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  1. Roster Doctor: George Springer’s Rise, Wil Myers’s Sl...

    Jonah Keri

    The Roster Doctor is back! Throughout the season, I'll open the mailbox to answer your burning fantasy baseball questions, seeking truth in a sea of chaos. You didn't disappoint with the first batch of 2014, firing a flurry of thought-prov...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  2. 2014 MLB Season Predictions

    Jonah Keri

    We've witnessed baseball in Australia and baseball in San Diego. We've previewed all six divisions and counted down the days until the season's arrival. Now that Opening Day is finally here, it's time for my annual season predicti...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  3. 2014 AL Central Preview

    Jonah Keri

    Grantland's 2014 division previews kicked off last week with a look at the AL East. Today, the series continues with the AL Central, where the Tigers are going for their fourth consecutive division title, the Indians are trying to make it back t...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  4. The Sizzlin' Stove: Dissecting Brian McCann's Signing and a Slew ...

    Jonah Keri

    A flurry of moves over the past few days has the hot stove firing earlier than usual this offseason. With the Prince Fielder–Ian Kinsler blockbuster swap already thoroughly examined, let's explore what these other trades and signings mean for t...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  5. The Remarkable Evolution of Bruce Chen

    Jonah Keri

    For the first 10 years of his career, Bruce Chen was the quintessential baseball journeyman. He played for nine teams in those 10 seasons. He'd already played for four-fifths of the National League East by age 25, prompting a groundswell of support f...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  6. 10 Minutes With Royals Ace James Shields

    Jonah Keri

    James Shields has been one of the biggest bright spots on an improved Royals team this year. He's on pace to fire more than 200 innings for the seventh consecutive year, while also ranking among the league leaders in ERA. With an average fastball of ...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  7. Jonah Keri Podcast: Rany Jazayerli, Burke Badenhop, John Axford, ...

    Jonah Keri

    With the MLB trade deadline looming, Jonah Keri talks to Grantland writer Rany Jazayerli about the art of buying and selling. Should the long-shot Royals sell, buy, or both? Should the ostensibly eliminated Phillies sell, or do off-field concerns tru...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  8. James Shields, the Silent Ace

    Jonah Keri

    In 2012, the Kansas City Royals stunk. This was not at all surprising. They had stunk for eight years in a row before that, with 2012's lousy showing making it 18 out of 19 years of baseball that emitted a foul odor. Understandably, this did not ...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  9. Trade Deadline Preview: AL Central Edition

    Jonah Keri

    An underachieving team full of stars, a fringe contender hanging around, two also-rans with heavy incentive to sell, and a post-blockbuster team in limbo. Don't sleep on the AL Central as the trade deadline approaches, or even five weeks before. D...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  10. Roster Doctor: The Unpredictability of Closers, AL Edition

    Jonah Keri

    Last week, we ran down the National League's closer situations, and some of the best potential opportunities to exploit. This time, we tackle the American League. BALTIMORE ORIOLES Closer: Jim Johnson Lying in wait: Pedro Strop Stating the ...

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  11. Optimism in Royals Nation

    Jonah Keri

    Surprise, AZ -- They gathered around the overhead TV, watching WBC highlights, a dozen early-morning arrivals suiting up for warmups. On the screen, Fernando Rodney's big changeup looped over the plate for strike three, causing the Rays closer to per...

    Blog | March 11, 2013
  12. The Non-Roster Invitees Chronicles: American League Edition

    Jonah Keri

    Heading to Florida or Arizona to catch some spring training games? Planning to catch the games on the tube while walking precariously and making chomping sounds? You'll need to know who you're watching. Unlike in the regular season, when you beco...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  13. Rays-Royals Deal a Lesson in Team Building

    Jonah Keri

    The blockbuster trade that swapped James Shields and Wade Davis for a package of prospects headed by Wil Myers has triggered more heated reactions than nearly any other deal in recent memory. The pro-Rays side sees Myers as a future superstar, one we...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  14. Who Will Make a Splash at the MLB Winter Meetings?

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the second-annual edition of Grantland's MLB Winter Meetings coverage. We'll be filing frequent updates throughout each day of the meetings, weighing in on signings, trades, and rumors, while also providing as much color as possible from N...

    Blog | December 03, 2012
  15. MLB Hot Stove News: It's All About Pitching

    Jonah Keri

    The series of tubes are still buzzing over Sergio Romo's parade-stopping T-shirt, and already we've got reams of Hot Stove news to sort through. Here are some of the biggest happenings from the past week: METS KEEP THEIR OPTIONS OPEN As expecte...

    Blog | November 02, 2012
  16. Who Will Be the Next Orioles?

    Jonah Keri

    The Baltimore Orioles were a bad team in 2011. Terrible, really. They won 69 games, finished last in the AL East, and allowed 152 more runs than they scored. If anyone other than Dan Duquette and the players' moms figured the O's could storm back, wi...

    Blog | October 02, 2012