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Do early-season phenoms fade once the rest of the league learns to stop giving them pitches to hit?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

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June 23, 2010 9:00 am

Transaction Action: Shuffling Seniors

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Christina Kahrl

The atrocity of arbitration avoidance, Giant roster expansion, Fishy futility, and more.

ATLANTA BRAVES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Activated RHP Takashi Saito from the 15-day DL; optioned RHP Craig Kimbrel to Gwinnett (Triple-A). [6/21]

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January 15, 2010 9:50 pm

Transaction Action: AL Catsup

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Christina Kahrl

Motown finds a closer, but arbitration settlements and a slew of minor-league deals bombard the latest activity.

BOSTON RED SOX
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Agreed to terms with LHP Hideki Okajima on a one-year $2.75 million deal, avoiding arbitration; signed LHP Brian Shouse to a minor-league contract. [1/14]
Signed OF-R Darnell McDonald to a minor-league contract. [1/15]

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November 17, 2009 4:26 pm

Transaction Action: Oingo Boingo Sez...

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Christina Kahrl

Stay or go away, everybody needs, but some of us are suckers for mystery.

BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Activated 1B-R Aaron Bates and RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 60-day DL. [11/13]
Released C-L George Kottaras. [11/16]

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October 18, 2009 2:38 am

Winter League Preview

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Carlos J. Lugo

A preview of the Dominican Winter League, taking a look at the teams, stadiums, managers, and players to watch for.

The "National Religion" came back on October 16th, as the Dominican League launched its 56th edition. Reliably praised as having the highest level of talent among the winter leagues, one should expect to watch another mix of highly ranked prospects, mid-level major leaguers, a few recognizable American players, veterans looking for another shot, and some major league stars between now and the end of the Caribbean Series in February. The league format has six teams playing a 50-game regular-season schedule, with the four best records advancing to a long 18-game round-robin playoff, and the two remaining best clubs play a best-of-nine final series to decide the league's champion. Without further ado, here's what this season will bring us:

Tigres del Licey (Licey Tigers)
Home: Santo Domingo
2008-09 record: 26-24, fourth place (tied) regular season; 12-6, first place round-robin; beat the Gigantes in the final series 5-0.
Ballpark: Estadio Quisqueya; strong pitcher's park, with a Park Factor of 92.




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February 5, 2008 12:00 am

Caribbean Series 2008

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Derek Jacques

Licey defeated Cibao in a matchup of the two undefeated Dominican arch rivals, setting up a rematch for the series crown on Thursday.

Once upon a time, I was incensed at the idea that scalping tickets was illegal. Even though the illegality in most states merely involves the distance from the venue that you're allowed to be when you sell the ticket-a distinction that's now been largely obviated by the internet-I was upset at the very idea that you could buy something that you weren't then allowed to sell. In my (then) libertarian heart, it was a gross unfairness.

But then I look at the empty sections in Estadio Cibao, and I feel silly that I ever thought that way. According to everyone I speak to, the games are sold out. The box office hasn't been open the entire time I've been in Santiago. The bleachers (well, more like bleacher-the right-field bleacher is taken up by a booster group that acts as an additional billboard) are full to bursting. That being the case, why are there thousands of seats left empty in Cibao Stadium the very first time that the two biggest arch-rivals in the country-the Licey Tigers and Cibao Eagles-face each other in the Caribbean Series? The outfield sections of the stadium have been a ghost town throughout this tourney, but there was always the thought that maybe some people weren't interested in watching Mexico or Venezuela play; last night there were no excuses-it was two Dominican teams playing a night game on Dominican soil, and if you just wandered into the stadium, you'd have no trouble finding a seat at all.

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August 19, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

All the moves from around the Senior Circuit, with some interesting things going on with contenders and spoilers alike.

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February 5, 2007 12:00 am

Caribbean Series

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Derek Jacques

Day Three featured two lopsided victories. Live in Puerto Rico, Derek passes on what caught his attention.

It was a strange feeling being in Puerto Rico, watching baseball on Super Bowl Sunday. It felt like being a rebel leader in exile, biding my time, keeping the faith, and trying to secure foreign support while waiting for the current despots-the NFL-to slip up, so that the people can be liberated from football once and for all.

Until the glorious day the anti-football revolution comes, people in America will be unfamiliar with the workings of the Caribbean Series, and it will be incumbent upon us to educate them. Saturday's Day Two action left us with two undefeated teams, and two winless ones. The Dominicans pounded Mexico, 9-0, with Tony Batista again proving the offensive catalyst, adding two more homers to the one he hit in the opening game. In the nightcap, the home team beat the Venezuelans in a much closer match, 6-3. So on Sunday, the two winless teams played each other in the afternoon, leaving the two undefeateds to joust in the evening. In other words, after the day's action we would finally have a clear, unbeaten front-runner, as well as one 0-3 team that will be virtually out of contention for the crown.

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Christina peers darkly into what a Juan Castro signing portends for the Reds' offseason, and explains the meaning of some underserved news in panicky St. Louis.

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April 12, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

Early-season moves have featured their share of funkiness, writes Chris Kahrl.

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February 14, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts

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Christina Kahrl

TA is back with a look at what teams in the AL East and NL East did this winter.

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March 19, 2004 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: Underrated Moves

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Dayn Perry

It's been a fairly bustling off-season with more than its share of meaty trades and free-agent signings. The winter derring-do of teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels have been sufficiently analyzed in other spaces and in this one, but some of the sage moves of the past few months have passed by seemingly unnoticed, with church-mouse quietness (you can only if hear it if you're pure of heart and listen oh-so closely). So today, I'm going to look at a trio of front-office decisions that haven't garnered much bandwidth, but nevertheless merit praise.

It's been a fairly bustling off-season with more than its share of meaty trades and free-agent signings. The winter derring-do of teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels have been sufficiently analyzed in other spaces and in this one, but some of the sage moves of the past few months have passed by seemingly unnoticed, with church-mouse quietness (you can only if hear it if you're pure of heart and listen oh-so closely). So today, I'm going to look at a trio of front-office decisions that haven't garnered much bandwidth, but nevertheless merit praise.

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