Mason Williams 2012 Statistics

With Mason Williams going on the DL for the remainder of the 2012 season (injury to non-throwing shoulder), let’s look at his final stats for the year.  The center fielder split time between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa.  In 359 official at bats, Williams’ slash line is .298/.346/.474 with 11 home runs and 22 doubles.  He stole 20…

Tampa Rays Sign Carlos Pena

Tampa has brought Carlos Pena back for a second helping of Florida sunshine.  1 year $7.25M deal.   They should get strikeouts, walks and homers from Carlos in that order.  Although Fitz and Vig are sabermetrics fans, we’ve never understood the saberlover’s fascination with Pena.  Here’s his FanGraphs page…  eh.  Even when he was hitting .196 for…

Why is Roy Oswalt Still Available?

Former ace Roy Oswalt is still on the open market and the grapevine says that he’s only asking for a one year deal.  So why hasn’t Oswalt found a safe landing place thus far?  The simple answer seems to be that back problems have limited the number of teams willing to take a chance on the 34…

Tampa Bay Rays Lock Up Matt Moore

The Tampa Rays have signed rookie left hander Matt Moore to 5 year deal worth $14 million.  The contract also includes 3 club option years which could take the total value to $40 million over 8 years.  Not bad for a guy with less than 20 big league innings under his belt.  Phenomenal talent, yes.  But do…

Brian Cashman Bullish on Hector Noesi

Brian Cashman does not want to waste Hector Noesi’s talents as the 2012 Yankee long man.  Instead, the Cash-Man plans on allowing Noesi to hone his craft at AAA Scranton for much of 2012 until a big league callup (as a starter) is necessary / earned by the 24 year old right hander. 

Wily Mo Pena: Japan Bound

Remember when the Boston Red Sox traded Bronson Arroyo (young, quality starter) for Wily Mo Pena in 2006?  How’d that work out for the Beantowners?  Considering that Pena never developed into the power threat they expected (monster strikeout totals) and Arroyo went on to anchor the Cincy rotation (12+ combined FanGraphs WAR), Fitz and Vig…

AL MVP Goes to Justin Verlander: Fair Choice?

Fitz and Vig are big advocates of Sabermetrics and one of the measurements that we put solid stock into is WAR (Wins Above Replacement).  Sure, it’s non-standardized (so there is some variation among how sabermatricians calculate WAR), but we place our trust into our pocket protected brothers over at FanGraphs.com. 

Pedro Feliciano Will Not Pitch For Yankees

A bit of dated news, but still worth noting: By the end of the 2012 season, Pedro Feliciano will have collected $8 million to throw as many pitches for the Yankees as Fitz and Vig… zero.  Feliciano signed his 2 year deal prior to the 2011 campaign, experienced shoulder pain in spring training, got shut down before the season,…

Yu Darvish: Scouting Report

For all of the Yu Darvish followers in the blogosphere, Fitz and Vig have been feeding your appetite with fresh Yu content (Yutent) for weeks.  Consistent with our committment to winning (Charlie), we’ve dug up some fodder about Darvish’s reported arsenal: