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Tuesday, November 13

Overthinking It: The 50-Run Receiver

by Ben Lindbergh

Is Jose Molina a stealth MVP candidate? Ben looks for photographic evidence.

Premium Article Prospect Debate: Who Are the Rockies' Top and Fifth-Ranked Prospects?

by BP Prospect Staff

The BP prospect staff debates Trevor Story vs. David Dahl and Will Swanner vs. a trio of competitive prospects.

Premium Article Punk Hits: Scouting the Arizona Fall League: Off-the-Field Edition

by Ian Miller

Ian watches the people who watch.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market

by Matthew Kory

If an expansion team with a Yankees budget wanted to build a team out of this year's free agents, what would it look like?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, November 13

by Daniel Rathman

Torii Hunter and Jonny Gomes might soon have new homes, and Michael Pineda might pitch for the Yankees... eventually.

Premium Article Western Front: Three Days in the Desert, Part 2

by Geoff Young

While at the SABR AFL Conference, Geoff takes in the Rising Stars Game, sees Billy Hamilton run, and finds a few other intriguing prospects.

Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult

by Maury Brown

A look at the ten most likely places for a new MLB club

Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back

by Sahadev Sharma

After being written off as a useful asset in 2011, Alfonso Soriano unexpectedly assumed an important role for the Cubs in 2012. How did it happen?

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Dominic Smith

by Nick J. Faleris

The first installment of a daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 12

by Jason Martinez

Notes from the AFL as the rest of the leagues were off on Monday.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Monday, November 12

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Trevor Story tops a list of prospects with realistic major-league potential.

Baseball Therapy: Assessing the Risk: Hamilton, Greinke, and Mental Health

by Russell A. Carleton

BP's clinical psychologist brings his experience and expertise to bear in evaluating the impact of Zack Greinke's and Josh Hamilton's mental health histories on their on-field futures.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: How Many MVP Votes Will Ryan Braun Lose?

by Sam Miller

If the BBWAA doesn't select Ryan Braun as NL MVP, should we blame PED payback?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, November 12

by Daniel Rathman

Updates on a couple of catchers, and a look at the market for Melky Cabrera.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The One Where David Ross Got a Two-Year Deal

by R.J. Anderson

Boston signs a part-time catcher, while the Dodgers spend more money to get bidding rights for Hyun-jin Ryu.

Premium Article Collateral Damage: 2012 Year-End Injury Summary: AL Central

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

The White Sox are usually one of the industry's injury-prevention leaders, but they were surpassed by a division rival in 2012.

The Week in Quotes: November 5-11

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

The notable quotes of the week that was.

Wezen-Ball: "Skyfall" and Baseball's Golden Age

by Larry Granillo

The newest James Bond movie offers a reminder that things today really can be better than the golden age we remember.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 9-11

by Jason Martinez

Notes on players in the AFL, DWL, and PRBL.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: The Value Picks We Got Right

by Derek Carty

Derek reviews his pre-season value picks and finds his greatest hits and misses.

Friday, November 9

Internet Baseball Awards: American League

by Dave Pease

The AL results of the 21st-annual Internet Baseball Awards are in, and the big winner is as old as the IBAs are.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, November 9

by Daniel Rathman

Nick Swisher is a hot commodity on the free-agent market, the Phillies are scouring the market, and the Cubs might be looking for international help.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Maicer Gets the Cheese

by R.J. Anderson

The Blue Jays sign Maicer Izturis, and the Mets break up with Jason Bay.

Pebble Hunting: 17 Teams That Would Have Won the World Series if Not for Jason Bay

by Sam Miller

Jason Bay could have easily accepted the Red Sox' offer back in 2009. What would have happened if he had?

Premium Article Prospect Push: Scouting the Sixth Tool

by Jason Churchill

Makeup may not be one of the 'five tools' but many talent evaluators consider it as important as anything. Scouting it presents challenges.

Premium Article Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Pedro Martinez

by Doug Thorburn

Pedro's flawless repetition made his unparalleled career possible.

