Offseason Power Rankings – Jan 2
Jan02

Offseason Power Rankings – Jan 2

Not much has been happening in baseball land since the Winter Meetings, but it’s time to throw out some updated rankings for the new year. These rankings are strictly based off of Steamer projections and some playing time adjustments by FanGraphs. I’ll post the rankings and then review some of the moves that affected them. If a team lost a win, it is usually because another team gained one and someone has to lose it! The...

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Welcome Back Muni!
Dec24

Welcome Back Muni!

Munenori Kawasaki has signed a minor league deal with the Jays with an invite to Spring Training. Kawasaki was a fan favourite last year with his off field interviews and on-field heroics. Obviously the heroics were just a product of luck (1.18 Clutch), but Munenori had a productive season with the Jays posting 0.8 WAR in 289 PA. Over 600 PA that would equate to 1.6 WAR. It’s good to have him back! If you live under a rock and...

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Could Casey Janssen Net A Compensation Pick?
Dec22

Could Casey Janssen Net A Compensation Pick?

Casey Janssen has been the Jays’ closer for two years now and he’s done a hell of a job. His highest ERA in the past 3 seasons was 2.56. Janssen loves to pick the corners and try to get favourable calls at the knees from umpires. A pitch from him is rarely up in the zone. Casey has been one of the few bright spots over the past three rather bleak years for the Jays. I know it sounds ludicrous, but could Casey Janssen...

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Rangers Board The Choo Choo Train
Dec22

Rangers Board The Choo Choo Train

Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has reportedly signed a seven-year $130 million deal with the Texas Rangers. Choo is coming off a great bounce-back year in which he posted 5.2 fWAR on the strength of a .423 OBP. Yep, he got on base 1.86 times more often than J.P. Arencibia. Choo is a butcher in the field however; he has had a UZR under -15 in consecutive seasons. Due to his lack of defensive prowess, he will likely have to move to DH down...

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One Estimator to Rule Them All: xxFIP – Part 3
Dec18

One Estimator to Rule Them All: xxFIP – Part 3

If you missed part 1 (xK%) and part 2 (xBB%) they can be found here and here. I highly recommend reading them first. Today will be the final instalment of my 3 week look at xxFIP. I’ll talk a little about xHR/FB, and then get into some predictability results of xxFIP. Coming up with a formula for xHR/FB was very tricky. We know HR/FB has little to no correlation year to year. It had an R^2 below 0.001 for 2012-2013. Because of...

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