Baseball Analysis

Grading The Deal: Dozier Deal Dead, Dodgers Trade De Leon For Forsythe

by John Watson

After a rumor-fueled offseason where the Dodgers were attempting to pry Brian Dozier away from the Twins, they decided the asking cost was too much and settled for a trade with the Rays which brings them Logan Forsythe to take over duties at 2B instead. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Mark Trumbo Re-Signs With Orioles

by John Watson

Mark Trumbo's contract came in below what a lot of folks initially thought it might, but the market for players like him just doesn't exist like it used to thanks to shifts in the thinking of front offices around the league. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Jose Bautista Stays With Toronto On One-Year Deal

by John Watson

Jose Bautista was surely underpaid during his previous time in Toronto, but there's no denying the fact that age is more than just a number when it comes to contracts. Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: Smyly In Seattle, Casilla Back In Oakland

by John Watson

The Mariners are plowing through their farm system, uprooting everything in the hopes that they can turn their team into a contender now. Read more »
Grading The Deals: On The Mariners' Recent Trades

by John Watson

The Mariners acquired Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson to wake up the sleepy, holiday hot stove. Do these trades move the needle for Seattle, or is Jerry Dipoto just tinkering? Read more »
2016 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Cubs won the 2016 World Series but they rank behind the Dodgers and Red Sox in terms of the value of their collective assets. Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: Eaton Trade; Dodgers Sign Jansen, Turner

by John Watson

On the Nationals trading for Adam Eaton from the White Sox and the Dodgers signing Kenley Jensen and Justin Turner. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Red Sox (Un)Surprisingly Trade For Chris Sale

by Andrew Perna

While it came as a surprise that the Red Sox won the Chris Sale sweepstakes, the architect of the trade has a long history of blockbuster trades. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Rich Hill To Dodgers, Mark Melancon To Giants

by John Watson

The Dodgers struck first, signing Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal and then the Giants made their move, signing Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million deal. Both moves are interesting and risky, albeit in different ways. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Yankees Sign Matt Holliday To Be Stopgap DH

by Andrew Perna

The Yankees had limited options in free agency at designated hitter and their short-term deal with Matt Holliday was a good fallback option after Carlos Beltran. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Mets Bring Yoenis Cespedes Back

by John Watson

Sure the market for the best sluggers is expensive, but if the Mets don't want to waste their cost-controlled pitchers, they need help scoring runs now and Yoenis Cespedes certainly does that. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Mariners, D-Backs Swap Walker, Segura & More

by John Watson

The Mariners and Diamondbacks switched out a bushel of players and gave us our first hint of how new Arizona GM Mike Hazen is going to revamp his roster. Read more »
Play Ball... Please?: On The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement

by John Watson

The MLB is making money hand over fist with record local television deals, so it seems like the opposing sides should be able to work something out. Here, we're going to take a look at at some of the biggest issues underlying this high-stakes game of chicken. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Astros Sign Reddick & Morton, Trade For McCann

by John Watson

The Astros have been the busiest team in baseball over the last few days in adding Josh Reddick, Brian McCann and Charlie Morton in a series of reasonable yet underwhelming moves. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Braves Sign R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon

by John Watson

Both of these signings are exactly the type that the Braves should be making at this juncture: short contracts for veterans who can reliably eat up innings and give the Braves a chance to work towards productively developing their young pitchers. Read more »
Lessons From The 2016 World Series

by John Watson

On how the Cubs are a testament to what happens when you combine such new-school thinking about baseball with big market pockets, the Indians rewrote the rules for the postseason and Baseball always gonna Baseball. Read more »
World Series Preview: The Case For The Indians

by Andrew Perna

A hot streak, home field (Cleveland tied for the second-best home record in baseball) and less pressure aside, the Indians are really, really good. Read more »
World Series Preview: The Case For The Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs are here for a reason: they were the the best team in the regular season and they still have the best team. Small-sample-size shenanigans aside, there's every reason to believe that the Cubs are going to win this series and the longest championship drought in professional sports. Read more »
Andrew Miller: The 2016 Trade Deadline MVP

by John Watson

While it's way, way too early to say that we're going to see teams change how bullpens are managed and move away from tradition there, you know the idea is there now with what Andrew Miller is doing in these playoffs. Read more »
NLCS Preview: The Case For The Cubs

by Andrew Perna

It won't be easy but it's going to take a herculean effort from the Dodgers, and serious internal failure, for the Cubbies not to advance onto the 112th World Series. Read more »

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