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Odds To Win The 2017 MLB World Series

Edwin Enarnacion would be just what the doctor ordered for the Rangers lineup. A guy that can mash big Homers, drive in plenty of runs. and also not strikeout that much compared to a roster that already does just that. With only Cole Hamels and Choo being on the books beyond 2018, Texas could find the financial wherewithal to dole out a 4 or 5 year pact in the $20 - $23 MIL AAV range.

Edwin Encarnacion would be just what the doctor ordered for the Indians lineup. A guy that can mash big Homers, drive in plenty of runs. This contract is so awesome for the timing of it all as the team could absorb the $20 MIL guaranteed AAV for the next 3 years.  EE will turn 34 on Jan 07, 2017, and is coming off a year where he slashed .263/.357/.529 – with 42 HRs and a league leading 127 RBI.He is a significant upgrade over the departed Mike Napoli.  His power will elevate the Cleveland lineup for the next 3 seasons at least.

The Indians were our 4th best bet of the week last Friday at +1000 to win the Fall Classic in 2017.  Now with the Edwin Encarnacion contract signing, the club has jumped to +700.  We have just stated in a recent article today that they should not be below the Red Sox for odds to win the title next year.

Handicappers at the top of their profession always use the Strength of Schedule in their opinions, and with good reason.  One could go either way in dealing with the rosters of the Red Sox and Indians, but the biggest difference are the 76 Divisional games the Tribe plays against the Royals, Tigers, Twins and White Sox, where Boston must play the Jays, yankees,O’s and Raus 76 times.

It is also the biggest reason the Nationals will likely stay as our favorite value on the board all off season. The Mets are about the only real competition in the NL East that may provide a hindrance for the Washington franchise to reel in their 2nd straight NL East title.  Then it is – do you really think the Cubs should be a 3/1 odd favorite against the Nats in a NLCS matchup – no way.

We also love the Cardinals continuing to be a thorn in Chicago’s side for the 2017 year.  St. Louis was a 100 win club in 2015, and fought many nagging injuries in 2016.  Now they have a lot more healthy coming back in 2017, and a full year of Alex Reyes.  The Red Birds also signed Dexter Fowler away from the Cubs. +2000 is about a 6/1 odd from the oddsmakers for the Cards to win the NL Central. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2017 MLB World Series

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With the Chris Sale deal the Red Sox went fro co-favorites with the Indians t0 near the Cubs stratosphere for overwhelming odds on winners to take home the League Pennants in either league. 

While I have no issue with these two squads holding the edge against the rest of the pack, it is just not that much of a discrepancy.

One may argue that the Nationals path of resistance is actually a lot easier than the Cubs for the Division. 

The Mets Starting Pitching is suspect for health reasons, and there are holes all around the positional lineup when it comes to lack of a Centerfielder. and 3 men in the Infield who could suffer back injuries all year.

Here is the funny thing though. the Mets still made the WildCard play in game in 2016 despite all of the turmoil that presented itself.

Miami has taken a setback with the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez.  This will be felt in the standings in my opinion. 

The biggest X factor is if Giancarlo Stanton could remain healthy for 145 Games, but odds dictate he will not, therefore this Division should be beat up pretty bad  by the Nats and Mets.

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Odds To Win The 2017 World Series:

The Nationals feature 3 potential MVPs and 2 Cy Young Pitchers as their top talent - while the rest of the Division struggles with overcoming roster hauls, rebuilding and tragedy. The Cubs are the expected overwhelming favorite, however they don't pay nearly enough, and nothing is ever certain in the playoffs. Give me the Nats as the best on the board currently.

The Nationals feature 3 potential MVPs and 2 Cy Young Pitchers as their top talent – while the rest of the Division struggles with overcoming roster hauls, rebuilding and tragedy. The Cubs are the expected overwhelming favorite, however they don’t pay nearly enough, and nothing is ever certain in the playoffs. Give me the Nats as the best on the board currently.

