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04-07

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Rubbing Mud: Don't Trade Tulo
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Matthew Trueblood

04-03

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BP Unfiltered: Every Team's Moneyball, Literally Every Team, In One Post
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Andrew Koo

04-03

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Every Team's Moneyball: St. Louis Cardinals: The Player Development Appliance
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Ken Funck

04-02

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Every Team's Moneyball: Boston Red Sox: Hit First, Ask Later
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Ben Carsley

04-01

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Every Team's Moneyball: Chicago White Sox: The Cuban Way
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Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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Every Team's Moneyball: Cincinnati Reds: Go Your Own Way, Young Man
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-31

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Every Team's Moneyball: Texas Rangers: Shortstop Depth
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Kate Morrison

03-31

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Every Team's Moneyball: Atlanta Braves: Shortstop Instincts
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R.J. Anderson

03-30

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Every Team's Moneyball: Philadelphia Phillies: Changing Habits
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Christopher Crawford

03-30

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Every Team's Moneyball: Toronto Blue Jays: I Gotta Sell High, All The Time
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Chris Mosch

03-27

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Every Team's Moneyball: Arizona Diamondbacks: Hidden Snakes
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Sam Miller

03-27

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Every Team's Moneyball: Minnesota Twins: Rebuilding in Plain View
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Ken Funck

03-26

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Every Team's Moneyball: Baltimore Orioles: Unearth
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Jeff Long

03-26

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Every Team's Moneyball: Miami Marlins: Haste
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: Milwaukee Brewers: Nay Handedness!
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Matthew Trueblood

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: Cleveland Indians: Yay Handedness!
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: Seattle Mariners: Top of the (Free Agent) Market to You!
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Russell A. Carleton

03-24

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Every Team's Moneyball: Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB's Apple Watch
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Jeff Moore

03-23

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Every Team's Moneyball: Washington Nationals: On a Draft High
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Christopher Crawford

03-23

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Every Team's Moneyball: Detroit Tigers: Dealing Dombrowski
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Nick Shlain

03-20

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Every Team's Moneyball: New York Yankees: Two Low-Budget(ish) Strategies
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Jeff Quinton

03-20

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Every Team's Moneyball: New York Mets: You Will Always Have Enough Pitching Injuries
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Will Woods

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Oakland Athletics: There is No Moneyball
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Colorado Rockies: Trouble with the Curve
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Dan Rozenson

03-18

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Every Team's Moneyball: San Diego Padres: Payroll Tetris
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Doug Thorburn

03-18

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Every Team's Moneyball: Houston Astros: Luhnow Life Financial
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Zachary Levine

03-17

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Every Team's Moneyball: Tampa Bay Rays: Never Trust Any Win Over 30
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Adam Sobsey

03-17

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Every Team's Moneyball: Los Angeles Dodgers: Straight Cash, Homey
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Craig Goldstein

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April 7, 2015 2:30 am

Rubbing Mud: Don't Trade Tulo

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Matthew Trueblood

Is it possible to sell low on the second-best player in baseball? Probably.

Since the game was between the Rockies and Brewers, it’s possible that Troy Tulowitzki had three hits before most people knew his season had started. He lined an RBI double into the left-field corner in his first at-bat, dented the wall in right-center field with a second double his next time up, and hit a line-drive single in his third trip. The Rockies are staring down the barrel of a fifth straight losing season, but Monday was a reminder that they can still hit, and that Tulowitzki, when healthy, is the second-best player in baseball.

Tulowitzki turned 30 last October. Through age 29, he amassed 37.6 WAR in parts of nine seasons, according to Baseball-Reference. They’re the sunniest bunch when it comes to his defense, so FanGraphs has him at 33.2 WAR, and we credit him with 34.6 WARP. Still, you get it. That’s a really big number. Using the bWAR and asking Play Index to provide context, I found that 108 non-active players have had at least 35 WAR through their age-29 seasons. Of these, 64 are in the Hall of Fame, and seven more are on the ballot, clearly deserving to be in, just waiting for the voters to figure that out. Clayton Kershaw is, obviously, the best Hall of Fame candidate on an NL West roster. It’s almost equally obvious, though, that Tulowitzki is the second best, and when it comes to trade candidates, Tulowitski isn’t just the division’s best—he’s probably baseball’s.

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Reviewing all 30 Moneyball strategies.

Throughout Spring Training, we’ve previewed all 30 major-league teams by profiling one thing they do well. One Moneyball each, for 30 teams, making 30 strategies battling in the competitive economics of baseball. What one team pursues might leave them absent in another area, allowing other teams to rush that void until the advantage is no more. Ultimately, the goal is to capitalize on positive-expectation opportunities, and the multitude of markets and team-building methods permits every team, plausibly, to hammer their own Moneyball for value.

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How the Cardinals churn prospect after prospect into pro.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the final two teams! Sunday's Opening Night teams, the player development appliance of the Cardinals, and the job security of Cubs' executives. Read our wrap-up here.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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Ben Cherington's crowded lineup projects to score the most runs in the league.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: two AL teams! Projected division winners Angels and their diverse bullpen of specific pieces, plus the Red Sox and their collection of same-position hitters.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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How the White Sox dive into the Cuban market and reap its rewards.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the external Cuban pursuits of the White Sox and internal player development habits of the Reds.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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How the Reds have converted prospect after prospect into major leaguers.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the external Cuban pursuit of the White Sox and internal player development machine of the Reds.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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Sign all the Latin America shortstops, figure out the positions later.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the shortstop factories of the Braves and Rangers.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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What the Braves might be looking for when developing shortstops from prospect to pro.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the shortstop factories of the Braves and Rangers.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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How the Phillies stopped drafting risky athletes in favor of high-floor baseball skills.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the drafting philosophies of the Phillies and Blue Jays.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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How Alex Anthopolous drafts and deals high-upside prospects before they get a chance to bust.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the drafting philosophies of the Phillies and Blue Jays.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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How the Diamondbacks scout the quiet independent leagues.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the mainstream fundamentals of the Twins, versus the hipster indie-ball scouting of the Diamondbacks.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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How the Twins stick to the fundamentals of drafting and player development.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the mainstream fundamentals of the Twins, versus the hipster indie-ball scouting of the Diamondbacks.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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