As the context-adjusted offensive metric (and Matt Hunter favorite) RE24 becomes more and more popular, how have recent MVPs performed in the statistic? Dustin Pedroia just signed a seven-year extension with the Red Sox that will likely keep him in Boston for his entire career. How is it different than other recent franchise player extensions? With Ryan Braun conceding and complying with a 65 game suspension, will Alex Rodriguez take a similar route?
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Are we ready for an MVP RE(24)volution? by Bryan Grosnick | Beyond the Box Score
Bryan evaluates the past 15 AL and NL MVPs by their respective RE24 and analyze what their league rank would be. Interesting enough, 14 of the 15 NL MVPs had posted a RE24 that was within the top five performances in the league while only 8 of the past 15 AL MVPs were within the same threshold. Should we be using RE24 more to build a better framework for assigning value?
Dustin Pedroia Extension: The Laser Show Continues by Ken Woolums | Beyond the Box Score
Another homegrown player has signed an extension that will likely lock them up for the rest of their careers. Ken argues that Pedroia's extension is unlike any other and may be a defining moment of the Ben Cherington era.
BtBS Podcast #72: Dead on Arrival | Beyond the Box Score
The guys discuss Garza scenarios before the trade went down, but there's a lot of other good stuff, too.
Around the Sabersphere
Red Sox Extend Dustin Pedroia at Ian Kinsler Price by Dave Cameron | FanGraphs Baseball
Another look at Pedroia's extension with Boston. Dave Cameron writes that most of this deal will consist of Pedroia in decline but the first couple years will likely represent such a discount that it is a great deal for both sides.
Miami Adds Top Prospects to Outfield Mix by Marc Hulet | FanGraphs Baseball
Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick have been called up by the Marlins straight from Double-A. Miami apparently doesn't have a problem with bringing up their top prospects early! Marc Hulet provides player profiles on both Yelich and Marisnick and what to expect in their first cup of coffee at the major league level.
Around SB Nation
Ryan Braun doesn't owe Dino Laurenzi, Jr. a damn thing by Bill Parker | SBNation.com
Ever since Ryan Braun has been suspended for PED use, many have taken to Twitter to call for an apology to Dino Laurenzi Jr., the man who mishandled Braun's sample almost two years ago. Bill explains that Braun and his lawyers appropriately used the criminal procedure rules that were agreed upon by the MLBPA and the MLB and therefore he doesn't own Laurenzi anything.
Alex Rodriguez has no intention of making a deal with MLB, per report by Mark Sandritter | SBNation.com
Supposedly, the MLB is prepared to suspend A-Rod for 100 games. With Braun recently agreeing to a 65-game suspension, some may have thought that Rodriguez would do the same. Mark has heard that a lifetime ban is on the table now but A-Rod will likely appeal.
Yankees rumors: New York 'close' to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from Cubs? by Nathan Aderhold | SBNation.com
Reports came out Tuesday morning about Alfonso Soriano being traded to the Yankees. Throughout the day, conflicting reports have been revealed with Cubs GM Jed Hoyer eventually saying that a the two sides aren't close to a deal. That being said, this deal makes too much sense not to happen.
Outside the Sabersphere
The career of Nicolas Winding Refn by Amos Barshard | Grantland
I'm a big Ryan Gosling fan. He was great in "Drive," exceptional in "Half Nelson" and good in "Ides of March" but it's clear that he has a great relationship with director Nicolas Winding Refn. Their most recent collaboration, "Only God Forgives," came out last week in limited theaters and video on demand. Sadly, I didn't really like it at all. Although it was extremely disjointed and confusing, at least it looked cool. Amos Barshard interviews Refn and tries to understand the enigmatic director.