- Juan Rivera and Juan Francisco: Waiver Wire Injury Replacements
might be enough to carry you to the end. For you NL-only leaguers and deep mixed league owners, here are two you might consider.
Juan Rivera |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 4.6% Yahoo - 4.0%
- Of Course Rene Rivera Is Going to the Rays
Bay to San Diego, while defensive-minded catcher Rene Rivera went from San Diego to Tampa Bay. The catcher swap was the minor part of the deal for the public, but perhaps the Rays don't see it that way
- Can Mariano Rivera Defy Father Time?
outstanding 2008 season, when he was the second-best reliever in the game behind Francisco Rodriguez. First, Rivera had a .232 BABIP, over 100 points lower than he did in 2007. Second, he posted
- Rivera Returns
Earlier today our focus centered around an Angels stalwart on his way out of town, making it only fitting that tonight's topic involves an Angels outfielder returning to the team. Juan Rivera
- Rivera's Implications
Following up on Eric Seidman's piece today. Beyond my own skepticism on the wisdom of taking a three-year flyer on Juan Rivera, I would like to delve a little further into the defensive impact
- The Commissioner's Mariano Rivera Achievement in Mariano Rivera Award
BOSTON -- Before tonight's game, MLB's all-time saves leader, inventor of the game of baseball, and best human being ever will receive the Commissioner's Mariano Rivera Achievement in Mariano Rivera
- An Inning with Mariano Rivera's Command
Here is a true sentence about Mariano Rivera. Though, for his career, he's managed to strike out the same rate of batters as Arthur Rhodes, he's issued a higher rate of walks than Carl Pavano
- Mariano Rivera's Curious Rates
, Mariano Rivera.
The first year into his three-year, $45-million contract, signed about two weeks after he turned 38, Mariano Rivera posted his best strikeout rate since his first full season
- Mariano Rivera's Oregano Rumpus
A tweet larded with hot facts:
At this point -- and given that Mariano Rivera will absolutely have an Oregano Rumpus in his honor on Sept. 22 -- we are left with no more, no fewer than two
- Rivera's Cutters Working the Count
you'll enjoy having his work published here regularly.
Dave Allen has talked at length about Mariano Rivera's cutters and how well he locates them, but it's always interesting to analyze what many
- The Mariano Rivera Fact Sheet
Late last week the Yankees (and really all of baseball) got some bad news when Mariano Rivera tore his right ACL shagging fly balls before Thursday's game. It's been part of his pre-game routine
- Mariano Rivera Breaking Bats
Mariano Rivera’s 2013 victory lap prior to his planned retirement has been fairly remarkable thus far, returning from injury at 43 showing little sign of wear. He leads baseball with 16 saves (none
- WS Coverage: Mariano Rivera
Angeles and Philadelphia) was his heavy use of Mariano Rivera to get six outs an appearance and in non-save situations. Rivera's performance justified that decision, as he gave up just one run on 10
- Pirates Go to the Pitch-Framing Well, Add Francisco Cervelli
to the Yankees in exchange for backstop Francisco Cervelli. Wilson's left-handed and cost-controlled, and he throws hard, so the Yankees see him as a valuable part of the bullpen right away
- Video: Mariano Rivera on Charlie Rose
The reader has likely consumed, at some point during Mariano Rivera's farewell season, audio and/or visual of that very esteemed relief pitcher discussing his storied career. An experience
- Juan Rivera Hits Paydirt, But Why?
The news out of Los Angeles is that the Dodgers have inked outfielder/first baseman Juan Rivera to a one-year guaranteed deal worth $4.5 million, with a club option for 2013. This deal is puzzling
- Three Epigrams Concerning Mariano Rivera
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Baseball fans of all stripes were disappointed to hear Thursday of an injury to Mariano Rivera that will keep the closer out for the remainder of what
- Mariano Rivera's Week of New Things
Mariano Rivera is in the process of completing a farewell tour, getting recognition even within rival ballparks. Just on its own, this tells you a few things. One, Rivera is on the verge
- Free Agent Bargain: Juan Rivera
who won't cost an arm and a leg. That guy is Juan Rivera.
