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June 1, 2012 12:00 am

Overthinking It: Adam Jones' Unusual Breakout

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Ben Lindbergh

Adam Jones' power spike hasn't come with any newfound patience. Does this mean the Orioles will regret extending him by six years?

We know at least one thing for sure about the future of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones: whatever Jones does today, tomorrow, or in 2018, he won’t lack for meal money. Last week, the O’s signed the 26-year-old to a six-year, $85.5 million extension that includes a $2 million signing bonus and guarantees him an average annual salary of roughly $14 million over the next six seasons. If Jones plays poorly, he’ll still have more money in the bank at the end of the deal than most players ever make. If he plays well, he’ll be young enough to command another mega-contract when he finally becomes a free agent. Either way, his financial future is assured.

We can’t predict Jones’ on-field future with quite the same clarity. Jones is two months into what’s shaping up to be a breakout season, which probably prompted the Orioles to make a long-term commitment when they did. Even after an 0-for-2 performance on Wednesday night snapped a 20-game hitting streak, he boasts a .327 True Average (TAv), the fifth-best figures in the American League and a giant leap above both his .265 career TAv entering the season and the .282 mark he managed in 2011. If what we’re seeing now is Jones’ new true talent level, Baltimore could spot him several more million and still get a steal on the extension.

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March 27, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: No Country for Old Pitchers

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Geoff Young

Why do teams sign older pitchers when they have younger hurlers in the minors?

Kevin Millwood is 37. Bartolo Colon is 39. Jamie Moyer is 49 and coming off Tommy John surgery. Each signed this winter with a team that should be looking to rebuild with young players. What do these teams hope for—or expect to gain—by adding these old pitchers? What should they expect?

With the common and easy argument being that such pitchers block youngsters from getting a chance, why are the old guys here? Will they mentor the kids, soak up innings, or help make fans feel younger? All of the above and more?

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As in the AL, the Central division is as tight as can be, while in the East two Mets are predicted to take home some hardware along with their division flag.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the National League, along with the staff picks in some fun miscellaneous categories.

Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting.

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This week it's all about who said what, where, and about who, and what they may or may not have taken, used, seen, or ever heard about, ever.

THE BUREAUCRACY HAS SPOKEN

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March 27, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 19-26, 2007

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Christina Kahrl

A week on the road's generated a big backlog, but Christina hits the high- and lowlights.

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January 30, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top Ten Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Useful regulars at most every position on the diamond? You bet. Impact bats with star potential? Wrong organization.

Excellent Prospects
None
Very Good Prospects
1. Daric Barton, 1b
2. Travis Buck, lf
Good Prospects
3. Kurt Suzuki, c
4. Javier Herrera, cf
5. Jermaine Mitchell, cf
Average Prospects
6. Matt Sulentic, lf
7. Marcus McBeth, rhp
8. Jason Windsor, rhp
9. Kevin Melillo, 2b
10. Henry Rodriguez, rhp













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April 1, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: AL West Preview

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Joe Sheehan

Featuring the very best team in baseball.

I spent a lot of time this past week shifting gears from college basketball to baseball, talking about the upcoming season with just about everyone I saw, from friends and family to any number of radio and TV people. All that baseball chatter got me pumped, and for the last couple of days, I've been getting more and more excited about the upcoming season.

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March 27, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 17-26

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Christina Kahrl

Less than a week to go, and Christina's got a rundown of all the latest roster action.

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May 5, 2005 12:00 am

You Could Look It Up: Infinity Edition #3

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Steven Goldman

Steven Goldman continues The Infinity Edition by looking at Jeff King, Kevin Mitchell, Graig Nettles, and others.

JEFF KING
3B/1B PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1989-1996, KANSAS CITY ROYALS 1997-1999

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January 6, 2004 12:00 am

The Class of 2004

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Jay Jaffe

With the 2004 STATLG-L Hall of Fame balloting now in the books, and the results of the BBWAA voting slated to be released this afternoon, there are few topics more prominent in baseball fans' minds than "Which players will make it to Cooperstown in 2004?" And rightfully so. Enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame is the highest honor a former-player can receive, and most fans are protective of that: a fact that has spurned countless heated debates over the years--rational, objective, and otherwise. With that being said, I thought it would interesting to see what some of Baseball Prospectus' newly updated measures of player evaluation had to say on the topic. For the uninitiated, BP's Davenport Translated Player Cards measure a player's value above replacement level for offense, defense, and pitching while adjusting for context--park effects, level of offense, era, length of season, and in Clay's own words, "the distortions caused by not having to face your own team's defense." The Davenport Cards offer the most sophisticated statistical summaries available; if you can adjust for it, it's in there. The basic currencies of the Davenport system, whether it's offense, defense, or pitching, are runs and wins, more specifically, runs above replacement level and wins above replacement level.

With the 2004 STATLG-L Hall of Fame balloting now in the books, and the results of the BBWAA voting slated to be released this afternoon, few topics are more prominent in baseball fans' minds than "Which players will make it to Cooperstown in 2004?"

And rightfully so. Enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame is the highest honor a former-player can receive, and most fans are protective of that: a fact that has spurned countless heated debates over the years--rational, objective, and otherwise.

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December 10, 2001 12:00 am

HACKING MASS Results

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Baseball Prospectus

We've tabulated this year's HACKING MASS results, and we've got ourselves a winner. Keith Lindahl led his imaginatively named squad to a fantastic 371.76 ESPN to easily capture the 2001 HACKING MASS title. Keith's winning team is a smorgasboard of stiffness:

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July 2, 1998 12:00 am

Chain Chain Chain

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Gregg Pearlman

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