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If you bet with your mind and not your heart in the last 12 months, than you would have lost on the World Series predictions.  I prognosticated in my yearly preseason bets that I thought the Cubs would win the Fall Classic, but profusely hated the odds of +500 to begin the campaign.

I still fully capitalized on my preseason wager of picking the Dodgers at +1500 for $50, along with the Mets and Nationals at +1100 for $50 a piece as well. 

That, coupled with my Baltimore Orioles AL pick to win the AL Pennant at 28/1 Odds served to put me into a position to hedge several bets in the playoffs to turn a nice profit.  Later in the week we will delve into the websites entire wagers for the whole calendar season.

The reigning champions are also extreme favorites again heading into 2017 – at a +280 clip.  I may pick them to win another World Series again in my actual predictions, however those are still horrible odds to throw some cabbage down on.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 21, 2016

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With no playoff games today, I decided to spend the dark day giving my choices for the off season awards.

Corey Kluber, Jose Fernandez, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Michael Fulmer, Corey Seager, Terry Francona and Dave Roberts all will show up with some hardware.

It is a “Blue Ribbon” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

For the up to date standings of Who Owns October, click MLB Reports.

What is “Who Owns October”? Click HERE for an explanation.

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WHO OWNS BASEBALL – The Final Tally for 2016

 

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That’s the season and the final tally. Who Owns Baseball is over for the year and these are the four who finished with the highest totals.

FREDDIE FREEMAN edged Nolan Arenado as the National League hitter.

JOSE FERNANDEZ posthumously owned as the National League pitcher, astonishingly 1/2 ahead of Clayton Kershaw.

MIGUEL CABRERA topped Betts and Trout to earn the top total for American League hitters.

COREY KLUBER ran away with the American League pitcher total with Chris Sale a distance second.

Phew. Another year of this tally. Until next year…

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 26, 2016

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It was an emotional day. Jose Fernandez had his life cut short and a booming legacy unfulfilled.

Meanwhile Vin Scully had an ending to his broadcasting career that would have seemed so improbable if it didn’t actually happen.

It is an overly emotional episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Charlie Culberson, Alex Gordon, Robert Gsellman, Carlos Rodon, Cameron Maybin and Jung Ho Kang all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

 

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Who Owned Baseball September 20, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Jose Fernandez struck out 12 Nationals over 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball and earned the 1-0 decision for Miami.

Matt Boyd allowed only 1 run and 3 hits over 8 frames and led the Tigers to an 8-1 beating of Minnesota.

Odubel Herrera went 3 for 4 with a homer, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases to help the Phillies edge the White Sox, 7-6.

Edwin Encarnacion homered and doubled, driving in 3 as the Blue Jays clobbered the Mariners, 10-2.

They all owned baseball on September 20, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball September 9, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Mark Teixeira reached base 4 times, including a grand slam, as the red hot Yankees continued their playoff push by holding on to a 7-5 rain soaked final over Tampa Bay.

Hunter Pence reached base 5 times, including 2 doubles, and scored 4 runs and made a few key defensive plays to help the Giants take a 7-6 nail biter against Arizona.

Yu Darvish pitched into the 7th, finishing with 6 2/3 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run while fanning 9 Angels. He did not get the win, but the Rangers pulled it out, 2-1.

Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Dodgers over 7 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, earning the 4-1 decision for Miami.

They all owned baseball on September 9, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball August 29, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Mike Trout reached base 4 times, including a double and a homer, scoring twice and driving in 2, to lead the Angels in a 9-2 drubbing of the Reds.

Yoenis Cespedes got 3 hits including a walk off homer in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mets a much needed 2-1 victory.

Marco Estrada pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 plus innings, 1 run and 4 hits to get the 5-1 Toronto win over Baltimore.

Tanner Roark threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 Phillies to earn the 4-0 decision for Washington.

They All Owned Baseball on August 29, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball August 24, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Manny Machado collected 4 hits, including a homer, drove in 4 and scored 2 as the Orioles took the 10-8 Beltway slugfest with Washington.

