Dan Szymborski writes that Felix Hernandez has the characteristics of a 300-game winner, but his chances of reaching the milestone have been crushed by virtue of playing for the Mariners.
Paul Swydan explains why the Boston Red Sox won't implode this season like they did in 2011, based on the pitching metrics.
Eric Karabell examines seven players who had horrific 2011 seasons, and offers his take as to whether they'll bounce back in 2012 or not.
Jim Bowden breaks down next winter's free agent class, including predicted salaries and teams.
In ESPN The Magazine's Recruiting Issue, Sam Miller provides a pitch-by-pitch account of how the Los Angeles Angels signed the best bat and arm on the free agent market.
In ESPN The Magazine, Molly Knight explores MLB's broken free agency compensation system.
For ESPN The Magazine's "One day, one game" issue, Seth Wickersham goes inside a game plan with the Houston Texans and shows how a week's worth of preparation can go up in smoke come kickoff.
Keith Law ranks the top 50 free agents for the class of 2011-12, leading off with Prince Fielder as the top overall target.
Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions examines Arizona's rise from last season's last-place finish to 2011's division-leading campaign, and identifies three reasons for the turnaround: Improved pitching, elite fielding and Justin Upton.
Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solution writes that a good portion of A.J. Burnett's struggles for the New York Yankees this season can be attributed to the poor defensive support he's had behind him.
Matt Meyers breaks down the surprisingly effective game of Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa, explaining why he deserves to be the National League Rookie of the Year.
In ESPN The Magazine's Revenge of the Jocks Issue, Jorge Arangure Jr. writes that baseball players love the no-trade clause, which has become their ultimate leverage at the trade deadline.
Jason Grey scouts and interviews Craig Kimbrel, Jordan Walden and Joel Hanrahan, three fireballers who have emerged as top closers this season.
Jason Grey scouts and interviews Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, who has posted a 2.85 ERA this season, and offers his take on Eric Thames' and Peter Bourjos' recent hot hitting.
Peter Keating explains why Derek Jeter is both underrated and overrated.
This is ESPN The Magazine's 2011 Franchise Rankings entry for the Arizona Diamondbacks.