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07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-29

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Bret Sayre

07-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 28: Trade Deadline Preview
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-29

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The Stash List: 15th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-26

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep: 24: Enya Is Our Safe Word
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

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

07-25

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 27: Closers On The 60 Day DL
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-23

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The Stash List: 14th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-22

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 23: Prosecco McGee
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-22

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My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
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Bret Sayre

07-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 26: Second Half Preview
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-14

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Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

07-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-09

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The Stash List: 13th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-08

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): EP 22: Baseball Prospectus' Jesus Aguilar
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 24: No Pun Intended
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-01

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The Stash List: 12th Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 21: AI Simulation
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

06-26

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-24

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The Stash List: 11th Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: EP 23: Lyle Overbay, Still Alive
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

06-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-17

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The Call-Up: Andrew Heaney
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-17

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The Stash List: 10th Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-14

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 20: Mediocrity
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

06-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-11

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Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

06-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 22: I Don't Get Junior Lake
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

06-10

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The Stash List: Ninth Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-09

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Transaction Analysis: Minnesota Signs Kendrys Morales
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Day One Draft Recap
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Bret Sayre

06-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep 21: Way Too Much Brian Dozier
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 10
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-03

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The Stash List: Eighth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-31

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The Call-Up: Oscar Taveras
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-29

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 19: Elbow Boo Boo
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-29

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The Stash List: Seventh Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 18: That's Way Too Much Ear
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-20

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 20: The One That Isn't About Jesus Montero
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-16

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 17 - Mookie Hungry
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Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later

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Checking in on how the fantasy staff's ideal rosters have fared to date.

During the last week of March, the BP Fantasy team set out to complete a fun exercise that I set out for everyone. Using Mike Gianella’s pre-season bid limits from March 21, all nine members of the team at the time completed a 23-man roster for $260. It sounded like such a fun idea that soon-to-be Editor-in Chief Sam Miller and pitching mechanics guru Doug Thorburn decided to submit entries. And finally, I received a very well thought out e-mail from reader “Cronfordox” (otherwise known as Scott) with a team of his own, which I included to bring us to an even number of 12 entries. We understand 12-team leagues. It makes sense.

If you want to go and read the explanations of the teams we created at the time, here are all of the links in one place, but for this piece we’re going to concentrate on how our individual teams have fared. So you don’t have to start clicking around, here were the parameters:

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 16

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If these players are sitting on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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July 14, 2014 6:00 am

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects

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Running down the top minor leaguers who might emerge as fantasy studs.

With the All-Star break upon us, the time has come for some reflection. It’s the time of year when we can stop checking our fantasy teams on a daily basis—trust me, those standings won’t change until the second half starts back up—and use that time in a more productive manner. Like mowing the lawn or giving your sister a call. Maybe you’ve been meaning to pick up a new book. Or, then again, maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to spend the beginning of his/her All-Star break reading way too many words about re-ranking the top 50 prospects in baseball from a fantasy angle. Sound good? Good.

In the first three-and-a-half months of the 2014 season, we’ve lost 14 of the top 50 fantasy prospects to the majors, including six of the first 16. So with talent lost comes talent found. There are 16 fresh faces in this hallowed space, and the charge is led by Rangers’ slugger Joey Gallo, who climbed 72 spots to nearly find a place in the top 10 overall. There are plenty of other big jumpers alongside the otherworldly power source, but why give the milk away for free when you could just read the list below.

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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 15

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only, and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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July 9, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: 13th Edition

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The 25 players you might want to put on your fantasy bench for help down the road.

The Graduates: Oscar Taveras (2), Tyler Skaggs (3), Corey Hart (10), Jeremy Hellickson (HM)
This is what happens when Allen Craig has a .657 OPS. Of course, Taveras is hitting far worse right now, but his 11 strikeouts in 60 plate appearances suggest that he’s not being overmatched. If he’s given time to work through his initial struggles, look for Taveras to start hitting for more average in the second half—even if the power takes a little longer to come. Skaggs looked fantastic in his return from the hamstring injury, going into the eighth inning and allowing only two runs on the road in a tough hitters’ park. Hart returned on Friday and hasn’t done a whole lot with his at bats thus far. He’ll be OK, but not the pre-injury version. The fact that Hellickson went less than five innings in his 2014 debut, but it still can be considered a success (only one run allowed), shows how low expectations probably are for the disappointing right-hander.

The Departed: Jaime Garcia (23)
And in the span of a week, we’ve gone from wondering whether Garcia will be back on the mound in July to wondering if we’ve seen the last of him in a Cardinals’ uniform. In fact, it’s fair to wonder if we’ll ever see Garcia start another game in the majors again, as the surgery he will have to try and fix his thoracic outlet syndrome is the second major procedure he's had on that left shoulder of his.



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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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July 3, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 14

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are sitting on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only, and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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July 1, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: 12th Edition

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The top 25 players you might want to put on your fantasy bench for help down the road.

The Graduates: Taijuan Walker (2), Mookie Betts (6), Marco Gonzales (21)
After firing a complete-game shutout in his last turn in Tacoma, Walker got the win on Monday night in his 2014 debut with the Mariners in Houston. If the shoulder problems are really behind him, Walker could be a solid third starter the rest of the way with that park at his back. There have been very few prospects to get people on both sides of the aisle (fans and writers) in a tizzy like Mookie Betts. There are some who think he’s going to perform like a top-10 second baseman (or shortstop, depending on eligibility) right out of the gate, and while I don’t see that happening, there should be room for him on almost any roster. The counting stats may not be plentiful hitting towards the bottom of the lineup for now and he’ll likely struggle to even show below-average power in game, but the average and steals will be helpful. With Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Joe Kelly all sidelined, Gonzales will get a few runs in the Cardinals’ rotation to prove he belongs. It’s very possible with a strong pre-break showing, he could stick in the rotation rather than Carlos Martinez—who Mike Matheny may opt to keep in a setup role anyway. The upside isn’t high, and he’s just a fringy mixed league play, but his control will make some friends in the WHIP category.

The Departed: none


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