- Meet Edwin Diaz, Your Newest Relief-Pitching Overlord
. But on the other hand, there's the case of Edwin Diaz. Before the year, Baseball America ranked Diaz as the No. 2 prospect in an admittedly lousy Mariners system. Early in the season, the Mariners
- Diaz to Pittsburgh
In a deal that resembles the Ryan Church move from last season, the Pirates added outfielder Matt Diaz on a two year contract Tuesday night. With Lastings Milledge non-tendered, the Pirates had room
- If Diaz, Why Not Scott Hairston?
players generate a ton of interest. This year Matt Diaz ranked among them. Despite his injury-shortened 2010 season, plenty of teams saw value in his bat, especially in a platoon role. The Pirates won
- Aledmys Diaz, the Improbable All-Star
I'm very comfortable asserting this: Whoever might be the best shortstop in baseball, I believe it is not Aledmys Diaz. Diaz isn't a premium baserunner, nor is he a premium defender. Remember, he
- Robinzon Diaz... Not Your Typical Catcher
Robinzon Diaz is not your typical catcher. The Dominican, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000, came into the 2008 season with a .305 career minor league
- Rafael Soriano: Research Darling
, it was mentioned to me several times that Rafael Soriano is always in the top five and that the list must be broken.
It's certainly possible that the list is broken, but after combing through the code
- Rafael Furcal Rejoins Cardinals
It wasn’t the resigning the team, or fans, had hoped for last week, but Rafael Furcal’s return to the Cardinals is an important one.
It’s important for the Cardinals because they’re going
- Rafael Furcal's Looming Decision
Going by the frequency of rumors, it seems that Rafael Furcal might be on the verge of signing his likely last big payday. Since we haven't yet done it here at FanGraphs, let's go through what he
- Rafael Soriano's Quest For Treasure
. Rafael Soriano stands as the next possible victim of this skill set deficiency, and for the second time in as many winters.
This year actually marks the first time Soriano has hit the free agency
- Rafael Betancourt: Elite Closer?
acquiring a durable starter or a third baseman, but the reason the Rox were comfortable swapping Street is that they have a top-tier reliever ready for a shot at the closer's spot. While Rafael Betancourt
- Rafael Betancourt, Still Undervalued
Only five relievers have a higher WAR than Rafael Betancourt since 2009, Matt Thornton, Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Brian Wilson, and Sean Marshall. Despite ranking up there with the best
- Rafael Furcal: Is This The End?
It all started out so promising. Just when it looked like Rafael Furcal's career was in jeopardy, he started to turn things around. Furcal got off to a blazing start in 2012, hitting .315/.384/.427
- Prospect Stock Watch: Cecchini, Diaz, Kepler, Moncada
coming up through the system, that’s good news for the likes of Noah Syndergaard and Steve Matz — as well as “grizzled veteran” Matt Harvey. [Value Up]
Edwin Diaz, RHP, Mariners: The Mariners have
- Replacing Rafael Furcal
Rafael Furcal has not played 150 games during a single regular season since 2009, and that was bookended by seasons in which he played 36 and 97 games. Last year was the first time Furcal had played
- Rafael Montero Scouting Report
Rafael Montero is one of the New York Mets' top pitching prospects, and he was given the spot start the other evening against the Mets' division rival the Miami Marlins. Montero got the loss after
- Projecting Rafael De Paula
Yankees pitching prospect Rafael De Paula entered the season cloaked in mystery. There were three basic things known about him to the general prospecting community. First, despite being a coveted
- Diagnosing Rafael Soriano's Woes
To say that Rafael Soriano has struggled so far this season would be akin to saying Babe Ruth was a decent ballplayer: you'd technically be right, but off by multiple factors of ten. Soriano has
- Rafael Betancourt Is Just Getting Laughable
than Rafael Betancourt, even though Rafael has been around longer, and even though Yuniesky is terrible. But then, that's kind of the reason. Yuniesky wasn't supposed to be terrible, but he became
- Pirate Diaz Could Steal Treasured Role from Jaramillo
With a wrist injury sidelining No. 1 catcher Ryan Doumit for eight to 10 weeks, the backstop duties will fall to a pair of rookies: Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz. The former Phillies prospect
- Pitchers Can't Seem to Get the (A)Led(mys Diaz) Out
has seen his production decline, another surprise has risen in the form of Aledmys Diaz, the Cuban-born shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. While many players have come over from Cuba after having
- Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing
At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That's not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names
- Rafael Soriano Traded to Rays for Chavez
Righty reliever Rafael Soriano, a Type A free agent fresh off a dominant 2009 season, caught the Atlanta Braves off guard when he accepted the club's offer of arbitration.
