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Around the Horn: Rays confident in Zunino (Today)
With Spring Training approaching, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2019 Rays, breaking the team down position-by-position. Next up: catchers.

Moustakas' market includes Phils, Crew, Padres (Today)
Mike Moustakas has crushed 66 homers the past two seasons -- only Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Jose Ramirez have more among players with at least 50 percent of games at third base in that span. That power makes the 30-year-old, who is in his second straight offseason as a free agent, a solid alternative to Machado.

Here's where Marlins stand on Realmuto front (Today)
All offseason, the Marlins have held firm on their trade demands for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, and their position hasn't changed with Spring Training opening in a little more than three weeks.

Umpires inspire, inform at Dream Series panel (Sunday, January 20)
Growing up in Southern California, Malachi Moore never imagined that standing behind home plate and calling strikes could be as gratifying as crouching in the batter's box and swinging at them.

Hiura leads list of Top 10 2B prospects (Sunday, January 20)
Our new list of MLB's Top 10 second-base prospects has several players nearly ready for the big leagues, as well as some familiar names, with Keston Hiura and Luis Urias headlining the five holdovers from last year's list.

Here's why Pollock, Dodgers should match up (Sunday, January 20)
The Dodgers are reportedly interested in free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock. MLB.com breaks down why Pollock would be a great fit in Los Angeles.

Wainwright pain-free and ready to compete (Sunday, January 20)
Speaking at Winter Warm-Up on Sunday, Adam Wainwright acknowledged that it took three September starts last season to convince him that his right arm still had something left to give.

10 players who made the most of low averages (Wednesday, January 16)

7 sleeper free agents who could impress in '19 (Today)
Which players in on the market are in this low-risk, high-reward category? Let's take a look at seven possibilities for the upcoming season.

The next Hall of Famer for all 30 teams (Sunday, January 20)
With the 2019 Hall of Fame class being finalized this week, let's guess the next Hall of Famer to wear each team's hat on his plaque.

Mozeliak not looking to pounce late in FA market (Saturday, January 19)
Though the Cardinals continue to monitor a slow-moving free-agent market with an open mind, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak insisted on Saturday that the organization isn't necessarily preparing to pounce.

Loretta eager to learn from Maddon as coach (Sunday, January 20)
Mark Loretta played baseball about a half-hour north of Wrigley Field when he suited up for Northwestern University. As he transitioned from collegiate star to professional ballplayer to big leaguer, Loretta held on to the hope of one day joining the Cubs.

Gurriel graces Canada's R.B.I. Baseball 19 cover (Sunday, January 20)
R.B.I. Baseball 19 just got a fresh new hairstyle as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was announced as the game's new Canadian cover athlete on Sunday at the Blue Jays Winter Fest in Toronto.

Source: Angels complete deal for closer Allen (Sunday, January 20)
The Angels have found their closer for the 2019 season, as they agreed to terms with right-hander Cody Allen, who passed his physical to finalize the deal, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Sunday.

Mikolas open to extension talks with Cards (Sunday, January 20)
Miles Mikolas said on Sunday that he is open to discussing the possibility of a contract extension with the Cardinals before he hits free agency, and he will put no parameters on when those discussions can take place.

Johnson mentors catchers at Dream Series (Sunday, January 20)
The Dream Series, which runs in connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is an initiative designed to develop the 60 participating pitchers and catchers for a career in baseball.

Recovering Sanchez eyeing productive 2019 (Sunday, January 20)
One after the other at this weekend's Winter Fest at Rogers Centre, Blue Jays players said that they expect their team to surprise some people this season. For that to happen, they'll need right-hander Aaron Sanchez back at full health and pitching like he did in 2016.

Springer honored to rep Astros on MLK Day (Sunday, January 20)
The father of Astros outfielder George Springer grew up hearing firsthand accounts from his own dad about the impact of John Lewis in the civil rights movement, giving him a greater understanding of Lewis' legacy than many of his young peers.

Twins, lefty Perez reportedly reach 1-year deal (Sunday, January 20)
The Twins have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Martin Perez with a club option for a second season, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Team-by-team transactions this offseason (Saturday, January 19)
With just weeks until camp opens for Spring Training, the Hot Stove continues to cook. A throng of players have meandered their way into the New Year preparing to suit up for a new team.

