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Birth Date8-8-1989
Height6' 3"
Weight240 lbs
Age25 years, 1 months, 9 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2010
-1.02011
1.62012
2.32013
5.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 SDN 21 49 153 128 9 18 8 1 1 31 21 46 4 0 0 9 2 1 .141 .281 .242 .221 -7.2 -2.3 -1.0
2012 CHN 22 87 368 337 44 96 15 0 15 156 27 62 3 1 0 48 3 2 .285 .342 .463 .288 15.5 -0.8 1.6
2013 CHN 23 160 690 606 71 141 40 2 23 254 76 127 6 2 0 80 6 5 .233 .323 .419 .264 10.5 11.1 2.3
2014 CHN 24 130 572 490 82 137 23 1 31 255 65 108 13 4 0 72 4 4 .280 .376 .520 .336 46.7 -2.4 4.9
Career426178315612063928647069618934326702091512.251.340.446.28865.45.57.8

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 RSX Rk 6 24 .292 .261 .347 .377 .282 .278 97 0.8 0.7 -0.5 0.1 0.5 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2008 GRN A 21 87 .323 .260 .326 .386 .259 .456 107 5.7 2.5 -1.6 -1.4 0.5 7.2 0.6 7.2 0.6
2009 GRN A 64 274 .331 .263 .331 .377 .270 .364 96 20.1 7.8 -5 1.5 -1.0 22.3 2.5 22.3 2.5
2009 SLM A+ 55 229 .283 .263 .331 .397 .261 .354 102 6.3 7.5 -4.8 1.4 -3.8 5.0 0.7 5.0 0.7
2010 SLM A+ 29 135 .272 .263 .337 .394 .258 .300 107 1.8 4.0 -2.5 -0.3 1.7 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
2010 PME AA 107 467 .281 .260 .335 .397 .258 .303 109 10.3 13.5 -8.6 7.8 -2.2 15.2 2.3 15.2 2.3
2011 SDN MLB 49 153 .221 .246 .313 .379 .253 .210 93 -5.8 4.1 -2.5 -2.3 -2.3 -7.2 -1.0 -7.2 -1.0
2011 TUC AAA 93 413 .335 .290 .360 .461 .268 .369 108 36.3 12.8 -8.2 8.6 1.7 48.1 5.4 48.1 5.4
2011 TDE Wnt 6 24 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 CHN MLB 87 368 .288 .252 .314 .398 .258 .310 101 10.2 10.1 -6.4 -0.8 -0.7 15.5 1.6 15.5 1.6
2012 IOW AAA 70 284 .375 .278 .341 .434 .271 .357 92 36.7 8.4 -5.4 10.4 -3.2 38.1 4.8 38.1 4.8
2013 CHN MLB 160 690 .264 .249 .312 .383 .254 .258 104 2.8 18.1 -11.6 11.1 -1.8 10.5 2.3 10.5 2.3
2013 ITA int 5 22 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 CHN MLB 130 572 .336 .250 .313 .384 .263 .299 95 40.5 14.8 -9.5 -2.4 1.9 46.7 4.9 46.7 4.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 RSX Rk 24 6 6 0 0 1 3 1 2 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .143 .292 3.6 0.1 0.4
2008 GRN A 87 9 31 6 0 0 11 3 15 0 0 .373 .402 .446 .072 .323 7.2 -1.4 0.6
2009 GRN A 274 40 73 21 0 9 42 25 60 2 1 .298 .368 .494 .196 .331 22.3 1.5 2.5
2009 SLM A+ 229 23 59 16 0 3 24 25 39 2 0 .295 .376 .420 .125 .283 5.0 1.4 0.7
2010 SLM A+ 135 26 29 12 0 5 20 16 32 3 0 .248 .338 .479 .231 .272 6.0 -0.3 0.6
2010 PME AA 467 66 109 30 0 20 80 45 100 7 1 .263 .338 .481 .217 .281 15.2 7.8 2.3
2011 TDE Wnt 24 4 7 1 0 1 2 3 6 0 0 .333 .417 .524 .190 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 TUC AAA 413 64 118 34 1 26 101 43 89 7 6 .331 .404 .652 .320 .335 48.1 8.6 5.4
2011 SDN MLB 153 9 18 8 1 1 9 21 46 2 1 .141 .281 .242 .102 .221 -7.2 -2.3 -1.0
2012 IOW AAA 284 48 88 18 2 23 62 23 52 2 2 .342 .405 .696 .354 .375 38.1 10.4 4.8
2012 CHN MLB 368 44 96 15 0 15 48 27 62 3 2 .285 .342 .463 .178 .288 15.5 -0.8 1.6
2013 ITA int 22 4 4 2 0 0 6 5 3 0 0 .235 .409 .353 .118 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 690 71 141 40 2 23 80 76 127 6 5 .233 .323 .419 .186 .264 10.5 11.1 2.3
2014 CHN MLB 572 82 137 23 1 31 72 65 108 4 4 .280 .376 .520 .241 .336 46.7 -2.4 4.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 595 0.4387 0.4680 0.6871 0.6705 0.3084 0.8000 0.4951 0.3129
2012 1334 0.4715 0.5060 0.8089 0.6757 0.3546 0.8941 0.6640 0.1911
2013 2588 0.4517 0.4499 0.7981 0.6210 0.3087 0.8967 0.6347 0.2019
2014 2275 0.4563 0.4448 0.8004 0.6089 0.3072 0.8940 0.6447 0.1996
Career67920.4560.46080.79130.6320.31720.88680.63160.2087

