Mookie Betts leads the pack among right fielders in the 2010s. I gave him the nod over the gentlemen below because Betts has played at an extremely high level since his debut and has simply brought a lot of value to his teams in a short period of time. He has posted at least 6 rWAR in every full season he has played, and he has played between 250 and 400 fewer games than the other guys in this section. Betts is the owner of a .301/.374/.519 career triple-slash and brought the coveted power-speed combo to the Red Sox for the first six years of his career, launching 139 home runs and stealing 126 bags in that time frame. The one-time MVP will now suit up in Chavez Ravine for the Dodgers and look to get this next decade started right. Worth noting, of course, is that he’ll be there for the next 12 years on the heels of a $365 million extension.Read more "Best of the Decade: Right Field"
Fangraphs and Baseball Reference agree on the top four left fielders of the past decade though they don’t quite agree on the order. This brings us to a debate of elite quality versus very high quantity; WAR is a counting stat so if you play more games at a high level, you end up with a higher WAR. Still, though, playing fewer games at an elite level is incredibly valuable. I’ll settle the debate.Read more "Best of the Decade: Left Field"
Robinson Cano outplayed his competition at second base by so much over the past decade that he gets his own heading. Prior to his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, he was nearly a lock for the Hall of Fame. Before his 2018 suspension, Cano had accrued 64.4 rWAR, a .305/.354/.494 triple-slash, and 2376 hits in 13 seasons. The suspension put a damper on his Hall of Fame chances but it doesn’t change the fact that he was far and away the best second baseman of the decade.Read more "Best of the Decade: Second Base"
There are not many players in baseball who will be able to replace Seager’s production. Manny Machado is one of the few.Read more "The Dodgers Should Trade for Manny Machado"
This offseason has been one of the slowest in history. The top five free agents? Unsigned. We are now less than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting.Read more "A Deeper Look at the Slow Offseason"
This is the second installment in a six-part series in which I will go division by division and recap the biggest storylines of each team’s season. To find the recaps for other divisions, follow the links below. NL East NL Central AL Central NL West AL West All WAR metrics are fWAR unless otherwise stated. […]Read more "2017 Recap: AL East"
I understand that there are “unwritten rules” about baseball, and that if you go hard into second base, you leave yourself open to getting beaned, but the fact of the matter is that throwing at a guy doesn’t solve the issue. It won’t un-injure the player on your team that got hurt. This isn’t a tit-for-tat deal.Read more "If It’s Not Written Down, It’s Not a Rule"
Running down the Dodgers and Rays’ swap of De Leon and Forsythe.Read more "Evaluating the Trade: Rays get Jose De Leon from Dodgers for Forsythe"
It’s safe to say that a lot of people don’t like Curt Schilling. And that might be an understatement.
Whether it be his hatred for and frequent run-ins with the media post-career, repeated sharing of offensive material on Twitter, or his seemingly arrogant attitude in general, Schilling does not have as many fans as he did when he was a player. But I’m firmly of the belief that if it happened once his career ended, he should not be penalized for it in the Hall of Fame race.Read more "Curt Schilling should be in the Hall of Fame"
On Tuesday (December 6th), Chris Sale, strikeout machine, perennial Cy Young contender, and five-time all-star, was dealt for top prospects 2B Yoan Moncada and SP Michael Kopech, and two low-level (SP Victor Diaz and CF Luis Alexander Basabe) prospects. Both teams benefited from the trade in one way or another; the Red Sox acquired one of the best pitchers in baseball […]Read more "The Nationals were the real losers of the Chris Sale trade"