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Shin-Soo Choo makes the Reds lineup look pretty.  No more will they have to search for a lead-off hitter with a solid OBP.  I do feel bad for the guy in charge of explaining to Dusty why Choo’s OBP should be coveted and they shouldn’t mourn the loss of Stubbs.  “Oh bee pees are fine and dandy…If you’re a dandy.  I play a man’s game where hitters swing the bat like they mean it.  You ever see George Foster take a walk?  He would have preferred someone walk on his face.  Hence… His face!”  “But, Dusty, if Choo gets on base–”  “I get on base by swinging!”  “Choo not you.”  “How about ‘Choo’ stop confusing me?!”  Hitter-wise, this is about as good a fit as I’ve seen from a fantasy and real baseball perspective this offseason.  (Pitching-wise, I did like Greinke going to the Dodgers.)  I’ve never been excited about Choo (no offense), but never fully against him either.  Indifferent, if you’re not trying to use unnecessary words, which is the least succinct way to say succinct.  This slight tick up in value for Choo has me excited.  It’s a small sample size, but he has four homers in nine games in Great American.  So, for 2013, I’ll give him 67 homers?  Nope, but a terrific lineup and ballpark sure won’t hurt.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line 108/23/79/.296/20.  Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2013 fantasy baseball:

Trevor Bauer – The Diamondbacks really did not want Bauer.  In general, they just love trading German last-named pitching prospects… Scherzer, Bauer.  Double-A phenom, Dirk Nietzsche, better not unpack.  While the rest of the major leagues hoards young pitchers, prospect arms move through the D-Backs’ system like they’re bad Mexican food.  Wait, Arizona did have that whole “Let’s build a fence around our state” thing.  Nah, can’t be related.  This trade does seem absolutely asinine from the outside looking in for Arizona.  We get it, you don’t like that he throws the ball 300 feet in practice.  You couldn’t just ask him to warm up differently.  I already went over my Trevor Bauer 2013 fantasy.  I’m not going to change my projections with the league switch.  My thought is he’s still going to be raw, and, while Progressive is more neutral for pitchers, it won’t matter.  He can pitch anywhere; his problem is he needs to control his stuff.

Drew Stubbs – Heads to Cleveland.  Stubbs is similar to what I said for B.J. Upton when he went to Atlanta.  No, not that he could hit .220.  Similar in that no matter where Stubbs plays he will be basically the same player.  Last year at home, he had six homers and a .217 average.  In away games, he had eight homers and a .210 average.  He gives you around 15 homers, 40 steals and a .235 average everywhere.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line 70/17/81/.237/42.  Those counting stats are assuming he’s batting eighth.

Kevin Youkilis – Youk to the Yanks.  Or as The NY Post should’ve called it, “O, Yuk.”  The 3rd base free agent market looks like one of those Day-After Christmas Sales when the sales girl says, “Um, yeah, I think we have mittens…Have you tried under that giant pile of picked-through clothes?”  And Youk is a set of mismatched mittens under the picked-through clothes.  For 2013, I’ll give him the projections of 74/20/88/.259.

Jeff Keppinger – Signed with the White Sox.  In the 3rd baseman market, he’s the mismatched socks under the returned underwear pile.

Kevin Correia – Signed with the Twins to surrender gopher balls.  That means homers, not that the University of Minnesota’s mascot is about to become anatomically correct.

  1. letsgobravos says:
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    I’m pumped about Choo to the Reds. I owned him last year for most of the season and he saved my injury ravaged OF. What round do you think he should be targetted in this year in a 12 teamer? 9-11?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos: He’s gonna be going before that… He’s a borderline top #1 to #2 OF… 7th round maybe if he falls…

  2. mooseknuckles says:
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    What is going on? First Myers and now Bauer. Are the Royals and D-Bags GMs trading all their top prospects in case the Mayan calendar is right or did towers just think Didi sounds like a hot stripper’s name. This is freaking nuts, both teams should have gotten way more.

