1. Edwin Encarnacion Signing Propels Indians Toward Another World Series in 2017

    The Cleveland Indians left the rest of the American League in their dust in the 2016 MLB playoffs. After winning 94 games in the regular season, they won seven of eight games en route to a near miss in the World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 12,185 reads 15 comments

  2. Kris Bryant Monster Extension Should Be Next Move for Champion Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016. And by looking at their roster, it sure looks like they can turn right around and win another in 2017...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 33,439 reads 89 comments

  3. Jose Quintana Trade Would Be Right Idea at Wrong Time for Yankees

    Nobody can fault the New York Yankees if they’re getting cold feet with their plan to take the long way back to success, but the best advice for them right now is to stay the course...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 31,620 reads 52 comments

  4. MLB Teams That Could Now Be Facing Nightmare Offseason Scenarios

    I hate to break it to the following MLB teams, but, um, well...it may be too late for them to save their best-laid plans for the winter. In fairness, the hot stove season isn't a walk in the park...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 39,230 reads 35 comments

  5. Jose Bautista Is the Free-Agent Slugger with No Clear MLB Home

    If you were to cross paths with Jose Bautista and offer him a penny to play a game of catch, you might have just made the leading offer for his services...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 22,126 reads 31 comments

  6. Does Dodgers' Expensive Roster Have Enough Firepower to Take Down Cubs?

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be good in 2017. For fans of the franchise, this must be at once comforting and beside the point. The Dodgers being good has been a fact of life for the last four seasons...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 18,905 reads 67 comments

  7. Dodgers Remain Among NL Elite by Re-Signing Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner

    Nearly $200 million and exactly three familiar faces later, the Los Angeles Dodgers have retained a roster worthy of the top of the National League power structure...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 10,900 reads 55 comments

  8. Is Red Sox's Price-Sale-Porcello Trio a True Sustainable Super-Rotation?

    In a discussion about just how good the Boston Red Sox 's starting rotation is, there are two options: Going over it with a fine-tooth comb, or just buying into it as the greatest thing since the last greatest thing since sliced bread...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 26,894 reads 82 comments

  9. Grading, Analyzing Every Impact Deal of the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings

    It wouldn't be a proper day after the winter meetings without discussion of all the big deals. The four days of hot-stove action at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, didn't disappoint...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 41,818 reads 94 comments

  10. Dexter Fowler's Defection Gives Cardinals a Fighting Chance Against Rival Cubs

    The St. Louis Cardinals have the unenviable task of catching up to the Chicago Cubs . It's a mission that will take all their cunning. Their latest idea: deny the enemy and enrich themselves in one fell swoop...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 23,872 reads 106 comments

  11. Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings

    The party in National Harbor, Maryland, is over. Major League Baseball's winter meetings have come and gone, leaving us to pick up the pieces. Tell you one thing: It's not hard to see who made out well and who didn't...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 158,796 reads 270 comments

  12. MLB Winter Meetings 2016: Analyzing Impact of All the Day 3 Deals, Rumors

    Day 3 of the 2016 MLB winter meetings started with a bang and ended with a bang, with assorted other bangs in between. Missed it and want to catch up? Welcome to the right place...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 8,941 reads 17 comments

  13. No. 1 MLB Prospect Yoan Moncada's Elite Talent Worth Chris Sale Trade Gamble

    Two things steadily became clear about the Chicago White Sox's position on Chris Sale this winter: He was available but only at an incredibly high price. On Tuesday, that price was paid in full...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 40,346 reads 86 comments

  14. Mark Melancon Puts Giants Back on Level for NL West Dominance

    The San Francisco Giants ' run of even-year championships finally ended in 2016 in large part because their bullpen was cursed. Or to put it more bluntly, just not very good...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 11,278 reads 56 comments

  15. Carlos Beltran Signing Puts Astros One Step Away from AL Favorites

    The last time Carlos Beltran was in a Houston Astros uniform, he was punishing baseballs left and right as he led the team deep into the postseason. It could be deja vu all over again 11 months from now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 23,706 reads 48 comments

  16. Andrew McCutchen's Exit Would End One Pirates Era, Usher in a New One

    If anyone's having trouble imagining Andrew McCutchen wearing something other than a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, don't worry. Soon you won't have to. Because it'll be reality...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 20,905 reads 27 comments

  17. Brian Dozier Would Be Perfect Fit in Rebuilding Dodgers' Flawed Offense

    The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't get in on what was possibly the best season ever for second basemen in 2016. Chase Utley and others didn't provide much hitting, baserunning or defense...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 9,271 reads 17 comments

  18. Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2016-17 MLB Offseason's 1st Month

    There hasn't been much action in the first month of the 2016-2017 Major League Baseball offseason. Everyone's been busy tip-toeing around the rather large elephant in the room . Nonetheless, the time has come for a routine stock-taking...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 44,469 reads 37 comments

  19. Yoenis Cespedes' $110M Free-Agent Deal a Win-Win for Him, New York Mets

    Since Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets seem so right for one another, it's fitting they would agree to a contract that's so right for one another...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 22,795 reads 78 comments

  20. Yasiel Puig-for-Ryan Braun Blockbuster Worth the Risk for Both Sides

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers couldn't complete a Yasiel Puig -for- Ryan Braun trade in August. Nonetheless, they left a sense they could do so eventually...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 21,980 reads 60 comments

  21. Diamondbacks' Stack of Pitching Chips Includes a Diamond in the Rough

    If the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to dangle some starting pitchers on the winter trade market, they can rest easy knowing they at least have some name value to attract interested parties...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 3,364 reads 6 comments

  22. Top Potential Ian Kinsler Suitors, Trade Packages

    The hot-stove rumor mill has made it clear that the Detroit Tigers have all their star players on the table. Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander. J.D. and Victor Martinez. And then there's arguably their most attractive trade chip: Ian Kinsler ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 40,141 reads 45 comments

  23. Rich Hill Signing Would Be Great Yankees Fit for Both Present and Future

    The New York Yankees need a starting pitcher. In past winters, that would have led to their going after only the best options, and damn the cost! But since they need to be smart this winter, let's help point them toward Rich Hill...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 14,446 reads 26 comments

  24. It's Time to Take the Threat of an MLB Lockout Seriously

    It's been 21 years since Major League Baseball exited its last work stoppage. Oh, how I'd love to tack an "and counting" on the end of that sentence. Instead, time may be counting down to baseball's next work stoppage...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 22,905 reads 71 comments

  25. Jose Quintana, Not Chris Sale, Is Top MLB Offseason Trade Target

    In a winter during which aces are in short supply, the hot-stove trade market seems to revolve around Chris Sale. And he's not even the best thing on the market...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 20,141 reads 56 comments