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Birth Date10-31-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight225 lbs
Age38 years, 1 months, 7 days
BatsR
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1.92015
1.72016
-0.22017
2018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 ANA 24 99 325 61 13 0 16 51 90 5 2 3 .228 .360 .455 124 11.7 0.1 0.2 2.7
2007 ANA 25 75 263 54 11 1 10 33 63 5 5 2 .247 .351 .443 105 2.7 1.1 -0.4 1.6
2008 ANA 26 78 274 62 9 1 20 35 70 5 7 3 .273 .374 .586 152 18.1 -2.6 -11.2 1.7
2009 ANA 27 114 432 104 22 1 20 40 103 7 3 3 .272 .350 .492 118 10.8 -0.8 -7.6 2.0
2010 ANA 28 140 510 108 24 1 26 42 137 11 4 2 .238 .316 .468 115 9.4 0.5 0.7 2.5
2011 TEX 29 113 432 118 25 0 30 58 85 3 4 2 .320 .414 .631 171 35.1 -1.8 -4.6 4.4
2012 TEX 30 108 417 80 9 2 24 56 125 7 1 0 .227 .343 .469 127 13.0 0.5 -14.9 1.3
2013 BOS 31 139 578 129 38 2 23 73 187 6 1 1 .259 .360 .482 113 9.3 -0.3 0.4 1.6
2014 BOS 32 119 500 103 20 0 17 78 133 4 3 2 .248 .370 .419 126 14.0 -1.8 0.0 1.9
2015 BOS 33 98 378 68 18 1 13 45 99 3 3 1 .207 .307 .386 110 5.8 -0.1 5.2 1.6
2015 TEX 33 35 91 23 2 0 5 12 19 1 0 2 .295 .396 .513 119 2.3 -0.3 -0.6 0.3
2016 CLE 34 150 645 133 22 1 34 78 194 5 5 1 .239 .335 .465 111 10.0 -3.4 3.6 1.7
2017 TEX 35 124 485 82 11 1 29 49 163 7 1 2 .193 .285 .428 98 0.1 -1.9 -5.5 -0.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2000 BUT Rk PIO 0 34 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CDR A MDW 43 183 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 RCU A+ CLF 7 28 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CDR A MDW 106 434 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 RCU A+ CLF 47 195 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 RCU A+ CLF 132 585 .000 .000 .000 .372 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARK AA TXS 131 541 .271 .330 .417 .272 111 13.5 12.3 4.8 132 0 5.8 1.1 21.7 4.6
2006 ANA MLB AL 99 325 .273 .338 .428 .276 102 7.3 9.8 5.8 124 10 0.2 0.1 11.7 2.7
2006 SLC AAA PCL 21 90 .268 .344 .414 .348 111 -2.5 2.0 0.8 77 0 0.1 0.0 -1.6 0.1
2007 ANA MLB AL 75 263 .278 .343 .434 .291 100 4.3 7.8 4.7 105 12 -0.4 1.1 2.7 1.6
2008 ANA MLB AL 78 274 .266 .333 .421 .294 102 21.1 7.9 4.7 152 11 -11.2 -2.6 18.1 1.7
2008 RCU A+ CLF 5 17 .297 .350 .448 .636 97 5.3 0.5 0.2 209 0 0.1 -0.4 0.9 0.1
2009 ANA MLB AL 114 432 .260 .330 .407 .321 103 13.7 12.4 4.9 118 13 -7.6 -0.8 10.8 2.0
2010 ANA MLB AL 140 510 .256 .320 .405 .279 100 8.2 14.1 -1 115 11 0.7 0.5 9.4 2.5
2011 TEX MLB AL 113 432 .260 .325 .414 .344 110 39.3 11.6 0.8 171 10 -4.6 -1.8 35.1 4.4
2011 ROU AAA PCL 4 18 .273 .355 .409 .111 109 1.8 0.6 0 129 0 -0.3 0.1 0.7 0.1
2012 TEX MLB AL 108 417 .256 .319 .412 .273 104 11 11.4 2.3 127 12 -14.9 0.5 13.0 1.3
2013 BOS MLB AL 139 578 .260 .319 .419 .367 102 18.1 15.2 -9.7 113 9 0.4 -0.3 9.3 1.6
2014 BOS MLB AL 119 500 .251 .312 .389 .321 101 17.7 12.9 -8.2 126 7 0.0 -1.8 14.0 1.9
2015 BOS MLB AL 98 378 .254 .314 .405 .252 116 -5.9 10.2 -6.5 110 9 5.2 -0.1 5.8 1.6