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-27 - DTD - - - Low Back Tightness -
2014-04-20 2014-04-20 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-08-19 2013-08-20 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-05-28 2012-06-02 Minors 5 5 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2011-06-01 2011-06-03 Minors 2 2 Left Hand Contusion -
2011-05-10 2011-05-12 Minors 2 2 Left Hand Contusion -
2009-07-31 2009-08-14 Minors 14 0 Back Strain -
2008-05-01 2008-09-02 Minors 124 0 General Medical Cancer Limited Stage Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2021 CHN $
2020 CHN $2,000,000
2019 CHN $11,285,714
2018 CHN $7,285,714
2017 CHN $7,285,714
2016 CHN $5,285,714
2015 CHN $5,285,714
2014 CHN $1,535,714
2013 CHN $1,035,714
2012 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$1,035,714
2011Current$1,535,714
2 yrPvs + Cur$2,571,428
6 yrFuture$38,428,570
8 yrTotal$40,999,998

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 168 dSports One7 years/$41M (2013-19), 2020-21 options

Details
  • 7 years/$41M (2013-19), plus 2020-21 club options. Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 5/12/13, replacing 1 year/$0.498M contract signed 3/4/13. $2M signing bonus ($0.25M due on approval, $1.75M due 1/15/14). 13:$0.75M, 14:$1.25M, 15:$5M, 16:$5M, 17:$7M, 18:$7M, 19:$11M, 20:$14.5M club option (or $2M buyout due 1/15/20), 21:$14.5M club option (or $2M buyout due 1/15/21). 2019 salary increases to $12M and 2020-21 options increase to $16.5M with one MVP in 2013-19 or two Top 5 finishes in MVP vote, 2013-19. Player may void 2021 option with Top 2 finish in MVP vote, 2013-19, and subsequent trade. Contract does not include no-trade protection, Perks: hotel suite on road.
  • Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from San Diego 1/5/12.
  • Acquired by San Diego in trade from Boston 12/4/10 (Adrian Gonzalez deal).
  • Drafted by Boston 2007 (6-204) (Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.). $0.325M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .193 .275 .345 .221
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .348 .455 .285
18 Split (Multi) .068 .073 .110 .064
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .189 .282 .342 .222
31 vs R (2013) .252 .342 .454 .282
38 Split (2013) .063 .059 .112 .060
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm contending in a Keeper league and I just traded Joey Votto (who's on the shelf for at least another month and may not be 100% for the rest of the season at least) for Anthony Rizzo, who can help me win now and possibly be a keeper. How do you like Rizzo for ROS and next year? Is Votto entering a decline phase?
(mattstupp from NYC)
I've always liked Rizzo because Epstein/Hoyer like Rizzo, but I haven't followed him closely until last season. It's hard to find something that's not to like about Rizzo. He has this down-and-in hole and he doesn't really use the whole field as much as Votto does, but you've gotta like the plate discipline and power. Votto is such a smart hitter that I would hate to say that he's heading for a decline. He could become a different hitter (as far as the counting stats go), but I think he'll still be productive. (Noah Woodward)
2014-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I enjoyed seeing Anthony Rizzo make a mockery of The Shift last week by easily bunting down the third-base line for hits, not once but twice. As I recall, Matheny stopped using The Shift after that; it seemed Rizzo took the option off the table. If Ted Williams had done the same 75 years ago, would The Shift have ended there? Why don't teams insist their batters bunt against it, like say Ryan Howard?
(gerrybraun from San Diego)
Teams are weird and don't like insisting on anything with their established players.

