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What's next for the Los Angeles Angels?
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Jim Bowden lays out the Los Angeles Angels' offseason objectives, which include a starting-pitcher upgrade, and offers up some acquisition candidates.

What's next for the Detroit Tigers?
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Jim Bowden lays out the Detroit Tigers' offseason objectives, including bullpen and center field upgrades, and offers up some acquisition candidates.

What's next for the Oakland Athletics?
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In noting that the Oakland A's should be good again in 2015, Jim Bowden looks at the team's objectives this offseason.

Ranking the MLB playoff lineups
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We ranked the playoff rotations and starting pitchers Monday and the playoff bullpens Tuesday; today we rank -- and discuss -- the lineups of the nine remaining playoff teams.

Ranking the playoff bullpens
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We ranked the playoff rotations and starting pitchers Monday; today we rank -- and discuss -- the bullpens of the 10 playoff teams.1. Kansas City RoyalsCloser: Greg HollandSetup man: Wade DavisSituational righties: Kelvin Herrera, Aaron CrowSituational lefty: Brandon FinneganThe Royals might not have the deepest bullpen, but they have the best, thanks mostly to a dominant trio of relievers in Herrera, Davis and the league's best closer in Holland, who has converted 46 of 48 save opportunities this year and has the most saves and best conversion rate of any closer in baseball since May 10, 2013.

Playoff starting pitcher, rotation rankings
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The most important element of every major league team in the playoffs is its starting rotation; it's the closest equivalent to a quarterback on an NFL team or the top three players on an NBA team.

John Hart's offseason to-do list
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Longtime executive John Hart has been offered the full-time general manager job (and senior VP) with the Atlanta Braves, and I think he will take it (although it might be for only the next three years before he passes the torch to 35-year-old John Coppolella).

Players who are poised to rebound in '15
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Every year there are players who underachieve, and when it happens, opposing general managers pick up the phone and call that team's GM to find out if they can "steal" the player in a trade.

The secrets to the Cardinals' success
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They trailed the Milwaukee Brewers for the first five months of the season, were trudging along at six games over .500 as recently as Aug. 12 and have had to hold off the surging Pittsburgh Pirates, but there the St.

Possible pennant race X factors
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It's coming down to the wire, and every game counts in the pennant race. With several teams still clinging to postseason hopes, even the slightest developments -- an injury, a surprise performance, an emerging rookie -- can make the difference.

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