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Can Joe Nathan help the Mets bullpen?

The winter was a busy one for Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets. Bringing back Yoenis Cespedes capped off the successful offseason. In addition to Cespedes, the Mets signed Asdrubal Cabrera, Antonio Bastardo and Alejandro De Aza. Neil Walker was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for pitcher, Jon Niese. Despite all the new players, Mets management continues to look...
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Will The Boston Red Sox Pitching Staff Hit Their Spot In 2016?

The Boston Red Sox made one of the biggest free-agent splashes this offseason by signing David Price to a record-setting, seven-year, $217 million contract. Yet, the question remains if adding Price and trading for Roenis Elias will be enough to solve the numerous problems the Sox’ pitching staff had in 2015. In the American League, Boston hurlers, collectively, ranked 14th in...
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Why Aren’t the Cubs Shifting All That Much?

In the fourth game of the 2015 National League Championship Series, down 3-0 in the series, the Cubs had their backs against the wall. And in the top of the first inning, Lucas Duda set the tenor of the game when he drilled a three-run shot into center field on a full count offering from starter Jason […]
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Actor Michael Imperioli ('The Sopranos') talks Yankees, Alex Rodriguez (VIDEO)

Imperioli hopes A-Rod breaks the all-time HR record Actor Michael Imperioli, perhaps better known as Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's "The Sopranos," grew up 15 minutes from Yankee Stadium, in Mount Vernon, New York, and said Wednesday that he's been a Yankees fan since birth. "The first game I went to I was three years old and it was Mickey...
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Royals Offense Hinges on Alcides Escobar

On September 12, 2014, the Kansas City Royals were defeated by the Boston Red Sox to lose their fourth game in five days. That loss dropped the Royals out of first place in the American League Central and put their playoff chances in a bit more doubt. The next day, Ned Yost changed his lineup […]
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Carter Capps is Doing Something Brilliant

Carter Capps made his Major League Baseball debut just four days before his 22nd birthday, on August 3, 2012. For most players that young, you might assume that he was a highly-regarded draft pick out of high school, and worked his way up through the minors over the course of three or four seasons. However, quite the opposite was true – coming out of North Lenoir High School in...
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Brewers owner Attanasio remains involved in rebuilding process

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talks to his general manager like a fan whenever his rebuilding club makes another move.The remodeling of the franchise, while long anticipated, is still testing the patience of the competitive and passionate boss.It could be a few years before the Brewers become a serious contender again, so general manager David Stearns and assistant general...
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Yankees' Alex Rodriguez 'just can't' play defense anymore, report says

Sounds like Rodriguez won't get a look to play first base in Greg Bird's absence Maybe Alex Rodriguez will never pick up a glove in a Major League Baseball game again. If you listen to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, it sounds possible, if not likely. The Yankees aren't only going to skip giving A-Rod a try at first base in the wake...
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The Passing of the Torch at Catcher

Ruiz celebrates the 2008 World Series title, AP photo The Phillies are in an organizational transition. They’ve moved on from leaders that helped the organization see its best days in Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels.  The Phils will look toward new players to lead them to another stretch of glory days at shortstop, second base as well as in the starting rotation and...
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Pulling Apart the Segura Trade

Last week, the Milwaukee Brewers traded shortstop Jean Segura and right-hander Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and infield prospect Isan Diaz. The trade has largely been painted as a significant win for the Brewers. Some have considered the deal a pure salary dump, as the D-Backs cleared approximately half of...
Via BP Milwaukee
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David Ross: Future Big-League Manager

David Ross would like to manage in the big leagues some day. According to several of his peers, he’ll be a worthy candidate. The 38-year-old Chicago Cubs catcher was by far the most popular choice when I asked a cross section of uniformed personnel: Which Current Players Are Future Managers? What will Ross’s managerial style be, when and if he’s given an opportunity to lead...
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#TBT: Anthony Rendon charges grounder, makes great play to first - Nationals Buzz

He's got pop in his bat and range while manning the hot corner. Unfortunately, third baseman Anthony Rendon was limited to 80 games last season due to injury. However, some experts are saying that Rendon could become a top infielder in the National League in 2016. Rendon certainly showed off ... Read More
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#TBT: Adam Jones dives, robs Coco Crisp - Orioles Buzz

On last week's #TBT post, we watched second baseman Jonathan Schoop absolutely destroy a baseball, sending it 484 feet for a huge homer at Kauffman Stadium. This week, we're looking at a play that's equally as dazzling, but switching gears to the defensive side of things. While he didn't have ... Read More
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Royals or Mets? Who has the better chance to return to the World Series in 2016?

