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While the merits of what someone is hitting or not hitting in Spring Training can be debated, where they are hitting or not hitting is important to look at.  First, I want you to refresh your pretty little brain with the impact of lineup position on Runs and RBIs.  Welcome back!  Anyway, here’s some players whose value dips or shoots up (easy, Hamilton) due to 2010 lineup position:

Alexei Ramirez – He tends to start the season slow and he’s slated to bat ninth.  That’s a recipe for yawnstipation.

Ben Zobrist - Here’s what I said about Zobrist in the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings, “Zobrist’s homers don’t seem as fluky as they might appear.  He maintained a 17.5 HR/FB in 2009 and a 17.4 HR/FB in 2008.  Granted, that was a smaller sample size.  So he may look like David Eckstein, but the only thing they have in common is neither is Jewish though their names sound like they are.  Zobrist’s average seems out there; he looks closer to a .270 hitter.  He was a utility man coming into 2009 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he left 2010 back in that role.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Well, I could be wrong.  Zobrist will be hitting third for the Rays.  The doubts I had about Zobrist coming into this season are a bit assuaged by this lineup position.  I still don’t think Zobrist hitting third will last the whole year, but who goes from hitting third at the start of the year to the bench?  Oh, wait…

Casey Kotchman – Should hit third against righties.  Look at Casey making a play for fantasy value!  Unfortunately, he probably won’t play against lefties with Garko stealing ABs.  If you can somehow work a platoon of Kotchman into your fantasy lineup (I’m thinking mostly AL-Only leagues), Casey could be a steal.  Damn, every time I say I’m done with a player, they pull me back in.  So who’s hitting third vs. lefties? Glad you asked, random italicized voice.

Franklin Gutierrez – Will hit third vs. lefties.  Though The Big FraGu is slotted into the 7 hole vs. righties, hitting in front of the catcher and Jack Wilson.  On the bright side, this is contingent on the health of Bradley and Griffey Jr., who’s now older than Griffey Sr. from when you remember him.

Jose Bautista – Hitting leadoff.  That could also be the answer to, “Where did all of Aaron Hill’s RBIs go?”

Travis Snider – Currently stuck between John Buck and Alex Gonzalez.  That’s like the middle seat between Afa and Sika.

Gaby Sanchez – This could change, but right now he looks like he’s stuck in the eight hole.  Luckily, no one’s actually drafted him anywhere, except for me.  Yay me.

Shane Victorino – This move has been covered by me numerous times before, but, yeah, he’s in the 7 hole and Crapolanco is appropriately enough in the two hole.

Ian Desmond – Batting 2nd.  “Mr. Desmond, roses just arrived from you.”  “Who are they from?”  “Grey from Razzball.”  “Put them in the pile with the chocolates he sent yesterday.”

Marlon Byrd – The five hole.  He’s going to prove to be so borderline mixed league worthy, I have a feeling there will be at least 1700 comments this year asking me if they should drop (Insert Schmohawk) and pick up Byrd.

Orlando Cabrera – O-Cab’s in the two hole.  He’ll probably be more valuable than most middle infielders that are owned more than him, but what freakin’ fun is it owning Orlando Cabrera?

Jay Bruce – Until Rolen gets injured, Bruce is in the 6 hole.  Bruce could be this year’s Kemp in regards to a losing value from lineup position.

Julio Borbon – Will be hitting on top of a very potent lineup.  Borbon will have to really struggle to not have a huge year.

Elvis Andrus – He has not left the building, but he has parked in the nine hole.

Albert Callaspo – Hitting third.  For all of you crazy excited about Butler this year.  He’s hitting in this lineup:  DeJesus, Podsednik, Callaspo, Butler, Ankiel, Guillen, Betancourt, Kendall and Getz.  There’s about eight names there that wouldn’t make the starting lineup for any other team.  Fun times!

