1. Cliff Lee Can Still Be a Low-Risk, High-Reward Starter for a Contender

    The teams are interested and lining up. They can certainly smell a potential deal that benefits them when the scent wafts through the offseason air. And the aroma is strong with this one...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 15,750 reads 50 comments

  2. Scott Kazmir Fills a Need, but Won't Turn Tide of Dodgers' Disappointing Winter

    Scott Kazmir is nice. Quite fine, even. But Scott Kazmir is not enough to fix what is becoming a more uninspiring offseason by the day for the Los Angeles Dodgers ...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 22,138 reads 82 comments

  3. Alex Gordon Can Provide Jason Heyward Impact at Nearly Half the Cost

    Alex Gordon is the alternative. Exactly what kind of secondary option on the free-agent market to someone like Jason Heyward he can actually be, well, every team with an outfield need is still calculating that...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 25,192 reads 47 comments

  4. Phillies Rebuild Finally Transitioning from Lost Cause to Genuine Hope

    Being blinded by the captivating sunset and completely overlooking the edge of the oncoming cliff leads to an obvious outcome. That is what happened to the Philadelphia Phillies over the last four seasons...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 18,261 reads 31 comments

  5. Mets' Miserly Offseason Leaves Sobering Reality After Magical World Series Run

    Euphoria lasts only so long. The giddiness and amazement that existed with the New York Mets ' fall wonderland was pure bliss for a franchise that had for too long operated without a semblance of a care for on-field winning...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 62,966 reads 160 comments

  6. Assessing Justin Upton's, Yoenis Cespedes' Worth After Jason Heyward's Megadeal

    For a brief moment in time, the entire belief made a lot of sense. It was too logical not to. Major League Baseball’s free agency and trade market had seen the predictable run on starting pitchers, and even a bunch of relievers...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 34,439 reads 50 comments

  7. Key Takeaways from Week 6 of MLB Hot Stove Chatter

    We are a week removed from the Major League Baseball winter meetings, but the action has cooled only slightly...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 17,664 reads 22 comments

  8. George Springer Should Be Untouchable in Astros' Trade Plans

    The term “untouchable” is always relative, and the parameters of it depend on the organization and front office that hold said player who might be off limits in trade discussions...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 15,504 reads 36 comments

  9. Dodgers' Next Move Could Be Acquiring an Ace by Trading from Prospect Stockpile

    The stockpile is in place. The brain trust is comfortable and mapping out how to do its next big thing. All that is left is for the Los Angeles Dodgers to actually strike the stunning deal...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 39,915 reads 109 comments

  10. MLB Offseason Frenzy Has Paved Road for Fascinating 2016 NL West War

    This is not going to be the National League West of recent memory. For the past four seasons, the San Francisco Giants, with two World Series titles (three in the last six years), ...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 21,225 reads 93 comments

  11. Mark Appel's Fresh Start with Phillies Could Help Former No. 1 Pick Thrive

    The news was stunning, unexpected but completely understandable. The Houston Astros completed their trade with the Philadelphia Phillies to acquire closer Ken Giles, a flamethrower ...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 23,032 reads 31 comments

  12. Key Takeaways from Week 5 of MLB Hot Stove Chatter

    This year’s winter meetings, while not nearly the whirlwind of blockbuster activity they were last year, gave us plenty to chew on through the new year...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 9,390 reads 24 comments

  13. MLB Winter Meetings Day 4: Analyzing the Impact of All the Latest Deals, Rumors

    The transaction wire was flooded in the days leading into this week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings, and it did not stop over the first two days in Nashville, Tennessee...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 32,032 reads 25 comments

  14. Reported Ken Giles Trade Adds Another Elite Talent to Astros' Youthful Contender

    The Houston Astros have reportedly acquired a piece that bolsters their youthful core and keeps them in line as a World Series contender r ight now, and maybe over the next couple of years...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 7,846 reads 21 comments

  15. James Shields Is Going from Bad Contract to Potential Coveted Trade Piece

    James Shields ’ downward trend started two Octobers ago. During the 2014 Kansas City Royals playoff run, Shields, the supposed ace of the staff, had a 6.12 ERA in 25 innings...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 13,797 reads 24 comments

  16. Aroldis Chapman Trade Eliminates Dodgers' Urgency for a Second Elite Ace

    The Los Angeles Dodgers could not retain their Ace 2.0, so they are falling back on one of the absolute best and easily the most intimidating reliever in Major League Baseball...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 36,230 reads 97 comments

  17. Jeff Samardzija Is Giants Upgrade, but Disappointing Fallback Option to Greinke

    The San Francisco Giants did not land their man. Zack Greinke was the team's No. 1 target this offseason, locking them into a battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the ace's services...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 26,494 reads 71 comments

  18. Key Takeaways from Week 4 of MLB Hot Stove Chatter

    What was once a sputtering offseason jump-started into high gear over the last week. Two blockbuster free-agent signings are now in the books since Sunday...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 9,524 reads 17 comments

  19. Japanese Star Kenta Maeda's Posting Adds Another Possible Ace to MLB Free Agency

    It appears there is about to be another stud starting pitcher diving into the Major League Baseball free-agent pool...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 12,192 reads 36 comments

  20. Red Sox Could Still Be Players at Winter Meetings Despite Price, Kimbrel Deals

    Coming off a last-place finish last season, their third in the last four years, and armed with a new leader in the front office, next week’s winter meetings figured to be a playground for the money- and prospect-rich Boston Red Sox ...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 24,199 reads 37 comments

  21. Aroldis Chapman Trade Would Give Dodgers Dominant 1-2 Late-Game Force

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have made no secret about their offseason pursuit of a front-of-the-rotation starter to pair with ace Clayton Kershaw, keeping them as legitimate World Series contenders...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 14,035 reads 24 comments

  22. Biggest Steals, Overpays of MLB Offseason Entering December

    Following an active trade market last July, this MLB offseason has taken a while to get its footing and take off, resulting in a slow start to the free agent and trade markets as we enter December...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 37,742 reads 61 comments

  23. Identifying 5 MLB Free Agents Who Should Be Bust-Proof

    Little to nothing is guaranteed in Major League Baseball. That includes player production, and especially when you are counting on it for an extended block of time...

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  24. Aroldis Chapman's Value Remains Unchanged by the Craig Kimbrel Trade

    Aroldis Chapman has created quite the market for himself. Triple-digit fastballs on the regular, an ERA and FIP living below 2...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 8,246 reads 22 comments

  25. Zack Greinke Should Chain Himself to Clayton Kershaw for Rest of His Prime

    Opting out didn't surprise anybody. Not the Los Angeles Dodgers decision-makers, not the team's fans, not the media that covers the organization and entire industry, not the man’s teammates and not rival teams...

    Anthony Witrado Written by Anthony Witrado about over 2 years ago 29,429 reads 75 comments