Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|In a sport where the talent level is so close among the top 20 or so teams, it's fascinating to watch every general manager attempt to create a certain vision of his club. Best of all, we're just getting started.
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|Somehow, it seems appropriate that Bud Selig's next-to-last Owners Meeting as Commissioner was in Kansas City. The Royals -- the American League champions -- represent arguably his greatest achievement in more than 22 years as Commissioner.
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|At some point, Pablo Sandoval will sit down and consider everything the Giants and Red Sox are putting on the table. Both teams will offer financial security and a great baseball environment. Both teams will offer the opportunity to be part of a cornerstone franchise and to play in a great ballpark. In other words, this is a great time to be Pablo Sandoval. He can't make a wrong decision.
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|The Miami Marlins were a joy to watch last summer. All those kids busting their tails, having the time of their lives. All those kids figuring things out, day by day. Even after their young ace, Jose Fernandez, blew out his right elbow, the Marlins kept going, winning more than almost anyone thought possible. And that's where we begin the conversation for 2015.
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|This is a tremendous trade for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not because they got the best of the Atlanta Braves. Truth is, they may not have.
In fact, the Braves know exactly what they're getting, and it's plenty good. The Cardinals can't do this. They're getting a quality player. They're also taking a bigger risk, and isn't this why we love the Hot Stove League?
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|If the St. Louis Cardinals didn't change a thing with their everyday lineup, how good would they be in 2015? Not many teams could even consider a question like that one. But the Cardinals are good enough to do just that. Spoiler alert. The Cardinals seem likely to make changes.
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|With all the comings and goings, you might have wondered how things were going with the Tampa Bay Rays. Are the lights still on? Turns out, the Rays are glad you asked.
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|Andrew Friedman has put together his staff and implemented his philosophy while getting acclimated to his new job with the Dodgers
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|Victor Martinez was the one player the Detroit Tigers weren't going to let leave. Let's not sweat the small stuff. If you're caught up in the Tigers giving a four-year contract to a player who'll be 36 on Opening Day next season, you're missing the larger point. This isn't about 2017 or 2018. This is about now. About winning a World Series. In 2015.
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|While going from 51 victories to 70 is a significant step, it's just part of a larger feel-good story. And so, the Astros, this team that has gone all in on a top-to-bottom reconstruction like few ever had, are starting to see a payoff.
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|The Texas Rangers had a fairly simple storyline in 2014. That would be the injuries. But they weren't the team's only issue, and general manager Jon Daniels has confidence in new manager Jeff Banister to right the ship.
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|Can the Yankees contend in 2015? In the end, that's the only question that matters. "I do believe that we have a chance," said general manager Brian Cashman. All things considered, he's optimistic.
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|At a time when so many teams are searching for offense, the Dodgers are one of the few teams with an excess of it. Rather than continue to try to find playing time for five or six outfielders, new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is at least listening to offers for all of them, except possibly Yasiel Puig.
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|GMs communicate daily via text message and emails, but there's still some value to good old-fashioned face-to-face time, which they'll have at the upcoming General Managers Meetings.
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|The "it" factor is one of the most fascinating factors when clubs pursue free agents. They want talent, and at the end of the day, it's still all about production. But the other stuff is important too. Does a guy fit into the group? Does he lead, either by example or by words? Does he have a positive impact?
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|The Twins did this for the right reason. Not because Paul Molitor is the hometown kid. Not because he was once a great player. Those things matter. In this case, they should not distract from the larger story. Molitor is the new manager of the Twins for the best reason of all. Twins general manager Terry Ryan believes Molitor is the best man for the job, and it's not a bit more complicated than that.
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|With the unmatched parity of today's game, teams are rewarded for more than just spending money. Scouting and player development are critical. Free agency is important, too, but not just in going for the big-ticket guys who get most of the headlines.
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|Every once in a while a player rises to the highest level on the largest stage by seizing the moment and making it his own. Madison Bumgarner did just that.
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|That this World Series will deliver a Game 7 just feels right. This is how this baseball season had to end. The Royals and Giants have already given us a compelling six games, transforming the Fall Classic into a showcase for two gifted teams that have done themselves proud.
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|Through the years, Game 6 of the World Series has had an almost mystical ability to thrill us and chill us and etch itself into our hearts and minds. Now we've got another, coming up tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
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