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11-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Matt Collins

11-12

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15

The Best Roster Cores
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Jonathan Judge

11-11

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An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align
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Joshua Kusnick

11-11

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14

Baseball Therapy: It's Not a Phase
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Russell A. Carleton

09-12

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Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle
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R.J. Anderson

09-10

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Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia
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Chris Mellen

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-Star
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R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: If You've Got Asdrubal...
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Craig Goldstein and Rob McQuown

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh
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R.J. Anderson

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

02-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 395: 2014 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-25

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BP Announcements: Another Analyst Gets the Call
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Max Marchi

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: Looking for Lefty Relief
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Daniel Rathman

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: Failures to Communicate
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Daniel Rathman

02-12

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Transaction Analysis: Don't Ya Need Him Brantley
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Extension Tension
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Mark of the Reynolds
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Who Likes Ike?
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Daniel Rathman

12-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 351: Life-Changing Lessons from Recent Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Another Smart St. Louis Signing, Another Typical Cleveland Closer
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

11-27

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-27

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Four Teams Bet on Bouncebacks
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Ben Lindbergh and Craig Goldstein

11-08

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One Move: American League Central
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Ben Carsley

11-04

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Transaction Analysis: Tools of Intelligence
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R.J. Anderson

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Recap: Rays 4, Indians 0
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Sam Miller

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
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R.J. Anderson

09-27

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What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye
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Daniel Rathman

09-25

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What You Need to Know: Cleveland Socks
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: The Weekend's Playoff Developments
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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Painting the Black: The Indians' Kluber Man
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R.J. Anderson

09-10

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Overthinking It: Is Ubaldo Back?
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Ben Lindbergh

09-09

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Prospects Who Disappointed
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

09-03

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What You Need to Know: Taking Three Teams' Playoff Temperatures
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Daniel Rathman

08-30

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Transaction Analysis: Kubel to Cleveland
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R.J. Anderson

08-13

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Transaction Analysis: Mark Reynolds Wanders On
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R.J. Anderson

08-09

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Transaction Analysis: Extending Utley (and Ryan Raburn)
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Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh

08-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 262: The All-Banter Episode
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-02

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What You Need to Know: The AL Central Gap Grows
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Daniel Rathman

07-31

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The Great Trade Game
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Paul Sporer

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: The Indians Play Scrabble, and the Dodgers Buy the Beard
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Sam Miller

07-30

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What You Need to Know: Striking from Second Place
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Daniel Rathman

07-12

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What You Need to Know: The Indians' and Orioles' Pitching Problems
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Daniel Rathman

07-11

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The Call-Up: Danny Salazar
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Jason Parks

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

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Matt Collins

The Tribe boasts intriguing present and future options at a few of the shallowest fantasy positions.

All of a sudden, the AL Central looks like one of the more interesting divisions in all of baseball. The Tigers are still a star-studded team that is not afraid to spend. The Royals are coming off of an improbable World Series run and will bring back much of their core. Even the White Sox have some fun young pieces to go along with one of the best pitchers in the game. Then, there’s the Indians, who are often forgotten but remain a possible dark-horse team to make a playoff run in 2015.

While they likely don’t have the payroll flexibility to add many major pieces to their roster this winter, they already have a nice core in place. Their pitching staff is headed by a Cy Young candidate, and their lineup is built around one of the better catchers in baseball, a breakout star in left field and an OBP machine at first base. They’ll need some of their young players to take another step forward, but they should be a fun team to watch in the coming year.

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

The Best Roster Cores

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Jonathan Judge

Looking at the teams with the best chances of keeping the gang together--the best cores in baseball.

It’s hot stove time, when we shift our focus from the season that was to the season on the horizon. Tires are kicked, trades are proposed, and free agents are considered. During it all, metrics like WARP allow us to summarize the performance of individual players. But what about the overall core of a team’s major-league roster? How can we say, objectively, whether a team has built a core of ongoing contributors? Or, by contrast, whether it has been overly reliant on transient (e.g., departing) assets?

A productive core consists of two things: good players under long-term control, and good players who are not too old. Players under long-term control allow a team to be patient and avoid expensive, volatile solutions (except in those cases when the players under long-term control become those expensive, volatile solutions); players who are younger also tend to play more games, be more productive, and remain productive for longer.

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align

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Joshua Kusnick

How an agent landed a client who, eight years later, is an MVP candidate.

