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  1. Five takeaways from Opening Day

    Jim Bowden

    A large slate of games Monday offered glimpses of what could be an exciting 2014 season. There were unexpected performances (Alejandro De Aza's two home runs) and disappointing ones (Cliff Lee's eight earned runs in five innings), too, as well as a w...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  2. Seven bold predictions for 2014

    Jim Bowden

    With the start of the 2014 season upon us, it's time to take a guess at what might happen this year. In this space last season, I predicted that Yasiel Puig would become an instant hit in Los Angeles and envisioned a last-place finish for the New...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  3. When will Trout's reign end?

    Jim Bowden

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout clearly has established himself as the best player in Major League Baseball. He is ranked No. 1 in the "Baseball Tonight" 100, and he will be the favorite to remain on the top of this list for the next five ye...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  4. Post-Tanaka moves that will happen

    Jim Bowden

    As you have probably heard by now, Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees. As Buster Olney noted Wednesday morning, this won't necessarily set off the free-agent dominoes, but the deal does have se...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  5. Elite pitchers set for big 2015 paydays

    Jim Bowden

    Clayton Kershaw's seven-year, $215 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers has set the ceiling for next offseason's free-agent starting pitching market. This is a significant event for a market that's seen record-breaking deals for almost every...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  6. 10 bold predictions for rest of the winter

    Jim Bowden

    Some big free-agent names were signed over the holiday season, but that doesn't mean the market is dried up. With many teams waiting on the final destination of Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, several quality free-agent pitchers remain, as well ...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Five teams with the best shot at Tanaka

    Jim Bowden

    After weeks of drama, the Masahiro Tanaka posting saga is finally over. Rakuten, his team in Japan, has agreed to post him, and now all MLB teams have a chance to negotiate with him if they agree to put up the posting fee, which likely will max out a...

    Blog | December 25, 2013
  9. Eight big names who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    General managers have been feasting this offseason on blockbuster trades and huge free-agent acquisitions. Some of the game's biggest names -- Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brian McCann -- have new homes, as do major players such ...

    Blog | December 07, 2013
  10. One deal for every NL team

    Jim Bowden

    The hot stove league is already fired up, as the Philadelphia Phillies struck first by signing outfielder Marlon Byrd last week. With such a weak free-agent class this offseason, teams will look heavily in the trade market. Below you will find a p...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  11. Moving the "immovable" contracts

    Jim Bowden

    In 2008, the Toronto Blue Jays shocked the baseball world when they signed outfielder Vernon Wells to a seven-year, $126 million deal. His career .319 OBP and a dismal 2009 season and perceived decline as well as a base salary that escalated to $21 m...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Baseball's best bargains of 2013

    Jim Bowden

    Let's be honest, the top two position players in last year's free-agent class were complete disasters. Outfielder B.J. Upton has reciprocated his five-year, $72.5 million deal with the Atlanta Braves by posting a .183 AVG/.265 OBP/.294 OPS slash...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  14. Grading the GMs at the deadline

    Jim Bowden

    While many people are going to say this year's trade deadline was a bit of a dud, there were still plenty of deals made. Here's the way I would grade how every GM did leading up to the deadline, but please keep in mind that sometimes standing pat is ...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  15. Futures Gamers who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    Sunday's Futures Game at Citi Field in New York is an annual opportunity for general managers, assistant GMs, scouting directors and scouts to see the very best prospects in one game. During my years as GM, I always sent at least two of my top evalua...

    Blog | July 13, 2013
  16. 20 starting pitchers who could be traded

    Jim Bowden

    With MLB's trade deadline just six weeks away, there are presently 22 teams within eight games of making the playoffs. This means just eight teams can be considered "sellers" at this juncture. Many of the contenders are looking for elite starting pit...

    Blog | June 14, 2013