Trades & Transactions

Trout's extension arrives

Mike Trout, the closet thing we have to a perfect baseball player, has just signed an extension that is both massive and tiny.

The trade: an analysis

Are trades a dying breed, and were they ever as prevalent as commonly thought?

Seattle's right-handed bat options

Robinson Cano says Seattle needs a right-handed bat — let's talk options.

Cards extend Carpenter, keep being the Cardinals

Matt Carpenter was one of the best players in baseball in 2013. If he's a little better than average his new contract is going to look good. If he's anything more, it's going to be incredible.

Player performance in their free agent year

Do players perform better in their free agency walk years? Read and find out.

Craig Kimbrel: How Large A Risk Is New Deal?

There is considerable danger in signing a reliever long term. Did the Atlanta Braves make the right move with Craig Kimbrel?

The O's spend on Jimenez, but will it be enough?

The Orioles fell short of the postseason last year, and their pitching played a big role in that. Can their recent free-agent moves help them improve in that department, and will the boost be enough to take them back to the playoffs?

Teheran, Braves agree to extension

The Braves lock up another young asset to an extension that buys out some free agency time. Is Teheran a good bet to provide value?

The Fairness of the Qualifying Offer System

In the two offseasons since the qualifying offer system was put in place, a handful of players have been greatly impacted -- but that doesn't necessarily mean the consequences of QOs are unfair or unexpected.

Five vital positional upgrades for 2014

A list of five vital upgrades that MLB teams made for 2014 after suffering from below-average production at that position in 2013.


A.J. Burnett, Best Pitcher Available

Forget Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, A.J. Burnett is the best pitcher–and player-still available on the free-agent market.

Rays sign Grant Balfour, fill out bullpen

Is Grant Balfour a great value for Tampa Bay, or is he just another "proven closer" about to entire the decline phase of his career?

Matt Garza, Brewers ink deal

Free agent righty Matt Garza signs a four year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $52 million

How valuable is Mark Reynolds to the Brewers?

Mark Reynolds may not be an All Star, but he's certainly good enough to be a major improvement over what the Brewers had at first base last season.

Kershaw: Highest Paid and Perhaps the Greatest

Clayton Kershaw is now the highest paid pitcher in baseball history. Could he become the greatest pitcher of all-time?

Solving the Blue Jays' Black Hole at Second Base

With Alex Anthopolous as GM, the Toronto Blue Jays have always had little production at second base. Given the team's position on the cusp of playoff contention, upgrading the team's options at second base should be one of Anthopolous' top priorities

Mark Mulder attempts MLB comeback

After five years away from the MLB, lefty Mark Mulder is attempting a comeback with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a minor league deal.

Nelson Cruz and the foolish search for RH power

Heading into the offseason, we heard a lot about the lack of right-handed power in baseball and how that was going to make Nelson Cruz a rich man. So far, it looks like teams aren't buying the narrative.

Rangers Sign Choo, Put Final Touch On Scary Lineup

The Rangers added to their scary lineup by signing Shin-Soo Choo, but did they overpay for the 31-year-old outfielder?

Twins sign Kurt Suzuki, acceptable stopgap

The Twins pick up Kurt Suzuki to take the pressure off prospect Josmil Pinto and let him develop at his own pace.

Royals swap Lough for Orioles' Valencia

After adding Nori Aoki, the Royals weren't going to have enough at bats for David Lough in 2014. As a result, they sent him to Baltimore for Danny Valencia. Who got the better end of the deal?

Juan Uribe: Unlikely Bargain

The Dodgers aren't known for giving out bargain contracts, and you rarely get good value signing a player who is about to turn 35 coming off a career year, but there's a first time for everything.

Cardinals sign Mark Ellis, fortify their bench

After filling in two of their key weaknesses - centerfield and shortstop - early in the offseason, the Cardinals went to work improving their bench on Sunday by signing the criminally underrated Mark Ellis.

Royals Make Huge Upgrade at Second

Kansas City Royals second basemen were practically non-existent in 2013, but the addition of Omar Infante should reverse that trend for 2014.

Giants fill left field gap, sign Michael Morse

The Giants completed their starting outfield for 2014 by signing Michael Morse to play left field. But can they count on his defense?

Phillies buy rotation insurance, add Hernandez

Going into the season, Roberto Hernandez was a buy-low darling of the sabermetric community. Surprisingly, he's heading to one of the least saber-friendly organizations in the league.

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