- A Small Randy Johnson Retrospective
retrospective of his first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
Over the past three years, those covered by the pitchf/x data, Johnson threw, for the most part, just three pitches: a fastball, which Dave
- The Nick Johnson Quandry
offers a similar problem for GMs with a shopping list.
I'm speaking of Mr. Disabled List himself, Nick Johnson. His list of health problems is longer than a typical Joe Posnanski column
- Johnson Leads Florida's Rotation
projected them to be worse than the Nationals. Last night Josh Johnson won the game for the Marlins, pitching six innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out 6, walking only one and getting seven
- Free Agent Bargain: Randy Johnson
Moving back to the mound in our series on free agent bargains, we find an interesting name - the tallest player in baseball and a sure fire Hall of Famer, you wouldn't think Randy Johnson would fly
- Josh Johnson Earning His Contract
Justin Morneau has the highest WAR in baseball right now, but you probably knew that. Know who is second?
Josh Johnson. With another dominating start last night, the Marlins ace has now thrown
- An Inauspicious Night for Will Middlebrooks
And if you really want to argue about whether or not the call was valid, Dave Cameron already has a poll on the topic.
As for the topic at hand, Middlebrooks had an unmercifully difficult game. He entered
- Continuing Coverage of Joe Kelly, or Kelly's Wild Night
to yesterday's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan spent about 2,000 words, four GIFs, and two tables covering who Kelly is, his most noteworthy skills
- Don't Expect Big Changes in Philadelphia
was actually 2010 when the Phillies had 84 home games due to a G20 summit in Toronto.
When the Phillies had payrolls over $170 million, club president Dave Montgomery would occasionally comment
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
at RotoGraphs, it is customary to list 10 such bold picks; also Eno ordered me to do so.
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Johnson has good stuff
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes ~100% of Baseball
While most podcasts and their hosts will analyze maybe 30% or 50% of baseball or something like that, this one features FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron analyzing all baseball
- James McDonald, Kyle McClellan, Josh Johnson: NL Starting Pitchers
Dave Duncan’s latest little project hasn’t been a flop, but he hasn’t been impressive, either. Some of his value comes from fitting into your RP slot, but otherwise he’s not much to look at. His
- GIF: Jim Johnson's Jim Johnson
Because Oriole Jim Johnson plays for the Orioles, there's a strong chance that no one -- perhaps besides his teammates and Buck Showalter and Buck Showalter's grizzled and nameless manservant
- Johnson's Domination
Johnson and his performance from 1999-2002.
For starters, here are some of his peripheral numbers in each of these seasons:
1999: 35 GS, 271.2 IP, 207 H, 75 ER, 70 BB, 364 K, 1.02 WHIP, 2.48 ERA
- The Yankees Infield
The Fab Five
I wrote about about McCann when he joined the Yankees from a non-fantasy perspective. I love
- What Alex Rodriguez's Suspension Means for the Yankees
Reynolds, Michael Young, or Justin Turner, but as the saying goes "you get what you pay for." The club has been connected with Young and Reynolds. There has also been speculation that Kelly Johnson
- The Orioles Play in the Shallow End of Free Agency
Earlier in the offseason, the Orioles traded incumbent closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Johnson was expected to earn $10 million in arbitration - a figure
- Lessons Learned From a Shallow Linear Weights Draft
before I would have grabbed him - and I was forced to take Jed Lowrie, Aaron Hill, and Kelly Johnson later in the draft.
In years past, the value hasn't been nearly as flat as it was this season
- Dave's Guys: The Hitters
- Dave's Guys: The Pitchers
- A Look at Today's Pitchers: 10-5-13
- The Grand Slam That Almost Wasn't
- Select 2013 World Series Moments as Viewed by ChampAdded
- Far East Rumors and Game Theory
- Why Do We Use MPH?
- The Yankees and McCann: A Perfect Match
- The Astros Begin the Long Climb
- Did Somebody Screw Up Carlos Gomez's Scouting Report?
- The Phillies Take the Middle Road
- A Data-Centric View on Why the Phillies May Want to Avoid Losing
- The Royals: Curiouser and Curiouser
- The Pitcher Who Did the Most With the Least
- The Rays Need Their Depth Early
- Dodgers Make a Low Risk Investment in Rotation Depth
- The Players' Association May Target Qualifying Offers
- On the New Collision Rules at Home Plate
- Projection Leaderboard Fun Courtesy of ZiPS and Fans
- Ottoneu Arbitration: A Guide for 2014
- Domonic Brown Goes Mashing
- B.J. Upton: Living in the Basement
- Leonys Martin: To Platoon or Not to Platoon
- Bryce Harper: A Catch-34
- Alfonso Soriano: Barring Injury
- Christian Yelich: Modest Success
- Josh Reddick: Mr. Replacement
- Healthiful, Flavorful, Venable
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
- Gerardo Parra: Back to the Platoon
- The Quietly Consistent Nick Swisher
- Barnes in New Pastures
- David Murphy: A Platoon of His Own
- Stephen Strasburg: Not Quite Elite
- Cole Hamels is a Model of Consistency
- What Should We Make of Tim Lincecum
- Patrick Corbin: A Tale of Two Halves
- Zach McAllister: Fit for Streaming
- John Lackey is Relevant Again
- Cliff Lee: Still Studly
- Valuing Your Last Roster Spot
- Lance Lynn's Fatal Flaw
- Sonny Gray for Ace
- Ivan Nova Regresses
- Dillon Gee Has a Confusing Season
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Consideration About Value
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Sending Signals
- Danny Salazar Can Throw That Speed Ball By You
- Michael Wacha Requests Your Attention
- Nathan Eovaldi and the Top Heavy Repertoire
- Jarred Cosart and the World's Worst 1.95 ERA
- The Endowment Effect is Your Enemy
- Aroldis Chapman Is Still Ridiculous
- When Should You Pay for Elite Relievers?
- Kenley Jansen Is Increasingly Amazing
- Elite Relievers in an Ottoneu Points Format
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Various Offseason Trade Strategies
- The Padres Outfield
- The Giants Bullpen
- The Dodgers Rotation
- The Diamondbacks Rotation
- The Athletics Outfield
- The Athletics Rotation
- Jarrod Parker: Outstanding in One Way
- Lessons From My First Mock
- What I Learned From Jeff Sullivan Learning About WAR
- The Pirates Outfield
- The Cardinals Rotation
- The Royals Infield
- Beware of Sleepers
- A Collection of Five Category Hitters
- Prospects in Ottoneu: Additional Thoughts
- The Phillies Rotation
- The Phillies Infield
- The Rays Rotation
- The Rays Outfield
- So Your Keeper League Has Too Many Fire Sales...
- Fantasy Baseball Isn't Poker
- Some Relievers Who Are Maybe Possibly Good Targets
- Stolen Topic: Three Players I Won't Draft
- Eight and a Half Observations Using ZiPS Projections
- Relievers Who Have SP-Eligibility in Yahoo
- Lessons From a Botched Yahoo Draft
- Nomination Strategy Guide
- The Obvious Risk of Drafting to Trade (And Bold Pick #11)
- Free Agent Bargain: Dave Ross
As we move behind the plate for today's free agent bargain, we take a look at a guy with one of the most inconsistent track records of any player in baseball - Dave Ross. Take a look at his seasonal
- What Happened To Davey Johnson?
Davey Johnson on Joe Maddon:
"I don’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyways."
When did Davey Johnson become a grumpy old codger? Wasn't he the first guy
- What Is Davey Johnson Doing?
Here's newly minted Nats skipper Davey Johnson!
The discerning discerner will observe that also in this photo is a white orb of cowhide, something known in industry parlance as a "baseball
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
Is Josh Johnson still an ace?
The 2012 season had some encouraging signs after shoulder injuries cut short potential Cy Young campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA and 3.40 FIP
- Randy Johnson's Countdown
Randy Johnson has not pitched particularly well this season, for instance see yesterday's shelling at the hands of the Rockies. In fact, outside of Tim Lincecum, nobody in the Giants rotation has
- Is Elliot Johnson Worth Starting?
