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With pitchers and catchers meeting in Arizona and Florida in just a matter of days, a new season of baseball is nearly upon us. And that means we can look at teams’ rosters and — on paper — do the analysis and look at who’s poised to contend in 2013.
To be sure, there are a couple free agents along the lines of Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse still out there, but for all intents and purposes the offseason is over, clubs have reorganized their toys and are ready to deploy those troops. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take one look back at Major league Baseball’s winter.
Both of the top-prize free agents — Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton — ended up on different sides of the Los Angeles rivalry. But were their signings enough to vault the Dodgers or Angels to the status of an offseason winter?
The American League East was another source of a lot of action, as both the Blue Jays and Red Sox upgraded in big ways. Toronto, of course, raided the Marlins during their latest firesale, while the R...
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The Dodgers have officially converted former starting pitcher Chris Withrow to relief and former third baseman Pedro Baez to pitching.
Personally, I’ve seen both Withrow and Baez in those roles for a couple years now (maybe Baez for longer given his swing), and I think most evaluators began to agree within the last year, so it’s good to see the Dodgers follow suit.
This is the third in a four-part series projecting the Dodgers' full-season minor league teams. Up next, the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Part 1 of 4: Great Lakes Loons
Part 2 of 4: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Of all the Dodgers' minor league teams, this one should be the best. Once you see the roster, you'll see what I'm talking about.
The Lookouts were the only...
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said his shoulder is
feeling good, but doctors won’t clear him for “full-on playing in games” until
April 15, reports David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
McCann underwent shoulder surgery in October which carries
with it a six-month recovery period. He’s approaching the four-month point, and
the middle of April...
B.J. Upton’s big contract means big expectations
There is no question that the addition of the Upton brothers, to the Braves, was done to increase power in the lineup from the right side of the plate. At first glance, it looks like this deal is going to do just that, but after looking at the numbers, maybe not.
Let’s first talk about B.J. Upton. Last year he hit .246, with...
Last season, the Braves bullpen ranked as one of the best in baseball, featuring talented arms and one of the game's elite closers.
After the Tommy Hanson trade, which brought over strong-armed reliever Jordan Walden from the Angels, the late innings look to be in good hands this season in Atlanta. Adding Walden to the depth chart of Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craiig...
As the possibility of Michael Bourn landing in Queens seems more and more like a reality, there are a faction of fans who feel Bourn wouldn’t be such a necessity, had the Mets simply resigned Jose Reyes. On the surface, they’re correct, however as is the case with everything New York Mets, there is always more to it. Its easy to compare the two players. Both center their...
According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, while the Mets remain very motivated to sign free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn, they won’t make a deal if it will cost them their first round draft pick.
It turns out that the decision about the draft pick would be in hands of an independent arbitrator, not the commissioner’s office. Here is how the process could work:
Here are two significant updates from Jim Bowden of ESPN XM Radio:
“With Victorino getting an average annual salary of $13 million,” Bowden says. “And with Bourn turning down a qualifying offer of $13 million, it only makes sense that he would get north of that.”
A team source (presumably the Mets) also told Bowden that if the Mets were able to sign Michael Bourn, negotiations...