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01-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dented Cans and Safety Nets
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Bryan Grosnick and Jared Wyllys

01-13

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Tools of Ignorance: Cornered
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

11-28

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Transaction Analysis: Vesatility, Depth, and Scenery
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Bryan Grosnick and Rob Mains

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Lefty, Lefty, Lefty
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Matthew Trueblood

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Giants Make a Bet on Moore
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Patrick Dubuque, David Lee and J.P. Breen

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a...
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Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Indians Get Their Guy(er)
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Christopher Crawford and Dustin Palmateer

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-14

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Prospectus Feature: Did 'The Extra 2%' See This Rays' Collapse Coming?
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Miles Wray

07-11

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Rubbing Mud: Four Rays Pitchers and a Trade Deadline
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Matthew Trueblood

06-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade
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Aaron Gleeman

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better
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Ashley Varela

05-06

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Prospectus Feature: The Rays' Complex History With Domestic Violence
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Jessica Quiroli

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That
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Daniel Rathman

04-26

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Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-22

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The Call-Up: Blake Snell
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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

04-18

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

03-31

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Rumor Roundup: Tim Lincecum, Still Exists
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Demetrius Bell

03-11

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Pebble Hunting: What It Means To Have The Best Farm System In Baseball, Part 4
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Sam Miller

02-23

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Winter Is Leaving
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Bryan Grosnick

02-23

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Baseball Therapy: Is There a Times Through The Order Penalty?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Forget It, Jake
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Jeff Quinton

02-05

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Rubbing Mud: Seven or Eight Shortstops
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Matthew Trueblood

02-01

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Rubbing Mud: Catch a Tiger
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Matthew Trueblood

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: Dipoto Makes It His Team
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

09-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Matt Moore Prospect Days
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Kevin Goldstein

07-08

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Cold Takes: To the Rays, to Make Much of Time
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Patrick Dubuque

05-15

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Transaction Analysis: Easy Street
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Baseball Therapy: Are You Over 18?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Bombered!
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Daniel Rathman

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: Nobody's Salt But Mine
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R.J. Anderson

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Grant Balfour Farewell
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R.J. Anderson

04-15

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An Agent's Take: A New Season In Agentland
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Joshua Kusnick

03-25

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Painting the Black: Getting Personal
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R.J. Anderson

03-17

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Every Team's Moneyball: Tampa Bay Rays: Never Trust Any Win Over 30
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Adam Sobsey

03-16

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Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events
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Daniel Rathman

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: Jonny Venters Rides the Highway
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R.J. Anderson

02-26

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Painting the Black: The Other Side of PECOTA's Crush on the Rays
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Baseball Player Fatter
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Transaction Analysis: Million-Dollar Bills
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R.J. Anderson

01-15

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Pitching Backward: Jake McGee's Smash-And-Grab
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Jeff Long

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: A's Deal A Zo Blow to Rays
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R.J. Anderson, Nick J. Faleris and Ben Carsley

12-31

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Take A Cab
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Nick Shlain

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nationals Got
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Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Chris Rodriguez and J.P. Breen

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman and Tucker Blair

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce
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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

12-04

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

12-03

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2015 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

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January 16, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dented Cans and Safety Nets

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Bryan Grosnick and Jared Wyllys

Texas takes a flier on Tyson Ross, Tampa Bay adds Colby Rasmus' power, and Colorado breaks the emergency glass.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Tools of Ignorance: Cornered

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Jeff Quinton

Is there an inefficiency to be exploited by taking so-so center fielders and playing them in a corner?

The Mariners have added Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Haniger to their outfield this offseason and they already had Leonys Martin. The Rays traded Drew Smyly for a group of prospects, which they insisted (to at least some extent) include Mallex Smith, and they already had Kevin Kiermaier. I think the Mariners and Rays made these trades because they thought high-end corner outfield defense was undervalued.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Can't Stop, Won't Stop

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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

Jerry Dipoto refuses to stop making trades, this time roping the Braves and Rays into his addiction.

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Atlanta adds super-utility man Sean Rodriguez, Andrew Cashner goes home, and the Rays and Mariners make their annual offseason swap.

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Arizona adds outfield depth, Chicago adds pitching depth, and Tampa Bay gives up on Lamb.

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Chooch is switching coasts, Desmond Jennings is moving on, David Freese is staying put, and Scrabble goes to Washington.

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They paid a high price to get him, but what version of Matt Moore should the Giants expect to see?

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The Orioles and Steve Pearce keep bumping into each other, often quite successfully.



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The Rays ship HBP fiend Brandon Guyer to Cleveland for a pair of prospects.

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Notable pitching performances this week from Chris Archer, Chris Tillman and Mike Leake.

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Diving deep into Jonah Keri's best-seller looking for secret messages from the future--or, at least, ominous foreshadowing.

You'll recall Jonah Keri's The Extra 2% as a peppy history of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ growth out of their gross adolescence and into their handsome manhood as the Rays, but it ends with an omen:

The idea behind the extra 2% -- finding ways to gain that little, but essential, edge on the competition -- will always exist, in baseball as in business. It just won’t always belong to the Tampa Bay Rays.

And then you close the book. No, wait. There’s an epilogue:

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The one thing right about the Rays right now is their rotation. Time to trade some of it?

I guess the good news in Tampa Bay is that, after drafting 13th or later in each of the last eight Junes, they’re looking at a top-five pick in 2017. Other than that, the news is grim. The AL East keeps getting tougher, really. The Red Sox will feel the pain of the penalties levied by MLB in the wake of their bonus-bundling bungle, but they still have a strong farm system (including close to the best single prospect in baseball) in support of a very talented team, and a whole bunch of money. The Yankees have been disciplined lately, though not as aggressive about rebuilding as some would prefer, and if they’re poorly positioned this year and next, they make up for it by being very well positioned for just about every foreseeable season thereafter. The Orioles keep surprising people, which, hey, that could end anytime, but we’re in Year Five of the at-least-respectable Dan Duquette Orioles Era. And then there are the Blue Jays, whose future is a bit uncertain but who have been downright dominant for long stretches over the past two years. When last the Rays snuck up on the division, they had two giants to slay. Maybe they helped cut those giants down to size, but they’re now facing twice as many serious opponents.

That’s not to say that competition is the Rays’ only problem. Their Opening Day payroll, just south of $67 million this year, has been essentially flat since 2009. In 2011, right before the current CBA took effect and made the Draft much harder to manipulate, the team had 10 of the first 60 Draft picks. To even approximate the aggressive use of those picks they envisioned, though, they had to cut their spending by nearly 40 percent from the previous year. The spike in national TV revenues over the last few years and the windfall the league just made by selling off a slice of MLB Advanced Media make the failure to raise payroll a tough one to explain, but if we assume ownership will continue to constrain the baseball operations element this way, then we can also assume it will be tough for the Rays to keep up with the rest of the league for a while—maybe until they’re in a more viable big-league environment.

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