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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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07-11

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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

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

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March 13, 2014 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Santana Settles, Atlanta Settles

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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

The final famous free agent pitcher is off the board as Atlanta tries to fill a depleted rotation.

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St. Louis extends Matt Carpenter and signs Aledmys Diaz, and Arizona inks Oliver Perez.



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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Spring Flings

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R.J. Anderson

Some teams are spending the spring trying out potential positional mates. Who should win these battles?

With the first week of the exhibition season in the books, teams now have less than a month before their Opening Day rosters are due. Most clubs have an open spot or two up for grabs, typically in the bullpen or off the bench, but a few are staging auditions of greater importance this spring. Here are 10 intriguing positional battles along with a prediction of who we believe ought to win the jobs.

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March 5, 2014 6:05 am

Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan

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R.J. Anderson

Three teams sign utility infielders, the Rangers pick up Joe Saunders, Johan Santana finds a lifeline and other moves.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Painting the Black: The Prospect Proximity Rankings

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R.J. Anderson

Which teams are in the best position to tap into their prospect wealth this season?

Last Wednesday, Jason Parks released his 2014 organizational rankings, the culmination of a winter spent grading prospects based on their abilities and upside. Using Parks' rankings, we know which teams have the most talent on their farms; today, let's find out which teams have the most talent closest to the majors.

Proximity to the majors is always a talking point with prospects. Yet it surfaces less frequently during conversations about the strength of an organization's minor-league system. Although each team has young players they could call upon tomorrow if needed, there are teams whose best prospects are further along the developmental path than others. Those teams should be better positioned for the short term. A team with a ready-to-go no. 4 starter can use that pitcher if it needs a stand-in due to injury or poor performance. If he's considered surplus, the team can trade him for immediate help. A team with a potential no. 4 starter two or three years away would still find a taker if they looked, but might have to take a lesser return.

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Lessons from the Top 50 Free Agents List

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R.J. Anderson

Which free agents got more (or less) than we expected, and what do they tell us about next year's free agents?

Last March, I compared my free-agent rankings to the market. Since failure is a better teacher than success, and because the rankings were formed with each player's average annual value in mind, the exercise provided an idea of how to improve by identifying which players were incorrectly evaluated.

There were three takeaways from last year's recap. The most trivial concerned the list format and its tendency to understate the gap between the top free agents and the rest of the class. The other lessons dealt with the information asymmetry between teams and outsiders—namely when it comes to medicals, mechanical adjustments, or other tweaks that could lead to improved performance. Of course those additional insights don't grant teams infallibility: Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton, two pitchers used to make the point, went on to have poor seasons despite altering their mechanics and arsenals with their new teams.

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February 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Gardner Constant

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R.J. Anderson

The Yankees make the rare decision to lock up a player, inking Brett Gardner for at least the next four years.

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A potentially overpaid outfielder turns out to be a bargain, and the Yankees and Red Sox add injury prone arms.



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Doug Melvin says two-thirds of free agents hit the DL the next year. Is that true?

A few weeks ago, just after signing Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million contract, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin discussed his newest addition on MLB Network Radio. He talked about how the market developed in a way that allowed them to sign Garza, and how he disagrees with agents who disregard the value of first-round picks. But Melvin's most interesting statement came when the discussion turned to injuries, because according to him 67 percent of all free agents signed last winter spent time in the disabled list.

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February 19, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me

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R.J. Anderson

Forget Pineda/Montero. A more interesting swap of young talent that offseason has provided both clubs with something to hope for this year.

As easy as it is to forget, the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda deal was not the only trade made during that month in which a young pitcher was moved for a young hitter. A week earlier, the Cubs and Padres exchanged Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo as part of a four-player swap. Though not a challenge trade by the strictest definition—the two players did not man the same position—it nonetheless felt like one, in large part because of the executives who were involved.

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February 17, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Choosing the Brave Life

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R.J. Anderson

The Braves lock up two more young stars, Erik Bedard joins the Rays, and Emilio Bonifacio joins the Cubs.



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February 14, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Nationals Catch a Ray

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R.J. Anderson and Steffan Segui

Jose Lobaton goes to Washington, and the Rays get a prospect.

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