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04-08

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Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7
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Zach Mortimer

09-11

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/11/12
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Michael Street

08-28

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/28/12
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Michael Street

08-14

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/14/12
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Michael Street

08-07

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/7/12
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Michael Street

07-31

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12
by
Michael Street

07-24

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/24/12
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Michael Street

05-22

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12
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Michael Street

05-08

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/8/12
by
Michael Street

04-03

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/3/12
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Michael Street

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part I: The Cold Corner, Again
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Jay Jaffe

02-03

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The BP First Take: Friday, February 3
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Daniel Rathman

01-31

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/31/12
by
Michael Street

01-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

09-23

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/23/11
by
Michael Street

08-26

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/26/11
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Michael Street

07-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Third Basemen
by
Jason Parks

07-05

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/5/11
by
Michael Street

05-24

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Transaction Analysis: Quad-A Saves the Day?
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Ben Lindbergh

05-16

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First Base, Third Base, and DH
by
Michael Street

05-03

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Transaction Analysis: Opportunity Knocks
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Ben Lindbergh

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
by
Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

12-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases at Third and Short
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Jay Jaffe

03-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Step to the left... or to the right?
by
Jay Jaffe

02-27

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Future Shock: Mariners Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

05-08

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Transaction Analysis: A Wee Quartet
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Christina Kahrl

01-24

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Schrodinger's Bat: Simple Fielding Runs Version 1.0
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Dan Fox

04-06

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Future Shock: Double-A Preview
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Kevin Goldstein

08-23

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Transaction Analysis: August 18-22
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: May 5-9
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Christina Kahrl

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-31
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Christina Kahrl

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: August 19-25
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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

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: May 17-20, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

05-11

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Ticket Price Survey
by
Doug Pappas

05-06

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Ticket Price Survey
by
Doug Pappas

04-30

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Ticket Price Survey
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Doug Pappas

02-24

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IV
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Baseball Prospectus

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

05-16

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners
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Baseball Prospectus

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April 8, 2013 1:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7

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Zach Mortimer

Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.

Games of Friday, April 5

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September 11, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/11/12

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Michael Street

Lacking significant September corner infield call-ups, Michael still fields a strong Value Picks lineup, joined by Josh Donaldson and Matt Dominguez this week.

The Value Picks crew had a fine week, hitting five homers, scoring 10 runs, and driving in 15 more. That’s a good thing, since the latest round of call-ups only brought one corner infielder likely to deliver fantasy value. That, however, doesn’t mean there’s nobody to be found on your waiver wire: almost all of my VPs are available in 80 percent of fantasy leagues.

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August 28, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/28/12

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Michael Street

The Value Picks list continues to hit well, but Michael finds room for a newly healthy Luke Scott as well as a host of marginal talent in Playing Pepper.

Departures
A thin bench led Toronto to put David Cooper (Yahoo! 1%, ESPN 0%, CBS 3%) on the disabled list instead of waiting for his back problems to clear up. Depending on how Adam Lind plays (and feels), Cooper could return to the Jays when he’s eligible, but he’s still just an AL-only player if he does.


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August 14, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/14/12

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Michael Street

Eric Chavez and Josh Vitters join a strong Value Picks list this week, as two VPs look towards their imminent graduation.

Departures
In my write-ups of Travis Hafner (Yahoo! 7%, ESPN 0%, CBS 9%), I often reference his fragility, but Hafner’s owners still have to be disappointed at the news that his injured back could sideline him for the rest of the season. If that’s true, Pronk finishes the year with a .239/.355/.453 triple-slash with 11 home runs and 32 RBI, respectable totals in all categories but batting average.


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August 7, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/7/12

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Michael Street

Michael looks at the impact of some late-breaking deadline deals and those consummated after the deadline in this week’s column.

Some commentators worried that the additional Wild Card spot would dampen trading deadline deals, but it seemed to have the opposite effect, with lots of swaps affecting teams down the stretch. Only one new Value Pick resulted from these deals, but we should see more in the weeks to come as the ripple effects of some trades become clearer and fading teams call up prospects or make non-waiver deals like one that I look at in Playing Pepper.

