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Three Things the Red Sox Will Do For Rick Porcello
When the Cubs inked Jon Lester, it put a cap—at least until the team acquires another front-line starter—on a series of pitcher moves that will likely underwhelm the majority of Red Sox fans and fantasy players. Among Rick Porcello, Wade Miley...
The Chicago White Sox road to redemption
The White Sox are signing free agents at a furious pace -- why are they taking this path, and what are the chances it will pay off?
It's been an extremely busy offseason for the Whit...
Nathan Eovaldi: Velocity Without the Strikeouts
Nathan Eovaldi‘s fastball velocity ranked fourth among qualified starters this year. However, it hasn’t actually translated into strikeouts. In fact, the 10 pitchers with the highest velocity this year averaged a 22% strikeout rate. Eo...
Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget the Vets by Matt Collins
They might be on the wrong side of 30, but these players can provide a safer return than many hotshot 20-somethings in 2015.
Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants by Jeff Quinton
A trio of studs compensates for the defending champs' barren farm system.
Was Josh Harrison’s 2014 Breakout For Real?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) There was no real reason to pay much attention to Josh Harrison heading into 2014. It looked like he was going to be nothing more than a utility player, and one with a limited upside. However he quickly forced
Player Profile #177: Jose Quintana | SP | CHW
By almost any metric, Jose Quintana was a much-improved pitcher last year; ERA, FIP, xFIP, SIERA, K%, BB%, GB%, FB%, HR/FB — he posted better numbers in all of them. But of all those stats I just listed, there’s one of them that stands out as ...
Week 16 Tight End Rankings
Whether you are in the championship or semi-finals this week, starting the right players is a must to win. Robert helps make your decision easier with his TE rankings below.
With the fantasy playoffs still grinding along, it is either the...
Evaluating The 2014 Projection Systems
A look at which projection systems did the best in 2014.
Player Profile #178: Jake Odorizzi | SP | TB
FanGraphs has spent some time this week breaking down the Chicago White Sox in light of their surprisingly aggressive offseason. True to FanGraphs form, much of their analysis is based on 2015 projections provided by Steamer and ZiPS, and for what...
Rays Deal A Myers Lemon For Prospect Lemonade
It's beginning to feel like it's not an offseason without a trade of Wil Myers. In three short years, he's gone from the Royals to the Rays and now on to the Padres. Only place he can go from the Padres is the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. They would ...
NFL DFS Cheatsheet & Analysis: Week 16
Quick Hits: Braves, Ross, Cabrera, Kang, Aoki
The White Sox, Yankees and Astros have spent heavily on relief help this offseason, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick wonders if they’ll end up regretting their expensive contracts for veteran relievers. “In the last couple of years we&...
Reactions To US Move To Reestablish Relations With Cuba
The United States’ move to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba could eventually have significant impact on the market for Cuban-born players within Major League Baseball, a market that has in recent years produced important talents l...
Fantasy Impact of the Wil Myers three team trade
Ray offers his thoughts on the fantasy impact of the huge three team trade that happened earlier today.
So, this offseason is probably going to go down as one of the more active offseasons in terms of players changing addresses in quite so...
Reactions To The Wil Myers Trade
Here’s a collection of early reactions to this afternoon’s massive Wil Myers trade between the Padres, Rays, and Nationals...
Minor Moves: Tuiasosopo, Beal, Partch
Here are today’s minor moves from around the league.
The Orioles have announced the signings of outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo and righty
AL Notes: Hamilton, Cabrera, Toritani
The Angels have discussed potential trades involving Josh Hamilton with the Rangers and Padres this offseason,
Padres Likely To Keep Trading, Could Deal Seth Smith
After reaching agreement on their deal to acquire Wil Myers, the Padres are likely to keep trading, and
Marlins, Braves, Giants Interested In Jake Peavy
The Marlins, Braves and Giants are interested in free agent starting pitcher Jake Peavy, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets. Rosenthal notes, however, that the Marlins are only...
David Hernandez, Diamondbacks Avoid Arbitration
Righty David Hernandez and the Diamondbacks have struck a one-year, $2MM deal to avoid arbitration, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. Hernandez has 5.095 years of service time...
Royals To Sign Edinson Volquez
Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and the Royals have agreed to a two year, $20MM deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter
Padres, Rays, Nationals Agree To Three-Team Wil Myers Trade
The Padres, Rays, and Nationals have agreed to a much-anticipated three-team swap — pending physical — that will deliver important pieces to and from each club, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. A rough structure of the deal...
Christian Yelich is an outlier
Among those "similar" to him, Yelich is different in some interesting ways.
The Marlins have been an interesting team this offseason. They are wheeling with players. They are dealin...
