The relief market is hotter than ever

Coming into the offseason, I expected the relief market to develop quickly. There just aren’t a ton of options in free agency including absolutely zero “proven closers.” So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’ve seen Danny Farqhuar, Joaquin Benoit, Craig Kimbrel, and Francisco Rodriguez change hands already. It should also come as […]

David Ortiz hit home runs, swore on TV, and won my heart

David Ortiz recently announced his plans to retire after completion of the 2016 season. His contract with the Red Sox includes two options for 2016 and 2017. So his retirement after next season will leave (at least) $10 million on the table. It’s not something you often see so he must really feel like it’s […]

Shopping Freddie Freeman makes sense for Braves

Before the trade one might have suggested Andrelton Simmons was the “Face of the Braves.” A counter-argument would be Freddie Freeman. Despite Simmons’ defensive prowess and the relative fame it afforded him, Freddie Freeman was and is the Braves best player. Now that the club is just one season away from opening a new ballpark, […]

The Red Sox should double down on bullpen improvements

The Red Sox were big players in free agency last year, signing both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. They were definitely trying to build a playoff contender but they didn’t do much in terms of improving their rotation. Sure they signed Rick Porcello and traded for Wade Miley, but they didn’t go after the big […]

Three players accepting qualifying offers ensures system will continue in MLB

MLB’s current free agent qualifying offer system was established in the last collective bargaining agreement. This is the fourth year it’s been in place. During that time, it’s caused a lot of consternation among fans and players alike. You can make a strong argument that it favors rich clubs with money to burn, while unfairly and […]

Colby Rasmus makes history by accepting qualifying offer

Earlier this week, I gave you a list of players I thought most likely to accept the qualifying offer – a one year contract worth $15.8 million. As is the way of things, that list did not include Colby Rasmus. I looked at his offensive numbers and assumed even in this robust outfield market that he could secure […]

Darren O’Day hits free agency at perfect time

Darren O’Day has probably slid under a lot of mainstream radars. The eight year veteran never been a closer so he doesn’t have the lofty save totals to pad his coffers. However, he’s being heavily pursued early on and will likely get a relatively lucrative contract for a reliever. What is it about the Orioles former set-up […]

Lance Lynn’s surgery puts the Cardinals rotation in a precarious position

Yesterday, the Cardinals announced the unfortunate news that Lance Lynn would miss the entirety of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. It’s a huge blow to what was the best team in the National League in 2015. Lance Lynn saved the Cardinals rotation after Adam Wainwright went down with a season ending injury […]

These players could make history by accepting qualifying offer

I’ve said this many times in the past about many different things, but Major League Baseball rules are nothing if not convoluted. In this instance, I’m talking about free agent qualifying offers. A qualifying offer is a one year guaranteed contract worth the average salary of the top 100 highest paid players. Teams are allowed […]

Let’s fix the qualifying offer system

The current qualifying offer system has been in place for three years now. A qualifying offer is a one year contract worth the average of the top 100 salaries in baseball. This year, that makes the offer worth $15.8 million. If a player turns down the offer, the team that signs them has to forfeit their […]

The biggest potential bargains of the 2015-16 free agent class

The World Series ended on Sunday and the moment it did, all pending free agents officially became untethered from their previous clubs. However they do still have to wait until Friday November 6th – five days after the end of the World Series – before they’re allowed to negotiate with other teams. That won’t matter though, as […]

Marco Estrada is an excellent buy-low target

Marco Estrada had been making a name for himself during the playoffs before the Blue Jays run ended. He tossed 19.1 innings over three starts, earning a 2-1 record. He has a 2.33 ERA and 3.08 FIP in those starts. His regular season career numbers aren’t quite that good, but he does provide a team with […]

Chicago Cubs’ success not defined by Postseason

The Chicago Cubs hired away Theo Epstein from the Red Sox in 2011. For their fans, the journey back to competitiveness and relevance has been a long and often frustrating one. But this year finally saw the plan start to come together. The Cubs won 97 games in the regular season, which was the third best […]