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Tuesday, December 11

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?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 11

by Daniel Rathman

The Phillies could add a bat soon, the Dodgers probably aren't done spending, and information about the lead-up to the Royals-Rays blockbuster is coming to light.

Premium Article Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed

by Geoff Young

The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.

Baseball ProGUESTus: That Holden Caulfield Kind of Crap: The Historicity of the Hall of Fame Debate

by David Roher

Keeping the best players in recent history out of the Hall won't help baseball transcend the so-called Steroid Era.

Premium Article Punk Hits: Why Do We Fear The Beard?

by Ian Miller

On Brian Wilson and the etiquette of being different.

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Matthew McPhearson

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.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/11/12

by Josh Shepardson

BP Fantasy content returns to help with your keeper league decisions.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Struggling Prospects of the Caribbean Winter Leagues

by Jason Martinez

Notes on prospects who are having their struggles at the plate in the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam weigh in on the Rays-Royals trade involving James Shields and Wil Myers a day after the dust settles.

Monday, December 10

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster

by R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks

The Royals get their front-line pitcher, and the Rays get their front-line prospect.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Led by two potential top-of-the-rotation arms, the Pirates' system is one of baseball's most impact-heavy collections of talent.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Phillies Get Young, Old

by R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks sign Brandon McCarthy, the Dodgers ink Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Rangers unload Michael Young and Ryan Ludwick re-ups with the Reds.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Go Big for Greinke

by Sam Miller

The Dodgers signed Zack Greinke to a contract that reflects his ace-like abilities. But does he have ace-like abilities?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, December 10

by Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers could be dealing some starters soon, the Rangers' options are shrinking, and the Yankees will likely be reunited with Ichiro.

Baseball Therapy: Do Closers Age Differently Than Other Relievers?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does the stress of pitching in high-leverage spots wear closers down over time?

The Week in Quotes: December 3-9

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

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Oscar Mercado

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 December 7-9

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 98: Zack Greinke and the Dodgers' Bottomless Bankroll

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the Zack Greinke signing and the Dodgers' astronomical payroll with Mike Petriello of Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness.

Wezen-Ball: The Ron LeFlore Story

by Larry Granillo

A made-for-tv movie from the 1970s told the interesting tale of Detroit Tigers center fielder Ron LeFlore.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: A Manager's Impact on Steals

by Derek Carty

How will a major-league team’s manager affect your fantasy team’s stolen-base totals?

Sunday, December 9

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Correa vs Springer)

by Nick J. Faleris

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

Saturday, December 8

BP Unfiltered: Walking in a Spreadsheet Wonderland

by Colin Wyers

A holiday carol.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Zimmer vs Starling)

by Nick J. Faleris

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

Friday, December 7

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?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Hottest Rumors From Baseball's Winter Meetings in Nashville!

by Sam Miller

These are all rumors from baseball's winter meetings in Nashville. I swear it!

Premium Article Raising Aces: Making the Grade, Part One

by Doug Thorburn

How does Doug decide what grade to give pitchers on their mechanics report cards? Here's a visual guide.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, December 7

by Daniel Rathman

The third-base market has slim pickings, and Josh Hamilton is considering a spin through the Emerald City.

Premium Article Prospect Push: Ranking the Traded Prospects

by Jason Churchill

How good are the hauls teams received in recent trades?

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: College Right-Handed Pitchers

by Nick J. Faleris

Which right-handed college arms do you need to know about before next year's amateur draft?

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Valuing Offensive Players in New Homes

by Derek Carty

What should fantasy owners look out for when a hitter changes ballclubs?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Revere Rides Into Philly

by R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

The Phillies find their much sought after center fielder in Ben Revere, while the Braves re-up Reed Johnson.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Get Koji

by Matthew Kory

With just a one-year commitment, the Red Sox added a reliever with a terrific history.

BP Unfiltered: Winter Meetings Top 10

by Joe Hamrahi

Top 10 things overheard mentioned by members of the Baseball Prospectus staff while at the Winter Meetings

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Kris Bryant

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 97: Why Couldn't Koji Uehara Get a Bigger Contract?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Koji Uehara's signing with the Red Sox and attempt to figure out why he doesn't make more money and high-leverage appearances.

BP Unfiltered: Koji Uehara Has Done Some Things

by Sam Miller

Koji Uehara factoids about the Boston Red Sox' Koji Uehara.

The BP Wayback Machine: Grand Ole Opry

by John Perrotto

A look back at what had the baseball word buzzing the last time the winter meetings were held in Nashville.