Magglio Ordonez – I really don’t think he’s ownable anywhere, but he’s set to bat third.  I could probably knock in 90 and score 90 in the three hole of a major league lineup.

Scott Sizemore – Will be allowed to ferment in the 8 hole as he proves his mettle for a month or two.  I have a feeling that I might be jumping off the Scott Sizemore bandwagon sooner vs. later.  We shall see.

Erick Aybar – Leading off for the Angels. Will get Runs, some steals and average, poor homers and RBIs.  His stats are like looking at Yunel’s in the mirror.  I will call you, lenuY.

Garrett Jones – Will bat third.  If you can have a fantasy lineup of mostly three hole hitters, you’re at least pointing in the right direction.

Colby Rasmus – Batting in front of Pujols.  A 2001 Bonds would get pitches to hit in front of Pujols.

Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler – Top of the Rockies order.  That’s rated 3 M for Mmm…

Everth Cabrera – At some point, I hope the Padres make the right decision and put EverCab at the top of the order, but I don’t think it’s happening out of the gate.

Pablo Sandoval – Hitting third behind Rowand and Renteria, which sounds like a VD clinic.

Nick Johnson – Hitting 2nd for the Yankees.  Johnson has a .400+ career OBP.  Last I checked the Yankees scored a lot of runs.  Anyone want any action on the over/under for the amount of times Johnson’s on second and gets held at 3rd on a single?  65? 70?

Nolan Reimold – I’m not even sure he’s in the lineup.  Trembley’s talking about starting Pie.  How dare you judge, Reimold!  Doode, your team’s going nowhere fast — play Reimold!  Sorry, this has nothing to do with this post.  But I thought some of you might not have heard and I didn’t want to do a whole post on this, though I did have the title, Effin’ Pie.

Alcides Escobar – Batting at the bottom of the lineup for right now, but Weeks is one aggressive burp away from the DL.

  1. ThePensive says:
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    Love the work Grey! Long time reader, first time commenter.

    Do I drop Tillman, now that it looks like he may not make the OD roster, for Pineiro, Norris, or Kennedy? Or stand pat for now? (12-team H2H keeper, standard pitching cats plus Blown Saves, Holds, and QS) The rest of my pitching is:
    SP Sabathia
    SP Jimenez
    SP W. Rodriguez
    SP Anderson
    SP Price
    RP Thornton
    RP Masset
    RP Adams
    BN Chapman
    BN Harang
    BN Feliz
    BN Bailey

  2. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Everth or Desmond?

  3. Lines says:
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    I found out that Rye-mold will be platooning immediately after I passed up Jason Heyward to draft him tonight. Oh, and Andrus is my shortstop.

    In short, I don’t like this post very much. But hey, good news about CarGo, who I’m now relying on to keep my fantasy-ass afloat this year.

    Basically, the draft went poorly. I’m busy trying to overpay for Matt Wieters, or as I call him, “The Reason I Play Fantasy Baseball.”

    PS, anyone interested in Russell Martin? Anyone?

  4. Steve says:
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    “Luckily, no one’s actually drafted him anywhere, except for me.”

    Uh, not so fast. Refer to forums…

  5. reveries says:
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    I think Trembley is platooning Reimold more for the achilles. But, honestly, with a young player on the Orioles, if the guy is too hurt to play every day, then just let him hit the DL. It is kind of disconcerting that he’s still feeling the effects of an injury that he had surgery for back in September. Or rather, it’s disconcerting that he’s still feeling it and the Orioles have chosen split time with Pie as the best option.

  6. cnote says:
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    I lean toward Desmond, based solely on his spot in the lineup.

    Pick 2 (Matsui, Adam Laroche, Reimold) to fill my 2 UTIL spots in a H2H league.

  7. Beau says:
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    Does anyone know when Heyward will be added to Yahooo leagues which has players available once they are on the MLB roster?

  8. PhillyYorker says:
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    Not good for Evan Longoria, no? How many less at bats will this calculate into? How many times will CarPe Whiffim’ swing and miss with two outs with runners on leaving Evan to lead off the next frame?

