- Jose Abreu Is Halfway to Strikeout Bingo
Just in case you've missed it -- Jose Abreu, earlier, was a massive disappointment. For as long as the White Sox were worth paying attention to this year, Abreu was underachieving. It was one
- Let's Watch Miguel Cabrera Make a Run Happen
about Miguel Cabrera's baserunning. Hamilton, again, is probably the very best baserunner. Cabrera has been nearly the very worst baserunner. That doesn't have to be about his instincts; people love
- Jose De Leon Looked Exactly as Advertised
Jose De Leon made his debut over the weekend and he allowed four runs in six innings to a mediocre Padres lineup. Though he came away with the win, it would be easy to scan the box score and conclude
- The Case for Jose Altuve for American League MVP
and, as a result, his performance is woefully lacking in gravitas. The same cannot be said, however, of one of the stars of another AL West team.
It’s hard to watch Jose Altuve play a major-league baseball
- Corey Kluber, Jose Fernandez and Maximizing Your Weapons
In the National League, a similar adjustment is taking place, and it's taking place with perhaps the only breaking ball that acts as a true comp for Kluber's: the one thrown by Miami's Jose Fernandez
- Jose Abreu Should Be Embarrassed
the most-outside swing attempt of the season belongs to Jose Abreu, as of Thursday night. Abreu should probably be ashamed of himself.
Though I looked at everyone, the swings at the very most-outside
- Let's Talk About Jose Ramirez
of their ballclub has been the recent emergence of Jose Ramirez. A team starved for offensive talent coming into the year has seen Ramirez serve as a catalyst in recent weeks, as they continue
- Jose Ramirez Has Been Michael Brantley
-Star left fielder is to simply clone him using a 5-foot-9 utility infielder:
Jose Ramirez vs. Michael Brantley
- Jose Altuve: Fantasy Baseball's Most Valuable Hitter
Whenever I write my monthly second-base rankings, I find myself awestruck by how much better Jose Altuve is than any other option at the position. This usually leads me down an Altuve-based
- Jose Fernandez Threw a Slow Fastball
-Star Game captured the attention of my dorkiness. It was the most talked-about pitch of the contest. This is how Jose Fernandez started David Ortiz in the third inning:
The thing to notice
- Jose Ramirez is a Legit Mixed-League Shortstop
). It's kind of like not putting your money where your mouth is.
In this case, I absolutely have a vested interest in Jose Ramirez. Chris Mitchell and I both hold a special place in our hearts
- Matt Carpenter Is Going Full Jose Bautista
leaderboards. As I write this, David Ortiz owns the highest wRC+ among qualified hitters in the game. Carpenter, however, is right there in second, ahead of Jose Altuve and Mike Trout. And upon
- Miguel Cabrera's Curious Splits
named Miguel Cabrera and the absurdity dwelling beneath it.
Prior to the start of the season, our Depth Chart projections spit out a 2016 projected slash line of .310/.393/.524 for Cabrera, which
- The Most Bizarre Jose Altuve Stat
- Jose Altuve Scared Them Away
It was a strange start to the season, you'll remember. Even though the Astros, as a whole, were completely disappointing, Jose Altuve came out absolutely on fire. He put up numbers you'd expect from
- Jose Fernandez Has Been Unhittable, and So Hittable
, with expectations for the upcoming season inferred from comments by star pitcher Jose Fernandez and manager Don Mattingly.
Spring Training Report #1
Expectation: "He just might not resort to his
- Using Statcast Against Jose Abreu
that we get to see, so let's roll with it. As a demonstration, I'm going to use Jose Abreu, of the White Sox. Abreu hasn't been terrible, but he hasn't quite been himself, not yet. Why is that? Could
- Tony Kemp and the Inevitable Jose Altuve Comparison
, and the ending featured one of the best players on the planet. The similarities abound, but there are some notable differences between Kemp's and Jose Altuve's minor-league credentials, and those
- Twins Pitcher Jose Berrios Should Be Fun to Watch
Jose Berrios has a 6.75 ERA. His FIP is 5.63. He's walked 16% of the batters he's faced this season. He's averaging more than 20 pitches per inning, and in two starts he has completed just 9.1
- Jose Iglesias, Defensive Metrics, and the Value of Going Right
Jose Iglesias is a shortstop capable of doing some pretty terrific things on a baseball field. I say that now because there's going to be plenty of .gifs in this post that paint Iglesias in a not-so
- Jose Fernandez Has Two Breaking Balls
Sometimes you just have to ask. Different systems have different answers for the pitching mix that Jose Fernandez brings to the mound each game. So I did ask him. I said, "Do you consider your
- Jose Altuve: Power Hitter
He's listed at a generous 5-foot-6, and he's never hit more than 15 homers, so when you look up and see that Jose Altuve has hit five home runs already this year, you really just want to shrug
- Jose Bautista and the New Slide Rule
with the bases loaded and one out, Toronto Blue Jays batter Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Longoria threw to second base to force out Jose Bautista, who had been running
- The Legal Implications of Jose Reyes' Indefinite Suspension
When news reports broke in November that Jose Reyes had been arrested in Hawaii for an alleged incident of domestic violence, many assumed that he would be the first test case under Major League
- Let's Craft an Extension for Jose Bautista
towards a more pressing contract issue: what to do with star outfielder Jose Bautista. The face of the franchise, Bautista is in the final year of his contract, and will likely be the best hitter
- Setting a Fantasy Value on Jose Reyes
Looking over some recent real and mock fantasy drafts, one name which is coming up as a potential sleeper is Jose Reyes. His fantasy value is unknown with his projected value being quite a bit
- Finding a Suitor for Jose Fernandez
One of the league's most coveted starting pitchers, Jose Fernandez, had his names floating around in rumors all through the winter meetings. Marlins' President Mike Hill was adamant that Fernandez
- Mets Add Asdrubal Cabrera to Crowded Infield
infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year deal, as first reported by Chris Cotillo.
Cabrera will earn $18.5 million over two seasons with a club option for a third year, and our contract crowdsourcing
- Figuring Out Jose Fernandez's Trade Value
Jose Fernandez is available!
Just posted at https://t.co/gtnhE81RUu: Untouchable? Hmmm, Marlins talking to Dodgers, others about Jose Fernandez https://t.co/cI8CdFLWt5— Jayson Stark
- The White Sox, Black Holes, and Trading Jose Quintana
that time the White Sox:
signed Adam LaRoche to extend their lineup, and
signed Melky Cabrera to shore up their outfield, and
signed Zach Duke to pitch the late innings?
- Reviewing Steamer and I: Jose Abreu
optimistic than Steamer on the whole. However, for Jose Abreu I was actually significantly more pessimistic.
In the review of this series, I will be including my original Pod Projection, and Steamer
- Miguel Cabrera's Power Dips Again
Miguel Cabrera hasn't just been one of baseball's best hitters over the last ten years, he has also remained amazingly consistent. As fantasy owners, we're used to our top picks disappointing us
- Is Jose Bautista Better When He's Angry?
Maybe Jose Bautista doesn’t get revenge more than other great players. Perhaps he simply shows his emotions more often than other players in the context of the American game, where
- Neverending Footage of Jose Bautista's Bat Flip
have witnessed Jose Bautista (first) homering and (then) hurling his bat into whatever lays beyond the eternal mise en scene.
Footage robbed without shame from Gregor Chisholm of the Internet.
- San Jose Strikes Out at the U.S. Supreme Court
When the city of San Jose, California sued Major League Baseball back in the summer of 2013, the city’s attorneys likely anticipated that they would eventually have to litigate the case all the way
- Appreciating Jose Quintana
If you sort our leaderboard by WAR from 2013-2015, guess who's ninth? It's noted White Sox lefty... Jose Quintana? Using RA9-WAR he falls to 17th. Of course, his teammate deservedly receives more
- Did Jose Fernandez Get More Dangerous?
