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Looking at possible trade destinations for Paul Goldschmidt

By: Matt Musico | November 12, 2018 Plenty of changes have taken place for the Arizona Diamondbacks over the years, but one of the few constants has been the generally stellar (and underrated) play of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Since debuting in 2011, the only players at his position to accumulate more fWAR than Goldy’s 36.3 are Joey Votto (40.8) and Miguel Cabrera (37.5). While the DBacks ultimately fizzled out following a hot start to 2018, their first baseman overcame a slow start of his own to post what’s become a normal campaign for him. He accumulated 5.1 fWAR...

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Patrick Corbin has come a long way since his post-Tommy John struggles

By: Matt Musico | November 6, 2018 Newly-minted free-agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin can attest to the old adage that timing is everything. After all, he picked the perfect time to post a career-high 6.3 fWAR campaign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s not only been extended a $17.9 million qualifying offer by the Dbacks, but it’d also be shocking if he even gave the slightest bit of thought to accepting it. Corbin is viewed as one of the top starting pitchers on the open market this winter, with MLB Trade Rumors predicting him to pull down a contract north...

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The best MLB player at each position in 2018

By: Matt Musico | November 4, 2018 If you could put together a starting lineup full of baseball’s best players, who would be included? The answer to that question will vary depending on who is asked, and there’s no right or wrong here. There are tons of terrific players in today’s game, and there are a countless number of permutations that could lead to a dominant squad. Although fWAR is far from perfect, it’s the only stat that considers all of a player’s contributions while packing it neatly into one number. Who accumulated the most fWAR at their respective...

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Marwin Gonzalez will be an intriguing free-agent case study

By: Matt Musico | October 30, 2018 The only bad thing about the World Series being over is that there is no more baseball to be played until the spring. Endless amounts of news and rumors typically fire up the hot stove enough to keep us warm during the cold winter months, but let’s hope things move at a quicker pace than they did last year. There was a clear shift last offseason in how MLB front offices value players. Having that in mind, there are a number of newly-minted free agents worth following during their journey on the...

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Six MLB pitchers who must build off a strong second half

By: Matt Musico | October 29, 2018 There is no baseball player on the planet who wouldn’t take a strong start to a season. That doesn’t always happen, but with a 162-game schedule to get through in about 180 days, everyone knows this is a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes, all it takes is one sequence of events for a player to completely turn things around. When looking at how the year went for the following six pitchers, they all saved their best work for the second half. They’ve entered the offseason with plenty of confidence and are hoping those...

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially put themselves into a corner

By: Matt Musico | October 25, 2018 Prior to Tuesday night’s Game 1, this year’s World Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to be an intriguing one. Two games later, it’s looking like a runaway as the series shifts to Hollywood. The Red Sox now have a 2-0 lead after holding serve at Fenway Park. As one can imagine, the statistics about teams climbing out of such a deficit in the Fall Classic doesn’t look promising. Mookie Betts‘ dance moves don’t take away the reality of the situation for Los Angeles, unfortunately. Even...

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Boston Red Sox have this going for them in the World Series

By: Matt Musico | October 22, 2018 The 2018 World Series is making history even before the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers take the field for Game 1 at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. How so? Well, it’s the first time these two franchises have faced one another in a Fall Classic since 1916. The Dodgers weren’t in LA and weren’t the Dodgers yet — they were the Brooklyn Robins — and some guy named Babe Ruth was a pitcher for the Red Sox. And although Los Angeles hasn’t won a title since 1988, both clubs have...

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Los Angeles Dodgers win another game without hitting a homer

By: Matt Musico | October 17, 2018 A lot of weird things happened during Game 5 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium Wednesday. The Milwaukee Brewers set the tone for weirdness early by starting Wade Miley and pulling him after facing just one batter. He’ll start Game 6 now, making him the first hurler to start consecutive postseason games since some dude named George Earnshaw in 1930. Then, there was Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He bounced back from a rough start to toss seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits on two walks and...

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The 10 worst MLB players of 2018

By: Matt Musico | October 16, 2018 The 2018 MLB season is technically far from over because we’re still waiting to see who captures October glory in the World Series. But in reality, 26 organizations have already turned the page to the offseason and are gearing up for the next few months leading into next March. Some players will look back on the past six months fondly, but there are also plenty who are glad the regular season is in the rearview mirror. After spotlighting the best hitters and starting pitchers from this year, we’re doing the same for those guys...

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The 10 best MLB players in 2018

By: Matt Musico | October 16, 2018 The 2018 MLB season is technically far from over because we’re still waiting to see who captures October glory in the World Series. But in reality, 26 organizations have already turned the page to the offseason and are gearing up for the next few months leading into next March. Some players are happy the regular season is in the rearview mirror, but there are also plenty that will look back on the past six months fondly, hoping they can carry that momentum into 2019. Baseball is a game defined by peaks and...

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Justin Verlander's domination in October shows no signs of stopping

By: Matt Musico | October 14, 2018 Where would the Houston Astros be without Justin Verlander leading the pitching staff? They’d probably still be pretty good, but not nearly as good as they have been since acquiring him just over a year ago. Houston took a 1-0 series lead Saturday night in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park with their ace taking the reigns like usual. It wasn’t your typical dominant start from the right-hander — he did walk four hitters and recorded two wild pitches — but he allowed just two runs on two...

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