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Lots of people tried to explain to me why you don’t slide into first base.  I still don’t get it, so apparently I’m dense.  Is 1st base lifted higher than other bases?  Are there Lilliputians standing by first base with mini hammers?  Is there a mini MC Hammer there singing U Can’t Touch This which is just so bizarre it screws you up and you hurt yourself?  I get that it slows you down, so there’s no point to doing it.  I understand that sprinters don’t slide into the finish line.  I’ve heard that from countless announcers.  I do kinda wish in the next Summer Olympics a sprinter would slide into the finish line just so announcers would stop saying it.  I still don’t understand why people invariably get hurt doing it.  Josh Hamilton for one.  He’s out for 6-8 weeks with thumb surgery.  He should’ve just had Ryan Braun look at it, he can cure thumbs just by brining them in vinegar.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

J.B. Shuck – Two tears in a bucket, the Angels called up J.B. “You Wanna Eat Corn?” Shuck it.  Not forced at all!  Fee, fie, fo, fum, I smell a replacement for Hamilton’s thumb.  Slightly less forced!  I love Shuck — hit .293 last year, has 20 steal speed — and think he could be all mixed team viable quickly, but right now he’s probably in a platoon.  I’ll be grabbing him in deep leagues immediately and will be watching him like a cyclops with a monocle for other leagues.

Avisail Garcia – Out with a jammed left shoulder, might be headed to the DL.  Damn, just when the Miggy comparisons weren’t simply because he looks exactly like him.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  You can’t keep a good Blackmon down!

DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a steal on the day Josh Rutledge was recalled.  To put sound effects on that, Rutledge was recalled then a record scratch.

Rex Brothers – 2/3 IP and the win.  Witnessing that ferratio from Brothers doesn’t leave you wanting to go see a shrink.

Cody Asche – Didn’t start yesterday due to a tweaked hamstring.  He’s day-to-day, which is better than minute-to-minute and week-to-week.  Weird!

Roberto Hernandez – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Wow, lot of Ks for a guy that only averages around six per nine.  Fausto Carmona would’ve loved to see that.

Mark Reynolds – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam & legs.  Damn, if Ryan Zimmerman wasn’t going to play I was going to pick up Reynolds.  Damn you again, Zimmerman!

Josh Collmenter – 4 IP, 0 ER.  Diamondbacks are moving him to the rotation at the expense of Delgado or Cahill.  That sounds downright Texas Rangery!  Collmenter is around a mid-7 K-rate, 3-ish BB/9 guy that will have value in NL-Only leagues, but be nothing but a streamer in mixed leagues.  Stream-o-Nator, “Says me!”

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and a home run.  Au Shizz!  A commenter said now that we don’t own Au Shizz due to him being drafted higher, it should be Au Shucks!  I agree.  I miss you, Godly.

Tim Lincecum – 4 IP, 7 ER.  Older Brother, “I remember when Lincecum was the best pitcher in the league.”  Younger Brother, “You smokin’ the same shizz as Lincecum.”

Mike Morse – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer as he hits .385.  Yesterday, I told you he was a hot schmotato.  Today, I say see what I said yesterday.

Angel Pagan – 3-for-5 and a steal, hitting .462.  The angel on my shoulder is saying, “I’m glad you picked up Angel.”  The devil on my shoulder is saying, “I’m glad you picked up Pagan.”

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  As if you needed me to tell you.

Garrett Richards – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (1 Hit), 6 Ks.  Doesn’t have a whole lot of control, but he does have stuff, as grizzled scouts say while chewing tobacco.  No, he’s not a sub-1 ERA pitcher as he is right now, but he does throw 95+ MPH and could be a sneaky number three (think a 7+ K-rate, 3.80 ERA, 1.35 WHIP).  In shallower mixed leagues, he’s still a matchups guy, but he’s worth owning in deeper ones.

Taijuan Walker – Struck out ten in five innings in his latest rehab start.  Damn, I’ve built him up so much now I can’t be anything but disappointed, unless he Ks 10 in his first start, which he will do.

Josh Beckett – 4 IP, 4 ER.  Damn, he’s making it hard for the script supervisors at attendance in Dodger Stadium trying to tell continuity between his dreadful last three years.

Dee Gordon – 3-for-5 and his 4th steal.  Even more remarkable is he was caught stealing once by V-Mart even if it was a pitch out.  Gotta be impressed that Brad Ausmus went with the bat-first catcher.  A decision The Sciosciapath has problems with fifteen years into his managing career.

Joe Nathan – 1 IP, 3 ER and 2nd blown save in three chances.  Nathan is saying he’s going through a dead arm period.  Yesterday, may have been the burial.  I went to pick up Al Alburquerque in all my leagues, saw he had a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP and decided I’d let someone else take the risk, but he would be the one I’d go for before Joba Chamberlain.  Keep in mind, the Tigers will probably do everything in their power to keep Nathan the closer.

Addison Russell – A’s shortstop prospect will miss 4-6 weeks with a torn hamstring.  Addison should’ve been watching where he was going and not arguing with Maddie.

Coco Crisp – Won’t return before Friday, which means more time for Sam Fuld.  Perfect, since it’s wabbit season.

Jim Johnson – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  It was a bizarre move in the offseason when Billy Beane went out and seemed to do the exact opposite of what the A’s credo has always been.  SAGNOF essentially.  Find cheap closers, then like the guy’s shirt reads in the bar with the sawdust on the floor, you ride them hard and put them away wet, then trade them to other teams for needed parts.  But he zigged left and went out and paid for Jim Johnson.  Who pays for closers?  Teams that don’t know what they’re doing, fantasy and otherwise.  Did the Orioles out-Beane Beane?  Yes, yes they did.  Meanwhile, Jim Johnson looks as awful in the ERA department as he’s looked in the K department for years.  I really don’t think the A’s make a permanent change, unless Johnson is hurt, but they probably will let someone else close a game or two.  I’d look at Luke Gregerson and Ryan Cook, in that order.

Jesse Chavez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  He made the Twins look like his b*tch.  Jesse’s got himself a girl.  And I want to make him mine!  You know I wish that all my pitchers were facing Jesse’s girl!  I wish they were all facing Jesse’s girl!   Where can I find them, a pitcher like that?  The Stream-o-Nator perhaps.  Chavez gets the Angels next and it’ll be his final test before being added to all my mixed league teams.  I.e., I’ll play along with this charade!  As of now, I would own him in deeper mixed leagues.  Yesterday’s start wasn’t a product of luck, and he can put up a 8+ K-rate without killing you in walks.  I.e., I wanna tell him that I love him but the point is probably moot!

Alberto Callaspo – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .462.  Clock hasn’t struck midnight yet on this hot schmotato and Callaspo hasn’t turned to Callaspoo.

Oswaldo Arcia – Headed to the DL.  That’s where Oswaldo is.

Josh Willingham – Hasn’t swung a bat since taking a pitch off his wrist on Sunday.  I hope he’s not considering only hitting with his wrist now.

Phil Hughes – 5 IP,  4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Released by the Twins and catches on with the Oaxacan Spear Fishermen to throw batting practice and sell Chiclets at home games.  That’s from an episode of Phil of the Future.

Jason Kubel – 4-for-5, 2 runs and a home run, hitting .462.  The Kubelixir!

Mat Latos – Said yesterday there’s been some improvement of his elbow irritation but will take a few days off from throwing.  Maybe he’ll watch some Netflix in his spare time.  I suggest Spiral.  Might be as good as The Wire.  I don’t say that lightly.  Yes, you have to read, since it’s subtitled.  Totally worth it!

Mike Leake – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Currently has a 2.45 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  Also, he’s getting so lucky currently that line drives are getting caught in the mouth of a severed head that is moving along the outfield on the back of a turtle.  I wouldn’t go anywhere near Leake for the fear that at any moment his off-speed stuff will break bad.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-4, 2 runs and 2 steals.  Hits like Mays and runs likes Hayes!  He scored one of the runs on a sac fly that was nearly caught by the 2nd baseman it was so shallow.  He’s kinda like that Nicki Minaj song.  “Boy, you got my heartbeat runnin’ away–” and it’s pumping and you’re looking for a dance floor and Hamilton is getting on base and stealing bases, then “Can’t you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass?” and you realize it’s Minaj and she’s so annoying just like Hamilton going 0-for-5 with four Ks more times than you’ll care to remember.

Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a home run.  Fine!  I’ll be your huckleberry.  Goodbye, Yan Gomes; hello, Devin Mesoraco.  May your tenure on my team be long and fruitful and may I never want to drop you for A.J. Pierzynski.

Shelby Miller – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA sitting at 6.35.  I told everyone to avoid him in the preseason, so if you have him, it’s your own doing.  Or maybe that’s your undoing.

Zach McAllister – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Padres.  The Padres weren’t able to mount much of an attack yesterday.  Did I say yesterday?  I meant the last 14 years.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-8, 2 RBIs and a home run in the first game, hitting .194 on the year.  This is one way to make his 2nd half look better.

Everth Cabrera – 3-for-8, 2 runs and his 1st steal as EverCab finally got the Heartspark Stealsign.

Desmond Jennings – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Jennings finally make good on all his promise and be a top ten outfielder this year.  Always dangerous to bet against a guy with 20-homer power and 40-steal speed.  See either CarGo.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 IP, 7 ER.  Waiter, this isn’t Odorizzi, it’s scrambled.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and the first home run hit by the entire Royals team.  Though, Mostsuckass has hit seven homers in the collective imagination of fantasy baseballers.

Jeremy Guthrie – 7 IP,  1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Vargas, Guthrie and Chen have all pitched admirably for the Royals, but they’re the Moe, Larry, Curly of fantasy threesomes.  Only with Vargas do I want to see Moe.

Jordan Zimmermann – 1 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. the MIA Marlins.  Is there an emoji showing my fantasy pitching exploding?

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a homer as he batted 7th in the order.  All I can say is thank God for Jose Lobaton.  Who?  The one hitter Matt Williams thinks is worthy of batting below Harper in the order.

Jayson Werth – 1-for-5, 5 RBIs with a grand slam.  Matt Williams had to be happy (after someone explained to him the simple fundamentals of baseball).  “So you want more runs?”  That’s Matt Williams doing a University of Phoenix class called Intro to Managing.

Jacob Turner – To the DL with a shoulder strain.  This moves Brad Hand of the King into the rotation and moves onto the roster, Arquimedes Caminero of Lannisport, King of the WHIP, Walker of the Hitters.

Derek Dietrich – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a home run.  Hey, it’s the guy that should’ve been the starter all year rather than signing wannabe Zombino, Rafael Furcal, or Dietrich’s platoon-mate, Jeff Baker.

Christian Yelich – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI and a steal.  The 15-year-old Yelich giggled like crazy when Ian Desmond greeted him at 2nd base with, “Hey, is this your first time getting to 2nd base?”

Brandon Morrow – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Hmm… I’m scratching my head.  I do like Morrow if he’s going well, and 9 Ks in six innings is nice.  Okay, looking at his next start.  Vs. the Indians?  Meh, I don’t want to get burned by Morrow.  The preceding contemplation was brought to you by Mennen Speed Stick.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-5, 1 run and a steal.  Melky hitting homers makes sense, Melky stealing bases means he’s trying to prove something.  I like when players are trying to prove something.

Brett Lawrie – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  Also trying to prove something, that he’s not a total bust.

Jason Hammel – 7 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  All three hits allowed were homers as Hammel got a case of FIPlash.  He’s now looked good in two straight starts and he was mixed league viable on the Orioles in 2012.  I’d definitely start to look at Hammel in deeper mixed leagues.

Junior Lake – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a homer.  Hopefully the Cubs read Razzball and keep playing Lake every day, and not just against lefties.

Anthony Rizzo – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .375.  Now if Rizzo can only wake up the other guy I was crazy high on in the preseason — Hey, Jerko!

Mike Olt – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 2nd home run.  He must’ve been inspired by Lawrie.  Watch it, buddy, I’m more post-hype than you!

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4 and two solo homers and Russell Martin also went 2-for-4 with two solo homers.  Or 2×4 = HOO HOO, if Hacksaw Jim Duggan is doing the math.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Still a lot of unknown with this guy, Grey said obviously, but I’m surprised to see that many Ks.  I think this will be more the exception than the rule.

Kelly Johnson – 2-for-4 and his 2nd home run in as many games.  I smell a hot schmotato.

Carlos Beltran – 3-for-3, 2 runs and a home run.  After being asleep for five years, Comatose Yankee Fan is gonna love seeing Beltran, Jeter and Soriano in that lineup, but is totally confused by Ellsbury.  “Are they playing a split squad game with the Red Sox?”

Shawn Kelley – 1 IP, 2 ER.  Whew, glad I spelled his name wrong in the waiver wire fill-in box.  I will probably regret picking up Adam Warren, but I did.  I almost picked up Matt Thornton too.  There’s no loyalty to Kelley, wouldn’t be surprised to see someone else get the next save.

David Lough – Will avoid the DL after passing a serious of concussion tests — What’s your name?  How many fingers am I holding up?  How often does Buck Showalter say it should have been him going into the Hall of Fame and not Torre?

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  If the O’s move Schoop into a platoon role or back to the minors when Machado returns rather than make Schoop the 2nd baseman, I will do something highly unlikely that I haven’t thought of yet.  Believe it!

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Mets.  He’ll prolly give up a run at some point this year, but I did like the move to the NL East as I said in my rankings, and wish I owned Ervin on more teams.  Just too bad he can’t face the Braves to up his Ks.

Jason Heyward – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd home run.  As said last week, I really like the way Heyward is swinging this year.  Sure, he’s hitting .188, but that’s the best .188 I’ve seen.  Damn, everything I say sounds sarcastic.

Robbie Ross – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (6 BBs), 4 Ks.  More like Robbie gross, man.

Jake Peavy – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Spoiler Alert!  He won’t stay healthy all year.

David Ortiz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Since 2003, Ortiz has the most go-ahead home runs.  That was the year after the Twins released him.  Hey, you got Colabello!

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0-for-0, 2 runs, 3 walks.  On his third walk, he dropped the bat and watched the ball go into the catcher’s mitt like he was in The Natural.   Bradley could remain with the club after Victorino returns, which would just be a clusterfudge of playing time making Victorino owners salt water daffy.

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  1. Curt says:
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    McCallister or Erlin for the rest of the year?…..

    • @Curt: I’d probably lean toward McAllister based on durability, though Erlin’s got the better home park and league and division.

      But with so much pitching depth this season, don’t you have some other choices? Evoaldi? Skaggs? Kennedy? Martin Perez? Hector Santiago? Milone? Tyson Ross? If not, you might be better using that spot for streamers. I’m in an 16-team league where my pitching staff has suffered a couple of injuries and I haven’t had to dig as deep as Erlin or McAllister for replacements (yet).