Mozeliak not looking to pounce late in FA market (Saturday, January 19)
Though the Cardinals continue to monitor a slow-moving free-agent market with an open mind, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak insisted on Saturday that the organization isn't necessarily preparing to pounce.

Acuna would prefer to stay at leadoff for Braves (Saturday, January 19)
How the Braves construct their lineup will depend on who is acquired or selected to fill their outfield void. But Ronald Acuna Jr. admits his preference is to remain at the top of Atlanta's lineup.

Halladay remembered fondly at Winter Fest (Saturday, January 19)
As the Toronto Blue Jays looked to the future at their annual Winter Fest this weekend at Rogers Centre, some alumni and current players remembered franchise icon Roy Halladay, who is on track to be elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Anthopoulos: Braves' focus is adding OF (Saturday, January 19)
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos said his current focus is centered on landing an outfielder, and he revealed at least one pursuit could resolve itself soon.

Finding the best backstop matches for Keuchel (Saturday, January 19)
Dallas Keuchel is a command artist -- and several teams that are potential landing spots for the free-agent left-hander have great framing catchers who could steal him strikes. MLB.com breaks down the best fits.

Goldy, Miller take in 'excitement' of Warm-up (Saturday, January 19)
The Cardinals turned their annual Winter Warm-Up, considered to be the start of a sprint toward spring, into the first piece of a season-long sales pitch to a player they hope will become a staple at the January event.

Spiveys make Dream Series family affair (Saturday, January 19)
It takes only a few minutes for former Major League infielder Ernest "Junior" Spivey to find his young son on the field at this week's Dream Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

7 reasons NL Central is MLB's toughest division (Saturday, January 19)
Columnist Richard Justice discusses why the National League Central is MLB's best division.

Which remaining free agents boast best skills? (Saturday, January 19)
With less than a month remaining before Spring Training gets underway, many free agents have already found homes for the 2019 season. But there are still plenty of talented players available, and clubs looking to add certain ingredients to their rosters before Opening Day will have no shortage of options. Here is a look at the remaining free agents on the market who possess the top skills.

Reds thrilled to stop by Children's Hospital (Saturday, January 19)
The Reds Caravan northern leg dropped by Dayton's Children Hospital Saturday to say hello to kids in their hospital beds. Second baseman Scooter Gennett, pitchers Sal Romano and Cody Reed, infield prospect Brantley Bell and mascot Mr. Red rolled through the hallways carrying toys in red wagons.

Andrus committed to Texas, senses 'chemistry' (Saturday, January 19)
Elvis Andrus lets little upset him, including when it came time to make a final decision on his 2019 contract. The Rangers lost 95 games last season, and there may be more rough times ahead during the rebuild. But Andrus isn't ready to abandon ship, at least right now.

HOF players and managers, broken down by team (Saturday, January 19)
MLB.com breaks down which Hall of Fame players and managers are represented by which teams in Cooperstown's hallowed Plaque Gallery.

These are the best HOF classes in history (Friday, January 18)
Let's look back and see which BBWAA-inducted Hall classes had the most star power.

Sale: 'I would love it' if Kimbrel rejoined Sox (Saturday, January 19)
Though there's a tendency to think about Craig Kimbrel in the past tense as it relates to the Red Sox, a reunion shouldn't be entirely ruled out until the fire-balling closer signs somewhere else. And if he does come back, many of his teammates would welcome it.

Twins, lefty Perez reportedly reach 1-year deal (Saturday, January 19)
The Twins have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Martin Perez with a club option for a second season, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Every team's best player not in Hall of Fame (Saturday, January 19)
Some of these guys deserve it; some might fall just short. But they're all players the hometown fans can't fathom aren't worthy of baseball's highest honor.

One question for each National League club (Saturday, January 19)
With Spring Training about a month away, it's a good time to ask some important questions about each MLB team. Following is a look at the National League clubs, highlighting one key question from fans for each of the 15 MLB.com beat writers covering the NL, including a link to more from that reporter's most recent Inbox.

Red Sox CEO: We want Betts in Boston for life (Saturday, January 19)
Superstar Mookie Betts has become the face of the Red Sox, and there's strong sentiment at the highest levels of the organization for that to be the case for many years to come.

