- Why Haven't the A's had Any Good Pitch-Framers?
, Chris Stewart, and of course, Jose Molina.
MLB front offices have taken notice. Several teams, including the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Pirates, Padres, and Brewers have begun hoarding good-framing
- The Growth of Anthony Rendon
- Dodgers Righty Chris Anderson Flashes Big Stuff
be fatigued late in the season. The grades are presented as present/future on the 20-80 scouting scale and very shortly I’ll publish a series going into more depth explaining these grades. -Kiley
- Searching for the Existence of Team Clutch as a Repeatable Skill
- NL Starter Tiers -- August 2014
at the position? Let's find out.
Before we start, you’ll notice this is the NL post, so you won’t see Chris Sale ranked. Despite this, someone in the comments will say “where’s Chris Sale, you
- On Chris Davis and How He Isn't Hitting Very Well
A fair amount has been written about both Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and his season. Put simply, Davis has been a train wreck combined with a tire fire. He was the third-best hitter in all
- Picking Up Chris Taylor
With Hanley Ramirez out another week with his oblique injury, picking up and starting Chris Taylor as the Mariners play in Philadelphia and Boston looks like a decent replacement option in weekly
- Chris Capuano: Another Bronx Bombers Bargain?
variables both on and off the diamond that can affect what the baseball does once it leaves a hurler’s hand.
Anyway, before I move further from my point. … Another of the Yankees’ acquisitions, Chris
- On the Surging Chris Carter
Chris Carter, as of this writing, has hit 28 home runs this season. That's more than Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, David Ortiz and Jose Bautista. Only Nelson Cruz, Jose Abreu, and Giancarlo Stanton
- Zach Walters & Chris Taylor: Deep League Wire
does lack any sort of above average BABIP skill, projecting RoS batting averages around .230. But given his power potential and positional flexibility, he's a worthy gamble in deeper leagues.
- The Curious Case of Chris Coghlan
pick up came from a minor league contract and has been undervalued by the Cubs fan all season.
I’m here to talk about the Curious Case of Chris Coghlan.
Chris Coghlan was the Rookie of the Year
- What Types of Hitters Have Large Platoon Splits?
- Applying KATOH to Historical Prospects
- Using Short-Season A Stats to Predict Future Performance
- Using Rookie League Stats to Predict Future Performance
- Where Chris Davis is Really Struggling
It's not so bad in the bigger picture. Since the start of last season, Chris Davis has been worth more than seven wins, equal on our pages to the contribution from Jayson Werth. That's not quite
- Chris Denorfia: Improvement By Not Being Endy Chavez
without costing them something that they'll miss in the future.
Enter Chris Denorfia. He just turned 34 a few weeks ago, will be a free agent at year's end, and is hitting .242/.293/.319 for the Padres
- Using Triple-A Stats to Predict Future Performance
- Using Double-A Stats to Predict Future Performance
- Bryce Harper Making Changes for the Second Half
- Chris Young and Dropping the Fastball
a look at that for 2014, inspired by something I've noticed about Chris Young. I've had a note to write about this for a week or two. I guess now I've waited long enough.
The idea: We're going
- Using High-A Stats to Predict Future Performance
- Using low-A Stats to Predict Future Performance
performance, but isn't entirely guilty of "scouting the stat line."
It's come to my attention that Chris St. John of Beyond the Boxscore is doing something very similar with his JAVIER projection
- Tyler Skaggs Having Trouble with Men on Base
- Taking a Closer Look at Jose Abreu
- How Telling are a Teenager's A-ball Stats?
- Chris Young: Is It Real, Or Is It Safeco?
the vagaries of context. This just in, though - FIP is far from perfect itself. Case in point - Chris Young, the NBA-sized righty now plying his trade for the Seattle Mariners, currently possesses
- Matt Holliday Searching for his Pull Power
- Michael Brantley's Steady Improvement
- How Chris Sale is Trying to Keep Himself Healthy
. Chris Sale is considered one of those guys, and this is why:
Basically that simple. Sale is (1) a pitcher who (2) looks like that when he's pitching. And Sale, sure enough, has had his injury
- Tanner Roark Fools Hitters
- 2014 Draft Chat with Chris Crawford
be very surprised if he's still on the board after the Cubs pick. Very, very surprised.4:18Comment From green goldfishWhen the White Sox drafted Chris Sale, he threw less than 20 innings in the minors
- Reassessing Dayan Viciedo
- Chris Young Challenges the Data
"You should go look at the research again and see what the charts say," Chris Young, the Seattle Mariners pitcher, emphatically told me one afternoon this season. We were talking about high fastballs
- Waiver Wire: Chris Carter, Jesus Aguilar
want in a list of recommendations.
1B/OF/DH Chris Carter, Houston Astros
Ownership: CBS 27% | Yahoo! 19% | ESPN 8.6%
You know Carter’s deal. He has struck out more often than I would at a singles
- Chris Archer's Luck Turns
Heading into the season, Chris Archer was a pretty popular starting pitcher target in fantasy leagues. He was one of those non-sleeper sleepers, if such a term exists. You know, the guy everyone
- Making Sense of Anthony Rendon
- Chris Getz Retires, Outlasting Teahen and Fields
Chris Getz announced his retirement yesterday. The former White Sox and Royals second baseman was outrighted by the Blue Jays after 28 plate appearances (16 wRC+). In his statement, Getz makes clear
- Chris Heisey is Comparable to the 2009 Chris Heisey
Chris Heisey made his big-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. A year earlier he put up a .900 OPS with 22 home runs and 21 stolen bases between Double-A and Triple-A. Following his break
- Nick Castellanos is Channeling Chris Johnson
- The Steady Improvement of Andrew Cashner
- Danny Valencia & Chris Parmelee: Deep League Wire
are king and Valencia therefore represents an excellent speculation and deserves a preemptive bid before everyone knows what is happening.
Chris Parmelee | 1B/OF MIN | 1% Owned
- The New Brandon McCarthy
- Chris Getz & Grant Green: Deep League Waiver Wire
Chris Getz | 2B TOR | CBS 2% Owned
Boy have the Blue Jays gone through some blah second basemen. In the preseason, it was a battle between Ryan Goins and Maicer Izturis for the starting job
- Chris Heisey & Samuel Deduno: Deep League Waiver Wire
in fantasy, and given their past success, that might be enough to make them worthwhile in deeper leagues.
