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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  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 GMs who will make a deadline deal

    Jim Bowden

    We've already seen a number of general managers make some major moves before the trade deadline. Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels acquired Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs, and Dan Duquette improved the Baltimore Orioles' rotation and bullpen with the ac...

    Blog | July 25, 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. The next generation of GMs

    Jim Bowden

    John Schuerholz spent 26 years as a general manager with the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves, the last 17 of those with his Atlanta until he was named club president in the fall of 2007. His success with the Braves is well documented, but le...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Differing GM styles slowing trade market

    Jim Bowden

    When it comes to wheeling and dealing, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has a solid reputation as a gunslinger. In fact, at one point in his tenure with the San Diego Padres, he and then-manager Bruce Bochy were depicted in riding ch...

    Blog | December 10, 2012
  13. Michael Bourn is this year's Jayson Werth

    Jim Bowden

    When I made my predictions for how much each of the top free agents would get this winter, I had Michael Bourn getting the third-biggest deal of anyone, behind Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke. Not only is Bourn coming off the best season of his car...

    Blog | December 03, 2012
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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