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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree
It wasn't unexpected, but still must give Los Angeles Dodgers fans quite a bit of relief: According to ESPN.com sources, the team and Clayton Kershaw agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal. On one hand, it's a major risk, as pitchers are known to be vulnerable to unanticipated injuries. On the other, Kershaw turns 26 in March, and has won two of the last three NL Cy Young Awards (the lefty posted a 1.83 ERA in 2013). Also, the Dodgers aren't exactly in rebuilding mode; they won 92 games last season and reached the NLCS.
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Dodgers to give Mattingly extension
All through the 2013 season, Don Mattingly didn't know if he would be with the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond 2014. Now he does. The team and manager reportedly agreed to an extension Tuesday that would keep him in Southern California for the next three seasons, meaning he will be there to see if the Dodgers' resurgence -- 92 wins in 2013 with a trip to the National League Championship Series -- will last. Was this a good move? How much success will he see?
The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!
Top 2014 MLB Storylines
AL West race
AL West race
Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?
Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?
How much will it change the game?
How much does he have left?
Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?
Mattingly's job status
Mattingly's job status
Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?
Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).
New MLBPA head
New MLBPA head
What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?
Is Rob Manfred the man?
Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?Tags:
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Over the next week, Buster Olney is ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. Today he is analyzing the league's best rotations . Do you agree with his list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!More: Top 10 lineups
Baseball's best rotations
Pictured: Sonny Gray
Pictured: Julio Teheran
Pictured: Adam Wainwright
Pictured: Clayton Kershaw
Pictured: Stephen Strasburg
Pictured: Francisco Liriano
Pictured: Yu Darvish
Pictured: Matt Moore
Pictured: Mat Latos
Pictured: Max Scherzer
For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?
Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.
Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).
Who's No. 1?
Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?
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