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03-29

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Transaction Analysis: Five Years For Wainwright
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R.J. Anderson

07-26

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Overthinking It: Upgrading From Nothing
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Ben Lindbergh

01-24

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Overthinking It: The Player Popularity Test
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Ben Lindbergh

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The First Free Agent Signings of the Fall
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Ben Lindbergh

09-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Junkballin'
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Jay Jaffe

08-24

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The Lineup Card: 11 Disastrous Acquisitions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Offensive Gamble
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Derek Carty

07-25

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/25/11
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Michael Street

07-05

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Transaction Analysis: Once and Future Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh

05-23

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 22
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Larry Granillo

04-28

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 27
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Larry Granillo

01-24

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Transaction of the Day: The Vernon Wells Trade
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Christina Kahrl

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Angels versus Red Sox LDS
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Christina Kahrl

04-23

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

05-24

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Schrodinger's Bat: Batter Versus Pitcher, Gameday Style
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Dan Fox

02-07

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Transaction Analysis: AL West Catchup and Recent AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-03

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers, July 30, 2006
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Derek Jacques

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: May 5-9
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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Prospectus Today: Blowout Day
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Joe Sheehan

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 14-19, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

03-09

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Prospectus Game of the Week: A's-Angels, Sunday March 6
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Jonah Keri

11-29

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Transaction Analysis: November 17-22, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

09-17

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Transaction Analysis: August 30-September 15
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Christina Kahrl

07-29

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The Claussen Pickle
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Jay Jaffe

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 15-19
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Christina Kahrl

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-31, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: March 22-25, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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Baseball Prospectus

10-23

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Prospectus Today: Game Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-22

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Prospectus Today: Game Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-17

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World Series Prospectus: Florida Marlins vs. New York Yankees
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Joe Sheehan

08-27

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Transaction Analysis: August 19-24
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

06-02

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Breaking Balls: Roger Clemens and the Historic No-Decision
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Derek Zumsteg

05-28

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Prospectus Today: Stupid Human Tricks
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Joe Sheehan

05-28

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Transaction Analysis: May 22-27, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

11-26

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Prospectus Feature: 2002 HACKING MASS Results: All Players, By Name
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Baseball Prospectus

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: June 9-10, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

11-09

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2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 27-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

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The Cardinals extend Adam Wainwright, the Blue Jays extend J.A. Happ, and the Yankees let Juan Rivera go.

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July 26, 2012 10:56 am

Overthinking It: Upgrading From Nothing

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Ben Lindbergh

The easiest way for contending teams to get better is to start with where they've been worst. Here is where they've been worst.

As the trading deadline approaches, teams are open to any and all moves that might make them better. Some clubs have sought upgrades at positions where they’ve already received decent production, but the higher the bar that the trade target has to clear, the fewer the potential fixes, and the greater the price. The path of least resistance for a contender hoping to improve is often to patch a particularly weak position with an average player who can give them more than they’ve been getting, without costing too much in any other area.

The weakest performance by a collection of players at any position on a contending team this season has been at second base in Detroit, where seven players—notably Ramon Santiago, Ryan Raburn, and Danny Worth—have played at replacement level or below, combining for a total of -2.2 WARP. It’s no coincidence that the Tigers traded for a second baseman on Tuesday, filling what had been a gaping hole with Omar Infante, who should be at least average for them the rest of the way. We can see the same pattern on display in other acquisitions: the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez because their shortstops—notably the injured Dee Gordon—had combined for -0.6 WARP.

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Proposing a new way to settle an old debate about which players get too much attention and which are overlooked.

Years of talking about baseball have taught me at least two things: it’s dangerous to shout “Francoeur!” in a crowded room, and it’s difficult to gauge a player’s popularity, especially outside of the sabermetric bubble. Unless you work for a club and have access to information on team merchandise and ticket sales—and maybe even if you do—it’s tough to know how high a profile a player has among fans. So how can we decide if a particular player is overrated or underrated, or whether he gets more or less attention than his play on the field might merit? Are we forever doomed to count google hits?

