Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Jose Abreu had a great first season in North America, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors. He's likely to be an even more impressive hitter for the White Sox next season. He just might make an even stronger run to be the MVP in the AL than last season, when he finished fourth. One way or another, he'll thank general manager Rick Hahn for giving him the gift of Adam LaRoche.
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|Giancarlo Stanton made Wednesday one of the best days in the wild history of the Marlins. But the first day in the rest of the franchise's life didn't look too bad either.
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|Giancarlo Stanton was smiling on Wednesday morning as he sat alongside Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to announce the biggest contract in the history of American sports. But he hardly wore the look of somebody who had beat the system.
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|Signing Zach Duke to be an eighth-inning lefty in the bullpen was a good start for White Sox GM Rick Hahn. Here's what needs to happen next.
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|Two years after his club traded away the veteran core of its roster as it settled into Marlins Park, Giancarlo Stanton is committing at least the next six years -- including his first four years of free agency eligibility -- to stay with Miami and its very promising future, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
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|Most teams are just shifting into gear for the Hot Stove activity ahead. But not the Brewers. They're just about ready to head to Arizona. "We can play tomorrow,'' Brewers GM Doug Melvin said. "We've got a team that can play tomorrow. We've got [our lineup]. We've got six starting pitchers. We have some depth. We could play tomorrow if the season was starting.''
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|The Cubs have a nice foundation in the rotation and their offseason search for a top-line starter and an innings-eater is crucial to their hopes of competing in the National League Central in 2015.
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|Royals general manager Dayton Moore and the remarkably candid manager Ned Yost see their team positioned to be competitive for years and will do everything they can to make it the team to beat next year. The question is how much will the Royals pay to keep a good thing going?
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|Some moments, some performances, simply command reflection. Madison Bumgarner's World Series was one of those. It's been a little more than a week since Game 7, and not a day has gone by without those of us who witnessed Bumgarner's five shutout innings thinking about that outing. We hear about instant classics all the time. But this was an instant epic.
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|Eight teams experienced double-digit improvement in terms of wins last season, and only half of those teams went to the playoffs. The arrival of AL Rookie of the Year favorite and MVP candidate Jose Abreu and leadoff man Adam Eaton put some swagger back into the White Sox franchise. But an improvement of 62 runs scored wasn't felt as strongly as it could have been because of the backward step in run prevention.
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|As fans, we're always waiting for the big hit but nothing changes a game -- and deflates an opponent -- more than robbery in the field. That's one of the big ways that the Royals won their American League pennant, and it was no surprise that three Royals -- left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez -- won Gold Gloves.
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|Joe Maddon's timing couldn't be better. After a three-year talent roundup by Theo Epstein's front office, the Cubs are far better positioned for a run near the top of the National League than any time in the last century, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
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|For the fans who have kept Wrigley Field's average attendance at 33,652 over the past three seasons, with the team going 200-286 while Rick Renteria and Dale Sveum ran auditions for a revolving cast of players, Joe Maddon's hiring means that one of baseball's flagship franchises is back in business.
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|Though fans may always wonder if Alex Gordon could have scored in the ninth inning of Game 7, in the end, the difference is that one team had Madison Bumgarner and the other didn't, not that third-base coach Mike Jirschele didn't bet the season on one throw of the dice.
More» Royals proud of season despite WS loss|
|Kansas City's three shutdown relievers -- all of whom have better stuff than most closers -- could work four innings in tonight's Game 7, maybe even more. That's a huge edge for the Royals, even if the Giants do use Madison Bumgarner out of their bullpen, but hardly the only one. Here are nine more.
More» Yost discusses bullpen being set|
|While the Royals have never experienced as much urgency to win a game as they will tonight, when a win over the Giants gets them to the deciding game of the World Series and a loss sends them home, they can draw on a wealth of experience from playoff series in the Minor Leagues.
More» Hosmer ties the game with RBI infield hit|
|James Shields' performance this October wasn't the kind any pitcher dreams about, but the right-hander, whose time in Kansas City may soon be over, accomplished what he was acquired to do.
More» Shields holds Giants to two runs over six|
|If the Giants go on to win their third World Series since 2010, Kansas City fans will look back at how the Series turned after Jason Vargas lost track of the count when he batted with the bases loaded in the four-run third inning during Game 4 on Saturday night.
More» Vargas holds Giants to three runs|
|Joe Maddon became baseball's most intriguing free agent on Friday, when he surprised the Rays by exercising an opt-out clause in his managerial contract. No one knows where his career is headed, but the loudest whispers are about Chicago, where Theo Epstein was infamously spotted at a Starbucks three years ago, when the Cubs were recruiting Maddon to run their baseball operations.
More»Chastain on Maddon opting out of contract with Rays|
|The Royals' remarkable fielding combines with a deep pitching staff to give them the ability to win low-scoring games. Kansas City is probably better constructed to compete in the National League and it showed with a 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.
More» Gordon drives in Escobar with a double|