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American League CY Young Candidates: Jon Lester

Jon Lester couldn’t have asked for a better year heading into free agency. The 30 year-old workhorse enjoyed a phenomenal 2013 postseason, as he helped lead the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title. Despite Lester expressing his desire to stay in Boston long-term, the Red Sox were not able to come to terms with the left-hander on a contract extension. Thanks to his performance...
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Adam Jones Leads Baltimore Orioles Towards October

2014 wasn’t supposed to be the Baltimore Orioles year. The Boston Red Sox were coming off a year in which they won the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays returned a very strong roster, and the New York Yankees went on a spending spree over the offseason. However, the Rays suffered an early season collapse and the Red Sox quickly fell apart and subsequently made a series of...
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Alex Gordon Leading Surging Royals in Hunt for October

The Kansas City Royals last playoff appearance occurred in 1985, when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. That gives them the longest active playoff drought among the four major American sports. As of Tuesday, they are owners of a 72-58 record, which gives them a 1.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Their playoff odds...
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Rick Porcello Is Helping to Stabilize a Detroit Tigers Rotation in Flux

Thanks to a post All-Star break skid and a surge by the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers playoff odds are in jeopardy. Their rotation is missing Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander only just returned from the disabled list. As a consequence, rookies Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer have been thrust into starting duty. One rotation member who has helped keep the Tigers‘ heads...
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MVP Candidates: Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton

Despite losing pitching phenom Jose Fernandez to season-ending elbow surgery, the Miami Marlins are still hanging around the fringes of the National League Wild Card hunt. At 64-65, they are just four games behind the San Francisco Giants for the second Wild Card berth. While their .465 rest-of-season projected winning percentage doesn’t inspire much hope, this season has been...
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Chris Archer Stepping up for the Tampa Bay Rays

Rays are in shape to be contenders in 2015.
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Jhonny Peralta is Having a Career Year for the Cardinals

Thanks to a recent surge, the St. Louis Cardinals are in position for the first wild card spot. They sit in second place in the National League Central, 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Though the team has the fewest home runs in the NL, shortstop Jhonny Peralta has supplied power to the Cards lineup. Peralta had an excellent year for the Detroit Tigers in 2013. He hit...
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Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards Emerges as an Ace

Entering play on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels are locked in a tie with the Oakland Athletics for the best record in the American League East and all of baseball. Mike Trout captures most of the headlines for the Angels, and the 23 year-old is the best player in baseball. A huge reason for the Angels success has been the dominant performance of 26 year-old right-hander Garrett...
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Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy Keeping Brewers atop NL Central

In one the season’s biggest surprises, the Milwaukee Brewers are enjoying a three game lead in the National League Central division. While 2014 was supposed to be the St. Louis Cardinals‘ year, Milwaukee’s convincing lead makes them the favorite to take home the division crown. The Brew Crew has been lead by two MVP candidates, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy. The 28 year...
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MVP Candidates: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig Emerging in Los Angeles

Brewers who are surprising the rest of baseball atop the NL Central. But, Kershaw and Puig are the frontrunners for the NL MVP.
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Anthony Rendon Key to Washington Nationals Success

Thanks in large part to a catastrophic slide by the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals own a five game edge in the National League East. Their odds of winning the division sit at 94 percent, and they have the best World Series odds of any team in baseball. A big reason for their success has been the superb play of second-year infielder Anthony Rendon. Following a standout...
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Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano Leading Mariners’ Playoff Push

The Seattle Mariners own a 63-55 record, which puts them just one game behind the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card spot. Their playoff odds sit at 36.5 percent. It would be their first playoff berth since 2001, when they won an American League record 116 games. That squad featured Bret Boone, Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Cameron and Edgar Martinez, with Freddy Garcia leading the...
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MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Interested in Ian Kennedy or Joaquin Benoit

The San Diego Padres moved third baseman Chase Headley and closer Huston Street prior to the July 31 trade deadline. Still, they declined to move two key pieces in Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit, both of whom were in high demand. With the recent hiring of A.J. Preller as the General Manager, an August trade could be in order. It figures to be at least a couple years before the...
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August Trade Candidates: Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist

