- Anatomy of the $100 Million Contract
Albert Pujols is a virtual lock to surpass the $100 million mark – and Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes and C.J. Wilson are definitely in the running, as well. We know that high-dollar
- Josh Shepardson's Bold Predictions for 2015
, and I'm expecting 12-to-15 homers, 100-plus runs, 25-to-30 stolen bases and an average around .300 -- give or take five points.
4- Josh Harrison ranks out the top 20 third basemen.
- Josh Shepardson's 10 Bold Predictions
there this year with the off-season addition of Yonder Alonso. Josh Phegley earned a higher defensive grade behind the plate than Vogt last year, and Phegley also bested Vogt in per-game pitch
- The Daily Grind: Fiers, Wright, Wilson
Daily DFS - Fiers, Collmenter
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Wright, Wilson, Moreland, Burns
1. The Rake
Let's continue talking about the future
- Josh Bell - A Different Kind of First Baseman
A prototypical mashing first baseman Josh Bell is not. The 24-year-old made his debut in The Show this year and played in 45 games. Due to Starling Marte missing most of September, Bell split his
- Reviewing Josh Shepardson's 10 Bold Predictions for 2016
- C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, and The Manic Marlins
to one of the best in their division: Josh Johnson, C.J. Wilson, Anibal Sanchez, Mark Buehrle, and Ricky Nolasco. Neither Wilson or Buehrle may be Albert Pujols, but hey, they still combined for 9.3 WAR
- Dodgers Risk Little in Signing Brian Wilson
to try and improve their club without making Casey Blake for Carlos Santana Part Duex by signing free-agent reliever Brian Wilson. It's a no-risk deal on both sides, and if it works it could pay
- Wilson Betemit Making His Arbitration Case
fulfill some of his promise. Rarely does it actually happen. In this way the Royals have gotten lucky. During the off-season they signed Wilson Betemit to a minor league contract. About two months
- Position Battles: White Sox 3B, Pt. 2: Wilson Betemit
Yesterday, we profiled White Sox third base candidate Josh Fields. The former-first rounder has been a mild disappointment for Chicago, as the 26 year-old enters the 2009 season having yet to secure
- Wilson On the Move?
Jack Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been linked to numerous teams this offseason. It seemed for a bit as though a deal shipping him to the Tigers had been completed. Reports then surfaced
- Josh Hamilton Signs With Angels Out of Nowhere
the Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year contract. If this sounds familiar, it's because things were fairly similar a year ago, before the Angels signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson almost
- Josh Hamilton: Most Confusing Free Agent Ever?
a similar deal in order to keep him around. This is the strategy they employed with C.J. Wilson last year, and of course, he ended up in Anaheim.
But, it also seems possible that Josh Hamilton's market
- Ivan Nova - An Uncommon Rule 5 Story
cite are the cases like Johan Santana, Joakim Soria and Josh Hamilton — where players went on to become valuable pieces for their new teams. But when do Rule 5 players become successes after being
- How to Use LABR Mixed Draft to Your Benefit
League, Samardzija has a career 3.85 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Steamer is calling for a 3.92 ERA this year. Avoid this guy.
NFBC ADP – 91st (High 51, Low 119)
LABR Draft – 115th
- Combing Over the Wire: Four Deep League Options
a fraction of that level he'd have value in fantasy leagues.
The biggest concern early was a lack of playing time. Kang is a reserve, but slow starts from Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer -- as well
- Devon Travis - Two Years Equal One Strong Full Season
, but that could change. If he does hit leadoff, even if both Bautista and Encarnacion sign elsewhere, there's ample fire power behind Travis in the form of Josh Donaldson (154 wRC+ in two years with the Blue
- Bargain Hunting: Kendrys Morales
% north of 40% and a K% south of 20%. One of those six players, David Ortiz, is now retired. Joining Big Papi in that group of hitters was Josh Donaldson, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Carpenter, Jose Bautista
- Santos' Swift Slider
- Matt Cain, Destroyer of DIPS
- Zack Greinke and Pitch Sequences
- Exploring Pitching Tendencies
- Breaking Down Stolen Base Break-Even Points
- Respect, Measured
- Prince's Improved Approach at the Plate
- Best Rotation Ever? Best. Rotation. Ever.
- Beating the Defensive Shift
- How Good Is Matt Garza?
- Spring Training in September
- Commanding the Zone
- Do Better Pitchers Actually Have Better Command?
- Explaining the Command Disconnect
- Ace Ventura: A Shields-less Royals' Rotation
- The Padres Bullpen: Who's Your Daddy('s Relievers)?
- Checking in on Post-Hype Sleepers
- Dumpster Diving: Chris Heston's Early Season Success
- Early Season Trade Targets
- What's Jimmy Nelson Brewing?
- Buying Low Using LOB%: Buchholz, Carrasco and Strasburg
- More Love for Cameron Maybin
- Mike Foltynewicz is Pretty Good
- Three ROS Helpers: Odor, Snider and Moore
- Dealing Carlos Gomez in Keeper and Dynasty Formats
- Cardinals' Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- Giants’ Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- Starting Pitchers: Five Picks Outside the Top 50
- Cheap Power: Three Hitters Selected After Pick 265
- Stock Up: Playing Time and Lineup Spot Value Boosts
- Ticking Up: Chris Tillman
- What's Going on with Hector Santiago?
- Stock Rising: David Hernandez, A.J. Reed and Derek Dietrich
- Checking in on Youngsters: McCullers, Taillon and Joseph
- Gattis' Stock Up, Profar Call Up and Santiago Velo Up?
- How Good is Kenta Maeda?
