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04-18

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In A Pickle: Torii of Relativity
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Jason Wojciechowski

11-19

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Overthinking It: All Quiet on the Free Agent Front
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Ben Lindbergh

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: The Never-Ending Torii?
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Sam Miller

11-13

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Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-05

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Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

09-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, September 27
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Matthew Kory

09-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 51: What the Rockies Knew About Ubaldo/The Eternal Torii Hunter/Declining Dan Haren
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-10

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BP Unfiltered: Angels in the Outer Field Area
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Sam Miller

05-03

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On the Beat: The Prince and the Pauper Numbers
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John Perrotto

05-01

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Western Front: As a Manager, He Makes a Good Right Fielder
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Geoff Young

02-24

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill
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Jay Jaffe

12-27

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/27/11
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Rob McQuown

08-25

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The Week in Quotes: August 18-24
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Alex Carnevale

02-24

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Every Given Sunday: A New Angel in the Outfield
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John Perrotto

11-26

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The Week in Quotes: November 19-26
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Alex Carnevale

10-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Torii Hunter
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David Laurila

07-15

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Every Given Sunday: Twins and Tweaks
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John Perrotto

10-07

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

09-12

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins, September 10, 2006
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Derek Jacques

05-06

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Breaking Balls: Sixteen Innings of Bliss
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Derek Zumsteg

10-23

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Internet Baseball Awards: AL Player of the Year
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Greg Spira

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins
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Derek Zumsteg

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April 18, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Torii of Relativity

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Jason Wojciechowski

About Torii Hunter and aggression and strike zones and adjusting.

Here's Joey Votto, whose power travails you've probably heard about and whose weird stat line has been the subject of some head-scratching, through Monday's action: 63 plate appearances, 21 walks, one homer, one triple, one double. That's the highest walk rate in baseball (it's not close) and an isolated power of .146. This article isn't about Joey Votto. That makes this maybe a weird "lede" but bear with me.

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November 19, 2012 12:00 am

Overthinking It: All Quiet on the Free Agent Front

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Ben Lindbergh

Despite many factors pointing toward increased spending, baseball's salaries haven't seemed much more inflated this winter.

Late this season, Major League Baseball completed new broadcast deals with ESPN, Fox, and Turner Sports that will roughly double the amount of money the league receives from those three networks beginning in 2014. Couple those contracts with increasingly lucrative local TV deals, the highest regular-season attendance since 2008, the success of MLB Advanced Media, the new CBA’s restrictions on how much teams can spend in the draft and on the international market, the trend toward locking up young players before they become free agents, and the Dodgers’ apparent willingness to make their fans forget Frank McCourt by becoming big-time buyers, and the stage appeared to be set for significant offseason inflation.

It’s been less than three weeks since Sergio Romo struck out the AL MVP looking to end the World Series, and only a few prominent players have signed. However, the players who ink early have the potential to help dictate what the next few months might look like, and if an influx of cash were burning holes in baseball teams’ pockets, we would expect to see the new market rate reflected in the early returns. While it’s too soon to say with any certainty what the rest of the winter will look like, we can examine the first few signings for any evidence that a new spending boom has begun. Here’s a selection of deals signed so far compared to the contracts comparable players commanded last winter:

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November 14, 2012 1:09 pm

Transaction Analysis: The Never-Ending Torii?

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Sam Miller

The Tigers reportedly sign Torii Hunter to a two-year deal.

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If an expansion team with a Yankees budget wanted to build a team out of this year's free agents, what would it look like?

You can’t build a team around free agents, say the people who don’t think you can build a team around free agents. To them, the only way to build a team is through the draft, waiver claims and occasional trades. To paraphrase the great movie Waterboy (which is such a great movie that you can watch it for free on YouTube), “Free agents are the devil!” Well, maybe so if you’re living in the real world, but this is Baseball Prospectus where we can do anything we want provided it fits on a spreadsheet and won’t wake our parents upstairs.

Another thing some people like to say is that baseball teams aren’t just names on paper. They’re real people. Well, not here they aren’t, mister! Here players are one-dimensional entities devoid of emotion and everything else that won’t show up on our computer machines. In that spirit, I’m not only going to build a baseball team exclusively out of free agents, but I’m going to do it only on (virtual) paper. Eat that, straw men I just created!

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November 5, 2012 12:00 am

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents

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R.J. Anderson

The names baseball will be obsessing over for the next three months.

