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Friday, February 15

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The system isn't deep, but it has flash.

Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the 2013 Playoff Odds Report

by Colin Wyers

Now with new features, including each team's odds of advancing to the Division Series and winning the World Series.

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Sergio Romo

by Nick J. Faleris, Bradford Doolittle and Ben Lindbergh

How many saves does it take to make closer money?

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

by Sam Miller

Hint: it's not cause for optimism.

Premium Article Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Dexter Fowler

by Maury Brown, Matthew Kory and Ben Lindbergh

Will Fowler's career year persuade our panel to side with his salary figure, or will Coors kill his case?

Premium Article Skewed Left: How Can the Pirates Make the Most of McCutchen?

by Zachary Levine

Are the Pirates on the path to wasting their most valuable asset?

Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew

by Harry Pavlidis

A look at what the Brewers' rotation options offer from a stuff (and beer) perspective.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Friday, February 15

by Daniel Rathman

The Cubs are zeroing in on their starting rotation, and Kyle Lohse might come off the market soon.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: New Homes for Tampa Infielders

by R.J. Anderson

The Royals get Elliot Johnson, the Rockies get Reid Brignac, Shawn Kelley goes to New York, Kameron Loe heads to Seattle, and Rafael Perez might be a starter.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Mike Trout and Regression Obsession

by Mike Gianella

No matter how hard you try to discredit Trout, he stacks up as an elite fantasy option in 2013.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Updated NFBC ADP data

by Jason Collette

The latest report is out

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: American League Hitters

by Bret Sayre

Leonys Martin leads off a list that includes three outfielders, a third baseman, and a shortstop.

BP Announcements: Scoresheet Draft Aid 2013

by Rob McQuown

Baseball Prospectus brings back the popular Scoresheet Baseball Draft Aid, remaining Scoresheet-friendly in 2013. In time for public league drafts!

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 141: 2013 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Astros' season with Jason Collette, and Pete talks to MLB.com correspondent Richard Justice (at 16:54).

Thursday, February 14

On the Beat: A Flaw to Declaw Detroit?

by John Perrotto

The Tigers are gearing up for another championship run, but they're not taking anything for granted.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Where the Dodgers Skimped

by R.J. Anderson

In the wake of the Dodgers' recent record spending, we might ask why Luis Cruz is still around.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-Stars

by Jason Wojciechowski

The most underappreciated players ever, by one worthwhile measure.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Thursday, February 14

by Daniel Rathman

Justin Verlander isn't the only pitcher who wants to stay in Detroit long-term, and Scott Rolen is running out of options.

Premium Article Prospect Profile: Domonic Brown

by Hudson Belinsky

After a mediocre showing last summer, Brown could face a make-or-break campaign this year.

Wezen-Ball: You Can't Help But Love It

by Larry Granillo

Celebrating a photo that can't help but make you love baseball.

Fantasy Article Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy First Basemen

by Paul Singman

Albert Pujols rests atop the first-base list, in which Paul forecasts rebounds for Adrian Gonzalez and Eric Hosmer.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 140: 2013 Series Preview: Seattle Mariners

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Mariners' season, and Pete talks to Seattle Times Mariners writer Geoff Baker (at 18:53).

The BP Wayback Machine: Beating Eric Gagne

by Gary Huckabay

Performing a postmortem on a high-profile arbitration case from the past.

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.

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