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01-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're Out
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Joe Sheehan

12-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Money of Matsuzaka
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Joe Sheehan

12-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: Winter Meetings Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Guessing Game
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Joe Sheehan

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Game Last
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: New Ways to Spell Relief
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Joe Sheehan

04-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Simmer. Down. Now.
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Joe Sheehan

03-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Passion
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Joe Sheehan

11-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: Changing the Game?
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Joe Sheehan

10-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bronx Mayhem
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Joe Sheehan

10-12

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The BP Wayback Machine: Are You Experienced?
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Joe Sheehan

10-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Can Say No to Twins?
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Joe Sheehan

08-31

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Clemens Signing
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Joe Sheehan

07-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Ten Days, One Column
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Joe Sheehan

06-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Darryl Kile
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Joe Sheehan

05-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: Interleague Insanity
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Joe Sheehan

04-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Curbed Enthusiasm
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Joe Sheehan

12-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Leverage
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Joe Sheehan

11-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Seamhead Analysis
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Joe Sheehan

11-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Disconnect
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Value of the Series
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Joe Sheehan

09-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Incompetence
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Joe Sheehan

08-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Question
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Joe Sheehan

07-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Houston, We Have Beltran
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Joe Sheehan

07-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: State of the Game
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Joe Sheehan

06-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bi-Coastal Silliness
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Joe Sheehan

10-11

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Joe's Blog: Rain Delay
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Joe Sheehan

09-22

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Joe's Blog: A Taste
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Joe Sheehan

09-17

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Joe's Blog: Cardinals vs. Reds?
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Joe Sheehan

09-13

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Joe's Blog: Yankees/Rays
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Joe Sheehan

09-07

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Joe's Blog: Crazy
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Joe Sheehan

08-26

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Joe's Blog: A Night in Brooklyn
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Joe Sheehan

08-11

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Joe's Blog: Carlos Delgado/Barry Bonds
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Joe Sheehan

08-04

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Joe's Blog: Welcome Back
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Joe Sheehan

05-15

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Joe's Blog: Framework
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Joe Sheehan

04-27

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Joe's Blog: Carpenter + Ortiz = Howard
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Joe Sheehan

04-19

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Joe's Blog: One Night in April
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Joe Sheehan

04-05

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Joe's Blog: 2010 Picks
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Joe Sheehan

03-27

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Joe's Blog: Tout Wars
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Joe Sheehan

03-23

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Joe's Blog: Decisions, Decisions...
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Joe Sheehan

03-08

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Joe's Blog: Welcome
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Joe Sheehan

12-31

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Prospectus Today: Retrospective on Runs and Records
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Joe Sheehan

12-30

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Prospectus Today: Virtual Hall-Worthy Selections
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Joe Sheehan

12-27

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Prospectus Today: Metropolitan Inactivity
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Joe Sheehan

12-22

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Prospectus Today: The Braves' New World
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Joe Sheehan

12-17

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Prospectus Today: Of Unselfish Decisions and Restocked Systems
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Joe Sheehan

12-16

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Prospectus Today: You Say You Want a Revolution?
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Joe Sheehan

12-15

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Prospectus Today: No Lack of Lackey
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Joe Sheehan

12-14

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Prospectus Today: Getting Talent For Less Than It's Worth
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Joe Sheehan

12-10

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Prospectus Today: Wheeling and Dealing in Indy
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December 14, 2009 6:20 pm

Prospectus Today: Getting Talent For Less Than It's Worth

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Joe Sheehan

While teams are getting smarter in terms of who they chose to tender contracts to, there are still bargains to be had.

Baseball's off-season calendar is something of a mess now, with the deadline to offer arbitration to your free agents coming before the Winter Meetings, the deadline for the free agents to accept coming during them, and the deadline for tendering contracts to players on your 40-man roster coming after everyone leaves town. (In this year, that deadline was a Saturday, which is something that should really be avoided if possible.) There should be some top-down effort to align these dates in a way that dovetails better with the meetings-even if they are something of an anachronism given modern telecommunications. If you're going to bother bringing everyone together, you should do so when teams have the best set of information for making trades and signings. Having a major deadline two days after the meetings is at best counterproductive, and at worst, silly.

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December 10, 2009 11:01 am

Prospectus Today: Wheeling and Dealing in Indy

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Joe Sheehan

Examining some recent moves, including the Kevin Millwood trade and the signing of Brandon Lyon.

The Texas Rangers made as much news yesterday as they have in any offseason since they signed Alex Rodriguez back in 2000. Just one of their moves is official, but it looks as if they've made at least one substantial upgrade as they keep pace with the Mariners in chasing the Angels.

