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02-27

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Fantasy Infographic: Starting Pitchers
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Mauricio Rubio

02-27

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6

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: The Average Keeper Rankings for 2015
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-27

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Prospectus Feature: A.J. Preller's Offseason and the Toronto Precedent
by
Steven Jacobson

02-27

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Transaction Analysis: The Bad Bullpen Teams Get A Little Less Bad
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

02-27

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4

Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair
by
Daniel Rathman

02-27

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17

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

02-27

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13

Raising Aces: The Eyes of March
by
Doug Thorburn

02-27

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19

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
by
Chris Mosch

02-26

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20

The Lineup Card: Nine Spring Training Job Battles to Watch
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Baseball Prospectus

02-26

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4

Player Profile: Jesse Hahn
by
Wilson Karaman

02-26

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5

Daisy Cutter: Is Rizzo For Real?
by
Sahadev Sharma

02-26

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The Top 101 Dynasty League Prospects for 2015
by
Bret Sayre

02-26

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Painting the Black: The Other Side of PECOTA's Crush on the Rays
by
R.J. Anderson

02-25

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Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal
by
Daniel Rathman

02-25

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting PItchers, Part Two
by
Doug Thorburn

02-25

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Player Profile: Ian Kennedy
by
Jeff Quinton

02-25

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10

Pebble Hunting: What the Heck, Tigers?
by
Sam Miller

02-25

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Skewed Left: Indians Get a Head Start
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Zachary Levine

02-25

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Starting Pitchers
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Keith Cromer

02-25

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The Top 101 Dynasty League Prospects for 2015
by
Bret Sayre

02-24

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Player Profile: Hisashi Iwakuma
by
Wilson Karaman

02-24

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42

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Baseball Player Fatter
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Nick Shlain

02-24

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Baseball Therapy: The 10th Man in the Lineup
by
Russell A. Carleton

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Yoan Moncada Fits
by
Ben Carsley

02-23

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Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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The Week in Quotes: February 17-22, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds
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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

02-23

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2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: American League
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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

02-23

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Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2015
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

02-23

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Pitching Backward: Which Hitters Have it Toughest?
by
Jeff Long

02-23

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16

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part One
by
Doug Thorburn

02-23

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Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

02-23

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Player Profile: Kyle Gibson
by
J.P. Breen

02-20

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
by
J.P. Breen

02-20

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The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers
by
Wilson Karaman

02-20

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17

Tools of Ignorance: How are the Phillies Framing the Cole Hamels Decision?
by
Jeff Quinton

02-20

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4

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting Pitchers
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-20

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Tale of the Tape: Drew Hutchison vs. Brandon McCarthy
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Nick Shlain

02-20

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Transaction Analysis: Happily Everth After
by
R.J. Anderson

02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling
by
Daniel Rathman

02-19

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2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: National League
by
Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
by
R.J. Anderson

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down
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Chris Mosch

02-19

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Tale of the Tape: Jeff Samardzija vs. James Shields
by
Matt Collins

02-19

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16

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One
by
Mike Gianella

02-18

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State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
by
Ben Carsley

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: A Bidding War is Building for Olivera, and the Dodgers Have Position
by
Chris Mosch

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A visual look at the SP crop and the categories in which each pitcher can help your hurt your team.

Primer

Notes

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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: The Average Keeper Rankings for 2015

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes puts a new crowdsourcing tool at your disposal.

Our update this week is short and sweet, but may be helpful as you prepare for your Scoresheet league draft. While we’ve shared our keeper preferences over the past few months, we recognize that we are but three lone voices shouting Braff-style into the abyss. However, now that the public keeper deadline has passed, we have some quantifiable information that tells us more about the true nature of keepers.

One of our own, Ben Murphy, developed a tool that measures whether players are currently rostered in Scoresheet leagues, and then aggregates these findings together into an average ownership percentage. So here, for the first time, are the Scoresheet average keeper rankings for 2015.

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Is it really possible to build a great team in one winter?

By the end of the 2012 season, the Blue Jays had secured their place in baseball as the definition of middling. After their 1992-1993 heyday—the culmination of 11 straight seasons of 86 wins or more—the Jays ripped off a string of seasons that would make a centrist very happy: Only twice in the next 19 years did Toronto finish in last place in the American League East, but just once did they manage to finish within 10 games of the division winner.

Once the Rays found respectability, Toronto dropped from its usual third place, finishing in fourth each year from 2008 to 2012. This was despite a respectable 400-410 record over that span, with three seasons at or above .500.

The time had come for the Blue Jays to do something big. “I’m not going to live through what we went through this season again,” general manager Alex Anthopolous told employees in October 2012, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.

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Joba Chamberlain and Francisco Rodriguez are off the board, at last.

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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair

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Daniel Rathman

Tomas boots some balls, while the golden age of Nate Freiman might be over.

Yasmany Tomas struggles at third base in early spring workouts
When the Diamondbacks splurged on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas in late November, most teams viewed him as an outfielder. The Snakes were one of the few clubs open to giving him a look at the hot corner. That’s likely part of the reason they emerged as the high bidder in a race that culminated with a six-year, $68.5 million contract.


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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these arms in your leagues this spring.

Previous articles in this series:

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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: The Eyes of March

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Doug Thorburn

Which pitchers to watch and what to look for this spring.

Much digital ink has been spilled over the beauty behind the four words that ignite the spring for a Baseballholic: pitchers and catchers report. But it's a tease, because after pitchers and catchers report to spring training we are left with two weeks worth of recycled stories about players who are or aren't in the best shape of their lives. The spring doesn't begin in earnest until ballgames are being played in March, with the first slate on tap to begin next week.

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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers

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Bret Sayre

Stacking up the rotation arms for the long haul.

The Primer:

Because dynasty-league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2015 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

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The Pirates want to keep their star 'for a long, long time,' while the Mets' crowded rotation will likely squeeze out the team's top two prospects.

Pirates willing to go to “great lengths” to keep McCutchen past current contract
Andrew McCutchen is currently under what is easily one of baseball’s most team-friendly contracts, with the Pirates owing the 2013 NL MVP just $37 million over the next three years before having the option to bring him back for $14.5 million in 2018. The center fielder has emerged as one of the top players in the game and the face of the Pirates, tallying upwards of six WARP each of the past three seasons while helping the club to two straight postseason berths after the franchise had gone two decades without one.


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The staff will be keeping an eye on these competitions over the next month.

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February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Jesse Hahn

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Wilson Karaman

A rare case study of a pitcher who might *benefit* from a trade out of San Diego.

Player Background

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February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Is Rizzo For Real?

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Sahadev Sharma

The changes that led to the changes for the Cubs' star first baseman.

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