2017 MLB Trade Value Player Rankings, Part 2: Nos. 50-21

Published March 23, 2017

Welcome to Part 2 of the 2017 Trade Value player rankings! Breaking down multiple factors (age, performance, contract status, etc.) and using statistical analysis, I’ve ranked the top 50 players in baseball for this season by their trade value—essentially trying to answer the question, “If every team made every player available via trade, which guys would fetch the greatest return?”

Six Things from the USA vs. Puerto Rico WBC Final That Turned Me into a Believer

Published March 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES — I’ll be honest … I was a skeptic. The World Baseball Classic never resonated to me the way a big playoff game, or even a June matchup between two well-stocked teams would. These were exhibition games, with some of the best players not on the field, being played at a time of year when maybe we weren’t quite ready to dive fully back into high-level competition.

2017 MLB Trade Value Player Rankings, Part I: Introduction, Honorable Mentions, Just Missed

Published March 21, 2017

Take my hand and come with me on a mystical journey into baseball’s future. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed every single one of his ideas on the game—the good ones and the bad ones. He’s announced expansion into Montreal and Mexico City and codified pitch clocks for all pitchers.

Jonah Keri’s 2017 MLB Breakout Brigade: Six Players Who Are In Store for a Big Year

Published March 21, 2017

A new pitch. An improved batting eye. An extra 10 pounds of muscle. Every year, a small group of players will break out, smashing old performance levels and establishing themselves as young stars, thanks to … something. Figuring out which players might make the leap takes all kinds of number-crunching, and a little bit of dumb luck.

Jonah Keri’s Spring Training Tour: Yankees’ Baby Bombers Could Be All Grown Up Soon

Published March 21, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — These are not your father’s New York Yankees. Hell, they’re not even your slightly older brother’s New York Yankees.

The team that spent megabucks on Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, and Jacoby Ellsbury is no more. A-Rod, Teixeira, and McCann are done, while Sabathia and Ellsbury are nine-figure bit players.

Jonah Keri’s Spring Training Tour: Blue Jays Fighting War to Compete on Two Fronts

Published March 13, 2017

DUNEDIN, Fla. — In winning their first World Series in 108 years last fall, the Chicago Cubs made themselves the darlings of baseball. But it’s their deep stable of young, elite talent that makes them the envy of baseball. By building a team geared toward lasting success, the Cubs are living the dream that 29 other franchises are desperate to reach.

Jonah Keri’s Spring Training Tour: Projection Smashing Orioles Defying the Odds

Published March 9, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles have won more games than any other American League team over the past five years. But they’ve also failed to win a single post-ALDS game in that span. The way in which Baltimore bowed out of last year’s playoffs was so painful, and so inexplicable, it became a meme.

The 30: Who’s No. 1 in the First MLB Power Rankings of 2017?

Published February 24, 2017

Wait a minute! Do you hear that? The pop of catchers’ mitts, the chatter around the diamond, the glorious thud of flipped bats crashing onto the grass … baseball is back, baby!

Welcome to year two of The 30 here at SI.com. All season long, I’ll rank all 30 major league teams and delve into the biggest stories swirling around the game.

Nationals Need World Series More Than Anyone Now That Cubs’ Drought Is Over

Published February 24, 2017

With Chicago still celebrating months after the fact, we can safely cross the Cubs off the top of our list of franchises with the greatest sense of World Series urgency. No team will come close to matching the buildup that comes with a 108-year drought, of course. Still, if any organization would seem particularly anxious to win big and win soon, it might be the Nationals.