Let's accept that, after four starts this season, there are few conclusions that can be reached about Jose Fernandez. After all, we need bigger samples of data, and even then, conclusions mostly have
- Jose Abreu, Pitchers, and Ongoing Adjustments
At the beginning of 2014, there were a lot of questions about how well Jose Abreu would perform in the major leagues because we didn't have any information about Abreu in the context
- MLB Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Deny San Jose Appeal
Overshadowed by last week's series of momentous decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, Major League Baseball recently filed a brief with the Court urging it to reject an appeal by the city of San Jose
- Jose Iglesias on the Comeback Trail
Molina and Jose Iglesias, their defensive skills so outweighed their offensive ineptitude that they were brought to the major leagues without the ability to hit anywhere near a major-league level
- Bryce Harper and Miguel Cabrera, at 22
levels of production. But it's worth noting that even when he does, Harper will have essentially replicated the first couple of years of Miguel Cabrera's career. Here are their career numbers through
- When Ryan Zimmerman is Miguel Cabrera
right down the middle:
It's a two-man
- Steamer and I: Jose Abreu & Giancarlo Stanton
wOBA marks for 13 hitters (4.0%).
Two of the top five hitters I was most pessimistic about compared with Steamer are 2014 rookie of the year Jose Abreu and oft-injured basher Giancarlo
- The Jose Bautista of the Ivy League
of contact and power roughly equivalent to Jose Bautista's in the majors. Which is not to say that Craig is Bautista's equal, but which is to say that as Bautista is to Major League Baseball, so Craig
- Explaining Miguel Cabrera’s Home Run Decline
Yesterday, I dove into the three xHR/FB rate components to explain what fueled Todd Frazier's home run surge. Today, I'll dissect Miguel Cabrera, who set a new career low HR/FB rate, as it dipped
- Appellate Court Upholds MLB Antitrust Exemption in San Jose Lawsuit
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited ruling in the appeal of San Jose’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball today. The lawsuit involves the proposed relocation of the Oakland
- The Value of Melky Cabrera and Julio Urias in Ottoneu
cases. This all came to fore over a trade:
Encarnacion Instant Breakfast (me) receives -
$7 Collin McHugh
$4 Brandon McCarthy
$4 Melky Cabrera
Bang the Woodrum receives -
$3 Julio Urias
- The Point of Asdrubal Cabrera
Asdrubal Cabrera's signing with the Rays. There was thought the free-agent middle infielder would get multiple years, given the number of teams looking for a shortstop or a second baseman
- Jose Quintana: Stud or Dud?
of today's analysis, Jose Quintana. He's coming off a season in which he threw over 200 innings with nine wins, 178 strikeouts, a 3.32 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. You might be surprised to learn the total
- Two Different Ways to See Melky Cabrera
to eliminate prior data from J.D. Martinez. The White Sox saw reason to eliminate prior data from Zach Duke. And now the White Sox have also signed Melky Cabrera for three years and something like $42
- Creating a Composite Jose Fernandez Projection
Jose Fernandez was having a dominating 2014 season until he needed Tommy John surgery last May. The 22-year-old righty could be one of the more dominant arms in the game when he returns. Fantasy
- Is Melky Cabrera for You?
Melky Cabrera is once again a free-agent. After a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays concluded, Cabrera looks to be in line for a significant raise. That wasn't the case last time Cabrera
- The Most Extraordinary Thing About Jose Molina
tremendously. We were just talking about Barry Bonds and now we're going to talk about Jose Molina. Has that ever happened before? It will all make sense in a minute.
The Tampa Bay Rays released veteran
- Melky Cabrera Strikes Back
Melky Cabrera has been many things througout his career - prospect, bust, deadbeat, star, cheater, and injured are a few words that describe different phases of his career. After rebounding from
- Jose Abreu Vs. the Scouting Reports
Today's the day that Jose Abreu wins the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year Award. Seems like they're doing a whole announcement show, and nothing's official yet because they don't want to spoil
- The Astros Get Their Jose Molina
any sort of household name, you could say the Astros just got their Jose Molina. Have I mentioned lately that the Astros employ Mike Fast? Do I even need to?
On the surface, it's a C-list
- Jose Reyes Bounces Back ... At Least For Now
It’s been more than a decade since Jose Reyes broke into the majors, and for this Mets fan, who grew up in Shea’s baseball wasteland of the ’90s when the likes of Jay Payton, Paul Wilson and Rey
- Jose Altuve and Expectations of Regression
What will the fantasy baseball market look like for Jose Altuve in 2015? The Houston Astros’ second baseman, as a top-five commodity overall who wasn’t, on average, drafted as a top-five player
- New Miguel Cabrera: Old Miguel Cabrera?
Miguel Cabrera was the third-best first baseman this year by our end-of-year evaluations, but his owners paid first-best fantasy player prices. Take a look at his isolated power -- the main missing
- Jose Abreu, Queller of All Concerns
Jose Abreu was the newest of a group of Cubans arriving in the Majors Leagues in the last couple of years. The most recent and notable of that group, Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig, made successful
- An Asdrubal Cabrera Story in Three Pictures
The Nationals lost, so, bummer for them. Asdrubal Cabrera homered, so, that's kind of neat. He homered against Hunter Strickland, who threw this fastball in the high-away quadrant:
- Miguel Cabrera vs. Jonathan Schoop
Miguel Cabrera tries to score from first
Tigers lose 7-6
Cabrera was gunned down on the relay by Jonathan Schoop. Had he remained at third -- with nobody out -- then the Tigers would've
- How Jose Altuve Got to 200 Hits
else running to first on these plays. It doesn't even have to be someone slow, like Miguel Cabrera. Take someone like Robinson Cano and plug him into these GIFs. These are two hits Jose Altuve
- The Year in High Strikes to Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve accomplished something Tuesday night. He played in a major-league baseball game! Wow! And even more incredible than that, he broke the Astros' single-season record for hits, previously
- Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, and a Nice Problem to Have
, but it really looks like it's the iffiest position on the diamond when it comes to prospects.
The reason this is even a question is Jose Ramirez. Ramirez has played regularly since the Indians sent
- How Close To The Playoffs Would the Marlins Be With Jose Fernandez?
When Jose Fernandez blew out his elbow in May, the baseball world wept, rightfully so. It didn't matter if you were a Marlins fan or not, it only mattered that one of the brightest young stars
- The Fascinating Free Agency of Melky Cabrera
, lest they have Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose making up a 2015 outfield next to Jose Bautista.
The point is, Cabrera is likely to be the only available free agent outfielder who hasn't yet played his
- Jose Abreu: Now a Complete Hitter
You might not have heard, but Jose Abreu is a pretty good hitter.
Who am I kidding, you've heard about that by now. You also probably heard he just wrapped up a 21-game hitting streak
- One Thing You Probably Already Knew About Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve is awesome.
That is all.
- Fantasy Impact: Asdrubal Cabrera to Nationals
The Washington Nationals have acquired Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians, sending shortstop Zach Walters back as compensation.
Asdrubal still has great name recognition for fantasy
- So Jose Molina Has Three Stolen Bases
was going for. The fact that he has three steals is even less of a big deal. Lots of dudes don't have many steals. As of this writng, 64 players have less than 3 steals. It is slightly noteworthy that Jose
- Cabrera Denies He Still Feels Groin Injury
- Jose Quintana Is Better Than You Think
There were a lot of good pitchers in the American League last year. Jose Quintana was one of them. There are a lot of good pitchers in the American League this year. Jose Quintana is one of them. You
- Taking a Closer Look at Jose Abreu
White Sox rookie Jose Abreu may have already cemented his status as the best free-agent signing from the past offseason. Through his first 77 games, Abreu has flashed elite power skills, clubbing 27
- Jose Altuve Might Actually Be Good Now
Is that an inflammatory headline? It feels like it might be. It's not like Jose Altuve was bad before, of course. But this is the Internet, where it's important to entice people to click on stories
- Jose Bautista: Force of Nature
of the game's elite and determined whether they have taken things to the next level. Today: Jose Bautista.
