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11/8/2013 | Melvin inducted into Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame
The Arizona Fall League is not limited to developing players. It is also a testing and proving ground for future managers and one of those who trod on that ground, Bob Melvin, on Friday night was celebrated as the latest inductee into the AFL Hall of Fame.

11/8/2013 | Cubs seeking 'quality' pitching on open market
Now that the Cubs have a manager in place, the next step is to stock the roster, and Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, said they are in the market for more pitching. "We need to add some quality," Epstein said Friday.

11/8/2013 | Cubs share vision with season-ticket holders
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, and Crane Kenney, president of business operations, met with season-ticket holders at the downtown Bank of America Theater and presented a video interview with Rick Renteria, who was named manager on Thursday. The presentation also included video of some of the Cubs' top prospects, a look at the new Spring Training facility, and at renovations planned for Wrigley Field.

11/8/2013 | Message to GMs: Collisions are part of the game
Major League general managers are expected to discuss home-plate collisions next week when they gather in Orlando. Here's to hoping they have nothing more than a discussion.

11/8/2013 | Ausmus not tied to old or new school of thinking
The question was bound to come up to Brad Ausmus, just as it will to any young first-time manager. With Ausmus, though, the question of sabermetrics posed at his introductory news conference Sunday was different.

11/8/2013 | McClendon's first task is building coaching staff
Now that the TV lights are off and the introductory news conference is over, it's time for Lloyd McClendon to begin his real work. For the new Mariners skipper, the first order of business is hiring a coaching staff, and then he will begin meeting with his players.

11/8/2013 | Winter of big trades could be on the horizon
Between teams looking to shed payroll and those striving to improve in the short term, the recipe is there for some of the game's biggest stars to potentially get traded this offseason.

11/8/2013 | Nats considered Martinez a top candidate for job
Rays bench coach Dave Martinez interviewed for the Nationals' managerial job before the team hired Matt Williams. Martinez impressed Washington's front office, and he was one of the top three candidates for the position.

11/8/2013 | Anthopoulos to put strategy in motion at GM Meetings
There usually isn't a lot of activity at the General Managers Meetings, but it's still likely where Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos will lay the groundwork for his approach this offseason.

11/8/2013 | Exhibition baseball to return to Alamodome in 2014
The Rangers and Astros will play a pair of exhibition games at San Antonio's Alamodome next March in the second H-E-B Big League Weekend, officials from the city and Ryan-Sanders Baseball announced in a Friday news conference in the Alamo City.

11/8/2013 | Giants have plenty of work to do this offseason
Anthony Castrovince believes Giants GM Brian Sabean is better off working on the fringes of free agency, as it pertains to starting pitching, and expending the bulk of his dollars on an offensive upgrade.

11/8/2013 | Angels do not need an overhaul this offseason
Many of the pieces the Angels need to compete for a playoff spot are already in place, so the free-agent splashes the club made the past two offseasons are not needed -- and would likely be counterproductive.

11/8/2013 | Rangers' main goal is to reload offensively
The Rangers have to consider all of their options as Jon Daniels gets ready to leave for the annual GM Meetings that start in Orlando, Fla., on Monday. They have been in touch with just about every club to feel out trade possibilities. Texas' primary goal is still to reload offensively, especially in left field and at designated hitter.

11/8/2013 | La Stella's contact bat makes infielder a solid prospect
Braves prospect Tommy La Stella gets his uniform dirty. He plays the game hard and gets the most of his abilities. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, the left-handed-hitting La Stella has the frame of a middle infielder. What he lacks in size and strength, he makes up in hustle and intensity.

11/8/2013 | Girardi's staff remains intact for 2014
Manager Joe Girardi's coaching staff will remain in place for the next season, the Yankees announced on Friday.

11/8/2013 | Renteria: 'Future is now' for youthful Cubs
New Cubs manager Rick Renteria got to work right away on Thursday, calling players to introduce himself. "I had some responses, and they were extremely positive," Renteria told MLB Network on Friday. "I'm looking forward to working with all of these guys."

11/8/2013 | No rookie was more valuable or exciting than Puig
When it comes to immediate impact, few rookies in MLB history could match Yasiel Puig, who helped lift the Dodgers to the NL West title.

11/8/2013 | Reds agree to terms with former Tigers catcher Pena
It appears that the retooling of the Reds' roster has begun with an eye on upgrading offensively. Cincinnati agreed to terms with former Tigers backup catcher Brayan Pena on a two-year contract, MLB.com confirmed on Friday. The deal, which was first reported by ESPN Deportes, is pending the completion of a physical.

11/8/2013 | Mo among elite eight up for GIBBY closer honor
Retiring Yankees icon Mariano Rivera is in the running for the GIBBY Closer of the Year Award, along with Koji Uehara, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, Glen Perkins,Joe Nathan and Kenley Jansen.

11/8/2013 | Iglesias' impact on two races gives him ROY edge
Jose Iglesias' amazing defense with the Tigers and his bat and versatility with the Red Sox made him the American League's top rookie in 2013.

11/8/2013 | Talent, friendship blossom for Morin, Sappington
Mark Sappington and Mike Morin met in a chance encounter at the airport after inking their first professional contracts. They have blossomed into the Angels' top-two pitching prospects, and a deep-rooted friendship has grown as well.

11/8/2013 | Cubs job not for faint of heart, but Renteria is capable
The Cubs have genuine reasons to believe better days are on the horizon. If Rick Renteria is the manager the Cubs hope he will be, perhaps he will be the man to be in the skipper's office when the team's transformation comes to full fruition.

11/8/2013 | Mets will improve, only question is how
The Mets are going to get better this offseason. Significantly better. They'll be more interesting, too. That's the bottom line in all of this. As for how they get from here to there, well, that's the tricky part.

11/8/2013 | Right-hand men: Reliable relievers available
It helps a general manager when he can make a solid, educated guess at what he might be getting from a free-agent reliever, and in this year's market, there's a lot more of the stable than the spectacular.

11/8/2013 | Pipeline Inbox: Which Yankees prospects are ready?
Jonathan Mayo dissects the Yankees' farm system. Plus, he takes a look at two of the Arizona Fall League's top prospects, Colorado's Kyle Parker and Oakland's Addison Russell.


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