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Felipe Lopez was traded to the Brewers yesterday.  This further cements Casey McGehee’s backup/utility/schmohawk MI behind door number 3 role.  McGehee was a Sell on Friday and someone in the Milwaukee brass obviously read that.  Felipe Lopez will prolly bat leadoff and primarily play 2nd base.  He might get a few more Runs, but his value pretty much stays the same.  Right now, Lopez has a 6/6 line on the year.  This will put him in line for the middle infielder that everyone looks at late in next year’s drafts and thinks, “12/12 on the year?  I’ll take that at my MI spot.”  Then by June you’re thinking about how yawnstipating it is.  I was as guilty as anyone in the preseason thinking Lopez had a 20/20 season in him and, at the age of 29, maybe he does, but it sure doesn’t seem like it’s coming this year.  Going to the Diamondbacks were Cole Gillespie and Roque Mercedes, who were both featured prominently in Buena Vista Social Club.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Cla Meredith – The groundball pitcher, Meredith, went from the Padres to the Orioles for Oscar Salazar, the groundball hitter.  Let the trades begin!  Meredith now becomes the go-to Cla in Baltimore replacing Senator Clay Davis.  I have to get one guy out in the 8th inning? Shiiiiiiiiiiit!

Ramon Hernadez – Done for 4-6 weeks with knee surgery.  Luckily, you don’t need knee surgery so you can punt him.

Mark Grudzielanek – The Twins signed him in a textbook, “What were they thinking?” move.  Maybe the Twins GM lost a poker game.

Nelson Cruz – Has a small fracture in his ring finger.  Supposedly, he should be able to play through it.  Though Cruz’s longtime girlfriend is seeing it as an omen.

Jason Marquis – 8 IP, 1 ER.  Won his 12th game yesterday.  The Marquis de Shat leads the majors in Wins.  And you wonder why I say Wins are unpredictable.

Mat Latos – 4 IP, 2 ER.  Held to a conservative 75 pitches.  Not ideal scenario if the Padres are going to handle Latos with guantes de niños.  Still worth owning in NL-Only leagues and leagues deeper than 12 team. (Relevant of nothing, was watching the ESPYs while I wrote this roundup.  Was waiting for Samuel Jackson to say, “These are some tasty goddamn highlights.“)

Franklin Gutierrez – 2 HRs and 2 steals this weekend.  Even if you only start The Big FraGu against lefties, he really should be owned in all leagues at this point.

Johnny Cueto/Yovani Gallardo – Both threw 6 innings of 3 run baseball allowing 11 baserunners each.  Unfortunately, I considered these solid starts for both of them at this point.

Jonny Gomes – HR yesterday off a righty.  With Bruce suffering from Wristie No Attachie, Jonny Cat could see a healthy amount of ABs and have value.  In deep leagues, definitely worth owning for his starts vs. lefties, if nothing else.

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 0 ER.  The J.A. stands for jackass, as in what I am for telling everyone to drop him two months ago.  Mea culpa, my brother.  But this start was away and I’m still not crazy about starting him at home.

John Lackey – 9 IP, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Lackey hasn’t been a great 2nd half pitcher in the past, but since he’s only thrown 13 starts so far this year, maybe he’ll avoid the slump.  Then again, he only had 11 starts pre-All-Star break last year and still wasn’t great in the 2nd half.  Way to shoot holes in your own example, Grey.

Brett Anderson – 8 IP, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Now has thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings. Once again, when a pitcher’s hot, you own them.  When they’re cold, you discard them.  Hot — own, cold… You got it.

Matt Kemp – 3-for-3, HR and 4 Runs yesterday.  As Kemp, Ausmus and Kuroda show the Dodgers who the real 1-2-3 hitters are.

Alfonso Soriano – Homers in back-to-back games.  Could hit 15 homers in the 2nd half.  Take it to the bank!  But put it in one of those short-term, tax-free vehicles like a municipal bond.

Jake Fox – HR yesterday in his first start since the All-Star break.  Doesn’t figure to get regular ABs, but if you can afford to bench him when he doesn’t start and play him in daily leagues when he does, it could pay off.  If only Milton Bradley would get hurt already.

Gregg Zaun – HR yesterday, too bad he’s blocked by Matt Wieters.

Jeremy Guthrie – 8 IP, 2 ER.  Well, it took 3 months, but my favorite 6th fantasy starter might finally be coming around.  He could have a good month in the tank, though I wouldn’t start him next time out vs. the Sawx.

Jose Contreras – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  As I pointed last week, “In May of last year, Contreras had a 2.09 ERA in over 43 innings.  In June, he had a 6.83 ERA.  In his last 43 and 2/3 innings, he has a 2.06 ERA.  Beware of a correction in the road.”  And that’s me pointing out the uncanny!  Jose Contreras, The Best Random Forty-Three Innings Pitcher In Baseball.

Joba Chamberlain – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks.  Cool, now give me ten more starts exactly like this and I’ll stop cracking on your Moms.

Billy Butler – 4-for-5, no runs and no RBIs.  He’s batting .294 on the year with 8 homers.  By next year, he’s Youuuuk.  It’s called a hunch, people!

