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Tuesday, December 4

Premium Article Skewed Left: Could We See a Blank Hall of Fame Ballot in 2013?

by Zachary Levine

The Hall of Fame welcomed three new (but long-deceased) members yesterday. Might the 2013 Cooperstown ceremony lack a living inductee?

On the Beat: Rumblings from Nashville

by John Perrotto

Updates from the Winter Meetings, touching on Alex Rodriguez, R.A. Dickey, James Loney, Aroldis Chapman, the World Baseball Classic, the Blue Jays, the Athletics, and the Royals.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Josh Hamilton and Talking

by Matthew Kory

When you hear a team is talking to Josh Hamilton this month, what does it mean?

Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 4

by Daniel Rathman

Trade talks for R.A. Dickey are heating up, Shane Victorino's value gets a boost, and the Yankees get bad news.

Premium Article Baseball ProGUESTus: Anatomy of a Trade: The 1990 Padres-Blue Jays Blockbuster

by Brent S. Gambill

During the 1990 Winter Meetings, the Padres and Blue Jays made a memorable trade involving Fred McGriff and future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar. Here's how it happened.

Premium Article Prospect Push: On the Brink of Elite

by Jason Churchill

A look at the players most likely to step up into the ranks of elite prospects in 2013.

Scouting the Draft: College Infielders

by Nick J. Faleris

Our 2013 draft preview continues with another crop of college bats.

Premium Article Western Front: Thou Shalt Not Run on Johnny Cueto

by Geoff Young

If Johnny Cueto is on the mound and a runner breaks for second, he is facing an almost-certain outcome.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Boston, Napoli Married

by Sam Miller

The Red Sox get the catcher they wanted two years ago, though he's likely not a catcher any more.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Rangers Ink Soria

by Ben Lindbergh

The Rangers begin filling their bullpen holes by taking a chance on formerly dominant closer Joakim Soria.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Pagan But Not Forgotten

by R.J. Anderson

The Giants re-sign Angel Pagan, the Padres re-sign Jason Marquis.

BP Announcements: BP's New BBWAA Members

by Ben Lindbergh

Joe Hamrahi and Sam Miller are inducted into the BBWAA, and existing member Zachary Levine is now a BP representative.

BP Unfiltered: From the Winter Meetings: An interview with Dodgers President Stan Kasten

by Maury Brown

The public face of the Dodgers now rests with Stan Kasten as their president and co-owner. On Monday we caught up with him at the Winter Meetings and asked him about his new position in LA; how the ownership group was assembled; what Magic Johnson brings to the table, and; how that massive TV deal factors into what the Dodgers do, not only now, but years to come.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Dominic Ficociello

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: The Five Dominican Winter League Prospects Most Likely to Make an Impact in the Majors in 2013

by Jason Martinez

Which Dominican Winter League prospects should we expect to see making major contributions to big-league clubs next season?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 94: The Perplexing Trade Value of R.A. Dickey and Billy Butler

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the trade value of two of the players whose names were most often bandied about in rumors on the first day of the Winter Meetings.

Wezen-Ball: 37 Candidates, 37 (non-PED) Excuses

by Larry Granillo

The 2013 Hall of Fame ballot is out and if you're looking for a non-PED reason to exclude any candidate, start here...

Monday, December 3

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Even after years of promotions, the Royals still have premium talent at nearly all levels.

108 Stitches: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Winter Meetings

by Dan Evans

What goes on at the Winter Meetings, according to a guy who's been going to them for the last 30 years.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: All the Loney People, Where Do They All Belong?

by Ben Lindbergh

The Cubs get Fujikawa, the Rangers re-sign Soto, the Brewers trade for Badenhop and the Rays sign James Loney.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Does the Way the Draft Works Now Hurt Bad Teams?

by Russell A. Carleton

A modest proposal to make the draft more fair, if a little less traditional.

Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan Klesko

by Sam Miller

Somebody's got to make a case for the 11th-best position player in Padres history.

Bizball: Changes to MLB’s Drug Testing Coming After Spike in Testosterone Suspensions

by Maury Brown

A look at the league's evolving approach to PED testing.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, December 3

by Daniel Rathman

Angel Pagan could be the next in line to sign, the Cubs are looking to deal Alfonso Soriano, and Sean Burnett is naming his price.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: All the Non-Tenders

by R.J. Anderson

A wide-ranging collection of big leaguers were set free at the tender deadline.

The Week in Quotes: November 26-December 2

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

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Unfiltered: Brian Cashman Press Conference Highlights UPDATED

by Ben Lindbergh

On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Brian Cashman faced the writers to talk about A-Rod's injury. Here's what he said.

