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07-11

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Transaction Analysis: Dave Dombrowski is a Hustler, Baby
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Bryan Grosnick

07-01

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Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami
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Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

06-29

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An Agent's Take: A Sense of Where You Are
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Joshua Kusnick

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-19

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Prospectus Feature: The Allure Of The First-Act Narrative
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Trevor Strunk

06-10

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Prospectus Feature: It's June 10th, and July 2 Deals Are Happening
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Trevor Strunk

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak
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Demetrius Bell

06-09

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Transaction Analysis: Kelly Johnson and the Mets, Together Again
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Bryan Grosnick and Jarrett Seidler

06-09

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Rubbing Mud: The White Sox In A Nutshell
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Matthew Trueblood

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success?
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Rob Mains

06-06

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Night at Turner Field - July 16, 2016
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Baseball Prospectus

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-19

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Life at the Margins: Deck Chair Moved
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Rian Watt

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired
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Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle
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Daniel Rathman

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies
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Nicolas Stellini

04-28

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What You Need to Know: The Braves Might Not Have a Floor
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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Baseball Therapy: Can Teams Come Back From a Comeback?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-26

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Outta Left Field: Craig Kimbrel Is Increasing His Lead
by
Dustin Palmateer

04-25

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Rubbing Mud: Why Would Anybody Watch the Braves?
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Matthew Trueblood

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Nobody Is 0-21, Yet
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Nicolas Stellini

04-12

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Baseball Therapy: Somebody Is Finally Trying to Kill the Traditional Closer Role
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Russell A. Carleton

04-11

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Fifth Column: The Week In Pain
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Michael Baumann

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
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Bryan Grosnick

03-28

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Rumor Roundup: Battle for Fourth Place
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Ashley Varela

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth
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Demetrius Bell

03-15

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Winter Is Leaving
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Rian Watt

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Beltre Extension
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Demetrius Bell

03-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Players' Share of Baseball's Wealth
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Samuel Mann

02-18

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Players Prefer Presentation: Finding and Fixing Baseball's Worst Positions
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Meg Rowley

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Ex-Prospects Challenge Trade
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R.J. Anderson

12-09

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

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World
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R.J. Anderson

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rebuilding = Opportunity
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J.J. Jansons

05-14

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

04-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Comeback
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Matthew Trueblood

04-30

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An Agent's Take: The Luckiest Accidents
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Joshua Kusnick

04-22

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Transaction Analysis: The Bad Luck Brewers
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R.J. Anderson

04-10

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Rubbing Mud: Carlos Quentin's DFA is This Godforsaken Era in a Nutshell
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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

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: The Last Blockbuster of the Offseason
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Matthew Trueblood, Mark Anderson, Bret Sayre and Wilson Karaman

03-31

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

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: Jonny Venters Rides the Highway
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R.J. Anderson

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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Chris Mosch

02-17

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An Agent's Take: The Joy of the Trade
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Joshua Kusnick

02-02

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Transaction Analysis: Million-Dollar Bills
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R.J. Anderson

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Miami Ich
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R.J. Anderson

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros
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R.J. Anderson

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Firing Fredi Gonzalez is no cause for celebration in Atlanta. Right now, nothing is.

When you have nothing to say, sometimes it’s best to say nothing at all. By firing Fredi Gonzalez earlier this week, the Braves simultaneously said something and, at the same time, implicitly admitted that it would have been far, far better to say nothing at all. Because what, really, was the point of what happened this week? When you choose to enter the year with a manager in place—particularly a manager who, as is the case with Gonzalez, has been around for a while—you’re making a statement about your confidence in that manager’s ability to see you through the season in the way you’ve designed the season to be played. If you weren’t confident in the same, you would have made a change in the offseason.

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Atlana has odd timing in firing Fredi Gonzalez, Francisco Cervelli shows how much he loves Pittsburgh, and Tony Kemp arrives in Houston.

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The A's ace adjusts but struggles again, the Yankees hit bombs, Corey Kluber bombs, and the best Bad-Braves Fun Fact we heard yesterday.

The Monday Takeaway
When this season began, Sonny Gray was Sonny Gray. Seven innings of one-run work on Opening Day paved the way for three more quality efforts, amounting to a 2.73 ERA four starts into his 2016 campaign. Then, on April 27th, the Tigers sent Gray to the showers after just two-plus innings. And while the right-hander bounced back to log seven innings six days later, the Mariners tagged him for 11 hits and seven runs during his time on the hill.


