A closer look at the Marlins' megadeal with Giancarlo Stanton

This is the most jaw-dropping story of the offseason: After months of speculation that the Miami Marlins would trade Giancarlo Stanton, the team wound up signing him to the richest contract in sports history, $325 million for 13 years. They will announce the deal Wednesday. The Marlins are playing in a new ballpark and need a signing like this to prove their relevance. They know ... read more

Breaking down one voter's NL Most Valuable Player ballot

The night before the final day of the regular season, I went to bed with Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw on top of my National League Most Valuable Player ballot. My feeling was that he had historic dominance and the Dodgers would not have won the National League West without him. That's true. Then, the next morning, I thought the same could be said for Pittsburgh's ... read more

Predicting this week's BBWAA award winners

The Baseball Writers' Association of America announces its awards for the 2014 season this week, starting with the top rookies and finishing with the Most Valuable Players. Some races are obvious. Others are up for debate. Ballots were due the final day of the season, so October doesn't count. That's good news for the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, not so much for Madison Bumgarner, the Giants' ... read more

NL East offseason preview: Do Nats look for a third baseman or a second baseman?

Now that the San Francisco Giants have wrapped up their third World Series championship in five years, here's a look ahead to what will be going on this winter with the National League East: Atlanta: The Braves will try to rebound from their first losing record in six seasons. The first order of business for the new boss, John Hart, is to trade slumping outfielder ... read more

AL East offseason preview: Cruz, Miller loom large in O's plans

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win their third World Series in five seasons, so let the offseason begin. Here's a primer on what's going on with teams in the American League East: Baltimore: The Orioles have already signed shortstop J.J Hardy, but they go into the offseason needing to sign outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz, 34, and lefty reliever Andrew ... read more

Historically speaking, Game 6 has been full of memory-making moments

The Giants-Royals World Series has a Game 6 tonight in Kansas City, the fifth time since 2001 that the World Series has had a Game 6. Is there any chance there will be a more exciting Game 6 than during the 2011 World Series when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 after twice being down to their last strike? In that game, ... read more

World Series shifts to San Francisco with Royals needing to deal with quirky AT&T Park

The World Series shifts to San Francisco this weekend, presenting a new set of questions for the Giants and the Royals, who are tied 1-1 going into Game 3 at quirky AT&T Park. Start with the bullpens. The Giants bullpen is thin. Rookie Hunter Strickland, who threw seven innings during the regular season after spending 2014 in the minors, is getting hit and had trouble ... read more

A memorable World Series sweep, plus other Fall Classic notes

Watching the World Series from Kansas City, I thought of a friend from high school whose story has to be told. John Martin grew up on a farm outside of Bryant in eastern South Dakota, near my hometown. He had bushy dark hair with thick eyebrows and a crooked smile. He had a bear-trap handshake, molded from years of never-ending chores. He loved sports, especially ... read more