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Timing of Miguel Cabrera deal is bizarre
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Miguel Cabrera's new contract, which is reportedly worth close to $300 million, should keep him with the Detroit Tigers for the rest of his career.Most of the industry is shell-shocked and isn't sure how to react to this news.

Five offseason moves that will backfire
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When a general manager makes a trade or a free-agent signing, he must always have significant justification for why the move was made. This could include: • Scouting reports • Advanced metrics and analytics • Medical reports • Evaluations of makeup and character • Financial considerations • Roster structure • Team needs to wantsMost GMs will provide owners with at least 20 pages of documentation supporting any significant move.

Scherzer takes big risk shunning big offer
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For those who weren't interested in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks series in Australia -- and the latest Yasiel Puig controversy -- the big story of the weekend was the Detroit Tigers' announcement that Max Scherzer has turned down a "substantial" contract extension, and that talks will be tabled until next winter.

Buzz: Owings will start at SS for Arizona
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This week we checked in at several camps, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. We continue our tour through the Cactus League, with a couple of stop in NL camps, both of which are located at the gorgeous facility in Talking Stick, Ariz.

MLB has never had more parity
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One of the main purposes of ESPN Insider's Future Power Rankings is to offer fans hope.Even if your team is bad now, it might be really good in three years.

What GMs are talking about this spring
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One of the advantages of being a former general manager is that there’s something of a fraternity among GMs. This proves advantageous when digging for information.

Buzz: Baez and Bryant's MLB timetables
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PHOENIX -- Just 90 miles of Interstate 94 separates the North Side of Chicago and Milwaukee. Fans in other parts of the country might not have noticed, but a nice little geographic rivalry has developed between the Brewers and Cubs.

Buzz: Kemp will be ready soon
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Yesterday we looked at three AL spring training camps in Arizona and took stock of some of the buzz surrounding each one. The beauty of the Cactus League is the relative close proximity of all the team complexes to one another.

Buzz: Addison Russell is coming soon
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PHOENIX -- When bouncing around the Cactus League you pick up a lot of good gossip. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, and after talking to managers and coaches, players, and team executives and general managers here’s some of the buzz I’ve collected while visiting three AL spring training camps: The Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

10 guys scouts are raving about
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While you never like to put too much stock in spring training performance, there is no question that scouts, coaches and execs take notice when a player looks particularly good during camp.

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