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Cubs trade Samardzija to Athletics

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The first big trade of the 2014 trade season went down while you were all eating hot dogs and watching explosions in the sky. The A's are banking on the now while the Cubs continue to build for the...

Oscar Taveras and embracing time shares

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Having four starting players share three positions may be uncomfortable, but effective, in that extra days off for some of the players involved can come at particularly helpful times.

Have the Cubs fixed Jake Arrieta?

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The Cubs may have found themselves a dependable starter for the long-term, and he is already pitching—and excelling—in the major leagues.

Forgive Marco Estrada's home runs

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Marco Estrada has already allowed 23 home runs in 2014 at a rate of 2.46 per nine innings. Don't expect that to continue.

The White Sox defense had a bad night

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The White Sox gave up five unearned runs on Monday night. How often does that happen?

The pluses and minuses of strikeouts

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Strikeouts are again on the rise in major league baseball this season. Which teams are handling the trend the best?

Improving the win

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Instead of just complaining about how useless the pitching win is, can it be improved? Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper has a way.

The Intentional Walk Rage Scale (IWRS) Leaderboard

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Last week Joe Posnanski created the Intentional Walk Rage Scale (IWRS). Here we put the IWRS to use and evaluate all of the intentional walks from the 2014 season.

BABIP: Separating fact from fiction

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A look at the stat in light of hard hit data and speed scores.

Freddie Freeman does not have baseball's best eye

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Michael Salfino of the Wall Street Journal used balls per called strikes to argue that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has the best eye in baseball, but there's a problem with his metric.

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Could the baseball landscape be shifting?

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Discussing a possible shift in aging curves, one that is highly debatable, but also possesses massive potential to change the baseball landscape

Discussing MLBAM's new tracking system

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Neil Weinberg, Kevin Ruprecht, and Bryan Cole discuss what to expect from MLBAM's new tracking system, and how it will change the way we watch and think about baseball

The O's spend on Jimenez, but will it be enough?

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The Orioles fell short of the postseason last year, and their pitching played a big role in that. Can their recent free-agent moves help them improve in that department, and will the boost be...

Teheran, Braves agree to extension

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The Braves lock up another young asset to an extension that buys out some free agency time. Is Teheran a good bet to provide value?

Remembering Jim Fregosi

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Beyond the Box Score remembers former All-Star shortstop and MLB manager Jim Fregosi.

Was Michael Wacha Tipping His Pitches? A Follow Up

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Wacha's changeup didn't nail the Red Sox in Game 6. Maybe they knew it was coming.

How has sabermetrics changed baseball?

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Sabermetrics and objective analysis have given many a better understanding of the game of baseball. Does a deeper understanding make the game more enjoyable?

Rangers Sign Choo, Put Final Touch On Scary Lineup

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The Rangers added to their scary lineup by signing Shin-Soo Choo, but did they overpay for the 31-year-old outfielder?

Royals swap Lough for Orioles' Valencia

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After adding Nori Aoki, the Royals weren't going to have enough at bats for David Lough in 2014. As a result, they sent him to Baltimore for Danny Valencia. Who got the better end of the deal?

What does it mean to be average?

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A ton of analysis is done based on league average players. Well, what was a league average player in 2013?

Phillies buy rotation insurance, add Hernandez

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Going into the season, Roberto Hernandez was a buy-low darling of the sabermetric community. Surprisingly, he's heading to one of the least saber-friendly organizations in the league.

Charlie Morton a good fit in Pittsburgh

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Why did the Pirates give Charlie Morton their biggest contract for a starting pitcher in franchise history? Well, in a Pirates uniform, Morton may be more valuable than you think.

Mariners sign Hart, trade for Morrison

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The Mariners added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. But did they add them as complimentary pieces or centerpieces? That isn't an answer we have just yet.

Evaluating the Adam Eaton trade

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What are the Diamondbacks doing? Last offseason it was grit, now it's power. Whatever the case, they traded for Mark Trumbo in a three-team deal where the White Sox received Adam Eaton and the...

Athletics add depth, Rockies gamble on Anderson

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The Oakland A's have a reputation as one of the most erudite organizations in baseball. The Rockies aren't exactly viewed in the same light. Tuesday's trade only served to further the images of...

Nationals Bolster Bench With McLouth

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The Washington Nationals bench lacked firepower in 2013, but the addition of Nate McLouth could pay huge dividends.

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