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World Baseball Classic quick thoughts

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  That was a hell of a tournament by pretty much any measure: frenetic crowd noise, record-setting attendance, impassioned play, close games and intriguing match-ups. The World Baseball Classic commenced with little buzz, but ended up being a home run for the game. Hopefully Major League Baseball rides this momentum to create an even better […]

Why the Adam Eaton trade isn’t so bad for the Washington Nationals

adam eaton washington nationals

Last week, the Washington Nationals made a risky move dealing top prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton. On the surface, the move seems inane from Washington’s perspective and reeks of a panic move. But digging deeper, the move begins to make more sense. Eaton, 28, is under team control […]

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 […]

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 […]

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