- Luis Perdomo Dislikes Thrillers
Back in the early part of the summer I wrote about Padres’ long-man Luis Perdomo. To call him a mop-up man is being generous. His average leverage index is 0.26, which is almost half of the next
- Luis Valbuena: Bueno, or No?
This is an article about Luis Valbuena. What follows might be rendered moot if Kris Bryant wins the Cubs' third base job out of spring training next year. Even if Bryant doesn't do so, he's probably
- Crawford and Gonzalez
Sox this week. That's right, over the last five years, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have been virtually identical in value.
They're nine months apart in age. Gonzalez has a shoulder problem
- FanGraphs Audio: In the Clubhouse with Luis Exposito
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks to catcher Luis Exposito, who recently made his major-league debut with Baltimore not long after being DFA'd by Boston.
- An Apology to Luis Valbuena and Dioner Navarro
Luis Valbuena struggles against fastballs, and is Michael-Jackson-bad against all other pitches. In an alternate world in which the Cubs actually cared about the difference between 61 and 65 wins
- Pursue the Next Ayala, Not Luis Himself
Jim Bowden tweeted over the weekend that six teams were pursuing reliever Luis Ayala. The list of suitors included progressive teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays. Since these teams
- Should the Phillies Sign Luis Castillo?
The news that the Mets had released Luis Castillo this morning was hardly a shock, as it has been speculated on for months now - neither side was particularly happy with the marriage, and the Mets
- Luis Valbuena: Toronto's Starting 2B?
starting second baseman in Luis Valbuena. Valbuena, 26 this week, had no shot at meaningful playing time while stuck behind Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, and he has done his best Juan Castro
- Historical GIF: Luis Tiant's Father, 1975
Some men smoke a cigarette after making love. Other, more virile men -- like Luis Tiant, Sr., for example -- smoke a cigarette while making love. It's a practice borne out of necessity, of course
- The Adrian Gonzalez that Isn't Anymore
The Dodgers are still alive in large part thanks to Adrian Gonzalez, and for Gonzalez, it's been a series somewhat defined by the inside pitch. The crucial double he hit off Adam Wainwright
- Is Gio Gonzalez Worth the Hype?
Step aside, C.J. Wilson. There's a new pitcher in town commanding the attention of major league teams. Following his best season as a pro, the Oakland Athletics are looking to deal Gio Gonzalez
- Belated Bat-Flip Coverage: Luis Valbuena Singles
For years, Luis Valbuena's minor-league resume seemed to suggest that he could develop into an entirely serviceable major-league infielder. For almost as many years, that didn't happen
- Alex Gonzalez's Hot Start
Signed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2011 by the Blue Jays this offseason, Alex Gonzalez did not attract much attention on the free agent market after being cut loose by the Red Sox
- Adrian Gonzalez and the Petco Challenge
When fantasy players think of the top first basemen in the game, Adrian Gonzalez is not the first name that comes to mind. But the first overall pick in the 2000 draft put up his third straight
- Adrian Gonzalez to Boston
While the deal is not quite official, the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox have agreed in principle to a swap that would send 1B Adrian Gonzalez to Beantown in exchange for RHP Casey Kelly, 1B
- Adrian Gonzalez's Walks
speculation is Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres star first baseman. With two years remaining on an unbelievably team friendly contract (he's owed just $10.25 million over both years), and coming off a +6.3 win
- Gonzalez vs Teixeira
Adrian Gonzalez is the new Roy Halladay. Given his agent's statements that he is not willing to give San Diego a hometown discount and sees Mark Teixeira's contract as the comparison for what his
- Is Gio Gonzalez Learning?
As a lefty who can spin curves that put Beyonce to shame (okay, not really), Gio Gonzalez garners attention. Gio whiffed 10.3 batters per nine innings on the farm and rated among Baseball America's
- Joey Votto or Adrian Gonzalez?
seasons, with one posting the third-best wOBA in the majors at first base, and the other ranking sixth at the position.
Cincinnati's Joey Votto and San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez seem to be valued about
- Gonzalez vs Beltre
Faced with a decision between two Adrians, the Red Sox finally settled on the younger, left-handed one, and have agreed to a deal that will bring Adrian Gonzalez to Boston. In return, the Padres
- Mike Gonzalez Potentially an Oriole
it appears likely that Mike Gonzalez will join the fray on a two-year deal worth at least $12M and up to as much as $16M. The deal is currently contingent on Gonzalez passing a physical – usually a given
- Four Factors: Carlos Gonzalez
series, this time a request: Colorado Rockies uber-outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez is in his third season in the majors, and this is the first in which he will likely approach 600 plate appearances
- Adrian Gonzalez: Resetting Expectations
If you’d done nothing in 2012 but read the local papers, you might think that Adrian Gonzalez was among the biggest busts of modern times. Coming off a stellar 2011 Boston debut, his production
- Adrian Gonzalez, Crushing and Missing
has been shockingly useful so far... and because Adrian Gonzalez has been surprisingly powerful.