Sale healthy, open to potential extension talks (Saturday, January 19)
When it comes to encouraging developments at Red Sox Winter Weekend, the fact that Sale is a full go again and feeling great about where he's at with his shoulder is at or near the top of the list.

Cubs star Bryant: St. Louis is 'so boring' (Saturday, January 19)
Cubs star Kris Bryant stoked one of baseball's longest-running rivalries on Friday with comments about the rival Cardinals' home city.

Yanks-Reds Gray talks reportedly progressing (Saturday, January 19)
The Reds are moving closer to dealing for Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Friday.

Pendleton inducted into Braves Hall of Fame (Friday, January 18)
Whether serving as that player who fueled Atlanta's unprecedented streak of 14 consecutive division titles or the mentor who enriched the careers Brian McCann and the organization's other stars from this century, Terry Pendleton was a fierce competitor and highly respected leader. His contributions were honored Friday night, when he and dead-ball-era star Hugh Duffy were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame.

Chris Martin healthy, ready to roll in Rangers' 'pen (Friday, January 18)
The Rangers were expecting Chris Martin to be a big part of their bullpen last season, and he was when healthy. But the injuries seemed to keep him from getting on an extended roll, and Martin was 1-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 46 games.

Young Blue Jays pitchers see opportunity ahead (Friday, January 18)
The group of Julian Merryweather, Hector Perez, Andrew Sopko, Trent Thornton and Jacob Waguespack suddenly have an opportunity in front of them. They've also got some high expectations.

Darvish confident as return to mound nears (Friday, January 18)
The Cubs surprised the baseball world a year ago when they signed Yu Darvish to a blockbuster free-agent contract. Following a season lost due to injury, both the team and its fans are still waiting for Darvish to show that he was worth the lucrative pact.

Vlad Jr. not shying away from leadership role (Friday, January 18)
The Blue Jays gathered their brightest young stars in Toronto this week for their annual Development Program, which the organization believes will advance the talent and leadership of its highly anticipated top prospects. In what Blue Jays fans will hope is a sign of things to come, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stood in the middle of it all with a sparkling championship ring on his finger.

Analyzing every big offseason move (thus far) (Friday, January 18)
There have been dozens of moves so far this winter, including trades, free-agent signings, waiver claims and so on, and we'll be examining each of them right here.

Red Sox hungry for elusive World Series repeat (Friday, January 18)
One of the precious few accomplishments that Red Sox owner John Henry and Tom Werner have yet to see during their stewardship is a repeat World Series championship.

Bryant on Harper: 'He's not signing here' (Friday, January 18)
Kris Bryant knew that it would be the first question he encountered when the doors to the Sheraton Grand Chicago banquet hall opened and reporters waited inside. So, with four words and a smile, the Cubs star tossed some ice-cold water on the idea that his friend, free agent Bryce Harper, might ink a contract with the North Siders.

Dodgers set for annual community service tour (Friday, January 18)
The Dodgers will hold their 16th annual community service tour next week, with the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour events ranging from Justin Turner Day at City Hall to tributes for wildfire first responders and the Borderline bar shooting victims and families.

Rays fill out Minor League coaching staff for '19 (Friday, January 18)
The Rays announced their Minor League coaching-staff assignments for the 2019 season on Friday, with notable changes throughout the system.

Twins' bullpen solid, but still taking shape (Friday, January 18)
The Twins likely aren't done adding to their relief corps, and still anticipate more competition being brought in for the final spots on the pitching staff, whether in the form of non-roster invitees or potential fits on the 40-man roster.

One question for each American League club (Friday, January 18)
With Spring Training about a month away, it's a good time to ask some important questions about each MLB team. We'll look at the American League clubs here, with one key question from fans for each of the 15 MLB.com beat writers covering the AL highlighted, as well as a link to more from that reporter's most recent Inbox.

Garrett inspires youth at Dream Series camp (Friday, January 18)
Reds left-hander Amir Garrett spent Friday morning grinding at the club's Spring Training complex in Goodyear. But his biggest delivery of the day came during his lunch break, 30 miles east of the club's complex and nowhere near a mound.

Counting down the best fits for Kimbrel (Friday, January 18)
Andrew Miller, Zach Britton, David Robertson, Jeurys Familia, Joe Kelly, Adam Ottavino… they've all signed. Craig Kimbrel is now the last high-end reliever still on the market. So who should sign him?

