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2012 deadline deals in retrospect

Last June, I wrote a piece reflecting on several non-waiver deadline deals made in July 2011. My rationale for looking back so far was simple. Most of these trades involve prospects who are years away from reaching the majors — assuming they ever do. Since I enjoyed picking away at those old trades last year, I thought I’d do it again and put several 2012 deadline deals under the microscope this time. There weren’t many sexy moves that year, but I chose a few that I found interesting. I hope…

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Mariners need: first base

  When Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto set out to reshape the club’s roster, the prevailing thought was that the team needed to address their starting pitching, bullpen, catching depth, outfield defense, and fringe depth. Prospect Insider Executive Editor Jason A. Churchill first discussed these areas of need in late October. Since then, Dipoto has aggressively addressed everything that Jason mentioned through a series of transactions that’s seen 30 players change teams. All-in-all, the Mariners have netted 17 new players. That doesn’t mean that Seattle is ready to field a contender….

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The value of stolen bases

Offensive production in major league baseball has dropped sharply over the past decade. The most frequently suggested causes behind this decline are an aggressive performance-enhancing drug testing, the implementation of state-of-the-art analysis on hitters’ tendencies, rising pitch velocities, increased relief pitcher specialization, and more defensive shifts. Regardless of the cause behind the offensive swoon, teams are seeing fewer hitters reach base. League-average on-base percentage (OBP) in recent years harkens back to the levels that prompted Major League Baseball to lower the pitcher’s mound in 1969. You have to go back…

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Report: Hanley Ramirez heads back to Boston

Another big-name free agent hitter is off the board. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Sunday night that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year, $90 million contract with Hanley Ramirez. The sides were reported to be closing in on a deal earlier in the day. As noted in his free agent profile, Ramirez was one of the top position players available via free agency this winter. He missed time in 2014 with a myriad of smaller injuries, but only hit the disabled list once in…

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Free Agent Profile: Hanley Ramirez

During his time with the then Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez was often considered to be one of the top all-around players in the game. A power-hitting shortstop is a commodity in and of itself but one that could also hit for average, steal bases, and more or less hold his own a premium position? That’s a franchise player right there. Injuries and a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers have occurred since that time but he is still a star player. Ramirez is coming off a relatively healthy season compared to…

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Hanley Ramirez not ideal for M’s

As expected, the Seattle Mariners have been linked to free agent Hanley Ramirez. He’s a player the club has had some level of interest in for a few years, and understandably so, he hits. He’s also right-handed and plays shortstop, so on the surface he sounds like a fantastic fit for any team that doesn’t have a present-and-future stalwart at the position. Not so fast. I’m not saying the club shouldn’t have interest and I’m not saying Ramirez doesn’t fit at all, but he’s simply not ideal. Ramirez is well…

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Qualifying Offers: Who Should Accept?

It’s year three of MLB’s qualifying offer experiment, and we’ve got our list of players that were extended $15.3 million contracts by their clubs. These are they: Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers David Robertson, New York Yankees Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers James Shields, Kansas City Royals During the last two offseasons, exactly zero of the 22 players that…

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