Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|If Dexter Fowler doesn't re-sign with the Cubs, here are 10 -- yes, 10! -- teams who could emerge as landing spots for Fowler, ranked according to where he could have the biggest impact.
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|Nothing happens in a vacuum in Major League Baseball. When the top free agent on the market signs, the tectonic plates always shift a little, even when he stays put.
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|It's not too soon to see what the top of the 2014 Draft -- when the Mariners made the conventional choice with the sixth overall pick and selected Alex Jackson, a widely praised high school catcher with the ability to hit -- says about how the game is changing. It also reveals a little bit about how Theo Epstein put together his World Series champions.
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|Is this the start of a Cubs dynasty? Not if the Cardinals can prevent it. Given how a young team ran away from the competition in the National League Central last season, it sure looks like the Cubs could be on top for years. But don't forget who they have to beat en route to hanging up more banners at Wrigley Field. Here's a five-step plan to put St. Louis back on top:
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|With Thanksgiving Day behind us, it's time to write letters. That's right, letters to Santa. Kids still do that. And there are more than a few general managers who would like to do that, too.
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|Every pitcher would love to be like Clayton Kershaw or Chris Sale. But let's get real. Even many Cy Young Award winners need years and years of work to reach their potential, refining their mechanics and muscle memory to the point that they can hit the catcher's mitt repeatedly with fastballs and rarely leave their other pitches in the middle of the strike zone.
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|Will the White Sox really trade Chris Sale? That's a question only the Sox can answer, and all they've continued to say is they're open for business. Several teams are publicly pursuing him, while others work without announcing their intentions. Here's the short list of his most likely landing spots.
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|The W flag is everywhere you look in Chicago these days -- pasted onto the windows of high-rise buildings or flying from the antennas of cars. The symbol itself is in broader circulation, adorning baseball caps or the knit stocking caps that will be worn through the winter.
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|In one of the tightest votes in history, Red Sox 22-game winner Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, while Max Scherzer was selected as the National League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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|In what was a good season for many pitchers already considered elite, as well as a break-through campaign for at least a few who started 2016 toward the back of their team's rotations, there's no consensus on what is going to happen when the Cy Young Awards are announced.
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|Baseball seasons begins in April, not August, and voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America honored the sustained contributions of Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager in electing them as winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards.
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|The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards will be handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday night. Here's a look at the finalists in each league.
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|Theo Epstein doesn't seem to need much unsolicited advice, but here are five ways the Cubs can get even better this offseason:
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|Jason McLeod, the Cubs' senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting, appreciated everything that happened in October and early November. One moment he'll never forget was the last out in the World Series, when Kris Bryant gobbled up a ground ball from the Indians' Michael Martinez and threw across the Progressive Field infield to Anthony Rizzo.
|They poured into the city before sunset, coming from all across the Midwest in cars and on buses. Thousands had flown into town on Thursday, from locations as far away as Puerto Rico, Vietnam and China. Those Cub fans lucky enough to wake up in their own beds rolled out of their North Side brownstones without bothering to eat breakfast.
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|The Cubs are more than just the 2016 champions, and they know it. Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon and dozens of others have worked to build a team that has a chance to be the second coming of the Yankees, circa 1996-2003, and everyone knows it.
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|Theo Epstein may no longer be viewed as a boy genius, as he was when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series less than two years after he'd taken over as their general manager, but his work in Chicago suggests he is exactly what Tom Ricketts felt he was when the owner hired Epstein five years ago -- a difference-maker of the highest order.
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|Smoke 'em if you've got 'em. That has become manager Joe Maddon's approach with closer Aroldis Chapman, and here the Cubs are, delivering the day that their fans have waited for all their lives -- the day that one win ends the longest drought in professional sports. Should be fun, right?
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|Jake Arrieta carried the Cubs deep into the postseason last year, and Joe Maddon loved it. But the manager and his front office hated how the NL Cy Young Award winner seemed over-extended in his last two starts of the long ride, and they vowed not to let that happen again. The Cubs limited the workload for Arrieta and the other starting pitchers in the second half of the season, and the rewards for that could come in the biggest games of the year.
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|One step at a time. That's how you wring the last ounce of energy out of the baseball season, and maybe just how you win the World Series. For the Cubs, before Aroldis Chapman could come in for the longest save of his career, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo had to trigger a three-run rally with a home run and a double on back-to-back fastballs from Trevor Bauer.
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