- 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
- 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
- Contextualizing Adam Lopez's Low-Minors Dominance
excellence and future potential. One player very much in this mold is White Sox pitching prospect Adam Lopez.
"Unheralded" is a word that most certainly applies to Lopez. He was drafted in the 21st
- 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
- NotGraphs Video Scouting: Rafael Montero, RHP, New York NL
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Rockies Continue to Confuse, Acquire Wilton Lopez
In a vacuum, you could probably make a decent enough case in favor of exchanging Alex White for Wilton Lopez. As Jeff wrote last week, Lopez is the game's most extreme high GB/low BB reliever
- The Extremity of Wilton Lopez
-- they haven't had very many good players. One of their few good players has been reliever Wilton Lopez. Now Wilton Lopez isn't an Astro anymore.
Basically. The Astros and Phillies have unofficially
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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%
In the short
- 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 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 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 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 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
- Jose Lopez Finds Work With Marlins
It was not too long ago when Jose Lopez was a perfectly capable starter on a major-league team. Sure, he was far from a star, but was league-average bat with passable defense at several positions
- 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
- 2nd Basemen Making an Impact: Sanchez, Cabrera and Lopez
, but with his versatility in playing both the 2B and SS position, he could be a nice injury plugin.
Jose Lopez – 14% owned – 29/0.241/2/1 – The season started good for Lopez when he got the first 5
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Chris Getz, Rick Ankiel, Felipe Lopez
you some homers, hopefully without killing your batting average.
Felipe Lopez | 1% | 1%
Michael Barr touched on Lopez on Saturday, and I’ll add a little bit more here. Lopez may have been
- 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
- 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
- Rodrigo Lopez: Better Than You Think
for 2011. Player B is Rodrigo Lopez, who signed a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with an invite to spring training yesterday.
Now, let's be clear - there are differences between Arroyo
- 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'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
- Jose Lopez to Colorado
In the moments leading up to the non-tender deadline, the Mariners managed to move second baseman Jose Lopez, receiving minor league pitcher Chaz Roe from the Rockies in return. Seattle was planning
- Cardinals Release Felipe Lopez
The Cardinals released super-utility infielder Felipe Lopez yesterday after what can only be described as a disappointing 2010 season. Lopez hit only .231/.310/.340 for the Cardinals and rated
- No Free Passes Against Lopez
pitcher: Wilton Lopez of the Astros. Lopez's 0.73 BB/9 rate in 62 IP leads all relievers, and it makes him a rarity: a productive reliever who doesn't rely on the strikeout. Lopez is the only reliever
- Jose Lopez's Woeful 2010
About a month ago, Matthew Carruth wrote up Jose Lopez’s odd season. Summarizing his accomplishments to date with:
It’s not all cheery news however. While Lopez may pace the entire league
- Jose Lopez, Feast and Famine
One of the more intriguing quirks of the young 2010 season has been Jose Lopez. A full time second baseman for the prior four seasons, Lopez earned a reputation as a visually unappealing glove man
- Felipe Lopez Will Wear the Red Bird
If Felipe Lopez earns the maximum payout on his 2010 player contract, he will earn roughly $2.2M from the Cardinals. Lopez was worth nearly 5 wins last season and roughly 3 wins in the three seasons
- Felipe Lopez Latches On with St. Louis
Fresh off of a 2009 season in which he posted 4.6 Wins Above Replacement, Felipe Lopez entered the off-season anticipating free agent riches. However, with general managers likely anticipating
- Which Teams Could Most Use Felipe Lopez?
players appear a bit more impatient. Count Felipe Lopez among the latter crowd. He fired Scott Boras over the weekend, reportedly over frustration that he, like 10.6 percent of Americans, lacks a job. His
- 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
- Felipe Lopez's Outstanding Season
Remember, way back in the day, when Felipe Lopez was talked about as a future superstar? Shortly after the turn of the decade Lopez became the toast of the Jays’ middle infield prospects*. He would
- The Felipe Lopez Trade
Yesterday the Diamondbacks traded Felipe Lopez to the Brewers for a pair of minor leaguers -- outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed reliever Roque Mercedes.
Well out of contention, Arizona
- 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 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
- 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