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RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 10/20/2014
Episode 174 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live! Eno Sarris and Nicholas Minnix talk end-of-season first basemen rankings, which went up last week, and what they think of the 2015 prospects for some first basemen, includin...
Mozeliak On Jay, Taveras, Choate, Arb Eligibles
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny conducted their end-of-season meeting with the media today, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has several highlights from the talk. Here are some of the main items th...
Free Agent Profile: Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller was drafted sixth overall in 2006, one spot ahead of Clayton Kershaw
Stop Drafting Joe Mauer
While there is no doubt that Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins is one of the best catchers to come through baseball in the past decade, there is no reason for you to draft him to your fantasy team. You are still paying for a name, very little prod...
Robinson Cano: Power Struggles
Generally, everyone expected Robinson Cano home runs, runs batted in and runs scored to be down in 2014 compared to 2013 as he went from the Yankees to the Mariners. The Runs (81 to 77) were about the same and the RBIs dropped a good amount (107 t...
Daily Fantasy Hockey Package
If you already play on DraftKings, you can save yourself some time and direct you back to the homepage for some other awesome content If you HAVEN’T signed up...
Ben Zobrist's Hall of Fame case: The value of a peak
Tampa Bay's utility man doesn't possess the longevity of most legends, but his run of dominance rivals many of them.
For the old-school fans of baseball, Ben Zobrist probably doesn't stand out. But Beyond the Box Score doesn't really cat...
Neil Walker: Improperly Named
You can’t choose your last name. Otherwise, we might have to quibble with Neil Walker‘s choice, considering his career walk rate is below league average. His impatience doesn’t come with a poor knowledge of the strike zone, howev...
AL Central Notes: Tomas, Tigers, 2014 Draft
SungWoo Lee, the diehard Royals fan from South Korea whose visit to Kansas City earlier this summer made headlines around the sports world, is on his way back to watch his favorite team compete in the...
Anatomy of an Adjustment: Brian Dozier
In July, I wrote a column detailing my concerns about Brian Dozier. Dozier came into July with 51 walks compared to 65 strikeouts, and that plate discipline was a big part of his move into the top tier of fantasy second-base options. By the time I...
Alex Gordon, Hunter Pence, and the WPA World Series
The World Series is too short for grand lessons, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't root for chaos. Alex Gordon and Hunter Pence both delivered that in 2014.
In theory, the postseason is supposed to be the height of intrigue. The leverage ...
Yoenis Cespedes Switches Agents
Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has switched agencies and is now being represented by Roc Nation Sports. The agency welcomed its newest client via the Roc Nation Twitter feed. ...
Cardinals Notes: Lynn, DeWitt, Matheny
Lance Lynn and the Cardinals have both said they’re open to discussing a contract extension for the righty this winter,
Baseball's hardest throwing bullpen
The Royals cadre of flamethrowers has received a lot of attention this postseason, but they weren't baseball's hardest-throwing bullpen.
The Kansas City Royals trio of relievers has received a lot of attention this postseason.
Did Rougned Odor Improve as the Year Went Along?
As a resident of the city of Dallas and a Rangers fan when they’re not playing the Astros, it was my impression that Rougned Odor improved as the year went on. Part of that was just the assumption that he gradually acclimated to the big leag...
Ottoneu Arbitration: First Pass
The arbitration season of ottoneu is upon us and will last through November 14. Often, the best way to teach is via example. Today I’m going to provide my list of bids and the thought process behind a few notable selections. In some cases, ...
Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees
The Yankees will have to make additions while sorting through several high-priced injury question marks on their roster as they try to rebound from consecutive years outside the postseason.
Minor Moves: Guzman, Abreu, Phelps
Here are the latest minor league transactions, with the newest moves at the top of the post. All moves reported by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy unless cited otherwise.
The Waiver Wire: Week 8
Is it Week 8 yet? I don’t know about you, but I had a terrible Week 7 of fantasy action. First off, two of...
The Giants match well with the Royals
The Giants might present trouble for a strength of the Royals.
The Royals have a bunch of flamethrowers. Yordano Ventura's starts are prefa...
Reviewing Pod’s Pics: Second Base
And onward we move, this week to recapping the second basemen. It was a pretty crazy year, as the preseason consensus top choice finished 14th in value, while a player we didn’t even rank at all finished third. Let’s find out how I did...
Week 7 Top Performers At Each Position
Percy Harvin was traded a couple of days ago to the Jets, so he didn't play on Sunday, but some great performance ensued on Sunday anyways. Robert gives you his take on Sunday's top performers, and gives a quick take on the Harvin trade.
Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National League by Mike Gianella
In the second of a two-part series, Mike reviews how his senior-circuit bid value recommendations fared.
2014 Bust Analysis – Second Base Edition – Who Will Bounce Back (Cano, Kipnis & More)?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) As with the first baseman (who we looked at last week and you can view by clicking here), you could easily classify the preseason “top” second baseman as bitter disappointments in 2014. In fact each of...
End of Season Rankings: Second Baseman
The 2014 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. Moving around the infield, we’re looking at second baseman this week. Th...
When the Sparrow Sings – Bottom of the Eighth/Top of the Ninth
The game has some last-minute drama as it approaches its conclusion.
2015 Fantasy Dynasty Second Base Rankings
Second base is one of the least exciting positions on the diamond right now for fantasy players. If you don’t own one of the top two guys at the position, then you own a player who fits one of two molds:
High upside and consistency issues, or wo...
Jorge Soler, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
Ayo whaddup, it's ya boy Grey Albright aka the Fantasy Master Lothario aka White Chocolate aka The Ladder You Use To Reach New Heights aka The God Particle aka Supreme Court Judge Reinhold aka Paid Overtime aka Close Parking Spot When You're In A ...
Quick Hits: Ramirez, Hitting Coaches, Hudson, Zito
Two-time NPB MVP Alex Ramirez has retired, Jun Hongo of the Wall Street Journal Japan reports. The 40-year-old Ramirez played briefl...
A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR the last seven days:
MLB Trade Rumors Podcast featured host Jeff Todd discussing the Diamondbacks with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic and which options will be exercised a...
NL Notes: Posey, Cabrera, Phillies, Braves, Grandal
With Derek Jeter‘s retirement and the Giants playing in their third World Series in five years,
Minor Moves: Pedro Ciriaco
Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB:
The Braves have signed infielder Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLB...
AL East Notes: Cruz, Rays, Vazquez
Ten years ago today, Curt Schilling pitched the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS in what has become known as “the bloody sock” game. A retrospective by
JAVIER prospect comparison system, now with speed!
An update to the JAVIER minor league comparison system, including 2014 stats and multiple improvements.
After posting the original articles on JAVIER, I knew I would have to update these values after the season, which would pr...
Cafardo On Moore, Cespedes, Markakis, Giants
If the Royals win the World Series it would be difficult to imagine GM Dayton Moore leaving for the Braves‘ vacancy. However, those who know Moore well say that he felt comfortable in Atlanta, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes. O...
Taking a closer look at Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run
Travis Ishikawa went from thinking about retirement to postseason hero with one swing of the bat.
Travis Ishikawa has his spot in the history books. With one swing of the bat, he propelled the
Free Agent Profile: Asdrubal Cabrera
Asdrubal Cabrera might not be the player that some envisioned he would be four years ago, but he still holds a ton of value as he gets ready to explore the open market. Save for
Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Orioles, Hernandez, Royals, Giants
Blue Jays star outfielder Jose Bautista was born on this date in 1980. The 34-year-old has made five consecutive All-Star appearances for Toronto and slashed .286/.403/.524 in 2014. He’ll look to extend that All-Star streak to six conse...
The long, winding road for Lorenzo Cain
If you think the Royals weren't supposed to be here, Lorenzo Cain REALLY wasn't supposed to be here. Yet, here we are.
Lorenzo Cain just won the Lee MacPhail ALCS MVP trophy. Think about that for a minute: the 28-year old outfielder who ha...
Hit or Miss: A Look Back At Our Preseason Projection For Alcides Escobar
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Whenever you do projections you are going to hit some and miss some, it’s simply the nature of the business. We will take a look at some of the better hits and misses I had heading into 2014 and
Closers with More Saves in 2015: Part II
This portion of the article is copied from Part I: Regardless of the price you pay for a closer, you are hoping that they will at least match their save total from the previous season. I know it is very early to think about next year, but I hav...
Closers with More Saves in 2015: Part I
Regardless of the price you pay for a closer, you are hoping that they will at least match their save total from the previous season. I know it is very early to think about next year, but I have already pegged six closers who I think will see t...
Quick Hits: Misconceptions Week 7: Go home Zac Stacy you fooled us.
