COMMENTARY | Free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano had an outside force impact his market potential Wednesday night when the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers completed a blockbuster trade involving Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler. This trade could either force Cano's stock to plummet or provide a legitimate competitor to the New York Yankees' pursuit of the top free agent this offseason. The deal, detailed by MLB.com, saw the Tigers exchange power-hitting first baseman Fielder and $30 million to the Rangers for one of MLB's top offensive second basemen in Kinsler. The Rangers will pay Fielder $138 million over the remaining seven years of an original nine-year, $214 million contract. More »New York Yankees: Big Trade Impacts Robinson Cano Market
COMMENTARY | The San Francisco Giants seem set on spending money to improve their pitching staff this winter, and less set on spending money to improve their situation in left field. They seem content/resigned on going with a platoon of Gregor Blanco and another player in 2014, even though the same strategy blew up in their faces last season. If the Giants were to address their hole in left field via trade, what players might they target? The end result is a list of capable hitters who'd likely help the Giants next season, even if the names aren't very exciting. More »Trade Targets: San Francisco Giants Look to Upgrade in Left Field
COMMENTARY | The Boston Red Sox currently have an embarrassment of riches, as they won the 2013 World Series and have one of the best farm systems in baseball. However, Baseball America, perhaps the foremost authority on baseball prospects, recently ranked Boston as having the best farm system in the game. The Red Sox's top rating is due to their depth and amount of major league-ready pitching and position player talent. As the Red Sox prepare for the 2014 season, they are trying to improve their roster like every other team. More »Boston Red Sox: Three Stars Team Should Try to Obtain in Trade for Prospects
Among the many you'll hear this winter, the one that's been circulating this week about Robinson Cano could prove to be the most ridiculous. That's the rumor about Cano being in the same conversation as Michael Jordan, the one started by Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports and CAA, who are representing Cano in free agency. "They're selling him as Michael Jordan, not as a baseball player," a major-league official told the New York Daily News. With the New York Yankees' usual cast of stars out for a good part of the season, attendance was down. More »When It Comes to Robinson Cano, the New York Yankees Shouldn't Buy Jay Z's Rap
Cincinnati Reds: Top Five Offseason Rumors Involve Shin-Soo Choo, Brandon Phillips, Aroldis Chapman and Homer BaileyYahoo Contributor Network - Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:04 PM EST
COMMENTARY | The Cincinnati Reds may be positioned to sign a big free agent or make a blockbuster trade or two, but whether or not the team does make a big offseason move remains to be seen. More »Cincinnati Reds: Top Five Offseason Rumors Involve Shin-Soo Choo, Brandon Phillips, Aroldis Chapman and Homer Bailey
COMMENTARY | According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Detroit Tigers have traded Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. While the trade certainly impacts the Tigers and Rangers drastically, the move also has a negative impact on a third team as well. The St. Louis Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak have made it public that the organization is seeking an upgrade at the shortstop position. Now, with Kinsler moving, there is room for both Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar to be in the Texas lineup on a nightly basis and makes it highly unlikely that either shortstop gets moved. More »Prince Fielder Trade to Texas Rangers Hurts St. Louis Cardinals' Pursuit for New Shortstop
Somehow, someway Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski found a way to make a blockbuster trade in the offseason that rocked Major League Baseball. On Nov. 20, Dombrowski sent Prince Fielder and his massive contract to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. With more than $170 million owed to Fielder, the Tigers will save about $8 million a season by bringing Kinsler aboard while improving the team's infield defense and having minimal impact on the lineup. By dumping Fielder's salary, he also freed up the extra money the team needs to sign Miguel Cabrera to an extension and possibly Max Scherzer. More »Now that Prince Fielder Is Gone, Will the Detroit Tigers Make Another Blockbuster Deal?
And, to be honest, if you surveyed a hundred Braves fans, you would get the same reaction from 99 of them. You think we should trade Craig Kimbrel? But there is an unsavory reality that Kimbrel is going to end up costing far too much for the Braves to keep him long term. The Braves will not be able to construct a competitive roster if they are paying one relief pitcher a huge amount of money. More »Atlanta Braves: What Would It Take to Trade Craig Kimbrel?
