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12-19

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Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the Outlier Curveball
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Jeff Long

12-18

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Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe
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Zachary Levine

12-16

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Ninety-Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Dodgers' First Dump
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Craig Goldstein

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Night the Dodgers Had
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Craig Goldstein and Nick J. Faleris

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: The First Zaidi-Friedman Eyebrow-Raiser
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R.J. Anderson

12-04

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Rumor Roundup: The Inevitability of the Dodgers
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Chris Mosch

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: The Better Bullpens Bureau
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

11-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With
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Chris Mosch

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: If I Had $200 Million
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Russell A. Carleton

10-15

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Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter
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Sam Miller

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Irony Of Ryu's Strong Start
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Zachary Levine

10-07

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Baseball Therapy: The Cardinals Do Not Own Clayton Kershaw
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Russell A. Carleton

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Cardinals 10 Dodgers 9
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Sahadev Sharma

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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Zachary Levine

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top
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R.J. Anderson

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-03

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Transaction Analysis: The ReCall-Ups
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Sam Miller

09-02

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The Call-Up: Joc Pederson
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Chris Rodriguez and Bret Sayre

08-26

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Notes About Baseball: Polling the Clubhouses: Kershaw or Felix?
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Rocco DeMaro

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Migration of the Backups
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Sam Miller

07-29

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Notes About Baseball: The Logistics of Human Trading
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Rocco DeMaro

07-09

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What You Need to Know: The Tigers' Roaring Comeback
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Chris Mosch

06-20

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The View from the Loge Level: Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers Pitching Tradition
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Daron Sutton

06-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Ballpark View of Kershaw's Final Out
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Sam Miller

06-04

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Painting the Black: How to Slow Down Dee Gordon
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 447: The Oddly Underperforming Dodgers and the Exciting NL West
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Game of the 2014 Season So Far
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Sam Miller

05-05

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Pebble Hunting: Who's Winning the Dodgers/Red Sox Trade This Second?
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Sam Miller

05-02

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Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West
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R.J. Anderson

04-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 429: The Dodgers, DirecTV, and Baseball's Broadcast Bubble/Your Finest Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

04-08

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Notes from the Field: Backfield/Minor-League Game Notes
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BP Prospect Staff

04-07

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Pebble Hunting: It's Been One Week
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Sam Miller

03-31

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What You Need to Know: Opening Night Action
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Daniel Rathman

03-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 415: 2014 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-27

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Prospectus Preview: NL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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Russell A. Carleton and Daniel Rathman

03-26

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/26
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-24

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Painting the Black: Men at Work
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R.J. Anderson

03-04

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Rumor Roundup: A Trio of Infield Updates
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Daniel Rathman

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Reeling in Rodney
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

01-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Craig Goldstein

01-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-21

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The Week in Quotes: January 13-20
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-16

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Clayton Kershaw
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Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui

01-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 366: The Clayton Kershaw Contract
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the Outlier Curveball

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Jeff Long

Brandon McCarthy's breaker did different things last year, and so did Brandon McCarthy.

Brandon McCarthy had an interesting season in 2014. He began the year pitching for Arizona, and traditional stats—the 5.01 ERA—implied that he struggled. But his 3.82 FIP suggested his ERA wasn’t telling the whole story. Fast forward to McCarthy’s 90-inning tenure in New York, and analysts around baseball were coming up with explanations for why McCarthy was so improved. After all, he posted a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts while wearing pinstripes. McCarthy’s FIP with New York wasn’t all that much better than it was in the first half, though, as he posted a 3.22 FIP as a Yankee.

The interesting thing about McCarthy is that his peripherals suggest that some of these ups and downs are simply a function of factors beyond his control. After all, his FIPs over the past three seasons are 3.76, 3.75, and 3.55. Those are much more consistent than his ERAs over that same time period (which should surprise nobody), and they indicate that McCarthy is a pretty consistent pitcher, at least as far as the things he controls go.

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December 18, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe

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Zachary Levine

Why the Padres taking on a high-risk veteran like Matt Kemp and the Dodgers playing it safe with Yasmani Grandal makes perfect sense.

When you're the Padres, relaxed in an offseason hibernation that dates back several color schemes, your first splash of the offseason isn't supposed to look like the Matt Kemp trade.

