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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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05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Help Me, Rusney, Help, Help Me, Rusney
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R.J. Anderson

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Do Odd Thing
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R.J. Anderson

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Philly Games Franco
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R.J. Anderson

05-15

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Transaction Analysis: Easy Street
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R.J. Anderson

05-14

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Painting the Black: Why Taijuan Walker Has Thus Far Failed
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R.J. Anderson

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine
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R.J. Anderson

05-08

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Painting the Black: This Year's Eephus
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R.J. Anderson

05-07

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Transaction Analysis: A Chance In Counsell
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R.J. Anderson

05-04

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Transaction Analysis: Baby Blue Jays Crash To Earth
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R.J. Anderson

05-01

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Painting the Black: Truth-Testing TRAA
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R.J. Anderson

04-28

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Transaction Analysis: Hamilton Returns
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R.J. Anderson

04-27

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Transaction Analysis: Done Zo
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R.J. Anderson

04-24

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Painting the Black: No D In Desmond?
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R.J. Anderson

04-22

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Transaction Analysis: The Bad Luck Brewers
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R.J. Anderson

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Grant Balfour Farewell
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R.J. Anderson

04-17

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Painting the Black: Pedro Alvarez's Trip From Worst to First
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R.J. Anderson

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: Say Yas
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Jeff Quinton

04-15

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Transaction Analysis: Second-Week Subs
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R.J. Anderson

04-13

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Transaction Analysis: Sounds the Knuckleballer Alert
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R.J. Anderson

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: Harrison Scored
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Transaction Analysis: Buy High 'Cello
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R.J. Anderson

04-07

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Painting the Black: Who Are These Guys?
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R.J. Anderson

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Go On A Ventura
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

04-02

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Transaction Analysis: Extend the Mets
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: Spring Shuffling
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Every Team's Moneyball: Atlanta Braves: Shortstop Instincts
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R.J. Anderson

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

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April 2, 2015 10:39 am

Transaction Analysis: Extend the Mets

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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

Juan Lagares gets a four-year extension, while former top prospect Mike Montgomery is traded again.

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April 1, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Spring Shuffling

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R.J. Anderson

More players than roster spots these days.

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What the Braves might be looking for when developing shortstops from prospect to pro.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the shortstop factories of the Braves and Rangers.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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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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R.J. Anderson

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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