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The peasant Royals decided to send their big bargaining chip for three chips and a chip to be named later.  This comes just days after Dayton Moore said Zack Greinke wasn’t happy and the Royals were going to trade him.  This is like Ted Hughes saying Sylvia Plath wasn’t happy so he was going to cheat on her.  (That was for our three girl readers and the guys who took Feminist Literature to try to get laid.  “I’m going to take Feminist Literature because it’s going to be just me and a bunch of chicks!”  Three months later, “The class is just me and chicks that hate me.”)  In 126 1/3 IP in interleague play, Greinke had a record of 10-6/4.42/1.24/112.  That includes some young years when Greinke was manhandled by depression like CT manhandled Johnny Bananas in The Gulag, it includes NL teams in AL parks and it includes some relief work.  I think he’ll be better on the Brewers.  He’s a better pitcher now.  I wouldn’t necessarily expect another automatic Cy Young year.  Let’s face it, that was a year for the ages for Greinke.  He will have a better offense and he won’t have to carry the entire starting pitching staff, which I imagine could be a drag if you don’t have the mental stamina.  After last year, Greinke was wavering between a fantasy #1 and #2.  Now there’s some shine back on him.  I’d expect a 3.50 to 3.75 ERA with a solid WHIP and Ks.  I’d have no qualms about drafting him as my first fantasy starter.  Anyway, here’s some more moves and what they mean for fantasy baseball:

Alcides Escobar – Traded to the Royals.  Doesn’t really change his value, he just needs to run.  Alcides was actually going to get a sleeper post today before this trade went down.  Now he’s getting a sleeper post tomorrow.  Stay tuned!  Or don’t!  These are your choices.

Lorenzo Cain – Who sounds like he’d be an old school rapper was traded to the Royals.  He has 20+ steal speed and some light pop.  Best case scenario, he puts up a Victorino-like season.  Worst case scenario, he’s unownable and while you’re dropping him to waivers you throw out your back and end up in traction.  I imagine in most leagues, he’ll be drafted as a “cool pick” then dropped before the first week ends.  In AL-Only leagues, he’s a great endgame sleeper pick.

Yuniesky Betancourt – The Brewers also received Betancourt.  He’ll be a terrible option in mixed leagues.  His 16 homers last year was taking the ceiling off his ceiling and making a new ceiling with duct tape.  In OBP leagues, he’s even worse.

Orlando Hudson – There’s about five fantasy owners in the world that still believe they should draft Hudson.  He met with their loved ones to figure out a way so even those five won’t draft him.  They came up with the plan for him to play with the Padres.

Bobby Jenks – Went to the Red Sox.  Pretty incredible that some teams don’t have one closer and the Red Sox now have three.  It’s league parity, ya’ll!

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – The Twins signed the 26-year-old Nishioka.  The guy who hit .346 last year and the first player in the Pacific League to get 200 hits since Ichiro.  He also hit 11 homers and stole 22 bases.  Before last year though, he hit .260 with 14 homers and 26 steals.  You’d take that at middle infield and like it.  Only problem is sometimes things get lost in translation.  Kaz Matsui hit .332 with 36 homers and 33 steals when he was 26-years-old in Japan.  We all know how well he turned out in the States.  So will Nishioka be great in his first year or will he look like he’s fresh off the bloat?  Your guess is as good as mine.  I’d draft him late if he’s still there and hope for a decent average and some steals.  I wouldn’t count on any power.

Xavier Nady – Signed with the Diamondbacks.  I’m just hoping Brandon Allen gets a shot to play.  Or am I hoping Juan Miranda gets a shot?  Luckily, Xavier Nady probably won’t make it out of Spring Training healthy.

Josh Willingham – Heads to the A’s.  This won’t be the first Hammer in Oakland.  Only this one doesn’t wear pants seventeen sizes too big.  If you jumped out of a DeLorean and told me Willingham would play 160 games in 2011, I’d tell everyone to draft him.  Unfortunately, that seems like a pipe dream.  He’ll be ownable for stretches of the upcoming season but he’ll also be sitting at the top of your waiver wire for extended period of times while you try to justify picking him up.

Bill Hall – Signed with the Astros.  Tell me you wouldn’t want to play in a fantasy league with Ed Wade.

  1. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Greinke, Marcum, and Gallardo. That top 3 reminds me of the Giants starters.

    Grey,

    You know anything about these pitching prospects the Royals got? Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress?

  2. jerome bishop says:
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    request: would you consider for 2011 ranking players by position? otherwise I’ll have to use Rotoworld’s rankings again (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

  3. Justin Beaver says:
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    I’m so excited for these 2011 rankings it’s kinda pathetic.

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    The Bosox were apparently attempting to get a 4th closer, as they has made a serious offer for Mariano Rivera. Sounds like a fantasy team attempting to collar all the closers, then having their competition beg them for the chance to own Joel Hanrahan.

    Kaz Matsui wasn’t only fresh off the bloat, but was blessed with an extreme case of Jockular Sphincteritis; anal fissures. Not to be confused with the fissures he created at Shortstop when the Mets had the brilliant idea of moving Jose Reyes to 2nd base. How ’bout a column on Jeff Francis and the crew of schmohawks the Mets are attempting to obtain in the Hot Stove League?

