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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. White Sox, Phillies, Brewers must rebuild

    Jim Bowden

    With the addition of an extra wild-card team, it's becoming increasingly difficult for GMs to decide whether their teams are contenders, so I've decided to do it for them. Wednesday I examined three teams on the edge of contention, and explained w...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  8. 10 bold predictions for 2013 season

    Jim Bowden

    With Friday's news of right-hander Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreeing to a record-setting contract, the drama of whether baseball's best pitcher would see free agency in two years came to an end. Some could say it was predictable in...

    Blog | March 30, 2013
  9. Five crucial questions for Phillies

    Jim Bowden

    When Ruben Amaro Jr. took over as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies following the 2008 season, he inherited a club that had just won the World Series. He went back to the World Series the next year, then made it back to the playoffs the fo...

    Blog | February 26, 2013
  10. Who should start the wild-card games?

    Jim Bowden

    This postseason will mark the first time Major League Baseball will feature two wild-card berths for each league. Managers of the contending clubs for the final four spots say they are only worrying about winning each day's game. However, there's no ...

    Blog | September 24, 2012
  11. 5 pitchers who could swing pennant races

    Jim Bowden

    Starting pitching is what got division leaders to where they are now and it is what many believe will decide the four wild-card berths. Just look at the teams vying for those slots and the pitchers they boast: the Tampa Bay Rays are led by David Pric...

    Blog | September 17, 2012
  12. 10 youngsters 'winning' their auditions

    Jim Bowden

    For top prospects like Will Middlebrooks, Jurickson Profar and Wil Myers (and Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, before them), it's only matter of time before they are given starting positions and become stars in their respective lineups. Then there ar...

    Blog | September 13, 2012
  13. Teams set for quick turnarounds in 2013

    Jim Bowden

    As the pennant races come down the stretch, many teams already have set their sights on 2013. There are three that stand out to me as poised to make a quick turnaround. In fact, two of the three teams won their division in 2011, and all three have se...

    Blog | September 06, 2012
  14. Must-do trades for retooling the Phillies

    Jim Bowden

    For the first time in his career as a general manager, Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro finds himself a seller as baseball's July 31 trade deadline looms. At present, his team simply isn't good enough to get back into the postseason race, eith...

    Blog | July 30, 2012
  15. Five best trade fits for Cole Hamels

    Jim Bowden

    Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the agent for Cole Hamels continue to work toward a six-year deal that could get consummated early this week, and it's a contract that could wind up in the $140 million range and make Hamels o...

    Blog | July 23, 2012
  16. 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