Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

Buxton looking to defend No. 1 slot with 2015 rankings set to be unveiled

Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

The annual preseason ranking of the Top 100 prospects in baseball will be revealed tonight, with the Top 50 being unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list on MLB.com. The show, hosted by Greg Amsinger, will feature analysis from MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, as well as MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Biggio up close with history during HOF visit

Recently elected Hall of Famer given behind-the-scenes tour in Cooperstown

Biggio up close with history during HOF visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The chance to hold a baseball bat swung by Babe Ruth was something Craig Biggio was going to enjoy as much as he could, even if it meant picking it up three times while smiling from ear to ear.

That was one of many awestruck moments for Biggio, the longtime Astros second baseman who, along with his wife, Patty, was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday as part of his orientation in advance of his induction on July 26.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies sensed Wilson's winning attitude early on

Football star impressed Colorado with demeanor, skills on diamond after 2010 Draft

Rockies sensed Wilson's winning attitude early on

DENVER -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's triumphant and tearful television interview with FOX Sports' Erin Andrews had just finished when Colorado Rockies special assistant to the general manager Danny Montgomery picked up the phone and let his own feelings flow.

"[Russell] is giving me chills," Montgomery said. "A true angel. Holy cow."

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Banks' legacy includes Presidential Medal of Freedom

Mr. Cub honored due to baseball prowess, civil rights role and positive outlook

Banks' legacy includes Presidential Medal of Freedom

CHICAGO -- U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley has known Ernie Banks at various stages in his life: as a 10-year-old fan, a county commissioner and now a congressman for Illinois' 5th District, which includes Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. Quigley was also in Washington, D.C., in 2013, when Banks was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"It struck me that when I saw him at the White House, he treated everybody, whether they were a congressman or a 10-year-old fan, the same way -- like they were the most important person, the most important fan at Wrigley Field," Quigley said Friday.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox reportedly have deal with righty Ogando

Red Sox reportedly have deal with righty Ogando

The Red Sox continued adding to their bullpen on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with right-hander Alexi Ogando, according to FOXSports.com. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is reportedly pending a physical.

Ogando posted a 3.12 ERA across 156 appearances (48 starts) from 2010-13 with the Rangers.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves finalize one-year deal with Gomes

Braves finalize one-year deal with Gomes

ATLANTA -- The Braves officially announced the completion of their one-year deal with outfielder Jonny Gomes on Friday afternoon.

Gomes agreed to the terms of a one-year, $4 million contract (which also includes a $3 million vesting option for 2016) on Jan. 22. The Braves confirmed the completion of this deal after reviewing Gomes' physical and creating a 40-man roster spot by trading right-hander David Hale to the Rockies.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Which SB team had better first pitches?

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Which SB team had better first pitches?

As we approach Super Bowl XLIX, we remember the moments when a few members of the Patriots and Seahawks osmosed through the cross-sports membrane and found themselves in the world of MLB. Today: the art of the first pitch.

Though the Patriots may win when it comes to number of Super Bowl trophies, the Seahawks have them beat in terms of first pitches. Since Kam Chancellor's toss in 2012, Seattle has been racking up mound appearances.

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Miggy, Goldy sit atop MLB Network's rankings at first

Abreu, Votto and Freeman round out the top five heading into 2015 season

Miggy, Goldy sit atop MLB Network's rankings at first

There are a number of great first basemen across the Major Leagues, which provides some healthy debate when identifying the best player of the group.

Who's the best right now? MLB Network gave that title to Miguel Cabrera as part of its annual rankings of the top 10 players at each position.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams reflects on joyful memories of Banks

Former teammate, close friend was with Mr. Cub for 'greatest moments'

Williams reflects on joyful memories of Banks

CHICAGO -- Billy Williams stood in front of his old friend Friday morning at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, where thousands of Chicagoans and Cubs fans came to pay tribute to Ernie Banks.

Williams, Banks' teammate of 13 seasons and a dear friend, stood silently at the front of the church where Banks' body lay in a closed casket, covered with a blue pinstriped flag featuring his name and No. 14. It was then, Williams said, he truly realized his close friend was gone.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gabe Kapler's favorite player: A.J. Ellis

Gabe Kapler's favorite player: A.J. Ellis

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is Gabe Kapler's favorite player.

Kapler, who hit .268 during his 12-year career as an outfielder for the Red Sox, Rangers, Rays, Rockies, Tigers and Brewers, is Los Angeles' new director of player development. He called Ellis, who has a .340 OBP in three years as the club's everyday catcher, a "great teammate and exceptional human being."

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

My Favorite Player

My Favorite Player

Baseball players are fans, just like the rest of us. Who do they love to watch? Former Major Leaguers weigh in, with new opinions added all the time.

