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Ben and Sam discuss why players don't choose year-to-year contracts, then rank contending teams by rootability.

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August 1, 2013 12:14 pm

Overthinking It: Trade Deadline Takeaways


Ben Lindbergh

Don't call it a winners/losers column.

Well, that was underwhelming. According to Retrosheet transaction logs and MLBAM’s count of this year’s crop, there were fewer big-league trades made this July (19) than in any other season since 1996. Prior to this year, the average number of July trades per seasons the last round of expansion was 30.

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January 9, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: The Worst Parts of Last Season's Best Teams


Zachary Levine

Have last year's playoff teams fixed what ailed them?

Last week’s piece looked at the Baltimore Orioles and how their offseason and the difficulties facing their roster doused some of the excitement generated by the first playoff team in Camden Yards in 15 years.

Today continues this ballpark-half-empty view of the baseball world, as many of last year’s playoff teams made it to October despite some pretty serious shortcomings. Of the 10 flags that will be raised this April (assuming we’re really giving them out to the Braves and Rangers for their nine postseason innings), at least half covered up a flaw that was so glaring that the team was last in its entire league in a certain category or at a certain position.

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