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A conversation with that rarest of cats in the minor leagues, the inked Wildcat from Northwestern.

Chris Hayes has emerged from the humblest of baseball backgrounds to the doorstep of the major leagues. A walk-on at Northwestern University, Hayes worked his way up to the team's closer his senior year. Following graduation he spent a year in the independent leagues before signing with the Kansas City Royals as an undrafted free agent in 2006.

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August 8, 2008 11:40 pm

Transaction Analysis: First-Look Mistakes

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Christina Kahrl

Hastily-drawn conclusions can take you to the wrong place, especially with some odd recent moves.

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July 15, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: July 8-14

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Christina Kahrl

Chris runs down the roster movement of the last week, as teams start to deal players before the deadline.

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June 26, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: June 21-24

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Christina Kahrl

The Orioles fulfill their quest for Jason Grimsley. The Reds are awash in infielders. The Astros get their man in Beltran. The A's get theirs in Dotel. The Royals...not so much. These and other happenings in a special Saturday edition of Trasnaction Analysis.

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The White Sox unload a Kochian albatross. The A's wish they could do the same with half their pen. The Phillies flip their erstwhile center fielder the Byrd. These and other news and notes out of Chicago, Oakland and Philadelphia in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Don't Let the Door Hit You: The White Sox have finally seen the light. The much maligned Billy Koch was dealt to the Marlins last week for Wilson Valdez who, for the purposes of the deal, may as well have been a bag of baseballs. Never an organization to stray too far from the mainstream, though, the Sox quickly announced that Shingo Takatsu has been named the new closer.
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    April 8, 2004 12:00 am

    Prospectus Q&A: Carlos Gomez

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    Jay Jaffe

    Carlos Gomez is a work in progress. At 26 years old, the Puerto Rico native has only 60 innings of professional ball under his belt in baseball backwaters such as Canton, Ohio and Allentown, Pa. With a high school career hampered by injury and a college career marred by ineffectiveness and then a bout of "Ankielitis," envisioning any kind of professional career at all for Gomez seemed a stretch. But persistence and a willingness to experiment have allowed Gomez to cast off his pitching woes and remake himself as a sidearming reliever, and intellectual curiosity has spurred him to incorporate objective research into his pitching approach. His is the story of Moneyball writ small, one player searching for any advantage he can get in order to rise through the professional ranks.

    Traveling under the handle "Chad Bradford Wannabe," Gomez began posting to Baseball Primer last fall. Our first encounter found him searching for a way to gauge the level of his independent-league competition using Equivalent Average, a query which brought him to the attention of Baseball Prospectus' writers. Since then, he's become a popular member of the online baseball community, chiming in several times this past off-season on his experiences playing winter ball, his own research, and his evolving approach to the game. Gomez is slated to pitch for the New Jersey Jackals of the Northeast League this year.

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    In response to one of last week's Box Lunch articles, one reader asks: "I see the intellectual interest in all the detective work of reconstructing an inning from a box score, but in this day and age, who would do that instead of clicking on the game log provided right next to the box score at ESPN if you really want to know what happened?" Maybe some of the same people who think it's still worthwhile to cook their food on a stovetop. Also, newspapers don't publish game logs. Box scores are portable, foldable, markable.

    Maybe some of the same people who think it's still worthwhile to cook their food on a stovetop. Also, newspapers don't publish game logs. Box scores are portable, foldable, markable.

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    July 16, 2002 1:58 am

    Doctoring The Numbers: Defense in Colorado

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    Rany Jazayerli

    Continuing our discussion from last week on how to build a team at Coors Field, this time, from the run-prevention side.

    Continuing our discussion from last week on how to build a team at Coors Field, this time, from the run-prevention side.

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    (Ed. note: Chris is on vacation this week. TA will resume, with a twice-a-week schedule, on April 11.)

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