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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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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

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price Trade
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R.J. Anderson, J.P. Breen, Sam Miller, Jordan Gorosh, Paul Sporer, Craig Goldstein and Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Ethan Purser

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Andrew Miller Goes to Baltimore
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Brewers Get Parra's Glove
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

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

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May 29, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: No Way, Jose

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The Orioles get a catcher in a pinch, the Mets drop another closer, and Troy Patton is Troy packin'. Because he got traded.

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The Athletics' latest zig has been as unexpected in the current baseball landscape as it has been impressive.

To think Billy Beane entered the 2012 season in an unenviable position. His Athletics had won 70-something games for the third time in four years, spurring the ever-active general manager to retool his roster for the umpteenth time. Beane removed the veterans; he traded Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey for prospects, and wished David DeJesus and Josh Willingham all the best as they departed through free agency. Beane would later balance the subtractions by adding Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon—moves that (seemingly) doubled as peace offerings to the union—but the net result was a payroll trimmed of about $15 million.

All the departures caused the A's to abandon their short-term aspirations in pursuit of the future. Beane, who has worked with a bottom-six payroll since 2011, was left to improve his roster using one of the game's best farm systems. Built mostly through trades—the A's have picked in the top-10 just once since selecting Barry Zito in 1999—Oakland's farm system entered that pivotal 2012 season ranked fourth in the league; however harmful those aforementioned trades were to fan morale, the returns had nourished a once-weak prospect stable. It's been said that in baseball you're either selling hope or selling wins.

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May 20, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome

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Jayson Werth hasn't been, as predicted, the worst signing of the 2010 offseason. Does he have a case for being the best?

When the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year deal worth $126 million, back in winter 2010, the expectation was that they would come to regret the decision.

The reasons were obvious. Werth was a 31-year-old corner outfielder who was closer to good than elite. Moreover, the Nationals were closer to bad than average. Washington had gone five years since its most recent .500 effort, and in the previous season had won just 69 games. True, the Nats had an impressive array of young talent climbing the organizational depth chart, but it seemed Werth would be in his mid-30s and on the decline by the time those kids matured. All those variables factored into a rival general manager telling Ken Rosenthal that the deal was “Absolutely bat[flipping] crazy.”

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks

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The A's get Kyle Blanks, the Rays lost Ben Zobrist (for now), Jeff Keppinger is dismissed and Greg Dobbs finds a bench to sit on.

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May 16, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Bullish on Dozier

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Where did the breakout version of Brian Dozier come from?

Most of the time, prospects conform to their scouting reports. Those who don't are the interesting ones.

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May 14, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Marmol Misses, Down and Away

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The Marlins cut Carlos Marmol loose, while a slew of excellent players are hurt.

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May 12, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Call Milone

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The A's switch starters, the Twins switch everybody, the Cards demote Grichuk and the Orioles look for Wieters' placeholder.

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May 9, 2014 10:23 am

Painting the Black: Go Fix Yourself, San Diego

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The Padres' offense is startingly bad. Who'll take the fall?

Near the end of Geoff Young's Padres essay in Baseball Prospectus 2014, he concludes that San Diego's recent struggles "might indicate a larger problem, but it also could be terrible luck. Without closer scrutiny than publicly available information permits, it's impossible to know."

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The Rays reliever does something no other pitcher has ever done—strike out the side with the bases loaded on nine pitches.

Joe Maddon put Brad Boxberger in a tough spot during Thursday night's Orioles-Rays game.

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The Astros' slugging prospect is not slugging at all. Is it a phase, or does Springer have fatal attributes?

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May 5, 2014 11:41 am

Transaction Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls

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R.J. Anderson

It tolls for Heath. Also: Chris Johnson's extension, and the Tigers sign a former closer.

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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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