Ohtani reportedly may come to US after 2017 season

Ohtani reportedly may come to US after 2017 season

Despite caps on spending for international free agents in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Shohei Ohtani may be coming to the United States following the 2017 season, according to reports.

The new CBA caps spending on international free agents at $5 million-6 million per team for players not yet 25 years old. Ohtani, the famed Japanese pitcher and designated hitter, is just 22 and would likely command more than that on the open market.

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

Under Armour, Fanatics, MLB strike uniform deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A partnership between Major League Baseball and Under Armour that has spanned more than a decade and a half took another step forward on Monday, with the announcement of a long-term uniform pact beginning in 2020.

From baseball's annual Winter Meetings outside of Washington, D.C., Under Armour, Fanatics and MLB announced a 10-year partnership that named the global performance brand as the official uniform provider to MLB, marking Under Armour's first professional league uniform deal.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

'The stuff of dreams': Commish gets Hall call

Selig's love of the game a boon for baseball

'The stuff of dreams': Commish gets Hall call

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Bud Selig's 83rd birthday is almost certain to include a cake and a dinner with family and friends.

Perfect, right?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Season's Meetings: Hot Stove on full blast!

McCutchen, Sale among those who could be on move this week

Season's Meetings: Hot Stove on full blast!

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- 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.

That's not why they bestowed the name "National Harbor" upon this development-turned-census-designated place that serves as this year's Winter Meetings setting (really, it just sounded nice). But, for our purposes, it works. Because we are entering a week that could feature an especially active transaction wire.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Schuerholz unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Longtime exec orchestrated dominant Braves era of the '90s-00s

Schuerholz unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Fifty years after ending his days as a teacher to enter the baseball world, John Schuerholz has been honored with the privilege of being immortalized alongside the game's other legends who have received the exclusive call to Cooperstown.

Schuerholz received the message he was seeking early Sunday evening, when he was informed he and former Commissioner Bud Selig had been elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, courtesy of the Today's Game Era ballot. Schuerholz and Selig will speak about the honor at the Winter Meetings at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, which can be seen live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Holliday agrees to 1-year deal with Yankees

Contract with seven-time All-Star valued at $13M

Holliday agrees to 1-year deal with Yankees

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball's Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.

The signing has not been officially announced by the team. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi has confirmed the signing and its financial terms.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor Roundup: Sale, Cutch in Nats' splash?

Rumor Roundup: Sale, Cutch in Nats' splash?

The Hot Stove season is underway, and we're keeping you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Players most likely to move at Winter Meetings

5 free agents, 5 trade candidates to keep on the radar this week

Players most likely to move at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Cubs won the World Series a little more than one month ago, yet it seems as though the offseason hasn't begun.

Of the eight free agents to reject qualifying offers, only Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to a new contract -- and he returned to the Mets.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Details of MLB, MLBPA labor agreement

Details of MLB, MLBPA labor agreement

I. TERM
A. Five-year contract.
B. Termination Date: December 1, 2021.

II. SCHEDULING, POSTSEASON PLAY, AND DISABLED LIST
A. Beginning in 2018, the regular season will be expanded to provide four additional off-days for players. Players will continue to be credited with a full year of service for accruing 172 service days over 187 days, rather than 183.
B. Additional restrictions on start times of games on getaway days so that players will arrive in their next city at an earlier time.
C. Home-field advantage in the World Series will be awarded to the Club with the higher winning percentage in the Championship Season, rather than based on the outcome of the All-Star Game.
D. The 15-day disabled list will be replaced with a 10-day disabled list.

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Phil Rogers

5 not-so-crazy Winter Meetings predictions

5 not-so-crazy Winter Meetings predictions

Name a team that doesn't want a starting pitcher.

(Silence).

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Selig, Schuerholz elected to Hall of Fame

Selig, Schuerholz elected to Hall of Fame

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and longtime executive John Schuerholz became the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame after being elected on Sunday to the museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Major League Baseball's ninth Commissioner and the current president of the Atlanta Braves were among 10 baseball greats -- five players, two managers and three executives -- who were on the ballot under consideration by the 16-person Today's Game Era Committee, the latest iteration of the Veterans' Committee format.

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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.

