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02-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cuban Imports
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John Perrotto

05-31

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Transaction Analysis: Calling for the Cavalry
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Ben Lindbergh

03-31

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
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Mike Petriello

12-09

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Spinning Yarn: The Forkball
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Mike Fast

05-20

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spot: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

05-13

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

09-01

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18

Transaction Action: Final Answers
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Christina Kahrl

08-19

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Transaction Action: Redemption?
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Christina Kahrl

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: AL East and Central Updates
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Christina Kahrl

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central, Plus
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Christina Kahrl

04-10

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roster Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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Team Health Reports: Chicago White Sox
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Brad Wochomurka

08-14

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Transaction Analysis: AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Every Given Sunday: All Busy-ness 'Round the Major League Table
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John Perrotto

05-20

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

05-03

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Schrodinger's Bat: Hummingbirds and Sloths
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Dan Fox

02-15

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International Prospectus
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John Perrotto

06-27

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 23, 2006
by
Derek Jacques

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: May 19-21
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: May 5-9
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Christina Kahrl

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: American League, March 30-April 4
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Christina Kahrl

02-24

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Fantasy Focus: Building a Fantasy Farm System
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Jeff Erickson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox, 10/04/05
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Jonah Keri

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
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Nate Silver

03-30

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Team Health Reports: Chicago White Sox
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Dave Haller

03-02

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Translating Cuban Performance
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Clay Davenport

08-04

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Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 30-31
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Christina Kahrl

10-23

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Prospectus Today: Game Four
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Joe Sheehan

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

06-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 10-15
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Christina Kahrl

05-23

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Transaction Analysis: May 19-21, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-15

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Prospectus Today: Relief or Something Like It
by
Joe Sheehan

02-11

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Prospectus Feature: The Yankees' Seven-Man Rotation
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Nate Silver

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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Christina Kahrl

05-13

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Transaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002
by
Christina Kahrl

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October 3, 2005 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox

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Nate Silver

It's a classic matchup between a team that scores a lot and one that stops the opposition from doing just that.

This is probably the most compelling matchup of the four opening series, and it'd be easy to pin a Moneyball versus "Ozzieball" label on the contest, but that doesn't entirely do it justice. Yes, the White Sox steal bases, and the Red Sox don't; the White Sox sacrifice, and the Red Sox don't; the Red Sox take pitches, and the White Sox don't. But what we really have here is a more classic matchup: a team superior at run prevention and average at run scoring against their alter ego.

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March 30, 2005 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Chicago White Sox

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Dave Haller

The speed-oriented White Sox will need pitching health to have any chance of competing in 2005.

Hitters

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March 2, 2005 12:00 am

Translating Cuban Performance

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Clay Davenport

Most Cuban players coming to the major leagues have been disappointments. Now, we may know why.

What did we have to say about him? Scouting reports said he had power to all fields, and he hit .391 in Cuba one year. Pretty much everything we knew about him was in the Baseball America article announcing his signing.

As much as I love reading BA, though, that was a pretty unsatisfying answer. We're performance analysts, dangit, and we didn't have a performance record to analyze, because Cuban baseball has always been this gaping black hole. Players came out every once in a while, the scouting reports raved over them, and George Steinbrenner or some other sap wrote out the big checks for them, but no one really knew how they would perform. While the Brothers Hernandez did fine, it seemed that the greatest talent of Cuban players was to be little Barnums, making suckers of the U.S. baseball establishment. Fidel may have been upset at losing the players, but the sight of so many capitalists losing so much money to Cubans had to bring him at least a small chuckle.

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The Marlins upgrade their awful catcher situation, but at what cost? The Yankees unload an albatross in Jose Contreras. The Pirates get an average haul for an average pitcher. These and other news and notes out of Florida, New York and Pitssburgh in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Feel Like I'm Winning When I'm Losing Again: If you're reading this PTP--or anything else at Baseball Prospectus--you're likely aware that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Florida Marlins consummated a deal last Friday, where the former sent Heart & Soul™ Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota, and Juan Encarnacion to the latter for Hee Seop Choi, Brad Penny, and minor-league lefty Bill Murphy. You're also probably aware of the conflicting perceptions of who won the deal, with a majority of the mainstream media thumbing their noses at the Dodgers, while statheads genuflect at the growing altar of Paul DePodesta.
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    August 1, 2004 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: July 30-31

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    Christina Kahrl

    The Cubs take a big step toward making the playoffs. The Red Sox make a deal for the wrong reasons. The Expos and Devil Rays land nifty prospects for expendable veterans. The Giants fail to help themselves much. These and many more trade deadline happenings in a special weekend edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    October 23, 2003 12:00 am

