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Sometimes when you take the fielding coach a little too literal, this is what happens.  Miguel Cabrera came face to face with his fielding fears and a baseball and the baseball won.  A sharp grounder shattered his sunglasses, leaving his right eye a bloody mess.  The good news for Miggy, the doctor prescribed a 15 ounce porterhouse.  No word if Miggy put it on his eye with or without A1 Steak Sauce.  Just thought of something.  Since the 2012 All-Star Game is in Kansas City, I’m sure George Brett will throw out the first pitch.  You thought he was mad during the Pine Tar Game, wait until he sees Miggy and Hanley playing 3rd.  From early reports, it sounds like Miggy will be fine, but Tigers won’t release Miggy’s face X-rays until after this posts on Tuesday, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  An&yswy, hiacte’s– Sorry, I’ll cross my fingers after I’m done with the post.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in spring training for 2012 fantasy baseball:

Joakim Soria – Has UCL damage, which isn’t related to damage caused by a drunk UL Washington.  Or as Van Morrison would say, “His elbow doesn’t feel good.  His elbow doesn’t feel right.  His name is Soria.  S-O-R-I-A… And his name is Soria… S-O-R-I-A…”  There was talk that Soria should’ve been traded a few years ago.  I tend to agree, you don’t have a $12 salad if you can’t make your rent, but that’s neither here nor there now.  Some reports are saying Broxton will fill in as the closer.  I think Holland will close in Soria’s stead.  If you’re desperate for saves, I’d grab both of them.  At this point, it’s not clear who will take over the role.  I think it’s only about a 55% chance for Holland to be the closer, so you better grab an umbrella.

Chase Utley – Phils are reporting that he won’t be ready for Opening Day.  Well, they’re saying doubtful, but I’m saying he won’t be ready.  He has lingering pain in his knee and hasn’t had one at-bat all spring.  If you already drafted Utley, then you had to know this was gonna happen.  Chase’s knee hit every branch on the way down the Utley tree.  Or maybe his knee wore out hoisting strippers against a wall.  If you haven’t already drafted Utley, I’d push him down a few rounds.

Hong-Chih Kuo – Mariners released Kuo after he gave up 14 runs in 6 2/3 IP.  Guess the M’s weren’t happy with the *pinkie to mouth* status Kuo.  This is the second time Kuo has battled the yips.  Maybe it’s in honor of Yip Yip, the cartoon Taiwanese dog that likes to pickle his milk bones.

Carl Crawford – Yesterday, he took 20 swings off a tee.  The day before, 10 swings.  By June, the Red Sox are gonna have a portable fan.

Corey Hart – Could play as soon as Friday in a minor league game.  No word on whether or not Corey Hart will be wearing sunglasses.

Michael Brantley – Left the game for “precautionary reasons.”  He’s listed as “day-to-day.”  He should be back in “a few days.”  The preceding was brought to you by Zagat.

Jarrod Parker – Was sent down to the minors for a black man’s first name.  That’s some cold sheeeeeeeeeet!  We’ll probably be seeing Parker in a few months once Tyson Ross and Graham Godfrey, with his loud, piercing voice and penchant for roasting opposing players, overstay their welcome.

Brad Peacock – Things aren’t looking good for my sleeper pickock.  Hoping he still makes the rotation, but at the moment it’s looking like a long shot.  He’s a top fifty prospect and breezed through Double and Triple-A last year, so I’d hold tight for the time being.  Though I am fully expecting the ax to fall on him.  Sad emoticon.

Yoenis Cespedes – Will be the A’s starting center fielder to start the season.  No word on whether Yoenis’s brothers, Nick and Joe, will travel to Japan to watch him play in the opener.

Gregor Blanco – Word is it would take a “cataclysmic event to keep” Blanco off the Giants roster.  Like Bochy finding a hat that fits him at Lids.

Rich Hill – Talk about a name from the past.  Red Sox are saying he may get in a game this month.  You know what I always liked about Rich Hill?  The Sniglets.

Travis Wood – Was shelled yesterday.  Or to put it to you all punny like, Wood was knocked around.  After the Cubs said Samardzija was set for the rotation, this isn’t great news for Wood.  Or Wood’s going limp, if you will.

