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1) Carlos Delgado seemed done in 2007, then he wasn’t done in 2008. In 2009, done or not done and why?

I bet, like in 2008, he’s some place in the middle again. He’s not getting younger, so to expect an improvement from last season would be unrealistic. He and the team will tell you he had mechanical and mental hitches that hurt him in the start of the season, it wasn’t physical. Frankly, I prefer it be physical, because, if healthy, he’d be all set. However, what’s to say he doesn’t slide back in to those mechanical mistakes again.

2) John Maine battled some injuries in 2008, can we expect a bounce back in 2009 to a sub-4 ERA?

He’s struggling in spring training, but he says he is working on different things, from different pitches to adjustments in his delivery.

Maine is very hard on himself, and he goes in to mental funks, that translate in rough stretches during the season. He knows he needs to stop thinking, and just let the ball rip, like he was doing at the start of last season.

The key for him will be whether he can focus, stop overthinking, and create a better out pitch to keep batters from fouling off so many pitches, which often leads him to 90–pitch counts in the fourth inning.

3) Not sure if you play fantasy baseball, but even if you don’t you should be able to answer this. Reyes or Wright?

Funny you should ask, because I was in this exact position on Sunday during my league’s draft. We have an extensive prospects and keeper system, that has allowed me to carry Ryan Zimmerman since he was in Double-A. I am using him, finally, as my starting third baseman – in a head-to-head league with 16 teams, and 16 roster spots. So, because I do not have a starting shortstop, I selected Reyes with second overall pick in the draft, ahead of Wright and Hanley Ramirez. Wright was taken with the next pick.

4) How do you think Citi-Field will play? Pitcher’s park? Hitter’s park? Why?

I have no idea, and neither does any one else. I asked Jeff Wilpon this very question, when I talked with him during spring training, and he said there have been no indications yet, and nobody will really know until the team starts playing in April – and even then it will likely change as the weather warms up, the wind patterns change and it gets more humid in the summer. I believe, however, they want it to be a pitcher’s park, consistent with the team’s history.

5) Luis Castillo is projected for 490 ABs and 0 HRs. That would be a sub-Herculean achievement. Think he can pull it off?

My readers at MetsBlog.com like to call him Slappy McSingleton, but, like Clark Kent in a phone booth, turning in to Superman, he becomes Slappy McHomerton at least once or twice per season when batting from the right side of the plate – I expect the same in 2009.

I am far more concerned with his OBP than his home run totals, though.

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  1. Eric W says:
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    I am tired of people saying “He’s not getting younger” for once I want some one to go out on a limb and predict that some one is going to get younger. And John Maine is the white Dice-k

  2. Andrew Dice Clay looks nothing like John Main, has only one pitch (the high hard one), and at age 51, isn’t getting any younger.

  3. Freak says:
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    I’m having a hard time determining whether turnip’s comment is serious or not. Did he really think “Dice-k” meant Dice Clay, or is he just trying to be funny?

  4. Mowses says:
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    well he’s not getting younger either

  5. Anthony G says:
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    The mets are my favorite squad. I wonder what kind of Oliver we will be get. If it’s the first half Olie then we will suck. If its 2nd half ollie we will be contenders again!

  6. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Anthony G: We will get every type of Oliver, the good the bad and the ugly and a long season of biting our fingernails.

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i was on the oliver and main wagon 2 years ago,i think they got a bad wheel on thier wagon,,ill convert to jordan zimmerman and hanson instead

  8. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey, who do you trade Devine for, Grey? I have offers of ibanez, harang, RJ, and Cueto. Think you could give me an order of who you’d take (if you’d do the trade, which I think you would).

  9. Doug Ault says:
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    I’m still waiting for Benjamin Button to be worked into a description

  10. cubbies299 says:
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    Thanks, Grey. I think i’ll do Laroche, since my utilities are A Gordon and Chipper (once I work out the trade). By the way, last minute assessment (and I promise for the last time). Kouz/Uggla for Chipper/Laroche. I feel like laroche and kouz are nearly a wash with a slight edge to Kouz’s upside. I have D Wright and A Gordon, so 3B’s not a concern at all and 1B certainly is. I like Chipper’s avg over Uggla’s power, as I don’t know if a team that has Krisby and Uggla can hold water in that stat (especially with gordon). It’s an ops league too, so Chipper’s 1.00+ ops is killer. As is Laroche’s .850

  11. cubbies299 says:
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    @Grey: I mean i think i’ll do harang. I’m really padding the posts with these fails

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: Yeah, looks fine.
    I think the difference between Chipper and Kouz is nothing but average and I hate to play for average, but it sounds like you might have to.

