1. 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 9 months ago 11,292 reads 8 comments

  2. 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 9 months ago 24,488 reads 16 comments

  3. 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 9 months ago 6,421 reads 12 comments

  4. 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 8,460 reads 143 comments

  5. 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 2,647 reads 5 comments

  6. 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 14,850 reads 64 comments

  7. 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 5,980 reads 6 comments

  8. 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 8,182 reads 6 comments

  9. 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 5,418 reads 32 comments

  10. 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 9,354 reads 12 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 14,352 reads 17 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 6,167 reads 5 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 1,958 reads 1 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 3,993 reads 32 comments

  15. MLB Free-Agent Spotlight: Matt Garza

    There are no true starting aces on Major League Baseball’s free-agent market this winter. It seems the best of the best are too busy signing extensions to worry about free agency...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 13,007 reads 1 comments

  16. MLB Free Agent Spotlight: Brian McCann

    If a good-hitting catcher is a rare commodity, a good power-hitting catcher is an even rarer commodity. Brian McCann likes the sound of that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 20,913 reads 15 comments

  17. Can Rick Renteria Develop Young Stars and Reverse Cubs' Pattern of Losing?

    The Chicago Cubs are not without hope of ending their 105-year championship drought someday soon. They have a smart front office and more than enough young talent. All the Cubs really need is the right guy to bring it all together...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 10,956 reads 31 comments

  18. Explaining the Japanese Posting Process and How Changes Would Impact MLB

    How well do you know the Japanese posting process? Alright, fine. You've got me. That's sort of a trick question. Because there's what the posting process was, and then there's what it could be...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 2,279 reads 3 comments

  19. Establishing Future Value for MLB's Top 25 Free Agent, Trade Targets

    For Major League Baseball general managers, winter is a time to be in roster-construction mode. That involves trying to see the future...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 118,427 reads 77 comments

  20. How Playing in AT&T Park Would Impact the Oakland A's

    "Welcome to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics." Don't laugh. We might actually be saying that in real life before long...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 2,585 reads 1 comments

  21. How to Find a Diamond in the Rough in MLB Free Agency

    I'm guessing most of us think of Major League Baseball's free-agent market as a dastardly place where good money goes to be wasted on players with absurd price tags. There are always good bargain buys to be found on the free-agent market, however...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 11,288 reads 7 comments

  22. MLB Knuckleheads of the Week

    The past week saw the 2013 Major League Baseball season come to an end when the Boston Red Sox won their third World Series title in the last decade...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 16,597 reads 10 comments

  23. What the Red Sox Franchise Means to the Baseball City of Boston

    It was a two-strike splitter from Koji Uehara to Matt Carpenter that did the trick on Wednesday night. Carpenter swung and missed for the final out of Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, giving the Boston Red Sox their third title since 2004...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 13,627 reads 24 comments

  24. What Does the Future Hold for the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox?

    Right about now, the Boston Red Sox probably aren't too focused on their future. After capturing their third World Series title in the last decade on Wednesday, the present is just too good...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 3,127 reads 4 comments

  25. How Will Qualifying Offers Impact Red Sox Trio of Ellsbury, Napoli and Drew?

    The Boston Red Sox have won their third World Series title in the past 10 seasons, but it will soon be time for them to exchange their party hats for thinking caps. Business awaits...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 8,901 reads 20 comments