Mike Axisa

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Shohei Ohtani won't have any restrictions from Angels about 2023 World Baseball Classic usage for Japan

The two-way sensation will try to help his home country win a title in March

MLB rumors: Giants, ace righty Logan Webb talking extension; Angels still looking to fill need

Webb is scheduled to hit free agency after the 2025 season

Batting Around: Who's the team to beat in NL West after Dodgers, Padres have opposite offseasons?

The Dodgers have won the division in nine of the last 10 seasons

Tom Brady becomes last active Montreal Expos draft pick to retire from professional playing career

The 18th-round pick in the 1995 MLB Draft seems to have made the right call in playing football over baseball

Yandy Díaz extension: Rays agree to three-year, $24 million deal with infielder

Díaz was headed to an arbitration hearing after the sides couldn't match up before the deadline

MLB rumors: Phillies add utilityman Josh Harrison; Giants sign veteran catcher

Here are the latest MLB rumors with spring training around the corner

Batting Around: Joe Mauer joins Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in 2024 -- will he make it to Cooperstown?

Mauer will appear on the ballot for the first time next year

Astros owner Jim Crane still interviewing GM candidates, but no rush to hire James Click's replacement

Click rejected a one-year extension after winning the 2022 World Series

White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger under investigation for alleged domestic violence, child abuse, per report

A woman with whom Clevinger has a child accused him of physical, verbal and emotional abuse

MLB free agency: Ranking 10 most intriguing opt outs after 2023 season, including Manny Machado, Max Scherzer

Opt outs have become far more popular as an insurance for players

MLB rumors: Royals shopping Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez after Red Sox trade; Marlins halt Yuli Gurriel pursuit

Adalberto Mondesi is heading to Boston as the Red Sox add to their infield depth

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com, and YESNetwork.com. Mike is a native New Yorker.

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