Chris Heisey / OF / Cincinnati Reds
2 percent Yahoo / .2 percent ESPN / 7 percent CBS ownership
- NL Starter Tiers -- May 2014
- J.D. Martinez & Chris Capuano: Deep League Waiver Wire
Davis to fourth outfielder and pinch runner status.
Chris Capuano | P BOS | 4% Owned
In shallow leagues with weekly transactions, middle relievers have no value. Capuano is a middle reliever
- Can You Trust Shelby Miller?
- Baseball America Top 10 Prospects Retrospective: Part 1
he was involved in a big trade that sent him as well as Carlos Baerga and Chris James to the Indians for Joe Carter. The following season Alomar solidified himself at the major league level and would
- Buying Ian Kennedy
- In Celebration of Chris Sale
as the AL's premier starting pitcher.
But the more I watch him pitch, the more I think I might just pick Chris Sale.
Let's start off with some numbers. Here's the AL leaderboard since Sale
- Chris Archer, Jose Quintana, and Risk Valuation
million deal with the Pirates. A couple of years ago, Madison Bumgarner, Jon Niese, Derek Holland, and Chris Sale all signed long term deals with very similar parameters at similar levels of service
- NL Starter Tiers -- April 2014
- Chris Owings & David Hale: Deep League Waiver Wire
players go down with injuries, lose playing time, and deal with the usual topsy-turviness of fantasy life.
But you didn’t come here to read an intro, you came here to dive. Let’s do this.
- More On Spring Stats And Power, With An Eye on Chris Heisey
through Monday’s games:
- 2014 RotoGraphs Staff Picks
- Chris Cwik's Bold Predictions for 2014
- Breakout Candidate: Anthony Rizzo
- Blue Jays Outfield: Time for A Bounce Back
- The Nationals Outfield: Is this the Year?
- The White Sox Infield: Plenty of Uncertainty
- The Cubs Infield: Can the Youngsters Bounce Back?
- Wellington Castillo
- 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
- Angels Outfield: One Stud, Two Question Marks
- Q&A: Chris Dwyer, Kansas City Royals Pitching Prospect
Three years ago, Chris Dwyer was being billed as part of a pitching renaissance in Kansas City. Along with fellow southpaws Danny Duffy, John Lamb and Mike Montgomery, he was going to comprise
- The Padres Infield: Can One Man Bounce Back?
- Has Age Caught Up to Joe Nathan?
- Chris Tillman Changes Not At All and Improves
It's surprising Chris Tillman hasn't developed into a superstar since he was part of Bill Bavasi's talent dump to the Baltimore Orioles back in 2008 for one Erik Bedard. But after he posted a tidy
- Is Dan Haren Due for a Bounce Back?
- Chris Archer May Not Be Using His Best Out Pitch
velocity generally leads to more whiffs, and you can trade whiffs for a few more grounders if you reduce the gap in velocity. Pavlidis specifically mentioned Chris Archer when detailing his findings
- Chris Bassitt: Deconstructing A Sleeper Pitching Prospect
sleepers, one player who many analysts point to as a sleeper to watch is righthanded pitcher Chris Bassitt. Our own Marc Hulet ranked the lanky hurler as the organization's eleventh-best prospect. But how
- 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
- Julio Teheran Breaks Out
- Jose Fernandez Ready For Year Two
- Starling Marte Trying to Beat BABIP
- Mets Land Bargain in Chris Young
. On that list was Chris Young -- the outfield version -- who the crowd forecast for $7 million per year over two years. Today, the Mets have signed for him $7 million for a single year, and I continue
- Age is Just a Number for Torii Hunter
- Chris Carter: A Potential Breakout Candidate
Chris Carter has been on fantasy radars for several seasons, getting plenty of helium after launching an impressive 39 home runs in 2008 with Oakland's High-A affiliate. He followed that banner
- Elvis Andrus: Offensive Offense
- Martin Prado is Acceptable
- Chris Johnson: Surprise Batting Average Crown Contender
and even bunt hits. Chris Johnson isn't exactly the picture of a batting average leader, and yet, he finished second in the National League with a .321 mark, which ranked fifth in baseball
- Is Rickie Weeks a bounce-back candidate?
- Chris Davis: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?
According to our end of season valuations, Chris Davis was not only the most valuable first baseman but also the most valuable player in the game. And that's just based on production. When you
- 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
- Fantasy LVP Josh Hamilton
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball MVP: Chris Davis
points in ESPN leagues. Chris Davis was the best, according to Zach Sanders' rankings from earlier today.
So, the notion of best isn't relevant when it comes to the Fantasy Baseball MVP. It truly
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Chris Young
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Chris Young.
- Should Bob Costas be the Next Commissioner?
- I'm an Idiot: 10 Bold Predictions Revisited
- How Good is Manny Machado?
- Roster and Gameday Strategies for One-Game Playoffs
- 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
- Jacoby Ellsbury Looking to Cash in
- Daily Notes: Chris Carter's Record Strikeout Rate in Context
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Chris Carter's Record Strikeout Rate in Context
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete
- The Maturation of Ian Desmond
- Chris Owings and the Uncertain Arizona Shortstop Situation
The Diamondbacks recalled shortstop Chris Owings to the big leagues a few days ago as part of the September roster expansion, and any time you get an infielder in his age-21 season who just won both
- 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
- Jonathan Lucroy: Not Just a Defensive Catcher
- Chris Carter and Matt Joyce: Waiver Wire
. Like these, for example...
