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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

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: The Better Bullpens Bureau
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R.J. Anderson and Craig Goldstein

11-24

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Rumor Roundup: If Step One Is Making Betances Closer, What's Step Two?
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Daniel Rathman

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

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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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Fielder for Kinsler was supposed to be the fix for both teams' surpluses, but the 2016 season has put the clubs' returns in stark relief.

Three offseasons ago—November 20, 2013 to be exact—Detroit and Texas made a rare one-for-one, star-for-star trade between contending teams, with the Tigers sending five-time All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for three-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. In addition to the obvious star power involved, this particular trade had some interesting money-related factors and featured the analytical juxtaposition of a traditional slugger with shiny RBI totals and negative defensive value being swapped for an up-the-middle defender with less of a bat and a far more varied all-around game.

Three-and-a-half years later the trade looks like a blowout victory for the Tigers, to the extent that they added one of the best all-around infielders in the league and saddled the Rangers with a bad player on an albatross contract that runs through 2020 at an annual salary of $24 million. All of which is much different than things appeared around this time last year when Fielder, not Kinsler, was chosen for the All-Star team on the strength of his .339/.403/.521 first half that seemed to be proof of a full recovery from the neck surgery that halted his first season in Texas after 42 games.

Fielder’s production fell off in the second half, as he hit .264/.348/.394, and this season he’s been arguably the worst everyday player in baseball. WARP sees him as producing the sixth-worst overall value, with all five of the lower-WARP players—A.J. Pierzynski, Mark Teixeira, Dioner Navarro, Ryan Howard, Chris Coghlan—playing part-time or sitting on the disabled list. Fielder has started 67 of 72 games for the Rangers, hitting .203/.273/.325 with his usual bad defense and poor baserunning, which is how he’s the lone big leaguer with more than 200 plate appearances and a WARP worse than -1.0. Dating back to last year’s All-Star break Fielder has hit a combined .235/.313/.356 in 140 games.

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Yu Darvish returns in full force, the Royals stage an unlikely comeback, and the Mariners embarrass themselves on the basepaths in new and creative ways.

The Weekend Takeaway
It only took 659 days, but Yu Darvish is back where he belongs: striking out the league’s best hitters and taking names. The 29-year-old returned to the major-league stage on Saturday afternoon, where he pitched for the first time since August 9, 2014, in front of a sellout crowd in Arlington, Texas.


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The same team that employed Willy Aybar, Josh Lueke and Josh Sale has also made a number of positive contributions to the cause--which is unusual for major-league baseball.

For Jake Odorizzi, Rays pitcher, husband, father, the decision to step up to fight domestic violence was so easy.

Sometimes it’s seemed, rather obviously, that there’s a code players follow about such things. Players will donate their time, money and voices to other causes in need of resources and attention. MLB has championed many causes that are woven into the fabric of the baseball experience, particularly research and funding to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). That work has been admirable and helped improve many lives. But when it comes to relationship violence, well, we’re getting into a tricky area, aren’t we?

Many in baseball have been accused of domestic violence and sexual assault, and prior to this season the policy for punishing players for those actions was weak or absent. Players weren’t going to criticize teammates. The silence through the years has been stunning and shameful.

But when Odorizzi was presented with an opportunity two years ago, there was no code of silence he felt the need to adhere to.

He was motivated by the relationships that ground him, and he put into action the idea that fighting domestic violence isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s a human rights issue and it’s an issue for a family man. For him, it’s just as important for men to stand up for women who are suffering or who have suffered. And when he was approached to take the REAL (Relationship Equality & Anti-violence League) Promise at the University of South Florida, at the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, he was quickly on board.

“[The Promise] is typically designed toward men. Long story short, do the right thing,” Odorizzi said before a game last week. “Treat everyone with respect, and at no point should you raise a hand to a woman. It’s more in depth than 'be polite.' For many, even that’s hard to do. I don’t understand bringing yourself to hurting your wife or girlfriend or child’s mother. I believe everything I said.”

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