Thursday, December 6

Premium Article Youth Movement: Rule 5 Recap and Scouting Notes

by Mark Anderson

What you need to know about today's Rule 5 picks, with scouting info on each player selected.

Premium Article On the Beat: Manager Monger

by John Perrotto

John chats with numerous team managers about the upcoming season and their thoughts on their club's prospects of winning.

Skewed Left: How the Teams That Did Nothing in Nashville Did

by Zachary Levine

Some teams stood pat at the winter meetings, but not all of them were better off for it.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Angels Add an Ordinary Joe

by R.J. Anderson

The Rockies re-up Jeff Francis, the Cubs get Nate Schierholtz, and Joe Blanton joins the Angels.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, December 6

by Daniel Rathman

The Royals and Brewers are warming the Hot Stove, while the potential Justin Upton blockbuster continues to stew.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Trout Au Vin, and Other Delicious Dishes

by Jason Wojciechowski

Narrativizing baseball players through food.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Double LOOGY Day

by R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals lure Randy Choate out of Los Angeles, while the Angels sign Sean Burnett away from Washington.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Three Years for Keppinger, and New Deals for Chavez, McLouth, and Bay

by R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

The Mariners add Jason Bay, the Orioles re-up Nate McClouth, the Diamondbacks sign Eric Chavez, and the White Sox go long on Jeff Keppinger.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Sabean Keeps the Gang Together

by Ben Lindbergh

Second-half hero Marco Scutaro gets a surprisingly long and totally predictable contract to remain with the Giants.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Rockies Trade for Wilton Lopez

by Ben Lindbergh

The Astros cash out their most effective reliever.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Three Rule 5 Draft Picks Most Likely to Succeed

by Jason Martinez

Thoughts on 'Three Rule 5 Draft Picks Most Likely To Succeed' in the majors.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 96: What the Winter Meetings Were Like

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam recap Ben's experiences on his first trip to the Winter Meetings.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Just Visiting

by R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

Yunel Escobar and his $5 million salary lasted just two weeks in Miami (and the Diamondbacks add Eric Hinske).

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Trey Masek

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 Unfiltered: Texas Rangers Need IT Customer Service Specialist

by Joe Hamrahi

IT Customer Service Specialist Position Available with the Texas Rangers

Wednesday, December 5

Premium Article On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings

by John Perrotto

Checking in on John Farrell, Adam LaRoche, Justin Upton, Ron Gardenhire, Robin Ventura, Bo Porter, the Brewers, the Rangers, the Rockies, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Cubs' bullpen, and the WBC.

Baseball Prospectus, Perfect Game Align Forces: Industry Leaders Partner To Provide Unrivaled Baseball Coverage

by Joe Hamrahi

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The Lineup Card: 9 Winter Meetings Memories

Baseball Prospectus

The BP staff recounts its top memories from the Winter Meetings, from personal experiences to outrageous acts.

Premium Article Sobsequy: Minor League Baseball's Promotion Problem

by Adam Sobsey

A visit to the minor-league side of the Winter Meetings reveals an organization attempting to step into the spotlight dominated by its big-league brethren.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, December 5

by Daniel Rathman

Jacoby Ellsbury might be on the chopping block, the Diamondbacks' search for a shortstop continues, and teams will have to pony up if they want Jeff Keppinger.

Premium Article Scouting the Great White North: The Evolution of Baseball in Canada

by Hudson Belinsky

A look at how the scouting of baseball players in the Great White North has progressed

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: The Impact of Changing Teams on Fantasy Value

by Derek Carty

When a player changes uniforms, there are multiple factors that could impact his fantasy value.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Nationals Sign Dan Haren

by Sam Miller

New Nationals starter Dan Haren's fastball has declined considerably over the last several seasons, but how worried should Washington be?

BP Unfiltered: A Collection of Third Basemen Useful for Your Next Yankees Joke

by Sam Miller

Eric Chavez signed somewhere else.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Dan Child

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 December 4

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 95: Switch-Hitters Who Shouldn't Switch-Hit/What We Learned from The Book/Dan Haren vs. Edwin Jackson/The Yunel Escobar Trade and the Yankees

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails mostly (but not entirely) about things that happened on day two of the Winter Meetings.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Boston Declares Victorino

by R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox paid for an outfielder coming off a down year. Is it an extravagant risk?

BP Unfiltered: Rockies Must Regain Home Edge Under Weiss

by Zachary Levine

The Rockies teams of the last few years made a talent gap worse by failing to take advantage of Coors Field. It's a priority for new manager Walt Weiss to change that.

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