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)

Craig Kimbrel

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three […]

Free agent Max Scherzer

Won’t somebody please sign Max Scherzer?

What’s wrong with all of you? There’s a perfectly good Max Scherzer just sitting there on the free agent market and nobody has bothered to pick him up yet. Fine, not every team has an extra $200 million lying around, but there has got to be someone out there who wants to sign a 30-year […]

Evan Gattis

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. The 28-year old Gattis has just two years of major league experience under his belt, but […]

DETROIT - MARCH 31:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers sits in the dugout against the Kansas City Royals during their game on Opening Day on March 31, 2008 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Royals won 5-4 in 11 innings.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Each team’s best and worst offseason trade of the last 20 years

During the winter, free agency is what gets most of the attention. And rest assured, we’ll be diving down that rabbit hole sooner rather than later. But teams also made blockbuster trades each winter to help turn their clubs into contenders for the next season and beyond. Just like we did back in July, we’re […]