Looking at Matt Wieters' market and the top free agents at each position

Now that the Orioles have catcher Welington Castillo to bridge the gap to prospect Chance Sisco, the market for free agent catcher Matt Wieters shrinks again. Catchers have moved on the market this offseason. The Rays signed Wilson Ramos, the Twins picked up Jason Castro and the Astros, Castro's former team, traded for Yankees catcher Brian McCann. The Diamondbacks didn't offer Castillo a contract and ... read more

Breaking down what NL teams did and didn't do at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Winter Meetings have finished, but there's plenty of work to do with teams in the National League: NL EAST Atlanta: The Braves whiffed when it came to landing a top-of-the-rotation starter such as Chris Sale. They'll look other places. Their rotation is deep with youth and talent. And they had the fifth-best second-half run production in the NL last season. ... read more

Looking at how AL clubs fared at the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Winter Meetings are over. Here are thoughts about teams in the American League: AL EAST Baltimore: The Orioles spent their time at the meetings looking for an outfielder, a catcher and bullpen depth. Dan Duquette's best quote was telling Jose Bautista's agent that he didn't want to sign the outfielder because Bautista is a villain in the eyes of Orioles ... read more

Trade winds bring changes in Windy City baseball landscape

The Cubs will defend their World Series title with a new closer next season. Instead of investing millions long-term for lefty free agent closer Aroldis Chapman and his 100 mph fastball, the Cubs acquired closer Wade Davis, a two-time All-Star, from the Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler on the third day of the winter meetings. Chapman and Kenley Jansen are the two free agent closers ... read more

After landing Sale and Thornburg in trades, Red Sox seem well-stocked on mound

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - When Red Sox manager John Farrell sat down for his gathering with reporters late Tuesday afternoon, the first question asked was, "Who is going to be your opening day starter?'' Farrell laughed. "It's only Dec. 6,'' he said. "There's time to figure it out.'' There's also an impressive list from which to choose, especially after the Red Sox on Tuesday acquired ... read more

Winter Meetings Day 1 wrap: Local teams busy, but Giants and Dodgers land big names

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The first day of baseball's Winter Meetings was a day of fact-finding for the local nines. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was on the telephone all day. His Orioles counterpart, Dan Duquette, prepared for the Rule 5 draft, met with agents and talked trades with others teams. But two National League West teams signed free agent pitchers, hoping to fix glaring ... read more

Some questions and answers as major league teams head into Winter Meetings

Baseball's Winter Meetings - the meetings that had a chance to be canceled for lack of a labor agreement - start Monday. Who wins? Both the players and ownership feel good about the new agreement, so they each won. But for the fans, it's better to be talking trades than luxury tax. The meetings are at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxen ... read more

Explaining WAR's role in MVP results

Mike Trout and Kris Bryant were named the American and National League MVPs, begging a question: Does this mean that the Baseball Writers' Association of America will judge MVP candidates by different standards in the coming years? Both vote totals are a victory for the new-age sabermetrics statistic called WAR - wins above replacement. Although debatable about what it means, WAR tries to summarize a ... read more