DIVISION ANALYSIS: AL CENTRAL

Entering the season, the expectations were that the Cleveland Indians would rather easily win the division for the fourth straight year. The Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, and the Detroit Tigers were rebuilding teams not expected to be competitive, and the Minnesota Twins were expected to at best be Wild Card contenders and at worst a .500 team.

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6 PLAYERS THAT SHOULD BE TRADED BUT PROBABLY WON‘T BE

The trading deadline promises to have some interesting players available to contending teams, but there are some players who will likely not be moved, but should be. 1. SP MAX SCHERZER, WASHINGTON NATIONALS The Washington Nationals aren’t going to the playoffs this year. They also clearly have significant areas to improve in a competitive division that includes the Atlanta Braves

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WHAT EACH PLAYOFF CONTENDING TEAM NEEDS TO DO TO HAVE A BETTER CHANCE AT WINNING THE WORLD SERIES

AL EAST NEW YORK YANKEES The Bronx Bombers need health and that’s the most important thing. The returns of James Paxton, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius should be enough to give them the best chance possible at winning the World Series. TAMPA BAY RAYS Tampa could use another top of the rotation starter, especially with inning

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ANALYZING THE FREE AGENT MARKET

There’s been a lot of talk about this free agent market being unfavorable for free agents. I decided to analyze whether the top free agents have been underpaid based on expectations. I’m not including free agents who didn’t yet sign. 1. SP PATRICK CORBIN Expectation: 6 Years/$129 Million Result: 6 Years/$140 Million Corbin was clearly not affected by the free

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2019 SEASON PREDICTIONS

It’s that time of year again, who will win each division? Who will win the pennants? Who will win the World Series? I usually get most of my predictions right, but I’m making some surprising picks so who knows this year. AL EAST 1. NEW YORK YANKEES There are some question marks with the health of the rotation, but the

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WHY IS MIKE TROUT CONTENT WITH HIS SITUATION?

Photo courtesy of Google images. A short while back there was a major controversy involving MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s comments about Mike Trout. At the time someone on Twitter joked about Trout being someone who “wouldn’t be recognized in a supermarket”. For some reason that comment stayed with me and I’ve since realized why. Major League Baseball’s major issue is

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HOW MUCH WAR DID FREE AGENTS BRING THEIR TEAMS IN 2018?

How much WAR did teams get from free agent acquisitions? For this research, I’m only using players that were acquired by the team via free agency. I’m not including players that signed as international or amateur free agents. NEW YORK YANKEES Pitching WAR: 6.9 Batting WAR: -0.2 Total WAR: 6.7 ATLANTA BRAVES Pitching WAR: 2.3 Batting WAR: 4.1 Total WAR:

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THIS QUIET CHICAGO CUBS OFFSEASON IS UNACCEPTABLE AND WHAT I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD’VE ACTUALLY DONE

The 2016 World Series was one of the best World Series that I ever saw. Despite the fact that I’m not a fan of either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians, watching Chicago win their first championship since 1908, was one of the most memorable moments in my time following this great game. That said, it’s disappointing to see

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BAD CONTRACT SWAPS

What are some bad contract swaps that teams could do? I’m sure that the contract swaps that I’m going to list are not unknown to the teams themselves, but I think that it’s interesting to look at them and consider whether they would make sense. I should add that some of these contracts include no-trade clauses and so trades could

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7 COMMON IN-SEASON FANTASY BASEBALL MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SEASON AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

1. OVERREACTING TO SHORT SAMPLE SIZES Is a typically good hitter going through a slump? Is an average hitter suddenly turning into Babe Ruth? One of the most common mistakes is overreacting to short sample sizes. An owner sees a player doing better than expected and gives up too much in a trade to get him, later when that player

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DAILY OFFSEASON NOTES

Good bullpen upgrade by the New York Mets. A blockbuster trade between Cleveland, Tampa Bay & Seattle. This is strictly a cost-cutting move for Cleveland and I feel that they gave up too much, so it will depend a lot on what they do with their savings. Tampa Bay won their end of the trade, but now need to work

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FREE AGENT PITCHERS WHO MAY BE BARGAINS & FLOPS & PLAYERS WHOSE DEFENSE SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED THEIR WAR IN 2018

Which free agent pitchers are bargains and which are likely to be busts? I decided to analyze the list. BARGAINS 1. LANCE LYNN Lynn’s fastball velocity improved from 92.6 in 2017 to 94.0 in 2018. His Swing% improves from 44.4% in 2017 to 46.3% in 2018. His K/9 rate improved from 7.4 in 2017 to 9.2 in 2018. He also

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PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT & ROBINSON CANO TRADE IDEAS

The Seattle Mariners are actively shopping Robinson Cano and the Arizona Diamondbacks are actively shopping Paul Goldschmidt. I decided to look at possible destinations. Photo courtesy for NBCsports.com. 1. SEATTLE TRADES CANO TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES FOR OF JACOBY ELLSBURY This trade has already been considered but didn’t happen because the Bronx Bombers wanted “significant cash” as part of

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