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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

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Santana and Morales, One Year Later
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Sam Miller

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Night the Dodgers Had
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Craig Goldstein and Nick J. Faleris

12-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jose Quintana, Forever Underrated
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Matt Collins

12-11

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Rumor Roundup: Yoenis Cespedes Is Always Good, Fit
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Daniel Rathman

12-11

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Before They Were Prospects
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Todd Gold, Patrick Ebert and David Rawnsley

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December 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

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Jeff Quinton

A trio of studs compensates for the defending champs' barren farm system.

Champions of baseball, collection of various fantasy baseball talents. We all know the headliners: Posey, Pence, and Bumgarner. Beyond that, there is an unresolved third base role to go along with a lot of veterans and role players. The only interesting 25-or-under talents other than Bumgarner are Joe Panik and Andrew Susac, and interesting is being used liberally here. The Giants minor-league system is even less interesting for fantasy purposes. Anyhow, it is often the boring, the old hat, the suboptimal that gets overlooked in fantasy, and it is these very players that can turn some of the nicest fantasy baseball profits. Continue reading for analysis.

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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December 18, 2014 3:00 am

Moonshot: In Search of Pedro Cerrano

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Robert Arthur

Looking for evidence of the 'fastball hitter'.

The “fastball hitter” is one of the oft-repeated archetypes in baseball. This is the notion of a hitter who can strike fastballs just fine, but struggles to deal with the unpredictability of a breaking ball. A simple search of Baseball Prospectus’ archives reveals 64 results for “fastball hitter”; Google, surveying the entirety of the internet, pulls down more than 10,000. Like many of baseball’s finest tropes, the fastball hitter has even been enshrined in cinema lore.

Beyond movie characters and conventional wisdom, it seems plausible that some batters might have more difficulty recognizing or mentally adjusting for the break of a curve, for instance. Curves and sliders, in particular, possess not only the capacity to slice through the air horizontally, but also are often said to create visual illusions in the mind of hitters.

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December 18, 2014 12:12 am

Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers

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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

Wil Myers is swapped for the second time in as many years. What gives?

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December 17, 2014 9:27 am

Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move?

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Chris Mosch

Are the Tampa Bay Rays really on the verge of moving Wil Myers with five years of control left? Also, Seattle is close to a big move and the addition of Michael Morse makes a Marlin available.

­­­­Wil Myers on his way out of Tampa Bay?

In case this offseason hasn’t already provided enough excitement and movement on the trade market, we’ve got the latest potential blockbuster trade to hit the rumor mill:


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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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J.P. Breen

Thump and speed in the lineup make up for a mediocre rotation and a possible by-committee closer situation.

The Milwaukee Brewers are an intriguing club for fantasy owners. The squad lacks any obvious flops who project to receive significant playing time. At worst, mediocrity should reign supreme—especially in the starting rotation—but one can reasonably expect above-average production at almost every offensive position. That’s what makes the Brewers attractive for owners; however, that’s also the reason why the Brew Crew could compete for an NL postseason berth, despite being forgotten by the masses due to a quiet offseason.

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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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Undervalued NL Starting Pitchers

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Keith Cromer

These senior-circuit hurlers might be better fantasy assets than you think.

You will always find value with starting pitchers in shallow mixed leagues, but even in the deepest of NL-Only 5x5 leagues, there are usually a handful of pitchers from year-to-year that produce solid earnings, yet never get the love they deserve. In most cases, these pitchers are undervalued because of their strikeout totals, the team they pitch for, the metrics show regression, or simply that there is never any buzz when their names are called out.

I target these pitchers each year, knowing the investment will be low and the earnings will be positive. Now mind you, you don’t want to fill up your pitching staff with pitchers of this ilk, especially in 5x5 leagues. Yet it seems many forget there are three other traditional starting pitcher categories in 5x5, get hung up on K/9 rates and pass these pitchers by. In my experiences, in competitive NL- Only 5x5 leagues, grabbing one or two of these unappreciated arms in your respective drafts or auctions can help you pile up quality innings and wins without hurting your ratios.

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It can be difficult for two teams to balance the value of a pitcher with his impending free agency.

Over a month ago when now-debunked rumors surfaced that the Cubs and Nationals were interested in a deal that would have sent Jordan Zimmermann to the North Side, I immediately questioned, well, for what, exactly? Sure, Zimmermann is a hugely valuable pitcher, one of the better arms in all of baseball, but there were too many obstacles keeping a (to my mind) sensible deal from happening.

The Nats are coming off a great year and are still on the upswing, expected to be clear leaders for the NL East this season and possibly for some years after that. The Cubs are attempting to build a contender for 2015, but would they really give up some of the best prospects in baseball for one year of control of Zimmermann? It seemed contradictory to everything they’d been working toward over the past few years. And unless the Nats are going to turn around and sign someone like Max Scherzer, they’d likely want someone(s) who could immediately aid them in a potential 2015 World Series run.

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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound

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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

The Royals add another aging bat, the Marlins hope a move to first keeps Morse healthy, the Rockies add bench depth, the Yankees keep some rotation depth, the Cubs and Orioles build pen depth, and a low-risk, but possibly not-so-high-reward arm, lands in San Diego.



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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce

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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

The Rays get another arm for the bullpen, while Gavin Floyd signs in Cleveland.



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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Curveballs and Changes

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Jeff Long

Exploring the league's curveballs, we find two excellent breakers that changed dramatically last year--though in surprising ways.

Curveballs fascinate me. They must fascinate other people too, because NASA has a (slightly outdated) webpage dedicated to explaining the physics of the phenomenon. Sure, other pitches can be really entertaining. Aroldis Chapman unfurling a 100+ mph fastball is awesome, no doubt. Seeing hitters flail at Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter is entertaining, to say the least. Seeing despair on the faces of opponents after Felix Hernandez throws a changeup is always going to be fun. But there’s something deeply fascinating about a pitch that appears to do things our brains are pretty certain aren’t possible.

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The league might be catching up to the inefficiency in non-player compensation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to write about baseball. I am thrilled to have the chance to post at BP again, and now that I’m back there are quite a few things I’m eager to bore you with my thoughts on. But the thing I’ve been most itching to write about might be a little surprising. It isn’t a new statistical model or a star player or my pride at having said before the playoffs started that the Royals would beat the Orioles in the ALCS. No, I want to talk about Ron Paul.

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