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01-16

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The Quinton: First Basemen, Roto Categories, and Total vs. Complementary Production
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01-13

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Tools of Ignorance: Cornered
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Player Profile: American League: Jonathan Lucroy
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Jeff Quinton

01-09

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The Quinton: Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions
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Jeff Quinton

12-27

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Best of BP 2016: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out
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Jeff Quinton

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Career-Years and Old Upside
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Jeff Quinton, Wilson Karaman and Bret Sayre

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview
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Jeff Quinton

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeff Quinton

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 2 Previews
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Jeff Quinton

10-06

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Tools of Ignorance: Showalter, Decisions, and Regrets
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Jeff Quinton

08-18

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Tools of Ignorance: The Trades Remain the Same
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Jeff Quinton

08-15

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Tools of Ignorance: Why Was Chapman So Expensive?
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Jeff Quinton

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade
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Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins
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Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-29

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The Quinton: Searching for Trade Deadline Targets
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Jeff Quinton

07-20

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The Quinton: Is There a Best Day (of the Week) to Trade?
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Jeff Quinton

07-07

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Player Profile: Matt Kemp
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Jeff Quinton

07-01

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The Quinton: Trading With or As the Leader
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Jeff Quinton

06-30

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Tools of Ignorance: Is Now the Time to Sell?
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Jeff Quinton

06-24

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Player Profile: Zach Davies
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Jeff Quinton

06-17

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The Quinton: In-Season Solutions, Missed
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Jeff Quinton

06-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Mark Trumbo and Being Wrong
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Jeff Quinton

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Small Trade James
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James Fegan, Jeff Quinton, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

05-26

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Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out
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Jeff Quinton

05-23

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The Quinton: Trades, Supply Chains, and Lead Times
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Jeff Quinton

05-12

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The Quinton: The Cost of a Trade
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Jeff Quinton

05-04

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Tools of Ignorance: The Somewhat Dubious Outlook For the Next Generation of Rebuilds
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Jeff Quinton

04-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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J.P. Breen and Jeff Quinton

04-21

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The Quinton: The Big Trade, Untouchables, and Storytelling
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Jeff Quinton

04-12

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The Quinton: Bold Predictions and Confirmation Bias
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Jeff Quinton

04-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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J.P. Breen and Jeff Quinton

04-05

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The Quinton: Keeper-League Auction Takeaways
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Jeff Quinton

04-02

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 67: Avocados
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Jeff Quinton

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Punting Saves
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Jeff Quinton

03-22

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The Quinton: Beating the Wisdom of the Crowd
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Jeff Quinton

03-14

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 82: Draft Strategy with Jeff Quinton
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George Bissell and Jeff Quinton

03-14

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The Quinton: On Paying for Saves
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Jeff Quinton

03-04

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Tools of Ignorance: The Dodgers' Breakable Rotation
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Jeff Quinton

02-29

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The Quinton: Partaking in Both Auctions and Drafts
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Jeff Quinton

02-23

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 64: The BP Annual Drinking Game
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George Bissell, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre, Meg Rowley, Matt Sussman and Jeff Quinton

02-22

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The Quinton: The Biggest Advantage of Mock Drafts
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Jeff Quinton

02-19

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The Quinton: On Reaching
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Jeff Quinton

02-08

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The Quinton: Shortstops, Uncertainty, and Scarcity
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Jeff Quinton

02-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Forget It, Jake
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Jeff Quinton

02-01

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The Quinton: Third Base, Year-to-Year Shifts, and Reference Points
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Jeff Quinton

01-27

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The Quinton: Trades That Aren't Being Made
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Jeff Quinton

01-18

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The Quinton: The Representativeness Heuristic and Baseball Positions
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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The Quinton: Strategy Planning, Sub-Strategies, and Catcher Strategies
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Jeff Quinton

01-04

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The Quinton: Two New Year's Resolutions
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Jeff Quinton

12-30

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Best of BP 2015: Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

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Why the multitude of first-base options can result in suboptimal decisions, and how to avoid falling into the trap.

Good Monday and, more importantly, good Martin Luther King Day to everyone.

Unrelatedly, we go from the catcher position, the least productive offensive position (likely a result of all the ways catchers can impact the game defensively), to first base, one of the most productive offensive positions, likely a result of the limits on the way a first baseman can impact the game defensively. Talk about pointing out contrast because I didn’t know how to get rolling on this article.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Tools of Ignorance: Cornered

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Is there an inefficiency to be exploited by taking so-so center fielders and playing them in a corner?

The Mariners have added Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Haniger to their outfield this offseason and they already had Leonys Martin. The Rays traded Drew Smyly for a group of prospects, which they insisted (to at least some extent) include Mallex Smith, and they already had Kevin Kiermaier. I think the Mariners and Rays made these trades because they thought high-end corner outfield defense was undervalued.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: American League: Jonathan Lucroy

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After a change in his approach at the plate, what can we expect from the Brewer-turned-Ranger this season?

Player Background

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January 9, 2017 6:00 am

The Quinton: Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions

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A look at why we tend to reach for catchers and how to avoid doing so in your drafts this spring.

Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions on Draft Day

Hi all. Welcome back and, for those of you who are new around here, welcome.

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Within an unusual and thought-provoking trend, there is an extremely unusual and extremely thought-provoking subtrend.

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on May 26, 2016.

