The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

Winning the offseason is probably the least important thing a team can do, but it’s February, football is over, and there’s nothing significant to talk about until April. So, it’s time for offseason winners and losers! A few teams did very well for themselves this winter, and a few…well, they’re not going to be winning […]

during game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

The best 2016 MLB win total bets

It’s that time of year – the Super Bowl is in the rear-view mirror, and Nevada casinos are starting to roll out their projected MLB win totals for the 2016 season. On Thursday, Atlantis Casino in Reno (typically the first casino to reveal the totals) unveiled the totals for degenerates like myself to scrutinize. As […]

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 04:  David Price addresses the media during his introductory press conference at Fenway Park on December 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The most and least improved teams this offseason

Pitchers and catchers start reporting for Spring Training next week. We’re only a couple more weeks away live exhibition games. Baseball is almost back! So we felt it was a good time to take a look back at this offseason to see how teams have improved themselves–or in some cases didn’t. Here are the most – and […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 28:  Ian Kennedy #22 of the San Diego Padres looks to the outfield after giving up a two-run home run to Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning of a baseball game at Petco Park May 28, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The best and worst free agent signings of the 2016 offseason

The free agent market is a tricky business for clubs trying to improve their rosters. Signing a game-changing free agent to a big contract can appease fans and put up results in the short-term, but long-term contracts like Prince Fielder’s (nine years, $214 million), Albert Pujols’ (ten years, $254 million), and Robinson Cano’s (ten years, $240 […]

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 22: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Dodgers relaxes in the dugout before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Signing Howie Kendrick the latest move in the Dodgers’ winter of depth

The Dodgers have opted to go for depth rather than flash this offseason, building a roster that can compete in the NL West and hopefully withstand the rigors of a full season instead of spending big on a name. It’s a calculated strategy that the Dodgers hope will give them one of the strongest all-around […]

BOSTON, MA - MAY 31: Desmond Jennings #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a fly ball in center field in the 7th inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on May 31, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Maybe the Rays shouldn’t trade Desmond Jennings

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some noise when they acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jake McGee. Granted most of that noise were people asking out loud what in the world Colorado was thinking, but the Rays did a nice job adding a solid average regular to their […]

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)

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away […]

MIAMI, FL - MAY 04: José Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Marlins Park on May 04, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Could the Marlins contend in 2016?

Last season, the National League East was by far the worst division in baseball.  As a division, they “boasted” a .462 winning percentage and three of its five teams lost 90+ games.  The Nationals won 83 games and finished second, so they very nearly had only one team with a winning record. Even though the […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 29: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a single during the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on August 29, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Reds defeated the Brewers 12-9. (Photo by John Konstantaras/Getty Images)

Could Jonathan Lucroy be the next Brewer traded?

The Milwaukee Brewers are in full rebuild mode, which was evident well before the club dealt former All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks which landed them a package of infielder Aaron Hill, pitcher Chase Anderson, and prospect Isan Diaz. Milwaukee took on half of Hill’s salary to get Diaz, an intriguing 19-year-old infielder […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 24:  Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter #26 of the Baltimore Orioles talk before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on June 24, 2014 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles prospect dies in motorcycle accident in Dominican Republic

The Baltimore Orioles announced yesterday minor league prospect Ramon Ramirez died in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday night. “Our entire organization is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Ramon Ramirez. As a member of the Orioles organization, Ramon worked tirelessly to make the most of his opportunity to […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 4:  Corey Dickerson #6 of the Colorado Rockies follows through on a three-run home run to break open the game against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning at AT&T Park on October 4, 2015 in San Francisco, California, during the final day of the regular season.  The Rockies won 7-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Rockies and Rays swap Corey Dickerson and Jake McGee

Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Colorado Rockies have agreed to send outfielder Corey Dickerson and a minor league player to the Tampa Bay Rays for lefty reliever Jake McGee and a pitching prospect. If you’re a Rockies fan, I imagine your immediate response is, “Why?” And if you’re a Rays fan I imagine your immediate response […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Doug Fister #33 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch in the eleventh inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 8-7 in the eleventh inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Doug Fister

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, […]

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23:  A general view of play during the MLB match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Plenty of barriers to more MLB international play exist

In 1947, Bill Veeck and Horace Stoneham created the Cactus League when they moved their teams, the Indians and Giants, out of Florida and into the desert Arizona with Cleveland playing in Tucson and New York playing in Phoenix. For five years, these teams played a limited schedule against each other, local teams, and MLB franchises […]

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: Dusty Baker is introduced as Manager of the Washington Nationals by General Manager Mike Rizzo at Nationals Park on November 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only […]