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12-08

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Transaction Analysis: 86 For 103
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Matthew Trueblood

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Adam Eaton, Underrated No More
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Jarrett Seidler, Adam McInturff, Mike Gianella and Matthew Trueblood

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Texas Two-Step
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Bryan Grosnick

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen
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Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

12-08

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-08

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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Scooter Hotz

12-08

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: Another Party at Napoli's?
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Emma Baccellieri

12-07

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Strikeouts
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Matt Collins

12-07

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Cold Takes: The Men Who Couldn't Catch a Break
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Patrick Dubuque

12-07

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Prospectus Feature: Narrative Nothings
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Trevor Strunk

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: For Sale: Red Sox Prospects
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Ben Carsley, Adam McInturff, Jarrett Seidler, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: Boston's Bullpen Bet
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Matthew Kory, Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Holliday in New York
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Kenny Ducey

12-06

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2017 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-06

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Rubbing Mud: Wartime Consigliere
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Matthew Trueblood

12-06

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

12-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Strikeouts
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George Bissell

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Hill Gets Rich, Finally
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Craig Goldstein

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: San Francisco's Bullpen Fix
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Matthew Trueblood

12-05

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Rumor Roundup: Reach for the Stars
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Demetrius Bell

12-05

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Internet Baseball Awards: The Polls Are Open!
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Aaron Gleeman

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Nationals Nab Norris
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Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: This Is 40
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Bryan Grosnick

12-05

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Pirates Postmortem
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Rob Mains

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta's Old-Fashioned Rebuild
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Matthew Trueblood

12-03

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 9: Scratched
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

12-02

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: Stolen Bases
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Greg Wellemeyer

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Pittsburgh Shops McCutchen
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Demetrius Bell

12-02

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2017 Prospects: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago's Miami Connection
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Jared Wyllys, Jeffrey Paternostro and Brendan Gawlowski

12-01

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Deep, But Playable: Collective Bore-Gaining Agreement
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Craig Goldstein

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: Coming (Back) to America
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

12-01

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Two-Strike Approach: Eovaldi Evolution
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Cat Garcia

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-30

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Transaction Analysis: Four More Years! Four More Years!
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Bryan Grosnick

11-30

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Baseball Therapy: The 26th Man
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Russell A. Carleton

11-30

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Rumor Roundup: Cespedes Fallout
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Emma Baccellieri

11-30

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2017 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-29

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Transaction Analysis: Sexy in South Beach
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Matthew Trueblood

11-29

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Cold Takes: The Rise and Fall of the Power Rankings
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Patrick Dubuque

11-29

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Stolen Bases
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George Bissell

11-29

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The World Series of Coin Flipping
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Rob Mains

11-28

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: ERA: A Deeper Dive
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Greg Wellemeyer

11-28

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2017 Prospects: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-28

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Transaction Analysis: Vesatility, Depth, and Scenery
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Bryan Grosnick and Rob Mains

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: You’re The One That I Want
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Ashley Varela

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Marcell Projections
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Demetrius Bell

11-25

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Two-Strike Approach: The Gary Sanchez Era
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Cat Garcia

11-25

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Pitching Backward: Reviewing Rapsodo
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Jeff Long

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December 8, 2016 1:13 pm

Transaction Analysis: 86 For 103

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Matthew Trueblood

Aroldis Chapman returns to New York five months after being traded, signing the richest deal ever for a reliever.

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Chicago restocks the farm system with another blockbuster, sending Adam Eaton to Washington for three pitching prospects.

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Texas re-signs Carlos Gomez, while Ian Desmond leaves for a $70 million deal in Colorado.

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December 8, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen

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Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

Wilson Ramos looks to rehab his value in Tampa Bay, Scrabble finds a new home in Seattle, and light-hitting backup catchers get multi-year deals.

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December 8, 2016 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

Play without an ace at your own risk.

Welcome to my fourth annual look at retrospective player valuation at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of articles examining how players performed from a fantasy perspective in 2016. This is the sixth article in a series of six. The first four articles in the series focused on NL-only and AL-only leagues. The final two posts examine mixed leagues, with this article examining pitchers.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below. (If you have been reading along for the entire series, note that there are some changes for the mixed league articles).

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December 8, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive

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Scooter Hotz

You've got to Hand it to us, we're pretty thorough.

The Risers

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I *am* big, it’s the prospects that got small.

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The closer market is heating up, Mike Napoli may stay in Cleveland, and Brett Gardner is not unlike a couch.

