Top prospects need protection from Rule 5 Draft

Before making it to the big leagues, the obvious ultimate goal for any prospect, there is another milestone each hopes to reach: being added to his organization's 40-man roster. For many, that decision will be made on Thursday. All 30 teams have to decide which players deserve to be added to their 40-man rosters by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday. Those eligible and left unprotected were thus left exposed to selection in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Stanton’s new deal also good for teammates

Signing Giancarlo Stanton long term finally effectively puts to rest endless speculation that the slugger will eventually be traded. Although the Marlins repeatedly stated they never intended to move their two-time All-Star, with or without a multi-year contract, the rumors persisted. Had they continued, it could have been disruptive to the rest of the Miami players.

Shoring up bullpen remains on Tigers’ agenda

The Tigers took care of two of their most pressing needs last week by re-signing Victor Martinez and trading for Anthony Gose. They likely have a waiting game ahead of them if they're going to make any move on retaining Max Scherzer. That leaves some time to address other parts, such as the bullpen, even if it's not the major move many might pine for.

Matheny helping Cardinals work through grief

While Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shied away from speaking publicly in the days after Oscar Taveras' accident, he has been perhaps the most active behind the scenes. Seeking to be, as he describes it, "a leader of men," Matheny recalled his initial reaction to that Sunday evening news in late October as being, "What do I have to do for my guys?" What he's done, quite simply, is try to be there.