CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees reacts after umpires call the last out after a review to give the Yankees the 5-4 win over against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 5-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Getting Aroldis Chapman settles season-long question for Cubs, boosts club morale

Getting Aroldis Chapman was the trade the Chicago Cubs had to make. Had the Cubs not acquired the rocket-launching left-hander from the New York Yankees (though Andrew Miller would have certainly sufficed) or ended up settling for a lesser reliever, doubts and questions would linger around the team throughout August and September, and into October. Going back […]

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Chris Sale is a trade chip the likes of which we haven’t seen before

Lost in all the fracas of the “Chris Sale cutting up jerseys” incident and the suspension that resulted from it this past weekend was a pretty major bombshell about the White Sox ace: Chicago is listening to offers for him in advance of next Monday’s trade deadline. It doesn’t seem all that likely that a deal will […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 24:  Third baseman Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays fields the ground out by Max Muncy #50 of the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a game on May 24, 2015 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 […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees and the American League pitches against the National Leage during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

5 big names that will be dealt at the MLB trade deadline

As of this writing, the MLB trade deadline is just two weeks away. Aug. 1 is coming as fast as Billy Hamilton going from first base to second. Generally considered the most exciting time of the year for baseball fans, a few notable players from teams out of contention typically float around as trade bait. A handful of […]

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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) […]

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The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason […]

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 […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - June 16: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates batting during the Pittsburgh Pirates Vs New York Mets regular season MLB game at Citi Field on June 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

2016 MLB All-Star Game voting snubs and surprises

After a scare following the first MLB All-Star Game voting results released in May, the balloting came back to normal in the American League and the starting lineup isn’t quite as Royal blue as last year. In fact, the Royals have just two starters, while the red-hot Red Sox offense was able to get four players […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 27: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees pitches during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 27, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

As much as you want them to, the Yankees aren’t selling

Much of the modern day trade speculation starts like this: you find a team that has no chance at making the playoffs and a list of decent players who aren’t signed longer than one year or two years in the future, then a good match on a playoff contender for that player. Because of this, there […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after striking out in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 7, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Let’s try to make the Angels great again

The Los Angeles Angels are probably not making the playoffs this year. They currently sit in last place in their division, sporting the second worst record in the American League. They’re almost as far out of the Wild Card race as they are in the division. But the Angels aren’t the rebuilding kind – their […]

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22:  Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the fourth inning to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 22, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Are the Marlins for real?

If the season ended today, the Miami Marlins — yes, the team with Jeffrey Loria as owner — would make the playoffs for the first time since 2003, or if you prefer, 13 long years ago. The Marlins are currently leading the race for the NL’s second Wild Card, one game back of the Dodgers […]

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