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Last year, Brad Miller hit 20 homers and stole 11 bases while hitting over .300.  Right now, you’re thinking how is this guy even a sleeper?  He should be a top five guy at shortstop.  I know what you’re thinking because I’m sitting in your head.  Sorry about that whole spilling my Jamba Juice on your medulla oblongata.  My bad!  There’s one little problem with that 20 homers, 11 steals, .300+ average stat line.  That’s adding together his minor and major league numbers.  That’s wrong.  Or as they say in North Korea, that’s un-Jongy.  In 102 games between Triple-A and the majors, Miller had 14 homers and 7 steals.  Still not really bad.  Unless bad is not bad but bad is good–Scratch that, if bad is good then it’s still not really bad.  It’s solid, better than decent — or becent to be more portmanteauy.  Fortunately for us, Miller only had 8 homers and 5 steals in the majors.  That’s not going to raise too many eyebrows about drafting this guy.  Then you throw in that going after a Mariner hitter not named Cano is about as appealing as Carol Channing sans makeup, and people shouldn’t be that crazy excited about Miller, so that makes him a sleeper, but what can we expect of Brad Miller for 2014 fantasy baseball?

His power not only looks like it’ll play in Safeco, but it looks like it can still blossom some more.  At 24 years of age, he’s hit for power every step of the way.  11 homers in only 97 games in High-A, 6 homers in only 42 games at Double-A, 6 homers in only 26 games in Triple-A, 8 homers in only 76 games in the majors.  Everywhere he’s gone, he’s hitting the ball out of the yard.  He’s got Dustin Pedroia-like power.  It’s just not as cutesy because he’s not five-six in heels.  He also has Pedroia like speed.  He’s not going to explode for 25+ steals one of these days, but he can average between 14-17 steals for the next five years.  My biggest concern is his walk rate dropped in the majors by a lot from his minor league days (12-ish% to 7.2%).  It might not be totally out of the realm of possibility for the M’s to drop Miller to the bottom of the order, which would hurt his counting stats.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see him hit a bit all over the place in the lineup with the majority of his at-bats coming from the leadoff spot.  So, you’re looking at a guy that could go 17/17 with a .280 average, but more likely you’ll see 69/14/62/.272/13.  At your middle infield spot that’s not un-Jongy.

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  1. Wish I could vote for HOF says:
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    Who do you think has a better year Franklin or Miller? Also what makes Avisail Garcia a keeper? His minor league numbers didn’t jump off the page a you. between 08-12 his highest ops was .810… Last year though he did have great numbers before getting called up and we all know what he did when he got called up. There does seem to have 20/20 potential in him. He is only 22. Is there something else I should know about? I am very intrigued.

  2. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Nailed it as usual Grey. Great balanced MI to snag later in the drafts. Now get your feet off of my visual cortex!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha! Thanks, man…

  3. JoeyBelle says:
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    Which is a better keeper, if any: 5×5, mixed. Alex Gordon at 16$ or Brett Lawrie (qualifies at 2b and 3b) at 11$? Thanks

  4. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    Me likey those numbers!
    So Nick Franklin appears to be totally out of the equation now in Seattle…?

  5. Dkohn says:
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    Un-Jongy?!?! Grey, you fantastic SOB, you’re good you. I’ve already received two “Haha”s from stealing that.

    In other news, yesterday I got into a heated argument with my friend over the question of whether or not you could be an actual Major League Baseball scout.

    As it stands right now me and him are no longer friends, and I have been sending your resume around the league. The Cougs knows how to tie a tie right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Ha, thanks! re: tying tie — Two hyphenated words for you: clip-on.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: clip-ons rule. usually cheaper too.