      • Curt says:
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        @Enrique: Very deep league, all the guys you mentioned are gone……My league is weekly, and McAllister and Erlin both have 2-starts next week(mon-sun)……I need to get Miguel Gonzalez OFF my team, Immediately!!!!…….Thanks for the feedback.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Curt: Depends on their starts next week

  2. Puig says:
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    Yan Gomes has a couple lefties on his schedule I may hold him a little longer he’s been better than I thought an 8 hole catcher could be. I let you indoctrinate me so drop for Mesoraco? What about Russell Martin who hit 2 homers yesterday? What about Gyorkoff’s 0-7 doubleheader? Wake up Jerko! #ReturnOfTheJeddi

    • Brian says:
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      @Puig: Not sure why everyone is so down on Gomes. Guy had a top 5 second half for catchers last year- .826 OPS, 45-11-38-.294 in just 293 ABs. Had a .938 OPS and even better stats in the minors in 2012 (albeit in the PCL)- and most importantly, he’s hitting well so far this year (around .900 OPS).

      I agree with about 99 pct of the rankings here, but don’t see why the rankings were so low on Gomes to start with. Using the set it and forget it mantra, my humble opinion is just stick with Gomes. He gets every day ABs and is currently picking up where he left off last year. If that dynamic changes, then you can look at replacing him. Maybe Mesoraco breaks out, but if Gomes repeats his performance from last year, over the course of this year, you’ve got yourself a top 5 catcher.

    • schtickball says:
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      @Puig:

      not entirely sold on mesoraco either. yan had an amazing run his rookie season and has brought it over to this season so far. mesoraco hit well in 2 games back from the DL and hasnt had a decent season since hes been a highly touted prospect. but the 2 games he hit he hit this early season has been against righties [career BA vs righties: .204 vs lefties: .312] and one of those righties was shelby miller so hes got that going for him. the only upside i see for mescoraco over gomes is the fact that nut job dusty baker is gone and he has full time AB where gomes might have to share some time with santana.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Puig: Nice hashtag

  3. Piranhaman says:
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    Oh… Zimmermann disaster!! This is very hard time for his owners.. :(

    Anyway..

    Grey, if Kelley lose closer role, how do you think about adding Betances than Warren or Thornton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: If you like, there’s no next set guy

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Piranhaman: This Zimmermann thing… it’s a problem.

  4. polamalu's locks says:
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    Ferratio? Meh, negative stereotyping is cheaper humor than razzball at its best.

      • polamalu's locks says:
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        @Grey:

        Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it seems to play on the idea that Asians switch R’s and L’s.

        See:

        JP says: April 8, 2014 at 3:38 am (link)

        @Giant Gigantes:
        Nice. I challenge anyone to top ferratio. (I rike ferratio a rot.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I took it as fellatio but For Ratio, didn’t read Asian into it at all

          • Jason says:
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            @Grey: If only there were a staff writer that we could run this by to get a verdict. Although he could only verify if it were half raccess…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @polamalu’s locks: I took it as a double entendre with Ferrous (for iron, as in stregthening your ratios) and fellatio

      I don’t think there is anything inherent in the term that has anything to do with the asian r stereotype. If some people see it that way that is on them.

  5. MadDog says:
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    Was it just Bastardo’s ratios that had you skittish this early in the year? Asking because I have become the ultimate closer hawk, but all it’s netted me is the Lindstrom’s, Kelley’s, Bastardo’s, Valverde’s, Hoover’s, and a bunch of improperly-applied apostrophe’s.

    Is it too soon to anoint another Closepocalypse? Maybe we should call it Ragnarok-ed. I keep thinking if I stay vigilant enough, I’ll get Clozer the Clozerian (too forced?).

    • MadDog says:
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      @MadDog: Sorry, I mean Al Al’s ratios, not (Oh My God, you Killed my Ratios, You) Bastardo.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @MadDog: I’d grab Al-Al for possible saves, if that’s the question, I’m not sure

  6. oppo taco says:
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    VMart Aaron hill and Masterson for Shields and Pedroia. which side you prefer? close? thanks

  7. fausto says:
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    Trying to sell a co-manager on Mesoraco over Yan…he thinks health is an issue, and Pena will end up playing bulk of games. Is it a tomato-tomahto situation with Yan/Mesoraco? Or are you sold on Mesoraco? Worst case we end up with Martin/Ruiz/Salty… yes I did read above…no I will not use you as a scapegoat if I make this happen, unless its successful of course.

    Its a weekly locked league. You dropping Leonys, Andrelton, Belt, Granderson for Morse? Plenty of sb need hr. Im assuming belt is planning on hitting half of his hr for the year in the first 2 weeks.
    Please and Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: Mesoraco has a better bat, but he will miss more games than Yan… Andrelton

  8. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    10 team 5×5 roto redraft

    I need an outfielder, preferably one with RF position eligibility to spell Puig’s unpredictability, and could use some SAGNOF. I’ve got too many 1B and haven’t been able to swing a trade.

    1) Do I have a hitter that’s droppable?

    2) Please rank the top 3 of the following availables, keeping in mind that I really need an extra RF:

    Angel Pagan (CF), Billy Hamilton (CF), Khris Davis, (LF) Norichika Aoki (RF), Christian Yelich (LF, CF), Charlie Blackmon (LF, CF, RF), Melky Cabrera (LF), Michael Morse (1B, LF, RF), Dustin Ackley (2B, LF, CF), Rajai Davis (LF, CF, RF), Alejandro De Aza (LF, CF), Avasail Garcia (CF, RF)

    3) Do I have a pitcher that’s droppable when Walker gets called up?

    Thanks in advance.

    C Wilin Rosario
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B Robinson Cano
    SS Elvis Andrus
    3B Josh Donaldson
    LF Starlin Marte (LF,CF)
    CF Adam Jones (CF)
    RF Yasiel Puig (CF, RF)
    Util Jose Abreu
    BN Anthony Rizzo, Eric Hosmer, Jedd Gyorko
    SP Francisco Liriano, Justin Masterson
    RP Fernando Rodney, Huston Street, Francisco Rodriguez
    BN Sonny Gray, Nathan Eovaldi
    P Alex Cobb, Jonathan Broxton
    DL Taijuan Walker, Matt Moore

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: For a 10 team league and the fact you have cano and Donaldson already I would suggest you could drop gyorko for a hot bat in Melky or if you need steals maybe a Hamilton. Khrush Davis had good upside.

  9. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    “Hits like Mays and runs likes Hayes!”

    I’d quote me, but I that’s two internet-days ago… it was something about wesley snipes and how he’s no roberto clemente. [/references to the 1989 blockbuster hit, “major league “]

  10. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Leonys Martin id on the wire and Adam Eaton is my worst OF. Do I pick up Leonys Martin?

    I personally see Leonys Martin as Eaton with a few more steals.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • @Mike: I’d rather have Leonys. He just seems slightly better across the board and is surrounded by a better lineup.

  11. Hi Grey, everyone.

    I backed into owning Billy Hamilton in one league where I was forced to auto draft in the middle rounds … I’m really hoping this is the start of something.

    I got questions!

    Who’s the better choice between Michael Morse and Corey Hart? They’re the same age, both have injury histories, playing in pitchers’ parks, and your pre-season projections are roughly similar, though Hart is ranked higher. Morse is a hotter schmotato at the moment. Is there a clear preference?

    Also, who’s the deep league catcher pick between Mesoraco, RMartin, and Zunino? I’ve got Zunino now, but picked up Martin for the short schedule. Mesoraco is a FA.

    Thanks!

  12. Ten Cent Millionaire says:
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    Does anyone else find it strange Pineda is pitching on short rest?

    Saturday vs TOR, today vs BOS

    …this early in the season and coming back from arm problems.

    • Ten Cent Millionaire says:
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      @Ten Cent Millionaire: not really that strange I guess. Just thought they would baby him more. I’m like an over protective mother all of a sudden.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Ten Cent Millionaire:

        He’s on normal rest

        Pineda, Sabathia, Tanaka, Kuroda, Nova. All of them have pitched since Pineda’s last start and there were no doubleheaders.

    • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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      @Ten Cent Millionaire: It’s not short rest. It’s the 5th day since his last trip to the mound. Thus, his turn.

      • Ten Cent Millionaire says:
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        @Drexel Hill Dragons: You guys are right. I’m shot. Thought and wrote that pretty early this morning and may have still been drink from bottomless dirty martini’s last night. (don’t ask)

  13. Mattw says:
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    Grey and others,

    In a 10 team (too shallow) H2H league, please rank the following pitchers:

    Dillon Gee
    Porcello
    Eovaldi
    Y. Ventura
    Tillman
    Cain
    Shields

    Ventura and Eovaldi are free agents, so I’m looking to see if any of the others are droppable for the upside of these guys.

    Thanks and great work Grey!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Mattw:

      Drop Gee, get Ventura and come back to read the rest of this. I’ll wait.

      Waiting.

      Ok, that’s done?

      You can probably drop Porcello for Eovaldi too but that’s less of a priority,.

      • Jonas says:
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        @Hawk: maybe a mistake, but I dropped Tillman since I was concerned about his HRs given up.

      • @Hawk: I agree with Hawk..who am I you ask? I am the guy that just agreed with hawk..LOL..cheers

  14. drew says:
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    Dump Lincecum for Ian Kennedy ?

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @drew: Yes. Without hesitation.

    • Hawk says:
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      @drew:

      You could have stopped at “Dump Linncecum”. I don’t think he’s ownable in any league regardless of size unless you have a 10-20 person bench.

  15. wahoo nevermore says:
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    Milkman or angel for a pickup?

  16. Beastman says:
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    Grey, you’re not alone. I’m also mystified by the relationship of 1st base slide and injuries. A commenter far more knowledgeable in all things baseball than me was trying to explain it yesterday in your post with something like, “the hands are hitting the ground as the same time as the body,” but that just confused me more.

    Maybe some things–Area 51, marshmallows, first base slides –are better left unexplained.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Beastman:

      It’s all about how fast you hit 1st base vs. how fast you’d hit 2nd or 3rd.

      You can overrun 1st base so at 80, 85 feet when the dive begins, guys are still going full, breakneck speed. When they dive and hit the bag, it’s at full speed.

      You can’t overrun 2nd and 3rd. At 80, 85 feet, they’re slowing up, using the slide to slow themselves down so they don’t slide past the base and get tagged out

      When they hit 1st they’re going much faster than when they hit 2nd and 3rd. The faster they hit the bag, the bigger chance for injury.

      At least that’s how I see it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Hawk: You run faster to 1st? You have a lead and head start going to 2nd and 3rd…

        • @Grey: The fastest way to 1st base is to run as fast as you can out of the batters box and run through the bag..NO reason ever to slide into first base..

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup, agreed

            • Beastman says:
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              @Grey: I know how this can be solved: Rudy designs an elaborate series of algorithms and graphs that completely go over my head to determine the actual injury risk of sliding into 1st vs 2nd/3rd.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha!

            • Party Boy John says:
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              @Grey: i love how he has that stupid smile on his face when he gets up like “just stole more money, now i get to sit around and not play” i don’t own him, would never draft him just cause he’s a head case, that smile confirms it. Ever read his book?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nope

                • Party Boy John says:
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                  @Grey: dont

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Beastman: maybe we need the softball style extra 1B bag for the runner only! Hell, we have replay now it’s not as if it is a question of integrity or tradition to make a move like that.

  17. Sherm says:
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    Well played, Grey. Odorizzi, was that an original or did you poach it from Rudy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: Rudy’s out of town

  18. Joe says:
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    I own Cain, Teheran, Salazar, Kluber, Kazmir, Lynn, Wheeler, Pineda + Henderson, K-Rod, Cishek, Valverde. (the rest of my team is hitters with no hitter on the bench)

    In a 12-team mixed, 5×5, H2H, non keeper would you drop any of these guys for Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, Bartolo Colon, or Jason Hammel?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Joe:

      I’d keep Henderson on the bench until he straightens himself out but if I missed out on all of those guys while he does, I wouldn’t care.

      None of the guys you have listed are so pressing that I’d drop anyone on your team to get them.

      • Al koholic says:
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        @Hawk: id grab carera

  19. BSW says:
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    Mr. Grey,
    12 team redraft 6×6 with ops. I was pretty happy with my draft but am second guessing due to a slow start. Pitching should be fine. Any obvious holes? Thanks!

    C Evan Gattis
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Jose Altuve
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Jean Segura
    OF Jose Bautista
    OF Michael Brantley,
    OF Charlie Blackmon
    UTIL Albert Pujols, LAA
    Bench Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    DL Wilson Ramos*, Wsh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW: Looks decent

  20. Jason says:
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    Pierzynski or Mesoraco? I had Ramos, picked up Pierzynski for a more reliable bat, at least that was my thinking, but Mesoraco’s upside is high. And when Ramos comes back do you feel that Mesoraco will be more valuable at that time?

    Thanks.

  21. Mike says:
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    Would u drop brad miller for dee Gordon?
    10 team standard
    Thanks!!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Mike: No

    • @Mike: @Grey:I would, I think Miller is overrated and Gordon is gonna have a breakout year and is in a much better lineup!!

  22. I am eyeing Jason Kubel or DJ LeMahieu and dropping Dustin Auckley or Denard Span.

    Also, some tool box in my league dropped Dexter Fowler. I picked him up and feel like a kid in the candy store!

    Your thoughts?

  23. Paul Watkevich says:
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    Patience is so difficult in the beginning of a fantasy year. I bought in because of your 357 love sonnets about Gyorko ( who just went 0 fer doubleheader and now sits at 0.125). Do I need to hear ode 358th ?
    Secondly, what is with the diss of the Alamo yesterday? Would Crockett, Bowie, or Travis make your Fantasy History Hero League lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul Watkevich: Phil Collins? Is that you? He loves the Alamo…. It’s early on Gyorko

  24. FagSwag says:
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    I’m in need of saves. Who’s the best pickup- Strop, Fields, or Adam Warren?

    • Hawk says:
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      @FagSwag:

      Fields.

      Warren may get the next chance but it might be Betances or Thornton.

      Strop hasn’t pitched well the last few times out, lengthening Veras’ rope.

  25. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Who do you guys like better in the Braves vs. Mets matchup today?

    Jerry “Mind on my money” Meija or David “Make it rain” Hale?

    Thanks

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: I’m considering crossing streams here.

      Grey yesterday answered a commentor asking either or w/Mejia.

      I’ve got Mejia in my line-up right now and could add Hale if I’m feeling frisky before game time.

      • BringDaRuckus says:
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        @MattTruss223:

        Thank you sir..

    • Jonas says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: Mejia, will you PLEASE be my 2014 version of Julio Teheran?????

      • jonas says:
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        @Jonas: update: well, at least I have Upton…

  26. halliday says:
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    Diving to first base is usually a last second decision and can very easily go wrong. And your also sliding through the bag. brushing your hand through the bag followed by the rest of your body. When diving to 2 or 3 bag you are usually aiming to grip the base and hold on

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @halliday: Can’t you grip and hold 1st?

      • @Grey: RUN Forest RUN, through first base..Do not pass go and do not slide!

        • Big League Choo says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: As someone who has played baseball from age 4 through college using mostly my OF speed and defense….it is no more dangerous to slide into first. Puig/Hamilton are both sluggers who never learned how to run the bases. The point of the head first slide is to avoid a tag and in both situation the first baseman was nowhere near the bag. When you dive into first you keep your palm pointed upward go for the outside and slide over the bag until your foot grab the bag.