Jordan Schafer – Due to a sprained hand, Schafer won’t be back into action until Thursday.  Need to put your Zimmermania on hold for now.

Skip Schumaker – Sticking with the newly established theme of guys that sound Jewish but aren’t, Schumaker has an oblique tear.  Vague!  In related news, Allen Craig’s rehab has been progressing well.  Here’s Oregon Nut Cups’ Allen Craig fantasy.  He wrote it while chasing the dragon.

Chris Carpenter – May make his spring training debut this weekend, so he might still be back for Opening Day.  I’m still no fan; not in the Carl Crawford sense either.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – Was optioned to the Rochester Red Wings, which will soften the blow since that sounds like a Japanese baseball team name.

Vladimir Guerrero – Sounds like he might play in Japan.  If someone signs him, that’ll say something since Japanese teams are limited to only one non-native player with an L in their name.  While over there, maybe he can record an album, “Live at Vladokan.”

127 Responses

  1. Pirahnaman says:
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    hi, grey.
    i’m damn Soria owner. and he’s my second highest pick at RP. (between Storen and Motte)

    Holland or Broxton? should i trust big fat Broxton again? that wouldn’t be happy at all. as you wrote, some reports saying Broxton is closer to be a closer.

    i think i should choose ASAP. if you can grab only one for Soria, who’s your pick?

    • Tony says:
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      @Pirahnaman, i know grey says holland, im saying Brox, he’s got closer experience, he’ll be given the ball first, im 60% sure, thats better than greys 55% on holland! they’ll go with experience…. even if its the wrong choice.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Pirahnaman, Broxton hasn’t been good since 2009…

      MMBraying

      • Tony says:
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        @Wake Up, weirder things have happened. they’re going to look to brox to close first tho i’d almost bet my hat on it….

  2. Bourne says:
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    I thought you just said Spring Training doesn’t matter? But you are already in mid season form! Don’t burn out or get Valley Fever on me Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne, Aw, thanks!

  3. Steve says:
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    Jeez – can it just be opening day already?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, For reals…

    • Curt says:
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      @Bada Bing, ….when’s the draft???……I’m interested since the razzball league 3 I’m in only has 3 teams and no one responds to update whats going on……I’ll be back on in 2 hours if the league draft isn’t this friday or saturday…..I’ll e-mail you….

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Curt, What league are you referring to that only has 3 teams? Both RCL 3 and the Fantasy Razz 3 leagues appear to be full.

  4. Steven says:
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    Grey-
    Capps,Fuentes, or Myers to replace Soria? Not really in the mood to play guessing game with Holland/Broxton. I’m leaning towards Capps for the simple fact of job security.
    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Myers

      • Steven says:
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        @Grey, Myers still over Balfour? Has Myers def been named closer?

  5. chata says:
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    “Sticking with the newly established theme of guys that sound Jewish but aren’t, …..”

    they should trade guys like this , (and the Hebrew Hammer) ,
    and trade them to the Nippon Ham Fighters .

    cust kosherin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Hehe

  6. So who is your new favorite 6th/7th starter to draft if Peacock isn’t likely to get a rotation slot?

  7. Bas says:
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    “Live at the Vladokan”… I laughed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas, Hehe

  8. Jef says:
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    A “Not Necessarily the News” reference! Another piece to the Grey puzzle. Not only have you dated yourself but lookee who’s parents could afford HBO back in the day! :)

    I can remember one single sniglet – “accelo-yellow”: what drivers used to do at yellow traffic lights (before cameras).

    • Jef says:
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      @Jef, Nice.

      “whose parents…”

      Wanna hire me to edit your next e-book?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jef, Ha!

  9. Matt says:
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    Hahaha love the Crawford as portable fan joke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Thanks!

  10. mcbainus says:
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    @Grey, I couldn’t possibly hate my team more, so please lay it on thick, but I do just want to hear your thoughts for the sake of it.

    The one thing I will say is that closers are WAY overvalued in this league (not a single veto for straight up trades for top 50ish hitters a few times, etc.) – so from that point alone it looks odd (i actually wish i drafted even more saves, if that makes the point further).

