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March 21, 2012 3:00 am

Sobsequy: The Best of the Triple-A Retreads

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Adam Sobsey

What veteran players biding their time in Triple-A might help a big-league club in 2012?

Imagine that you are Tom Hanks in Cast Away, and that among the little-known details of your character (aside from an obsession with time and a badly rotting tooth) is your quiet but intense lifelong love of the Chicago White Sox.

Well, first, welcome back to civilization, Chuck Noland. Enjoy all the crab legs, and sorry you missed out on Helen Hunt—it’s a game of inches, my friend. Second, you’re probably planning to make a beeline for your favorite baseball publication. Presumably, that is Baseball Prospectus, but then again, you’ve been marooned for a couple of years and may have sustained severe damage to your judgment, which now makes decisions based on survivalist instinct rather than careful consumer reasoning. Some help, in case you haven’t picked up your annual: an admittedly informal and incomplete survey of BP writers suggests that the White Sox are destined to finish somewhere around fourth place in the American League Central, with one of my colleagues asking if he could slot them sixth. Chuck, there are only five teams in the American League Central.

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In the wake of the Matt Moore extension, revisit Nate's discussion of the perils of counting on pitching prospects and his remarks on the most promising southpaws.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Last week, the Rays signed young lefty Matt Moore to an extension that should prove to be team-friendly if he stays healthy, but as Nate discussed in an article which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on April 12, 2007, it's never safe to assume that a young pitcher's arm will remain intact.


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March 29, 2009 1:36 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Outside Help, AL East

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Jay Jaffe

The three powerhouse teams in baseball's strongest division jostle for control, while the bottom-est two trade places.

With the emergence of the Tampa Bay Rays, the American League East has become the game's toughest division, a status only reinforced by the pair of financial heavyweights in New York and Boston. Yet while the Yankees spent nearly enough money to bail out a Wall Street investment bank this winter, the rest of the division took a much more modest approach to the free- agent market, with an average expenditure that would rank fourth among the six divisions.

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Each team's got a list and is checking it twice, but not everybody gets everything they want this time of year.

As has been well-documented, the free-agent market has been extremely slow to develop; to date only 11 of the 171 players who filed for free agency have signed contracts. There is no word yet if Donald Fehr has asked Congress for a bailout.

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July 3, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL East Moves and Issues

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Christina Kahrl

Reviewing the moves in baseball's big-time drama division.

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A rundown of some recent injuries, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Perhaps the only thing that can compete with the building excitement for Opening Day is a Bruce Springsteen concert. It was a great show, if far from sold out here in Indy, with the return of Danny Federici reminding us all just how much difference one guy can make. Teams have learned that too, though between bad luck and teams that don't invest enough in prevention, I'll still have plenty to write about this season. Here are the ten biggest injuries of the week:

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May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 29-May 6, 2007

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Christina Kahrl

The transactions omnibus finally pulls in, laden with roster move goodness.

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April 15, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Opening Day to April 14, 2007

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Christina Kahrl

In a new regular slot, Christina runs through the roster turnover around the majors.

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Nate talks about a Lost Generation of pitching prospects, and casts a critical eye on the way PECOTA values young hurlers.

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Second-class citizens in the AL East seemingly forever, the Orioles have the assets to contend under the right circumstances.

Will talks with Clay about the Orioles' chances on Baseball Prospectus Radio. Click to download the mp3.

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February 26, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack, 2/26/07

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin questions why the Twins haven't learned from the start of last season, checks in on phenom Alex Gordon, and highlights several of the top college prospects in Monday's Ten Pack.

Ryan Garko, 1B, Indians

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