Adam LaRoche

White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million contract

The Chicago White Sox have replaced one aging first base/DH type on their roster with another, signing former Washington National Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract worth $25 million. Of course, I doubt the White Sox will play LaRoche in the field all that much because of the presence of reigning AL Rookie of the Year […]

Matt Harvey

Mets won’t handle Matt Harvey like Nats did Strasburg in 2012

With an exciting, young starting rotation bolstered by the return of Matt Harvey and what appears to be a solid lineup, the New York Mets could be a contender next season in the NL East. Naturally, we’re early in the offseason and don’t yet know what moves each team in the NL East can still […]

Joel Peralta

The Dodgers already have a better bullpen than 2014

One of Andrew Friedman’s main tasks as Dodgers president of baseball ops was to remake a bullpen that had consistently been a disappointment. In 2014, the Dodgers pen had a 3.80 ERA, and totaled just 0.7 fWAR in 489 2/3 innings. Taking dominant closer Kenley Jansen out of the situation, those numbers fall to a […]

Norichika Aoki, one of many potential values

The best potential values of the MLB offseason

The biggest free agent names and the blockbuster contracts they sign draw the headlines during the offseason. But it’s the players on the lower shelves — the ones you might have to squat down to find and check the labels carefully — that can become the best bargains for MLB teams and thus provide the best values for […]

Possible Russell Martin replacement Yasmani Grandal

Where should catching starved teams look for help?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all […]

One of many potential busts

The biggest potential busts of the MLB offseason

It happens every year, MLB teams desperate to inject some life into their World Series hopes throw big money at players and almost immediately come to regret it. No matter how smart we think MLB front offices should be, they continue to make mistake after mistake. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but sometimes it can. These nine […]

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Trading Jason Heyward needs to be the first step for the Braves

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves set Twitter abuzz by trading Gold Glove right fielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals. And while the move makes sense from an objective perspective (heading into his walk year, in line for a massive payday, Braves needed young pitching), it hurts from an emotional perspective. This is a guy who […]

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10 MLB players most likely to be traded this winter

The MLB hot stove season is already off to an active start, with some big signings and trades made before Thanksgiving. Free agency has plenty of options for teams seeking starting pitching or relievers, but those without money to spend might find better options on the trade market. Clubs looking for offensive help will almost […]

Jason Heyward

Braves, Cards hook up to swap Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller

Over the last week, there was a burgeoning debate about which of the Atlanta Braves outfielders might get traded. That debate is over before it ever really began because the Braves just traded Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins: For Atlanta, this deal helps shore up their rotation […]

Russell Martin

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

In the first major free-agent signing in the the four-year long Alex Anthopolous tenure, the Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. Peter Gammons initially announced the signing as a “(Brian) McCann-level contract”, with Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal reporting the official length and worth. Catcher has long […]

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A mega-deal for Giancarlo Stanton wouldn’t mean Marlins have changed

Sure, Miami Marlins, you’re going to sign Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term contract extension. Oh yeah, you’re going to keep a star player around. Whatever, man — just let us know when Stanton is traded to the Red Sox for a boatload of prospects and we’ll resume writing those columns about what a feckless, disingenuous […]

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2014 free agent primer: relief pitchers

We end the free agent primer series with a look at possibly the most overpaid market in baseball today – relief pitchers. A top-tier reliever can make more money than a back-end starter, despite 70 innings a year being considered “a heavy workload”. This winter will be no exception, as there are some relievers out […]

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Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw are your 2014 MVPs

The 2014 MVP awards were announced and Thursday night, and Mike Trout finally claimed his first AL MVP award, claiming all 30 first place votes in the process. Over in the National League, Clayton Kershaw became the first NL pitcher to win the MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968. Trout actually had the worst […]


2014 free agent primer: starting pitchers

The starting pitching market this year is enough to make a team with a lot of money salivate. Three big names head the class, and the middle ground is loaded with intriguing options. If you’re a team that has no issues spending money, you can put together a damn good rotation of free agents this […]