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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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Bowden: Pricing, best fits for top 50 free agents

Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden gives expected contract lengths and dollar values for his top 50 free agents available this winter, plus lists the best team fits for each player.

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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: Ten big-name players who could be traded

Blockbuster trades are becoming the norm in baseball. Jim Bowden ranks the top players -- including Aroldis Chapman and Starlin Castro -- who are most likely to be dealt this winter.

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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.


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.

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Pirates among teams being considered by Trevor Cahill. He's looking for a 1-year, bounce-back deal and PIT's free agent Ps tend to get paid.

Olney: Top 10 third basemen in MLB

AL MVP Josh Donaldson taking the top spot shouldn't come as a surprise. But a cast of young third basemen are nipping at his heels. Top 10 3B (Insider)

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Source: Tigers pursuing ZImmerman

Detroit is in serious talks with free-agent Jordan Zimmermann, according to ESPN and media reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Zimmermann had a 3.66 ERA last season with the Nationals.

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This day in #Yankees history (1976): Bronx Bombers sign a super-powerful and ULTRA-clutch slugger, Reggie Jackson. #MrOctober

Happy Birthday, Vin Scully!

The legendary Dodgers broadcaster turns 88 years young today. Scully called the Dodgers first game in Los Angeles at the Coliseum on April 18, 1958.

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Minors HR king retires to pursue coaching

Mike Hessman, who hit 433 career home runs, says he's retiring as a player and will look to coach.

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Top 10 second basemen in MLB

Jose Altuve and Dee Gordon at the top of this list wasn't hard for ESPN's Buster Olney, but he did struggle with leaving off one former MVP entirely. No Pedroia (Insider)

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