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Appreciating the best of baseball's nomads.

Toil away on BP’s Transaction Analysis beat long enough and you start to get a feel for the tides. There’s a certain ebb and flow in the way styles of players drift from team to team—which guys tend to find their way through waivers, which bench bats are most likely to bop from harbor to harbor. Certain franchises keep churning to find the right mix of guys on the come-up or past-their-prime vets in need of one more shot. And for the most part, players who tend to end up on more than a fistful of teams are of a certain stripe: just-a-hair-above-replacement utility bats and relief pitchers.

That is, at least in part, why Octavio Dotel is the worldwide leader in MLB teams played for (with 13) and Matt Stairs is his position-player counterpart (with 12). These are players who fit a niche that nearly every team tries to fill: you can never have enough competent relief pitchers, and you can never have enough power off the bench. But while Dotel and Stairs were good, they rarely really fell under the umbrella of “great.” So let’s try a different view, shall we? Let’s examine the players who suited up for many, many teams and pluck out the best of them. Can we find any patterns in their movements, any styles that seem en vogue, or any ties that bind together the greats who never found a regular home?

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On the (unlucky) 13th episode of DFA, R.J. and Bryan consider the popularity of baseball trade rumors while speculating on the deadline. Plus, the guys go over all the recent moves, including Trevor Plouffe, Gleyber Torres, Neftali Feliz, and Tyson Ross.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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March 4, 2016 6:00 am

Draft Notes


Adam McInturff

Notes on a few SEC pitchers with a chance to go in the first round and more.

Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville
The overall line was ugly for Funkhouser at Ole Miss. Over 3 2/3 innings, Funkhouser walked seven batters, struck out six, and allowed six earned runs. Though he’ll almost certainly throw better than he has in his first two outings of the season, Funkhouser’s stuff stumbled into the draft last year, and his mix of pitches looks closer to what we saw towards the end of last season than the above-average fastball/slider mix that helped get him popped with the 35th-overall pick.

Inconsistency was Funkhouser’s ruin on Friday, and most of that was mechanical. His motion is largely unchanged from his junior season: He throws from a slow-paced semi-windup, takes a pause over the rubber with a tall leg kick, and lands slightly open. Funkhouser’s overall control and command were fine on Friday; he moved his fastball to both sides of the plate, and most misses were good misses. At other times, he lost command of his fastball, often missing up and to his armside, as hepulled off his pitches and noticeably fell to the first-base side of the mound.

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January 21, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Year in Pitchers Not Getting Focal Dystonia


Sam Miller

What happened when pitchers temporarily forgot how to throw strikes last season?

There wasn’t a lot that went well with Heath Bell’s 2012 season, but there was this pitch:

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