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MLB Winter Meetings 2016: Dates, Schedule, Rumors and Predictions

The first week of December is typically an optimistic time for all 30 Major League Baseball teams because it marks the start of the winter meetings, where club executives and agents discuss potential deals.

There was a storm cloud hanging over this year's meetings, though, with owners and the players' union struggling to agree to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Remaining 2016-17 MLB Free Agents Who Suddenly Look Like Huge Values

It’s fairly easy to write a check. Do you want a free agent on your team? All an executive really needs to do is offer that player a bigger contract than every other team in contention for his services.

The more difficult task for general managers around the game is to identify players who offer an organization great value.

Inevitably, those players are flawed. Otherwise, they would be fielding high-priced offers that would negate the idea that they bring any value. So have an open mind when considering the following choices.

Carlos Beltran Signing Puts Astros One Step Away from AL Favorites

The last time Carlos Beltran was in a Houston Astros uniform, he was punishing baseballs left and right as he led the team deep into the postseason.

It could be deja vu all over again 11 months from now.

Carlos Beltran to Astros: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Outfielder Carlos Beltran will spend his 20th MLB season in Houston after signing a one-year, $16 million contract with the Astros on Saturday. 

MLB Rumors: Top Trade Rumors Ahead of 2016 Winter Meetings

Although the winter meetings are sure to bring plenty of shakeups across Major League Baseball, the trade hot stove is already kicking into high gear with several huge names reportedly available for the right price.

Many of the top free agents remain untouched thus far, and while those dominoes promise to fall in the near future, some of the biggest moves made this offseason may occur on the trade market due to an apparent willingness to orchestrate some blockbuster swaps.

Impact MLB Deals Most Likely to Be Pulled off During 2016 Winter Meetings

The baseball world is about to descend on National Harbor in Maryland, as MLB's 2016 winter meetings are set to kick off on Monday. And things are sure to be rather interesting.

Tyson Ross Is Fascinating New Possibility on Dismal MLB Free-Agent Market

Under normal circumstances, a pitcher coming off a major shoulder procedure who posted an 11.81 ERA in extremely limited action the previous season wouldn't be a winter head-turner.

These aren't normal circumstances.

The free-agent shelves are bare, especially in the starting pitcher department. Marquee trade options may require ludicrous expenditures of young talent. 

Enter Tyson Ross. Flawed as he is, he's a name worth following.

Albert Pujols Injury: Updates on Angels Star's Recovery from Foot Surgery

Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols' status for Opening Day in 2017 could be up in the air after undergoing surgery on his right foot.

Continue for updates.

Tyson Ross Non-Tendered by Padres: Latest Details and Reaction

The San Diego Padres have made this year's crop of free-agent pitchers more intriguing by opting not to give right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross a contract for 2017. 

Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Padres did not tender Ross a contract, and he immediately becomes a free agent. 

Korean League MVP Eric Thames Could Be Surprise MLB Offseason Steal

There's a video you can find on the internet showing Eric Thames wearing a crown made of flowers, just after he was named Most Valuable Player last year in South Korea.

Good luck finding anything like that from Kris Bryant or Mike Trout.

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