Jose Bautista's path to greatness has been far from traditional. Any list of the game's greats
- Jose Bautista's Counter-Shift
was stressing the importance of using the whole field. Seitzer came into a situation featuring Jose Bautista, who blossomed into a star by becoming an extreme pull power hitter. This season, Bautista has
- Jose Bautista and the 9-3 Putout
contact that the ball he hit was going foul, despite the fact that it really wasn't even close to being foul. Jose Bautista knew better, made a great sliding stop and came up firing to first without
- Quarterly Report: Jose Abreu, Who Mashes
of this season's more noteworthy players and performances to date. "Noteworthy" doesn't always mean "best", though it does in most cases. Today, we'll take a look at the first quarter season of Jose Abreu's
- NotGraphs Lip-Reading: Miguel Cabrera to Corey Kluber
After beginning the latter's first-inning at-bat with very much an inside fastball, Corey Kluber proceeded to strike out Miguel Cabrera on three breaking pitches to the outer half of the plate
- Jose Fernandez: Preventable or Inevitable?
Jose Fernandez is broken. After allowing him to throw ridiculous pitches that opposing hitters simply couldn't touch, his elbow threw in the towel in the fifth inning of his start on Friday night
- Jose Bautista Is Doing More With Less
active streaks in baseball ended recently, and I bet you didn't know anything about it. No, not the end of Nolan Arenado's 28-game hitting streak, as nice as that was. Jose Bautista went 0-4
- Prospect Watch: Jose Ramirez, James Jones
1st of the current year); Top-15, the prospect's place on Marc Hulet's preseason organizational list; and Top-100, that same prospect's rank on Hulet's overall top-100 list.
Jose Ramirez, 2B
- Jose Fernandez and Efficient Dominance
. And for that, they can thank Jose Fernandez.
It seems odd writing about a Jose Fernandez v. Alex Wood matchup a mere seven days after Jeff Sullivan did the same thing here, but this game
- The Temporary Solution to Miguel Cabrera
During their time together, much was written about Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and the idea of lineup protection. In theory, by having Fielder right behind him, Cabrera would get more hittable
- The Fielding Edge: Why Pujols is No Cabrera
When Miguel Cabrera signed his big new contract with Detroit earlier this year, the response of this blogger and many other fans was — No! Specifically, the seeming albatross of Albert Pujols
- What In The Sam Hill Is Going On With Miguel Cabrera
Hill" in a post title accomplished. The bucket list needs updating.
But set aside the sample for a moment, and just gaze in wonder at Miguel Cabrera's line to start the season in 2014: .236/.295/.403
- Jose Abreu's First and Worst
It's been a hell of a stretch for Jose Dariel Abreu. Coming out of Cuba, he signed with the White Sox for life-changing money. He put together a decent spring training under completely unfamiliar
- A Week with Jose Abreu
different story with a player like Jose Abreu. He's a prospect, yes, and there's excitement there, sure, but Abreu is more of an unknown, no matter how much the White Sox committed to him. With a lot
- Melky Cabrera And The Wonder Of Clean Health
That being the case, Melky Cabrera's .323/.323/.613 may not look like much. It's a wOBA that's barely in the top 45, and obviously he's not going to slug .613 all season long. (One would hope
- Chris Archer, Jose Quintana, and Risk Valuation
of the contract signed by Chris Archer yesterday, and by Jose Quintana with the White Sox on March 24th.
- Miguel Cabrera, When It's All Said And Done
. Obviously, the prognosis for the respective long-term efficacy of the two deals varies dramatically, with Cabrera's extension locking up his age 33-40 seasons, compared to Trout's doing the same to his
- Miguel Cabrera's Contract Not Close to Biggest Ever
to Twitter and you'll find out in a hurry that the baseball industry was shocked by news of the new Miguel Cabrera contract. Cabrera's now guaranteed $292 million through 2023, and beyond
- The Cabrera Outrage, In Context
The Tigers, as you know, signed Miguel Cabrera to a very long contract for a very large amount of money, and while I don’t think it’s the epic mistake of titanic proportions that most
- Miguel Cabrera's Terrible and Understandable Contract
Yesterday, the Tigers agreed to make Miguel Cabrera the highest paid player in baseball history. If you look at the entirety of their future financial commitments to him as one single entity rather
- What is a Jose Quintana?
The White Sox aren't close, but they're building a long-term core. Earlier in the week they signed starting pitcher Jose Quintana to a five-year contract with two more years of club options
- A GIF and a Tune: Jose Altuve and Culture Club
hope is but a degrading granule of sugar in the boiling bathtub of water that is Houston fandom, remember this; Jose Altuve will tumble for you.
- Miguel Cabrera: Developing Predator
This began with an observation: Since 2008 -- covering the bulk of the reliable PITCHf/x era -- Miguel Cabrera has swung at just under 47% of pitches with the bases empty, and just over 53
- On the Recent Alterations to Jose Abreu's Steamer Projection
In the past week, the Steamer projections for Cuban emigre and presumptive White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu have changed a couple of times, from a line of .292/.381/.554 to .279/.364/.518 to .272
- Marlins Rotation: Jose Fernandez and the Also-Starters
, with a trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich expected to deliver at least competent glovework.
- Jose Abreu Fantasy Report
No one knows what to expect from Jose Abreu. Certainly I do not know what to expect from him. Thus, this post is not about his fantasy value, or his fantasy projections. It is merely a fantasy
- Jose Iglesias: Defense in Detroit
to weak-hitting shortstops with elite defensive ability. A few paragraphs later, I brought up Jose Iglesias.
Whether Iglesias fits that profile is a matter of debate. The 24-year-old ended up far
- The Difficulty in Projecting Jose Abreu
, but working with Cuban players is more like a seven-year itch in the pairing: Neither side is completely happy with what they've got. In the case of Jose Abreu in particular, the scouts have a few
- What Does Jose Quintana Do?
Take a look at Jose Quintana's collection of pitches, and there's not much there to appreciate. Kind of makes you wonder how he does what he does, even if that creep can roll. His ERA is in the top
- Jose Fernandez Ready For Year Two
Jose Fernandez made the Miami Marlins watchable last season. Given that the team won just 62 games, and was without Giancarlo Stanton for some time, that's quite a task. At age-20, Fernandez somewhat
- Indians Right To Shop Cabrera, Masterson
In the past 24 hours, we have learned that the Indians are open to at least listening to offers for both Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson. We can debate the merits of trading Masterson
- MLB Court Filing: It Rejected A's Proposal For San Jose Ballpark
In a court filing late Friday night, Major League Baseball told the federal judge hearing San Jose's lawsuit against the league that MLB rejected the Oakland A's proposal to move to San Jose in June
- Actual Photo: Jose Molina Frames the Constitution
Rays catcher Jose Molina is of course famously renown for his ability to frame pitches for strikes. Less heralded is his ability to frame founding documents -- documents smithed in gory glory
- Jose Bautista: Not As Good, Still Really Good
The amazing thing about Jose Bautista's breakout 2010 (54 homers, .422 wOBA) and arguably even better 2011 (43 homers, .443 wOBA) is that even when he's not really able to come close to sustaining
- Everth Cabrera: Hopefully the New Michael Bourn
The only thing that has kept Everth Cabrera from topping 50 stolen bases in a single season is a lack of playing time. He only got 449 PA in 2012 because he didn't get called up until May 17
- Asdrubal Cabrera Living on Name Value
Remember when Asdrubal Cabrera was a rising star? 2011 doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but for Cabrera it was. That year, he broke out as a fantasy star, hitting 25 homers with 17 steals
- Letting Jose Canseco Tell Us Two Things
threw down in the comments)
However, I did notice that some of you bemoaned (or just kinda weren't into) my desire to read certified masterpiece Juiced, by Jose Canseco. "What this book will lack
- MASH Report (10/31/13) - Cabrera and His Groin
was Miguel Cabrera having groin surgery which altered his game at the season's end. He basically could not lift his front leg (source):
"The doctor said he didn't understand how I could have played
- Jose Altuve: Little Player, Big Game
At just 5'5 and 175 pounds according to our data, Jose Altuve is tiny, at least compared to his colleagues in the professional athlete world. In fact, his size is so much fun to discuss that a new
- Jose Abreu's Swing
There has been no shortage of opinions regarding the Chicago White Sox' signing of Jose Dariel Abreu. We have seen how his statistics match up to other recent Cuban defectors before the jump
- MASH Report (10/24/13) - Cabrera, Kemp and Back Injuries
Today I will look at a few injury updates, notably Matt Kemp and Miguel Cabrera, and then look at hitters with past back injuries and the struggles they may experience next season.
