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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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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

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks
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R.J. Anderson

05-16

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Painting the Black: Bullish on Dozier
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R.J. Anderson

05-14

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Transaction Analysis: Marmol Misses, Down and Away
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: Call Milone
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R.J. Anderson

05-09

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Painting the Black: Go Fix Yourself, San Diego
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R.J. Anderson

05-08

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BP Unfiltered: Brad Boxberger Makes History
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R.J. Anderson

05-07

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Painting the Black: Rites of Springer
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R.J. Anderson

05-05

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Transaction Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls
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R.J. Anderson

05-02

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Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West
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R.J. Anderson

04-29

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Painting the Black: Singles Falling Steady
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Transaction Analysis: Ranklin' Franklin
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R.J. Anderson

04-23

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Painting the Black: Some Things Brewing
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R.J. Anderson

04-21

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From New York, Starring Ike Davis
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-18

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Painting the Black: Super Twoing
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R.J. Anderson

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: A Moran and a Wolf Walk Into a Bar
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Painting the Black: Portents for the Imports of Importance
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R.J. Anderson

04-10

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Painting the Black: (B.J.) Upton No Good
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R.J. Anderson

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

04-04

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Painting the Black: Nathan Eovaldi and the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Effect
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R.J. Anderson

04-02

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Transaction Analysis: Archer de Triomphe
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh
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R.J. Anderson

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild
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R.J. Anderson

03-24

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Painting the Black: Men at Work
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R.J. Anderson

03-21

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Painting the Black: The Predictive Power of the Hit By Pitch
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R.J. Anderson

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June 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul

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R.J. Anderson

The Angels drop Ibanez, whose first name is Raul, which sounds like the word rule. Also: Brad Mills lands in Oakland, and Yohan Pino makes the majors.



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June 17, 2014 10:56 am

Transaction Analysis: Vance Like There's Nobody Watching

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The Mets claim their prize for Ike Davis, the Athletics officially give up on Michael Taylor, and the Pirates promote one-time Opening Day starter Vance Worley.

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June 16, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Lessons of a Bad Basestealer

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Who is Dee Gordon's opposite, and what can he teach us about the complexities of taking 90 feet?

You've heard some variation of the idea that you need to endure the clouds to enjoy the sunshine. That sentiment applies in baseball, too. For us to appreciate how good a basestealer Dee Gordon is, you need to experience the inverse. Because Gordon at his best is a high-volume, high-efficiency thief who creates a sense of invincibility—there's nothing you can do to stop him—the inverse is a player who runs often and succeeds rarely. This player doesn't have to be slow, or inept at the physical act of running, he just has to be inefficient and irrational. Lucky for us, Alex Rios fits the description.

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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Going Down 'hill

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Trevor Cahill could be a sunk cost.



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June 9, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Minnesota Signs Kendrys Morales

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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

The last of the qualifying offer free agents falls.



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June 6, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dietrich Without the D

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The Marlins demote Derek Dietrich, the Mariners do the same to Nick Franklin, Jordan Pacheco is available and Yankees bullpen gets more length.

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What happens when the best baserunner in the game meets the best pickoff artist? The rest of the league gets a lesson.

This was supposed to be Billy Hamilton's year. After a 13-game cameo in 2013, during which he stole 13 bases on 14 attempts, the 23-year-old entered spring entrenched as an everyday fixture. Two months into the season, Hamilton has failed to meet expectations. While he continues to inspire think-pieces and fun comparisons, his play—including his basestealing—has disappointed. Hamilton, likely the sport's fastest player, has gone 20-for-26 on stolen-base tries. Good, but not transcendent.

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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady

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The Astros and Jonathan Singleton make plans together, the Marlins trade a draft pick, and the Braves call up a new arm.

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The Angels shortstop steals second when nobody is looking.

Erick Aybar's clever baserunning has earned e-ink before, but what he did in last night's game against the Mariners marks a new personal best.

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May 29, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: No Way, Jose

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The Orioles get a catcher in a pinch, the Mets drop another closer, and Troy Patton is Troy packin'. Because he got traded.

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The Athletics' latest zig has been as unexpected in the current baseball landscape as it has been impressive.

To think Billy Beane entered the 2012 season in an unenviable position. His Athletics had won 70-something games for the third time in four years, spurring the ever-active general manager to retool his roster for the umpteenth time. Beane removed the veterans; he traded Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey for prospects, and wished David DeJesus and Josh Willingham all the best as they departed through free agency. Beane would later balance the subtractions by adding Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon—moves that (seemingly) doubled as peace offerings to the union—but the net result was a payroll trimmed of about $15 million.

All the departures caused the A's to abandon their short-term aspirations in pursuit of the future. Beane, who has worked with a bottom-six payroll since 2011, was left to improve his roster using one of the game's best farm systems. Built mostly through trades—the A's have picked in the top-10 just once since selecting Barry Zito in 1999—Oakland's farm system entered that pivotal 2012 season ranked fourth in the league; however harmful those aforementioned trades were to fan morale, the returns had nourished a once-weak prospect stable. It's been said that in baseball you're either selling hope or selling wins.

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May 20, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome

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R.J. Anderson

Jayson Werth hasn't been, as predicted, the worst signing of the 2010 offseason. Does he have a case for being the best?

When the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year deal worth $126 million, back in winter 2010, the expectation was that they would come to regret the decision.

The reasons were obvious. Werth was a 31-year-old corner outfielder who was closer to good than elite. Moreover, the Nationals were closer to bad than average. Washington had gone five years since its most recent .500 effort, and in the previous season had won just 69 games. True, the Nats had an impressive array of young talent climbing the organizational depth chart, but it seemed Werth would be in his mid-30s and on the decline by the time those kids matured. All those variables factored into a rival general manager telling Ken Rosenthal that the deal was “Absolutely bat[flipping] crazy.”

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