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Jason Mastrodonato: Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom under pressure at MLB Winter Meetings

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SAN DIEGO — Here at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, it doesn’t take long to understand the hottest issues on the table.

The Yankees’ pursuit of Aaron Judge is clearly No. 1.

But No. 2? Pressure. Pressure on the Mets to replace Jacob deGrom and continue the upward trajectory the franchise has been striving for. Pressure on the Angels...Read more

Ben Frederickson: More bad news for Bonds and Clemens is even worse for Cardinals Hall of Famer McGwire

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SAN DIEGO — A Hall of Fame cycle that seems poised to bring good news for one former Cardinal and Cooperstown hopeful in Scott Rolen has presented some bad news for another, if you read between the glaring lines.

Cardinals Hall of Famer Mark McGwire was not in the eight-candidate pool considered by the inaugural Contemporary Baseball Era ...Read more

Five things to keep in mind about the Braves as offseason progresses

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SAN DIEGO — Jacob deGrom chose Texas. Trea Turner is headed to Philadelphia. Justin Verlander joined the Mets.

Things are heating up at the winter meetings.

The Braves, like their competitors, are exploring ways to improve their roster and, by association, their chances of winning another World Series in 2023. Since the Phillies eliminated ...Read more

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Aaron Judge and Carlos Rodon still in play for the Yankees on the first day of Winter Meetings

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With the Winter Meetings happening in person for the first time since 2019, Major League Baseball’s executives got going right away on Monday.

Justin Verlander jumped to the Mets on a two-year, $86 million deal, marking two years in a row that the Mets lured a future Hall of Fame pitcher on the strength of Steve Cohen’s money. The Yankees, ...Read more

Phillies, Trea Turner agree on 11-year, $300 million contract, source says

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SAN DIEGO — The Phillies got their man.

Again.

Trea Turner, the Phillies’ top target all along in a free-agent market overflowing with star shortstops, has agreed on an 11-year, $300 million contract that includes a full no-trade clause, a source said Monday as the winter meetings got underway at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The deal has ...Read more

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Mets agree to two-year, $86 million deal with Justin Verlander

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SAN DIEGO — The Mets have their ace.

Just one day into the winter meetings the Mets are reportedly in agreement on a two-year contract with right-hander Justin Verlander. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal is for $86 million with a vesting option for a third year.

One of the most accomplished pitchers in baseball and a future Hall-...Read more

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Yankees re-sign GM Brian Cashman to four-year deal

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In the least surprising signing in the Bronx this winter, the Yankees announced they had re-signed General Manager Brian Cashman to a four-year deal on Monday. Cashman, who has been at the helm of the Bombers since 1998, had been working without a contract since the Yankees’ season ended in October.

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner ...Read more

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Clayton Kershaw is back, but Dodgers miss out on Justin Verlander

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SAN DIEGO — Last season, the Dodgers won 111 games. They had a Cy Young Award finalist. They boasted the best rotation earned-run average in Major League Baseball.

Still, as this offseason has progressed, their need for more starting pitching has been clear.

And while they did the expected on Monday morning, officially re-signing Clayton ...Read more

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What would Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner bring to the Phillies? A former teammate knows.

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SAN DIEGO — Karl Keglovits got a phone call a few weeks ago from one of his former baseball teammates at North Carolina State, Johnny Piedmonte.

Piedmonte asked if Keglovits had heard the big news. He had not.

“It’s possible that Carlos and Trea end up in Philly,” Piedmonte said.

Keglovits could barely contain his excitement. Carlos �...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Working through the Pirates' path forward with Bryan Reynolds

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SAN DIEGO — Bryan Reynolds remains under contractual control through the 2025 season, but it's hard to see him remaining a Pirate for that long.

No, impossible.

In fact, after Saturday's news that Reynolds wants to be traded, it's honestly hard to see the All-Star outfielder returning in 2024.

