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12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Prospectus Feature: The Surprising Math Teams Use to Value a Compensation Pick
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Jeff Quinton

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Remember James Shields?
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Daniel Rathman

12-11

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Rumor Roundup: Yoenis Cespedes Is Always Good, Fit
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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Rumor Roundup: A Dayton Moore-Atlanta Connection?
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Daniel Rathman

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

12-08

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Rumor Roundup: Interested Teams Are Way In On Chen
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Daniel Rathman

12-04

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Pitching Backward: Best. Reliever Season. Ever.
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Jeff Long

12-04

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Rumor Roundup: The Inevitability of the Dodgers
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Chris Mosch

12-03

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Rumor Roundup: The Fourth Year Is Always The Hardest
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Chris Mosch

12-02

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An Agent's Take: Advice For The Teenaged Rumors Reporters
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Joshua Kusnick

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Lester's New Home Won't Be His New Home
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
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Daniel Rathman

11-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Ace Chase, the Rays' Face, and Some Chase Waste
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Chris Mosch

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately
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Daniel Rathman

11-24

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Rumor Roundup: If Step One Is Making Betances Closer, What's Step Two?
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Daniel Rathman

11-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With
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Chris Mosch

12-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 341: Hot Stovepocalypse
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-03

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Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez
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Daniel Rathman

11-27

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The Lineup Card: 8 Unfulfilled Rumors From Last Year's Hot Stove
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Baseball Prospectus

11-12

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Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop
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Ben Lindbergh

11-08

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Rumor Roundup: Backup Planning
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Daniel Rathman

11-04

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Rumor Roundup: Restarting the Rumor Mill
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Daniel Rathman

09-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 278: Chris Cotillo on Breaking Trades Before Finishing High School
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-20

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: July 20, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-24

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 24, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-11

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 11, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-10

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 10, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-09

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 9, 2013
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Clint Chisam

04-08

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 8, 2013
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Clint Chisam

03-31

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013
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Clint Chisam and Joe Hamrahi

01-16

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Pebble Hunting: The Month for Drawing Interest
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Sam Miller

12-07

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Pebble Hunting: Hottest Rumors From Baseball's Winter Meetings in Nashville!
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Sam Miller

12-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 94: The Perplexing Trade Value of R.A. Dickey and Billy Butler
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 28
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Daniel Rathman

11-20

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Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded
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Ben Lindbergh

11-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 79: Are Teams Becoming More Willing to Trade Their Young Players?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 22: Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Trade Deadline Non-Transaction Analysis
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Colin Wyers

07-26

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BP Unfiltered: The Best Trade Rumor Yet
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Ben Lindbergh

07-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 6: Doorbell
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-23

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BP Unfiltered: MLBTR App Review
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Chase Gharrity

12-14

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Winter Meetings Diary
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Baseball Prospectus

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The view from the other side of the reporting process.

Normally I use this platform to discuss various stories about my career, so I apologize in advance for going off-script a bit, but I want to share my take on this new trend created by social media: The teenaged rumor hound. My old editor here at BP, Ben Lindbergh, covered the issue in Grantland this week:

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December 2, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Lester's New Home Won't Be His New Home

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Daniel Rathman

The offers on the table for Jon Lester, the lefty who might be many teams' Plan B, and the Astros' ninth-inning options.

The latest on Jon Lester
The top left-hander on the free agent market will spend his offseason in the Atlanta area after buying a $3.4 million mansion there last April. He will not, however, spend the upcoming year with the Braves.


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December 1, 2014 5:34 am

Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?

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Daniel Rathman

With whom will the A's next blockbuster be? And one team drops out of the Headley chase.

A’s open to trading Jeff Samardzija

Black Friday was just rolling along, into the primetime television hours on the East Coast and a little before dinnertime out West, when this bombshell hit Twitter timelines nationwide:

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November 26, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Ace Chase, the Rays' Face, and Some Chase Waste

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Chris Mosch

Headley could benefit from Ramirez and Sandoval coming off the market, Lester is still expected to end up back in Boston, and the Rays might be zeroing in on a skipper.

Indians to get in on the Chase Headley sweepstakes?
The general consensus is that the Indians defense was awful last season. They ranked 25th in defensive efficiency and finished dead last in both DRS and UZR.

