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06-15

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Outta Left Field: Do Cueto's Shimmies Work?
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Dustin Palmateer

06-01

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Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk
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Dustin Palmateer

05-18

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Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
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Dustin Palmateer

04-28

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Transaction Analysis: Rochester's Lovely This Time of Year
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Dustin Palmateer, Nicolas Stellini and Christopher Crawford

04-26

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Outta Left Field: Craig Kimbrel Is Increasing His Lead
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Dustin Palmateer

04-20

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BP Boston
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Dustin Palmateer

04-15

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Outta Left Field: Finding the Next Superstar On My HACKING MASS Roster
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Dustin Palmateer

04-13

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Outta Left Field: Three Ways of Thinking About Ken Giles, Non-Closer
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Dustin Palmateer

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: From Atlanta to Atlanta
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Rian Watt and Dustin Palmateer

03-29

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Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: A Byrd In Hand
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Matthew Trueblood and Dustin Palmateer

03-09

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Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

03-02

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Outta Left Field: The Remarkable Buxton Projection
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Dustin Palmateer

02-17

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Outta Left Field: The PECOTA Comp Romp
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Dustin Palmateer

02-04

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Outta Left Field: The Case for Ripping Up Sal Perez's Contract
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Dustin Palmateer

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Arrows Pointing West
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

01-20

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Outta Left Field: This Is the Padre Way
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Dustin Palmateer

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Yay or Nay-Berry
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

01-12

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Outta Left Field: In Search of a New Ryan Doumit
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Dustin Palmateer

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: Too Many Cooks
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

12-31

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Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split
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Dustin Palmateer

12-28

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Best of BP 2015: The Actual Facts of the GM Demographic Shift
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Dustin Palmateer

12-23

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Outta Left Field: Evan Scribner's Four Walks
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Dustin Palmateer

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: Order in the Bethancourt
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

12-09

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Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split
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Dustin Palmateer

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Not All Who Yonder Are Lost
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Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?
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R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

11-24

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Outta Left Field: The Strangest Thing About the Braves' Sell-Off
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Dustin Palmateer

11-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Liam Hendriks Experience
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer, Bret Sayre and Brendan Gawlowski

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: Straight Kimbrelin'
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Dustin Palmateer, Ben Carsley, Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

11-11

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Outta Left Field: The Actual Facts of the GM Demographic Shift
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Dustin Palmateer

10-29

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Outta Left Field: Preller's Problems
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Dustin Palmateer

10-13

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BP Unfiltered: Why Didn't The Royals Steal Home?
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Dustin Palmateer

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Relievers, Left and Right
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Matthew Trueblood, Jeff Long, Dustin Palmateer and Kate Morrison

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: To Victorino Go the Spoils
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Dustin Palmateer

04-21

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BP Boston
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Dustin Palmateer

12-05

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Prospectus Feature: The Yankees and the Toothless International Spending Limits
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Dustin Palmateer

11-03

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Prospectus Feature: The Decision that Decided a World Series
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Dustin Palmateer

09-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A Closer Look at College Pitch Counts and Injuries
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Dustin Palmateer

06-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Does Declining to Sign Pay Off for Draftees?
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Dustin Palmateer

02-28

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Sizing Up the CBA Again
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Dustin Palmateer

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Do 37 different deliveries make for a better pitcher?

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There is no pitcher like Johnny Cueto, and he's danged good to boot.

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Derek Norris brings back the Santiago, with a surprising effect.

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The Twins jettison their top two position prospects, while the Yankees bring an old face back into the fold.

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The league throws harder now, but Craig Kimbrel throws even harder.

I was listening to the Red Sox home opener earlier this season, and after one of Craig Kimbrel’s fastballs reached its destination the voice of Joe Castiglione cracked through my radio: fastball in there for a strike . . . at 97. That’s fast. Sort of.

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April 20, 2016 9:33 am

BP Boston

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Dustin Palmateer

Behind the plate in Boston, early-season stats/early-season GIFs worth noticing.

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The accidental prophet who discovered the greatness of Dallas Keuchel and Dee Gordon tries to anticipate baseball's next breakout.

You have until noon Pacific today to sign up for HACKING MASS 2016. Do it now, or that Chuckie Carr Starting Lineup figure will end up in somebody else’s wall safe. In the meantime, Dustin Palmateer tries to use his HACKING MASS woes for good.

HACKING MASS, as you surely know, is fantasy baseball flipped on its head. The goal, unlike conventional fantasy, is to pick the worst players in the league and the catch is that the players can’t just be bad—they have to be both bad and in the major leagues, accumulating playing time. The rules make assembling a winning roster a balancing act between finding glove-first guys, aging veterans with big contracts, and long-leashed youngsters on bad teams.

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There's the obvious, the non-obvious, and the ominous.

When the Astros acquired Ken Giles back in December, it felt like a logical next step for a team on the rise. Houston’s built a powerhouse around good drafting and developing—young stars Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Dallas Keuchel might even be better than advertised—and getting Giles from Philadelphia represented a win-now approach for an organization shedding the habits of its slow-burn rebuild.

The expectation was that Giles would take over the closer role from the soon-to-be 32-year-old Luke Gregerson, demoting the former ‘Stros closer back to a familiar setup role while making the bullpen that much stronger. That expectation was curiously not met when the Astros announced earlier this month that Gregerson would remain the closer, with Giles being used in “a more versatile role that can help [the Astros] win the most games.” What are the Astros thinking?

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April 1, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: From Atlanta to Atlanta

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Rian Watt and Dustin Palmateer

Drew Stubbs, an Atlanta (Texas) native, joins the Braves, while Rene Rivera gets his walking papers from Tampa Bay.

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March 29, 2016 6:00 am

Winter Is Leaving

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No, really: Preller Phase 2 starts this year, far from Petco.

You know the story about Billy Beane retreating into the bowels of the Coliseum to avoid actually watching his meticulously crafted team play baseball. Someday similar tales will circulate about A.J. Preller ducking Padres games, only Preller—the story will go—won’t be hiding on a stationary bike somewhere in Petco Park. Instead he’ll be 3,000 miles away on a scouting trip in the Dominican Republic, radar gun pointed in the general direction of a lanky 16-year-old pitcher.

Last year Preller may have looked away from the on-field proceedings for a different reason, as his vision for a winning team, which included bringing in veterans Matt Kemp, James Shields, Craig Kimbrel, and Justin Upton, flopped spectacularly to register a Padres-like 74 wins. If there’s a silver lining to the ultimate disappointment of another 70-something win season—that’s five straight and six in seven years, for those counting—it’s that the Padres have quietly set themselves up for a big year on the amateur side in 2016.

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Both Ohio teams bring in a wily veteran to help plug a mildly gaping hole, and a Mike Olt sighting.



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No, really: Andrelton Simmons will help the Angels defense a lot.

If you were going to make a list about why the Angels might surprise in 2016, it’d probably start off something like this:

1. They have Mike Trout.

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