Gonzalez is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak. He's had at least one extra base hit
- Will Adrian Gonzalez Rebound?
Adrian Gonzalez was a disappointment last season. While his overall slash line of .299/.344/.463 isn't terrible for most players, it represented a pretty big fall from the elite production he's
- Adrian Gonzalez's Power Outage
Adrian Gonzalez has been pretty much everything the Red Sox expected him to be and then some after sending three top prospects (and Eric Patterson) to the Padres to acquire the now-29-year-old
- The Power Will Not Return for Adrian Gonzalez
At the beginning of last year, we took some heat for leaving Adrian Gonzalez near the top of the first base rankings. Our reasoning, if I can speak for the consensus ranking crew, was that power
- Adrian Gonzalez's Power Outage
When I published our updated first base tier rankings last week, I mentioned that Adrian Gonzalez had hit just 13 homers in his previous 478 plate appearances dating back to last year. That stretch
- Calling a Pitch to Adrian Gonzalez
disagreement. Moments later, the Dodgers had the only run they'd need.
Make no mistake: the Cardinals lost Game 3 for a variety of reasons. They didn't lose because Adrian Gonzalez fisted a ball over
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Adrian Gonzalez
When I first wrote this, Gonzalez was still on the road to being a Red Sox. Then, I edited it when the deal fell through, and again when the deal ended up getting done. However, the question set I
- Firing Fredi Gonzalez
Yesterday, Fredi Gonzalez became the second third managerial casualty of the year, following Trey Hillman's ouster in Kansas City (update: and Dave Trembley in Baltimore. Thanks, Rob Stratmeyer
- Adrian Gonzalez 2.0
or you can roll with the punches, accept the need to adapt and thrive through change. Last season Adrian Gonzalez found himself at one of those evolutionary crossroads, made the conscious decision
- Repeat Bargain: Adrian Gonzalez?
Adrian Gonzalez was pretty fantasy baseball valuable this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first baseman wasn’t, in the preseason, expected to be quite so fantasy baseball valuable. That made him
- Luis Perdomo: The Ultimate Low-Leverage Reliever
Everyone suspected Luis Perdomo’s usage and the score of the game would have a relationship built upon by managerial artifice and desire to slowly transition Perdomo from Double-A to the majors. Thus
- Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Luis Avilan's Curve
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Pitch: Luis Avilan's Curve
2. Today's Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
- Cubs Swap Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler
surprised that the Cubs shipped Luis Valbuena to the Astros in exchange for Dexter Fowler and Dan Straily.
Valbuena and Fowler are somewhat similar players, as both draw a lot of walks and have average
- Carlos Gonzalez And The Value Of Runs
of the points worth making have already been spoken for, as those three are among the best on earth at discussing issues relating to baseball. And so, when they all tackled Carlos Gonzalez over the last few
- Comparing the Bruce and Gonzalez Extensions
at it again this week, signing Carlos Gonzalez to a seven-year deal for around $80 million. That's a pretty massive contract for a player who has played one full season and parts of two others. It also seems
- Toying with the Adrian Gonzalez Market
(and represented in the Total category) rather than making everyone translate the wOBA to runs and figure things out from there.
Now obviously, we’re talking about acquiring Adrian Gonzalez – who
- Examining Gio Gonzalez
Lost in the improbable and rather infatuating season from R.A. Dickey and yet another commanding performance by Clayton Kershaw sits Gio Gonzalez and his measly 5.4 WAR season.
Gonzalez went 21-8
- Crowdsourcing Results: Gonzalez and Reynolds
Here are your results from this week’s round of topical crowdsourcing.
Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox / Padres)
My vote: 16 / 25
Average: 13.3 / 23.2
Median: 12 / 23
Std Dev: 5.3 / 6.6
- Carlos Gonzalez and Risk in the Outfield
and the gang, and excited to get cracking.
Everyone forgot about Carlos Gonzalez. Maybe that's not right. How's this: We got tired of dealing with Carlos Gonzalez. Looking at his rankings this year
- Projecting Carlos Gonzalez
There's nothing more exciting than a breakout star both in reality and in fantasy, and that's what Carlos Gonzalez was last season. He took home the National League batting title with a .336 AVG
- How Good Is Gio Gonzalez?
