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  1. What would it take to get Joaquin Benoit?

    Jim Bowden

    Over the course of July, Jim Bowden will be looking at a number of high-profile trade candidates and explain what it would take for certain clubs to acquire that player. Player: Joaquin Benoit | RP | San Diego Padres Possible destinations: Milw...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  2. MLB has never had more parity

    Jim Bowden

    One of the main purposes of ESPN Insider's Future Power Rankings is to offer fans hope. Even if your team is bad now, it might be really good in three years. The rankings are designed to peer into the projected future. However, this year's FPR als...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  3. The Dodgers' second base solution

    Jim Bowden

    It's no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers think they are the favorites to win the World Series, and with their star-studded roster it's hard to disagree. There's only one problem: They don't have a second baseman. Yes, they signed Alex Guerrero ...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  4. The missing link for every NL team

    Jim Bowden

    For the vast majority of major league teams, pitchers and catchers will report to spring training exactly a month from now. Usually teams are simply fine-tuning their rosters, whether it's that last utility bench guy or an additional bullpen arm. ...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Yanks' third-base options after A-Rod

    Jim Bowden

    The New York Yankees should be pleased with how Alex Rodriguez has played since his return from hip surgery and the disabled list. His bat speed and ability to hit a good fastball have improved considerably compared to where he was at the end of the ...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  9. Bowden's rookie rankings

    Jim Bowden

    With less than two months left in the 2013 season, we're heading down the stretch for this season's top rookies. It's been a list dominated thus far by National League pitchers such as Shelby Miller, Jose Fernandez and Julio Teheran, to name a fe...

    Blog | August 09, 2013
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. White Sox, Phillies, Brewers must rebuild

    Jim Bowden

    With the addition of an extra wild-card team, it's becoming increasingly difficult for GMs to decide whether their teams are contenders, so I've decided to do it for them. Wednesday I examined three teams on the edge of contention, and explained w...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  13. Believe in Jean Segura, not Edward Mujica

    Jim Bowden

    Sparky Anderson once told me he didn't believe in anything he saw on the field until June 1. Only after two months of baseball could he have confidence a player or team's performance was legitimate. With June just around the corner, there are seve...

    Blog | May 24, 2013
  14. 10 make-or-break players this spring

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball is a results-oriented business. Players who do not produce do not last long. Some young players, however, are afforded more time and multiple chances to establish themselves because of the potential they've shown or their formidable physical...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  15. Five moves that will happen this spring

    Jim Bowden

    During spring training, players aren't the only ones trying to fine-tune things. General managers must use the time to evaluate not only their players but their field staff, too. It's the time to get things done, especially things such as contract ne...

    Blog | February 14, 2013
  16. Ranking the offseason for all 30 teams

    Jim Bowden

    It was an active offseason that witnessed the trade of a Cy Young Award winner, several large, multiteam trades and an inflated free-agent market. So to evaluate and rank the offseason of all 30 teams, I took into account the following factors: &...

    Blog | February 12, 2013