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The Indians said this, “We don’t expect Grady Sizemore to play 150 to 160 games like he has in the past.”  At the start of the 2012 season it will be four years the last time he played that many games, so I’m glad they’re being realistic.  They should’ve also said, “We don’t expect him to steal 20 bases.  Hit 20 homers.  Hit for much of an average unless you consider .250 much.  Here’s hoping he takes some more nude pictures of himself and we get Grady’s Ladies buying season tickets again.  Now I’m going back to my game of Words With Friends with Asdrubal.”  If you want to assume Grady’s going to be fully healthy in 2012, something I would not assume, then you should get a line near 80/18/75/.250/5.  Oh my dear deity of your choice, Sizemore has become Torii Hunter with a poor average.  I’d avoid unless he falls very late or goes for cheap.  Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2012 fantasy baseball:

Psych!  Before we get into the post, I wanted to tell you about this exciting offer our fantasy basketball side of things has going on.  They’re doing commenter leagues and they’re free!  So if you like your athletes seven-plus feet taller than Dustin Pedroia, you go there.  Anyway II, here’s some offseason moves so far:

Ryan Doumit – Heads to Twins.  Recently overheard in the Twins front office, “Morneau and Mauer are sick of having only each other to talk to while on the Disabled List.  We need some injury-prone player to sit between them.”  Doumit fills that slot.  He can also play 1st base, catcher and, for once it doesn’t matter that his last name is German for “Without a Mitt,” as he can see time at DH.  If Doumit can stay healthy, he could be a top ten catcher.  That “if” has its own branch of government that just passed a law that says Doumit can never stay healthy.

Joe Nathan – Signed a two-year deal with the Rangers to be their closer.  For real baseball, I think this is a terrible deal for the Rangers.  Nathan’s 37 years old and, while his K-rate wasn’t bad, he never looked lights-out, except for a stretch through July.  Now you’re throwing him in the heat of Arlington where home runs fly.  Last year his home ERA was 3.04 and his away ERA was 7.50.  I think the Rangers are going to regret this decision.  This is me telling the Rangers that.  For fantasy, his name will make him cost a bit more than I’d want to spend on a closer.  He probably will drift between a Donkeycorn and Brain Freeze for the better part of the year.

Neftali Feliz – Gets his wish, and will finally start for the Rangers.  He’ll begin to transition into a closer that throws six innings a game in the Dominican Winter League, which will give him a leg up on tiring out around August.  His K-rate last year was a huge shambles or Suge Hambles if you roll with rap impresarios who are into spoonerisms.  I’m not sure how a closer could even have a K-rate of 7.80 with Feliz’s stuff.  I’m not just saying that to sound stupid, though it probably doesn’t hurt.  His fastball, curve and change were all the same velocity as previous years.  He added in a slider, but adding that shouldn’t have killed his shizz.  Hitters were just making good contact, or, at least, better contact and not getting as fooled.  His walks also went through the roof.  I mean, 30 walks and 54 Ks in 62 1/3 innings is terrible.  Who are you, Kevin Gregg?  But as we know from Dempster and C.J. Wilson’s transition to being a starter, Feliz is probably going to have the best year of his young career.  I’ll be on the outside looking in though, feels like too much risk to me.  Could see him giving a line of 10-6/3.55/1.20/95 in 120 innings.

Wade LeBlanc – Traded to the Marlins for John Baker.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, John Baker and Wade LeBlanc were the first two players ever traded that also sound like they were in the Backstreet Boys.  Yeah, they didn’t say that.  Like when his friends left Central Perk, LeBlanc just lost all of his value.

Jonathan Broxton – Signed on with the Royals to be their set-up man.  I have the perfect nickname for him now that he’s in Kansas City, the Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.  Oh, please, like you’ve never noticed how Broxton has the back porch of a rap video hoochie mama.  This signing sends Aaron Crow into the rotation.  The good news is you’re not the Royals and don’t have to put Aaron Crow in your fantasy rotation.  Yay, small miracles.

