- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Sabathia's Strong June
- Carsten Groundball Sabathia
- A Pitch F/X Look at Cliff Lee
- John Axford: the Cardinals’ newest reclamation project
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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' 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Promotion: Josh Bell