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  1. Second-half previews: National League

    Rob Neyer

    Click here for the American League second-half previews. Washington Nationals Second-half key: What, other than monitoring Stephen Strasburg's innings limit? Despite injuries that limited Mike Morse, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos (out for the yea...

    Blog | July 11, 2012
  2. Podcast: Heath Bell, Lynn, weekend preview

    Rob Neyer

    Keith Law and I ended this final full week of April on the Baseball Today podcast with intelligent discussion about American League outfielders in the news, a weekend preview, and much more! 1. Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young is in the news...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  3. SweetSpot's AL players to see

    Rob Neyer

    As camps open in Arizona and Florida, we put it to the SweetSpot network: Which player from your team are you most excited to watch this season, and why? First up, the answers from the American League. Baltimore Orioles: Matt Wieters Why Wiet...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  4. AL: What's important in September

    Rob Neyer

    Even if your team isn't in the pennant race, September is an important month. Here is what each American League team hopes to accomplish in the final month. Boston Red Sox: As the Red Sox enter the season's final stretch, Terry Francona's focus wi...

    Blog | September 01, 2011
  5. NL second-half team previews

    Rob Neyer

    And now a look at the National League. Click here for the American League second-half team previews. Philadelphia Phillies (57-34, +89 run differential) What needs to be fixed or accomplished in the second half? Although the Phillies finished ...

    Blog | July 14, 2011
  6. Grading the AL teams through May

    Rob Neyer

    New York Yankees (29-23) For all the dithering and complaining that's been going on in the Bronx, the Yankees have the second-best record in the American League, propelled by the best offense in baseball. Russell Martin (.253/.363/.479) has been ...

    Blog | May 31, 2011
  7. Damon, Ramirez give Maddon options

    Rob Neyer

    Did anyone see this coming? (Actually, yeah, sort of.) Introducing the Tampa Bay Rays' latest acquisitions: A couple of former Red Sox are reuniting in another American League East city. The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to one-year deals with f...

    Blog | January 22, 2011
  8. Just another TINSTAAPP lesson

    Rob Neyer

    We've talked about TINSTAAPP -- TINZ-tap: "There is no such thing as a pitching prospect." -- before, but I find the principle endlessly fascinating, so I was glad to find that some enterprising young fellow has compiled 21 years' worth of Baseball A...

    Blog | December 28, 2010
  9. What happened to Gene Bearden?

    Rob Neyer

    Another couple of passages from Eddie Robinson's memoir, this time about one of my favorite pitcher-seasons: Gene Bearden's 1948: Bearden's complete game win topped a remarkable pitching streak -- four complete game wins, including two shutouts, in...

    Blog | December 21, 2010
  10. A's blog joins SweetSpot Network

    Rob Neyer

    This is a good day. Of course, I don't generally have much to complain about, so most of them are good days. This is a particularly good day, though, because today I'm pleased to introduce the latest addition to the SweetSpot Network ... Baseba...

    Blog | December 15, 2010
  11. World Series-winning Tribe stole signs

    Rob Neyer

    More from Eddie Robinson's memoir, scheduled for publication in February, this passage concerns Robinson's Cleveland Indians down the stretch in 1948: One of our hitters thought it was time for desperate measures and suggested we try to get the vis...

    Blog | December 15, 2010
  12. Is Russ Martin the new Joe Girardi?

    Rob Neyer

    This Tweet from Ken Davidoff really gets to the heart of things, doesn't it? Yankees signed Russell Martin with his versatility in mind. Can help out at 3B, 1B, in addition to C. But Girardi values experience at C. Jorge Posada was blessed with Ha...

    Blog | December 15, 2010
  13. Can Bill James see 2016?

    Rob Neyer

    Sean McAdam on the Red Sox doing their homework: Before the Red Sox gave Carl Crawford a seven-year, $142 million deal, they made sure to do their homework. The club had special assistant Allard Baird trail Crawford over the second half of the 2...

    Blog | December 14, 2010
  14. Jeter's bonuses mostly for show

    Rob Neyer

    We can finally put Derek Jeter's new contract to bed, as Jayson Stark has details of the incentive clauses that might escalate his 2014 salary from $8 million to $17 million: Jeter is guaranteed salaries of $15 million next year, $16 million in 201...

    Blog | December 10, 2010
  15. Seven years seems a lot for Crawford

    Rob Neyer

    A friend: "Carl Crawford is a fine player but his off/def tools are based largely on speed. With few BB, what will his OBP look like in years 5-6-7?" I'm not wild about the contract. Crawford's coming off his best season, and probably won't ever e...

    Blog | December 09, 2010
  16. Royals add two more on-base machines

    Rob Neyer

    In the space of 24 lovely hours, the Royals have signed both Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera. This year, the American League's on-base percentage was .327. That figure is actually a little misleading, because it includes pitchers hitting in inter...

    Blog | December 09, 2010