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2 Rubbing Mud: Mr. Sale's Arithmetic Class by Matthew Trueblood
2 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters by Aaron Gleeman
2 Best of BP 2016: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out by Jeff Quinton
2 Transaction Analysis: Overstocked Red Sox Deal Buchholz by Bryan Grosnick and Jarrett Seidler
1 Transaction Analysis: Replacing Ortiz by Dustin Palmateer and Matthew Trueblood
28 Transaction Analysis: For Sale: Red Sox Prospects by Ben Carsley, Adam McInturff, Jarrett Seidler, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman
4 Transaction Analysis: Boston's Bullpen Bet by Matthew Kory, Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz
3 Rumor Roundup: Oh Good, a Mike Trout Rumor by Demetrius Bell
3 Playoff Prospectus: Going Out With a Walk by Brett Cowett
2 Playoff Prospectus: Proof, Gargoyles, and David Price by Matt Collins
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews by Aaron Gleeman
3 Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona, Leverage King by Matthew Kory
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 1 Previews by Kate Morrison and Matthew Trueblood
1 Two-Strike Approach: There Are No Ceilings by Cat Garcia
0 The Call-Up: Yoan Moncada by Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen
9 Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent by Aaron Gleeman
5 Outta Left Field: Butterfly Effect-ing the Lefties by Dustin Palmateer
1 What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It by Emma Baccellieri
0 Cold Takes: Get Hyped for the August Trade Period! by Patrick Dubuque
1 The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi by Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman
0 Transaction Analysis: Not Abad Trade by Aaron Gleeman and Will Haines
0 BP Fenway by Matthew Kory
0 What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes by Demetrius Bell
4 Two-Strike Approach: The 21-Start Check-in on David Price by Cat Garcia
1 What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell by Daniel Rathman
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
6 Rubbing Mud: Another Look At Doyle, Smoltz, Andersen, Bagwell by Matthew Trueblood
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
10 Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz by Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford
3 Transaction Analysis: Dave Dombrowski is a Hustler, Baby by Bryan Grosnick
7 Prospectus Q&A: Dan Shaughnessy by Tim Britton
0 BP Boston by Matt Collins
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3 Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution by Aaron Gleeman
0 Prospectus Feature: It's June 10th, and July 2 Deals Are Happening by Trevor Strunk
2 Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report by Rian Watt
1 Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting by Tim Britton
0 BP Boston by Bryan Joiner
3 Life at the Margins: Marvelous Mookie Fails Twice by Rian Watt
1 What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout by Emma Baccellieri
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
2 The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 27 by Matthew Kory
6 What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record by Daniel Rathman
13 Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out by Jeff Quinton
0 Prospectus Feature: On David Ortiz and Perhaps the Best Final Season Ever by Aaron Gleeman
2 Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford
5 Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher by Tim Britton
0 BP Boston by Matthew Kory
Jeremy Hellickson aces his audition, the White Sox get to the Cubs' bullpen, and Dave Dombrowski has made so many trades that they're starting to overlap in a kind of baseball version of the grandfather paradox.
The Monday Takeaway
Trade rumors have swirled around the Marlins in recent days, with most honing in on the club’s search for a starting pitcher, especially in light of worrisome injury news regarding . Among the arms connected to Miami were Wei-Yin Chen and Andrew Cashner , and also Matt Moore … Jeremy Hellickson
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The odds that Big Papi takes the hardware in his farewell tour. History tells us the story of two lopsided trades, but History ignores some nuance--and some lessons for this trade deadline.
There are lots of cautionary tales about trading prospects for pitchers in the heat of a pennant race. Some belong specifically to certain fan bases or regions; most also belong specifically to one or another generation. There’s the deal that sent
and Derek Lowe to the Red Sox in exchange for Jason Varitek , and the one that sent Heathcliff Slocumb , Grady Sizemore , and Cliff Lee to the Indians in exchange for Brandon Phillips . More recently, there was Bartolo Colon for Scott Kazmir , and more recently still, there was Victor Zambrano for Wilson Ramos . There are tons of these, and because of that possessiveness each fan base and generation feels toward its favorites, you’re probably wondering why your personal highlight wasn’t among the ones I just rattled off. Matt Capps
I want to talk, though, about two of the highest-profile versions of this fable in history. As it happened, they occurred just three years apart, and almost 30 years ago. They’re the ones you probably conjured quickest, when you read the first sentence, even if they’re not the ones with which you identify most closely. Here they are:
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The Red Sox dealt from their excellent farm system--then made their farm system even more excellent.
Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski was brought in to make moves like this one, sending an elite pitching prospect to the Padres for rotation help.
Boston makes three trades to rebuild the bullpen and the infield, and Omar Infante tries to keep his career going in Atlanta. This year's J.G. Taylor Spink Award honoree talks about Earl Weaver's pre-game post-game quotes, how young writers can get his attention, his many clubhouse confrontations and more.
Few voices in baseball coverage are as recognizable—and yes, as polarizing—as that of Dan Shaughnessy. Since starting as a beat reporter for the
Baltimore Evening Sun in 1977 through his quarter-century as a columnist with the Boston Globe, Shaughnessy has become one of the most distinctive and distinguished sportswriters in America. Read the full article...
The forgotten cog of the early season Boston offense may have gone missing. How much do they need him to hit?
If the Red Sox are going to improve at the trade deadline, the cost could be exorbitant.
In his farewell season, David Ortiz is battering lefties.
Can Boston get regular production out of its corner infielders? A year ago today, Francisco Lindor was recalled. Since (roughly) that day, the position has gone from a dead spot to historically great.
Eleven months ago
was voted into the All-Star game as the AL’s starting shortstop. Escobar is an oft-praised defender with plus speed on a Royals team that was coming off a World Series loss and headed for a World Series win, but he also ended the first half with a modest .699 Alcides Escobar and finished the season with a .614 OPS that nearly matched his .636 career mark through age 28. OPS Alcides Escobar, All-Star starting shortstop just seemed a little lofty.
Royals fans stuffed the ballot box so much that second baseman
and his .555 OPS nearly got voted into the game as well, but in Escobar’s case the story wasn’t so much about an undeserved selection as no other AL shortstops standing out as clearly deserving. In other words, don’t blame Escobar or Royals fans for his being in the starting lineup alongside the biggest stars in the league. None of the AL shortstops had an OPS above .750 at the All-Star break. The chosen backup was light-hitting Omar Infante , another glove-first player whose career OPS is .680. Jose Iglesias
Eleven months later, the AL’s shortstop landscape has changed so dramatically that the position as a whole has a higher collective OPS (.709) than Escobar had at the time of the All-Star break last year (.699) and Escobar has been the worst-hitting shortstop in the entire league.
is hitting .359/.405/.527 for the Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts , who shifted from third base to shortstop following Manny Machado ’s foot injury, is hitting .308/.376/.600 for the Orioles. J.J. Hardy , who made his debut exactly one year ago today, is hitting .304/.360/.450 for the Indians. Francisco Lindor , the reigning Rookie of the Year, is hitting .256/.351/.423 for the Astros. Carlos Correa
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