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Grading the Deal: Nationals Make Big Bet On Patrick Corbin

by John Watson

Dec 5, 2018 11:37 AM

While there's every reason to believe that Patrick Corbin can make good on his insane contract year, there's a ton of risk to consider on the Nats' side. Read more »

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Meditations On Many, Many Mariners Moves

by John Watson

Dec 4, 2018 3:46 PM

Jerry Dipoto had a tough job, trying to maximize his return on his best players while ensuring that the owners cut costs and lined their pockets. But it's hard to see a light at then end of the tunnel. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Yankees Add An Ace In James Paxton Trade

by John Watson

Nov 25, 2018 3:43 PM

So, the Yankees basically went out and got themselves an ace, even if it was one who has some question marks. Read more »

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Bound For Glory: On The 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox

by John Watson

No curse was broken, no drought was extinguished. But Boston's 2018 World Series win was a truly remarkable achievement by a truly remarkable team. Read more »
A World Series We Deserve: Boston Red Sox Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

by John Watson

This should be a closely matched series between arguably the best teams in their respective leagues and that makes seven games seem about right. Read more »
2018 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox

by John Watson

The ALCS is a thing of beauty with two regular-season behemoths fighting for a spot in the World Series. Read more »
2018 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Milwaukee Brewers

by John Watson

The Brewers certainly have the better bullpen and defense, but pretty basically everything else tilts in favor of the Dodgers. Read more »
Baseball In A Nutshell: AL Wild Card Preview

by John Watson

The 2018 Athletics are basically a microcosm of baseball in 2018, built on the twin foundations of dingers and a lockdown bullpen. Read more »
Loose Ends: On The NL Tiebreakers And Wild Card Game

by John Watson

On the glorious nonsense of the double one-game playoffs and the NL Wild Card Game. Read more »
Mayhaps Valid Predictions: Thoughts On The MLB MVP Awards

by John Watson

On the Mookie Betts versus Mike Trout race in the AL and the wideopen race in the NL. Read more »
Pitch Perfection: Cy Young Award Predictions

by John Watson

On the candidates including Blake Snell, Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale, Aaron Nola and more. Read more »
Rookie Rankings: Predictions For The Young Man's MVP Award

by John Watson

Breaking down the candidates and why Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna are the favorites. Read more »
Postseason Prospects: Thoughts On The MLB Playoff Races

by John Watson

While there is only one truly interesting race in the AL, the National League has come to the rescue this year and offers a veritable cornucopia of tantalizing scenarios. Read more »
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off: On Washington's Waiver Deals

by John Watson

Things have not gone well for Washington this season, that much is clear. Some of the blame can be lain at the feet of the baseball gods, but some should probably also be attributed to the humans in the front office. Read more »
Oakland Stroke: On The Hottest Team In The MLB

by John Watson

While the A's have have caught some breaks, they don't really look lucky, as it were. After all, as they say, luck is the residue of some smart folks building a competitive team on a shoestring budget. Read more »
Grading The MLB Trade Deadline: The Biggest Winners And Losers

by John Watson

Picking out the best of the best (Dodgers and Twins) and the worst of the worst (Astros). Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: The Search For Reliever Relief

by John Watson

The Indians, Cubs and A's have traded for relievers. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dodgers Win Manny Machado Derby

by John Watson

The Dodgers added a legitimate superstar before the trade deadline and now have one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball without compromising the long-term. Read more »
Down And Out In The AL Central: Cleveland And Flotsam

by John Watson

Whether it's something silly like trading for Manny Machado or something slightly more sensible like upgrading the bullpen, the Indians will surely do something to improve their October odds. Read more »
Worry Index: Are The Yankees In Trouble?

by John Watson

Barring a complete and historic collapse, yes, the Yankees will make the postseason. But we have long lived in a world where Yankees fans expect more than the postseason, more than a pennant. Read more »

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