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Acquiring Rivera key to all of Rays' moves
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I can't help but think that the 11-player trade involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals wasn't so much about the Rays acquiring Steven Souza, as much as it was about getting Rene Rivera.

Verlander's best role could be as a reliever
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It could make a lot of sense for Justin Verlander to be a "super reliever" for the Tigers, if they want to maximize his worth for the 2015 season.

Path to the playoffs: AL West
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A look at what the teams in the American League West need to do to reach the postseason in 2015.

Everyone going crazy about the Padres
A very rough, pretty optimistic estimate suggests that Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers will produce about 90 to 95 more runs than last year's Padres outfield.

Quick note about Selig's $6 million pension
This:For the $6M annual pension owners are giving Bud Selig, they could have given every minor leaguer in baseball a raise of about $300 a month.&md ...

Path to the playoffs: NL West
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The National League West had the worst out-of-division record in the majors in 2014 -- its teams were 32 games under .500 -- but the Giants won the World Series.

The best games of the 2014 season
MLB Network Radio has a fan vote going on to select the top five games of 2014, with the winning games re-aired during the holiday season. Some of the choices are more about the individual performance involved -- Lonnie Chisenhall's nine-RBI game, for example, or Clayton Kershaw no-hitter/near-perfect game -- and four are games from the postseason.

Six thoughts on the Padres-Rays-Nats trade
The offseason of fun continued Wednesday night with an 11-player deal between the Padres, Rays and Nationals.

Path to the playoffs: AL East
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A look at what the teams in the American League East need to do to reach the postseason in 2015.

The future of Cuban ballplayers
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President Barack Obama announced a historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations on Wednesday when he moved to begin normalizing relations between the two countries.

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