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  1. Joe Maddon’s Future and the End of an Era in Tampa Bay

    Jonah Keri

    Joe Maddon has opted out of the final year of his contract as Tampa Bay Rays manager, capping a disastrous season that started with the Rays as World Series contenders and ended with a sub-.500 record, their best pitcher traded, their general manager...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  2. What the Jon Lester–Yoenis Cespedes Blockbuster Means for t...

    Jonah Keri

    In one of the most shocking blockbusters in MLB trade deadline history, the Oakland A's sent All-Star Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance pick to the Boston Red Sox for Cy Young contender Jon Lester, former Athletic Jonny Gomes, less than ...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  3. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jayson Stark and Dave Van Horne

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to Jayson Stark about top contenders and his new book, Wild Pitches, and to broadcaster Dave Van Horne about the Marlins and his days calling Expos games. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter here, and subscribe to...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  4. Shin-Soo Choo Signing Instantly Boosts Texas Rangers' AL West Cha...

    Jonah Keri

    The Texas Rangers signed Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the weekend, adding a player who's a perfect fit for a team that now looks like a strong 2014 playoff contender. Though hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark partially o...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  5. Deadline Report: Bullpen Upgrades

    Jonah Keri

    Three contenders snagged relief pitchers Monday, addressing pressing needs to better position themselves for playoff runs. The third announced deal of the day was also the most surprising. The Tampa Bay Rays struck an unusual deal with the Chicago...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  6. AL East Report: Laser Show Locked Up, O's Pen Gets a Boost

    Jonah Keri

    Two AL East contenders made moves Tuesday, one of them a win-now play, the other with an eye toward the future. The Red Sox locked up their franchise player, signing Dustin Pedroia to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension. The All-Star sec...

    Blog | July 24, 2013
  7. Trade Deadline Preview: AL Central Edition

    Jonah Keri

    An underachieving team full of stars, a fringe contender hanging around, two also-rans with heavy incentive to sell, and a post-blockbuster team in limbo. Don't sleep on the AL Central as the trade deadline approaches, or even five weeks before. D...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  8. Trade Deadline Preview: AL East Edition

    Jonah Keri

    The only division with all five teams above .500 features five legitimate playoff contenders and the biggest turnaround story in the American League. Expect the AL East to play a big part in deadline trade season over the next few weeks. BOSTON RE...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  9. Trade Deadline Preview: NL West Edition

    Jonah Keri

    It wasn't supposed to be this way. After yet another spending spree that included a $147 million splurge on Zack Greinke, the Dodgers were expected to be leading contenders for the NL West crown. Their chief competition figured to be the Giants, f...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  10. Jonah Keri ranks the MLB teams

    Jonah Keri

    With the Yankees paying about half his salary, A.J. Burnett has become an ace for the Pirates. Excuse us, the first-place Pirates.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2013
  11. Two MLB Contenders Cause Their Own Problems

    Jonah Keri

    Martin Perez might be out until May with a broken left forearm, while Rafael Furcal has been shut down with lingering pain in his elbow, raising further questions about two of the biggest weak spots for two wannabe contenders. Two years ago, Texas...

    Blog | March 05, 2013
  12. Jonah Keri on how the Blue Jays went from World Series champs to ...

    Jonah Keri

    The Toronto Blue Jays are poised to bring a winner back to a city that desperately needs one.

    Story | Conversation | February 28, 2013
  13. A's and Astros Make Each Other Better

    Jonah Keri

    The A's and Astros pulled off a five-player trade yesterday, one that strengthens Oakland's status as a contender and upgrades Houston's already vastly improved farm system. Heading to Oakland are infielder Jed Lowrie and right-handed reliever F...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  14. The Giants are making their late-season surge

    Jonah Keri

    Tim Lincecum's return to his dominant ways has the Giants thinking of October glory.

    Story | Conversation | September 17, 2012
  15. The Angels are getting their act together at just the right time

    Jonah Keri

    Ervin Santana finally finding his slider Is just one of the reasons the Angels are the hottest team in the league.

    Story | Conversation | September 04, 2012
  16. Tigers Thinking Today, Marlins Thinking Tomorrow

    Jonah Keri

    Every five years, the Marlins realize they're not contenders, call up their old boss Dave Dombrowski, and trade established veteran players for a bunch of prospects. The last time this happened, they gave away Miguel Cabrera and got back six players,...

    Blog | July 24, 2012