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.
|We've got Chipper Jones penciled in for Cooperstown in 2018, and Mariano Rivera in 2019. If you appreciate the greatness these two men represent, their Hall of Fame induction weekends may just send a chill down your spine.
More»Justice looks ahead to 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot|
|Hang in there, Trevor Hoffman. You're going to get into the Hall of Fame very soon now. There's pretty much no doubt about that. How about next year? Yes, that sounds about right.
More»Justice on Hoffman narrowly missing HOF election|
|Jeff Bagwell's ultimate legacy will be that he was a complete player, and how many of those have there been? As former Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said, "If you were looking to build a franchise around a player, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone better than Jeff Bagwell."
More»Justice discusses Bagwell's Hall of Fame election|
|Josh Hamilton is trying for another comeback. Good for him. Good for us, too. Baseball is more interesting when he's on a Major League diamond. Here's the thing. It's impossible to know what kind of player he can be, since he's 35 and recovering from yet another surgical procedure -- this time to his left knee.
More»Hamilton discusses rehab after returning to Rangers|
|Some free-agent signings seem inevitable. These are the ones in which everyone wins. That's especially true now with the start of Spring Training a mere month away.
More»Trumbo, Bautista, Wieters among remaining free agents|
|Say hello to baseball's busiest general manager. How busy? Jerry Dipoto made two more trades on Wednesday, running his total to 11 this offseason and 36 since he took over the Mariners 16 months ago. Yes, 36.
More»Justice on Mariners' exciting offseason of trades|
|Spring Training has always had a magical quality to it, and that's true no matter how many times you've been through it. It's warm weather and green grass and seeing your favorite team again. In that way, it truly is renewal.
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|Maybe the most amazing thing about Mike Trout's brief career is that he may already have punched his ticket to Cooperstown. Roll that one around in your brain a time or two.
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|At this point in the off-season, all 30 Major League teams are asking themselves the same kinds of questions. Let's look at eight teams and the discussions they could be having.
More»Justice on whether Yankees should trade for Duffy|
|There's a case to be made for the D-backs having a nice rebound season in 2017. Don't be surprised if the Angels bounce back, too. Also, the Pirates, Rays and Rockies shouldn't be overlooked.
More»Justice on top teams poised for a turnaround in 2017|
|Spring Training is a mere six weeks away, and for a bunch of teams, this could be a make-or-break stretch. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Nationals aren't done with the heavy lifting. The Astros, Rangers and Yankees haven't checked all their offseason boxes, either.
More»Major bats looming in free agency, trade markets|
|Today, we pause to remember those we said goodbye to in 2016 -- to the players and pioneers who will live in our hearts and minds forever, to those who thrilled us and to those who made us laugh or think.
More»MLB Network honors those we lost in baseball in 2016|
|One of the things Major League Baseball players got from the new labor agreement is a common-sense approach to travel. If that sounds like a small thing, it's not.
More»Latest information on the new labor agreement|
|Almost every season, we look back on a handful of teams that slipped below the offseason radar, and still improved themselves. Let's look at five of them.
More»Justice on underrated offseasons for Mariners, Angels|
|The Associated Press reported Monday night that Major League Baseball's new labor agreement includes an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy.
|In the wake of Kenley Jansen getting a deal worth a reported $80 million over five years, here's where things stand on the closer market:
More»Clubs eye Holland in free agency, Robertson via trade|
|No, the Cardinals won't get better than the Cubs with this one potential move, regardless of how smart it appears to be. All the signing of center fielder Dexter Fowler will do is close the gap.
More»Mozeliak discusses holes that Fowler fills for Cards|
|The Winter Meetings serve as a checkpoint of sorts for baseball's offseason. It's right about this time that free agents start to get antsy about how things will work out.
More»Buck Showalter discusses Mark Trumbo's future|
|White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is off to a great start. In trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, he has already acquired four of MLB's top 40 prospects in the entire game.
More»White Sox acquire Giolito, two prospects for Eaton|
|Should the Orioles now trade Zach Britton? In the energized market for closers, that's one of the questions being asked in the lobbies and suites at these Winter Meetings.
More»Britton goes 47-for-47 in save opportunities|