Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Here are some guys who will still be south of 27 on Opening Day 2016 who could very well wind up on the trading block, if they aren't there already.
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|This was a year when I'm sure many voters for the NL Cy Young longed for the days of statistical simplicity. Because to bury your nose into the numbers was to come to the conclusion that there really was no correct conclusion.
More»Arrieta wins the 2015 BBWAA NL Cy Young Award|
|What if the World Series, the sport's signature tournament and heretofore a bastion of tradition in its arrangement, went the way of the Super Bowl and other neutral-site championship settings?
More»MLB.com on holding the World Series at a neutral site|
|In this year's free-agent market, there are five guys whose values are especially difficult to ascertain. They are this market's mystery men, and it will be fascinating to see not just where they land but for how much.
More»Price, Greinke highlight a strong free agent class|
|The Royals are facing an obvious hurdle in their bid to repeat as World Series champions (nobody's done so since the 1998-2000 Yankees), but this is a team that has already shown an unmistakable ability to sustain success.
More»Scouting, retaining free agents key for Royals in '16|
|We're still very much in the feeling-out process for the upcoming winter, but here's an early look at the clubs who could be among the most active in the game these next few months.
More»Duquette breaks down top players in free agent class|
|The World Series ended three days ago, and the Winter Meetings are 32 days away. If you're expecting any sort of lull in between, you probably really do think there is an "off" in offseason. Thanksgiving might be the one day that executives truly do take a break from baseball, and even then I'm sure there are a few talking trades between bites of turkey.
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|Maybe this was Salvador Perez's unshakable destiny, to be limping down this hallway in the basement of Citi Field, cleats clattering on the hard ground, shirt dripping with champagne, hands clutching the World Series Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.
More»Perez receives World Series MVP Award in presentation|
|No books have been written about Dayton Moore's vision, and nobody's arguing that he revolutionized the role of the Major League executive. Ned Yost has never been considered the second coming of Casey Stengel, and nobody's pronouncing him a savant ahead of baseball's intellectual curve.
More» Yost on the Royals' World Series victory|
|One bad pitch. One booted ball. One botched throw. There were a wide variety of plays and performances that made this Fall Classic what it was, but for a Mets team that came up short, these were the three moments that will keep them up at night.
More» Collins discusses losing the World Series|
|The Mets find themselves in a gargantuan 3-1 hole in this World Series -- a hole only five teams in 43 tries have climbed back from in a best-of-seven Series setup -- because of the eighth inning of Game 4. But you could say the seeds of the game-changing sequence of events were sown in the ninth inning of Game 3.
More» Collins talks Familia, tough 8th inning|
|It was a pitch that meant nothing. Or maybe it meant everything. All we know for sure is that it was the superior source of discussion in the wake of Friday's Game 3 of this World Series, and it will be a point of interest from this point forward.
More» Royals, Mets on Syndergaard's first pitch|
|For two days, the Mets heard all about how their 1986 predecessors turned an 0-2 deficit into a World Series title, and a pregame montage on that bigger-than-life videoboard in center field hammered the point home. And sure enough, the 2015 version did prove capable of retaining its postseason pulse.
More» Wright, Granderson on Mets' Game 3 win|
|The first thing that must be understood about what's happening in the Toronto front office right now is that Mark Shapiro was never not going to be involved in the baseball side of the operation.
More»Anthopoulos discusses stepping down as Blue Jays GM|
|The Royals' philosophy was born out of necessity. Because of their Kauffman Stadium surroundings and their general composition, they have to be a contact-oriented club. It's their fundamental makeup, and, so far in this World Series, it's a signature strength that is prevailing quite convincingly against the signature strength of the Mets.
More» Moustakas on Royals battling vs. deGrom|
|Discussion of great World Series games almost invariably and quite naturally revolves around the clinchers, because the ring is the thing that matters most. But as evidenced again late Tuesday and early Wednesday, when the Royals and Mets took the phrase "evenly matched" to another level, there's certainly something to be said for a fascinating first Fall Classic impression.
More» Hosmer ends marathon with sac fly|
|This World Series, which begins Tuesday night, presents a fascinating contrast of defining characteristics -- the Mets' power starting staff and power bats vs. a Royals team that relies heavily on high contact rates, strong defense and a deep bullpen.
More» Collins on WS matchup, Mets' rotation|
|Trading away a Cy Young Award winner stinks. It's as uncomfortable as it is unpopular. But for the Mets and Royals, such a difficult deal was a necessary evil in making it to the 2015 World Series.
More»Mets, Royals last two teams standing in 2015|
|This is a World Series matchup virtually nobody expected but everybody can appreciate. When the Royals and Mets begin their best-of-seven adventure Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium (7:30 ET airtime on FOX, with game time slated for 8), they'll both be able to justifiably assert that they've come further than most outsiders envisioned.
More»Mets, Royals look to capture well-earned WS titles|
|Anybody who has followed this sport either closely or loosely in recent years knows the Mets have been operating under financial restrictions -- restrictions that some might consider extreme, given their market size. What nobody could have necessarily assumed is those restrictions would turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
More» Mets punch tickets to World Series|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|