- Betting Big on Bats: The Jose Abreu Quandary
According to multiple reports, the White Sox have agreed to terms with free agent first baseman Jose Abreu on a six year, $68 million contract. Abreu, who turns 27 in January, has been a star
- Miguel Cabrera's Unsuccessful Readjustment
Speaking literally, Miguel Cabrera is still the same guy. He still responds to the same name, he still has the same identification. He still drives the same car, or cars. He's still got the same
- San Jose's Case Against MLB Down To One State Claim
Federal Judge Ronald Whyte today dismissed the City of San Jose's federal and state antitrust claims against Major League Baseball but permitted a claim for tortious interference with contract
- The A's Against the Shell of Miguel Cabrera
Cabrera. It's no secret that Cabrera's playing hurt, and we've all heard about his litany of aches and pains, but we might not have a true understanding of how bad things have gotten. I don't know
- Jose Lobaton and the Nearly Impossible
The reality of Jose Lobaton's walk-off home run is that we don't know what it's going to mean yet. This is going to depend in large part on series context, on how the rest of the series goes
- Weekend Bat-Flip Coverage: Jose Constanza
Jose Constanza just hit a two-run single. Was the resulting bat flip a celebration of this feat, or was it an unsuccessful product of him trying to fling his bat into the stands -- giving
- Jose Altuve's Strike Zone
of two things. It's either any joke told by John Mulaney, or it's the fact that my Firefox spellcheck suggests replacing "Altuve" with "altitude." It's funny because it's true.
- Stealing a Base, with Billy Hamilton and Jose Molina
joke that Hamilton is so fast he's already finished reading this article.
Run-of-the-mill paragraph pointing out how slow Jose Molina is. Note that Molina is perhaps the game's slowest runner
- Jose Fernandez, Etched in Stone
had Jose Fernandez on the mound, and before the Marlins equivalent of a full house, Fernandez did everything in what would be his final start of the season. There were twists, there were turns
- SEO Gargantua: Jose Fernandez Bat Toss Weight-Loss Trick
Sources close to the situation -- and also just the box score itself -- suggest that right-hander Jose Fernandez has homered tonight off Mike Minor in the sixth inning of Miami's game against
- Jose Campos: What's Left?
of the four in that deal who was healthy and remotely effective for the duration of the 2013 season was the throw-in on the other side, Jose Campos. Of course, the level he was effective at was Low
- A Strained Analogy Featuring Jose Fernandez and Rick Steves
beyond Europe's most obvious (and expensive) tourist activities and experiencing the continent more like a native might.
One senses from the animated GIFs below -- of Jose Fernandez striking out
- Jose Fernandez Adds a New Pitch
Any other year and Jose Fernandez would be getting a lot more attention. The Marlins' rookie starting pitcher recently turned 21 years old and he was promoted to the major straight from Single
- Miguel Cabrera's Most Incredible Strength
Do you want to see footage of Miguel Cabrera hitting a home run? Of course you do. You're not a monster. Now let me find the last time he — oh, right, he hit a homer yesterday. Went yard off John
- In Awe of Jose Iglesias
, on July 16, 2004, Wily Mo Pena went 1-for-4 with a homer, no walks, and three strikeouts. I like a game in which a player puts everything about himself on display, and Jose Iglesias had just such a game
- Learning Lessons, with Danny Salazar and Miguel Cabrera
Last year, Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown and the American League Most Valuable Player Award. You might've heard about that. This year, Miguel Cabrera has been even better. His
- Better Understanding Jose Fernandez
As good as Jose Fernandez is, there still exists a critical angle. Fernandez, of course, pitches for the Marlins, and the Marlins get a lot of things wrong. The Internet usually doesn't let those
- Trout and Cabrera: Here We Go Again
Last year, the AL MVP debate turned into something resembling a culture war, with Miguel Cabrera representing the traditional methods of player evaluation while Mike Trout was the darling
- A GIF and a Tune: Jose Fernandez and Talking Heads
(Note: This is technically not a GIF, since it's length prohibits it from GIFation. Please accept my repentance for duping you.)
This past Friday, Marlins starter Jose Fernandez had himself a day
- Tigers Acquire Jose Veras
While the Tigers had been pegged by the media as buyers of expensive proven closers, Dave Dombrowski just ignored the high profile end of the relief market and found a much better value in Jose Veras
- Jose Quintana's Steady Improvement
It's been an improbable ride for Jose Quintana. After signing with the White Sox as a minor-league free-agent last season, Quintana held his own in 22 starts in the majors. While nothing about his
- Is Jean Segura a New Jose Reyes?
Last week, I wrote about Hanley Ramirez in this space. Because it was a look at Ramirez’ success over the past eight years, the natural comparison to another top shortstop in that span, Jose Reyes
- GIF: Jose Molina Super Toss
Framing is an alright talent, says Jose Molina, but if you want a real unique skill, try to match this:
Your move, Jonathan Lucroy.
- Joe Maddon Trolls Miguel Cabrera
BACKSTORY: After the Detroit Tigers acquired the final out against the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday, third baseman Miguel Cabrera mimed appeared to mime, but may not have mimed the signature "arrow
- Miguel Cabrera's Best Season Yet
, home runs, and runs batted in. Unfortunately, being pro-Mike Trout meant that we were perceived to be inherently anti-Miguel Cabrera. It's not that we had anything against Cabrera, but he became
- Jose Iglesias and Jordy Mercer: Waiver Wire Shortstops
With the news that Jose Reyes is being activated from the disabled list here on Wednesday, there's a fairly good chance that whoever owns him in your league might have a shortstop to send back
- Miguel Cabrera's Ridiculous Plate Coverage
Coming off the first batting Triple Crown in 45 years, Miguel Cabrera is making a bid to be the first hitter to do so in consecutive seasons. He currently leads the American League in batting
- Jose Molina Misses a Pitch
Jose Bautista took him deep on an inside fastball at 98 miles per hour.
Rodney retired Edwin Encarnacion, then he walked Adam Lind. Lind didn't score, so that walk didn't really hurt. Lind walked
- Is Jose Ramirez a Starter or Reliever?
Jose Ramirez's live arm was on display against Kevin Gausman this past Friday. The New York Yankees' minor-leaguer consistently unleashed 94 mph to 95 mph four-seam fastballs against the Bowie Baysox
- A New Low for Miguel Cabrera
chart from 2009:
All of Jose Lopez's homers were the same. Now, he is bad. Lopez wasn't a one-trick pony, but he was exploitable, and he's since been exploited. Now here's Miguel Cabrera's homer
- Scouting Report: St. Paul Saints' Jose Hernandez
and trivia and people getting dunked in cottage cheese between the innings, but I pay more attention than most to what's going on during the game. It's because of this that I got to see Jose Hernandez
- Maurico Cabrera and Lucas Sims: Big Braves Arms
Ninety-nine -- a number rarely seen once, let alone multiple times from the same pitcher. In his last start, Mauricio Cabrera touched 99 mph enough for teammates charting in the stands to chuckle
- A GIF and a Tune: Melky Cabrera and Rimsky-Korsakov
After hitting a dinger, Melky Cabrera proceeded to proceed through the dugout, giving false high fives all around.
