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Miami Marlins Monitoring Remaining Free Agent Starters
With a rotation that could still use some work, the Miami Marlins are reportedly keeping an eye on the remaining free agent starting pitchers. After the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez last September, the Miami Marlins knew they would need to address their starting rotation this winter. Did they succeed? Well, that largely depends on […] Miami Marlins Monitoring...

Milwaukee Brewers Reportedly “Floated” Extension to Jonathan Villar–Should He Have Taken It?
The Milwaukee Brewers are in the midst of a rebuild, and after the quietly solid season that Jonathan Villar put up in 2016 with them, the club reportedly “floated” a contract extension to the young infielder. Jon Heyman of FanRag noted yesterday that the Milwaukee Brewers “floated an extension in the $20 million range for […] Milwauk...

Red Sox Just About Out of Patience with Rusney Castillo
Rusney Castillo doesn’t seem to have much of a future with the Red Sox, and the struggling outfielder didn’t help himself in his first spring game. The Boston Red Sox have plenty of reasons to be excited as Spring Training games begin. They have a fearsome lineup even after the retirement of David Ortiz, added Chris […] Red Sox Just About Out of Patience wi...

New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius Starts Off Spring with a Bang
After a breakout offensive performance in 2016, Didi Gregorius opened his spring training with a big home run for the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees acquired Didi Gregorius in a December 2014 three-team trade that also involved the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers. It was the second time in his career that Gregorius […] New York Yankees̵...

MLB Free Agency: Jake Peavy Explains Why He’s Still Available
It wasn’t a typical year for Jake Peavy in 2016. But with his credentials, why has he not locked down an MLB offer yet? At 35 years old (36 in late May), the best days are probably behind Jake Peavy in terms of his MLB career. Once an above average starting pitcher and Cy Young winner, […] MLB Free Agency: Jake Peavy Explains Why He’s Still Availabl...

Arizona Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray Did What?
Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray may have sported a 4.90 ERA in 2016, but he racked up strikeouts at a prodigious clip. When Arizona Diamondbacks supporters and baseball fans in general think about “most single-season strikeouts per nine innings,” the first names that might come to mind are MLB greats like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and […] Arizona Diamondbacks: ...

Baltimore Orioles: Zach Britton Looking to Improve on Stellar 2016
Despite posting a nearly perfect season in 2016, closer Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles is ready to have an even better 2017. For Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles, 2016 was a magical season. The closer achieved many impressive feats and brought home the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year award. Without […] Baltimore Orioles: Zach ...

MLB 2017: National League West Rankings
Sep 23, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers (C) and third baseman Carlos Asuaje (background) are congratulated after scoring on a single by left fielder Alex Dickerson (not pictured) at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports We conclude our MLB 2017 divisional preview with a look at […] MLB 2017: National League West Rankings ...

Sammy Sosa: An Unforgettable Talent Who Is Fading From Memory
When fans think of the Cubs today, they may think of the recent World Series run, Wrigley Field or Ernie Banks. Just over a decade ago, however, someone else would have come to mind. That man is Sammy Sosa. Sosa, who hit 545 home runs and drove in 1,141 runs during his time with the […] Sammy Sosa: An Unforgettable Talent Who Is Fading From Memory -

Atlanta Braves Sign Former Chiefs Cornerback Sanders Commings
Tim Tebow will not be the only former NFLer to try his hand at baseball this year. The Atlanta Braves have signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings to a minor league deal. When Tim Tebow proclaimed his intent to attempt to play baseball, it was dismissed as a publicity stunt. He had not […] Atlanta Braves Sign Former Chiefs Cornerback S...

Atlanta Braves History: Braves Sign Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver became a star with the New York Mets, but they were not his first team. On this day in 1966, he signed with the Atlanta Braves. The New York Mets had been a hapless franchise until Tom Seaver came along. Literally from the moment he set foot on the mound, Seaver was the […] Atlanta Braves History: Braves Sign Tom Seaver -

Chicago White Sox to Retire Mark Buehrle’s Number
The Chicago White Sox have announced that the club will honor one of the heroes of their 2005 World Series championship team by retiring his number. The Chicago White Sox announced that they will retire the jersey #56 in a special ceremony this June. The jersey number is being retired in honor of longtime pitcher […] Chicago White Sox to Retire Mark Buehrle’s Num...

