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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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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

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

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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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February 23, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds

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The Dodgers continue to restock the back of their rotation with gambles on injury-prone starters.

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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Happily Everth After

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The quiet Orioles make a little noise, while elsewhere relievers and zombies are signing.

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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First

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How Houston benefitted from the top waiver spot.

Jeff Luhnow knows the value in picking first. Since usurping Ed Wade in December 2011 as the Astros general manager, Luhnow has batted leadoff in each of the three drafts he's supervised—a streak assured to end in June, when Houston selects second (compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken) and fifth. By then, Luhnow ought to be accustomed to choosing later than normal. That's because, for the first time in his tenure, the Astros will enter the season without the top waiver priority.

While official statistics aren't kept on such things, a dig through past game logs reveals the Astros entered with a share of the majors' worst record (and first dibs on waived players) in 24 of Luhnow's first 29 months on the job. Luhnow has since flipped 10 pages in his calendar since his team was baseball's worst, but the point remains: He understands the benefits in serving as the gatekeeper of the waiver wire better than any active GM does.

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The Mariners sign Weeks to a perfectly unexpectional contract, while a bunch of famous relievers sign minor-league contracts.

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The cupboard is not empty. It's just close.

Welcome to the boring part of the offseason. Pitchers and catchers are a week away from reporting, and the hot stove is off now that James Shields has been signed and fitted for his habit. So how can we pass the time? You could read a book, watch a movie, connect with a loved one, argue with strangers on Twitter ... or you could embrace the spirit of Valentine's Day and seek relationships for nine interesting players who remain free agents. Let's do that.

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February 9, 2015 6:04 am

Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon

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The Red Sox extend Wade Miley, the Reds land Burke Badenhop, and the Rangers sign both halves of a left-field platoon.

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Can you figure out how Jordan Zimmermann undid Christian Yelich's extreme approach?

The last time Jordan Zimmermann faced Christian Yelich, Steven Souza became famous. The 17 other times they met in 2014 proved less prosperous for backup outfielders (and search-engine optimizers), but were kind to Zimmermann in another way. While Zimmermann didn't shut Yelich down (though he held him to an OPS 40 points below his seasonal norm), he accomplished a feat nearly as noteworthy: He caused Yelich to pull the ball seven times. That's more than anyone else managed last season.

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February 5, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: An Ax To Sign

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The Rockies get a couple big-league pitchers, Steve Lombardozzi's brings back ever-smaller returns, and some backup catchers are employed again.

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February 2, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Million-Dollar Bills

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The Phillies try to resurrect a former All-Star, while a bunch of teams do a bunch of small junk.

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider

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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

Do you seek the gold?

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