- Three Undervalued Players: Dietrich, Lamb and Gausman
- Infield and Saves Help: Bregman and Kintzler
- Checking in on Matt Harvey and Sonny Gray
- A Fresh Start, Big Pop and a Flame-throwing Southpaw
- Should Kyle Gibson be Rostered in Deep Leagues?
- Checking in on Two Improving Hurlers: Manaea and Bundy
- Four Widely Available Young Hitters: Hedges, Zunino, Vogelbach and Gallo
- Waiver Wire Targets: A Southpaw and a Couple of Outfielders
- Four Hot Finishers: Tomas, Alvarez, Dickerson and Paxton
- A Trio of Useful Players: Aybar, Quinn and E-Rod
- A Quartet of Low Owned, Strikeout Boosting Relievers
- Assessing the 2017 Value of Kevin Gausman
- Checking in on Eric Thames
- Mike Zunino's Not Too Shabby
- Eugenio Suarez Is Who He Is
- Matt Moore - Is 2017 The Year He Fully Flourishes?
- Twin Mid-Round Mancrushes: Buxton and Sano
- A Trio of Post Pick-300 Dice Rolls: Gordon, Norris and Quinn
- Post-hype Investment Opportunity: Nick Franklin
- Anthony Rendon: A Great Third Base Target After the Big Four
- Wily Peralta - An Intriguing (Hard) Dart Throw in 2017
- Sabathia's Strong June
- Carsten Groundball Sabathia
- A Pitch F/X Look at Cliff Lee
- John Axford: the Cardinals’ newest reclamation project
- Under the Radar: John Mayberry
- 2015 Fantasy Sleepers: Starting Pitching
- 2015 Fantasy Bust: Johnny Cueto
- 2015 Fantasy: More Starting Pitching Busts
- Jon Niese Is Changing It Up
- Fantasy: Don't Fear Jose Altuve Late in First Round
- Fantasy: Three Undervalued Catchers
- Brian Wilson's Fantastic Offseason
On January 30 of this year Brian Wilson and the Giants came to an agreement on a one year deal for $4.4 million to avoid Wilson's first year of arbitration. Based on our standard expectation
- CJ Wilson Is a Pranking Fool
Somehow this one slipped between the cracks -- C.J. Wilson pranked Mike Napoli... by putting the catcher's phone number on twitter. He wasn't particularly contrite about it afterwards either
- C.J. Wilson the Starter
After enjoying a career year pitching out of the 'pen for the Rangers in 2009, C.J. Wilson was shifted to the starting rotation this past spring. Prior to April 8th, 2010, the 29-year-old hadn't
- C.J. Wilson: Starting Pitcher
C.J. Wilson's debut as a starting pitcher against Toronto yesterday could not have gone much better. Wilson threw 7 shutout innings, only allowing 5 hits, while striking out a remarkable 9 batters
- C.J. Wilson: Starting Pitcher?
The Texas Rangers are considering moving reliever C.J. Wilson into their starting rotation, and he has done nothing but impress them this spring. Of course, one shouldn't put undue (i.e., any) weight
- Trade Me C.J. Wilson
Just four short days ago, Jeff Zimmerman inspired anger and vitriol from the loyal readers of this blog by suggesting that it was time to sell C.J. Wilson.
Well, I am nothing if not a man
- I Am Not Brian Wilson
chanting: "Brian. Wilson." Clapclap, clapclapclap.
This is why:
But I am not, in fact, Brian Wilson, though my face proteins may resemble his. Let us examine the differences:
- Remembering Jack Wilson
Likely waiting tastefully until the Talk Like a Pirate Day celebrations were in the rear view mirror, longtime Pittsburgh (and short-time Seattle and Atlanta) shortstop Jack Wilson, who was released
- Brian Wilson's Two-Seamer
Early in the season Eno Sarris introduced us to Brian Wilson's flithy two-seam fastball, a pitch Wilson claims to have added this year. Sarris's GIF showed Jamey Carroll flailing wildly at Wilson's
- Brian Wilson Gets to Hit
To the best of my knowledge, nobody has appointed me as president of label assignments, but I think calling Brian Wilson a great reliever is a worthwhile argument. He holds a 3.04 FIP over his
- Win a Date With C.J. Wilson!
Swoon. C.J. Wilson is a free agent, and although not the prettiest girl at the dance (figuratively of course!) he is sure to have his fair share of sugar daddies vying for his services. Where's
- Take My C.J. Wilson
C.J. Wilson was paid $77.5M this off season to come in and be a front line starter for the Angels. With Jered Weaver and Dan Haren already on the team, he wasn't going to be the only ace of the staff
- C.J. Wilson Rebounds
C.J. Wilson put together an altogether terrific 2011 season, even garnering a good deal of votes for the Cy Young award that year. He posted a 2.94 ERA with 16 wins and a 23% strikeout rate
- The NotGraphs Roast of Brian Wilson
I'd like to thank you all for attending this roast of the man of the hour, Brian Wilson. This, of course, is not the Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys -- the drug-addled man child who famously spent
- Position Battles: White Sox 3B, Pt. 1: Josh Fields
the White Sox plucked Josh Fields with the 18th overall selection in the '04 amateur draft, he was expected to be the heir apparent to Joe Crede. The Oklahoma State product didn't overwhelm anyone
- Wilson Betemit Goes to Detroit
Though they currently lead the wide-open AL Central by just a half game, the Detroit Tigers showed Wednesday that they aren't willing to stand pat by acquiring Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City
- Wilson Ramos Progressing at the Plate
Entering the 2011 season, Wilson Ramos had three main obstacles standing between him and the Washington Nationals' starting catcher job.
