Daniel Vogelbach Deal Continues Toronto’s Tepid Offseason
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by Jay Jaffe
4h ago
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Jays signed a lefty-swinging first baseman/designated hitter whose name begins with a V and an O, but it wasn’t Joey Votto. As position players report to camps, the longtime Red and all-time leader in games played by a Canadian-born major leaguer remains a free agent. Instead, the Blue Jays added Daniel Vogelbach on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. At his best, the well-traveled 31-year-old can help the Blue Jays, but in context, his limitations provide yet another reminder of the team’s underwhelming offseason. Vogelbach’s ..read more
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National League Teams Are Still Figuring Out This Whole DH Thing
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by Chris Gilligan
5h ago
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The introduction (and then reintroduction) of the designated hitter to the National League wasn’t the smoothest of rollouts. It was first brought about as a safety measure in the chaos of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, designed to relieve unnecessary stress on pitchers who were already dealing with a disrupted preseason. Despite the best efforts of the Players Association, the DH was removed from the NL for 2021, as the league declined to implement it without getting something in return (in this case, a delayed and potentially shortened season). A year lat ..read more
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Ben Clemens FanGraphs Chat – 2/20/24
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by Ben Clemens
5h ago
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Hendriks, Woodruff Set Stage for 2025 Returns
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by Michael Baumann
6h ago
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Worried that civilization is going to come to an end this year? Fear not. The Red Sox and Brewers have both made big bets that life will go on in 2025. Boston has signed reliever Liam Hendriks to a two-year, $10 million contract with a mutual option for 2026. In Milwaukee, Brewers ace Brandon Woodruff, who was non-tendered in November, will remain a Brewers ace for the time being; Jon Heyman reported Monday morning that Woodruff and the team were in agreement on their own two-year contract, the terms of which are as yet undisclosed. Based on their performance over ..read more
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Red Sox Prospect Kyle Teel on Developing as a Catcher
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by David Laurila
6h ago
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Prospect Week 2024 Cubs VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz on the Amateur Draft and His Evolving Role How's My Driving? A Visual Scouting Primer: Pitching, Part One Blake Butera Is Understandably Bullish on Tampa Bay's Prospect Pipeline 2024 Top 100 Prospects Reds Prospect Rhett Lowder Is a Chameleon on the Mound ZiPS 2024 Top 100 Prospects The Seven College Baseball Teams You Need to Know Updating the 2024 Draft Rankings Eric Kubota Ruminates on Two-Plus Decades as the A’s Scouting Director Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2025 Top 100 Less-Heralded Hitting ..read more
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Less-Heralded Hitting Prospects I Like in 2024
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by Ben Clemens
8h ago
Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK Prospect Week 2024 Cubs VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz on the Amateur Draft and His Evolving Role How's My Driving? A Visual Scouting Primer: Pitching, Part One Blake Butera Is Understandably Bullish on Tampa Bay's Prospect Pipeline 2024 Top 100 Prospects Reds Prospect Rhett Lowder Is a Chameleon on the Mound ZiPS 2024 Top 100 Prospects The Seven College Baseball Teams You Need to Know Updating the 2024 Draft Rankings Eric Kubota Ruminates on Two-Plus Decades as the A’s Scouting Director Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2025 Top 100 Les ..read more
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How To Say You’re Rebuilding Without Saying You’re Rebuilding: A Guide for General Managers
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by Davy Andrews
1d ago
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re reading this, you’re a general manager who has finally accepted the simple truth: Your team is a mess, and it’s time to rebuild. That’s a hard pill for anyone to swallow. It’s much easier to live in denial and hurl insults at Dan Szymborski when the ZiPS projections come out. I’m proud of you. An exciting but tenuous path lies before you. Ownership won’t be spending any more money to prop open the contention window. Now that you’ve come to terms with that reality, it’s time to get your fans on board too, and you must do so without ..read more
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Not All Steep Swings Are Created Equal
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by Esteban Rivera
1d ago
Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports There is no baseball topic that gets me more excited than swing diversity. A player’s swing is like a fingerprint: No two are the same. But even similar swings can yield extremely different results. There are many ways to compare swings, but because Vertical Bat Angle (VBA), the angle of the bat at contact relative to the ground, is the most accessible (thanks, SwingGraphs), it’s been my go-to proxy for the last year or so. Of course, you can always use your eyes to visually analyze swings, but having the data to confirm it helps inform the evaluation. Lately, my ..read more
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Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2025 Top 100
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by Eric Longenhagen and Tess Taruskin
1d ago
Kris Craig / USA TODAY NETWORK Prospect Week 2024 Cubs VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz on the Amateur Draft and His Evolving Role How's My Driving? A Visual Scouting Primer: Pitching, Part One Blake Butera Is Understandably Bullish on Tampa Bay's Prospect Pipeline 2024 Top 100 Prospects Reds Prospect Rhett Lowder Is a Chameleon on the Mound ZiPS 2024 Top 100 Prospects The Seven College Baseball Teams You Need to Know Updating the 2024 Draft Rankings Eric Kubota Ruminates on Two-Plus Decades as the A’s Scouting Director Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2025 Top 100 Less-Heralded Hittin ..read more
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Phillies Take the Walt Whit-Man Bridge
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by Michael Baumann
1d ago
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The Phillies have the most stable roster in the major leagues. Not the best, the most stable. All five rotation spots are spoken for, the bullpen is pretty well settled, and at least eight of their nine starting lineup spots have strong incumbents, all of them under team control through at least 2025. Four of them are under team control through 2027. This is a team that loves to throw around big money in free agency, but after re-signing Aaron Nola in November, and with an extension for Zack Wheeler looking likely, there isn’t really anyone obvious for the Phil ..read more
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