We, as an internet, have thoroughly discussed the player opt-out, but oversaturation and (a lack of) timeliness have never stopped us before here at Tools of Ignorance and they will not stop us now. In December, at the beginning of the height of player opt-out-mania, I wrote about why this contract structure might have increased in popularity. I hypothesized, among other things, that players might be valuing the opt-out and flexibility it brings more than teams valued it, or that players were just flat out overvaluing the opt-out, or both. It felt right; it felt like it made sense.

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Hold the turkey! Arizona and Seattle made a big pre-Thanksgiving swap.

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October 17, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 3 Preview

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Trevor Bauer vs. Marcus Stroman, in Toronto.

After the Indians took the first two games of the series in Cleveland, the Blue Jays turn to Opening Day starter Marcus Stroman to avoid falling behind 3-0. The Indians, meanwhile, will start Trevor Bauer as they look to continue their loss-free postseason.

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October 11, 2016 10:36 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 4 Previews

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Bryan Grosnick and Jeff Quinton

Must-win home games for the Dodgers and the Giants.

The Nationals moved up 2-1 on the Dodgers with Monday’s decisive 8-3 victory. To celebrate, both teams have decided to make my life a living hell and put off announcing their Game 4 starters until well after my deadline. Seriously, we don’t know which of Best Pitcher in the World Clayton Kershaw or Wunderkind Julio Urias will be taking the ball for Game 4, nor do we know if Dusty Baker will line up Joe Ross or Reynaldo Lopez to face L.A. We don’t know anything, other than that the Dodgers are in the hot seat.

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October 8, 2016 10:07 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 2 Previews

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Rich Hill vs. Tanner Roark in Washington and Jeff Samardzija vs. Kyle Hendricks in Chicago.

The Nationals, with Tanner Roark taking the mound, look to even the series in Game 2 after their Game 1 comeback came up one run short. Rich Hill, previously disabled by blisters, will take the mound for the Dodgers.

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How will Tuesday affect the decisions of Buck Showalter moving forward?

Buck Showalter most likely regrets his decision not to use Zach Britton in this year’s AL Wild card game. Regret, though, can be a tricky phenomenon. For instance, regret likely played a large part in Showalter’s decision to not use Britton. How so? Well, when Showalter was quoted defending his decision after the game as saying that “it’s an away game,” he was really saying that he feared using Britton only to have a lesser pitcher blow a lead in a save situation with Britton unavailable. Showalter was saying that he feared he would regret making a decision that could lead to that sequence of events.

This type of decision, one in which we make a decision in the attempt to avoid what we imagine to be the worst outcome possible (as opposed to trying to make the best decision possible), is fairly common place. How many times have you not applied for a job because you do not know if it would be any better than your current job? How many times have you not asked someone on a date that you wished you had? How many times have you not raised your hand in your class when you had a question? How many times have you decided to go back to the same restaurant instead of trying the new place? How many times at that same restaurant have you ordered the same thing? We so often choose the devil we know versus the devil we do not know, we so often choose the safety of the routine and of inaction often for no other reason than our being people—social organisms wired to fit in, wired to not do anything we might come to regret. It is therefore not surprising that even people at the top of their fields like Showalter could convince themselves into making poor decisions if only to avoid future regret.

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Practically every major trade in baseball fits into the same mold. Why isn't there more variety?

By all accounts we just wrapped up a thrilling trade deadline. The volume, the drama, the last minute-ness, the quality of players—both major and minor leaguers—was more than those looking to be entertained could have hoped for. Those (if such a population exists) looking for variety in trades, though, were likely disappointed. Sure, we got a good, redundant major leaguer for another, somewhat redundant, major leaguer trade in the Matt (Duffy and Moore) swap, and a salary dump (Liriano to the Blue Jays), but every other trade was minor leaguers for major leaguers (usually on contracts expiring at this or next season’s end). There are tons of variations within this type of trade, but it is all the same kind of trade. This type of trade, of course, makes sense—teams that have a chance to win this year value certain players more than teams that do not have such a chance; and when two teams value a player a differently, there is always an opportunity for a trade.

But, why then, do certain players that should be valued differently (such as Jeremy Hellickson) not get traded? Also, how is it possible that over the past 10 years, no two teams have said, “I like your third baseman more than my third baseman and you like my third baseman more than your third baseman” and just swapped them? Or how has this not happened for any other position? We see this once in a while with sixth starters and inconsequential relievers, but we never see this with any primetime players. Why don’t we see this? I believe there are several contributing factors that I will discuss below. I also believe there are several (or more) contributing factors I have not thought of and, thus, will not discuss below.

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The Cubs are a well-run organization who, relative to other buyers this summer, seemed to overpay for Aroldis Chapman. Do we need to reframe their choice?

Esteemed colleague and possessor of a terrific first name, Jeff Long, recently wrote about why teams in contention might pay a lot for relievers, even though, as Long writes, “It’s a formula that the sabermetric community sometimes finds difficult to rationalize. Relievers pitch so few innings and are so volatile that their value is almost certainly lower than that of the prospects dealt for them.” As to why teams in contention do this anyway, Long concludes that when the playoffs come teams cannot simply accumulate WARP; they need to actually win individual games, and really good relievers help teams do so. That makes sense to me. It makes sense to me why teams add relievers to improve their chances of winning right now even if they are going to end up accumulating less WARP from a given trade. But what does still does not quite make sense to me is why Aroldis Chapman was so expensive compared to other relievers or other players traded at the deadline.

How expensive was it? Please find an email from me to Chris Crawford, and Crawford’s responding email below:

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