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Name: Call to the Pen
Description: Covers baseball in general for FanSided MLB
URL: http://calltothepen.com
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Related Sports(s): Baseball
Date Added: 2011-11-02 20:45:08
  
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Did the Nationals Get the Outfielder They Really Wanted?

The offseason has not been particularly kind to the Washington Nationals. They came on like gangbusters in the beginning, shouting their intentions to be in on everybody. They pulled no punches about their yen for Chris Sale. And as the talk grew...


Red Sox Need a Body at Third – They Might Have a Big One

With the everyday lineup that the Boston Red Sox have assembled, together with a pitching staff that was just bolstered by the addition of Chris Sale, the team is now poised to have a better than even chance to win it all in 2017. All they need i...


Why the Royals Are Doomed to Be a One-Hit Wonder

In the early part of this decade, the Kansas City Royals were one of the most patient teams in baseball. Having assembled a core of talented prospects, they had to stand by biting at the bit while the talent developed itself on the field. In 2014...


St. Louis Cardinals: Five Corner Infield Options

The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for some more pop out of their corner infield spots. Here are five options for them. The “Cardinals Way” has been draft and development and staying away from the mega contract that can really hurt y...


Edwin Encarnacion: How Is It Possible He’s The Odd Man Out

When the offseason began, Edwin Encarnacion was undeniably the pick of the litter among position players in this year’s free agent supply of players who delight the fantasies of teams and fans alike. Because if we could just have that one g...


Los Angeles Dodgers: Kenley Jansen or Justin Turner?

The Los Angeles Dodgers may only have the cash to re-sign one of two players from their 2016 squad that has hit free agency. If so, should they choose Kenley Jansen or Justin Turner? The market for elite closers has risen drastically in the past...


MLB: The Four Best Moves of the Winter Meetings

The MLB Winter Meetings is the Holy Grail for baseball fans. Outside of the trade deadline, the Winter Meetings are the most exciting time for fans. If there are any blockbuster trades, it will happen at the Winter Meetings. The 2016 Winter Meeti...


Baltimore Orioles: Catcher Welington Castillo Is a Prime Target

Free agent Welington Castillo is reportedly the top target of the Baltimore Orioles to be their catcher next season. As the Baltimore Orioles hunt for a new catcher, Welington Castillo has emerged as the top candidate, reports Dan Connolly of Ba...


Minnesota Twins Prospect Yorman Landa Killed in Car Accident

The Minnesota Twins received some terrible news this morning when it was learned that prospect Yorman Landa was killed in a car accident. He was only 22 years old. Yorman Landa was considered one of the Minnesota Twins top prospects. He ranked 20...


Boston Red Sox: Will Chris Sale Thrive in the Postseason?

You may have heard that the Boston Red Sox made some trade earlier this week, acquiring perennial Cy Young contender Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox for a slew of top prospects. The question now is if this addition will pay off when the gam...


Chicago White Sox REVISED Top 10 Prospects For 2017

The Chicago White Sox traded ace Chris Sale and now outfielder Adam Eaton. How did the returns impact their minor league system? An Introduction Our minor league top 10 series is coordinated by Benjamin Chase, one of our contributors at Call To T...


Philadelphia Phillies: The Timing of the Rebuild Couldn’t Be More Perfect

For a team in the midst of a rebuild, the Philadelphia Phillies seem to have a lot of momentum. They have one of the best farm systems in baseball, and keep adding to their already-impressive front office. They won’t win many games in 2017,...


New York Yankees Matt Holliday Does Not Like Oakland

Typically, when  player signs a one year contract, they do not receive a no trade clause. However, when Matt Holliday signed with the New York Yankees, he received one to a specific team. When the New York Yankees signed Matt Holliday to a one y...


New York Mets History: Mets Trade Nolan Ryan

The New York Mets needed a third baseman. With that being the case, they sent promising young fireballer Nolan Ryan and three other prospects to the California Angels for six time All Star Jim Fregosi. It turned out to be a steal – for the ...


