Player Profiles

Yankees lock up Brett Gardner

The Yankees locked up Brett Gardner as their left fielder for the foreseeable future. Gardner is not the typical left fielder, as he provides value with speed and defense rather than power. Here is a look at this contract extension.

Leaving men on base

Stranding runners is a vital piece of any pitcher's potential success. Which pitchers excelled or struggled at leaving men on base in 2013, and what are their chances at repeating their performance in the season ahead?

Exposed: Starlin Castro's rising ineptitude

What's behind the decline of Starlin Castro, a guy who was once thought to be the future of baseball in Chicago?

What caused Cliff Lee's renaissance in 2008?

Taking some old analysis from Mike Fast we can look at what made Cliff Lee's incredible improvement from 2007 to 2008 possible. Lee went from a nobody to the best pitcher in baseball, and we don't know a whole lot about how he was able to do it.

"MLB's Worst Tools" Awards: Speed Edition

Not being able to run is a surprisingly common trait among baseball players, but only one man truly runs like there is a gargantuan furnace strapped to his back

The fall of Nick Markakis

In the mid-'00s, Nick Markakis quickly became one of the rising stars in baseball. Then, somehow, he fell off the radar and the Orioles signed OF/DH Nelson Cruz.

"MLB's Worst Tools" Awards: Fielding Edition

There are plenty of stone-handed or range-less fielders out there, but there can be only one winner.

Introducing the "MLB's Worst Tools" Awards

Scouts and those who analyze baseball closely spend a lot of time thinking about who has the best tools in the game, but whose tools are the worst?

Is Cliff Lee going to end up in the Hall of Fame?

Despite a rough start to his career, Cliff Lee has settled in to become arguably the best pitcher of the last six years

Craig Kimbrel: How Large A Risk Is New Deal?

There is considerable danger in signing a reliever long term. Did the Atlanta Braves make the right move with Craig Kimbrel?

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