- The Adrian Gonzalez that Isn't Anymore
The Dodgers are still alive in large part thanks to Adrian Gonzalez, and for Gonzalez, it's been a series somewhat defined by the inside pitch. The crucial double he hit off Adam Wainwright
- More Suitors for Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre might very well be the best remaining free agent, but at this point he doesn't have many clear suitors. Last week, after we heard light rumors that the Angels were taking a step back
- Calling a Pitch to Adrian Gonzalez
to third on a fly by Hanley Ramirez. Up came Adrian Gonzalez, with a hobbled Andre Ethier on deck. The Cardinals elected to pitch to Gonzalez -- that would be a silly time for an intentional walk
- Adrian Gonzalez to Boston
While the deal is not quite official, the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox have agreed in principle to a swap that would send 1B Adrian Gonzalez to Beantown in exchange for RHP Casey Kelly, 1B
- Adrian Gonzalez: Resetting Expectations
If you’d done nothing in 2012 but read the local papers, you might think that Adrian Gonzalez was among the biggest busts of modern times. Coming off a stellar 2011 Boston debut, his production
- Aramis Ramirez Replacement Brigade
An already-thin position took a hit this week with Aramis Ramirez hitting the DL with a separated shoulder. With the prognosis leaving him out for at least a month, owners are hitting the waiver wire
- Adrian Beltre on the Hall of Fame Path
After a third consecutive All-Star season, Adrian Beltre's Hall of Fame path is becoming clear. Over those three All-Star campaigns, Beltre has added 96 home runs, 309 RBI and 1,820 plate appearances
- Aramis Ramirez Opts Out
Aramis Ramirez is ready to leave the Chicago Cubs. After eight-and-a-half seasons with the team, Ramirez's agent announced that his client will test the free agent market this off-season. While
- Adrian Beltre Is Being Invaded
Adrian Beltre (illness) has returned to the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.
Beltre missed Friday's contest after undergoing "invasive" GI tests earlier in the day
- Bearish on Aramis Ramirez
Heading into 2011, Aramis Ramirez looked like the perfect bounce-back candidate. His overall line was depressed by a pathetic BABIP, but most of his other peripherals remained consistent
- Hanley Ramirez: Keeper Conundrum
Those following the shortstop keeper posts have noticed Hanley Ramirez’s absence. Excluding Ramirez was intentional, as his ranking process deserves its own post.
From 2007-2010 he dominated
- Adrian Beltre, the Everything-Hitter
matter. Adrian Beltre leads off against Felix Hernandez, and on the third pitch, Beltre blasts an automatic double to right-center field, Dustin Ackley watching as the ball bounces over the fence
- Aramis Ramirez: Ageless Wonder
Aramis Ramirez's demise has been greatly exaggerated. But after a .241/.294/.452 slash line at age-32, it looked like the end of the line for Ramirez. Those thoughts were premature, as Ramirez
- What's Eating Max Ramirez?
Winning a big league job this year was well within Max Ramirez's reach, despite the fact that he found himself behind Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden on the Rangers' depth chart. He looked
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre took a one year deal with the Red Sox in order to reestablish his value and hit the market with better numbers than he posted last year. Mission accomplished, and then some. Beltre's
- Adrian Gonzalez's Power Outage
Adrian Gonzalez has been pretty much everything the Red Sox expected him to be and then some after sending three top prospects (and Eric Patterson) to the Padres to acquire the now-29-year-old
- Adrian Beltre's Possible Suitors
Tidbits started floating around yesterday that to some extent the Angels were out of the running for Adrian Beltre. Those rumors coalesced as the day wore on and the story appears to be that Boras
- Alexei Ramirez Is Underrated No More
This piece has been updated since the original version hit the site to reflect new information gathered about the terms of Ramirez's deal.
Ever since Jayson Stark released his All-Underrated Team
- Is Jose Ramirez a Starter or Reliever?
