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February 20, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Snakes Get Legs

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks trade for Tony Campana, the Marlins sign Casey Kotchman, and Jack Cust lands in Tampa Bay.

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November 27, 2012 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: The Least Valuable Player

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Matthew Kory

Matthew goes looking for an award that won't be controversial.

Value is one of those things people love to argue about. “Yes!” say some. “No!” say others. “This isn’t really a yes or no kind of thing,” say others. (Different others.) In the end we agree to disagree to each other’s faces and say mean things about each other’s mothers behind each other’s back.

While the substance of the mother insults is likely less than fact-based in nature (except for what I said about that guy’s mom, the truth of which is only exceeded by its grossness), the MVP disagreements manifest mostly through statistics. The sticking point lies in which stats you choose to look at, because that informs how people think about, and vote on, the Most Valuable Player award. Pick the right stats (everything on BP’s stat pages minus RBI) and you end up with the right choice. Pick the wrong stats and you end up with not Mike Trout. The venerable BBWAA picked the wrong stats and thus the wrong player, the end result being that Trout, the consensus most valuable player, was not the consensus Most Valuable Player.

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Ben and Sam size up this winter's free-agent first basemen and estimate how much money James Loney will make, then talk about whether the Dodgers' pursuit of a playoff spot is leading to dangerous decisions.

Ben and Sam size up this winter's free-agent first basemen and estimate how much money James Loney will make, then talk about whether the Dodgers' pursuit of a playoff spot is leading to dangerous decisions.

Episode 48: "What We Would Pay James Loney/Are the Dodgers Trying Too Hard?"

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Since May Day, Bryan LaHair and Casey Kotchman have been virtually the same player.

As the calendar flipped from April to May, two 29-year-old first basemen in America's Heartland were off to very different starts. In Chicago, minor-league veteran Bryan LaHair was the feel-good story of the season's first month, hitting .390/.471/.780 for the otherwise-moribund Cubs. A few hundred miles to the east, Casey Kotchman and the Indians were the subject of plenty of "I told you so"s when, to the surprise of few, Kotchman failed to sustain his surprising 2011 production, carrying a .149/.240/.254 slash line into May.

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And it's not the good kind of history.

Are you a fan of witnessing baseball history? If so then start rooting against Casey Kotchman and Mike Napoli getting hits. That’s because Kotchman and Napoli would become the first players since 2002 to sandwich a season of hitting .300 between two seasons with sub-.250 batting averages. To date, 14 players have accomplished the feat:

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May 2, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, AL Edition

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Jay Jaffe

Albert Pujols may be struggling, but there are major-league regulars doing even worse.

Albert Pujols you know about. The $240 million man has yet to get untracked for the Angels and ended the month of April hitting a paltry .217/.265/.304 without a homer. He's hardly the only hitter who has begun 2012 in a funk, though. In fact, 41 other hitters came into Tuesday with True Averages lower than or equal to that of Pujols' .225 in at least 65 plate appearances, i.e., enough to qualify for the batting title. Sure, those are small samples sizes, but we're 14 percent of the way through the season, with one page of the calendar wadded up into a ball, so it's not like we can't at least gawk at the outliers. What follows is a look at a half-dozen AL hitters—none of them as good as Pujols to begin with, admittedly—who are struggling to an even greater degree than the Angels slugger, and where they and their teams might go from here.

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February 16, 2012 9:00 am

Overthinking It: The All-NRI Team

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Ben Lindbergh

Non-roster invitees are swarming to spring training, but do these players ever pan out? Ben looks for an answer in the best of last season's NRI crop

"I’ve always said when it comes to a minor-league contract there’s no such thing as a bad one. There’s no guarantee from the club’s standpoint other than a flight to and from spring training."—Alex Anthopoulos, January 2012

While you’re busy celebrating Presidents Day in traditional American fashion—crossing the Delaware, roadtripping to Mt. Rushmore, trying to keep your anticipation for next week’s 87th Republican primary debate in check—pitchers and catchers will be reporting to training camps across Florida and Arizona. Not quite all of the pitchers and catchers or all of the camps—Mariners pitchers, catchers, and position players reported about a week before everyone else, so Mariners non-roster invitees have already been ostracizing members of their 40-man for days.

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August 3, 2011 11:19 am

Fantasy Beat: The Magic of Kotch

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Jason Collette

Jason examines one of 2011's biggest surprises, Casey Kotchman, and what to expect from him going forward.

It is a bit odd, but a guy that has been in the top three for American League batting average has yet to be a feature in an article here. Check Casey Kotchman’s player card page and you will see it is true.  Michael Street has mentioned him twice in recent weeks in his Value Picks column and also pointed out that Kotchman was owned in just 9 percent of Yahoo! leagues, 8 percent of ESPN leagues, and 29 percent of CBS leagues despite his batting average. John Perrotto reported in his On the Beat column that the Pirates were interested in Kotchman but instead ended up trading for Derrek Lee. Dustin Parkes had a comical line in a Divide and Conquer article last month in which he compared Kotchman to a Swiss army knife that only works as a bottle opener, but it does that job very well. Clearly, the great minds around here are not quite sure how to frame Kotchman’s surprise season, but the people more emotionally-attached to the issue in the Tampa Bay blogosphere are just as confused with how to frame what has become known as, “The Magic of Kotch.”

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August 4, 2009 2:02 pm

Transaction Action: NL East Tweakery

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Christina Kahrl

The ripple effects of Deadline Day on the division's active traders.

ATLANTA BRAVES
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Released RHP Jeff Bennett. [7/28]
Acquired 1B-L Adam LaRoche from the Red Sox for 1B-L Casey Kotchman; recalled 1B-R Barbaro Canizares from Gwinnett (Triple-A). [7/31]
Activated 1B-L Adam LaRoche; optioned 1B-R Barbaro Canizares to Gwinnett. [8/1]

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The Angels send off a young vet and a prospect to land the market's best available premium bat.

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February 21, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part I

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Baseball Prospectus

In preparing the annual top prospect list for Baseball Prospectus 2004, BP authors participated in the annual extended roundtable discussion of baseball's top prospects. The ranking and review process balanced translated statistics, scouting reports, and injury reports with the strong personal opinions of BP's finest…all with the goal of putting together the "best damn prospect list the world has ever seen." In Part I today we'll listen in on the discussion of the top prospects among pitchers, catchers, first basemen and second basemen. Parts II through IV will run Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. We'll also unveil the final list Tuesday, with the Top 50 prospects (we've expanded from prior years' Top 40) revealed. Rany Jazayerli will be along to discuss the Top 50 list and the process that went into compiling it in Tuesday night's Chat.

Baseball Prospectus Top 40 Prospects Roundtables:
2003 Part II
2003 Part I
2001


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Part two of our look at the top 40 prospects.

Part One

Rany Jazayerli: OK. Some responses...

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