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05-15

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Closer to Me: Week Seven
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Mauricio Rubio

04-22

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Closer to Me: Week Four
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Mauricio Rubio

08-09

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Transaction Analysis: Rios in Texas
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Cole

04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Value in Contract Clauses
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Mike Gianella

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: Marcum Off the List
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Ben Lindbergh

04-21

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Inside The Park Blog: Bullpen Woes
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Jason Collette

04-06

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Fantasy Beat: The Closer Injuries Start Early
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Jason Collette

04-04

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Collateral Damage: How Much Pain Could the Doctor (Up)Chuck?
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Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

06-01

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Painting the Black: Manage like Maddon
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R.J. Anderson

04-14

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15

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
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Mike Petriello

03-29

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Fantasy Beat: Closer By Committee?
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Jason Collette

02-11

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Span and Sain and Pray for Rain
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Emma Span

01-18

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Fantasy Beat: Tampa Bay's Closer Options
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Jason Collette

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central Moves, Picking Up a Penny, and More
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Christina Kahrl

01-13

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Petriello

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

04-26

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Transaction Action: Rounding Out the AL
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Christina Kahrl

04-08

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Game Story
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Christina Kahrl

08-01

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Prospectus Hit List: After the Storm
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Jay Jaffe

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Pudged
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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The Week in Quotes: March 10-16
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Alex Carnevale

08-08

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A Little Less Glamour
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John Perrotto

05-24

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

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: December 2-6
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Christina Kahrl

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Division Series, Day Six
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Paul Swydan

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros
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Joe Sheehan

09-08

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Crooked Numbers: The Bull in the Pen
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James Click

08-02

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of July 31
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Jay Jaffe

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 31
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Christina Kahrl

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

08-31

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-29, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

06-20

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Windy City
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Rany Jazayerli

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May 15, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Seven

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league to help you find saves.

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Toronto Blue Jays:
Casey Janssen was activated from the disabled list on May 11, which will help stabilize a Jays bullpen that has been little more than a rotation of names trying to close out games and failing all the same. Santos provided the ultimate case study in how sustainable a horrendous BB% can be if you supplement it with a tremendous strikeout rate (the answer, not very). Aaron Loup tried his hand at closing and was spotty and unspectacular. Bret Cecil earned three saves but his walk rate was only slightly better than Santos’. Essentially, the Blue Jays bullpen was proficient at doling out The Three True Outcomes between Santos (8.3 BB/9 and a 2.3 HR/9), Loup (4.9 BB/9) and Cecil (6.6 BB/9). Janssen will provide consistency and control to a unit that desperately needs it. He’s a must-own at this point and will get the saves in Toronto.


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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week Four

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Mauricio Rubio

Updates on all of the notable ninth-inning situations around the league.

New York Mets
We’re all guilty of trying to hold on for too long at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a relationship that should have ended but instead lingered—even though we knew the process and personnel would yield obvious and painful results.

Enter the Mets and Jose Valverde, who finally lost his job after a particularly bad series of meltdowns that led Terry Collins to go in a different direction. I picked up Valverde in a few leagues, so I know the pain some of you are feeling. If we’re being honest, however, we all knew this was coming.


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August 9, 2013 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rios in Texas

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Cole

The Rangers acquire Alex Rios via trade waivers, the Rays send Kyle Farnsworth packing, and the Phillies part ways with Delmon Young.



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April 15, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Value in Contract Clauses

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Mike Gianella

Mike examines whether games-finished clauses are indicative of future save opportunties.

When I was a small child everything I knew about baseball came from either the back of a baseball card or what the local color guys for the Yankees and Mets told me on TV. During this impressionable age, I remember reading about Steve Stone winning the Cy Young Award in 1980 and how he earned a $10,000 bonus for his trouble. As an impressionable lad, I figured that for Stone to have this bonus in his contract he had to be an excellent pitcher. Some superficial research told me that this wasn’t the case at all; Stone was a solid-but-unspectacular pitcher. As I learned from the back of this particular baseball card, the bonus clause was put into the contract, but it was something the Orioles figured he’d never collect.

“It was like an insurance salesman telling you, ‘We’ll give you $50,000 if an elephant falls on you,’ because he knows darn well an elephant isn’t going to fall on you,” Stone said at the time.