Two years ago, Rivera hit .310/.362/.525 for the Angels, racking up a 2.45 WPA/LI mark that made him a very solid contributor to Anaheim's
- NotGraphs Haiku: Mariano Rivera
- Photo: Mariano Rivera Did What?
For only the 68th time in his illustrious career, and only the ninth time since 2008, Mariano Rivera, 41, blew a save.
Alex Rodriguez, like the rest of the baseball world, can't believe
- Mariano Rivera loves that you're trying
, it's not enough.
Mariano Rivera knows this. He's aware of all that you've befouled. Consider it a mission of conscience for him, this letting you know that he knows you're diminished by the effort
- Mariano Rivera's Projections and the Value of the Closer
It's not exactly surprising that of all the pitchers that the fans have projected so far, Mariano Rivera is the leader in saves, ERA, WHIP, and K/BB. After all, Mo has been hands down the greatest
- Mariano Rivera: Thinking Man's Cutter
Mariano Rivera’s cutter is the most dominant pitch in the game today, if not one of the best ever. Baseball’s all-time saves leader has carved out a brilliant career with his signature offering
- Mariano Rivera: Evolved Man of Mystery
came out in 1997, Mariano's first year as the Yankees full-time closer? While Rivera memorably stumbled in the playoffs that season (it seems weird just typing those words), Austin Powers: International
- Kyuji Fujikawa: Japan's Mariano Rivera
playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball league:
Kyuji Fujikawa – Closer for the Hanshin Tigers. Closest thing Japan has had lately to a Mariano Rivera-type. He’s 32, but will be a full free
- Mariano Rivera Out for Season with Torn ACL
The Yankees were beaten by the Kansas City Royals tonight, but the real loss occurred before the game, when Mariano Rivera slipped shagging balls during BP and had to be carted off the field
- Mariano Rivera Still Cuttin' Them Down
This offseason there was much speculation that the Yankees were going to lose Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera to free agency. All three returned with shiny new contracts. Rivera
- Mariano Rivera Would Like the Next Dance, Ladies
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It's pretty obvious that Mo Rivera is a straight-up classy dude. He's also aged well, beginning as a novice starter, and morphing
- The Complete Juan Francisco (Abridged)
of now-Braves third baseman Juan Francisco remarkable.
Over the course of just two plate appearances during yesterday's victory over the Mets (box), Francisco behaved exactly like Juan Francisco would
- The Best Reliever of All-Time, Mariano Rivera
a gaping chasm when in actuality, it's more like a meandering brook with handy stepping stones.
Enter Mariano Rivera. As you have surely heard, Mariano Rivera got his 602nd save yesterday, passing Trevor
- Yankees Grab Aardsma, Prepare for Post-Rivera Wasteland
something minor like Tim Lincecum’s tight back briefly becomes a serious concern. Another of these tempest-in-a-teapot spring stories is Mariano Rivera hinting that 2012 may be his last season. I get
- Mariano Rivera and Father Time: Comebacks After 40
Mariano Rivera turned 43 last November. There was wide speculation that he would retire at the end of the 2012 season, until his 2012 season ended with an untimely season-ending injury, and Rivera
- Garko To San Francisco
The Giants finally ended their long pursuit of a first baseman, acquiring Ryan Garko from the San Francisco Giants, reportedly for LHP Scott Barnes. Garko is a clear upgrade and should boost the San
- San Francisco Meetup: Tonight!
This Thursday, at the Stock in Trade bar in the Marina district in San Francisco, we're going to have a Dodgers/Giants meetup. We'll be talking beer and baseball with some of your favorite writers
- Angels Acquire Vernon Wells for Napoli, Rivera
would be adding lefty relief pitching.
