Found February 01, 2013 on
Josh Willingham has played for three different teams in the last three years. Chances are he’s also made the rounds in your fantasy league as well.
And that’s because Willingham has proven himself to be a borderline top-100 player (or better), yet no one really has any intention of valuing him that highly. You could even say we’re guilty of that with our 2013 projection (.261, 28 HR, 93 RBI). To reach those marks in the projected 145 games played, Willingham could finish with a lower HR/FB rate than he’s posted in either of the last two years while performing slightly above average as a clean-up hitter.
The problem with projecting (and drafting) Willingham is that his last two years are far and away better than what he’d done in the prior five. Before 2011, his two best seasons in homers were 26 and 24, and his two best seasons in RBI were 89 and 74. While it’s much more likely that he continues being the player we’ve seen in his last 281 games, I still think it’s prudent to be caut...
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Allow me to try to simplify the sabermetric revolution as much as I can:
Late 20th Century: we are evaluating baseball players
Early 21st Century: we were so wrong about our baseball player evaluation!
Less Early 21st Century: we were so wrong about our baseball player evaluation, again!
First, there were players, then there were numbers. Then there were better numbers, then there...
The Indians have signed free agent pitcher Matt Capps to a minor-league contract.
Capps' deal includes a non-roster invitation to spring training camp. The 29-year-old has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota. He opened last season closing for the Twins and had 14 saves in his first 15 chances. But Capps was slowed by shoulder inflammation...
The Indians have signed free-agent reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract.
Capps' deal, announced Thursday, includes a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota. He opened last season closing for the Twins and had 14 saves in his first 15 chances, but was slowed...
Next in line to start in center field for Minnesota is Aaron Hicks.
After trading both Denard Span and Ben Revere this offseason, the rebuilding Twins have an opening at one of the most important positions in the lineup. Hicks will have the first crack at it.
Manager Ron Gardenhire told general manager Terry Ryan he hopes Hicks wins the job, despite the fact that the 23-year-old...
The Minnesota Twins continue to wait on word from free agent
left-hander Joe Saunders, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500.
The Twins continue to await word from pitcher Joe Saunders'
agent, Greg Genske.
Wolfson adds that the Twins continue to believe internally
that Saunders prefers to pitch elsewhere next season. However, the left-hander
The Cleveland Indians have signed veteran reliever Matt Capps to a minor league deal. Capps pitched well in the first half of the 2012 season but missed almost the entire second half while dealing with shoulder issues.
By signing Capps to a minor league deal the Indians have little-to-no financial concerns should the 29-year-old prove to be unhealthy when the season starts. Should...
Right-hander Matt Capps, who was sidelined by a shoulder injury last season, signed to a minor-league contract by the Cleveland Indians with a non-roster invitation to the major-league camp, the team announced Thursday. Capps started last season as the Minnesota Twins closer before he suffered shoulder inflammation in the last half of the season. He saved 14 of 15 games. Overall...