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Friday, December 21

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Mariners have a tremendous stock of young pitching, giving them a solid base to build around or trade from.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Transaction Jackson Settles In

by R.J. Anderson

The Cubs complete their rotation, the Marlins ink Placido Polanco, and A.J. Pierzynski's career year lands him in Texas.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mike Minor Mystery

by Ben Lindbergh

How can we tell whether a player's performance improved because he did something different or because he had better luck?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Searching for the Worst Game of 2012

by Sam Miller

And finding it, too. Surprise: it may have involved the Mets.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Making the Grade, Part Two

by Doug Thorburn

Doug wraps up his visual guide to breaking down pitcher deliveries.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, December 21

by Daniel Rathman

Grady Sizemore might still have bidders, a pair of former major leaguers are looking to stage comebacks, and Rick Porcello's suitors are lining up.

Prospect Profile: Josh Vitters and Tim Beckham

by Hudson Belinsky

A look at the roller-coaster careers of two former first-rounders.

BP Unfiltered: The Philosophy of Park Factors

by Colin Wyers

Why we don't use component park factors in TAv.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/21/12

by Paul Singman

2012 surprise Aoki joins an on-the-move Hunter and Victorino in this week's Reaper.

Wezen-Ball: Apocalyptic Fiction (Featuring the Chicago Cubs)

by Larry Granillo

It's the eve of armageddon and a major league manager controls the fate of the world.

BP Unfiltered: The Best Comments About Mike Minor from May

by Ben Lindbergh

Things people said that look less smart in retrospect (and probably didn't sound that smart at the time).

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 20

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 107: Edwin Jackson, the Cubs, and Qualifying Offers

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Edwin Jackson and the rest of the Cubs' offseason signings and talk about how the specter of draft-pick compensation is affecting some free agents.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Starters for 12/21/12

by Paul Sporer

Surprises and disappointments from 2012 are covered in this week's Reaper.

Thursday, December 20

Premium Article On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff

by John Perrotto

Are the retooled Blue Jays set to soar in 2013? Plus updates from many other clubs and insight from scouts and front-office types.

Premium Article Perfect Game Presents: Scouting the Cape Cod League's Top 100 Prospects

by Allan Simpson

Rankings and scouting reports of the Cape Cod League's top 100 prospects

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Acquire the Angels' Logjam

by Sam Miller

Kendrys Morales goes to Seattle, and the Angels get Jason Vargas.

Premium Article In A Pickle: The Four-Tool Teams

by Jason Wojciechowski

Searching for the most-balanced team in the past six decades of baseball history.

Premium Article Skewed Left: How to Analyze the Astros' Spending

by Zachary Levine

The Astros won't win in 2013 no matter how much they spend on free agents. So what should we make of their moves?

Rumor Roundup: Thursday, December 20

by Daniel Rathman

Joel Hanrahan is becoming a hot commodity, the Yankees are shopping for bats, and Bobby Abreu is hoping for a return to the majors.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Chris Okey

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 106: How Good is the Angels' Offense?/What We Think About the Yips/Does Pitcher Pace Matter?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the Angels' offense, the dreaded mental block known as the yips, and the impact of the time pitchers take between pitches.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 19

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues

Wezen-Ball: The Life of Babe Ruth, Illustrated

by Larry Granillo

From "Babe Ruth's Sports Comics", a Golden Age comic book, a look at Babe Ruth's start in the big leagues.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Fallout from Recent Moves

by Derek Carty

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

Wednesday, December 19

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, December 19

by Daniel Rathman

Edwin Jackson might reach a decision soon, A.J. Pierzynski is making his rounds, and Andre Ethier could be on the market.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Relief Roundup

by R.J. Anderson

The Giants, Rays, and Astros pad their bullpens, while the Mets acquire an outfielder.

The Lineup Card: 8 Gifts for a Baseball Fan

Baseball Prospectus

The holidays are around the corner, so the BP staff has some gift suggestions for your fellow baseball fans.

Premium Article Punk Hits: A Modest Proposal for the MLB Network

by Ian Miller

Ian proposes some shows he'd actually watch.

Premium Article Sobsequy: The Strange Sights of the Winter Meetings Trade Show

by Adam Sobsey

A mix of weird and mundane at the Winter Meetings, from bats to Harold Baines to ball-washers.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 18

by Jason Martinez

Notes from around the Caribbean Winter Leagues

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 105: Will R.A. Dickey's Knuckleball Be Better in the Dome?/Do the Red Sox Have a Consistent Philosophy?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about R.A. Dickey, the Red Sox, and more.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 12/19/12

by Dan Mennella

Dan takes a look at four more fringe-keepable relievers in this week's Reaper.

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.

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