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12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Shapiro Gets His Cleveland Fix
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Rian Watt

11-11

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Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug
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Matthew Trueblood

09-29

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Transaction Analysis: So Goes Dipoto
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R.J. Anderson

05-29

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Daisy Cutter: How the Kipnis Got His TAv
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Sahadev Sharma

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

05-01

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Pitching Backward: PITCHf/xing and Pitcher Fixing
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Jeff Long

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

04-21

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What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-15

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11

Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers
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Matthew Trueblood

04-15

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Transaction Analysis: Second-Week Subs
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Pitfalls of the Arb-Year Buyout
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Jeff Quinton

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: Keeping Kluber and Carrasco in Cleveland
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Zachary Levine

04-03

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27

Rubbing Mud: Four Good Young PItchers, Four Unusual Situations
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Matthew Trueblood

03-25

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Rumor Roundup: The Diamondbacks' Shortstop Decision Will Affect 2B, 3B, and Perhaps All Three OF Positions
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: Cleveland Indians: Yay Handedness!
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-17

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Pebble Hunting: Would Pedro Martinez Have Gone Undefeated?
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Sam Miller

03-12

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Rubbing Mud: The Rotation That Might Do Almost Anything
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Matthew Trueblood

02-25

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Skewed Left: Indians Get a Head Start
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Zachary Levine

02-04

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Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Daisy Cutter: How the Indians Ended Up With Stars
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Sahadev Sharma

01-14

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2015 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce
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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
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Daniel Rathman

11-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Matt Collins

11-12

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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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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

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December 4, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Shapiro Gets His Cleveland Fix

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Rian Watt

The Toronto Blue Jays name a new GM.

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November 11, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug

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Matthew Trueblood

The most unpredictable division in baseball is particularly unpredictable this offseason. Breaking down how each team might (?) see itself.

If you set out to list the five most surprising and the five most disappointing teams of 2015, there’s a good chance you would name at least four of the five American League Central clubs along the way. The Royals, you know about, but don’t forget the Twins, whom Sports Illustrated foresaw losing 100 games, but who were eliminated from the playoffs only on the final Saturday of the season. The same publication also picked the Indians to win the World Series, but Cleveland went 81-80. Personally, I picked the White Sox to win the division on the heels of their aggressive winter—but Chicago won 76 games. And PECOTA’s pick to cruise into October was Detroit, but the Tigers’ competitive window closed a year early, and they went 74-87.

I mention this because, if confounding expectations was the theme of the 2015 season in the AL Central, utter inscrutability might just be the theme of the winter there. I wouldn’t know where to begin forecasting next season’s standings in that division, and the major reason for that is that it’s virtually impossible to tell what any of the five teams are going to do with their offseasons. In most of the other divisions, there are clear favorites or co-favorites, and the objectives of at least three or four teams are very clear. Not in the AL Central. Let’s examine these teams one at a time.

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September 29, 2015 10:09 am

Transaction Analysis: So Goes Dipoto

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R.J. Anderson

Jerry Dipoto will get a chance to show what he can do away from meddlin' Moreno.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: How the Kipnis Got His TAv

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Sahadev Sharma

Jason Kipnis was good, then bad, then bad still, and now he's good again. Why?

Streaks are a fascinating thing in baseball. There's an ongoing debate about whether having a hot hand is a fallacy or if there is actually some rhyme and reason to performing better for longer stretches of time.

Frankly, all that stuff is a bit beyond my interest. What I enjoy trying to figure out is why a great player is struggling, how he handles it, and how he attempts to bounce back. A month ago, I talked to Andrew McCutchen about a rough patch he was going through; his OPS was hovering around .600 at the time. He was confident he’d figure things out, and repeatedly talked about how the game is all about adjustments. Well, to no one’s surprise, Cutch has been on fire since, with a .368/.464/.691 line in his last 19 games. I’m not going to say I motivated him, but hey, you can thank me later, Pirates fans.

