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04-01

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22

Closer to Me: Week One
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Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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9

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

05-30

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Bullpen Report: Movin' on Up
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Bullpen Report: Introducing Tiers
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Mike Gianella

01-22

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/22/13
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Dan Mennella

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Soriano Finally Gets Paid
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R.J. Anderson

11-01

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Transaction Analysis: The League of Extraordinary Salary Commitment
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R.J. Anderson

10-26

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Overthinking It: Predicting the First Offseason of Qualifying Offers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 42: Breaking Down Baltimore's Latest Extra-Inning Win/Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-28

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, August 28
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Matthew Kory

05-09

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 9
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls
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Jay Jaffe

07-19

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30

The BP Broadside: Joe Girardi's Comfort Thing
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Steven Goldman

04-06

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The BP Broadside: Thanks to Soriano, CC will Finish with 299 Career Wins
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Steven Goldman

04-01

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Divide and Conquer, AL East: The Pen's the Thing
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Ben Kabak

01-26

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Expanded Horizons: No One Man Should have All that Glower
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Tommy Bennett

01-19

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Spinning Yarn: Rafael Soriano in King Mo's Court
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Mike Fast

01-14

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39

Transaction of the Day: Soriano in Stripes
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Christina Kahrl

01-13

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4

Free Agent Bargain Bin: Relief Pitchers
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Dan Wade

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Short Stack
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Checking the Numbers: Braves Bullpen Makeover
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Eric Seidman

04-01

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers
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Lee Panas

03-25

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Team Health Reports: Tampa Bay Rays
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Will Carroll

12-22

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34

Transaction Analysis: The Vazquez Trade
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Christina Kahrl

12-09

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13

Transaction Action: Winter Meetings Activity, NL plus Something Pettitte
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Christina Kahrl

12-08

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20

Prospectus Today: Arbitration Ambush
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Joe Sheehan

12-08

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On the Beat: Day One of the Winter Meetings
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John Perrotto

11-25

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So You Need: Firemen
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Jay Jaffe

07-10

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20

Prospectus Today: Breaking From Fashion
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Joe Sheehan

02-18

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Team Health Reports: Atlanta Braves
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Brad Wochomurka

12-23

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28

Prospectus Today: Free Agent Dragnet
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Joe Sheehan

07-18

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Under The Knife: The Ten Hurts that Hurt Worst
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Will Carroll

07-11

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Fantasy Focus: Closer Attrition
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Jeff Erickson

06-19

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Under The Knife: Back Mysteries
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Will Carroll

06-09

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Under The Knife: Brown Lessons
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Will Carroll

04-28

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Under The Knife: Quick Work and Gray Braves
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Will Carroll

04-16

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Under The Knife: Too Many Pitchers
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Will Carroll

03-21

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Joba and the MISERs
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Jay Jaffe

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

09-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Running Man
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Dan Fox

08-02

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 2nd
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Jay Jaffe

07-31

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Will's Mill: The Mill Closes -- 5:00 P.M.
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Will Carroll

03-20

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2006--Setting the Stage
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Jonah Keri

12-15

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Prospectus Today: Meetings Wrap-Up, NL
by
Joe Sheehan

12-14

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Transaction Analysis: December 7-13
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Christina Kahrl

05-06

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Breaking Balls: Sixteen Innings of Bliss
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Derek Zumsteg

02-16

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Prospectus Roundtable: The Rodriguez-for-Soriano Deal
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Baseball Prospectus

01-09

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

12-22

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

12-11

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

Closer to Me: Week One

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Mauricio Rubio

Keeping an eye on the volatile closer situations around the league.

Relievers are a tough commodity to value in fantasy. Their volatility and main carrying stat, saves, make it difficult to project accurate value at the season’s outset. You never quite know where a big-time reliever season will come from in a given year. Koji Uehara was given the job after Andrew Bailey was felled by injury. Kevin Gregg emerged after Carlos Marmol was undone by the Upton brothers. So what I will be doing throughout the season is keeping an eye on the reliever situations around the league and offer my thoughts on guys who are worth targeting/keeping an eye on as the season progresses.

PADRES
Huston Street – This was pointed out on Twitter but Street’s strand rate last year was 99.5 percent. It goes a long way in explaining how Street was able to maintain a decent ERA despite giving up 12 HR in 56 2/3 innings. Street is effective when healthy, but the “when healthy” part is kind of the main concern with him. He’s made four DL trips since 2011, and he already had a groin issue in camp this year.