Chris Carter, HOU |1B, OF| Ownership: ESPN - 33.3% Yahoo - 24.0%
Sure, the batting average totally stinks. He's hitting .216 on the year with a ridiculous
- Pirates Getting it Done with Pitching
- Concerning Chris Archer's Future; A Disappointing Comparison
as fascinated with young talent as those title-starved Indians fans drinking their reasonably priced beverages, and one player who's caught my eye this year is Chris Archer, the 24-year-old, flame-throwing
- Alex Rodriguez and Avisail Garcia: Waiver Wire
- 2013 NL Starting Pitcher Tiers: August
- 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
- 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
- Bryce Harper's Weakness
- Chris Capuano Putting Up Some Surprising Numbers
To say it's been an up-and-down season for Chris Capuano is putting it more than a little mildly. After a solid first half of 2012, Capuano fell apart down the stretch so badly that he entered 2013
- Waiver Wire: Trusting Surprise Performances
- Five Minutes with Chris Johnson: BABIP Brave
Last week, Jeff Sullivan wrote about Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson. The article addressed the 28-year-old’s surprisingly stellar season, which has him leading the National League
- Mat Latos Adapts
- Ways Chris Carter Is and Is Not Like Pedro Cerano
. The following are differences and similarities between Astros first baseman/outfielder/DH Chris Carter, and fictional baseball player Pedro Cerano.
(EDIT: Fine Internet User @KevinBassStache alerted me
- 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
- Waiver Wire: Pitchers on the Mend
- Sinker Saving A.J. Burnett
- The New Jake Peavy
- Alex Wood & Wily Peralta: Waiver Wire
- Brad Miller and Chris Getz: MI Waiver Wire Help
just 23-years old and in his first major league stint. With a full opportunity here, he is definitely capable of improving.
Chris Getz, KC |2B| Ownership: ESPN - 0.6% Yahoo - 1.0% CBS - 3.0
- Mark Melancon Rises
- Wilson Ramos & Lonnie Chisenhall: Waiver Wire
- Could Chris Davis Match Roger Maris?
Chris Davis, with 37 home runs so far this season, has been generating a lot of buzz lately — both on the field and more recently with some comments he made during the All-Star break. When he
- 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
- B.J. Upton, Chris Davis and Breakouts
Chris Davis owners are experiencing an unexpected surprise this season. Instead of a possible corner infield or injury replacement, they have one of the top players in the league for pennies
- Jose Quintana's Steady Improvement
- Rick Reilly on Chris Davis: An Entomologist Responds
Chris Davis's recent feats of strength haven't been achieved by the fairest of play.
Regarding Reilly's rhetorical liberties, the present author has little to say -- first of all, because
- Tim Lincecum's Change-up is Back
- Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado: Waiver Wire
- 2013 NL Starting Pitcher Tiers: July
- Chris Parmelee & John Mayberry: Deep League Wire
. That is the theme of today's deep league waiver wire. Even better, both these men have dual eligibility at both first base and outfield. Jackpot!
Chris Parmelee | MIN 1B, OF | 7% Owned
With a group
- Sort of By Request: The Return of Chris Sail
"leeroy" asked, "can we get another post about chris sail?" [sic].
Baumann, it is okay that today you have decided to say, "Yes, brother leeroy, we can get another post about 'chris sail' -- and here it is!"
- 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
- 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
- Justin Upton is Suddenly Bad at Everything
- 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
- Anthony Rendon & Taylor Jordan: Waiver Wire
- The Development of Tyler Chatwood
- Making Sense of Jarrod Parker
- A GIF and a Tune: Chris Davis and Lionel Richie
Jeff Sullivan over at the mother site took some time recently to examine the effortless home run swings of Chris Davis. Davis was at it again today, with such a breezy dong-piece, it deserves some
- Homer Bailey Arrives
- Time to Appreciate Corey Kluber
- Waiver Wire: John Danks and Logan Morrison
- 2013 NL Starting Pitcher Tiers: June
- Chris Davis and David Murphy, in the [Pitching] Zone
For Chris Davis and David Murphy, “in the zone” doesn’t extend to the mound. Each has a successful pitching performance on his resume, but in neither case was there a feeling of being in command
- Francisco Liriano Teases Again
- 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
- Chris Davis' Five Most Effortless Dinger Swings of the Season
Chris Davis has had power for as long as he's been a professional, and probably longer. His first year, in Low-A, he slugged .534. The next year he slugged .598. In Triple-A he slugged over .600
- Chris Archer Finally Gets The Call
Coming into the season, right-hander Chris Archer was widely considered the Tampa Bay Rays' best pitching prospect. Our own Marc Hulet ranked him the Rays' second-best prospect overall. So when
- FanGraphs Audio: Staying Totally Objective with Chris St. John
Chris St. John is the author of two of the most interesting baseball-related pieces from the past year-plus: first, a post at Beyond the Boxscore (a continuation of a series, in fact
- Chris Davis's Oddly Historic Season So Far
A lot of ink (and pixels) have been spilled about Chris Davis' great season. It's hard to overstate just how great a .337/.432/.721 start through roughly one-third of the season is, especially
- Buying & Selling: NL Starters
- 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
- Waiver Wire: All Rays Edition
- Missing: Andrew Cashner's Hard Slider
- 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
- Derek Holland Changes, Slides to the Top
- Francisco Liriano & Matt Garza: Waiver Wire
- The New and Improved Patrick Corbin
- A Perfect Storm For Kevin Slowey
- Matt Joyce and Brandon McCarthy: Waiver Wire
- 2013 NL Starting Pitcher Tiers: May
- 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
- Waiver Wire: Post Post-Hype Sleepers
- Chris Johnson: Darling of the Waiver Wire
he will probably cease to provide the kind of value for which his new owners are hoping. Especially in light of reports that Chris Johnson wouldn’t lose playing time now that Freddie Freeman has
- John Buck's New Approach
- Chris Archer & Danny Hultzen: Waiver Wire
to consider adding Chris Archer and Danny Hultzen.
Tampa Bay Rays
Owners should know
- Trevor Cahill Trusting His Cutter
- Trouble With the Change, Starring Jarrod Parker
- Travis Hafner and Trevor Rosenthal: Waiver Wire
- Preaching Patience with R.A. Dickey
- 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
- Tyler Flowers and Patrick Corbin: Waiver Wire
- Mat Latos Trying to Bring Back His Change-Up
- 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
- Starlin Castro Will Improve
- Chris Cwik's 10 Bold Predictions For the 2013 Fantasy Season
- Chris Young Is Not A Minor League Pitcher
A victim of what amounts to one of the deeper stables of starting pitching, Chris Young opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals with the hopes that he could find a major league role
- Buying the Rick Porcello Hype
- Red Sox Outfield: Depth Chart Discussions
- 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
- Phillies Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
- Nationals Infield: Depth Chart Discussions
- Nationals Outfield: Depth Chart Discussions
- Paul Konerko: Not Done Yet
- White Sox Looking to Lock Up Chris Sale
From the esteemed Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago:
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale confirmed Tuesday his representatives have had discussions with the club about a contract extension.
