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What Is Madison Bumgarner Worth in Upcoming Giants Megadeal?

There's what Madison Bumgarner is actually making, what he's actually worth and how much he might make in his next contract. Spoiler alert: These three things are all very different. What's certain is that the San Francisco Giants have gotten a lot ... (Continue reading)

Predicting San Francisco Giants Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

After finally running out of even-year magic in 2016, the San Francisco Giants don't have many questions to answer before they try to conjure some odd-year magic in 2017. After filling their closer need by signing Mark Melancon, the Giants should ... (Continue reading)

Does Dodgers’ Expensive Roster Have Enough Firepower to Take Down Cubs?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be good in 2017. For fans of the franchise, this must be at once comforting and beside the point. The Dodgers being good has been a fact of life for the last four seasons. ... (Continue reading)

Dodgers Remain Among NL Elite by Re-Signing Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner

Nearly $200 million and exactly three familiar faces later, the Los Angeles Dodgers have retained a roster worthy of the top of the National League power structure. The first $48 million went into a three-year contract for lefty starter Rich Hill, ... (Continue reading)

Mark Melancon Puts Giants Back on Level for NL West Dominance

The San Francisco Giants' run of even-year championships finally ended in 2016 in large part because their bullpen was cursed. Or to put it more bluntly, just not very good. All they had to do to solve this was sign the ... (Continue reading)

Brian Dozier Would Be Perfect Fit in Rebuilding Dodgers’ Flawed Offense

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't get in on what was possibly the best season ever for second basemen in 2016. Chase Utley and others didn't provide much hitting, baserunning or defense. Sounds like a good excuse to target a guy who can give them all ... (Continue reading)

Mike Trout Is Bull’s-Eye Choice for AL MVP as MLB’s Consensus Best Player

It feels like an upset that Mike Trout won the American League MVP. That says enough about where the baseball world is. Or rather, where it's been. In the weeks, days and hours leading up to Thursday's big announcement, it seemed like everyone was ... (Continue reading)

J.D. Martinez Would Be Ideal Fit for Power-Starved Giants

Before the San Francisco Giants' run of even-year championships was killed by their bullpen at the end of 2016, it was wounded by their lack of power. Their leading home run hitter was Brandon Belt, who cranked just 17 homers. 17. The bullpen ... (Continue reading)

Corey Seager Fulfills Top MLB Prospect Destiny as Unanimous Rookie of the Year

When you're also up for the Most Valuable Player Award, winning Rookie of the Year is a mere formality. Still, Corey Seager will take it. And if you're just now joining us, he did. When the results of the National League Rookie ... (Continue reading)

Sonny Gray Is the Wild Card of the MLB Offseason’s Ace Trade Market

Remember when Sonny Gray seemed to have one foot in an Oakland A's uniform and one foot on the trading block? Those were interesting times. Now they may be ready for a comeback. No two Major League Baseball offseasons are exactly alike, ... (Continue reading)