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Wednesday, February 6

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Shin-Soo Choo

by R.J. Anderson, Jeff Euston and Ben Lindbergh

How much fake money will the Reds' new center fielder and leadoff hitter be awarded in his hearing at BP?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: How Bad Can Clogging the Bases Be?

by Sam Miller

The 2013 Tigers will be heavy, slow, and probably bad at baserunning. How much will it hurt them?

The Lineup Card: 8 Interesting NRIs

Baseball Prospectus

With spring training around the corner, the BP staff takes a look at intriguing non-roster invitees.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, February 6

by Daniel Rathman

The Astros might not be done dealing, and the Indians could look in on Michael Bourn.

Premium Article Collateral Damage: Barely Begun and Already Through

by Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

Chris Carpenter's season is over before it had a chance to begin thanks to a thoracic outlet syndrome flare-up.

Pitcher Profile: Johnny Cueto

by Harry Pavlidis

Improved maturity and command have been crucial to Johnny Cueto's recent success.

Premium Article Sobsequy: Why Some Fringy Minor Leaguers Make It

by Adam Sobsey

What determines whether borderline big leaguers languish in Triple-A obscurity or play a part on a major-league team's 25-man?

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Corner Infielders for 2/6/2013

by Michael Street

Notes on a new Ranger, a new Diamondback, and a first baseman who finally found a home

BP Unfiltered: Jhonny Peralta Makes Five ACES Clients Tied to East Coast BALCO

by Maury Brown

An SI.com story by Tom Verducci links Jhonny Peralta to Biogenesis, the Miami-area lab being called the "East Coast BALCO." But, what may be more disturbing, Peralta is another ACES client.

Wezen-Ball: Hank Aaron, TV Salesman

by Larry Granillo

The newly crowned home run king had a television he wanted to sell.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 134: 2013 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Royals' season with Craig Brown, and Pete talks to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger (at 26:26).

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Comparing Mock-Draft Data

by Jason Collette

NFBC mock drafts appear to paint a more realistic picture than those at Mock Draft Central.

Tuesday, February 5

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Venezuela has kept the Tigers' systems from getting too lousy, but the country might not be big enough to do it forever.

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Jason Hammel

by Ian Miller, Doug Thorburn and Ben Lindbergh

The $2.55 million gap between the Orioles' offer and Hammel's request is the largest among the group of players who have not yet signed.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: An Expensive Lowrie

by R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

The Reds sign Miguel Olivo and Manny Parra, the Mets get Brandon Lyon and Marlon Byrd, and the Astros and A's make a swap involving Jed Lowrie.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Many Days in the Life of a Minor League Baseball Broadcaster

by Mike Curto

What baseball life is like at the second-highest level, as told by the radio voice of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

Premium Article Skewed Left: The Best Ways to Bet at the Ballpark

by Zachary Levine

Four low-stakes games you can play while watching games this season.

Punk Hits: Top Team Cookbooks, Part 2

by Ian Miller

Literally too many team cookbooks to be contained by a single article.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, February 5

by Daniel Rathman

The market is picking up for Ryan Theriot, and the Rays might be willing to wheel and deal.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Fallout: The Carter-for-Lowrie deal

by Paul Singman

Monday's trade could impact far more players than just the five who changed uniforms.

BP Unfiltered: Guerrero Brothers and Birthdates

by Ben Lindbergh

Why the birth of Wilton Guerrero was probably either a miracle or not entirely on the up and up.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 2/5/2013

by Dan Mennella

Dan breaks down the two right-handers who make up the back end of the Indians bullpen.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 133: 2013 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the White Sox' season with Ken Funck, and Pete talks to Chicago Tribune White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzales (at 16:24).

Monday, February 4

Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Chase Headley

by Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski and Ben Lindbergh

The Padres' third baseman had a breakout 2012. If he hadn't settled with San Diego, how might his arbitration hearing have gone?

