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Reaction: Ian Desmond Signs Puzzling Deal with Rangers to Play Left Field

Ian Desmond

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted March 1, 2016. Last week, I speculated where former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would land. I put time into evaluating each team’s prospects at shortstop and narrowed down the potential suitors to the following: the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, and […]

Dexter Fowler Spurns Orioles at the Altar, Returns to Chicago

Oriole Bird Crying Jordan Meme

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 25, 2016. After the Orioles culminated a wildly successful offseason by landing certified innings-eater Yovani Gallardo, I was ready to praise GM Dan Duquette.  The research was finished, as was my first paragraph.  But then, I got this text from my […]

Orioles, Dexter Fowler Agree to Three-Year Deal

Dexter Fowler Chicago Cubs

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 24, 2016. Dexter Fowler has landed in Birdland, agreeing to terms on a 3-year, $33 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles.  Fowler fills two conspicuous voids for the Orioles: a proficient leadoff hitter and a capable right fielder.  Fowler’s […]

Finding a Home for Ian Desmond

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. This post is from February 23, 2016. It’s been a long, lonely winter for Ian Desmond.  Burdened by a subpar 2015 season and the draft pick compensation attached to him, the former Nationals shortstop is without a home at the dawn of Spring […]

Pablo Sandoval’s Weight and Defiance are Big Causes for Concern

Pablo Sandoval

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 21, 2016. Every year, Spring Training brings forth a cascade of optimism and represents a rebirth of the things baseball fans love the most.  The interminable days of cold, dreary weather are replaced by the balmy and inviting Florida sun.  The howling winter winds […]

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