- White Sox Infield: Depth Chart Discussions
- 2013 Pod Projections: Chris Sale
Next stop on the Pod Projections train is last year's breakout starter Chris Sale, who spent his first season in the White Sox rotation. While I cannot claim credit for expecting him to be that good
- RBI, What Is It Good For?
- 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
- Spotted: Chris Snelling, Seconds Before an Injury
Insofar as every image of Chris Snelling is an image of Chris Snelling just seconds before an injury, so is this image an image of Chris Snelling -- who was just removed in the third inning
- Will Adrian Gonzalez Rebound?
- 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
- Brewers Outfield: Depth Chart Discussions
- Texas Rangers Bullpen: Depth Chart Discussions
- Texas Rangers Infield: Depth Chart Discussions
- 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
- Texas Rangers Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
- Making Sense of Justin Ruggiano
, 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
- AZ Diamondbacks Infield: Depth Chart Discussions
- Diamondbacks Outfield: Depth Chart Discussions
- Can Trevor Cahill Improve Again?
- Do Number One Prospects Succeed Immediately?
- Chris Carpenter Hurt and Probably Finished
that the news conference would have to do with Chris Carpenter's future, and many began to expect a retirement announcement. Carpenter has not retired, but retirement doesn't appear to be far off
- Oakland's First Base Situation Following Chris Carter Trade
Last night the Athletics and Astros agreed to a five-player trade that, in fantasy essence, swapped Jed Lowrie for Chris Carter. Mike Podhorzer already looked at what the move to Houston means
- Chris Carter Dons a Cowboy Hat
Yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere, the Astros acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the A's. Carter was a one-time top prospect in the White Sox system, boasting elite power and above average
- Presenting...Chris Sail
- Moving to Catcher Will Help Jesus Montero
- Is Michael Bourn About to Decline?
- How Good Is Salvador Perez?
- Shaun Marcum Heads to New York
- Musings on the Ridiculously Early Mock
- 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
- Linking Chris Archer and the Amazing Kenny Rogers
it a go for the Devil Rays, sort of. In 2012, Chris Archer gave it a go for the regular Rays. Both Standridge and Archer were thrown out. Theirs were the only attempts of the last decade.
On June 21
- 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
- Is Chase Headley's Breakout Sustainable?
- Is There Hope For Brandon Belt?
- The Michael Morse Approach
- The Subtle Improvement of Trevor Cahill
- Q&A: Chris Reed, Dodgers Top Prospect
Chris Reed isn’t your typical top-rated prospect. Born in London, England, he has a record of just 1-9 since the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him 16th overall in 2011. A closer in his junior year
- James McDonald Loses Steam
- Jeremy Hellickson Defies The Odds
- Kyle Lohse: Is He A Fluke?
- 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
- FanGraphs Audio: Chris Nowak, Top Unaffiliated Hitter
Chris Nowak, of both the Atlantic League's York Revolution and (this winter, in Venezuela) Navegantes del Magallanes, is very likely the best hitter not currently playing affiliated
- What Will Wade Miley Do Next?
- Stephen Strasburg: Number One Fantasy Pitcher?
- 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
- Can R.A. Dickey Repeat?
- Joe Blanton Joins The Angels
- 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
- The Second Breakout of Jason Heyward
- Inserting Dick Allen's Name into Works of Literature
- What's Next For Bryce Harper?
- The Real Justin Upton
- Hiroki Kuroda Stays In New York
- Melky Goes North
- Brian McCann: No Sure Thing
- Time For Henderson Alvarez To Shine
- AJ Pierzynski: What's Next?
- Rafael Furcal: Is This The End?
- 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
- Jed Lowrie: Too Risky?
- 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
- Asdrubal Cabrera: Power Hitter
- Chase Headley: Can He Repeat?
- Chris Johnson: The Flavor of Wonder Bread
As we continue to examine Zach Sanders' Third Base End of Season Rankings, let's scroll down to number 22 where we find Arizona's Chris Johnson who, according to the calculations, produced a $3 value
- Aramis Ramirez: Ageless Wonder
- Ryan Zimmerman: A Tale Of Two Seasons
- Don't Give Up On Jemile Weeks
- Chase Utley: Is This The End?
- Howie Kendrick: Still Fantasy Relevant?
- Athletics Stockpile Another Asset in Chris Young
Crisp on hand. Saturday, Beane added another outfielder to the mix, acquiring Chris Young from Arizona in exchange for Cliff Pennington and infield prospect Yordy Cabrera.
The situations aren't
- 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
- Yonder Alonso & Anthony Rizzo: Post Hype Sleepers
- Chris Carpenter: Too Diminished to Start?
Chris Carpenter did not have a good game on Monday. He only struck out one batter in four innings, and though he only allowed two earned runs in his four innings, he did surrender eight baserunners
- Edwin Encarnacion: Fantasy Fluke?
- Brandon Moss: My Fantasy AL Turtle
- Jacoby Ellsbury: Fantasy AL LVP
- Two Lessons for Next Season
- 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
- Edwin Jackson and Brandon McCarthy: Pitchers to Watch
- FanGraphs Audio: Rays Right-Hander Chris Archer
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with young Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter
- Dayn Perry's Hot Sports Opinions
- 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
- 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
- Streaming John Lannan and Chris Archer
others are in a similar situation, and after succeeding with Erasmo Ramirez last night I think John Lannan and Chris Archer are solid bets tonight.
Lannan is facing a struggling Dodgers team and has
- Lobbying For Rule Changes Is The Worst
- Matt Harvey Out, Andrew Cashner In
- 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
- Chris Young Next to Regular-Sized People: Jason Bay
Here's an image -- following Jason Bay's first-inning grand slam during last night's Mets-Marlins game -- an image of right-handed pitcher Chris Young next to the aforementioned Bay, a regular-sized
- Trevor Bauer Will Be Back
- Ross Detwiler: Spot Starter
- Josh Beckett Is A Big Winner In L.A.