  13. James says:
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    Having spent a lot of time at Shea, I believe Citi will play much like Shea or a little LESS of a pitchers park. Shea was a pitchers park mainly due to the swirling winds in center field that were derived from the opened shape of the stadium. These winds won’t be a factor since Citi is mainly closed, but the larger dimensions should take the place of the stifling wind. As a result, you have a stadium that is similar or less of a pitchers park.

    Adam Jones (7 for 7 in spring training SB attempts, talking about 30SBs, and hitting 2nd) looks like a better version of Maybin since he is more seasoned and strikes out less.

  14. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    wieters and price just hit the waiver wire in my league, who is worth putting in a claim for more? I have Sandoval as my catcher. I’d prob drop Ziegler for one of them since I have 4 other closers.

  15. Grey

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    @James: As I mentioned the other day, I like Adam Jones right now. He’s looked real good in the spring. Of course, I’m not saying make him your third outfielder.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Drop Ziegler for Price, but be ready to hold him for a bit.

  16. Team Ram Rod says:
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    @Grey: I was debating btw adding Price or adding F. Lopez as a super sub. I mean 2b, ss, of and 3b all backed up is nice. Even though I normally prefer not to have an offensive bench and I already have the choo choo express on my bench.

    I’m sure you have all seen this, but you gotta love it! http://www.thewrightstache.com/

  17. agarthered says:
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    Is it just me or a lot of the mid level relievers a little bit worrying right now?

    Fuentes – Velocity down
    BJ Ryan – Velocity down
    F Cordero – Stinking it up
    Marmol – Doesn’t even have job yet.

    Don’t know what I’m going to do in my draft tomorrow if I don’t get Broxton in the 10th haha.

  18. sean says:
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    Corner outfield — will it be Murphy, Evans, Church, Tatis, Mr. Met on any given day?!?

    Citi Field — heard that the jagged walls will make it harder to hit HRs, but that there’s much less foul territory, and that was one of the huge reasons why Shea was a pitcher’s park.

    Pitching — People around here think Pelfrey is going to have to pitch like a #2 for the Mets to catch the Phils. Maine is having a hell of a time getting out of his own way in ST. Oli Perez has been, well, Oli Perez. Livan is the fifth starter.

    2B — other than the bullpen, the next offseason move that most expected to see was the Mets dumping Castillo, even eating his salary, and signing or trading for a 2B. I’m surprised they didn’t end up with the O-Dog after he hung around so long.

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yes im sitting with motte,nunez and hoffman behind nathan,,,seattle has no one worth a penny,lyon stinking up the spring etc

  20. Grey

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    @Team Ram Rod: Lopez is a great one to have. I hadn’t seen that link, nice.

    @agarthered: Yeah, but a bunch of these guys will figure it out and get the majority of their team’s saves.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yup.

  21. Big Mets fan here. Metsblog is a good site — not too heavy on commentary or humor but a ton of info and working with the Mets’ network SNY.

    @sean: If you believe the press and those in the know, Church and Murphy will play most days and Tatis will spell Church against tougher lefties. Originally it was to be Murphy and Tatis but Jerry Manuel wants to see Murph play every day.

    I think the reality is that whomever looks better against lefties will play and the other will sit for Tatis. Evans will be a bat off the bench unless someone gets hurt. He could also start in AAA ball.

    Shea didn’t have much more foul territory than other parks. The wind was what kept the ball in play most of the time.

    The rotation frightens me. Maine and Ollie have had a lousy spring and Pelfrey had three good months in his career.

    As for Castillo, they will give him this year, or 3-4 months at least, to show that 2008 was an aberration and that he could still hit .290 and move runners along, steal bases, and play passable defense. The nice thing is that O-Dog will be there again next winter, with that much less owed Castillo should the Mets decide to eat that contract. Also Murphy did play some 2B in the Arizona Fall league.

  22. Tom says:
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    Just drafted, second time this week. 12 team 5×5. I have first waiver priority. Never really cared about that last year because players coming immediately from the minors, or players being dropped, rarely change my life. Jason Kubel is still on the waiver wire. I have Beltran, Bay, Bruce, Cruz and Dukes in my OF, w/ Nyjer Morgan (SAGNOF), Chad Tracy, Mark Reynolds and freakin crappy Nomar on my bench/ two utility spots. Obviously, I want Kubel. (To explain Nomar, lets just say I was drunk)

    Is Kubel worth my waiver pick?

