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08-03

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The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Houston is Hip to Gomez
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J.P. Breen, Kate Morrison, Christopher Crawford, Brendan Gawlowski, Wilson Karaman and Mike Gianella

07-31

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: ACK! Going to New York!
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Nick Shlain, George Bissell, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Jeff Moore

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Load Up the Station Wagon – We're Heading To L.A.
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Craig Goldstein, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Mike Gianella, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Colin Young

07-29

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Notes from the Field: July 29, 2015
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Brendan Gawlowski, Jeff Moore and Wilson Karaman

07-27

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The Call-Up: Zach Lee
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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

07-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
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Wilson Karaman

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

07-17

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Wilson Karaman

07-13

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The Call-Up: Brian Johnson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-03

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
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Wilson Karaman

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

06-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Wilson Karaman

06-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
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Wilson Karaman

06-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting Buy-Low and Sell-High Pitchers by cFIP and DRA-
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Wilson Karaman

06-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
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Wilson Karaman

06-08

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The Call-Up: Carlos Correa
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

06-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Wilson Karaman

06-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Who Is This Williams Perez?
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Wilson Karaman

06-01

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The Call-Up: Michael Feliz
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Wilson Karaman

05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts
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Wilson Karaman

05-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
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Wilson Karaman

05-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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Wilson Karaman

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hey, So What Happened to Jason Heyward?
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Wilson Karaman

05-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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Wilson Karaman

04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Lorenzen
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Mark Anderson and Wilson Karaman

04-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
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Wilson Karaman

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Stat Line Scouting
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Wilson Karaman

04-10

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
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Wilson Karaman

04-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Bold Predictions
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Wilson Karaman

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: The Last Blockbuster of the Offseason
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Matthew Trueblood, Mark Anderson, Bret Sayre and Wilson Karaman

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Heavy is the Head That Wears the Crown
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Wilson Karaman

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: BP Rankings vs. ADP
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Wilson Karaman

03-25

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Five to Watch: National League Position Battles
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Wilson Karaman

03-18

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Five to Watch: AL Post-Prospects
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Wilson Karaman

03-12

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Five to Watch: National League Starting Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: ADP Underachivers: Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

03-04

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The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

02-26

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Player Profile: Jesse Hahn
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Wilson Karaman

02-24

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Player Profile: Hisashi Iwakuma
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Wilson Karaman

02-20

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The Adjuster: Starting Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

02-17

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Prospectus Feature: Hacking Mass Wrap
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Wilson Karaman

02-12

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The Adjuster: Outfielders
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Wilson Karaman

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Have Big Aims, James
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Russell A. Carleton and Wilson Karaman

02-04

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The Adjuster: Shortstops
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Wilson Karaman

01-30

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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The Adjuster: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

A Richie for the not-so-rich.

The situation: Tampa Bay is still alive in the playoff race despite ranking last in the American League in runs and getting very little production from the DH and first base positions. In hopes of getting more offensive production, they’ll call up Shaffer on Monday to face the White Sox.

Background: Shaffer was an offensive stalwart at the University of Clemson, and after a .336/.480 /.573 junior campaign for the Tigers, the right-handed hitting infielder was selected 25th overall by Tampa Bay in the 2012 MLB Draft. Unfortunately, that offensive prowess was not consistently on display in his first few seasons in the Rays system, as he failed to post an OPS above .760 from 2012-2014. He’s been considerably better in 2015, however, hitting .261/.357/.538 on the year with 23 homers and 45 extra-base hits.

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July 31, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

For the first time in what feels like a very, very long time the upper hand is on the American League’s foot this week. Despite 22 options to the junior circuit’s 19, the picture is far murkier for NL-only managers this week, as a full 16 of those options are at-best guys to consider. By contract more than half of the AL pool is either a straight “start” recommendation or very close to it. This schedule still remains very much subject to change depending on what trades may or may not happen over the rest of the day. It’s worth noting that none of the most prominently discussed potential trade pieces are lined up next week, though any of these two-start options could end up as collateral damage if a rotation gets shuffled to accommodate a deal.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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The Yankees acquire white whale Dustin Ackley, the Pirates bolster their bullpen, and the Giants solidify their rotation with Mike Leake.



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The Dodgers traded for seven players in one three-way trade, including Mat Latos and Alex Wood. Hector Olivera, among others, heads the other way.



