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09-14

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Transaction Analysis: The Slow Death of Hope
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Bryan Grosnick

09-12

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 29: A (Longer) Pirate's Life For Me
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

09-06

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 28: The Eye Test
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

09-01

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The Call-Up: Jack Flaherty
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: When Average Is Better Than Average
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Bryan Grosnick

08-16

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Rubbing Mud: How the Pendulum Swings
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Matthew Trueblood

07-27

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The Call-Up: Harrison Bader
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Mark Anderson and George Bissell

07-11

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Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star
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Zach Crizer

06-29

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Short Relief: Small Blessings of Baseball
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Nathan Bishop, Patrick Dubuque and David Temple

06-09

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Rubbing Mud: What We Talk About When We Talk About Launch Angle
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Matthew Trueblood

06-07

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Banjo Hitter: Albert Pujols, From 0 to 600
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Aaron Gleeman

05-26

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

04-19

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Rubbing Mud: What Ozzie Smith Thinks Can (and Can't) Make Baseball Better
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Matthew Trueblood

04-12

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Let It Eat: Who Is Responsible for Joe Kelly Has Great Stuff?
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Ben Carsley

04-11

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Rubbing Mud: Adam Wainwright Moving Side to Side
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Matthew Trueblood

04-06

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Short Relief: Marvel's New Series, a White Sox Story, and Baseball Seeking Elbow
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David Temple, Zack Moser and Kate Preusser

04-05

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Short Relief: Sunday Night Vespers, Parking, and Greinke Thinking
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Nathan Bishop, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

03-28

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: St. Louis Cardinals
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Jeff Quinton

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension
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Bryan Grosnick

03-16

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Short Relief: Disputing Crash, Remembering Bonderman, and Forgetting Pham
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Zack Moser, David Temple and James Fegan

02-22

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Rubbing Mud: Carlos Martinez, Tunnels, and PECOTA
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Matthew Trueblood

02-09

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Rubbing Mud: Yadier Molina Through PECOTA's Eyes
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Matthew Trueblood

02-06

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Counting Cardinals
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Rob Mains

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Daddy Long Legs Hops From Chicago to St. Louis
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Matthew Trueblood

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Holliday in New York
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Kenny Ducey

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta's Old-Fashioned Rebuild
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Matthew Trueblood

08-19

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Prospect Profile: Magneuris Sierra
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Ryan Davis

08-10

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The Call-Up: Luke Weaver
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-09

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The Call-Up: Alex Reyes
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-03

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What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It
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Emma Baccellieri

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Add Duke to Bullpen
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James Fegan and Christopher Crawford

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-18

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Player Profile: The Cardinals' Sleeper Prospects
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Ryan Davis

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn't
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Rob Mains

07-06

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Two-Strike Approach: Aledmys Diaz and the Value of Development
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Cat Garcia

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-11

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Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces
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Doug Thorburn

06-10

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What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s)
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Bryan Grosnick

05-06

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Prospectus Feature: Wainwright's Curve Takes A Turn For the Worse
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Ryan Davis

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

04-20

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Life at the Margins: Why St. Louisians Pursed Their Lips And Yelled Boooooo
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Rian Watt

03-25

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Winter Is Coming
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth
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Demetrius Bell

01-19

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Figure Out What a Scouting Department's Entire Product is Worth
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Russell A. Carleton

12-11

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Rubbing Mud: Why Do So Many Baseball Men Say Bad Things About Jason Heyward?
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Matthew Trueblood

11-16

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Rubbing Mud: How Carpenter Swung the Hammer
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Matthew Trueblood

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September 14, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Slow Death of Hope

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Bryan Grosnick

Tyson Ross didn't work out for the Rangers and Juan Nicasio's strange saga comes to a semi-satisfying end.

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On the 29th episode of the DFA podcast, your intrepid hosts review a pair of slightly different transactions: the Pirates' extensions of Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle. When they get back to player moves, Bryan and R.J. review Victor Robles' callup, Juan Nicasio's latest move, Jimmy Nelson's injury, and whatever the heck happened to the Royals' bullpen. (Mike Minor!)

Welcome back to the DFA podcast! Hosts Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), plus 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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On the 28th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. go over a trio of top prospect callups: Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, and J.P. Crawford. The guys then hit the small waiver-wire moves that took place, consider the Cardinals' process, and close things out with some talk about Nori Aoki.

Welcome back to the DFA podcast! Hosts Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), plus 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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September 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jack Flaherty

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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

Mike Leake's rotation replacement has improved his stock considerably.

