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06-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Desert Ray
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George Bissell

05-14

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Rubbing Mud: Very Bad But Not (Altogether) Boring
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Matthew Trueblood

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine
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R.J. Anderson

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: Say Yas
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Jeff Quinton

04-13

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Rubbing Mud: Un-Giving Up on the Diamondbacks Front Office
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Matthew Trueblood

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Go On A Ventura
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

03-27

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

03-25

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Rumor Roundup: The Diamondbacks' Shortstop Decision Will Affect 2B, 3B, and Perhaps All Three OF Positions
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Daniel Rathman

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Pebble Hunting: What It Means To Have The Best Farm System In Baseball, Part Three
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Sam Miller

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Three Stories About NL West Teams Pursuing Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

01-12

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Rumor Roundup: Tigers Talk Big About Scherzer
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the Outlier Curveball
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Jeff Long

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Sixty Percent of a Red Sox Rotation
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Andrew Koo

12-12

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2015 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-08

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Rumor Roundup: Interested Teams Are Way In On Chen
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Daniel Rathman

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing a Legend
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein, Mike Gianella, Andrew Koo and Jordan Gorosh

12-01

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Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Matt Collins

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: Yasmany Tomas is a Diamondback
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Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-07

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Brandon McCarthy
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Tucker Blair

10-14

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Transaction Analysis: Arizona Raises Hale
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R.J. Anderson

09-26

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Transaction Analysis: It Takes Stew to Make a Thing Go Right?
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R.J. Anderson

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss
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R.J. Anderson

09-05

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 5
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Matt Sussman

08-20

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Place Their Betts
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R.J. Anderson

08-18

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Transaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation Season
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R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Brewers Get Parra's Glove
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R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen

07-18

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Transaction Analysis: Cahilling Time
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R.J. Anderson

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Good Old New York
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R.J. Anderson and Ron Shah

05-02

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Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West
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R.J. Anderson

04-30

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in April
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Baseball Prospectus

04-24

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Skewed Left: The Squandered Promise of the Diamondbacks Rotation
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Zachary Levine

04-16

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What You Need to Know: Please Send Starters
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Daniel Rathman

04-10

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Skewed Left: The Surprising Sameness of Justin Upton
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Zachary Levine

04-07

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Pebble Hunting: It's Been One Week
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Sam Miller

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

03-27

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Prospectus Preview: NL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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Russell A. Carleton and Daniel Rathman

03-24

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Painting the Black: Men at Work
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R.J. Anderson

03-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Keep Carpenter, Cost Certainty
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
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R.J. Anderson

02-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 394: 2014 Season Preview Series: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Reeling in Rodney
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: Examining the Market
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Daniel Rathman

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Scoping Out the Less Expensive Starters
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Orioles Adding Arms?
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Daniel Rathman

01-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Paul Sporer

01-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 351: Life-Changing Lessons from Recent Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 346: Matt Kemp Rumors and Hot Trade Takes
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Desert Ray

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George Bissell

Arizona's Robbie Ray is quietly putting together an impressive breakout campaign.

Ever since his arrival in the desert, Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray has morphed into a flamethrower, with a propensity to pepper the outer edges of the strike zone, virtually overnight. It may have something to do with his Grizzly Adams-style beard, but it has a lot more to do with a staggering increase in fastball velocity, which has propelled him from a fringe fantasy prospect into one of the more intriguing young southpaws in the game today.

Through four starts as a member of the Diamondbacks rotation, Ray owns a stellar 1.09 ERA and 0.97 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and just seven walks over 24 2/3 innings of work. According to Baseball Prospectus’ revolutionary new metric for evaluating past pitcher performance, Deserved Run Average (DRA), the only starting pitchers who have posted a lower DRA than Ray (1.82 DRA) this season are Eduardo Rodriguez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Chris Young (who I wrote about a few weeks ago), Sonny Gray, and Dallas Keuchel. While we may be dealing with too small of a sample size to draw any significant conclusions from just yet, the results we have seen so far aren’t insignificant, and they speak to just how well he has pitched since arriving in Arizona.

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May 14, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Very Bad But Not (Altogether) Boring

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Matthew Trueblood

We find six interesting storylines for the six all-but-eliminated teams--and none of them is about trading away superstars.

Bad teams are boring. That’s a thesis to which we can all subscribe, isn’t it? Sure, it’s interesting when a team invests heavily—almost desperately—in a given season, then falls flat, but for the most part, the trends we track and the decisions we analyze draw our interest because of their impact on the competitive prospects of the teams and players in question. The most criminal thing about the current MLB roster rules is that they discourage bad teams from being competitive, such that hardly anything that happens on the field for those teams merits our attention. Teams not only have incentive to lose more games within a non-contending season, but are saddled with conflicting interests when it comes to promoting promising young players during such a campaign. Young players who would have been in the big leagues 20, 30 or 40 years ago are now stashed in the minors months longer, if their team stinks. And it doesn’t pay to grouse about a manager steadfastly refusing to use his best reliever in a tie game on the road, if we can’t agree that winning that game is actually valuable to the franchise.

