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Bowden: Yelich, Puig primed for breakthrough 2016 seasons

You heard it here first: Christian Yelich and Yasiel Puig are going to turn some heads at the plate this season. Which other hitters is Jim Bowden higher on than other baseball pundits?

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Tuesday chat: 1 p.m. ET

With spring training fast approaching, David Schoenfield checks in to talk about all things baseball.

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The all-time age-40 All-Star team

If David Ortiz repeats his stats from last year, he could be the best-ever 40-year-old DH. Here's a look at the greatest age-40 seasons by position.

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Rogers: Cubs' Heyward just one of the guys now

Jason Heyward will be a big part of what the Cubs do in the coming years, but on a team packed with young stars, the most expensive player in franchise history isn't being asked to carry the club.

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Top Cuban Gourriel leaves team in Dominican

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Basebal

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Blengino: Explaining current state of FA market

The rejection of qualifying offers by a number of players are among the reasons why so many quality free agents remain unsigned this late in the offseason. Tony Blengino breaks down the factors.

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Simon: Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of starting pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts.

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Sarris: Four pitchers who could become aces

Using Dallas Keuchel's career as a road map, we found several pitchers who enter 2016 with a chance to deliver the type of results that, at first glance, you wouldn't think they were capable of.

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Olney: Puig, Rendon lead list of 'Linchpin Guys'

Buster Olney picks 14 players -- starting with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and the Nationals' Anthony Rendon -- whose performances could determine their teams' playoff chances in 2016.

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Bell: Top 5 injury comebacks to watch

Giancarlo Stanton, set to return after suffering a fractured hamate bone in his left hand last season, is among several players who'll be back on the field after dealing with injuries in 2015.

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Blengino: Explaining current state of FA market

The rejection of qualifying offers by a number of players are among the reasons why so many quality free agents remain unsigned this late in the offseason. Tony Blengino breaks down the factors.

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Mexico wins Caribbean Series on walk-off HR

Jorge Vazquez's home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday lifted Mexico to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela for the Caribbean Series championship.

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What can be done about tanking?

Buster Olney speaks with agent Scott Boras and other baseball minds about what MLB can do to prevent teams from tanking full seasons in order to win down the road.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Good pickup by the Diamondbacks to sign Tyler Clippard for some bullpen depth. Yes, there are concerns that he looked tired at the end of 2015 and his overall strikeout rate was down a bit. But he's been a durable, steady reliever and his velocity did hold steady throughout the season. He should pay some nice dividends.

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Kevin Plawecki told the Daily News he had sinus surgery in December. He figures that should alleviate the issues he dealt with last year related to dizziness, etc. -- especially during flights.

Szymborski's MLB risers and fallers

With a myriad of free agents finding new homes in 2016, who should you trust in their new uniforms? Price vs. Frazier (Insider)

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Olney: Rule not meant to eliminate slides

Following news that MLB is looking at rewriting the rules on slides into second base, Buster Olney explains why the rule change isn't meant to cut out slides completely. The proposed rule (Insider)

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The all-time age-40 All-Star team

If David Ortiz repeats his stats from last year, he could be the best-ever 40-year-old DH -- so David Schoenfield took a look at the greatest age-40 seasons by position. All-Stars

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Fantasy: Best, worst parks for hitters

Tristan H. Cockcroft ranked all 30 MLB stadiums in terms of their hitter-friendliness, based on data from the past five seasons. Ballparks are shrinking

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Report: Donaldson, Jays reach 2-year deal

3B Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with a 2-year, $29 million deal, according to Sportsnet Canada. Donaldson is the defending AL MVP.

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