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Is the solution to baseball's pace problem a rule that's already on the books?

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September 20, 2013 6:00 am

Five to Watch: The Save Rush

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Craig Goldstein

As a few incubment closers prepare to hit free agency, Craig breaks down the pitchers who could supplant them.

In his September 12 Bullpen Report, Mike Gianella broke down the contract situations of all the closers in baseball, giving us an idea of where there might be change and throwing out some names so we could capitalize early. I loved this idea and wanted to take it a step further in the cases of the five teams that will be losing a closer to free agency. With that in mind, let’s get to it:

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November 7, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rays Go Longish on a Reliever

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R.J. Anderson

The Rays re-up Joel Peralta, the Mariners pick up Scott Cousins

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November 6, 2012 8:16 am

Overthinking It: This Offseason's Generic-Brand Bargains

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Ben Lindbergh

Smart GMs don't pay for the brand name, but for the product. These players might have baggage but they get the job done as well as their expensive counterparts.

The free agency period, which got underway over the weekend, is a time when smart teams tread carefully, aware that the market contains as many potential pitfalls as it does opportunities. Land a high-profile free agent and you’re likely to improve your team, but you’ll also run the risk of succumbing to the Winner’s Curse, the tendency of a team to have to overpay for a player in order to outbid all his other suitors.

However, some less prominent players with lower contract demands stand a chance to approximate a more expensive player’s production, so a team can always try to cut costs and minimize risk by looking for comparable players with a little less buzz. Just as a smart shopper saves on over-the-counter medications by buying generic instead of paying a premium for a patent and nice packaging, a smart GM ignores name recognition in favor of production and price.

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The Rays reliever is caught with something extra in his glove.

Joel Peralta entered tonight’s Rays-Nationals game with his usual assignment: Get the next three outs, keep the lead, and hand the ball over to Fernando Rodney. After Peralta finished warming up, the umpires would swarm the mound with a request to see his glove. Peralta complied, and would shortly thereafter head to the clubhouse gloveless and ejected, but not before tugging at his cap while facing the Nationals bench. The umpires had found what they deemed to be a significant amount of pine tar on Peralta’s glove.

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The Rays' bullpen, to put it kindly, is off to a rough start on paper. What is wrong with what was a perceived strength of the club coming into the season?

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Three pitchers enter the Tropicanadome, but that doesn't mean that only one will leave with the closer job.

The one question I have been repeatedly asked this month is ,“Who is going to be the closer for the Rays?” Honestly, not much has changed since I first covered the situation back in January.

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December 16, 2010 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Tiger Beat

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Christina Kahrl

Do the Motor City Kitties have cause to purr?

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February 10, 2010 11:17 am

Future Shock: Brewers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A blend of up-the-middle talent, live bats, and interesting arms gives Milwaukee more to look forward to from the farm.

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Notebook finishes the week by looking at three American League teams, focusing on a quiet MVP candidate, the worst right fielder in the game, and a much-improved pitcher perhaps on the verge of breaking out.

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