  6. PSmith says:
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    Please keep three:
    Adam Jones 2nd
    Yu Darvish 5th
    Hanley Ramirez 9th
    Chris Davis 12th
    Yaisel Puig 21st
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PSmith: Hanley, Davis, Puig

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I would think having Jones healthy consistency would be better than the Hanley Healthhy/Unhealthy show

        • Carnac says:
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          Healthy/unhealthy in the 9th is worth it. Jones in the 2nd is pretty much at-cost.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What Carnac said…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: with his consistency I will take at cost. Too many risks all over the place

            • Carnac says:
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              That’s cool. You’re the guy who walks into a Toyota dealership and pays sticker price for a Camry. Meanwhile, Grey and I just got a new Porsche for $100 and it broke down around the corner. Wait, that’s not how this comment was supposed to go.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha… But we’re the coolest mothers pushing a Porsche around the neighborhood…

                • Carnac says:
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                  We don’t need it to work. We just need it to look good parked in front of the Jamba Juice. Dirt Nasty who?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    For the ladies, it looks even better if you’re rich enough to make payments on a car that doesn’t run…We got money to blow!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Carnac: I only drive cars with V8’s, So lets say Jones is a Cadillac and Hanley is a Porsche that breaks down, then it doesn’t matter because someone will steal my cadillac because my outfield has too many and i end up buying your sexy, yet unreliable Porsche and now I’m in front of jamba Juice staring at yoga pants with a car that may or may not run, wait…damn it! now I get taken for my Caddy

        • Simply Fred

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          @J-FOH: I buy into Grey’s statement that he wouldn’t own Davis this year (expecting a fall off). Not sure myself if that came about, the impact on Jones’ production. What do you think?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @simply fred: If i’m understanding your question, I think the O’s were bad ass last year offensively. Even before last year Jones was putting up similar numbers sans about 20 RBI’s. I would view them independently of each other. I owned Davis last year but won’t pay his price this year. You never know,he could be a Reynolds ala 2009 or he could Bautista or Encarnacion us all but that’s a risk i will let someone else take.

            • Simply Fred

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              @J-FOH: So, a return to 2012 levels for Davis fair? That’s a drop of 26 rbi. That’s enough that I don’t want to overpay for him this year.

              The harder part for me is the ‘consistency’. I have traditionally reached for upside and it bites me you know where. It’s tough for me to take slightly less upside for pretty much proven, solid performance. Sounds like you have gotten past the upside stage,,,?

              • Simply Fred

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                @simply fred: edit, the drop in rbi was for Jones.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @simply fred: I draft good floor with a chance for upside early and play the upside card later in the MI and 5th OF/Util. I also f**k it up every year and pull something good from the FA pool. As much as I hated Matt Holiday with the cards, i wish I would of drafted him many times when I didn’t

                • Simply Fred

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                  @J-FOH: I KNOW that is the proper way to play. I suck at PATIENCE.

                  Ha! I vowed to play that way last year. Drafted Holliday for consistency and then traded him when he got off to slow start. :-(

                  Thanks for weighing in!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @PSmith: Jones, Davis, Puig

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Does Nick Franklin end up a platoon player and have the M’s given up on Ackley? Or do both these schmucks end up in the outfield? I got questions y’all!

    Speaking of North Korea, I saw Dennis Rodman in South Beach last week. That man is a world class drunk….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: HA! Nice… Franklin’s not in the picture right now, starts the year in the minors or is traded…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Still pulls world class tail. I’m not sure how, he’s so greasy you could fill fry-o-laters with the pockets of oil on his face. Plus the whole drunk wing man of the twisted dictator of a country that hates us thing but what do I know…

        Ackley and Franklin for Brett Gardner, come on Yank’s make this happen. It can’t work out worse than the Montero for Pineda trade can it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s dead for over a year and still pulling much tail…. Agreed on the Gardner trade, that would be solid for both teams…

  8. J-FOH says:
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    Discussing Pence and his over rated-ness, are we getting an over rated post on him. I went in being conservative and left being Snarklbright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snarklbright? Is that like Greynado? I don’t know where Pence is going to be drafted, but I doubt he’s too overrated… I think most know who he is…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wouldn’t take him 3rd/4th round

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t think he’ll go that high, but if he does he’ll be overrated, definitely…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Yes, it is like Graynado. It’s for when I put on my Albright snark cap and start jacking fools up with snark

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Gangstas can’t hang with my snark!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: You talkin to me fantasywantabebaseballers?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I think ‘Wanna B Ballers’ was a track off of Allen Iverson’s last album…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: are you referencing another sport *covers ears, waits for Razzball to explode*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA… My bad!

