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07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers
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Mike Gianella

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Edition, Sellers
by
Mike Gianella

07-07

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14

Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 485: Trading Within the Division
by
Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

07-03

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52

The Lineup Card: Ten Trades That Made Our Childhoods
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Baseball Prospectus

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 482: The Astros' Leaked Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 480: The David Price Trading Game
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 479: A Move Each Contender Should Make
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-19

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Paralysis
by
Jeff Quinton

05-14

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Growing the Pie
by
Jeff Quinton

05-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Negotiation Styles
by
Jeff Quinton

04-23

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: The Benefits of Early-Season Trade Talk
by
Jeff Quinton

04-09

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: Buying Low, Letting Go, and the Disposition Effect
by
Jeff Quinton

03-24

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Is it Really All Currency?
by
Jeff Quinton

03-24

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Strategic Decisions
by
Wilson Karaman

01-24

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28

Overthinking It: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for David Price
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-05

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32

The Lineup Card: Seven Trade Ideas for the Winter Meetings
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Baseball Prospectus

11-12

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15

Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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3

Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-10

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7

Painting the Black: Flipping the Birds
by
R.J. Anderson

09-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 278: Chris Cotillo on Breaking Trades Before Finishing High School
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-03

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5

Transaction Analysis: Breaking Down August's Buzzer-Beating Trades
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Ben Lindbergh, Jason Cole, Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

08-09

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2

Transaction Analysis: Rios in Texas
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Cole

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
by
Andrew Koo

08-01

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Overthinking It: Trade Deadline Takeaways
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 256: The Trade Deadline in Review
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-31

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BP Unfiltered: The 2013 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread
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Baseball Prospectus

07-31

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12

Baseball ProGUESTus: Trade WARP: Evaluating MLB General Managers
by
Tim Malone

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Fortify Their Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping and Correctly Calculating Roster Value
by
Mike Gianella

07-29

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16

Pebble Hunting: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade For, Jake Peavy
by
Sam Miller

07-22

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Transaction Analysis: Texas Closes the Deal on Garza
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Jason Parks and Jason Cole

07-09

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13

Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Vetoes
by
Mike Gianella

07-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 239: Carlos Gomez and the NL MVP Race/The Cubs and Trading Recently Signed Free Agents
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-05

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4

BP Unfiltered: Brian Sabean and Buying and Selling Before the Deadline
by
Ben Lindbergh

07-03

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4

Transaction Analysis: Of Baltimore and Bonus Slots
by
Sam Miller

06-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Is Dumping Early a Good Plan?
by
Mike Gianella

04-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton
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Ben Lindbergh and Will Woods

04-24

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 24, 2013
by
Clint Chisam

04-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 175: Brian Roberts' Injury, Baserunners Passing Baserunners, and the Pros and Cons of Trade Speculation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-31

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013
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Clint Chisam and Joe Hamrahi

01-17

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Skewed Left: Washington's Winning Way with Trades
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Zachary Levine

01-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 113: Three Trade Rumors We Read This Weekend
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-22

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7

Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders
by
Ben Lindbergh

12-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: When Good GMs Go Bad
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Jonah Keri

12-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 94: The Perplexing Trade Value of R.A. Dickey and Billy Butler
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 86: Should the Commissioner Have the Ability to Overturn a Trade?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 79: Are Teams Becoming More Willing to Trade Their Young Players?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-02

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Head Games: David Wright, R.A. Dickey, and What Smart Fans Really Want
by
Will Woods

11-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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April 9, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Buying Low, Letting Go, and the Disposition Effect

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Jeff Quinton

A way to determine the optimal time to acquire underperforming players and the right time to jump ship.

“There is no such thing as buying low” has become popular advice among the fantasy baseball community. Does the classic buy-low opportunity, in which an underperforming player gets moved for $0.50 on the dollar, really exist? Rarely. However, there are still opportunities to acquire players below their actual or true value. The disposition effect is a phenomenon of behavioral finance that shows the tendency of investors to keep their losers too long and sell their winners too quickly. In other words, when people invest in a stock that underperforms, the following story often plays out: They hold on to the stock as it continues to underperform and then either sell the stock as soon as they can make the smallest of gains or continue to hold on to the loser while missing out on more profitable investments elsewhere.

The disposition effect as it relates to fantasy baseball is thus refusing to sell low on an underperforming player and either (1) selling him as soon as you can cash him in for too small a profit or (2) continuing to hold on to the player instead of picking up or trading for better players.

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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Is it Really All Currency?

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Jeff Quinton

When making a fantasy trade, should you simply target the deal with the highest value, or is there more to it than that?

Is it really all currency?

