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Fantasy Baseball Fri Dec 15 2017 16:30:37 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Trades drive the latest group of Hot Stove moves and several more middle relievers ink deals.Yes, we did get 700 more middle reliever signings, buuttt we also got three trades of note. Meanwhile, these Manny Machado rumors are blazing hot and reports
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The dismantling of the Marlins continued yesterday, as they shipped Marcel Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for four prospects. The had a trickle down effect, as the alreadycrowded St. Louis outfield
Of all the annual repeat posts I write, this is the one which most interests me--I have always been fascinated by patterns of offensive production by fielding position, particularly trends over baseball history and cases in which teams have unusual d
Rhys Hoskins has ascended to the top of the WAR projections on a young, improving roster.After having typically appeared in the hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have now been released at FanGraphs
It's with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to the dynamic duo of Halph. That's right, it is with great sadness that I inform our listening public that Michael Halpern has moved on to the high stakes world of Bird Law. Our once loyal podcast host is nee
Hitting the ball into the air is more difficult than it looks.Marcell Ozuna had a breakout year in 2017. If you havent been following him much over the past few years, Ozuna had a terrific year in 2014 which set high expectations for him going into 2
There are more deserving candidates than can be included on a single ballot.Last year, seven former players received at least 45% of the Hall of Fame vote while also earning less than the 75% necessary to actually get elected to the Hall. Seven forme
There are only two types of trades. Let's talk about them today.There are only two types of trades – those of necessity and arbitrage. Let’s talk about them today. Trades of Necessity It almost feels silly to write about need-base
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Padres acquisition of Chase Headley could be seen as a salary dump by the Yankees, but in order to get San Diego to bite that bullet they were forced to include Bryan Mitchell in the deal. A pitcherby Eric
Welcome to the only baseball podcast that will drop the day after Game Seven of the World Series that will not be talking about Game Seven of the World Series. Well, thats actually not 100% true. We do talk about how we wont be talking about it. Its
Stephen Piscotty is headed home, and the Cardinals get two middle infielders. Stephen Piscotty didn’t have the best 2017 season.(Photo: Keith Allison) The St. Louis Cardinals have had a busy couple of days. One outfielder came in, and anoth
Is your stolen base threat doomed if he gets bumped down in the lineup?Ive already done some research on batting orders impact on RBI and runs scored, and if a fantasy player is indifferent between the twothe way he likely would be in drafting a new
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Royals Whit Merrifield was one of the best waiver wire finds of 2017. While he showed signs of emerging the year before, it looked like it was more sizzle than substance considering he had just 2 HR andby E
Every year in early October, a few hundred prospects converge on the Minor league complexes of Arizona to celebrate the grandest of all prospecting expeditions. The Arizona Fall League. Now I want you to backup, and read the words "Arizona Fall Leagu
The Cubs continued adding to their bullpen this morning, but they can't allow themselves to be done yet.To say this year’s Winter Meetings were a relatively quiet affair would be accurate. While there were some moments of excitement (the tr
The Marlins are in full-on fire sale mode and the latest player to say goodbye to Miami is 2017 breakout outfielder Marcell Ozuna. A career high .388 wOBA and 37 homers earned him a ticket out of town, as sources confirm he has been dealt to the Card
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) While he doesnt get much attention, the Twins Jorge Polanco posted a solid season in 17 across the board. Whether or not he can maintain it, or even expand on it, is the question as we look ahead towardsby Eric
Well, they're not all going to be positive. That's starting out a post on the right foot about as well as Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. Before Ryan McMahon talk, let's talk about the Rockies in general. This is a team that screwed me (this time i
Brandon Kintzler gets ground balls. But did something happen to his sinker this past season?If you consider his performance over the past few seasons as a whole, it’s clear why the Nationals gave reliever Brandon Kintzler at least $10 milli
A tool to quickly and simply calculate a hitter's counting stat adjustment after changing teams.In leagues with Runs and RBIs as categories, predicting how a players mix will change with a new team can be guessing. Some clown at Fantrax yesterday wro
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) It was a day of surprising moves in the Majors, and the first came with Tyler Chatwood signing with the Cubs. Maybe where he landed wasnt shocking, but the contract he was given was. At first blush everyone isb
How much does the Rangers giving up Yu Darvish for Willie Calhoun play into their wont to play Calhoun? Bigly, not bigly yet, bigly soon, or, like a chicken piccata's side, big leek. Therein lies the sun, moon, and stars of Willie Calhoun's value for
Despite recording elite numbers in 2017, a few shortcomings have netted Smith the going rate. Smith allowed zero walks in 18.1 innings with Cleveland, the lowest number of walks possible.(Photo: Erik Drost) When we last saw him, Joe Smith was recordi
The latest round of winter moves focuses on a bevy of middle reliever signings and a couple injured SPs ink deals with an eye on 2019.The Hot Stove is operating a simmer right now after the busy weekend with Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton. Were
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Entering 2017 there was a lot of hype surrounding the Nationals Trea Turner, with many viewing him as a late first round selection despitehaving only 347 AB in the Majors. A year later its interesting that we a
I'm going to keep this brief, because it's more or less an intro in the middle of a post. Or maybe it's because I'm lazy. Or maybe the W is ruined on my computer? Then again you saw that perfectly healthy W, so that's not going to work as an excuse.
