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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. _ The Los Angeles Dodgers left baseball's winter meetings Thursday with almost the same team as last season.
How many Phillies are overpaid, relative to the market rate for free agents? How does that compare to their NL East rivals? We know the Phillies have some bad contracts, and so will have several players in 2014 that can be said to be "overpaid".
The Atlanta Braves won the National League East last season rather handily over the second place Washington Nationals.
Obviously, this isn't the major impact move that many Phillies fans had hoped for, but considering how thin the team's rotation depth was last season, it probably isn't a bad idea to get some more major league arms on the roster.
Walt Weiss remains the manager of the Rockies, but his three-year contract extension shows he's not just keeping the seat warm.
It's not hard to pinpoint organizational strategies in Major League Baseball, whether you're talking about the big spenders or those who rely on their farm systems and bargain hunting.
National League's Pete Rose , left, is hugged by his teammate Dick Dietz while American League's catcher Ray Fosse lies injured on the ground, after Rose crashed into him to score the game-winning run for the National League team, in the 1970 All-Star Game, in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 14, 1970.
The 2013 winter meetings have produced some intriguing storylines to follow heading into the latter half of the offseason.
Filling the need that had become their top priority at the winter meetings, the Nationals acquired left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins from frequent trade partner Oakland for speedy, switch-hitting outfielder Billy Burns, their reigning minor league player of the year.
Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Corey Seager against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium.
First-year manager Rick Renteria has the ominous task of trying to get the Chicago Cubs to compete in a highly competitive National League Central that features three playoff teams -- the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
Despite running away with the NL East by winning 96 games, the Atlanta Braves were not without issues in the 2013 season.
The team with the highest slugging percentage in the National League last year by righthanded batters traded for another righthanded power bat on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball's winter meetings are always a hotbed of activity. After a long season and a little rest, front offices around the league are looking forward to next season and trying to determine the best course of action to bolster their rosters for 2014.
While some fans are still holding out hope for completing a trade that would bring David Price or Jeff Samardzija to Atlanta, Braves general manager Frank Wren seems more focused on making less-sexy acquisitions that could strengthen the depth of his roster.
After the St. Louis Cardinals won the 2013 National League pennant, we took a look at the different plate approaches between the Redbirds and the Boston Red Sox .