    But i digress – check out this turd pile and let me know your thoughts. (Daiquiri is on me for even having to look at this one):

    1 8 Adrian Gonzalez
    2 21 Jose Reyes
    3 36 Nelson Cruz
    4 49 Dan Uggla
    5 64 Kevin Youkilis
    6 77 C.J. Wilson
    7 92 Daniel Hudson
    8 105 Mariano Rivera
    9 120 Emilio Bonifacio
    10 133 Mat Latos
    11 148 Carlos Marmol
    12 161 Mike Moustakas
    13 176 Kenley Jansen
    14 189 Nick Markakis
    15 204 Colby Rasmus
    16 217 Aaron Hill
    17 232 Jose Tabata
    18 245 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    19 260 Jhoulys Chacin
    20 273 Jesse Crain
    21 288 Mike Carp
    22 301 Miguel Olivo
    23 316 Jair Jurrjens
    24 329 Danny Valencia
    25 344 Ryan Dempster
    26 357 Jon Rauch

    14-team standard 5×5 mixed league
    2 catchers, 1B/2B/3B/SS, CI/MI, 5OF, 1 Util, 2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P and 3 Bench
    1500 inning cap

    Thanks, as always.

    • Pops says:
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      @mcbainus, For a fourteen team league I’d be more than happy with your squad. You drafted a solid core and sprinkled in a few upside picks in the middle rounds. Some of your end game picks were solid, but yawnstipating. In a two catcher league, I’m surprised that you waited until Round 18 to make a move. Otherwise. I wouldn’t beat yourself up.

      • mcbainus says:
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        @Pops, It was round 7, pick 77 and McCann was still on the board. I REALLY wanted to take him but hadn’t taken a pitcher yet, and CJ was the last of his tier, so i reluctantly took him. Probably shoulda taken McCann and just made up for pitching the next few rounds. If Olivo does start 120 or so games like Wedge is indicating, he could actually be considered my #1 catcher, but with J. Montero, who knows what’ll happen.
        Thanks for the opinion though, much appreciated.

    • The jerk says:
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      @mcbainus, Yeah it’s pretty bad. Request a do-over

  11. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Would you drop Peacock or Matusz if you could get Pomeranz off waivers right now? It’s a pretty deep league, 16 teams, 28 rostered. I’d do the math for you, but somehow I think we all understand it better this way!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, Hold for now…

  12. The Situation says:
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    @Grey,

    I had my first and only money lig draft of 12 past 20 this weekend and was hoping I could get your quick take.

    12 team, 5×5 roto, keeper lig (with 3 OF and 2 UTIL), 1400 inning cap:

    C: Napoli (k)
    1B: Pujols (k)
    2B: Phillips
    3B: Lawrie (k)
    SS: Aybar
    OF: A. Jones
    OF: Gardner
    OF: Delmon
    Util: Fielder (k)
    Util: Duda/Goldscmidt

    SP: Lester, Latos, D. Hudson, Gio, Chacin, Cahill
    RP: Santos, Capps, Thornton/Crain, Pestano

    Overall, it looks balanced to me. Thoughts? Need to improve in any particular categories? As always, thank you in advance.

    • Pops says:
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      @The Situation, Solid lineup, more than enough pitching to compete. Not a huge fan of Aybar, but he could benefit from hitting atop that Halos lineup.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @The Situation, Less Sauce. More meatballs.

  13. Eddy says:
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    Grey, drafted my second team last night.

    12-team, H2H, OBP instead of AVG.

    C- Geovany Soto
    1B- Mark Teixeira
    2B- Brandon Phillips
    3B- Evan Longoria
    SS- Zack Cozart
    OF- Matt Holliday
    OF- Hunter Pence
    OF- Adam Jones
    Util- Jayson Werth
    Util- Adam Lind

    BN- Lorenzo Cain
    BN- Alfonso Soriano (hot streaks!)

    SP- Madison Bumgarner
    SP- Daniel Hudson
    SP- Anibal Sanchez
    SP- Ubaldo Jimenez
    SP- Mike Minor
    SP- Chris Sale
    SP- Jonathan Niese

    RP- Jose Valderde
    RP- Brett Myers
    RP- Jim Johnson
    RP- Jonathan Broxton

    I know I have no speed, so I’m going to try and swing a trade for Ellsbury and Price in exchange for Lind, Werth and Jimenez.

    Anyways, what are your thoughts?