COMMENTARY | As Ron Burgundy would say, "That escalated quickly." Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reported Wednesday that New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz refused to allow commissioner Bud Selig to testify in the proceedings. Rodriguez said in a statement after his own kind of walkoff: "I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. More »A Best-Case Scenario for the Alex Rodriguez Saga
COMMENTARY | New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez ran out of his appeals hearing just before noon Wednesday after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz ruled MLB commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify in the proceedings. According to multiple reports, including Wallace Matthews' from ESPNNewYork.com, Rodriguez pounded his fist to the table and shouted, "This is ridiculous!" He then cursed at MLB COO Rob Manfred as he was leaving the room just after Horowitz laid out his ruling. "I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," Rodriguez's statement said. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. More »New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez Bolts Hearing, Labels Process a 'Farce'
COMMENTARY | The Oakland Athletics haven't exactly been known to be free spenders on the free-agent market in the past. A vast majority of the big moves that general manager Billy Beane has made to bring in upper-echelon talent has been through trades with other teams. Reports that the A's are indeed interested in signing Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who hit 27 homers last season despite being suspended 50 games, seem to fly in the face of this philosophy. "A's general manager Billy Beane likes to pick his sports for the big play, and Cruz is apparently a player Beane likes from Cruz's early days in the A's organization." More »MLB Rumors: Could the Oakland Athletics Actually Land Nelson Cruz?
COMMENTARY | The Los Angeles Angels' Hot Stove is heating up, and it smells like they might actually be cooking something good. But this offseason that would be a waste of time for the Angels because everyone in baseball knows what they're going after -- pitching, pitching and more pitching. The team has plenty of cards to play with -- a wide selection of major league-level hitters that could improve just about every team in the league that wants to improve and whose loss wouldn't much affect the Angels' on-field production. As bad as the pitching for the Angels was last year, the offense was excellent and that was with under-performances from Josh Hamilton Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. More »Los Angeles Angels' Mark Trumbo Trade Almost a Certainty
COMMENTARY | Daniel Murphy was the most dependable player on the New York Mets in 2013, yet the organization is entertaining the idea of trading him away from Flushing. With the rash of injuries and roster turnover that happened throughout the year, Terry Collins inserted Murphy in multiple lineup spots. Murphy drew only 32 walks, but was second in the National League with 188 hits. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported on November 11 that the Mets will listen to offers for their second baseman, but they're not committed to trading him away. More »New York Mets: Two Possible Trade Destinations for Daniel Murphy
COMMENTARY | I have no idea why everyone in the media and the fans are complaining about the three-year, $26 million contract the Philadelphia Phillies just gave to catcher Carlos Ruiz. In my mind, it was a very fair contract and it was a smart move for the Phillies. He's not great, but he was the perfect fit for this Phillies team and that's what makes this contract a good one. Anyone who wanted the Phillies to sign Brian McCann or A.J. Pierzynski needs to read my stuff more often. More »Carlos Ruiz Contract a Smart One for Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Hudson returning to Northern California to finish up his stellar career with the team that got it all started. Reports on Monday indicated that the Oakland Athletics finished second behind the cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants in the pursuit for the veteran starting pitcher. In the end, Hudson signed what has to be considered a surprisingly expensive two-year, $23 million contract with the Giants. While it remains to be seen what the A's offered Hudson, common logic seems to suggest that it was somewhere in the same ballpark as what he ended up inking with the Giants. More »Why the Oakland Athletics Should Be Happy They Didn’t Land Tim Hudson
COMMENTARY | Periodically throughout the offseason, we have been trying to find ways to spend New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner's money. Today, let's talk about all of the chatter that the Yankees are in pursuit of free-agent catcher Brian McCann. What do you say, Yankees fans? Are you in favor of the Yankees making a big pitch to the power-hitting 29-year-old former Atlanta Braves catcher? More »New York Yankees: Spending Hal's Money -- Brian McCann Edition
COMMENTARY | It was a classic San Francisco Giants move. On Monday, the Giants inked Tim Hudson to a two-year, $23 million contract to fill one of the holes in their starting rotation. But if you're at all familiar with how the Giants and general manager Brian Sabean operate, it's not at all surprising; And, for the Giants, it makes a ton of sense. More »Signing Tim Hudson a Perfect Example of the San Francisco Giants' M.O.
