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  1. What's next for the Washington Nationals?

    Jim Bowden

    Regardless of what happens in the National League East this offseason, the Washington Nationals will be heavy favorites to repeat as NL East champions again in 2015. But that doesn't mean they'll have a quiet offseason. The Nats have decisions to ...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  2. Ranking the MLB playoff lineups

    Jim Bowden

    We ranked the playoff rotations and starting pitchers Monday and the playoff bullpens Tuesday; today we rank -- and discuss -- the lineups of the nine remaining playoff teams. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB ranks (regular season): Runs: 6th | OPS: 3rd...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  3. Seven underrated moves of the winter

    Jim Bowden

    While most of the discussion this winter has focused on the big-money deals given to the likes of Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, there have been plenty of smaller moves that will shift pennant races in 2014. Here are seven moves that I think h...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  4. Predicting where FA outfielders will land

    Jim Bowden

    Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the free-agent class is the outfielders, because the future of each player is somewhat dependent on the others. While Jacoby Ellsbury seems to be the top outfielder available, signing any of them is liable to for...

    Blog | November 27, 2013
  5. Yankees still the best fit for Girardi

    Jim Bowden

    With his contract with the New York Yankees due to expire Oct. 31, Joe Girardi sits in the catbird seat, as the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners are all posting "help wanted" signs. Girardi fits well with se...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  6. Seven players poised to rebound in '14

    Jim Bowden

    Teams can rely on offseason trades and free agency to supplement their teams for the next season. But one of the easiest and most gratifying methods is simply having an important player return to form. In 2013, baseball has witnessed the comebacks...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  7. Young stars who I'd sign long-term now

    Jim Bowden

    Major League Baseball is loaded with more impact stars who are non-arbitration eligible than the game has seen in decades. Although teams can control the salaries of these young stars for the first three years of their service time, it won't be long ...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  8. Five teams that should stand pat

    Jim Bowden

    One of my favorite trade deadline baseball cliches is "sometimes the best trades you make are the ones you don't make." Indeed, fans and media clamor at this time of year for teams to make trades, but regardless of how compelling a trade proposal or ...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  9. 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
  10. Trade candidates for all 30 teams

    Jim Bowden

    Not every team will make a trade at this week's winter meetings in Nashville, but every team could. With that in mind, let's take a look at one player (or more) who could be on the trade block this week from each of the 30 teams. American League ...

    Blog | December 02, 2012
  11. Seven trades for Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jim Bowden

    It wasn't long ago that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury looked like the face of the Boston Red Sox. His All-Star campaign in 2011 was highlighted by a .321 average, 32 home runs, 105 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. His five-tool prowess had finally developed, a...

    Blog | November 09, 2012
  12. What's next for Orioles, Nationals?

    Jim Bowden

    It was a summer of success for baseball's mid-Atlantic teams. After much losing over the past decade, both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals took their divisions by storm. One surprised, the other finally arrived, but both buoyed fan bas...

    Blog | October 15, 2012
  13. 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
  14. Confidence will help Harper succeed

    Jim Bowden

    It's only fitting that Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper will make his major league debut basking in Hollywood's shadow, because the 19-year-old's story is cut from a movie script. By now everyone knows his background as the baseball wun...

    Blog | April 28, 2012
  15. Five managers feeling the heat

    Jim Bowden

    Big league managers have a hard enough time contending with things they can control, let alone things they can't. A 162-game season is never a cakewalk, but when there are distractions and concerns early in the season, it doesn't portend for smooth s...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  16. 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