Javier Baez future WAR

Tuesday, Cubs top prospect Javier Baez will join the Major League club. Folks who follow the Cubs have long sung Baez’s praises as one of Cubs prospects that will bring the Cubs that elusive World Series title. Talent evaluators swoon over Baez’s elite bat speed and big boy power, especially from a premium defensive position [...]

Revisiting Bold Predictions: National League East

Back in March, I penned some bold predictions about every Major League team. I’m revisiting them division by division to see how I did. ATL – A healthy Dan Uggla doesn’t log 400 plate appearances for the Braves in 2014. I was so right about this one (the writing was on the wall). Uggla only [...]

Revisiting Bold Predictions: National League West

Back in March, I penned some bold predictions about every Major League team. I’m revisiting them division by division to see how I did. ARI – Archie Bradley will have more wins than any other Diamondbacks starter. The Diamondbacks starting rotation has been a mishmash of ineffectiveness and injury, but because of injury, Bradley hasn’t [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 13

Last Friday was one of the worst weeks for closers I can remember in a long time. Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, Kenley Jansen and Glen Perkins all allowed multiple runs and/or blew a save/earned a loss, and the elite closer hiccups carried over to the untouchable Koji Uehara on Sunday. All six closers [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 12

It was a light week in terms of closer turnover, so I’ll get into the big news first. Chicago’s Hector Rondon took the weekend off with elbow soreness, giving way to Neil Ramirez – who picked up two saves for the Cubs – but manager Rick Renteria said Rondon was available. The situation should be [...]

How to kick off trade negotiations

I was checking out your roster & noticed you could use an upgrade at SS & LF for the stretch run. Would you be in favor of a deal like this to help you contend this year? This was a message I received from one of my league-mates. It doesn’t really matter what he proposed, [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 11

Could we be witnessing the end of Joe Nathan? The closer with 354 career saves (ninth all time) has been abysmal for the Tigers, posting a 7.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and a 59.7 percent strand rate. He’s allowed two or more earned runs in four out of his last five appearances (10 runs total), and [...]

Time to Shine: Jon Singleton

The Astros are far from being a competitive team in the AL West, but at least now they’re giving playing time to guys that figure to bring them back to competitiveness. Houston signed first base prospect, Jon Singleton, to a heavily team-friendly deal. The deal is a five year, $10 million dollar contract with 3 [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 10

Welcome back to the Closer Chronicle for Week 10. Week 10? Already? This season is flying by. The All-Star Game is a little over a month away, with heavy Twitter speculation on who should and should not start the mid-summer classic. Veteran hurlers’ Tim Hudson and Mark Buehrle both have a case in their respected [...]