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04-16

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The Lineup Card: Eight Notable Early-Season Injuries
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04-09

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The Lineup Card: Seven Memorably Misleading April Performances
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04-02

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The Lineup Card: 10 Headlines for 2014
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03-26

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The Lineup Card: 10 Players Whose Seasons We're Excited About
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03-19

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The Lineup Card: 11 Spring Training Performances We Sort of Believe In
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03-12

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The Lineup Card: 11 of Our Favorite Offseason Moves
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03-05

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The Lineup Card: 11 of Our Least-Favorite Offseason Moves
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02-26

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The Lineup Card: Nine Players We Expect to Improve in 2014
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02-19

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The Lineup Card: Eight Players We Expect to Decline in 2014
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02-12

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The Lineup Card: Ten Prospects Who Could Make Cases for Call-Ups This Spring
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02-05

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The Lineup Card: Eight of the Least Interesting Spring Training Storylines
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01-30

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The Lineup Card: Nine Moves that Teams Still Need to Make
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01-22

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The Lineup Card: Ten Late-Offseason Moves That Made a Difference
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01-15

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The Lineup Card: Twelve Non-MLB Athletes We'd Like to See Playing Baseball
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01-08

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The Lineup Card: Seven Pioneers Worthy of Hall of Fame Induction
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01-02

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The Lineup Card: Six New Year's Resolutions
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12-27

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Baseball Player Idiosyncrasies
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12-18

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The Lineup Card: 13 Trade Offers for Mike Trout
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12-11

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our First Front Office Hires
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12-05

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The Lineup Card: Seven Trade Ideas for the Winter Meetings
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11-27

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The Lineup Card: 8 Unfulfilled Rumors From Last Year's Hot Stove
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11-20

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The Lineup Card: 10 Free Agents Who Are Likely to Be Overpaid
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11-13

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The Lineup Card: 12 Free Agents Who Are Likely to Be Bargains
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11-07

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The Lineup Card: 12 Items That Tell the Story of the 2013 Season
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10-30

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The Lineup Card: 15 Things We Were Wrong About This Year
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10-23

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The Lineup Card: 12 Moves That Helped the Cardinals and Red Sox Win the Pennants
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10-16

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The Lineup Card: 11 Postseason Ads, Slogans, and Theme Songs That Are Still Stuck in Our Heads
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10-09

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The Lineup Card: 8 Memorable Manager Decisions in the Playoffs
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10-02

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The Lineup Card: Ten Players Who Could Back into World Series Rings
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09-25

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Moments Involving Retiring Players
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09-19

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Base Stealers, Stolen Bases, and Caught Stealings
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09-11

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The Lineup Card: Eight of Our Favorite WTF Pitching Performances
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09-05

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The Lineup Card: Ten Things We'll Be Watching in September
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08-28

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The Lineup Card: Ten Position Players We Would Like to See Pitch
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08-22

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The Lineup Card: 11 Plays for Which We Wish We'd Had Instant Replay Review
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08-14

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Pitcher Conversions
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08-07

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The Lineup Card: Nine of the Worst Baseball Clichés
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08-01

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The Lineup Card: Eight World Series Teams that Faded Quickly
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07-24

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The Lineup Card: Ten of Our Favorite Defensive Plays of 2013
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07-17

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The Lineup Card: Nine Second-Half Storylines
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07-11

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The Lineup Card: Ten of Our Personal All-Stars
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07-03

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The Lineup Card: 8 Things We Learned in the First Half
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06-26

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The Lineup Card: 10 Hollywood Endings for Major-League Teams
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06-19

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The Lineup Card: 8 Potential Buyers at the Trade Deadline
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06-12

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The Lineup Card: 9 Favorite Extra-Inning Games
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06-06

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The Lineup Card: 9 Hot/Cold Starts We Don't Think Will Last
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05-30

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The Lineup Card: Making the Case for Harper, Machado, or Trout
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05-22

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The Lineup Card: 7 Baseball Firsts We Expect to See in Our Lifetimes
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05-15

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The Lineup Card: 10 Interesting Excerpts from Scouting Reports
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05-08

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We've Learned So Far
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These ailments could play a significant role in this year's divisional and wild card races.

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These players and teams led us astray in the early going in years past.

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The staff previews some of the major storylines of the coming year.

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The staff can't wait to see what these hitters and pitchers have in store in 2014.

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March numbers are often meaningless, but we can't help but wonder if these standout efforts might carry over into the regular season.

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The BP staff recounts some of the winter's best transactions and decisions.

 

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The BP staff recounts some of the winter's worst transactions and decisions.

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Our candidates to break out or bounce back this season.

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The staff believes these players will struggle to repeat their 2013 campaings.

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Young players who could show that they're big league ready in exhibition action.

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You'll hear these things throughout February and March—probably more often than you should.

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Our staff identifies holes that teams might want to address as spring training approaches.

1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Mid-rotation starter/Bring back A.J. Burnett
Last year was, by any metric, a magical season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had stars, they had character, and most importantly, they finally had the record to contend with the perennially, annoyingly great Cardinals. But if they want their romance with the MLB postseason to last more than one frustrating date, they need to do something about their rotation, and fast.

A.J. Burnett was the team’s rock last year, eating up 191 innings with All-Star caliber pitching. But the 37-year-old Burnett, a free agent this offseason, has wavered between resigning with the Bucs and calling it quits altogether. Contract talks have gone silent of late, so there’s no telling when this issue will get resolved. If Burnett does decide to retire, the Pirates’ options are severely limited: Masahiro Tanaka is now off the market, and the best remaining arms—Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez—both cost a compensatory draft pick. (With the team’s recent track record of developing talent, that pick figures to be a huge obstacle to any potential deal.)


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