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Friday, December 14

Premium Article Skewed Left: The Company They Tweet

by Zachary Levine

You can learn a lot about a baseballer by the people he follows.

Premium Article Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Greg Maddux

by Doug Thorburn

Perhaps no modern pitcher has had mechanics, or results, as consistent as Greg Maddux.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Josh Hamilton and the End of Analysis

by Sam Miller

The bigger the split between big-market and small-market budgets, the harder it is to evaluate a seeming overpay on the free agent market.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, December 14

by Daniel Rathman

The Rangers still have options, the Angels have an abundance of outfielders, and Anibal Sanchez's impending decision has multiple implications.

Prospect Push: Personal Favorites: Roberto Osuna

by Jason Churchill

Jason looks at one of his favorites to take a step forward this season, Toronto's Roberto Osuna.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Jeremy Hellickson and Defying Regression

by Jason Collette

A look at Jeremy Hellickson's mysterious ERA/FIP discrepancy.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Logan Shore

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: Outfielders for 12/14/12

by Paul Singman

Cespedes, Reddick, A-Jax, and Granderson make up Paul's first batch of keeper candidates.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 102: Josh Hamilton and Whether a Potentially Bad Contract is Worse Than No Contract at All

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam are joined by Ian Miller and Riley Breckenridge, the heroes behind Productive Outs, to talk about the Angels, Josh Hamilton, and whether fans should worry about bad contracts anymore.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Former Big Leaguers Auditioning In the Winter Leagues

by Jason Martinez

Out Of Work Former Big Leaguers Auditioning in the Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Unfiltered: Which WAR(P) Are You?

by Sam Miller

Sometimes, the player-value models disagree, and you get to make a choice. Make that choice.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Prospects Who Get Traded

by Ben Lindbergh

Teams know their own prospects best, so should it be a red flag if they're willing to trade a top one? History suggests it is so.

The BP Wayback Machine: When Good GMs Go Bad

by Jonah Keri

Unhappy with the return your team's general manager received in a trade? Jonah offers one possible explanation.

Thursday, December 13

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Jays sent off a prospect package to Miami that would have left other systems barren, but Toronto's remains loaded with high-upside arms.

On the Beat: Moore Problems

by John Perrotto

Whenever Dayton Moore makes a move, the press is sure to fire.

The Lineup Card: 11 Potential Trades

Baseball Prospectus

The free-agent market is drying up, so the BP staff puts on its GM cap to construct trades that would fulfill various teams' needs.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Winners and Losers of Winning and Losing

by Jason Wojciechowski

Jason looks at a particular class of outliers among this year's pitchers.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, December 13

by Will Woods

News on R.A. Dickey, Josh Hamilton, Scott Rolen, and Ryan Dempster.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Assessing Recent Deals

by Derek Carty

Did some recent deals and signings increase or decrease the players' fantasy value?

Wezen-Ball: Electronic Baseball Equipment of the Future

by Larry Granillo

The Mizuno sporting goods company had some interesting ideas for advanced baseball equipment in the early 1980s.

Premium Article Minor League Update: The 2005-12 Arizona Fall League All-Stars

by Jason Martinez

A 25-man roster of top performers in the Arizona Fall League between 2005-12.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/13/12

by Michael Street

Michael kicks off his keeper analysis with a look at corner infielders involved in notable offseason deals, including the redoubtable David Wright and the eminently doubtable James Loney.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 101: Learning to Like Youkilis/What the Diamondbacks Got Back for Bauer/Why Do Teams Love Lefty Starters?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether a Yankees fan can learn to like Kevin Youkilis, whether the Diamondbacks got enough back for Trevor Bauer, why teams love left-handed starters, and more.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Zack Collins

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, December 12

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Diamondbacks Deal Bauer to Cleveland, and the Reds Get Choo

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Our take on Tuesday's surprising three-team trade involving the Diamondbacks, Indians, and Reds.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Twins Find Their Identical Match

by Ben Lindbergh

Kevin Correia joins Minnesota, the Yankees get Kevin Youkilis, Jason Grilli re-ups and other moves.

Painting the Black: Stubbs in Reverse

by R.J. Anderson

What turned Drew Stubbs from the player he was to the player he is?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, December 12

by Daniel Rathman

The Reds are trying to round out their roster, the Tigers are searching for another starter, and Mike Napoli might not join the Red Sox after all.

Premium Article Bizball: Yankees' Focus on $189 Million Not Just About the Luxury Tax

by Maury Brown

A look at the multi-fold reasons the Yankees have for getting under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Giancarlo Stanton and Being Alone in the Lineup

by Zachary Levine

Where do you bat a player who's his team's only home run threat?

Premium Article Sobsequy: Ferguson Jenkins, Tommy John, and How Some Players End Up Outside the Hall

by Adam Sobsey

Numbers play a big part in determining who's a Hall of Famer, but timing, contemporaries, and other historical accidents also make their impact felt.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Five Prospects Who Struggled In the 2011 Caribbean Winter Leagues

by Jason Martinez

Five Prospects Who Struggled In the 2011 Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Jason Delay

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: Relievers for 12/12/12

by Dan Mennella

Dan takes his first offseason look at keeper-worthy closers for the 2013 season.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 100: Astros Pro Scouting Coordinator Kevin Goldstein on Being Inside Baseball

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Kevin Goldstein about his life after leaving Baseball Prospectus to work for the Houston Astros, what he's working on, and what he's learned about how baseball teams work. Also, what he's drinking.

BP Announcements: Kansas City Royals Job Posting - Analyst, Baseball Analytics Department

by Joe Hamrahi

Royals looking to hire Analyst for Baseball Analytics department.

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.

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