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The latest news from a mostly stagnant rumor mill.

Astros’ first-base job up for grabs
The Astros will almost surely be irrelevant in the 2014 playoff picture, but prospect enthusiasts will eagerly await the first wave of talent working its way through the farm system. Four of the top five prospects in the pipeline boast 2014 ETAs, and Jonathan Singleton could earn a promotion to the majors on Opening Day.

That news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters on Wednesday, “it’s going to be a good, healthy competition.” Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle relayed the quotes, and noted in a subsequent tweet that the spring training battle could be a five-way race.


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And of the season, so far.

Longest Plate Appearance(s) of the Week, 6/6-6/12
June 12, Indians at Rangers
Vinnie Pestano vs. Jeff Baker, 15 pitches (2013 record)

Length: 5:54
Mound visits: 0
Baker’s longest previous plate appearance: 11 pitches
Previous longest plate appearance vs. Pestano: 11 pitches
2013 League-average P/PA: 3.84
Baker P/PA: 4.022
Pestano P/PA against: 4.41
Previous match-up history: None










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June 11, 2013 5:00 am

Sporer Report: The Fantasy Platoon Advantage, Part One

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Paul Sporer

Paul presents a few likely-available hitters whose platoon splits against left-handers could help bolster your fantasy lineup.

As injuries cut deeper into the player pool with each passing day, fantasy managers are left to fend for themselves, to pick up the pieces and push on with their ballclubs. There are obviously different ways teams can plug in the holes that are guaranteed to strike everyone at some point during the season. The most direct approach is, of course, via trade—trading from surplus to plug the hole. Hitting the waiver wire is the most readily available option for mixed leaguers, and it doesn’t cost any of your current talent. The freely available talent won’t be as good as what you could get by trading some assets… or will it?

Today’s piece is going to apply to the mixed-league crowd and specifically those of you in leagues of 12 teams or fewer. We are going to focus on split advantages and leveraging those to increase the probability of replacing your broken All-Star with near-All-Star production. Sorry, single leaguers, but your waiver wires are usually picked clean of the prime meat by May 1 and bone dry by Memorial Day. This will also play well for the daily fantasy crowd, as these guys will often be extremely cheap options who can deliver premium production in the right matchup.

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September 4, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: October on Their Minds

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R.J. Anderson

Teams make a flurry of smallish moves designed to get to or capitalize on a postseason run.

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August 7, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Busy Week at the Ol' Scrap Heap

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R.J. Anderson

Giants get a LOOGY, Red Sox and Nationals get infield depth, and the Dodgers give up early on Gwynn.

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April 21, 2008 12:00 am

BP Kings Preview

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Ben Murphy

BP's Fantasy Scoresheet League is back for another year. Today, the participants outline their strategies and draft results.

Despite that snafu, I'm pretty happy with the end result of my team. I have a better pitching staff than last year, and a number of good prospects getting closer to being able to help me. And since I'm not in Nate's division, I'll have an opportunity to contend.


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March 26, 2008 12:00 am

Seeing Red

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John Perrotto

Can Dusty Baker blend young talent with old in a way that propels the Reds back into the playoff picture?

Dusty Baker was watching ESPN the other night, when he caught a SportsCenter segment in which Bob Knight, Digger Phelps, and Dick Vitale were breaking down the first round of the NCAA Tournament. "There was a lot of knowledge there, and it was pretty interesting to watch," Baker said.

For a moment, it made Baker pine for his job of a year ago when he served as an ESPN baseball analyst. However, the moment was fleeting. "It was a fun job and I enjoyed it but it's not where I'm supposed to be at this point in my life," Baker said. "I'm back in more familiar surroundings now, and I couldn't be happier."

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October 11, 2007 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Diamondbacks versus Rockies

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Joe Sheehan

Two NL West teams, two 1990s expansion teams, two teams long on youth and short on experience.

It may not play well on the Upper East Side, on Newbury Street, or the Main Line, but this National League Championship Series has the makings of a great series. The Rockies and Diamondbacks are evenly matched teams with comparable strengths and weaknesses, and each has a number of young stars or stars-in-waiting well worth watching. Both swept more experienced opponents in the first round, striking a blow against the notion that experience is a determinant of postseason fate. This is simply a terrific series ahead of us, one that despite the locations-both teams' home parks are among the better hitters' parks in the game-could feature more low-scoring games than its AL counterpart.

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September 1, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 26-31

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Christina Kahrl

With an eye toward October or 2006, teams fill out their rosters with veteran-y goodness or young prospects. Chris breaks it all down.

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April 12, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

Early-season moves have featured their share of funkiness, writes Chris Kahrl.

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April 26, 2004 12:00 am

The Week in Quotes: April 19-25, 2004

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Ryan Wilkins

Dusty Baker keeps talking about pitch counts. So does Eric Wedge. The Cardinals aren't afraid of new information. Ken Griffey Jr. thinks he's been misrepresented by the media. And Ozzie Guillen doesn't understand why everyone's so concerned with Mark Prior. All this and many more quips in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

"[Kerry Wood]'s approaching the threshold of the great pitchers who don't really need a closer in the ninth. It'd been hell taking Ferguson Jenkins out of that game (Saturday) or Bob Gibson or (Sandy) Koufax or Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson or Dave Stewart or Roger Clemens back in his day."
--Dusty Baker, Cubs manager, on Kerry Wood's 131-pitch outing against the Reds (MLB.com)

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March 25, 2003 12:00 am

Surveying the Authors

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Baseball Prospectus

Well, it's that time of year again--the time for Baseball Prospectus authors to emerge from out of their respective caves, and provide readers with further evidence that they know absolutely nothing about this game they call "base ball." In other words, it's time for the annual set of Preseason Predictions. For this survey, 13 members of the Baseball Prospectus staff submitted their predictions in time for publication, covering--among other things--divisional standings, postseason standings, and end-of-season awards. Later this week, a Roundtable discussion will run in this space, discussing the predictions seen below, and probably a bunch of other topics as well. Enjoy.

For this survey, 13 members of the Baseball Prospectus staff submitted their predictions in time for publication, covering--among other things--divisional standings, postseason standings, and end-of-season awards. Later this week, a Roundtable discussion will run in this space, discussing the predictions seen below, and probably a bunch of other topics as well. Enjoy.

National League

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