Arbitration Showdown: The Insider's Intro

by John Coppolella

Atlanta Braves Assistant General Manager John Coppolella kicks off our arbitration series with a look at typical team strategies and his own arbitration experience.

Premium Article Western Front: They Took Their Turn

by Geoff Young

Is a starting rotation in which all five pitchers make at least 30 starts the hallmark of a championship-caliber team?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, February 4

by Daniel Rathman

Franklin Morales is gaining some attention as a trade chip, and the Reds continue their search for relief help.

The Week in Quotes: January 28-February 3

by Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 31: Exit Stage Left Football. Buh Bye Now

by Jason Collette

Jason and Paul review the little bit of baseball news that has been out there, break down the first base position, and interview Greg Ambrosius from the National Fantasy Baseball Championships hosted by Stats LLC.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 2/4/2013

by Josh Shepardson

Mike Napoli, Dustin Ackley, and Alcides Escobar might be undervalued in 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 132: 2013 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Tigers' season with Paul Sporer, and Pete talks to MLB.com Tigers beat writer Jason Beck (at 17:49).

Wezen-Ball: Clemens' 20 K's

by Larry Granillo

A look at all 20 punchouts in Roger Clemens' 20-strikeout game against Seattle in 1986.

Saturday, February 2

BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Visits Minute Maid Park - May 11, 2013

by Joe Hamrahi

Baseball Prospectus visits some old friends in the Lone Star state

BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Hawkins vs Barnum)

by Nick J. Faleris

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

Friday, February 1

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks


Premium Article Overthinking It: If I Had My Brothers

by Ben Lindbergh

Surprise: the Upton-inspired brothers-helping-brothers theory has some support in the numbers.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Standing Pat in San Francisco

by Sam Miller

Teams that win the World Series tend to bring back most of their players, and the Giants are no exception.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker

by Doug Thorburn

Sofa-scouting the mechanics of two high-profile pitching prospects.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, February 1

by Daniel Rathman

Scott Rolen would like to make a comeback, but the Reds might not have the room for him, and the Padres table extension talks with Chase Headley.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Pronk's Tale

by R.J. Anderson

The Yankees sign Hafner, the Mets add LaTroy Hawkins, Lyle Overbay goes to Boston and Martin Prado gets an extension.

Wezen-Ball: Bolton's Bombers

by Larry Granillo

The superstar traveling softball team you never heard of.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for Feb. 1, 2013

by Paul Singman

Paul breaks down the 2013 potential of Carlos Beltran, Jay Bruce, and Shin-Soo Choo.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 131: 2013 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Red Sox' season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Boston Globe and Boston.com columnist Chad Finn (at 22:13).

Thursday, January 31

Premium Article On the Beat: The Unclean Game

by John Perrotto

Even though MLB has tried to clean up its game, cheating still persists. Our beat reporter also checks in on A-Rod, Scott Rolen, and the World Baseball Classic.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Farewell to Nick Johnson

by Zachary Levine

What the oft-injured first baseman's career could have looked like.

Premium Article Perfect Game's College Top 25: Analyzing the 2013 Top NCAA Teams

by Kendall Rogers

The Road to Omaha has officially begun with the unveiling of the PG Top 25 rankings.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, January 31

by Daniel Rathman

The Yankees might open the purse strings a bit, and Joe Saunders could earn a two-year deal.

In A Pickle: Four Sentences About Strikeouts

by Jason Wojciechowski

Sooner or later God'll cut you down.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (NL CENTRAL)

by Jason Martinez

Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (NL CENTRAL)

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 130: 2013 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Blue Jays' season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Toronto Star Blue Jays reporter Brendan Kennedy (at 17:32).

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 1/31/13

by Paul Sporer

Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer both enjoyed breakout seasons in 2012.

The BP Wayback Machine: Redecorating Your Glass House

by Gary Huckabay

The reaction when BALCO broke.

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