  23. big o says:
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    matt holliday traded to the mets ===> over/under july 27th ’09 .
    110/100 .

    careful .

  24. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tom: Ditch Nomar for him, while you’re at it, ditch Tracy for an extra pitcher. Chad Tracy doesn’t need to be on anyone’s 12 team league.

    Nyjer as a SAGNOF? Me like, wish you wouldn’t have mentioned him.

    @big o: Under, but maybe not the Mets.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: I agree with Hippo.

  26. reyes over hanley and wright is not smart…. sorry to say, but the white russians tell me this, they dont lie

  27. Colin says:
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    Grey today we held our draft. Just want to thank you and the other for the great advice. League is a 7 team NL-only with 8 keepers. Here is my squad (K was my keeper) – woot signifies I’m glad I got them late because I think they can contribute quite a bit:

    C – Doumit – K
    1B – A. Gonzalez – K
    2B – Weeks
    3B – An. Laroche
    SS – Tulowitzki
    MI – Fontenot (woot)
    CI – Sandoval – K
    U – Fielder
    OF – M. Ramirez – K
    OF – Kemp – K
    OF – Bruce – K
    OF – Beltran
    OF – Braun – K
    BN – Upton – K
    BN – Rasmus (long term woot)

    SP – Gallardo
    SP – Myers
    SP – Maine
    SP – R. Johnson
    SP – Carpenter
    RP – B. Wilson
    RP – M. Gonzalez
    RP – Hanrahanananan
    RP – Villanueva (semi-woot)
    RP – Parra (woot)
    BN – Jurrjens
    BN – Hanson (long term woot)
    BN – Marshall (woot)
    BN – J. Zimmerman (woot)

    My strategy: I wanted to have a lot of studs on offense because I think it’s safer to rely on hitters to carry you and they are more predictable than pitchers. I kept 8 hitters and drafted 7th so I got Fielder and Beltran back to back to start things off, then with my next two picks I lucked out getting Gallardo and Tulo whom I think will have a nice bounce back year. During the draft I wanted to get undervalued pitching in the mid to later rounds so it would allow me to dominate in hitting and compete in pitching. This strategy has worked for me the last 2 years winning both times so why change it I thought.

    My thoughts: If you would have told me I would get Gallardo by the time my 3rd pick came around (a lot of top tier SP’s protected) and that I would get 3 decent closers I would call you crazy. I have never been so happy with a draft in all my Roto years. For now Laroche is my 3rd baseman (however I think he has decent upside) until Sandoval starts his 10th game at 3rd, in which I’ll slot him there and move Upton back in to the OF.

    If anything I won’t finish first in steals but I have enough to compete and I have a couple pitchers that are injury prone (Carp and Randy J), but when healthy they can put up serious numbers. I think this pitching staff can give me middle of the pack numbers, enough to put me over the top with my heavy hitting lineup.

    Do you see any areas I can improve on Grey? (sorry for the length)

  28. Grey

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    @Colin: I think you will dominate in hitting unless something unexpected happens injury-wise. I’m glad you have Sandoval to fill-in for LaRoche, who I like but there’s lots of risk there. I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I think your hitting will carry you and you have just enough pitching to possibly put you over the top. I think you might need to trade one of your w00ts on pitching (Zimmermann maybe) for a more reliable pitcher (say Lowe), but overall solid team. I think you might want to tackle a 10 team NL-Only next.

  29. Colin says:
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    LoL…I would love to do a deeper NL only league, but we were 10 a few years back, then 9 and now we got rid of all the inactive losers and are down to 7 solid managers. It’s not that bad actually, one could say its much like a 14 team mixed league. Still a challenge and it’s tough finding serious owners. I had a guy leave this year because of a divorce, hectic job and 2 dogs to care for. Baseball is harder to keep up with I suppose, with all the daily management.

    You don’t think Zimmerman is a good long term keeper? Though you do make a good point about getting a reliable pitcher for my upside pitchers. I’ll see if I can find some takers. Thanks again Grey!

  30. Wes Gardner says:
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    Grey, draft is today. AL only League uses OBP/SLG/R/H/HR/RBI/SB.
    Who do you like better- Shin Choo, Jack Cust, Denard Span, or Billy Butler? Thanks Grey- the site has been great in helping me prep over the last couple of weeks!

  31. ep says:
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    Guys, where should Billy Wagner be drafted? He’s going to be out for a while and J.J. Putz is there. I’ve been talking about it in all my leagues and just can’t figure it out.

