- Chris Cwik's Bold Predictions for 2014
, but it's widely assumed Nate Jones will open the season with the job. Lindstrom, however, was drawing the praise of pitching coach Don Cooper before an oblique injury set him back during spring. Jones has
- Liberating Liberated Fandom
this Braves team is probably the most enjoyable one to watch since Andruw Jones and the Baby Braves ruled the roost. Cabrera and Eric Hinske were the only two guys I could think to speak
- The Lamentation over Jones
wouldn't swap Jones for Bedard straight up, much less adding in George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickolio. Our response to the deal was a combination of exasperated frustration
- Adam Jones' Offensive Jump
For the Baltimore Orioles, the Erik Bedard trade is the gift that keeps on giving.
In February of 2008, the O's swapped their talented-but-brittle ace to the Mariners for Chris Tillman, George
- Contract Extension Comps for Adam Jones
The Baltimore Orioles recently avoided going to an arbitration hearing by signing Adam Jones to a one year, $6.5 million contract, but there are still rumblings about a long-term deal being in play
- Adam Jones is Boring, And That's Fine, Right?
Over the last three years, Adam Jones has hit between .280 and .287, launched between 25 and 33 homers, and stolen between 12 and 16 bases. Considering the way team performances vary from year
- Chris Cwik SuperChat - 12/22/11
Chris Cwik SuperChat
- Chris Tillman Finally Arrives?
The trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners is famous for bringing Adam Jones to Camden Yards. Jones wasn't the only big talent included in the infamous deal, though -- Chris Tillman, a 6
- Q&A: Nate Jones, Unorthodox Power in Chicago
Two things jump out when you watch Nate Jones deliver a pitch. The Chicago White Sox righthander has an unorthodox delivery and he throws hard. Working primarily as a setup man, he features a 97-mph
- Chris "K" Young
I talked briefly about Chris Young last night, but I wanted to cover him in more depth this morning. He’s an odd case. His peripheral numbers are essentially equal to B.J. Upton – 11% walks, 29
- Aramis Ramirez: Ageless Wonder
is immune from losing skills as they age.
Turning 35 at third base isn't a guarantee for decline. In recent years, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen, Alex Rodriguez and Casey Blake have all put in strong
- Chris Cwik FanGraphs Chat - 8/17/11
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- Chris Cwik Winter Meetings Chat
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- Who Will Close for the White Sox?
candidates for one slot.
Jones was one of two major surprises during camp. A 2007 fifth round pick, the 26-year-old Jones emerged for obscurity this Spring. Jones hasn't been
- The Maturation of Ian Desmond
- Is Chase Headley's Breakout Sustainable?
- The Second Breakout of Jason Heyward
as Andruw Jones, another great young outfielder. But Jones isn't a perfect comparison for Heyward, as he didn't walk as much, and showed more power and speed over this period. Still, there are plenty
- Do Number One Prospects Succeed Immediately?
- 2014 RotoGraphs Staff Picks
- Salvador Perez Suffers Knee Injury
enough for immediate surgery, and he was able to play through pain until the off-season. Chipper Jones also attempted to play through a meniscus injury, which was described as a "minor tear." As a result
- Has Age Caught Up to Joe Nathan?
numbers despite seeing few save opportunities over his career. Jones is the one guy on the list who really stands out as a strange choice. The point is, most of these players had successful careers, just
- What to do with Alex Rodriguez?
Roberts. Hell, even the oft-injured Chipper Jones finished above Rodriguez in my league. To add insult to injury, both Ryan Zimmerman and David Wright finished lower than Rodriguez due to injuries
- The Chris Sale Conundrum
as both Bronson Arroyo and Chris Narveson. Even if Sale manages a season like Feliz's, he may produce the same value as a league average starter.
Although Sale has experience as a starter
- Chris Tillman: Sleeper
Chris Tillman is going to be a very popular pick at the end of most drafts this season. Every year, there are a couple of guys that get touted all offseason, causing other owners to make a fuss when
- Chris Cwik: RotoGraphs Chat
- Chris Cwik RotoGraphs Chat
- Bring Out Your Dead: Edwin Encarnacion and Chipper Jones
for the Toronto Blue Jays and while I was fully expecting Chipper Jones to break his (insert body part here) on his first on-deck circle practice swing, it's clear that the geezer doesn't want to go on the cart
- Padres Decline Chris Young's Option
Jim Jones released an album in 2006 named Product of My Environment. The most popular song off POME goes by the name “We Fly High”. The album and song name fit Chris Young’s career well
- Trade Chris Sale? Odds Say No
, have a problem with his column encouraging the White Sox to deal Chris Sale.
It’s not that the idea is without merit; he provides some solid reasoning, but when you consider all of the factors at play
- Chris Archer & Danny Hultzen: Waiver Wire
to consider adding Chris Archer and Danny Hultzen.
Tampa Bay Rays
Owners should know
- Andruw Jones
So far, Andruw Jones hasn't had the start to his Dodger career that anyone would have hoped for. His .149/.259/.234 line would make him a decent hitting pitcher, but as an $18 million dollar per
- Chris Sale: More Than Just a Slider
Chris Sale was far from a polished pitcher by the time he was drafted by the White Sox. Armed with two above-average pitches, some analysts believed he was bound for the bullpen. But in his brief
- Chris Davis and Normalized Home Run Rates
Chris Davis hit his 51st home run of the season last night. 20 years ago, that would have been a pretty big deal, but the years around the turn of the century reset the bar for newsworthy home run
- Chris Cwik's 10 Bold Predictions For the 2013 Fantasy Season
- Is Andruw Jones A Hall-Of-Famer?
