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  • • Cubs’ Players, Personnel on the State of the Team
    The Cubs are one of two teams without a guaranteed signing this offseason, and there’s a good chance their caution continues. By all accounts, the Cubs will have a chance at returning to National League prominence in 2020 only if they make significant strides internally, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times. On that…...2020
  • • Cubs appear to be at a crossroads with Kris Bryant and beyond
    The Chicago Cubs are one of two teams without a guaranteed signing this offseason, and there’s a good chance their caution continues. By all accounts, the Cubs should have a chance to return to National League prominence in 2020, only if they make significant strides internally, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times.  On that fron...2020
  • • NL Notes: Kieboom, Harrison, Giants
    Let’s check in on a few roster situations from the National League. The Nationals plan to give Carter Kieboom an opportunity to win the third base job, manager Dave Martinez told reporters (including Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington). The 22-year-old is a consensus top prospect coming off a year in which he hit .303/.409/.493 with 16…...2020
  • • ‘There aren’t a lot of him out there’: Former UMass teammates share stories, thoughts on Cale Makar
    Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images He was a “coaches dream” and an “unbelievable teammate,” according to his former colleagues On the ice, the talent of Colorado Avalanche rookie defenseman Cale Makar really speaks for itself. With just half a season’s worth of NHL games under his belt, so far all signs point to Makar being an elite def...2020
  • • Players Avoiding Arbitration: National League
    Entering the day, there were more than 150 players on the clock to exchange arbitration figures with their respective teams prior to a noon ET deadline. As one would expect, there’ll be an utter landslide of arbitration agreements in advance of that deadline. We already ran through some key facts and reminders on the arbitration process earlierR...2020
  • • Trade Candidate: Dominic Smith
    Plenty went wrong for the Mets in 2019, their third straight season without a playoff berth, but the oft-maligned franchise nonetheless turned in a fairly respectable campaign. They got off the mat after an awful start to win 86 games, right-hander Jacob deGrom won his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award, and slugging first…...2019
  • • Dominic Smith could be a trade piece for the Mets
    Plenty went wrong for the Mets in 2019, their third straight season without a playoff berth, but the oft-maligned franchise nonetheless turned in a fairly respectable campaign.  They got off the mat after an awful start to win 86 games, right-hander Jacob deGrom won his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award, and slugging first baseman P...2019
  • • Remaining Needs: NL West
    With the offseason almost two months old, MLBTR is going through all 30 teams’ remaining needs by division.  We’ve already checked in on the NL East, AL West, AL Central, and NL Central. Next up: the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks [Offseason Outlook] The Snakes have overseen quite the busy offseason effort thus far. To an extent, though...2019
  • • Remaining needs: NL West
    With the offseason almost two months old, MLBTR is going through all 30 teams’ remaining needs by division.  We’ve already checked in on the NL East, AL West, AL Central, and NL Central. Next up: the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks [Offseason Outlook] The Snakes have overseen quite the busy offseason effort thus far. To an extent, howeve...2019
  • • ‘It’s frustration’: Martin Kaut learning development takes time
    Photo courtesy of Colorado Eagles Bearing the high-pressure tag of being a first-round pick, Kaut is learning there’s a long process to becoming NHL-ready The amount of pressure put on a first-round pick in the National Hockey League is a near-insurmountable mountain of expectation to climb. Colorado Avalanche 2018 first-round selection Mar...2019

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  • • ‘There aren’t a lot of him out there’: Former UMass teammates share stories, thoughts on Cale Makar
    Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images He was a “coaches dream” and an “unbelievable teammate,” according to his former colleagues On the ice, the talent of Colorado Avalanche rookie defenseman Cale Makar really speaks for itself. With just half a season’s worth of NHL games under his belt, so far all signs point to Makar being an elite def...2020
  • • Players Avoiding Arbitration: National League
    Entering the day, there were more than 150 players on the clock to exchange arbitration figures with their respective teams prior to a noon ET deadline. As one would expect, there’ll be an utter landslide of arbitration agreements in advance of that deadline. We already ran through some key facts and reminders on the arbitration process earlierR...2020
  • • Dominic Smith could be a trade piece for the Mets
    Plenty went wrong for the Mets in 2019, their third straight season without a playoff berth, but the oft-maligned franchise nonetheless turned in a fairly respectable campaign.  They got off the mat after an awful start to win 86 games, right-hander Jacob deGrom won his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award, and slugging first baseman P...2019
  • • Remaining needs: NL West
    With the offseason almost two months old, MLBTR is going through all 30 teams’ remaining needs by division.  We’ve already checked in on the NL East, AL West, AL Central, and NL Central. Next up: the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks [Offseason Outlook] The Snakes have overseen quite the busy offseason effort thus far. To an extent, howeve...2019
  • • ‘It’s frustration’: Martin Kaut learning development takes time
    Photo courtesy of Colorado Eagles Bearing the high-pressure tag of being a first-round pick, Kaut is learning there’s a long process to becoming NHL-ready The amount of pressure put on a first-round pick in the National Hockey League is a near-insurmountable mountain of expectation to climb. Colorado Avalanche 2018 first-round selection Mar...2019

