- JABO: Don't Forget About Michael Brantley
Thursday afternoon, the Indians lost another close game, which is the sort of thing I have to presume they find awful maddening. Among the few bright spots was Michael Brantley, who batted four times
- Mendoza Line Dumpster Diving
- The Very Simple Explanation for the Better Michael Pineda
As I check the latest version of the leaderboard, I see that Michael Pineda currently leads all pitchers in WAR. Granted, it's by only a little. Granted, a chunk of that just happened Sunday
- Splits and Stolen Bases
- What in the Sam Hill is this version of Moustakas
- The New Look Tanaka
- Michael Pineda's Changeup, Present and Future
puts it, the future grade is "usually the best version of the pitch currently."
If you watched Michael Pineda pitch yesterday, you know exactly what this means. By Gameday, he threw nine changeups
- Third Base Tiers: March Edition
- Duke’s Michael Matuella Rediscovers Premium Stuff
The primary concern that scouts have about Michael Matuella is durability. So when the Duke righthander was scratched from making his second start of the season due to a forearm strain
- Michael Taylor Retired, But Don't Feel Bad for Him
"How many individuals are in the top 1% of anything? If you're a Stanford graduate and you made it to the major leagues, who's complaining about that?" Michael Taylor told me in 2013. He retired
- Michael Taylor Vaults into Sleeperdom
When injury strikes, opportunity arises. This time, Michael Taylor is the beneficiary. Initially expected to step in for Jayson Werth as he recovers from right shoulder surgery, Taylor is suddenly
- Shiny New Outfield: San Diego Padres
- The Seattle Mariner Outfield Revolving Door
, and Michael Morse they spent the offseason coming up with a plan to fix it. And then in 2014 thirteen more players trolled that spacious swath of manicured weeds including Michael Saunders, Abraham Almonte
- No Surprises in the San Francisco Giants Outfield
Blanco, Michael Morse, Angel Pagan, and to a lesser extent Tyler Colvin and Juan Perez. Out is Colvin and Morse, Pagan now returns ostensibly healthy after back surgery, and in is free agent
- Miami Marlins Rotation Depth Chart
- Atlanta Braves Rotation Depth Chart
of them to free agency as well. They traded Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. They traded Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter for Manny Banuelos. They got Michael
- Washington Nationals Depth Chart: The Rotation
- The How and The Why of Michael Fiers
- The Importance of the 30-Minute Population Radius on MLB Attendance
- Third Base Values Redux
- Finding Value At Third Base
- The 2015 Michael Brantley: A.J. Pollock
It was a wonderful, magical age 27 season for Michael Brantley last year. He wound up as the 4th most valuable asset according to Zach Sanders' 2014 End of Season Rankings with a 24HR-94R-97RBI-23SB
- Hisashi Iwakuma Persists Under the Radar
- Mock Battle: Ryan Braun vs Michael Brantley
picks that were interesting. Matt Kemp and George Springer. Michael Brantley and Justin Upton. Yasiel Puig and Carlos Gomez.
In the third round, after picking up Miguel Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo
- Bud Norris Changes His Way
- Michael Ynoa Gets New Life With White Sox
Athletics will get a chance to help his new team long after the coming season.
Billed in 2008 as a generational talent who had the signing bonus to prove it, 6-foot-7 right-hander Michael Ynoa
- Derek Holland Can Help, Maybe
- Steven Souza and Michael Taylor: Buried in Washington
Steven Souza and Michael Taylor enter the picture. They're both thoroughly blocked by veteran studs, and they both have massive fantasy potential.
We'll start with Souza. He posted a .350/.432/.590
- Michael Saunders is a Box of Chocolates
Michael Saunders had an infuriating 2014 season. Just ask Jack Zduriencik. Condor was good with the bat, sometimes even great. He played by most accounts superior defense. He did things on second
- Austin Jackson Doesn't Like Throwing Fish
is generally accepted as being something one wants to avoid should one like winning shiny things. The question of course is was his level of badness, in a non-Michael-Jackson badness way, some product
- Michael Cuddyer and Citi Field: A Park Factor Story
to join him. In this light, Monday's two-year, $21M signing of Michael Cuddyer - which also costs the Mets the 15th overall pick in next June's draft - makes just a little more sense, provided they can
- Michael Cuddyer, Already a Met
Michael Cuddyer wasn't expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Rockies, so, he received a qualifying offer from the Rockies. Michael Cuddyer was expected to accept the qualifying offer, so
- Michael Cuddyer to the Mets: Fantasy Impact
Michael Cuddyer and the Mets have kicked off the offseason, agreeing to a two-year contract.
Cuddyer spent the last three seasons in Colorado, and it did wonderful things for the right-hander
- What Will Michael Brantley's Regression Look Like
in 2015. You won't be projected to be top ten in the outfield despite coming in second in the end-of year rankings this past season.
But look over Michael Brantley's particular history
- Rockies Extend Qualifying Offer to Michael Cuddyer
Michael Cuddyer. By making the QO, Cuddyer now has a week to determine if he wants to accept a one year, $15.3 million contract, or hit free agency with draft pick compensation attached.
Without the QO
- David Freese Not As Totally Awful As He Probably Is
- Give Dustin Pedroia A Hand, Please
- Michael Morse: Journey to a Tie Game
Before the National League Division Series, Giants outfielder Michael Morse met with manager Bruce Bochy and the team's brass to talk about his spot on the team. He felt good. His oblique was finally
- Duda Did That
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Meet Jarrod Saltalamacchia
- The Post-Deadline Austin Jackson
- The All Undrafted Rotation
- Blow Up Your Innings
- Michael Pineda's Not Messing Around
When the Yankees traded for Michael Pineda, they didn't know he'd need surgery on his shoulder labrum. Had they known that, they certainly wouldn't have agreed to the move. See, that's because labral
- Michael Brantley and the Value of a 20-20 Season
Earlier this afternoon, managing editor of FanGraphs Dave Cameron suggested that, given the opportunity to vote on this year's American League MVP award, that he'd place Cleveland outfielder Michael
- Concern, Keeper, Kazmir
- Small Things Adding Up: Michael Bourn's Speedy Decline
happen for them this year. They have both a serious Cy Young contender in Corey Kluber and (in a Trout-less world) a legitimate MVP candidate in Michael Brantley. The team has also made some free agent
- Annual What To Do Now That David Wright Is Hurt
- Will Michael Wacha Pitch Enough to Matter?
