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03-20

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen
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Bret Sayre

07-16

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Out of Left Field: Not Fixing the All-Star Game
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Matthew Kory

08-01

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The BP Broadside: Trade Deadline Winners
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Steven Goldman

09-17

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On the Beat: The Baffling Angels
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John Perrotto

08-12

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Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

06-18

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Transaction Action: Waterloo's 195th Anniversary Edition
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Christina Kahrl

05-27

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Transaction Action: Senior Circuit Shakeups
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Christina Kahrl

04-19

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Under The Knife: Abusing The Closer
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Will Carroll

11-04

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You Could Look It Up: Throwing The Series Away
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Steven Goldman

10-04

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
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Christina Kahrl

06-18

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Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Feeling Short?
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Christina Kahrl

08-19

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-08

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: May 6-9, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

09-13

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Transaction Analysis: September 5-11
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Christina Kahrl

08-23

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Transaction Analysis: August 18-22
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Christina Kahrl

08-04

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Transaction Analysis: July 31-August 3
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Christina Kahrl

07-12

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We Are All Made of All-Stars
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Will Carroll

04-21

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Transaction Analysis: April 18-20
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Christina Kahrl

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: February 27-March 2
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Christina Kahrl

02-07

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Prospectus Matchups: Frank Thomas' Relocoda
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Jim Baker

10-20

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Transaction Analysis: October 8-19
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: July 20-25
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

09-27

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Under The Knife: Getting Set for October
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Will Carroll

09-16

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Teams: A Critical Guide: My Aunt's Thanksgiving Turkey Edition, American League
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Steven Goldman

07-13

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Transaction Analysis: July 8-11
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Christina Kahrl

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: June 28-30
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Christina Kahrl

05-24

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Teams: A Critical Guide: Lights Dimmed on Broadway
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Steven Goldman

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

07-14

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Under The Knife: Time and Time Again
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Will Carroll

06-25

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Transaction Analysis: June 16-22, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

06-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 10-15
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Christina Kahrl

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March 20, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen

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Bret Sayre

What once was a big three is now a lone star and two lesser studs; beyond that, the keystone pickings get slim in a hurry.

Today we continue our positional tier rankings. Last offseason, Derek Carty tackled the tiers by himself; this spring, we've decided to attack them as a team. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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July 16, 2012 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: Not Fixing the All-Star Game

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Matthew Kory

The All-Star Game will never be taken seriously because of a flaw in its design, but it's time to stop trying to fix it.

Every year around this time, we get deluged with people arguing that 1) The All-Star Game has all sorts of problems and needs to be fixed and, hoo boy, I happen to have the prescription to fix everything right here, or 2) The All-Star Game is awful/past its prime/straight up smelly and should be junked. 

I’m not here to argue any of that. Instead I’m here to say this: It’s time to stop trying to fix the All-Star Game. Not because a better All-Star Game isn’t desirable, but because it isn’t achievable.

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The Cardinals, who simultaneously put a bad situation out of its misery and increased their postseason chances, lead the parade of trade deadline winners.

In over a decade of writing professionally about baseball, I have never stooped so low as to write a “trade deadline winners and losers” piece. Normally, I run from a cliché like the Wehrmacht withdrew from a battle, attacking even as I back away. This is probably why I have never been invited to many parties. Normally, the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline is such a violent anticlimax that there isn’t much to say, making it acceptable to dismiss it as if it were a guest-star on Downton Abbey, issuing no more than a single word, a hostile glance, and a pregnant pause. The 2011 trading deadline was so active it demands a more thorough going-over. Today winners, tomorrow losers, and Wednesday I will be invited to the King’s Charity Ball (but no one will tell me it isn't a costume party).

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Atlanta Braves
Between injuries and disappointing performances, the Braves were being strangled by their outfield. The unit as a whole has done less hitting than that of any team in the league except the Padres. Center field was a particularly sore point, as it has been for a number of years—in 2008, Braves center fielders ranked eighth in the NL in True Average, then dropped to 13th in 2009, 15th last year and again this year. Bourn isn’t Ty Cobb, but should represent a serious upgrade for the Braves in the center-field line, as he ranks fourth among all NL center fielders in TAv (250 PA and up department). Braves leadoff hitters have also been among the worst in the league, having hit .254/.306/.365 overall. Weird stat alert: In 57 plate appearances at Turner Field, Bourn has never drawn a walk. Having hit only .218/.289/.348 against southpaws to date, the Braves needed a right-handed bat and didn’t get one, but Bourn’s value should hardly be dismissed in light of that. They gave up two solid pitching prospects, a third that should be rated a throw-in, as well as an outfielder that has proved he can’t play in the majors, at least for them. That’s not a bad deal for a part they needed so badly and who also remains under contract.