    • The jerk says:
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      @Eddy, It’s amazing..you drafted a bunch of Greys favorites/sleepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Agree with The Jerk and you. Great team, there’s no speed… That trade would be great for you, doesn’t seem fair at all.

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Eddy, yeah i would be pissed if someone offered me poop for gold…

      • Eddy says:
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        @beardcrabs,

        New guy who’s never played fantasy baseball, auto drafted, and has too much pitching and no offense.

        How can I NOT take advantage?

        • chata says:
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          @Eddy,

          what fun is that ?

  14. Ringo says:
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    I feel so naiive hearing about those Chase Utley shenanigans. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. He is a big boy after all, he can do what he wants but man, its just something that you don’t really expect to hear. I didn’t know he and Jimmy Rollins were that close but a double play combo like that only gets so good by spending lots of time together. Getting to know one another more than I would think. “Welcome to the show kid. You get sloppy seconds. See ya later tonight.” I kind of want to pick your brain now with all the behind the scenes dirt you probably know but I won’t pressure you. Definitely an eye opener though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ringo, I don’t know that much behind the scenes dirt with baseball players…

  15. Steve 2.0 says:
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    Good morning Grey,
    I picked my keepers with a coin, as you told me, and that’s the result. I didn’t want to pick a stud pitcher and wait long to get my Catcher. But I think I couldn’t move on without Timmey at 31 or McCann in Round 9. And for the record, most of the time I used your War Room.

    So, what do you think of this team? Should I keep them or drop someone? On the market (based on your ranking, best available): Alcides Escobar, Thames, Reimold, Bernadina, Gamel or speedy guys like (well, Alcides) Morgan, Pierre, Revere, Torres, Davis.
    Pitcher: Cahill, J.Sanchez, Minor, Peavy, Vogelsong, Sale or even Clippard, Abreu, Francisco Rodriguez, Broxton (if I should drop a batter).

    Thank you very much for looking at my team.

    1. (10) Matt Kemp (LAD – CF) KEEPER
    2. (11) Justin Upton (Ari – RF) KEEPER
    3. (30) Pablo Sandoval (SF – 1B,3B)
    4. (31) Tim Lincecum (SF – SP)
    5. (50) Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
    6. (51) Howie Kendrick (LAA – 1B,2B,LF)
    7. (70) Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
    8. (71) Aramis Ramirez (Mil – 3B)
    9. (90) Brian McCann (Atl – C)
    10. (91) Adam Jones (Bal – CF)
    11. (110) Mat Latos (Cin – SP)
    12. (111) Brian Wilson (SF – RP)
    13. (130) Logan Morrison (Mia – LF)
    14. (131) Jose Valverde (Det – RP)
    15. (150) Anibal Sanchez (Mia – SP)
    16. (151) Erick Aybar (LAA – SS)
    17. (170) Ubaldo Jimenez (Cle – SP)
    18. (171) Huston Street (SD – RP)
    19. (190) Danny Espinosa (Was – 2B)
    20. (191) Derek Holland (Tex – SP)
    21. (210) Vernon Wells (LAA – LF,CF,RF)
    22. (211) Brandon Belt (SF – 1B,LF)
    23. (230) Danny Valencia (Min – 3B)
    24. (231) Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF)
    25. (250) Aaron Hill (Ari – 2B)

    • Steve 2.0 says:
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      @Steve 2.0, Ehh, you probably don’t know my league settings.
      10 team, H2H, 4 OF, 1 MI and CI, 2 SP and RP, 4 P, 5 BN. TB, BB as offensive cats. Probably won’t change much for your opinion but who knows.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve 2.0, I can’t tell what your lineup looks like when you posted it like this, so not sure who to drop. If you have extra bats, drop them for extra arms…

      • Steve 2.0 says:
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        @Grey, my lineup.

