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  1. Players who benefit from 'non-moves'

    Jim Bowden

    General managers use the offseason to improve their teams at various positions via free agency, trades, waiver claims and international signings. This offseason, we've witnessed more player movement than we've seen in more than a decade, and aggressi...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 20 starting pitchers who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    With MLB's trade deadline just six weeks away, there are presently 22 teams within eight games of making the playoffs. This means just eight teams can be considered "sellers" at this juncture. Many of the contenders are looking for elite starting pit...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Trade candidates for all 30 teams

    Jim Bowden

    Not every team will make a trade at this week's winter meetings in Nashville, but every team could. With that in mind, let's take a look at one player (or more) who could be on the trade block this week from each of the 30 teams. American League ...

    Blog | December 02, 2012
  8. Grading the trade deadline

    Jim Bowden

    Now that baseball's July 31 trade deadline has come and gone, it's time to assess the aftermath. The flurry of activity up until the very end underscores just how many teams still feel they are in the hunt for postseason play, as well as some very sh...

    Blog | August 01, 2012
  9. Time for the NL to adopt the DH

    Jim Bowden

    On Sunday, MLB finished up the interleague portion of the schedule for 2012, and it was the end of interleague play as we know it. In 2013, the Houston Astros will move to the American League, which will give each league 15 teams and also give us int...

    Blog | June 25, 2012
  10. 10 bold predictions for 2012

    Jim Bowden

    With the season beginning today in Japan, it's that time of year when everyone is making predictions. I figure it's about time that I get in on the act. 1. The Philadelphia Phillies will not make the playoffs. With Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Col...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  11. 30 teams, 30 questions for spring training

    Jim Bowden

    Heading into spring training, every general manager has a list of questions that he wants answered. Whether that's seeing if a player has rebounded from surgery or if an aging veteran has any gas left in the tank. It might be a position battle that n...

    Blog | February 22, 2012
  12. Grading the offseason: National League

    Jim Bowden

    To say baseball's landscape has shifted this offseason is an understatement. The gap between the top and the bottom isn't as vast in the NL as it is in the AL, but this offseason was a time of reckoning for some teams with ownership troubles (Dodgers...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  13. Bowden's Bullets: Free-agent bear market

    Jim Bowden

    Major League Baseball's winter meetings begin next Sunday at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, and there will be fireworks. Make no mistake, general managers are savvy enough to take advantage of being in a spotlight under which they can get their clu...

    Blog | November 26, 2011
  14. Putting a price on Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and the other to...

    Jim Bowden

    Former MLB GM Jim Bowden details how much he would pay each of the top 50 free agents and provides the best fits for each of them.

    Story | Conversation | November 02, 2011
  15. The NL payroll picture

    Jim Bowden

    Earlier this week, we took a look at the American League teams and the dollars coming off their books due to free agency. Today we look at the National League, where the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewe...

    Blog | August 26, 2011
  16. Under-the-radar NL players

    Jim Bowden

    It's easy to focus on the superstar players, because they are the biggest difference-makers. However, teams often win (or lose) pennants with the unheralded guys who are making a name for themselves. These under-the-radar players frequently turn into...

    Blog | August 11, 2011