Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|The Winter Meetings serve as a checkpoint of sorts for baseball's offseason. It's right about this time that free agents start to get antsy about how things will work out.
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|No, the Cardinals won't get better than the Cubs with this one potential move, regardless of how smart it appears to be. All the signing of center fielder Dexter Fowler will do is close the gap.
More»Mozeliak discusses holes that Fowler fills for Cards|
|White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is off to a great start. In trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, he has already acquired four of MLB's top 40 prospects in the entire game.
More»White Sox acquire Giolito, two prospects for Eaton|
|Should the Orioles now trade Zach Britton? In the energized market for closers, that's one of the questions being asked in the lobbies and suites at these Winter Meetings.
More»Britton goes 47-for-47 in save opportunities|
|Dave Dombrowski just changed the balance of power in the American League East with Boston's acquisition of Chris Sale. To put it another way, the rest of the division is on the clock. Don't be surprised if the Yankees suddenly ratchet up their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman. Likewise, the Orioles and Mark Trumbo.
More»Dombrowski on acquiring Chris Sale from the White Sox|
|After baseball's players and owners wrapped up a new five-year labor deal last week, they did something that at one point would have been unthinkable. They agreed to keep talking.
More»Manfred discusses CBA, promoting competitive balance|
|What do you give the man who has pretty much everything? Bud Selig received one additional touch Sunday when he learned he'll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his 83rd birthday -- July 30, 2017.
More»Selig honored to get call to Cooperstown|
|Here's why this year's Winter Meetings could deliver excitement for every franchise: Competitive balance has changed the game. It's not just that every team now has a chance to compete. It's also that every team feels the pressure to compete. These are the seven teams to keep an eye on.
More»Three teams that could be active at Winter Meetings|
|In the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday evening, baseball delivered a walk-off double in the gap, a 100-mph heater at the knees, a dazzling rookie, a savvy veteran. However you want to frame it, the players and owners reaching a labor deal was a victory for everyone.
More»Owners, MLBPA tentatively agree to new CBA deal|
|This is that time in the offseason when things start to get done. That's what the first week or so after the Thanksgiving holiday has represented to baseball in past years -- a sort of reset button.
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|Has there ever been a better time to be a baseball fan? Here's to a thankful Thanksgiving, everyone. What does your team have to be thankful for?
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|Major League Baseball labor negotiations historically have had a unique dynamic. No agreement between the Players Association and the owners has been easy. None of them. Don't be fooled by the lack of rhetoric.
More»MLB Tonight discusses CBA labor talks|
|Free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon are expected to easily break the record Jonathan Papelbon set when he signed a five-year, $50 million deal in 2011. But the guys in front of them are going to have some nice paydays as well, especially in an offseason in which the free-agent starting pitcher class is thin. That's one of the larger lessons of what the Cardinals did on Saturday amid reports they'd agreed to a four-year, $30.5 million deal with free-agent left-hander Brett Cecil.
More»Justice on impact of Cecil signing on rest of market|
|Mike Trout is that special player who comes along every generation or so to take our breath away. Isn't his legacy just about that simple? This surely was what it must have been like to watch Willie Mays at 25. Or maybe Frank Robinson.
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|Inside this season's Most Valuable Player voting is a larger statement about the state of Major League Baseball: The game has been passed to the next generation.
More»Trout and Bryant dazzle throughout 2016, win MVPs|
|Almost no one could quibble with Max Scherzer winning the National League Cy Young Award. Now about the American League Cy Young Award winner. This one is more complicated.
More»The MLB Tonight crew breaks down the AL Cy Young vote|
|This is about one man's vision of what a sports franchise can and should be. On an evening filled with celebration and emotion, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf's spirit and heart were on display.
More»White Sox 2016 Amateur City Elite Signing Day|
|There's no arguing with either Rookie of the Year Award winner: Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer. With one of them, there really was no argument against him. With the other, well, we'll get to Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez later.
More»Seager, Fulmer win Rookie of the Year Awards|
|At this week's GM Meetings, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn't come right out and say he wasn't interested in Edwin Encarnacion. And it's unclear where the free-agent slugger will land, after the Blue Jays reportedly struck a deal with DH Kendrys Morales
More»Morales signing could push Encarnacion out of Toronto|
|It's not just that the market for starting pitching is thin. It's not just that three of baseball's best closers are free agents. Nor is it that this postseason became an almost nightly showcase for great relief pitching and aggressive managing.It's all those factors that could make this "The Offseason of the Reliever."
More»Chapman, Jansen and Melancon to test market|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|