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Kevin Long was Yankees Problem

Old Yankees are Back – Kevin Long was the Problem

by Coach Huber
What have the Yankees changed? Yankees lead the league in slugging and hitting numbers have jumped up to 50 points higher than last few years.  Every year the NY Yankees are amongst the most talented group of baseball players in the MLB. Since they are one of the best organization for producing winning teams you can say their players are always amongst the elite and they are certainly paid the highest. The last few years the Yankees have struggled offensively even with a star studded line up. They have been one of the bottom ten teams offensively since 2013, but [...]

Closer Report: 14th edition, 2015

by Matt Collins
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• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players It's Roberto Osuna time and it feels so good The Blue Jays' closer situation has been uncertain all season, and it feels like I've been writing about them every week. However, things may now slow down, at least for a little bit. After taking Brett Cecil out of the ninth inning, Toronto appears to be handing the duties off to Osuna, its 20-year-old reliever. It's exciting for fantasy owners, as the youngster looks like he has the stuff to be electric and help out in strikeouts as well as saves. With [...]

Bryant, Buxton or Correa? Execs make picks

by Jim Callis
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Three prospects of this magnitude haven't burst on the big league scene so close to each other since Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Matt Moore arrived to stay in April 2012. Buxton, Bryant and Correa all were selected with a No. 1 or 2 overall pick in the Draft, and they have shown why during their brief time in the Majors. Bryant, 23, has been the second-most productive hitter in the Cubs' lineup, batting .275/.381/.466 while filling a gaping hole at third base. Correa, 20, has the best numbers (.287/.309/.543) among Houston's regulars and has played sterling defensive at shortstop, [...]

2015 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

by Coach Mike Huber
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Here's a complete breakdown of which 2015 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds have agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. The list will be updated through the July 17 signing deadline. Clubs have not announced or confirmed bonuses. Click on the bonus amounts for more details. Draft Central | Draft Tracker | Top 200 Draft Prospects Round 1 No. Team Player Pos. School Bonus Pick value Video 1 ARI Dansby Swanson SS Vanderbilt   $8,616,900   Starting assignment: TBD 2 HOU Alex Bregman SS LSU $5,900,000 $7,420,100   Starting assignment: Class A Quad Cities [...]

Things the Cubs might do to augment pitching

by Anthony Castrovince
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If only team upgrades arrived so easily. The Cubs are at an interesting juncture in their organizational upswing. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Co. have done as promised in their upheaval of the farm system and their accrual of young talent. And now, with July upon us in a season in which the Cubs have returned to relevance, decisions must be made about whether it makes sense to mortgage much of the future to impact the present. Though appearances can of course be deceiving, it appears -- especially in the wake of last weekend's sweep suffered at Busch Stadium -- [...]