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05-26

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Deep, But Playable: Jurickson Profar's Path Forward
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Craig Goldstein

05-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Worst Bullpen in Baseball
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Rob Mains

04-20

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Circle Change: Pico de Gallo?
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Zach Crizer

04-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-27

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Texas Rangers
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Kate Morrison

02-21

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

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Worst Base?
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Bryan Grosnick

02-07

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Cold Takes: Cole Hamels Is Not Being Honest
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Patrick Dubuque

01-16

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

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Load Up On Infield D
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison and David Lee

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Texas Two-Step
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Bryan Grosnick

11-28

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

11-16

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Transaction Analysis: Seattle Swag
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Dustin Palmateer, Meg Rowley, Jared Wyllys and Kenny Ducey

10-21

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Retro Transaction Analysis: Tex-Sized Blockbuster
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Bryan Grosnick

10-13

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Two-Strike Approach: Where Do the Rangers Go From Here?
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Cat Garcia

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Texas Forever
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Trevor Strunk

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 3 Previews
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Brendan Gawlowski

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Trying to Remember the Rangers Are Good
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Kate Morrison

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Hamels' Missing Changeup
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Andrew Felper

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 1 Previews
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Kate Morrison and Matthew Trueblood

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rangers
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Aaron Gleeman

09-27

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Prospectus Feature: The Joy of Adrian Beltre
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Kate Morrison

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-24

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Transaction Analysis: Go-Go Goes to Texas
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Bryan Grosnick

08-19

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Rubbing Mud: These Post-Lucroy Indians
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Matthew Trueblood

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Lucroy Vetoes His Way To Texas
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Bryan Grosnick, Kate Morrison and Ben Carsley

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Carlos Beltran's Deadline Deja Vu
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Kenny Ducey, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Jarrett Seidler and Ben Carsley

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-30

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Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws
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Doug Thorburn

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin
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Bryan Grosnick

06-29

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Prospectus Feature: The Road Ahead in Arlington
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Cat Garcia

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

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September 2, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez

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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

Right-hander, Left-hander, Yohander. As long as they get outs.

The Situation: It’s September. Yohander Mendez got called up. This is a September call up.

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Ubaldo Jimenez's surprising palatability, a rare off-night for Edwin Diaz, and more from Tuesday's slate of games.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The number that describes Ubaldo Jimenez’s performance as a starter this year is perhaps not one of his individual stats, but instead one of the Orioles’ collective ones—a team rotation DRA of 4.65. Baltimore’s starters have been the worst of any team with a winning record, and yet Jimenez struggled so greatly that he was deemed unfit even for them. After a month in the bullpen, however, Jimenez is back as a starter courtesy of Chris Tillman’s trip to the disabled list. And two outings in, his return to the rotation been remarkably not bad. By the standard he set as a starter earlier this year, remarkably good, even! (When that standard involves averaging fewer than five innings per game and putting up an ERA over 7, “remarkably good” is perhaps not so hard to come by, but regardless.)


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Carlos Gomez's swift decline got him dropped by the Astros, but the Rangers think there's still value to be had.

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Cleveland's post-deadline swoon highlights their missed opportunity.

The Indians lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday night, surrendering five runs in the ninth inning (four of them on an Adam Eaton grand slam) to lose 10-7 to the White Sox. It dropped the team to 8-8 in August. They’ve gotten lucky, as their frustrating fortnight has coincided with a Tigers collapse and preserved most of their division lead. They had a 90.2-percent chance to win the AL Central on July 31; they have about the same chance to do so today. Still, this is not what this team had in mind when the front office traded for Andrew Miller. And it might not be happening at all, but for the trade the front office wasn’t able to make.

Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez have combined to bat .180/.255/.320 during August. In Texas, meanwhile, Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .250/.348/.725. There haven’t yet been serious repercussions, but I believe that the Indians’ franchise fortunes took a nasty, long-term turn for the worse at the very moment when the deal they had put together to land Lucroy fell through.

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Jonathan Lucroy may end up being the most valuable deadline pickup, with a chance to help the Rangers on both sides of the ball.

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The veteran is traded out of New York at the 11th hour for the second time in four years.



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The Nationals get Mark Melancon, a reliever who has been as good as Aroldis Chapman.

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Notable pitching performances by Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Danny Duffy.

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Toronto and Seattle exchange disappointing veteran relievers, Texas brings in some pitching depth, and Joey Gallo gets a chance to let it fly.

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July 26, 2016 11:17 am

Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin

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Bryan Grosnick

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The Rangers haven't been the team their record suggests. Here's why that's OK.

The Texas Rangers are currently sitting pretty atop the MLB standings, and through games played on Monday stood one win ahead of the ever-popular, ever-publicized Chicago Cubs. Both teams currently lead not just their divisions, but their leagues, and by wide margins at that.

But things aren’t all rosy in Arlington. The Rangers are currently running out an ailing rotation that can’t seem to catch a break, the numbers suggest that that they have one of the worst bullpens in baseball, and they’re middle-of-the-pack offensively.

Taken in isolation, that combination of facts leaves you scratching your head, wondering how the Rangers have gotten to this point and how they’ll manage to make it any further.

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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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