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12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Phil Hughes Finds a Friendlier Home
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

01-09

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Transaction Analysis: The Nationals (Finally) Bring Back LaRoche
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Ben Lindbergh

01-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 112: The Kyle Lohse Quandary
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-29

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Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?
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Ben Lindbergh

11-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 91: What Will the Braves Get from B.J. Upton?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-15

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BP Unfiltered: Has Mariano Rivera's Cutter Rubbed Off on the Rest of the Yankees' Relievers?
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 80: Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-05

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Bizball: Sizing Up a Seven-Year, $175 Million Deal for Josh Hamilton
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Maury Brown

11-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 75: The David Ortiz Decision and the Offseason Outlook for the Red Sox
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-29

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Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 CBA: The Luxury Tax Meets the Draft
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Maury Brown

03-13

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4

Western Front: Better Than Doug Mientkiewicz
by
Geoff Young

01-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Arbitration Process
by
Thomas Gorman

01-09

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59

On the Beat: The Best Players Still on the Board
by
John Perrotto

01-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Boras vs. Baseball--A Primer
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-15

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21

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Scott Boras Factor: Reality or Hype?
by
Vince Gennaro

03-14

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36

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway
by
Matt Swartz

12-14

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9

On the Beat: A Werthy Disguise
by
John Perrotto

11-12

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8

Warning Track Power: Saito Later?
by
Chase Gharrity

11-12

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13

On the Beat: The Second Annual All-MLB Team
by
John Perrotto

08-02

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12

Contractual Matters: August and Everything After
by
Jeff Euston

07-08

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13

Changing Speeds: Free Agent Midterms
by
Ken Funck

04-23

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Ahead in the Count: Methodology of The New MORP
by
Matt Swartz

04-22

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Ahead in the Count: Reintroducing MORP
by
Matt Swartz

02-24

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15

Contractual Matters: NL Central
by
Jeff Euston

01-31

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18

On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

01-24

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

01-20

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

01-18

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Ahead in the Count: Revising Player Contract Valuation, Part 1
by
Matt Swartz

01-17

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17

On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

01-11

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Ahead in the Count: Part 2 of Service-time Contracts and Wins
by
Matt Swartz

01-04

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27

Ahead in the Count: Service-Time Contracts and Wins, Part 1
by
Matt Swartz

12-29

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32

Ahead in the Count: For the Long-Term Investors
by
Matt Swartz

12-23

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27

On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

12-22

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20

The Real Curse
by
Colin Wyers

12-20

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
by
John Perrotto

12-17

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26

Ahead in the Count: Anatomy of a Blockbuster
by
Matt Swartz

12-10

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On the Beat: Day Three of the Winter Meetings
by
John Perrotto

12-06

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On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

12-02

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

11-25

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9

So You Need: Firemen
by
Jay Jaffe

11-23

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15

So You Need: Help Up the Middle
by
Tommy Bennett

11-15

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20

On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

05-31

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43

Prospectus Idol Entry: Fantasy Focus: Trade Market
by
Jeff Euston

02-23

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18

Prospectus Today: First-Round Picks!
by
Joe Sheehan

02-01

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9

Every Given Sunday: So Many Questions, So Little Time
by
John Perrotto

01-18

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13

Every Given Sunday: Baby, it's Cold Outside
by
John Perrotto

01-07

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On the Beat: The Dog Days of Winter
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John Perrotto

01-04

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Every Given Sunday: Stoking the Hot Stove Fires
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John Perrotto

12-23

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On the Beat: Lots of Talk, Little Action
by
John Perrotto

12-21

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Every Given Sunday: Hesitations, Retractions, and Rebuttals
by
John Perrotto

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December 2, 2013 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Phil Hughes Finds a Friendlier Home

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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

The Twins add another experienced starter to bolster last season's league-worst rotation.



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It took two months, but Adam LaRoche eventually accepted the Nationals' offer to return for two more years.



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Ben and Sam reflect on one of the slowest days of the offseason and then discuss the lack of movement in the market for Kyle Lohse.



