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  1. How I'd fix the Diamondbacks

    Jim Bowden

    Entering the season, many people saw the Arizona Diamondbacks as a .500 team with an outside shot at the playoffs. After a 4-14 start, those postseason odds seem remote because not only is this team losing, it's getting crushed -- with a run differen...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  2. How MLB can fix rule problems right now

    Jim Bowden

    The three major rule changes/adjustments that MLB made over the winter -- instant replay, banning collisions at home and the "transfer" rule -- have already caused a lot of controversy this season. On one hand, I think MLB should be commended for bei...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  3. Top 10 big-game pitchers in MLB

    Jim Bowden

    On Wednesday night, baseball fans will be treated to one of the best pitching matchups of the season, as Felix Hernandez toes the rubber in Texas against Yu Darvish. These are two of the best pitchers in the game in the midst of their respective p...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  4. My best and worst free-agent predictions

    Jim Bowden

    One of my favorite pieces I write every year is my free-agent predictions. For those unfamiliar, at the start of every offseason, I make my best guess at what each free agent's contract will look like and give a prediction of where he will sign. I...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  5. Young stars I'd lock up long term now

    Jim Bowden

    As baseball's revenues continue to break records year over year, clubs are well aware that, based on baseball history, those revenues normally get passed right down to the players. Indeed, we've recently seen a flurry of six-year contract extensi...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  6. A Blue Jays rebuilding plan

    Jim Bowden

    We are only few days into the 2014 season and there is no reason for a team to panic if it gets off to a slow start -- unless you're the Toronto Blue Jays. For the Jays, it's time to accept the fact that they are not going to make the playoffs this y...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  7. 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
  8. The Reds are better than you think

    Jim Bowden

    Somewhat fittingly, the Cincinnati Reds open their season on Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty built the Cardinals into a perennial power and 2006 World Series champion during his tenure as St. Louis' GM from ...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Timing of Miguel Cabrera deal is bizarre

    Jim Bowden

    Miguel Cabrera's new contract, which is reportedly worth close to $300 million, should keep him with the Detroit Tigers for the rest of his career. Most of the industry is shell-shocked and isn't sure how to react to this news. Here are my five ke...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  12. Five offseason moves that will backfire

    Jim Bowden

    When a general manager makes a trade or a free-agent signing, he must always have significant justification for why the move was made. This could include: • Scouting reports • Advanced metrics and analytics • Medical repo...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  13. Scherzer takes big risk shunning big offer

    Jim Bowden

    For those who weren't interested in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks series in Australia -- and the latest Yasiel Puig controversy -- the big story of the weekend was the Detroit Tigers' announcement that Max Scherzer has turned down a "substantial" contract...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  14. Buzz: Owings will start at SS for Arizona

    Jim Bowden

    This week we checked in at several camps, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. We continue our tour through the Cactus League, with a couple of stop in NL camps, both of which are located at the gorgeous...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  15. 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
  16. What GMs are talking about this spring

    Jim Bowden

    One of the advantages of being a former general manager is that there's something of a fraternity among GMs. This proves advantageous when digging for information. Most are generous and readily available. As I bounced from spring camp to spring camp,...

    Blog | March 14, 2014