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04-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-23

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 22
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Larry Granillo

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Boost Their Infield and Matsui Makes Way UPDATED
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R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

06-21

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for June 20
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Larry Granillo

05-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, NL Edition
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Jay Jaffe

03-02

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Overthinking It: The Weakest Positions on 2012's Best Teams
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Ben Lindbergh

10-07

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Prospectus Playoff Quickie: Enter Tatman
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Daniel Rathman

09-28

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for September 27
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Larry Granillo

07-01

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All-Star Selections
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Baseball Prospectus

06-01

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Westward Huh?
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Jay Jaffe

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

06-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Jacktastic!
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Jay Jaffe

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Moving and Shaking
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Christina Kahrl

03-12

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Brewers and Giants
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Rany Jazayerli

03-05

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Fantasy Beat: The Infielders
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Marc Normandin

02-07

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Tandemonium
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Jay Jaffe

12-17

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6-4-3: Value Over Jack Cust
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Gary Huckabay

10-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Baserunning Edition
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Dan Fox

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: National League Moves
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Christina Kahrl

05-15

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-14, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

03-19

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Transaction Analysis: March 13-18, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

03-01

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Schrodinger's Bat: Clutch Performers, 2006
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Dan Fox

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Padres versus Cardinals
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Dan Fox

02-15

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Transaction Analysis: National League, December 15, 2005-February 11, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: November 23-December 1
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Christina Kahrl

09-28

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Prospectus Notebook: Orioles, Marlins, Blue Jays
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Baseball Prospectus

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: September 1-7
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Christina Kahrl

05-31

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Detroit Tigers @ Baltimore Orioles, 5/29/05
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Jonah Keri

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.
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Christina Kahrl

02-17

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Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres
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Baseball Prospectus

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts
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Christina Kahrl

12-27

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Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: March 31-April 5, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-31, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

11-26

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Prospectus Feature: 2002 HACKING MASS Results: All Players, By Name
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Baseball Prospectus

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

05-13

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Transaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-18, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 8-21
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Christina Kahrl

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April 17, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Three

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Mike Gianella

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

12-Team Mixed Hitter
Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins

A return to the Twin Cities seems to have done Kubel a world of good, and injuries to Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have converted Kubel from a platoon player into a full-timer. The fun isn’t going to last forever, but as long as Kubel is swinging a hot bat he is fine as a mixed league play in the outfield. Your best bet is to try to make sure that the Twins are facing a right-handed heavy group of pitchers before setting your line-up for the week; losing Kubel two or more times a week or having Ron Gardenhire stick Kubel in there against a lefty isn’t the best use of a roster spot in mixed.


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The tater trots for April 22: big time celebrations from Robinson Cano and Luis Valbuena, remarkable consistency from Ryan Roberts.

Let's get right to the trots!

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The Rays add Ryan Roberts. And the Diamondbacks' newest minor leaguer is also named Bortnick.

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The tater trots for June 20: John Buck tries to injure his way to the top of the list, Big Papi races him, and an inside-the-parker from Ryan Roberts.

In yesterday's post, I almost made a comment about the heat wave affecting so much of the country and how it didn't seem to be causing any more home runs. Boy, I should learn to keep my mental mouth shut. On Wednesday, when it seems the heat got worse for so many people, there were 42 home runs hit across the league. In three of the four early games—Braves at Yankees, Mariners at Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays at Brewers—there were a combined 22 home runs. The Marlins and Red Sox add six more in Boston.

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May 4, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, NL Edition

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Jay Jaffe

Which NL starters are off to a worse start than the Angels' not-yet-sluggy first baseman?

On Wednesday, I examined a half-dozen American League hitters who are off to chillier starts than even Albert Pujols in an attempt to shine a light on a handful of developing stories centered around underperforming players. Of course, none of those hitters has the track record or the job security of the Angels' newest marquee attraction; neither do seven billion other people on Earth. In other words, they're a wee bit more likely to find themselves riding the pine or worse if they continue to flounder, and at the very least, their small-sample struggles—and for this the threshold is 70 plate appearances, not long enough for any key hitter statistic to stabilize—are worth your attention.

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Pinpointing the positions with the worst projections on this season's likely contending clubs.

