1. Dellin Betances: The Biggest Success Story in the 2014 New York Yankees' Bullpen

    The close of the 2013 season marked the end of a long era of dominant relief pitching in the Bronx. Mariano Rivera , who reigned as the New York Yankees ’ closer since 1997, ...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 5 months ago 3,624 reads 13 comments

  2. New York Mets: Who Is Going to Crack Their 2015 Rotation?

    Going into 2015, the New York Mets will be faced with a unique situation: The team will have far too many starting pitchers...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 5 months ago 4,252 reads 29 comments

  3. 5 Alarming New York Mets Statistics so Far in 2014

    Even with a 10-10 record, the New York Mets ' 2014 season outlook looks far from hopeful. In Dave Cameron 's April 21st piece on Fangraphs regarding wOBA differential, he calculates ...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 6 months ago 2,521 reads 16 comments

  4. Minnesota Twins: It's Time for the Josmil Pinto Era

    For the first time in what seems like an eternity, Minnesota Twins ' fans have been witnessing non- Joe Mauer starting catchers behind the dish this season...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 6 months ago 6,563 reads 3 comments

  5. New York Mets: What Has to Go Right to Escape 4th Place?

    Despite signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract this offseason, the New York Mets are still not expected to push past the Atlanta Braves or the Washington Nationals in the National League East...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 7 months ago 2,655 reads 16 comments

  6. Ervin Santana: A Potential Bargain for Pitching-Starved MLB Teams

    At the same point last offseason, starting pitcher Kyle Lohse was still a free agent. In fact, it would take until March 25 for Lohse to finally sign a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 8 months ago 5,761 reads 14 comments

  7. Nick Franklin: MLB Suitors Should Beware of His Defense at Shortstop

    Going into the offseason, the Seattle Mariners obviously weren't satisfied with their production up the middle. To address their concern, the Mariners boldly handed Robinson Cano a $240 million contract to man second base for the next decade...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 8 months ago 2,103 reads 9 comments

  8. Atlanta Braves: Is Andrelton Simmons the Next Extension Candidate?

    In an offseason in which most teams handsomely rewarded mediocrity, the Atlanta Braves chose an alternative path...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 8 months ago 2,399 reads 6 comments

  9. 5 Realistic Moves the New York Mets Should Have Made This Offseason

    Playing armchair general manager is often met with skepticism. In an ideal world, the New York Mets would have outbid the Seattle Mariners for Robinson Cano’s services, subsequently ...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 8 months ago 8,424 reads 38 comments

  10. Oliver Perez: How Is He Still a Free Agent in a Buyer's Market?

    After being a punch line with the New York Mets from 2009 to 2010—and even spending the entire 2011 season at Double-A for the Washington Nationals— Oliver Perez has completely reinvented himself as a serviceable relief pitcher...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 9 months ago 2,778 reads 4 comments

  11. Nelson Cruz: Are the Minnesota Twins His Only Option?

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the remaining top free agents are ones with a rejected qualifying offer tag attached to them...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 9 months ago 7,673 reads 12 comments

  12. The Best Players Signed for Under $3 Million This Offseason

    In an offseason highlighted by Robinson Cano's $240 million contract and more recently, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal , Masahiro Tanaka ’s for $155 million, it’s ...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 9 months ago 4,392 reads 4 comments

  13. Ubaldo Jimenez: What Kind of Contract Does He Deserve?

    It's a rather commonplace for players—in particular, pitchers—to cash in on productive seasons...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 9 months ago 999 reads 3 comments

  14. 10 MLB Players Heading into Make-or-Break Seasons

    Not every MLB player is looking forward to 2014. For some, the new season represents a pivotal juncture in their respective careers. This is of course called a “make-or-break season...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 5,720 reads 8 comments

  15. Fact or Fiction on All the Biggest MLB Offseason Rumors

    With the ability to follow beat writers and insider sources on Twitter, rumors have been swirling at faster rates than ever before. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the rumors are more real...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 24,213 reads 15 comments

  16. Predicting Final 2014 MLB Standings on New Year's Day

    With 2014 finally upon us—and the new season just three months out—it’s only natural to start making predictions for the 2014 baseball season...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 71,850 reads 150 comments

  17. MLB Players Who Are Thrilled or Devastated to See 2013 End

    For every Josh Donaldson or Matt Carpenter, there’s an Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Even as comparatively predictable as baseball is to other sports, perfectly projecting ...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 1,152 reads 3 comments

  18. MLB Free Agents Who Have Little Chance of Living Up to Huge New Contracts

    With the additional funds teams received through the new television revenue, general managers have been handing out historical contract after historical contract...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 8,865 reads 30 comments

  19. Rumored MLB Deals That Could Happen Before Jan. 1

    Even though the period between Christmas and New Year's tends to be a slow one for most industries, the MLB offseason never sleeps...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 19,419 reads 4 comments

  20. Grading Newest Wave of MLB's Impact Offseason Transactions

    The offseason is still going strong into late December. The latest free-agent chip to fall was Shin-Soo Choo , who signed a seven-year, $130 million pact with the Texas Rangers...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 5,087 reads 1 comments

  21. 5 MLB Teams That Can Still Turn Around Disappointing Offseasons

    The 2013 offseason has been a particularly active one. The New York Yankees let Robinson Cano walk and instead inked Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 5,789 reads 11 comments

  22. Dark-Horse Suitors for the Top Available Offseason Targets

    While future free-agent signings and trades can often be predicted, sometimes the biggest moves come out of left field. For instance, few saw the Doug Fister trade breaking or even Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 5,509 reads 8 comments

  23. Hot MLB Offseason Rumors That Will Actually Come True

    Even with many of the top free agents gone—and a plethora of trades already executed—there’s still plenty of offseason left. As a result, the usual hot stove is in full force...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 8,097 reads 0 comments

  24. Predicting 'Boom or Bust' for Biggest Risks MLB Teams Are Taking This Winter

    Perhaps due to the new television agreements , MLB teams have been spending an inordinate amount of money this offseason. Many of the larger contracts handed out have even prompted many fans and critics to redefine their notion of “value...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 6,837 reads 21 comments

  25. Veteran MLB Free Agents Who Are Huge Short-Term Values

    Even with most of the top free-agent targets off the board, teams are still looking to fill important roster voids...

    Ben Berkon Written by Ben Berkon about 10 months ago 7,702 reads 7 comments