|Even though the Royals are only a season removed from their World Series victory, this isn't the same team. And as players approach free agency and get older, GM Dayton Moore will have some very difficult -- very emotional -- decisions to make about where to take the club.
More»Moore on their roster of both young and older players|
|When last season ended and the Los Angeles Dodgers had some time to sort through the whole thing, this is what they decided: They had a good thing going.
More»Roberts on impressions after first 10 days of camp|
|Joe Maddon opened the door for criticism with his quick hook of starters and heavy reliance on closer Aroldis Chapman in the World Series. But by limiting the workload of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey during the regular season, he gave the Cubs a huge edge against the Indians, who had only two of their top four starters at full strength.
More»Muskat on Maddon's themes for the 2017 season|
|Yes, Major League Baseball is kicking around some rules changes, including two that are being put in place for the coming season -- managers will have two minutes to decide if they want a replay review and they also will signal from the dugout for an intentional walk instead of a pitcher having to throw four pitches. Good? Bad? Indifferent? Time will tell.
More» Utley slides hard into Tejada at second|
|There's no such thing as a perfect team, but the Indians might be as close as anyone gets in the American League in 2017. Now, it's about doing it.
More»Kipnis discusses Indians' motivation for 2017 season|
|If you're an African-American, a woman or a minority in general, Tyrone Brooks wants you to follow your version of his journey through Major League Baseball during the past two decades, and this is a good thing.
More» Jones, Brooks throw first pitch at PNC|
|Rich Hill's journey is a well-documented trail of persistence and fortitude through constant physical injury and heart-wrenching personal tragedy.
More» Hill fans Gennett in the 2nd|
|Torey Lovullo has been everywhere in baseball. And on Saturday, he was exactly where he has always wanted to be. Lovullo was seated in a folding chair adjacent to the D-backs' dugout, a rookie manager watching his team play its first Cactus League game.
More»Gilbert discusses Lovullo's impact on D-backs|
|The World Baseball Classic is a particularly big deal around the Mariners -- with 11 players, including Minor Leaguers, participating. That includes the franchise's three biggest stars: Felix Hernandez, Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano.
|Humbled by a first-round exit in the World Baseball Classic, a superstar willed his team to gold in the subsequent tournament through his leadership and bat. In 2013, that was the narrative for Robinson Cano and the Dominican Republic. In '17, that could be the story of Miguel Cabrera's Team Venezuela.
More»Venezuela's WBC 2017 team roster is announced|
|Another season, another math problem for the Athletics: How to be last in the division in spending and remain competitive over 162 games?
More» Franklin Barreto, SS, Athletics|
|Jim Joyce, a 30-year umpiring veteran, discusses his most noteworthy moments, including the missed call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game, in this week's Q&A.
More» Jim Joyce recognized for saving woman's life|
|Rob Manfred and baseball face a delicate challenge: changing the game without making it feel like change, keeping the continuity that captivates lifelong baseball fans while capturing new fans who are seeing the game for the first time. It isn't easy.
More»Posnanski on pace of play, future rule changes|
|They have everything. But do they have enough? The question pervades the state-of-the-art scene where the Astros and Nationals -- two win-now teams with new facilities but one obvious source of roster uncertainty apiece -- get ready for 2017.
More»Baker on Nationals' new Spring Training facility|
|Here's a starting lineup of potential free agents who could draw Trade Deadline interest if their teams don't meet expectations in the first half of the season.
More»Looming 2017 free agents not a distraction for Yost|
|Mike Trout said Friday morning that though he's not playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of personal reasons, he very well could participate the next time around in the 2021 tournament.
More»Trout on the offseason, looking forward to spring|
|Adrian Gonzalez told MLB.com that his right elbow is now free of pain early Thursday morning before the team worked out on the backfields of Camelback Ranch. That assessment was corroborated shortly thereafter by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
|Japan has become the World Baseball Classic's preeminent team. Samurai Japan won the tournament in 2006 and repeated three years later. And by the time a champion is crowned at Dodger Stadium next month, Japan is likely to reach the semifinal for a fourth time.
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|It's hard to predict exactly what impact -- if any -- the anticipated new rule to point hitters to first base rather than throwing four balls will have. Best I can tell, the arguments on both sides are somewhat leaky.
More» Renfroe gets intentionally walked in debut|
|The Padres open Cactus League play Saturday against the Mariners. Manager Andy Green said on Wednesday that a little more than a month before the opening of the regular season in Los Angeles, only three players have secured spots in the lineup.
More» Solarte doubles home Myers in the 3rd|
|On the visiting side at Progressive field last Nov. 2, the Cubs celebrated the end of a 107-season World Series championship drought, the longest in Major League history.
More»Francona discusses Indians' great 2016 at Media Day|
|Gray skies hung over Cardinals camp Wednesday morning, arguably a week late. Alex Reyes' Tommy John surgery unfortunately falls right in line with the sour spring setbacks that this organization endured with Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jason Motte and Jaime Garcia in recent years, though the Cards know they are hardly outliers in this area.
|Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said the future looks bright for the organization. "We're going in the direction we planned to go, we just have to be patient.That's where we're focused and that's where we're going to stay," he said.
More»Fowler on first team meeting at Spring Training|
|Jerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren't talking about Jose Altuve's budding powerhouse, they're focused on the Rangers. Why not? They've won the AL West two years in a row.
More»Servais takes a look at the AL West entering season|
|Offseason acquisition Mark Melancon is the guy the San Francisco Giants are rebuilding their bullpen around. After throwing some young guys into the fire last season, the Giants believe they've got a nice blend of veterans and younger guys to give manager Bruce Bochy plenty of late options.
More»Bochy, Melancon on excitement for 2017, Giants' 'pen|
|Will there ever be another 300-game winner? The answer comes from a different question: "Will anyone ever again want to win 300 games enough to actually do it?"
More»Will baseball see another 300-game winner?|
|Within the new norm that is baseball's late free-agent market, the Nats agreed to terms with All-Star catcher Matt Wieters on what is reported to be a two-year, $21 million contract Tuesday, with a player opt-out after this season. This was also a signing that created more questions than it answered.
More»Castrovince talks Nats signing Wieters|
|Ben Zobrist acknowledges the incredible effect that the Cubs' championship had on its fans, and after an offseason of celebration, he wants to help deliver another title.
More» Zobrist provides decent power, strong OBP|
|We saw him in his other natural environment over the weekend, the six-strike string he put together in Chris Paul's Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament that finished with a Larry Bird-like lookaway on the last roll. Mookie Betts in a bowling alley is arguably as enthralling as Mookie Betts on a baseball field.
More»Betts set for more success in 2017|
|The Mensch on the Bench lives, and a full-size version of it is sitting in the passenger seat of Cody Decker's SUV. It traveled with him here from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., and will make the trip with Team Israel to Seoul, Korea, in early March for the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.
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