| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:32 AM
Clearing nearly $41 million from last season’s player payroll, coupled with a lucrative television contract on the horizon, points to an aggressive shopping spree for the Chicago Cubs.
And owner Tom Ricketts stated that available money will be...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 6:37 AM
Add and subtract.
That's how the Cubs and White Sox, respectively, could improve when they accelerate talks with agents and officials from other teams starting Monday at baseball's general managers' meetings in Phoenix.
Although GM Jed Hoyer has...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 8:32 PM
One month after completing a full breakout season, Jake Arrieta is preparing for what he envisions will be an even better 2015.
Arrieta's optimism stems from more than just building on last season's success and the hiring of manager Joe Maddon.
| Nov 11, 2014
| 6:39 PM
PHOENIX — If any team in baseball needs to make a splash this winter, it's the White Sox.
They have money to spend, an urgency to win and a fan base that has proved time and again it won't support a loser — and sometimes not even a winner....
| Nov 13, 2014
| 8:26 AM
Max Scherzer will learn soon enough the consequences of shaking off the six-year, $144 million offer from the Detroit Tigers.
Scherzer, 30, is a headline free agent on the starting pitching market with Oakland Athletics left-hander Jon Lester, James...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:19 PM
The last few offseasons the Phillies have wavered back and forth on whether they should rebuild or retool.
Every year the answer was retool — until this year that is.
Now that Philadelphia's front office has finally come to the realization...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 10:30 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — We have covered a number of topics here every Sunday since I began writing this last March, from the megabucks Dodgers' going Hollywood to the legacy of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team.
We looked at how the death of...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:14 PM
While the Dodgers were adding one of those new-age, rock-star executives to their front office last week, naming Rays general manager Andrew Friedman their new president of baseball operations, the archrival Giants were busy winning their third pennant in...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 8:48 PM
The Kansas City Royals would not be here without James Shields. They bet big on him, in one of the most criticized trades in recent memory, and they won. No pitcher in the major leagues started more games this season, and the Royals got into the playoffs,...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 12:03 PM
The sense within the Orioles' organization is that 2014 wasn't just a good season that ended prematurely with a sweep in the American League Championship Series. It was, the Orioles believe, notice served that this club is a legitimate championship...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:40 PM
The aces went down in a hurry this October. Clayton Kershaw and David Price, gone. Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, done. Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander, out. Jered Weaver and Jordan Zimmermann, see you in spring training.
The best starting...