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Timeline of Nick Franklin’s Shorstop Defense Scouting Reports

Below is a timeline of Nick Franklin‘s shortstop defense scouting reports. Continue reading

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Nick Franklin: MLB Suitors Should Beware of His Defense at Shortstop

Going into the offseason, the Seattle Mariners obviously weren’t satisfied with their production up the middle. To address their concern, the Mariners boldly handed Robinson Cano a $240 million contract to man second base for the next decade. And with the more defensively apt Brad Miller entrenched at shortstop, it leaves 22-year-old Nick Franklin without a starting job.

But then again, middle infielders with a career minor league .819 OPS+ don’t grow on trees. The Mariners have reportedly been contacted about Franklin’s services by both the Tampa Bay Rays, per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, as well as the New York Mets, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Yet unlike the Rays, who might acquire Franklin as a means to stockpile unique talent, the Mets likely view the second baseman as a solve at shortstop. Continue reading

How Much MLB Teams Paid Per Win in 2013

Back in September 2011, I wrote an article entitled “How Much Money is a Win Worth?“, depicting how much teams paid for a win in the 2011 season. The take away from the article debunked the myth that a high payroll is the most effective way to win games.

To see if 2011’s conclusion still rung true, I created the below chart to identify how teams in 2013 fared. Continue reading

The Best Free-Agent Defensive Players Still Available

Surprisingly, Juan Uribe was the best defensive free agent before the offseason began.

Surprisingly, Juan Uribe was the best defensive free agent before the offseason began.

As expected, most of the big-name free-agents have signed contracts by this point.

That said, if the Baltimore Orioles decided to upgrade from Nolan Reimold, both Kendrys Morales and Nelson Cruz, who hit 23 and 27 home runs in 2013, respectively, are still looking for jobs. The same goes for the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels, both of whom could bolster their rotations by inking the likes of Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bronson Arroyo and even Masahiro Tanaka.

But when it comes to improving teams’ defenses last minute, the pickings might be slimmer.

The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe’s glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.

Player Pos. Inn UZR/150 DRS
Juan Uribe 3B 900.1 35.3 15
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1188.1 12.9 13
Mark Ellis 2B 950.0 7.8 12
Marlon Byrd RF 1168.1 2.6 12
Mike Napoli 1B 1097.1 13.3 10
David Murphy LF 980.1 15.5 8

Below is a position-by-position breakdown of the best free-agent defensive players still available.

Note: players must have logged at least 100 innings at a given position to become eligible. Continue reading

Ty Cobb Lives (Sort of)

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This is Ty Cobb. No, seriously.

It’s not particularly uncommon for “normal” people to share the same name with a celebrity. For instance, the Founder and CEO of Wanderful Interactive Storybooks is a guy named Mickey Mantle. And while the singer / songwriter James Taylor might be off the bottle, his Florida counterpart—also named James Taylor—had about “ten beers too many” on his somewhat recent 58th birthday.

Yet, sometimes, people sharing the same name with celebrities warrants everyone’s full attention. This is the case with top gun Hogan Lovells lawyer, Ty Cobb. Continue reading

Matt Harvey is Filling the R.A. Dickey Void

For an organization that refuses to fully acknowledge that they’re in rebuilding mode, the New York Mets made a pretty indicative move by trading ace R.A. Dickey this past off-season. Dickey, who won the Cy Young award in 2012 behind a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 4.26 K/BB over 233 and 2/3 innings, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on December 17, 2012 for a package of top minor league prospects. But considering the next best Mets pitcher in 2012 was Jonathon Niese (3.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 3.16 K/BB), Mets fans were rightfully worried how the team could possibly fill Dickey’s production void in 2013.

However, 3 starts into this season, it is evident that Matt Harvey will not only be the Mets ace in 2013, but also, for many years to come. Continue reading

Travis is the New Black[ley]

It took awhile for the former top Seattle Mariners prospect, but now, as a 29 year-old–and with his sixth organization–it appears as though Travis Blackley has finally found himself. Signed as an amateur free agent out of his native Melbourne, Australia, the 6′ 3″, 17 year-old southpaw seemed like the definition of a “can’t miss” prospect. Continue reading