- Brett Anderson Close To Return
- Boston's Bullpen Of Misfit Toys
- Starling Marte Is Off To A Strong Start
- 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
- What Will Melky Cabrera Make On The Market?
- Ian Desmond Has Natitude
- Cubs Call Up Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson
- Justin Upton Needs To Hit More Fly Balls
- Carlos Zambrano To The Bullpen
- 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
- Third-Place Diamondbacks Buy Chris Johnson
silly for the team to buy Chris Johnson from the Astros today. For the team to give up two legitimate prospects for Johnson, they must see him as a longer-term solution at the position.
- Ian Desmond to the DL
- Cole Hamels Should Reject The Phillies' Offer
- Daily Notes: Oakland's Chris Carter, Apropos of Little
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Apropos of Little: Oakland's Chris Carter
2. Notable MLB Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
- What's Wrong With John Axford?
- Ben Sheets Is Back
- Juan Oviedo & Chris Tillman: Deep League WW
, now would be the time since he hasn't yet returned from his suspension.
Chris Tillman | SP BAL | 15% Owned
I could talk all about Tillman's historical performance and a look at his first game
- Chris Berman Poses Geographical Conundrum
In the first round of the Home Run Derby yesterday, Mark Trumbo hit a home run. As the ball passed along its quietly majestic arc, Chris Berman was heard to remark that the ball was “on its way
- Mark Trumbo Makes a Name for Himself
- Paul Goldschmidt Arrives
- 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
- Marlins Acquire Carlos Lee
- Red Sox Have Too Many Outfielders
- Bryan LaHair: Fantasy All-Star?
- The Rockies Should Trade Michael Cuddyer
- 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
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
- What Is Kevin Youkilis Worth?
- 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
- The White Sox's Biggest Surprise
- Waiver Wire: Todd Helton and Chris Johnson
to appreciate him in the end.
Chris Johnson, HOU |3B| Ownership: ESPN - 22.5% Yahoo - 29.0%
A little more than a month ago, our own Dan Wade recommended using Johnson as a potential fill-in/injury
- White Sox Need Help at Third
- Time to Worry About Brett Lawrie?
- FanGraphs Audio: Fantasy Friday with Chris Cwik
Roto- and FanGraphs contributor Chris Cwik is the guest on this Fantasy Friday edition of FanGraphs Audio.
• The actual value Hector Santiago really has.
- Justin Upton Is Having A Rough Week
- 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
- What's Wrong With Mat Latos?
- Mike Trout Is Pretty Good, Too
- Chris Sale's Dominant Memorial Day
Three weeks ago, it looked like Chris Sale would no longer be starting games for the Chicago White Sox. Yesterday, he struck out over half the batters he faced in 7.1 innings.
- Paul Konerko and Father Time
- What Is Cole Hamels Worth?
- Injuries Mounting for the Red Sox
- FanGraphs Audio: Scott Radinsky and Chris Perez
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Indians rock-and-roll pitching coach Scott Radinsky and also closer Chris Perez.
- What's Wrong with Rickie Weeks?
- Zack Greinke Will Get Paid
- Royals Lose Danny Duffy for the Season
- Jeff Samardzija Emerges
- Jed Lowrie Rewards the Astros
- Chris Capuano: NL Starting Pitcher
If the vast majority of the baseball world lost track of Chris Capuano somewhere around 2009, I can’t really blame them. Capuano had one really good season in 2006 that was flanked by two middling
- Spotted: Chris Sabo Jersey at Miller Park
to shake his hand.
I found that the very thought of Chris Sabo brought me a childlike joy, and I'm not sure why. It's more than just nostalgia, the goggles, the ethnically ambiguous
- What Is Andre Ethier Worth?
- 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
- Cat Memp Is Glorious
- The Brewers Will Struggle to Replace Mat Gamel
- Jake Peavy: Buy or Sell?
- Is There Hope for Gordon Beckham?
- Is David Wright Worth $100 Million?
- What to Expect from Phil Humber
- A.J. Pollock Benefits from Chris Young Injury
The Arizona Diamondbacks have gone fishing for a replacement for injured outfielder Chris Young. The organization purchased the contract of prospect A.J. Pollock from triple-A.
Prior to the 2012
- Josh Beckett's New Approach
- Estimating a Buster Posey Contract Extension
- Who Closes For the Giants?
- Tim Lincecum's Early Struggles
- Lucas Harrell & Chris Volstad: Deep League Waiver Wire
good defensive support.
Chris Volstad | CHC SP | 7% Owned
In short, Volstad is almost like a slightly richer man's Harrell. His best attribute is also a strong ground ball tendency, though
- 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
- Early Waiver Wire Adds
- Chris Perez's Blown Save With Roto Implications
Jack Moore covered this for the main site, but I wanted to touch on it from a fantasy perspective. Chris Perez blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning last night, to no surprise of anyone who has
- Dissecting Chris Perez's Blown Save
to Chris Perez, and things went downhill in a hurry.
The Blue Jays needed just five batters to tie the game against Perez; he would face seven overall, allowing three runs on three hits and two
- Brandon Belt Gets His Opportunity
- Ubaldo Jimenez Suspended Five Games
- Who Will Close for the White Sox?
- Game Two Live Blog
- 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
- Blue Jays Extend McGowan
- Spring Training Performances Worth Buying
- Matt Bush Arrested for DUI
- Bard Back to the Bullpen
- Rangers Extend Holland
- Salvador Perez Suffers Knee Injury
- Should Anyone Sign Derrek Lee?
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
- Positional Power Rankings: Second Base
The Royals have a ton
- What Does Corey Hart's Injury Mean For the Brewers?
- Brewers, Axford Working On Extension
- Handcuffing Relievers: Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez
-sharing situation, handcuffs are going to be most useful for relievers who aren’t secure in their role at the end of games.
Jeff Zimmerman covered Chris Perez’s oblique issues on Monday, and while
- Royals Take A Page From Rays, Extend Perez
- Would You Draft Justin Morneau?
- Chone Figgins, Leadoff Hitter
- Can Arizona Win Without Stephen Drew?
- FG+ Over/Under Game: Chris Young
For our fifth (and final) over/under game, let's take a look at Chris Young the outfielder.
