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09-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 37: The Tigers' Defense is What We Thought it Was/Brandon Wood and the Quad-A Player
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-18

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Transaction Analysis: A-nother Oakland Outfielder [Updated]
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R.J. Anderson

10-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: What are the Padres Getting in Josh Byrnes?
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Geoff Young

09-09

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Prospectus Perspective: The New Jack Zoo Review
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Bradley Ankrom

08-23

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Transaction Analysis: Jered Weaver's $85 Million Welcome Mat
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Ben Lindbergh

08-09

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Transaction Analysis: Johnny (Finally) on the Spot
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Ben Lindbergh

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Angel in the Infield
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Ben Lindbergh

04-27

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The BP Broadside: Impatience with Cold Starters
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Steven Goldman

03-14

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Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway
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Matt Swartz

02-08

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Changing Speeds: The Next Jose Bautista
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Ken Funck

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central Moves, Picking Up a Penny, and More
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Christina Kahrl

11-01

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Analyze This: How the Rangers Were Acquired, Part I
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Jesse Behr

07-09

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Overthinking It: Can't Get No Relief?
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Ben Lindbergh

05-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Meet the Mets
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Jay Jaffe

03-13

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Between The Numbers: The Rounded Slash Line
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Eric Seidman

07-01

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Prospectus Roundtable: Fluke or No Fluke?
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Baseball Prospectus

06-25

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Future Shock: The Importance of Being Manny
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Kevin Goldstein

04-28

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Replacement-Level Killers 2009
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Ben Lindbergh

12-22

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Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-09

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Freebies?
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Ben Lindbergh

11-25

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-17

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Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-13

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Nearing the Finish Line
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Jay Jaffe

09-07

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Every Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major Leagues
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John Perrotto

08-29

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Prospectus Hit List: Days of Wonder
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Jay Jaffe

08-05

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Prospectus Toolbox: Minor League Mailbag
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Derek Jacques

04-14

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The Week in Quotes: April 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

04-01

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West
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Kevin Goldstein

12-23

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Transaction of the Day: AL East
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Christina Kahrl

09-07

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Future Shock: Great Leaps Forward, National League
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Kevin Goldstein

07-23

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Prospectus Today: Calm Seas
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Joe Sheehan

05-02

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

09-15

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Future Shock: Short Term Impact, NL
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Kevin Goldstein

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: November 9-17
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Christina Kahrl

10-20

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Transaction Analysis: October 8-19
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Christina Kahrl

06-29

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Prospectus Notebook: Wednesday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

04-01

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Fantasy Focus: Spring Sleepers and Busts
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Erik Siegrist

03-29

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Projects the NL
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Nate Silver

01-17

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Baseball Prospectus

12-29

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Prospectus Matchups: Promoting From "IS" to the Majors
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Jim Baker

09-27

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Breaking Balls: A Game of Numbers
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Derek Zumsteg

08-31

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-29, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

07-29

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The Claussen Pickle
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Jay Jaffe

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 15-19
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Christina Kahrl

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: May 25-27, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

05-01

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Transaction Analysis: April 26-29
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets
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Baseball Prospectus

04-03

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Prospectus Today: AL Preview
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Joe Sheehan

02-06

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The Sabean Way
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Michael Wolverton

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July 9, 2010 8:00 am

Overthinking It: Can't Get No Relief?

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Ben Lindbergh

As the trading deadline looms, some bullpen-challenged squads may be best-served by looking inward to address what ails them.

Around this time each season, close followers of baseball begin to pick up on a rapidly-swelling chorus of plaintive cries from teams in desperate need of relief—relief from ineffective relievers, that is. While out On the Beat this week, John Perrotto surveyed the majors and rooted out a number of teams’ ongoing efforts to sure up their weaknesses in the bullpen department. These clubs are choosing to dangle their trade bait in a fairly confined body of water; the pool of dependable bullpen arms isn’t deep to begin with, and the subset of those arms available at midseason is shallow enough to merit “No Diving” signs posted around its perimeter to discourage overexuberant GMs from taking a fatal plunge.

Trading for relief help is a risky proposition. A team that deals for a short reliever at the end of July can expect no more than 30 innings of work in return, and that’s assuming both that those innings go smoothly (and unmarred by the wild fluctuations in luck that can derail a reliever’s short season), and that the stretch run results in a playoff appearance. Granted, a key effective inning of work can make all the difference to a team’s playoff odds, as well as its fortunes in October, but the chances are good that most clubs that send away for a reliever won’t be unwrapping impact players upon receipt.

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May 25, 2010 12:10 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Meet the Mets

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Jay Jaffe

Why opt for drama when dramatic fixes might produce a right-now contender?

After losing a taut pitcher's duel to the Yankees on Friday night, the Mets salvaged some dignity by taking two out of three to claim the upper hand in the CitiField segment of this season's Subway Series. The wins push them a step or two beyond last week's multiple crises, buying embattled manager Jerry Manuel a bit more time to turn his ballclub around, though he's hardly out of the woods. With the ravenous New York media momentarily quieted, it's a fine time to inventory what's gone right and wrong for the club thus far, and what solutions are available.

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March 13, 2010 7:26 pm

Between The Numbers: The Rounded Slash Line

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Eric Seidman

Chris Coghlan came oh so close to joining an elite secret society last season.

Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins burst onto the scene last year and put together a fantastic rookie season with the bat, compiling a .321/.390/.460 slash line in 504 PA en route to the NL Rookie of the Year award. Take a closer look at that slash-line, as Coghlan came within one-thousandth of a batting average point of finishing the year with a perfectly rounded slash line. There are no awards to commemorate such an achievement, but, c'mon, you know it would have been fun if he ended the season hitting .320/.390/.460. His numbers got me thinking -- how often does a rounded slash line occur? And, of the players in this hypothetical sample, have any achieved their "feat" in a significant number of trips to the dish?

Querying from 1974-2009, I found 1,227 batter-seasons with a rounded slash line, a sample accounting for approximately four percent of all seasons in the span. Not all 1,227 lines were created equally, however, as a pretty penny of the seasons belonged to players who hit, say, 1.000/1.000/2.000 in one plate appearance. Paring the list down to those who actually, you know, played the game, only 21 players rounded their lines while amassing 100 or more plate appearances. Of this group:

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July 1, 2009 1:12 pm

Prospectus Roundtable: Fluke or No Fluke?

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Baseball Prospectus

A trio of BP columnists join ESPN's Buster Olney to resolve whose surprising performances so far are real, and which aren't.

Matt Meyers, ESPN Insider: Welcome to the latest ESPN Insider Roundtable, and thanks in advance for participating. This week's topic: "Is he for real?" Or, as I like to call it, "how I learned to stop worrying and love Fernando Nieve."

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June 25, 2009 12:57 pm

Future Shock: The Importance of Being Manny

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Kevin Goldstein

Reversing the usual direction of performance translations send the slugger's stat line through the roof.

You're traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of thr imagination. Next stop, the Manny Zone!

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April 28, 2009 10:47 am

Replacement-Level Killers 2009

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Ben Lindbergh

The players most likely in 2009 to suck away some little bit of hope for their respective teams.

Recently, I examined last season's Replacement-Level Killers, affixing the title that Jay Jaffe coined to a group of bungling batsmen, floundering fielders, and helpless hurlers whose poor play torpedoed their teams' chances of reaching the playoffs in 2008. Last year's lowlights deserved a look, but with three weeks of baseball under our belts in 2009, we've already begun to turn our attentions to what certain players haven't done for us lately (sometimes a touch too eagerly). As promised, I've come up with a list of candidates for the 2009 Replacement-Level Killers squad, predicated not on what we've seen so far in limited action, but on what we're likely to see in the months ahead.

Over the course of a lengthy season, avoiding replacement-level production often hinges more heavily on timely, effective responses to poor performance and injury than on selecting the best candidates from an available pool of Opening Day starters. In many instances, an appearance on the list represents not so much a criticism of the player in question, as an indictment of the managers (both general and otherwise) who put him in a position to fail despite his known limitations (although in certain cases, such as those of J.R. Towles or John McDonald last season, the extent of the collapse likely could not have been foreseen). However, in general, teams act rationally by awarding the bulk of the opportunities to the most capable players on hand, which not only makes their occasional failures to do so more frustrating, but renders forecasting the identity of the Killers difficult.

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December 22, 2008 12:14 pm

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The defending World Series champions sort through a farm system full of valuables and a pile of over-performing youngsters.

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December 9, 2008 3:27 pm

Freebies?

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Ben Lindbergh

Scaring up tomorrow's relief heroes on today's pile of the overlooked or undervalued.

Game Five of the 2008 World Series will long be remembered for its umpires' Beatles-inspired belief that, as John Lennon sang, "When it starts to rain, everything's the same," a philosophy which prevented sundry sodden millionaires (and Carlos Ruiz) from seeking shelter until the middle of the sixth. Despite the headlines garnered by this debacle, however, an equally intriguing story lay behind the first two relievers that Joe Maddon sent to the mound when play resumed two days later. Why does this tale of two stoppers matter? Because not long before they found themselves charged with holding the Phillies at bay in the highest of high-leverage situations, Grant Balfour and J.P. Howell were readily available. While the Rays made a point of adding this particular pair, the auction for relief help really never ends; by examining two who got away, future bidders may improve their chances of spotting tomorrow's bargains.

That Balfour and Howell were on the spot at that juncture wasn't a surprise given the duo's regular-season performance. They had been charged with similarly demanding duties (and fulfilling them capably) for some time, placing fourteenth and seventh, respectively, among major league relievers in WXRL. The farther back we go, however, the more unlikely it appears that anyone could have predicted the tandem's development into the two-headed anchor of a pennant-winning bullpen. Exactly a year before their pressure-packed outings in the World Series, the pair were coming off of disappointing 2007 campaigns followed by almost four weeks' worth of offseason. Both had posted impressive lines in Triple-A (Howell, a starter prior to this season, led the International League in strikeouts), but ERAs near eight in the majors led to the ominous appearance of labels like "journeyman" and "Quadruple-A pitcher" in their BP2K8 player comments. PECOTA wasn't especially optimistic, either; each hurler handily exceeded his 90th-percentile forecast, though it's important to note that both Howell's and Balfour's projections featured big Improve/Breakout Rates.

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November 25, 2008 11:42 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The slow work of turning around what had been one of the game's worst systems has begun, but how much progress has been made in one year?

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November 17, 2008 11:50 am

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The system looks strong up the middle, but also has pitching with promise on the way up.

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November 13, 2008 12:30 pm

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

While the system's a bit shallow, the Reds have a blend of almost-ready talent and toolsy teens.

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September 19, 2008 12:36 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Nearing the Finish Line

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Jay Jaffe

The Phillies and Dodgers bust a few moves, the Cubs and Rays are in a groove, and the race to the basement tightens up.

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