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06-07

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The Call-Up: Jacob Faria
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John Eshleman and George Bissell

06-06

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Short Relief: David Lynch, Humans Being Human, and Sports Crate
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Matt Ellis, Kate Preusser and Emma Baccellieri

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel
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Bryan Grosnick

05-16

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One Down
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-17

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Tim Beckham
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Aaron Gleeman

04-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-31

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Short Relief: Famous Cereal Celebrities, Anonymous Roster Cuts, and Illegible Signatures
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Mary Craig, Matt Sussman and Stacey Gotsulias

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Desperately Seeking Upside in Tampa Bay
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Bryan Grosnick

03-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension
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Bryan Grosnick

03-20

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Tampa Bay Rays
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Matthew Trueblood

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

02-23

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Cold Takes: A Single Ray of Hope
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Patrick Dubuque

02-21

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters
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Aaron Gleeman

02-16

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Rubbing Mud: Corey Dickerson is Weird
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Matthew Trueblood

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Worst Base?
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Bryan Grosnick

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Bet on De Leon's Changeup
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Matthew Trueblood

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

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June 7, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jacob Faria

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John Eshleman and George Bissell

So close and yet so Far(ia)

The Situation: Faria has pushed his way up the 40-man depth chart, earning this chance by carving up the International League. He’ll start Wednesday against the White Sox after the Rays lost Matt Andriese to injury and played a weekend doubleheader, leaving them in need of a starter this week.

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Special Agent Cooper finds himself in the strange world of the New York Mets and Alex Cobb tries to master the grand slam reaction.

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It's musical utility men, as Michael Martinez, Danny Santana, Christian Colon, and others find new homes.

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On the sixth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. review the fall of Blake Snell, as the Rays send him back down to Durham after a rough start to the season. Then it's on to Ian Happ and his cameo in Chicago, plus the usual run-through of all things transaction–including the Dodgers gaming the system and the closers disappearing in NYC.

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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April 24, 2017 10:48 am

The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

We promise we don't do a "Hu's on first" joke. We make no other promises.

The Situation: Rays long man Tommy Hunter has hit the DL after suffering a calf injury covering first base this past weekend. In his stead the Rays have called up pitching prospect Chih-Wei Hu to take over his role in their bullpen

The Background: Hu was signed out as an 18-year-old of Taiwan by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 for $220,000. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season and proceeded level-by-level from there. Although he never posted big strikeout numbers in the minors, his performance was never anything less than stellar at any extended stop. So yeah, he was basically a Twins pitching prospect. Hu was dealt to the Rays in August 2015 as part of the Kevin Jepsen deal and continued to have success while posting average-ish K-rates. A strong Double-A campaign—that level was always going to be an important test of the profile—in 2016, along with flashes of better velocity, was enough to make him the sixth-best prospect on the 2017 Rays Top Ten list.

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The no. 1 pick in the 2008 draft has not turned out as expected, yet very little has changed.

Tim Beckham played his 162nd major-league game Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a home run as the Rays’ starting shortstop.

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April 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises

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Greg Wellemeyer

There can be hidden value at the top of the lineup.

The importance of batting order position is often overstated, especially in shallow or medium depth mixed leagues. In deeper and mono contexts, where plate appearances come at a premium, a slot in the upper third of the lineup can make a difference. The same goes for formats that allow daily lineup changes, as the leadoff spot can be a popular place for hitters with a pronounced split. Provided you have a bench with a little depth, you can often build an excellent platoon on the cheap by leveraging these roles. With that in mind, here are five players whose Opening Day stock is up because of unexpected opportunity at the top of their clubs’ lineups.

Delino DeShields, Texas Rangers

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Mary decries a 75-year-old cereal box, Matt breaks down the latest in Tampa Bay roster casualties, and Stacey reacts to an awkward gift.

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It's the same old story in Tampa Bay, as the Rays go shopping in the bargin bin.

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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Three Types of Extension

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Bryan Grosnick

Carlos Martinez, Tim Anderson, and Kevin Kiermaier sign long-term deals, for different reasons.

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Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, and the New Rays look to start another winning era in Tampa Bay.

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Which young pitchers does PECOTA see as having breakout potential in 2017?

“Breakout” can mean different things to different people. It can mean a prospect or untested young big leaguer establishing himself as a valuable regular. It can mean a relative unknown becoming an impact player. It can mean a well-known star making the leap to full-blown superstar, perhaps even following up a “breakout” one year with an even bigger “breakout” the next. Your own definition may vary, but in PECOTA’s case “breakout” is all about out-performing track records.

PECOTA assigns each player a “breakout rate” for the upcoming season based on their odds of beating their established level of recent performance by at least 20 percent, with historical player comps serving as an important factor. Because the entire system is based on regressed-to-the-mean, 50th percentile projections, breakout rate identifies the players most likely to leave that in the dust for their 70th, 80th, and 90th percentile upsides.

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