2015 TEX MLB AL 35 91 .255 .318 .411 .333 109 4.6 2.5 -1.1 119 9 -0.6 -0.3 2.3 0.3
2016 CLE MLB AL 150 645 .259 .324 .428 .296 113 2.4 18.2 -11.7 111 7 3.6 -3.4 10.0 1.7
2017 TEX MLB AL 124 485 .255 .323 .431 .225 112 -11.5 14.2 -9 98 9 -5.5 -1.9 0.1 -0.2
2017 FRI AA TEX 1 4 .243 .295 .366 .000 100 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -3 0 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2018 COH AAA INT 8 31 .262 .332 .405 .000 95 -2.8 0.9 -0.6 58 0 0.0 0.1 -1.2 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2000 BUT Rk PIO 34 26 3 6 2 0 0 8 3 8 8 1 0 .231 .412 .308 .077 0 0
2001 CDR A MDW 183 155 23 36 10 1 5 63 18 24 54 3 2 .232 .341 .406 .174 1 1
2001 RCU A+ CLF 28 20 3 4 0 0 1 7 4 8 11 0 0 .200 .429 .350 .150 0 0
2002 CDR A MDW 434 362 57 91 19 1 10 142 50 62 104 6 5 .251 .367 .392 .141 0 0
2003 RCU A+ CLF 195 165 28 44 10 1 4 68 26 23 32 5 0 .267 .370 .412 .145 0 0
2004 RCU A+ CLF 585 482 94 136 29 4 29 260 118 88 166 9 5 .282 .399 .539 .257 1 1
2005 ARK AA TXS 541 439 96 104 22 2 31 223 99 88 140 12 4 .237 .375 .508 .271 0 0
2006 SLC AAA PCL 90 78 12 19 6 0 3 34 10 8 29 1 1 .244 .344 .436 .192 0 0
2006 ANA MLB AL 325 268 47 61 13 0 16 122 42 51 90 2 3 .228 .360 .455 .228 1 0
2007 ANA MLB AL 263 219 40 54 11 1 10 97 34 33 63 5 2 .247 .351 .443 .196 5 1
2008 ANA MLB AL 274 227 39 62 9 1 20 133 49 35 70 7 3 .273 .374 .586 .313 6 1
2008 RCU A+ CLF 17 14 3 8 3 0 1 14 4 2 2 0 0 .571 .625 1.000 .429 0 0
2009 ANA MLB AL 432 382 60 104 22 1 20 188 56 40 103 3 3 .272 .350 .492 .220 3 0
2010 ANA MLB AL 510 453 60 108 24 1 26 212 68 42 137 4 2 .238 .316 .468 .230 4 0
2011 ROU AAA PCL 18 15 3 4 1 0 3 14 9 2 4 0 0 .267 .333 .933 .667 1 0
2011 TEX MLB AL 432 369 72 118 25 0 30 233 75 58 85 4 2 .320 .414 .631 .312 2 0
2012 TEX MLB AL 417 352 53 80 9 2 24 165 56 56 125 1 0 .227 .343 .469 .241 2 0
2013 BOS MLB AL 578 498 79 129 38 2 23 240 92 73 187 1 1 .259 .360 .482 .223 1 0
2014 BOS MLB AL 500 415 49 103 20 0 17 174 55 78 133 3 2 .248 .370 .419 .171 3
2015 BOS MLB AL 378 329 37 68 18 1 13 127 40 45 99 3 1 .207 .307 .386 .179 1 0
2015 TEX MLB AL 91 78 9 23 2 0 5 40 10 12 19 0 2 .295 .396 .513 .218 0 0
2016 CLE MLB AL 645 557 92 133 22 1 34 259 101 78 194 5 1 .239 .335 .465 .226 5 0
2017 FRI AA TEX 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2017 TEX MLB AL 485 425 60 82 11 1 29 182 66 49 163 1 2 .193 .285 .428 .235 3 0
2018 COH AAA INT 31 24 3 1 0 0 1 4 4 7 11 0 0 .042 .258 .167 .125 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1063 0.5014 0.4186 0.7056 0.6116 0.2245 0.7454 0.5966 0.2944 -0.0073
2009 1787 0.5070 0.4314 0.7069 0.6093 0.2486 0.7536 0.5890 0.2931 0.0059
2010 2070 0.5063 0.4391 0.6865 0.6240 0.2495 0.7523 0.5176 0.3135 -0.0006
2011 1882 0.5064 0.4017 0.7288 0.5803 0.2185 0.7776 0.5961 0.2712 -0.0057
2012 1830 0.4918 0.4055 0.6833 0.6044 0.2129 0.7335 0.5455 0.3167 0.0002
2013 2634 0.4996 0.4153 0.6609 0.5874 0.2436 0.7167 0.5265 0.3391 -0.0070
2014 2212 0.4833 0.3992 0.7225 0.5931 0.2178 0.7729 0.5944 0.2775 -0.0026
2015 2025 0.4933 0.4242 0.7392 0.6276 0.2261 0.8102 0.5474 0.2608 0.0035
