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Week One Power Rankings

Rank Team LR Why? 1. 2 Why they deserve it: Two-time defending AL Champs bring back full offense and have added Darvish and Feliz to their rotation. Why they don’t deserve it: They lost their best starter in CJ Wilson, Joe Nathan wasn’t great last year, questions about Feliz’s stamina are cropping up and they […]

Young Extension Candidates: American League

As news surfaces that the Yankees will be cutting payroll now and in the future, many teams may be interesting following the business models set by smaller market teams.  The Tampa Bay Rays are the best example of operating under a smaller payroll but ensuring prolonged success at the major league level.  It begins with […]

Putting your team over the top: American League

What if every team in baseball was one player away from becoming a championship caliber team?  The following list of players aren’t necessarily ones that are expected to carry their teams to the promised land, but they could provide the key performances that elevate their teams to new heights. AL East New York Yankees – […]

You May Say I’m A Dreamer: Texas Rangers

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I’m a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. (SCENE: The Texas Rangers have just won the 2012 World Series, and team president Nolan Ryan joins general manager […]

Giants Ink The Freak Through Arbitration

The rumors of Tim Lincecum coming to terms with the San Francisco Giants finally came to fruition today, as the two sides agreed to a two year, $40.5 million deal that will ink The Freak through 2013, the final two years of his arbitration eligibility. The Giants reportedly offered Lincecum an eight year deal and were looking […]

Early January Power Rankings

Keep in mind, the offseason isn’t over, so these rankings are subject to change before the season starts.   1. Texas Rangers Why they deserve it: They’ve been to the last two consecutive World Series and have the best offense in baseball.  They may also add Darvish, Fielder or Madson. Why they don’t deserve it: […]

Beltran to St. Louis, Who Can Blame Cuddy For High Price

After not being able to re-sign the most important member of the franchise since Stan “The Man” Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals got better at two positions when they signed Carlos Beltran on Thursday to a 2-year, $26 million contract with a full no-trade clause. Beltran is a fine piece to a puzzle that moves […]

Most Underrated Player in the American League

It never fails.  There’s always going to be the one player that isn’t flashy enough to make fans love him.  Perhaps he lacks Matt Kemps good looks, Torii Hunter’s smile or Derek Jeter’s unquestionable leadership, but owners and General Managers are aware of this player’s value.  They come back year after year, aren’t demanding $100 […]

Steal of the Offseason: Latos Traded to Cincinnati

The San Diego Padres are an incomplete team.  They’ve lost Heath Bell, Mike Adams and Adrian Gonzalez all within the last year and lack the start power to remain anything but an after-thought in an already weak NL West.  Their General Manager left the first chance he had for Chicago, and their minor league system […]

Joe Saunders Has Unexpectedly Become a Prized Free Agent

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Arizona Diamondbacks have non-tendered LHP Joe Saunders.  Saunders, affectionately known as “Saundo” by Angels and D-Back fans alike, was 12-13 last year for the NL West division champions.  He sported a solid 3.69 ERA across a career-high 212 innings.  Most notably, Saunders was a main component of the […]

Was Jose Reyes Worth The Money?

After writing previously that the Marlins might be spending on the wrong things after the Heath Bell signing, of course, the Marlins prove everyone wrong and go out and sign Jose Reyes to a pretty big deal: six years at $106 million guaranteed, with an option for a seventh year as the Marlins pay Reyes […]

Marlins Make First Splash With Bell

The Miami Marlins vowed to be active in this year’s free agent market, with everyone from Albert Pujols to Jose Reyes to C.J. Wilson being tied to the team. Instead of those three highly coveted free agents, the first big move they make this offseason turns out to be a closer, as they signed former […]

Jim Ingraham’s Flawed Logic

It was announced today that Justin Verlander won the American League MVP in a close vote that saw Boston heartthrob and former “malcontent” Jacoby Ellsbury come in second and saw the best player currently playing in Canada, Toronto’s Jose Bautista, come in third. But even more interesting than that was this gem of a quote from […]

Phillies Have Spent Their Way Into Payroll Problem

Ken Rosenthal had an article up on FOX Sports regarding how the Phillies will have a tough time re-signing Cole Hamels due to how the Phillies have managed their payroll structure. So let’s shine some light on it. Let’s take a look at how the Phillies payroll has grown over the last five seasons: 2007: $89,428,2132008: $98,269,8802009: […]