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06-23

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

06-20

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Rubbing Mud: Can Ian Desmond Be The Last?
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Matthew Trueblood

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen
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Emma Baccellieri

06-14

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Cold Takes: Gonz But Not Forgotten
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Patrick Dubuque

06-13

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Transaction Analysis: First Base Merry-Go-Round
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James Fegan, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

06-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge
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Trevor Strunk

05-30

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

05-26

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Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old
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Meg Rowley

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-16

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Pebble Hunting: The 14 Heroes Of Sunday's Odor/Bautista Brawl
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Sam Miller

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

04-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Cole Hamels, and The Win's Long Con
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Meg Rowley

04-08

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Fifth Column: The Long-Term Future of the Rangers' Third Base Situation
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Michael Baumann

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Beltre Extension
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Demetrius Bell

03-10

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Winter Is Leaving
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Sam Miller

03-08

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Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked
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Jeff Long

02-03

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Pitching Backward: Bringing the Heat
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Jeff Long

02-01

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Rubbing Mud: Catch a Tiger
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Matthew Trueblood

01-22

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Pitching Backward: A Refresher on Changeups
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Jeff Long

01-12

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Pitching Backward: Pudge, Preserved
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Jeff Long

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5
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Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: We Are All Dead: ALDS Game 5
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R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 5 Previews and PECOTA Odds
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Jeff Quinton and Matthew Trueblood

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Win Or Go Home: Hamels Vs. Stroman
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Doug Thorburn

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: The Greatest Mop-Up Man In Playoff History: ALDS Game 4
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Kate Morrison

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Oh, *Those* Toronto Blue Jays: ALDS Game 3
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Kate Morrison

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: The Rougned Show Goes Long: ALDS Game 2
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Kate Morrison

10-08

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Transaction Analysis: How the AL Division Champs Got Here
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BP Staff

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Blue Jays
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R.J. Anderson

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

09-30

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BP Milwaukee
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Jack Moore

08-31

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Rubbing Mud: Don't Mess With Texas
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Matthew Trueblood

06-11

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Painting the Black: Throw, Throw, Throw
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R.J. Anderson

05-10

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BP Unfiltered: Wandy Rodriguez Throws A Hidden Reverse Humber
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Kate Morrison

04-28

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Transaction Analysis: Hamilton Returns
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R.J. Anderson

04-27

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Pebble Hunting: Scott Boras Has Baseball's Most Accurate Projection System
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Sam Miller

04-13

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Transaction Analysis: Sounds the Knuckleballer Alert
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R.J. Anderson

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Go On A Ventura
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

03-31

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Every Team's Moneyball: Texas Rangers: Shortstop Depth
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Kate Morrison

03-16

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

03-11

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Transaction Analysis: Young at Heart
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R.J. Anderson

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Top Prospect Everybody Wants To See Replace Yu Darvish
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Chris Mosch

03-06

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Player Profile: Neftali Feliz
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Nick Shlain

02-09

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Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Moonshot: Using PITCHf/x to Predict Hitter Injuries
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Robert Arthur

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience
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Daniel Rathman

01-28

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2015 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

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On the persistent and insidious tough luck that Cole Hamels has pitched under.

The prevailing narrative surrounding Felix Hernandez is that he has been one of the great tough-luck pitchers of the modern era. King Felix. Felix the Great. Felix the Strong. Felix the Perpetually Let Down. Burdened with great talent and Mariners’ offenses that prominently featured Endy Chavez, the King’s reign would be recognized by many fans for the games during which Felix would pitch seven innings, give up one run, then sit helplessly on the bench as his team failed to do… much of anything.

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What happens when the surest thing in baseball gets too old for an extension? If you aren't careful, things get weird.

Sometime three or four years ago, it seems like a lot of baseball fans had the same realization at the same time: “Wow, Adrian Beltre’s really good—even Hall of Fame-worthy. But nobody realizes this, so he’s going to miss the Hall of Fame when he comes up and we’re all going to riot.”

Fortunately—perhaps—for Beltre, public opinion corrected itself. Fortunately for us, Beltre’s tacked on a few more years of star-quality production for us to watch. When the Texas Rangers signed Beltre to a six-year, $96 million contract after an insane one-year stint in Boston in 2010, it looked like one of those veteran free agent deals where the team pays in extra years as well as in extra dollars. But entering the last year of that contract, his age-37 season, Beltre’s been superb—worth every dollar of that $96 million, and more.

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Bronson Arroyo's comeback is sidelined by another injury, Andrew McCutchen gets a new spot in the lineup, and a rumor that the Rangers might dispel some rumors.

Bronson Arroyo sustains torn rotator cuff, but probably won’t retire because of it
First, it was shoulder soreness. Then, a career-ending torn labrum. Then, a significant tear in the rotator cuff. Then, bursa sac inflammation. Then, partial tears and inflammation of the rotator cuff. Just exactly what is going on with Bronson Arroyo’s shoulder—and his career?


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Also: Ruben Amaro Jr. reveals that he doesn't understand analytics *or* ruses.

Adrian Beltre is looking for a three-year deal worth nearly $60 million
Adrian Beltre is entering the final year of his contract, which means it’s time for the 36-year old to seek one final big payday. According to Jon Heyman, Beltre is seeking at least a three-year deal that’s worth $19 million per year. Beltre’s camp is using Pablo Sandoval’s contract as a baseline here, and if you value performance over age in these sorts of things, then Beltre is warranted.


