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13 Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal by Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer
11 Transaction Analysis: Breaking Down the Three-Team Trade by Ben Lindbergh
0 Transaction Analysis: h by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 247: Derek Lowe's Rare Career Path/Matt Garza and the Rangers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
9 Transaction Analysis: One Less Marlin, and a New National by Mark Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh
20 Sporer Report: Trading Tips by Paul Sporer
4 Overthinking It: The Montero-Pineda Trade in 2013 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Fantasy Freestyle: Loosening the Trade Lines by Paul Singman
9 Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of Trading by Mike Gianella
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 175: Brian Roberts' Injury, Baserunners Passing Baserunners, and the Pros and Cons of Trade Speculation by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 126: Justin Upton is Actually Traded by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 121: The Three-Way Trade and the Mariners' Quest for a Big Bat by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 117: Justin Upton Update: Still Not Traded by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 113: Three Trade Rumors We Read This Weekend by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
44 Overthinking It: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 103: The R.A. Dickey Deal and Trading Top Prospects (With Jason Parks) by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 101: Learning to Like Youkilis/What the Diamondbacks Got Back for Bauer/Why Do Teams Love Lefty Starters? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
47 Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows by Ben Lindbergh
22 Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed by Geoff Young
3 Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 11 by Daniel Rathman
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 The Week in Quotes: December 3-9 by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco
2 Resident Fantasy Genius: A Manager's Impact on Steals by Derek Carty
71 Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster by R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks
4 Prospect Push: Ranking the Traded Prospects by Jason Churchill
4 Baseball ProGUESTus: Anatomy of a Trade: The 1990 Padres-Blue Jays Blockbuster by Brent S. Gambill
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 93: Behind the Scenes of the Blue Jays-Marlins Blockbuster by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
6 Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 82: The Marlins-Blue Jays Blockbuster by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
70 Transaction Analysis: The Toronto Blue Jays Acquire Most of the Remaining Miami Marlins by R.J. Anderson, Derek Carty, Jason Parks and Mark Anderson
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Sobsequy: Compensation: A Dialogue Between Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington by Adam Sobsey
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 29: The Future of the Red Sox and Dodgers, and Roger Clemens' Comeback by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
29 Bizball: The Priciest Trade Ever Made by Maury Brown
3 Transaction Analysis: The A's Acquire Stephen Drew *UPDATED* by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 12: Sam Walks to His Honda by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
39 The Process: The Mariners' Missed Opportunity by Bradley Ankrom
21 Transaction Analysis: Dempster Doesn't Turn Blind Eye to Texas by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
6 Transaction Analysis: Deadline Madness UPDATED by R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein, Ben Lindbergh and Colin Wyers
8 Transaction Analysis: Snider and Lincoln Change Scenery, LA Adds League, and Thames Joins the M's by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein
8 Transaction Analysis: Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm UPDATED AGAIN by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
23 Transaction Analysis: Liriano Heads to Rival White Sox by Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein
31 Transaction Analysis: Hanley Goes to Hollywood UPDATED by Colin Wyers, R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein
26 Transaction Analysis: Ichiro Bound for the Big Apple UPDATED by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
0 Transaction Analysis: Dempster the Brave? by Ben Lindbergh
2 What You Need to Know: Thursday, July 5 by Daniel Rathman
12 Western Front: La Casa Sucia by Geoff Young
3 What You Need to Know: Friday, May 11 by Daniel Rathman
3 The BP First Take: Wednesday, March 7 by Daniel Rathman
12 Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview by Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski
Ben and Sam discuss the rejected trade that would have made Justin Upton a Mariner.
Ben and Sam break down three trade rumors that surfaced over the weekend. What the partisan parts of the internet think Miami's young All-Star outfielder is worth.
Being a baseball rumormonger is a difficult job to do well. First, you spend years building a network of sources who can and will tell you interesting things about baseball teams. Even after you’ve collected your contacts, be prepared to put in long hours and work weekends to stay ahead of the story or be the first to break it. Don’t expect to sleep or be seen without a cell phone.
However, the job has its perks: attract a large enough following, and you can create your own stories. Slow news day? Pick a highly coveted player whom it might make some sort of sense for a team to trade. Ask an executive who works for that team if there’s any chance that said player might be moved. If the executive says the player won’t be traded under any circumstances, you have a story, or what passes for a story in the MLBTR/Twitter era. If the executive allows even the slightest sliver of a possibility that the player might be available, you have a story that lives a long time and begets a long line of other stories, like something
straight out of the Old Testament. What is he worth, and what might it take to trade for him? Which teams might match up? Will the team still be willing to trade him tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow? What about the day after that? Read the full article...
