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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jason Parks

07-05

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/5/11
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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
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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?
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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
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Doug Pappas

05-06

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Ticket Price Survey
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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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Casey McGehee could prove to be a valuable pickup for the Pirates.

As spring training approaches, almost every player looking for a bounce-back season claims to be in the best shape of his life. Pirates infielder Casey McGehee is no exception; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Bill Brink tweeted on Thursday that the first-year Bucco has lost nearly 25 pounds and “cut [his] body fat in half.” The premise may be as clichéd as any in baseball, but there is reason to believe that McGehee is not whistlin’ Dixie.

The 29-year-old McGehee will begin the 2012 season with his third NL Central organization in the last five years. A 10th-round pick of the Cubs in 2003, he was claimed off waivers by the Brewers after a cup of coffee in 2008, and unexpectedly took off when handed the keys to the third-base job midway through the next season. McGehee hit .301/.360/.499 in his first year with Milwaukee, then followed that up with a .285/.337/.464 campaign in 2010, contributing 2.0 and 2.6 WARP in those seasons, respectively. But the wheels came off last year, and he was traded to the Pirates for reliever Jose Veras in December.

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January 31, 2012 9:00 am

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

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Michael Street

What to make of fantasy players shifting across the diamond? Michael looks at the fallout of the Fielder signing, plus potential position moves by Miguel Cabrera, Mark Trumbo, and the already-certain moves of Hanley Ramirez

For fantasy owners, the difference between first- and third-base eligibility is huge—at least in leagues that ignore defense. That defensive liability can still have repercussions in real-world baseball, however, which trickles down to fantasy if a player can’t stick at the hot corner. Last week’s news featured several players going from the right side of the diamond to the left, but not all of those moves may be permanent and not all may be beneficial.

Prince Fielder | Detroit Tigers (ADP 14)
Shallow: YES
Medium: YES
Deep: YES
AL-only: YES
Super Deep: YES






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Armed with a plan to play Prince Fielder at first base and Miguel Cabrera at third, the Tigers might field one of the worst defensive infields in recent memory.

It's no hyperbole to say Prince Fielder's nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers shocked the baseball world. The Tigers certainly weren’t on the list of likely suitors given their sizable commitment to the sizable player occupying his position: Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was the AL's most valuable first baseman in 2010 and 2011 according to WARP, and is under contract for another $86 million through 2015. Even with the designated hitter slot open due to Victor Martinez's season-ending torn ACL—the catastrophe that triggered Fielder’s signing—the team plans to play the new guy at first base and shift the incumbent to third base. It’s a position Cabrera hasn't played regularly since 2007, but one that he nonetheless calls "his natural position." Paired with Ryan Raburn at second base and Jhonny Peralta at shortstop—two players moved to less demanding defensive positions years ago, only to shift back to harder ones—the Tigers are threatening to field one of the more terrifying infields in recent memory.

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September 23, 2011 9:14 pm

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

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Michael Street

In the final week of the season, Michael looks at near-term and long-term return for his Value Picks.

As the season (and Value Picks) draws to a close, I’ll look at what my VPs are likely to deliver in the next week, as well as their future for keeper leagues. Every year, one of my league championships has gone down to the final day, so there’s every reason to keep your roster current with fresh blood, even in redraft leagues. If you’re out of the money, keep the leaders honest by playing spoiler, scrapping for one more steal, one more homer, one more point of batting average. Because after Wednesday, it’s six months before fantasy baseball comes around again. Make this last week count!
 


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August 26, 2011 8:24 pm

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

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Michael Street

Shifting to Friday, Michael makes up for the hiatus with several VP changes and a long turn at Playing Pepper, including a bunch of Brandons.

Now appearing on Fridays, I’m back to prepare you for your weekend fantasy games. Several developments have happened in the ten days since my last column, and I’m jumping to adjust the VP list accordingly. Fortunately, many hot corner infield commodities are available to help your fantasy squad.

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Just because many third basemen are failed shortstops does not mean there isn't an abundant supply of talent at the hot corner.

Leader of the Pack (Present): Anthony Rendon (Nationals)
The case for: Even though he has yet to play a professional game, Rendon’s combination of tools and polish make him the face of the position. At the plate, the native Texan (another plus attribute) is able to generate tremendous bat speed; his hands and hips work at near elite levels, and his raw strength is above average. Rendon’s hit tool projects to be plus-plus (70 grade)—which should allow him to become a perennial .300 hitter—with the overall approach to work counts, set up favorable hitting counts, and reach base at a high clip. His power potential ranges from average to plus, with a swing that some believe is better suited for gap-to-gap power, rather than a swing with the necessary loft and backspin to produce 25-plus homers per season without selling out his approach.

In the field, Rendon projects as an above-average defender at third, with both the leather and arm grading out as plus tools, and the instincts necessary to bring the physical package together. Speed isn’t a part of Rendon’s game, but his feet aren’t heavy, and he shows good first-step quickness and reactions. Despite not being a physical force, Rendon has all the attributes necessary to become an All-Star talent at the hot corner, with the ability to hit for average, reach base, hit for some power, and play above-average defense. It remains to be seen if Rendon ends up at third base for the Nationals, but that’s a byproduct of organizational depth, not a developmental deficiency in Rendon’s skill set.


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July 5, 2011 11:51 pm

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

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Michael Street

Value Picks shoots off some fireworks of its own on the Fourth as Michael blows up three VPs to make room for more young talent and offering the latest news on marginal players in Playing Pepper.

As I expected, rising young talent lets me cut some struggling VPs as the All-Star break approaches. At this point, it’s tough to find Roman candles to light up your lineup, but a few skyrockets can help you avoid limp sparklers or M-80s that demolish your stats.
 


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May 24, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Quad-A Saves the Day?

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Ben Lindbergh

The Mets and White Sox call on veteran minor-league mashers, a faded prospect regains some luster in the desert, the Giants search for answers at third base, and the Yankees add a southpaw from the scrapheap.

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May 16, 2011 9:00 am

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

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Michael Street

Michael plays a little pepper with a few marginal players while highlighting some newly healthy Value Picks

This season is still at that awkward tweener stage: too soon for prospect call ups, but too late find any overlooked regulars. It’s also too soon to believe in some guys, with whom I’ll play some pepper at the end.

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Brian Bogusevic, Alex White, and two Giants infielders make the most of other people's injuries, the Dodgers swap backup catchers, the Snakes switch futilitymen, and the Padres ponder their first base future.

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The Braves and Pirates make a flurry of moves, but they weren't the only ones wheeling and dealing on July 31.

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Traded RHP Chad Qualls to the Rays for a PTBNL; traded C-R Chris Snyder, SS-R Pedro Ciriaco, and $3 million to the Pirates for RHP D.J. Carrasco, INF-R Bobby Crosby, and OF-L Ryan Church; recalled C-R John Hester from Reno (Triple-A). [7/31]
Optioned OF-R Cole Gillespie to Reno. [8/1]

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Reviewing the qualifications of Tram and Larkin, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile, and Edgar Martinez.

Having kicked off this year's JAWS series and addressed the Hall of Fame candidates on the right side of the infield on Monday, we can now turn our attention to the left side today. It's a pretty fair crop, to say the least.

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