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Not only could Manny Machado's $300 million pact increase the price tag for Bryce Harper, it also could lead to even heftier free-agent hauls for Mookie Betts and Mike Trout in two years.
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Max Scherzer reacts to Manny Machado's big-money deal with the Padres.
Starting with baseball's reigning best player, out on the grass is where you find the stars to build contenders around.
With a stagnant market turning free agents into freeze agents, the lefty's six-year, $140 million pact with the Nats sticks out like a sore thumb.
As rumors swirl for both superstar free agents, we examine each team believed to be interested.
Players' union head Tony Clark criticized baseball commissioner Rob Manfred for blaming players' demands for the slow free agent market and said an increasing number of teams make little effort to justify the price of a ticket.
The third base position is loaded with young All-Stars, including several who have yet to hit their prime years.
Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the waiting game with Harper, Machado and other big stars, what it means for labor peace and much more (6:48). Plus, Mark Teixeira shares his Spring Training perspective (26:50), Scott Lauber brings some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies (39:29), and Buster talks to CC Sabathia about his farewell season (43:28).
Ryan Zimmerman finds it odd that so many teams now feel the need to announce they are trying to win.
Looking for some of the game's brightest up-and-coming stars? You're at the right place.
Three and a half months after the pursuit started, here's where things stand with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and their suitors. Plus, updates on Craig Kimbrel, Nolan Arenado and other stars seeking paydays.
Max Scherzer took a shot at MLB's free agency, saying teams getting on the win-loss cycle creates bandwagon fans and poisons the game.
At a position with rising offensive production, who joins Jose Altuve near the top of our list?
These under-the-radar players could open some eyes during spring training and make some noise in the majors before the year is out.
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Feb. 14 holiday trivia - MLB players since 1900 with last name "Valentine" (Baseball-Reference.com): Bobby (LAD/CAL/SD/NYM/SEA IF/OF 1969-79), Corky (CIN P 1954-55), Ellis (MON/NYM/CAL/TEX 1975-83 & ‘85) Fred (BAL/WAS/BAL OF 1959 & ‘63-68) & Joe (CIN P 2003-05). Ellis was the only A-S & Bobby the only Mgr.
The San Francisco Giants acquired reliever Trevor Gott from the Washington Nationals for cash.
From big names with something to prove to young stars to get to know, here's what you'll want to keep an eye on during spring training.
Which of the decade's brightest stars will be remembered for outshining all rivals at the plate, on the mound or in the field?
After winning his arbitration hearing last year, Trevor Bauer will again take on the Indians. The first-time All-Star has asked for $13 million, while the Indians argued for $11 million.
New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen isn't lacking in confidence. But his team and its talented competitors are far from flawless.
The Braves' system is still loaded, the Nats are deeper than you might think, the Mets and Phillies have dealt a lot of talent and the Marlins ... are the Marlins.