SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Commissioner Allan H. Bud Selig announces that the Houston Astros have selected Brady Aiken number one overall during the MLB First-Year Player Draft at the MLB Network Studio on June 5, 2014 in Secacucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

How far will Brady Aiken fall?

Brady Aiken made a mistake. He was chosen first overall in the 2014 draft, the third year in a row Houston had been able to make that pick, entitling him to the largest signing bonus in the draft and a fairly secure future in the Astros organization. After a lengthy period of discussion, he declined […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Allen Craig #5 of the Boston Red Sox strikes out in the sixth to end the inning during inter-league play against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 18, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Can these struggling contenders get back in the playoff picture?

The season is two months old now, a time when we can usually separate the contenders from the pretenders. Well, usually. It turns out that there is a wealth of teams that we thought would be contenders that have fallen short of expectations so far. With so many teams like this, it is hard to […]

:PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 13: Michael Taylor #3 of the Washington Nationals high fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand-slam home-run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 13, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nationals need Michael Taylor to produce in Jayson Werth’s absence

The Washington Nationals have already been without Jayson Werth since May 19, when he went on the disabled list with a wrist injury. But the outfielder is going to be out for much longer, after a MRI exam discovered two small fractures in his left wrist. Werth is now expected to be sidelined until August, […]

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Texas calls up ‘Power Ranger’ prospect Joey Gallo

With Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hitting the 15-day DL, the club has called up super prospect Joey Gallo from AA Frisco. The third baseman has made a name for himself based on his power alone. Multiple prospect rankings have foamed at the mouth at Gallo’s reported 80-grade power. Those reports aren’t misleading as Gallo […]

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Josh Hamilton’s comeback could be the best baseball story of 2015

To say Josh Hamilton’s career has been full of up and downs is a dramatic understatement. We all know the story now – Hamilton, a former first overall pick with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays who’s supreme talent was derailed by crippling addiction. He rose above his troubles to become one of the games most […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 4:  Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Great American Ball Park on June 4, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of our ongoing series that recaps the best hitters and pitchers from the previous week. This week’s offense is all about third basemen. Between the pitchers it was nearly a tie between 2 single game performances, one in the National League, the other in the American League. BEST HITTER: Todd Frazier, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 24:   Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a double in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field on May 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 5-2.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The best and worst MLB players of May 2015

We’re two months into the 2015 MLB season, and the cream is starting to rise to the crop. Plenty of the best players in baseball shined in May, and we’re seeing some truly great seasons begin to unfold. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Jason Kipnis Well, that escalated quickly. Kipnis was worth a ridiculous […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19:  (L-R) Agent Scott Boras, Mark Appel, general managerJeff Luhnow and director of amateur scouting Mike Elias pose for the media after the Houston Astros signed first overall draft pick Appel to the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

What a draft pick can lose when he says no

The Major League Baseball amateur draft is coming around on June 8th this year and more than 1,200 high school and college baseball players will likely be selected from the amateur ranks to pursue the ultimate American dream, being paid millions of dollars each year to play a game. While very few of those drafted […]

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A pauper no more: Prince Fielder’s return to relevancy

Growing up just an hour’s drive from Milwaukee I got to see all of Prince Fielder’s rise to greatness with the Brewers. There was definitely an electric feeling when he would come to plate. You just knew he was going to do something special and he usually did. That’s why I was pretty sad when he […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 26: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a RBI double in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park on May 26, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending May 28th

After a week that was dominated by Giancarlo Stanton and his ridiculous power stroke, we’re back to basics a bit this week with some rather pedestrian dingers. 1. Ryan Braun vs Tim Lincecum, 465 feet (May 25th) HE HIT THE DAMN BALL OUT OF MILLER PARK. PEDs or no PEDs, that’s impressive. 2. Tim Beckham […]

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Montreal Mayor set to meet Rob Manfred in hopes of getting a franchise back

When the Montreal Expos were sold and moved to Washington, it left a city wanting more. While Montreal is traditionally a hockey town, the love for baseball was obvious, there was never an issue with fandom, which made the move even more devastating. When baseball returned to city, in the form of two exhibition games featuring […]

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 18: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a single in the first inning during MLB game action against the Atlanta Braves on April 18, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays are the clear winners of Donaldson/Lawrie deal

When the Toronto Blue Jays swung a deal with the Oakland Athletics for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, the return for the A’s seemed a bit on the lighter side. In exchange for a top five WAR player in the league with plenty of years of control, Oakland received oft-injured third basemen Brett Lawrie, 18-year-old […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 1: Matt Adams #32 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a walk-off single against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the tenth inning at Busch Stadium on May 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Trade targets: who might possibly be on first for the Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals took a big hit to their lineup this week, losing first baseman Matt Adams to a torn quad muscle for most (likely all) of the season. The Cards don’t really have an in-house replacement for him (unless you count Mark Reyonlds, and… you probably shouldn’t count Mark Reynolds), which leaves them […]

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