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Maddon's Long RV Ride Leads to Cubs

Scott Miller, Bleacher Report

A month and a half into one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory, we've seen a complete restructuring of rosters throughout the big leagues. The Cubs filled their need for ...(full article)

On a day that is too damp and buggy to be typically Arizona, Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Scott Barlow is doing an activity that isn't typical at all: He's throwing in his...(full article)

This year, Astros legend Craig Biggio is appearing on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot for the third time. In 2014, Biggio missed election by just two votes, so he's about as close ...(full article)

All I wanted was one rumor. There are reasons for a baseball writer like me to be at the Winter Meetings, I promise. I'm not connected, not a beat writer, not someone who breaks ne...(full article)

From his 20th-floor room here in the Grand Hyatt hotel, from his first winter meetings as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon's view is breathtakingly spectacular. Out the...(full article)

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