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07-25

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The Lineup Card: 8 People Who Could Use a Change of Scenery
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Baseball Prospectus

01-16

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-05

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Transaction Analysis: Sunk Costs and Changes of Scenery
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Ben Lindbergh

11-10

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Rumor Mill for 11/10/11
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Derek Carty

07-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Centers of Attention UPDATED
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Jay Jaffe

07-05

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Transaction Analysis: Once and Future Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh

06-14

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Transaction Analysis: Farm Aid
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Ben Lindbergh

04-14

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Overthinking It: Baffled by the Brewers Bench
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Ben Lindbergh

02-08

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Overthinking It: PECOTA Through the Looking-Glass
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Ben Lindbergh

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
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David Laurila

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli
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Christina Kahrl

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Punished
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Christina Kahrl

01-04

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Activity
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Christina Kahrl

04-26

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Transaction Action: Rounding Out the AL
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Christina Kahrl

03-16

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Transaction Action: Lefty-less and Zedliness
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Christina Kahrl

01-08

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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: NL Action
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Christina Kahrl

08-21

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Transaction Action: Additions of a Minor Nature
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Christina Kahrl

08-06

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Transaction Action: Assorted National League Moves
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Christina Kahrl

02-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Scott Servais
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David Laurila

02-03

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Transaction Analysis: Roster Oddments
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Christina Kahrl

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Moving and Shaking
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Christina Kahrl

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Feeling Short?
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Christina Kahrl

11-10

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Transaction Analysis: NL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

10-13

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Player Profile: Matt Garza
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

09-28

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Transaction Analysis: Regular-Season Wrap-up
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Christina Kahrl

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling
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Christina Kahrl

08-14

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Transaction Analysis: AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: The Weekend Trio
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Christina Kahrl

07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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John Perrotto

07-03

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Moves and Issues
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Christina Kahrl

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Challenges and Carousels
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Christina Kahrl

01-14

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The Week in Quotes: January 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

12-19

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Transaction of the Day: AL Central
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Christina Kahrl

11-08

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Transaction of the Day: The Lidge Deal, and a Re-signed Sock
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Christina Kahrl

08-14

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Transaction of the Day: NL West Moves
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Christina Kahrl

03-15

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL West
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Kevin Goldstein

05-30

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Transaction Analysis: May 25-29
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Christina Kahrl

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: November 9-17
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: July 20-25
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Christina Kahrl

08-31

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-29, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: The Centrals
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Baseball Prospectus

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Which players around the league could benefit from a fresh start in a new city?

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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There aren't a whole lot of nice things to say about this unhappy system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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The Cubs eat a bad contract and get a decent pitcher in return as the Marlins add the temperamental Carlos Zambrano to their revamped rotation.

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November 10, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Rumor Mill for 11/10/11

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Derek Carty

Derek Lowe and Jim Thome will be changing scenery, but what does that do to their value?

Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | SP | Under Contract | Newest Indian

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July 27, 2011 2:56 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Centers of Attention UPDATED

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Jay Jaffe

B.J. Upton and Colby Rasmus had sky-high ceilings as prospects, but their up-and-down performances in the majors has led them to the trading block.

The July 31 trading deadline traditionally turns the spotlight on pending free agents that can shore up a contender's roster for the stretch run. Carlos Beltran and Hiroki Kuroda are the belles of the quick-fix ball this year, and if they don't sound tremendously enticing, it helps explain why so much talk is focused elsewhere, on younger and more affordable players still under club control. Ubaldo Jimenez and Hunter Pence fit that bill, even if their respective teams' willingness to trade them is something of a head-scratcher. More puzzling is how B.J. Upton and Colby Rasmus have arrived at this juncture, particularly given the big things projected for them just a few years ago. On the other hand, maybe that explains exactly why they're here.

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Rich Harden resurfaces at just the right time, Travis Snider getting off the schneid means bad news for Juan Rivera, the Dodgers' Dee Gordon fails his first audition, the D'backs lose their closer, the Yankees release some insurance, and more.