  9. J-FOH says:
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    Back on Pence, no not like that Prezzi, I didn’t realize he had a Tuloesque saving September where he went 23/11/32….in a f**king month! I went back and took his season averages, minus september and then added them to his season totals, minus september, and was not amazed that he should be who he is. 81/20/86/.280, now in the real world we can’t predict when guys will have amazing months to boost them out of this world. But in fantasy we should draft in the assumption of who they are, especially after the age of 30. Unless they have a giant head and then you know he likesa the sauce!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: I’m all too familiar with that Sept bud…it happened vs me in the ol’ H2H keeper…kinda think he did it just to piss me off too…don’t ask me how he caught winda the fact that he was owned by the guy that I was playing against…but he went off, that’s for sure…he almost beat me too…almost!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: it’s Ok if he’s not a fan of your music but to take it out on your fantasy playoffs just to spite you is down right Jack Full of Hatish

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: hmmm…now I’m Hunter Pensive…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A giant, bulbous nose is an easy indicator of a saucer, no? Yeah, Pence is a steady producer but he’s not what he was last year, agreed…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: you leave Torre’s gin blossom out of this…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! I saw Paul Sorvino the other day in a supermarket and was like, “Hey, Torre, Scott Proctor still can’t lift his arm!”

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Hahaha…his doppelgangsta…was shaving garlic in anticipation…how is ol’ spaghetti arms Proctor nowadays?…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Proctor applied for a job at Pike Place in Seattle and threw a salmon two feet and walked home…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Proctor is now a semi-professional midget high-fiver…

                • Grey

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                  Haha… He was fired from his part-time job in an Italian restaurant throwing a piece of pasta from boiling water onto a wall…

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Grey: you must’ve had a very good week Wake Up to still win in your H2H the “week that Pence went off”. I had 2nd best stats of all playoff teams in that league that week and still lost to Pence owner in first damn round.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Don’t even get me started on his 22 steals in 2013 when he only totaled 13 in 2011 and 2012 combined!

        Unless he can get him where he belongs, which you won’t, then don’t draft him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine, I won’t! Wait, I wasn’t going to anyway…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m messing with heads y’all

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Grey: @J-FOH: 8th round sound about right?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sounds a tad low… Around 6th prolly…

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Grey: my meaning…if he’s still there in the 8th…you take him…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Oh, yeah, definitely…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or are you???? No, you are, aren’t you?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: now your messing in my head, if your going to make scrambled eggs then at least don’t do it on high heat.

  10. JustMatt says:
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    January Grey is my favorite.

    I’m still not sure how you spend your New Year’s, that you give us a Frazier sleeper on 1/2/2013 AND 1/1/2014….

    …BUT…last year from 1/3 – 1/8 you gave us Marte (1/3), Segura (1/4) and Harvey (1/8). Even if someone drafted Middlebrooks (1/7) as well, they’d be smiling in September and thanking you.

    So, I’m tempted to take another plunge with Frazier and I’ve already got Kalhoun and Miller penciled into several line-ups. Keep the goodness coming.

    Also, can we assume that 1/13/2014 is 2014 Top 10 day?

    • Grey

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      Thanks! 1/13 is the day…

      • AP says:
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        @Grey: I definitely drafted Middlebrooks! Still won though, so it’s cool!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  11. Al lydon says:
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    Got anything coming soon on who’s SP-RP eligible for this year ? I love having 2or 3 of these guys if possible on all my teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I don’t do a post on that…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: Grey, do you know the date in the preseason (may have already happened, hope so) that espn and yahoo change their Position eligibility lists? Fantrax did theirs a few weeks back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Al lydon: which league type do you want this done in al lydon? yahoo/fantrax/espn?