Last year, Elliot Johnson was one of the worst hitters in the majors. With a 57 wRC+ backed by just four home runs, six steals, and a strikeout rate near 30%, Johnson's lackluster performance had
- 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
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- Nick Johnson to New York
The Yankees have absolutely refused to stand pat this offseason. After adding Curtis Granderson in the first big trade of the winter, the Yankees have now agreed to terms with 1B/DH Nick Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- Josh Johnson's Extension
The Marlins locked up their most talented pitcher on Thursday, as they agreed to terms with 26-year-old SP Josh Johnson on a four-year, 39 million dollar contract. The deal will pay 3.75MM in '10
- The Return of Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson returned to the mound last night for the first time since April 21. The oft-injured 29-year-old (it still surprises me that he’s just 29) impressed against the Giants, throwing seven
- Josh Johnson's Curveball
We're happy to welcome Albert Lyu back to the FanGraphs team. His work will again appear regularly here on the site.
Before Josh Johnson was lost for the season with shoulder injuries in May, he
- Nick The Unlucky Stick
Nick Johnson is having one of the more remarkable Aprils in recent memory, and not just because he's managed to stay healthy for an entire month. No, instead, Nick Johnson is becoming the new poster
- Marlins Reel in Nick Johnson
Bedlam ruled the day of the trade deadline, and the Nick Johnson for LHP Aaron Thompson deal was no exception. The Nationals broke from their age old custom of clenching to tradeable players
- The Josh Johnson Dilemma
Earlier this year, Jack Moore reviewed Josh Johnson's inability to get hitters out while pitching from the stretch. Johnson and the Jays were very much aware of the situation, but even still, it did
- Just For Context
Dan Johnson just saved the Tampa Bay Rays season. This Dan Johnson.
Before tonight, he had a -7 wRC+. As noted in that leaderboard, the only Major Leaguer with a worse offensive season
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
It may surprise some, considering this high ERA and low strikeout rate compared to his career average, but Josh Johnson actually has the seventh highest WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Despite having
- Robbing Johnson of a Shot
(and the .227 batting average in 2008 just adds insult to injury). The move also keeps the underrated Rob Johnson from receiving the opportunity that he deserves.
Johnson, 25, was selected out of college
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
destined for an epic crash (click on the link, it's must-watch stuff). Owning Josh Johnson on a couple squads, I've felt a little of both.
Coming off of a serious shoulder injury in 2011, Johnson,28, had
- Randy Johnson Retires
Randy Johnson announced his retirement today. There are thousands upon thousands of words that could, and should, be written about Randy Johnson. His career numbers are remarkable. The mark he left
- Josh Johnson Heads to Canada
So as you all no doubt know by now, Josh Johnson was part of the trade of fantasy baseball proportions that is expected to be finalized at some point today. It's time for JJ to start trading in his
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- Recalling Jim Johnson
to the minors and recalled 24-yr old pitcher Jim Johnson. Johnson, a starter in the minor leagues, had made two "audition" starts for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, racking up the undesirable line of 5 IP
- 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
- No Love For Jim Johnson?
and there, but if they're healthy, they've always seemed to slide back into the job. So why, after 101 saves in the past two season....yes, that's right, 101...does Jim Johnson get no love?
I did a mock draft
- The 2008 All Free Agent Bargain Team
, position by position:
Catcher: Dave Ross
First Base: Ben Broussard
Second Base: Orlando Hudson
Shortstop: Rafael Furcal
Third Base: Joe Crede
Left Field: Rocco Baldelli
Center Field: Ryan
- Lowrie and Johnson: Waiver Wire
be slotted in at SS, 3B, MI, CI, and UTL positions, which makes him a nice option to have coming off the bench as needed.
Chris Johnson (ESPN: 26 percent owned; Yahoo!: 25 percent owned)
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
There might not be a more up and down player in fantasy than Kelly Johnson. After establishing himself as a useful fantasy second baseman in 2007-2008, Johnson completely fell off that radar
- The Nick Johnson Stories
The phone rang, rattling in the glove compartment, but Nick Johnson did not hear it. He was already halfway to the creek. His boots crackled among the the skeletons of leaves scattered between
- The 2013 Hardball Times Baseball Annual
capsules and Brad Johnson's coverage of the postseason.
The Year in Frivolity by Craig Calcaterra
What happened in Oakland by Dan Lependorf
And what happened in Boston
- D'Backs Sign Garland. Why?
At the beginning of the off-season, the Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly offered Randy Johnson a contract for 2009 that would have paid him around $4 million or so. Realizing that it was a low-ball
- The Big Unit
struggled to score runs after a hot start. While the excellence of the top two has gotten plenty of notice, don't look now, but after a rough first half, Randy Johnson is reminding everyone that he's
- Nothing Fishy About Josh Johnson
Heading into the 2007 season, Florida's Josh Johnson looked like an ace-in-waiting.
As a 22 year-old rookie in 2006, the 6-7 righty posted a 3.99 FIP in 24 starts and seven relief appearances
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
It was shaping up as a disappointing season for Kelly Johnson in 2008 until a strong September. After three straight months of hitting .250 or less, Johnson posted a 22-game hitting streak
- Best Pitching Acquisition
a look a deeper look at the three contenders for the crown:
1984 Sutcliffe: 150 1/3 IP, 3.97 K/BB, 0.54 HR/9, 2.28 FIP, 1.52 WPA/LI
1988 Randy Johnson: 84 1/3 IP, 4.46 K/BB, 0.43 HR/9, 2.04 FIP, 2.62
- Bryce Harper, Opening Day Starter?
On Tuesday, Jon Heyman reported that Davey Johnson really wants Bryce Harper to begin the season as his everyday right fielder. While we don't have a direct quote from Johnson confirming the story
- Vote for Dave Cameron!
For those of you who missed last week's post, or have not yet voted, Dave Cameron is up for a $10,000 college scholarship because of the fine work he's done blogging over at U.S.S. Mariner. He
- Johnson Leads WAR at Labor Day
, nearly 85% of the way through the season, is Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson - not Roy Halladay, nor Ubaldo Jimenez, not Cliff Lee, not Felix Hernandez, and not CC Sabathia. Johnson is establishing
- Can Josh Johnson Fix The Stretch?
There have been plenty of good signs in Josh Johnson's return from a season-ending shoulder injury this year. His 2.98 FIP is excellent; he's striking out nearly eight batters per nine innings
- Josh Johnson Finding Success in June
The month of June has been very kind to Josh Johnson. In 14.2 innings, the big right-hander owns a 1.84 ERA with impressive peripheral numbers to match: 16 strikeouts, just four walks, and no home
- 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
- Kelly Johnson, an Elite Second Baseman?
The league leader in WAR for second basemen? Kelly Johnson. I made some pretty bold predictions in our staff-wide preseason series, one of them being that Matt Kemp will not even get to 30/30
- Hi, I'm Average
is the personification of average production in MLB?
For 2008, one man stands above the rest - the most consistently average player in baseball. That man is Kelly Johnson.
His batting average
- The Slider That Won't Age
When we tell our kids about Randy Johnson, we're going to start with the height, the hair, and the velocity. In his prime, he regularly threw 100 MPH fastballs with varying amounts of command
- DH Jobs Becoming Scarce
The signing of Nick Johnson by the Yankees is a good move for New York, for all the reasons Jack talked about this morning. But, for players like Russ Branyan, Jim Thome, and Vladimir Guerrero
- Things to Buy: Will Johnson Baseball Art
Doctor Cyclops, by Will Johnson
When I am sad, I like to spend money. Because I am often sad, I am in big time mondo debt, as many of you know. At the moment, my cash flow is such that I cannot
- Kelly Johnson, Quintessential Rays Acquisition
This afternoon, it was reported that the Rays will ink Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. It’s an interesting match, as Johnson provides the Rays with the one thing that they like -- a player who has
- Dave Bush Fails In Absentia
regularly underperforms his own peripherals, the author has always had an especially soft spot for one Dave Bush, Starting Pitcher and Eternal Disappointment.
It may be difficult to recall now
- What We Learned In Week One
Bergsen takes the hill.
Kelly Johnson should have gathered more interest this winter.
Not that we should overreact to his hot start, but Johnson settled for just a one year, $2.35 million
- Josh Johnson's Creative Contract With the Padres
The news is breaking now. It seems that Josh Johnson has gotten $8 million dollars from the Padres to pitch in 2014, according to Jerry Crasnick. By itself, that is an interesting match -- Johnson
- Comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson
Prior to the start of the 2009 season, the thought of comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson was ludicrous. Mets fans rolled their eyes when the club signed Hernandez while Giants fans were
- Micah Johnson: Wheels...and What Else?
(fourth if you count the Mexican League), a full dozen behind White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who has blazed his way to 54 thefts in 66 contests.