Inbox: Will Reds trade an outfielder for pitching? (Friday, January 18)
With the addition of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, will the Reds trade any of their outfield chips away for starting pitching?

Five new managers in Cards' Minors system (Friday, January 18)
Five Cardinals affiliates will be led by new managers in 2019, including Triple-A Memphis, which formally announced Ben Johnson as its newest manager on Friday.

Pirates retain top 2 managers in Minors system (Friday, January 18)
The Pirates on Friday announced their Minor League coaching staff assignments for the 2019 season, featuring a pair of familiar names managing in the upper levels of their system.

Mullins eager to seize opportunity with Orioles (Friday, January 18)
This spring is set to be different than last for Cedric Mullins. On the outside of the roster looking in last year, Mullins figures to enter Spring Training this season with not only a chance to win the Orioles' center-field job, but the leadoff-hitter role as well.

Yanks have been active, but don't sleep on Sox (Friday, January 18)
Sometimes, the ebb and flow of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees is as predictable as, well, the tide. The Yankees make some kind of move in the offseason. And there is often a reaction in Boston that the sky is, once again, falling.

Rays sign Avisail to one-year contract (Friday, January 18)
The Rays officially signed free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to one-year contract for $3.5 million guaranteed, plus bonuses that can make the deal worth up to $6 million.

Inbox: Will Reds trade an outfielder for pitching? (Friday, January 18)
With the addition of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, will the Reds trade any of their outfield chips away for starting pitching?

Inbox: How will Maddon construct batting order? (Friday, January 18)
Do you forsee the Cubs going with more of a set batting order this season? Do you think that plays into any slumps, hot streaks, etc.?

Inbox: Are Phils shopping Franco, Herrera? (Friday, January 18)
Could the Phillies trade Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera, and would that be impacted by a big free-agent signing? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

Inbox: What will the Mets' starting OF look like? (Friday, January 18)
With the signing of Jed Lowrie, the Mets appear mostly done making offseason acquisitions. While general manager Brodie Van Wagenen freely acknowledges there is room to supplement a few spots on the roster, and while Van Wagenen may still make another transaction or two, the big stuff appears finished.

Inbox: Is this lineup Crew's best ever vs. RHP? (Friday, January 18)
Will next season's lineup be the Brewers' best yet vs. right-handed pitchers? Beat reporter Adam McCalvy fields offseason questions from fans

Inbox: Will Miller solve Cards' bullpen issues? (Friday, January 18)
Does Andrew Miller solve the Cardinals' bullpen problems? What's the plan for Jordan Hicks in 2019? Reporter Jenifer Langosch answers fans' questions in the latest Inbox.

Could Dodgers use another starting pitcher? (Friday, January 18)
Do the Dodgers need another reliable starter? Is Bryce Harper still an option? Beat reporter Ken Gurnick answers these questions and more in this edition of the Inbox.

30 best defensive prospects -- 1 for each team (Thursday, January 17)
Evaluating defense is still very much subjective, with metrics measuring fielding still imperfect. Still, each system has glovework that stands out more than others, and we considered many to present one best defender from each organization.

Alonso leads list of Top 10 1B prospects (Thursday, January 17)
There has been a resurgence in first-base prospects in the last couple of years. The 2017 Draft featured five first basemen in the top 35 picks, and four of them rank among the 10 best prospects at the position at this moment.

Dream Series aims to build young leaders (Friday, January 18)
Former big league manager Jerry Manuel adjusted the bill of his cream-colored hat, dusted off the front of his white hoodie and then glided from his front-row seat in the hotel amphitheater to the podium.

30 best defensive prospects -- 1 for each team (Thursday, January 17)
Evaluating defense is still very much subjective, with metrics measuring fielding still imperfect. Still, each system has glovework that stands out more than others, and we considered many to present one best defender from each organization.

Maddon serves dinner for 'Thanksmas' project (Thursday, January 17)
After finishing a day filled with meetings with his new-look coaching staff, Cubs manager Joe Maddon donned a white apron and headed to St. Leonard's Ministries on Chicago's west side on Thursday night. It was time to put baseball off to the side for a few hours.

Is Stanton keeping Yanks from Bryce, Manny? (Thursday, January 17)
Would the Yankees be willing to spend on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado if they weren't spending the way they are on Giancarlo Stanton?