  12. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    Definite keepers include: CarGo, Kershaw, Longoria

    Possible keepers include: Braun, Reyes, (Starling) Marte, Jose Fernandez, Rizzo, Matt Moore

    I’ve been offered Scherzer and Votto for Kershaw.

    Do I take it / Who are my keepers?

    Do I tell him to cram it / Who are my keepers?

    As always, thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  13. LurveGuru says:
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    Grey, awesome as always bruh

    Keep 7, H2H, Points League, $300 auction, +$5 inflation per year (cost for 2014 listed)

    Sal Perez $11
    Butler $26
    Utley $15
    Segura $6
    Hanley (3b/SS) $33
    Gordon $16
    Choo $21
    Bautista $21
    Heyward $21
    Mike Minor $13
    Strasburg $29
    Scherzer $36
    Homer Bailey $6
    Koji $6

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Segura, Gordon, Choo, Bautista, Bailey, Minor… Not terrific choices…

      • LurveGuru says:
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        Ugh I know…went for it before the playoffs last year and failed miserably. Was thinking of giving it one last shot before rebuilding and keeping Stras and Max.

        • Grey

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          I could see that…

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    fister or I.nova for my lowrie trade in 30 man dynasty? nova owner showed up at last minute while I wait to hear back from fister owner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fister

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: now, after weeks of being on hold (and him asking many times) fister owner no longer wants to move him (possibly could change his mind again soon). i’ll wait it out.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: fister or liriano? owner would rather move liriano as he costs more.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: never mind liriano. is tyson ross as good as fister? I don’t think so, but his last year numbers are better, except for Walk rate (which is quite a bit worse).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No, Tyson Ross is not

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Liriano

  15. Prez says:
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    January grey.. he has arrived….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I made it through customs with my rankings too!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Prez: way to look at the calender genius, how is Kid A’s ass? last time I checked your mouth was still attached to it.

      • Prez says:
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        @J-FOH: hes definitely been eating corn… Thats for sure!

  16. West Brooklyn says:
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    H2H dynasty…….Have Harper and Strasburg…..am being offered Longoria, AJones plus two…..potentially Latos/CMartinez…..GHolland could also be one of the two pluses? Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Longo, Jones, Latos and Holland

  17. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    12 team h2h 6×6 keeper league, the round a player costs you is based on the average of what round they went in last year in our draft and the adp of espn (I think) drafts. Keep 5:
    3 automatic (Goldy, Trout, Dread Pirate)
    Segura (leaning towards it)
    Wilson Ramos, Joe Mauer, Ryan Zimmerman, Alex Gordon, Jayson Werth, Ryu, Cashner, Matt Moore, or Harvey (love him but not enough to keep him on IR a full year).
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, Zimmerman

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: If I’ve got Arenado in a minor league system (4 players with less than one year of experience) does that change anything? Or do you like Zman as the best bat/position scarcity combination?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go with Gordon

          • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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            @Grey: Gordon was not great last year though, you really like him more than Zman? I could easily see the Nats having a bounceback year and no one knows where Gordon will be batting next year.

  18. ... says:
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    in 2011, akley scored 84 runs in 151 gs, with an obp of .295 (hitting 1 &2). even juan pierre was on pace for 71 runs w/ a piss poor obp of .270 hitting lead-off last year.

    if you simply project out miller’s stats from last year, in 155 gs he would have:

    83/17/76/11/.262 w/ an obp of .316

    it seems that everyone has his projected runs scored in the 60’s, which is silly if he hits lead-off. it really boils down to your concerns about him sticking at the top of the order. given that the next two players who started in the lead-off position were endy chavez and saunders, i like miller’s chances of staying put at the top (although, he now has to contend with w. bloomquist and his career .318 obp).

    miller might be the everth cabrera of 2014.

    p.s. when you’re gabbing w/ pianowski and the other tools at yahoo, just don’t talk miller up too much. they might premature on their spreadsheets and rank him in the top 100.

