SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees and the American League pitches against the National Leage during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

5 big names that will be dealt at the MLB trade deadline

As of this writing, the MLB trade deadline is just two weeks away. Aug. 1 is coming as fast as Billy Hamilton going from first base to second. Generally considered the most exciting time of the year for baseball fans, a few notable players from teams out of contention typically float around as trade bait. A handful of […]

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 22: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the fourth inning to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 22, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Are the Marlins for real?

If the season ended today, the Miami Marlins — yes, the team with Jeffrey Loria as owner — would make the playoffs for the first time since 2003, or if you prefer, 13 long years ago. The Marlins are currently leading the race for the NL’s second Wild Card, one game back of the Dodgers […]

PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 24: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 24, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Pirates are in trouble

If we’re being honest, the Pittsburgh Pirates were always long shots to make the Postseason in 2016. In a division that features the powerhouse Chicago Cubs and the always dangerous St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates’ chances entering the year were slim. Almost everything needed to go perfectly in order for them to make it, but so […]

SEATTLE, WA – MAY 31: Starting pitcher James Shields #33 of the San Diego Padres pauses on the mound after giving up a three-run homer to Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on May 31, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

White Sox need more than James Shields to right the ship

The Chicago White Sox needed another starting arm, sure. To fill that need, they went out and grabbed James Shields from the Padres for a fairly small price. That’s all fair and well, but the White Sox’s main priority should have been (and definitely should be now) to find a bat to help a relatively […]

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 08: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game one of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Are the Houston Astros still World Series contenders?

The Houston Astros are one of the most disappointing teams in baseball so far in 2016. At 25-29, they look nothing like the playoff team almost everyone had pegged them to be. The trade they made with the Brewers last season has been a disaster as Carlos Gomez looks lost at the plate and Mike […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 25: James Shields #33 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on May 25, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Three teams that could be the best fit for James Shields

Before being absolutely crushed and annihilated by the Seattle Mariners on May 31 (10 ER in 2.2 innings), San Diego Padres’ starter James Shields had put together a very solid first two months of the season. And since I started writing this just before his undoing in Seattle, I began the post like this: James Shields […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 02: Mat Latos #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on August 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Newly acquired Dodgers pitchers have underachieved

Before the trade deadline passed, the Los Angeles Dodgers attempted to load up on pitching. They acquired starters Mat Latos and Alex Wood, and also snagged reliever Jim Johnson. The Dodgers did this in hopes of adding some much needed pitching depth as they make their into the playoffs as the favorite to win the World Series. […]

Doug Melvin stepping down as Brewers GM

With the Milwaukee Brewers beginning to rebuild its club, it has been long speculated that Doug Melvin would not return as general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016. The speculation turned into fact today, as the Brewers announced Melvin would step down as GM and take an advisory position with the team. GM Doug […]

CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 9: Starting pitcher Phil Hughes #45 of the Minnesota Twins reacts after giving up a two run home run during the third inning to Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Phil Hughes

Are the Minnesota Twins finished?

On July 12, the last day of games before players broke away for the 2015 All-Star Break, the Minnesota Twins’ record sat nine games above .500 at 49-40. They were 4.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central and were in possession of the first Wild Card spot. According to FanGraphs, the […]

OAKLAND, CA – JULY 04: Tyler Clippard #36 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the ninth inning at Coliseum on July 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 2-0. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tyler Clippard traded to the New York Mets

The Oakland Athletics have traded right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard to the New York Mets in exchange for righty Casey Meisner. The Mets also received cash considerations in the deal. The Mets have acquired RHP Tyler Clippard and cash considerations from Oakland in exchange for minor league RHP Casey Meisner. — New York Mets (@Mets)

MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 19: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a single in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 19, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aramis Ramirez

The New York Mets and Aramis Ramirez are a great fit

On Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick posted a tweet from a MLB executive that had everybody questioning the minds of the New York Mets’ front office. A MLB exec on

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 22: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins hits a run-scoring double in the 1st inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

The 2015 midseason all-disappointment team

With the MLB All-Star game fast-approaching and the rosters just recently revealed, we should also make sure to take time and appreciate the selected stars’ greatness. However, I think it’s more fun to pick on the players who have been utter disappointments this season. Thus, I’ve put together the “All-disappointment team.” C Jonathan Lucroy – Coming […]

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 24: Jose Quintana #62 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning on May 24, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Checking in on my dark horse Cy Young candidates

Before the season started, I chose five pitchers who I thought had a small, but legitimate shot at garnering at least a few Cy Young votes. Now, with the season just over halfway complete, it’s time to check in on how my dark horses are performing. Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox Through 16 starts, […]

DETROIT, MI – JUNE 13: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run to right field during the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

A look at Carlos Santana’s BABIP woes

If you think batting average is a good way to measure a player’s skill, then this article most likely isn’t for you. Because in this article, you’ll learn that Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana has been an above-average hitter in 2015 despite his batting average flirting with the Mendoza Line and despite him having […]

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 15: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 15, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Should the Angels be better than this?

Maybe it’s karma for how they treated Josh Hamilton, but whatever the reason, the Los Angeles Angels are a .500 when many thought they’d be more competitive. But going forward, I see them continuing to be a .500 team for two reasons: their hitters have been incredibly unlucky while their starting pitchers have been incredibly lucky. The […]