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November 14, 2013 6:03 am

One Move: National League East

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Craig Goldstein

A look at what the Braves can do to stay on top, and what their division rivals can do to improve in 2014.

This is the sixth and final installment in the One Move series. If you'd like to check out any of the previous editions in this series, you can find them here: AL East, NL West, AL Central, NL Central, AL West.

We wrap up the series with a look at each of the teams in the NL East. This was the most painful division for me, as I think most of the teams are where they are, with the Braves and Nationals at the top and the Mets and Marlins at the bottom, and the Phillies planted firmly in 2008. The only obvious move to me was the one suggested for the Nationals, so if you can come up with something better for any team involved, let us know in the comments. I thoroughly enjoyed the debate on the last article.

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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

One Move: American League West

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Ben Carsley

A look at what the A's can do to win their division again, and what their rivals can do to catch them.

This is the fifth installment in the One Move series. If you'd like to check out any of the previous editions in this series, you can find them here: AL Central, NL West, AL East, NL Central.

We’ve reached the end of the junior circuit portion of the One Move series, and what a ride it’s been. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve learned. We’ve argued about the relative worth of a two-WARP pitcher. And, we’re all the better for it.

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November 11, 2013 6:49 am

One Move: National League Central

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Craig Goldstein

A look at what the Cardinals could do to stay on top, and what their division rivals could do to catch them.

This is the fourth installment in the One Move series. If you'd like to check out any of the previous editions in this series, you can find them here: AL Central, NL West, AL East.

Chicago Cubs
The Move: Trade for David Price
Originally, there was a detailed trade offer above. Upon further review, however, I don’t want this to be about whether the offer was good enough. The Cubs have the pieces to make the move, and while the Rays asking price might be too expensive for it to be a worthwhile move, there seems to be a middle ground that could work for both teams. I’m advising the Cubs to make this trade under the condition that it would fall in that middle ground. This means no, it will not consist of Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Albert Almora. It also means that, no, it will not consist of Christian Villanueva, Kyle Hendricks, and Mike Olt. Instead, imagine a scenario that makes it hard for either team to pull the trigger immediately but in the end makes both organizations better.



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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

One Move: American League Central

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Ben Carsley

What should the Tigers do to stay on top, and what can their rivals do to catch them?

Our whirlwind tour of the “One Move” series continues with the AL Central: a division with three legitimate contenders and two teams better left playing for 2016.

Fortunately, that dichotomy provides us with ample opportunity to explore a wide variety of strategies. Some of these teams should spend now. Others should sell, sell, sell.

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November 7, 2013 6:00 am

One Move: National League West

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Craig Goldstein

Craig looks at how the Dodgers can help their skipper and how the other teams in their division can try to dethrone them.

My colleague Ben Carsley introduced this series to you yesterday, with the moves he’d make for the AL East franchises, so today I give you what I’d do if given the chance to make one move for each NL West club. It’s a thought exercise, and isn’t limited to on-field transactions. It can be signing a player, making a trade (that’s feasible, we hope), or something more over-arching in regards to a club’s organizational tendencies.

We’re both well aware that we’ll likely get pilloried in the comments. In fact you probably hammered Ben pretty hard yesterday, but you wouldn’t play me like that would you? No matter, let us know what you think of our ideas in the comments or what ideas you have yourself, and remember, it’s supposed to be reasonable but in the end this was all about having some fun.

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In the debut edition of this new series, Ben looks at the most impactful decision each AL East team could make this offseason.

A few days back, Craig Goldstein and I engaged in a simple Twitter argument over Stephen Drew and the Cardinals. This devolved into an hour-long Gchat battle over draft picks, organizational philosophy, the current free agent market, and Ryan Jackson.

In the end we still largely disagreed, but we did align on one point: the debate itself was quite fun. That led to this column idea, in which Craig and I will bring you one move each team should (or shouldn’t) make this offseason.

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