1. 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 8 months ago 10,781 reads 7 comments

  2. 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 8 months ago 3,094 reads 5 comments

  3. 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 8 months ago 14,628 reads 14 comments

  4. 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 8 months ago 350,781 reads 152 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 3,752 reads 14 comments

  6. 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 9 months ago 7,957 reads 23 comments

  7. 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 9 months ago 2,620 reads 13 comments

  8. 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 9 months ago 4,943 reads 17 comments

  9. 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 9 months ago 10,577 reads 19 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 8,909 reads 39 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 6,820 reads 43 comments

  12. Free-Agent Spotlight: Kendrys Morales

    There aren’t that many good hitters still left on the free-agent market. And with Carlos Beltran spoken for, there’s really only one good switch-hitter still out there...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 21,151 reads 22 comments

  13. B/R MLB Experts Pick Favorite, Worst Moves of the 2013 Winter Meetings

    Another winter meetings can go in the bag. And with it, naturally, can go a collection of transactions to be analyzed, scrutinized, criticized and various other sorts of "ized." Here to do just that is Bleacher Report's crew of MLB experts...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 19,484 reads 51 comments

  14. Why Eliminating Home-Plate Collisions Is a Decision MLB Had to Make

    "It's part of the game," goes the line about home-plate collisions in Major League Baseball. Not anymore if the league gets its wish, and that's for the best...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 9,945 reads 24 comments

  15. Early Predictions for Max Scherzer's Free-Agent Value, Suitors Next Winter

    If you think there's been an inordinate number of zeroes thrown at starting pitchers this winter, just wait until Max Scherzer hits the market next year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 7,152 reads 17 comments

  16. Grading the Brett Anderson Trade for Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies

    Attention, everyone. One of the more notable left-handers on the trade market has been dealt. No, not David Price. It's Brett Anderson who's been traded...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 14,145 reads 8 comments

  17. Seattle Mariners Can't Afford to Leave Winter Meetings Without Big Splash

    There are a number of clichés to characterize what the Seattle Mariners must do at the Winter Meetings. Strike while the iron is hot...Get while the getting's good... Alright, maybe that's it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 6,811 reads 21 comments

  18. Mark Trumbo Trade Rumors: Ideal Landing Spots, Trade Packages for Halos Slugger

    The Major League Baseball offseason has already seen its share of bombshell transactions, but it's still waiting for the Trum -bombshell to drop. Silly puns aside, a trade of Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo could indeed happen soon.

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 19,687 reads 30 comments

  19. Would Matt Kemp Trade, Roster Domino Effect Be Worth It for Boston Red Sox?

    The Boston Red Sox recently lost their starting center fielder when Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to sign with the New York Yankees . When that happened, a trade for Matt Kemp immediately stood out as an intriguing response...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 15,800 reads 24 comments

  20. Free-Agent Spotlight: Corey Hart

    With many of the big-name free agents already spoken for, MLB ’s offseason is reaching a point where needy teams will have little choice but to take chances on bargain players and reclamation projects...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 6,750 reads 15 comments

  21. How Yankees' Spending Spree Is a Perfect Storm of Opportunity and Necessity

    Robinson Cano chose to bolt for the Seattle Mariners over re-signing with the New York Yankees , as one is wont to do when 10 years for $240 million is offered. But never mind that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 54,801 reads 160 comments

  22. Why Mike Napoli's Return to Red Sox Makes Perfect Sense

    When the money's available and there are no clear options to replace him in-house or on the free-agent market, sometimes the best thing to do is re-sign your own guy...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 15,927 reads 38 comments

  23. Breaking Down the Impact of the Week's Biggest MLB Moves

    This has been a week worthy of the Hot Stove Hall of Fame. Though the winter meetings don't kick off until Monday, there were enough free-agent signings and trades made over the last few days for several winter meetings...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 3,214 reads 5 comments

  24. How Robinson Cano Signing Impacts Mariners' Drawing Power, Plans for 2014

    Here we have the makings of a familiar situation involving the New York Yankees , a superstar player taking the money and grand implications. But no. Wait. It's all wrong...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 60,421 reads 134 comments

  25. Free-Agent Spotlight: Curtis Granderson

    There’s some decent power to be found on the free-agent market this winter, but only one player who has two 40-home run seasons in the last three. That would be Curtis Granderson ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 17,963 reads 32 comments