Joel Pineiro – 7 IP, 1 ER.  As I said a week or two ago in the Buy/Sell, Pineiro’s a must own at this point.  I know, up the down staircase, Sandy Duncan, but as my fifth grade teacher would say, don’t wonder why, just do or die.

Ian Snell – Lights out in Triple-A, but has said he doesn’t want to return to the Pirates.  If other Pirates hear they have the option of Triple-A, they might have a mutiny.

Ian Kinsler – Sticking with the newly-established Ian theme, 2 HRs yesterday for Kinsler.  Ron Washington says he’s going to give Kinsler more time off in the 2nd half to keep him fresh.  Too bad Ron Washington’s not the manager of my local Indian restaurant.  The Chicken Tikka Masala’s been off recently.  I think the chef needs a rest.

Roy Halladay – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Sawx.  After the game, the Yanks reportedly offered their entire farm system for Halladay’s services.  The Mets inquired to see if he can play 1st base and bat third.

Yunel Escobar – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs with his ninth homer yesterday.  If he didn’t have a corner man’s speed (3 steals on the year), he’d actually be intriguing.

Angel Pagan/Luis Castillo/Daniel Murphy – The Mets 1-2-3 hitters.  The Comatose Mets Fan just OD’d on painkillers.

Fernando Nieve – Left yesterday’s game with a leg injury.  Jon Niese should take his place in the rotation.  Score one for the guy that stitches the last names on the jersey.

193 Responses

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    lol @ the Zaun and the Contreras comments… 43 innings, ha! soo true…

  2. danimal35 says:
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    Miguel Montero or Salty??

  3. Steve says:
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    Got Drew and Felipe in the old H2H. Keep Felipe and try and flip Drew and Ibanez for Braun?

  4. Dom says:
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    Mike Napoli or AJ Pierzynski

  5. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    My nelly cruz, yovani gallardo and dan uggla for his ian kinsler and ricky nolasco?

    Got CQ coming back soonish (?) and can sub in a waiver wire outfielder (or use Alexei/scuttaro position flexibility) to tide me over until then.

  6. Dom says:
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    Predicting Wins sucks… I’m in 1st Place in WHIP (1.18) and Save (87), 3rd place in ERA (3.38) and Ks (685), But tied for second to last, 8th place, in Wins (44)

  7. and1mcgee says:
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    @ danimal35: montero!

  8. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Lots of action in my league over the weekend, with a few interesting names popping up on the waiver wire.

    In a H2H keeper, where you keep 5 players based on draft round/FA pickups, would any of these guys be worth a pick up to stash:

    Morrow
    Buchholz
    Chris Davis
    Brett Anderson

    They would be lumped in to the same keeper group as my Liriano, Nolasco, and Gordon Beckham. So I’d be picking one out of this group to keep at the end of the year.

  9. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: Of that group, i’de take Clay

  10. Pops says:
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    Grey and Razzball Nation:

    Woke up this morning to find myself in first place for the first time this season. Thanks for everything along the way. Quick question, in a vacuum….

    Markakis and Lester

    or

    Holliday and Gallardo.

  11. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    @Pops: Markakis and lester, and it really isnt close

  12. Pops says:
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    @Broadstreetbrawler: That’s what I was thinking. Right now – I know that I can deal Holliday for Lester, straight up. I would only do that if I can first move Gallardo and Prado for Markakis.

    Just wanted to be sure that I wasn’t making a sideways move.

  13. Denys says:
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    @Pops:

    I like Markakis over Holliday, Lester and Gallardo are both trash. So I hope that answers that question.

    @Hardcore Midget: Morrow might be back with a vengence. I don’t like Buchholz. Chris Davis might fix some holes in his swing… and hit .250 with 30 HRs next year. Brett Anderson is interesting, but I’d like to see where he finishes up after the league catches up to him.

    @Broadstreetbrawler: that’s a lot of power to give up for someone that could get hurt tomorrow (and kinsler is well known for his DL antics).

    @Dom: Napoli for power, Pierzynski for putting you to sleep.

    @Steve: Why would you trade two decent hitters for one?

    @danimal35: neither.

    My question: Can I go ahead and dump Kuroda now, also known as Turdroda?

  14. danimal35 says:
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    @and1mcgee: thanks…ya i wrote that and then dropped salty for miguel about two minutes later

  15. danimal35 says:
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    @Denys: slim pickins

  16. Lines says:
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    Nice round-up, Grey. Who would you want more in the 2nd half – Ethier or the Great FraGu? Both have stellar 2nd half numbers from last year, but Ethier’s slumping and FraGu is hot. Still, Ethier is on the best team in baseball, and Gutierrez is… not. Your thoughts?

  17. Denys says:
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    @danimal35: then i would say montero. no guarantee how much playing time he’ll get when snyder’s back, but who knows when that’ll be. he’s hitting well right now so use it.

    salty is now being asked to bunt. that pretty much tells you how valuable he is. it’s sad too, i had a ton of hope for this kid 2 years back. wonder if they rushed him to the majors?

