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REL baseball logo newA full week plus is in the books!  It’s still happy-fun-small-sample-time, but in the REL, rebuilding and tanking teams are already feeling the strain, while the big boys up top are taking their seats on the throne.  No, that wasn’t toilet humor!  Although it really wouldn’t be on you – dear reader – to think it was, knowing us clowns here at Razzball!

The illustrious 2016 Champion Nationals have already taken over the top spot as they aim to repeat with the NL pennant, but a nice start from the surprising Cincinnati Reds is a nice story line to open the year.  While in the AL, the Tigers have started off strong to try and represent the AL in the 2017 World Series, thanks to some great starting pitching in the Tigers rotation, plus a strong start for Chris Devenski.  Good luck to everyone in the REL over the next week!

Here’s how week 2 went down in the 2017 REL League:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
REL Dynasty – NL
Trades:

Brewers Trade: Keon Broxton (OF), Ryan Schimpf (2B, 3B) to Diamondbacks for Archie Bradley (SP)

Phightin Phils Trade: Carl Edwards Jr. (RP) to Cubs for Ian Happ (OF – farm)

Nationals 122 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Wilmer Difo Was – 2B $0, Mark Appel Phi – SP NA $0
After JB remarked how strange it was that we didn’t have a single player on the DL, both of our SS went down with hamstring injuries just days apart. Thanks, JB! With Trea Turner and Stephen Drew on the DL, we’re without a SS. So we picked up Wilmer Difo as a super utility player to fill the void left by these guys and stashed Mark Appel. Even with the injuries, we have launched ourselves into first place, thanks to the hot start of two of our older guys: Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. We’re hoping that they stay hot and remain off the DL in their old age.
Cincinnati Reds 119.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $72 Brock Stassi Phi – 1B $2, José Ureña Mia – SP,RP $0, Chris Herrmann Ari – C,OF $0, Clayton Blackburn SF – SP NA $0
San Fran Giants 113 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Will Smith SF – RP DL $0, Aaron Hill SF – 2B,3B $0
J.T. Marlin 97.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Ross Stripling LAD – SP,RP $0
It was another busy week as I continued to add pitching depth. Considering the desperate shortage of arms in this league, I’m shocked that only one other team besides me put in a claim for Ross Stripling. Especially when he came at a price tag of ZERO dollars. Stripling has the added bonus of SP/RP eligibility. This now allows me to effectively carry SEVEN relievers on my active roster, since David Phelps also has the coveted SP/RP eligibility.

Acquiring the 40yr old Frank Rodney for Austin Dean is a classic example of playing to win now – – and as I said last week, I’m aiming for a Top 3 finish this year. Clearly, Rodney’s career is at the end of the line but he’s still a useful source of saves and holds. And that’s one of the categories – – along with SB, W and K – – that I’m focusing on to carry my team this year. Dean has shown flashes of being a dual threat of power and speed, but who knows how that will translate into the majors.

I’m looking to add a 3B and/or SS and would be willing to deal players off my active roster or farm system prospects or a combination of both. Don’t be afraid to send out trade offers to get the discussion started.

Cubs 95.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $98 Arismendy Alcántara Cin – OF $2, Tyler Moore Mia – 1B,OF Waiver $0
Diamondbacks 91 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Oliver Pérez Was – RP $0
NY Dodgers 85 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $95 n/a
Mookie Mets 82 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $99 Chris Hatcher LAD – RP $1, Jose Ramirez Atl – RP $0, Josh Edgin NYM – RP $0, René Rivera NYM – C Waiver $0
Knoche’s Rockies 80 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 n/a
 If you would have told me that I would be in 9th place with 63 Pitching Points and 17 Batting points with the Rockies I would have said you are crazy. Well, maybe I am the crazy one because that is where I am at. I made the mistake of not rostering Reynolds figuring since he didn’t have a spot on the club yet when we submitted rosters, and he got snagged in the draft that I wasn’t a part of because I filled my 25 roster spots.

The good news is my pitching staff has over performed, and as long as they remain competitive I could compete this year. My current starting staff is Zach Wheeler, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, Brandon McCarthy, Senzatela, and Chad Kuhl. I traded Blackmon for Kuhl, and stud Pirates prospect Mitch Keller, and Taylor Hearn at the start of the year. I also have Marcos Molina in my farm from trading Cargo last year, so I should hopefully have a nice young staff for the next few years. If I can find a way to get some ABs until the Killer D’s (Dahl, Desmond) return I think I’ll be just fine.

