The post-season is but a (terrible) memory and Winter Meetings are now in the rear view. The Arbitration filing deadline just passed. This is the deepest, coldest part of the off-season, and we have little more than Justin Upton rumors to keep us warm. Or do we?
If you're here at MLB Daily Dish for just the latest trade rumors, transactions, and news from around the Majors, you've made a good start but you're missing a vital part of what we offer every single week: original editorial content and analysis.
Seriously, don't miss out. They're a bit longer-form, they usually take a stand or a position and they're usually awesome. I highly encourage you to read them, comment in them, and perhaps start a fanpost if you have a longer response. Anything other than apathy, I guess.
Here's a few of our original editorials and analysis from the over the past several weeks:
- First, you should check out my interview with the much-maligned Yuniesky Betancourt. Some of that he deserves, some of it he doesn't. Here, I give him a chance to respond to some of the criticism he's received and an opportunity for you guys to get to know him outside of baseball a little bit. Fun read, I think.
- Our weekend editor Matt Sullivan takes an extended look at 5 Pitchers who could hit the trade market soon, and some of his findings might surprise you.
- Here's Nathan with his take on the Scott Boras era and how the new CBA puts his reign of laddering-terror at risk. I question the conclusion, but you should decide for yourself. Good read.
- You simply must read Steph Bee's take on how Justin Upton accidentally helped the Mariners by declining that trade. Note: this article took place before the Mike Morse trade, which makes it a pretty funny read in retrospect.
- Another one from Steph here, where she looks at 5 potential starting options for the Colorado Rockies. It's a good read for fans of basically every bad team -- and a bleak but not hopeless look at what GMs of the same are seeing.
- Here's Cee Angi on providing a potential un-explored way the the Atlanta Braves might solve their issues between shortstop and third. Platoon Martin Prado, of course. Not a predictable solution, but that's why she's writing and you aren't.
- Cliff Corcoran has another funny-in-retrospect-of-the-Morse-trade piece, saying here that only Yoenis Cespedes is safe in the Oakland Athletics having 5 outfielders and 2 first basemen but only 5 spots in which to squeeze them problem.
- Mike Bates takes on the problem with old closers, and what the Pirates have in Jason Grilli.
- Marc Normandin tries to clear the noise on the Mike Morse trade and looks for answers in the Mariners' outfield.
- Finally, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, BGC ranks The best black baseball players of all time. (PART 1 | PART 2) Holy crap what an impossible task! Well he did it anyway and the results are worthwhile, I think. I disagreed here and there, but you should definitely take a look and tell us what you'd do differently.
Until next time!