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  1. Fantasy meets reality: Bowden's take

    Jim Bowden

    With Eric Karabell on a well-deserved vacation this week, we've got a week of guest bloggers filling in. Jim Bowden, former GM of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, is our leadoff batter Monday. You can read more of Jim's work over on The ...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  2. Three heated draft debates

    Jim Bowden

    There are spirited debates going on within the walls of big league clubs, as the 2014 draft is just a day away. In my 25 years of draft experience, I've seen my share of drama and water bottles flung across the room. Quite frankly, it was one of my f...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 10 guys scouts are raving about

    Jim Bowden

    While you never like to put too much stock in spring training performance, there is no question that scouts, coaches and execs take notice when a player looks particularly good during camp. I'm not talking about the stat sheet, but rather their actio...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  7. GM awards for best trades, signings

    Jim Bowden

    I'm all packed with spring training just days away. So before I depart I thought it was time to give my offseason awards and hand out some hardware to the general managers for their offseason work. BEST OFFSEASON -- BIG-MARKET GM: Brian Cashman | ...

    Blog | February 07, 2014
  8. The missing link for every AL team

    Jim Bowden

    On Tuesday, I focused on the missing piece for every National League team heading in to spring training, and today we turn our attention to the American League. AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST Houston Astros Missing link: Pitching prospects Solution:...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Offseason grades thus far: NL

    Jim Bowden

    On Saturday, I graded every American League team based on the moves they have made thus far this season, and today we move to the NL. While the free-agent class wasn't as exciting in years past, we've seen some bold trades that should change the b...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  11. One deal for every AL team

    Jim Bowden

    On Monday I offered up one move I'd like to see for every team in the National League, and today we will cover the AL clubs. AL East Baltimore Orioles The Move: Sign Matt Garza to a four-year, $60 million deal. Why: The Orioles have ...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Atlanta's offseason checklist

    Jim Bowden

    The Atlanta Braves ran away with the National League East by winning 96 games and finishing 10 games ahead of the preseason favorite Washington Nationals, only to get eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in four games in the NLDS. One thing we kn...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  14. Yankees still the best fit for Girardi

    Jim Bowden

    With his contract with the New York Yankees due to expire Oct. 31, Joe Girardi sits in the catbird seat, as the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners are all posting "help wanted" signs. Girardi fits well with se...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  15. These teams won't miss playoffs in 2014

    Jim Bowden

    With the introduction of a second wild-card team in 2012, teams are in the postseason hunt later and longer than ever. Three teams in particular were expected to contend for a playoff berth but fell short for various reasons. What sets them apart is ...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  16. Ranking aces of AL contenders

    Jim Bowden

    On Monday, I ranked all the National League aces of postseason contenders. The list featured a mixture of young power arms and seasoned veterans with postseason experience. What's more important: ability or experience? While veteran savvy is importan...

    Blog | September 25, 2013