Yankees Aroldis Chapman and Brian Cashman: A Choreographed Ballet

You have to imagine that, somewhere in the early part of July last season, the following conversation took place between Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and Aroldis Chapman: Cashman: “Aroldis, thanks for coming in early. I’ve go...


Houston Astros Sign Cuban Prospect Cionel Perez Once Again

The Houston Astros had signed prized Cuban pitching prospect Cionel Perez back in September before the deal was voided due to medical concerns. Now, they have signed him once again, this time at a much lower price. Back in September, the Houston ...


Phillies Appear Committed to Andrew Knapp as Backup Catcher

The Philadelphia Phillies are apparently ready to head into spring training with one of their top prospects designated as their 2017 backup catcher. Coming into the 2016 season, the Philadelphia Phillies appeared to be gearing up for a battle. Th...


Chicago Cubs and Scott Boras Will Talk Jake Arrieta Extension in January

Jake Arrieta won the 2015 Cy Young Award after breaking out in a huge way. His contract expires after 2017, and he’ll be looking for a big raise from the Chicago Cubs. When the Chicago Cubs traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Ba...


Pittsburgh Pirates Throw Cold Water on Andrew McCutchen Trade Talks

Only a week ago it appeared certain that the Pittsburgh Pirates would trade Andrew McCutchen. Not so fast, says GM Neal Huntington. Heading into this week’s Winter Meetings, it seemed only a matter of when, not if, the Pittsburgh Pirates wo...


MLB Free Agency: Patience Pays Off for Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler

After coming up short in an unfriendly market a year ago, Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler cashed in during their second go-around as MLB free agents. MLB free agency can often feel like a wonderland of instant gratification. Even for players who ar...


Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers Swap Former Top Prospects

Tyrell Jenkins and Luke Jackson had been top prospects for the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers respectively. Now, in a change of scenery deal, they have been traded for one another. It was expected that Tyrell Jenkins would be a large part o...


Los Angeles Angels Showed Interest in Kolten Wong

Looking to make a much-needed upgrade at second base, the Los Angeles Angels talked to the St. Louis Cardinals about Kolten Wong. The Los Angeles Angels are trying to improve their roster after a disappointing 2016 season. According to Chris Coti...


New York Mets Poke Fun at Tim Tebow

Seemingly, the New York Mets have very little to talk about these days in terms of making moves to strengthen their team for the upcoming season. So when the opportunity arose for GM Sandy Alderson to divert attention away from that, he was locke...


Washington Nationals: Hanging on Bryce Harper’s Every Word

I guess when you are Bryce Harper, the world of baseball hangs on every word you say. Even when it’s just one word. Because when Harper sent out this tweet, he managed to light up social media again, this time with simply the word, “...


MLB: Next Big Names To Be Dealt

So far this off-season we have witnessed trades that have changed the landscape of MLB. Some teams are geared for 2017, and others are starting a hefty rebuild. Every winter the MLB off-season manages to shock and surprise us all. Deals we have s...


Jose Bautista: Destined To Be The Last Man Standing

You know you are really in trouble as a free agent when a General Manager says this about you, “We told [Bautista’s] agent that we are not interested because our fans don’t like him,” Duquette said on Sportsnet Radio 590 T...


MLB: Does Winning the Winter Meetings Guarantee Wins in October?

  With the acquisition of Chris Sale at the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings, fans of Red Sox Nation are beyond thrilled for the upcoming season while fan bases where teams did not do too much are filled with dread. Is winning the Winter Meetings a ...


Cleveland Indians History: Bob Feller First MLB Player to Enlist in WW2

On December 7, 1941, the United States was brought into the Second World War when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Two days later, Cleveland Indians star pitcher Bob Feller became the first MLB player to enlist in the military in the wake of the attacks....


St. Louis Cardinals Nearing Deal with Dexter Fowler

The St. Louis Cardinals biggest goal this offseason was to find a center fielder. According to several reports, they found that player with former Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler. One of the biggest holes on the St. Louis Cardinals roster c...


Chicago White Sox: Past Teams Show Draft Picks Key to Rebuild

With the Chicago White Sox trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for impressive prospect packages, many are excited for the team’s future. But, as recent World Series winning teams show, the Sox will only go as far as their draft picks tak...


