A late bloomer to superstardom, Jake Arrieta has hit free agency ahead of his age-32 season. His story has been well-chronicled -- a fringe pitcher who was nearly out of the game resurrected his career in Chicago -- and his next chapter is waiting to be written.
When baseball players plan their offseason workouts, they don't usually involve shoveling dirt, lining fields and painting dugouts. But Mitch Haniger had something different in mind last week, and it landed the Mariners right fielder in Hilo, Hawaii, getting down and dirty with dozens of happy kids.
It was easy to overlook just how special Lou Whitaker really was during his playing days with the Tigers. How special was he? The more you look at the history of baseball, the more you understand how rare of a complete player he really was.