Jose Ramirez's live arm was on display against Kevin Gausman this past Friday. The New York Yankees' minor-leaguer consistently unleashed 94 mph to 95 mph four-seam fastballs against the Bowie Baysox
- Hanley Ramirez Will Not Be Ignored
they reportedly made a whopping offer to Albert Pujols. As you can imagine, everyone who's anyone is talking about the bundled derivative that is the Miami Marlins. One Hanley Ramirez, however, seems
- Adrian Beltre: Where's the Decline?
Adrian Beltre turned 33 before this season. No matter if you look at his plate discipline or power components, the aging curves say that he's post-peak and we should see some decline. Not every
- Adrian Gonzalez 2.0
or you can roll with the punches, accept the need to adapt and thrive through change. Last season Adrian Gonzalez found himself at one of those evolutionary crossroads, made the conscious decision
- Trading Hanley Ramirez
We all knew this day was coming. There was a notion that maybe this time it would be different; maybe with the new stadium in place the Marlins could afford to keep Hanley Ramirez and his rising
- Aggressive Alexei Ramirez
When the White Sox inked Cuban star Alexei Ramirez to a four-year, $4.75 million deal last offseason, the club anticipated that the wiry right-handed batter would hit the ground running. Though Cuban
- Appreciating Adrian Beltre
Looking to re-establish his value following an injury-marred 2009 season, Adrian Beltre signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Boston Red Sox over the winter. By virtue of fantastic third
- Joey Votto or Adrian Gonzalez?
seasons, with one posting the third-best wOBA in the majors at first base, and the other ranking sixth at the position.
Cincinnati's Joey Votto and San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez seem to be valued about
- The Power Will Not Return for Adrian Gonzalez
At the beginning of last year, we took some heat for leaving Adrian Gonzalez near the top of the first base rankings. Our reasoning, if I can speak for the consensus ranking crew, was that power
- Is Aramis Ramirez Insane?
Word out of Chicago is that Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez might reject a $14.6 million player option for the 2011 season. It's difficult to imagine a scenario in which nearly any person would
- Adrian Beltre Would Like a Moment
There is a sense of inevitability about a baseball card that features a player attempting to call a timeout at the plate. The inevitability is that this player can be no one other than Adrian Beltre
- Bullish on Aramis Ramirez
As part of our current pro/con series, Chris gave you an assessment of Aramis Ramirez that would probably have grandma Ramirez shaking her cane at the computer. Indeed, Ramirez hasn't wowed
- Adrian Gonzalez and the Petco Challenge
When fantasy players think of the top first basemen in the game, Adrian Gonzalez is not the first name that comes to mind. But the first overall pick in the 2000 draft put up his third straight
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Adrian Beltre
), but also where you would take him. Please note that we are still using pick number today instead of round due to the expected results.
Adrian Beltre, who had a lot of hype surrounding him last
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Manny Ramirez
It's perhaps the most interesting free agent question of the winter: does Manny Ramirez land a job this winter? He can still hit, even if he is no longer the dominating force at the plate he
- Adrian Gonzalez's Power Outage
When I published our updated first base tier rankings last week, I mentioned that Adrian Gonzalez had hit just 13 homers in his previous 478 plate appearances dating back to last year. That stretch
- Adrian Beltre's Contract Revisited
Many pundits (myself included) applauded Boston’s contract with Adrian Beltre this past off-season. The one-year deal (with a player option) teetered on the balance of risk minimization and upside
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Adrian Gonzalez
it's not to complicated.
Due to recent developments, it feels like my hand has been forced and we have to crowdsource Adrian Gonzalez. Playing for the San Diego Padres, Gonzalez has played at least 160 games in each
- Hanley Ramirez to 3B
When the Marlins signed Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106M contract, much of the attention shifted to the Marlins’ former shortstop, Hanley Ramirez. How would he respond to the free agent signing
- Will Adrian Gonzalez Rebound?
