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BP.com's original column launched in 1996, TA has been where Christina Kahrl ponders the implications of recent roster moves, their impact on managerial tactics or how they reflect organizational behavior. Plus a few too many references to things that have nothing to do with baseball.

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01-09

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5

Fantasy Beat: Esmil Rogers, Fantasy Sleeper
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Jason Collette

08-23

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9

Prospect Profile: Bruce Rondon
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Hudson Belinsky

05-31

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4

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 5/31/12
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Paul Sporer

07-27

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24

The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-19

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5

Transaction Analysis Blog: Keppinger To The Giants
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R.J. Anderson

06-14

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26

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Relievers
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Jason Parks

05-12

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Painting the Black: Striking Early
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R.J. Anderson

05-11

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10

Divide and Conquer, AL East: The Perpetual Rebuilders
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Ben Kabak

04-08

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Prospectus Profile: Parnell Adds a Weapon
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David Laurila

12-01

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8

Prospectus Perspective: Short Shrift?
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Christina Kahrl

11-01

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Analyze This: How the Rangers Were Acquired, Part I
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Jesse Behr

10-13

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8

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-16

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10

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

09-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Dellin Betances
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David Laurila

09-09

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6

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

09-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Anthony Ranaudo
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David Laurila

08-24

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9

Thrown a Changeup
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Jesse Behr

07-30

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28

How Much is That Star in The Window?
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Christina Kahrl

07-26

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7

Overthinking It: The Unlikeliest Starter?
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Ben Lindbergh

07-22

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Overthinking It: Ringing Them Up at Wrigley
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Ben Lindbergh

07-01

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22

Contractual Matters: Optional Waivers
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Jeff Euston and Eric Seidman

06-17

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23

Ahead in the Count: Is Jimenez In Over His Head?
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Matt Swartz

06-15

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7

Another Look: Pitchers Who Fizzled
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Bob Hertzel

05-17

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7

Transaction Action: Changing their Stripes
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Christina Kahrl

05-04

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Transaction Action: Not Least, the AL East
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Christina Kahrl

04-11

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Transaction Action: Going to Dozens
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Christina Kahrl

03-31

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BP Unfiltered: Five Minutes with The Spaceman
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David Laurila

03-30

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5

Transaction Action: We Three Giants
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Christina Kahrl

03-12

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14

Transaction Analysis: Import/Export
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Christina Kahrl

03-02

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31

Expanded Horizons: Best Non-Closers
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Tommy Bennett

03-02

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Team Health Reports: Cincinnati Reds
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Michael R. Lewis

02-18

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36

Division Preview: AL West
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John Perrotto

01-24

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Transaction Action: Brewing Up a Reunion and a New Royal
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Christina Kahrl

08-11

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Checking the Numbers: Scouting the Cubs/Phillies Series
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Eric Seidman

07-15

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Second-Half Prescriptions
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Baseball Prospectus

06-03

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Checking the Numbers: Houdini, Meet Jorge
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Eric Seidman

05-06

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Zumaya's Zooming
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Ben Lindbergh

02-23

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Team Health Reports: Detroit Tigers
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Brad Wochomurka

11-12

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Hot Stove Preview
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Caleb Peiffer

10-19

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On the Beat: ALCS Game Six
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John Perrotto

10-15

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You Could Look It Up: Drowning in Drama
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Steven Goldman

09-22

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-15

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Under The Knife: Coming and Going
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Will Carroll

09-09

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-27

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Moves
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Christina Kahrl

07-17

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Attack! Attack! Attack!
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Eric Seidman

07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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John Perrotto

07-03

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Scherzer 101
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Eric Seidman

05-11

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Prospectus Preview: Sunday's Games to Watch
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Marc Normandin

05-10

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

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May 4, 2010 5:48 pm

Transaction Action: Not Least, the AL East

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Christina Kahrl

The drama division gets its due with a review of its recent roster moves.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHP Kam Mickolio to Norfolk (Triple-A); recalled RHP Alfredo Simon from Norfolk. [4/27]
Outrighted LHP Wilfrido Perez to Bowie (Double-A). [4/30]
Optioned RHP Jim Johnson to Norfolk; recalled RHP Brad Bergesen from Norfolk. [5/1]

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April 11, 2010 2:15 am

Transaction Action: Going to Dozens

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Christina Kahrl

The Cubs' pen problem, plus teams move to that all-important seventh reliever.

ANAHEIM ANGELS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned 4C-R Robb Quinlan to Salt Lake (Triple-A); purchased the contract of RHP Bobby Cassevah from Salt Lake. [4/9]

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Bill “Spaceman” Lee is 63 years young and just as verbose as ever. The erstwhile Red Sox and Expos southpaw waxed poetic following a panel discussion hosted by The Sports Museum, in Boston, earlier this afternoon.

