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Notes on prospects and former big leaguers who stood out in the Caribbean Series, including Indians lefty Elvis Araujo.

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Leading indicators of the Pineiro shoulder injury in his fastball speed data from March 15

I'd look a lot more prescient if I'd posted this five days ago. The data was there, but I didn't have confidence it. Apparently, I should have.

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July 8, 2010 8:00 am

Changing Speeds: Free Agent Midterms

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Ken Funck

A look at the best and worst free agent signings, at least at the season's midpoint, from last winter.

Like most sports fans, over time I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with the concept of free agency.  Since I happen to root for a team that’s seemingly gone a galactic year since last winning a title, the idea of getting something for nothing (since it’s not my money being spent) and adding a player for “free” is a powerful one.  From an entertainment perspective there’s something to be said for the off-season interest that the annual free agent feeding frenzy engenders, while on a sociopolitical level it’s hard to argue with the concept of a worker bargaining his own worth on the open market.

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April 16, 2010 11:00 am

Checking the Numbers: Braves Bullpen Makeover

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Eric Seidman

The Braves took on greater risk but spent less money in building the back end of their bullpen.

As spring training came roaring to a close, it was impossible to discuss the Braves without mentioning Jason Heyward’s emergence or the team’s final season with Bobby Cox as manager. Earlier in the spring, however, conversations about the Braves tended to focus on the acquisitions of Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito and the departures of Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano. In what felt like one fell swoop, general manager Frank Wren essentially swapped late-inning relievers. The four relievers were similar, having experience closing games out and spending their faire share of time on the disabled list, with both Wagner and Gonzalez undergoing Tommy John surgeries in the last four years.

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February 12, 2010 12:05 pm

Introducing SIERA

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Matt Swartz and Eric Seidman

A look at three starters who illustrate the predictive strength of Baseball Prospectus' new pitching metric.

A helpful comment in one of the previous articles alerted us that our park-adjustment method was not quite correct, so we have updated the formula accordingly for this article and in the glossary. The formula only changes slightly and the tests from the previous article are very close to the same as well. However, for the sake of transparency, we are highlighting this at the beginning of the article. The new formula:

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January 20, 2010 12:54 pm

Checking the Numbers: Valuing Volatility

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Eric Seidman

Picking between Jon Garland and Joel Pineiro seems a matter of picking reliability versus upside, but is it?

It's no secret that the throes of the economy have affected baseball and its free agent market, especially when an All-Star player like Orlando Hudson struggles to find a one-year deal at even half of his perceived value, and the thought of Adam LaRoche turning down a two-year, $17 million deal invokes more laughter than Kingpin. Though high-end players have certainly gotten paid this offseason, teams are acting much more conservatively, especially with a higher premium being placed on the analyses of associated risks. Two of the free-agent pitchers yet to sign a deal-Jon Garland and Joel Pineiro-exemplify this risk-analysis process, as both represent examples of consistency in Garland's case versus volatility in Pineiro's. Such archetypes are often deemed opposites when it comes to risk.

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September 3, 2009 6:21 pm

Changing Speeds: No Contact Allowed

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Ken Funck

When it comes to people in possession of rare opposite superhero powers, will they make a movie about Joel Pineiro and Carlos Marmol?

Unless you're a Cubs fan looking for a on-two-three ninth inning, it's hard to beat Carlos Marmol for sheer baseball entertainment. Chicago's current closer is nothing short of a spectacle, as he delivers to the plate, arms and legs flailing like he's some sort of marionette. Marmol's wicked fastball/slider combination is frequently unhittable and often uncontrollable, with significant late movement that often fools hitters, catchers, and umpires alike. When he has command of his fastball and throws his slider for strikes, he can be completely dominant... and even when he can't, he's still difficult to hit. But this season Marmol's act has too frequently devolved into an uncanny Nuke LaLoosh impression.

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It's Superior Circuit Transaction Action for all you fellow moves junkies.

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June 19, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Midseason Acquisitions

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Bryan Smith

Bryan looks at the biggest impact call-ups since the strike, and gives you a few names you might not yet know who could have an impact on this year's pennant race.

As June slowly fades into July and the trade deadline inches closer, rumors have begun to fly about which teams are looking for midseason help. When you think of moves that can propel a team into the playoffs, you think "trade." But that's not the only midseason acquistion that can help a contender. When the Milwaukee Brewers called up Yovani Gallardo last week, the first-place Brew Crew added an elite pitcher that PECOTA projected a 3.92 ERA from in 2007--and that was before he left Indianapolis with the minor league strikeout lead (110 in 77.2 innings).

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August 15, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: The King?

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Joe Sheehan

Felix Hernandez has a terrific nickname and the adoration of thousands just weeks into his MLB career.

Two starts into his major-league career, 50 starts as a professional, barely old enough to vote in the U.S., certainly not old enough to buy alcohol here…and yet Felix Hernandez has been branded royalty. That's not bad for someone who started the 2004 season in the California League.

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It's Wednesday night, and I didn't write my column early because I was watching the Mariners-Athletics game. Now I sit down, feeling a little vindicated for my season-long fight against local anti-Mike Cameron sentiment. The Mariners face the A's again tomorrow, starting Joel Pineiro against Cory Lidle. The Angels have John Lackey facing Colby Lewis. I don't think this particularly unfair to the Mariners; it's not as if they didn't have their chances to beat up on bad teams, or anything. Their pit is one they've dug themselves with crappy pickups and a low-key battle between the manager and GM, where Piniella seems determined to put the awful pieces he's been given (like Jose Offerman) in crucial game situations where their failures are magnified. Gillick in retaliation doesn't care.

It's Wednesday night, and I didn't write my column early because I was watching the Mariners-Athletics game. Now I sit down, feeling a little vindicated for my season-long fight against local anti-Mike Cameron sentiment.

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