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07-28

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Advance Scouting Series: Brad Hand
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JH Schroeder

07-27

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 18: Royal Buyers
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Kansas City Buyers
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Bryan Grosnick, Zach Crizer, Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

07-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Coming Popup Plague
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Rob Mains

07-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Boring Index
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Rob Mains

06-30

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Short Relief: Thoughts on Folic Acid, Carbohydrates, and Humanity
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Matt Sussman, Craig Goldstein and Mary Craig

06-26

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Trea Turner
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Aaron Gleeman

06-16

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Cheese in the Kitchen: High to Low, and There It Goes
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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The Call-Up: Franchy Cordero
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

05-08

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Rubbing Mud: Ryan Schimpf and Ernesto Frieri Walk Into a Coal Mine
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Matthew Trueblood

05-05

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Circle Change: Wil Myers' Life in the Fast Lane
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Zach Crizer

04-06

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Deep, But Playable: Blind to the Present
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Craig Goldstein

03-30

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Diego Padres
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Meg Rowley

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun
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Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque

03-10

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Short Relief: Naming Names, Punctuating Homers, and Scouting Scouts
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Meg Rowley

03-09

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Transaction Analysis: Slow Motion in San Diego
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Bryan Grosnick

02-09

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Liner Notes: The Padres and an Opening Gambit
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Bryan Grosnick

01-30

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Prospectus Feature: Choose Your Own Adventure: Padres Rotation
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Patrick Dubuque, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

01-24

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup
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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

01-19

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Transaction Analysis: Extension Party
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Bryan Grosnick, Jared Wyllys and Matthew Trueblood

01-17

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Rubbing Mud: Flashback Friars
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Matthew Trueblood

12-27

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Best of BP 2016: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
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Dustin Palmateer

10-19

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Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell?
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Dustin Palmateer

09-08

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Retro Transaction Analysis: Latos, Later
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Bryan Grosnick

09-02

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In The Air Every Night
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Daniel Rathman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Take My Contract, Please
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Bryan Grosnick and Ben Carsley

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Gonna Marlins
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Adam McInturff, Dustin Palmateer, Steve Givarz, Jeff Quinton and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-27

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What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness
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Nicolas Stellini

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton
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Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Swing Big For Pomeranz
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Ben Carsley and Christopher Crawford

07-09

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Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary
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Doug Thorburn

07-01

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Transaction Analysis: Rodney Takes His Quiver To Miami
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Bryan Grosnick, Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

06-18

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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Cold Takes: The Stolen Bases Stolen From Us
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Patrick Dubuque

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success?
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Rob Mains

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Small Trade James
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James Fegan, Jeff Quinton, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

06-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge
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Trevor Strunk

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

06-01

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Outta Left Field: The Only Rule Is It Has To Quirk
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Dustin Palmateer

05-20

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Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again
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Bryan Grosnick

05-18

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Outta Left Field: The Physics Of Derek Norris Throwing From His Knees
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Dustin Palmateer

05-06

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose
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Emma Baccellieri

04-29

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Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special
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Rob Mains

04-15

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Pebble Hunting: So I Guess This Is Vince Velasquez Now
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Sam Miller

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
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Bryan Grosnick

03-29

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Winter Is Leaving
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Dustin Palmateer

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July 28, 2017 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Brad Hand

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JH Schroeder

Will an acquiring team receive a helping...hand?

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On the 18th episode of the DFA podcast, it's time to talk about all those medium-sized deals that are part and parcel of deadline season. The Padres and Royals swap intriguing pitchers, Jaime Garcia (finally) heads to Minnesota, and the Red Sox add two third basemen: one from within and one from without.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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San Diego is always selling, so Kansas City added three pitchers for what might be one last run.

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Another reason to worry about baseball getting boring.

Sometimes, when you set out to find out something, you discover something else that’s more interesting. This is one of those cases. Let me walk you through it.

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July 17, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: The Boring Index

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Rob Mains

The most boring players and teams in baseball.

One of the concerns about contemporary baseball is that it’s becoming boring. The Three True Outcomes[1]—walks, strikeouts, and home runs—have accounted for more than a third of all plate appearances so far this season, an all-time high.

That means less action on the field. We’re not just talking about, for example, fewer hit-and-runs; we’re talking less running altogether. Byron Buxton sprinting first-to-third, Jarrod Dyson chasing down a liner to the gap, Yasiel Puig throwing out a runner—that’s exciting. Players walking to and from the dugout, trotting around the bases, or taking first base on a walk—not so much. On a related note, 42 percent of runs so far this year have scored on homers, the highest percentage ever.

