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Past articles by Paul:

Todd Frazier and Mets are ideal and convenient match

For the first time since David Wright’s series of injuries made it unclear how many games he would play — and then made it unlikely that he would play at all — the New York Mets have acquired a legitimate third baseman by signing Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract. Out of respect […] → Read More

Which MLB Milestones Are Still Relevant?

With LeBron James reaching 30,000 career points in the NBA and the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees just announced, the topic of “milestones” becomes relevant again. Of course, baseball is the one sport in which the prominent numbers are widely known even to the most casual fans. James’ accomplishment does bring up an important point […] → Read More

Why the Pirates are right to reboot right now

Two of the key pieces to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ resurgence — a rise that began in earnest in 2013 and culminated in three consecutive playoff appearances after exactly 20 years of finishing under .500 — were Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. McCutchen was with the Pirates for nine years, won one National League Most Valuable Player […] → Read More

Mets Talk Of Improvement Meaningless Without Action

In moderate defense of the New York Mets for some of the abuse they have been enduring, the free-agent and trade markets in Major League Baseball have been duller than a droning and monotonous Bill Belichick press conference. None of the biggest names on the market – Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, J.D. Martinez – have […] → Read More

Trading Juan Lagares becomes more complicated for Mets

It’s an oft-repeated and logical question: Why should the New York Mets – a team based in New York City – trade Juan Lagares as a payroll move? The line of reasoning is to trade Lagares not because the Mets dislike him, not because he doesn’t have use, but because they must free up payroll […] → Read More

Mets offseason from the team’s — and a fan’s — perspective

It might not be easy to break down the perspectives of the direction of the New York Mets into a two-sided “this” or “that.”.. → Read More

Reality may be worse than conspiracy theories for Jeter and Marlins

The Giancarlo Stanton trade is being slaughtered not just for the return, but for the entire process from start to finish and how it was handled by the supposedly smooth and evenhanded new CEO of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter. The conspiracy theories that Jeter is intentionally helping the Yankees are part of the backstory […] → Read More

How seriously should we take Nationals interest in Jake Arrieta?

With the Winter Meetings, a sound piece of advice to avoid frustration and sensory overload is to ignore the noise until deals are reported as being “close” by reputable reporters. Those reporters have contacts who are strategically leaking the information and several said reporters are dispensing the information in a narrow time frame. Not much […] → Read More

What Should Mets Do About First Base?

For the New York Mets, the questions for 2018 are not limited to the best fits, but how much money they’re willing to spend, needs compared to desires, and whether they trust players already on the roster to improve sufficiently. Dominic Smith received his first opportunity in the majors after being labeled one of the […] → Read More

The Case For And Against Mets Acquiring Ian Kinsler

Fans of the New York Mets have certain extremist wings that can be totally unreasonable in their points of view. One side is so deeply immersed in prospect hugging and self-proclaimed expertise that it still asserts that the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes was a mistake. The other continues to push the idea that Wally Backman […] → Read More

3 Best Fits For Jake Arrieta In Free Agency

Jake Arrieta is one of the top-tier names on the free-agent market. A National League Cy Young Award winner and two-time top-10 finisher in the voting, he has all the bona fides to slot in at the top of most starting rotations. Even for the clubs who would use him as their number two or […] → Read More

3 Best Fits For Lance Lynn In Free Agency

The market for Lance Lynn could be more robust than the markets of Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish, since he falls a notch below those “ace” starters. This comparable affordability puts more teams in play. No one signing Lynn is expecting an automatic Cy Young Award contender. There is, however, value in what Lynn provides: […] → Read More

3 Free Agents Nationals Should Target This Winter

For most teams, it takes a few seconds to look at their roster and assess needs for next season. It’s different for the Washington Nationals. Obscured by the unnecessary drama and questionable handling of Dusty Baker, they still have one of baseball’s strongest rosters and a club with relatively few needs for 2018. The situation […] → Read More

3 Free Agents Mets Should Target This Winter

As the hot stove season warms, the New York Mets have multiple holes to fill. There are appealing free-agent options, but who are the top three? How can they maximize what they’re willing to spend and fill as many gaps as possible, notably an infielder who can hit, a corner outfielder, a durable starting pitcher […] → Read More

Column | Tony La Russa Will Add Value To Red Sox

Ironically, on the day Houston Astro general manager Jeff Luhnow took his sabermetric strategies as close to their logical conclusion as any team in baseball has — as he rebuilt the Astros to the heights of a World Series win — Luhnow’s old-school nemesis from his days as the scouting director for the St. Louis […] → Read More

Dodgers Acquired Darvish For Just This Situation

When the Los Angeles Dodgers chose not to match the free agent contract offer Zack Greinke had received from the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2015 season, they didn’t bother trying to find a pitcher in Greinke’s orbit to replace him. Instead, that winter, they signed Scott Kazmir. This adhered to a philosophical trend they had […] → Read More

Column | The Politics And Plans Of Joe Girardi

The calculating maneuver from now former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi — to issue a statement simultaneous to the one the Yankees released on his departure from the club — is Machiavellian and impressive. He snatched the preferred storyline from the organization, put his version of events out there, and will generate a vast amount […] → Read More

Arizona State To Honor Pat Tillman With Special Uniforms

The Arizona State Sun Devils will honor alumnus and former United States Army Corporal Pat Tillman on November 4 by wearing special uniforms against the Colorado Buffaloes. The camouflage helmets will notably list the names of all of the Arizona State players and coaches who have served in the United States Military. Arizona State will honor […] → Read More

After NLCS loss where do Cubs go from here?

There are eerie similarities between the first team whose curse Theo Epstein broke, the Boston Red Sox, and the second one, the Chicago Cubs. → Read More

Column | Why Mets Should Hire Mickey Callaway As Manager

The original intent of this post – as it was written and completed – was to look at the remaining candidates and those who dropped out of the running for the job to manage the New York Mets and discuss their attributes and potential negatives. In the time from the completion of that unpublished post, […] → Read More