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01-04

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Pebble Hunting: The Saddest Age-27 Seasons of 2012
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Sam Miller

09-10

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 10
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Matthew Kory

03-20

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/20/12
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Michael Street

02-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part One
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

07-27

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The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

04-11

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH
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Michael Street

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

03-21

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH
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Michael Street

03-15

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Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Nick Johnson, Chad Durbin, and Dregs
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Christina Kahrl

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

08-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

08-09

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

07-19

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

07-12

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

07-07

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Fantasy Beat: Which LaPorta Is For Real?
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Marc Normandin

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

03-15

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

03-10

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Team Health Reports: Cleveland Indians
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Will Carroll

02-22

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Transaction Action: Junior Circuit Jumbling
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Christina Kahrl

08-21

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Transaction Action: Additions of a Minor Nature
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Christina Kahrl

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central, Plus
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Christina Kahrl

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central Update
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Christina Kahrl

04-10

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roster Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

04-07

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

03-18

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

02-04

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Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-14

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On the Beat: Diamond Aspirations
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John Perrotto

07-14

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The Week in Quotes: Week of July 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

07-08

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Prospectus Today: Sabathia for LaPorta
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Joe Sheehan

07-07

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Transaction of the Day: Beating the Deadline by Weeks
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Christina Kahrl

06-05

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Lies, Damned Lies: Projecting the Top of the Crop
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Nate Silver

03-25

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

03-05

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

02-05

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Future Shock: Brewers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-12

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Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL Central
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Nate Silver

08-07

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Future Shock: First Round Update
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Kevin Goldstein

07-10

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Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, National League
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Kevin Goldstein

06-08

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Draft Awards
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Bryan Smith

06-06

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Mock Draft 2007
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Kevin Goldstein

03-30

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Future Shock: 2007 Draft Notebook, 3/30/07
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Kevin Goldstein

03-19

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack, 3/19/07
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Kevin Goldstein

03-13

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Future Shock: 2006 Draft Notebook
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Kevin Goldstein

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August 9, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

As Dayan Viciedo slips off the VP list, he's replaced by the best of several bubble candidates.

The first fringe VP candidate reaches the list this week, and we’ll offer a rundown of the other bubble options, who haven’t yet shown the skills or the playing time to add. Making room for our latest addition means releasing Dayan Viciedo, due to his own diminishing skills and playing time.

As Ozzie Guillen tries to keep his Sox atop the AL Central, he’s given most of the playing time at third base to Omar Vizquel, not Viciedo. With Mark Teahen returning soon, Viciedo will see even less time, assuming he’s not demoted. And when he has started, Viciedo has shown a love for the longball but an utter disdain for the walk (0 in 71 PA). His 85% contact rate balances that lack of patience, as does his .211 ISO, but without the playing time to swing the lumber, develop his eye, and deliver counting numbers to fantasy owners, he’s not valuable enough to keep.

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July 19, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

Michael Street continues his quest for a good VP 3B option.

The Value Picks list looks solid as the second half begins, needing just one change to help your counting numbers at third base. Although fantasy owners have found few serviceable hot-corner options, Minnesota has a glut: the light-hitting Nick Punto, the defensively challenged Michael Cuddyer, and the prospect Danny Valencia. Among this trio, Ron Gardenhire has leaned heavily on Punto and Cuddyer, giving Valencia about two starts a week. Even after Justin Morneau’s concussion shifted Cuddyer to first, Gardy has relied mostly on Punto, who’s hit .148/.179/.148 this month.

This choice is even more puzzling because Valencia needs more development than two games a week provides. Given a chance, the rookie could even step up in the heat of a pennant race to give the Twins their first solid third baseman since Corey Koskie. This situation bears watching, as Gardy could lose patience with the punchless Punto, or Morneau’s concussion could linger. But for now, his playing time doesn’t merit a VP slot, so we “see ya later to Valencia until his circumstances change.

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July 12, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

Michael Street swaps Indians teammates on the VP list and looks at some undervalued options for the season's second half.