The other day, while looking for starting pitchers to stream in one of my leagues, I stumbled across Michael Wacha on the waiver wire. (This league only has one DL slot, so players who miss
- Emerging Holds Market
- Michael Brantley: Stealth AL MVP Candidate
of the wild card pace, and are one hot week away from injecting the name of Michael Brantley into the discussion.
Brantley has always been a relatively "quiet" player. The son of former major league
- First Five Disappointments: The Early Busts
- Free Help: Drew Smyly and Bud Norris
- FG on Fox: Michael Brantley's Amazing Season
Last February, Michael Brantley and the Indians agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $25 million. The Indians figured it was a safe bet for an average player with upside. Some
- Holding Their Own: Familia, Morris, Maurer
- Josh Harrison Eats His Wheaties
- Closer Carousel Creates Holds Opportunity
- Looking at Attendance after Aces are Dealt
, jumped after the trade, up 10.04% over the team's final 45 games.
We look at Cleveland again in 2008, when the Indians moved CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for Michael Brantley, Matt
- To Buy or Sell: McGehee and Donaldson
- Line Drive Oddities: David Freese and Josh Donaldson
- Buy and Sell: Starting Pitchers
- Buying and Selling at Third Base
- Moustakas Clawing Way Out of Irrelevancy
- Michael Brantley's Steady Improvement
When should we begin to buy a breakout? Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has played the part perfectly this year. After two seasons of solid performance, Brantley has emerged as an elite hitter
- Martin Prado Lurks
- Existential Crisis and Kyle Seager
- Michael Morse Is Having Fun Out There
The Giants are fourth in the National League in runs, and they've got a new Big Bat in the middle of the lineup. Michael Morse didn't have a great season last year, and he came to the Giants
- Where is Matt Carpenter and What Have You Done With Him?
- The New Miguel Montero
- Third Base Rankings: May
- Deep Mixed Waiver Wire: Michael Saunders, Josh Tomlin
OF Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners
Ownership: CBS 8% | Yahoo! 3% | ESPN 1.7%
The M’s optioned underground fantasy baseball sleeper Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma this past weekend. That move
- Shiny New Plate Discipline: Trevor Plouffe
- Michael Brantley: Better than you Think
In my FanGraphs+ write up of Michael Brantley, I wrote, "Michael Brantley out-earned Bryce Harper this year. That is probably the last time I'll be able to type that sentence, but it does give you
- Michael Wacha's Day as Somebody Else
From Michael Wacha's start Wednesday night in New York, there might be something to learn about the notion of a pitcher either having it or not having it on a particular day. Conventional wisdom
- What In The Sam Hill Is Going On With Miguel Cabrera
- How Batters Fared Who Whiffed in April 2013
- Hot Corner Infirmary
- The Potentially Historic Comeback of Michael Pineda
for the comeback currently being attempted by the Yankees' Michael Pineda.
Pineda's 2011 debut with the Mariners was stellar by any measure. He was dominant through the season's first half, and after
- This Is Not the Kyle Seager You're Looking For
- Third Base Waiver Wire: Cody Asche and Matt Dominguez
- Fun With Tiers, Third Base April Edition
- The All Waiver Wire Pitching Staff
- Who Starts on Day Five for the Cleveland Indians
- The Spring Resurgence Of Michael Pineda
One of the most pleasant surprises of the spring, and a very welcome sight for the Yankees, is the impressive performance of Michael Pineda. Acquired before the 2012 season in exchange for Jesus
- Fantasy Judgment: Draft Day Drama
. Based on the foregoing, the commissioner’s actions in handling Puig’s team at the draft were deemed appropriate and fair, and Puig’s appeal was denied.
Michael A. Stein, Esq. is the Chief Justice
- Barr Bullish, Bearish, Bold-ish Predictions
- Fantasy Judgment: Balls Deep vs. Who's Your Daddy
- Michael Roth, Los Angeles Angels [Smartest] Pitcher
When I talked to Michael Roth, he said he wasn’t too familiar with Eric Stults. I suggested maybe he should be. Stults, a savvy southpaw for the San Diego Padres, mixed and matched his way to 11 wins
- Where To Punt Third Base In Your Draft
- Almost Totally Necessary Bullpen Fliers
- 2014 Pod Projections: Michael Wacha
The Pod Projection train has left the station and is gaining momentum, as today brings another forecast for your reading pleasure. The young Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha dazzled over nine
- Boston Red Sox Outfield Depth Chart
- Michael Pineda And Trying To Make It Back
, it probably is.
For the last two years, Michael Pineda has been on that list too. In the 25 months since Seattle traded him to the Yankees as part of a deal for Jesus Montero, Pineda has thrown as many
- The Miami Marlins Outfield
- Michael Young's Three Most Significant Hits
that the available offers are not attractive enough to be worth it and retire. This seems to have been the case with Michael Young, who announced his retirement last week. He retired as as a member
- The New Look Twins Rotation
- The Moderately Interesting Detroit Tigers Outfield
- An Enviable Cincinnati Reds Rotation
- Mariners Outfield of Broken Parts
they got free Skittles for doing so. Or I suppose lastly, because they needed to convert a former first round second baseman to the outfield. Sigh.
