PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 11: Free agent aquisition Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks (C) laughs with Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa (R) and General Manager Dave Stewart during a press conference at Chase Field on December 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

New Year’s resolutions for every MLB team

Ah, the new year. A time for making resolutions to make yourself a better person, live a healthier life, and to be happier. And to completely forget about and ignore those resolutions a few weeks later. It’s a tradition unlike any other. What if every team in baseball made a new year’s resolution at the […]

SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 27: Barry Bonds gestures from his seat during Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Momentum shifting on steroid era Hall of Fame ballots

Based on the ballots that have been made public to this point, there is a change brewing in the Hall of Fame voting (thanks to Ryan Thibs at for his incredible compilation that makes looking at this possible). Actual and perceived steroid abuse over the years from about 1988 through 2003 has lead to […]

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 15: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets follows through on a second inning run scoring sacrifice fly against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on June 15, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Daniel Murphy a small improvement for Nationals

The Nationals have been trying to acquire a second baseman for a while. At one point they were on the verge of acquiring Brandon Phillips. Ultimately the deal feel through as Phillips, who has a full no-trade clause, vetoed the deal. He wanted a guaranteed extension, which is absurd as he’s already overpaid and signed for two […]

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 31: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals breaks his bat in the second inning against the New York Mets during Game Four of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Examining what’s left of the free agent outfield market

Many marquee free agents have inked huge deals during free agency this summer, yet the market for outfielders is still rich and the needle hasn’t moved all that much. Jason Heyward inked an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, but almost every other outfielder who’s put pen to paper has settled for one-year contracts. That’s largely […]

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 6: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds walks to the dugout after making a fly ball catch to end the top of the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 6, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Milwaukee 6-3. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Reds’ rebuild not going quite according to plan

It has been a recurring theme since last July that not only do the Reds need to be rebuilding now if they would like to post a winning record at some point within the next decade, but that they are doing it all wrong. At the trade deadline, only Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto were […]

during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Bill James’ view of baseball in 2015 was just a bit off

In 2003, Bill James released the paperback version of his classic The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.  In short, it’s the ultimate bathroom book. Nugget upon nugget of statistical gold that only the Father of Sabermetrics can give you.  In the 1,000+ page book, there is a single page which is of great interest to […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Mike Leake #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 19, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cardinals sign Mike Leake to five-year, $80 million deal

The St. Louis Cardinals and former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake have agreed to a five-year deal worth $80 million reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal has a mutual option that could push the deal in the $93-94 million dollar range. Rosenthal reports the deal also includes a full no-trade clause. Leake was the […]

TORONTO, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Blue Jays lacklustre offseason is hard to swallow, but doesn’t knock them out of contention

Once again, it’s been a busy offseason in the AL East. Well, Most of the AL East, that is. The Boston Red Sox signed top free agent pitcher David Price to a stunning mega deal worth $217 million over seven years, and traded four good prospects for closer Craig Kimbrel. The New York Yankees filled holes, added […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 8: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the top of the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 8, 2015 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Braves 5-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

For the Phillies, their rebuild begins with starting pitching

Well, it took four seasons of mediocrity and dreadful play, a new manager, GM, and president of baseball operations, along with a Jonathan Papelbon crotch grab, but the Phillies appear to be finally ready to break it all down and start from scratch. The Phillies’ deal with the Astros last week that sent young star […]

Mike Napoli at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 30, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

Indians find elusive right-handed power bat in Mike Napoli

The Indians have had two primary goals this off-season; to improve the offense and find three adult human beings, preferably with experience in Major League Baseball to play the outfield. They accomplished one of those goals on Wednesday with the addition of first baseman Mike Napoli to a one year, $7 million deal. It was widely known that […]

Brandon Phillips GOODYEAR, AZ – MARCH 3: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on during a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 3, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Nationals shouldn’t trade for Brandon Phillips

The Nationals were arguably baseball’s biggest disappointment in 2015. They had built a super rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister – with competent starting option Tanner Roark pushed to the bullpen. They had young superstar Bryce Harper headlining an equally impressive offensive core that included the likes of Jayson […]

Chicago Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 28: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals fields a ground ball in the first inning against the New York Mets in Game Two of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Evaluating the Chicago Cubs’ defense with Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist

With the signings of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, the Chicago Cubs not only improved a team that won 97 games and reached the National League Championship Series, but established a starting nine that has a chance to be among the very best lineups in the league. While it’s easy to look at the lineup […]

Joey Votto of the rebuilding Reds

Five teams that need to start a dramatic rebuild as soon as possible

Heading into each baseball season, there are essentially three different types of teams – those who are legitimate contenders (I count about 12 for 2016 as of now), fringe teams (another nine), and those with almost no chance (about nine). While teams with even the lowest of expectations can surprise any season (think Houston last year), that […]

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon DENVER, CO – JUNE 4: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies stands in the batters box during an at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on June 4, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 16-8. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Rockies considering trading entire outfield as part of rebuild

The Rockies started a much-needed rebuild following the trade of Troy Tulowitzki in 2015. It wasn’t an easy move, but a somewhat necessary one given the Rockies being nowhere close to contention. This offseason the club has continued to shop around star players, as general manager Jeff Bridich said he’ll listen on everything. “We’ll operate the […]