MLBTR Originals

A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR this past week as we wind down 2013:

  • Zach Links details how agents and front office personnel alike find time to squeeze in some business between opening presents and eating 12 grapes while popping champagne corks to a chorus of Auld Lang Syne
  • With only 15 of MLBTR's 2014 Top 50 Free Agents unsigned, Steve Adams asked our readers to re-rank those still on the market. Just under 74% of those surveyed chose Masahiro Tanaka as the most desirable free agent. Nelson Cruz and Matt Garza were next with approximately 6%.
  • Charlie Wilmoth asked MLBTR readers who will sign Tanaka. Nearly 39% of you say the 25-year-old right-hander will be wearing pinstripes.
  • Mark Polishuk opines teams not willing to bid on Tanaka for any reason other than they feel he cannot pitch effectively in MLB are being short-sighted.
  • Steve asked MLBTR readers to name the best nine-figure free agent contract this offseason. You split your support between Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo.
  • Aaron Steen asked MLBTR readers to voice their opinion on the Rangers' offseason to date. More than 72% of you approve of the moves made by GM Jon Daniels. 
  • Zach was the first to report five teams are bidding for the services of outfielder Sam Fuld. All five teams have proposed minor leagues deals with an invitation to Spring Training.
  • Tim Dierkes was the first to learn reliever Jim Hoey is looking to hook on with a MLB team after spending the bulk of 2013 with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.
  • Zach compiled the latest edition of Baseball Blogs Weigh In.
  • MLBTR has a roster of regular features. Here's the schedule and a brief synopsis of each.


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