The staff describes a new batch of big leagers' strangest habits.
September 17, 2014 6:00 am
The staff shares its favorite stories from late-Septembers past.
These players and/or entities have been disappointing, absent, or in low esteem this year, but our staff sees bounce-back campaigns in store.
The staff runs down the hopefuls for this year's comeback awards.
The staff is eager to watch these players in the majors next month.
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August 27, 2014 6:00 am
These hot-corner players aren't owned in many leagues, but they might hold keeper value for 2015 and beyond.
If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye toward a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season—it’s more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within).
Garin Cecchini, Boston Red Sox
“Garin Cecchini has had a down year. His much-vaunted walk rate is down and his strikeout rate is up. Trading walks for strikeouts is not good. The good that might come of this is that his poor performance has potentially made him acquirable. We know that owners hate selling low, but if he has not been claimed or if he has been dropped, then I still think he is worth a shot. Since he’s still only 23 years old, 2014 might prove to be an adjustment year for Cecchini. Of course, it might not. But if it does, you are looking at a cheap third basemen that gives you a little bit of everything while playing half his games at Fenway. On top of that, opportunity is not unforeseeable as only Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt stand in front of him on the depth chart. Cecchini could also very easily be traded, potentially in a package including Boston’s many outfielders and number five/six starters. The advantage here is that the acquiring team probably likes Cecchini, meaning playing time would be likely. It is not a sexy gamble, but it is a gamble that (depending on your league) might just be cheap enough to be worth the risk.” —Jeff Quinton
With Rob Manfred elected to become the next commissioner, the staff looks back on the incumbent's time in office.
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August 15, 2014 6:00 am
Scouts' takes on Chris Davis, Aaron Judge, Sean Manaea, and other interesting players.
Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.
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After four teams gave us back-to-back 19-inning games over the weekend, the staff recounts some of its favorite bonus baseball affairs.
Want to work for the Brewers?
The staff loves (or loved) hearing these radio and TV announcers call games.
Breaking down the deals the staff would make before the deadline.