The Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to avoid the wrong kind of history, writes Jayson Stark.
In one corner, Scott Boras. In the other corner, Pirates president Frank Coonelly. The prize? Pittsburgh's No. 1 pick, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel.
The Pirates' six-year, $51.5 million commitment to All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is a positive step for a franchise that hasn't had a winning season since 1992.
The rumor mill cranks up in July. But do the trades ever live up to the hype? Jayson Stark offers five reasons the trade deadline is overrated.
Is it nuts to think the Devil Rays can at some point measure up to their NFL neighbors? Lou Piniella doesn't think so.