Jeff Passan

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Jeff Passan is an award-winning columnist who has covered baseball since 2004. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism. He is the co-author of the book "Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series," which following five printings of the first edition was re-released in a second, updated edition in October.

  • MLB trade deadline: Winners & losers

    Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline went with a whimper Friday, all the talk of three-way deals and blockbusters fizzling into the Mets acquiring Yoenis Cespedes and the San Diego Padres holding onto every one of their numerous assets. Most of the activity came in the days prior, and it kept the deadline busy enough to warrant the breathless talk about it.

    Here, then, are one-sentence summaries of every team’s deadline dealings, with a few getting an extra paragraph to encapsulate their activity.

    New York Yankees: They whiffed going after Craig Kimbrel, who would’ve made their bullpen the finest three-headed monster since Ghidorah, but are calling up Luis Severino to join the rotation, so the AL East’s first-place team just got better.
    Verdict: Good job, good effort.

    Boston Red Sox: For all of the calls they made – and though they kept quiet, they were trying to get creative – they didn’t have any impending free agents worth much and didn’t want to deal from a core in which they still

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  • With money and cutting-edge brilliance, Dodgers playing a game others can’t

    All those years when the New York Yankees were outspending everyone by $20 million and $30 million and more, this is what they should’ve done. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a monetary behemoth, beneficiaries of an $8 billion TV contract, and under president Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi, they’re parlaying that financial advantage into a competitive one, too.

    Alex Wood is joining the Dodgers. (AP)Alex Wood is joining the Dodgers. (AP)The Yankees sashayed into free-agent meetings like fat cats, paying big dollars for big names and big splashes. They were old money acting like new money. The Dodgers positioned themselves in diametric opposition, fundamentally against larding their roster with aging players, using their cash as judiciously as the filthy rich can, exploring every creative nook and cranny possible.

    And thus came together the madcap 13-player, three-team trade that was agreed upon Thursday among the Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. On both sides of the return for the Dodgers, they took on unwanted salary obligations and received talent

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  • Sources: Jays agree to trade for ace David Price

    David Price (Getty Images)David Price (Getty Images)The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a trade for ace David Price on Thursday afternoon, sources with knowledge of the deal told Yahoo Sports, betting on themselves despite a .500 record and sending three left-handed pitching prospects to the Detroit Tigers, who are only 1½ games behind the Blue Jays in the standings.

    Toronto’s emergence Thursday shoved the Los Angeles Dodgers, favored to land Price, to the side and thrust the Blue Jays – who have outscored opponents by 100 runs this season but have little to show for it – back into a marquee position as they try to chase down the Yankees in the American League East.

    Pitcher Daniel Norris is the prized return for Detroit, which sought pitching depth for its organization and also will receive Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

    Following the shocking trade for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki earlier this week, the Blue Jays doubled down with Price, who turns 30 next month, is a free agent after the season and is likely to command one of the top pitcher

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  • Three-way deal involving Dodgers, Braves, Marlins still not completed

    A convoluted three-way deal that would reload the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation, send the Atlanta Braves a Cuban hitting prospect and continue the Miami Marlins’ tradition of selling off assets was on hold going into Thursday as the teams delved into medical information of the players who would exchange hands.

    Alex Wood is one of the main pieces in a deal that's on hold. (Getty Images)Alex Wood is one of the main pieces in a deal that's on hold. (Getty Images)Starting pitchers Alex Wood and Mat Latos would go to the Dodgers under the latest incarnation of the deal, which went through multiple iterations and, depending on the result of the medical reviews, still could change, sources told Yahoo Sports late Wednesday. In addition to dealing Wood, Atlanta would send reliever Jim Johnson and prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers, who in addition to Latos would receive outfielder Michael Morse from the Marlins.

    In exchange for those five players, the Dodgers would send infielder Hector Olivera, whom they signed less than three months ago to a $62 million-plus deal, and minor league pitcher Zack Bird to the Braves, along with three

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  • Sources: Rangers finalizing blockbuster deal for Phillies ace Cole Hamels

    The Texas Rangers are finalizing a blockbuster trade for ace Cole Hamels that would send six players to the Philadelphia Phillies, ending their long dalliance with dealing one of the best pitchers in franchise history and fortifying the Rangers for 2016 and beyond, sources with knowledge of the situation told Yahoo Sports.

    Five prospects – catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams, and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff – along with left-hander Matt Harrison are expected to go to Philadelphia for Hamels, left-handed reliever Jake Diekman and cash, sources said.