With free agency beginning at just after midnight Eastern early Saturday, it’s time to look at this year’s class. Along with Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and others, we put together a list of the top 50 free agents available this winter. Some analysis and predictions are also included. You can quibble with the rankings (especially after a certain point) and many of the predictions, but this is meant to serve as a primer for the free-agent period.

1. Zack Greinke (Angels): Greinke may not consistently perform like an ace but he is a durable no. 2 starter with a deep arsenal, and an understanding of how to use it. After trading three top prospects at the deadline for Greinke and then having his club miss the postseason, Jerry Dipoto is in an unenviable position. Dipoto cannot recoup draft picks, which provides further incentive to re-sign Greinke. It seems Dipoto is heading down that path if recent payroll shearing is any indication.

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September 27, 2012 10:22 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, September 27

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Matthew Kory

The Angels (18.3 percent playoff odds) and Dodgers (3.4 percent) are still hanging in it.

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Ben and Sam discuss the decline of Ubaldo Jimenez and whether the Rockies saw it coming when they sent him to Cleveland, then talk about the Angels' off-season plans for Torii Hunter and Dan Haren.

Ben and Sam discuss the decline of Ubaldo Jimenez and whether the Rockies saw it coming when they sent him to Cleveland, then talk about the Angels' off-season plans for Torii Hunter and Dan Haren.

Episode 51: "What the Rockies Knew About Ubaldo/The Eternal Torii Hunter/Declining Dan Haren"

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The Angels' outfielders had a very good series, according to Jim Leyland. To the tape!

"I don't think I've ever seen an outfield play a better series than they played against us," Leyland said. #Angels

— Tom DeCenso (@EnriquePollazzo) September 10, 2012

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May 3, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: The Prince and the Pauper Numbers

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John Perrotto

Albert Pujols isn't concerned about his slow start, and a chat with Rockies manager Jim Tracy.

Getting Albert Pujols to provide a window on his soul is about likely as Joe Morgan extolling the virtues of VORP. The Angels first baseman will talk about baseball and hitting, but he will never reveal what's going on the inside. Thus, it is not a surprise that Pujols professes to have no concern over the fact that he has yet to hit a home run in 107 plate appearances this season after signing a 10-year, $240 million contract as a free agent in the offseason. The zero homers are coming from a man who went deep 445 times in 11 years with the Cardinals while becoming a franchise icon and the game's most feared slugger.

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Torii Hunter's suggestion that Mike Scioscia should have had the Angels bunt does not make sense.

After the Angels lost at Tampa Bay last Wednesday, right fielder Torii Hunter suggested that his manager, Mike Scioscia, had not done everything possible to put the team in a position to win. This is the sort of problem that arises when you enter a season with astronomical expectations and then stumble badly out of the gate.

After losing on a walk-off homer by Oakland castoff Brandon Allen the following afternoon and on a walk-off single by Asdrubal Cabrera in Cleveland the next night, the Angels found themselves nine games behind AL West-leading Texas, the largest deficit of any team in baseball. The off-season signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson were supposed to take last year's 86-win team to the proverbial next level. Instead, the Angels have skidded in the opposite direction, leading some folks to panic.

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February 24, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill

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Jay Jaffe

What kind of production do teams receive from players tabbed to replace superstars?

Earlier this week, Mariano Rivera arrived at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Florida, and caused a stir by strongly hinting that the 2012 season would be his final one. The 42-year-old, who has served as the Yankees’ closer since 1997, has shown no signs of slippage, with four straight seasons of ERAs under 2.00 backed by stellar peripherals—strikeout and walk rates better than his career numbers, even—and high save totals. Late last season, he surpassed Trevor Hoffman as the all-time saves leader, and with five World Series rings in hand, the only real challenge that remains is for him to convince manager Joe Girardi to allow him a cameo in center field.

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December 27, 2011 4:32 am

The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 12/27/11

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Rob McQuown

Rob names his first big sleeper for the 2012 season in this week's Keeper Reaper

Happy Holidays (and Hollidays) from the Outfielder Keeper Reaper. Here's hoping you received all the five-category players you could dream of during this festive season!

Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres (ADP 91)
Shallow (30 keepers)
: NO
Medium (60 keepers): NO
Deep (90 keepers)
: BORDERLINE
NL-only (60 keepers)
: YES
Super Deep (200 keepers)
: YES






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