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  1. Top 10 free-agent signings of 2013

    Jim Bowden

    The cream of the 2013 free-agent crop was obvious and expensive. Teams entered the offseason flush with cash and spent prodigiously. Outfielder Josh Hamilton was the best position player, while B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn followed not far behind...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  2. 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
  3. Best fits, predictions for remaining FAs

    Jim Bowden

    In about a month, pitchers and catchers will be reporting for spring training, and yet several significant free agents remain unemployed. Some were even once thought to be among the best in this offseason's free agent class, but because of bad timing...

    Blog | January 11, 2013
  4. 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
  5. GMs with the toughest jobs this winter

    Jim Bowden

    Even though the offseason has only just commenced for the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers, general managers of 28 other teams already have been pondering their futures for some time. For five GMs in particular, their jobs for the next thr...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  6. Dodgers, Red Sox on divergent paths

    Jim Bowden

    As you've probably heard by now, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled off what might be the trade of the century, with Boston sending Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles for a couple of promisi...

    Blog | August 25, 2012
  7. Common thread for Angels, Giants, Rays

    Jim Bowden

    It was a year ago when the St. Louis Cardinals sat five games over .500 at 67-62, 10 games behind the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL wild card. The Cardinals ended up going 23...

    Blog | August 13, 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. Rangers-Angels trade deadline standoff

    Jim Bowden

    The buildup to the 2012 trade deadline has been better than advertised. We've already seen the Detroit Tigers trade a couple of top prospects for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, the Los Angeles Dodgers swing a deal for Hanley Ramirez, and the New Yo...

    Blog | July 27, 2012
  10. The complicated Cole Hamels market

    Jim Bowden

    There is a huge difference between a team's retooling and rebuilding. For the Philadelphia Phillies, that difference is left-hander Cole Hamels. By keeping intact a starting rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Hamels, Phillies general manager ...

    Blog | July 16, 2012
  11. Five who could be traded by July 31

    Jim Bowden

    The trade deadline is more than two months away. However, with all the parity we've seen in the past two decades, most teams will still be buyers come July 31. Few teams outside of the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres are assured to...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  12. Why the Red Sox and Phillies should sell

    Jim Bowden

    Both the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are unaccustomed to approaching the July 31 trade deadline as "sellers." And yet, that's perhaps their best course of action. Despite extremely slow starts, the two teams still have enough collect...

    Blog | May 16, 2012
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. MLB - Finding destinatations for Cole Hamels, Matt Cain and the r...

    Jim Bowden

    Jim Bowden breaks down next winter's free agent class, including predicted salaries and teams.

    Story | Conversation | January 25, 2012