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Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

Feb 11, 2016 6:45 PM

Breaking down the moves made by the A's, Rangers, Angels, Mariners and Astros. Read more »

Tags: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, IQ

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Grading The Offseason: NL West

by John Watson

Feb 8, 2016 4:33 PM

Breaking down the offseason moves of the Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Rockies and D-Backs. Read more »

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, IQ

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Grading The Deal: Cespedes Stays With Mets On Three-Year, $75M Deal

by Andrew Perna

Jan 25, 2016 4:55 PM

Yoenis Cespedes earned himself a huge payday long before he lit Citi Field on fire and this contract could turn into a much larger one if he produces for the Mets in 2016. Read more »

Tags: New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Grading the Deal: Tigers Solve Left Field With Justin Upton

by John Watson

Justin Upton has a high floor with the high ceiling to go along with it, so it's hard to argue that this move, while not as exciting as, say, the Tigers signing Heyward earlier in the offseason, is a very smart baseball move. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Orioles Ultimately Re-Sign Chris Davis For $161M

by Andrew Perna

An odd dance between Chris Davis, Scott Boras and the Orioles has resulted in the type of contract the slugger wanted and one that Baltimore needed more than they let on. Read more »
2015 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The MLB has an ever-changing landscape but this creation of a hierarchal ranking gives a look to how we would choose their collective situations at the end of 2015. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Yankees Corner Power Relievers' Market With Chapman

by John Watson

The Yankees certainly wouldn't have been able to get a quality starter for the package they gave up to get Aroldis Chapman, and now they don't have to. Rather, they can emulate the Royals' path to success last year. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Giants Continue NL West Pitching Binge With Cueto

by John Watson

The Giants have now made two risky moves in signing Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija that could end up propelling them to another #EvenYear but could also be albatrosses in the future. Read more »
Cubs Stir The Hot Stove By Signing Zobrist, Trading Castro

by John Watson

The Cubs kept Ben Zobrist from the Mets and then traded Starlin Castro to the Yankees. Theo Epstein and company appeared to be grabbing value wherever you can find it and then figure out the rest later. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Shelby Miller Traded To D-Backs For, Well, A Lot

by John Watson

The D-Backs were desperate to become contenders in 2016 and the Braves were the beneficiaries by receiving a proven outfielder, a pitch who can turn into a Shelby Miller and last year's top overall pick. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cubs Give John Lackey $32M To Be No. 3 Starter

by Andrew Perna

John Lackey is due for a regression after a stellar 2015 season, but the Cubs are still confident he's an upgrade in the middle of their rotation. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Zack Greinke Signs With D-Backs

by John Watson

The D-Backs hope Zack Greinke will age like a fine wine as his velocity declines, more Maddux than not, thanks to his stellar command, offspeed arsenal, and chess-like approach to pitch sequencing. Read more »
Is Barry Bonds Coming Out Of Retirement?

by John Watson

Where goes Barry Bonds, so goes an army of takes of the hottest order and, while itís one thing to have Bonds swing by for a week of spring training or throw out a first pitch, itís another to hire him on as a part or full time staff member. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Red Sox Open Wallet For David Price

by Andrew Perna

Less than two years after low-balling Jon Lester and just one offseason after failed splurges on Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have added a much-needed ace on a historically huge contract. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Tigers Sign Jordan Zimmermann To $110M Deal

by Andrew Perna

He isn't David Price or Zack Greinke, but the Tigers may have found themselves a bargain at a much lower price point in Jordan Zimmermann. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Jed Lowrie Traded To The A's (Again)

by John Watson

Most teams would jump at the chance to trade a AA relief pitching prospect for a switch hitting, multiple position fielding major leaguer on a reasonable AAV, and jump the A's did in bring back Jed Lowrie. Read more »
Breaking Down The World Series: Can The Royals Tame The Mets?

by Andrew Perna

The Mets rode their pitching past the free-swinging Cubs in the NLCS, but the Royals employ a vastly different offensive approach. Will New York's defense play well enough to keep Kansas City from chasing their young studs off the mound early? Read more »
ALCS Preview: Feisty Blue Jays Face Battle-Tested Royals

by Andrew Perna

The Royals, without the same bullpen they rode to the World Series last year, face the most explosive offense in baseball against the Blue Jays. Unless there is a power outage in Toronto, Kansas City faces a tall task in the ALCS. Read more »
Cardinals End Season Atop OPSERA Rankings

by Scott McCourtney

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina go down, but the Cardinals remain the class of baseball. Can they make yet another extended playoff run? Read more »
Blue Jays Rocket Into Top Five

by Scott McCourtney

The Blue Jays have been red-hot since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, moving into the top five for the first time all season. Read more »

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