          • @Big League Choo: BLC, so you are saying that both YP and JH were trying to slide into first to avoid a tag, if so that is a different story than just the random guy who slides into first thinking he is getting there faster..

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              @Malicious Phenom: I didnt say you get there faster, you get there the same speed. I did say that there is no point to sliding into first base unless the first baseman is coming up the line because of an errant throw….its physics, if you dive running full speed youre still moving the same speed. RGIII, Hamilton and puig all need to go see rickey henderson and take sliding 101.

              • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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                @Big League Choo: Actually, physics tells us that diving eliminates forward momentum and exit velocity from your last stride, and as soon as you hit the ground and slide for any period of time you immediately begin to rapidly decelerate yet again, and we’re talking 50% loss of speed as soon as you hit the ground. Even if you time the dive perfectly, and your hand hits the base as soon as you hit the ground, you still would have arrived at first more slowly than you would have had you run through the bag.

                On top of that, there’s a less than zero chance you’ll hurt something in your hand/wrist while diving; the closer to the bag you land on your dive, the greater the chance. It’s just not worth it.

                • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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                  @Shoop Da Whoop: I also forgot potential shoulder/elbow injuries. Not unthinkable to jam one of those on a diving attempt at first.

                  • Big League Choo says:
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                    @Shoop Da Whoop: the friction force is not 50%.

  27. stynyr says:
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    From Yahoo!:

    “It’s not clear when Fister will be ready for mound work.”

    hehe

    • ashtray says:
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      @stynyr: Do they say when the mound will be ready for Fister work?

      • stynyr says:
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        @ashtray: No. The mound’s gap is too wide and will be raked hard later today.

  28. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey… Do you think Homer Baily is gonna be like this all year and look to trade or hold??

    • Nico

      Nico says:
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      @Frank White: Yo, Mr. White! Don’t trade Bailey when his stock is so low. Also, Bailey is getting absurdly unlucky. Every fly ball hit off of him as been a HR, and usually we’re looking at the 10% HR/FB range. Also, his fastball velocity is up after 2 starts this year from last year.. granted, it’s 1 mph, but don’t give up on him yet! I’m a struggling owner myself!

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks guys!!! My pitching is doing horrible and I’m still holding onto Jimenez and Erasmo but if I have to do them with Moore being on the DL and most likely dropped then I’ll have 4 pitchers on my squad I have to constantly change until I pick the right ones.. I picked up Vargas, Eovaldi and PAXTON. For this week but how to hold them for a while. What do you think? Also I have 2 DL spots. Would you hold Paxton? Isn’t like I’m losing a player.

        • Frank White says:
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          Get can you help me out with this one please??

    • AJA says:
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      @Frank White: He always seems to struggle against the cardinals. Probably because they have a really good offense. Let’s see how he does against a different team before we get too close to the ledge.

  29. AtlBravo'14 says:
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    Love the blog. I need catcher help, I currently have Castro, but was wondering if you would suggest picking up either Devin Mesoraco, Derrek Norris, Hanigan, or Gattis? Really just need someone ROS. Thanks in advance.

  30. Nico

    Nico says:
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    Wow, Grey, need to vent! My fantasy offense starts hitting, and there goes the GAT DAYM pitching! Nathan, Johnson, and Zimmermann in one night?! What the fug! Anyway, my best closer option on my team is Matt Lindstrom, who might be taking a leave of absence for the NHL playoffs.. Almost picked up Kelley from the wire, but wanted to wait it out.. This is an issue bc I only get 20 moves/year, and both my closers stink of pooh, or I’d ride the weekly closer train.. Any long relievers you really like that can even out some of my early ERA blowups?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: I’d just hold my moves for now

    • paul

      twopairisgood says:
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      @Nico: Craig Stammen.

  31. phorts says:
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    Gyrko. Im not gunna be one of those guys asking if we should drop him, but good lawdie! Has anyone seen him at the plate? I havent had a chance. I drank the kool-greyd and traded Cashner for him and dropped Phillips. Doh!

    Hanging in there, but does anyone see signs of life?

    • Hawk says:
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      @phorts:

      I’ll be your shining light.

      When you think of “slow starts, think of it this way:

      By the end of the season, the end of April – still three weeks from now – will be “early in the season”. He could turn it around two weeks from now and still have “a good April”

      That’s how long the season is. Gotta have patience. It’s only a week and a half into the season.

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @phorts: He went 2-4 and 3 rbis on Tuesday. Fantasy baseball season is a game of patience.

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @phorts: Can you imagine in July saying “Man have you seen how bad Gyorko’s been over his last 8 games?!” Nothing but a bad week.

  32. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Razzball commentators…I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. Who gets the axe this morning when I trim my roster?

    Erasmo, T Ross, H Santiago, or T Jordan?

    • Nico

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      @Mike: ..All of them? Oy, all of these guys are giving up some fat contact and have lost speed on their FB’s (Santiago is the exception for FB speed)… If there’s one guy I’d keep, it’s H Santiago, but he’s definitely not a WHIP helper.. That said, I don’t monitor the young guys like you do before they come up, so I don’t know who has the highest ceiling here either.

      • Nico

        Nico says:
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        @Nico: *You as in, you razzball writers as a collective group!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Mike: Eh. That’s a tough one, but I’m probably cutting Jordan out of those four because I feel like the other dudes have more potential to rack up the Ks, but he’s also been the best pitcher out of that bunch so far.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      …although Erasmo has looked completely lost out there too…so there’s that. I have the most faith in Tyson Ross, but there is no way I’m starting him on the road unless he starts showing major improvements.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Mike:

      I guess the most glaring thing is it seems like Jordan will be the one to go when Fister comes back. He’s got more upside than Roark but he flew through the minors and I think they’ll view him as a guy who could use some seasoning.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks all :)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: Jordon

    • Militant Vegans says:
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      @Mike: jordan

  33. Mitch says:
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    I keep flip flopping catchers and it’s killing me. Need to stick with 1 for ROS. which one?

    Mesoraco, Zunino, Pierzinski, Ruiz?

  34. Fish says:
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    Had no idea Kipnis was hitting that low. His counting stats (and a decent .333 OBP) are masking the average.

    And speaking of players not doing anything… Prince Fielder. I don’t think there’s been one “Daily Note” dedicated to Fielder since the season began.

    • Fish says:
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      @Fish:

      And speaking of yesterday’s horrendous pitching performances…. My H2H opponent had Zimmermann, Johnson, Lincecum, Odorizzi, and Miller combine for 17IP of a 12.71 ERA and a 2.47 WHIP.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Fish:

        Wow…just…wow. That’s never happened in my favor. Go you!

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Fish: As a Rangers fan, I’m really hoping Prince turns it on soon. I think he will, have faith

      • @Fireball Feliz: I think Axel Rose said it best, ‘with a little patience’, all the guys that have started slow this year, and that have great track records, will ALL be fine when all is said and done.

        Now Alex did not say that last part that was me..your welcome..cheers

  35. Hawk says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m starting Miguel Montero in a 2 catcher, 10 team mixed 5×5 roto. Zunino and Mesoraco are avail. Make a move? If so, which?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Mesoraco

  36. Nimrod says:
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    In a 5 OFLDER OPS league I have Jones, Choo, Holiday,K.Davis and Brantley. Should I drop anyone for either DeAza or Shuck. Thanks, again.

  37. Josh says:
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    Paxton for Lincecum in a 10-pitching cat. league: IP, QS, W, ERA, WHIP, HLD, SV, K, K/9, K/BB?

    • Josh says:
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      @Josh:

      Sorry I meant E. Ramirez for Lincecum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: You want to trade for Lincecum?

      • @Grey: Why do you want Timmy bong hit. No way he is a buy low guy. His best days are long gone. Giants should just stick him in the pen already..

  38. Zach says:
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    Hey Grey, I could really use your advice. My batting is stacked I’m doing well in those categories, but I’ve gotten myself into a bad situation with my pitching.

    I’m in a 10 team 6×6 Roto league (QS, K, BB, ERA, WHIP, Saves). We have a 200 GS limit and I have already started 15 guys (I’m leading the league in GS). The pace I am going is 225 games, so that is also something needing adjustment. Here’s my staff:

    SP: Julio Teheran, Alex Cobb, Mat Latos, Sonny Gray, Corey Kluber, Alex Wood, Tyler Skaggs
    RP: Kenley Jansen, Glen Perkins, Ernesto Frieri

    No one good is available on the waiver wire. I have a pretty stacked offense and the depth to make a trade. What’s your advice on this situation? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zach: Just watch matchups and don’t start certain guys here and there

  39. Dkohn says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You’re the man.

    Which one you like the most…

    Dustin McGowan vs HOU (DKeuchel) 16.0
    Joe Kelly vs CHN (JSamardzija) 8.8
    Jason Vargas vs MIN (KCorreia) 6.9

    Also is Trevor Bauer worth picking up. It sounds like he’ll be sent down, but the MLB tonight breakdown of how he changed his windup slightly, removing the turn it, got me really excited. Pickup or Cyclops with monocle?

    Thanks!

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Vargas… He’s being sent down

    • steve says:
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      @Dkohn: Rotoworld reporting that McGowan will go tomorrow (i.e., Friday) at Baltimore

      McGowan will have his scheduled start Thursday pushed back to Friday in Baltimore, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

      Spin: In order to provide McGowan with an extra day of rest, R.A. Dickey will switch days with the fellow righty. The additional rest will be welcomed, after yielding four runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out three in 2.2 innings in his sole start last Friday. The perpetually injured McGowan may soon move to the bullpen upon J.A. Happ’s (back) return to the rotation next week, which would alter his relevance drastically.

  40. Ty Wiggington says:
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    Trevor Bauer thoughts? 8 Ks and 2 of the hits should’ve been errors/overturned. He looked AMAZING. Throwing 96 MPH with plus secondary stuff.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Ty Wiggington:

      Tremendous stuff, lights out. Doesn’t always – or even routinely – know where it’s going. Fully capable of throwing the AJ Burnett no-hitter (9 ip, 0 H, 9 BB, 9 K).

      If he ever stops walking people, watch out.

      • Ty Wiggington says:
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        @Hawk: Reminds me of Yu Darvish when he’s on…if he found command/control he’ll be an ACE.

  41. crumbelievable says:
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    In a bit of a waiver conundrum and could use others’ thoughts. 12-team mixed points league. My hitters are as follows:

    C – Gattis
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Segura
    CI – Pujols
    MI – Miller
    LF – Harper
    CF – Hamilton
    RF – Bautista
    OF – Rios
    OF – A. Garcia
    Bench – Frazier, L. Martin

    Ozuna and Wong are sitting on waivers and making googly eyes at me. I’d prefer to hold onto Frazier since I consider him about as good as Arenado, but would it be imprudent to cut Leonys in favor of either of those two? Wong would probably be my first choice due to Gyorko’s slow start, but if Avisail hits the DL then I’ll need the extra OF. Thoughts?

  42. ashtray says:
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    Are Mesoraco and Grandal essentially the same guy? Decent plate discipline with a little pop? Having a hard time deciding between the two.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: One plays his home games in a better stadium with a better lineup

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: And the other plays in a whales vagina. Gotcha.

  43. Big W says:
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    Smyly ever gonna get a start or will he be anibal’s personal ferrario? I own both of them and so far they’ve basically been sharing starts… Damn that $12 salad Nathan! Damn him!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big W: He’ll start at some point

      • @Grey: from Tigers website: For now, the plan is for Smyly to move to the bullpen in Los Angeles and San Diego before rejoining the rotation when the Tigers return for a 10-game homestand on April 15.

        • Grey

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          Makes sense

  44. MattH says:
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    What, no Marmol mention! geesh.

    Nice work, Grey.

  45. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Sit/start Pineda vs BOS today?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Battle of the Sleepers:

      I’d sit. BOS / NYY matchups tend to get hairy. He’s still a question mark.

  46. Steve D. says:
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    Taijuan Walker or Nathan Eovaldi in a 10 team redraft?

      • Steve D. says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey! Masterson has also been cutand is sitting there free and clear. Like him better than Walker?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bit

  47. Lville Jim says:
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    I also looked at the alternatives in the Tigers pen after Nathan’s meltdown. The cupboards looked mighty bare.

  48. Drew says:
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    12 team mixed roto, own prince, chris davis and adrian. Outfield kind of shallow, and hamilton just went down. If i were to trade prince for saaaaayyyyy Rios and Cespedes is that fair value? or Rios Cuddyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: Sounds fair

  49. Kevin says:
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    Hey Grey

    Is it crazy to drop Castro in a 10 Team H2H 1 catcher league for Flowers, Grandal or Mesoraco?

    His .125 average 7/1 K to BB is killing me.

  50. nyjacobs says:
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    grey – better option (flyer potential long term) going forward chavez or richardson? 12 team roto thanks

    • nyjacobs says:
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      @nyjacobs: i meant to write richards.

  51. Ray says:
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    I seem to have a glut of light-hitting, high average type OFs (Brantley, Aoki, Calhoun). I have an offer of Calhoun for Zack Wheeler. I’d like to bolster my back end pitching. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: Sounds fair

  52. Ron says:
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    Maybe my memory aint to clear….is the 2 HR in a game thing starting to become more of a norm? Seems like every other day somebody is doing this now. What gives?

  53. seph meier says:
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    Roy: mcgehee or dominguez and erasmo or Jesse Chavez?

  54. Anthony says:
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    Shelby Miller or Teheran in a dynasty?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Anthony:

      Teheran for me, not close.

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Anthony: Teharen by a mile. Future Cy young. Sooner than later

  55. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Trade Question: Me: punted on MI in the draft and have Owings at SS but have successfully hoarded closers via draft and wire.; Other guy: hurting for saves but has Reyes on the DL and Zobrist at SS.

    Offer Valverde and Owings for Zobrist?

  56. Lob Ball says:
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    I need of a third baseman. Seager, Castellanos, or Arenado?

    Thanks!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Lob Ball: @Wboggs:

      Castellanos, Aranado, Seager would be my rank. The first two are close. Fangraphs did a thing on Seager yesterday and how the league may have figured out how to pitch him.

      Top 5 MLB clichés: It’s a league of adjustments.

  57. Principal Blackman says:
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    I enjoyed Spiral, and it does feel like the French version of the Wire, but there were times when I thought it got a little too Sly Stalone Over the Top with the Melodrama, especially in season four. But I really enjoyed the show overall, and I am glad that they are producing a 5th season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principal Blackman: 4 was the weakest season for melodrama, but I still liked it… Felt like the most French, in the news story, and love Judge Roban

  58. de nachos says:
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    I don’t get “ferratio.” I mean, I used to, but then I married her.

  59. Korey says:
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    5×5 roto Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Ace Ventura for Harper and Darvish. Is this close to even? Who wins?

    Thank you for the help.

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @Korey: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Not close. Darvish or Harper alone are worth ALOT more than the other side.

      I wouldn’t trade Darvish OR Harper for all 3+.

    • The Vaporizers says:
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      @Korey: you should see if you can get him to throw in Miggy and Goldy too.

  60. Hackensack Bulls says:
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    In a vacuum, with his new line up spot do you like Gardner over Avisail?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hackensack Bulls:

      Now that Avisail may be going on the DL? Sure.