I wrote a piece for ESPN Insider today that talks about defensive metrics and Hall Of Fame voting. The main example used in the story is Andruw Jones, who you might be shocked to learn has
- Adam Jones' Mysterious Progress
this season, there have also been some bright spots. Among them has to be the offensive contributions of Adam Jones so far this season. Stardom has long been predicted for Jones, who is just 25 years old
- Garrett Jones' Arrival
Garrett Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the last pick of the 14th round in 1999 as a first baseman out of Victor J Andrew High School in Illinois. Jones failed to do much of anything
- Injuries, Luck and Chipper Jones
Is it better to be lucky or good? Annual injuries aside, Chipper Jones was both of these things in 2008 as he batted over .400 for the first two-and-a-half months of the season. How was he lucky
- Jones' Ranger Resurgence
Andruw Jones bashed three home runs last evening, taking his total up to 14 long balls for the season. Jones' triple-slash line rests at .250/.348/.581, with a wOBA of .392. On a per-at-bat basis
- Andruw Jones Fitted For Pinstripes
The first memory most fans have of Andruw Jones is witnessing the then-teenager terrorize the New York Yankees in Game One of the 1996 World Series. While Jones' Braves ultimately came up short
- Andruw Jones to the White Sox
According to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, the Chicago White Sox have come to terms with Andruw Jones on a one-year, $500K contract with $1M in possible incentives.
Jones famously fell of the face
- Jones Bashes in the 'Burgh
On July 1st, the following scrolled across the transaction wire:
Pittsburgh Pirates purchased the contract of outfielder Garrett Jones from Indianapolis of the International League (AAA).
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Adam Jones
Adam Jones always seems to get a ton of love from someone on draft day, then never lives up to the hype and disappoints. However, his transition from 2008 to 2009 was impressive, so he hasn’t always
- Adam Jones' Emergence
to be growing at a rapid rate.
Adam Jones in Baltimore got his first taste of regular play last year following the trade to the Orioles from the Seattle Mariners in the Erik Bedard deal. He responded
- Andruw Jones Is Alive
George Romero may have never considered the possibility of smiling zombies. The walking undead Andruw Jones is infectious with smiling, and he’s spreading the condition all around the Southside
- Daily Graphing - Todd Jones
Todd Jones really pissed me off last year. See, I had Guillermo Mota in my fantasy league and when he got injured, Todd Jones pitched so well that Guillermo Mota never got his closer job back. Now
- Adam Jones, Unfinished Product
In the weekly Wednesday chat, one of the popular subjects was the Braves pursuit of Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones. According to reports, Atlanta has been trying to land Jones for the better part
- Daily Graphing - Jacque Jones
With all talk of the Yankees signing Johnny Damon, it seems like the Cubs signing Jacque Jones to a three year, $16 million contract got lost in the news. Jones is currently a career .280 hitter
- Chipper Jones Speaks in Tongues
Bit of old news, but did anyone notice Chipper Jones's tweet on August 2? Allow me to remind you:
We need a dome! These rain delays stink. Nothin a couple of 2run dubs wont fix. Back on track
- Adam Jones’ Regression At The Plate
I don’t think it’d be a stretch to say that Adam Jones has been a big disappointment at the plate so far in 2010. He came into Saturday’s game batting just .254/.283/.384, and instead of taking
- You Want Adam Jones
center fielder Adam Jones would be a great place to start.
Jones is by no means a hidden gem in fantasy baseball. He was a highly touted prospect in the Mariners system, offering a nice blend
- Chipper Jones and The Couch
You know this player: it's Chipper Jones, the shoe-in Hall-of-Famer who's about to play the final regular season series of his career.
It was a different time, you understand -- 1992, or '93
- Adam Jones: UZR and Me
UZR is catching up to Adam Jones, or maybe it‘s the other way around. Either way, the Orioles centerfielder is finally receiving some love from defensive metrics -- his league-leading 5.9 UZR
- Crowdsourcing Results: Jones and Volquez
Below are the results for this week’s ADP Crowdsourcing. If you have any suggestions for next week, leave them in the comments for consideration.
My vote: 10
- Jacque Jones: Almost a Hall of Famer
And he has the Internet to thank! With the first ever Hall of Fame vote credited to "tweeples," presenting the immortal and amazing Jacque Jones!
Apprecaite my tweeples for helping me get that 1
- Adam Jones Is Never Room Temperature
of month-by-month analysis with Adam Jones as the subject.
Creating outs is the greatest crime in this game of baseball. In April, Jones created many outs
- Nate Jones Is in Agony
- Is Adam Jones Pulling a Matt Kemp?
