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Is Mike Moustakas That Much Better Than Travis Shaw?

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Is Mike Moustakas That Much Better Than Travis Shaw? Having so many big-name MLB free agents still available with Spring Training approaching can create a little chaos. It makes things interesting because teams are presented with opportunities they didn’t anticipate on getting, but it also causes some front offices to start overthinking things. The Milwaukee Brewers are doing a little bit of both. They haven’t made any major moves yet this winter, but Jim Bowden of The Athletic hints there’s a chance for not one, but two splashes by a squad that surprised...

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Five Starting Pitchers With A Lot to Prove in 2018

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Five Starting Pitchers With A Lot to Prove in 2018 With Spring Training about a month away from starting in earnest, everyone around baseball is focusing squarely on the 2018 season. That doesn’t mean certain players aren’t still using their 2017 performance as motivation, though. Whether last year was a strong one or a disappointing one on an individual basis, there are plenty of starting pitchers with plenty to prove once April rolls around. The following five hurlers are each at different stages of their respective careers, but they all have one thing...

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Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Rotation as Deep as Their Lineup

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Rotation as Deep as Their Lineup Fresh off the franchise’s first World Series victory, the Houston Astros didn’t have any major holes that needed filling this offseason. The thought of having multiple titles is way better than just one, though, which is why they’re continuing to put the proverbial pedal to the floor. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report on Houston landing the front-end starter they desired by acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole is still trying...

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The Single-Season Home Run King for Each MLB Team

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball The Single-Season Home Run King for Each MLB Team In case you missed it, there were a lot of home runs hit during the 2017 MLB regular season. Like, more than we’ve ever seen in baseball history. The 5,693 homers hit during the 2000 began this century off with a bang and remained the model when it came to slugging balls over the wall. Until this year, that is. That record fell with nearly two weeks remaining in the regular season when Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th bomb on...

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Ranking Yu Darvish’s Top Five Potential Landing Spots

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Ranking Yu Darvish’s Top Five Potential Landing Spots You wanna know how slow this offseason has been? It’s so slow that we don’t even wait for a player to sign to consider it newsworthy — just them narrowing down their list of potential suitors is enough. That’s what happened with starting pitcher Yu Darvish Wednesday night, as Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram reported the right-hander has just five teams left in his sights: the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Houston Astros. There isn’t a team that wouldn’t want Darvish...

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Does George Springer Need Strikeouts to Be Successful?

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Does George Springer Need Strikeouts to Be Successful? Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has plenty going for him right now. The 28-year-old is fresh off a year in which he went to his first All-Star game, won a Silver Slugger for the first time and also set new single-season career highs in most offensive categories. He set the tone at the top of Houston’s order by slashing .283/.367/.522 with 34 home runs, 85 RBI and 112 runs scored, which enabled him to post a .376 wOBA, 140 wRC+ and 4.5 fWAR in 629...

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Byron Buxton Should Have a Simple Goal for 2018

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Byron Buxton Should Have a Simple Goal for 2018 Despite suffering through a 2016 season in which they lost 103 games, the Minnesota Twins didn’t look like your typical tear-it-down rebuild project that so many teams have to do in order to become competitive again. But still, if they wanted to get competitive again right away, quite a few things had to go their way. That’s exactly what happened in 2017, as they made history by reaching the playoffs. One of the things that went their way included the play of young outfielder...

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10 Bold MLB Predictions for 2018

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball 10 Bold MLB Predictions for 2018 The holiday season is officially over, which means one thing — this is the final month in which we won’t get to see any on-field MLB action until about November. While a lack of major transactions have made the winter feel more excruciating than normal, the light is at the end of the tunnel. Now that we’re about five or six weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their assigned locations in Arizona and Florida, why not light the fire of anticipation with some bold predictions,...

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Eric Hosmer Fitting in With the San Diego Padres Is Still Weird

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Eric Hosmer Fitting in With the San Diego Padres Is Still Weird We usually see at least a couple big-money contracts agreed to in Major League Baseball once the calendar flips to January, but this winter has been much different. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the only top-10 free agent to sign so far has been Wade Davis, who just found a new home with the Colorado Rockies last week. The lack of action up until this point, though, means we’re in for an interesting six weeks leading up to Spring Training. One of...

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J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox Both Need Each Other

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox Both Need Each Other MLB’s free agent market has been rather slow-moving so far this winter — especially at the top of the class — but it’s pretty much business as usual for any Scott Boras clients. Having big names still in need of a contract for the upcoming season is standard practice for the mega agent as he tries to find the best possible deal. Even if there doesn’t seem to be all that much interest. One of those players waiting for Boras to work...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Every MLB Team

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball New Year’s Resolutions for Every MLB Team The calendar has officially flipped to 2018, which means we can finally say that baseball will be played “this year” instead of “next year.” Now that we all have a clean slate, more than a few of us probably have made some New Year’s resolutions to uphold over the next 12 months. MLB clubs are no different, so we gave each team one resolution to work toward in 2018. Arizona Diamondbacks: Get Their Finances in Order After a very disappointing 2016, the D-backs did a complete...

