To Bounce Back, Lucroy Must Handle Heat at the Plate, Soft Stuff Behind it

Jonathan Lucroy isn’t demanding a trade, per se, but the backstop sure wouldn’t mind escaping the Milwaukee Brewers’ long-term rebuilding effort in favor of playing for a contender in 2016. Lucroy, nearing 30, would fetch a considerable haul for new GM David Stearns, considering that Lucroy is signed to a dirt cheap contract ($4M in […]

Ender Inciarte More Than Mere Throw-In for Braves

Given the star power involved in the deal, it would be easy to dismiss Ender Inciarte as little more than an asterisk in the trade that sent Shelby Miller (and minor league lefty Gabe Speier) from the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Let’s face it: he’s not exactly the sexiest part of the Braves’ […]

What’s with Johnny Cueto?

When the Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in July, the club thought that they had eliminated the one glaring weakness that had prevented them from hoisting the World Series trophy last fall: the lack of a dominant, October-altering starting pitcher. In Cueto, the Royals envisioned the Midwest’s answer to Madison Bumgarner. But the longtime […]

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 […]

Newberg: Five years ago today

It was five years ago today. Talks between the Mariners and Yankees hit a snag, with Seattle making some sort of reference to the medicals on AA second baseman David Adams’s ankle that DeAndre Jordan would have approved of, and Texas swooped in and made Justin Smoak available once and for all, shipping the first baseman […]

Clay Buchholz’s Rising Trade Value

After posting a 5.76 ERA in his first 25 innings, Clay Buchholz has settled down and pitched like an ace. The Boston Red Sox haven’t won as many games as some have anticipated and the franchise could turn into sellers at the trade deadline. Although Boston needs as much starting pitching as it could get, […]

Arizona Uncovers Gem in Rubby De La Rosa

At first blush, Arizona Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa appears to be trying the patience of his third major league club. The former Dodger and Red Sock, acquired by Arizona this past winter in the four-player Wade Miley deal, lugs the 12th-worst ERA among qualified starters (5.27) into his Friday night showdown with San […]

Devon Travis Crushing Inside Heat, Climbing Rookie of the Year Lists

As a five-foot-nine-on-his-tippy-toes second baseman, Devon Travis is used to getting overlooked. The Florida State product lasted until the 13th round of the 2012 draft, when the Tigers made him the 424th overall pick. He raked in the minors (.323 AVG/.388 OBP/.487 SLG), but rarely cracked top prospect lists (Baseball America rated him #84 prior […]

Cahill Hopes to Re-Discover Sinker, Revive Career in Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves are taking Cobb County these days, shipping soon-to-be-expensive stars like Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel out of town for prospects and young major leaguers in hopes of building a super club for their new ballpark’s 2017 opening. But there’s another side to John Hart‘s rebuilding strategy: buying low on formerly […]