Potential Chicago fire sale sends Chris Sale to Boston

If there was one thing apparent in the Red Sox quick exit from the Postseason this year it was that while they had the offense to contend with any team in baseball, they were missing the rotational depth to compete with the more well rounded contenders like Cleveland and Toronto. They just completed the biggest […]

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 21: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Two small decisions that may have cost the Cleveland Indians the World Series

The 2016 Cleveland Indians were the most successful version of the team since 1997 and, like that team, lost the World Series in extra innings of Game 7. As we’ve seen over the last two decades, that kind of loss can lead to quite a bit of not only devastation, but hindsight, as fans look […]

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 17: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during batting practice prior to game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Dexter Fowler to decline contract option, become free agent

After winning his first World Series, Dexter Fowler is ready to cash in during free agency. Fowler’s no stranger to making shrewd free agent decisions. He chose to re-sign with the Chicago Cubs late in spring training after being close on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Fowler’s last-minute change turned out to be a […]

Report: Texas Rangers looking to move Derek Holland

The Texas Rangers are reportedly ready to move on from Derek Holland. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports the Rangers are looking to clear Holland’s salary and have discussed a trade with multiple teams. “According to a source close to the situation, starting pitcher Derek Holland may have played his last game as a member […]

Padres GM AJ Preller

A.J. Preller says teams still discussing deals with Padres despite suspension

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s reputation took a sizable hit after receiving a 30-day suspension by MLB after the Padres failed to properly disclose key medical information during trades. Padres president Mike Dee was fired, but somewhat surprisingly, Preller managed to retain his job. Now he’s back, Preller spoke to media saying the […]

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 07: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers addresses the crowd prior to game two of the American League Divison Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade make jersey bet on World Series outcome

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have teamed up once again, only this time, it has little to do with basketball. Wade posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday, challenging his former Miami Heat teammate to a bet on the outcome of the World Series. The Chicago Bulls guard asked the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar to agree […]

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations, left, and Mike Hazen, new Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Red Sox, address the media during a press conference to announce Hazen’s promotion before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on September 24, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Report: The Red Sox might not fill open GM spot

The Boston Red Sox have an opening at general manager following the departure of Mike Hazen but aren’t reportedly in a hurry to fill it. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has backtracked on comments about hiring a new GM, admitting the organization was “still working on […]

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 22: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after a solo home run by Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) in the fifth inning during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Friedman on Kershaw returning from injury: “I cannot say enough about what Clayton did”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have little regrets about their postseason run getting cut short sooner than they hoped. Kershaw was rocked during Saturday night’s decisive Game Six NLCS matchup, lasting five innings, allowing five runs (four earned), two home runs and seven hits. The 28-year-old ace’s effort wasn’t enough to propel the […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 20: Chicago Cubs fans cheer after the Cubs 8-4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Narrative laden NLCS detracts from the real thing

A quick listen to the broadcast of this year’s National League Championship series reveals a not necessarily shocking, but still overwhelming reliance on certain narratives in order to generate and facilitate discussion. Whether Joe Buck or the studio crew, this group loves themselves a good (if often times nonsensical) narrative. Like, they want to marry […]

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – APRIL 09: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a warm up pitch prior to the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” […]

CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 03: The Chicago Cubs new manager Joe Maddon answers questions during a press conference at Wrigley Field on November 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Joe Maddon: Cubs ‘need to push back mentally’

The Chicago Cubs were stymied on both sides of the ball on Monday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers tidily defeated them 6-0 in Game 3 of the NLCS, taking a 2-1 series lead. The Cubs offense failed to show up for the second time in the series and the club’s pitching wasn’t much better. Manager […]

TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER, 17 Cleveland Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer drips blood off his injured finger in the first inning. He had to leave the game. The Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Cleveland Indians 4-2 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. This was the third game of the ALCS. October 17, 2016

Cleveland Indians rotation shows resilence despite injuries

The Cleveland Indians went into the 2016 with a starting rotation so deep that Trevor Bauer was pushed into the bullpen and 2014 stand-out T.J. House was pushed to AAA. Top pitching prospect, Mike Clevinger began the year in AAA as well, along with other MLB-ready talent like Ryan Merritt. This team had the make-up […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 3: Manager John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on from the dugout moments before the start of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 3, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

John Gibbons: ‘I still believe our offense is due to erupt’

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot, down three games to zero against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows Toronto is in trouble but is hoping his team’s offense can burst out in game four. ”We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Toronto manager […]

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets looks on prior to their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Terry Collins says next season might be last with Mets

Terry Collins might be stepping away from the game after next season. The 67-year-old New York Mets manager spoke with Adam Rubin of and said after a physically trying season plagued by health problems, he needs to reevaluate his job going forward. “I just need to reevaluate at the end of this coming year […]

05 OCT 2016: San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie (21) celebratws at home plate after hits a three run home run in the 9th inning during the National League Wild Card Game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants played at Citi Field in Flushing,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Battle-tested Giants have faced long postseason odds before

Cockroaches are notoriously hard to kill. Their tough, rugged exteriors combined with an unmatched ability to squeeze through tight spaces has made them the one creature on earth synonymous with survival. If a nuclear bomb hits, chances are there will still be cockroaches running around after the fallout. The San Francisco Giants have been compared […]