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Viola cherishes return to coaching after health scare

Mets' Triple-A pitching coach happy to bounce back after open-heart surgery last spring

Viola cherishes return to coaching after health scare

NEW YORK -- It was a Saturday morning last spring, one of the first of camp, when a Mets trainer handed Frank Viola a phone. Where doctors are concerned, good news doesn't typically come on Saturday mornings. So Viola recalls being cautious when he took the receiver, listening as a cardiologist in New York City told him about his enlarged aorta.

At age 53, Viola would need open-heart surgery.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

John Sterling returns to announce Kitten Bowl

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John Sterling returns to announce Kitten Bowl

As you may have heard, there's a pretty big football game happening on Sunday. Thousands of wings will be ordered, oceans of dip will be consumed, and at least 50 kittens will be adopted. Yes, that's right, the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl is back for a second year, and Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling is back with it. 

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Pablo Sandoval wants to honor the Marathon shoveler

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Pablo Sandoval wants to honor the Marathon shoveler

Pablo Sandoval has been a member of the Boston Red Sox for roughly two months, but he's already helping out his fellow Beantowners.

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Prized Cuban prospect Moncada works out for Rays

Tampa Bay's international signing pool likely prevents acquiring infielder

Prized Cuban prospect Moncada works out for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays held a workout for Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada this week at Tropicana Field, but it's still unlikely they will sign the highly coveted 19-year-old prospect.

Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said last week on MLB Network Radio that his club had looked into Moncada. But the switch-hitting infielder could receive a signing bonus between $30 million and $40 million, a high price for any club but particularly for Tampa Bay.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Don't count out underdog Orioles in AL East

Defending division champions specialize in defying expectations

Don't count out underdog Orioles in AL East

When Orioles manager Buck Showalter accepted the 2014 American League Manager of the Year Award last week, he offered a unique perspective.

"This really is for the manager of the team that wins more games than it's supposed to win," Showalter said.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Commissioner Rob Manfred's letter to fans

Commissioner Rob Manfred's letter to fans

Dear Fans:

On the night of August 14, 2014, I left a Baltimore hotel after being elected Commissioner of Baseball. As I began to reply to the overwhelming number of congratulatory messages coming in, it hit me that I'd just been entrusted to protect the integrity of our National Pastime and to set a course that allows this great game to continue to flourish -- now and in the years to come. Needless to say, I was deeply honored by the trust the owners placed in me.

Today is my first day as Commissioner, and I am incredibly excited to get to work. I am grateful to Commissioner Selig for his expertise and friendship. His leadership set a direction that led to historic success.  

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White Sox embrace position as contenders

While players aren't making predictions, they know club is in a good spot

White Sox embrace position as contenders

CHICAGO -- There have been no ironclad American League Central title predictions coming from members of the 2015 White Sox, much like Anthony Rizzo did for the Cubs a few weeks back with the NL Central crown.

While the White Sox haven't been as publicly confident as Rizzo -- an admirable quality for any player who believes in his team -- they feel exhilarated by the eight offseason moves made by general manager Rick Hahn. Confident enough that a case could be made for the White Sox jumping from 63 wins in 2013 to 73 wins in '14 to the playoffs this season.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Which uniforms of yore should be brought back?

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Which uniforms of yore should be brought back?

In case you haven't heard: The Padres are celebrating "Way Back Wednesdays" during the 2015 MLB season by bringing back brown pinstriped uniforms. But why stop there? The Padres' announcement today inspired the folks on MLB Tonight and its viewers to brainstorm a few other retro uniforms they'd like to see make a comeback.

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Veteran scout says Tom Brady had MLB tools

Patriots QB was drafted by the Expos in 1995 but opted to play college football

Veteran scout says Tom Brady had MLB tools

MIAMI -- A victory on Sunday would further cement Tom Brady's place among the National Football League's all-time greats. Already, the New England Patriots superstar stands alone as the only quarterback to guide his team to six Super Bowls, and he is aiming at joining legendary QBs Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only four-time winners.

As Brady continues to build on his football legacy, there are some in the baseball world who wonder what might have happened if the 37-year-old had made a different career choice.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mentality, tools make Snider good fit for O's

Recently acquired outfielder ready to fill whatever role club has in mind for him

Mentality, tools make Snider good fit for O's

BALTIMORE -- Travis Snider will be the first to admit that his parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues have been a learning experience.

"Early in my career, I was young and immature, there were a lot of things in baseball I wasn't able to process," Snider said in a conference call Friday. "I allowed the distractions to take away from the focus of getting better every single day."