One was Ivan Rodriguez. Though Pudge hasn't possessed
- Replacing Wilson Ramos
Talk about your run of bad luck...
Wilson Ramos signs with the Twins, forever to be blocked from a starting gig with Joe Mauer already in-house. He gets traded to the Nationals who then decide
- Playing Roulette with Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos did enough in 2014 to tease fantasy baseball players again. He batted .267/.299/.399, with 11 home runs, in 361 plate appearances (88 games). He missed time, of course, wasting little
- Wilson Ramos Disappoints
Frankly, the best thing we can say about Wilson Ramo’s 2015 season is that he stayed healthy and managed over 500 PAs. He ended the season with a .231/.260/.360 line with 16 doubles and 15 home runs
- Josh Donaldson
On June 13, when Josh Donaldson was sent down, his line was an astonishing .153/.160/.235. In exactly 100 plate appearances, he had 1 walk, and that was in that final June 13 game. He had 1
- Your Move, Brian Wilson's Beard
Yeah, Brian Wilson's two-seamer (featured below!) is impressive enough, and I can forgive his reluctance to brawl with randomly outraged A's fans. What I shall not abide is if Mr. Wilson and his
- On the Unintended Consequences of Hack Wilson's Gut
I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Mickey Kefauver's forthcoming biography of Hack Wilson, The Aching Beauty of an American Sot. Kefauver's work contains multitudes, and among those
- Brian Wilson's Cavalcade of Sex Metaphors
Internet computers everywhere are no doubt aware of Brian Wilson's championship appearance on something called "Lopez Tonight," but we'd be remiss if we didn't post it anyway. As you'll soon see
- Is Phil Coke The Next C.J. Wilson?
The Rangers made a pretty bold move last year when they moved long-time reliever and sometimes closer C.J. Wilson into the rotation, and he rewarded them with 4.4 WAR season and four pretty good
- Why I'm Down on C.J. Wilson
was C.J. Wilson landing in the third tier, ranking 16th among all AL starters. This ranking was behind guys like Brandon Morrow, Colby Lewis and Max Scherzer, who it is likely that the vast majority
- For C.J. Wilson, Regarding His Dilemma
Texas Ranger starter C.J. Wilson suggested today via Twitter not only that (a) he's occasionally frustrated by the questions he's asked by reporters but that (b) he'd entertain the possibility
- Who Might Replace Brian Wilson?
happened to closer to Brian Wilson as well. Romo recorded two quick outs before giving up a double to Melvin Mora, then was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt who got the lefty swinging Seth Smith to ground
- Cabrera, Wilson and Schafer: Mining the Minors
Justin Wilson, Pirates SP
CURRENT LEVEL: Triple-A
MILB STATS: 6-4 W-L, 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7 HRs, 89:40 K:BB over 85.2 IPs
- Michael Lorenzen Is the New Brian Wilson
, and that was the way-ahead-of-his-time Brian Wilson. He and the Giants rode his slider and fastball and beard to the World Series a few times, if I recall correctly.
In 2016, however, the even-year nonsense
- Wilson Ramos Is Home. Now What?
It's been a week since Wilson Ramos was kidnapped and rescued, in what was one of the most shocking baseball stories in a long time. In a certain sense, the Wilson Ramos kidnapping
- Wilson Ramos’ Power Seems to Be Returning
Perhaps, more accurately, Wilson Ramos’ brand of power is returning.
The Washington Nationals’ backstop has slashed .333/.347/.563, with three home runs and two doubles for a .229 ISO, in 49 plate
- Wilson Ramos' Home Run Surge
He didn't accumulate enough plate appearances to qualify for the end of season rankings, but Wilson Ramos still finished 16th in overall fantasy value according to CBS, despite just 287 at-bats
- Wilson Ramos and the Prejudice of Injury Expectations
One might think, given the value of 20 home runs in fantasy -- from a catcher, no less -- that Wilson Ramos would be a man in demand. After all, he put up 16 dingers last year, good for 10th among
- Why Did C.J. Wilson Sign for Cheap?
Thursday morning C.J. Wilson, the consensus top free agent starting pitcher, signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels. His new contract has an average annual value of $15.5 million
- What if Russell Wilson had Stuck with Baseball?
Four weeks after he hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy at MetLife Staduim in February of 2014, Russell Wilson reported to Surprise Arizona to participate in spring training with the Texas Rangers
- Brian Wilson, the Gauntlet Lies Before You
I make no secret of my admiration for Brian "Sounds Delicious" Wilson and his objectively delightful maniac's beard. So it concerns me to know that sinister forces are seeking to do him harm
- C.J. Wilson: Either a God Among Men or a Turd
attributes. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the hyper-licensed C.J. Wilson.
After about minute 1:07 in the following video, I began to lift Mr. Wilson to a new level of esteem. At first, I thought
- Brian Wilson Has Thought This Whole Thing Through
Maybe you've seen the commercials and are tired of them. Maybe you didn't like the gimp interview. Maybe you think the hair is ridiculous. That's fine with Brian Wilson. There might be some ancillary
- Tyler Wilson and His Five Plus Pitches
, I was watching an Orioles game and the starting pitcher was a player I have never heard of. His name is Tyler Wilson. While watching the game, I was very impressed with his overall make-up
- A GIF and a Poem for Josh Donaldson
they tell us (josh donaldson)
to live in the moment,
never stopping to think
living a million lives of
to twerk like nobody's watching
- Austin Wilson Is Not Only All About Tools
Watch Austin Wilson do anything on the field and you're struck by his athleticism. Six-foot-five, 244 pounds of muscle, he glides across center field in the Sunken Diamond on defense. During batting
- FanGraphs Audio: Angels Left-Hander C.J. Wilson
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, discusses all manner of advanced baseball analysis with Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related
- Brian Wilson Has a Filthy... Two Seamer
Swing, miss, get hit in the butt.
