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  1. Mike Moustakas is going to bunt more

    David Schoenfield

    From Jeffrey Flanagan at MLB.com:Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas remembers the feeling he got when he first came up to bat in last year's season opener at Detroit and saw the Tigers' infield suddenly launch into a shift. "Oh, God," Moustakas s...

    Blog | February 24, 2015
  2. Wrap: Moncada, A-Rod, Hamels, Royals

    David Schoenfield

    Click here for Tuesday's chat wrap. All I can say is a feel like I'm the best chatting shape of my life....

    Blog | February 24, 2015
  3. A look at non-roster invitees: AL Central

    David Schoenfield

    After looking at which players not on a 40-man roster have been invited to spring training in the AL East, we move on to the AL Central. Here some of the most interesting non-roster guys. Chicago White Sox Carlos Rodon was the third overall p...

    Blog | February 19, 2015
  4. Pitchers hurt by new catchers

    David Schoenfield

    Here's a look at pitchers potentially helped by new catchers. Our Rockies blogger, Richard Bergstrom, points out that Colorado has signed Nick Hundley. Neither Wilin Rosario nor Michael McKenry graded out well in framing last year, but Hundley doesn'...

    Blog | February 18, 2015
  5. Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

    David Schoenfield

    It's the third day of pre-spring training power rankings! We're getting to the serious playoff contenders now, teams that have more depth and few question marks. But I know fans of a couple of the teams below aren't going to agree with the ranking. B...

    Blog | February 11, 2015
  6. Who's better: Royals or Cardinals?

    David Schoenfield

    We've run out of two-team cities but let's wrap up the week with a look at the Royals and Cardinals, who at least play in the same state. The Royals made their first playoff appearance since 1985 when they won a wild card last fall and then surprised...

    Blog | February 06, 2015
  7. Top breakout candidates for 2015

    David Schoenfield

    During my chats this offseason, one question that always comes up: Who do you like as a breakout performer? There are certainly obvious candidates to that question. The harder part is coming up with guys like Josh Donaldson or Josh Harrison or Dallas...

    Blog | January 24, 2015
  8. Kipnis, Puig will rebound; Braves won't

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a slow few weeks in the world of baseball. So here are some random thoughts going through my mind as we wait for Max Scherzer to sign ... and wait ... and wait ... 1. I still don't understand the lack of support that Mike Mussina has rec...

    Blog | January 11, 2015
  9. Schilling, Mussina better than Smoltz

    David Schoenfield

    The other night I was watching MLB Network's Hall of Fame discussion show when Marty Noble, longtime writer and columnist for Newsday and now a contributor to MLB.com, explained why his ballot this year would include only Randy Johnson, Pedro Martine...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  10. Is Yasiel Puig baseball's worst baserunner?

    David Schoenfield

    (Hal) McRae was the most aggressive baserunner of the 1970s, a man who left home plate thinking "double" every time he hit the ball. The rule allowing the second base umpire to call a double play if the runner from first leaves the baseline to take o...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  11. Quick thoughts: Dodgers upgrade their D

    David Schoenfield

    It was quite the exciting winter meetings. A few thoughts on some of those recent transactions ... 1. Dodgers trade Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon, acquire Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins and Yasmani Grandal. It's risky blowing up a 94-win team, and al...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  12. Half-full, half-empty: Ervin Santana

    David Schoenfield

    A year ago, Ervin Santana entered free agency coming off a 9-10 season with the Royals, but with a 3.24 ERA and 211 innings pitched. He reportedly asked for big money, scared teams away with those demands and had to settle for a one-year, $14.1 milli...

    Blog | November 27, 2014
  13. Half-full, half-empty: James Shields

    David Schoenfield

    James Shields is the third of the big three free-agent starting pitchers available this winter, ranked behind Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. After seven years in Tampa Bay, he spent the past two with Kansas City, who acquired him to become the top g...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  14. A's take a chance on Billy Butler

    David Schoenfield

    Billy Butler appears to be a hitter in severe deterioration, so why would the Oakland Athletics sign the designated hitter to a three-year, $30 million contract? 1. Yes, Butler's wOBA has slid from a career-high .377 in 2012, when he mashed 29 hom...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  15. IBWAA best relievers: Kimbrel, Holland

    David Schoenfield

    It's awards season, and this week we'll get the big ones, with the Cy Young winners announced on Wednesday and the MVPs on Thursday. The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America also votes on awards, and it's always interesting to see how ...

    Blog | November 10, 2014
  16. Each team's worst position, Part 2

    David Schoenfield

    Here's the first part of our ranking of each team's worst position in 2014. We conclude with our final 15 teams and positions that might be looking to upgrade during the offseason. 16. Minnesota Twins LF/RF: 2.6 wins below average Yes, Byron B...

    Blog | November 06, 2014