CHICAGO, IL - JULY 27: Theo Epstein (R), President of Operations for the Chicago Cubs, talks with head football coach Jim Harbaugh of the University of Michigan before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Theo Epstein signs five-year extension with Cubs

Cubs president Theo Epstein has agreed to a five-year extension that will keep him in Chicago through 2021, the franchise announced Wednesday. Epstein, who signed with the Cubs in October 2011, has successfully completed a massive rebuild of the franchise. The Cubs are the best team in baseball at 101-56 and will have home-field advantage […]

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End of season post-mortem: 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates

On the bright side for the Pirates and their fans, they won’t have to deal with another painful Wild Card loss this season. However, on the other side of the coin, there’s this: Pittsburgh will completely miss the playoffs, and will perhaps finish under .500, for the first time since the 2012 season. The main […]

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 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Todd Frazier #21 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates after scoring during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Chicago White Sox

It’s become sort of an annual tradition with the Chicago White Sox. Acquire a few pieces via trade or free agency, generate something of a buzz, get fans excited, and ultimately end the season in disappointing fashion. While the season’s first month or so presented a deviation from this norm, their stock ultimately plummeted from […]

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Duquette: Trumbo is “worth a significant investment”

When Seattle dealt Mark Trumbo and C.J. Riefenhauser to Baltimore for Steve Clevenger, there was no predicting Trumbo’s sizable impact on the Orioles. Trumbo’s set the league afire in 2016, leading the show with 45 home runs. The Mariners salary dump turned into a best case scenario for Baltimore, as the organization sits in the […]

Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies gutted their roster of most veterans over the last year-plus, with Ryan Howard standing as the final member of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia squad. And while the Phillies will finish under .500 again, they’re not going to lose 100 games, and could end up surpassing their win total of 73 from both […]

Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez

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 […]

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Arizona Diamondbacks

This wasn’t the way things were supposed to go for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the “disrespect” word being tossed around the desert, along with local sports radio declaring them to be a potential third-best National League club behind only New York and St. Louis (which, I mean, really?), the disparity between expectations and reality is […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 28: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 28, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to contend for an AL West title or wild card spot in 2016, based mostly on the competition they faced within their division. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all looked like potential contenders, while the A’s were building for the future and likely to spin off veteran […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 26:  Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds sits in the dugout during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 26, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Cincinnati Reds

With preseason expectations to be the worst team in baseball, the Cincinnati Reds have to be at least somewhat happy with at least not being that. Unless, of course, they really wanted that No. 1 draft pick. There isn’t much to get excited about with a 62-84 season (although they’ve already won enough to avoid a […]

Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun of the Angels

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

A loss on Thursday night against Toronto following a sweep from Seattle has ended another disappointing season for the Angels. Despite having the best position player in baseball and about the most surefire Hall of Famer still playing, they managed just a 63-83 record to this point, last in the AL West. The current four […]

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