On Tuesday, Adam Jones took a 1-0 fastball from CC Sabathia in the second inning and launched it out to left field. On Wednesday, in the 15th inning, he destroyed a curveball from Nate Adcock
- Chipper Jones To Retire After 2012
After more than 17 years as a fixture in Atlanta Braves baseball, Chipper Jones has announced that he will retire as a player after the 2012 season. His $7 million club option for next year would
- Chipper Jones Unhappy With Basement Dwellers
Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with Chipper Jones today, and he wasn't terribly happy, particularly with some denizens of the lowest floor of houses owned by their mothers
- Adam Jones Just Got Stronger
C'mon readers of RotoGraphs, you didn't really think I was going to let the year end without another piece on Adam Jones from me, did you? I was just waiting for the appropriate time
- Orioles Outfield: At Least There's Adam Jones
Before we get to the desolate corner spots in the Baltimore outfield, let's at least focus on Adam Jones and the value he brings to fantasy baseball. He hits in the .280s, he puts up between 25-33
- Chris Burke
On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks decided not to tender an offer of arbitration to Chris Burke. After coming over from the Astros in the Jose Valverde trade, Burke was a massive disappointment
- Q&A: JaCoby Jones, Pirates Prospect
tremendous potential, but a boom-or-bust dynamic exists for almost any 18-year-old prospect.
JaCoby Jones -- drafted in the third round out of LSU -- is a 21-year-old with a boom-or-bust dynamic
- Scheming For Relief: Medina, Jones and Siegrist
the right-hander for the chance at some holds and strikeouts. In a roto league? Sure, i’m all-in.
Nate Jones | White Sox | 1%
At first glance, Jones’ 4.06 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 1.29 WHIP may cause one
- Andruw Jones & DeWayne Wise Find Jobs
White Sox sign OF Andruw Jones for $500K
Jones’ 2009 season was hardly as well publicized as his 2008 voyage through the depths of offensive hell, but he managed a decent bounce back in 331 plate
- Andruw Jones: All-Star to Replacement-Level Player
Andruw Jones was having a brilliant career, that is, until he turned 31 years old. Since that point, he's barely been a league-average player. He went from an all-time great player, to an iffy hall
- This Meatloaf Shall Suffer Adam Jones's Godlike Hunger
Not so long ago, Adam Jones sounded his conch and let all know that something was about to happen ...
Bout to smash some meatloaf— Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) July 28, 2013
- Chris Davis is Not on Steroids
@MichiganMagic1 No— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavis_19) June 30, 2013
When he's not quoting the Bible, Chris Davis takes time on Twitter to answer those who've been watching his incredible
- Position Battles: Rangers' OF, Pt. 2: Jones and Murphy
repeat performances. Now, let's turn our attention to a guy who has nowhere to go but up (Andruw Jones) and a sophomore fighting to stay in the lineup (David Murphy).
It's difficult to avert one's
- Orioles Wisely Lock Up Adam Jones
Last Friday, I wrote that if Adam Jones sustains his performance all year, he could be looking at a contract extension in the range of $120 to $140 million by selling himself as Matt Kemp Lite
- Andruw Jones Effectively Summarizes Own Career
On May 1, 2007, Andruw Jones was hitting .264/.405/.527 and was on his way to winning his tenth gold glove. His Hall of Fame status was all but assured. Five years, three months, and fifteen days
- The Unique Power-Speed Combos of Braun, Pence and Jones
-- Ryan Braun, Adam Jones and Hunter Pence find themselves in a class of their own.
Although most fans should be somewhat aware of the speed of this trio, their star power -- as with most hitters
- FanGraphs Audio: Org Reports, Elijah, Larry Jones
In which the panel survives off deception.
Organizational Reports: Whys and Wherefores
Elijah Dukes: Released
Chipper Jones and Evaluating Situational Play
- Rick Jones, Tragic Experiment Gone Awry
could tell the difference.
Drunk with power, the Topps executives decided to take this even further, by creating Rick Jones. The plan was simple: using state-of-the-art Apple II computing
- FanGraphs Chat - 1/17/11
Chris Cwik and Zach Sanders are co-hosting a chat today, so bring either MLB or fantasy related questions to the party.
- Reid Ryan Visits the Edward Jones Chatting Cage
Hello everyone. Welcome the Edward Jones Chatting Cage, where we get to know more about some of the biggest people in MLB baseball. I'm your host, Jeremy Brisiel. Today, we're talking to the new
- Annals of Bromance: Chipper Jones, Rescue Hero
. Then imagine nestling your face into the broad, camouflaged shoulder of Larry Wayne Jones, as the frigid wind whips past and faces gape from stranded cars. If you can capture that feeling, reader, then you have
- FanGraphs Chat - 12/28/10
Chris Cwik will swing by at 3:00 pm eastern time for his inaugural chat here on FanGraphs. Come meet the new guy and talk baseball for an hour or so.
- Daily Graphing - Chris Carpenter
Today my faith in the Baseball Writers' Association of America was restored after they voted to give Chris Carpenter his first Cy Young award. Despite Dontrelle Willis' MLB high 22 wins, and Roger
- Rajai Davis & Chipper Jones: Waiver Wire
scoring category -- in Davis' case, power and likely batting average -- to boost another if you've fallen behind.
Chipper Jones | 3B | Braves | Owned: 32% Yahoo! and 38.0% ESPN
Now 40 years old
- Poor Chris Snyder
Chris Snyder who suffered an injury that can be considered "unfortunate."
You know what hurts? Getting a shot to the giggle beans. You know what really hurts? Getting hit in the giggle
- The Two Faces of Chris Archer
Opinions™ on the matter. I feel no need to offer more of these, but I do feel a need to talk about Chris Archer's face.