Marlins aiming to reel in marquee closer

Club has shown interest in free agents Chapman, Jansen, Melancon

Marlins aiming to reel in marquee closer

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- If the Marlins can't put together a dominant rotation, they're planning on putting together a lockdown bullpen. A major step could be landing a marquee closer.

The Marlins enter the Winter Meetings open to signing one of the top three free-agent closers -- Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman or Mark Melancon. Chapman, who has been on Miami's radar for years, may be the top priority.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Clubs dig for diamonds: Rule 5 Draft preview

Clubs dig for diamonds: Rule 5 Draft preview

Each year, the Winter Meetings conclude with the Rule 5 Draft, a bit of a footnote, but one that always produces big league talent.

Occasionally, it's elite-level talent, like Johan Santana or Shane Victorino in recent years. More often than not, it's steady contributors like Delino DeShields Jr. and Odubel Herrera from two years ago, or Matt Bowman and Joe Biagini from last year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Phillies close to deal with veteran Benoit

Source: Phillies close to deal with veteran Benoit

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Phillies could leave the Winter Meetings with at least one new player on their roster.

Industry sources confirmed to MLB.com a CSNPhilly.com report on Sunday night that the Phillies are close to a deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement could come this week.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

McCutchen trade wouldn't be white flag for Bucs

Pittsburgh could build long-term contender with right deal

McCutchen trade wouldn't be white flag for Bucs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- General Manager Neal Huntington is open to trading Andrew McCutchen. That doesn't mean he's abandoning hopes of the Pirates returning to the postseason next season.

These issues are not mutually exclusive.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets likely out on FA closers; Wheeler in 'pen?

Club to look at mid-level relief arms, internal options

Mets likely out on FA closers; Wheeler in 'pen?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The free-agent market for outfielders is thinner than usual at the dawn of the Winter Meetings. For starting pitchers, it is practically nonexistent. But the market for late-inning relievers is robust, with closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all hitting free agency at the same time.

For a Mets club seeking back-end relief help, particularly with Jeurys Familia facing a possible suspension via Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence Policy, those names might seem tempting. But general manager Sandy Alderson's general aversion to bullpen volatility makes a marriage with any of them unlikely.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boston has big shoes to fill at Winter Meetings

Red Sox shopping for DH to replace Ortiz, seeking setup man

Boston has big shoes to fill at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Shopping season has arrived for the Red Sox, and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his crew are ready to pounce at the Winter Meetings this week.

From Monday through Thursday, all 30 teams will be under one roof, along with agents.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Commissioner Selig elected to HOF

Today's Game Era Committee selects Brewers founder in first year of eligibility

Former Commissioner Selig elected to HOF

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The man who brought Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970, and who led the legislative fight to keep it there with the construction of Miller Park, received the sport's highest honor on Sunday, when Brewers founder Allan H. (Bud) Selig was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Selig, 82 and currently serving as MLB Commissioner Emeritus, was elected in his first year of eligibility by the Today's Game Era Committee, which also chose former Braves executive John Schuerholtz.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Let's figure out what John Sterling's home run call will be for newest Yankee Matt Holliday

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Let's figure out what John Sterling's home run call will be for newest Yankee Matt Holliday

Winter Meetings won't get officially underway until tomorrow, but Sunday provided us with some kindling to keep the Hot Stove burning in the meantime: The Yankees have agreed to terms with Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million deal.

The move fills a need for New York at DH, while also affecting the market for similar sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo. But enough about all that. There are far more important matters to discuss here -- namely, what will John Sterling choose as his Holliday home run call?

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Sources: Dodgers, Hill close to 3-year deal

Sources: Dodgers, Hill close to 3-year deal

The Dodgers are close to finalizing a three-year contract with left-hander Rich Hill, one of the top free-agent starters on the market this offseason, sources confirmed to MLB.com.

Neither the Dodgers nor Hill have confirmed a deal is in place.

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

Cashman seeks pitching at Winter Meetings

Yankees GM on hunt for rotation arm, bullpen pieces

Cashman seeks pitching at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rappelling down the Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn., has become a tradition for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. He dons an elf costume and assists Santa Claus with his 22-story journey down to street level each year on the eve of baseball's Winter Meetings.