Heading into the All-Star Break, we'll split our attention between the VP list and some undervalued second-half possibilities. The VPs had an underwhelming week overall, and in the World Cup spirit, a few players receive yellow cards, warning them to improve their play or find themselves on the sidelines.

Travis Hafner gets the only red card, since his BA and OBP haven't balanced his low-power ways. Last week was his strongest performance in a while, picking up four singles in 19 PAs. But he also whiffed 7 times and walked twice; those two walks represent half of his free passes in the past four weeks. He's struck out 20 times over the same 62-PA span, for a limp .236/.323/.345 slash line, not strong enough to hold onto a VP spot.

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July 7, 2010 4:53 pm

Fantasy Beat: Which LaPorta Is For Real?

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Marc Normandin

Matt LaPorta has had a polarizing season, but there are reasons for his early struggles and recent successes.

It's very easy to get caught up in a short-term performance by a player, especially if you thought they were capable of playing well. Matt LaPorta began his season with struggles, hitting .214/.285/.277 in his first 112 at-bats for the Indians—the Indians sent him packing to the minors for a bit, and recently recalled him. Since then, he's hit .324/.405/.676, but in just 37 at-bats, as a follow-up to hitting .362/.457/.638 at Triple-A Columbus.

LaPorta was sent down in part because of the presence of Russell Branyan—I ranked him as a two-star first baseman heading into the season, not so much because of his forecast (.272/.343/.490 isn't bad by any means, but it's not enough from a first baseman if he's also splitting time)—but now that Branyan has been dealt back west, LaPorta has the gig that was supposedly his in the spring back. The question posed to me multiple times, via e-mail and Twitter, was whether or not LaPorta's recent performance was for real.

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June 30, 2010 8:00 am

Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct

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Christina Kahrl

The Red Sox retrench, the A's fritter, and more moves made on the AL side of the beat.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Placed OF-R Lou Montanez on the 15-day DL(strained oblique). [6/25]
Recalled RHP Brad Bergesen from Norfolk (Triple-A). [6/26]
Designated 1B-R Garrett Atkins for assignment; activated RHP Koji Uehara from the 15-day DL. [6/27]

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AL Projected Rosters

With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 14 American League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members.  National League lineups are here. You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.

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March 15, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

Michael Street looks at the Cubs' 3B battle, the many 1B options in Oakland, and the 1B/DH situation in Cleveland.

Chicago (NL)

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March 10, 2010 12:01 pm

Team Health Reports: Cleveland Indians

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Will Carroll

Injuries have played a role in the Tribe's recent demise.

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February 22, 2010 3:38 pm

Transaction Action: Junior Circuit Jumbling

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Christina Kahrl

Putting Damon in Detroit and Branyan in Cleveland creates more depth than obvious lineup upgrades.

BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Released RHP Edwin Moreno. [2/20]

CHICAGO WHITE SOX
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Released UT-L Freddy Bynum. [2/21]

CLEVELAND INDIANS
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Signed 1B-L Russell Branyan to a one-year, $2 million base contract, with a mutual $5 million option for 2011. [2/19]

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August 21, 2009 7:19 pm

Transaction Action: Additions of a Minor Nature

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Christina Kahrl

Small pickups and discards, with the emphasis on small.

BOSTON RED SOX
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Released 1B/LF-L Chris Duncan. [8/20]
Designated RHP Fernando Cabrera for assignment; optioned OF-R Brian Anderson to Pawtucket (Triple-A); activated OF-R Rocco Baldelli from the 15-day DL; recalled RHP Michael Bowden from Pawtucket. [8/21]

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June 2, 2009 3:14 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL Central, Plus

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Christina Kahrl

A look at the moves made by the middling quintet in the AL's middle, plus updates on the Rays and Orioles.

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May 11, 2009 1:18 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL Central Update

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Christina Kahrl

Closers closing down, prospects not playing, lineup frustrations, bullpens imploding, a fundamental lack of fundamentals, and other inland disasters.

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