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April 25, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Up, Up, Upton and Away

by John Perrotto

The Braves are thriving thanks to Justin Upton. Our beat reporter also catches up with the Tigers, Albert Pujols, and the Rockies.

April 18, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Choo-sing to Look on the Sunny Side

by John Perrotto

The Reds have battled injuries early on, but some scouts think the 2013 squad might be better than the 2012 team. Our beat man also checks in on Yovani Gallardo, the Blue Jays, Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Red Sox.

April 11, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Who Said You Can't Go Home?

by John Perrotto

Terry Francona is happy to be near his home while managing the Cleveland Indians. Our beat reporter also checks in on Jered Weaver, closers, and Will Middlebrooks.

April 4, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Contractual Matters

by John Perrotto

Our resident beat reporter hears both the pros and cons of recent contract extensions and catches up on Robinson Cano and the Cubs.

March 28, 2013

Premium Article On the Beat: Great Expectations

by John Perrotto

The Dodgers expect to compete for the World Series, Zack Greinke discusses sabermetrics, the Yankees get Vernon Wells, Kyle Lohse gets a job, and the Cardinals have a rash of bad luck.

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.

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