Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|John Hart is back at work this winter. With the assistance of GM-in-training John Coppolella, he is reshaping a Braves team that hasn't won a postseason series since 2001 and, frankly, needed some long-term guidance.
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|A game often said to "start with starting pitching" has not exactly worked that way this winter. Jon Lester is going to change all that, because so much of the Hot Stove activity this winter will fall in line after his situation is settled.
More»Cubs reportedly make offer to Jon Lester|
|So let's just go ahead and take the "off" out of "offseason" and embrace the crazy of this Hot Stove season. As December dawns, let's take a look the 10 biggest storylines still in play.
More»Cubs reportedly make offer to Jon Lester|
|In the baseball world, no matter your rooting interest, there's plenty to be thankful for and optimistic about. Here on Thanksgiving, let's review those reasons, shall we?
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|At this point, it's uncertain if the Dodgers are the Yankees of the West or if the Yankees are the Dodgers of the East. They are baseball's preeminent payroll superpowers, and they've both been eerily quiet in the early going of the Hot Stove season. We know from history that this can change in a hurry.
More»Joel Sherman on Yankees, Scrabble and more|
|Pablo Sandoval benefits from the Pablo Sandoval contract. Hanley Ramirez benefits from the Hanley Ramirez contract. But Chase Headley benefits from both contracts, because now he basically represents the extent of free agency's remaining everyday options at third base.
More»Duquette on possible destinations for Headley|
|Right now, plenty of those swap discussions are taking place around Major League Baseball, and we've already seen one blockbuster trade this Hot Stove season. Given the escalating costs of free agency and the thin pool, there are more trades to come. Here are the 10 biggest names realistically in the trade mix this winter.
More»Bowman on Braves placing J. Upton on trading block|
|The signing of free agent Billy Butler shows that the A's are loading up for another run at the AL West title in 2015, but they have other holes to fill.
More»Jane Lee on A's deal with Billy Butler|
|We can all agree (I think) that Max Scherzer is the top arm available in free agency. The dude turned down $144 million after his 2013 American League Cy Young Award-winning season and backed that up with a season in which his numbers remained elite and his stuff was in some ways more polished. But monitor the Scherzer free-agent market, and what do you hear? Crickets.
More»Dombrowski on state of team, Tigers' offseason agenda|
|For a born-and-bred Canuck, for easily the top catcher in the free-agent class, for a guy whose pitch-framing, game-calling prowess, offensive impact and conditioning make him a better bet than most to age gracefully, for an organization that needs a win-now mentality, the five-year, $82 million commitment the Blue Jays have made to Russell Martin makes sense.
More»Gammons breaks down Martin's deal with Blue Jays|
|While the Marlins are trying to serenade Giancarlo Stanton to the sweet tune of a contract that might reach as high as $325 million, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a look at some other players who might be extension-worthy this winter. Obviously not a $325 million extension, but an extension all the same.
More» Zimmermann retires 20 straight vs. Giants|
|Looking back, there are multiple instances in which the postseason probably would have or could have changed the result of the major awards voting.
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|This was not Mike Trout's best season, or even his second best. But he deserved the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Pitchers winning the MVP always feels a little icky. But Clayton Kershaw deserved the National League MVP Award, too.
More»Reaction to Kershaw, Trout winning MVP awards|
|Voting for the American League Cy Young Award was a painstaking prescription for split-the-baby style scrutiny involving consultation of the heart, the mind, the gut and -- gulp -- the math. In the end, what we were left with Wednesday night was an AL upset in which the upstart Corey Kluber defeated King Felix Hernandez. And at the risk of never again receiving a cordial welcome in the lovely city of Seattle, I think the voters absolutely got this one right, too.
More»Castrovince pleasantly surprised by Kluber winning Cy|
|It is difficult, if not impossible, to simply buy yourself a title in today's game, which means only the smart will survive. And Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is as intelligent as they come.
More»Division title highlights Orioles' 2014 top moments|
|Teams have to look for value wherever they can find it, and sometimes it's worth pouncing on a comeback candidate. Here are 10 guys who could be good short-term value pickups as they try to re-establish their value.
More» Hart connects on a homer to go back-to-back|
|The next manager of the Tampa Bay Rays will step into an enviable position. Wait, those aren't my words. Those are the words of Rays president Matt Silverman, in a press release announcing a preliminary list of managerial candidates. But can I claim them as my own? Because I believe it, too.
More»Chastain dishes on the Rays' managerial situation|
|Terry Francona is in an elite class of managers, and he's truly happy to be at the helm of the Tribe, embracing every challenge that comes with this particular position. Two seasons later -- with several more in store -- that's still a big deal.
More»Terry Francona signs extension through 2018|
|With the NL Central's last-place team having just hired one of the best managers in baseball, a division that was arguably already the most competitive in baseball is about to become even more stacked.
More»Richard justice joins Fran to discuss 2015 offseason|
|We have never seen anything quite like Madison Bumgarner on this postseason stage and in this Fall Classic. The Giants claimed their third title in five seasons in a 3-2 Game 7 victory in which Bumgarner cemented his obvious, unanimous claim to the Most Valuable Player Award.
More»Bumgarner drives Royals hitters mad in the 2014 WS|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|