1. Houston Astros: Does It Make Sense To Trade Wandy Rodriguez or Brett Myers?

    New Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow participated in his first online chat with Astros fans. For those that don't want to read the entire transcript, one fan asked whether he would be trading Wandy Rodriguez and/or Brett Myers ...

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  2. Houston Astros: Will They Be Competitive When They Make the League Switch?

    Sometimes you get questions that make you chuckle. I got one the other day where I almost spit out my beverage: what holes do the Astros need to fill to be competitive in 2013? Well, ...

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  3. Houston Astros: Luhnow Fills a Hole at Shortstop with Jed Lowrie

    It didn't take long for Jeff Luhnow to make a move as general manager of the Houston Astros . Most trades are like tearing the layers off of an onion...

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  4. Modest Proposal: MLB Needs To Add a Pass the Trash Draft

    The winter meetings are now over. For the baseball fan and executive, the winter meetings are the combination of Christmas and a fraternity kegger. Baseball fans look at it as more of Christmas...

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  5. Houston Astros: The Blueprint to Competing in the AL West

    A philosopher once said that the road to hell was paved with good intentions. If that philosopher had been a baseball fan he would have said the road to hell was paved with free agents...

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  6. Washington Nationals: Winter Meetings Review According to TPR

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the end of the road. The Nationals are last in the alphabet, only as Mike Rizzo has managed to build a very good farm system that is just beginning to percolate...

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  7. Toronto Blue Jays: Winter Meetings Review According to TPR

    The golden boy, Alex Anthopoulos, didn't make any ground-shaking moves at the Winter Meetings, but he quietly made his team better. The Athletics and Mariners are finding out about how you survive in the same division is two heavyweights...

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  8. Texas Rangers: Winter Meetings Review According to TPR

    There was a lot of smoke coming out of Dallas at the Winter Meetings, but only a small percentage from the hometown team. Jon Daniels and the Rangers met with numerous agents and were rumored on many deals, but none have come to fruition yet...

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  9. Tampa Bay Rays: Winter Meetings Review, According to TPR

    Andrew Friedman turned down another team to stay in Tampa Bay. Experts argue about his overall importance to the organization...

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  10. St Louis Cardinals: Winter Meetings Review According to TPR

    It's a popular sentiment these days to consider the Cardinals one of the losers of the Winter Meetings. Their franchise player left town and people are still talking...

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  11. Seattle Mariners: Winter Meetings Review, According to TPR

    The price of competition just grew in the AL West. The Mariners looked like they were game through the All-Star break last season, and then suddenly fell on hard times. The reality is probably that they were never game...

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  12. San Francisco Giants: Winter Meetings Review According to TPR

    I make no bones about the fact that I am not a Brian Sabean fan. Yes, the Giants won the World Series in 2010, but that has a lot more to do with player development than anything he has done at the big league level...

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  13. San Diego Padres: Winter Meetings Review According to Total Player Rating

    Josh Byrnes is getting a second crack at being a general manager and he must be grateful for the mess that was dropped in his lap. Coming into the Winter Meetings, he was without a closer, much of an offense and his pitching staff was thinner...

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  14. Pittsburgh Pirates: Winter Meetings Review According to Total Player Rating

    As we continue through our list of 30 teams, we start the review process from the winter meetings. Today is always a sad day for die hard baseball fans. It's like the day after Christmas when you realize it will be another year until the next one...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 559 reads 2 comments

  15. Philadelphia Phillies: Winter Meetings Review, According to Total Player Rating

    The Phillies had their share of issues even before the offseason officially began. Ryan Howard went down with a torn Achilles on the last day of the NLDS. He will likely miss the entire 2012 season to recuperate...

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  16. Oakland Athletics: Winter Meetings Review According to Total Player Rating

    The Winter Meetings are over. Like the Christmas season, the build-up to the Winter Meetings leaves some excited about the gifts under the tree and others envious of the gifts their friends got...

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  17. New York Yankees: Winter Meetings Overview According to Total Player Rating

    The Yankees have been conspicuously quiet this week. They won the rights to negotiate with Hiroyuki Nakajima , but since he plays in the middle infield, he likely won't be a factor for awhile...

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  18. New York Mets: Winter Meetings Overview According to Total Player Rating

    It is hard to believe the Winter Meetings are one day from being over. For a lot of baseball fans it is the combination of Christmas, spring break and the family reunion...

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  19. Minnesota Twins: Winter Meetings Overview According to Total Player Rating

    We've reached the halfway point in the Winter Meetings and we've also passed the halfway point in our team coverage. Other than the Astros , the Twins were the worst team in baseball last season...

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  20. Milwaukee Brewers: Winter Meetings Overview, According to Total Player Rating

    It seems that most have acknowledged what most of us already knew: The Brewers are out on Prince Fielder . So, that leaves that the Brewers to pick up the pieces...

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  21. Los Angeles Dodgers: Winter Meetings Overview According to Total Player Rating

    Technically, this is not a preview since the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the few teams to actually make moves at MLB 's winter meetings yesterday. The Dodgers have been hard at work filling in their bench and the back of their rotation...

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  22. Los Angeles Angels: Winter Meetings Preview According to Total Player Rating

    The Angels have been one of the busier teams moving into the Winter Meetings. General manager Jerry Dipoto hasn't been on the job long, but he has already corrected one of the big problems with the Angels...

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  23. Kansas City Royals: Winter Meetings Preview According to Total Player Rating

    As we continue into the second day of the Winter Meetings, we continue to look at teams and what they want to accomplish. The first day is usually a feeling-out period in which a lot of old friends shake hands and teams start communications...

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  24. Houston Astros: Winter Meetings Preview According to Total Player Rating

    The Astros have two main tasks that are occupying their time at the Winter Meetings. MLBtraderumors.com is reporting that Andrew Friedman will not take the open general manager's position...

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  25. Houston Astros: How To Build a Rivalry with the Texas Rangers

    The commissioner, new ownership and pundits tried to sell a rivalry between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers as the best part about the Astros moving to the American League West...

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