One of the players responsible for Cleveland’s defensive woes was third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who cost the Indians over seven runs on defense by FRAA and graded out as even worse by other metrics. Despite Chisenhall’s breakout season at the plate, Cleveland appears to be looking to upgrade defensively at the hot corner as they are “among several teams who have shown an interest” in Chase Headley, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince.


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November 25, 2014 4:38 am

Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately

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Daniel Rathman

The Giants could get back at the Red Sox, who might also be in the mix for Cole Hamels. Meanwhile, John Jaso might soon have access to cheap prescription pills.

Could Giants pivot to Jon Lester?

Pablo Sandoval has shipped up to Boston, opening up both the third-base position in San Francisco and some $20 million in the club’s annual budget for 2015-2019. But according to San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman, the Giants might not use their newfound financial wiggle room to replace the Panda at the hot corner:

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The Yankees are looking at top setup men, the Panda might be moving soon, and Matt Joyce is available. Would his power be part of the package?

Yankees eyeing Jason Grilli as Plan B
After fanning 96 batters in 64 innings as the Yankees closer in 2014, David Robertson is in line for a hefty payday. Sources told WFAN beat reporter Sweeny Murti that the 29-year-old can expect to receive $13 million a year for either three or four years, for a total outlay of $39-52 million.


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November 20, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With

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Chris Mosch

Where the Royals might look for offense, where Jon Lester will find enough suitors to start a bidding war, and why Dan Haren might retire.

Billy Butler is headed west for Oakland and Nori Aoki is reportedly seeking a three-year deal on the open market. For the Royals, this means that if they aren’t willing to pony up for the Japanese outfielder, they’ll find themselves with two bat-first positions to fill one year after finishing last in the American League in True Average.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported yesterday that with Butler in Kansas City’s rearview mirror, the club is expected to focus on Torii Hunter for the free outfield spot. Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano are the reported targets on the starting pitcher market.

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Ben and Sam discuss the year's busiest day for big baseball news.

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December 3, 2013 6:40 am

Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez

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Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers consider an extension for Hanley Ramirez, and Bronson Arroyo awaits an offer.

Dodgers discussing extension with Hanley Ramirez
General manager Ned Colletti has been relatively quiet so far this offseason. Apart from a one-year, $10 million pact with Dan Haren that fortified the rear of manager Don Mattingly’s rotation, fans waiting for a big splash have not gotten it. For now, it appears, the biggest news is likely to come from within.


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The staff looks back at some of the 2012 Hot Stove rumors that proved fruitless, and what might have been had they come true.

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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop

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Ben Lindbergh

Assessing John Mozeliak's options as St. Louis attempts to upgrade at short.

It’s not so bad being Pete Kozma. Between his signing bonus, his major- and minor-league salaries, and his World Series ring, Kozma has already made more than the average American high school graduate earns in a lifetime (and the average American high school graduate is pretty well off, globally speaking). He has his health, his looks and athleticism, and a pretty cool career. We’ve all tweeted or written or said something snarky about Pete Kozma at some point in the last couple years, but the sobering reality is that if everyone in the world were forced to trade lives with either Kozma, you, or me, Kozma would win in a landslide.

Kozma is snarkworthy only in relation to a select group of people: other big league shortstops, just about all of whom are better at baseball than he. The 25-year-old can’t hit, so his overall value depends on his defense. Going by WARP, he wasn’t that bad, because only Andrelton Simmons and Jean Segura had better FRAA figures at shortstop. The location-based defensive metrics weren’t quite as high on him; of the 24 players who appeared in a minimum of 100 games last season, with at least 80 percent of them coming at shortstop, Kozma ranked 22nd by Baseball-Reference WAR, ahead of only Starlin Castro and Adeiny Hechavarria.

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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Backup Planning

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Daniel Rathman

The Yankees make a point of appearing to be interested in second basemen other than Robinson Cano. Also, Grant Balfour is popular.

Grant Balfour a Popular Relief Target
Teams in need of late-inning bullpen arms have no shortage of choices in this year’s free agent crop. One of the most popular in the early going appears to be Balfour, who spent the last three seasons with the Athletics and was Oakland’s closer in 2012 and 2013.


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