7 realities about the 2019 Hall of Fame vote (Thursday, January 17)
Don't stress over Tuesday's Hall of Fame vote announcement. Relax. It's all going to be OK.

This Yankees 'pen might be best ever ... by far (Thursday, January 17)
The Yankees bullpen looks like it could be historically great. Again.

Alonso leads list of Top 10 1B prospects (Thursday, January 17)
There has been a resurgence in first-base prospects in the last couple of years. The 2017 Draft featured five first basemen in the top 35 picks, and four of them rank among the 10 best prospects at the position at this moment.

Angels reportedly agree with closer Allen (Thursday, January 17)
The Angels have found a closer for 2019: Cody Allen. They're in agreement on a deal with the free-agent right-hander, according to multiple reports Thursday night. The Angels haven't confirmed the deal, which would be pending a physical.

Folty tops Atlanta's uncertain rotation (Thursday, January 17)
With the start of Spring Training less than a month away, it's time to look at what the Braves roster might look like on Opening Day. First up is the starting rotation, which potentially could gain an external addition before the regular season begins.

Gone from Rox, Ottavino leaves parting gift for duo (Thursday, January 17)
On his way out the Rockies' door, righty reliever Adam Ottavino may have left Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee a road map to effectiveness. After his own struggles in 2017 (2-3, 5.06 ERA), Ottavino recalibrated his mechanics and pitch design at Driveline Baseball in Kent, Wash., last winter.

Pedroia 'doing well' as running program begins (Thursday, January 17)
How are the early stages of Dustin Pedroia's running program going?

Red Sox stay confident after Yankees' moves (Thursday, January 17)
Another potential closing target went away for the Red Sox on Thursday when Adam Ottavino signed with the rival Yankees, sources confirmed to MLB.com. With less than a month before Spring Training, this leaves the defending World Series champions with a loaded roster that lacks one thing: a proven closer.

Players reveal favorite HRs, and they are epic (Thursday, January 17)
Toward the end of the 2018 regular season, MLB.com asked a whole bunch of players from a whole bunch of teams, "What's your favorite home run you ever saw, in person or on TV?" Let's run through our 10 favorite answers, with accompanying video to help bide the time between taters.

O'Brien, Cooper arrive to spring camp early (Thursday, January 17)
Prospects weren't the only ones this week taking part in the Marlins' three-day hitter's camp at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. Peter O'Brien and Garrett Cooper, who are competing for Opening Day roster spots, joined the group of position-player prospects invited to the minicamp.

Tebow to join Mets Spring Training as NRI (Thursday, January 17)
For the second straight spring, Tim Tebow will be in big league camp.

Is signing Machado or Harper the right move? (Thursday, January 17)
White Sox beat reporter Scott Merkin answers fans' questions in the latest White Sox Inbox.

Will Kaprielian and Jefferies return this season? (Thursday, January 17)
A's beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions in the latest A's Inbox.

Inbox: Will Trout get a mega-deal from Halos? (Thursday, January 17)
Is Mike Trout going to be around long-term? Will Tyler Skaggs evolve into an ace? Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers these questions and more in this edition of the Angels' Inbox.

Inbox: Are Rays still in mix for Realmuto? (Thursday, January 17)
Rays beat reporter Juan Toribio answers questions from fans in the latest edition of Rays Inbox.

These prospects could be MLB's Top 5 in 2021 (Thursday, January 17)
All of MLB Pipeline's Top 10 position lists elicit a ton of debate, which is of course why we do the rankings in the first place. And that leads to good questions from fans. So let's get to them.

Ricketts backs Cubs' roster, offseason approach (Thursday, January 17)
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts made the media rounds on Thursday morning, discussing the team's quiet winter and plenty of other topics in interviews across the Chicago radio waves. This came after word spread that the Ricketts family would not have a panel at the annual Cubs Convention this weekend.

Ottavino said to have 3-year deal with Yankees (Thursday, January 17)
The Yankees have a deal with free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Top high-school prospects begin Dream Series (Thursday, January 17)
It's been a year since he first heard the words on the back fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium, but when Christian Little closes his eyes, he can still hear Junior Spivey's voice.

Rumors prove it's never too early to talk Trout (Wednesday, January 16)
It was inevitable. With everyone waiting on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign, we were invariably going to end up discussing what might be baseball's biggest story over the next 20 months: The looming free agency of Mike Trout, which is set to happen after the 2020 season.