There's a lot of malarkey bouncing around this time of year. We're going to get into what you should and shouldn't believe.
Not every school is a fit for every student. In fact, sometimes a kid is a horrendous fit for a great school. Not ...
Playing for Keeps: Wil Myers
The Royals are in the World Series, and it's going to be mentioned at some point that the organization moved a big prospect in Wil Myers to acquire two of the pieces that brought them so much success this year. Last season, it looked like the Rays...
FanDuel Head to Heads
We’ve all got our season-long leagues going on, but I figured I’d spice up each a bit and throw down a few head-to-head contests. If you...
AL Notes: Young, Indians
As we wait for the playoffs to return on Tuesday, here’s the latest from the AL.
Mariners starter Chris Young would like to return to Seattle next season,
Quick Hits: Front Office Moves
A number of teams have made staff moves today. Here’s the latest.
The Padres have announced several changes to their player development staff, reports Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Randy Smith, formerly VP of player developme...
AL East Notes: Orioles, Yankees, Rays
The Orioles may have been swept in the ALCS, but the club believes their 96 win season (plus three playoff victories) put their division rivals on notice, writes Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Despite the excellent season, four key players ...
Texas Notes: Banister, Lewis, Astros Targets
The Rangers overcame the first hurdle of their offseason when they signed manager Jeff Banister earlier this week. Speaking of hurdles (and bad puns), the erstwhile Pirates bench coach is drawing frequent comparisons to recent colleague Clint...
Is Joe Mauer Still Good at Baseball
Mauer ranked 24th among fantasy first basemen this year according to Colonel Sanders’ rankings behind Mark Teixeira and ahead of Mike Napoli. On the surface, Joe Mauer’s 2014 season is anything but impressive. In fact, it’s borderline identi...
Quick Hits: Minor Leaguers, Cardinals, Yankees
A group of former minor leaguers has filed a lawsuit protesting that while they were playing, they received less than minimum wage and did not receive overtime, working for tiny monthly salaries to pursue their dream of making it to the Majors. B...
The DraftKings SweetSpot: Week 7
Analysis by Justin Bales There always seems to be players that come out of nowhere that DFS players ride to big pay days. *Cough, cough*...
East Notes: LaRoche, Davis, Cruz
First baseman Adam LaRoche would like to stay with the Nationals, Chase Hughes of Nats Insider writes. “If it was up to me, I’...
Offseason Outlook: Milwaukee Brewers
After spending much of the 2014 season in first place and then collapsing down the stretch, the Brewers will try to regroup for 2015, perhaps hoping for the best with a talented but flawed core and a marginal, though improving, farm system.
Orioles Expect To Increase Payroll
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette says the team plans to increase its payroll next season, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Duquette notes that he still needs to meet with team ownership to discuss the payroll, but he e...
The Daily Divide: Week 7
Argument…er…Analysis by Matt Rittle and Nathan Powell Editor’s Note: Matt and Nathan are two of my favorite guys on Twitter (and if you ever get asked to “follow back...
DraftKings Line Up – Week Seven
West Notes: Daniels, Lewis, Astros, Padres
The Rangers would like to finish an extension with president of baseball operations and GM Jon Daniels by the start of spring training, ESPN Dallas’ Calvin Watkins writes. Daniels is entering the last year of a four-year deal. His contract ...
Week In Review: 10/11/14 - 10/17/14
Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR.
The Rangers hired Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their next manager.
Phillies Outright Andres Blanco
Here are the day’s minor moves:
The Phillies have outrighted Andres Blanco off the team’s 40-man roster, Philadelphia announced. Blanco, a 30-year-old utility infielder, saw just 53 plate appearances on the year in his first MLB acti...
Prospect Report: Will Jesse Winker Be A Viable Fantasy Asset?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) A first round pick in 2012, the Reds’ Jesse Winker made it to Double-A last season but unfortunately had his season cut short due to an injury occurring away from the field. As C. Trent Rosecrans of th...
Closing The Book: A Guide To Drafting Relief Pitchers
For the past 11 years, I have participated in a head-to-head league with a fairly expanded scoring system. Rather than a traditional 5×5 league, we have worked our way up to now 8×8. While the scoring categories are a bit more expanded ...
Types of Closers I Look to Avoid
If I draft a closer, then I am expecting them to have positive contributions in four categories. My relief pitchers should improve my team’s ERA, WHIP, and K or K/9 as well as saves. The article about Greg Holland and the other elite closers ...