2016 2909 0.4799 0.4400 0.6969 0.6325 0.2624 0.7633 0.5491 0.3031 0.0000
2017 2116 0.4858 0.4310 0.6579 0.6002 0.2711 0.7488 0.4678 0.3421 0.0000
Career205280.49430.42140.69720.60740.23960.75730.54930.3028-0.0013

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-18 2014-09-29 DTD 11 10 Left Foot Soreness -
2014-09-07 2014-09-08 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness -
2014-08-20 2014-08-23 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Spasms -
2014-07-29 2014-07-30 DTD 1 1 Left Fingers Swelling Index Finger -
2014-05-24 2014-06-08 15-DL 15 14 Right Fingers Sprain Ring Finger -
2014-05-21 2014-05-23 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2014-04-16 2014-04-17 DTD 1 1 Left Fingers Dislocation Ring Finger - -
2013-09-21 2013-09-27 DTD 6 4 Left Foot Plantar Fasciitis - -
2013-08-22 2013-08-24 DTD 2 1 Right Foot Plantar Fasciitis -
2013-08-17 2013-08-20 DTD 3 3 Left Foot Plantar Fasciitis - -
2013-06-14 2013-06-18 DTD 4 3 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-08-11 2012-09-16 15-DL 36 34 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-08-07 2012-08-10 DTD 3 2 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-07-14 2012-07-17 DTD 3 2 - Thigh Contusion Quadriceps From Collision - -
2012-05-27 2012-05-27 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-03-09 2012-03-16 Camp 7 0 Left Groin Soreness - -
2011-10-27 2011-10-27 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain Severe - -
2011-06-12 2011-07-04 15-DL 22 19 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-09-19 2010-09-20 DTD 1 1 Right Forearm Tightness -
2009-09-20 2009-09-23 DTD 3 3 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-02-16 2009-03-20 Camp 32 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Debridement 2008-10-31
2008-10-31 2008-10-31 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Debridement 2008-10-31
2008-07-06 2008-08-08 15-DL 33 27 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2007-07-28 2007-09-01 15-DL 35 33 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-07-02 2007-07-18 15-DL 16 10 Left Ankle Sprain High Ankle -
2007-05-27 2007-05-27 DTD 0 0 Laceration -
2007-03-12 2007-03-18 Camp 6 0 Face Surgery Wisdom Teeth Removed 2007-03-16
2003-08-01 2003-08-01 Minors 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum - Date Is Estimated - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 TEX $6,000,000
2016 CLE $7,000,000
2015 BOS $16,000,000
2014 BOS $16,000,000
2013 BOS $5,000,000
2012 TEX $9,400,000
2011 TEX $5,800,000
2010 ANA $3,600,000
2009 ANA $2,000,000
2008 ANA $425,000
2007 ANA $395,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$71,620,000
11 yrTotal$71,620,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 151 dParagon Sports1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/27/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.75M in majors. May earn additional $3.25M in performance bonuses. Released by Cleveland 3/22/18. Retired 12/8/18.
