1. Jose Reyes: How His Signing Affects the Marlins Plans at the Winter Meetings

    John Lennon once said that life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. I planned on getting most of the way through my team TPR series before today. Well, life ended up getting in the way...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 717 reads 4 comments

  2. Detroit Tigers: Winter Meetings Preview According to Total Player Rating

    Last year was a magical season for the Detroit Tigers until they ran into the buzzsaw that was the Texas Rangers . Justin Verlander captured our imagination with a season for the ages...

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  3. Colorado Rockies: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    The Rockies made a habit of making late season dashes to the playoffs. It is one of those habits that causes fans to expect. When the Rockies went quietly into that good night, the fans were left wondering what happened...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 377 reads 2 comments

  4. Cleveland Indians: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    To casual observers, the Cleveland Indians of 2011 seemed like a Cinderella team that saw midnight too quickly. Somewhere in late August, they turned into a pumpkin and their glass slipper was crushed...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 2,282 reads 12 comments

  5. Cincinnati Reds: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    The 2011 season was disappointing for the Cincinnati Reds . They were coming off of a 2010 central division championship, and they appeared to be a team on the rise. That all disappeared when their pitching seemed to dry up in an instant...

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  6. Chicago White Sox: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    It is debatable whether Ozzie Guillen was beneficial to the White Sox over the past several seasons. He was a polarizing figure in Chicago and out. He has gone to Miami, and Robin Ventura will take over...

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  7. Chicago Cubs: Winter Meetings Preview According to Total Player Rating

    There is a new sheriff in town and it has been a long time coming. The Cubs have gone out and gotten themselves a brain trust. They went from having one of the worst GMs in baseball (Jim Hendry) to Theo Espstein and Jed Hoyer...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about over 2 years ago 785 reads 10 comments

  8. Breaking News: Houston Astros New Ownership To Fire Ed Wade on Monday

    MLBtradeRumors is reporting that Ed Wade will be relieved of his duties on Monday. According to the same report, president of baseball operations Tal Smith is expected to retire...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 484 reads 10 comments

  9. Boston Red Sox: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    Boston had one of the more impressive September collapses in baseball history. Yet, it has been the aftermath that has been even more impressive. Ben Cherington is now the general manager and they are looking for a manager...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 1,385 reads 2 comments

  10. Houston Astros: How the New CBA Affects Their Planning

    The Jim Crane ownership group officially got the keys to the kingdom this past week. Fans locally and nationally are focusing on the move to the American League. In reality, that will not change the Astros long-term plans a great deal...

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  11. Baltimore Orioles: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    As we continue down the road with our winter meetings preview, we find ourselves stopping at one of the more dysfunctional organizations in baseball. Dan Duquette is now on the job, so there are bound to be changes in Baltimore...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 1,914 reads 8 comments

  12. Atlanta Braves: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    The Atlanta Braves were in control of their own destiny for 130 games or so. Then, things just fell apart. Of course, sometimes when you look back at things, you realize it just wasn't meant to be...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 3,251 reads 14 comments

  13. Arizona Diamondbacks: Winter Meetings Preview According to TPR

    It has been a good Thanksgiving break, but Major League teams and fans are getting back to work. It's high time we get back to work ourselves...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 483 reads 1 comments

  14. Houston Astros: Top 12 Sluggers in Franchise History

    There comes a time when you want to look back in fondness because the road ahead looks somewhat bleak. Yet, looking back at the sluggers in franchise history may seem a bit sparse...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 1,114 reads 5 comments

  15. MLB Offseason 2012: Rating the Top 15 Relief Pitchers According to TPR

    We have finally reached the conclusion of our positional look at the total player ratings. Like with the starting pitchers, we had nearly 250 relief pitchers in the relief pitcher universe...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 2,419 reads 4 comments

  16. MLB Offseason 2012: Rating the Top 15 Starting Pitchers

    There are nearly 200 pitchers in the starting pitcher universe; therefore, picking any total to feature is arbitrary. Since we have been looking at the top 15 guys at the other positions, we might as well keep that tradition alive...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 2,595 reads 1 comments

  17. 2012 MLB Offseason: Rating the Top 15 Right Fielders According to TPR

    Someone wise once said that there is nothing quite as bad as the memory of a great player. We want to remember our favorite players as they were when they were great. That is sometimes hard to do when they are pushing 40...

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  18. 2012 MLB Offseason: Rating the Top 15 Center Fielders According to TPR

    We are coming close to the end of TPR for the position players. Since we will not be looking at designated hitters separately, we will be stopping with right fielders. We are looking at the top fifteen guys and then the bottom three as well...

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  19. Houston Astros: Jim Crane and Bud Selig Reach Agreement

    The Houston Chronicle 's Richard Justice is reporting that Bud Selig and Jim Crane have reached an agreement on compensation for a Houston Astros move to the American League. The switch would take place following the 2012 season...

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  20. Houston Astros: Most-Hated Rival on Each NL Team

    With the Astros seemingly on the move following 2012, we will be taking a look back periodically on life in the National League. Today, we are looking at the most hated players currently active on each National League team...

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  21. 2012 MLB Offseason: Rating the Top-15 Left Fielders According to TPR

    Before we get started tackling the top-15 left fielders, we need to review some ground rules and talk about what this TPR thing is all about...

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  22. 2012 MLB Free Agency: Top 10 Astros Free Agent Targets

    As our good friend Peter Brand said, you shouldn't be worried about buying players. You should worry about buying wins. In reality, you are really buying runs that turn into wins. A lot of teams will make the big mistake of going after the big name...

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  23. 2012 MLB Offseason: Rating the Top 15 Shortstops According to TPR

    It’s been a couple of days, but we are now ready to continue with the total player ratings. Shortstops are often the best athletes on Little League teams. The same is often true in the Caribbean as well...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 5,130 reads 10 comments

  24. 2012 MLB Free Agency: Astros Sign 3 to Minor League Deals

    Since it has been a slow news week on the Astros front, I thought I would take a look at the three free agents the Astros have signed. Of course, the Astros are not in a position to spend big bucks in free agency...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 442 reads 0 comments

  25. Texas Rangers: Reasons Why They Are the Number One Team in Texas

    As a Houston Astros fan, I am acutely aware of the power shift that is happening in the state of Texas. For years, the Rangers were second class citizens...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 1,630 reads 6 comments