The 10 Best Defensive Players in MLB Entering 2021 Season

With strikeouts rising on an annual basis, defense is becoming something of a dying art form in Major League Baseball. Yet some are doing what they can to keep it alive. We thought we’d honor these guys by counting down the top 10 defenders in MLB right now. We did our best to narrow down […]

Jackie Bradley Jr. and His Glove Are Milwaukee-Bound

Jackie Bradley Jr. may or may not be the best defensive centerfielder in the game. Metrics have never loved him quite as much as the eye test suggests they should — accordingly, he’s never been honored with a Fielding Bible award — but there are those who believe he’s without peer among his contemporaries. At […]

2021 Fantasy Baseball Park Factors: Move to Mets a downgrade for Francisco Lindor?

Ballpark factors are often underrated and can have a pretty noticeable impact, especially at the extreme ends. Of course, how the ball plays this year is another story altogether, considering there are lingering questions about the 2020 version. We start with the best pitching parks before moving to the most favorable places to hit, breaking […]

‘We couldn’t resist’: Andrelton Simmons has the Twins thinking big defensively

Andrelton Simmons is one of the best defensive shortstops ever, a four-time Gold Glove winner whose plus-191 Defensive Runs Saved rank third in MLB history behind Ozzie Smith and Mark Belanger. However, last year’s DRS was negative for the first time in his career, naturally leading to questions about whether he’s lost a step at […]

By keeping J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius, the Phillies kept the band together. Will they keep playing a sad tune?

Say this for the Phillies: They kept the band together. Two months ago, the idea of the Phillies’ re-signing J.T. Realmuto or Didi Gregorius and certainly both seemed as likely as bipartisanship in Congress and, well, $143.5 million later, here they are. Seven weeks after getting hired as president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski did […]

Simba out to ‘keep everybody on their toes’

It’ll probably be best for opposing hitters to avoid the left side of Minnesota’s infield in 2021. The Twins have their new starting shortstop after signing free agent Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $10.5 million deal on Sunday. It’s an addition that figures to benefit Minnesota in several different ways, as Simmons not only provides a steep […]

Tigers’ Goodrum, with a tip from the late Hank Aaron, ready to reheat his offense

What is the saying: If you don’t fail, you don’t learn? Well, if that is true, Niko Goodrum learned a ton last season. Even though his 38.6 percent strikeout rate in 179 plate appearances probably should be viewed more as a slump than a binding indictment of his offensive talent, it was enough to cost […]

Springer off board, what’s next for Mets?

At his introductory press conference in November, incoming Mets owner Steve Cohen offered a dose of reality. Cohen, a multibillionaire many times over, pledged liberal funds to the Mets’ 2021 roster. But he warned that his primary goal was to create a sustainable winner, which meant administering restraint when needed. The Mets, Cohen said, would […]

Boston Red Sox prospects Triston Casas, Jeter Downs, Bobby Dalbec make Baseball America’s 2021 Top 100 list

Boston Red Sox prospects Triston Casas, Jeter Downs and Bobby Dalbec all made Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list. Casas is ranked No. 47, Downs is No. 71 and Dalbec is No. 90. Baseball America wrote, “Casas is one of the team’s cornerstones for the future as he has preternatural hitting ability to go with his […]

Francisco Lindor says he’s open to discussing long-term deal with New York Mets

The New York Mets have been searching for years for a superstar position player. They now have one in Francisco Lindor, and the big question on everyone’s mind: Will he sign a long-term deal with the Mets? Lindor, eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, said during a video call Monday that he’s certainly open to discussing […]

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