  • 1 year/$8.5M (2017), plus 2018 club option. Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/16/17. 17:$6M, 18:$11M club option ($2.5M buyout). Texas declined 2018 option 11/6/17.
  • 1 year/$7M (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/5/16. May earn an additional $3M in performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 450, 500, 550, 600, 625, 645 plate appearances.
  • 2 years/$32M (2014-15). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 12/12/13. 14:$16M, 15:$16M. Limited no-trade protection. Acquired by Texas in trade from Boston 8/7/15 with $4,983,606 remaining on contract. Red Sox to pay about $3.5M, with Rangers paying balance of about $1.5M.
  • 1 year/$5M (2013). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/17/13. May earn additional $8M in roster and performance bonuses: 1) Full $8M with 165 days on active roster, or 2) $0.5M each for 30, 60, 90, 120 days on active roster and 300, 325, 350, 375 plate appearances. $1M each for 400, 475, 550, 625 PAs.
  • 1 year/$9.4M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 2/12/12 (avoided arbitration, $11.8M-$8.3M).
  • 1 year/$5.8M (2011). Acquired by Toronto in trade from LA Angels 1/21/11. Acquired by Texas in trade from Toronto 1/25/11 (Rangers paid Jays less than $1M cash in the deal). Signed by Texas 1/29/11 (avoided arbitration, $6.1M-$5.3M).
  • 1 year/$3.6M (2010). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2M (2009). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/19/09 (avoided arbitration). Award bonuses: $50,000 for All Star. $75,000 for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP. $0.1M for WS MVP. $0.15M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd or 3rd in vote, $50,000 for 4th or 5th).
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2008). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2007). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by LA Angels 11/05. Re-signed by LA Angels 2/06.
  • Drafted by Anaheim 2000 (17-500) (Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 380 54 85 16 1 19 56 47 109 2 1 .260 .361 .489 124 18.9 1B -1 1.9
80o 361 49 77 14 1 17 51 42 106 2 1 .246 .342 .460 117 13.6 1B -1 1.3
70o 347 46 73 14 1 16 48 40 104 2 1 .242 .337 .454 111 10.0 1B -1 1.0
60o 336 43 68 13 1 15 45 37 102 2 1 .232 .325 .437 107 7.2 1B -1 0.7
50o 325 41 64 12 1 14 42 35 100 2 1 .225 .317 .421 102 4.7 1B -1 0.4
40o 314 38 60 11 1 13 40 33 97 2 1 .217 .307 .406 98 2.3 1B -1 0.1
30o 303 36 56 11 1 12 38 31 95 2 1 .210 .298 .393 93 -0.1 1B -1 -0.1
20o 289 33 52 10 1 11 35 28 92 1 1 .203 .288 .379 88 -2.6 1B -1 -0.4
10o 270 30 47 9 1 10 31 25 88 1 1 .195 .278 .365 81 -5.7 1B -1 -0.7
Weighted Mean328416512114433610021.226.319.4201045.41B -10.5

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tucker, how productive do you think Nick Williams can be at the MLB level, and is Jorge Alfaro the real McCoy behind the dish? Thanks!
(chopper from indy)
Nick Williams is likely not hitting .300, because he swings at basically everything. I am a known advocate of Williams, but that does not mean that I endorse his complete lack of approach at the plate. However, it's been a long year and I've seen him plenty this season. I'm not worried about the AFL mess he has currently. I think Williams can be a .260-270 20HR type in his peak, but the risk is still evident. Can he cut back on the swing-and-miss enough? Swinging at a ball in the dirt or 2 feet outside will cause issues.