  18. Pops says:
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    @Denys: What did Kuroda do yesterday? Was it that bad of a start. As a fifth or sixth starter, he’s definately qualifies as an interchangeable part.

  19. Denys says:
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    @Pops: over the past 4 starts he has struck out 4 batters total. didn’t last past the 6th inning in either one of those starts and gave up 3 or more runs in each.

  20. Denys says:
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    and i have a strange feeling Blackburn is about to shit all over my ERA and WHIP today. it’s just been too good of a run lately.

  21. sean says:
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    @Grey: a couple of points/questions:

    1) I’ve owned Anderson through his streak in a mixed league, but just sent him packing because Oakland is going on the road and his next start is @tNYS. Good move in a shallow league?

    2) Sit Smoltz @Tex?

    3) I’m really down in Ws despite having 8-9 starters at any given point. A perfect example is having Hammel and Correia in a 2-1 game at Petco and not getting a W. Any short term strategy? Load up on the RPs and hope for vulture Ws?? I’m currently second in the league but tied for last in Ws.

  22. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Which one do you like for the 2nd half: Pat Burrell, Denard Span or Marcus Thames?

  23. Pops says:
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    @Denys: Here are Kuroda’s numbers last year, post ASG.

    4 – 4
    78.1 IP
    54 k’s
    4.14 ERA

    The numbers are not supporting any kind of fantastic second half. It’s fourth and long and you’re playing for better field position. Punt!

  24. mc serch says:
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    we starting de la rosa tonight at home ag. d-backs? His home/road splits are awful, but then again so are the snakes. BTW, anyone see ths Erin Andrews vid peeps are talking about?

  25. david says:
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    The most unispiring question of the week (yes, it involves the dreaded NL-only MI position): Alberto Gonzalez or Geoff Blum?

  26. struggler says:
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    Looking to unload Gallardo while he still has value. Trying to pick up offense. I’m thinking Choo, Pence. What kind of player do you think I can expect in return?

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Denys: lester and gallardo are trash?? one man’s trash is another man’s treasure i guess.

    out of curiousity, who isn’t trash? who is your staff? haren, lincecum, johan, halladay, and grienke?

  28. Denys says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: Burrell. For sure. He’s due for a good # of HRs. Span if you need steals. And Thames will hit 5 HRs less than Burrell – you heard it here first folks.

    @Pops: word. i can always grab guthrie if i really need a crappy pitcher.

    @mc serch: how do the snakes stack up in strike-outs? DLR could get a good 7-9 Ks today.

    @david: ha ha, i’m staying away from this one. it’s basically a shot in the dark of who has a good week here and there. and good luck predicting with both of those losers. it’s probably easier to say they both have a shitty rest of season.

    @struggler: Gallardo? I’d give you Cuddyer… maybe Choo… Pence is still overvalued at this point, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Maybe you can package Gallardo with some closer and get something decent in return. Always package with a closer for more value – lesson of the day.

    @ThePoonTycoon: it’s been a tough year for good pitching. and yes, i would say the pitchers you have named are not trash. but if you’re really going to make me pick between lester and gallardo, i’d say lester – he’s on a better team.

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    gallardo or nolasco from this point forward?

  30. Denys says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: nolasco would be cheaper to get…

  31. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Denys: well obviously i misinterpreted “trash” as garbage instead of being roughly equal players. but yes, i would prefer lester right now for the rest of the season. i think his era/whip lowers while gallardo’s rises. Ks are a wash. both have similar upside. i’ve offered gallardo for lester straight up and was rejected. i’m trying to move gallardo before i take the brunt of his 4.20/1.35 2nd half.

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Denys: i got gallardo. want nolasco. zambrano straight up was shot down. for some reason i believe in edwin jackson more than gallardo, so i’m thinking of offering gallardo.

  33. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Not related to anything, but the two bottom teams in my league are carrying three catchers in a 1-C format.

  34. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I have a similar feeling for Gallardo, why I figured my deal of nelson cruz/gallardo/uggla for kinsler and nolasco was a good deal for me.

    I have CQ coming off the DL soon, so he will supplement alot of Cruz’s value, and I thought Gallardo and nolasco would be compareable from this point on. Obviously Kinsler is a huge upgrade over Dan uggla

  35. Matt Sorrento says:
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    @Matt Sorrento: Wait, no. One of them has four: Inge, Olivo, Napoli, and Hernandez.

  36. ScoutAbout says:
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    @Matt Sorrento: Also not related to anything, but the two bottom teams in my league aren’t even managing their teams anymore. I’m doing a Razzball league next year.

  37. EJ says:
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    Looking to pick up Youkilis from a guy who’s been benching him for the last couple weeks. He’s loaded w/ CIs. I inquired and know that it will take a starting pitcher to get him. My current 1B/3Bs are Reynolds, Morneau, Loney and Rolen. Basically I’m looking for an upgrade on Loney/Rolen.

    My SPs are as follows: CC, Josh Johnson, Cain, Gallardo, Oswalt, Jair, Jobacum and Ubaldo.

