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12-24

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Rumor Roundup: Marlins Not Really Interested In Having Exactly Three Outfielders On Their Roster
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Chris Mosch

12-24

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The Lineup Card: Seven Items That Tell the Story of Baseball in 2014
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Baseball Prospectus

12-24

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Ninety Percent Mental: What's Really Behind Salary Inflation
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Lewie Pollis

12-24

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Minor League Update: Puerto Rican Winter League Games to Date
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Jeff Moore

12-24

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2015 Prospects: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Gently Hughes'd
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R.J. Anderson

12-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Still Holliday Season
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Wilson Karaman

12-23

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Baseball Therapy: Do Stars and Scrubs Lineups Actually Work?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-23

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An Agent's Take: Gettin' Lucky at the Winter Meetings
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Joshua Kusnick

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs
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Sahadev Sharma

12-23

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Rumor Roundup: Troy Tulowitzki Won't Be a Met... Maybe
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Daniel Rathman

12-23

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Craig Goldstein

12-22

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The Week in Quotes: December 15-21, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Keith Cromer

12-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Is Marcus Stroman the Real '6 God'?
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Nick Shlain

12-22

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Ninety Percent Mental: The Predictable Aggressiveness of a First-Year GM
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Lewie Pollis

12-22

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2015 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-22

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Minor League Update: Winter League Games to Date
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Jeff Moore

12-22

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Minor League Update: Venezuelan Winter League Games to Date
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Jeff Moore

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a Star
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre, Jordan Gorosh, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Bringing the Band Back Together... Again
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Daniel Rathman and Wilson Karaman

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-19

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West
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Doug Thorburn

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the Outlier Curveball
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Jeff Long

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nationals Got
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Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Chris Rodriguez and J.P. Breen

12-18

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Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium
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Chris Mosch

12-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget the Vets
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Matt Collins

12-18

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Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe
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Zachary Levine

12-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
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Jeff Quinton

12-18

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Moonshot: In Search of Pedro Cerrano
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Robert Arthur

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

12-17

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Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move?
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Chris Mosch

12-17

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The Lineup Card: Unconventional Winners and Losers of the Offseason to Date
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Baseball Prospectus

12-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers
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J.P. Breen

12-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Undervalued NL Starting Pitchers
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Keith Cromer

12-17

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Daisy Cutter: The Value of Five-Plus Players
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce
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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Pitching Backward: Curveballs and Changes
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Jeff Long

12-16

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Ninety Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers
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Mike Gianella

12-16

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets
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Bret Sayre

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: Should Teams Worry About Lineup Balance?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-15

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The Week in Quotes: December 8-14, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman
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Daniel Rathman

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The Marlins might find a match between Dan Haren and an outfield-loaded SoCal team, while the two Phillies you'd actually want might not be as available as you'd actually like.

When it comes to formidable young outfield cores, there aren’t too many that can top the one assembled in Miami. Giancarlo Stanton just landed the largest contract in professional sports, while Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna have each just begun to tap into the tools that had prospect evaluators giddy as the pair climbed the minor-league ladder. Better yet, all three are under club control through the 2020 season and Stanton, who just turned 25 last month, is the oldest of the bunch.

The Marlins have their starting three locked up for the foreseeable future but at the moment the rest of their outfield cupboard is completely bare. With Stanton, Ozuna and Yelich the only outfielders currently listed on Miami’s 40-man roster, the only other players on the roster with any previous outfield experience are their starting corner infielders: Martin Prado and Michael Morse.

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The staff picks artifacts and symbols representative of the past year in baseball.

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December 24, 2014 6:00 am

Ninety Percent Mental: What's Really Behind Salary Inflation

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Lewie Pollis

Are market forces causing salaries to go up, or is this just The Human Element?

Nary a year has gone by in recent memory in which I can’t remember people talking about the growth in player salaries. Every offseason, it seems, we expect the free agent market to explode. In years with weak free agent classes we anticipate that the low supply will drive up wages; when there are several premium players available we say that the high talent level will lubricate teams’ wallets, or something. Then, after we see a couple second- or third-tier free agents get significantly more than anyone had expected, there’s a fear that that year’s inflation will be even higher than we’d thought. It’s one of the many cyclical talking points in the community of baseball analysis (I say this with love).

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December 24, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Puerto Rican Winter League Games to Date

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Jeff Moore

Picking out the prospects and intriguing young players in the thinnest of the three winter circuits.