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November 29, 2012 12:20 pm

Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?

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Ben Lindbergh

The top free agent outfielder has a hitting style that should scare teams considering buying his mid-30s.

At some point this winter, a team with money to spend and an opening in the outfield for a big left-handed bat will make Josh Hamilton a very wealthy man. With the Winter Meetings approaching and some big names already off the board, the baseball world is wondering “When?” and “How Wealthy?” Hamilton’s home run totals and 2010 MVP season make him one of the most enticing talents on the market, but his age, injury record, history of substance abuse, and performance away from the hitter’s parks he’s called home give general managers plenty of reasons to think twice before committing to a long-term contract.

We can tack on yet another concern to that long list of red flags: Hamilton is not a patient hitter. Over the course of his career, he’s struck out at an above-average rate and walked at a (barely) below-average rate, despite the fact that pitchers have plenty of incentive to stay away from his power. Last season, his tendency to swing (and chase) grew much more pronounced, while his contact percentage plummeted.

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Ben and Sam break down the Braves' signing of B.J. Upton and discuss the discrepancy between different appraisals of his value.

Ben and Sam break down the Braves' signing of B.J. Upton and discuss the discrepancy between different appraisals of his value.

Episode 91: "What Will the Braves Get from B.J. Upton?"

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Can Mariano Rivera's cutter be cloned?

“How can I really teach this pitch if I can’t explain how it came to me in the first place?”—Mariano Rivera in March

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Josh Hamilton could end up signing a reasonable contract after all and talk about whether the Yankees can commit to and compete despite their goal to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Josh Hamilton could end up signing a reasonable contract after all and talk about whether the Yankees can commit to and compete despite their goal to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

Episode 80: "Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?"

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Will Josh Hamilton find the contract he's looking for this winter? And should be?

When the Rangers were knocked out of the playoffs by the Orioles in the AL Wild Card play-in game, Josh Hamilton sounded the part of a politician. The Ranger faithful had booed him during the game in part for his numbers during that play-in game—he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, both on three pitches—but really for his lackluster performance in the second half of the regular season (16 homers and an .833 OPS compared to 27 homers with a 1.016 OPS in the first half).

"I always would love to stay here," Hamilton said at the time of the loss to the Orioles. "They understand that. They know that. When we talked earlier in the year, we didn't get things worked out, so we said we'd wait until the year was over. They obviously get first shot. I told them they'd get first shot at the end of the year. We'll see what happens."

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Ben and Sam welcome Matthew Kory to the podcast to discuss the David Ortiz contract negotiations and the outlook for the Red Sox this winter.

Ben and Sam welcome Matthew Kory to the podcast to discuss the David Ortiz contract negotiations and the outlook for the Red Sox this winter.

Episode 75: "The David Ortiz Decision and the Offseason Outlook for the Red Sox"

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Our first look inside the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement

On November 22 of last year, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA did something that the NFL and the NBA could not: reached a new labor agreement without a work stoppage. For those that follow baseball’s labor history, it has become a miraculous run. By the time the current five-year Basic Agreement (read here) expires on December 1, 2016, it will have been 21 years of uninterrupted labor peace.

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March 13, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: Better Than Doug Mientkiewicz

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Geoff Young

James Loney hasn't exactly set Hollywood ablaze with his hitting prowess; can he still cash in on his mediocrity?

For reasons I don't entirely comprehend, James Loney has been on my mind of late. His skill set is unusual for a first baseman, and although some players have parlayed similar skills into a successful big-league career, such players are few and far between.

In last week's light-hearted preview of the NL West, I quipped that Loney should star in a show called “Being Doug Mientkiewicz.” Marginally amusing one-liners aside, the truth is that Loney is a better hitter than Mientkiewicz, though this is hardly cause for celebration among Dodgers fans. Set the bar low enough and everything looks good.

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As teams and players settle in arbitration or avoid it entirely, refresh your memory on how the process works.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

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