Yesterday, the Nationals gave up four prospects, including three of their top 10 guys, for the right to acquire Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A's. This follows on the heels of the Mat Latos trade
- Luis Sardinas: Best SS You've Never Heard Of
In heading to Greenville, South Carolina for an early September pair to see the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers), no prospect interested me more than shortstop Luis Sardinas. A few days earlier, a contact
- Luis Cruz & Johnny Giavotella: Deep League WW
are a pair of middle infielders who might actually contribute.
Luis Cruz | LAD SS/3B | CBS 11% Owned
Cruz has been a career minor leaguer, racking up an astounding 4,891 plate appearances
- Luis Valbuena Is Suddenly A Line-Drive Machine
Despite extremely low ownership rates (5% Yahoo, 3.5% ESPN, 14% CBS), Luis Valbuena has performed well enough so far this season to make himself mixed-league relevant. The 28-year-old currently owns
- Mike Gonzalez Traded to Rangers
Gonzalez from the Orioles for a PTBNL.
On the surface, this is a relatively minor move. Ooo, the Rangers add another veteran arm to help them shore up their bullpen down the stretch -- not such a big
- Q&A Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez is a student of hitting, which should come as no surprise given that he is one of the game’s premier sluggers. The left-handed-hitting first baseman has a career slash line of .288
- Adrian Gonzalez's Evolution, Part I
This is the first of a two-part series on Adrian Gonzalez's evolution as a hitter.
Writing for ESPN.com last year, Dave Cameron suggested that then-newly-acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez
- Carlos Gonzalez's Improved Plate Discipline
It's not often that a young player receives a seven-year deal for $80 million before he hits his arbitration years, but Carlos Gonzalez is receiving just that from the Colorado Rockies this week
- Trade Fallout: Carlos Gonzalez to Colorado
A gifted center fielder with well-regarded hitting skills, Carlos Gonzalez has now been involved in two blockbuster trades over the past two off seasons. Originally signed by the Arizona
- Nationals Tie Knot With Gio Gonzalez
The Nationals have not been shy about their dealings with Gio Gonzalez. First, they dealt three of their top 10 prospects -- including two of their top three -- for the 26-year-old hurler. Then, over
- Is Fenway Helping Or Hurting Adrian Gonzalez?
If there were questions earlier this year whether Adrian Gonzalez was among the best hitters in baseball, consider your doubts answered. After hitting 71 home runs and posting a .288/.400/.530 line
- Gio Gonzalez: Walks and K's Galore
Since he was taken in the supplemental first round of the 2004 draft, Gio Gonzalez has alternately enticed and unnerved major league talent evaluators.
If you squint a little bit, the left-hander
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez has no doubt seen his fair share of U-Haul trucks. The former supplemental-first-round selection out of a Miami high school during the 2004 draft has played for the White Sox, Phillies
- Brewers Lose Gonzalez to Injured Knee
disabled list with a left hamstring injury. Finally, over the weekend against the San Francisco Giants, shortstop Alex Gonzalez landed on the disabled list with what appears to be a very serious leg
- A Low Cost Gio Gonzalez Alternative
Last week, reports began to surface that the Marlins were interested in acquiring Gio Gonzalez from the A's. Depending on how much credibility you put in various rumors, the A's have asked
- Gio Gonzalez Throws Curve with Change?
Like, not that he’s throwing his curveball with his changeup, at the same time, although that’d be a cool trick (and probably the toughest pitch to hit in baseball). Like, maybe Gio Gonzalez wants
- Strikeout Rates: Bumgarner & Gio Gonzalez
Overall, the predicted drop in K
- Q&A: Jordan Zimmermann & Gio Gonzalez
Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez have a few notable things in common. The Washington Nationals mound duo have outstanding stuff and rely more on pitching to their strengths than on scouting reports
- Gonzalez, Kemp, Bonifacio, Bourn, and Young
What do these fellow batsmen have in common?
• Adrian Gonzalez
• Matt Kemp
• Emilio Bonifacio
• Michael Bourn
• Michael Young
Well, probably a lot, seeing as how they all share a profession
- Trevor Plouffe and Luis Perez: Deep League Waiver Wire
average. He has a little bit of speed, so could swipe a couple of bases, but you're really just banking on some long balls from Plouffe.
Luis Perez, TOR SP | 3% Owned
After pitching as a starter
- Deep League Third Base: Luis Valbuena and Ed Lucas
One of those answers seemed to be waiver wire darling Luis Valbuena, who through April and May was hitting .264/.372/.464 with six home runs and 17 RBI. He was a player that seemed to have decent
- When Should San Diego Trade Adrian Gonzalez?
