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  1. Will Rays' fate be decided next week?

    Rob Neyer

    John Romano's worried that the Rays' fate in 2011 might already be set by the end of the Winter Meetings next week: As of now, the Rays are still contenders in the American League East. Even without Carl Crawford. Even without Rafael Soriano. Ev...

    Blog | December 02, 2010
  2. Postseason roster questions: NL Edition

    Rob Neyer

    In the second part of our two-part series, we look at the tough personnel decisions faced next week by National League postseason contenders ... Braves: With Takashi Saito's shoulder seemingly healed, the Braves have six of their seven postseason ...

    Blog | September 30, 2010
  3. Padres will survive loss of center fielder

    Rob Neyer

    As bad news for a contender goes, this could be a lot worse: San Diego Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn went on the disabled list Thursday with a broken bone in his right hand. Gwynn suffered the injury while fouling off a pitch in Wednesday's ...

    Blog | August 19, 2010
  4. Reds bolster weak-hitting outfield

    Rob Neyer

    Hey, a Hall of Fame-caliber player was just traded to a contender! Jim Edmonds has been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Chris Dickerson. --snip-- The Reds host one of Edmonds' former teams, ...

    Blog | August 09, 2010
  5. Rockies on lookout for second baseman

    Rob Neyer

    Troy Renck on how the Rockies might address their single crying need: When contenders have weak spots, they naturally pop up in roster talk. Spoke to a major league source tonight who said that the Rockies would have interest in second baseman Kazuo...

    Blog | May 21, 2010
  6. More seasoning for Cubs' top prospect

    Rob Neyer

    Ah, spring. Every team's a contender and every hot prospect's ticketed for Cooperstown. As FanGraphs' Bryan Smith notes, however, maybe we should temper our expectations for young Starlin Castro. At least for the moment ... Just between Muskat and ...

    Blog | February 24, 2010
  7. Reds looking like contenders?

    Rob Neyer

    Running through CAIRO's projected standings in two more divisions (courtesy of Revenge of the RLYW) ... Phillies - 92 Braves - 88 Mets - 82 Marlins - 74 Nationals 73 There's so little to see here that I'm going to move along to the National...

    Blog | January 30, 2010
  8. Do Mets need HR at 1B?

    Rob Neyer

    In the service of promoting Daniel Murphy as the Mets' First Baseman of the Future, the Times' Jim Luttrell constructs a straw man that I can't resist setting a match to: The Mets were contenders with Keith Hernandez and John Olerud at f...

    Blog | September 27, 2009
  9. With Greinke, why stop at Cy Young?

    Rob Neyer

    Tango, playing the Devil's Advocate (sort of) for non-Mauer contenders for American League MVP, lays down four reasons to at least question Mauer's candidacy. The big finish: 4. Zach Greinke. That's huge argument against Mauer. I don't hav...

    Blog | September 18, 2009
  10. Mariners, Rangers unlikely contenders

    Rob Neyer

    Posted by Steve Buffum One of the more intriguing matchups yesterday featured Seattle and Texas, two teams that weren't supposed to be serious contenders. On April 1, you wouldn't have found many people signing up to watch Ian Snell vs. Scot...

    Blog | August 03, 2009
  11. ChiSox out-splash Tigers and Twins

    Rob Neyer

    Let's offer a bit of tribute to the American League Central. It might not be the best division, but all three contenders are trying to get better this season and the Indians are trying to get better in the future (which leaves only the Royals, bu...

    Blog | July 31, 2009
  12. Watch out for the Braves

    Rob Neyer

    As Mark Bradley writes, suddenly these Braves are looking like contenders: I'm starting, again, to think this is going to happen. I thought the Braves were a playoff team when they left Lake Buena Vista, and then I watched the first 80 games and...

    Blog | July 23, 2009
  13. Podcast: Around MLB

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer covers contenders , pretenders, the top managerial jobs and Joe Torre's misuse of the Dodgers' bullpen....

    Blog | June 22, 2009
  14. Top Rookie of the Year candidates

    Rob Neyer

    Tim Dierkes has lists of Rookie of the Year candidates who might make your head swim: Time to open up the floor for your Rookie of the Year picks. Some of the contenders: American League: Matt Wieters, David Price, Koji Uehara, Ricky Romero, Trev...

    Blog | April 16, 2009
  15. Mets, Phillies and Brewers battling for two spots in NL

    Rob Neyer

    The Mets, Phillies and Brewers are fighting for two playoff spots. The loser is going to look back and wonder what might have been.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2008
  16. Deadline deals have little impact

    Rob Neyer

    Contenders make deadline deals to put them over the top, but they've rarely made a significant impact.

    Story | Conversation | July 26, 2006