Once his boots are safely on the sidewalk this year, it will be time to get down to business. Cashman and the Yankees' contingent plan to arrive at the Winter Meetings on Monday morning, where they plan to lay the groundwork that will bolster their roster with a starting pitcher and at least two relievers.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Biggest free-agent deals in Winter Meetings history

Biggest free-agent deals in Winter Meetings history

Above the constant hum of rumors pulsing through the Winter Meetings occasionally arises a loud statement in the form of a franchise-altering agreement with a free agent, a bold move commanding the attention of the baseball world.

When representatives from all 30 teams convene starting on Monday, a batch of sluggers -- Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo -- along with stellar closers -- Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen -- give free agency plenty of room at the bargaining table this time around.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves plan to stay aggressive at Meetings

After adding three veteran pitchers, club seeks front-line starter

Braves plan to stay aggressive at Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Braves arrived at the Winter Meetings with a much different agenda than they had the past two years. Instead of standing as sellers in the early midst of a rebuilding process, they're now potential buyers who are attempting to determine how to approach what has already been a very active offseason.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella have already added three veteran pitchers to their new-look rotation. But as they spend this week mingling with their peers who have come to Washington for these meetings, they remain open to the possibility of paying the steep price it would require to trade for a controllable, front-line starting pitcher.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melancon weighing multiple 4-year offers?

Giants, Nats reportedly among teams in play for free-agent closer

Melancon weighing multiple 4-year offers?

Free-agent closer Mark Melancon has multiple offers of four years and $60-plus million on the table, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Giants, Nationals and possibly one other team have reportedly made those offers to the right-hander, who turns 32 in March.

San Francisco is thought to be the front-runner for Melancon, who is one of three elite closers on the market along with Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. A four-year, $60 million contract would be the largest ever for a closer, but Jansen and Chapman would likely command a larger deal.

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

Several teams showing interest in Sale

Some clubs balking at high asking price

Several teams showing interest in Sale

The Nationals continue to be involved in trade talks for White Sox ace Chris Sale, as well as for Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, sources told FOX Sports on Saturday.

Several other teams, meanwhile, might still be interested in Sale, but only if the White Sox are willing to lower their asking price. According to the FOX Sports report, the Red Sox are open to a trade for the left-hander, but not for what it would currently take to land him. The Astros and Rangers are out on Sale at the current asking price, per the report, and the Dodgers are focusing on free-agent signings over trades, while the Braves are still in the mix.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com.

MLB.com reporter Scott Merkin contributed to this report.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays head to Meetings with work to do

Blue Jays head to Meetings with work to do

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Blue Jays have arrived at Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings, and now it's time to start checking off some items on what has turned out to be a very lengthy to-do list.

Toronto's offseason has been relatively quiet so far, with the only major move coming last month when the club signed Kendrys Morales to a three-year contract. That was the first of what should become a flurry of moves, and the expectation is that a lot of the work will get done here at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pittsburgh, Northwestern to meet in Pinstripe Bowl

Pittsburgh, Northwestern to meet in Pinstripe Bowl

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is set.

No. 23 Pittsburgh will face Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

Charity auction to honor late Mets staffer

Proceeds through 9 p.m. ET Thursday will help renovate complex

Charity auction to honor late Mets staffer

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Major League Baseball's Play Ball charity auction, an annual Winter Meetings initiative, has taken on a more personal tone this year for the Mets.

A portion of proceeds from this week's auction will go toward the renovation and renaming of a youth baseball and softball field in honor of Shannon Forde, the Mets' staffer who passed away from breast cancer in March.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants looked snazzy at Panik's wedding

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Giants looked snazzy at Panik's wedding

Joe Panik got married on Saturday and some of his Giants teammates -- including Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford, Andrew Susac and former Giant/current Ray Matt Duffy -- donned their snazziest suits for the celebration, which was complete with its very own hashtag.

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Stroman intends to pitch for USA in Classic

Stroman intends to pitch for USA in Classic

Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman announced on Saturday that he plans to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Stroman, who was eligible to pitch for the United States or Puerto Rico, told reporters on Friday at the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic that he intended to pitch in the tournament but didn't say for which team. Stroman's mother was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Stroman was born in Medford, N.Y., and attended Duke University.

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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.