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06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-19

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Prospectus Feature: The Allure Of The First-Act Narrative
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Trevor Strunk

06-15

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Rubbing Mud: Would This Work?
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Matthew Trueblood

06-13

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Transaction Analysis: First Base Merry-Go-Round
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James Fegan, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

05-30

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Prospectus Feature: The Under-the-Radar Team Adjustments
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Rob Mains

05-29

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Rubbing Mud: On Taillon and Glasnow As This Story's Heroes
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Matthew Trueblood

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired
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Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood

05-16

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Prospectus Feature: A Short History of Reds and Pirates Hitting One Another With Baseballs
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Rob Mains

05-12

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Rubbing Mud: The Non-Pitcher Guide To Improving Your Pitching This Winter
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Matthew Trueblood

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-07

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Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet
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Matthew Trueblood

04-04

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Transaction Analysis: Gregory Polanco's Worst Case Has Never Looked Better
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Rian Watt

03-24

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Winter Is Leaving
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Rob Mains

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-08

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Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked
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Jeff Long

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

01-29

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Worst Rivalries
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Meg Rowley

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: San Diego's Short-Term Shortstop Solution
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Matthew Trueblood

12-30

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Best of BP 2015: Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Mets Add New Fielder's Choice Combination
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World
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R.J. Anderson

11-12

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-11

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-10

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

10-13

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Baseball Therapy: Do We Still Need Divisions?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel
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Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs vs. Pirates
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta Isn't Wearing A Cape
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Matthew Trueblood

10-05

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Transaction Analysis: How The Wild Card Winners Were Built
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BP Staff

10-02

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Rubbing Mud: Who Gets Credit For Happ?
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Matthew Trueblood

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

10-01

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Prospectus Feature: The Story of the Rest
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Henry Druschel

05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-10

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BP Unfiltered: Wandy Rodriguez Throws A Hidden Reverse Humber
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Kate Morrison

05-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Best Rivalry In Baseball (Right Now)
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Matthew Trueblood

05-01

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Daisy Cutter: Andrew McCutchen Has A Cold Streak
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Sahadev Sharma

04-17

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Painting the Black: Pedro Alvarez's Trip From Worst to First
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R.J. Anderson

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: Harrison Scored
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R.J. Anderson

03-24

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Every Team's Moneyball: Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB's Apple Watch
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Jeff Moore

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds
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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

02-17

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An Agent's Take: The Joy of the Trade
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Joshua Kusnick

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

12-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Keith Cromer

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Antonio Bastardo Trade
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R.J. Anderson

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Pittsburgh Pounce
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Andrew Koo

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April 7, 2016 10:14 am

Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet

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Matthew Trueblood

The newest Pittsburgh starter had a tremendous first start, but Ray Searage and the Pirates can't declare victory yet.

Juan Nicasio was the story of the Pirates’ spring, the latest (and maybe greatest!) reclamation project to come to Pittsburgh with his career hanging by a thread and immediately assert himself as a potential star. While the Ray Searage hype that encircles this team remains overblown, there’s nothing fake about the phenomenon that is Pittsburgh’s run prevention machine, and one cog in that machine is responsible for selecting, acquiring and rehabilitating pitchers who have considerable talent that the market has underestimated, or overlooked altogether. Nicasio, whom the Dodgers non-tendered this winter for roster-crunch reasons, is a perfect fit for the mold, and it’s no surprise that he thrived upon arrival.

Now that spring and its meaningless chatter has given way to the regular season, and now that we have one start (a whole start! Truly a rich cornucopia of information) of Nicasio to consider more seriously, let’s test the idea that something new is happening—that Nicasio is really a reinvented stud. All of this pitch data is drawn from the inimitable, invaluable Brooks Baseball.

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The Pirates bet on a player who still hasn't fully broken out, and might never--but the chances of stagnation look lower than ever.

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March 24, 2016 10:04 am

Winter Is Leaving

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Rob Mains

No, really: The Pirates' roster turnover won't change what they do.

