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No surprise John Schuerholz, Bud Selig put in Hall of Fame

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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

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Forecasting the fallout from the new CBA

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What key CBA changes mean for baseball

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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.

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2016 MLB winter meetings

From big-name signings to blockbuster trades, what will be the moves that shape this year's winter meetings and beyond? Keep up with all of the latest action.


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The most fascinating part of Day 1 of the Winter Meetings wasn't the Yankees signing of their new DH Matt Holliday but rather the residue of Edwin Encarnacion no longer having the option of the Yankees after losing his opportunity with the Astros just days earlier after they signed Beltran, The Jays pulled their offer of 4yrs $80m leaving a terrific opportunity for teams like the Rangers, Orioles and maybe even surprise teams like the Indians or Rockies to jump in and get an impact bat at a bargain. Amazing Yankees valued pick 17 of first round more than Edwin but understandable if the reason was saving financial flexibility for Harper and Machado who are both just 2 yrs from free agency.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Dodgers' 40-man roster at 39. They can't add Hill + anyone else until they clear spots. They are shopping Scott Kazmir, McCarthy, others.

Louis Riddick @LRiddickESPN

Safeties have to be able to over-lap on that throw, regardless of whether or not MLB is carrying vertical down the middle. Especially Ginn.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Initial asking price on Encarnacion in range of $125m over five years... but the sheer volume in 1B-DH-Of market working against him

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets this offseason asked the Orioles for a high-end reliever in a trade for an outfielder (Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce). That wasn't going to fly.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

I'd bet these #'s drew NYY interest in Matt Holliday:His BABIP drop of 82 points in 2016 suggests he was unlucky. Line drive rate increased.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Like Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday now off the board for Red Sox, who have talked to Mike Napoli, according to source. Pedro Alvarez could represent left-handed option. Or Red Sox could bank on Hanley Ramirez-like revival from Pablo Sandoval and full season of Andrew Benintendi.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Given the Yankees' current state, it always seemed hard to fathom they would be the winners in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes. With Carlos Beltran headed to Houston, Matt Holliday on a one-year deal makes sense. Holliday will DH and provide outfield depth.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Schuerholz was elected to the Hall unanimously. Bud Selig got 15 of 16 possible votes. Lou Piniella was next with 7.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Davey Johnson was passed over for Hall of Fame selection. He received fewer than five votes among the 16 voters and needed 75 percent. John Schuerholtz (16 votes) and Bud Selig (15) were selected.

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Former Royals and Braves GM John Schuerholz was one of two people elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Bud Selig. Schuerholz won the World Series with the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves. From 1991 to 2007 (his time as Braves GM), the Braves had an MLB-best .593 win pct and MLB-low 3.63 team ERA.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Hall of Fame announces that Bud Selig and John Schuerholz have been elected to the Hall by the Today's Game Era committee. Both incredibly deserving.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson said Zack Wheeler may be a bullpen option if all of the starting pitchers are healthy, presumably with Robert Gsellman in the rotation. Having five starting pitchers coming off surgery all healthy to start the season is a big if, though.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson explicitly stated he is not looking for closer types. Addison Reed would slide into the closer role assuming Jeurys Familia is suspended. The Mets are looking for middle relievers on one-year deals.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson addresses the Mets' plans after arriving at the winter meetings. He intends to trade an outfielder and add bullpen help -- although not closer types.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are fully planning to go with Travis d'Arnaud as the primary catcher in 2017 and don't foresee going the external route. That's the case even with a new crop of free agents such as Welington Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are confident they will be able to trade an outfielder before the winter meetings conclude since they do not have much else to work on this week. Their preference is to trade Jay Bruce over Curtis Granderson, but Granderson has been drawing more interest. Ideally, the Mets would return a reliever in the trade, but prospects may be the return instead.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Market for relievers won't really start moving until Chapman, Jansen, Melancon start to move, but 13 teams have checked in on Brad Ziegler

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As mentioned in the column early last week, the Braves will not include Dansby Swanson in any trade, including for Chris Sale.