Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|The mission for general manager Jerry Dipoto is to stay atop the AL West while building a firm foundation for the future. That's precisely why the Angels were willing to part ways with valued infielder Howie Kendrick for promising left-hander Andrew Heaney.
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|After another disappointing postseason showing, the Dodgers were looking to change their team chemistry, and the roster facelift during the Winter Meetings could go a long way toward revitalizing the club.
More»Friedman on Dodgers adding Kendrick, losing Gordon|
|Dee Gordon, with his thrilling, game-breaking speed, is joining the Marlins to reshape the lineup and crank up the electricity in the wake of a blockbuster Winter Meetings swap that rocked both coasts on Wednesday.
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|The Giants are being asked once again to rebound, something they've done over the past five seasons on the historic level of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. It was Jon Lester or bust at the Winter Meetings for the 2014 World Series champions, and the free-agent lefty busted them with a phone call late Tuesday afternoon.
More»MLB.com on Giants' next step after not landing Lester|
|If the new-breed general managers catch the spirit of Jack McKeon in his old stomping grounds, the 2014 Winter Meetings could generate real substance, after an offseason dominated by free agency and mega contract extensions.
More»MLB Tonight features the historic Winter Meetings|
|The Royals are back home with the faithful at Kauffman Stadium to finish their remarkable October saga. For this, they owe a hearty thank you to their American League brethren -- notably Mike Trout, Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera.
More»Leiter and Casey on the keys to World Series Game 6|
|While the soaring confidence of the K.C. faithful in these dashing young Royals is fully justified, they haven't seen anything yet quite like this troupe from San Francisco.
More»Giants look to claim third WS title in five seasons|
|The box score for the visitors looked like something out of March in the Cactus League, in Arizona. Eight Angels pitchers against the Royals? In Game 3 of the American League Division Series, with the season on the line?
More» Scioscia on disappointing end to 2014|
|To the "Show Me State" the Angels have come, with precious little time to show they are worthy of a deep October run after six months of sustained excellence.
More» Ventura fans Kendrick on close call|
|The Royals' Yordano Ventura and the Angels' Matt Shoemaker were gone when Eric Hosmer unloaded his two-run blast in Kansas City's 4-1 win in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, but the rookie right-handers managed to deliver the gripping duel.
More» Ventura holds Halos to one run over seven|
|Their eyes clear, their voices calm and reasoned, the AL West champion Angels took their 3-2 loss to the Royals in 11 innings as more of an occupational hazard than a jarring blow to the psyche.
More» Freese sends a solo shot to left field|
|A fairly universal consensus has formed that Mike Trout is the game's best all-around talent at 23, the man most likely to succeed Derek Jeter -- Trout's favorite player growing up -- as the face of baseball. And none other than the original Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, marvels at Trout's athleticism, demeanor, speed, strength and unflagging confidence.
More» Trout primed for October limelight|
|The magic number for the 2014 Major League Baseball season is 27. It has been worn with distinction by Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Gomez, Matt Kemp and Jordan Zimmermann, a a sextet of elite stars.
More»MIA@WSH Zimmermann throws no-hitter vs. Marlins|
|It was quiet enough in the Athletics' clubhouse Wednesday afternoon to hear a Wild Card drop. The challenge now for the green and gold troupe is to pick it up and play it as deep as possible into October. The A's showed some late life, calling to mind much better days, but the final home game of the regular season ended as so many others have during this 14-28 skid that began on Aug. 10.
More» Reddick cuts deficit with a two-run double|
|With Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over the A's and a dominant Sonny Gray, the Angels provided a perfect example of why they have the best record in baseball -- because they know how to find a way to win.
More» LeBlanc on his outing in 2-0 win vs. A's|
|Here is an unexpected plot twist as a season full of surprises narrows to its final days. If the Athletics make it to the postseason in the mad scramble that is the American League Wild Card chase, they will be armed and dangerous. And Jeff Samardzija is a big reason.
More» Samardzija allows one run over seven innings|
|An informal survey of scouts and MLB insiders uncovers a short list of current players bringing a consistently natural style to the game.
More»Trout talks about Jeter passing the torch|
|If balloting for the 2014 National League MVP Award should come down to Clayton Kershaw and Buster Posey, the Dodgers' ace got a leg-kick up on the Giants' big bopper Sunday.
More» Kershaw fans nine over eight to stump Giants|
|Not long after his two-out RBI double in the first inning had the Dodgers rolling toward four runs off Tim Hudson in Saturday night's 17-0 thrashing of the Giants at AT&T Park, Matt Kemp put the cherry on top with his strike from right field erasing Angel Pagan at the plate on Buster Posey's single.
More» Kemp cuts down Pagan attempting to score|
|The Giants strongly identify with even-numbered years. If 2014 plays out like '10 and '12, manager Bruce Bochy should be a lock for the Hall of Fame. Bochy has these Giants looking remarkably similar to the World Series champions of '10 and '12, bringing good cheer to the orange-and-black faithful.
More» Crawford hammers a two-run blast to right|