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01-04

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The BP Wayback Machine: Boras vs. Baseball--A Primer
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Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

06-21

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Overthinking It: The Way They Drew It Up
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Ben Lindbergh

10-17

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Prospectus Today: A Stathead Considers Chemistry
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Joe Sheehan

04-04

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UTK Wrap: The Initial Butcher's Bill
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Will Carroll

10-30

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Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, AL East
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Nate Silver

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: Beatdown in Beantown
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John Perrotto

08-19

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Lies, Damned Lies: Slotto Bonanzas, Part Two
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Nate Silver

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Catchup
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Christina Kahrl

08-23

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Transaction Analysis: August 18-22
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: September 1-7
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-14

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LABR of Love
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Jonah Keri

01-28

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals
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Baseball Prospectus

01-25

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

11-16

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Under The Knife: Free Agents
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Will Carroll

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

05-27

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Baseball Prospectus

04-02

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Can Of Corn: Bleeding Cardinal Red
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Dayn Perry

02-22

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part II
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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

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: The Centrals
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Baseball Prospectus

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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Baseball Prospectus

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

08-07

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Prospectus Feature: Touring the Minors: Organizational Overview of the St. Louis Cardinals
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Keith Scherer

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

03-30

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National League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 27-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

05-28

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Get That Thing Off the Table
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Gary Huckabay

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As the Prince Fielder sweepstakes continue, refresh your memory with five examples of times when Scott Boras refused to settle for less.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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These days, it seems like you can't discuss defensive shifts without a J.D.

Sometimes, it’s the comments that seem to miss the mark that generate the most discussion. Take this nugget  (please!) from Tom Verducci, buried within a long, otherwise-insightful article for SI.com about this season’s league-wide ebb in offense:

“The state of hitting is awful. Batters strike out more than ever before and, anecdotally, there seem to be more defensive overshifts employed than ever before. A shift for J.D. Drew, a guy who has hit 30 homers once in his life?”

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There are times when all of the clear thinking in the world can't seem to explain what just happened.

With apologies to Elvis Costello (or whoever the line belongs to), writing about this game is like dancing about architecture.

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One week into the season, injuries are already mounting, but it's part of the game that different teams handle different ways.

So we've made it through the first work week of the season, and instead of TGIF, the injury blotter is filled to overflow. It's not any worse than last year, not much worse than any random week, and sadly, not any different than the next twenty-something weeks that we'll do this. It's easy to overreact to any small thing in the first week, injuries or otherwise, simply because there's nothing to compare it to and because of the perceived importance. The one thing I'm noticing is that medical staffs are actually a bit more conservative and risk-averse in the season's opening days. Since the first game on the schedule is as valuable in the standings as the 162nd, with the only difference being available recovery time, I'm not sure whether that's an optimal strategy, so I'm taking a harder look at that. Maybe there's something in the data. Let's get to the injuries:

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October 30, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, AL East

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Nate Silver

The top and the bottom of the powerhouse division can build from within, leaving the AL East's middle class in an precarious spot.

This is the fifth of six-part preview of the impending off-season. I had been holding off on the two divisions involving World Series combatants until the games had concluded, but with the Series' hasty conclusion on Sunday--and Scott Boras' equally quick declaration that it's A-Rod Huntin' Season--now is the time to cover the AL East, where all five teams will have some very interesting decisions to make.

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October 21, 2007 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Beatdown in Beantown

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John Perrotto

After last night's drubbing tied the series, the ALCS will now need all seven games to determine who advances to the World Series.

Julio Lugo understands players who haven't provided value in return for large free-agent contracts. After all, the Boston Red Sox shortstop is one of those players. The Red Sox signed Lugo to a four-year, $36-million contract as a free agent last winter, and in return, they received sub-replacement level production: Lugo had a -1.3 VORP while putting together a .237/.294/.349 line in 630 plate appearances. Lugo hasn't been any better in the postseason, hitting .219/.265/.265 in 34 plate appearances.

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August 19, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Slotto Bonanzas, Part Two

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Nate Silver

Nate turns his attention to the individual big bonus players from the last decade, and determines whether their teams would do it all over again.

What follows is a comprehensive roster of all players between 1998 and 2006 who were drafted with one of the first 100 selections and who also went for at least $500,000 over slot, considering both their signing bonus and any guaranteed MLB money. I've used the 2006 slot values for all seasons from 2000-2006, as MLB has generally been very successful at containing draft inflation during this period (in fact, the draft slots went down in 2007). The slots do appear to have been a little lower in 1999 and 1998, and so I've scaled those back by five percent and 10 percent respectively, rounding off to the nearest "big" number. I've also indicated those cases where the player's alternative careers in football or basketball could have influenced his signing bonus. Finally, I've posed a simple question: If the team had perfect knowledge of what that player was going to do, would they commit the same money again?

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January 30, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL East Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

The Orioles forget to look at the sell-by date, the Blue Jays lock up their franchise player, the Devil Rays move stealthily along at the bottom, and those two other teams bring Japanese players to America for Christmas.

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August 23, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 18-22

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Christina Kahrl

Christina dissects the Shawn Green and Jamie Moyer trades, and watches as a few light-hitting infielders push aside more worthy players.

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March 27, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 17-26

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Christina Kahrl

Less than a week to go, and Christina's got a rundown of all the latest roster action.

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September 8, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: September 1-7

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Christina Kahrl

While some teams gear up for the stretch run with oodles of pinch hitters and LOOGYs, some teams fill needs with useful players. Chris has the details.

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