    Methinks this is the year my Phils drop off. Which might be good for the Flyin’ Hawaiian. Manuel will drop Jimmy if he starts slow and I think he will. There is a good chance Shane leads off for a least a good part of the season.

    I have Chris Davis on my team for the 3rd year in a row. And even though I think he can have a Dunnesque year, Nick Johnson is just screaming to be my 1st baseman. Considering I am in a league that counts OBP instead of AVG, I am considering it. Good lord, the numbers one could imagine from a healthy Nick.

    Was wondering if anyone else was taking a flyer on Fausto?

  9. GopherDay says:
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    I just had an aggressive burp…..Oh dear!!

  10. sean says:
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    Tragically funny stuff about Reimold. I flipped him (as a bench hitter) yesterday for Liriano. I’ve got Rasmus in my U. I think he’s much closer to being an impact player. Reimold with the injuries and the PT question seems like a big reach to me in a mixed league.

  11. Under your Kotchman blurb you have him splitting time with Garko. I’ve heard Old man Sweeney will make the big league club and backup Kotchman, with Garko headed to the minors to start the year.

    They might still platoon with Sweeney getting the at bats vs lefties, but this also might see Kotchman getting more at bats sharing time with an 84 year old.

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @sean: rasmus has always been the better prospect with the higher upside too.

  13. anon says:
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    Should I drop Reimold for Crapolanco in my UTIL slot?

  14. Tony says:
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    The royals line up is hilarious. I had a guy take callaspo in my league and two other guys got mad, i was like WTF!? It was the 20th round, but wow… i’ll take my franlin morales i snagged up in the 20th.

    I think Bruce along with alot of these guys just need to come out and HIT. They need to earn their spot.

    Grey- In a deep offensive leage would you consider dropping Scott Downs for Mags? I dont want to do it, he was not drafted, but as of now…. downs is dirt.

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    with zobrist going into the #3 spot for the rays, i am inspecting his numbers more closely and really don’t see why i shouldn’t scoop him with my 2nd or 3rd pick in my keeper league draft.

    how does this announcement affect his value? RBI and R boost?

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony: i would if your league doesn’t have any use for MRs and you are not desperately hoping downs ends up getting saves.

  17. Mini Doughnuts says:
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    Jake Fox caught all nine innings of Monday’s game. If he were to somehow obtain C eligibility does this make him a top 5 catcher?

  18. derek says:
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    @Grey: I have Huston Street, does it make sense to drop Wade Davis to pick up Morales and then replace Davis when Street officially get put on DL and I can move him into a DL spot?

  19. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Ugh… three leagues with Elvis. Ride him out or cut the cord and go with Desmond? I’ve already sent out trade offers to see if I can get anything for him (Andrus is owned in 100% of ESPN leagues, Desmond is owned in 2.6%, so I don’t want to just make a swap without trying trades first).

  20. Ian says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on Grandy hitting 7th? Even in that lineup it’s an overall production hit v. hitting 1st or 2nd (or even 6th, stupid Posada). Maybe 95 RBI and 75 runs with more opportunities to steal?

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    I’m hawking S. Rodriguez like hell though; got this funny feeling that S. Rodriguez will be this year’s Zobrist, while Zobrist will somehow be yanked back into oblivion.

    Damn you Rays! making me paranoid!

  22. kc says:
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    Grey,

    Granderson for BJ Upton and Heyward. I am thinking about offering this now. I was big on Grandy but I just don’t like the fact that he will be hitting 7th in the order, even he is with the Yankees.

    Any thoughts?

  23. Jobu's Rum says:
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    Who do you prefer, Borbon or Rajai Davis?

  24. Eddy says:
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    Grey this following question is a tad bit confusing, so bear with me here.

