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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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07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-24

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Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
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R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

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

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May 2, 2014 6:17 am

Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West

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Walt Weiss' bunts, Tim Hudson's longevity, Robbie Erlin's future and Trevor Cahill's present are on R.J.'s mind.

A lot happens in baseball every night, and neither man nor Daniel Rathman can keep up with it all. So every few weeks we'll look at some stories within a division that would have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Let's start with the National League West.

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Zack Wheeler's early-season BABIP problem.

The easiest way to explain regression to someone is to do so in baseball terms. Batters rarely threaten .400 these days because of the upped quality of competition. The inverse works, too; pitchers with high earned run averages are replaced before long because teams have capable replacements. There are exceptions to those explanations—Neifi Perez tallied more plate appearances in the majors than Hank Sauer did, after all—but they train people to think in a certain way.

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April 25, 2014 6:30 am

Transaction Analysis: Ranklin' Franklin

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The Mariners send Nick Franklin back down, the Twins know when to Fuld 'em, and Carter Capps will face harder chaps.

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Milwaukee is the surprise of the spring. A look at what has made them interesting.

Among the surprise teams in the early going, the Brewers have a case for most shocking. Milwaukee entered the season pegged for fourth place in the division by the Baseball Prospectus staff, but has raced to a major-league best 15-5 start. Of course it is early and any team can look brilliant over a 20-game sample—even last season's Astros managed a 12-8 run in late May and early June—yet the Brewers deserve some attention for their hot start, which gave them higher playoff odds through Tuesday than all but five teams in the majors. Rather than harp about their inability to play this well all summer long, let's focus on some of the intriguing developments surrounding the team.

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Ike Davis hightails it for Pittsburgh, and a bunch of other teams make other moves.



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April 18, 2014 7:34 am

Painting the Black: Super Twoing

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What can be done to stop the roster monkeying?

George Springer made his big-league debut on Wednesday night, and in the process opened the season on service time–related debates. Such arguments have become commonplace in early-season baseball, particularly in recent years, as teams have grown more cognizant of the Super Two service time deadline, which determines which players will be eligible for arbitration four times instead of three. But as much as we talk about the status quo, there's seldom talk about how things should change. So how could the Super Two rules be altered (by collective bargaining) for the better? Here are three proposals.

Eliminate Super Two

The extreme solution doubles as the most obvious way to end service-time manipulation. Teams would continue to hold their best prospects down for about two weeks, just long enough to gain the seventh year of control, but would thereafter have no reason to keep the youngsters down for artificial reasons. The downside to eliminating the Super Two designation is that it would further limit the earning power of the class of players who already have the least leverage in the league. This arrangement would be a win for the teams and the fans, but a loss for the players.

Incorporate performance into the Super Two equation

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It is April, after all, and these are the moves that are made in April.



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Looking at the fast starts of Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka to see what we can expect moving forward.

With due respect to the rest of a talented rookie class, no two newcomers face more pressure to succeed in 2014 than Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka. The expectations exist for obvious reasons: both are older, better paid, and more experienced (albeit in international competition) than the typical rookie. Now two weeks into the season, the winter's most prominent imports have compiled fantastic statistics. But, before the league adjusts and vice versa, do they pass the eye test—or are these two more cases of April numbers ran amok?

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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

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

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What ails B.J.?

The Braves and Nationals played a three-game series over the weekend, and obscured by the obvious storyline—the two best teams in the National League East meeting for the first time this season—was a subplot for sadists: Just how many strikeouts would B.J. Upton, who entered the series with a 44 percent whiff rate, tally against a Nationals staff that fanned 39 batters in its first 28 innings? The answer, it turned out, was five times in 13 tries; an improvement over Upton's first series, when he struck out in half his 12 plate appearances. He then started the next series with this sequence:



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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel

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Jason Kipnis and Yunel Escobar sign extensions, while the rest of the league makes the traditional claims, DFAs, and contract purchases of the season's first week.

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The Marlins' new catcher might have an affect that goes beyond credible slash lines.

For as much as we focus on catcher defense these days, the battery dynamic remains beyond our grasp. We know pitchers and catchers work together to form a gameplan and negotiate pitch type and location, but the heavy lifting is often left in the dark. What illumination we do receive often shines from second-hand knowledge, or analysis that is prone to fundamental attribution errors. As a result, analyzing gamecalling and the like is a tough, if not impossible, pursuit from outside a team's walls.

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April 2, 2014 11:46 am

Transaction Analysis: Archer de Triomphe

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The Rays are back in the extension game, and are putting more on the line than usual to keep Chris Archer around.

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