- 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
- Of Course Rene Rivera Is Going to the Rays
Bay to San Diego, while defensive-minded catcher Rene Rivera went from San Diego to Tampa Bay. The catcher swap was the minor part of the deal for the public, but perhaps the Rays don't see it that way
- 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
- 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
- Video: Mariano Rivera on Charlie Rose
The reader has likely consumed, at some point during Mariano Rivera's farewell season, audio and/or visual of that very esteemed relief pitcher discussing his storied career. An experience
- The Commissioner's Mariano Rivera Achievement in Mariano Rivera Award
BOSTON -- Before tonight's game, MLB's all-time saves leader, inventor of the game of baseball, and best human being ever will receive the Commissioner's Mariano Rivera Achievement in Mariano Rivera
- NotGraphs Haiku: Mariano Rivera
- Mariano Rivera's Week of New Things
Mariano Rivera is in the process of completing a farewell tour, getting recognition even within rival ballparks. Just on its own, this tells you a few things. One, Rivera is on the verge
- Mariano Rivera's Oregano Rumpus
A tweet larded with hot facts:
At this point -- and given that Mariano Rivera will absolutely have an Oregano Rumpus in his honor on Sept. 22 -- we are left with no more, no fewer than two
- Mariano Rivera loves that you're trying
, it's not enough.
Mariano Rivera knows this. He's aware of all that you've befouled. Consider it a mission of conscience for him, this letting you know that he knows you're diminished by the effort
- 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
- 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
- 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
- An Inning with Mariano Rivera's Command
Here is a true sentence about Mariano Rivera. Though, for his career, he's managed to strike out the same rate of batters as Arthur Rhodes, he's issued a higher rate of walks than Carl Pavano
- Mariano Rivera Breaking Bats
Mariano Rivera’s 2013 victory lap prior to his planned retirement has been fairly remarkable thus far, returning from injury at 43 showing little sign of wear. He leads baseball with 16 saves (none
- Mariano Rivera and Father Time: Comebacks After 40
Mariano Rivera turned 43 last November. There was wide speculation that he would retire at the end of the 2012 season, until his 2012 season ended with an untimely season-ending injury, and Rivera
- Mariano Rivera: Evolved Man of Mystery
came out in 1997, Mariano's first year as the Yankees full-time closer? While Rivera memorably stumbled in the playoffs that season (it seems weird just typing those words), Austin Powers: International
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Mariano Rivera Will Continue to Shag, and You Can't Stop Him
NotGraphs' Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has confirmed -- through means most nefarious and, quite frankly, disturbing -- that Mariano Rivera has but one move in the bedroom
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- Kyuji Fujikawa: Japan's Mariano Rivera
playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball league:
Kyuji Fujikawa – Closer for the Hanshin Tigers. Closest thing Japan has had lately to a Mariano Rivera-type. He’s 32, but will be a full free
- 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
- 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.
- The Mariano Rivera Fact Sheet
Late last week the Yankees (and really all of baseball) got some bad news when Mariano Rivera tore his right ACL shagging fly balls before Thursday's game. It's been part of his pre-game routine
- Three Epigrams Concerning Mariano Rivera
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Baseball fans of all stripes were disappointed to hear Thursday of an injury to Mariano Rivera that will keep the closer out for the remainder of what
- Mariano Rivera Out for Season with Torn ACL
The Yankees were beaten by the Kansas City Royals tonight, but the real loss occurred before the game, when Mariano Rivera slipped shagging balls during BP and had to be carted off the field
- Yankees Grab Aardsma, Prepare for Post-Rivera Wasteland
something minor like Tim Lincecum’s tight back briefly becomes a serious concern. Another of these tempest-in-a-teapot spring stories is Mariano Rivera hinting that 2012 may be his last season. I get
- Mariano Rivera: Thinking Man's Cutter
Mariano Rivera’s cutter is the most dominant pitch in the game today, if not one of the best ever. Baseball’s all-time saves leader has carved out a brilliant career with his signature offering
- Mariano Rivera Would Like the Next Dance, Ladies
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It's pretty obvious that Mo Rivera is a straight-up classy dude. He's also aged well, beginning as a novice starter, and morphing
- 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
- 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
- Juan Rivera Hits Paydirt, But Why?
