The Best of FanGraphs: December 7-11, 2015 by Paul Swydan December 12, 2015 Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on 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, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAY Carlos Gomez is No Longer Elite, by Alex Chamberlain Losing more than 70 points of ISO on pitches in the heart of the zone can’t be a good sign. Imagining a World Without ESPN, by Alec Denton Phenomenal history and research by Alec here. TUESDAY Giants’ GM Bobby Evans on the Value of Flexibility, by Eno Sarris It takes a confident team to not want to lock in their plans as soon as possible. The Giants are such a team. Diamondbacks Pay for Ace, Get Shelby Miller, by Jeff Sullivan The Dbacks identified the pitcher they want, and made the Godfather offer. But did they identify the right pitcher? A Visual History of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect Lists, by John LaRue It is fascinating to see the ebbs and flows of each team’s prospect cache. WEDNESDAY Aroldis Chapman and the Duty to Disclose, by Nathaniel Grow It’s hard to surmise that the Reds did the right thing, but as Nathaniel demonstrates, that doesn’t mean their behavior will get them sanctioned. Dansby Swanson and the History of Trading No. 1 Picks, by Carson Cistulli It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened before. THURSDAY On the Magnitude of Transaction Mistakes, by Dave Cameron Just as one baseball player can’t affect too much change all by himself, neither can one baseball trade. Managers on the Evolution of their Role, by Eno Sarris Eno put in work this week at the Grand Opryland for this piece, and the reward is yours. Evaluating the Prospects in the Shelby Miller Trade, by Dan Farnsworth “[Dansby] Swanson would rank higher than Ozhaino Albies, becoming the top-ranked prospect in his new organization.” Q&A: Derek Fisher, Philly’s New Outfield Prospect, by David Laurila Refreshing quotes like — “to be perfectly honest, I probably don’t have the arm for right field” — pepper this piece. MASH Report – Starting Pitcher and Hitter DL Projections, by Jeff Zimmerman To me, the most interesting part of these projections are the people at the bottom of the list, as well as the fact that even the least likely pitchers to land on the disabled list still have at least a 28 percent chance to land there. Pitching is scary. First Blood, Retaliation, and Piling On, by Rob Mains How often does retaliation happen? Rob investigates. FRIDAY Fantasy Implications of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft, by Brad Johnson Is there an Odubel Herrera or Delino Deshields Jr. lurking in this year’s crop? Both Brad and Chris Mitchell tackled this one. Rooting for Jerks Without Being One, by Kyla Wall-Polin How do we insert rationality into an endeavor that is inherently irrational?