Jason Bay and Michael Morse were disasters without
- Joakim Soria Running Low on Ligaments
- Chris Tillman Changes Not At All and Improves
- Michael Wacha Requests Your Attention
Young candidate Justin Verlander, and he outdueled him the first time. But Cardinals youngster Michael Wacha stole the show with his five postseason outings. He earned the NLCS MVP along the way
- Q&A: Michael Ohlman: Baltimore Orioles Catching Prospect
Two years ago, Michael Ohlman faced a crossroads. The Baltimore Orioles catching prospect was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a recreational drug. In three professional seasons
- Max Scherzer Throws Us A Curve
- C.J. Wilson Rebounds
- Taijuan Walker Is Inexperienced and Who Cares
- Michael Morse: Regular Outfielder
Sometimes the easiest posts to write turn out to be the most challenging. Earlier Thursday, the Giants signed Michael Morse for a year and a base salary around $6 million, and the plan is for Morse
- Derek Holland Is All Grown Up
- Value Pick: Josh Hamilton?
- Nelson Cruz Defies Real World Value
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
Since 2008, Michael Bourn has been a reliable stolen base threat, but those days may be coming to a close. Bourn managed to provide nearly $8 of value last season, but he did so with a career low
- Jason Kubel Meets The Face Of The Earth
- Michael Brantley Flies Under the Radar
In his second full season with the Indians, Michael Brantley quietly earned the 34th most fantasy value among outfielders. Who would have predicted that Brantley would earn nearly identical value
- Can Michael Saunders Meet His Potential?
It seems like Michael Saunders has been tantalizing fantasy managers with his annual seven weeks of quality hitting for the better part of this century. Even for a Mariner fan, it's surprising
- A Brief Eulogy for Michael Weiner's Substantial Dignity
Fortune until such a time as my body stops functioning.
This doesn't at all resemble late union head Michael Weiner's particular strategy for dealing with his own diagnosis and subsequent illness
- Q&A: Michael Girsch, St. Louis Cardinals Assistant General Manager
the pieces together are a big reason why.
Michael Girsch, the club’s assistant general manager, is part of that brain trust. Working under GM John Mozeliak, Girsch is a perfect fit for a front
- Raul Ibanez Is Gritty
- Martin Prado Will Do Just Fine
- Everth Cabrera: Hopefully the New Michael Bourn
projected for 84).
When trying to think of a comp for Cabrera, Michael Bourn kept coming to mind. And Bourn's 2009 and 2010 seasons are good examples of what I think the most likely scenario is for Cabrera
- How Much Work are AL Starters Doing, and What Difference Has It Made in Team Success?
- Ian Kinsler In Decline
- How the Red Sox Got to Michael Wacha
, after chasing the un-chase-able Michael Wacha.
I don't need to explain who Wacha is, and I don't need to explain what Wacha had done recently. I'll confess that I didn't even know all
- Michael Cuddyer Defies Platoon Logic
As a fantasy manager, you look at Michael Cuddyer's 2013 season statistics and there should be giant flashing red lights around this number: .382. That's Cuddyer's BABIP. Granted, he earned a good
- For Reference: The Seven Pitchers Selected Ahead of Michael Wacha
in the 2012 draft ahead of 19th-overall pick Michael Wacha, the Texas A&M product who has pitched excellently for the Cardinals this postseason just a year-plus after having been acquired.
- Kendrys Morales and Fernando Tatis
- Michael Wacha as a Reliever as a Starter
for the Cardinals will be a still-mostly-unproven rookie in Michael Wacha, and on the face of it, that puts the Cardinals at a considerable disadvantage. But, a few things are working in their favor. One
- Russell Martin and Fantasy Relevance
- Most Saucy Riposte Winner: Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets, it seems
- Choose Your Jonathan Lucroy
- Jean Segura, Fantasy MVP
- Michael Wacha Thinks Throwing Inside is Stupid
Note: I don't actually know if Michael Wacha thinks that. The headline is hyperbolic in nature, designed to convey the ideas from the article in a way that make you want to read said article
- The End Is Near: Dallas Keuchel and Scott Kazmir
- What To Do With Jean Segura
- Keeping Ryan Zimmerman
- Pablo Sandoval, Speculative Best Shaper in 2014
- Report: All Michael Young Jokes Have Been Made
Angeles Dodger Michael Young.
"Twitter is not only a fast, easy way to share ideas with one another," said Lauren Fraser, a sports partnerships liaison for Twitter. "It's a great tool
- The Curve of Jason Kipnis
- Blow Up Your Innings
- The Evolution of Ivan Nova
- Dan Haren Is Suddenly Great Again
- Third Base Help: Moustakas, Arenado
- Is it Safe to Joe Saunders or Henderson Alvarez Yourself?
- What Kind of A-Rod Will We See?
- The Curious Case of Cody Dent
- Be a GM: Miami Marlins – Part 3 – Trade Deadline
at the 2013 Futures Game[/caption]
If a team wants to give you their entire future, then by all means go for the trade. But if I'm Michael Hill, and I'm not receiving everything that I want from
- Third Base Help On The Way: Cody Asche
News today is that Cody Asche is being promoted from AAA Lehigh Valley and conventional wisdom says it's not to be a bench bat, which means Michael Young is likely to be dealt before the trading
- Kris Medlen Is A Changed Man
- We're Not Dead Yet: Chisenhall, Headley
- On Not Seeing That Coming: Ian Kennedy
- The All Waiver Wire Team
, but his numbers are filthy.
Morse is on the DL
- MLBPA Chief Michael Weiner With Potential Game Changer On Biogenesis
Major League Baseball Players' Association chief Michael Weiner held his annual All-Star Game press conference this morning. That is news in and of itself, in light of Weiner's battle with brain
- Tweets That Weren't, Michael Cuddyer Edition
I feel bad for Michael Cuddyer.