    • Cole says:
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      @mooseknuckles: @mooseknuckles: @mooseknuckles: Its surprising for sure. I guess AZ was just desparate for a ss prospect. Look at how they were trying to sling upton to the braves/rangers for young shortstops. Also, Didi Gregorious is my new favorite baseball name

      • mooseknuckles says:
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        Estler@<a href="#comment-1881763"@Cole: it is a great name. Sounds like an 80’s or 90’s wwf superstar. Towers says he is a young Jeter. I need some of his kool aid.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @mooseknuckles: A lot, lot more… Pretty insane… Didi’s a hot WWE female wrestler…

          • Cole says:
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            @Grey: I submit for Razz approval: The Gregorious D.I.D.(I)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA… I like it…

  3. Jon says:
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    Does the trade of Bauer open up a spot for Skaggs in the Dbacks rotation?

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Jon: Probably have to wait for McCarthy to get hurt first.

      • Ben says:
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        @MattTruss223: Skaggs probably has a chance to win the 5th spot in spring training. Hudson isn’t due back until July at the earliest. Kennedy, Miley, Cahill, and McCarthy are locks. The 5th spot for a while comes down to Skaggs, Corbin, or maybe Collmenter, but I’d be shocked.

        • Jon says:
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          @Ben @MattTruss223 thanks, guys.

        • Random Collmenter says:
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          I wouldn’t be shocked.

  4. Ben says:
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    As a Dbacks fan I love this trade. Scouts can love Bauer and his stuff all they want, but he just looks like another Max Scherzer to me. Is that a terrible thing? No, but in AZ Scherzer’s ERA would be over 4.50 every year. He can barely keep it in the 3’s in Comerica. Bauer was a bad fit for this club and park and I’m happy to see them get something useful out of him. If we can’t get a 5 man rotation out of Kennedy, Hudson (In August… ok, next year), Cahill, McCarthy, Miley, Skaggs, or Corbin then all is already lost. A SS that can actually field helps all of these guys. Now, that said, I don’t get the Lars Anderson toss in. I guess they’re hoping he rakes in Reno to generate trade interest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Max Scherzer was a top 10 pitcher last year for the major leagues… Didi doesn’t look impressive… They could’ve gotten much more, which you should want your team to get… Jarrod Parker, Max Scherzer and now Bauer in the last few years… They’re trying to give away Upton… Your team needs to back away from the wheel…

      • TJ says:
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        @Grey: you can add Brett andersen to this list grey…he was in the dan harem deal a few years back…love the Mexican food analogy, if I was a d backs fan I’d be furious….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally furious… Anderson, that’s right… Everyone else is dying for young pitching and they’re giving it away…

      • mooseknuckles says:
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        @Grey: the Indians were open to Adsrubal being traded. That would have made more sense but it still wouldnt be enough. You can find a Brandon Crawford type ss a lot easier than a Bauer type pitcher. I do like that they got Metallica’s drummer, Lars though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he was great in Some Kind of Monster… Agreed, on the SS…

  5. Vottomatic says:
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    Another good headline title would have been: Reds choo choo choose, Choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vottomatic: Hehe… Yeah, think we went there already in a past headline…

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Vottomatic: Sorry dude, way too cliche.

      For the record, my league name has been Big League Choo for several years and even that idea was played out before that league even started.

  6. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I just traded a box of chiclets and a schick hydro 5 blade razor to the D-Backs for Justin Upton and a used 3 blade razor. Little do they know there’s not much difference between the 5 blade and 3 blade technology in terms of comfort and closeness of shave.

    Kevin Towers should get the soap in the sock treatment a la Full Metal Jacket from D-Backs fans for this sell low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You shave? I always knew something was wrong with you… Kevin Towers is pitching around Hollywood an update of Indecent Proposal where he trades his wife for a bag of Cheez Doodles…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: I shave my entire body, actually, but it’s more about aerodynamics/speed. Find it helps me type faster.