Michael Bourn went 4 for 6 with 2 triples, scoring 3 times in Arizona’s 10-9 extra inning victory over Atlanta.

Masahiro Tanaka threw 7 shutout innings, giving up 6 hits in the Yankees 5-0 blanking of the Mariners.

Jose Fernandez struck out 9 Royals in 7 innings, halting their win streak and earning the 3-0 decision for the Marlins.

They All Owned Baseball on August 24, 2016.

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Daily Matchups for 8/8/2016

Pitcher

Jose Fernandez

Johnny Cueto

Michael Fulmer

Julio Urias

Michael Wacha

Rob Whalen


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Who Owned Baseball August 2, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Dylan Bundy threw a no hitter into the 6th and finished 7 innings of 1 hit shutout ball to beat the Rangers 5-1 in Baltimore.

Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI as the red hot Tigers topped the White Sox, 11-5.

Jacob deGrom struck out 8 Yankees over 7 shutout innings to earn the 7-1 decision for the Mets.

Maikel Franco reached base 5 times, smashed a 3 run homer and drove in the tying run in the Phillies wild 13-8 slug fest over the Giants.

They All Owned Baseball on August 2, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 7/28/16

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 Daily Matchups for 7/28/2016

Pitcher

STUD

Jacob deGrom

Jose Fernandez

Chris Sale

David Price

MID RANGE

Mid Tier

Aaron Nola

Michael Wacha

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Who Owned Baseball July 18, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Jarrod Dyson reached base 3 times and hit a critical grand slam in the Royals 7-3 defeat of the Indians.

Matt Boyd threw 6 shutout innings, striking out 7 and earning Detroit’s 1-0 decision over the Twins.

Jedd Gyorko reached base 4 times, homered and helped the Cardinals slug the Padres 10-2.

Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Phillies in 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. He would not factor in the decision but helped set up the 3-2 Marlins win.

They All Owned Baseball on July 18, 2016.

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Selecting the 2016 First Half MVP for Each MLB Team

Now that MLB’s All-Star Week festivities in San Diego are finished, we’re forced with the task of getting through the next few days without any baseball. To pass the time, we’ll do what any self-respecting fan or analyst would do – look back at the first 80-90 games played and see who had the biggest impact.

Below are my first-half MVPs for each of the 30 MLB squads, with some facts to back up why they should be admiring some brand-new, imaginary hardware on their mantle before embarking on the second half of play.

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Daily Matchups for 7/8/2016

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Jake Arrieta

Jose Fernandez

Corey Kluber

Stephen Strasburg

Chris Sale

MID RANGE

Cole Hamels

Collin McHugh

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Jeff Samardzija

Chad Green

Jon Gray


CATCHER

STUDS

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/2/16

P – Jose Fernandez (vs. Atlanta Braves): $13,800. Jose is expensive on Saturday, but he is worth it. He is facing one of the worst offenses in baseball and he has been red hot recently. Fernandez is coming off an absolute gem against the Chicago Cubs, in which he threw seven innings, striking out 13, and allowing only one run. He is now averaging 13.12 strikeouts per nine innings this season.

P – Adam Wainwright (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $7,500. This is a bit of a risky pick, but it was necessary to choose a cheaper option since Jose Fernandez was so expensive. Wainwright has struggled this season, but he is facing an offense he has dominated throughout his career and they are ice cold over the last seven days. In 137 career at bats against Wainwright, the Brewers’ offense is batting .234, with two home runs, and a .274 OBP.

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Daily Matchups for 7/2/2016

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Jose Fernandez

Jake Arrieta

Adam Wainwright

Joe Ross

Ivan Nova

Drew Pomeranz


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Who Owned Baseball June 27, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Kris Bryant went 5 for 5 with 3 homers, driving in 6 and scoring 4 to lead the Cubs in a wild 11-8 slugfest in Cincinnati.

