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07-10

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The Call-Up: Christian Vazquez
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Al Skorupa and Ben Carsley

12-04

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Fantasy Fallout
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BP Fantasy Staff

06-12

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 12, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-09

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 9th, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-08

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-23

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 23, 2013
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Clint Chisam

10-18

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In A Pickle: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
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Jason Wojciechowski

08-24

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Overthinking It: Finding Life After 30
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Ben Lindbergh

03-21

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Preseason Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 3/21/12
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Michael Jong

01-16

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Prospectus Roundtable: Can Anyone Close?
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Baseball Prospectus

03-24

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Painting the Black: The Unwalkables
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R.J. Anderson

02-14

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Prospectus Hit List: Winning the Winter, AL Edition
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Jay Jaffe

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

11-19

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On the Beat: The AL Winter Agenda
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John Perrotto

11-08

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8

GM for a Day: Chicago White Sox
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Ben Lindbergh

09-29

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Transaction Analysis: White Sox, Indians
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Christina Kahrl

09-03

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On the Beat: No Worse for the Wear
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John Perrotto

09-01

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On the Beat: Manny Being Manny with a SAP Button
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John Perrotto

08-25

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Prospectus Perspective: A Trip to Target Field
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Jay Jaffe

06-18

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Transaction Action: Waterloo's 195th Anniversary Edition
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Christina Kahrl

06-14

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Game Story: For the Nonce
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Christina Kahrl

05-03

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Transaction Action: Central Preoccupations
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Christina Kahrl

12-18

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Transaction Action: Godzilla, Pierre, and the Beantown Duo
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Christina Kahrl

12-13

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Transaction Analysis: AL Action
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Christina Kahrl

11-17

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

09-01

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Transaction Action: Final Answers
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Christina Kahrl

06-21

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Future Shock: NL Draft Wrap
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Kevin Goldstein

06-15

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Prospectus Roundtable: Windy City Showdown Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

04-28

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Replacement-Level Killers 2009
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Ben Lindbergh

10-07

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Playoff Diary
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Christina Kahrl

10-06

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Playoff Diary
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Christina Kahrl

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: White Sox versus Rays
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Nate Silver

09-07

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Every Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major Leagues
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John Perrotto

07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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John Perrotto

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: AL Pick-me-ups and Discards
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Christina Kahrl

09-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Return of the Fish Eye
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Dan Fox

06-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Triple Play
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Dan Fox

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: AL-brand Catsup
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Christina Kahrl

05-25

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Prospectus Hit List: Busting Out from Below
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Jay Jaffe

10-04

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of October 2
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Jay Jaffe

09-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 10
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Jay Jaffe

08-29

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 28
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Marc Normandin

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 22-24, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

06-27

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 23, 2006
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Derek Jacques

06-20

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of June 18th
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Jay Jaffe

06-20

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Fantasy Focus: The RotoWire ROI 100
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Erik Siegrist

05-30

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of 5/28
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Marc Normandin

05-23

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of May 21
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Jay Jaffe

05-01

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The Week in Quotes: April 24-30
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John Erhardt

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-16
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Christina Kahrl

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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Christian Vazquez

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Al Skorupa and Ben Carsley

The Red Sox replace A.J. Pierzynski with a talented defense-first catcher.

The Situation: A.J. Pierzynski and the Red Sox seemed like a nice fit over the winter, but neither his season nor Boston's season went as planned. Pierzynski’s free-swinging ways clashed with the selective lineup Ben Cherington assembled, and his glove was a weakness. As a result, the team grew increasing frustrated with the veteran backstop, leading to whispers that the Sox were contemplating jettisoning him as early as April. With Boston's catching prospects having fine seasons in the minors, the Sox finally pulled the plug on Pierzynski on Wednesday, calling up 23-year-old catcher Christian Vazquez. Vazquez’s breakout year at Pawtucket has tempted Boston to make this move for some time, and the hope is that he can inject a new energy with his impact defensive skills.

Background: The Red Sox took Vazquez in the ninth round of the 2008 draft out of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and signed him for an $80,000 bonus. Even with a top-10-round grade, Vazquez was seen as a project on both sides of the ball, and his short, stout frame gave rise to concerns about his body, though those liabilities can sometimes turn into assets behind the plate in terms of durability. At the plate, Vazquez’s small frame isn't conducive to power. His bat speed isn’t a strength either, and swing-and-miss has been a big issue. Vazquez has always been able to throw, but the rest of his defensive game lagged behind. Concerns about his glove were such that in the low minors he saw time at third base, with a smattering of appearances at first and second. Over the last couple years, however, he's addressed many of these doubts.

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December 4, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fallout

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BP Fantasy Staff

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

After one of the craziest transaction days in recent memory, the fantasy team (literally, it took nearly the entire team given the short notice) went through all 10 transactions with fantasy implications to see who gained and lost value in the last 24 hours. A longer introduction than that is not necessary—let’s get straight to what you came here to read.

Yankees sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million deal

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June 12, 2013 3:17 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 12, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for June 2, 2013.

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May 9, 2013 7:00 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 9th, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 9, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013 6:14 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 8, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for May 8, 2013

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April 23, 2013 7:00 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 23, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 23, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for April 23, 2013

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Jason reviews his production.

