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06-27

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Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle
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Mike Gianella

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts
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Christina Kahrl

09-28

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Prospectus Today: Three for the Road
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Joe Sheehan

09-17

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Transaction Analysis: August 30-September 15
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Christina Kahrl

08-13

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Rational Exuberance: Meet the Mets: A Decade Without a Plan
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Jonah Keri

02-24

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IV
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Baseball Prospectus

02-23

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part III
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Baseball Prospectus

02-22

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part II
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Baseball Prospectus

12-11

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Live from the (Mock) Winter Meetings
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Rany Jazayerli

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-17

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Descending from Altitude
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Ryan Wilkins

04-09

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

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

03-13

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Prospectus Today: Desert Doodles, Part II
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Joe Sheehan

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests
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Christina Kahrl

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: July 30-31, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

07-16

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Doctoring The Numbers: Defense in Colorado
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Rany Jazayerli

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

10-09

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Prospectus Roundtable: The Division Series
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Baseball Prospectus

07-12

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Prospectus Awards Balloting
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Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: July 17-20, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

12-28

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Transaction Analysis: October 30-November 19
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Christina Kahrl

11-02

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Transaction Analysis: October 6-October 24, 1999
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Christina Kahrl

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: June 30-July 5, 1999
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: April 2-15
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Christina Kahrl

02-24

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Breakout and Flameout Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-11

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Transaction Analysis: October 6-November 11
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Dave Pease

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: July 21-23
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Christina Kahrl

06-05

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Team Talk
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Steven Rubio

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains why elite middle relievers haven't climbed his tiers, before revealing the latest edition of those tiers and the updated dollar values.

Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Last week, one of my readers wanted to know why I didn’t have a middle reliever in the top tier. Although middle relievers are integral in some leagues, I have not been ranking them due to the fact that their value is vastly different depending upon each league’s rules. In leagues that use holds as a separate category, non-closers carry a great deal of value. In standard mixed leagues with no start limits, you might not feel the need to carry a middle reliever on your staff at all. My goal is to take a cursory look at a handful of valuable middle relief arms in a non-holds, deeper-league, standard Roto format.

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March 27, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 17-26

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Christina Kahrl

Less than a week to go, and Christina's got a rundown of all the latest roster action.

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May 26, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Angels work around injuries to some of their top talent, the Reds throw an organizational tantrum, and at the end of the day, there's always Jim Bowden, ready to make a move.

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February 14, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts

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Christina Kahrl

TA is back with a look at what teams in the AL East and NL East did this winter.

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September 28, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Three for the Road

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Joe Sheehan

With the AL and NL West divisions up for grabs, Joe Sheehan breaks down the action from three key games last night.

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September 17, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 30-September 15

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Christina Kahrl

Chris Kahrl has all the roster expansion and early-September movings and shakings in this supersized edition of Transaction Analysis.

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August 13, 2004 12:00 am

Rational Exuberance: Meet the Mets: A Decade Without a Plan

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Jonah Keri

Jonah Keri breaks down the last 10 years of Mets history. Lots of ill-fated trades, questionable moves and blame to go around, but one man stands above the rest. Read on to find out who.

In jettsoning a big chunk of their future for the dishwater-dull duo of Victor Zambrano and Kris Benson, the Mets had found a way to prove yet again that they had no semblance of a plan. They're contending for the future. No, for this year. No, for somewhere in between.

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February 24, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IV

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Baseball Prospectus

Let's compare J.J. Hardy and Bobby Crosby: Player Age EqBA/EqOBP/EqSLG Hardy 20 .240/.316/.380 Crosby 23 .273/.356/.490 Adjusted for park and league context, Crosby's numbers were much, much better. How to balance that against the age differential? I think the question becomes: How likely is it that Hardy will post a line of .273/.356/.490 or equivalent by the time that he's 23? It's possible, certainly, and it's also possible that he'll post a line even better than that. But I don't think that it's *probable*. That's a lot of improvement to make. PECOTA would put the possibility at somewhere around 25%, I'd think, and I think that's enough to render Crosby the stronger prospect.

Baseball Prospectus Top 40 Prospects Roundtables:
2003 Part II
2003 Part I
2001


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February 23, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part III

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Baseball Prospectus

Jeremy Reed had the best year of any player in the minors last year and has a very high probability of being an excellent player. I think a top-five ranking would be a just reward, and consistent with our emphasis on performance rather than tools. I absolutely do not understand why Reed would rank below Alexis Rios. He is Rios' equal in every attribute except for plate discipline, where he has a substantial advantage, and his PECOTA profile is considerably better. I don't think a couple of good weeks in Puerto Rico are enough to overcome that. Weeks is a stud and I think the objections to him are a bit overstated. I would like to get a scouting report or two on his defense, since his numbers were quite bad. I'm also not on board with the fear of ranking pitching prospects highly, though I'm sure there will be advocates for the opposite point of view. I think the *top* tier of pitching prospects is unusually good this year as compared with the top tier of hitting prospects, and I think we should make adjustments accordingly. If you want to get a bit more analytical about it, I don't think it's a matter of our overrating the risk associated with pitching prospects so much as it is our *underrating* the risk associated with offensive prospects, especially offensive prospects who have yet to reach Double-A. I like Marte a lot, and he has no real negatives, but placing him as high as #2 implies a scouting judgment of sorts; his numbers were good, but not overwhelming.

Baseball Prospectus Top 40 Prospects Roundtables:
2003 Part II
2003 Part I
2001


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February 22, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part II

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Baseball Prospectus

Wright or Marte, Marte or Wright. I love 'em both. I've put Andy Marte ahead for the moment, because of the 10-month age difference and because scouts seem to like him a lot more, but I really feel strongly that David Wright's as complete a prospect as there is in the game. I'd love to hear comments comparing the two, and Nate, I'd love to see what their PECOTA comps look like. Nobody else is that impressive. Dallas McPherson put up some serious numbers last year, and while some of that was in The Hangar in Rancho Cucamonga, he hit .314/.426/.569 in Arkansas. He doesn't have a great defensive reputation, but it's not terrible either, and he clearly outhit everyone else on this list. I don't know if anyone else deserves Top 50 consideration. I know people love the Greek God of Walks, but he hit .165/.295/.248 in Triple-A, over a 32-game sample. Of course, his full-season OBP was still .446, so... Chad Tracy hit .324 and his defense took a big step forward, but he doesn't do much more than hit singles, and it was Tucson. I respect that he's had two good seasons in a row, but he was in El Paso in 2002, so I'm not sure that means anything either. And as much as I hyped him a year ago, I have to concede that Brendan Harris may not be quite as good as I thought he was. But he's still a better prospect than almost anyone gives him credit for.

Baseball Prospectus Top 40 Prospects Roundtables:
2003 Part II
2003 Part I
2001


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Following up on yesterday's article, here is the definitive list of every transaction made at last weekend's Mock Winter Meetings in Chicago. The list of moves includes a blockbuster trade for Mark Teixeira, cheap contracts for Trot Nixon and Juan Gonzalez, and a surprise new home for Vladimir Guerrero.

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September 25, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21

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Christina Kahrl

A lost season for the Angels has folks in Anaheim scratching their heads. John Smoltz's injury buries Bobby Thigpen's name for another year. The Royals' run evokes memories of George Brett and company. Sandy Alomar...you can probably guess what Chris will write about Sandy Alomar. Witticisms, Kahrlisms and roster schmisms in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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