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01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: Bringing Back Bailey
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Daniel Rathman

12-26

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Rumor Roundup: Tanaka Time
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Daniel Rathman

12-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 351: Life-Changing Lessons from Recent Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-08

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Rumor Roundup: Backup Planning
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Daniel Rathman

09-05

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Bullpen Report: Examining Trends
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Mike Gianella

06-27

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Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle
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Mike Gianella

06-06

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Bullpen Report: A Test of Wil'
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Mike Gianella

05-30

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Bullpen Report: Movin' on Up
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Mike Gianella

10-05

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BP Unfiltered: Grant Balfour's Fab Five
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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Painting the Black: Attention Hollywood: The A's Bullpen Is Pretty Interesting
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R.J. Anderson

05-14

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Resident Fantasy Genius: A Bad Month to Be, Or Own, a Closer
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Derek Carty

01-26

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Closer Carousel
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Derek Carty

06-29

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Transaction Analysis Blog: The Return of Brazoban
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R.J. Anderson

05-26

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6

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
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Mike Petriello

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: Junior Circuit Jumble
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Christina Kahrl

01-13

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Free Agent Bargain Bin: Relief Pitchers
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Dan Wade

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh

08-02

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22

Under The Knife: No Two Injuries are Alike
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Will Carroll

04-01

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Lee Panas

12-09

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Freebies?
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Ben Lindbergh

10-30

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45

Prospectus Today: The Champions
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Joe Sheehan

10-26

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On the Beat: World Series Game Three
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John Perrotto

10-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Penning a New Recipe
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Jay Jaffe

10-21

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World Series Prospectus: Rays versus Phillies
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Joe Sheehan

10-17

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Prospectus Today: A Stathead Considers Chemistry
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Joe Sheehan

10-17

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On the Beat: ALCS Game Five
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John Perrotto

08-09

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

02-06

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Building a Better Bullpen
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Caleb Peiffer

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Weekend Wheeling and Dealing
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Christina Kahrl

10-17

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Transaction Analysis: September 29-October 16, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

02-15

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Transaction Analysis: National League, December 15, 2005-February 11, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
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Dayn Perry

06-21

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Prospectus Triple Play: Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants
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Baseball Prospectus

04-07

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: March 31-April 5, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-10

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Baseball Prospectus

09-03

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Baseball Prospectus

08-06

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Baseball Prospectus

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

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Et tu, Tampa Bay?

Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Grant Balfour to be their closer for 2014 (and presumably 2015), committing to pay him $12 million over the next two seasons. It’s not an expensive closer contract, as these things go. But for the cost-conscious Rays, it seemed a little strange. The team also re-signed Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) and traded for Heath Bell over the winter. Another sabermetric darling team, the Oakland A’s, signed Eric O’Flaherty last week and, earlier in the winter, traded for Josh Lindblom and Jim Johnson.

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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Bringing Back Bailey

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Daniel Rathman

The Reds try to extend Homer Bailey, and the Nationals consider reshaping the back end of their bullpen.

Reds “optimistic” about extension talks with Homer Bailey
As more and more high-end pitchers sign long-term extensions with their first big-league teams, those who don’t become hot commodities when they reach free agency. That, in turn, increases the incentive for pitchers to test the market and makes it more difficult for smaller-market clubs to retain them.


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December 26, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tanaka Time

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Daniel Rathman

The Masahiro Tanaka bidding begins, and both Baltimore and Grant Balfour move on from his near-signing with the O's.

Masahiro Tanaka officially posted by Rakuten
In a decision first reported by Japanese outlet Sponichi and translated by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to allow their ace right-hander to move to the majors.


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Ben and Sam discuss recent trades and signings, focusing on moves by the Indians, White Sox, and Diamondbacks, Kevin Towers' changing approach to building a bullpen, and the reliever market.

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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Backup Planning

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Daniel Rathman

The Yankees make a point of appearing to be interested in second basemen other than Robinson Cano. Also, Grant Balfour is popular.

Grant Balfour a Popular Relief Target
Teams in need of late-inning bullpen arms have no shortage of choices in this year’s free agent crop. One of the most popular in the early going appears to be Balfour, who spent the last three seasons with the Athletics and was Oakland’s closer in 2012 and 2013.


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September 5, 2013 6:30 am

Bullpen Report: Examining Trends

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Mike Gianella

Mike unveils his updated closer tiers and identifies a few setup men who could help your fantasy club down the stretch.

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.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

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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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June 6, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: A Test of Wil'

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Mike Gianella

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen is among the numerous ninth-inning men who moved down a tier in this week's update.

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.

Since the big news right now is Biogenesis, it’s worth noting that there are no active major-league relievers listed in the reports released so far. This isn’t a definitive or final iteration of the list by any means: There are other names in the documents that haven’t been released or that are listed under code names, according to the sources in the story as reported by ESPN. However, in terms of known risk, there isn’t anything to see here.

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May 30, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Movin' on Up

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Mike Gianella

Two closers jump into the top tier, as Mike catches you up on the latest news and shuffling from the league's bullpens.

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.

Tier 1: Money in the Bank

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Grant Balfour became the first pitcher ever to throw a perfect inning on five consecutive days.

Most managers hesitate before using a reliever on three straight days. Four is indisputable malpractice. Five might as well be a felony.

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Oakland's successful bullpen comprises good stories and impressive performances. So if some movie producer wants to option R.J.'s screenplay...

Dear Self,

I write from the year 2012, 10 years ahead of your time. Much has changed about the world, as expected, but one thing should remain familiar to you: the Oakland Athletics are a good ballclub. They seem destined to make the postseason, and their bullpen leads the American League in ERA. If you think that’s incredible, just wait until you see who they’re winning with. I’ll let you find out for yourself, but let’s just say Billy Beane still has it. Now, about the purpose of this message: Only you can save our beloved planet. The first thing I need from you is…

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May 14, 2012 3:18 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: A Bad Month to Be, Or Own, a Closer

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Derek Carty

Don't overreact to an unprecedented casualty rate for closers.

There’s an old adage in fantasy baseball to “draft skills, not roles.”  The reasoning behind this is that the cream will rise to the top, that the better player will eventually take on the more prominent role.  This advice is often given in regard to closers, but it’s advice which I’ve expressed my disagreement with on multiple occasions.  While “draft skills, not roles” is a romantic notion, studies I’ve run in the past have shown that role is far more important than skill when it comes to saves and that closers in waiting are generally poor investments.

When Fernando Rodney received the first two save opportunities following Kyle Farnsworth’s injury, one site said that “while it would be nice to think that the 35-year-old will continue to close out games so effortlessly, his track record and bullpen competition probably make him one of the biggest sell-high candidates in baseball.”  Rodney proceeded to roll off seven more (consecutive) saves en route to becoming one of the most valuable closers in baseball over the first six weeks.  He had the role, which is more difficult to lose than most assume.

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