The Christian Yelich trade is an absolute travesty and the Marlins don’t care about winning. Whether Yelich liked it or not, he was going to suit up for the Marlins in 2018 and beyond had they kept him. But they didn’t because the new Marlins ownership group seems to care more about pinching pennies than Jeffrey Loria did.Read more "I Take Back What I Said About the Marlins"
Gonzalez seems like someone who would be a clubhouse cancer, not a positive presence. This past postseason, when the Dodgers informed Gonzalez that he would not be a part of the postseason roster, he left the team to go help his wife move her things and get settled in Italy as opposed to staying with the team.Read more "Trying to Rationalize the Adrian Gonzalez Signing"
Throughout the interview, Le Batard kept asking Manfred whether he knew the new ownership would be cutting salary. Manfred said the commissioner’s office does not get involved in player personnel decisions. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but the fact of the matter is that the Marlins are doing what they are doing in an effort to win baseball games. Perhaps not in the immediate future but it looks like the long-term plan is to shed salary so they can rebuild from the ground up.Read more "Dan Le Batard, I’m Actually With Commissioner Manfred On This One"
Baker has managed four different teams for 22 seasons total and has captured only one league pennant. He has only won one playoff series aside from the year he took the Giants to the World Series. If you take all of the postseason series he’s managed, he’s 3-8 all-time, 3-9 if you include his 2013 Wild Card Game loss. He has a 23-32 record, good for a .418 postseason win percentage.Read more "Dusty’s Gotta Go"
This is the first installment in a six-part series in which I will go division by division and recap the biggest storylines of each team’s season. To find the recaps for other divisions, follow the links below. AL East NL Central AL Central NL West AL West All WAR metrics are fWAR unless otherwise stated. […]Read more "2017 Recap: NL East"
If I had to pick three words to describe Goldschmidt they would be these: he is fantastic. He is easily the best first baseman in baseball right now, and on his current pace will finish his career with well over 50 WAR. Not bad for an 8th round pick.Read more "The Next Paul Goldschmidt"
Winners: The New York Mets. The first thing they’ve won in a long time.Read more "The Winners and Losers of the 2016-2017 Offseason"
The top 10 under-covered stories in 2016, now all in one place!Read more "The Top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016 (10-1)"
The second installment of a five-part series detailing the Top 10 Most Under-Covered Stories of 2016.Read more "Top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016 (Part 2 of 5)"
Much to the chagrin of the rest of the NL, Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes inked a 4-year, $110MM pact with the Mets yesterday. Cespedes, since joining the Mets at the trade deadline in 2015 has played 189 games, slashing .282/.348/.554 with 48 HR, 39 doubles and 130 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion remains a free agent and the MLB CBA is about to expire. Will the MLBPA and MLB come to an agreement before tonight’s deadline?Read more "November 30 Musings: Mets, Jay, CBA, E5"