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Melvin Mora didn't.

In fact, Melvin Mora said, he recently spoke to former Oriole Miguel Tejada, who was cut this season by the San Francisco Giants, and talked about reuniting in Baltimore. “I said, ‘Why don’t we go back to the Orioles?' And he said, ‘You want to do that?'" Mora said. “I don’t know. I guess we have to see who the general manager of the Orioles is to see if he will take us back.”
-- Baltimore Sun, Nov. 11, 2011


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May 24, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Quad-A Saves the Day?

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Ben Lindbergh

The Mets and White Sox call on veteran minor-league mashers, a faded prospect regains some luster in the desert, the Giants search for answers at third base, and the Yankees add a southpaw from the scrapheap.

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May 2, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH

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Michael Street

With graduations just around the bend, Michael hands diplomas to two Value Picks while welcoming three new VP freshmen.

Amid pomp and circumstance that has nothing to do with overdressed, self-important people named William and Kate, we graduate VP alumni who made the grade, while sending out acceptance letters to several others.

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January 3, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Oooooooo Say Can You Hope?

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Joe Sheehan

The Orioles continued a busy winter by adding Aubrey Huff to their lineup. Is it enough for them to make themselves heard in the loudest division in baseball?

Huff comes with some risk. At 30, he's definitely past his prime, and his inability to sustain his age 25-26 peak-when he slugged .539 over nearly 1100 at-bats-remains one of the mysteries of recent seasons. After 2003, Huff looked prepared to be an All-Star caliber hitter for years to come; instead, he lost power for two seasons before bouncing back a bit in '06. I suppose there's an interesting study to be done in looking at players' performances before and after 2004, but that's for another day. I snuck a peak at his PECOTA-remember, Baseball Prospectus 2007 is coming soon!-and it listed a .278/.347/.471 line in Houston for a .275 EqA and a 17.8 VORP. That's not an impressive VORP, and that's with him projected as a third baseman.

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April 26, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Smart Ball

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Joe Sheehan

Joe has seen some terrible uses of the sacrifice bunt so far this season.

Under the new method, the Hall of Fame vs. Jimmy looks like this:

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August 18, 2005 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Running down SOB

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Nate Silver

Is there some way to account for base running in a player's on-base percentage, creating a speed-adjusted OBP? Of course there is.

Reader Mike Mitchell writes:

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September 11, 2004 12:00 am

Rational Exuberance: The Over-30 Crowd

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Jonah Keri

Two over-30 relative unknowns are putting up huge seasons, seemingly out of the blue. How'd they get here and what can other over-30 breakouts teach us? Jonah Keri takes a look.

Question 1: This player scores a higher VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) than Ichiro Suzuki, Scott Rolen, Vladimir Guerrero, Gary Sheffield or Manny Ramirez, but topped 500 at-bats in a season just once before age 30.

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Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards. The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings. Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP) Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)

Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards.

The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings.

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It remains one of my clearest memories of the winter meetings: A breathless Will Carroll coming up to a group of writers with the news that an MLB employee had just told him that Miguel Tejada, Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero were all ready to sign contracts with the Baltimore Orioles. While Tejada did join the Os fold that night, the other two deals fell through. The Birds eventually had to settle for Javy Lopez instead of Pudge, and Rafael Palmeiro instead of Guerrero. Not quite as sexy, but still enough to help the Orioles, who got ridiculously little production from shortstop and catcher last season...

While Tejada did join the Os fold that night, the other two deals fell through. The Birds eventually had to settle for Javy Lopez instead of Pudge, and Rafael Palmeiro instead of Guerrero. Not quite as sexy, but still enough to help the Orioles, who got ridiculously little production from shortstop and catcher last season:

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August 20, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: The Tipping Point

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Will Carroll

The A's usually don't have to deal with injuries to their pitchers and as we all know, never have to deal with arm problems. In Tuesday's game, Mark Mulder left the game with a strained right hip. It's too early to tell yet how serious the injury will be and if he might miss a start or more. As I reported yesterday, I still think that Tim Hudson will be pushed back, despite signals from the A's that he'll be ready. I say this in the most respectful way, but we can't trust the A's completely when it comes to injuries. No one is better at keeping things close to the vest, but unlike most things the A's try to do, this one gives them no advantage. In Tuesday's game with the A's, Derek Lowe was forced out just after Mulder. Lowe had a recurrence of blistering on his pitching thumb. Reports conflict on the location of the blister and whether it is the same area where Lowe had blisters in June. Again, I'll point out that even a small injury such as this could be the difference between the Sox making the playoffs or not. I'll be following this one closely. I discounted it at the time when Bartolo Colon bent over late in a start just a few weeks back, but that could have been the sign of things to come. Colon has been rocked lately, leaving pitches up, lacking velocity and command, and ceding the team ace status to Mark Buehrle. As with Derek Lowe, even the slightest injury could be the tipping point for the tight AL Central, and Colon's next start will be pivotal.

So, powered by a 2001 White Merlot, onto the injuries...

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The BP Staff weighs in with their mid-season ballots, showing who they think deserves an MVP, Cy Young Award, and Rookie of the Year.

The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with occasional comments, are included below the awards standings.

Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP)
Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)

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Melvin Mora's earned more than a token All-Star invite. Ron Belliard's injury couldn't have come at a worse time. Armando Benitez shows the dangers of jumping to conclusions based on small sample sizes. Plus more news and notes from the Orioles, Rockies, and Mets, BP-style.

  • Unlikely Star: Two weeks ago, Melvin Mora was having the best season of his career, posting a .324 EqA through Monday. Since then, with two weeks right out of one of Barry Bonds' best seasons, he has raised his EqA to .360, and come within five points of the American League lead. His .455 on-base average leads the American League, his .350 batting average is just two points shy of Hank Blalock for that lead, and his slugging average places him fourth. He's taken over the #2 spot in the batting order (scoring 11 times in just the past week), and he's also taken over as the regular left fielder.
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