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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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The Pirates pick up some outfield depth and some former good relievers catch on in new cities.



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The Royals may be the most famous prediction PECOTA has gotten wrong recently, but the Reds have seen the opposite issue.

On Tuesday, Baseball Prospectus released PECOTA's preseason projections. In keeping with tradition, the algorithm has again seemingly undersold the champion Royals, who have nudged aside the White Sox to become the symbol for outpacing expectations. That status is well-earned: over the past three seasons, the Royals have won a majors-leading 44 games more than PECOTA figured they would. Along the way, the Royals have birthed countless thinkpieces and arguments about every facet of their success: whether it's by design; whether it's sustainable; whether it's duplicable; and so on.

At the soul of it is the truth that everyone wants to be the Royals (the postseason version, at least). The transitive property, then, suggests that nobody wants to be the anti-Royals, a role filled in recent years by the Reds. No team has underperformed its PECOTA projections over the last three seasons by more games than the Reds: they won two fewer games than expected in 2013, seven fewer in 2014, and 15 fewer in 2015. Add those failures together, and the Reds have lost 24 games more than PECOTA believed they would—or six more than any other team over the same stretch:

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"Hello, fans of Team X. Meet the newest member of your bullpen, maybe."



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The Diamondbacks reinforce their bullpen, the White Sox reinforce their rotation, and more.



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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

The NRI Watch

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Look who's coming to camp this year, ma!

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Florida and Arizona in a week and a half, it's time to prep for camps. That means, among other things, familiarizing yourself with each team's non-roster invitees. Below is a team-by-team look at the American League, with a focus on a player deemed noteworthy—be it due to their chances of cracking the roster, their story, or some combination thereof.

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A whole slew of pitchers switch organizations, and if things go right, they'll never have to use them.



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The Royals sign an attractive minor league free agent, the Nationals try to recreate the worst of the Yankees infield from recent years, and hey look Carlos Quentin isn't retired after all.



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The Rockies resolve their playing time situation in the outfield, and the Rays end up the beneficiary.



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January 29, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: It's a Fister! It's a Fister!

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R.J. Anderson and Matthew Trueblood

The Astros and Nationals both bring in soft-tossers of varying quality, and the Brewers land a former top prospect.



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January 27, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Hey Hey Hey! It's Maaaatt Albers!

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R.J. Anderson and Bryan Grosnick

And he's not gonna get a save or two. Also, the Brewers bring back a familiar face, the Indians sign a homegrown pitcher to an extension, and Ronald Torreyes find yet another team.



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January 22, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Arrows Pointing West

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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

The Padres grab a veteran closer, the Rays add another bat, and the Mets continue to not sign Yoenis Cespedes.

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January 20, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Logan's Run

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The Rays extend their latest breakout hitter, the Dodgers sign the Pirates' latest revival and Al-Al backwards is LA-LA.

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