Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|There is a saying among executives that there is no such thing as a bad one-year contract. But it goes without saying that some work out better than others. Let's examine the five best one-year deals from the offseason.
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|It's time to check in on the division standings -- meaning, where the division races stand in relation to each other. We'll have plenty of time to sort through the migraine-inducing math that will accompany the Wild Card craziness. For now, here's a ranking of the six division races, in order of intrigue.
More»Castrovince ranks the division races|
|There was Andrew Miller again Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The 6-foot-7 physical embodiment of what has been a long-standing but infrequently applied assertion of the sabermetric community.
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|This year, the discussion for the AL Rookie of the Year Award is not simplified to a single position, and it's not loaded with guys who were darlings of the prospect-ranking world, either.
More»Castrovince gives his pick for AL Rookie of the Year|
|By and large, the Major League industry reaction to the news Tuesday that Tim Tebow wants to give professional baseball a shot was what one would expect it to be. There was some snark, some shrugs, some cynicism and some dismissal of it all as a "publicity stunt."
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|There's no elegant way to put this, so let's just come out with it: The American League Cy Young Award race is a hot mess.
More»Castrovince looks at candidates for the AL Cy Young|
|Those who know Rob Ramsay know there was so much more than his two seasons in the Majors to his story -- a story that came to a sudden and heartbreaking ending last Thursday, when the doting husband and father of two young boys suffered the seizure that would claim him at age 42.
|Maybe it's an exaggerated recollection, because ballplayers have been known to weave tapestries out of tall tales. But Jon Lester claims that somewhere among the more than 30,000 pitches he's thrown in his time in the big leagues was a curveball that bounced in the Seattle dirt -- "It barely reached the cut of the grass," Lester said -- and then into the bat of one Ichiro Suzuki, who turned the bouncer into one of his now 3,000 base hits.
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|Leverage is a powerful tool, one that can have applications on the October stage and one that can have implications in the midseason trade game. On a wild Sunday morning in the summer swap market, the Indians dramatically improved their late-inning leverage with the addition of Andrew Miller, while simultaneously suffering the effect of Jonathan Lucroy's contractually negotiated trade leverage.
More»Ken Rosenthal phones in to talk Andrew Miller trade|
|In the lead-up to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, teams can upgrade any number of ways. It doesn't have to be as ridiculously obvious as the Cubs taking their need for lefty relief help and turning it into Aroldis Chapman.
More»MLB Central makes some Trade Deadline predictions|
|Dusty Baker admitted Wednesday that the Nationals "don't know" what the solution is for the struggling Jonathan Papelbon. And because the effects of age are something even a wise pitching coach like Mike Maddux will struggle to fix, it's time -- especially with the non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching -- for the Nats to consider alternatives.
More»High Heat discusses closer situation for Nationals|
|Weeks of anticipation and searching for just the right fit culminates in an Aug. 1 finale. But enough about "The Bachelorette." Let's talk about the fast-approaching non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More»Jon Heyman talks potential trade deadline deals|
|Among the suggestions for how to improve baseball's pace of play is the notion of limiting the number of times a manager can go to his 'pen in a given inning or a given game. And it's a suggestion that Commissioner Rob Manfred, in an interview on ESPN's Mike & Mike on Thursday, said is under consideration.
|Before I romanticize the concept of potential bargain buys in the trade market, I must first provide a public disclaimer that the discreet Trade Deadline deal doesn't always work out. The Dodgers, as an example, grabbed Mat Latos instead of meeting the price tag for David Price or Cole Hamels last year and, well, let's just say they would have been better off with Price or Hamels, OK? But sometimes there is great value to be had out there. And in a 2016 market especially thin on starting pitching, it's incumbent upon GMs to seek it out.
More»Castrovince looks at under-the-radar trade options|
|Trades! I was going to come up with a more intricate or artful way to begin this piece, but at this time of year, that single word is enticing, distracting and titillating enough to get the job done, don't you think? The non-waiver Trade Deadline is a mere 17 days away, so it's time to get serious about this swapping season.
More»Castrovince on possible trade-deadline deals|
|We asked a wide variety of current players, managers and coaches to look around the Major League landscape and pick the one guy they think is actually capable of topping Joe DiMaggio's famed 56-game hitting streak. Our informal survey uncovered a single, clear-cut, vertically challenged but statistically sound victor.
More»Will anyone beat Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak?|
|Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was named the winner of the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at Tuesday night's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, which the American League won over the National League, 4-2.
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|At a meeting with the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday morning before the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA president Tony Clark separately addressed some of the major points of interest with regard to the CBA and other matters.
More»Manfred discusses San Diego as the 2016 ASG host|
|To all of the players assembled in America's Finest City -- the ones who will take part in tonight's 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on FOX) -- well, what can we say? Giancarlo Stanton gave you a tough act to follow.
More»All-Stars talk about being a part of Ortiz's last ASG|
|It is a matter of fact and finances that the Cleveland Indians aren't going to snag their stars on the open market. The last time the Tribe was represented on the All-Star stage by a player the club had previously signed as a free agent was 2004, when second baseman Ronnie Belliard, who made a measly $1.1 million that season, was selected.
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