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Wednesday, August 1

Premium Article Future Shock: The Midseason Top 50 Prospects

by Kevin Goldstein

Kevin Goldstein re-ranks the game's top prospects based on their performances to date.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Rarified Air: The Top 10 Prospects in the Minors

by Jason Parks

Jason tries his hand at his own top prospect list, with rankings and commentary.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Trade Deadline Non-Transaction Analysis

by Colin Wyers

Some deadline deals that were rumored to have been discussed didn't end up happening. Colin attempts to figure out why each one fizzled.

Premium Article Sobsequy: What We Learned About the Deadline

by Adam Sobsey

With one deadline under the new CBA behind us, can we say anything about what we'll see from future July 31sts?

Premium Article Future Shock: Ranking The Traded Prospects

by Kevin Goldstein

Kevin ranks all 43 prospects traded during the month of July.

The Lineup Card: Seven August Moves that Mattered

Baseball Prospectus

The trade deadline has come and gone, but sometimes impact deals can come during the waiver trade period.

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Remain Calm, All is Well in Minnesota

by Michael Bates

The Twins are the type of team that usually sells aggressively at the deadline, but they stood pat. Why?

Premium Article Punk Hits: Bauer Pop

by Ian Miller

A Modest Proposal for Preventing Trevor Bauer's Poor Taste in Music from Being a Burden on His Pitching Performance

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Relievers for 8/1/12

by Dan Mennella

Only one closer was traded at yesterday's deadline, but there are still plenty of situation's in flux in this week's VP.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, August 1

by Corey Dawkins

Ryan Sweeney finds that the best remedy to not being traded is punching a wall... and getting injured.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 1

by Matthew Kory

The Nationals' lead over the Phillies shrinks.

BP Unfiltered: Franklin Morales, Proven Closer

by Sam Miller

Franklin Morales gets the stupidest save.

BP Unfiltered: Why Nobody Sits Next to This Guy

by Sam Miller

A wild pitch costs a man his beer.

BP Unfiltered: Two Players You Haven't Seen Since 2007

by Ben Lindbergh

Lew Ford and Ray Olmedo are back in the major leagues. Yes, that Lew Ford and that Ray Olmedo.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 11: Train Crossing

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam reevaluate the NL West after the deadline and take stock of this season's converted starters.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Domonic Brown

by Kevin Goldstein

What to expect from Domonic Brown in the big leagues? It's a bit of a mystery.

What You Need to Know: Wednesday, August 1

by Daniel Rathman

Just a few months after being dumped by the Yankees, A.J. Burnett is shining for the Pirates.

Tuesday, July 31

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Dempster Doesn't Turn Blind Eye to Texas

by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein

The Texas Rangers slip into the bidding for Ryan Dempster and come away victorious.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Deadline Madness UPDATED

by R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein, Ben Lindbergh and Colin Wyers

The Pirates snag Gaby Sanchez, the Reds acquire Jonathan Broxton, and other assorted deals.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Giants Counter Dodgers, Acquire Pence

by Kevin Goldstein and R.J. Anderson

The Phillies keep dealing outfielders, sending Hunter Pence to San Francisco.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Victorino Dons Dodger Blue

by Kevin Goldstein and Sam Miller

The Dodgers acquire some much-needed outfield help for the stretch run.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm UPDATED AGAIN

by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein

The Cubs deal backstop Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers while sending Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Snider and Lincoln Change Scenery, LA Adds League, and Thames Joins the M's

by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

The Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates, and Dodgers get to wheeling and dealing before the deadline.

Premium Article Western Front: Where Has Upton's Power Gone?

by Geoff Young

Justin Upton has suffered a major power outage this year, but is there a root cause for his season-long blackout?

Baseball ProGUESTus: How to Root for Your Team's Recently Acquired Rent-a-Player

by Josh Worn

In some cases, getting attached to your team's newest player requires extra effort. Josh is here to help.

Premium Article Bizball: Inefficiency Becoming the Norm with Veteran Contract Extensions

by Maury Brown

A look at the growing trend of huge free agent contracts.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12

by Michael Street

With his Value Pick roster all having good weeks, Michael adds another VP while looking at the roster shakeups from last week's trades and injuries among corner infielders.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, July 31

by Corey Dawkins

Adam Lind and Joe Thatcher are forced to the DL.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, July 31

by Matthew Kory

The Rangers no longer have the AL's best run differential, and may not have the AL West's best run differential for long.

