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Epstein building Cubs into contenders

Maybe the price tag attached to Jon Lester was too high, but that’s irrelevant. It’s only money, and the Chicago Cubs have plenty more of it. Timing is what matters, and in this case it’s perfect.

Expect Bumgarner to win, but take Royals in seven

It’s a World Series missing star power, but not without an ace. Madison Bumgarner, a country strong left-hander, is the San Francisco Giants’ best shot at spoiling a Cinderella story.

Royals will ‘find a way’

The Royals eschewed power to build a talented young team around speed, pitching and defense. In the first eight games of the postseason, the Royals have put that winning formula on display by sweeping aside three opponents.

Kershaw in control, but Dodgers not unbeatable

A dysfunctional element exists within the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team resembling an uncontrollable kindergarten class at times. But amid the chaos there is Clayton Kershaw, who is cool and in control.

A’s Beane continues to work magic

In several ways, Billy Beane is a gambler working with a bankroll. But there’s not much money to play with, so the Oakland Athletics general manager must be smart with it, and he needs to make the right moves.

Dodgers’ dollars guarantee nothing

Money can buy happiness, at least temporarily. The Los Angeles Dodgers handed Clayton Kershaw the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history, and a big bankroll has turned the odds in their favor.