The news out of Los Angeles is that the Dodgers have inked outfielder/first baseman Juan Rivera to a one-year guaranteed deal worth $4.5 million, with a club option for 2013. This deal is puzzling
- The Best Reliever of All-Time, Mariano Rivera
a gaping chasm when in actuality, it's more like a meandering brook with handy stepping stones.
Enter Mariano Rivera. As you have surely heard, Mariano Rivera got his 602nd save yesterday, passing Trevor
- Juan Rivera and Juan Francisco: Waiver Wire Injury Replacements
might be enough to carry you to the end. For you NL-only leaguers and deep mixed league owners, here are two you might consider.
Juan Rivera |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 4.6% Yahoo - 4.0%
- 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
- Mariano Rivera and Age: Which Side Is Losing?
If you're a baseball fan -- and if you're not, why are you reading this? -- you've undoubtedly been bombarded these past few days with stories about Mariano Rivera. I swear, every time I log onto
- Juan Rivera and Kyle Weiland: Deep League Waiver Wire
League Debut and avoid losing your entire readership. I could do no wrong!
Juan Rivera, LAD OF | 6%
Usual lefty-mashing Marcus Thames was released yesterday and the Dodgers subsequently replaced him
- Photo: Mariano Rivera Did What?
For only the 68th time in his illustrious career, and only the ninth time since 2008, Mariano Rivera, 41, blew a save.
Alex Rodriguez, like the rest of the baseball world, can't believe
- 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
- Angels Acquire Vernon Wells for Napoli, Rivera
would be adding lefty relief pitching.
That changed Friday, as the Angels acquired Vernon Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. In picking up Wells, the Angels added name
- Extry, Extry: Mariano Rivera Just Made Your Salary
-- or roughly the median American income -- we find that Mariano Rivera makes this sum after .09 strikeouts. We find also that our median American would have to work 500 years to equal Mr. Rivera's
- Rivera's Cutters Working the Count
you'll enjoy having his work published here regularly.
Dave Allen has talked at length about Mariano Rivera's cutters and how well he locates them, but it's always interesting to analyze what many
- Mariano Rivera's Projections and the Value of the Closer
It's not exactly surprising that of all the pitchers that the fans have projected so far, Mariano Rivera is the leader in saves, ERA, WHIP, and K/BB. After all, Mo has been hands down the greatest
- WS Coverage: Mariano Rivera
Angeles and Philadelphia) was his heavy use of Mariano Rivera to get six outs an appearance and in non-save situations. Rivera's performance justified that decision, as he gave up just one run on 10
- 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
- Mariano Rivera's Curious Rates
, Mariano Rivera.
The first year into his three-year, $45-million contract, signed about two weeks after he turned 38, Mariano Rivera posted his best strikeout rate since his first full season
- 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
- Can Mariano Rivera Defy Father Time?
After three straight seasons of declining saves totals, Mariano Rivera rebounded to post 39 in 2009, his highest total since he notched 43 in 2005. Rivera is a wonder, but he faces long odds
- Rivera's Implications
Following up on Eric Seidman's piece today. Beyond my own skepticism on the wisdom of taking a three-year flyer on Juan Rivera, I would like to delve a little further into the defensive impact
- Rivera Returns
Earlier today our focus centered around an Angels stalwart on his way out of town, making it only fitting that tonight's topic involves an Angels outfielder returning to the team. Juan Rivera
- Free Agent Bargain: Juan Rivera
who won't cost an arm and a leg. That guy is Juan Rivera.
Two years ago, Rivera hit .310/.362/.525 for the Angels, racking up a 2.45 WPA/LI mark that made him a very solid contributor to Anaheim's
- Mariano Rivera Still Cuttin' Them Down
This offseason there was much speculation that the Yankees were going to lose Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera to free agency. All three returned with shiny new contracts. Rivera