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Friday, December 6

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Yankees Count on Kuroda

by Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

The consistent Hiroki Kuroda signs on for another year in New York, the Rangers try to resuscitate J.P. Arencibia, and the O's ink Ryan Webb.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Nationals, Nate McLouth Hide Each Other's Flaws

by Ben Lindbergh and Ben Carsley

The Nats make a move to fix the bad bench that cost them last season.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Feldman Aims for the Stars

by Russell A. Carleton and Craig Goldstein

The Astros are stirring.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Fascinating Mu Thing

by R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and Ben Carsley

The Red Sox add a sorta closer for a non-closing role, the Marlins ink Furcal, and the White Sox add Ronald Belisario.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Fixing a Hole

by Daniel Rathman

Pittsburgh looks at Loney, and the Red Sox search for an Ellsbury substitute.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Diff'rent Strikes

by Doug Thorburn

Breaking down the zone profiles of some of baseball's best pitchers.

Transaction Analysis: Royals Make Trade That Even Internet Can't Criticize

by Ben Lindbergh and Mike Gianella

The Royals add Norichika Aoki, sending Will Smith to Milwaukee.

Transaction Analysis: Rip Van Wilson

by Sam Miller

Brian Wilson signs to be the Dodgers' second-best reliever.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Explaining Mistake Splits

by Evan Petty

How much does a hitter's performance depend on the quality of pitches he sees?

Premium Article Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 5

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out abroad, including Pirates infielder Alen Hanson and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

by Ben Carsley

Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion supply big-time power, but what else is there for fantasy owners to see north of the border?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 343: Some Questions Asked

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the high-strikeout era, baseball with soccer scoring, unintentional walks and reaching on error, and more.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: A Need Cano Basis

by Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

The Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a terrifyingly long, terrifyingly large contract. They won't regret it.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Granderson Takes the 4 to the 7 to $60 Million

by R.J. Anderson and Paul Sporer

The Mets sign Curtis Granderson away from the Yankees

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Blue Jays, just a year after supposedly emptying their system, are strong and deep again.

Thursday, December 5

Measuring Pitching with TrackMan: The Secrets of Fastball Spin

by Zach Day

Former MLB pitcher Zach Day explains why velocity isn't a fastball's only important characteristic.

The Lineup Card: Seven Trade Ideas for the Winter Meetings

Baseball Prospectus

The staff comes up with possible barters to help keep the already-sizzling Hot Stove warm through next week.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Last Call for Paul

by R.J. Anderson

The White Sox bring back Paul Konerko, the Yankees add Kelly Johnson, and Wesley Wright doesn't take long to find a new club.

Premium Article Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 4

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco and twins second baseman Jorge Polanco.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Bargains and Busts: National League Pitchers

by Mike Gianella

A look at which senior-circuit arms proved worthy of their owners' fantasy investment and which came up short.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 342: Should Teams Stop Spending?/Industry Theories About the Transaction Spree

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about the idea that trying to win is costing teams money, then discuss what the industry says about this week's transaction activity.

Premium Article Ask the Industry: Why Have We Seen So Many Transactions?

by Zachary Levine

What the people making moves said when we asked them why they're making moves.

Wednesday, December 4

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Kratz All, Folks

by R.J. Anderson

The Blue Jays get their second catcher of the week.

Premium Article Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 3

by Jeff Moore

Notes on players who stood out abroad, including Padres outfielder Rymer Liriano.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Extraordinary Joe?

by Sam Miller

The Tigers shore up their bullpen, but might not get the sure thing they're hoping for

Transaction Analysis: A Non-Tender Bender

by R.J. Anderson

A bunch of players you know are now available!

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: A.J. Way

by Sam Miller

The Red Sox should know what they're getting from A.J. Pierzynski on a one-year deal.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Bargains and Busts: National League Hitters

by Mike Gianella

A look at which senior-circuit bats lived up to their fantasy price tags this past season, and which ones disappointed their owners.

BP Announcements: TrackMan Seeks Analytics/Operations Interns

by Joe Hamrahi

Join the TrackMan team as an Analytics/Operations Intern

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 341: Hot Stovepocalypse

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the year's busiest day for big baseball news.

Transaction Analysis: Yankees Add Ellsbury, Overpay Only By Other Teams' Standards

by Ben Lindbergh

The Yankees sign one of the winter's top free agents for a lot of money, which they conveniently happen to have.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and Hanigan, Double Down on Catcher Defense

by R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh

A three-way trade unites Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan as a dreamy defensive duo.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Astros Acquire a Player!

by Sam Miller

The Astros trade Jordan Lyles for Dexter Fowler.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Mile-High Morneau

by Russell A. Carleton

The Rockies replace Todd Helton with a former MVP.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Gentry Landed

by Ben Lindbergh and Nick J. Faleris

The A's make two more trades, adding the Rangers' secret weapon and a reliable reliever for two of their top-10 prospects and Seth Smith.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Ocean Breathes Salty

by Daniel Rathman

The Marlins acquire a baseball player, for money.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Fallout: The Day the Hot Stove Exploded

by BP Fantasy Staff

A look at fantasy impact of every significant transaction consummated on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 3

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Raising of Kazarus

by Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

Dead no more, Scott Kazmir gets a two-year deal from the Oakland A's.

Premium Article Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL Central

by Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

A look back at the teenage years of Byron Buxton, Courtney Hawkins, Francisco, Lindor, and other prospects in the division.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: A Medley of Moves

by Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Blue Jays ink Dioner Navarro, the Giants re-up Ryan Vogelsong, the Pirates get Chris Stewart, Juan Carlos Oviedo re-signs with Tampa, and more.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez

by Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers consider an extension for Hanley Ramirez, and Bronson Arroyo awaits an offer.

Premium Article Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 2

by Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out abroad yesterday, including Jorge Polanco and C.J. Cron.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers

by Paul Sporer

Miguel Cabrera and a stellar group of starters lead the way, but are their other fantasy assets on Brad Ausmus' squad?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 340: Attempting to Make Sense of the Doug Fister Deal

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam try to puzzle out the Tigers' motivation for making the Doug Fister trade.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal

by Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer

The Tigers trade Doug Fister to Washington, and the internet wonders why.

Monday, December 2

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Phil Hughes Finds a Friendlier Home

by Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

The Twins add another experienced starter to bolster last season's league-worst rotation.

Baseball Therapy: Dating the Impulse to Protect Pitchers

by Russell A. Carleton

Reconstructing historical pitch counts for a look at how starter usage has changed.

Premium Article Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of November 28-30

by Jeff Moore

Notes on 10 prospects, including Christian Bethancourt, Gregory Polanco, Jonathan Singleton.

The Week in Quotes: November 23 - December 1

by Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

BP Unfiltered: Rereading Nate Silver: 13. Pitch Counts

by Sam Miller

Rereading one of many classic Nate Silver articles.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 339: Alex Rodriguez, Bud Selig, and Hard-Boiled Baseball

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the latest details of the exquisitely seamy A-Rod story.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North

by R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

The Twins sign Ricky Nolasco, the Cubs trade for George Kottaras, the Reds re-sign Manny Parra, and more.

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

by Jason Parks

Nick Castellanos heads a very limited farm system.

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