The Pirates issued a statement Saturday saying ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: It's time for the Cubs and White Sox to make some noise at the winter meetings -- especially for their fans

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The winter meetings should be a hectic time for Jed Hoyer and Rick Hahn, the two men consigned with the task of making baseball in Chicago relevant again.

Hoyer, the Cubs president, and Hahn, the White Sox general manager, are fortunate enough to have the complete support of their respective owners and have been around long enough to know what ...Read more

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Don Mattingly falls short of Hall of Fame as Fred McGriff only player inducted by Contemporary Committee

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The Crime Dog is headed to Cooperstown, but Donnie Baseball is not.

Fred McGriff is officially a Hall of Famer. The slugger was unanimously elected to the Class of 2023 by the Contemporary Era committee on Sunday night and was the only player selected. Former Yankee Don Mattingly fell four votes shy of the 12 out of 16 needed to get the nod to ...Read more

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Larry Stone: Kolten Wong makes Mariners better, but more offseason work remains

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SEATTLE — For those clamoring for Jerry Dipoto to make a big-ticket splash in the free-agent market, Friday's trade with the Milwaukee Brewers was probably a disappointment by implication.

The biggest ticket of them all, outfielder Aaron Judge, was realistically above the Mariners' pay grade from the start. The team has no need to dip into ...Read more

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Olivia Pichardo blazing a trail as first woman to play DI college baseball

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NEW YORK — Every athlete’s playing days have to come to an end eventually.

Some are lucky enough to make it all the way to the professional ranks, collecting a fortune along the way. Others max out in college, while an overwhelming majority give up their game during childhood, the iron curtain of adulthood separating them from competitive ...Read more

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Orioles in agreement with veteran starting pitcher Kyle Gibson on one-year contract: reports

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BALTIMORE — The Orioles have supplied their rotation with a veteran presence for 2023, agreeing to terms with right-hander Kyle Gibson on a one-year contract, according to multiple reports. ESPN and The Athletic reported the deal is pending a physical.

Gibson, 35, has made 25 or more starts in every full season since 2014, pitching for the ...Read more

Bill Madden: Veterans committee can take a stand for character in Hall of Fame vote

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NEW YORK — Just when we thought we’d said goodbye to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for a while thanks to the Baseball Writers Association last January, they’re coming around again as two of the eight candidates on the Contemporary Era Hall of Fame ballot which will be voted on Sunday as the kickoff to the winter meetings in San Diego.

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When will Bryce Harper play again for the Phillies? These two cases offer some clues.

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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper left an operating room in Los Angeles on Nov. 23 with a reconstructed ligament in his right elbow and a giant question mark over his head.

When might he play again?

In a tightly worded news release issued on Thanksgiving eve, the Phillies announced that the face of the franchise will be back in the lineup, ...Read more

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Larry Stone: Earning win No. 300 with Mariners made Seattle 'very special' for Gaylord Perry

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SEATTLE — Gaylord Perry used to call the spitball "my survival pitch," and by the time he got to Seattle in 1982 — barely hanging on at 43 years old, 21 years into his career — survival was his preeminent goal.

Perry was three wins shy of 300, the magic number he knew was needed to reach the Hall of Fame, considering the specter of ball-...Read more

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Padres at least perusing shortstop market, talking Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts

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SAN DIEGO — A.J. Preller appears to be at it again.

Or perhaps the Padres President of Baseball Operations is simply doing his usual uniquely exhaustive due diligence.

While there is no real clarity on how advanced discussions are, the Padres have at least waded further into the deep free agent shortstop market.

A league source said Friday ...Read more

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Star pitcher Jacob deGrom agrees to five-year deal with Rangers

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Free agent pitcher Jacob deGrom has agreed to a five-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers announced the signing Friday night and said a press conference to introduce deGrom would be held at Globe Life Field after the Winter Meetings, which are Sunday through Wednesday in San Diego.

The Rangers did not disclose terms, but Jeff Passan ...Read more