BP Unfiltered: Alex Rodriguez is Injured Again

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees' third baseman marks another square in his game of injured body part bingo.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Adam Frazier

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.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 93: Behind the Scenes of the Blue Jays-Marlins Blockbuster

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss and pick out the most interesting parts of Bob Elliott's article on how the big Blue-Jays Marlins trade went down.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 30-December 2

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

BP Announcements: Winter Meetings Coverage

by Ben Lindbergh

The Winter Meetings kick off on Monday, and BP will be there.

Sunday, December 2

BP Fantasy Podcast: Pop Goes The Weasel - The 3rd Base Episode

by Jason Collette

The fantasy hour or two goes three hours as Jason and Paul dive deep into the hot stove as well as the third base position for 2013.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Bradley vs Barnes)

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.

Saturday, December 1

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Fernandez vs Yelich)

by Nick J. Faleris

Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.

Friday, November 30

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: New Contracts in New York

by R.J. Anderson

The Yankees re-sign Mariano Rivera, the Mets extend David Wright, and the Angels trade Jordan Walden for Tommy Hanson.

Transaction Analysis: Dollar Sign on the Russell

by Sam Miller

The Pirates jump into the Yankees' pool.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, November 30

by Daniel Rathman

Adam LaRoche and Manny Parra could be odd men out, and Ryan Dempster's market could heat up soon.

Premium Article Raising Aces: On the Other Hand

by Doug Thorburn

Don't become so fixated on the throwing arm during that time you forget about what's going on with the glove side.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Nats Finally Get Span

by R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

After seemingly endless rumors linking Denard Span to the Nationals, Washington got its man.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Closing in on Ninth-Inning Men

by Derek Carty

Closers are on the move, and our fantasy guru is around to break down the latest rumblings.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Five Venezuelan Winter League Prospects Most Likely To Make An Impact In the Majors In 2013

by Jason Martinez

The Five Venezuelan Winter League Prospects Most Likely To Make An Impact In the Majors In 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 92: Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss why prospect Alex Meyer isn't the Twins' usual type, then wonder why teams didn't think Russell Martin was worth more than the Pirates paid him.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Ty Ross

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.

The BP Wayback Machine: Take Me Out of the Hall Game

by Jay Jaffe

Why Marvin Miller wanted no part of an invitation to Cooperstown.

Thursday, November 29

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

High-ceiling Xander Bogaerts heads the Red Sox crop.

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.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Whom You Should Bet On if You're Going to Bet on Baseball (Which You Should Never, Ever Do)

by Zachary Levine

Betting on baseball is a bad idea, but some bets are slightly better than others.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, November 29

by Daniel Rathman

Russell Martin has two major suitors, the Angels are shopping a young closer, and Dayton Moore is trying to open some payroll space.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 91: What Will the Braves Get from B.J. Upton?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam break down the Braves' signing of B.J. Upton and discuss the discrepancy between different appraisals of his value.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 28

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

Premium Article In A Pickle: The Men Who Stare at Relievers

by Jason Wojciechowski

A look around the league at bullpen coaches.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Upton Goes to A-Town

by R.J. Anderson

Atlanta takes on plenty of risk but gets Upton's upside.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Travis Demeritte

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 28

Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Adderall

by Russell A. Carleton

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for 25 games after testing positive for Adderall. What was he thinking?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Year in Hustle

by Sam Miller

Determining what a hustle play looks like, and then watching the best ones.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 28

by Daniel Rathman

David Wright disputes reports about the state of his extension talks, the Dodgers are determined to go big for Zack Greinke, and the Red Sox shop a player they traded for less than a year ago.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Reds Lock Down a Closer

by R.J. Anderson

The Cincinnati Reds sign Broxton to a three-year deal, allowing them to move Aroldis Chapman to the rotation.

The Lineup Card: 9 Off-Season Moves That Excited Us Most as Kids

Baseball Prospectus

When the BP staff was young(er), which off-season signings and trades got us giddy?

Premium Article Sobsequy: How to Think Like a Major-League Manager

by Adam Sobsey

You might recognize the way winning managers think: it's the way we think sometimes, too.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Reese McGuire

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.

Wezen-Ball: The SPBA's Short Life

by Larry Granillo

A new league was formed in the winter of 1989 that tried to capture the success of the Senior PGA. It didn't last very long.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of November 27

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 90: The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Adequate Scott!

by R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox sign Gomes, the Angels sign Madson, the Cubs sign Feldman

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