        • Hackensack Bulls says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: Yeah, I’m going to say this is moot. I read it might not be that serious (possible DL, but no big deal) when I posted this morning, but that goes to show how much beat writers know about anatomy.

  61. doghat666 says:
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    11 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, daily auction league
    Hit categories Std 5 + OPS, D+T, K’s, Hits, Stolen Bases Allowed
    Pitch categories Std 5 + Innings, W-L, Holds, K/9, BAA

    C Grandal (DL-Ramos)
    C Montero
    1B Votto
    2B Rendon
    3B Arenado
    SS E Cabrera
    MI Gordon
    CI Rizzo
    OF Stanton
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Yoenis
    OF Aoki
    OF Beltran
    DH Seager
    BN Gyorko

    Castellanos, Asche, Headley are all FAs (recently dropped) would you swap any of them for Seager?

  62. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Wheeler was just dropped in my league. I’d have to drop one of Smoak/Rendon/Arenado/Frazier/Melky and my rotation is Bum/Cobb/Tehran/Masterson. Hold?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Fireball Feliz:

      Melky is the only one I’d think about dropping but he’s not droppable right now.

  63. Ron says:
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    In a 12 -team points league (with -1 for strikeouts) I own Freeman (1B), Pujols (UTIL), A-Gon (Util), B. Moss (BN).

    That’s 4 guys with 1B elig and I see Rizzo sitting on the wire unowned. The only other bats that I could even think about dropping are B. Miller(BN) or Gyorko (2B). Should I even consider this?

    I have 4 closers – Balfour, Frieri, Valverde and Veras.. I was thinking about possibly dropping Veras for Rizzo even though Rizzo would purely be on my bench and used to facilitate a trade later or fill-in on slow days..

    What is a man in my situation to do when a talent like that is just sitting there rotting on the wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: I’d grab Rizzo

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: I want to…here is my lineup
        C: Perez
        1B: Freeman
        2B: Gyorko
        3B: Longoria
        SS: Everth
        OF: Trout, J. Upton, Werth
        Util: Pujols, A-Gon
        BN: Moss, R. Zimmerman, Miller

        SP: Cobb, Liriano, Masterson, Shields, Gray, Porcello
        RP: Balfour, Frieri, Valverde, Veras

        Who do I give the boot to???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ron: Moss

          • Ron says:
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            @Grey: I must admit that your reply was COMPLETELY unexpected….thought for sure you would go for one of the closers or Miller.

  64. AJ says:
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    Grade The Trade

    I Give: Adam Jones, Homer Bailey, Huston Street, Doug Fister

    I Get: Paul Goldschmidt, Johnny Cueto, James Paxton

    • CL says:
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      @AJ: I’d rather have Adam Jones. Can’t you find a better 1B on the wire? Who do you have now?

      The other pitchers, meh, aside from Paxton. But he’s on DL.

    • FagSwag says:
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      @AJ: I think you’re giving up more than you’re getting in return.

      • AJ says:
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        @FagSwag: Your name made me actually lol. But thanks for your input

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @AJ: Goldschmidt side. Best player in deal and no one else is that interesting.

      • @Ty Wiggington: I agree Goldy side, Cueto could be good this year and Paxton has shown what he can do, if you can wait the month or more for Paxton, than do it!

      • CL says:
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        @Ty Wiggington: More Adam Jones disrespect. 1B is deep. Go get a cheaper one.

  65. Blackman says:
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    If you’re not watching Tanaka closely, you should be. This guy is the real deal.

    Never flustered. Always in command. And gets better as the game goes on. Best splitter in the major leagues.

    Also his first 2 starts compared to Darvish puts them in entirely different leagues. Darvish isn’t even close.

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Blackman:

      You insult all of Iran with your bold claims. Yu has the desert kissed skin of a god, Tanaka is pale and will soon falter.

  66. CL says:
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    Razzball Nation: Open roster spot… Rafael Montero or Jenrry Mejia?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @CL: in a redraft, Mejia.

      • CL says:
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        @Principal Blackman: It’s Year 7 Dynasty. Just trying to fill roster while Paxton is on DL and to see what else shakes out, out there.

  67. allen says:
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    Sup razzers. I have one bench bat spot in my 12 teamer H2H occupied by rajai, my team is lacking speed. My question is avisail garcia is available…is he a must add over rajai???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @allen: Avisail could be headed to the DL as I wrote in the post you’re commenting on

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Buster Olney reported that Avisail Garcia is done for the year; torn labrum

    • allen says:
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      @allen: i realize garcia is not a speed guy but just wondered if he needs to be owned regardless

      • @allen: Garcia is heaed for the DL, if you have a DL spot pick him up and stick him there. He is better long term over Raji, but who knows how long he will be out for..cheers

  68. Artemis says:
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    Javier Baez has been dropped in my deep mixed keeper league. What’s a reasonable $ to bid in a waiver claim? Thanks!

  69. Jason says:
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    10 tm h2h league 5 keepers
    Move Votto and Harvey for freeman and a 2015 first rd pick

    I picked up Harvey for my DL spot. Have stras so most likely would keep Strasburg over Harvey

    Would swap freeman for Votto as a keeper? I got a funny feeling that we have seen the best of Votto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: I’d want Votto/Harvey

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: yeah after looking at it again, I’m feeling that too.

        Is votto the most yawnstpating early rounder ever?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could be

  70. Great Bambino says:
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    drop Rex Brothers for Jorge De La Rosa, David Hale, Garrett Richards, Jason Hammel, Joe Kelly, Edinson Volquez, Aaron Harang, Alfredo Simon, or Jason Vargas?

    drop Jim Henderson for Chris Owings, Jonathan Villar, Derek Jeter or Adeiny Hecchavarria? I have Brad Miller but want to go matchups at SS.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Great Bambino: I would stream the Brothers spot… Hold Henderson for now

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey. Auction just passed. I went with Volquez and held onto Henderson.

        I’m thinking there’s a small chance that Volquez can be “fixed” by Pitt and pull a Liriano/AJ Burnett. I’m going to take the gamble. He had a explosive stuff with Cincinatti and Ray Searage is a magician.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be

  71. the_hungary_hippo says:
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    Au schucks… Haha yes. Thanks for the shout out Grey.

    You’d think at this point the Giants would skip any start Lincecum has vs Dbacks, but at the end of the day Bochy’s head is bigger than mine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the_hungary_hippo: Ha, no problem, I tried to find who said it, sorry I didn’t give you props

      • the_hungary_hippo says:
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        @Grey: No worries. I have a feeling there we will be sharing quite a few Au Schucks moments this year

  72. Mike says:
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    Drop Martin Perez, Taylor Jordan or Drew Hutchinson for Brandon Morrow?

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @Mike: Morrow is like a crazy college girlfriend I had once. Everyone guy at the party is gawking at her amazing “stuff”, but once the cops come to bust it, she’s hiding with you in the closet trying to dress you up in women’s clothes. Morrow is bat-shizz crazy so proceed at your own risk. I’d drop Jordan or Hutchinson for a flyer on him, but I’d hold onto Perez.

  73. Ben says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Got offered J. Upton/Masterson for Rios/Sonny Gray

    I don’t see the point in this trade (for me anyway), but I’d appreciate your insight.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Rios side

  74. oaktownsteve says:
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    Well, there’s really one thing that’s different between first base and the rest of the bags: there’s usually a foot on first when you’re trying to slide in. At second and third you have more bag as a target. At first, your hands naturally want to jam into the front of the bag because of the foot, I think. Anyhoo, that’s my theory.

    Sorry for any influence my belief in Timmy exercised over you, Albright, or anybody else. For what it’s worth, I think he’s got a real problem with the Diamondbacks. Goldy owns him and I think it makes him go mental. I’d want to see him in some not AZI starts.

    In case you didn’t see it, Harper’s homer was pretty epic. He fought off a lot of pretty decent pitches from a lefty (Hand) including a mix of 95 mph fastballs coming from a three quarter arm delivery and lolly pop curves with a serious velocity difference off the fastball. Was I think a 10 or 11 pitch at bat. The homer itself was a top deck job. Serious bomb. I think the kid will get going sooner or later.

    By the way, I think there’s an old school tradition here with the A’s and probably with a lot of other teams where the hitting coach buys you a steak dinner if you have a 10+ pitch AB. Kinda cool.

    I would say based on what I’ve seen that Thornton will definitely see save chances while Robertson is out. I could see him actually functioning as the closer, but at minimum getting the match up opportunities. He looked like the All Star Thornton from the White Sox a few years back. Low effort 95-96 from a nasty angle.

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @oaktownsteve: Oaktown Steve…how would you rank the following SP’s for the remainder of the season? Chris Archer, Zach Wheeler or Tajuan Walker?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Gene Parmesan:

        I’d say I like Archer as the clear winner. He hasn’t got the K potential but I think he’s got a chance to be a real big rate cat helper and a 15 game winner. As a sidebar, and I’m not really sure how much it matters, but Archer is a regular guest on MLB radio I think with Mike Ferrin and Duquette and he is one of the smartest, most well spoken athletes I’ve heard lately. It definitely translates to how he approaches pitching but he seems like a really well rounded kid. Easy to root for.

        I got my first real good look at Wheeler yesterday so I’m not working with much sample as far as eyes on him go. What I saw was lack of fastball command. The stuff is there so what I see for him is lack of consistency. Some really good games some down. If you buy and hold him you can expect a mid 3s ERA, a bit of a whip hurt and a solid K rate. But he’s no Matt Harvey.

        Walker I’ve never seen him pitch. The scouting on him has always been A+ for stuff, make up and particularly athleticism. I think there’s a wider range of outcomes than with Wheeler just because of the unknown at the moment and the lingering arm concerns. I’d probably take him ahead of Wheeler in any league except one where a guarantee of innings could make a difference in the format or for your particular team.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @oaktownsteve: You seen the weather report @Nationals Park today? 15 MPH out to center. Harper has 1 HR vs. Koehler already, would surprise me very little if he takes one yard today too. Maybe (hopefully?) from the 4-hole, not the 7th.

      Nice strong wind blowing out to left for your A’s today too, could hang another football total on the Twins today.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @MattTruss223:

        Hope you’re right on both counts. I hope the A’s get a save situation. Fascinated to see what happens. I have a feeling it’ll be Cook as the first option as he is the one guy that didn’t go at all yesterday. I also think if he does go, it’ll be because he didn’t go yesterday and not because anybody is getting out the anointing oil.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @oaktownsteve: That Harper at bat was fun to watch.
      Those type of at bats can go a long way to getting someone out of a funk like Harper has been in. The following at bat, he laced a line drive single the opposite way. His whole demeanor at the plate changed after that homer. Expecting another homer tonight.

      Given the A’s propensity to save money, I can see a situation where Gregerson takes over as closer. I don’t think the A’s will want to pay Cook closer $ if he starts getting saves. Gregerson in the long term would be the cheaper option. Just my 2 cents. Fangraphs has a good article regarding teams paying older established guys to be the closer, instead of letting their young cost controlled guys take the reigns, if only to save money during arbitration. The Cleveland Indians are another good example of this.

      Thought Cook does appear to have the best stuff out of everyone in that bullpen, from what I’ve seen.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Shake N Bacon:

        Cook’s problem has been inconsistency. He tends to lose the strike zone from time to time and gets into trouble. His slider is so vicious that there was speculation the A’s brought Suzuki back briefly was just in case Cook had to be used late innings in the playoffs they wanted Zuke (superb blocker) available to catch him. He imploded in the 2012 playoffs and tainted their view of him as a closer in waiting.

        Also, I’m not sure that the closer $ thing would necessarily apply exactly as he did make the All Star team as a closer already and I think the A’s will hope that any closer change is temporary while Johnson figures it out in low leverage situations. Though you might be right in that they will have in the back of their mind that any change could end up longer term if Johnson just doesn’t figure it out.

        Honestly of all their relievers, Abad has looked the best so far this year. Gregerson gave up a couple of rockets yesterday and Doolittle gave up a bomb to Plouff.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Relievers nowadays all appear to be quite volatile. Where’s Mariano Rivera when you need him?

          Where’s Kevin Gregg??? :)

          I’m sure Johnson figures it out and the team probably wants him to be the closer in the end. Might be a rollercoaster ride for a bit though.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Shake N Bacon:

            Maybe this will be the final evolution for the A’s. For years the primary thing keeping the closer myth alive has been the psychology of assigned roles and “closer mentality.” Maybe for the A’s they’ve become a classless society of players. I mean who loves committees more than socialists? Occupy Oakland(‘s Bullpen)!

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Yeah I’m not sure if it really takes a certain mentality to be a closer or not. Is that a myth or a reality? Who knows. In reality, it’s probably best to play matchups and get the freshest arm out there. Some pitchers probably handle pressure better than others though.

              I remember when closers used to be intimidating. It doesn’t appear to be that way anymore. Huston Street is far from intimidating. John Rocker…crazy mother f#cker that would make me a little nervous in the batters box. Not to say he was lights out though.

              • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                @Shake N Bacon: kenny powers too.

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              worst trade in A ‘s history :
              street and cargo for holliday ,
              (unless you remember maris) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @oaktownsteve: There’s a guy standing on top of the 2nd base bag when stealing, not just a foot… I looked at Thornton too… I have 6 potential closers on my RCL team so I can’t even pick up someone if I want to right now…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m thinking the difference is the guy at 2nd or 3rd is straddling the bag or standing to the side. They never actually occupy the base like the foot at 1st.

        • Grey

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          Guys jumping over the bag to throw at their heads, guys running over the bag to touch it while they’re running at it… Seems more chaotic and more chance for injury, and there is a lot of injury with guys sliding into 2nd and third, it’s just not mentioned because there’s no option to run through it…. What does one guy get hurt sliding into first a year? How many get hurt sliding into 2nd? Granted, more guys have to slide into 2nd… It could be the impromptu nature of the 1st base slide that messes players up… One minute they’re running through it in their head, then suddenly they decide to slide…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            It is interesting how different plays dictate different slides. You almost never see guys go headfirst into second on groundball plays. Always feet first with a take out slide. Lots of head first trying to stretch doubles or triples or on steals of course.

            Now that I think about it, a lot of guys get thumb injuries going head first in to second on steal attempts as well.

            Maybe it’s just a case of a cognitive bias of some sort. Equal percentage of injuries on head first slides to second and third and it’s inherently a dangerous play, but injuries on slides to first get special recognition because of the fact that it’s widely regarded as the wrong play anyway.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I think that’s exactly what’s going on… Confirmation bias because they know it’s a foolish play…

              • Frank Own uh.. says:
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                @Grey: Unless you have to be tagged to be out you should never EVER slide no matter the base (takeout slide is only exception so maybe never EVER was too aggressive)..the only reason to slide in the first place has always been to avoid a tag…I agree with you Grey and everyone else…sliding into 1st is as unnecessary an more inexplicable than nipples on MEN…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

  75. Wboggs says:
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    Marte for Beltran? I know your original rankings of marte higher but thoughts on season going forward based on small sample size. Someone has made me the offer. I have good power with Pujols, fielder, Bautista, Adam jones to name a few. Thanks in advance Grey

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wboggs:

      Marte probably a tick better in a vacuum. Not clear from your post who you give and get. Marte if you need the speed. Beltran if you’re looking for homers and RBIs. I think the only real risk with Marte is BA because of the insane K rate. Beltran’s BA floor is probably .275 and could hit .300. .280 is probably Marte’s ceiling and could hit .250

  76. Fern says:
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    Drop Matt Moore for Eovaldi or Kulber or does it really not matter which one I get? Basic five categories for pitchers in this league.

