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  1. Is Jon Lester really an ace?

    David Schoenfield

    The consensus is in: The Chicago Cubs are the big winners after signing Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract that makes him the second-highest-paid pitcher on an annual average basis behind only Clayton Kershaw. And the Boston Red Sox ...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  2. Half-full, half-empty: James Shields

    David Schoenfield

    James Shields is the third of the big three free-agent starting pitchers available this winter, ranked behind Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. After seven years in Tampa Bay, he spent the past two with Kansas City, who acquired him to become the top g...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  3. Half-full, half-empty: Max Scherzer

    David Schoenfield

    We've looked at Jon Lester and Nelson Cruz in our half-full/half-empty series. Now let's examine the pitcher everyone views as the prize of the 2014-15 free agents, right-hander Max Scherzer. Scherzer hits free agency at age 30, coming off a great...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  4. Half-full, half-empty: Jon Lester

    David Schoenfield

    Last year, we looked at some of the offseason's top free agents from a "half-full, half-empty" perspective. Let's do that again this year and start with Jon Lester, who is expected to meet this week with the both the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, ...

    Blog | November 17, 2014
  5. How the A's lost the wild-card game

    David Schoenfield

    This is supposed to about the five key things that decided this game. There were about 20 of those. Or 50. Or 100. I lost track somewhere there in the 10th or 11th inning of one of the craziest, wildest, most improbable baseball games I can remember ...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  6. What was Billy Butler thinking?

    David Schoenfield

    It's not too often you see a Little League play work in the majors. And it didn't work in the first inning when Billy Butler wandered off first base and got caught in a rundown and then Eric Hosmer got caught trying to score. Officially, Hosmer is cr...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  7. Felix Hernandez no longer Cy Young lock

    David Schoenfield

    We probably spend way too much discussing and arguing about awards, but it's fun and fans like to argue about these things, so straight to the numbers. There are, I'd suggest, five reasonable Cy Young candidates in the American League: Pit...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  8. Five things we learned Tuesday

    David Schoenfield

    Don't forget to check out the Hunt for October for standings, playoffs odds and upcoming schedules for all the playoff contenders. 1. Don't go burying the Oakland A's just yet. Ahh, America: We love to jump on a bandwagon and then crush it as s...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  9. A's not losing because of Cespedes

    David Schoenfield

    When the Oakland Athletics traded Yoenis Cespedes to acquire Jon Lester, general manager Billy Beane had two beliefs: (1) Lester would upgrade the rotation and give the A's a No. 1 starter for the postseason. (2) They had enough offense to repl...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  10. The top 10 starters in baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Last week, after Corey Kluber dominated the Mariners with an 85-pitch shutout, I rashly tweeted that Kluber is one of the best 10 starting pitchers in the game. That seemed to stir things up a bit on Twitter, and Giants fans were especially angered w...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  11. Ten post-deadline predictions

    David Schoenfield

    Let's look at some of the fallout from the trade deadline -- things people said -- and then make some predictions for what happens the rest of the way. 1. The acquisition of Jon Lester makes the Oakland A's the favorite in the AL West. Predicti...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  12. Focus now is on Billy Beane and other GMs

    David Schoenfield

    Brad Pitt played Billy Beane in a movie before he played Derek Jeter or Joe Torre. General managers are this generation's luminaries, scrutinized and critiqued as deeply and emotionally as a team's best player or manager. Players are now viewed as...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  13. SweetSpot TV: To trade or not to trade?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and I discuss whether some big names -- Troy Tulowitzki, David Price, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Matt Kemp -- should or should not be traded....

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  14. Will Zack Greinke opt out after 2015?

    David Schoenfield

    Interesting tidbit from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, regarding Zack Greinke, who has an opt-out clause in his contract after 2015: "What happens with (Jon) Lester and (Max) Scherzer will say a lot," Greinke said at Monday's All-Star festiv...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  15. SweetSpot TV: Should Boston trade Lester?

    David Schoenfield

    The Red Sox are 35-42, 7.5 games out of first place and looking more like the 2012 club than the 2013 World Series champs. Jon Lester is a free agent after the season. Should the Red Sox trade him for prospects? Eric Karabell and myself discuss. (And...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  16. Quick thoughts: Lester outduels Wainwright

    David Schoenfield

    It was a pitchers' duel in Game 5 of the World Series until the maligned bottom of the Boston Red Sox order came through late in the game. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1, and the World Series returns to Fenway, where the Red Sox have a ...

    Blog | October 28, 2013