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  1. Executives under the most pressure

    Jim Bowden

    With baseball's winter meetings set to begin in San Diego, here are the five executives who are under the most pressure: 1. Andrew Friedman, Los Angeles Dodgers Dodgers ownership decided they were going to put together the most expensive base...

    Blog | December 07, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Baseball's most immovable contracts?

    Jim Bowden

    A contract never starts off "bad," per se. Obviously, a general manager signs a player to a contract with the intent that the player will help the team win, even if the GM knows the criticism over dollars and years is out there. The contract ofte...

    Blog | May 04, 2012
  8. Five moves to fix the Red Sox

    Jim Bowden

    The basement is an unappetizing venue for the Boston Red Sox. At 5-10, they sit at the bottom of the American League East behind a number of excellent teams. But unlike last year, when the club also started 5-10, the 2012 team is not good enough ...

    Blog | April 24, 2012
  9. 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
  10. Nats and Marlins rising in the East

    Jim Bowden

    Last year, the National League East was a two-horse race, with the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves jockeying for position on the strength of deep starting pitching. The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins were essentially afterthoughts, b...

    Blog | March 14, 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. Five reasons Nationals need Fielder

    Jim Bowden

    With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in little more than a month, teams and free agents will start scrambling like a game of musical chairs in order to ensure they have a place to sit when the music stops. One free agent who should...

    Blog | January 05, 2012
  13. Benefits, risks of Thome deal

    Jim Bowden

    Jim Thome, who hit a combined .256/.361/.477 with 16 doubles, 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 93 games last season for the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Thome is expected to share pla...

    Blog | November 05, 2011
  14. Nelson Cruz has finally arrived

    Jim Bowden

    It's been a circuitous path to stardom for Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz. So many times he could have just given up or pouted because it was taking so long for him to make the major leagues. Last week he became the ALCS Most Valuable Player af...

    Blog | October 19, 2011
  15. Breaking down Sunday's MLB matchups

    Jim Bowden

    A quick breakdown of each of Sunday's three MLB postseason games: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees Max Scherzer has struggled against Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira -- giving up three hits to each of them in his career --...

    Blog | October 02, 2011
  16. Breaking down the NLDS

    Jim Bowden

    Here are the key matchups I'll be watching for in both of the National League Divisional Series: Arizona Diamondbacks-Milwaukee Brewers * The Brewers had the best home record of any team in baseball this season (57-24), and they need to take...

    Blog | October 01, 2011