Posted on February 21, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part five of six, he brings you the American League West:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
Part 4: NL Central Players to Watch.
Houston Astros (more…)
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Posted on December 17, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The baseball offseason is a busy time. Really, no further introduction is needed for the notes from this past week.
***The hyperbole machine has been revved up to a fevered pitch now that the 2013 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has gone out and people have started debating the merits of various candidates. I will surely go into who I would vote for at a later time, but for now can offer up these thoughts: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Boston Red Sox, Free Agents, Hall of Fame, Josh Hamilton, Kevin Youkilis, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Noah Syndergaard, R.A. Dickey, Ryan Dempster, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Trades, Travis d'Arnaud | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 7, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Los Angeles Angels system has become depleted largely due to promotions of some guy named Mike Trout and Garrett Richards, trades that sent Jean Segura and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee, and poor showings in recent drafts. But there is a legitimate top prospect and some young players who could help the parent club soon.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
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Posted on November 30, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Los Angeles Angels, starved for starting pitching help, have dealt power reliever Jordan Walden to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for fading starter Tommy Hanson.
Hanson looked very promising after posting a +2.6 fWAR in 127.2 innings pitched his rookie season and following it up with a +4.4 fWAR season in 202.2 innings the very next season. But injuries and fading velocity have lead to declining seasons since his sophomore year in Atlanta. Take a look at his numbers each year since 2010: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, Hot Stove, Jordan Walden, Los Angeles Angels, MLB Winter Meetings, Tommy Hanson, Trades | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 14, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Detroit Tigers have reportedly agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter on a two-year deal worth $26M.
The 37-year old Hunter is coming off of a 2012 campaign where he hit .313/.365/.451 with a 130 wRC+ and 16 homeruns with 9 stolen bases in 10 attempts. His average and wRC+ were both career bests while his on-base percentage was .001 from his career high. Hunter does add value, especially with his glove in right field, but do not expect a repeat of his 2012 season where he was a +5.3 fWAR player although he could still be worth five wins to the Tigers. Let me explain. (more…)
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Posted on November 14, 2012 by Andrew Martin
WAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing; at least within the confines of this article. While they aren’t the end-all, be-all, I am a major proponent of advanced baseball stats because I believe they greatly enhance the understanding of many components of the game. Not everyone agrees, and traditionalists prefer more time-honored metrics like batting average, home runs, and RBIs in lieu of WAR, UZR, and other acronymic gauges. The 2012 American League MVP, which has already become the most hotly debated baseball topic in recent memory, is hurtling the two sides of the baseball stat spectrum to their Antietam and promises to last well after the final vote is announced tomorrow. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Chuck Klein, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Lou Gehrig, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, MVP, Ted Williams, Triple Crown | 3 Comments »
Posted on November 7, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
After a failed trade that would have sent Dan Haren from the Los Angeles Angels to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Carlos Marmol, Haren’s $15.5M 2013 option was declined by the Angels and he became a free agent.
Haren will be 32 on Opening Day and a pitcher with his track record would be in line for a big payday. Only problem is that Haren hit the disabled list for the first time in his career and saw his velocity sit in the upper-80s, marking the first time his fastball failed to average at least 90 mph. Haren could be a potential bargain and San Diego’s PETCO Park is the perfect fit.
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Posted on November 5, 2012 by Daniel Marino
Rafael Soriano opted out of a $14 million dollar deal with the Yankees in the hope that he can find a multi-year deal with another club. Rafael Soriano and his agent, Scott Boras, are both nuts. This off season, Soriano will be competing for a big pay-day with Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Valverde, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, and a slew of other relievers. Can Soriano really get the 4 year $60 million dollar contract he seeks? (more…)
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Posted on November 2, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Chicago Cubs have reportedly acquired starting pitcher Dan Haren from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for relief pitcher Carlos Marmol.
Haren comes with a price tag of $15.5M but Marmol, who had to waive his no-trade clause, relieves the Cubs of $9.1M in the final year of his contract. (more…)
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Posted on October 14, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Rookie of the Year Award, also referred to as the Jackie Robinson Award by the BBWAA and the Willie Mays Award by the BBA, does not have strict voting standards other than the fact that the player must be a rookie. The award, though, has caused many arguments thanks to the way some perceive the standard at which the award should be voted. (more…)
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