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Framing leaders, best and worst receptions, and a bunch of glorious GIFs.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week One

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Jeff Quinton

In the debut edition, Jeff looks at the DH options of the NL clubs who will visit AL parks and the lineup changes for AL clubs losing the DH.

I am excited to introduce our weekly fantasy baseball Interleague Report. With interleague play now being year-round, we can benefit from keeping tabs on teams that have played or will be playing games in opposing leagues. The plan is to give you helpful info whether it relates to daily or weekly lineups, waiver or FAAB pickups, or changes in positional eligibility. The Interleague Report will cover last week, this week, and the following week.

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January 17, 2014 6:32 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Catchers

18

Bret Sayre

From Buster Posey to Christian Bethancourt, this list is loaded with both big leaguers and high-upside prospects.

The Primer:
Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. Feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or league–only formats.

The catcher position is a tricky one, as there are a lot of players at or near the top of the list who may be playing another position in three or so years. That, plus with most leagues using one active catcher, prospects are featured a little more prominently due to both the major-league depth right now and the fact that there are diminishing returns to carrying too many backstops.


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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight

6

Josh Shepardson

As his 50-game suspension comes to an end, Yasmani Grandal finds himself among this week's list of senior-circuit players worthy of your waiver-wire attention.

Erik Kratz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ownership: ESPN: 0% Yahoo!: 1% CBS: 2%
2013 Stats: 11 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, .209 AVG

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and he's expected to be out three to four weeks. While he is on the DL, Kratz will handle the starting catcher duties with Humberto Quintero serving as his backup. The 33-year-old backstop didn't do much with Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but he did hit three homers in just 92 plate appearances. He hits the ball in the air regularly (34.8 percent outfield fly-ball rate), and that will help his home-run power play up. He's not a catcher that should be rostered in most mixed leagues, even those in which teams start two catchers, but his steady playing time for the next month or so coupled with enough power to reach the seats a few times is reason enough to own him in larger NL-only formats.



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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Episode 83: "Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal's Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder"

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June 1, 2012 3:59 pm

The Call-Up: Yasmani Grandal

3

Kevin Goldstein

The Padres have a new catcher, and here's what to expect.

Yasmani Grandal, C, Padres

The situation: The Padres are firmly in rebuilding mode, and while they signed Nick Hundley to a three-year extension in the offseason, his .169/.234/.282 averages became too much to bear. So they've called up Grandal, one of the top catching prospects in the game.

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May 15, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: La Casa Sucia

12

Geoff Young

The Padres are off to a horrible start, so a housecleaning might be forthcoming. Who stays and who goes?

The San Diego Padres, perhaps predictably, have gotten off to a miserable start in 2012. Although expectations were not high coming into the season, almost nothing has gone right for the club. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, not to mention ongoing ownership/television deal issues (I live 15 minutes from Petco Park and cannot watch the team on TV in my home, which might qualify as “charmingly retro” if it weren't so annoying), the Padres are staring at their worst-case scenario only a month into the campaign.

Last week, Kevin Goldstein suggested that a “housecleaning in San Diego could be coming.” Reader pobothecat wondered what such a housecleaning might look like, and so did I.

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Hey, it's the Padres. Stuff goes wrong in the majors, why can't it go wrong in the minors, too?

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December 19, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Santa Comes Early for San Diego

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R.J. Anderson

The Padres acquire Edinson Volquez and three top prospects from the Reds for Mat Latos

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Prospect Profile: Yasmani Grandal

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David Laurila

The Reds' new catching prospect brings plenty to the table.

In a perfect world, Yasmani Grandal will one day become the Queen City’s version of Jorge Posada or Ted Simmons, but with the added bonus of above-average defense. The potential is there, but for now the switch-hitting backstop is an unproven 2010 draft pick in his first big-league camp.

Taken 12th overall out of the University of Miami, the 22-year-old Grandal is rated by Kevin Goldstein as the fourth overall prospect in the Reds organization, while Baseball America ranks him sixth best, and ESPN’s Keith Law has him third.

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Taking it from the top, it's a system with plenty of star power up front, but depth falls away quickly.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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June 5, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: My Guys on Draft Day

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Bryan Smith

A confession about some guys Bryan's higher on than most.

In the last year, I have picked up tips on players from relatives, fans, neighbors, coaches, and scouts. Everyone has an opinion on the draft's most underrated player, and often, it's a player on their team, in their area, or on their block. But along the way in listening to these suggestions, a few actually stick out and rise above their peers. A few actually should be two days away from offering major league organizations good value.

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