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March 30, 2010 4:07 am

Transaction Action: We Three Giants

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Christina Kahrl

Plus clambering up the Fish ladder, an Athletic reunion, and more.

BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned C-R Dusty Brown and INF-R Kevin Frandsen to Pawtucket (Triple-A). [3/29]

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March 12, 2010 4:24 pm

Transaction Analysis: Import/Export

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Christina Kahrl

Leslie Anderson, a few cuts, and a few good-byes.

IN THIS ISSUE

American League
National League

BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart
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Noted the retirement of INF-R Nomar Garciaparra. [3/11]

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March 2, 2010 11:25 am

Expanded Horizons: Best Non-Closers

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Tommy Bennett

A look at the best relief pitchers of 2009 who didn't get the glory of recording the final out.

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

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March 2, 2010 11:15 am

Team Health Reports: Cincinnati Reds

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Michael R. Lewis

Will this potential surprise team have the benefit of health in the season to come?

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February 18, 2010 11:58 am

Division Preview: AL West

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John Perrotto

A changing of the guard sees the Angels drop to the bottom behind a Rangers/Mariners battle.

Baseball's smallest division figures to be one of its most interesting in 2010. The Los Angeles Angels have won three straight American League West titles, and five of the past six. However, they appear vulnerable after losing ace pitcher John Lackey to the Boston Red Sox as a free agent, third baseman/leadoff hitter/defensive whiz Chone Figgins to the division rival Seattle Mariners as a free agent, and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero to another division rival, the Texas Rangers.

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January 24, 2010 11:27 pm

Transaction Action: Brewing Up a Reunion and a New Royal

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Christina Kahrl

Plus Stairs' way to heaven by the Pacific, and other odds and ends among the weekend transactions.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Signed OF-L Rick Ankiel to a one-year, $2.75 million base contract, with a $6 million mutual option for 2011 ($500,000 buyout). [1/22]

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With a tip of the cap to a tip from the beat, an expanded series preview of a key mid-week matchup.

As each of his On the Beat columns draw to their close, John Perrotto highlights a short list of three- or four-game sets worth keeping an eye on. The series are not chosen at random, and tend to boast either compelling storylines or intriguing pitching matchups. In an attempt to be synergistic, I thought it would be fun every now and again to pick a series touted in his column and go to town creating series previews, in essence scouting the series as a whole as opposed to a key player or two. The Phillies and Cubs showdown that will be contested from tonight through Thursday serves as the perfect starting ground, as it features both storylines and intriguing matchups, with the former largely encompassing the latter. In fact, the storylines surrounding the pitching matchups were so topsy-turvy that I wrote this entire piece on Sunday and had to drastically revise it Monday afternoon in light of developments.

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July 15, 2009 4:06 pm

Second-Half Prescriptions

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Baseball Prospectus

An Rx for each of the 14 teams of the junior circuit to cure whatever ails them.

AL East-Steven Goldman

Boston Red Sox: The Sox have resources they've not yet availed themselves Clay Buchholz has excelled at Triple-A Pawtucket this year while the big-league club has seen Daisuke Matsuzaka struggle to get his ERA below 8.00 and rehabilitate 42-year-old John Smoltz. Buchholz is coming up on a temporary basis after the break, but if the Sox gave him more rope they might find they have less need to heal up those struggling veterans; alternatively, promoting Buchholz could give them the flexibility to deal Brad Penny, perhaps to the Brewers. Fine-tuning might include acquiring a catch-and-throw reserve backstop; both Jason Varitek and George Kottaras have thrown out fewer than 20% of attempting basestealers, a bad weakness to have when you're in the same division as Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, and Brett Gardner.

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June 3, 2009 1:55 pm

Checking the Numbers: Houdini, Meet Jorge

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Eric Seidman

Magical performances are often trussed up by trickery that a bit of due diligence with the data can reveal.

In an attempt to bolster a pitching staff relying on the injury-prone Mike Hampton and John Thomson and the question marks that were Horacio Ramirez and Kyle Davies, the Atlanta Braves took a flyer on Jorge Sosa prior to the 2005 season, acquiring the righty from the (then-)Devil Rays in exchange for Nick Green. The Braves' brass hoped that Leo Mazzone could work his magic on the young flamethrower who, though lacking a proven track record, possessed raw abilities capable of charming the pants off of pitching coaches. After a few months, the project seemed to be paying dividends; Sosa sustained a shiny, under-3.00 ERA. Problems lurked beneath the surface, however, primarily in the form of the number of baserunners Sosa allowed, and that he was deriving most of his success from stranding an inordinate number of them. His teammates came to embrace the quirkiness of his success, giving him the moniker "Houdini" for his ability to escape from situations with minuscule margins of error.

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