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  • • ‘It’s frustration’: Martin Kaut learning development takes time
    Photo courtesy of Colorado Eagles Bearing the high-pressure tag of being a first-round pick, Kaut is learning there’s a long process to becoming NHL-ready The amount of pressure put on a first-round pick in the National Hockey League is a near-insurmountable mountain of expectation to climb. Colorado Avalanche 2018 first-round selection Mar...2019
  • • 10 MLB stars on early MVP pace
    While some big-name players have struggled in the early part of the 2019 MLB season, others have made it their own. Defending American League MVP Mookie Betts has struggled. That’s true for many of his teammates. But one member of the Boston Red Sox has consistently performed. And while Betts has struggled, the reigning National League MVP has not....2019
  • • Watch: Chris Taylor makes insane catch to save run in Game 7
    In a night where one run could make the difference, Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor made an incredible play that might just decide the series. In the fifth inning with Lorenzo Cain representing the game-tying run, Taylor sprinted after a ball lined into the gap and made an outstanding, extended grab then slid into the wall. If Taylor ...2018
  • • Joe Maddon compares Christian Yelich to Bears superstar
    It’s safe to say that one key for the Chicago Cubs in Monday’s NL Central tiebreaker will be minimizing the damage done by Christian Yelich.The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder is the likely National League MVP, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon. That’s why he had quite the comparison when assessing Yelich and the Brewers’ lineup on Monday morning. It’s safe...2018
  • • These stats show how great deGrom was in 2018
    Jacob deGrom finished off one of the greatest individual pitching seasons in MLB history Wednesday with eight scoreless innings against the Braves at Citi Field, in which he yielded only two hits while walking none and striking out 10. It was a fitting end to the 30-year-old right-hander's 2018 campaign, further bolstering his already strong candid...2018

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  • • Fall 4! Cubs return to LCS, Fly The W in DC
    And then there were four. The Cubs rallied against the Nationals and Max Scherzer in a bizarre four-run fifth inning that checked nearly every item in the box score to post a crazy 9-8 victory Thursday night and clinch the National League Division Series....2017
  • • Champs are in: Cubs clinch NL Central crown
    The road wasn't as smooth this time around, but the destination was surely as sweet. For the second straight season, the Cubs are National League Central champions....2017
  • • Wacha, Cards can't deny Cubs Central title
    The road wasn't as smooth this time around, but the destination was surely as sweet. For the second straight season, the Cubs are National League Central champions....2017
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015
  • • MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win
    Behind a 1-for-3 effort from Mike Trout, who also walked and scored a pair of runs, the American League held off the National League, 6-3, on Tuesday night in the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Trout became the first back-to-back winner of the All-Star Game MVP Award presented by Chevrolet....2015

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    • • Cody Bellinger's fantasy baseball stock just keeps on rising
      Cody Bellinger is living the life right about now. Not only are the Los Angeles Dodgers sporting an 8-3 record with baseball’s second-best run differential (+35) heading into Tuesday night, but there are also only three hitters with a better wRC+ than Bellinger’s 266 mark (Mike Trout, Tim Anderson and Tim Beckham). As if that wasn’t enough, the rei...2019
    • • Projecting saves leaders for every NL team
      Eric Karabell projects which player will lead every National League team in saves to help fantasy managers draft closers this season....2019
    • • The case for the Nationals to win it all
      Once again, the Washington Nationals resemble as much of an impressive fantasy baseball draft as they do a ballclub that actually exists in real-life. They are a stunning collection of mostly mid-prime talent that has sent 12 representatives to the All-Star Game over the past three years. Led by a former MVP winner in Bryce Harper and the two-time ...2018
    • • Fan-friendly fantasy picks for all 15 NL teams
      While owners don't want to be ruled by their hearts on draft day, separating fantasy interests from a longstanding allegiance to your favorite team is a difficult exercise. But for National League fans, this team-by-team guide can help you stay true to your hometown club and make a smart fantasy pick....2018
    • • Fantasy reaction to Gordon's trade to Seattle
      Dee Gordon was dealt from Miami to Seattle, sending a bundle of stolen bases from the National League to the American League. Eric Karabell reviews the fantasy spin....2017

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    • • Getaway Day: Does anybody want to win the NL East?
      Do any of you want to win the National League East? The others teams in the division don’t seem to want it. Going into Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals were separated by 3.5 games. The Phillies and the Mets were the only teams with winning records and each team has glaring holes that...2019
    • • This Christian Yelich statistic is pretty outrageous
      Clearly, being the reigning National League MVP isn’t enough for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. While there’s still about five months of baseball left before writers are tasked with voting for Senior Circuit’s best player, the 27-year-old is already making a case to win the award again. As he enters Tuesday’s game against the St. Lo...2019
    • • How AL teams have addressed their weakest positions of 2018
      We took a look this morning at what National League teams have done to improve their weakest position (as per bWAR) from the past season, and now let’s turn our attention to the 15 American League clubs. Angels (Third base, -0.1 bWAR): Unfortunately for the Halos, this was a close competition to decide their least-productive position, as they recei...2019
    • • Report: Josh Hader’s family compelled to change shirts at All-Star Game
      Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader was pitching in the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night at Nationals Park when a series of offensive tweets from seven years ago during his teenage years began to surface.Hader was informed of the burgeoning controversy after leaving the game. Making matters worse, his family and friends were in the stands and as a...2018
    • • Report: Orioles have no problem trading Machado within division
      There has been some speculation that the Baltimore Orioles will limit the trade market for Manny Machado by refusing to trade him to a fellow team in the AL East division, but that is apparently not the case.Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that the Orioles currently have two trade offers on the table for Machado that they are interest...2018