Chris Iannetta – Headed to the Angels.  I guess Scioscia felt like he needed to upgrade Jeff Mathis’s backup.  I’m only half joking.  The Angels are supposed to non-tender Mathis, but I wouldn’t put anything past the Sciosciapath.  Also, Hank Conger’s in the wings, i.e., Iannetta won’t get 350 ABs.  Though he never has.

Ramon Hernandez – Going to the Rockies to replace the recently damned Iannetta.  Hernandez will do exactly what he’s done for the last five years.  For those who need a sneaky, solid catcher in 2 catcher leagues, you can do worse.  (Better too, but let’s not quibble.)

Clint Barmes – Signed with the Pirates.  I have nothing to say about this, except Barmes’s deal for $10.5 million was the Pirates first contract for over $10 million since Steve Buechele’s in the 1991-1992 offseason.  The Pirates are committed to winning now!  Black and yellow!

David DeJesus – Will bring his special brand of pretty unexciting baseball from a fantasy perspective to the Chicago Cubs.  He’ll play right field, unless the Cubs can move Alfonso Soriano for five cents on the dollar.  In related news, Alfonso Soriano wants to know who listed him on eBay.  The eBay username is WonEpstein and there’s no reserve price.

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  1. Tony says:
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    loving the indians love or lack-of-love, either way its a toot on the horn for my tribe…. grady’s definitely past his prime and only worth taking if you can get him late, if he could manage to stay healthy, and hit over .250 he could be a steal but I probably wouldn’t touch him before the 12th round…. i dont know if he’s gonna slide that far?

    Words with Friends ref too, wow, LOVE THAT GAME! i destroy people….

  2. chata says:
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    it’s a bit verbose , redundant even , but if you scroll down to the entry
    titled “the signing of joe nathan” , it would better explain why i disagree
    with your ‘for real baseball’ assessment of the rangers’ move to acquire a closer that can actually pitch , and not just throw .
    http://newberg.mlblogs.com/

    also , am reading reports that morneau just might be dh-only , this year ,
    for the twinkies .

  3. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Gentle Satan gets the lead blurb!

    Survivor?

  4. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    best article i’ve read in a long time. I miss baseball season bro.

    Grey, have you heard anything about alexi ogando? With Feliz going to the rotation, will they be permanently moving him to the bullpen? If so i think he might be a darkhorse for saves when Nathan blows it.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Not sure either, but he starts to be a worthwhile gamble around there.

    @chata: Eh, in my mind Nathan’s old and no longer what he was. Morneau is DH-only until he gets to May and thinks he can only hit if he plays the field.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Oh, yeah. And I’m not sure I realized this at the time (stupid memory!) but I think Cochran definitely would’ve went further if he would’ve stayed with his other team.

    @The Talented Mr. Dope Man: Thanks! Ogando’s a starter as of now.

  6. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    your article got me in the mood to make a few trade offers.

    NL only keeper.

    Trade Tulowitski ($17) last year of his contract, for Mike Stanton $15 with 2 years left on his contract?

  7. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think I’m going with a rotation next year of Strasburg, Moore, Pineda, Feliz and Ogando. Just because that would be awesome.

  8. OaktownSteve says:
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    Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear…and when I do, it’s usually something unusual

  9. Steve says:
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    Maybe Brox like BBQ better than sushi.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I think he’ll eat anything (while drinking Alize). What happened with the new Streets album? Any go?

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha! Terrific comb over. Rusy said — Looks like someone in Office Space. Give Broxton his stomach stapler back.

  12. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Aw, we shouldn’t poke fun. From what I can tell he seems like a decent (if slightly big-boned) guy.

    Though he did name his son after himself.

  13. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hi Grey had a small hitch in the Bruce deal so need to decide on the following. One of the options is this, lose my 3rd round prospect draft pick and get Cain ($10) and keep him instead of Big Erv Santana ($4). So it would be: I get Bruce ($22) and Cain ($10) for a 1st round prospect draft pick. Worth doing or would you rather keep Erv rather than Cain due to their different costs?

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Well, that would clinch it for me.

  15. royce! says:
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    Apropos of baseball, according to Fangraphs, Jason Bartlett was worth 8.2 million dollars last year, which is 4.2 million more than the Padres paid him.