    • Fern says:
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      @Fern: Kluber*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fern: Eovaldi

  77. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Drop Will Venable for Smoak? Or give him some more time?

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski: Smoak. Bats cleanup after Cano and hitting 300 so far = breakout year. He should be owned

  78. Mike says:
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    Justin Upton just went on the block in one of my leagues. Experience tells me that he will sell off cheap – is Alex Gordon enough or too much?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Go cheaper

  79. Fish says:
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    In an RCL format, I want to drop asdrubal for lemahieu or kelly johnson at MI. What would be your choice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Johnson

  80. gareth says:
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    New tv show about mediocre hitmen: “Gyorko and Headley – average killers.”

    They’re seriously doing a number on my fcl team. Eff the padres.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @gareth:

      Do Gyorko and Headley have a back alley tipster guy that goes by EE?

      • gareth says:
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        @OaktownSteve: all I know is yesterday they announced headley was hurt and wouldn’t play in one of the games. I was so exited he wasn’t playing I did a little dance. Thats not a good reaction for my starting 3b. I’m Counting the days until Carlos Santana gets 3b eligibility.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @gareth: i remember asking you what size league you were in to have Headly as a starter. It appeared to be 16 teamer for anybody to have to start him.

  81. Mike says:
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    Another question – If I am trying to deal Ryan Braun, what can I expect (hope for) in return? Adam Jones, Harper, lower?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Try for them

  82. Eddy says:
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    Just wanted to vent about Drew Smyly whom I own in a roto league.

    I’ve essentially had him for one start on the bench (two scoreless, 3 IP outings). I mean wtf, I’m last in ERA and WHIP, I could use him but they’re hell bent on skipping his turn in the rotation until 2017 so I have no choice but to keep him on my bench!

  83. spm7189 says:
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    Yet another wonderful write-up! I especially like the part where I feel like a moron for letting Melky sit on the waiver wire for a day too long and now I get to read seemingly every day about how well he’s doing.
    Anyhoo just a quick problem in need of a solution – we’ve got a pretty active twelve team mixed league with a host of relatively impatient owners and within the last day or two, the following interesting names have been dropped – Tyson Ross, Evan Gattis, Drew Hutchinson, and EYJ. They join a number of hot schmotatos (Plouffe, LeMahieu, Reynolds, Hechavarria, Semien, Garrett Richards) and one long-time heartbreaker (Mousuckass) that I’ve got at least a passing interest in. I’d like to make a move or two, maybe picking up one hitter and one pitcher. Question is, which ones? For context, the cats are H, HR, RBI, R, SB, BB and W, SV, QS, K, ERA, WHIP respectively and my team looks like:
    C – Yan Gomes
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Chase Utley
    3B – Kyle Seager (Ouch)
    SS – Jonathan Villar (Double Ouch)
    OF – Carlos Gomez
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Mark Trumbo
    OF – Adam Eaton
    UTIL – David Ortiz (It being Yahoo! I’ve got 1B eligibility on Big Papi)
    UTIL – Todd Frazier
    Bench – Will Venable
    Bench – Kolten Wong

    SP – Gio Gonzalez
    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Shelby Miller (Quick side note – My guy Wacha was taken the pick before in the round I got Miller; close but no cigar)
    SP – Sonny Gray
    SP – Alex Wood
    RP – Sergio Romo
    RP – Frankie Rodriguez
    P – Sergio Santos
    P – Carlos Martinez
    Bench – Chris Archer
    Bench – Nate Eovaldi
    Bench – Travis Wood
    Bench – Erasmo Ramirez
    DL – Taijuan Walker
    DL – Hisashi Iwakuma

    I’d be dropping Wood and Erasmo for the two I’d pick up from the bargain bin.
    Which two do I go with (if any)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @spm7189: Thanks! Reynolds and Young… Play over Seager and Eaton until the others show something

  84. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I watched, and re-watched Hamilton on the bases yesterday. That was incredible. Absolute base running clinic. Great instincts on the base path, that was a lot of fun to watch. Holy crap if this guy can get on base frequently he will see plenty of highlight reels.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Is it a clinic when you run that fast? You can’t teach someone to run that fast…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Not the fact that he has speed, how he used it. For example, Dexter Fowler has speed that doesn’t translate too well. I guess I say “clinic” because Billy was such a hawk on the base path. If the fielder delays at all, even slightly, he’s gone. You think just speed allows a runner to score on a very shallow fly out? Running out that triple was pure speed, can’t teach that, correct. But his instincts combined with the speed was what impressed me.

        • Grey

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          I think more Hamilton type speed forces a fielder to do things they wouldn’t normally… He’s exciting, for sure…

  85. smegma says:
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    Offer JUpton for Longoria to team that lost Hamilton? The move would likely lead to another trade to sell Belt for an OF (probably in the Cespedes range). In the end it would be something like JUpton/Belt for Longo/Cespedes with Seagar as UT. Try to make some moves or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: I’d want Longo

  86. gareth says:
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    We just had the padres in town for a three game set. You guys know about my Indians homerism – I had 4 indians going in yesterdays double header as well as the two Padres I mentioned earlier. So Gross.

    Is there a razzball term when you play guys in a double header and get double the suck?

    O for 7’s and 1 for 8’s with no counting stats are thoroughly depressing.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @gareth: yeah, Mr. Brantley isn’t off to a scorching start and yesterday’s game(s) didn’t help his cause. I’m holding strong though, I feel like he could bounce back quite nicely. It’s EARLY!

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @gareth: Sounds like you got DP’ed.

    • Frank Own uh.. says:
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      @gareth: GO TRIBE!! Salazar is a bit Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde tonight…hate the ChiSox

  87. Wudaben says:
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    Time to evaluate the bottom of my H2H Points league rotation where streaming isn’t possible due to transaction limits. My other pitchers are: Cobb, Liriano, A. Sanchez, Teheran, Eovaldi, M. Perez, Ventura, Smyly, Stroman. I’m sure I could dump Smyly or Stroman but I’d like to hold a bit longer there on potential.

    I have: Erasmo Ramirez, Scheppers

    Waivers: G. Richards, J. Chavez, Morrow, R. Ross

    Would you drop Erasmo or Scheppers for any of these guys at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wudaben: Chavez over Scheppers

  88. Joeg414 says:
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    Who do we like better: Josh Collmenter, Martin Perez, H.Santiago?
    Deep mixed daily 6×6 roto

  89. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Is Machado’s knee injury/surgery going to be something that is expected to linger and prevent him from being the stud he is expected to be? He’s on our wire in a 10-team H2H league and I am thinking of dropping Khris Davis or Kole Calhoun to stash him.

    Would you rather have Carlos Martinez, Trevor Bauer or AJ Burnett this year. Until Martinez gets in the rotation he is useless to me. However Bauer is in the minors (not sure if he was sent back down yet).

    Just to clarify, I have Martinez in hopes he gets into the rotation. Bauer and Burnett are on the wire. Someone just dropped Burnett.

    Thoughts?

    Muchas Grey-sias!

    • South Beach Boombas says:
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      @malamoney: burnette he’s the only one with an SP role in the majors right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: In my rankings I said not to draft Machado…What Boombas said

      • malamoney

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        @Grey: However, my starters include: Felix, Grienke, Gerrit Cole, Salazar, Sonny Gray, Shelby Miller and Anibal Sanchez. We only start 4, so whoever I pick up is likely someone that could have some upside as they have little chance of cracking the starting lineup. I chose Martinez because he has RP eligibility.

        Do you see Burnett getting in my lineup on the right (two-start) week? I guess the answer is no for Bauer.

        • Grey

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          Maybe

  90. South Beach Boombas says:
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    matt moore owner :( who is the better pickup garrett richards or brendan morrow? (or stash carlos martinez)

  91. JohnnyBaseball says:
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    Allen Craig for Dominic Brown?

  92. Wilsonian says:
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    For the time being, would you play Arenado at IF over Fielder? Prince looks like a lost puppy out there. Dude isn’t hitting my weight. I think he’ll turn it around, but he’s been hot garbage right now and Arenado, although he hasn’t been a monster, is playing much better baseball than Fielder.

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

  93. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I need some input…standard head to head league, my pitchers are as follows:

    Anibal Sanchez
    Alex Cobb
    Justin Masterson
    Michaeal Wacha
    Brendon Morrow
    Clay Buccholz
    Rick Porcello
    Taijuan Walker
    Doug Fister
    Grant Balfour
    Sergio Santos
    Jonathan Broxton

    Somehow, Casey Janssen is sitting there as an FA – drop Clay for him? I have no batters to drop at the moment.

    Thanks!

  94. Hola Grey –
    14 team, 6×6 (ops) mixed, H2H redraft league. Deep 32 man rosters.

    If Avisail Garcia hits DL, will need to snag a UTIL bat, how would you rank these guys (position not important) and simply looking for best overall stats in OPS league:
    Jonathan Schoop
    DJ LeMahieu
    Aaron Hicks
    David Murphy
    Mike Moustakas
    JB Shuck

    Thx

    Thanks

      • @Grey:

        Dammit – dammit – dammit. Was hoping for 15 days of DL, get the entire year now. Wow – what a bummer. Just took some wind outta my sails. Sad face clown.

        Sure the Sox will call up mighty Jordan Danks and not give Dayan Viciedo regular PT, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, Danks was recalled…

  95. FUPA Troopa says:
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    Grey, your rankings have Taijuan Walker, Ventura, and then Eovaldi…Still rank that way? Also, would you move on from Bailey or Masterson for any of them just yet? Lastly, do you ever sleep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FUPA Troopa: I do…I’d move Masterson for Walker or Ventura

  96. Wake Up says:
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    If you are stipulating that it is not faster to slide into first, then the question is, why do it at all? Not, why are you more likely to get hurt sliding into first. You slide into the other bases because you cannot overrun them. Also, another question may be, are you more likely to get hurt sliding into first base or running through the bag? So, now we’ve established that it is slower and more likely to cause an injury. What are you not getting?

    oh, and…

    Hunter = 3
    The Field = 0

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I bet more guys have been injured running through the bag, not percentage wise though… I’m not getting why people get hurt doing it, I get why they shouldn’t do it…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: So, now that we’ve established that Spring Training stats don’t matter…let’s break down home ST stats vs away ST stats…

        not following you…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • Game of Throws says:
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      @Game of Throws: Followed up with Tweet saying : Closer by committee

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Drop Johnson for Broxton or Greggerson or Cook or Latroy?

        I waited on closers but many not long enough…. Henderson, Johnson, Nate jones all shot blanks for me.

        Only hit on Reed and MAYBE Tommy Hunter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  97. The Vaporizers says:
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    Gratuitous catcher question of the day:

    Drop turdface Castro for shitface Mesoraco or too early?

    • The Vaporizers says:
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      @The Vaporizers: oops, typo….. Mesoraco should have been a shithead….

  98. fielder's fatties says:
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    T.Ross or Chavez? RP eligible starters make them both more valuable in my league…was hoping Ross would be a good option but Chavez has shown more so far.

  99. paddyman says:
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    In a money league where someone just dropped Beltran and another dropped Domonic Brown. I picked up Beltran and I’m dropping Calhoun for Brown. This would leave me with an outfield of: Harper, Jones, Puig , Beltran and Brown. Now that hambone is out was this the right move? Calhoun has been cold but it looks like she could be the lead off guy there for a while. I just don’t trust Scioscia to set and forget.

  100. Wil says:
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    Hi Grey. Is Beltre worthy to buy in now? Because Ortiz has DH only and no DH slot (using UTIL), so am thinking to trade Ortiz (maybe plus someone) for Beltre. Thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wil: Sure

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: Propose Ortiz and Alvarez for Beltre, fair?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  101. TJ says:
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    Drop Kelley for Ryan Cook?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Sure

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @TJ: I just did.

    • Simply Fred

      simply fred says:
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      @TJ: yes

      • Al koholic says:
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        @simply fred: ha,you called that one Fred

  102. Jonfin says:
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    5×5 H2H pick one:

    Kluber, Eovaldi, or just stream?

  103. The Pesterer says:
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    What say ye about picking up Ludwick for spare change? He’s even less sexy after last years separated shoulder. But, healthy now, middle of the order OF bat in a dandy park, with solid rbi opps in that lineup. You like his chances of returning to 2012 form and leap frogging most 5th/6th OFs in production?

  104. I-man says:
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    Grey,
    Need your help with a compelling trade offer in 12 team H2H with OPS:
    My Trout for his Votto, Bruce, and Pence. I have Pujols at first.
    My OF is Trout, Gordon, K Davis, A Garcia, Yellich. UTIL is currently Smoak and Owings.
    What do you think? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I-man: Sounds solid

  105. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Rizzo’s game last night was made even more impressive with the fact that a decent left handed pitcher started against him. I was listening to the broadcast and they mentioned Rizzo was trying to take a different approach against lefties this year. They called it “a poke and a walk” approach. Basically be patient and don’t try to do too much. Go 1-3 with a walk against lefties and do his power damage against RHP.

    He’s definitely going the other way more this year too. It’s looking like (knock on wood) he’s figuring it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: as a Cubs fan and Rizzo owner, I hope you’re right.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Wilsonian: I have him in a keeper league, so I’m all in with him. If he can go 1-3 with a walk against the lefties he faces and can punish RHP, I see him hitting for a decent average (.275+) and 30 HRs this year. If Bonifacio can get on base at a consistent clip, 100 RBIs is definitely possible.

        I’m being optimistic here, but so far I’m liking what I see. Ask me again in a week though.

        • The Pesterer says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: Not to worry about Bonifacio. He’s on pace for 360 hits/72 bb, a .545 obp with 162 runs/36rbi and 108 SBs. I see no reason for any regression. If anything we should see him getting those RBIs up a notch.

  106. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jesse Chavez strike one % through 2 starts 68.6%. Would have been 2nd in MLB among qualified starters last year just ahead of a guy named Cliff Lee. Command of every pitch so far allows him to pound the zone first pitch without a pitcher locking in on first pitch fastball. Lot of strike one cutters, but mixes in what looks like two types of breaking balls (curve/slider) the change and the two seamer. Nothing particularly dominant in the stuff so he’ll need to continue to locate and he’s in the honeymoon period where the league hasn’t seen much of him. K throwing machine so far though.

