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Lupica: Mussina belongs in the Hall of Fame (Wednesday, November 15)
Mike Mussina, in his own quiet and professional and immensely talented way, was not just one of the great pitchers of his time. He is one of the great pitchers of all time.

Longtime exec Hart leaves Braves (Today)
Atlanta Braves Senior Advisor John Hart has stepped down from his position, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities outside the organization.

Mark Bowman: Why I put Bryant 1st on my ballot (Thursday, November 16)
Moments after Giancarlo Stanton was named National League MVP and the individual ballots were released, my Twitter feed filled a rash of opinions regarding my decision to give a first-place vote to last year's winner Kris Bryant.

Hot Stove Buzz: Ohtani posting issue remains (Today)
The Hot Stove is open for business, and news, trade buzz and rumors are in full swing. Here's the latest from around the big leagues.

DYK: Altuve, Stanton cap impressive seasons (Thursday, November 16)
Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Altuve's first career MVP Awards mark the perfect capstone to their historic seasons. How historic were these two players' campaigns? Here are some facts and figures you should know about the 2017 MVP's.

Voters get it right in competitive MVP races (Thursday, November 16)
This turned out to be one of the more fascinating MVP votes in recent memory, but it wasn't in the league that I expected.

Legends of the Fall League: Acuna vs. Robles (Thursday, November 16)
Jonathan Mayo asked players in the Fall League and team executives to see if they preferred the Braves' Ronald Acuna or the Nationals' Victor Robles.

MLB Awards unveiled tonight (8 ET, Network) (Thursday, November 16)
The grand finale of Major League Baseball in 2017 has arrived. Somehow, even after all the drama that we witnessed from April through November in a magnificent season, there's one more dramatic moment to behold for baseball fans everywhere.

Rays trio leads way in AFL's regular-season finale (Thursday, November 16)
Led by a trio of Rays prospects who combined for seven hits and seven RBI, Surprise routed the East Division champion Mesa Solar Sox, 10-4, to end the season on a high note.

Bucs' Hill rakes in final game of AFL regular season (Thursday, November 16)
Logan Hill can head into the offseason full of confidence after leading Glendale to a 11-3 win over Salt River in the Arizona Fall League's regular-season finale on Thursday.

Ramirez rises to 3rd-place finish for AL MVP (Thursday, November 16)
Jose Ramirez did not win the AL's Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday night, but it did not feel like a defeat for the Indians' versatile infielder.

Goldschmidt finishes third in NL MVP voting (Thursday, November 16)
Once again, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came up just short in his bid to become the first D-backs player to win the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, finishing third in the voting behind winner Giancarlo Stanton and runner-up Joey Votto.

Stanton fishes out close vote, wins NL MVP (Thursday, November 16)
Giancarlo Stanton elevated his game in 2017, and now he stands alone atop the National League. Stanton won the NL Most Valuable Player Award as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) on Thursday night. The four-time All-Star right fielder is the first player in Marlins history to claim the NL's highest honor.

November reign: Altuve wins AL MVP Award (Thursday, November 16)
It has already been quite a month for Jose Altuve, who won a World Series title, a Player Choice Award, an AL Silver Slugger Award and, on Thursday, his first AL MVP Award.

Votto 2nd in historically tight MVP vote (Thursday, November 16)
Reds first baseman Joey Votto finished second in the vote for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. In voting revealed on Thursday, the Baseball Writers' Association of America named Giancarlo Stanton the winner of the award, with Paul Goldschmidt finishing third.

Judge places 2nd for AL MVP behind Altuve (Thursday, November 16)
Aaron Judge's remarkable season of "All Rise" yielded a unanimous selection as the winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in the American League, but the Yankees slugger finished as the runner-up to the Astros' Jose Altuve for the AL Most Valuable Player Award, which was announced Thursday on MLB Network. The Indians' Jose Ramirez finished third.

Boddicker shares unusual link with Kershaw (Thursday, November 16)
First, I sent Mike Boddicker this text: "Hi Mike, long time no talk. Wanted to do a little story on the connection that you and Clayton Kershaw share. You have a minute to catch up?"

Best Major Leaguer field full of sluggers (Thursday, November 16)
The much-anticipated announcement of the Esurance MLB Awards is set for 8 p.m. ET Friday, live on MLB Network and, and that includes the biggest prize after all the industry-wide debate and balloting: Best Major Leaguer.

Stanton, Altuve capture first MVP Awards (Thursday, November 16)
Always a premier power threat, Giancarlo Stanton became the first player in Marlins team history to be honored with the National League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday.

Source: Daniels, Rangers working on extension (Thursday, November 16)
The Rangers are planning to work on a contract extension for general manager Jon Daniels, sources said Thursday. The extension could be completed before the Winter Meetings in December.

Santana declines Indians' qualifying offer (Thursday, November 16)
Carlos Santana took the expected step of declining the Indians' one-year qualifying offer on Thursday, but that does not end Cleveland's bid to keep its free-agent first baseman.

Lynn rejects qualifying offer, becomes FA (Thursday, November 16)
As expected, right-handed starter Lance Lynn declined the qualifying offer the Cardinals made last week and will continue to explore his options as a first-time free agent.

Cobb declines qualifying offer, hits free agency (Thursday, November 16)
Alex Cobb has turned down the Rays' one-year qualifying offer of $17.4 million for the 2018 season, making the right-hander free to sign with another team as a free agent.

Trio turns down qualifying offers from Royals (Thursday, November 16)
The free-agent trio of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain all did not accept qualifying offers from the Royals, leaving them free to sign with any team they choose. It does not, however, rule out a return to the Royals.

Arrieta, Davis decline Cubs' qualifying offers (Thursday, November 16)
As expected, Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis both rejected the Cubs' qualifying offers on Thursday, although the team was expected to stay in contact with both pitchers' agents about a possible return.

Manfred: Posting, rule changes moving forward (Thursday, November 16)
Commissioner Rob Manfred called this week's owners meetings "productive" as he addressed the media Thursday afternoon, bringing to conclusion a busy week that began with the General Managers Meetings.

Pitching market may determine DeShields' status (Thursday, November 16)
The Rangers' offseason plans have been known to change on the fly. Pitching is Texas' top priority this winter, as there is a need for possibly three starting pitchers as well as bullpen help. But the Rangers may not be able to fill all of their shopping needs given a thin free-agent market and the high demand for pitching around the game. They may end up shifting their focus to other areas, and center field could be one spot.

Vazquez targets top role behind the plate (Thursday, November 16)
Though Christian Vazquez thrived while sharing the Red Sox's catching duties with Sandy Leon in 2017, he has a clear mission heading into next season: Vazquez wants to be the main guy going forward.

Inbox: Toronto's Vlad Jr. vs. Atlanta's Acuna (Thursday, November 16)
Jim Callis answers questions about Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Ronald Acuna, the Padres' Andres Munoz, underrated Yankees prospects and Dodgers slugger DJ Peters.

Competitive Balance rounds set for 2018 Draft (Thursday, November 16)
The Competitive Balance rounds for the 2018 Draft -- at the ends of the first and second rounds -- have been set. Eight teams will pick in Competitive Balance Round A, while six will make selections in Competitive Balance Round B.

White Sox get prospect Vieira from Seattle (Thursday, November 16)
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto engineered his second trade in two days on Thursday, sending hard-throwing relief prospect Thyago Vieira to the White Sox in exchange for an undisclosed amount of international slot money.

