The Best of FanGraphs: December 11-15, 2017

Each week, we publish in the neighborhood of 75 articles across our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community Research.

How the Marlins Did and Didn’t Mess Up, by Dave Cameron
Unfortunately, Dave didn’t quite like the Marlins’ next trade either.

Buying Tyler Chatwood, by Mike Podhorzer
I’m not sold, and neither is Mike, but there are reasons for optimism.

THT’s Franchise Player Draft: Picks 6-8, by We kept right on drafting our franchise players this week. Who did you pick?

Where Would Manny Machado Best Fit?, by Travis Sawchick
Probably in a nice, seaside resort town, but perhaps also at a ballpark. Hard to say.

This Zack Greinke Rumor is Weird, by Dave Cameron
The first two days of the Winter Meetings were filled with odd rumors, but this one took the cake.

Padres Buy Bryan Mitchell From Yankees, by Jeff Sullivan
Of course, there were a couple of real moves made. This was one of them.

Cardinals Trade for New Best Position Player, by Jeff Sullivan
I love Marcell Ozuna. And he may have room to get better, as Andrew Perpetua explored on Thursday.

The Ohtani Rule, by Trey Baughn
I think Niv made the right decision. Trey has a great breakdown of the options and the effects.

Shohei Ohtani Is and Always Was an Extreme Health Risk, by Travis Sawchick
And even if he gets hurt, he’ll still be a bargain.

The Marlins Haven’t Traded Their Most Valuable Player, by Travis Sawchick
But they probably will, if not now, then someday.

Stolen Bases and Batting Order, by Scott Spratt
Scott presents not only some great past info, but uses it to build a model of stolen base opportunities by batting order position.

Hall of Fame Voters Have a Mess to Deal With, by Craig Edwards
And they probably won’t fix it anytime soon.

Carlos Santana Makes It a Crowd in Philly, by Eno Sarris
But maybe that’s OK?

Scouting the 2017 Rule 5 Picks, by Eric Longenhagen
Chris joined in the fun as well.

The Modern Eras Committee Just Elected Bartolo Colon to the Hall of Fame by The_BaseballKid
The Hall’s standards have irrevocably been lowered.

Paul Swydan used to be the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for and The Boston Globe. Now, he owns The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Acton, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan. Follow the store @SilUnicornActon.

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5 years ago

Totally unrelated, but the trade of Matt Kemp to the Dodgers has got to take the cake as the funniest news this offseason.