A slew of injuries lead to a flurry of free-agent signings.
It was once again an active FAAB cycle in Tout, as owners had to replace Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer, and Ryan Zimmerman while trying not to get too depressed about the early body blows to their title hopes.
The Pirates inflict plenty of pain on their fan base, but injuries can't be blamed for keeping them from contention.
The Team Injury Projections are here, driven by our brand new injury forecasting system, the Comprehensive Health Index [of] Pitchers [and] Players [with] Evaluative Results—or, more succinctly, CHIPPER. Thanks to work by Colin Wyers and Dan Turkenkopf and a database loaded with injuries dating back to the 2002 season—that's nearly 4,600 players and well over 400,000 days lost to injury—we now have a system that produces injury-risk assessments to three different degrees. CHIPPER projects ratings for players based on their injury history—these ratings measure the probability of a player missing one or more games, 15 or more games, or 30 or more games. CHIPPER will have additional features added to it throughout the spring and early season that will enhance the accuracy of our injury coverage.
These ratings are also available in the Player Forecast Manager (pfm.baseballprospectus.com), where they'll be sortable by league or position—you won’t have to wait for us to finish writing this series in order to see the health ratings for all of the players.
The Yankees get back their big Mo, the Red Sox settle in long-term, plus news and views from around the game.
Joe Girardi agrees in large part with modern ways of thinking. He's a regular reader of Baseball Prospectus, holds a degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, and comes across as bright and articulate, which is why he landed a gig as a broadcaster for a year on Fox's national telecasts after being abruptly fired by the Marlins following his selection as National League Manager of the Year in 2006.
Looking a month or two down the line could net your team this year's Ryan Braun or a rehabbing player who might help later on.
How do you get ahead in the free agent market in your league? Adding impact players in a deep league is usually very difficult, and bidding wars early in the season often make it tough to acquire talent. One way to get players cheaply who can impact your roster is to look weeks in advance and speculate who will be called up from the minors or return from a long-term injury. This kind of speculation varies based on your league's size and how many reserve players you can hold onto. So let's take a look at some options out there from now until the All-Star break, when the player universe takes on a new shape before the trade deadline. Some of these players are at the top of any list, and some are sleepers. Remember, Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year last season, and he wasn't called up until May 24. There's still time to catch lightning in a bottle and finding an impact player.