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November 16, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Polo!

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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

The Jays resign one of their own, two more qualifying offers make three, and get excited Phillies fans.

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October 16, 2015 8:13 am

Rubbing Mud: The Qualifying Offer Slows as it Grows

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Matthew Trueblood

Discussing the eleven players that make up the qualifying offer bubble.

In the excitement and immersion of the playoffs, some extraneous news tidbits can go fly under one’s radar for a while. Things affecting teams not playing on into October do continue to happen during the month; they just get less attention. So it was that Jon Heyman reported, a week ago now, that the qualifying offer (QO, from now on) teams will need to offer free agents hitting the market next month in order to get a draft pick if they sign elsewhere will be $15.8 million. I didn’t catch wind of that news until Thursday afternoon.

It’s interesting information, though, and it makes for some interesting analysis. Consider the progression of the QO since its first winter in 2012:

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October 5, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Marco Estrada

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J.P. Breen

Is the Jays' right-hander's 2015 breakout legitimate-and, more pertinently, is it sustainable?

One of the biggest revelations in modern baseball analysis was that pitchers can’t control what happens once an opposing hitter puts the ball into play. Voros McCracken popularized DIPS (Defense Independent Pitching Statistics) and explained that batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was highly volatile from year to year. In other words, it was largely random. Of course, the latter has been nuanced in recent years, as it’s become more commonplace to recognize that BABIP is not wholly random and that pitchers do have some part to play in the equation.

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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers

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Paul Sporer

Two possible first-round picks give these rankings a distinct sixth tier.

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February 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Starting Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at seven starters who should provide good value on your draft-day investment this year.

You know how everyone waits on pitching in drafts every year? Don't feel the need to wait on these pitchers.

Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
Seasoned fantasy players often avoid taking young arms early in drafts, and for good reason. Prospect hype can lead to inflated ADP and auction prices, and owners can get caught paying for perceived performance rather than likely results. I'm advocating for throwing caution to the wind with Cole, though, and I think his current aggregate ADP (courtesy fantasypros.com) of 103 is quite reasonable. Some people got bored with Cole in the minors as he ever put up huge stats, but he's an absolute horse who's fully capable of notching 200 strikeouts, 15-plus wins, and a sub-3.50 ERA as soon as this year. He may not be a bargain where he's being drafted right now, but you won't have to reach for him either and he's an excellent no. 2 fantasy starter with top-10 SP upside. The term "ace" gets overused a lot, but Cole could become one in short order. —Ben Carsley


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August 9, 2013 6:33 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

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Paul Sporer

A look ahead at the matchups for next week's two-start pitchers to help you set your fantasy rotation.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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A look at what the Brewers' rotation options offer from a stuff (and beer) perspective.

I like the old cliché, “You go as far as your starting pitching takes you.” It's best to have about seven to nine arms handy to get through the season, because pitchers often get hurt or fail to meet expectations.

Brewers fans may recall a recent season where they barely used six starters. Then, of course, there's last year, when they needed 11. Somewhere in between is normal. For the 2013 Brewers, the question is not if they will go deep into their rotation, but when. And as the summer nears, manager Ron Roenicke will be handing the ball to quite a few young arms.

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January 21, 2013 3:19 am

BP Unfiltered: MLBDepthCharts Mailbag

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Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez answers questions on the Rays' lineup and Brewers' rotation in the latest 'MLBDepthCharts Mailbag'.

Jacob Larsen (@jakelarsen) asks this question about the 2013 Tampa Bay Rays, "Do the Rays sign a DH, allowing Brandon Guyer and Matt Joyce to fill an OF spot until Myers is ready?"

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September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

Weekly Planner: Week 26

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Paul Sporer

Paul wraps up Weekly Planner as we approach the season's final full week.

And down the stretch they come… it’s the final week of two-start pitchers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts:
Cole Hamels and Matt Cain


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August 22, 2012 10:35 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 22

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Matthew Kory and Sam Miller

Within: Notes on baseball being interesting.

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August 20, 2012 5:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Six Starters for the Desperate Owner

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Derek Carty

Injuries and attrition have probably wiped out at least a portion of your rotation. Here are six pitchers with upside that are probably available.

As we pass the 75 percent mark of the 2012 season and approach the homestretch, the list of injured players only continues to grow.  Finding suitable replacements at this point in the year can be difficult, so I thought I’d look today at six pitchers who may be better than their ERAs indicate. For fantasy teams in need, no stone should be left unturned.  Whether you’re looking for permanent roster replacements or just spot-starters to pad your win and strikeout totals, these guys are all worth considering, especially when they have favorable match-ups.  Keep in mind that these players are best used in deeper leagues—don’t pass up Anibal Sanchez for Justin Germano just because he’s on my list—but some may at least warrant consideration even in medium-depth mixed leagues.

Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers
Estrada has one of the largest differentials between his surface stats and peripherals in all of baseball, and that’s going to correct itself going forward.  He’s a fly-ball pitcher, but his strikeout rate remains excellent (8.7 K/9), and he’s made big strides with improving his control this season (1.9 BB/9).  He has a good offense supporting him for wins, and at just 5 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, one could make a case that Estrada is most valuable unowned pitcher in fantasy baseball right now.


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A review of last night's episode of "ESPN Sunday Night Baseball." The early storyline fizzled out quickly, but the B- and C-stories helped pick up the show.

A review of last night's ESPN Sunday Night Baseball just as soon as I find a ballpark in America where a higher percentage of fans wear their team colors*...

It's a long season, we know, and you can't expect a stellar showing every week, but that doesn't excuse the mediocre-at-best offering of this week's episode of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. With so many great episodes already aired—the introduction of Ichiro to the already eccentric Yankees' cast, the Emmy-contender known simply as "Bryce Harper's debut", the producers' surprising choice to derail the R.A. Dickey feel-good story with some true conflict back in June—we must hold this season of SNB to a higher standard and last night's episode just didn't cut it.

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