Anybody who produces that sort of stolen
- Dave Cameron Power Rankings
the relevant Dave Cameron could have a person just, like, assassinated or whatever.
Using that same flawless methodology, here are the five most powerful Daves or Davids Cameron at the moment
- Pouring One Out for Nick Johnson's Career
RIP, Nick Johnson's career. Mourn ya 'till I join ya.
- The Idea and Reality of Justin Verlander
seasons from Hall-of-Famers like Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, and Randy Johnson, but there's also the 2005 Andy Pettitte in there, and I don't remember anyone writing about him in this fashion. In fact
- Epic Pitching Performances on the Same Night
) and Jason Bere (91) - 17 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 22 K
9/21/93: Randy Johnson (91) + Todd Stottlemyre (90) - 18 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 21 K
7/15/94: Bret Saberhagen (93) and Andy Benes (91) - 18 IP, 7 H, 0
- 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
- The Cheap DH Cycle
for jobs; Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Johnny Damon, Russell Branyan, and for a team with a serious appetite for risk, Nick Johnson.
Those six guys are essentially going to play
- Fan Projection Targets: 12/3/2009
at the winter meetings next week. Do you see him as a 2B or a 3B next year? How will he hit?
Yesterday, you guys projected Kelly Shoppach at +2.5 wins, Josh Johnson at +5.3 wins, and Jake Peavy
- The BBWAA Has Already Passed The Litmus Test
the same principle here. The fact that Hernandez is considered the favorite to win the award is a big step forward.
Six years ago, we had a similar race between Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson
- The Dave Duncan Effect
Last week Dave, in his piece on Real Groundball Rates, and Erik, in a piece on Brad Penny's first start, referenced Dave Duncan’s ability to get his pitchers to generate a great deal of groundball
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
Dave Cameron not only defends, but more or less celebrates, the Giants' end of the Melky Cabrera-Jonathan Sanchez deal with the Royals. Other topics include David Wright
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
Will it be possible to sign Yu Darvish without overspending on him? That's a question managing editor Dave Cameron answers on this edition of FanGraphs Audio. Another one is this: Why
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
Managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly Monday appearance -- this time on a Tuesday. Topics discussed: the sanest possible discussion of the Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper kerfuffle
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly appearance.
• Luck and unsustainability, the difference therein (especially as regards Tim Lincecum).
- Collage Most Murderous: Dave Parker
From the depths of newspaper morgue and the dead-letter office come this Collage Most Murderous ...
Dave Parker is not on the loose on the streets of your town, but that's only because Dave
- Don't Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson
three years, and Joey Votto isn't far behind him. What might surprise you is the name that sits in the 34th spot out of the 150 qualified hitters: Kelly Johnson.
At a .382 wOBA against lefties since
- Nick Johnson Retires, FanGraphs Weeps
Eight times on base. Had Nick Johnson reached base just eight more times in his ten-year career, he would have become just the 41st player in history to leave the game with a .400+ OBP (min. 3,000 PA
- Uneven Distribution
those two MVP candidates are four pretty good players in their own right.
Orlando Hudson: .303/.372/.503, 0.82 WPA/LI
Brandon Phillips: .287/.336/.529, 0.55 WPA/LI
Kelly Johnson: .299/.362/.495
- Randy Johnson: Just for Men Pitchman
(Get it, pitchman?)
Because when I want to advertise a beauty project, I call Randy Johnson!
This advertisement just adds
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Josh Johnson
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: Josh Johnson.
- Dave Cameron Blink Watch
remember the footage embedded here of managing editor Dave Cameron's inaugural appearance on last Monday's edition of MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential.
While interested parties have noted many flaws
- The Best Transactions of the 2014 Off-Season
, Indians sign David Murphy, Royals sign Omar Infante, Rays acquire Ryan Hanigan, Yankees sign Kelly Johnson, White Sox acquire Matt Davidson.
And now, on to what I view as the 10 best transactions
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
Having recently returned from a week-plus in the American Desert, managing editor Dave Cameron joins this edition of FanGraphs Audio for his usual Monday appearance. Topics discussed
- FanGraphs Audio: The Dave Cameron
Managing editor Dave Cameron is the guest -- as he is most Mondays -- on this Monday edition of FanGraphs Audio. Discussed: two recent pieces by Cameron: one on Felix Hernandez's loss
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
Managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly appearance on this Monday edition of FanGraphs Audio. Topic discussed: April records, what they do and don't mean (especially for the Angels
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
Managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly appearance. Topics discussed: how Josh Hamilton's offensive approach sort of does -- but also totally doesn't -- resemble Delmon Young's
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly appearance.
• The achievement that is Bryce Harper's first 100 plate appearances, and what it has to do
- EMERGENCY: DAVE CAMERON ON TELEVISION
Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop that wholly runs NotGraphs melted inside its frame when this cellphone-daguerreotype appeared. Yes, that is FanGraphs editor in chief Dave Cameron, a-wheelin' and a-dealin
- Organizational Rankings: #19
(Barry Zito), has consistently overpaid for declining veterans (Matt Morris, Dave Roberts, and Aaron Rowand), and has overseen a roster that that hasn't finished at .500 in four years. However, he's
- Playoff Baseball In September
Saturday afternoon: Brandon Webb (3.18 FIP) vs Chad Billingsley (3.13 FIP)
Sunday afternoon: Randy Johnson (3.84 FIp) vs Clayton Kershaw (4.24 FIP)
In the opener, the guy with the second lowest FIP
- Learning From Week One
amount of power of any NL team. It's going to be a long year in Washington.
Josh Johnson and Erik Bedard are healthy.
Coming into the season, the Marlins and Mariners were both understandably
- The Royals Dominating Middle Relief Performance
to Carlos Lee.
Greg Holland walks J.D. Martinez.
Greg Holland strikes out Jed Lowrie.
Greg Holland strikes out Chris Johnson.
Nine batters faced, seven strikeouts. Jonathan Broxton pitched around
- Pitcher Win Value Leaderboards
he was a +9.7 win pitcher. I think people forget how good Schilling was that year - 9.58 K/BB rate in 259 innings. That's just remarkably awesome. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay
- Dunn to Washington
that he's going to play first base. He replaces the Nick Johnson/Dmitri Young duo of unhealth, and they'll just call the $10 million that they owe those two a sunk cost. In a best case scenario, Johnson
- 2009 NL All-Star Ballot
, and Nick Johnson, so I went with none of the above.
Second Base: Chase Utley (PHI), Orlando Hudson (LA), Brandon Phillips (CIN)
The first two here are easy as well, while Phillips edges out
- 2009 MLB Trade Value: #30-#26
Continuing on with the trade value series.
#30: Josh Johnson, RHP, Florida: 3.4 WAR
This is what Ubaldo Jimenez would be with better command. The strikeouts and groundballs skillset is an ace
- The Second Base Glut
was flooded with available second baseman. It didn't help when Kelly Johnson was non-tendered by the Braves. Polanco is the only one of the seven who has found a new home, and he had to switch positions
- Organizational Rankings: #22 - Florida
? Dan Uggla is still a Marlin, and Josh Johnson has a new, long-term contract that not only bought out two arbitration years but two years of free agency, as well. For once, the Marlins did not hold
- Don't Crucify the Marlins for Making Smart Moves
, Robb Nen, Moises Alou, Devon White, and Jeff Conine before the season began, and then shipped off Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson, and Bobby Bonilla six weeks into the season. That was a fire sale
- Streaming Weekend Starters: Johnson and Straily
you be in panic mode for wins and strikeouts, a mode in which the author of this post resides in at least two leagues. So let's get to it.
Yes, Steve Johnson. Johnson, who slogged
- Which Pitchers are Getting a Qualifying Offer this Offseason?
in San Francisco isn't a bad gamble.
Conclusion: Make the offer.
Josh Johnson, RHP, Toronto
Nearly everything written above about Lincecum is also true of Josh Johnson. His results in Toronto
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron
occurred in the four or so days since then. In fact, Monday afternoon saw reports of third baseman Aramis Ramirez signing a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Managing Editor Dave Cameron
- FanGraphs Chat - 1/8/14
:13Dave Cameron: Josh Johnson has to go back to being JOSH JOHNSON, and then they need a big rebound season from Chase Headley.12:14Comment From BretThe Jays 2B hole was listed by Jeff the other day
- Hall of Fame Free Agents: Pitchers
Johnson, LHP - 292 wins, 3.26 ERA, 52.63 WPA/LI
The Big Unit is the most dominant left-handed pitcher baseball has seen since a guy named Sandy Koufax. Even though he didn't pitch his first full big
- 2010 Trade Value: #10 - #6
- Josh Johnson, SP, Florida
The Marlins ace has gone from a good arm to a true #1 starter, dominating with classic power stuff. If you haven't seen him pitch, you're missing out. The fastball has
- Who Needs Pitching?
