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Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw agree to seven-year, $215M deal

Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a seven-year, $215 million deal with the Dodgers, which includes an opt-out clause for Kershaw after five seasons.<p><b>MORE</b>: …

A.J. vs. a truck

I recently stumbled upon this video thanks to MLB's new, amazing, progressive YouTube engagement, and I tittered for several minutes. The problem is …

Bud Selig: Retirement '100 percent'

PHOENIX -- Though many people in his sport are still skeptical, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told ESPN.com he is "100 percent" committed to …

Report: Valdespin quits winter league team after being pinch-hit for

Mets reserve Jordany Valdespin still seems to need to grow up just a bit.<p><b>MORE: FA tracker: position players | FA tracker: pitchers</b><p>You'll recall that …

Era-Neutral WAR: Leveling the playing field

One of the main criticisms of WAR by traditionalists is that no one really knows how to calculate it. I used to think this was true, until I …

Mark Mulder Deal Is a Perfect Fit for the Los Angeles Angels

Mark Mulder is the perfect low-risk, high-reward signing. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was the first to report the signing of veteran pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels.<p>If Mulder shows that he is healthy and that he can have any impact on the Angels, he'll get rewarded up to the level of $6 million. If …

All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 2

The second day of 2014 brought a handful of minor moves and some pitching rumors.<p><b>MORE</b>: FA tracker: position players | FA tracker: pitchers<p>The biggest …

Masahiro Tanaka: Seattle Mariners look like favorites for Japanese hurler

With the sweepstakes to sign Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka underway, it appears a surprise front-runner has emerged out of nowhere. Multiple …

MLB Trade Rumors: Top Prospects on the Trade Block, New Years Edition

While there have been plenty of MLB trade rumors this offseason involving top prospects Archie Bradley and Taijuan Walker, there's just one big problem: Neither pitcher is actually available.<p>Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers expressed to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that "it would be …

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Scouting International Players We Can't Wait to See in the Majors

There has been no shortage of talent on the international market the past few seasons. Hyun-Jin Ryu was the big international signing last offseason, while the likes of Yu Darvish, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Norichika Aoki and Wei-Yin Chen, among others, have all made significant impacts upon …

Former Cub Greg Maddux Has Chance to Be 1st Unanimous Hall of Famer

With the results of the final Baseball Hall of Fame voting just a week away, there is a very interesting story developing. Several players headline a star-studded cast of candidates, and at the forefront is former Cub pitcher Greg Maddux.<p>More impressive than Maddux being a likely first-ballot Hall …

7 MLB Prospects Who'll Become Stars in 2014

This past season saw one of the best rookie classes of all time take the league by storm, and the 2014 crop of rookies will certainly have their work cut out for them trying to follow up that performance.<p>Still, there are at least a few players capable of stepping into significant roles this coming …

Mark Mulder gets minor league deal

Pitcher Mark Mulder has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels that includes an invitation to the team's big league …

Masahiro Tanaka to be posted

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is on schedule to move to Major League Baseball next season after his Japanese team, the Rakuten Eagles, announced Wednesday …

Chris Perez joins Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed with former All-Star closer Chris Perez on a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.<p>Perez will earn $2.3 …

Shin-Soo Choo and 10 Worst MLB Contracts of Last 10 Years

Back in April, I ranked the 10 worst MLB free-agent signings of the past decade, with a focus on two recent signings—Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels—that were already in serious danger of joining them.<p>While Pujols and Hamilton each have plenty of time to rebound and ensure …

Boras Trying To Engage Mets On Morales, Drew

Agent Scott Boras is working to sell the Mets on two notable free agent clients, <b>Kendrys Morales</b> and <b>Stephen Drew</b>, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. …

Brad Ziegler, D-backs agree

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Brad Ziegler by agreeing to a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the …

Fantasy Baseball Impact of All the Latest MLB Offseason Signings, Trades

Hey, just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean we should ignore the fantasy baseball season.<p>While Robinson Cano's massive 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners a couple weeks ago was the last major trade or signing, there have been loads of mini-moves in the past several days.<p>…

Minor Moves: Feierabend, Skipworth, Valle, Navarro

• The <b>Rangers</b> have announced that they've agreed to terms with lefty <b>Ryan Feierabend</b> on a minor-league deal with a spring training invitation. Feierabend …

Troy Patton suspended 25 games

NEW YORK -- Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton was suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday for the first 25 games of next season after …

Starlin Castro Has $3.6 Million Seized as Part of a Legal Dispute

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro reportedly had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts on Dec. 18 as a result of a legal dispute with a baseball school in his native Dominican Republic, according to <i>The Chicago Tribune</i>'s Paul Sullivan.<p>The removal of funds, which was made at several banks, …

If only "sabermetrics" appreciated him ...

Pat Caputo writes for a Detroit newspaper. I get it. He, like roughly two-thirds of his fellow voters, believes Jack Morris belongs in the Hall of …

Free-Agent Spotlight: John Buck

Guys like Brian McCann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Carlos Ruiz and A.J. Pierzynski were set to be the top catchers on the free-agent market, and they’re all spoken for.<p>That means teams have to make do with what’s out there, and one guy for them to consider is John Buck.<p>Buck, a 33-year-old veteran who …

Indians sign reliever John Axford to one-year, $4.5M deal

The Indians have signed free agent reliever John Axford. Presumably, Axford would be the Cleveland closer next season.<p><b>MORE</b>: FA tracker: position …

St. Louis Cardinals' Grades for Moves Thus Far This Offseason

The Major League Baseball winter meetings have now come and gone, and the Cardinals still look like the team to beat in the National League.<p>Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak went with all his aces in hand intent on making a move only if he felt the need. It has to be nice as a GM to truly …

Grading the Los Angeles Dodgers' Moves so Far This Offseason

Amid an active market that has seen a lot of the big available names sign already, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been surprisingly quiet. They have yet to move any of their outfielders, and they have stayed out of much of the more expensive bidding.<p>In fact, they have made just three moves of any …