    • Grey

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      Not sure why he’s hitting leadoff…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        What I mean, is I hope he does, but there’s no indication he’ll hit leadoff all year… Or even 80% of the year…

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    whooo! brotha! just got liriano for lowrie. (and can franchise him, so instead of paying 5.5 mil just this year, i can pay 3.5 for next 2 years). ooooohhhhh yeahhhh!

    • Grey

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      Nice

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    same dynasty. If these are my 4 OF (a-jax/legares/beltran/leonys), should I trade A-Jax for Rutledge (he’d be my 2nd MI starter, and could still trade for boneface and put him in OF)? Other options at CI/MI/OF bench spots would be Kelly johnson (qualifies at all 3 spots)/mercer (can’t bid on them till after draft in February or just before.

    • Grey

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      Nope

  21. PaulyOH says:
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    Keeper advice. 10-team, NL-only H2h points league. Can keep 7 players.

    Locks are Tulowitzki, Heyward, Harper, Hamels and Jordan Zimmerman

    3 guys for final spot: Kenley Jansen, Matt Adams, Aramis Ramirez. Closers aren’t quite as valuable in this league. Thought about trading Kenley for best draft pick possible and going with upside at corners. Or do I keep Kenley, and then decide between Adams and Aramis? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Aramis isn’t even in consideration… It’s between Adams and Jansen…Jansen would be my choice in a regular league, but trade him if you can…

  22. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    6 picks till me and no sightings of scott the prospect whisperer in 2 weeks. understandable if you don’t know much about some of these guys. We have pretty much a long time per pick. Scott did say he was going to up his prospect posts to 2 a week starting in January, but didn’t say what date. any of these significantly better than the others? Listing in the order I have ranked (mix of scott and baseball america rankings)
    moran 3B MIA
    shipley P ARI
    ball P BOS
    j.nelson P MIL
    renfroe OF SD
    stankek P TB
    d.smith 1B NYM
    crawford SS PHI
    Jagielo 3B NYY
    Clarkin LP NYY
    Monaea LP KC
    a.gonzalez P TEX
    Ynoa P OAK
    Kamisky LP STL
    in case of any ties i have too many MI and little to no OF and CI prospects. thanks.

    • Grey

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      Scott will have a post tomorrow… You can always find him in his last post if you want… Ynoa is supposed to be good, but go Jagielo or Crawford if that’s what you need…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i usually do try his posts, but the comments were cut off sometime in the last 5 days. thanks. I know scott liked Ynoa as well.

        • Grey

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          Cool

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @goodfold2:

          important time for ynoa .
          watch pre-season carefully .
          could be headed for bullpen duty … not sp

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @costaricanchata:

            should know by asb which way he’s headed .

  23. Maooooohlala says:
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    In a keeper league (auction price increases $5/year for kept players, $260 limit per team, 12 5×5) how do you balance storing potential value of guys like George springer, Buxton vs. having valuable early season depth with middle of the road replacement guys?

    Basically, do I try and rack up early season wins with my already solid core of keeper candidates plus a decent supporting cast, or do I load up on the lottery tickets and let my depth suffer as a result?

    Thanks homes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You try to win every year, prospects will happen when they happen…

  24. Paul says:
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    Hi Grey, glad to read ur article, here’s my question,

    7-man, Roto, 5×5 (OPS, not AVG & HD, not WHIP),
    potential keepers: Kershaw, Votto, D. Wright, Stanton, Myers, Rizzo, Philips, Choo, B. Hamilton ect.

    need advice on 3 keepers, Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw, Votto, Stanton

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. But why Stanton, not David Wright? Stanton was not good as expectation and no one protects him in MIA bat line…Thanks again.

        • Grey

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          Cause Stanton’s better…

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: Can I say Stanton’s ceiling is quite high for keeping in years?

            Just consider good 3B is rare and Stanton could be stuck cause no one protect him. Would like to know your advice. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stanton has been ranked above Wright for the last two years and he will be again this year… Wright has only topped 20 homers once in the last 3 years and is nine years older than Stanton…

              • Paul says:
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                @Grey: Got it. Stanton is worthier to be kept than Wright in years.

