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06-27

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Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle
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Mike Gianella

01-26

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Closer Carousel
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Derek Carty

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

04-08

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

11-09

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43

Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

05-19

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Prospectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part One
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David Laurila

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: November 3-16, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

08-03

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers, July 30, 2006
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Derek Jacques

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: July 27-28, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

06-02

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Prospectus Notebook: Thursday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

05-31

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Prospectus Today: More Royal Incompetence
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Joe Sheehan

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.
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Christina Kahrl

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: May 5-10
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: March 16-21, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

02-22

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part II
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Baseball Prospectus

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-19, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: March 11-16, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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Christina Kahrl

12-02

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The Week in Quotes: November 19-December 1
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Ryan Wilkins

11-26

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Prospectus Feature: 2002 HACKING MASS Results: All Players, By Name
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Baseball Prospectus

05-13

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Transaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

12-10

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HACKING MASS Results
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Baseball Prospectus

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

09-07

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Aim For The Head: Quality of Opposition
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Keith Woolner

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: July 24-26, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-24

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-22, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

07-15

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Individual Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

10-29

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1998 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

09-05

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Transaction Analysis: August 31-September 3
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Christina Kahrl

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains why elite middle relievers haven't climbed his tiers, before revealing the latest edition of those tiers and the updated dollar values.

Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Last week, one of my readers wanted to know why I didn’t have a middle reliever in the top tier. Although middle relievers are integral in some leagues, I have not been ranking them due to the fact that their value is vastly different depending upon each league’s rules. In leagues that use holds as a separate category, non-closers carry a great deal of value. In standard mixed leagues with no start limits, you might not feel the need to carry a middle reliever on your staff at all. My goal is to take a cursory look at a handful of valuable middle relief arms in a non-holds, deeper-league, standard Roto format.

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January 26, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Closer Carousel

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Derek Carty

With all of the big-name free-agent closers off the market, how are things shaking out at the end of each team's bullpen?

Now that the Blue Jays have signed Francisco Cordero, all of the legitimate closer candidates are now off the free-agent market. As such, now makes for a good time to check out how things look now that the closer carousel has stopped spinning.

2011-2012 Off-Season Closer Carousel

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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April 8, 2010 12:08 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

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Mike Petriello

Mike Petriello looks at hidden gems in San Diego and Colorado, and who to avoid in Houston.


You don’t need me to tell you that Heath Bell is an elite closer, since he’s currently owned in 100% of ESPN.com fantasy leagues. But what makes this situation different is that unlike other top closers, Bell’s not likely to end the season with his current team, the dreadful Padres. So not only is San Diego a prime place to see an open closer’s role this season, his potential replacements are valuable enough that they may be able to help you right now - if you can spare the roster spot - rather than waiting for Bell to be moved and for your fellow owners to join you in trying to feast on a new closer.

If and when Bell moves on, Padre relievers Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams would be in line to get the save opportunities, according to Heater expert David Golebiewski. Each of them actually beat Bell in K/9 rate last season and had slightly lower HR/9 rates as well. PECOTA looks for more of the same in 2010, suggesting that they could easily step in for Bell should the need arise.


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November 9, 2009 11:31 am

Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Graduations have stocked the big-league team and thinned the list of prospects, but there's more to come on the mound.

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May 19, 2009 12:50 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part One

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David Laurila

The first half of an extended conversation with an OBP fiend about coming up with the Senators, playing for Billy and Yogi, and more.

Toby Harrah has been in the game of baseball for over 40 years, and the long-time infielder for the Rangers and Indians has loved every minute of it. Currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Tigers, Harrah debuted with the Washington Senators in 1969 before going on to earn All-Star honors four times while spending all but one of his 17 seasons with the Senators/Rangers franchise and the Cleveland Indians. A shortstop and third baseman known for his patient hitting approach, Harrah finished among the league leaders in walks nine times, and in OBP six times. A right-handed hitter who broke into the big leagues under the tutelage of Ted Williams, Harrah had five seasons of 20 home runs or more and 238 career stolen bases to go with an OBP of .365. Harrah talked about his love for the game, including what it was like to play for managers like Williams, Yogi Berra, and Billy Martin, and with teammates like Joe Charboneau, Curt Flood, and Denny McLain.

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There's a rising favorite in the AL Central, as our experts weigh in on everything from division winners to Matsuzaka's line.

Our annual predictions arrive this year as our Hope and Faith series comes to an end. While the beauty of spring training is that every team can think it has a chance, somebody has to take the losses. For today, we concentrate on the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American League. Tomorrow we'll conclude with the National League predictions, along with the staff picks for the World Series.

Each author's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division, plus the results of our preseason MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year voting. A slight shift at the bottom of the AL East rankings, a rising favorite in the AL Central, and anarchy in the AL West highlight our staff's guesses.

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November 17, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 3-16, 2006

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Christina Kahrl

Christina digs into the odds and ends beyond the high drama from earlier in the week.

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Derek tackles a Sheets-Harang duel, and one pitcher gets the better of it in the return of Prospectus Game of the Week.

The Reds, who lead the wild card race and are within scratching distance of the Cardinals for the lead in the NL Central, started off the major trading by dealing their starting shortstop (Felipe Lopez) and their starting rightfielder (Austin Kearns) to the Washington Nationals for a gift basket of middle relievers--Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, and Darryl Thompson--along with infielders Royce Clayton and Brendan Harris. The big trade was an acknowledgment of the weakness of the Reds bullpen--even now, with their new, improved bullpen, the Reds are still tenth in the league in WXRL, and fifteenth in Adjusted Runs Prevented--and a decision to emphasize defense. Still, that doesn't change the fact that the Reds surrendered two youngish full-time position players, one of whom was an All-Star last year, for three no-name relievers and a couple of role players.

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July 29, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: July 27-28, 2006

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Christina Kahrl

The big deal we've been waiting for finally happens, and brings some smaller ones in its wake. Christina covers it all.

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We debut our Prospectus Notebook with a look at LaTroy Hawkins' recent arrival in San Francisco, the new-look Kansas City Royals, and a cautious introduction to Braves rookies Kelly Johnson and Kyle Davies.

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May 31, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: More Royal Incompetence

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Joe Sheehan

Buddy Bell? Contraction can't come soon enough.

I mean, can you think of any reason why the Kansas City Royals should continue to exist?

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