Brian Wilson threw this pitch.
It started in the strike zone, going, oh, about 95 miles per hour, and ended up in the dirt behind Jamey Carroll. Strike three
- Game Preview: Chris Carpenter vs. C.J. Wilson
Chris Carpenter and C.J. Wilson face off tonight in Game 5 of the World Series, in a rematch of Game 1. How did each pitcher attack the other during their first start? Should they try anything
- One Night Only: C.J. Wilson's WAR
Minnesota (7) at Texas (8) | 8:05pm ET
Twins: Brian Duensing (6)
84.1 IP, 5.12 K/9, 2.03 BB/9, .249 BABIP, 53.6% GB, 6.3% HR/FB, 3.99 xFIP
Rangers: C.J. Wilson (3
- Brian Wilson, The Winter's Most Unique Free Agent
Brian Wilson is a weird guy. You know that because you have eyes and watch baseball, and you’ve heard all about the beard and the Taco Bell ads. Honestly, I'm really not sure anything I say can sum
- Daily Graphing - Josh Beckett
Apparently the Marlins are trying to move 2003 World Series hero Josh Beckett in an attempt to cut their payroll. The two possible trades would be Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Rangers
- Josh Womack, Gandalf of Bats
Survey Josh Womack's professional baseball career, and you come away impressed merely to the extent that he had a professional baseball career. That's to say, Womack's bestowals on the diamond
- Josh Willingham: 2012 Sleeper
Josh Willingham had his best major league season last year with the Oakland A's. He is now a free agent this off season and has yet to find a new home. No matter where he ends up, he looks
- Happy Trails, Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson could pitch. In this decade, seven players have put up a season in which they threw 180+ innings with a sub-60 ERA-: Clayton Kershaw (three times), Felix Hernandez (twice), Kyle
- Closer Updates: Thornton, Wilson, Francisco, Kimbrel
Brian Wilson | Giants
Our top ranked reliever coming into the season, Wilson strained his oblique sometime last week and was scheduled to undergo tests on Monday. Unsurprisingly, the guy who
- Josh Hamilton: King of Swings
Last night, Josh Hamilton and his teammates went up against Felix Hernandez in Seattle. Hamilton came to bat four times, seeing 13 pitches in the process. He swung at eight of them. Here
- Josh Willingham: Selective Hitter?
Josh Willingham hasn't been very good this year. He's on pace to put up his worst full-season WAR mark. I'm secretly glad about this because I've never really liked Josh Willingham as a player. (Well
- Josh Hamilton's Hitting Breakout
It looks increasingly likely that the Rangers will win the American League West division. If that happens, a big reason for their success will be Josh Hamilton and his monstrous season at the plate
- Hit More Fly Balls, Wilson Ramos!
Wilson Ramos is currently third on the Nationals with 7 home runs. He has done that on 41 fly balls, for a HR/FB rate of 17.1%. But Ramos has also hit the ball on the ground in play 103 times. Throw
- Q&A: Austin Wilson, Seattle Mariners Outfield Prospect
The Seattle Mariners may have gotten the steal of the 2013 draft when they selected Austin Wilson in the second round. The 21-year-old outfielder is a five-tool player with a world of potential
- Value Pick: Josh Hamilton?
There were many caution signs thrown up by fantasy baseball prognosticators when it came to Josh Hamilton's expected 2013 output. His penchant for swinging at virtually any reachable pitch being
- Josh Reddick: Improvement to Believe In
Josh Reddick is having an outstanding first season with the A's after previously playing for Boston. The 25-year-old left handed hitter has an unexpected 25 HRs this season to go with a .253/.325
- Josh Hamilton: the Worst at the Worst
Let's all go ahead and agree right now that the worst day of Josh Hamilton's life probably had nothing to do with baseball. I'm not going to go into any detail, and you shouldn't need for me to go
- Josh Reddick Hates Fastballs
The stereotype often proves true, so you’ll have to excuse me for jumping to conclusions when assuming that Oakland Athetics’ outfielder Josh Reddick would fall into that same broad category
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
destined for an epic crash (click on the link, it's must-watch stuff). Owning Josh Johnson on a couple squads, I've felt a little of both.
Coming off of a serious shoulder injury in 2011, Johnson,28, had
- The Simplicity of Josh Reddick's Improvement
Not every breakout comes with a complicated story. Sometimes it's super simple. Sometimes, as Josh Reddick put it, a player just comes to "a recognition." For Reddick, it was recognition born of who
- Josh Beckett and DIPS Theory
Last year, Josh Beckett posted a 5.78 ERA in 21 starts, and his struggles were one of the main reasons the Red Sox missed the playoffs. This year, Josh Beckett has a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts, and his
- Josh Hamilton or Madison Bumgarner?
successes have been numerous and remarkable. In honor of Bumgarner's hitting, then, I've put together this poll-post, comparing Bumgarner and Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has obviously been
- Injuries Hamper Josh Hamilton
In 2008, OF Josh Hamilton finally turned in the kind of season that scouts envisioned when Tampa Bay selected him with the 1st overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft.
