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Grading The Deal: Aroldis Chapman Traded To Cubs

by John Watson

Jul 26, 2016 11:30 AM

The Cubs did get better, but it's certainly not clear that they got that much better to warrant giving up what they did. For this deal to truly work out for the Cubs, the flags will need to actually fly. Read more »

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, IQ

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Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On AL Contenders

by John Watson

Jul 19, 2016 4:57 PM

With a few more teams being little more than a sweep of a fellow Wild Card wannabe away from a playoff spot, there's more intrigue in the standings in the AL (eight teams fighting for two spots!!!), even if it means less excitement in the form of bodies on the block before the trade deadline. Read more »

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays

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Grading The Deal: Astros Sign Yulieski Gurriel To $47.5M Deal

by John Watson

Jul 18, 2016 1:24 PM

The Astros jumped on an interesting player who was available with no strings attached other than cash money. If it works out, they address the so-called problems of figuring out where to play players or trading them later. Read more »

Tags: Houston Astros, IQ

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Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On NL Contenders

by John Watson

On the Dodgers' rotation gamble, the Giants' old-school approach, the half-mortal Cubs, Washington's pitchers, Mets' issues, Pirates' cheapness, Cardinals' devil magic and whether the Marlins are for real. Read more »
Sweet Dingers, Sweet Relief: On the Orioles' Success

by John Watson

Baltimore's uptick in OBP means those dingers count for more a lot of the time and it's paying dividends for the Orioles' offense and giving them the runs they need to stay in and win games when their rotation needs help. Read more »
Under Pressure (Or Not?): On The Giants' Bullpen

by John Watson

The Giants' bullpen isn't that different from last season, but they have been the weakest part of their team even with all of the injuries to their everyday lineup. Read more »
Ian Desmond, Resurgent Ranger

by John Watson

It was clear the Rangers were getting a great one-year deal on Ian Desmondís services at $8 million for the year. What wasn't clear at that point whether Desmond would make the switch from shortstop to the outfield successfully or whether his hitting would improve after a rough 2015. Read more »
Addicted To Chaos: On Steven Wright And Knuckleballin'

by John Watson

In a time when pitchers are throwing harder and harder, when teams are always on the lookout for the next Moneyball-style advantage, we'll see more pitchers joining this exclusive club and bringing a little more chaos to the masses. Read more »
In Defense Of The Cubs' Scary Starters

by John Watson

The Cubs' rotation has all been pitching better than you would expect based on their raw numbers. The defense is certainly helping the cause and maybe there's some catcher magic going on. Whatever they are doing, if they keep on doing it, this team is going to be scary come October. Read more »
Pirate Power: On the Bucs' Beastly Batters

by John Watson

The Pirates are contending because they have a smart front office who makes due with the financial realities that face their team. The way in which the Bucs are contending this year is a bit surprising, at least when compared to their recent templates for success. Read more »
Hit Me Baby, One More Time: Appreciating Ichiro

by John Watson

There is a real Ichirenaissance going on in Miami with Ichrio hitting .323/.388/.376 and putting up his best numbers in years with him being even more selective and hitting the ball harder than ever. Read more »
The Mets' Amazin' Offseason

by John Watson

The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes for at least a year, popped off a good looking trade for Neil Walker and signed Asdrubal Cabrera, three moves that have worked out exceptionally well. Read more »
The Good News Bears: Cubs Luck Out With Dexter Fowler

by John Watson

Dexter Fowler hasn't made some huge change to his approach that has turned him from a really good player to a superstar. Rather, he is simply doing everything just a little bit better at the plate and then icing that cake with a heaping helping of good luck, which is unquestionably a recipe for a breakout season from an already solid player. Read more »
Right On, Right On: Looking At Adam Eaton's Breakout

by John Watson

Adam Eaton's been very good at the plate, but he has been spectacular on defense since he moved to right field full-time, which has pushed him up into the top tier of valuable players. Read more »
The (Even More) Amazing Jose Altuve Has Arrived

by John Watson

At $6.5 million a pop for 2018 and 2019, if the new Jose Altuve turns out to be for real, heíll not only be one of the most valuable players in baseball, but also one of the best values. Read more »
Miami Twice: Christian Yelich Is Doubling Down

by John Watson

The Marlins have been competitive despite Giancarlo Stanton being mortal and that's largely been due to the long awaited emergence of Christian Yelich. Read more »
Send Me An Angel: Tim Lincecum Heads To Anaheim

by John Watson

With an epically bad farm system preventing the possibility of trading for decent starting pitching and the current state of the staff, there's not much the Angels can do other than take some chances, cross their fingers and hope for the best. Read more »
Get Lucky: On The Mariners' Offense

by John Watson

The Mariners are in first place in the AL West despite having the third lowest BABIP in all of baseball. With even a little more luck, they're a good bet to get a little more separation and to end their playoff drought. Read more »
Flirting With Success: The Young, Filthy Phillies Starters

by John Watson

Even if there's a little bit of early-season mirage going on somewhere here, we've seen the upside of the Phillies young rotation now and it looks like they could be around for their next competitive team thanks to how young they are. Read more »
Hanging Onto Hope In Houston

by John Watson

If the Astros can get some more luck offensively and not have all of their starters underperforming at once, they're going to be winning way more games than they are right now to dig out of the hole of their slow start. Read more »

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