        C: Brian McCann (Atl – C)
        1B: Pablo Sandoval (SF – 1B,3B)
        2B: Howie Kendrick (LAA – 1B,2B,LF)
        3B: Aramis Ramirez (Mil – 3B)
        SS: Erick Aybar (LAA – SS)
        CI: Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
        MI: Danny Espinosa (Was – 2B)
        LF: Logan Morrison (Mia – LF)
        CF: Matt Kemp (LAD – CF)
        RF: Justin Upton (Ari – RF)
        OF: Adam Jones (Bal – CF)
        Util: Vernon Wells (LAA – LF,CF,RF)
        BN: Brandon Belt (SF – 1B,LF)
        BN: Danny Valencia (Min – 3B)
        BN: Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF)
        BN: Aaron Hill (Ari – 2B)

        SP: Tim Lincecum (SF – SP)
        SP: Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
        RP: Brian Wilson (SF – RP)
        RP: Jose Valverde (Det – RP)
        P: Mat Latos (Cin – SP)
        P: Anibal Sanchez (Mia – SP)
        P: Ubaldo Jimenez (Cle – SP)
        P: Huston Street (SD – RP)
        BN: Derek Holland (Tex – SP)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve 2.0, Wow, you have a lot of extra bats. What you doing? Gonna sell them at a flea market? You should have extra SPs in H2H… Team looks really solid though, great hitting and pitching… Well played…

          • Steve 2.0 says:
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            @Grey, haha…well, somehow I must have thought to pick as many bats as I can. I blame ESPN for that.
            I missed Beachy and Luebke by a hair, though, made me angry and I stopped going for a starter! Gonna see if it makes sense to add one now. Could also wait and add/drop during each week. Thanks anyway.

  16. OaktownSteve says:
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    Bevimeter: noun

    The distance you can raise a pint glass and a coaster stuck to it before the coaster falls off

    Carperimeter: noun

    The thin strip where the carpet reaches the wall that cannot be reached by the vaccuum cleaner

    These things have been stuck in my mind for like three decades. The Rich Hill thing released them like repressed memories.

    I don’t think Cespedes is going to hit but about .230 this season. Worried about him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Ha!

  17. I was offered in a non keeper leauge

    Matt Holliday
    Jordan Zimmermann

    [ View Trade ] for

    Andrew McCutchen
    Chris Sale

    • The jerk says:
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      @Mr Baseball, I like the Holliday side better. Zimm is a better option than sale at this point, and I’m not a huge fan of cutch. He’s a bit overrated. His counting stats will suffer on that team and if he replicated last year I’m not terrible excited.

    • Tony says:
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      @Mr Baseball, zimmerman should be a pretty big upgrade over sale but holliday is a downgrade from cutch…. i’d want the cutch side, holliday slid to the 5th or 6th round in my 12 teamer last night, i think the days of him stealing are gone zapping some/alot of his value, and the days of him hitting .330 are gone…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, McCutchen side, it’s fair though…

      • @Grey, good stuff tony – and always good stuff grey – did anyone notice that grey never ages

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  18. Wake Up says:
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    Allegedly, Soria got his elbow caught in his T.B. Sheets. Now he’s on ice, in a cool room, Lord, it’s a fool’s room. Go into the kitchen and get me a drink of water…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

  19. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered fielder and lester for my bautista beckett and brothers. I like how this trade makes me younger and strengthens my sp staff. Anyway is there something I am missing here. Do I accept this before the other guy changes his mind?

    c jp arencibia
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b evan longoria
    inf jose bautista
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util vernon wells
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    Bn mat gamel

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp ubaldo jiminez
    sp josh beckett
    rp jason motte
    rp matt throton
    rp rex brothers
    rp matt capps
    p scott downs
    p brad peacock
    bn aaron harang
    bn scott downs
    bn garrett richards
    bn blake beaven
    bn brian matusz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Sounds good for you…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey, Do you think I might be giving too much or is this a awesome deal for me?

  20. nightpandas says:
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    15team league (5×5 + OPS, 5×5+K/9), empty bench spot, who do you like?

    SP’s: Bedard/Pomeranz/Guthrie/Sale/niese

    or

    Batters: Gamel/Reimold/cain/soriano

    • nightpandas says:
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      oops scratch Sale…he is taken

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @nightpandas, Cain

        • nightpandas says:
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          @Grey, sorry two other guys:

          Delmon Yound and Dexter Fowler just dropped, either over Cain?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @nightpandas, Tomato-tomahto… Depends what you need… Hold Cain…

  21. Jon says:
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    @Grey, would love your thoughts on my team, 12-team H2H, drafted last night (I picked 12th):

    C Wieters
    1B Prince
    2B Espinosa
    3B Longoria
    SS Elvis
    OF Bruce
    OF Kendrick 1B,2B
    OF Bonifacio 3B,SS
    UT Lind 1B
    UT Mous 3B
    B Rasmus OF
    B Belt 1B,OF

    SP Gallardo, Bumgarner, Gio, Jimenez, Scherzer, Cahill
    RP Madson, Motte, Clippard, Jansen, Holland

    …pretty sure I could get Giancarlo for Gallardo. Is that something you’d do?

