Are Nats' Storen, Papelbon the right relievers to fill bullpen holes elsewhere?

The Nationals have spent the offseason rebuilding their bullpen, adding Trevor Gott, Shawn Kelley, Oliver Perez and Yusmeiro Petit. With Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon, it would appear the Nationals' bullpen is set. But, given that Storen asked for a trade and Papelbon attempted to choke Bryce Harper at the end of last season, there are questions: Will Storen and Papelbon stay in D.C. and ... read more

Will Ken Griffey Jr. win unanimous election to the Hall of Fame?

Hall of Fame ballots for the Baseball Writers' Association of America are in, and so the burning question between now and Jan. 6, when the results will be announced, is whether outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to be elected unanimously. Griffey, who played primarily for Seattle and Cincinnati, is in his first year of eligibility. There is no legitimate argument for ... read more

The tragic story of Pete Rose

The Pete Rose story is tragic, and I feel for Pete Rose. His whole life has been given to baseball. He defines the Cincinnati Reds much like Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Sparky Anderson. He is the all-time hits leader with 4,256, played in six World Series, a ton of All-Star games and won three National League batting titles. Seven times he led the NL ... read more

The rising cost of a strong bullpen

With David Price and Zack Greinke signing contracts worth more than $200 million, do you think the price of starting pitching is skyrocketing this season? Check out the cost of bullpen help. The Orioles and Darren O'Day held a press conference Tuesday at Camden Yards after O'Day, 33, signed a four-year, $31 million contract to stay in Baltimore. Others teams, such as Washington, San Francisco ... read more

Which AL East teams are most improved after baseball's Winter Meetings?

NASHVILLE - When was the last time you heard or read this sentence? The Detroit Tigers have a strong bullpen. As the Winter Meetings end, the Tigers are the American League team with the most dramatic makeover at this point in the offseason. And the Boston Red Sox are right there in the argument. When the Tigers dominated the AL Central with four titles from ... read more

With Winter Meetings in the books, a look at the NL East

NASHVILLE - And the winner of the most improved team in the National League is - drum roll, please - the Arizona Diamondbacks. As the Winter Meetings conclude, the Diamondbacks, who had 79 wins last season for a 15-win improvement from the previous year, have added balance to the NL West. No longer is the division a two-team race between the Giants and the Dodgers. ... read more

As Winter Meetings near end, second basemen are coming and going

NASHVILLE - The news of the third day of the winter meetings involves second basemen, one that's going home and another that's leaving home. Ben Zobrist signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, partly because he wanted to be close to home and family in Eureka, Ill. Neil Walker has no choice but to leave his family roots in Pittsburgh after the ... read more

Adjustments possible, but Torre says no major changes coming to replay in 2016

NASHVILLE - Joe Torre, the chief baseball officer of Major League Baseball, likes how instant replay has become part of the game and he doesn't see any major changes coming for 2016. "We're going to probably make adjustments or tweaks to it as the technology gets better," Torre said Tuesday on the second day of the Winter Meetings. "The Super Slow Mo gives us a ... read more