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BBTN 100: Top 25 players

Who is No. 1? We concluded our countdown of the top 100 players in baseball with the top 25 and not surprisingly, Mike Trout leads the way.

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Average MLB salary tops $4 million (2:25)

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Top 50 MLB prospects update

Keith Law updates his top MLB prospect ranks, noting what has changed and how the players have looked since his last update Jan. 29.

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The 20-year anniversary of the strike ending

It's been 20 years since the baseball strike ended. LaTroy Hawkins, now the oldest player in the majors at 42, and several former players look back on what they did during the shutdown.

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Should MLB bring back bullpen carts?

One way to help pick up the pace of play in baseball -- and provide a few smiles along the way -- would be to bring back the kitschy-but-beloved bullpen cart.

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Spratt: MLB's best, worst defensive players

Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions breaks down the best and worst defensive players in MLB. He writes why Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is so valuable in the field.

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#Mets & Juan Lagares have agreed on a 4-year extension with a club option…deal expected to be over $20m covers all arb yrs &1FAyr w opt

Kris Bryant could still be ROY

The uber prospect will start in the minors, which could be motivating, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers writes: "It’s only fitting that the best player in college in 2013, the Arizona Fall League MVP ... and the reigning minor league player of the year takes home the [NL] rookie of the year award."

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Mets decide on Gee as 5th starter

Righty Dillon Gee joins the rotation, sources told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. Gee started Opening Day last year, but with Matt Harvey's return, his spot was in jeopardy. Zack Wheeler's injury reopened a spot. Gee will join Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom and Jonathon Niese.

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Carlos Gomez to lead off for Brewers

Despite Gomez making it known he'd like to hit third or fourth someday, manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez will be the primary leadoff hitter. Said the OF: "I don't look at myself like a leadoff [hitter]. But right now, if that's what it takes to win games, I'm in."

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Bettors high on the Cubbies

Heading into the opening week of baseball season, more money has been bet on the Cubs to win the World Series than any other team at two of Nevada's largest sportsbooks. The Cubs are 6-1 to win the World Series at the MGM. Only the Washington Nationals (5-1) have better odds.

Aroldis Chapman upset with early exit

The Reds closer was upset by the decision to remove him from Tuesday's game with a hamstring issue. Said manager Bryan Price: "The word 'hamstring' came up, [and] just with that history we were extra cautious. By the sounds of it, it may be a non-issue completely. It may be nothing more than a miscommunication."

MLB panel releases top players in MLB

ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts and contributors to rank the top 100. The top 5:

  1. Mike Trout, Angels
  2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
  5. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
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BBTN talks best players in the game

"Baseball Tonight" released the Top 10 players in MLB, and Angels OF Mike Trout rounds out the list again. Players missing from the top? Said Tim Kurkjian: "Miguel Cabrera should be a little higher than 6. ... When he's healthy, he's the best hitter in the game."

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Tanaka pitching on borrowed time?

After suffering a UCL tear last season, Yankees P Masahiro Tanaka has regressed so far in spring training:

  • Last spring: Threw 21 innings, allowed 15 hits, 5 earned runs. ERA: 2.14.
  • This spring: Threw 14 2/3 innings, allowed 13 hits, 5 earned runs. ERA: 3.07.

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Bryant a key piece for Cubs
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Despite starting this season in the minors, Kris Bryant is a major part of the Cubs' plans, as evidenced by his great play in spring training.

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AL East Opening Day starters set

With the Orioles and Blue Jays announcing their Opening Day starters on Tuesday, all five AL East teams now know who will take the mound for Game 1. Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison; Orioles: Chris Tillman; Rays: Alex Cobb; Red Sox: Clay Buchholz; Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka.

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Big league talk with 117 players

In ESPN The Magazine's MLB Preview Issue, 117 major leaguers weighed in on the best player, what they think of A-Rod's return and other topics from around league. Most players like replay, but one AL pitcher said, "For the love of God, speed it up." MLB Confidential

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Batting around the NL's top five offenses
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Doug Glanville's surprise offensive team in the NL this season? The Cincinnati Reds, believe it or not: "They're not getting a lot of love ... but this is a deadly lineup. Hamilton starting it off, you have the acquisition of Marlon Byrd, [if] Joey Votto bounces back ... this is a lineup."

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Bettors putting big money on Cubs

Heading into Opening Day, more money has been bet on the Cubs to win the MLB title than any other team at two of Nevada's largest sportsbooks. Chicago is 6-1 at the MGM, trailing only the Nationals (5-1).

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Dodgers, D-Backs simmer down
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Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly and his counterpart Chip Hale of the D-backs had an extended conversation on Monday at home plate while exchanging lineup cards to settle the latest feud between the teams. Burying the hatchet?

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Who are the best players in baseball?

Is Matt Harvey one of the top 10 players in the game? Should Miguel Cabrera rank higher than sixth in ESPN.com's rankings? Tim Kurkjian, Doug Glanville and Curt Schilling debate.

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