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  1. Three best and three worst moves so far

    Jim Bowden

    To me, the obvious best moves this offseason are the Cubs' hiring of Joe Maddon as manager and signing of free agent Jon Lester, the Mariners' signing of Nelson Cruz, and the Red Sox inking Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. However, most of those mo...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  2. And the next dominoes to fall will be ...

    Jim Bowden

    Now that Jon Lester has decided to call Chicago home, agreeing to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs, it's time for the next dominoes to fall. What's next on the agenda? The players below have been waiting patiently for one of the "big fi...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  3. Four potential trades for Cole Hamels

    Jim Bowden

    The Phillies' rebuilding program really won't commence until they deal their most valuable asset, left-handed starting pitcher Cole Hamels, who is also the most valuable player on the trade market right now. The Phillies probably will have to wait...

    Blog | November 16, 2014
  4. Why Cubs rank 4th in Future Power Ranks

    Jim Bowden

    The Chicago Cubs have had five consecutive losing seasons and haven't been to the playoffs since 2008. So why do they jump to fourth in our Future Power Ranks? Because things are changing on the North Side, and it's almost "go time" for this franchis...

    Blog | October 31, 2014
  5. Joe Maddon could land with the Cubs

    Jim Bowden

    With the news now official that Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract in Tampa Bay, there will be speculation that he could soon follow Andrew Friedman to Los Angeles. But there's another team to watch here. Maddon's next club could be the Chic...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  6. Trade deadline objectives: NL Central

    Jim Bowden

    Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West The National League Central has the best four-team race in baseball, with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all bat...

    Blog | July 26, 2014
  7. Trade deadline objectives: AL Central

    Jim Bowden

    Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West The Detroit Tigers have the biggest lead of all six division leaders and are the heavy favorites to not only win the American League Central but also be the first t...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  8. What would it take to get Dayan Viciedo?

    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. Player: Dayan Viciedo | OF | Chicago White Sox Possible destinations: Seat...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Rookie rankings: Tanaka leads the pack

    Jim Bowden

    With the season's first month in the books, rookies have quickly had significant impact on their teams. The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals have new top-of-the-rotation rookie starters, the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners are enjoying ple...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  16. Five takeaways from Opening Day

    Jim Bowden

    A large slate of games Monday offered glimpses of what could be an exciting 2014 season. There were unexpected performances (Alejandro De Aza's two home runs) and disappointing ones (Cliff Lee's eight earned runs in five innings), too, as well as a w...

    Blog | April 01, 2014