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Grading The Deal: Pirates Trade Andrew McCutchen To Giants

by John Watson

Jan 16, 2018 11:49 AM

The Giants have now given up significant chunks of their (already hurting) farm system to procure a couple of stars in decline in Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Houston Aims To Repeat With Gerrit Cole Trade

by John Watson

Jan 15, 2018 5:39 PM

The Astros traded away a number of moderately useful players for a singular pitcher. A pitcher who has Cy Young potential, but also has question marks. Read more »

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Dog Days Of Winter: On MLB's Most Stagnant Offseason

by John Watson

Jan 11, 2018 4:04 PM

There are a multitude of factors involved in how slow-moving this offseason has been. 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: Marlins Trade Giancarlo Stanton To Yankees

by John Watson

While you could certainly make an argument that New York should have held out for next year's premium quality free agent bumper crop, the Yankees are hedging their bets at worse in trading for Giancarlo Stanton. 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 (Relatively) Simple Summary Of The Shohei Otani Situation

by John Watson

Shohei Otani is known as the Japanese Babe Ruth, which ought to be enough to whet your appetite for his arrival in MLB. Read more »
The Morning After: On The Houston Astros' World Series Win

by John Watson

We should appreciate the Astros emerging victorious from the melee that is MLB's postseason for what it is: a glorious convergence of luck and design that was a very long time in the making, and one that couldn't have happened to a better city at a better time. Read more »
2017 World Series Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

by John Watson

The Dodgers and Astros are a pair of juggernauts meeting in the World Series. We dig in with a full breakdown and position-by-position comparison to take our best guess on who might win. Read more »
2017 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs have been the best team in the NL since the break, but the Dodgers are, however, a better team with a lot of cards stacked in their favor. Read more »
2017 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. New York Yankees

by John Watson

The Astros were a 101-win team while the Yankees had a Pythagorean record of 101 wins. While Houston has a slight edge, this series is a proverbial toss-up. Read more »
Where The Wild Games Are: Previewing The AL & NL Wild Card Games

by John Watson

Predicting who's going to win a best-of-one series is always going to be a fool's errand. But let's at least look at both games and find some things to pay particular attention to during the games. Read more »
20/20 Hindsight: The Diamondbacks Won the Trade Deadline

by John Watson

The Diamondbacks took advantage of a weak market for J.D. Martinez and got him for a relative song. Since his first at bat as a Diamondback on July 19, Martinez has been one of the best players in baseball. Read more »
Can't Stop, Won't Stop: On The Indians' Ridiculous Streak

by John Watson

The Indians have have outscored their opponents 142-37, for a run differential of +105. In. Three. Weeks. Read more »
Almost Home: A Quick Look At the NL Wild Card Race

by John Watson

For much of the season, we've been looking at a Diamondbacks-Rockies Wild Card game but the Brewers, Cardinals and Cubs could still make a run. 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 »
To V Or Not To V: Should The Astros Trade For Justin Verlander?

by John Watson

Barring getting fleeced by Detroit, Houston should grab the best pitcher still available and give their lineup a little bit of help for the inevitable postseason. 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 »
Grading The Deals: Eduardo Nunez, Anthony Swarzak, Pat Neshek

by John Watson

On Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox, Anthony Swarzak to the Brewers and Pat Neshek to the Rockies. Read more »
Grading The Deal: The Royals And Padres' Arms Deal

by John Watson

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 »

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