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The two biggest weaknesses of the Texas Rangers

With the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, the Rangers once again have a fearsome lineup and look as if they could be one of the best …

2014 Season Preview: Texas Rangers

For the past couple of seasons, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has been reluctant to make the big addition that could push his team back into …

The Four Horsemen of the Seattle Mariners

You can probably figure out at least two of the four players most important to the Mariners' success in 2014 — it's finding the other two for this …

Three Key Questions for the Seattle Mariners

The Mariners fancy themselves contenders, but part of the reason they're being met with skepticism (other than the fact that we've seen this kind of …

Now that Orioles have spent money, why not spend more?

The Orioles finally spent some money in free agency, inking pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $48 million deal on Monday. It's the first time …

The Two Biggest Weaknesses of the Seattle Mariners

The Mariners are desperate. They haven't had a winning season since 2009, haven't been to the playoffs since 2001 and the past four seasons have been …

2014 Season Preview: Seattle Mariners

Last offseason, the Seattle Mariners were looking to upgrade what was an anemic offense in 2012. They moved the fences in at Safeco Field, added a …

Three key questions for the Houston Astros

Three key questions for the Astros…three key questions for a team that is essentially one giant question mark. It's great that the Astros appear to …

The two biggest weaknesses of the Houston Astros

How do you identify weaknesses for a team that lost 111 games the prior season? Well, the Houston Astros obviously have plenty of weaknesses. But in …

2014 season preview: Houston Astros

For the Houston Astros, there's nowhere to go but up. In each of the last three seasons, Houston's loss total has increased, bottoming out at 111 a …

Ryan Dempster won’t pitch in 2014

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is taking the 2014 season off, citing physical reasons and a desire to spent more time with his kids. …

Craig Kimbrel signs four-year extension with Braves

The Atlanta Braves made another move towards locking up their young core of players, signing The Best Closer On The Planet Craig Kimbrel to a …

Three key questions for the Atlanta Braves

When you return a nearly identical roster from your division champion team the year before, what questions can there really be? Well, when it comes …

The two biggest weaknesses of the Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are one of the most well-assembled teams in baseball. They're quite a young squad coming off of a successful season, and while …

Braves sign starting pitcher Julio Teheran to six-year extension

The Atlanta Braves took another step towards locking up their young core, signing 23-year old starting pitcher Julio Teheran to a six-year contract …

2014 season preview: Atlanta Braves

The 2013 Atlanta Braves were almost universally picked as a wild card team. Some pundits (hello, Jon Morosi) went even further, pushing the Braves …

The best win total bets from Nevada

Down in Florida and Arizona, the sweet smell of baseball is in the air as pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training sites. The casinos …

Rays clear up catching logjam, send Jose Lobaton to Nationals

The Tampa Bay Rays didn't really need Jose Lobaton after acquiring Ryan Hanigan and giving both him and Jose Molina multi-year contract extensions …

The two biggest weaknesses of the Washington Nationals

In looking over the Nationals' roster, no weaknesses immediately stand out. That's surely a reason why the team is viewed as a World Series contender …

Roy Oswalt retires, ending his career far too soon

On Tuesday, long-time Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt retired at the age of just 36. There will be no serious Hall of Fame discussion …

2014 Season Preview: Washington Nationals

There may have been no bigger disappointment in MLB last year than the Nationals. Many fans and analysts picked them to win the World Series, but a …

The four horsemen of the New York Mets

One reason that the Mets aren't considered among the top teams in the NL East might be because it's difficult to name four players that are truly …

Phillies sign A.J. Burnett for $16 million

For much of the winter, the assumption was that A.J. Burnett would either return to the Pittsburgh Pirates for another year, or he would retire. That …

Three key questions for the New York Mets

The Mets aren't likely to contend for the postseason in 2014. Matt Harvey missing the entire season will play a major factor in that. But the Mets …

Derek Jeter will retire at the end of 2014

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has announced his retirement on his Facebook page, effective at the end of the 2014 season.<p>Jeter, who turns 40 …

2014 Season Preview: New York Mets

It's never easy being the <i>other</i> baseball team in New York. This offseason did nothing to change that perception for the Mets. The Yankees snatched …

How Paying Established Closers Saves Teams Money

Ryan Cook’s arbitration earnings may not escalate as quickly as he would hope (via Dinur Blum).<p>Teams that pay steep price tags for “proven closers” …

Extreme Sports

MLB shouldn’t rush rule on home-plate collisions

You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions.<p>Both the players and owners want …

Game Development

Three key questions for the Philadelphia Phillies

There are a lot of questions about the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies, mostly surrounding their age and health. But these questions are mainly very vague …

The four horsemen of the Philadelphia Phillies

When you hear the phrases "four horsemen" and "Philadelphia Phillies" in the same sentence, you're probably thinking about the impending Armageddon …