  5. ThE sHiT says:
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    Nice title! So all these moves the Brewers have made show us that they are not going into rebuilding mode just yet. I wonder what this means for Prince and where he will be playing by season’s end.
    Speaking of Lost in Translation, Scarlett is back on the market! I never thought I would be jealous of Bill Murray until I saw that movie…

  6. Tony says:
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    @Whiskey Diet: kinda but not really, none of them are a lincecum. They can be or HAVE BEEN, but consistency is key.

    All in all better than what they had.

  7. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    @Grey: Hey, Sylvia Plath was my wife’s great aunt. Rep as a little on the “eccentric side”.

    Let that be a lesson to the young bucks: one strategy to avoid.

    And, no, that’s not how I met my beautiful and loving wife.

    Guys with mustaches will resort to anything to … even jury duty! :-)

  8. Eddy says:
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    ****Razzball Mock Draft #2 is OPEN****

    It is taking place this Wednesday at 7 PM EST. Be sure to sign up on mockdraftcentral[dot]com to participate!

    For those unsure, it is FREE to create an account and participate.

    This week’s password is “moobs”.

    Hurry up as spots will fill up fast!

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @simply fred: Is that true about Sylvia Plath, or are you joshing us? I lost the ‘stache when my wife conspired with my hair stylist. They also decided that I needed a mild punk style so I could look like the Situation. Now I have Harley glasses to re-enforce the image. I admit that I allow my wife to shape me in the way she prefers; I know that I am a lucky guy, as Sandra will enthusiasticaly go to watch a live ball game even when I don’t suggest it, and she plays fantasy baseball. What guy could hope for better? At any rate, count my wife Sandra as #4 Razzball gal reader. And she has the temerity at times to say that Grey “doesn’t know what he is talking about.” We will see how astute she is in Razzball Roto this coming spring. Especially when I refuse to give her any advice:)

  10. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I hope she is too! But if she is into really full mustaches like yours, I’m screwed!

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe sHiT: Don’t ever sell your mustache short.

  12. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Lol thanks for the advice. My facial hair features brown hair with some blonde and a few red hairs. That color combo will not allow for the full look. I have learned to face this fact already.

  13. James says:
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    Can’t wait for your rankings!

    Trade question. I was about to trade Lincecum for Cano but after reading your Hill post I’m reconsidering. I have Hill already and he helped me win my dynasty league two years ago. Would you take this trade and try to move Hill? I’m good at pitching so I’m not worried about losing Lincecum. (Bills, Kershaw, Jimenez, Wandy, Chacin, Santana). I could use an upgrade at 3B (Beckham) and SS (Castro) as well.

    Thanks!

  14. GopherDay says:
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    @Eddy: Joined…Testing out different draft positions, this time the winner is….#5!! Thought about going #2 so I would flank you again, but Baby Batters beat me to it.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe sHiT: I apologize that you have to look at the fullness of my mustache every day.

    @James: Why not trade Lincecum for a 3rd baseman or a SS?

  16. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Yes, Ms. Plath Becky’s grandmother’s sister. And, yes you are a lucky man. Sandra is the best!

  17. Eddy says:
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    @GopherDay:
    Yea I think I’m gonna hop to 6th (arguably the worst spot in a draft imo) next week so I can have a plan no matter where I’m drafting from.

    Good to see you join again btw!

  18. Jumped in the draft, hope no one minds a lurker instead of a dedicated commenter…grabbed the 11th spot

  19. Here’s my guess for Tsuyoshi Nishioka in 2011 – .288 AVG, 5 HR, 19 STL, 42 MAGIC with the chance to upgrade to an Elf by September.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ChrisV82: I feel like I should be glad I don’t get your reference.

  21. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: No need for apologies, your genius insight evens out my emotions on this sight.

  22. Cole says:
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    Since Greinke got traded to a better team, does anyone think its time to change the glossary term from Greinke’d to Felix’d? Oh and I have a tri-colored beard as well and I do a’ight.

  23. Kevin says:
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    @Eddy I hopped on that 8th spot brochacho. I’m not sure I like the idea of being 8th… but hell this is practice.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Aw, thanks!

    @Cole: Greinke’d just sounds better. And let’s see what the Brewers bullpen looks like first.

    EDIT: Word.

  25. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I’m going to sound and feel stupid for asking this, but what does “EDIT: Word.” mean? Sorry for asking, I know you don’t like questions like this…

  26. GopherDay says:
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    @Eddy: The middle of the 1st round is very iffy so far. There are so many different guys that you could nab. I think this year, the best place to draft is at the end.

  27. GopherDay says:
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    **Still two spots open for the draft!!**
    It would be cool if we didn’t have any comps picking players!

    As Eddy Said…
    “It is taking place this Wednesday at 7 PM EST. Be sure to sign up on mockdraftcentral[dot]com to participate!

    For those unsure, it is FREE to create an account and participate.

    This week’s password is “moobs”.

    Hurry up as spots will fill up fast!”

  28. GopherDay says:
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    **Now only one spot!!**

  29. ThE sHiT says:
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    @GopherDay: I would like to participate in one of these mocks but I don’t get home from work until 7:30-8:00PM EST. Also, my off days are Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully I can catch the next one if it fits into my schedule.

  30. Cole says:
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    @gopherday: I joined up for the wednesday one

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: It’s nothing. Just means I edited a word in the previous comment.

  32. cws05nuts says:
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    I don’t understand the Diamondbacks. Or Ned Colletti but that is a different stratosphere.

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