- Putting Michael Cuddyer's Hit Streak Into Perspective
Michael Cuddyer just finished going streaking. His 27-game streak, which lasted from May 28th to June 30th, was the longest since Dan Uggla’s 33-gamer in 2011. While he didn’t reach the 30-game
- Deep League Third Base: Luis Valbuena and Ed Lucas
- Stock Watch: Jean Segura and Mike Moustakas
- Definitive Guide To All That's Depressing
- Buy Low on Alex Gordon and Chase Headley
- Don't Fall Behind Hisashi Iwakuma
- Mad About Bumgarner
- Jonathan Lucroy: Will Work for Luck
- Victor Martinez Needs Surgery On Bat
- Travis Wood's Improbable Run
- Cole Hamels and Panic
- Not Quite Yet Third Base Targets
doppelganger. There's no guarantee he'll pick up the necessary games played at third base, but Pittsburgh likes Michael McKenry's bat enough to want to get him into the lineup occasionally
- Baffling Michael Brantley Extension Talk
If you thought the Chase Headley/Padres extension rumors were exciting, just wait until you get a load of the Michael Brantley situation! Cleveland has been rumored to be talking to Brantley and his
- Third Base Tiers: May
- Punting Third Base?
about a .167 batting average and .193 OBP. Same goes for Mike Moustakas, who just can't be this bad, can he? Or maybe even "buy high" on guys like Josh Donaldson, Michael Young, or Juan Francisco
- Bizarro Jeff Keppinger
- Pedro Alvarez and Kyle Seager and Degrees of Bad
- Michael Saunders and Donovan Solano: Waiver Wire Help
of things? With that consideration in mind, here are two guys I was looking at recently...
Michael Saunders, SEA |OF| Ownership: ESPN -- 26.7% Yahoo -- 23.0%
Maybe there's just an overabundance
- The Kevin Youkilis Revival Tour
- Roberto Hernandez: New Name, New Team, New Pitcher?
- Love Is A Battlefield
- Chris Young Is Not A Minor League Pitcher
- Yankees SP Depth Chart Discussions
and his FIP and xFIP stood at 4.49 and 4.16, respectively. So keep expectations in check.
Lastly, don't sleep on Michael Pineda who might show up sometime in July, and will ostensibly supplant
- SP Position Battles That Might Matter
- Preseason Third Base Tiers
- 2013 Positional Power Rankings: Left Field
- Marlins Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
- Red Sox Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
- Finding Jon Garland
- Detroit Starting Pitching Depth Discussions
- Detroit Tigers Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
- Audio: Michael Wacha Scouting Report c/o Keith Hernandez
Pitching against the Mets on Wednesday, Cardinals right-handed prospect Michael Wacha recorded five strikeouts in 3.0 innings.
Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez was impressed by Wacha's outing
- Pirates Starting Pitching Depth Chart Discussions
- Pirates Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
- Mariners Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
This past Winter, the Seattle Mariners were linked to Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Melky Cabrera (sort of), Andre Ethier, and Justin Upton, among a handful of others. Their anemic 2012
- Seattle Mariners Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
- Dodgers Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
- Indians Use Michael Bourn to Fill Hole at DH
Last night, the Indians signed Michael Bourn to a four year, $48 million deal. It's less than he was asking for, but still a pretty significant investment for a low power/high strikeout guy headed
- Michael Bourn Joins Indians' Roster of Interest
Michael Bourn was supposed to become a very highly-paid player. Then all the teams with center-field vacancies started filling them with other guys, leaving Bourn on the market. It was an impossible
- Who Steps In For St. Louis?
- Kevin Millwood Tips His Cap
- Eyeing Cheap Relief: Steve Delabar
- Deep Sleeper SP: Charlie Furbush
in massive luck nor a big platoon advantage.
Furbush is just 26 and ZiPS seems to believe he's capable of a 27% K rate and a low-3's ERA over 55 relief innings, comparing him to Michael Gonzalez
- Is Michael Bourn About to Decline?
Michael Bourn is the best free-agent left on the market. The main reason Bourn is still out there has to do with the market. After the other big-name outfielders signed, there were no teams left
- Braving the Hot Corner
- John Jaso is Free
." They jettisoned John Jaso and brought in Ryan Langerhans Mike Michael Morse. The fantasy impact has already been documented in these Rotographing pages. But I'd like to expand a little on Jaso.
First of all
- Michael Morse Goes Cross Country
In a bid to get out of the cellar in runs scored in the American League and team wOBA in all of baseball, the Mariners made another move to bolster their offense. This time they acquired Michael
- The Nationals Crowded Stable
headed into 2013. Sean Burnett, Craig Stammen, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Gorzelanny, and Ryan Mattheus all turned in pretty stellar seasons in 2012 (well, Mattheus was maybe just okay...). But, of course
- Change You Can Believe In
- Michael Bourn's Questionable Future Defensive Value
Michael Bourn is a pretty terrific defensive center fielder. Last year, he was the best defensive outfielder in baseball by UZR (after you account for the positional differences), grading out as 25
- Edwin Encarnacion: Who Knew?
- Mock Draft Rounds 1-10: The Shortstops
- The Michael Morse Approach
Michael Morse has emerged as a strong offensive force for the Washington Nationals over the past two seasons. After being a part-time player for most of his career, Morse has posted a .369 wOBA since
- Complete Game, Interrupted
and it suddenly got interesting. With Michael Saunders coming to the plate and Harrison holding lefties to a .209/.244/.327 line, I figured they'd just let him clean up his own mess. Just let him finish
- The Extent of Michael Bourn's Capability
, three of them, from the other end. Josh Hamilton hit one of them, and Curtis Granderson hit zero of them. Robinson Cano hit zero of them. Jay Bruce and Mike Trout each hit zero of them.
