The Astros and the grand scheme with Brady Aiken

The Astros are currently being roasted for their failure to sign first overall draft pick Brady Aiken. But here’s why it’s not that big of a deal and the anger is based on an agenda against the entire way the Astros are being run.

Ominous signs for the Padres' GM search

The Padres are having an unusual and exhaustive search for their new GM. Is it because they’re doing their due diligence and know exactly what they want or is it because they’re looking for someone who’ll willingly walk into a dysfunctional situation?

MLB mid-season award winners – National League

Is it Tulowitzki or McCutchen for the MVP? Kershaw or Wainwright for the Cy Young Award? And what about the weak NL rookie class?

MLB mid-season award winners - American League

Technically, the All-Star break isn’t “mid-season”, but it’s as good a time as any to pick award winners. First the American League.

The news on Masahiro Tanaka is pseudo-bad for the Yankees, which is still bad

Masahiro Tanaka is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery. If he does, it won’t gloss over the Yankees’ problems. If he doesn’t, it exacerbates them.

The Masahiro Tanaka explosion and its blowback

Masahiro Tanaka’s injury is the least of the Yankees’ problems.

Mets' handling of Jon Niese and why they should keep Bartolo Colon

While there’s been talk that the Mets are willing to listen to offers on Bartolo Colon, the injury to Jon Niese shows why it’s probably not a good idea.

The A’s acquired Samardzija and Hammel, not Drysdale and Koufax

The A’s and Cubs made a trade that is being portrayed as a blockbuster more for the front office people who made it than for the players involved.

On George Steinbrenner's birthday, laughter is not the Yankees' best medicine

If George Steinbrenner were around to see the evident complacency around the Yankees, he’d have erupted like a volcano.

The stages of Lucas Duda

Now that Lucas Duda has started producing, his production is being dissected by those who either support him or denigrate him. The fact is that he was the right choice between him and Ike Davis and he’s performing as he did in the minor leagues.