    My bottom SP in a league consist of Buchholz, Penny, and Ervin Santana. The guy who holds both Slowey and Tim Hudson is a streamer and I’m sure he’s going to drop both soon (at least Hudson for sure). The guy who holds Liriano has 2 closers (one of them Bailey).

    My question is: Should I trade a closer of mine for Liriano or wait and see if the streamer drops Slowey and Hudson and switch out Penny and Buchholz?

  25. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey, my wife wanted me to consult you with a trade offer made to her. I have some definite ideas, but somehow at this time she has more trust in your judgement. Which is wise, when the issue is fantasy.
    At any rate, she has been offered Votto and Kenshaw Kayakami for Butler and Pence.

    @PhillyYorker: “Anyone want any action on the over/under for the amount of times Johnson’s on second and gets held at 3rd on a single? 65? 70?” Anyone want any action on the over/under before Nicked Johnson goes on the DL? He could possibly be the most fragile player in the league. Chipped Glass looks like Iron Man next to Nicked.

    And to think that I own Reimold in two leagues. He has been 8-13 with a homer and 3 RBI’s lately. But not only Pie, but Garrett Atkins, and for goodness sakes, Luke Scott are going to steal at-bats. Same question as prior blogger – cut bait or wait this out?

    Dump Sizemore for Kelly Johnson?

    Outside of Butler, one could draft almost the entire A’s lineup and be competitive in Razzball League.

    Thanks, as always

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @kc: if someone will agree to that i’d do it in a heartbeat. upton/heyward side of course.

    @Awesomus Maximus: i think it’s a bit early to completely cut a guy. surely andrus isn’t the last man on your team and you could cut someone else to take a flier on desmond instead, like a 4th RP or some MR you hope gets saves eventually or a 7th OF or a 2nd C or something.

  27. Real Tom says:
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    I want Borbon and Rasmus this year, bad. I want Rasmus more. When Bradley was batting fourth in Texas, I grabbed him at the bottom of my draft and knew he probably couldn’t fail me. I feel the same way about Rasmus. That lineup is a lot better than people realize, with Pujols, Holliday and Ludwick right behind Rasmus. That dude will see some strikes.

    How early is too early on Rasmus?

  28. polczek5 says:
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    “Weeks is one aggressive burp away from the DL”

    Grey, you get my chuckles out every time…

  29. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Man, this entry — while excellent — is seriously messing with my SS drafting strategy. Previously, I’d hoped to snag Andrus around the 10th round and, if I missed him, shoot for Everth or Alcides late.

    Now I’m thinking I might have to squander a top-five pick on ZOBRIST. Grrrr! Baron unhappy!!

    Or maybe I split the difference and go Bartlett in Rnd 8 or so. His 100 Rs and 30 bags are looking more and more delightful for the price.

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Okay, so now I go to refresh my memory on Bartlett and find this: “Average outlier + power outlier + repeatable, but not blazing speed = Pass.”

    (The projection is more heartening, though: 95/7/50/.285/27). I’ll take 100 runs and 30 bags from Round 8 SS. I’ll do that.

    Don’t make me draft Yunel Escobar. Anything but that. 15/15 IF are the definition of yawnstipating.

  31. papasmurf says:
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    Is Everth hitting 8th? I guess I should start Orlando to begin the year then.

  32. willclarkismyhero says:
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    So, I saw the title of this article and hoped it would talk about Sean Rodriguez. No such luck. Is he going to start?

  33. Commish Cauda says:
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    @kc:

    You think you can get them both for Grandy? I wouldn’t do that deal.

  34. David_C says:
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    What news article has Colby batting 2nd? I was under the impression he was going to bat 5th or 6th

  35. Brian says:
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    @kc: @PhillyYorker: If Rollins didn’t get dropped last year there’s no way he gets dropped ever.

  36. Neil says:
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    Not sure what the commotion is re: Elvis. It was decided early on that Borbon would hit 1 and Elvis would hit 9th. Elvis is still going to be good hitting 9th, like he did last year.