    Because of Texas’ deep cache of prospects – the Rangers didn’t include their three most highly regarded, Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Chi-Chi Gonzalez – it emerged as a favorite for Hamels in recent weeks as Philadelphia upped its efforts to trade him. The complexity of the final deal is evident, as Philadelphia surrendered an ace and took back the $28 million

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  • Sources: Royals acquire utilityman Ben Zobrist from A’s

    Ben Zobrist can play multiple positions for the Royals. (Getty)Ben Zobrist can play multiple positions for the Royals. (Getty)The Kansas City Royals continued their uncharacteristic trade-deadline shopping spree Tuesday, acquiring utilityman Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A’s for top pitching prospect Sean Manaea and right-hander Aaron Brooks, sources familiar with the deal told Yahoo Sports.

    The deal, in which Oakland will also send more than $2 million to Kansas City, comes on the heels of the Royals’ trade for ace Johnny Cueto. After getting Zobrist and Cueto, Kansas City, long the American League laughingstock, has positioned itself as a significant AL favorite a year after a surprise run to the World Series.

    While the addition of Cueto helped fortify a rotation in need of a frontline starter, the Zobrist trade might be an even better fit for Kansas City. The 34-year-old Zobrist, who, like Cueto, is a pending free agent, has played every position except catcher. With left fielder Alex Gordon on the disabled list, Zobrist can help man the position until his return, at which point he’ll almost certainly take

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  • Inside the shocking trade of Troy Tulowitzki

    There was always an agreement between Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort and his star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, spoken out loud so as to be abundantly clear: If the Rockies were to trade Tulowitzki, they were going to ask for his blessing first. Then came the blockbuster deal that sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays late Monday night, and Tulowitzki, according to sources inside the Rockies' clubhouse, found out not via a phone call but when teary-eyed manager Walt Weiss yanked him from their game in the ninth inning.

    The story of how Tulowitzki was treated, relayed by people aggrieved with his departure and how the Rockies broke their word to the longtime face of their franchise, is actually a fitting end to a multiyear trade-him-or-don’t saga that wound up with Tulowitzki fetching his passport and heading to Canada along with LaTroy Hawkins for shortstop Jose Reyes and a trio of right-handed pitching prospects: Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco.

    Fearful Tulowitzki

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  • 10 Degrees: A trade deadline primer, with the Royals going all in (yes, really)

    Not long ago, the Kansas City Royals never would’ve dreamed of making a trade like the one Sunday that netted them Johnny Cueto, the sort of legitimate frontline starter who instantaneously makes the defending American League champions much scarier than they ever were last season. The organization was so conservative it might as well have been funded by the Tea Party.

    Rather than glorify itself for two consecutive years of success, Kansas City has shown the sort of adaptive skills that weren’t present early in Dayton Moore’s tenure as Royals general manager. No longer are the Royals making decisions looking solely inward. Their place in the baseball world – atop the AL Central by 7½ games, better than the rest of the league by four – brought not a greater sense of security but one of urgency. The Royals could win a pennant with the team they had before Sunday. They should win it with the one they have after it.The Royals went for broke Sunday, sending three pitchers to Cincinnati for Johnny Cueto. (AP)The Royals went for broke Sunday, sending three pitchers to Cincinnati for Johnny Cueto. (AP)

    Here, as four days separate the baseball world from its non-waiver trade

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  • Pedro Martinez's poignant Hall of Fame speech perfectly sums up pitcher's brilliance

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    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – There is a man, a father to five and a son to a nation, a beacon and a pillar, an overflowing heart and an expansive brain, a deep, vivid human being who fulfills others more than they could ever fulfill him. And this man has 30 minutes to encapsulate a life so rich there's not enough fire in the world to boil it down to its essence.

    This is complex. This is real and tangible, life outside of the bubble in which the ability for a quarterback to read a Cover 2 defense or ornamental lettering on a diploma connotes intelligence. This was Sunday for Pedro Martinez, in front of his family and everyone watching back in the Dominican Republic, showing the world what he grew into and how others could do the same, digging into the deepest reservoirs of himself to imbue others with the sense that even the poorest kid could find himself here, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his face on a plaque alongside the finest players in the

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  • Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson appropriately enter 'Hall' together

    They are so different. One is right-handed and the other left-handed. One is uncharacteristically short and the other cartoonishly stretched out, like products of a funhouse mirror. One is Dominican and the other Californian. One is typically boisterous, bombastic, ebullient and the other measured, contemplative, surly.

    Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez (Getty)Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez (Getty)They are so similar. Both are mononymous, known simply as Pedro and Unit. Both turned batters into dithering fools. Both threw a baseball at speeds incomprehensible to those standing 60 feet, 6 inches away. Both turned craft into art through the unlikely pairing of intimidation and precision. Both ushered in the era of the strikeout. Both changed baseball forever.

    It's really quite perfect that Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson, opposites in so many ways, brothers in so many others, are going into the National Baseball Hall of Fame at the same time. Their induction in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon, alongside John Smoltz and Craig Biggio, makes the Class of 2015

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