    Where’s a good place to start an offer where it would be slightly in my favor? Who should I definitely not give up? (thanks for the advice, i’m bad at figuring trade values)

  38. Space Cadet says:
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    Is Haren and Brian Roberts too much for Utley?

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @EJ: definitely no on cc and johnson. i’d ofer jair first (i think corrections are coming), then jobacum/ubaldo/oswalt, then cain/gallardo.

    @Space Cadet: no. obviously depending on the league set up and you ability to still field a solid staff, but generally no.

  40. Billy says:
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    Who would be the Orioles closer if Sherrill is traded?

  41. Mr Baseball says:
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    Grey I spoke to you yesterday about using my waiver spot on Brandon Morrow and you advised me not too – so I didn’t – but I was able to pick him up as a free agent in my keeper league – kind of hoping maybe he can come back pitch two good games and I will be able to unload him – maybe he can become the next Brett Anderson

  42. Mr Baseball says:
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    Johnny Cueto – didn’t really cost that much on draft day – either did Jason Marquis

  43. Robert says:
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    Price@CWS, yes or no?

  44. Space Cadet says:
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    @Billy: I think it would be Jim Johnson

  45. DrEasy says:
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    @Billy: Johnson

  46. Robert says:
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    My Wright for Hamels. Fair deal? This would allow me to trade Lackey or Wainwright for a hitter.

  47. Lines says:
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    @Denys – Jon Lester is trash? You don’t watch a lot of baseball, do you? Really, can you back that statement up with anything?

  48. black love says:
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    drop dan meyer for jim johnson?

  49. Rnunnerley says:
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    Can you please rank Gaudin, Happ, Pineiro and Romero the rest of the season?

  50. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Need starting pitching advice for this week in my 16-team H2H-5X5 league:

    De La Rosa: vsARI (Davis), vsSF (Sadowski)
    Smoltz: @TEX (Millwood), vsBAL (David Hernandez)

    It’s a weekly league, so I can’t mix-n-match.

    Thanks.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Thanks!

    @danimal35: Montero

    @Steve: I’d take Braun there.

    @Dom: Napoli

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Not crazy about it.

    @Dom: You and me both.

    @ScoutAbout: Nice video! I’d start him at home, but if he pitches poorly, I’d look elsewhere.

    @Hardcore Midget: Anderson might be decent for another couple of starts, but none of those guys are supplanting who you have.

    @Denys: If there’s someone better to grab, sure.

    @Lines: Ethier

    @sean: I’d sit Smoltz, I wouldn’t have set Anderson packing yet, I probably would’ve benched him. I own MRs for vulture Wins and Saves, so yeah, if you have room.

    @Mr. Rickey: Thames for right now, Burrell for 2nd half, Span for different things.

    @mc serch: Haven’t seen the Andrews thing, don’t even know what you’re talking about. I would not start dlR there.

    @david: Gonzalez

    @struggler: You should get Choo or Pence. He can still strikeout guys.

    @Matt Sorrento: Wonder why they’re in the bottom.

    @Billy: Could be a few people, I’d think Johnson right now.

    @Mr Baseball: Cool

    @Robert: re: Price – I would. re: that trade — You’re selling low.

    @black love: Sure

    @Rnunnerley: Pineiro, Gaudin, Happ…

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Smoltz

  52. Robert says:
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    As in Hamels is too much to ask or not enough?

  53. david says:
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    Thanks, Grey. I just bought you a strawberry daquiri!

  54. Hah, good thing I didnt listen to you about Happ. My pitching has gone from horrid to solid with the additions of 2 rookie pitchers, Happ and Hanson, who woulda thought?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Robert: You should be able to get a slightly better starter.

    @david: Thanks!

  56. royce! says:
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    Who would you like to lead your schmohawk parade: Seth Smith, David Murphy, or Johnny Gomes?

  57. AdamH says:
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    I know this is putrid, but which catcher you want the rest of the way: Salty, Montero, Olivo, Barajas or Baker?

  58. Hardcore Midget says:
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    OK, who do we like better going forward- Brett Anderson, Chad Gaudin or Kawakami?

  59. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Just got a complicated trade offer:

    I give: Mark Reynolds (FA) , Javier Vazquez (11), Jake Peavy (4)
    I get: Aramis Ramirez (3), Josh Hamilton (1), Asdrubal Cabrera (FA), Cliff Lee (7)

    This is a keeper league. 5 keepers per team (2 hitters + 2 pitchers + 1 wildcard). Keepers count as the average of the 2009 actual draft position (draft round in parentheses after player name) and the 2010 Yahoo! average draft position. Free agent pickups count against the highest available draft pick after the other keeper positions have been calculated.

    So, basically, I can’t keep Reynolds for any cheaper than the 5th round, I won’t be keeping Peavy as he’ll go lower in the draft next year, and I was planning on keeping Scherzer and Kershaw as my 2 pitchers (17th and 21st round respectively), and letting people overpay for Vazquez in the draft.