    • South Beach Boombas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: should i pick up gregerson?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @South Beach Boombas:

        Depends. How valuable is a roster spot in your league. There’s maybe a 10-15 percent chance he ends up the closer for the year. A 50-70 percent chance that he sees one or more save chances during the course of the year. A 90 percent chance he’s useful in leagues with holds or where you can get value carrying a MR.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, really liked what I saw on him

  107. allen says:
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    Was just offered car santana and david wright for trout. I have junk at catcher right now and wright would slide into util bumping brantley out. No thanks to this trade…agree???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

  108. Papajeansegura says:
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    Hey was thinking same thing about Gomes for Mesoracco, I’m kinda flipflopping on it. But what do you think about Dee Gordon? Does he have any long-term/ROS value or is he gone once Alex Guerrero gets called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon is fine while he’s hitting and stealing…

      • Papajeansegura says:
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        @Grey: Would you trade him for Yordano Ventura? I have Howie Kendrick, Brad Miller, and Segura for my MIs

        • Papajeansegura says:
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          @Papajeansegura: Or I could prob swing Dee for Taijuan Walker

  109. Come at Me Bro says:
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    Deep NL-Only, need to add a pitcher. Not much out there, so my choices are:
    Erlin, Kennedy, Volquez, Harang(utan), Nicasio, T. Jordan, Hale, Niese (and his schnozz), and K. Kendrick. Which should I be hard core pursuing and what would be the top 3 in order of pursuing? Marcy projects son, what!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jordan

  110. The Thumb says:
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    How long do the daily write-ups usually take to write?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on game times… I do it throughout the day as a game ends…

  111. Picard56 says:
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    With Joe Kelly, Miller and Lynn looking mediocre so far, albeit its only been 10 games into the season, it is inevitable that Carlos Martinez joins the rotation sooner rather than later this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely at some point, yeah

  112. Brian says:
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    OF the members of the BPBC that the Atheltics are putting out there to replace Johnson in the 9th, who is the best pickup? I’m guessing it’s either Gregerson or Cook.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same as I wrote in the post you’re commenting on

  113. I believe you don’t slide into first base because it isn’t inherently quicker than running through the bag, while you are obviously looking to stop or avoid a tag at other bases. But i’ve been wrong before!

    Also, will Aaron Harang actually be worth a pickup in 10 team leagues? I can’t imagine he will continue pitching well all season long.

    Signed up for your newsletter as well, you guys are entertaining writers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Harang’s a streamer, not worth owning in 10 team leagues…

  114. Zar says:
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    Nice Major League reference there, and great Pagan snippet!

    Matt Moore does have a tear in the UCL, probably gonna go to see Dr. Doom. Jessie Chavez, AJ Griffin, Erasmo, Garrett Richards, Niese And Lohse are available. If Moore does get TJ, could you rank those in order of who to pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Chavez, Erasmo

  115. Eddy says:
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    Jim Johnson removed from closer role, closer by committee is what Melvin is aiming for…..for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  116. MattTruss223 says:
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    Well, Harper’s HR moved him from 7th to 6th in the NATs line-up today…Ian Desmond is hitting 7th now…Maybe Matt Williams is trying to Tony LaRussa this thing and has Desmond as his “2nd clean-up hitter” or something like that, yea, that’s it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @MattTruss223: With the way Rendon is hitting, it’s hard to move him out of the 2nd slot. I’d like to see Harper 3rd or 4th and Desmond hitting 2nd or 5th. Just don’t see Matty Dubs moving Werth, LaRoche or Zimmerman around all that much. Their veteran status may have something to do with that.

  117. AA says:
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    Is Smyly droppable for Chavez. Seems like Detroit is willing to skip him in the rotation any chance they get. Since Smyly doesn’t have SP eligibility yet, its tough to have him in the lineup as a RP everyday to take advantage of his outings like last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  118. Pager24 says:
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    who do you think gets more saves Bastardo or Thornton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When? This month? This year?

      • Pager24 says:
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        @Grey: ah i guess we’ll go this month
        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thornton

  119. Pete says:
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    Ditch Delgado for Gregorson or decent chance Delgado pulls it together today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for Gregerson if I needed saves

  120. Post says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Would you drop Brad Miller for Jesse Chavez with Hanley as my starting shortstop? If not – who do you like better right now Martin Perez or Jesse Chavez? Thanks!

    • Post says:
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      @Grey: Or I can also drop Alejandro De Aza .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No…Perez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  121. elipitt says:
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    I just wanted to say thanks for the great advice. I signed up and deposited into DraftKings through the link in the daily article to support the site. I’m looking forward to the daily radio!

    Hah, I guess I should have read the fine print about the DraftKings deposit bonus. One dollar of the bonus gets “unlocked” with 100 Frequent Player Points. At 4 FPP per $1 game, I will need to pay an additional $750 to see the bonus $30 on my $30 deposit.

    Oh well, I am happy to support Razzball. I hope the click though helps!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not helping us with it, but hope you win…

      • elipitt says:
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        @Grey: I assumed clicking through the links in the article at least helped DraftKings see the traffic was coming from here. Anyways, thanks for the advice and entertainment. I look forward to the Pittsburgh Radio stop.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @elipitt:

      yeah .
      those daily sites are giving away
      millions of dollars every year !!
      (your dollars) .

  122. JFK says:
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    With pitching woes, I’m pitching woo at Bauer (12-team H2H 7×7 keeper):
    SP – Cueto/Salazar/Kluber/Perez/Gee/Chavez/Erasmo/Nova
    RP – Santos/Henderson/Lindstrom/Kelley/Smyly
    DL – Hamels/Derek Holland/Fister/Crain

    I know he just got sent back down, but hard to ignore the potential if he’s starting to figure out his control issues – would you drop Erasmo or Nova and hold Bauer?
    Planning to punt Kelley to grab Colon, who landed on the wire earlier in the week.

    Also, thoughts on whether Gavin Floyd or Matt Harrison can come back from their respective injuries to put together a No.4/5 SP season? (which would be a No.2/3 in my rotation)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Nova… Forget Harrison and Floyd

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: All-in on the Bauer-Brigade…thanks!

  123. dillon dobies says:
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    Grey -you’re spot on about Johnson. As an Oakland fan, I hated the acquisition. With the $ investment, the Oaks will probably keep running him out to “close” games. Jim,Josh, and Erik. Not good to be a pitcher named Johnson. Where have you gone Walter? If I’m Melvin, I insist on closing with Gregerson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  124. Swfcdan says:
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    Who the hell is gonna close for the Yankees. Is Thornton worth a pickup as a saves spec, any chance?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Or is the Bastard(o) a better scoop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Henderson

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Henderson aint available bro, one or the other. My league’s gone A’s mad too and Cook,Doolittle and Gregerson are all scooped up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, pick up Thornton

  125. Big W says:
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    Wily Peralta hosting Pirates tomorrow… We starting him or is he riding pine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

      • Big W says:
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        @Grey: Thanks… You’re the best!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. Mike says:
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    Drop Shawn Kelley for Henderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: or maybe take a shot that Doolittle is the guy and drop Kelley for him? Idk.. closers are driving me friggin crazy.

  127. MB says:
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    If I needed speed, and you like Jennings, cool to trade A Gordon for Jennings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @MB:

      jennings needs to move up in the order .

  128. Dirtyd says:
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    Who would you pickup first Morse or Melky? Would you do it for Brantley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  129. EK says:
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    9 team 5×5 roto:
    Drop Wheeler for any of these?
    E. Santana
    Porcello
    Pineda
    T. Walker
    Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin

  130. Swfcdan says:
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    Pineda look good enough in his first start to trust him against the Bo Sox?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really

  131. Dust in the wind says:
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    Grey,
    10-team H2H cat (7pit stats, 9hit stats – 5 Bench spots, 4 I use for pitchers)
    Pitching staff:
    Sale, Cobb, Samardzija, Estrada, Tillman, Kazmir, Kluber, Gallardo, A.Wood, J. Teheran

    T. Walker is available on the wire, pick him up, and if so for who?
    Thanks for all the great advice, you da man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada, no problem

      • Dust in the wind says:
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        Are they comparable (like is it close Estrada to T. Walker?) or not so much ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  132. SpottieOttieDopaliscious says:
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    Skaggs, Mejia, or Perez droppable to add Gregorson? Current starters: Felix, Greinke, Ventura, Latos, Walker, Hamels and the aforementioned triumvirate. Current relivers: Jansen, Street, Henderson

    Also… Veras, Fields, and Brothers are all out there in waiver-ville, any of them better adds than the Oaktown Closing Committee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Veras over Mejia

  133. Nimrod says:
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    Grey you got me thinking on Chavez. Big park and all. Drop Eramaso or Gee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  134. Lopes says:
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    Got Goldy in a keeper laegue (just started this year) i am going to be a happy owner for the next couple years! Au Shizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @Lopes: i remember my first goldy….

  135. Greyismyhero says:
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    Best guess of this A’s mess? Cook, little, Greg? Drop Kelley for either one Grey? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wrote it in the post, smoke it! Lose Kelley

  136. ThE sHiT says:
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    Reynolds over Asche?

  137. Grey, I am thinking of offering Christian Yelich & Billy Hamilton both 1st year players, for a 3rd and final year Bryce Harper..DO IT?? or hold? thanks dude!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Harper

  138. jal179 says:
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    My spray gun approach on closers has failed me…
    Reed– ok
    Jim Johnson–barf
    Jim Henderson–night night but managed to snag KRod
    Nate jones– dodged a bullet and dealt him for Porcello in the pre-season…
    Tommy Hunter– cheap, shit saves

    Stand pat with my Johnson or dump him for Latroy, Broxton or Cook or Greggerson?

    Thanks team.

  139. OaktownSteve says:
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    Something I can’t explain. In the last three days I’ve heard 3 different guys, including Marlins closer Steve Cishek, describe Tom Koehler as a sleeper with “unhittable stuff.” He must have had a real good spring. There’s nothing in the track record to suggest this guy is anything. But when the universe forces a pitcher into my consciousness, I’ll give a look see.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting…

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @OaktownSteve: He throws some real nasty pitches but he gets hittable when he starts losing his focus and concentration. However when he is on, he can get you off balance with some real nasty stuff.

  140. RicoSuave says:
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    Do you think Randall Delgado has a chance to stay at SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unlikely

      • RicoSuave says:
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        Thanks Grey! Also, i just found out Avisail Garcia is out for the season and I had big hopes for him this year… now, I need to shop around for an OF

  141. Jon says:
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    Morrow, Richards or Santiago over Peavy, Peralta or Eovaldi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s see what Wily does in his next start

  142. ThE sHiT says:
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    Lose Veras for Cook?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  143. herschel says:
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    @Grey: i show morrow going with 2 starts next week (@min and @cle). the twins matchup seems awfully tasty. worth starting him in a weekly league over congrani (@chc)?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  144. AA says:
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    Drop Broxton for Gregorson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  145. Goose says:
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    @Grey:
    1. “The Padres weren’t able to mount much of an attack yesterday. Did I say yesterday? I meant the last 14 years.” Ouch. As JayWrong and I weep into a fish taco…

    2. Before everyone runs away from Kelley too fast… Even though he did blow the save, this was his pitch chart of the 4 hits he gave up to start the 9th:
    https://twitter.com/ktsharp/status/454121936130301952/photo/1

    It’s not like he got roasted or anything – just an unlucky stretch. He was able to limit the damage and close out the inning (he K’d Adam Jones with runners on 2nd and 3rd, then got a weak groundout from Wieters).

    3. Catcher is all of a sudden crazy deep, right? Let’s count ‘em out:
    Posey, Rosario, Santana, Mauer, Molina, McCann, Wieters, Lucroy, Castro, Perez, (Ramos), Gattis, Avila, Montero, Pierzynski, Gomes, Martin, Ruiz, Mesoraco, Zunino …

    That’s 20. And that’s not even counting guys like Salty, Norris, Jaso, Castillo, Navarro – who can be nice plug-and-play guys on days like today. Plus there’s sleepery guys D’Arnaud and Grandal too.

    C-razy deep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yanks won’t have any loyalty to Kelley

  146. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    I’m dropping Kelley. Should I go Balfour, reed, krod, street or cook?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach:

      wait .
      street was available ,
      and you went with kelley ?

  147. c0wfunk says:
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    My Au Shucks moment: Last year I drafted Trout as #3 overall and then auShiz in like the 4th round. We voted during last season to switch the league to a 2 player keeper, but it doesn’t start until the 2015 season, so we keep 2 guys from This year. Somehow keeping Adam Jones and Joey Votto won’t be quite the same.

    Au Shucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  148. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Gyorko or Wong ROS? I mean i actually need Gyorkos bat but i am worried after his 0-7 in doubble header. I dont know if i am willing to take his extended slumps. Wait and see a little longer or pull the trigger and add Wong? Wong is more about speed than power and i have Avillar and Bourn for speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  149. Fungazi says:
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    Any of these SP expendable in 12 team?

    Tillman, Eovaldi, Gallardo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe

  150. Walt Jr. says:
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    10 team 5×5
    Start Clay Buttholes today @ NYY?
    Also I just picked up the Melk Man but have Arenado as another bench bat. My OF is just okay with:
    Choo
    Heyward
    Cespedes
    Beltran
    Aoki
    Should I move Melky for Taijuan walker or maybe a closer? Are you buying Melky? Are you buying Arenado?
    SP:
    Cliff Lee
    Wacha
    Teheran
    Ventura
    Eovaldi
    Kluber
    Buttholes
    Burnett
    RP:
    Frieri
    Hunter
    Fields
    DL Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, start him… I’d take Walker…

  151. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G,
    10 team h2h 6×6 batter k’s and losses.
    When taijuan comes off the DL who do i drop?!
    SP-Jofer/ryu/wacha/teheran/salazar/cingrani/archer/e santana
    RP-koji/cishek/balfour/poopie g
    really slim pickins, i feel like none are droppable. Was thinking santana til he threw a gem last night. Poopie g ya i know but it would sting losing a closer. Only bench bat is rizzo. Almost wish someone would get hurt so i wouldnt have to drop anyone.

    Also in other league 12 team h2h 5×5 with CI/MI (have taijuan here too, much easier to slot him in, cant wait! thanks latos): I dropped avisail on tuesday for yangy shmototto, thankfully after first game lock so i got his 2 homers and 4 hits. Was gonna prob scoop him back up but he was promptly snagged but now DL bound so yay me. Headley was dropped in place of avisail, would you take headley over yangervis right now for util spot? Or chris carter in my CI spot, headley over him? Also i have lindstrom and kelley who both suck big floppy donkey D. Lose either for strop, cook, gregerson or brothers?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: ok what to do about taijuan and one of the oakland guys over kelley or lindstrom?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over Kelley

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: no, what to do about taijuan on the team listed above. Nobody to drop. Archer, rizzo, e santana, cingrani? Those are I guess my ‘worst’ players but obv they aren’t droppable. where do I fit walker? Or are these ten team leagues with no CI/MI just so damn shallow I can’t even fit great young pitchers in my team anymore?

  152. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Kubel is locked in. Just missed another homer by a foot or two. 320 foot single got out there and off the wall so quick.

    • jal179 says:
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      @Oaktownsteve:

      hmm I need depth of help with hr potential… someone to consider

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @jal179:

        He may only see platoon ABs but he is on the good side of the platoon. Decent play right now. Better option in daily than weekly.

  153. Earlycoff says:
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    Love the site!

    Belt, Pujlos and Cingrani for Fielder and Jason Heyward…which side?

