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03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

11-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
by
Mike Gianella

09-19

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7

What You Need to Know: Weirdest Baseball
by
Daniel Rathman

08-23

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5

Pebble Hunting: Free Agent Alternate History
by
Sam Miller

07-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 238: Picking the Worst-All Stars Possible/Josh Hamilton's Tobacco Turnaround
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-08

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18

Pebble Hunting: Every Thing That's Been Wrong with the Angels
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Sam Miller

05-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-04

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7

Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality
by
R.J. Anderson

12-28

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9

In A Pickle: Slugger Off
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 106: How Good is the Angels' Offense?/What We Think About the Yips/Does Pitcher Pace Matter?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 102: Josh Hamilton and Whether a Potentially Bad Contract is Worse Than No Contract at All
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-14

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39

Transaction Analysis: Josh Hamilton and the End of Analysis
by
Sam Miller

12-07

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15

Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-04

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12

Out of Left Field: Josh Hamilton and Talking
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Matthew Kory

11-29

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7

Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-13

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Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-12

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Baseball Therapy: Assessing the Risk: Hamilton, Greinke, and Mental Health
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Russell A. Carleton

11-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 80: Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-05

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Bizball: Sizing Up a Seven-Year, $175 Million Deal for Josh Hamilton
by
Maury Brown

11-05

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42

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

10-26

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17

Overthinking It: Predicting the First Offseason of Qualifying Offers
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-02

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4

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 2
by
Matthew Kory

07-09

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22

Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the BP Hitter Profiles
by
Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis

06-28

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6

BP Unfiltered: The Unusual Things That Happen During An Adrian Beltre At-Bat
by
Sam Miller

06-19

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6

Western Front: Angels Rush in Where Rangers Fear to Tread
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Geoff Young

06-13

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15

BP Unfiltered: This Post is Not Kosher
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-17

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25

On the Beat: The Winning Formula
by
John Perrotto

05-14

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball on the Internet
by
Sam Miller

05-14

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6

Out of Left Field: On Hitting .400
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Matthew Kory

05-11

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11

Prospectus Game of the Week: A Strange Start in Baltimore
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

05-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Making Waves in the West
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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9

On the Beat: Harping on Harper
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John Perrotto

05-09

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 8 (or, The Josh Hamilton Show)
by
Larry Granillo

05-09

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2

BP Unfiltered: In Bunches
by
Sam Miller

05-09

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 9
by
Daniel Rathman

05-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 9
by
Matthew Kory

05-02

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 2
by
Matthew Kory

04-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 23
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Larry Granillo

04-18

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 17
by
Larry Granillo

04-02

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Collateral Damage: Spring Tune-Ups
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

03-20

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Day 22
by
Jason Parks

03-16

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Collateral Damage: Mets Misery
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

02-29

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12

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-03

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 2/3/12
by
Rob McQuown

02-03

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The BP Broadside: Josh Hamilton and His Persecutors
by
Steven Goldman

03-31

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42

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-06

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On the Beat: Coming Full Circle
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John Perrotto

07-22

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6

Changing Speeds: Cold Fusion
by
Ken Funck

06-25

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Transaction Analysis: AL West Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-05

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You Could Look It Up: Josh and Shufflin' Phil
by
Steven Goldman

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December 7, 2012 4:22 pm

Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill

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Ben Lindbergh

What work is still left to be done for some of baseball's playoff contenders?

Although this year’s Baseball Winter Meetings were regarded as relatively slow, only seven teams checked out of the Opryland without making some sort of move. While Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton remain at large and Angel Pagan was the highest-ranked free agent removed from the market, many clubs found ways to fill holes during the four-day event. But even though the most eventful week of the winter is over, it’s still fairly early in the offseason, and a number of teams left Nashville with help wanted at one or more positions. Here are six winning teams from 2012 that will have to plug holes before Opening Day to return to contention in 2013:

Oakland Athletics, Shortstop: As of today, Oakland’s shortstop depth chart is topped by 29-year-old Adam Rosales, a career .241 TAv hitter without a great glove. The A’s have been open about their desire to upgrade at the position, with Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima named by Billy Beane as their top free-agent targets. Drew declined to exercise a $10 million mutual option that would have kept him in Oakland through 2013, but he and the team continue to discuss another deal.  The A’s aren’t depending on Drew: the team reportedly engaged in trade talks for Yunel Escobar and Asdrubal Cabrera in Nashville and could go after Jhonny Peralta if Drew departs. While the outcome is no clearer than it was a week ago, A’s director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the team was able to “lay some groundwork” that could lead to a solution later this winter.

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December 4, 2012 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: Josh Hamilton and Talking

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Matthew Kory

When you hear a team is talking to Josh Hamilton this month, what does it mean?

Josh Hamilton is one of the big storylines of the offseason. Where will he end up? Will he sign with [team x]? Maybe! Maybe not! Possibly maybe not! That’s about the best we can say on the matter. Maybe someone knows, possibly, but probably not.

I just used the words “maybe” and “possibly” a total of six times. That sums things up. We know why. Hamilton’s is one of the oddest free agent cases in recent memory. A supremely talented yet supremely flawed player, he’s old but not that old, appears excellent defensively but he’s possibly poor at defense. Then there’s the near unprecedented (for free agent baseball players) matter of his personal problems. It adds up to a player who could end up just about anywhere.

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November 29, 2012 12:20 pm

Overthinking It: How Will Josh Hamilton Age?

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Ben Lindbergh

The top free agent outfielder has a hitting style that should scare teams considering buying his mid-30s.