COMMENTARY | The Atlanta Braves find themselves a little more desperate for starting pitching as news broke late Monday that starting pitcher Tim Hudson has signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants offered Hudson a two-year contract worth $23 million, which is comfortably outside of what the Braves were able (or willing) to offer to bring him back. Hudson is 38 years old and coming off of a gruesome ankle injury that required major surgery. He has been a stalwart in the Braves' rotation since 2005. More »Atlanta Braves: Lackey or Lohse as a Hudson Replacement?
COMMENTARY | Bobby Cox will likely be headed to Cooperstown after the Hall of Fame's Expansion Era Veterans Committee announces its electees in a few weeks. Atlanta Braves fans will celebrate, but New York Yankees fans should also be able to say that another one of their own will be enshrined in Cooperstown. Cox was in pinstripes for Mickey Mantle's final game, Thurman Munson's first game, and Reggie Jackson's three-homer game in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Cox's decade with the Yankees is more than just a footnote in his career. More »Before the Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox Made His Bones With the New York Yankees
COMMENTARY | It's no secret that the Texas Rangers are looking for an outfielder. Many names have been tossed around in recent weeks as possibilities to join the Rangers in the outfield in 2014: Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier, to name a few. The name of one free agent outfielder has surfaced recently that would make a great fit with Texas if the Rangers are not able to re-sign Nelson Cruz -- 31-year-old Korean native Shin-Soo Choo. More »Is Free-Agent Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo a Good Fit for the Texas Rangers?
COMMENTARY | The Milwaukee Brewers might not wind up being very active this winter, but they know full well that first base is a position that needs an upgrade. From Richie Sexson to Lyle Overbay to Prince Fielder, first base hasn't been a position of need for Milwaukee in more than a decade. Even after Fielder's departure, Corey Hart made a seamless transition from right field to first after Mat Gamel tore his ACL. Hart is now a free agent, but he's still a popular choice to return to the Brewers next season, especially after publicly stating he would take a hometown discount. More »Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: Team Prefers Corey Hart Over Ike Davis at First Base
COMMENTARY | In the wake of the Philadelphia Phillies re-signing soon-to-be 35-year-old catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26-million deal, Cincinnati Reds platoon catcher Ryan Hanigan may look like a bargain at under $3 million for a year of backstop stopgap. Despite a disappointing and injury-marred 2013, Hanigan still possesses the skills and aptitude that have helped him carve his niche as an excellent pitching-staff handler, defensive force behind the plate and a solid contact hitter with a low strikeout rate. The Reds may actually find a market for Hanigan and land a decent prospect or player in return. Any team interested in signing free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo would also be interested in trading for his personal catcher, which Hanigan eventually became while the two were teammates with the Reds. More »Can the Cincinnati Reds Really Fetch a Valuable Prospect or Player for Catcher Ryan Hanigan?
COMMENTARY | The left side of the New York Yankees' infield is very unsettled for the 2014 season. Derek Jeter has been re-signed to return at shortstop, but questions about his durability after playing in just 17 games in 2013 are abundant. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez may not be on the field at all in 2014 if his performance-enhancing drug suspension is upheld. Due to these circumstances, the Yankees have added a name to their offseason free-agent target list -- Jhonny Peralta. More »New York Yankees Rumors: Bombers Eying Jhonny Peralta
COMMENTARY | In the first move of an offseason expected to bring about a lot of changes to the soon-to-be-forgotten Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves have said goodbye to 38-year-old veteran right-hander Tim Hudson. Hudson, who pitched the past nine seasons with the Braves, agreed on a two-year, $23 million contract with the San Francisco Giants to return to the Bay Area. Hudson first came to prominence as a "Moneyball" pitcher for the Oakland Athletics for the first six seasons of his career. The Braves had made overtures to Hudson's camp regarding a new deal to keep him in Atlanta, but the team wanted him to return at a discounted rate from the $9 million he made in 2013. More »Atlanta Braves: Tim Hudson Signs With Giants, Becomes First Offseason Casualty
COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Twins needed to do something about their horrible starting pitching this winter, and it appears that the team has decided on Ricky Nolasco as a possible solution, according to several reports. The word of the Twins' interest first broke on November 15 when Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the team was making a "strong push" for Nolasco. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has been plugged into the situation so far, as he spoke with an unnamed general manager that said the team was "going hard" on Nolasco. He mentioned later that the same GM said the Twins would have to battle the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants in a tweet that inspired the hashtag "bidding war." More »Minnesota Twins Reportedly Pushing Hard to Sign Ricky Nolasco