Acquire the most talent for as long as possible as cheaply as possible. Put differently, acquire the most value first, and then worry about filling needs later. “It’s all currency” is common wisdom in the sports world and the fantasy sports world. In theory, if player A is worth $15 and fills a need and player B is worth $20 and is redundant, player B should be selected and traded for $20 worth of need. In theory, player B can be traded for player A and an extra $5 of value. “In theory” works for nerds like me in lecture halls and the words in books, but when you are out in the real world playing a game on the internet based on a kid’s game being played by grown men called fantasy baseball, theory does not always hold. The “always take the most value regardless of need approach” is based on two assumptions that do not necessarily hold in every league in the fantasy baseball world. Those two assumptions are below:

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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Strategic Decisions

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Wilson Karaman

When circumstances compel you to make a move in April or May, how should you dodge the pitfalls associated with small sample sizes?

The old cliché that “you can’t win a championship in April, but you can lose it” is a good one to keep in mind when approaching early season team evaluation, particularly as it relates to trading. When you react to April and May performances, you react to inherently small sample sizes, and that’s a generally dangerous thing to do. Players get lucky, other players get unlucky, some other players try to play through undisclosed injuries… it’s a minefield of variables out there if you’re looking at a few weeks’ worth of performance data.

Still, the fantasy baseball season is only so long, and waiting too long to address your team’s Achilles heel(s) can mean digging a hole too deep to claw your way back out of later on. Waiting too long to make moves can also lead to increased limitations imposed externally by the established market; a seller’s market may develop around a player or players you need, driving up the costs of acquisition. Still, while early-season roster shake-ups are a necessary and sometimes-advantageous part of the game, approaching them with caution is of critical importance.

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What the partisan parts of the internet think Tampa Bay's ace is worth.

Last winter, baseball fans were convinced that the Marlins would trade Giancarlo Stanton. More specifically, baseball fans were convinced that the Marlins would trade Stanton to them, and were happy to speculate about how that might happen. I wanted to know what they thought it would take to get him, so I poked around Twitter and forums and comment sections until I'd collected a Stanton trade proposal for each of the 29 teams. This was the takeaway:

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The staff comes up with possible barters to help keep the already-sizzling Hot Stove warm through next week.

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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop

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Ben Lindbergh

Assessing John Mozeliak's options as St. Louis attempts to upgrade at short.

It’s not so bad being Pete Kozma. Between his signing bonus, his major- and minor-league salaries, and his World Series ring, Kozma has already made more than the average American high school graduate earns in a lifetime (and the average American high school graduate is pretty well off, globally speaking). He has his health, his looks and athleticism, and a pretty cool career. We’ve all tweeted or written or said something snarky about Pete Kozma at some point in the last couple years, but the sobering reality is that if everyone in the world were forced to trade lives with either Kozma, you, or me, Kozma would win in a landslide.

Kozma is snarkworthy only in relation to a select group of people: other big league shortstops, just about all of whom are better at baseball than he. The 25-year-old can’t hit, so his overall value depends on his defense. Going by WARP, he wasn’t that bad, because only Andrelton Simmons and Jean Segura had better FRAA figures at shortstop. The location-based defensive metrics weren’t quite as high on him; of the 24 players who appeared in a minimum of 100 games last season, with at least 80 percent of them coming at shortstop, Kozma ranked 22nd by Baseball-Reference WAR, ahead of only Starlin Castro and Adeiny Hechavarria.

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September 11, 2013 9:17 am

Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter

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Ben Lindbergh

With Derek Jeter day-to-day, the Yankees trade for opposite player Brendan Ryan.



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September 10, 2013 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Flipping the Birds

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R.J. Anderson

When we talk about the mastermind of the Orioles' turnaround, we often leave out a very important name.

Over the past two years, I've been wrong about the Orioles no fewer than three times.

My faulty assessments began when Dan Duquette was hired as general manager, in November 2011. Though I praised Duquette—calling him bright, among other adjectives—I expressed doubt about the job's prospects. For good reason, too; other executives turned away Baltimore's advances, likely due to their perceptions about manager Buck Showalter's power and owner Peter Angelos' vision. Despite drafting and developing poorly for years, Angelos (reportedly) rejected one candidate's plan to clear house, further obscuring how much authority the new GM would wield.

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Ben and Sam talk to MLBDailyDish.com writer Chris Cotillo about how he became a baseball newsbreaker before the age of 18.

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Reviewing all the moves, as baseball's second trade deadline saw bubble teams gearing up for September and sure things looking toward October.

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August 9, 2013 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rios in Texas

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Cole

The Rangers acquire Alex Rios via trade waivers, the Rays send Kyle Farnsworth packing, and the Phillies part ways with Delmon Young.



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Do teams tend to overpay for bullpen help at the deadline?

Baseball lore preaches that a team “can never have enough pitching,” but we rarely hear the same thing said about hitting, perhaps because of a sister proverb, “Baseball is 75 percent pitching.” Pitcher fragility plays a big part, of course. But sometimes one poor start or relief outing will cause a team to press for more pitchers: a marginal arm blows up, and suddenly the team needs assistance. When a hitter goes 0-for-4 or 1-for-5, on the other hand, the line is common enough that we don’t bat an eye.

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