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05-27

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What You Need to Know: Bryant vs. Harper
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Chris Mosch

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
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Chris Mosch

05-06

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Beating the Shift
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Chris Mosch

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Undefeated
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Chris Mosch

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Sold!
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Chris Mosch

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Gee!
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Chris Mosch

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

04-21

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What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-20

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The Week in Quotes: April 13-19, 2015
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-17

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What You Need to Know: April 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-14

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What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-13

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The Week in Quotes: April 6-12, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-10

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What You Need to Know: Definitely Harvey
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Chris Mosch

04-08

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What You Need to Know: A Shift in Colorado
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Chris Mosch

04-06

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The Week in Quotes: March 30-April 5, 2015
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Chris Mosch

03-30

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Every Team's Moneyball: Toronto Blue Jays: I Gotta Sell High, All The Time
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Chris Mosch

03-30

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The Week in Quotes: March 23-29, 2015
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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The Week in Quotes: March 16-22, 2015
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You
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Chris Mosch

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start
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Chris Mosch

03-16

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The Week in Quotes: March 9-15, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?
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Chris Mosch

03-10

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The Week in Quotes: March 2-9, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Top Prospect Everybody Wants To See Replace Yu Darvish
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Chris Mosch

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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Chris Mosch

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

03-02

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The Week in Quotes: February 23-March 1, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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The Week in Quotes: February 17-22, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down
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Chris Mosch

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: A Bidding War is Building for Olivera, and the Dodgers Have Position
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Chris Mosch

02-17

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The Week in Quotes: February 9-16, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown
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Chris Mosch

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup
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Chris Mosch

02-09

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The Week in Quotes: February 2-8, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-05

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Rumor Roundup: Like Manna From Heaven Fall The James Shields Rumors
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Chris Mosch

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Until Ryan Howard Gets Moved, Cody Asche Might Be
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Chris Mosch

02-02

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The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 1, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-29

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron Sanchez Is This Close To Saving 38 Games and Winning Rookie of the Year
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Chris Mosch

01-27

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The Week in Quotes: January 19-26, 2015
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-22

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Rumor Roundup: Jonathan Singleton Is Probably Not the Breakout Candidate You're Looking For
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Chris Mosch

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?
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Chris Mosch

01-19

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The Week in Quotes: January 12-19, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Rangers Not Interested in Max Scherzer for Backup Catcher Search
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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Lester throws a pickoff, Zimmermann's ERA burns, Mookie Betts is a stud, and more from Monday.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Angels and Hamilton continue public dispute

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April 10, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Definitely Harvey

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Matt Harvey returns, Bauer gets two-thirds of the way there, and the Giants win a classic.

The Thursday Takeaway

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April 8, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: A Shift in Colorado

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The Rockies get creative, the Dodgers get the first look at Kimbrel in a Padres uniform, and C.J. Wilson erases some memories.

The Tuesday Takeaway
By now it’s clear that defensive shifts have exploded in volume over the past few seasons. The total number of shifts in 2014 was nearly six times that in 2011, with teams like the Astros, Yankees, Pirates and Rays racing to the forefront of the sport’s latest trend. One laggard in the new shift-crazed world has been the Rockies, who finished dead last in shifts last season with 114, according to the latest Bill James Handbook. However, the Rockies might not be sitting in the shift cellar for much longer.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Kimbrel shipped west on Opening Night

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How Alex Anthopolous drafts and deals high-upside prospects before they get a chance to bust.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the drafting philosophies of the Phillies and Blue Jays.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Potential international draft continues to draw splitting opinions

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Wherever Hector Olivera ends up this week, it'll probably be in California. Meanwhile, John Holdzkom might be on a path to Triple-A.

Caminero could force Holdzkom to the minors
John Holdzkom’s path from failing to make the roster of an indy ball team to becoming a valuable piece of the Pirates bullpen down the stretch all in one year was an improbable one for the lanky New Zealand native. However, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we'll have to wait some time before seeing the story continue in Pittsburgh, and that has little to do with any wrongdoing on his part.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Kris Bryant continues service time debate with outstanding spring

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The Phillies second baseman could be traded, while the Rangers might look to Florida for pitching.

Chase Utley “easily attainable” for teams willing to pay salary
It’s no secret that the Phillies have begun to build toward the future. They’ve already traded away veterans Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo this offseason. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. publicly voiced the organization’s desire to part ways with Ryan Howard and is reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the remaining $60 million owed to the declining first baseman over the next three seasons. And while nobody has been willing to meet the Phillies asking price for either Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon this offseason, the endless stream of trade rumors surrounding the two hurlers will surely continue through July.


But the move that would truly signal a new era in Philadelphia—at least symbolically—would be the departure of Chase Utley. Before DL stints became a yearly ritual for Utley, he perennially performed at an MVP-caliber level and helped lead the Phillies to five straight NL East crowns and a World Series title in 2008. On Saturday, Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Angels for MLB.com, tweeted that he’s been hearing that Utley is “easily attainable” if a team is willing to take on his contract.



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March 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting

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The Blue Jays appear to have committed to Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, while the Red Sox consider committing to Mookie Betts for the better part of a decade.

John Gibbons indicates Aaron Sanchez is locked into rotation spot
It was universally expected that Aaron Sanchez would slide into the Blue Jays rotation after Marcus Stroman’s season-ending ACL tear last week. In case anyone still had doubts about the right-hander’s role come the start of the season, manager John Gibbons on Thursday all but officially confirmed that Sanchez will end up in the rotation. The Jays skipper told members of the media, including Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that the 22-year-old is "pretty much locked into where he is now.”

The Barstow, California native proceeded to pitch into the sixth inning, striking out three and issuing one free pass while generating eight grounders versus a single fly. Getting opposing hitters to beat the ball into ground was the key to Sanchez’s success out of the pen in the second half last year, as he heavily relied on a two-seam fastball that averaged 97 mph and resulted in a groundball percentage just a shade under 66 percent.


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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start

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The Reds move the promising young pitcher to the bullpen, while the Mets have an eye on Brian Matusz.

Reds moving Tony Cingrani to bullpen
After outperforming all expectations during his rookie season, Tony Cingrani’s sophomore campaign was one that he surely wanted to put behind him. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, his 2015 season is already off to a rough start with Reds manager Bryan Price informing Cingrani on Monday that he will start the season in the bullpen.

Cingrani’s deceptive delivery helped his low-90s fastball generate more whiffs than either Matt Harvey or Shelby Miller in 2013, but the league adjusted the next season and the southpaw was unable to effectively counter. He did mix in his slider and changeup more frequently but still relied on his fastball three out of every four pitches, with opposing hitters squaring the offering up more frequently and with more authority to the tune of a .210 isolated power.


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