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  1. Four blockbuster trades I'd like to see

    Jim Bowden

    The Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs kicked off the baseball trade fireworks on the Fourth of July with a blockbuster deal that sent starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, amo...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  2. What would it take to get Jason Hammel?

    Jim Bowden

    Over the course of July, Jim Bowden will be looking at a number of high-profile trade candidates and explain what it would take for certain clubs to acquire that player. Note that this file was posted prior to the trade sending Hammel to the Athletic...

    Blog | July 04, 2014
  3. Rookie Rankings: Tanaka dominating

    Jim Bowden

    As we near the halfway point in the season, a dozen rookies are having impact upon their pennant-chasing teams thus far. Let's look at my latest rankings and assess the best of the 2014 rookie class. 1. Masahiro Tanaka | RHP | New York Yankees ...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  4. Top prospects who won't be called up

    Jim Bowden

    Perhaps the most obvious reason a top prospect isn't called up to the big leagues is he's simply not ready. For others, serious injuries have derailed their timeline to the big leagues, such as Miguel Sano (Minnesota Twins), Archie Bradley (Arizona D...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  5. A GM makes the top 10 picks

    Jim Bowden

    As fans of Insider's NFL draft coverage know, Mel Kiper likes to do what he calls the "Grade A" draft, in which he puts himself in the GM's seat for every team and makes a first-round pick for each. I decided it would be fun to try something similar ...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  6. Blue Jays should trade for Samardzija

    Jim Bowden

    General managers use the first two months of the season to evaluate their teams, then try to improve the team through trades or calling up top prospects in the next two months. Then they try to tweak the team with waiver deals and September call-ups ...

    Blog | May 17, 2014
  7. Seven bold predictions for 2014

    Jim Bowden

    With the start of the 2014 season upon us, it's time to take a guess at what might happen this year. In this space last season, I predicted that Yasiel Puig would become an instant hit in Los Angeles and envisioned a last-place finish for the New...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  8. When will Trout's reign end?

    Jim Bowden

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout clearly has established himself as the best player in Major League Baseball. He is ranked No. 1 in the "Baseball Tonight" 100, and he will be the favorite to remain on the top of this list for the next five ye...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  9. Buzz: Owings will start at SS for Arizona

    Jim Bowden

    This week we checked in at several camps, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. We continue our tour through the Cactus League, with a couple of stop in NL camps, both of which are located at the gorgeous...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  10. MLB has never had more parity

    Jim Bowden

    One of the main purposes of ESPN Insider's Future Power Rankings is to offer fans hope. Even if your team is bad now, it might be really good in three years. The rankings are designed to peer into the projected future. However, this year's FPR als...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  11. Buzz: Baez and Bryant's MLB timetables

    Jim Bowden

    PHOENIX -- Just 90 miles of Interstate 94 separates the North Side of Chicago and Milwaukee. Fans in other parts of the country might not have noticed, but a nice little geographic rivalry has developed between the Brewers and Cubs. However, inst...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  12. 10 guys scouts are raving about

    Jim Bowden

    While you never like to put too much stock in spring training performance, there is no question that scouts, coaches and execs take notice when a player looks particularly good during camp. I'm not talking about the stat sheet, but rather their actio...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  13. Rookies I can't wait to scout this spring

    Jim Bowden

    Every year at spring training there is a lot of focus on the star players who switched teams, with Robinson Cano being a prime example this year. However, what I am most excited about for this spring is the chance to scout some of the game's top rook...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  14. Post-Tanaka moves that will happen

    Jim Bowden

    As you have probably heard by now, Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees. As Buster Olney noted Wednesday morning, this won't necessarily set off the free-agent dominoes, but the deal does have se...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  15. 10 bold predictions for rest of the winter

    Jim Bowden

    Some big free-agent names were signed over the holiday season, but that doesn't mean the market is dried up. With many teams waiting on the final destination of Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, several quality free-agent pitchers remain, as well ...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  16. 10 moves that still need to happen

    Jim Bowden

    This has been a wild offseason so far, with blockbuster trades and free-agent signings taking place even before we got to Orlando for the Winter Meetings. Yet, with two weeks left in 2013, the free-agent and trade markets still have a lot of unfinish...

    Blog | December 17, 2013