A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR this past week:
- Ben Nicholson-Smith explored the possibility of Geovany Soto (Rangers), Chris Volstad (Cubs), and Jair Jurrjens (Braves) being non-tendered this offseason.
- Daniel Seco asked MLBTR readers which player will most likely be traded in August. Over 40% of you say Alfonso Soriano is the most likely to be dealt this month from a group of Heath Bell, Scott Hairston, Justin Morneau, Vernon Wells, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford.
- MLBTR is keeping track of the players who, based on published reports, have cleared waivers. This list can always be found in the sidebar under MLBTR Features.
- Ben asked MLBTR readers how the Pirates will finish out the season. You were split between the Buccos making the playoffs for the first time in 20 years (51%) and failing to make the post-season but finishing with a winning record also for the first time in 20 years (45%).
- Ben asked MLBTR readers the same question about the Orioles. You were much less optimistic about the O's chances of making the playoffs for the first time in 15 years (25%). So much for a rematch of the 1979 World Series. But, you were very bullish about the Birds having a winning season (63%).
- The "How Will They Finish" polling continued with Zach Links asking about the Dodgers and Mike Axisa asking about Oakland. A majority of MLBTR readers believe the Dodgers will make the post-season (61%), but the A's will fall short despite finishing with a winning record (56%).
- Mark Polishuk imagined what a contract extension for Buster Posey would cost in terms of dollars and years.
- Mike provided a 2013 vesting options update for players like Jason Bartlett, Kevin Gregg, and Brett Myers.
- Mike also updated the seasons for 11 players identified as 2012 being a make or break year for them.
- Ben hosted this week's live chat.
- Mike assembled the best of the baseball blogosphere for you in Baseball Blogs Weigh In.
- There are many ways to enjoy MLB Trade Rumors. Here's a refresher on how to use MLBTR, our commenting policy, and our roster of weekly features, including when they are posted and what exactly to expect from them.