I don't think the shift would have ended there because there have been times when letting a slugger try to bunt is a more optimal result for the defensive team than letting him hit. (Late 90s and early 2000s come to mind.) In this offensive era, it becomes a much, much better strategy. (Zachary Levine)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)10tm 5x5mixed. Would you give up Anthony Rizzo for Anibel Sanchez? (I already have D.Ortiz and Hosmer)
(Silverback38 from VA)
Yes, definitely. I like Rizzo, but Sanchez is very good right now and you have limited need for Rizzo. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Computer sim league question. Would you deal Miguel Cabrera and Randall Delgado for Wei-Yin Chen and Anthony Rizzo? Getting picks for next year too but those are the players.
(joott41 from Wisconsin)
Are you getting all of the picks? If not, no. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)1B Dan Vogelbach (CHC) - where do you see him in 2015? DH in the AL? Also, do you really think .300 and 30HR is legit or will he struggle to hit for average against MLB pitching? Thank you!
(fishersehorn31 from VA - The 540)
No reason he can't be a first baseman. Well Anthony Rizzo is a reason, but Rizzo will have to hit more and better than he did last season before he can lay claim to the position long term (yes, I know about the contract). (And wow did the Cubs two young guys signed to long-term deals have lousy seasons last year, huh?)

In a previous chat, Jason Parks was asked about Vogelbach and he said, and I quote, "He can f'n hit!" only he didn't say f'n. So I don't know about .300, but 30 homers isn't out of the question. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, thanks again! Is it possible for Hosmer to to get MVP considerations in the next year or two? AND, is Rizzo the long term 1B solution @ 1B in Chicago?
(Gary from Petaluma, CA.)
It's possible, but Eric Hosmer would have to start putting more power together, especially given his position.

Yes, I think Anthony Rizzo is going to be fine for the Cubs, even if he is never the superstar some thought he might be. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Harry, I have to make a dynasty keeper decision to make involving Anthony Rizzo. How do you see his long-term value? Thanks for your insight.
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
as a general rule I think you can acquire value at 1B from the fringes of the market. Since I'll guess your league doesn't value defense and makeup, let him fly. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't feel great about Anthony Rizzo as my long-term solution at 1b in dynasty points...make me feel better. Please?
(Joe from Vegas Baby)
Look around at the first base landscape, it could be a lot worse. I still like Rizzo long-term, but just not as a fantasy star. (Bret Sayre)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not really a prospect any more, but what kind of improvement, if any, do you expect from Anthony Rizzo? Does he have another gear or two?
(Brad from Chicago)
I don't think he'll be competing for any batting titles or even showing a plus hit tool, but I think he's better than the .220-.230 we've seen this season. So I do think there's another gear. Maybe it's a fringe-to-average hit tool with on-base skills and plus power at the end of the day. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Harry. What do you think the future holds (in terms of offensive production) for Anthony Rizzo. Could the cubs have an all-star infield in 3-4 years?
(Chopper from Indy)
he'll take walks and hit home runs, something of a three true outcome guy. I like his defense, too. He should be among the better guys in the league overall, but not elite. And, yea, the Cubs project to have an impressive infield ... but let's just wait it out. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Anthony Rizzo. Slow start but seems to be coming on. A good play from here on out?
(Steve from Bayshore)
He's been excellent so far. If this is a slow start, he's going to have a tremendous season (has a 905 OPS, 9 HR, and 142 OPS+ so far) (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)MG What's going on? In a yahoo league rotisserie standard 8 team league. I really need to make a couple of adjustments. Need to add another pitcher and solid bar to this line up. This league is tough with trades! Who should we ditch and is there anyone we should be tracking or picking up? Here is the squad, 1. (6) Albert Pujols 1B 2. (11) Joe Mauer C,1B 3. (22) Jacoby Ellsbury OF 4. (27) Evan Longoria 3B 5. (38) Matt Holliday OF 6. (43) Cliff Lee SP 7. (54) Shin-Soo Choo OF 8. (59) Jose Altuve 2B 9. (70) Jimmy Rollins SS 10. (75) Roy Halladay SP 11. (86) Huston Street RP 12. (91) Addison Reed RP 13. (102) Anthony Rizzo 1B 14. (107) Jason Grilli RP 15. (118) Tim Lincecum SP 16. (123) Alex Gordon OF 17. (134) Carlos Marmol RP 18. (139) Dan Haren SP 19. (150) Kenley Jansen RP 20. (155) Rickie Weeks 2B 21. (166) Alejandro De Aza OF 22. (171) J.P. Arencibia C Guys who are available. FYI Materson, ziti, e Santana, pettitte Crisp, wells, m Saunders, carpenter, werth
(coach53 from Ct)
Hey Coach