Johnson, 3.83 FIP, 0.23 WPA/LI
Kyle Lohse, 3.90 FIP, 1.54 WPA/LI
Greg Maddux, 4.03 FIP, 0.70 WPA/LI
Jamie Moyer, 4.29 FIP, 0.63 WPA/LI
Randy Wolf, 4.32 FIP, -0.43 WPA/LI
Oliver Perez, 4.74 FIP, 0.37
- Tampa's Role Players
the Rays have been running out this month, it's regularly included guys like Fernando Perez, Ben Zobrist, Dan Johnson, Eric Hinske, and Gabe Gross. With a patchwork line-up of role players, the Rays
- The New Nationals
with Nick Johnson. In the last year of a three year contract that has seen him barely take the field, he's owed $5.5 million for 2009 and then will hit free agency. He just doesn't fit into the team's
- My All-Stars
, Cincinnati; Dan Uggla, Florida; Kelly Johnson, Arizona
SS - Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles
3B - Ryan Zimmerman, Washington; Scott Rolen, Cincinnati
OF - Josh Willingham, Washington; Marlon Byrd
- FanGraphs Audio: The Dave Cameron Story
In which the guest gets all autobiographical.
A Young Jeremy Brown
The Whole Open Letter Thing
On Work and Baseball
- Dave Gershman, Kittens and Accountability
This was one Dave Gershman on October 31st, 2011, just as the Hot Stove season picked up. Sunday night, the Miami Marlins made their first major as representatives of Miami, adding Jose Reyes
- Kelly Johnson: Why the Low AVG?
Kelly Johnson came into the season a fairly decent option at second base. In one keeper league I was in, him and Ben Zobrist were both available. I considered them to be at the same talent level
- Dubious Company?
distinguished than you might guess, actually. Last year, the double digit performance was put up by Jeremy Bonderman, James Shields, and Jon Garland, and Ben Sheets, Roy Halladay, and Randy Johnson
- The Shot Heard Round The Fens
and cleaned house. For Rays fans, I'm sure the late game longballs from Dan Johnson on Tuesday and Pena last night will be prominently featured in their postseason hightlight reel.
It's things like
- Oliver Perez: The Next Koufax?
of the five best lefty starters in the game. Scott, just a question, but which of these pitchers do you think Perez is better than?
- Not As Good As Everyone Thinks
on to repeat their performances, it's also unlikely that the Marlins will be able to replace those 320+ innings with a similar performance. The increase in innings given to Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad
- Fukudome Lives
for enough power to play regularly became a regular topic of discussion, and the team went out and signed Milton Bradley over the winter, pushing Fukodome into a center field platoon with Reed Johnson
- Strasburg and the All-Star Game
by a brutal speech from the commissioner was the Randy Johnson-John Kruk match-up in 1993.
Since it doesn't really count, the game needs interesting stories, and there is no more interesting story
- Anibal Sanchez Is Finally Healthy
hitters away, and the version of Sanchez taking the mound for the Marlins right now is the best we've ever seen him.
Josh Johnson generates most of the headlines, but he's got some pretty good company
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: First Baseman
Add in the availability of Adam Dunn, along with guys we didn't project like Derrek Lee, Adam LaRoche, Nick Johnson, and Russell Branyan, and the market for first baseman is going to be very
- Did Chad Billingsley Sell Himself Short?
in line with what Zack Greinke and Josh Johnson received in their extensions at the same point of their careers - Greinke got 4/38 from the Royals before the 2009 season, while Johnson got 4/39 from
- Matt Cain's Place in History
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 11/18/13
baseball? 12:02Dan Szymborski: That's a tough one.12:02Comment From bobJosh Johnson make sense for the Cubs? 12:03Dan Szymborski: Yes. A resurgent Johnson could have serious trade value. Cubs
- Poem: To a Photograph of Dave Parker
To a Photograph of Dave Parker
In love poems we talk about eye color.
Your eyes are the color of the virginity that Brooke Shields just lost
And the luxury Oldsmobile she’ll give
- Dave Parker Was, And Is, The Man
Not everyone liked Dave Parker. Certainly the fans who threw things at him in the Pittsburgh outfield, slashed the roof of his convertible and even threatened his life could be counted in this camp
- 2013 Trade Deadline Chat Extravaganza
AAqualifying offer for josh Johnson? 12:25Dave Cameron: Yep. Dan Haren got 1/13 last winter.12:25Comment From ralphWhy don't you tweet out your ESPN insider pieces? I can obviously look for them myself
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 8/12/13
Kapler is either a manager or GM? 12:55Dan Szymborski: Hard to fast-track a GM spot, but he's shown that he's thoughtful and that'll get him some interesting job choices12:55Comment From Dave Camerons
- Free Agent Signings That Worked
, or less than what Ben Sheets got for 2010 alone.
Kelly Johnson: 1 year, $2.3 million, +4.4 WAR
The Diamondbacks were beneficiaries of the Braves decision to non-tender Johnson rather than go
- Anibal Sanchez: The Race-Changer
Johnson has garnered the headlines, his rotation mate Anibal Sanchez has quietly matured into a terrific pitcher in his own right. His career has been cut short by numerous injuries, but as we noted last
- Here Come The Rays
Zobrist another shot at shortstop, playing him on the left side of second base for the first time since 2009.
It's an idea that the Rays should probably stick with, as Elliot Johnson and Sean Rodriguez
- FanGraphs Chat - 11/20/13
thoughts on the Pads Josh Johnson deal? Is there really that big of a concern that he doesn't pitch much next year? 12:05Dave Cameron: Love these kinds of deals. Probably ends up being one of the best
- Dukes Busting Out
another step backward, Nick Johnson got hurt, and the GM and one of his top advisers are being investigated for crimes of fraud. Despite moving into a new park, the team has been horrible
- Cubs Win at Strikeouts
Originally, this post was going to be about the San Francisco Giants starting rotation - with Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Barry Zito, the Giants are going to rack up
- What We Learned In Week Thirteen
, walked two, and struck out 20. I think it's safe to say he's back. I feel sorry for teams that have to face him and Josh Johnson in the same series.
Joe Saunders, on the other hand...
- Lincecum's Great Changeup
it is. The pitch has been worth 5.28 runs per 100 pitches this year, which is just incredible. Of pitchers who have thrown more than a handful of changes the next closest is Josh Johnson's worth 3.8
- Washington: Not The Worst?
significantly better since the deal, winning 13 of 31 games for a .419 winning percentage. They've thinned out their glut of 1B/OF by dealing Nick Johnson and DL'ing Austin Kearns, which lets them go
- The Yankees' Win Curve
Johnson, and Javier Vazquez to a roster that was the best in baseball a year ago. Their true talent level, as currently constructed, is probably that of a 100 win team. The Yankees are going to be very
- Organizational Rankings: #16 - Arizona
. Is Brandon Webb going to be healthy? Isn't Chris Young too talented to be that terrible? Can Kelly Johnson bounce back? Is Conor Jackson okay? Was Edwin Jackson's first half of 2009 a fluke
- Statues in the Outfield
Johnson's +6.3 is propping up the starters. The regular trio for LA are posting fielding numbers that will make your eyes bleed - Manny Ramirez is at -4.1, Matt Kemp has a -13.8, and Andre Ethier
- More Predictions That Will Be Wrong
NL Position Player WAR Leader: Troy Tulowitzki
AL Cy Young: Jon Lester
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
AL Pitcher WAR Leader: Felix Hernandez
NL Pitcher WAR Leader: Josh Johnson
- James Shields: Becoming an Ace
the mean that they were in those two categories. For instance, Derek Lowe is the most extreme ground ball pitcher we've seen in the last decade, while Randy Johnson is the modern day strikeout king
- Winter Meetings Chat - 12/11/13
are comfortable with Ryan Goins at 2B"? 11:10Dave Cameron: A lot of salt.11:10Comment From CMRHi, Dave - How much did the Fister trade affect players'/agents'/writers' perceptions of the trade market
- Game 163 Live Blog
as usual 8:02Comment From TomI don't have TBS! WTF do I do?! Postseason.tv? Dave you mentioned you were in the same boat...how are you watching tonight? 8:02Dave Cameron: I get cable for one month
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 8/5/13
, but there are also instances of people falling out of planes from altitude and living12:31Comment From BoI read Dave's article on Chris Johnson... What are your thoughts on his offensive production? 12
- FanGraphs Chat - 5/22/13
. Randy Johnson made it work, but he was 6'10 and threw 100 mph. Madison Bumgarner is probably the closest comparison you could draw to Corbin, but his command has historically been much better
- FanGraphs Chat - 9/4/13
-by-committee, and see how the multiple in-house SPs shake out (Gausman, Wada, Britton, S. Johnson, etc.). As a fan, this disheartens me. 12:07Dave Cameron: Eventually, you'd think they'll take
- FanGraphs Chat - 10/9/13
:12Comment From howlingwolfHardy, Wieters, Machado, Chris Davis, Jim Johnson. The Orioles will have some tough decisions to make over the winter and the upcoming year. No way they can afford all--is J.J.