  154. Al koholic says:
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    thanks for everything boss,you sure are a patient man,fielding 50 questions a day about catchers,not nocking a guy for asking but when youve already answered it numerous times,thanks again for all that you do

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Al koholic:

      Seriously, you’re like “the elder” for fantasy baseball that I can always go to for questions. I hope that you’re getting paid well for this.

          • [will work for saves] says:
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            We love you greyyyy! Woooooo! *throws panties on stage*

  155. Fister Furbush says:
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    Does trading Wil Myers For Michael Wacha make sense for my team?

    My OF

    Mccutchen
    Holliday
    Myers/Allen Craig

    My SP

    Darvish
    Sale!
    Liriano
    Walker
    Tillman

  156. Adam Jonesin says:
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    I’m so yawnstipated by Asdrubal that I’m letting him sit in FA while playing Ackley (at MI), who is only 3/20 since his opening series. Time to change it up?
    Thanks, Grey!

  157. BTD says:
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    Dang – I think you just called me out on Devin Mesoraco and AJ Pierzsomething. Off to the waiver wire to replace AJ with Devin…

    • Al koholic says:
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      @BTD: i wasnt meaning to,we all do it when we dont have time to read the whole page,but the cathcer thing is the hot issue besides closers,,we all need Greys approval on moves

  158. Game of Throws says:
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    To activate Broxton… drop Kelley or J. Fields?

  159. G-OZ says:
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    After the latest Lincecum meltdown, does it make sense to cut him and grab Jesse Chavez, Erasmo Ramirez, Martin Perez, Wade Miley, Juan Nicasio or am I better off holding on.

  160. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Hold Veras and Krod over the likes of Gregerson, Doolittle, Cook, etc?

  161. another trading I am thinking of offering is: I get Jason Kipnis for Kolten Wong..do it?

      • jal179 says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        just silly- whos giving up on kipnis already?!

        • @jal179: I didn’t say he was. I was just asking if I should make the offer and see if the other owner is tired of a last year Kipnis and wants Wong for the next 3 years..

  162. marcus allen was good al says:
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    Kubel vs cola ros?

  163. Fister Furbush says:
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    Trade Wil Myers for Michael Myers?

    My OF is
    Mccutchen
    Holliday
    Wil Myers/Allen Craig

    My SP is

    Darvish
    Sale!
    Liriano
    Walker
    Tillman

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Fister Furbush:

      Lol I mean Wil Myers for Michael WACHA

  164. nick the dick says:
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    G How down are you on kluber and erasmo right now? Ive had them both and dropped them both, and had them again and dropped them both. Thinking bout a triple dip with one of em you like kluber at white sox better than erasmo at oakland again? Who’s getting rosterbated? Or whadaya think about tommy millone? I like a lefty vs mariners but first start…

  165. Rob Brown says:
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    Thanks for the info as it always helps.

    So has Josh Reddick lost all his mojo?
    Is it team to drop him?

      • Rob Brown says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

  166. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    10-team, 5×5, OBP instead of AVG

    Trout for Braun, F-Her, and either Bailey or Fister

    Which side do you take and if you take the Braun side which second pitcher do you want?

  167. costaricanchata says:
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    rizzo never had a chance against cole .

  168. stynyr says:
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    How about:

    Trout, Segura, and Kluber for Braun, Goldschmidt, and Felix?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun side…You really need Trout off your team huh?

      • stynyr says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: @Grey: How about:

        Trout, Segura, and Kluber for Braun, Goldschmidt, and Felix?

        He keeps offering me stuff.

  169. SMLV1 says:
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    Rank If all Heathly ROS – Matin Perez, Eovaldi, Burhle, J. Hammel, Paxton, G. Richards, Harang, Vargas and Feldman.

    Standard Y! League.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Eovaldi for president!!

        Wins NL ROY!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s a rookie?

  170. Oppo Taco says:
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    Should I start Pineda tonight @Boston tonight’? Never caught his first start but apparently he was touching 95.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, in some leagues

  171. Corey Hart or Michael Brantly for ROS?

    For a bench spot.

    I have Brantly, but Hart is a FA..thanks always Grey! cheers

  172. Eddy says:
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    Reports of Avisail being done for the year with a torn labrum. You running, not walking, to grab Viciedo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  173. Al koholic says:
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    viciedo or castellanos if garcia is really done

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos

  174. Alan says:
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    Who do i use at 3B until Seager shows me something?

    Frazier, C Johnson, Semien, K Johnson

    Thanks

    • Al koholic says:
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      @Alan: frazier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  175. Giancarlme Crazy says:
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    I have both Puig and Hamilton in my most important league, face-sliding-team-ruining-jerks…

    I thought we could add the term “Pork belly slider”, in honor of Ham and Puig, for someone who slides into first.

  176. Euroalien says:
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    5 x 5, 12 Team Roto………. I need to pick up one of these SPs to try and bolster my pitching rotation Hammel, Richards, Harang, Chavez (Other starters are Cobb, Gonzalez, Liriano, Masterson and Eovaldi, with Johnson and Griffin on the DL) – I’d drop a MR to get one of them.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez

  177. Jon says:
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    Ah man. Avisail Garcia done for the rest of 2014. I traded for him this off-season in a keeper league. What a bummer.

  178. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Kazmir or recently dropped wheeler?

  179. Wholio says:
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    labrums suck

    all soft tissue sucks

  180. Natty Boh says:
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    15 team league. I’m heavy on power and relying on A. Escobar and P. Bourjous for SB’s. Was offered Gardner for Rizzo. Would I be giving up too much to obtain SAGNOF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

  181. Carnac says:
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    Oh, Avisail. I just reenacted the Star Wars scene/meme of Darth Vader yelling “Nooooooo!” and using the force to crush all the props in my office.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  182. gareth says:
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    I’m Glad I drafted goldy over the dread pirate in the fcl. Sure he got expensive and became a consensus first rounder but hes worth it. Here’s a nice goldy article:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-man-whos-owned-tim-lincecum/

    I was curious about one thing though – doesn’t everyone own lincecum now?

  183. Joeg414 says:
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    Please pick two(need to replace Garcia) Vciedo, Sizemore, Shuck,Kubel, Reddick. Deep Mixed daily 6×6 roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick, Kubel

  184. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Collmenter as a starter? They need to do me a favor and go ahead and bring Archie Bradley up.

    • @BringDaRuckus: I 2nd that, and it is just a matter of a couple of bad Collmentor starts and a little more seasoning and Archie will never see the minor leagues again..cheers

  185. ashtray says:
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    Someone just snagged Cook in our league. Do you see anyone on my pitching staff that I could replace with Gregerson?

    Sale
    Gray
    Ventura
    Porcello
    Cole
    Teheran
    Dickey
    Weaver
    Bailey

    Perkins
    Lindstrom
    Santos
    Broxton

    • jal179 says:
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      @ashtray:

      Weaver cause I throw harder than him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickey maybe, don’t know enough about your league

  186. Wilsonian says:
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    Crawford, The Patriot Revere, or Brantley.

    Like a drunk sorority girl, I’m not so much worried about the long term, but what feels good right now…

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      Ben

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @OaktownSteve: @Malicious Phenom: @Grey: so now that I have 3 different responses from three different people…

        I think I’m going to dump Brantley for Crawford. Then probably cut one of my 6 – 6!!! – closers for The Patriot. Broxton or Hawkins is probably mildly useless to me at this point in time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cause it’s a toss up… I’d look at Hitter-Tron

  187. Jon says:
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    So I’m in a unique spot with Avisail. I have him in a minor league spot, actually (we can keep players there indefinitely, but they’re not eligible to be called up until June 1 each year.) Should I drop Avisail from that spot and pick up somebody like Marcus Stroman, or is Garcia someone you’d continue to stash there with hopes of a good return in June 2015?

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon: Joc Pederson could be another guy I’d add, dropping Garcia

      • Jon says:
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        @Jon: actually, I’m definitely curious to know what you suggest, but I’m going to ask Scott, too…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Go with Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose him

  188. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ve been snake bit in my NFBC history. Add Avisail to the list It’s an especially tasty sandwich coming on the heels of the two homer game. How perception changes. Had it been after his slow start, then it would have been labrum, where is thy sting.

    All non-Bonifacio owner are already sick to death of this guy, correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I picked up Emily Boneface so loving it, except it was against my Cole

  189. Lville Jim says:
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    What is the prognosis as far as bouncing back from shoulder surgery? Certainly more concerning for pitchers than position players. Garcia out for the year hurts, only have Puig to play in rf and who knows when his return will be and if the thumb will be a lingering injury. Already have Kershaw and Griffith filling my dl spots. In a all dynasty all keeper league drop Garcia or bite the bullit and wait for one of my dl spots to open back up? Leaning towards waiting as my competing for the title this year would be a stretch anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should be fine in 12-15 months…

  190. steve says:
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    please rank dee gordon,brad miller,chris owings ROS
    need a SS
    thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller, Gordon

  191. chilicheeseconey says:
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    Should I drop Smyly for Wong (I have A-Hill at 2B) or Jesse Chavez? My SP are pretty solid (Cole, Gio, Porcello, Wheeler, Salazar, Kuroda), but my league had 4 “P” slots so even when Smyly is in the pen he can be valuable for me.

    • @chilicheeseconey: Triple C, I keep Smyly. He will be in the rotation next week when Tigers come back to the motor city, for a 10 game home stand..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez

  192. Snake Hips says:
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    Anthony rendon or justin smoak for a UTIL? Points league…

  193. OaktownSteve says:
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    Cook in 8th inning with 6-1 lead. FWIW

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      I think doodiddle could handle the closer job… I dont trust cook..

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @OaktownSteve: gregerson will run away with it, though, imo.

    • Goose says:
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      @OaktownSteve: And Abad now in the 9th. (But, y’know, not a save sitch…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting…

  194. Ken Plane says:
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    Grey – Another sad Garcia owner, waiver replacements, Morse, Blackmon, Cain, Kubel, Ludwick or Ozuna.
    Thanks

    • jal179 says:
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      @Ken Plane:

      I went Morse mostly cause I felt I was a bit shallow in the HR department.

      I’m hoping Yellich clears waivers on Monday and I’ll add him.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Ken Plane:

      what about delmon young ?
      should be seeing lots of fastballs .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kubel for now

  195. Joeg414 says:
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    Morrow or M.Perez?
    Deep mixed daily 6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  196. jal179 says:
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    10 team H2H non-keeper Yahoo league. Slow start for my 5 OFs who are:
    1. Adam Jones
    2. Alex Rios
    3. Carlos Beltran
    4. Nori Aoki
    5. Avisail Garcia– just dropped him
    Only Bench bat is Dee Gordon. Just added Mike Morse to fill in the for rest of week.

    My MI is Kolten Wong. My 2B is Aaron Hill.

    Of Dee, Wong, or Hill who would you deal for an upgrade at OF?

    Don’t wanna touch my pitching cause I heart it lots…

    • @jal179: Try to move Morse or Aoki and any one of those 3 2B’s for an upgrade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill, I guess, he’s not going to get anything…

  197. costaricanchata says:
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    castro sliding into home .

    as they explain the new rules change
    (runner gets unimpeded access to plate ?) ,
    i don’t think “replay” is the problem .
    rule changers are the problem .

  198. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Umps and Tony Sanchez have money on the Cubs to win today. Clearly.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Sky:

      What happened? Box looks ugly

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        The HP ump basically called that obstruction rule on Sanchez when it was completely unapplicable based on the wording. He then followed up his douchery by not requesting a replay. Sanchez literally caught the ball while on his knees right on home plate and put his glove down. We’re talking less than one second to ‘not block’ the plate for Sanchez. He should’ve asked for a replay but that would’ve shown he had some humility.

        Prior to that, however, Sanchez has been sailing pickoff attempts into center and all over the place. The Pirates have played like a hot mess today overall anyways so it might not really matter but the HP Ump is a douche and Sanchez has no business back there today.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Sky:

          Just saw the highlights. Some seeing eye hits. WP that could have been played. Just a bad luck day.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, it was a silly inning that the ump prolonged. He beaned Travis Wood to show his disdain to for the HP ump, basically. The first pitch straight into the arm, pretty clear there was a message and I can’t say I blame him.

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Sky: I don’t think that the obstruction rule is terrible. I understand the need to protect both the catchers and the baserunners from sustaining serious injuries (and I’m sure that the Posey injury had something to do with this rule being implemented in the first place). The problem is that nobody seems to know how to properly enforce it. On the Sanchez play, the throw brought him into the runner’s lane and into a plate blocking position, but he didn’t seem to be there initially. Is he supposed to just let the ball go and allow the runner to waltz across home plate untouched? Ridiculous.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, I don’t think it’s terrible either. I think the ump that doesn’t know how to call it AND won’t ask for a replay is terrible. It’s there for a reason, especially when you don’t know the rules (which he clearly doesn’t).

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Sky: Redemption for Cole in the form of Schlitter vs Pedro! At least Cole has a shot to win it now.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Definitely. Ugly start all around for the Buccos as a team, though; no one looked sharp except for Cole’s work at the plate. Let’s see if it all pans out well in the end.

  199. Jason says:
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    dah garcia

  200. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    AVISAIL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  201. stynyr says:
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    Dude keeps changing shit up!

    Now it’s

    Trout, Napoli, Kluber for Braun, Goldschmidt, and Felix.

    ???

  202. Tom Emanski says:
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    Already lost two of my OF in Oswaldo and Avisail. Now all that’s left is the likes of Almonte, Kubel, Morse, Cain, Ludwick, Ozuna, and Rajai.

    Who’s the best bet? Morse, Kubel and Ludwick could return to form…or not. Ozuna and Almonte have some upside. Rajai and Cain give me steals but how much playing time?

  203. Carnac says:
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    Gotta hand it to Pelf, after all these years of getting hit so hard, he still manages to muster a look of shock and disgust each time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • Carnac says:
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        Seriously, everyone else in the entire stadium just shrugs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Getting kinks out of their necks, perhaps

  204. Dl Avisail says:
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    ROS Morse or Kubel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kubel

  205. [will work for saves] says:
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    Pineda dazzles bo sox to open everyones eyes…

    You heard it from Prez, first!

  206. EK says:
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    H2H pts:
    Start/sit Buccholz @ NYY tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  207. Dingbat says:
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    I’ve got my eye on a smattering of widely available pitchers who are off to scorching starts, at least according to xFIP and SIERA. Sitting near the top of those leaderboards are the following pitchers:

    Brandon Morrow (@TBR, HOU; 2.24 xFIP, 2.25 SIERA, 10.64 K/9, 1.64 BB/9, 61.3% GB)
    Roberto Hernandez (@CHC, MIL; 2.11 xFIP, 2.38 SIERA, 12.19 K/9, 1.74 BB/9, 44.4% GB)
    Travis Wood (PHI, PIT (for 6 innings); 2.75 xFIP, 2.56 SIERA, 12.41 K/9, 2.92 BB/9, 52.8% GB)
    Jesse Chavez (SEA, @MIN; 2.60 xFIP, 2.61 SIERA, 9.00 K/9, 1.38 BB/9, 55.6% GB)

    Any sense of how much of the above is small sample size craziness or feasting on weak opponents vs. how much might be early signs of sustainable dominance? So far, I’m only betting on Morrow, but I’m keeping an eye on Hernandez, Wood, and Chavez.