Phightin Phils 75 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $62 Daniel Nava Phi – OF $7
Pirates 60 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $95 n/a
Cardinals 48 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $96 n/a
So I missed last week’s write up. Figured I’d give a brief rundown. I took over this team missing a few key components, mostly ALEX REYES! Damn, JB is a swindler. I did, however, get Villar in return and for some reason I have Matt Garza. I have no Carson Kelly. Which doesn’t hurt too much considering the 3 yr extension Yadi just worked out. I have a moment to figure out my catcher situation. A few other players missing, Aledmys Diaz, Dexter Fowler, Jedd Gyorko and Lance Lynn. Those are the bigger names. I included Gyorko because Peralta and Wong are not playing every day. So it would be nice to have that third cog. If I’m missing someone it’s because it’s almost bedtime and I still want to go have a beer.I had 1 roster spot available for the draft and selected former Cardinal Pat Neshek. I’m hoping for some holds and decent ratio’s from him.

I kept 5 pitchers, 3 Infielders and 2 OF’s for the farm.

With Fowler, Piscotty and Grichuk hogging the outfield for the next few years it blocks one my top prospects, Harrison Bader, from regular playing time when he gets the call. I’m hoping to find another outfielder not named Denard Span to utilize. I have Magneuris Sierra stashed in my one of NA spots and Jose Martinez for a fill in when one of the OF’s need a breather. At some point I need to make a trade.

Last week I picked up Gorkys Hernandez because Span played one game and hurt his hip. Keeping him on the roster for time being because Ol’ Man Span(I say that but we’re the same age)is going to get regular days of rest. I also picked up Javier Guerra as a stash. Don’t know if I hold all year but read an article about Guerra’s swing that quoted Edwin Rodriguez saying, “It’s a very fluid, effortless swing. Very efficient, very little movement.” Sweet! Oh, yeah, that was after comping his swing to Francisco Lindor.

Slow start for the REL Cards. Currently sitting in 12th place. Which I’m ok with because the real life Cardinals are in a 2 way tie for 2nd worst record in the NL. It’s not just me. My bullpen has been awful and the best performing pitcher so far has been Mike Leake. So happy to have C-Mart on the team though. I do have 6 SP’s on my team and I’m trying to help ERA and WHIP by rostering some RP’s from different teams; Neshek, Estevez(3 holds, 1 win), Maurer and Hudson. We’ll see. GO CARDS!

Padres 48 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $95 Brad Hand SD – RP $5, Dustin McGowan Mia – RP $0, Miguel Socolovich StL – RP $0, Chase d’Arnaud Atl – 2B,3B,SS,OF $0, Jake Esch SD – SP $0
Brewers 45.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $39 Nick Franklin Mil – 1B,2B,SS,OF $31, Jett Bandy Mil – C $7, Zach Lee SD – RP $4, Luis Castillo Cin – RP NA $1, José Osuna Pit – 1B,OF NA $1
 Well, my epic quest to rebuild – and rebuild HARD – continues to push forth into 2017!

I actually came into 2017 kinda optimistic I could finish in the top half, but jfc that doesn’t look close to happening.  Got that harbinger of things to come when my ace – Junior Guerra – goes out after 3 innings on opening day.  Alex Reyes needing TJ was actually the REAL harbinger, on the first day of pitchers and catchers no less!  Hah.

So taking a look at how I’m going to mold this hunk of clay into a winner – projected rotation in the next 1-1.5 years: Alex Reyes, Josh Hader, Junior Guerra, Adam Conley, and the newly acquired Archie Bradley.  I sent over Keon Broxton and Ryan Schmipf in a “godfather”-esque offer to bring in Bradley.  I grew frustrated with other negotiations for young starters, and knew the Dbacks were interested in Broxton, so gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse.  Then Broxton gets a slam-and-legs and Schimpf hits a 2-run homer yesterday.  Hah!  Well both are older-ish and have no fit for my rebuild – especially with my OF depth – so I was thrilled with the deal.  Zona (real life) keeps saying they want Archie in the rotation long-term, so finding some max velo and going the Danny Duffy route is fine by me.  Bradley’s velo is way up in his couple bullpen appearances, and he’s added a 90+ MPH cutter.  Sexy upside, just what I need.  Then if any of the other guys I’m stashing hit – really only one of them – I could have one of the better rotations.  One might be Zach Lee, what a start at Coors!  5.1 scoreless innings and a win!  Haha, not expecting much there, but a fun little add I made that might eat up some innings, as I still would like to finish 10th or 11th.