While it has generally been assumed that Adrian Gonzalez won't be in San Diego much longer, the Padres front office confirmed these beliefs with some public comments last week, stating
- Adrian Gonzalez’s Evolution, Part II
Part two of a two-part series.
In Part I of this series, I dove into some Pitch F/X data to try and tease out how Adrian Gonzalez changed his approach after leaving San Diego in 2011. Overall
- Does Troy Tulowitzki Suffer Without Carlos Gonzalez?
Does Troy Tulowitzki suffer without Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup?
Several weeks ago, in the same way my last article on rookie first and second half splits was inspired, my attention was alerted
- Were The Padres Right to Trade Gonzalez Now?
, Adrian Gonzalez played in the regular season finale that proved to be a bittersweet ending to a surprise run that lasted all season. The team fell just short of the playoffs, but still won 90 games
- Adrian Gonzalez Has Gotten to Second Base with the Desert
that Adrian Gonzalez has completed such a task. For photographic evidence suggests that Adrian Gonzalez, first baseman of your Los Angeles Dodgers, has gotten to second base with the whole desert.
- Braves Choose Fredi Gonzalez to Replace Cox
achieved under his guidance. They will turn to a former third base coach under Cox and previous Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 46, has been managing and coaching between the minors
- Carlos Gonzalez Has Quietly Been A Stud
. The biggest fantasy stalwart has been Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.
Gonzalez owns the fourth-best wOBA (.429) in all of baseball and has the second-most home runs with 21 in only 316 plate
- Gio Gonzalez, Pitcher Abuse, and a Modern-Day Record
Last season, after joining the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez threw 3,198 pitches in the regular season, plus 209 more in the playoffs. That is an awful lot of pitches, but this article isn't about
- Request-a-GIF: Gio Gonzalez Mostly Sliding
Reader and home-surgery enthusiast Brian writes in thusly:
In the bottom of the Nats 5th today, Gio Gonzalez slid into third base. I was listening on radio, and the play by play guys had a hard
- Fredi Gonzalez's Decision-Making Is Not Helping the Braves
in BABIP against, and they are tied for 29th in run differential. Not all of this can be blamed on the manager and it is only four games, but Gonzalez is in line for criticism for his bullpen usage
- FanGraphs Audio: Fredi Gonzalez, Andrelton Simmons
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence
- Gonzalez Loves Mountains; Headley Hates Beaches
Well, actually I have no idea if Carlos Gonzalez loves the mountains or if Chase Headley hates the beach, but if my home/road splits looked like their's, I would certainly start to appreciate/blame
- Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Gio Gonzalez
-hander Gio Gonzalez -- the pitcher who currently has the highest strikeout rate (31.5%) and fifth-best SIERA (2.81) and third-highest WAR (2.0) among qualified pitchers.
What Might Be Surprising
- Josh Reddick and Alex Gonzalez: Waiver Wire Help
Alex Gonzalez, MIL |SS| Ownership: ESPN - 21.5% Yahoo - 16.0%
Gonzalez might be a tough sell for a lot of you, but given his power production and the current state of the shortstop
- Upton, Gonzalez and McCutchen: Tier Two NL Outfielders
season. On the other hand, he's only 24. If he does get better, he could have a scary good year.
It might be tempting to draw a corollary between Gonzalez heading into 2011
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Heisey & Gonzalez
as he's starting, he may even earn some shallow mixed league value.
Alex Gonzalez | 3% Owned
What is this, 2010 (when Gonzalez actually earned positive fantasy value)? The 37 year old former
- Gonzalez and DeJesus: Arm Injuries Still Not Healed
, but please let me know of any previously injured players you want examined.
Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder): Adrian was one a great acquisitions for the Boston Red Sox this off season. He came in and played
- Adrian Gonzalez Saves Team from Death or Worse
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Gonzalez Strands Prado
- Marwin Gonzalez & Justin Ruggiano: Deep League Waiver Wire
Marwin Gonzalez / SS / Houston Astros
3 percent Yahoo / 1.6 percent ESPN / 5 percent CBS ownership
Jonathan Villar and his .597 OPS have been banished to Triple-A for the time
- I Hate to Travel in Winter: On Gio Gonzalez and Felipe Paulino
No, in fact there are no real surprises on this list until we get down to numbers 44 and 45, where we find Messrs Gio Gonzalez and Felipe Paulino, respectively. Regard:
- Game of the Week: 7/6-7/12
a hopper to third and…oh heavens, Juan Uribe butchers it. Even with the perfect game over, Sanchez retires Craig Stansberry, Eliezer Alfonzo, Luis Rodriguez, Edgar Gonzalez, and Evereth Cabrera in order