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Reds' front office takes wait-and-see approach
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Whether or not the Reds make an actual trade or signing at the Winter Meetings next week won’t be the standard to determine whether it was a successful five days. Like Cincinnati general managers before him, Dick Williams takes a longer view of the offseason.

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Ohtani, arms on Cubs to-do list at Meetings
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Finding pitching has been the Cubs’ No. 1 priority this offseason, and it’s still tops on their list heading into the Winter Meetings next week. Could they also make a splash by signing two-way Japanese player Shohei Ohtani?

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Pirates head to Meetings with holes to fill
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Are the Pirates buyers or sellers? Is this the time for one last push around Andrew McCutchen, or is it the start of a rebuilding process? Some clarity may come next week at the annual Winter Meetings.

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Cards in thick of Winter Meetings pursuit
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A confluence of events, including highly anticipated decisions by Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Otani, appear to be setting the stage for what could be a fascinating and frenzied four-day Winter Meetings next week. And look for the Cardinals to be in the middle of it all.

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Pirates have pieces for quality bullpen
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Two years ago, the Pirates employed the Majors’ most effective bullpen. The group, led by Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jared Hughes, quietly posted a 2.67 ERA, the best in the big leagues in 2015.

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Strong finish has Stephenson primed for 2018
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There wasn’t an exact “a-ha” moment when Reds starter Robert Stephenson realized he could succeed in the Major Leagues. But it definitely came around the time Stephenson stopped worrying and started pitching.

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Cubs make pitch to two-way phenom Ohtani
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The Cubs met Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, and they made their pitch to the two-way Japanese superstar for why he should come to Chicago.

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Cardinals sign Mikolas to 2-year contract
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In a move that adds to their rotation depth and perhaps creates more flexibility to deal a starter later in the offseason, the Cardinals signed right-hander Miles Mikolas to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

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Inbox: When will quiet Bucs ignite Hot Stove?
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What is going on this offseason? It’s December and it seems like nothing has happened. Are the Pirates just waiting to see what everyone else does? — Bill K., Pittsburgh

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Cards deserve credit for going all-in on Stanton
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Let’s have a quick reality check as we await the possible resolution to the Giancarlo Stanton saga. Where did the Cardinals rank last season in runs and home runs? They were seventh in the National League with 761 runs and eighth with 196 homers. That’s the middle of the pack, not down there with the […]

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Cardinals not on Ohtani's reported list of teams
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Though the Cardinals never anticipated being in the running to land two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, the organization officially learned on Sunday that they are not among the clubs being considered by the free agent.

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Reds not on Ohtani's list of finalists
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The Reds and general manager Dick Williams put a lot of time and attention in efforts to recruit Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. But it appears that they are not one of the finalists to sign the two-way player.

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