Jon Gray struck out 8 Blue Jays over 7 innings, walking none and worked around a pair of homers to get the 9-5 victory for Colorado.

Nick Franklin singled, doubled and homered, driving in 5 runs as the Rays snapped their losing streak, 13-7 over Boston.

Danny Duffy pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 runs, walking none and struck out 8 Cardinals batters to earn the 6-2 decision for the Royals.

They all owned baseball on June 27, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball June 26, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Tyler Duffey did not allow a hit until the 6th and finished with 8 innings, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 run as the Twins clobbered the Yankees, 7-1.

Jose Fernandez struck out 13 Cubs and allowed just 4 hits and 1 run to earn the 6-1 decision for the red hot Marlins.

Lonnie Chisenhall collected 9 total bases with his 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI as the Indians continued to roll, 9-3, in Detroit.

Freddie Freeman reached base 4 times, including a homer and a pair of runs scored in the Braves 5-2 victory over the Mets.

They all owned baseball on June 26, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball June 21, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Conor Gillaspie went 4 for 5 with a homer, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored as the Giants humiliated the Pirates, 15-4.

Anthony DeSclafani stopped a red hot Rangers team with 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs and gave the Reds an 8-2 road victory.

Kurt Suzuki drove in 6 runs with his 4 hits (including a homer) to help the Twins win a wild 14-10 slugfest over Philadelphia.

Corey Kluber tossed a complete game 3 hits shutout, striking out 9, as the Indians blanked the Rays, 6-0.

They all owned baseball on June 21, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/21/16

P- Jose Fernandez (vs. Atlanta Braves): $13,700. Fernandez has been lethal on the mound recently. In his last 10 games, he owns a 2.25 ERA, with 91 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. Jose will be facing one of the worst offenses in baseball, so this should be a great matchup for daily fantasy.

P- Sonny Gray (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $6,600. Gray pitched incredibly well in his last start until the sixth inning, which he surrendered five funs. In his two starts prior to his last starts (since returning from the DL), he gave up only three runs on 12.2 innings pitched. Over the last seven days, the Brewers’ offense ranks in the bottom third in runs, batting average, OBP, and slugging, so hopefully Gray can take advantage of this struggling offense in his home park.

 

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Who Owned Baseball June 5, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Mets over 7 innings of 4 hit shutout ball to take the razor thin 1-0 decision for Miami.

Marco Estrada kept the Red Sox hitless into the 8th. He finished with 8 plus inning, 2 hits and 2 runs to earn the 5-4 victory for Toronto.

Nolan Arenado reached base 4 times, including a homer, a double, 4 runs scored, 3 RBI and a stolen base to lead Colorado’s 10-3 thrashing of the Padres.

Evan Longoria got on base 4 times, homering twice and pushed Tampa Bay past Minnesota, 7-5.

 

They all owned baseball on June 5, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/5/16

Typically I post a lineup that fits the cash limits of DraftKings, but I will be on a plane to Los Angeles today (going to see Clayton Kershaw pitch!), so I have decided to post an article with multiple options.

 

P- Jose Fernandez (vs. Miami Marlins): Fernandez has been on fire recently. So far in 2016, he has thrown 67.2 innings, with an 8-2 record, 2.53 ERA, 50 hits against, 96 strikeouts, and 25 walks. The Mets are currently ranked 27th overall in run production, so Fernandez shouldn’t have any problems shutting down their offense.

 

P- Corey Kluber (vs. Kansas City Royals): In 216 career at bats against Kluber, the Royals’ lineup is batting .218, with four home runs, 22 RBIs, 52 strikeouts, and a .245 OBP. Kluber did struggle in his last start (7 IP, 6 ER, 6 Ks), but prior to that start, he had two quality starts. Based on his past success against the Royals, he could be a very solid option on Sunday.

 

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Who Owned Baseball May 31, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Mookie Betts homered three times, driving in 5 as the Red Sox topped Baltimore, 6-2.

