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11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Career-Years and Old Upside
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Jeff Quinton, Wilson Karaman and Bret Sayre

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Lefty, Lefty, Lefty
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Matthew Trueblood

11-22

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Transaction Analysis: We Are Tuffy Gosewisch
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Patrick Dubuque

08-04

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Two-Strike Approach: Buy High, Shel Low
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Cat Garcia

08-01

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Pebble Hunting: A Prayer For Daniel Hudson
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Sam Miller

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Reunite With Clippard
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Kenny Ducey and Steve Givarz

07-11

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What You Need to Know: And Then It Got Weird
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Ashley Varela

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-11

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Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces
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Doug Thorburn

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

05-20

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Pole Odds Changes
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Matthew Trueblood

05-13

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Fifth Column: Wearing It
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Michael Baumann

04-01

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Prospectus Feature: Save the Person, Save the Arm
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Eric Garcia McKinley

03-30

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Winter Is Leaving
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Sam Miller

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
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Daniel Rathman

02-18

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Life at the Margins: The NL's Gut-Punchiest Team Projection
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Rian Watt

02-05

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Rubbing Mud: Seven or Eight Shortstops
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Matthew Trueblood

02-03

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Pitching Backward: Bringing the Heat
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Jeff Long

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Josh Reddick Extension Conversation
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Daniel Rathman

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Will Make Pollock Prove It
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Daniel Rathman

12-17

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball Owners and Their Predictable Needs
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Meg Rowley

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: The Shelby Shocker
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Matthew Trueblood, J.J. Jansons and Christopher Crawford

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Snake Bitten
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Matthew Trueblood and Bret Sayre

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: Cueto Aims Higher
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Daniel Rathman

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick?
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Daniel Rathman

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

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What to take from Jeff Passan's excellent new book, The Arm.

Jeff Passan’s valuable new book, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports—out Tuesday from HarperCollins—is an attempt to shed light on one of the most confounding dramas in contemporary baseball: the so-called “epidemic” of elbow injuries among pitchers. The thrust of the book is revealed in its final pages, when Passan indicates that he hopes his deep dive into pitching and arm health is “something that can help a lot of people.” The motivating prompt for this goal is the nettlesome question: “How can we keep the arm healthy?”

Passan’s investigation is primarily in reference to the rising number of torn ligaments and subsequent Tommy John surgeries among professionals and amateurs. In brief, the book is about a problem, and its aim is to identify solutions. It does not offer any single solution, but that’s not a failure of the book. On the contrary, it’s a testament to the ambitiousness and timeliness of the question. Instead of a magic bullet, Passan reveals that the only way to mitigate arm injuries among pitchers is to effect a cultural shift in the way arms are viewed and used from the lowest to highest levels of competition. The way to do that is to, in a sense, re-attach “the arm” to the human athletes to whom they belong, from youth to professional baseball.

There are numerous correlative causes that lead to elbow injuries among pitchers; however, the only indisputable explanation is the mere act of pitching. To add a finer shade to this maxim, overpitching on macro and micro scales—year-round competition among youth and an emphasis on velocity—are the root causes of elbow injuries. These are the types of concerns that the parents of Harley Harrington, a young pitcher Passan profiles as one of many human stories that accompany his deep dive into arm health, have to be aware of. One of the most fundamental solutions to the problem of pitcher injuries among professionals, Passan posits, is to enforce regulations in the frequency of competition among the industry of youth baseball in which Harrington might soon be pressured to participate.

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March 30, 2016 6:00 am

Winter Is Leaving

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Sam Miller

No, really: Paul Goldschmidt is great, and he might just change your life.

I think about this tweet all the time:

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Michael Taylor could be the league's most important fourth outfielder, while Robbie Ray ain't guaranteed nothin' yet.

Nationals will spread the wealth when it comes to outfield playing time
When Denard Span left in free agency, the Nationals appeared poised to install the homegrown Michael Taylor as their new primary center fielder, stomaching a boatload of strikeouts to enjoy his excellent defense and electric power/speed profile. Then, in early January, general manager Mike Rizzo acquired Ben Revere from the Blue Jays, bumping Taylor back into the fourth-outfielder role he served in last year.


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February 18, 2016 6:00 am

Life at the Margins: The NL's Gut-Punchiest Team Projection

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Rian Watt

The Diamondbacks spent the offseason spending big and trying to take the next step. Why's PECOTA such a downer about their chances?

Earlier this month a strange feeling came over me: I began to be intrigued by the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s hard to say exactly why, in retrospect. Possibly it’s because, when a team decides to spend an amount equivalent to 2 percent of its home-state budget (yes, really) on a single starting pitcher, you begin to get the sense that it’s trying to say something.

