Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Sometimes you just turn on a voice recorder and let a person talk. You might have done it with a grandparent at a family reunion. Phil Rogers did it a couple of times with Ernie Banks at events in 2010.
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|Just how good can the White Sox be this season? They lost 99 games two years ago and 89 games last season. Can they bounce back from such a depth to make the playoffs? Sure they can.
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|Despite all the brilliant analysis, there's this one pesky thing called a 162-game schedule. It's a great thing, too, as it determines -- for real, and once and for all -- who are the best teams. So go ahead, prematurely coronate the Nationals if you want. Everybody gets it. But beware of the Marlins.
More»Rogers breaks down Stanton's deal with Marlins|
|The biggest free agent on the market, arguably the best pitcher in the game over the last two seasons, has reached a deal with the team that already has the best starting rotation in the Major Leagues.
More»Rosenthal talks Scherzer to Nationals on Hot Stove|
|You have to tip your hat to Rick Hahn and Theo Epstein. They've not only been builders, but they've been extremely successful deal-makers, expediting -- through a series of very smart trades -- the recovery from a 2013 season in which the White Sox and Cubs lost a combined 195 games.
More»White Sox poised for success after active offseason|
|Anthony Rizzo, who knows the strength of the Cardinals and Pirates as well as anyone, recently said the Cubs are "going to win the NL Central" in 2015. Here are 10 reasons from columnist Phil Rogers on why the time to dream has arrived on the North Side.
More»Russo on Rizzo, NL divisions|
|Keep an eye on the Cardinals. They make as much sense for Max Scherzer as any team, and not just because he grew up in Chesterfield, Mo., a western suburb of St. Louis, and went to college at the University of Missouri.
More»Top pitching free agent Scherzer remains unsigned|
|Seemingly more than at any time in history, things are changing quickly in this Hot Stove season. Who knows where Yunel Escobar will be next week? Still the shortstop? Back to the super-utility role? Or maybe somebody else's question mark, displaced by the next rounds of trades? It's got to be dizzying at times to be a player.
More»Richard Justice on Nationals trading for Escobar|
|Is this the season that no team wants to be the favorite in the American League East? Historically baseball's toughest division, the land that was ruled by the Yankees and Red Sox for so long is now best known for its balance.
More»Rosenthal on the top ten teams that need an ace|
|Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle, who will be 36 when the 2015 season starts, is very quietly putting himself on the fringes of serious Hall of Fame discussion by going to the mound every fifth game, year after year after year.
More» Buehrle strikes out 10 en route to 13th win|
|Billy Beane referenced Ben Zobrist as "very, very unique" and then pointed to another unusually versatile player as a role model for another Oakland newcomer. With Yunel Escobar on hand to play shortstop, Beane said that Marcus Semien, who was acquired from the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija trade, will remain an everyday player, with Bob Melvin using him the way Clint Hurdle did Josh Harrison -- who played all over the field -- last season. Ten-plus starts at four different positions is asking a lot of any player. Here are some candidates to do that.
More» Harrison's three outstanding defensive plays|
|Every season is sacred, for every team. The clock never stops ticking. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was right to say that when he arrived in Chicago three years ago. But he didn't say fans should expect instant gratification, even if it's what they always seem to want. That's something fans of all clubs should heed, as the amount of talent that will be available over the next two years is staggering.
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|Pirates GM Neal Huntington has had a solid if not overly ambitious Hot Stove season, but with 10 arbitration-eligible players in line for sizable raises, he's looking for cost-efficient ways to improve the club. Korea Baseball Organization middle infielder Jung-ho Kang, who hit 40 homers last season, may be a perfect fit.
More»Singer on Pirates' winning bid for Jung Ho Kang|
|Randy Johnson, the towering, semi-sidewinding left-hander who was always the easiest person to find in his team pictures, blossomed from a raw talent into a pitcher who terrorized hitters. There's never been one like him, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
More»Johnson humbled by Hall of Fame election|
|In two years, Rick Hahn has transformed the White Sox into one of the deepest, most-balanced rosters in the American League. And much of his work has come without giving up young talent, which could make the South Siders a factor in the AL Central for years to come.
More»White Sox add depth with versatile Bonifacio|
|After adding Shawn Kelley and Brandon Maurer to an already strong relief corps, the Padres have a shot to have the best bullpen in the National League next season.
More»Padres acquire Maurer from Mariners for Smith|
|Given the body of work in a career in which he may have played more baseball than just about anyone, as well as his standing as a pioneer for Latin American players, it's inexplicable that Minnie Minoso has not been enshrined at Cooperstown.
More» Minoso throws out the ceremonial first pitch|
|As David Byrne famously sang, "I can't seem to face up to the facts." It's too late for last-minute shopping. The best you can do at this point is to extend New Year's wishes.
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|There's never been a time like this in Major League Baseball. Maybe it shouldn't have been so surprising that the Winter Meetings were the wildest we've seen since Bill Veeck set up his famous table in the hotel lobby in 1975, trading 22 players in three days.
More»Justice wraps up busy Winter Meetings on Hot Stove|
|If top prospect Kris Bryant is healthy and in form in Spring Training, he's got to be in the Cubs' Opening Day lineup.
More»Muskat on Cubs' plans for Baez, Bryant in 2015|