The over/under for today's game is 21. As in, will Chris Young hit more than 21 home runs
- Chris Davis: Legitimate Late Round Sleeper?
and given the fact that we're so far into the draft, the risk is minimal with a potentially enormous upside. Laugh if you will, but Baltimore's Chris Davis can make for an outstanding late round sleeper pick
- 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
- Should You Draft A.J. Burnett?
- 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
- Rich Harden to Miss 2012
- Manny Being Relevant?
- Prior, Webb on the Comeback Trail
- Reader Mock Draft Analysis: Rounds 1-4
- Hanson Ready for Spring
- Boston Unlikely to Add Starter
- Should Mike Trout Hook A Starting Job?
- Chris Harris of Stale Gum on 2010 Upper Deck
of The Hobby. I asked Chris Harris of Stale Gum to help fill in said gaps, and he was nice enough to answer my dumb questions.
Q. Upper Deck released only Series 1, yes? Did they release ALL
- Brandon Beachy's Secret Weapon
- Chris Cwik RotoGraphs Chat
- Is Tim Lincecum Taking a Big Risk?
- Making Sense of Brandon Morrow's ERA
- Carlos Pena Returns to the Trop
- Seattle Mariners, Pitcher Salesman
- What's Bartolo Colon's Value?
- Giants Extend Vogelsong
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
- What is Andrew Cashner's Value?
- 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
- Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, and B.J. Ryan Go To The Amazon...
... for a fishing trip.
Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter help a local fisherman who was bitten on the ass by an anaconda. They are celebrated as heroes. (In case you were wondering: anacondas
- Are the Padres Acquiring the Right Hitters?
- Boston Lands Bailey
- Chris Cwik SuperChat - 12/22/11
Chris Cwik SuperChat
- Dank(s) You Sir, May I Have Another Five Years?
- Who Will Play Center in St. Louis?
- How Will Latos Pitch in Cincinnati?
- Snapshots from the 1980s: Chris Chambliss
on a weekly basis. First up is Chris Chambliss, who played 18 big-league seasons with the Indians, Yankees and Braves from 1971-1988.
Chambliss, on why was there so much competitive balance
- Twins Better Off Without Cuddyer
- Casey McGehee Is a Pirate
- Chris Parmelee, Phil Hughes and Non-Save RPs Values
Chris Parmelee started 20 of the last 21 at 1B for the 2011 Twins by filling in for the injured Justin Morneau (55 games at 1B) and Joe Mauer (16 games at 1B). Both Morneau
- RotoGraphs Mock Keeper Draft Rounds 1-3
- Is Gio Gonzalez Worth the Hype?
- Chris Cwik Winter Meetings Chat
Chris Cwik FanGraphs Chat
- Capps Returns to Minnesota
- Sleepers on the 'Stros
- 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
- Is Anyone Hurtin' for a Murton?
- 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
- Was Verlander Better than Halladay?
- Is Ryan Doumit the New Mike Napoli?
- Clint Barmes Is Mr. Popular
- 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
- Why Jeremy Hellickson Won
- Studs that were Duds
- 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
- The Miami Marlins Will Sign Everyone
- Mets Want Angel in the Outfield
- Is Gordon Beckham Done?
- Will the Rays Trade James Shields?
- Will Cleveland's Strategy Work?
- Erik Bedard is Back
- Game 7 Preview: Chris Carpenter vs. Matt Harrison
Chris Carpenter is starting tonight on only three days rest, while Matt Harrison hopes to do better than the shellacking he took in Game Four. Both pitchers will need to change up how they're
- 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
- Should Teams Be Worried About C.J. Wilson's Post-Season?
- Game Preview: Chris Carpenter vs. C.J. Wilson
Chris Carpenter and C.J. Wilson face off tonight in Game 5 of the World Series, in a rematch of Game 1. How did each pitcher attack the other during their first start? Should they try anything
- Vintage Porcello
- Q&A: Chris Davis, Quotable Quotes
I like to go outside the box from time to time, and that includes asking my interview subjects to give their interpretations of quotable quotes. I did so last year with Chris Davis -- then a Ranger
- Beating Colby Lewis
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
- GIF: The Mysterious Mystery of Chris Young's Fastball
outliers is the very tall and Princeton-educated Chris Young's four-seamer, which has featured a rising movement in the 12-14 inch range throughout his career -- this, compared to a league-wide average
- Time for Terry to Go?
- Yankees-Tigers, ALDS Game Four Chat
- 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
- What to do with Alex Rodriguez?
- An Amazing Night
- Ozzie Guillen Out in Chicago
- Winning Your Draft
- Aramis Ramirez Opts Out
- Ryan Roberts and Chris Heisey: Deep League Waiver Wire Revisited
and Chris Heisey.
Ryan Roberts | ARI, 2B/3B eligible next season
On April 20, I recommended Roberts while Melvin Mora (I'm laughing now too) was still the starter in Arizona. After not hitting
- The Troubling Case of Justin Morneau
- What Went Wrong?
- Who Is Number Two in New York?
- White Sox Face Tough Decisions this Off-Season
- Rays Call Up Matt Moore
- Shocked by the Call Up of Chris Schwinden
that season which included starts by each of their starting pitchers. Among the pitchers i saw was Chris Schwinden, who is scheduled to debut Thursday for the Mets.
On that staff, I nicknamed one pitcher
- Video: Chris Perez Is Probably a Banker from Boston
, in which Cleveland reliever Chris Perez hunts, but fails to kill, a squirrel.
Owing to the lack of urgency in Perez's gait, one can safely assume that, so far as Perez's Oregon Trail-related skills
- Will Pitching Sink the Diamondbacks in October?
- Is Craig Kimbrel the NL Rookie of the Year?
- Don't Worry about Carlos Santana
- Waiver Wire: Ross Detwiler
- Roy Halladay for NL MVP
- Pirates Extend Tabata
- Keeper Conundrum: Mike Leake
- Chris Cwik: RotoGraphs Chat
- Inside the Brewers Hot Streak
- Chris Cwik FanGraphs Chat - 8/17/11
Chris Cwik FanGraphs Chat
- Thome Hits 600
- Patience by the Bay
- Dan Uggla Surges
- Who is Jesus Guzman?
