February 12th

Photo Credit – LA Times


Sergio Romo

The Marlins have signed Sergio Romo to a one year deal worth at least $2.5MM, with other incentives on top of that. Romo had a decent year in 2018 posting a 4.04 FIP who was also “The Opener” several times with the Rays. While he could compete for the closer role for the fish, the aging Romo has some competition with Drew Steckenrider and flamethrower Tayron Guerrero.


Bryce Harper

Harper is reportedly not even considering short term deals. I personally was thinking that Harper was confident enough in himself to take a pillow contract and get somewhere in a 1 year $40-50 range and gamble on himself until next year. In the devils advocate you could say “well what’s going to change next year”? And you would probably be right. Apparently thats what Bryce himself is thinking.



Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) measures what a player’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing. Back in the early 2000s, research by Voros McCracken revealed that the amount of balls that fall in for hits against pitchers do not correlate well across seasons. In other words, pitchers have little control over balls in play and assuming short-term fluctuations in BABIP are attributable to the pitcher is likely incorrect. McCracken outlined a better way to assess a pitcher’s talent level by looking at results a pitcher can control directly: strikeouts, walks, hit by pitches, and home runs.

FIP is a measurement of a pitcher’s performance that strips out the role of defense, luck, and sequencing, making it a more stable indicator of how a pitcher actually performed over a given period of time than a runs allowed based statistic that would be highly dependent on the quality of defense played behind him, for example. Certain pitchers have shown an ability to consistently post lower ERAs than their FIP suggests, but overall FIP captures most pitchers’ true performance quite well. – Fangraphs

TLDR: Pitchers don’t have control on balls in play. FIP measures what a pitcher can control


Jorge Posada

The Marlins are “expected” to hire long-time MLB catcher Jorge Posada as a special adviser to the club’s baseball operations department, according to Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link). Posada’s precise duties aren’t yet known. Posada obviously has deep ties with Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. The pair starred together for years with the Yankees, forming half of the legendary “core four” that helped lead the New York organization to five World Series titles. –MLBTR

Gerardo Parra

Gerardo Parra, who played the previous three seasons for the division rival Rockies, is signing a minor league deal with the organization, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Parra will be in big league camp. Parra, 31, has played all three outfield spots in the majors and adds depth to a young group. The Giants have openings in right and left, with Steven Duggar on track to start in center. – Alex Pavlovic NBC Sports

Jose Lopez

The Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve claimed right-hander Jose Lopez off waivers from the Reds. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, San Francisco designated left-hander Josh Osich for assignment. Cincinnati had designated the 25-year-old Lopez for assignment Monday after signing Zach Duke.

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