    Also, I agree completely with picking Jose Reyes No. 1, and talked about it in this post: http://www.chinstrapninjas.com/?p=388

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    personally,id go choo,butler span then general cust turd,,but i also tend to undervalue sb`s,,although i see butler having a good year,he lost some weight and span will steal some bases,,now you should waite and see what grey has to say

  33. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What should I do with Devine, still hold on to him? Looks like he might be sharing the role as closer with Ziegler which sux especially if there is someone on the wire that will get the call daily. I’m going to probably drop Slowey soon to pickup a 4th closer but for now what should I do with Devine? Corpas, Nunez, Corcoran seem to be my possible options.

  34. Nick says:
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    & by the way Harang was just dropped in my league… what do you think about that, I don’t personally like him because I’ve only seen him last year when he was horrible

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wes Gardner: Shin-Soo Choo

    @ep: Doubt he comes back this year and there’s no place for him.

    @Nick: Stay tuned to see if Corpas gets the job over Street today.

    @Nick: I think he should be owned. But I think Slowey should be owned too.

  36. Wes Gardner says:
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    thanks Grey

  37. Harang is having a great spring, last few outings he has been solid.

  38. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: is morrow going to close,,would jordan zimmerman for him be a good fit,,i could use a closer with hoffman motte nunez and nathan,fine with sp

  39. Martin says:
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    hey grey what do u think of my team. 12 team mixed league
    1. (5) Miguel Cabrera 1B,3B
    2. (20) Carlos Beltrán OF
    3. (29) Matt Holliday OF
    4. (44) Adrián González 1B
    5. (53) Rafael Furcal SS
    6. (68) Josh Beckett SP
    7. (77) Roy Oswalt SP
    8. (92) Joba Chamberlain SP,RP
    9. (101) Carlos Peña 1B
    10. (116) Jonathan Broxton RP
    11. (125) José Valverde RP
    12. (140) Jayson Werth OF
    13. (149) Kevin Slowey SP
    14. (164) Kelly Johnson 2B
    15. (173) Matt Capps RP
    16. (188) Shin-Soo Choo OF
    17. (197) Manny Parra SP
    18. (212) Kelly Shoppach C
    19. (221) J.D. Drew OF
    20. (236) Ian Stewart 2B,3B
    21. (245) Andy Pettitte SP
    22. (260) Kelvim Escobar SP

  40. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Morrow is battling injuries, but might be the closer when he comes back from them, but then Cordero will probably take over for him by end of May.

    @Martin: Like the first four picks, not crazy about the next four, then like the rest of the team. Think you would’ve been fine with two of those starters instead of three and I don’t like Furcal that high. Too much risk. Instead of Furcal, you could’ve took more of a sure thing. Also, if Furcal gets injured by May, you have very few steals on your team.

  41. Grey

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    ****Villanueva has been named the closer in Hoffman’s place.

  42. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: Think Villanueva will close for the season?

  43. Grey

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    @Zebo: For the first week or two, with McClung or Coffey backing him up, then when Hoffman is healthy he’ll be back. But who knows if Hoffman will get healthy or when.

  44. BKK says:
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    On a completely different topic…

    Who has the better season Hermida or Maybin?

    Hermida is having a solid spring and seems to have alternating good and bad seasons. Last year being bad…2009…good?

  45. Grey

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    @BKK: I’d prefer the upside, unknown of Maybin.

  46. BKK says:
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    I dropped Nunez for Maybin in my office league and picked up Hermida in the RCL, hopefully, this is his breaks out year cause my OF needs help after Sizemore and Hart.

    Check it out, we drafted our office league on Friday 10 team, but a guy drafted Huff in the 3rd and Fukodome in the 18th (the guy isn’t even batting his weight this spring), oh Monday should have lots of good razztastic banter!!! Toooo Funny.

  47. BKK says:
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    @Doc: Figures, Lou Piniella always seems to go with the vets. I can’t image this sticking. Marmol is just too good a pitcher to be setting up Gregg.

  48. BKK says:
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    Is there some sort of ceremony for reaching your first 100 comments? Do I get a merit Badge, Maybin?

  49. Martin says:
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    thanks for the response

    my three closers capps, broxton, valverde should i try to trade one because i can easily pick a closer off waivers during the season

  50. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So I just found out my 10 team H2H league forces you to set your line-up for the entire week. Last season I was in 12 team Rotisserie with daily line-ups.

    So now that I’m in a completely different format, could you give me some pointers, in particular what I should do differently from last year?

