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Author: Matt Musico

This optimistic Vladimir Guerrero Jr. projection for 2019 is absurd

By: Matt Musico | March 18, 2019 Regardless of the team you root for, just about everyone in the baseball world is excited to watch Vladimir Guerrero Jr. eventually make his MLB debut at some point this season. While a Grade 1 oblique strain will keep him on the sidelines for (hopefully) a short period of time, we may have not been blessed with Guerrero’s presence in the big leagues immediately anyways. After all, he’s one of the league’s best prospects, and just about every club does what they can to delay a top prospect’s service time and gain...

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Eight MLB players who could surpass Bryce Harper's record payday

By: Matt Musico | March 10, 2019 It took longer than anyone would’ve expected, but 26-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, got the record-setting payday they were searching for. As virtually everyone is aware of by now, Harper is a Philadelphia Phillie after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract. This deal includes a no-trade clause, which isn’t shocking, but it also doesn’t include any opt-outs, which is typically a staple for Boras clients. It turns out the left-handed slugger didn’t want one. Heck, after going through a long and drawn-out free-agent process this past winter, who...

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This sums up exactly how crazy the NL East was this winter

By: Matt Musico | March 10, 2019 Although the MLB Hot Stove has made waves in the past couple weeks, this offseason was another slow one. Nolan Arenado‘s well-deserved payday was a welcome sight, but Manny Machado and Bryce Harper needing until the end of February to find new homes was frustrating to watch. However, it’s fair to say the National League East did its best to keep things interesting. Outside of the Miami Marlins likely headed for another tough year, the division’s other four teams all made moves with the hope that it’ll land them in the postseason...

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Three tweets that accurately describe Tom Seaver's utter dominance

By: Matt Musico | March 8, 2019 Thursday was a sad day for the New York Mets and all of baseball. It was announced that Hall of Famer Tom Seaver was recently diagnosed with dementia. The Franchise will still work at his California vineyard, but he’s now officially retiring from public life. The former ace had been showing up less often in Queens and Cooperstown in recent years, so this isn’t a complete shock. However, it doesn’t make this news any less sad. Especially since this means he won’t be joining his teammates this season for the Mets’ 50th...

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2019 All-Money Team: The highest-paid MLB players at each position

By: Matt Musico | March 6, 2019 Even though the winter seemed to creep by at a slow pace, we saw some gaudy contract numbers eventually get tossed around. Manny Machado and Bryce Harper both became $300 million players, and Nolan Arenado set a record for average annual value. Let’s also not forget that Patrick Corbin turned a career year into a $140 million payday with the Washington Nationals. Coincidentally enough, only one of them ends up on the 2019 All-Money Team. According to Spotrac’s payroll salary rankings, the following 11 ballplayers all have the honor of bringing home...

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Miami Marlins' odds of winning NL East is laughable compared to division opponents

By: Matt Musico | March 5, 2019 Although every MLB team has a clean slate with Opening Day on the horizon, some have more reasons to be optimistic than others. Virtually everyone in baseball is aware 2019 will be yet another tough one for the Miami Marlins as they continue rebuilding. However, that doesn’t make the comparison between them and the rest of their National League East opponents any less stark. The NL East already appeared to be a wide-open division upon players reporting to their respective spring-training complexes. That notion only increased once the ink dried on Bryce...

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10 MLB free agents in 2020 facing make-or-break years

By: Matt Musico | March 1, 2019 Based on how the last two winters have gone, the MLB Hot Stove we’ve always known and loved has fundamentally changed. It’s the only reason why we can explain this year’s top free agents — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — didn’t sign new deals until spring training was already underway. And let’s not forget about the growing number of veterans either still out of work or accepting non-guaranteed deals. What’s transpired has also urged some of today’s top talent, like Luis Severino and Aaron Nola, to agree to extensions that appear...

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Nolan Arenado has been insanely valuable to the Colorado Rockies

By: Matt Musico | February 26, 2019 Despite how much the free-agent landscape has changed over the past two years, a certain few MLB players will still be able to get that life-changing payday. Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is one of those players. The biggest question as he prepared for 2019, though, was whether he’d sign that huge contract with his current team or somewhere else. Arenado and Colorado had already avoided arbitration by settling on a one-year, $26 million deal, but the club is making it known they want him to skip free agency completely. Source...

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Projecting biggest risers, fallers for MLB bullpens in 2019

By: Matt Musico | February 26, 2019 Spring training has moved to the next exciting phase — after watching teams have official on-field workouts, they’ve progressed to actually playing games against one another. Sure, the games don’t count, but after a winter that’s felt way too long, this is incredibly exciting. It’s impossible to draw real conclusions since we’re just a handful of games into Cactus and Grapefruit League schedules. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t use some projection models to help pass the time until Opening Day. As MLB teams continue preparing for 2019, we’ll be looking at...

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10 MLB players looking to rebound after an injury-filled 2018

By: Matt Musico | February 21, 2019 Playing baseball is hard enough when you’re healthy. It gets that much harder when you’re trying to perform in less-than-ideal circumstances — especially at the game’s highest level. With spring-training games getting underway, the feeling of having a clean slate is front and center as players begin their trek toward getting into game shape for Opening Day. This is the time of year where many players try different things to see if they could work during the regular season. For others, though, it’s about getting into a good rhythm after not really having...

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Projecting biggest risers, fallers for MLB starting rotations in 2019

By: Matt Musico | February 19, 2019 Baseball players reporting to their respective spring-training complexes and actually going through on-field workouts means one thing: spring is officially in the air. It also means that regardless of what happened last season or throughout the winter, every squad has a clean slate. But that doesn’t mean we can’t temper (or amp up) expectations by looking at projections, right? As MLB teams continue preparing for 2019, we’ll be looking at how different areas of the field are expected to perform compared to last year. After looking at the league as a whole,...

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