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Grading The Deal: The Royals And Padres' Arms Deal

by John Watson

Jul 25, 2017 1:16 PM

The Royals added three pitchers to their roster in Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter as they look to make one last run with this group. Read more »

Tags: Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, IQ

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Grading the Deal: Yankees Go For It Trading For Todd Frazier

by John Watson

Jul 19, 2017 1:23 PM

While Todd Frazier might be the biggest name moving and he certainly patches a glaring hole, he's not the most important part of the deal as the Yankees also improved their bullpen. Read more »

Tags: Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, IQ

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Welcome To The Jungle: On The Resurgent Dodgers

by John Watson

Jul 6, 2017 10:48 PM

The Dodgers definitely look like the deepest and most complete team in the National League and may have even figured out the formula to getting over their oh so elusive NLCS hump. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, IQ

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The Hangover, Part II: What the Dickens Is Up With The Cubs' Offense

by John Watson

The Cubs are still, with good reason, the favorite in the NL Central, but their lineup is far from as intimidating as it was during their ridiculous run last year. Here's what's been different. Read more »
Great Balls of Tire Fire: On the Nationals' Bullpen

by John Watson

The Nationals were primed for a repeat postseason trip, but they didn't do anything about their closer situation or bullpen depth and, while we sort of saw this coming, it's still disheartening. Read more »
Sneak Peak: On the Rockies' Not So Rocky Start

by John Watson

With a gaggle of young, cost-controlled pitchers who don't look out of their element pitching at altitude, the Rockies continue to play like a playoff team. Read more »
Appreciating The Underappreciated: The Astros' Marwin Gonzalez

by John Watson

If he keeps hitting like this, Marwin Gonzalez will transform from a "useful utility/bench player" to a "Swiss Army knife/Ben Zobrist-like player." Read more »
Is The Yankees' Offense Really This Good?

by John Watson

By most standards, New York started off the year as fringe contenders but their offense has given them a huge boost behind Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Sartlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury. Read more »
Just How Bad Off Are The Giants?

by John Watson

The Giants need some things to start improving immediately if they aren't going to punt the season and there are a mess of things (the loss of Bumgarner, the lack of power, iffy rotation, etc.), that they can't really do anything about. Read more »
A Treatise On The Omnipotence Of God (Of The KBO)

by John Watson

Eric Thames is a 30-year-old baseball player whom most of us had forgotten about having success at an unprecedented level. Thames is a much improved player who radically improved his plate discipline and, if we're being honest, has had a heaping helping of luck, as well. Read more »
Earliest Returns: Mid-April MLB Awards

by John Watson

Oh, the joys of early-season baseballing. An average player morphs into a baseball deity before your very eyes. 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 East

by John Watson

After an aggressive offseason, the Red Sox are the favorites to win the toughest division in the MLB even though any of the four teams could reach the playoffs. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL East

by John Watson

While the Nationals and Mets largely looked to maintain their spots atop the NL East, the Marlins, Phillies and Braves continued to rebuild. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL Central

by John Watson

On how the Indians spent wisely after nearly winning the World Series, rough winters for Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota, as well as a good start to the White Sox rebuild. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

On the Cubs' post-World Series offseason, quiet winters for the Cardinals and Pirates, along with the rebuilding projects for the Reds and Brewers. 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 »
Grading The Offseason: NL West

by John Watson

The Dodgers and Giants continued to improve this offseason, and the Rockies tried to do enough to be in position for the Wildcard, the D-Backs and Padres made moves for the long-term. Read more »
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 »

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