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dream Week unites Orioles fans, legends

Annual fantasy camp an opportunity for participants to mingle with their heroes

Dream Week unites Orioles fans, legends

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A fantasy camp like this is usually thought of as a treat for the participants. They pay for the chance to get out of the office, soak in the warm Florida weather and hang out every day with a few of their childhood baseball heroes.

But make no mistake, the Orioles' Dream Week is every bit as much fun for the Baltimore legends who serve as coaches and instructors.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betancourt, Quintanilla return to Rox on Minors pacts

Reliever seeks spot in bullpen while infielder provides utility depth

Betancourt, Quintanilla return to Rox on Minors pacts

DENVER -- The Rockies have reached out to a couple of their former players for depth, agreeing to terms with one-time closer Rafael Betancourt and infielder Omar Quintanilla on Minor League contracts.

Betancourt earned 57 saves for the club between being acquired in a 2009 trade and the 2013 season, when he suffered a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Betancourt didn't pitch in the Majors last season, but made 21 appearances at the Minor League level (2-0, 4.66 ERA) while working his way back to health.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Matt Yallof

A View from Studio 3: Cain will keep elevating his game

Royals center fielder has potential to hit for more power, refine skill set

A View from Studio 3: Cain will keep elevating his game

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
-- Ferris Bueller

That Ferris Bueller was one smart teenager. Who knew that advice dished out by a "snot-nosed" kid a quarter century ago in the classic comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" could prove useful in today's fast-paced world?

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Matt Yallof is the co-host of The Rundown on MLB Network from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Broadcasters Sterling, Grant strong after trying incidents

Broadcasters Sterling, Grant strong after trying incidents

PHOENIX -- John Sterling and Mark Grant sounded upbeat when reached on the phone during the past few days. Both had endured recent experiences of a much different nature that had a profound effect on their lives.

Sterling, the long-time radio play-by-play voice of the Yankees, saw his New Jersey apartment building, containing all of his worldly possessions, literally go up in flames.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Charitable Gordon honored with Hutch Award

Royals outfielder recognized for outstanding community service

Charitable Gordon honored with Hutch Award

SEATTLE -- Alex Gordon has emerged as one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball. He's also working on being one of its best all-around people.

The outfielder -- who helped lead the Kansas City Royals to the club's first American League pennant in 29 years and stood on third base, 90 feet from scoring the tying run, as the Royals lost in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants -- made more history Thursday afternoon when he received the 50th Hutch Award for outstanding community service at the annual luncheon at Safeco Field.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former big leaguer, coach, manager Bridges dies at 87

Original Angel played 11 seasons, was longtime Minor League skipper

Former big leaguer, coach, manager Bridges dies at 87

Rocky Bridges, whose career in baseball as a player, coach and manager spanned four decades, died Wednesday. He was 87.

An infielder who mostly played up the middle, Bridges spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1951-61 with seven teams -- the Brooklyn Dodgers, Reds, Washington Senators, Tigers, Indians, Cardinals and Angels -- and was an American League All-Star in 1958. Though he finished the season with a .263 average for Washington, he had maintained a .300 average for most of the first half.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Speakers, procession route for Banks' service announced

Former teammates, family, Chicago mayor among those giving remembrances

Speakers, procession route for Banks' service announced

CHICAGO -- Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be among the speakers Saturday at the funeral service for Cubs legend Ernie Banks.

Saturday's memorial service at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street in downtown Chicago, will begin at 10 a.m. CT and will include remembrances, readings and tributes. The list of speakers also includes Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. A simulcast of MLB Network's coverage will stream live on MLB.com and cubs.com, starting at 9 a.m.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers sign lefty reliever Cotts to 1-year deal

Southpaw likely to fill departed Duke's role in Milwaukee's bullpen

Brewers sign lefty reliever Cotts to 1-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- After striking gold last season with Zach Duke, the Brewers are hoping for more of the same from another veteran left-hander.

On Friday, Milwaukee finalized a one-year, $3 million contract with free-agent reliever Neal Cotts, who turns 35 in March and will replace Duke as a second left-handed option alongside Will Smith. Duke parlayed his strong 2014 season into a three-year, $15 million contract with the White Sox earlier this offseason. The Brewers had interest in bringing back Duke, but they could not match that financial commitment and had been searching the market for left-handed relief ever since.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays ink Santiago to Minor League pact

Veteran infielder gets invite to Spring Training, will compete for utility role

Blue Jays ink Santiago to Minor League pact

The Blue Jays have signed veteran infielder Ramon Santiago to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Friday.

Santiago, 35, should compete for a job as a utility infielder with Toronto. He can play shortstop, second base and third. Other players in the mix for a similar role include Maicer Izturis, Steve Tolleson, Ryan Goins and Munenori Kawasaki.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.