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2018 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

Dec 26, 2018 5:34 PM

The Red Sox, Astros and Dodgers comprise this year's top-3 with the Yankees and Cubs right behind them. Read more »

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Predictions For The 2018 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Mar 29, 2018 12:16 PM

Predicting the regular season awards, division winners and what will happen in the always unpredictable October. Read more »

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Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

Mar 7, 2018 7:12 PM

On the moves the Angels, A's, Mariners and Rangers made to close the gap on the Astros. Read more »

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2017 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Astros, Dodgers, Yankees, Indians and Cubs comprise our top-5 as we enter 2018. Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: The First Moves Of The Offseason

by John Watson

While we wait for resolutions with Shohei Otani and Giancarlos Stanton, the hot stove has been very lukewarm allowing us to look at Doug Fister, Brad Boxberger and the Angels' trade for Jim Johnson and international bonus funds. Read more »
A Beautiful Mess: On The Crazy AL Wild Card Race

by John Watson

Only three teams are truly out of the Wild Card race, which will make the finals weeks of the season a glorious mess. Here's how we're sorting it out. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Lucroy, Wilson/Avila, Garcia

by John Watson

On Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs, and Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. Read more »
Hope On The Range: Is Texas Turning It Around?

by John Watson

The Rangers saved their season with a 10-game win streak, but we're going to have to wait a bit to see whether they're for real, because there are some serious questions surrounding a lot of their players. Read more »
Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Here are some predictions for the 2017 season, organized by team. If we make enough; some safe, some crazy, surely, we'll get some right, right? Cue: the rumbling laughter of the baseball gods. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

Where the Astros sprinted out of the offseason gate and then relaxed, the Mariners did the started off sprinting and never stopped. 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 »
One-Run And Done: The Most Lucky And Unlucky AL Contenders

by John Watson

Individual teams' records in one-run games are having a profound effect on the playoff races in the AL this season, and it's worth taking a look at, because itís pretty wild. Read more »
The Kind Of Curious Case Of Carlos Gomez

by John Watson

We don't often see players who were as good as Carlos Gomez was as recently as he was getting released in late August by teams that aren't out of the playoff picture yet, even if the player has been struggling mightily, so all this bears a little deep thinking. Read more »
Goodnight, Sweet Prince: On Prince Fielder's Retirement

by John Watson

During the eight seasons of his prime, Prince Fielder was one of the top-10 hitters in the game and played every single day while always being a joy to watch. Read more »
Grading The Deals: On The AL Trade Deadline

by John Watson

On the moves by the Rangers, Astros, A's, Yankees and Indians at the deadline, headlined by Jonathan Lucroy. Read more »
Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On AL Contenders

by John Watson

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 »
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 »
How Deep Is Your Lineup: Texas Rangers

by John Watson

The injuries to Robinson Chirinos and Shin-soo Choo over the weekend are certainly big news down in Arlington and could have big ramifications going forward. Read more »
Ranking MLB's Best Hitter-Pitcher Combinations

by Andrew Perna

It's difficult to win a World Series on the strength of just two stars, but having a superstar hitter and pitcher is as good a place as any to start building a contender. Read more »
Qualified To Play Ball: The State Of The Qualifying Offer

by John Watson

Players are waiting months to find a team. Players are getting paid way less than they would be otherwise. Big market teams are using the QOS to undercut the market value of their free agents and end up with them back in the fold on cheap deals. Read more »

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