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07-27

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 18: Royal Buyers
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Kansas City Buyers
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Bryan Grosnick, Zach Crizer, Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

07-19

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Banjo Hitter: Trade Deadline Guide to Starting Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

02-09

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Liner Notes: The Padres and an Opening Gambit
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Bryan Grosnick

01-24

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup
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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Sorry We Broke Up, Soria Missed You
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R.J. Anderson, Sahadev Sharma, Rian Watt and Jeff Quinton

06-11

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Transaction Analysis: Going Down 'hill
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R.J. Anderson

01-29

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Overthinking It: Polling the Industry: Masahiro Tanaka in 2014
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Ben Lindbergh

08-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-31

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
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Paul Sporer

05-02

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Painting the Black: Six Who Clicked, Pitchers Edition
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R.J. Anderson

02-28

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Painting the Black: Count to 300
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R.J. Anderson

08-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 27
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Matthew Kory

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Friday, May 11
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Daniel Rathman

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Win Now, Win Later
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R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

04-12

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Painting the Black: Why Billy Beane's Sh*t Might Work with Trevor Cahill
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Team Injury Projection: Oakland Athletics
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

05-12

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Fantasy Beat: Overperforming Pitchers
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Marc Normandin

02-25

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Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-10

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Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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On the 18th episode of the DFA podcast, it's time to talk about all those medium-sized deals that are part and parcel of deadline season. The Padres and Royals swap intriguing pitchers, Jaime Garcia (finally) heads to Minnesota, and the Red Sox add two third basemen: one from within and one from without.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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San Diego is always selling, so Kansas City added three pitchers for what might be one last run.

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Every contender needs rotation help and there are plenty of big-name starters potentially available.

If your favorite team is at or above .500, odds are you think they should add starting pitching help before the trade deadline. And they probably agree. As part of the Cubs’ surprisingly difficult fight to rise above .500 and properly defend their title, they kicked off the festivities by acquiring left-hander Jose Quintana (and his team-friendly contract) from the White Sox for a four-prospect package led by Single-A slugger Eloy Jimenez. Which other rotation-boosting arms may be on the move? Here’s my best guess at the top starters who could realistically be available before the trade deadline, and the pros and cons of each.

Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics

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San Diego could use a bold strategy to get off to a good start in 2017.

There are dozens of medium-impact moves that litter the months between the playoffs and spring training, and most of them don’t give us the opportunity to see something new. For example, without much fanfare the Padres signed right-hander Trevor Cahill away from the defending champion Cubs for a relative pittance: only one year and less than $2 million.

A former top starter who washed out and then rediscovered his talent in the bullpen, Cahill may fill either of two roles for San Diego. He could bolster the team’s bullpen by pitching well in relief, as he did in Chicago, or he could roll the dice in the rotation, hoping to recapture his glory years. But what if I told you there was an innovative way that he could sort of do both?

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January 24, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Reliever Roundup

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Bryan Grosnick and Nicholas Zettel

Veteran relievers Neftali Feliz, Santiago Casilla, Trevor Cahill, and Dustin McGowan find 2017 homes.

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The Royals reunite with their former closer as the reliever shuffle continues across baseball.



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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Going Down 'hill

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R.J. Anderson

Trevor Cahill could be a sunk cost.



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How do industry insiders (and BP readers) view Tanaka relative to other right-handed starters?

In December of 2011, shortly after the Rangers submitted a winning $51.7 bid for exclusive rights to talk to Yu Darvish, then-BP prospect writer Kevin Goldstein surveyed 10 industry insiders to see how good they thought Darvish was going to be. Instead of asking for physical comps or statistical projections, Kevin stacked Darvish up against a selection of five other right-handed starters and asked for each insider’s one-on-one pitcher preference. In retrospect, some of the responses seem silly—three people took Ian Kennedy over Darvish—but the consensus wasn’t far from the mark: Darvish, the insiders said, would be worse than Justin Verlander, roughly as good as Zack Greinke, better than Matt Garza and Kennedy, and much better than Ricky Nolasco. Sounds about right.

Last week, the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka, the best Japanese starter to cross the Pacific since Darvish, to a seven year, $155 million deal (plus posting fee, luxury tax, and the priced-in expense of the opt-out clause) that will make him one of baseball’s 10 highest-paid players in 2014. The next question, naturally, is, “How good is the guy they just got?”

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August 15, 2013 6:11 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 20

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

A look at players who might be available to help your fantasy team, depending on the format in which you play.

12-Team Mixed

Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres
A June groin injury followed by an awful July caused a number of standard mixed-league owners to run for the exits, as Gyorko is only owned in about 29% of ESPN leagues. If he’s available in your mixer, snatch him up. Even without taking the injuries into account, since May, Gyorko has been an offensive force. His ISO in May, June, and August has been no lower than .242. In other words, Gyorko is a legit source of power at a middle infield position. Unless you’re in a points league that penalizes severely for hitter strikeouts, there’s no way Gyorko should be a free agent. —Mike Gianella


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May 31, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10

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Paul Sporer

Paul helps you decide which two-start pitchers are worth using this week and which ones you should avoid.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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May 2, 2013 9:00 am

Painting the Black: Six Who Clicked, Pitchers Edition

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R.J. Anderson

Looking at six April stars on the mound.

Trevor Cahill, Diamondbacks
Cahill showed up to camp svelter than usual. The offseason work paid off with a strong April, as Cahill averaged more than seven innings per start while striking out about 2.5 batters per walk issued. He saved his best for last: throwing eight innings of one-run ball on Tuesday against the Giants. The bread-and-butter of Cahill's arsenal remains his sinker. His secondary pitch of choice has changed, however. Cahill threw his cutter 26 percent of the time in April, compared to 11 percent in 2012.  Increased confidence in the pitch gives Cahill a fourth option, or at least a backup plan on nights when he cannot find the feel for his changeup. 

Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks
Yes, another Arizona starter acquired through an earlier trade. Corbin allowed one home run in 33 innings after allowing 14 homers last season in 107 innings. A considerable difference, and one that allows for improvement even after regression. There are two encouraging signs from Corbin so far: 1) his velocity is slightly up, and—more importantly—2) his command has been better. Corbin must stay down in the zone in order to be effective. He's done just that early this season. 



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February 28, 2013 5:00 am

Painting the Black: Count to 300

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R.J. Anderson

Updating the Glavine Line and looking for the next immortal.

It's spring and that means feral optimism is available in bulk. Soon a barrage of articles proclaiming any and every team a potential surprise contender will surface, and so will pieces predicting big seasons out of players young and old alike. There will be articles like this one, too, which deals with the next 300-game winner. There's no real science to it. Pick a youngish pitcher with a track record of success and build him up. By the time that pitcher fails to win 300 nobody will remember anyhow. Still, pieces discussing the next 300-game winner can be fun. 

Take Mike Fast's debut article at Baseball Prospectus, from October 2010, in which he introduced the Glavine Line. Fast's creation was based on the idea that its namesake took the slacker's route to 300 wins by doing the minimum required and no more. The measure deals in simplicity instead of complexity and allows you to get a feel for a pitcher's pace relative to Glavine by comparing his actual wins with a crude projection (15.5 wins from his age-22 season onward). It's a clean, tidy, and ineffective way of identifying the next 300-game winner—as Fast admitted in the original piece.

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