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06-26

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Rubbing Mud: To Sell or Not to Sell, That A's the Question
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Matthew Trueblood

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine
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R.J. Anderson

05-07

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Release Points: Tyler Clippard's Split's the Difference
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Dan Rozenson

04-27

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Transaction Analysis: Done Zo
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R.J. Anderson

04-27

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Rubbing Mud: The Worst Holes On Contenders
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Matthew Trueblood

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Oakland Athletics: There is No Moneyball
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-18

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Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw
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R.J. Anderson

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: It's the Latest Johan Santana Comeback
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R.J. Anderson

02-02

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2015 Prospects: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects
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Tucker Blair and BP Prospect Staff

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
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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
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Jeff Long

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: What's Plan A?
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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?
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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
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Keith Cromer

10-08

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

10-02

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Moonshot: Fastballs and the Collapsing A's
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Robert Arthur

10-01

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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
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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
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Zachary Levine

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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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
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Daron Sutton

08-02

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Trade Deadline
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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
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R.J. Anderson

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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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
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-09

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

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
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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?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 422: Is Oakland's Ballpark an Embarrassment to Baseball?
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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

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After an abysmal start to the season, it turns out the A's may not be so bad after all.

Entering Thursday’s games, the Pirates had the best record of any MLB team over their last 30 games: 21-9. The Cardinals and Blue Jays, whose run prevention and production, respectively, are the best in baseball, have each gone 20-10. I’m guessing you know these things; these teams are big stories, from Toronto’s winning streak to St. Louis’s perseverance over mounting injury problems. Even the small-market Pirates are getting national attention, thanks to their unique story and to Andrew McCutchen.

I’ll bet you didn’t know this: the only team sitting at 19-11 over its last 30 games, entering Thursday, was the Oakland Athletics. The same team that started 14-30 has been one of the league’s most dominant clubs for the last five weeks, and by beating the Rangers Thursday, they escaped the AL West cellar (however narrowly, by just a few percentage points over the Mariners) for the first time since May 7th.

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May 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Thwarted!

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Steven Jacobson

History will not remember Corey Kluber, alas. Also: The A's good bad good back luck, Bryce Harper gets a different kind of hot, and the best defensive play of the day.

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May 11, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks' disastrous no-decent-catchers experiment is over. Meanwhile, the A's take two tries at upgrading the bullpen, while the Rays backfill a broken-down rotation.

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Many pitchers are relievers because they never developed a great off-speed pitch. Tyler Clippard now has two.

“The terms splitter and forkball are often used interchangeably to describe a pitch where the index and middle fingers are split around the baseball in any fashion. … Nonetheless, very few pitchers actually throw the slow, tumbling, dropping forkball.” – Mike Fast

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April 27, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Done Zo

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R.J. Anderson

A bunch of week three call-ups to handle week three injuries, including to Ben Zobrist in Oakland.

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April 27, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Worst Holes On Contenders

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Matthew Trueblood

Taking a look at the teams who should find it easiest to upgrade.

It’s the time of year when what has happened to date begins to really carry weight. The Mets have surpassed the Nationals as the most likely team to win the NL East, even though we all know that the Mets’ hot start and the Nationals’ cold one are only loosely indicative of real differences between the talent we thought each team had and the talent they actually have. The Brewers were fringe contenders when the season began; they’re non-factors now. The Royals were long-shot dreamers; they’re now serious postseason hopefuls, though not yet favorites.

Still, in most cases, we should assume that the level of play we expected from a team before the season is still its true talent level. Only injuries should be changing any minds about that at this point. What we thought we knew about each team, about each player and position, we should generally still believe.

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So stop looking for the next A's Moneyball.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: unsolvable-yet-succeeding Oakland Athletics and the solvable-yet-losing Colorado Rockies.

Previous team previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Astros | Padres



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March 18, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Anti-Kershaw

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R.J. Anderson

Why everybody runs on Scott Kazmir.

Last week, for Clayton Kershaw Day, I examined his dominance over baserunners. I concluded that Kershaw's left-handedness, quickness to the plate, feel for shortening leads, and deceptive mechanics make him as tough to steal a bag on as he is to reach base against.

Today is not Scott Kazmir Day, but Kazmir is a worthy foil to the otherworldly Kershaw for reasons that extend beyond their shared "Kid K" moniker. In 2014, Kazmir allowed the third most stolen bases among left-handed starters (18), behind Francisco Liriano and Cole Hamels, and the highest stolen-base success rate against among all left-handers (90 percent). Unlike Liriano and Hamels, whose troubles are rooted in their slowness to the plate, Kazmir's failings with basestealers requires a nuanced explanation. In short, Kazmir allows stolen bases because he doesn't make baserunners think.

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The Blue Jays add Santana and Dayan Viciedo, while Billy Beane makes a pair of waiver claims.

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February 2, 2015 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects

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Tucker Blair and BP Prospect Staff

Oakland's system lacks depth and lost plenty of talent after a busy offseason filled with trades.

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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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