- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's New Prospects
if this is repetitive, but by trading Roy Oswalt to the Phillies today, the Astros acquired a Dominican shortstop with some raw, exciting tools (Jonathan Villar), and a former first-round slugger whose been
- Of Roy
to break across. It sounds ridiculous because there are probably hundreds of occurrences of a scoreless game after three innings throughout a season, but it felt like it occurred every time Roy
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- The Roy Oswalt Deal: Philadelphia's Perspective
Reports are that the deal is done, and the Phillies have acquired Roy Oswalt. Regardless of why it was necessary, this looks like a pretty big win for Philadelphia.
In exchange for J.A. Happ
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's Perspective
Before we can fully understand Houston's motive in dealing Roy Oswalt, we have to answer a number of questions. Just a couple off the top of my head:
1) Was moving Oswalt necessary from a payroll
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Houston
to acquire Randy Johnson (Freddy Garcia and Carlos Guillen). And brilliantly, they had had found a market inefficiency that was working: short pitchers. Roy Oswalt, Kirk Saarloos, Carlos Hernandez were
- Numbers for the Numbered Starters
rate almost 30% better than his next closest competitor, who just happened to be Roy Halladay. Guys like Shaun Marcum and Doug Fister took the next step this season by exhibiting ace-level command
- New Prospects for Nats, Jays, O's
the Major Leagues as a LOOGY.
The Blue Jays acquire Anthony Gose.
So, if reports are to be believed, this is the guy the Blue Jays wanted since the Roy Halladay trade. The Phillies wouldn't
- Wednesday's Traded Prospects
If we are to assume the Roy Oswalt rumors to be true, yesterday brought us three trades, all of which have already been written up here at FanGraphs: Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers, Scott Podsednik
- AFL Thoughts: Mesa at Phoenix
. Romine has better bat speed, Lambo has a prettier and smoother swing, both did a nice job.
I wasn't as impressed with Michael Taylor, the member of the Roy Halladay trade that was subsequently
- Dreamweaving the Draft
Director Tim Wilken already likened Simpson to Tim Lincecum or Roy Oswalt, so he did our work for us. Whatever he says.
17. Josh Sale, LF/RF, Tampa Bay Rays
Skills they love: Big-time power bat
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
-round pick, comparing Simpson to Roy Oswalt on draft day. While they stuck their necks out with that pick, the other big investments in Reggie Golden and Ben Wells seem prudent. The team had a funny
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
- Rated Rookies: Late April
, this list is not biased in favor of the Senior Circuit. It's just that we're not yet too excited about Pedro Florimon or T.J. McFarland (your current AL ROY race). Onto this week's edition...
- The Assorted Parts All-Stars
, Rollie Fingers, Roy Face, Dick "Bones" Tomanek, Clyde "Foots" Barfoot
- The Odd Couples
-sized dynamos struggling to communicate, but ultimately bonding over the lack of stepladders in the Odd Couples clubhouse.
Roy Halladay and Urban Shocker
The studious and taciturn "Doc" meets his
- Roy & 250
); Livan Hernandez (2004); and yes, Roy Halladay (2003). Halladay actually tossed 266 innings in 2003, the most of the group. That puts him third on a list since the last strike, with those two guys, Johnson
- Roy Halladay, In Relief of Roy Halladay
Given his excellence over the last decade, it's become difficult to discuss Roy Halladay without merely descending into a list of superlative adjectives.
Indeed, Roy Halladay posted the league's
- Hot Tip: Joe West Show at the Guggenheim
by Filippo Brunelleschi
Joe West by Piet Mondrian
Joe West by Giacomo Balla
Joe West by Vincent Van Gogh
Joe West by Alberto Giacometti
Joe West by Roy Lichtenstein
- Roy Halladay
extension, Roy Halladay. Halladay is also a slight upgrade over Lee.
Over the past three years Halladay has been the second most valuable pitcher in the game and one of only seven twenty-win players. He
- Restructuring Roy
presented by one Roy Oswalt. The 31-year old ace of the Drayton Gang has expressed interest in restructuring his contract. Roy wants to win and feels that his salary may hinder GM Ed Wade from signing
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 2013 Inaugural Edition
Smith Hall of Famer Hall bishops around the warning track of a flat bed cars paraded through the streets, and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker....Brandon Phillips blooped the go-ahead double in the ninth he
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- Donkey's Darkest Week
faced Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt, and the aforementioned Patterson, who ranked twelfth among all starters in K/9; and, most shockingly, he had the golden opportunity of two appearances against Michael
- Daily Notes: Featuring Some Purple Prose, and the Suspiciously Remarkable Henderson Alvarez
Wacha against Roy Oswalt. Oswalt was striking out high school batsmen when Wacha was, in all likelihood, still in diapers. Oswalt was written off because of his slight stature; Wacha is 6'6". Wacha has
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 5/3 Edition
feel good. There is something I have not implemented, this is no other." - Roy Halladay
Notes: For a crazy game, McCain's eyes poke a wrong team-mate Michael Byrne, high, five years after Homer
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Roy Howell Is Oral Tradition
Roy Howell is oral tradition.