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Whoppingly unexpected records in the NL East, Jake Arrieta allows a run, and more.

For every underperforming team like the Astros, there is a club that shocks us with its refusal to shut up and lose like it's supposed to. One of those teams is the Phillies. At 12-10, they sit just a breath out of first place after completing a sweep of the division-leading Nationals. Thursday’s victory was a 3-0 effort that saw yet another cathartic and well-earned walloping of Jonathan Papelbon. This could easily be a space to talk about the euphoric feeling of dunking on the schoolyard bully who picks you last for basketball in gym class, but instead we’ll talk about Bryce Harper and Elvis Araujo.

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The Braves are bad, Sonny Gray was bad, the White Sox are good, and Steven Souza does quite the thing.

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Testing the belief that ninth-inning losses hurt more.

There’s nothing more thrilling in baseball than a ninth-inning comeback. Unless, of course, it’s your team being victimized by the comeback. Then, there’s nothing worse. To have fought for eight innings and held the lead, only to have the game snatched away in the ninth. It might leave the other team breathless, but it will leave you with a nasty scar.

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The league throws harder now, but Craig Kimbrel throws even harder.

I was listening to the Red Sox home opener earlier this season, and after one of Craig Kimbrel’s fastballs reached its destination the voice of Joe Castiglione cracked through my radio: fastball in there for a strike . . . at 97. That’s fast. Sort of.

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On the flabbergasting fact that 32,085 paid to watch the Braves on Sunday.

If you were in the Atlanta area on Sunday, you could have seen matinee performances of ‘Dream Girls’ (at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta) or ‘Ragtime’ (at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center). You could have attended an Italian Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre, or the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Centennial Olympic Park, where the craft beer was flowing and live music played. It was a free entrance day at several National Parks, including nearby Chattahoochee Park. Instead of pursuing any of those opportunities, 32,085 people bought tickets to see the Braves host the Mets, and I’m writing this article just to ask a simple question: Why?

Why, when the Braves started 4-13 in their final season as true residents of Atlanta, rather than white suburbia, keep throwing good money after very, very bad? Why, when this team’s upper management threw a temper tantrum over a bad month and a half in late 2014 and traded away nearly all of what was a tremendous, successful core of exciting young players, place any faith in their current plan to stomach years of losing in the hope of building another such core? Why, when this team is going nowhere this season and benefits far more from losing than from winning, go to the park and implore them to do the latter?

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The Braves and the Twins slouch toward the first overall pick, while Jaime Garcia almost pulls a Velasquez.

The Thursday Takeaway
It’s early, we say. Indeed it is. For the Braves and Twins, the season is but nine games old. Yet they have been a very long nine games for both teams; a fruitless and unforgiving nine games. All 18 games have ended in losses. The two teams both lost on Thursday.


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But will Arodys Vizcaino and the Braves move the needle?

If you made a list of the top six or seven stories from the first week of the 2016 season, I suppose that Trevor Story would be the top, uh, you know. Spaces 2 through 6 or 7 would be taken up by Bryce Harper’s hat, John Gibbons’ choice of gametime attire, Kyle Schwarber’s injury, Andrew McCutchen hitting in the no. 2 spot for the Pirates, Noah Syndergaard’s 95 mph slider, and perhaps Stephen Strasburg’s slider that doesn’t actually exist.

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Six months of waiting end in almost immediate disappointment for two players.

Talk to enough diehard baseball fans and you’ll find people who find comfort in the length of the baseball season. Baseball will never really feel like an event because it isn’t one—it’s mundane, quotidian. Football is a vacation. Football happens once a week on national TV—you block out your day to watch football. Baseball happens six times a week, times 30 teams if you’re an MLB.tv addict. You don’t block out your day to watch baseball, but baseball’s on the radio while you’re driving home from work or doing the dishes. It’s on the TV when you’re at the bar with your friends. It’s humming in the background while you fall asleep on the sofa on Sunday afternoon.

Baseball is always there when you need it because baseball is always there.

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A roundup of last-spring roster shuffling, starring all your favorites: Nate Freiman, Dan Straily, Erik Kratz, and more!

Acquired 1B-R Nate Freiman from the Braves for 1B/OF-R Tyler Moore [3/29]

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