With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.
With Major League Baseball looking to to curtail the degree to which executives and agents use the media as a method of negotiation, it'll be interesting to see how the rumor mill is handled during this free-agency period.
Jose Bautista used to foul off more balls than anybody, the product of a slow bat that would always get started too late. Since the point when he simply turned his swing clock back, he's hit home runs at a faster pace than any player in baseball.
When Jon Lester is your No. 2 starter, you must have one of the best rotations in baseball, right? But what about when Adam Wainright or A.J. Burnett fills the same role? Buster chimes in with his current rankings on who has the best five.
The most intense bidding war of the off-season just arrived in the form of a 21-year-old Cuban who throws a 100 MPH fastball from the left side. Plus, Buster asks fans what they would do to select the final roster spot for the All-Star teams.
The players' association of Major League Baseball has showed contempt for replacement players but continues to stand behind drug cheats when both are damaging to the common player. Why? Plus notes, player movements, game analysis and injuries.
Joe Mauer is the anchor of the Twins' lineup, but did you know he also anchors the pitching staff? And just look at how dramatic David Ortiz's fall-off has been. Plus notes, player movements, game analysis, injuries and a Carl Crawford speed update.
If you want to know who is most interested in steroids, look at the guy whose head reaches your waist. Also, could the Royals consider Bonds, and are the Cubs not amped enough? Plus notes, player movements, game analysis and injuries.
The secret to Josh Johnson's success, seven ways the White Sox can address their void in center field, mixed feelings on the suspension of Josh Beckett, plus news, notes, injuries, deals and links for all 30 teams.