Head Games: Free Agents Looking for Financial Love

by Will Woods

Four free agents go online dating.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 23: The AFL Recap

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

If you love prospects and want to hear them interviewed, you'll love this episode!

Wezen-Ball: Stoney's Unbelievable Feat

by Larry Granillo

In 1907, Stoney McGlynn claimed to have accomplished a rare feat. But did it really happen?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 8

by Jason Martinez

Notes on players in the AFL, VWL, and PRBL.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 80: Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether Josh Hamilton could end up signing a reasonable contract after all and talk about whether the Yankees can commit to and compete despite their goal to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

Premium Article Collateral Damage: 2012 Year-End Injury Summary: NL Central

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

One team known for military training techniques does surprisingly well when it comes to injuries.

The BP Wayback Machine: Fresh Blood

by Nate Silver

Is the recent wave of hirings of rookie managers really something new? As Nate wrote eight years ago, it might just be cyclical.

Thursday, November 8

Premium Article Manufactured Runs: What the Recent Trend Toward Inexperienced Managers Means

by Colin Wyers

The Rockies and Marlins recently hired managers without any prior major-league managerial experience, and they're not the only teams to do it. Colin explains it all.

Prospect Debate: Who is the Cubs' Top Prospect?

by BP Prospect Staff

Albert Almora earned the top spot on the Cubs' Top 10, but not before the prospect team discussed some other options.

Overthinking It: Why Nobody Gets Caught Stealing

by Ben Lindbergh

Catchers can't throw anyone out anymore. Why is that, and should we be worried?

Premium Article On the Beat: The All-Major League Baseball Team

by John Perrotto

Sure, there's an All-Star team--two of them, even--but those don't compare to the OTB All-MLB team.

Premium Article In A Pickle: The Two Towers

by Jason Wojciechowski

Does a change of cities change a General Manager's tendencies?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, November 8

by Daniel Rathman

Yasmani Grandal is nailed with a suspension, and the Indians and Diamondbacks could be opening shop soon.

Prospect Profile: Gary Brown

by Hudson Belinsky

Is Brown still San Francisco's center fielder of the future? Only if his hit tool plays, which many aren't convinced of.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 7

by Jason Martinez

Notes on prospects in the Arizona Fall League, Dominican Winter League, and Venezuelan Winter League.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 79: Are Teams Becoming More Willing to Trade Their Young Players?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether recent events and rumors portend more young players on the move, and why.

Wednesday, November 7

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Cubs' high-ceiling bats will get the most attention, but their system goes deep with high-ceiling arms, too.

Pebble Hunting: Are GMs Smart or Not Smart?

by Sam Miller

You can't predict baseball, no matter how high-ranking you are.

The Lineup Card: 13 Offseason Needs

Baseball Prospectus

What are some teams' areas of weakness that need filled this winter?

Premium Article Sobsequy: Let Me Qualify That

by Adam Sobsey

What can we conclude from the free agents who did and didn't receive qualifying offers in the first season under the new CBA?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 7

by Daniel Rathman

A retired pitcher considers a comeback, the Rockies come closer to naming a manager, and the Dodgers are interested in every starter.

Premium Article Collateral Damage: 2012 Year-End Injury Summary: AL West

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

The Rangers and Athletics struggle to keep their teams healthy, while the Mariners pulled off a surprisingly clean season.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Rays Go Longish on a Reliever

by R.J. Anderson

The Rays re-up Joel Peralta, the Mariners pick up Scott Cousins

BP Unfiltered: Jason Bay and Evaluating This Offseason's Deals

by Sam Miller

The math of free-agent analysis is simple enough, but gets overwhelmed by the reality.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 6

by Jason Martinez

Notes on 8 minor leaguers playing in the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 78: Quantifying Coaches/Why Some Fielders Look Better Than They Are/How Do We Know What Pitchers Should Weigh?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the importance of coaches, defensive stats, and how we know whether pitchers should gain or lose weight, with guest appearances by Colin Wyers and Doug Thorburn.

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