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06-03

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Draft Day
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Joe Sheehan

01-15

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The Daily Prospectus: The Colon Trade
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Jonah Keri

01-07

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The Daily Prospectus: Depreciation Madness
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Derek Zumsteg

01-02

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The Daily Prospectus: The Yankees are Out of Control
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Derek Zumsteg

12-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Knowing What's Important
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Ryan Wilkins

12-03

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The Daily Prospectus: Thome and Foulke
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Derek Zumsteg

11-22

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The Daily Prospectus: Balanced Lineups Redux
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Keith Woolner

11-18

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The Daily Prospectus: The Big Trade
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Dave Pease

11-15

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The Daily Prospectus: Strange Days
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Dave Pease

11-14

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The Daily Prospectus: Things To Do in the Off-Season When You're Bored
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Derek Zumsteg

11-06

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The Daily Prospectus: It's a Dry Heat
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Jonah Keri

10-30

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The Daily Prospectus: Where Have You Gone, Enn Raudsepp?
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Jonah Keri

10-28

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The Daily Prospectus: Prospectus Potpourri
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Dave Pease

10-15

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The Daily Prospectus: A Fan's Guide to the Series
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Derek Zumsteg

10-07

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The Daily Prospectus: Defending the Bandwagon
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Jonah Keri

10-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Ripoff Tickets + Bad Channels = MLB Playoffs
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Derek Zumsteg

10-03

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: The Shea Hillenbrand Quandary
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Jonah Keri

09-27

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The Daily Prospectus: Don't Fear the Strikeout
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Dave Pease

09-20

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The Daily Prospectus: Wait For It
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Gary Huckabay

09-18

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The Daily Prospectus: Bud and Carl: Visionaries?
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Gary Huckabay

09-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Focus
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Gary Huckabay

09-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Focus
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Gary Huckabay

09-09

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The Daily Prospectus: A Look at the Pitching Numbers
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Michael Wolverton

09-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Back From a Long Weekend
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Gary Huckabay

08-28

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The Daily Prospectus: I've Never Seen So Much Rain
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Gary Huckabay

08-27

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The Daily Prospectus: Administrivia
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Gary Huckabay

08-26

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The Daily Prospectus: Two Hours of Rambling
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Gary Huckabay

08-26

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The Daily Prospectus: Two Hours of Rambling
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Gary Huckabay

08-21

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The Daily Prospectus: Notes from Around the Majors
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Gary Huckabay

08-20

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The Daily Prospectus: Slag You Very Much
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Gary Huckabay

08-16

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The Daily Prospectus: The Day in Labor Quotes
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Gary Huckabay

08-13

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The Daily Prospectus: Dateless and Thrilled About It
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Gary Huckabay

08-09

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The Daily Prospectus: Breaking the Keyboard
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Joe Sheehan

08-08

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The Daily Prospectus: Random Thoughts
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Joe Sheehan

08-07

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The Daily Prospectus: Optimism
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Joe Sheehan

08-07

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The Daily Prospectus: Optimism
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Joe Sheehan

08-06

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The Daily Prospectus: Eight Teams, Two Spots, One Column
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Joe Sheehan

08-06

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The Daily Prospectus: Eight Teams, Two Spots, One Column
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Joe Sheehan

08-05

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The Daily Prospectus: Flushing $32 Million
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Joe Sheehan

08-02

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The Daily Prospectus: Angels, Umpires and Legends
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Joe Sheehan

08-01

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The Daily Prospectus: Bullet the White Screen
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Joe Sheehan

07-31

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The Daily Prospectus: Fraud
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Joe Sheehan

07-29

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The Daily Prospectus: A Late Pick-Me-Up
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Joe Sheehan

07-26

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The Daily Prospectus: Time to Go, Kenny
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Joe Sheehan

07-24

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The Daily Prospectus: Splorg
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Joe Sheehan

07-23

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The Daily Prospectus: Your Attention, Please...
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Joe Sheehan

07-19

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The Daily Prospectus: The Other Side?
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Dave Pease

