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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: Zo Zo Zo Your Boat
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Christopher Crawford

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Mets Clip On a Ty
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R.J. Anderson and Al Skorupa

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: The Uribear Trundles Along Again
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Moore, Al Skorupa, Christopher Crawford and Tucker Blair

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: A Full Circle Aramis
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Houston, We Have a Kazmir
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Mike Gianella

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Once and Future Braves
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R.J. Anderson

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Stump the Schwarb
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R.J. Anderson

07-17

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Transaction Analysis: A Thin Reed
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Christopher Crawford and R.J. Anderson

07-15

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Painting the Black: What to Watch When You're Not Watching Your Watch
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R.J. Anderson

07-13

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Transaction Analysis: Feliz
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

07-10

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Transaction Analysis: Down Goes Frasor! Down Goes Frasor!
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R.J. Anderson

07-09

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Painting the Black: Under My Urshela
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R.J. Anderson

07-06

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Transaction Analysis: Slots Slots, Slots Slots Slots Slots
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R.J. Anderson

07-02

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Painting the Black: #HugWatch2015: The Huggees
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R.J. Anderson

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: They're No Angels
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R.J. Anderson

06-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Sandberg Goeth
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

06-25

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Painting the Black: #HugWatch2015
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R.J. Anderson

06-22

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Transaction Analysis: How Much is That Touki in the Window?
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

06-22

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Transaction Analysis: Sour Chen Music
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R.J. Anderson

06-18

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Painting the Black: Mr. Burns Runs Afoul
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R.J. Anderson

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: Black is Blue
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R.J. Anderson

06-15

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Transaction Analysis: Bobby, Last Name Wilson
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R.J. Anderson

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: Jedd Gets Jerked
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

06-11

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Painting the Black: Throw, Throw, Throw
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R.J. Anderson

06-08

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Transaction Analysis: More Like Awesome-Handed Pitcher
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

06-05

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Transaction Analysis: Halt and Catch Frieri
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R.J. Anderson

06-04

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Transaction Analysis: Collecting Brute and Flipping Beef
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-04

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Painting the Black: A Pleasant Odorizzi
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R.J. Anderson

06-01

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Get Salty
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R.J. Anderson

05-28

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Painting the Black: Stealing Signs
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R.J. Anderson

05-28

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Transaction Analysis: The Uribear Heads East
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R.J. Anderson

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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Two-pitch pitchers can succeed, but not when they work like Taijuan Walker has.

So far the Mariners have been one of the season's biggest disappointments. At 15-17, they sit closer to last place than first—a position echoed by their -13 run differential, the second worst in the division. Naturally, Seattle's roster houses numerous underachievers. Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz have been excellent, but haven't outweighed the slow starts of Robinson Cano, Austin Jackson, and Fernando Rodney, nor the struggles of Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, James Paxton, and . . . well, just about every non-royal homegrown player on the roster.

Taijuan Walker's performance might be the least fulfilling of the drafted-and-developed bunch. After six turns through the rotation, Walker has the highest DRA among big-league starting pitchers. His Game Scores have been (in order): 7, 29, 60, 67, 12, and 49—or more bad than good, and more scattered than fixed. Old stats tell the same tale. Walker has not flourished like a cockatoo in a birdbath; instead he's languished to the point of allowing 27 runs and 39 hits in 27 2/3 innings.

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May 11, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine

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The Diamondbacks' disastrous no-decent-catchers experiment is over. Meanwhile, the A's take two tries at upgrading the bullpen, while the Rays backfill a broken-down rotation.

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May 8, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: This Year's Eephus

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Alfredo Simon has an eephus. But does it suck?

If any belief has been affirmed over the past week, it's that athletic excellence is not reserved for upstanding citizens.

Alfredo Simon exemplifies this truth in baseball. Simon's legal history makes him perhaps the least endearing player on a big-league roster. In 2011, he was charged with (then acquitted of) involuntary manslaughter arising from a shooting death. More recently, he was sued by a woman who says he assaulted and raped her in April 2013.

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May 7, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: A Chance In Counsell

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The Brewers fail fast, and Ron Roenicke is let go. Was it fair?

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Baby Blue Jays Crash To Earth

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Toronto gives quick demotions to two of its brightest young prospects. Meanwhile, Dom Brown will join them in Triple-A.

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Lance Lynn has one of the lowest Takeoff Rates in baseball. Credit him, not just his catcher.

For as unpredictable as April was—the Mets and Astros are in first place! A.J. Pierzynski is out-hitting Mike Trout! Devon Travis is the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year!—it's refreshing and, in a sense, validating that some things we held as near-facts remained true. Take Lance Lynn.

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April 28, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Hamilton Returns

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Josh Hamilton goes back to the team where he experienced the best years of his career, but how he performs on the field will always be of secondary importance in his life.

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April 27, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Done Zo

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A bunch of week three call-ups to handle week three injuries, including to Ben Zobrist in Oakland.

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What the heck is up with next winter's top free agent shortstop?

Ian Desmond is a confident individual. He established that during the winter by rejecting an extension worth $107 million in order to pursue a greater prospect—the chance to hit the open market at age 30 as the best shortstop available. So five months later, why does Desmond look out of place on the field? And should his prospective suitors share in his uneasiness?

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April 22, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Bad Luck Brewers

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Pickups, let downs, and everything that makes the game go 'round.

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April 20, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rays Grant Balfour Farewell

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The Rays release their closer, the Dodgers pick up the Reds' scraps, and other roster moves from the weekend.

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April 17, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Pedro Alvarez's Trip From Worst to First

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A deep dive into the Pirate first baseman's defense.

Call it poetic justice or karmic repayment, but there's something fitting about Pedro Alvarez having to corral wild throws at first base not even a year after leading third basemen in throwing errors.

Whatever the preferred term, Alvarez's transition across the diamond remains nascent. He suffered a season-ending stress reaction in his foot just five games after the initial move. Yet the Pirates proceeded as if Alvarez had taken ownership of the position, cementing his perch on top of the depth chart during the offseason by trading Ike Davis and non-tendering Gaby Sanchez. Though Pittsburgh later acquired Sean Rodriguez and signed Corey Hart—each of whom has and will see time at the cold corner—the implication came through loud and clear: Alvarez was Plan A.

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