1. 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 1 year ago 10,093 reads 24 comments

  2. 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 1 year ago 8,033 reads 17 comments

  3. 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 1 year ago 14,426 reads 8 comments

  4. 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 1 year ago 6,872 reads 21 comments

  5. 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 1 year ago 19,764 reads 30 comments

  6. 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 1 year ago 15,914 reads 24 comments

  7. 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 1 year ago 6,790 reads 15 comments

  8. 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 1 year ago 54,766 reads 160 comments

  9. 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 1 year ago 16,012 reads 38 comments

  10. 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 1 year ago 3,253 reads 5 comments

  11. 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 1 year ago 60,460 reads 133 comments

  12. 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 1 year ago 18,057 reads 32 comments

  13. Brian Wilson's Dodgers Deal a Perfect Platform for Earning Big Closer's Payday

    It seemed possible that Brian Wilson would be able to find a job as a closer somewhere this winter. Notably, the Detroit News reported that the Tigers were heavily involved ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 6,502 reads 3 comments

  14. Will New Posting System Keep Masahiro Tanaka, Other Huge Stars in Japan?

    For now, at least, it sounds like the days of gigantic posting fees for Japanese superstars are over. There's a chance that the result will involve said superstars staying put in ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 3,484 reads 4 comments

  15. Is It Possible to Create a Perfect System to Control MLB's Wild Spending?

    By now, you've probably noticed the size of the dollar signs. Carlos Ruiz got $26 million. Jason Vargas got $32 million. Jhonny Peralta got $53 million. Ricky Nolasco , Phil Hughes and Scott Kazmir combined for $95 million...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 23,709 reads 136 comments

  16. Grading the Latest Wave of MLB Offseason Impact Moves

    Bah! Who needs the winter meetings when there's a perfectly good week for signing and trading beforehand? All 30 of Major League Baseball's general managers must have gotten together recently and reached that very conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 80,361 reads 109 comments

  17. Will Joe Nathan Finally Solve the Tigers' Ninth-Inning Achilles' Heel?

    For the first time in what feels like forever, there's no doubt about who will be taking care of things in the ninth inning for the Detroit Tigers . Rather than a day-by-day question mark, the club now has a clear strength at the closer position...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,570 reads 35 comments

  18. Acquiring Doug Fister Gives Nationals Big Boost in Quest for 2014 NL Pennant

    In Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, the Washington Nationals already had the makings of a terrific starting rotation. They just needed the right piece to complete the ensemble...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,568 reads 18 comments

  19. Free-Agent Spotlight: Grant Balfour

    Some closers prefer to go about their business quietly and calmly. Others, however, prefer to rage when they close games. And nobody does that quite like Grant Balfour ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,090 reads 9 comments

  20. How Scott Kazmir, Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes Deals Impact Elite SP Market

    The very second the offseason began, one thing that was immediately apparent was that the market was going to be pretty thin on starting pitching talent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 6,561 reads 11 comments

  21. How Large Should Jacoby Ellsbury's Injury History Loom in His Free Agency?

    It's impossible to read anything about Jacoby Ellsbury 's free agency that doesn't mention his injury history. "Point X, Point Y, Point Z, but then there's his injury history," they all (basically) say...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,424 reads 18 comments

  22. MLB's Growing Trend of Long Deals to Young Stars Will Forever Change Free Agency

    Oh, the names that could have been out there on the free-agent market. Sure, Robinson Cano is pretty great. Ditto Jacoby Ellsbury . Shin-Soo Choo's on-base prowess makes one swoon...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 6,570 reads 8 comments

  23. Could Free-Agent Slugger Nelson Cruz Possibly Live Up to a $75 Million Deal?

    Just when you thought you had seen and heard it all in this time of outrageous contracts and outrageous contract demands, along comes Nelson Cruz demanding $75 million. That's the word according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,349 reads 12 comments

  24. Is Brian Wilson the Right Man for the Detroit Tigers' Closer Job?

    The Detroit Tigers were linked to seemingly every "proven closer" under the sun last winter. In the end, general manager Dave Dombrowski moved to acquire none of them. The closer search is on again this winter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,343 reads 32 comments

  25. Free-Agent Spotlight: Ubaldo Jimenez

    A year ago this time, Ubaldo Jimenez looked like a broken pitcher. After posting a 4.68 ERA in 2011, the right-hander followed it up with an even worse 5.40 ERA in 2012...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,131 reads 7 comments