After months of speculation, the Tampa Bay Rays finally traded David Price just hours before the July 31 deadline, sending him to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way deal that netted them Wily Adames, Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly. Since the trade, their already slim playoff chances have dipped below five percent. More trades could be on the way for the Rays. One player that could be...
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August Trade Candidates: Texas Rangers Alex Rios

It seemed likely that Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios would be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. The Rangers have been out of contention for some time, and while Rios’ numbers have declined this season, he’s only two years removed from an excellent 2012 campaign where he clubbed 25 home runs. Furthermore, his 2013 season resulted in a solid 3.1 fWAR. Last season...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen Headed to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to announced that All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be placed 15-day disabled list due to an oblique muscle injury, according to the  the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCutchen may miss up to a month of playing time, significantly impacting the Pirates run at a playoff spot. The injury occurred during Sundays game with the Arizona Diamondbacks...
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August Trade Candidates: Philadelphia Phillies Chase Utley

The Philadelphia Phillies stood pat at the July 31st trade deadline, and many pundits felt this was a missed opportunity for the club to sell. They have a firm hold on last place in the National League East. With an aging roster and a minor league system that is short on impact talent, a rebuild is in order. While they didn’t make any deals at the deadline, several Phillies players...
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August Trade Candidates: Los Angeles Dodgers Carl Crawford

The July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have a glut of outfielders. Yasiel Puig is one of the best hitters in baseball, Matt Kemp is swinging the bat very well, and Scott Van Slyke has posted very impressive numbers in just 179 plate appearances. Top prospect Joc Pederson is tearing up Triple-A Albuquerque. Meanwhile, high-priced outfielders...
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Madison Bumgarner Gem Leads Giants In Rout of Mets

San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner twirled a two-hit gem and Hunter Pence homered twice to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 9-0 rout over the New York Mets. Bumgarner struck out 10 and walked one in his second career shutout, tossing just 94 pitches. Mets starter Bartolo Colon (10-9) was going for win No. 200 allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Pence...
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MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Players that Could be Traded in August

The July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, and there was a flurry of activity. However, impact trades frequently occur after the waiver deadline. The mechanics of an August trade are a little more complicated, as players have to clear waivers, but don’t think general managers have put down the phones yet. Here are a few players that could be moved this month. Matt Kemp Marlon...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

For Boston Red Sox 2015 Begins Now

In the wake of a dizzying trade deadline day, 2015 begins today for the Boston Red Sox. Over the span of hours yesterday, the club reshaped its present and future with deals that included left-handed ace Jon Lester, durable right-handed starter John Lackey, right-handed hitting outfielder Jonny Gomes, dominant left-handed reliever Andrew Miller and the expendable Stephen Drew. In...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Send Asdrubal Cabrera to Nationals

The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals agreed on a deal that will send infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Indians in exchange for minor-league shortstop Zach Walters. Cabrera, 28, is batting .246/.305/.386 (96 OPS+) in 97 games for the Indians this season. Across parts of eight big-league seasons, the two-time All-Star owns a slash line of .270/.331/.410 and is...
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Yankees Acquire Martin Prado, Stephen Drew, at the Deadline

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Detroit Tigers Get David Price In 3-Team Deal

As it turns the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners had the players the Tampa Bay Rays wanted for David Price. The deal completed just short of the 4PM trade deadline sends Price to the Tigers in a three-team deal, that left many Rays fans scratching their collective heads. Tigers center-fielder Austin Jackson will head to Seattle. Tampa Bay will get infielder Nick Franklin from...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers Acquire Gerardo Parra From Diamondbacks

The Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Brewers for Double-A outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda. Parra, 27, is hitting .259/.305/.362 in 440 plate appearances this year. Parra had a mostly successful six-year run in Arizona, winning Gold Glove Awards for his defense in 2011 and 2013 ....
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