- FanGraphs Chat - 5/15/13
From MikeHi Dave, it's been awhile since I've had a chance to get a question in at the beginning of the queue. Sorry if you answered this before, but what happened to the organizational rankings
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 10/14/13
recent.12:24Dan Szymborski: Oh, oh, CiL stuck!12:24Comment From CJIf you're Jedstien, do you go Acta, Hinch, Renteria, or Dave Martinez? 12:25Dan Szymborski: There' a lost comment from wink CiL won't let
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 12/16/13
important under the radar signing of the offseason thus far? 12:06Dan Szymborski: Maybe Josh Johnson? Really good terms. Dioner Navarro ain't half-bad. I liked the Hudson signing.12:06Comment From
- Which Recent Perfect Game Was The Hardest?
other batter Halladay faced that day was a below average hitter vs RHPs, ranging from okay bats like Gaby Sanchez and Chris Coghlan to automatic outs like Josh Johnson and Mike Lamb. As a group
- D'Backs Extend Martin Prado
Johnson ($2.3 million)
2014: Justin Upton ($14.3 million)
2015: Justin Upton ($14.3 million)
2016: Some unknown possibility of extending Justin Upton or receiving draft pick compensation
- Free Talent All-Stars: Bullpen
special, and this something special cost the Padres nothing more than Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins.
Setup: Bobby Seay
Originally, Seay made news in 1996 after being declared a free when
- Snake Bitten: Pitchers
with the offense. Webb/Haren/Johnson/Owings/Davis is a terrific rotation, and the bullpen is still solid, even if not best-in-the-league as they were early on in the year. The D'Backs are going
- Free Agent Bargain: Jeremy Affeldt
40s? What kind of contracts will older-but-still-effective guys like Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer get?
But every year, there's always a guy signs as something of an afterthought and turns
- Where Do The OFs Land?
in the world is Austin Kearns, and the Nats are reportedly looking for a first baseman, since they don't want to count on either Nick Johnson or Dmitri Young for 2009 and beyond. Dunn has experience
- Pitcher Win Values Explained: Part Three
on waivers, and minor league veterans who can't shake the "Quad-A" label.
Some walking examples of that group from this off-season would include R.A. Dickey, Clay Hensley, Jason Johnson, Gary Majewski
- The Rays JV Squad
wOBA), Justin Ruggiano (.333 wOBA), Elliot Johnson (.286 wOBA), Chris Nowak (.319 wOBA), Michael Hernandez (.300 wOBA)
#1 Starter: Mitch Talbot, 4.57 FIP
#2 Starter: Jeff Niemann, 4.96 FIP
- College Statistics
in college, but his numbers were surpassed by Dan Johnson. Alex Gordon and Michael Aubrey have virtually indistinguishable seasonal marks. Ryan Braun hit the snot out of the ball at Miami, but so did
- Organizational Rankings: #29
Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Andrew Miller, and Anibal Sanchez rounding out the rotation. That's an extremely talented group, but there's significant health questions with almost all of them
- What We Learned In Week Four
wOBA, but patience is a virtue, Justin.
Power pitchers were tough to hit.
The five lowest FIPs for last week among starting pitchers belonged to Randy Johnson (0.60), Yovanni Gallardo (0.79
- Re-Evaluating The Free Agent Class
, and Randy Johnson are all probably looking at one year deals at rates that will be a fraction of what they would get if they were coming off healthy seasons.
It isn't just pitchers, either
- Inflation And Prospects
, this winter, teams have been able to sign useful major league players for a couple million dollars. Kelly Johnson got $2 million from Arizona. Adam Everett got $1.5 million from Detroit. A ton
- The Extension For Felix
standpoint. We've been attached to King Felix since he was 17, and after watching the likes of Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr, and Alex Rodriguez depart, it is refreshing to see the team finally lock up
- Is the DH Dying?
on any given day. And while the Yankees were willing to spend $6 million to bring in Nick Johnson, he's the kind of guy who simply can't play every day, which will allow the Yankees to use the DH spot
- Platoons and Bullpens
Gabe Gross, Ryan Garko, Reed Johnson, and Eric Byrnes have all signed contracts in the past week or so, each settling for under $1 million on a one year contract after shopping their skills around
- Is Jose Bautista The New Ben Zobrist?
it's easy to point to Bautista's career numbers (and the leaderboards, where he's joined by Kelly Johnson and Alex Gonzalez, among others) and write this off as a small sample fluke, Dan pointed out
- What We Learned In May
back to earth in May. Examples ahoy:
Kelly Johnson: .479 wOBA in April, .347 wOBA in May
Jose Guillen: .402 wOBA in April, .305 wOBA in May
Austin Kearns: .465 wOBA in April, .307 wOBA in May
- What the Arizona Diamondbacks Should Do
million in salary for next year and have some arbitration cases with players like Stephen Drew, Miguel Montero, and Kelly Johnson that should push that number to closer to $60 million. But if they move
- Did Josh Byrnes Deserve to Be Fired?
WAR this year, fourth best in the National League. They've got a good young offensive core with Justin Upton, Chris Young, Mark Reynolds, Miguel Montero, Stephen Drew, and even Kelly Johnson, who
- The Franchise Player
Johnson, Jon Lester, or Felix Hernandez.
There's one guy that never gets brought up, though, who might just be the best answer of them all: Ryan Zimmerman. He shares the spotlight with Adam Dunn
- Are The Dodgers Worth $2 Billion Dollars?
the answer to, and I'd love to see a good discussion in the comments about the $2.15 billion price that Magic Johnson's group just paid for the Dodgers.
Here's what we know.
In 2009, Tom
- FanGraphs Chat - 10/16/13
Cameron: Probably wasn't ever going back, I'd be shocked if they tried it now.12:08Comment From BoboHi Dave. What are your thoughts on Porcello entering games as a late-inning reliever during the post
- FanGraphs Chat - 2/19/14
option for a playoff contender? 12:29Dave Cameron: Sure. You don't have to be above average at every position to be a contender.12:30Comment From ComptonWho's your favorite James Johnson in sports
- FanGraphs Chat - 2/26/14
MLB's tune on pursuing the current "sign 'em young for long years to avoid FA" strategy we've seen pop up? 12:14Dave Cameron: Nope, because it's a good strategy overall.12:14Comment From SteveHey Dave
- What I Learned From Last Year's Trade Value Series
. Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia
9. Josh Johnson, SP, Florida
8. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati
7. Jon Lester, SP, Boston
6. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington
5. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston
- Should Anyone Trade For Josh Beckett?
from March-June is slightly better than Josh Johnson's .299 wOBA against this year. He was a benefactor of a low-ish BABIP for those three months, but they at least show that this version of Beckett
- How to Go for Broke, Blue Jays Style
with Josh Johnson. They replaced Aaron Laffey with Mark Buehrle. They replaced Omar Vizquel with Emilio Bonifacio.
Reyes, Johnson, and Buehrle can probably be reasonably projected for something
- Braves Acquire Justin Upton
a pretty interesting deal that isn't at all similar to the one they previously tried to make.