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May 19, 2015 1:41 am

What You Need to Know: Corey Math

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Chris Mosch

Kluber, fresh off an 18-K performance, strikes out a dozen; pitchers duels turn into bullpen games, Carlos Gomez bounces back from a pitch to the face, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Monday Takeaway
The last time Corey Kluber took the hill he nearly made history. The Indians ace had 18 strikeouts heading into the ninth inning of last Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals but was pulled after 113 pitches without getting the chance to break the single-game strikeout record. So naturally, Kluber struck out the first five White Sox who took their hacks on Monday.


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May 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Thwarted!

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Steven Jacobson

History will not remember Corey Kluber, alas. Also: The A's good bad good back luck, Bryce Harper gets a different kind of hot, and the best defensive play of the day.

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May 1, 2015 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: PITCHf/xing and Pitcher Fixing

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Jeff Long

How PITCHf/x informed Nick Hagadone's offseason improvements.

While we often use the terms “ceiling” and “floor” to describe prospects, the implication is far more certain than the facts: A prospect’s ceiling might be higher than we ever allowed, and his floor might be nearly anything. Take Nick Hagadone: He always had promise, but the floor was set by concerns about his ability to develop a solid third pitch. See it in his player comment the 2010 BP Annual:

A key part of the V-Mart trade, Hagadone missed most of the 2008 season with Tommy John surgery. In his 15 Sally League starts across both systems he impressed, showing both the good (a 93-98 mph fastball is unusual power for a lefty, plus he has good sinking movement) and the bad (control issues). A rare talent who has only given up one home run in 79 1/3 minor-league innings, Hagadone's health, lack of command, and the absence of a solid third pitch have some scouts already projecting him as a reliever, but that's one heck of a back-up plan, as we're talking about a guy with Billy Wagner's arsenal and about eight more inches of height to angle it from.

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April 23, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!

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Chris Mosch

A 51-minute first inning in Detroit, a walk-off in a rivalry game out west, and a brilliant defensive play notable even by Juan Lagares standards.

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April 21, 2015 9:54 am

What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Trevor Bauer is on again, the Tigers are on again, and other things are also on again.

The Monday Takeaway

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers

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Matthew Trueblood

The first week of the season is overrated, overanalyzed, overdiscussed--and, also, enough to move the odds significantly.

Prospectus co-founder Joe Sheehan often says that fans would be better served by baseball writers if they all put down their pens and pushed away from their keyboards from Opening Day until Memorial Day. Rany Jazayerli—another co-founder—ran a three-part study back in 2003 that provides some objective support to that subjective statement: it takes about 48 games for a team’s seasonal performance to become more predictive of their final record than a simple blend of their three previous seasons’ records, and a regression factor. After 10 games, that rough preseason projection is still more than six times as predictive of final record as actual performance is.

Joe isn’t wrong, and Rany’s math wasn’t, either. We have some tools that change the way we perceive the early segment of the season, though. For one, we have PECOTA, which was just making its maiden voyage through April when Rany wrote up his study. For another, we have the Playoff Odds Report, which uses PECOTA and a Monte Carlo simulation that repeats the season thousands of times to give us an estimate of the chances that each team will make it to the postseason.

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Second-Week Subs

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R.J. Anderson

Teams rejigger.

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April 8, 2015 6:00 am

Tools of Ignorance: Pitfalls of the Arb-Year Buyout

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Jeff Quinton

Are clubs getting the most out of their extension opportunities?

Wade Miley, Brian Dozier, Juan Lagares and Christian Yelich are among the most recent round of players to get extensions that cover their arbitration years and not much more. We think we mostly know why these deals happen: teams want to lock in players at below market cost and players want to lock in moneys. The discussion on the benefit to teams mainly centers on the fact that players—being people—are risk averse and overfocused on negative, small-probability outcomes, such as a career-ending injury or becoming terrible. As a theoretical consequence, players accept below-market deals in order to guarantee income.

However, the four extensions listed above did not receive the pro-team praise/anti-labor outrage that past extensions have received. Is this a coincidence? Maybe. Is this just agents and players getting smarter? Maybe. Is this a reaction to an overreaction to the Jon Singleton extension? Maybe (though the author notes that this would be a gross oversimplification of the Singleton situation). Another possibility is that such extensions lend themselves to decision-making errors for teams just as they do for players. More specifically, teams might be overweighting certainty, small-probability outcomes, and positive trends in handing out such extensions.

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