Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|The 2016 Winter Meetings were a tale of two Sox: Red and White. Working from opposite ends of the talent acquisition spectrum, Boston and Chicago both found remarkable success.
More»Red Sox acquire Sale for four prospects|
|The value of relief pitching is on the rise, not only on the mound, but also at the bank. And this is not likely to be a temporary bout of inflation. It is early in the postseason, but all signs are pointing toward a sustained increase in bullpen worth.
More»How Melancon signing impacts Jansen, Chapman|
|There can be no half measures in a full-scale rebuilding project. This is why the Brewers continue to trade established talent for the promise of a brighter future.
More»Brewers acquire prospects Dubon, Pennington from Sox|
|Puerto Rico finished second in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. It will bring a better team to the 2017 Classic.
More»Rodriguez looks ahead to 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|The notion of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was once unthinkable. Now, it seems much closer to completely plausible. Yes as both the Brewers' organizational direction and the market have changed, the concept of trading Braun has progressed all the way from "Why?" to "Why not?"
More» Latest on Braun trade rumors|
|The number of players defecting from Cuba to play North American professional baseball has been remarkable, considering the danger that confronted many of these players and the jeopardy in which their families have sometimes been placed.
More» Cespedes belts homer off sculpture in Miami|
|Aroldis Chapman is likely to break records this offseason without throwing a pitch.
More»Chapman reportedly reunites with Yanks on record deal|
|You can argue both sides of the current qualifying offer system and its Draft pick compensation, but the intent of the system remains good.
More»Walker returns to Mets after accepting offer|
|This could be a good winter for clubs to trade veteran talent, because the free-agent talent pool is relatively thin. Trying to cut payroll, while remaining competitive, is generally a difficult undertaking. It has been reliably reported that this is what Tigers general manager Al Avilla is attempting to do.
More»MLB Now on if the Tigers should trade Miguel Cabrera|
|Shortly after Craig Counsell was signed to a three-year contract to manage the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers, in May 2015, he was asked if three years were enough time.
More»Brewers extend manager Counsell through 2020 season|
|Run differential, as we all know, is a terrific analytical tool. Except when it isn't.
|This winter, there will be a lot of baseball teams playing an unfamiliar game: "Catch the Cubs." Two words of advice with that undertaking: "Good luck."
More»Chapman, Jansen and Melancon to test market|
|Here's a not-completely-anticipated bonus to the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series: We get to hear a Steve Goodman song on a regular basis. OK, "Go Cubs Go" was not Goodman's best work. But it is a catchy, upbeat little ditty, and it has become the Cubs' victory anthem at Wrigley Field.
More»Eldredge leads Cubs in singing 'Go Cubs Go'|
|In baseball, a game built on tradition and history, the 2016 Cubs have changed history. This is a monumental development. Maybe that is why it took so long.
More»How the Cubs became World Series champions|
|The Cleveland Indians have not been derailed. It is much more likely that they have merely been delayed. On the brink of their first World Series championship in 68 years, the Indians dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night. That was disappointing, but on the other hand, the Indians will take a 3-2 Series lead home to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday night.
More» Francona on going back to Cleveland|
|To Cubs fans, the Cleveland Indians were going to be like guests at the wedding; necessary props, but not central to the main storyline, which was, of course the long-delayed triumph of the Cubs. Now, the Indians are one victory away from winning the 2016 World Series. The Cubs, the actual favorites in this Fall Classic, are down, 3-1. One defeat from epic disappointment.
More» Francona discusses taking two-game lead|
|By starting Carlos Santana in left field in Game 3, Indians manager Terry Francona has made a point that he would take a chance to make his team better on baseball's biggest stage.
More» Santana makes first career start in left|
|Josh Tomlin won both of his postseason starts, one in the AL Division Series victory over Boston, the other over Toronto in the AL Championship Series. In those two starts, he gave up three runs over 10 2/3 innings. Another performance of that sort would be just about right for the Indians.
More» Tomlin on team's mood, his role in Game 3|
|A Dodgers team that had risen above adversity and moved forward in 2016 were reduced to supporting actors in the drama of the Cubs reaching the Fall Classic for the first time in 71 years.
More» Roberts on Kershaw's struggles, series loss|
|When Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that his club and the Los Angeles Dodgers were "pretty evenly matched," this was not a tactic, or a smokescreen. It was an honest call.
More» Maddon on battling Kershaw in Game 6|