- Estimating True Talent in Past Years
- Boston Signs Carl Crawford
WAR than Crawford are Albert Pujols, Evan Longoria, Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Mauer, and Chase Utley. Crawford is ahead of sluggers like Adrian Gonzalez, Joey Votto, and Miguel Cabrera, but as we saw
- Now Might Be the Best Time to Trade Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria is the Tampa Bay Rays' best player in franchise history. That's not a particularly controversial suggestion: the franchise has only been around for 19 seasons and Longoria has been
- Evan Scribner and the Cruel Realities of Relief Pitching
in the past two seasons than Evan Scribner.
You might know about Scribner, as he was just traded from the A's to the Mariners last month. There's more than that to him, of course, and one of the big
- Franchise Draft Discussion: Carl Crawford at #7
deliberate, thought-out reason for selecting Crawford. Let me explain.
I had a relatively high pick in this draft -- number seven -- but it was low enough that all the no-doubters like Evan Longoria
- Crawford and Gonzalez
Sox this week. That's right, over the last five years, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have been virtually identical in value.
They're nine months apart in age. Gonzalez has a shoulder problem
- Upton or Crawford
With Carl Crawford set for a large raise when he becomes eligible for free agency this winter, there has been a school of thought that the Rays might deal their star left fielder this summer in order
- Literally: Evan Longoria Extended
It's old news that the Tampa Bay Rays extended Evan Longoria's contract through, possibly, the 2023 season. But even the most insightful articles, like the one written by FanGraphs leader Dave
- The Curious Case of Carl Crawford
On December 8, 2010, the Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with Carl Crawford, inking the outfielder to a seven-year, 142-million-dollar deal, the largest ever signed by a position player that had never
- Carl Crawford's Best
When selecting an adjective to preface a player’s name, there are always a few ways to go. Take Carl Crawford. If kicking a little knowledge about his contract status is your thing, then go
- Here Comes Carl Crawford
Red Sox fans can be forgiven if they're not impressed with Carl Crawford's performance to date this season. Even after blasting his fifth home run of the season in Sunday's game against Oakland, his
- The Next Carl Crawford
I've spent a lot of time thinking about Carl Crawford this week. Yesterday, it led me back to Rickey Henderson. Today, we go the other direction, as I've been struck by just how shockingly similar
- Crawford Will Be Okay in Boston
A lot of ink and keystrokes have been used over the awful start by Carl Crawford in a Red Sox uniform. After signing a massive seven-year contract worth $142 million, Crawford is being booed
- Carl Crawford Lives!
Carl Crawford ranked #64 in our end-of-season outfield rankings, just above A.J. Pollock, who is only valuable for defense, Matt Joyce, who's a mildly interesting platoon player, and Ichiro Suzuki
- Crawford or Werth in 2012?
Last winter, Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth both hit the free agent market, signed with East division rivals and received lavish seven-year deals securing them enough cash to make like Scrooge McDuck
- Reasons to Believe in Brandon Crawford
And one of the players on that list is currently the most auctioned player in all of ottoneu - Brandon Crawford. For those of you looking to add a MI - replacing an injured Jose
- The Rejuvenation of Carl Crawford
In Tampa Bay, Carl Crawford was a star. He was one of the most exciting players in the sport and one of the main driving forces behind the team's rise from ineptitude to World Series contender. He
- Is It Time To Trade Carl Crawford?
During the down years, the Rays often had just a single bright spot, and his name was Carl Crawford. He was the star toiling in obscurity, putting up +4.5 to +5.0 win seasons for three straight
- Review: Evan Scribner's Curveball
Evan Scribner threw basically the dictionary definition of a yakker.
The pitch, according to Pitch F/x data from Brooks Baseball, was thrown at 71 mph, had 4.7 inches of glove-side run and 11.2
- The Evan Gattis Triples Game
squad that have taken the American League West by surprise. Evan Gattis, has as many stolen bases as he has batting gloves, or as many as he appears to have, which is zero, because if you’ve witnessed
- Betting on Brandon Crawford
On Tuesday, Brandon Crawford was inked to a six-year, $75 million dollar extension by the Giants complete with a full no-trade clause. The 28-year old shortstop just enjoyed a breakout season
- Are Owners Overrating Evan Longoria?
According to The Fantasy Baseball Price Guide over at Last Player Picked, Evan Longoria put up a $10 value in a standard 12-team mixed league last year in his rookie season. That tied him with Troy
- Evan Longoria Is and Isn't Back
Over the first eight plus years of his major league career, from 2008 to 2016, Evan Longoria has led position players with 45.1 WAR. That WAR total is by no means definitive proof that we was truly
- Daily Graphing - Carl Crawford
After batting .296 with 59 stolen bases and 11 home runs in 2004, it was looking like Carl Crawford was well on his way to becoming one of the best offensive players in baseball. During the first
- Contract CrowdSource: Carl Crawford
in projecting the free agent market.
