Peter Gammons: Look West for the class of the National League

In a year in which the Seattle Mariners, who haven’t made the postseason since 2001, were redeveloped and now playing in exile in a land called the Disabled List, the discussions over the weekend in Fenway Park were a positive distraction. It was about shortstop Jean Segura, his .329 average coming off leading the National […]

Jose Reyes Expanding His Strike Zone

So, Jose Reyes is a Colorado Rockie — at least for the moment. Along with prospects Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and an as yet-unnamed third minor leaguer, the 32-year-old switch-hitter is part of Colorado’s haul for trading franchise icon Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays. It’s fair, however, to wonder whether Reyes will actually ever […]

Blue Jays Add Tulo, Try to Bludgeon Way into Playoffs

The Toronto Blue Jays, featuring MLB’s best offense (5.28 runs per game) but few standouts on the mound (4.33 runs allowed per game, 10th-worst), have been connected to a plethora of starting pitchers who could be moved prior to Friday’s trade deadline. The Jays might still add an arm, but they decided to bolster their […]

Peter Gammons: Two leftovers from the draft

–The Pirates took some heat for drafting shortstop Cole Tucker of Phoenix with the 24th pick because he was rated lower by media services. Now, they signed him for $1.8M, about $125,000 below slot, and were able to then sign Iowa HS RHP Mitch Keller above slot. If the Pirates had passed on Tucker, Oakland […]

Peter Gammons: The risk of drafting high school pitchers with top picks

We all want Jose Fernandez to be all right, hope the elbow sprain doesn’t lead to Tommy John Surgery. Our media medical guru and logical practitioner advises us to wait, and so we will, knowing that if, indeed, Fernandez ends up having the surgery it means that not only has a glittering career been sidetracked, […]