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May 1, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Five

8

Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

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December 2, 2013 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North

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R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

The Twins sign Ricky Nolasco, the Cubs trade for George Kottaras, the Reds re-sign Manny Parra, and more.

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November 18, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Veteran Help Wanted

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles are after Carlos Beltran, and the Twins want to sign a starter.

Carlos Beltran on Orioles’ Radar
We knew the Red Sox and Yankees were among the teams vying for the services of one of the best active postseason hitters. Now it appears we can add a third American League East team to the mix.


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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The High Price of Free Agent Pitching

0

Daniel Rathman

Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana are asking a lot, Stephen Drew is about to make some money, and a familiar starter resurfaces as a knuckleballer.

Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana Shoot for the Moon
Want Nolasco? That’ll cost you $80 million over five years. Want Santana? Prepare to shell out $100 million—and your highest unprotected draft pick, since the right-hander turned down a qualifying offer from the Royals.


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October 7, 2013 7:47 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Braves at Dodgers

9

Mike Gianella

Yes, that really is Freddy Garcia starting an elimination game.

The bullpens took over early last night in Chavez Ravine, but the Dodgers poured on the afterburners and took Game Three in a 13-6 rout. Here is a look at the PECOTA odds and projected lineups for Game Four of the NLDS.

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A quicker-than-usual episode that still packs a punch including a lot of reliever talk.

A shorter episode with Doug on the eve of a trip across the country, but the guys still pack plenty into their 2.5 hours (I know, in what world is 2.5 hours a short episode??). The GOTW was broken, but the guys adjusted and still discussed Mejia before what now appears to be a season-ending elbow injury.

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August 9, 2013 6:33 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

17

Paul Sporer

A look ahead at the matchups for next week's two-start pitchers to help you set your fantasy rotation.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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An unlikely team leads the American League in scoring in June: the Oakland Athletics.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Athletics began the month of June by getting blanked twice in a three-game series against the Royals. Bob Melvin’s offense was described as “historically bad.” Oakland had lost 10 of 11, falling behind the Mariners and into the AL West cellar.

After last night’s 3-0 shutout over the Dodgers, though, the A’s have now won six of seven, improving to 32-36 on the year and jumping back into third place. Brandon McCarthy, on the mound for the first time since June 9, led the way for Oakland in the series opener, tossing seven scoreless innings before Grant Balfour and Ryan Cook finished off Los Angeles. But the offense, not the pitching staff, has actually done much of the heavy lifting of late.


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November 18, 2011 6:01 pm

The Great Debaters: Ricky Nolasco

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Derek Carty and Jason Collette

A look at whether Ricky Nolasco should be expected to play up to his peripherals or if he's destined to be a perennial underachiever

The Anti-Nolasco Case by Derek Carty
Ricky Nolasco is a player I—like many fantasy owners familiar with DIPS—have targeted in fantasy drafts over the past few years. I owned him in both Tout Wars and Yahoo! Friends & Family last season, which, as others who owned him know, did not turn out very well.

While I still like Nolasco and am, in part, just playing devil’s advocate here, there are some very real warning signs that we need to take into account with the Marlins hurler. The most obvious one is the drop-off in his strikeout rate; it has fallen from over 20 percent from 2008-2010 to 16.6 percent in 2011, coinciding with a drop in fastball velocity of one mph since 2009. But while that’s concerning, it’s not the main reason to be worried about Nolasco. Even if his strikeout rate hadn’t fallen off this season, there would still be one very convincing reason to discount Nolasco’s FIP.


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October 24, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: The Nuisance of Nolasco

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Jason Collette

A look at Ricky Nolasco's curious career

That loosely translated scene from Brokeback Mountain accurately describes my relationship with Ricky Nolasco since the start of the 2008 season. My relationship with Nolasco began in the 2008 NL Tout Wars season when I acquired him in an afterthought of a trade early in the season. I had FAAB’d Manny Acosta the first week of the season on a speculative $1 bid, and he ended up picking up two quick saves by mid-April. Another owner in the league put out a note asking for saves, and at the time, I did not need Acosta as I already had two other closers. I was, however, in need of starting pitching. He had Nolasco on his bench as he had made just two starts that season. When I offered Acosta for Nolasco, the reply was, “Why the hell not. It’s just Ricky Nolasco.” Needless to say, Nolasco won 14 games for me, helped in every category, and was a big part of my 2nd place finish that season while Acosta went on to collect just one more save the entire rest of the year.

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What can James Shields, Ricky Nolasco and Scott Baker teach us about extreme strike throwers and their fantasy value?

My friends have called me “Moonlight J” since my days in college because I always had a night job. I was not exactly a model student in my prep days, so I had to pay my way through school because I resisted taking out loans as long as possible. Even after I began my teaching career, I would hold night jobs to help make ends meet, and one of those jobs was DJ’ing weddings. That made it only natural that I would take requests from my friends for my debut article for this site.

My long-time friend @jfranco77 initially wanted to rub salt in my wounds by having me analyze how moving to Boston will affect Carl Crawford’s fantasy value, but instead made what I believe was a unique request: why have Scott Baker, Ricky Nolasco, and James Shields consistently under-performed their FIP

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June 23, 2010 9:00 am

Checking the Numbers: NolasCOMPS

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Eric Seidman

Ricky Nolasco is having a second straight confouding season with an ERA that doesn't come close to matching his peripherals.

Have you ever recommended a movie, television show, or book to a friend, only to find out the party receiving the recommendation really didn’t find that the form of entertainment fit their taste? It’s an odd feeling. On one hand, it matters very little in the grand scheme of things—I know Houseguest is a fantastic movie regardless of what my future mother-in-law thinks. On the other hand, it sort of feels as though you let the friend down, that your credibility in whatever subject is lessened, and that his opinion of you will be reduced in the coming days. Well, if we insert me as the main character in a live-action reenactment of this type of scenario, substitute fantasy fans that take what I say to heart for the recommendees, and replace movies, books, or television shows with Ricky Nolasco, then I’m sorry and hope we can still be friends.

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