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12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-17

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Daisy Cutter: The Value of Five-Plus Players
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Sahadev Sharma

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One
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Sahadev Sharma

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: The Surprisingly High Price of Nostalgia
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Sahadev Sharma and Nick Shlain

11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Up and Adam
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Daisy Cutter: How To Win
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Sahadev Sharma

11-05

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Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived
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Sahadev Sharma

10-31

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Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria
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Sahadev Sharma

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Second-Inning Struggles
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Sahadev Sharma

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Six Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Daisy Cutter: Oscar Taveras' Wondrous Career
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big
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Sahadev Sharma

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-23

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Daisy Cutter: Cain's Overlooked Arrival
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Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Yost Plays it Right
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Sahadev Sharma

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Puig and Holliday: A Breakdown of Six Strikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Cardinals 10 Dodgers 9
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Sahadev Sharma

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

09-30

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Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

11-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back
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Sahadev Sharma

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
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Sahadev Sharma

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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy

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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

The Royals put their faith in a pitcher coming off a BABIP spike and a pitcher coming off his second Tommy John surgery.



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It can be difficult for two teams to balance the value of a pitcher with his impending free agency.

Over a month ago when now-debunked rumors surfaced that the Cubs and Nationals were interested in a deal that would have sent Jordan Zimmermann to the North Side, I immediately questioned, well, for what, exactly? Sure, Zimmermann is a hugely valuable pitcher, one of the better arms in all of baseball, but there were too many obstacles keeping a (to my mind) sensible deal from happening.

The Nats are coming off a great year and are still on the upswing, expected to be clear leaders for the NL East this season and possibly for some years after that. The Cubs are attempting to build a contender for 2015, but would they really give up some of the best prospects in baseball for one year of control of Zimmermann? It seemed contradictory to everything they’d been working toward over the past few years. And unless the Nats are going to turn around and sign someone like Max Scherzer, they’d likely want someone(s) who could immediately aid them in a potential 2015 World Series run.

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December 15, 2014 12:57 am

Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last

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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

The White Sox continue to upgrade their many positions of doom, signing Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal.

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December 11, 2014 12:05 am

Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One

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Sahadev Sharma

After finishing second in a number of high-end free agent pursuits, the front office lands Jon Lester. That should help them snap another string of disappointing finishes.

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December 9, 2014 12:03 am

Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back

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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

While the world watches Lester, the Cubs fill in the middle of their rotation.

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Will the Twins get anything more than a memory tour from Torii Hunter?

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November 26, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers

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Two years after an anomalous bottoming out came the anomalous career year for baseball's next $100 million free agent.

As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, the Jon Lester rumors are getting as hot as Craig Goldstein’s pie takes. The Cubs have supposedly offered a six-year deal worth more than $135 million, and are willing to go higher. There have been only seven $100-plus million deals handed out to pitchers on the open market since Kevin Brown broke the barrier in 1998, and just two of those pitchers (Brown and Cliff Lee) were past their age-30 seasons when they signed. Add in the fact that there’s never been an offseason in which two free agent pitchers both got nine-figure deals—as Lester and Max Scherzer are poised to do—and it’s shaping up to be a very spendy winter.

Lester provides a really interesting study as to what sort of pitcher, and what sort of career trajectory, is worth this type of money. Why do front offices deem Lester worthy of a deal that’s likely to open so many eyes?

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Up and Adam

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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

The White Sox continue to follow through on their vow to be aggressive this offseason, signing Adam LaRoche to bat in the middle of the order.



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November 17, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: How To Win

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It's so simple. Print, laminate, schedule parade.

Winning at baseball is simple. It really is. I’ve been observing the game for a while and can prove that if you just follow a simple list of instructions, you can’t make a mistake. So here’s my free advice to all front offices in baseball, the perfect script to success. You’re welcome.

Steer clear of big-money free agents
People often talk about the bust rate of prospects, but go take a look at the monster free agents signed every offseason. It’s rare that a team doesn’t regret allocating such a large percentage of its funds to one megadeal within just a few years, if not sooner. The success stories are few and far between—Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez, and Carlos Beltran are among them, but even those came with some bumps, as Ramirez had well publicized makeup concerns and Beltran dealt with multiple injuries. Save your money. It rarely makes sense to handcuff yourself to one player and limit your flexibility to make future moves.


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November 5, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived

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The Cubs have work to do, to be sure, but Joe Maddon's arrival is the clearest sign yet that the next era is here.

Any hopes for a surprise run from the 2014 Cubs didn’t last long. By May, most were already counting down to the inevitable moment that Jeff Samardzija would be moved. However, after the annual trade deadline dump, an event that in previous years had led to a sinking feeling, the atmosphere around the team surprisingly got more optimistic.

Chicago brought up multiple highly regarded prospects over the final few months of the season (Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Kyle Hendricks), and, regardless of how they performed, people who had been hearing so much about these players over the previous few summers finally got to see them in the flesh. Add in that Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jake Arrieta, and a few arms in the bullpen all proved to be major contributors at the big-league level and it’s understandable that doubters were suddenly starting to buy into the turnaround that’s actually been going rather swimmingly (if a little slower than some might have wanted) since Theo Epstein and company came aboard.

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October 31, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria

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Sahadev Sharma

With Joe Maddon unexpectedly available, the Cubs let Rick Renteria go after just one year. How'd he do?

Rick Renteria won’t leave much of a legacy in Chicago. That’s not a knock on the man; he was afforded six months in charge of a sub-.500 roster, so he never really had a chance to leave his mark.

Just a few weeks after President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein assured the media that Renteria would be back for the 2015 season, Joe Maddon surprised the baseball world by exercising a little-known opt-out clause triggered when Andrew Friedman bolted for Los Angeles.

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A strong outing from Yordano Ventura and a rough second inning for the Giants means we all get a Game Seven on Wednesday.

This was never a close game. Yordano Ventura had some control issues that gave the Giants some prime scoring opportunities, but they never converted. The five walks don’t look great, but Ventura allowed just three hits and did the most important thing he could do, which is keep the opponent from crossing home. Add in the fact that he tossed 64 pitches 95 mph or above and had a beautiful tribute to Oscar Taveras, and it really was a nice outing for a young pitcher with a bright future. Other than that, the Royals' seven-run second was the story of the game.

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