With the subtraction of James Shields and Wade Davis from the Rays’ rotation
- Chris Youngs and Occupying Extremes
There are two Chris Youngs in baseball, and they're independent of one another, linked only by profession and coincidence. Still, it's fun to compare them on account of their names
- Daily Notes, Beginning with a Line by Chipper Jones
Comment Regarding Strasburg
Here's a recent comment -- notable because of who made it -- regarding Strasburg:
Chipper Jones on #Strasburg: "He has the best stuff, the best repertoire of pitches
- Mustache Watch: Chris Iannetta
In this inaugural (and maybe only ever) edition of Mustache Watch, we present Chris Iannetta, sporting a handlebar situation. Iannetta, as you're well aware, is competing with new Texas Ranger Mike Napoli
- Chris Davis Scouting Report
Baltimore's Chris Davis made his major-league pitching debut against Boston on Sunday, earning the win with two innings of scoreless work while striking out two, walking one, and allowing two hits
- The Two Chris Youngs
We all know there's the absurdly tall Chris Young, the talented pitcher who refuses to stay healthy and then there's also the absurdly athletic Chris Young who patrols center field in Arizona and has
- Daily Graphing - Chris Young
In what was a surprise move to me, the Rangers sent Chris Young, Adrian Gonzalez, and Terrmel Sledge to the Padres for Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka, and a minor leaguer. In Chris Young's first full
- FanGraphs Audio: Chris "Cwik"
Contributor Chris Cwik elaborates on his post from Thursday regarding the Marlins' free-agent spending power and also gives his expert opinion on whether or not Arizona's recent
- Q&A: Eric Stults, Poor-Man's Randy Jones
pitcher, and, surprisingly, one of the better lefties in the league.
More than a decade after being drafted by the Dodgers out of Bethel College, Stults has evolved into a poor man’s Randy Jones
- The Chris Sale Diet
The Wall Street Journal writes about "historically skinny" Chris Sale and his amazing feats of culinary indulgence:
In a four-hour masterpiece, Sale packed two ice cream sundaes and, by one
- Hot Pickup: Chris Coghlan
Gotta pick him up. Chris Coghlan won a rookie of the year, y'all. And he's got a job. Sort of -- a platoon with Justin Ruggiano -- but he's got a job in center field in Florida and he's a former ROY
- Daily Graphing - Chris Ray
With B.J. Ryan and Jorge Julio's departure from the Orioles, it looks like Chris Ray will get a shot at closing games. Ryan saved 36 games last year, blowing only 5 saves with an 2.43 ERA. Those
- Chris Johnson and Great Players
that people hardly notice. The leader in the National League right now is Chris Johnson, batting .342. Johnson didn't even begin the year as an everyday player.
Johnson went from the Diamondbacks
- A League of Chris Davis' Own
, then, one has to be careful not to be too casual about drawing comparisons. There is no more flattering offensive comp, so few will ever exceed the threshold of acceptability. But Chris Davis
- The New Chris Capuano
There was some grumbling in Milwaukee when Chris Capuano signed with the New York Mets. After all, the 32-year-old lefty was a popular Brewer who had just survived his second Tommy John surgery
- The Other Chris Carter
When you share a name with perhaps the most powerful man in the minor leagues (Oakland's Chris Carter), and you have been toiling away for the past three years in one of the deepest organizations
- Meet Chris Davis
just .225/.309/.339 as a group. From Ben Broussard to Chris Shelton, they simply haven't been able to find a hitter who could provide legitimate offense, and so now their search has taken them to Chris
- Chris Carpenter: 2012 Debut
Chris Carpenter debuted on Friday night. He came away with decent results, 5 IP, 2 Runs allowed, 0 HR. Chris is usually a fantasy workhorse, but shoulder surgery has all but eliminated his 2012
- Jim Edmonds for Chris Dickerson
The Cincinnati Reds attempted to strengthen their postseason chances by acquiring OF Jim Edmonds from the Brewers today for OF Chris Dickerson. Edmonds was apparently a decently hot commodity
- Chris Young the Outfielder
the problems that lineup would normally entail.
With that strategy in mind, is Chris Young a viable option in 2010? If Bill James is to be believed, Youngs' power and speed could return and answer
- Chris Davis and His Pillars
Chris Davis was the bane of my fantasy teams for a couple of years. After breaking out in 2008 with 17 home runs in 80 games, he was my ace-in-the-hole of draft/auction day. The results were horrible
- Why Chris Tillman Will Disappoint
Yesterday, fellow RotoGrapher Chris Cwik outlined why he considered Orioles starter Chris Tillman a sleeper. He made some valid points and even sprinkled in some of the negatives that make my
- Be Excited about Chris Davis
Power hitters playing in Texas are a fantasy player’s dream. Chris Davis certainly fits the bill.
Throughout his minor league career, all Davis has done is mash. Despite being young for his level
- Chris Sale the Starter?