We can approach this problem in a number of ways. If I were Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars, I might spend several hundred hours developing a proprietary “marquee value” metric based on social media measurements and other components to assess the off-the-field value of star players. Then I’d write a book and a bunch of articles about it and consult with major-league teams.  Well, here’s a blurry picture of me sitting at the same table as Vince Gennaro (also pictured: part of Kevin Goldstein’s fedora). I may look like I have one strangely-shaped eye and don’t trust Cory Schwartz, but do I look like I’m Vince Gennaro? Not particularly.  So that’s not what I did.

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The Dodgers bestow an incomprehensibly rich contract upon Juan Rivera, and Jim Thome returns for another tour of duty in Philly.

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September 15, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Junkballin'

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Jay Jaffe

While Tim Wakefield limped to his 200th win, Mariano Rivera continued his string of excellence.

Tuesday night was a momentous one as far as forty-something pitchers earning round-numbered career milestones of questionable significance go. In Boston, Tim Wakefield wobbled but didn't fall down, earning career win number 200. Hours later and about 2,500 miles away in Seattle, Mariano Rivera earned his 600th career save. Wakefield labored to become the 108th pitcher to reach his plateau, while Rivera looked almost effortless in becoming just the second pitcher to reach his, but neither accomplishment changes how those venerable hurlers should be viewed in the context of history.

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In honor of Adam Dunn, the BP Crew lists player acquisitions that backfired.

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August 4, 2011 11:21 pm

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Offensive Gamble

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Derek Carty

While in the search to upgrade his team's offense, our fantasy expert had to decide whether it was worth helping his primary competition improve.

This past week in the CardRunners Fantasy Baseball Experts League, I was extremely active on the trade market, making a total of four deals before Tuesday night’s weekly deadline, all involving elite players. Today, I wanted to discuss one of the trades I made, the alternatives I had, and the reasoning for making the trade, which I think will be applicable to all fantasy leagues.

This past Friday, I sent out a league-wide e-mail announcing that Dan Haren was officially for sale. I’d been shopping him a little bit, but I wanted the league to know that he was going to get traded and give everyone a chance at making an offer. Being that this is an AL-only league, it’s very difficult to find a starter as good as Haren this late in the season. Here’s what my e-mail said:

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July 25, 2011 10:08 pm

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/25/11

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Michael Street

A sudden abundance of options doesn't always mean an abundance of talent, but Michael sifts through this week's news to find three new VPs, stealing only a few from Rob McQuown.

In the week before the trade deadline, fantasy moves and news usually come from pennant-race wheeling and dealing, but this week’s news consisted mostly of injuries, promotions, and demotions. My next column will undoubtedly reflect some of those yet-to-be-made deadline deals, but for now, I’ll look at some moves that have already been made while repaying my colleague Rob McQuown by poaching a few outfield qualifiers.

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Rich Harden resurfaces at just the right time, Travis Snider getting off the schneid means bad news for Juan Rivera, the Dodgers' Dee Gordon fails his first audition, the D'backs lose their closer, the Yankees release some insurance, and more.

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The tater trots for May 22: a perfect game in Cleveland while Juan Rivera and Curtis Granderson strive for their own forms of perfection.

The first weekend of interleague play is now concluded, and what have we learned? Players can hit balls just as hard off opposing league pitchers as they can off their own league's pitchers. It's pretty amazing, really. I can't way for when interleague arrives in June for real (for five series in a row instead of just one) so we can learn the same lesson again.

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The tater trots for April 27: Andre Ethier inspires an odd call from someone not named Vin Scully while Juan Rivera shows Canada he wasn't kidding.

It was a slow day for trots on Wednesday (get it?). Even though only one game was postponed due to weather, there were only 21 home runs across the league. Five were hit in Arizona, though, which is quickly convincing me that there will be at least 350 home runs hit in Chase Field this year. Conservatively.

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Going to Wells costs plenty in cash and talent, but will it yield a better overall lineup... and if so, where?

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