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  1. Changing conditions for free-agent pitchers

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS - A growing trend, over the last decade, has been for teams to lock down their best young talent into long-term deals, whether it be the Giants signing Madison Bumgarner to a contract through 2017 with club options for 2018 and 2019, or the...

    Blog | October 11, 2014
  2. Angels unlikely to make big moves?

    AJ Mass

    After getting swept by the Kansas City Royals in three games, the Los Angeles Angels have been forced into an earlier-than-hoped contemplation of next season. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register laments that the huge contracts that the...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  3. Could Red Sox deal Cespedes?

    AJ Mass

    When the Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Jon Lester, the feeling was that the move was going to help the Red Sox lineup in a big way for at least 2015, and pe...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  4. Changes on the horizon for A's

    AJ Mass

    With their stunning loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, the 2014 season came to a close for the Oakland Athletics. While it may take a few days for reality to set in, nevertheless, it's already clear that changes will be made to the te...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  5. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  6. The Pittsburgh Pirates' struggles versus lefties among notable tr...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski breaks down the key stats, trends and matchups for the upcoming wild-card games, plus lays out the ZiPS projection odds for who will win.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2014
  7. Max Scherzer, Jon Lester are even better than the numbers show --...

    Scott Spratt

    The big three free agent pitchers are even better than you think.

    Story | Conversation | September 20, 2014
  8. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  9. Collapse of Oakland Athletics has been a team effort - MLB

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello looks for what's behind the Oakland Athletics' August and September collapse, and identifies many reasons.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2014
  10. Chris Sale proving why he should be considered an elite pitcher -...

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello examines the metrics of underappreciated White Sox starter Chris Sale, and finds they compare favorably to the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, and then explains what makes Sale so dominant.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2014
  11. Detroit Tigers boast best shot of any team to win the World Serie...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski updates MLB playoff odds following the trade deadline. The ZiPS formula sees the Tigers as the new World Series favorites.

    Story | Conversation | August 05, 2014
  12. Potential pitching targets for Red Sox

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Yoenis Cespedes got a hanging slider from Shane Greene on Saturday, a great chance to make an initial statement to Red Sox fans about the damage he can do. There were runners on base, and Boston was trying to mount a comeback. But Cesped...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  13. Which A's SP gets the boot?

    AJ Mass

    On Monday, Jesse Chavez was tagged for three home runs by the Houston Astros in a 7-3 loss. After the game, the Oakland Athletics pitcher said, "It won't happen again." He may be right, but not for the reasons he meant at the time. When the A's tr...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  14. What's next for the Boston Red Sox?

    Jim Bowden

    The Boston Red Sox didn't trade Jon Lester and John Lackey on Thursday with a "rebuild" in mind. Given its core of veteran talent, this is not a team that needs to rebuild. Instead, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington's objective in trading Les...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  15. Lester's gone: now what?

    AJ Mass

    Now that the Boston Red Sox have traded away Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics -- along with outfielder Johnny Gomes -- in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, there's one obvious question to ask. Which other starting pitchers might yet still b...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  16. A's-Sox deal works for both sides

    Buster Olney

    In Jon Lester's past 10 starts, he has a 1.54 ERA, with 66 strikeouts and 11 walks over 70 innings. He has been a completely different pitcher since last August, since Red Sox catcher David Ross convinced him to work to both sides of the plate. He wa...

    Blog | July 31, 2014