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Giants fill major hole by signing closer Mark Melancon

Last winter, the Giants went into free agency knowing they needed to upgrade their starting rotation if they hoped to get back to the playoffs. They spent big on Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, won the Wild Card game, and gave the Cubs all they could handle in the NL Division Series until their bullpen […]

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at Great American Ball Park on September 14, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers defeated the Reds 7-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

10 MLB players who could be on the move this winter

Trades may not be as exciting during the winter as at the July 31 deadline, but the offseason is always bursting with trade rumors. This year is no exception, especially considering how weak this class of free agents appears to be. Teams that have holes to fill may not want to throw money at poor solutions, and instead […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 07: Ian Desmond #20 of the Texas Rangers reacts after hitting a double against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

8 MLB free agents most likely to be overpaid this winter

Baseball’s offseason is under way, which means MLB teams are acting like kids that just graduated from the eighth grade flush with cash from their aunts and uncles. They have holes to fill and the means to fix them. With the Winter Meetings coming up soon, the deals are going to start hitting fast and furious. […]

during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 10 most likely 2016 World Series MVP candidates

The World Series MVP isn’t always the best player on the winning team. It isn’t always the guy who puts up the best stats. And it isn’t always the guy who would seem to be the obvious choice. That’s the beauty of the award: anyone on the roster can have a World Series moment that […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - October 5: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by team mates after his nine inning shut out during the San Francisco Giants Vs New York Mets National League Wild Card game at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 San Francisco Giants

It had to happen eventually. No matter how many hashtags and catchphrases the San Francisco Giants came up with, they simply couldn’t win the World Series every time an even year rolled around. However, you can forgive Giants fans for thinking this year’s team had an excellent shot at continuing the trend. San Francisco had […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 03: Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs blows a bubble while he walks to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning in their game against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on September 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The San Francisco Giants won 3-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2016 MLB All-Disappointment Team anchored by Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke

Nobody wants to be a disappointment. To your family, your friends, your employer… to anyone, really. Being a disappointment is the ultimate failure, something you always try to avoid. There’s a reason parents say, “I’m not mad, I’m disappointed.” They know it’s the worst sting. But sadly, disappointment over a 162-game season is inevitable. There […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Players gather around Tyler Anderson #44 of the Colorado Rockies before his is removed from the game following a Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers run to tie the game 2-2 during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Colorado Rockies

As the trade deadline approached this past summer, the Colorado Rockies didn’t sell off any of their superstar players. Why? Because they thought they were contenders. And they were serious. Whether or not you think the Rockies actually were contenders is beside the point, really. They thought that they were, and that means the team […]

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End of season post-mortem: 2016 Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers definitely played baseball this season. That’s one thing you can say about them without hesitation. Was it good baseball? Not always. But for the Brewers, this year wasn’t about contending for the division (impossible, when you share it with the Cubs) or even the Wild Card. It wasn’t even about finishing .500, […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Ryan Schimpf #11 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by Luis Sardinas #2 and Wil Myers #4 after hitting a three run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at AT&T Park on September 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 San Diego Padres

Ever since being crowned as the Offseason World Champions by nearly everyone two years ago, things have gone downhill fast for the San Diego Padres. Remember that offseason? The Padres made a bunch of splashy moves, adding big name after big name: Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Wil Myers, James Shields and […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24:  at Dodger Stadium on August 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Giants-Dodgers rivalry has provided plenty of MLB September memories

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have one of baseball’s oldest rivalries, a blood feud that dates all the way back to their days in New York. That shared history of hatred makes it even better when the two teams are fighting for a playoff spot down the stretch. And with just a […]

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 14:  Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

With MLB trade deadline dust settled, which teams will make the playoffs?