    Sorry to post my team yet again but now I feel like I should definitely make some changes now…

    C-Napoli
    1B-A Gonzo
    2B-Utley
    3B-A Ramirez
    SS-Reyes
    OF-Upton, Pence, Abreu
    U-Pena
    Bench-Ibanez, T Hunter & J Lopez

    SP-Peavy
    SP-Beckett
    RP-Jenks
    RP-Hanrahan
    P-Devine
    P-Billingsley
    P-Wainwright
    B-Slowey
    B-Bedard

    My thinking is to drop a pitcher because I can only start 4 at most (thats with 3 closers starting) and pickup another closer such as Corpas (if he gets the job) otherwise Villanueva (for the beginning of the season at least).

    My other option I’m thinking would be too have 4 starting closers and then stick with Peavy Beckett & Bills for SP and just have them dominate and take a hit on W’s category. But the upside would be more K’s & Save’s and possible lower WHIP/ERA

    On the offensive side it looks like Napoli might not start so then I would have to drop J Lopez for a backup catcher? That looks like my only option since I dont want to drop a pitcher and have 4 benched on offense

    This whole change of format has me going nuts b/c I don’t know how this is going to work out since I never played in this format

  51. ep says:
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    @Martin:
    I’m not a Razzball expert, but If you can get value out of trading relievers I’d do it, especially if there are some sneaky saves on the waiver wire.

  52. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Martin: I’d hold for now, pile up some saves, and wait for other guy’s to get desperate for saves. The market for closers gets better in May and June, when guys are fishing around.

  53. Martin says:
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    thanks for the answers, your right people do get desperate. What do you think of my team (post 42)?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Ha!

    @Doc: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Nick: Go with 2 start pitchers when at all possible and I wouldn’t drop any of your pitchers.

    re: Napoli — Might not start when? Every game? He was never projected that way but he’ll still hit a bunch of home runs. He splits time with Mathis, that’s how he does. It’s fine. Let it be.

  55. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey with the news that gregg is the closer where would you rank him?

  56. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Martin: Looks good — I agree with Grey. I think Miggy’s in for a big year (I thought about taking him over Wright, but couldn’t make the argument to myself) and I like Beltran. Holliday’s a bit of a wild card in Oakland and with AGonzo, I think you have to expect some drop-off from last season in the power cats.

    The starters are solid and the bullpen looks tight — I’d suggest thinking about trading Joba early for a bat if he gets off to a hot start. He’s never pitched a lot of IPs so I think any Joba owner has to think about flipping him if he starts out hot — and you could use a guy like McLouth or Victorino in your OF.

    As a sidenote, I much prefer when people post teams by position with draft round in parentheses, rather than as a list of draft order. It’s just easier to evaluate at a glance. Personal preference, of course.

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    @BKK: This is a great move for the real team. It will stick. Gregg can close, he can’t come on with 2 guys on and no outs and get out of a jam. Marmol can do both. It makes no sense to move Gregg to a role that he will fail in.

  58. Grey

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    @mikey boy324: Somewhere in the middle of the pack.

    ***FWIW, Morrow says he’s the Seattle closer.

  59. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Freak: Agreed. And there seems to be a growing consensus among saberheads that using your best reliever as a closer — or, at least, as a LaRussian one IP, three-out, bases empty closer — isn’t the best use of that asset. (For example, the suggestion that the Royals should pitch Soria more — bringing him in for the 8th or even one out in the 7th, then let him pitch 2 or 2+ IP.)

    But in this kind of set up, Gregg makes more sense as the door slammer. That’s why I passed on Marmol and took him in my draft late. That said, he’s unspectacular, I hated how he pitched in Miami last year and so I have to put him on my Most Likely To Implode List.

  60. Nick says:
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    @Grey: So your sayin to start out with Peavy & Beckett starting and pickup another closer. Who would I drop J Lopez? Guess thats fine in a 10-team league. I’ll wait another few days after news is out and I’ll ask again which one to pickup, with the possibility of Morrow now…so devine, hanrahan, jenks & drop j lop.

  61. Doc says:
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    Derosa has been up 3 times and hit 3 home runs off of Lilly!

  62. BKK says:
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    @Freak: @Baron Von Vulturewins: Well at any rate, I don’t care, as long as the cubs win. I am with you though BVV, I stayed away from Marmol for this very reason.

  63. Doc says:
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    Should I drop Ian Stewart, Parra, K. Greene, Buerhle or K. Escobar for Morrow?