    Which makes me think that Jason Bartlett is a hacker, Ferris Bueller-style.

  16. I have nothing to say about this, except Barmes’s deal for $10.5 million was the Pirates first contract for over $10 million since Steve Buechele’s in the 1991-1992 offseason.

    What?? Is that true? Small market teams can’t compete by offering pre-free agency salaries anymore. The Yankees and Red Sox have ruined baseball!

  17. chata says:
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    i like a pitcher that can get his fat ass into a pitch , whether he’s a
    closer or a starter .
    if prince fielder should ever lose his swing , he make a great pitcher .

  18. chata says:
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    @chata:
    edit*
    would make

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TheNewGuy: Sure, take Cain.

    @royce!: With that kind of value, it’s surprising the Padres didn’t do better.

    @ChrisV82: That’s probably true.

    @chata: Or a great rap video hoochie mama.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ChrisV82: I meant, the part about the Sawx and Yanks ruining baseball being true. The part about the highest contract since who-knows-that-guy is true.

    EDIT: Major typos.

  21. Chunk says:
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    what do you think Morneau’s ADP is next year? Where are you going to take him?

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chunk: I’m not drafting him. Probably around 100 or so.

  23. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Dunno’… I’m pretty sure Cochran would have made it to the exact same point if he stuck with his tribe (first one “of his own” to go). Most of his tribe had no respect for him, and the few that liked him didn’t like him enough to go out on a limb and join him in a new plan. Someone with practically no social skills like him just isn’t going to get to the end of the game.

  24. Grey

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    @Awesomus Maximus: Obviously hard to say for sure at this point, but I think if he even felt he was headed that way (first one out for his own tribe, which I don’t think he would’ve been because he would’ve been no threat physically), he could’ve flipped later on when it was just, say, Coach, Sophie and Edna, or something.

  25. chata says:
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    still think coach is a pedo

  26. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yes, quite. Orlando Hudson was also worth 8.2 million. Perhaps someone replaced all of the negative numbers with “8.2”.

    The whole value in “Dollars” thing on fangraphs must be off, or I must really not understand it. Perhaps it prorates over a full season? Chris Denorfia was worth 6.7 million. Hermida was worth 2.5. Dude had 40 AB.

    Anyhow, the reason I started looking into this was a recent article talking about Carlos Pena’s value and how he’ll demand, and likely receive, something in the 10-12 million range. The author argued that he deserved it because his fangraphs Dollars value was around that for the past few years. Kurt Suzuki was also “worth” 10 million last year, but if anyone gave him that much for a year, they’d have their baseball license revoked.

  27. Grey

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    @royce!: It veers (I almost used the word comes, you’ll see why I didn’t) close to a circle jerk when you (not you) are writing an article justifying something and using your own site’s made up formula to back it up. Maybe I’m wrong, I haven’t read the same articles.

  28. royce! says:
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    It wasn’t a fangraphs article, but I’m sure that many of their articles are guilty of that. Figure it’s an inevitable problem when your site is the one coming up w the new stats and formulas.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, that’s true. You watch Top Chef last night?

  30. Steve says:
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    @Grey: We don’t have Top Chef here (or if we do, I don’t watch it), but our very own Albert Lang was good enough to retweet a very fetching screengrab of Padma from last night’s show…

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ah, nice. In her safari shorts?

  32. royce! says:
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    @grey: yeah I watched it! San Antonio was so much better than Dallas. Didn’t watch the last chance yet but my money’s on the so-called gentle giant. Dude drew the short straw having this season be in Texas, considering that he didn’t know you dont make enchiladas with flour tortillas.

    Seriously, those Dallas people were horrid.

  33. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Er, not exactly:

    http://t.co/BsSJmP5O

    Just discovered it is on here, but I don’t watch a whole lot of that network.

  34. Grey

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    @royce!: Oh, that’s right you mentioned the Bravo niche last night of having rich people on so everyone could hate rich people (more?). Let’s do Occupy Dallas! I’m going with a big-boned girl from Chicago that cooks Italian to win the whole thing.

    @Steve: Ah… I mean, oh.

  35. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I’m happy staying as far away as possible from Dallas, thanks.

