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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Cubs do well in Matt Garza deal

    Keith Law

    After zeroing in on Matt Garza for a few days, the Texas Rangers acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for prospects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm, and a player to be named later. The Rangers' need for a starter had ...

    Blog | July 22, 2013
  14. Cubs do well in Matt Garza deal

    Keith Law

    After zeroing in on Matt Garza for a few days, the Texas Rangers acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for prospects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm, and a player to be named later. The Rangers' need for a starter had b...

    Blog | July 22, 2013
  15. L.A. gets Nolasco without giving up much

    Keith Law

    By acquiring Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for minor league pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez, the Dodgers got the starter they desperately needed, while the Marlins got to remind local taxpayers that it was a very bad idea to ...

    Blog | July 06, 2013
  16. Delmon Young falls from No. 1 overall to out of first round in 20...

    Keith Law

    Keith Law redrafts the 2003 draft with the benefit of hindsight, to see how different it would look.

    Story | Conversation | May 17, 2013