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05-11

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Nationals Park - July 7, 2013
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Joe Hamrahi

08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 31: Davey Johnson, How Much Managers Matter, and the Ideal GM-Manager Relationship
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-02

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Bizball: How Much Salary Can You Allocate to One Player and Be Competitive?
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Maury Brown

12-29

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Overthinking It: GMs Say the Darndest Things
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Ben Lindbergh

12-20

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Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans
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Ben Lindbergh

11-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: When Good GMs Go Bad
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Jonah Keri

10-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: What are the Padres Getting in Josh Byrnes?
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Geoff Young

09-01

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: The Deals And The Deal-Makers
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Joey Matschulat

07-29

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On the Beat: The Next General Managers
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John Perrotto

07-22

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On the Beat: Calling Cooperstown
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John Perrotto

11-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Sandy's The Man
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Jay Jaffe

07-26

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Contractual Matters: The White Rat Reluctant
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Jeff Euston

06-28

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Top 10 Week: General Manager Candidates
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Will Carroll

03-07

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

12-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Beattie
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David Laurila

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

03-08

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On the Beat: Settling In
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John Perrotto

02-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Gary Mayse
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David Laurila

12-23

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

11-05

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On the Beat: Honeymoons and Divorces
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John Perrotto

10-25

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On the Beat: Old School
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John Perrotto

10-05

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Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News
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John Perrotto

10-01

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On the Beat: Let the Games Begin
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John Perrotto

09-21

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Every Given Sunday: Winding Down
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John Perrotto

06-18

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

06-18

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The Next Ten
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Will Carroll

10-14

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Analyze This: Hope, Faith, Change, and Money
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John Perrotto

09-30

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Success, and Its Duplication
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John Perrotto

09-23

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Every Given Sunday: Changing of the Guards
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John Perrotto

09-16

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Every Given Sunday: Brewing up a Stretch Surprise?
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John Perrotto

09-13

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Future Shock: Houston Housecleaning
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Kevin Goldstein

09-09

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Every Given Sunday: The Upcoming Market
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John Perrotto

12-12

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The Week in Quotes: December 5-11
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John Erhardt

11-07

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The Week in Quotes: October 31-November 6
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John Erhardt

04-04

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The Week in Quotes: March 28-April 3
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John Erhardt

12-11

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Live from the (Mock) Winter Meetings
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Rany Jazayerli

10-21

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Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres
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Baseball Prospectus

04-25

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Avoiding Dissonance
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Jonah Keri

04-25

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Avoiding Dissonance
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Jonah Keri

12-15

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The Week in Quotes: December 1-14
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Dennis Cleary

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June 18, 2008 12:00 am

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John Perrotto

Chien-Ming Wang's injury has ramped up rumors of a C.C. Sabathia move to the Bronx, plus other news and notes from around the game.

In the minds of some, the Indians are already sellers in the trade market. Reports are rife that the Yankees are going to make a big play to pry left-hander C.C. Sabathia--who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season--away from Cleveland to replace the injured Chien-Ming Wang at the top of their rotation.

However, the Indians aren't ready to write off 2008, at least not yet. That's despite the fact that Cleveland is 33-38 and 6½ games behind the first-place White Sox in the AL Central, and has a slew of key players on the disabled list, including right-handers Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook, designated hitter Travis Hafner, catcher Victor Martinez, and second baseman Josh Barfield, who was injured two days after being called up from Triple-A Buffalo to replace the struggling Asdrubal Cabrera.

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June 18, 2008 12:00 am

The Next Ten

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Will Carroll

Names you should know, whether you're a Mariners fan or simply curious about who the head honchos of tomorrow might be.

In a post-Moneyball world, a new generation of baseball minds have ascended to the top of their teams. While initial returns have been mixed-Paul DePodesta was forced out of Los Angeles after a perfect storm of weak ownership and a hostile local media conspired against him-the trend is still running strong. That's because like most sports baseball is a game that thrives on imitation; if you win, someone will try to copy your success or at least steal someone that knows the formula. Josh Byrnes got a shot in Arizona because the Red Sox won, even if the second Sox title didn't start a run on the next Sox assistant.

It's time to take a look at the names you'll be hearing next year. While some of these are people who have already been interviewed for positions and might already be on your radar, some of them aren't. I've also taken some of the more easily-anticipated names off of the list. For example, any time there's an opening, Chris Antonetti's name has come up, and for good reason, but after turning down several job offers, Antonetti seems locked in with the Indians, and essentially removes himself from our list, though his name's going to keep coming up whenever a GM job does become available. I also removed former general managers from this list, even though that means keeping well-qualified people like DePodesta off; as with Antonetti, DePodesta will be in circulation as a candidate. This choice also keeps people like Gord Ash, Gerry Hunsicker, or even Pat Gillick off of my list. That's because what I would like to do here is add some names to your mental list. Inside baseball, these guys are known and known well; it's time you did too.