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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these closers in your leagues this spring.

At long last, our journey has come to an end.

Over the past two months, we've worked tirelessly (read: written two blurbs a week) to bring you a player to target and to avoid for each fantasy position. We hope our collective experience has helped you recoup some value and avoid some mistakes in your drafts this year, and we've enjoyed the debates that many of the names we've listed have spurred.

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May 30, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Movin' on Up

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Mike Gianella

Two closers jump into the top tier, as Mike catches you up on the latest news and shuffling from the league's bullpens.

Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third-tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week, this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1: Money in the Bank

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May 23, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Introducing Tiers

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Mike Gianella

In this week's edition, Mike obliges multiple reader requests by adding tiers to the reliever rankings, to go with the regular news and notes.

For this installment of the Bullpen Report, I am adding rankings, by popular demand. Closers are rated in five tiers, from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third-tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week, this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

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January 22, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/22/13

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Dan Mennella

Dan looks at the Nationals' bullpen situation following the surprising signing of Rafael Soriano.

Rafael Soriano | Nationals
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): Fringe
NL-only (60 Keepers): Fringe
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes

The Nationals aren’t shy about padding an area of the roster that’s already deep, apparently. To the surprise of many, yours truly included, the Nats inked Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million deal last week despite the presence of high-leverage relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Interestingly, General Manager Mike Rizzo wasn’t coy about Soriano’s role: the right-hander, who spent the past two years with the Yankees, was named Washington’s closer, presumably leaving Storen and Clippard to duke it out for the seventh and eighth innings.






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January 16, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Soriano Finally Gets Paid

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R.J. Anderson

The Nationals sign the best remaining reliever, while the Diamondbacks extend the pretty good closer they already have.

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The Dodgers now have a high-priced reliever. But do they have an elite reliever?

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Teams will have more difficult decisions to make if they want free-agent compensation this year. Here's how it will likely go.

For the next several days, much of the baseball world will be watching the Tigers and Giants fight it out in the fall classic. But for the 28 teams whose seasons have already ended, the focus will be on what to do once the World Series is over and the winter’s work begins.

As soon as the Series ends, eligible players will become free agents. Under the new CBA, teams can still seek draft-pick compensation for departing free agents, but the old system of classifying free agents as “Type A” and “Type B” based on past performance has been abolished. Now, a team that wants to receive a compensatory pick at the end of the first round in the following year’s amateur draft has to make a “qualifying offer”: a one-year contract equal to the average of the top 125 salaries from the previous season (in this case, $13.3 million).

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Ben and Sam discuss the Orioles' exciting 14-inning victory over Tampa Bay, then break down Rafael Soriano's season and his upcoming opt-out decision.

Ben and Sam discuss the Orioles' exciting 14-inning victory over Tampa Bay, then break down Rafael Soriano's season and his upcoming opt-out decision.

Episode 42: "Breaking Down Baltimore's Latest Extra-Inning Win/Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?"

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August 28, 2012 9:38 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, August 28

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Matthew Kory

The Reds have reached 100 percent playoff odds. Thirteen teams are at zero.

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Josh Hamilton pulled off a rare feat on Tuesday night against the Orioles.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Step aside, Matt Kemp—there’s a new name atop the home run leaderboard. That would be Josh Hamilton, who hit not one, not two, not three, but four long balls at Camden Yards in the Rangers’ 10-3 win over the Orioles.

Hamilton, whose absurd 1.298 OPS still trails Kemp’s by seven points, went 5-for-5, adding a double to those homers to finish just one total base shy of Shawn Green’s single-game record of 19. He is the first player to hit four homers in a game since Carlos Delgado did it on September 25, 2003, the first Rangers player ever to accomplish the feat, and the second player to join the club against the Orioles. The other was the Indians’ Rocky Colavito on June 10, 1959.


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February 6, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls

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Jay Jaffe

Does history give any clues as to how the Mets will perform with a lower payroll?

Late last month, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reported that the Mets are facing the largest one-year payroll cut in major-league history, at least in terms of total dollars. With owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz deprived of the profits they derived from decades of investing with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, and struggling to find minority partners willing to provide a quick infusion of capital, the team is hemorrhaging money and facing a growing mountain of debt. According to general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets lost $70 million last year, and made no real attempt to retain pending free agents Carlos Beltran (who was traded in midseason) or Jose Reyes (who departed for the Marlins in December). Barring even one additional midlevel signing, they could become the first team to drop $50 million in salary from one Opening Day to the next.

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