Last week, our resident San Diegan Geoff Young reviewed the things he'd written throughout the year as a matter of his own accountability. I think accountability is bunk, but I also think, as a weekly columnist, that it's worth looking back on the words we write when the season ends. I'm more about description than prescription, but plenty of times, even if that's your game, the thing you're describing ends up behaving much differently than it did before you started describing it. I'm fairly certain that there's no observer effect going on, but who's to say? Maybe it really was me who caused the A's to start hitting.

January 6, 2012, The Wisdom of Uncertainty
This was a ProGUESTus piece in which I proclaimed that I don't know nothin' 'bout no baseball. Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh didn't get the message and allowed me to come aboard as a regular contributor. I've got nothing to add. Have some Operation Ivy.


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August 24, 2012 5:00 am

Overthinking It: Finding Life After 30

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Ben Lindbergh

Five older players on contending teams have defied the aging curve by having unexpected success this year. How have they done it, and can it continue?

Most players tend to peak in their mid-to-late 20s before declining after age 30. But not every player adheres to the typical trajectory. Several contending teams have benefited from unlikely resurgences or career years by players who’ve struggled in recent seasons and have already reached the point on the aging curve at which we would have expected their declines to continue. Who are they? How have they turned back the clock? And most importantly, can their surprising success continue?

Ryan Ludwick, Reds, 34
What he’s done:
The Reds are 65-38 since their .500 April and 25-10 since losing Joey Votto to knee surgery in mid-July. No player has been more responsible for that run than Ryan Ludwick. Ludwick was a below-average batter with the Padres over the past two seasons even after adjusting for Petco Park’s pitcher friendliness, and when he hit .207/.289/.405 through June 6th of this season, Reds fans called for his playing time to be curtailed. Then he got hot. Ludwick’s .340 TAv since the start of June ranks 13th among all hitters with at least 200 plate appearances, and his .356 TAv since the start of July ranks eighth (min. 150 PA), behind only Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols.
How he’s done it: Ludwick hit much better before and after his stint with San Diego, so it’s possible that Petco hurt him even more than it hurts the average hitter. Great American Ball Park, however, is a haven for right-handed hitters and the perfect place to restore his power. This is also the first season in which Ludwick has avoided the disabled list since his career year of 2008, so good health is also a factor.
Can he keep doing it: Ludwick can’t keep producing like a perennial MVP candidate, so some regression is in store, but little about his line looks fluky. Any decline in his production should be more than offset for Cincinnati by Votto’s impending return.




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March 21, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 3/21/12

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Michael Jong

Buck, Pierzynski, Murphy, and Furcal join the VP ranks this week

Last week, a number of readers pointed out that some of the PECOTA ranks for the Value Picks series did not match up well with the ADP listed based on the name “Value Picks.” It should be noted that we do not necessarily fully agree with PECOTA and do rate players higher or lower depending on their prospects for the 2012 season, including any bonus (or potentially lost) playing time in addition to their skill set. Having said that, this week we bring players whose PECOTA ranks are higher than their respective ADP, with the smallest difference being four ranks.

John Buck | Miami Marlins | C
Mixed: $9 | NL-only: $11 | PECOTA C Rank: 13 | C ADP: 26


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Is there such a thing as a "closer mentality," or can any effective setup man handle the closer role? The BP staff tries to get to the bottom of the matter.

The following is an edited transcript of an in-house discussion that took place among the Baseball Prospectus staff when one of our number solicited examples of unsupportable baseball arguments for an upcoming article. After Kevin proposed "Anyone can close," the thread took off in a new direction.

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March 24, 2011 9:00 am

Painting the Black: The Unwalkables

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R.J. Anderson

Some hitters are just begging for pitchers to take the bat out of their hands, yet somehow those hackers occasionally find themselves trotting toward first base.

Certain questions can pound away at a curious baseball fan’s mind at bedtime, keeping the frazzled fan up until—where has the time gone?—it’s time to go to work or school. Arguably the most prominent of these questions is whether Babe Ruth really called his shot, but the new age thought might be where the Yankees’ farm system would rank if they had signed Gerrit Cole and held onto Arodys Vizcaino. However, one question that doesn’t get asked until there are no games on slate is “Who walks the unwalkable?” A player like Yuniesky Betancourt, who at times shares the capacity of a jellyfish to flop to first base, still averages about 20 bases on balls per season.

While most of the pitching population enables these batters without walk genes, a select few put their foot down—or, in this case, their pitches—wide of the mark. Who are these folks? To find the answer, let’s examine the five batters with the lowest walk rates during the 2010 season: Jose Lopez, John Buck, Josh Wilson, Pedro Feliz, and A.J. Pierzynski. Simply naming the pitchers may humble and embarrass those involved, but doing so leaves other questions unanswered, like the length of the struggle and the intent behind the pitches thrown.  

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February 14, 2011 10:49 am

Prospectus Hit List: Winning the Winter, AL Edition

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Jay Jaffe

The Blue Jays may not be pennant favorites, but they top the list of Junior Circuit teams' off-season moves.

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