Wade Davis' credentials shine as brightly as more heralded closers

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Before Wade Davis settled on spending his winters in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife Katelyn, the Florida native was just as comfortable working out with Lake Wales (Fla.) High School baseball players trying to follow in his footsteps.

"Wade never tried to act like he was better than anyone," coach Jasone Dewitt recalled. "The players ...Read more

Lucas Giolito eager for 'fresh' start after humbling shot in majors

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When Lucas Giolito stepped on the mound at Nationals Park on June 28 for his major league debut, it was "a dream come true" for the then-21-year-old Nationals right-hander.

The rest of his major league experience, which included three more starts and two relief appearances last season, wasn't quite so idyllic.

The top-ranked pitching prospect ...Read more

Pirates' McCutchen admits trade chatter 'bothered' him

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Andrew McCutchen was at PirateFest Saturday, and perhaps no one was more surprised than him. Given the recent reports he was likely to be traded, McCutchen admitted he was following along on Twitter with the rest of the baseball world and, at certain points, expected he'd be traded.

McCutchen, wearing a Pirates jersey numbered 22, signed ...Read more

White Sox prospect Kopech has big potential, but drama-free development needed

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- If people have compared new White Sox prospect Michael Kopech to Mets All-Star Noah Syndergaard, he can understand why.

They're both tall, young, right-handed Texans who leave their golden locks flowing under their baseball caps as they fire triple-digit fastballs.

"It's hard not to compare a 6-foot-4-plus, long blond ...Read more

Cardinals lure ex-Cub Fowler to ignite their lineup

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ST. LOUIS -- When Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak outlined the traits he wanted to find in a new outfielder this winter, it became a long list that included on-base percentage, baserunning, agility in center field, a clubhouse presence, and on and on.

It could have been two words long: Dexter Fowler.

"From Day 1, he was who we were ...Read more

If not Jansen, then who for Dodgers?

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OXON HILL, Md. -- A year ago, as the Los Angeles Dodgers pondered the free agency of a vital member of their pitching staff, the organization opted for restraint over aggression. The club declined to match Arizona's offer for Zack Greinke, absorbed the public relations blowback and pieced together a rotation at less exorbitant prices. Its ...Read more

Angels conclude winter meetings without making a move

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OXON HILL, Md. -- From Game 162 until the morning pitchers and catchers must report to Tempe Diablo Stadium for spring training in early February, the Angels' off-season will span more than four months. Most of those days will be filled with inaction.

But the ethos of the annual winter meetings runs counter to that. The four days of forced ...Read more

Sources: Cardinals closing in on deal with Fowler

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Unable to find a trade that would satisfy their need and their wants, the Cardinals upped their offer to Dexter Fowler and hope to finalize a deal with him shortly, sources told The Post-Dispatch.

Fowler is en route to St. Louis for what's presumed to be a physical.

If he signs, the 30-year-old switch-hitting Fowler would be a leadoff ...Read more

Indians receiving perfect set of circumstances to make a run at Edwin Encarnacion

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For the Indians to make a truly big splash financially, they require a perfect storm of circumstances.

It happened in 2013, when qualifying offers and the draft-pick compensation attached to them, a dwindling market and the club's draft position cooked up the right situation for the Indians to sign Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to contracts ...Read more

Rick Renteria relishes chance to lead during White Sox overhaul

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rick Renteria has a deep background in player development, one of his qualifications when the Cubs hired him as manager in 2013.

Now he will be at the helm of a rebuilt group on the other side of the city.

As Renteria watched the White Sox pick up eight new prospects before leaving the winter meetings Thursday, the club...Read more

Faith deepens for Rangers coach Beasley during bout with cancer

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Texas Rangers coach Tony Beasley received the best early Christmas gift imaginable.

Doctors at Houston's MD Anderson gave him an all-clear Dec. 1 after he was diagnosed with rectal cancer in January.

Beasley underwent two rounds of extensive chemotherapy, for a month in Arizona during spring training and again in May and June in Houston.

...Read more

Neal Huntington on Andrew McCutchen: 'We feel great about Andrew being a Pirate'

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OXON HILL, Md. -- At the end of baseball's winter meetings, the conclusion general manager Neal Huntington reached regarding the face of the franchise was this: Andrew McCutchen remains on the Pirates roster, and he's expected to be there on opening day April 3.

"Our intent coming in here was to have Andrew McCutchen in our lineup going forward...Read more

As Winter Meetings end, Marlins still search for a big-time closer

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- As front office executives for the Marlins departed the Winter Meetings here on Thursday, they left with a number of items crossed off their to-do list.

Starting pitcher? Check. They signed Jeff Locke.

Backup catcher? Check. They signed A.J. Ellis.

Bullpen arm? Check. They signed Dustin McGowan.

But the one big-ticket...Read more

Chris Sale 'as excited as anybody' for chance to contend with Red Sox

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Chris Sale is moving from a White Sox team that has compiled four straight losing seasons to a Red Sox team that instantly upgraded its status an already-serious 2017 contender with his presence in the rotation.

He is moving from a ballpark in Chicago that ranked 26th in attendance in 2016 to historic Fenway Park, where ...Read more

Royals trade closer Wade Davis to Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler

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OXON HILL, Md. -- After a day of rumors and a long night of waiting, the Royals traded closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler on Wednesday morning, making official a deal that could have lasting repercussions in 2017 and beyond.

In a deal that served as a pre-emptive strike against a coming free-agent exodus -- in ...Read more

White Sox on verge of sending Adam Eaton to Nationals

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The White Sox are close to a deal to send outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals, one day after the Sox started their rebuilding project by parting with ace Chris Sale, according to a major league baseball source.

The deal would mean the Sox gave up two of their most valuable players within two days at the winter meetings to bring in...Read more

Marlins agree with former Pirate Jeff Locke to one-year deal

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Toss another name into the mix for the Marlins' 2017 rotation: Jeff Locke.

The Marlins agreed to a one-year, $3 million major league contract with the left-handed Locke, pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

The Pirates cut Locke, 29, last week after the worst season of his career, but he will reunite with ...Read more

Rangers reach one-year agreement with center fielder Gomez

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Texas Rangers have found their center fielder for 2017, and he was their left fielder for the final five weeks of the 2016 season.

The Rangers and free agent Carlos Gomez agreed to reunite for one year at $11.5 million, according to sources and pending a physical, late Tuesday at the annual winter meetings.

Gomez ...Read more

Cubs get closer Wade Davis, trade outfielder Jorge Soler to Royals

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The Chicago Cubs continued their quest to repeat as World Series champions by acquiring closer Wade Davis on Wednesday from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler.

Davis, 31, can become a free agent after 2017, but the Cubs need a closer as Aroldis Chapman is a free-agent who is expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal from ...Read more

Reports: Desmond to sign with Rockies after one year with Rangers

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Ian Desmond, who was rescued from free-agent purgatory by the Texas Rangers after spring training opened last year and turned the opportunity into an All-Star appearance, has agreed to a five-year contract worth $70 million with the Colorado Rockies, according to reports.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was first to report ...Read more