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Ben and Sam discuss the three-year deal the Dodgers gave Brandon League and reliever salaries in general, then talk about whether Gold Glove voters and advanced defensive stats agree more often than they used to.

Ben and Sam discuss the three-year deal the Dodgers gave Brandon League and reliever salaries in general, then talk about whether Gold Glove voters and advanced defensive stats agree more often than they used to.

Episode 73: "Did the Dodgers Overpay for Brandon League?/Are Gold Glove Voters and Defensive Stats Learning to get Along?"

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The tater trots for September 21: Darwin Barney makes things difficult for the Cardinals, Adam Eaton joins the top ten.

It's the last weekend of summer and there's no time to waste. Let's get to the trots!

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Or, at least, I imagine it is.

Sabermetric analysis of the Cubs at this point of the season seems mostly pointless; there is exactly one formula you need to analyze the 2012 squad:

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The tater trots for May 30 & 31: Barney's walkoff, Big Papi, and Curtis Granderson.

For some unknown reason, there were only three games in all of baseball on Thursday. Because of that, there were understandably very few home runs hit. Seven to be exact. Thankfully, the Tater Trot Tracker is a day behind, so we have Wednesday's 35 home runs to talk about as well. I planned it that way, I swear!

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The tater trots for April 9: Pablo dances, LaHair blasts one to Sheffield, St. Louis' trio of shots, and De Aza's leadoff beauty.

The allure of Opening Week is finally gone. While some teams are still celebrating (or awaiting) their home openers, others are already back to midseason form. In Houston, 17,095 paid to see the hometown boys beat the Braves. In Oakland, the stellar Royals/A's matchup only brought out 10,054 paid attendees. One of those is bound to change on Tuesday, as the Astros plan to hold their first throwback game of the year. In honor of their 50th anniversary, the team will be wearing old Houston Colt .45s jerseys, smoking gun and all.

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October 12, 2011 1:48 am

Future Shock: Cubs State of the Union

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Kevin Goldstein

The Cubs may be closing in on a new GM, so before the new person steps into the big chair, he or she should be aware of what's available to the team.

Congratulations, ________________; you're the new Cubs general manager. Win a World Series and you own this town and have an instant legacy. So what are you inheriting? A veteran roster with some brutal contracts and a system that is more deep than star-studded. A walk through the roster and what's coming to help shows that this team can still win, but it will take some smart maneuvering.

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September 12, 2011 5:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs

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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

Another losing season calls for serious organizational reconstruction on the North Side

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

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August 24, 2011 5:00 am

The BP Trading Post: Top Catchers and Resurgent Shortstops

5

Michael Jong

A look at how the fantasy trade market is currently valuing Joe Mauer, Alex Avila, J.J. Hardy, Jhonny Peralta, Ben Zobrist, and Darwin Barney.

Since my weekly stint on Value Picks deals with the land of up-the-middle defensive positions, it seems only fitting that my article in this week's BP Trading Post also deals with the valuing of trades involving some of the top names in terms of catchers, second basemen, and shortstops. Here are a couple of names at each position who have performed radically different than their preseason expectations, along with how fantasy owners are treating them trade-wise as the season winds down. For the sake of reference, the details about the cards and what they mean have been copied from Derek Carty's inaugural piece and pasted below.

Trading Post Card Explanation
Each player discussed in Trading Post will receive a “Trading Post Card.” This card will be jam-packed with useful information about each player’s trading profile. It will list information about the player himself, look at every trade the player has been involved in over the past two weeks and every player he’s been traded for, and give information about the average player he’s been traded for. Hopefully these cards will be self-explanatory, but if you’re not sure what anything means, here’s an explanation of everything:


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June 17, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: Kneed to Know

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

Darwin Barney and Allen Craig succumb to knee problems, Brandon Lyon takes one step closer to season-ending surgery, and Eduardo Sanchez strains a shoulder.

Darwin Barney, CHN (Left knee PCL sprain)
Headfirst slides are more dangerous than feetfirst slides, especially at home plate, but they are necessary at times in order to avoid a tag. As Barney slid headfirst to score the winning run on Monday night, he landed on his left knee and tried to push off it at the same time to avoid a tag. While he was successful in scoring the run, he also felt his leg go numb.

Barney finished the game, but he woke up the next day with a very sore knee. After consulting with the Cubs’ medical staff, he was sent for an MRI, which confirmed the Grade I posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury. Barney was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list.


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June 14, 2011 11:09 am

Prospectus Hit List: NL: Stellar Pitching

1

Tommy Bennett

The Phillies and Braves stellar pitching, all tied up in the Central, and [sarcasm] maybe the Astros would be more competitive in the AL.

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April 29, 2011 9:17 am

Don't Believe the Hype: Barney and Friends

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Marc Normandin

Marc isn't buying everything the waiver wire is selling, but there are a few potential gems here worth unearthing.

Ryan Madson, Philadelphia Phillies (67 percent owned, +47 percent)
Madson, in the eyes of many including our own Mike Petriello, was the closer of choice in Philadelphia back before the season began, but it seems as if the Phillies have done everything in their power short of giving Danys Baez the job in order to keep it from Madson. Now that Jose Contreras is down with his own injury, Madson finally has the gig thanks to the fine quality of being the last man standing.

Madson has struck out 9.9 batters per nine with a 4.1 K/BB ratio since 2009 (140 1/3 innings pitched), has a 2.95 Run Average in that stretch, and has even finished 52 games without the world ending, so instead of asking yourself if you should acquire him until Lidge comes back, you should be asking why Charlie Manuel waited this long to give him the gig in the first place. Based on the way he uses relievers—did I mention Danys Baez is involved?—it's probably not because he prefers Madson in a relief ace role.


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April 22, 2011 10:22 am

Don't Believe the Hype: Leaving on a Jed Plane

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Marc Normandin

If Jed Lowrie is already snapped up in your league, here are some other names who could help, and some that won't.

If you have been paying any attention at all, the most added player of the week should be obvious. In fact, you may be missing your opportunity to add him just by taking the time to read this. Once again, the adds outweigh the drops, though Joe Nathan and Ryan Franklin, without save opportunities, deserve to be cut loose, at least in the short term.

Jed Lowrie, Boston Red Sox (81 percent owned, +52 percent)

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