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February 1, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: If I Had My Brothers

by Ben Lindbergh

Surprise: the Upton-inspired brothers-helping-brothers theory has some support in the numbers.

January 25, 2013

Overthinking It: Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2012

by Ben Lindbergh and Evan Brunell

What the managers who were ejected last season said to seal their fates. (Warning: strong language.)

January 18, 2013

Overthinking It: The Craziest Half-Inning in History

by Ben Lindbergh

And how that half-inning happened.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Scurrilous Lie About the WBC

by Ben Lindbergh

Despite what you might have read, the past two WBC tournaments didn't damage pitchers.

January 15, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?

by Ben Lindbergh

Pour one out for Brad Radke and his spiritual descendants.

January 12, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: Bargain Bin Free Agents

by Ben Lindbergh

Most of the impact free agents are off the market, but there are still some potential values available to teams that are willing to dig deep.

January 10, 2013

Overthinking It: Has the Sabermetric Movement Been Bad for Jack Morris?

by Ben Lindbergh

Or is all the campaigning to keep Jack Morris out of the Hall actually making it more likely that he'll get in?

January 3, 2013

Overthinking It: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton

by Ben Lindbergh

What the partisan parts of the internet think Miami's young All-Star outfielder is worth.

December 27, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Bourn to Be ... What?

by Ben Lindbergh

The market for Michael Bourn has been tepid, and there are few teams that provide a natural fit.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Handicapping the Injury-Prone Pitchers of 2013

by Ben Lindbergh

Rich Harden, Scott Kazmir, and Jeremy Bonderman will be back in big-league camps next spring. Which one is the safest best to have something left?

December 23, 2012

Overthinking It: Remembering Ryan Freel

by Ben Lindbergh

Former Reds supersub Ryan Freel committed suicide on Saturday. Why does his death hurt more than most?

December 22, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders

by Ben Lindbergh

Which of last season's contending teams have been least active this offseason, and why?

December 21, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mike Minor Mystery

by Ben Lindbergh

How can we tell whether a player's performance improved because he did something different or because he had better luck?

December 14, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Prospects Who Get Traded

by Ben Lindbergh

Teams know their own prospects best, so should it be a red flag if they're willing to trade a top one? History suggests it is so.

December 11, 2012

Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows

by Ben Lindbergh

Was the Royals' strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?

December 7, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill

by Ben Lindbergh

What work is still left to be done for some of baseball's playoff contenders?

November 29, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?

by Ben Lindbergh

The top free agent outfielder has a hitting style that should scare teams considering buying his mid-30s.

November 26, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Art of NPB Scouting

by Ben Lindbergh

Forecasting Japanese imports provides particular challenges, which teams will try to adjust for this offseason.

November 20, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded

by Ben Lindbergh

It's a lot of fun to talk about Justin Upton being traded, which might be why reporters talk about it so much, and it might be why Kevin Towers talks about it so much.

November 19, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: All Quiet on the Free Agent Front

by Ben Lindbergh

Despite many factors pointing toward increased spending, baseball's salaries haven't seemed much more inflated this winter.

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