I think the hitting side will work itself out.  I own a team with the 2nd best NL park, so it’s just a matter of getting pitchers elsewhere as my focus.  C is locked down and my OF is locked down, it’ll just be figuring out 1B-3B.  I mayyyyyyyyyyyyyy have overspent a little (hah!) on Nick Franklin, but owning a Brewers with 4-position eligibility is super valuable.  Not for filtering in spot starts, but for roster flexibility making trades.  So spent the extra dime to more easily maintain a legal roster while making more deals.

Thanks to everyone again for making the REL fully active and it should be a great year!

Braves 38 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $76 n/a
 Tankapalooza 2017 is off to a scorching start here in Atlanta. Thanks to the Braves brilliant strategy of bringing in old stop-gap players for the 2017 season in an attempt to fill seats at their new park, we are in an even bigger hole than we anticipated. Jamie Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Mat Kemp, Brandon Phillips. Those are the players the Braves brought in from the NL to fill their roster and we own none of them. We will now test the boundaries of the anti-tanking rules and see just how few points a team can finish with (currently 38/150) Anywho, to start the year we traded Vizcaino to SF for Sandro Fabian. High upside, decent floor, 2020 ETA. We love this kind of prospect. We have nothing to gain by holding Vizcaino, or Jim Johnson for that matter send us your trade offers, as we won’t be sniffing the top of the table for the next 2 season as we wait for the army of SP specs to reach the majors. We also added Edmundo Sosa and Allen Cordoba from FAAB. I was super happy to get both of these guys as they are just free prospects to add to our growing list of non-braves players. Sosa is probably a drop as he has a lot to prove at the plate this season but we have nothing but time so we will give him a shot. Cordoba, on the other hand, I am a big fan of. Hopefully the Padres don’t destroy his development by keeping him on the 40man all season. The Padres can’t just be content with destroying their own farm? They have to ruin other teams now too? As mentioned above, we have nothing but time and are happy to ride this wave out. We are open to moving most of our vets but are wary of selling low due to the real Braves propensity to get more than they should in trades. We look forward to spending the season in a heated competition with JB for 14th place!
AMERICAN LEAGUE
REL Dynasty – AL
Trades:

Tampa Bay Rays Trade: Mallex Smith (OF) to Mariners for Chih-Wei Hu (SP)

Tigers 123 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $96 Joe Jiménez Det – RP (called up)
Orange Birds 113.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $98 Matt Davidson CWS – Util $0, Kyle Higashioka NYY – C $0
We are less than two weeks into the season, but it seems like I will not have to worry about being last in steals this year. However, I may be lucky if my team hits over .250. I have a plethora of bats, but not enough pitching which I will need to address most likely with a trade.

I am looking to trade one of Schoop or Trumbo, as well as some of my depth players, for pitching that can help this year. Let me know if you have any interest. Teams keep asking me about Chance Sisco and I currently have no plans to trade him, but will definitely consider it if I am still in contention this summer.

The Tribe 101.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $88 n/a
Astros 92 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $93 Danny Santana Min – OF $3, Austin Romine NYY – C $2, Peter Moylan KC – RP $0
Mariners 91 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $58 Ben Gamel Sea – OF NA $0
I had a nice week climbing up the standings. My pitching led the way. I didn’t get to start Miley last week due to roster constraints and him coming off the DL. I think he pitch 6 shutout innings…grrrr. So that led me to give up Mallex Smith for about 50 cents on the dollar. I got C. Hu back from Tampa just so I could free up my roster. I placed Hu in a NA slot which kept an open roster spot. Hope to pick up another player to fill my last NA spot. Then going forward will use waiver wire to fill up all my DL slots.