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The Mariners go fishing for Carp and San Diego summons Anthony Rizzo, plus musings on whom Petco helps most and what it means for the Padres.

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Does the Brew Crew's collection of bench has-beens suggest that they've forgotten the lessons of 2008, or are they still in the process of building a contender?

Much as I try to keep track of transactions, there are, at any particular time, a certain number of players dotting major-league benches and bullpens whose existence manages to elude me entirely. Take current Braves third-string catcher J.C. Boscan. If you’d asked me what team he was on, I would’ve had at best a one-in-thirty chance of answering correctly; if I’d known he was a catcher, the odds would have been even worse, since I wouldn’t have guessed that a team fortunate enough to have both Brian McCann and David Ross would feel the need to go three deep behind the plate. As far as I can tell, Fredi Gonzalez wants him around in case Ross starts and McCann pinch-hits for him, which would leave the Braves only one unlikely catastrophic injury away from disaster—making Boscan little more than a security blanket with a catcher’s glove and an unusual goatee.

I managed to miss both Boscan’s lone plate appearance in 2010 (a walk!) and his single plate appearance in 2011 (a strikeout!). Those two no-contact cameos (and a pair of innings behind the plate) compose the entirety of his major-league career to date. In fact, he didn’t even make it into the BP annual, a snub that makes you either a nobody or the 1996 Cardinals. Of course, now that I’ve written about him and associated him with Mrs. Peterman’s dying words, I’ll remember J.C. Boscan to my dying day, even though it would be safe to forget about him as soon as Jair Jurrjens bumps him off the roster this weekend.

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Applying PECOTA to its namesake reminds us why conservative projections aren't a curse.

As backronyms go, “Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm” is squarely on the intimidating side. That’s why it’s somewhat comforting that our BP-branded projection system also has a human face, even if that face couldn’t muster a very convincing mustache. For those who’ve joined us late, PECOTA’s name is jack-of-all-forecasts Nate Silver’s nod to Bill Pecota, a light-hitting utility infielder of the 1980s and ’90s whose scrappy play earned him entrance to even the most hardened of baseball analysts’ hearts, despite questionable artistic taste and the kind of stat lines that normally invite ridicule from the sabermetric set (especially when they’re associated with someone wearing a Kansas City uniform).

Odes to Pecota the player have already been written, so I’ll refrain from presenting a complete history, but we all know the type. Pecota played as many positions as he did seasons, putting Willie Bloomquist to shame in terms of positional flexibility (if not value) by spending time everywhere on the diamond that it’s possible to appear, with the possible exception—at least in some seasons—of the basepaths. Although he retired a year before the offseason that produced our first annual, robbing us of the ability to put something snarky about him on paper, we likely would have pointed to his utter lack of patience and power as compelling reasons not to employ him. Still, with 21st-century hindsight, we can say with some confidence that Pecota’s glove may have made him worth playing at times, since our new-and-improved implementation of FRAA gives him credit for 36 runs in the field, albeit with a margin of error of 23.

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The Brewers' closer discusses his path to the majors, film, and social networking.

When most baseball fans think of John Axford, they think of a hard-throwing right-hander who came out of nowhere to replace Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer last season. Many also look at him as the guy with the cool mustache, but there is far more to Axford than the 24 saves and the facial hair that is approaching cult status. A 27-year-old native and resident of Ontario, Canada, Axford teetered on the brink of baseball oblivion before making his mark in Milwaukee. He underwent Tommy John surgery while earning a film degree at Notre Dame, and subsequently found himself going from indie ball in western Canada to a minor-league stint with the Yankees, who released him after just one season. Signed off the scrapheap by the Brewers in 2008, he is now a bona fide big-leaguer and burgeoning online sensation.


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January 26, 2011 4:45 pm

Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli

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Christina Kahrl

Plus the Mortensen trade, and the shape of the Rangers and Jays bullpens.

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The Rays ask for fun from short-changed graybeards, Armando Galarraga's trip to Arizona is his latest imperfect result, plus Punto and Qualls.

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