    Looking at what I’d get, I would not be interested in keeping A-Ram, Asdrubal, or Cliff Lee. Hamilton would count as a 1st round pick, higher than he’s likely to be drafted next year…

    The problem I’m facing is that all of my potential keepers (Soriano, Quentin, Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce, Manny Ramirez) are likely to be had cheaper in the draft next year than what it’ll cost me to keep them.

    Any advice on the trade or on this situation in general?

  60. Grey

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    @mgeoffriau: So you’re not keeping anyone you’re giving away and not keeping anyone that you’re getting? So this trade is to help you win for this year? Then it’s solid.

  61. GTS says:
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    Which side Rollins ($25) or Verlander ($6)? I really need MI help and my pitching is top 1/2.

  62. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @mgeoffriau: hope soriano stays hot, hope quentin or reyes comes back on fire, then trade soriano + quentin and/or reyes for a 1st rounder who is performing like a 1st rounder.

  63. Grey

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    @GTS: It’s fair either way. Sounds like you need Rollins.

  64. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: Correct, I wouldn’t be keeping any of the players given up or received, unless I saw some research that really convinced me that Reynolds would be worth a 3rd round pick next year.

  65. mgeoffriau

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    @ThePoonTycoon: I just hope they come back enough for me to make a move before the trade deadline, maybe help one of the teams trying to catch the league leader.

    Thanks for the help (Grey too).

  66. GTS says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, I figured it was fair and I have Hardy/Theriot/Andrus to fill in my SS/MI spots which is very yawnstipating.

  67. Quimmy says:
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    quick hitter:

    my: lowe, r.wells and assdribble cabrera

    his: granderson, mota and yunel escobar

    which side would u rather be on?

    i have a ton of pitching.

  68. Grey

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    @Quimmy: I’d want Grandy’s side.

  69. GTS says:
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    best pitcher to add: Schmidt, Pedro, Brett Anderson, Niemann?

  70. Quimmy says:
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    @Grey: thank you sir

  71. GTS says:
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    spot start VandenHurk at PETCO?

  72. EJ says:
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    Please rank the following starts for tomorrow:

    D. Lowe vs SF (Sadowski)

    E. Santana @ KC (Chen)

    Volstad @ SD (Gaudin)

    Thanks!

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Quimmy: No problem.

    @GTS: Anderson, no on VandenHurk.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @EJ: Lowe, Volstad, Ervin…

  75. Avery says:
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    who wins a trade of benchwarmers – Tim Hudson for Brandon Wood – you see either of them being very useful this year?

  76. GTS says:
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    @Grey: Thanks how about starting him this week @NYY?

  77. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: If Cruz’s girlfriend not only doesn’t get to the alter but dropped Happ on your advice, well, been nice knowin’ ya’!

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Avery: Not especially useful. Depends what you need. I’d prefer Wood.

    @GTS: I wouldn’t.

  79. Robert says:
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    Grey- What pitcher would you rather trade Wright for if Hamels is not quite enough? I just thought maybe Hamels was poised for a big half. I need your expertise. Thanks.

  80. Simply Fred

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    Hope this brings you a chuckle: Forums>View active topics>”You Know You’re a Razzballer When….”

  81. RIP Harry says:
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    Which side, in a keeper?- Fielder/Gallardo/Stewart for Kinsler/F-Her

  82. Grey

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    @Robert: Hamels is 83rd on my top 100 for the 2nd half. There’s plenty of pitchers above him. I’d start at Johan and work down.

  83. EJ says:
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    How’s this for a great moment in fantasy baseball…

    I’m in an 8×8 H2H league. I have a big lead in ERA and my opponent only has Lackey and Bailey left. I calculate he needs exactly 11 scoreless innings out of those 2 guys to overtake me. Well thank god for Brett Anderson, because Lackey goes 9 scoreless but gets matched all the way. If he gets the CG shutout he ties me with 1 CG on the week.

    So Bailey comes in and gets a quick inning, then gets sent back out in the 10th. I’m pissed that my lead in ERA is in jeopardy, but before I can even text my buddy about it, Abreu (who I own) goes deep, I hang onto the ERA category, I tie homers, and Fuentes comes in and ties saves for me.

    You just can’t write it up much better than that.

  84. RIP Harry says:
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    Which side in a keeper? Fielder/Gallardo/Stewart for Kinsler/F-Her

  85. RIP Harry says:
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    Which side in a keeper? Fielder/Gallardo/Stewart for Kinsler/F-Her

  86. brad says:
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    Would you guys trade Reyes and Bruce for Rollins in a keeper h2h league?

    (You forfeit the draft round, so keeping Reyes or Rollins isn’t really a value, but Bruce probably would be.)

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @EJ: That’s awesome!

    @brad: If Rollins helps you win this year, but it seems like a lot to give up in a keeper.

  88. RIP Harry says:
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    Which side in a keeper? Fielder/Gallardo/Stewart or Kinsler/F-Her

  89. steamer says:
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    Anyone starting Floyd tonight?

  90. Does anyone have any thoughts on Andrus for next year?

    In a 12 team keeper league, keep 10 players. Should I trade him for an 11th round pickl next year (first round after the keeprs are chosen) or hold on to him for the chance he becomes a good keeper?

