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3-Way Trade Would Have 3 Winners

Dave Cameron, Just a Bit Outside

Yankees Fiddle as Red Sox Burn It Up

Richard Justice, mlb.com

Harper Best Bet as Next $300M Man

Zachary D. Rymer, Bleacher Report

Hall of Fame Ballot a Source of Angst

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

The Vault Is Open in Boston

John Tomase, Boston Herald

The Red Sox had too many hitters before they signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to lucrative contracts, and now they have perhaps the deepest lineup in all of baseba...(full article)

OK, Yankees, your turn. What do you have for us? How about Jon Lester? He'd look great in pinstripes, wouldn't he? If you're looking to rattle a few coffee cups in Red Sox Nati...(full article)

In the wake of Giancarlo Stanton becoming Major League Baseball's first $300 million man, a question comes to mind. Who's next? There's no doubt baseball will get a second $300 mil...(full article)

My Hall of Fame ballot came in the mail late Monday afternoon. This is always a moment that brings a small spasm of joy every year; I grew up a baseball fan, grew up to be a base...(full article)

The Red Sox dropped nearly $200 million on Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez yesterday like Sonny Corleone peeling off a few $20s over a prone photographer, and the Godfather of th...(full article)

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