While Shohei Ohtani and the Marlins' sell-off have dominated the headlines, some under-the-radar moves have helped teams drastically change their postseason odds.
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Buster Olney and Keith Law put a bow on the Winter Meetings, discuss the moves that could still be made and more (6:08). Plus, "Inside Heat" on the Orioles from Roch Kubatko (32:05) and Nationals from Chelsea Janes (43:42).
The Marlins' salary dump continued, and critics took turns bashing them. A group of relievers cashed in. And, well, the rest of this week was more of a fact-finding mission than a splash of activity. Big moves are coming, it's just a matter of when.
Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons on the daunting challenges facing his club in the top-heavy American League East: "If you want to beat those guys (Yankees/Red Sox) you got to try and keep pace. You still have to have your plan and target your guys and hopefully land them."
As New York and Boston pull away, it could be time for the O's, Jays and Rays to admit they can't keep up -- and cash in on their biggest stars.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Carlos Gonzalez's value has declined after a down year in Colorado, but he's quietly attracting interest as a free agent because he's likely to sign a short-term deal to reestablish his market value. The Blue Jays, Royals, Rays, Giants and Athletics are among the teams that have CarGo on their radar. "There will be a rush once we all realize we can't get what we want," said a personnel man for one of the clubs keeping an eye on Gonzalez.
The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are among the clubs that need to be all-in next season. What big moves can win-now teams make to paint themselves into the playoff picture?
Former Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee after previously falling short of induction to Cooperstown.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The debate over Jack Morris was one of the most contentious in Hall of Fame history, and while the writers ultimately rejected Morris, he's now going to Cooperstown -- and he'll be joined by Alan Trammell, his longtime Tigers teammate. Morris and Trammell were elected by the 16-person Modern Era Ballot committee. Trammell should have been elected long ago, a player who ranked eighth all time among shortstops in WAR. Morris doesn't have much of an analytic case with a 3.90 career ERA, but he does have Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. This time, that was enough to get him the support he needed.
Clubs like the Giants, Cardinals and Cubs have to move on to other key areas for improvement. What positions and players will they prioritize now?
A star slugger to the Cardinals? A coveted young ace to the Dodgers? With baseball's winter meetings just days away, we offer a handful of deals that make sense for all sides.
Injuries limited Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez to eight starts in 2017, and his season ended on July 19. The Blue Jays said Wednesday that he will resume throwing this week.
Whatever they do with Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Jeter and the Marlins will have budgetary handicaps in 2018. Where do the Fish rank among teams with major financial handicaps this winter?
Aledmys Diaz, an All-Star as a breakout rookie for the Cardinals in 2016, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league outfielder J.B. Woodman.
Toronto Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun, a former catcher in the majors, has been fired by Sportsnet following allegations of "inappropriate behavior and comments" in the workplace, the network announced.
The Blue Jays plan to honor the life and career of former star pitcher Roy Halladay in a ceremony before their season opener against the New York Yankees on March 29. Halladay played for Toronto from 1998 to 2009.
The Jays have Josh Donaldson for one more year before he hits free agency. If they're going to keep him, they better go all-in and sign a big bat now that Jose Bautista's gone.
Last offseason, Bautista ended up waiting until the end of January and this offseason is in an even worse position than last after a 2017 that was worse than 2016.
The Blue Jays, Rockies and Rangers have joined the Twins and Brewers as teams showing interest in free-agent righty Jake Arrieta.
The Blue Jays are investigating internal operations after six players in their minor league system were suspended in the past week after testing positive for PEDs.
The quest to another run at the playoffs might make sense if the Blue Jays can either spend or trade to add an impact bat for the short term.
The Jays need at least one starting pitcher, and they have had success with quality arms that don't miss bats at an elite level. One of the top free-agent starters available fits that description.
The Blue Jays reportedly could join the list of teams interested in free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.