That stinks, especially for the hundreds of thousands of fans of bad teams who lose the chance to participate in a national conversation. So consider this a public service, an outreach program to the downtrodden and the disenfranchised of the baseball world. Six teams entered Wednesday’s play with Playoff Odds lower than 10 percent: the Braves, the Phillies, the Reds, the Brewers, the Rockies and the Diamondbacks. (Yes, we’ll have a conversation soon about how the NL and the AL have become so radically disparate, in terms of competitive landscape. But not today.) Without resorting to the cheap, easy stories that force the eyes of the fan bases forward at the expense of any enjoyment of this season (Who will Arizona take with the first pick? Will the Reds trade Cueto? Will the Rockies trade Tulo? Will the Phils trade Hamels?), I want to talk about the most interesting things going on with those six clubs. I don’t promise to deliver hope; some of these are bad things. I merely want to make sure that we spend a little time valuing the games these teams are playing, because buried beneath the mixed messages and the mounting apathy, there is real content, real action taking place, things that will shape the futures of the franchises, but can be discussed in real time, without undue abstraction.

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May 11, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks' disastrous no-decent-catchers experiment is over. Meanwhile, the A's take two tries at upgrading the bullpen, while the Rays backfill a broken-down rotation.

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April 16, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Say Yas

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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Jeff Quinton

The Diamondbacks call up their big Cuban.

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Three weeks after Matthew gave up on the D'backs front office, he finds admiration for a series of moves.

On Friday night, the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers on a walk-off single by Ender Inciarte. On Saturday, they knocked around Clayton Kershaw and shut Los Angeles out, 6-0, behind the debut performance of Archie Bradley—who was exactly as advertised, for better and for worse. That came on the heels of a season-opening series in which they stayed right with the Giants, losing two out of three, but competing in each game. Jake Lamb had seven RBI in the first two games of the season. Still, they woke up Sunday with lower Playoff Odds than any National League team this side of the Phillies. The Dodgers remain the overwhelming favorites to win the NL West, not just in 2015, but for years to come. The Playoff Odds Report, PECOTA, your Monday morning power rankings list of choice, no one is any higher on the Diamondbacks than they were a week ago. Nor should they be.

Well. Actually, yes, maybe they should be. I am. Two weeks ago, I tweeted this:

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April 6, 2015 1:19 am

Transaction Analysis: Royals Go On A Ventura

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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

Yordano Ventura signs an extension, Cody Ross gets his release, and Trevor Cahill is traded to Atlanta.

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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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Nick Ahmed might win the starting shortstop job, which had implications on the rest of the roster; while the Indians and Corey Kluber aren't even close on a contract extension.

Diamondbacks infield arrangement still in flux
A Monday morning report from Peter Gammons, which indicated that Nick Ahmed had gone from darkhorse to favorite in the battle to be the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day shortstop, set off a chain of speculation about the rest of the team’s infield plans. But hours later, first-year manager Chip Hale had a message for everyone eager to etch the club’s depth chart in stone: Hold your horses.


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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair

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Daniel Rathman

Tomas boots some balls, while the golden age of Nate Freiman might be over.

Yasmany Tomas struggles at third base in early spring workouts
When the Diamondbacks splurged on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas in late November, most teams viewed him as an outfielder. The Snakes were one of the few clubs open to giving him a look at the hot corner. That’s likely part of the reason they emerged as the high bidder in a race that culminated with a six-year, $68.5 million contract.


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Last year it was the Twins. The year before, the Cardinals. This year, probably the Cubs. But what's it worth when your favorite team has the league's best farm system?

Two years ago, we did a year-by-year retrospective of the Brewers’ 2004 farm system, which had been the best in baseball at that time. Last year, we did the same for the Angels’ 2005 farm system, which had been the best in baseball at that time. The idea was to see how valuable such a farm system is over time, and, more interestingly, how long the value of such a farm system holds. Does it open a team’s competitive window for three years? Five? Ten? Beyond?

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THe Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are linked in various combinations to James Shields, Yoan Lopez and Dillon Gee.

Yoan Lopez poised to break international signing record
While many are waiting for the Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC) to clear infielder Yoan Moncada to sign with major-league organizations, a countryman and namesake is likely to beat him to the punch.


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January 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tigers Talk Big About Scherzer

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Daniel Rathman

The Tigers "have to have" their ace, while the Diamondbacks don't have to have a catcher, and Carlos Peguero doesn't have to have a clue at the plate to draw suitors.

Do the Tigers “Have to Have” Max Scherzer?
On Friday, a team official told Tony Paul of the Detroit News that finding a way to re-sign the right-hander is a must. We don’t know if that’s the prevailing viewpoint within the front office, but Paul’s tweet indicates that at least one decision-maker feels that Scherzer must be retained at all costs.


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