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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

12-20

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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

12-15

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Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
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Nick Shlain

12-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Surprising Math Teams Use to Value a Compensation Pick
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Jeff Quinton

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Looks Like We May/Det
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Ben Carsley

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-15

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Rule 5 Draft Recap
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Jeff Moore

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Sixty Percent of a Red Sox Rotation
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Andrew Koo

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: All the Fantasy Angles
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J.P. Breen, Mike Gianella, Wilson Karaman, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Remember James Shields?
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Daniel Rathman

12-12

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2015 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Shortening Your Dynasty Rebuild
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J.P. Breen

12-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins
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Ben Carsley

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Dodgers' First Dump
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Craig Goldstein

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Pitchers the Reds Shed
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R.J. Anderson, Zachary Levine and Jordan Gorosh

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Turn Down For Rut
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

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December 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Keith Cromer

There's a talented young core in the Steel City, with more intriguing prospects on the way.

On May 5th, the Pirates record stood at 12-20, and they were 9 ½ games out of first place in the NL Central. Following two decades of futility prior to their breakout 2013 season, it appeared the Pirates were headed to another disappointing season. However, tides turned and from that point forward the Bucs went 76-54, including a 17-9 record in September, earning another trip to the NL wild card game.

The back-to-back postseason appearances for the Pirates have been driven by a talented core of young homegrown players (Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, Neil Walker, Starling Marte, Pedro Alvarez, etc..) and there are more top prospects on the way soon. Replacing a team leader like Russell Martin will be difficult, and with the question marks right now at the end of their rotation, the Pirates could be looking again to their deep farm system for help in 2015.

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December 22, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Nick Shlain

A look at whether the young Jays righty can take another step forward in 2015.

Formerly on Fantasy Freestyle, I took a closer look at right-hander Yordano Ventura, whose fantasy stock is a bit inflated after a successful rookie campaign with the Royals. Today we’ll change it up and look at another young American League hurler generating plenty of buzz with the added plot twist that yours truly is even buying the hype.

That young pitcher is Marcus Stroman, who will wear the number six next year. Despite not making his first start until May 31st, Stroman earned $13 in AL-Only leagues this year (according to BP’s valuation Santa Claus Mike Gianella). For comparison, Ventura earned $16 in “only” leagues, but enough about him.

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A.J. Preller's first winter shouldn't be surprising, if you think about it.

We’re still not even to Christmas, but already several teams have made strong plays for the honor of “most interesting offseason.” You could make a good case for the Dodgers, who gave their front office a potentially highly symbolic reboot before embarking on a spree of high-profile wheeling and dealing. There’s the Marlins, who signed Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in the history of professional sports and appear to be making good on their promise to surround him with talent. Either Chicago team would qualify after marquee acquisitions that signal both teams are forcing open their respective windows of contention. And then there’s the Athletics, whose offseason moves would be a fascinating subject even without the inevitable Moneyball-induced paranoia that there’s another side to their deals that no one else sees yet.

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December 22, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Some near-ready impact arms and high-ceiling, low-level bats fill the Rockies system.

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December 22, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Winter League Games to Date

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Jeff Moore

The Update returns with a look at the prospects and young players who've stood out in the Dominican.

Prospects

Cristhian Adames, SS, Rockies (Toros del Este): .353/.426/.473, 4 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 18 BB/19 K in 167 AB.
Adames generally does a nice job making contact, and does so without an extremely aggressive approach, so it’s not shocking to see him go on runs like this where he strings together high averages with lots of balls in play. The lack of power in his game limits his upside, and though he’s shown more extra-base thump this winter than in his minor-league career, there’s not much reason to believe there’s a lot of punch in his bat long term. Still, his ability to put the bat on the baseball and possibly handle all three infield positions makes him a valuable bench candidate.


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December 20, 2014 11:04 am

Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York

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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Yankees get a power arm and left-handed bat, the Marlins get scrappy, and the Pirates add a bat looking to bounce back.



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The Padres add another big-name outfielder, sending four prospect to Atlanta in the process, and also bring back an oft-injured arm.



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After trading away both of its catchers in separate deals, San Diego reloaded by acquiring one who can really hit.



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Brian Sabean may have missed out on two of the bigger contributors to the Giants 2014 run, but apparently he's not letting anyone else get away.



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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy

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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

The Royals put their faith in a pitcher coming off a BABIP spike and a pitcher coming off his second Tommy John surgery.



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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the NL West are broken down.

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Also, Nori Aoki is wandering around with no clear direction or intent; the Rockies want pitching, if you can imagine; and the Red Sox are willing to give up Allen Craig, if you can imagine.

At least three teams still vying for Norichika Aoki
While other lower-tier free agent outfielders, like Nick Markakis and Alex Rios, have already come off the board, Aoki remains available, with multiple clubs hoping to bring him in. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says the Mariners, Orioles, and Reds are “among possibilities” for the left-handed hitter entering his fourth year in the United States.


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