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Mike Petriello

Measuring slick: All-Statcast Team dazzles

10 stars who dominate the Statcast leaderboards

Measuring slick: All-Statcast Team dazzles

We're three years into Statcast™, and it's time to share the third annual Statcast™ All-Star team. As we say every year, this is not a list of the best players at each position; it can't be, because studs like Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper don't appear. This is a roster comprised of players who have stood out in a particularly interesting way, displaying a skill that's especially intriguing by the Statcast™ metrics.

Looking back at the teams of 2015 and '16, you can see how far we've come. In the first two years, it was largely about exit velocity and spin rate, and those two measurements remain important, but we didn't have Sprint Speed, Catch Probability, Hit Distance, Expected Weighted On-Base Average or Outs Above Average. There's so much more to consider now.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

GIF ideas: How would GMs react to deals?

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GIF ideas: How would GMs react to deals?

Being a Major League GM is a high-stakes job. You're constantly searching for ways to improve every aspect of your team, while going up against 29 other executives with the exact same goal in mind.

Given that, it's natural to assume that trade talks are an intense affair, full of poker faces and innuendo and brinkmanship. Which is probably true ... plus the occasional GIF or two.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Orioles seeking pitching to make run in '18

Free agents Cobb, Lynn are targets, according to sources

Orioles seeking pitching to make run in '18

The Orioles finished last in the American League East this season, but they're planning to compete -- not rebuild -- in 2018.

How do we know? Rather than entertain trade proposals for three-time All-Star third baseman Manny Machado during the recent General Managers Meetings, sources say executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette used the time to contact agents representing free-agent starting pitchers.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He has also covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

10 standouts from AFL championship game

10 standouts from AFL championship game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fall of Ronald Acuna concluded in appropriate fashion. The Arizona Fall League's best prospect and MVP led its best team to the championship Saturday afternoon, driving in four runs as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 8-2.

After the Braves outfielder lined out to third base in his first at-bat, he went down to get a breaking ball from Cubs right-hander Alec Mills and lined it into center field for a third-inning RBI single that tied the game 2-2. An inning later, Acuna fought off a high fastball from right-hander Jake Stinnett and dumping it into right-center for a two-run single that doubled Peoria's lead to 6-2. He later capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trio of free agents primed to bounce back

Trio of free agents primed to bounce back

A player's value in free agency often comes down, in large part, to timing.

On one end of the spectrum, J.D. Martinez crushed his way to a career season before hitting the market -- including a torrid run down the stretch for the postseason-bound D-backs. That's the type of performance that will attract plenty of suitors.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 reasons FA closer Davis in high demand

5 reasons FA closer Davis in high demand

Free agency is underway, and before the dominos start to fall into place, MLB.com is here to help you see some of the biggest names available on the market through a more focused lens.

Relief pitchers continue to take on an increasingly important role in today's game, and perhaps no available reliever is more coveted than right-hander Wade Davis.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Acuna caps sensational year with AFL MVP

Braves top prospect becomes youngest in Fall League history to win award

Acuna caps sensational year with AFL MVP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As the 2017 season comes to a close, Ronald Acuna has one more piece of hardware to add to his trophy case.

The Braves' No. 1 prospect was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League after he hit .325/.414/.639 and led the league with seven homers in 23 games for the Peoria Javelinas.

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

Pederson leads USC Trojans onto field

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Pederson leads USC Trojans onto field

In an alternate reality, Joc Pederson would be a star in the NFL, instead of a slugging Dodgers outfielder acting out every young baseball player's dreams with dramatic World Series home runs. 

High-school Joc was a star on the diamond and the gridiron, eventually choosing baseball and the Dodgers (instead of playing for his father's alma mater, the University of Southern California, with whom he committed before being selected by Los Angeles in the 2011 MLB Draft). 

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Eflin surprises kids at annual CBP sleepover

Eflin surprises kids at annual CBP sleepover

PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Eflin, Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak surprised eight children taking a break from their cancer treatments and other illnesses with family and friends to attend the annual sleepover Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The children came from area hospitals, including Nemours, CHOP and St. Christopher's, or were part of the Kisses for Kyle organization. The event started in 2014 when a Phillies Charities auction winner donated a sleepover in the clubhouse to children in area hospitals.

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

Verlander, Upton star on 'The Tonight Show'

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Verlander, Upton star on 'The Tonight Show'

It's been two weeks since Justin Verlander and Kate Upton said their I Do's in Italy, but they are still living in bliss with their recent appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." The newlyweds took the stage with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night where they discussed everything from their wedding in Italy to superstitions Upton has when watching Verlander -- oh, and winning the World Series.

