Here's a look back at some of the analysis and reporting MLBTR's writing team delivered this week..
- This week, MLBTR learned that the Red Sox released outfielder Jason Place and the Cubs cut right-hander Aaron Shafer loose. Neither player was among their team's top 30 prospects according to Baseball America's Prospect Handbook, though both were former high draft picks.
- Ben Nicholson-Smith spoke to Wade Davis' agent, B.B. Abbott, about the risk they took when agreeing to a four-year extension. Abbott also disclosed the terms of the deal to MLBTR.
- MLBTR was the first to report that the Pirates signed recently-released right-hander Tim Wood. Wood had just been cut loose by the Nationals.
- Take a look at the 2011 predictions from the MLBTR writing staff.
- Mike Axisa took a look at the General Managers whose contracts do not extend beyond 2011.
- Just before Opening Day, Howard Megdal ran down the Alphabet of 2011 storylines.
- I led a discussion on the Marlins' third base options.
- After the Blue Jays declined to exercise his options, we asked out readers if Aaron Hill would finish the year in Toronto.
- Our Offseason In Review series rolled on with looks at the Diamondbacks, Angels, and Yankees.
- MLBTR is looking for a head moderator to be active in regulating the forums. Past bulletin board administrative experience is preferred.
- Did you miss our weekly chat with Tim Dierkes? Don't worry, you can still view the transcript right here.
- Pitcher Edwin Jackson is a breakout candidate in 2011, says Tim.
- Do you run a baseball blog or website? If so, the MLB Trade Rumors widget is the perfect way to pipe in the latest hot stove headlines.
- The Ubaldo Jimenez extension is going well for the Rockies, writes Ben Nicholson-Smith.
- Check out the best of the web in this week's installment of Baseball Blogs Weigh In.
- Fun Fact: Half of baseball's Opening Day starters were first-round selections. Ben Nicholson-Smith also breaks down how each team obtained their No. 1 starters.
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