BP Unfiltered: Trends.

by Sam Miller

Trending today.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 30

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for July 30: Kendrys Morales has a night only two people have had before, Rajai Davis sprints home.

Wezen-Ball: William Saroyan Writes to LIFE Magazine

by Larry Granillo

Pulitzer prize-winning playwright William Saroyan cared enough about the beauty of baseball to write into LIFE Magazine in 1954.

What You Need to Know: Tuesday, July 31

by Daniel Rathman

The Angels are making a strong statement in the AL West; will the Rangers and A's respond?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 10: Splash

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether the Orioles should be buyers and what teams mean when they dub a prospect "untouchable."

BP Unfiltered: The Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread UPDATED

Baseball Prospectus

Updated with links to the latest trade deadline transaction analysis.

Monday, July 30

108 Stitches: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Trade Deadline

by Dan Evans

BP's resident former GM explains what the deadline is like for the people pulling the trigger on trades.

Premium Article Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

by Kevin Goldstein

This weekend featured some outstanding play from a guy desperately needing a change of scenery, and a guy who shouldn't get too used to his.

Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: The Midsummer Replacement-Level Killers, Part II

by Jay Jaffe

Which players' sluggish seasons are dragging their contending teams down?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Oakland A's and Getting Past Windows

by Sam Miller

Should teams that aren't expected to contend really always be sellers?

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Seven Minutes of Terror

by Russell A. Carleton

What happens to closers when they don't know a save situation is coming?

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/30/12

by Josh Shepardson

Chris Iannetta, George Kottaras, and Steve Lombardozzi get examined in this week's VP.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Rating the Fantasy Impact of the Weekend's Transactions

by Derek Carty

With a new round of trades, Derek looks at the fantasy implications for these players and the players around them.

The Week in Quotes: July 23-29

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

Running through the notable notes and quotes of the week that was.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Monday, July 30

by Corey Dawkins

Trevor Plouffe's magical season has hit a bump in the road.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 30

by Matthew Kory

For all your Jose Altuve needs.

BP Unfiltered: Rex Hudler, Misanthrope

by Sam Miller

Rex Hudler, clubhouses, fist-fights, "Open Season, Baby."

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 29

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for July 29: a walkoff from Anthony Rizzo and Carlos Gomez continues to fly around the bases.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 9: Homer and Marge

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

After a weekend sweep of the Giants by the Dodgers, Ben and Sam size up the NL West and discuss a hot Matt Moore-on-Mike Trout match-up.

What You Need to Know: Monday, July 30

by Daniel Rathman

The Giants and the Dodgers continue to search for upgrades as they are locked atop the NL West standings.

Sunday, July 29

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Astros Cash in Johnson for Prospects

by Kevin Goldstein and R.J. Anderson

Chris Johnson is dealt to Arizona for two former early-round picks.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Kottaras to Oakland

by R.J. Anderson

The A's deal one-time potential closer Fautino de los Santos for catching depth.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Padres Get A Street Deal

by R.J. Anderson

The Padres lock up their successful closer, Huston Street, to a two- or three-year extension.

Saturday, July 28

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Liriano Heads to Rival White Sox

by Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein

The White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano from their division rival, the Minnesota Twins.

BP Unfiltered: Ever Wondered What it Would Be Like to Play Center Field?

by Matthew Kory

Curtis Granderson reminds us playing center field in the majors is hard.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 14: The Next Youkilis

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

A day late but not a dollar short as Jason and Paul discuss 30+ players that you need to know about over the final 11 scoring periods.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Scutaro to San Fran

by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

The Giants help shore up their middle infield by acquiring Marco Scutaro.

BP Unfiltered: Jerry Blevins, Non-Vulture

by Sam Miller

Jerry Blevins benefited from a rarely used allowance in baseball's rule book.

Friday, July 27

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Dipoto Adds Greinke to Ace Collection UPDATED

by R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

A look at the deal sending Zack Greinke to the Angels.

Raising Aces: Violent Trends

by Doug Thorburn

Doug looks at what pitching experts mean when they call a delivery "violent," and why this violence can be inextricable from success.

