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Saturday, January 19

Wezen-Ball: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial, Together

by Larry Granillo

A quick look back at an early 1952 game.

BP Announcements: Michael Clair's Charity Baseball Blogathon for Doctors Without Borders

by Ben Lindbergh

A worthy cause needs your help now.

Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Andrew Pullin)

by Nick J. Faleris

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

Friday, January 18

Pebble Hunting: Baseball's Greatest Hoax

by Sam Miller

How Mark Reynolds fooled us all.

Overthinking It: The Craziest Half-Inning in History

by Ben Lindbergh

And how that half-inning happened.

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: A Few Days in the Dominican

by Jason Parks

Jason finds wonderment, enlightenment, and Mayor Raul Mondesi at a showcase in the Dominican.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Scurrilous Lie About the WBC

by Ben Lindbergh

Despite what you might have read, the past two WBC tournaments didn't damage pitchers.

Transaction Analysis: Something in the Way He Throws

by R.J. Anderson

Matt Harrison gets a big payday, the Red Sox and Mike Napoli reach a new agreeement, and Peter Moylan is a Dodger.

Rumor Roundup: Friday, January 18

by Daniel Rathman

The Red Sox might soon be making calls on a bat, while the Orioles are searching for a starter.

Raising Aces: Then and Now: Giology

by Doug Thorburn

Gio Gonzalez took a big step forward statistically last season, and his breakout was backed up by mechanical improvements.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 24: 20-90 Scale

by Jason Collette

Jason and Paul are joined by Lord Todd Zola to talk player valutations and draft mechanics.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 122: PECOTA Projects Elite Draft Picks from the Past/Should Scouts Fear FIELDf/x?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss PECOTA's projections for top draft picks from 2007 and talk about whether FIELDf/x and comparable technologies will ever pose a threat to scouts.

The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/18/13

by Paul Singman

Speedy mid-tier outfielders are on this week's Reaper menu.

A Little Relief: Six Bullpen Arms Still Available

by Jonah Birenbaum

Rafael Soriano is off the market, but there are still some potentially useful bullpen arms to be had.

The BP Wayback Machine: Projecting the Top of the Crop

by Nate Silver

How did PECOTA do in projecting 2007's big-bonus draftees?

Thursday, January 17

On the Beat: Final Free-Agent Blitz

by John Perrotto

Front-office types give their opinions on the remaining free agents, and a look at the ramifications at the Rafael Soriano and Mike Morse deals.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Bring Me the Bat Man

by R.J. Anderson

The Mariners' ongoing quest for dingers leads to a three-way deal.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Washington's Winning Way with Trades

by Zachary Levine

Scouting, drafting, developing and signing have all helped the Nationals get good, but they wouldn't be where they are without a series of smart trades.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, January 17

by Daniel Rathman

The Twins are checking up on Joe Saunders, and Kyle Farnsworth is drawing interest from multiple teams.

In A Pickle: The Disunited States of America

by Jason Wojciechowski

Four hypothetical WBC teams, Jack Cust's favorite snack, and other stuff.

BP Announcements: Announcing the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award

by Dave Pease

Announcing the rules and procedures for nominations for the inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award.

Wezen-Ball: Casey at Bat in the Twilight Zone

by Larry Granillo

A review of a first season episode of "Twilight Zone".

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitchers for 1/17/13

by Paul Sporer

Converted relievers is the theme of this week's Keeper Reaper.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 121: The Three-Way Trade and the Mariners' Quest for a Big Bat

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the three-way trade between the Mariners, A's, and Nationals and talk about whether Seattle was too fixated on adding power this offseason.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: The Losers Club

by Derek Carty

Yesterday's Mike Morse deal was bad news for many other players' fantasy values.

Wednesday, January 16

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Brewers have plenty of pitching help that could be close, but without a potential ace in the bunch.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Soriano Finally Gets Paid

by R.J. Anderson

The Nationals sign the best remaining reliever, while the Diamondbacks extend the pretty good closer they already have.

The Lineup Card: 11 Comeback Player of the Year Candidates for 2013

Baseball Prospectus

Which players does the BP staff see taking home Comeback Player of the Year honors next offseason?

Premium Article Sobsequy: How to Hit, According to Kevin Long

by Adam Sobsey

An exegesis of Cage Rat, the Yankee hitting coach's treatise on being handy with a bat.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, January 16

by Daniel Rathman

The Nationals' latest move might affect their demands for Mike Morse, Scott Hairston might sign soon, and the Dodgers are looking into Scott Rolen.

Pebble Hunting: The Month for Drawing Interest

by Sam Miller

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Nick Longhi

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: An Ultimate Road Trip

by Larry Granillo

An early attempt at everyone's dream.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/16/13

by Michael Street

A look at fantasy corner infielders reveals two young hitters not quite ready for prime time, and Michael explains why he still doesn’t like Ike.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 120: Quantifying PED Effects/Best Farm Systems in Baseball/Roleplaying Trade Talks

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how much steroids help, the best farm systems in baseball, and how they'd try to negotiate a hypothetical trade.

Tuesday, January 15

Premium Article Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?

by Ben Lindbergh

Pour one out for Brad Radke and his spiritual descendants.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Filling the Free Agent Voids

by Zachary Levine

A number of notable free agents who've changed addresses this offseason have left gaping holes behind on their former teams.

Out of Left Field: Giving Miami the Silent Treatment

by Matthew Kory

For the price of a stadium, Miami won't even get a punching bag.

Premium Article Western Front: Zeroes and Ones

by Geoff Young

Those men who have received zero or one vote on Hall of Fame ballots get one more chance to crack an All-Star team.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, January 15

by Daniel Rathman

Shaun Marcum's market is heating up, and Rafael Soriano might finally have an interested suitor.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Baseball Players Get Injured in Amazingly Weird Ways

by John Paschal

And why their pain is so compelling.

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Malik Collymore

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 1/15/13

by Dan Mennella

Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and J.J. Putz are examined by the Reaper this week.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Cano's Southpaw Struggles

by Jason Collette

Should fantasy owners be worried about the struggles of the game's top second baseman against left-handed pitching?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 119: Chris Sale's Scary Mechanics/The Tigers and Justin Upton/AL Breakout Players/Trading Ryan Braun/Edwin Encarnacion's Future

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer several questions submitted but not answered during Ben's Monday chat.

Monday, January 14

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Second Half of Ryan Braun's HOF Career

by R.J. Anderson

The Brewers star is one of the best in the game by nearly any measure. What does the rest of his career promise?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Probably Pointless Pitchout

by Sam Miller

Most pitchouts aren't very effective. Maybe managers should stop calling for them.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Does Having a Veteran Around Help Young Players?

by Russell A. Carleton

Veteran players are often perceived to have a positive effect on their younger teammates, but can we see it in the stats?

Rumor Roundup: Monday, January 14

by Daniel Rathman

J.J. Hardy probably won't be dealt, the Rockies are hunting for hurlers, and the Mets attended Brian Wilson's workout.

The Week in Quotes: January 7-13

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Safeco’s Overstated Impact on Fantasy Production

by Derek Carty

While Safeco has a definite impact on hitters, will the new dimensions really have a significant impact on a player's fantasy value?

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Dustin Hagy

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 118: All About Pitchouts!

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss TV shows, the lack of things to talk about, and some interesting findings about pitchouts.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/14/13

by Josh Shepardson

Sal Perez, Rickie Weeks, and Ben Zobrist go under the keeper microscope this week

Sunday, January 13

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Stryker Trahan)

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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