  37. Anyone else see the headline for Brad Evans’ latest article?

    “Twinkies’ Liriano, exceptional, cream-filled value”

    I frequently miss Fire Joe Morgan, but never more than when I see a great food metaphor and possible sexual innuendo in the same sentence.

  38. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    Interesting FBB anecdote.

    Went to see The XX (cool English band) at the First Unitarian Church in Philly last night.
    Coming back from a bathroom break, I see a kid with a laptop at the back. Initially he looks
    like a music tech, but on second glance I see he’s conducting an online Yahoo FBB draft.

    So curiosity peaks, I approach and see he has Jose Lopez queued.

    Me: Hey, how’s your draft going? Lopez is a nice pick.
    Random: WHO ARRRRE YOU? (Screams) GET OUT OF MY FACE, I DON’T KNOW YOU. GET AWAY FROM ME.

    The XX were good at least.

  39. mapwheel says:
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    I’m hoping being in the NL and hitting 2nd on a really good team inspires something in Crapolanco. Hopefully CBP inflates his power a little, and he gets back to batting over .300.

    I also wouldn’t worry about Pie stealing a starting position from anyone. Ever. The guy can’t hit big league pitching; it’s been proven time and time again. It’s nothing more than the O’s being cautious with Reimold; who is actually good.

    And call me a cynic, but I still say Rasmus ends up behind Holiday and Ludwick before the season is over.

  40. kc says:
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    @Commish Cauda: He has too many speedsters in his team and he was very interested in Grandy before. But now that Heyward is confirmed as starter, he might not pull the trigger. I am including Hart in the deal. See how it goes.

  41. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Got Zobrist as my 2b in one league and needless to say, this is good news.

    Oswalt got the dreaded injection into his back last week. Damnit, I’ve got the guy in 2 leagues. Is he just a hold or should we be thinking seriously about going to the wire now?

  42. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Does anyone know for sure where Adam Jones will be in the lineup? I saw he batted 2nd in the ST game yesterday (and hit his 5th ST HR), but I was hoping he’d be a little lower in the order. This guy could potentially have a Matt Kemp-like breakout minus a few SB’s but plus a few HR’s this year.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThePensive: Go with Kennedy.

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Tomato-tomahto at this point.

    @Lines: Ha!

    @Steve: I feel responsible.

    @cnote: Matsui, LaRoche

    @Beau: Don’t know, assuming next Monday.

    @PhillyYorker: re: Carmona — No.

    @GopherDay: Ha!

    @JR Ewing: Sweeney and Garko is the remaining position battle, so I shouldn’t have made it seem like a done deal.

    @anon: I wouldn’t.

    @Tony: Yeah, Downs is dirt.

    @ThePoonTycoon: See the link in the first two sentences of this post.

    @Mini Doughnuts: Not if he’s only going to play 3 days a week.

    @derek: I feel like I’ve answered this before. I’d want Morales.

    @Awesomus Maximus: I’d stay with Andrus. Was always the case that he was batting ninth.

    @Ian: What Paulie said.

    @Elbert: Ha!

    @Jobu’s Rum: Borbon

    @Eddy: Wait

    @Paulie Allnuts: I’d take the Pence side.

    @polczek5: Hehe

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Bartlett seems to be going later than that even. If you can get him in the 11-13th, you jump on that. Did you see the F&F post, btw? You were asking about that, then not a peep.

    @papasmurf: I’d stick with Everth.

    @willclarkismyhero: That post was covered yesterday.

    @David_C: Might just hit 2nd vs. righties, but that’s the majority of the time. Unless you have an article that says different.

    @Neil: Yup

    @EnglishMetsFan: Nice story.

    @mapwheel: Agreed on Pie.

    @Frank Rizzo: I wouldn’t drop Oswalt if that’s what you’re asking. Jones will be 2nd or 6th is my guess.

  44. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @mapwheel: I agree about Pie, but this stupid Pie/Reimold tango drove me nuts last year. They should just turn them into one player, named Piemold.

