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12-09

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Baseball Therapy: The New CBA, By The Numbers
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Russell A. Carleton

12-09

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Rumor Roundup: Rockies Dig the Long Ball
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Ashley Varela

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen
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Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: Another Party at Napoli's?
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Emma Baccellieri

12-07

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Cold Takes: The Men Who Couldn't Catch a Break
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Patrick Dubuque

12-07

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Prospectus Feature: Narrative Nothings
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Trevor Strunk

12-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 986: The CBA Said What?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 985: Three Topics for Winter-Meetings Week
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Nationals Nab Norris
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Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

12-03

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PITCHf/ox: Episode 9: Scratched
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

12-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 984: Advice for Teams With Too Much Money
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Pittsburgh Shops McCutchen
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Demetrius Bell

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago's Miami Connection
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Jared Wyllys, Jeffrey Paternostro and Brendan Gawlowski

12-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 983: The Non-Endless-Lockout Edition
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 110: Feeling Frosty
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: Coming (Back) to America
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

12-01

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Two-Strike Approach: Eovaldi Evolution
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Cat Garcia

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 982: Scouting the Yankees and Signing the Cespedes
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-30

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Baseball Therapy: The 26th Man
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Russell A. Carleton

11-30

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Rumor Roundup: Cespedes Fallout
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Emma Baccellieri

11-29

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Cold Takes: The Rise and Fall of the Power Rankings
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Patrick Dubuque

11-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 981: The New-GM Job Check
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-29

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The World Series of Coin Flipping
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Rob Mains

11-28

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: ERA: A Deeper Dive
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Greg Wellemeyer

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: You’re The One That I Want
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Ashley Varela

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Marcell Projections
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Demetrius Bell

11-25

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Pitching Backward: Reviewing Rapsodo
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Jeff Long

11-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 980: The Baseball-Book Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: Lockout Looming?
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Emma Baccellieri

11-22

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Prospectus Feature: MLB's Ongoing Search for Front Office Diversity
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Russell A. Carleton and Kate Morrison

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Show Me the Money
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Ashley Varela

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offers For Everyone!
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Bret Sayre, Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

11-19

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PITCHf/ox: Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects
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Meg Rowley and Jarrett Seidler

11-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 979: Mike Trout and the Post-MVP Era
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-18

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Minor League Update: Games of November 17th
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Mauricio Rubio

11-18

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Players Prefer Presentation: Weird Play Index: Pitcher Edition
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Meg Rowley

11-18

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Notes from the Field: Arizona Fall League
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Matt Pullman

11-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 109: He's Still Mike Trout
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

11-17

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: A Deeper Dive
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Greg Wellemeyer

11-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 978: Broken Bones and Broken Records
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-17

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Minor League Update: Games of November 16th
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Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Baseball Therapy: Can a Closer be Worth $100 Million?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Singles Scene Turns Bleak
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Rob Mains

11-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 977: Indy Outliers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Everyone Wants Someone
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Emma Baccellieri

11-16

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

11-16

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Minor League Update: Games of November 15th
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Mauricio Rubio

11-15

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Minor League Update: Games of November 14th
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Where Did All The Running Go?
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Rob Mains

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Breaking down all the changes--and non-changes--in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which seemingly pushes MLB closer to a salary cap.

There will be baseball next year!

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The Rockies are itching for more power at Coors Field, the Nationals are getting less picky about their closers, and the Padres are weighing their shortstop options.

Rockies determined to find a place for Trumbo

Even if it means shifting newly-acquired infielder/outfielder Ian Desmond to an outfield-only role, apparently. After striking a five-year, $70 million deal with Desmond on Wednesday, the Rockies still appear to be gunning for veteran slugger Mark Trumbo, writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today. That could lead to a potential logjam at first base, where Desmond is reportedly expected to hold court after making the switch from shortstop to left field/center field in 2016.

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December 8, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Three Catchers and a Bullpen

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Dustin Palmateer and Bryan Grosnick

Wilson Ramos looks to rehab his value in Tampa Bay, Scrabble finds a new home in Seattle, and light-hitting backup catchers get multi-year deals.

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The closer market is heating up, Mike Napoli may stay in Cleveland, and Brett Gardner is not unlike a couch.

Closer to closing time for closer market

Mark Melancon has been the highest-paid reliever in baseball for just two days, but his reign will almost certainly be over soon—with not just one name, but two, ready to take his place. In Monday’s Rumor Roundup, Demetrius Bell noted that the Marlins could be ready to give Kenley Jansen an $80 million deal. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Yankees could be ready to give Aroldis Chapman a similar contract. And on Wednesday, rumors kept swirling around both of them.

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Arguing about the Hall of Fame is an annual tradition, but catchers have been getting a raw deal for decades.