Shipped from the Reds
- Justin Wilson on His Reverse Splits and Motown Role
Justin Wilson is all about getting outs, and he’s done a laudable job of getting them. Over four full seasons, and a fraction of a fifth — two-plus with the Pirates and one each with the Yankees
- Wilson Ramos & Lonnie Chisenhall: Waiver Wire
into the year is targeting talented players who have faltered early in the year. In the case of Wilson Ramos, two injuries limited his playing time, making him available in most leagues. For Lonnie
- Adjusting to Josh Hamilton
The easy thing is talking about what Josh Hamilton has done. For his career, he's hit .304, with 161 dingers. Last year, his WAR was 4.4, and before that it was 4.1, and before that he won
- The Case for Keeping Josh Reddick
Josh Reddick is the near-ideal trade candidate. He'll be a free agent at the end of the season, he's continued to hit ever since rebounding from a disappointing 2013 campaign, and he's playing
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
Is Josh Johnson still an ace?
The 2012 season had some encouraging signs after shoulder injuries cut short potential Cy Young campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA and 3.40 FIP
- Josh Hamilton's Resurgent Hitting
On Sunday, Josh Hamilton carried the Texas Rangers' offense. Going 5-for-6 while knocking in the tying run in the ninth inning and the go-ahead tally in the tenth, Hamilton had the biggest impact
- Learning to Appreciate Josh Tomlin
Throughout the first two months of the season, no player personified "regression candidate" more than Josh Tomlin. His ERA looked great, but nearly every peripheral suggested Tomlin was going to fall
- Introducing Josh Reddick
Meet the Red Sox’s insurance policy on Jason Bay and J.D. Drew. His name is Josh Reddick and he’s a 22-year-old outfielder who made his majors debut last Friday. The most noticeable thing when
- Recent Promotions: Josh Bell
will be clear for top prospect Josh Bell to get regular playing time for the O's.
Bell was up with Baltimore earlier this month (a clean .200/.200/.200 batting line in 15 PA) before going back down
- Josh Donaldson vs. the Elite
featured one of the game’s finest pitchers in Masahiro Tanaka, I had a thought during Josh Donaldson’s final at-bat against the Japanese hurler. After he struck out to finish 0-3 against Tanaka, my mind
- Wilson Ramos Is Something Completely Different for the Rays
Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Wilson Ramos for two years and $12 million, with nearly $18.25 million available in all if he meets certain incentives. Ramos represented an interesting case
- The Reality of Josh Donaldson
In last night's Athletics-Rangers extra-inning affair, Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson went 4-for-5 with two doubles. Oakland lost, but it was not Donaldson's fault that no one was on base when
- JABO: The Emerging Josh Reddick
sluggers like Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson; the Blue Jays have some serious thump in the middle of their order.
But you might be surprised to see that the Oakland
- Is Josh Harrison's Approach a Concern?
Pirates infielder Josh Harrison has come a long way this season. At 26 years old, Harrison has emerged as one of the club's key contributors. He'll be relied as such when the team enters
- The Overwhelming Dominance of Josh Donaldson
this be more true than that of Josh Donaldson. Not that folks don't recognize that Donaldson is one of the premier players in baseball, but at the same time, it's easy to overlook just how good he's
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
It may surprise some, considering this high ERA and low strikeout rate compared to his career average, but Josh Johnson actually has the seventh highest WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Despite having
- Josh Donaldson On Settling In
"Nothing has ever come easy for me, especially the first time around," -- Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson played baseball for two high schools. Add to that college, two minor
- The Josh Donaldson MVP Argument
AL MVP should or could be Josh Donaldson.
I want to make two things clear right here:
(1) I'm not sure how much I believe this argument. I think it's just an argument one could make
- Mixing Fantasy & Reality: Wilson Ramos & Notes
Fantasy Projection: Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos had a career season this past year pretty much setting a personal career high value in all his offensive stats. Most of the changes were attributed
- Video: Brian Wilson Breaks Baseball Bat Using Beard
Brian Wilson is on the disabled list. His beard is not.
Fear the beard, my friends. I do.
- Josh Donaldson on Hitting
. And so, if you talk to Josh Donaldson about hitting, he won't have a ton to say about his hands. But his shoulders? His torso? He'll have plenty to say about those things.
And so, even if I asked
- Josh Johnson's Extension
The Marlins locked up their most talented pitcher on Thursday, as they agreed to terms with 26-year-old SP Josh Johnson on a four-year, 39 million dollar contract. The deal will pay 3.75MM in '10
- The Return of Josh Beckett
If the Boston Red Sox are going to contend for the World Series, much of their success is contingent on Josh Beckett's return to form. After succumbing to a back injury last season, Beckett entered
- Josh Beckett's New Approach
Josh Beckett hasn't looked the same this season. After an off-season as public enemy No. 1 to Red Sox fans, Beckett could have benefited from a strong start this year. Unfortunately for the 31-year
- Josh Willingham a Willing Twin
Whether he's a Willing Ham, a Compliant Pig, or just The Pork, outfielder Josh Willingham will be making his bacon in the Twins outfield for the the foreseeable future.*
Jeff Zimmerman has already
- Projecting Josh Reddick
with projecting Josh Reddick in 2012 is that he only has 403 Major League plate appearances under his belt. And those are spread over three major league seasons. They aren't super useful in projecting his
- Josh Johnson Heads to Canada
So as you all no doubt know by now, Josh Johnson was part of the trade of fantasy baseball proportions that is expected to be finalized at some point today. It's time for JJ to start trading in his
- The Return of Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson returned to the mound last night for the first time since April 21. The oft-injured 29-year-old (it still surprises me that he’s just 29) impressed against the Giants, throwing seven
- Fantasy LVP Josh Hamilton
There were definitely warning signs. Despite coming off the second-best offensive season of his career, Josh Hamilton was a bit of a fantasy lightening rod last offseason. There was plenty
- Josh Hamilton's Crazy Week
Josh Hamilton just had himself quite a week. The Rangers’ slugger clubbed nine homers in one week, including four in one game. He hit .467/.529/1.433, for a ridiculous 1.963 OPS, and piled up 1.5 WAR
- Josh Reddick On Sticking With It
We've heard different approaches from different players, and different levels of familiarity with the statistics so far this year, but it looks like Oakland's Josh Reddick might be in a niche of his
- Josh Willingham: Honoring the Hammer
as polio, syphilis and bubonic plague. Attacking one but infecting all, though some more than others. And no other major leaguer over the past decade, among hitters, lost as frequently as Josh
- Wilson Ramos and Alex Presley: Waiver Wire Help
at this point in time. Here's a pair of guys that just might fit that description.
