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BBTN 100: Top 25 players

Who is No. 1? We concluded our countdown of the top 100 players in baseball with the top 25 and not surprisingly, Mike Trout leads the way.

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Olney: Nats top my rankings of MLB teams

With Opening Day almost here, Buster Olney provides his ranking of every team in MLB. The Nationals, boasting an elite rotation, are No. 1 overall.

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Average MLB salary tops $4 million (2:25)

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8hKeith Law

Top 50 MLB prospects update

Keith Law updates his top MLB prospect ranks, noting what has changed and how the players have looked since his last update Jan. 29.

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BBTN Top 100: Players 1-10 (2:26)

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1dJim Caple

The 20-year anniversary of the strike ending

It's been 20 years since the baseball strike ended. LaTroy Hawkins, now the oldest player in the majors at 42, and several former players look back on what they did during the shutdown.

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13hJerry Crasnick

Should MLB bring back bullpen carts?

One way to help pick up the pace of play in baseball -- and provide a few smiles along the way -- would be to bring back the kitschy-but-beloved bullpen cart.

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Spratt: MLB's best, worst defensive players

Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions breaks down the best and worst defensive players in MLB. He writes why Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is so valuable in the field.

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Bettors putting big money on Cubs

Heading into Opening Day, more money has been bet on the Cubs to win the MLB title than any other team at two of Nevada's largest sportsbooks. Chicago is 6-1 at the MGM, trailing only the Nationals (5-1).

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Dodgers, D-Backs simmer down
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Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly and his counterpart Chip Hale of the D-backs had an extended conversation on Monday at home plate while exchanging lineup cards to settle the latest feud between the teams. Burying the hatchet?

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Who are the best players in baseball?
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Is Matt Harvey one of the top 10 players in the game? Should Miguel Cabrera rank higher than sixth in ESPN.com's rankings? Tim Kurkjian, Doug Glanville and Curt Schilling debate.

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John Axford's toddler bit by snake
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The Rockies RHP hasn't been in camp because his 2.5-year-old son Jameson is recovering from a rattlesnake bite. Jameson's condition has improved, and it appears doctors have been able to save his foot. "We can't do anything, except give him hugs and kisses -- and pancakes sometimes," Axford told the Denver Post.

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Jon Lester on Kris Bryant's demotion
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"It sucks. The quicker you can learn this game is a business the better off you are. They can say development, development, development all they want but this game is a business and it comes down to that."

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Abreu's spring numbers rising fast
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Jose Abreu says he's tired of the Arizona sun, but his bat is even hotter: He went 4-for-4 Tuesday to raise his Cactus League average to .519. Play ball, already

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MLB average salary tops $4 million
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The average salary when Opening Day rosters are finalized is projected to be about $4.25 million, according to an AP study. It's the first time above the $4M benchmark.

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Sale to pitch minor league game
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White Sox ace Chris Sale is scheduled to throw six innings and around 90 pitches on Wednesday. Sale fractured a bone in his right foot in February and is targeting an April 12 return.

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Chapman leaves after one batter
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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman left today's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons over concerns about the pitcher's right hamstring. Chapman said he's fine.

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X-rays negative on Ethier's elbow

Dodgers OF Andre Ethier left today's game against the White Sox after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Ethier is batting .313 with 10 RBIs this spring.

Lester says he's ready for opener
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Jon Lester declared himself ready for Opening Day after throwing 84 pitches in a minor-league game. The Cubs' ace, who missed a start earlier this month due to a fatigued arm, wasn't thrilled with his command but said "come Sunday everything will be fine."

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Highest projected payrolls
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The AP has released the projected payrolls for MLB teams. The smallest is the Marlins at just over $68M. Here's the top five:

  1. Dodgers: $272,789,040
  2. Yankees: $219,282,196
  3. Red Sox: $187,407,202
  4. Tigers: $173,813,750
  5. Giants: $172,672,111

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Lester on Bryant situation: "As a player, it sucks...The quicker you can learn this game is a business the better off you are."

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Lester didn't love his outing today but he says he's ready. Just doesn't sound like he'll be at his 100 percent best Sunday...