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07-27

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Cold Takes: Stuck With Him
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Patrick Dubuque

07-27

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

07-27

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What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness
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Nicolas Stellini

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton
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Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell

07-27

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Outta Left Field: Stealing Home Has Never Been Easier...
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Dustin Palmateer

07-27

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Pitching Backward: Valuing Relievers, in July and Otherwise
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Jeff Long

07-27

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Two-Strike Approach: The 21-Start Check-in on David Price
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Cat Garcia

07-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 26th
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Mark Anderson

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe
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J.P. Breen

07-26

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

07-26

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Baseball Therapy: Growing Zobrists
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Russell A. Carleton

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Aroldis Chapman Takes The 105 To Wrigley
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Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella, Rian Watt, Adam McInturff and Nicolas Stellini

07-26

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Prospectus Feature: Confidence Men
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Jared Wyllys

07-26

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 17
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Mike Gianella

07-26

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Notes from the Field: July 26, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

07-26

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Prospectus Feature: Miguel Sano Is a Strikeout Pioneer
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Aaron Gleeman

07-26

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Cold Takes: On the Stadium
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Patrick Dubuque

07-26

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Closer Report: Week 17
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Matt Collins

07-26

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Fantasy Trade Targets
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BP Fantasy Staff

07-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 25th
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Christopher Crawford

07-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 25
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Matt Sussman

07-25

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The Call-Up: David Dahl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-25

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The Call-Up: Braden Shipley
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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Deep League Report: Week 17
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Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: Alex Bregman
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-25

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 25, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of July 22-24
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Christopher Crawford

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Just For the Record
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Ashley Varela

07-25

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Prospectus Feature: Advanced Stats for the Masses
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Henry Druschel

07-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions
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J.P. Breen

07-25

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Players Prefer Presentation: Year 1 Of The Scott Servais Experiment
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Meg Rowley

07-24

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

07-24

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BP Milwaukee
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Nicholas Zettel

07-24

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Kazuto Yamazaki

07-23

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

07-23

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BP Toronto
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Nick Dika

07-23

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Prospectus Feature: Nine Things We Would Change About Major-League Baseball
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Brendan Gawlowski

07-22

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BP Bronx
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Ben Diamond

07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 22
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Matthew Kory

07-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-22

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The GM Trade Game!
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Sam Miller and BP Staff

07-22

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Weekly Wrap: July 22, 2016
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Will Haines

07-22

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Prospectus Feature: DRA 2016: Challenging the Citadel of DIPS
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Jonathan Judge

07-22

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The View From Behind The Backstop: This Is All Arbitrary, Isn't It?
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Jeffrey Paternostro

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Voting your conscience is awfully difficult as a baseball fan.

There’s a freedom in helplessness. Sometimes, the act of choosing gets in the way of life. Imagine the burden of infinite possibilities: the information cost of picking a new breakfast cereal each morning, scrolling through a Netflix queue that never folds back on itself. The burden of deciding which people you help (and which you don’t) with your charity foundation, the way you allocate your infinite resources during your still-finite time on this earth.

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July 27, 2016 12:05 pm

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Seth Victor

What happened to Jonathan Lucroy's vaunted defensive value and how does it change his potential trade market?

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A poor reliever's poor heart broken; Lindor's a hero; Sabathia makes it easier AND harder to trade him; and Arenado does defense.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Vinko Bogataj was forever immortalized as the face of “the agony of defeat” on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. His incredible crash on a ski jump slope in 1970 became forever associated with agony and defeat. It was his misfortune that an entire generation learned to cringe and giggle at.


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Toronto needs outfield depth in the short and long term, so the Blue Jays took Melvin Upton off the Padres' hands at a discount.

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...and yet, nobody is taking advantage of this rare opportunity. What gives?

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The real world doesn't care about partial wins.

It’s that time of year again. That last week in July when we swear that teams lose all sense of things big and small and ship otherwise valuable prospects in exchange for late-inning relievers who will pitch a few dozen innings over the balance of the season. It’s a formula that the sabermetric community sometimes finds difficult to rationalize. Relievers pitch so few innings and are so volatile that their value is almost certainly lower than that of the prospects dealt for them.

It’s difficult to look at the trade returns for late-game specialists and understand the thought process. The Cubs seemingly traded a king’s ransom to acquire Aroldis Chapman, a pitcher whose performance is only marred by the domestic violence charges that hang over him. Let’s not mince words either; that marring very real and deserved. For the purposes of this article, though, we're be ignoring that component of this trade, not because it doesn’t matter—it matters immensely—but because it didn’t dramatically diminish his value in the baseball world, which is what this article is about.

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The Red Sox signed David Price to make, roughly, 210 starts for them. The first tenth have not gone smoothly, but the next nine-tenths remain an open question.

Game 81 is long past, All-Star Week has come and gone, a handful of teams are admitting defeat with sell-offs this week, and pretty much every sample we look at feels like it's of sufficient size. We are deep into the season, which means that many deals that had fans starry-eyed in December are now leaving them wondering what went wrong in the summer.

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July 27, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 26th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Ranger Suarez, Conner Greene, Ian Happ, and Scott Schebler.

Prospect of the Day: Ranger Suarez, LHP, Phillies (Short-Season Williamsport): 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 5 K
After two years in the now-defunct Venezuelan Summer League, followed by a dominating showing with a 0.65 ERA in 15 appearances in the GCL in 2015, Suarez has continued pitching well as a 20-year old in the NYPL. A quick-armed lefty with an average fastball, two secondary pitches with potential, and a strong command profile, Suarez fired this seven-inning no-hitter while flashing all of these traits. Most scouts view Suarez as a potential back-end starter or lefty reliever down the line.


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July 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe

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J.P. Breen

J.P. offers his thoughts on four hot fantasy topics.

(1) Leagues that use holds + saves, rather than just saves, must expand the number of required reliever roster spots.

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July 26, 2016 10:23 am

BP Kansas City

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David Lesky

Expectations in Kansas City are much different these days and the Royals have failed to meet them all season.

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If you want a bunch of Zobrists, it helps to plant them early. Are teams doing it?

We live in an era of short benches. Recently, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made news when he admitted that the league office has had discussions about new restrictions for teams around how they can use relievers (and how many). There’s nothing imminent, but Manfred cited the dominance of relievers in recent years and hinted that the move would bring a little offensive spark back into the game. Plus, we all know the complaints about innings where a team uses four pitchers. Because they have eight relievers on the roster.

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Jeremy Hellickson aces his audition, the White Sox get to the Cubs' bullpen, and Dave Dombrowski has made so many trades that they're starting to overlap in a kind of baseball version of the grandfather paradox.

The Monday Takeaway
Trade rumors have swirled around the Marlins in recent days, with most honing in on the club’s search for a starting pitcher, especially in light of worrisome injury news regarding Wei-Yin Chen. Among the arms connected to Miami were Andrew Cashner and Matt Moore, and also Jeremy Hellickson


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