Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond tempts the White Sox, but the future lies with prospect Tim Anderson and an improved flow of homegrown talent
More» Desmond could provide power and speed at SS|
|Quickly. Who are the two best teams in the National League? The three best? The four best? You better have mentioned the Pirates in there somewhere. They've earned it.
More»Cole and Bucs using shortcomings to fuel their hunger|
|There's no such thing as too many players for a Major League team, at least not effective ones. A surplus is a luxury and can turn out to be a major blessing when injuries hit, as they so often do. It can also lead to a trade that fills a hole elsewhere in the organization. Here are the deepest positions as Spring Training draws closer.
More»Rogers on teams with the deepest position battles|
|Matt Murton? Did you say Matt Murton? That Matt Murton? Sure enough, it looks like the Cubs are about to bring back the international sensation who got away, the friendly red-headed outfielder who has piled up line drives on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The move was reported from sources in Japan on Wednesday night but has not been confirmed by the Cubs.
More» Murton drives in two runs with a single|
|We could realistically have a season without a single American League team that loses 90-plus games.
More»Rogers on competitive balance in American League|
|Imagine the narrative this winter if the Red Sox hadn't signed David Price? Price was the arm the Red Sox had to have, and landing him was the best deal of the Hot Stove season.
More»Justice discusses offseason winners on MLB Tonight|
|Give David Stearns and Doug Melvin credit. The guys running the Brew Crew created so much financial flexibility with their trades since the middle of 2015 that they were able to benefit by becoming the team that met the D-backs' desire to part with Aaron Hill.
More»Brewers land trio in five-player trade|
|Can't wait to see Corey Dickerson bang away for a full season at Tropicana Field. He should be a godsend for a Rays team that was 14th in the American League in scoring last year.
More»Silverman on Rays acquiring Dickerson from Rockies|
|The Tigers' moves this offseason haven't been as splashy as the ones Dombrowski made while finding his way around Fenway Park. But score the first round to Al Avila. Detroit heads my list of most improved teams.
More»Phil Rogers on most improved teams this offseason|
|Sometimes you can't judge a baseball recipe after one year. Sometimes it takes more than a year for the ingredients to blend together to produce the winning stew. The Royals and Blue Jays were hot choices after busy 2013 offseasons, but they didn't deliver for another year or two. Along those lines, is there a more fascinating team around than the Padres?
More»Brock on where Rodney fits in Padres' new bullpen|
|Untouchable not so long ago, Jonathan Lucroy is now in play with teams looking to upgrade at catcher. He's loved his time in Milwaukee, but is ready to move on.
More» Lucroy extends hitting streak to 11 games|
|When the Cubs and Cardinals played an intense weekend series last season in September, Joe Strauss, the St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist who recently passed away from leukemia, declared that Cubs-Cards was finally "a rivalry in more than name alone." Strauss hit the nail on the head.
More»Cards come to camp with chip on shoulder|
|If Ian Kennedy opts out after helping the Royals get to October in 2016 and '17, the club will wish him well in his next round of free agency.
More»World Series champs agree to deal with hurler Kennedy|
|Before Theo Epstein built this baseball think tank, it was envisioned by Tom Ricketts. He saw the need to improve the size and quality of the Cubs' baseball operations staff in his first two years as an owner, in 2010 and '11.
More»Ricketts family seminar from 2016 Cubs Convention|
|No team in the Major Leagues is positioned better than the Cubs in terms of both their chance to be successful over the next few years and the potential to maintain that success even longer.
More»Bryant and his Cubs teammates are fired up for 2016|
|Nobody has more pitching to trade than the Rays, and no team seems as persistent in working to find a fit for that pitching than the Cubs. Here are five deals of varying impact that would make sense for both clubs.
More»Muskat on the Cubs' talented young players in 2016|
|Gerardo Parra is a solid fourth outfielder for a powerhouse team. He can play all over the outfield, even in center, and still has enough range and arm strength to make most plays, even if he's lost half a step the last couple of years.
More»Parra to sign three-year deal with the Rockies|
|There's a long list of situations where players need fresh starts or face logjams that complicate the outlook for them and their teams. In honor of Ben Revere's new manager, here are a Dusty Baker's dozen of them.
More» Flores ranges up the middle to make stop|
|These are civilized times, right? It would probably be the wrong thing to do a freedom of information request and find the names of the Junior Griffey Three.
More»Ken Griffey Jr. sets record on way to Cooperstown|
|Let's use Ken Griffey Jr.'s election to spend a moment to build a baseball Mount Rushmore, position by position, using WAR as the measuring stick. In Griffey's honor, let's start at his spot:
More»MLB Tonight examines the 2016 Hall of Fame class|