PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 13:  Starting pitcher Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Joe Panik (not pictured) of the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 13, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The shocking, swift decline of Shelby Miller

The Arizona Diamondbacks have not had the type of year they envisioned back during the course of the winter. Those words have been written and stated verbally in some order and some fashion countless times as we approach the two-month mark of the season. While there’s still plenty of time to hope that they can […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 22:  Alex Gordon #4 and Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals collide going for a foul ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Royals 3-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Did Alex Gordon’s wrist break the Royals’ chances?

Heading into the 2016 season, many were down on the Kansas City Royals’ chances. Despite winning the World Series and two straight AL pennants, improvements made by the Tigers, White Sox and Indians during the off-season matched with expected regression and the expected loss of free agents largely lead to the Royals being expected to […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 20:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs makes running catch taking a hit away from Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist in the last couple of […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14:  Pitcher Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Dodger Stadium August 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the 10th time in 10 starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of […]

Jackie Bradley Jr

Jackie Bradley Jr. experiencing breakout campaign, but how?

In a season that certainly hasn’t lacked for intriguing storylines, one of the more remarkable situations thus far in 2016 has been the not-so-subtle emergence of Jackie Bradley, Jr. While the Boston Red Sox were expected to return to prominence after a noisy offseason, Bradley, Jr. was something of a wild card heading into the […]

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 14:  Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts in the sixth inning while taking on 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)

Rangers’ Josh Hamilton needs knee surgery, will miss 2016 MLB season

Normally, news about a part-time player who hasn’t yet appeared in a game during the 2016 MLB season might not be worth a story. But when that player is a former American League MVP and five-time All-Star who once signed a five-year, $125 million contract, it’s probably worth noting when his season is over. For […]

during game two of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 9, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

The Blue Jays need more out of their messy bullpen

Entering the 2016 season, the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen seemed to be in fairly good shape. Returning to the club was the hard-throwing closer Roberto Osuna and the criminally underrated lefty Brett Cecil, both of whom helped the club’s bullpen finish 12th in the league with a 3.50 ERA. Toronto wanted to further solidify the […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 17:  Fredi Gonzalez #33 manager of the Atlanta Braves looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park August 17, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Don’t cry for Fredi Gonzalez – his firing was a long time coming

On Tuesday morning, word began to leak out that the Atlanta Braves had fired manager Fredi Gonzalez. Sure enough, as morning shifted to afternoon, the news was confirmed by the team – Gonzalez was out after five-plus seasons in charge of the Braves. Strangely, the reaction from Braves fans and media wasn’t uniformly positive – there […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 19: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants strikes out in his first at bat since breaking his arm at Spring Training in the bottom of the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on May 19, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The Giants swept the NL West leaders during the last homestand in San Francisco. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum is on the verge of joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Tim Lincecum Showcase Showdown looks to finally be over, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have bid closest to his actual retail price without going over. They get Lincecum, a set of kitchen appliances, and a new TV. Actually, they only get Lincecum, but that’s enough of a prize for the pitching-starved Angels. […]

during their game at Citi Field on June 11, 2015 in New York City.

The five best fits for Tim Lincecum

It’s been a whole week since Tim Lincecum had his big showcase in Arizona, and so far no team has signed the former two-time Cy Young winner to a contract. It’s unclear as to why: maybe Lincecum’s demands are too high, maybe teams weren’t impressed with what they saw, or maybe teams are bidding $1 […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Stephen Strasburg #37 after a victory against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on July 3, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals change approach to re-sign Stephen Strasburg, eye Bryce Harper next

Stephen Strasburg seemed assured of pitching in another uniform next season. The Washington Nationals certainly appeared to be readying themselves for his eventual departure. That’s what made Strasburg signing a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals on Tuesday so surprising. Obviously, taking the money isn’t a surprise. It’s the sixth-largest deal a pitcher […]

Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg’s extension cripples this winter’s MLB free agent market

On Monday night, the Washington Nationals shocked the baseball world by signing Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension. It wasn’t the size of the extension that shocked people — it was the fact that Strasburg, a Scott Boras client, even signed the extension before reaching free agency. And while the team most […]

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 03:  Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reaches base on a two-run double in the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on May 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Which teams are playing the Super Two game this year?

There is no real known date that is the Super Two cut off point. It’s not like the last day to protect players before the Rule 5 Draft, where there is an actual known moment in time and often many players are cut or protected hours before that moment. Instead, it is in flux from season to […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants looks on after Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets connects on a solo home run in the fifth inning at Citi Field on April 30, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Mild, mild west: the NL West is an ugly tire fire

The National League West was supposed to be the division this season. The biggest free agent pitchers all found their way there. The most notable international free agent landed there. There were big trades and big moves made to strengthen already-formidable teams and push them to the playoffs. It was going to be the best […]