- Rotographs Mock Draft - Third Base Results
Bautista due to eligibility, Kevin Youkilis due to Kevin Youkilis, Alex Rodriguez to the girl in the fourth row, and Michael Young to relevance.
And this gives me pause.
My editorializing aside
- Is My Fantasy Man-Crush on Michael Bourn Wrong?
The text came in on January 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM.
"Happy New Year! Michael Bourn in the 4th round? Dubious."
"Happy New Year! Last of the true burners. Still a good value in roto-based leagues
- Michael Bourn, Actually Chopped Liver
Sometimes it's hard to come up with a post.
And then I look at some of the actual articles on the main site.
Michael Bourn, Chopped Liver?
Yes, that seems like just the right
- Michael Bourn, Chopped Liver?
Why isn't there more interest in Michael Bourn? A six-win center fielder is on the market, and our most recent article on the subject is whether or not his agent has waited too long to get him a deal
- Don't Forget Hisashi Iwakuma
- Did Michael Bourn & Scott Boras Wait Too Long?
Josh Hamilton got $125 million. B.J. Upton got $75 million. Angel Pagan got $40 million. Shane Victorino got $39 million. Melky Cabrera got $16 million. And Michael Bourn, the best center fielder
- Change of Scenery Suits Zack Greinke
- The King Seeks Re-Election
- Michael Young a Good Bet for Philadelphia
The Phillies have a hole at third base, and Michael Young is a man without a position in Texas. These two problems look to be coalescing into a trade between the Rangers and Phillies, where Texas
- Shane Victorino to Rebound in Boston?
- Michael Saunders Makes Good
when it comes to Michael Saunders. After three failed experiments at the Major League level, Saunders, 26, finally showed some of the promise the club hoped for as early as 2007.
Over 553 plate
- Could Grass Be Greener for Ricky Nolasco?
- Examining Gio Gonzalez
- Have We Seen the Best of David Price?
- Ryan Doumit Sightings Uncommonly Frequent
- Don't Blink: Everth Cabrera
- The Market for Dan Haren
- David Wright's Many Faces
- Dustin Pedroia: Gritty and Stuff
- Two First Names, One Big Bat: Allen Craig
- The Good News: Kevin Youkilis is Ranked at First Base
- Matt Cain's Slider and Release Point
- AL Mutant Ninja Turtles: Max Scherzer and Ben Zobrist
- It's a Jake Sale! AL Fantasy Cy Young
- Was Headley's Season Predictable?
- Ten Bold Predictions, A Mostly Terrible Retrospective
- Streaming Weekend Starters: Johnson and Straily
- Michael Bourn's Market Value
If you go to the Free Agent Leaderboards, you'll see Michael Bourn's name at the top, as the sort for the list is set to descending 2012 WAR, and Bourn has the highest WAR this season (+6.1) of any
- Cliff Lee Stands Alone
- Surprising Results From The Punt
- Chasing Wins This Weekend
- Added Value of Late Season Position Flexibility
- Stop Throwing That: Rick Porcello's Slider
- Adding Michael Saunders For Fantasy Playoffs
He isn't the best player and he most certainly does not play in a favorable stadium, but Michael Saunders is worth adding in mixed leagues if you need outfield help. With a wRC+ above 100 and 14
- Scrambling At Third Base: Donaldson, Dominguez
- Waiver Wire Spot Starts: Ellis, Denorfia, Davis
- Ervin Santana Making Meatball History
- Kill Your Babies: McCann, Beltran
- Is Jhoulys Chacin Back?
- Playing Hide and Seek with Aramis Ramirez
- We're All Going Streaking
- Wade Miley: Wonderfully Average
- Has the Real Brett Wallace Stood Up?
- Dumb Luck and You
- Starting Pitcher: Target the Soft Schedule
- The Jon Lester Reclamation Project
- Last Minute Third Base Trade Targets
- Pedro Alvarez More Than Platoon Option?
- Mike Olt's Arrival May End The Michael Young Era
end of the Michael Young Era in Texas. At least, the era where Young played any kind of meaningful role on the team.
Young's been a staple in Texas since 2001, and contributed at least +2.5 WAR
- Eric Thames (Might Be) Useful In Seattle
to do for 2013 and beyond, and a lot of that is impacted by the play of Casper Wells, Michael Saunders, and now Eric Thames. Forget the fact that Wells and Thames are likely destined for a left field
- Chad Billingsley Gets Friendly With Strike Zone
- Michael Young and Benjamin Franklin
In May, Michael Young was the #9 consensus ranked third baseman. In June, he hit .257/.306/.327 with zero home runs and zero stolen bases, which was really only slightly worse than the .280/.306/.372
- Honoring Ichiro
for 2014 and beyond.
The club ought to be thinking of trotting Franklin Gutierrez, Casper Wells, and Michael Saunders out there every day in 2013 to evaluate what their outfield will look like going
- Third Base Trends: Moustakas, Ramirez, Seager
- 2012: Year of Reliever Whiffs
- Michael Fiers is the Fire
Michael Fiers is the fire that the Brewers rotation needed when Shaun Marcum went down. What remains to be seen is if he's the slow-burning campfire that will keep giving all year or the short-lived
- Trade Me Adam Wainwright
- Jeff Samardzija's Seesaw Season
- The Rockies Should Trade Michael Cuddyer
Michael Cuddyer will remain a member of the Colorado Rockies. Even though the team has allegedly received numerous calls about the veteran outfielder, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd has insisted that Cuddyer
- Ben Zobrist Playing 'Possum
- Ryan Zimmerman's Struggles Continue
- The Atlanta Braves Suddenly Need A Starter
- Adrian Beltre and Left Handed Blues
- Stock Watch: Plouffe, Ramirez
- Third Base Tiers: June
then perhaps we should temper expectations. Sandoval and Longoria are here due to injury, but will likely jump up in a month.