- Sunday Night Baseball Live Blog - 8/7/11
- Ryan Roberts Breaks Out
- Kenny Williams' Quiet Trade Deadline
- Chris Davis: Fantasy Value After Trade to Orioles
If you haven't seen new Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' stats at Triple-A this season, you might want to put down your morning coffee to avoid spillage before you read on.
But before we get
- 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
- 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
- A Season for the Ages
- Desmond Jennings Gets the Call
- Wilson Betemit Goes to Detroit
- Chris Iannetta Appreciation Day: Help Me Understand
obviously says it all, but still, I feel it necessary to ask the question: What's up with all the Chris Iannetta love?
Listen, I get where most of you are coming from -- those of you citing his
- A New & Improved Phil Hughes?
- Joe Nathan Returns
- Second Half Stories to Follow
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 MLB Alter Their Marketing Strategy?
- Andrew McCutchen Arrives
- A Tale of Two Citi Fielders
- The Value of Joe Mauer
- Nyjer Morgan and Chris Getz: Waiver Wire Fill-ins
hard. He's a solid contact hitter (83.8%) with good speed, a little bit of pop, and definitely on a run right now worth using.
Chris Getz |2B| Ownership: ESPN - 9.2% Yahoo - 5%
- Ryan Vogelsong's Miracle Season Continues
- The Fun in Making Predictions
- Waiver Wire: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson
be able to help your squad out: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson.
With Denard Span still on the disabled list and reportedly still feeling a tad woozy from his concussion, Ben Revere
- Zack Greinke Can't Catch a Break
- Cory Luebke Joins the Rotation
- The Return of Joakim Soria
- Learning to Appreciate Josh Tomlin
- Passing on Jose Reyes
- Scott Sizemore and Chris Nelson: Deep League Waiver Wire
rate are just too much to pass up. Add him to your bench and see what happens if your in a league that counts walks or OBP.
Chris Nelson | 1% | 1%
We have less than 100 MLB plate appearances
- Mark Reynolds' Odd Season
- The Demise of Scott Kazmir
- 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
- Has Ozzie Guillen Officially Gone Mad?
- Bearish on Aramis Ramirez
- The Forgotten Ace
- The Best Third Baseman of All Time?
- 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
- What to do about Justin Smoak?
- Trade Targets: Center Field
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
- Mike Napoli: Buy Low Candidate
- Eating (Aaron) Crow
- Jay Bruce's May Surge
- Is it Time to Panic in Cincinnati?
- Chris Denorfia and Trevor Plouffe: Deep League Waiver Wire
In today's look at the deep league waiver wire, one of the players has a wicked sweet last name.
Chris Denorfia, OF, Padres | 2% Owned (Y!) | 1% Owned (ESPN)
While he wasn’t slated to be a full
- Q&A: Justin Masterson and Chris Perez
Justin Masterson and Chris Perez are having success against American League hitters -- Masterson is 5-2, 2.52; Perez has 10 saves -- but what would happen if they went up against a lineup of Indians
- Will Ubaldo Jimenez Bounce Back?
- Chris Davis and Justin Turner: Deep League Waiver Wire
Chris Davis 1B | 5% Owned
Who else remembers Bill James' outrageous 2009 projection for Davis? While he showed good power with a .205 ISO and 19.6% HR/FB ratio, it is difficult
- Curtis Granderson Loves Lefties
- Alex Rios: Buy Low Candidate
- Is Howie Kendrick for Real?
- The Twins Pitching Woes
- Delmon Young: Buy Low Candidate
- What's Wrong with Yovani Gallardo?
- Brett Gardner: Buy Low Candidate
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
- Casey Kotchman, Corey Patterson and Chris Resop: Deep League Waiver Wire
on some steals.
Chris Resop | 1% | 0%
Resop isn’t a big name, and he doesn’t have much in the way of past MLB success, but he’s been very good in the Pirates bullpen ever since they acquired him
- 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
- Ethier En Fuego
- John Danks: Ace?
- Pat Burrell and Hank Conger: Waiver Wire
- The Return of Josh Beckett
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Ryan Roberts and Chris Capuano
base and the outfield, Roberts could find himself with plenty of at-bats at various positions and could chip in with some power and speed for those hurting in NL-Only leagues.
Chris Capuano, SP, NYM
- Waiver Wire: Russell Branyan and Matt Joyce
- What's Upton with Justin?
- 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
- Oakland Extends Cahill
- Disabled List: Cody Ross, Jair Jurrjens, Chris Snyder
the most likely candidate to be sent back to the minors since he was called up to take Jurrjens place.
Chris Snyder (back) – 0.1% owned – Chris looks to be back within the week, but he
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Chris Getz, Rick Ankiel, Felipe Lopez
Here are three players to keep your eye on in deeper leagues.
Chris Getz | 2% Owned (Y!) | 1% Owned (ESPN)
In terms of fantasy baseball, I’ve always been a Chris Getz fan-boy. I’m not exactly
- Sunday Night Live Blog
- Waiver Wire: Ryan Hanigan and Alex Avila
- Matt Garza's Crazy Start
- The Return of Cahill's Curve
- 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
- 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
- Replacing Brad Lidge
- Deep League Waiver Wire: X-Man Nady and Chris Heisey
a profit for your team.
Chris Heisey, CIN OF | 2% Owned
Heisey is set to act as the Reds fourth outfielder, with his best chance at significant playing time coming at the expense of current
- 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
- Do You Have To Wait On Closers?
- Gamel Rides the Bus (Again)
- 2011 Organization Rankings: #25 Kansas City
- Strong Finishers: Edwin Jackson and Brian Matusz
- 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
- Where Might Chris Davis End Up?
With Opening Day nearing, Chris Davis is staring at the prospect of a fourth stint in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Mitch Moreland is the favorite to win the Rangers' first base job. Mike Napoli
- 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
- Will Stars and Scrubs Approach Derail Brewers?
- On The Rise: Jose Tabata and Dexter Fowler
- Potential NL OF Bargain: Chris Coghlan
Chris Coghlan took the league by storm in 2009, posting a .372 wOBA and earning NL Rookie of the Year honors. Though his performance line was boosted by a rather high .365 BABIP, his skills were
- Team Preview: Texas Rangers
- White Sox Extend Thornton
- Who Closes If Feliz Starts?
