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12/24/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Dodgers' bullpen restocked

The Dodgers already have a strong closer in Kenley Jansen, but that hasn't stopped them from bolstering their bullpen during the Hot Stove season. Los Angeles' relief corps could be a force to be reckoned with in 2014.

12/23/2013 | Winter League roundup: Carolina rallies in P.R.

Carolina scored six runs late to defeat Caguas on Monday in a limited day of action across the Winter Leagues.

12/23/2013 | White Sox claim Surkamp, lose Morel to Blue Jays

The White Sox added greater depth at the back-end of their starting rotation by claiming left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp off waivers from the San Francisco Giants as announced by the team Monday. Third baseman Brent Morel also was claimed by the Blue Jays on waivers Monday, which made room for Surkamp.

12/23/2013 | With Jansen and Co., Dodgers bullpen could be terrific

Look out for the Dodgers' bullpen. Kenley Jansen is healthy and ready to evolve from a swing-and-miss freak show into one of baseball's elite closers. The cast behind him, a work in progress for much of last season, could be as much of a monster as Jansen himself next season.

12/23/2013 | Mets claim righty reliever Reid from Pirates

The Mets on Monday added another piece to their bullpen mix, claiming right-handed reliever Ryan Reid off waivers from the Pirates.

12/23/2013 | Rays claim Bucs' Sands off waivers

Tampa Bay has claimed outfielder-first baseman Jerry Sands off waivers from Pittsburgh.

12/23/2013 | Cubs claim righty Marshall, lose Hendriks to O's

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall from the Yankees on Monday, while the Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks on waivers from the Cubs.

12/23/2013 | PED era has changed tone of HOF conversation

Voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame used to be a rare privilege, a distinct honor and a real pleasure. Now voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a rare privilege and a distinct honor. The so-called "steroid era" and the users of performance-enhancing drugs changed the nature of this vote and damaged the nature of this entire discussion.

12/23/2013 | Castellanos awarded to Rangers on wire claim

The Rangers were awarded a waiver claim on outfielder Alex Castellanos from the Red Sox on Monday.

12/23/2013 | Second helping of Trout turns out even better

One year after turning in one of the most impressive rookie seasons of all-time, all Mike Trout did in his 2013 sophomore season was cement his place as the best all-around player in the game.

12/23/2013 | Resurgence of Stanton will be key for Marlins

It's been a busy month for the Marlins, who signed four free agents in hopes of bringing some life to a stagnant offense. The new additions certainly are a start, but for Miami to make a dramatic turnaround in 2014, the club also will be banking on seeing the Giancarlo Stanton of old.

12/23/2013 | For Draft investment, sky should be the limit

Though the industry spends more than $200 million annually on unproven amateurs in the Draft, it's still far and away the most cost-effective way to build a club. That's why, if I could alter one thing about the Draft, I would abolish any limits and let teams invest as much money as they wanted.

12/23/2013 | Medlen ready for first Christmas with baby boy recently caught up with Braves pitcher Kris Medlen to see what he's doing for the holidays. Medlen and his wife are excited to spend their first Christmas with their 10-month-old son.

12/23/2013 | First Christmas with daughter special for Motte

It has been a life-changing year for Jason Motte. One that opened with the birth of his first child and the signing of his first multiyear contract closed with a Caribbean vacation and wisdom teeth surgery. In between, Motte lost a baseball season due to an elbow injury but gained perspective through new relationships and his cancer outreach efforts.

12/23/2013 | The Week Ahead: Christmas gifts await clubs

Christmas week isn't just time for joyous celebration with family, egg nog, visions of sugarplums and yuletide carols. In fact, when it comes to The Week Ahead in Major League Baseball, the Hot Stove is more about cooking up winter deals than figgy pudding. That's because there's still a lot left to be resolved this offseason.

12/23/2013 | After Triple Crown season, Miggy even better in '13

No epic encore was required. Miguel Cabrera had put his greatness on display in 2012, becoming the first hitter in 45 years to win the Triple Crown. No one could have expected him to top it.

12/23/2013 | Yost family's best gift is being together for holidays

Royals manager Ned Yost spends most of his year directing the fortunes of the Kansas City baseball club. But for as much of the offseason as possible, and certainly during the holidays, his farm in Georgia is the center of his life.

12/23/2013 | Every day with sister Noely is special for Baez

On Christmas Day, Javier Baez will gather with his family to celebrate, just as others do, but for them, every day is a holiday because of his sister, Noely.

12/23/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Allow for dealing on Draft day

Pipeline Perspectives: Jonathan Mayo argues that allowing trades at the First-Year Player Draft would help teams fill their needs, all while making the Draft itself a can't-miss event.

12/23/2013 | Even after trade, Trumbo spends holidays with fans

When Mark Trumbo called the Angels' public-relations department shortly after a three-team deal sending him to Arizona was announced, the 27-year-old slugger had just one question: Can I still attend the holiday party?

12/23/2013 | Thome brings holiday spirit to town hit by tornadoes

Tornadoes devastated the city of Washington, Ill., where Randy Thome, one of Jim's brothers, currently resides. Thome visited the town, donated $100,000 to the relief efforts and helped raise more.

12/23/2013 | Teixeira recalls fond memories of Christmas as a child

Mark Teixeira and his wife, Leigh, plan to spend the holidays with their three children at her parents' home in Georgia. Christmas morning as a child for Teixeira always meant a lesson in restraint. There may have been gifts wrapped under the tree, but the house rules demanded that those treasures were off-limits until everyone in the house was stirring.

12/23/2013 | Dodgers add Perez, Wright, Howell to formidable 'pen

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he's "pretty much done" with roster moves after finalizing the contracts of free agents Juan Uribe, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright on Tuesday.

12/22/2013 | Winter Leagues: Nats prospect rolling in Venezuela

Sandy Leon raised his average in the Venezuelan Winter League to .354 with three hits, and Zulia built an early five-run lead and held on for a 7-3 victory Sunday.

12/22/2013 | Former big league catcher Herrmann dies at 67

Former Major League catcher Ed Herrmann, who played seven of his 11 seasons with the White Sox, died on Sunday morning at age 67 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

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