Every year, several teams finish out of the playoffs by a handful of games, close enough to taste October but just as ineligible for post-season play as the lowliest of last-place finishers. Last season, the Red Sox and Braves were both eliminated on the season’s final day after watching what had seemed to be safe leads evaporate. Since a one-game swing for either team would have meant a much different outcome, it was tempting to look back and wonder where in the lineup they could have eked out an extra victory.

As Jay Jaffe noted in January, right field proved to be a particular weak point for both teams. Braves right fielder Jason Heyward slumped to a .254 True Average (TAv) in an injury-plagued sophomore season, and his replacements—primarily Eric Hinske, Joe Mather, and Jose Constanza—hit only .252/.294/.346 in his absence. In Boston, J.D. Drew added a 60-day DL stint for a left shoulder impingement to his lengthy injury history and hit just .222/.315/.302 when active. His replacements—mainly Josh Reddick, Darnell McDonald, and Mike Cameron—made Heyward’s look good, mustering only a .234/.282/.377 line. As a result, Braves right fielders accumulated 0.6 WARP, and Red Sox right fielders checked in at 1.3 WARP. It’s reasonable to wonder whether both teams would have made the playoffs with even average (roughly 2.0 WARP) production in right.

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October 7, 2011 4:43 am

Prospectus Playoff Quickie: Enter Tatman

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Daniel Rathman

Tattoo afficionado Ryan Roberts has helped to spark the Diamondbacks' lineup this season.

When Ryan Roberts came to bat with the bases loaded, two outs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers leading by three in the 10th inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ penultimate game of the regular season, the energy at Chase Field was high, even though the stakes were low. The NL West crown had long been clinched, and home-field advantage in the NLDS was only possible for the Diamondbacks if the Brewers lost their game the next day. Yet Roberts’ grand slam—which capped an historic six-run rally that began with two outs, nobody on, and a win-probability of one in a thousand—put a cherry on top of a remarkable regular season that would have seemed incomplete without it.

Arizona inked Roberts as a minor-league free agent in November 2008, after he spent five years in the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system and another in Triple-A for the Texas Rangers. An 18th-round pick out of University of Texas-Arlington in 2003, Roberts was never regarded as a top prospect, and instead emerged as a sleeper with the potential to be an above-average hitter and play multiple positions. Still, the Jays and Rangers were only able to serve Roberts brief cups of coffee between 2006-2008, during which he went 2-for-27 with 12 strikeouts.

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The tater trots for September 27: Prince Fielder's trio of taters, Ryan Roberts' walkoff, Rickie Weeks' massive bomb, Conor Gillaspie's "inside the parker", and many more.

Tuesday was the second-to-last day of the season and, not only were we overflowing with things to talk about around the league (Rays/Sox, Cards/Braves, etc.), we were also overflowing with things to talk about here at the Tater Trot Tracker. Of course, 44 home runs in one night will do that, game #16 or game #161.

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With All-Star selection around the corner, the BP staff fills out their ballots for who deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic.

It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

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June 1, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Westward Huh?

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Jay Jaffe

The standings out West have an odd look to them, as the losers are suddenly becoming winners.

If you weren't previously aware of the weirdness in the American and National Leagues' West divisions, the long weekend provided ample opportunity to take note of the ascendance of two teams that combined to lose 198 games last year. The Yankees pulled into Seattle with the AL's second-best record, and while they held their own against the one-two punch of Michael Pineda and Felix Hernandez, the Mariners clawed away at the Yankees' bullpen and took two out of three games. In doing so, they climbed above .500 for the first time since April 3, when they were 2-1, and finished Memorial Day just 1.5 games out of first place. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks pulled into first place in the NL West on Sunday, thanks to a well-timed streak in which they won 13 out of 14 games while their division rivals fell apart. Obviously, neither team figured to be in this position even one-third of the way into the season. The question is whether they can continue to factor into their divisions’ free-for-alls.

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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 30, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Jacktastic!

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Jay Jaffe

How Jamie Moyer learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.

On May 6, Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts passed away. Many nice things were said upon his shuffling off this mortal coil—staff leader of the 1950 "Whiz Kids," active in the formation of the players' union, all-around stand-up guy. But the most distinctive number attached to his 19-year big-league career was his 505 home runs allowed, the all-time record. Those dingers didn't stop Roberts from racking up 286 wins with a 3.41 ERA, a 113 ERA+, and 82.0 WARP, good enough to earn him a bronze plaque in Cooperstown in relatively short order.

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