Blue Jays Sign Ryan Kalish
The Blue Jays have announced a minor league deal with outfielder Ryan Kalish. The 26-year-old gets an invitation to big league camp this spring.
Kalish spent most of last year with the Cubs after making the roster out of camp, putting up a .248/...
The Daily Turnover – Dec 17
Analysis by David Fraye Point Guard Kyle Lowry DK 10200 FD 9800 Lowry has returned decent value over the last two games that the Raptors have...
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Week 16
By Adam Pfeifer Four years ago, I took the plunge. As an 18-year old kid fresh out of high school, I had no idea what...
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Top 35 v3.0
Analysis by Josh Collacchi You’ve gotten DFS coverage at Project Roto, you have redraft coverage at Project Roto. What’s missing? Dynasty fantasy football. Not to worry,...
Bud Norris Changes His Way
Bud Norris had kind of a reputation as a hard-throwing but hittable right hander who could rack up some decent strikeouts, but had problems with his control and serious problems getting left handed batters out. The latter was an increasing issue a...
Giants To Re-Sign Sergio Romo
1:51pm: The sides are in agreement on a two-year, $15MM deal, Rosenthal tweets.
1:47pm: The Giants are close to re-signing righty Sergio Romo
Player Profile #179: Devin Mesoraco | C | CIN
Homers, homers, and more homers. That was Devin Mesoraco’s 2014 season in a nutshell. The Reds breakout slugger crushed 25 bombs in just 440 PA and 384 AB, good for rates of one homer every 17.1 PA or 15.4 AB. While the homer total wasn’t eli...
Mariners Designate Logan Bawcom
The Mariners have designated righty Logan Bawcom for assignment, the team announced via press release. His 40-man spot will go to the just-acquired
Mariners Acquire Justin Ruggiano
The Mariners have reached a deal to acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. Righty
Red Sox Acquire Anthony Varvaro
The Red Sox have reached a deal to acquire right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro from the Braves, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported on Twitter. Righty
Should Hitter Hot Streaks and Cold Streaks Matter For Daily Fantasy Baseball Decision-Making?
The fantasy baseball world has absorbed a lot of pertinent sabermetric wisdom over the years. Estimating a player’s future batting average now reflexively leads to checking their BABIP and a hitter’s K%. Any discussion of a pitcher...
Tampa Bay Rays Trade Wil Myers to San Diego Padres
The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, and Burch Smith. Myers was the centerpiece of the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals. Mye...
I Hate Rankings
I recently signed on as an editor with a great up-and-coming site. One of my first assignments is to compile rankings for the 2015 season. As an editor whose compensation is tied to site activity, rankings are my best friends. The denizens of rea...
AL Notes: Harrison, Headley, Lowrie, Floyd, Tigers
The Rangers and pitcher Matt Harrison seemingly received positive news yesterday, as the righty, as Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets that an...
Week 16 Running Back Rankings
With the title on the line, it's important to have the right players in. Armando Marsal has provided his top 50 running backs for this week, to make decisions easier for fantasy owners.
@Armando_fbguru on tw...
Chris Archer Conquers Lefties
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer lived up to expectations in 2014. While Archer’s performance during his rookie season was strong, there were still some questions about his ability moving forward. His 3.22 ERA was strong, but his 4.07 FIP...
Heyman On McCarthy, Morales, Fujikawa, Morgan
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com ran through some final details on several transactions this morning. Rather than bumping all of those posts to the top of the page at once, I have added the new information and will round up the changes here. (All link...
Skills Growth Drives Wily Peralta Breakout
Heading into his second full season, Wily Peralta got some sleeper love and it was easy to see why. A high octane fastball that averaged 94.8 mph last year, ranking fourth in velocity among qualified starters, will always get fantasy owners excite...
Week 16 Wide Receiver Rankings
Whether you are in the championship or semi-finals this week, starting the right players is a must to win. Robert helps make your decision easier with his WR rankings below.
If you are still looking at these rankings, that means you are ei...
Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers by J.P. Breen
Thump and speed in the lineup make up for a mediocre rotation and a possible by-committee closer situation.
Fantasy Freestyle: Undervalued NL Starting Pitchers by Keith Cromer
These senior-circuit hurlers might be better fantasy assets than you think.
Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Will Brett Anderson’s Skills Do More Than Just Taunt Us In 2015?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Dodgers helped to fill out their rotation by signing the oft injured Brett Anderson to a $10 million, one-year contract (with incentives that could take it even higher). The first thought, likely, is why...