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Anthony Castrovince

Awards season puts a bow on eventful 2017

Awards season puts a bow on eventful 2017

Awards season has become its own entity on the Major League Baseball calendar. It's not as emotionally exhausting as the postseason and not as imagination stoking as the Hot Stove season. It provides an opportunity not just to reward those who stood out during the just-completed campaign, but to reflect on the bigger picture of the year that was.

This was the year of the Astros, and by extension -- and no small correlation -- it was the year of Jose Altuve. The second baseman took home a ton of individual hardware -- including, but not limited to, the American League Most Valuable Player Award and the Best Major Leaguer and Best Major Leaguer, Postseason honors in the Esurance MLB Awards.

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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.

MLB Buzz: Cobb, Lynn drawing attention

MLB Buzz: Cobb, Lynn drawing attention

The Hot Stove is open for business. As the top free agents begin to ink new deals and clubs begin to make the moves they think will vault them into contention or put them over the top, MLB.com will have you covered with all the latest buzz right here.

Hot Stove Tracker

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Yanks interview Dodgers 3B coach Woodward

New York considering 12-year MLB vet for open manager position

Yanks interview Dodgers 3B coach Woodward

The Yankees' wide-ranging managerial search continued on Saturday afternoon when they interviewed Chris Woodward, the third-base coach for the National League-champion Dodgers, for the vacant position.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reached out to the Dodgers earlier in the week for permission to interview Woodward, 41, who becomes the fifth candidate to interview for the job.

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

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Phil Rogers

Help wanted: 11 clubs with biggest FA needs

Help wanted: 11 clubs with biggest FA needs

Not all needs are created equal.

When the Astros floundered in 2016, they realized they were missing experience. They added Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick, who helped put them in position to go add one final piece on Aug. 31: Justin Verlander.

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

After MVP year, Stanton's future unsettled

After MVP year, Stanton's future unsettled

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season.

With the MVP decided, what's next for Stanton is still unsettled. The Marlins continue to explore trade options for the slugger, who says he'd prefer to remain in Miami under the right circumstances.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Filia hauls in awards, gems in AFL title game

Mariners prospect shows off glove after being recognized for sportsmanship, batting title

Filia hauls in awards, gems in AFL title game

It was a busy day for Eric Filia.

Before Filia's Peoria Javelinas defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 8-2, in the Arizona Fall League championship game on Saturday afternoon, Seattle's No. 24 prospect was recognized for winning the league batting title and received the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. Then during the game, the 25-year-old outfielder flashed the leather, making two outstanding defensive plays.

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Perry Cohen is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks acquire 2 Minors arms for Rumbelow

Yanks acquire 2 Minors arms for Rumbelow

The Yankees and Mariners have agreed to a deal that will send Minor League pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then to New York in exchange for Minor League right-hander Nick Rumbelow, the clubs announced Saturday.

Sears, a left-hander, went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings combined between Class A Short-Season Everett and Class A Clinton in 2017. The 21-year-old was selected in the 11th round in '17 by Seattle.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

You'll literally love MLB Award winners' remarks

Astros win 7 of 17 categories; Altuve named Best Major Leaguer

You'll literally love MLB Award winners' remarks

There was a lot of love to go around on Friday night as the best players, moments and achievements of the 2017 season were recognized.

The Esurance MLB Awards were revealed on MLB.com and MLB Network, and many of the winners spoke from the heart about their fans and teammates.

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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.

POTD: Jackie Bradley Jr. took an adorable selfie with his daughter while watching 'Moana'

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POTD: Jackie Bradley Jr. took an adorable selfie with his daughter while watching 'Moana'

Jackie Bradley Jr. is a top man of his craft. The 2016 All-Star is known for being a ter

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Ohtani can pitch, but don't sleep on his bat

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Ohtani can pitch, but don't sleep on his bat

Welcome to In Short Order, a weekly look at all the baseball that I like and can't stop obsessing over. We'll mostly live at the edges of the game; at the intersection of the weird, the fun and the esoteric. Oh yeah, and hair.

Shohei Ohtani might be coming. And if you're anything like me, you're likely underestimating Ohtani's ability at the plate.  

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Acuna feeds off family, flourishes in Fall League

Acuna feeds off family, flourishes in Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the Mesa Solar Sox and Peoria Javelinas take the field in Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game, no player will draw more attention than Atlanta Braves 19-year-old outfield phenom Ronald Acuna.

Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on MLB Network & MLB.com

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

Say cheese-cake: MLB Thanksgiving recipes are back!

