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04-23

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6

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
by
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
by
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

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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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The Indians decision to lock up to of their starting pitchers without much of a track record makes sense based on the lack of arms coming through their system.



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Four young pitcher whose teams made four interesting choices with them: Carlos Martinez, Alex Meyer, Tanner Roark and Danny Salazar.

This is a story about a surfer who became a pop star, and a pop star who became a clairvoyant.

Jack Johnson was born in Hawaii, the son of a professional surfer, and he might have been one himself if, at 17, he hadn’t lost a bunch of blood and teeth in a serious accident during competition. Maybe it was then that he gained supernatural powers of divination. Maybe it was some other, much later occasion. I wouldn’t dare to speculate. Somewhere along the way, though, Johnson became an unwitting portal through which the universe spoke of the future fall of men. Consider the following insipid ditty from Johnson’s third album:

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Nick Ahmed might win the starting shortstop job, which had implications on the rest of the roster; while the Indians and Corey Kluber aren't even close on a contract extension.

Diamondbacks infield arrangement still in flux
A Monday morning report from Peter Gammons, which indicated that Nick Ahmed had gone from darkhorse to favorite in the battle to be the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day shortstop, set off a chain of speculation about the rest of the team’s infield plans. But hours later, first-year manager Chip Hale had a message for everyone eager to etch the club’s depth chart in stone: Hold your horses.


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How Terry Francona has gained the platoon advantage in three different ways.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the handedness games of the Brewers and Indians.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Yankees | Mets

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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Would Pedro Martinez Have Gone Undefeated?

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Sam Miller

What happens if one of the greatest pitchers ever is given one of the best offenses ever? It nearly happened.

Here’s the thing about pitcher wins: It’s not that they don’t have value in this sport. It’s that their value in this sport is limited to one very specific, very rare situation. That situation is not “what should we say about this Anthony Raunado performance, in one word or fewer?”, and it’s not “how do we decide who’s better, Fernando Abad or Christian Bergman.” But, then, the pitcher win shouldn’t aspire to be such a stat. The stat that exists to answer those questions lives the boring life of an accounting operations manager at a third-tier gas station franchise. The stat that exists to answer those questions lives steeped in the tepid banality of everyday. The pitcher win is limited and stunted and has a funny voice and it exists in case of just one scenario, and that scenario, if it happens, will be of the utmost importance. The pitcher win is basically Owen Meany.

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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Rotation That Might Do Almost Anything

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Matthew Trueblood

The Indians have a very cheap, very good rotation. Or they have a very cheap, very bad rotation. Time will tell!

In 2012, Gavin Floyd made five starts for the White Sox before needing Tommy John surgery. He signed with the Braves last winter, and made nine impressive starts before a stress fracture in his elbow truncated his season. After signing with the Indians this winter, Floyd looked to be in the pole position to claim the fifth starter’s job in Cleveland. Alas, this time, he didn’t even make it as far as the trip North. A recurrence of the stress fracture will shelve him indefinitely.

Happily, the Indians have several remaining options for the back end of their rotation. If we assume that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar all have spots sewn up, the remaining candidates to round out the unit are T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin. Those may not be household names, but they’re more than usually credible as spare parts. They’ve combined to make 153 starts in the majors, including 49 last season. Tomlin will be 30 this season, and is the oldest of the bunch. The Indians have a deep corps of starting pitchers, is what I’m saying, and that’s especially true given how little they’re spending on it.

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February 25, 2015 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Indians Get a Head Start

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Zachary Levine

Are the Indians early start times a roundabout way to keep from losing viewers late during long games?

If the Cleveland Indians discovered the fix—or more accurately, the workaround—to baseball’s pace of game problem, they did it by accident.

In a move that didn’t make too many waves on Lake Erie, even in our slowest month for baseball news, the Indians will shift five home games from the usual weekday start time of 7:10 p.m. to the special time of 6:10 p.m. The games are all Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays and all on or before May 13.

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