    I would have eaten it, but then I noticed the piemold.

    @Frank Rizzo: re: Zorilla — what round? Whereabouts is he being drafted on average? Yahoo’s got him going mid-4th, which seems crazy high to me. But what do I know?

  45. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: I did see F&F. Thanks for posting it — I enjoyed the rundown. I was going to ask, in fact: Of mid-round power OF flyers, what’s your take on Bruce, Quentin, Hamilton — but then I answered it myself, like this:

    Hamilton, Quentin, Bruce.

    Fragile players scare the bee-jeep-joops out of me, but you’re right: 8th/9th round Hamilton is too bargainlicious to pass up.

  46. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: He kind of is (the last guy). In 2 of the 3 leagues, I’ve got Chapman… but as soon as the news breaks that he’ll be on the bench or in the minors, he’s being dropped for Cueto (I need the SP). In the other league, my bench bat is Brandon Phillips/Ian Stewart (depending on the matchup).

    @Neil: For me, it’s not so much a matter of commotion over Andrus as it is commotion over Desmond, I suppose. If I’m going to take a chance on SS (and I think Desmond and Andrus are both chances), then doesn’t it make sense to take the guy batting 2nd? Sure, Andrus’ SBs won’t be hurt (might be helped) in the 9 hole, and his Runs might not take a hit either, being in the AL, but I’d much prefer to get power production up front and search for SB/R later if I need it (all 3 leagues where I have Andrus are roto).

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    Hoping ECab is at the top of the Pads order soon too. Byrd in the 5 hole? Really? I believe you, that’s aimed at Pinella. I can see him at the 2 against lefties instead of Fukudome.

  48. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Ben Zobrist (TB – 2B,SS,OF) 40.8
    My OCD compels me to post this: current Yahoo! SS ADPs for post-Jeter SS-of-interest. See any bright bargains here?

    José Reyes (NYM – SS) 45.3
    Jason Bartlett (TB – SS) 106.6
    Asdrubal Cabrera (Cle – 2B,SS) 107.6
    Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS) 115.0
    Yunel Escobar (Atl – SS) 125.4
    Alexei Ramírez (CWS – SS) 141.1
    Rafael Furcal (LAD – SS) 175.3
    Marco Scutaro (Bos – SS) 181.0
    Stephen Drew (Ari – SS) 185.1
    Miguel Tejada (Bal – SS) 194.0

    I actually like Elvis more than Bartlett, who is going mid Rnd 9. But I think Elvis is moving up too — he’s everyone’s sleeper, so he’s the kind of guy who could go 2-3 rounds before ADP.

    My league is 12 teams with only one SS spot, so worst case is a guy like Scutaro or Drew.

    Speaking of which, two years back Baseball Prospectus was calling Drew a future MVP. They backed off that this year. But maybe a post-hype sleeper? At that ADP, you can’t lose. Unless he sucks.

  49. W says:
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    Does anyone have any idea where Kyle Blanks will be batting?

  50. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: It was an ESPN 10 team roto……I got him in the 7th with the 63rd pick. FWIW, Brandon Phillips was the last 2b taken before I took Zobrist…..he was taken 2 rounds earlier at 45th overall. And Hill was taken a round after I took Zobrist with the 72nd pick overall.

    In my Yahoo 10 team h2h draft, Zobrist was taken 40th overall by some guy who had a ridiculous sized reach for him. He was taken before Cano and Roberts. Yahoo does have Zo as their 39th overall in the rankings though which is ahead of Cano so if you want him in a Yahoo league, you’ll need to pay.

  51. Desmond over Furcal…or see what happens early with Furcal? And so damn tempted with Rasmus…better full season bet than Chipper at UTIL? AND for the record, been on a flight twice with the very well mannered Wild Samoans & Capt. Lou (may he r.i.p.) ALWAYS left the middle seat free for Afa and Sika.

