Giancarlo Stanton named NL MVP, first in Marlins history

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For the better part of a decade, sometimes in awe and often in disappointment, the baseball world wondered: What could Giancarlo Stanton do if he stayed healthy and productive for an entire season?

The answer came Thursday: win the National League Most Valuable Player award.

Stanton -- the sport's preeminent slugger and the face of the Miami ...Read more

Commissioner Manfred: OK if Jeter's Marlins want to trade Stanton, get 'clean slate'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- If the Miami Marlins want to trade Giancarlo Stanton, they have MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's blessing.

Manfred said Thursday that the Marlins' new ownership group, headed by chairman Bruce Sherman and CEO Derek Jeter, should be allowed to make the decisions it thinks are best for the franchise, and he hopes fans afford Jeter ...Read more

All signs point to White Sox's Eloy Jimenez being gem of Jose Quintana trade

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- There was no hint of wistfulness in Jed Hoyer's voice when discussing the subject of Eloy Jimenez during an interview session at the general managers meetings.

The Cubs GM, however, did use the word "expensive" four times in the first 15 seconds while answering a question about including Jimenez -- one of the top young talents ...Read more

Derek Jeter: Financially challenged Marlins need change, will try to sell naming rights to Marlins Park

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Jeffrey Loria's Marlins were long a financial mess, and the new ownership group headed by chairman Bruce Sherman is in the early stages of altering the way the franchise operates financially, CEO Derek Jeter said Wednesday.

As a business, the new Marlins won't be like the old Marlins.

"We need to make adjustments. We can't continue to run the ...Read more

Agent Scott Boras makes a pitch for Cubs to re-sign Jake Arrieta

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After entering the 2017 season without a contract extension, right-hander Jake Arrieta was viewed as a goner by most Cubs fans.

And now that free agency has begun, there's little talk of Arrieta returning to the North Side.

Is it still a possibility, and if not, why not?

Scott Boras, Arrieta's agent, said Wednesday that the Cubs certainly can...Read more

Eric Hosmer will get you to 'Playoffville,' agent Scott Boras says

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Agent Scott Boras laid out a case for Eric Hosmer on Wednesday, describing the free-agent first baseman as an elite talent that can help a team reach "Playoffville," the place where all franchises aspire to live.

In a lengthy session with reporters at the general managers' meetings at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Boras dwelled ...Read more

MLB eyes early December to finalize posting system for Otani

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers' pursuit of Shohei Otani will remain on hold until early December, when Major League Baseball hopes to have finalized a new posting system with Nippon Professional Baseball.

Dan Halem, MLB's Chief Legal Officer, said on Wednesday at the general managers meetings that an agreement has been reached between the ...Read more

Derek Jeter says he hasn't spoken with Giancarlo Stanton, but will 'if there's a reason'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has not spoken to franchise player Giancarlo Stanton, Jeter said Wednesday.

"If there's a reason to call, I'll call him," Jeter said outside the Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel, where he is attending MLB's quarterly owners' meetings for the first time as the Marlins' boss. "At this point, there's no reason ...Read more

Trading Stanton is challenging task for Marlins, but shouldn't be their top priority

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Trading Giancarlo Stanton is one thing, the most-challenging task facing the Marlins this offseason. But in their efforts to produce a winner, upgrading their pitching staff should be -- and more than likely is -- their top priority.

Pitching -- and starting pitching, in particular -- is the organization's greatest ...Read more

A-Gone? Dodgers may be moving on

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez hit 18 home runs in 2016. He tied for the Los Angeles Dodgers team lead in runs batted in. He finished the season with a .784 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. In the not so distant past, he was a productive major-league hitter.

This history appears ancient after the 2017 season. Gonzalez spent time on the ...Read more

Stanton, Dodgers likely not a fit

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The enormity of Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton's contract, which can pay him $295 million over the next 10 seasons, is expected to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers from being a serious bidder for his services, according to people familiar with the situation.

That could change as the winter takes shape and the Dodgers gauge...Read more

Roy Halladay remembered and celebrated in ballpark service

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- They mowed the grass, watered the dirt, and placed the black-trimmed stage behind the mound at Spectrum Field. They etched Roy Halladay's uniform numbers -- 34 and 32 -- on the dirt slope. They placed a single baseball there. They laid chalk on the baselines and whitened home plate and drew a batter's box. The wind blew out ...Read more

Twins' Paul Molitor wins AL Manager of the Year award

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In trying to sympathize with his plight, Paul Molitor joked last winter, "everyone tells me they look at our roster and don't see a 103-loss team." Just one problem, Molitor liked to point out: "Well, that doesn't really reflect very well on the manager."

One year later, Molitor is more than willing to identify with his Twins. They won 85 games...Read more

Should a team allow Otani to be a two-way player?

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The question that continues to pop up here at the GM meetings, especially to the general managers but even beat writers, is if a team would allow Shohei Otani, the Babe Ruth of Japan, to play both ways.

The general assumption among the Japanese media is that a team that allowed him to do so will have the inside track toward ...Read more

Giancarlo Stanton 'running the show' on any potential trades

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Does he prefer the Golden Gate Bridge over the Green Monster and Gateway Arch? Does he fancy toasted ravioli over clam chowder and cheesesteak sandwiches?

When and if it comes to trading Giancarlo Stanton -- to St. Louis, to San Francisco, to Boston, to Philadelphia, or to wherever -- the decision will ultimately rest ...Read more

Dodgers still trying to make their best pitch in offseason

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Farhan Zaidi went to work on Nov. 2. The sting of the day before, when the Dodgers fell in Game 7 of the World Series, had not yet faded, and it has not faded since. But the baseball calendar does not allow time to grieve the end of a season, and so Zaidi, the team's general manager, pondered how to move forward.

During the ...Read more

Royals GM Dayton Moore says he left Braves decision in 'Mr Glass's hands'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the first day of the annual GM meetings here at the Waldorf Astoria, the Atlanta Braves hired a general manager. That the executive en route to Atlanta on Monday was not the Royals' Dayton Moore was perhaps a surprise to some in the industry.

For weeks, Moore had surfaced as the leading candidate to take over a front office ...Read more

Cubs hope closer Wade Davis returns but believe plenty of options are available if he doesn't

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Cubs have made no secret they're focusing on pitching help this winter, including a couple of new starters and perhaps a new closer.

The Rays' Alex Cobb is one of their primary targets for the rotation, while they are looking at a number of options for the closer role. Re-signing Wade Davis remains one of them, but it ...Read more

Braves CEO apologizes to fans before introducing new GM

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The Braves held a news conference Monday afternoon at SunTrust Park to introduce their new general manager, Alex Anthopoulos. But that was not the first order of business for a franchise rocked by a rule-breaking scandal.

"Before I introduce our new executive today, I'd like to take a moment to address our fans," Braves Chairman and CEO Terry ...Read more

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is National League rookie of the year

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LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger batted second on opening day -- in Oklahoma City, that is. He got three hits in his first game, 10 in his first five games.

He was 21 and in triple-A. The Los Angeles Dodgers had five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Bellinger envisioned making it to Los Angeles this season, but pretty late in the year....Read more