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07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge
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Chris Mosch

05-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 451: Cueto, Greinke, and Green Lights
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-27

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Tale of the Tape: Matt Cain vs. Zack Greinke
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Alex Kantecki

02-27

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34

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

02-27

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29

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-24

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10

State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers
by
Craig Goldstein

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-12

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 16: Zack Greinke at Joe Kelly
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

10-12

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16

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Recap: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Dodgers vs. Braves
by
Mike Gianella

08-27

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What You Need to Know: The Other Way in Which Zack Greinke is Good
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-23

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5

Pebble Hunting: Free Agent Alternate History
by
Sam Miller

06-13

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10

Skewed Left: Bayes and the Hit By Pitch
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Zachary Levine

04-15

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Baseball Therapy: Boys Will Be Boys?: The Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke Story
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Russell A. Carleton

04-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 180: Carlos Quentin vs. Zack Greinke/Why Catcher Height Matters for Framing
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-04

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Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality
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R.J. Anderson

01-22

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32

Out of Left Field: Why You Should Quit Caring About Salaries
by
Matthew Kory

12-14

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21

BP Unfiltered: Which WAR(P) Are You?
by
Sam Miller

12-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 98: Zack Greinke and the Dodgers' Bottomless Bankroll
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-10

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13

Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Go Big for Greinke
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Sam Miller

12-07

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15

Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 28
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Daniel Rathman

11-13

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34

Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-12

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Baseball Therapy: Assessing the Risk: Hamilton, Greinke, and Mental Health
by
Russell A. Carleton

11-05

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Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

10-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 72: How Many Members of the Angels' Rotation Will Be Back?/Predicting the First- and Last-Place Teams of 2013
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 26
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Matthew Kory

09-25

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Painting the Black: What's Brewing in Milwaukee
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R.J. Anderson

08-13

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Pebble Hunting: The Zack Greinke Parlour Game
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Sam Miller

08-07

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Overthinking It: Measuring the Movement at This Year's Deadline
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Ben Lindbergh

08-03

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Raising Aces: Throwdown: Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Hellickson
by
Doug Thorburn

07-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 30
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Matthew Kory

07-30

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Rating the Fantasy Impact of the Weekend's Transactions
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Derek Carty

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Dipoto Adds Greinke to Ace Collection UPDATED
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R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Wednesday, July 25
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Daniel Rathman

07-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Making the Most of Midseason Free Agents
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Derek Carty

07-05

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The Lineup Card: Nine All-Star Snubs
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Baseball Prospectus

06-28

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Top 10 Trade Targets
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R.J. Anderson and Derek Carty

06-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, June 13
by
Jason Wojciechowski

06-07

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, June 7
by
Matthew Kory

05-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 30
by
Matthew Kory

05-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 25
by
Matthew Kory

05-18

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week
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Sam Miller

04-27

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Overthinking It: The April Anomalies That Matter
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Ben Lindbergh

04-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 13, 2012
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Matthew Kory

04-13

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What You Need to Know: Friday, April 13
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Daniel Rathman

04-12

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Inside The Park Blog: An Unlikely Encounter
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Bradford Doolittle

03-02

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part II
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Stephani Bee and Larry Granillo

03-09

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Wezen-Ball: Greinke Isn't the Only One Playing Basketball
by
Larry Granillo

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August 23, 2013 6:42 am

Pebble Hunting: Free Agent Alternate History

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Sam Miller

Why timing is everything when it comes to buying big free agents.

You know what they say: The key to comedy is timing. Consider the following three jokes:

Joke 1. In December 2011, three men were wandering through the countryside in search of a place to sleep for the night. They came upon a large farm. The farmer said they were welcome to spend the night, so long as they didn’t touch his beautiful daughter. To make a long story short, one of them—the Angels—snuck out and signed Josh Hamilton for five years and $125 million, Hamilton went on to hit 43 home runs (including four in one game!) and drive in 128 for his new team, and he received multiple MVP votes after the season. The last four years didn’t work out as well after that, but that’s how these things go. The Angels, thanks to Hamilton’s contributions, made the postseason in 2012 for the first time in three years. The farmer's wife made pancakes for them all the next morning and the three men went on their way.

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June 13, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: Bayes and the Hit By Pitch

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Zachary Levine

Ian Kennedy, Zack Greinke, and the probabilistic approach to determining intention.

When home plate umpire Clint Fagan made the decision not to eject Zack Greinke for hitting Miguel Montero with a pitch, and a subsequent decision to eject Ian Kennedy for hitting Greinke with a pitch, he was answering a couple of probability questions that umpires and eventually Major League Baseball will have to face.

It’s not a question of whether the hit by pitch was intentional or not. You’re never able to answer that question. The probability that the act was intentional from the point of view of the umpire/disciplinarian is never 0, even on the most innocuous-looking play, and it’s pretty much never unless Cole Hamels is just begging for a suspension.

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How baseball's latest brawl was emblematic of American culture.

Last Thursday night, in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Dodgers-Padres game—which the Dodgers led 2-1 at the time—Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin with a 3-2 pitch. Words were exchanged, and Quentin (6'2", 235 lbs) charged the mound. Greinke (6'2", 195 lbs) tried to mosh with Quentin, leading with his left (non-pitching) shoulder, but Quentin had a 60-foot running start and 40 pounds’ worth of advantage. In the classic physics equation, force equals mass times acceleration. Quentin had the advantage on both counts.

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Ben and Sam discuss the brawl between the Dodgers and Padres, then talk about Ben's latest catcher framing research.