  91. Quimmy says:
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    hey grey, one more b4 i pull the trigger on that grandy deal:

    my: wandy
    for
    his: either

    what say you?

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @steamer: Have to start Floyd at home.

    @bpasinko: I’d hold him. He’ll be a good source of MI steals.

    @Quimmy: It’s fair, depends what you need.

  93. Quimmy says:
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    @grey: i have the pitching to support moving wandy. i would do it in a heartbeat if i thought that either would play back up to snuff (b4 manny got his period) stats. what do u expect from him here on out?

  94. Grey

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    @Quimmy: He’s a decent 3rd outfielder and Wandy’s a decent 3rd starter. Ethier might go 12/5/.300….Not incredible, but his Runs and RBIs and team help him.

  95. Dingo says:
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    I’ve been reading about Seth Smith getting more playing time. Is he worth dropping Bruce or Meche for at this point, or should I wait to see if his playing time remains regular?

  96. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    after almost trading arod in a keeper league last month for markakis and some gap fillers, i held off and managed to trade him for teixiera. now to turn pena or cruz or someone else into a decent enough 3B so i can stay competitive this year.

    zimmerman or stewart or aramis or reynolds?

    i’m looking at those guys cause their owners all have 2 3Bs, thus they are more likely to deal without the need for a 3B in return.

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: I’d drop Bruce for him.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Reynolds, Aramis, Zimmerman…. In that order.

  98. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****Carlos Quentin’s Been Activated.******

  99. Doc says:
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    Quentin activated from DL

  100. Dingo says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! I just saw that Jonny Gomes is also available. Gomes vs. Smith?

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: I’d go for Gomes.

  102. agarthered says:
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    I currently have Jay Bruce still on my team, with no DL spots available. Would you drop him for Aaron Cook or Manny Parra yet?

    I picked up the big fragu just before the weekend, so that one is working out.

    (my other two guys filling up DL spots are Beltran and the big unit.)

  103. Rnunnerley says:
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    Markakis, Ervin Santana and Roy Oswalt for Heath Bell, Derek Lowe and Corey Hart, what side do you like?

  104. agarthered says:
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    Moyer also avaiable same with Buchholz.

  105. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @agarthered: I’d drop Bruce for Cook, but not start him next time out. As long as this isn’t a keeper.

    @Rnunnerley: Markakis side.

  106. agarthered says:
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    @Grey done. Have you been starting him just away from Coors, or are you just not like the Arizona matchup?

  107. pallet says:
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    Zambrano or Nolasco going forward?

  108. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @agarthered: Mostly away, not crazy about the Arizona matchup.

    @pallet: Nolasco

  109. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    what kind of package would it take yall to part with david wright? i offered hamilton straight up fully expecting it to be shot down, but to open up talks. what kind of 2nd player should i toss in with hamilton (assuming he’s aggreeable to taking hamilton)? his OF is weak (has reimold starting this week!?!) and he can plug in zimmerman at 3B and not be in awful shape.

  110. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Hamilton for Wright seems fair by itself. I wouldn’t add in much more. Maybe a waiver wire type.

  111. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: My Aaron Hill for his AJ Burnett? S.Drew & Beckham are both FA’s to fill the MI slot. Is that too much or too little for AJ? I’m in need of pitching with CBills & Gollardo sucking it up. 10 teamer, 3 keeper.

  112. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Grey: yeah i thought it was too, but since he’s in the power position and i have no 3B, i might have to sweeten a little to lure him in. i know he wants an SP so maybe i could toss in a liriano or randy wells? or maybe see if i could get him to bite on a gallardo/morales type package?

  113. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: Bit too much, but it’s fair, if you really need a starter, that’s decent.

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d try the Liriano or Wells add-ons.

  114. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: My SP’s: Johan, CBills, Gollardo, Jimenez, Scherzer, Wolf, Pineiro, Volquez DL. In a 10 team 5×5 in W/K/ERA/WHIP I’m 6/6.5/4/4. Which SP should I drop if the trade gets accepted?

  115. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @timSTi: pineiro

  116. J Mil says:
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    @Grey: 10 Team League…drop or bench Furcal for Escobar or Scutaro?
    Is Chris Davis droppable at this point? How about R Johnson & Maine?
    I could get Anderson, Washburn, Pineiro!

  117. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Thats what I was thinking too.

    @ThePoonTycoon: My biggest need is ERA/WHIP and Pineiro is all about helping me lower that. I’m keeping a close eye on him.

  118. GTS says:
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    Would you start any of these guys this week: Baker @ANA, Correia @PHI, Gaudin @WAS?

  119. GTS says:
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    Lannan worth a pickup over Brett Anderson?

  120. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Now my other super important question of the day. With CQ coming off the D/L i’m in an OF bind. We have 4 OF’s and 1 Util. Currently I have Werth, Kemp, FraGu, J. Rivera, Cruz, Grandy, & G. Jones in my Util. I can also put Jones at my CI spot over Helton. I need to drop someone to activate CQ. Do I keep him on the DL for a few days and monitor him? Also I’m sick of platooning OF’s and getting Sonovabenched. I’m kinda unsure what direction i should go with all these OF’s that are either too hot or too good to drop outright. My league sucks with trades otherwised I’d have moved someone. People only want Kemp and he’s more than likely going to be one of my keepers.