Jorge Alfaro is an enigma. Athletic for a catcher and runs like a bulldozer, but his game is often too violent. I remain pessimistic about his chances to consistently player behind the plate, but what if he is a Mike Napoli type? I think the bat is fine, and he will need to just lessen the aggressiveness and violence in his swing. He gets those hips turning and sometimes he flies all over the place and loses his swing mechanics. (Tucker Blair)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think experts are trying to play it safe with Jose Abreu? I know Cuban pitchers aren't near the level of MLB pitchers, but Abreu put up absolutely insane numbers even when compared to Puig and Cespedes. I'd like to think his upside is massive.
(Brandon from Florida)
I think they're playing it safe because 1B is such a deep position that there's no need to assume so much risk. I've read some pretty conservative expectations for Abreu, so I get where you're coming from, but are we THAT convinced he'll be measurably better than Brandon Moss or Mike Napoli next year? That would only make him a fringe top-20 at first base. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have in a redraft league, all things being equal: Michael Cuddyer or Mike Napoli?
(Guancous from Washington DC)
Napoli. Cuddyer ain't gonna hit for a .382 BABIP again, and I think Nap has another 30- homer campaign left in that bat. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can keep one of the following three first basemen (10 team h2h 5x5). Where is the value? Matt Adams at the cost of a 12th round pick? Freddie Freeman at the cost of 7th? Mike Napoli at the cost of a 12th?
(Andrew from Canada)
Freeman at the cost of a 7th rounder is very good value in my mind. I would go there. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see James Loney landing?
(yancyeaton from Fort Myers, FL)
Who needs a first baseman would be the question. Tampa Bay is the only team that has been linked to him, but maybe Loney leaves if he can squeeze a two-year deal out of someone. It's a fairly thin market, though, as a lot of teams already have a first baseman tied up to a deal. The White Sox could be players if they don't resign Paul Konerko, and the same could be said for Boston if Mike Napoli walks. Loney is probably a one-year stopgap at best, and it's entirely possible he goes the route of Russell Branyan and doesn't find a taker this winter despite the incredibly strong campaign in 2013. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Pirates do about their first base situation going into next season?
(Dave from Pittsburgh)
It's an interesting question. They could bring back Morneau, but it really seems like he's not ever going to be Justin Morneau again. A first baseman that slugged .411 with a 323 on-base just doesn't seem like a good answer. Mike Napoli may be available if the Red Sox don't lock him up between the end of the Series and the start of free agency, but aside from him, I think the Pirates might have to see what they can find on the trade market. Or, sign Morneau, cross your fingers, and power up at other positions. (Matthew Kory)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Long time Tower of Power listene. Seems like a lot of VA love. Mid Round Risks- What are your thoughts on Utley, Carl Crawford and Mike Napoli? Do you see any of these guys surprising by putting up early round talent?
(Jason from Charlottesville, VA)
thanks for the patronage..especially from my birth state (Fredericksburg). I like Crawford the best; anything over 450 PA for Utley or Napoli has to be considered a bonus. I don't see any of the producing top 75 value. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I love using BP's Player Forecast Manager as a major tool during a draft. In your opinion give a couple of players that PECOTA is too Bullish on as well as too Bearish.
(rupertoooo from Lorton, VA)
I like Aaron Hill, Maro Estrada, Doug Fister, and Carlos Santana a bit more. Not quite as high on Anthony Rizzo and I'm nervous about Mike Napoli's hips. Like Shakira's, they don't lie except unlike Shakira's, I don't like what they're saying. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Paul, thanks for the chat. For a deep keeper lg that's 20*35 with options to play two catchers, who do you decide to keep for $2: Hanigan or Iannetta? Or Neither? It's yet keeper dealine and only FA in the pool Mike Napoli probably won't last until my pick (late first round.)
(Grout from SD)
You're welcome. Thanks for joining. Iannetta is my choice there. Hanigan is a much better *real* player. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite player that is not a marquee name or highly regarded ? For me its Taylor Pastornicky, I like his approach and flare he plays with
(Derek from Georgia)
I used to really like Mark Bellhorn for the same reasons. He seemed like a guy who was squeezing the most out of his meager (compared to other major leaguers) skills. Now? I'm a big Hit It Over The Wall guy so I'm really looking forward to seeing Mike Napoli in Fenway. Power and patience are my favorite skills and that's Napoli summed up. (Matthew Kory)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Geoff, What is wrong with Mike Napoli? Does he not like Fenway Park as much as they like him?