07-18

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The Daily Prospectus: Leverage
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Joe Sheehan

07-17

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The Daily Prospectus: Back Into the Gap
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Joe Sheehan

07-16

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The Daily Prospectus: Ten Days, One Column
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Joe Sheehan

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June 3, 2003 11:03 pm

The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Draft Day

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Joe Sheehan

(Ed. note: The following is a reprint of an article that ran one year ago, on the day of the 2001 draft.] Right now, 30 major-league organizations are making decisions that will impact the success of their franchise over the next few years, and in some cases, for a decade or more. Unlike the football and basketball versions, though, the annual draft of young talent doesn't receive national television coverage or make men with good hair and strong opinions famous and wealthy.

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January 15, 2003 9:43 pm

The Daily Prospectus: The Colon Trade

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Jonah Keri

Today's Expos trade of Bartolo Colon and Quadruple-A infielder Jorge Nunez for Orlando Hernandez, Jeff Liefer, Rocky Biddle and an undisclosed amount of cash in a three-way deal with the White Sox and Yankees caps a two-month circus that's left fans of the Expos and plenty of other teams nauseous. The Yankees dealt Hernandez and $2 million cash to get righty set-up man Antonio Osuna and Triple-A pitcher Delvis Lantigua.

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January 7, 2003 9:48 pm

The Daily Prospectus: Depreciation Madness

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Derek Zumsteg

Of the many, many dumb things in the United States tax code, there's a provision that allows teams to write off the salaries of players when they acquire the team on a limited schedule as depreciation. It's an easy, fun way for them to show massive losses while they make tons and tons of delicious cash money. The write-off lasts five years, and then you sell the team for its increased value and find something else to do, like buy an arena football team, or make a nuisance of yourself in another sport.

Of the many, many dumb things in the United States tax code, there's a provision that allows teams to write off the salaries of players when they acquire the team on a limited schedule as depreciation. It's an easy, fun way for them to show massive losses while they make tons and tons of delicious cash money. The write-off lasts five years, and then you sell the team for its increased value and find something else to do, like buy an arena football team, or make a nuisance of yourself in another sport.

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January 2, 2003 9:59 pm

The Daily Prospectus: The Yankees are Out of Control

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Derek Zumsteg

When we got our new collective bargaining agreement this season, I figured the results would be predictable: dumb teams would remain dumb and squander their new money, smart teams without money would do better, smart teams with lots of money would do a bit worse. I figured the Yankees might do one of two things. They could tone things down a little. With the free agent winter, they could easily spend much less on the supporting cast and save a lot by not exceeding the salary cap as greatly. It looked like they were headed this way, throwing little fits over hours of elevator operations, making big deals out of little cuts.

When we got our new collective bargaining agreement this season, I figured the results would be predictable: dumb teams would remain dumb and squander their new money, smart teams without money would do better, smart teams with lots of money would do a bit worse.

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December 4, 2002 10:07 pm

The Daily Prospectus: Knowing What's Important

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Ryan Wilkins

Among the numerous feats Bill James accomplished as an analyst in the 1980s, his greatest achievement was the way in which he legitimized the importance of minor-league batting statistics. Where once the remark "Yeah, but just because he hits in the minors doesn't mean that he'll hit in the majors" was an accepted, unchallenged claim, James' work on the subject proved decidedly otherwise--eventually spawning an industry of minor-league analysis that still flourishes to this day.

Among the numerous feats Bill James accomplished as an analyst in the 1980s, his greatest achievement was the way in which he legitimized the importance of minor-league batting statistics. Where once the remark "Yeah, but just because he hits in the minors doesn't mean that he'll hit in the majors" was an accepted, unchallenged claim, James' work on the subject proved decidedly otherwise--eventually spawning an industry of minor-league analysis that still flourishes to this day.

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December 3, 2002 10:14 pm

The Daily Prospectus: Thome and Foulke

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Derek Zumsteg

The price of loyalty is $22 million and an extra year. The two contracts Jim Thome agonized over between turkey and potatoes were Cleveland's five-year, $60 million deal, plus a vesting option year, and the contract he took, which started with six years for $82 million plus a vesting option year.