  121. Dan says:
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    @Anyone

    Start Garrett Jones or Carlos Quentin?

  122. timSTi says:
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    @Dan: I dont think I’m activating CQ right away. Last time off the DL he came back for a few games and then went back on the DL.

  123. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @timSTi: can’t find a grandy taker? i’d maybe sit on him a week and hopefully cruz will come back smashing and you’ll be able to move him perhaps.

    what are your needs?

  124. Frank Rizzo says:
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    What side of this trade do you want?

    Beckham/Ludwick/Jimenez for Theriot/Aramis Ramirez/Shields.

  125. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Dan: i’m leaning towards starting jones over cruz in my weekly lineup h2h league. i know they say he should be able to play, but i’ve been burned on more than 1 occasion this season by a guy that was “supposed to play” then on monday or tuesday he ends up on the DL too late for me to do anything about it.

  126. I love Grey & I love Razzball – I read it everyday. I hope I don’t get too badly bloodied for posting this here. I mean, Grey’s definately helped me and my 10-2-3 HTH baseball team this year. But I was hoping to tell you about something…

    My partner in crime, Kidcraig, and I do a male-themed internet radio show that you might find funny if you like this blog. Not a lot of fantasy baseball talk (but my league mates will definately throw in FB references to their comments), but I think it might appeal to you if you like fantasy baseball, and have a sense of humour. We literally only have dozens of listeners and are trying to spread the word

    If you want to try something new, here are the details:
    Tonight, July 20, from 7pm to 9pm on http://www.1radio.org – you go there and click ‘listen’ and it’ll stream on your computer using whatever media player you have.

    Bad words, crazy news stories, some music, adult themed jokes, the odd rant, and a contest where you have to identify hot celebrity chicks (on the associated website kidcraig.com) where you can win a prize!

    Hopefully you’ll check it out.

    Thanks!
    Dr Josh

  127. sean says:
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    Saw it above, but just wanted to reiterate that tCQ is active tonight and batting sixth for the White Sox.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @J Mil: Drop Davis, Johnson and Maine. Hold Furcal.

    @GTS: I’d start Baker and Gaudin.

    @GTS: re: Lannan – Nope

    @timSTi: Lose Rivera.

    @Dan: Quentin

    @Frank Rizzo: It’s fair, I’d take the Aramis side.

  129. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: You believe Aramis will get any kind of power stroke back in the 2nd half Grey?

  130. timSTi says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG I’m lookin at 9/10/9/8/5. W/S/K/ERA/WHIP I’m 6/5.5/6.5/4/4. Currently in second place about 12 points behind first and 10 points ahead of 3rd. I just cant seem to catch 1st. When my offense heats up my pitching falls on its face. My roster looks like this:

    Sandoval, Pujols, Cano, Chone, Alexei, Helton, Hill with the aforementioned OF’s & SP’s. I’m trying to think of trade ideas but can’t come up with much as my league isn’t the most actively trading league. Everyone over values pitching and makes it annoying when trying to trade. Got any ideas for me?? I’m open to make some moves even though 2nd place is still in the money.

  131. sean says:
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    PS: Does it really irk anyone else when the cutesy sportscasters refer to them as the Pale Hose? Does that make the Red Sox the menstrual hose? Pantyhose?

  132. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @timSTi: i think you best bet is to move grandy or cruz for a 2nd tier SP…like a wainwright or lester or maybe even investigate a nolasco and see if you could get him for juan rivera?

  133. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: In reference to that earlier question about trading hill for burnett. Just realized the guy has Washburn as well. He changed his team name to team tradebait and wants keeper potentials or draft picks. Is Washburn a better target or would you rather Burnett?

  134. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @timSTi: give me burnett…though i’ve never been a fan.

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I think he’ll be fine.

    @sean: Menstrual Hose… Ha!

    @timSTi: Washburn is not a better target.

  136. timSTi says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: What you think of Grandy/Rivera for E.Jackson?

  137. Smell The Glove says:
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    Have you decided on the phrase to describe what Dallas Braden did to your ERA and WHIP from last Friday’s post?

    I liked the “Staff Infection” contribution but was thinking:

    ERA(sshole) = When a horrible start flatlines an otherwise healthy pitching outcome for the night.

    Two cents completed.

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Smell The Glove: I kinda liked Staff Infection (or Inflection). Rudy was a bit ambivalent. Think we’re in limbo on it.

    ******Frank Frank to the DL. Wilson will close games.********

  139. Mr Baseball says:
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    White Sox activate Quentin

  140. Mr Baseball says:
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    who is closing fot Texas – F. Francisco (Closer) on DL once again

  141. Mr Baseball says:
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    Mr Baseball: Yeah, someone mentioned it above. thats my point – no one pays attention to someone mentioned it above – now its big news

  142. Mr Baseball says:
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    Quentin was a key player in all my drafts – I expected 40 homeruns from him but I really wanted 45 homeruns -

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Might have to change expectations a bit.