In April 2006 I was living in Tallahassee, attending my final semester at FSU. I had also been working for an agent for a few years and had pretty much no idea what I was doing, just figuring things out as I went along. The highlights of my year: My client Carlos Martinez (of the Marlins) made it to the major leagues; and my client/friend John Buccigross on SportsCenter got to cover a huge brawl in Houston. I got to watch this from my house in Tallahassee, which at the time was quite surreal. I’m mostly numb to that now; one of my friends, Eric Hosmer (not a client—I went to high school with his brother) was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and had a great postseason. To me, it was just watching Hoz play, but my wife, who couldn’t care less about baseball, was in awe that a guy she knew was on national television in the World Series.

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: It's Not a Phase

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Russell A. Carleton

Will we ever have 10-9 games again?

Now that the warm glow of watching Madison Bumgarner pitch the final five innings of Game Seven has faded (and the warm glow has faded from Madison Bumgarner’s arm), we can look back over the year that was 2014 and talk about a rather uncomfortable truth. Scoring was down again in baseball. This year, the average team scored 4.07 runs, down a tenth of a run from 2013, and hitting the lowest level since 1981 (a weird strike-shortened year). I suppose that whether a 3-2 game is more beautiful than a 10-9 game is a matter of personal taste, but it does lead to a rather challenging question. Will the 10-9 games ever come back?

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September 12, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle

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R.J. Anderson

Trades are completed, relievers are freed, contracts are purchased, Shucks are acquired for cash considerations, and so on.

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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia

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Chris Mellen

Cleveland catching prospect Francisco Mejia is still a tiny baby, but there could be something special brewing.

When I see a player for the first time I like to go in as cold as possible because it is important to put aside any preconceived opinions that can influence the initial assessment and, ultimately, the report. These days, that's easier said than done, but I do try to keep it to a minimum. Over the course of the season I target players on my “must see” list for various reasons. The goal is to cover the teams I see from top to bottom, leaving no stone unturned, but there’s also due diligence needed on certain players because of reports passed along from contacts or as follow-up from prior looks.

Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia was one of the top players I had circled this year. He caught my eye during our Top 10 discussions last offseason and his likely assignment to the New York-Penn League was going to provide me with the chance to sit on him for the first time. If you read my scouting report, you know I came away impressed and put high marks on Mejia's tools and potential, but there’s a lot more about why I liked him that goes beyond the framework of the reports.

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The Angels get Gordon Beckham, the Rangers unload two catchers in a weekend,

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July 31, 2014 4:05 pm

Transaction Analysis: If You've Got Asdrubal...

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Craig Goldstein and Rob McQuown

...then you've got less trouble than me. The Nationals upgrade at second base, while the Zach Walters era begins in Cleveland.

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July 31, 2014 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson

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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Cardinals don't add Price or Lester, but they do improve the rotation.

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July 2, 2014 6:23 am

The Call-Up: Domingo Santana

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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

The Astros call up the outfielder they stole from Philadelphia.

The Situation: On Sunday, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated that Domingo Santana (the no. 8-ranked prospect in the system entering 2014) still had some developing to do in Triple-A. But with outfielder Dexter Fowler finding himself on the 15-day disabled list, the Astros have a need for an outfielder already on the 40-man roster. Checking off both of those prerequisites, Santana was summoned to the big leagues from Triple-A Oklahoma City and debuted with a three-strikeout, 0-for-4 performance on Tuesday.

Background: Santana, acquired by the previous regime in Houston, came to the Astros as the fourth and final piece of the trade that sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies. Santana didn’t become a member of the Astros organization until two weeks after the trade went down, having originally been listed as player to be named later. But it's still puzzling that the Astros were able to acquire Santana, who has been tapping into his raw power since entering pro ball as a 16-year-old. It might have been a mistake on Philadelphia’s part, and not in the figurative sense, if you believe this report (and not this denial).

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Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell or Javier Baez? We polled front office types and our prospect staff.

The rise of the superstar shortstop prospect prompts preferential inquiries, as my email inbox, Twitter feed, and chat queues are continually maxed out with questions about Bogaerts, Baez, Correa, Lindor, and Russell, and if forced to choose, which one would I choose? The five chiseled heads on the modern Mount Rushmore of shortstop prospects (six if you go high on Mondesi) present a daily challenge of preference, a subjective exercise of forced selection tied to the realities of the present and the fantasies of the future, a tug-of-war we play with ropes made of tangible data, scouting memories of on-the-field motions, and the conceptual ideas of value and who will be most likely to achieve it.

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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel

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R.J. Anderson

Jason Kipnis and Yunel Escobar sign extensions, while the rest of the league makes the traditional claims, DFAs, and contract purchases of the season's first week.

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