Opinion & Editorial

John Lackey and the propriety of holding out

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Given John Lackey's age, the "Lackey clause" in his contract could lead to a very unusual situation this offseason.

Gausman halts development, helps O's win now

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Kevin Gausman was rushed to the big leagues, but even though he is not a finished product, he is still able to make a positive impact on the Orioles' chances in 2014.

Is it worth it to pay for an elite shortstop?

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An elite shortstop is great in theory, but is there really evidence to support their value to a team?

The problem with sabermetrics

19

The problem with sabermetrics isn't that it's changing baseball. The problem lies with the people trying to stop it.

Mark Buehrle's HOF case: The value of durability

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The (now) Toronto left-hander has lasted for a while, and in so doing, has excelled. But should he head to the Hall of Fame when he retires?

The Twins would be fools not to trade Kurt Suzuki

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Trading an aging veteran who's trade value is through the roof to acquire maybe one or two more prospects in addition to making room for a young prospect is as simple as 1+1.

Angels bet the farm on Huston Street

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The Angels have bet the farm on Huston Street, giving up three of their best prospects for the veteran closer. Was this a wise move?

Composite pitcher WARs for 2014

5

Bryan takes a quick look at how a pitcher's hitting, fielding, and baserunning can affect their overall value.

Madison Bumgarner welcomes you to the slam

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Bumgarner's got a thing for hitting grand slams and making fellow pitchers look bad.

2014 Home Run Derby: Analyzing the hitters by HRD

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How impressive have the home runs hit by 2014 home run derby participants been? Are there players that might be better choices, if you prefer huge bombs?

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The White Sox's abysmal bullpen

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How the Rick Hahn ran an experiment in constructing his bullpen and failed

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Corey Dickerson: The 157 wRC+ All-Star that wasn't

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In limited playing time, sometime pinch hitter and CarGo fill-in Corey Dickerson has posted a monster season so far, near the top of the leaderboard in WAR for NL left fielders.

What if LeBron James was a baseball player?

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Okay, okay, so you've heard enough about LeBron James, and don't need to hear more about him on a baseball site. But this is sort of neat. What if LeBron was a baseball player? He would be Mike...

The Baltimore Orioles should trade for Tulowitzki

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The Orioles and Rockies match up for what would be a swap of an established superstar for several top 100 prospects, including some of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Why should the...

Hisashi Iwakuma's spectacular splitter

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The Seattle righty has taken his game to the next level in 2014, behind modifications to his pitch selection motivated by shifted preferences. But can he improve further?

McCarthy to Yankees, Nuno to Diamondbacks

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Yankees deal for Brandon McCarthy, while the Diamondbacks are left with Vidal Nuno and a contract.

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.

Trading Trout?

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Under what crazy circumstances (obviously in a Bizarro World) would the Angels trade Mike Trout? Is there any return possible that would make it worthwhile?

'Tech's On Deck Meetup' at Citi Field

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Last night's "Tech's On Deck Meetup" at Citi Field discussed some of the most interesting topics within the intersection of baseball and big data.

The Angels are here to stay

11

After back-to-back seasons of bad luck, injuries, and underperformance, the Angels are finally looking like a team that befits their talent and payroll.

An early look at some possible trade candidates

5

Let's take a look at some faces that could play for different teams by the end of 2014.

The best left-side defenses ever

11

Investigating an unusual assertion by an announcer, and finding a surprising amount of validity in it.

How many games would an all-defense team win?

8

Not all elite defenders are elite players, but a team with the most elite defender at every position would still win a lot of baseball games.

A win is a win, right?

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Is WAR really the best way to evaluate wins for individual baseball players? Depends on what you're after.

The cost of a long first inning

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Thinking out loud about the cost of a long first inning.

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