The first player we'll throw out for discussion is the big fish of the winter, Carl Crawford. The Tampa Bay outfielder, who just turned 29, has established
- Evan Longoria: 2012 Disappointment
, and admittedly it may be because I’m a Rays fan, is Evan Longoria.
It certainly wasn’t performance based. Longoria hit .289/.369/.527 in his time this year, the highest OPS of his career
- Evan Longoria: A Bust and Not a Bust
How could a player be a bust, but at the same time not be a bust? Well let's find out. Because that's exactly how Evan Longoria's 2014 performance could be described. Depending on which statistics
- The Change: Evan Longoria, In Context
This year, Evan Longoria hit more homers than he ever had before and ended up the tenth-best third baseman (seventh among third-base only). At 31, his age provides us some easy context
- Evan Meek's Maturation
Since the Minnesota Twins signed him for $180,000 as a product of the now defunct draft-and-follow system back in 2002, Evan Meek has both tantalized and frustrated his employers. But now, with his
- Playoff Profile: Evan Longoria
midnight on the east coast, everything felt orchestrated for maximum emotion. The three minutes that elapsed between Robert Andino’s gut punch to the Red Sox and Evan Longoria’s walk-off was just enough
- Owning Evan Gattis
I have to admit that when I saw the most recent catcher rankings from the legendary RotoGraphs Four, I was a bit taken aback when I saw Evan Gattis ranked as the 16th best catcher, residing above
- For Everyone's Reference: Evan Scribner's Curveball
For everyone's reference -- like, for those people who aren't currently watching the Texas-Oakland game (live) -- this is Oakland reliever Evan Scribner's curveball.
- Evan Gattis Is Almost Unrecognizable
enough regardless of everything else.
Evan Gattis is patient now. He's not Joey Votto-patient. He's not Matt Carpenter-patient. His patience is relative, but compared to what he's been
- Evan Meek: Guitar Hero
A lot of professional baseball players – especially pitchers – play the guitar. Evan Meek is among the best of them. The 31-year-old right-handed reliever takes music nearly as seriously as he does
- How to Utilize Evan Gattis
- Is Carl Crawford a Steal in the Third Round?
Carl Crawford gives owners high average and lots of steals as well as contributing in the other three categories. This led him to an ADP of 15 prior to the 2008 season. But finger and hamstring
- Brandon Crawford's Latest Adjustment(s)
Brandon Crawford's big power breakout has been a big part of the Giants' good work so far this season despite an iffy rotation. Jeff Sullivan did a great job pointing out the changes he saw
- 2014 Draft Chat with Chris Crawford
3:46Chris Crawford: Opened things up early so everyone can get there questions in. Should be fun.3:56Chris Crawford: Alright, starting a few minutes early, but I got impatient. This is like Christmas
- Brandon Crawford On Defense and Familiarity With the Pitcher
Sometimes, a little comment can send you down a wormhole. Brandon Crawford is a glovely young man, and we talked about platoon splits -- he doesn't remember having trouble with lefties in the minors
- Contract Crowdsource Results: Carl Crawford
and do as many of the upcoming free agents as we can.
Let's talk about the results of the Crawford survey. Just a few numbers to start off:
Average length: 5.5 years
Average salary: $16.4
- Evan Gattis Rises From Obscurity
If you had been told during the preseason that a lad named Evan Gattis would outearn his teammate Brian McCann and tie for third in home runs among catchers, you would have laughed out loud. Who
- Crawford Shakes Up Boston's Outfield
Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal on Thursday. While every team can use Carl Crawford's talents, it's not as if Boston had a gaping hole at any of their outfield spots. With Jacoby Ellsbury
- Thoughts on Carl Crawford and FIELDf/x
There's been quite a lengthy discussion covering multiple angles at Dave's post on the Carl Crawford signing with the Red Sox. From the unprecedented value of the contract for a player of that type
- The Quiet Re-Emergence of Evan Longoria
scene. For whatever reason, it seems that nobody really talks about Evan Longoria anymore. This is true at least from a national perspective. Which is perhaps unsurprising, given his market
- Handcuffing Addison Reed with Evan Marshall
roster, handcuffing him with Evan Marshall seems to be a good idea.
The soon to be 25-year-old Marshall had a solid year last year in 57 games. He struck out 54 batters in 49.1 innings and had a 17.6
- Evan Longoria Down, Rays Out?
