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Crasnick: Durham may soon be forced to retire
Having received no offers to date to play in 2009, veteran Ray Durham may be forced to retire far sooner than he ever wanted to.
Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings
While this offseason might be called the strangest one in modern baseball history, it certainly can't be labeled an accident.
Crasnick: Another hectic offseason for Boras
While Scott Boras waits for a contract offer to his liking for Manny Ramirez, the agent has once again been a big part of the offseason.
Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings
Explaining the many ways baseball can learn to better market the World Series in the same way the NFL expertly markets the Super Bowl.
Crasnick: Seattle silent on return of Junior
Should a team that is desperately trying to move forward look back to its glory days? The return of Ken Griffey Jr. to Seattle seems quite iffy.
Kurkjian: AL Central up for grabs
How many teams will contend in the AL Central this season? The better question is how many won't, because the division seems wide-open.
Crasnick: Cardinals fans red in the face
Despite some grumbling from their fan base, the St. Louis Cardinals aren't about to make any sudden changes in their future plans.
Kurkjian: AL West now a two-team race
The additions of Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi should make the A's a formidable foe for the Angels in the AL West in 2009.
Crasnick: Giants close to being NL West contenders
The Giants could be dangerous in the NL West if they can add another productive bat to their lineup.
Stark: Arbitration madness about to begin
Some big names -- Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Prince Fielder, Jonathan Papelbon -- are about to make this the wildest arbitration class ever.
Crasnick: Boston looking for upgrade from fixer-uppers
The cost-conscious Red Sox hope their high-risk, high-reward acquisitions will give them the slight boost they need in the AL East.
Smith: Yankees need to sign Manny -- now!
The Yankees have gone long enough without a title, so it's time, right now, to do something drastic: Sign Manny Ramirez.
Klapisch: K-Rod will be a lightning rod for Mets
Expect the addition of closer Francisco Rodriguez to make the Mets a team that opponents love to loathe.
McAdam: Suddenly, A's looking to spend money
While many teams are trimming payroll and searching for inexpensive solutions, the A's are surprisingly willing to spend more in 2009 than they did in '08.
Crasnick: Job market for Abreu
Bobby Abreu's overall stats suggest "star," but he's often viewed as a complementary-type player. Landing a job at his desired salary could prove difficult.
Stark: Much more work ahead
The winter meetings have come and gone, but there is plenty of unfinished business to keep an eye on.
Crasnick: Winter meeting notes
Here's a team-by-team rundown of what the 30 clubs just accomplished, and where they stand moving forward.
Law: Winter meetings moves
A breakdown of the 25 moves made at this year's winter meetings in Las Vegas.
Stark: Mets remake their tattered bullpen
As long as J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez are healthy, there probably isn't a better late-innings combo than the Mets' new twosome.
Crasnick: Assessing the post-Sabathia free-agent market
With CC Sabathia having agreed to take $161 million from the Yankees, the focus now shifts to the 150-something free agents left on the market.
Stark: Because they're the Yankees
The Yankees took CC Sabathia off the market. And here's the scary part: They're not done spending money on big-time free-agent arms.
Crasnick: K-Rod fills Mets' closer void
The Mets got their closer, but Francisco Rodriguez didn't exactly get what he was looking for in this deal: his dream payday.
Stark: Peavy sweepstakes down to Cubs
Either Jake Peavy is going to be traded to the Cubs -- soon -- or he is headed back to San Diego.
Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings
It's time to roll the dice, go for broke. The baseball world is preparing for what could be a wild week at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.
Law: Best fits for top free agents
From a team's perspective, here are the best fits for the top five free agents.
Crasnick: Nats still searching for identity
Three years after moving from Montreal to Washington, the Nationals are still searching for an identity.
Klapisch: Pedro deal a bust
The Mets gave $53 million to Pedro Martinez, and they definitely didn't get their money's worth, writes Bob Klapisch.
Kurkjian: Holes that teams need to fill
By either losing players via trades or through free agency, several teams have major spots to fill in their respective lineups.
Stark: 'Tough time' for Tigers and their city
Less than a year ago, the Tigers seemed to be sitting pretty after acquiring Miguel Cabrera in a blockbuster trade. Now they're coming off a last-place finish and face an uncertain future.
Crasnick: Starting 9
From Randy Johnson to Felipe Lopez to Juan Rivera, "Starting 9" highlights the free agents who could prove to be a nice value for a relatively bargain price.
Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings
Believe it or not, there are actually more closers available than teams chasing them this offseason.
Crasnick: Starting 9
From Jim Edmonds to Ken Griffey Jr. to Frank Thomas, Starting 9 looks at older, accomplished position players who might play in 2009 or decide to call an end to their careers.
Law: Top 50 free agents
Keith Law lists his top 50 free agents, from Mark Teixeira at No. 1 to Ramon Vazquez at No. 50.
Crasnick: For Yankees, it's ready, set, spend
No team is expected to be a bigger offseason player than the Yankees, who have their wallets open and several big-name free agents in their sights.
Stark: Rumblings and Grumblings
Free agency begins Friday, so it's a good time to take a team-by-team look at who will be shopping for what this offseason, writes Jayson Stark.
Keri: Page 2 guide to MLB free agency
MLB free agency is under way, so Page 2 predicts who will reprise some of the worst signings ever.
Crasnick: A victim of bad timing
A late-season elbow flare-up has rekindled questions about Ben Sheets' health and durability just as he's entering free agency.
Crasnick: Offseason begins in earnest with GM meetings
As the hot stove season gets under way, ESPN.com surveys executives in the game on seven notable questions that will play out in the coming weeks.
Kurkjian: Top 10 offseason story lines
Where will Manny Ramirez end up? What about CC Sabathia? They are among the top 10 story lines of the offseason.
Hot Stove Preview: Whose fantasy value is at stake this offseason?
Tristan H. Cockcroft identifies the 10 players whose value would fluctuate the most with an offseason team change.
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Keith Law's Top Available Free Agents

1.
Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez
POS: LF
2008 Team: LA Dodgers
5.
Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds
POS: OF
2008 Team: Chicago Cubs
2.
Juan Cruz
Juan Cruz
POS: RP
2008 Team: Arizona
6.
Paul Byrd
Paul Byrd
POS: SP
2008 Team: Boston Red Sox
3.
Orlando Cabrera
Orlando Cabrera
POS: SS
2008 Team: Chi. White Sox
7.
Pedro Martinez
Pedro Martinez
POS: SP
2008 Team: N.Y. Mets
4.
Ben Sheets
Ben Sheets
POS: SP
2008 Team: Milwaukee
8.
Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez
POS: C
2008 Team: N.Y. Yankees
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