(Steve G. from STL)
Hi Steve, thanks for the question. From what I understand, questions about Napoli's hip condition have kept things on hold. Those questions scared the Mariners away, clearing a path for the Red Sox, who understandably are being careful. Stay tuned. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank the top 5 catchers for the rest of 2012 in an obp league?
(Jim from NY)
1- Buster Posey
2- Joe Mauer
3- Yadier Molina
4- Brian McCann
5- Mike Napoli

Miguel Montero and Matt Wieters could easily jump into the mix. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What was your first reaction when you heard about the Vernon Wells trade?
(Erix from Toronto)
First reaction was that they would be getting something else back, like Kyle Drabek or $50 million or both, and it just hadn't been announced. Second reaction was that Vernon Wells and Juan Rivera were awfully close to the same player. Third was like that feeling you get when some drugged-out celebrity dies, that sorrowful realization that they finally reached that tragic end that we all worried about but watched happen without doing anything to stop it. They had traded Mike Napoli for nothing. For less than nothing. For, basically, a $50 million loss. That night was more exciting to me, in a way, than the morning the Angels signed Pujols and Wilson. Staring into the abyss and all that. (Sam Miller)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have to chose to either save Russell Branyan or Mike Napoli from an old timey movie villain. And you have 30 seconds to decide. Go!
(J. Shepard from California)
I really need to see this visually to decide. Go! (Sam Miller)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Either, Neither, or Both: B. Hawpe / C. Jackson make an impact for Rangers this year?
(Oh Snap from A Mountain)
Jackson has hit .232/.312/.323 over the past three seasons. Any impact he made will be classified as "dead cat bounce." Hawpe hit .239/.324/.389 over the past two seasons, but part of that was in Petco, and he always had more power than Jackson, but I'd be hard-pressed to call his potential contribution "impact" even if he does well, barring significant injuries to either Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, or Michael Young that would bring him significant playing time. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it crazy to draft Carlos Santana in round 2-3? He gets more playing time than other catchers because he plays some 1B/DH for Cleveland. His AVG screams for a correction this year. Can easily do 30/100 if he continues his development.
(PJ from Bronx)
Don't get me wrong, I like Santana, but that's definitely too early for him. You can say the same for Mike Napoli and he doesn't have to make good on upside... and I still wouldn't take Napoli that early. It's a bit more defensible in a deep two-catcher league, like an AL-only league, but I wouldn't jump the gun on him. (Derek Carty)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be your vote for the AL Manager of the Year? Also, will Mike Napoli be eligible for the ALDS after his kiss to the Angel dugout in the season's last game incites a brawl? :-)
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
Good question. A few weeks ago I'd have said Terry Francona, but his stubborn refusal to move Lackey out of the rotation and stretch Aceves out is one of the main factors in the team's slide.

I think Jim Leyland might be a good choice given that you really have to squint to figure out how Detroit has gotten to the top of the AL Central given all of their injuries and roster mismatches. That's also a credit to Dave Dombrowski, whose acquisitions of Wilson Betemit and Doug Fister have really helped. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I want you to defend the Vernon Wells trade right now. Take your best shot.
(Steven from New Orleans)
He was pretty good the year before, Mike Napoli wasn't going to play anyway, and he was part of a concerted effort to vastly improve the outfield defense behind a flyball-oriented staff. And, somehow, in some magical accounting way that nobody understands, the money didn't matter. That's the best there is, and it's an awful, awful defense. (Sam Miller)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tommy, Marc has told us who some of the players he has special love for. Care to give us a few of yours? Thanks, Dan
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
Hmm, let's say Mike Napoli, Angel Pagan, Jhoulys Chacin, Julio Teheran, and Shaun Marcum (Tommy Bennett)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Scioscia has now pinch-hit for Mike Napoli twice, once with Sarge Jr. and last night with Maicer Izturis. Sure, Izturis got a sac-fly and eventually Mathis had the walk-off hit, but that still doesn't justify taking the bat out of Napoli's hands in either situation, especially for those two hitters. Why does Scioscia keep doing this?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
The Izturis move actually *was* sensible. With one out and a runner on third, contact matters a lot, and with Chamberlain pitching and Izturis available, there was a good matchup to be had.