Evan Longoria has a partially torn hamstring. He'll miss at least four weeks and as many as eight while he rehabs the injury. His team is left with a slim four-and-a-half game lead on last-place
- Rays Extend Evan Longoria, Again
Until he was dethroned by Mike Trout this summer, Evan Longoria had been a fixture atop my annual Trade Value series. It was partially due to the fact that he was both young and an excellent player
- Evan Gattis Tells Us Nothing
Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis was supposed to tell us a lot this season. After a power-filled 2013, fans and analysts seemed to take two different paths when discussing the 26-year-old rookie
- Joe Panik: The Other Brandon Crawford
is the Giants' tag-team of Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik. The difference is something like one-tenth of one point. Let's not split figurative hairs.
It's a really interesting evolution
- Literally: Evan Gattis "Congers" Up Images
The Seedlings to Stars blog at SI.com is keeping tabs on the winter leagues. Recently, they wrote up Evan Gattis, including this tidbit in the final paragraph:
Evan Gattis, with his barehanded
- Martinez, Crawford and Trumbo: Injury Update
a replacement. Try not to speculate too much or quickly on who will fill his role. Detroit will eventually state their plans and then begin to adjust your fantasy draft rankings.
- Brandon Crawford Had One of the Greatest Games In History
In an extra-inning affair last night, Brandon Crawford recorded eight at-bats, and seven hits. One thing that means is that Crawford recorded an out. Another thing that means is that Crawford
- Cashman: Brett Gardner Is Our Carl Crawford
Today on ESPN.com, one of the top baseball stories details Brian Cashman's feigned interest in signing Carl Crawford over the offseason. This revelation isn't actually new -- Jack Curry of YES
- Carl Crawford Still Has Some Wheels
Carl Crawford has stolen a base in each of his last four games and in five of his last six. I have had a few too many false starts in assuming Crawford was back to the player he was in Tampa Bay
- Giants Reward Brandon Crawford's Unusual Path
You can make a strong argument that Brandon Crawford isn't the best shortstop in baseball. If you're a track-record kind of guy, the default might still remain Troy Tulowitzki. And there's just so
- Brandon Crawford's Development in Just a Few Pictures
As I look at things now, Brandon Crawford has been as good a hitter this year as Matt Holliday and Kris Bryant. But, I understand it's just May. Small samples can turn opposites into comparisons. So
- Carl Crawford's Experience as Actual Antique Book
We know that Carl Crawford loves antiquarian books. Does classic literature love Carl Crawford back?
The answer appears to be a resounding "Yes." Regard:
Or perhaps you prefer a more
- Brandon Crawford's Best Defensive Plays, Statistically
feel somewhat obligated to put it to immediate use in a post. In this post, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will be your guide through the near-impossible.
All balls in play are classified
- GIF: Evan Longoria Homering in Your Face
Put your 3D glasses on your face because Evan Longoria hit a homer directly through your television set on Saturday night:
Imagine: If you, lucky you, had been poised near yonder catwalk
- Does Carl Crawford's Platoon Split Matter?
Carl Crawford was widely considered to be the biggest prize among position players this offseason, and it was no surprise that he got the big money from the Boston Red Sox. However, historically he
- Explaining Brandon Crawford's 2015 Power Surge
Brandon Crawford is coming off an All-Star season in which he not only won his first Gold Glove, but his first Silver Slugger as well. The last to win both awards in San Francisco? Barry Bonds
- Is Jose Reyes Suffering From Crawford Backlash?
Crawford received from the Red Sox last winter.
That seems a little odd to me, given that they're almost identical players.
Source: FanGraphs -- Carl Crawford, Jose Reyes
- Connecticut's Jonathon Crawford Solid In Limited Outings
The Tigers won't allow their Class-A pitchers to go more than an inning or two, maybe three, and short-season Connecticut starter Jonathon Crawford is no exception.
Crawford has done well
- Brandon Crawford: Ring in Reality, Zero in Fantasy
down the list, you'll notice at number 30, we have World Series champion and recent Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Brandon Crawford with a -$7 value. He is, essentially, picking up
- Is Brandon Crawford Who We Thought He Was?
It's like deja vu all over again here as I get to discuss the fantasy relevance of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford during another post-season position wrap-up. For those who weren't here last
- FG on Fox: The Precedent for Evan Gattis' Triples
Evan Gattis was probably never fast. That is, he wasn't fast in comparison to many baseball players he was around while coming up through the minors. He certainly isn’t fast now, and at this point
- Crawford's Injury Tests Boston's Outfield Depth Early
Short term injuries litter the landscape of spring training, so it doesn't usually mean too much when a player is shut down for a few days, as the Red Sox did Monday with Carl Crawford. This time
- Dodgers Save Money by Trading Crawford to Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- In a move to address their crowded-outfield situation and alleviate some payroll concerns, the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Carl Crawford for a player to be named later
- Evan Longoria is Missing the Best Part of His Game
perfect in all things, so it raised more than a few eyebrows when he started striking out fairly often. Before Trout, there was no Trout, but between 2009 - 2011, no one accumulated more WAR than Evan
- Darin Ruf, Evan Gattis and Age-At-Level
Darin Ruf is hitting just short of .300 with great power in his first 150+ plate appearances in the big leagues. Evan Gattis has 15 home runs in less than half of a debut season, and is catcher
- Taking a Step Back: Matt Adams and Brandon Crawford
, and I didn't wait for their early season slow starts to cherry-pick Matt Adams and Brandon Crawford as my two senior-circuit selections.