The MLB trade deadline is the time when contenders try to solidify their spot in the postseason, and those on the outside looking in try to elbow those contenders away and claim a playoff bid for themselves. With this year’s non-waiver deadline in the books, which teams look like they’ll be playing into October? Let’s go […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 20:  Josh Reddick #22 of the Oakland Athletics slides safely into second base against the Houston Astros during the game at the Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Winners and losers of the 2016 MLB trade deadline

The 2016 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. That means it’s time for writers, columnists and fans to speculate on which teams did well and which ones did poorly, even though the true outcome of most trades can’t be measured for at least five years. It’s one of baseball’s best traditions! We may not know […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Aroldis Chapman #54 and Austin Romine #27 of the New York Yankees celebrate the 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Should these fringe contenders buy or sell at MLB trade deadline?

Previously, we took a look at the contenders in each league and what they needed to target at the trade deadline. But what about the teams on the fringes of contention? Should they look to add players and make a run at the playoffs, or should they sell off their usable parts and build for […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 13:  Rich Hill #18 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 13, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

10 teams, 10 needs: What contenders should target at MLB trade deadline

MLB’s trade deadline is less than two weeks away, which means we’re about to be saturated with trade rumors until Aug. 1 rolls around. Some will be ridiculous, some will be intriguing, and a few of them might even come true. It’s baseball’s silly season, and it’s one of the best times to be a fan. But […]

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10 players to watch in second half of 2016 MLB season

Baseball’s second half begins Friday, and with that come a number of intriguing storylines. Pennant races are in full swing, the trade market is heating up before the deadline, and teams look to make one final push to get them through the dog days of summer and into the fall. It all comes down to the […]

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MLB’s biggest surprises and disappointments of the first half

Baseball’s first half is in the books, and that means writers and bloggers are scrambling to erase all of the predictions they made back in March. The first half has been anything but predictable this year with a number of teams outperforming their expectations; on the flip side, a whole bunch of teams (and players) […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 28: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on June 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Madison Bumgarner

Dream bracket: Who should be in this year’s Home Run Derby?

Last year, Major League Baseball tried something different with the Home Run Derby. The new format put more emphasis on head-to-head match-ups, and the time limit helped move the event along at a more brisk pace. For the most part, it worked. Last year’s Derby was one of the better contests in some time. But the Home […]

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Mild Card race: National League has weak field of playoff contenders

The National League is top heavy. The leaders of all three divisions have looked pretty formidable over the first few months of the season: the Nationals are playing up to their potential, the Cubs have steamrolled just about everyone in their path, and the Giants have pitched their way towards the top of the league. […]

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The 10 best caps in Minor League Baseball

There are literally thousands of Minor League Baseball caps out there, ranging from plain, boring old logos (hello, Gwinnett and Mississippi Braves!) to some that are truly insane. And the majority of them are so cool, anyone who collects hats could go broke with one big shopping trip. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. […]

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Behold a dark horse: 10 surprise MVP candidates for 2016

Everyone likes to sound smart. It’s just a fact of life: Everyone wants to be the one to know something no one else knows, especially amongst your group of dumb friends. So when your dumb friends start talking about who’s going to win the MVP this year and they all agree it’ll be Paul Goldschmidt, […]

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The good, the bad, the gross: 10 crazy new ballpark foods for 2016

The race to clog the arteries of baseball fans heats up every year around this time, when teams unveil their newest culinary creations for the upcoming season. This year was no exception; in fact, teams seemed to step it up a notch in the race to have the craziest food item in all of baseball. […]

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Ranking MLB ownership by likability

Do you have strong feelings about your favorite team’s owner? Do you wish some billionaire would sweep in, buy your team, and spend an insane amount of money on every free agent available? You’re probably not alone. Baseball fans don’t seem to have the same intensity of feelings about their team’s ownership as, say, football […]

during game two of a double header at Wrigley Field on July 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

Ranking baseball’s best and worst looking uniforms for 2016

Last year, we took on the seemingly impossible task of ranking each MLB team’s uniforms from worst to first. Needless to say, controversy ensued: Fans thought their team was ranked too low, others thought we ranked certain teams too high, and everyone generally agreed we were just wrong. It was fun. So with a number of […]

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