1. What Will Mike Trout Receive in First Year of Salary Arbitration?

    Roughly a year from now, Mike Trout is likely to find himself looking to go from being the most criminally underpaid player in MLB to being not the most criminally underpaid player in MLB...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 12,874 reads 22 comments

  2. Did Alex Rodriguez Get a Raw Deal in Arbitration Ruling?

    Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season, and now we know why. Here's a fair warning that the "why" in this case is complicated, to say the least...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 17,026 reads 131 comments

  3. MLB Trade Targets: Homer Bailey

    Jeff Samardzija is a talented right-hander in the NL Central who can probably be had in a trade before the winter is out. Everyone knows that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 15,560 reads 21 comments

  4. How Do MLB Hitters Perform After Taking a Year Off?

    One finds it easy to imagine Alex Rodriguez just sort of lounging around while everyone else is playing baseball in 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 6,620 reads 11 comments

  5. Has Bud Selig Validated Legacy by Finally Taking Down A-Rod, No. 1 PED Target?

    The chase has ended with Bud Selig getting his man. And in doing so, Major League Baseball's commissioner tied up a mighty big loose end on what was already a mighty impressive legacy...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 12,874 reads 95 comments

  6. MLB Trade Target: David Price

    Whether there’s a true ace to be found on the free-agent market is very much up for debate. What’s not up for debate is whether there’s a true ace to be found on the trade market...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 770 reads 46 comments

  7. Should Greg Maddux Break Tom Seaver's Hall of Fame Voting Record?

    When somebody finally goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a unanimous selection, the sport will have a new unbreakable record to put next the nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 20,250 reads 60 comments

  8. B/R MLB Experts Fill Out 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballots

    Though one is obliged to acknowledge that they're all big ones, the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot really feels like the big one . Big names. Big numbers. Big accomplishments. You name it, this year's ballot has it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 38,848 reads 180 comments

  9. MLB Trade Target: Matt Kemp

    If ever there was an example of how easy it is to go from being untouchable to expendable in baseball, it’s Matt Kemp ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 37,758 reads 53 comments

  10. How MLB Winners Can Still Be Built After January 1

    Come January, MLB 's offseason becomes less about serious shopping and more about teams rounding out their rosters. If you're not into that sort of thing, it can be a real slog...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 16,700 reads 9 comments

  11. MLB's 20 Most Memorable Moments of 2013

    You know what happened in the 2013 Major League Baseball season? A lot. A lot happened. Certainly too much to remember all of it, anyway. But just some of it? Oh, let me tell you how we're going to remember just some of it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 9,887 reads 25 comments

  12. Predicting How the Top 10 MLB Free-Agent Sweepstakes Will Be Decided

    This is about the time we usually enter the dead zone of MLB 's free-agency period, as all the good stuff tends to be gathered up before Christmas...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 27,485 reads 59 comments

  13. Does Mike Trout Have a Legit Shot at $400 Million Mega-Contract?

    The largest contract in MLB history stands at $275 million. What we're here to discuss is the prospect of Mike Trout one day putting that to shame with a $400 million contract...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 43,636 reads 188 comments

  14. How Shin-Soo Choo Free-Agent Deal Impacts 2014 AL Pennant Race

    Remember the days when the Texas Rangers had one of the scariest offenses in the American League? Thanks to their latest addition, it looks like a given they'll have one of those ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 37,171 reads 79 comments

  15. Oakland A's Exec Farhan Zaidi on How MLB Teams Evaluate Free Agents

    Locating the best free agents used to be a straightforward affair. Batting average. Home runs. RBI. Wins. Saves. These were the things teams wanted. But somewhere along the line, shopping for free agents got complicated...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 10,658 reads 7 comments

  16. Is There More Value on the Free-Agent or Trade Market Right Now?

    Here's a spoiler: We're about to ask a "This or that?" question where the answer favors "that" by default. Our question is whether, as of now, there's more value to be found on the free-agent market (this) or the trade market (that)...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 3,071 reads 5 comments

  17. Free-Agent Spotlight: John Buck

    Guys like Brian McCann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia , Carlos Ruiz and A.J. Pierzynski were set to be the top catchers on the free-agent market, and they’re all spoken for...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 14,571 reads 14 comments

  18. Was Rejected Yankees Deal Shin-Soo Choo's Best Shot at $140 Million?

    When you have a chance to make $140 million, it's a good idea to take it. Before long, this may be the cautionary tale of Scott Boras and Shin-Soo Choo . There was an interesting report out on Wednesday...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 350,736 reads 152 comments

  19. Is Masahiro Tanaka or Shin-Soo Choo the Smarter Texas Rangers Splash?

    Pop quiz, hot shot. You're Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. You're looking to make a splash. Masahiro Tanaka and Shin-Soo Choo are on your radar. What do you do ? You would prefer Tanaka , right? Same here...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 3,716 reads 14 comments

  20. Is Grant Balfour an Upgrade over Jim Johnson for Baltimore Orioles Closer Role?

    The Baltimore Orioles have a new closer, and one thing we know is that he'll be cheaper in 2014 than their old closer would have been. But better? I wouldn't be quick to count on it, no...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 7,915 reads 23 comments

  21. Have Busy Diamondbacks Done Enough to Compete in NL West with Rival Dodgers?

    After spending 2013 tussling with them both on and off the field, the Arizona Diamondbacks have spent the winter plotting to prevent the Los Angeles Dodgers from repeating as NL West champs in 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 2,581 reads 13 comments

  22. Free-Agent Spotlight: Joe Saunders

    In a time when starting pitchers are eating fewer and fewer innings, tried-and-true innings eaters are players who have some very real value. And that’s good news for veteran southpaw Joe Saunders ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 4,910 reads 17 comments

  23. How the New MLB-Japanese Baseball Posting System Will Change the League

    Thanks to the way the new posting system works, there should be more excitement whenever a Japanese star is made available for Major League Baseball clubs. A deal between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball is finally official...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 10,478 reads 19 comments

  24. David Ortiz Extension Shouldn't Be a Priority for Boston Red Sox

    David Ortiz would like an extension on his contract, and the sooner the better. But for various reasons having to do with history and upon-closer-inspection statistics, it would be better if the Boston Red Sox waited...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 8,875 reads 39 comments

  25. Why Nationals Are 2014 World Series Favorite After Wave of Winter Moves

    I'm one of the guys who confidently went down this road last year. In the end, the result was me kicking myself for daring to be so confident. I'm ready to try it again anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 6,725 reads 43 comments