Zack Greinke

dbacks, opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
Are the DBacks in real trouble? As you may have guessed, due to the fact they are one of the only teams I talk about on here, that I support the Arizona Diamondbacks (aka the DBacks – I even have a DBacks’ shirt if you can believe that! I’ll post a pic later on this post!). There are a number of reasons for this, none of which are really a big deal but the fact is that I follow the team and would like to see them defeat the evil San Francisco Giants in the National League West. I don’t […]

WIth injuries and a wild Greinke, DBacks may be in ...

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Cespedes signs for three-years with Mets, includes one-year opt-out Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t looking for a three-year deal and it was rumored that the Washington Nationals were willing to give him the five-year, $100 million deal he was, more or less, looking for. Even more rumors whispered that he was holding out on the Nationals for a sixth year. They went further still saying that the outfielder, who went on a two month tear that helped turn the New York Mets’ 2015 season around after they acquired him from the Detroit Tigers at the July 31st trade deadline, wanted to stay […]

Popularity of opt-out clauses and Yoenis Cespedes

dbacks, opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
At FanRag Sports Network‘s Major League Baseball site Today’s Knuckleball we often do a round table where a group of writers from the site all weigh in on certain pertinent questions regarding different events in Major League Baseball. This could be anything from trade deadline moves to the World Series to the offseason. This round table is has to do with what we, as professional baseball writers, thought about what has happened over the offseason from moves that have been made to predictions on what is still to come before Opening Day. To read the full round table discussion please follow […]

TKB’s best & worst of the offseason round table discussion

What’s next for the Dodgers? My last post was part of my column that was published today and this is another perspective on the same situation. You can read my original column from Today’s Knuckleball by clicking HERE. *(it will be available at 6pm PT time, sorry!) So to continue,  as you know (if you read my previous post or if you have seen the news) Seattle Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto came out of nowhere and swept starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma  right out from under the Los Angeles Dodgers. Does it have an effect on the teams’ 2016 outlook? Absolutely. Things certainly look worse […]

Dodgers lose out on Iwakuma, what’s their next step?

Iwakuma, dodgers
Dipoto swipes Iwakuma right out from under Dodgers Just earlier this week I wrote that the Seattle Mariners’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto had been busy this offseason and while some of his moves seemed questionable, overall he’d done a good job remaking the Mariners with what he was given to work with. Now, it’s quite obvious that despite a questionable move here and there, Dipoto is very good at his job. Late Thursday night Dipoto and the Mariners announced that they had re-signed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. Yes, you heard that correctly and yes, may seem confusing. The 34-year-old […]

Dipoto moves swiftly, swipes Iwakuma away from Dodgers

second tier pitchers
Now that the Greinke saga is over, second tier pitchers should begin to fall like dominoes On Friday, one of the top pitchers in all of baseball surprised the baseball world as it was announced that he had not signed, as expected, with either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. The entire week had people speculating NorCal or SoCal, NorCal or SoCal? Well, think spring training, west coast spring training. Salt River Fields ring a bell? Well, if it doesn’t (it’s the spring training home of the team Greinke signed with) then I’ll just go ahead and […]

Second tier pitchers should move quickly with Greinke signed

2015 Players' Choice Awards, Josh Donaldson, keep Gray,
Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson dominated the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards. Winning not only Outstanding American League Player of the Year, Donaldson took home the top honor as the most Outstanding Player of 2015.  These awards seem to mean more to the winners than even the awards given out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), Baseball America or the Sporting News Awards because they’re being honored by their peers. The other players in the league believe them to be the best and that truly is a real compliment to in most cases their skill on the […]

Josh Donaldson dominates the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards

 How can we fairly decide the Cy Young Award especially in 2015? It’s that time of year when the members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) will cast their votes for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Cy Young Awards for both the American and National Leagues. Each writer votes for ten players (position or otherwise) for the MVP and five pitchers for the Cy Young, ranking their top choices for each. This is no easy task; there is no specific criteria for either award. Members of the BBWAA each consider many questions, including:  Are the awards […]

Cy Young Award voting made easy!

Keuchel and Kazmir
When you think of the best front of the rotation starters in baseball, who comes to mind? If you’ve watched baseball at all within the last five years, then the first pair of pitchers your mind should go to should be the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starters Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.  They are undoubtedly the best one-two punch in baseball. It’s not even worth questioning. However, there are other good combinations out there such as the New York Mets’ Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. While they may not involve a three-time Cy Young Award winner who is also the reigning […]

How do Astros’ Keuchel and Kazmir compare to competition?

Home Run Derby & All-Star Game 2
I’m a little late on reporting about the All-Star game, I know. I’ve been a little busy with work at FanRag Sports and Today’s Knuckleball but here’s a synopis of the Home Run Derby & All-Star Game highlights. Hometown Home Run Derby The Annual Home Run Derby’s rules have changed over the years but they were never anything near what we saw tonight in Cincinnati. The rules were changed earlier in the season but some amendments were made just prior to tonight’s event. Originally the players were going to get five minutes on the clock to hit as many home […]

2015 Home Run Derby & All-Star Game Highlights

dbacks, opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
I know that I’ve discussed this issue on this blog at great length already (you can find the orginial versions of the post HERE) but on Friday more information came to light about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff. According to Zack Greinke, he doesn’t expect to be 100 percent by Opening Day and according to manager Don Mattingly, the shoulder injury to reliever Brandon League is much more serious than orginally thought. These are not good signs for the Dodgers who already have question marks in thier rotation and bullpen. I’ve condensed all the information already provided in detail […]

More questions arise surrounding Dodgers’ pitchers

UPDATE: March 23, 2015 8:40 am PT As I mention in the original text the Los Angeles Dodgers’ number three starter, Hyun-jin Ryu, was going to be missing his next spring start. Well, it turns out that he’ll now be missing more than that, in fact, he’ll be starting the season on the disabled list, according to manager Don Mattingly. Ryu’s throwing program has been completely shutdown and the 27-year-old left-hander is being taken back to Los Angeles to meet with team doctor Neal ElAttrache for an examination on Monday. The results of the examination will determine whether or not Ryu […]

UPDATE: Dodgers’ lack of pitching depth made more apparent with ...