Former and current players, families and broadcasters share their favorite dishes

Say cheese-cake: MLB Thanksgiving recipes are back!

Thanksgiving falls at a perfect time on the baseball calendar, right on the heels of the World Series and awards season. It's an ideal time for players and fans to catch their collective breath before the Hot Stove burns bright again during the Winter Meetings.

Major League players, coaches, and broadcasters love a delicious Thanksgiving meal as much as the rest of us, and many of them have been kind enough to share their favorite recipes. We've been collecting recipes from Major Leaguers for the last few years, and below is a sampling of some of the best we've encountered, along with the stories behind them. We'll be adding to this leading up to Thanksgiving, so please keep checking back if you are looking for some inspiration for your family dinner.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Altuve tops all as MLB's Best Major Leaguer

Altuve tops all as MLB's Best Major Leaguer

Jose Altuve's Astros teammates don't talk much about his batting titles or All-Star appearances or 200-hit seasons. They don't mention his height -- 5-foot-6, for the record -- which seemed to define him for a time.

Nor do they mention that Altuve's greatness, doubted by so many only a few years ago, is now acknowledged throughout the game. That was confirmed twice this week, most recently on Friday when the Esurance MLB Awards named him Best Major Leaguer in balloting by former players, media members, front-office personnel and fans.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MVP Acuna, Braves mates propel Peoria to title

MVP Acuna, Braves mates propel Peoria to title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The contingent of Atlanta prospects garnered plenty of attention throughout the Arizona Fall League season, so it's only appropriate that the Braves led the way in the most important game of the fall.

Ronald Acuna and Alex Jackson combined to go 4-for-8 with six RBIs as Peoria claimed the AFL Championship with an 8-2 win over Mesa on Saturday afternoon at Scottsdale Stadium.

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

Podcast: Who has prospects to deal for Stanton?

Podcast: Who has prospects to deal for Stanton?

The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the Arizona Fall League Championship, their picks for AFL MVP, which teams have the right prospect packages to trade for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the prospects the Mariners dealt in two trades. To listen to the show in its entirety, go to the MLB Pipeline Podcast page.

Tim McMaster: The biggest story, maybe, aside from Shohei Ohtani, who we mentioned a little bit, this offseason as of now is whether or not Giancarlo Stanton is going to be traded by the Miami Marlins.

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Yanks interview Boone for manager opening

Yanks interview Boone for manager opening

The author of one of the most memorable moments in Yankees postseason history was the latest to interview for their managerial opening. Aaron Boone became the most recent candidate to interview with New York on Friday morning, as general manager Brian Cashman continues the club's search after a brief pause for the GM Meetings this week.

Boone, 44, played part of one season with the Yankees in 2003 as part of a 12-year Major League career. He has been a television analyst since he retired in 2009 and does not come with any managerial or coaching experience. Recently, Boone has wanted to transition from the broadcast booth into the dugout, so when Cashman reached out to him for an interview, it was a no-brainer.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB Award winners: 3 Best Moments inspire

MLB Award winners: 3 Best Moments inspire

Every season has them, the rare moments when the numbers on the scoreboard seem to matter less. We're talking about the great moments that transcend baseball, the ones that pepper highlight reels for generations, more for their backstory and the impact they'll have on a player, a team, a community, going forward.

Those weren't in short supply in 2017, when powerful, inspirational stories were the talk of the league. June 12 in Pittsburgh wasn't just another game for the Pirates. It was the first start for Jameson Taillon since undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Aug. 14 wasn't just Chad Bettis' first start of the year. Bettis also underwent treatment for testicular cancer, and that night marked the culmination of a triumphant comeback. Sept. 2 wasn't just another winning day for the eventual World Series champion Astros. It was the day they returned to Houston and helped lift the city from the hardships brought on by Hurricane Harvey.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians' streak, Tumpane's heroics honored

Indians' streak, Tumpane's heroics honored

It was a streak that seemed like it might never end. The Indians were firing on all cylinders, cruising to victory night in and night out.

Cleveland's pitching staff completed seven shutouts and the offense scored double digits six times as the club dominated during the 22-game stretch, outscoring its opponents 142-37.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Can robot jump higher than Bryce Harper?

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Can robot jump higher than Bryce Harper?

On Thursday, Boston Dynamics gave us a glimpse of what its bipedal robot, Atlas, has been up to -- and apparently it's a parkour star now.

Atlas isn't the only one who excels at jumping onto boxes of various heights, though: Major Leaguers have been using it as part of their offseason workout plan in recent years. While the robot's effort is no doubt impressive, let us know when it manages to top the 2015 Box Jump Wars.

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