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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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04-18

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Painting the Black: Super Twoing
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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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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

03-19

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Painting the Black: Up and Adams
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R.J. Anderson

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: Benefits and Perkins
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R.J. Anderson

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: Santana Settles, Atlanta Settles
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

03-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Keep Carpenter, Cost Certainty
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
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R.J. Anderson

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

03-03

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Painting the Black: The Prospect Proximity Rankings
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R.J. Anderson

02-27

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Painting the Black: Lessons from the Top 50 Free Agents List
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: The Gardner Constant
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offer Helps Orioles, Hurts Nelson Cruz
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

02-20

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BP Unfiltered: The Greatly Exaggerated Demise of Free Agent Starters
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R.J. Anderson

02-19

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Painting the Black: Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me
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R.J. Anderson

02-17

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Transaction Analysis: Choosing the Brave Life
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R.J. Anderson

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Nationals Catch a Ray
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R.J. Anderson and Steffan Segui

02-12

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Transaction Analysis: Don't Ya Need Him Brantley
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Reeling in Rodney
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

02-07

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Painting the Black: Slow Jams
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R.J. Anderson

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: The New Adventures of Freeman
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R.J. Anderson

02-03

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Transaction Analysis: Ain't Nothin' But Hammels
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

01-31

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Transaction Analysis: Mariners Sign Rusty Baker
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-29

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Painting the Black: Blistery Science Theater
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R.J. Anderson

01-24

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Transaction Analysis: Balfour Got Back
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R.J. Anderson and Alex Kantecki

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Dude (Looks Like a Grady)
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Steffan Segui

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Sign Tanaka
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Mark of the Reynolds
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Youngian Thing
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R.J. Anderson

01-14

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Painting the Black: Smyly Anticipated
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R.J. Anderson

01-13

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BP Unfiltered: John Axford Tips Well
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R.J. Anderson

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: The Sands of Time
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R.J. Anderson

01-02

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Transaction Analysis: Crain So Good Coulda Swore You Went to College
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-26

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Transaction Analysis: Colletti's All-Closer Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Rangers Choose Choo
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12-20

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Transaction Analysis: White Sox Sign Scott Downs, Complete Groundball Bullpen
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: The 13-Team TA
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh, Ethan Purser and BP Fantasy Staff

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta Inks Floyd, and Two Teams Sign Relievers
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Win Your eBay Bidding
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Lone(y) Wolf
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

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An offseason of spending reaches a climax in the Bronx.



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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Mark of the Reynolds

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The Brewers make a huge upgrade by signing a couple replacement-level first basemen, Nyjer Morgan is back on the continent, and the Royals pick up a Penny.



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January 15, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Youngian Thing

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The Orioles sign Delmon Young, while a bunch of teams sign a bunch of middle infielders.

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January 14, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Smyly Anticipated

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The Tigers cleared a spot for Drew Smyly to start again. Does he have the right credentials?

Three seasons ago, Phil Coke started 14 games for a playoff-bound Detroit team. Coke, who the Yankees reared as a starter during his prospect days, had appeared in 158 games by that point, with all but one coming in relief. (The exception was a spot-start in the previous season's finale.) Success felt like a long shot, yet Detroit's effort made sense. As Detroit's pitching coach Jeff Jones, who served as the club's bullpen coach at the time, later explained, "[Coke] had the variety of quality stuff, he'd done it before and been successful in the minor leagues." Coke's variety of stuff and minor league success never yielded results, however, and the overwhelmed lefty returned to the bullpen by midseason.

Jones's experience with Coke during that forgettable trial should serve as a nice reference point this spring, when he converts another southpaw reliever into a starter. The pupil this time is Drew Smyly, whose transition should come easier. Smyly's stay in the bullpen lasted one season and was caused by a deep, talented rotation. Rather than send him to the minors, Dave Dombrowski used him to stabilize the bullpen. Things worked out well on all fronts: Detroit led the AL in rotation ERA and Smyly posted the game's second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio among left-handed relievers.

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The Indians closer was telegraphing his pitches.

John Axford had a tipping problem, according to John Lott's latest. In his first day with the Cardinals following a late-season trade from the Brewers, the coaches took him aside and revealed to him how he'd been telegraphing pitches. They then worked with Axford to make "one little adjustment." That little adjustment worked wonders. After posting a 4.45 ERA and 2.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 62 appearances with the Brewers, Axford compiled a 1.74 ERA and 3.67 SO/BB with the Cardinals and improved his whiff rate on sliders. The Indians were impressed enough by his strong finish to add him this winter as their new closer.

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January 8, 2014 10:13 am

Transaction Analysis: The Sands of Time

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The Angels give Mark Mulder a shot to revive his career, the Rays claim a bullpen candidate, and more.



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The Astros make a savvy signing in Jesse Crain, the Pirates sort of fill a platoon, and the Rangers get something where once they might have gotten nothing.



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December 26, 2013 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Colletti's All-Closer Bullpen

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The Dodgers add two more relievers, and other recent moves.

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Shin-Soo Choo finds a tax haven home in Texas.

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Chicago adds one of the game's most reliable relievers, and the Twins sign Kurt Suzuki.



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Analysis of all of Wednesday's trades and signings, including Joaquin Benoit, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Doumit, Danny Valencia, and many more players.



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The Braves add depth to their rotation with Gavin Floyd, and the Dodgers (J.P. Howell) and Astros (Matt Albers) bolster their bullpens.



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