That changed Friday, as the Angels acquired Vernon Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. In picking up Wells, the Angels added name
- Appreciating Francisco Liriano's No-Hitter
You have probably heard that Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter last night. You may have also heard that he posted the lowest Game Score of any no-hitter in history, or that his xFIP for the game
- Francisco Cordero, The Blue Jay
Right-hander Francisco Cordero sat on the sideline as every other available closer on the free agent market found employment this winter. On Tuesday afternoon, however, it was reported
- Vogelsong Resurfaces in San Francisco
Francisco Bay. Once upon a time, Vogelsong was a prospect in the Giants system after he was selected in the 5th round of the 1998 draft. He jockeyed for position in the organization before he
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup
in the Bay Area.
On Tuesday September 6th, around five pacific time, we'll gather at the Gordon Biersch Brewery near the ballpark in San Francisco. Our friends at GB will be providing free
- Francisco Liriano's Dominating Slider
get you labeled a junkballer.
Francisco Liriano, with the Pirates season on the line, told that cliche to go pound sand.
Here are his final pitch tallies for the night, per PITCHF/x
- The San Francisco Firemen
When you think of the San Francisco Giants bullpen, you think of Brian Wilson. Since assuming the closer’s role four years ago, Wilson has been the face – and the beard – of relief pitching
- Wellemeyer to San Francisco
figures to battle with Bumgarner and possibly Kevin Pucetas and Joe Martinez for the 5th spot in the San Francisco rotation.
With a very solid front four in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez
- Francisco Liriano's Great Start
Francisco Liriano continued his excellent start to the season last night, with an 8 shutout inning, 10 strikeout start in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers. Now Liriano has only allowed 3 runs in 29
- Two Eras of Francisco Rodriguez
another commitment to Francisco Rodriguez, this one for at least two years and $13 million. It happened above the general manager's head, but it's not a nightmare; Rodriguez remains a useful pitcher
- Francisco Liriano's Future
Back in 2006, Francisco Liriano pitched like a cyborg sent from the year 2029 to annihilate all American League Central competition.
The Twins southpaw, just 22 at the time, snapped off mid-90's
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
After five terrible starts to open the season, it's time to wonder what the heck is wrong with Francisco Liriano. Finally healthy in 2010, Liriano delivered the best season of his career - in which
- Francisco Liriano Teases Again
Francisco Liriano has been a tantalizing player over his career. Occasionally, he can look like one of the best pitchers in baseball. But most of the time, his performance fails to live up to his
- Mariano Rivera and Age: Which Side Is Losing?
If you're a baseball fan -- and if you're not, why are you reading this? -- you've undoubtedly been bombarded these past few days with stories about Mariano Rivera. I swear, every time I log onto
- The Pirates Version of Francisco Liriano
The Pirates had reportedly made re-signing Francisco Liriano their top priority, and on Tuesday they officially got it done, with Liriano returning for three years and $39 million. Dave wrote
- The Uncomplicated Francisco Liriano
Many fantasy baseball players don’t readily like or even accept Francisco Liriano. He walks too many guys, a lot of them say, and he’s a major health risk. He’s unreliable and difficult to predict
- What's Francisco Liriano Worth?
Joe Christensen dropped a minor bombshell on Minneapolis this morning, writing that the Twins may be open to trading Francisco Liriano at some point during spring training. According to Christensen
- Francisco Liriano, the Twins, and the Towel
with the Twins and Francisco Liriano. But can they contend in 2011 without him?
The Twins' (reported) perspective isn't ridiculous. There's no doubting that Liriano put on a dominating performance in just
- Francisco Liriano's Shaky Start
By the time he completed his third start in 2010, Francisco Liriano was already getting national headlines. He had thrown 21 innings, striking out 17, and allowing just three runs. After
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano is back. After a month-long banishment to the bullpen, Liriano has returned to the rotation looking like a completely different pitcher. In his six starts prior to his demotion
- Francisco Lindor, Simply Elite
When the Indians selected Francisco Lindor 8th overall in the 2011 draft, he possessed a high floor and upside. Drafted out of Montverde, Florida, he was an accomplished shortstop but questions about
- Declining Peripherals and Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez had a fantastic season in 2008, where he set the single-season save record and was the most valuable relief pitcher in fantasy baseball. But conventional wisdom says to avoid
- Deep Impact: Francisco Lindor
leads to an increase in quality of replacement-level and league-average players.
