Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is off to a great start. In trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, he has already acquired four of MLB's top 40 prospects in the entire game.
More»White Sox acquire Giolito, two prospects for Eaton|
|Should the Orioles now trade Zach Britton? In the energized market for closers, that's one of the questions being asked in the lobbies and suites at these Winter Meetings.
More»Britton goes 47-for-47 in save opportunities|
|Dave Dombrowski just changed the balance of power in the American League East with Boston's acquisition of Chris Sale. To put it another way, the rest of the division is on the clock. Don't be surprised if the Yankees suddenly ratchet up their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman. Likewise, the Orioles and Mark Trumbo.
More»Dombrowski on acquiring Chris Sale from the White Sox|
|After baseball's players and owners wrapped up a new five-year labor deal last week, they did something that at one point would have been unthinkable. They agreed to keep talking.
More»Manfred discusses CBA, promoting competitive balance|
|What do you give the man who has pretty much everything? Bud Selig received one additional touch Sunday when he learned he'll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his 83rd birthday -- July 30, 2017.
More»Selig honored to get call to Cooperstown|
|Here's why this year's Winter Meetings could deliver excitement for every franchise: Competitive balance has changed the game. It's not just that every team now has a chance to compete. It's also that every team feels the pressure to compete. These are the seven teams to keep an eye on.
More»Three teams that could be active at Winter Meetings|
|In the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday evening, baseball delivered a walk-off double in the gap, a 100-mph heater at the knees, a dazzling rookie, a savvy veteran. However you want to frame it, the players and owners reaching a labor deal was a victory for everyone.
More»Owners, MLBPA tentatively agree to new CBA deal|
|This is that time in the offseason when things start to get done. That's what the first week or so after the Thanksgiving holiday has represented to baseball in past years -- a sort of reset button.
More»Offseason heating up after Thanksgiving|
|Major League Baseball labor negotiations historically have had a unique dynamic. No agreement between the Players Association and the owners has been easy. None of them. Don't be fooled by the lack of rhetoric.
More»MLB Tonight discusses CBA labor talks|
|Has there ever been a better time to be a baseball fan? Here's to a thankful Thanksgiving, everyone. What does your team have to be thankful for?
More»MLB thanks its fans for another great year|
|Free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon are expected to easily break the record Jonathan Papelbon set when he signed a five-year, $50 million deal in 2011. But the guys in front of them are going to have some nice paydays as well, especially in an offseason in which the free-agent starting pitcher class is thin. That's one of the larger lessons of what the Cardinals did on Saturday amid reports they'd agreed to a four-year, $30.5 million deal with free-agent left-hander Brett Cecil.
More»Justice on impact of Cecil signing on rest of market|
|Mike Trout is that special player who comes along every generation or so to take our breath away. Isn't his legacy just about that simple? This surely was what it must have been like to watch Willie Mays at 25. Or maybe Frank Robinson.
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|Inside this season's Most Valuable Player voting is a larger statement about the state of Major League Baseball: The game has been passed to the next generation.
More»Trout and Bryant dazzle throughout 2016, win MVPs|
|Almost no one could quibble with Max Scherzer winning the National League Cy Young Award. Now about the American League Cy Young Award winner. This one is more complicated.
More»The MLB Tonight crew breaks down the AL Cy Young vote|
|This is about one man's vision of what a sports franchise can and should be. On an evening filled with celebration and emotion, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf's spirit and heart were on display.
More»White Sox 2016 Amateur City Elite Signing Day|
|There's no arguing with either Rookie of the Year Award winner: Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer. With one of them, there really was no argument against him. With the other, well, we'll get to Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez later.
More»Seager, Fulmer win Rookie of the Year Awards|
|At this week's GM Meetings, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn't come right out and say he wasn't interested in Edwin Encarnacion. And it's unclear where the free-agent slugger will land, after the Blue Jays reportedly struck a deal with DH Kendrys Morales
More»Morales signing could push Encarnacion out of Toronto|
|It's not just that the market for starting pitching is thin. It's not just that three of baseball's best closers are free agents. Nor is it that this postseason became an almost nightly showcase for great relief pitching and aggressive managing.It's all those factors that could make this "The Offseason of the Reliever."
More»Chapman, Jansen and Melancon to test market|
|Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed optimism on Wednesday that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be in place by the time the current deal expires Dec. 1.
More»Manfred on status of Collective Bargaining Agreement|
|Someone mentions that the Cardinals finishing behind the Cubs is, well, somehow different than finishing behind any other club. For one thing, the Cardinals haven't had a lot of experience watching their No. 1 rival hold a World Series trophy. Cue the view from the other side.
More»Langosch on the Cardinals' top offseason priority|