Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Joe Maddon opened the door for criticism with his quick hook of starters and heavy reliance on closer Aroldis Chapman in the World Series. But by limiting the workload of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey during the regular season, he gave the Cubs a huge edge against the Indians, who had only two of their top four starters at full strength.
More»Muskat on Maddon's themes for the 2017 season|
|Torey Lovullo has been everywhere in baseball, and Saturday he was exactly where he has always wanted to be. He was seated in a folding chair adjacent to the D-backs' dugout, a rookie manager watching his team play its first Cactus League game.
More»Gilbert discusses Lovullo's impact on D-backs|
|Another season, another math problem for the Athletics: How to be last in the division in spending and remain competitive over 162 games?
More» Franklin Barreto, SS, Athletics|
|Tim Anderson showed plenty of good things in his Major League debut with the White Sox a year ago, especially on defense where the 23-year-old shortstop shined.
More» Anderson runs 130.8 feet, catches deflection|
|Among hundreds of good decisions that allowed the Cubs to break their World Series drought, one of the best was made when Willson Contreras put on shinguards for the first time.
More» Contreras looks to build on fantastic 2016|
|Jerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren't talking about Jose Altuve's budding powerhouse, they're focused on the Rangers. Why not? They've won the AL West two years in a row.
More»Servais takes a look at the AL West entering season|
|There are a number of positional battles that will play out during Spring Training that could help determine the strength of this season's contenders.
More»Roberts expects Puig to be starting regularly in 2017|
|At last, the high road is open for Cubs fans, so why not travel it? We're here to help. With the Cubs holding their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, now seems like a good time for a quick primer on handling success:
More»Cubs looking for repeat performance in 2017|
|The Cardinals' announced Wednesday morning that Alex Reyes has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will require Tommy John surgery. That's real bad.
More»Cardinals confirm Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery|
|The Royals have done their part in uncluttering the free-agent market. But after they reunited ex-Cubs Travis Wood and Jason Hammel in the past week, there's still a long list of unsigned free agents looking for a team.
More»Rogers on free agents and teams that match up|
|Here's a road map that reveals how two painful seasons could be all Rick Hahn needs to get the South Siders back into the thick of things in the American League Central.
More»Hahn on rebuilding White Sox in 2017|
|Smart move by the Royals. As for the 28 teams that allowed Jason Hammel to linger on the free-agent market until February, well, all 28 must have really good starting rotations.
More»Royals round out rotation in reported Hammel deal|
|It would have been easy for the Indians to write off a poor October performance and quickly sign the popular Mike Napoli to a contract extension. But general manager Chris Antonetti was patient. That patience was rewarded, as the Indians signing Edwin Encarnacion was the best move of the offseason.
More»Rogers on best offseason trades and acqusitions|
|When the Cubs' pitchers gather for the first meeting of Spring Training, there will be almost enough of them assembled to fill a 40-man roster. And that's despite the fact that the Major League staff currently has zero vacancies.
More» Arrieta looks to rediscover elite control|
|Can a team lose a Hall of Fame-level player to retirement after a vintage season and get better the next season? The Red Sox suggest the answer is yes.
More»Rogers on most improved teams after offseason|
|As the Cubs start gathering early in Arizona, here are five reasons why 2017 could be better than 2016, as well as five reasons they might not be.
More»Five reasons why the Cubs could soar in 2017|
|According to FanGraphs, the Dodgers moved past the Cubs when they imported Logan Forsythe to fill their second-base void. Forsythe is projected to be a two-win player, and with him in the mix, FanGraphs has the Dodgers down for 95 wins next season, one more than the Cubs.
More»Rogers discusses how Forsythe trade affects Dodgers|
|Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar's not alone among potentially impactful players who could benefit from late trades before the opening of Spring Training.
More»Rogers on trades that could happen before the season|
|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."
More»Cubs chairman opens up 32nd annual Cubs Convention|
|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.
More»Russell on staying in shape during hectic offseason|