I have to admit this league is somewhat more challenging when you own a west coast team. Line-ups are not posted for the west coast until all the eastern games have started. That gives you next to no flexibility when your home team regulars get a day off. Example, Leonys Martin gets day off and I could have put Aoki in for him if I had known before 8pm EST. This can cost a Run a week and an RBI a week being conservative. Over the course of a season that adds up. Not sure what can be done to even the playing field. Maybe Jb and Slim can think of something.

Arguably my best hitter for average went down this week in Segura, if this team could hit just a paltry .250 I would be knocking on a 2nd place standing. As it is I am currently 4th. Still love this team to compete all year and my targets for upgrades in speed are paying dividends as I lead league in SBs.

Devil Rays 88.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $0 Tommy Hunter TB – RP $3, Tommy Layne NYY – RP $0
Athletics 85.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $93 Dillon Overton Sea – SP $3
Yankees 75.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $91 Robinson Chirinos Tex – C $6, Jonathan Holder NYY – RP $3
Halos 71.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $97 Bud Norris LAA – SP,RP $1, Brad Peacock Hou – SP,RP $1
Power Rangers 70.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $95 n/a
White Sox 66.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $83 Jesse Hahn Oak – SP $7, Zach Putnam CWS – RP $5
Red Sox 62 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $56 Geovany Soto CWS – C DTD $26, Christian Vázquez Bos – C $3
Minnesota Twins 58.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 n/a
Unlike the real-life Twins, who have somehow managed to start the season 5-2 with Buxton hitting .059, Mauer hitting .211, and Kepler hitting .208, this Twins team is off to a familiar start. I knew it was a doomed season when my kid’s soccer game went long and I was left at the mercy of my predraft player rankings for the draft. The Yahoo robot decided that I needed a SS more than I needed Chris Carter. Welcome aboard, Taylor Motter (who is now starting at SS for the Ms while Segura is hurt and went 3/5 with 3 doubles yesterday!)

I’ve locked up wins in both ERA and WHIP for the season, though the prospects for counting categories are bleak this year, so we will stand pat with 2 IP for the season. I know this seems sort of underhanded, but using my pitchers would amount to tanking. I should probably tank to get the top pick again next year, but I’m hopeful that I will have 23-25 guys I want to keep next year.

Obviously this team remains in building mode, and I have a collection of young players and prospects that give me hope for 2018 and beyond.

I’m looking to make deals for the future, so I would be happy to move some aging, though productive, bats for young talent. Probably the most interesting player I have available is Carlos Beltran. He was a top 30 OF last year, so he’s a valuable commodity. I’d also be interested in trading Mauer.

On the pitching front, I have a couple useful starters (Hughes and Gibson) whom I would trade for a prospect haul that would have to include a couple young/injured pitchers who are likely to contend for rotation spots next year.

Moves: I added Stephen Moya (DET-OF), Mike Morin (LAA-RP), Felix Jorge (MIN-SP) and Chris Gimenez (MIN-C) all for $0 to fill empty roster spots from all my DL players.

Royals 54 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $93 Heath Hembree Bos – RP $1, Jake Junis KC – SP $3
It’s still early (I think I’ll be saying that for a while), but my Royals have assumed their normal position at the bottom of the REL standings. We’ve all seen racehorses that like to hang near the back of the pack early and then make a late push to seize victory, right? Well if you take away the late burst of speed and the expected strong finish, that’s exactly like my REL Royals. Unfortunately I’m now in last place, or next to last place, in both my leagues. I know there’s been a lot of analytics done on the exact age that athletes’ performance begins to decline, but has anybody ever done that kind of analysis to determine at what age a fantasy player’s performance falls off the cliff like a 30-year-old NFL Running Back? Just asking for a friend.

Some good news is that I’m surprisingly near the middle of the pack in the Saves/Holds category, despite starting the year with zero relief pitchers. Well, actually I did have Bruce Rondon, so let’s call it starting with “less than zero”. While I’ve been told it’s poor form to complain about how a human tragedy impacts your fantasy team (at least publicly), I should have even more holds/saves right now. Matt Barnes, who has looked terrific for the BoSox in setting up Kimbrel, lost his grandmother in week one and then took three games off for “bereavement leave”. I’m sure Grandma Barnes was a lovely lady and we all share in his loss, but to take off 3 freaking games to mourn, WTF?? Don’t mean to be insensitive to the situation, but come on young Matthew! I’m sure even your Grandma would have told you that the best way to honor her memory is to get right back on the mound and keep producing those late inning strikeouts. Regardless, I’m liking how my bullpen is coming together with the young arms of Barnes, Altavilla, and LeClerc (perhaps a darkhorse candidate to be the Rangers new closer?).