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July 29, 2015 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: July 29, 2015

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Brendan Gawlowski, Jeff Moore and Wilson Karaman

Notes on Ketel Marte, Chris Shaw, an an under-the-radar guy you probably ha

Quick Hits: Miguel Andujar (Yankees) is a better athlete than you’d expect by just looking at the body type, busting a 4.17 time down the line despite being on the right side and having a long finish (JM)…Kyle Finnegan (Athletics) generates one of the longest strides you’ll see and gets excellent extension, but his sinker didn’t sink much on Sunday and he was up in the zone en route to getting whacked around by Lancaster (WK)... Carlos Belen (Padres) is one of the youngest players in the NWL and he has some thump in his bat but he swings at everything and his lower half is out of sync with his hands. He’ll be back in the league next year (BG)…Dante Bichette, Jr. has a lot of flaws and few tools, but he does have plus raw power, a swing that’s not afraid to unleash it, and the ability to hit lefties, meaning he’s going to keep getting chances (JM)… Jose Castillo (Padres) is a 19-year-old lefty having a lot of success, but he’s 86-89 with the fastball and surviving on guile (BG)… Melvin Mercedes (Athletics) showed above-average foot speed and a lightning quick transfer filling in for injured Stockton SS Franklin Barreto (WK)... I saw Tyler White (Astros) twice and he crushed everything on the inner half. He has good plate discipline, knows what he can drive, and has an intelligent plan at the plate. If he can cover the outer half of the plate, he’ll be a DH someday (BG).

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July 27, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Zach Lee

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The Dodgers are hoping he's ex-Zach-Lee what they need for the back end of their rotation.

The Situation: The birth of Zack Greinke’s son forced the Dodgers to shuffle their rotation this weekend. Ian Thomas filled in on Friday and was optioned Saturday afternoon to make room for another starter, Zach Lee, who will pitch today against the Mets.

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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

There are a whole lot of options this week and very few surefire ones, which always makes for a muddled and messy period to plan for. Just four of our 45 options are of auto-start quality, though the NL has a relatively deep bench of nice options to run from the tier just below the elites. The AL continues what feels like a season-long trend of featuring mediocre options around its soft middle. A full 13 AL starters lump into the “consider” barrel for reasons ranging from poor matchups to poor talent, and the Red Sox’ mystery Monday night starter may just add to the confusion. We remain short the Rockies’ second option as well, and with two non-Coors starts, there’s the faintest of reasons for intrigue about who will get the call.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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"The left-hander returns home" is what every subhead about this trade said.



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July 17, 2015 1:06 pm

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

After our annual respite for the shortened All-Star-break period, we’re back, baby! This is always one of the more frustrating weeks of the schedule from a planning perspective, as many teams take their sweet time announcing a second-half rotation beyond the first couple of starts. So this list is as complete as I could make it, even after pushing our normal deadline a bit, but as of press time we’re still waiting on schedule confirmations from a litany of teams including Philadelphia and Washington from the NL, and Boston, Detroit, Houston, the Orange County Angels, and Toronto from the AL. I’ll happily address questions about additional guys from those teams in the comments as more information becomes available this weekend.

As far as the nuts-and-bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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July 13, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Brian Johnson

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

The Red Sox turn to their most major-league ready asset to fill yet another rotation hole.

The situation: The Red Sox rotation has been in flux – to put it nicely – all season, but a late surge has the 2013 champions back in the AL East race, and they’ll call up Johnson as an immediate stop-gap while Clay Buchholz hits the disabled list.

Background: Johnson was not only one of the best pitchers on a loaded University of Florida roster, but was also one of their best hitters – and there were some teams who preferred Johnson’s bat. The Red Sox were clearly not one of those teams; taking the southpaw 31st overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s routinely put up impressive pitching totals since, posting a 2.36 ERA with 301 strikeouts in his 320 innings.

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July 3, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Down the stretch (to the All-Star break) they come! It’s fittingly another tale of two leagues for the first half’s final scoring period, as the NL is flush with options while the AL sees a huge logjam of mediocre starters piled up in the “consider” bin. Forty options in all are spread across the table for you this week, with three squads (ARI, BOS, and TEX) playing just five games and running no two-start options, while the Mets continue to work off a six-man rotation.

It’s important to note that this week’s schedule is one of the most fluid of the season and very much subject to change, as teams will invariably shift things around to give guys additional rest heading into the break. Keep your eyes and ears open before setting your lineup for the week!

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