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  1. James Shields is a risky investment

    David Schoenfield

    Somebody will sign James Shields. We know that's guaranteed to happen because Shields is a very good pitcher who has been extremely durable throughout his career -- and he hasn't suggested he wants to retire and start an olive oil farm in Tuscany. In...

    Blog | December 22, 2014
  2. Path to the playoffs: AL West

    David Schoenfield

    The American League West may be baseball's most entertaining division in 2015 -- following an entertaining 2014 when the A's blew a huge midseason lead. The up-and-coming Astros and a healthier Rangers squad should both be improved, turning this divi...

    Blog | December 20, 2014
  3. Path to the playoffs: NL West

    David Schoenfield

    The National League West had the worst out-of-division record in the majors in 2014 -- its teams were 32 games under .500 -- but the Giants won the World Series. So it was certainly baseball's best worst division. Or something. Attempting to match...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  4. Path to the playoffs: AL Central

    David Schoenfield

    Buster Olney just wrote that the American League Central may be the best division in baseball. Does the division still belong to Detroit? Or is this the year the Tigers finally get caught? Here's the path to the playoffs for the AL Central teams: ...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  5. The playoff team most likely to fade

    David Schoenfield

    Question from Tuesday's chat: Which 2014 playoff team is most likely to miss the playoffs in 2015? Good question! Before giving an answer, here's a big table. This lists all the playoff teams from the five seasons from 2009 to 2013, their win-l...

    Blog | December 13, 2014
  6. Half-full, half-empty: James Shields

    David Schoenfield

    James Shields is the third of the big three free-agent starting pitchers available this winter, ranked behind Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. After seven years in Tampa Bay, he spent the past two with Kansas City, who acquired him to become the top g...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  7. Random thoughts and notes: NL East

    David Schoenfield

    Let's try this this today and Friday ... just whatever pops into my head for each team or a chance to look at some of the minor transactions. We'll do one division per post. We'll start with the NL East ... Washington Nationals: Considering Ryan Z...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  8. David Robertson to the Mets?

    David Schoenfield

    This is a bit of a follow-up post to the Mets' signing of Michael Cuddyer. In my chat today, a reader asked if this could possibly mean the Mets will sign another free agent who received a qualifying offer, which would mean they would lose their f...

    Blog | November 11, 2014
  9. Win-win trade for Angels, Astros

    David Schoenfield

    Who said teams never trade within their division? The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros made a minor trade that could pay dividends for both teams, with the Angels sending catcher Hank Conger to the Astros for pitcher Nick Tropeano and minor l...

    Blog | November 06, 2014
  10. Look for Rockies to trade Carlos Gonzalez

    David Schoenfield

    Most of the $15.3 million qualifying offers extended to free agents made sense and weren't surprising -- Max Scherzer, James Shields, Nelson Cruz, Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin, David Robertson, Ervin Santana, Melk...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  11. We're living in Madison Bumgarner's world

    David Schoenfield

    Madison Bumgarner was awesome. James Shields deserved better. The San Francisco Giants tacked on some late insurance runs off the vaunted Kansas City Royals bullpen to win 5-0. We go back to Kansas City, Missouri, with the Giants one win away from a ...

    Blog | October 26, 2014
  12. Random thoughts before Game 5

    David Schoenfield

    After losing Game 4, Royals manager Ned Yost uttered what has to be the quote of the World Series: "Oh, man, somewhwere inside of me, secretly, I had hoped that it would go seven games for the excitement and the thrill of it." I mean, I appreciate...

    Blog | October 26, 2014
  13. Matchup: Shields versus Bumgarner

    David Schoenfield

    The season is down to a best-of-three scenario, and we get our first pitching rematch of the World Series with James Shields going up against Madison Bumgarner. The Giants will be the favorite in Game 5 considering Shields hasn't pitched well in the ...

    Blog | October 26, 2014
  14. Matchup: Vargas versus Vogelsong

    David Schoenfield

    As Jerry Crasnick writes, there had been some speculation that Madison Bumgarner would start Game 4, but that was ended after Game 3 when Bruce Bochy said Ryan Vogelsong was still the Game 4 starter and Bumgarner denied that he asked to start the gam...

    Blog | October 25, 2014
  15. Too much Bumgarner for Royals in Game 1

    David Schoenfield

    After a postseason that has given us game after game of late-inning drama, I guess we were due for a game such as this one. You feel bad for Royals fans who were so excited and pumped up before the game. Although the team that won Game 1 has gone on ...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  16. Umm, about that nickname ...

    David Schoenfield

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OK, here's the important thing to know: James Shields earned the nickname "Big Game James" in the minor leagues because he was a fan of the Lakers and James Worthy, who went by that moniker. Unfortunately, with a nickname like tha...

    Blog | October 21, 2014