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09-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Tiger Plan
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Nate Silver

07-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 239: Carlos Gomez and the NL MVP Race/The Cubs and Trading Recently Signed Free Agents
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 216: Whither the White Sox?/Dissecting Yasiel Puig's Debut
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back
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Mike Gianella

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
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Sahadev Sharma

12-30

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On the Beat: Speak Softly and Carry a Lineup Card
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John Perrotto

12-22

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The BP First Take: Thursday, December 22
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Daniel Rathman

11-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: When Good GMs Go Bad
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Jonah Keri

05-11

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Divide and Conquer, AL East: The Perpetual Rebuilders
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Ben Kabak

03-14

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Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway
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Matt Swartz

01-18

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On the Beat: Warming up on the North Side
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John Perrotto

09-17

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Houston Astros
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-16

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Similar Yet Different
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Jesse Behr

07-30

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You Could Look It Up: The Futility of Selling
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Steven Goldman

07-15

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Mid-season Prescriptions: NL Central
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Marc Normandin

03-08

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BP Unfiltered: AL East musings
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John Perrotto

01-04

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Ahead in the Count: Service-Time Contracts and Wins, Part 1
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Matt Swartz

09-06

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

08-02

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On the Beat: Rust Belt Teams Rusted Out?
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John Perrotto

07-27

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Prospectus Today: Going For It
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Joe Sheehan

04-02

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Prospectus Today: The Bottom Ten
by
Joe Sheehan

11-17

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Hot Stove Preview
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News
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John Perrotto

06-18

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The Next Ten
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Will Carroll

05-30

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Fantasy Focus: Keeper League Trade Issues
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Jeff Erickson

02-11

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Spring Training Preview
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Joe Sheehan

02-03

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Every Given Sunday: Gearing Up For Pitchers and Catchers
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John Perrotto

01-28

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The Week in Quotes: January 20-27
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Alex Carnevale

01-08

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Transaction Analysis: Breaking in the New Year
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Christina Kahrl

10-30

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Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, AL East
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Nate Silver

03-04

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Hope and Faith: How the Washington Nationals Can Win the World Series
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Maury Brown

06-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Dombrowski
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Jonah Keri

01-07

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Can Of Corn: Rebuilding Redefined
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Dayn Perry

08-14

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"This is Our Fault"
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Steven Goldman

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A
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Jonah Keri

07-02

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The Colon Trade
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Deric McKamey

04-25

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Avoiding Dissonance
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Jonah Keri

04-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: The Future
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Derek Zumsteg

04-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Future
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Derek Zumsteg

03-05

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Prospectus Feature: The Salary Cap: Another Viewpoint
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Ted Frank

03-05

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The Salary Cap
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Ted Frank

02-28

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Prospectus Feature: The Success Cycle
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Jonah Keri

02-28

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The Success Cycle
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Jonah Keri

04-01

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National League Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

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Are pennant races the only thing that can keep fans coming to the park in September?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Should rebuilding teams sign recognizable veterans in order to generate fan interest? Nate looked for an answer in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on August 25, 2004.


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Ben and Sam discuss Carlos Gomez' valuable season and the Cubs' willingness to trade players they recently signed as free agents.

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Ben and Sam talk about where the White Sox should go from here, then discuss the (over?)hyping of Yasiel Puig's big-league debut.

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May 13, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back

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Mike Gianella

Mike uses evidence from 2008 top-prospect lists to evaluate the merits of targeting minor leaguers in "dump" trades.

Most fantasy web sites and other resources do little if any analysis on playing for next year, or what is known less elegantly as “dumping.” Some analysts refuse to even acknowledge that it is part of the game and advise that it is always best to trade with this year in mind and worry about future consequences next year.

In reality, if you’re in a keeper league, you will probably have to give up and play for next year sooner or later. If other teams are building rosters for 2014 around cheap players such as Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, and Shelby Miller, and you are sitting back while your team languishes in seventh place with little hope of winning, you are not doing yourself any favors.

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Anthony Rizzo may be making headlines, but the Cubs' much-maligned shortstop might their best hope for future success.

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.

Sahadev Sharma is a contributor to ESPN Chicago and ChicagoSide, where he regularly covers the Cubs and White Sox. Sahadev spent four years as a radio producer at ESPN 1000 in Chicago and often dabbled in the blogosphere. In the fall of 2010, Sahadev focused his attention on the writing side of the business and quickly realized that was where he belonged. If not spending his free time with his wife, one-year-old son, and two Italian Greyhounds, you’ll likely find Sahadev appreciating Starlin Castro’s ability to hit, defending Adam Dunn, or watching YouTube clips of the Illini’s 2005 NCAA tourney comeback against Arizona. Follow him on Twitter @sahadevsharma.
 


