The best starting pitchers left in free agency

This week saw the Marlins shockingly spend money in free agency to sign LHP Wei-Yin Chen (and also sign Dee Gordon to an extension). On the opposite spectrum of surprise was the Dodgers signing yet another Cuban player – this time it was RHP Yasiel Sierra. What these two signings do have in common is they work together […]

Gerardo Parra’s signing could spell the end for Carlos Gonzalez with the Rockies

Today, the Colorado Rockies signed free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $26 million contract. It’s a modest contract and one that could easily fit both a contending team or a rebuilding team. Right now, it’s possible for the Rockies to be either. Or at the very least, it’s possible for the Rockies to […]

Padres eyeing Ian Desmond

The San Diego Padres have been rather quiet since trading relievers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel at the start of the offseason. They have made several other trades, but those were depth moves. Depth is important (and often undervalued by fans) but the roster is still largely incomplete. Perhaps the biggest area of need for them is […]

Daniel Murphy a small improvement for Nationals

The Nationals have been trying to acquire a second baseman for a while. At one point they were on the verge of acquiring Brandon Phillips. Ultimately the deal feel through as Phillips, who has a full no-trade clause, vetoed the deal. He wanted a guaranteed extension, which is absurd as he’s already overpaid and signed for two […]

Brandon Phillips

Nationals shouldn’t trade for Brandon Phillips

The Nationals were arguably baseball’s biggest disappointment in 2015. They had built a super rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister – with competent starting option Tanner Roark pushed to the bullpen. They had young superstar Bryce Harper headlining an equally impressive offensive core that included the likes of Jayson […]

The Cardinals should sign Alex Gordon

The Cardinals lost three big names for the upcoming season. Jason Heyward departed via free agency when the Cubs signed him last week. Before signing Heyward, the Cubs signed John Lackey away from the Cardinals. And before that they unfortunately lost a top of the rotation arm in Lance Lynn when it was announced earlier in […]

Yunel Escobar

Angels acquire Yunel Escobar from Nationals

The Angels have been rather quiet this winter after opening the offseason in style when they traded for elite defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. That trade depleted what was already a thin farm system, likely the worst among the 30 clubs. So it comes as a mild surprise that they were able to now

Jason Heyward

The Cubs’ next move should be Jason Heyward

The Cubs were the third best team in baseball in 2015, at least by season record. They toppled the Pirates in the Wild Card play-in game and proceeded to knock out baseball’s best team, the Cardinals, in the NLDS. They put up a fight against the Mets and went down swinging (pun intended) in the NLCS. […]

Joakim Soria

Royals sign Joakim Soria for three years, $25 million

The Royals have been the example by which other teams strive to model their bullpen after. Their relief core has been hands down the best in baseball over the last three years. Unfortunately for them once dominant closer Greg Holland become a non-tender after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In an effort to compensate for that […]

Giants sign Jeff Samardzija to five-year, $90 million deal

The Giants were a finalist for the services of Zack Greinke but lost out to the mystery team which turned out to be the Diamondbacks. Not to be deterred they made a quick turnaround signing one of their back-ups: Jeff Samardzija. That sound you hear is a few dozen Bay area writers crying out in […]

The best of the non-tendered players

Last night was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players. Those that were not tendered contracts have now become free agents. I think a lot of people assume that if a player was non-tendered it means he isn’t good. That’s not always the case though. Sometimes a player just doesn’t […]

Mariners are getting a face lift courtesy of Jerry Dipoto

The Seattle Mariners are taking on a new look this offseason. It started way back in August when they relieved general manager Jack Zduriencik of his duties. They spent almost exactly a month searching before finally hiring former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto. Not three full months have passed, and we can already see a significant change […]

Arizona Diamondbacks and Johnny Cueto both better off with no deal

News surfaced on Sunday that the Arizona Diamondbacks offered free agent starter Johnny Cueto a six year contract worth $120 million and that he subsequently declined that offer. My initial reaction was, “Wow that’s nuts.” I meant that for both sides. It seemed like a poor use of funds to allocate so much money to […]