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Five teams with the most work to do at the winter meetings

Even with a deal for Rich Hill rumored to be near completion, the Dodgers are one of the teams with the longest to-do lists for their week in D.C.

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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 shopping guide: Let's make a deal in D.C.

With a weak free-agent class, GMs across baseball will be eyeing star-studded swaps next week, which could mean a frenzy of trades in our nation's capital. And there are big names on the shelves.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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

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

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Before adding players for '17, Red Sox up to ~$188 million for competitive balance tax. Breakdown: ~$136M committed to Price, Hanley, Porcello, Sandoval, Pedroia, Kimbrel, Buchholz, Young; ~$24M, based on MLBTR projections, for arb-eligible Kelly, Pomeranz, Abad, Ross, Bogaerts, Bradley, Holt, Leon, Workman; ~$10M for pre-arbs on 40-man (Betts, E-Rod, Benintendi, Shaw, etc.); ~$13 million for benefits; at least $5 million for in-season moves.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With Carlos Beltran off board, Red Sox could turn to another short-term free-agent option (Matt Holliday? Mike Napoli?). If they prefer a left-handed hitter, it's worth watching if they engage Mets on either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Rich Hill and the Dodgers have not yet completed their agreement according to sources involved in the negotiations, but the deal "will get done" and they expect an announcement sometime on Sunday.