Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984. Get his insights on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|Jacoby Ellsbury flew the coop, along with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Stephen Drew could be the next to leave. And the Red Sox are set to roll on.
More»Phil Rogers chats about the Winter Meetings|
|The inventory of players available through free agency or trades remains intriguing and teams still have glaring needs to address. Here's a look at some of the biggest ones.
More»Hot Stove breaks down crop of free-agent outfielders|
|After one of the craziest weeks ever before the Winter Meetings, the front offices of 30 Major League teams traveled to Florida, and the inventory of players available through free agency or trades remains intriguing and teams still have glaring holes to fill.
More»Rosenthal and Heyman talk possible big-name trades|
|Sure, the Robinson Cano negotiations turned out a lot different than most of us thought they would. The Yankees lost their No. 3 hitter to the Mariners for a compensation Draft pick -- essentially unimaginable in any era -- but it's hardly the first time Cano has written an unexpected script.
More»MLB.com's Johns on Cano signing with Mariners|
|By trading Norichika Aoki to the Royals for Will Smith, the Brewers received the left-handed rotation candidate they were seeking while Kansas City acquired a rock-solid outfielder at a great cost.
More» Aoki gets turned around, still makes catch|
|If you fail to see the logic in Paul Konerko accepting a limited role on a White Sox roster that already has Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn as first basemen/DHs, compare it to Tony Perez returning to Cincinnati to finish his Hall of Fame career with the Reds.
More»White Sox bring back Konerko for 2014 season|
|New Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is as professional as he is durable, even if polls have shown that he is unpopular among his peers.
More»Pierzynski agrees to one-year deal with Red Sox|
|There's a reason that teams rarely treat closers with the same contractual respect as starting pitchers and position players.
More» Johnson closes out Sox, picks up 50th save|
|Brad Radke was never on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His teams in Minnesota never made it to the World Series. But unlike the last three seasons, playing against the Twins in those years was about as much fun as a basement flood. By signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, that's an experience that general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire are committed to recreating.
More»Twins have deal with free-agent righty Nolasco|
|David Price is the biggest name on the trade market -- headed to arbitration with the Rays for the third time and two years away from free agency. He's priced himself out of his franchise's economic model -- his projected salary of $13 million would take up more than 20 percent of the 2014 payroll -- and triggered a complicated round of bidding for his services. Advantage, Texas Rangers.
More»Rogers joins Hot Stove to discuss David Price|
|Yes, I know about the earned run average. When you look at a 3.90 ERA, you probably don't think Cooperstown. If you don't want Jack Morris in the Hall of Fame, those are the only three numbers you need. I've voted for Morris 14 times now, and will again when the 2014 ballot arrives in the mail.
More»Morris discusses his Hall of Fame chances|
|The Yankees' history of great catchers, including Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson and Jorge Posada, continues with Brian McCann.
More»McCann agrees to join Yankees with five-year deal|
|After an uncharacteristically quiet offseason a year ago, the Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels appear to have the pedal to the metal this time around.
More»Daniels, Washington on trade for Prince Fielder|
|Only 35 days after his Tigers were denied a second successive American League pennant by the Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski did what he always does. Detroit's president/general manager swallowed hard and made a swift, decisive move designed to help his organization and its ultra-aggressive owner, Mike Ilitch, complete the mission they've been on since they lost the 2006 World Series to the Cardinals.
More» Leyland on why Dombrowski is successful|
|Ernie Banks might be baseball's ultimate natural. He climbed to the top of his profession without ever making a plan and learned to be comfortable under any circumstance, a trait that came in handy Wednesday, when he joined 15 others in receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House luncheon.
More» Banks honored for receiving Medal of Freedom|
|It shouldn't be long before top hitting prospect Gregory Polanco joins Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte in the PNC Park outfield.
More»Polanco discusses honor of playing in Futures Game|
|While you can't yet see it at the Major League level, the Cubs have made great strides the past two years in building an organization the right way, from the ground floor up.
More» Javier Baez, SS, Cubs|
|As the signing of Marlon Byrd, 36, showed, the Phillies are more interested in winning in 2014 than beginning a youth movement.
More»Ruben Amaro Jr. joins Inside MLB|
|Jake Peavy's stay in Boston could be limited to the three eventful months in 2013 as the Red Sox gauge interest in their veteran starting pitchers. Regardless of where he is throwing next season, count on Peavy enjoying himself tremendously in 2014.
More»Peavy with Gammons after Game 6 of the World Series|
|More than just about anyone, Terry Francona should have been able to empathize with his former pitching coach, John Farrell, when Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.
More»MLB.com breaks down 2013 Manager of the Year Awards|