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  1. What would it take to get A.J. Burnett?

    Jim Bowden

    Over the course of July, Jim Bowden will be looking at a number of high-profile trade candidates and explain what it would take for certain clubs to acquire that player. Player: A.J. Burnett | RHP | Philadelphia Phillies Possible destinations: ...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  2. Singleton deal a win for Houston

    Jim Bowden

    In recent weeks we've heard reports of the Pittsburgh Pirates trying to lock up prospect Gregory Polanco while still in the minors (he apparently declined), and the Houston Astros making a similar attempt with George Springer before eventually promot...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  3. Prospect promotions to get excited about

    Jim Bowden

    So far this season we have been treated to a number of exciting young rookies, such as George Springer, Billy Hamilton, Nick Castellanos and Yordano Ventura (not to mention Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu, though they aren't traditional rookies). ...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Five players who benefit from non-moves

    Jim Bowden

    General managers use the offseason to improve their team at various positions via free agency, trades and waiver claims. Some of these moves are significant upgrades, others are slight improvements. Yet some general managers simply aren't able to...

    Blog | January 26, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Pirates just moves away from greatness

    Jim Bowden

    It was quite the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their first winning season since 1992 and won an exciting NL wild-card playoff against the Cincinnati Reds -- also their first playoff win since 1992. They then pushed the St. Louis Car...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  10. FAs who could cash in this October

    Jim Bowden

    Just a season ago, Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez entered the postseason with a 9-13 record, a 3.86 ERA and a track record that saw him post double-digit wins just twice in six previous seasons, all with the Marlins. At best, he w...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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