Playing Pepper 2017: Atlanta Braves

Back in 2009, I had the idea of doing a season preview of each team by asking bloggers that followed that club questions and posting the answers.  We’re back for the ninth edition of Playing Pepper!  We’ll cover one team a day from now right up until Opening Day (not counting weekends).  This series is [...]
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Ranking the Top 10 second basemen in the MLB

Today is the third edition of the Top 10 players at each position as I examine the best second basemen in all of baseball. This list is littered with veterans and power hitters. There is plenty of depth in the top 10. 1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros Altuve can do it all. He can hit for average, power, can steal bases and plays strong defense at second. He has lead the league in...
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White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with executive vice president Ken Williams

CSN's Chuck Garfien sits down with executive VP Ken Williams to discuss Chris Sale, the Sox rebuild and more in this White Sox Talk Podcast.
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Athletics hopeful Santiago Casilla to arrive in coming days

MESA, Ariz. (AP) As Santiago Casilla awaits his final paperwork to depart the Dominican Republic and rejoin the Oakland Athletics, he has been speaking with young baseball players at the team's academy in his home country. And keeping up with his throwing program so he is ready to go once he gets to the Arizona desert. A's manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that could be ''any day...
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Chicago Cubs: Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ in interview

The beleaguered former Chicago Cubs outfielder touched on a variety of topics in a recent interview with a blogger, including Major League Baseball’s ‘witch hunt’ against him. Sammy Sosa has always had a flair for the dramatics. He was just the third player ever to eclipse 61 home runs in a season back in 1998. […] Chicago Cubs: Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ...
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Colorado Rockies Spring Analysis: Exclusive Chat with Chris Cotillo

So how are things looking on the national level for the Colorado Rockies? That’s one of the things I wanted to find out from Major League Baseball reporter Chris Cotillo of and I spoke with Cotillo earlier in the offseason when the Rockies were still looking for a first baseman and rumors were […] Colorado Rockies Spring Analysis: Exclusive Chat...
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Auburn Baseball’s Where are They Now? Grant Dayton, Los Angeles Dodgers

Here we take a look at the path of former Auburn baseball player Grant Dayton, and the path he has taken following his time on the Plains. With the retirement of David Ross from the Chicago Cubs after winning the 2016 World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Grant Dayton is the only major leaguer who […] Auburn Baseball’s Where are They Now? Grant Dayton, Los Angeles Dodgers...
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Matt Wieters, Washington Nationals agree to deal worth up to $21 million

Wieters is a four-time All Star and two-time Gold Glove winner.                
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Predicting the Phillies Starting Rotation Order

The 2017 Phillies feel unique among rebuilding teams in that their starting pitching rotation is likely to be 80 percent the same as it was the previous season. Potential building blocks like Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez are all back. For better or worse, Jeremy Hellickson is back as well after accepting the Phillies’ qualifying offer instead of testing the free...
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Why it’s no surprise that Matt Wieters landed with the Nationals

On Jan. 21, I texted a general manager and asked, “Where is Matt Wieters going?” His reply: “Come on – you know – everybody knows!” The GM, of course, was referring to Team Boras, also known as the Washington Nationals. Virtually everyone in the industry predicted that the Nats would be the landing spot for Wieters, a switch-hitting catcher who was the best remaining...
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Twins GM: Former top prospect Byron Buxton ‘turned a meaningful corner last year’

The Minnesota Twins had high expectations for top prospect Byron Buxton when they drafted him No. 2 overall back in 2012 out of high school. Fast forward five years and the organization is still waiting to see him blossom into a star, but perhaps things are finally looking up. After toiling in the minors the past five seasons, with two call-ups to the Twins (2015, 2016), Buxton finally...
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Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple
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Nationals sign All-Star catcher Matt Weiters

The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Weiters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple
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1 hour ago

Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season

Over at the fantasy blog, they’ll be publishing their annual bold predictions soon. Those posts, as usual, will cater to the roto side of things. They’re fun to write. And, even though I’m no longer editing RotoGraphs anymore, I’d like to continue the tradition. So I’ve decided to do a version that’s aimed more at the real game. Let’s stretch our imagination and make...
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Nationals reportedly sign Matt Wieters, Twitter reacts...

A surprise move led to a lot of surprised tweets. Matt Wieters is reportedly coming to Washington. What does Twitter think of the Nationals new catcher? The rumors surrounding Matt Wieters and the Nats never seemed to die. For a while, it seemed pointless the Nats were never going to sign him, right? Wrong.
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Breaking down the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects

The offseason saw the Marlins trade even more prospects, most notably right-hander flame-thrower Luis Castillo, who was sent to the Reds with toolsy outfielder Isaiah White and big league reliever Austin Brice. Those trades haven't completely depleted Miami's system of impact talent, though.
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Breaking down the Mets' Top 30 Prospects

It had appeared like the top prospects had all graduated to the big leagues. After all, how could there be more impactful talent after the likes of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz graduated off of the Mets' Top 30 list? Well, sometimes looks can be deceiving.
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AP Sources: Matt Wieters, Nationals agree, pending physical

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Two people familiar with the deal say that free-agent catcher Matt Wieters has agreed to a contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because nothing had been announced yet. Wieters is a four-time All-Star who has played his entire career with the Baltimore...
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Watch a sneak peak of Prince Fielder's new cooking show 'Fielder's Choice'

It didn't take long for former MLB slugger Prince Fielder to get his post-baseball career cooking, literally. Fielder announced last week that he will star in a new cooking show called "Fielder's Choice," and on Monday, he shared a teaser trailer for the show on Twitter: "Fielder's Choice," which features Fielder's wife as a co-host, will air on streaming services Netflix and Hulu...
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Jaso glad to fill multiple roles for Bucs in '17

John Jaso has grown accustomed to the shuffle that comes with life in the big leagues. Even if he seems to experience it more often than his peers.
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Mookie Betts Is Number Eight On MLB Network Top 100

MLB Network's latest ranking of the 'Top 100 Players Right Now' places Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts in the number eight spot overall. The only MLB players ahead of Mookie are: (7) Manny Machado, (6) Miguel Cabrera, (5) Jose Altuve, (4) Kris Bryant, (3) Josh Donaldson, (2) Clayton Kershaw, and (1) Mike Trout. After finishing a close second in last year's AL MVP voting...
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Is this a Make or Break Year for Mike Scioscia?

One playoff appearance in seven years. Zero playoff wins in that same span. Three playoff series victories in fourteen years. Zero championships in that same span. If I told you all those things were true about a particular team, would you believe me that the same manager had presided over that team all fourteen years? It’s almost unheard of for a manager to put together that kind...
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Let Mike Zunino show you what it’s like to catch a major league pitcher

Technology is making it easier to embrace everything where you are no longer on the other side of FOMO. In this case, Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino gives you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a major league catcher. The 25-year-old wore a mask-cam (or some derivative)  during a pitching session. It’s incredible. Not only are the pitchers throwing heat, he’s winging...
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Yankees smart to look at Niese as a reliever, but they should keep an open mind about starting

The Yankees made what will likely be their final free agent signing before Opening Day this weekend, inking veteran southpaw Jon Niese to a minor league contract. He pitched with a bad knee for much of last season and it showed in his numbers. A healthy Niese — he passed his physical yesterday, so he’s healthy — could be a nice little pickup. The minor league deal means there’s...
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Nationals reportedly sign Matt Wieters to 2-year/$21M deal... What’s next?

So with the Nationals reportedly adding Matt Wieters on a 2-year/$21M deal, whats next for Washington? Is a trade for a closer the next step?
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