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3 Players New York Mets Should Let Walk This Offseason

Bleacherreport.com  -  Most of the players on the New York Mets' current roster are either already locked into long-term contracts or have short enough major league service time to be on rookie contracts or under arbitration.As a result, barring any significant trades that may occur, the majority of the 2014 Mets should be back in 2015. If a few upgrades are made at certain positions in either free agency or through tr 9 days

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Joe Maddon says he's not looking to follow Andrew Friedman to Los Angeles

Sports.yahoo.com  -  Before the news that Andrew Friedman was leaving his post as executive vice president and general manager with the Tampa Bay Rays to become team president of the Los Angeles Dodgers could even settle in on Tuesday, speculation was already running wild over what this might mean for current Rays manager Joe Maddon.Maddon, who's widely regarded as one the game's top skippers and smartest baseball mi 9 days

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Three Reasons James Shields Is a Worse Fit for the Red Sox Than Jon Lester

Bleacherreport.com  -  If the Boston Red Sox are going to compete in 2015, they're badly in need of an overhaul to their pitching staff.After trading away Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront at various points in the 2014 season, the Red Sox are left with few proven options in their rotation. Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly figure to be locks for the starting five in 2015, and it's possible that one of th 10 days

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Yadier Molina's Absence Would Be Critical Blow to Cardinals' Title Hopes

Bleacherreport.com  -  Game 2 of the National League Championship Series ended with the St. Louis Cardinals faithful at Busch Stadium going crazy in the ninth inning.It's the shocked silence that fell over the crowd in the sixth, however, that could be a more accurate reflection of the state of the Cardinals going forward. Yadier Molina is hurt, and from the looks of things, he's hurt pretty bad.For those who missed Su 10 days

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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Live Score and NLCS Highlights

Bleacherreport.com  -  The NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals are looking for back-to-back World Series appearances when they host the San Francisco Giants for Game 1 of the 2014 National League Championship Series.Game 1 will feature a great pitching matchup, with Adam Wainwright on the mound for the Cardinals and Madison Bumgarner taking the ball for the Giants. This is the second time in three years that the tw 12 days

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Clayton Kershaw to Pitch Game 4 of NLDS for Dodgers

Bleacherreport.com  -  The Los Angeles Dodgers are not going to wait to utilize their best pitcher, as Clayton Kershaw will start in Game 4 in the National League Division Series Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.Rachel Nichols of Turner Sports reported the news, noting it will come on short rest:Kershaw led the majors with a 1.77 ERA as well as 21 wins and is the favorite to bring home his third Cy Young Award i 17 days

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Odds of the Washington Nationals Pulling off a Comeback

Bleacherreport.com  -  With a rotation of aces, a talented bullpen and a high-powered lineup, the Washington Nationals were supposed to be perfectly built for the postseason. Then they ran into the San Francisco Giants and their "champions blood," as Hunter Pence put it via Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.Washington's pitching showed up in the first two games of the National League Division Series, but the bats ma 18 days

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Billy Butler steals second base in ALDS Game 3 — no, really!

Sports.yahoo.com  -  Your browser does not support iframes.KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pitchers frequently don't pay attention to Kansas City Royals slugger Billy Butler when he makes it to first base because he's big and lumbering and has five stolen bases in 1,169 career games.Correction: Make that six stolen bases!Butler shocked Kauffman Stadium and anyone watching on TV by stealing second base in the third inning of the G 18 days

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