Yasmany Tomas agrees to deal with Diamondbacks

Deep down, I think we all knew that Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas would end up with a mystery team. Sure enough, the mystery team has won once again. But I think the identity of this year’s mystery team has shocked most of us – it’s the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have agreed to signed Tomas according […]

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval: the Giants fan’s lament

Pablo Sandoval leaving for the Red Sox is probably a good thing for the Giants, in the long term. Sandoval’s body likely won’t allow him to play third base a few years from now, his stats have gotten progressively worse over the past few seasons, and that’s a lot of money to tie up in […]

Cubs target Jon Lester

What do the Chicago Cubs do if they strike out in free agency?

At the time of this writing, we’re not too deep into the 2014-15 Major League Baseball offseason quite yet. The Winter Meetings have yet to transpire. There are still multiple marquee free agents available out on the market, and still major trade chips that have yet to move. However, for the Chicago Cubs, it would appear […]

Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox

How the Red Sox clear up their logjam of outfielders

For now, the headlines in Boston are occupied with the (reported) marquee signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to free agent contracts. And rightly so. Adding the two best hitters on the open market provides a major boost to a lineup that ranked No. 12 in the AL with 634 runs scored and second to last with […]

Kyle Seager

Kyle Seager reportedly agrees to seven-year extension with Mariners

Holy crap, the Seattle Mariners are doing something good once again. The club is reportedly in agreement with third baseman Kyle Seager on a seven-year contract extension worth $100 million. The contract also contains an eighth year option worth $20 million. The 27-year old Seager has hit .262/.328/.429 in three-plus seasons in the majors. 2014 […]

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies

The great swap meet of MLB bad contracts

There are a lot of bad contracts in MLB right now. OK, there are ALWAYS a lot of bad contracts, but it seems like there is an inordinate amount this offseason. All these teams will talk about trying to find a way to dump their bad contracts, but nobody ever really seems to follow through on that. With Thanksgiving […]

Hanley Ramirez

The Hanley Ramirez trade has come full circle for the Red Sox

After reports began to trickle out on Sunday night that Hanley Ramirez would be signing with the Boston Red Sox, a familiar refrain began to echo throughout the baseball blogosphere – HANLEY’S BACK! Ramirez was signed by the Red Sox way back in 2000 as a 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic, and he rose […]

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 […]