One of the best things about getting worked up about the Hall of Fame is how many ways one can go about it. It’s an infinite wellspring, a source of eternal frustration for the mathematicians and a constant delight for the artists, for those who prefer dialogue to proof. There’s no shame, I think, in either preference. The Hall of Fame is a silly institution within an already silly pastime, a trumpet fanfare played by kazoos. It is picaresque.

Three options present themselves: one can ignore the spectacle, secure in their own knowledge of what greatness is, and content in the isolation of certainty. Or one can enjoy the show as a passive observer, as we do with the games themselves, perhaps going so far as to wager on them. Or, finally, one can join the performance themselves, wade into the fray and willingly be Mad Online.

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December 7, 2016 6:00 am

Prospectus Feature: Narrative Nothings

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Trevor Strunk

We all need a way to get through the offseason, but don't get Mad Online.

There’s nothing reassuring about the offseason. Despite the countdown clock trending toward zero on Pitchers and Catchers Report Day, the hot stove season is fraught with tension that is diametrically opposed to the fun and good tension of the actual season. Will my team trade its only fun player? Will they get a good return? Will I have to be Mad Online for a few days about 20-year-olds who may or may not ever play in the majors? Will there even be baseball or will a labor conflict rob me of my sweet, sweet reward (update: we’re okay on this score at least)?

While the hot stove can be fun and I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone for refreshing Twitter every three seconds to see if your team landed a top free agent. But the agita and heartbreak the hot stove season provides is not exactly constructive: it’s like rooting for the stock market without even the pittance of a payout. And so we’re left to try to find substantive material to draw from the detritus of minor-league free agent signings, prospect lists, and days-long arguments over the wisdom of signing Zach Duke or whoever else to a three-year deal.

This is of course why and where narratives come in. Narratives, for anyone who hasn’t followed sports for more than three minutes, are these grand arcs that every team seemingly is forced into occupying by the writers who cover them, whether nationally, locally, or in-between.

For example: is your team a championship contender? Are they a sleeper team? Does your management get it? Does your management even know what IT is? How many stats are you using? Are you using enough? When do your good players get to come up to the majors? When are your good players going to leave your team for the Red Sox? Are the Yankees back? Does baseball need the Yankees to be back? Is tanking un-American? Are YOU un-American? What does Donald Trump mean for baseball? Is baseball the anti-Trump? What would the 30 teams’ logos look like as Donald Trump?

You get the idea. We write these overarching ideas as a media base for a fairly mundane reason: there’s simply nothing much to say during the offseason. You’ll notice this if you watch for how many Yoenis Cespedes reaction pieces came out within hours of him signing back with the Mets the other day. People are starved for real, honest-to-god baseball content, and the instant any move, trade, or injury happens, content bursts from our collective media unconscious so quickly that every angle, second angle, contrarian angle, and meta-angle is covered within 24 hours. I dare you to find a new way to say that Yoenis Cespedes signed a four-year deal with the Mets: you can’t.

And so we’re left with these larger stories that we ourselves get to shape, build, and develop. This is awfully convenient, since they’ll never run to a clear conclusion or leave us without something to write on. A player can only re-sign with their team so many times; the Yankees can be ascendant or in decline forever, in any number of different permutations and variations. We get content, you get something to read during the offseason to distract from the painful business-ness of the whole affair. Seems fair, right?

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Ben and Sam banter about pitch limits, an MLB.com headline, and news about Rich Hill and Shohei Otani, then discuss the implications of several of the new CBA's most noteworthy changes.

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Ben and Sam banter about the possibly unprecedented complete lack of luddite teams, then discuss the Royals as sellers, the reliever market, and Braves trade rumors.

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Washington bets on Derek Norris bouncing back and Chicago adds lefty bullpen depth in Brian Duensing.

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Consider that itch ... well, read the episode title.

Well, at least they didn’t make out, right? Minor subplots aside, this episode was about Mike and his looming trade to the Chicago Cubs. Would he really go? Would he get an at-bat in his final game as a Padre? Would Blip assume his mantle as clubhouse leader? Would Ginny throw a Ken Burns documentary up on the clubhouse TVs? WOULD MIKE AND GINNY KISS?

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Ben, Sam, and BP's Russell Carleton banter about Nolan Ryan as a reliever, the possibility of a strike in 2021, and how teams should use the money the new CBA prevents them from spending.

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Andrew McCutchen is on the verge of being trade, but Shohei Otani may be staying in Japan for a while.

McCutchen talks getting deep

Last month, there were rumors of the Pirates once again entertaining the idea of trading Andrew McCutchen after entering into talks with the Nationals last summer. Although Ken Rosenthal noted that the two teams were “unlikely” to return to the negotiating table, that didn’t mean it was completely out of the question. Fast forward to December, and things have intensified to the point where Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Nationals were trying to make sure a trade was done yesterday.

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