Without knowing what the rules are regarding how deep your reserve lists are and what your free agent pool looks like it's difficult to offer specific advice. Your roster looks strong, but 8-team mixed probably has a lot of rosters that look like this. Dan Haren and Tim Lincecum seem like players that you should be upgrading on. Feel free to drop Carlos Marmol, and as much as I love Kenley Jansen if there's a closer out there, get him; in an 8-team league you shouldn't be speculating on future saves but getting saves here and now. The free agents you list don't look particularly great which - again - makes me wonder how deep your reserve lists are. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)HEY DT What's going on? In a yahoo league rotisserie standard 8 team league. Standard starters C-all infield with 3 outfielders with a utility player. We use 2 SP,2RP 3P in general. I really need to make a couple of adjustments. Need to add another pitcher and solid bar to this line up. This league is tough with trades! Who should we ditch and is there anyone we should be tracking or picking up? Here is the squad, 1. (6) Albert Pujols 1B 2. (11) Joe Mauer C,1B 3. (22) Jacoby Ellsbury OF 4. (27) Evan Longoria 3B 5. (38) Matt Holliday OF 6. (43) Cliff Lee SP 7. (54) Shin-Soo Choo OF 8. (59) Jose Altuve 2B 9. (70) Jimmy Rollins SS 10. (75) Roy Halladay SP 11. (86) Huston Street RP 12. (91) Addison Reed RP 13. (102) Anthony Rizzo 1B 14. (107) Jason Grilli RP 15. (118) Tim Lincecum SP 16. (123) Alex Gordon OF 17. (134) Carlos Marmol RP 18. (139) Dan Haren SP 19. (150) Kenley Jansen RP 20. (155) Rickie Weeks 2B 21. (166) Alejandro De Aza OF 22. (171) J.P. Arencibia C Guys who are available. SP: Lance Lynn Doug Fister Josh Beckett A.J. Griffin Brett Anderson Trevor Cahill Homer Bailey Tommy Hanson RP Shelby Miller John Axford David Phelps Andrew Cashner Hitters: Melky Cabrera David Freese Norichika Aoki Angel Pagan Coco Crisp A.J. Pierzynski Matt Carpenter Daniel Murphy
(coach53 from CT)
Wow, there is a ton of talent on the FA list. I would certainly target Lynn, Anderson, and Miller on the mound, especially since your pitching is hurting with Lincecum, Haren, and Halladay. That would be my #1 priority, no doubt.

