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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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03-26

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Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue
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R.J. Anderson

03-25

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Painting the Black: Getting Personal
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R.J. Anderson

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: Good Eaton
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R.J. Anderson

03-20

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins, and Yelich, Commit
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R.J. Anderson

03-18

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Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw
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R.J. Anderson

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: Jonny Venters Rides the Highway
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R.J. Anderson

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Young at Heart
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R.J. Anderson

03-09

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Kershaw Day
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R.J. Anderson

03-06

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Transaction Analysis: All the Reliever News That's Fit to Print
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R.J. Anderson

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: It's the Latest Johan Santana Comeback
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R.J. Anderson

02-27

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Transaction Analysis: The Bad Bullpen Teams Get A Little Less Bad
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

02-26

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Painting the Black: The Other Side of PECOTA's Crush on the Rays
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R.J. Anderson

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds
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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

02-20

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Transaction Analysis: Happily Everth After
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R.J. Anderson

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Major-League Relievers Signing Minor-League Deals
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R.J. Anderson

02-11

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Painting the Black: The Best 2015 Free Agents Left, And Where They Fit
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R.J. Anderson

02-09

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Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon
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R.J. Anderson

02-09

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Painting the Black: Pitch Sequencing, From Z to Y
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R.J. Anderson

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: An Ax To Sign
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R.J. Anderson

02-02

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Transaction Analysis: Million-Dollar Bills
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R.J. Anderson

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

01-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reds' Mes Around
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R.J. Anderson

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Miami Ich
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R.J. Anderson

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros
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R.J. Anderson

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

01-19

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Transaction Analysis: Unlikely Nori
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Clippard Shipped
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Get Evan
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jordan Gorosh and Jeff Moore

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: A's Deal A Zo Blow to Rays
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R.J. Anderson, Nick J. Faleris and Ben Carsley

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Fancy Drew
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R.J. Anderson and Jeff Quinton

01-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Byrd Has Landed
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-31

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Take A Cab
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Nick Shlain

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: Grilli, Pierz In
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R.J. Anderson

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Gently Hughes'd
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R.J. Anderson

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a Star
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre, Jordan Gorosh, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Looks Like We May/Det
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Ben Carsley

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Pitchers the Reds Shed
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R.J. Anderson, Zachary Levine and Jordan Gorosh

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Turn Down For Rut
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More
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R.J. Anderson

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Antonio Bastardo Trade
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R.J. Anderson

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Get Montero, Braves Add Callaspo
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R.J. Anderson

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Brian Cashman's High-Leverage Leverage
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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing a Legend
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein, Mike Gianella, Andrew Koo and Jordan Gorosh

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March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue

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R.J. Anderson

The Dodgers get the last big name on the free agent market, Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. Meanwhile, Brian Dozer gets certainty, while Jhoulys Chacin gets freedom, of a sort.

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March 25, 2015 6:02 am

Painting the Black: Getting Personal

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R.J. Anderson

Catchers, and the pitchers who love them.

It was a good week for personal catcher lobbyists. First, Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw experienced a rough virginal voyage with Yasmani Grandal, encouraging A.J. Ellis champions and arousing the kind of spring training beat writer-fan turmoil that's often reserved for lineup tweets. Then, a few days later, Blue Jay skipper John Gibbons insinuated he would leverage Russell Martin's defensive talents by pairing him with traditional pitchers, possibly leaving Josh Thole the chore of capturing R.A. Dickey's knuckleball. Again.

The concept of a personal catcher is nothing new, of course. Doug Mirabelli proved so important to Tim Wakefield's success that the Red Sox reacquired him in May 2006, not even five months after trading him to the Padres. Throughout the 1990s, Damon Berryhill, Eddie Perez, and Paul Bako became more famous than their talents merited thanks to Greg Maddux's insistence on having his own guy. Light-hitting Alex Trevino caught all Cy Young runner-up Mario Soto's 1983 starts, and would later serve as personal-catcher-cum-interpreter in the minors. J.C. Martin became Hoyt Wilhelm's right-hand man during the '60s, a relationship profiled in Mark Armour's Paths to Glory: "[On] the ninety-one occasions Wilhelm entered a game and Martin was not already catching, Martin entered with Wilhelm fifty-nine times. ... [On] the seventeen such occasions when Wilhelm came in with runners on base without Martin catching, Martin was brought in fourteen times." And so on.

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March 23, 2015 11:45 am

Transaction Analysis: Good Eaton

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R.J. Anderson

Adam Eaton joins the extension class.

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March 20, 2015 12:40 am

Transaction Analysis: Marlins, and Yelich, Commit

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R.J. Anderson

Miami extends the second corner of its outfield. Also: Rafael Furcal hangs around, and the Blue Jays call the Wolf.

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March 18, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw

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Why everybody runs on Scott Kazmir.

Last week, for Clayton Kershaw Day, I examined his dominance over baserunners. I concluded that Kershaw's left-handedness, quickness to the plate, feel for shortening leads, and deceptive mechanics make him as tough to steal a bag on as he is to reach base against.

Today is not Scott Kazmir Day, but Kazmir is a worthy foil to the otherworldly Kershaw for reasons that extend beyond their shared "Kid K" moniker. In 2014, Kazmir allowed the third most stolen bases among left-handed starters (18), behind Francisco Liriano and Cole Hamels, and the highest stolen-base success rate against among all left-handers (90 percent). Unlike Liriano and Hamels, whose troubles are rooted in their slowness to the plate, Kazmir's failings with basestealers requires a nuanced explanation. In short, Kazmir allows stolen bases because he doesn't make baserunners think.

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March 13, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Jonny Venters Rides the Highway

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R.J. Anderson

Moves like lightning, but sweet Helena just says "God bless Johnny."

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March 11, 2015 1:39 am

Transaction Analysis: Young at Heart

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R.J. Anderson

Chris Young finds a home, the Mariners add some insurance, and the Rangers bring in a lefty reliever.



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March 9, 2015 5:00 am

Kershaw Day

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R.J. Anderson

Getting the first 90 feet is just the beginning of your nightmare, meat.

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Phil Coke, Mike Adams, etc.

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The Blue Jays add Santana and Dayan Viciedo, while Billy Beane makes a pair of waiver claims.

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Joba Chamberlain and Francisco Rodriguez are off the board, at last.

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February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Other Side of PECOTA's Crush on the Rays

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Yes, the projections like Tampa Bay, but they see much volatility, too.

"Who are these guys?" is a question St. Petersburg residents and general baseball devotees will ask a lot about the Rays this spring.

Other teams might have switched players as frequently last offseason—the Padres, Athletics, and Braves deserve mention—but the Rays' turnover differed in that it included changes at the GM and manager positions. Directing heads Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon departed for bigger markets (and salaries) and were followed out the Trop's door by various well-known players, such as purported cornerstone Wil Myers and actual cornerstone Ben Zobrist. The Rays retooled to the extent that Nick Franklin, himself acquired last July via trade, could enter the season as the club's fifth-longest tenured starter.

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