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R.J. Anderson 

R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson lives in Florida and joined Prospectus in 2011. In the past, Anderson's work has appeared on ESPN, SLAM, and Wired, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. His nightmares include an endless loop of Hank Blalock playing third base.

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04-18

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Painting the Black: Super Twoing
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R.J. Anderson

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: A Moran and a Wolf Walk Into a Bar
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Painting the Black: Portents for the Imports of Importance
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R.J. Anderson

04-10

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Painting the Black: (B.J.) Upton No Good
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R.J. Anderson

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

04-04

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Painting the Black: Nathan Eovaldi and the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Effect
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R.J. Anderson

04-02

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Transaction Analysis: Archer de Triomphe
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh
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R.J. Anderson

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild
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R.J. Anderson

03-24

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Painting the Black: Men at Work
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R.J. Anderson

03-21

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Painting the Black: The Predictive Power of the Hit By Pitch
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R.J. Anderson

03-19

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Painting the Black: Up and Adams
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R.J. Anderson

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: Benefits and Perkins
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R.J. Anderson

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: Santana Settles, Atlanta Settles
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

03-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Keep Carpenter, Cost Certainty
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
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R.J. Anderson

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

03-03

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Painting the Black: The Prospect Proximity Rankings
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R.J. Anderson

02-27

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Painting the Black: Lessons from the Top 50 Free Agents List
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: The Gardner Constant
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offer Helps Orioles, Hurts Nelson Cruz
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

02-20

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BP Unfiltered: The Greatly Exaggerated Demise of Free Agent Starters
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R.J. Anderson

02-19

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Painting the Black: Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me
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R.J. Anderson

02-17

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Transaction Analysis: Choosing the Brave Life
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R.J. Anderson

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Nationals Catch a Ray
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R.J. Anderson and Steffan Segui

02-12

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Transaction Analysis: Don't Ya Need Him Brantley
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Reeling in Rodney
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

02-07

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Painting the Black: Slow Jams
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R.J. Anderson

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: The New Adventures of Freeman
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R.J. Anderson

02-03

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Transaction Analysis: Ain't Nothin' But Hammels
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

01-31

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Transaction Analysis: Mariners Sign Rusty Baker
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-29

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Painting the Black: Blistery Science Theater
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R.J. Anderson

01-24

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Transaction Analysis: Balfour Got Back
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R.J. Anderson and Alex Kantecki

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Dude (Looks Like a Grady)
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Steffan Segui

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Sign Tanaka
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Mark of the Reynolds
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Youngian Thing
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R.J. Anderson

01-14

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Painting the Black: Smyly Anticipated
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R.J. Anderson

01-13

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BP Unfiltered: John Axford Tips Well
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R.J. Anderson

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: The Sands of Time
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R.J. Anderson

01-02

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Transaction Analysis: Crain So Good Coulda Swore You Went to College
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-26

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Transaction Analysis: Colletti's All-Closer Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Rangers Choose Choo
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12-20

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Transaction Analysis: White Sox Sign Scott Downs, Complete Groundball Bullpen
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: The 13-Team TA
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh, Ethan Purser and BP Fantasy Staff

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta Inks Floyd, and Two Teams Sign Relievers
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Win Your eBay Bidding
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Lone(y) Wolf
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

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April 18, 2014 7:34 am

Painting the Black: Super Twoing

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What can be done to stop the roster monkeying?

George Springer made his big-league debut on Wednesday night, and in the process opened the season on service time–related debates. Such arguments have become commonplace in early-season baseball, particularly in recent years, as teams have grown more cognizant of the Super Two service time deadline, which determines which players will be eligible for arbitration four times instead of three. But as much as we talk about the status quo, there's seldom talk about how things should change. So how could the Super Two rules be altered (by collective bargaining) for the better? Here are three proposals.

Eliminate Super Two

The extreme solution doubles as the most obvious way to end service-time manipulation. Teams would continue to hold their best prospects down for about two weeks, just long enough to gain the seventh year of control, but would thereafter have no reason to keep the youngsters down for artificial reasons. The downside to eliminating the Super Two designation is that it would further limit the earning power of the class of players who already have the least leverage in the league. This arrangement would be a win for the teams and the fans, but a loss for the players.

Incorporate performance into the Super Two equation

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It is April, after all, and these are the moves that are made in April.



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Looking at the fast starts of Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka to see what we can expect moving forward.

With due respect to the rest of a talented rookie class, no two newcomers face more pressure to succeed in 2014 than Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka. The expectations exist for obvious reasons: both are older, better paid, and more experienced (albeit in international competition) than the typical rookie. Now two weeks into the season, the winter's most prominent imports have compiled fantastic statistics. But, before the league adjusts and vice versa, do they pass the eye test—or are these two more cases of April numbers ran amok?

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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: (B.J.) Upton No Good

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What ails B.J.?

The Braves and Nationals played a three-game series over the weekend, and obscured by the obvious storyline—the two best teams in the National League East meeting for the first time this season—was a subplot for sadists: Just how many strikeouts would B.J. Upton, who entered the series with a 44 percent whiff rate, tally against a Nationals staff that fanned 39 batters in its first 28 innings? The answer, it turned out, was five times in 13 tries; an improvement over Upton's first series, when he struck out in half his 12 plate appearances. He then started the next series with this sequence:



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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel

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Jason Kipnis and Yunel Escobar sign extensions, while the rest of the league makes the traditional claims, DFAs, and contract purchases of the season's first week.

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The Marlins' new catcher might have an affect that goes beyond credible slash lines.

For as much as we focus on catcher defense these days, the battery dynamic remains beyond our grasp. We know pitchers and catchers work together to form a gameplan and negotiate pitch type and location, but the heavy lifting is often left in the dark. What illumination we do receive often shines from second-hand knowledge, or analysis that is prone to fundamental attribution errors. As a result, analyzing gamecalling and the like is a tough, if not impossible, pursuit from outside a team's walls.

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April 2, 2014 11:46 am

Transaction Analysis: Archer de Triomphe

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The Rays are back in the extension game, and are putting more on the line than usual to keep Chris Archer around.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day

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Not one of Tyler Collins' or Roenis Ellis' PECOTA comparables was a major leaguer. But Collins, Ellis, and the rest of these unknowns are on MLB rosters today.

Opening Day is here, and that means it's time to introduce the unknowns who made rosters. This year's edition includes some new quirks. In addition to an expanded roster, each capsule now includes the player's major league service time (MLS) and the percentage of their PECOTA comparables who played in the bigs during the comparable season (MLB%), as a crude way to determine the unexpectedness of their Opening Day assignment.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh

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Marte and Yan Gomes sign extensions while other clubs tinker on the eve of Opening Day.

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The sixth and final part in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

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March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild

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A flurry of moves as teams pack their buses: Ortiz gets an extension, the Braves get a new sixth starter, the Tigers extend the Doug Fister trade tree, and more.

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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Men at Work

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In case you weren't awake for baseball's opening series (or even if you were), R.J. has you covered: Kershaw, Trumbo, Goldschmidt, and all the action that mattered.

While the east coast slept early Saturday morning and late Saturday evening, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the season with a two-game series in Sydney, Australia. The time-zone difference is 15 hours, meaning normal start times in Australia (1 and 7 p.m.) became abnormal stateside (4 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST). Because not everyone disrupted their sleep patterns to watch two baseball games, here are some insights on what happened during those two games down under.

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