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Why Are the Colorado Rockies Investing So Heavily in Their Bullpen?

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Why Are the Colorado Rockies Investing So Heavily in Their Bullpen? The top end of MLB’s free agent market hasn’t been moving quickly, but enough time has passed that we can clearly see what most clubs are prioritizing in advance of Opening Day. Based on their moves so far this winter, the Colorado Rockies certainly fall into that bucket. News broke on Friday morning that Colorado agreed to a three-year, $52 million deal with closer Wade Davis (with an option for a fourth year), awarding him the highest per-year salary ever for a...

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45 Most Memorable MLB Moments of 2017

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball 45 Most Memorable MLB Moments of 2017 There are few certainties in life, but one thing is for sure — Boyz II Men never lies. They were right when they said it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. That doesn’t mean we can’t look back on the memories with a smile on our faces, though. Despite the lack of overall action this offseason, MLB front offices have been hard at work preparing for 2018. And soon enough, the ball will drop in Times Square, the calendar will officially flip to January, and...

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The San Francisco Giants Really Need Johnny Cueto to Rebound in 2018

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball The San Francisco Giants Really Need Johnny Cueto to Rebound in 2018 Major League Baseball’s offseason has been slow overall, but the San Francisco Giants have been doing their best to be active following a 98-loss campaign. If you thought they’d go through some kind of rebuild after such a disappointing 2017, they’re doing the complete opposite. Acquiring veteran third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays officially signals they’re going for it with their current core in place, but they’ve still got a lot of work to do with this roster....

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Which Potential Trade Destination Makes the Most Sense for Jackie Bradley Jr.?

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Which Potential Trade Destination Makes the Most Sense for Jackie Bradley Jr.? It’s no secret, you guys — the Boston Red Sox need to find a legit power bat this winter. It also no secret as to the person they’re pursuing to help fill that void. No American League team hit fewer home runs (168) or had a lower ISO (.149) than Boston in 2017, and perhaps no team appears to be more of a perfect match for current free agent J.D. Martinez than the Red Sox. One problem here, though — other...

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These Tweets Put The Ridiculousness of Rickey Henderson Into Perspective

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball These Tweets Put The Ridiculousness of Rickey Henderson Into Perspective It’s hard for many people not to first think of Christmas Day when someone talks about December 25th. However, a lot of other important stuff has also happened on that day. You know, like Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson celebrating his own birth. The 25-year MLB veteran just finished celebrating his 59th birthday, and while we don’t exactly know how the former — yet always colorful — leadoff hitter went about enjoying his special day, there was only one true way for...

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10 MLB Players That Could Use a Change of Scenery

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball 10 MLB Players That Could Use a Change of Scenery With 2018 fast approaching, everyone has an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh, no matter what has transpired over the past year. That’s especially true for baseball players, who can benefit from having a short memory in such a humbling game. But sometimes, just having a short memory isn’t enough to bounce back from a disappointing year — a complete change of scenery can do wonders. The following 10 players have each had their fair share of struggles (whether it...

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Five MLB Teams With A Lot of Work Left To Do for 2018

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Five MLB Teams With A Lot of Work Left To Do for 2018 Major League Baseball’s offseason has been rather slow moving, and while there were plenty of rumors to keep us busy, this year’s edition of the Winter Meetings lacked the number of major moves we’re accustomed to seeing. There’s some silver lining here, though. All this inaction should lead to some craziness with regard to the league’s top free agents and trade targets as we inch closer to Spring Training. That’s good, because there are a handful of teams that still...

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Acquiring Evan Longoria Solves Two Issues For the San Francisco Giants

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Acquiring Evan Longoria Solves Two Issues For the San Francisco Giants Well, it looks like the Tampa Bay Rays are in need of a new face for their franchise. Earlier today, news broke that they’ve traded third baseman Evan Longoria (and some cash) to the San Francisco Giants for a handful of players. Source: Giants get Evan Longoria for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 20, 2017 The Rays are almost always considering sell mode each winter based on their situation, but it looks like...

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Greg Bird Will Be a Crucial Part of the New York Yankees’ Offense

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Greg Bird Will Be a Crucial Part of the New York Yankees’ Offense Remember how the New York Yankees were supposed to be going through a short rebuild? Yea, I don’t either. Behind the play of guys like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Luis Severino, the Baby Bombers found themselves one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2009 this past year. And just in case you thought expectations could potentially get tempered, general manager Brian Cashman ramped them up by acquiring Giancarlo Stanton right before the Winter Meetings. They’re...

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