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Shortstops are taking center stage as MLB teams prepare for the 2021 season

Five of the best shortstops in baseball will be free agents after this season. Another just signed a massive deal. As camps opened this week, talk of elite shortstops, their value and their futures dominated MLB.
  • Feb 24, 2021

At first full workouts, MLB teams exercise caution and express hope

Twenty-one teams began full-squad workouts Monday, and the pandemic did not prevent the business of baseball from rolling right along.
  • Feb 22, 2021

Kevin Mather resigns as Mariners’ president after belittling comments about players

Kevin Mather, the Mariners' president and chief executive, used an appearance at a Rotary Club meeting to complain about the English skills of a team employee and a player, and called another player "overpaid."
  • Feb 22, 2021

The trickle-down effect of MLB’s weird 2020 is an emphasis on pitching depth in 2021

After a shortened season, teams are taking measures to ensure their starting rotations can withstand 162 games.
  • Feb 20, 2021

The Fernando Tatis Jr. deal is huge, but so are the Padres’ ambition and baseball’s expectations

Fernando Tatis Jr. throws out many of baseball’s unwritten rules with his exuberant play. By agreeing to a 14-year, $340 million contract with who some see as a potentially transcendent star, the Padres, too, seem to be going all in.
  • Feb 18, 2021

Trevor Bauer’s deal prioritizes flexibility over security. Will other pitchers follow suit?

With annual Cy Young candidates such as Noah Syndergaard, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw due for free agency next winter, could Trevor Bauer’s deal set a template for free agent pitchers?
  • Feb 17, 2021

After a winter of uncertainty, MLB prepares for a complicated spring training

“Uncertainty” is, and has been, the defining obstacle for everyone in baseball during the past year, and it will loom over the sport and all those invested in it as spring training begins.
  • Feb 13, 2021

Trevor Bauer, unorthodox star with an unorthodox deal, gets an unorthodox Dodgers intro

Trevor Bauer was introduced by the Dodgers on Thursday in a news conference that highlighted the uncertainty of what exactly the team is paying for in the right-hander.
  • Feb 11, 2021

MLB, players’ union agree to health and safety protocols, clearing way for spring training to start

After an offseason of heated negotiations, Major League Baseball and its players’ union agreed to the health and safety protocols needed to start spring training on time.
  • Feb 9, 2021

Trevor Bauer, baseball’s top free agent, joins its top team, the World Series champion Dodgers

The top pitcher on the free agent market will join the defending World Series champions.
  • Feb 5, 2021