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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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11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Mariners Eager To Lock Up Mariner Seager
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R.J. Anderson

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: The Better Bullpens Bureau
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

11-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Butler Did It
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Russell Martin Gets That McCann Cash
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: Jays Leggo Their A. Gose
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Jordan Gorosh

11-13

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Transaction Analysis: Victor Control
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R.J. Anderson and Nick Shlain

11-11

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Transaction Analysis: Cuddyer Quashes Qualifying Offer
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Congering
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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Lind Blows Out of Toronto
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

11-04

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Painting the Black: The Free Agent 50
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R.J. Anderson

10-30

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Painting the Black: That Time We All Hated the Mike Morse Signing
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R.J. Anderson

10-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Matter of the Hart
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R.J. Anderson

10-27

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Transaction Analysis: Maddon Leaves the Rays Where the Sun Don't Shine
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R.J. Anderson

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?
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R.J. Anderson

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson

10-20

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Transaction Analysis: Silverman's Kohn Job
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R.J. Anderson

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Transaction Analysis: Arizona Raises Hale
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R.J. Anderson

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
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R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Transaction Analysis: Rocky Mountain Bye
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R.J. Anderson

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Quartet of Consequence: The Four Plays That Keyed An ALDS Sweep
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R.J. Anderson

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 Previews
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R.J. Anderson and Sam Miller

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Detroit Shock City
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R.J. Anderson

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Orioles vs. Tigers
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R.J. Anderson

10-01

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Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch
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R.J. Anderson

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

09-26

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Transaction Analysis: It Takes Stew to Make a Thing Go Right?
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R.J. Anderson

09-25

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Painting the Black: How David Price Gets The Best of Jose Abreu
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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Transaction Analysis: Wren's End
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R.J. Anderson

09-18

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Painting the Black: The Plightin' Showalters
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R.J. Anderson

09-16

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Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top
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R.J. Anderson

09-12

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Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle
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R.J. Anderson

09-10

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Painting the Black: Bless Da 40
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R.J. Anderson

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss
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R.J. Anderson

09-05

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Painting the Black: The Short Lifespan of a Pinch-Hit AB
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R.J. Anderson

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-Star
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R.J. Anderson

08-22

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Transaction Analysis: Boston Signs Cuban Star Rusney Castillo
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R.J. Anderson

08-22

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Painting the Black: A Marlins Fastball, A Twins Approach
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R.J. Anderson

08-20

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Place Their Betts
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R.J. Anderson

08-18

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Transaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation Season
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R.J. Anderson

08-15

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Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie
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R.J. Anderson

08-13

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Transaction Analysis: Royals' Struggling Offense Adds Struggling Offensive Player
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R.J. Anderson and CJ Wittmann

08-11

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Page Turner
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R.J. Anderson

08-08

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Painting the Black: Seven Days with Oscar
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R.J. Anderson

08-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Reasonable Overpay of Kurt Suzuki
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R.J. Anderson

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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Bless Da 40

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How a team without prospects is making the most of its 40-man roster.

It's been said before that desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto can relate to the notion. On Monday, Dipoto added a majors-leading 37th player to his roster, purchasing reliever Jairo Diaz's contract from the minors. The body count will increase by one in the coming days, when left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher returns from the disabled list. Even the two Angels players on the 40-man roster who aren't with the big-league club—pitchers Jose Alvarez and Drew Rucinski—have experienced life in The Show this season. As such, it's fair to conclude that Dipoto has utilized his 40-man roster to an extent and effect that differs from any other GM.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss

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The Diamondbacks fired their GM, while the Rockies extend a horse and the Rangers lose a skipper.

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Short Lifespan of a Pinch-Hit AB

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What's so different about pinch-hitting?

Baseball is a game of countless axioms. You can never have enough pitching, you shouldn't make the first or third out at third base, and good things will happen if you throw strikes. Much of this wisdom has been challenged over the years, some of it verified. One self-evident truth is tested more in September, with its expanded rosters and flabby lineup cards, than in any other month: pinch-hitting and starting aren't the same. Considering their rarity—particularly in the American League—it's impressive that any truism about pinch-hitters could tally considerable mileage, yet one does. To wit:

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone

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The Astros fire their manager, the A's trade for Adam Dunn, Kelly Johnson becomes a pretty crazy trivia answer, and more.

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The Angels get Gordon Beckham, the Rangers unload two catchers in a weekend,

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The Red Sox are the latest to bid high on a Cuban import, but will Rusney Castillo follow in the footsteps of Cespedes, Puig, and Abreu?

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August 22, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: A Marlins Fastball, A Twins Approach

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Henderson Alvarez is unlike anything in baseball, and it's working.

Before Jose Fernandez's UCL popped, he was enjoying a fantastic sophomore season. He'd tallied nearly twice as many strikeouts as hits allowed, and five times as many strikeouts as walks. He'd surrendered just four home runs, or about one every 13 innings, leaving him with a shiny 2.44 ERA. Yet, for as good as Fernandez's season was, if he qualified he wouldn't lead the Marlins rotation in ERA—that honor would go instead to Henderson Alvarez and his 2.43 mark.

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August 20, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Place Their Betts

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Mookie is recalled, Bradley goes down. Also returning to the majors are Carlos Martinez and Will Harris.

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation Season

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The Tiger and Pirates bolster bullpens with busted closers, the Diamondbacks buy low on Brett Jackson, Kyle Drabek returns to the majors and the Dodgers' infield just got thin.

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie

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How much of Danny Duffy's breakout season can be traced to James Shields?

On July 21st, the Royals dropped to eight games below the Tigers, following a fourth consecutive loss. The negativity that so often envelopes Kansas City baseball returned. Fans checked prospect lists rather than the standings in preparation for the trade deadline, and some even rationalized that a fruitful haul would be preferable to a spot in the Wild Card game. That and other beliefs about this year's team have since been challenged, as the Royals have claimed first place after winning 17 of their past 21 games.

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The Royals buy low on a veteran with a history of success, the Twins get a nice return, Jerome Williams is on the move again, and other moves.

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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Cubs Page Turner

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The Angels add another former future closer, the Mets give up on Chris Young, the Dodgers add starting depth and the Padres get a GM.



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