Now Available: Trade Deadline Primer

As promised last week, the comprehensive Trade Deadline Primer is now available for purchase. See who the Phillies are targeting, which players the Phillies could send packing, and an overview of some of the key prospects. You will get similar analysis for the remaining 29 teams as well from bloggers such as Dan Wade (Nationals), Peter Hjort (Braves), Michael Jong (Marlins), and Joe Janish (Mets). You will be hard-pressed to find such a breadth of trade deadline coverage anywhere.

If you’d like to get a leg up on the trade deadline, click here to purchase the Primer for $9.95. Of course, you probably don’t want to make a purchase without knowing what to expect. You can download 25% of the Primer for free by clicking here. If you like what you read, support the time and hard work put into this project by TwinsCentric and their cadre of bloggers.

Whether you’re a Phillies fan, a baseball expert or a fantasy baseball guru, this is your reference guide to the 2010 trading season. Written by Crashburn Alley’s Bill Baer and a host of experts from other teams, this 160+ page e-book provides all the info you’ll ever need:
– Foreword by Rob Neyer of
– Summaries of what every other team is looking to do at the deadline, including how it could help your fantasy team
– 150+ easily referenced trade targets with breakdowns
– 120+ impact prospects
– Essays about what other team in the NL East may be focusing on.
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  1. E

    July 13, 2010 02:37 PM

    Bill, probably not the best place to post this, but are you aware of why there is drastic differences at times for WAR between fgraphs and bref?


  2. Bill Baer

    July 13, 2010 02:59 PM

    FanGraphs and Baseball Reference use different types of WAR. Tom Tango makes the distinction by calling FanGraphs WAR fWAR and Baseball Reference’s WAR rWAR (the little ‘r’ refers to Rally).

    More info:

    FanGraphs WAR (fWAR) FanGraphs WAR uses park-adjusted wRAA for its offensive component. It includes SB and CS, but not other areas of baserunning. For defense, it uses UZR and Tom Tango’s position adjustments. fWAR currently has no consideration of catcher defense. Non-pitcher replacement level for fWAR is 20 runs per 600 PAs for both leagues.

    For pitchers, fWAR is based on park-adjusted FIP. Replacement level is a .380 W% for starters and a .470 W% for relievers.

    BaseballProjection WAR (rWAR, with an r for Rally) BaseballProjection WAR uses a Base Runs formula to create custom linear weights for each team which are then applied to that team’s hitters to measure their offensive contributions. This ensures that the offensive runs of a team’s players add up to the number of runs that team actually scored. rWAR also includes measures of value for baserunning (including non-SB baserunning), avoiding double plays, and reaching base on error. For defense, rWAR uses Total Zone and Sean Smith’s position adjustments (similar to Tango’s, but with catchers and first basemen a little closer to to average).

    For pitchers, rWAR is based on runs allowed with an adjustment for team defense using Total Zone.

    BaseballProjection uses a separate replacement level for each league to account for the difference in league quality.

  3. e

    July 13, 2010 04:54 PM


    Would one be better to use than the next?

  4. Bill Baer

    July 13, 2010 05:22 PM

    It’s really a preference thing. I use FanGraphs WAR due to convenience and habit, but it is certainly not without several caveats. As long as you understand the stat, you should be fine.

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