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The Savviest, Smaller Moves Executed This MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.04.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The 2014 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline was arguably the most memorable deadline in recent history. With the likes of David Price, Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes and many more stars moving around, experts and fans alike were in full swoon mode.

Bartolo Colon: So What's the Trade Market for a 41-Year-Old Pitcher?

Ben Berkon | Posted 09.27.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

If the Mets' true vision is be competitive in 2015 -- not this season -- then general manager Sandy Alderson has about four days to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.

The [Mis]treatment of Daniel Murphy

Ben Berkon | Posted 08.23.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Regardless of where a fan falls on the #ImWith28 spectrum, however, Murphy's short-lived future with the team has little to do with his positive or nonexistent skill sets.

Joba Chamberlain Is Back, Baby

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The mighty fell hard. Despite once being considered Mariano Rivera's eventual replacement or at least a top-of-the-rotation mainstay, the Yankees decided against re-signing Chamberlain this offseason.

Should the New York Mets Be Worried About Bartolo Colon?

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

When the New York Mets signed Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million contract this offseason, it seemed like a prudent acquisition.

3 MLB Hitters Enjoying Surprising Aprils

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

If there's one thing prudent baseball observers dread the most, it's the inevitable sweeping analysis -- for better or worse -- based on a small sample size (SSS).

Could the Texas Rangers Be a Fit for Daniel Murphy?

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.26.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Instead, general manager Jon Daniels could do what he's done so many times before: make a "win-now" trade. And New York Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy would be a perfect fit.

What Changed the New York Yankees' Mind About Brett Gardner?

Ben Berkon | Posted 04.26.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Gardner, 30, is young by Bombers' standards and has excelled as a starter over the past four seasons. But what could have changed the Yankees' mind about Brett Gardner?

The Baltimore Orioles Are a Good Fit for Ubaldo Jimenez

Ben Berkon | Posted 04.22.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

It took until mid-February, but Ubaldo Jimenez, one of the better starting pitchers on the free-agent market, has finally put pen to paper.

The Downfall of Not Starting Juan Lagares

Ben Berkon | Posted 04.21.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Terry Collins, and perhaps the Mets too, apparently feel that centerfield is a wide-open competition.

The Best Free-Agent Defensive Players Still Available

Ben Berkon | Posted 03.23.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe's glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.

Detroit Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski's Serious Error

Ben Berkon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

One of these players, who only had two years of team control left, netted Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The other one, who also currently has two years of team control left, only netted Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.

An Interview with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The interview features Ripken's stance on steroids in the Hall of Fame, the widespread use of sabermetrics, current players he's kept a close eye on as well as many other topics.

Kyle Lohse Could Become This Generation's Curt Flood

Ben Berkon | Posted 04.27.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Lohse, who is coming off a terrific 2012 campaign, where he hurled a career-best 134 ERA+ and 3.76 K/BB over 211 IP, still remains a free-agent.

Re-Signing David Wright Will Take More Than Just Re-Signing David Wright

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.20.2012 | Sports
Ben Berkon

For the first time in arguably three seasons, David Wright is playing like a franchise player again.

The Top Five Control Artists in 2011

Ben Berkon | Posted 12.24.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

While being a "control artist" isn't as sexy as being a "strikeout artist," sometimes the former is more important.

The Past, Present, and Future of Cameron Maybin

Ben Berkon | Posted 12.06.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Not too long ago, the name "Cameron Maybin" meant big things. In his first season in the Minor Leagues for the Tigers, Maybin exhibited why scouts gushed about him.

Craig Kimbrel Could Be Even Better in 2012

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.23.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

In just his second Major League season, the 23 year-old has become the best closer in the National League.

This Brett Lawrie Guy is Pretty Darn Good

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.20.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Most people were aware of how special of a player Lawrie would be. The only question was when he'd be able to illustrate his special talents at the Major League level.

A Jhonny Peralta Trend

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.15.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Jhonny Peralta is arguably enjoying the finest season of his entire career. Offensively, Peralta ranks third among shortstops, and defensively, he's fourth.

The Marlins Closer Outlook for 2012

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.07.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Even though being a relatively consistent closer isn't exactly the easiest asset to come by, Leo Nunez, who could make as much as $6.5 million through arbitration in the off-season, will still most likely get cut loose.

Casey Janssen, the Blue Jays Closer in 2012?

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.30.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The Toronto Blue Jays bullpen has been a mess lately. Part-time closer Jon Rauch is on the disabled list, and current closer Frank Francisco might joi...

Vinnie Pestano Should Be Turning More Heads

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.29.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

In 2010, the Cleveland Indians were in a hurry to get rid of veteran closer Kerry Wood to pave way for youngster Chris Perez. Their urgency was justified.

Matt Treanor and Joe Mauer Have a Few Things in Common

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.16.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

At age 35, Matt Treanor is arguably enjoying his finest campaign in the Major Leagues. The currently DL'd Kansas City Royals catcher has posted an overall .226/.351/.306 line with 3 homeruns, 21 RBI, 24 runs, and 2 stolen bases in 230 plate appearances.

Could Brent Lillibridge Be the New Michael Morse?

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.05.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

After two consecutive years of double-digit homeruns, Michael Morse of the Washington Nationals became a household name--at least in houses that participate in fantasy baseball.