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  1. Top 10 big-game pitchers in MLB

    Jim Bowden

    On Wednesday night, baseball fans will be treated to one of the best pitching matchups of the season, as Felix Hernandez toes the rubber in Texas against Yu Darvish. These are two of the best pitchers in the game in the midst of their respective p...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  2. My best and worst free-agent predictions

    Jim Bowden

    One of my favorite pieces I write every year is my free-agent predictions. For those unfamiliar, at the start of every offseason, I make my best guess at what each free agent's contract will look like and give a prediction of where he will sign. I...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  3. Seven bold predictions for 2014

    Jim Bowden

    With the start of the 2014 season upon us, it's time to take a guess at what might happen this year. In this space last season, I predicted that Yasiel Puig would become an instant hit in Los Angeles and envisioned a last-place finish for the New...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  4. MLB has never had more parity

    Jim Bowden

    One of the main purposes of ESPN Insider's Future Power Rankings is to offer fans hope. Even if your team is bad now, it might be really good in three years. The rankings are designed to peer into the projected future. However, this year's FPR als...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  5. Elite pitchers set for big 2015 paydays

    Jim Bowden

    Clayton Kershaw's seven-year, $215 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers has set the ceiling for next offseason's free-agent starting pitching market. This is a significant event for a market that's seen record-breaking deals for almost every...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  6. The missing link for every NL team

    Jim Bowden

    For the vast majority of major league teams, pitchers and catchers will report to spring training exactly a month from now. Usually teams are simply fine-tuning their rosters, whether it's that last utility bench guy or an additional bullpen arm. ...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  7. Offseason grades thus far: NL

    Jim Bowden

    On Saturday, I graded every American League team based on the moves they have made thus far this season, and today we move to the NL. While the free-agent class wasn't as exciting in years past, we've seen some bold trades that should change the b...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  8. GMs who will make a splash in Orlando

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball's annual winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., don't commence until Sunday, Dec. 8, but several general managers already have made waves this offseason. Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski has made the biggest splash of the offseason so far a...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. GMs with the toughest offseason jobs

    Jim Bowden

    Most assume the general managers of baseball's small-market teams have the toughest jobs in baseball. After all, when you're hamstrung by limited finances, it can be tough to win. However, it's the general managers of teams in baseball's biggest m...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  12. Reviewing my 10 bold predictions

    Jim Bowden

    Every year at some point during spring training, I offer my 10 bold predictions for the season. Instead of offering the obvious, I try to go out on a limb and prognosticate what most people wouldn't expect. The tough part of that equation is at the e...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  13. 10 managers in limbo

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball is a results-oriented business. It can be brutal and sobering, especially those charged with managing a team. Injuries aren't their fault, and most of the time, neither are players who don't perform up to expectations or can't execute proper...

    Blog | September 05, 2013
  14. Five August trades I'd like to see

    Jim Bowden

    Even though the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, trades still can happen in August. A player must be passed through waivers first, and if no one claims him he can be traded to any team. Or if a player is claimed, the team that mad...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Placing odds on top players getting dealt

    Jim Bowden

    With the clock ticking down to the major league trade deadline, there has been some activity the past two days, and we're bound to see some more between now and 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. So I decided to handicap the odds of these players being traded a...

    Blog | July 30, 2013