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04-18

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Matt Harvey's 'Weird' Return
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Daniel Rathman

04-14

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What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-13

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What You Need to Know: April 13, 2015
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Ian Frazer

04-08

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Transaction Analysis: Buy High 'Cello
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Pitfalls of the Arb-Year Buyout
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Jeff Quinton

04-02

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Every Team's Moneyball: Boston Red Sox: Hit First, Ask Later
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Ben Carsley

03-26

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Daisy Cutter: Pedroia Got His Thumb Back, But Don't Call it a Comeback
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Sahadev Sharma

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

03-19

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Spring Training Notebook: Grapefruit League
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Jeff Moore

03-16

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Notes from the Field: A First Look: Yoan Moncada
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Jeff Moore

03-13

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Rubbing Mud: How the Twins Discovered Moneyball 10 Years Too Late
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Matthew Trueblood

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Yoan Moncada Fits
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Ben Carsley

02-23

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Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?
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Chris Mosch

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down
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Chris Mosch

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice
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Daniel Rathman

02-13

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Going Yard: The Greatest Swing That Ever Lived
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Ryan Parker

02-09

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Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon
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R.J. Anderson

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

01-14

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Player Profile: Mike Napoli
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Jeff Quinton

01-14

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Rumor Roundup: One Of Alexi Ogando And Max Scherzer Likely To Sign Next Week
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Surprising Math Teams Use to Value a Compensation Pick
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Jeff Quinton

12-15

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

12-02

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Painting the Black: The Ones That Sabean Let Get Away
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R.J. Anderson

12-01

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2015 Prospects: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Do Whatever They Want
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Sam Miller and Ben Carsley

11-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Timeshare DH
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Russell A. Carleton

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately
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Daniel Rathman

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Lind Blows Out of Toronto
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

11-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Farewell, Alfonso Soriano
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BP Staff

11-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-31

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Skewed Left: Those Lucky Red Sox
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Zachary Levine

10-10

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Pitching Backward: The Not-So-Sudden Breakout of October's Best Lefty Reliever
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Jeff Long

09-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of August
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Sam Miller

09-12

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Notes About Baseball: Talking About Money
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Rocco DeMaro

09-10

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The Lineup Card: Nine Comeback of the Year Candidates for 2015
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Baseball Prospectus

08-22

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Transaction Analysis: Boston Signs Cuban Star Rusney Castillo
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R.J. Anderson

08-02

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Trade Deadline
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Sam Miller and Tim Collins

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Give the Red Sox Your Tired and Your Poor But Do Not Give Them Your Prospects
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Sam Miller

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Get a Proper Infield
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Daniel Rathman, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Andrew Miller Goes to Baltimore
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella and Jason Parks

07-30

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Moonshot: Separating the Phenoms Who'll Make It From Those Who Won't
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Robert Arthur

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'
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Daniel Rathman

07-11

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Transaction Analysis: A Pierz to be Missing
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R.J. Anderson

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge
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Chris Mosch

07-10

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

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April 18, 2015 12:17 pm

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Matthew Kory

Clay Buchholz has been dominant this year, and Clay Buchholz has been terrible this year. Saturday will break the tie.

For the first time in his career Clay Buchholz was Boston’s Opening Day starter. Starting on Opening Day doesn’t mean much in the specific, but in the aggregate it means the Red Sox are depending a lot on Clay Buchholz. This could be great or terrible because Buchholz has had both great and terrible seasons previously in his career.

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Matt Harvey's 'Weird' Return

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Daniel Rathman

Things take a bizarre turn in Queens, the Nats' defensive woes continue, plus more from Tuesday and previews for Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Lester throws a pickoff, Zimmermann's ERA burns, Mookie Betts is a stud, and more from Monday.

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April 13, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: April 13, 2015

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Ian Frazer

The Red Sox and Yankees go forever, the Astros get acrobatic, the Tigers are super hot, and Bradley outduels Kershaw.

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April 8, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Buy High 'Cello

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R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox beat the free agent market to Rick Porcello.

Agreed to a four-year extension with RHP Rick Porcello worth $82.5 million. [4/6]

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April 8, 2015 6:00 am

Tools of Ignorance: Pitfalls of the Arb-Year Buyout

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Jeff Quinton

Are clubs getting the most out of their extension opportunities?

Wade Miley, Brian Dozier, Juan Lagares and Christian Yelich are among the most recent round of players to get extensions that cover their arbitration years and not much more. We think we mostly know why these deals happen: teams want to lock in players at below market cost and players want to lock in moneys. The discussion on the benefit to teams mainly centers on the fact that players—being people—are risk averse and overfocused on negative, small-probability outcomes, such as a career-ending injury or becoming terrible. As a theoretical consequence, players accept below-market deals in order to guarantee income.

