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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.
After the Redbirds signed shortstop Jhonny Peralta to improve at shortstop without dipping into the club's young talent pool, then swapped third baseman David Freese in exchange for center fielder Peter Bourjos and a power-hitting prospect, there isn't much left to do.
In the seven weeks since their season ended, the Tigers have transformed themselves from the slowest team in the American League to one with many players who can steal bases and, perhaps even more important, take an extra base in other ways.
A Pirates season that saw a long postseason drought come to an end and a new tradition of boisterous blackout conditions at PNC Park begin has been honored as the best in all of baseball.
Though he hasn't pitched in the majors since all the way back in 2006, former Cubs ace Mark Prior has long been attempting to return.
Since being promoted by the Reds from pitching coach to manager in October, Bryan Price has had little to no downtime.
The building blocks on the Cubs' major-league roster are so few and far between that they become especially conspicuous at an event such as baseball's annual winter meetings this week.
New manager Bryan Price has the difficult task of replacing center fielder Shin-Soo Choo at the top of the Cincinnati Reds' lineup.
Tony La Russa, who for purposes of this post is a local guy, is one of three managers just elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The whole notion of "going out on top" sounds good, but it doesn't happen often enough.
With so many free agents already off the board, including most of the big, big names, the focus during this week's winter meetings at Disney World just might lean more toward the trade market.
They have already inked catcher George Kottaras and reliever Wesley Wright to short-term, team-friendly deals, and more of those can definitively be expected from the front office led by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer .
As snow fell outside, the Reds gathered inside at the Duke Energy Convention Center for the 2013 edition of Redsfest on Friday.
Oct 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Axford throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 11th inning in game one of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Busch Stadium.