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Thursday, February 28

Premium Article On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place

by John Perrotto

The Blue Jays are confident they will not turn into the 2012 Marlins, Brett Wallace is looking strong, and the Indians have an abundance of center fielders.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Count to 300

by R.J. Anderson

Updating the Glavine Line and looking for the next immortal.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Depth Chart Woes

by Will Woods

The Yankees are down a starter and a center fielder, while the Red Sox might be down a third baseman. The Dodgers happen to have a surplus of starters, though.

Out of Left Field: Revisiting a Blockbuster

by Matthew Kory

Seven years later, the book still isn't closed on the mega-deal between Boston and Florida.

Premium Article In A Pickle: Enamorin' Hank

by Jason Wojciechowski

Jason digs into a new Hank Greenberg biography.

Wezen-Ball: Batting Third: Bryce Harper (and Derek Jeter)

by Larry Granillo

Derek Jeter's (hypothetical) career provides a good example of what could happen if Bryce Harper moves down in the batting order this year.

BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Baltimore Orioles

by Mike Ferrin

The Orioles are confounding for projection season.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of February 27

by Jason Martinez

Notable performances from minor leaguers in big league camp.

BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus 2013 is Now Available

by Cecilia M. Tan

The latest installment of The New York Times bestselling series is now shipping.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 150: 2013 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Pirates' season with R.J. Anderson, and Pete talks to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel (at 17:03).

The BP Wayback Machine: How Good is Aroldis Chapman?

by Clay Davenport

A look back at what the stats said was in store for Aroldis Chapman when he emigrated from Cuba.

Wednesday, February 27

The Lineup Card: 12 Least-Favorite Off-Season Moves

Baseball Prospectus

With most teams finished with their winter shopping, which moves did the BP staff dislike the most this offseason?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The 30-Second Story of the San Francisco Giants

by Sam Miller

If you had to explain the Giants' recent success to someone on an elevator, what would you say?

Premium Article Punk Hits: A Love (Hate) Letter From Arizona

by Ian Miller

Food and Loafing at spring training.

Premium Article Sobsequy: Notable NL Minor-League Free Agent Signees

by Adam Sobsey

Which members of this year's crop of spring training invitees could catch on and make an impact in the majors?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Royal Reinforcements

by Daniel Rathman

The Royals won't have to wait long to find more rotation options, and Jackie Bradley could crack the Red Sox' Opening Day roster.

Premium Article You Complete Me: Four Platoon Candidates for 2013

by Jonah Birenbaum

Jonah looks at four teams that could benefit from finding platoon partners for players currently projected as regulars.

Premium Article MLBDepthCharts: Atlanta Braves

by Jason Martinez

Atlanta Braves

BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Pittsburgh Pirates

by Mike Ferrin

Can Pittsburgh make Starling Marte more selective without hurting him in other areas?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 149: 2013 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Brewers' season with Ken Funck, and Pete talks to MLB.com columnist Mike Bauman (at 19:37).

BP Announcements: Cleveland Indians Seek Executive Development Fellow, Baseball Analytics

by Joe Hamrahi

Indians looking to hire Executive Development Fellow (EDF) for Baseball Analytics

Premium Article Minor League Update: Spring Training Games (February 26, 2013)

by Jason Martinez

Minor League Update (February 26, 2013)

Fantasy Article Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part One: 1-25

by Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

Ryan Braun and Mike Trout top a list that is teeming with high-upside talent.

Tuesday, February 26

Baseball ProGUESTus: Surviving Professional Baseball in the Steroid Era

by Eric Knott

Former fringe major leaguer Eric Knott dishes on his difficult decisions about PED use during his time as a professional player.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Can't Buy Me Chemistry?

by Russell A. Carleton

Do teams that stick together win together more often than high-turnover teams?

Premium Article The Stats Go Marching In: Who's Ahead of Whom?

by Max Marchi

An attempt to answer the age-old question: Are hitters or pitchers closer to mid-season form early in the year?

Premium Article Overthinking It: PECOTA's Projected Fallers

by Ben Lindbergh

Five hitters and five pitchers PECOTA thinks will sink in 2013.

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals Got

by R.J. Anderson

What sort of arm can Kansas City expect in Wade Davis?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: The Mets' Outfield Blues

by Daniel Rathman

The Mets are up a creek when it comes to outfield help, and Giancarlo Stanton might not be keen on an extension with the Marlins.

