Modern Era Committee selects Simmons, Miller for Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO - Catcher Ted Simmons, who played in the shadows of Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Gary Carter, will join the three backstops in the Hall of Fame in July. Simmons, who caught at least 150 games in eight different seasons, was voted into Cooperstown by the Hall's Modern Era Committee Sunday at baseball's Winter Meetings. The Modern Era Committee, one of four rotating ... read more

Will stalled free agent market slow action at Winter Meetings?

SAN DIEGO - Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings are this week at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, a 15-minute walk from Petco Park, home of the Padres. It's an event where reporters and pundits take a kernel of corn and in seconds turn it into a jumbo bag of popcorn. Trade rumors are what make these meetings beautiful. But some years, such as last December in ... read more

Modern Baseball Era Committee weighing some tough choices in Hall of Fame vote

The Dodgers played in the World Series four times from 1974 through 1981, but they don't have a position player representing that era in the Hall of Fame. That could change when the Hall of Fame's Modern Baseball Era Committee considers Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, who has the strongest case to be in Cooperstown. The committee covers players from 1970 through 1987 and meets ... read more

Fans could see a new Braves world in 2020

Last offseason, the Nationals' Mike Rizzo went to work early on building his roster, getting catchers Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes and relief pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough. This offseason, it is the Braves, defending National League East champions, that are roster-building early. The Braves signed free-agent lefty pitcher Cole Hamels to an $18 million contract, adding to a list of transactions. They spent ... read more

As NL East teams remake bullpens, Hudson is a popular free agent solution

The Braves, who have won two consecutive National League East titles, have been the most productive team in the early days of the hot stove season, signing two relievers for their bullpen. But in a division where the four top teams have bullpen arms on their shopping list, what will each do this offseason? The Braves signed lefty Will Smith, who had 34 saves as ... read more

Questions abound; answers could take awhile

As the slowest part of the baseball offseason arrives, here are seven answers to seven questions: Question: Will the signing of major free agents speed up this year, or will teams be signing players the first week of spring training 2020? Answer: Most observers think the process will speed up. The teams' rosters aren't likely to get set before Christmas, which used to be the ... read more

Breaking down the players vying for postseason awards in the NL

A primer on the postseason awards that are voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America before the end of the season that will be announced this week: NL Manager of the Year: Yes, it was a bonehead admission by the voters not to have the Nationals' Davey Martinez among the final three, given that he led the team to a wild card postseason ... read more

Handicapping the AL candidates for postseason awards

The Baseball Writers' Association of America this week announces its four major postseason awards. Votes have to in before the end of the regular season. Here's an American League primer: AL Rookie of the Year: Orioles lefty John Means wasn't one of the team's top pitching prospects in spring training and started the season in the bullpen. He made the AL All-Star team and was ... read more