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TOC’s top ten articles of 2014

The season’s been over for two months now, but the year is just coming to a close. We thought it would be fun to look at TOC’s top ten most-viewed articles from the year and reflect a little bit. A lot of sites are doing this, and since we’re absolutely not unique or original, we […]

Ben Zobrist

A Ben Zobrist trade now appears inevitable

A Ben Zobrist trade has always been likely at some point this season, but it was always a question of when it would happen. Well, that’s not a question anymore with the news that Tampa Bay has signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. That’s too many starting caliber middle infielders for the Rays now, so one of them […]

Free agent Max Scherzer

The best of the remaining MLB free agents

The 2014 calendar year is almost over, but the Hot Stove League is still going. It may not exactly be piping hot anymore, but there still plenty of heat left to at least keep things warm. Most of the premier free agents are gone, but there are still a few top targets left, plus a few more […]

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Cubs’ Starlin Castro questioned by police in Dominican Republic about shooting

This is something that will probably be held up as the latest example of how news travels and can be quickly distorted in the immediate dash to report stories quickly (“BREAKING“) on social media. Earlier Saturday afternoon, reports circulated out of the Dominican Republic that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had been arrested by authorities for […]

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

The annual dance that has been Hiroki Kuroda picking between the Yankees and Japan has ended its latest installment, but this time with an unexpected result: Hiroki Kuroda is returning to Japan. Sorry, Yankees. Kuroda, who will soon turn 40, was always likely to head back to play in Japan one more time, but nobody quite knew […]

New Padres OF Matt Kemp Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Are the San Diego Padres a serious contender or merely watchable?

The San Diego Padres have taken Major League Baseball by storm in the past couple of weeks, with a flurry of moves that have them as the talk of the baseball world for the first time in quite a while. If their hope was to remove the label as the Cleveland Browns of baseball, due to their overwhelming irrelevance […]

The Festivus Pole

Celebrating a baseball-themed Festivus

Happy Festivus, everyone. In case you’re not familiar with the holiday, popularized by Seinfeld, here’s a brief explanation. Well, first we’re going to need an aluminum pole. Hey Astros, can you help us out there? Great, thanks. Now that we’ve got our pole, it’s time for the airing of grievances. Who wants to start? How […]

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Cole Hamels rumored to be Padres’ next trade target, which makes sense

The San Diego Padres have been so active in the trade market during the past couple of weeks that it’s difficult to imagine general manager A.J. Preller not doing anything this week. The Padres began as a curious outside possibility for free agents like Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, only to become a dominant force […]

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Yankees trade Martin Prado to Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi in 5-player deal

The San Diego Padres have been the most surprising team of the offseason, making three blockbuster trades to become a contender. But the Miami Marlins are also making several intriguing moves, following through on their promise to field a contending team after signing Giancarlo Stanton to a gigantic 13-year, $225 million contract. As first reported […]

Justin Upton ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 24: Justin Upton #8 of the Atlanta Braves hits a fourth inning two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on September 24, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Padres acquire Justin Upton from Braves

After weeks of posturing, the Atlanta Braves have *finally* traded outfielder Justin Upton. His new club? The San Diego Padres, of course. The 27-year old Upton joins a completely revamped Padres outfield, and will play alongside Wil Myers and Matt Kemp at Petco Park. In 2014, Upton hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers, his second straight […]

Derek Norris KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 30: Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

If you’re an Oakland Athletics fan, you’re probably wondering when the drain of talent from your roster will end. It’s not stopping today – the club has reportedly traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres. Minor league pitcher Seth Streich will also head to San Diego in the deal, while Jesse Hahn […]

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Wil Myers headlines 11-player trade between Padres, Rays and Nationals

On Tuesday evening, the Padres and Rays put baseball insiders, analysts and fans on high alert with rumblings of a trade involving Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers going to San Diego. Though reports had the deal as close to happening, there were warnings of caution that the trade could take a while to complete because […]

Cuban star Jose Abreu

What improved US-Cuba relations could mean for MLB

With the revelation that the United States and Cuba are moving forward to improve their relationship and lift many of the barriers between the two countries, baseball fans are eager to see what the improved relationship means for Major League Baseball. The recent influx of Cuban talent has even inflated the values of players from […]

Gavin Floyd ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 14: Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves throws a 1st inning pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Turner Field on June 14, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians create depth with Gavin Floyd signing

On the day the White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija, the Indians stole a little of that thunder away by grabbing up former Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signing a starting pitcher had been a top priority of the Indians in this off-season, despite the rotation being the team’s greatest strength in 2014. In addition, by […]

Offseason additions moving Opening Day prices for several teams

The MLB offseason has been wild and crazy. Multiple superstars will be wearing new uniforms in 2015. Some teams have gotten rid of stars for a shot at a good future, while other teams are trying to win now. The teams that brought in the bigger names may see higher ticket prices on the secondary […]