Western Front: Even Writers Need Spring Training

by Geoff Young

Players are supposed to arrive at spring training in the best shape of their lives, but writers sometimes need a bit longer to awake from their winter slumber.

BP Unfiltered: Top 101 Prospects of 2013, Sliced and Diced

by Rob McQuown

The Baseball Prospectus 2013 Top 101 Prospects, by Position, by Organization, and by Age

BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Tampa Bay Rays

by Mike Ferrin

The 2013 Rays must overcome the loss of their top home-run hitter and innings-pitched leader from the 2012 season.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 148: 2013 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Cardinals' season with Ken Funck, and Pete talks to St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Joe Strauss (at 18:06).

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Budget Allocations and Pitching-Staff Outcomes

by Jason Collette

Jason examines how the proportion of your budget that you devote to pitching impacts the fantasy staff that you can assemble.

Wezen-Ball: The Astrodome's Futuristic Scoreboard

by Larry Granillo

A look at one of the greatest features of 1965's "Eighth Wonder of the World."

Premium Article Minor League Update: Spring Training Games: February 22-24

by Jason Martinez

Spring Training Games Roundup: FEB 22-25

Monday, February 25

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Baseball's best prospects in 2013.

Premium Article On the Beat: Aged to Perfection?

by John Perrotto

The Yankees will have a rough time beginning the season without Curtis Granderson, and a look around the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues.

Premium Article Overthinking It: PECOTA's Projected Risers

by Ben Lindbergh

Five hitters and five pitchers PECOTA expects to see big improvements from this year.

Premium Article Bizball: A Detailed Look at the Salary Arbitration Class of 2013

by Maury Brown

Maury explains the trend that contributed to this year's dormant hearing season, including quotes from the late Marvin Miller.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: A Snag in the Grand Plan

by Daniel Rathman

The Yankees suffered a significant blow on Sunday, and the Rockies continue to search for rotation help.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Boston Rolls the Dice on Carp's Table

by R.J. Anderson

Seattle trades Mike Carp to the Red Sox, the Nationals sign the tall Chris Young, Conor Gillaspie goes to Chicago and more.

The Week in Quotes: February 18-24

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

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

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

by Bret Sayre

There are plenty of home runs to go around at the hot corner, but plan to get your steals elsewhere.

BP Unfiltered: The Secret to Aaron Hill's Success?

by R.J. Anderson

Arizona's hitting coach dishes on everyone's favorite unpredictable second baseman.

BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Minnesota Twins

by Mike Ferrin

How does the Twins' current rebuilding effort compare to their previous one?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 147: 2013 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Reds' season with Jay Jaffe and Geoff Young, and Pete talks to Cincinnati CBS affiliate sports anchor/reporter Zach Wells (at 18:35).

Fantasy Article Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, February 25

by Mike Gianella

Reader comments and a spring training injury influenced this week's biggest adjustments.

Overthinking It: The Best of Baseball's New Old Videos

by Ben Lindbergh

One small step for MLBAM, one giant leap for fankind.

Saturday, February 23

BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Boston Red Sox

by Mike Ferrin

On the first stop of his spring training tour, Mike talks to John Farrell and David Ross about whether the cutter caused problems for Jon Lester.

BP Unfiltered: Prince Fielder's Bat Has Fulfilled its Stated Purpose

by Paul Sporer

And he no longer needs it...

Friday, February 22

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Graduations have stripped the system of top talent for all the right reasons, but there's more on the way.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Fixing the Holes, National League

by Sam Miller

How (and how well) each NL team patched up its weakest position this winter.

Pitcher Profile: Aroldis Chapman

by Harry Pavlidis

Can the league's hardest thrower transition successfully to a rotation role?

Rumor Roundup: Phillies Give Astros a Brownout

by Daniel Rathman

The Phillies shut down the Astros in trade negotiations for Domonic Brown, Giancarlo Stanton should be okay after getting hit in the head, and Rafael Furcal might miss Opening Day.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: The Merits of Category Dumping

by Mike Gianella

Mike uses a sample of league results to evaluate whether owners can win despite mailing in a category.

BP Unfiltered: Hear Baseball Everywhere

by Jason Collette

You can hear your favorite team in places you never thought possible.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 146: 2013 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Marlins' season with Daniel Rathman, and Pete talks to Sun-Sentinel Marlins beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez (at 16:59).

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: National League Hitters

by Bret Sayre

This quintet includes a fragile second baseman, two catchers, and a couple of big whiffers.

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