After great anticipation, was also excited to settle in and watch my future ace, Adalberto Meija, start his first game for the Twins on Saturday afternoon. As Terrell Owens once said before a big game “Getcha Popcorn Ready!”. Well, I did just as TO suggested, but by the time the microwave was done, sadly…so was Meija. Yep, my Saturday afternoon was spent munching on tear-soaked popcorn after young Meija only lasted one and a third innings.

Still consider my REL Royals to be at least a year or more away from being competitive and nothing in the first week changed that opinion. Unless things turn around for the real-life Royals, I’m expecting a major organizational fire sale in the coming months of guys like Gordon, Moustakas, Escobar, and even Cain (who I don’t own). Reloading with some high-level prospects, wouldn’t be a bad thing from my perspective as that would bring (finally!) the Royals organizational strategy more in line with the REL Royals. If they do follow through, my only remaining question will be “what took so damn long?!?” The need for a rebuilding strategy was obvious to everybody else a year ago.

Blue Jays 46.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $37 Dalton Pompey Tor – Util DL $0
I’ve heard recently, and based on my own teams collapse last REL season I believe it, that the Blue Jays had the 4th worst offence in baseball last season after the all star break. So far this season my home grown Blue Jays hitters have gone 31/177 at the plate for a whopping .175 average! My non-Blue Jays imports have buoyed my team up with their 11/61 start to the tune of a .180 average! Thus allowing for my current last place .179 average, which really nobody else is even close to. The 3 home runs my bats have hit don’t help as that’s also last in the AL. Nor do the big fat zero steals, which makes me the only team to not steal a base yet, which is counting both the AL and NL (where are you Charlie Tilson??). Since there’s never anybody on base RBIs have been hard to come by, thus my 18 RBIs, which is 4 RBIs away from the closest competitor.

On a different note, the pitching has been okay. Not great, but not bad. Now granted, as of yesterday I had 1/2 a point less in the pitching categories than the team that has 3 IP on the entire season. That kind of ends what was supposed to be the happy part of the update on a sour note but what can you do when your team is all alone in last place. I guess some of my farm guys have had a decent game or two, so there’s that. At least the actual Jays are in last place in the entirety of baseball, whereas I’m actually ahead of both the Braves and Brewers in the REL. The Brewers. A team the Jays not only couldn’t beat in 2 tries this week, but couldn’t even score a run against yesterday. Apologies to JB, but, that’s pretty sad. And so is my team right now.

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  1. Minnesota Twins says:
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    Here are my notes. JB, I might’ve sent these to the wrong email address or something. Anyway — enjoy my sorrow.

    Unlike the real-life Twins, who have somehow managed to start the season 5-2 with Buxton hitting .059, Mauer hitting .211, and Kepler hitting .208, this Twins team is off to a familiar start. I knew it was a doomed season when my kid’s soccer game went long and I was left at the mercy of my predraft player rankings for the draft. The Yahoo robot decided that I needed a SS more than I needed Chris Carter. Welcome aboard, Taylor Motter (who is now starting at SS for the Ms while Segura is hurt and went 3/5 with 3 doubles yesterday!)

    I’ve locked up wins in both ERA and WHIP for the season, though the prospects for counting categories are bleak this year, so we will stand pat with 2 IP for the season. I know this seems sort of underhanded, but using my pitchers would amount to tanking. I should probably tank to get the top pick again next year, but I’m hopeful that I will have 23-25 guys I want to keep next year.

    Obviously this team remains in building mode, and I have a collection of young players and prospects that give me hope for 2018 and beyond.

    I’m looking to make deals for the future, so I would be happy to move some aging, though productive, bats for young talent. Probably the most interesting player I have available is Carlos Beltran. He was a top 30 OF last year, so he’s a valuable commodity. I’d also be interested in trading Mauer.

    On the pitching front, I have a couple useful starters (Hughes and Gibson) whom I would trade for a prospect haul that would have to include a couple young/injured pitchers who are likely to contend for rotation spots next year.