Steinbrenner: Next prospect wave at doorstep (Thursday, November 16)
It was one year ago this month that Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said that his expectation was for Aaron Judge to become the starting right fielder in The Bronx, a plan that worked out exceptionally well for all parties involved.

Astros honored for great philanthropic efforts (Thursday, November 16)
The Major League Baseball titles keep coming for the Houston Astros, who have now been formally recognized in 2017 as the best in the game both on and off the field. The new world champions were presented with the coveted Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence in an announcement at the General Managers Meetings on Thursday in Orlando.

Padres' Lockett goes six strong as Peoria clinches West (Wednesday, November 15)
Padres right-hander Walker Lockett allowed just one run and three baserunners in six innings, leading the Peoria Javelinas to a West division title with a 4-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Wednesday night.

Winter leagues roundup: Top prospects off to hot starts (Thursday, November 16)
The Arizona Fall League tends to receive the bulk of's offseason prospect coverage, though that's not to say there aren't notable performances from top prospects taking place elsewhere.

Qualifying offer deadline set for 5 p.m. ET today (Thursday, November 16)
Here are the nine free agents who received qualifying offers from their teams and the Draft compensation those teams stand to receive if the players sign elsewhere.

Ervin comes in 7th in AL Cy Young Award vote (Wednesday, November 15)
Twins ace Ervin Santana finished seventh in the 2017 American League Cy Young Award voting, as announced on MLB Network on Wednesday night.

Dodgers' Smith, Desert Dogs stay hot in AFL (Wednesday, November 15)
Will Smith set the tone early Wednesday, validating why he's the Dodgers' No. 8 prospect. His three-run shot in the first inning helped the Glendale Desert Dogs stretch their late-season winning streak to six games and beat the Salt River Rafters, 5-4, to stay in the Arizona Fall League playoff picture.

Wright eyes another healthy run with Mets (Wednesday, November 15)
There is no quit in David Wright. The Mets' captain and third baseman has gone through right shoulder surgery, neck surgery and surgery to correct spinal stenosis in his back five weeks ago.

Arrieta's big-game pedigree could pay dividends (Wednesday, November 15)
Jake Arrieta's regular-season record helped him become one of the premier starters in baseball over the past three seasons, and his postseason success could also be appealing to clubs interested in the right-hander.

Cards have the trade pieces to make a splash (Wednesday, November 15)
The Cardinals have an abundance of the most coveted commodity in baseball: young, talented starting pitchers. Judging by the team's trade discussions at this week's General Managers Meetings, the Cardinals won't be shy about moving one -- or perhaps more -- in order to acquire the right outfield and bullpen upgrades.

Wright inducted into Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame (Wednesday, November 15)
The AFL honored David Wright for his illustrious career, inducting him into its Hall of Fame before the Scottsdale Scorpions hosted the Peoria Javelinas in a game Wednesday night.

Alderson: No downside to looking at Ohtani (Wednesday, November 15)
For years, the Mets have shied away from international bidding wars, wary of spending too much of their restrictive budget on unknown quantities. But Shohei Ohtani presents a different situation. The Mets are at least intrigued by the possibility of acquiring the Japanese superstar this winter, despite acknowledging the unlikelihood that they actually will be able to.

A cut above: MVP allure awaits worthy candidates (Wednesday, November 15)
The 2017 season was a year for sluggers, and the MVP Award races in both league are filled to the brim with guys who mashed. Now it's time for two of them to have their names added to a list packed with legends.

DYK: Kluber, Scherzer again win Cy Youngs (Wednesday, November 15)
Stop us if you've heard this before: Cleveland's Corey Kluber and Washington's Max Scherzer are the Cy Young Award winners.

Best under-the-radar free agents (Wednesday, November 15)
With the Hot Stove season upon us, here's a guess at where some of the best free-agent values might lie at each position.

Late bloomers follow path to another Cy Young (Wednesday, November 15)
Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer are remarkable pitchers. They are similar ages (Scherzer is about 20 months older than Kluber), they're about the same size, they're both power pitchers, and until they were each 28 years old, nobody would have predicted that they would become the dominant right-handed pitchers of the past five years.

Qualifying offer deadline set for Thursday at 5 p.m. ET (Wednesday, November 15)
Here are the nine free agents who received qualifying offers from their teams and the Draft compensation those teams stand to receive if the players sign elsewhere.

MVP races are as tight as it gets (Wednesday, November 15)
There's jaw-dropping power on the ballot. There's craftsmanship on there as well, players who've elevated hitting a baseball into an art form. Actually, that's all of them. Finally, there's the basic -- and unanswerable -- question of what constitutes "value."

Simcox delivers as Mesa clinches spot in AFL title game (Wednesday, November 15)
With a pair of RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings, A.J. Simcox helped the Mesa Solar Sox come away with a win and the East division title on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.

Strasburg finishes third in NL Cy Young voting (Wednesday, November 15)
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg had his best career showing in the National League Cy Young Award voting, but fell to teammate Max Scherzer, finishing third behind him and Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw.

Severino finishes 3rd in AL Cy Young voting (Wednesday, November 15)
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino finished third behind the Indians' Corey Kluber, who earned 28 of 30 first-place votes en route to being named as the American League's Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday. Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale finished second.

Kershaw finishes 2nd in NL Cy Young vote (Wednesday, November 15)
Clayton Kershaw, the most dominant pitcher of his generation, finished second in the National League Cy Award vote on Wednesday night to Max Scherzer of the Nationals.

Sale finishes 2nd in AL Cy Young voting (Wednesday, November 15)
The American League Cy Young Award proved to be elusive for Red Sox ace Chris Sale once again on Wednesday, as the dominant lefty finished second to Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.

Back in the Klub! 2nd Cy Young for Tribe ace (Wednesday, November 15)
t has not taken Corey Kluber much time to begin forging a legacy as one of the greatest pitchers in Indians history. His performance this past season continued to rewrite the franchise's record book, and it culminated in his second career Cy Young Award.

National pride: Max repeats as NL Cy winner (Wednesday, November 15)
For the second consecutive season, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award. He becomes the first pitcher to win consecutive NL Cy Young Awards since Clayton Kershaw did so in 2013-14. This is Scherzer's third Cy Young Award overall, which puts him in elite company as he continues to rack up career accolades.

Yankees long considered managerial change (Wednesday, November 15)
A World Series parade might not have been enough to bring Joe Girardi back into the Yankees' dugout in 2018, according to Hal Steinbrenner, who said on Wednesday that he had been considering a managerial change for several years.

9 top arms vying for Best Pitcher Award (Wednesday, November 15)
Nine pitchers handled the high-octane offenses around MLB better than anyone else in 2017, and with the World Series in the rearview mirror and the Hot Stove season already set on simmer, it's time to honor the game's elite from the fantastic '17 season and postseason that we were all so lucky to witness.

Jeter discusses trade talk at GM Meetings (Wednesday, November 15)
Derek Jeter is getting a good look at how the other half lives. The Marlins' new chief executive officer met with the media Wednesday, and predictably, Giancarlo Stanton was the principal topic.

Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's (Wednesday, November 15)
Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners' general manager is it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A's on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor League infielder Alexander Campos.

Kluber, Scherzer win Cy Young Awards (Wednesday, November 15)
No strangers to the Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber once again proved themselves as aces among aces in 2017. Now, they're back atop baseball's pitching totem pole.

