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30 things to look for before spring training
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We’re a month away from the official start of spring training, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some unresolved issues and potential news items still out there in baseball land.

Who had the worst defensive season ever?
Buster Olney ranked his top 10 team defenses in his blog post Thursday, which got me thinking about bad defense. I checked Baseball-Reference.com for their list of worst individual fielding seasons and thought it would be fun to look at the bottom 10.

The current all-underrated team
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There isn't really a scientific way to determine an all-underrated team. Certainly, if you own five fantasy teams, you know all about these guys, but my perception is these players are better than widely believed or haven't yet received the kind of attention you would expect given their value.

The all-time all-underrated team
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Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, who were Tigers teammates for 19 years, make up the double-play combination for the all-time all-underrated team.

Kipnis, Puig will rebound; Braves won't
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It's been a slow few weeks in the world of baseball. So here are some random thoughts going through my mind as we wait for Max Scherzer to sign ... and wait .

Defensive storylines of the offseason: NL
The major league baseball offseason still has a way to go, but I thought I'd take a look at how teams have changed defensively heading into 2015.Here's a look at the National League:  NL East Atlanta BravesEvery move the Braves made this offseason weakened them considerably defensively.

Schilling, Mussina better than Smoltz
John Smoltz is worthy of enshrinement in Cooperstown, but Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina are more deserving.

Picks to click: 2015 breakout hitters
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With 2015 around the corner, it’s easy to focus on what’s new -- new players on your teams, new rookies, new chances. But how about those guys who might be ready to ratchet up a whole new level of production?

Phil Hughes is a good bet for Twins
Some thoughts on recent transactions and other stuff ... The Twins agreed with Phil Hughes on a three-year extension through 2019 even though he had two years remaining on his current contract.

Quick thoughts: Dodgers upgrade their D
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It was quite the exciting winter meetings. A few thoughts on some of those recent transactions ...1. Dodgers trade Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon, acquire Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins and Yasmani Grandal.

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