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The league might be catching up to the inefficiency in non-player compensation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to write about baseball. I am thrilled to have the chance to post at BP again, and now that I’m back there are quite a few things I’m eager to bore you with my thoughts on. But the thing I’ve been most itching to write about might be a little surprising. It isn’t a new statistical model or a star player or my pride at having said before the playoffs started that the Royals would beat the Orioles in the ALCS. No, I want to talk about Ron Paul.

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December 16, 2014 12:04 am

Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon

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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Yankees re-sign Chase Headley, the Astros get a hitter to play shortstop, and Brett Anderson has incentives.

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December 12, 2014 12:06 am

Transaction Analysis: The Dodgers' First Dump

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Craig Goldstein

After years of taking on big contracts, the new-look Dodgers front office found a pretty good opportunity to shed one.

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December 11, 2014 9:08 am

Transaction Analysis: The Night the Dodgers Had

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Craig Goldstein and Nick J. Faleris

In a span of hours, the Dodgers make 13 players worth of transactions.

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December 4, 2014 6:06 am

Transaction Analysis: The First Zaidi-Friedman Eyebrow-Raiser

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R.J. Anderson

The Royals re-up Hochevar, the Braves non-tender the TJ survivors, Jim Johnson finds a home, and more.

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December 4, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Inevitability of the Dodgers

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Chris Mosch

Los Angeles gets in on the Lester chase, while Andrew Miller has plenty of (non-Dodger) pursuers.

The bidding for Jon Lester has picked up over the last few weeks, with the Red Sox and Cubs offering the prized left-hander upwards of $130 million over six years and the Giants also reportedly in hard pursuit after losing out on Pablo Sandoval.

But a late entrant for Lester’s services emerged Wednesday night. According to Rob Bradford and Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the Dodgers are the latest club to show serious interest in Lester. Multiple sources told the Boston site that the Dodgers are expected to make a hard push for Lester with one source suggesting that he “would be ‘shocked’ if the Dodgers don’t end up being the high bid in the Lester sweepstakes.”

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Better Bullpens Bureau

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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

The Dodgers and Rays each add relievers that should help, by getting relievers from the other.



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November 20, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With

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Chris Mosch

Where the Royals might look for offense, where Jon Lester will find enough suitors to start a bidding war, and why Dan Haren might retire.

Billy Butler is headed west for Oakland and Nori Aoki is reportedly seeking a three-year deal on the open market. For the Royals, this means that if they aren’t willing to pony up for the Japanese outfielder, they’ll find themselves with two bat-first positions to fill one year after finishing last in the American League in True Average.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported yesterday that with Butler in Kansas City’s rearview mirror, the club is expected to focus on Torii Hunter for the free outfield spot. Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano are the reported targets on the starting pitcher market.

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Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.

Congratulations to Andrew Friedman, new President for Baseball Operationsfor the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (and shhhh don't tell anyone, but he's really the new GM). Can I just assume that readers of this website are familiar with his handiwork in Tampa Bay? If not, there's a book by some Expos fan who used to work here that gives a rough overview of the topic.

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October 15, 2014 4:02 pm

Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter

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Sam Miller

Andrew Friedman might be the most revered executive in the game--Billy Beane included--and the richest team in baseball just hired him.

On the one hand, Andrew Friedman is one of the only executives with a book written about him—or, at least, a book read by more than the author’s closest friends and relatives. On that hand, he runs a team that, when it succeeds, is largely credited to his genius (and the genius of his front office). On that hand, his Rays have been experimental and at the vanguard of various “trends”—at various times shifting, locking up pre-arb players ever earlier, building around defense, resisting multi-year contracts to relievers, or giving what figuratively seem like literally millions of at-bats to Jose Molina—that have become routine, even over-fished, around the league years later. We tend to see his Rays as the first clinical trial for the strategies that will soon be ubiquitous, so we pay a ton of attention to him. Because of all this, we know a lot about Andrew Friedman, who the Dodgers just poached to be president of baseball operations.

On the other, he has run perhaps the most opaque organization in the game. I once heard about a former Rays intern who was applying for another job. Standard industry practice in this situation is to pump the applicant for information about what his old team was doing, the research, the secrets. Heck, some of the time this fact-finding might be the only reason the interview is even taking place. But this intern wouldn’t budge. Again and again, he told the team that he was interviewing with, the team he was trying to impress, that, well, shoot, he’d love to, but he just couldn’t, not with his non-disclosure agreement, not when we’re talking about the Rays. The Rays were a black box. Their local media, for the most part, never got the Rays, and the Rays never gave them much to get. We know, in some ways, very little about Andrew Friedman.

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