- The Two Chris Youngs
- Third Base Watch: Nolan Arenado
- Chris Sale's Dominant Memorial Day
- Trending Third Basemen: Freese, S. Rodriguez, Alvarez
- Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire: Masterson and Arrieta
- Jimmy Rollins's Vanishing Bat
- The New Jon Lester
- Beltran's Best Season?
- On Platooning Chase Headley
- Michael Brantley: A Studious 4-for-5 Night
Michael Brantley has been no better than a league-average hitter in his three-plus seasons with the Cleveland Indians. It isn’t for lack of a studious approach, though. The 24-year-old puts a lot
- Updated Third Base Tiers: May
of this, and Bautista will find himself in Tier 2, but I'm trying to not be too rash.
- The Starter Bubble: Ricky Nolasco
- Deep League Third Base Waiver Wire: Alex Liddi, Brett Pill?
- Market Value: Draft Position in May
- Change of Scenery Struggles to Hit Its Weight
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
- Michael Pineda Diagnosed With Torn Labrum
According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with an "anterior labral tear", and surgery is set for May 1st. Compared to elbow surgery, which has become almost routine
- Strikeout Rates: Bumgarner & Gio Gonzalez
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players to hold onto after solid starts. Here are three I would keep, at least for now, as their value continues to rise.
Cuddyer is a solid offensive contributor, and his 2B
- FanGraphs Audio: Fantasy Friday with Michael Barr
It's the Fantasy Friday edition of FanGraphs Audio. RotoGraphs contributor Michael Barr joins the podcast to discuss topics of interest to the nation's fantasy owners. Items addressed
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Michael Schwimer wasn’t happy with his performance last Friday. The 26-year-old right-hander threw a scoreless ninth inning when Triple-A Lehigh Valley beat Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He also earned
- Mark Trumbo, Chone Figgins: Stock Watch At Third Base
- What To Do With Andrew Bailey
But no more.
Hi, my name is Michael, and I cut Andrew Bailey.
I owned Bailey in a non-keeper league with just one disabled list slot, already occupied by another player more likely
- Using The Disabled List To Your Advantage
Lastly, I've been known to try and poach some early steals since I always seem to be in scramble mode for steals by mid-season. For Thursday, I'm thinking about guys like Will Venable, Michael
- Final Preseason Newsy Third Base Tidbits
- Preemptive Playing the Market Post
- What Should the Yankees Do With Michael Pineda?
There probably hasn't been a bigger story in any camp this spring than Michael Pineda's missing velocity. After throwing 94-97 in Seattle last year, he's been 89-93 so far this spring, though he did
- Newsy Third Base Tidbits
.314 overall. However, Michael Saunders is hitting even better for Seattle -- and while you might wonder why the heck that matters -- if Saunders is the every day center fielder to start the season
- Preseason Third Base Tiers
project the same production over 600 plate appearances.
Call this your risk/reward tier
- Thoughts on Third Base Consensus Rankings
baseman on this list (without Miguel Cabrera on it, that is). If Zimmerman slips in drafts, I think he's a great pick.
Michael Young strikes me as one of the safer bets to give you solid
- Is Kyle Seager Fantasy Relevant?
right handed pitchers, where most of his limited power lies.
If you're interested at all in Seager, the situation to watch is that the Mariners have one position for two players - Michael Saunders
- The Stats of Spring
- Michael Pineda's Reduced Velocity
Michael Pineda made his Yankee debut yesterday - at least, Yankee-debut-in-games-that-don't-count anyway. He threw two innings, gave up just one hit, didn't walk anyone, and struck out two batters
- Michael Barr's 10 Bold Projections
- Giancarlo Cruz-Michael "Bam-Bam" Stanton
Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton will now be known by his legal first name instead of half of his middle name. That's pronounced like "shoncarlo" in case you were wondering.
But this quote was more
- Martin Prado: Sleeper Candidate?
Headed into 2011, Martin Prado was ranked around 9th or 10th on most third base fantasy rankings, and in many, he was ahead of such gentlemen as Pablo Sandoval and Michael Young. Whoops
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- Third Base ADP: Know Your System
at ESPN (those that made his top 100 anyway).
- Corner Crunch - Staffing the "CI" Slot
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- The Next Michael Pineda (Part 2 of 2)
Yesterday, as Part 1 of this post, I looked at the accomplishment that was Michael Pineda's 2010 season in the minor leagues -- an accomplishment, specifically, for his ability to limit walks while
- Third Base Outcomes in Reader Mock Draft
- The Next Michael Pineda (Part 1 of 2)
that the title of this post is, in part, disingenuous: insofar as every player is unique, there is no "Next Michael Pineda." There are pitchers who will surprise us with their success in 2012, for sure -- some
- Jackson Goes To Washington
- 2012 Pod Pitcher Projections: Michael Pineda
It's time for the first pitcher to experience the Pod projection process. Aside from Yu Darvish, Michael Pineda has probably been the most newsworthy pitcher of the off-season after the recent trade
- Mike Aviles Meets Value Catapult
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- A Quick Note On Michael Pineda's Splits
Since the swap of Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero became public last night, a few talking points have become pretty commonplace. Some of them - Pineda's reliance on his fastball and slider due
- Finding Value at Third: Pablo Sandoval and Edwin Encarnacion
- Michael Pineda in Pinstripes
So Michael Pineda has parlayed his All-Star performance in Seattle into a gig in the Big Apple due to the overwhelming needs of Seattle's offense. Many are thinking Pineda slots in right behind C.C.
- Yankees Land Michael Pineda, Don't Pay Retail
, Felix Hernandez is not the one donning pinstripes - the Yankees landed 23-year-old (in five days, anyway) Michael Pineda instead.
While Pineda isn't King Felix, he's a pretty terrific young
- Is Danny Valencia a Good Sleeper Target?