Player Profile #180: Trevor Rosenthal | RP | STL
Unlike other positions, where players are scrutinized and ranked with the utmost care, relief pitchers tend to be plopped into groups of players with similar value. In general, the groups (or tiers) are based off how many strengths pitchers have i...
Week 16 Quarterback Rankings
It's Championship Week! Get the antidote for the endless, nerve-racking roster tinkering as Brad Duffendack offers up his quarterback rankings for week 16. Now you can set your lineup and forget it and have time to handle something less str...
What Can You Find on the Free Agent Market?
Breaking down the numbers to figure out what your team is likely to find waiting for it on the free agent market.
2015 Minor League Preview: Oakland Athletics
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2014 (21) | 2013 (25) | 2012 (26) | 2011 (28) | 2010 (12)
2014 Affiliate Records
MLB: [88-74] AL West
AAA: [79-65] Pacific Coast League - Sacramento (2015: Nashville)
NL East Notes: Stanton, Jones, Kang, Mets Pen
Marlins president David Samson rejected the recent comments of Pirates president Frank Coonelly regarding the team’s expectations for the
Mike Minor: 2015 Rebound Series
In 2014, Mike Minor of the Atlanta Braves was pretty lousy. His 4.77 ERA, 4.39 FIP, and 3.90 xFIP were all indicators of mediocre performance. Batters hit for a .281 average off of Minor in 2014, which is far above his 2013 mark of a .229 ave...
Dodgers Shopping Brandon League
After designating fellow high-priced reliever Brian Wilson earlier today, and cleaning house more generally, the Dodgers are apparently looking to move on from another expensive remnant of the prior administration. Acordding to Ken Rosenthal of F...
Fantasy Football Week 16 Sleepers: Mark Sanchez, Torrey Smith and others
Looking for some sleepers for your Week 16 championship matchup? Ray takes a look at some Week 16 sleepers that could help you win your league championship this week, including Mark Sanchez, Mark Ingram and others.
This weekly feature will...
Indians Designate Nick Maronde For Assignment
The Indians announced that they have designated left-hander Nick Maronde for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for
Dodgers GM Talks Brandon McCarthy, Brian Wilson
The Dodgers’ major overhaul continued today when they officially signed right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a four-year deal worth a reported $48MM. Few doubt McCarthy’s ability and those who put a great deal of faith in his sabermetr...
Rangers Designate Scott Barnes, Ben Rowen For Assignment
The Rangers have designated left-hander Scott Barnes and right-hander Ben Rowen
Orioles To Sign Wesley Wright
The Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (on Twitter). Wright, a client of Reynolds Sport...
Padres Designate Juan Oramas For Assignment
The Padres have designated lefty Juan Oramas for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for right-hander
Padres, Rays Discussing Wil Myers Trade
The Padres and Rays are in discussion on a significant trade that would send Wil Myers to San Diego in exchange for some of the Padres’ better young prospects, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (
Mariners Closing In On Trade For Hitter
The Mariners are closing in on a deal to acquire another bat, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter).
It’s unclear at this time what hitter they’re targeting in this deal, but the Mariners have been linked to
Royals Designate Moises Sierra For Assignment
The Royals announced today that they have designated outfielder Moises Sierra for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for new designated hitter
Rockies Acquire Noel Cuevas To Complete Juan Nicasio Trade
The Rockies announced that they have acquired 23-year-old center fielder Noel Cuevas from the Dodgers to complete last month’s
Blue Jays Sign Daric Barton
The Blue Jays have added first baseman Daric Barton on a minor league deal, the team announced via press release. Barton joins a mix of secondary first base and bench bats that includes
Indians Sign Gavin Floyd
The Indians have signed righty Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal, the team announced. Floyd gets a $4MM guarantee with $6MM of bonuses achievable based upon starts made and innings pitched, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation
The Daily Turnover – Dec 16
Analysis by David Fraye Point Guard Russell Westbrook DK 11000 FD 10100 As always, we’ll have to unlock some serious value in order to fit Westbrook...
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Dodgers Designate Brian Wilson
The Dodgers have designated reliever Brian Wilson, the club announced. The move creates roster space for the addition of
Angels, Rays Swap Kevin Jepsen, Matt Joyce
The Angels have sent reliever Kevin Jepsen to the Rays in exchange for outfielder Matt Jo...
RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 12/16/2014
Episode 183 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live! Eno Sarris and Nicholas Minnix talk about, among other players in the news, Matt Kemp, Melky Cabrera, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Rick Porcello, Mat Latos, Andrew Heaney, J...
Rockies Sign Daniel Descalso
1:17pm: Descalso will receive a $3.6MM guarantee, agent Steve Cantor tells ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link). He will earn $1.5MM this year and $2.1MM next, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). Each contract year also i...