Hot off the presses, White Sox GM Kenny Williams has announced that Chris Sale, who has not started a game since college, will be in their starting rotation next season. So what might we expect from
- Chris Coghlan Promoted
recalled top prospect Chris Coghlan from Triple-A, where he was hitting .348/.425/.565 with a 12/10 BB/K ratio to go along with 12 extra base hits. The power was the nice surprise so far, as no one
- Pirates Lift Chris Snyder
Nobody expected the Pittsburgh Pirates to be buyers at the deadline, but here we are. Today the Pirates finalized a deal to acquire Chris Snyder (and minor league shortstop Pedro Ciriaco) from
- Pitcher Spotlight: Chris Sale
This week’s subject is 24-year-old Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, who is fresh off a dominating 13 strikeout performance in his last start. Sale is a deceptive low arm-slot lefty who fully utilizes
- Explaining the Chris Capuano Bargain
in seemingly every FanGraphs chat I either run or read, and my automatic answer has long been Chris Capuano. I don't even think about it anymore. It's Capuano, and then it's on to the next question. I don't
- Mets Sign a Pair of Tommy John Survivors
surgery. While both Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz pitched in the majors last season, they were only able to accumulate 78 innings combined. The Mets realized the risks involved, however, signing
- Rockies Relying on Draftees
will need strong seasons from Dexter Fowler, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith and Ian Stewart in order to make another run at Rocktober. Based on the Rockies' recent history in the draft, counting
- Angels Acquire Iannetta
Chris Iannetta is finally free. After employing the worst starting catcher in baseball last season (min 250 plate appearances), the Los Angeles Angels decided to seek out an upgrade. Despite some
- Waiver Wire: Borbon and Tillman
, and there aren't any performances we can fully trust, it's risky to fully commit to these types of players. That said, Julio Borbon and Chris Tillman are two players that aren't owned in many leagues that could
- Tony Cingrani, Shelby Miller and the Two-Pitch Approach
that sticks out is Chris Young. Young has able to get by with a middling fastball due to the deception in his size and delivery. The term "deception" is often mentioned with both Cingrani and Miller
- Chris Coghlan and the Future Marlins
Chris Coghlan the starting center fielder. While Coghlan has experience in the outfield, he has never played center as a professional, and his defensive numbers in left field have been below average
- Chris Davis Is Hitting Everything
The Orioles scored 20 runs in their 2-1 series victory over the Rays this week. Chris Davis drove in 11 himself and scored four more. His .971 wOBA -- 7-for-11, three home runs, three doubles, a walk
- Chris Carter: Waiver Wire
Chris Carter (ESPN: 21.7 percent owned; Yahoo!: 23 percent owned)
In the minor leagues, he never had a full season OPS under .800, nor has he hit fewer than 10 home runs in a season, yet Chris
- Chris Young's Fatal Flaw
keeping Fowler out of the line-up.
However, this post isn't about Fowler. This post is about Chris Young. The tall pitching one, not the hack-at-everything center field version. See, Young
- Chris Sale to the Majors
and, by extension, not many would have benefited from his performances to date. Therefore, it should come as little surprise that the White Sox have called up their first round pick, Chris Sale, to work out
- Chris Coghlan Gets the Call
The Florida Marlins club has recalled its top middle infield prospect. Second baseman Chris Coghlan, who can also play third base, was brought up when right-hander Anibal Sanchez was placed
- Chris Carpenter is Back
be a good time to mention it.
Chris Carpenter effectively lost the last two years to injury, so coming into this year it was a question if he could stay healthy, and, if so, how effective he would
- Chris Tillman Throws No-No in AAA
-league door, yet again. Chris Tillman, once the club's top pitching prospect, made 12 starts in the Majors last season at the age of 21. The pitching depth in the organization allowed the club to send
- The Fascinating Story of Chris Resop
Chris Resop knew that last night was going to be his last in Triple-A. Signed to a minor league contract by the Braves this spring, his agent included an unusual out clause in the deal; if he
- Digging Into Chris Sale's Slider
Samardzija has relied heavily on his split-fingered fastball and has had a solid season; Lance Lynn was an all-star; and then there's Chris Sale — the player who made the most seamless transition
- Valuing Chris Davis in 2010
After an outstanding half season in 2008, Texas Rangers first baseman Chris Davis generated quite a bit of buzz leading into fantasy drafts in 2009. Davis hit .285/.331/.549 with 17 homers and 55 RBI
- Chris Coghlan: Waiver Wire
- more often than not he's dumped when the hot hitting ends. A lot of fluky things can happen over the course of ~100PA. It's up to you to decide what is legitimate and what isn't. Take Chris Coghlan
- Chris Will No Longer Be On Sale
What a season for Chris Sale. I was a huge fan of his before the year began, going as far as predicting that he would outearn every White Sox and Diamondbacks starting pitcher. Although I ended up
- Chris Sale Keeps on Sailing
, then the following year I will switch gears and suggest that same player won't be worth his price. This is precisely what happened with Chris Sale. In 2012, he transitioned into the White Sox rotation and I
- Daric Barton Returns, Brandon Allen Free Again
rated as a passable first baseman.
The problem is that Oakland's current first basemen are a bit of a motley crew. The team already had Barton, Allen and Chris Carter last season; but the team chose
- Chris Coghlan and Brett Carroll
The Florida Marlins’ left fielder Chris Coghlan has received rookie of the year consideration from quite a few sources this year, on the wings of his impressive .372 wOBA rookie season. This puts
- Promotion: Chris Carter
One of the six players they received from the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade, the Athletics are actually Chris Carter's third organization. He was originally a 15th round pick by the White Sox
- Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
for third baseman Chris Johnson. While the move gives the Diamondbacks and improved situation at the hot corner, it may not be so great for fantasy owners.
