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12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a Star
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre, Jordan Gorosh, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Bringing the Band Back Together... Again
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Daniel Rathman and Wilson Karaman

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-19

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West
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Doug Thorburn

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the Outlier Curveball
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Jeff Long

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nationals Got
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Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Chris Rodriguez and J.P. Breen

12-18

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Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium
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Chris Mosch

12-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget the Vets
by
Matt Collins

12-18

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Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe
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Zachary Levine

12-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
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Jeff Quinton

12-18

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Moonshot: In Search of Pedro Cerrano
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Robert Arthur

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

12-17

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Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move?
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Chris Mosch

12-17

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The Lineup Card: Unconventional Winners and Losers of the Offseason to Date
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Baseball Prospectus

12-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers
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J.P. Breen

12-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Undervalued NL Starting Pitchers
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Keith Cromer

12-17

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

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce
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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Pitching Backward: Curveballs and Changes
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Jeff Long

12-16

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Ninety-Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers
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Mike Gianella

12-16

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets
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Bret Sayre

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: Should Teams Worry About Lineup Balance?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-15

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The Week in Quotes: December 8-14, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
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Nick Shlain

12-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Surprising Math Teams Use to Value a Compensation Pick
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Jeff Quinton

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Looks Like We May/Det
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Ben Carsley

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-15

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Rule 5 Draft Recap
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Jeff Moore

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Sixty Percent of a Red Sox Rotation
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Andrew Koo

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: All the Fantasy Angles
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J.P. Breen, Mike Gianella, Wilson Karaman, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Remember James Shields?
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Daniel Rathman

12-12

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2015 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Shortening Your Dynasty Rebuild
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J.P. Breen

12-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Miami Marlins
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Ben Carsley

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Dodgers' First Dump
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Craig Goldstein

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Pitchers the Reds Shed
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R.J. Anderson, Zachary Levine and Jordan Gorosh

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Turn Down For Rut
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Santana and Morales, One Year Later
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Sam Miller

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Night the Dodgers Had
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Craig Goldstein and Nick J. Faleris

12-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jose Quintana, Forever Underrated
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Matt Collins

12-11

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Rumor Roundup: Yoenis Cespedes Is Always Good, Fit
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Daniel Rathman

12-11

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Before They Were Prospects
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Todd Gold, Patrick Ebert and David Rawnsley

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More
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R.J. Anderson

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The Padres add another big-name outfielder, sending four prospect to Atlanta in the process, and also bring back an oft-injured arm.



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After trading away both of its catchers in separate deals, San Diego reloaded by acquiring one who can really hit.



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Brian Sabean may have missed out on two of the bigger contributors to the Giants 2014 run, but apparently he's not letting anyone else get away.



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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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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the NL West are broken down.

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Also, Nori Aoki is wandering around with no clear direction or intent; the Rockies want pitching, if you can imagine; and the Red Sox are willing to give up Allen Craig, if you can imagine.

At least three teams still vying for Norichika Aoki
While other lower-tier free agent outfielders, like Nick Markakis and Alex Rios, have already come off the board, Aoki remains available, with multiple clubs hoping to bring him in. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says the Mariners, Orioles, and Reds are “among possibilities” for the left-handed hitter entering his fourth year in the United States.


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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the Outlier Curveball

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Jeff Long

Brandon McCarthy's breaker did different things last year, and so did Brandon McCarthy.

Brandon McCarthy had an interesting season in 2014. He began the year pitching for Arizona, and traditional stats—the 5.01 ERA—implied that he struggled. But his 3.82 FIP suggested his ERA wasn’t telling the whole story. Fast forward to McCarthy’s 90-inning tenure in New York, and analysts around baseball were coming up with explanations for why McCarthy was so improved. After all, he posted a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts while wearing pinstripes. McCarthy’s FIP with New York wasn’t all that much better than it was in the first half, though, as he posted a 3.22 FIP as a Yankee.

The interesting thing about McCarthy is that his peripherals suggest that some of these ups and downs are simply a function of factors beyond his control. After all, his FIPs over the past three seasons are 3.76, 3.75, and 3.55. Those are much more consistent than his ERAs over that same time period (which should surprise nobody), and they indicate that McCarthy is a pretty consistent pitcher, at least as far as the things he controls go.

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Wil Myers headlined the deal, but here's what the other two teams in Wednesday's three-way got.



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December 18, 2014 9:56 am

Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium

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Chris Mosch

The secondary pitching market has little remaining, with a glut in the outfield, the Padres aren't done making moves, and the Blue Jay may look to the Far East to fix their second-base hole.

When the Cubs locked up Jon Lester to a six-year deal last week at the Winter Meetings, the expectation was that would set off a series of signings in the starting pitcher market. There has yet to be much movement in the courtship of either Max Scherzer or James Shields, but things may soon pick up for teams looking for a cheaper alternative:

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December 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget the Vets

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Matt Collins

They might be on the wrong side of 30, but these players can provide a safer return than many hotshot 20-somethings in 2015.

Youth has always dominated the sports landscape, and it’s only getting more prominent. With more and more press being given to the prospects around baseball, it’s becoming even more fun to dream on a player’s potential in hopes of a bright future. Fantasy baseball is no exception to this. In your various drafts, you will always have people who fall in love with a specific name and put them on their team expecting the upside to be hit. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is an important part of anyone’s draft. If you’re going to win your league, you need to take some chances on the upside plays and hope they provide value relative to where they were drafted or what you bid on them. With that being said, you can’t have a roster full of those guys. Balance is an important thing, and sprinkling in some relatively sure things with the potentially great youngsters is important. The problem, of course, is that after the very top-tier, most of these sure things come in the form of aging veterans, guys who you never know when the decline will actually start. The following group of players won’t be the sexiest pickups for your team, but are a good bet for solid production to surround your young, potentially great players.

Note that these write-ups are for 2015 only. Obviously things change significantly for those of you in dynasty and keeper leagues.

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December 18, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe

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Zachary Levine

Why the Padres taking on a high-risk veteran like Matt Kemp and the Dodgers playing it safe with Yasmani Grandal makes perfect sense.

When you're the Padres, relaxed in an offseason hibernation that dates back several color schemes, your first splash of the offseason isn't supposed to look like the Matt Kemp trade.

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December 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

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Jeff Quinton

A trio of studs compensates for the defending champs' barren farm system.

Champions of baseball, collection of various fantasy baseball talents. We all know the headliners: Posey, Pence, and Bumgarner. Beyond that, there is an unresolved third base role to go along with a lot of veterans and role players. The only interesting 25-or-under talents other than Bumgarner are Joe Panik and Andrew Susac, and interesting is being used liberally here. The Giants minor-league system is even less interesting for fantasy purposes. Anyhow, it is often the boring, the old hat, the suboptimal that gets overlooked in fantasy, and it is these very players that can turn some of the nicest fantasy baseball profits. Continue reading for analysis.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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