Phillies ace Cole Hamels

The Philadelphia Phillies could have a sneaky good rotation

I have a spoiler alert for you – the Philadelphia Phillies will not be a good team in 2015. They’ll likely finish last in the National League East. However, if the team is going to move up to fourth, or maybe even third, in the division, it’ll because of their starting rotation. Last year, the […]

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Norichika Aoki #23 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after making a catch in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels during Game One of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on October 2, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Five teams that failed to improve the most this offseason

As the offseason begins to wind down, most of the teams in the league made a statement on their plans for the 2015 season. A shocking amount of teams took steps towards contending, while some pumped the brakes a little bit and decided to rebuild for the long-term future. However, some teams didn’t make much […]

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04:  Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners poses for a photo following his introductory press conference at Safeco Field on December 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Six teams going all-in on 2015

The offseason has quieted down as it normally does with February on the horizon (Four weeks until pitchers and catchers report!!!) but there are still plenty of teams that have positioned themselves for big things in 2015. I’ll take a look at a team from each division that has decided 2015 is going to be […]

Giants GM Brian Sabean

The five best and five worst GM’s in baseball

What makes a general manager a “good” general manager? Is it a willingness to take risks? An emphasis on sabermetrics? Or the discipline to hold the line, be patient, and trust a process? It could be any of those things; conversely, all of those things can also make a GM a “bad” one. It’s a […]

James Shields

Has James Shields’ market struggled because of marketing?

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of February, and James Shields is still a free agent. Shields is far and away the best free agent left on the market, and while we’ve seen pitchers dangle in the wind this deep into the offseason before (Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana […]

Rob Manfred

Rob Manfred “open” to eliminating shifts, doesn’t get it

The tenure of Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, has now begun. Naturally, he’s pissing off baseball fans after just hours on the job, admitting to ESPN’s Karl Ravech that he’d be “open” to eliminating defensive shifts. So to improve offense in the game, Manfred would like to…get rid of shifting, which has become widely used and […]

James Shields

James Shields wants to pitch on the west coast, but…

We’ve nearly reached February, and James Shields is still out there, dangling in the wind on the free agent market. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Shields wants to join a team on the west coast. That’s all fine and dandy, but there’s just one problem with his desires – the ten teams in […]

Bad contract BJ Upton

Each MLB team’s worst contract

As more and more teams start inking players to long-term contracts, either to keep them in town or attract them to town, more and more of those contracts start going pear-shaped for the teams. Usually, it’s because the player simply starts to see their abilities fall off a cliff, but sometimes, it’s because the team […]

Astros offense

Astros’ impressive offseason renovation shows their future is now

The Nationals and Cubs have gotten a lot of attention in recent days for making significant additions. Throughout the offseason, the Dodgers, White Sox, Blue Jays and Padres have also received acclaim — and rightfully so — for their roster overhauls. But what about the Houston Astros? Have the Astros’ offseason moves flown under the […]

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander

The Detroit Tigers are in a payroll hell they can’t escape

It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While it might seem a […]

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant

Cubs’ plans with Kris Bryant still not written in stone

The Chicago Cubs made a rather expected move on Monday when they went out and acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Fowler fills a need for on-base percentage at the top of the lineup, while also presenting Joe Maddon with an extremely versatile lineup to work with throughout the year. There is […]

Dexter Fowler

Chicago Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros

It’s been no secret throughout the offseason, and especially recently, that the Chicago Cubs were in the market for an everyday centerfielder. With Arismendy Alcantara representing the only real option out there, in addition to the fact that their only addition to the outfield thus far in the offseason was Chris Denorfia, they had been connected to multiple players available […]

Max Scherzer

This is happening: Nationals sign Max Scherzer

The Washington Nationals have pulled off the most shocking move of baseball’s offseason – they’ve signed the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer, to a seven-year contract. While the terms of the deal are currently unknown, Scherzer will reportedly be making more than $180 million over the seven years. Former teammate Justin Verlander […]

Nori Aoki

Giants fill outfield hole with Nori Aoki on one-year deal

One of the last remaining offensive forces on the free agent market has signed – Nori Aoki is heading to the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal for $4.7 million guaranteed. aoki gets $4.7M guarantee. $4M salary for 2015, plus 700K buyout on 2016 option. can make 12.5M max — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)