- Michael Taylor, Liam Hendriks and Simon Castro: Prospect Chatter
1) Michael Taylor, A's
With news of Coco Crisp reportedly re-signing with the A's on a two-year, $14 million deal, Taylor's 2012 just got a bit murkier. While the 26-year-old
- How Will Travis Wood Fare in Chicago?
- Michael Cuddyer Moves A Mile Higher
The strange square dance of Josh Willingham, Michael Cuddyer, the Twins, and the Rockies seems finally to have ended, and everyone -- for the time being anyway -- is happy with their new partner
- RotoGraphs Mock Draft - Third Basemen
- Can Ian Stewart Return from Purgatory?
- Huston Street Goes West (Again)
- Who Closes for the Chicago White Sox?
- Matt Capps Returns to Close in Minnesota
- Can Mike Carp be a Big Fish?
- Taking a Chance on Chase Headley
- Wiggy in Philly
- Daniel Bard's Undefined Role
- Implications of Houston's Move on Brett Wallace
for Michael Taylor, and then dealt six months later to the Astros for Anthony Gose. Perhaps he's run out of geographical locations as a fit and whatever karma he's carrying decided that his entire team
- Type-B Free Agent Compensation Pick Highlight Reel
Michael Belfiore (Diamondbacks) - Is Brandon Lyon
Matthew Bashore (Twins) - Is Dennys Reyes
Kyle Heckathorn (Brewers) - Is Brian Shouse
Tyler Kehrer (Angels) - Is Jon Garland
- What to Expect When You're Expecting Strikeouts
- 1001 Words on "Baseball" by Michael Franks
Michael Franks's "Baseball," from his album "One Bad Habit" (1980, Warner Brothers).
Today, we answer some important questions: Is baseball really that much like love? Did the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Four
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Three
. There aren't many hitters that you can take 30+ home runs to the bank with, but Reynolds is one of them.
Also ranked at second base will be Michael Young, and with a FVARz value of $22 bucks, he would
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Two (Part Two)
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Two (Part One)
- Third Base Keeper Rankings: Tier One
- Ryan Roberts and Burden of Proof
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- Clayton Kershaw: Very Good To Great, Graphically
and he was one of only two starting pitchers to have a first-pitch strike rate above 64% that also had a swinging strike rate above 11% (Michael Pineda being the other). So while he was peppering
- Posada, Hart, and Victorino: Pick Six Values
- Third Base 2011 Playoffs Edition: Worst In A Decade?
- Snake Draft Retrospective, Ridiculous Bargains Edition
- Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Roberts: Third Base Stock Watch
- Luke Hochevar and Reason For Optimism
- More Keeper League 'Would You Rather?' -- Michael Trout or Michael Bourn
talking speed....and a lot of it!
Would you rather keep Michael Trout or Michael Bourn?
Trout has received an amazing amount of fanfare this season being just one month shy of his 20th birthday
- Third Base Updated Rankings: September
Tier 2 becomes kind of a kitchen sink of solid producers in a variety
- An Untimely Meditation on Michael Young
Michael Young won't go away.
He's 34 years old. He's a bad defender pretty much anywhere on the diamond. He doesn't walk much or hit for exceptional power. His biannual off-season whining when
- Casey McGehee and Rumors of Demise
- Joel Hanrahan: Hit It If You Can
- Michael Morse: Will the Production Continue?
Michael Morse is having his best season ever with 21 home runs and a 0.319 average. The 29 year old has filled in the void left at 1B when Adam Dunn signed with the White Sox this off season. I
- The Edwin Encarnacion Revival Project
- Youk and a Yo-Yo: A Look at Kevin Youkilis' Odd Season
pitches inside the strike zone and he's seeing fewer fastballs and more sliders. His Zone% follows:
Not only is he seeing fewer balls down broadway, but pitchers are tweaking their approach
- A Chilly Reception for Mike Moustakas
- Kotchman, Carp, and Blanks: Waiver Wire
Kyle Blanks (2% Yahoo; 0% ESPN)
I'll admit that I have a dream where Kyle Blanks and Michael Pineda form a Wrestle Mania tag team of destruction should their baseball careers go south
- Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn: Trade Deadline Movers
of Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn looks from here on out.
Anyone that moves from the Astros to the Phillies is automatically going receive a boost to their fantasy value
- Third Base Updated Rankings: August
if he produces like his owners expect.
Michael Young went
- Trade Deadline Retrospective: Jhonny Peralta
- Jason Kipnis, Michael Taylor, Tom Milone: Mining the Minors
Michael Taylor, OF
Current Level: Triple-A
Statistics: .278 BA; .813 OPS; 10 HRs; 38 RBIs; 22:46 K:BB over 209 ABs
40-man roster: Yes
Opportunity Rating: 8
- Is the End Near for Scott Rolen?
- What We Know About Mark Reynolds
- Updated Third Base Rankings for July
for Ramirez to slot in behind ARod, all of these guys have been hitting well enough to keep their spot for now.
- Waiver Wire: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson
- Risers at Third Base: Michael Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds, Scott Sizemore
a stab at what these gentlemen may produce from here on out, leaving that to the rest-of-the-season-machines, but I wanted to shed light on a few emerging developments over at the five.
- Bullish on Aramis Ramirez
- Bullish on Carlos Santana
- Recent Developments at Third Base: Moustakas, Prado, Freese, Figgins
- Juggling at Third: Chase Headley, Ty Wigginton, Greg Dobbs
- 2011 Third Base Rankings: June
the young gun of the bunch, but owners are no doubt waiting for their investment to start paying off, so he's dropped out of the first tier (give him a mental red arrow if necessary).
- What To Do With Shin-Soo Choo?
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- Has Michael Brantley Arrived?