With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them.For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the postseason and even to the World Series. But which team is more likely to do so: The Kansas...
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The Wainwrightization of Rick Porcello

I don’t know if you paid much attention to Rick Porcello last year, but I bet you have made a bad pancake. You know, one of those pancakes when you wait too long before you flip it. Or maybe you tried to make a pancake without preheating the cooking surface. The parallels work as well as any parallels do — you mess things up from the start, despite the best of intentions, but...
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Mets to wear 1986 uniforms as regular season alternates

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the team’s 1986 World Series championship over the Boston Red Sox in one of most iconic Fall Classics in MLB history, the New York Mets will wear the uniform donned by that title-winning team on occasion throughout the 2016 MLB season. The team announced earlier this offseason it would pay tribute to the ’86 squad with a weekend commemorating...
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Jonny Gomes To Play In Japan In 2016 After Struggling To Find MLB Job

Mr. America is taking his talents to Japan. Jonny Gomes is headed to the Land of the Rising Sun in 2016 after not fielding offers from any Major League Baseball clubs, the outfielder told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Gomes is coming off a World Series win with the Kansas City Royals — he didn’t play in the postseason — and is only three years removed from another win with...
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Chicago White Sox: 3 Bold Predictions for 2016 Season

With most free agents off the board and Chicago White Sox pitchers and catchers preparing to report to Arizona, a fresh slate in 2016 is nearly upon us. Except for rumors that the South Siders may make a run at unsigned outfielder Dexter Fowler or try to make a trade for Andre Ethier, the White Sox’s roster is mostly set. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three bold White...
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Detroit Tigers: projecting the 7-man Opening Day bullpen

Earlier this week we took a look at the starting rotation that the Detroit Tigers will roll out this year. Click here if you missed it. Today, the bullpen goes under the microscope. During his 14-year run as General Manager of the Tigers, Dave Dombrowski’s kryptonite was clearly the pen. Favoring big-armed starting pitchers and a slugging offense instead, DD often left the Tigers...
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Phillies ranked as best farm system by SI formula countdown

The Philadelphia Phillies have the best farm system in the major leagues, according to a formula put together by Sports Illustrated.
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Luigi Rodriguez: On the Rise or Organizational Man?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” These famous opening words of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities could easily describe the 2015 season of Indians prospect Luigi Rodriguez.The now 23-year-old outfielder began the season at the High Class-A level for his sixth professional season. Even though it was his third season at the level, he had only 133 games...

Matt Harvey says he once mistook Jacob deGrom for a woman

Matt Harvey has been making the rounds on the talk show circuit over the past few weeks and his latest stop was a sit-down on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” And while the New York Mets pitcher didn’t say anything as salacious as what he revealed during last week’s appearance on Bravo’s trashy gabfest “Watch What Happens Live,” he did mention how he originally mistook...
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2016 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Angels

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Los Angeles Angels. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
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Q & A with Padres Minor-League Pitcher Eric Yardley

The game of baseball is not an easy one to play by any stretch of the imagination. There are a lot of positive breaks that are needed in order for a player to make it to the next level. Nothing in the game of baseball can be taken for granted and Eric Yardley is well aware of this fact in life and in the game he loves. The right-handed side-arm style pitcher had to fight and claw...
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Will Yankees’ Brett Gardner remain a valuable commodity?

It’s a business and the New York Yankees believe outfielder Brett Gardner is a valuable commodity. All the same, it will be interesting to see if Gardner’s value as an asset grows or diminishes during and after the 2016 season. Is this the final season in Gardner’s contract that his performance will considerably influence his worth to the club as a trade piece?Brett GardnerPhoto...
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