will deal from their glut of outfielders this winter. At the GM Meetings in Carlsbad on Wednesday, Padres general manger A.J. Preller seemed to back that notion.

Here's hoping Harper stays in Washington (Wednesday, November 7)
Bryce Harper could stay with the Nationals. Or he could go play with the Giants, who are supposed to have a great, big rumored interest in him. Scott Boras, Harper's agent, was even saying the other day that he thinks his client could make the switch from the outfield to first base.

Phillies, Harper could be great fit (Wednesday, November 7)
It seems 10 years and $300 million is the starting point in contract negotiations for Bryce Harper. The Phillies are positioned as well as anybody -- maybe better than anybody -- to give him what he wants.

GMs fondly remember scout Welke at Meetings (Wednesday, November 7)
It's impossible to miss Don Welke's impact at this week's General Managers Meetings.

Cubs working to finalize coaching staff (Wednesday, November 7)
The Cubs have made it clear they're looking for more pitching this offseason. They also could be looking for a new pitching coach if Jim Hickey doesn't return.

Angels keeping open mind on catching options (Wednesday, November 7)
Angels general manager Billy Eppler isn't classifying an upgrade at catcher as essential, but he is willing to explore external options to help recoup some of the depth that was lost this past season following the departures of Martin Maldonado and Rene Rivera.

Avila prioritizes defense for Tigers' shortstop (Wednesday, November 7)
As the Tigers look for a free-agent shortstop to replace Jose Iglesias, the priority is on defense.

Why Rox may be long shots to land Realmuto (Wednesday, November 7)
The Rockies have been mentioned as a possible trade suitor for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but early indications are there will not be a major push to land him.

Girsch lays groundwork in search for impact bat (Wednesday, November 7)
Weeks of projections and market analysis took more tangible form for the Cardinals this week as members of the front office gathered at the General Manager Meetings to begin the discovery phase of the Hot Stove season.

AFL celebrates inclusion with first Pride Night (Wednesday, November 7)
The Arizona Fall League's first Pride Night on Wednesday was a celebration of the sport, acceptance and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community.

Beltre expects multiple suitors if he returns (Wednesday, November 7)
Adrian Beltre has not yet revealed whether he is planning to play in 2019 or retire after 21 seasons. If the 39-year-old third baseman does decide to return, his agent, Scott Boras, said Beltre will have far more options than just the Rangers.

Free-agent signings each team can be proud of (Wednesday, November 7)
We look at the best free-agent signings for each team this century.

M's, Rays near Zunino-Mallex deal, sources say (Wednesday, November 7)
The Mariners and Rays appear close to finalizing a trade that would send catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay for Rays outfielder Mallex Smith. The framework of the deal, which is expected to involve two low-level Minor Leaguers in addition to the three aforementioned players, has been agreed to, sources told MLB.com's Greg Johns and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. But the deal won't be finalized until medical files are reviewed, and neither club has confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

Hudgens named Blue Jays' bench coach (Wednesday, November 7)
The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Wednesday night that Dave Hudgens has been named the club's new bench coach. The announcement was made by executive vice president, baseball operations and general manager Ross Atkins.

Bader deserved award for fielding prowess (Wednesday, November 7)
Harrison Bader didn't win any notable fielding awards in 2018, but that doesn't mean he wasn't deserving. In fact, he might be the biggest snub of the awards season, because he played like the best defensive outfielder in the game this year.

What'll Crew do with Schoop? Here are 3 options (Wednesday, November 7)
Brewers general manager David Stearns said he expects a more modest offseason this year. His first big decision could be what to do with infielder Jonathan Schoop.

Dodgers pick up Roberts' option for 2019 (Wednesday, November 7)
Manager Dave Roberts and the Dodgers have reached agreement on a four-year contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Sanchez to undergo surgery on left shoulder (Wednesday, November 7)
Gary Sanchez will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this offseason relating to an injury and pain he's experienced since the 2017 season, general manager Brian Cashman revealed on Wednesday to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

'Harper's bazaar' underway, says Boras (Wednesday, November 7)
Bryce Harper's free agency took center stage at the annual General Managers Meetings this week, kicking off what is sure to be one of the most high-profile and highly anticipated free agencies in recent memory.

