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1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again by Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz
5 Prospectus Feature: Baseball Player Human by Trevor Strunk
3 BP Unfiltered: Let's Always Know The Longest Baseball Play [Updated!] by Sam Miller
9 Transaction Analysis: The Penny-Pinching Pirates Pitching Parade by Jeff Quinton, Ben Carsley, Joshua Howsam, Gideon Turk, Craig Goldstein, Adam McInturff, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit by Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman
0 Transaction Analysis: Blue Jays Add Rejuvenated Upton by Joshua Howsam, Adam McInturff and George Bissell
0 Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Toronto by Nick Dika
2 Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit? by Bryan Grosnick
0 BP Toronto by Joshua Howsam
2 Prospectus Feature: Tulo's Bat Is As Cold As The Rockies by Aaron Gleeman
1 What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose by Ashley Varela
0 BP Toronto by Dave Church
2 Life at the Margins: Stuff Your Scouting Report by Rian Watt
3 Prospectus Feature: The One Who Got Away by Aaron Gleeman
2 Transaction Analysis: Walsh Revolution by Rian Watt, James Fegan and Matthew Trueblood
0 BP Toronto by Tammy Rainey
3 What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey? by Nicolas Stellini
1 Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again by Bryan Grosnick
22 Pebble Hunting: The 14 Heroes Of Sunday's Odor/Bautista Brawl by Sam Miller
1 What You Need to Know: Papi Endings by Ashley Varela
0 BP Toronto by Eric Mercer
2 What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals by Nicolas Stellini
1 What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose by Emma Baccellieri
8 Players Prefer Presentation: Upon Further Review, We Will Never Be Happy by Meg Rowley
2 What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up by Daniel Rathman
3 Tools of the Trade by Jeff Long
4 What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider by Emma Baccellieri
2 What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself by Ashley Varela
5 Fifth Column: Freedom Brown by Michael Baumann
3 Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named by Daniel Rathman
1 Rubbing Mud: Injuries to Boston's Lefties Might Turn Out All Right by Matthew Trueblood
5 Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Bautista Extension by Ashley Varela
0 BP Toronto by Michael Bradburn
0 BP Toronto by Gideon Turk
0 Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Get Extendy by Demetrius Bell
7 Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside by Rian Watt
2 Winter Is Leaving by Joshua Howsam and Matt Gwin
19 Internet Baseball Awards: The Jokester-Free AL Player of the Year by Tom Tango
7 Baseball Therapy: Put Russell In the Hall of Fame by Russell A. Carleton
8 Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief by Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen
10 Rubbing Mud: A's Who Are Jays Who Like A's To Be Jays by Matthew Trueblood
5 Transaction Analysis: Shapiro Gets His Cleveland Fix by Rian Watt
1 Ducks on the Pond: Last Year's Best Starter-To-Reliever Transition by Chris Mosch
12 Prospectus Feature: Passed Balls and Wild Pitches: Getting It Right by Jonathan Judge
3 Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5 by Sam Miller
5 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS Previews by Mike Gianella and Chris Mosch
5 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Preview by Matthew Trueblood
10 Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Blue Jays by R.J. Anderson
18 Playoff Prospectus: We Are All Dead: ALDS Game 5 by R.J. Anderson
The Blue Jays' 'ace' has been horrible. Is it time for something drastic? Why pitchers' gameplan starts with the pitcher.
Sometimes, a hitter adjusts so quickly that it’s hard to tell exactly what he’s doing, as he’s doing it. Perhaps it’s a new front-foot tap that’s helped him get his timing down on that tough fastball, and he debuts it on a Sunday and sees success with it right away. Perhaps it’s a sudden recognition of a particular pitch, out of a particular arm slot, that allows him to start crushing before anybody really notices how it’s happening. Perhaps. It doesn’t often happen that fast.