First of all, let's establish the fact
- Chris Young the Athletic
No, I'm not alluding to Alexander the Great or commenting on Chris Young's agility, which I'm sure he possesses boatloads of. Back on October 20, Young came to the Beane, as he was traded to Oakland
- Chris Coghlan: Waiver Wire
. Others, like Bobby Crosby, Dontrelle Willis, and Angel Berroa collect their trophy and promptly crater. It’s too early in Chris Coghlan’s career to unceremoniously drop him in that second category just yet
- Q&A: Chris Sale on the Draft
One year ago tomorrow, Chris Sale nervously awaited word on where he would begin his professional career. The Florida Gulf Coast left-hander didn’t have to wait long to find out, as the White Sox
- Jorge de la Rosa Stays in Colorado
We're excited to be debuting two new writers today, of which Chris is the first. We think he'll be a great addition to the site and think you'll enjoy his writings on a regular basis here.
- Is Matt Dominguez the Answer?
with Omar Infante and Chris Coghlan.
As Joe Pawlikowski recently explained, the Marlins could choose to alter their lineup due to the versatility of Coghlan and Infante. Both players have limited
- The White Sox Can't Close the Deal
velocity appears fine, which could mean that a bullpen session will fix these early struggles.
Chris Sale emerged as a potential candidate for saves this season as well, but he's also experienced some
- The Kids Will Play
While Gordon Beckham and Chris Sale reached the majors shortly after being drafted, it's tough to get too excited about their performances. After two seasons of regression, it looks like Beckham may
- Harrison Over Holland?
to throw Chris Carpenter, will Washington try and go with his higher upside starter? If the Cardinals elect to throw Kyle Lohse, will Washington be more comfortable knowing Holland can enter the game
- Volstad Heads to Chicago
Chris Volstad. While Volstad hasn't established himself as a top of the line pitcher in the majors, this deal might just work out in the Cubs' favor.
Chicago had lots of reasons to deal Zambrano
- Marlins Make Offer to Cespedes
, $30.25 million contract from the Cincinnati Reds.
Signing Cespedes would be a huge gain for the Marlins, who currently lack a true center fielder on their roster. The Chris Coghlan experiment
- New Opportunities: Brandon Allen & Jerry Hairston Jr.
, but we can't be certain at this point. Jackson will be a free-agent at season's end and Barton will not be ready early on next season; leaving Chris Carter as the only real competition
- Is Grady Sizemore Still Fantasy Worthy?
they might affect him going forward). Since we cannot really know the true extent of Sizemore's health, we have to trust the Indians' thought process behind the signing. Indians' GM Chris Antonetti
- Keep an Eye on José Quintana?
. This year, however, things are a bit different. They've received surprise performances by Chris Sale and Jake Peavy, but their normal rotation stalwarts -- John Danks and Gavin Floyd -- have floundered
- Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox
healthy in the mid-to-late-2000s, and has properly managed Jake Peavy and Chris Sale this season. Outside of John Danks' injury this season, the White Sox's three main starters for quite some time -- Danks
- Finding Value in the Rockies
on huge hot streaks. If you're looking for one last move to push you over the edge, the Rockies may allow you to play "spoiler" during your championship.
Don't look now, but Chris Nelson
- Is Jake Peavy A Keeper?
Chris Sale's innings this season, even though many expected him to be an injury risk. Even though Peavy stayed healthy this season, there's no telling how he'll perform next season. Perhaps
- Is Curtis Granderson Slipping?
is tough to swallow. As Adam Dunn, Chris Davis and Pedro Alvarez can attest, there's still some value in striking out in nearly 30 percent of your plate appearances if you can hit for monstrous power
- Waiver Wire: Youngish First Basemen
, starting Davis against Chris Capuano. If you're desperate for power, Davis could be a nice pickup down the stretch. He's not a must-add yet in mixed leagues, but he could be useful as a platoon first
- 2012 Organizational Rankings: #24 -- Chicago White Sox
since coming over from San Diego, but his 3.21 FIP last season offers some promise. Phil Humber was a big surprise early last season before fading down the stretch. Chris Sale will be making
- White Sox Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
obviously believes in their current group, and will return the same cast of characters in the rotation this season.
Chris Sale even surprised his most ardent defenders last year. The 24-year
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Right-hander Chris Tillman is expected to play a prominent role in the Baltimore Orioles' attempt to climb from the depths of the AL East standings. The 22-year-old, picked up as part of the February
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #15 - Baltimore
, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta (to name a few) start to reach their potential, the Orioles major league talent could experience a significant jump in the rankings. The farm system
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on pace to reach the mark; while Ian Kinsler, Andrew McCutchen, Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Young all have an outside shot at reaching the milestone with strong second halves
- Should Cleveland Go All In?
reach, Indians' general manager Chris Antonetti announced that the team is going to be active around the trade deadline. While making the post-season would go a long way towards satisfying a long
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, as the club decided to begin last season with Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan in center. It was hard to blame the team in that instance, not only was Ruggiano unimpressive as a 29-year-old
- Rays Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
him worthwhile in all but the deep fantasy leagues.
Control issues are the only thing holding Chris Archer back at this point in his career. He's already shown an ability to strikeout major-league
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Late Bloomer?
