Blue Jays’ Identity Crisis Could Lead to End of Short-Lived Toronto Renaissance

Published January 4, 2017

Edwin Encarnacion is no longer a Blue Jay. Just before Christmas, Cleveland’s baseball team landed the biggest remaining bat on the free-agent market on a three-year, $60 million contract. The deal vexed Jays fans, who wondered how their parrot-toting hero could have bolted for Ohio after being offered four years and $80 million (with the possibility of a fifth-year option that would have been pushed the deal to $100 million) to return to Rogers Centre.


How Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria Continues to Outfox Us All

Published December 21, 2016

Ponder, if you will, the savviest investments of the past 20 years. Think of the venture capitalists who got in early on Google. The angel investors who took a leap of faith with Uber. Sean Parker finagling his way into Facebook right before it exploded was enough to get a Mickey Mouse Club member to play him in a major motion picture.


The 10 Players I’d Elect to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Those Who Miss the Cut

Published December 18, 2016

Before we get into an extended discussion of the Baseball Hall of Fame, let’s take a moment to ask this question: Why the hell should anyone care about the Baseball Hall of Fame?

It’s a fair question to ask. On a global scale, authoritarian governments are bombing ancient cities filled with thousands of innocent people.


Hot Stove: Three Teams That Won the Winter Meetings and Two That Came Away Losers

Published December 12, 2016

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Major League Baseball’s 30 front offices closed up shop on the winter meetings Thursday, ending a stretch of 96 straight hours holed up in dimly lit suites looking for the winning formula to come out ahead this offseason.

The thousands of discussions batted around during those four days will fuel a series of free-agent signings and trades over the next several weeks.


Hot Stove: The Domino Effect Desmond Signing with Rockies Has on Several Teams

Published December 12, 2016

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent outfielder Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract on Wednesday, a move that could create a ripple effect impacting several different teams and playoff races.

From 2012 through 2014, Desmond established himself as one of the most productive shortstops in baseball, posting three straight 20-20 seasons.


Why the Red Sox Are Favorites to Go to the World Series After the Chris Sale Trade

Published December 6, 2016

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Boston Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade Tuesday, nabbing Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox for a four-prospect package headed by Yoan Moncada and establishing themselves as the favorites to win the American League pennant.

In Sale, the Red Sox acquired one of the five best pitchers on Earth.


Winter Meetings: Dodgers-Giants Escalate NL West Arms Race, Rivalry After Day 1 Deals

Published December 6, 2016

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants both made free-agent splashes Monday, escalating the NL West arms race by reeling in two of the best arms on the market.

The Dodgers brought back one of their own, inking Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal.


MLB Winter Meetings Preview: Team by Team Guide for the American League

Published December 5, 2016

Major League Baseball’s owners and players union dodged a completely insane and pointless work stoppage last week, saving the sport from driving itself into a ditch and leaving the greedy legacy of Bud Selig, Jerry Reinsdorf and the screwjob of 1994 intact.

With the fate of the baseball world no longer hanging in the balance, let’s turn our direction to this week’s winter meetings.


MLB Winter Meetings Preview: A Team by Team Guide for the National League

Published December 5, 2016

Major League Baseball’s owners and players union dodged a completely insane and pointless work stoppage Wednesday night, saving the sport from driving itself into a ditch, and leaving the greedy legacy of Bud Selig, Jerry Reinsdorf and the screwjob of 1994 intact.

With the fate of the baseball world no longer hanging in the balance, let’s turn our direction to next week’s winter meetings.


A Letter to BBWAA Voters: Why Tim Raines Deserves to Be in the Hall of Fame

Published December 5, 2016

To: Baseball Hall of Fame Voters
Re: Tim Raines
From: Jonah Keri

Hello BBWAA voter! I hope this letter finds you well.

I’m writing today on behalf of Tim Raines’ candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Since you didn’t vote for Raines on last year’s ballot, I would like to take a few moments to make the case for him this year, in the hopes that you’ll consider voting for him this time around.