  64. Doc says:
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    D. Lee pulled up lame running to first. The Hoff may get some time. Too early to tell though.

  65. john says:
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    Is it worth keeping Putz if Nunez and Villanueva are chillin on the wire?…I think i should just drop and pick up Nunez

  66. Grey

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    @Doc: I’d drop Greene. And thanks for the other updates!

  67. john says:
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    ..or Morrow

  68. Doc says:
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    Whoops, Dero only has 2 hr’s and a double hit off the wall.

  69. Grey

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    @john: Pick up Morrow.

    @Doc: Damn you!

  70. Doc says:
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    Dero just hit a 700 foot HR that counted as 4 so he’s up to 13 for the game.

  71. Grey

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    @Doc: Ah… Makes sense.

  72. john says:
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    @Grey: i had a feeling you were gonna say that

  73. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: @Grey: Think DeRosa’s pissed he’s not a Cub anymore?

  74. BigFatHippo says:
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    Diggin the Morrow news, is he healthy though?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Have you seen the Mariners options?

  76. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, pretty scary, always thought that was the way they should go. He’ll prolly save all 35 of their wins………..

  77. Nick says:
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    Just saw yahoo update Morrow

    “And what about using Morrow as the closer? “I’d rather not comment on that right now,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. The Mariners still see him as a future starter, though.”

  78. Nick says:
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    While Lindstrom is not playing anymore spring training games so he can be ready for the Opener…or backdate DL so its just a few days missed

  79. Nick says:
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    Last post, drop Jose Lopez for Motte right now? He seems like the last solid RP who can get the closer role come opening day. Whoever had Marmol might be looking for a new closer right about now

  80. Grey

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    @Nick: Drop him for Motte.

  81. royce! says:
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    I gotta find someone to play C for me while Clement’s proving himself once more in the minors. Options are: Yadier Molina, Johjima, Laird, Olivo, Baker, and Zaun. I think I have to go with Johjima. Who’s with me?

  82. royce! says:
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    And I guess as an addendum to comment #85, in my 20 team I should keep Clement on the bench untiil he gets back, right?

  83. Grey

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    @royce!: Drop him and grab Baker or Laird, dealer’s choice.

  84. big o says:
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    just posted my 911 draft in the forum .

    YAY ===> cut and paste ability has returned !!

    MARMOL GOES IN 20th round .

  85. Falcon says:
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    Grey, I am in a 12 man H2H fest. Mixed league is the game, and I used a lot of your rankings to inform my draft.

    So what mistakes did I make?

    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (8) Ryan Braun OF
    2. (17) Carlos Beltrán OF
    3. (32) Carlos Lee OF
    4. (41) Adrián González 1B
    5. (56) Dan Haren SP
    6. (65) Dan Uggla 2B
    7. (80) Corey Hart OF
    8. (89) John Lackey SP
    9. (104) James Shields SP
    10. (113) J.J. Hardy SS
    11. (128) Ricky Nolasco SP
    12. (137) Matt Capps RP
    13. (152) Chris Carpenter SP
    14. (161) Chad Qualls RP
    15. (176) Erik Bedard SP
    16. (185) Jim Thome Util
    17. (200) Kelly Shoppach C
    18. (209) Troy Percival RP
    19. (224) Troy Glaus 3B
    20. (233) Daniel Murphy OF
    21. (248) Felipe López 2B,3B,SS,OF

    I was in two or three spots where I took a guy i didnt really want. Hart (i thought this was a steal), JJ Hardy (based on having experienced his slumps personally), and Jim Thome (who i took because i noticed that power was becoming a commodity.) also, I was disappointed in my 3B options, and wished I had taken one earlier. I now have Teahen to replace Glaus on the DL. At least I may get to trade him high as a 2B if he tears it up in April.

    Anyway, looking forward to some jabs in the ribs about featuring most of the Milwaukee offense. ::hugs::

  86. Grey

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    @Falcon: What, you couldn’t figure how to work Villanueva into the ol’ team? You really punted speed, huh? I like the late round flier on Lopez a lot. Also like the grab of Teahen. Lackey’s going to the DL (or already is) until May, then you have Bedard who is an injury risk and Nolasco who is in the same boat and Carpenter. Guess what I’m saying is your pitching is very risky. I’ve seen better, but you have a team that you can work with.

  87. Falcon says:
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    Yeah, I was light on speed – hence the flier on Lopez. I have confidence in Carpenter to go 150 innings. Bedard is my risk, but i got him at 15th rd, so….

    Is Nolasco really that risky? I have been so high on him, what am I missing?

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