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Matt dissects a Jose Altuve commercial, Craig dissects a Jered Weaver tweet, and Mary unmasks the robots behind the plate.

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Trea Turner's first 162 games have featured some greatness, some goodness, and a few remaining questions.

No matter what happens during Trea Turner’s career on the field, he forever left his mark off the field by motivating Major League Baseball to change the way it handles trades of recent draft picks—the Trea Turner Rule, unofficially. Turner was drafted 13th overall by the Padres in 2014 out of North Carolina State, where he hit .342 with 113 steals in 173 games. After signing quickly for $2.9 million, he debuted by hitting .323 with 23 steals in 69 games between rookie-ball and low Single-A, establishing himself as a consensus top-100 prospect right away. And then that winter the Padres traded him. Sort of.

New general manager A.J. Preller was hell-bent on turning a 77-85 team into an immediate winner, giving up prospects, young major leaguers, and piles of cash to bring in Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, James Shields, Melvin Upton, and Derek Norris, among others. Myers was acquired from the Rays in a three-team blockbuster that involved Turner being dealt to the Nationals. However, because he was just six months removed from signing and MLB rules prohibited draft picks from being traded for a full year, Turner’s inclusion in the swap had to be masked as a “player to be named later.”

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When they go low, we go high.

There are plenty of theories out there as to the nature of the home run spike lately, and I've got another one to pull on your coat about. Juiced ball notwithstanding, there’s also a legitimate evolution in batter approach and swing plane at play today that’s at least helping do some of the heavy lifting.

The dance between pitchers and hitters, we know, is a complex, ever-evolving relationship of adjustments and counter-adjustments. As the dawn of Big Data increasingly began to confirm that ground balls are the bee’s knees for limiting damage, pitchers quite naturally began to adjust by trying to coax as many of those suckers as possible. They’ve done so by increasingly attacking the lower portions of the zone (and beyond) over the past decade, attempting to sneak under barrels with plane and by manipulating the ball to put north-south action on it.

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Viva la Franch.

The Situation: Manuel Margot hit the shelf with a strained calf, and the Padres will continue making good use of their catastrophic start to work another rookie into big-league experience by unleashing Franchy on the expansive Petco center field landscape. After starting to put it together with a strong performance across two levels last year, Cordero has continued to hit well at Triple-A El Paso, posting a .289/.349/.520 line across 42 games to start the season. That sound you hear in the distance is a giddy Jason Parks (#RIP) merrily frolicking along a hillside under a cool, come-hither sky. 

The Background: The Padres inked Cordero to a $175,000 deal in November of the 2011 international signing period when he was 17, and he tantalized with explosive quick-twitch athleticism and projectability in the DSL the following summer before heading stateside in 2013, where he showcased more of the same. Parks said he had Role 6 potential in Spring Training of 2014, though he noted at the time that Franchy’s home would probably need to migrate from the six spot he’d occupied up until that point. He remained there through a successful short-season debut, but moved to the outfield grass in time for full-season ball in 2015. The gap between his raw present and intriguing potential future skill was on display in the Midwest League in 2015, but despite struggling with the bat he impressed the brass enough to warrant promotion to the Cal League in 2016, where he started to pick things up production-wise. He hasn’t really stopped hitting over the past calendar year, traversing three levels in the process to arrive at the doorstep of the majors.

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May 26, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia

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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

Atlanta ditches James Loney for Matt Adams as Freddie Freeman's replacement and the Padres mercifully put Jered Weaver on hold.

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Ryan Schimpf has 28 homers in 366 at-bats and barely anyone has noticed, maybe because the ball is juiced everywhere.

Ryan Schimpf hit a home run against Clayton Kershaw this weekend. A 28-year-old rookie last year, the Padres infielder has now cracked 28 bombs (and 51 total extra-base hits) in under 450 career plate appearances. He’s drawn 62 walks and struck out 141 times in that short period. He’s an adequate fielder, so although all he really has at the plate is a powerful uppercut swing and the willingness to reserve it for pitches he can hit, he’s been worth an impressive 3.9 WARP.

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May 5, 2017 6:00 am

Circle Change: Wil Myers' Life in the Fast Lane

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Zach Crizer

Fastballs over everything.

In the coffee shops that blanket the cinematic and television landscape (and presumably at least dot the real-life landscape), there are baristas and also less pretentiously named workers who learn the preferences of frequent customers and, after some repetition, whip up the regular orders without a word needing to be said. The clearer their wishes, the more likely they are to be fulfilled.

The relationship between pitchers and their regular customers is basically the polar opposite.

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