The Best of FanGraphs: November 14-18, 2016

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 and blue for Community Research.

The 2017 Free Agent Bargains by Dave Cameron
It says something that this piece has fewer comments on it than the landmines piece, but I’m too classy to say exactly what that is.

Why I Voted for Michael Fulmer by Jeff Sullivan
Jeff had a vote. He voted for the winner. Let him explain why.

Top 24 Prospects: Colorado Rockies by Eric Longenhagen
The Rockies have a lot of good prospects. You should get familiar with them.

The Season’s Biggest Upset by Jeff Sullivan
I love these kinds of pieces.

An Elegy for David Ross, the Greatest Backup Catcher of His Generation by Evan Davis
Evan makes his case.

“Pitchers Never Bat Strategy” Now Worth Seven Wins Per Year by Howard Rubin
It’s not an entirely original idea, but it’s well thought out, and if rosters really expand to 26 all season long…probably not, but it merits further discussion, at the very least.

Don Cooper on Pitch Usage and Percentages by David Laurila
Wisdom from one of the majors’ longest-tenured pitching coaches.

Why I Voted for Clayton Kershaw For NL Cy Young by Dave Cameron
Dave had a vote. He voted for the person who should have won. Let him explain why.

Ottoneu Arbitration Results (2016) by Trey Baughn
You can probably guess as to the most popular guys here, but it’s worth exploring this post to see who else lines up a little further down the list.

Mike Trout and the Credibility of the MVP Award by Dave Cameron
Dave doesn’t like it when you bring up #6org. He’s going to like it when you bring this up even less.

Addison Russell Powers Up, Still Disappoints by Mike Podhorzer
That’s a 70 grade headline.

The #2Early Mock Draft: Reaches and Steals by Alex Chamberlain
“Sorry, it’s too early in the offseason, and I’m tired.” Amen.

Dexter Fowler Should Age Well, Regardless of the Defense by Craig Edwards
He was better than ever this year, and Craig details why he should do well long-term.

It’s The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017! by Paul Swydan
I don’t like linking to my own articles, but this is really like a 37-person article, as it is about our fabulous new book, which is for sale and which you should buy early and often!

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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