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Best and worst free agent signings of 2016 MLB offseason

The free agent market is a tricky business for clubs trying to improve their rosters. Signing a game-changing free agent to a big contract can appease fans and put up results in the short-term, but long-term contracts like Prince Fielder’s (nine years, $214 million), Albert Pujols’ (ten years, $254 million), and Robinson Cano’s (ten years, $240 million) can ultimately cripple...
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Signing Howie Kendrick the latest move in the Dodgers’ winter of depth

The Dodgers have opted to go for depth rather than flash this offseason, building a roster that can compete in the NL West and hopefully withstand the rigors of a full season instead of spending big on a name. It’s a calculated strategy that the Dodgers hope will give them one of the strongest all-around teams in the league. That strategy was on full display when Los Angeles brought...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe the Rays shouldn’t trade Desmond Jennings

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some noise when they acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jake McGee. Granted most of that noise were people asking out loud what in the world Colorado was thinking, but the Rays did a nice job adding a solid average regular to their outfield. However, the club already had three outfielders one could claim...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Could the Miami Marlins contend in 2016?

Last season, the National League East was by far the worst division in baseball.  As a division, they “boasted” a .462 winning percentage and three of its five teams lost 90+ games.  The Nationals won 83 games and finished second, so they very nearly had only one team with a winning record. Even though the Mets won the pennant and put it together when it counted, top to bottom...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jonathan Lucroy be the next Brewer traded?

The Milwaukee Brewers are in full rebuild mode, which was evident well before the club dealt former All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks which landed them a package of infielder Aaron Hill, pitcher Chase Anderson, and prospect Isan Diaz. Milwaukee took on half of Hill’s salary to get Diaz, an intriguing 19-year-old infielder who put up excellent...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies and Rays swap Corey Dickerson and Jake McGee

Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Colorado Rockies have agreed to send outfielder Corey Dickerson and a minor league pitcher to the Tampa Bay Rays for lefty reliever Jake McGee and a pitching prospect. If you’re a Rockies fan, I imagine your immediate response is, “Why?” And if you’re a Rays fan I imagine your immediate response is, “Sweet, another lopsided trade in our favor...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
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Plenty of barriers to more MLB international play exist

In 1947, Bill Veeck and Horace Stoneham created the Cactus League when they moved their teams, the Indians and Giants, out of Florida and into the desert Arizona with Cleveland playing in Tucson and New York playing in Phoenix. For five years, these teams played a limited schedule against each other, local teams, and MLB franchises based in California until more teams joined them...
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Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Twins ready for primetime in loaded AL Central?

Since the signing of Justin Upton by the Detroit Tigers, the general consensus has been that the Central Division has become a two-team race, reminiscent of 2014 with the Royals and Tigers fighting for the title with the Indians and White Sox dark horses for a Wild Card. What everyone has forgotten in this is while these other teams may have been spending more and making more moves...
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Mets re-signing Yoenis Cespedes affirms fans’ faith in building World Series contender

Nothing is more frustrating as a sports fan than to see your team break through to the postseason and possible championship contention, then see the front office fail to capitalize on that success by neglecting to make key moves or additions that can make the club even better. New York Mets fans were feeling particularly grouchy this offseason as general manager Sandy Alderson...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Big-spending Giants have baseball’s best bargain in Madison Bumgarner

The San Francisco Giants opened up their wallets this winter, and as a result they’ll have one of baseball’s most expensive starting rotations. Take a look at the 2016 salaries of their four most expensive starters: Matt Cain: $21 million Johnny Cueto: $15.8 million Jake Peavy: $15 million Jeff Samardzija: $10.8 million That’s a whole lot of money tied up in starting pitching...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers spend owner's 'pizza money' in effort to win it all