    Prospectus Today: Game Four

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    Joe Sheehan

    Dear Aaron Boone: It was a home run, not diplomatic immunity. Love, Joe Boone, whose Game Seven home run won the ALCS and sent the Yankees to the World Series, has been swinging at pitches he has no hope of hitting ever since then. I looked it up, expecting to see that Boone has taken about four pitches in the World Series. It turns out that he'd actually let 25 baseballs go by in the first three games, just shy of half of the 51 pitches he'd seen. He's pushed counts to 3-2 in a number of at-bats, so it's hard to make the argument that he's not being patient enough. That said, he was horrific last night. The Yankees' three biggest chances to win the game landed in his lap, and he approached his at-bats as if it were fifth-grade gym class or a co-ed softball league with some goofy rules like "swing or you're out." Against Carl Pavano in the second inning, with the bases loaded, one out and the Yankees down 3-0, Boone swung at the only two pitches he saw and flied to center field on the second one. Sacrifice flies down three runs with the pitcher coming up aren’t team baseball, they're a lifeline for the opposition. Boone got another chance in the ninth, after Ruben Sierra's triple tied the game. Boone again went up hacking, fouling off the first and third pitches he saw to fall behind 1-2, then grounding out weakly to shortstop after two more foul balls. Finally, in the 11th inning, Boone again batted with the bases loaded and one out. And just as he had against Pavano and Ugueth Urbina, he made Braden Looper's job easy by hacking at fastballs up and in, pitches he doesn't have the bat speed to hit. Boone swung at six of the seven pitches he saw, looked completely overmatched, and struck out. Three at-bats, two pitches taken out of 15 seen, three times falling behind in the count, three outs. Boone needed to have a solid approach last night, and his mental effort was completely lacking, leading to wild swings that gave the pitchers all the leverage they needed to get out of jail.

    Maybe not.

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    September 25, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21

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    Christina Kahrl

    A lost season for the Angels has folks in Anaheim scratching their heads. John Smoltz's injury buries Bobby Thigpen's name for another year. The Royals' run evokes memories of George Brett and company. Sandy Alomar...you can probably guess what Chris will write about Sandy Alomar. Witticisms, Kahrlisms and roster schmisms in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    June 19, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: June 10-15

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    Christina Kahrl

    The Diamondbacks keep cycling through injuries. The Red Sox keep cycling through relievers. Lima Time has Royals fans cowering. Izzy returns to a battered bullpen. News, notes, and Kahrlisms from 21 major league teams in the latest edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    May 23, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: May 19-21, 2003

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    Christina Kahrl

    Jerry Hairston's injury lets the Orioles be creative--too bad they'd rather play Deivi Cruz. The Royals' young starting rotation starts to show signs of wear. Jose Contreras is Spanish for Ed Whitson. Plus news, notes, and Kahrlisms from nine major league teams.

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    April 15, 2003 12:00 am

    Prospectus Today: Relief or Something Like It

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    Joe Sheehan

    You know what the world needs? The world needs another article on the lousy work an AL East contender is getting from its relievers. Except, this one isn't about the Red Sox and their closer-free bullpen. This is about the Yankees and their talent-free bullpen. Let's compare the two...

    Except, this one isn't about the Red Sox and their closer-free bullpen. This is about the Yankees and their talent-free bullpen.

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    As pitchers and catchers report to sunny climes this week--soon to be joined by hitters, beer vendors, and spring breakers--much will be made of the battle for the five slots in the New York Yankees' starting rotation.

    As pitchers and catchers report to sunny climes this week--soon to be joined by hitters, beer vendors, and spring breakers--much will be made of the battle for the five slots in the New York Yankees' starting rotation.

    The Yankees, you see, have seven handsomely--paid starters--what hubris!--any of whom could start on opening day for the Newark Bears or the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, or if you give them a mulligan on Sterling Hitchcock, about half the teams in the major leagues. It is the greatest waste of talent, so it would seem, since Ocean's Eleven.

    Here is our cast of seven, in most probable order of appearance:

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    Howdy gang, nothing like spending five hours typing up the index for this year's edition of Baseball Prospectus to make me desperately hungry to dive right into playing catch-up on real-time baseball news. Yes, Transaction Analysis is long overdue, and for that I apologize, having spent the intervening time working with our writing team and the incomparably enthusiastic Jonah Keri to get this year's book out the door. If you can forgive me that, you'll also have to forgive me this temporary break from format, as I run down the most-notable moves made over the last couple of months, going by divisional pairs (Easts, Centrals, and Wests) to get caught up and resume your regularly scheduled TA mayhem by next week.

    Howdy gang, nothing like spending five hours typing up the index for this year's edition of Baseball Prospectus to make me desperately hungry to dive right into playing catch-up on real-time baseball news. Yes, Transaction Analysis is long overdue, and for that I apologize, having spent the intervening time working with our writing team and the incomparably enthusiastic Jonah Keri to get this year's book out the door. If you can forgive me that, you'll also have to forgive me this temporary break from format, as I run down the most-notable moves made over the last couple of months, going by divisional pairs (Easts, Centrals, and Wests) to get caught up and resume your regularly scheduled TA mayhem by next week.

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