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Beltran adds more than offense to Astros

The Astros' potent offense got another boost with the signing of Carlos Beltran, but that wasn't the only reason they wanted him in their clubhouse.

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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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2dJim 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.

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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 hot stove

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

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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.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

With Carlos Beltran an Astro, the Yankees will have to look elsewhere for a DH. Edwin Encarnacion is out there, but it remains to be seen if the Yankees will go for four or five years for $20M a season for a 33-year-old. Matt Holiday is a fallback option.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Astros signing of Carlos Beltran leaves the Yankees, Blue Jays and Rangers most likely landing spots for Edwin Encarnacion

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Possible HOU lineup w/Beltran in the fold, 1 yr./$16m: Springer, Bregman, Altuve, Correa, Beltran, Reddick, Gattis, McCann, Gurriel.

Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer 

Tyson Ross missed pretty much all of 2016 with a sore shoulder and had surgery to address TOS in October. The year before he led the NL in walks and he's always had a high risk delivery. I can't blame the Padres for walking away from $9MM+ for him.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Source says Pedro Lopez will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas as manager, succeeding Wally Backman. Frank Viola will remain pitching coach and Jack Voigt will remain hitting coach.

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The Diamondbacks have reportedly agreed to a 2-year deal with catcher Jeff Mathis. Mathis was one of the game's top pitch-framers in 2016, ranking 4th among catchers in a stat known as "called strike rate above average." Marlins pitchers had a 3.28 ERA when Mathis caught them last season and a 4.26 ERA when others caught.