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From Catfish Hunter's $3.2 million to Gerrit Cole's $324 million: The history of MLB's highest-paid pitcher

After two aces earned a combined $569 million in a two-day span, we look at the most lucrative pitching paydays in MLB history.

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Next up for Yankees? A vacation for Brian Cashman

With Gerrit Cole signed, Cashman has already won the winter.

What will the Angels do now after missing out on Gerrit Cole?

Here's how the Angels can still put themselves in the playoff picture.

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Law: Yankees get their man in Gerrit Cole -- but 9 years is a looong time

Bringing a title back to the Bronx just got that much more likely, but a nine-year deal buys risks as well as rewards.

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What risk? With Gerrit Cole, the Yankees are now THE team to beat

The Yankees now have baseball's best pitcher. It was worth the $324 million gamble.

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Yanks land Cole on record-setting deal for pitcher

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Kurkjian: Cole to Yankees makes them the best team in baseball

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Law: Evaluating Phillies' Gregorius deal, Giants' upgrades and Angels' money move

Philly banks on a bounce back, San Francisco places upside bets and watch out for an Angels club making room on the payroll.

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Cracking the code: Why signing free agents is paying off like never before

Do free agents get worse when they sign with new teams? Turns out: Not anymore.

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Which stars are on the Dodgers' winter meetings shopping list?

Aiming to win a World Series, L.A. needs only top-end roster solutions. Which high-end players will it pursue?

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Winners and losers of Stephen Strasburg's $245 million return to Nationals

Washington brought back its ace at a record-setting price. Here's what it means for Strasburg, the Nats and the rest of the hot-stove market.

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Ted Simmons, Marvin Miller finally get their due with Hall of Fame election

Cardinals catching great, revolutionary union leader get recognition they've long deserved.

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Catcher Ted Simmons, ex-exec. Marvin Miller elected to HOF

Former players' union executive Marvin Miller and catcher Ted Simmons were both elected into the Hall of Fame.

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