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In the career trajectories of seven (or eight) young(ish) shortstops, we see the volatility of baseball careers at this level.

This is an interesting phenomenon, though one that (for various reasons) has gone largely unnoticed: There were seven (or eight, if you’re feeling generous) regular big-league shortstops in 2015 who were born in the seven months between early September 1989 and late March 1990. I’ve been tracking their progress for years, wondering when one or another edged ahead of the field as the most valuable, trying to gauge their relative market standings. It was always hard to tell, though, because for each player, development has been anything but linear, and their values have seemed to be very volatile. The group even flexed in size and membership over the years, reaching (probably) its maximum size in 2015.

This winter, we finally got a little clarity (though only a little). Four of these shortstops changed teams this winter, all via trade. At least two permanently moved on from being shortstops. From here on out, the careers of these seven (or eight) players with so much in common might seem thoroughly disparate, even though (perhaps most remarkably, of all the interesting things about them) their paths to this point in their careers have often crossed—and in some cases, have even altered one another. Thus, I want to take a moment to consider their respective situations, weigh them against each other, and revel in the entropy that defines baseball, an entropy this group embodies as well as anyone.

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February 3, 2016 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Bringing the Heat

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Jeff Long

When we take the weather into account for DRA, how big a swing are we talking about?

One of the most important components of DRA is the awareness of external factors on pitching performance. Obvious things like the parks each player is pitching in, and the defense behind him, clearly affect performance. So too, does temperature.

Derek Holland quite literally brings the heat. Sure, he threw a 94 mph fastball in 2015, but he also pitched in some of the highest average temperature games among all pitchers who recorded at least 162 outs last season. Holland started 10 games for the Rangers, the average temperature of which was over 81 degrees. That’s nearly 8 degrees warmer than the average gametime temperature last season.

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The A's and Josh Reddick might work out an extension, while the Diamondbacks could move Aaron Hill.

A’s will discuss long-term deal with Josh Reddick
About 10 days ago, the Athletics avoided an arbitration hearing with Josh Reddick by compromising at $6.575 million. Now that the outfielder’s 2016 salary is settled, both he and the club are ready to look further into the future.

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, extension talks with Reddick will commence shortly, and at the very least, there appears to be mutual interest in a long-term relationship. At the club’s weekend Fan Fest, Reddick told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he was “thrilled” to hear the A’s wanted to keep him in Oakland beyond the 2016 season, his final year of arbitration. The question now is whether the sides can agree on dollars and years.


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Arizona and A.J. Pollock aren't on an extension path, while Cespedes is a possibility in Houston--or, at least, an unlikely possibility.

D’backs table extension talks with A.J. Pollock
Few players did better for themselves heading into their first tour of arbitration than A.J. Pollock, who delivered a 5.4 WARP campaign on the strength of 39 doubles, 20 homers, and 39 stolen bags. The 28-year-old bloomed late but has established himself as a star-level contributor, the sort of player teams are eager to lock up as free agency draws nearer. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, while they’ve accomplished a lot this offseason, locking Pollock up long term may have to wait.


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Like ballplayers, owners make decisions based on their own needs. Unlike ballplayers, owners are already soooooooooooo rich.

Free agency does a lot to clarify what matters to players. Some will opt for the highest average annual contract or biggest guarantee; others will take slightly less so they might preserve another bite at free agency down the road, before time completely diminishes their stars. Some are able to command both, because of savvy negotiating or some team’s desperate craving for a generational talent. Each outcome is revealing. Mega contracts make for surprisingly boring tales in this regard. The would-be lottery winner in all of us can imagine the satisfaction a nice, round number like $200 million might have as it rolls off the tongue. Many a player will take all the chips ownership will push into the pile and cash out, considering themselves satiated. It’s when those max contracts hit the tape only to be pushed aside by deals with virtues like flexibility or longevity or the promise of a World Series appearance, that we get to say something more interesting about what matters. Like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, with the top of the pyramid drawn in bespoke terms, assuming the shape of the complicated mix of ingredients and tiebreakers that make up happiness. As Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh discussed on Episode 774 of Effectively Wild, those ingredients can be personal and perhaps a bit eccentric.

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Arizona turns its back to the future.

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As we head into the winter meetings, rumors are finding matches for Kazmir, Leake, and a pair of Boston arms.

Starting pitchers were flying off the shelves before the Winter Meetings could even start, so here’s the latest from that segment of the free-agent landscape…

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The Diamondbacks outspend their two biggest divisional rivals for Zack Greinke on the back of their brand new TV deal.

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