Conor Jackson Traded to the Athletics

Given how badly the Diamondbacks have played this season, it’s not surprising to see them begin to make some moves. The first player to go: the disappointing Conor Jackson. Jackson, who was making $3.1 million this season, has been a huge disappointment for the Diamondbacks this season. After missing a majority of last season because […]

Revisiting the 2004 Scott Kazmir Trade

When the Mets traded Scott Kazmir to the Rays in 2004, the trade was puzzling to say the least. The Mets sent away their top pitching prospect to the then struggling Devil Rays in a deal that netted them the duo of Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato. At the time of the trade, the Mets […]

Names you might know: 2010 Golden Baseball League

Back in April, I profiled some of the “stars” of the Atlantic League , which featured guys like Armando Benitez and Edgardo Alfonzo…just to name a few. Luckily for us, there are a variety of other independent leagues out there featuring former major league talent or perhaps simply names you might know. As we continue […]

Maybe Carl Crawford is not destined to be a Yankee in 2011

Headline from the great Ken Rosenthal (4/9): “Is Crawford destined to wear pinstripes?” If you asked me at the beginning of the season, the answer to that question would have been a resounding yes. Just take a look at some of these articles from the beginning of the season: Jon Heyman (3/22): Still, as one […]

The Timing of the Ryan Howard Contract Extension

I thought that there would be no better way to start off a piece about Ryan Howard’s $125 million dollar contract extension then with this telling quote from Phillies GM Ruben Amaro regarding the timing of the extension: “We just felt it was good timing for us,” Amaro said. “We felt No. 1, he’s one […]

2010 Atlantic League: Names you might know

The first week of major league baseball is all about hope. There is hope that your team will perform well this season. There is hope that your favorite player will put up big numbers this season. There is hope that the struggling prospect will finally put it all together and become a useful major league […]

How will Josh Beckett’s Contract Extension Affect Cliff Lee?

Headed into the 2010 season, it was clear that Cliff Lee and Josh Beckett were the two best starting pitchers on the 2011 free agent market. Brandon Webb is a familiar name, but his health was (and still is) in question. Ted Lilly was an all-star last season, but let’s be honest, he’s not in […]