Wilson Ramos |C| Ownership: ESPN - 12.4% Yahoo - 14.0%
While a guy like Yadier Molina is owned in more than
- Josh Johnson's Curveball
We're happy to welcome Albert Lyu back to the FanGraphs team. His work will again appear regularly here on the site.
Before Josh Johnson was lost for the season with shoulder injuries in May, he
- Josh Donaldson: Worthwhile Sleeper?
and as I was looking over some of the rosters, Josh Donaldson's name stuck out to me. He went for $4 to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper who went with a "stars and scrubs" approach, but considering some
- Projecting Josh Rutledge
Josh Rutledge has been filling in at shortstop for the injured Troy Tulowitzki and has done quite an admirable job, having posted an impressive .445 wOBA over 84 plate appearances. Unfortunately, we
- Josh Hamilton: 32 Is The Number
For a 31-year-old outfielder, we have surprisingly little information about Josh Hamilton. 3000 or so plate appearances, three full seasons, and he's already on the long side of thirty. We all know
- Q&A: Josh Tomlin
Low strikeout and ground-ball rates -- not to mention a propensity to give up the long ball -- spells disaster for most pitchers. But Josh Tomlin isn‘t most pitchers. The Indians' right-hander
- Who Is Josh Rutledge?
Earlier this week, the Rockies sent Josh Rutledge to Colorado Springs. To be certain, Rutledge was not playing well, and there is a decent chance that Rutledge really isn’t that good in general
- The Josh Johnson Dilemma
Earlier this year, Jack Moore reviewed Josh Johnson's inability to get hitters out while pitching from the stretch. Johnson and the Jays were very much aware of the situation, but even still, it did
- Josh Reddick: Mr. Replacement
According to Zach Sanders' analysis, Josh Reddick was the fantasy replacement level outfielder of 2013. He was worth 41 cents. Dayan Viciedo was technically closer to zero with a negative 37 cent
- Josh Rutledge Acolytes
Josh Rutledge was a compelling sleeper entering 2013 after his 23-year old rookie season in which he put up a 93 wRC+ with a flash of both power and speed as a middle infielder. Unfortunately
- Promotion: Josh Bell
- Should Teams Be Worried About C.J. Wilson's Post-Season?
"He just can't win the big one." Whether you believe in that narrative or choose to ignore it, someone is going to write those words about C.J. Wilson this off-season. Widely considered the best
- Brian Wilson Presents: The Best of Casey Blake
- Apropos of So Little: Video of Willie Wilson Playing HS Football
with former Royals outfielder Willie Wilson in 1973 or whatever and then watching grainy footage, while drinking even more, of giant and fast Willie Wilson scoring all different kinds of touchdowns against
- Slideshow: Future Josh Reddick in the Future
Josh Reddick, who hit his first home run of the season just minutes ago (box), has drawn some attention this spring for his rather convincing impression of a feral human man -- in particular
- Reclaiming Bacon Thanks to Josh Reddick
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No, we're not eating reclaimed bacon here, that would be gross. We're reclaiming bacon for Oakland. Like Josh Reddick, bacon is now the property of this city
- Josh Collmenter: A Picture of Manly Virtue
That beautiful mustachioed gentleman you see there is Mr. Josh Collmenter, circa July 2008. If Mr. Collmenter's name sounds familiar, it's either because (a) you read about his unique pitching
- Mike Wilson and Carlos Peguero: Deep League WW Mariners Edition
if they have any fantasy potential in deeper leagues.
Mike Wilson, OF | 2% Owned
Wilson is not exactly a prospect, as he is already 27 years old and has received Triple-A each season since
- Nothing Fishy About Josh Johnson
Heading into the 2007 season, Florida's Josh Johnson looked like an ace-in-waiting.
