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  1. Rookie rankings: Jose Abreu still top dog

    Jim Bowden

    This spring, many analysts predicted that this year's best rookies would likely consist of a group of position players that included Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  2. 10 moves that still need to happen

    Jim Bowden

    This has been a wild offseason so far, with blockbuster trades and free-agent signings taking place even before we got to Orlando for the Winter Meetings. Yet, with two weeks left in 2013, the free-agent and trade markets still have a lot of unfinish...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  3. Reviewing my 10 bold predictions

    Jim Bowden

    Every year at some point during spring training, I offer my 10 bold predictions for the season. Instead of offering the obvious, I try to go out on a limb and prognosticate what most people wouldn't expect. The tough part of that equation is at the e...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Five August trades I'd like to see

    Jim Bowden

    Even though the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, trades still can happen in August. A player must be passed through waivers first, and if no one claims him he can be traded to any team. Or if a player is claimed, the team that mad...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  7. 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
  8. Top 10 free-agent signings of 2013

    Jim Bowden

    The cream of the 2013 free-agent crop was obvious and expensive. Teams entered the offseason flush with cash and spent prodigiously. Outfielder Josh Hamilton was the best position player, while B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn followed not far behind...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  9. 10 players likely to be traded by July 31

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball is witnessing the most competitive balance in more than two decades. As a result, general managers of contending teams already are preparing and targeting potential trade partners for the July 31 trade deadline. All the same, non-contenders ...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  10. 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
  11. 10 bold predictions for 2013 season

    Jim Bowden

    With Friday's news of right-hander Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreeing to a record-setting contract, the drama of whether baseball's best pitcher would see free agency in two years came to an end. Some could say it was predictable in...

    Blog | March 30, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Padres should trade Chase Headley now

    Jim Bowden

    In early December 2011, the San Diego Padres traded right-hander Mat Latos, their No. 1 starter, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a prospect package that included two former first-round picks and major league right-hander Edinson Volquez. W...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  14. 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
  15. X factors for contenders down the stretch

    Jim Bowden

    With a little more than six weeks remaining in the 2012 season, tight divisional races and young, ultra-talented players have made this season one of the most exciting in years. There are easily 20 teams still within seven games of making the pla...

    Blog | August 15, 2012
  16. Grading the trade deadline

    Jim Bowden

    Now that baseball's July 31 trade deadline has come and gone, it's time to assess the aftermath. The flurry of activity up until the very end underscores just how many teams still feel they are in the hunt for postseason play, as well as some very sh...

    Blog | August 01, 2012