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  1. The 30 Finale: Highlights, Lowlights, and 2015 Forecasts

    Jonah Keri

    The 2014 regular season is complete and the playoffs beckon. But before we move on to postseason play, let's take stock of what happened this year: of predictions nailed and botched, of the players who made a lasting impact, and of the team...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  2. The 30: Reply Hazy; Try Again

    Jonah Keri

    At this point in the season, most teams should have figured it out. The elite teams should be cruising toward the postseason; the upper-middle-class teams should have their rosters set as they make a playoff push; the squads in the next tier down sho...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  3. Sharknado, Too! How the Samardzija Trade Positions the A’s ...

    Jonah Keri

    The Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics pulled off a blockbuster trade over the holiday weekend, signaling the small-revenue Athletics' commitment to winning now and the mega-market Cubs' desire to keep costs down until they're fieldin...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  4. MLB Trade Deadline Primer: 10 Story Lines to Watch This July

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to July, a.k.a. MLB trade deadline season. Throughout this month, all 30 teams will mull the pros and cons of various possible deals. Fewer will actually pull the trigger. And far fewer will roll the dice on the kind of blockbuster that makes...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  5. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jeff Sullivan and Len Kasper

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs and USSMariner.com about the streaking Mariners, and to play-by-play man Len Kasper about the Cubs. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter, and subscribe to the Grantland Sports...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  6. The 30: Hope Springs

    Jonah Keri

    This week's edition of The 30 is dedicated to the great Norichika Aoki, master of misfortune. Rest assured, Nori, we kid because we love. We love you when you swing so hard you helicopter yourself into the ground. We love you when...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  7. The 30: Running for Their Lives

    Jonah Keri

    As part of my weekly effort to explain the difference between a true power rankings column and a page that simply ranks teams by record, I've noted the importance of multiple factors beyond wins and losses. One of the biggest is roster q...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  8. Driven by Youth, Pittsburgh Aims to Best the Regression Beast

    Jonah Keri

    With one out in the top of the 10th inning of Monday's season opener, the Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves knotted in a scoreless tie with the Cubs. Chicago speedster Emilio Bonifacio took an aggressive lead, and Pittsburgh righ...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  9. 2014 NL Central Preview

    Jonah Keri

    Grantland's MLB division preview series continues today with the NL Central, where the Cardinals aim for their third World Series berth in four years, the Reds try to get by with a thin lineup, the Pirates hope to pull off consecutive miracle se...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  10. Soriano Comes Home to the Bronx

    Jonah Keri

    Desperate for any hitter with a pulse, the Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, landing a 37-year-old left fielder with a .287 on-base percentage who still qualifies as a major upgrade over what they have. Crushed by injuries to Curtis ...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  11. Rangers Get Better Now; Cubs Will Have to Wait

    Jonah Keri

    The Texas Rangers struck the first major deal before the trade deadline, shipping four players to the Chicago Cubs for veteran right-handed starter Matt Garza. In Garza, the Rangers acquired what might turn out to be the best pitcher on the market...

    Blog | July 23, 2013
  12. Roster Doctor: The Deadliners

    Jonah Keri

    We're less than two weeks away from the trade deadline, and several key fantasy contributors figure to get dealt. In some cases, players getting dealt won't affect your team all that much, since their stats don't figure to change much. But a handful ...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  13. Meet MLB's All-Bargain Team

    Jonah Keri

    Most of the big-ticket free agents reeled in last winter have been, at least so far, colossal busts. The Dodgers' $147 million has bought them five starts' worth of Zack Greinke. The Angels' $125 million investment has yielded a .222/.283/.399 line f...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  14. Roster Doctor: The Unpredictability of Closers, NL Edition

    Jonah Keri

    Last year, Jason Motte was one of the best and most reliable closers in the game, racking up 42 saves, nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings, and a 2.75 ERA. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract in January, and was widely expected to have anoth...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  15. The Non-Roster Invitees Chronicles: National League Edition

    Jonah Keri

    On Wednesday, I covered 15 players with compelling backstories who've been invited to spring training with American League clubs. Per that article: "These are the NRIs, the non-roster invitees promised almost nothing — not a job, not a major le...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  16. Sanchez Highlights a Wild Week on the Hot Stove

    Jonah Keri

    The wildest day of this Hot Stove season featured the winter's biggest contract for a position player, an affordable two-year deal for a veteran starting pitcher, and a fierce, two-team battle for an underrated starter. A few hours after the Angel...

    Blog | December 14, 2012