Adrian Gonzalez was a disappointment last season. While his overall slash line of .299/.344/.463 isn't terrible for most players, it represented a pretty big fall from the elite production he's
- Finding Fits For Hanley Ramirez
of completing that deal, rumors began to swirl that teams were also scouting Josh Johnson and that the Marlins were definitely open to moving Hanley Ramirez. Johnson makes sense for contenders
- Adrian Gonzalez's Walks
speculation is Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres star first baseman. With two years remaining on an unbelievably team friendly contract (he's owed just $10.25 million over both years), and coming off a +6.3 win
- Hanley Ramirez Moves to Hollywood
Hanley Ramirez's trade to the Dodgers was a move by Miami to transfer the salary of an under performing player with the hopes of putting that money to better use. With the move though, Ramiriez's
- Q&A Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez is a student of hitting, which should come as no surprise given that he is one of the game’s premier sluggers. The left-handed-hitting first baseman has a career slash line of .288
- Ramirez Finally Slumps
Hanley Ramirez has been a star from day one in Florida, putting up remarkably impressive seasons in his first two years with the Marlins and establishing himself as one of the game's elite young
- Toying with the Adrian Gonzalez Market
(and represented in the Total category) rather than making everyone translate the wOBA to runs and figure things out from there.
Now obviously, we’re talking about acquiring Adrian Gonzalez – who
- Stock Watch: Plouffe, Ramirez
definitely could finish up over 20.
Ramirez rather predictably came out of the gates looking wholly disinterested in hitting a baseball. From April 6th through May 1st, Ramirez
- Manny Ramirez != Barry Bonds
Patrick Sullivan at Baseball Analysts already paid homage to Ken Tremendous on Jon Heyman’s latest column, but that won’t stop me from looking at this line:
[Manny Ramirez] could have replicated
- The Other SS Ramirez
that never gets any notice - Alexei Ramirez.
Chicago's shortstop has flown under the radar, but he's quietly putting together a pretty terrific season. As a guy who played second base as a rookie
- Erasmo Ramirez Is Coming
Erasmo Ramirez is coming. Last year, the changeup was enough to star in Orgazmo. This year, there have been some bumps in the road. Just how sexy will he be for mixed leaguers isn't quite so obvious
- Adrian Beltre Is Partying Like It's 2004
After hitting 44 home runs in 2002 and 2003 combined, Adrian Beltre launched 48 home runs in 2004, putting together one of the great seasons any third baseman has ever had. Because his monster
- Playing Hide and Seek with Aramis Ramirez
Aramis Ramirez hasn't always been this kind of hitter. He has occasionally been productive in April and May over his long career -- but that's an exception to his rule. In his career, and especially
- Check Your Head, Not Adrian Beltre's
It's been a good week for Adrian Beltre, what with the reigning AL champs sending all that guaranteed cheddar his way.
There's also a lot to like about Beltre. He's an acrobat at the hot
- Guessing the Terms of the Aramis Ramirez Deal
Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez will sign a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, reports Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.
No terms have been released. Let's try and guess
- Don't Forget About Erasmo Ramirez
Last season, Erasmo Ramirez pretty much came out of nowhere to post a 3.36 ERA (3.61 SIERA) between the bullpen and rotation. He finished the season in the Mariners rotation and over eight starts
- Go Pick Up Erasmo Ramirez
I covered Erasmo Ramirez for the main site earlier this week, disecting his repertoire and comparing him to Kris Medlen. In fantasy leagues, I picked up Ramirez before his lastest start
- Is Fenway Helping Or Hurting Adrian Gonzalez?
If there were questions earlier this year whether Adrian Gonzalez was among the best hitters in baseball, consider your doubts answered. After hitting 71 home runs and posting a .288/.400/.530 line
- Is Erasmo Ramirez the Next Kris Medlen?
displayed top notch command. While he will need a bigger sample size to be evaluated more in depth, Erasmo Ramirez looks like he has the tools to be a rather successful starting pitcher.
- Adrian Beltre’s Fly Balls
Yesterday, Jack posted about Adrian Beltre's amazing year. I must admit that I was not aware just how amazing he has been, as Betlre's wOBA of 0.396 puts him in the top ten in all of MLB. I wanted
- Spiritual Wisdom, Courtesy of Manny Ramirez
The best things in life are free. Except this grill, that is. It cost Manny Ramirez $4000.
If you've never read the collected works of Great American™ Ralph Waldo Emerson -- and, in particular
- Adrian Gonzalez's Evolution, Part I
This is the first of a two-part series on Adrian Gonzalez's evolution as a hitter.
