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

Ben Berkon | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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.

J.J. Hardy: Where Did All His Home Run Power Go?

Ben Berkon | Posted 08.02.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Over the past three seasons, no shortstop has hit more home runs than J.J. Hardy. In fact, the Baltimore Orioles' star has even slugged more dingers t...

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.

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.

New York Mets Should Have Targeted A.J. Pollock

Ben Berkon | Posted 02.08.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Jubilation for the Mets actually spending money aside, if the team's offseason focus was to add a two-win player, they should have instead coveted Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock.

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.

Sidearming His Way to the Majors: How Reliever Greg Burke Reinvented His Pitching Career

Ben Berkon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Despite originally being selected by the New York Mets as the 1262nd overall pick in the 2000 draft, Burke instead opted to attend Duke University. Yet, after graduating, no major league organization came knocking.

How Important Is Luck in Baseball?

Ben Berkon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

To this day, many New York Yankees fans still gleefully speak of Aaron Small, who despite owning a 5.49 ERA (and 82 ERA+) from 1994 to 2004, somehow rolled out a 3.20 ERA and 10-0 record as a 33-year-old with the Bombers in 2005.

Realistic Mets Outfield Trade Targets, Part 3: Gary Brown, Michael Taylor, and Joc Pederson

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.31.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

At the 2011 trade deadline, the New York Mets almost acquired Brown as the centerpiece in the Carlos Beltran trade instead of Zack Wheeler. Considering the Mets' lack of hitting prospects even then, Brown would have been a welcome addition.

The New York Mets Need to Sign Shin-Soo Choo This Off-Season

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.20.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

While Mike Baxter and Andrew Brown, perhaps, deserve a chance to start this season, the Mets need to sign to-be free agent Shin-Soo Choo this coming off-season.

What the Mets Should Do With Daniel Murphy, Part 2

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.14.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The Mets' farm system is relatively weak in terms of natural second basemen (i.e. Daniel Muno and Branden Kaupe), but the front office has prudently pushed offense-first Wilmer Flores to learn the position at Triple-A this season.

The Resurgence of Nate McLouth

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.13.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

It wasn't too long ago that Nate McLouth was one of the more exciting, young outfielders in baseball. In 2008, McLouth-in his fourth major league season-posted a 125 OPS+, 26 HR, and 23 SB campaign for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What the Mets Should Do With Daniel Murphy, Part 1

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.07.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Among Mets fans, Daniel Murphy is a contentious player. They are generally split on how to view the 28-year-old infielder.

Justin Upton Trade Already Haunting the Diamondbacks

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.30.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Upton was the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. After dominating at all levels in the minors, the Arizona Diamondbacks promoted the 19 year-old to the show -- where he became a fixture in the Diamondbacks outfield for the next five seasons.

What a Matt Harvey Extension Could Look Like

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.26.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Through the first month of the season, the main attraction in Flushing has been Matt Harvey. Harvey has dazzled both Mets and baseball fans alike with...

Closers Are Unbearably Fickle

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.18.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The most contentious decision for a fantasy baseball owner is always which closers to draft. Closers, unlike arguably any other position, come with the greatest degree of risk.

Professional Wrestling Is Real

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

While haters might equate wrestling to Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, or the Tooth Fairy, non-fans simply fail to understand that the entertainment that transpires from wrestling is undeniably real.