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January 12, 2013

Premium Article Overthinking It: Bargain Bin Free Agents

by Ben Lindbergh

Most of the impact free agents are off the market, but there are still some potential values available to teams that are willing to dig deep.

January 10, 2013

Overthinking It: Has the Sabermetric Movement Been Bad for Jack Morris?

by Ben Lindbergh

Or is all the campaigning to keep Jack Morris out of the Hall actually making it more likely that he'll get in?

January 3, 2013

Overthinking It: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton

by Ben Lindbergh

What the partisan parts of the internet think Miami's young All-Star outfielder is worth.

December 27, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Bourn to Be ... What?

by Ben Lindbergh

The market for Michael Bourn has been tepid, and there are few teams that provide a natural fit.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Handicapping the Injury-Prone Pitchers of 2013

by Ben Lindbergh

Rich Harden, Scott Kazmir, and Jeremy Bonderman will be back in big-league camps next spring. Which one is the safest best to have something left?

December 23, 2012

Overthinking It: Remembering Ryan Freel

by Ben Lindbergh

Former Reds supersub Ryan Freel committed suicide on Saturday. Why does his death hurt more than most?

December 22, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders

by Ben Lindbergh

Which of last season's contending teams have been least active this offseason, and why?

December 21, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mike Minor Mystery

by Ben Lindbergh

How can we tell whether a player's performance improved because he did something different or because he had better luck?

December 14, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Prospects Who Get Traded

by Ben Lindbergh

Teams know their own prospects best, so should it be a red flag if they're willing to trade a top one? History suggests it is so.

December 11, 2012

Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows

by Ben Lindbergh

Was the Royals' strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?

December 7, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill

by Ben Lindbergh

What work is still left to be done for some of baseball's playoff contenders?

November 29, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?

by Ben Lindbergh

The top free agent outfielder has a hitting style that should scare teams considering buying his mid-30s.

November 26, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Art of NPB Scouting

by Ben Lindbergh

Forecasting Japanese imports provides particular challenges, which teams will try to adjust for this offseason.

November 20, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded

by Ben Lindbergh

It's a lot of fun to talk about Justin Upton being traded, which might be why reporters talk about it so much, and it might be why Kevin Towers talks about it so much.

November 19, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: All Quiet on the Free Agent Front

by Ben Lindbergh

Despite many factors pointing toward increased spending, baseball's salaries haven't seemed much more inflated this winter.

November 14, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Moves Alex Anthopoulos Made Before the Blockbuster

by Ben Lindbergh

Deals like this week's blockbuster are rare for any team. What are the day-in, day-out moves that Alex Anthopoulus has tended to make, and is likely to continue to make, to finish building a contender?

November 13, 2012

Overthinking It: The 50-Run Receiver

by Ben Lindbergh

Is Jose Molina a stealth MVP candidate? Ben looks for photographic evidence.

November 8, 2012

Overthinking It: Why Nobody Gets Caught Stealing

by Ben Lindbergh

Catchers can't throw anyone out anymore. Why is that, and should we be worried?

November 6, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: This Offseason's Generic-Brand Bargains

by Ben Lindbergh

Smart GMs don't pay for the brand name, but for the product. These players might have baggage but they get the job done as well as their expensive counterparts.

November 2, 2012

Overthinking It: What Chipper Jones' Retirement Gifts Were For: A Short Story (Updated)

by Ben Lindbergh

In 2012, Chipper Jones received an assortment of strange gifts from each opponent he played on his last trip around the league. In 2031, he will finally figure out what to do with them.

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