In exchange for Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson, the Diamondbacks reportedly are going
- The Greatness of Greg Maddux
Johnson, his strikeout totals have often been undersold because strikeout rate has often been measured as total strikeouts per nine innings, rather than per batter faced. Because Maddux never put
- NL Wild Card Game Live Blog
to hack Dave's account on here. 8:24Comment From CaseyThats the calmest suit Ive ever seen Craig Sager wear. I wonder if he has a funeral to go to after the game? 8:24Comment From MartyHey Dave, thanks
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 12/3/13
: Probably Swisher, though it' snot an overwhelming group12:16Comment From Orioles FanSo how much of the Johnson's 10 million goes into Angelos' pocket? 8? 9? 12:17Dan Szymborski: I've got a piece up
- Spotted: Dave Cameron Blinking on Television
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We have previously documented in these electronic pages managing editor Dave Cameron's blossoming career as Official Media Personality. As part
- FanGraphs Chat - 6/5/13
: No and no.12:17Comment From VinShould the Blue Jays consider dealing Bautista or Encarnacion, and just deal Johnson at the deadline and try to reload for 2014? 12:18Dave Cameron: I think there's enough
- FanGraphs Chat - 12/4/13
:22Dave Cameron: More than 2/12.12:22Comment From Dave from PittsburghI get insanely bitter every time the Yankees go on a massive spending spree. Remind me again why people think that the MLB is fair? 12
- Appreciating John Jaso
- Interview: Dave Magadan
I recently had a conversation with Boston Red Sox hitting instructor Dave Magadan, who also played in the Major Leagues from 1986 to 2001, and had one of the most interesting careers of any corner
- Organizational Rankings: #8
in the NL East this year, but the core going forward is going to need some help. Brian McCann is a great foundation behind the plate and Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, and Casey Kotchman have
- What We Learned In Week Six
an impressive 9.35 K/9 last week, which isn't all that surprising considering the talent they have in their rotation. Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, and Chris Volstad are all very good arms capable
- What We Learned In Week Seven
and Alfonso Soriano both went 2 for 21, though Fukukome at least walked four times, while Soriano didn't manged to take a pitch even once. Reed Johnson went 2 for 24. The team managed a whopping six
- 2009 MLB Trade Value: Recap
24. Stephen Strasburg
25. David Price
26. Jay Bruce
27. James Shields
28. Chad Billingsley
29. Clayton Kershaw
30. Josh Johnson
31. Dustin Pedroia
32. Ian Kinsler
33. Ubaldo Jimenez
- Javier Vazquez's Fastball Is Probably Not Coming Back
Harden, Daniel Cabrera, Chris Young (again), and Randy Johnson all suffered significant drops in their average fastball and have never gotten back to what they used to be. There are a few positive
- Michael Young For Carlos Lee Makes Sense
On the other hand, the Astros aren't exactly set on the infield. They have Bill Hall slated to play second base and Chris Johnson slotted in for third, but neither of those options
- Arizona's Secret: No Scrubs
, and Miguel Montero are bringing the offense, while Chris Young, Gerardo Parra, and Kelly Johnson are playing quality defense and hitting well enough to justify their spots in the lineup. Miranda has hit when
- The Criminally Underrated Ryan Zimmerman
Josh Johnson, Joe Mauer, Buster Posey, or Stephen Strasburg from being drafted. Zimmerman's abdominal strain is not a long term concern, and so I find it hard to believe that it played a major role
- The Most Exciting Game Ever?
' performance in Game Seven of the 1991 World Series, or quantifying the craziness of Randy Johnson pitching on zero days rest is likely beyond the scope of what we can actually measure
- Top 50 Free Agents
Good Role Players
- Stat Nerd AL All-Star Roster
candidates, but since we filled out the team without any Mariners before now, Wilhelmsen gets the call.
Apologies To: Jim Johnson, Scott Downs, Joaquin Benoit, Rafael Soriano, Scott Atchison, Countless
- Season on the Line, Joe Saunders on the Mound?
early in tonight's contest. While it might not inspire confidence in his starter, it's probably worth having a right-handed reliever -- or Steve Johnson, who would have been my pick to start this game
- Reshaping the Yankees Line-Up
and Rodriguez might be to just continue with the status quo, at least in terms of who starts the game. Having Ibanez available to pinch-hit against Jim Johnson, when you know Showalter won't go
- Recognizing Austin Jackson
24 players. Not a single writer saw fit to even throw him a 10th place bone. Seven writers found room for Alex Rios. Four found room for Jim Johnson. One found room for Raul Ibanez, which... you
- Should MLB Tie Suspensions To Injury Length?
of individual healing times. If a pitcher hit Nick Johnson on purpose, that might end up being a suspension for life, as quickly as that guy returned from injury. Some guys are more brittle than
- FanGraphs Chat - 5/8/13
: Yeah, I might. He's very good.12:22Comment From zackWhat are the odds Darvish posts the first 300K season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002? 20%? 12:23Dave Cameron: Let's say he throws
- FanGraphs Chat - 5/29/13
MarinerDanWhat is wrong with Moustakas? Will he turn it around or has his star dimmed considerably? 12:05Dave Cameron: I think the bat is nothing special.12:06Comment From DrewHi Dave. Love the chats
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 11/25/13
and one of your top prospects, YA GOTTA DO IT12:00Comment From GSonmost under rated signing of this hot stove so far.. David Murphy? 12:00Dan Szymborski: Possibly Johnson since the Padres got a terrific
- How Good Is Gio Gonzalez?
Jorge de la Rosa
- Finding Fits For Hanley Ramirez
of completing that deal, rumors began to swirl that teams were also scouting Josh Johnson and that the Marlins were definitely open to moving Hanley Ramirez. Johnson makes sense for contenders
- Trade Deadline Winners and Losers
, and so getting a premium prospect for the likes of Carlos Lee, Brett Myers, Chris Johnson, or Brandon Lyon wasn't going to happen, so the organization decided to throw as much spaghetti against
- A Quick Walk Through The New Hot Stove Rules
for lower tier free agents. Last year, David Ortiz, Francisco Rodriguez, and Kelly Johnson all accepted arbitration offers after finding their markets less than robust, but Johnson never would have
- The Evolution of Free Agency
the list of potential free agents for next winter, that leaves us with Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Johnson, Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, and Shin-Soo Choo as the premier players likely to make it to the open
- An Early Look at the Price of a Win This Off-Season
- Raising the Dave Cameron Threat Level
During his weekly appearance on Fangraphs Audio this Monday, Dave Cameron took a break from being frustrated with Carson Cistulli to express his frustration with how many transactions there have
- Explaining My Franchise Player Draft Selection
to believe that building your franchise around a pitcher is simply unwise. Last year, Felix Hernandez (#3), Tim Lincecum (#5), and Josh Johnson (#6) were the guys who were justified as good enough
- The 10 Best Transactions of the Off-Season
team made all winter.
9. The Braves acquire Justin Upton and Chris Johnson from Arizona.
Like with the Dickey trade, the acquisition cost holds this one back a bit, as surrendering Martin Prado
- The Marlins and Minimum Payrolls
as part of the Jose Reyes/Josh Johnson/Mark Buehrle sell-off. With those monies included in the calculation, the Marlins had nearly $50 million in player obligations for this season, so they weren't
- How the Pirates Should Manage the Wild Card Game
(RHP) or Kris Johnson (LHP). If they go with nine relievers, they can carry two of those final three, and Johnson would make some sense if they want a third left-hander to serve as a specialist to go
- A Basic Model of 2014 Free Agent Pricing
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 6/3/13
Szymborski: Or he could end up with the Royals.12:22Dan Szymborski: Not sure which.12:22Comment From Dave PortnoyIf you could have dinner with one active ballplayer, who would it be? 12:22Dan
- FanGraphs Chat - 6/12/13
to sell most of their players, mostly because they either have no value at the moment (Buehrle, Dickey, Johnson) or would cause revolts (Bautista, Reyes). It seems though, that the assembled group won't
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 6/24/13
Johnson in a 10 team keeper league. I know JJ is an injury risk but I have Sandoval, Headley and Carpenter at 3B. How do you think I made out? 12:20Dan Szymborski: Honestly, while I think you're getting
- FanGraphs Chat - 7/10/13
:02Comment From my jays are redthanks for the chat Dave! just want to know what you think about the all-star selections, if you care about them 12:02Dave Cameron: I don't, really. Jeff Locke made
- FanGraphs Chat - 11/6/13
or Franklin? Do they intend on using Ackley in the outfield permanently? 12:14Dave Cameron: I think they trade Ackley and go with Franklin full time.12:14Comment From Jays fanJosh Johnson's medicals must
- The Case For Dustin Ackley
11-20 WAR: 25%
0-10 WAR: 25%
We're giving him a one in four chance of becoming Randy Johnson, a one in four chance of becoming Jake Peavy, a one in four chance of becoming Kerry Wood
- The Post Where I Praise Dayton Moore
and missed almost all of the 2009 season? What about Josh Johnson? Chris Carpenter? C.J. Wilson? A.J. Burnett? These guys are often considered to be workhorses now, but each have major arm problems
- Off-Season Awards – The Good
With Spring Training officially open, we can just about close the book on the 2010-2011 off-season. Sure, there are still guys like Kevin Millwood, Nick Johnson, and Jeremy Bonderman on the market
- Who Has the Best Stuff in Baseball?
