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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1 Winter Is Leaving by R.J. Anderson
4 Winter Is Leaving by R.J. Anderson
7 Painting the Black: Fade to Black by R.J. Anderson
2 Transaction Analysis: Freese Dance by R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick
5 Winter Is Leaving by R.J. Anderson
1 Transaction Analysis: Fifty Million Cardinals Fans Can't be Wong by R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood
1 Transaction Analysis: Extending Sal by R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick
13 Transaction Analysis: Ian the Texan by R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre
3 Transaction Analysis: Will I Am by R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick
2 Transaction Analysis: Post-Hype or Most-Ripe? by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Nicolas Stellini
3 Painting the Black: Finding Fits by R.J. Anderson
1 Transaction Analysis: Minor Moves by R.J. Anderson
0 Transaction Analysis: Joyce To The World by R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick
3 Painting the Black: PECOTA and Seeing Red(s) by R.J. Anderson
0 Transaction Analysis: Musical Bullpen Chairs by R.J. Anderson
4 Transaction Analysis: That's a Lot of Goggles by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood
3 The NRI Watch by R.J. Anderson
1 Transaction Analysis: Floyd the Barber by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Ezra Wise
1 Transaction Analysis: Torreyes or Not Torreyes by R.J. Anderson
6 Transaction Analysis: Elevation...Don't Go To My Head by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre
2 Transaction Analysis: It's a Fister! It's a Fister! by R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood
3 Transaction Analysis: Hey Hey Hey! It's Maaaatt Albers! by R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick
1 Transaction Analysis: Arrows Pointing West by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer
4 Transaction Analysis: Logan's Run by R.J. Anderson
0 Transaction Analysis: Gordon Takes Charge by R.J. Anderson
0 Transaction Analysis: Oh Yeah! by R.J. Anderson
8 Transaction Analysis: Natsy Drew and the Missing Batting Average by Craig Goldstein, R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre
2 Best of BP 2015: Stealing Signs by R.J. Anderson
12 Transaction Analysis: What's Chapmaning by R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and George Bissell
4 Transaction Analysis: Murphy's Law by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre
3 Transaction Analysis: Cards Like Mike by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre
3 Transaction Analysis: Pane E Ottavino by R.J. Anderson
4 Transaction Analysis: Feliz Nava-dad by R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre
6 Transaction Analysis: Order in the Bethancourt by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick
8 Transaction Analysis: Giles From Nowhere by R.J. Anderson, Kenny Ducey, Mark Anderson, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman
4 Transaction Analysis: All the Pretty Relievers Go To Washington by R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Bryan Grosnick, Bret Sayre and Matthew Trueblood
1 Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford
5 Transaction Analysis: Sorry We Broke Up, Soria Missed You by R.J. Anderson, Sahadev Sharma, Rian Watt and Jeff Quinton
3 Transaction Analysis: The Pelf On The Shelf by R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford
1 Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World by R.J. Anderson
3 Transaction Analysis: Getting Into De Fratus by R.J. Anderson
1 Transaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou? by R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford
0 Transaction Analysis: It's All Happening, 'Mann by R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella
2 Transaction Analysis: Chris Iannetta As Upgrade by R.J. Anderson
3 Transaction Analysis: The Liam Hendriks Experience by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer, Bret Sayre and Brendan Gawlowski
2 Transaction Analysis: 40 Pounces to Freedom by R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood
0 Transaction Analysis: By Rod, By Hill, By Cliff by R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, George Bissell and Bret Sayre
4 Transaction Analysis: All About That Bass by R.J. Anderson and George Bissell
3 Transaction Analysis: Polo! by R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford
4 Transaction Analysis: A.J. Preller the ... Seller? by R.J. Anderson, George Bissell and Christopher Crawford
No, really: At least Nolan Arenado is fun to watch.
The Rockies are a mess. They’ve finished fourth or fifth in each of the past five seasons; they’ve trailed the division winner by 20 or more games in all but one of those years (when they checked in 18 games back); and last July they traded their face-of-the-franchise shortstop for, among other (admittedly more important, promising) pieces,
a veteran who is now suspended indefinitely following a domestic assault arrest. It’s been all downhill since their divisional-round exit in 2009, and provided you trust ’s 74-win projection, there’s little reason to believe their fortunes will change over the next seven months. You’d almost be justified in ignoring them. Almost. PECOTA
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No, really: The Reds have a young rotation.
A little over five years ago, I wrote my first piece for Baseball Prospectus. It was an unmemorable, bad Unfiltered post about a long-forgotten transaction (
signing with the Orioles). Having wanted to write for BP since discovering the Annuals as a teenager, I relished the opportunity and hoped to stick around for a while. I’ve been fortunate to do so, and always figured that BP’s leadership and/or readership would push me out before I left on my own. Justin Duchscherer
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The Pirates add some depth, the Orioles sign another all-or-nothing slugger, the Mariners pull another former future star into their black hole of catchers, and more. No, really: Sonny Gray is probably getting traded.
The A’s never conform to expectations. With most teams, that statement would mean they never play like
predicts. While that’s true here—PECOTA has pegged them as an 82-to-84-win team in four of the last five seasons, the exception being the year it had them down for 72 wins (they won 94 and the division)—it’s a part of the larger mystique borne from their off-the-field unpredictability. Asserting that a team goes against the grain means there’s a clear pattern in play—a counterculture pattern, but still a pattern. Here? There isn’t one; the A’s zig and zag and cut and curve and perform unnamed movements around expectations, based on either their past or the league as a whole. If it all makes sense to anyone, it’s them and them alone. PECOTA
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The Cardinals young second baseman gets himself his first fortune, and the Los Angeles-to-Seattle train has another customer.
The Royals give some extra cash to one of their leaders and a few final minor league contracts handed out in February.
February 29, 2016 6:00 am
The Rangers add to their outfield, in an unusual way.
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February 29, 2016 6:00 am
The Indians pull yet another outfielder from San Diego. Let's hope this one knows what he's putting into his body.
February 26, 2016 6:00 am
Teams around the majors scramble to get their depth pieces in place before Spring Training games start up.
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February 25, 2016 9:29 am
Which teams make the most sense for the remaining free agents?
It’s that time of the year again. Most notable free agents have signed with new teams, while others are
closing in on their own agreements. Alas the precious few left on the open market now have days instead of weeks to secure employment before the exhibition season begins. To assist nine of the most noteworthy remaining free agents (read: pass time until something interesting happens), let’s take a look at what they offer and where they may land, with a hand from everyone’s favorite random number generator.
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February 23, 2016 6:00 am
The Royals gamble on another former injure Brave and the reliever shuffle continues to rage on.