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  • The over-under on when Joe Maddon's honeymoon ends

    The over-under on when Joe Maddon's honeymoon ends
    Joe Maddon will be surrounded by a media gathering he likely hasn’t seen since he guided the Rays to the World Series in 2008. Difference is, when the new Cubs manager meets this throng at the Cubby Bear on Monday afternoon, it won’t be a...
  • Faced with quandary, Cubs did what was best

    Faced with quandary, Cubs did what was best
    By the time Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer boarded a plane for Southern California the morning of Oct. 24, the team had reached the point of no return pursuing Joe Maddon. With nothing guaranteed, Hoyer headed west that Friday to meet Rick Renteria so...
  • Royals will need Moustakas, Hosmer, Cain in October form for 2015

    When the regular season ended, Mike Moustakas had posted his worst offensive statistics as a professional. Eric Hosmer saw a summer sunk by a two-month slump and a month-long absence. Lorenzo Cain was a talented fielder with little national reputation....
  • Expectations for Cubs to rise upon Maddon's arrival

    Expectations for Cubs to rise upon Maddon's arrival
    The podium never will look so attractive to Cubs fans as it will when Joe Maddon is introduced Monday as the Cubs' manager at the Cubby Bear, where many supporters have drowned their sorrows after numerous disappointments of past decades. But for all...
  • Royals extend qualifying offer to James Shields, pick up Wade Davis' option

    The Royals have extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to pitcher James Shields, and protected themselves with draft-pick compensation if Shields signs elsewhere. Shields has until Nov. 10 to accept or decline the offer. He is expected to...
  • Corey Seager, 20, is making a push to be the Dodgers' shortstop

    Corey Seager, 20, is making a push to be the Dodgers' shortstop
    Trading Corey Seager for a frontline pitcher late last season would not have guaranteed the Dodgers a place in the World Series. But it might have helped. Instead, the club refused to part with the 20-year-old shortstop, who might have helped it land...
  • Rangers surveying trades more than free agents

    Executives, scouts and development personnel in the Texas Rangers' organization spent last week in Surprise, Ariz., in part to get a handle on how they will proceed now that the annual overhyped, overpriced off-season market is open. Even though plenty...
  • Unconventional Maddon a perfect fit for Cubs

    The Sports Xchange By Tom Musick, The Sports Xchange Unconventional Maddon a perfect fit for Cubs CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon prefers an offbeat existence. As the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon once addressed the media with a cockatoo perched on...
  • MLB free agency preview: Pitching pool is deep

    The Sports Xchange By Rick Kaplan, The Sports Xchange MLB free agency preview: Pitching pool is deep Baseball free agency isn't what it used to be, if the just-concluded World Series is any indication. The runner-up Kansas City Royals thrived with a...
  • Cubs' hiring of Joe Maddon appears to be imminent

    Cubs' hiring of Joe Maddon appears to be imminent
    The offseason free-agent period begins Thursday, and the Cubs appear on the verge of finalizing the first of what they hope are several impact acquisitions. The hiring of two-time American League manager of the year Joe Maddon seems imminent,...
  • Bold free-agent moves needed if Orioles want World Series title

    Bold free-agent moves needed if Orioles want World Series title
    The Orioles didn't fall short of the World Series by much this year, and the obvious case can be made that the return of some key players will make them a stronger team in 2015. But this is no time to take the pedal off the metal. When the free-...