  52. Lines says:
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    Does Zorilla’s promotion mean that Longo bats clean-up? Because there is no way in hell Joe Madden is dumb enough to bat the best hitter on his team 5th, behind K’arlos Pena, right? Right? I really need you to say that I am right.

    Also, I would appreciate thoughts on the following trade situation: A-Gon + Mike Gonzalez/Cordero for Matt Wieters + Andrew Jones.

    Understand the following – I desperately need OF, and I currently have Russell Fucking Martin as my catcher. I also might be able to flip some pitchers (I have quite a few) for Prince Fielder, so I really wouldn’t be losing anything but some saves and 2nd tier SP – in fact, I think I’d be better off, but I’m biased. Any input would be appreciated.

    Lastly, you know how when you get dumped or fired or someone dies; and the next morning you wake up and everything’s fine for a few seconds ’til you remember what happened, and then your stomach just drops out you asshole and your day is ruined? That is exactly how I felt when I woke up this morning and realized I had Russell Martin as my catcher.

  53. Lines says:
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    Oops! I meant Adam Jones, not Andruw! I’m not THAT dumb.

  54. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Drew can be had for a song and I believe there could be real value here. His wife was in bad shape in her pregnancy most of last season, and as a father I could see where that could hurt your focus in your job. Now with his wife and kid both healthy, Drew could be what we expected him to be last year.

    In my Yahoo I paid heavy for Reyes with my 4th round, 35th pick, and then plucked Drew in the 17th round with the 166th overall pick. I couldn’t be happier with my SS situation right now.

  55. airlifting says:
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    h8 these posts, but whatever….12t auction, 6×6 with OPS & k/9 as the extra cats…

    C Miguel Montero 11
    1B Billy Butler 15
    2B Chase Utley 40
    3B Ryan Zimmerman 29
    SS Alexei Ramirez 11
    OF Andrew McCutchen 22
    OF Adam Lind 18
    OF Jay Bruce 16
    UTIL Adrian Beltre 6
    UTIL Kyle Blanks 4
    BN Nick Johnson 2
    BN Desmond Jennings 2

    SP Zack Greinke 26
    SP Jon Lester 20
    RP Jonathan Papelbon 13
    RP Billy Wagner 8
    P Franklin Morales 1
    P James Shields 6
    P Carlos Zambrano 3
    BN Gio Gonzalez 1
    BN Justin Masterson 1
    BN Matt Lindstrom 1

    thoughts?

  56. Tony says:
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    drop any of these guys porcello, niemann, happ for Dana Eveland?

  57. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey … first question of the year: In a 14-team roto league I inexplicably ended up with Pujols and Adrian Gonzales a 1B but only Elvis at SS. Another manager ended up with Reyes and Rollins at SS but only Billy Butler at 1B. Seems like a perfect trade situation, but one he probably needs more than I do.

    Question is: do I offer Gonzales straight up for either Reyes or Rollins? Or do I try for a two-for-two where he throws in a better second player than I do? And whatever the case, which of his SS do I want?

  58. Grey

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, around pick 90 for Hamilton? C’mon.

    @BaboonHeart: Probably

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, Andrus is everyone’s sleeper, unfortunately. Actually everyone who hits for the Rangers is everyone’s sleeper, usually.

    @W: 4th

    @zombie: Ha! I’d stick with Furcal for now.

    @Lines: Right… Ha, nice analogy. Sounds like you need Wieters, go for it.

    @airlifting: I h8 them more.

  59. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Eric: In a 14 teamer with Pujols, AGonz, and Elvis? Why would you trade that away? I would keep what you’ve got because I believe it most likely will be better than what your team would be through a trade. JMO

  60. Grey

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    @Tony: All of them? I’d lose Porcello.

    @Eric: Try A-Gon for Rollins, if not, then take Reyes.

  61. Just saw, Orioles are sending Tillman back down. He’s marginal in regular mixed league, but was a good upside pick in AL only or deeper mixed league drafts.