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December 9, 2009 12:40 pm

Prospectus Today: Strange Dealings in the Desert

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Joe Sheehan

A three-way deal in Indy produces in a win-win-what-the-heck-were-they-thinking outcome.

To answer the question up front: No, I don't understand it, either. Let's see what we can figure out:

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December 8, 2009 11:08 am

Prospectus Today: Arbitration Ambush

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Joe Sheehan

The Braves find themselves with an abundance of relief pitchers to cope with as the Hot Stove League heats up.

On a day with a news gatherer-to-news ratio approaching infinity, the most interesting stuff happened late and didn't involve anyone signing anything. Three of the 23 free agents offered arbitration by their clubs accepted by the midnight deadline, scurrying safely off the market and taking the risk that a one-year deal will look better than whatever might be available.

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December 7, 2009 1:12 pm

Prospectus Today: AL Shopping Lists

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Joe Sheehan

Previewing what should be at the top of American League team's shopping lists as the winter meetings begin.

As we wait to discover if Ichiro Suzuki might finally, finally become the second-slot hitter he's been, by his skills, since the day he arrived in Seattle…

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December 6, 2009 5:05 pm

Prospectus Today: NL Shopping Lists

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Joe Sheehan

With the Winter Meetings about to begin, here's what to expect from every National League team.

I'm not going to be in Indianapolis-with Kevin, Will, John, and Christina on-site, think of my absence as the Secretary of Agriculture being assigned to skip the State of the Union, to assure continuity of government should disaster strike. That doesn't mean I'm not as geeked for the Winter Meetings as any fan is. I'm not sure we'll get much in the way of transaction action, but the anticipation of movement makes for a fun four days.

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December 3, 2009 1:45 pm

Prospectus Today: The Unbearable Lightness of Being the Red Sox

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Joe Sheehan

Working with Yankee-like expectations, the Red Sox have to strike a balance between short-term gains and long-term competitiveness.

I had a lot of fun Tuesday night, serving as a guest lecturer-really, Q&A target-for the Sabermetrics 101 class at Tufts University in Boston. Along with Baseball Information Systems' Steve Moyer, and at the behest of my friend Dr. Andy Andres, I got to spend a few hours talking about matters serious and otherwise with a group of students who, had this been 20 years earlier, might have been engaging in thrust-and-parry with Gary Huckabay, Clay Davenport, and others on rec.sport.baseball.

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December 2, 2009 2:21 pm

Prospectus Today: The Risks of Arbitration

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Joe Sheehan

With the offers of arbitration in place, has the market corrected from last year's Type-A fiasco?

The deadline for offering arbitration to free agents passed last night, and once again a fairly small number of players received offers, just 23 of 70 ranked free agents. I've written in the past that for almost all ranked players, this should be a fairly simple decision: almost any player good enough to be a ranked free agent is good enough to warrant having back on a one-year deal with a salary determined through arbitration. Given that this offer is a necessary step in receiving draft-pick compensation for free agents-if you decline to offer arbitration, you forfeit the right to compensation-it's long been my contention that teams should err on the side of making the offer. The downside is very small.

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November 25, 2009 12:08 pm

Prospectus Today: Pen Men Free Agents Review

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Joe Sheehan

The entire horde of relievers on the market, from the ones you'll want to sign, the ones to invite, and those to ignore.

Before we get to the relievers, I want to comment on Jamey Carroll, who I inadvertently sorted into the relief pitchers during this process.

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November 24, 2009 12:55 pm

Prospectus Today: Starting Pitcher Free Agents Review

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Joe Sheehan

Who's out there to toe the rubber at the start of ballgames, and who should you favor from among them?

There are very few good buys among the available starting pitchers. As with the first two pieces in this series, these pitchers are sorted by the chance that they'll return value on the contract they can be expected to sign.

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November 23, 2009 2:53 pm

Prospectus Today: Outfield and Catcher Free Agents Review

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Joe Sheehan

Sorting through the available mercenaries in the outfield and behind the dish.

There are lots of free-agent catchers and outfielders, many of whom provide little or no bang for the buck. Again, these players are listed roughly in order of what I see as their chance of providing value for the contract they'll sign.

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November 22, 2009 2:07 pm

Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review

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Joe Sheehan

Checking out who's in the pool at first, second, third, and short.

There are currently 170 free agents. John Grabow was the 171st, but that was before signing with the Cubs right after the list became official. Over the next couple of days, I'll cover every single one of the 170, with the infielders coming first. Players are listed by position, and ranked within their position subjectively by how good a value I think each can be as a free agent.

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