Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|Hang in there, Trevor Hoffman. You're going to get into the Hall of Fame very soon now. There's pretty much no doubt about that. How about next year? Yes, that sounds about right.
More»Justice on Hoffman narrowly missing HOF election|
|Jeff Bagwell's ultimate legacy will be that he was a complete player, and how many of those have there been? As former Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said, "If you were looking to build a franchise around a player, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone better than Jeff Bagwell."
More»Justice discusses Bagwell's Hall of Fame election|
|Josh Hamilton is trying for another comeback. Good for him. Good for us, too. Baseball is more interesting when he's on a Major League diamond. Here's the thing. It's impossible to know what kind of player he can be, since he's 35 and recovering from yet another surgical procedure -- this time to his left knee.
More»Hamilton discusses rehab after returning to Rangers|
|Some free-agent signings seem inevitable. These are the ones in which everyone wins. That's especially true now with the start of Spring Training a mere month away.
More»Trumbo, Bautista, Wieters among remaining free agents|
|Say hello to baseball's busiest general manager. How busy? Jerry Dipoto made two more trades on Wednesday, running his total to 11 this offseason and 36 since he took over the Mariners 16 months ago. Yes, 36.
More»Justice on Mariners' exciting offseason of trades|
|Spring Training has always had a magical quality to it, and that's true no matter how many times you've been through it. It's warm weather and green grass and seeing your favorite team again. In that way, it truly is renewal.
More»Encarnacion believes Indians can win World Series|
|Maybe the most amazing thing about Mike Trout's brief career is that he may already have punched his ticket to Cooperstown. Roll that one around in your brain a time or two.
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|At this point in the off-season, all 30 Major League teams are asking themselves the same kinds of questions. Let's look at eight teams and the discussions they could be having.
More»Justice on whether Yankees should trade for Duffy|
|There's a case to be made for the D-backs having a nice rebound season in 2017. Don't be surprised if the Angels bounce back, too. Also, the Pirates, Rays and Rockies shouldn't be overlooked.
More»Justice on top teams poised for a turnaround in 2017|
|Spring Training is a mere six weeks away, and for a bunch of teams, this could be a make-or-break stretch. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Nationals aren't done with the heavy lifting. The Astros, Rangers and Yankees haven't checked all their offseason boxes, either.
More»Major bats looming in free agency, trade markets|
|Today, we pause to remember those we said goodbye to in 2016 -- to the players and pioneers who will live in our hearts and minds forever, to those who thrilled us and to those who made us laugh or think.
More»MLB Network honors those we lost in baseball in 2016|
|One of the things Major League Baseball players got from the new labor agreement is a common-sense approach to travel. If that sounds like a small thing, it's not.
More»Latest information on the new labor agreement|
|Almost every season, we look back on a handful of teams that slipped below the offseason radar, and still improved themselves. Let's look at five of them.
More»Justice on underrated offseasons for Mariners, Angels|
|The Associated Press reported Monday night that Major League Baseball's new labor agreement includes an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy.
|In the wake of Kenley Jansen getting a deal worth a reported $80 million over five years, here's where things stand on the closer market:
More»Clubs eye Holland in free agency, Robertson via trade|
|The Winter Meetings serve as a checkpoint of sorts for baseball's offseason. It's right about this time that free agents start to get antsy about how things will work out.
More»Buck Showalter discusses Mark Trumbo's future|
|No, the Cardinals won't get better than the Cubs with this one potential move, regardless of how smart it appears to be. All the signing of center fielder Dexter Fowler will do is close the gap.
More»Mozeliak discusses holes that Fowler fills for Cards|
|White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is off to a great start. In trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, he has already acquired four of MLB's top 40 prospects in the entire game.
More»White Sox acquire Giolito, two prospects for Eaton|
|Should the Orioles now trade Zach Britton? In the energized market for closers, that's one of the questions being asked in the lobbies and suites at these Winter Meetings.
More»Britton goes 47-for-47 in save opportunities|
|Dave Dombrowski just changed the balance of power in the American League East with Boston's acquisition of Chris Sale. To put it another way, the rest of the division is on the clock. Don't be surprised if the Yankees suddenly ratchet up their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman. Likewise, the Orioles and Mark Trumbo.
More»Dombrowski on acquiring Chris Sale from the White Sox|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|