    • Grey

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      @Jon, I’d take Stanton. Your team is very light on power and heavy on speed. Your pitching is solid, can handle the trade.

  22. hawk says:
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    @Grey @vinwins

    We’re having some draft issues with RCL #33

    The commish (Boaz Chan) originally put up a post saying potential draft dates on the weekend would be at midnight Eastern time.

    He proceeded to put up a poll with an option for Sunday March 25th at noon, Eastern time. That option got the most votes.

    He then said it was a mistake and it was meant to be midnight Sunday (i.e. Monday morning) and set the draft date / time for that.

    Because of that, several people have posted that they cannot make the draft. I assume they will autodraft or drop out entirely.

    I don’t really care – I can make that draft date and time. I just thought you should know what’s going on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hawk, If you or the commissioner wants to post in a new post’s comments, as you see above, people fill up a league…

  23. Don Johnson says:
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    Any reason to hang on to A. Chapman with my pitching staff or would I be ok to drop him? (12 team, 5×5, roto)

    Y. Gallardo
    C. Wilson
    G. Gonzalez
    A. Sanchez
    J. Chacin
    M. Minor
    J. Soria
    F. Francisco
    M. Thornton
    M. Adams
    S. Romo
    A. Chapman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don Johnson, Can lose him if you like…

  24. Hemmo says:
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    Any outside of the top 300 names for a 12-team NL-only league? Hitters.

    Thanks!

  25. Charles says:
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    Miggy news courtesy of Buster Olney: “Miguel Cabrera has a small fracture under his right eye, but they have told him he’ll be out only a couple of weeks. He needed eight stitches.”

    That should get him back by Tigers’ Opening Day. Still take him over Pujols?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up! Gotta go Pujols before him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Wait, it’s saying he’ll be ready for the opener… I’d still go Miggy then…

  26. Scottie O. says:
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    Looks like Miggy expected to miss “a couple weeks” with fracture under right eye.

    Officially he’s been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in the orbital bone and will be evaluated further in one week after the swelling subsides, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

    After watching that clip, I guess it could have been a LOT worse… hopefully it doesn’t turn in to be any worse than a couple weeks though.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Scottie O., I wonder if having MCab in a body cast would improve his fielding or not? I think it would be a wash: decreased mobility, but armored to stop all balls hit directly at him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch… That’s a bummer…

  27. mauledbypandas says:
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    Listening to the Podcast, good stuff Grey and Rudy.

    Ideas on this team? RCL league, so it was fairly competitive.. had to zig a lot (i.e. Cliff Lee)

    Lots of risk, lots of potential upside.. probably too strong on pitching (aside from missing out on the lower tier closers)

    5 Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    20 Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF
    29 Cliff Lee, Phi SP
    44 Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
    53 Eric Hosmer, KC 1B
    68 Carl Crawford, Bos OF
    77 Chase Utley, Phi 2B
    92 Brian McCann, Atl C
    101 John Axford, Mil RP
    116 Tommy Hanson, Atl SP
    125 Brandon Beachy, Atl SP
    140 Shaun Marcum, Mil SP
    149 Chris Carpenter, StL SP
    164 Mike Moustakas, KC 3B
    173 Yoenis Cespedes, Oak OF
    188 Jhoulys Chacin, Col SP
    197 Brandon Belt, SF 1B
    212 Francisco Cordero, Tor RP
    221 Zack Cozart, Cin SS
    236 Yonder Alonso, SD OF
    245 Mitch Moreland, Tex 1B
    260 Jonny Venters, Atl RP
    269 Joaquin Benoit, Det RP
    284 Francisco Rodriguez, Mil RP
    293 Mark Melancon, Bos RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lee puts you a bat back then you drafted straight pitchers for a while towards the end of the top 100… So you’re gonna be weaker on hitting…

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey, yeah, I knew I had a terrible draft. I just kept looking at the names there and trusted I would get some breakouts from the Belt/Alonso/Moreland/Cespedes/Moustakas types. Not going to be a good year.

