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  1. Five offseason moves that will backfire

    Jim Bowden

    When a general manager makes a trade or a free-agent signing, he must always have significant justification for why the move was made. This could include: • Scouting reports • Advanced metrics and analytics • Medical repo...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  2. 10 moves that still need to happen

    Jim Bowden

    This has been a wild offseason so far, with blockbuster trades and free-agent signings taking place even before we got to Orlando for the Winter Meetings. Yet, with two weeks left in 2013, the free-agent and trade markets still have a lot of unfinish...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  3. Offseason grades thus far: AL

    Jim Bowden

    Entering the offseason, the 2013 free agent class was generally regarded as one of the weaker ones in recent memory. Thus, most industry insiders were banking on a healthy trade market to develop and they were right. In addition to the generous ...

    Blog | December 14, 2013
  4. One deal for every NL team

    Jim Bowden

    The hot stove league is already fired up, as the Philadelphia Phillies struck first by signing outfielder Marlon Byrd last week. With such a weak free-agent class this offseason, teams will look heavily in the trade market. Below you will find a p...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  5. FAs who are better than their stats

    Jim Bowden

    The Boston Red Sox successfully attacked the free-agent market last winter, signing several players to contracts whose value extended beyond their statistics, including outfielder Shane Victorino, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew....

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  6. Six trades for David Price

    Jim Bowden

    There might be several quality free agent starting pitchers available this offseason, but the best pitcher on most teams' radars is a former Cy Young Award winner whose team simply can't afford him anymore. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price ...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  7. Baseball's best bargains of 2013

    Jim Bowden

    Let's be honest, the top two position players in last year's free-agent class were complete disasters. Outfielder B.J. Upton has reciprocated his five-year, $72.5 million deal with the Atlanta Braves by posting a .183 AVG/.265 OBP/.294 OPS slash...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  8. Early look at MLB free agency

    Jim Bowden

    Throughout baseball, general managers and their scouting departments are already out in force evaluating this offseason's impending free-agent class. They're watching every at-bat, every pitch and every defensive touch. They're also conducting backgr...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  9. Who will land Jose Abreu?

    Jim Bowden

    Over the past few years we've seen a trio of Cuban defectors receive big free-agent contracts and subsequently take the league by storm. Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig all came to the majors with a lot of hype, and thus far all have...

    Blog | August 12, 2013
  10. Ranking the offseason for all 30 teams

    Jim Bowden

    It was an active offseason that witnessed the trade of a Cy Young Award winner, several large, multiteam trades and an inflated free-agent market. So to evaluate and rank the offseason of all 30 teams, I took into account the following factors: &...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  11. Hamilton to Angels, Dickey next?

    Jim Bowden

    For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Angels have swooped in to land the biggest free agent out there, signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal worth $125 million. The Angels got incredible production from Torii Hunter last year, so Hamil...

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  12. 5 bold predictions for winter meetings

    Jim Bowden

    Despite my being a veteran of countless winter meetings, baseball's annual gathering still manages to surprise me. Whether it's a blockbuster trade or an out-of-the-blue free-agent signing, the winter meetings always provide a handful of happenings. ...

    Blog | November 30, 2012
  13. Five undervalued free agents

    Jim Bowden

    The Toronto Blue Jays might have signed the most undervalued free agent position player from this year's class when they inked outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal. Melky was in line for a four-year deal in the $50 million range b...

    Blog | November 26, 2012
  14. Best fits for 10 elite free agents

    Jim Bowden

    Every team entering the offseason would love a shot at even one (if not several) of the top available players on the free-agent market. But that often only comes with a particular equilibrium of financial resources and baseball needs. Below are 1...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  15. Relievers who could be starters

    Jim Bowden

    With five weeks left in the season, general managers are scouting the top starting pitchers who will lead this offseason's free-agent class. That includes the Los Angeles Angels' Zack Greinke, the St. Louis Cardinals' Kyle Lohse, the Washington Natio...

    Blog | August 30, 2012
  16. No discount for Greinke, Cain or Hamels

    Jim Bowden

    While their negotiations will differ greatly, the common refrain from Cole Hamels, Matt Cain and Zack Greinke is that the current teams shouldn't expect any hometown discounts. As the three top pitchers of the 2012 free-agent class, the Philadelph...

    Blog | March 16, 2012