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03-18

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The Darkhorses: Home Runs
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-12

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley

01-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

09-16

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8

Five to Watch: Hot Corner Conundrums
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Ben Carsley

06-26

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 26, 2013
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Clint Chisam

06-17

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 17, 2013
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Clint Chisam

06-06

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 6, 2013
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Clint Chisam

06-05

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 5, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-30

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 30, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-25

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 25, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-11

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 11, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-10

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 10th, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-09

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 9th, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-08

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013
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Clint Chisam

05-02

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Out of Left Field: Will Middlebrooks, and Beating Oneself
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Matthew Kory

04-08

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 7
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Larry Granillo

07-19

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18

Overthinking It: Did Boston Trade Youkilis Too Soon?
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Ben Lindbergh

06-24

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13

Transaction Analysis: Youkilis Changes Sox
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R.J. Anderson

06-04

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15

Out of Left Field: The Red Sox Roster Crunch
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Matthew Kory

05-15

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/15/12
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Michael Street

05-08

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 7
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Larry Granillo

05-08

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/8/12
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Michael Street

04-23

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17

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

04-20

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 20
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Kevin Goldstein

04-19

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 18
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Kevin Goldstein

04-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Boston Red Sox
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Jason Parks

02-14

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Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Third Basemen
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Jason Parks

01-28

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-26

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Future Shock: Ben Cherington Interview, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

03-20

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

06-10

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Radcliff
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David Laurila

06-06

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Mock Draft 2007
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Kevin Goldstein

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May 9, 2013 7:00 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 9th, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 9, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013 6:14 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 8, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for May 8, 2013

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May 2, 2013 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: Will Middlebrooks, and Beating Oneself

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Matthew Kory

Pitchers haven't adjusted to Will Middlebrooks, because Will Middlebrooks hasn't made them.

Remember Kevin Maas? Maas was a 25-year-old rookie first baseman for the Yankees who came up in late June 1990. He wasn’t a huge prospect until he hit eight home runs in his first month. Then he was. He went on to hit 13 more over the remainder of the season, with a .904 OPS, and a 150 OPS+. He was even intentionally walked 10 times. It was good enough for a second-place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting, despite just 79 games played. 

So that was it, Maas was the next great Yankees slugger. Everyone bow down. Then 1991 happened. Maas hit 23 homers, but he needed twice as many plate appearances to do it. He put up a mediocre .220/.333/.390 slash line. There were certain pitches Maas just couldn’t hit when thrown in the right place. Opposing pitchers had learned them and Maas was unable to adjust. Two mediocre seasons later the Yankees cut him and, other than 64 plate appearances for the Twins in 1995, he was out of the majors for good. 

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The tater trots from April 7: Will Middlebrooks' big game, a pretty walkoff from Dayan Viciedo.

The first weekend is in the books. Raise your hand if you had Will Middlebrooks with the first three-homer game of the season?

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July 19, 2012 10:31 am

Overthinking It: Did Boston Trade Youkilis Too Soon?

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Ben Lindbergh

The Red Sox moved quickly to get Kevin Youkilis out of their lineup and out of their clubhouse this summer. With Youkilis hitting well once more, the decision looks like it might have been a mistake.

In July of 2004, the Red Sox traded Nomar Garciaparra, one of their longest-tenured and most popular players, to the Chicago Cubs. Garciaparra was still productive, but he’d just turned 30, and both his bat and his glove had slipped. Worse, he’d been wounded by Boston’s attempt to trade for Alex Rodriguez the previous winter and had reportedly become a distraction in the clubhouse. With Garciaparra a few months away from free agency, the Sox made the bold decision to ship him to Chicago for Orlando Cabrera, improving both their defense and their chemistry with a single swap.

