MLB Trade Rumors employs a team of writers to bring you the latest hot stove news and analysis. Let’s meet the team:
Tim Dierkes started MLB Trade Rumors as a hobby in 2005, and has since written over 12,000 posts as MLBTR grew into baseball’s most popular hot stove website as well as his full-time job. MLBTR has received over 2.2 billion pageviews since its inception and is a favorite of baseball writers, executives, agents, players, and fans everywhere. Tim currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and four children. He is a lifelong Cubs fan, but swears it does not affect his objectivity on MLBTR. Follow him on Twitter: @timdierkes.
Steve Adams is a full-time staff writer for MLB Trade Rumors. MLBTR’s longest-tenured writer, Steve grew up in the Twin Cities and currently resides in New York City. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he studied English Literature with a Writing Emphasis and Public Relations (when his fantasy baseball schedule permitted). Steve has been a baseball fan since he can remember, and is thankful to be (barely) old enough to have vivid memories of his beloved Twins’ most recent World Series title in 1991. Steve has been writing for MLBTR since May of 2008, and began providing fantasy analysis for MLB.com in May of 2011. He has also written about the Twins for SB Nation’s Twinkie Town and fears that his voice may never fully recover from 2009’s Game 163 tiebreaker against the Tigers. You can follow him on Twitter: @Adams_Steve.
Jeff Todd left his legal practice to join the MLBTR staff and pursue his love for the game of baseball. After completing his B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and getting hitched to Bethany, his high-school sweetheart, Jeff wrote and edited for the Harvard Law Review while obtaining his J.D. from Harvard Law School. A former rugby player, Jeff re-discovered his passion for the National Pastime while working as a litigator in downtown DC and playing catcher on a men’s league team. Jeff and Bethany were blessed with a daughter, Mae, who blissfully fell asleep during the 4th inning of Game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park and whose favorite object is a Nationals cap signed by Mike Rizzo. The family has since welcomed a little boy, Gibson (a nod to Josh and Bob), and moved to Denver, where they enjoy hiking, climbing, and skiing. While he makes no promises that he will say anything worthwhile, Jeff has finally joined the 21st century by creating a Twitter account: @JA_Todd.
Connor Byrne is a longtime writer/editor who came aboard the Trade Rumors family in January 2015 as a member of the team at Pro Football Rumors. Connor left PFR in September 2017, but he has been on the MLBTR staff since the spring of 2016, and he became a full-time writer for the site in May 2019. A Buffalo, N.Y., native, Connor studied journalism and English at nearby St. Bonaventure University – which was after it became painfully obvious that he was not destined to pitch in the major leagues. Nowadays, he’s perfectly content to write about his lifelong favorite sport.
Mark Polishuk has loved baseball ever since his seven-year-old self personally witnessed Kelly Gruber hit a walkoff single for the Blue Jays during a 1989 game. Mark has been part of the MLBTR crew since October 2009, and has also written about baseball, soccer and hockey for such outlets as Field Level Media, ESPN.com, The Boston Herald, The Canadian Press, The11.ca, Plastic Pitch, The Sports Xchange, The New York Post, and the official websites of both Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer. A native of London, Ontario, Mark holds a BA in English/Film Studies from the University Of Western Ontario. His greatest on-field achievement was performing an unassisted triple play from second base during a softball game in eighth grade gym class. “Just like Bill Wambsganss!,” Mark immediately yelled, a reference lost on all.
Anthony Franco gave up his dream of being an MLB player when he went hitless all season his final year of youth baseball. One of two Buffalo, NY, natives on the MLBTR staff, Anthony was a Cubs fan growing up but lost track of baseball for a few years once he stopped playing. He rediscovered his passion for the sport in college at the University at Buffalo, where he got his first opportunity to write about baseball for Fantrax, a fantasy sports site. A part-time writer at MLBTR since 2019, Anthony also contributes to Prospects Live, primarily focusing on Division I college baseball and draft coverage. Anthony graduated from UB with a history degree in 2017 and is currently in his third year at Boston College Law School, his first taste of life outside Western New York. You can find him on Twitter discussing baseball and the occasional 1950’s movie: @affranco10.
Dylan A. Chase grew up in Imperial Beach, California, a sleepy beach hamlet sitting five minutes from Tijuana and an hour’s ride away from the Qualcomm Stadium confines where his childhood Padres played baseball. Though he never amounted to much as a baseball player, Chase’s lanky frame nonetheless passed through the academic farm leagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated in 2014 with a degree in Communication (emphasis: Creative Writing and Applied Napping). The right-hander logged appearances as a teacher, an Uber driver, and a paralegal before finally latching on with the MLBTR organization in 2019. Nowadays, you can find him showcasing his stuff both here and on Gaslamp Ball, the SB Nation site of the Padres. Scouts grade him as a 40-grade runner with a 50-grade command of the English language. Follow him on Twitter: @DylanAChase
TC Zencka is a Chicagoland native who nonetheless claims the 2001 Diamondbacks as his favorite team of all-time. Since graduating from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he’s worn almost as many jerseys as Edwin Jackson: notably, as an investigator for Public Defenders in DC and a closed captioneer for gems of American television such as Pawn Stars and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He also fed horses for a time in Arizona, ran a 9-stage live-performance venue in Wicker Park, and brewed beer in the mountains outside Beijing for one of the first American craft breweries in China. In 2017, he earned his MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University. These days, he provides in-game social media coverage for MLB to the Washington Nationals as a video editor at Nats Park. TC has been writing for MLBTR since 2018. You can follow him on twitter @tczencka.