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1hEddie Matz

Could the Nationals be the 2017 version of the Cubs?

A year ago, the Cubs were poised to make a move, and then made all the right ones on the way to a World Series title. Is it the Nationals' turn now?

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ESPN's Smith wins top honor for baseball writer

Claire Smith has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for her "meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and will be honored during Hall of Fame Weekend.

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20hJim Bowden

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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3dJim Bowden

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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4dJim Bowden

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.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The average ticket price for Derek Jeter Day on Mother's Day is $771, according to TicketiQ.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox give up a lot, no doubt, but Brewers' haul is in line with what the Phillies got from Houston last year for Ken Giles. Now, Red Sox will hold their breath and hope Tyler Thornburg's elbow doesn't break.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mauricio Dubon's stock certainly rose within the Red Sox's organization this year, but as a shortstop, he's blocked by Xander Bogaerts. Dubon's future with Sox was probably as a super-utility type. In other words, he's the sort of prospect Dave Dombrowski has tended to trade in the past.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on Mother's Day, May 14 at Yankee Stadium.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

I do hate the Travis Shaw pickup for what it means for Hernan Perez's role. The Brewers have enough young outfielders on the way that Perez looks destined for a utility role, which is bad for his fantasy value; he gets much of it from volume of PAs.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

An important change in Hall of Fame voting. The Baseball Writers vote to make all ballots public starting in 2018. Long overdue

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Baseball writers vote to make ALL Hall of Fame ballots public beginning with the 2018 class. No more anonymity. The full list of voters and their choices will be released seven days after the official announcement of which candidates are selected, beginning in January 2018. This does not take effect for the class to be announced next month. Voters, one last time, can optionally reveal their ballots.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Big advantage of the Brewers' acquisition of Travis Shaw: Jonathan Villar is likely to now see the majority (if not all) of his PAs at second base, giving him rare 2B/3B/SS fantasy eligibility quickly in 2017. Villar is the only player in history to steal 50 or more bases in a season in which he made at least 10 appearances at each of those three infield positions.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

The decision to include Travis Shaw in the trade for Tyler Thornburg underscores this comment Monday from John Farrell: "One of the keys for us is going to be Panda." Yes, indeed, Red Sox are counting on Pablo Sandoval.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg is arbitration-eligible for first time after making $513,900 last season. Red Sox will control him through 2019, but in Travis Shaw and Mauricio Dubon, in particular, the cost of acquisition was high for Boston.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Fast facts on Tyler Thornburg, Red Sox's new setup man: He's 28, posted 2.15 ERA, 13 saves and 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 67 appearances for the Brewers. Dave Dombrowski said he wanted someone with closer ability. Thornburg took over as Brewers closer after Jeremy Jeffress was traded at deadline.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The great Claire Smith is the winner of the BBWAA's 2017 Spink award. Her Hall of Fame induction will be next July in Cooperstown. Congratulations!