Pebble Hunting: Where the Pit Would Go If There Was a Pit

by Sam Miller

Someday, somebody will suggest fixing baseball by putting a pit on the field, and we will be prepared.

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Guy With Baseball's Best ERA+ Since 2011

by R.J. Anderson

Looking at the interesting way that an interesting guy has been interestingly great.

The Stats Go Marching In: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Barry Zito's Arm Slot

by Max Marchi

Barry Zito's performance seems to rise and fall along with his arm angle. But is this correlation or causation?

Fantasy Article Weekly Planner: Week 18

by Paul Sporer

This week finds tons of two-start pitchers worth using, so have at it.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Outfield for 7/27/12

by Paul Singman

Jordany Valdespin and Carlos Gomez join the VP ranks this week.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, July 27

by Corey Dawkins

Nick Swisher might not return as quickly as anticipated, and Anthony Swarzak heads to the DL.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 27

by Matthew Kory

Rangers drop 17 spots! No. No, not really.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 26

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for July 26: Starling Marte's stellar start to his career, Carlos Gomez's near-record trot time.

Wezen-Ball: Milwaukee's Nightmare Everlasting

by Larry Granillo

The Brewers seem to be living a horror movie staple this month.

What You Need to Know: Friday, July 27

by Daniel Rathman

Matt Harvey put on a historically good performance in his major-league debut.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 8: Screen Door

by Sam Miller and Ian Miller

Sam and Ian talk about the major-league debut of the Mets' Matt Harvey.

The BP Wayback Machine: What is a Deadline Trade Worth?, Part 1

by Steven Goldman

A look back at each franchise's key mid-season trades, beginning with the Blue Jays.

Thursday, July 26

Premium Article On the Beat: The Marlins' Beaching

by John Perrotto

A new-look OTB pulls back the curtain on the Marlins' fire sale, includes a conversation with Adam Jones, and presents the views of scouts and front-office types.

Premium Article Punk Hits: The Goblins & Gauntlets Monster Manual, MLB Expansion Pack: Position Players, Vol. 1

by Ian Miller

Part two of Ian's epic adventure game.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Upgrading From Nothing

by Ben Lindbergh

The easiest way for contending teams to get better is to start with where they've been worst. Here is where they've been worst.

Premium Article In A Pickle: The Story Of Jason Kendall's Conception

by Jason Wojciechowski

Jason Kendall's career may be over, which leaves only the eulogy.

The Process: When Will We Know Who Won the 10-Player Trade?

by Bradley Ankrom

The youth involved in last week's 10-player trade between the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays means we might have to wait awhile for closure.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Rating the Fantasy Impact of the Week's Trades

by Derek Carty

Derek teases out how league switches, ballpark switches and role-changes will affect your team.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 7/26/12

by Paul Sporer

Carlos Villanueva and Josh Collmenter highlight this week's Value Picks.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, July 26

by Corey Dawkins

It happens like clockwork: A Blue Jay is placed on the disabled list.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, July 26

by Matthew Kory

Whoa, we just noticed some interesting things about each team!

Tater Trot Tracker: Carlos Gomez's Foul Ball Trot, Updated

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for July 25, including Carlos Gomez's trot time on his first inning foul ball.

BP Unfiltered: Mario Guerrero's Scoring Problem

by Geoff Young

Yonder Alonso may not score many runs, but at least he's no Mario Guerrero.

Wezen-Ball: The Willie Mays Trade

by Larry Granillo

A look at how the trade of Willie Mays from the Giants to the Mets actually happened.

BP Unfiltered: Adrian Beltre's Even Bigger Fear

by Ben Lindbergh

Adrian Beltre finally finds something he hates even more than being touched on the top of his head by his teammates.

BP Unfiltered: The Best Trade Rumor Yet

by Ben Lindbergh

The Phillies reportedly offered the Reds a lopsided deal, and the Reds reportedly rejected it.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 7: Duck

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam examine how the Nationals have gone about implementing and publicizing Stephen Strasburg's innings limit and revisit Billy Beane's trades from last winter in light of Oakland's success.

What You Need to Know: Thursday, July 26

by Daniel Rathman

It's time for the Blue Jays to take some action with the struggling Ricky Romero.

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