Writing for ESPN.com last year, Dave Cameron suggested that then-newly-acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez
- Adrian Beltre and Left Handed Blues
umpire, and he frequently drops to one knee when crushing a pitch. For these and for many other reasons, Adrian Beltre is just a lot of fun to root for.
On top of it all, he's been a terrific third
- Adrian Beltre Is Not Movitated by Contract Years
It has long been assumed that Adrian Beltre was going to cash in on his big year in Boston and head back to the AL West, though most speculation had him landing in Anaheim. The guesses proved
- Hanley Ramirez: Good 3B/Great SS
from the hot corner. So let's scroll on down to number eight in the rankings and talk a little Hanley Ramirez, shall we?
First off, let's just be clear. This is a very different player whom we
- Manny Ramirez's Legacy, and the Fate of the Rays
Manny Ramirez, one of the greatest hitters to ever walk the face of the Earth, and one of the most polarizing athletes of his generation, abruptly announced his retirement this afternoon.
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Adrian Beltre
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Manny Ramirez
, but the average was clearly pulled down more by folks on the low end than it was up by people on the high end.
So, one-year, $8 million for Manny Ramirez. If he didn't have any off-the-field issues, I'd
- Hanley Ramirez's Updated Fantasy Value
While we aren’t sure whether or not Hanley Ramirez is going to stick around in Miami now that Jose Reyes has come to town to take over the shortstop gig, but if he stays in South Florida, how does
- Chris Sale's vs. Alexei Ramirez's BMI
Alexei Ramirez and Chris Sale are (a) teammates on the Chicago White Sox and (b) almost impossibly slight. Here are their respective Body Mass Indices, according to the Mayo Clinic's BMI Calculator
- Granny Ramirez & the Performance Enhancing Hugs
should be “Granny Ramirez and the Performance Enhancing Hugs.”
I imagine Fernando Perez dropping the mic after this because a) it's too cold and b) he might have broken the internets
- Does Aramis Ramirez' ADP Pass the Smell Test?
Aramis Ramirez has been a fantasy star for seven of the past eight seasons. With the uncertainty surrounding Alex Rodriguez, some consider Ramirez as the third-best at the position, trailing only
- Dodgers Temporarily With 100% Less Hanley Ramirez
You don't know how close you came to reading a "Hand-ley Ramirez" joke. I guess now you might.
Hanley Ramirez participated in the recently-concluded World Baseball Classic. He played third base
- GIF: Adrian Beltre Would Like Some Space
will defer to the shortstop on such a batted ball, it's also fair to say that deference is not a quality with which Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is particularly familiar.
- Adrian Beltre's "Fluke" 2004 Happens Again
When Adrian Beltre put up one of the best seasons in the history of baseball in 2004, it was labeled many things: an historic fluke, evidence of steroid usage, and/or the greatest example in history
- Maybe Hanley Ramirez Should Actually Start At Shortstop?
defensive shortstops, and none of them is starting at shortstop. The weirdest thing is that it might all make sense, at least for now.
Hanley Ramirez hasn't been a great defensive shortstop, at least
- Aramis Ramirez Thumbs His Nose at His Thumb
is a good thing.
A mere glance at Aramis Ramirez’s .324 wOBA does his season no justice on a narrative or awareness basis. Only after a closer examination may one put to rest the fears of a washed-up
- Request-a-GIF: Adrian Beltre Mostly Sliding, Kinda
a man whose middle name appears literally to be Funk, for a GIF of Adrian Beltre mostly sliding, kinda, into second base on a double during the fourth inning of the Rangers' 2-1 loss to Boston
- Can We Please Stop Undervaluing Adrian Beltre?
Dreifort, and Chan Ho Park pop up, but in this ESPN.com Page 2 column, names like Alex Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre are listed, although not ranked amongst the “10 worst”. Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing
- Aramis Ramirez Completes Milwaukee's Left Side
to a one-year deal with a vesting option. Today, the Brewers completed the left side of their 2012 infield, adding Aramis Ramirez on a three-year deal worth somewhere between $34 million and $37 million
- Athletics Take Long Shot on Manny Ramirez
, he'll have to serve at least a fifty-game suspension before shaking off the game-speed rust. He turns 40 this year. So what is there to like about the Athletics' signing Manny Ramirez to a Minor League
- The Ugly Truth: Shortstops After Ramirez and Tulowitzki
, but it isn't until you take a closer look that you can really stand back and say "Wow". The same can be said of shortstops not named Hanley Ramirez or Troy Tulowitzki this season, just in an opposite sense
- Aramis Ramirez: Washed Up or Gearing Up?
