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Articles Tagged Jason LaRue 

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BP.com's original column launched in 1996, TA has been where Christina Kahrl ponders the implications of recent roster moves, their impact on managerial tactics or how they reflect organizational behavior. Plus a few too many references to things that have nothing to do with baseball.

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09-25

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Transaction Action: Cardinals, D'backs, Rockies
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Christina Kahrl

09-20

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Under The Knife: Concussion Problem Worsens
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Will Carroll

03-30

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

11-28

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Transaction Analysis Special
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Christina Kahrl

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: AL-brand Catsup
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Christina Kahrl

11-22

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Transaction Analysis: November 17-21
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Christina Kahrl

08-03

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers, July 30, 2006
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Derek Jacques

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

09-28

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Lies, Damned Lies: Beaten Down by PECOTA
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Nate Silver

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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Fantasy Focus: NL Central Busts
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Jeff Erickson

11-19

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Transaction Analysis: November 10-16
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Christina Kahrl

05-20

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An Early Look at Catcher Arms
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Michael Wolverton

04-06

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

04-23

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Transaction Analysis: April 17-20, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

11-26

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Prospectus Feature: 2002 HACKING MASS Results: All Players, By Name
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Baseball Prospectus

09-26

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Transaction Analysis: September 16-24, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

01-02

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The Man with the Golden Gun
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Michael Wolverton

08-04

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Transaction Analysis: August 1-3, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-24

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-22, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 8-21
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Christina Kahrl

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September 25, 2010 7:13 pm

Transaction Action: Cardinals, D'backs, Rockies

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Christina Kahrl

Disappointments about in all three instances, but is there any good news to be found?

Obvious Good Move: You want a good move from a team that is giving Mike Hampton a last chance? It used to be that this sort of desperate effort to hang on was the butt of jokes in venues as obvious as Tank McNamara, when it made light of Steve Carlton's unwillingness to give up 25 years ago. OK, let's see... how about cutting Bobby Crosby? I figure a few A's fans might get a contact high from that.

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September 20, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Concussion Problem Worsens

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Will Carroll

Jason LaRue, still feeling the effects of kicks to the head by Johnny Cueto, has decided to retire, along with the rest of the injury news around the major leagues.

Jason LaRue (concussion, 10/4)

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March 30, 2010 9:13 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

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Michael Jong

Michael Jong covers the catchers in Boston and St. Louis, along with the second basemen competing in Cleveland.

It seems the plight of Mike Lowell is affecting more than just the third base position. The inability to trade Lowell has forced the Red Sox to play him as a backup corner infielder. This saps the playing time that generally would go to starting catcher Victor Martinez, who usually backs up first base on his catching off-days. This practice has helped keep Martinez healthy and playing; Martinez has gathered 600+ PA in four out of the last five seasons. Heater expert Evan Brunell expects Martinez to pick up that slack playing more behind the plate at the expense of the husk of Jason Varitek. However, there is a risk with this move: Will Carroll mentioned in Boston's Team Health Report that Martinez' injury risk (he stands at "yellow" as of the report) is tied to his playing time behind the plate. Increased catching time may haunt the Red Sox, Martinez, and his fantasy owners.

While a big part of Martinez's appeal is his longevity, another major aspect is that he's just a good hitter. Outside of an injury-riddled 2008 season, Martinez has been consistently among the best offensive options at catcher. You can pretty much count on him posting an average around .300 because he is excellent at avoiding strikeouts; since 2004, Martinez boasts a superb 88.9 percent contact rate. PECOTA's 50th percentile projection of .286 is fair, but don't be surprised if he once again tops .300, as the 60th percentile on up has him hitting that mark. Martinez does not boast the best power, as his "Bash" (TB/H) are about average for a catcher. However, hitting cleanup OBP machines like Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia should generate excellent RBI numbers. Martinez has reached 20+ homers four times in his career, but he is more of a ground ball hitter and will only reach that mark if he gets his maximum playing time as shown here. Varitek has shown little appeal for two seasons now, and PECOTA does not expect much change. Unless he begins starting regularly, you should avoid him.

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November 28, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis Special

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Christina Kahrl

The notable moving and shaking that's been going on.

Chicago White Sox
Acquired SS-R Orlando Cabrera and cash from the Angels for RHP Jon Garland. [11/19]
Designated OF-L Scott Podsednik for assignment. [11/20]
Signed RHP Scott Linebrink to a four-year, $19 million contract; gave Podsednik and INF-S Alex Cintron their unconditional releases. [11/28]

Oops. In itself, the deal with the Angels isn't a bad thing, it's just that it doesn't fit in very well with the initial decision to keep Juan Uribe for $4.5 million, and there's the irony that the exchange might have also encouraged the Halos to upgrade on Gary Matthews Jr. and go get the center fielder Kenny Williams so clearly wanted for his own club.




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May 29, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL-brand Catsup

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Christina Kahrl

Swinging over to the junior circuit, Christina tries to make some sense of some roster disasters and damage control.

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November 22, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 17-21

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Christina Kahrl

Christina unpacks the Cubs' big move, and prefers the signing of one aged, fragile veteran to another.

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Derek tackles a Sheets-Harang duel, and one pitcher gets the better of it in the return of Prospectus Game of the Week.

The Reds, who lead the wild card race and are within scratching distance of the Cardinals for the lead in the NL Central, started off the major trading by dealing their starting shortstop (Felipe Lopez) and their starting rightfielder (Austin Kearns) to the Washington Nationals for a gift basket of middle relievers--Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, and Darryl Thompson--along with infielders Royce Clayton and Brendan Harris. The big trade was an acknowledgment of the weakness of the Reds bullpen--even now, with their new, improved bullpen, the Reds are still tenth in the league in WXRL, and fifteenth in Adjusted Runs Prevented--and a decision to emphasize defense. Still, that doesn't change the fact that the Reds surrendered two youngish full-time position players, one of whom was an All-Star last year, for three no-name relievers and a couple of role 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 28, 2005 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Beaten Down by PECOTA

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Nate Silver

Nate takes a look at those players who outperformed their PECOTAs by the most, and those who didn't come close to their projections.

Will Carroll, Paul Swydan and I were batting around various types of BP-branded All-Star teams on our internal listserv this week--look for more of these coming soon--and naturally the idea of an All-PECOTA team came up. The idea is to identify those players who have most exceeded their PECOTA projections ("Beat PECOTA"), as measured by actual VORP, less VORP as projected in the very last iteration of our preseason depth charts. In some cases, these will be players who had ridiculous fluke seasons, in others, guys who made some important changes in their game, and in others still, players whom PECOTA went short on and simply got burned. We'll also want to look, of course, at those players who most underperformed their PECOTAs--what I call the Beaten Down by PECOTA Team.

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June 16, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Cubs shuffle through pitching options, the Brewers have one of the most interesting rosters in the game, and the Dodgers fight through injuries as they try to stay in the race. This and much more in Transaction Analysis.

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March 21, 2005 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: NL Central Busts

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Jeff Erickson

Like Syracuse and Kansas, these players will cause you heartache if you pick them to go far.

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November 19, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 10-16

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Christina Kahrl

The Angels and Reds retain their starting catchers for the same price. Jim Bowden flushes a bunch of money down the drain in Washington. Chris Kahrl pledges allegiance to Mike Rose. These and other happenings in today's Transaction Analysis.

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