If you are of a certain age, then you may believe you have seen Roy Howell play our baseball. You did not because he did not.
If your grandfather tells you
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- Young Roy Halladay
Young Roy Halladay was born in that letterman's jacket. Over the years, it grew with him.
The look in Young Roy Halladay's eyes says, "I might make love to you in the back of a sensible sedan
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- The Roy Oswalt Decision
In a tight playoff game that could be the tipping point in Charlie Manuel's season, the veteran skipper decided to go to starter Roy Oswalt in the bottom of the ninth to face the heart of the Giants
- Roy Halladay for NL MVP
the entire National League in WAR, Roy Halladay is getting virtually no support for MVP. When it comes to the MVP award, one thing is clear: pitchers are extremely undervalued.
The American League
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- Roy "The Complete Game" Halladay
Blue Jays righty Roy Halladay has earned his reputation as being a top-tier pitcher, one of the best this decade. Predominantly utilizing a combo of fastballs, cutters, and curveballs, Halladay
- The Complexity Of Roy Oswalt As A Philly
According to a report out of Houston, the Astros and Phillies have agreed on a deal that will send Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia, pending his approval. Details of the deal haven't been released yet
- Roy Halladay's Trade Value
Yesterday, Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi created quite the stir when he told several reporters that he was going to start listening to offers for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay. He talked with Halladay
- Roy Oswalt's Demand
Roy Oswalt is having a nice season. He’s started nine games while averaging about seven innings per outing. For his efforts, he has a 3.28 xFIP and an even flashier ERA to show. All of which
- Is Roy Halladay Done Done?
It looks like Roy Halladay is done -- at least for a while, as he is expected to hit the disabled list with a shoulder problem -- but the real question is if he is Done. He's about to turn 36
- Roy Oswalt and the Rangers
, these pieces won't take the place of the more in-depth articles you've come to expect from the site.
A few weeks ago, I talked about how Roy Oswalt could end up as the steal of the off-season
- Roy Oswalt's Back Scare
After only throwing 37 pitches through two innings, Roy Oswalt left his start last night due to back soreness. This is definitely disappointing news for the Phillies' starter, considering he's
- Roy Oswalt, Potential Steal
A few minutes ago, Buster Olney tweeted out a note that the asking prices on free agent pitchers is on the way down, specifically naming Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda, and Roy Oswalt. In the message
- Roy Halladay and Risk
In 2004 and 2005, Roy Halladay missed significant time with first a shoulder injury and then a leg injury. Since then he’s started 31 or more games three consecutive years but some fantasy players
- Roy Halladay Not Back, But Back
, by the name of Roy Halladay. Halladay was making his first start since going under the knife, and given who he is and who he's been, the game captured the interest not just of Phillies fans
- Keeper Question: Roy Oswalt
their end of the bargain. The title was only rendered false by Roy Oswalt turning in a career worst season as the fourth expected ace. While his comparatively poor year didn’t do much to inhibit
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Explaining Miley For NL ROY
- Be Careful Overvaluing ROY Winners
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- Should I Trade Roy Oswalt?
I trade Roy Oswalt? He's got a 5.33 ERA and is giving up a ton of home runs."
Though I initially scoffed at the idea of getting rid of arguably the most consistently good pitcher of the decade
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- Roy Halladay Doesn't Answer the Question
There are, I imagine, several questions one could ask about Roy Halladay. Does he eat breakfast? does he eat granola for breakfast? Which is his favorite breakfast granola? But, regarding Halladay
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- Roy Oswalt and the Must Trade Clause
According to Jerry Crasnick, Roy Oswalt may announce today that he's going to sit out the first half of the season, then make himself available to contenders for the second half of the season, also
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Roy Halladay Throwing Tons of Cutters
Yesterday Roy Halladay continued the excellent start to his 2011 season, striking out 14 batters -- tied for a career best -- and allowing a single run over 8.2 innings. Five starts into the season
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Roy Halladay
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Roy Halladay.
- Roy Halladay Out 6-8 Weeks
Roy Halladay began the year battling diminished velocity and has struggled to pitch at a Halladay-esque level on a consistent basis. On Sunday, he left his start after just two innings, and after
- Does Marcel Undervalue Roy Oswalt?