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Dingbat: Also, I just noticed that Wood’s earned run in the 7th inning of today’s game was due to a home run allowed by “Brian Schlitter.” If that’s not the perfect name for a reliever who comes into a game and shits the bed, I don’t know what is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Chavez, Morrow, in that order

  208. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Now that Oakland has gone to closer committee, who heads the committee?

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: I looked for the post that discusses that, but I can’t find it, so sorry in advance if I’m asking a quuestion that’s already been addressed.

  209. costaricanchata says:
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    have dropped ramus and picked up delmon
    across all of my teams .
    will now be be bringing
    my lox and bagels home in an unmarked brown paper bag ,
    and eating them behind locked doors .
    BUT , with the lights on .
    (gotta stay strong) .
    and , oh yeah ,
    with red onion !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  210. steve says:
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    Thanks for your thoughts, in advance.

    10 team, 5×5, h2h league

    I have Billy Hamilton and Segura, so I think I’m strong at SBs (but lacking HR/RBI). Would you deal Marte for JUpton?

    Based on your rankings, my guess is that you would.

    Steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  211. fielder's fatties says:
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    Random trade ideas (please rank the ones you would do):

    Would you trade Prince/Seager/B.Miller for Miggy/Rosario? I have Salty at C, Segura at SS, and would find a ww guy for UT (like Yelich). Other team lost Reyes and has 2 catchers.

    Would you trade JUpton for Braun? Upton hasn’t done much and Braun may be hampered with injury.

    Would you trade Belt/Miller for Rios/Baez? Non-keeper league looking to upgrade UT spot.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @fielder’s fatties:

      do all three .
      hard to believe other owners would comply .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Miggy, Rios

  212. Dave says:
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    I just lost Avisail Garcia and was wondering how that will affect Viciedo’s role in the offense. AL only league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to say, they called up Jordan Danks

  213. Andre says:
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    Love the site Grey!

    Few questions:

    1) I’m running C. Johnson out there at 3b with Reynolds, Frazier, and Lawrie on the wire. Hold or Pick up one of them?

    2) I have Nathan, Soriano, Papelbon, and Robertson as my Cl….do I drop one for K Rod? Especially with Papelbon and Nathan imploding recently.

    Standard categories

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1) Frazier 2) Hold

  214. Hal Incandenza says:
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    12 team H2H with max 7 SPs. My rotation looks like this:

    Scherzer
    Teheran
    Masterson
    Tillman
    Peavy
    Eovaldi
    Ubaldo Jimenez
    DL: Taijuan Walker and J Johnson

    I also have Robbie Ross – he’s an SP disguised as an RP.

    I’m ready to drop Ubaldo upon Tauijan’s expected activation. But Skaggs is an add option. Would you drop Ubaldo for Skaggs and try to deal someone like Peavy, or just activate Taijuan for Ubaldo’s spot? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Ubaldo for Skaggs

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the feedback.

        Having dropped Ubaldo for Skaggs, who should I drop for Walker’s activation? I won’t be able to roster 8 active SPs, so unless another active SP happens to go to the DL soon, I’ll need to adjust for that add in some way.

        On the possible trade front, I wonder if I could manage to move Peavy. I drafted Masterson a lot earlier and would seem to have better chances of dealing him, but not sure what to look for. Any thoughts?

        My bats look like this:
        Wilin Rosario, Col C
        Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
        Aaron Hill, Ari 2B
        Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
        Dee Gordon, LAD SS
        Starling Marte, Pit LF
        Adam Jones, Bal CF
        Jay Bruce, Cin RF
        Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
        Mike Napoli, Bos 1B

        There isn’t much room for bench bats in this roster structure. Frazier and Lawrie are FA 3B options should R. Zimmerman go on the shelf.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe a third baseman with Zimmerman? Masterson/Zimmerman for Donaldson?

  215. mike says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 12 team league I’m looking to pick up gyorko (since I’m at risk of Zimmerman’s shoulder falling off at any time) off waivers but I don’t know who I should drop first..
    a. drop my 4th or 5th closer – veras or lindstrom
    b. drop my 1 bench bat – rendon
    c. drop my 6th or 7th sp – Kluber or Kazmir

    In case another gem pops up on the wire who would your second sacrifice be as well?

    Thanks man,
    I appreciate all the help, you’re amazing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then Kluber

  216. ferris says:
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    Nl-only

    rank these please

    1. Ryu

    2. Sandoval

    3. BJ Upton plus Uggla

    is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo, Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s close

  217. ken says:
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    devin m or j salty? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devin

  218. SteveNZ says:
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    Effing Grilli. Why can’t I have anything nice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Put two on with no one out. (which is when I commented) Ks the next two then walks one to load them. Got out of it.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Reversed his ass, but it was a close thing.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice, I like the Cole win

        • Party Boy John says:
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          @Grey: Grey what do you think about that call that ump made from behind the catcher on that play at home?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Will talk tomorrow about it

  219. Carlos says:
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    Beltre not playing for a few days but not going on the DL… but still might get DL’d eventually. What’s the term for that?

  220. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league

    Another early trade offer in to me:

    My Jordan Zimmerman and grant Balfour
    for Trevor Rosenthal

    Thanks!

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:

      Sorry….rotation would still be Jose Fernandez shields. Wood. Archer. And Hamels on DL
      Other closers are Rodney. Chisek. And Jansen on DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not good

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sange76:

      i’m stashing motte … where possible .

  221. Scott says:
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    What are your thoughts on Bourjos vs Mike Morse.

    A bit early to be worrying about keepers but if I keep Bourjos the whole season I can keep him for $6 next year. Not sure it’s worth holding on to him for just that reason though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bourjos

  222. EK says:
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    Which side for 5×5 roto:
    A McCutchen & H Bailey or J Bautista, Z Wheeler & H Street

    • EK says:
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      @EK: BTW I have the 2nd group and also own Rosenthal, Soria and Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen

  223. ThE sHiT says:
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    I need an OF to replace Avisail. Kubel, Yelich, Ozuna, and Delmon are out there. Would prefer someone with more power than speed. Who is the grab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kubel

  224. Alan says:
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    Is Javier Baez worth a stash taking a roster spot in 11 team league where we keep five players?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  225. Springpuss says:
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    My team

    C: Posey
    1b: Freddie Freeman
    2b: Kinsler
    3b: MIggy
    SS: Brad Miller
    1b/3b: Morneau
    2b/SS: Aaron Hill
    OF: Matt Holiday
    OF: Alex Gordon
    OF: Cespedes
    OF: Desmond Jennings
    OF: Khris Davis
    Util: Billy Butler
    Bench: Michael Morse, Dexter Fowler, Abraham Almonte

    SP: Julio Teheran, Alex Cobb, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Corey Kluber, Tyler Skaggs
    RP: Kenley Jansen, Ernesto Frieri, Glen Perkins
    DL: Mat Latos

    Should I trade Miggy and Khris Davis for Cliff Lee, Longoria, and Starling Marte? What about Miggy and Alex Gordon for Cliff Lee, Longoria, and Matt Kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trade Miggy

  226. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league

    OFs(start 3) are Adam Jones, H. Pence, Craig (1B), Castellanos (3B), Brantley, G. Polonco stashed as keeper. Votto is my main 1B. Drop Brantley for Smoak or LaRoche? If so, which one?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak

  227. Hasheem says:
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    I’ve got a trade question. This is my team:

    C: Posey
    1b: Freddie Freeman
    2b: Kinsler
    3b: MIggy
    SS: Brad Miller
    1b/3b: Morneau
    2b/SS: Aaron Hill
    OF: Matt Holiday
    OF: Alex Gordon
    OF: Cespedes
    OF: Desmond Jennings
    OF: Khris Davis
    Util: Billy Butler
    Bench: Michael Morse, Dexter Fowler, Abraham Almonte

    SP: Julio Teheran, Alex Cobb, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Corey Kluber, Tyler Skaggs
    RP: Kenley Jansen, Ernesto Frieri, Glen Perkins
    DL: Mat Latos

    Should I trade Miggy and Khris Davis for Cliff Lee, Longoria, and Starling Marte? What about Miggy and Alex Gordon for Cliff Lee, Longoria, and Matt Kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  228. OaktownSteve says:
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    Looks like the Koehler kid had a decent start. Just one mistake to Werth. Could be a guy to keep an eye on for streams at home or deep leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  229. SteveNZ says:
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    Nothing sinister in R-Zimm being pulled?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing more sinister than he has a wonky shoulder

  230. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    with dear dear avisail sailing away for the season, who’s my OF pickup?
    – Fowler
    – Morse
    – Cain
    – Ozuna
    – Ludwick
    – Lake
    – Byrd
    – Bradley
    – Viciedo?

    probably need power more than anything, but curious about overall value

    thanks y’all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morse

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: thanks Grey! another quick one – is it too early to drop Ubaldo & stream that spot? the rest of my RCL pitching staff:

        Tanaka
        Salazar
        Kluber
        Pineda
        Gio
        Shields

        relievers:
        Cishek
        Jim Johnson
        Veras
        Strop

        holding on for dear F-ing life w/ these bum closers…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop him

  231. Em says:
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    would you give up any of these pitcherss for Billy Hamilton, Cingrani Eovaldi or Yordano Ventura? I also own Gio A. Sanchez, Teheran, and Gray, I figure if i make a trade i could also pick up Taijuan Walker as a replacement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura or Eovaldi

      • Em says:
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        @Grey: One more thing, which of this group would be fair value (if any) for Abreu? Thinks for your input, and website

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cingrani or Gio

  232. SteveNZ says:
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    Being up against Werth this week is no fun at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owning Zimmerman isn’t either

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I have him too so I’m feeling that.

  233. Big League Wood says:
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    Are you still good with Peter Brady Bourgous?

    Lost Garcia and rostering Puig & Zimmerman.

    Also, Is Plouffe any good as a back-up for Zimmerman? He appears to be playing every day while Asche and Reynolds are sat for some same arm guys. ..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…I’m fine with Bourjos for now… Yeah, Plouffe is fine…

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  234. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Alright, here’s a really boring Catcher question – Castro or Mesoraco? I have Castro who has been anything but El Producto!

    Your assistance is always appreciated.

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was less boring when I answered above already… Castro…

  235. SalPal says:
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    would you move Kyle Seager for anyone of these three pitchers Minor, Iwakuma, Hamels
    if i cant move him i was just gunna drop him for mesoraco and move Carlos to either third or utill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, any of them

  236. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    who’s the best OF due to losing Avisail
    delmon/danks/bradley jr/duda/s.smith (or just stash maybin?)
    2. also, some foo just dropped rosario, which catcher do i drop for him castro/mesoraco?

  237. Joe G says:
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    Grey alex gordon or melky cabrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: really i thought melky was just a bum. and gordon is ranked top 100.

  238. Jason says:
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    Just been offered the following in a 16 team (7×7 incl. OPS and Hits) 6 person keeper league:

    his Goldschmidt and Simmons

    for

    my Freeman and Bogaerts

    My main issue is that I’m not sure of Simmons’ status with his wrist and I have no backup SS on my team (nothing serviceable on the wire either). My current likely keeper candidates (max 6 keepers) are:

    Harper
    Freeman
    Pujols
    Jose Abreu
    Pedroia
    Bogaerts
    Wainright
    Wacha

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Goldy

  239. SteveNZ says:
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    Hale raining on my parade.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: But J-Up is my umbrella.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Mejia’s reaction after the homer is priceless

  240. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Pineda looks good. Fastball is working at 92-94. Slider and change-up are sharp. There’s a huge discolored mess on the palm of his pitching hand though. Looks like pine tar. Shady.

  241. skinny tires says:
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    I have 6 RPs and 5 SPs.

    Would you drop either Balfour, Frieri, Soria, Santos, or Valverde to pick up:

    Walker
    Haren
    Skaggs

    ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now, if Janssen is progressing and Walker returns next week, then Santos for Walker

  242. tony says:
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    my joe nathan and Brian McCann for his Buster Posey, is it fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good for Posey

  243. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Grey or anyone

    Anyone watching the Indians game, any reports on Salazars velocity? He was down a couple mph in his first start and im just curious to see where his fastball is sitting tonight. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was watching Mejia/Hale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turning it on now

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Fungazi: Also that first start was a wash, literally. Like 2 hour delay and crappy weather, not good conditions for a first start.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Fungazi:

        Thats definitely better. I think it was 93.8 mph average his first start.

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Wow…off to a good start striking out the side.

  244. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Pineda is looking sharp. Have him in one league (benched of course), looking to add him in another. Guessing neither Tillman or Ventura are droppable for him–what about Fister?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  245. Fungazi says:
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    Salazar bringin tha heat!

  246. gareth says:
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    Cleveland indians announcer Tom Hamilton:

    “Salazar strikes out the side in the first. In his young career, he has now struck out 20 white Sox in 10 innings.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looks great

    • Fungazi says:
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      @gareth: Those Sox are making him work for the K’s though. Seems like every batter had at least 2 balls. hehe

  247. Mr. White says:
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    Where is Bucholtz arm jelly? Is he not using it this year? Is he droppable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you’re dropping him for

  248. Mr. White says:
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    Joey Abreu! Off K-Czar!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  249. Nightpandas says:
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    What kind of SP would you go after for Cruz? Don’t really need him with Cuddyer in Rf and Smoak at util

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar range

  250. gareth says:
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    I missed out on targets jose abreu, mark trumbo and Pedro Alvarez in my rcl draft. Now my team is short on power.

    Go figure.

    • Mr. White says:
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      @gareth:

      I wish @Grey would have hyped Trumbone and Belt more

  251. SteveNZ says:
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    Al-Ram!

  252. napster says:
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    THE REASON You don’t slide into first base IS THAT ….

    it slows you down and you get to the bag in less time.

    Running is making a series of regulated leaps into the air one foot at a time. With each step, your foot is the pivot of your body pushing its weight forward into the air.

    If you dive into the air and do not touch ground, you can only propel yourself as fast as you run, because that’s what the process of running means. But that NEVER HAPPENS because people WILL ALWAYS hit the ground and begin to slide first. When slide you will make stopping contact with the ground and you slow down. Hence you get to the bag slower.

    If you just maintain running through the bag, you will get to the bag in the minimum amount of time

    People however will dive for first base because they want to get to the bag and they focus on getting to the bag without understanding the process of motion that they are using to run and reach first base. It’s a very bad habit, and the only thing that happens is you risk getting injured.

    In fact it’s really incredibly stupid idea and I’m shocked that any Major League, Minor League, or any League ball player would do this in the first place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agree with you… Good comment, thanks!

  253. Sange76 says:
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    What’s my best 2 for 1 trade offer of some combination of either my Jordan Zimmerman or Alex wood plus either Allen Craig or Michael Brantley for Ellsbury?

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:

      Hang on. Offer just came in

      Allen Craig and Alex wood for Ellsbury. I have a surplus of pitching. Jose Fernandez, Shields, a. wood , archer, Zimmerman with Hamels on DL. OF are Adam jones, pence, Brantley, sometimes Craig. Smoak and laroche are on the wire. Take the deal or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmermann and Brantley