On Monday, Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Tigers made their second free agent signing worth over $100 million this offseason, signing Justin Upton to a six year, $132.75 million deal which equates to 4,425,000 Hot-N-Ready Little Caesars pizzas per season. In addition to Jordan Zimmermann, who was brought in for five years and $110 million, the Tigers already had Miguel Cabrera...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding the best fit for Yoenis Cespedes

Last night, the Detroit Tigers gave six years and over $130 million to Justin Upton. In doing so, they not only brought their payroll up to a laughable (but still not Dodger-esque) number, they also scooped up one of two remaining top quality outfielders. Contrary to what one might think, being the last guy on the market isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, as there aren’t...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers sign Justin Upton to six-year deal, $132.75M

The Detroit Tigers and free agent outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a six-year deal worth $132.75 million according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Source: Upton opt-out is after second year. Six years, $132.75M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2016   This is a huge signing for Detroit as Upton was considered one of the best power bats on the free agent...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ink pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal

The reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals have had a rather successful offseason. They lost Ben Zobrist to free agency, but were able to retain the services of left fielder Alex Gordon. And that might prove to be the better move for the Royals. More on that in a bit. To shore up a rotation that saw the departure of second-half-hero Johnny Cueto, the R0yals have now...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Padres underwhelming offseason isn’t a bad thing

The San Diego Padres entered last offseason in full win-now mode. New general manager A.J. Preller made big move after big move in order to fix the slumping Padres, acquiring outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers, pitcher James Shields, catcher Derek Norris, and closer Craig Kimbrel, among other players. By trading a handful of good prospects and young players, including...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Best starting pitchers left in free agency

This week saw the Marlins shockingly spend money in free agency to sign LHP Wei-Yin Chen (and also sign Dee Gordon to an extension). On the opposite spectrum of surprise was the Dodgers signing yet another Cuban player – this time it was RHP Yasiel Sierra. What these two signings do have in common is they work together to further decrease the number of free agent starters available...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon locks in for life with Miami Marlins deal

On Wednesday evening, it was reported that the Miami Marlins had agreed to a lucrative five-year, $50 million deal with their stud second baseman Dee Gordon. The deal could be worth up to as much as $64 million if that option kicks in for a sixth year. In what could be one of the more obvious tales of a change of scenery affecting a player for the better, the speedster now locks...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Where’s CarGo? Five teams that could use Carlos Gonzalez

The Colorado Rockies made one of the more curious moves of the winter the other day, signing outfielder Gerardo Parra to a three-year deal that gives them a surplus of starting-caliber outfielders. Chances are they’re looking to move one of them, and the most likely candidate to be dealt is Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez has performed at an MVP-level when healthy, and even though Coors...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking back at the top 10 MLB prospects of last five years

The rookie class of 2015 may have been the best in baseball history and it is fair to say that the prospect prognosticators at Baseball Prospectus called it. At least it would seem so. There is always much fanfare when top prospect lists are created as top draft picks are lauded and baseball fans learn names never before heard. The focus is always on next year and even further...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerardo Parra’s signing could spell the end for Carlos Gonzalez with the Rockies

Today, the Colorado Rockies signed free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $26 million contract. It’s a modest contract and one that could easily fit both a contending team or a rebuilding team. Right now, it’s possible for the Rockies to be either. Or at the very least, it’s possible for the Rockies to try to be either. Whether they could actually competing is...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins sign Wei-Yin Chen to five-year deal

The Miami Marlins have signed left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year, $80 million deal reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause and has a sixth year vesting option which can bring the total contract to $96 million. chen agrees to 80M, 5 yrs with marlins — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 12, 2016   The deal is a bit of...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays have a decision to make with Bautista and Encarnacion’s pending free agency

The Toronto Blue Jays will be in somewhat of a tough position after the 2016 season as both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are due to hit free agency. Toronto president Mark Shapiro will likely attempt to re-sign both of them, and given the team’s win-now window, trading one of them over the next six months would simply would be insane. Still, for Blue Jays fans, the idea...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss
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