Posted on April 1, 2013 by Andrew Martin
Major League Baseball’s 2013 Opening Day is finally here! With another season comes the return of Baseball Notes. Without a single regular season game having yet been played, there is already plenty to talk about. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Buster Posey, C.C. Sabathia, Detroit Tigers, Jackie Bradley Jr., Johan Santana, Jose Fernandez, Justin Verlander, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Miguel Tejada, New York Mets, New York Yankees, opening day, Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco Giants | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 17, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino is trekking 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.
He has already given us his AL East Players to Watch. Now, in part two of six, he brings you the National League East: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, Bill Bray, Blake DeWitt, Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, Christian Bethancourt, Daniel Murphy, Domonic Brown, Drew Storen, Eric O'Flaherty, Eury Perez, Frank Francisco, Gerald Laird, Jacob Turner, Jhonatan Solano, John Mayberry, Jonathan Pettibone, Jordan Schafer, Jordany Valdespin, Kyle Kendrick, Marlon Byrd, Matt Downs, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Soriano, Reese Havens, Ricky Nolasco, Sean Gilmartin, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yuniesky Betancourt, Zach Duke, Zack Cox | 4 Comments »
Posted on December 4, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Miami Marlins, desperate to rid themselves of shortstop Yunel Escobar and his $5M salary, have dealt him to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for prospect Derek Dietrich in what looks like a steal of a deal for the Rays.
Yunel Escobar is coming off of his worst offensive season with a career worst 75 wRC+ and .300 on-base percentage. His career marks coming into the 2012 season were 109 wRC+ and a .366 OBP. In fact, from 2007-2011 Escobar had the seventh highest fWAR total among shortstops. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Andrew Friedman, Ben Zobrist, Derek Dietrich, Hak-Ju Lee, Jeff Keppinger, Miami Marlins, MLB Winter Meetings, Prospects, Ryan Roberts, Tampa Bay Rays, Trades, Yunel Escobar | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 14, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
You have probably heard by now that the Miami Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria have fooled the tax paying citizens by robbing them of hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new stadium while promising to put a competitive team on the field.
The Marlins did spend big on free agents last offseason but only to see the team trade them, and their other high profile and high priced players, the following offseason. Oh, and the free agents they did sign were signed to such heavily back loaded contracts that, just maybe, we should have seen this type of move from Loria on the horizon.
Loria is, without a doubt, the worst owner in the game and Major League Baseball should step in and make sure this does not happen again. Loria has fooled fans and taken advantage of the system far too many times and should not be allowed to own an MLB team.
But, when you look at this trade simply as a baseball move I believe the Marlins did a fantastic job of unloading money, aging veterans with escalating salaries, expiring contracts that were expensive, and collecting talent, especially young controllable talent. Take a look at the contracts that are leaving the Marlins payroll: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adeiny Hechavarria, Anthony DeSclafani, Emilio Bonifacio, Henderson Alvarez, Jake Marisnick, Jeff Mathis, Jeffrey Loria, John Buck, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins, Prospects, Toronto Blue Jays, Trades, Yunel Escobar | 2 Comments »
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…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Brad Lidge, Brian Wilson, Chris Youn, Dan Haren, Fernando Rodney, Francisco Rodriguez, Free Agents, Heath Bell, Jon Rauch, Jonathan Broxton, Jose Valverde, Josh Thole, Kelly Shoppach, Kyle Lohse, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Mike Aviles, Mike Matheny, Mike Redmond, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Ozzie Guillen, Rafael Soriano, Ramon Ramirez, Robin Ventura, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Madson, Scott Coolbaugh, Scott Hairston, Tim Byrdak, Trades | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Alex Rodriguez’s alarming inability to make contact during the playoffs leads many to believe that the clock is about to strike midnight on his immensely talented but polarizing career. The Yankees are likely to find the 5 years and $114 million he is due after this season to be an unpalatable mouthful to swallow, making his trade or release a real possibility this off-season. His departure may now be further hastened by his attempt to obtain two female fans’ phone numbers during a Game 1 ALCS loss in which he contributed a hollow 0 for 3 with a strikeout. Some may see this as no big deal, but it is fair criticism and vintage A-Rod. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: ALCS, Alex Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees | 3 Comments »
Posted on August 31, 2012 by Junius Worth
Infographic by Craig Robinson, on twitter as @Flipflopflying
All the context you need to know is that culture is highly correlated to the pulse of the baseball environment. Baseball is but a Summer poem and the beauty of the game, the LYRICAL aspect interlaces itself into the lives of fathers and sons, and daughters and America.
It goes all the way back to the beginning, baseball has been part of Amrica’s popular culture as early as the 1850′s, celebrated in art, story and song. The Beastie Boy’s have since their beginning have also had a close relationship to popular culture, been on top of it and pretty quickly put their mark on it. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Anthony Rendon, Christian Yelich, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Hit Tool, Houston Astros, Jonathan Singleton, Jurickson Profar, Kansas City Royals, Kolten Wong, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Minor leagues, Nick Castellanos, Nolan Arenado, Oscar Taveras, Oswaldo Arcia, Prospects, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Wil Myers | 4 Comments »
Posted on August 20, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Baseball has long marketed itself on the narrative that it is the national pastime, where the true players play for the love of the game over any other alternative gains. To play is to personify purity, gamesmanship, and national pride, among other superlatives. While those things may have occasionally been true, they have been used as window dressing to establish baseball’s public persona since becoming professionalized. There are many things I love about baseball, but there is no denying that one of its primary cornerstones is greed, which seems to be growing stronger every passing day and clouding the future. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Fausto Carmona, Greed, Jaun Carlos Oviedo, Leo Nunez, Melky Cabrera, Miami Marlins, Roberto Hernandez, San Francisco Giants | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 31, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Peter Gammons is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals are shipping third base prospect Zack Cox to the Miami Marlins in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Edward Mujica. The Cardinals are adding Mujica in an effort to bolster their bullpen which boasts the second worst fWAR total at -0.2 and the third worst FIP and HR/9 rates in the Majors. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Edward Mujica, Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Trades, Zack Cox | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 23, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Miami Marlins, who were thought to be buyers just a few weeks ago, have sent starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jacob Turner, Brian Flynn, and Rob Brantly in what looks like a win-win trade at the moment. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Anibal Sanchez, Brian Flynn, Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers, Jacob Turner, Miami Marlins, Omar Infante, Rob Brantly, Trades | Leave a Comment »