Rangers get Minors OF to finish Dyson trade (Wednesday, November 15)
The Rangers have acquired Minor League outfielder Hunter Cole from the Giants as the player to be named in the June 6 trade for reliever Sam Dyson.

A's in search of right-handed outfield bat (Wednesday, November 15)
The A's are dreaming up a roster that allows Khris Davis to occupy the designated hitter slot on a near-everyday basis, creating the need for a right-handed bat who can handle left-field duties in his stead.

Toronto open to signing FAs who receive QOs (Wednesday, November 15)
The Blue Jays are not opposed to signing a free agent tied to compensation, but general manager Ross Atkins won't say whether that applies to outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

Cashman working out deal to remain with Yanks (Wednesday, November 15)
Though Brian Cashman's contract expired at the end of October, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said on Wednesday that a new agreement is in the works for the longtime Yankees general manager.

Garcia an attractive piece for multiple clubs (Wednesday, November 15)
When it comes to his two biggest assets, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is in no hurry to make the decision everyone knows is coming at some point -- negotiate large contract extensions or trade them.

Source: Pirates may explore Walker return (Wednesday, November 15)
The Pirates have "some interest" in a reunion with free agent Neil Walker, a source told's Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.

Mets finalize Callaway's coaching staff (Wednesday, November 15)
The Mets finalized Mickey Callaway's inaugural coaching staff on Wednesday, announcing a mix of experienced coaches with ties to Callaway and each other.

Justice: Time is right for Orioles to deal Britton (Wednesday, November 15)
Yes, the Orioles will look different after next season, perhaps dramatically different as Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Zach Britton approach free agency.

Cards consider moving Fowler out of center (Wednesday, November 15)
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak met with Dexter Fowler at his home in Las Vegas this offseason to discuss the possibility of the outfielder making the switch from center field to a corner spot in 2018, according to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

MLB discusses posting system, pitch clock (Wednesday, November 15)
Shohei Ohtani's expected move to Major League Baseball could take place next month at the earliest, as MLB continues to work toward a new posting agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball.

Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft (Wednesday, November 15)
In a perfect world, every team would be able to protect every prospect it wanted to. Unfortunately, there are only 40 spots on each organization's roster, which leads to some very tough decisions this time of year. The deadline to make those choices is looming on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Some moves have already been made, but that's when all teams have to figure out who lands a coveted 40-man spot and who gets left unprotected. The latter group will be exposed to selection by the 29 other teams in the Rule 5 Draft, at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, on Dec. 14.

Twins void contract of int'l prospect Marte (Wednesday, November 15)
The Minnesota Twins have voided the contract of Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte after complications with his physical,'s Jonathan Mayo has learned. Baseball America was first to report the news.

Boras open to exploring Harper extension (Wednesday, November 15)
As Bryce Harper enters the final year of his contract with the Nationals, his agent, Scott Boras, said he has not had any conversations with the team this offseason about a possible extension. Asked whether he expected to do so this winter, Boras said, "That would be up to the Nationals."

Consistent excellence makes Goldy worthy MVP (Wednesday, November 15)
There is little doubt in the D-backs' clubhouse as to who should win the National League Most Valuable Player Award. It's first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and for his manager and teammates, it's not even close.

Ramirez makes MVP case with huge season (Wednesday, November 15)
The debate over the American League Most Valuable Player Award has been focused on Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and Astros catalyst Jose Altuve for the past several weeks. In the discussion, Jose Ramirez has seemingly been pushed to the background.

Altuve's work in '17 worthy of AL MVP Award (Wednesday, November 15)
As the best player on the best team in baseball, Jose Altuve's case for the American League Most Valuable Player Award is convincing.

FAs for fantasy owners to keep an eye on (Wednesday, November 15)
Although the Hot Stove has been simmering at a low temperature thus far, a flurry of free-agent activity is likely on the horizon. And while all signings will have some fantasy implications, a few moves will be especially relevant for 2018 drafts. Fantasy owners who are already thinking ahead to next season will be wise to keep a close eye on the following five players.

Source: Padres check on Hosmer, pitchers (Wednesday, November 15)
The Padres have indeed checked in with the camp of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, but it appears that's mostly due diligence at this point.

Yanks not 'rushing against time' to name skip (Wednesday, November 15)
Satisfied that he accomplished as much as possible during the General Managers Meetings, Brian Cashman checked out of the hotel on Wednesday, eager to board his flight back to New York and resume the search for the Yankees' next manager on Thursday morning at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley will stretch out, but likely bound for 'pen (Wednesday, November 15)
After plenty of internal debate and discussion, it appears that D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley's role for 2018 is coming into focus.

Blyleven, Dawson honored by MLBPAA (Wednesday, November 15)
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association held its 18th annual Legends for Youth Dinner on Tuesday night and presented Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Andre Dawson with Lifetime Achievement Awards on Tuesday night in New York.

Woodward joins list of Yanks' candidates (Tuesday, November 14)
Chris Woodward, the third-base coach of the National League-champion Dodgers, has surfaced as a candidate for the Yankees' managerial opening.

Lovullo enjoys MOY honor with heavy heart (Tuesday, November 14)
It was only a year ago that Torey Lovullo left the Red Sox to join the D-backs as manager. It was his first such assignment on a big league level. And his father, Sam, then 88, couldn't have been prouder.

After flurry of moves, White Sox expect quieter winter (Tuesday, November 14)
There's not much offseason certainty yet for Rick Hahn, even as the GM Meetings move toward a close in Orlando, Fla. But the White Sox general manager knows one fact to be true. "The next 10 months will be a lot quieter than the last 10 months," Hahn told reporters Tuesday. "That's an easy bet."

White Sox host ACE signing-day program (Tuesday, November 14)
A perfect 20-for-20. That underlying theme ran throughout the White Sox Amateur City Elite's annual signing-day program Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. There were 20 players eligible in ACE's 2018 class, and all 20 signed letters of intent to play baseball at the collegiate level on this same day.

Teammates get emotional at Halladay memorial (Tuesday, November 14)
Carlos Ruiz woke up the morning of Nov. 7 to a dark sky in his native Panama. "It's a sad day," he told his brother. Ruiz went back to his room and at one point took a nap. He awoke to a phone call from his longtime agent, Marc Kligman, who sounded different on the phone. Ruiz could tell something was wrong.

White Sox mark 10th year of ACE program (Tuesday, November 14)
Now in its 10th year, the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program continues to change the lives of young baseball players.

History in making? Breaking down Cy Young field (Tuesday, November 14)
Before we find out the latest winners of baseball's oldest pitching award on Wednesday (6 p.m. ET on MLB Network), here is everything you need to know about how these six pitchers got to this point -- as well as the history they could make.

Lovullo, Molitor strong choices in crowded field (Tuesday, November 14)
First, a quiz: How many Manager of the Year Award winners over the last 15 years have won 100 games in their magical season? While you think about that one, we can tell you that Minnesota's Paul Molitor and Arizona's Torey Lovullo were named the AL and NL Managers of the Year. And they were the right choices if you look at it, as Obi Wan Kenobi once said, from a certain point of view.

Gardner honored with Heart & Hustle Award (Tuesday, November 14)
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was presented with the Heart & Hustle Award Tuesday night at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 18th annual Legends for Youth Dinner at Capitale in Manhattan.

JC Ramirez progressing post stem-cell injection (Tuesday, November 14)
Angels right-hander JC Ramirez, who received a stem-cell injection in August to help heal a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, has shown progress in two medical checkups this fall, creating optimism that he'll be able to continue his rehab without surgery.