In honor of Melky's grand promenade, I offer the dulcet tones of Nikolai Rimsky
- What to Make of Everth Cabrera's Hot Start
Everth Cabrera is off to a relatively hot start to the season and has seemed to make strides in certain areas that were causes for concern entering the season. He has already matched his home run
- A Silver Lining From the Jose Reyes Injury
When Jose Reyes slid awkwardly into second base in Kansas City on Friday night and twisted his ankle badly enough that it will keep him out until July, it wasn't just Toronto Blue Jays fans who
- Have A Day, Jose Fernandez
As spring training gave way to the regular season, the Marlins turned some heads when they announced that Jose Fernandez had made the team. No, not just made the team, but that he wasn’t even
- This is Jose Fernandez' Third Pitch
There's a lot of Jose Fernandez talk going around. And he looks to be a legit young starting pitcher -- his gas sat above 95 mph, his slurve/slider thing got plenty of whiffs, and he lived
- Ceremonial First GIF: Jose Fernandez
Miami right-hander and 20-year-old Cuban emigre Jose Fernandez has, just seconds before the composition of these very words, finished his first inning as a major-league pitcher, retiring the New
- GIF: Jose Bautista Will Bring You To Your Feet
Watching Jose Bautista do what he's done since arriving in Toronto has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my baseball-watching life. And Bats did it again on Wednesday night, moments
- Doing the Best With Jose Valverde
All offseason long, the Detroit Tigers denied interest in re-signing free-agent closer Jose Valverde. Every other team in baseball also effectively denied interest in signing Valverde. The Tigers did
- Jose Molina on Jose Molina
Fun fact: Jose Molina's FanGraphs player ID number is 25. Mike Trout's is 10155. All right.
According to numbers provided to me by Matthew Carruth, last year there were 78 catchers in baseball who
- Szu-Chi Chou, Taiwan's Jose Bautista
-- despite his late-career Jose Bautista'ing -- is probably not MLB material. He could maybe work in the high minors for a few years, but the WBC is likely going to be the biggest stage of his career.
- Miguel Cabrera and Jonathan Papelbon: Baseball Play Analysis
But even meaningless baseball can generate baseball highlights. It's been a long time since we were given fresh, new baseball highlights, and earlier Monday, Miguel Cabrera did a mean thing
- Forgetting Jose Veras
Jose Veras -- not the most glamorous name that comes to mind when you're thinking about closers for next year, but if you're one of those fantasy owners who hates investing heavily in a position
- The Dynastic Ambitions of Jose Canseco
on television, or duck calls sold, or albums sold, or games won, or descendents who wind up ruling nation-states.
Fortunately, Internet philosopher Jose Canseco is an expert on a great many things, only
- The Yankees and the Poor Man's Jose Molina
Kontos. That was before Kontos actually pitched well. But to understand Chris Stewart is to understand a division rival of his. A year ago, the Rays signed the old and underwhelming Jose Molina
- Andrelton Simmons: The New Jose Altuve?
, but in the world of fantasy middle infielders, is there room for a comparison? Andrelton Simmons could be the late sleeper we all need at a tough position, just like Jose Altuve was last year.
- Astros Take On Jose Veras Experiment
Jose Veras spent last season as a reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers, but in retrospect he was also something more: a year-long experiment on the value of those relievers a fan observes day
- Jose Veras Joins Bad Astros Bullpen
Jose Veras signed with the Astros. Dude's 32 and has a career walk rate around five per nine. His career swinging-strike rate is below average. Why does he deserve a post again?
- What Is Asdrubal Cabrera?
regular shortstop has put up during his time in the Majors, with only Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, Derek Jeter, and Jose Reyes coming in ahead of him. Cabrera's not in their level, but you don't have
- Haunting Miguel Cabrera
- Melky Cabrera Follows Marlins to Toronto
During the 2012 regular season, Blue Jays outfielders combined to be worth 4.6 WAR, which was tied for the sixth-lowest total in baseball. Nearly all of that came from Jose Bautista, who was terrific
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Miguel Cabrera on the MVP
- Trout Versus Cabrera: Offense Only, Context Included
This piece originally ran on Ocotber 4th. Given the attention that Trout and Cabrera are going to receive today, I figured it was probably worth running again.
The AL MVP debate continues to rage
- Don't Blink: Everth Cabrera
Comparing Everth Cabrera to the likes of Davey Lopes, Willie Wilson, Otis Nixon and Tim Raines would be ridiculous, but Cabrera has something in common with all of them. Only ten players in Major
- Jose Reyes And the Pain of Moderated Expectations
were Giancarlo Stanton, the home run monstrosity and Jose Reyes.
After a pair of seasons cut short by injury, Reyes played a remarkable 160 games, which was the Marlins' team high by more than
- Asdrubal Cabrera: Power Hitter
Asdrubal Cabrera was a popular regression candidate around these parts entering last season. Prior to 2011, Cabrera was a middle-of-the-road fantasy shortstop. He hit for a decent average, popped
- Jose Altuve: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Jose Altuve is like Major League Baseball's version of Earl Boykins; whenever you watch him standing at the plate you can't help but think "wait, the Little League World Series started already?" He
- Red Sox Jose Vinicio's Value On The Upswing
As if the Boston Red Sox really needed to add another shortstop prospect to their impressive collection, Jose Vinicio made a successful, but injury shortened full season debut in Greenville. At 18
- Miguel Cabrera Gets Robbed: A Tale of Consequences
out, is embeddable, owing to MLB.com's Keep-'Em-Guessing embeddable video policy.
That's Alex Gordon going up and taking a home run away from Miguel Cabrera. While this home run would've broken
- Jose Canseco on Taxes
From two of Jose Canseco's columns at Vice.com:
The issue is very simple: If you’ve got friends and family, the more money you make the more you spend on them. So let’s say you spend half your
- Melky Cabrera And The Giants' Postseason Roster
On August 15, Major League Baseball suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera 50 games after Cabrera tested positive for testosterone, a substance banned under MLB's Joint Drug Policy
- Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, and Measuring Value
it hard to put together any kind of realistic argument for a non-Trout candidate.
However, Miguel Cabrera is having a monstrous September, hitting .373/.426/.797 over the last couple of weeks
- Tussle Over Proposed A's Ballpark in San Jose Heats Up
The Oakland A's want to move to San Jose, approximately 45 miles south of Oakland and 50 miles southeast of San Francisco. The Giants oppose the move on the ground that the A's granted the Giants
- Aoki and Cabrera: NL Waiver Wire Speed
Cabrera, SD |SS| Ownership: ESPN - 3.2% Yahoo - 5.0%
Here's a prime case of not caring about anything but one category. Let's face it, going with Cabrera as your shortstop for the season
- Melky Cabrera: Internet Expert
From the New York Daily News:
In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed
- Giants Must Get Creative In Replacing Melky Cabrera
Major League Baseball suspended Melky Cabrera for 50 games after he tested positive for testosterone, a substance banned under the league's Joint Drug Policy. The suspension is immediate, meaning
- Rejected Melky Cabrera Headlines
- Melky Cabrera Suspended For Failing PED Test
MLB's official account just sent out the following message on Twitter.
BREAKING: Giants OF Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance
- What Will Melky Cabrera Make On The Market?
Melky Cabrera is having a career-year. After posting 4.2 WAR last year, Cabrera has once again been effective. The 27-year-old outfielder has already passed that total this season, accumulating 4.8
- Breakout Impossible: Don't Compare Jose Bautista to Others
Jose Bautista came out of nowhere two-and-a-half seasons ago and hit 54 home runs at the age of 29. At a time when most players' careers are declining, Bautista's taking off. In fact, his breakout
- Reminder: Melky Cabrera Likes the Woman
thought this might be an opportune time to revisit Mr. Cabrera's eventful biography. Fortunately, ace reporter and adult performer Mary Carey has asked the hard questions already.
- Trade Me Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes was drafted as a three category juggernaut in a prime position. Owners expected him to be near the top of the league in steals, average, and runs as he will hit atop a lineup
- Shortstop Risers and Fallers: Jeter, Castro, Cabrera, Desmond
. It’s a vicious cycle.
He’s having a better season than 2011, which is saying something. After hitting 25 home runs last season he had just six through the first two
- Cabrera, Wilson and Schafer: Mining the Minors
, depth chart, recent performance, etc.).
