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  1. Ranking the MLB playoff lineups

    Jim Bowden

    We ranked the playoff rotations and starting pitchers Monday and the playoff bullpens Tuesday; today we rank -- and discuss -- the lineups of the nine remaining playoff teams. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB ranks (regular season): Runs: 6th | OPS: 3rd...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  2. Playoff starting pitcher, rotation rankings

    Jim Bowden

    The most important element of every major league team in the playoffs is its starting rotation; it's the closest equivalent to a quarterback on an NFL team or the top three players on an NBA team. History has shown us that elite starting pitching has...

    Blog | September 29, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Eight make-or-break players in the LDS

    Jim Bowden

    This October, most of the ink will be used on the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera and Dustin Pedroia, but it's nondescript, under-the-radar players who write history in the postseason. Winning championships isn't about stars; it's about play...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  6. Ranking bullpens for October contenders

    Jim Bowden

    A simple fact of the baseball postseason is you don't get in without a strong bullpen, and you certainly don't survive without one. These teams believe in their pens, and they tend to especially have supreme confidence in their closer. Almost inva...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  7. 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
  8. Early look at MLB free agency

    Jim Bowden

    Throughout baseball, general managers and their scouting departments are already out in force evaluating this offseason's impending free-agent class. They're watching every at-bat, every pitch and every defensive touch. They're also conducting backgr...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  9. 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
  10. Placing odds on top players getting dealt

    Jim Bowden

    With the clock ticking down to the major league trade deadline, there has been some activity the past two days, and we're bound to see some more between now and 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. So I decided to handicap the odds of these players being traded a...

    Blog | July 30, 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. Five blockbuster trades I'd like to see

    Jim Bowden

    With just 21 days left before baseball's trade deadline, there's already been a flurry of early activity. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco, the Baltimore Orioles added Scott Feldman and the Washington Nationals traded for Scott Hair...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  13. MLB Rookie Rankings: Puig rising

    Jim Bowden

    "Puig-mania" is alive and well in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig has been in the big leagues for just a little more than a week, but he already has skyrocketed to the No. 2 spot on my Rookie Rankings after a historic debut wee...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  14. It's now or never for these 10 guys

    Jim Bowden

    Potential and upside, even track record, can carry a career only so far. At some point, a player has to put up or shut up. Baseball is a results-oriented industry and if the production isn't there, neither are you. With it being Opening Day in man...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Trade candidates for all 30 teams

    Jim Bowden

    Not every team will make a trade at this week's winter meetings in Nashville, but every team could. With that in mind, let's take a look at one player (or more) who could be on the trade block this week from each of the 30 teams. American League ...

    Blog | December 02, 2012