As a 22 year-old rookie in 2006, the 6-7 righty posted a 3.99 FIP in 24 starts and seven relief appearances
- Josh Hamilton Is Swinging Himself Into Oblivion
Josh Hamilton is the most aggressive hack in baseball. This isn't news, of course, but to put his hacktastic ways in context, here is where Hamilton's swing rates rank among batters with 500+ PAs
- Josh Hamilton Whiffing: an Investigation of Concerns
Yesterday, in a surprising yet also entirely unsurprising maneuver, the Angels came out of left field (baseball term) to sign free-agent Josh Hamilton to a five-year contract, worth $125 million
- Josh Hamilton's Weakness On Full Display
I don't mean to beat a dead horse. I know I just wrote about Josh Hamilton's approach at the plate on Tuesday. We're not breaking any new ground here, but last night was such a striking example
- Josh Donaldson's Other Amazing Skill
Josh Donaldson is a remarkable player. You probably already knew that, given that he's the reigning AL MVP. But when you think of Josh Donaldson, you probably think of him crushing a baseball
- C.J. Wilson Just Saw His Draft Cost Drop
A week ago I analyzed David Freese's big postseason and speculated that it would inflate his cost in 2012 drafts. C.J. Wilson, on the other hand, has likely seen his 2012 draft cost move
- Josh Hamilton's Return to a New Place
are images of the good times. In large part these are the principles driving the Angels' sale of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers, and perhaps here more than anywhere else, it's evident that the same thing
- Josh Byrnes, A.J. Hinch Fired
When the Diamondbacks extended Josh Byrnes’ contract in February of 2008 through 2015 and included a small stake of team ownership, they probably didn’t envision firing him just two and a half years
- JABO: Josh Donaldson's MVP Push
and Josh Donaldson. While Trout went 3-10 during the series (all three hits coming in the series finale), Donaldson showed why he is beginning to be viewed as a possible contender for the league’s MVP
- The (Recently) Unprecedented Treatment of Josh Hamilton
I'm going to be honest with you: I find it surprisingly easy to forget about Josh Hamilton. You think about the Angels team and you think about Mike Trout; you keep thinking about the Angels and you
- Josh Harrison Breakout: Real or Fantasy
Josh Harrison was not on anyone's radar going into last season, yet alone ending up as a top 10 third baseman. The right-hander is now known after hitting .315 with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases
- Josh Johnson Finding Success in June
The month of June has been very kind to Josh Johnson. In 14.2 innings, the big right-hander owns a 1.84 ERA with impressive peripheral numbers to match: 16 strikeouts, just four walks, and no home
- Can Josh Johnson Fix The Stretch?
There have been plenty of good signs in Josh Johnson's return from a season-ending shoulder injury this year. His 2.98 FIP is excellent; he's striking out nearly eight batters per nine innings
- Josh Hamilton Should Not Be Hitting Third
"I’m about 50 percent, but I’m going to give you 100 percent of my 50 percent." - Josh Hamilton, last week.
Josh Hamilton is hurt. He admitted as much, and watching him during the postseason
- Josh Tomlin Thinks Hitting Is Cool
Josh Tomlin will be on the mound for the Indians tonight -- and, with the World Series having moved to Wrigley Field, he’ll also be in the batter’s box. The right-hander isn’t complaining.
- Josh Johnson's Creative Contract With the Padres
The news is breaking now. It seems that Josh Johnson has gotten $8 million dollars from the Padres to pitch in 2014, according to Jerry Crasnick. By itself, that is an interesting match -- Johnson
- The Thing About Josh Donaldson's Defense
As you by now are well aware, Josh Donaldson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend in a blockbuster deal that sent Brett Lawrie back to Oakland. The Blue Jays gave up Lawrie and a few
- Jeff Bailey: The New Josh Phelps?
Remember Josh Phelps? In 2002, he came up as a catcher-turned-first-baseman with the Blue Jays and absolutely smashed the ball (.396 wOBA) for 287 plate appearances. His 2003 was decent, if not mind
- Josh Donaldson and Batting Average Regression
To say Josh Donaldson's 2013 season was a surprise would be a huge under-statement. He put up a MVP caliber season at a premium position. The exact cause for his turnaround is not exactly known
- The Man Right in Front of Josh Hamilton
, except for Josh Hamilton. fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?p…
— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) April 25, 2013
All right, neat. Now keep that in mind as we go forward.
We don't talk a whole lot about
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Josh Johnson
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Josh Johnson.
- Is Josh Reddick Really a Fourth Outfielder?
When the Athletics sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox for Josh Reddick and prospects, many scratched their heads in digital print. Why would the Athletics send their closer out
- Josh Harrison Eats His Wheaties
He's 27 and been a role player for the Chicago Cubs minor league system and more recently the Pittsburgh Pirates over the course of a seven year career. Drafted in the sixth round, Josh Harrison
- Josh Johnson Earning His Contract
Justin Morneau has the highest WAR in baseball right now, but you probably knew that. Know who is second?
Josh Johnson. With another dominating start last night, the Marlins ace has now thrown
- Josh Hamilton's Secret Injury History
It's likely that readers of FanGraphs willn't be surprised to learn that Ranger outfielder and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton will be out injured for the next six-to-eight weeks. As SB Nation's Jon
- Is Josh Hamilton a First-Round Pick?
Of the players likely to go in the first few picks, perhaps the hardest to forecast is Josh Hamilton. Over at Mock Draft Central, Hamilton has been picked as high as second and as low as 18, which
- A History of Josh Donaldson in Foul Territory
If a person came up to you and made the claim that Josh Donaldson was the best player in baseball, you would actually have to refute his or her case with legitimate evidence. If someone said Rajai
- Did Josh Byrnes Deserve to Be Fired?
of the best front offices in baseball."
Another GM on the D-Backs' change at GM: "Absolutely crazy."
That, essentially, was my reaction, as well, to the news that the Diamondbacks have fired Josh Byrnes
- Josh Beckett Is A Big Winner In L.A.
Josh Beckett has hardly lived up to expectations this season. While it had become apparent that he had drawn the ire of Boston fans, Beckett was beginning to have the same effect on his fantasy
- What to Do About Josh Willingham
Always an underrated power source, Josh Willingham has become more and more Adam Dunn like this season than the Willingham we are used to seeing. In the past, Willingham has been a tremendously
- Josh Willingham Stands to Improve in 2014
Writer’s Note: Willingham ranked 89th on Zach Sanders’ outfield rankings.
It couldn’t be more blatantly obvious that Josh Willingham had a down season. Not only were his offensive numbers down
- Should Anyone Trade For Josh Beckett?
Pretty much every player in the Majors goes on waivers at some point in August, so the fact that Josh Beckett was placed on waivers isn't really news. However, unlike most players in baseball
- Lance Berkman: A Cheaper Josh Hamilton?