Among the hitters, I like Freese, Crisp, and Aoki. But you are pretty solid in the OF and 3B already, so that would be a secondary concern. (Doug Thorburn)
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)
2013-02-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)First Base Fashion Sense: If I buy an Anthony Rizzo jersey today, will I be embarassed to wear it 3 years from now? I ask because I'm STILL waiting for my Hee Sop Choi jersey to become trendy and cool...
(Steve from Bay)
If you already have your Hee Sop Choi jersey and you're not afraid to admit that then I'd say go for it. I'm big fan of Rizzo. I don't know if he'll be Adrian Gonzalez but I think he'll be a solid to plus first baseman with patience and power for years to come. I'd take the plunge. (Matthew Kory)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, is there really anything worth a look when it comes to the Cubs upcoming season? Do you believe "The Scrabble Ace" will continue to be dominant or should the Cubs look to sell-high on him soon?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Don't think anything about Samardzija's season screamed "fluke," so I don't see why he couldn't be that good again. The Cubs have a strong rotation, so that seems like something worth watching. Fujikawa could be fun. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Out of the group of: Oscar Taveras, Jurickson Profar, Anthony Rizzo and Wil Myers. If given the same number of MLB ABs, who do you foresee having the most HRs, highest WARP/VORP and awards if each remain with their current organization in a 6 yr span?
(jlarsen from chicago)
With the caveat that I'm not an expert prospect guy, I'd say most homers Myers, highest AVG/OBP Taveras, and highest WARP Profar. Doesn't hurt that Profar has already arrived, though he's also -0.2 WARP in the hole from last season. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Question, if you don't mind...who do you like better in a dynasty league: Eric Hosmer or Anthony Rizzo?
(Mr Indecisive from Parts Unknown)
I don't mind at all. Hosmer's 2012 still confounds me. Based on their previous track records, he should have a higher upside than Rizzo, but it's hard to argue with what the latter did for the Cubs last year. He's in a great park that should maximize his strengths. I'll go with Rizzo, but it's not a terribly strong feeling. (Geoff Young)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have most of my FAAB budgeted in my keeper league for late-season prospect call ups. Guys like Hultzen, Bauer, Skaggs, and Arenado are all taken already. Who's a good bet to be called up that's not on everyone's radar (that's worth a sizable bid)?
(Don H. from Oak Park)
I'm assuming you can't bid on guys in-season until they're recalled? Anthony Rizzo, Jed Gyorko, Julio Teheran are pretty good bets for call-ups this year. Maybe Andrelton Simmons if Pastornicky fails. Leonys Martin could be up at some point late, especially if we see some Texas injuries (Hamilton and Cruz are bound to go down at some point). Wil Myers could get a September call-up. Matt Harvey could too. (Derek Carty)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I asked KG on twitter, but is Donald Lutz (Reds High A 1B) a legit power prospect or a fringe guy? Already at 10 HRs, albeit in the offense-boosting Cal League
(Johnny from SD)
And he didn't answer you? Man, I'm going to have to talk to that guy. He never answers questions from readers. (That was a joke. He answers a million questions from readers. Literally a million, and 99% of them are about when Anthony Rizzo is going to get called up.)

Here's Kevin's succinct response: "Cal League guy. Scouts aren't impressed." I'm just relaying questions from readers to KG now. This must be what being Twitter feels like. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)With the movement of 1B out of the NL, which of the young NL 1B's do you see moving to the top of the position?
(will.I.ain't from roaming)
Ike Davis if he stays healthy--particularly with the fences moving in. I'm not sure what to make of Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, or Anthony Rizzo just yet. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)If you had made one "realistic" move for the Padres this offseason that they didnt make what would it have been? Alternative, which of the Padres moves do you like the least?
(Matthew from Boston)
Aside from trying to find a taker for Jason Bartlett or Orlando Hudson (which I'm sure the Padres did, but it takes two to tango), I'm not sure there was a lot else to do. As for moves I like the least, I don't love Anthony Rizzo for Cashner. It seems to me that Rizzo should have fetched more, but that is easy for me to say when I'm not privy to all the details. (Geoff Young)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Anthony Rizzo will be able to be the starting 1B all year for the Cubs and be productive?
(Eric from Kc)
Well, the Cubs don't think so, and that's more important. They've made it pretty clear that Rizzo starts the year in Iowa, and LaHair starts the year at first base in the big leagues. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on year 2 of the Jed Hoyer era in San Diego?
(Arby's from Good mood food)
Why wasn't Heath Bell traded? ...I have to admit I haven't seen too many Friars games this year, being generally more focused on the AL East, but it's really hard for me to come to a judgment in that other than Chase Headley, Cameron Maybin, Kyle Blanks, Corey Luebke, and Mat Latos, and (likely) Anthony Rizzo, I see a lot of guys who are basically just interim types. I wish they had gotten more playing time for James Darnell. (Steven Goldman)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lawrie, Jennings, Ackley... Are you high on any prospects likely to be called up soon?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
Yup, I like all three. You can also keep an eye on guys like Mike Moustakas, Jemile Weeks, Yonder Alonso, Anthony Rizzo, Lonnie Chisenhall, and a number of others. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who appears in the bigs this year first, Kyle Blanks or Anthony Rizzo?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
I consulted with Normandin and he thinks Blanks will be up first so they find out what he's all about. Plus, the Padres have said once they bring up Rizzo, they want it to be for good. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will be the starting 1B for the Padres by the all star break?
(Jeff from Bay Area)
Kyle Blanks or Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has a 1255 OPS to start the year at Triple-A, so maybe by the time the All-Star break comes around they will decide to call him up. The Pads still think Blanks can play the outfield, and I still have faith in his bat to come back.

