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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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09-04

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Transaction Analysis: All Outfielders Go to Contenders
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

09-03

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Painting the Black: The All-Fringe Prospect Team
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R.J. Anderson

08-31

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Transaction Analysis: Sometimes You Hit the Road, Sometimes the Road Hits You
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

08-28

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Transaction Analysis: Roach Motel
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R.J. Anderson

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: The Older the Cubs, the Sweeter the Berry
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R.J. Anderson

08-24

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Transaction Analysis: Marlon "Thunder" Byrd Flies the Coop
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R.J. Anderson

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Utley Confidential
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-20

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Painting the Black: The Transactions We Missed
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R.J. Anderson

08-17

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Transaction Analysis: Steve the Cleaver Comes to Baltimore
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R.J. Anderson

08-14

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Transaction Analysis: The Edges for Tomorrow
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

08-13

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Painting the Black: Fister Act 2: Back Out of the Habit
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R.J. Anderson

08-10

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Transaction Analysis: Down Brohio, Up Broves
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R.J. Anderson

08-06

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Transaction Analysis: Operation Dombrowski Drop
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R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Yo Yo Yo Your Boat
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R.J. Anderson, Mike Gianella, Christopher Crawford and Tucker Blair

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

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: So, Do You Come to Milwaukee Often?
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Jeff Moore, Tucker Blair and George Bissell

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: ACK! Going to New York!
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Nick Shlain, George Bissell, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Jeff Moore

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Load Up the Station Wagon – We're Heading To L.A.
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Craig Goldstein, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Mike Gianella, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Colin Young

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Oh, the Price You Pay
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella and Jeff Moore

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Gather Moss
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Moore and George Bissell

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add to the Outfield
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: Papel-Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Bret Sayre

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Zo Zo Zo Your Boat
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Christopher Crawford

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Mets Clip On a Ty
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R.J. Anderson and Al Skorupa

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: The Uribear Trundles Along Again
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Moore, Al Skorupa, Christopher Crawford and Tucker Blair

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: A Full Circle Aramis
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Houston, We Have a Kazmir
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Mike Gianella

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Once and Future Braves
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R.J. Anderson

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Stump the Schwarb
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R.J. Anderson

07-17

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Transaction Analysis: A Thin Reed
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Christopher Crawford and R.J. Anderson

07-15

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Painting the Black: What to Watch When You're Not Watching Your Watch
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R.J. Anderson

07-13

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Transaction Analysis: Feliz
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

07-10

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Transaction Analysis: Down Goes Frasor! Down Goes Frasor!
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R.J. Anderson

07-09

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Painting the Black: Under My Urshela
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R.J. Anderson

07-06

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Transaction Analysis: Slots Slots, Slots Slots Slots Slots
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R.J. Anderson

07-02

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Painting the Black: #HugWatch2015: The Huggees
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R.J. Anderson

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: They're No Angels
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R.J. Anderson

06-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Sandberg Goeth
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

06-25

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Painting the Black: #HugWatch2015
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R.J. Anderson

06-22

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Transaction Analysis: How Much is That Touki in the Window?
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

06-22

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Transaction Analysis: Sour Chen Music
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R.J. Anderson

06-18

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Painting the Black: Mr. Burns Runs Afoul
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R.J. Anderson

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: Black is Blue
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R.J. Anderson

06-15

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Transaction Analysis: Bobby, Last Name Wilson
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R.J. Anderson

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: Jedd Gets Jerked
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

06-11

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Painting the Black: Throw, Throw, Throw
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R.J. Anderson

06-08

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Transaction Analysis: More Like Awesome-Handed Pitcher
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

06-05

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Transaction Analysis: Halt and Catch Frieri
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R.J. Anderson

06-04

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Transaction Analysis: Collecting Brute and Flipping Beef
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-04

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Painting the Black: A Pleasant Odorizzi
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R.J. Anderson

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"Jonny, will I ever see you again?" "Sure you will, kid. You know goodbyes aren't forever."



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September 3, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The All-Fringe Prospect Team

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Reviving an old Lindbergher, R.J. examines a lineup of non-prospects with eye-popping numbers in the minors

Before Ben Lindbergh departed to Grantland, one of his September traditions was assembling and examining what he called the "All-Fringe Prospect Team." The team's purpose was to provide "a position-by-position tribute to the fringy prospects who wouldn't be able to back up the eye-catching stats on the back of their baseball cards, if they were good enough to have baseball cards."

Lindbergh plies his trade elsewhere these days but, with his blessing, we've decided to revive the feature. The timing is appropriate; not only is the minor-league season nearing its end—meaning more minor-leaguers are taking seats in bullpens and on benches across the majors—but Baseball Prospectus authors have begun culling players for inclusion in next spring's Annual, leading to questions (and debate) about whose statistics mean what.

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Jack Zduriencik is out in Seattle and the Mets add yet another piece to their bullpen.



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August 28, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Roach Motel

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Also in this edition: the four-syllable below-replacement level player is back in vogue.



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We're at the "playoff teams acquire their designated pinch-runner" stage of the season.



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August 24, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Marlon "Thunder" Byrd Flies the Coop

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Get yer Marlon Byrd puns here! Get yer Randy Wolf jokes here! Get yer ... well, there aren't any Neal Cotts jokes.



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The career Phillies' star heads back home to SoCal, the Padres finally deal an outfielder (not that one), and more..



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August 20, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Transactions We Missed

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Every year, some of the weird minor moves that are too small to cover wind up having a positive impact for teams. Here are a dozen of them.

Since January, we've published almost 200 editions of the Transaction Analysis column, yet the sport's unpredictability means that, no matter how hard we try, we'll never be able to cover every move that winds up mattering. So, as part of an annual tradition, here are a dozen transactions we wish we had covered, complete with what we would (and should) have written about each. (Players are listed in alphabetical order.)

Joey Butler, DH/OF, Rays
The move
: Signed a minor-league contract [1/3]
Seasonal numbers: .278/.333/.410 (.258 TAv) in 246 PA
 




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August 17, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Steve the Cleaver Comes to Baltimore

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That's what we call Steve Clevenger, right? Either way, Edwin Jackson also latched on to a predictable team and Eddie Butler heads back to the minors after disappointing again.



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August 14, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Edges for Tomorrow

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Contenders make some additions to fill in minor gaps down the stretch and into the playoffs.



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August 13, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Fister Act 2: Back Out of the Habit

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Of pitching well, we mean. The question is why, and the even more important question is whether he can improve.

Last November, when Doug Fister was a year away from free agency, he received four down-ballot votes for the Cy Young Award. It seemed then that all Fister needed to do in order to enter the marketplace on good terms was remain healthy and perform in 2015 as he had in previous seasons. If he could do both, he would secure his place in the second tier of available starters, favorable standing for a pitcher whose "underrated" label was born from a) his inclusion in two one-sided trades and b) statistics that had outrun his stuff at every turn, giving them the feel of unsustainability.

Some nine months later, Fister's statistics have indeed worsened. His production this season has been so poor—entering the week his adjusted DRA was the 11th-worst among pitchers with 50-plus innings, a smidge better than the likes of Sean O'Sullivan and Jeremy Guthrie—that he is now outside the second tier of perspective free-agent starters; in fact, he's outside of all the tiers because he's no longer a starter. Late last week the Nationals officially moved Fister to relief, bumping their old heisted gem in favor of their newest: rookie sensation Joe Ross.

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August 10, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Down Brohio, Up Broves

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August trade season is upon us, which means faded stars Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Chris Johnson, and Mike Napoli are on the move.



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