The price of loyalty is $22 million and an extra year. The two contracts Jim Thome agonized over between turkey and potatoes were Cleveland's five-year, $60 million deal, plus a vesting option year, and the contract he took, which started with six years for $82 million plus a vesting option year.

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Soon after yesterday's installment of "Aim For The Head" appeared on the web site, my e-mail starting getting reader comments.

Soon after yesterday's installment of "Aim For The Head" appeared on the web site, my e-mail starting getting reader comments like the following:

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The 17th installment of Joe Sheehan's excellent newsletter appeared in my inbox last night, and it featured analysis of the big, weird Rockies-Marlins-Braves deal that was hinted at last week and finally agreed upon--pending approval from the commissioner's office--this weekend. In analyzing the deal, Joe puts the Rockies in the winner's column and gives the Marlins a goose egg.

The 17th installment of Joe Sheehan's excellent newsletter appeared in my inbox last night (drop Joe some email if you're interested in subscribing), and it featured analysis of the big, weird Rockies-Marlins-Braves deal that was hinted at last week and finally agreed upon--pending approval from the commissioner's office--this weekend. In analyzing the deal, Joe puts the Rockies in the winner's column and gives the Marlins a goose egg. Here's an excerpt from the Marlins section:

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Let's say you're a pitcher of some repute, and you're making mad cash at the front end of a long-term contract. You signed with a mediocre team that plays in a hostile environment as part of Revision 12 of that team's ongoing quest to solve the riddle of their home field.

Let's say you're a pitcher of some repute, and you're making mad cash at the front end of a long-term contract. You signed with a mediocre team that plays in a hostile environment as part of Revision 12 of that team's ongoing quest to solve the riddle of their home field. You started off your first year strong, but opposing batters have been teeing off on you for the last 15 months or so, to the tune of:

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Like me, you may find yourself adrift after the World Series. In my case, I fell asleep on my kayak in McCovey Cove at some point during game 5 and are now stranded on a small island in the Pacific, filing stories on the last of your laptop power and sending them into the home office via coconut satellite. For most fans, though, the feeling comes from this boring period before spring training, when we're supposed to speculate endlessly on whether or not Tony Clark will get a minor-league invite or not, and twiddle our thumbs waiting for Baseball Prospectus 2003 to come out.

Like me, you may find yourself adrift after the World Series. In my case, I fell asleep on my kayak in McCovey Cove at some point during game 5 and are now stranded on a small island in the Pacific, filing stories on the last of your laptop power and sending them into the home office via coconut satellite. For most fans, though, the feeling comes from this boring period before spring training, when we're supposed to speculate endlessly on whether or not Tony Clark will get a minor-league invite or not, and twiddle our thumbs waiting for Baseball Prospectus 2003 to come out. We're here to help, with this handy list of what fans can do to tide themselves over before being blinded by the bliding optimism of this year's Expos chapter.

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Mark Teixeira's for real. OK, you probably didn't me to tell you that. The Rangers' superstar third base prospect has terrorized pitchers every step of his amateur and pro careers. But did you know Adam Morrissey has one of the quickest swings you'll ever see? That Kevin Cash's defense may be even better than you've heard? That Luke Hudson could help push the Reds to the top of the NL Central in 2003? You would if you headed out to Phoenix for the Arizona Fall League season.

Mark Teixeira's for real. OK, you probably didn't me to tell you that. The Rangers' superstar third base prospect has terrorized pitchers every step of his amateur and pro careers.

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When I was little, I thought sportswriters had the coolest job in the world. I couldn't wait to grow up to become a baseball beat writer, or the next great writer for Sports Illustrated, or an author who could talk about cool stuff like the 1927 Yankees. I wanted to be them. I hate myself now for thinking that way.

When I was little, I thought sportswriters had the coolest job in the world. I couldn't wait to grow up to become a baseball beat writer, or the next great writer for Sports Illustrated, or an author who could talk about cool stuff like the 1927 Yankees. I wanted to be them.

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