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12-08

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Zack Greinke and John Lackey
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Doug Thorburn

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: LA-Kuma Matata
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Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Snake Bitten
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Matthew Trueblood and Bret Sayre

11-09

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Rubbing Mud: Reach For the Stars
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Matthew Trueblood

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: If You Can't Take the Heat: NLDS Game 5
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Chris Mosch

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game 5 Preview and PECOTA Odds
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Jeffrey Paternostro

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Two Baseball Plays: NLDS Game 2
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Jeffrey Paternostro

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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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-24

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State of the Position: Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

01-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers
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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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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
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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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Pebble Hunting: Free Agent Alternate History
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Sam Miller

06-13

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

12-14

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BP Unfiltered: Which WAR(P) Are You?
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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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Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Go Big for Greinke
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Sam Miller

12-07

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Overthinking It: Teams That Still Have Holes to Fill
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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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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
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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
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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
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-07

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, June 7
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Matthew Kory

05-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 30
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Matthew Kory

05-25

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

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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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BP's clinical psychologist brings his experience and expertise to bear in evaluating the impact of Zack Greinke's and Josh Hamilton's mental health histories on their on-field futures.

If you'll excuse me for a moment while I put on my other hat.

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November 5, 2012 12:00 am

Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents

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R.J. Anderson

The names baseball will be obsessing over for the next three months.

With free agency beginning at just after midnight Eastern early Saturday, it’s time to look at this year’s class. Along with Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and others, we put together a list of the top 50 free agents available this winter. Some analysis and predictions are also included. You can quibble with the rankings (especially after a certain point) and many of the predictions, but this is meant to serve as a primer for the free-agent period.

1. Zack Greinke (Angels): Greinke may not consistently perform like an ace but he is a durable no. 2 starter with a deep arsenal, and an understanding of how to use it. After trading three top prospects at the deadline for Greinke and then having his club miss the postseason, Jerry Dipoto is in an unenviable position. Dipoto cannot recoup draft picks, which provides further incentive to re-sign Greinke. It seems Dipoto is heading down that path if recent payroll shearing is any indication.

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Ben and Sam discuss the decisions the Angels are about to make concerning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and talk about what their 2013 rotation will look like, then predict 2013's division/World Series winners and last-place teams.

Ben and Sam discuss the decisions the Angels are about to make concerning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and talk about what their 2013 rotation will look like, then predict 2013's division/World Series winners and last-place teams.

*Update* Yeah, we both forgot that the Astros are moving to the AL West next season.

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September 26, 2012 10:19 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 26

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Matthew Kory

With hot and unexpected offseason rumors about the Astros.

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September 25, 2012 5:00 am

Painting the Black: What's Brewing in Milwaukee

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R.J. Anderson

The Brewers seemed to wave the white flag in July. Ever since they've been white hot.

In the days leading up to July 27th, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin weighed his options regarding free-agent-to-be Zack Greinke. He could keep Greinke, gamble on overcoming bleak playoff odds, and recoup draft picks during the offseason; or, trade Greinke before the deadline and jumpstart the rebuilding process. Melvin chose to send Greinke to the Angels for a trio of prospects. Days later, on July 31th, the Brewers improved their record to 47-56; the nearest wild card team sat 12 wins ahead. Given their team’s positions in the standings and on the trade market, you could excuse Brewers fans for checking out. After all, the 2012 season appeared to be another disappointment in a string of them, dating back to the club’s loss in the 2011 National League Championship Series.

Over the ensuing months, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder would leave via free agency. A case of broken protocol entangled newly minted NL MVP Ryan Braun in a messy controversy, if not a 50-game suspension. Factor in Greinke speculation, and Milwaukee fans were eager to get the season underway, with the drama of a pennant chase being a preferable alternative to the malaise of their offseason. The good feelings didn’t last long. Milwaukee spent April bobbing over and under the .500 mark, finishing the month at 11-12. By the time August arrived, the Brewers’ rounded playoff odds were zero percent.

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