Mets exploring options for first-base depth (Tuesday, November 14)
Part of the Mets' rationale for calling up top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith in August was to give themselves an extended chance to evaluate the youngsters heading into 2018. The Mets wanted to know before Spring Training whether those two would be part of their short-term plans.

Brentz to see time in Red Sox outfield in 2018 (Tuesday, November 14)
One thing the Red Sox likely won't be in the market for this winter is a replacement for fourth outfielder Chris Young, who is a free agent. Instead, late-blooming prospect Bryce Brentz, who was recently added to the 40-man roster, will get the chance to prove that he can be the right-handed hitter that will start in the outfield against lefties.

Stanton trade would only begin Giants' work (Tuesday, November 14)
Imagine for a moment that the Giants obtain slugging left fielder Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins.

Brewers' Harrison continues to impress in Fall League (Tuesday, November 14)
Serious injuries sidelined Monte Harrison for much of his first two pro seasons. Now that he's staying healthy, he showed on Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League why scouts considered him the best athlete in the 2014 Draft.

Lovullo honored as NL Manager of Year (Tuesday, November 14)
Lauded by players for his communication skills, Torey Lovullo led the D-backs to a complete turnaround in 2017, and for that he was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday.

Molitor receives AL Manager of Year Award (Tuesday, November 14)
After losing 90 games or more in five of their past six seasons, including a Major League-worst 103 losses in 2016, the Twins became the first club to go from losing 100 games one season to the postseason the next.

Daniels addresses Profar situation (Tuesday, November 14)
Jurickson Profar's future was discussed on Day 2 of the General Managers Meetings as the Rangers ponder whether to keep him or include him in a trade.

Meulens gets Evans' blessing for Yankees job (Tuesday, November 14)
Giants general manager Bobby Evans issued his blessing Tuesday to bench coach Hensley Meulens' bid for the Yankees' managerial opening.

DYK: Molitor, Lovullo enjoy turnaround years (Tuesday, November 14)
The steady hands of Paul Molitor and Torey Lovullo guided their clubs out of the wilderness and into the postseason spotlight. Each manager was rightfully awarded for his efforts on Tuesday night.

Sources: Padres fielding calls on infield trio (Tuesday, November 14)
Early in the offseason, the Padres aren't viewing their logjams at second and third base as problems.

Blue Jays remember Halladay's heart, class (Tuesday, November 14)
The Blue Jays family joined the entire baseball community on Tuesday afternoon to mourn the loss of Roy Halladay and pay tribute to the man who impacted so many lives across Canada and throughout the United States.

Anthopoulos humbly embraces new challenge (Tuesday, November 14)
Though he has been given full autonomy within the Braves' baseball operations department, newly appointed senior vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not intend to drastically alter the direction taken by those who have guided the club through the uncertainty that has existed within the past month.

Bucs open-minded about Kang returning in '18 (Tuesday, November 14)
The Pirates have watched Jung Ho Kang play winter ball, but they still don't know if they'll see him in Pittsburgh next year.

Dodgers still view Maeda as a starting pitcher (Tuesday, November 14)
Even though he had success pitching out of the bullpen during the postseason, Kenta Maeda is still viewed as a starting pitcher by the Dodgers.

Strong arms: Cy Young winners next on Network (Tuesday, November 14)
The American League and National League Cy Young Awards, which will be handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday night (6 p.m. ET, MLB Network), are a celebration of some of the best pitchers of a generation.

10 finalists up for Best Manager MLB Award (Tuesday, November 14)
Voting is underway at for Best Manager in the Esurance MLB Awards, where postseason consideration is included. This is one overall award, and your nominees include Dusty Baker (Nationals), Bud Black (Rockies), Craig Counsell (Brewers), Terry Francona (Indians), Joe Girardi (Yankees), A.J. Hinch (Astros), Torey Lovullo (D-backs), Joe Maddon (Cubs), Paul Molitor (Twins) and Dave Roberts (Dodgers).

Correa brightens kids' day at Houston hospital (Tuesday, November 14)
There were smiles and hugs, wide eyes and open mouths. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa certainly made a huge impact on a few dozen young patients at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital when he took some time to visit with them and take pictures and sign autographs on Tuesday afternoon.

Halladay's life, impact celebrated at memorial (Tuesday, November 14)
Family, friends and former teammates gathered at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday for the memorial of Roy Halladay. It was a heartbreaking but fitting ceremony that was open to the public and included touching tributes for the eight-time All-Star, who tragically passed away in a plane crash on Nov. 7.

Stanton a hot topic on Day 2 of GM Meetings (Tuesday, November 14)
The Dodgers are in the mix on a potential trade for Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, a source told's Mark Feinsand.

Lovullo, Molitor honored as top managers (Tuesday, November 14)
The Twins' Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year and the D-backs' Torey Lovullo was announced as the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday.

Kennedy happy to serve Royals' community (Tuesday, November 14)
For the second straight year, Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy took time out on Tuesday to serve a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless at the City Union Mission Men's Center near downtown Kansas City.

Sarah's Take: Bellinger just getting started (Tuesday, November 14)
Rookie Cody Bellinger played with a youthful enthusiasm and intensity that the Dodgers needed. Of course, he will have growing pains in his career. Nevertheless, Bellinger should have a bright, long career ahead of him.

Mariners hire Brower as assistant coach (Tuesday, November 14)
Cubs Minor League pitching coordinator Jim Brower was hired as an assistant coach for the Mariners' Major League club on Tuesday, leaving only the bullpen coach vacant on manager Scott Servais' staff for 2018.

Reds sign lefty Mantiply to Minors contract (Tuesday, November 14)
The Reds added another reliever to compete for a bullpen spot on Tuesday when left-hander Joe Mantiply was signed to a Minor League contract. The deal came with an invitation to big league camp for Spring Training.

Stras' dominant run makes him Cy Young worthy (Tuesday, November 14)
By the end of the 2017 season, there was perhaps no more dominant pitcher in all of Major League Baseball than Stephen Strasburg. No one posted a lower ERA than Strasburg's 0.86 mark following the All-Star break, which included a streak of 35 consecutive scoreless innings. The way Strasburg's season concluded is a major reason why he is one of three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award, the winner of which will be revealed Wednesday night on MLB Network.

Former Sox outfielder Rivera passes away (Tuesday, November 14)
Jim Rivera, an outfielder on the White Sox 1959 American League pennant-winning squad, passed away Monday night at the age of 96 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Source: Nats finalize coaching staff with Blanco (Tuesday, November 14)
The Nationals finalized first-year manager Dave Martinez's coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon, when they named Henry Blanco as their bullpen coach, a source told Blanco will be the lone coach to join Martinez from the Cubs, with whom Martinez had served as the bench coach for the past three seasons. The Nationals have not confirmed the move, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

Royals interested in Minor as starter or reliever (Tuesday, November 14)
While much of the rumor mill regarding Royals free-agents has focused on Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain, there's another name the Royals have expressed interest in signing back: left-hander Mike Minor.

Former Red Sox remember Doerr's legacy (Tuesday, November 14)
There were a batch of poignant remembrances released by the Red Sox following the death of 99-year-old Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

Mariners sign Nieuwenhuis to Minors deal (Tuesday, November 14)
While the Hot Stove season has yet to heat up much, the Mariners made a small move on Tuesday by signing outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp next spring.