    Moves: I added Stephen Moya (DET-OF), Mike Morin (LAA-RP), Felix Jorge (MIN-SP) and Chris Gimenez (MIN-C) all for $0 to fill empty roster spots from all my DL players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Curious George, your new username isn’t fooling anyone

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Minnesota Twins: @Grey: Sorry about that! You’re in there now! No you had right email, you just sent this before I sent my notice out, and it got lost in the shuffle, my bad!

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: haha. I thought maybe that would help people know what team I was talking about!

        Now if you’ll excuse me, I see a bird out on the baseball field and I need to chase it around the bases.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Be careful out there George!

            • Curious George Springer says:
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              @JB Gilpin: wouldn’t that be a plot twist!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Curious George Springer: Haha that cat just ran on the field to help swing the momentum of that game haha

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Razz 30!

  3. Jaaaaaake says:
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    Why are we getting posts about this pseudo league? #Razz30

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Razz30 AD!

      That’s All Day, not the year

      • Jaaaaaake says:
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        @Grey:

        You’re as right as your mustache is majestic

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: @Jaaaaaake: @Grey: Is there like a message board on Fantrax, where Ralph is asking all of you guys to troll me? Can’t it be REL AND Razz30 all day, since they’re both the same idea?

        • Jaaaaaake says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          Same idea? Look at this guy!

        • nick the dick says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Ralph wouldnt need to ask. We just know. Like we know the Razz30 is far far superior.

          • Jaaaaaake says:
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            @nick the dick:

            As if we aren’t waiting in the wings to tout the superiority of Razz 30

  4. nick the dick says:
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    Tanking teams? Looks like a tanking league to me…Razz30 all day baybay!

  5. The Great Knoche says:
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    Y’all Razz 30ers can just Let it go Louie. You’ve never been as good as the original and you never will be.

    Take those pretender mask off Razz30 Fools, Halloween ain’t until October.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Great Knoche: Lol it’s the same league, except Ralph took it over and changed some of the rules, and now Ralph is telling them all to troll the post every week. Ralph is turning more into Tehol by the day.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Oh snap, dems is fighting words…Ralph doesn’t need to say anything. The Razz30 Army just knows that when a sub par league pops up stroking it’s own ego with posts about your ‘feelings’ about your team, it’s time to load up, aim and fire! No retreat, no surrender! Keep dropping those zzzzzz’s cuz y’all definitely sleeping.

        • Jaaaaaake says:
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          @nick the dick:
          What I love is how clenched they get.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @JB Gilpin: WAIT I DONT WRITE IN ALL CAPS. THOUGH I HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY THE ELDER GODS.

        No joke they do this on their own, kids. They do the damnedest things.

        I love you JB!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jaaaaaake: @nick the dick: @Ralph Lifshitz: “Sub par league pops up”? Hah Razz 30 only exists because Jay and Grey said I should try and coordinate a second league since there was so much interest with my REL launch. Lots of fake news you’re peddling there.

          Yeah Ralph, but they’re YOUR kids now. GET THESE SKATEBOARDERS OFF MY SIDEWALK!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I sampled your voice you were using it wrong. You made it hot line, I made it a hot song.

          • Jaaaaaake says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Fact: Razz 30 has better members.

            Fact: Razz 30 has 11 Six Sigma blackbelts as co-owners.

            Fact: Razz 30 is already in talks with TLC for a reality webshow.

            Fact: REL isn’t even a word. That’s a straight up acronym, yo.

            No fake news here bruh

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: @Jaaaaaake: Alternative facts 1-3. Ummmmm, Fact 4 is I guess a Fact haha. Razz30 – also not a word

              • Jaaaaaake says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Razz30 is LIFE

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Jaaaaaake: Razz30 is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

                  • Jaaaaaake says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: It’s your dream, you’re right

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @JB Gilpin: Nope, its 2 words.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: OK so REL is 3 words. Sighhhhhh you kids

  6. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    What can I say about REL that hasn’t been said about Afghanistan… it looks bombed out and depleted

    HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE!

    #Razz30

    • Jaaaaaake says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I have to ask, are you referencing Kefka in FF6 here?

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Jaaaaaake: Dave Chapelle skit. Also 100% DID NOT KNOW that the US just dropped a MOAB today in Afghanistan. Wowwwie

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Yup….bad timing on that one.

