The end of the World Series marked the last game until next April, but not the last major storyline worth following in baseball. Here are 10 more.<br><br>Ramirez's stellar play after his trade to the Dodgers should result in a huge new contract, but whether it will be as big as the nine-figure deal Manny has in mind remains to be seen.
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Sabathia could be headed for the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher. The Yankees are likely pursuers, but Sabathia may prefer to stay in the National League, and play in his native California.
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Tex's Stock. Mark Teixeira is a power-hitting, Gold Glove-winning first baseman who has succeeded in both leagues. Will he stay with the Angels or sign elsewhere?
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World Baseball Classic
The WBC debuted in 2006 (and was won by Japan). The second installment of baseball's international tournament takes place in March, starting at six venues, including three in the U.S. The championship game will be played March 23 at Dodger Stadium.
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Baseball's alltime home run king will finally have his day in court on March 2, where he will answer a grand jury's charges that committed perjury during the BALCO investigation.
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The Blue Jay set career highs in wins (18), starts (34), innings pitched (221 1/3) and strikeouts (an AL-best 231) and can opt out of his contract to become a free agent. Bidders should be warned: Burnett spent the first two years of his five-year, $55 million contract battling the injuries that have plagued him most of his career.
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The 2007 NL Cy Young winner is being mentioned in trade talks. He has a no-trade clause, and is likely to accept a deal only to another National League team.
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Did CC do enough in half a season to get a Cy? Will Albert Pujols win his second NL MVP? The awards for Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP, Gold Glove and Manager of the Year will be handed out in November. Several players, like Boston's Dustin Pedroia in the AL MVP race, and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum in the NL Cy Young race, are top contenders for the first time.
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New York, New York
Both New York teams missed the postseason this year, and both are moving into new stadiums next year. Expect both to be major players on the free agent market, especially for arms. The Mets need bullpen help (perhaps Francisco Rodriguez?) and the Yankees need starting pitching (CC Sabathia?).
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The Rockies are expected to deal the slugger, whose contract will be up after next season. His potent bat would be a major addition to any lineup.
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