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01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Clippard Shipped
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-14

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Daisy Cutter: The Depths, and Depth, of Adam Dunn's Career
by
Sahadev Sharma

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: A's Deal A Zo Blow to Rays
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R.J. Anderson, Nick J. Faleris and Ben Carsley

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-16

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Pitching Backward: Curveballs and Changes
by
Jeff Long

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: What's Plan A?
by
Sam Miller

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
by
Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Transaction Analysis: On Trading a Superstar With Two Years Service Time
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre and Nick J. Faleris

11-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
by
Keith Cromer

10-08

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Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's, Part 2
by
Robert Arthur

10-02

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Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's
by
Robert Arthur

10-01

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14

Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Recap
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Jeff Long

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game Preview
by
R.J. Anderson

09-25

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Pitching Backward: Buxton or Beane?
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Jeff Long

09-15

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In A Pickle: How To Lose Lots of One-Run Games
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit
by
Zachary Levine

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
by
R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-Star
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R.J. Anderson

08-15

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The View from the Loge Level: The Mentors Behind the Managers
by
Daron Sutton

08-02

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19

Trade Deadline
by
Sam Miller and Tim Collins

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
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Rocco DeMaro

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul
by
R.J. Anderson

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
by
Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 466: The Battle for Bay Area Supremacy
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9
by
Daniel Rathman

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
by
R.J. Anderson

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: Call Milone
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R.J. Anderson

05-06

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Baseball Therapy: Is Oakland's Run Differential for Real?
by
Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 422: Is Oakland's Ballpark an Embarrassment to Baseball?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild
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R.J. Anderson

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Filling First Base
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Daniel Rathman

03-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 408: 2014 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
by
Russell A. Carleton

12-18

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More Moneyball
by
Andrew Koo

12-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 347: The Rule Changes, Trades, and Signings of Winter Meetings Day Three
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: More Morton
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Sam Miller

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 346: Matt Kemp Rumors and Hot Trade Takes
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: Brett Anderson at Altitude
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Ben Lindbergh, Jordan Gorosh and Ben Carsley

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Gentry Landed
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick J. Faleris

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: The Raising of Kazarus
by
Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

11-15

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

11-15

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Transaction Analysis: What Do the A's Really Believe?
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Sam Miller

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January 15, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Clippard Shipped

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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

Trading Billy keeps trading, swapping his newly acquired shortstop for a high-leverage reliever.

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How Adam Dunn's career helped the world appreciate three true outcomes, and how an encounter during Dunn's worst season helped the author appreciate Dunn's patience.

When Adam Dunn joined the White Sox he brought huge expectations. He’d just come off seven consecutive seasons with at least 38 homers, he was the prototype darling of the Pre-Zobrist Stathead Era, and, maybe most importantly, he had just signed a four-year, $56 million contract. Like Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, with big money comes big expectations—I may be a little off on that quote, having been more baseball cards than comics as a kid, but you get the point.

That 2011 season was anything but Dunn living up to expectations. It was his first year in a big media market—it just so happened to coincide with my first full season covering baseball—and everyone was asking him about his struggles. Of course, that meant I had to do the same, and in doing so, Dunn’s response to a lazy question would teach me a lot about being a reporter.

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The A's switch things up and trade youth for a star.

Tampa Bay Rays
Acquired ?-L John Jaso, SS-R Daniel Robertson, OF-L Herschel Powell, and cash considerations in exchange for W/E-S Ben Zobrist and SS-R Yunel Escobar. [1/10]


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After trading away both of its catchers in separate deals, San Diego reloaded by acquiring one who can really hit.



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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Curveballs and Changes

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Jeff Long

Exploring the league's curveballs, we find two excellent breakers that changed dramatically last year--though in surprising ways.

Curveballs fascinate me. They must fascinate other people too, because NASA has a (slightly outdated) webpage dedicated to explaining the physics of the phenomenon. Sure, other pitches can be really entertaining. Aroldis Chapman unfurling a 100+ mph fastball is awesome, no doubt. Seeing hitters flail at Masahiro Tanaka’s splitter is entertaining, to say the least. Seeing despair on the faces of opponents after Felix Hernandez throws a changeup is always going to be fun. But there’s something deeply fascinating about a pitch that appears to do things our brains are pretty certain aren’t possible.

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December 10, 2014 12:50 am

Transaction Analysis: What's Plan A?

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Sam Miller

Oakland is tearing down a team that had the best run differential in baseball last year. Is this consistent with last summer's trades?

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December 9, 2014 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered

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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

Yet another AL team plucks a middle-of-the-order hitter from Oakland.

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December 1, 2014 5:34 am

Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?

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Daniel Rathman

With whom will the A's next blockbuster be? And one team drops out of the Headley chase.

A’s open to trading Jeff Samardzija

Black Friday was just rolling along, into the primetime television hours on the East Coast and a little before dinnertime out West, when this bombshell hit Twitter timelines nationwide:

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Billy Beane trades another star, though the package he got in return is different than we're used to. Plus: Prospect breakdowns and fantasy implications.

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November 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics

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Keith Cromer

The A's are low on studs but have plenty of potentially useful fantasy role players.

What started out as such a promising 2014 for the A’s, a season that saw Oakland sitting at 72-44 on August 9th, and four games up in the AL West, ended in disaster, as they lost 30 of their last 46 games and finished 10 games behind the Los Angeles Angels. The historic collapse culminated in a 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Royals in an epic AL wild card game—a game they lead 7-3 in the eighth inning with their ace, Jon Lester, on the bump.

After that disappointing end to the 2014 season behind them, the Oakland A’s are looking ahead to 2015, and certainly have several question marks heading into this offseason. he A’s will need to address their middle infield - Lowrie and Callaspo are free agents- and the void in left field after the departure of Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s will also need to find some stop-gaps early on in the back end of their starting rotation while A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker both continue to rehab from their respective Tommy John surgeries.

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October 8, 2014 6:01 am

Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's, Part 2

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Robert Arthur

Last week, we found something odd about the way the league started pitching a slumping Oakland. This week, we might have found the reason.

In last week’s column, I shared an observation I’d made about the pitch selection used against the Oakland Athletics. I found that sometime midway through the season, opposing pitchers had subtly but noticeably altered the frequency at which they threw fastballs. Suddenly, the Oakland A’s were being approached with a reduced number of heaters*:

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October 2, 2014 5:33 am

Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's

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Robert Arthur

What does it mean that the league suddenly shifted its pitch selection just as the A's suddenly shifted into a full-scale meltdown?

The Oakland Athletics completed their second-half collapse in true Oakland fashion by failing somehow to advance in the postseason against the Royals. For a season in which Beane went all-in by trading future potential for current performance, in which the A’s began the year an unstoppable, historic juggernaut, the inglorious ending has to smart.

The A’s of this year embodied one of the most beloved playoff myths, that the second half of a team’s performance predicts how that team will do in the playoffs. I say “myth” because, at least in the aggregate, there is little or no evidence in support of this idea, and so it has been debunked on numerous occasions. And yet, there may not be a better example of that phenomenon in action than this team, which roared out to an incredible start to the season, on pace to challenge run-differential records, only to buckle in the second half, barely making the playoffs.

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