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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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07-24

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Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
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R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: Angels are in for a Street
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R.J. Anderson, Chris Rodriguez and Mauricio Rubio

07-18

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Transaction Analysis: Cahilling Time
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R.J. Anderson

07-17

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Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals
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R.J. Anderson

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Man Who Would Replace Yadier
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R.J. Anderson

07-11

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Transaction Analysis: A Pierz to be Missing
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R.J. Anderson

07-10

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Painting the Black: Book Review: The Art of Scouting
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R.J. Anderson

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Good Old New York
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R.J. Anderson and Ron Shah

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: A Closer Swap with Thee
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R.J. Anderson

06-30

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Painting the Black: The Trade Deadline Preview
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R.J. Anderson

06-27

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Crossed
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R.J. Anderson

06-25

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Painting the Black: Red Sox Playing Badly, Playing Bradley
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R.J. Anderson

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul
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R.J. Anderson

06-17

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Transaction Analysis: Vance Like There's Nobody Watching
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R.J. Anderson

06-16

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Painting the Black: Lessons of a Bad Basestealer
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R.J. Anderson

06-11

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Transaction Analysis: Going Down 'hill
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R.J. Anderson

06-09

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Transaction Analysis: Minnesota Signs Kendrys Morales
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Dietrich Without the D
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R.J. Anderson

06-04

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Painting the Black: How to Slow Down Dee Gordon
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R.J. Anderson

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
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R.J. Anderson

05-30

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BP Unfiltered: Erick Aybar is a Fox
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R.J. Anderson

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: No Way, Jose
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R.J. Anderson

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
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R.J. Anderson

05-20

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Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome
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R.J. Anderson

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks
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R.J. Anderson

05-16

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Painting the Black: Bullish on Dozier
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R.J. Anderson

05-14

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Transaction Analysis: Marmol Misses, Down and Away
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: Call Milone
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R.J. Anderson

05-09

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Painting the Black: Go Fix Yourself, San Diego
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R.J. Anderson

05-08

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BP Unfiltered: Brad Boxberger Makes History
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R.J. Anderson

05-07

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Painting the Black: Rites of Springer
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R.J. Anderson

05-05

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Transaction Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls
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R.J. Anderson

05-02

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Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West
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R.J. Anderson

04-29

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Painting the Black: Singles Falling Steady
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Transaction Analysis: Ranklin' Franklin
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R.J. Anderson

04-23

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Painting the Black: Some Things Brewing
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R.J. Anderson

04-21

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From New York, Starring Ike Davis
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

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

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth

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R.J. Anderson

It's not so easy to bamboozle teams looking for summer relief.

Among the lessons taught in Moneyball, the one that crops up every July is what Michael Lewis designated "Selling the Closer."

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry

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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

Detroit and Texas make a pitcher swap to help the Tigers shore up their relief corps.



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The ninth-inning perils in Anaheim should be fixed by Huston Street, while the Padres further deplete a weak Angels farm system.



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July 18, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Cahilling Time

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks recall Trevor Cahill, the Mariners release John Buck, and Brad Mills costs Toronto less than a buck.

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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals

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R.J. Anderson

Reviewing the transactions we didn't write about but, in retrospect, wish we had.

Although we've published more than 100 Transaction Analysis columns since November, the reality is not every signing or waiver claim gets covered. Most of those missed transactions amount to nothing, but a few result in larger impacts than expected. Here are five uncovered moves that yielded good returns during the first half, along with what we would have written if we had covered them at the time, and what we should have written if we'd focused on exactly the right details.

Chris Coghlan

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July 15, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Man Who Would Replace Yadier

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R.J. Anderson

The Phillies install Grady Sizemore atop their lineup, the Cardinals finally have to fix the backup catcher spot, and Jeff Francis heads to the Yankees.

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July 11, 2014 6:30 am

Transaction Analysis: A Pierz to be Missing

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R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox DFA A.J. Pierzinski, Nolan Reimold lands in Toronto, and more.

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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Book Review: The Art of Scouting

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R.J. Anderson

The highlights from Art Stewart's and Sam Mellinger's new book.

The Art of Scouting, a new book written by Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger, was released last week. The title belies the content to some degree, since what follows is not a scouting manual (though there is a chapter that covers the basics, like the 20-80 scale). Instead the Art in question refers to long-time scout Art Stewart, whose seven decades in the game are covered in memoir form.

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July 7, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Good Old New York

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R.J. Anderson and Ron Shah

The Yankees take on Arizona's salary and get a pretty good pitcher, while Seth Smith gets an extension in San Diego and the Angels get a left-handed reliever.



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The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



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July 2, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: A Closer Swap with Thee

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R.J. Anderson

The Angels and Pirates swap Ernesto Frieri and Jason Grilli.

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The Buyers, the Sellers, the players who'll move, and one unacknowledged opportunity to snark about Omar Minaya.

The buyers far outnumber those interested in moving the present for the future. These four teams seem like the most likely to make moves.

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