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  1. Eovaldi durable, but not a finished product

    Keith Law

    The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins executed a surprising swap on Friday morning, with the Yankees sending erstwhile second baseman Martin Prado to Miami for right-handed starter Nate Eovaldi, as part of a five-player deal. Eovaldi is a durable...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  2. A rebuild of Boston's rotation begins

    Keith Law

    The Red Sox need major league starters badly, front-line guys and mid-rotation horses, preferably with some years of control involved. Left-hander Wade Miley has three years left, all arbitration years, and has thrown right around 200 innings in each...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  3. 'Lovable losers' are winning this offseason

    Keith Law

    I said in early August the Cubs were two very good starting pitchers from contention in 2015. Well, they just landed one of those two starters, and given the alternatives out there in free agency and on the trade market, this was the guy they more or...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  4. Hellickson a poor fit for Diamondbacks

    Keith Law

    The Arizona Diamondbacks desperately need starting pitching, Wade Miley was their only bona-fide major league starter who'll be fully healthy coming into 2014 when the offseason began. Trading for Jeremy Hellickson seems like the right idea poorly ex...

    Blog | November 17, 2014
  5. Boston's return for Lackey merely OK

    Keith Law

    With Michael Wacha potentially out for the season, the Cardinals needed a better starter than Justin Masterson to shore up their rotation. John Lackey fits the bill, especially because they didn't have to dip into their farm system to acquire him. To...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  6. Cleveland gets useful return for Masterson

    Keith Law

    The Cardinals needed another starter with Michael Wacha on the shelf for at least a few more weeks and possibly limited the rest of the way, but in adding Justin Masterson in a trade with the Cleveland Indians today, what they get is a low-end soluti...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  7. Giants fill critical need with Peavy

    Keith Law

    The San Francisco Giants get a huge boost to their rotation, shoring up a surprising weakness in their club, while the Boston Red Sox clear some funds and acquire a fringy starter prospect and a solid relief arm that has had trouble staying healthy. ...

    Blog | July 26, 2014
  8. Rodon no longer a lock for No. 1 pick

    Keith Law

    North Carolina State starter Carlos Rodon came into the spring as the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the draft class, but his first six starts were a tick below those high expectations. As a result, I moved him down to No. 3 on my updated rankin...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  9. Phillies flounder with A.J. Burnett deal

    Keith Law

    Without context, the signing of A.J. Burnett looks like a coup for the Phillies. They signed one of the top dozen starters in the National League from 2013 to a one-year deal that, at $16 million, doesn't overpay based on his recent standard of produ...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  10. Tanaka will be elite from day one

    Keith Law

    The New York Yankees needed a frontline starting pitcher, both to address the depth problems in their rotation and to cover the possibility that CC Sabathia's 2013 is a sign that he's no longer a true No. 1 starter. The market this offseason offered ...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  11. Feldman provides innings Astros need

    Keith Law

    Scott Feldman is probably a fourth starter in a good rotation, a third in some others. But for the Houston Astros, who return just two of the five members of their 2013 Opening Day rotation, neither of whom -- Brad Peacock and Lucas Harrell -- is a l...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  12. Tigers don't get enough for Doug Fister

    Keith Law

    The Washington Nationals seemed like a good bet to go after an undervalued starter for the back of their rotation (I guessed Brett Anderson, who was originally drafted by Mike Rizzo in Arizona, in a post earlier on Monday) and they did just that, sen...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  13. Three-year deal excessive for Phil Hughes

    Keith Law

    The Minnesota Twins needed bulk for their rotation, which was a solid justification for the four-year deal they give Ricky Nolasco, a mid-rotation starter on a good team, earlier in the week. That's not sufficient to justify the three-year, $24 m...

    Blog | December 01, 2013
  14. Four years too much for Jason Vargas

    Keith Law

    The Kansas City Royals were right to target an affordable starting pitcher this winter, but giving Jason Vargas, a fifth starter who might be a No. 4 in the right situation, a four-year deal shows way too much faith in his ability to adapt and surviv...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  15. Tim Hudson deal looks good for Giants

    Keith Law

    The San Francisco Giants overpaid for one of their own starters last month when they gave Tim Lincecum a two-year deal worth more per year than the qualifying offer would have cost. But they seem to have spent their money more efficiently on Tim Huds...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  16. 2013 MLB free agency relief pitchers buyer's guide

    Keith Law

    Keith Law breaks down the best and worst values on the reliever free-agent market, and also offers up some trade targets.

    Story | Conversation | November 11, 2013