Reds 'sorting out who is here for the long haul' (Tuesday, November 14)
If the Reds do any significant offseason transactions, it usually starts after the Winter Meetings in December. However, they've also been known to make a deal or two at those meetings over the years. Either way, the foundation for much of their offseason work is often laid during the General Managers Meetings.

Lupica: The graceful life of Bobby Doerr (Tuesday, November 14)
The man who had become our oldest living ballplayer, Robert Pershing Doerr -- born in 1918 and named after a famous figure of World War I and who later would join the Army near the end of World War II despite a punctured eardrum -- died on Tuesday morning at the age of 99.

Torres could make run at Opening Day roster (Tuesday, November 14)
The footsteps are growing louder. Gleyber Torres is among several Yankees prospects who could comprise the next wave of "Baby Bombers" at the big league level, as general manager Brian Cashman said that the No. 1 overall prospect according to will have a legitimate chance to crack the Opening Day roster in 2018.

Marlins may be seeking impact bat for Stanton (Tuesday, November 14)
If the Marlins wind up trading All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, they'd like to acquire at least one impactful hitter in return. On Tuesday, Giants outfield prospect Heliot Ramos, the 19th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, surfaced as a possible trade piece if the two clubs can strike a deal.

Royals' Lopez named AFL Player of the Week (Tuesday, November 14)
Plate discipline has long been Nicky Lopez's strength. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. The Royals prospect was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after batting .412 in four games with two home runs, six RBIs, four runs and a stolen base.

Marlins' Needy named AFL Pitcher of the Week (Tuesday, November 14)
Miami Marlins pitching prospect James Needy was not even signed with a team in 2016. Now he is baffling batters in the Arizona Fall League. Needy was named the AFL's Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday after a standout performance on Nov. 7 in which he struck out nine batters in only four innings while yielding two hits and zero runs.

Few as good as Beltran in so many ways (Tuesday, November 14)
The remarkable thing about Carlros Beltran's career -- a career that should end up in Cooperstown -- is that he was so many things. Few players in history have ever been so good in so many ways.

Ohtani the hot topic at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
The name mentioned more often than any other during the first day of the General Managers Meetings was a player who has never stepped foot on a Major League field. Shohei Ohtani was the hot topic on Monday as the GMs gathered, and although the Japanese superstar hasn't even been officially posted by his current team, it's clear that the interest in him is widespread.

Hall of Famer Doerr passes away at 99 (Tuesday, November 14)
Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, whose steady brilliance on the field was matched by an unflappable grace off of it, died Monday at the age of 99.

Stanton might not be a fit for rebuilding Phils (Monday, November 13)
The Phillies are a large-market team with a relatively miniscule payroll. They are expected to be serious players in next year's free-agent class, which could include Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. If that is the case, then it stands to reason the Phillies could take a run at Giancarlo Stanton, who the Marlins could trade because they want to shed salary. Except as soon as those rumors first popped up this summer, sources told that there are a multitude of reasons why the Phillies are unlikely to pursue him.

Tigers face tough decisions with 40-man roster (Monday, November 13)
The Tigers' flurry of moves to shed players from their 40-man roster this month wasn't just about cutting ties with players who struggled in 2017. It's also about opening space for prospects they hope can be part of the team in the years ahead.

Stearns casting 'a wide net' entering offseason (Monday, November 13)
Following their surprisingly competitive season, is it realistic to think the Brewers might already be poised to spend big on starting pitching?

Halos aim to lay groundwork at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
The Angels will continue the exploratory phase of their offseason in earnest this week, as general manager Billy Eppler and the rest of the club's front-office contingent arrived in Orlando on Monday for the annual General Managers Meetings, where executives and agents congregate to lay the groundwork for potential winter transactions.

Nats shift focus to improving bench, bullpen (Monday, November 13)
Now that the Nationals have completed a managerial search and filled most of the coaching staff, they can shift their focus this offseason to filling out their roster. As the General Managers meetings began Monday in Orlando, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo began the preliminary work for completing his agenda this offseason.

GM Bridich considering all bullpen options (Monday, November 13)
The Rockies can solidify their 2018 bullpen by re-signing free-agent closer Greg Holland, but general manager Jeff Bridich says he must be prepared for all scenarios.

Huntington enters Meetings with eyes on Cutch (Monday, November 13)
The Pirates are unlikely to make any moves at the General Manager Meetings, so Neal Huntington will spend the week in Florida gathering information, talking to other clubs and setting a course for the Bucs' offseason.

Blue Jays aim to add versatility to roster (Monday, November 13)
The Blue Jays have several areas of need this offseason, and the first priority appears to be adding a versatile infielder that increases overall depth.

Giants may be more open to making trades (Monday, November 13)
Though the Giants aren't believed to be actively shopping their top performers in trade talks, general manager Bobby Evans indicated Monday that he would listen to offers involving the team's biggest stars as San Francisco strives to upgrade its roster.

Tatis looking like Padres' SS in near future (Monday, November 13)
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s remarkable 2017 campaign is officially over. His impact on the Padres' offseason plans is not.

A's look to bolster 'pen as GM Meetings open (Monday, November 13)
Relief help remains a priority for the up-and-coming A's, who plan to spend the winter augmenting a young roster that's shaping into a future contender.

White Sox face key offseason with veteran bats (Monday, November 13)
The White Sox goal to build for the future has not changed since last season. There is a fundamental difference, though.

Twins confident, patient at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
The young Twins squad surprised many by claiming the second American League Wild Card spot this season. With the team already being a little more advanced on the offensive side, the needs this offseason in that area are not as immediate.

Rangers targeting pitching at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is talking about pitching. That has been the club's mission from the beginning of the offseason and continues at the annual General Managers Meetings.

Anthopoulos gets Schuerholz-like opportunity (Monday, November 13)
The last time Alex Anthopoulos attended Major League Baseball's General Manager Meetings, he was out of work, having just resigned as GM of the Blue Jays in the aftermath of a front-office makeover in which Mark Shapiro came over from the Indians to oversee the team's baseball operations.

Statcast's view of the 2017 Cy Young finalists (Monday, November 13)
Both leagues have extremely tight Cy Young races this year, with no obvious answer on either side. Using Statcast, we can help break down the races by getting to the deepest skills of the pitchers involved.

Early candidates for 2018 Rookie of the Year Awards (Monday, November 13)
On Monday, the 2017 Rookies of the Year were announced. One winner, the Yankees' Aaron Judge, was on the ROY radar a year ago at this time. Cody Bellinger was not on that list, largely because there wasn't an apparent opportunity to play at the time that early look was written. But that won't stop Jonathan Mayo from trying again this year to project 2018 ROY Award candidates in each league.

Source: Yanks bringing back Rothschild in '18 (Monday, November 13)
Larry Rothschild will return as the Yankees' pitching coach in 2018, regardless of who is hired as the club's new manager, a source told on Monday. The club has not confirmed.

Major League stars step up to benefit UYA (Monday, November 13)
A Southern California golf course was bustling with Major League Baseball stars on Monday afternoon, as former All-Star outfielders Torii Hunter and Gary Matthews Jr., teamed with MLB to co-host the annual fundraising Celebrity Golf Invitational to benefit kids at the MLB Urban Youth Academy.

Never in doubt: Voters hit HR on ROY picks (Monday, November 13)
There is not a whole lot to unpack in this discussion of the 2017 Rookie of the Year Awards: The Baseball Writers' Association of America voters definitely got it right.

