Ben Horrow

  • joined Mar 05, 2013
  • last login Apr 16, 2014
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Reintroducing Jason Knapp


Former Phillies prospect Jason Knapp is looking to return to a professional club, and the Phillies should seriously look into signing him.

Mariners sign Cano for $240 Million & 10 years


Robinson Cano will no longer call the Bronx home, but instead moves over 2,000 miles to the Pacific Northwest. The newest member of the Seattle Mariners signed an Albert Pujols sized contract ever given to a second baseman.

Dodgers should trade Andre Ethier to the Mariners


The Mariners need offense and better outfielders while the Dodgers need to move an outfielder to clear space, so why not solve both team's problems with one simple trade?

Don't forget the LOOGYs


While Manny Parra and Javier Lopez don't light up the stat sheets or command huge contracts, both provide a service on the field. How much money and how many years did the two southpaws command?

Phillies Must Change Philosophies to Right Ship


Nothing says that every MLB franchise has to win in a unique manner. Utilizing the success stories and models of other teams can prove equally as productive, but the main changes must come in the form of grand paradigm shifts.

Angels act like winners, sign reliever Joe Smith


The Angels haven't signed the biggest name of the free agent market, in fact in this round, they've gone after an average Joe.

Jason Vargas to the Royals: not special, but solid


While replacing Ervin Santana with Jason Vargas seems ludicrous, digging deeper into the Royals' latest acquisition might change some minds.

Former Rangers OF Murphy signs deal with Indians


The Cleveland Indians moved quickly, signing former Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy for 2014, 2015, and possibly a third season. While seemingly banal on the surface, might this move have more depth to it?

Nick Punto's signing could net Cards a shortstop


The Athletics have opened themselves up to more possibilities, and thus allows them to explore more uncharted territory. Could that help the Cardinals search for an infielder?

Phillies Sign Marlon Byrd


Former Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd becomes the team's first signing of the 2014 offseason. What are the details of the deal and what does it mean for the team going forward?

Three outfielders as trade possibilities


With qualifying offers in place and lucrative contracts weighing a team down long-term, sometimes trading is more viable than signing free agents. Especially in the case of low-profile outfielders named Chris, this is a nice strategy for many teams.

Matt Holliday in retrospect


Matt Holliday was the big fish reeled in by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 offseason. How has the contract signed between the two sides worked out thus far?

Free agent fits: Cruz or Morse?


With the many decisions that abound this offseason for the Phillies, one major one will concern the outfield. Some seem to think Nelson Cruz should be a prime target, but maybe the best decision lies elsewhere?

Baseball has brains, how about a soul?


What does baseball have to do with the metaphysical, and do we place too much value on the emotions we feel after a season ends? Did the Red Sox do anything more than just win the 2013 World Series?

Fielding, defense, and Gold Gloves: A discussion


Everyone has an opinion when it comes to baseball awards, especially since advanced metrics became more widespread. It leads to discussions, arguments, and debates. The Gold Glove awards are no different.

World Series preview: Joe Kelly vs. Jake Peavy


With the series knotted at one to one, the Cardinals and Red Sox head to St. Louis for three games. The DH is gone, and for game three youngster Joe Kelly will face veteran Jake Peavy.

Editorial: Some World Series Perspective


Don't fight the urge and desire to analyze the World Series, it's what makes the game so great. Simultaneously, reflect a bit on the other aspects of baseball that keep us coming back every season.

Phillies consider Benedict as Dubee replacement


The Phillies search for a new pitching coach stalled for a minute, but has now led them to court the current Pirates coach in charge of Minor League pitching development. Is this a good move, or another in a string of banal mediocre choices?

Phillips, Price, & a Yankees three-way trade?


The Yankees, Reds, and Rays could have just the right players this offseason to make a deal that could benefit all three clubs for the present and the future.

Uehara, Benoit, & relievers throwing splitters


With numerous high-leverage relievers throwing splitters in the 2013 playoffs, let's put the pitch under a spotlight. What are the pros and cons?

2013 Exit Interview: Erik Kratz


A top priority this offseason will be catcher. Who better to discuss it with than Phillies backstop, Erik Kratz.

Who starts for the Reds in the wild card game?


Who should start for the Reds in Tuesday's wild card game, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, or Johnny Cueto?

Presenting Indians catcher Yan Gomes


Despite low attendance numbers this season, the Indians have put together a season that puts them on the cusp of the playoffs. One player in particular though has made an unexpected yet vital impact.

Gerrit Cole, strikeouts, and pitching to contact


Gerrit Cole's strikeout numbers have recently gone up, but what exactly does it say about the young hurler as a pitcher?

Farewell Andy Pettitte


As Andy Pettitte prepares to take his official leave from baseball, we at BTBS salute him and honor his contributions.

Pirates play and win together


No team utilizes team work to win baseball games better than the Pirates. Without stars manning each position, Pittsburgh does everything they can, including a more greater tendency to work together on the field to continue to rack up the wins.

Future moves for the Dodgers


Looking past this season, the Dodgers will have some holes to fill. Should they target specific players for trade, or look elsewhere?qw

Situational hitting in the playoffs


With the playoffs approaching quickly, let's find out which teams hit best and worst in situations they will definitely encounter come October.

Jonathan Lucroy, pitch framer extraordinaire


In 2011 the Brewers signed one of the best contracts known today, and it had nothing to do with Ryan Braun. The team from Milwaukee continues to reap the benefits of that deal, and thankfully now we can begin to understand the true value involved.

B.J. Upton, the Braves, and the outfield situation


Atlanta has a big lead in the NL East, but the team continues to try out different combinations of outfielders in the hope that one will stick. Who should start in the outfield for the Braves come October?

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