Found February 08, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
I’m not exactly sure where Martin Prado‘s 17 steals came from last year — he’d totaled just 13 in his prior four seasons — but you won’t find me complaining. It was great to see him get back to his .300+ average after a down .260 mark in 2011, and you can thank a return to Prado’s line-drive ways for that. In 2011 Prado’s line drive rate was just 14.6%. In 2010 and 2012 (when he batted .307 and .301, respectively), it was 21.0% and 22.8%, respectively. Now in Arizona, Prado is slated to bat fifth instead of second like he did in Atlanta. That means we’ll need to change our run and RBI projections for him when our 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide comes out on March 1, but overall they’ll most likely balance out. At a Glance Strengths: BA, OBP, CS Neutral: R, HR, RBI, SB, SLG, OPS Weaknesses: none Player Comparisons Best-case scenario: Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Likely scenario: Brandon Phillips (CIN), Eric Hosmer (KC), Howie Kendrick (LAA) Worst-case scenario: Zack Cozart (CIN) Marti...

Sources: Diamondbacks sign Hill

The Diamondbacks secured another of their infielders long-term on Friday, signing second baseman Aaron Hill to a three-year, $35 million extension, according to major-league sources. Hill, who earned $5.5 million last season, was eligible for free agency at the end of the season. The Diamondbacks recently signed another of their potential free-agent infielders, third baseman Martin...

D-backs, Hill agree to three-year extension

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill agreed Friday to a new three-year, 35 million contract. Hill's new deal will keep him in Arizona through 2016. He had signed a two-year, 11 million contract following the 2011 season and was set to earn 5.5 million this year in the final year of his contract. The 30-year-old Hill hit a career-best .302 with 26 home...

Aaron Hill agrees to three-year extension with Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a three-year extension worth $35 million with second baseman Aaron Hill. The extension will start in 2014, effectively making his contract worth four years and $40.5 million when his $5.5 million salary is taken into account. Hill, 31 in March, is coming off of a career year in 2012 in the desert, contributing 6.2 fWAR to the Diamondbacks while...

AP Source: D-backs, Hill agree to 3-year deal

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill have agreed to a new three-year, $35 million contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not been publicly announced. The 30-year-old infielder hit .302 with 26 home runs and 85 RBIs last season. He came to Arizona as...

Aaron Hill and Diamondbacks agree to three-year extension

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill have agreed to a three year extension worth $35 million. Hill would have become a free agent at the end of this season. He finished last season with a .302;/.360/.522 line while hitting 26 home runs and driving in 85 RBI. Hill also stole 14 bases for the Diamondbacks and provides steady defense...

Arizona Diamondbacks finalize deal with 2B Aaron Hill

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting this morning that the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a new three-year deal with 2B Aaron Hill worth a reported $35 million dollars. Hill appeared in 156 games last season for the Diamondbacks batting .302 while hitting 26 home runs and driving in 86. He added 14 stolen bases. Hill finished second on the Diamonds last season in home runs and...

How Much Will Chipper, Prado, Bourn and Ross Be Missed?

Chipper delivered a lot of clutch hits last season Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, David Ross and Michael Bourn have all left the Braves, and it is always difficult to see players move on to other teams or retirement.  In addition to performing well on the field, they were all popular in the clubhouse. Chipper Jones has been thought by many to be the most popular player in Atlanta...

Inbox 2-6-2013

If you're unfamiliar, I answer Bowman's inbox Q&As as if anyone cares about my opinion. Here's a link to his most recent inbox, with the questions and my answers below...   How do you compare last year's starting lineup to this year's, which will be without Martin Prado, Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones? -- Jerry A., Gainesville, Ga. Objectively speaking...
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