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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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05-24

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 8: Veteran Pitchers and the Art of Aging
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R.J. Anderson, Meg Rowley and Shawn Brody

05-16

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One Down
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-11

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 5: Canha Tell You A Story
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-09

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 4: I Think We Shall Call Him Adam
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-05

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 3: Aces Low
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-02

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 2: Triggonometry
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

04-25

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 1: Added to the Roster
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

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

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On the eighth episode of DFA, R.J. gets his revenge and kicks Bryan to the curb in favor of BP's Meg Rowley. They discuss the Cardinals trading Matt Adams to the Braves, the Angels signing Doug Fister, and of course a little Mariners talk. Plus much, much more!

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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On the sixth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. review the fall of Blake Snell, as the Rays send him back down to Durham after a rough start to the season. Then it's on to Ian Happ and his cameo in Chicago, plus the usual run-through of all things transaction–including the Dodgers gaming the system and the closers disappearing in NYC.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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On the fifth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. talk about the end of Ryan Howard's career, what made him an interesting player, and how history will remember the powerful slugger. Then it's on to Justin Marks and the Dodgers' "type" of pitcher, minor moves that stick with you, and a full transaction roundup.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On the fifth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. talk about Ryan Howard's release from the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, and the (likely) end of his major-league career. (Bryan also wrote an expanded article about Howard for a Liner Notes column today!) Then R.J. brings up Justin Marks and how the Dodgers are chasing a very specific style of pitcher, and the guys reflect on some minor moves of years past that have stuck with them ... and Bryan goes a little too long on Athletics outfielder Mark Canha. Then it's off to the usual transaction roundup, where the Giants and Mariners continue to fall apart, and the Cubs may or may not be improving with the addition of Jeimer Candelario.

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On the fourth episode of DFA, Bryan, R.J., and Shawn discuss the Marlins and the difficulty of rebuilding a rotation from nothing at all. After that, the guys cover the Mariners' slow descent into madness, which obviously had an effect on them as well, as they spent too much time riffing on Adam Rosales.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On the fourth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. discuss the Marlins and their rotation choices after the untimely death of staff ace Jose Fernandez. After injuries to Wei-Yin Chen and Edinson Volquez, is the team too flawed to move forward, or can their vaunted bullpen shoulder the load. Then it's on to talk about the Mariners once again, as James Paxton's injury reminds us to never love pitchers, and Mike Zunino's demotion gets the guys talking about the devaluation of pitch framing. Finally, during our batting practice segment, things get a little weird when the topic of Adam Rosales randomly comes up.

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On the third episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. attempt to figure out which early season picher injury has hurt which club the most, talk about how the Yankees have managed to play better than expected, a Pittsburgh Pirate call-up from Single-A, and much more.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On this episode, the guys rally their spirits despite a series of pitching injuries laying teams low. Cole Hamels is out for the Rangers, Corey Kluber is banged up, and even Hyun-Jin Ryu and Edinson Volquez have hit the 10-day DL in the past three days. So which team has suffered the most from a wounded wing? Then it's onto the surprising Yankees, who don't seem to be missing a step despite the recent injury to Greg Bird. Were their offseason acquisitions instrumental in building an AL East leader, or has it just been dumb luck? Plus, Shawn serves up more minor moves, including the beginning of the Kyle Kendrick era in Boston and a High-A catcher that somehow found his way to Pittsburgh.

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On the second episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. delve into the early wave of prospect talent coming up in Los Angeles; will Bellinger and Urias push the Dodgers to the top of the West? Also, the guys break down Oakland's Andrew Triggs and much more.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On this episode, Bryan and R.J. discuss the newest additions to the Dodgers' 25-man roster: Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias. Will these top talents push the Dodgers past the surprising Diamondbacks and Rockies in the NL West, and what should we expect from these two this season? Then the guys examine a transaction in retrospect, looking at waiver-wire pickup Andrew Triggs, and how Oakland converted this reliever into a surprising starting pitching asset. Lastly, the batting prospect topics include the NL East's spate of devastating injuries (Noah Syndergaard, Adam Eaton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Aaron Nola), and a few back-of-the-bench utility infielders such as Chase d'Arnaud, Tim Beckham, and ... sigh ... Jurickson Profar.

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On the debut episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. discuss the New York Mets and how bad they are at using the new 10-day disabled list, Jerry Dipoto giving up on Leonys Martin, and the irreplacable starting pitchers heading to the DL!

It's the debut episode of BP's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On the debut episode of the show, Bryan and R.J. discuss the New York Mets and how bad they are at using the new 10-day disabled list (very bad!). After that, they try to make sense of Jerry Dipoto's latest roster churn: Leonys Martin gets DFAed as the Mariners give up on him before May. And, to close it out, the guys take aim at Shawn's batting practice topics including Madison Bumgarner, Garrett Richards, Starling Marte, and ... perhaps most importantly ... the epic Ty Kelly trade.

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March 28, 2016 6:05 am

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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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R.J. Anderson

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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R.J. Anderson

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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