Having a "good draft" doesn't mean simply hitting on your
- Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria: Health as a Skill
In our Ridiculously Early Mock Draft -- still ongoing -- my first two picks 'around the turn' were Troy Tulowitzki and Adrian Beltre. But Evan Longoria went one pick later and I was ready to take
- Desmond Jennings: Still the Next Carl Crawford?
I have been a huge fan of Desmond Jennings as he climbed the minor league ladder. He looked like he could potentially be a Carl Crawford clone for fantasy leaguers with mid-teen home run potential
- Daily Notes, In Which Evan Gattis Is Honored
White Sox (AA)
- Evan Gattis and Other Old Rookie Catchers
Evan Gattis is the Braves' cleanup hitter, and he has three homers in 25 plate appearances on the young season. He's also a 26-year old rookie catcher who is relatively inexperienced behind the dish
- Mariners Accept the Flaws of Adam Lind, Evan Scribner
finalized just earlier Wednesday. From the A's, the Mariners added Evan Scribner, which cost them Trey Cochran-Gill. From the Brewers, the Mariners added Adam Lind, which cost them Daniel Missaki
- Astros Close to Acquiring Evan Gattis for Notable Prospects
The Braves housecleaning reportedly continued today, with the team nearing a deal that would ship sometimes-catcher Evan Gattis to Houston in exchange for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz
- How Attractive is Evan Gattis in Long Term Leagues?
Over the past two years Evan Gattis leads all catchers in home runs. His 32 is four better than the next behind him, former teammate Brian McCann. On top of Gattis leading in home runs, he has fewer
- Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
Ben and Zachary talk to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich about the Astros' contentious negotiations with no. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken.
- Brandon Crawford, Jason Kipnis and the Flip Side of the Coin
, and compared that number to their mark at the end of last week. There were only four players at least five runs off from their three-year averages.
- Red Sox Replace Carl Crawford with Polar Opposite
After years of having Manny Ramirez and then Jason Bay patrol left field in front of the Green Monster, the Red Sox made a dramatic change in course in 2011 by bringing in Carl Crawford. Instead
- Video: Phillies Draft Pick J.P. Crawford Hitting Seven Homers
The footage by Bullpen Banter's Steve Fiorindo of very recent Phillies draft pick J.P Crawford taking infield practice doesn't necessarily suggest to the author that he (i.e. Crawford
- Important Bat-Flip Coverage: Evan Gattis' Inaugural Homer
For all of the digital ink that has been spilled this offseason with regard to Atlanta catcher/outfielder/noted cast member of 1969 film Easy Rider Evan Gattis, little has been written about
- Why Is No One Talking About Evan Gattis's Twitter Avatar?
DISCLAIMER: I wrote 90% of this post last night, but by this morning, at least several people were talking about Evan Gattis's Twitter avatar. None of them, however, provide the indispensable
- Could Ethier Injury Make Crawford Relevant Once Again?
It's been a long day without you, my friend. And I'll tell you all about it when I own you again.
We've come along way from where we began with Carl Crawford as a fantasy baseball asset. Once one
- Effectively Wild Episode 89: The Evan Longoria Extension, the Rays, and Why Players Aren't Holding Out for More Money
Ben and Sam discuss Evan Longoria's second extension and why players aren't holding out for a bigger slice of the revenue pie.
- The Multiple Plans the Astros Might Have Involving Evan Gattis
and the Braves:
From the Braves' side, it's easy enough to understand. Despite the puzzling Nick Markakis deal
- Evan Scribner & Chris Colabello: Deep League Waiver Wire
for the deep leaguers.
Evan Scribner | RP OAK | CBS 5% Owned
With Sean Doolittle opening the season on the DL, the assumption was that Tyler Clippard would close until Doolittle returns
- Carl Crawford Does Dexter Fowler One Better, Steals Six
Padres and on Sunday, Carl Crawford stole six against the Boston Red Sox.
So let's talk about stealing five or more bases from a historical aspect.
Eric Young pulled the feat twice, once
- Prospect Impact: Aaron Hicks, Leonys Martin, Evan Gattis
shoulder surgery looks like a mid-to-late April return
IMPACT: C/OF/1B Evan Gattis, Braves
I touched on Gattis a few weeks ago in the wake of the Justin Upton trade that hurt his chances to contribute