, the list is littered with extreme power hitters like Jim Thome, Adam Dunn and Chris Davis. While Saltalamacchia's recent power-surge has been impressive, it doesn't put him in their company. Even
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in the wings, meaning they could choose to make Mike Cameron available in July.
The Marlins could use some more stability in center. Acquiring Cameron allows the Marlins to end the Chris Coghlan
- The Best Pitches of 2011: Sliders
: Chris Sale technically had a higher wSL, but I'm giving the nod to Venters based on his exceptional 4.48 wSL/C. Per one hundred pitches, Venters' slider was the best pitch thrown by a reliever this past
- Positional Power Rankings: Second Base
The Royals have a ton
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in slugging percentage and think Lee will be miles better than either guy, there's no telling how much Oakland's park would suppress his numbers. Oakland also has Chris Carter coming up and looking
- Cardinals Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
. There was some thought that Lynn would wind up back in the bullpen based on the Cardinals' young pitching talent, but Chris Carpenter's injury all but assures Lynn will reprise his role as a starter. As Jim
- The Nine-Man Defense
that's it. That's all the rules have to say about the catcher. It's almost silly how few references there are to the role of the catcher in the rulebook.
“Okay, Chris. I acknowledge that there may be some
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- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for Texas
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- Handling Young Pitchers
- Adjusting Our Opinion on Pitch Counts
- Renteria to the Reds
- Rafael Soriano Finds His Treasure
- Qualls Moves to San Diego
- Galarraga Joins Arizona's Rotation
- Dickey Stays With Mets
- Royals' Flawed Off-Season Continues
- Jered Weaver Goes to Arbitration
- Sabathia's Opt Out
- Pujols to the Cubs?
- What To Do With Barry Zito?
- White Sox Extend Thornton
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- Will Stars and Scrubs Approach Derail Brewers?
- 2011 Organization Rankings: #25 Kansas City
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- The Return of Cahill's Curve
- Matt Garza's Crazy Start
- Sunday Night Live Blog
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- What's Upton with Justin?
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- John Danks: Ace?
- Ethier En Fuego
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
- What's Wrong with Yovani Gallardo?
- The Twins Pitching Woes
- Is Howie Kendrick for Real?
- Curtis Granderson Loves Lefties
- Will Ubaldo Jimenez Bounce Back?
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- The Forgotten Ace
- Has Ozzie Guillen Officially Gone Mad?
- The Demise of Scott Kazmir
- Passing on Jose Reyes
- Learning to Appreciate Josh Tomlin
- Cory Luebke Joins the Rotation
- Zack Greinke Can't Catch a Break
- Ryan Vogelsong's Miracle Season Continues
- The Value of Joe Mauer
- Andrew McCutchen Arrives
- Should MLB Alter Their Marketing Strategy?
- A New & Improved Phil Hughes?
- Wilson Betemit Goes to Detroit
- A Season for the Ages
- Kenny Williams' Quiet Trade Deadline
- Ryan Roberts Breaks Out
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- Dan Uggla Surges
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- Roy Halladay for NL MVP
- Don't Worry about Carlos Santana
- Is Craig Kimbrel the NL Rookie of the Year?
- Will Pitching Sink the Diamondbacks in October?
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- Who Is Number Two in New York?
- The Troubling Case of Justin Morneau
- Aramis Ramirez Opts Out
- Ozzie Guillen Out in Chicago
- An Amazing Night
- Yankees-Tigers, ALDS Game Four Chat
- Time for Terry to Go?
- Beating Colby Lewis
- Vintage Porcello
- Should Teams Be Worried About C.J. Wilson's Post-Season?
- Will Cleveland's Strategy Work?
- Will the Rays Trade James Shields?
- Mets Want Angel in the Outfield
- The Miami Marlins Will Sign Everyone
- Why Jeremy Hellickson Won
- Clint Barmes Is Mr. Popular
- Was Verlander Better than Halladay?
- Is Anyone Hurtin' for a Murton?
- Capps Returns to Minnesota
- Is Gio Gonzalez Worth the Hype?
- Casey McGehee Is a Pirate
- Twins Better Off Without Cuddyer
- Who Will Play Center in St. Louis?
- Dank(s) You Sir, May I Have Another Five Years?
- Boston Lands Bailey
- Are the Padres Acquiring the Right Hitters?
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
- Giants Extend Vogelsong
- Seattle Mariners, Pitcher Salesman
- Making Sense of Brandon Morrow's ERA
- Is Tim Lincecum Taking a Big Risk?
- Brandon Beachy's Secret Weapon
- Should Mike Trout Hook A Starting Job?
- Boston Unlikely to Add Starter
- Hanson Ready for Spring
- Prior, Webb on the Comeback Trail
- Manny Being Relevant?
- Rich Harden to Miss 2012
- Can Arizona Win Without Stephen Drew?
- Chone Figgins, Leadoff Hitter
- Brewers, Axford Working On Extension
- Rangers Extend Holland
- Bard Back to the Bullpen
- Matt Bush Arrested for DUI
- Blue Jays Extend McGowan
- Game Two Live Blog
- Ubaldo Jimenez Suspended Five Games
- Brandon Belt Gets His Opportunity
- Tim Lincecum's Early Struggles
- Estimating a Buster Posey Contract Extension
- Josh Beckett's New Approach
- Is David Wright Worth $100 Million?