  7. nick the dick says:
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    JB, don’t take this the wrong way. We all love you immensely as a giant person. That is why we feel comfortable keeping it really real with you. I don’t want you to be mislead thinking that your league is better than the 30. Or even good in any way.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nick the dick: Fantrax is a site that looks like it was made in 1999, Ralph bastardized the rules so he could feel special, and the members of that league troll the REL posts because of how vastly inferior they feel as people.

      • Jaaaaaake says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hey now, Ralph made sweet, sweet consensual commissioner honey juice with those rules. Lookit, just because rel is the sister league doesn’t mean it can’t one day be like us.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jaaaaaake: REL is the God to Razz30 Judas

          • Jaaaaaake says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I mean if we want to get technical it is more like REL is the Dark Ages to Razz30 being the Information age.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You play on Yahoo. Zero business chirping Fantrax. Our player pool has Otani. Does yours have Moncada yet? (Joking, but seriously there’s 100’s of owned prospects in Razz 30, that you guys won’t sniff for 2+ years in the Yahoo database).

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jaaaaaake: @Ralph Lifshitz: We have a whole farm league out of system. If you ever cared to ask questions or read about the league, you’d know that. But instead you guys like to troll and throw stones. I bet none of you actually read any of this post… Or any of them

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jaaaaaake: @Ralph Lifshitz: @JB Gilpin: Hahahaha wow just re-read that, and it sounds like im mad and actually serious. What I mean to say is, FANTRAX IS STUPID AND ALL OF YOU ARE UGLY AND REL IS SO MUCH BETTER JUST BECAUSE I CAN YELL ON THE INTERNET!

            • Jaaaaaake says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Y’all sure do like spreadsheets.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Jaaaaaake: Because there’s nothing nerdy about spending an afternoon trolling a post about how your 30 team fantasy baseball league is better than another 30 team fantasy baseball league :)

                • Jaaaaaake says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: It was merely an observation. I have enough spreadsheets in my life and Fantrax facilitates me having one fewer.

                  • JB Gilpin

                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @Jaaaaaake: That’s fine. Only 1 owner – me – “has” a spreadsheet. I manage everything for the owners. I think you’re running out of fake stones to try and throw over here. Enjoy your little cute league over there on Fansux

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yeah I read somewhere that someone spent $31 on Nick Franklin…. sums up REL…

            I’M KIDDING JB!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @SheriffMcRawDawg: Haha, I’m sure you have wild buys in your league too, but I have no idea what rules you’re doing since Ralph took this his direction

  8. Mr. Green says:
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    I’m not sure I want to get involved with any of this infighting but, keep up the fight JB!

    I actually came to complain that the Indians just gave me my 7th NA guy by sending Naquin down, a guy who finished 3rd in ROI voting last year. I guess they don’t believe in the whole it’s too early to make any conclusions thing that baseball people are always spouting? On the plus side for me, I no longer have to set my lineup every day in this league since I have nobody in the big leagues on my bench anymore…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mr. Green: Hah yeah I have no clue what any of this is about…

      Hah damn yeah your poor blue jays have started mad cold. Only been a week and a half!

  9. J-FOH says:
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    So much hate and I’m not a part of it. How about this. They both suck and have from day one. Poorly conceived. The razzsad leagues! These commenters will jump in any sinking ship here because that’s what they do. You all are fortunate to have such dedicated readers who love all that you do. But not me. I hate it! I hate it all!!!!

    With all my heart…..smooches

    Love

    Jack Full of Hate

    • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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      @J-FOH: you’re a sinking ship

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SheriffMcRawDawg: I am! I’ve infected so many and my time is drawing near. Nick has been a good student and hopefully he keeps up the fight. Fuck hopefully… he will!

        • nick the dick says:
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          @J-FOH: Ya god damn right I will. Nick Full Of Dick! Wait…..no, gotta come up with something else

          • J-FOH says:
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            @nick the dick: hahahaha. It need some work. Nick the dick… to you. You know what it? It needs no change. You were perfect from day one. Now make sure to be a dick to douchetards like Deputy McLicksHisOwnJizz

            • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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              @J-FOH: that was ONE time!

