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Inbox: Do Cards actually need pitchers in long term?
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Cardinals beat reporter Jenifer Langosch answers fans’ questions about recent trades and pitching issues.

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Fried excited to show Braves what he can do
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This was not the journey Max Fried anticipated when the Padres gave him a $3 million bonus after taking him with the seventh overall selection in the 2012 Draft. By now, he was supposed to have either already gotten a taste of the big leagues or at least positioned himself to come to Spring Training […]

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Inbox: Is Detroit being conservative with prospects?
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Have the Tigers become conservative when it comes to trading prospects for Major League players? Jason Beck opens up the Inbox.

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Tigers trade Lobstein to Pirates for cash
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Kyle Lobstein went into the offseason as one of the Tigers’ insurance starters in case of injury, a role he has filled capably the past couple of seasons. Instead, the lanky left-hander will go into Spring Training as a Pittsburgh Pirate, traded by Detroit on Monday for cash considerations.

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Rangers sign pitcher Griffin to Minors deal
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Right-hander A.J. Griffin, who has not pitched in the Major Leagues since Sept. 24, 2013, has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Rangers. He has been invited to Major League Spring Training.

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Andrus has holiday fun with Special Olympics
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Four days before Christmas, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was out spreading holiday cheer. It’s what he does.

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Mariners promote three scouting supervisors
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Ben Collman, Chris Pelekoudas and Mike Moriarty have been promoted by the Mariners from area scouts to new regional supervisory positions, director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara announced on Monday.

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Uncertainty with Urshela factor in Tribe plans
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The biggest issue that has faced the Indians this offseason has been uncertainty surrounding their starting outfield. It has understandably been the focus of the team’s winter maneuvering, though Cleveland has another big question mark as it plans for the spring.

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Several Blue Jays to battle for roster spots
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The Blue Jays will eventually have to make some difficult personnel decisions, as they have 11 players on the 40-man roster without options on their contracts.

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Big deals reveal depth of Astros' farm system
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The Astros’ deal to acquire Ken Giles from the Phillies in a trade that sent five players to Philadelphia, including former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, demonstrates just how deep Houston’s farm system has become.

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Hot Stove Digest: Everybody loves Scott Kazmir
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Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the Internet. EVERYBODY’S IN: With the starting pitching market getting thin, Scott Kazmir has turned into a hot commodity. […]

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Report: Phillips wanted a 'significant benefit' to accept trade to Nats
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Brandon Phillips isn’t prepared to leave the Queen City quietly. The Cincinnati Reds reportedly had a deal in place to trade the second baseman to the Washington Nationals last week, though talks hit a standstill after Phillips refused to waive his full no-trade protection. Phillips, who has two years, $27 million remaining on his deal, […]

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