    I’m gonna root for Paul Qui, mostly because the restaurant he’s Executive Chef at sounds awesome. I usually don’t enjoy eating out Italian, but it’s probably the whole lactose intolerance talking. I vastly prefer Japanese/French fusion, and it seems that someone well versed in has a good chance of making more interesting food than someone who’s used to cooking Italian.

    Though I have a feeling that you might be right, given the how frequently she appears on screen.

    @Steve: I expect that you will now, having seen that picture!

  36. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Seems it’s worth checking out.

    @royce!: @Grey: In other news, having my parents for dinner over the weekend, cooking one of those standing rib roasts on the Weber. Yum. Yum.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: That’s who Rudy’s rooting for, but that’s partly because his restaurant’s right down the street from him.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yum-yum, indeed. You marinating that puppy?

  39. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Not planning to, though I haven’t fully decided how I’ll do it. Normally I just spray it with olive oil and put salt and pepper on it.

  40. Steve says:
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    @Steve: I guess technically I’m grilling it, rather that BBQ-ing it…

  41. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Smoke it! Better get started now…

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: simple works too if it’s a good cut of meat. Look at me, I watch a few cooking shows and it sounds like I know what I’m talking about.

  43. royce! says:
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    @Steve: I feel like I’ve asked you this before, but are you into the whole Flying Nun, jangly pop thing? If so, I think you’ll like the new Real Estate record, if you haven’t heard it.

  44. royce! says:
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    @Grey: You’re all, “A little salt and pepper. I’m a meat purist.” Oh wait, that was Chuy.

  45. royce! says:
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    @Grey: A lucky man, that Rudy. I have a really good liquor store down the street from me. Your move, Rudy!

  46. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Have to say, the Flying Nun sound has never really been my thing, I’m actually more mainstream than I pretend to be (emoticon). I’ll give Real Estate a listen though.

  47. royce! says:
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    @Steve: More into OMC? That IS bizarre!

    All jokes aside, if it’s not your bag it’s not your bag. I just couldn’t remember and was listening to it in the car on the way home from the awesome liquor store down the street.

  48. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Hope you were swigging from the bottle while driving.

  49. royce! says:
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    Has anyone read The Art of Fielding?

  50. royce! says:
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    @Steve: I was! They have my favorite brand of iced tea. Rollin!

  51. Steve says:
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    @royce!: I bet you have spinners too.

    Haven’t read that book, but a quick bit of research suggests that I probably should.

  52. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Got a new ride, haven’t outfitted the spinners yet.

    I was thinking the same thing about the book. I remember trying to read n+1 (the journal he edits) when it first came out but I think it was over my head or something. I went to a college where the most recent philosopher we read was Heidegger, and after 4 years working up to him, I was not about to read more, so I never quite made it to critical theory. I do like baseball, though.

  53. chata says:
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    dan fielding

  54. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, no way to know. I just see a guy who was on everyone’s radar, under everyone’s skin, respected by none, liked by few, and only seen as a valuable chip by fewer. Going by Survivor history, players like that rarely even make it to the merge.

  55. Eddy says:
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    Heath Bell to the Marlins for 3 years, $27 million with a 4th-year vesting option.

    Finally glad that my team did something, though I’m not thrilled we’re paying a 34 year old $9 million for the next three years.

    Oh well. At least we’re not the Phillies with their 4-year $50 million deal.

  56. chata says:
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    @Eddy:

    does that leave nunez still searching for his identity ?

  57. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    just finished watching zimmern’s trip to madagascar .
    at the end of the show , a bite of food not even you or the kiwi
    would eat .
    zimmern’s wife is an attractive woman , however .

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ha! Yup!

    @royce!: Haven’t read it, but it sounds good. Have you read it?

    @Awesomus Maximus: I think Cochran would’ve got himself further, but it’s hard to say. You’re right, people like him don’t usually go far. It’s hard to be old or annoying. They either get kicked out early, or win.

    @Eddy: Wow, big move by the Miami Marlins.

    @chata: Surprising, I really thought he was gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  59. Pabs says:
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    Gonna be sweet when my roster gains a SP with Neftali.

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