White Sox To Sign Brad Penny
The White Sox have signed righty Brad Penny to a minor league contract, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports (Twitter
Yankees To Re-Sign Chris Capuano
The Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with lefty Chris Capuano, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports (Twitter
$400K NFL Contest At DraftKings
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Astros Designate Gregorio Petit
The Astros have designated shortstop Gregorio Petit for assignment, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports on Twitter. His roster spot goes to the recently-signed
Gio Gonzalez Throws Curve with Change?
Like, not that he’s throwing his curveball with his changeup, at the same time, although that’d be a cool trick (and probably the toughest pitch to hit in baseball). Like, maybe Gio Gonzalez wants to throw his changeup more often, and that has...
2015 Arbitration Tracker
Our 2015 arbitration tracker is now available! The tracker displays all arbitration eligible players, with fields for team, service time, player and team submissions, the midpoint, and the settlement amount. You can filter by team, signing st...
Toward a Pitch Arsenal Score Statistic
You’ve heard me yammering about pitch-type peripherals for two years now, and we’ve made some advancements along the way. We established some good pitch-type peripheral benchmarks, and we took a first look at properly weighting each pi...
Jose Quintana: Stud or Dud?
The White Sox were busy conscripting new talent these last few weeks. While the club still has weaknesses, the top of the rotation is well-addressed with Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, and the topic of today’s analysis, Jose Quintana. HeR...
The Waiver Wire: Week 16
by Adam Pfeifer Just because it’s Week 16 (vomits) doesn’t mean that things just stop happening. It’s quite the opposite, actually. As the season concludes,...
Padres To Sign Brandon Morrow
The Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent righty Brandon Morrow, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported
Marlins To Sign Michael Morse
8:13am: The sides have agreed to a two-year deal, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports on Twitter.
7:11am: The Marlins are close to a deal with free agent
A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR, as we went 24 hours during the Winter Meetings this past week with Tim Dierkes and Steve Adams reporting live from San Diego:
Agent Scott Boras told Tim the off-the-field issues ...
Julio Teheran, Shah of Atlanta
Julio Teheran followed up his breakout 2013 season with a 2014 campaign that was in many ways superior, increasing his WAR from 2.5 to 3.2 and finishing 14th among starting pitchers, according to Zach Sanders’ end of the season rankings. I could...
Player Profile #182: Josh Hamilton | OF | LAA
In the pantheon of bad baseball contracts, Ryan Howard (five years, $138MM) is probably the most oft-cited example, but there several other bad contracts that GM’s wish they could have back:
Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $275MM)
Albert Pujols (10 ...
Uh Oh, The Brett Anderson Tease is Upon Us Again
I have been a Brett Anderson fan since his early minor league days. A pitcher with an extreme ground ball tendency that also has above average strikeout ability and possesses excellent control is a pitcher that will always excite me. Furthermore, ...
Fantasy Impact of the Newest Red Sox
Boston has had a very busy offseason already. They have added two premier hitters and three starters. How good will they all be with their new team in 2015? What kind of fantasy impact will they have?
If you have been following the winter ...
Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers by Mike Gianella
Why adhering to tiered rankings might be an impediment in auctions.
Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets by Bret Sayre
Things are trending upward in Queens.
Searching for Saves: Houston Astros: In A Revamped Bullpen, Who Should Close?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Unable to find stability in their bullpen, the Astros made a splash around the Winter Meetings as they signed both Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. Will one of the new faces be handed the closer’s role? ...
Player Profile #183: Wil Myers | OF | TB
Formula-based projection systems are great for two major reasons:
They remove emotion from the equation
Typically they’re built on what has happened, which does a good job of telling us about what will happen
Unfortunately, I find there there...
Winter Meetings Roundup: George Springer, Chase Headley, Brett Anderson and others
Ray offers his thoughts on George Springer and some free agents who have signed recently, including Chase Headley, Melky Cabrera, Brett Anderson and others.
The last few weeks has not left us short of topics to write about, but MLB hasn't...
Do MLB Owners Wield Sabermetrics as a Hammer?
It’s time to re-evaluate the lens through which we have begun to look at the game.
Player Profile #184: Adam Eaton | OF | CHW
Alright folks, the time has come to talk some Adam Eaton. Not excited? Well, I don’t totally blame you, but there’s more than meets the eye from this diminutive speedster and it warrants your attention. Eaton will be 26 years old going into 20...
C.J. Cron, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper
It always concerns me when I put too much faith in The Sciosciapath playing a guy that is under 25 years old. A bigger concern is one that is currently penciled in at DH. If Josh Hamilton gets a nagging injury, then he's going to DH and C.J. Cro...