|To all the people who care about the Seattle Mariners, reportedly agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million deal with free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano is a huge deal, a franchise-changing deal. It impacts an entire sport, prompting other free agents to perhaps take a second look at Seattle.
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|Brian McCann's presence behind the plate, in the middle of the batting order and on the mound for all conversations clearly makes the Yankees a more formidable foe.
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|Who knows if David Price or Jeff Samardzija will be dealt this coming week or this winter. A Samardzija trade is a long shot, despite some recent reports. But between the two, Samardzija looks like the much better bargain.
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|While few would argue that Robinson Cano is among the most talented players in the game today, MLB Network's Matt Yallof says the free-agent star doesn't stir much passion among fans.
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|By trading Norichika Aoki to the Royals for Will Smith, the Brewers received the left-handed rotation candidate they were seeking while Kansas City acquired a rock-solid outfielder at a great cost.
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|Brian McCann called his official introduction as a member of the Yankees one of the best days of his life. As MLB Network's Matt Yallof writes, it's a perfect situation for the team and the player.
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|Robinson Cano's performance on the field has set him up for a monster payday in free agency this offseason. But external forces are not only arguing, but practically conspiring, against the kind of numbers he and his camp have been seeking.
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|If you fail to see the logic in Paul Konerko accepting a limited role on a White Sox roster that already has Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn as first basemen/DHs, compare it to Tony Perez returning to Cincinnati to finish his Hall of Fame career with the Reds.
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|In what was one of the more exciting days in recent Hot Stove history, nearly two dozen players changed teams Tuesday, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan and A.J. Pierzynski.
More»Duquette looks back on a busy day of transactions|
|If the Brian McCann contract was an inkling, then Tuesday's rake of Jacoby Ellsbury was an outright announcement that the Yankees we know and love or loathe -- the ones prone to backing up the Brink's truck into the driveways of MLB's best and brightest -- are officially back in business.
More»Yankees signing Ellsbury has big impact on AL East|
|With the additions of closer Jim Johnson and starter Scott Kazmir, Billy Beane has addressed the A's biggest needs prior to the Winter Meetings.
More»Ringolsby on A's bringing aboard Gentry, Johnson|
|New Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is as professional as he is durable, even if polls have shown that he is unpopular among his peers.
More»Pierzynski agrees to one-year deal with Red Sox|
|Adding Joe Nathan, the premier closer on the current free-agent market, could be the piece that finally sends the three-time-defending American League Central champion Tigers into the promised land.
More»MLB.com weighs in on Tigers acquiring Joe Nathan|
|Rays lefty Mike Montgomery, who is the organization's No. 8-ranked prospect, could contribute as a starter or out of the bullpen.
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|The Athletics and Rangers just made the kind of trade that only really smart, really confident general managers make. In this case, it was Oakland's Billy Beane and Texas' Jon Daniels. It's the kind of trade that reflects plenty of organizational swagger on both sides. To put it another way, these boys aren't afraid to fail.
More»Callis on Rangers prospects Choice, Bostick|
|There's a reason that teams rarely treat closers with the same contractual respect as starting pitchers and position players.
More» Johnson closes out Sox, picks up 50th save|
|Veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir hopes to add to the Oakland A's legacy of getting the most out of players thought to be risky free-agent signings.
More»Rebound season nets Kazmir two-year deal with A's|
|Slow it down, fellas. Take a deep breath, count to nine and give us a chance to get our minds around these past 24 hours. Players were changing teams so quickly it has been impossible to keep it all straight. Save something for the Winter Meetings next week.
More»Tigers GM Dombrowski discusses trade with Nationals|
|This is a tremendous acquisition for Washington, writes columnist Richard Justice. A team that was already among baseball's best got better, trading three young players for right-hander Doug Fister from the Tigers.
More»Duquette on Nationals acquiring Fister from Tigers|
|A team that takes an existing strength and makes it even stronger is a team that won't accept second place as a way of life. For the purposes of this discussion, the team in question is the Washington Nationals. They bolstered an already impressive starting rotation Monday with the acquisition of Doug Fister in a trade with the Detroit Tigers.
More»Duquette on Nationals acquiring Fister from Tigers|
|A winter after grabbing headlines with franchise makeovers that turned into summer disappointments, the front offices in Kansas City, Toronto and Anaheim have taken a low-key approach to this offseason.
More»Vargas signs four-year deal with Royals|
|When Tyler Matzek was selected as the No. 11 overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, I think the attention surrounding the left-handed pitcher was almost a bit unfair. Fast forward four seasons, and Matzek is probably right where he should be in his development.
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|If you congratulate Royals general manager Dayton Moore on his two-year contract extension, he'll shift the conversation to others.
More»Dayton Moore, Royals agree to contract extension|
|A scenario has developed in which the second tier of starting pitchers has proven to be a much hotter commodity than the supposed pick of the litter.
More» Arroyo holds Cubs to two runs in solid start|
|The Tigers might be one more bold move away from being baseball's best team in 2014, and who would bet again Dave Dombrowski making it? Here's guessing that trading Prince Fielder was the first of two deals the Tigers' general manager has in mind.
More»Dave Dombrowski chats with Clubhouse Confidential|
|Brad Radke was never on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His teams in Minnesota never made it to the World Series. But unlike the last three seasons, playing against the Twins in those years was about as much fun as a basement flood. By signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, that's an experience that general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire are committed to recreating.
More»Twins have deal with free-agent righty Nolasco|
|First-time candidates for the Hall of Fame, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine could become only the second pair of teammates elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year by the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
More»Notable first-timers will be on the 2014 HOF ballot|
|With Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas headlining the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot, things are going to be different, not to mention happier than in 2013, when no candidate received the necessary 75 percent of the vote.
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|David Price is the biggest name on the trade market -- headed to arbitration with the Rays for the third time and two years away from free agency. He's priced himself out of his franchise's economic model -- his projected salary of $13 million would take up more than 20 percent of the 2014 payroll -- and triggered a complicated round of bidding for his services. Advantage, Texas Rangers.
More»Rogers joins Hot Stove to discuss David Price|
|December in Florida. It's a time and place you'd expect retirees to be hanging out playing shuffleboard and golf before catching the early-bird special around 5 p.m. That's not the reason Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are expected in Central Florida on Dec. 9.
More»Cox, La Russa and Torre up for Hall of Fame election|