- What To Do With Barry Zito?
- 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
- Did The Cardinals Overwork Chris Carpenter?
keep coming for the St. Louis Cardinals, as Chris Carpenter left the mound with the team trainer after throwing 32 pitches today. Following the loss of Adam Wainwright and the devastating blow of Nick
- Bottom of the Barrel: $1 Second Baseman
- Pujols to the Cubs?
- FanGraphs Audio: What's the Deal with Chris Cwik?
Chris Cwik, New-ish Guy
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Audio on the flip-flop. (Approximately 30 min play time.)
- Sabathia's Opt Out
- Chris Young Trades Petco For Citi Field
/reward signings and hope for the best. One of those signing came in the form of Chris Young, formerly of the Alderson-led San Diego Padres.
The 6’10” right-hander made 97 starts for San Diego from
- Jered Weaver Goes to Arbitration
- Royals' Flawed Off-Season Continues
- Chris Brown: Blue Jays Fan
"Teach me how to Dougie Chris Brown." Watch the video. Tell me what you see.
I, of course, obliged.
In the video that's been
- Dickey Stays With Mets
- Galarraga Joins Arizona's Rotation
- Qualls Moves to San Diego
- 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.
- Rafael Soriano Finds His Treasure
- Chris Capuano’s Strange Platoon Split
Chris Capuano, the Mets' new left-handed pitcher, has a strange platoon split. Against right-handed batters he gets grounders like Jered Weaver (37%), but against left-handed batters he gets them
- 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
- Renteria to the Reds
- 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
- Adjusting Our Opinion on Pitch Counts
- 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.
- Handling Young Pitchers
- Are the Brewers the Favorite in the Central?
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for Texas
- Fan Projections: Getting to Second Base
- Crawford Shakes Up Boston's Outfield
- The Mark Reynolds Trade: Arizona's End
- The Remaining First Basemen
- 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.
- 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
- Tribe’s Ongoing Draft Difficulties
be traced back to former General Manager Hank Peters.
During his four-year tenure as GM, Peters drafted Manny Ramirez, Charles Nagy, Jim Thome, Brian Giles, David Bell, Chad Ogea, and Paul Byrd. He also
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- Cliff Lee Hates Walks
- Chris Tillman's Travails
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
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- Chris B. Young Limiting the Pop Ups
Last season, Chris Young's big league career reached its nadir. A former White Sox prospect swapped to Arizona as part of the December 2005 Javier Vazquez deal, Young was an acclaimed prospect who
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- 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
- Have the Tigers Ruined Rick Porcello?
- Chris Coghlan's Glove-Finding Grounders
It is has not been a pretty year for last year's NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan. In 2009 he had a 130 wRC+ and was worth nearly three wins in just 128 games. But 152 PAs into 2010, his wRC
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- 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
- AL $1 Option: Chris Tillman
despite his formidable AL East opponents. Talk of his dominating college and minor league performances spreads from water cooler to water cooler and the hype is growing.
That pitcher is not Chris
- Wood Out 2 Months; Chris Perez Gets the 9th
of having his $11 million option for the 2011 season vest (he needs to appear in 55 games for that to happen).
With Wood out, save ops will go to 24 year-old Chris Perez. The former Miami Hurricane
- Three Reasons To Believe in Chris Young
This added caution sometimes causes us to dismiss players before they've run their course. A prime example of this is Chris Young, the No. 23 prospect in baseball for the 2006 season. He has played
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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 Iannetta Re-Signs with The Rockies
Rockies bought out Chris Iannetta's three arbitration years for a reported $8.3 million with a five million dollar club option for a fourth year. It was good to be reminded that some clubs realize
- Signed: Alex Cora and Chris Coste with the Mets
The Mets made a couple of minor moves yesterday, signing Alex Cora and Chris Coste to deals.
As of now, Cora will be the backup middle infielder for the Mets. When Jose Reyes went out with a leg
- 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
- Traded: Mark Teahen for Chris Getz, Josh Fields
The Chicago White Sox organization has traded rookie second baseman Chris Getz and disappointing third baseman Josh Fields, a former first round draft pick, to the Kansas City Royals for infielder
- 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
- 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
- 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 B. Young Optioned to AAA
- Julio Lugo and Chris Duncan Swapped
Numerous sources are reporting that the Cardinals and Red Sox have agreed to swap Chris Duncan and Julio Lugo. The move comes not too long after the Red Sox designated Lugo for assignment, giving
- 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
- Chris Davis Had a Hard Time Making Contact
On Sunday the Rangers sent Chris Davis down to AAA. After a good rookie season last year Davis' performance took a step back this year. His power is still there (23% HR/FB), but his already poor
- 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 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
- 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
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Chris Dickerson
with the Cincinnati Reds organization and Chris Dickerson, who was drafted out of the University of Nevada in the 16th round of the 2003 draft.
He showed signs of life in 2007 and fully emerged from
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Chris Getz
With incumbent second baseman Alexei Ramirez shifting to shortstop for 2009, the keystone will be home to rookie Chris Getz this season. The 25-year-old prospect will not offer as much power
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Chris Perez
-reliever Ryan Franklin (3.55 ERA) with 17, former closer Jason Isringhausen (5.70) with 12 and rookie Chris Perez (3.46) with seven. Although he appeared in 41 games, Perez is still a rookie for 2009
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Chris Tillman
The Baltimore Orioles have multiple reasons to thank the Seattle Mariners, and right-hander Chris Tillman is one of the top gifts that the club received in the Erik Bedard trade prior to the 2008
- Cards Closer Candidate: Chris Perez
, finishing 25th in the majors in FIP and 22nd in WPA.
Luckily, hope is on the horizon in the form of a big-bodied, hard-throwing righty: Chris Perez. A 2006 supplemental first-round pick out
- 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
- 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
- Will Chris Iannetta be an Elite Fantasy Catcher?
Things did not look good for Chris Iannetta when the Rockies re-signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year deal prior to the start of the 2008 season. But Iannetta took over the starting job
- Chris B. Young's Contact Woes
To be honest, I had figured that Diamondbacks centerfielder Chris B. Young would be entrenched as a star-caliber player by this point in his career. A 6-2, 200 pounder with a unique blend of patience
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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