1. Mark Melancon Puts Giants Back on Level for NL West Dominance

    The San Francisco Giants ' run of even-year championships finally ended in 2016 in large part because their bullpen was cursed. Or to put it more bluntly, just not very good...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 11,280 reads 56 comments

  2. Carlos Beltran Signing Puts Astros One Step Away from AL Favorites

    The last time Carlos Beltran was in a Houston Astros uniform, he was punishing baseballs left and right as he led the team deep into the postseason. It could be deja vu all over again 11 months from now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 23,711 reads 48 comments

  3. Andrew McCutchen's Exit Would End One Pirates Era, Usher in a New One

    If anyone's having trouble imagining Andrew McCutchen wearing something other than a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, don't worry. Soon you won't have to. Because it'll be reality...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 20,909 reads 27 comments

  4. Brian Dozier Would Be Perfect Fit in Rebuilding Dodgers' Flawed Offense

    The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't get in on what was possibly the best season ever for second basemen in 2016. Chase Utley and others didn't provide much hitting, baserunning or defense...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 9,287 reads 17 comments

  5. Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2016-17 MLB Offseason's 1st Month

    There hasn't been much action in the first month of the 2016-2017 Major League Baseball offseason. Everyone's been busy tip-toeing around the rather large elephant in the room . Nonetheless, the time has come for a routine stock-taking...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 44,472 reads 37 comments

  6. Yoenis Cespedes' $110M Free-Agent Deal a Win-Win for Him, New York Mets

    Since Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets seem so right for one another, it's fitting they would agree to a contract that's so right for one another...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 22,797 reads 78 comments

  7. Yasiel Puig-for-Ryan Braun Blockbuster Worth the Risk for Both Sides

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers couldn't complete a Yasiel Puig -for- Ryan Braun trade in August. Nonetheless, they left a sense they could do so eventually...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 21,989 reads 60 comments

  8. Diamondbacks' Stack of Pitching Chips Includes a Diamond in the Rough

    If the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to dangle some starting pitchers on the winter trade market, they can rest easy knowing they at least have some name value to attract interested parties...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 3,372 reads 6 comments

  9. Top Potential Ian Kinsler Suitors, Trade Packages

    The hot-stove rumor mill has made it clear that the Detroit Tigers have all their star players on the table. Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander. J.D. and Victor Martinez. And then there's arguably their most attractive trade chip: Ian Kinsler ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 40,237 reads 45 comments

  10. Rich Hill Signing Would Be Great Yankees Fit for Both Present and Future

    The New York Yankees need a starting pitcher. In past winters, that would have led to their going after only the best options, and damn the cost! But since they need to be smart this winter, let's help point them toward Rich Hill...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 14,449 reads 26 comments

  11. It's Time to Take the Threat of an MLB Lockout Seriously

    It's been 21 years since Major League Baseball exited its last work stoppage. Oh, how I'd love to tack an "and counting" on the end of that sentence. Instead, time may be counting down to baseball's next work stoppage...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 22,907 reads 71 comments

  12. Jose Quintana, Not Chris Sale, Is Top MLB Offseason Trade Target

    In a winter during which aces are in short supply, the hot-stove trade market seems to revolve around Chris Sale. And he's not even the best thing on the market...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 20,146 reads 56 comments

  13. The Braves Shouldn't Be the Team to Break the Prospect Bank for Chris Sale

    The Atlanta Braves seem to have a Chris Sale obsession. I say we stage an intervention before it gets any worse. Who's with me? OK, maybe some concessions are in order first...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 25,565 reads 49 comments

  14. Projecting the Domino Effect If MLB's Biggest 2016 Hot Stove Rumors Come True

    Who's up for some hot stove fan fiction? Hey, we might as well indulge ourselves while we wait for Major League Baseball's offseason to kick into high gear. There have been some moves, but nothing too major yet...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 26,660 reads 12 comments

  15. Mike Trout Is Bull's-Eye Choice for AL MVP as MLB's Consensus Best Player

    It feels like an upset that   Mike Trout  won the American League MVP. That says enough about where the baseball world is. Or rather, where it's been...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,657 reads 68 comments

  16. 2016 Cy Young Award Voting Will Again Test Old School vs. New School Divide

    On Wednesday, it will be once more unto the breach in the war between old-school and new-school MLB awards voters. The debate over the 2016 American League and National League Cy Young Awards—to be revealed at 6 p...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 12,093 reads 42 comments

  17. J.D. Martinez Would Be Ideal Fit for Power-Starved Giants

    Before the San Francisco Giants ' run of even-year championships was killed by their bullpen at the end of 2016, it was wounded by their lack of power. Their leading home run hitter was Brandon Belt, who cranked just 17 homers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 18,057 reads 29 comments

  18. Justin Verlander's Cy Young-Level 2016 Gives Tigers Golden Trade Opportunity

    There's a one-in-three chance Justin Verlander will win the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. Two things will happen if he does...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 18,282 reads 29 comments

  19. Corey Seager Fulfills Top MLB Prospect Destiny as Unanimous Rookie of the Year

    When you're also up for the Most Valuable Player Award, winning Rookie of the Year is a mere formality. Still, Corey Seager will take it. And if you're just now joining us, he did...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,369 reads 12 comments

  20. B/R MLB Offseason 100: Top 100 Free Agents, Trade Targets Available

    Over the past week, Bleacher Report has been going position by position and rounding up the top 100 players available in free agency and trades in the 2016-2017 MLB offseason. Now it's time to put them all in one basket...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 57,687 reads 24 comments

  21. Sonny Gray Is the Wild Card of the MLB Offseason's Ace Trade Market

    Remember when Sonny Gray seemed to have one foot in an Oakland A's uniform and one foot on the trading block? Those were interesting times. Now they may be ready for a comeback...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 12,701 reads 28 comments

  22. B/R MLB Offseason 100: The Top 20 Outfielders Available for 2017

    Bleacher Report's stroll through the top 100 players available in the 2016-17 MLB offseason now heads to the outfield. We have 20 outfielders to get to. Most are part of a deep collection of quality free agents...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 23,246 reads 25 comments

  23. B/R MLB Offseason 100: The Top 15 Relief Pitchers Available for 2017

    After looking at the top 25 starting pitchers , Bleacher Report's look at the top 100 players available in the 2016-17 offseason now moves to the bullpen...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 25,997 reads 42 comments

  24. MLB Drought Watch: When Will Each Suffering Franchise Finally Break Through?

    The Chicago Cubs won the World Series last week. Thus crumbled a championship drought that had lasted for 108 years. That's a glimmer of hope for other long-suffering MLB franchises if there ever were one...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 19,844 reads 24 comments

  25. B/R MLB Offseason 100: The Top 25 Starting Pitchers Available for 2017

    Bleacher Report's rundown of the top 100 players available in the 2016-17 MLB offseason now moves to the mound. Up first are the top 25 starting pitchers who are either free agents or trade candidates pulled from rumors and/or plausible speculation...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,990 reads 36 comments