1. Will High Demand for Controllable Pitching Lead to More Early Extensions?

    Got a talented homegrown pitcher? Might want to hold on to that. Could be valuable someday. Sound advice under any circumstances. And possibly growing sounder by the day...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 3,087 reads 2 comments

  2. The Jaw-Dropping 2016-17 MLB Free-Agent Class That Might've Been

    So, here it is. We've come to it at last. The point in the MLB offseason where the baseball news cycle is emptier than our holiday cookie jars. This winter more than most, it was bound to come sooner rather than later...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 29,870 reads 14 comments

  3. Early 2017 MLB Playoff Team Projections If the Offseason Ended Today

    Next year will soon be here, but the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs are so far off that they might as well be in a whole 'nother year. You might be thinking it's too soon to go there...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 12,563 reads 2 comments

  4. Previewing 10 Heated MLB Position Battles After Pile of 2016 Offseason Moves

    Not only are we still in the year 2016, but we also haven't even gotten past the holidays yet. Spring training is but a glimmer on the Major League Baseball horizon...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 14,117 reads 5 comments

  5. Why Has MLB Trade Market Shifted so Strongly to Sellers' Advantage?

    There's always going to be a reaction whenever star players change hands on the MLB trade market. Heck, it would be weird if people didn't say, "Wow!" or some other exclamation...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 9 months ago 9,202 reads 6 comments

  6. 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 9 months ago 12,188 reads 15 comments

  7. 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 9 months ago 33,491 reads 89 comments

  8. 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 9 months ago 31,621 reads 52 comments

  9. 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 9 months ago 39,234 reads 35 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 22,132 reads 31 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 18,907 reads 67 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 10,979 reads 55 comments

  13. 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 9 months ago 26,894 reads 82 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 41,819 reads 94 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 23,874 reads 106 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 158,802 reads 270 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 8,941 reads 17 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 40,497 reads 86 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 11,280 reads 56 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 23,710 reads 48 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 20,908 reads 27 comments

  22. 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 10 months ago 9,287 reads 17 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 44,472 reads 37 comments

  24. 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 10 months ago 22,797 reads 78 comments

  25. 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 10 months ago 21,989 reads 60 comments