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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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09-16

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Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top
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R.J. Anderson

09-12

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Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle
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R.J. Anderson

09-10

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Painting the Black: Bless Da 40
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R.J. Anderson

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss
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R.J. Anderson

09-05

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Painting the Black: The Short Lifespan of a Pinch-Hit AB
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R.J. Anderson

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-Star
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R.J. Anderson

08-22

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Transaction Analysis: Boston Signs Cuban Star Rusney Castillo
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R.J. Anderson

08-22

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Painting the Black: A Marlins Fastball, A Twins Approach
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R.J. Anderson

08-20

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Place Their Betts
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R.J. Anderson

08-18

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Transaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation Season
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R.J. Anderson

08-15

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Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie
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R.J. Anderson

08-13

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Transaction Analysis: Royals' Struggling Offense Adds Struggling Offensive Player
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R.J. Anderson and CJ Wittmann

08-11

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Page Turner
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R.J. Anderson

08-08

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Painting the Black: Seven Days with Oscar
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R.J. Anderson

08-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Reasonable Overpay of Kurt Suzuki
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R.J. Anderson

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price Trade
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R.J. Anderson, J.P. Breen, Sam Miller, Jordan Gorosh, Paul Sporer, Craig Goldstein and Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Ethan Purser

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Andrew Miller Goes to Baltimore
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Brewers Get Parra's Glove
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

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

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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top

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Tampa Bay calls up a couple young'ns acquired at the trade deadline, Scioscia gets his LOOGY back, Nick Ahmed gets another chance, and more.

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September 12, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle

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R.J. Anderson

Trades are completed, relievers are freed, contracts are purchased, Shucks are acquired for cash considerations, and so on.

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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Bless Da 40

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How a team without prospects is making the most of its 40-man roster.

It's been said before that desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto can relate to the notion. On Monday, Dipoto added a majors-leading 37th player to his roster, purchasing reliever Jairo Diaz's contract from the minors. The body count will increase by one in the coming days, when left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher returns from the disabled list. Even the two Angels players on the 40-man roster who aren't with the big-league club—pitchers Jose Alvarez and Drew Rucinski—have experienced life in The Show this season. As such, it's fair to conclude that Dipoto has utilized his 40-man roster to an extent and effect that differs from any other GM.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks fired their GM, while the Rockies extend a horse and the Rangers lose a skipper.

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Short Lifespan of a Pinch-Hit AB

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What's so different about pinch-hitting?

Baseball is a game of countless axioms. You can never have enough pitching, you shouldn't make the first or third out at third base, and good things will happen if you throw strikes. Much of this wisdom has been challenged over the years, some of it verified. One self-evident truth is tested more in September, with its expanded rosters and flabby lineup cards, than in any other month: pinch-hitting and starting aren't the same. Considering their rarity—particularly in the American League—it's impressive that any truism about pinch-hitters could tally considerable mileage, yet one does. To wit:

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone

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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

The Astros fire their manager, the A's trade for Adam Dunn, Kelly Johnson becomes a pretty crazy trivia answer, and more.

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The Angels get Gordon Beckham, the Rangers unload two catchers in a weekend,

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The Red Sox are the latest to bid high on a Cuban import, but will Rusney Castillo follow in the footsteps of Cespedes, Puig, and Abreu?

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August 22, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: A Marlins Fastball, A Twins Approach

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Henderson Alvarez is unlike anything in baseball, and it's working.

Before Jose Fernandez's UCL popped, he was enjoying a fantastic sophomore season. He'd tallied nearly twice as many strikeouts as hits allowed, and five times as many strikeouts as walks. He'd surrendered just four home runs, or about one every 13 innings, leaving him with a shiny 2.44 ERA. Yet, for as good as Fernandez's season was, if he qualified he wouldn't lead the Marlins rotation in ERA—that honor would go instead to Henderson Alvarez and his 2.43 mark.

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August 20, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Place Their Betts

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Mookie is recalled, Bradley goes down. Also returning to the majors are Carlos Martinez and Will Harris.

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation Season

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R.J. Anderson

The Tiger and Pirates bolster bullpens with busted closers, the Diamondbacks buy low on Brett Jackson, Kyle Drabek returns to the majors and the Dodgers' infield just got thin.

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie

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R.J. Anderson

How much of Danny Duffy's breakout season can be traced to James Shields?

On July 21st, the Royals dropped to eight games below the Tigers, following a fourth consecutive loss. The negativity that so often envelopes Kansas City baseball returned. Fans checked prospect lists rather than the standings in preparation for the trade deadline, and some even rationalized that a fruitful haul would be preferable to a spot in the Wild Card game. That and other beliefs about this year's team have since been challenged, as the Royals have claimed first place after winning 17 of their past 21 games.

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