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Change can be a good thing. Whether it comes from clearing a logjam at a certain position or merely granting a change of scenery, the trade deadline often opens up spots for big leaguers and prospects alike to really show what they can do and hopefully  to set the foundation

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Batman and Robin. Peanut butter and Jelly. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant (Err, wait, bad example. Nevermind). It’s rare to get the opportunity to see two separate pieces grow together to form a dynamic duo. It’s probably even less likely to see in baseball, as teams rarely have both a

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“We need a Ben Zobrist-type,” is a phrase uttered by countless front office executives and fantasy owners alike since Zobrist’s 8.6 WAR breakout campaign in 2009. Ultimately the phrase relates to teams targeting and developing players capable of fielding multiple positions, thus creating positional flexibility while using fewer position player

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At this point, everyone knows about Lucas Giolito. He’s great. The same goes for Julio Urias, Alex Reyes and Blake Snell. And you definitely should have heard some things about Tyler Glasnow by now (If you haven’t yet, you should probably do that now. I’ll wait). There are a couple

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In this pitcher’s era, it is important to make sacrifices (I’m not talking about bunts. #neverbunt) for offense. The days of well-rounded sluggers seem to have gone the way of the snap bracelet and fanny pack. Strikeouts have increased every year since 2005. That same year, the average big leaguer

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A wise man once said, “there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s.” That same philosophy applies to player development. It’s almost never exactly linear, and there’s no standard timeline prospects follow on their ascent to the big leagues. Every player has a different journey. It’s easy to comb top

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It makes sense that in a traditional 5×5 roto league each statistic carries the same amount of weight. However a funny thing has happened in the last few years of fantasy baseball. Since 2011, stolen bases have been slowly trending down league wide. The scarcity of steals has, in turn,

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Baseball can be such a buzz kill sometimes. Look, injuries happen, we get it. But still, knowing that “it’s part of the game” doesn’t help when guys go down. It’s especially tough when a budding star suffers an injury during their ascent to the upper echelon of the league. Suddenly

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Let me tell you a Story about a boy named Trevor. Just kidding. Last week I wrote about relief pitchers. I combed the stats, reviewed the depth charts, and poured over usage and velocity graphs. I cobbled together a list of players that I thought displayed good skills and that

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Sometimes certain MLB lineup strategies bleed into fantasy. Positional flexibility is nice, and platoon splits have worked their way into the lexicon for fantasy owners in lineup construction. After the success of the Royals, many big league teams have devoted considerable resources to building “super bullpens” with the idea that

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