1. Why Brian McCann and the New York Yankees Are the Perfect Fit

    New York Yankees catchers made for a living, breathing definition of the term "pushover" in 2013. Combined, they managed just a .289 on-base percentage and 26 extra-base hits...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 35,365 reads 105 comments

  2. Where Does Jhonny Peralta Fit on the MLB Free-Agent Market?

    There's a player on the free-agent market who has a history at a premium position, is coming off a season in which he hit over .300 and is still in multi year contract territory at 31 years of age...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 12,943 reads 17 comments

  3. Early Trends That Will Shape the Rest of the MLB Offseason

    Three weeks removed from the end of the World Series. Not even two weeks removed from the general managers meetings. Winter meetings still on the horizon. Such is the precise location of Major League Baseball's offseason...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 11,900 reads 5 comments

  4. Does a Qualifying Offer Do Too Much Damage to a Free Agent's Freedom?

    They're still relatively new to the baseball lexicon, but qualifying offers already bear a negative connotation. Qualifying offers are those new things that some free agents get...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 5,122 reads 8 comments

  5. Does the Bud Selig Fiasco Signal an Unfair Process for Alex Rodriguez?

    It was always just a matter of time before Alex Rodriguez was going to go careening off the rails. It finally happened on Wednesday, and A-Rod would have everyone believe that he had no choice...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 12,708 reads 122 comments

  6. Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler Blockbuster Trade Is Win-Win for Rangers, Tigers

    Gentlemen. Ladies. Boys and girls. The first blockbuster trade of the Major League Baseball offseason has arrived. And to the naked eye, it's one of those trades that looks good for all involved parties...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 195,271 reads 165 comments

  7. What If Each Top MLB Offseason Rumor Came True?

    Major League Baseball's offseason rumor mill is 90 percent hogwash. Maybe even 95 percent. Heck, I wouldn't rule out 99 percent. It exists for a reason, though...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 9,036 reads 15 comments

  8. Free-Agent Spotlight: Stephen Drew

    Shortstop is the most important defensive position on the infield. Get a good one in the mix, and you’ ve got something going...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 17,785 reads 28 comments

  9. Why Robinson Cano Getting 'More Realistic' Is Just a Matter of Time

    Hey, you can't blame Robinson Cano for dreaming big. The up-until-now New York Yankees second baseman is a free agent, after all. Dreaming big is what free agents are supposed to do...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 6,254 reads 22 comments

  10. Would Red Sox Not Bringing Back Free Agents Hurt Championship Chemistry?

    The Boston Red Sox were a fizzing, bubbling chemistry experiment that produced outstanding results in 2013: 97 wins, an AL East crown and, ultimately, a World Series championship...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 10,915 reads 11 comments

  11. Is Shin-Soo Choo the Best of the Texas Rangers' Outfield Options?

    Last winter, the Texas Rangers were occupying headlines because of a star outfielder they didn't sign. It sounds like it's going to be the other way around this winter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 5,837 reads 14 comments

  12. Blueprint for a Small-Market MLB Team to Score a Strong Offseason

    There's not a team in Major League Baseball that rests on its laurels when the offseason comes. All clubs look for ways to improve, and that requires plenty of hard work and cunning...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 11,300 reads 8 comments

  13. Free-Agent Spotlight: Carlos Beltran

    There are plenty of free agents on the open market who are looking to land their first major payday. There’s one guy, however, who has already earned $145 million via free-agent contracts...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 24,504 reads 16 comments

  14. What the Future Holds for 2013 MLB MVPs Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen

    If you see Miguel Cabrera and Andrew McCutchen walking around, they might be comporting themselves a little differently. Chest puffed out. Semi-smug grin. Bouncy steps. If so, well, who can blame them? Awards tend to do that to people...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 6,453 reads 12 comments

  15. What Does Mike Trout Need to Do to Win an MLB MVP Award?

    Mike Trout 's day will come. Sooner or later, he is going to win a Most Valuable Player award. Just not this day. If you're just now catching up on the latest, the MVPs were handed out on Thursday...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 8,503 reads 143 comments

  16. Are MLB Free-Agent Contract Prices Poised to Skyrocket This Winter?

    Since it's only mid-November, the spending in this year's free-agent market hasn't really gotten going yet. Clubs and players are still in the process of feeling things out, which indeed is what tends to be happening at this point in the process...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 2,652 reads 5 comments

  17. Is Clayton Kershaw on His Way to NL Cy Young Award Dynasty?

    Maybe they'll have to rename it the "Clayton Kershaw Award" before long. If not officially, then perhaps colloquially. That's a down-the-road musing that we'll get back to in good time...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 14,916 reads 64 comments

  18. Free-Agent Spotlight: AJ Burnett

    Can you name the free-agent starting pitcher who had a better season than all the others in 2013? Well, if you want to go by FanGraphs WAR, he was none other than A.J. Burnett...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 5,983 reads 6 comments

  19. Free-Agent Spotlight: Hiroki Kuroda

    Explosive talent can be worth a lot of money on Major League Baseball’s free-agent market, but one thing that can be worth just as much for starting pitchers is consistency...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 8,197 reads 6 comments

  20. Is Free-Agent Hurler Ervin Santana Deserving of a $100 Million Contract?

    A year ago, Ervin Santana was a reclamation project who was basically up for grabs. Taking him on meant fixing a pitcher who had allowed 39 homers while pitching to a 5.16 ERA in 2012...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 5,433 reads 32 comments

  21. How Good Is the Japanese Professional Baseball League?

    We tend to think of Major League Baseball as a league that has no equal. It's practically the Mt. Olympus of the baseball world: a place where only the elites gather. .....

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 9,573 reads 12 comments

  22. Is Masahiro Tanaka Worth the New York Yankees' 'Bold' Interest?

    After keeping it holstered last winter, the word is that the New York Yankees are ready to get their checkbook out again this winter, and that they're not going to be messing around when they do...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 14,364 reads 17 comments

  23. How Cuba Allowing Athletes to Sign with Foreign Leagues Could Change MLB

    Cuba and Major League Baseball have what we'll simply refer to as an "interesting" relationship. There is no official pipeline between Cuba and the big leagues, as the best Cuban ballplayers technically aren't allowed to go play ball in the States..

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 6,197 reads 5 comments

  24. Why Ricky Nolasco Is a Big 2014 MLB Free Agent Bargain

    There are no proven No. 1 starting pitchers on MLB 's free-agent market this year. Too many are signing extensions these days. Others, presumably, have simply migrated to warmer climates...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 1,973 reads 1 comments

  25. Shin-Soo Choo an Ideal Free-Agent Acquisition for New York Mets

    Big-ticket signings in free agency aren't always motivated by what a team's roster needs. Sometimes—heck, maybe even most of the time—it's the star power that a team wants...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 4,006 reads 32 comments