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July 31, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12

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Michael Street

With his Value Pick roster all having good weeks, Michael adds another VP while looking at the roster shakeups from last week’s trades and injuries among corner infielders.

The non-waiver trade deadline is almost upon us, and the most predicted corner infield swap doesn’t look like it will come to pass, but there’s been plenty of other action on my Value Picks beat, even if it has erased more VPs than it created. Take last week’s significant hot corner injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Pablo Sandoval, for example. Kung Fu Panda’s replacement will be Marco Scutaro, who’s more valuable as a fantasy middle infielder and who moves to a park that will hurt his production, and VP Eric Chavez actually graduates from the list due to A-Rod’s broken wrist. The trades of Chris Johnson and Ryan Roberts aren’t all that significant either; neither player is a good VP, for reasons you can read about in Playing Pepper. Fear not, however, since the list had a fine week, and there are still other options to help your fantasy team as the final two months of the season begin.

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July 24, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/24/12

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Michael Street

Paring his VP list down to five, Michael looks at Arizona’s new third baseman and some overperforming infielders in Playing Pepper.

We try to have at least five players on our VP lists, though at times I’ve had as many as seven. Things are a bit leaner now, so I’m cutting back to five again, but there are plenty of gambles to be found in Playing Pepper for owners more desperate for an immediate fix. If you want to talk about some of these players, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Asian players (all specialties of mine), or really anything fantasy-related, be sure to come to my first BP chat this Thursday at 2 PM EST (11 AM PT).

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May 22, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12

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Michael Street

This season’s most significant corner infield call-up makes this week’s Value Picks list, along with an old, dependable, and much-maligned first baseman.

Though fantasy owners always try to anticipate the next big call-up, those decisions often have more to do with immediate roster needs than long-term concerns. As a wise man once said about life, promotion decisions are what happens when a team’s busy making other plans.

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May 8, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/8/12

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Michael Street

Looking for a replacement for your injured third baseman? Michael looks at plenty of hot-corner options this week, especially in Playing Pepper.

As Jason Collette and Paul Sporer covered in BP’s Towers of Power Fantasy Hour podcast this week, four front-line third-base qualifiers—Evan Longoria, Mat Gamel, Kevin Youkilis, and Pablo Sandoval—hit the DL this past week, leaving fantasy owners scrambling at an already-thin position. While many of the replacement players are marginal, sometimes a warm body is all you need to keep your fantasy squad afloat until more help arrives via an early-season callup. I’ll examine a few of those hot corner replacement options in this week’s column.

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April 3, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/3/12

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Michael Street

Michael looks at the fate of several first-round draft picks at the corner infield spots in Colorado, Minnesota, and San Diego, and peeks at some Spring Training stats in Playing Pepper.

If you need further confirmation of how difficult baseball is, compare its amateur draft to those of football or basketball, where first-round picks generally go onto success and top-pick busts like Sam Bowie or Ricky Williams make headlines. Baseball’s draft history, on the other hand, is littered with first-round failures and late-round successes. Some first-round picks eventually help their clubs but not always at the position where they were drafted. This week’s Value Picks looks at several Spring Training storylines surrounding former first-round draft picks and whether there’s any fantasy value to be found there.

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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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While third base is often considered an offense-heavy position now, last year proved to be a major down season.

As so often happens, my recent Replacement-Level Killers and Vortices of Suck miniseries have focused my attention on the landscape of offensive production at each position. Back in July, while putting together the midseason Killers, I was struck by just how awful a year it had been for third basemen. Age, injuries, and mysterious slumps had sapped the production of so many hot cornermen that their collective True Average (.253) trailed that of second basemen (.256)—a seven-point swing from the year before, a change that couldn't simply be explained by Chone Figgins' switch in positions. As someone who internalized Bill James' defensive spectrum before I was old enough to drive, this anomaly fascinated me.

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