We know how that trade turned out. The Red Sox won the World Series, and Garciaparra continued to decline, turning in a subpar season for the Cubs in ’05 and remaining only marginally effective until his retirement in 2010. According to a 2005 article in The Baltimore Sun, Garciaparra “was said to be stunned and depressed for the first week after his trade,” but “later came to appreciate the change of scenery, a fresh start, less pressure, different expectations.” The trade might have made him happier, but it didn’t help him recapture his youth. The Sox were smart to trade him when they did.

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June 24, 2012 6:09 pm

Transaction Analysis: Youkilis Changes Sox

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R.J. Anderson

Kevin Youkilis is dealt to Chicago, plus a look at other assorted transactions



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June 4, 2012 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: The Red Sox Roster Crunch

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Matthew Kory

The Red Sox have too many good players, and, yes, this could turn into a problem.

How do you solve a midseason roster crunch? If there are two players for one position, there are a number of options. Trade one of the players, demote one, put one on the disabled list, or even sit one on the bench and play the hot hand. None of those solutions necessarily maximizes the team’s assets, but sometimes that is okay. If we are talking about two last-guy-out-of-the-pen types, then it isn’t of particular importance.

Sometimes the stakes are higher. When the Yankees traded for Alex Rodriguez, they found themselves with two Hall of Fame-caliber shortstops and only one shortstop position (Joe Maddon hadn’t been invented yet). Demoting, trading, and the rest of the above list were not options. Sometimes there are too many babies for the bathwater. Nobody wants dirty babies.

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May 15, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/15/12

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Michael Street

The majority of Michael’s VP list turns over this week, but he’s got plenty of replacements lined up, including three who picked up their first home run of the year last week.

Statistically speaking, a single home run (like a single hit) is fairly meaningless. It’s the ultimate small sample, showing how one batter did against one pitcher (and one pitch) under one specific set of conditions. But psychologically speaking, when it’s the first home run of the season, it can mean so much more. The hitter feels confident in his swing or relieved at having gotten his first longball of the season out of the way, and it could mean a turnaround is coming. Look at Albert Pujols: in 27 plate appearances since his first jack of the season, he’s picked up 5 RBI—as many as he picked up in the 114 plate appearances before he finally went yard.

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The tater trots for May 6 & 7: fun home runs from Albert Pujols, Adam Jones, David Ortiz, Jordany Valdespin.

Boy, did I miss a bad day or two to skip the Tater Trot Tracker. Let's not waste any more time. Let's get to the (Sunday and Monday) trots!

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May 8, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/8/12

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Michael Street

Looking for a replacement for your injured third baseman? Michael looks at plenty of hot-corner options this week, especially in Playing Pepper.

As Jason Collette and Paul Sporer covered in BP’s Towers of Power Fantasy Hour podcast this week, four front-line third-base qualifiers—Evan Longoria, Mat Gamel, Kevin Youkilis, and Pablo Sandoval—hit the DL this past week, leaving fantasy owners scrambling at an already-thin position. While many of the replacement players are marginal, sometimes a warm body is all you need to keep your fantasy squad afloat until more help arrives via an early-season callup. I’ll examine a few of those hot corner replacement options in this week’s column.

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April 23, 2012 7:01 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

A trio of perplexing pitchers leads off today's Ten Pack.

Dylan Axelrod, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
The fact that Axelrod even reached the big leagues is quite an achievement. A 30th-round pick in 2007 by the Padres, Axelrod lasted a year and a half before landing in Indy ball, but all he did was get better. His primary skill is the ability to throw strikes. He pounds the strike zone with an 88-91 mph fastball, has a decent slider, and a somewhat-less-than-decent curve. He has no changeup, but he hits his spots and keeps hitters off balance; while that's the kind of pitcher who should hit a wall, he just hasn't yet. With 7 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday, he now has a 1.08 ERA in four starts for the Knights to go with 26 strikeouts and just four walks. He's already a great scouting find for the White Sox, and has to upgrade that status by becoming a usable arm as a No. 5 starter or middle reliever, which exceeds any expectation ever put on him.


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Why Cubs fans need to exercise a bit of caution with Anthony Rizzo, and notes on 35 more prospects.

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-3, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB.

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