Ohtani the hot topic at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
The name mentioned more often than any other during the first day of the General Managers Meetings was a player who has never stepped foot on a Major League field. Shohei Ohtani was the hot topic on Monday as the GMs gathered, and although the Japanese superstar hasn't even been officially posted by his current team, it's clear that the interest in him is widespread.

AL, NL top skippers next on MLB Network (Monday, November 13)
They deftly guided 100-win juggernauts and surprise postseason entrants. Now it's time for two of them to be recognized for their excellence at a tough job. The American and National League Manager of the Year Awards will be announced today at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, with the results based on voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Report: Santana to turn down qualifying offer (Monday, November 13)
The necessary formality of the qualifying offer dance between the Indians and Carlos Santana appears complete, with FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reporting the not-at-all-surprising news Monday that Santana will turn down the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million offer. The Indians had made the offer to ensure they recoup Draft pick compensation should Santana sign elsewhere, and there was never a serious expectation that Santana would accept it.

Gurriel ties for 4th in AL Rookie of Year voting (Monday, November 13)
Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel tied for fourth in balloting for the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, which was announced Monday. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was the unanimous winner of the award, which is chosen by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Bell finishes 3rd in NL Rookie of the Year voting (Monday, November 13)
Pirates first baseman Josh Bell finished third to the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, who was unanimously voted the National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday. Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong finished second.

Mancini finishes third in AL ROY voting (Monday, November 13)
Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini capped off an impressive 2017 season by finishing third in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, announced Monday.

DeJong is runner-up in NL ROY voting (Monday, November 13)
It took a historic season for the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger to deny Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong in the race for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Benintendi runner-up for AL ROY Award (Monday, November 13)
Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi's well-rounded rookie season could have been award-winning in many other years. But in 2017, he was going against Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who put together a historic display of power (52 homers).

Bellinger voted unanimous pick for NL ROY (Monday, November 13)
After a brilliant, record-setting rookie season, Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger now has the hardware to show for it. Not that there was ever much doubt.

Unanimous decision: Judge named AL ROY (Monday, November 13)
Just as the fans did all year long at Yankee Stadium, the voters were prepared to "All Rise." The verdict is in, and it was unanimous: Aaron Judge has been named the 2017 winner of the American League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.

Mariners' Filia stays scorching in AFL victory (Monday, November 13)
With the Peoria Javelinas four outs away from getting shut out for the first time this season, the Arizona Fall League's two hottest hitters came to the rescue. Eric Filia and Ronald Acuna provided consecutive RBI singles to deliver a 2-1 win over the Salt River Rafters on Monday.

Dodgers prospects impress as Glendale rolls to win (Monday, November 13)
It was a group effort from Los Angeles Dodgers prospects on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. Outfielders Yusniel Diaz and DJ Peters helped lead the offensive effort for Glendale along with catcher Will Smith as the Desert Dogs eased past the Mesa Solar Sox, 10-3.

Halladay will have lasting impact on young Phils (Monday, November 13)
Tom Windle scrolled through his text messages the other day. He stopped on Roy Halladay's name. He tapped into the conversation and reminisced.

Mets' starters may go shorter in 2018 (Monday, November 13)
As recently as September, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets would look to acquire starting pitching help this winter, needing more depth behind Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. But as the realities of a limited budget have begun to creep in, the Mets are looking at other ways to improve their staff.

Hanley may be first baseman for Sox in '18 (Monday, November 13)
Speaking at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the club has had plenty of discussions over the last week about Hanley Ramirez playing first base next season.

Sano has successful surgery on left leg (Monday, November 13)
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano had successful surgery performed on his left leg Monday morning in New York, according to a tweet by Dustin Morse, Twins senior director, communications. Sano suffered a stress reaction in his left shin in mid-August that never fully healed.

Miami GM focused on pitching as Stanton rumors swirl (Monday, November 13)
The Marlins opened the General Managers Meetings on Monday ready to explore ways to upgrade their pitching while retaining as many core position players as possible.

DYK: Judge, Bellinger forever linked in history (Monday, November 13)
Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge dominated many of this year's headlines with performances that most seasoned veterans only dream of having.

Cubs preparing for 'challenging' pitching market (Monday, November 13)
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said this will be a "challenging offseason" as the team tries to fill the pitching vacancies created by the departure of free agents Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Wade Davis.

Dipoto talks Ohtani, Ichiro at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
Ichiro Suzuki paved the way for two-way standout Shohei Ohtani and other Japanese position players to come to Major League Baseball with his outstanding 12-year career with the Mariners.

9 reportedly set to decline qualifying offers (Monday, November 13)
All nine free agents whose teams extended them qualifying offers for the 2018 season will reject the offer, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Monday.

Judge or Bellinger? Duo up for MLB Best Rookie (Monday, November 13)
Rookies in MLB in 2017 didn't just make a one-season splash. They made history.

Cashman looks forward to resuming skipper hunt (Monday, November 13)
The Yankees' managerial search is officially on hold until Thursday, when general manager Brian Cashman is expected to resume conducting interviews with candidates at Yankee Stadium, but interest remains keen in the only such current big league vacancy.

Tigers talk Kinsler trade at GM Meetings (Monday, November 13)
The Tigers' front office arrived at Major League Baseball's General Manager Meetings ready to continue the trade talks that reshaped the roster over the summer. At this point, however, general manager Al Avila said they're still in discussion mode.

Moore excited to turn focus on KC's offseason (Monday, November 13)
About a week ago, a reporter kidded Royals general manager Dayton Moore that his life must be calming down, given that it had been over a week since the latest rumor about him becoming the Braves' new general manager had surfaced.

It's unanimous: Judge, Bellinger are top rookies (Monday, November 13)
From relatively anonymous to understandably unanimous. That's the story of the Yankees' Aaron Judge and the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, who were unsurprisingly named the winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in the American League and National League.

Beltran's next chapter only matter of time (Monday, November 13)
Carlos Beltran closed one spectacularly successful chapter of his baseball career on Monday when he announced his retirement. Good on you, Carlos. Not many players have checked as many boxes: 20 seasons, nine-time All-Star and solid Hall of Fame credentials (2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 565 doubles, 312 stolen bases.)

Dodgers, Padres to play series in Mexico (Monday, November 13)
For the first time in 19 years, Major League Baseball is returning to Mexico.

Braves introduce Anthopoulos as new GM, VP (Monday, November 13)
Two years after rejecting a lucrative five-year contract extension that would have enabled him to continue his successful tenure as the Blue Jays' general manager, Alex Anthopoulos has accepted the challenge of guiding the Braves past recent problems and toward what could be a very bright future.

Voters can't miss with Manager of Year picks (Monday, November 13)
Do you go for the guy whose team won 101 games, spent 178 days in first place and won its division by 21 games? Here's looking at you, Astros manager A.J. Hinch. Or how about the skipper whose team improved by 26 games and made the postseason for the first time in seven years? Nice job, Twins manager Paul Molitor.

Yost lucky to be alive after fall from tree (Monday, November 13)
Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't remember what part of his body hit the ground first from his 20-foot fall from a tree stand on his property outside Atlanta.

Beltran may be perfect fit as Yanks' skipper (Monday, November 13)
Carlos Beltran's playing days are over, but don't be surprised if he resurfaces in a big league dugout sometime in the near future. Beltran -- who announced his retirement on Monday -- has spoken before about his desire to manage a team at some point, and while he doesn't know when that day will come, he's open to the idea of it being sooner rather than later.

