1. Boston Red Sox: Jose Iglesias Optioned to Triple-A, but Was It the Right Move?

    The shortstop fight is over. With the announcement that Jose "Shortstop of the Future" Iglesias has been optioned to AAA, the Sox are prepared to pen Mike Aviles in at number six...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 815 reads 6 comments

  2. Fantasy Baseball 2012 Draft Tips: 5 Keys to Creating a Keeper League Dynasty

    Keeper leagues are designed to turn fantasy baseball into less of a game and more of a simulation of owning your own baseball team. Sounds easy, right? Come on, as fans we're all experts on the game of baseball and know how to build the ultimate team...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 239 reads 1 comments

  3. Boston Red Sox Spring Training: Is It Time for a Lineup Swap?

    With eleven days until Boston's first game of the season, it's time for them to start solidifying their 2012 team. I propose a different agenda for manager Bobby Valentine: start experimenting...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,461 reads 9 comments

  4. MLB 2012 Season Preview: Postseason

    This is the final entry in my spring training "Season Preview" coverage. For the individual pieces on each division, check out my profile here. I always find postseason predictions ridiculous...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 646 reads 7 comments

  5. Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Draft Positioning of MLB's Top 25 Hitters

    In a lot of my fantasy pieces I talk about the importance of planning. Well, it's really hard to plan if you don't have a good set of rankings for players; and, even then you need an idea of when those players are being drafted...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,049 reads 0 comments

  6. MLB 2012 Season Preview: NL West

    The National League West is not seen as the most competitive division in baseball. Sure the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, but they also skipped into the playoffs on a 92-70 record...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,526 reads 24 comments

  7. MLB 2012 Season Preview: AL West

    Over the last couple of seasons, the American League West has been fairly straightforward. Now, we're in 2012. It seems only fitting to deem the AL West as the division of change...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,633 reads 31 comments

  8. Fantasy Baseball 2012: 15 Superstars to Trade for at a Discount

    Every year the fantasy draft comes and goes. And, no matter how well you prepare, chances are things aren't going to go 100 percent the way you hoped. Things like that are fine when you can fix them with free agency pickups or easy trades...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,726 reads 0 comments

  9. MLB 2012 Season Preview: NL Central

    Last season saw the World Series champion come out of the National League Central. Will the Central bring that kind of magic in 2012? Will that magic come from St...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 82 reads 0 comments

  10. MLB 2012 Season Preview: AL Central

    The American League Central has worked in competitive cycles. The Chicago White Sox had their 2005 World Series, the Minnesota Twins owned the division in 2009-2010 and even Cleveland's had their moment in the sun...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 2,627 reads 16 comments

  11. Fantasy Baseball 2012: 14 Players to Avoid in Your Draft

    Over the last couple of months, I've been writing fantasy-baseball articles about who you should draft. But the one thing that's yet to be discussed is who you shouldn't draft...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 3,521 reads 11 comments

  12. MLB 2012 Season Preview: NL East

    Heading into 2012, the NL East is the most transformed division in baseball. Stars have jumped ship, trades have been made and free agency acquisitions run rampant...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 2,231 reads 21 comments

  13. MLB 2012 Season Preview: AL East

    The American League East is baseball's deepest division. With three top tier teams in Boston, New York and Tampa Bay, a division winner could come from anywhere. As we enter the 2012 season, it's time turn our attention towards previews...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 571 reads 1 comments

  14. Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Post-Draft Trade Strategies You Need to Know

    In previously covered pieces, I've discussed how to facilitate a strong draft. But, at the end of the day, the fantasy baseball season doesn't end at the draft. Trades are a great way to find the pieces you need to become champ...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 892 reads 1 comments

  15. MLB Futures Part 5: American League East, Tampa Bay Rays

    This is the final entry of American League teams. Previously, the teams covered have been the New York Yankees (5), Seattle Mariners (4), Boston Red Sox (3) and Kansas City Royals (2)...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 708 reads 13 comments

  16. MLB Futures Part IV: American League Central: Kansas City Royals

    This is the fourth piece in this series. So far, we've covered the New York Yankees (5), Seattle Mariners (4) and Boston Red Sox (3). Those earlier pieces can be found on my profile here ...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 481 reads 2 comments

  17. 2012 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Top Targets at Each Position

    Sleepers are one of the best ways to win a fantasy baseball season. With deep positions like starting pitching and shallow positions like shortstop, it's hard to know who to draft and who to give to your opponents...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 6,814 reads 9 comments

  18. MLB Futures Part III: American League Wild Card: Boston Red Sox

    To recap the series, so far we've looked at the New York Yankees (No.5) and Seattle Mariners (No.4). For an intro into the series, check out the New York piece here . To find both stories, you can check out my profile here ...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 473 reads 12 comments

  19. Fantasy Baseball 2012: 10 Unknown Names to Steal Come Draft Day

    Finding sleepers is never the easiest thing to do in baseball. It seems that most never pan out, or someone gets to them first. Even more elusive, and deadly to your fantasy competition, is the sleeper no one has ever heard of...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,739 reads 8 comments

  20. MLB Futures Part II: American League West: Seattle Mariners

    I began this series last weekend with the New York Yankees . If you'd like an explanation of what it's all about, check here . It's been a long time since the Seattle Mariners were in contention...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,033 reads 8 comments

  21. Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Tips for First-Time Fantasy Owners

    I first started doing fantasy baseball in 2008. Luckily that season, I was an amateur playing with other amateurs. Even though we were all on the same page, it was still overwhelming...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 1,261 reads 1 comments

  22. MLB Futures, Part I: American League Wild Card: New York Yankees

    Right around this time, Baseball America is finishing up their lists of each MLB organization's top 10 prospects. This is the same time that I start speculating...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 826 reads 6 comments

  23. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Ranking the Top 20 Shortstops

    So far, out of all my fantasy baseball pieces, this one has been the hardest. Shortstop is baseball's thinnest position (even catcher has more talent!), and coming up with a list of 20 players worth a glance on draft day proves that theory...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 2,540 reads 20 comments

  24. 2012 MLB Season: Is an American League World Series Winner Destined?

    Out of the last 10 World Series winners, five have been from the American League and five have been from the National League. Not that big a deal, right? Well, let's take a closer look...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 358 reads 0 comments

  25. Fantasy Baseball 2012: Top 20 Second Basemen

    Generally considered a thin position, second baseman is hard to plan for. Stats for the top tier players tend to fluctuate, while the bottom tiers lack any talent. However, 2012 will be different...

    Jonathan Irwin Written by Jonathan Irwin about over 2 years ago 788 reads 28 comments