Prospects

Anthony Garcia, OF, Cardinals (Gigantes de Carolina): .331/.429/.661, 9 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 19 BB/24 K in 124 AB.
Garcia is a free-swinger to the fullest extent. That doesn’t work very well in the Florida State League, as evidenced by just 10 home runs in a full season in Palm Beach in 2014 (don’t feel too bad for Garcia, he did get to love in Palm Beach for six months). Despite his modest home run totals during the regular season, Garcia does have plus raw power, but despite his impressive totals this winter, it isn’t likely to play in games. He’s not much of a defensive player either, so his value will have to come exclusively from his bat, and that’s a major question given his swing-and-miss issues.


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December 24, 2014 5:40 am

2015 Prospects: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Even after a month of trades, the Padres have some impact talent in a thinner system.

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Gently Hughes'd

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R.J. Anderson

The Twins extend a FIP monster who might or might not be more than that.

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Still Holliday Season

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Wilson Karaman

The Cardinals' left fielder isn't finished as a fantasy asset just yet.

I’d like to start by offering a scalding #hottake: Matt Holliday has been very good at hitting baseballs in his career. Since his 2004 debut he’s posted the eighth highest batting average (minimum 4,000 plate appearances), hit the 13th most homeruns, driven in the sixth most runs, and scored more times than every other Major Leaguer but three. He is, however, also rapidly closing in on his 35th birthday as of this writing. He’s also coming off a season in which he failed to crack the top 50 among hitters in standard league value, returning “just” $20 of mixed league production in 2014. That development necessarily begs the twin questions of whether Holliday has started his inevitable decline in earnest, and how he should in turn be valued for 2015. So let’s take a look under the hood and see what changed last year, and then hopefully we can figure out whether 2014 was in fact the beginning of the end.

Here’s a basic chart showing some notable metrics in his performance portfolio since he turned 30 and headed east to St. Louis, along with his relative ranking among outfielders in the triple slash categories:

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Or: Is Miguel Cabrera and Miguel Cairo better than a pair of Melky Cabreras?

Is it better for a team to have a lineup with a couple of star hitters in it (and several not-so-good-ones), or to have nine guys who are all good-but-not-great? This is the classic balance vs. stars-and-scrubs debate. It’s a nice debate, but studying the answer has proved a bit of a challenge. We can study actual teams and see how balanced their rosters are then study their results. The problem there is that there aren’t many teams who have uniformly good players, but there have been a few who have uniformly mediocre ones. Teams that have a great diversity in their roster probably have a few good players. It’s a tough problem to get around by studying real life.

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The pretty much unreplicatable way to get your first job in professional baseball.

Every year at the winter meetings I offer to help exactly one job fair participant in a unique way. A little background: The job fair consists of scores of twenty-somethings who have to pre-register for the event. These are people who are trying to get their foot into the door by any means necessary. They stand out in San Diego because of their age, suits, and name. So every year I hold what I call the job fair lottery. Only three people have ever taken my offer to help them seriously and now all three work in baseball.

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs

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Sahadev Sharma

Why David Ross and, more interestingly, why not Welington Castillo?

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Troy Tulowitzki Won't Be a Met... Maybe

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Daniel Rathman

More Tulo to New York rumors pop up and are squashed, the Phils look to replace a Rollins, and Scherzer may have lost another suitor.

Mets will not acquire Troy Tulowitzki… at least not yet
The Mets need a shortstop and have excess pitchers. The Rockies have a great one and an eternal need for pitching. But former Rockies beat writer Troy Renck, who now covers the Broncos for the Denver Post, tweeted on Friday night that the sides aren’t likely to consummate a blockbuster any time soon.


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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

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Craig Goldstein

The highest-payroll club unsurprisingly has a wealth of fantasy assets.

The kings of payroll can claim no legitimate throne, having been bounced early in the playoffs and losing the offseason to the Padres or the White Sox or someone else. They’ve made moves, no doubt, consistently trading players they’d just acquired, but to what end? Efficiency, no doubt, but also to give fantasy owners a bit of a headache. Despite trading Kemp, the Dodgers have a crowded outfield that’s likely to feature a platoon in center and a platoon in left, and that doesn’t address whatever it is Andre Ethier is going to do. The rotation additions are fantasy friendly though, as Brandon McCarthy escapes the offensive environments of Arizona and New York and lands in the much more neutral Chavez Ravine. Similarly, Brett Anderson will try to stay on the mound in a place much better suited to success than Coors, where he actually was pretty good anyway. A deep roster, pitching staff, and predictable back of the bullpen makes for a fantasy-friendly lineup, platoons or not.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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