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March 10, 2016 6:00 am

Winter Is Leaving

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Sam Miller

No, really: The back of the Rangers rotation is bad, and Yu Darvish is good.

Yeah yeah, we all know how WAR(P) works: You take the number, you take the team wins, you add ‘em together, and then you’ve got your thing. The Rangers won 88 games last year. Yu Darvish, over 150 innings, projects to be worth 2.6 WARP. If everything else washes out—A full season of Cole Hamels, a healthy Derek Holland, the loss of Yovani Gallardo, a little regression in luck, Adrian Beltre’s a little older, but Rougned Odor is, too, and Ian Desmond plays well, while Jurickson Profar contributes somehow, but a little more regression in luck, offset by the improved back end of the bullpen—and you add Darvish’s 2.6 to that 88 and now Bill over in the Standings Department has to invest in a new 9.

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March 8, 2016 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked

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Jeff Long

Anticipating the disasters that will befall this year's rotations.

Each of the past two seasons, Sam Miller or I have done this fun bit of analysis that looks at which teams would fare best if they had to resort to their sixth and seventh starters (2014, 2015). Obviously, every GM needs to fill out the top five slots in his rotation, but that’s just the bare minimum. Over the course of the season, nearly two-thirds of teams will have two starters injured at the same time, meaning fans will get acquainted with sixth, seventh, and possibly even eighth and ninth starters.

As spring training ramps up, injuries are inevitable. So it makes sense for teams to assess their options now, just in case something goes awry before the real games start.

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February 3, 2016 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Bringing the Heat

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Jeff Long

When we take the weather into account for DRA, how big a swing are we talking about?

One of the most important components of DRA is the awareness of external factors on pitching performance. Obvious things like the parks each player is pitching in, and the defense behind him, clearly affect performance. So too, does temperature.

Derek Holland quite literally brings the heat. Sure, he threw a 94 mph fastball in 2015, but he also pitched in some of the highest average temperature games among all pitchers who recorded at least 162 outs last season. Holland started 10 games for the Rangers, the average temperature of which was over 81 degrees. That’s nearly 8 degrees warmer than the average gametime temperature last season.

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February 1, 2016 6:01 am

Rubbing Mud: Catch a Tiger

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Matthew Trueblood

Detroit's baserunning was a major contributor to the club's last-place finish. How they, and other AL teams, will look on the bases this year.

The 2015 Detroit Tigers won just 74 games, and that doesn’t happen to a team without significant flaws. A lot of things went wrong for them, from the prolonged absence of Miguel Cabrera to the catastrophic collapse of Victor Martinez, to yet another impossibly implosive bullpen.

If one thing most stood out about the Tigers, though, it was how old they played, especially offensively. It was back in 2013, when the team was running out (too generous a phrase, perhaps) Prince Fielder, Torii Hunter, Cabrera, and Martinez, that everyone worried the Tigers’ offense would sputter to a stop because of its key cogs’ old, heavy legs. In 2015, though, with Hunter and Fielder gone, it actually happened. Detroit basestealers succeeded at a clip of just 62 percent. They grounded into the most double plays of any team in baseball. They racked up -21.9 baserunning runs (BRR), according to our calculus the second-worst in the league. They batted .270/.328/.420, raw figures that ranked first, second, and fifth in the AL, respectively. They were second in team OPS+ and seventh in TAv in the AL, but they finished 10th in runs scored. Baseball Info Solutions estimated that the team created 736 runs, but they only scored 689. Some of that, to be sure, is just bad sequencing—bad luck. Surely, though, some of it also must be chalked up to their miserable baserunning.

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January 22, 2016 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: A Refresher on Changeups

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Jeff Long

A look back at what makes a good changeup, and a look ahead at who has the best ones.

A few years ago, Harry Pavlidis presented some research on what makes a good changeup (part 1, part 2). In the first part of Harry’s analysis, he identified a few key truths about changeups that I’ll include below for quick reference:

1. The faster a pitcher's fastball, the more likely he was to get whiffs with his changeup.

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What Ivan Rodriguez really did do better than anybody ever did.

Much has been made of catcher framing, which can add or detract a dozen or more wins from a player’s career WARP. But this isn’t going to be a discussion about framing, or about how important it is to a player’s legacy and/or Hall of Fame candidacy. This is going to be a celebration of old school catcher evaluation. It’s going to be about the best all-time at the catch-and-throw. It’s going to be about the guy who was catching personified: Ivan Rodriguez.

Next offseason, Rodriguez will be eligible for the Hall of Fame, and much will be made of his ability, his reputation, and where he falls among all-time catchers. According to JAWS and the Hall of Stats, Rodriguez lands easily among the five best catchers of all time. It’s easy to see why. He was elected to 14 All Star games, won 13 Gold Gloves, has seven silver sluggers and an MVP award, and won a World Series ring.

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The Blue Jays kept the series alive and, perhaps more importantly, kept David Price available.

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Nothing in the seventh inning of Toronto-Texas is as it seems, until Jose Bautista shows up.

A good rule of thumb in storytelling is to start as close to the end as possible. When it comes to Game Five of the ALDS between the Rangers and Blue Jays, that means skipping the first six innings.

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