Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Although this past week had more big-time signings and trades than normal during the Hot Stove season, the Winter Meetings should be every bit as active as normal, with the stage set for blockbuster moves.
More»Rosenthal and Heyman talk moves for David Price|
|For all their activity last winter, the 2013 Indians became a playoff team largely on the might of the under-the-radar moves, and GM Chris Antonetti will have to come up with more of the same to build a winner for 2014. Fortunately, he's not in need of another 24-win improvement. And fortunately, his pantry isn't barren in a winter in which the market prices have skyrocketed.
More»Hot Stove welcomes David Murphy via phone|
|Who knows if David Price or Jeff Samardzija will be dealt this coming week or this winter. A Samardzija trade is a long shot, despite some recent reports. But between the two, Samardzija looks like the much better bargain.
More» Samardzija fans seven, holds Bucs to one run|
|If the Brian McCann contract was an inkling, then Tuesday's rake of Jacoby Ellsbury was an outright announcement that the Yankees we know and love or loathe -- the ones prone to backing up the Brink's truck into the driveways of MLB's best and brightest -- are officially back in business.
More»Yankees signing Ellsbury has big impact on AL East|
|Veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir hopes to add to the Oakland A's legacy of getting the most out of players thought to be risky free-agent signings.
More»Rebound season nets Kazmir two-year deal with A's|
|A scenario has developed in which the second tier of starting pitchers has proven to be a much hotter commodity than the supposed pick of the litter.
More» Arroyo holds Cubs to two runs in solid start|
|In a year in which Mariano Rivera gracefully bowed out of the ninth-inning job he so routinely dominated, baseball's biggest stage reminded us, convincingly, that the closer role is, with precious few exceptions, a fungible and precarious position.
More»MLB Tonight analyzes the best available closers|
|Josh Johnson has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, but he has the potential to bounce back in his pitcher-friendly new ballpark.
More» Johnson fans 10 over 7 1/3 shutout frames|
|Perhaps the most interesting aspect to the Robinson Cano free-agent sweepstakes right now is not where he'll sign as much as how many baseball general managers and controlling partners will get to have dinner with Jay-Z.
More»Hot Stove on where Robinson Cano will play in 2014|
|Trading Max Scherzer, while attractive both from the money it would save and the youth it could inject into the organization, makes too little sense for the Tigers to be taken too seriously.
More»MLB.com on Scherzer winning AL Cy Young Award|
|Meaningful games. A winning team. A playoff contender. However you phrase it or define it, this is the guideline -- unwritten though it may be -- that continues to carry clout in the hearts and minds of a majority of members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Proof positive arrived yet again Thursday night, when Miguel Cabrera was named the American League Most Valuable Player and Andrew McCutchen the National League MVP.
More»Castrovince on McCutchen being named MVP|
|We expected big, bold things from the Nationals, Angels and Blue Jays in 2013 because they had done big, bold business beforehand. Oh, how wrong we were. Now those three clubs are looking to bounce back.
More»Williams honored to be named Nationals' new manager|
|The BBWAA's voting process for the Cy Young Awards in both leagues was fairly uncomplicated in 2013. Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw dominated with a sub-2.00 ERA and Tigers ace Max Scherzer had the stats to back a mighty win total.
More»Dodgers ace Kershaw wins NL Cy Young|
|With no advanced formula to determine how much a manager affects the outcome of games, voters for the Manager of the Year Awards generally base their decisions on won-loss records, and then reward those who subjectively did more with less.
More»MLB.com breaks down 2013 Manager of the Year Awards|
|Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and Rays slugger Wil Myers won Rookie of the Year Awards on Monday, the rightful recipients, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince.
More»MLB.com takes a look at the 2013 ROY winners|
|Anthony Castrovince believes Giants GM Brian Sabean is better off working on the fringes of free agency, as it pertains to starting pitching, and expending the bulk of his dollars on an offensive upgrade.
More»MLB.com on Giants, Lincecum agreeing to two-year deal|
|On Wednesday, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth Sinclair were each presented with the first annual Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, named in honor of the legendary pitcher and WWII veteran.
More»MLB Network reflects on the passing of Bob Feller|
|In the wake of just their second season without an October entry since 1995, the Yanks are widely expected to get back into the business of boldness.
More»Hot Stove on Yankees' potential offseason moves|
|Coming off three straight visits to the American League Championship Series round, the Tigers are still chasing owner Mike Ilitch's burning ambition for a ring with an elite roster. But it's a roster with increasing costs that will lead to some difficult and delicate decisions on GM Dave Dombrowki's part.
More»McCarthy, Duquette on the Tigers' outlook for 2014|
|As we begin to look ahead to the 2014 season, it's instructive to parse through October's participants and outcomes to see what lingering lessons we might have learned or what issues might arise in the future.
More»Ortiz and Ryan talk on the field after Game 6|