The Situation: The Cardinals have fallen back to .500, 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. While they’re not totally throwing in the towel for 2017, they did salary dump part of Mike Leake’s contract on the Mariners. That opens a rotation spot for their most MLB-ready starting pitching prospect, right-hander Jack Flaherty.

Background: Flaherty burst onto the national scene as a high school sophomore in 2012, rounding out a pitching staff at the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that included Lucas Giolito and Max Fried. Two years later, the Cardinals made him the 34th overall pick in the draft and signed him for a cool $2 million. After stout years at both full-season A-ball levels, he sliced and diced the upper minors this year, posting a 2.18 ERA and 147/35 K/BB ratio. Flaherty has ranked as high as second in the Cardinals' organization on our pre-2016 rankings, and just missed making the midseason top 50 this year.

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September 1, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: When Average Is Better Than Average

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Bryan Grosnick

Two years into a five-year, $80 million deal, the Cardinals pay the Mariners to take Mike Leake off their hands.

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August 16, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: How the Pendulum Swings

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Matthew Trueblood

Milwaukee and St. Louis had two very different outcomes Tuesday night, but it wasn't all just luck.

Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake had only given up one run through four innings against the Red Sox on Tuesday night, but he ran into trouble in the fifth inning, in a big way. The Red Sox didn’t start launching balls over the fence, but their swings came early (even, somewhat uncharacteristically, on the first pitch) and looked confident.

Leake’s sheer stuff was fine, but his command frayed (he hit Andrew Benintendi with an 0-2 pitch), and the mounting confidence of the Boston batsmen seemed to come directly from his personal stores. It was one hard-hit single, then another, then the unlucky hit batter, then a double off the wall by Hanley Ramirez, then a dumb intentional walk, then another pair of singles, and before manager Mike Matheny could make it out there to remove his April ace, the game was gone.

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July 27, 2017 12:54 pm

The Call-Up: Harrison Bader

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Mark Anderson and George Bissell

A well-rounded player, Bader gets the call while Piscotty and Fowler are on the DL.

The Call-Up: Harrison Bader

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July 11, 2017 6:00 am

Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star

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Zach Crizer

Which of this year's All-Stars will be forgotten?

One year ago, when the All-Star game loped into the eighth inning, the National League team trailed 4-2, and then-Yankees terror Andrew Miller came in to face the third wave of Terry Collins’ squad. To spare you the mess of a Midsummer Classic box score: After two outs and two singles, it became apparent that the ultimate destination of the tying runner would be decided by Reds outfielder Adam Duvall and Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

Duvall was hitting .249 to that point in 2016—in his first sizeable stretch of major-league action after coming over from San Francisco in the Mike Leake trade—and getting on base at just a .288 clip. But (but!) he’d tallied 23 homers for a team that, by rule, needed an All-Star. When he stepped into the box, you could almost hear the chorus emanating from America’s armchairs. Adam Duvall? Who’s that?

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Nathan on waiting for spring, Patrick on an unexpected bonus of replay, and David on going to SABR.

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Cardinals teammates Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham provide two sides to the same story.

Things are grim for the Cardinals right now. They’ve been disappointing, and worse, they’ve been frustrating. They cough up leads, they make mistakes on the bases and in the field, and the offense is really stuck in neutral. Coming into the season, they had a clear offensive core: Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Aledmys Diaz, Randal Grichuk, Dexter Fowler, and Stephen Piscotty. Two months in, Molina looks too old; Diaz looks too young; Grichuk is in the Florida State League for some reason; and Fowler, Carpenter, and Piscotty simply aren’t producing at a level that might allow them to make up for that.

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Albert Pujols is one of the greatest players of all time, but the Cardinals version and the Angels version have been much different.

As a teenager, I took an annual trip to Arizona with my uncle to watch baseball. It started with going to spring training in March, but later we opted for the Arizona Fall League in November and I came to enjoy those trips even more. There were rarely more than a few hundred people in the stands, and the game results themselves mattered little; it was all about prospects furthering their development. As a young baseball fan who had begun down the path to baseball obsessive, I spent weeks before every trip reading up on prospects so that I’d know who to look for, and could impress my uncle with tidbits about players.

Our last trip to Arizona was in 2000. I was 17 years old and had started reading Baseball Prospectus, Rob Neyer, Baseball America, and old-school Bill James, so I was fully prepared for serious prospect spotting. Three times during our week-long stay we saw Albert Pujols' team. We sat a couple of rows behind the first-base dugout, which gave us an excellent view of the 20-year-old third baseman. I remember my uncle immediately making note of how huge Pujols was for the position. I dumped my prospect notebook, telling him that Pujols was a former 13th-round pick who crushed Single-A to get on the prospect map.

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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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