Minnesota Twins: Ryan O’Rourke’s Pregame Ritual
Major League players can be a superstitious bunch, having different pregame rituals that they must adhere to. Minnesota Twins reliever Ryan O’Rourke might be taking that a little too far. Some baseball players need to eat a certain meal before a game, like Wade Boggs and his fried chicken. Others need to show up at […] Minnesota Twins: Ryan O’Rourke’s Pr...

Los Angeles Dodgers: Corey Seager Is Still Finding His Swing
Corey Seager took the league by storm last season. Being the face of the Dodgers for the future, Seager has already become one of the best players in baseball. I have mentioned it a thousand times before, and it applies here again, I am a massive fan of the Dodgers. More than that, I am […] Los Angeles Dodgers: Corey Seager Is Still Finding His Swing -

MLB: Don Mattingly Thinks Attitude Toward Strikeouts Has Slowed Games
Marlins skipper Don Mattingly believes a growing acceptance of strikeouts among MLB hitters and teams has contributed to sluggish games. The pace of play debate has flared up again with MLB’s new rule change regarding intentional walks. While the decision to do away with the four-pitch free pass has proved polarizing among fans, the topic of […] ...

Homer at the Bat: Cooperstown to Honor Springfield
The Baseball Hall of Fame will honor The Simpsons this May in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the landmark “Homer at the Bat” episode. This Monday marked the silver anniversary of “Homer at the Bat,” one of the best episodes of The Simpsons in the series’ long run. In recognition of this transcendent episode, Cooperstown […] Homer...

Baltimore Orioles: Projecting Chris Tillman’s Production in 2017
There’s no doubt that Orioles ace Chris Tillman had a strong 2016, going 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA. The question is, what can we expect from him in 2017? Chris Tillman spent the first four seasons of his career bouncing around between AAA and the Major League squad. However, he has been an everyday starer since 2013. Since the […] Baltimore Orioles: ...

Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor Discussing Extension
After last year’s breakout performance, Rougned Odor is reportedly talking about a long-term deal with the Texas Rangers. Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor broke out in a big way last season, his third at the MLB level. While he grabbed the most headlines for his brouhaha on the base paths with Blue Jays slugger […] Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor Discu...

MLB: Three Teams That Still Have Position Needs
The offseason is a time for MLB teams to reevaluate their rosters and fill the voids they have with trades, free agents or prospects. Nearing the start of Spring Training games, some teams still need to fill a position. Teams take different approaches during the MLB offseason. Some teams jump on free agents right away […] MLB: Three Teams That Still Have Position Needs

Colorado Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez Contract Negotiations at Standstill
The Colorado Rockies and Carlos Gonzalez have yet to engage in serious contract negotiations. Are they even a good match? Contract negotiations between the Colorado Rockies and Carlos Gonzalez seem to have come to a standstill. The three-time All-Star outfielder is in the last year of his deal with the Rockies. Sadly, it doesn’t seem […] Colorado Roc...

Team-Player Reunions to Keep an Eye on in 2017
After a busy winter, some MLB teams are bringing back familiar faces to their clubhouses. A team-player reunion could be exactly what these ballplayers need to rejuvenate their careers. Every MLB offseason, teams work to grow stronger through free agent signings and trades. The Cleveland Indians boosted their chances of reclaiming the American League championship with the addition of Edwin […]

San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey the Unquestioned Leader
The San Francisco Giants have been a perennial contender for years, and their all-star catcher is a prime reason that likely won’t change any time soon. Last fall, the San Francisco Giants put a major scare into the eventual World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The Giants dropped the NLDS to the Cubs in four games, […] San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey the U...

Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton Dealing with Knee Pain Again
Josh Hamilton was facing an uphill climb to make the Texas Rangers roster this year. Yesterday, he had another setback as he looked to work his way back. It was supposed to be a story of redemption. Josh Hamilton, who had turned his life around with the Texas Rangers, had signed a minor league contract […] Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton Dealing with Knee Pain Again -

Milwaukee Brewers History: Ryan Braun Appeals PED Test Successfully
No one had managed to successfully appeal a PED test in Major League Baseball. That is, until this day in 2012, when Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was able to have his suspension thrown out. PED testing in Major League Baseball has been amongst the best in the world for quite some time. While they […] Milwaukee Brewers History: Ryan Braun Appea...


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