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career (Monday, November 13)
Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

Source: Braves set to tab Anthopoulos as GM (Sunday, November 12)
The Braves will announce the hiring of former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their new GM on Monday, according to a source.

Morning Lineup Podcast: Awards, Hot Stove (Sunday, November 12)
Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice talk awards week and the Hot Stove on the latest edition of the Morning Lineup Podcast.

Free-agent relievers to draw heavy interest (Sunday, November 12)
One prominent agent told recently that he expects teams to invest heavily in relievers, but that the money will be spread more evenly than one year ago, among a larger number of free agents.

Braves narrow search for next GM (Sunday, November 12)
Alex Anthopoulos and Jim Hendry now stand as the top candidates for the Braves' GM job. Anthopoulos should be considered the favorite.

Judge, Bellinger's ROY cases undeniable (Sunday, November 12)
What Monday's announcement of the winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards lacks in sheer suspense, it makes up for in historical significance. It's rare when rookies of the ilk of the Yankees' Aaron Judge and the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger come along. It's rarer still when they come along simultaneously.

Runaway rookies? Epic totals ahead on MLB Network (Sunday, November 12)
Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger spent the 2017 season treating baseball fans to two of the most dazzling rookie performances in Major League history. Here are facts you should know about the potential history Judge and Bellinger could make by capturing the 2017 Rookie of the Year Awards.

Fire up the Hot Stove: GM Meetings to begin (Sunday, November 12)
Baseball's busy offseason officially began hours after the Astros celebrated their World Series championship in the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium. But things will start getting serious this week when the 30 general managers gather in Orlando, Fla., for their annual meetings.

Stanton sweepstakes to pick up steam (Sunday, November 12)
With the General Managers Meetings starting Monday in Orlando, the Marlins are prepared to measure interest in four-time All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. According to multiple sources, the Giants continue to be in discussions with Miami, as are the Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies.

Top hardware to be handed out this week (Sunday, November 12)
In addition to the traditional Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) honors such as National League and American Rookies of the Year, Managers of the Year, Cy Young Awards and Most Valuable Players, Esurance MLB Awards week concludes Friday on MLB Network and at 8 p.m. ET with the MLB Awards.

Royals will look to re-sign Hosmer, Moustakas (Sunday, November 12)
The Royals are trying to re-sign Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, two of their big three free agents, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Sunday. But according to the report, they "appear to have all but given up hope" that they'll be able to keep the third, Lorenzo Cain, in Kansas City.

6 Compton YA players commit to D-1 colleges (Saturday, November 11)
The future is bright for six amateur baseball players who signed a National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I college baseball during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at MLB's Youth Academy in Compton.

Twins' Wade out of hospital after sustaining concussion (Saturday, November 11)
Twins outfield prospect LaMonte Wade was treated for a concussion and released from a local hospital after being involved in a scary collision with Cardinals outfielder Oscar Mercado in right-center field during the second inning of the Arizona Fall League Military Appreciation Game on Saturday.

MLB Youth Academy duo commit to colleges (Saturday, November 11)
For Collin Burns and Basiel Williams, Saturday capped off years of hard work and marked the start of a new journey, as they signed collegiate letters of intent. Seated at a table on the field at the New Orleans Major League Baseball Academy, Williams and Burns signed to play collegiate baseball at Mississippi State and Tulane, respectively.

Dodgers host annual Veterans Day BP event (Saturday, November 11)
The Dodgers kicked off their "Season of Giving" on Saturday by hosting 300 active duty service members and veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Braves' Acuna stars in Military Appreciation Game (Saturday, November 11)
Playing on live TV in front of a national audience, Ronald Acuna turned the annual Military Appreciation Game into a personal showcase. The Braves' No. 1 prospect hit a pair of homers as Peoria topped Surprise, 11-10, in a back-and-forth game on Saturday night.

Prospect Wade exits after outfield collision (Saturday, November 11)
Twins outfield prospect LaMonte Wade was carried off on a stretcher after being involved in a scary collision with Cardinals outfielder Oscar Mercado in right-center field during the second inning of the Arizona Fall League Military Appreciation Game on Saturday.

Pirates' Hearn dominates again in latest AFL outing (Saturday, November 11)
Pirates lefty Taylor Hearn fired three innings of one-hit baseball to help Glendale defeat Scottsdale, 12-7, on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona Fall League action.

Astros' Tucker busts out with three-hit game (Saturday, November 11)
Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker put together one of his best performances of the Arizona Fall League as Mesa came away with a 16-2 win over Salt River on Saturday afternoon at Sloan Park.

McCanns raise money to fight childhood cancer (Saturday, November 11)
Though they call Atlanta home, Houston is a special place for Brian McCann and his wife, Ashley, who will forever remember the resolve the residents of this hurricane-stricken city showed before experiencing the thrill of celebrating a World Series championship.

Statcast reveals top skills on free-agent market (Saturday, November 11)
Free agents can now sign with all 30 teams. Clubs are looking to fill holes or upgrade areas of weakness, but they're also looking for skills, like speed, velocity or power -- the kinds of things that they can (and do) use Statcast™ to measure.

Statcast breaks down 2017 ROY finalists (Saturday, November 11)
While there's little doubt about who is going to win the Rookie of the Year Award in each league, there are still impressive players on both sides. Let's see what Statcast has to say about 2017's best first-year players.

Halladay memorial set for Tuesday in Florida (Saturday, November 11)
A celebration of life service for Roy Halladay will take place at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Gates at Spectrum Field will open at 3 p.m., and the event is open to the public, with free parking in lots surrounding the stadium. With a maximum seating capacity of 8,000, guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis

6 Compton UYA players commit to D-1 colleges (Saturday, November 11)
The future is bright for six amateur baseball players who signed a National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I college baseball during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Pitch perfect: MLB's nastiest offerings of '17 (Saturday, November 11)
The 2017 MLB regular season saw a total of 724,625 pitches thrown. With the help of Statcast, we sort through the very best of those offerings.

Pujols & Ichiro: Tied together by '01 ROY wins (Saturday, November 11)
We are awaiting the Rookie of the Year Award announcements but not really the results. It is all but a foregone conclusion that on Monday night (6 ET, MLB Network), Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will be named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger will win the National League honor.

Help wanted: Top needs from free-agent market (Saturday, November 11)
The 2017 postseason ended with pitcher Charlie Morton on the mound and catcher Brian McCann behind the plate, as the Astros defeated the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.

Fly home: Stroman holds youth clinic on Long Island (Saturday, November 11)
Four days after winning his first career Gold Glove, Marcus Stroman was back on Long Island, telling a crowd of eager young listeners all about it, and showing them how they could follow in his footsteps to a big league pitcher's mound.

Watch: AFL Military Appreciation Game tonight (Saturday, November 11)
The Arizona Fall League's best and most prospect-laden team will play before a national television audience Saturday night when the Peoria Javelinas visit the Surprise Saguaros.

Ohtani open to adapting skill set for MLB team (Saturday, November 11)
International superstar Shohei Ohtani has been a force both on the mound and at the plate in five seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League.

Cobb wouldn't mind Maddon, Hickey reunion (Saturday, November 11)
It's no secret the Cubs are in the market to acquire more pitching, and Alex Cobb apparently would like to be considered as an option.