- Is There Hope for Gordon Beckham?
- The Brewers Will Struggle to Replace Mat Gamel
- What Is Andre Ethier Worth?
- Jed Lowrie Rewards the Astros
- Royals Lose Danny Duffy for the Season
- Zack Greinke Will Get Paid
- Injuries Mounting for the Red Sox
- What Is Cole Hamels Worth?
- Paul Konerko and Father Time
- Mike Trout Is Pretty Good, Too
- Justin Upton Is Having A Rough Week
- White Sox Need Help at Third
- The White Sox's Biggest Surprise
- What Is Kevin Youkilis Worth?
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
- The Rockies Should Trade Michael Cuddyer
- Red Sox Have Too Many Outfielders
- Marlins Acquire Carlos Lee
- Mark Trumbo Makes a Name for Himself
- What's Wrong With John Axford?
- Cole Hamels Should Reject The Phillies' Offer
- Carlos Zambrano To The Bullpen
- Justin Upton Needs To Hit More Fly Balls
- Ian Desmond Has Natitude
- What Will Melky Cabrera Make On The Market?
- Boston's Bullpen Of Misfit Toys
- Cat Memp Is Glorious
- Dayn Perry's Hot Sports Opinions
- Inserting Dick Allen's Name into Works of Literature
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- Wellington Castillo
- Bottom of the Barrel: $1 Second Baseman
- Who Closes If Feliz Starts?
- On The Rise: Jose Tabata and Dexter Fowler
- Strong Finishers: Edwin Jackson and Brian Matusz
- Do You Have To Wait On Closers?
- Waiver Wire: Ryan Hanigan and Alex Avila
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- Brett Gardner: Buy Low Candidate
- Delmon Young: Buy Low Candidate
- Alex Rios: Buy Low Candidate
- Mike Napoli: Buy Low Candidate
- What to do about Justin Smoak?
- Bearish on Aramis Ramirez
- Mark Reynolds' Odd Season
- The Return of Joakim Soria
- The Fun in Making Predictions
- A Tale of Two Citi Fielders
- Joe Nathan Returns
- Desmond Jennings Gets the Call
- Who is Jesus Guzman?
- Patience by the Bay
- Keeper Conundrum: Mike Leake
- Waiver Wire: Ross Detwiler
- Rays Call Up Matt Moore
- What Went Wrong?
- Winning Your Draft
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
- Erik Bedard is Back
- Is Gordon Beckham Done?
- Studs that were Duds
- Is Ryan Doumit the New Mike Napoli?
- Sleepers on the 'Stros
- RotoGraphs Mock Keeper Draft Rounds 1-3
- How Will Latos Pitch in Cincinnati?
- What is Andrew Cashner's Value?
- What's Bartolo Colon's Value?
- Carlos Pena Returns to the Trop
- Reader Mock Draft Analysis: Rounds 1-4
- Should You Draft A.J. Burnett?
- Would You Draft Justin Morneau?
- What Does Corey Hart's Injury Mean For the Brewers?
- Spring Training Performances Worth Buying
- Early Waiver Wire Adds
- Who Closes For the Giants?
- What to Expect from Phil Humber
- Jake Peavy: Buy or Sell?
- Jeff Samardzija Emerges
- What's Wrong with Rickie Weeks?
- What's Wrong With Mat Latos?
- Time to Worry About Brett Lawrie?
- Bryan LaHair: Fantasy All-Star?
- Paul Goldschmidt Arrives
- Ben Sheets Is Back
- Ian Desmond to the DL
- Cubs Call Up Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson
- Starling Marte Is Off To A Strong Start
- Brett Anderson Close To Return
- Josh Beckett Is A Big Winner In L.A.
- Ross Detwiler: Spot Starter
- Trevor Bauer Will Be Back
- Matt Harvey Out, Andrew Cashner In
- Lobbying For Rule Changes Is The Worst
- Edwin Jackson and Brandon McCarthy: Pitchers to Watch
- Two Lessons for Next Season
- Jacoby Ellsbury: Fantasy AL LVP
- Brandon Moss: My Fantasy AL Turtle
- Edwin Encarnacion: Fantasy Fluke?
- Yonder Alonso & Anthony Rizzo: Post Hype Sleepers
- Howie Kendrick: Still Fantasy Relevant?
- Chase Utley: Is This The End?
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- Ryan Zimmerman: A Tale Of Two Seasons
- Chase Headley: Can He Repeat?
- Asdrubal Cabrera: Power Hitter
- Jed Lowrie: Too Risky?
- Rafael Furcal: Is This The End?
- AJ Pierzynski: What's Next?
- Time For Henderson Alvarez To Shine
- Brian McCann: No Sure Thing
- Melky Goes North
- Hiroki Kuroda Stays In New York
- The Real Justin Upton
- What's Next For Bryce Harper?
- Joe Blanton Joins The Angels
- Can R.A. Dickey Repeat?
- Stephen Strasburg: Number One Fantasy Pitcher?
- What Will Wade Miley Do Next?
- Kyle Lohse: Is He A Fluke?
- Jeremy Hellickson Defies The Odds
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- Shaun Marcum Heads to New York
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- Paul Konerko: Not Done Yet
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- Buying the Rick Porcello Hype
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