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Tuesday, December 18

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Mets got an infusion of talent from the Dickey trade at the top of their rankings, but it's a pitcher they already had who heads up the list.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Drew Love

by R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to be their starting shortstop, the Astros signed Carlos Pena, and the A's signed Hiroyuki Nakajima

Painting the Black: The Unimaginable Base-Stealing Genius of Coco Crisp

by R.J. Anderson

How does Coco Crisp steal bases at such a high rate? He's sort of brilliant, is how.

Premium Article Western Front: An Almost Defense of Kevin Towers

by Geoff Young

Right now, it looks like Kevin Towers got robbed when he traded Trevor Bauer, but what does history say?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 18

by Daniel Rathman

The free-agent pitching market is losing steam to a hot trade market.

Premium Article Skewed Left: My Lost Weekend with Football

by Zachary Levine

A committed baseball fan gets seduced by football, then comes crawling back.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Remembering the 2003 Tigers

by Matt Sussman

The Tigers went to the World Series last season and are expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2013 season. A decade ago, that seemed like a dream.

Out of Left Field: What the Internet Can Teach Us About Koji Uehara

by Matthew Kory

There is more to a man than his statistics. For instance, there is the woman who isn't his wife but shares a name with his wife. And more!

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 104: Our Least-Favorite Offseason Signings So Far

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss what they see as the worst signings so far this winter.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/18/12

by Michael Street

Can the Greek God of Walks revive himself in Yankee pinstripes? Will Moustakas revive or continue to slide? Michael looks at these keeper questions and more in this week’s column.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Rowdy Tellez

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.

Monday, December 17

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Mets Deal Dickey to Toronto? UPDATED

by Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

The Blue Jays continue to draw from a deep farm system to build an instant contender.

Baseball Therapy: There is No Unicorn

by Russell A. Carleton

How to be unhappy about every move your favorite team makes.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, December 17

by Daniel Rathman

R.A. Dickey could be headed to Toronto soon, executives wonder whether the Yankees might sign another outfielder, and the Red Sox are scouring the shortstop market.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Putting the 'Pen In Pennsylvania

by R.J. Anderson

Phillies sign Mike Adams and the Twins add Mike Pelfrey.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: College Left-Handed Pitchers

by Nick J. Faleris

In the final edition of Scouting the Draft, Nick introduces this year's collegiate southpaws

The Week in Quotes: December 10-16

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

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 12/17/12

by Josh Shepardson

Old standbys Neil Walker and Alexei Ramirez join young studs Starlin Castro and Jurickson Profar in this week's Reaper.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 26: It is a Very Hot Stove

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Jason and Paul discuss everything cooking in the hot stove and welcome in Fantasy Editor Derek Carty to discuss the impact of managers on the running game.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Konnor Wade

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: Checking in on Some Hard-Throwing, Command-Challenged Pitching Prospects

by Jason Martinez

Checking in on some hard-throwing, command-challenged pitching prospects in the Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 103: The R.A. Dickey Deal and Trading Top Prospects (With Jason Parks)

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam are joined by Jason Parks for a discussion of the R.A. Dickey deal and the risks and rewards of trading top prospects.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Assessing Recent Pitching Moves

by Derek Carty

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

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: A Number 3, Anibal Style

by R.J. Anderson

The Yankees re-up Suzuki, the Red Sox strengthen their rotation with Dempster, Sanchez goes back to Detroit and the Giants take sole ownership of the Torres-Pagan trade.

Sunday, December 16

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Stroman vs Smoral)

by Nick J. Faleris

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

Saturday, December 15

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Cole vs Bell)

by Nick J. Faleris

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

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.

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