  144. Mr Baseball says:
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    Margaret White to Mr Baseball: They’re all gonna laugh at you for drafting Quentin

  145. Mr Baseball says:
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    hey if it was the injury that slowed him down I can deal with it – if it was talent that slowed him down then I can’t deal with it

  146. Mr Baseball says:
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    in any event Josh Willingham days are numbered on my teams

  147. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr Baseball: and i wanted 30 from milton bradley in wrigley,,be lucky if he plays 30 games

  148. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    markakis heating up,goes yard

  149. Mr Baseball says:
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    didn’t you get 30 ejections from Milton Bradley Al Koholic

  150. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr Baseball: thought lou was going to kill him 1st,he cant field a lick either

  151. Mr Baseball says:
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    How is Jonathan Sánchez no hitter going tonight

  152. Mr Baseball says:
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    Angel Pagan/Luis Castillo/Daniel Murphy – The Mets 1-2-3 hitters.

    6 atbats – 5 hits – 4 rbi’s – sign them up

  153. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: In looking to get rid of some of my extra OF’s I was offered Cueto for my Grandy. Is that giving up too much?

  154. timSTi says:
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    @timSTi: I just rethought that, and yeah thats giving up too much. What about Grandy for Wandy?

  155. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: I’d prefer to move Cueto for Grandy.

  156. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: So my Grandy for his Cueto is fair then? I might be overthinking it.

  157. Grey

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    @timSTi: No, I had it backwards. I’d want Grandy in both of those trades. I’d prefer Wandy for Grandy, but I think you can do slightly better.

  158. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Ahh ok. Yea I originally offered Grandy for Wandy and he countered with Cueto but I thought that was too little. My league overvalues pitching wicked bad so its annoying. If he agrees to Wandy I’ll do it. My OF would still look like Kemp Werth Cruz Quentin FraGu and G.Jones who’s floating around between Util OF & CI.

  159. Hmm Hanson is just Mowing the Lawn tonite, 11 K’s already.

  160. agarthered says:
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    I’m dominating in Sbs right now, but am struggling in Avg. Would you trade B Roberts for R Cano? Or am i giving up too much? The person I would be making the trade with me is also competing with me for first place in runs.

  161. Martin says:
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    what do u think of josh hamilton for the 2nd half?

  162. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: My Grandy for Burnett better than for Wandy? Other owner just got back to me on that offer.

  163. Martin says:
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    start porcello tommorow vs. SEA

  164. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: Tomato-tomahto. Burnett has a bit more upside and risk attached to him.

    @Martin: re: Hamilton, I think he has the ability to be a difference maker. re: Porcello, Nope. Unless it’s a keeper, I wouldn’t own him anymore.

  165. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Ha. And I’d have to root for the yankees to win. I’ll wait and see which owner agrees first then. Thanks as always.

  166. kyle says:
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    My Kemp and D.Lee for Wright? Hurting at 3b with Beckham, and can fill in Loney for D.Lee and Quentin now for Kemp.

  167. Martin says:
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    @grey- i mean would u rather have hamilton then somebody like juan rivera? Also don’t you think porcello can throw a decent start tomorrow vs. the lowly mariners. I mean his previous stats dont indicate otherwise.

  168. agarthered says:
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    J Werth ticker tease!

  169. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @kyle: Too much for Wright.

    @Martin: There’s a top 100 for the 2nd half under the rankings at the top of the page. Hamilton > Rivera.

    Porcello’s okay vs. the Mariners, but I wouldn’t start him or own him anymore.

  170. struggler says:
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    Gallardo/Qualls for Reynolds? H2H league and I have too many closers. Hoping Volquez or CY-SD can replace Gallardo. Thoughts?

  171. struggler says:
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    Also might be able to get Doumit for Napoli…OBP league?

  172. Prince says:
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    Doumit or Iannetta, if I need R/RBI/AVG? I’m holding Doumit on the DL for now.

    Also, who should I drop if I get a better OF (Choo?) in a trade: Pence or Hart?

    Thanks a lot

  173. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: Volquez and CY can’t replace Gallardo, but that’s fair for Reynolds.

    @struggler: Napoli

    @Prince: Doumit. You shouldn’t drop either of those.

  174. Prince says:
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    @Grey: So basically it’ll be difficult to get anyone for Jurrjens that’s better than Pence/Hart?

  175. GTS says:
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    Garrett Jones! 8 HR 10 RBI.

  176. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Prince: I would think so. But you can try for a Markakis-type.

    @GTS: Yee-haw!

  177. Mr Baseball says:
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    Justin Morneau for José Reyes in keeper league – I have reyes should I make the trade

  178. Mr Baseball says:
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    John Smoltz – should I look for something better at this point

  179. Steve says:
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    Where’s Bailey? Did he throw too many pitches yesterday?

  180. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Same. Did you see any of the Dodger game? ESPN have Votto with a stolen base, but Yahoo don’t.

    Would like an eyewitness account!

  181. Grey

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    @Steve: Didn’t see, sorry.

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