  28. JoeC says:
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    Had a draft on Sunday in a new head-to-head league that I joined (I know… head-to-head is a stupid luckfest, but at this point, I admit to fantasy baseball addiction. I’ll snort/play anything!).

    After the draft, my friend asks me “why’d you take Espinosa in the 10th round?” I reply “I wanted to fill my MI and I really like the kid. 20/20 ain’t bad for your MI”. He replied, “This league doesn’t have an MI or CI position. Research fail.” Ugh.

    So, when you judge my team, know that nothing you say will be as harsh as the internal verbal berating I gave myself! :)

    C – Yadier Molina
    1B – Eric Hosmer
    2B – Dan Uggla
    SS – Erick Aybar “The Admiral”
    3B- Evan Longoria
    OF – Carlos Gonzalez
    OF – BJ Upton
    OF – Mike Morse
    U – Mark Reynolds or Austin Jackson, depending on match-up

    SP – Madison Buttgardner
    SP – Jeremy Hellickson (I know, I know)
    SP – Anibal Sanchez
    SP – Max Scherzer
    SP – Mike Minor
    SP – Juan Nicasio
    RP – Joe Nathan
    RP – Javy Guerra
    RP – Brett Myers

    My judgement: good in power, okay in speed, terrible in BA. On the pitching side, I need a few guys to come through pretty big, including a non-disaster from Hellickson, and opportunity for Minor and Nicasio.

    Considering I wasted two top 10 picks on an MI and CI I didn’t need, I don’t think it turned out TOO badly.

    Do your worst! :D

    • JoeC says:
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      @JoeC, BTW, this is a 12-team, mixed league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC, I agree with your assessment… Not much to add. I would’ve drafted that team, outside of Hellickson…

  29. Giant JJ says:
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    20 team. Would you pick up Jordan Pacheco and put him on your bench? You’d be dropping Nate Mclouth. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, Sure

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    Kinda random ranking question here and wondering your professional opinion:

    Can you rank the following guys in the order in which you think they have the best chance to keep a closer gig until October?

    Myers, Farnsworth, Thronton, Guerra

    I have them ranked this way, but just kind of wondered your opinion. I can’t imagine that the ‘Stros would take their second best starter and convert him into their closer (I know he has experience there) to not keep him in that role all season. I don’t trust the Farns to hold down the gig simply because I’m a Cubs fan, and the best thing he ever did for them was spear Paul Wilson. Thornton and Guerra obviously have sick competition, but who knows how that will play out.

    Thanks.

    • Brian says:
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      @Wilsonian, Myers has a $10 million option for next year which vests with 50 games finished. I feel like if he is still the closer this makes him a likely trade candidate at the deadline – similar scenario to K-Rod last year. I agree he’ll keep the role until the trade deadline though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Farns, Myers, Thornton…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, what if you added Balfour to the mix? Ahead of Thornton, or ahead of Guerra? Personally, I like him a little more than Guerra, but that’s just because I fear the Kenley.

        • Grey

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          @Wilsonian, Ahead of Thornton…

  31. Rabbit says:
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    Grey/Rudy, I know Rudy updated his Point Shares once so far; does he intend on updating them any more before Opening Day? And how much would you guys discount Miggy now in an auction league? Rudy already had Miggy ranked kind of low, only the seventh best hitter.

    • @Rabbit, I’ll update them one last time but very close to opening day so they could be used for the rest of the season. I wouldn’t change Miggy’s value at this point – but I also wouldn’t count on him getting 10 games at 3B anytime soon.

  32. Random Collmenter says:
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    @Grey, is there a reason you’re predicting Maybin to steal 30 this year when he stole 40 last year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Random Collmenter, I think last year was a career year…

  33. grey/rudy – at this point, do you think de aza gets platooned or does he keep a full-time gig? can he succeed over the year in way he has done in smaller sample sizes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, Probably get 400 ABs…

  34. boomer19 says:
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    Grey/Rudy…The next round of my draft I am debating between Castro, Andrus and Jennings. I do have slightly more power than speed at this point. We keep players for three years. I do not have a shortstop yet and have Braun as my first pick at outfield. It is a 5×5 14 team roto. Who would you go with? Point shares go Jennings, Castro, Andrus and Grey’s ranking goes Andrus, Castro, Jennings.