Detroit Tigers Daniel Stumpf A Popular Rule V Target

A year after being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Rule V Draft, Daniel Stumpf was selected again, this time by the Detroit Tigers. One could forgive Daniel Stumpf if the Rule V Draft gave him a bit of a case of nerves. After all, he...


White Sox Doing All They Can To Be Noticed In Chicago

The Chicago White Sox are like the New York Mets were when the Yankees went on a run in the late 1990’s that sucked all of the air out of New York City reserving a spot somewhere deep in the sports pages for the Mets. The Chicago Cubs are p...


Chicago Cubs Nearing Deal With Koji Uehara

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs acquired Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals. Today, they are close to signing another excellent reliever in Koji Uehara. This news was first reported by Nikkan Sports (in Japan) by way of Evan Drellich: Source sa...


MLB Rule 5 Draft Review

The close of the MLB winter meetings every year is the Rule 5 draft, held Thursday morning. What exactly is it, and who was selected? How the Rule 5 Works Because it’s been widely reported over the years how MLB executives will show up to ...


Mets to Pocket the Money If They Trade Jay Bruce (Really?)

I suppose this fits right in with the Mets’ standard way of doing business like a small market team, but it’s still a surprise to learn that if they trade Jay Bruce, the money they save in salary will not be rolled back into improvin...


Boston Red Sox Could Trade Excess Starting Pitching

The blockbuster addition of Chris Sale may allow the Boston Red Sox to explore a trade of one of their extraneous starting pitchers. Acquiring Chris Sale will help the Boston Red Sox on the field next year any way you slice it, but dealing for t...


Washington Nationals Don’t Lose By Improving Their Lineup

The Washington Nationals gave up a king’s ransom in prospects Wednesday to acquire Adam Eaton, but the trickle-down effects will result in significant short-term benefits. In baseball, as in any sport or competition, we are often quick to decla...


MLB Winter Meetings: A Checklist of Things We’ve Learned

The MLB Winter Meetings always bring out the inner soul of the 30 teams that gather each year for a few days to lock horns and do battle. They bluff, brag, and cajole each other in the hope that the deal they make today is the seed for a champion...


White Sox Are Quickly Developing a Top Farm System

With two blockbuster trades in the last two days, the Chicago White Sox are rapidly developing a top farm system in Major League Baseball. The White Sox still have plenty of moves to make in the near future to add to their haul this week. If it w...


Calm Edwin Encarnacion Market Paves Way for Texas Rangers

Teams appear to be turning their backs on Edwin Encarnacion. A perfect time for the Texas Rangers to swoop in for a major signing. Mid-way through the week, the Winter Meetings have prompted a splash of action. All sorts of intriguing moves have ...


Los Angeles Dodgers: Bullpen Backup Plan

The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen was heavily carried by Kenley Jansen during the 2016 season. If he departs, they’ll need to look elsewhere to complete their bullpen. The Los Angeles Dodgers were incredibly successful during the 2016 season....


Miami Marlins: Why an Elite Closer Should Not Be Necessary

The Miami Marlins are still said to be chasing top free agent closer Kenley Jansen, but could this need in the bullpen have been avoided? To start, let’s look at the current bullpen, as well as how it has done in the past. In 2016, the Miami M...


New York Yankees Sign Aroldis Chapman to Five-Year Deal

Five months after being traded by the New York Yankees for prospects, the Yankees come back and sign Aroldis Chapman to a five-year contract. Well, Mark Melancon held the record for the biggest contract for a reliever for a couple days. After win...


Mark Trumbo: How Much Is A One Dimensional Player Worth

Mark Trumbo clearly fits into the mold of baseball being a game of power and home runs. He’s 6’5″ weighs 225 and can hit ’em as high and far as anyone. He’s out there in the free agent market now following a season i...


Pittsburgh Pirates History: Stars Transferred to Team from Louisville

The Louisville Colonels had been a relatively mediocre franchise during their time in the National League. However, they had some intriguing young talent. On this day in 1899, team president Barney Dreyfuss, who was a part owner of the Pittsburgh...


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