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October 14, 2007 12:00 am

Analyze This: Hope, Faith, Change, and Money

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John Perrotto

Turnover in the front office and with the big-market-success paradigm makes for interesting times ahead.

Before the season started, this website ran a series of team previews called "Hope and Faith" in which the writers gave a scenario in which each of the 30 major-league clubs could win it all in 2007. That series title was a play on one of Commissioner Bud Selig's favorite phrases, in which he likes to say fans can now use that phrase more than ever because Major League Baseball's revenue-sharing plan has brought about parity.

While fans in places like Pittsburgh, Kansas City and St. Petersburg might have a problem buying into hope and faith, the participants in this year's League Championship Series show that a large payroll does not automatically guarantee a team an invitation to October. In fact, three of the four teams still standing began the season with payrolls among the eight lowest in the major leagues. The Indians ranked 23rd among the 30 clubs at $62 million, while the Rockies were 25th at $54 million, and the Diamondbacks were 26th at $52 million. The Red Sox are the last of the big spenders still playing, as their Opening Day payroll of $143 million was second in the majors only to the $190 million spent by the Yankees, who have already been knocked off by the Indians in the ALDS.

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September 30, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Tribe Success, and Its Duplication

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John Perrotto

Having wooed him away from the AL Central champs, the Pirates and new GM Neal Huntington are hoping to recreate the success of the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians participated in a time-honored, albeit goofy, ritual throughout the regular season. The Indians would notch another win at Jacobs Field in their final at bat and the game's hero would inevitable find himself being interviewed on live television. And while he was answering questions about his big hit, without fail one or more teammates would slam a whipped cream pie into his face. Then, when the Indians clinched the American League Central title last Sunday, there were more pies flying around their clubhouse in Jacobs Field than in a Three Stooges episode.

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September 23, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Changing of the Guards

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John Perrotto

Several managers and general managers have already been replaced this year. Here's the scoop on which of those remaining could lose their job in the offseason.

Four managers and three general managers have failed to make it through the season.

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September 16, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Brewing up a Stretch Surprise?

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John Perrotto

Can the Brewers finish what they started? Plus job security on Chicago's South Side contrasts with change in the Twin Cities and Pittsburgh.

Ned Yost is in the midst of his first pennant race as a major league manager but his talking like someone who has been here many times before. The Brewers skipper has been insisting all season that he has not paid any attention to what other teams in the National League Central are doing. Now that just 15 days remain in the season and the Brewers, who haven't been to the postseason since 1982, and the Chicago Cubs are locked in a duel for the division title, Yost says he is still not scoreboard watching.

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September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Houston Housecleaning

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Kevin Goldstein

The Astros will need to commit resources to sign top amateur talent if their new GM is going to successfully rebuild the team.

Two weeks ago, the Astros did some housecleaning, firing manager Phil Garner and general manager Tim Purpura, with owner Drayton McLane being quoted in the AP story as stating that the Astros "needed a fresh start." It's hard to argue with that, as the Astros are basically the National League version of the White Sox--an aging team struggling to stay out of last place just two years removed from a World Series appearance, with a minor league system that will offer little help in its current state. The Astros have been very active in their pursuit of a new helmsman, interviewing or setting up interviews with at least 11 candidates that we know of:

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September 9, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: The Upcoming Market

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John Perrotto

While pitching will be in short supply, the winter's free-agent pool could feature some of the greatest hitters in the game's history.

By all accounts, the free-agent crop figures to be weak this winter, especially in the pitching department. However, there will be some interesting hitters finding their way to the open market in November. Let's take a look at the top 10 potential free agents, according to their 2007 VORP. Players with club options are not included, but those with player options or mutual options are.

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Anonymity rules at the Winter Meetings, a few GMs self-diagnose, and everyone reacts to the trades and free agent signings around the league.

"In every trade proposal, he's asking for the other general manager's first born, plus two pitchers."
--an MLB executive, on new Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who reportedly overvalued his players when negotiating trades (FoxSports.com)

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Theo Epstein resigns in Beantown, Tampa and Philly solve their own GM problems, and the Gold Gloves are announced.

"I had to ask, 'resigned or re-signed?' It came back, 'No, he resigned.' That was a surprising development."
--former Red Sox V.P. For Baseball Operations Mike Port, on former Boston GM Theo Epstein's resignation (New York Times)

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A former player talks about his retirement, another gets ready for his, and Billy Koch refuses to pay high gas prices.

"And I miss looking that pitcher in the eye. I can't look my son in the eye when he's throwing me a Wiffle ball and say, 'I'm going to rip one off your forehead.'"
--former A's infielder and current sports radio talk show host F.P. Santangelo, on what he misses about playing professional baseball (Sacramento Bee)

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Following up on yesterday's article, here is the definitive list of every transaction made at last weekend's Mock Winter Meetings in Chicago. The list of moves includes a blockbuster trade for Mark Teixeira, cheap contracts for Trot Nixon and Juan Gonzalez, and a surprise new home for Vladimir Guerrero.

AL WEST

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