Cardinals' Knizner, Alcantara team up for AFL success (Friday, November 10)
A pair of Cardinals prospects stole the show in the Arizona Fall League on Friday night as right-hander Sandy Alcantara and catcher Andrew Knizner paced Surprise on the mound and at the plate, respectively, in an 11-4 win over the Javelinas at Peoria Sports Complex.

Give me Gold: Glove work rates above all else (Saturday, November 11)
Let's get this out of the way. The winners of the Cy Young Award are nice. The same goes for those honored every season as the premier Rookie, Manager or even Comeback Player of the Year Awards. Oh, and you can't forget about the Most Valuable Players Awards, either. Give me the Gold Glove Award winners.

Buxton adds Platinum Glove to trophy case (Friday, November 10)
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was honored as the American League's top defender Friday, receiving the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award at the Gold Glove ceremony in New York.

Arenado goes platinum at GG Awards ceremony (Friday, November 10)
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was named the 2017 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner for the National League on Friday night during the annual Gold Glove Award ceremony in New York City.

Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series (Friday, November 10)
Fenway Park transformed into a college football stadium Friday night for an Ivy League matchup between Dartmouth and Brown, kicking off the Fenway Gridiron Series.

Santana wins Wilson Defensive Player Award (Friday, November 10)
The Indians' Carlos Santana is the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at first base. The awards for best defensive player in MLB at each position were announced Friday evening on MLB Network.

#AwardWorthy: Too close to call? (Friday, November 10)
The Esurance MLB Awards category for Best Call: TV/Radio will be a race to the finish, with two key walk-offs leading the way at this stage.

Five biggest offseason trade candidates (Friday, November 10)
The trade market is a shape-shifter, subject to change with a single phone call or, perhaps, a single sitdown at next week's General Managers Meetings.

Marlins engaged in Stanton trade discussions (Friday, November 10)
The Marlins have had preliminary communication regarding a Giancarlo Stanton trade with the Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies, sources told late Friday. Officials from the involved teams expect the Stanton dialogue to intensify during next week's meetings, and it remains possible that additional suitors will emerge.

Bucs' Keller continues to dominate in Fall League (Friday, November 10)
With the Arizona Fall League winding down, Mitch Keller is doing his part to end his time in the desert on a high note. Keller, Pittsburgh's No. 2 prospect, turned in one of his better Fall League outings on Friday, as he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out a pair over four scoreless innings to help pace Glendale to a 3-1 victory over Scottsdale at Camelback Ranch.

Marlins' Lee, Meyer impress in Fall League tie (Friday, November 10)
Marlins prospects Braxton Lee and Ben Meyer put together a pair of strong performances as Salt River erased a late deficit and fought to a 3-3 tie after 11 innings against Mesa on Friday.

Maldonado, Simmons named Defensive POYs (Friday, November 10)
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Martin Maldonado, both of whom won Rawlings Gold Gloves Awards earlier this week, picked up more fielding accolades on Friday, capturing Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards at their respective positions.

Gordon earns Defensive Award for left fielders (Friday, November 10)
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon received the 2017 Wilson Defensive Award for left fielders on Friday night as announced on MLB Network.

Puig, Dodgers honored for stellar glove work (Friday, November 10)
The National League Champion Dodgers were named MLB's Defensive Team of the Year and Yasiel Puig was tabbed as the best right fielder as part of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards announced on Friday.

Buxton wins Wilson Defensive Player of Year (Friday, November 10)
Days after winning his first Gold Glove Award, Byron Buxton added to his hardware on Friday with the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Hall: D-backs will be aggressive this offseason (Friday, November 10)
When it comes to the Hot Stove in Arizona, the biggest question on minds of D-backs fans is whether the club can retain free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Watch: AFL Military Appreciation Game Sat. (Friday, November 10)
The Arizona Fall League's best and most prospect-laden team will play before a national television audience Saturday night when the Peoria Javelinas visit the Surprise Saguaros.

D-backs raise $150K in fundraiser for veterans (Friday, November 10)
The D-backs raised $150,000 on Friday in the seventh annual D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sanderson Ford. The event, which is held the Friday before Veterans Day each year, raises funds to support initiatives that improve the lives of military heroes.

Best of the bats: Breaking down FA hitters (Friday, November 10)
This year's free-agent class may not be as loaded as the potential class for next offseason, but there are still plenty of game-changing names available, including J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and more.

Statcast superlatives: Top plays by free agents (Friday, November 10)
Here is a look at who among this offseason's free-agent class posted the best 2017 mark in each of eight notable Statcast categories.

LIVE: Top defenders unveiled on MLB Network (Friday, November 10)
Award season continues tonight with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, which are being announced live on MLB Network.

Wathan, Kranitz, Mallee join Phillies' staff (Friday, November 10)
The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that three coaches have joined manager Gabe Kapler's staff: Dusty Wathan, Rick Kranitz and John Mallee

Yanks, USO compile care packages for troops (Friday, November 10)
The Yankees and the USO teamed up to honor veterans with the Holiday for Heroes initiative on Friday morning, as 250-plus volunteers helped assemble more than 5,000 care packages for active-duty service members in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall.

Reds No. 1 prospect Senzel proving versatile (Friday, November 10)
The Reds' No. 1 prospect, Nick Senzel, will need to purchase some new gloves for some different positions next year.

#Awardworthy: Vote for Best Call, TV/Radio (Friday, November 10)
There were 2,468 games in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, all the way to the very last one, in which the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. That's a lot of hits, outs, pitching changes, foul balls and second-guessed decisions.

MLB, Headstrong Project team up to help vets (Friday, November 10)
Ever since returning Civil War soldiers dispersed around the continent and spread the game of baseball that so many of them learned in camps, the national pastime and the national defense have shared a special connection. It was evident again throughout the recent World Series, with U.S. military troops celebrated at all seven games in Los Angeles and Houston.

Judge: 'I'm still a work in progress' (Friday, November 10)
Even while trying to absorb the stinging realization that the Yankees' season had ended with a loss in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, CC Sabathia glanced toward Aaron Judge's locker in the visiting clubhouse at Minute Maid Park and perfectly summed up how the outfielder's rookie campaign would be remembered.

Inbox: Nats' Soto vs. Yankees' Florial (Friday, November 10)
Jonathan Mayo compares White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez and Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna, answers questions about Houston's relief-pitching prospects, the Tigers' system and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.

Yankees' April 2018 games to start earlier (Friday, November 10)
The Yankees have announced a trial initiative for the 2018 season in which all Monday-Thursday evening home games in April will begin at 6:35 p.m. ET instead of the usual 7:05 p.m. start time.

Ohtani's NPB club announces plans to post him (Friday, November 10)
Japan's Nippon-Ham Fighters announced early Friday morning that they will post star player Shohei Ohtani this offseason, according to Japanese reports.

Who will be this offseason's 'mystery team?' (Friday, November 10)
The Hot Stove is simmering on a low boil right now, but with the General Managers Meetings set to start next Monday in Orlando, Fla., things figure to heat up as teams begin to put their offseason plans in motion.

Manfred honored at Lou Gehrig Sports Awards (Friday, November 10)
Commissioner Rob Manfred was presented with the Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit on Thursday night. As he spoke to a ballroom of about 600 people supporting the New York chapter of the ALS Association in the urgent fight against the disease that took Gehrig's life, the parents of Pete Frates watched with reassuring pride from their seats at Manfred's table.

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