Lots of turnover among Top 10 catching prospects (Wednesday, January 16)
There's a good amount of turnover on this year's Top 10 Catching Prospects list compared to the 2018 version. That starts at the top, with a member of the 2018 Draft Class, Joey Bart, leading the way.

Top prospect Hiura leads Crew's camp invites (Wednesday, January 16)
The Brewers invited nine Minor League players to Major League Spring Training on Wednesday, a group headlined by top prospect Keston Hiura.

How many Hall of Famers will you see play in 2019? (Wednesday, January 16)
You can be sure that every season, you're watching some all-time greats who will end up in Cooperstown someday. But who, and how many? This is our best guess at who might be enshrined among the legends in upstate New York.

Anaheim extends Angel Stadium lease by 1 yr. (Wednesday, January 16)
The Anaheim City Council voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Angels' lease at Angel Stadium through the 2020 season late Tuesday, which gives both sides more time to discuss a potential new deal to either renovate the ballpark or build a new one.

Chili, Cespedes share history with Lowrie (Wednesday, January 16)
Infielder Jed Lowrie, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets on Wednesday, is no stranger to some in his new organization. He will be reunited with hitting coach Chili Davis and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who were with Lowrie on the Athletics in 2013 and '14.

Rotation hopeful Skoglund suspended 80 games (Wednesday, January 16)
Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund, who figured to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this season, has been suspended for 80 games without pay for being in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

After setback, Tolleson announces retirement (Wednesday, January 16)
Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson announced Wednesday that he is retiring, effective immediately.

D-backs acquire Locastro from Yankees (Wednesday, January 16)
The D-backs and Yankees announced a trade Wednesday that will send outfielder Tim Locastro to Arizona in exchange for left-hander Ronald Roman and cash considerations.

Source: D-backs near deal with Wilmer Flores (Wednesday, January 16)
The D-backs have agreed to a deal with infielder Wilmer Flores, according to a report by Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan on Wednesday.

First Spring Training workout dates for all clubs (Wednesday, January 16)
Major League Baseball has revealed the first Spring Training workout dates for pitchers and catchers and those for the full squads for all 30 clubs. MLB also announced game times for all Cactus and Grapefruit League action in February and March.

Around the Horn: Vlad Jr. highlights 2019 infield (Wednesday, January 16)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arguably is already considered Toronto's "Face of the Franchise" and he has yet to appear in a Major League game. That will change by late April, and once it does, the future will become the present for a rebuilding Blue Jays organization that features plenty of young talent.

Around the Horn: Infield (Wednesday, January 16)
Perhaps the area on the Marlins' roster with the most certainty is the infield, but it's also a unit that may require the most flexibility. When Spring Training gets underway next month, manager Don Mattingly will have a pretty good idea of his options for all four infield spots. He just may be rotating players in and out -- sometimes on a daily basis -- getting the right matchups.

Around the Horn: Bell needs to regain 1B power (Wednesday, January 16)
With Spring Training approaching, it's time for an in-depth look at the Pirates' roster. This is the fourth part of a series checking in on their current and future options at each position. Next up: first base.

Top prospect Chavis eager to return to Sox camp (Wednesday, January 16)
The loss of what he loves to do the most lingered with Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis for all three months of his 80-game suspension to start last season. That's why nobody is more excited to get to Spring Training than the power-hitting infielder.

Marty Brennaman to retire after 2019 season (Wednesday, January 16)
Reds radio broadcasting icon Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday that the 2019 season -- his 46th year with the club -- will be his final one calling games before he retires.

Vizquel moves up to manage Double-A team (Tuesday, January 15)
The White Sox on Tuesday announced their 2019 player development staff under Chris Getz, who is in his third year as the organization's director of player development.

Lowrie introduced after signing with Mets (Wednesday, January 16)
The Mets announced on Wednesday the signing All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie to a two-year contract. The $20 million deal had first been reported on Thursday.

The latest Keuchel free-agent rumors (Tuesday, January 15)
After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.

Pollock may not be gone from Arizona just yet (Tuesday, January 15)
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.