If you drafted Aramis Ramirez in the 8th or 9th round as many did, you probably expected to get the kind of production we all saw in the second half of 2010: .276/.321/.526 with 15 HR and 51 RBI
- Adrian Beltre's Bat Away From Safeco
Adrian Beltre's contract was often lumped in with other poor free agent signings because his offensive numbers in his four years with Seattle never came close to his 2004 career year with the Dodgers
- GIF: Aramis Ramirez Has Really Impressed Himself
Ramirez is clearly thinking, about 140 years later, after hitting an impressively long home run off Mets starter Chris Young.
- Hanley Ramirez Not Likely to Excel at Third Base
Over six seasons with the (now) Miami Marlins, Hanley Ramirez proved to be a mediocre defensive shortstop. If history is any guide, he will likely be a worse defender at third base
- Ramirez Arrested, Rays Make Postseason Development
"You never know where help will come from -- until you look for it."
-- Tobias Funkë, Arrested Development
News broke last night that Florida police arrested Manny Ramirez on battery charges
- Adrian Gonzalez’s Evolution, Part II
Part two of a two-part series.
In Part I of this series, I dove into some Pitch F/X data to try and tease out how Adrian Gonzalez changed his approach after leaving San Diego in 2011. Overall
- Third Base Trends: Moustakas, Ramirez, Seager
not going to be much help in OBP leagues, but in standard roto, you're probably going to be pretty happy with him.
Remember that down year that Hanley Ramirez had in 2011
- When Should San Diego Trade Adrian Gonzalez?
While it has generally been assumed that Adrian Gonzalez won't be in San Diego much longer, the Padres front office confirmed these beliefs with some public comments last week, stating
- Aramis Ramirez Ends Home Run Drought
After going homer-less in his previous 41 plate appearances, Aramis Ramirez hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the Cubs 7-4 victory of the White Sox. The two dingers resulted in a 26.6 Win
- Kicking Rocks: Just Say No to Manny Ramirez
When I heard the news that 41-year old Manny Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, I just laughed. Usually when I hear news of a player who is unable to accept that the game
- No April For Old Men: Ramirez, Youkilis, Rodriguez
their current managers pause when they ultimately selected them. Now that the stats count, you might find a second-guesser willing to listen.
Ramirez has been a slow starter for the last few
- Nathan Eovaldi Key Piece In Hanley Ramirez Trade
As the key piece received by Miami in the Hanley Ramirez trade, Nathan Eovaldi ranks as one of the better pitching prospects I've scouted during the past couple of seasons. And while his fastball
- Adrian Gonzalez Saves Team from Death or Worse
- Keeper League 'Would You Rather?' - Asdrubal Cabrera or Hanley Ramirez?
or Hanley Ramirez?
A year or two ago, this was the easiest no-brainer of them all. Ramirez was a clear-cut top three overall draft choice with fantastic power and outstanding speed. He was hitting
- To Read: Adrian Cardenas, for The New Yorker, on Why He Quit
The image embedded here, stolen from a New Yorker piece by the now-retired Adrian Cardenas, depicts the former Phillies and then A's and then Cubs prospect breaking up an A.J. Burnett no-hitter
- The Cuban Connection and Other Great Chases: Alexei Ramirez Edition
is in a car below him. Hackman has to avoid a woman and her baby, oncoming traffic as well as plenty of other obstacles.
Alexei Ramirez faced his share of obstacles this season, not the least
- Manny Ramirez Is On His Way Back, But Should You Care?
Manny Ramirez is scheduled to begin a rehab stint for Triple-A Sacramento this weekend in anticipation of joining the Athletics on May 30 and... you know what? Let's just get this right out