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The Mets sign Shaun Marcum, the Cubs add Scott Hairston, and the Rays bolster their bullpen.

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The Rays' bullpen, to put it kindly, is off to a rough start on paper. What is wrong with what was a perceived strength of the club coming into the season?

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April 6, 2012 11:14 am

Fantasy Beat: The Closer Injuries Start Early

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Jason Collette

A look at the early season closer injuries and which pitchers to target as ninth-inning replacements

We are not even two days into the regular season and closers are already dropping like flies. On back-to-back days this week both Andrew Bailey and Kyle Farnsworth hit the disabled list with injuries of different severities. Bailey is going to miss at least two months of the season to repair the UCL in his thumb that he landed awkwardly on while colliding with Alex Presley covering first base. Manager Bobby Valentine was quick to name Alfredo Aceves as the primary closer rather than Mark Melancon, who served as the primary closer in Houston last season. Melancon came into yesterday’s game in a tie-situation and handed a mess off to Aceves that he was unable to clean up, thus continuing the chatter that spilled over from Spring Training of Valentine’s true feelings for Melancon; the BoSox manager had some rather back-handed complements of Melancon’s work at one point in camp.

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Andrew Bailey will be hitting the surgical table soon, a pitcher finds extra discomfort while vomiting, and the AL East bullpens suddenly look much thinner.

Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox (Right Thumb Surgery)
The Red Sox were not giving many details about Bailey’s thumb injury largely because they could not pinpoint when Bailey was injured. The pitcher’s visit with Dr. Graham confirmed he’ll need surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb and will be out for several months at least.

Major acute ligament injuries in the thumb can almost always be attributed to a specific incident. The player may not remember the exact play, but in the following days there will be bruising, swelling, and/or pain. True acute injuries do not just hide and then pop back up 10 days later without something new to aggravate the injury. Bailey was apparently able to pitch a few more times before he felt pain while showering.


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Long after cultivating an air of innovation, the Rays' skipper is still learning new tricks.

If Dusty Baker’s reputation is that of a pitcher killer—albeit without recent cause—then Joe Maddon should be known as a slayer of rigid rules and tired traditions. Heaping superlatives on the Rays skipper is nothing new among the sabermetric set—earlier this year, Steven Goldman laid praise at Maddon’s feet for his careful shuttling of Ben Zobrist between second base and right field—but the reasons for the kudos are different this time around. That’s only fitting, since after the Rays lost Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and numerous relievers to free agency, Maddon told his remaining players they would have to find another way to win ballgames.

Maddon has taken that “another way” motto to heart, and in his sixth season as Rays manager, he too is mixing things up. So far, the results have been positive, if not always pretty. At 29-25, the Rays are within a nose of first place despite losing Manny Ramirez to retirement and Evan Longoria to injury for a month’s time. This Rays team isn’t the most talented model that Andrew Friedman has put together over the last few years, but Maddon has done well to put his players in positions to succeed.

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April 14, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen

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Mike Petriello

Questions answered for the Rays and Nationals bullpens, and new ones asked about the White Sox.

Here at Value Picks HQ, we’re back in the swing of things with identifying undervalued assets who are available in 80 percent (or more) of leagues for you to pick up. Of course, if I do my job well, the list here will constantly be shuffling as ownership levels and player performances rise and fall. To that end, our list is split into three sections: guys from the previous week that we’ll be moving on from, guys who are staying with us, and brand new additions. Let’s get started.

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Three pitchers enter the Tropicanadome, but that doesn't mean that only one will leave with the closer job.

The one question I have been repeatedly asked this month is ,“Who is going to be the closer for the Rays?” Honestly, not much has changed since I first covered the situation back in January.

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A perhaps NSFW exploration of fan fiction that puts a whole new spin on "fantasy baseball." [Warning: We alert you to the presence of an adult theme that may offend some readers.]

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with the maxim that if you can imagine it, there’s porn about it on the Internet. That’s no joke. It was only a few years ago that I first learned of fan fiction, when a friend explained that one of his coworkers not only contributed to, but ran, an extensive website entirely dedicated to fan-written stories about the characters from the animated series Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. The stories that turned sexual—yes, stories about cartoon chipmunks that turn sexual—were called slash fiction, named for the typographic symbol in the "Kirk/Spock" liaisons that launched the genre in the 1970s.


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