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The 5 Biggest MLB Trade Deadline Sellers

The Phillies could trade several players before the July 31 deadline, including ace Cole Hamels
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The 5 Biggest MLB Trade Deadline Sellers

With the MLB trade deadline just a little more than a week away, the hot stove is starting to heat up as teams are looking to make deals for an October run or to unload bad contracts for a better future. There are several teams that are ready to trade away big names and start planning for 2016 and beyond. 

 

Atlanta Braves 2014 Preview

Free agent losses, injuries could prevent Braves from repeating in NL East
The Braves, who lost their 2013 NLDS to the Dodgers, still have not won a playoff series since 2001. And a couple of ill-timed injuries to pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have tempered their 2014 hopes somewhat. But the Braves’ talented core group should keep providing postseason chances in the foreseeable future.

The Braves, who reeled off 14 consecutive division titles starting in 1991, captured their first since 2005 by going 96–66 to outlast the favored Nationals. They did it despite awful seasons from B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla. Those players can’t be any worse — can they?

15 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
The Pirates are over powering the Cardinals, Scherzer can’t finish, but he sure can win, the Rangers are road warriors, the Rays are road weary, the Tigers dominate the Tribe and Craig Kimbrel is good, really good. Explore these facts and more amazing MLB stats from the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

The Pirates are over powering the Cardinals, Scherzer can’t finish, but he sure can win, the Rangers are road warriors, the Rays are road weary, the Tigers dominate the Tribe and Craig Kimbrel is good, really good. Explore these facts and more amazing MLB stats from the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

18    Home runs hit by Pittsburgh off St. Louis pitching this season
In contrast, the Cardinals have taken Pittsburgh pitchers out of the yard just three times in the 16 meetings so far this season.

17 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball from Aug. 12-18
Clayton Kershaw continues to dominate, the Dodgers are good, the Astros are bad and Alfonso Soriano has been really hot. These facts and more amazing stats from last week in baseball.

Clayton Kershaw continues to dominate, the Dodgers are good, the Astros are bad and Alfonso Soriano has been really hot. These facts and more amazing stats from last week in baseball.

18 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
Mike Trout continues to wow fans in Anaheim, the Braves are once again the hottest team in baseball, J-Hey sparks Atlanta, lefties can't beat the Indians, Pedro Alvarez kills the Cardinals and A-Rod's financial loss. These and other fantastic facts are part of our amazing baseball stats for the week of July 29-August 4.

Mike Trout continues to wow fans in Anaheim, the Braves are once again the hottest team in baseball, J-Hey sparks Atlanta, lefties can't beat the Indians, Pedro Alvarez kills the Cardinals and A-Rod's financial loss. These and other fantastic facts are part of our amazing baseball stats for the week of July 29-August 4.

25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg lead the list of MLB’s youngest stars
<p> 25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under</p>

Youth is being served in MLB. Don't believe me? Look at last year’s awards voting. Besides running away with the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year award, 21-year-old Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout finished second to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP voting.

2013 Baseball Preview: Atlanta Braves

With strong pitching and athletic outfield, Braves believe they can challenge Nats
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<p> Despite the splash of the Upton acquisitions, the Braves will have a tough time challenging Washington for supremacy in the NL East, but their rotation and bullpen are strong and return largely intact.</p>

15 Greatest Rookie Pitchers of All-Time

We look at the hurlers who had amazing first seasons
<p> Athlon Sports baseball expert Charlie Miller identifies the 15 best rookie seasons ever by pitchers. Remember Fernandomania and The Bird?</p>

Baseball has been filled with great pitchers who started their careers with average performances and slowly developed over the course of several seasons. But for a select few hurlers, success came quickly. Here's our look at the best first-year pitchers in baseball history.

25 Best Baseball Players Under 25

Baseball's top young stars age 25 and under.
<p> Baseball's top young stars age 25 and under.</p>

If you were trying to win a championship this season, would you rather have youthful talent? Or seasoned experience? Consider a roster of players age 25 and younger vs. a roster of veterans age 35 and older. Here’s my 25-man roster of players who were age 25 or younger on Opening Day (April 4). Next week, I’ll showcase the veterans.

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Atlanta Braves 2012 Preview

Braves must negotiate a tougher division this season
<p> The Braves are left to pick up the pieces from one of the most colossal September meltdowns in history. If they are going bounce back from last season’s epic collapse and make a run in an ever-improving division, they’ll need to see significant improvement from players such as Jason Heyward and Martin Prado.</p>

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