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Deciding year in store for Yasiel Puig

insider.espn.go.com — Brian Kersey/Getty Images Yasiel Puig's lack of consistency could catch up to him this year. Ned Colletti, the former general manager of the Dodgers, offered the perfect description of Yasiel Puig in the outfielder's first spring training with the team.

Top 10 linchpin players of 2015

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Can Brandon Belt fill the void left behind in San Francisco by Pablo Sandoval? Madison Bumgarner will go down in history as one of baseball's most transformative players, because we can say with Richard Sherman-level confidence that without Bumgarner, the Giants would never have won the World Series last year -- not even close.

Indians manager Terry Francona aims to improve team's awful defense

insider.espn.go.com — Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images Manager Terry Francona will get back to the basics after his Indians led the majors in errors in 2014. As he recalled in a phone conversation Tuesday, Terry Francona, in his first year as a major league manager, was bound and determined that the Phillies' pitchers were going to be a strong defensive unit, and from the start of spring training, he had them doing all kinds of drills.

MLB commissionner Rob Manfred's idea to ban defensive shifts is absurd

insider.espn.go.com — At the start of every round of batting practice, hitters of all shapes and sizes and power potential are expected to drop two bunts, whether it's Billy Hamilton or Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon or Jose Abreu.

Notes from the MLB awards dinner

insider.espn.go.com — Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images Clayton Kershaw took home the NL Cy Young and MVP awards for his work in 2014. Our colleague Willie Weinbaum filed this from Saturday night's annual baseball soiree. On a night of transitions and tributes, the 92nd annual awards dinner of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America commenced with a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks.

Ernie Banks always felt lucky

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Jim Prisching Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks, who played 19 seasons in Chicago, passed away at the age of 83 on Friday. In the first season of Home Run Derby, Ernie Banks vied against Mickey Mantle for the big money: The winner would get $2,000, the loser $1,000, with $500 bonuses built in for particular achievements.

The well-run Pittsburgh Pirates are teeming with offensive depth

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar After not having a winning record for 20 seasons, Clint Hurdle and the Pirates now have two straight. The transformation of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been gradual, encompassing the larger part of a decade.

The Houston Astros are taking a risky approach with their lineup

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis were two of the Astros' most notable additions this offseason. The 2015 Houston Astros will hit for a lot of power, with a whole lot of strikeouts, and newcomer Colby Rasmus, who, as Jerry Crasnick writes, will get $8 million in his one-year deal, will fit right in.

Winners and losers of the Scherzer deal

insider.espn.go.com — When a big deal goes down the ripples always roll out in many directions, as seen in the Nationals' signing of Max Scherzer -- a deal with a multitude

Cubs to land OF Dexter Fowler

7online.com — The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros, according to sources. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight home runs, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 2014, his only season with Houston. Fowler previously played with the Colorado Rockies after debuting in the majors in 2008.
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Feb 01, 2015

Joe Frisaro speculates on Marlins' website that a Hail Mary offer for James Shields might be for $35 million/2 years. joefrisaro.mlblogs.com/2015/01/31/las…

Feb 01, 2015

Joe Frisario speculates on Marlins’ site that a Hail Mary offer for James Shields might be for $35 million/two years. joefrisaro.mlblogs.com/2015/01/31/las…

Jan 31, 2015

@DSimpson88 Repeat: The referees watched the replay and did not see the same thing you did.

Jan 31, 2015

@DSimpson88 The referees watched the replay and did not see the same thing you did.

Jan 31, 2015

Justin Anderson: Big-time composure in a tough, emotional game, in not escalating situation against Duke.

Jan 31, 2015

Richmond's Kendall Anthony, a max effort competitor, at the heart of an upset of VCU today.

Jan 31, 2015

VCU senior Briante Weber on the ground with what appears to be a knee injury. espn.go.com/mens-college-b… Being attended to. ESPN2.

Jan 31, 2015

Why this is a crossroad year for Yasiel Puig in his time with the Dodgers. es.pn/15UoLEF VU decision; news, notes and links.

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