Today, I'm going to discuss the fantasy outlook of Indian's shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor will have no issue
- San Francisco DH Options
Guerrero will only start one of the first two games in San Francisco, but the Giants have not yet said what they're going to do at DH. Let's try to figure out what their best option is.
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
We’re only heading into the last week of April, but it’s already been a cataclysmic start to the season for Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano. To contextualize a bit for how bad the season has been
- Congratulations, San Francisco
- The Sad Crab of San Francisco
- Adding Juan Francisco in Daily Leagues
We all know the story with Juan Francisco. He hits for an insane amount of power, strikes out a ton, and generally does not play great enough defense to warrant regular play. The latter is actually
- Admiring Juan Francisco's Home Run
In case you missed it -- and I sincerely doubt that's possible -- Juan Francisco hit a really long home run last night against the Cubs. Compagno Cistulli already detailed the home run for us
- Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Ben Francisco
On Wednesday night, Ben Francisco hit his second home run of the year, which, combined with his seeming comfort in a regular role on a contending team, probably caused more than one Indians fan
- Season in Review: San Francisco Giants
by the BaseRuns formula and adjusted for strength of schedule, which I feel is the best measurement of a team's actual talent level.
Number Twenty seven: San Francisco Giants
Looking at the respective
- Brad Grant on Scouting Francisco Lindor
When the Indians took Francisco Lindor with the 8th-overall pick in last year’s draft, they brought into the fold -- in the opinion of scouting director Brad Grant -- “a potential Gold Glove
- Angel Pagan Heads to San Francisco
coming off a bad year, with Angel Pagan heading to San Francisco in exchange for Andres Torres as well as reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Pagan joins fellow trade acquisition Melky Cabrera and incumbent
- Extry, Extry: Mariano Rivera Just Made Your Salary
-- or roughly the median American income -- we find that Mariano Rivera makes this sum after .09 strikeouts. We find also that our median American would have to work 500 years to equal Mr. Rivera's
- Juan Rivera and Kyle Weiland: Deep League Waiver Wire
League Debut and avoid losing your entire readership. I could do no wrong!
Juan Rivera, LAD OF | 6%
Usual lefty-mashing Marcus Thames was released yesterday and the Dodgers subsequently replaced him
- Pirates Re-Sign Francisco Liriano
In a winter of runaway inflation, the Pirates have reportedly re-signed Francisco Liriano to a deal that looks downright reasonable.
Liriano in agreement with #Pirates on three-year, $39M deal
- Athwart the Numbers: Keppinger, Francisco, Decker
Francisco, Corner Guy, Cincinnati
Francisco's proof that, while you can't necessarily walk off the island, you can try to jack dongers from it all the way to the major league city of your choosing
- Game Four Preview: San Francisco
, a.k.a. the 'Brooks Conrad Game' managed to take things to a new level of surreality. Up two games to one, San Francisco is back in control, but given how this series has played out so far
- San Francisco Moves Lincecum Up
The San Francisco Giants begin their second-to-last regular season series tonight. The opposition is the Arizona Diamondbacks and the series precedes the biggest series of the season – three games
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup -- Tonight!
wild card game wildness with FanGraphs friends and family at the 21st Amendment in Downtown San Francisco any time after four on October 5th. We'll be upstairs, most likely, but you can always check
- San Francisco's Giant Pitching Prospects
The San Francisco Giants organization recently promoted its two top pitching prospects from high-A ball to double-A. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Tim Alderson - 2007 first-round
- Francisco Liriano: My Fantasy MVP
Francisco Liriano made $1 million for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year in base salary. He can earn up to $3.75 million more based on incentives he almost surely hit, but the fact remains
- Francisco Liriano Has Stayed Down
When Francisco Liriano shut down the Athletics in his return to the starting rotation, many dismissed it as just one start, and one against the Athletics at that. Instead, Liriano has taken
- Roster Additions: The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants recently added four young hurlers to the organization's 40-man roster: right-handers Henry Sosa, Joe Martinez, Waldis Joaquin, as well as left-hander Jesse English
- Mets Trade Francisco Rodriguez to Brewers
Late last night, news broke that the Mets had traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers (along with $5 million to help off-set his contract) for two players to be named later. My immediate
- Reluctantly Talking Ourselves Into Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano's been kicking around the big leagues since 2005, and there's really just never been middle ground with him. Here's a fun trivia question: how many times has he had a seasonal ERA
- The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants
Congratulations, San Francisco. Three championships in five years is pretty incredible.
