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Justin Upton fits with Giants, Rangers, Orioles, but Padres eager

One of the big moves that didn’t occur at last week’s winter meetings was a Justin Upton trade. It’s no secret that the Braves are trying to trade the 27-year-old slugger, but finding the right match obviously hasn’t happened yet. Rumblings are that Atlanta is looking for a better return than the one received from […]

Marlins braintrust

You can’t fault the Miami Marlins for not trying this winter

After the Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a monstrous 13-year, $325 million contract extension earlier this winter, the team’s braintrust vowed to surround Stanton with a winning team in 2015 and beyond. The days of Miami being the primary farm team for the rest of baseball were over – this was going to be […]

Sad Royals

The Royals are failing to capitalize on their World Series run

The Kansas City Royals are still basking in the afterglow of their magical run to the World Series and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. The extra prestige of proving themselves as a contender, the buy-in from ownership that the team is heading in the right direction and, of course, that big influx […]

Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Despite additions, Red Sox starting rotation still needs an ace

How important is an ace at the top of a starting rotation for a playoff hopeful or contender? The Boston Red Sox could provide some intriguing answers to that question next season. The first impulse is to believe that even the Red Sox believe in the importance of an unquestioned No. 1 starter, based on […]

The Mariners turned down a Zimmermann/Desmond trade

Ken Rosenthal has a new column up on Fox Sports discussing the confusing offseason of the Washington Nationals. In the piece, Rosenthal casually mentions that the Nationals offered both Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond to the Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker and Brad Miller. If you don’t think that’s crazy enough, consider this – the […]

Ex-Reds SP Mat Latos

By trading Latos and Simon, Reds create flexibility for one more run

After the Reds traded Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon on Thursday, you might wonder if general manager Walt Jocketty is beginning a rebuilding project in Cincinnati. At the end of July and when the Reds were officially eliminated from playoff contention, I advocated this team trading off some pieces to get younger and more players under […]

Winter Meetings movers

The winners and losers of the 2014 Winter Meetings

This year’s Winter Meetings were crazy. There’s no other way to describe it: deals were coming fast and furious, at all hours of the day and night, from every angle possible. There was a lot of news to keep up with. So with all of the dust from the meetings settled, which teams came out […]

Jon Lester's new employers

Signing of Jon Lester changes perception of Chicago Cubs

Well, the Chicago Cubs did it. They landed their big free agent fish in signing Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract, prying him away from pursuing contenders in Boston and San Francisco. Though the deal is only a couple of days old, and not even official from the organizational standpoint, the reactions from around the baseball […]

Dodgers outfield

Be very afraid of the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers

Just when we had gotten use to the new Los Angeles Dodgers and their bottomless, oft-used wallet, they’ve gone and changed it up once again. There was once a time where the Dodgers couldn’t say no to an expensive veteran and could give a contract extension to just about anyone on the roster. They were […]

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes’ value lies solely in his name

Yoenis Cespedes is an extremely interesting case among Major League outfielders. He isn’t nearly as good as the general perception of his skill set might indicate. Yet, in the past six months, he’s been traded twice, for two fairly notable pitchers: first for Jon Lester and now he’s headed to Detroit in exchange for Rick Porcello. Although the […]

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Report: Dodgers dump Matt Kemp to Padres in five-player trade

The Dodgers continued their dominance of Winter Meetings headlines from Wednesday into Thursday, finally coming to an agreement with the Padres to send Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Though

Dodgers acquire Howie Kendrick for newly-acquired Andrew Heaney

Andrew Friedman and his Los Angeles Dodgers continued to wheel and deal as the Winter Meetings came to a close, finishing off a day full of trades by acquiring second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels for the recently acquired Andrew Heaney. After trading Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins […]

Dodgers deal Dee Gordon, Dan Haren to Marlins

It’s been a busy day for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Just hours after trading for Jimmy Rollins, the club has traded second baseman Dee Gordon and starter Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins for pitcher Andrew Heaney, outfielder Kike Hernandez, pitcher Chris Hatcher, and catcher Austin Barnes. Well, Miami did need a second baseman. Derek Dietrich […]