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After pen implodes, Giants spend big for relief in Mark Melancon

The Giants, who suffered a bullpen meltdown in 2016, are ponying up record dough for a closer who has notched 98 saves the past two seasons.

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Behind the scenes at the winter meetings

Sleep will be hard to come by, but there will plenty of eating, talking, wheeling and dealing. Here's what an exec's life is like in the "big suites."

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Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices

With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters.

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Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams

The champs need a closer. The Dodgers must find Clayton Kershaw a wingman. Here's what's on the agenda as the winter meetings hit D.C.

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Forecasting the fallout from the new CBA

From big-market teams spending less to notable free agents having trouble finding a home, the new deal will have an immediate impact this offseason.

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What key CBA changes mean for baseball

MLB's new labor agreement shifts everything from draft-pick compensation to how the disabled list works. Here's what matters most.

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Insider Roundtable: How to make deals in a weak market

Conventional wisdom says it's a weak market this offseason. So what's a GM to do when there's no potential game-changing free agent to sign? Our experts explore the options.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Moises Alou, GM of the Dominican Republic's WBC team, said Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez committed verbally to pitch for his country. "I don't think it should be a problem. He stayed healthy the whole year, he wants to represent his country and he should be on the team," Alou said. The Dominicans, defending champions, figure again to have a formidable roster. MLB.com reported that both Martinez and top Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes have gotten permission from the Cardinals to participate. Neither was on the provisional roster announced Monday.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on SiriusXM that Aroldis Chapman "is going to be costly. We're prepared to a degree to compete for that."Chapman told ESPN he is looking for a six-year deal.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Jimmy Rollins made his last appearance for the White Sox June 8 before being cut loose. But he's looking to play again in 2017.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will increase the cost of season tickets from 6 to 31 percent next year depending on location. The average ticket increase will be 19.5 percent. Club box infield seats will increase the most.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson expects to test Jose Reyes in the outfield during spring training. The Mets did not want to try that in-season last year. Alderson said the Mets will be doing that with minor leaguers this year as well so they are more flexible when they get to the majors.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson said David Wright is in California working with his surgeon's physical therapists and is ready to begin baseball activity this month. Asked who the Mets' third baseman is in 2017, Alderson unequivocally said: "David Wright."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson says he has met with agents and teams on Monday. On the free agents, he is reviewing the entire "menu," but is focused on relief pitching. With respect to trading an outfielder, Alderson said the talks are still preliminary, but he doesn't believe he will need to eat salary as part of a trade to boost the return.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson and Carlos Villanueva were elected by the MLB Players' Association Executive Board to serve two-year terms as Association Player Representatives. That's the highest elected position among the union membership, according to the MLBPA. Matt Harvey and Andrew Miller were elected as Alternate Association Player Representatives.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Sources: Orioles perceive they are not close in talks with Mark Trumbo, and are prepared to move on to other options.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera he wants a six-year contract. I would be shocked if the Yankees gave him that. I'm not even sure they would go five years, but we'll see.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

For all the talk of DH replacement, the Red Sox's highest priority is finding a setup man. Too soon to say, though, if it will come via trade or free agency. Red Sox exploring all avenues.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill credited Red Sox pitching guru Brian Bannister and ex-Sox scouting director Jared Porter for helping to turn around career in 2015. Bannister taught Hill to pitch off his curveball and introduced him to spin rate. Porter encouraged him to move on the rubber. Two years later, Hill signs 3-yr, $48M deal with Dodgers.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Southpaw starting pitcher Rich Hill gets a hug from his 5-year-old son Brice at the winter meetings after re-signing with the Dodgers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Although it seems to make sense on the surface that the Red Sox would be interested in one of the Mets' lefty-hitting outfielders, don't look for a trade to occur. Boston is not eager to take on either the contract for Jay Bruce ($13 million) or Curtis Granderson ($15 million).

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The World Baseball Classic released a list of 30 confirmed players for the tournament and the only Cardinals player on the list is Yadier Molina, who will compete for Team Puerto Rico. The Dominican Republic no doubt would like Carlos Martinez to pitch for their team, but the Cardinals probably wouldn't be too keen on that given his career-high 195 innings last year.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Rich Hill puts the Dodgers uniform back on after he re-signs with L.A. After, an emotional Hill has to pause several times as he addresses the media and answers questions.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill, native of Milton, Mass. and ex-#RedSox pitcher, emotional and choked up during press conference to announce 3-year, $48 million deal with Dodgers. Long, winding path to get here for 36-year-old lefty.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill, when talking about his family, during his press conference to announce his three-year, $48 million deal with the Dodgers: ?"This is a great day for us, something we knew could always be a possibility."?

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers take over the press conference room at the winter meetings to discuss the Rich Hill signing.