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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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07-02

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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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R.J. Anderson

04-13

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Transaction Analysis: Sounds the Knuckleballer Alert
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R.J. Anderson

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: Harrison Scored
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Transaction Analysis: Buy High 'Cello
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R.J. Anderson

04-07

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Painting the Black: Who Are These Guys?
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R.J. Anderson

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Go On A Ventura
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

04-02

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Transaction Analysis: Extend the Mets
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: Spring Shuffling
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Every Team's Moneyball: Atlanta Braves: Shortstop Instincts
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R.J. Anderson

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue
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R.J. Anderson

03-25

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Painting the Black: Getting Personal
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R.J. Anderson

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: Good Eaton
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R.J. Anderson

03-20

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins, and Yelich, Commit
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R.J. Anderson

03-18

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Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw
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R.J. Anderson

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March 20, 2015 12:40 am

Transaction Analysis: Marlins, and Yelich, Commit

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R.J. Anderson

Miami extends the second corner of its outfield. Also: Rafael Furcal hangs around, and the Blue Jays call the Wolf.

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March 18, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw

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R.J. Anderson

Why everybody runs on Scott Kazmir.

Last week, for Clayton Kershaw Day, I examined his dominance over baserunners. I concluded that Kershaw's left-handedness, quickness to the plate, feel for shortening leads, and deceptive mechanics make him as tough to steal a bag on as he is to reach base against.

Today is not Scott Kazmir Day, but Kazmir is a worthy foil to the otherworldly Kershaw for reasons that extend beyond their shared "Kid K" moniker. In 2014, Kazmir allowed the third most stolen bases among left-handed starters (18), behind Francisco Liriano and Cole Hamels, and the highest stolen-base success rate against among all left-handers (90 percent). Unlike Liriano and Hamels, whose troubles are rooted in their slowness to the plate, Kazmir's failings with basestealers requires a nuanced explanation. In short, Kazmir allows stolen bases because he doesn't make baserunners think.

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March 13, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Jonny Venters Rides the Highway

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R.J. Anderson

Moves like lightning, but sweet Helena just says "God bless Johnny."

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March 11, 2015 1:39 am

Transaction Analysis: Young at Heart

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R.J. Anderson

Chris Young finds a home, the Mariners add some insurance, and the Rangers bring in a lefty reliever.



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March 9, 2015 5:00 am

Kershaw Day

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R.J. Anderson

Getting the first 90 feet is just the beginning of your nightmare, meat.

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Phil Coke, Mike Adams, etc.

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The Blue Jays add Santana and Dayan Viciedo, while Billy Beane makes a pair of waiver claims.

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Joba Chamberlain and Francisco Rodriguez are off the board, at last.

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February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Other Side of PECOTA's Crush on the Rays

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Yes, the projections like Tampa Bay, but they see much volatility, too.

"Who are these guys?" is a question St. Petersburg residents and general baseball devotees will ask a lot about the Rays this spring.

Other teams might have switched players as frequently last offseason—the Padres, Athletics, and Braves deserve mention—but the Rays' turnover differed in that it included changes at the GM and manager positions. Directing heads Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon departed for bigger markets (and salaries) and were followed out the Trop's door by various well-known players, such as purported cornerstone Wil Myers and actual cornerstone Ben Zobrist. The Rays retooled to the extent that Nick Franklin, himself acquired last July via trade, could enter the season as the club's fifth-longest tenured starter.

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February 23, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds

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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

The Dodgers continue to restock the back of their rotation with gambles on injury-prone starters.

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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Happily Everth After

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R.J. Anderson

The quiet Orioles make a little noise, while elsewhere relievers and zombies are signing.

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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First

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R.J. Anderson

How Houston benefitted from the top waiver spot.

Jeff Luhnow knows the value in picking first. Since usurping Ed Wade in December 2011 as the Astros general manager, Luhnow has batted leadoff in each of the three drafts he's supervised—a streak assured to end in June, when Houston selects second (compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken) and fifth. By then, Luhnow ought to be accustomed to choosing later than normal. That's because, for the first time in his tenure, the Astros will enter the season without the top waiver priority.

While official statistics aren't kept on such things, a dig through past game logs reveals the Astros entered with a share of the majors' worst record (and first dibs on waived players) in 24 of Luhnow's first 29 months on the job. Luhnow has since flipped 10 pages in his calendar since his team was baseball's worst, but the point remains: He understands the benefits in serving as the gatekeeper of the waiver wire better than any active GM does.

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