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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 hope Myers could carry them against their most hated rivals, the Yakuza Spits. The Miller Lite-inspired commercials between the Spits...
Via Razzball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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 elite, the homer rate was. Mesoraco’s 17.6 PA/HR in 2014 was elite  While this chart isn’t very instructive — you knew Mesoraco...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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. Myers, who just turned 24 this month, has played in 88 and 87 games the past two seasons.  In 660 career MLB ABs, he owns a .258/.324/.400...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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 in one of three general areas: Saves/Holds ERA/WHIP Strikeouts Relievers that perform well in all three are elite (Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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) AA: [77-63] Texas League - Midland A+: [85-55] California League - Stockton A: [55-84] Midwest League - Beloit A(ss): [33-43] New York-Penn League - Vermont Graduated...
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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 years, $240MM) Joey Votto (10 years, $225MM) Prince Fielder (nine years, $215MM) Joe Mauer (eight years, $184MM) And the list goes on...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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 are two major situations in which formula-based projection systems often fall short: Projecting prospects or young players with little...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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 2015 and batting leadoff for the much-improved Chicago White Sox — let’s talk about what he’s done and what he may yet do. During...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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. Cron will be benched. Same, really, with any Angels player. The only one we don't have to worry about is Pujols. Not because Pujols is guaranteed...
Via Razzball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Sign Chase Headley

Chase Headley is headed back to the Bronx!  The New York Yankees and Headley have agreed to a 4 year deal worth nearly $50 mil.  Headley will turn 31 this season and hit .262 in 198 ABs (.265 at Yankee Stadium) after being traded to New York from the San Diego Padres.  He nearly doubled his home run (from 7-13) total in 19 less games with the Yankees as well as 8 of his 20 doubles...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #186: Marlon Byrd | OF | PHI

It may have taken until his age-35 season, but Marlon Byrd is finally fantasy relevant. Over the last two seasons, the outfielder has averaged 24.5 homers and 86.5 RBI, extremely serviceable numbers that made him the 22nd-ranked OF in 2013 and the 37th-ranked OF in 2014. Last year I swapped Shin-Soo Choo for Byrd in one of my more competitive leagues — would you have expected...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #187: Wilin Rosario | C | COL

Last year Wilin Rosario’s HR/FB rate fell, but his average fly ball distance went up. Wait, what? It’s true according to Baseball Heat Maps: Rosario’s average fly ball distance, 2012-2014 (Courtesy: BaseballHeatMaps.com) When it comes to analyzing Rockies’ batters, I’ve learned the numbers are often beyond comprehension. There’s just no analogous situation to playing...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kolten Wong, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

Okay, it depends on your definition of a sleeper. If you define a sleeper as "a player I want on all of my teams and am much higher on than anyone else and I sometimes dream of me and this player on a tropical island sitting under a coconut tree that grows mistletoe during Baby Jesus's Birthday Season," then Kolten Wong is a sleeper. If you define a sleeper as "player that won't...
Via Razzball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Sign Melky Cabrera

The Chicago White Sox and Melky Cabrera have agreed to a 3 year $42 mil contract.  This has been a great offseason for the Sox, adding Adam LaRoche to DH, Jeff Samardzija to join Chris Sale in the rotation, added Zach Duke to the bullpen and found a closer in David Robertson.  This comes after signing Jose Abreu last offseason and they also acquired their leadoff hitter...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing for Keeps: Rusney Castillo vs. Yasmany Tomas

Keeper and dynasty league owners have to approach drafts a little differently. The pool of players is smaller after a large chunk of players are protected. Prospects are in the mix even if they are years away. In many long term keeper leagues it's against the rules to pick up players who weren't signed by an MLB team at the start of the season. This means that each spring a new crop...
Via Razzball
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #188: Jered Weaver | SP | LAA

We spend so much time talking about baseball stats like they’re all puzzle pieces. Take a pitcher’s K%, BB%, SIERA, Strand Rate, LD%, BABIP, ERA, and whatever else, and you can generally put them all together to create the picture of a pitcher’s season. Then pitchers like Jered Weaver come along who taunt us with their misshapen pieces that don’t quite fit right. Weaver’s...
Via Baseball Professor
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Update: Dodgers Trades Strengthen the Middle

View image | gettyimages.com The Los Angeles Dodgers have been quite busy this week. New GM Andrew Friedman has carved up the Winter Meetings and reshaped his now slightly less pricey roster. David Wiers wrote up the fantasy spin Matt Kemp’s departure, the highest profile piece of the Dodgers’ reshuffling, and Scott Barzilla handled the fantasy fortunes of LA’s primary trading...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Update: Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes

Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America There is nothing quite like the Winter Meetings in baseball. Sure, the NFL has the market cornered on amateur draft hype and the NBA has an advantage when it comes to a focus on free agency, but baseball does it right with the Winter Meetings. You get a little bit of everything rolled into one. If I wasn’t a working stiff and I didn’t...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #189: Ian Kennedy | SP | SD

There were few bright spots for the last place San Diego Padres last season, but it’s indisputable that Ian Kennedy was one. Over the course of his 2014 campaign, Kennedy set career bests in many categories and enjoyed his second-best ERA and WHIP surpassed only by his stellar 2011. Unlike the memorable 2011 season, however, Kennedy did not fare well in BABIP or LOB%, so there’s...
Via Baseball Professor
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Update: Miami Marlins Edition

Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America When you think of the Miami Marlins a number of things come to mind. Most people think of one of the cheapest owners in professional sports. Others might think of fraud or other vaguely legalistic terms. I think of bulimia. No organization has been better at binging and purging over the years than the Marlins. Well, the 2015 version...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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