Madison Bumgarner. That was amazing.
- Francisco Liriano and the Slow Death of ERA
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to sign Francisco Liriano to a two year, $14 million contract. It's an interesting deal, and we'll talk about the specifics of Liriano and the Pirates
- Cody Ross in San Francisco: Nihilism?
Bowden is working as a consultant for San Francisco GM Brian Sabean.
It has been speculated that the Giants put a claim in on Ross to prevent divisional rival San Diego from filling their own need
- No Surprises in the San Francisco Giants Outfield
down for you over the next few weeks. You can find them gathered here.
Eight different players saw time in the San Francisco Giants outfield in 2014 with most at-bats dedicated to Hunter Pence, Gregor
- San Francisco Giants: Draft Review
) reached the Majors quickly out of necessity but he's a glove-only player who was lost on waivers to Toronto (who then lost him to Philly).
Up Next: The San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
- Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Fifty-six years in San Francisco and one World Series title. Most Giants fans are probably set for another fifty-six years, and for some it’s time to get greedy. Unfortunately, despite some
- These Saber-Savvy San Francisco Giants
phenomenon in San Francisco.
Some of their most innovative moves have come recently. Look at their lineups against left-handed and right-handed pitchers this year, and you'll see a team rife with platoons
- Evaluating the Prospects: San Francisco Giants
, in addition to generally not trading for prospects. San Francisco tends to play the draft straightforward, taking the best player at each spot, recently avoiding huge bonuses in the international markets
- Draft Reviews: San Francisco Giants
- Organizational Rankings: #23 - San Francisco
- The World Champion San Francisco Giants
- Mets Tab Francisco and Rauch to Revamp Bullpen
In a pair of moves that is sure to inspire derision, the Mets signed former Blue Jays Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to revamp the back end of their bullpen. While the pair made for an underwhelming
- Ranking Ben Francisco's 3-Run Home Run By WPA
Ben Francisco slugged a pinch-hit 3-run home run for the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLDS Tuesday night. The home run was decisive as the Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-2 to take a two games to one lead
- Braves Trade J.J. Hoover to Reds for Juan Francisco
With Chipper Jones on the DL for the first two weeks of the season, the Braves traded one of their top pitching prospects, J.J. Hoover, to acquire Reds third base prospect Juan Francisco. Hoover
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Mariano Rivera Will Continue to Shag, and You Can't Stop Him
NotGraphs' Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has confirmed -- through means most nefarious and, quite frankly, disturbing -- that Mariano Rivera has but one move in the bedroom
- Juan Francisco & Jason Bay: Deep League Wire
he's just as worthy of joining your squad as these fine lads.
Juan Francisco | MIL 3B | 9% Owned
Two days ago, the Brewers, clearly tired of trotting out the plethora of non-first basemen
- Napoli for Francisco: Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners
Mike Napoli is underrated. Relief pitchers are inherently overrated. We hold these truths to be (supposedly) self-evident. So why does today's trade of Napoli for Frank Francisco look just as good
- NL Outfielders: Ben Francisco, Lance Berkman
. Anything deeper than that, he's probably already owned.
Ben Francisco (9% owned in Yahoo, 7.5% in ESPN)
This is not to suggest that you should pick up Francisco because he hit that home run
- Juan Francisco & Norichika Aoki: Deep League Wire
that they could maintain their skills over every day at-bats.
Juan Francisco | ATL 3B | 5% Owned
Surprise, surprise, Chipper Jones is injured again. While his current ailment isn't serious