Peter Gammons: Buying and developing starters in an inefficient market

We all get it. There is Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, when they are healthy, but wins are not what they were when Bob Welch won 27. But begin an analytical lecture with the Astros, because they used the first pick in two drafts to take Mark Appel and Brady […]

Peter Gammons: Trade deadline thoughts from Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN—The drive here, that begins with the Turnpike from Cataumet to Stockbridge, gave time to think about Jeff Bagwell being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which means he and Frank Thomas, born on the same day and both losers (as well as Mo Vaughn) to Dave Staton in the 1988 Cape League Home Run […]

Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Peter Gammons: State of the league going into the All Star Break

We’ve heard the game show since mid-March, “buyers” and “sellers,” who they should be and what they should do. As the second half of the season began, by Friday the Milwaukee Brewers had a 4 ½ game lead in the National League Central with the fourth best run differential (+40) in the league. And when […]

Peter Gammons: The Pirates and the depreciating asset of Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole was brilliant Wednesday night. He gave up one bloop single in his first six innings. Then again, since the Pirates’ April 3 opener at Fenway Park, Cole has been consistently brilliant, allowing two earned runs or less in his last seven starts. He is healthy. He is still a power pitcher who averaged […]

Videos: Peter Gammons from Tigers and Pirates Spring Training

Peter is down in Florida covering Spring Training story-lines for MLB Network…. Hot Stove from Tigers camp… Hot Stove from Pirates camp… High Heat from Pirates camp…

Peter Gammons: For those with trader’s remorse

We are so familiar with prospects we were stunned when Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez went in a trade for Adam Eaton. Never mind that one hybrid scouting and analytics general manager referred to Eaton as “one of the 15 best players in the game” and my personal fondness for Eaton’s game likeness to Ken Linseman, the […]

Peter Gammons: Bringing along a top prospect

Prospects are like sophomore college quarterbacks. Play them. Now. It was that way in 2013 when Jackie Bradley Jr. tore up spring training, the Red Sox were coming off a meltdown season and talk shows howled for him to go North for Opening Day. An injury opened the door, and when he put up a .189 average […]

Is Pirates’ Rotation Prepared for NL Central Warfare?

To paraphrase manager Clint Hurdle, the Pittsburgh Pirates have serious street cred when it comes to fixing pitchers. From A.J. Burnett (twice) to Francisco Liriano, and Edinson Volquez to J.A. Happ, the Pirates have a track record of extracting maximum value from low-cost, low-profile signings and trades. They take castoffs from MLB’s Island of Misfit […]

2015 IP Leaders by Team

There were 28 pitchers who threw 200.0+ innings in 2015 with the White Sox having three and the Braves, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, and Nationals having two each. The 28 was the lowest total for a full season since the 25 in 1947. There a dozen teams that did not have a pitcher reach 200 innings pitched. […]