, Josh Johnson, Ubaldo Jimenez, David Price, Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, and Yovani Gallardo are all mentioned frequently, and new guys Michael Pineda and Alexi Ogando are getting their names
- What Should the Reds Do With Left Field?
players who got 500+ plate appearances in the Majors and made contact less often than that last year were Mark Reynolds, Miguel Olivo, Mike Stanton, Ryan Howard, Carlos Pena, Kelly Johnson, and Corey Hart
- Cubs Sign Edwin Jackson
of the following three names will have to appear in fewer of manager Davey Johnson‘s lineups than is projected: Roger Bernadina, Ian Desmond, and Adam LaRoche.
It’s unlikely that any of those is an average major
- Francisco Liriano and the Slow Death of ERA
Liriano's results matched his peripherals, Lou Piniella won Manager of the Year, Geovany Soto was Rookie of the Year, and Randy Johnson was still a member of the Diamondbacks rotation.
This is the kind
- Do Cuban Pitchers Cause Attendance Spikes in Miami?
, they dumped Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, and Charles Johnson. Attendance declined from an average of 29,190 down to 21,363, so they lost those 8,000 fans who came to the ballpark everyday during
- The Continuing Rise in Strikeout Rate
that is espoused for why strikeout rate is ever increasing is the simultaneous increase in pitcher velocity. It used to be that Randy Johnson was a freak because he could touch 100 mph with his fastball
- Shopping For A Starting Pitcher? Good Luck.
Jays surge potentially taking Josh Johnson out of play and the Phillies talking like they're going to keep Cliff Lee, there just isn't anything resembling more than a mid-rotation starter or a total
- Homer Bailey and His Peers
/Bartolo Colon/Josh Johnson territory, essentially -- it's hard for me to imagine that the Reds couldn't have extracted some real value in return, especially since the acquiring team would know
- Cubs Sign Reed Johnson; Scrappers Celebrate
On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Cubs came to an agreement for a one-year deal with free agent OF Reed Johnson. The Cubs are no strangers with Johnson -- three of the last four times Johnson has
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 4/22/13
it worse was that the guy wasn't a huge Hall of Fame guy or anything - he was also arguing that Dave Winfield *shouldn't* be in the Hall
Comment From Raymond
Stanton's struggles: Is this just
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/20/13
:19Dan Szymborski: Something like 5/3?12:19Comment From AJTDid Chris Johnson sell his soul to the BABIP Gods? 12:19Dan Szymborski: I don't think he sold his soul, he just consumed that of MIke
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 7/22/13
:37Comment From zackCan you make a serious case that Randy Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time? 12:37Dan Szymborski: It's really hard - you'd have to make it on peak, but there's so much competition
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 8/19/13
Johnson: given that he cost the O's 6.5 million this year and has struggled at times, will the O's let him walk as a free agent at season's end?
Dan Szymborski: I
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/6/14
definitely so, but not Moose. Pedro, Maddux, and Johnson, then Glavine, Schilling, and Smoltz, then you start thinking about Mussina... 12:58Dan Szymborski: He was top 5 in AL in ERA+ 7 or 8 times.12
- Positional Power Rankings: Starting Pitchers, 1-15
I'm starting to sound
- The Most Epic Game That Didn't Matter
, Sanders/Reynolds in 1995, and Johnson/Langston in 1992. That's the full list of other games we've seen in the last 40 years where two starting pitchers squared off and blew away the competition
- The Cost of a Win in the 2014 Off-Season
- Jesus Montero: Cabrera, Konerko, or Karim Garcia?
of a top prospect, or who just had a very different skillset than Montero (Jeremy Hermida, Casey Kotchman, and Nick Johnson, for instance). I wanted the list to represent players rated as elite
- Defending Gritty Players, Sort Of
a 3B/OF of Prado/Kubel/Eaton/Ross nearly 2 win upgrade over Johnson/K/R/Upton.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 26, 2013
His comments don't include the pitching swap, but no matter how
- The Blue Jays Are In Trouble
, and they'll have to make a decision on Josh Johnson and others while in a position where missing the playoffs is more likely than making it.
The new postseason system incentivizes keeping your roster
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 12/9/13
SteveDan! 12:05Dan Szymborski: Steve!12:05Comment From LosI'm confused...shouldn't Corey Kluber's top comp be a Randy Johnson/Pedro Martinez hybrid? 12:05Comment From Doctor Met35 oz bat. Bwahaha 12
- The Hall of Fame's Standard, and Its Biggest Problem
in the not too distant future.
1. Greg Maddux, 1966
2. Ken Griffey Jr, 1969
3. Randy Johnson, 1963
4. Mariano Rivera, 1969
5. Tom Glavine, 1966
6. Craig Biggio, 1965
I'd say those six
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 10/21/13
to work again. 1:04Dan Szymborski: Yeah, but that wouldn't be much fun.1:04Dan Szymborski: I'd hardly consider this "work"1:05Comment From Chicago MarkCould Josh Johnson or Philip Hughes be on the Cubs
- Kelly Johnson's Return to Career-Year Form
boosts. Loney's contribution thus far has been probably the most surprising, but almost equally as significant for the 2013 Rays has been the hitting of second-baseman-turned-left-fielder Kelly Johnson
- Looking for Upside in the Tanaka Contract
hasn't led to a wave of new spending that fixes the rest of the Yankees problems. They still have Kelly Johnson penciled in as their starting third baseman, and Brian Roberts is the favorite to play
- FanGraphs Chat - 12/18/13
, but a high probability to be a disaster this year? How say you? 12:28Dave Cameron: Ehh, I think they have enough useful role players to avoid disaster. Johnson's okay, Anna's okay, Ryan can play D.12
- 2013 Positional Power Rankings: Starting Pitchers (#1-#15)
However, we should acknowledge that the Jays rotation still has some real questions. Josh Johnson's health, Brandon Morrow's total revamp of his pitching style, and Ricky Romero's performance are all
- FanGraphs Chat - 8/7/13
words. The reality is that Cleveland has more overachievers than underachievers right now, and regression should be expected.12:12Comment From BretThink the Jays will give Josh Johnson a qualifying
- 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.
- The 25 Best - and Five Worst - Free Agent Values
on the market, especially at a deflated price like this.
3. Anibal Sanchez, SP: 4 years, $52 million
Sanchez has flown under the radar to some extent, overshadowed by Josh Johnson in Miami
- FanGraphs Chat - 5/1/13
is virtually the same at how often they catch throws.1:04Comment From jesseI just looked at the 2011 ESPN franchise player draft: Pineda went 27th, Feliz(23), Josh Johnson(6), Lincecum(5); any chance
- FanGraphs Chat - 7/24/13
Johnson is most likely to accept a QO and try again for a multi year deal next year? 12:37Dave Cameron: Yeah, that seems the most likely scenario.12:37Comment From DNAWhy, when Houston calls up
- FanGraphs Chat - 8/14/13
pitcher.12:30Comment From SpencerWhat type of pitcher could Josh Johnson be moving back into a neutral field in the NL? His xFIP makes me think he's probably worth a shot. 12:31Dave Cameron: I don't
- FanGraphs Chat - 9/25/13
probably give it to him, but I don't know what kind of market he'll command with compensation attached.1:01Comment From GregOutlook for Josh Johnson? Could he be next year's Liriano? 1:01Dave Cameron
- FanGraphs Chat - 10/2/13
Cameron: The Tigers are very good.12:18Comment From GregWho's next year's Francisco Liriano? Josh Johnson? 12:18Dave Cameron: Too high of a profile. Need someone lower down the totem pole.12:18Comment From
- FanGraphs Chat - 10/30/13
Johnson? 12:46Dave Cameron: Make him the qualifying offer.12:46Comment From person hscerYou used to compare Montero's ceiling to Carlos Lee. If you got to do it all over again, how much lower would you
- FanGraphs Chat - 12/13/13
value bet this offseason? Halladay, Haren, or Johnson? 12:18Dave Cameron: Depends on health, which is almost unknowable from our perspective.12:18Comment From AlexWhat can Porcello net in return
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/13/14
GuestRandy Johnson is a 1st ballot guy? 1:20Dan Szymborski: Yeah1:21Comment From Mr. Wrestling IVIs Khris Davis worth a shot as a 5th outfielder in fantasy? 1:21Dan Szymborski: I've seen worse fliers1
- FanGraphs Audio: The Complete Dave Cameron
Managing Editor Dave Cameron discusses not only the trade of John Jaso to the Mariners from the Rays in exchange for reliever Josh Lueke, and also the firing of Ed Wade, but also takes
- David Einhorn Liked Dave Kingman
Aspiring Mets minority owner David Einhorn once looked like this ...
