Burnett to return for 2015? 

October, 22, 2014
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While retirement may yet end up the option that pitcher A.J. Burnett chooses to take, the door still remains open for the 37-year-old to return to the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2015 season.

Braves OF on the move? 

October, 21, 2014
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In 2014, the Atlanta Braves outfielders -- led primarily by the trio of Justin Upton, B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward -- ranked 17th in the league in total bases and just 25th in batting average. That's probably not nearly what the team expected from the over $32 million in salary the three players collectively received last season.

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Could Price end up with Dodgers? 

October, 21, 2014
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Last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers named former Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations. He was the man responsible for trading away David Price to the Detroit Tigers prior to the trade deadline, a move born of financial necessity.

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Cards to use young arms in pen? 

October, 21, 2014
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The St. Louis Cardinals seem fairly confident in their returning rotation for next season, which is why some of their younger pitchers who project to be starters at some point down the road may end up pitching out of the bullpen in 2015, rather than biding their time in a Triple-A rotation.

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Twins closer to hire? 

October, 21, 2014
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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Paul Molitor will meet with Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan regarding the team's open managerial position on Tuesday. It will be the second time Molitor, "the presumed frontrunner" for the job, will discuss possible employment with the team.

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AL East team-by-team Hot Stove preview 

October, 20, 2014
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With the World Series set to get under way Tuesday night, there are 28 other teams in the major leagues already looking ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be playing for a championship next year at this time. Free agency doesn't officially kick in until five days after the champagne has been sprayed, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Over the next two weeks, we'll take a snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason, beginning with today's look at the American League East.


Baltimore Orioles

Big decisions: The team is expected to buy out their option on Nick Markakis, and while they might make a qualifying offer to their AL home run champ Nelson Cruz, a long-term deal might be out of their price range.

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Lynn set for big payday? 

October, 20, 2014
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After two consecutive seasons of 15 wins and 200-plus innings pitched, the St. Louis Cardinals are getting used to having Lance Lynn around. That's why it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that the team is taking steps to ensure his presence on the mound for many years to come.

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Indians stuck with Swisher? 

October, 20, 2014
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He hit just .208 for the Cleveland Indians in 2014, and he was only able to play in 97 games. He hit only eight home runs on the season, the first full season of his career in which he did not hit at least 20. Yet there should be no doubt that Nick Swisher will be in an Indians uniform in 2015.

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Bradley's time not yet here? 

October, 20, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks used 11 different starting pitchers in 2014, and collectively, they went just 41-69 with a 4.44 ERA. Clearly, there's plenty of room for improvement in 2015. However, highly-touted prospect Archie Bradley may not be the team's first choice to provide some much-needed help come April.

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Can Orioles keep Cruz? 

October, 19, 2014
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The Baltimore Orioles didn't win the World Series, but they certainly wouldn't have gotten as close as they did without the help of the major league's home run leader Nelson Cruz. One of the biggest offseason questions for the team is whether or not the outfielder be around in 2015 to make another try at a title.

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When the Minnesota Twins do ultimately decide to name a new manager to replace the fired Ron Gardenhire, it could well mark the last major signing of their offseason -- much to the chagrin of many who follow the team.

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Will LaRoche be back with Nationals? 

October, 19, 2014
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Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche told CSN Washington in an interview this weekend that "If it was up to me, I'm signing a deal with D.C. that puts me there for the rest of my career, because I love the guys and I love the organization."

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Return of Lewis looking good? 

October, 19, 2014
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Now that the Texas Rangers have announced the signing of Jeff Banister to be their manager, the organization can start to turn its attention towards what roster will be sharing the 2015 clubhouse with their latest hire.

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Desmond deal a DC priority 

October, 18, 2014
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The Washington Nationals and Ian Desmond discussed a long-term deal last winter before the shortstop reportedly turned down a $90 million offer.

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Will Bogar stay in Texas? 

October, 18, 2014
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Tim Bogar was praised for his work as interim manager of the Texas Rangers, but when it came time to picking a permanent replacement for the departed Ron Washington, general manager Jon Daniels instead selected Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister.

So where does that leave Bogar, who led the Rangers to a 14-8 record after being promoted from bench coach?

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