The Boston Red Sox are hiring!Position: Boston Red Sox David Ortiz Fellowship Location: Boston Description: The Boston Red Sox, in partnership with Major League Baseball have created The David Ortiz Fellowship Program, with one of its purposes being
The Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani is finally coming to MLB (and more specifically to the Angels), and in doing so will become the trailblazer that sets a new expectation for the future of the (possible) “two-way” player. Becaus
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Over the past few days weve seen a few intriguing, “low-end” pitching signings that could create potential value for fantasy owners. Will Miles Mikolas return from Japan and deliver? Can Mik
I debated Victor Robles or Ronald Acuna for my number one rookie for 2018. It was quite heated debate that one bystander claimed, "Are you talking to me or yourself?" And another bystander said, "Are you asking for the directions to Paso Robles?" Tho
Brief scouting reports on new Tigers prospects Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery.Late last night, the Angels turned an 18-year-old whom they’d originally signed for $125,000 and their eighth-rounder from 2016 into second baseman Ian Kins
Discussing the Rays' newest acquisitionI think Ryan Schimpf is my favorite player. He takes the word extreme to an entirely new level, ranking at or near both the top and bottom of various statistical categories, for the better and for the worse. Tha
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) After a breakout 2016 campaign, when Aaron Sanchez won 15 games to go along with a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, there were high hopes heading into 2017. Unfortunately injuries struck, limiting him to 36.0 innings fo
Magneuris Sierra is fast. That isn't enough.The Marlins are having another firesale. Their most recent now-for-future trade sent Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis in return for four players, with hard-thrower Sandy Alcantara and fast-runner Magneuris Sierra
Several topics covered including"hitter's shoulder" and players who played through injuries.Strikeouts = Shoulder Injuries? Lindsay Berra discussed the increased risk of a shoulder injury to Ohtani because he hits. As a left-handed hitter, Ohtani&amp
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Theres always going to be concerns about Colorado starting pitchers, though the savvy fantasy owner has been able to overlook the stigma and find value (just look at Jon Gray, for instance). The hope was that G
Ohtani has a slightly torn UCL. Given the velocity at which he throws, the stress on that weakened ligament isn't likely to decrease.On Wednesday evening, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan revealed the results of a physical conducted by the Angels on new
Let's chat at 3:00pm ET.Let’s talk baseball at 3:00pm ET. As usual, questions left in the pre-chat queue will NOT be prioritized. The benefit of these offseason chats is that we can have a little back and forth in real time.
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) There is no question that the Toronto Blue Jays needed depth in the middle infield, as both Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis have been incapable of staying on the field. In that regard Fridays acquisition of Al
Christian Yelich is Miami's most valuable asset. Will the Marlins trade him for what he's worth?With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna having been dealt, the Marlins might as well go all the way and sell everything they can. Half-measures have no v
A look at Eddie Rosario's power surgeThe best inspiration for an article is one in which you find a meaningful leaderboard, sort away, and identify who doesn’t belong. The surprise of the group, if you will. That player is most certainly go
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Bud Norris, who led the Angels in saves last season, is a free agent but that doesnt mean thatLos Angeles didnt already have potential options to fill the late game void. Cam Bedrosian has always been viewed as
While none are elite, three of the four players heading to Miami could appear at the major-league level in 2018.The Miami Marlins received a quartet of prospects OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Sandy Alcantara, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano &#8
The projection systems love Miguel Cabrera. To them, hes a hitter who performed decent in the first half and struggled in the second half. The projections dont know that he has two herniated discs in his back. Because of the injury, his wOBA dropped
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) While it wasnt the main focus of the Houston Chronicles Jake Kaplans article (click here to view), this little news bit is extremely important for fantasy owners: Evan Gattis, the Astros’ No. 2 catche
Kinsler didn't cost the Angels much of anything, but he gives them an actual, legitimate second baseman.Now armed with Shohei Ohtani, things have changed for the Angels. It was clear coming into the offseason that the team could use some help at seco
Sometimes, keeper rosters have too many keepers. These are their stories.I had this idea for today’s post – to evaluate my home league roster which includes more keepable players than I can possibly afford. As I prepped the inform
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) If you simply look at the surface numbers it was a disappointing season for the Nationals Tanner Roark, as both his ERA and WHIP were unimpressive. We never want to reach a conclusion without digging a bit deep
Even if Marcell Ozuna isn't quite as good as he looked, he represents a consolidation of talent.You could say that, in recent years, the Cardinals and Marlins have dealt with opposite strengths and weaknesses. Even leaving ownership issues aside, the
Last week, the Cubs signed Tyler Chatwood, who has had the unfortunate luck of spending the majority of his Major League career pitching half his games in the most offense friendly home park. He has still managed to perform respectably given the circ