Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|We knew going into Wednesday night's announcement that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were not going to be in the 2017 Hall of Fame class. The intrigue, rather, rested in the details, in how much of an upswing of support these two players, whose Hall of Fame-worthy statistics have been clouded by their controversial association with performance-enhancing drugs, would receive.
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|It's a stock watch, of sorts, and these are the eight men who have seen the greatest gains in 2017.
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|It's never too early to think ahead, so let's see where next winter's free-agent class is at its strongest and weakest.
More»Castrovince talks 2018 free agents and Hall of Fame|
|If the Rockies weren't serious about their 2017 effort, they wouldn't have given a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond that also cost them the No. 11 overall Draft pick. But they still need another piece, and that piece is Jose Quintana.
More»Quintana sure to draw high price in potential trade|
|He's out there somewhere -- the late, great signing that can tip the scales. We can say this with reasonable certainty because it happens every year. It will happen again this year, but that claim comes with a caveat.
More»Castrovince names top bargain free agents|
|Hey, did you know the Twins might trade Brian Dozier? It's an issue that hasn't gotten a lot of attention in the baseball reporting world ... unless, of course, you count the daily speculation since the beginning of November.
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|Center field at the Indians' home park was once Larry Doby's domain, the place where the man who integrated the American League established himself as a seven-time All-Star and Hall of Famer. But come July, it will be a different Doby out in center -- not breaking down a barrier, but setting up a stage.
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|The term Indians team president Chris Antonetti used to describe the $60 million investment that the ownership made in Edwin Encarnacion was "leap of faith." Perhaps, because this press conference was almost immediately followed by another -- the one announcing that Billy Joel will be playing Progressive Field this summer -- "A Matter of Trust" would have been more apt.
More»Encarnacion believes Indians can win World Series|
|January is not the demonstrably dull month of Minor League invites it once was. It's time we mentally adjust to the reality that the offseason is itself a full season, one in which market logjams and especially scrupulous executives spread the activity out over several months. Here are 10 clubs that could be particularly big noisemakers and newsmakers this month.
More»Castrovince on teams that could make noise in January|
|While most resolutions are made to be broken or modified, some are simply less negotiable. And it is in that vein that we present these 10 musts from the Majors.
More»Castrovince on team's 2017 'New Year's Resolutions'|
|'Tis the season for giving and getting, our appreciation for the season, for a higher power and for our fellow man illustrated in warm hugs and hearty laughs and good cheer but also in stuff. Here, the spirit of generosity is not actually an intangible. It's weighable, definable, right there in the plain ink of your credit card statement. It is in that spirit that we take this trip around the league and hand out one gift for every team that can be taken into 2017.
More»Castrovince on best holiday present for Giants|
|Just less than five months ago, the Indians raided a well-built farm system to land relief ace Andrew Miller, which was stunning enough. But on Thursday night, according to multiple reports, they threw $60 million on the table with a three-year contract to Edwin Encarnacion, one of the game's elite bats who, in a stroke of luck and fate for the Tribe, was victimized by Hot Stove circumstance.
More»Encarnacion headed to the Indians on three-year deal|
|No-trade clauses are an interesting wrinkle woven into baseball's midseason and offseason swap seasons. And in the thick of a Hot Stove season that is especially active on the trade discussion front, their history and their impact on the current climate is worth exploring.
More»Former GMs on trading a player with a no-trade clause|
|Quite often, if you're in the top 10, it's for a reason. This is usually the realm of the rebuilders, not the clubs making an earnest effort to add on. But there are scenarios in which a club coming off an unexpectedly awful year is looking to reload, or a team on the cusp is looking for the right veteran push up the standings.
More»Free-agent market for teams with Draft protection|
|The Hot Stove will keep burning for weeks to come, and these are the 10 biggest holes contending teams still need to fill this offseason.
More»Hot Stove on remaining needs after Winter Meetings|
|Were the Winter Meetings lobby a ticketed attraction (and maybe we shouldn't give people ideas here), then the Chris Sale trade that went down on Tuesday at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center would allow this year's event to qualify as money well spent. This is the kind of stuff we come for -- the big, bold splash involving a perennial All-Star and Cy Young Award candidate who is, ahem, changing Sox.
More»Hahn on staying patient while continuing to rebuild|
|The market may develop slowly, but these could be the next names to come off the board.
More»Roberts thrilled to have Hill back in rotation|
|Mere minutes from the seat of government, on the shores of the Potomac, they developed a retail and entertainment complex and gave it a name that, accurately or not, evokes images of docks and ports where vessels are supplied with or relieved of precious cargo.
More»Castrovince on Dodgers, Nats and Giants biggest needs|
|With the Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in National Harbor, Md., these are the 10 biggest holes contending teams still need to fill this offseason.
More»Castrovince on Dodgers, Nats and Giants biggest needs|
|The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will award home-field advantage in the World Series to the team with the better regular-season record. So how different would baseball history look had this been the procedure all along?
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|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»|