2018-19 free agents, position by position (Monday, January 14)
Keep track of the 2018-19 free agent class, which includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

Brewers On Deck ready for pumped-up fan base (Tuesday, January 15)
The annual Brewers On Deck event is sold out, a strong indication of fans' interest after the club's deep postseason run last year. Those in attendance will find a large contingent of Brewers players, coaches, alumni and staff taking part in the fan fest, too.

Angels acquire Curtiss for bullpen depth (Tuesday, January 15)
The Angels picked up some relief help on Tuesday by acquiring right-hander John Curtiss from the Twins in exchange for Minor League infielder Daniel Ozoria. To make room for Curtiss on the roster, right-hander Parker Bridwell was designated for assignment.

Luzardo leads list of Top 10 LHP prospects (Tuesday, January 15)
Jesus Luzardo headlines our Top 10 LHP list, ranking as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball after a tremendous first full season in which he nearly reached the Major Leagues.

How MLB.com writers voted in HOF balloting (Tuesday, January 15)
Six MLB.com writers were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2019 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. As many as four candidates -- and possibly more -- could be elected, according to the public ballots amassed online. Here's a look at how the six voted.

Jose Martinez offers rare skills at the plate (Tuesday, January 15)
With Spring Training fast approaching, and Jose Martinez still on the St. Louis roster, the chances seem to be increasing that on Opening Day he will stay and serve as MLB's most overqualified pinch-hitter.

This is why Dozier picked 1-year deal with Nats (Tuesday, January 15)
Free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier said he had offers for more years and for more money than the one-year, $9 million contract he signed with the Nationals, but he believed D.C. was the "best fit."

Free agents: Best fits for the best of the rest (Tuesday, January 15)
Let's check out seven players from the best of the rest of the remaining free agents and where they might land.

Andreoli claimed off waivers by Rangers (Tuesday, January 15)
Outfielder John Andreoli, who was reacquired on a waiver claim by the Mariners earlier this offseason, was claimed by the Rangers on Tuesday.

Orioles set to tab Brocail as new pitching coach (Tuesday, January 15)
The Orioles will hire Doug Brocail to become their new pitching coach, MLB.com's Joe Trezza confirmed Tuesday. Brocail will join new manager Brandon Hyde's staff, which has yet to be completed.

Marlins prospect Harrison can relate to Murray (Tuesday, January 15)
Football, baseball or both? When deciding his career path in 2014, Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison found himself in a similar situation to what Kyler Murray currently is going through. Harrison is familiar with having to give up one sport for the other.

Here's why a 3-team Kluber deal could happen (Tuesday, January 15)
The Reds need a starting pitcher. The Padres are looking for a third baseman. The Indians would like to add outfielders. Could there be a match that would help all three clubs?

Around the Horn: Rotation has options for '19 (Tuesday, January 15)
With Spring Training approaching, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2019 Rays, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we are focusing on the starting rotation.

Blass to step away from mic after 2019 (Tuesday, January 15)
This will be Steve Blass' 60th year with the Pirates. He made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in 1960. He made his Major League debut as a 22-year-old in 1964. He was a World Series hero in 1971 and an All-Star in '72.

Brewers introduce Grandal at press conference (Tuesday, January 15)
The Brewers formally introduced free agent Yasmani Grandal as their newest catcher Tuesday in a press conference at Miller Park.

Bridich tight-lipped about Arenado negotiations (Monday, January 14)
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich revealed little about his talks with arbitration-eligible third baseman Nolan Arenado on Monday night.

Long aims to be ready for life in big leagues (Monday, January 14)
Many times since the inception of the Rookie Career Development Program in 1992, participants have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. But it's one thing to get there and quite another to stay. Reds prospect Shed Long certainly learned some things that he hopes can improve -- and extend -- his career.

Gomber ready to build on first look at Majors (Monday, January 14)
Seven months after making his Major League debut and ahead of a Spring Training in which he'll compete for a rotation spot, lefty Austin Gomber joined three other members of the Cardinals' organization at Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development Program last week.

Whitley leads list of Top 10 RHP prospects (Monday, January 14)
When it comes to right-handed pitching prospects -- well, pitching prospects who throw with either hand -- there's Forrest Whitley and then there's everyone else.

Each team's lineup if season started today (Monday, January 14)
We're less than a month away from Spring Training, so it's a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup will look like, or at least what it would look like if the season started today. With the help of all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might shake out.

