1. Why Are Teams so Afraid of Free-Agent Starter Bronson Arroyo?

    Anybody interested in a guy who has logged at least 199 innings in nine straight seasons and has posted ERAs under 4...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 10,978 reads 29 comments

  2. Bryce Harper's Path to Breakout MVP-Caliber Season in 2014

    Allow me to tell you about one thing I'm not sure of and two things I am sure of. The thing I'm not sure of: whether Bryce Harper will be my pick for the 2014 National League MVP...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 10,062 reads 61 comments

  3. Should Major League Baseball Ever Bother with a Robotic Strike Zone?

    If scientists ever invent the T-800s from the Terminator movies in real life, they'd be perfect home plate umpires. They'd call balls and strikes with 100 percent accuracy, and no pitcher, hitter, coach or fan would ever dare cross them...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 19,171 reads 48 comments

  4. Is Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana a Better Fit for Blue Jays?

    The Toronto Blue Jays haven't done a Toronto Blue Jays-y thing yet this offseason. Not if we're going off the 2012-2013 definition of that term, anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 3,892 reads 14 comments

  5. How MLB Has Changed in the Year Since the Biogenesis Scandal Began

    Welcome to an anniversary. It was exactly 365 days ago that the Miami New Times reported on Biogenesis , thus setting up Major League Baseball for a year unlike any other...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 2,031 reads 5 comments

  6. Why A.J. Burnett Is Perfect for Orioles, Safe Bet in AL East

    You don't come across perfect free-agent fits that often. A lot of players fill needs, but not budgets. Some players fill needs and budgets, but not long-term plans. And so on. You know how it is...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 4,622 reads 9 comments

  7. Uncovering MLB's Most Devastating Pitch and How It's Used

    Mankind has invented the wheel. Split the atom. Explored space. It stands to reason that, one day, a legitimately unhittable pitch shall be discovered. Until then, well, at least there's one pitch that's pretty close...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 46,662 reads 51 comments

  8. MLB Trade Target: Brandon Phillips

    Any team still looking for a starting second baseman is out of options on the free-agent market. Guys like Robinson Cano, Omar Infante and Mark Ellis are long gone. There’s still the trade market, though...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 11,662 reads 13 comments

  9. Are Yankees' and Dodgers' Ownerships Headed for Financial Power Rivalry?

    Behold an image: The bosses of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers sitting at a poker table and upping the ante with each new hand, egotistical rivals constantly raising the stakes just for the sake of proving who's boss...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 11,793 reads 41 comments

  10. Changes MLB Still Needs to Make to the New Japanese Posting System

    One of these days, Major League Baseball and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball will have a posting system that's just right . The reason we can say that now, of course, is because the system that exists now isn't just right...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 4,532 reads 14 comments

  11. Signing Jon Lester to Long-Term Extension Is a No-Brainer for Red Sox

    The Boston Red Sox can get away with not signing Jon Lester to an extension. They'll have options if he walks, something he could very well do after the 2014 season...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 4,390 reads 19 comments

  12. Top David Price Trade Suitors with Masahiro Tanaka off the Market

    Now that this Masahiro Tanaka business is over with, maybe David Price will finally be traded. If you missed Wednesday's news, Tanaka ended up with the New York Yankees on a $155 million contract (plus a $20 million posting fee)...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 8,767 reads 17 comments

  13. Will Well-Traveled Matt Garza Finally Stick in Milwaukee?

    Suddenly, there's a decent chance Matt Garza will stick in one place for four straight years for the first time in his major league career...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 13,852 reads 16 comments

  14. How Does Masahiro Tanaka Fit into Yankee Stadium, Powerful AL East?

    So, an interesting thing happened on Wednesday. The New York Yankees agreed to pay $175 million for a pitcher who's never thrown a pitch in the majors, and all they're asking him ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 18,288 reads 38 comments

  15. Could Free Agents Waiting to Sign Until March Impact 2014 Performance?

    It's not often that free agents wait until March to sign. They tend to sign sooner, thus assuring themselves a normal spring training. Sun. Bus rides. Split-squad games. The whole nine yards...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 1,484 reads 0 comments

  16. MLB Trade Target: Jonathan Papelbon

    There are still options available on the free-agent market, but clubs looking for a “proven closer” have one major option on the trade market to consider: Former Boston Red Sox and current Philadelphia Phillie Jonathan Papelbon...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 18,514 reads 21 comments

  17. Why It's Time to Start Penalizing MLB Teams for Employing PED Users

    Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug penalties treat violators as men who have acted alone. When a player is caught, the hammer is lowered on him and only him...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 3,881 reads 32 comments

  18. Are the Champion Red Sox Playing It Too Safely This Offseason?

    The Boston Red Sox have been awfully quiet this offseason. Too quiet, some might say. Or, you know, not. To say they've been "too" quiet, Mr. Strawman , is to imply that the Red Sox have been quiet to a fault this winter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 16,127 reads 32 comments

  19. MLB Hits Home Run with New Replay System Worth Waiting for

    It's happening at least a decade later than it should have, but a proper instant replay system is finally coming to Major League Baseball. And for the most part, the league got it right...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 19,151 reads 67 comments

  20. Could Fully Rested A-Rod Be an Impact Player Again in 2015?

    Alex Rodriguez is facing the reality of his situation, and he's doing so with an optimistic outlook that, given the circumstances, also passes well enough for a realistic outlook...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 10,178 reads 40 comments

  21. Is Dragging out Free Agency Good or Bad for Major League Baseball?

    Major League Baseball's free agency isn't a set of roaring rapids. It's more of a lazy river. One that goes on. And on. And ooooonnnnn ... Is this a bad thing? A good thing? Neither? After thinking about it, I'm going to go with door No...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 2,171 reads 8 comments

  22. How Clayton Kershaw's Mega-Deal Shapes Future for Next-Generation Superstars

    That rumbling coming from Los Angeles has to do with the business that's gone down between the Dodgers and ace lefty Clayton Kershaw . That other rumbling? That's probably the other bright young stars around Major League Baseball throwing a party..

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 13,110 reads 44 comments

  23. Why Not Trading David Price This Offseason Would Be a Risk

    Let me preface all this by saying the following to the Tampa Bay Rays : Alright, I get where you're coming from. But still...I don't know, guys. What you seem to be getting at is a risky play...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 2,921 reads 5 comments

  24. 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 8 months ago 13,128 reads 22 comments

  25. 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 8 months ago 17,163 reads 131 comments