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Wednesday, February 13

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Fun with 2013 PECOTA Comparables

by Sam Miller

A guided tour of the sometimes silly, sometimes sensible PECOTA comparables.

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Jordan Zimmermann

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

The Nationals starter's case produces the panel's first split decision, and Ben explains why he isn't even better.

The Lineup Card: 9 Breakout Candidates

Baseball Prospectus

Which players do the BP staff believe will come up big in 2013?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, February 13

by Daniel Rathman

With Michael Bourn finally signed, Kyle Lohse might finally get some attention... or not.

Fantasy Article Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Catchers

by Paul Sporer

National League MVP Buster Posey leads off a deep crop of high-upside backstops this year.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 139: 2013 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Angels' season, and Pete talks to Orange County Register Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher (at 24:40).

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: The Closer Matrix

by Jason Collette

Jason examines the indicators that can save you from the volatility of fantasy closers.

Tuesday, February 12

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Rays continue to restock one of baseball's best farm systems.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Spring Position Battles, National League

by Ben Lindbergh

Five positions on NL contending teams where playing time is still up for grabs this spring.

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Homer Bailey

by Ian Miller, Doug Thorburn and Ben Lindbergh

Did the BP arbitration panel buy into Bailey's 2012 breakout?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: He Not Busy Getting Bourn is Busy Dying

by R.J. Anderson

The Indians jump into the race by signing center fielder Michael Bourn.

Premium Article Skewed Left: PECOTA's Projected Bests and Worsts

by Zachary Levine

PECOTA's projected award winners, bounceback candidates, and betes noires.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Is This Man the Next R.A. Dickey?

by Jonathan Zeller

Meet Steven Wright.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, February 12

by Daniel Rathman

Michael Bourn finally signs, Drew Stubbs could be on the move, and Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals are moving closer to a one-year deal.

Premium Article Western Front: Three Former Astros

by Geoff Young

The Astros aren't great now, but once upon a time, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, and Cesar Cedeno made them look respectable. Also, a look at what would have been written in BP Annuals of the '60s and '70s.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 138: 2013 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Rangers' season with Jason Cole, and Pete talks to ESPN Dallas staff writer and blogger Richard Durrett (at 20:48).

Wezen-Ball: The Night Pete Rose Broke the Record

by Larry Granillo

A look at the broadcast and celebration from the biggest day of Pete Rose's career.

Monday, February 11

Baseball Prospectus News: Now Arriving: PECOTA, Depth Charts, and the PFM

by Colin Wyers and Rob McQuown

BP begins to roll out its projections and fantasy tools for the 2013 season.

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Martin Prado

by Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski and Ben Lindbergh

Will the BP arbitration panel reward Martin Prado's positional versatility with a sizeable raise?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Spring Position Battles, American League

by Ben Lindbergh

Five positions on AL contending teams where playing time is still up for grabs this spring.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: How to Measure Clubhouse Chemistry

by Russell A. Carleton

How one might go about quantifying the heretofore unquantifiable.

Premium Article Bizball: Are the Astros Really Losing Money?

by Maury Brown

Jim Crane may have been telling the truth...but not the whole truth.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: All Up Hill From Here?

by R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks make a three-year commitment to Aaron Hill, the Mariners sign Joe Saunders, Chone Figgins finds a minor-league offer and the Indians pick up Matsuzaka and Giambi.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Monday, February 11

by Will Woods

Felix Hernandez's megadeal might be off the table, but Michael Bourn is still attempting to woo someone toward his table.

The Week in Quotes: February 4-10

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

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Announcements: Episode 32: We Got to Second Base!

by Jason Collette

The latest episode of the Towers of Power Fantasy Hour or 2 is live!

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop for 2/11/13

by Josh Shepardson

A look at the 2013 and long-term values of Travis d'Arnaud, Jedd Gyorko, and Josh Rutledge.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 137: 2013 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Athletics' season with Doug Thorburn, and Pete talks to Bay Area News Group A's beat writer John Hickey (at 19:07).

Saturday, February 9

BP Fantasy Podcast: Latest NFBC Mock Draft Data

by Jason Collette

The fantasy team will be publishing this data on a weekly basis for your tracking pleasure. The fantasy team will also revisit the ADP data in a column every other Monday to look for trends.

Friday, February 8

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Next Mike Trout certainly won't come out of the Angels' mostly uninspiring system.

Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Jim Johnson

by Bradford Doolittle, Nick J. Faleris and Ben Lindbergh

Is one season of 50-plus saves enough to make the panel pay Johnson like an elite late-inning arm?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball

by Sam Miller

In a few weeks, we'll deem one organization's minor-league talent the best in baseball. What will that portend for the team?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Seattle Royale

by R.J. Anderson

The Mariners lock up their ace. Is he worth the risk?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, February 8

by Daniel Rathman

Jon Garland is garnering interest, and the Dodgers would like to extend Clayton Kershaw.

Premium Article Perfect Game Presents: UNC Building a Championship Team

by Kendall Rogers

The Tar Heels have compiled a solid array of talent for the 2013 season.

Tater Trot Tracker: La Serie del Caribe, Championship Game

by Larry Granillo

Trot times for the championship game of the 2013 Caribbean Series, including trots from Karim Garcia and Douglas Clark.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 136: 2013 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Twins' season with Michael Bates and Bill Parker, and Pete talks to Star Tribune reporter Phill Miller (at 20:26).

BP Announcements: Vote Now for the SABR Analytics Research Awards

by Joe Hamrahi

The 2012 SABR Analytics Research Awards recognize the best baseball researchers of the year

The BP Wayback Machine: 2003 PECOTA Preview: The American League

by Nate Silver

With PECOTA projections for 2013 due out Monday, we take a look back 10 years at the first-ever PECOTA team projections.

Thursday, February 7

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Max Scherzer

by Maury Brown, Larry Granillo and Ben Lindbergh

Will the BP arbitration panel show Max Scherzer the money after his career year?

Premium Article On the Beat: Spring Headliners

by John Perrotto

As spring training camps prepare to open, a few headlines are sure to circulate. Our resident beat writer also checks in on the Cardinals' rotation and Matt Wieters.

Overthinking It: Micah Owings Embraces His Destiny

by Ben Lindbergh

Micah Owings has always been a good-hitting pitcher. That's a lot different than being a good-hitting non-pitcher.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Pop Quiz: Throwback Bullpen Guys

by Zachary Levine

On the late Dan Quisenberry's birthday, Zachary looks for the closest thing to him today.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Yippee Callaspo

by R.J. Anderson

The Angels extend their third baseman, while the Giants get Ramon Ramirez, the Pirates gamble on Jonathan Sanchez, the Rays clear space on the 40-man and Jon Rauch takes his tallness to Miami.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, February 7

by Daniel Rathman

The Rangers could use prospects outside of their natural positions in 2013, and the Mets are still interested in Michael Bourn.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Shorting the Red Sox

by Matthew Kory

After 2012, what should we unlearn about the Red Sox?

Premium Article Prospect Profile: Joe Benson

by Hudson Belinsky

After an injury-marred 2012, Benson could emerge as an intriguing player this season.

Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Starting Pitching for 2/7/13

by Paul Sporer

Paul looks at two pitchers whose fates diverged last year.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 135: 2013 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Indians' season with Matthew Kory and Paul Sporer, and Pete talks to MLB.com Indians reporter Jordan Bastian (at 19:57).

BP Unfiltered: BP on TV

by Ben Lindbergh

Two recent TV spots by Ben.

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