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05-29

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What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game
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Chris Mosch

04-09

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15

What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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11

Overthinking It: PECOTA's Projected Fallers
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Ben Lindbergh

11-16

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14

Transaction Analysis: Melky Flees To Canada
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Sam Miller

11-13

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34

Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-06

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5

Overthinking It: This Offseason's Generic-Brand Bargains
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Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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42

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

10-16

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Bizball: The Strange Case of Melky Cabrera Spills Over to His Agency
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Maury Brown

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Why We Won't See Melky Cabrera in the NLCS
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Mike Ferrin

09-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 50: Travis Snider Tells All/Should the Giants Bring Melky Back in October?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-21

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Manufactured Runs: The Very Long Night of Melky Cabrera
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Colin Wyers

08-16

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 16
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Matthew Kory

08-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 22: Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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24

BP Unfiltered: Melky Cabrera, PEDs, and the Giants' Playoff Odds
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Ben Lindbergh

07-06

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4

Painting the Black: Tiptoeing Around Landmines
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R.J. Anderson

07-05

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9

Overthinking It: Second-Half Risers and Fallers
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Ben Lindbergh

06-21

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Overthinking It: Melky Cabrera and the Mythical Age-27 Effect
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Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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6

Western Front: Tres Compañeros
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Geoff Young

06-01

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3

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 1
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Matthew Kory

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Friday, May 25
by
Daniel Rathman

03-08

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24

The Lineup Card: 10 Choices for 2012 Declines
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Baseball Prospectus

02-29

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13

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

02-21

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5

Western Front: Runs? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Runs!
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Geoff Young

12-06

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/6/11
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Rob McQuown

11-08

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BP Unfiltered: Now in the Newsletter, the BP Daily Rathman
by
Daniel Rathman

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Melk Man Cometh to San Fran
by
R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

09-23

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Fantasy Beat: Sneaky Speed Play
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Jason Collette

09-16

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16

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals
by
Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-12

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Fantasy Beat: Five-Tool Surprises
by
Jason Collette

06-01

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Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
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Craig Brown

05-13

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Don't Believe the Hype: The Unlikely Heroes
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Marc Normandin

07-19

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Transaction Action: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

01-18

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Transaction Action: NL Ketchup
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Christina Kahrl

12-22

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34

Transaction Analysis: The Vazquez Trade
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Christina Kahrl

10-18

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71

Prospectus Today: Absent Without Leave
by
Joe Sheehan

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Twins LDS
by
Joe Sheehan

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Indians
by
Jay Jaffe

02-14

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Prospectus Today: Finding a Spot
by
Joe Sheehan

08-23

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Prospectus Game of the Week: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, 8/20/06
by
Derek Jacques

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May 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game

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Chris Mosch

The A's lefty logs his first complete game since 2006, plus more recaps from a walkoff-filled Wednesday and previews for Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Fans at Oakland Coliseum were treated to a fantastic pitchers’ duel between Scott Kazmir and Anibal Sanchez on Wednesday, and the visitors started the bottom of the ninth inning with a 1-0 advantage.

Kazmir was in line for a complete-game loss, in which he threw 76 of his 103 pitches for strikes and struck out eight batters without issuing a walk. The lone mistake he made was a slider left up that Torii Hunter deposited over the right-center field wall. Kazmir was able to subdue the Tigers with his changeup, as he threw 19 of his 26 off-speed offerings for strikes—nine of them of the swing-and-miss variety. The southpaw was able to hold his velocity over the course of the game, registering his fastest four-seamer of the game with his second-to-last pitch.


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April 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control

15

Daniel Rathman

Dissecting a new wrinkle in the rules that's causing confusion, plus the highlights from Tuesday and what to watch for on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
A second baseman or shortstop fields a ground ball and throws it to his double-play partner at the keystone. The other middle infielder catches it with his foot on the bag. As he begins to remove the ball from his glove with his bare hand, the ball squirts away. The runner going to second is out. The batter is safe at first. And life goes on.


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February 26, 2013 5:00 am

Overthinking It: PECOTA's Projected Fallers

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Ben Lindbergh

Five hitters and five pitchers PECOTA thinks will sink in 2013.

Yesterday we looked at five position players and five pitchers whom BP’s projection system, PECOTA, believes are in for big improvements in 2013. Today we’ll tackle PECOTA’s picks to suffer some of the largest declines.

Hitters
Mike Trout, Angels
2012 WARP (639 PA):
9.1
Projected 2013 WARP (693 PA): 5.3
Projected WARP decrease: -3.8
Trout is projected to see the largest WARP decrease of any player—and to tie for the fifth-highest WARP among non-pitchers. It’s a reminder of how far ahead of the pack he was in 2012 that PECOTA can project him to be much less valuable than last year, but still more valuable than almost everyone else. Although he fits the profile of a high-BABIP hitter, Trout was likely a little lucky on balls in play—his batting average on line drives was over 40 points above league average. Some regression in that area, coupled with the adjustments made by opponents who’ve spent the winter searching for ways to get him out, might make Trout merely one of the most valuable players in baseball instead of the most valuable by far.






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November 16, 2012 3:20 pm

Transaction Analysis: Melky Flees To Canada

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Sam Miller

What sort of discount would a team get on Melky Cabrera? Not a massive one.