Having already ponied up
- Can Rafael Furcal Overcome Injuries?
The shortstop position is so weak in fantasy right now that Rafael Furcal, a player who has had his last two seasons marred by injury and one who enters the season carrying some seriously bad karma
- Rafael Soriano Finds His Treasure
Thought to be the best closer on the market this off-season, Rafael Soriano was supposed to be a hot commodity in free agency. After weeks of waiting and watching other relievers grab inflated deals
- Rafael Soriano, Your Head Asplode
into the 8th inning. As a Rays fan, I know well how Soriano can and will close down many a late inning affair. So, when Rafael Soriano took the bump last night, I considered my evening of baseball complete
- Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?
A report broke yesterday that Rafael Soriano may opt out of his $14 million option for next season with the Yankees in order to once again test the free agent market. On the surface, this would seem
- What the Hell Happened to Rafael Soriano?
(if you are a Nats fan). If I were an unbiased observer, I would find the whole Rafael Soriano situation fascinating. He was having a fantastic first half, and while his ERA was beating his peripherals
- Evening Quiz: Rafael Betancourt or John Cage?
with Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt regarding the latter's tendency (documented last August by Jeff Sullivan) to work almost exclusively on the outside corner of the strike zone to left-handed batters
- The Return of Incredible Rafael Betancourt Fun Facts
This is all the excuse I need:
#Rockies sign SS Omar Quintanilla, a utility INF for 2005-09 teams, and re-sign veteran RH reliever Rafael Betancourt
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) January 30, 2015
- Rafael Betancourt Remembers The Last Man He Hit
I told Rafael Betancourt that he hadn't hit a batter with any of his last 10,307 pitches thrown. He laughed, and said nobody had ever told him that before. "I remember it. It was Marcus Thames. Funny
- Boras Finds Rafael Soriano a Home in D.C.
Coming into the offseason, Rafael Soriano had a choice: return to the Yankees in 2013 for $14 million, or opt out, collect $1.5 million, and become a free agent. Consensus around these parts
- Daily Graphing - Rafael Soriano & J.J. Putz
-men and closers, I came across the Mariners' unlikely duo of Rafael Soriano and J.J. Putz; neither of which are "officially" a setup-man or a closer at the moment. Abandoning my original mission
- Rafael De Paula Shows Big League Potential
Rafael De Paula, RHP, Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres, High-A – most recently viewed 8/17 at Rancho)
De Paula was infamous for years as one of the poster children for age/identity fraud
- Has Rafael Furcal Found The Fountain Of Youth?
In his age 34 season, Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal is off to tremendous start. Through Wednesday's action, Furcal is batting .361/.423/.508 with a .413 wOBA and a 168 wRC+. In 138 plate
- Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals: MLB Trade Deadline Deals and the Fantasy Impact
At the MLB trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal and cash considerations to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Alex Castellanos
- Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit: New Closers on the Waiver Wire?
the shelf-life of a closer in 2012 is about a week. Here's a look at who's getting the baton passed to them now...
Rafael Soriano, NYY |RP| Ownership: ESPN - 27.2% Yahoo - 46.0%
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- NotGraphs Video Scouting: Rafael Montero, RHP, New York NL