The repeated use of Matthews for Napoli is just wrong and should be stopped immediately. I can probably come up with degenerate cases where it makes sense, but most of those involve pitchers not in this series. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your read on Mike Napoli? How does he not have a full time job?
(Matt from SF, CA)
Napoli is a fine hitter but below average behind the dish, -8 FRAA here, and 11/63 (17%) in catching base stealers; I have no idea what pitchers think about throwing to him but maybe they don't love it. Let's remember that ex-catcher Scioscia's certainly got a point of view here too.

Meanwhile, Mathis was +7, while throwing out 26% by comparison. They're both young, they both have their merits (I don't think Mathis is as bad as we saw with the bat this year or Napoli as good), and so long as the Angels have a surplus that they don't need to turn into something else, they can afford to share the job while they sort out who's who. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, What's your take on the Rays and Posey at #1? I see he hit another two homeruns last night, yet he isn't seen as someone who will hit more than 15? He's been incredible, is he slowly working his way into that catching fantasy dream of 20-25 Hr potential range?
(Parker Posey from Filmlore)
My pal Drew has been irrationally high on him for a while, but it turns out he may be right. He's a premium defensive player that's been hitting well (and he's the Noles closer!) I think KG hits the nail on the head when he says that Posey is likely to be good, but Beckham's got a chance to be great. Teams -- well, the Rays -- will have to decide how much risk to take in search of the upside. From what I've heard, Posey's upside is being a league avg catcher with some power (15-20). That would look awful nice in the Rays roster. Who would that be today? (Pause as I run a quick stats search ... and listening to "Up!" by M83) Man, there's just no good comp. 2007 version of Yadi Molina without the defense and more power? Mike Napoli? Is that 1:1? (Will Carroll)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Im not sure if a fantasy question is up your alley, but im in a 5x5 head to head 12 team mixed league and am lacking in pitching, i have offered Joe Nathan J.J. Hardy, and Joey Votto(1b and OF eligiable), along with either Khalil Greene or Mike Napoli (Soto is my starter) for Chris Young, Derek Jeter, and Kosuke Fukudome; would this deal be beneficial to me?
(Keith from Naugatuck, CT)
It's been a long time since I played in a 5x5 league, but I guess I would have to see who you have at the positions you're giving up in order to be able to fully answer your question. It sounds OK, but I would have to know more.

Having said that, making deals in fantasy is part of the fun. All ofyou: Roll the dice! Get on the phone! Play Trader Lane in the privacy of your tool shed. You're there to have fun. (Jim Baker)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 aax .000 0.0 4371 .000 0.4 117 -.052 -.003 4.1 3.4 5.8
2006 aaa .002 0.3 600 .000 0.0 13 .024 .000 -0.2 -0.1 0.1
2006 mlb .001 0.8 3416 .001 -0.6 54 -.003 .004 0.1 -1.2 0.2
2007 mlb .001 0.6 2971 .000 -0.3 60 .007 .002 -0.3 -0.2 -0.4
2008 afa .000 0.0 160 .000 0.0 2 -.015 -.003 0.0 0.0 0.1
2008 mlb -.015 -9.5 2887 .001 -0.8 54 .027 .005 -1.0 -11.8 -11.2
2009 mlb -.005 -4.7 3885 .001 -0.7 87 .029 .010 -1.5 -7.1 -7.6
2010 mlb -.010 -5.8 2745 .000 -0.3 62 -.002 .007 0.1 -5.7 0.7
2011 mlb -.008 -4.0 2117 .000 0.0 31 .000 -.003 0.1 -4.1 -4.6
2011 aaa -.002 0.0 81 .000 0.0 3 .005 .000 0.0 0.4 -0.3
2012 mlb -.023 -14.3 2940 -.001 0.4 49 .025 -.001 -0.7 -15.2 -14.9

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