Read the full article... Half the American League might have regrets every time they check an A's box score these days.
made his major-league debut in 2010, joining the Twins as a 25-year-old former 19th-round draft pick with a modest minor-league track record. He hit .311/.351/.448 in 85 games as a rookie to force his way into Minnesota’s plans, at which point he was handed the Opening Day job in 2011 and remained the starting third baseman all season. He quickly turned back into a pumpkin and by mid-2012 the Twins had tired of him on and off the field. Danny Valencia
They traded Valencia to the Red Sox for a non-prospect and three months later the Red Sox sold him to the Orioles, who kept him for a year before sending him to the Royals for little in return. Six months later Valencia was traded from the Royals to the Blue Jays in a low-wattage swap and he was placed on waivers a year after that, when the A’s claimed him. Valencia changed teams five times in less than three years while spending much of that stretch in the minors.
He looked like the epitome of a replacement-level player. Not capable enough defensively to be trusted at third base, but not good enough offensively versus right-handers to warrant a full-time job at first base or designated hitter. Valencia was a 31-year-old platoon corner infielder with a reputation for too much … well, let’s call it swag. If anything, hanging around for as long as he did without being a former top prospect was a victory in itself. But then, just as it looked like Valencia might be running out of stops to make, he started crushing the ball.
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Colin Walsh picked the wrong time to draw walks, Edwin Jackson's out-making ability vanished, and Alex Guerrero bit off more than he could chew.
Michael Saunders is suddenly looking like a player the Blue Jays should be trying to sign long term. The Mets' ace is not, the White Sox ace is, and the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter is... Jose Bautista!
The Thursday Takeaway
“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
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Joe Nathan finds a home for his comeback, Jimmy Parades' utility train arrives at a new stop, and the Padres trade cash to keep Blash.
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. Jake Arrieta surprises no one with his seventh win, David Ortiz gets a flour shower, and Danny Duffy puts on a one-man show.
The Weekend Takeaway
If you’ve been holding your breath for to miss a step this season, well, I have bad news for you. Jake Arrieta
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How the Blue Jays' all-upside rotation is upsiding the world on fire this year. Kansas City's slow start, plus: Yes to Trayce Thompson, yay J.A. Happ, and way to be Dae-Ho Lee
The Tuesday Takeaway
Close your eyes and think of the Royals. There has perhaps been no more unique team over the past two years. They’ve won in a way that was at first foreign, and—seemingly, at times—illogical. The long ball isn’t the weapon of choice here; rather, they wield defense, a never-ending procession of elite relievers, and ’s gut. Close your eyes and think of the Royals. You see Ned Yost . You see Wade Davis and his sub-.300 Alcides Escobar leading off. You see OBP poking the ball under Salvador Perez ’s glove down the left field line. You see Josh Donaldson running rampant in the All-Star voting. It feels unconventional, but it feels right. There’s something magical about what they have done and what they have been. Something that makes the corners of your mouth curl up and forces a chuckle out of your throat. Omar Infante
Read the full article... The last-place Yankees continue to suffer, the Blue Jays offense breaks out, and Colin Rea hacks the feed for two hours.
The Thursday Takeaway
A game that stays scoreless into the 10th sounds like a textbook example of a pitchers’ duel. This presumption gets a bit weaker when the teams in question are the Orioles, who had not scored in 12 innings heading into Thursday, and the last-place Yankees, who have hardly been a model of offensive capability this year. Regardless, keeping the scoreboard empty into extras is a feat, and both and Masahiro Tanaka looked sharp yesterday—particularly Gausman, who held New York to three hits with no walks over eight innings. Kevin Gausman
In the four years since Gausman was drafted, he’s been seen (among other things and in no particular order) as: a top prospect, a question mark, a disappointment, a popular example of every question around the Orioles’ pitcher development, and a young man painfully familiar with the road between Baltimore and Norfolk. Right now, he’s a back-of-the-rotation starter, and on Thursday, he was a very good pitcher. Read the full article...