Edwar Cabrera, Rockies SP
TALENT: 6 (out of 10)
OPPORTUNITY: 6 (out of 10)
CURRENT LEVEL: Majors (but soon back to Double-A?)
- Miguel Cabrera's Armchair Zone Rating: Results
in the direction of Miguel Cabrera, who is generally speaking considered to be something of a defensive liability at third base.
With that in mind, I provided video footage of the two hits -- a bunt single
- Cheap Steals: Berry, Revere and Cabrera
to translate that potential to major league success. He’ll never be a power or RBI threat, but he should easily be able to steal 30+ bases. You can get him, like, right now.
Everth Cabrera (9%)
- Armchair Zone Rating: Miguel Cabrera on Sunday
innings one and six, neither left the infield -- and, notably, both were hit in the direction of third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Detroit's decision to field a number of defensively challenged players
- Jose Bautista's Strange Season
Jose Bautista is once again performing at a very high level after a slow start to the season. He has produced 2.4 WAR in 72 games, and ranks 11th in the American League with a .381 wOBA. He is tied
- Jose Bautista Elevates In Hot Streak
Jose Bautista is back. After a horrendous April which saw him post just a .185/.298/.333 line, the Jays' star has surged. He's following up a .257/.342/.552 May with a a .258/.413/.774 June
- Jose is Okay
Two years ago, when Jose Bautista was enjoying his 50 HR breakout, I was enjoying slotting him in to my lineup on a daily basis in the original ottoneu league. A $1 in-season auction pickup, Joey
- The Timeless Wisdom of Jose Mota
I scarcely need to remind you of this unfading chestnut -- one applicable not only to baseball but also to a gentleman's efforts in office-gym-bedroom -- but it's something else entirely for Jose
- Plate Discipline Strikes Again: Asdrubal Cabrera
(as in the cases of Ben Zobrist and Jose Bautista) better plate discipline set the stage for more power. In Cabrera's case, we might conjecture as follows: on a factual level, his increased power preceded his
- GIF: Fielder and Cabrera's Elaborate Handshake
- Jose Altuve Is Starlin Castro 2.0
I've been meaning to write about Jose Altuve for a couple of weeks now, but with Ryan espousing the virtues of Starlin Castro, this seems like the perfect time to talk about Altuve. Why does
- Jose Canseco, Vampire
- GIF: Jose Bautista High Fives, Then Sacks, Henderson Alvarez
Jose Bautista puts the "Hot" in Hot GIF Action. He also gives new meaning to "Up high, down low" high five etiquette.
Poor Alvarez. The perils of being a rookie in Major League Baseball
- Jose Barista
Jose Bautista has been many things. A Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick. An Oriole, Devil Ray, Royal, Pirate, and Met, all in the same season. A Rule 5 Draft pick. A Blue Jay. The Home Run King. One
- Waiver Wire: Luke Scott and Jose Altuve
, though he already has two away from the Trop. If you’re searching for someone with cheap power potential then there’s currently no better option than Scott and his Wolverine-style beard.
- Did Jose Molina Frame the Red Sox?
from the Rays' strike zone? Two main items stick out to me: (1) The left-handed strike zone was uncharacteristically rule-bookish. Only the top left corner had the customary flexibility. And (2) Jose
- Asdrubal Cabrera Signs Two Year Extension
The Cleveland Indians and Asdrubal Cabrera came to terms on a two-year contract extension on Sunday that will pay the shortstop $16.5 million over the 2013-14 seasons. The deal buys out his final
- Jose Canseco Tweets Al Gore is Dead
in peace buddy hug for u— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 28, 2012
- Why Aren't We Talking About The San Jose A's?
The Oakland Athletics have pined for a move to San Jose for some time. Bud Selig and Major League Baseball recently have put the issue onto the front burner, yet no resolution seems to be within
- Jose Canseco, Steroids, and Logical Paradox
In case you weren't aware, Jose Canseco has been attempting a baseball comeback with the Mexican League. Last night, the president of the Mexican League confirmed to ESPN that Canseco had been banned
- 2012 Pod Hitter Projections: Jose Altuve
sackers. As expected with any set of rankings from multiple people, there were many examples where our opinions diverged. Jose Altuve was one such player, so I thought it would be fitting to jump back
- The Disappointments of Youth: Jose Tabata
2011 was supposed to be Jose Tabata’s coming out party, his first full season in the majors, the year that made his production a bigger story than his troubled ex-wife, but it just didn’t happen
- Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians Talking Extension
at locking up their young shortstop:
SS Asdrubal Cabrera in town and talking multiyear deal with #Indians. GM Chris Antonetti says deal must align "in value and term."
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie
- Orlando Cabrera Says No Mas
As a low-OBP, glove-first shortstop with a bit of pop, Cabrera's career value was somewhere in between the Alex Gonzalezes (retired Alex S. and still-active Alex S.) and Jose Valentin
- Jesus Montero: Cabrera, Konerko, or Karim Garcia?
is going to become one of those hitters, with scouts comparing his offensive profile to Mike Piazza and Miguel Cabrera, among others. He's extremely strong, he's got pretty good plate coverage, and he's
- 2012 Pod Projections: Asdrubal Cabrera
Welcome back to another edition of the Pod hitter projections. Today I'll look at one of last season's biggest surprises, Asdrubal Cabrera. The primary contributor to this breakout was his power
- Too Close To Call: Gordon Beckham and Jose Altuve
, but there is substantial concern over whether he ever will reach that point again.
On the other side is the Astros’ young Venezuelan second baseman, Jose Altuve, who came up at the end of July and hit
- Jose Reyes & The Abyss: Multiple Choice
- Jose Reyes Lands In Miami
The Marlins’ addition of Jose Reyes not only affects the 29-year-old shortstop, but also has a great impact on two other Miami players.
In October I penned a piece about Jose Reyes’ outlook
- Jose Reyes And Other Big Money Shortstops
The Marlins made the first big move of the winter meetings Sunday night, agreeing to sign Jose Reyes to a six-year contract worth $106 million. It's obviously the largest contract in franchise
- Marlins Get a Potential Bargain in Jose Reyes
Before the off-season started, we asked you guys to project how much the primary free agents would sign for this winter. The FanGraphs Crowd tabbed Jose Reyes for a six year, $101 million contract
- Video: Jose Valverde Has Body, Rocks Party
It's common practice for one, when dancing, to shake what his mama gave him. If the video here -- from a Detroit-area benefit held in August -- is any indication, Tiger reliever Jose Valverde
- Looking For the Next Jose Bautista
the season like with Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson in the past couple of years. Here is a look at some players that may be turning their game around for the better
The data I use
- The Case for Jose Bautista
think, despite the presence of other viable candidates just as Jacoby Ellsbury and maybe Justin Verlander, Jose Bautista is my choice for the American League's Most Valuable Player of 2011.
- Is Jose Reyes Suffering From Crawford Backlash?
Last week, the Marlins made an offer to every free agent with a pulse. At the heart of their "Sign Everyone!" plan is Jose Reyes, who reportedly received a six year, $90 million offer to move
- How Would Jose Reyes Fit on the Marlins?
In thinking of the likely landing spots for Jose Reyes, few, if any, would have guessed the Florida... er, Miami Marlins. But with multiple reports speculating on such a possibility, it’s worth
- Jose Reyes Does Not Want To Be Your Friend
You may not be aware that world famous singer, wrapper, and sous chef Jose Reyes also is a shortstop of great quality and is currently unemployed, all alone, and looking for a new club that can help
- Jose Reyes: Three Year Deal Candidate?
are preparing to offer Jose Reyes a three-year deal, I had to chuckle to myself. There's the small market Marlins we know and love (/not really). They can talk the talk all they want, but if they're
- GIF: Creepy Melky Cabrera
of a half-coy, entirely irksome Melky Cabrera, courtesy of Bay City Ball's Chris Quick.
- Which Melky Cabrera Will San Francisco Get?
