1. Yankees Linchpin Mark Teixeira Has Path to Big Contract Year in 2016

    For the last seven years, Mark Teixeira has been paid large sums of money to play ball for the New York Yankees . It's good work if you can get it, and the stars are aligned in such a way that 2016 might not be the end of the road...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,883 reads 27 comments

  2. Projecting MLB's Most Dominant Pitching Rotations in 2020

    We could talk about Major League Baseball's most dominant starting rotations going into 2016, but that's too easy. Instead, let's gaze waaaaaaaaaay into the future. As in, all the way to the year 2020...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 101,007 reads 271 comments

  3. Will Justin Verlander's Vintage End to 2015 Mean Big Things in 2016?

    The Detroit Tigers mean to go places this season, so it sure would help if Justin Verlander pitches like an ace...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 13,983 reads 18 comments

  4. Ian Desmond Loses $100 Million, Shows Danger of Betting on MLB Free Agency

    Ian Desmond is now $8 million richer. Were he a normal person, that would be worthy of a pat on the back and an "Attaboy!" But because Desmond is a fallen baseball star who could ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 259,056 reads 78 comments

  5. 1 Huge Fear Every 2016 MLB Contender Should Have This Spring

    Although Major League Baseball's spring training generally isn't a haunted house environment, even would-be contenders never know when something is going to pop up and say, "Boo!" ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 82,463 reads 164 comments

  6. Under-the-Radar MLB Teams Poised to Impress in 2016 Spring Training

    It's OK to admit you're excited to watch the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox or any other high-profile team this spring. We all are, man. Just let it out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,406 reads 23 comments

  7. Bleacher Report's 2016 MLB Award Predictions at Start of Spring Training

    It's admittedly a tad early to talk about Major League Baseball's 2016 awards season, but you know what they say: A day in spring training without predictions is like a day without sunshine! Or, in other word: Eh, might as well...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 88,432 reads 285 comments

  8. Predicting Over/Under with Each 2016 MLB Contender's Win Total

    With spring training ramping up, teams across Major League Baseball are just about ready to start playing fake games. For the contenders, the idea will be to prepare to win as many real games as they can...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 58,402 reads 269 comments

  9. Cubs' Former Top Prospect Javier Baez Is One of MLB's Biggest Wild Cards of 2016

    Once an elite prospect destined to help the Chicago Cubs become relevant again, Javier Baez is now a former prospect hoping to latch onto a Cubs team that became relevant without him...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,456 reads 73 comments

  10. MLB Rookies Under the Most Pressure to Star in 2016 Spring Training

    The 2015 Major League Baseball rookie class was one of the best in recent memory. Good for them, but tough luck for the 2016 rookie class. Not an easy act to follow that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,601 reads 21 comments

  11. Is Steven Matz Ready to Assert Himself as Yet Another Ace-Level Mets Arm?

    There's no doubting the top of the New York Mets ' starting rotation. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard pack enough firepower to flash "No mas" on a radar gun, and some pretty good numbers, too...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,649 reads 45 comments

  12. What Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval Must Do to Erase 2015 Red Sox Nightmares

    Nobody can say the Boston Red Sox are lacking in stars heading into 2016. To rise from the depths of the AL East, all they need is for their stars to live up to their track records...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 7,523 reads 20 comments

  13. SF Giants Are Ready for More Even-Year Magic in 2016

    The look on Bruce Bochy 's face made it clear this wasn't the first time he was hearing the phrase "even-year magic...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 16,451 reads 104 comments

  14. Can Giants Breakout Star Matt Duffy Avoid the Dreaded Sophomore Slump?

    In real life, Matt Duffy came out of Long Beach, California. But in 2015, he might as well have come out of Nowhere, USA...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,399 reads 32 comments

  15. Bleacher Report's 2016 Spring Training Preview for Dummies

    So long, Super Bowl. Hello, spring training and the dawn of a new Major League Baseball season. Are you ready? No, you say? Oh. Well, then. We'd better get you up to speed. Don't worry...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 35,910 reads 48 comments

  16. Breaking Down MLB's Next Golden Era of Pitching Prospects

    Oh, to be young again. And, preferably, with an arm fit for the major leagues. This is a golden age for young pitchers, folks...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,425 reads 46 comments

  17. Rusney Castillo Has His Best Chance to Blossom into Red Sox Star in 2016

    About a year-and-a-half has passed since the Boston Red Sox gave Rusney Castillo a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, and he's still a riddle with mystery and enigma coverings...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,249 reads 20 comments

  18. Predicting Impact MLB Deals That Will Go Down During 2016 Spring Training

    With spring training drawing near, we're all mainly excited for the baseball. It's our dear friend, and it's been too long since we last hung out. But don't forget about the business, folks...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 43,509 reads 74 comments

  19. Predicting MLB Offseason's All-Bust Team for 2016

    This offseason, Major League Baseball clubs have spent roughly $2.5 billion on free agents and pulled off a handful of big-ticket trades on the side...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 87,791 reads 162 comments

  20. MLB Franchises on the Verge of Becoming Perennial Playoff Contenders

    There's no mistaking the powers that be in Major League Baseball. The Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and St...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 31,476 reads 91 comments

  21. The Alabama of College Baseball: How Vanderbilt Built an MLB Talent Factory

    On a sunny Monday afternoon in Champaign , Illinois, last June, the Vanderbilt Commodores collapsed into a dogpile after beating the Illinois Fighting Illini to punch their return ticket to the College World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,996 reads 20 comments

  22. Who Would Have Early Edge in Potential Dream Cubs-Mets 2016 NLCS Rematch?

    It's only the second day of February, but we still feel compelled to ask: Are you ready for a rematch between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets in the 2016 National League Championship Series? A bit soon? Obviously...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 21,388 reads 304 comments

  23. Greg Bird Loss Puts Huge Pressure on Aging Yankees to Stay Healthy

    The 2016 season hasn't even started yet, and the injury bug has already taken a bite out of the New York Yankees . And now, they really have to hope it doesn't come back for them again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,585 reads 33 comments

  24. Dodgers Tighten Grip on NL West with Howie Kendrick Signing

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have won three straight National League West titles, and they really didn't need to do anything else this winter to have a good shot at making it four in a row in 2016...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,122 reads 100 comments

  25. 5 Key Moves MLB Teams Should Still Make Before Spring Training Begins

    Spring is approaching, people. We know this because with pitchers and catchers due to start reporting on February 18, spring training is now just a couple weeks away...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 27,201 reads 33 comments