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Re-Ranking the Top 10 MLB Offseason Targets Entering December

With the MLB winter meetings rapidly approaching, there's sure to be a flurry of activity on the free-agent market.<p>That means it's time to re-rank the top 10 MLB offseason targets as the calendar turns to December. With big names like Brian McCann and Jhonny Peralta already off the board, there's …

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The end of the proven closer myth

If you're trying to convince someone to change their mind, the best thing you can do is to provide them with illustrative examples and cold hard …

Masahiro Tanaka update: posting system "in limbo"

Major League Baseball will continue negotiating with the Nippon Baseball League this week, as the two sides try to come to terms on a new system for …

3 Reasons Why Rangers Fans Should Be Thankful

This holiday season as we gather with friends and family we give thanks to what we are all truly thankful for, baseball.<p>While it is easy to complain …

Baseball

Mr. Cub sings during seventh-inning stretch

Twins in on Navarro

The Twins are "one of about five" clubs trying to land 29-year-old catcher Dioner Navarro, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer press.<p>Following …

Darvish notches career strikeout No. 300

Red Sox's Title Has Brought Back Aggressive Yankees Offseason Plan

Perhaps nothing in sports is more motivating than having to watch your archrival succeed.<p>That's just what the New York Yankees spent this past October doing, though, as the Boston Red Sox won it all after dominating the Yankees and the rest of the American League East during the regular …

Boston Red Sox

Will Elite MLB FAs Give Seattle Mariners Serious Consideration as Landing Spot?

The Seattle Mariners are desperate. They have great pitching in the organization, but the hitting side of things has been a different story.<p>With bad luck developing offensive talent, the Mariners are looking outside of the organization to bring in free-agent offensive talent.<p>According to Fox …

Baseball

Top Alternatives for MLB Buyers Who Missed Out on Priority Targets

MLB general managers aren't wasting any time this offseason.<p>Though the winter meetings remain out on the horizon, there has already been a flurry of free-agent activity. In particular MLB clubs have begun to raid the the markets for catchers, shortstops and starting pitching. Plenty of top …

Cy Young Award

Boston's Koji Uehara Thinks Red Sox Burly Man Beards Are 'Gross'

Link to Media<p>Oh, Koji—will you ever not be the sunshine that heralds the day?<p>The Japanese closer is many things, but a fan of the thick facial hair Boston players grow out in the fall he is not—or at least he said as much in a recent interview.<p>After winning the World Series, the Red Sox released a …

Baseball

Advanced-A prospect walk and strikeout analysis

Introduction<p>This is the third and final time I will look at historical walk and strikeout rates for prospects. If you followed my previous …

Boston Red Sox: Fixes for Potential Lineup Changes

The Boston Red Sox outfield could be in for a number of changes in 2014 in the wake of what could transpire this offseason.<p>Already well documented is the potential departure of veteran center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury via free agency. Shortstop Stephen Drew and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia are also …

Boston Red Sox

Why the Chicago Cubs Should Reconcile with Sammy Sosa

The year was 1998.<p>Bill Clinton had just announced that the United States was experiencing their first budget surplus since 1969. "Armageddon" and "Saving Private Ryan" were topping the box office and setting records of their own.<p>At the same time that the American economy was experiencing a new …

Baseball

Red Sox Rumors: Latest News Surrounding Boston's Offseason Plans

The Boston Red Sox have several decisions to make this offseason in the wake of their World Series victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, but luckily for them, there don't appear to be too many major issues for them this winter.<p>Sure, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli are free agents, but the Red …

Baseball

Best Fallback Options for the Chicago White Sox Following the Recent Signings

The gaping holes on the Chicago White Sox roster are not shrinking. They still need to shore up the defense, find some bats that can actually make contact with a baseball and improve the team's overall speed.<p>Unfortunately, the White Sox are missing out on potential improvements as other teams make …

Baseball

Navarro lifts three homers against the Sox

NYY@TB: Matsui's huge home run rocks the Tokyo Dome

How Masahiro Tanaka's Stuff Will Play Against MLB Hitters

The bidding war for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is on hold after Major League Baseball and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball were unable to reach an agreement on a new posting system.<p>However, despite the recent news, the market for the 25-year-old right-hander is alive and well.<p>Considered …

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Why The Toronto Blue Jays Need To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

The <b>Toronto Blue Jays</b> need to desperately upgrade their starting rotation this off-season and fill in some of the question marks left by the departed</b> …

Toronto Blue Jays

Darvish takes perfect game into the ninth

The Cy Young case for Koji Uehara

During a busy 2012-2013 offseason, Koji Uehara's $4.5 million contract was a bit of an afterthought in the flurry of moves by the Boston Red Sox that …

How Good Is the Japanese Professional Baseball League?

We tend to think of Major League Baseball as a league that has no equal. It's practically the Mt. Olympus of the baseball world: a place where only the elites gather.<p>...Right?<p>Well, with star Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka set to make the jump from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB, …

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Los Angeles Angels: Big Moves the Angels Could Actually Pull off This Offseason

Count on it. The Los Angeles Angels will come unexpectedly close to pulling off a big deal this offseason.<p>While the safe bet for the Angels this winter is to add depth to the rotation via trades and low-cost signings, the organization could sway from the predictable by pulling off a big move, or …

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Was this man the A.L.'s best pitcher?

Before I wade into the American League Cy Young candidates -- which is an entirely academic exercise, by the way, since we all know who's going to …