December 17, 2012 5:00 am
Ben and Sam are joined by Jason Parks for a discussion of the R.A. Dickey deal and the risks and rewards of trading top prospects.
December 13, 2012 5:00 am
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether a Yankees fan can learn to like Kevin Youkilis, whether the Diamondbacks got enough back for Trevor Bauer, why teams love left-handed starters, and more.
December 11, 2012 10:19 am
Was the Royals' strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?
Note: If you've already listened to today's episode of Effectively Wild, some of this may sound familiar.
If you think about it, the Royals and Rays, the two teams that completed a massive
prospects-for-pitchers trade on Sunday, are a lot alike. Both teams are among the have-nots of the American League, competing with payrolls in the mid-60-millions (last season). Neither one draws well—in the Royals’ case, because of all the losing and because Kansas City is small, and in the Rays’ case, because of all the past losing, the newness of the franchise, and the ugliness and location of the ballpark, where it’s almost impossible to catch a foul ball without some painful and/ or embarrassing consequence. To compensate for the lack of revenue, both teams try to draft, develop, and extend homegrown players as an alternative to paying for wins from free agents, and both have had among the finest farm systems in baseball for the past few seasons. Read the full article...
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December 11, 2012 5:00 am
The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.
The Padres have been huge players so far this offseason, acquiring
, Brandon Kloess , A.J. Kirby-Jones , and Tyson Ross in trades, and signing free agents Wilfredo Boscan and Travis Buck . This has the potential to upset the balance of power in the National League West. Jason Marquis
Such are the problems when a
new ownership group comes in and starts flinging money like there's an endless supply of the green stuff. Drop enough Lincolns and other teams reflexively recoil in fear. It is impossible to deny the intimidation factor that accompanies such brash spending. Opponents feel deflated and stop trying to compete. This is great for the Padres, but think of the poor Dodgers and Giants to the north. What will become of them?
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December 11, 2012 5:00 am
The Phillies could add a bat soon, the Dodgers probably aren't done spending, and information about the lead-up to the Royals-Rays blockbuster is coming to light.
A busy weekend gave way to a lethargic Monday: Apart from the Twins
reaching a two-year deal with , the transactions wire was completely dormant. As we await more action, here’s a glance at two recent developments and a look back at the lead-up to the weekend’s most polarizing trade. Kevin Correia
Phillies likely to land one of top three free-agent corner outfielders
Over the past seven days, the Phillies have acquired center fielder from Minnesota and third baseman Ben Revere from Texas, in an effort to revamp their lineup, which lost Michael Young and Hunter Pence in midseason trades. But Revere and Young combined for just eight home runs in 2012, all of them hit by the former Ranger, and considering that manager Shane Victorino ’s power bats are riddled with question marks, the Phillies still need to add some thump. Charlie Manuel The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
December 11, 2012 5:00 am
Ben and Sam weigh in on the Rays-Royals trade involving James Shields and Wil Myers a day after the dust settles.
December 10, 2012 11:00 am
Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.
A-ROD BRACES FOR SURGERY
“I am fully committed to a very hard road back. We've done it before in '09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I'm excited for the challenge.”
—Yankees third baseman , who will have surgery on his left hip in January and could be out until the All-Star break. ( Alex Rodriguez ) ESPN.com Read the full article...
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December 10, 2012 5:00 am
How will a major-league team’s manager affect your fantasy team’s stolen-base totals?
Major League Baseball clubs often pride themselves on being aggressive on the basepaths. While the scope of this article isn’t to examine whether this strategy helps win ballgames, we can say with absolute certainty that being aggressive on the bases is the favored approach among fantasy owners. Stolen bases can be difficult to come by, so finding unexpected sources of steals can make a big difference for a team looking to win a championship.
One way to come across such bargains is to look at players who are changing teams, going from one with a passive organizational philosophy to one with an aggressive philosophy.
Lots of teams claim to be aggressive, but as with most things in this game, you can’t always take people at their word or reputation. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
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December 10, 2012 12:06 am
The Royals get their front-line pitcher, and the Rays get their front-line prospect.
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