  62. Tony says:
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    @Grey: haha yes…. i need to work the wire hard…

  63. NoonTime says:
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    @Grey: Do you have a writeup on Austin Jackson anywhere?

  64. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Thanks !
    @Frank Rizzo: I like that plan a lot. I may try to do the same.

    One Q: If Reyes is gimpy, you’ll have to scramble for SBs elsewhere, yes? Drew’s not a bag-stealer.

    @Eric: I’d go for Reyes — better upside, more of a bargain right now, and you’ve got Andrus in reserve, after all.

    I also think you can offer a 2-for-2 trade that gives you an extra upgrade — say, a junky closer for a better one.

  65. Tom Reale says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: If you’re looking for risky AL East pitchers on the O’s, I’d go Matusz.

  66. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    The O’s also signed Joey Gathright. Hopefully he’ll get to steal some ABs from Reimold before season’s end, as well. :-\

    I suppose I should be more worried about the 2 leagues where I have Alexei Ramirez. Is it remotely possible for him to drive in 80 from the 9 hole?

  67. NoonTime says:
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    @Grey: Scratch that Austin Jackson writeup question… I got enough info through the magic of using the “Search Razzball” feature… what will they think of next!?

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha! re: Alexei — Probably not, but if Beckham stumbles and Alexei hits, they’ll switch.

  69. Tom Reale says:
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    @Grey: Ha! I was just having that same conversation about Nick Johnson the other day with a Yanks buddy. “I’m not worried about Johnson being able to get on base, it’s him being able to score on anything other than a homer, that I’m worried about.” Until the Yanks face Detriot at home and the ball is hit to Damon, then he’s fine, he could just jog(and I’m talking a Johnson Jog which is like Gardner hopping on one leg)

  70. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You’re right there Baron, but I’m in a shallow 10 team league and cheap steals can still be had on the wire if necessary. But I also own Figgins/Braun/Cruz in that league so I should be okay until Reyes comes back. If he’s out an extended period of time, I could be in some trouble.

    An extremely cheap source of steals on Yahoo….Pierre. Yahoo hates Juan and has him 278th overall. I don’t get that.

  71. Awesomus Maximus

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    @Grey: Take that back right now… I own Beckham in almost EVERY league I’m in! I’d rather have Alexei take up running stairs with Barmes as a hobby than deal with Beckham stumbling.

    I think I’m just going to use this as my excuse to package him up with an SP I’m not crazy about owning (like Shields) and try to upgrade SS.

  72. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Any news about Sean Rodriguez? Has he been given the 2b job and where will he bat in the order?

  73. Giacomo says:
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    @Grey: Who do you prefer? Kelly Johnson or Ian Desmond?

  74. Fresh says:
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    10 team h2h points

    drop reimold for fowler or hart?

  75. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Or just spot-start anyone w/speed against the Padres Chris Young. That’s four or five bags right there.

  76. ThePensive says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Some guy just dropped Ervin for Pineiro–should I take him instead (I’d have to wait on the waiver claim)?

  77. Panti Jose says:
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    Hey Grey, Ian Kennedy over Padilla, Richard, H. Bailey, or Jaime Garcia? Yes/no–which one? Only legit starter on wire right now.

  78. Yummy says:
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    ….in regards to a losing value from lineup position is called “getting Kemped”. Torre putting Kemp in the 8th hole at times las year!!

  79. mc serch says:
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    @EnglishMetsFan: That was also my response when my wife tried to talk to me during my draft two weeks ago.

  80. Rizzo says:
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    5×5 non keeper roto league Desmond, Theriot, or Everth Cabrera??

  81. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    Very helpful post. Andrus batting 9th really hurts his value. I agree with Grey that Byrd is a big Sleeper this year. He’ll be undervalued, and is a great pickup late in a draft or for $1 in an auction.

    Anybody know a spot where you can get projected batting orders?

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