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  1. What the Jon Lester–Yoenis Cespedes Blockbuster Means for t...

    Jonah Keri

    In one of the most shocking blockbusters in MLB trade deadline history, the Oakland A's sent All-Star Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance pick to the Boston Red Sox for Cy Young contender Jon Lester, former Athletic Jonny Gomes, less than ...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  2. The 30: Angels in the Outfield (and Bullpen)

    Jonah Keri

    We're only three games beyond the All-Star break, yet the pennant-race craziness has already begun. The NL Central is a free-for-all following the Brewers' big slump. The AL East is full of mediocre-to-bad teams that believe they still hav...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  3. MLB Midseason Report

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the MLB All-Star break, a necessary pause during the grueling baseball campaign, and also the most boring time of the season for many fans. Since I've already said my piece on the yawnfest, let's turn our attention to something w...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  4. Jonah Keri Podcast: Ben Lindbergh and Andy McCullough

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus about Tony Gwynn and the NL East, and to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star on the recent rise of the Royals. You can listen to this podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports p...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  5. Jonah Keri Podcast: With Special Guest Luke Edwards

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri celebrates the 20th anniversary of Little Big League by talking to the movie's star, Luke Edwards. They talk about the film, Edwards's career, and the Canadiens. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter here, and...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  6. Best (MLB) Month Ever: If You Like Barry Bonds, You’ll Real...

    Jonah Keri

    Troy Tulowitzki has cooled off a bit after his torrid start, going 5-for-21 over his past seven games. Considering my recent track record of cursing star players to horrible fates merely by saying nice things about them, Tulo's mini-slump i...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  7. The Breakout Brigade

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the 2014 edition of Grantland's annual MLB Breakouts column. Last year, I spotlighted up-and-coming stars like Freddie Freeman (yeah!), Matt Harvey (woo!), Domonic Brown (I'm the best at this!), and, um ...; Je...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  8. Celebrating the Davey Johnson Coaching Tree

    Jonah Keri

    Seventeen seasons, six division titles, two Manager of the Year awards, and one of the most iconic World Series runs in baseball history. He's helped many young talents develop into stars. He left highly successful teams like the '95 Reds and '97 Ori...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  9. The Often-Underappreciated Adrian Beltre

    Jonah Keri

    He's never won an MVP. He made the All-Star team exactly zero times in his first 12 seasons. He's played on just three playoff teams, bowing out in the first round two of those three times. He's never been the best player in the league. Yet here w...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  10. Japan's Next Big Thing

    Jonah Keri

    As major league teams rush to re-sign star players before they can hit the open market, the supply of quality free agents continues to dwindle. The biggest pitching names that immediately come to mind in the coming free-agent crop are Matt Garza, Erv...

    Blog | August 28, 2013
  11. Second-Tier Stars Fueling Dodgers' Success

    Jonah Keri

    Thirty-seven and eight. That was the Dodgers' record over the 45 games leading into Monday night's game against the Mets. The last time any team fared better during a 45-game stretch was the 1951 Giants, who staged one of the greatest comebacks in ba...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  12. AL East Report: Laser Show Locked Up, O's Pen Gets a Boost

    Jonah Keri

    Two AL East contenders made moves Tuesday, one of them a win-now play, the other with an eye toward the future. The Red Sox locked up their franchise player, signing Dustin Pedroia to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension. The All-Star sec...

    Blog | July 24, 2013
  13. Roster Doctor: Your American League Fantasy All-Stars!

    Jonah Keri

    With the All-Star Game a few days away, it's time to unveil our American League fantasy all-stars. More than a simple ranking of the top-producing players, we're looking for players who have not only put up huge numbers but also generated huge profit...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  14. How Will Possible PED Suspensions Affect MLB Teams?

    Jonah Keri

    Sometime after the All-Star break, Major League Baseball plans to suspend Ryan Braun along with as many as 20 other players accused of performance-enhancing drug use, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Tuesday. The report highlights the latest chap...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  15. Trade Deadline Preview: AL Central Edition

    Jonah Keri

    An underachieving team full of stars, a fringe contender hanging around, two also-rans with heavy incentive to sell, and a post-blockbuster team in limbo. Don't sleep on the AL Central as the trade deadline approaches, or even five weeks before. D...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  16. Roster Doctor: Your National League Fantasy All-Stars!

    Jonah Keri

    We're less than a month away from the MLB All-Star Game, which means writers are starting to fill out their ballots, both actual and virtual. Since the Roster Doctor focuses on the roto world, we figured we'd focus on the fantasy all-stars. We're loo...

    Blog | June 20, 2013