1. Here's a Thought: Statistically, the 10 Best Relievers of 2009 Are...

    I was playing around with some statistical leaderboards today, and I thought I'd present who I believe were the ten best relief pitchers in 2009...

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  2. Here's a Thought: Debunking the Myth of Cole Hamels' Regression

    Cole Hamels went 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA in 2008. He ended the year a World Series hero. Cole Hamels went 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA in 2009. He ended the year a World Series bust...

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  3. Here's a Thought: Why Would the Oakland A's Want Coco Crisp?

    I think Billy Beane is an excellent GM, and I agree with most of his moves. But it's been reported that the A's are close to a 1-year deal with free agent outfielder Coco Crisp, and while I think ...

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  4. Here's a Thought: Brandon Medders Is Likely To Regress in 2010

    Since I have a bunch of time on my hands in this month, being that I'm off from college, I've been compiling a leaderboard of what I call "True ERA." The formula for that is pretty simple: True ERA = FIP + (xFIP - FIP) + (...

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  5. Here's a Thought: ...And 2009's Luckiest Pitcher Award Goes To...

    If you're a regular reader of "Here's a Thought," you probably know that I don't like to use ERA very much. Instead, I prefer FIP, tRA, and xFIP when discussing pitchers...

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  6. Here's a Thought: Dissecting Trevor Cahill's Struggles

    If you take a quick look at Trevor Cahill's 2009 stats from, say, Yahoo! Sports, you probably would come away thinking "It's not great, but he did okay for a 21-year-old." Cahill went 10-13 with a 4...

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  7. Here's a Thought: The Rays Front Office Does It Again

    Only a few franchises in MLB truly understand how to spend money wisely. I would trot out the A's, Twins, Rockies, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Phillies, and the Rays as some of these...

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  8. Here's a Thought: For Once, I Agree With Omar Minaya

    I'm a member of the "new school," that typically looks hard at sabermetrics as a form of player evaluation and takes issue with those inside the game who don't...

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  9. Here's a Thought: Who Did Your Team Get in the Rule 5 Draft? And Is He Any Good?

    As one of B/R's resident minor league experts, I often like to share my knowledge of the minors with those of you who don't have the desire and/or the time to keep up with all this stuff, particularly outside of your own favorite organization...

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  10. Here's a Thought: Nathaniel's (Extremely Premature) Idea of Who Should Break Camp With the Oakland A's (Pitchers)

    Continuing with the theme of last night's position players article (see: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/310728-heres-a-thought-nathaniels-extremely-premature-idea-of-who-should-break-camp-with-the-oakland-as-position-players), ...

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  11. Here's a Thought: Nathaniel's (Extremely Premature) Idea of Who Should Break Camp With the Oakland A's (Position Players)

    Lately, I've been doing position-by-position breakdowns of the A's system, from the majors all the way down to Rookie ball. With each player in those, I have a line that says where I think they should start 2010...

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  12. Here's a Thought: Breaking Down the Oakland A's Major and Minor League First Basemen

    A few days ago, I broke down the catchers in the A's organization. That article can be found at http://bleacherreport.com/articles/307963-heres-a-thought-breaking-down-the-oakland-as-major-and-minor-league-catchers...

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  13. Here's a Thought: Michael Taylor Is Better Than Brett Wallace

    When the A's acquired Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson from the Cardinals in July for Matt Holliday, my response was something of a "Meh...

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  14. Here's a Thought: On Non-Tendering Jack Cust

    Sometime in the spring of 2007, I was sitting in an AP English Language classroom as a high school senior. Since I had already gotten into college, I wasn't really 100 percent engaged anymore, ...

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  15. Here's a Thought: Breaking Down the Oakland A's Major and Minor League Catchers

    Over the course of the offseason, I've looked at a few individual players and also broke down the starting pitching situation for the Oakland A's...

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  16. Here's a Thought: Reacting To Andrew Bailey's ROY Victory

    Like most sports fans, I take a lot of pride in my predictions that come true. I said the Red Sox would win the 2004 ALCS even when they went down 3-0...

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  17. Here's a Thought: Optimizing the Oakland Athletics' 2010 Rotation

    As the A's continue to build what they (and all of us fans) hope is going to be a dynasty that peaks in 3-7 years from now, the core of the team is going to be the starting pitching, which has ...

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  18. Here's a Thought: Examining Ryan Sweeney

    In my last article, I evaluated one speedy Oakland center fielder, Rajai Davis. Now, I'll look at the other one, Ryan Sweeney. STATISTICAL EVALUATION: Sweeney has performed similarly the last two years, hitting ...

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  19. Here's a Thought: Examining Rajai Davis

    Now that the season is over, I can stop looking at minor league players in my examinations and focus on some major leaguers. First up is speed demon center fielder Rajai Davis, who seemed to break out this year...

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  20. Here's a Thought: Examining Aaron Cunningham

    In the last week, I've looked at two of the A's top Triple-A hitters, top prospects Brett Wallace and Chris Carter. Now, I'm switching gears slightly and looking at another top Triple-A hitter, ...

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  21. Here's a Thought: Examining Brett Wallace

    A few days ago, in my ongoing series of thorough A's player breakdowns, I looked at mega-prospect Chris Carter. But Carter isn't the only slugger on the Sacramento River Cats who has scouts and A's fans drooling about his potential...

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  22. Here's a Thought: Examining Chris Carter

    Lately (before my computer crashed last week, rendering my Internet time scarce; sorry for the recent lack of material), I have been doing comprehensive evaluations of A's players to see where ...

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  23. Here's a Thought: Examining Josh Outman

    In my last article, which looked at Dallas Braden, I introduced my idea of giving a single player on the A's a full-scale statistical and scouting rundown, to break down where they ...

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  24. Here's a Thought: Examining Dallas Braden

    At this point in the season, the 61-76 Oakland A's have little to play for. As a columnist, this fact gives me rather little to write about them...

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  25. Here's a Thought: Possible Oakland A's September Callups—The Outfielders

    Continuing what I began a week or so ago in looking at possible pitching callups for the A's, I'm taking a look at outfielders who could get a big league look come roster expansion on Sept...

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