Baltimore Orioles

Unlike some rebuilders who pretended they had no need to sell (hellooooo, Cubs!), the Orioles got something, moving the underrated Koji Uehera and the superannuated Derrek Lee in separate deals. The returns aren’t particularly special. Chris Davis will give the lineup the left-handed power it has been missing all year, but potentially nothing else—he’s arbitration-eligible after the season and has a strike zone wider than a rhino’s buttocks. Tommy Hunter pitches to contact and thus will be undermined by the league’s worst defense. Aaron Baker is a 23-year-old first baseman in High-A ball, which likely means we will never hear his name again. Nevertheless, a roll of the dice is better than standing pat with decayed assets.

Boston Red Sox
Theo Epstein got off to a shaky start, giving up future Generic Second Baseman Yamico Navarro and a Standard Model Reliever for Mike Aviles, which seems like a high price to pay for a 30-year-old defense-second infielder who has hit .222/.261/.395 this year. Given Jed Lowrie’s shoulder injury, Kevin Youkilis’ frequent day-to-dayness, and Marco Scutaro being, well, Marco Scutaro, it’s understandable that they felt they needed more depth, having already been forced to resort to Drew Sutton and an ahead-of-schedule Jose Iglesias. Still, Aviles is a sneeze away from being out of the league altogether, whereas Navarro has some long-term value.







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September 17, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: The Baffling Angels

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John Perrotto

Mike Scioscia has yet to figure out his Halos at this late date, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

The Angels, barring the miracle comeback of miracle comebacks, will be sitting at home for the postseason for the first time since 2006 and just the second time in seven seasons. That the Angels' streak of three straight American League West titles is almost over—their tragic number for elimination is six—does not anger or frustrate manager Mike Scioscia as much as it flummoxes him. He has watched his team play in fits and starts for 5 ½ months and still can't figure out what to do about it.

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August 12, 2010 3:15 am

Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Jim Edmonds tries on a new brand of the Red stuff, waiver claims start to crop up, and the latest roster tweakings from the senior circuit.

CHICAGO CUBS
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Placed RHP Carlos Silva on the 15-day DL; purchased the contracts of RHP Thomas Diamond and Casey Coleman from Iowa (Triple-A). [8/2]
Optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa; recalled RHP Mitch Atkins from Iowa. [8/3]
Optioned RHP Mitch Atkins to Iowa; recalled RHP Marcos Mateo from Iowa. [8/9]
Placed C-R Geovany Soto on the 15-day DL (sprained shoulder); placed 1B-R Derrek Lee on the Bereavement Leave List; recalled 1B-L Micah Hoffpauir and C-R Welington Castillo from Iowa. [8/10]
Traded INF-L Mike Fontenot to the Giants for CF-R Evan Crawford. [8/11]

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June 18, 2010 6:00 pm

Transaction Action: Waterloo's 195th Anniversary Edition

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Christina Kahrl

It's a day for red wine, or maybe just for seeing red and enjoying a good whine.

BOSTON RED SOX
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Signed 1B-R Ryan Shealy to a minor-league contract, and assigned him to Pawtucket. [6/17]
Designated RHP Boof Bonser for assignment; recalled LHP Felix Doubront from Pawtucket (Triple-A). [6/18]

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May 27, 2010 4:42 pm

Transaction Action: Senior Circuit Shakeups

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Christina Kahrl

The nature of the catching shortage, bungee-cord DL moves, TMI on Tony Abreu, and more.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
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Placed INF-S Tony Abreu on the 15-day DL (sprained wrist), retroactive to 5/24; recalled INF-R Ryan Roberts from Reno (Triple-A). [5/25]

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April 19, 2010 11:17 am

Under The Knife: Abusing The Closer

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Will Carroll

The question of how K-Rod will bounce back after throwing more than 100 warm-up pitches in one day tops the roundup of injury news.

Francisco Rodriguez

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November 4, 2009 2:12 pm

You Could Look It Up: Throwing The Series Away

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Steven Goldman

Throwing a World Series game for any reason may seem outlandish now, but that has not always been the case.

Among the many taunts offered by Phillies fans to visiting Yankees supporters during Monday's game was one that insinuated that the Steinbrenner family had ordered the Yankees to throw Game Five of the World Series so that they could reap the benefit of an extra day's gate receipts at Yankee Stadium. This is, of course, preposterous, but these kinds of rumors actually go back to the earliest days of the World Series.

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The postscript on the stretch races of 2007, and how remarkable the blown leads and late-season successes of that year were compared to history's most epic collapses.

Given the peril the Tigers' season is in, it seems appropriate for us to bring this back to provide a sense of the history of epic collapses. This was the new chapter that was supposed to go into the paperback edition of It Ain't Over, but for reasons only the publisher can adequately explain, it didn't get inserted. Given that we've got a great race in play once again, here's what you missed.

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June 18, 2009 3:00 pm

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Middling moves and piddling results among some mid-level teams in the senior circuit.

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December 5, 2008 2:15 pm

Transaction Analysis: Feeling Short?

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Christina Kahrl

The Giants and Cardinals address their issues at the position, while the Red Sox are up to all kinds of business.

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