RBTS Lists & Opinion

  • Top five moves made at MLB Winter Meetings

    Top five moves made at MLB Winter Meetings

    • David Whitlock
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    The annual Major League Baseball winter meetings concluded on Thursday in San Diego, but they were full of trades, free agent signings, a Rule 5 draft, and rumors faster than could be tweeted.  Here's a look at the Top 5 personnel moves of the week. [caption id="attachment_49778" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Credit: ...Read More
  • Pros and Cons for four teams aiming to sign Jon Lester

    Pros and Cons for four teams aiming to sign Jon Lester

    • David Whitlock
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    D-day is here, and no, we are not talking about December 7th and the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, but rather the "D"ecision for Jon Lester and where he will pitch in 2015 and probably through the rest of the decade.  ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the decision would be ...Read More
  • Three teams in need of Johnny Cueto

    Three teams in need of Johnny Cueto

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49640" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Should the Reds move Cueto this offseason?Credit: AP/Al Behrman[/caption] When looking through standard or advanced statistics, Johnny Cueto categorically ranks as one of the premier pitchers in baseball. Given his talent, the Cincinnati Reds should throw any sum of money to resign him when ...Read More
  • Three fits via trade for Justin Upton

    Three fits via trade for Justin Upton

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49630" align="aligncenter" width="512" class=" "] Is Justin Upton on his way out of Atlanta?Credit: AP/Matt York[/caption] Justin Upton has attracted trade interest across the MLB. In a power-starved market, the slugging Upton belted 29 home runs and drove in 102 RBIs in 2014. He's also fairly durable and consistent. ...Read More
  • Three trade possibilities for Jeff Samardzija

    Three trade possibilities for Jeff Samardzija

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49622" align="aligncenter" width="512" class=" "] Who will land Samardzija?Credit: AP/Ben Margot[/caption] Jeff Samardzija will likely be on the move this offseason. With the winter meetings in San Diego starting tomorrow, the Oakland A's right-hander could be traded as soon as the coming week. In exchange for his services, Oakland ...Read More
  • Three trade suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

    Three trade suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49614" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Credit: AP/Winslow Townson[/caption] Yoenis Cespedes doesn't seem to fit into future plans for the Boston Red Sox. With free agent signings and upcoming youngsters, Boston has a crowded outfield. That combined with Cespedes entering a contract year leaves him prone to a trade. For ...Read More
  • RP Sleeper Value: Jason Grilli, Jason Motte and Joe Beimel

    RP Sleeper Value: Jason Grilli, Jason Motte and Joe Beimel

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49589" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson[/caption] In today's baseball world, sleepers and bargains are rare. Nearly everyone on the market is overpaid to a degree. With expensive options leading the free agent field for relievers, this group is no different. Their importance is being recognized and in ...Read More
  • Three predictions for Nelson Cruz in 2015

    Three predictions for Nelson Cruz in 2015

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49560" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Credit: AP/Ted S. Warren[/caption] Nelson Cruz will be a major force for the Seattle Mariners. After signing a four-year, $57 million contract, Cruz has joined an upswing unit hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001. In today's market, the dollar ...Read More
  • Royals: Small market, pricey bullpen is a major problem

    Royals: Small market, pricey bullpen is a major problem

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49528" align="aligncenter" width="512" class=" "] Credit: AP/Matt Slocum[/caption] The Kansas City Royals have an exciting, dominant bullpen that features Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. This all-time epic trio was hugely responsible for the Royals' magical October run to the World Series. With Herrera entering arbitration and his ...Read More
  • Five reasons why Torii Hunter is good for Minnesota

    Five reasons why Torii Hunter is good for Minnesota

    • Zach Mitchell
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    [caption id="attachment_49509" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Torii Hunter is coming home to where it all began AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez[/caption]   Torii Hunter has always been a fan favorite, whether it's been his diving catches in the outfield, or his bright smile each morning at the ballpark, Torii has always been ...Read More
  • Three expectations for Josh Donaldson in Toronto

    Three expectations for Josh Donaldson in Toronto

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49479" align="aligncenter" width="512" class=" "] Credit: AP/Tony Avelar[/caption] Josh Donaldson represents the most shocking storyline of the MLB offseason. Unexpectedly traded from the Oakland A's to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie and prospects, Donaldson will be changing countries and moving into a fantastic hitter's ballpark. This could ...Read More
  • Three hopes for Brett Lawrie in Oakland

    Three hopes for Brett Lawrie in Oakland

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_49424" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Brett Lawrie is filling big shoes in OaklandCredit: AP/Matt Slocum[/caption] Friday night's blockbuster trade, the one that sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, has largely depressed and angered the Oakland A's fan base. In return for Donaldson's production, Oakland received infielder Brett ...Read More
  • Three players that I’m thankful for

    Three players that I’m thankful for

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_24334" align="aligncenter" width="512" class=" "] Credit: AP/David J. Phillip[/caption] On this Thanksgiving day, we as MLB fanatical supporters have much to be thankful for. 2014's playoffs were marvelous, the hot stove portion of the offseason is enticing and it won't be long until pitchers and catchers report for spring ...Read More
  • Three negative thoughts about Ramirez and Sandoval

    Three negative thoughts about Ramirez and Sandoval

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_24313" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Credit: AP/James A. Finley[/caption] The Boston Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million deal. The fine print will include a vesting option for a fifth year. Shortly after, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Pablo Sandoval on a five-year, $95 ...Read More
  • Three reasons to like Kyle Seager’s extension

    Three reasons to like Kyle Seager’s extension

    • Tyler Birss
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    [caption id="attachment_24295" align="aligncenter" width="525" class=" "] Kyle Seager is worth every penny of this dealCredit: AP/Ted S. Warren[/caption] The Seattle Mariners made a brilliant move today. In signing Kyle Seager to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, they've locked up one of the best corner infielders in baseball. Seager was ...Read More
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