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J.A. Happ to Blue Jays: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Left-hander J.A. Happ on Friday signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Roster Moves

It will be Happ's second stint with the Blue Jays after he spent two-plus seasons in Toronto beginning in 2012.

Yankees Need to Find a Middle Ground in Plan to Build a Title Contender

A few years back, a general manager of a limited-budget team shook his head while talking about the New York Yankees.

"Sometimes it seems like they're trying to operate like us," he said. "If we had their money, we wouldn't operate like us."

How David Ortiz's Post-2016 Retirement Will Impact Red Sox's Future Moves

Managers love to talk about the flexibility of not having a full-time designated hitter. They can use the spot to give players rest, giving them in effect a half-day off. They can keep guys in the lineup when a minor injury may keep them from effectively playing in the field.

It's all true and it's all great, but there's a much better way to build an American League team:

Have a DH like David Ortiz.

Josh Donaldson Proves You Can Still Trade for an MVP in Moneyball Era

Josh Donaldson had to work just to get to the big leagues. Alex Anthopoulos really had to work to get Josh Donaldson to Toronto.

If nothing else, the story of the American League's 2015 Most Valuable Player is the story of persistence.

You can make it, even if it takes you five years to leave the minor leagues behind. You can trade for a real difference-maker, even if he's "unavailable."

Josh Donaldson Wins 2015 AL MVP: Voting Results, Comments and Reaction

The Baseball Writers' Association of America pared down the list of American League MVP candidates to Lorenzo Cain, Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout, and Donaldson secured the coveted hardware Thursday night to close out a compelling race. 

Devon Travis Injury: Updates on Blue Jays 2B's Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis required surgery on the same shoulder that cost him two months of the regular season.

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David Ortiz's Final Season Will Celebrate a Man as Important Off-Field as on It

Feliz cumpleanos, Big Papi.

Settling the Josh Donaldson vs. Mike Trout AL MVP Debate, Once and for All

There actually is a fish called a Donaldson Trout. According to a post on the website Trout Fishing Help, it's sometimes called "Super Trout."

So there you have it. A (Josh) Donaldson is a super (Mike) Trout!

I'm guessing that won't end the argument over who the American League's Most Valuable Player should be. I'm guessing this column won't end it.

David Ortiz Confirms Intention to Retire at End of 2016 Season

Three-time World Series champion and Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is  planning to retire from baseball after the 2016 season.

Ortiz confirmed his decision on Wednesday in a video for The Players' Tribune:

How the Yankees Can Turn Brett Gardner into a Key Pitching Upgrade

The New York Yankees need starting pitching. That's not breaking news, but it's an undeniable truth.

They can get it by spending on the open market, which would be the classic Yankee Way. Or they could get creative on the trading block, which might be the Yankee Way 2.0.

If they go the trade route, here's a name the Yanks and general manager Brian Cashman will at least consider dangling: Brett Gardner.


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