Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Tom Ricketts couldn't help himself. In his comments welcoming fans to the Cubs Convention, Ricketts made it clear just how things have changed for his franchise. "We're looking forward to 2017," Ricketts said. "I think that anyone who knows Cubs history knows that when the Cubs win a World Series, they always win again the next year."
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|Addison Russell is a private man in a public game. He handles attention; he doesn't seek it. While Russell thrives in the spotlight, he's a self-proclaimed "hometown guy" who is most at peace when he's in Pensacola, Fla., in the nest he's built for himself and his growing family.
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|Kris Bryant is still smiling, and why not? His team just won the World Series. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. And, on top of all that, he married his longtime sweetheart last weekend.
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|As the Cubs gather this weekend for the Cubs Convention, beginning to turn the page from Game 7 to Spring Training, this is a franchise that is capable not only of repeating as World Series champs but also of putting together the most sustained run since the Yankees went to the Series five times in six seasons, winning four championships. Here are 10 reasons the Cubs' future is as bright as their immediate past.
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|Can Javier Baez remain patient? That's one of the questions hanging over the Cubs as they prepare to defend the championship they won in spectacular fashion last November. As Joe Maddon puts together the pieces of a roster that is the deepest in the Major Leagues and will once again will include Kyle Schwarber, he must decide who gets the bulk of time at second base: Baez or Ben Zobrist?
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|The Astros are ready to win the American League West and achieve the destiny that Sports Illustrated proclaimed for them a few years back -- 2017 World Series champions. There's just this one nagging detail. They don't have the starting pitching to go head to head with the Red Sox or Indians, and they'll have their hands full against the Rangers and Mariners.
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|Quick study? No question. In the decade he was in his prime, everything about Ivan Rodriguez was quick.
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|Tyson Ross is hardly the only Major League asset who is available -- or should be -- with universal appeal. Here are some other moves every team should make:
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|Signing a pitcher in his thirties to a monster contract is a risk. But in the case of the Cubs and Jake Arrieta, it represents the lesser risk. The bigger one is assuming that Arrieta can be replaced.
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|No one is going to concede anything to the Indians because they've added Edwin Encarnacion in the Mike Napoli role. But the deal does come with implications for a lot of other teams and players.
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|We are here to help with a few modest proposals that make sense for everyone involved. There's no way to know what the exact packages will look like, but here are some trading partners and combinations that could create headlines.
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|Twenty teams reportedly have an interest in signing free agent right-hander Tyson Ross. The list of those looking to deal for Jose Quintana is almost that long, and why not?
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|Try as they might, second-guessers in the media and among the Cubs' post-drought fan base aren't going to be able to run off manager Joe Maddon. He would love some more World Series rings to go with the one he won in 2016, even if the criticism he's receiving for his handling of Aroldis Chapman is putting a cloud over his celebration.
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|Rod Carew, an international treasure who ranks as one of the greatest living hitters, underwent 13 hours of surgery Friday. Doctors gave the 71-year-old Hall of Famer a heart and kidney transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and there's hope he will make a full recovery.
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|Dexter Fowler's gone, and he's not coming back to Wrigley Field -- well, except when the Cardinals play there. While the Cubs are a team that seemingly has everything, do they have a leadoff hitter to take Fowler's place?
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|You could build a lineup from the free agents who have yet to sign, and in some areas -- first base, corner outfield and bullpen arms -- there are so many that the challenge is to pick through the remainders to find the right fit.
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|While Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward are connected by the offseason maneuvering of the teams the past two years, the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry hasn't become a Fowler-Heyward rivalry.
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|The White Sox were the Winter Meetings' biggest winners but not the only ones. Here's the rest of our top five.
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|On Wednesday night, Brian Cashman brought back Aroldis Chapman in arguably the biggest move of the Winter Meetings. While the headline is the size of Chapman's contract -- five years, $86 million -- the takeaway is how the Yankees played their hand when they became midseason sellers for the first time anyone could remember.
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|At age 20, Michael Kopech is the complete Noah Syndergaard starter kit. He's a few inches shorter than his fellow Texan at 6-foot-3, but attacks hitters in similar fashion, with his long, blond hair flying in the wake of his delivery.
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