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Writing All 30 MLB Teams' Christmas Wish List

Christmas—that much-anticipated time of year when we all get greedy.<p>Why hold MLB teams to a higher standard? They too have shopping to complete this holiday season, and like the rest of us, they're looking to get top quality at a bargain price.<p>The following lists vary in terms of their length, …

David Price

MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Jimmy Rollins, Jonathan Papelbon and More

The Major League Baseball offseason is in full swing as free agents continue their search for new homes and clubs look to retool heading into the new year.<p>Several notable names have already changed locations over the past six weeks since the World Series concluded, but more are sure to follow …

Baseball

Joaquin Benoit and San Diego Padres Agree to 2-Year Contract

Reliever Joaquin Benoit increased his stock considerably this past MLB season with the Detroit Tigers, and it looks like he will reap the benefits in San Diego. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Benoit and the Padres have agreed upon a free-agent deal.<p>Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the …

San Diego Padres

What does it mean to be average?

Here at Beyond the Box Score, we really strive to not only provide new and insightful research, analysis, and commentary on a daily basis, but also …

How Bleacher Report's MLB Experts Would Build an MLB Team for $100 Million

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to act as general manager for a Major League Baseball team?<p>So did we, which is how we came up with this idea: To build a roster of talent for the 2014 season with a maximum budget of $100 million.<p>Bleacher Report's MLB lead writers (Jason Catania, Joe …

Yu Darvish

Indians send Stubbs to Rockies for Outman

The Colorado Rockies have acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for left-hander Josh Outman, according to Ken …

Grading All the Latest MLB Offseason Signings, Trades

The Major League Baseball offseason is never quiet.<p>As the sport waits for the next major shoe to drop, Shin-Soo Choo, David Price and Masahiro Tanaka's destination for the 2014 season still remains uncertain. If you were napping while waiting for major news to hit, a busy day of action in the …

David Price

Updating the Top 10 MLB Prospects Potentially on the Trade Block

The prospect boom in Major League Baseball has made it so blockbuster deals built around young stars with great potential are increasingly rare.<p>Teams understand the value of a player in those pre-arbitration years, even if they don't have an elite ceiling, and how much bang it provides for the …

Baseball

4 MLB Teams That Are Quietly Having Very Nice Offseasons

Trades and free-agent signings that involve big names are often the ones that make the headlines during baseball's offseason, and this year has been no different.<p>The Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler swap and signings of Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury have all been major news. However, there are …

Baseball

Comparing Top 25-and-Under MLB Starting Pitchers to Greats of the Past 25 Years

The last few seasons have seen a wave of talented young pitchers break into the league and perform at a high level right out of the gates.<p>A good starting rotation is the foundation of any championship-caliber team, and cultivating your own high-end, homegrown pitching talent is as important as any …

Baseball

Los Angeles Angels Sign Raul Ibanez

The <b>Los Angeles Angels</b> have agreed to terms with outfielder <b>Raul Ibanez</b> on a one-year deal worth $2.75MM. The deal can potentially be worth up to $5MM …

2014 MLB Free Agents: Overlooked Players Who Will Provide Good Value

A free-agent market that was already on the weaker side when the offseason began has been further depleted by weeks of high-profile signings, leaving a limited number of impact players available for MLB teams still hoping to fill voids.<p>Although there isn't a ton of star power available, the …

Tampa Bay

2014 St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers Reminiscent of Atlanta Braves Trio

Anyone who watched baseball in the 1990s can recall the trio of Atlanta Braves starters who caused nightmares for hitters around the league.<p>The Braves owe much of their success in that decade to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, who combined to capture six of the eight NL Cy Young Awards …

Cy Young Award

Is There More Value on the Free-Agent or Trade Market Right Now?

Here's a spoiler: We're about to ask a "This or that?" question where the answer favors "that" by default.<p>Our question is whether, as of now, there's more value to be found on the free-agent market (this) or the trade market (that). Part of the reason why the trade market is the favorite is simple …

David Price

5 Potential MLB Trade Chips That No One Is Talking About

There have been a number of big trades in the MLB so far this winter, and a number of other players have seen their name on the block.<p>David Price and Matt Kemp have had their names pop up in trade rumors this winter in addition to some smaller names, such as Ike Davis and Ichiro.<p>While there have …

David Price

Top MLB Free Agents, Trade Targets Still Available at Every Position

As we approach the end of December, there are still plenty of options on the free-agent market for teams looking to shore up their rosters between now and the start of spring training.<p>The position-players market is somewhat thin, but there are still impact bats in Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz, …

David Price

How Pitchers Wearing Protective Headwear Would Impact MLB

Rumors of Major League Baseball implementing protective headgear for pitchers have been floating around for years, though there hasn't been any significant movement on that front for a while.<p>Until now, it seems.<p>During an appearance on the podcast <i>The Buzz</i> (via Fox Sports' Jimmy Traina), Arizona …

Tampa Bay

Carlos Beltran joins Yankees

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran was once a Met, but he has always wanted to be a Yankee.<p>The Yankees and Beltran agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal …

Baseball

Grant Balfour Loses Deal with Baltimore Orioles After Problem with Physical

Grant Balfour appeared set to join the Baltimore Orioles this offseason, but a problem with the physical has caused the deal to fall through.<p>On Dec. 17, the two sides agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal, via <i>USA Today</i>. However, Roch Kubatko of MASN first reported that there could be a problem …

Baltimore Orioles

Orioles, Three Others Showing “Significant” Interest In Rodney

<b>MONDAY:</b> The Orioles are one of four teams showing "significant" interest in Rodney, Connolly reports. Baltimore's decision not to sign Balfour has …

Orioles have interest in closers John Axford and Grant Balfour

The Orioles are looking to bolster their bullpen with a free agent closer, potentially John Axford or Grant Balfour.<p><b>MORE</b>: FA tracker: position …

Baltimore Orioles

Report: Indians listening to trade offers for Justin Masterson

Even though they're looking to add a starting pitcher, the Indians are open to trading Justin Masterson for a long-term solution according to Fox …

Drums

Phillies make Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee available for trade

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are willing to deal their top two starters, but there's a catch.<p><b>MORE</b>: Winter Meetings updates | …

Cole Hamels

GIBBY Awards 2013: Full List of Winners Announced

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball's GIBBY Awards were announced, as voted on by "media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research," according to MLB.com.<p>While traditional awards like Most Valuable Player, Top Pitcher and Top Hitter are handed …

Boston Red Sox

Brett Anderson Traded to Colorado Rockies by Oakland Athletics

The Colorado Rockies have taken a big step toward upgrading their starting rotation by trading with the Oakland Athletics for left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson, the team announced:<p>#Rockies acquire LHP Brett Anderson and cash from @Athletics for LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen.— Colorado …

Inked

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies, Mets and More Teams Shopping High-Profile Talent

Front offices from across the league will spend the MLB winter meetings in an attempt to improve their teams. However, some clubs are being more aggressive than others.<p>While no one is giving up on the 2014 season before it even starts, a few organizations are looking for opportunities to get …

Los Angeles Dodgers

Rangers sign J.P. Arencibia

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Catcher J.P. Arencibia has passed his physical and is now an official member of the Texas Rangers, the team announced …