                I was confused by his performance in 2013. Stanton was ranked #9 in all last Jan but he was gone on the list when 2013 ends. Hope he can show his power this year, especially if Loria doesn’t trade him….

                • Paul says:
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                  BTW, how do you rank fantasy value among Stanton, Harper, Gomez, and J Upton? Thanks

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    My rankings come out next week

  25. Dan says:
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    Hey Gray,
    If you were to rank these guys in future fantasy value what would it be?
    Jose Peraza
    Marcus Semien
    Devon Travis
    Aaron Altherr
    Lewis Thorpe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose Peraza, Semien, Aaron Altherr, Lewis Thorpe…

  26. Daniel says:
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    In a 14 team 6×6 league with OBP and Holds 2 Catchers and 6 OF. Do I trade my $1 Gattis, $1 Bogaerts, and $1 Wheeler for his $1 Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Daniel says:
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        To expound we can keep up to 10 players. I also have the following that I was looking to keep. $1 Braun, $1 Carlos Gomez, $1 B. Hamilton, $1 Rizzo, $16 Scherzer, $11 Bailey, $1 Corbin, $1 Shark..
        Other players on my Roster are $1 Zunino, $1 Profar, $1 Arenado, $1 Ackley, $1 Arcia, $6 Eaton,$1 Rendon, $1 Gallardo, $1 Porcello, $4 Benoit and $1 Brothers. Who would be worth keeping instead and who worth trading. The guy with Heyward picked up an abandoned team that would have finished last had I not had a fire sale the last part of the season and is looking for volume on keepers. I was thinking with Heyward I would have a dominant OF and a great cheap start for strong pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You wouldn’t have had a dominant outfield if you had Heyward last year…

  27. zzzzzz says:
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    If he can go 17/17/.280 that’s roughly a Brandon Phillips line. I’ll definitely keep an eye on him as a cheap Brandon Phillips. I think BP will go for $10-$12 in my auction draft based on last year and this guy would go for < $5. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sleep with one eye open, zzzzzz….

  28. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    Any fears of Miller not having an everyday job all year if his glove is not up to snuff or the errors pile up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t have any fear right now of that…

  29. Justin Cook says:
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    What’s the deal with JV? How does his value compare with Sale over the next 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale’s better

      • Justin Cook says:
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        @Grey: What about fernandez vs. sale?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fernandez

  30. Will says:
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    How about these guys in terms of fantasy value? How would you rank them?
    Max Kepler
    Adam Conley
    Hunter Renfroe
    Jose Peraza
    Enny Romero
    Blake Snell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza, Romero, Kepler, Conley…

  31. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    my pick next. I don’t need MI prospects. do need OF/CI prospects. pitchers are always welcome as well. Do you think crawford SS (PHI) hits majors as a CI? choices now are
    1. OF Renfroe (SD) is the only one I have in the top 34 left. there are a lot of those before my next pick (6 or 7)
    2. CI much less of these. You already advised Jagielo CI NYY (16th overall 2013) but scott had Crawford PHI ranked 2nd on PHI so if he was expected to take CI i’d maybe grab him higher.
    3. a pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jagielo

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: just did.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: can’t believe shipley P ARI (8th overall) is still out there.

  32. Wake Up says:
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    That’s it! If Chris Carter pets one more rabbit to death…I’m just not drafting him anywhere…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t pet any to death, it’s a conspiracy theory…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight…and I supposed Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, and Oswalt all being terrible and Harvey getting hurt, all in the same year was just a coincidence too! Take the first letter in Starlin’s last name + the first two letters in Kennedy’s first name…yeah…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What about the first letter in Fernando Rodney’s name and the first two of Peter Billingsley’s last name? You think that’s a coincidence?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Gonna have to consult with Jon Oliver and Stone Gossard at the Daily Showbox Theater…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              There’s only one Stone, Phillips.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Turns out you CAN find a betterman…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Stone Phillips is a better man was the original lyrics… Eddie knew what was up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was awesome…