The Pirates’ Opening Day lineup in 2015 had Pedro Alvarez at first, Neil Walker at second, Jordy Mercer at shortstop, and Josh Harrison at third. Two of those players, Alvarez and Walker, are gone, and Harrison will move to second base after starting there 67 times in his major-league career (57 last season). Only Mercer at short will be a holdover. Yet despite 75 percent positional turnover, there’ll be a constant: The Pirates infielders will shift a lot.

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Bronson Arroyo's comeback is sidelined by another injury, Andrew McCutchen gets a new spot in the lineup, and a rumor that the Rangers might dispel some rumors.

Bronson Arroyo sustains torn rotator cuff, but probably won’t retire because of it
First, it was shoulder soreness. Then, a career-ending torn labrum. Then, a significant tear in the rotator cuff. Then, bursa sac inflammation. Then, partial tears and inflammation of the rotator cuff. Just exactly what is going on with Bronson Arroyo’s shoulder—and his career?


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March 8, 2016 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked

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Jeff Long

Anticipating the disasters that will befall this year's rotations.

Each of the past two seasons, Sam Miller or I have done this fun bit of analysis that looks at which teams would fare best if they had to resort to their sixth and seventh starters (2014, 2015). Obviously, every GM needs to fill out the top five slots in his rotation, but that’s just the bare minimum. Over the course of the season, nearly two-thirds of teams will have two starters injured at the same time, meaning fans will get acquainted with sixth, seventh, and possibly even eighth and ninth starters.

As spring training ramps up, injuries are inevitable. So it makes sense for teams to assess their options now, just in case something goes awry before the real games start.

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The Pirates' pitching guru is a free agent next winter, while an AL East team wants to ship Andrew Cashner across the country.

Ray Searage wants to stay with Pirates beyond 2016
Next offseason’s free agent pitching market might pale in comparison to the bonanza that teams were treated to over the past couple of months, but the market for pitching coaches could feature a marquee name.

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Sunday about the value of the Bucs’ pitching coach, Ray Searage, who is widely regarded as one of the game’s best teachers, able to extract maximum value out of arms who come to the Steel City with middling reputations. General manager Neal Huntington is able to rummage through the bargain bin, confident that every pitcher he finds will exceed expectations because, as Cook put it, “Ray will make him better.” But Huntington is only guaranteed that comfort for one more year, because Searage’s contract expires at the end of the 2016 season.


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January 29, 2016 6:00 am

Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Worst Rivalries

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Meg Rowley

On the absence of what often makes baseball so fun.

Rivalry (noun): a state or situation in which people or groups are competing with each other.

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The Padres get at least something for their shortstop woes, while the Pirates reup Chris Stewart.

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Design thinking can help teams differentiate themselves in baseball's post-information asymmetry world.

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published between November 10 and November 12, 2015.

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Your favorite team could trade for Mark Melancon and Todd Frazier. What a time to be alive!

Pirates would move Mark Melancon in the “right deal”
After seeing the Red Sox pay the Padres a king’s ransom for Craig Kimbrel and the Astros do the same to the Phillies for Ken Giles, teams with high-end closers to offer are doubtless intrigued by the possibility of cashing them in for a bevy of prospect talent. The Pirates boast the defending major-league saves leader, Mark Melancon, who capped off 51 Pittsburgh victories in 2015 and is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility. General manager Neal Huntington told reporters Monday that while the team is planning to keep both Melancon and top setup man Tony Watson, the former could be available to teams willing to pay through the nose.

With free agency on the horizon after the coming year, Melancon wouldn’t command the same sort of package that Kimbrel—extension through 2017 with a 2018 club option—or Giles—under team control through 2020—did, but the 30-year-old has the whole “proven closer” thing going for him, and the trade-market supply is rapidly dwindling. Two names are already off the board, and a third, Aroldis Chapman, might be untouchable for all the wrong reasons, with domestic-violence accusations casting a shadow over his character and uncertainty over his availability for part of the 2016 season.


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The Mets reload with a pair of veteran middle infielders, who won't solve all their infield-defense woes but will hit, at least.

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December 4, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World

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R.J. Anderson

The pretty-good 2013 team you could put together with these suddenly free agents.

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