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08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-23

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Baseball Therapy: If I Had A Million Dollars
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Russell A. Carleton

08-23

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Prospect House: Risky Business
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Mauricio Rubio

08-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton
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J.P. Breen

08-23

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Notes from the Field: August 23, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

08-23

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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

08-23

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Rubbing Mud: Should Probably Trade Cespedes
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Matthew Trueblood

08-23

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Cold Takes: Introducing The Dubuque Plan
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Patrick Dubuque

08-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 22nd
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Mark Anderson

08-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-23

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The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

08-22

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

08-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, Aug. 22
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Matt Sussman

08-22

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Prospectus Feature: Something Not Worth Forfeiting
by
Henry Druschel

08-22

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Deep League Report: Week 21
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Scooter Hotz

08-22

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Soft Toss: Scouting a Series: Hillsboro vs. Everett
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Brendan Gawlowski

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 19-21
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Christopher Crawford

08-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: We Still Have Time
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Meg Rowley

08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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Ashley Varela

08-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 22, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

08-21

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BP Toronto
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Jenn Smith

08-21

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

08-21

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Deep, But Playable: The Pirates Played for 2017
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Craig Goldstein

08-20

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

08-20

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

08-20

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Raising Aces: There's A New Sheriff In Taillon
by
Doug Thorburn

08-20

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The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman
by
James Fisher and Scooter Hotz

08-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

08-19

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What You Need to Know: DeGrim
by
Nicolas Stellini

08-19

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 19
by
Matthew Kory

08-19

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball's Predictable 2,430
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Trevor Strunk

08-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week of August 22, 2016
by
Bret Sayre

08-19

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Weekly Wrap: August 19, 2016
by
Will Haines

08-19

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Prospect Profile: Magneuris Sierra
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Ryan Davis

08-19

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Rubbing Mud: These Post-Lucroy Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

08-19

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 91
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 19th
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Mark Anderson

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Never Fight A Day Game In Colorado
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Demetrius Bell

08-18

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Tools of Ignorance: The Trades Remain the Same
by
Jeff Quinton

08-18

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Two-Strike Approach: Autumn Leaves Must Fall
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Cat Garcia

08-18

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 18, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

08-18

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5

Some Projection Left: Finding The Next Edwin Diaz
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Christopher Crawford

08-18

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Notes from the Field: East Coast Pro: Hitters
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Steve Givarz

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 17th
by
Christopher Crawford

08-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
by
Wilson Karaman

08-17

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BP Bronx
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Ben Diamond

08-17

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Soaked
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Nicolas Stellini

08-17

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Team Chemistry: What's Average For Pitchers?
by
John Choiniere

08-17

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Add Iglesias Insurance
by
Bryan Grosnick and Christopher Crawford

08-17

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Prospectus Feature: Pujols, Verlander, and Modern Baseball
by
Trevor Strunk

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The Dodgers hit a bunch of homers off a guy named Bailey, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
If Homer Bailey never has to see Adrian Gonzalez again, the Reds right-hander would be just fine with that. Gonzalez entered Monday’s series-closing matinee 10-for-23 lifetime with five homers and two doubles against Bailey. Among opponents with at least 20 head-to-head plate appearances, Gonzalez’s 1.632 OPS was tops by more than 250 points. And that was before this:


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What's the best way to spend money, given what we know right this minute?

A few years ago, I had a conversation with my brother. We were talking about (surprise!) baseball, but then his finance degree started talking. He pointed out to me that baseball is actually a really bad business model to be trapped in. The majority of your costs are fixed. You will be paying them, no matter what. Unlike the NFL, MLB contracts are largely guaranteed, so once a team signs a big expensive free agent, they are on the hook for paying him, sometimes on the hook several years into the future. On the other side, a lot of the revenue sources that teams have traditionally counted on (attendance, concessions, merchandise)—items that even in the age of huge TV contracts and regional sports networks being big feeders of the bottom line are still important—are variable. Fans usually come out to support a winner and a lot of times it’s hard to know how good you’ll be in three years. Will there be enough revenue to cover the cost of that fancy new second baseman? Teams aren’t completely operating in the dark when it comes to budgeting, but unlike a lot of other industries where if demand slows down, you can simply slow down production (and save money that way), baseball doesn’t let you do that.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect House: Risky Business

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Mauricio Rubio

Sometimes you just gotta say...

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton

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J.P. Breen

The Brewers outfielder has a 1.132 OPS since the All-Star break, but how much of that surge can he sustain?