Bote reflects on rookie season, walk-off slam (Monday, January 14)
David Bote cracked a smile and laughed, but then the Cubs infielder was rendered speechless for a dozen seconds. The question sent his way during MLB's Rookie Career Development Program earlier this month was simple enough: Do you get tired ever of watching the video of the grand slam?

How Russell Martin could rebound in 2019 (Monday, January 14)
There is reason to think that with some minor adjustments, Russell Martin can achieve the rebound he seeks in his first season with the Dodgers since 2010.

The biggest offseason upgrades by position (Monday, January 14)
As quiet as the offseason has seemed at times, there have been some important additions. With that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at which teams have done the most to upgrade weak spots, taking into account both their 2018 production (or lack thereof) and '19 outlook.

Source: White Sox offer Machado 7-year deal (Monday, January 14)
The White Sox seven-year offer to free-agent infielder Manny Machado has not changed, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Monday.

Phils set to pounce on Bryce; will Nats counter? (Monday, January 14)
A new team has reportedly surpassed the Nationals as the presumptive favorites to land Bryce Harper, and with just about a month to go before the start of Spring Training, the market for the 26-year old former National League Most Valuable Player Award winner has taken yet another turn.

Mariners announce '19 Minors coaching staffs (Monday, January 14)
Long-time Mariners coach Daren Brown will be back managing Triple-A Tacoma this season after spending the past three years running the club's Double-A franchise, as the Mariners announced their 2019 Minor League staffs on Monday.

Twins sign Parker to help bolster bullpen (Monday, January 14)
The Twins made their first bullpen acquisition of the offseason on Monday by signing former Angels reliever Blake Parker, a veteran of six Major League seasons, to a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.8 million.

Berkman's numbers make interesting Hall case (Monday, January 14)
The results of this year's Hall of Fame voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will be revealed Jan. 22 on MLB Network, and former Astros and Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman admits he's "mildly curious" to see how he fares.

Q&A with World Series MVP Steve Pearce (Monday, January 14)
In a recent phone interview, World Series MVP Award winner Steve Pearce answered a wide range of questions, from his offseason to re-signing with the Red Sox.

This could be MLB's most underrated rotation (Monday, January 14)
There's the super-rotations we already know about in the Indians, Astros, Yankees and Dodgers. Patrick Corbin replenishes the top of the Nationals' depth chart, and the Mets remain strong given that their stars stay healthy. But here a few reasons why the Pirates' rotation could be MLB's most underrated starting unit in 2019.

Top prospect Mesa making strong impression (Monday, January 14)
After months of training and conditioning, Marlins top prospect Victor Victor Mesa took some swings Monday on the main field at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The 22-year-old outfielder from Cuba made a strong first impression.

Stottlemyre, New York baseball icon, dies at 77 (Monday, January 14)
Mel Stottlemyre, whose work as both a Major League pitcher and pitching coach made him one of the most respected men in the game, died Sunday in Seattle after a lengthy battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.

Source: Rays, Avisail closing in on deal (Monday, January 14)
The Rays are close to signing free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia, according to a report on Monday by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Murray declares for NFL draft; MLB still possible (Monday, January 14)
Ahead of a midnight ET deadline, two-sport star Kyler Murray announced on Monday afternoon that he has declared for the NFL Draft, but that decision does not necessarily mean Murray has turned down a future playing baseball. By declaring, the 21-year-old outfielder and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is keeping his options open without violating the terms of his contract with the A's, who selected Murray ninth overall in last June's MLB Draft. The practical deadline for Murray's final decision is closer to the start of Spring Training next month.

Giants seal 1-year deal to bring back Holland (Monday, January 14)
After reviving his career with the Giants last year, Derek Holland made it clear that his preference was to remain in San Francisco. On Monday, the reunion became official.

Stottlemyre, New York baseball icon, dies at 77 (Monday, January 14)
Mel Stottlemyre, one of the most respected pitching coaches of recent decades who worked for World Series championship teams of the Yankees and the Mets -- and before that was a five-time All-Star for the Yankees in the late 1960s and early '70s -- died Sunday after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.

Hyde's path to O's skipper filled with lessons (Monday, January 14)
Brandon Hyde's journey toward becoming the Orioles' new manager came with decades of life lessons, a steady mentality of success and a few big breakthroughs.

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