It was a tale of two halves for Roy Oswalt in 2008. Before the All-Star break, Oswalt suffered from injuries (strained abductor muscle, hip injury) and a bad case of gopheritis. But in the second
- Roy Halladay Returns, Looks Mediocre
With the Phillies in need of a starter in wake of Saturday’s 18 inning affair against the Diamondbacks, the team turned to Roy Halladay. The former Cy Young Award winner was supposed to start
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- What To Do About Roy Oswalt
We're deep in the heart of Roy Oswalt Watch 2012, which is not quite a hullabaloo but is slowly ratcheting up the volume and frequency. Now the rumor is that he'll go to the Rangers. Should he picked
- Q&A: Roy Oswalt, Evolution of a Career
Much like the old gray mare, Roy Oswalt isn’t what he used to be. That doesn’t mean the 35-year-old right-hander is ready to be put out to pasture. He can still be an effective pitcher, he simply can
- Your 2012 AL ROY Candidates
and a .939 OPS across two levels later, Lavarnway has to be at least mentioned in the discussion for ROY nominees. In a sense, Lavarnway is in a similar situation as Montero, replacing a legend
- Roy Oswalt Ages, Adapts, Achieves
Roy Oswalt heads into the off-season with about as much uncertainty as he's ever had as a major league pitcher. After suffering through some back injury and flirtations with retirement, Oswalt, 34
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
, What One Might Learn
A thing a spectator might learn during the course of this game is what sort of claim Burch Smith might have to a starting role in the future. Despite having posted a 30.3% strikeout
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- Your 2012 NL ROY Candidates
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- Extry, Extry: Roy Halladay Spokesman for MLB 2K11
This photo confirms our suspicions: Roy Halladay is actually three different people.
2K Sports, makers of sporting video games, have announced via their Facebook page (and maybe some other places
- Received: Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella
advance proof, Neil Lanctot's forthcoming Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella.
The book goes on sale March 8th, and we'll provide a review of some sort before that date.
In the meantime, some
- Daily Notes: Roy Oswalt to Make Rangers Debut
3. Today's Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Colorado at Texas, 20:05 ET
Regarding This Game, What the Big Deal Is
The big deal regarding this game is that 34-year-old right-hander Roy Oswalt
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- Daily Notes: A Version of Roy Halladay to Return Today
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. A Version of Roy Halladay to Return Today
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Burch Smith's Second Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- Roy Halladay: The Modern Day Sandy Koufax
all-time greats, but his peak was so good that it was impossible to come to any other conclusion than that he belonged in Cooperstown.
It's time we say the same thing about Roy Halladay
- Clayton Kershaw's Cy Young, Roy Halladay, and 23
of age. The fact that he has accomplished so much by age 23 is phenomenal.
At age 23, Roy Halladay was setting the MLB record for the highest ERA in a season, posting a 10.64 ERA in 67.2 innings
- 2011 Could Be Roy Halladay's Best Season Yet
What a terrifying thought for the National League. Roy Halladay, a 34-year-old pitcher with a history of utter dominance, is beginning 2011 with the best numbers of his career, and by a wide margin
- Roy Halladay & Cliff Lee: Efficiency Experts
shows/live tv specials and hatred, but with state income taxes (albeit a low one). Now teamed up with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and (for the time being) Joe Blanton, everyone outside
- How the Scouts Saw Roy Halladay and Todd Helton
Two of the great players of the aughts are on their last legs. Two days ago, apropos of Roy Halladay's shoulder surgery, Eno Sarris asked, "Is Roy Halladay Done Done?" and a month ago, Paul Swydan
- Roy Halladay, Deserving Hall of Famer, to Retire.
Roy Halladay is calling it a career, having been prematurely pushed out of the game by a shoulder that simply would no longer cooperate. According to Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays will officially sign
- Roy Halladay Shocker: "I'm Not Really a Doctor"
Halladay never even took organic chemistry.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Just a day after announcing his retirement from baseball, former Philadelphia and Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay returned
- 2012 Roy Oswalt Projections: The Wizard of DL?
It sounds as if Roy Oswalt should sign sometime this very Thursday. Since you are reading this in the future -- which, to you, will feel like the present, but trust me: it's the future -- you may
- Daily Notes: Doubling Down on San Diego's Burch Smith
colloquially, and from which expression he's derived little pleasure previously.
Moving On, With Regards to This Game
Starting this game for San Diego is Burch Smith, to which right-hander's
- Early NL RoY Favorite: Brandon Belt
in the Giants organization. It was an easy decision and he also came in at No. 16 on FanGraphs' Top 100 Prospects list published in late March. He's definitely my early favorite for RoY in the NL, over the likes
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- The Next Step
Smith. Templeton provided insane value to the Cardinals.
In fact, in their first seven seasons, Garry Templeton produced 20.5 WAR. Ozzie Smith, who peaked in Years 7-12 of his career, produced just
- Arbitrary End Points
like Benson, those strikeout numbers will keep the batting average down.
Marquez Smith hit .198/.291/.327 the first two months. He hit .337/.405/.650 after.
Aaron Hicks hit .246
- Daily Notes: Mostly Concerning Burch Smith's Debut Today
debut in this game for San Diego -- is 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith.
Regarding Burch Smith, Who the Hell He Is
In terms of who the hell is Burch Smith, Burch Smith is one of the minor
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Seattle
, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Twins
today. Just know that the Twins have a scouting philosophy that is tried and true, and a budget on the rise. After all the recent extensions, the next person Bill Smith should be contacting for a new
- What the Cubs Must Do
, and to ensure some eventual success.
Dear Mr. Ricketts: Fire them all. Start over. Faithfully, Bryan Smith.
- Florida Marlins Farm System Discussion
pick in the 2007 draft was Jameson Smith, who hasn't been able to stay on the field, and when he has, few catchers in the minors have been worse throwing out opposing baserunners (11-for-114 in full