Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|For all the hours the Winter Meetings consume, the actual transaction tally they net is often underwhelming. And that was certainly the prevailing notion coming out of this year's event at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.
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|Shin-Soo Choo would provide another big boost. But the Rangers don't necessarily have to sign him at any cost. They don't have to make another "big move" just for the sake of making a big move.
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|After the sting of a second-place standing to the Dodgers, aggressiveness was expected from a spurned D-backs club, and aggressiveness arrived Tuesday, when GM Kevin Towers bid boldly on a power-hitting corner outfielder named Mark Trumbo.
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|The Reds will be a different team in 2014. But the degree of difference is all in the details, and it's hard to know how many details are yet to be revealed. That's why Bryan Price didn't always have a direct answer to questions Monday about his managerial philosophies, because the truth is that such philosophies are shaped by personnel, and the Reds' roster is very much in flux.
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|On Monday, once Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre were finished on the dais, having donned their special-order Hall of Fame jerseys, the platform of the 2013 Winter Meetings was available for the unexpected, an element this annual event happens to specialize in.
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|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 discuss? uh? the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|For all their activity last winter, the 2013 Indians became a playoff team largely on the might of the under-the-radar moves, and GM Chris Antonetti will have to come up with more of the same to build a winner for 2014. Fortunately, he's not in need of another 24-win improvement. And fortunately, his pantry isn't barren in a winter in which the market prices have skyrocketed.
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|Who knows if David Price or Jeff Samardzija will be dealt this coming week or this winter. A Samardzija trade is a long shot, despite some recent reports. But between the two, Samardzija looks like the much better bargain.
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|If the Brian McCann contract was an inkling, then Tuesday's rake of Jacoby Ellsbury was an outright announcement that the Yankees we know and love or loathe -- the ones prone to backing up the Brink's truck into the driveways of MLB's best and brightest -- are officially back in business.
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|Veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir hopes to add to the Oakland A's legacy of getting the most out of players thought to be risky free-agent signings.
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|A scenario has developed in which the second tier of starting pitchers has proven to be a much hotter commodity than the supposed pick of the litter.
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|In a year in which Mariano Rivera gracefully bowed out of the ninth-inning job he so routinely dominated, baseball's biggest stage reminded us, convincingly, that the closer role is, with precious few exceptions, a fungible and precarious position.
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|Josh Johnson has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, but he has the potential to bounce back in his pitcher-friendly new ballpark.
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|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 Tribe?s offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|Perhaps the most interesting aspect to the Robinson Cano free-agent sweepstakes right now is not where he'll sign as much as how many baseball general managers and controlling partners will get to have dinner with Jay-Z.
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|Trading Max Scherzer, while attractive both from the money it would save and the youth it could inject into the organization, makes too little sense for the Tigers to be taken too seriously.
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|Meaningful games. A winning team. A playoff contender. However you phrase it or define it, this is the guideline -- unwritten though it may be -- that continues to carry clout in the hearts and minds of a majority of members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Proof positive arrived yet again Thursday night, when Miguel Cabrera was named the American League Most Valuable Player and Andrew McCutchen the National League MVP.
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|We expected big, bold things from the Nationals, Angels and Blue Jays in 2013 because they had done big, bold business beforehand. Oh, how wrong we were. Now those three clubs are looking to bounce back.
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|The BBWAA's voting process for the Cy Young Awards in both leagues was fairly uncomplicated in 2013. Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw dominated with a sub-2.00 ERA and Tigers ace Max Scherzer had the stats to back a mighty win total.
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|With no advanced formula to determine how much a manager affects the outcome of games, voters for the Manager of the Year Awards generally base their decisions on won-loss records, and then reward those who subjectively did more with less.
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|Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and Rays slugger Wil Myers won Rookie of the Year Awards on Monday, the rightful recipients, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince.
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|Anthony Castrovince believes Giants GM Brian Sabean is better off working on the fringes of free agency, as it pertains to starting pitching, and expending the bulk of his dollars on an offensive upgrade.
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|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 couldn?t 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, he?s 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 Farrell?s name and being done with it. He?s […] 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. They?ve got a remaining schedule ? four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, ?There goes our starting catcher.? Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indians? last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what you?d expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|