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12-31

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Transaction Analysis: December Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

05-02

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Transaction of the Day: Major Moves
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Christina Kahrl

09-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man
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Dan Fox

01-23

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Fantasy Focus: Erstad in the Outfield
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Jeff Erickson

11-14

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2005 HACKING MASS Results
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Ben Murphy

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Division Series, Day One
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Paul Swydan

06-10

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Prospectus Notebook: Friday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

03-24

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Prospectus Triple Play: Angels, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers
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Andrew Baharlias

08-27

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Teams: A Critical Guide: In Which Darin Erstad is Queried
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Steven Goldman

05-12

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Teams: A Critical Guide: Teams is Not Your Ex-Girlfriend Edition
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Steven Goldman

04-23

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Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers
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Baseball Prospectus

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: April 13-18, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Prospectus Today: AL Preview
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Joe Sheehan

01-12

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Prospectus Today: Back in the Saddle
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Joe Sheehan

08-06

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Lies, Damned Lies: Quantum Leap
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Nate Silver

06-13

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Transaction Analysis: June 6-9
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Christina Kahrl

05-03

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Transaction Analysis: April 24-30, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

01-22

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Team Health Reports: Team Health Report: Anaheim Angels
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Will Carroll

08-05

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The Daily Prospectus: Flushing $32 Million
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Joe Sheehan

03-31

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American League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-01

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Angelic
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Joe Sheehan

03-01

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The Daily Prospectus: Angelic
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Joe Sheehan

03-14

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Derek in the Desert
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Derek Zumsteg

08-13

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AL West Notebook
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Jeff Bower

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April 20, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 13-18, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

There are positives to the Garret Anderson deal after all. The Tigers recall Uggy Urbina in their quest for 70 wins. The Royals lose Angel Berroa to migraines. The Expos re-sign Livan Hernandez to a three-year deal. And the A's finally lose Chad Harville, but pick up Kirk Saarloos to replace him. All this and much more news from around the league in your Tuesday edition of Transaction Analysis.

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April 3, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: AL Preview

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Joe Sheehan

Choosing between the top two teams in the American League is an exercise in predicting the future. Any analysis of the current rosters is going to be inadequate, because what will separate these two come September are the relative health of the teams' stars, what the two teams do to add players in-season, and what happens in the 19 games the two will play against each other. In light of that, my selection of the Red Sox seems a bit strange. After all, they'll play seven games against the Yankees this month without Nomar Garciaparra and Trot Nixon, two major parts of their lineup. Moreover, the Sox don't have any obvious holes that they can address in the trade market, whereas the Yankees can get better by acquiring a second baseman and a starting pitcher. Moreover, the Yankees' willingness to take on any contract at any time--a trait that should only become more pronounced after last week's court victory that assures the YES Network of considerable revenue--means that they are a threat to acquire any player in the game. I'll still take the Sox.

Because of the Wild Card, we have to think of teams more as belonging to a league than to their respective divisions. It's not quite as dramatic as it is in the NBA and NHL, but it's enough so that I'm going to do my preseason rankings by league. You can infer the divisional standings from these, and I think doing it this way provides a better overview of each circuit.

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January 12, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Back in the Saddle

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Joe Sheehan

With my contributions to Baseball Prospectus 2004 safely behind me, it's time to get back to filling this space with observations and analysis. Or attempts at same. I've missed writing my column, and while there's no way I'll get completely caught up on the events of the last two months, I can have fun trying. I'm not a resolutions guy, but I am making two commitments for 2004: to emphasize a more quantitative viewpoint in my analysis, and to spend more time answering reader mail. The former I'll just have to work on every time I write, but the latter has now been dedicated a "Task" in Outlook. Nothing in my life is real until Outlook starts nagging me about it, so hopefully that will help me be better about a weak spot in my game the last few years. I can't answer all my e-mail, but I can get to more of it than I have been. The big news over the weekend was that Vladimir Guerrero surprised everyone by signing with the Angels. No one saw this coming; the Angels had been rumored to be interested earlier this winter, but had faded into the background after signing Jose Guillen in December. Over the last week, the Mets and Orioles had been engaged in a low-scale bidding war for Guerrero, a weird situation in which the goal seemed to be to guarantee the fewest years and the lowest amount of money while showing the least interest. Throw in raging insecurity and a lousy sense of fashion and you'd have the way women "pursued" me in college. It was this atmosphere that allowed Moreno and the Angels to come in and pick up a Hall of Fame talent at a price that almost seems like a typo.

Is this thing on?

