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March 21, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Sights of Spring

by John Perrotto

BP's resident beat writer runs through observations from the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, the World Baseball Classic, and touches base on the Reds and Braves.

March 14, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: One Giant Leap for the Roster

by John Perrotto

The Giants have kept most of their championship roster together, and notes on Roy Halladay, Bryce Harper, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Gomez, and Christian Yelich.

March 7, 2013

On the Beat: Fighting for BĂ©isbol Prominence

by John Perrotto

Team Spain faces an uphill battle in raising baseball awareness in Europe, and keeping up with Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Roberts, the Cardinals' shortstop situation, and more.

February 28, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place

by John Perrotto

The Blue Jays are confident they will not turn into the 2012 Marlins, Brett Wallace is looking strong, and the Indians have an abundance of center fielders.

February 25, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Aged to Perfection?

by John Perrotto

The Yankees will have a rough time beginning the season without Curtis Granderson, and a look around the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues.

February 14, 2013

On the Beat: A Flaw to Declaw Detroit?

by John Perrotto

The Tigers are gearing up for another championship run, but they're not taking anything for granted.

February 7, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Spring Headliners

by John Perrotto

As spring training camps prepare to open, a few headlines are sure to circulate. Our resident beat writer also checks in on the Cardinals' rotation and Matt Wieters.

January 31, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: The Unclean Game

by John Perrotto

Even though MLB has tried to clean up its game, cheating still persists. Our beat reporter also checks in on A-Rod, Scott Rolen, and the World Baseball Classic.

January 24, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Phunky Strategy for Philly

by John Perrotto

Some of the Phillies' moves this offseason are highly questionable, and some notes on the Giants, Cardinals, and Marlins.

January 17, 2013

On the Beat: Final Free-Agent Blitz

by John Perrotto

Front-office types give their opinions on the remaining free agents, and a look at the ramifications at the Rafael Soriano and Mike Morse deals.

January 10, 2013

On the Beat: A Change in the Process

by John Perrotto

A Hall of Fame voter calls for reform, catches up on Alex Rodriguez, and gets the inside scoop on Mike Morse, Lance Berkman, and Scott Kazmir.

January 3, 2013

On the Beat: The Hall of Fame Ballot

by John Perrotto

Our resident HOF voter reveals his ballot and catches up on David Price, Miguel Tejada, and Brett Myers.

December 27, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Remaking the Red Sox

by John Perrotto

The Red Sox are in the midst of an overhaul, but are they a better team now than they were at the end of 2012?

December 20, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff

by John Perrotto

Are the retooled Blue Jays set to soar in 2013? Plus updates from many other clubs and insight from scouts and front-office types.

December 13, 2012

On the Beat: Moore Problems

by John Perrotto

Whenever Dayton Moore makes a move, the press is sure to fire.

December 6, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Manager Monger

by John Perrotto

John chats with numerous team managers about the upcoming season and their thoughts on their club's prospects of winning.

December 5, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings

by John Perrotto

Checking in on John Farrell, Adam LaRoche, Justin Upton, Ron Gardenhire, Robin Ventura, Bo Porter, the Brewers, the Rangers, the Rockies, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Cubs' bullpen, and the WBC.

December 4, 2012

On the Beat: Rumblings from Nashville

by John Perrotto

Updates from the Winter Meetings, touching on Alex Rodriguez, R.A. Dickey, James Loney, Aroldis Chapman, the World Baseball Classic, the Blue Jays, the Athletics, and the Royals.

November 21, 2012

On the Beat: AL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

Black Friday is coming up, and many AL clubs will be scouring the market for free-agent bargains and potential trades.

November 15, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

What's on Santa's list for the recently-gutted Marlins? Will the Diamondbacks trade Justin Upton to fill multiple voids?

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