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Friday, November 16

Premium Article Prospect Debate: Buxton or Sano for Twins Top Prospect?

by BP Prospect Staff

The BP prospect team has its say about the leading candidates for the top spot in the Minnesota system.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Melky Flees To Canada

by Sam Miller

What sort of discount would a team get on Melky Cabrera? Not a massive one.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, November 16

by Daniel Rathman

The Marlins claim there is, indeed, a player they will not trade, the Red Sox are looking to extend Dustin Pedroia, and Ian Kinsler is willing to move off the keystone.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal

by Doug Thorburn

If the Cardinals' high-risk rotation needs help in 2013, can they rely on a pair of pitching prospects to plug the holes?

Collateral Damage: 2012 Year-End Injury Summary: AL East

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

The AL East was a disaster zone for injuries in 2012.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Laird Do Well

by R.J. Anderson

Two teams sign back-up catchers early.

BP Unfiltered: Why Mike Trout Matters

by Russell A. Carleton

The argument over the AL MVP isn't a pointless squabble.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 15

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the AFL and Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 84: Jose Molina and What the Quantification of Catcher Framing Might Mean

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the finding that Jose Molina's receiving was worth 50 runs and talk about what it's implications for baseball might be.

The BP Wayback Machine: What Were They Thinking?

by James Click

A look at some of the more unjustified uses of MVP votes in recent memory.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Garrett Williams

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Thursday, November 15

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

A strong crop coming out of the Appalachian League gives the Twins plenty of high-end talent.

Premium Article On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

What's on Santa's list for the recently-gutted Marlins? Will the Diamondbacks trade Justin Upton to fill multiple voids?

Premium Article In A Pickle: Managing Expectations

by Jason Wojciechowski

Is there a better way to vote for Manager of the Year?

Rumor Roundup: Thursday, November 15

by Daniel Rathman

R.A. Dickey might--or might not--stay with the Mets, the Marlins hold their annual fire sale, and the Braves are honing in on their choice for center field.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: College Outfielders

by Nick J. Faleris

Our 2013 draft preview continues with a look at some of the more interesting collegiate outfield bats.

BP Unfiltered: Daniel Cabrera is Back! (And So is Manny Ramirez)

by Sam Miller

Manny Ramirez homered in his winter league debut.

BP Unfiltered: Single-Number Metrics and MVP Leaderboards

by Sam Miller

Should we?

Wezen-Ball: A Question of Value

by Larry Granillo

Pop quiz time as we get ready to learn the 2012 MVPs.

BP Unfiltered: Has Mariano Rivera's Cutter Rubbed Off on the Rest of the Yankees' Relievers?

by Ben Lindbergh

Can Mariano Rivera's cutter be cloned?

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Reviewing Our 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions

by Derek Carty

Our fantasy guru revisits his 10 bold predictions for the 2012 fantasy season.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 83: Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal's Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 14

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the AFL and Caribbean Winter Leagues.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Christian Jones

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Wednesday, November 14

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Toronto Blue Jays Acquire Most of the Remaining Miami Marlins

by R.J. Anderson, Derek Carty, Jason Parks and Mark Anderson

The Blue Jays pull off the first big blockbuster of the winter, trading for an ace and the last remnants of last offseason's Marlins spending spree.

Internet Baseball Awards: National League

by Dave Pease

The NL results of the 21st-annual Internet Baseball Awards are in, and the winners include a few of the season's best stories.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Never-Ending Torii?

by Sam Miller

The Tigers reportedly sign Torii Hunter to a two-year deal.

Pebble Hunting: The 10 Best Slides: A Slide Show

by Sam Miller

The best and worst slides of the 2012 season, featuring moving images of and jokes about said slides.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Moves Alex Anthopoulos Made Before the Blockbuster

by Ben Lindbergh

Deals like this week's blockbuster are rare for any team. What are the day-in, day-out moves that Alex Anthopoulus has tended to make, and is likely to continue to make, to finish building a contender?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 14

by Daniel Rathman

Dan attempts to prove there were more rumors on the mill than the blockbuster deal between Miami and Toronto.

The Lineup Card: Seven Ways to Get Your Off-Season Baseball Fix

Baseball Prospectus

Baseball is in deep freeze for the winter, but the BP staff has some ways to pass the time until spring.

Premium Article Prospect Profile: Kyle Kaminska

by Kristy Robinson

A special look at Arizona Fall League ERA leader Kyle Kaminska.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Cubs Sign a Dusty Baker

by R.J. Anderson

The Cubs add Scott Baker, who missed the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

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

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

The Phillies' injuries led to their plunge in the team-health rankings.

BP Unfiltered: Baseball's Best Active Streak

by Ben Lindbergh

The Blue Jays acquire the owner of baseball's most impressive active streak.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Brian Ragira

by Nick J. Faleris

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 13

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Arizona Fall League and Caribbean Winter Leagues.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 82: The Marlins-Blue Jays Blockbuster

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam break down the Marlins-Blue Jays trade from every angle, or at least all the angles that occurred to them at the time.

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.

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