Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Whether any baseball player will make an enchanted exit in 2016 is a matter as-yet-undecided -- not just by the baseball fates, but also in most cases by the players themselves. But here are five who are possibly in position to achieve the ultimate walk-off win.
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|A certain season-ending football game will soon be played, and we are within two weeks notice of Spring Training camps opening in Florida and Arizona. So how is it possible that you could still field an entire squad of viable free agents? No more messing around, everybody. It's time to attack baseball's unemployment rate and find a home for some of these guys, so they can start shopping for that spring condo rental.
More»Gallardo, Fowler, Desmond among available free agents|
|Today is Groundhog Day, the day we let a rodent forecast the weather, because -- let's face it -- the forecasts that come from human beings are already imprecise as it is.
More»Castrovince on Spring Training, Puig, Sano and Boston|
|Michael Brantley is progressing very well in his recovery from offseason right shoulder surgery. An April return is still a distinct possibility, though the Indians' public estimate for his return remains sometime before the end of May.
More»Chernoff on Brantley's recovery from shoulder injury|
|On an otherwise nondescript day at Indians camp last spring, a gray-haired, scruffy-faced, big-bodied man wearing a golf shirt and shorts stood in the center of the clubhouse near the snacks, either unnoticed or simply ignored by the players filtering in and out of the room.
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|In his earliest days in office, Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear he wanted time to determine whether the overall decline in offensive production in recent years is an aberration that will self-correct or if the league needs to intervene. And although run production did improve in 2015, an increasing proliferation of strikes in the lower part of the zone means that, for the first time in two decades, serious consideration is being given to a revised definition of the strike zone.
More»MLB Tonight on difficulty of altering strike zone|
|In an alternate universe, Ian Desmond is entering the third year of a seven-year, $107 million contract signed with the Washington Nationals before the start of the 2014 season. In the real universe, Desmond is a free agent, still searching for a place to call home after rejecting the $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nats at the onset of this Hot Stove season.
More» Ian Desmond's Market Value|
|Now, with Yoenis Cespedes and the rest of the top-of-the-market outfielders off the board, one of the most pressing remaining sources of curiosity in this Hot Stove season is where the switch-hitting Dexter Fowler will go.
More»Cespedes, Fowler remain on market after Upton|
|This is an attempt to identify, with the help of the Hot Stove, the five best rivalries in the game right now. With all due respect to the strict city or state divides, recent postseason history involving the Cardinals and Dodgers, the Royals-Blue Jays tiff in 2015, and even the hacking scandal featuring the Cardinals and Astros, my five revolve around intra-division drama, because that's what matters most.
More» Royals, Blue Jays on heated rivalry|
|Every year, somebody steps out of the late-winter bargain bin and into the limelight.
More»Alvarez, Brown and more are hitters left on market|
|While you would think that, by this late date in the Hot Stove season, predicting where the remaining notables will land would be more than mere guessing game, that's really not the case. So let's guess away and find homes for eight who continue to wait.
More»Plenty of talent available as the offseason rolls on|
|Though the Hot Stove season is predicated upon the excitement of clubs adding new talent from the free-agent or trade markets, don't forget about the looming additions from an altogether different sort of player pool: the disabled list.
More»Castrovince on players returning from injury in 2016|
|The sometimes-awkward, often-uncomfortable position of asking your boss for a raise is, in the baseball world, quite public. This week, 156 eligible players filed for salary arbitration. Let's take a look at that list and rank some candidates due for a big extension.
More»Castrovince on contract extensions during arbitration|
|Two power bats of significant substance, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton, are still standing in the free-agent field, not waiting for their pitch, but waiting for a pitch -- a salary and situation that suits them best for 2016 and beyond.
More»Free-agent outfielders Upton, Cespedes yet to sign|
|When it comes to the backlog of outfielders on the free-agent market, Royals general manager Dayton Moore described it best back at the Winter Meetings. "The truth of the matter," Moore had said, "is the music is going to stop, and there's not going to be enough chairs for some of these guys."
More»Rosenthal delivers the latest on Justin Upton|
|Baseball's trade market has slowed in the wake of the wheeling and dealing earlier this offseason that sent Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Todd Frazier, Shelby Miller, Andrelton Simmons, Ken Giles, Starlin Castro and many others to new homes.
More»Anthony Castrovince discusses Chapman to the Yankees|
|Maybe 2017 will be the year another Astro of note finally has it in the Bag-well. Maybe it'll be the year it Raines on the Hall of Fame parade. And maybe one of the all-time great ninth-inning arms will close it out.
More»Rogers looks ahead to potential HOF class of 2017|
|They were denied entry but, perhaps, offered optimism. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens saw an uptick in support on the Hall of Fame ballot results unveiled Wednesday night. Needing to appear on 75 percent of ballots in order to qualify for Cooperstown, Bonds went from 36.8 percent in 2015 to 44.3 percent this year. Clemens went from 37.5 percent to 45.2.
|Here are a dozen examples of Major League goals that must be met in the New Year.
More»Anthony Castrovince discusses Chapman to the Yankees|
|January has often been a month for teams to mine the dregs of the open market. But here at the dawn of 2016, we've also still got a major logjam of bats -- Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, Chris Davis, Alex Gordon, Dexter Fowler -- looking to find a free-agent home, which means there are still big bucks to be spent.
More»Davis still on Orioles radar, but options are aplenty|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|