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R.J. goes back over his free agent rankings to see what teams knew that he didn't.

Before the winter Ben Lindbergh asked me to create a list of the top-50 free agents. Today let's revisit that list with an eye toward improvement.

In dissecting the list we have to begin with the two unemployed players that were ranked: Kyle Lohse (ninth) and Jose Valverde (43rd). Two missteps on the list's part, or unfortunate victims of the marketplace? How about one apiece. Lohse has not signed because of the draft-pick compensation requirement rather than his talent (he's fine as a middle-of-the-rotation starter). Were I redoing the list, Lohse would remain at nine. The same is not true of Valverde. He would lose his spot to a more-deserving player. Perhaps Lance Berkman, who went unranked because of the trepidation surrounding his future. 

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January 22, 2013 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: Why You Should Quit Caring About Salaries

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Matthew Kory

At some point, owners complaining about high salaries may start to lose credibility. Matt says that point is now.

I’m o-l-d-e old so I can remember when players made a few million dollars a year. I’m talking good players. The best. It’s a pittance compared to what they make today. Dave Winfield once signed a 10-year, $23 million contract. A Hall of Fame outfielder signed for $2.3 million a year. Infuriating! Rage! No way he’s worth that! But I can’t remember a time when players’ salaries were not a public discussion point.

For roughly the last three decades, salaries have been published, debated, and outraged over. Information on player salaries is ubiquitous nowadays but, if you think about it, that’s pretty weird. Baseball players and professional athletes in general are some of the only non-municipal workers in the world whose salaries are public information. Most people’s salaries aren’t made public. Front office executives don’t have their salaries appear in the papers, except occasionally.*

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Sometimes, the player-value models disagree, and you get to make a choice. Make that choice.

Much, perhaps too much, is made of the multiple models existent that attempt to characterize a player's value relative to replacement level. "A man with one watch always knows the time, while a man with two watches can never be sure," is an expression. Most of the time, though, WAR, WARP, and WAR are close allies. How good is Joey Votto? you might ask. And the answers you get: 

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Ben and Sam discuss the Zack Greinke signing and the Dodgers' astronomical payroll with Mike Petriello of Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness.

Ben and Sam discuss the Zack Greinke signing and the Dodgers' astronomical payroll with Mike Petriello of Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness.

Episode 98: "Zack Greinke and the Dodgers' Bottomless Bankroll"

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December 10, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Go Big for Greinke

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Sam Miller

The Dodgers signed Zack Greinke to a contract that reflects his ace-like abilities. But does he have ace-like abilities?

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December 7, 2012 4:22 pm

Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill

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Ben Lindbergh

What work is still left to be done for some of baseball's playoff contenders?

Although this year’s Baseball Winter Meetings were regarded as relatively slow, only seven teams checked out of the Opryland without making some sort of move. While Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton remain at large and Angel Pagan was the highest-ranked free agent removed from the market, many clubs found ways to fill holes during the four-day event. But even though the most eventful week of the winter is over, it’s still fairly early in the offseason, and a number of teams left Nashville with help wanted at one or more positions. Here are six winning teams from 2012 that will have to plug holes before Opening Day to return to contention in 2013:

Oakland Athletics, Shortstop: As of today, Oakland’s shortstop depth chart is topped by 29-year-old Adam Rosales, a career .241 TAv hitter without a great glove. The A’s have been open about their desire to upgrade at the position, with Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima named by Billy Beane as their top free-agent targets. Drew declined to exercise a $10 million mutual option that would have kept him in Oakland through 2013, but he and the team continue to discuss another deal.  The A’s aren’t depending on Drew: the team reportedly engaged in trade talks for Yunel Escobar and Asdrubal Cabrera in Nashville and could go after Jhonny Peralta if Drew departs. While the outcome is no clearer than it was a week ago, A’s director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the team was able to “lay some groundwork” that could lead to a solution later this winter.

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November 28, 2012 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, November 28

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Daniel Rathman

David Wright disputes reports about the state of his extension talks, the Dodgers are determined to go big for Zack Greinke, and the Red Sox shop a player they traded for less than a year ago.

After watching the Angels bullpen blow an American League-high 22 saves last year, general manager Jerry DiPoto was determined to fortify his late-inning staff. DiPoto made his first move to that end on Tuesday morning, striking a one-year deal with Ryan Madson, who missed the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Meanwhile, after adding Scott Baker to the Cubs rotation earlier this month, Theo Epstein snagged another low-cost righty in Scott Feldman, who will reportedly earn $6-7 million next year.

Here are three other rumors that surfaced amid those signings:

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If an expansion team with a Yankees budget wanted to build a team out of this year's free agents, what would it look like?

You can’t build a team around free agents, say the people who don’t think you can build a team around free agents. To them, the only way to build a team is through the draft, waiver claims and occasional trades. To paraphrase the great movie Waterboy (which is such a great movie that you can watch it for free on YouTube), “Free agents are the devil!” Well, maybe so if you’re living in the real world, but this is Baseball Prospectus where we can do anything we want provided it fits on a spreadsheet and won’t wake our parents upstairs.

Another thing some people like to say is that baseball teams aren’t just names on paper. They’re real people. Well, not here they aren’t, mister! Here players are one-dimensional entities devoid of emotion and everything else that won’t show up on our computer machines. In that spirit, I’m not only going to build a baseball team exclusively out of free agents, but I’m going to do it only on (virtual) paper. Eat that, straw men I just created!

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