Rebuilding teams are too often overlooked in fantasy leagues. Their competitive situation brings about inherent obstacles—such as low win totals for starting pitchers or lower-than-expected RBI totals—but their ineptitude also affords them the freedom to experiment with fringe players in hopes of uncovering an unexpected contributor for the following campaign.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: August 23, 2016

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BP Prospect Staff

Notes on first-rounders Hudson Potts, Taylor Ward, and others.

Hudson Potts, 3B, San Diego Padres (Complex Level AZL)
Selected 24th-overall in June out of a Texas high school, the artist formerly known as Hudson Sanchez has already earned his first professional promotion after a solid debut, especially for a kid won’t be 18 until October. A tall third baseman with very soft hands and fluid motions on the field, Potts swings right-handed, gets the barrel to the ball quickly, and shows the ability (and willingness) to use the whole field. He has good balance at the plate and a swing tailored to hit line drives, but he has the frame to develop power as he progresses. I expect his defensive ability to carry him early on, and there’s a reasonable chance the power eventually comes around to league average. —Matt Pullman

Winston Lavendier, LHP, Los Angeles Angels (High-A Inland Empire)
Lavendier's "windup," if you can call it that, basically consists of him lifting his leg into a tucked coil, tensing every muscle in his body, and hurtling every part of it towards the plate as hard and fast as he can. It is among the highest of high-energy delivery you'll see, and it creates some good (moderate deception and quality extension) along with some bad (I just can't see a reliable command profile coming out of that delivery). He controlled the stuff pretty well, though, generating quality plane and driving the ball into the zone. He was all fastball in this look, piling up three outs on just nine pitches with some electricity and finish at 91-94. He apparently has a relatively deep complimentary arsenal, as well, showing a slider and what appeared to be a splitter in warmups, with both moving at a similar vertical trajectory. —Wilson Karaman



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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 21

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

It was something of a slow week in the closer world, with a couple of (former) closers returning from injury but not getting their jobs back. Besides that, the only storylines are clarifications (or a lack of clarity) in some of the most miserable bullpens in the league. Sounds fun! As always, you can keep up with the changes on the closer grid. Now, to the news!

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The Mets, on the brink of being out of it, have the most attractive player on the August trade market, and a reasonable path to trading him.

Sunday night complicated things, a little. One can never talk about what the Mets should do without talking about the disconnect between that and what the Mets will do, and the gulf between those two things grows out of both the bizarre ownership situation and the even more bizarre fan culture that surrounds the team. Thus, when Yoenis Cespedes cracked a game-winning, two-run homer to beat the Giants on national TV and bring the Mets back to .500 Sunday night, he made it excruciatingly hard for the Mets to consider trading him. Still, if we can (hypothetically) bridge the gap between what is and what ought to be for a moment, the fact is that they ought to explore it.

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Keeping the baby, throwing out (with maximum speed and efficiency) the bathwater.

One of the virtues of baseball is its harmlessness. Particularly in the summer, when teams have grown comfortable into their rosters, when seasons aren’t yet won or lost, the game relaxes. Unlike football, with its constant climax and its unending, wearying significance, even the greatest accomplishments and worst mistakes of a baseball player can only do so much; another game waits tomorrow. Summer baseball does not enervate, it does not demand. It’s an old person’s game, not because there is a certain demographic who grew up once loving baseball and will die off, as is often assumed, but because its pace matches the preference of a certain mindset. That demographic, however, still terrifies the men charged with profiting off it.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 22nd

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Jose De Leon, Lucas Erceg, Jesus Sanchez, and Tyler Wells.

Prospect of the Day:

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR Mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

Robert Gs... Gsell...Gonna pitch out the bullpen so it doesn't really matter.

The Situation: The Mets face what amounts to a do-or-die three-game set with St. Louis, the second wild card leaders, this week. One of those games will be started by Jacob deGrom. That is good. The other two are scheduled to be started by Jon Niese and Seth Lugo. And now that Steven Matz is headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, it isn't a huge surprise that they called up their best upper-level starting pitching prospect to...uh...well...pitch out of the bullpen?

The Background: Gsellman was the Mets 13th-round pick in 2011 out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles. A multi-sport athlete, he was also only 17 when drafted and proceeded through the system slowly, spending a Summer at each of the organization's three short-season affiliates. He's been on prospect radars for a while but only cracked the Mets top ten for the first time this past offseason off a strong campaign between St. Lucie and Binghamton. Gsellman struggled to miss bats in his first taste of Double-A, but the addition of a slider this Spring has helped him find more success in the upper minors in 2016.

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August 22, 2016 12:13 pm

BP Kansas City

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Craig Brown

Hey look, the Royals are back from the dead and making another late-season run.

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