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The rotation series is very similar to the lineup series we completed last week. We take the projected top five starters in the rotation (according to rosterresource.com) and calculate their three year average in three Baseball Prospectus statistics. Obviously, the idea is to give a sort of power rankings and

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Offseason Overview The Angels are the new White Sox. They’ve changed management off the field, but they’ve kept the same philosophy in general. The idea is that they are always one or two players away from being competitive. That certainly makes sense with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in tow,

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Offseason Overview Offseason. What offseason? The big “all in” winter of 2014/15 seems an eternity ago and another rebuild is in process. The Padres let “ace” Tyson Ross walk away, replacing him with Jhoulys Chacin and Trevor Cahill, while Derek Norris’ departure has opened the catching spot for Austin Hedges.

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Offseason Overview Sports Illustrated predicted the Astros would win the 2017 World Series a few years ago and the Astros seemed to treat this offseason as if it was a moral imperative for them to do so. They added Nori Aoki, Josh Reddick, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran to a

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We come to our next series as we approach the beginning of the season. This time, we are taking a look at starting rotations. Just like with the lineups, we are looking at past performance assuming the top five guys last the season. That last happened back in 2001 when

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The NL Central is the best division in baseball. There can be no doubt about that as the Cubs were the best team in baseball going away. The Cardinals and Pirates aren’t that far behind. All three teams were participating in a sort of arms race this offseason. It’s hard

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As we finish the lineup series we are reminded that data is a complex thing. The averages we see for the teams come over a three year period where many of the players were playing somewhere else at some point in the three years. So, putting them together doesn’t necessarily

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Fantasy baseball is an individual sport and most fantasy players choose to focus on individual numbers. That being said, there is a certain amount of synergy that comes from being on a good team. Being on a bad one can depress numbers more than we can probably calculate. That doesn’t

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We reach the end of the line for the AL lineup grades. Grading out lineups in January is often challenging because it is a lot like nailing jello on the wall. There aren’t a lot of major changes that happen at this point in the offseason, but the competitive balance

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As might have been predicted, the Baltimore Orioles brought back one of their major free agents when they signed Mark Trumbo to a three-year 37.5 million dollar contract. The move probably seems more significant at first glance since Trumbo is coming off of a 47 home run campaign, but as

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