At some point this winter, a team with money to spend and an opening in the outfield for a big left-handed bat will make Josh Hamilton a very wealthy man. With the Winter Meetings approaching and some big names already off the board, the baseball world is wondering “When?” and “How Wealthy?” Hamilton’s home run totals and 2010 MVP season make him one of the most enticing talents on the market, but his age, injury record, history of substance abuse, and performance away from the hitter’s parks he’s called home give general managers plenty of reasons to think twice before committing to a long-term contract.

We can tack on yet another concern to that long list of red flags: Hamilton is not a patient hitter. Over the course of his career, he’s struck out at an above-average rate and walked at a (barely) below-average rate, despite the fact that pitchers have plenty of incentive to stay away from his power. Last season, his tendency to swing (and chase) grew much more pronounced, while his contact percentage plummeted.

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If an expansion team with a Yankees budget wanted to build a team out of this year's free agents, what would it look like?

You can’t build a team around free agents, say the people who don’t think you can build a team around free agents. To them, the only way to build a team is through the draft, waiver claims and occasional trades. To paraphrase the great movie Waterboy (which is such a great movie that you can watch it for free on YouTube), “Free agents are the devil!” Well, maybe so if you’re living in the real world, but this is Baseball Prospectus where we can do anything we want provided it fits on a spreadsheet and won’t wake our parents upstairs.

Another thing some people like to say is that baseball teams aren’t just names on paper. They’re real people. Well, not here they aren’t, mister! Here players are one-dimensional entities devoid of emotion and everything else that won’t show up on our computer machines. In that spirit, I’m not only going to build a baseball team exclusively out of free agents, but I’m going to do it only on (virtual) paper. Eat that, straw men I just created!

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BP's clinical psychologist brings his experience and expertise to bear in evaluating the impact of Zack Greinke's and Josh Hamilton's mental health histories on their on-field futures.

If you'll excuse me for a moment while I put on my other hat.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Josh Hamilton could end up signing a reasonable contract after all and talk about whether the Yankees can commit to and compete despite their goal to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Josh Hamilton could end up signing a reasonable contract after all and talk about whether the Yankees can commit to and compete despite their goal to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.

Episode 80: "Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?"

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Will Josh Hamilton find the contract he's looking for this winter? And should be?

When the Rangers were knocked out of the playoffs by the Orioles in the AL Wild Card play-in game, Josh Hamilton sounded the part of a politician. The Ranger faithful had booed him during the game in part for his numbers during that play-in game—he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, both on three pitches—but really for his lackluster performance in the second half of the regular season (16 homers and an .833 OPS compared to 27 homers with a 1.016 OPS in the first half).

"I always would love to stay here," Hamilton said at the time of the loss to the Orioles. "They understand that. They know that. When we talked earlier in the year, we didn't get things worked out, so we said we'd wait until the year was over. They obviously get first shot. I told them they'd get first shot at the end of the year. We'll see what happens."

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November 5, 2012 12:00 am

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents

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R.J. Anderson

The names baseball will be obsessing over for the next three months.

With free agency beginning at just after midnight Eastern early Saturday, it’s time to look at this year’s class. Along with Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and others, we put together a list of the top 50 free agents available this winter. Some analysis and predictions are also included. You can quibble with the rankings (especially after a certain point) and many of the predictions, but this is meant to serve as a primer for the free-agent period.

1. Zack Greinke (Angels): Greinke may not consistently perform like an ace but he is a durable no. 2 starter with a deep arsenal, and an understanding of how to use it. After trading three top prospects at the deadline for Greinke and then having his club miss the postseason, Jerry Dipoto is in an unenviable position. Dipoto cannot recoup draft picks, which provides further incentive to re-sign Greinke. It seems Dipoto is heading down that path if recent payroll shearing is any indication.

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Teams will have more difficult decisions to make if they want free-agent compensation this year. Here's how it will likely go.

For the next several days, much of the baseball world will be watching the Tigers and Giants fight it out in the fall classic. But for the 28 teams whose seasons have already ended, the focus will be on what to do once the World Series is over and the winter’s work begins.

As soon as the Series ends, eligible players will become free agents. Under the new CBA, teams can still seek draft-pick compensation for departing free agents, but the old system of classifying free agents as “Type A” and “Type B” based on past performance has been abolished. Now, a team that wants to receive a compensatory pick at the end of the first round in the following year’s amateur draft has to make a “qualifying offer”: a one-year contract equal to the average of the top 125 salaries from the previous season (in this case, $13.3 million).

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August 2, 2012 4:16 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 2

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Matthew Kory

Do you guys even realize how much baseball was played Wednesday?

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We roll out a new feature designed to help you dig deeper into how pitchers approach hitters and how hitters respond.

While reading message boards, sabermetric websites, or newspapers, you’ll often come across contentions like, “So and so is a good low-ball hitter.” While listening to the radio, you’ll be told that a player swings and misses a lot at pitches down and in. Or you might wonder: What’s the cause of a hitter’s dramatic change in performance from season to season? Is it something different about his approach? Is he less effective at getting to pitches in certain parts of the strike zone?

We’re here to help you answer those questions. Today, we’re rolling out a “beta” version of our PITCHf/x-driven Hitter Profiles. Essentially, they create sortable hot/cold zones for every hitter in “the PITCHf/x era” (2007-12). You can sort by AVG, SLG, the BP all-in-one offensive statistic TAv, Swings, Whiffs, and various types of balls in play. You can investigate where and how pitchers have attacked a hitter to see if that’s changed. You can sort by month or by year. You can do platoon splits. And you can switch between any of the pitches identified in the custom-classified Pitch Info LLC database that is also featured in our Pitcher Cards.

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Three interesting occurrences in one plate appearance, a baseball first!

On Wednesday, Adrian Beltre batted in the sixth inning. It went like this. 

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