Every move of the 2022-23 offseason, tracked
The Major League Baseball offseason is here, and MLB.com's team of writers will have quick-hit analysis of each major transaction in a running list here....
Can Trea's speed defy Father Time?
If there’s one secret baseball players haven’t cracked yet, it’s this: Don’t get old. While it’s never one-size-fits-all, the decline that comes with age has been studied endlessly, from hitting performance to fastball velocity to exit velocity, and it’s in part that knowledge that’s fueled the surge of youth in...
3 free-agent hitters likely helped by new shift rules
We don't know exactly how the new shift rules that will be implemented in MLB in 2023 will affect the game, but we can still try to identify hitters with a profile that makes them more likely to benefit from a shift ban.
Some of those hitters are free agents...
The best pitches on the free-agent market
Whatever you're looking for in a pitcher -- an overpowering fastball, a frisbee slider, a fall-off-the-table changeup -- you can find it on the free-agent market.
So let's do it. These are the free-agent pitchers who throw the best version of each pitch type.
We already looked at the free-agent...
Here's why teams should take a chance on Conforto
Aaron Judge is the free-agent outfielder every team wants. Then Brandon Nimmo. Then probably Andrew Benintendi. But here's one who's gone under the radar with the buzz surrounding the big names, and who could be a huge steal: Michael Conforto.
The risk in signing Conforto is obvious. He just missed...
The unheralded FA relievers that could make a difference
This year's free-agent market for relievers was long known to be a weak one, and teams, knowing that, went all out to retain their best free-agent arms before they ever reached the market -- like Edwin Díaz, Robert Suarez and Rafael Montero. What’s left, then, is a collection of older...
Hot Stove standouts: 5 tools, 5 free agents
No matter what type of player your team wants, it can find one on the free-agent market.
Sluggers? They're out there. Speedsters? Those too. Elite defenders? Yep.
Let's try to find the free agents with the best individual skills, using baseball's classic five tools. In other words, we're looking for...
Best FA bat after Judge? The answer might surprise you
There’s no debate about who the best hitter is in the current free-agent class. Aaron Judge just won the American League MVP Award after setting an AL record with 62 homers and leading MLB in a long list of categories. The 6-foot-7 slugger is No. 1, case closed.
The 22 nastiest pitches of '22
Want to see the nastiest pitches of 2022? Look no further.
Let's use Statcast's pitch tracking data to find the very best pitches this season had to offer.
These pitches had it all. They're the ones with the most overpowering velocity. The most elite spin. The most extreme Wiffle ball...
The Statcast 2022 All-Defense Teams
We already know who won the 2022 Gold Glove Awards. But what if we only used Statcast's fielder tracking data to decide the best defenders in baseball?
Let's pick the Statcast All-Defense Teams for 2022.
These are the best fielders in the American League and National League at every position...