1. Down Year or Decline? Looking Deeper into MLB Stars Off Bad 2014 Seasons

    Like in any other season, a lot of good players had good years in 2014. Good for them. Bravo. But we're not here to talk about them. We're here for the guys who had bad years...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 9,948 reads 14 comments

  2. Does Josh Hamilton Have Enough Trade Value to Be More Than Pure Salary Dump?

    If the Los Angeles Angels have it in mind to try and trade Josh Hamilton for something of value, there's only one thing to say: Good luck with that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 16,584 reads 32 comments

  3. High-Upside Yoan Lopez Signing Is Worth Record-Setting Amateur Deal

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have spent a hefty sum of money to bring aboard a young Cuban talent with lots of upside. No, this is not a delayed reaction to their signing of right-handed slugger Yasmany Tomas...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 3,629 reads 1 comments

  4. James Shields Poised to Benefit Greatly from Max Scherzer's Huge Demands

    As you'd expect from a Cy Young-caliber pitcher with baseball's most powerful agent, Max Scherzer has some rather large contract demands that he doesn't seem interested in backing down from...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 6,756 reads 4 comments

  5. How Jung-ho Kang Could Fit into Pittsburgh Pirates' Bright Future

    Already blessed with a future that looks plenty bright, there's a chance the Pittsburgh Pirates ' future will look even brighter before long. It depends on what will become of their newest acquisition...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 10,144 reads 9 comments

  6. Ranking This MLB Offseason's 15 Largest Contracts from Worst to Best

    Though two of the best available players have still yet to sign, the 2014-2015 Major League Baseball offseason has already handed out easily over $1 billion in free-agent contracts...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 13,026 reads 25 comments

  7. Is Re-Signing Max Scherzer Just a Luxury, or Crucial Need for Tigers?

    It's still hard to tell where Max Scherzer is going to sign, but logic says that he'll end up signing with the team that simply has to have him. According to the latest report, that team is the Detroit Tigers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 5,187 reads 16 comments

  8. Favorites, Potential Dark Horses in the Yoan Moncada Sweepstakes

    Obsessing over Yoan Moncada yet? No? Well, you should be. The 19-year-old Cuban is a potential franchise cornerstone, and the bidding for his services projects to be very crowded...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 21,948 reads 18 comments

  9. How Shocking Cardinals Splash for Price, Hamels or Scherzer Would Shake Up N.L.

    The St. Louis Cardinals have been quiet ever since starting their winter off with a bang by acquiring Jason Heyward . A bit too quiet. But maybe not for much longer. Word is the Cardinals want to make another bang...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 30,824 reads 37 comments

  10. 7 Worthy Hall of Fame Candidates Who Will Clearly Never Get Elected

    Word is you should never say never, but you can make exceptions. For example, I'm certain Ben Revere will never win the Home Run Derby, and equally certain Bartolo Colon will never hit an infield single...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 24,783 reads 145 comments

  11. Kris Bryant Poised to Be MLB's Best Young Phenom in 2015

    Everybody wants Kris Bryant to be the next big thing. Well, actually, it's more like everybody and their uncle. That's a lot of pressure. So let's talk about why he should be up to the task in 2015, and sooner rather than later...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 53,595 reads 92 comments

  12. Early Induction Odds for the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

    It's only been a day since the voting for the Hall of Fame class of 2015 was revealed, so I naturally have to tell you that it's not too soon to look forward to next year's voting...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 58,865 reads 130 comments

  13. What Is Holding Voters Back from Sending Mike Piazza to Hall of Fame?

    If you think Mike Piazza is worthy of Cooperstown, you're not alone. For the third year in a row, he drew votes from the majority of the Hall of Fame voters. …But not quite enough to actually get into the Hall of Fame...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 36,864 reads 94 comments

  14. B/R MLB Experts Fill out 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballots

    Thank goodness three new members were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. If they hadn't been, the 2015 ballot would have featured as much Cooperstown-worthy talent as Cooperstown itself...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 14,816 reads 73 comments

  15. What Is Fair Trade Value for Phillies Ace Cole Hamels?

    Of the attractive trade chips in the Philadelphia Phillies ' collection, Cole Hamels is the Action Comics No. 1 of the bunch. He's the prized possession, and the one available for the highest price...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 57,936 reads 103 comments

  16. Can AL East Be Taken Seriously Without Certain Aces in 2015?

    Take a look at the American League East right now, and you'll see it has a fairly typical collection of star power...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 17,224 reads 50 comments

  17. Is Yasiel Puig Ready to Face Big Responsibility with Kemp, Ramirez Gone?

    There's going to be a lot of pressure on Yasiel Puig when the Los Angeles Dodgers take the field in 2015. Alright, maybe that sounds like stating the obvious...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 18,857 reads 73 comments

  18. How MLB Teams Will Still Be Able to Build a Winner After January 1

    With a whole new year just days away, Major League Baseball's winter market is about as well-stocked as your friendly neighborhood toy store. Due to the demands of the season, there's not much left...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 17,711 reads 5 comments

  19. Johnny Cueto's Extension Demands Should Push Reds to Sell High

    If the Cincinnati Reds were holding out hope of Johnny Cueto giving them a hometown discount on an extension, it sounds like they can forget about it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 23,252 reads 42 comments

  20. MLB Is Undergoing a Significant Changing of the Guard Among Contenders

    It used to be easy to predict the contenders for an upcoming Major League Baseball season. For all the fuzzy situations, there were always the mainstays you could count on. These, however, are strange times...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 51,857 reads 84 comments

  21. Pirates Are the Right Team to Bet Big on Jung-ho Kang's Potential

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed up to take a chance on a 27-year-old shortstop who hit 40 home runs last season. Yeah, you'll have to trust me that there is some chance involved with a player like that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 21,703 reads 14 comments

  22. MLB Teams That Could Now Be Facing Nightmare Scenarios This Offseason

    With nearly two months of the Major League Baseball offseason gone by, some teams have already put their best-laid plans into action and gotten us all riled up talking about how clever they are...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 64,484 reads 98 comments

  23. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Remaining MLB Pitching Market

    There's not much to talk about regarding hitters on Major League Baseball's offseason market. There was once, but signings and trades have taken care of that. They're all gone now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 13,854 reads 6 comments

  24. Max Scherzer Is the Splash San Francisco Giants Need to Salvage Offseason

    Somewhere in a quiet corner of AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean pushes the record button on an R-2 unit and says, "Help us, Max Scherzer . You're our only hope...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 24,076 reads 64 comments

  25. What Suppressed the MLB Hitting Market Spending This Winter?

    You might have noticed that Major League Baseball teams have been hot after bats this winter and that they've been spending a lot of money on said bats. But not that much, really...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 4,594 reads 1 comments