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1mSam Miller

In baseball, player loyalty doesn't pay

When stars like Andrew McCutchen sign franchise-friendly deals, it makes it easier for those teams to unceremoniously unload them later. Does taking one for the team mean nothing these days?

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In Cubs' shadow, White Sox start rebuild

The second team in The Second City, the White Sox showed they might finally stop settling for mediocrity, charting a course for success by turning Chris Sale into a much-needed prospect infusion.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes missed out on making the Hall of Fame as Bill King, formerly of the A's, was named the Ford C. Frick winner for broadcasting excellence.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Mets have been talking to other teams about Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, but with glut of free agent outfielders, very slow-moving.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Gary Cohen is not headed to the Hall of Fame ... this year anyway. The late Bill King, a former Athletics broadcaster, received the honor as the Ford C. Frick winner for broadcasting excellence.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

White Sox skipper Rick Renteria shares his scouting report on the top prospects Chicago received from Boston in the Chris Sale deal, calling Yoan Moncada "a very talented human being" who reminds him of Robinson Cano.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Don Mattingly confirmed the Marlins have Interest in Koji Uehara & Junichi Tazawa. "They're at least part of our discussion about how we'd like to build a bullpen. Not just with some flexibility but different styles"

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Don Mattingly on Kenley Jansen's interest in Miami: "He didn't tell me he absolutely wanted to say on the west coast or he absolutely didn't want to play in South Florida. So basically, he was open to the idea. . . . My call was to let him know that we talked about him, there was legitimate interest and we just wanted to make sure that he had interest."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

If Jorge Soler indeed lands in Kansas City in the Wade Davis deal, the best case I can make for Soler in fantasy is the substantially larger role (which, obviously, does matter a good bit). But it's a significant park downgrade for power, so there's a good chance the result is he'll be overvalued. It'd be tough for me to take him over even, say, Yasmany Tomas, my OF56.

Peter Lawrence-Riddell ESPN.com 

Don Mattingly talks about Giancarlo Stanton and expectations for 2017. Consistency and health are the keys.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Don Mattingly on his conversation with Kenley Jansen: "The main thing I can say is he wasn't...opposed"

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In conference call, Red Sox starter Chris Sale on being labeled an "ace": "We play for a trophy, not a tag."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Ian Desmond has narrowed his focus to just one team and he and his representatives are now in the process of finalizing his deal today. Trying to figure out that team now.....text text text text

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

This is a little late, but I just wanted to say how proud we all are of ESPN colleague Claire Smith for making history as the first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Everyone knows that Claire is a talented, principled and accomplished journalist. But it's the other things that come to mind for me: She's the kindest, most encouraging person I've met in the business, and there might only be a handful who come close. All her friends in the baseball world share in her achievement, and we can't wait to stand and cheer when she gives her speech in Cooperstown in July.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Astros are hoping that newly-acquired OF/DH Carlos Beltran will be a leader in the clubhouse and a bit of a mentor to shortstop and fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Correa. The two players and and teammate Jose Altuve went out to dinner together for the first time Monday night. "Correa probably grew up watching Carlos Beltran," said manager A.J. Hinch. "He's probably been to his academy in San Juan. He might be half-scared of Beltran for all I know. We'll see."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Source: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman if his baseball people can reach a deal.