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If an expansion team with a Yankees budget wanted to build a team out of this year's free agents, what would it look like?

You can’t build a team around free agents, say the people who don’t think you can build a team around free agents. To them, the only way to build a team is through the draft, waiver claims and occasional trades. To paraphrase the great movie Waterboy (which is such a great movie that you can watch it for free on YouTube), “Free agents are the devil!” Well, maybe so if you’re living in the real world, but this is Baseball Prospectus where we can do anything we want provided it fits on a spreadsheet and won’t wake our parents upstairs.

Another thing some people like to say is that baseball teams aren’t just names on paper. They’re real people. Well, not here they aren’t, mister! Here players are one-dimensional entities devoid of emotion and everything else that won’t show up on our computer machines. In that spirit, I’m not only going to build a baseball team exclusively out of free agents, but I’m going to do it only on (virtual) paper. Eat that, straw men I just created!

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November 6, 2012 8:16 am

Overthinking It: This Offseason's Generic-Brand Bargains

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Ben Lindbergh

Smart GMs don't pay for the brand name, but for the product. These players might have baggage but they get the job done as well as their expensive counterparts.

The free agency period, which got underway over the weekend, is a time when smart teams tread carefully, aware that the market contains as many potential pitfalls as it does opportunities. Land a high-profile free agent and you’re likely to improve your team, but you’ll also run the risk of succumbing to the Winner’s Curse, the tendency of a team to have to overpay for a player in order to outbid all his other suitors.

However, some less prominent players with lower contract demands stand a chance to approximate a more expensive player’s production, so a team can always try to cut costs and minimize risk by looking for comparable players with a little less buzz. Just as a smart shopper saves on over-the-counter medications by buying generic instead of paying a premium for a patent and nice packaging, a smart GM ignores name recognition in favor of production and price.

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November 5, 2012 12:00 am

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents

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R.J. Anderson

The names baseball will be obsessing over for the next three months.

With free agency beginning at just after midnight Eastern early Saturday, it’s time to look at this year’s class. Along with Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and others, we put together a list of the top 50 free agents available this winter. Some analysis and predictions are also included. You can quibble with the rankings (especially after a certain point) and many of the predictions, but this is meant to serve as a primer for the free-agent period.

1. Zack Greinke (Angels): Greinke may not consistently perform like an ace but he is a durable no. 2 starter with a deep arsenal, and an understanding of how to use it. After trading three top prospects at the deadline for Greinke and then having his club miss the postseason, Jerry Dipoto is in an unenviable position. Dipoto cannot recoup draft picks, which provides further incentive to re-sign Greinke. It seems Dipoto is heading down that path if recent payroll shearing is any indication.

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A look at how agencies may share in the responsibility of PED use.

It probably goes without saying, but when a player tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs, it impacts his career. Not only does the player get suspended 50 games without pay for a first-time offense, it ripples forward into how that player’s performance is perceived in the future. If the player is marketable, it can go further by impacting things such as sponsorships. This is, of course, by design. The idea is that if the penalties are high enough, it acts as a deterrent. It's essentially a case of "if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime."

What hasn’t been discussed is the impact on the player representatives and how they fit into the mix. For most fans, the assumption has been that a violation of the league and union’s Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) is predominantly a reflection of the player himself with little thought as to how others come into play.

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Was the Giants' decision not to bring back Melky for the NLCS justified on a pure performance level?

“It’s not like he can play anywhere, or face some good competition on a rehab. That’s what you have to look at. When you bring somebody that’s been on the DL for an extended period of time, it takes time to be ready. It’s not that easy a game. That’s what we have to look at. What’s gonna be valuable to us? Someone who hasn’t been playing or the guys who have been here?”—Bruce Bochy on Melky Cabrera
 


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Ben and Sam discuss what we can learn from Travis Snider's revelations about his relationships with his former manager and hitting coach, then talk about whether they would bring Melky Cabrera back for the NLCS.

Ben and Sam discuss what we can learn from Travis Snider's revelations about his relationships with his former manager and hitting coach, then talk about whether they would bring Melky Cabrera back for the NLCS.

Episode 50: Travis Snider Tells All/Should the Giants Bring Melky Back in October?"

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Does it really matter who wins the batting title?

It would be an exaggeration, but not TOO great of one, to say that everything I’ve learned in life I’ve learned from the Christian Bible, The Book, Babylon 5 and the British sitcom Yes, Minister. In the last of those, cabinet minister Jim Hacker has to deal with the difficulty of balancing the demands of politics with the machinations of the civil servants supposedly serving him (and occasionally, with the notion of actually doing the right thing).

In one episode, the new leader of the fictional country of Buranda is visiting the UK in hopes of purchasing some oil rigs that the government is very keen to sell to them. Hacker has set up a visit between Buranda’s president and the queen as a way to deliver a state visit to some “marginal constituencies” (the equivalent of swing districts) immediately before an election. His brilliant plan seems to backfire, though, after the leader of Buranda gives them an advance copy of the speech he plans to make, where he urges the Scots and Irish to fight British oppression. A panicked Hacker sounds out his chief source of advice, Sir Humphrey Appleby:

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August 16, 2012 12:15 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, August 16

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Matthew Kory

So much power in these rankings that [topical Melky Cabrera reference]

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