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December 30, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Speak Softly and Carry a Lineup Card

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John Perrotto

Robin Ventura has no managerial experience and won't remind Chicago fans of Ozzie Guillen, but he's ready for the challenge of being White Sox skipper.

Plenty of people tried to entice Robin Ventura to return to baseball on a full-time basis. Each time, the former major-league third baseman said no.

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The White Sox' decision to extend John Danks is puzzling.

The White Sox finished 16 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central last season and 12 games shy of the Rays for the wild card. Their farm system was one of the shallowest in baseball coming into the 2011 campaign, so there aren’t any immediate reinforcements to propel the ChiSox back into contention. A wholesale rebuilding process this offseason seemed inevitable.

General manager Kenny Williams did little to dispel that expectation when he traded Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for lefty pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Though Santos is controllable at a reasonable salary through 2017, as a reliever, he was not going to be as valuable to the White Sox’s future as a potential mid-rotation starter, which Molina projects to become. The rebuilding process was still on track.

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Did new Orioles general manager Dan Duquette leave a mess behind him in his last GM job?

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As Dan Duquette prepares to take on a clean-up operation in Baltimore, revisit Jonah's take on his job performance in his previous stints as a GM, which originally ran on April 25, 2002.
 


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May 11, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, AL East: The Perpetual Rebuilders

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Ben Kabak

An unlikely Blue Jay mars Justin Verlander's run at perfection but can't make his team into a contender, and the rest of the updates from around the division.

As J.P. Arencibia, the Toronto Blue Jays’ highly-touted first-round pick from 2007, dug in against Justin Verlander in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game, he wasn’t the batter anyone would have picked to spoil a chance at perfection with patience. In his young major-league career, he had walked just eight times in 123 plate appearances, and in the minors, he was a free-swinger known more for his home runs than his patience.

What followed was an epic battle, as Arencibia fended off a pitcher who was perfect to that point and facing just his 23rd Blue Jay with one out in the eighth inning. The Tigers flamethrower jumped ahead quickly with three foul balls, mixing his 99-mph heat with a devastating curve. Arencibia didn’t give in, taking ball one low and away and ball two (another heater) just off the inside of the plate. Four balls later, the count still stood at 2-2 when Verlander unleashed another errant breaking ball. Arencibia fouled back the 11th pitch of the at-bat before Verlander missed the outside corner by a whisper or two. The Blue Jays had their lone baserunner of the night.

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March 14, 2011 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway

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Matt Swartz

In the Nationals' and Orioles' battle for the local fan base, the team that blinks first may stand to gain the most.

This past month, I moved back up I-95 from Washington to Philadelphia, where I’d spent all but the previous eighteen months of my life. There has been only one major-league franchise in the City of Brotherly Love since the Athletics forsook Philly in 1955, but as I discovered during my sojourn in the District, many baseball fans in the DC area have been torn between the Baltimore Orioles, for whom many of them grew up cheering, and the Washington Nationals, who emigrated from Montreal in 2005. Neither team has been good during their years of geographic coexistence, and the metropolitan area has not seen a playoff game since 1997, but both teams have slowly begun to develop the young talent necessary to compete. Although animosity stemming from Orioles owner Peter Angelos’ opposition to a Washington franchise has cost the O’s some fans, many in the DC area have yet to determine their allegiance.

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January 18, 2011 11:30 am

On the Beat: Warming up on the North Side

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John Perrotto

The Cubs believe they can contend this year, along with other news and notes from around the majors.

The Cubs never said they were going into rebuilding mode in the final two months of last season. However, the box scores certainly made it look that way as many of the names on the Cubs' side of things were only familiar to the avid readers of Kevin Goldstein's Future Shock column. When the Cubs decided to name interim manager and baseball lifer Mike Quade the permanent replacement for Lou Piniella at the end of last season, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that general manager Jim Hendry was going to retrench.

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September 17, 2010 2:30 pm

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Houston Astros

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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

It could take a bit but the organization might be back to relevance sooner than many think.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview of this season from Buster Olney, a take from Baseball Prospectus, a look toward an immediate 2011 move courtesy of Rumor Central and Kevin Goldstein's farm-system overview. You can find all the teams on one page by going here.

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