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August 6, 2003 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Quantum Leap

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Nate Silver

Up until this season, my clearest memory of Jose Guillen is as the object of some very unflattering jeering in the right field bleachers at Wrigley Field. The bleacher bums are never kind to opposing outfielders, but Guillen, being young, bad, and foreign, was a particularly vulnerable target. Guillen reacted to the taunts by alternately appearing hopelessly dejected and demonstratively angry, only making matters worse. Though he got his revenge that day--hitting a home run off crowd-favorite/headcase Turk Wendell--I've always had trouble watching him play without the phrase Jo-se-do-you-suck! running warbled, drunken, Francis Scott Off-Key through my head. However cruel, the taunting had proved prescient. Back in 1997, Guillen had time and an abundance of raw talent on his side. Bouncing between four organizations and failing to demonstrate any development, Guillen had regressed to the level of benchwarmer; his career .239 EqA entering the season was below replacement level for a corner outfielder. If not for his powerful right arm (an impressive tool, but overrated in its importance) and his much-tarnished Topps All-Rookie Team trophy, Guillen might have been riding shuttles between Louisville and Chattanooga or selling real estate instead of holding down a fourth outfielder job in the bigs. This season, of course, Guillen has had the last laugh. Easily the most productive hitter on the Reds this year, Guillen filled in admirably for Ken Griffey Jr. Now traded to the A's, he's been charged with the Herculean task of trying to make up for an entire outfield's worth of mediocrity, salvaging Billy Beane's reputation as a deadline dealer nonpareil in the process. But what if Guillen turns back into a pumpkin?

However cruel, the taunting had proved prescient. Back in 1997, Guillen had time and an abundance of raw talent on his side. Bouncing between four organizations and failing to demonstrate any development, Guillen had regressed to the level of benchwarmer; his career .239 EqA entering the season was below replacement level for a corner outfielder. If not for his powerful right arm (an impressive tool, but overrated in its importance) and his much-tarnished Topps All-Rookie Team trophy, Guillen might have been riding shuttles between Louisville and Chattanooga or selling real estate instead of holding down a fourth outfielder job in the bigs.

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June 13, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: June 6-9

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Christina Kahrl

Darin Erstad returns to Anaheim just as Jeff DaVanon's terrorizing the league. David Dellucci hits the DL just as he'd started to find a groove. Hee Seop Choi's should be back healthy and playing after a scary moment at Wrigley. Vlad Guerrero's DL stint has Expos fans clamoring for Terrmel "the Hammer" Sledge. News, notes, and Kahrlisms from 17 major league teams in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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May 3, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 24-30, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

The Angels won't have as big a hole to fill with Darrin Erstad out as they think, the Orioles could actually benefit from Segui and Cordova going on the shelf, Jody Gerut and Gerald Laird get well-earned opportunities, while Jermaine Clark doesn't.

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January 22, 2003 2:57 am

Team Health Reports: Team Health Report: Anaheim Angels

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Will Carroll

Team Health Report: Anaheim Angels January 2003

Projected Lineup

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Mark Prior threw 135 pitches yesterday. It was worth it, though, because it pulled the Cubs to within 12 1/2 games of first place in the NL Central and to within 14 games of the Dodgers in the wild-card race. Look, I've made this argument before, so I'm not going to waste a column on it again today. Letting your nominal franchise pitcher throw 135 pitches in a meaningless game is inconsistent with any kind of plan for success. Letting him bat in the bottom of the eighth having thrown 119 pitches is grounds for firing.

Mark Prior threw 135 pitches yesterday. It was worth it, though, because it pulled the Cubs to within 12 1/2 games of first place in the NL Central and to within 14 games of the Dodgers in the wild-card race.

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March 1, 2002 11:25 am

The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Angelic

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Joe Sheehan

Well, whaddaya know? There are Angels fans. Before Tuesday, I thought they were a myth, some kind of Disney creation that didn't really exist. Turns out, there are actually people who care about this team, and they have some pretty strong feelings about their chances this year.

Well, whaddaya know? There are Angels fans.

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March 14, 2001 12:00 am

Derek in the Desert

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Derek Zumsteg

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On my last day in Arizona, my brother and I decided to see a game in Tempe, which would let me catch a fourth game and still make my flight out of town from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ("The Airport With the Needlessly Long Name"). Phoenix is about a two-hour drive from Tucson, along a two-lane highway that's filled with slow-moving trucks, aggressive SUV drivers, speed traps, and roadside memorials for people killed while drunk driving. The bridges over dry creeks have huge signs that read "No Parking on Bridge," which is strange, as there's no place to park and no reason to park there.



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