    • Grey

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      @boomer19, I’d take a SS…

  35. Mike says:
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    Miggy not gonna make it 3rd. There’s just no way they can feel good about him at that position in the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Nope

  36. schlitzy says:
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    Balfour chosen as A’s closer. melvin on choosing grant balfour as closer: “if you’re profiling the demeanor of a closer, you’d find a picture of grant balfour.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Damn, that hurts me across a few leagues…

      • schlitzy says:
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        @Grey, well then you’ll love this one. A’s Option RHP Brad Peacock to Triple-A Sacramento

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @schlitzy, Bad day to like A’s pitchers…

  37. Golfnuts says:
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    Grey,
    In a h2h 10 team league….how’s this look?

    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (1) Miguel Cabrera 1B
    2. (20) Ian Kinsler 2B
    3. (21) Jose Reyes SS
    4. (40) Pablo Sandoval 1B,3B
    5. (41) Zack Greinke SP
    6. (60) Madison Bumgarner SP
    7. (61) Jay Bruce RF
    8. (80) B.J. Upton CF
    9. (81) Howie Kendrick 1B,2B,LF
    10. (100) Shane Victorino CF
    11. (101) Mat Latos SP
    12. (120) Brett Gardner LF,CF
    13. (121) Geovany Soto C
    14. (140) Peter Bourjos CF
    15. (141) J.J. Putz RP
    16. (160) Carlos Marmol RP
    17. (161) Danny Espinosa 2B
    18. (180) Adam Lind 1B
    19. (181) Bud Norris SP
    20. (200) Erick Aybar SS
    21. (201) Wilson Ramos C
    22. (220) Allen Craig 2B,LF,CF,RF
    23. (221) Delmon Young LF
    24. (240) Brandon McCarthy SP
    25. (241) Jonny Venters RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Golfnuts, You look like you have too much speed and not enough power, and your pitching is much stronger than it needs to be…

      • Golfnuts says:
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        @Grey, Thanks daiquiri man……time to push for power……sounds like diarrhea to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Golfnuts, Ha!

  38. Ken Plane says:
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    Grey – Please rate Balfour, Holland, Broxton.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ken Plane, You did…

  39. Mark says:
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    So yeah, I took your advice yesterday and waiver claimed Holland for Mike Adams after the Soria news came out, and then for good measure, I put a second claim on Broxton for Addison Reed (since Ventura ruled him out of the closer spot to start, though I still think he gets it at some point sooner than later). So now my RP on that team consists of Sergio Santos, Kyle Farnsworth, Grant Balfour, Greg Holland, and Jonathan Broxton. Figure that gives me a very strong chance of at least three closers and a decent shot at four (if Balfour wins the gig on Oakland), at least to start the year, plus a free roster spot when I figure out who I can drop between Broxton and Holland (though if Broxton wins, Holland might stay anyway) or even a second if Balfour loses the job.

    Moochoes grassy-ass as usual Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark, No problem…

  40. Goose says:
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    With Kuo dunzo, who’s going to the set up man in Sea / handcuff for League?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goose, Heilman…

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey, Yucko.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Goose, Yup

  41. Kenny Powers says:
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    Grey

    20 team, H2H keeper points (no limits)
    Which side do you want?

    Kemp & Adrian Gonzalez or Votto/Hosmer/Ja Weeks/Jennings

    Thanks — btw, great podcast we should we expect another?

  42. Batman says:
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    What are you thoughts on David Wright’s health? Are you moving Beltre, Zimmerman, and/or Sandoval past him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Batman, I wrote about him three of the last four posts…

  43. Eddy says:
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    Balfour is the closer. Melvin announced it.

  44. Goose says:
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    BTW, was just doing some research on the “world wide web” and saw this:

    “Chris Resop, who has a 3.60 spring ERA in five innings, will likely serve as Pittsburgh’s eighth-inning set-up man.”

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS****

  46. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Jose Tabata or Kendrys Morales? Who gets the best of that trade?

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