Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|The best farewells are generally the shortest. My problem with this one is that if I thanked everyone who has made my life better over the last 16 seasons, even cyberspace might become crowded.
|The supply of frontline free-agent pitching was particularly thin as the 2016-17 offseason began. Meanwhile, still out there at large on the market are some genuine sluggers.
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|The Cubs' breakthrough championship doesn't look like it will turn out to be an isolated occurrence. This new millennium baseball era includes genuine, through-and-through revivals.
More» Cubs win World Series with Game 7 win|
|After seven seasons on the Hall of Fame ballot, this should be the year when Jeff Bagwell gains election. History is on his side. And so is his career.
More»Bagwell enters Hall of Fame in Class of 2017|
|Since the 2016 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Brewers have transformed their Minor League system by trading all sorts of established veterans, but they haven't moved their priciest player, Ryan Braun.
More»Brewers may look to trade Ryan Braun during offseason|
|By not signing early, you have won the demand/supply equation. There is a big demand for your talent, but the supply of that talent is limited to you. Congratulations, Kenley Jansen.
More» Jansen fans Descalso, finishes off the save|
|The 2016 Winter Meetings were a tale of two Sox: Red and White. Working from opposite ends of the talent acquisition spectrum, Boston and Chicago both found remarkable success.
More»Red Sox acquire Sale for four prospects|
|The value of relief pitching is on the rise, not only on the mound, but also at the bank. And this is not likely to be a temporary bout of inflation. It is early in the postseason, but all signs are pointing toward a sustained increase in bullpen worth.
More»How Melancon signing impacts Jansen, Chapman|
|There can be no half measures in a full-scale rebuilding project. This is why the Brewers continue to trade established talent for the promise of a brighter future.
More»Brewers acquire prospects Dubon, Pennington from Sox|
|Puerto Rico finished second in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. It will bring a better team to the 2017 Classic.
More»Rodriguez looks ahead to 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|The notion of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was once unthinkable. Now, it seems much closer to completely plausible. Yes as both the Brewers' organizational direction and the market have changed, the concept of trading Braun has progressed all the way from "Why?" to "Why not?"
More» Latest on Braun trade rumors|
|The number of players defecting from Cuba to play North American professional baseball has been remarkable, considering the danger that confronted many of these players and the jeopardy in which their families have sometimes been placed.
More» Cespedes belts homer off sculpture in Miami|
|Aroldis Chapman is likely to break records this offseason without throwing a pitch.
More»Chapman reunites with Yankees on record deal|
|You can argue both sides of the current qualifying offer system and its Draft pick compensation, but the intent of the system remains good.
More»Walker returns to Mets after accepting offer|
|This could be a good winter for clubs to trade veteran talent, because the free-agent talent pool is relatively thin. Trying to cut payroll, while remaining competitive, is generally a difficult undertaking. It has been reliably reported that this is what Tigers general manager Al Avilla is attempting to do.
More»MLB Now on if the Tigers should trade Miguel Cabrera|
|Shortly after Craig Counsell was signed to a three-year contract to manage the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers, in May 2015, he was asked if three years were enough time.
More»Brewers extend manager Counsell through 2020 season|
|Run differential, as we all know, is a terrific analytical tool. Except when it isn't.
|This winter, there will be a lot of baseball teams playing an unfamiliar game: "Catch the Cubs." Two words of advice with that undertaking: "Good luck."
More»Chapman, Jansen and Melancon to test market|
|Here's a not-completely-anticipated bonus to the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series: We get to hear a Steve Goodman song on a regular basis. OK, "Go Cubs Go" was not Goodman's best work. But it is a catchy, upbeat little ditty, and it has become the Cubs' victory anthem at Wrigley Field.
More»Eldredge leads Cubs in singing 'Go Cubs Go'|
|In baseball, a game built on tradition and history, the 2016 Cubs have changed history. This is a monumental development. Maybe that is why it took so long.
More»How the Cubs became World Series champions|