    • Mommy's Big Boys says:
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      @Jaaaaaake @Ralph Lifshitz @nick the dick yall a bunch of bitch ass merk ass mark ass tricks. dont even know about what it means to be a real man. think you can create something as glorious as this? think again ya walnuts. really clever of you to take a pre-existing idea, whittle it down so that short bus riders can join in, then talk shit on the wizard that came up with it. man you all should be in trumps cabinet with all the whining and inbreeding ive seen from these feckless comments alone. maybe you guys should join a fantasy fishing league instead. that seems to be more your style. backwoods hillbillies sitting on a boat in a pond filled with old bicycles, shopping carts, and participation trophies your parents threw in there because you couldnt finish in the top 3. enjoy your season in the B-League. maybe one day youll get the call up. just dont bet your lunch money on it. know what im sayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyin?

  10. Curious George Springer says:
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    Wow. Now I’m all self conscious about my choice of 30 team fantasy league. I didn’t realize there was a “cool” version of this concept, though I suppose I’m glad I adopted the nerdiest possible version. No half-assing my nerdery!

    Seriously, does anybody want Carlos Beltran?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, Curious George is in REL? I’m jumping ship, REL or die!

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: You should go eminent domain on an AL team. Then, and this is the key, trade me someone for Carlos Beltran.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will you take Trout?

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: throw in a prospect?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You drive a tough bargain, Curious!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Curious George Springer: @Grey: There is no choice! There is only the one, true, original and best league of this format :)

  11. AUFan says:
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    I have a trade question for a 14 team h2h dynasty league. I got offered Edwin Diaz, Michael Brantley, and Yadier Alvarez for my Nomar Mazara. Do you accept this? Is it worth gambling on Brantley?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @AUFan: Mmmmm, I really REALLY like ALvarez. But damn it’s tough to give up such a young Mazara. How much are you win now? You get a great closer and Brantley should have a few more years left… I am leaning holding off though

  12. Cosmosis says:
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    Man I go through all the trouble of not writing about my team just to see Razz30 train troll JBs giant rear end. Face it Razz30 is just jealous that they are a mere fascimile of REL. Just sad because they were late to the show like Jose Bautista. If only Ralph could wrap it up instead of rap it up, then we wouldn’t have his mongoloid troll children posting until mom brings a sandwich to their basement.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cosmosis: Ralph can sure wrap it up!

  13. Luvdarooks says:
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    I KNOW YOU HAVE TO FLY THROUGH THIS so Only NL only–PROSPECTS-
    Can’t be on ML team and have to be OUTSIDE THE top 25 -30 in NL Only.
    If thier arrival is this year forget it they are taken
    Any moncadas in the NL way down ?
    Even if they are in A ball college or H S. Japan DR Cuba Europe???
    Top 3 please

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Luvdarooks: That’s def my wheelhouse! I mean, impossible to know who would be available…

      My Brewers – really like Erceg’s bat. Is that too deep or too shallow? Love Isan Diaz, but I guess he would be taken… Actually if only 25-30 prospects are taken, Diaz might be avail.

      Wait do you need redraft assets that could impact this year? Or dynasty?

      • Luvdarooks says:
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        Thanks for the reply. Dynasty
        We can keep ANYONE except AL players forever till they are no longer rookie status. Then the clock starts.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Luvdarooks: Gotcha. Diaz and Erceg are the two brewers I really like that are a little undervalued. Acuna on ATL I like, but he’s still a while out. Tapia I’m sure is owned, love him tho. Nick Senzel is prob owned, but a name I like. If you can stash, Brendan Rogers better be owned! Coors effect!

          • Luvdarooks says:
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            perfect u da man.
            I have another two that I will share with you after the auction tomorrow if you’d like to chat once more

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Luvdarooks: Any time, definitely drop by and ask away!

  14. SteveA says:
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    Thoughts on Jimmy Nelson this year JB? Worth owning in a 12 team, mixed league redraft? Grey commented today in his column that he’s not quite “sold” but…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveA: Watched innings 5-7 I think it was, so caught bout half his start. Fastball indeed looks livelier. Led majors in walks last year tho, I dunno if that control is magically fixed either. Breaking stuff still doesn’t have that “bite”, but he has added a change.

      I don’t even have him top 100 in my SP ranks yet hah. But he will likely make it in. I’d prefer to either stream the spot, or I bet there are a few other guys I’d rather own

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