Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|Yes, there are days when the Dodgers have wondered if Yasiel Puig is worth the trouble, but who trades a 24-year-old outfielder with tremendous numbers, a huge upside and a modest salary?
More»Justice talks trade rumors for Puig, Bruce, Gordon|
|The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired one of the nicest and most genuine men on the planet. As qualifications go for a job like this one, that's an excellent place to start.
More»Dodgers hire Roberts as new manager|
|Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet. That's one of the things of which this season reminded us. Was he baseball's best player in 2015? No, probably not.
More»Mike Trout finishes second in 2015 MVP race|
|As Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson celebrate their MVP Awards, we should celebrate, too, because we're lucky. We're the generation of fans who get to see these guys play.
More»The MLB Tonight crew discusses the MVP winners|
|Baseball got more accessible for millions of fans on Thursday when Commissioner Rob Manfred announced a three-year deal with FOX Sports in which 15 teams will allow in-market streaming of games on phones, tablets and other devices.
More»Manfred announces in-market streaming agreement|
|The 2015 season represented to Hal Steinbrenner what he envisioned for years: that the Yankees could compete with a roster not built largely around big-ticket free-agent signings.
More» Bird belts clutch three-run homer in 10th|
|If the Reds wanted to add a touch of theatrics to this thing, they'd set up shop in the lobby of the Winter Meetings next month and ask teams hoping to trade for closer Aroldis Chapman to take a number.
More»Mark Sheldon examines Chapman's potential suitors|
|The Mariners are close -- really close -- to being a postseason team. At least that's how new general manager Jerry Dipoto sees it.
More»Dipoto discusses Martin's defense and Bass' appeal|
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called it "an independent, straight up, good old-fashioned baseball trade -- a lot of talent for a lot of talent."
More»Hoch on the Yankees acquiring Hicks from the Twins|
|Once he was able to digest the whole disappointing season, Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo took a couple of deep breaths and arrived at two reasonable conclusions.
More»Nationals introduce Dusty Baker as their new manager|
|Maybe what the San Francisco Giants did in 2015 was remind us how difficult winning is.
More»Relive the Giants' 2015 season with Statcast|
|The Yankees and Red Sox are looking for starting pitching, both of them. Both see it as a ticket back to the postseason. Best of all, both have hotshot prospects to trade. Connect the dots. Hey, this might be fun.
More»Duquette previews offseason plans for the Red Sox|
|There was a time when baseball worried it might never get to this place. Could the Kansas City Royals be competitive? Could the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays?
More»GM Dayton Moore thanks Royals fans for their patience|
|We love it when the Hot Stove is really, really hot. This week's General Managers Meetings is the next logical step in a feeling-out process.
More»Phil Rogers joins Hot Stove to discuss free agency|
|It's a first-rate ballpark and a world-class Spring Training facility that will have the latest bells and whistles for the Nationals and Astros when it opens in 2017.
More»Manfred on new spring home for Astros, Nationals|
|OK, Dave Dombrowski, you're on the clock. How's that for cranking up expectations? Why not? The new Red Sox president of baseball operations has a long history of making large, teeth-rattling trades, and he would surprise no one by pulling off another in his first offseason in New England.
More»Richard Justice talks Red Sox, Royals' free agents|
|One of these days it's going to happen. Some player is going to sidestep free agency -- or delay it a year -- by accepting the qualifying offer. While it's a no-brainer that Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke, David Price and others will reject the $15.8 million and explore free agency, it surely is going to be a bit tougher decision for a few others. Let's consider four who might just be tempted.
More»Duquette on clubs' qualifying offers|
|Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has cast such a wide and diverse net in his search for a manager that it's easy to wonder if he has any idea what he's looking for.
More»Justice discusses the Dodgers, Greinke on High Heat|
|All that matters is that the Washington Nationals ended up with a manager who is one of baseball's most respected, decent and accomplished men of the past half century. In terms of stature, credibility and experience, Dusty Baker takes a back seat to no one.
More»Justice on Baker hired as manager of the Nationals|
|The Kansas City Royals couldn't have been more optimistic about their immediate future when last season ended. They'd just had a terrific postseason run, getting to Game 7 of the World Series before losing a close, tense contest to the San Francisco Giants. Once the disappointment of that defeat wore off, the Royals realized they were in a good place.
More»Royals win title, built for success in the future|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|