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Capuano or Marquis?

CHRIS PUMMER: Nobody is likely to remember Chris Capuano as the one that got away for the Mets, but the lefty did strike a pretty fair deal with the Dodgers. Certainly I think it will be better than…

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Toxic Red Sox

CHRIS PUMMER: Despite the frenzy created by the Boston Globe’s report that Red Sox pitchers were drinking beer, playing video games and ordering fried chicken during games, those extra-curricular activities likely had nothing to do with the team’s stunning September collapse. Continue reading

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Trading For Ubaldo

HOWARD MEGDAL: You can argue whether the Indians gave up too much for Ubaldo Jimenez. But it is inarguable that Cleveland’s contention has nothing to do with making it worthwhile to trade for Ubaldo Jimenez. That’s a piece any team should add if given the chance, regardless of their place in the success cycle.

CHRIS PUMMER: This is just a senseless gamble the Indians didn’t need to make. Continue reading

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Greinke Injury

CHRIS PUMMER: Basketball isn’t a safe sport to dabble in. And if I were being paid millions of dollars to play baseball, I would probably not do anything that would compromise my ability to do that.

At the same time, Greinke’s already got all the money he and his family will ever need coming to him. Maybe gambling a possible $150-200 million payday for the sake of doing whatever the hell he wants right now is just fine with him. Continue reading

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The Manny Ramirez Signing

HOWARD MEGDAL: No exaggeration: Manny Ramirez, at one year and $2 million, is the biggest bargain of the offseason. It’s not particularly close.

CHRIS PUMMER: Intellectually, I have to agree with Howard. Emotionally, it’s a little harder. It’s not secret that Ramirez elicits a lot of strong, sometimes irrational reactions from fans — both for and against. I have to admit that I’m in the against group after watching a Sunday night game between the White Sox and Tigers in September of last year. Continue reading

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Expanded MLB Playoffs

CHRIS PUMMER: The dollars make sense for everyone, and really, so does this expansion.

HOWARD MEGDAL: My concerns are two-fold about the potential for expanding baseball playoffs: diluting playoff baseball, and potentially shortening the regular season. Continue reading

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Women and NFL Attire

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT:As someone who grew up owning at least two different T-shirts representing all of my favorite teams, I’m glad to see there’s some variety being put out there.

AKIE BERMISS: I find it kind of strange that its taken the NFL this long to put real effort into making good team apparel for women. Like Krysten, I find logos and words written across the butt to be alarmingly crass (I can’t imagine why anyone who wasn’t a stripper would want to wear a pair of pants that say “Juicy” across the butt!), but I do think there is something to be said for making something a little more… perhaps the word I’m trying to avoid is: feminine.

NAVA BRAHE: The first time I remember seeing a pink NFL t-shirt was my first semester of graduate school. It was 2002, and I was beginning the second leg of my “adult” education at Hofstra University. At the first meeting of one of my classes, I noticed a cute, petite blonde girl sporting a fitted pink New York Jets t-shirt; and a diamond engagement ring the size of a marble. She seemed nice enough, and I didn’t give it a second thought. It wasn’t until later that same day when I ran into the Chair of the English department, and was asked, “Is Wayne Chrebet’s wife in class with you?” My answer was, “Yeah, I guess she was the one in the pink Jets t-shirt.”

SHANNON MCCARTHY: It used to be you didn’t have very many options for team apparel if you were female; you could go for a larger men’s jersey or you could opt for the largest youth size, but either way, you were getting a dress, and not an attractive one either. When retailers finally came out with jerseys and shirts that were more fitted for the female form, it seemed these only came in pink (or if not pink, baby blue). Why is that? Continue reading

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New MLB Calendar Rules

MIKE SILVA: Very rarely do we use the term “little guy” when it comes to pro athletes. In baseball the average player earns about $3 million dollars a year, making it difficult for the common man to relate to the issues that face a majority of ballplayers. In reality the new MLB free agency rules are one of the rare times the needs of the lower wage player are put ahead of the big name free agents.

HOWARD MEGDAL: For those of us who root for teams not in the playoffs, the offseason has already begun. Our October has come, and it merely serves as a conduit to next April and renewed hope. So anything that speeds up the process allowing our favorite teams to, in theory, improve, is fine by me.
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Javier Vazquez: 2011 Bargain?

BRAD GOLDBACH: Javier Vasquez is a free agent after this season, but with the way he has pitched for the Yankees this season, you would think that nobody would go after him. But, he would be a 2011 free agent bargain…if he is signed by an NL team.

CHRIS PUMMER: If his velocity and peripheral numbers bounce back, Vazquez might prove to be a value for someone. But that’s only because he’s scaring off the big money. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post AL East Preview

STEPHON JOHNSON: While I tire of the “American League is better than the National League” talk, there’s no denying how good the American League East is.

EMMA SPAN: The 2010 AL East race in a nutshell: Continue reading

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