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

How Porcello beat out Verlander for AL Cy Young Award

The American League Cy Young Award talk should be about Orioles closer Zach Britton and his perfect 47-for-47 save season winning the hardware. Instead, it was about starting pitchers making comebacks in one of the closest races in Cy Young history. Boston's Rick Porcello, who had nine wins and a 4.92 ERA for the Red Sox in 2015, won the award by five points over ... read more

It's hard to argue with Roberts, Francona as Manager of the Year winners

The managers who win Manager of the Year awards are usually the guys that won - or at least contended - despite a list of problems. That's why the Dodgers' Dave Roberts won the Baseball Writers' Association of America award over the Cubs' Joe Maddon and the Nationals' Dusty Baker. Roberts had 16 first-place votes and 108 points. Maddon had eight first-place votes and 70 ... read more

Nats, Cubs didn't meet in playoffs, but will battle for BBWAA awards this week

The Nationals and Chicago Cubs didn't play in October as expected, but this week, representatives from the two teams will be at the center of the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards debate. The Cubs have finalists for three of the four BBWAA awards, including MVP, Cy Young and Manager of the Year. The Nats have finalists in all four BBWAA awards categories. Nationals starter ... read more