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  1. White Sox fill two major holes on roster

    Keith Law

    The White Sox do not have time for your so-called "rebuilding process." Their Monday night acquisition of starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija via trade and signing of closer David Robertson continues Chicago's acceleration back into contender range, ...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  2. Cubs bet on Hammel returning to NL form

    Keith Law

    The Chicago Cubs used Jason Hammel exactly as a non-contending team should last year: They signed him to a low-base, one-year deal, got three great months from him and flipped him to a contender for a prospect; he was part of the Jeff Samardzija trad...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  3. Biggest remaining needs for contenders

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- As the winter meetings kick off, here are the most significant needs for 12 teams that view themselves as top contenders in 2015: 1. Boston Red Sox: A starting pitcher Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are unique in this winter's m...

    Blog | December 07, 2014
  4. Oakland Athletics are still contenders despite offseason departur...

    Dan Szymborski

    The A's have lost some key players and have been criticized for their trade of Josh Donaldson last week, but Dan Szymborski explains why the team should still be considered contenders.

    Story | Conversation | December 03, 2014
  5. Status check: Where each team stands

    Jim Bowden

    As the offseason trades, signings and re-signings get underway, it behooves us to take a step back and lay out where each MLB team stands right now, what its current big-picture objective is. So here's the current landscape, division by division and ...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  6. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  7. Angels bullpen reason for second-half success

    Mike Petriello

    In ESPN The Magazine, Insider Mike Petriello explains how the Angels turned their bullpen from the worst to arguably the best, and Jim Keller shows how other contenders turned their seasons around.

    Story | Conversation | September 15, 2014
  8. The biggest defensive liabilities on top contenders -- MLB

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions takes a look at the biggest defensive liabilities on potential playoff teams. He leads with second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, who has cost the Nationals 11 runs since Aug. 1.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2014
  9. Updated team win-loss projections, playoff odds and World Series ...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski updates his MLB win-loss projections, playoff odds and World Series odds, using the ZiPS formula, which shows that the true playoff contenders have emerged, but there are still no clear World Series favorites.

    Story | Conversation | September 03, 2014
  10. Cuddyer staying in Colorado?

    AJ Mass

    After hitting for the cycle on Sunday, there had been some rumors that perhaps the Colorado Rockies were going to move Michael Cuddyer to a contender. However, a hamstring injury to the outfielder seems to have sent any chance of a deal right out the...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  11. Why Washington Nationals are NL front-runners to make World Serie...

    Mike Petriello

    Which National League team is the front-runner to make the World Series? Mike Petriello outlines why all signs point to the Washington Nationals playing deep into October.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2014
  12. My early award winners, top contenders

    Keith Law

    With just five weeks left in the regular season, we're approaching peak silliness time, the point in the season when we start to hear narrative-based explanations for why players who weren't actually the best at their respective roles deserve more aw...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  13. Seven moves to make Rockies contenders

    Jim Bowden

    Future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire at season's end and when he does, he'll pass the torch to the next most important shortstop who wears No. 2 in major league baseball: Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, who migh...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  14. DeGrom's workload

    Doug Mittler

    The New York Mets previously set a 180-185 innings pitched limit for rookie Jacob deGrom, but there could be some wiggle room if the club is a serious contender for a postseason berth. In an interview during a local TV broadcast over the weekend,...

    Blog | August 04, 2014
  15. Seattle the favorite for Cuban outfielder?

    Joe Kaiser

    Seattle may be the front-runner to land 27-year-old Cuban outfielder, Rusney Castillo. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reported Friday that "some rival scouts suggest the Mariners, who seek a right-handed bat, are among the leading contenders to...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  16. How the Los Angeles Dodgers fix their center-field problem - MLB

    Scott Spratt

    Scott Spratt provides defensive pickups that would bolster contenders going forward. One possibility is the Los Angeles Dodgers trading for Gerardo Parra.

    Story | Conversation | July 19, 2014