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Schoenfield: Where will Cueto end up signing?

Johnny Cueto joined the Royals at the trading deadline and went on to win a World Series. But for the most part, he pitched poorly for K.C. How much of a factor will that have on his quest to sign a lucrative contract?

#MLBFrontOffice: Zimmermann sets mark (1:07)
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Top 10 shortstops: Some tough calls

Carlos Correa is just 21 years old and has played only 99 games in the big leagues, but he's already on top of Buster Olney's list of the best shortstops. But who else makes the top 10 at a position with plenty of young talent?

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Law: Tigers' deal with Zimmermann a risky one

Adding Jordan Zimmermann to their rotation should be an upgrade for the Tigers in the short term, but chances are low that he'll perform up to the contract over the long haul.

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Bowden: The focus for all 30 teams

David Price and Ben Zobrist have many options as they look to cash in on the free-agent market. And with the winter meetings approaching, Jim Bowden examines the top targets and fallback options for each team.

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Olney: Top 10 third basemen

Fresh off an MVP award-winning season, Josh Donaldson is clearly baseball's best third baseman. Which player under the age of 25 -- Manny Machado or Nolan Arenado -- comes in second on Buster Olney's ranking of the top players at the hot corner?

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Mike Veeck: The funniest man in baseball

Mike Veeck, the comic maestro of the minor leagues, tells Jim Caple how thinking outside the batter's box like his father -- and his friend Bill Murray -- has helped him make ballpark magic.

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Olney: Top 10 second basemen

Dee Gordon and Jose Altuve have supplanted aging stars Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia as baseball's best second basemen, according to Buster Olney. Which one earned the top spot in this year's rankings?

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Schoenfield: Where will Justin Upton sign?

Justin Upton has had a productive career, yet some view the former No. 1 draft pick as a disappointment. Regardless, he's sure to get big money this offseason, and here are five teams that should be interested.

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Top 2016 MLB draft prospects

Keith Law and Eric Longenhagen look at the top prospects for the 2016 draft, including 40 profiles and their top 30 rankings. Where does talented Louisville outfielder Corey Ray rank?

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Top 10 first basemen: The Gold(schmidt) standard

First base is loaded with talent in Major League Baseball, but Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is the best of the best. Who else made Buster Olney's top 10 first base rankings?

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Rumors roundup: More moves in Oakland?

A look at the latest rumors around the major leagues, beginning with the Oakland Athletics reshaping their infield.

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Olney: Are Price, Red Sox a match?

There's a strong expectation in the industry that the Red Sox will make the biggest offer to David Price. What's not known at this point, however, is if Price really wants to pitch in Boston.

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Schoenfield: Who's in the running to sign Heyward?

Jason Heyward could get close to $200 million on the free-agent market. While that price tag eliminates most teams from pursuing him, there are five clubs that stand out as potential landing spots.


Bowden: Breaking down baseball's contenders and pretenders

With the winter meetings in Nashville looming, Jim Bowden checks in on the status of all 30 MLB teams -- from the favorites to the retoolers to the rebuilders -- and takes stock of what each needs to accomplish this offseason.

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Marchand: Cano back to Bronx? Don't bet on it

Is Robinson Cano dissatisfied in Seattle? Perhaps, but we've got five reasons a return to New York is a major long shot for the former Yankees second baseman.

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Top prospects for the 2016 MLB draft

Keith Law and Eric Longenhagen lay out the top prospects for the 2016 MLB draft, including 40-plus profiles and a top 30 rankings list.

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Top 10 starting pitchers: Who's No. 2?

Buster Olney's list of the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB puts Clayton Kershaw at the top. But who comes next? It might be a bit of a surprise.

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Bowden/Law/Olney: MLB Future Power Ranks

As we head into the offseason, Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney bring you the latest installment of the Future Power Rankings, looking at how well each team is set up for sustained success.



The #Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with RHP Jordan Zimmermann on a five-year contract.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Dave Dombrowski President of the Boston Red Sox told me prior to the off-season his three goals were an impact closer, a right-handed hitting 4th outfielder and a number 1 starter. Kimbrel check 1, Young check 2, now he tries to get David Price for the trifecta.

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

David Schoenfield writes: "My guess is that American League teams will be more hesitant to sign him after his poor results with the Royals, so my five top potential destinations are all National League teams." Bound for NL West?

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Zack Greinke's free agent talks are quietly picking up steam, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Dodgers and Giants are the principal suitors for Greinke, and it's believed that both teams would like some clarity in the event they lose out in the bidding and have to go in a different direction.

D-backs GM: Johnny Cueto rejected offer

The free-agent RHP turned down an offer from the D-backs earlier this month, GM Dave Stewart told the Arizona Republic. According to multiple reports and first reported by MLB's website, it was a 6-year, $120M deal.


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Red Sox signing of OF Chris Young could open the door for trading Jackie Bradley Jr., but it seems like a quality depth signing to me. Bradley had a big August but also owns a career .298 OBP and Rusney Castillo has yet to show he can hit in the majors. Young is a good fourth outfielder who could start if either falters, leaving Brock Holt to back up in the infield.

Olney on top 10 shortstops in MLB

How good is Astros SS Carlos Correa? Buster Olney puts the 21-year-old No. 1 on his list of the best shortstops in MLB. The other nine (Insider)

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Red Sox nab former Yankee Chris Young

Boston has reached an agreement with the free-agent outfielder on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and multiple reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Young had a .320 OBP and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats last season for New York.

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How serious was #Dbacks Johnny Cueto pursuit? Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and club president Derrick Hall all went to DR to make pitch.

David Price @DAVIDprice14

It's pretty chilly in Vegas...that means my golf ball is going to go normal distance or nah?? Now I'm really confused...

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores was hit by a pitch while playing for Margarita in his native Venezuela on Thursday. He has not appeared in a game since. However, Flores merely is day to day after getting struck on the left calf, according to a Venezuelan media report.

Law: Zimmermann deal a risky one

Keith Law writes of Jordan Zimmermann's big contract with the Tigers: "Zimmermann was worse across the board in 2015 and now has 1,000-plus innings on that new ligament; any realistic projection going out five years would show some significant probability of one of two things -- major injury or major loss of effectiveness -- happening before the contract ends." Long-term overpay? (Insider)

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Tigers fancy themselves contenders in 2016 and needed to upgrade the AL's worst rotation. Jordan Zimmermann should help but it's also a risky signing given the $110 million price tag: His numbers were down across the board in 2015, perhaps related to a little dip in velocity, and now he moves from the weak NL East to the American League.

Sources: Tigers, Zimmerman reach deal

RHP Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with the Detroit Tigers, per ESPN sources and a media reports. Zimmermann's deal is contingent on him passing a physical. The deal was first reported by CBS Sports. Story

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

The Tigers made the first big free agent move of the winter by signing Jordan Zimmermann to a 5-year, $110 million contract, and it's likely they'll follow up by adding another veteran to slot in behind Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Zimmermann in the rotation. Doug Fister, who could be looking for a short-term deal to re-establish himself after a rough 2015 season, appears to fit the profile. But he's not the only available option.

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Jordan Zimmermann Pitches clocked 95.0 MPH/faster 2012 236 2013 272 2014 159 2015 31 94.0/faster 2012 883 2013 987 2014 928 2015 296

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

CBS Sports reporting that the Detroit Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have reached a deal. We drafted Zimmermann when I was GM of the Nationals in the 2nd round of 2007 Draft. Zimmermann a career 3.32 ERA and 1.15 whip. His competitiveness, poise and composure are all off the charts.