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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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03-28

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

03-21

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

03-16

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Painting the Black: Fade to Black
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R.J. Anderson

03-14

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Transaction Analysis: Freese Dance
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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

03-07

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

03-04

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Transaction Analysis: Fifty Million Cardinals Fans Can't be Wong
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R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: Extending Sal
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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

02-29

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Transaction Analysis: Ian the Texan
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

02-29

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Transaction Analysis: Will I Am
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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

02-26

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Transaction Analysis: Post-Hype or Most-Ripe?
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Nicolas Stellini

02-25

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Painting the Black: Finding Fits
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R.J. Anderson

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: Minor Moves
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R.J. Anderson

02-19

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Transaction Analysis: Joyce To The World
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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

02-18

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Painting the Black: PECOTA and Seeing Red(s)
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Transaction Analysis: Musical Bullpen Chairs
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R.J. Anderson

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: That's a Lot of Goggles
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

02-10

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The NRI Watch
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R.J. Anderson

02-08

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Transaction Analysis: Floyd the Barber
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Ezra Wise

02-03

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Transaction Analysis: Torreyes or Not Torreyes
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R.J. Anderson

01-29

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Transaction Analysis: Elevation...Don't Go To My Head
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

01-29

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Transaction Analysis: It's a Fister! It's a Fister!
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R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood

01-27

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Transaction Analysis: Hey Hey Hey! It's Maaaatt Albers!
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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Arrows Pointing West
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: Logan's Run
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R.J. Anderson

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Gordon Takes Charge
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R.J. Anderson

01-14

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Transaction Analysis: Oh Yeah!
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R.J. Anderson

12-31

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Transaction Analysis: Natsy Drew and the Missing Batting Average
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Craig Goldstein, R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

12-30

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Best of BP 2015: Stealing Signs
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R.J. Anderson

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: What's Chapmaning
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

12-28

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Transaction Analysis: Murphy's Law
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Cards Like Mike
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre

12-21

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Transaction Analysis: Pane E Ottavino
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R.J. Anderson

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Feliz Nava-dad
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Bret Sayre

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: Order in the Bethancourt
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Giles From Nowhere
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R.J. Anderson, Kenny Ducey, Mark Anderson, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: All the Pretty Relievers Go To Washington
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Bryan Grosnick, Bret Sayre and Matthew Trueblood

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Sorry We Broke Up, Soria Missed You
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R.J. Anderson, Sahadev Sharma, Rian Watt and Jeff Quinton

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Pelf On The Shelf
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R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World
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R.J. Anderson

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Getting Into De Fratus
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R.J. Anderson

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?
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R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

11-30

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Transaction Analysis: It's All Happening, 'Mann
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Iannetta As Upgrade
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R.J. Anderson

11-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Liam Hendriks Experience
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer, Bret Sayre and Brendan Gawlowski

11-23

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Transaction Analysis: 40 Pounces to Freedom
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R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood

11-19

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Transaction Analysis: By Rod, By Hill, By Cliff
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R.J. Anderson, Rian Watt, George Bissell and Bret Sayre

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: All About That Bass
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R.J. Anderson and George Bissell

11-16

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Transaction Analysis: Polo!
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

11-13

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Transaction Analysis: A.J. Preller the ... Seller?
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R.J. Anderson, George Bissell and Christopher Crawford

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March 28, 2016 6:05 am

Winter Is Leaving

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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 PECOTA’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.

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March 21, 2016 6:00 am

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No, really: The Reds have a young rotation.

Joey Votto is going to walk a lot.

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A note.

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 (Justin Duchscherer 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.

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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.



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March 7, 2016 6:00 am

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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 PECOTA 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.

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The Cardinals young second baseman gets himself his first fortune, and the Los Angeles-to-Seattle train has another customer.



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The Royals give some extra cash to one of their leaders and a few final minor league contracts handed out in February.



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The Rangers add to their outfield, in an unusual way.



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February 29, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Will I Am

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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

The Indians pull yet another outfielder from San Diego. Let's hope this one knows what he's putting into his body.



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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

Painting the Black: Finding Fits

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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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The Royals gamble on another former injure Brave and the reliever shuffle continues to rage on.



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