Brian Sabean has fired his first salvo of the 2011 offseason, acquiring outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and minor-league pitcher
- Extry, Extry: Lenny Dykstra To Fight Jose Canseco
Breaking news from WPVI-TV Philadelphia's Jeff Skversky:
As much as this just sounds like Lenny Dykstra is canceling his autograph session to have a street fight with Jose Canseco (which I
- Jose Reyes: A Look to Next Year
After a sub-par 2010 and an injury riddled 2009, Jose Reyes burst back onto the scene in a big way this season. The 28-year-old had his best season per wOBA, finishing with a mark of .386, 20 points
- Melky Cabrera: Can the Melk Man Continue to Deliver?
Melky Cabrera is having nice rebound season in Kansas City. Currently he has 17 HR, 17 SB and a 0.302 AVG. It is the 27 year old's best fantasy season of his career. His value in 2012
- Keeper League 'Would You Rather?' - Asdrubal Cabrera or Hanley Ramirez?
options of which player you'd rather keep for the following season. Since we're in Erik Hahmann's regular shortstop article time slot, we'll begin there...
Would you rather keep Asdrubal Cabrera
- Jose Bautista - Also Good at Internetting
I make no secret of my soaring admiration for all things Jose Bautista, for whom my love is both boundless and without bound. As such I was pleased to learn that Joey Bats is as adept at Internetting
- Giants Acquire Orlando Cabrera
Not content with Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Beltran as trade deadline acquisitions, the San Francisco Giants added veteran middle infielder Orlando Cabrera to the mix. In exchange for Cabrera
- Asdrubal Cabrera: Is the Home Run Spike Real?
Asdrubal Cabrera has always shown the ability to hit the ball, but he is hitting significantly more home runs this season. His fantasy owners will be happy to know that there are signs
- Jose Altuve's Size: Boon or Bane?
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." J.R.R. Tolkien
By most accounts, Jose Altuve did not have the most impressive debut for the Houston Astros on Wednesday
- Jose Bautista's Historic Pace
In discussing Thursday how Jose Bautista has been, without question, the best and most valuable player in the American League this year, the topic of where his first "half" ranks historically
- Jose Bautista's Historic Season and the Hall of Fame
Jose Bautista is in the midst of a historic year. Jose Bautista will in all likelihood not make it into the Hall of Fame.
Much has already been said about the unique career arc of Joey Bats
- Passing on Jose Reyes
. Though we felt good about our franchise players, many of the readers were quick to point out players they felt were snubbed. Of all the names mentioned, Jose Reyes has become the one player I'm
- Jose Lopez Finds Work With Marlins
It was not too long ago when Jose Lopez was a perfectly capable starter on a major-league team. Sure, he was far from a star, but was league-average bat with passable defense at several positions
- Asdrubal Cabrera: I Believe In You
of success over the course of a full season. The aforementioned Ben Zobrist did it. So did Jose Bautista. I’m not directly comparing Cabrera to those two players; there’s no way I think he’ll be one
- Is Jose Bautista's Leap Unprecedented?
As long as Jose Bautista continues to hit like this it is our duty to write articles in his honor. Earlier in the week Dave Cameron analyzed how much of a bargain Bautista's 5 yr/$65 mil extension
- Jose Bautista Facts
, we've seen Eric Hosmer Facts.
Well, I'm here to present you with Jose Bautista Facts, but there's one slight difference - despite being just as crazy, these facts are all true (h/t to DrewGROF
- Jose Bautista Is a Massive Bargain
When the Blue Jays signed Jose Bautista to a five-year, $65 million contract extension before spring training, I said the following:
I get why Toronto made this deal. I think there’s a pretty decent
- Jose Ceda and Alexander Torres: Mining the Minors
the Rays are holding up in the AL East, and if they need any pitching reinforcements.
Jose Ceda, RP
Current Level: Triple-A
Statistics: 1-1 W-L; 10 SVs; 0.56 ERA; 0.88 WHIP; 19
- Jose Reyes Trade Talk: Why NOT the Giants?
There's been some talk that the San Francisco Giants are having internal discussions about trading for Jose Reyes this year. At first blush, it makes sense - the Giants are trying to get back
- Jonathan Lucroy and Melky Cabrera - Waiver Wire for April 27
, and hitting in the Brewers potent lineup, he should continue to throw you some very nice numbers this year.
Melky Cabrera |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 20.3% Yahoo - 13%
While Royals manager Ned Yost
- Is Jose Bautista the Best Hitter in the AL?
Miguel Cabrera: .307/.396/.567, .408 wOBA
Adrian Gonzalez: .311/.402/.551, .404 wOBA
Jose Bautista: .261/.378/.548, .403 wOBA
Considering that Bautista is third on this list, and has
- 2nd Basemen Making an Impact: Sanchez, Cabrera and Lopez
him to be a backup soon.
Orlando Cabrera – 28% owned – 39/0.333/1/0 – Orlando has moved to 2B in Cleveland and help solidify the the position for the Indians. Most of his current value is from
- Cabrera's Power Stroke Driving Indians Offense
are contributing in big ways, but perhaps none has advanced his team more than Asdrubal Cabrera.
When he debuted in 2007, Cabrera was barely even a blip on the Indians' prospect radar. He came over from
- Video: More Melky Cabrera Magic
Yesterday, after watching Melky Cabrera high-five Joe West -- he high-fived Joe freakin' West! -- I had to make some changes to my My Most Favorite Baseball Players in the Whole Wide World list
- Melky Cabrera High Fives Joe West
On June 10th of last season, in the fifth inning of a Braves-Diamondbacks game, Martin Prado hit an infield single to third base. Teammate Melky Cabrera took third on the play. Famous umpire Joe West
- On The Rise: Jose Tabata and Dexter Fowler
fulfilling their projections. Owners that remain patient with players in the latter group can pick up premium talent in the last rounds of a draft. Jose Tabata and Dexter Fowler are two players that fit
- Hackin' Jose Reyes
With a healthy, productive season, Jose Reyes will become a very wealthy man next winter. The switch-hitter, eligible for free agency following 2011, could hit the market as a 28-year-old
- The Odd Timing of Jose Bautista's Breakout
reason: the lack of home runs. Yet Jose Bautista managed to completely reverse that league-wide trend.
Since a peak in 2000, home runs have dipped a bit. In 2010 we saw the most dramatic slide yet
- Could Jose Bautista Be Better in 2011?
Since Jose Bautista signed his shiny new contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, it has been a popular task to look for players who had comparable power spikes out of nowhere and look at how
- Jose Bautista Cashes In
As first reported by Enrique Rojas, the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista have apparently agreed to terms on a five year, $65 million dollar contract. That is a lot of money for a guy who has had one good
- The Un-comparable Jose Bautista
There are several issues complicating Jose Bautista’s impending arbitration status. For starters, there’s the fact that last season was a career year for him, something that was completely out
- Who Would Want Jose Reyes?
that Jose Reyes -- who stands to be in the running for a nine-figure contract as a free agent next fall if he stays healthy and has a good year -- will be traded before the July 31 deadline
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Jose Bautista
and don’t want to vote on those numbers, it’s fine, and I have not made it a required question. Let me know if you like it.
I’m surprised we haven’t done Jose Bautista yet over the course
- The Next Jose Bautista
This article was originally posted at WahooBlues.com.
Jose Bautista took the baseball world by storm in 2010 when, after six MLB seasons of doing nothing in particular, he emerged as a candidate
- The Jose Bautista Club
The nature of the season brings about a plethora of articles searching for the next 'something'. Looking for the next breakout is a popular topic, meaning the search for the next Jose Bautista
- Jose Lopez to Colorado
In the moments leading up to the non-tender deadline, the Mariners managed to move second baseman Jose Lopez, receiving minor league pitcher Chaz Roe from the Rockies in return. Seattle was planning
- Red Sox, Padres Win the Miguel Cabrera Trade
, where the Marlins were dangling Miguel Cabrera, who would be 25 years old in 2008. After doubling payroll from 2006 to 2007, the Marlins clearly had no intentions of raising it again. And so
- Pending Options Spotlight: Jose Reyes
Naturally, that means that there's going to be some speculation about the future of some of the Mets talented veterans, such as shortstop Jose Reyes. The Mets hold an option
- Braves Release Melky Cabrera
Melky Cabrera debuted in 2005 with a cherub face and as a dosage of imagination. At the time, the 20-year-old represented a better alternative to Tony Womack (although, with an on-base percentage
- Have Pitchers Adjusted to Jose Bautista?
