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  1. 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
  2. GMs chime in on offseason moves

    Jim Bowden

    Being a former general manager, I know full well what this period in the offseason is like. There's a lot of waiting and posturing by players, teams and agents. And everyone is sizing up exactly what the competition has done or still needs to do. ...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  3. Offseason grades thus far: AL

    Jim Bowden

    Entering the offseason, the 2013 free agent class was generally regarded as one of the weaker ones in recent memory. Thus, most industry insiders were banking on a healthy trade market to develop and they were right. In addition to the generous ...

    Blog | December 14, 2013
  4. Lessons from the offseason thus far

    Jim Bowden

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The hot stove season typically doesn't get white-hot until the winter meetings, but general managers decided to break the rules this year and we've seen tons of action already, with the Robinson Cano contract and Prince Fiel...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  5. GMs who will make a splash in Orlando

    Jim Bowden

    Baseball's annual winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., don't commence until Sunday, Dec. 8, but several general managers already have made waves this offseason. Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski has made the biggest splash of the offseason so far a...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  6. Teams best-positioned for the offseason

    Jim Bowden

    In the offseason, teams bid for the same free agents, try to negotiate trades for many of the same players, and even vie for the same players in December's Rule 5 draft at the annual winter meetings. However, that doesn't mean the teams are on a leve...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  7. Top 10 free-agent signings of 2013

    Jim Bowden

    The cream of the 2013 free-agent crop was obvious and expensive. Teams entered the offseason flush with cash and spent prodigiously. Outfielder Josh Hamilton was the best position player, while B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn followed not far behind...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  8. Ranking the offseason for all 30 teams

    Jim Bowden

    It was an active offseason that witnessed the trade of a Cy Young Award winner, several large, multiteam trades and an inflated free-agent market. So to evaluate and rank the offseason of all 30 teams, I took into account the following factors: &...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  9. Biggest risks of the offseason

    Jim Bowden

    To win a World Series you have to take some risks. And this offseason, plenty of contenders have been taking them. Here are the biggest risks I've seen this winter. Cincinnati Reds The risk: Moving Aroldis Chapman to the rotation and Shin-Soo Cho...

    Blog | January 01, 2013
  10. Best fits for 10 elite free agents

    Jim Bowden

    Every team entering the offseason would love a shot at even one (if not several) of the top available players on the free-agent market. But that often only comes with a particular equilibrium of financial resources and baseball needs. Below are 1...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  11. GMs with the toughest jobs this winter

    Jim Bowden

    Even though the offseason has only just commenced for the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers, general managers of 28 other teams already have been pondering their futures for some time. For five GMs in particular, their jobs for the next thr...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  12. Best fits for top free agents

    Jim Bowden

    As end of the regular season approaches, every major league club that plans to delve into the free-agent market has its best scouts at the ballpark looking at the best guys who will be available during the offseason. They are evaluating every plate a...

    Blog | September 11, 2012
  13. Grading the offseason: National League

    Jim Bowden

    To say baseball's landscape has shifted this offseason is an understatement. The gap between the top and the bottom isn't as vast in the NL as it is in the AL, but this offseason was a time of reckoning for some teams with ownership troubles (Dodgers...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  14. Grading the offseason: American League

    Jim Bowden

    To say baseball's landscape has shifted this offseason is an understatement. There was an exodus of talent to the American League, and teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees find themselv...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  15. The five best remaining free agents

    Jim Bowden

    At this point in the offseason it's hard to find much value on the free-agent market. However, that doesn't mean the market is barren. Here's a look at who I think are the five best available guys still out there, plus an examination of some possible...

    Blog | February 07, 2012
  16. The strangest moves of the offseason

    Jim Bowden

    With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in a little less than a month, teams are making their final roster adjustments. It's been a long offseason, one during which some industry-changing deals were made. However, in the wake of those...

    Blog | January 24, 2012