However, the four extensions listed above did not receive the pro-team praise/anti-labor outrage that past extensions have received. Is this a coincidence? Maybe. Is this just agents and players getting smarter? Maybe. Is this a reaction to an overreaction to the Jon Singleton extension? Maybe (though the author notes that this would be a gross oversimplification of the Singleton situation). Another possibility is that such extensions lend themselves to decision-making errors for teams just as they do for players. More specifically, teams might be overweighting certainty, small-probability outcomes, and positive trends in handing out such extensions.

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Ben Cherington's crowded lineup projects to score the most runs in the league.

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: two AL teams! Projected division winners Angels and their diverse bullpen of specific pieces, plus the Red Sox and their collection of same-position hitters.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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There's more to Pedroia's sinking power than thumb injuries.

The simplest explanation is usually the right one. We hear this saying all the time. Ironically enough, it’s derived from a more complicated principle—Occam’s Razor—but it’s easier for us all to just use that watered-down version. Here’s the thing: I’m not a fan of that type of mindset. Sure, the simplest explanation might be a part of the answer, but in all likelihood, it’s much more layered than one reason. This is especially the case when analyzing baseball.

While I try to avoid leaning on the obvious answer, even I have my pitfalls. The biggest would be when I see power numbers are down for a particular player. Immediately, I’ll go check said player’s injury history, searching for wrist, thumb, or hand issues (which are widely believed to sap a player’s power) and if I find what I’m looking for, I’ll stop digging for other reasons. And this is where I recently made a mistake.

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March 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting

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Chris Mosch

The Blue Jays appear to have committed to Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, while the Red Sox consider committing to Mookie Betts for the better part of a decade.

John Gibbons indicates Aaron Sanchez is locked into rotation spot
It was universally expected that Aaron Sanchez would slide into the Blue Jays rotation after Marcus Stroman’s season-ending ACL tear last week. In case anyone still had doubts about the right-hander’s role come the start of the season, manager John Gibbons on Thursday all but officially confirmed that Sanchez will end up in the rotation. The Jays skipper told members of the media, including Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that the 22-year-old is "pretty much locked into where he is now.”

The Barstow, California native proceeded to pitch into the sixth inning, striking out three and issuing one free pass while generating eight grounders versus a single fly. Getting opposing hitters to beat the ball into ground was the key to Sanchez’s success out of the pen in the second half last year, as he heavily relied on a two-seam fastball that averaged 97 mph and resulted in a groundball percentage just a shade under 66 percent.


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March 19, 2015 6:00 am

Spring Training Notebook: Grapefruit League

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Jeff Moore

Notes on some interesting Mets and Red Sox prospects, including Jhoan Urena and Manuel Margot.

Throughout March, the BP Prospect Team is invading both Arizona and Florida to get some fresh looks at players as they prepare for their 2015 assignments. Between now and the start of the minor league season, they’ll be providing updates (and videos) on the prospects you know and love—and quite a few that you may not.

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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: A First Look: Yoan Moncada

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Jeff Moore

Even a limited look at the Cuban super prospect makes it clear why he's garnered so much attention.

Yoan Moncada’s journey from Cuba to Fort Myers has simultaneously been well documented and, as with so many Cuban defectors, shrouded in mystery. I, on the other hand, had only to forego a Friday night of debauchery*, respond to a 5 a.m. alarm clock, and make the cross-state trip through Alligator Alley in order to see the Red Sox newest acquisition in action for the first time.

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The Twins and the Red Sox share space at the top of one particular leaderboard, but changes in the game have made it a poor time in history to be there.

I’m not a scout, but sometimes it’s fun to pretend. When I attend baseball games in person, I often do so alone, the better to scratch feverishly at a notebook all night long. On April 15, 2013, I got to Target Field early, settled in with George Will's Men at Work, and braced myself for a long night of cold baseball. The Twins were playing the Angels, and I had a dirt-cheap seat in the highest level of the seating bowl, but directly behind home plate. I was there, mostly, to see Mike Trout in the flesh, but also to witness the big-league debut of Oswaldo Arcia and to get a feel for this young, rough Twins club.

Trout had two hits. Arcia had one, and flashed his violent, lightning-quick swing. Joe Mauer had four hits, two of them for extra bases. (This was before his power disappeared into the ether.) The Twins won easily. What caught my eye, though—what began showing up in my scorebook by the second inning, and what I’ve tracked for two years since—was one peculiar element of Minnesota’s collective plate approach: They weren’t swinging at the first pitch of any at-bat.

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