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  1. Trade deadline objectives: AL West

    Jim Bowden

    Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West The American League West has been the busiest of the six divisions so far, with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels making the biggest trades thus far in J...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. Rookie Rankings: Tanaka dominating

    Jim Bowden

    As we near the halfway point in the season, a dozen rookies are having impact upon their pennant-chasing teams thus far. Let's look at my latest rankings and assess the best of the 2014 rookie class. 1. Masahiro Tanaka | RHP | New York Yankees ...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  3. Singleton deal a win for Houston

    Jim Bowden

    In recent weeks we've heard reports of the Pittsburgh Pirates trying to lock up prospect Gregory Polanco while still in the minors (he apparently declined), and the Houston Astros making a similar attempt with George Springer before eventually promot...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  4. Rookies I can't wait to scout this spring

    Jim Bowden

    Every year at spring training there is a lot of focus on the star players who switched teams, with Robinson Cano being a prime example this year. However, what I am most excited about for this spring is the chance to scout some of the game's top rook...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  5. The missing link for every AL team

    Jim Bowden

    On Tuesday, I focused on the missing piece for every National League team heading in to spring training, and today we turn our attention to the American League. AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST Houston Astros Missing link: Pitching prospects Solution:...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  6. 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
  7. One deal for every AL team

    Jim Bowden

    On Monday I offered up one move I'd like to see for every team in the National League, and today we will cover the AL clubs. AL East Baltimore Orioles The Move: Sign Matt Garza to a four-year, $60 million deal. Why: The Orioles have ...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  8. Yanks' third-base options after A-Rod

    Jim Bowden

    The New York Yankees should be pleased with how Alex Rodriguez has played since his return from hip surgery and the disabled list. His bat speed and ability to hit a good fastball have improved considerably compared to where he was at the end of the ...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  9. Prospects I would call up in September

    Jim Bowden

    Despite the minor league season being almost complete, the education and training of some young top prospects isn't necessarily over. With major league rosters expanding in September, it's a great time for clubs to get a first glimpse of their top pr...

    Blog | August 28, 2013
  10. Grading the GMs at the deadline

    Jim Bowden

    While many people are going to say this year's trade deadline was a bit of a dud, there were still plenty of deals made. Here's the way I would grade how every GM did leading up to the deadline, but please keep in mind that sometimes standing pat is ...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  11. Five blockbuster trades I'd like to see

    Jim Bowden

    With just 21 days left before baseball's trade deadline, there's already been a flurry of early activity. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco, the Baltimore Orioles added Scott Feldman and the Washington Nationals traded for Scott Hair...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  12. Five players who are now expendable

    Jim Bowden

    When the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Andre Ethier a five-year, $85 million contract 13 months ago, it seemed like a decent enough idea at the time. Ethier had strung together a series of decent seasons punctuated by one career year, and it seemed like h...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  13. 20 hitters who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    Parity has really put a damper on baseball's trade market. Several contending teams are looking to add bats, but the problem is that there are so many buyers and so few sellers. The law of supply and demand is skewed. In my opinion there are just...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  14. Astros should draft Kris Bryant

    Jim Bowden

    In their heyday during the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Houston Astros boasted a pack of "Killer B's" and routinely sat atop the National League Central. A lot has changed. Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman are long gone, the Astr...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  15. How to fix the L.A. teams

    Jim Bowden

    No, it isn't a very happy time in Southern California. SoCal fans just watched as the Lakers and Clippers got bounced out of the NBA playoffs in the first round, while the Dodgers and Angels have looked like they might not even make the playoffs. ...

    Blog | May 08, 2013
  16. 10 players likely to be traded by July 31

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball is witnessing the most competitive balance in more than two decades. As a result, general managers of contending teams already are preparing and targeting potential trade partners for the July 31 trade deadline. All the same, non-contenders ...

    Blog | April 10, 2013