MLB Designated Columnists


Predictions: What are they good for? (Nothing)

It's baseball's silly season, when preseason publications pour out predictions by the score. Some of them will be right, many wrong, and none of it is worth getting upset over.


Can the Braves' Andrelton Simmons keep it up?

Simmons had a historic defensive season in 2013, setting himself up to receive a contract extension taking him through 2020. But how often do shortstops repeat at such a high defensive level?

David Ortiz deserves an extension (and your love)

Big Papi should get the extension he's clamoring for, regardless of what some in the media and many calling in to radio shows might think.


Simmons' extension shows Braves' belief in defense

Defense has, historically, been difficult to gauge financially, but Simmons' new deal is a reminder that some MLB teams are more interested in investing in it than ever.


O's rotation needed Ubaldo, but is it enough?

Jimenez is a start, but this isn't the rotation Baltimore needs. Not yet, anyway.

Braves extensionpalooza a bow to the inevitable

In reversing themselves and negotiating extensions with core players, the Braves confronted a crisis that threatened to escalate their player payroll far beyond its current limits.


Remembering Jim Fregosi

Celebrating the career of the manager and All-Star shortstop who passed away on Friday at the age of 71.

Stephen Drew: Doomed to remain homeless?

Stephen Drew is a very good player, but perhaps not so good that you'd want to change your plans to sign him.

Derek Jeter: Greatest shortstop in Yankees history

A future Hall of Famer announces he's ready to hang 'em up.


Oswalt was one of the best of his generation

It's forgotten among the last couple seasons of disappointment, but Oswalt was as good as the last decade had to offer.

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