As the WSJ explains, Einhorn, as a doe-eyed tike, was an admirer of Dave Kingman, and once he took a marker one of his
- Looking for Bias in Top 100 Prospect Lists
on a passed ball . . . Micah Johnson (White Sox), Chris Taylor (Mariners), Devon Travis (Tigers) and Tony Renda (Nationals) were all drafted out of college in 2012 and had very good seasons . . . Padres
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 6/17/13
reaction.12:06Comment From SlidingBillyAny thoughts on Wil Myers ROS with regular playing time? 12:07Dan Szymborski: 320/450ish or so12:07Comment From MarkIs Kelly Johnson just going through a prolonged slump
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 7/15/13
language that is befuddling me today?1:30Comment From DanShould I keep Jim Johnson or move him? I'm getting scared. 1:31Dan Szymborski: Always sell high on a second-tier closer when you have
- Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/27/14
needed him) and I love the upside of a cheap Josh Johnson signing that comes with a terrific option12:14Comment From GuestBryce Harper said Saturday he "couldn't stay on the ball to save [his] life
- Concerning Jim Johnson and Groundball Relievers in General
Despite leading the AL in saves, Orioles closer Jim Johnson is having a rough year compared to 2012 when he posted a 2.51 ERA and saved 51 games in 54 opportunities. Early in 2013, an enthusiastic
- Dave Duncan Finds His Limit
Dave Duncan is a tremendous pitching coach. He's taken on countless reclamation projects and has somehow turned the scrap heap of the major leagues into legitimate, MLB quality pitchers
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron in Baltimore
Managing editor Dave Cameron returns to the podcast, live on tape from Baltimore, MD, after spending a luxurious week in the mountainous West. Among the topics discussed: Boston's
- FanGraphs Audio: The Weekly Dave Cameron
A mere days before the beginning of Team FanGraphs' annual pilgrimage to the deserts of Arizona, managing editor Dave Cameron makes his usual Monday appearance. Among the topics
- FanGraphs Audio: The Dave Cameron Show
Managing editor Dave Cameron -- as he does most Mondays -- joins FanGraphs Audio this Monday. Topics discussed: the Dale Scott call in Los Angeles, what it teaches us about the current
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Time
Managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly appearance on FanGraphs Audio. Topics discussed: Philip Humber's success, and Don Cooper's role in it; the SI.com Power Rankings (fueled
- Point and Laugh at Dave Cameron on the TV
Confidential have invited FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron to appear on today's (Monday's) edition of that program.
Kenny, for his part, does a good job with the show. He appears genuinely
- Video: Dave Cameron on Clubhouse Confidential
of the World Wide Web appears to have captured and uploaded to YouTube footage from managing editor Dave Cameron's appearance yesterday (Monday) on MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential (link).
- Dave Cameron Joins FanGraphs Full Time
I'm pleased to announce that Dave Cameron will be joining FanGraphs full time. Dave will continue to be the managing editor of FanGraphs and will have his duties expanded to other areas
- How Much is Jim Johnson Really Worth in Fantasy
Jim Johnson has 42 saves. You own closers for saves. Ipso facto bingo blatto, Jim Johnson is an elite fantasy closer.
-- or --
Jim Johnson has 36 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. The average
- Daily Notes: Mostly Ambulant Nick Johnson Retires
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Assorted Headlines
2. Table: Nick Johnson's Walk Rate in Context
3. Three Images: Venezuelan Winter
- Kelly Johnson's Trade, Kevin Towers, and Strikeouts
(perfectly understandable, as Branyan has continued to struggle this season with the Angels). Brandon Allen was hardly given a chance before being dealt for a reliever. And finally, Kelly Johnson, whose
- Johnson Traded for Hill and McDonald: Fantasy Implications
What to expect from Kelly Johnson in Toronto – Kelly has been a disappointment this season, mainly for his inability to make contact (27.4 K% vice a career 20.9 K%) and get a hit (0.257 BABIP vice
- J. Hoffpauir, C. Johnson Recalled from Triple-A
Encarnacion. He could have some short-term fantasy value in AL-only leagues if the Jays opt against moving Jose Bautista to third more frequently.
Houston Astros recalled 3B Chris Johnson from
- FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron in the Desert
Managing editor Dave Cameron makes his usual Monday appearance -- from the American desert city of Phoenix, AZ, where a number of FanGraphs writers spent the weekend participating
- Reading: MLB.com Profile of Dave Cameron
MLB.com's Doug Miller has written a profile of FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron and his contretemps with stupid leukemia.
Along with what is a decidedly touching portrait of a person (i.e.
- 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
- Jays Ship Hill to Arizona for Kelly Johnson
The Blue Jays shipped fan-favorite John McDonald and fan-hated Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson. Strangely, even though Hill is the only player with a possible contract
- 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
- Great(est) Moments in Spectacles: Dave Ricketts
We have a category called "Great Moments in Spectacles." What follows is a picture of the late, great Dave Ricketts, the man who won the category called "Great Moments in Spectacles":
- Closers Trending Up: Guerra, Johnson, Marshall
competition. Even so, it looks like he is gaining more and more control of the ninth inning in Los Angeles.
Johnson was another relative uncertainty in the closer role before
- 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
- Carp, Lind, Allen, Johnson: First Base Notes
. He did lose his outfield eligibility last year, and the lack of flexibility definitely hurts.
Nick Johnson | Orioles | Owned: 0% Yahoo! and 0.2% ESPN
It's been nearly two years since Johnson
- Carlos Triunfel & Elliot Johnson: Deep League Wire
at the moment.
Elliot Johnson | ATL 2B/SS | CBS 2% Owned
Surprise, surprise, Fredi Gonzalez has tired of a veteran's slump and has chosen to start a weak hitting veteran instead. Dan Uggla's
- Russ Canzler, Dan Johnson, and the Quad-A Label
There's something strangely fitting about the fact that both Russ Canzler and Dan Johnson have found new homes in the last 24 hours. Canzler was traded yesterday from the Rays to the Indians for cash
- 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
- Snapshots from the 1980s: Dave Duncan
The third installment of this series -- short unpublished interviews from three years ago, focusing on the 1980s -- features Dave Duncan. A big-league catcher for 11 seasons, Duncan went on to become
- Polanco, Johnson, Roberts, Espinosa: 2B Showdown
% and below.
The 4 players I will be looking at today are Placido Polanco, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Roberts and Danny Espinosa. Here are their ownership rates and stats so far this year
- Nick Johnson on his .400 Career OBP
Nick Johnson needs a typical Nick Johnson season to secure his legacy. Not as an injury-prone first baseman -- that’s his other legacy -- but as an on-base machine. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter
- Hawpe, Loney, Johnson: Cut Your 1B Losses
to get him back to that point right now.
Dan Johnson | Rays | .130/.190/.204, 1 HR, 3 RBI
A trendy late-round pickup in deeper leagues, Johnson has reminded everyone why the vast majority of his
- Dave Dombrowski Accidentally Hits Save
DETROIT -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski accidentally hit save Monday, which inadvertently made his trade of pitcher Doug Fister irreversible.
"Nooooooooooooo! Shit! Shit shit shit shit
- Q&A: Pierce Johnson, Chicago Cubs Pitching Prospect
Pierce Johnson is learning to pitch. That’s bad news for opposing hitters, because the 6-foot-3 right-hander has big-league-quality stuff. It’s good news for Cubs fans, as Chicago’s north-side team
- Grady Sizemore's Dave Kingman Impression
-zone judgment is gone, too. Sizemore is doing a convincing Dave Kingman impression, slugging the ball when he makes contact but chasing pitches and punching out plenty in the process.