After watching Josh Hamilton sign with their division rival, the Rangers made a move this weekend to replace his bat in their line-up, signing Lance Berkman to take over as their DH for 2013. Much
- Josh Hamilton, the Angels, and Guaranteed Contracts
After an arbitrator ruled ten days ago that Josh Hamilton had not violated his drug treatment program following an alleged drug relapse, it looked like the Angels would be forced to pay him the rest
- The Josh Willingham Trade: Oakland's Side
outfielder Josh Willingham from the Washington Nationals for a pair of prospects: outfielder Corey Brown and right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez.
Willingham, 32 in February, is expected
- Josh Tomlin Versus Hitter "X"
Josh Tomlin’s K/9 has risen from 4.84 to 7.01 this season, but that doesn’t mean the Cleveland Indians right-hander is suddenly capable of overpowering hitters. He still needs to out-think them
- Review: Josh Wilker's Cardboard Gods
Josh Wilker’s Cardboard Gods is the autobiography of a misfit told with the aid of his childhood baseball card collection. It is also a terrific book that you should rush out and buy immediately
- Giving Josh Rutledge Another Chance
Josh Rutledge is back up with the Colorado Rockies, and with the injury to third baseman Nolan Arenado, this will be more than the “occasional pinch hitter” stint he had in the early parts
- Taking Another Look at Josh Reddick
Josh Reddick has had an interesting career. Playing top tier right field defense along with having decent power has allowed him to be a two win player in each of the past four years despite only
- Q&A: Josh Outman, a Biomechanical Quandary
Josh Outman was back last year after missing the 2010 season due to an arm injury that required Tommy John surgery. That alone doesn’t make him unique -- plenty of hurlers undergo the procedure
- Is Josh Hamilton's Plate Discipline Improving?
After brutal June and July performances, Josh Hamilton has performed well in the first few weeks of August, hitting .320/.382/.580 in 55 trips to the plate. According to both Hamilton and his
- Josh Willingham: Right on Target in Minnesota
for the first time since Target Field opened. He didn’t replace Cuddyer defensively, but Josh Willingham was brought in to replace him in the order at a fraction of the price, which he did
- Effectively Wild Episode 666: The Josh Hamilton Trade
Ben and Sam banter about Salvador Perez, Erik Kratz, and emergency catchers and then discuss Josh Hamilton's return to Texas.
- Josh Donaldson: Changes in Approach and Mechanics
- someone who has evolved into one of the best overall position players in the game.
Let’s dive into Josh Donaldson’s trends in the offensive arena, and attempt to find meaning in those trends
- Wilson Ramos Tears ACL, Nationals Suffer Big Loss
, the Nationals will need Murphy more than ever, because Dusty Baker just confirmed that starting catcher Wilson Ramos has suffered a torn ACL, ending his season a week before the team takes
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Conor Jackson, Darwin Barney, Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos | 5% | 0%
The Nationals’ “Catcher of the Future,” Ramos is seeing big league at bats in 2011. Manager Jim Riggleman has said that Ramos will be in the lineup
- Twitter Predicts The Free Agent Signings: Josh Hamilton
As much as I loved Torii Hunter I would love for the Angels to go after Josh Hamilton— Billy McCall (@billymac_boi) November 4, 2012
Josh Hamilton to the Red Sox?— Aaron Matthews
- Jack Hannahan and Wilson Betemit as Stopgap Measures at Third Base
% of his total RBI production) and a .226 batting average which is something that I just can't recommend anyone putting up with.
I can't think of Betemit without hearing Chris
- Photo: Rookie Josh Spence Employs "The Force"
A wise Jedi Master once said:
When you fall, apprentice, catch you I will.
I'm rooting for Josh Spence. You should be, too.
Nerd up: NotGraphs reader Buddy O. Indebted, we are.
- C.J. Wilson on Spin Rate, Arm Angles and Exploiting Weaknesses
C.J. Wilson doesn't have a simple approach to pitching. The 33-year-old Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lefthander throws everything but the kitchen sink at opposing batters, and there's a reason
- If There Were a Magical-Realist Novel About Josh Satin
If there were a magical-realist novel about Josh Satin, it would begin with a description of Josh Satin, rounding the bases like normal after having hit a home run against Brewers reliever Jim
- The Probably Top Indication Josh Johnson Is Classical Scholar
The top indication that major-league right-hander Josh Johnson is a classical scholar used to be the paper he wrote on the theme of sal (or "wit") in the work of the Neoteric poets and which
- Notable Reviews of Josh Hamilton's Home Runs
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Tuesday night, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton became just the 16th player in major-league history to hit four home runs in a single game (box
- Josh Hamilton Strikezone Constellation: The Ugly Fedora
On the one hand, Josh Hamilton's enthusiasm for swinging -- documented in some depth recently by FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron -- has very likely hurt his ability to produce at a high
- Video: Brian Wilson, Cody Ross & Internet Sensation Keenan Cahill
- Weekend Bat-Flip Coverage: Josh Donaldson on a Popup
coverage from last night. Behold Josh Donaldson, on a popup.
This bat-flip might have been Donaldson's saving grace, however, since its majesty certainly distracted the Royals infield enough
- Josh Hamilton Strikezone Constellation: The Crooked Drone
On the one hand, Josh Hamilton's enthusiasm for swinging -- documented in some depth recently by FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron -- has very likely hurt his ability to produce at a high
- Josh Hamilton Strikezone Constellation: The Child Ninja
No one with anything resembling "sense" is pretending that Josh Hamilton's 2013 season -- his first with the Los Angeles Angels after signing rather a large contract with that club