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MLB Position-by-Position Player Power Rankings, Preseason Edition

Last season, I wrote a handful of articles breaking down my position-by-position power rankings. With spring training games underway and the regular season fast approaching, now is as good a time as any to put together my preseason rankings for 2014.<p>What follows is a look at the 10 (or 15 in the …

NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Saints, Texans and More

Rumors, rumors and more rumors. 'Tis the season for NFL rumors to abound. From the NFL draft to possible trades to free agency to, well, every little detail of the Jimmy Graham situation, there are no shortage of rumors at the moment.<p>Below, we'll take a look at a few of the latest rumors to make …

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NL Central 2014: Starling Marte, Jhonny Peralta top regression candidates

Starling Marte and Jhonny Peralta are a couple of players perhaps on the downswing after unsustainable seasons in 2013.<p>There are myriad reasons that a player can go from a good season to a bad one. Personal troubles, injuries, league adjustment, pressures of a new contract, getting older and so on. …

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Justin Masterson anticipates his market, forces Indians' hand

Clayton Kershaw and Homer Bailey signed lucrative extensions this winter, but another soon-to-be free agent, Justin Masterson, isn't asking for very much.<p>Justin Masterson isn't asking for much. While other soon-to-be free agent starters are signing massive extensions or declaring their intent to go …

Ervin Santana rumors: Free agent righty 'fired' agent, or maybe not

There are conflicting reports on whether or not Santana is making a change.<p>On one hand, it's March 7th and Ervin Santana still doesn't have a job. He might even end up sitting out a third of the season in order to avoid being attached to a draft pick. So it would make some sense if he has indeed …

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals could finalize extension this weekend

The deal is expected to be worth between $51 million and $55 million over six years.<p>Matt Carpenter didn't exactly <i>come out of nowhere</i> last season, but his rise to MVP candidate was something of a surprise. The Cardinals seem to have an endless stream of players like Carpenter flowing out of their …

Doug Fister injury: Nationals righty has elbow inflammation, MRI

The Nats new starter told manager Matt Williams that he would pitch through the issue if it had occurred during the season.<p>The Washington Nationals know all too well that "elbow inflammation" can turn into something much worse.<p>However, they have given no induction that Doug Fister's elbow issue is …

Cameron Maybin injury: Padres center fielder won't need surgery on ruptured biceps

The injury could have cost Maybin the entire season, but by avoiding surgery, he has a chance to return in four to six weeks.<p>Padres general manager Josh Byrnes was worried that he'd be without center fielder Cameron Maybin for the entire 2014 season after the initial diagnosis of the injury. …

Manny Ramirez still wants to play in the majors

The 41-year-old just "needs a team to open the doors."<p>For now, Manny Ramirez has "no team interested" in signing him, but he remains hopeful that he'll get an opportunity to play Major League Baseball this season, according to ESPN's Enrique Rojas.<p>At 41, Manny could have trouble finding a team …

Albert Pujols says Mike Trout isn't in his league yet as a player

Most baseball fans would say that<p>Mike Troutis the best player in baseball today. And if they don't list him at No. 1, they would certainly have him in the top five. The Angels outfielder has arguably had the best first two seasons in baseball history. But he's notAlbert Pujols.<p>So, please don't ask …

Phillies interested in Ervin Santana

The right-handed starter is still looking for a home in March despite enjoying one of his best seasons in 2013.<p>The Philadelphia Phillies are "inquiring" about free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.<p>Ervin Santana fired his agent, or maybe not<p>The …

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Five unlikely players have a chance to impact MLB rosters.

Spring training is alive and well in Florida and Arizona , and the battles that will define the 23rd through 25th spots of many teams' active major …

Spring training scores: Jason Heyward homers, Troy Tulowitzki doubles up and more

The Braves lose despite a Heyward homer, Tulo breaks out of his slump in a big way, plus scores from around the league.<p>Renewing their interleague rivalry a bit early, the Red Sox and Braves squared off in Fort Myers on Friday with a tight game that Boston broke open in the seventh inning, leading …