DJ LeMahieu went 4 for 4 with a homer, helping the Rockies slug the Reds, 17-4.

Colby Lewis allowed 2 hits over 6 shutout innings to lead the Rangers past Cleveland, 7-3.

Jose Fernandez held the Pirates scoreless over 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and earned the 3-1 decision for Miami.

They all owned baseball on May 31, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball May 26, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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George Springer homered twice to help the Astros top Baltimore, 4-2.

Adeiny Hechavarria went 3 for 5 with a homer, driving in a pair as the Marlins clobbered Tampa Bay, 9-1.

J.A. Happ held the Yankees to 1 run and 3 hits over 7 innings, earning the 3-1 decision for the Blue Jays.

Jose Fernandez was dominant, striking out 12 Tampa Bay batters over 7 innings, walking 1 and allowing 1 run as the Marlins rolled, 9-1.

They all owned baseball on May 26, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings – 5/21/16

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Trey Rose (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

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P – Jose Fernandez (vs. Washington Nationals): $12,500

P – Kevin Gausman (vs. Los Angeles Angels): $7,500

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6 MLB Teams Who Could Take Advantage Of Stephen Strasburg’s Extension This Winter

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Matt Musico (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – chinmusicbaseball.com) 

Just a couple weeks ago, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was watching a perfect free-agent storm happen right before his eyes. Not only was he dominating on the mound, but he also would easily be the best available hurler on the open market this winter.

Instead of trying to maximize his earning potential, the Scott Boras client opted for comfort and familiar surroundings. Doing this was obviously much easier since he was signing a seven-year, $175 million deal with two opt-outs, as well.

It’s not every day we see a player with Strasburg’s potential (and a Boras client) take a deal that’s probably below market value. For teams in need of top-tier starting pitchers, it left them with not-so-inspiring options when looking ahead at the remaining hurlers projected to be free agents in a few months.

There are certain MLB teams with depth on the mound that could take advantage of this situation by putting one or more of their young pitchers on the trading block. Here are six organizations with the ability to do so:

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Stephen Strasburg Ties Felix Hernandez For 17th On The MLB’s ALL – Time Top 50 Contract List With Extension

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Chuck Booth (MLB Reports Majority Owner/Lead  Analyst)

Stephen Strasburg shocked he baseball world the other day – by inking a 7 year extension worth from $175 – $180 MIL.  It ties him for 17th All – Time with Felix Hernandez to start with, but he can earn an additional $7 MIL with $1 MIL per year bonuses for reaching 180 IP.

The deal pays him $15 MIL annually from 2016 – 2023, and then the deferrals kick in from 2023 – 2030, in 7 installments of $10 MIL each.

Some will say his deal is worth more like $162 MIL in present day dollars, however we do not operate our top 50 contracts list like that.  The deal is guaranteed at $175 MIL for now, and we will change it if bonuses are hit.

With this contract, the Nats have 4 current players that are on this ALL – Time List with Scherzer (10th), Strasburg (T 17th), Zimmerman (37th) and Werth (Tied 44th).

This signing is a great move to open a 3 year window for Washington, as they also have Bryce Harper under team control until after the 2018 season, however it also may seal the fate the of the young reigning NL MVP to move elsewhere for 2019.

Werth’s contract does end at the end of the 2017 year. but Zimmerman is still on the books until at least 2020.

It will be tough to come up with the dough necessary to drop a 11 – 13 years contract worth $35 – 40 MIL per annum when it comes to Harper.

Even with Scherzer’s and Strasburg’s deals both containing a ton of deferred money- all of them will still run simultaneously to Harper’s deal – even if they are not on the roster each after the 2023 season.

I think you couldn’t risk trying to outbid everyone for Harper’s services, yet to pay Strasburg market value makes sense.

This club could even save some payroll by trading Gio Gonzalez, as they have Joe Ross and Tanner Roark starting in the rotation for depth, and Lucas Giolito has not started his time service clock. Read the rest of this entry

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