Lightning round time, folks. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)You support this move for the Sox? Why not let it ride and have a choice of Agonz, Fielder or Pujols after 2011 with no NYY in the mix. I don't know how much money sox save on Gonzalez with the rumored numbers being mentioned.
(SK from DC)
Absolutely. First off, Fielder isn't that great. Terrible defensive first baseman, and really, do we know if he's a pretty good hitter or a great hitter yet? He never seems to be the same thing two years in a row, and he needs to be excellent all the time to make up for that glove. I don't think Pujols is leaving St. Louis--other teams would be in the mix solely to make sure the Cards pay up.

The Cubs love Adrian Gonzalez, and have the money to throw at him in 2012 if he was available. Eight teams inquired about him in a trade, so there is interest there. Anthony Rizzo has no future in the organization if the Sox are acquiring a first baseman anyways, so this is basically trading Casey Kelly and Reymond Fuentes for the rights to Gonzalez in 2011, as well as the right to negotiate with him during the season. I'm very optimistic he'll be signed well before the season is over.

If Boston gets Gonzalez for $22M a year, then this is a steal. Just assume $5M per win for a minute, Gonzalez is something like a $25-30M win player a year. Getting him for less money than Ryan Howard is silly, but I'll take it. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)So you Red Sox joy counterbalances your Padres' sadness on the Gonzalez deal?
(formersd from San Diego)
There really isn't any Padres' sadness, honestly. Here is my thinking.

As great as Adrian Gonzalez is--and he's one of the top players in the game--he is one guy. The Padres had reason to believe the 2011 team could be a bit better, with an improved rotation, a full season of (healthy) Ryan Ludwick, Cameron Maybin possibly blossoming in center with another year in the majors, Kyle Blanks coming back from his TJ surgery, etc. If they acquire Brendan Ryan in a trade to man shortstop as is expected, and then sign someone like Derrek Lee to play first base, then you're talking about a team that could still win something like 82-85 games. Then, in 2012, you have Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Simon Castro and maybe Drew Cumberland coming up if he continues to tear up the minors. That is an exciting roster all of a sudden, and it was brought about without fielding a terrible team.

The Padres can trade Bell and Ludwick in July and still have a decent team, assuming Aaron Cunningham or Kyle Blanks can slot into Ludwick's place and they bump Mike Adams up to the role of closer. The gloom and doom mentality coming out of San Diego after the trade of Adrian Gonzalez is almost enough to make me start a Padres' blog in response. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Sox have Gonzalez, what happens to Lars Anderson now? HOw much longer until he's traded? July?
(richardkr34 from St. Paul)
Lars Anderson wasn't going to be the first baseman in Boston whether they got Adrian Gonzalez or not, because Anthony Rizzo was the first baseman of the future. Chances are good he will sit in Triple-A until someone wants to take a chance on him as part of a larger deal. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Great work on Red Sox Beacon! Assuming Beltre doesn't come back, who do you see playing 3B next year?
(Casey from Memphis)
Thanks! That's much appreciated. Patrick Sullivan and I are enjoying our new outlet, and I'm excited to be able to spend some more time on the Red Sox with my writing.

I'm pretty convinced Adrian Beltre isn't coming back, which was kind of a sad realization. My guess is that Kevin Youkilis will play third for the Sox next year, and they will set about finding a first baseman--either a permanent solution (which will probably cost them Anthony Rizzo in a trade) or a one-year stopgap so they can insert Rizzo into the role in 2012. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Anthony Rizzo: future super-star or future mega-super star?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Future good every day play. Not ready to hang star stuff up there. (Kevin Goldstein)


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