  33. BPro says:
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    What do you guys think – I have three spots and 4 keeper candidates:
    Ian Desmond – $8
    Gerrit Cole – $6
    Eric Hosmer – $8
    Jacoby Ellsbury – $27

    Keeping Goldschmidt, E5 and Darvish. $260 cap.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Ellsbury

  34. Jay says:
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    got a quick keeper question:

    need 5 who’s out:
    Votto, Stanton, Machado, Beltre, Kipnis, Strasburg.

    league scores traditional 5×5 plus Total bases and QS.

    We also roster an IF spot(no CI or MI) – we have offseason trading allowed and just acquired Kipnis. I REALLY like Machado. Think Beltre could be in for a big year.

    I traded away picks last year to go for it so i don;t pick this year until the 8th round and then again in the 11th. Moving Stanton could most likely get me back some “early” picks. It may be blasphemy on this site, but thinking about moving Stanton…?

    Any thoughts? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Is this based on solely having Beltre as well?

        Machado and I have been pen pals for a while although i only receive cease and desist orders in response to my mailings…

        I’m torn.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those other guys are all top 35 guys, Machado is around 100-something…

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: Ok, it may be tough for me to let him go, but you haven;t done me dirty before.

            appreciate the thoughts.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  35. TheNewGuy says:
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    How high on the fat one (Matt Adams) are you, would you prefer him to Springer straight up in a keeper (wouldnt have to promote Springer to start 2014)?

    Is Adams (getting) for Archie Bradley way off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams over Springer… No idea what the person who has Archie Bradley thinks of him, it’s not far off…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: lol well im the one with Bradley, looking for a big bat and trying to see who’s worth aquiring more outta Springer and Adams.

        He’s actually offered Adams for Bradley straight up already, would you take that? Would fit my need, just depends do you think he’ll be getting regular and I mean regular PT this year at 1B? Im not sold he will yet, can’t really see Craig being an OF regular all year and that’s whats making me hesitant.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Adams

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Grey: Ok thanks I’ll see if he agrees to it.

            One other thing whilst we’re talking trades, dealt Encarnacion for Kipnis last year and remembered regretting it (largely due to Kip’s mediocre 2nd half yet again). But just wondered who would you rather have now?

            Kipnis $6 (still renewable contract for $9,$12,$14 depending on 1,2,3 years)
            or
            Encarnacion $8, (strictly through 2014)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Edwin

  36. Jon says:
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    I’m scouting other teams in my league and I noticed one guy has a glut of outfielders and not much pitching, so I’m going to see if he’d give me Heyward. I have Bumgarner, Zimmermann, Bailey, Cobb, Medlen and Cashner all that I could offer in return… would you deal any/all of those guys straight up for JHey? (Or should MadBum be off limits?)

    10-team H2H 5×5 scoring, 4 OF, most teams carry 10+ SP because we have deep benches.

    Thanks!

    • Jon says:
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      (By the way, probably 5 of those SP will be keepers for me because we keep 18)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner or Medlen, in that order

  37. goodfold2 says:
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    what about my a-jax (currently .4 mil, but would have to get extension preseason up to 6.4 mil for 2015 and 2016 if I wanted to keep him, or could restrict and have right to match offers, but only have 1 or 2 restricted tags) for opp’s brad miller (still under rookie contract and only costs .4 mil for next 3 full seasons)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Miller

  38. Harvey says:
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    In a 10 team OPS league I was offered Gomez and Kip for Votto and Pedrioa and don’t know if I should pull the trigger. Gomez and Kip are younger and still in, or entering, their prime while Pedroia and Votto are not…. My gut is to take the deal but have some hesitations surrounding both players.

    • Harvey says:
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      @Harvey:

      Come on Grey, help a brotha!

      …..Gomez and Kip or Votto and Pedroia?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Take questions to the newest post…

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