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11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Ace Chase, the Rays' Face, and Some Chase Waste
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Chris Mosch

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately
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Daniel Rathman

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Up and Adam
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

11-24

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Rumor Roundup: If Step One Is Making Betances Closer, What's Step Two?
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Daniel Rathman

11-21

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Pebble Hunting: Hank Aaron's Hypothetical Fortune
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Sam Miller

11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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Doug Thorburn

11-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With
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Chris Mosch

11-20

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An Agent's Take: When the Smallest Transactions are the Biggest
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Joshua Kusnick

11-13

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Justin Masterson
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Mark Anderson

11-11

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BP Unfiltered: Grading the 'MLB Executive' Predictions, 2012 and 2013
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Sam Miller

11-05

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Pebble Hunting: Nelson Cruz is Same, Different
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Sam Miller

11-04

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Painting the Black: The Free Agent 50
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R.J. Anderson

11-04

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Prospectus Feature: The #Sources Season
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Russell Martin
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Chris Rodriguez

10-29

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Victor Martinez
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Tucker Blair

10-29

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Pablo Sandoval
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Ryan Parker

10-28

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Hanley Ramirez
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Ethan Purser

10-28

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jon Lester
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Jeff Moore

12-05

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Ask the Industry
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Zachary Levine

12-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 341: Hot Stovepocalypse
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-03

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Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez
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Daniel Rathman

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal
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Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer

11-27

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The Lineup Card: 8 Unfulfilled Rumors From Last Year's Hot Stove
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Baseball Prospectus

11-25

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The Week in Quotes: November 18-24
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Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Four Teams Bet on Bouncebacks
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Ben Lindbergh and Craig Goldstein

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: How to Make Up a Good Trade Rumor
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Matt Swartz

11-05

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Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents of 2013-2014
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R.J. Anderson

12-07

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Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill
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Ben Lindbergh

11-13

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Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-06

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Overthinking It: This Offseason's Generic-Brand Bargains
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Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

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Evaluations of the top 50 free agents available in the 2014-2015 offseason, with near-worthless predictions about where they'll land.

Another year, another top-50 list. Here are three things to remember while reading through the rankings: 1) international free agents were excluded on the principle that if I haven't seen them in some manner or another, then I don't feel comfortable ranking them; 2) "Randy" is a random number generator whose predictions were made by pairing integers with teams (e.g. the number 1 and the Angels); and 3) the list is ordered based on expected AAV with some other considerations (learned from past lists) factored in:

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Starting in November, we accept a different sort of journalism from our baseball writers. Should we?

Matthew Trueblood writes about baseball at Armside Run. You can reach him by email or on Twitter at @Arm_Side_Run.

There’s a great essay by Bart Giamatti, written just after the end of the 1977 season, called “The Green Fields of the Mind.” It’s both laconic and flowing, hopeful and somber. It perfectly captures a certain moment in the life cycle of a baseball fan, and it’s full of the warmth, pensiveness, and realism fans need in order to get through the winter in good spirits.

It belongs to another generation.

We no longer bemoan the absence of baseball all winter, the way we might have in 1977. Free agency was a new and ill-established phenomenon then; it’s now a winter-long event unto itself. The winter trade market is livelier, although fewer total trades are made because of all those free agents. Baseball no longer abandons us; it just turns uglier. The rhythm of the offseason is much more jagged than that of the season. The stories we read are less and less focused on the game itself as the winter drags on. It all becomes about who’s going where, and when, and for whom.

There’s a whole new set of jargon one must learn in order to follow the Hot Stove maneuvering. It lacks any of the charm of “painting the black” or “worm burner,” though. There’s no imagery in it, no blood flowing to it. During the offseason, reading about baseball is all about trying to parse the intentionally opaque language reporters use to describe their (invariably) anonymous sources on the latest rumor.

Anonymous. That’s the key word. It isn’t necessarily an evil word, for a reporter, but it sure is a vexing one. In all arenas of American journalism, anonymous sourcing is “much more universal than it was in the Sixties,” according to Dan Okrent, but the Society of Professional Journalists still takes caution and reticence as its official approach to the use of unnamed sources. The director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting went a step further in a recent lecture, openly decrying the practice, and in particular, its proliferation in places where it feels unneeded.

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"In all likelihood he'll regress with the bat a little, but still bring extremely valuable defense and invaluable leadership to a team."

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"Martinez is currently one of the best designated hitters in baseball, with an adept approach and an elite hit tool."

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"Bat-to-ball skills might be some of the best in the league."

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'Everything needed to be a middle-of-the-order force, a coveted commodity on the free-agent market.'

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'Good enough to anchor just about any rotation in the majors.'

Jon Lester

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December 5, 2013 6:00 am

Ask the Industry

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Zachary Levine

What the people making moves said when we asked them why they're making moves.

Why now? Why so early? Why so many at once?

The questions were obvious after the Hot Stovepocalypse, as Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller titled their podcast running down the Tuesday transactions that had various levels of impact on 14 different teams. (I voted for Beane-anza.)

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Ben and Sam discuss the year's busiest day for big baseball news.

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December 3, 2013 6:40 am

Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez

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Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers consider an extension for Hanley Ramirez, and Bronson Arroyo awaits an offer.

Dodgers discussing extension with Hanley Ramirez
General manager Ned Colletti has been relatively quiet so far this offseason. Apart from a one-year, $10 million pact with Dan Haren that fortified the rear of manager Don Mattingly’s rotation, fans waiting for a big splash have not gotten it. For now, it appears, the biggest news is likely to come from within.


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The Tigers trade Doug Fister to Washington, and the internet wonders why.



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The staff looks back at some of the 2012 Hot Stove rumors that proved fruitless, and what might have been had they come true.

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