Boston announces moves in baseball operations (Wednesday, November 7)
The Boston Red Sox today announced several personnel moves in the baseball operations department.

Graham filling in as O's narrow front-office picks (Wednesday, November 7)
As Orioles ownership continues to conduct interviews to fill out the front office -- namely the top two positions -- interim general manager Brian Graham is representing Baltimore at this week's General Managers Meetings.

MLB opens doors to female NYU undergrads (Wednesday, November 7)
MLB hosted female undergraduate students from NYU's Tisch Institute on Wednesday at its corporate headquarters on Park Avenue. There, more than two dozen students mixed with female professionals of various disciplines for a morning-long exchange of networking, learning and professional and personal development.

Ankiel comeback delayed by elbow surgery (Wednesday, November 7)
Rick Ankiel's comeback attempt will have to wait a little longer, but he's not giving it up. Ankiel -- who is attempting to make it back to the Major Leagues as a left-handed reliever after five years out of the game and 14 years removed from his last pitching appearance -- has had a left elbow procedure that will delay his comeback attempt for several months, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Zaidi's 'full circle' journey brings him to Giants (Wednesday, November 7)
Farhan Zaidi's first exposure to Major League Baseball was watching the Giants' Candy Maldonado and Will Clark slug back-to-back homers for a walk-off victory over the Astros on Aug. 10, 1987, at Candlestick Park.

Gurriel set for utility role in 'post-Marwin world' (Wednesday, November 7)
With versatile Marwin Gonzalez likely moving to a new club in 2019 via free agency, the Astros will try to look internally to fill his shoes, which means a more flexible role for Yuli Gurriel going forward.

Brantley, Ramos could make sense for Braves (Wednesday, November 7)
A source said the Braves have shown some interest in free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley and free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, but Atlanta not made an offer or had a serious discussion with either of these players.

Wilson defensive honors being unveiled (Wednesday, November 7)
In a second nod to defense this week, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards are being unveiled on MLB Network.

Swanson undergoes left wrist surgery (Wednesday, November 7)
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson underwent surgery Monday to remove a loose body from his left wrist and the club expects him to report to Spring Training without any restrictions.

Mets interested in free-agent reliever Miller (Wednesday, November 7)
New Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen's "win-now" approach could include a significant addition to the bullpen, as a source tells MLB.com's Jon Morosi that New York is interested in free-agent reliever Andrew Miller.

Bucs hope viable lefty relief option emerges (Wednesday, November 7)
This is Neal Huntington's 12th offseason as the Pirates' general manager. By his count, it's the 12th consecutive offseason he is looking to add a left-handed reliever who will make life easier for Pittsburgh's manager.

This Yankees pitcher could be Hot Stove steal (Wednesday, November 7)
It's safe to say that the Sonny Gray experiment did not work out in the Bronx, to the point that Brian Cashman is openly saying he's going to make a trade. Despite his struggles, the root of his problems isn't clear -- and plenty of teams will be interested in having him.

Braves making strong push for Realmuto (Wednesday, November 7)
It would not be surprising if Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto changes uniforms this offseason, but it would be a surprise if the All-Star backstop went to one of Miami's National League East rivals. Such a move could be a possibility, however, as sources tell MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the Braves have interest and are closely monitoring Realmuto's market, though they haven't made a formal offer.

With McCullers out, McHugh eyes rotation spot (Wednesday, November 7)
Astros right-hander Collin McHugh is currently on the other side of the world, but that didn't prevent him from turning his thoughts, briefly, to next season.

Hahn keeping patient approach in Sox rebuild (Wednesday, November 7)
MLB general managers rarely announce the start of a rebuild in public. Rick Hahn did so in 2016. On Tuesday, Hahn made a much more upbeat declaration.

MLB stars excited for start of Japan AS Series (Wednesday, November 7)
Don Mattingly's admiration for Japanese baseball dates back to his days as a player -- first as a youngster playing Instructional League ball in Bradenton, Fla., and then as a star player and one of the most recognized Yankees of his era.

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