, but Zach Jackson washed out early, Rob Bryson still toils in the minor leagues, and the second-biggest piece, Michael Brantley, had struggled mightily in his short time with the big club, compiling
- Mark Reynolds Cuts Down On K's, and Everything Else
- Aramis Ramirez: Washed Up or Gearing Up?
- Jack Hannahan and Wilson Betemit as Stopgap Measures at Third Base
- Pedro Alvarez and Chone Figgins: Coming to a Waiver Wire Near You
- Kicking Rocks: Hating Michael Young
For two of the last three off seasons, Michael Young dominated the headlines with his contempt for the Texas Rangers and his demands for a trade. He was angry with the team for asking him to move
- Michael Cuddyer, Second Baseman
for granting Michael Cuddyer the opportunity to be his everyday second baseman for the next month or so whileTsuyoshi Nishioka recovers from injury is so that Gardenhire can get both Jason Kubel
- Colby Lewis: How Long Should You Wait?
Michael Young had some comments after the recent Colby Lewis implosion project demonstration:
"Colby's fine," Young said. "He was cruising the whole game...Colby's fine. Don't worry about Colby
- Updated Third Base Rankings
Sandoval right now, although his HR/FB rate will come down soon, only meaning that he's not going to hit 48 home runs. Sorry.
- Deep League Position Eligibility Watch
- Early Season Underperformers at Third
- Michael Young = Derek Jeter?
On the Monday evening ESPN SportsCenter, Dave Winfield was highlighting the big plays of the afternoon tilt between the Rangers and the Tigers. Since Michael Young went two-for-four with a big RBI
- Early Ruminations on Third Base
There were some vultures overhead as Valencia was looking pretty lost at the plate early on. With Ron Gardenhire trying to find space for Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young, and Jason Kubel
- Michael Pineda's Debut
was Michael Pineda, a highly touted prospect who was making his Major League debut for the Mariners. At 6'7 and 250 pounds, Pineda looks the part of a dominating frontline starter, and after he showed
- Early Movers: Position Eligibility Updates
in need of a 2b is Michael Young as he recently got a start there and if there's enough tinkering with the lineup to keep Ian Kinsler fresh enough to avoid the DL, Young might qualify at his old digs
- Bring Out Your Dead: Edwin Encarnacion and Chipper Jones
- Michael Pineda's Instant Impact
Much has changed for Michael Pineda since he was a lanky, projectable 16-year-old who signed with the Mariners out of the Dominican Republic in 2005. The right-hander now stands 6-foot-7, 260 pounds
- Rookie at the Hot Corner: Brent Morel
- Michael Saunders' Struggles with Outside Pitches
At USSMariner, Dave Cameron posted a rundown of his projected Mariners opening day roster. He thinks that the Mariners should (and it appears the team will) start the season with Michael Saunders
- Chasing the Draft: Third Basemen
- AL Starter for $1: Marc Rzepczynski
- NL Starters for a Buck: Bud Norris
- Michael Pineda Making the Mariners Rotation?
The momentum working through the media is that the Mariners are handing the fifth starter job to prospect Michael Pineda unless he bombs over the remainder of Spring Training. The reasons for doing
- NL Outfielder for $1: Logan Morrison
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- Ninth Inning Arms on the Rise
- Shortstops on the Rise
- Fallers at Second Base
- Michael Young's Biggest Fan Asks "Are you Michael Young?"
A few days ago, Michael Young met his biggest fan: Three-year-old Gavin Justice-Farmer. You may remember the youthful Justice-Farmer from such homemade videos as "Breaking the Michael Young news
- Third Basemen on the Rise
- 2011 Player Rankings: Third Basemen
can't have a dozen tiers, can you?
Tier 4 presents some opportunities. The Panda
- Fallers at First Base
- Michael Young: "He My Team!"
For the sake of that little guy, I hope Michael Young is a member of the Texas Rangers forever.
One day, that young fella's going
- In Defense Of Signing Pedro Feliz
- Michael Young For Carlos Lee Makes Sense
Michael Young does not want to play for the Texas Rangers anymore - he made that clear with his public assailing of their front office last night, and essentially changed the incentives for Jon
- Exclusive Footage of Jon Daniels, Michael Young
Last night, the baseball world was rocked by Texas Rangers second baseman shortstop third baseman designated hitter utility man team-leader-who-would-do-anything-to-help-the-team Michael Young's
- The Rockies' Alternatives to Michael Young
The Rangers and the Rockies started talking about Michael Young at the Winter Meetings. It appears that, two months later, they're on the verge of a deal. As reported by FoxSports.com, "a deal could
- Interview: Dave Magadan
- Shifting Michael Young
The Rays-Rangers portion of the American League playoffs is set to kickoff Wednesday. Michael Young might be the Rangers’ fifth or sixth best hitter depending on the day (and Lupe Fiasco’s favorite
- A Better MLB Playoff System
- One Night Only: Bullets Kinda Near Broadway
- Michael Pineda Day
The green and gray certainly hope that Michael Pineda day doesn't end up pinata-like, but by all accounts it should be more of a commencement than a trial by fire. The 21-year-old came
- The Versatile Michael Cuddyer
, it was not meant to be.
With their third basemen putting up just a .271 wOBA this season, the Twins have started Michael Cuddyer at the hot corner fives times in the last week or so (six counting today
- Interview: Jed Hoyer
- Change of Scenery: Michael Aubrey
This week, the Orioles organization picked up former first-round pick Michael Aubrey, who never reached his potential in Cleveland thanks to a rash of injuries. The left-handed hitting first
- What Could Have Been... Michael Aubrey
With yesterday's signing of free agent pitcher Carl Pavano, the Cleveland Indians may have finally cut ties with former No. 1 draft pick Michael Aubrey, who was designated for assignment to make room
- Michael Young's Value
Today, Michael Young was named the Gold Glove winner for the American League at shortstop, a selection that rivals some of the worst picks the managers have ever made. Young is, by pretty much every