With 54 home runs in all, Jose Bautista has hit at least 11 home runs in May, July, August, and September. He is crushing fastballs in particular, with 2.63 fastball runs above average according
- Jose Bautista and the Meaning of the Word "Fluke"
Today, Joe Posnanski wrote a piece about Jose Bautista's remarkable 50th home run. Bautista's the first man to crack the 50-home run barrier since 2007, just the 26th man ever to reach such a gaudy
- Miguel Cabrera and Intentional Walks
the field for the first five months of the season, leaving no real argument for anyone else. Now, though, as he stands on the sidelines, people have begun to make a case for Miguel Cabrera. Since most
- Royals to Part Ways with Jose Guillen
For a while it seemed like Jose Guillen was at risk of spending three full years with the same team. From the start of his career, in 1997 with the Pirates, through 2007 he had spend no more than two
- Miguel Cabrera's Best
The 2009 season ended poorly for Miguel Cabrera. An arrest and the Tigers’ collapse coincided with the worst month of his season which wasn’t all that poor by anyone else’s standards. The dialect
- Jose Lopez's Woeful 2010
About a month ago, Matthew Carruth wrote up Jose Lopez’s odd season. Summarizing his accomplishments to date with:
It’s not all cheery news however. While Lopez may pace the entire league
- Jose Valverde's Ground Assault
For most of his major league career, Jose Valverde has relied upon pure, unadulterated power to close out games. Delivering sizzling fastballs from a calm, unhurried motion that contrasts
- Jose Lopez, Feast and Famine
One of the more intriguing quirks of the young 2010 season has been Jose Lopez. A full time second baseman for the prior four seasons, Lopez earned a reputation as a visually unappealing glove man
- Asdrubal Cabrera Injured; Donald Recalled
Don't expect to see Asdrubal Cabrera take the field again anytime soon, as the switch-hitting shortstop suffered a broken left forearm last evening against the Rays. Cabrera collided with 3B Jhonny
- Is Jose Bautista The New Ben Zobrist?
This afternoon, I mentioned Jose Bautista's power surge over the last week, where he hit four home runs and upped his season total to 10, tying him for the 5th most in the major leagues. While
- Jose Reyes' Sluggish Start
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has long been a fantasy stalwart due to his sizzling speed and surprising pop. After a lost 2009 season in which the switch-hitter injured his right hamstring
- Jose Valverde to Detroit
According to MLB.com's Jason Beck, free agent reliever Jose Valverde has come to terms with the Detroit Tigers on a two-year, $14 million contract, with a $9 million option for the 2012 season
- Trade Fallout: Melky Cabrera to Atlanta
for a package including RHP Arodys Vizcaino, LHP Michael Dunn and OF Melky Cabrera.
Later today, we'll take a look at the implications of the trade for Vazquez. For now, let's take a look at what the deal
- Mailbag: Prince vs Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval
both Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera as first basemen. Do have any advice on which one I should trade and which one I should keep?
I also have both Evan Longoria and Pablo Sandoval (eligible
- Miguel Cabrera's Trade Value
Miguel Cabrera getting a first place MVP vote is pretty silly. That said, as a player, dude is awesome. He's not Keith Hernandez with the glove or Willie Wilson on the basepaths, but in case you
- Seriously, Someone Voted For Miguel Cabrera?
For Jon Heyman and the rest of the reactionary "Keith Law should lose his ballot" crowd, I present the following comparison between Joe Mauer and Miguel Cabrera.
Singles: Mauer +2
- WS Coverage: Repacing Cabrera with Gardner
Melky Cabrera left last night's game with a hamstring injury in the 6th inning, leaving Joe Girardi without his starting CF. Sitting on the Yankee bench was one Brett Gardner, who entered the game
- Jose Arredondo, Peter Pascarelli and Regression
of innings. Pascarelli came across well – he had a good voice and brought some opinions to the table. But one thing he said jumped out at me.
Pascarelli was talking about Angels reliever Jose Arredondo
- The Twins Acquire Orlando Cabrera
The Twins picked up shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the As, looking to solidify their middle infield as they chase the Tigers and fend off the White Sox in hopes of a AL Central title.
- Has Orlando Cabrera Lost a Step?
When the Athletics signed Orlando Cabrera to a one-year, $4-million-dollar deal late in the offseason, Dave Cameron was not alone in lauding Billy Beane for another veteran steal.
- Miguel Cabrera Strikes Back
Sometimes trades fail to work out immediately. Dave Dombrowski traded the farm prior to the 2008 season for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis – the perceived final pieces of a championship puzzle
- Quick Hook For Cabrera
Ponson). However, I considered it to be a good deal when the Washington Nationals signed Daniel Cabrera this past offseason. After all, the commitment to Cabrera did not extend beyond the 2009 season
- Cabrera's Velocity
Back in 2005, Daniel Cabrera's fastball averaged 96.2 MPH and his slider was 87.5 MPH - both were the fastest of any starting pitcher in baseball. Even with horrible command, he managed a 4.02 FIP
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Jose Tabata
We've all sifted through Jose Tabata's dirty laundry this week thanks to his wife. But that story should not diminish the fact that the former Yankees prospect has the potential to have an impact
- A's Sign Cabrera
The AL West continues to get more interesting. Capitalizing on a winter of depressed salaries, the A's today signed shortstop Orlando Cabrera to a one year, $4 million deal - according to our dollar
- Daniel Cabrera Heads to Washington
Several years back, Daniel Cabrera was one of the more intriguing young arms in the American League East. A hulking 6-9, 270 pound righty who missed plenty of bats (and often the strike zone) while
- Consistency, Steals and Jose Reyes
One thing that fantasy players value in their picks is consistency. And for the past three seasons, Jose Reyes has been one of the most consistent players around. According to the RotoTimes Player
- The Cabrera Dilemma
on a somewhat smaller stage in terms of popularity or importance, is that Daniel Cabrera of the Baltimore Orioles will fail to live up to his potential.
The 6'9", 270-pound righty has been a full-time
- Miguel Cabrera's MoTown Hacking
Since bursting onto the scene as a precocious 20 year-old and helping the Florida Marlins capture a World Series title in 2003, Miguel Cabrera has remained an offensive powerhouse. A career .309/.381
- Should Owners Walk Away From Jose Guillen?
If you like your baseball careers unpredictable, than you will love Jose Guillen. The Pirates made him a full-time starter at the age of 21 and he looked overmatched. And then he regressed. After
- Is Asdrubal Cabrera Draft Worthy?
Asdrubal Cabrera got the chance to play every day for the Indians down the stretch in 2007 and showed enough to merit the full-time second base job for the club in 2008. And then he was terrible
- Jose Reyes: Then and Now
While taking full advantage of my MLB Extra Innings package last night a scrolling bottom line informed me that Mets shortstop Jose Reyes hit his 7th home run. At that point it dawned on me
- Cabrera Mr. Clutch for Marlins?
Browsing the player captions in my Sportsline fantasy league, I noticed that they had this to say about Miguel Cabrera:
News: 3B Miguel Cabrera has been Mr. Clutch for the Marlins all season, but he
- Daily Graphing - Jose Valverde
. Jose Valverde was next in line and after saving 8 games in 10 chances, he too was forced to go on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.
In steps Greg Aquino who converted 16 of 19
- Daily Graphing - Daniel Cabrera
Everywhere I turn, someone seems to be enamored by Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera. And why shouldn't they be? He had the 4th highest strikeouts per 9 innings (K/9) of any starting pitcher in 2005
- Daily Graphing - Jose Contreras
While I was waiting for the White Sox to collapse (which never happened), Jose Contreras seemed to really figure things out by putting together 8 straight wins to finish out the season. Now usually