1. 2012 MLB Free Agency: Over/Under on the Contracts for the Top 50 Players

    Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder both have a very real chance to make $200 million as MLB free agents this winter. That feat has been accomplished just twice before, and both times, it was Alex Rodriguez who signed for the big money...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 2,024 reads 3 comments

  2. San Francisco Giants Trade for Melky Cabrera: What It Means for All Involved

    The San Francisco Giants made an important trade Monday, acquiring Kansas City Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera for left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,479 reads 3 comments

  3. MLB Free Agency: Michael Cuddyer and 10 Overvalued Players This Winter

    With the Philadelphia Phillies showing this much interest in Michael Cuddyer , the probable has become inevitable: Cuddyer will be among the four or five most overpaid free agents of this winter...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 11,369 reads 16 comments

  4. Ron Washington and the 10 Craziest MLB Managers Caught on Tape

    Ron Washington and the Texas Rangers were a wired, angry bunch just before Game 7 of the 2011 World Series...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,203 reads 0 comments

  5. MLB Offseason: Tim Lincecum and 10 Stars Who Could Sign Extensions This Winter

    Tim Lincecum is going to get paid this winter. Whether or not the San Francisco Giants let arbitration determine Lincecum's 2012 salary, the two-time Cy Young winner will make almost $20 million next season...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 3,957 reads 6 comments

  6. Jim Thome Signs with Philadelphia Phillies: Can He Replace Ryan Howard?

    Jim Thome is no first-base savior for the Philadelphia Phillies . He last played the position in 2007. He hasn't been a regular there since his last stint with the Phillies in 2005...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 2,867 reads 8 comments

  7. MLB Free Agency: Predicting Contracts and Destinations for the Top 50 FAs

    Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols will combine to pull down some $400 million this winter as they both become free agents, with rich teams like the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers much in need of their services...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 23,224 reads 68 comments

  8. Chicago Cubs Fire Mike Quade: 10 More Steps to a World Series for Theo Epstein

    Mike Quade did not do well in his lone year as manager of the Chicago Cubs. He was not developmentally, strategically or psychologically the right fit for the position...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 2,339 reads 6 comments

  9. Chicago Cubs Fire Mike Quade: 10 Candidates to Take over as Cubs Skipper

    The Chicago Cubs have cut ties with manager Mike Quade, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced Wednesday...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,469 reads 11 comments

  10. MLB Rankings: The Slowest Player in All 30 MLB Teams' Histories

    Prince Fielder spends a lot of his time on big-league diamonds trotting, not running. Fielder walked more than 100 times in each of the past three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, ...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 2,412 reads 1 comments

  11. CC Sabathia Signs Extension with Yankees: 10 Free Agents Who Wish He'd Waited

    CC Sabathia stood ready Monday night to opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees . That would have activated the bidding war for his services, and eventually, set a sky-high market rate for starting pitching in free agency this winter...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,445 reads 2 comments

  12. MLB Power Rankings: A Single Phrase To Describe All 30 Teams' Offseason Plans

    Theo Epstein is not a reductive thinker. He does not oversimplify. He considers courses carefully and looks first at the long term when making decisions. That's crucial to his new role as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs ...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 777 reads 0 comments

  13. 2011 World Series: Ranking Top 25 Mistakes by Tony LaRussa and Ron Washington

    Albert Pujols logged the greatest single-game performance in World Series history. David Freese became hometown hero to generations of St. Louis Cardinals fans to come...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 5,267 reads 8 comments

  14. World Series Demonstrates Need for MLB Teams to Change Managerial Structure

    If it weren't for manager Ron Washington, the Texas Rangers would have won the 2011 World Series . As it is, they lost in seven nail-biting games to Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals , an inferior team with an only slightly better manager...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,329 reads 8 comments

  15. MLB Trade Speculation: One Star at Each Position Who Could Be Shopped

    Trade rumors about Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto are not hard to find—they're everywhere. Still, the Reds might find shopping him an underwhelming experience, given the preponderance of available first basemen this winter...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 2,759 reads 4 comments

  16. 2011 World Series Game 6: Ranking the 10 Most Important Plays

    David Freese is Paul Bunyan in The Gateway to the West tonight, having driven the St. Louis Cardinals to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the 2011 World Series . The Texas Rangers , reeling, have a long night ahead of them...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 3,966 reads 4 comments

  17. Rangers vs. Cardinals World Series Game 7: Live Score and Analysis

    Thursday night's memorable Game 6 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers was one of the most exciting World Series games of all time...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 6,379 reads 51 comments

  18. Ranking the 25 Best Nicknames in MLB

    If Tony La Russa and Ron Washington have reminded baseball fans of the awful state of contemporary baseball management, we need no reminder that nicknames are in even sorrier shape...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,977 reads 15 comments

  19. 50 Bold Predictions for the MLB Offseason

    The World Series is nearly over. Albert Pujols is a game away from becoming a free agent. Prince Fielder is already there. The St...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 8,205 reads 35 comments

  20. 2011 World Series: 10 Reasons Rangers Will Finish off Cardinals in Game 6

    For Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli not to with the World Series MVP would take a huge twist during the final two games of the Series, which begin Wednesday in St. Louis...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 3,480 reads 13 comments

  21. World Series Game 5 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Rangers Updates, Analysis, Results

    The St. Louis Cardinals are built to bludgeon left-handed pitching into oblivion, but in Game 4 of the World Series Sunday, Texas Rangers southpaw Derek Holland proved that is not the immutable fate of all lefties who face Albert Pujols ' gang...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 1,516 reads 1 comments

  22. MLB Free Agency: Ranking All 30 Teams' Worst Contracts

    Vernon Wells' contract is so bad (how bad is it?) that it has now cost two general managers their jobs. J.P. Ricciardi, who signed Wells to a seven-year, $126-million extension for the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2006, lost his job in October 2009...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 2,441 reads 6 comments

  23. MLB Predictions: The Lineups and Rotations of the Next 10 World Series Teams

    The Texas Rangers are playing in the World Series for the second year in a row, and there may be another American League pennant or two in their near future...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 18,247 reads 153 comments

  24. World Series Game 3: 10 Key Match-Ups in Pvotal Game

    Alexi Ogando has failed to get Allen Craig out in two absolutely critical situations in the first two games of the World Series, but that does not mean Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington should necessarily shy away from that match-up going forward...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 273 reads 0 comments

  25. Theo Epstein Officially Joins Cubs: 10 Steps for Cubs over Next 10 Days

    In the days since the initial announcement that Theo Epstein would take over the helm of the Chicago Cubs , Tom Ricketts has had his engine open to full throttle...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 3 years ago 3,597 reads 6 comments