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January 17, 2013

On the Beat: Final Free-Agent Blitz

by John Perrotto

Front-office types give their opinions on the remaining free agents, and a look at the ramifications at the Rafael Soriano and Mike Morse deals.

January 10, 2013

On the Beat: A Change in the Process

by John Perrotto

A Hall of Fame voter calls for reform, catches up on Alex Rodriguez, and gets the inside scoop on Mike Morse, Lance Berkman, and Scott Kazmir.

January 3, 2013

On the Beat: The Hall of Fame Ballot

by John Perrotto

Our resident HOF voter reveals his ballot and catches up on David Price, Miguel Tejada, and Brett Myers.

December 27, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Remaking the Red Sox

by John Perrotto

The Red Sox are in the midst of an overhaul, but are they a better team now than they were at the end of 2012?

December 20, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff

by John Perrotto

Are the retooled Blue Jays set to soar in 2013? Plus updates from many other clubs and insight from scouts and front-office types.

December 13, 2012

On the Beat: Moore Problems

by John Perrotto

Whenever Dayton Moore makes a move, the press is sure to fire.

December 6, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Manager Monger

by John Perrotto

John chats with numerous team managers about the upcoming season and their thoughts on their club's prospects of winning.

December 5, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings

by John Perrotto

Checking in on John Farrell, Adam LaRoche, Justin Upton, Ron Gardenhire, Robin Ventura, Bo Porter, the Brewers, the Rangers, the Rockies, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Cubs' bullpen, and the WBC.

December 4, 2012

On the Beat: Rumblings from Nashville

by John Perrotto

Updates from the Winter Meetings, touching on Alex Rodriguez, R.A. Dickey, James Loney, Aroldis Chapman, the World Baseball Classic, the Blue Jays, the Athletics, and the Royals.

November 21, 2012

On the Beat: AL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

Black Friday is coming up, and many AL clubs will be scouring the market for free-agent bargains and potential trades.

November 15, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

What's on Santa's list for the recently-gutted Marlins? Will the Diamondbacks trade Justin Upton to fill multiple voids?

November 8, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The All-Major League Baseball Team

by John Perrotto

Sure, there's an All-Star team--two of them, even--but those don't compare to the OTB All-MLB team.

November 1, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Hot Stove Stories

by John Perrotto

With the World Series over, here are five big stories for Hot Stove season, and an interview with Brian Sabean.

October 25, 2012

On the Beat: Rising to Giant Occasions

by John Perrotto

The Giants have faced elimination multiple times in the postseason, yet they're three wins away from a championship.

October 18, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar

by John Perrotto

Dave Dombrowski has pulled off a pair of stellar moves to upgrade Detroit's pitching staff, which has helped the team to two consecutive ALCS series.

October 11, 2012

On the Beat: Managing the Golden Oldies

by John Perrotto

Joe Girardi is finding a balance between resting his veterans and plugging holes for injured players.

October 4, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Planning a Play-In Strategy

by John Perrotto

The Braves aren't huge fans of the wild card play-in game, but they have a strategy for their upcoming meeting with the Cardinals. Also, a few minutes with Robin Ventura and Chris Speier.

September 27, 2012

On the Beat: McClatchy Comes Out

by John Perrotto

Former Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy recently revealed he was gay, a difficult step in the professional sports environment.

September 21, 2012

On the Beat: Trouble in Tiger Town

by John Perrotto

The Tigers came into the season as favorites to win the AL Central, yet they find themselves looking up to the White Sox in the standings.

September 13, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The Shark vs. Strasburg Shutdown

by John Perrotto

While Stephen Strasburg's shutdown has gotten the headlines, another staff's No. 1 starter was shut down quietly.

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