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Free Agency

Phillies free-agent fits: Pricey, but relatively young OFs | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Corey Seidman takes a look at young free agent outfielders who could potentially land in Philadelphia, including Jason Heyward and Gerardo Parra.

Inside Baseball: Top 50 free agents, ranked by dollars and projections -
The top 3: Price (210/7), Davis (182/7), Heyward (180/9)

Here's why Jason Heyward is the No. 1 MLB free agent available -
Outfielder Jason Heyward, most recently of the Cardinals, is about to make a lot of money. That's with good reason.

On the Farm

Kelly Dugan elects to become a minor league free agent
Outfielder Kelly Dugan, outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster on Oct. 19, was among the minor leaguers who elected free agency before the weekend.

Phillies prospect Andrew Knapp plays in Fall Stars Game
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --- Phillies prospect Andrew Knapp played the final four innings of Saturday night's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Field but did not reach base in any of his three plate appearances. On a brighter side, Edubray Ramos struck out both batters he faced.

Maikel Franco reports to winter ball
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has been added to the roster of his winter ball team in the Dominican Republic, Gigantes del Cibao.

U.S. Unveils Premier 12 Roster As Start Of Event Nears -
Using non-40-man roster players, USA Baseball will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation's top-level tournament next month: includes Phillies minor leaguers Tyler Pastornicky, Kyle Martin, Anthony Vasquez, Cody Forsythe, and Joey Denato, The Canada roster includes Philippe Aumont, Chris Leroux, and Ethan Stewart.

Around the League

Mariners, Rays Swap Miller, Morrison, Farquhar For Karns - MLB Trade Rumors
In the first major move of the off-season, new Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto acquires 27-year old righty Nate Karns.

Major League Baseball's GM Meetings this week |
Major League Baseball's general managers will conduct their annual retreat this week to discuss issues facing the game, begin serious talks on trades and free agents, and familiarize themselves with colleagues in new positions and new teams after another season of widespread front-office changes.

JABO: The NL East Was the Worst Division In a Decade | FanGraphs Baseball
Based on the teams' overall winning percentage of .462. Outside the division, it was .428. A year ago the East was the best division in the NL, and by a wide margin.

Baseball’s battle between scouting and analytics continues - The Boston Globe
Some teams rely on formulas and calculations, while others go the traditional route of instincts and scouting.

MLB - Future Power Rankings heading into 2015 free agency (subscription)
As we head into the offseason, Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney bring you the latest installment of the Future Power Rankings, looking at how well each team is set up for sustained success.

Alex Anthopoulos revived a fanbase, but it was not all good - Beyond the Box Score
A look at Blue Jays' former GM Alex Anthopoulos, who built the 2015 Jays into an offensive powerhouse only to walk away from the job.

Twins Submit Winning Bid For Byung-Ho Park - MLB Trade Rumors
Minnesota will now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Park and his agent, Octagon’s Alan Nero. If a contract cannot be reached, the Twins would be refunded the $12.85MM fee, and Park would return to Korea’s Nexen Heroes for the 2016 season.

An Early Preview of MLB’s 2016 CBA Negotiations: Part I | FanGraphs Baseball
"In this initial post, we’ll take a look at: (i) the new leadership dynamic at MLB and the MLBPA, (ii) various economic-related issues that are likely to be discussed during the negotiations (including the players’ declining share of league revenues, the qualifying offer, and service time manipulation), and (iii) possible changes to the league’s Joint Drug Agreement."