Closer to closing time for closer market

Mark Melancon has been the highest-paid reliever in baseball for just two days, but his reign will almost certainly be over soon—with not just one name, but two, ready to take his place. In Monday’s Rumor Roundup, Demetrius Bell noted that the Marlins could be ready to give Kenley Jansen an $80 million deal. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Yankees could be ready to give Aroldis Chapman a similar contract. And on Wednesday, rumors kept swirling around both of them.

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December 7, 2016 8:30 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Strikeouts

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Matt Collins

Who really stepped up to miss bats, and who will need to try a little harder in 2017.

On Tuesday, George Bissell broke down the landscape around the league with respect to strikeouts. Unsurprisingly, he found that K’s are continuing to rise for both starters and relievers. However, with the shrinking workloads being given to starters, it’s getting harder and harder to find those true fantasy assets who can accrue massive strikeout totals. Today, we will look at some of the pitchers who over performed or under performed their expected value in this category.

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Arguing about the Hall of Fame is an annual tradition, but catchers have been getting a raw deal for decades.

One of the best things about getting worked up about the Hall of Fame is how many ways one can go about it. It’s an infinite wellspring, a source of eternal frustration for the mathematicians and a constant delight for the artists, for those who prefer dialogue to proof. There’s no shame, I think, in either preference. The Hall of Fame is a silly institution within an already silly pastime, a trumpet fanfare played by kazoos. It is picaresque.

Three options present themselves: one can ignore the spectacle, secure in their own knowledge of what greatness is, and content in the isolation of certainty. Or one can enjoy the show as a passive observer, as we do with the games themselves, perhaps going so far as to wager on them. Or, finally, one can join the performance themselves, wade into the fray and willingly be Mad Online.

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December 7, 2016 6:00 am

Prospectus Feature: Narrative Nothings

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Trevor Strunk

We all need a way to get through the offseason, but don't get Mad Online.

There’s nothing reassuring about the offseason. Despite the countdown clock trending toward zero on Pitchers and Catchers Report Day, the hot stove season is fraught with tension that is diametrically opposed to the fun and good tension of the actual season. Will my team trade its only fun player? Will they get a good return? Will I have to be Mad Online for a few days about 20-year-olds who may or may not ever play in the majors? Will there even be baseball or will a labor conflict rob me of my sweet, sweet reward (update: we’re okay on this score at least)?

While the hot stove can be fun and I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone for refreshing Twitter every three seconds to see if your team landed a top free agent. But the agita and heartbreak the hot stove season provides is not exactly constructive: it’s like rooting for the stock market without even the pittance of a payout. And so we’re left to try to find substantive material to draw from the detritus of minor-league free agent signings, prospect lists, and days-long arguments over the wisdom of signing Zach Duke or whoever else to a three-year deal.

This is of course why and where narratives come in. Narratives, for anyone who hasn’t followed sports for more than three minutes, are these grand arcs that every team seemingly is forced into occupying by the writers who cover them, whether nationally, locally, or in-between.

For example: is your team a championship contender? Are they a sleeper team? Does your management get it? Does your management even know what IT is? How many stats are you using? Are you using enough? When do your good players get to come up to the majors? When are your good players going to leave your team for the Red Sox? Are the Yankees back? Does baseball need the Yankees to be back? Is tanking un-American? Are YOU un-American? What does Donald Trump mean for baseball? Is baseball the anti-Trump? What would the 30 teams’ logos look like as Donald Trump?

You get the idea. We write these overarching ideas as a media base for a fairly mundane reason: there’s simply nothing much to say during the offseason. You’ll notice this if you watch for how many Yoenis Cespedes reaction pieces came out within hours of him signing back with the Mets the other day. People are starved for real, honest-to-god baseball content, and the instant any move, trade, or injury happens, content bursts from our collective media unconscious so quickly that every angle, second angle, contrarian angle, and meta-angle is covered within 24 hours. I dare you to find a new way to say that Yoenis Cespedes signed a four-year deal with the Mets: you can’t.

And so we’re left with these larger stories that we ourselves get to shape, build, and develop. This is awfully convenient, since they’ll never run to a clear conclusion or leave us without something to write on. A player can only re-sign with their team so many times; the Yankees can be ascendant or in decline forever, in any number of different permutations and variations. We get content, you get something to read during the offseason to distract from the painful business-ness of the whole affair. Seems fair, right?

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Dave Dombrowski swings for the fences, landing White Sox ace Chris Sale for a substantial prospect package headlined by Yoan Moncada.

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