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07-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Migration of the Backups
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Sam Miller

07-29

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Daily League Strategy: Stacking Lefties
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Paul Sporer

07-29

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Deep Impact: Week 17
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Ben Carsley

07-29

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BBQ State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-29

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Notes About Baseball: The Logistics of Human Trading
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Rocco DeMaro

07-29

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The Stash List: 15th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 28
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Jeff Moore

07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-29

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Baseball Therapy: Trading Ryan Howard For Nothing and Winning
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Russell A. Carleton

07-28

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28
by
Matthew Kory

07-28

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The HOF Rule Change
by
Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts
by
Mike Gianella

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
by
Jeff Quinton

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of July 25-27
by
Jeff Moore

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-28

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BBQ State of Mind
by
Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

07-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 28, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Week in Quotes: July 21-27, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-25

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The Call-Up: Chris Taylor
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

07-25

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The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe
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Daron Sutton

07-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 25
by
Matt Sussman

07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
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Zachary Levine

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-25

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Feature Focus: Visual Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
by
Chris Rodriguez

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
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Paul Sporer

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 24
by
Jeff Moore

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
by
Doug Thorburn

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23
by
Jeff Moore

07-24

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The Lineup Card: Seven Unsigned Top Draft Picks
by
Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
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R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 24, 2014
by
Tucker Blair

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
by
Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
by
Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-24

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Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting
by
Ryan Parker

07-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23
by
Matthew Kory

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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The Stash List: 14th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
by
J.P. Breen

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-23

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2014 Draft
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Nick J. Faleris

07-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 22
by
Jeff Moore

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July 29, 2014 3:14 pm

Transaction Analysis: The Migration of the Backups

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Sam Miller

As teams prepre for the stretch run, three add depth: The Dodgers get Darwin Barney, the Royals Erik Kratz, and the Blue Jays Danny Valencia.

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Rangers starter Nick Martinez has struggles versus opposite-handed batters, so the Yankees' lefty bats might be a strong play.

With DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site’s dollar values to select my players of the day.

PITCHING

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July 29, 2014 10:48 am

Deep Impact: Week 17

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Ben Carsley

Breaking down a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

I’m too sad thinking about Jon Lester to write a real intro.

Chris Capuano, LHP, Yankees
Capuano seems to have more lives than a cat, which, proverbially speaking, has nine lives. He was brilliant as a reliever with the Red Sox in the early days of 2014, but was then decidedly less brilliant as the season went on, leading to his release in June. Capuano then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies and was acquired by the Yankees late last week. Yes, Capuano has called Fenway Park and Yankees Stadium home this season, and could potentially have called Coors Field home, too. Capuano does not give a damn about your fantasy league.


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The boys check out Jason Parks, Bartolo Colon, and an inadequate shirsey section.

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, the proprietors of Cespedes Family Barbecue, are taking another baseball trip and chronicling their travels at Baseball Prospectus.

The world we live in is full of amazing natural wonders. Anybody can go to a computer and find a picture of the Grand Canyon or Mount Everest or even Mount Everth. But experiencing these things in person elevates you to an entirely different level. Live viewings provide a deeper appreciation for the physicality of these amazing sites. While on a computer or TV you can only utilize your eyes, but in person you can smell, hear, touch, and even taste the magic. Last night, we watched Bartolo Colon hit in person and it was downright beautiful.

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What it means to be moved, and the maniacally outlying Clayton Kershaw.

Odds are you've never been traded.

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July 29, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: 15th Edition

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Bret Sayre

The latest on Mookie Betts, Javier Baez, Noah Syndergaard, and other players who should be on your fantasy radar in case they earn promotions.

The Graduates: Neftali Feliz (22)
This past week saw the sad-sack Rangers finally deal off their closer (who had been one of the best in baseball to this point) Joakim Soria to the Tigers, freeing their former star closer to retake the role. Unfortunately, Feliz still doesn’t have his pre-Tommy John velocity back and it’s manifesting itself in diminished strikeout numbers (he has four in 11 1/3 innings). He can keep the job without the whiffs, as they don’t really have a great alternative, but his value will be diminished if it doesn’t pick up a little.

The Departed: Joey Gallo (HM)
As much fun as this would be, there’s just zero incentive for the Rangers to rush Gallo when he hasn’t even gotten a half-season’s worth of at-bats at Double-A.



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July 29, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 28

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco and Tigers lefty Kevin Ziomek.

Hitter of the Night: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Lehigh Valley, AAA): 4-4, R, HR, SB.
It’s been a rough season for Franco, who entered the season with some questions about his swing that he made up for with strong bat-to-ball skills. Those questions still remain and have been exposed by Triple-A pitching, though he appears to be making adjustments and is hitting .321 in July. Even with his struggles this season, it’s hard to believe he won’t get a taste of the majors this September on a struggling Phillies team.

Pitcher of the Night: Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Tigers (West Michigan, A-): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K.
Ziomek, a second-rounder in last year’s draft, is excelling in his first taste of full-season ball despite too many free passes and secondary stuff that hasn’t played as well as it did in college. He has premium velocity from the left side, however, which gives him a high ceiling if the bite can return on his other offerings.



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July 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

A big Marlins comeback and a great Yu Darvish fun fact are part of yesterday's action and today's previews

The Monday Takeaway
The Nationals were on top of the Marlins 6-0 at the seventh-inning stretch on Monday night, and if the last decade was any guide, they had to be feeling good about that lead:


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"You can't just trade him for nothing!" Sure you can.

Last week, I saw what I thought was an Onion headline. After all, The Onion has gotten so good at what they do, I now assume that anything in my Facebook feed is satirical. The story said that the Phillies were “working hard” to trade Ryan Howard. I don’t often use “LOL” when I type, because I don’t often laugh out loud.

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July 28, 2014 9:29 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28

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Matthew Kory

It's Monday! It's a Monday Hit List! Read the Monday Hit List!

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

The HOF Rule Change

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Mike Gianella

How many players will be negatively affected by a change in voting rules?

On Saturday, the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame made its most significant rule change to Hall of Fame voting rules in nearly 30 years, reducing the amount of time a candidate can spend on the ballot from 15 years to 10.

How would this change have impacted earlier Hall of Fame candidates? Would reducing the eligibility requirement from 15 years to 10 years have eliminated worthy candidates for the Hall? Is this change relevant to the Hall of Fame landscape now?

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano

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J.P. Breen

The Pirates lefty has fared well in July, but is that reason to believe that the tide has turned on his 2014 season?

It’s no secret that Francisco Liriano remains one of the more electric arms in baseball. He still has a lively fastball, as well as a devastating slider-changeup combination that can induce a myriad of swings-and-misses. When he throws strikes consistently and stays healthy, he can be dominant. Last year, he missed a few starts and only threw 161 innings, but he decimated the NL Central with a 3.02 ERA (2.92 FIP) and struck out more than a batter per inning. Ultimately, he was a top-30 starter and a wonderful surprise in all formats.

Fantasy owners remained skittish when drafting Liriano this spring. His average draft position didn’t reflect his 2013 performance, as owners worried about his health and whether he had truly discovered something that would lead to consistent, reliable performance on the mound.

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