Peter Gammons: Astros reload for 2018 run with Cole trade

The Astros are World Champions, partly because their position players are young and intrepid and love the runway, and, by the way, they hammer fastballs so well they led the major leagues in runs and OPS. When they acquired Justin Verlander they likely assured that championship, that guy for whom the walk to the mound […]

Peter Gammons: A few thoughts as we start 2018

So we’re in 2018. The owners have their tax cuts. But they also have luxury tax threshold of $197M with serious disincentives not to cross, at least not this winter, which, in accordance with their last labor agreement with the Players Association, is in many agents’ eyes $13M less than that in terms of payroll […]

Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Brian Cashman has done the big deals, like Mike Mussina, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. He worked for George Steinbrenner, which meant living in the immediate, and when he and Hal Steinbrenner set out to make over the Yankees from their post-Messersmith Decision prominence—from Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez—to a team whose […]

Peter Gammons: San Francisco and the courting of Giancarlo Stanton

As of the morning of Monday, December 4, we still don’t know whether the Marlins preferred the offer for Giancarlo Stanton from the Cardinals or the Giants, or whether or not the Dodgers were preparing to at least shadow box. What we do know is that Gary Denbo has done a remarkable job in his […]

Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers […]

Peter Gammons: MVP’s, Cy’s, Otani, Swihart, the Orioles, and more November notes

In March, 2007, Al Pedrique was a scout in the Houston organization, managing in Venezuela, and he called GM Tim Purpora and told him this 5-foot-5 kid came in for a tryout and that he loved him, so much that while he’d sign for $5,000, he wanted to give him $15,000 not only because he […]

Peter Gammons: GM Meetings, Red Sox off-season options, and more

There was a time when business was accomplished at the General Managers Meetings. They weren’t media events, covered by few, with quiet meetings and dinners when the official business of the day was finished. Today, it is different. “It’s mainly the agents meeting, a sale conference,” says one American League general manager. “Frankly, we’d get […]

Peter Gammons: Cora and Red Sox in search of identity for 2018 and beyond

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox 2017 season was 1965 all over again. They won 93 games and the division for the second year in a row. But even as they tried to battle back against the World Champion Astros in the ALDS, there was something that felt as if the team had some […]

Peter Gammons: After due celebration, Alex Cora will quickly refocus on Boston

LOS ANGELES—It has been a long year for Alex Cora, exhausting at time. He assembled and ran the Puerto Rican team that finished second in the World Baseball Classic. He served as A.J. Hinch’s LBJ, a bench coach who coordinated practice and video and conduit to players; be it Carlos Correa’s injured hand, the hurricane […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox make a seismic shift with manager Alex Cora

LOS ANGELES—Alex Cora is who the Red Sox wanted from the beginning, knowing that once the Astros ended another New England baseball season two weeks ago that they would have to wait until the end of Houston’s run before they could have a show-and-tell presentation at Fenway Park. Knowing that if they waited the Nationals […]