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5hJayson Stark

Fearless Dombrowski proves again he's one of baseball's boldest

In acquiring ace Chris Sale for a package of top prospects, Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski showed he isn't afraid to risk everything for a ring.

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11hBradford Doolittle

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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4dJim 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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5dJim 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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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.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The hangup in Wade Davis' reported deal to the Cubs? The Nationals have made a late push.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Tampa Bay Rays agree to terms with all star catcher Wilson Ramos on 2-year deal. He is expected to start year on DL after off-season knee injury. Ramos hit .307 last year with 22 home runs and the key to deal for Rays is that they control him through 2018 season. A

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With David Price, Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz, it's possible the Red Sox could have four lefties in their rotation. "I don't look upon that as being a disadvantage in any way," John Farrell said, noting Fenway Park isn't always kind to left-handed pitchers. "You're taking the best guys you have."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Price, Porcello or Sale? Who's going to be the Red Sox starter on Opening Day? "We'll have plenty of time to figure that out," manager John Farrell said, laughing.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If Cubs finish their Wade Davis deal, he could be closer in front of: Carl Edwards, Jr., Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Duensing

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers carried an extra reliever for most of last season and it helped them to become one of the better bullpens in baseball. It is not necessarily a plan they are married to for 2017. "I think it was more so a necessity," manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday. "I think the model still is to get starters to go deeper in a game. I don't know the average start, the innings last year, but when you're not going deep, the extra reliever was certainly a necessity, as opposed to just a luxury."

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The Yankees announced they will retire No. 2 for Derek Jeter. This will be their 21st retired number, the most of any MLB team. The Cardinals rank 2nd with 12. Jeter's No. 2 will be the final digit from 1 to 9 retired by the Yankees. The Red Sox rank 2nd in single-digit retirements with 5.

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Chris Sale's 31.1 WAR is the most for anyone in the 2010 Draft class. Sale was picked 13th overall, 10 spots ahead of Manny Machado, who ranks 2nd in WAR 24.2). The pitcher who ranks 2nd is Jacob deGrom (12.3 WAR), who was picked 272nd. Coincidentally, deGrom homered against Sale when the two were in college.

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Red Sox have reportedly agreed to deal with 1B Mitch Moreland, who won a Gold Glove at the position last season. Moreland had 7 Defensive Runs Saved last season, an improvement upon the primary first baseman from last season, Hanley Ramírez, who finished 2016 with -5 Defensive Runs Saved.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was working the phones Tuesday evening, but did not feel anxiety to make an impact move before the winter meetings end Thursday. "I actually think it's really important to not feel pressure to do things in these three days," Friedman said. "We have goals we want to accomplish this offseason. But when they happen, is not something that we feel like we can force. If you get caught up in these three days, in our opinion, you can end up making mistakes."

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Find of the day at the winter meetings trade show? For fans of Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom -- or, more precisely, their hair -- FanPelt sells player-customized wigs you can wear under your baseball cap. (They don't just do Mets manes, btw.)

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Mariners in serious talks with free agent Mark Trumbo. He would bring serious thump and length to Mariners lineup behind Segura, Cano, Cruz and Seaver.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy is confident in new closer Marc Melancon's staying power.

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

So what has Cubs skipper Joe Maddon done since winning the World Series? He's bought a new sports car, seen "Hamilton" on Broadway and visited the Yogi Berra Museum, which he found ... surprising.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon didn't hit the talk show circuit after winning the World Series last month but he did go shopping: "Bought a Challenger Hellcat, 707 Horsepower. I love that. I love driving cars."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It only sounded like Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was reading from a fortune cookie Tuesday when asked if the team's budget reasonably matched its free-agent needs. "If you were always rational about free agents, you will finish third on every free agent," Friedman said.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

With Chris Sale off the board, Rays now on clock. Astros, Nationals both interested after missing on Sale. But Rays show no sense of urgency