        Woody Harrelson will be asked to reprise his role but the Cheez Doodles would have to be made of corn meail, wheat grass and bean sprouts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha… “Can they make raw Cheez Doodles? Then I’m in!”

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: Woody Harrelson takes the ‘fun’ out of ‘funyuns’.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And the yuns…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey: On another note, I’m very saddened by your lack of coverage on the Skip Shumaker trade. The battle between him and Nick Punto for a utility spot should be intense.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They should go with the two-headed monster, Schupunto…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Puntmaker.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha…Perfect…

              • Hats for Bats says:
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                @Grey: Its not the taste, it’s the consistency

  7. royce! says:
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    I am astonished that the Diamondbacks could not get more for Bauer, but whatevs, the NL West is the Dodgers’ to lose, so it seems that other, less spendy teams have to make weird moves and take greater risks in order to compete. The Padres version of this has been to make no moves, in an apparent attempt to appear to be in motion by standing still while everything around them moves? Genius!

    Regardless, it seems that this trade could screw Billy Hamilton for next year. Seems that the Reds will have to bench Choo, Ludwick, Bruce or Cozart for Hamilton to find any playing time. Hope he doesn’t get Frazier’d, simply because his presence will make baseball more exciting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally forgot about Hamilton… He’s gonna have a tough time seeing anything like real playing time… I predict the Reds trade him July 31st for a piece to a non-contending club then he runs wild for someone else… Padres are making moves… The fences…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Good point about the fences. Anecdotally, it seems that they are spending most of their resources trying to get people to buy season tickets. They’re after me nearly every day…received two phone calls and an email on Monday trying to get me to come down for free dinner and drinks in the clubhouse so they could take another shot at getting me to buy a half-season. I’m actually considering buying the tickets, but their pursuing me with such cloying attention that it makes me want to go with another team that isn’t so needy…

        • royce! says:
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          @royce!: Shizz…*they’re…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Hello, royce!, this is Tony Gwynn. I was wondering if you wanna catch a movie this Saturday to talk about buying season tickets.” How much they get for a half season of tickets?

          • Jon says:
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            @Grey I’ve heard a places now that the Reds plan is Hamilton in CF in 2014 after Choo leaves town.

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Totally. I thought he was going to talk through the movie, but he just snored, really loudly. Super embarrassing.

            The seats I was looking at are pretty good and about 1250 ea, so something like 32 a game. The weird thing is that they don’t really have a face value, because they are using some fluctuating “market price” crap that will make the popular games more expensive…regardless, I figured it would work out to 35-40% off eventual face value.

            • Steve says:
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              @royce!: I was about to ask if you could write this off as an employment-related entertainment expense, but I just remembered who your clients are!

              • royce! says:
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                @Steve: Yeah, don’t think I could convince the prisons to let my clients out for ballgames… though recently I’ve been thinking that I should be able to write it off as a business expense because it is necessary to my mental health to stop worrying about my aggravating clients and start worrying about my aggravating team…Who knows? I’m no tax lawyer, but that sounds reasonable.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s not bad… Do you think you would either use all the tickets or be able to sell/swap them to someone else?

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: I would be lucky if I went to 20 of the 41 games, so I would try to sell the others. Padres are very accommodating to season ticket holders. For example, they make it super easy to trade season tickets for other games or more tickets in a cheaper area (so I could get a bunch of people to one game), or combine tickets to sit in better seats, etc. But last time I bought season tickets, I ended up just not using a bunch of them, though that was right after A-Gonz was traded and I had a full season, so I might avoid that fate in 2013. On the other side of the scale: I have a 10-month old, which makes me think that 41 games, or even 10, are not in the cards. Tough decision.

                Not a tough decision – deciding that Sheldon is my favorite Top Chef right now. Win immunity? Time to go balls to the wall!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hear ya with the tix… I can’t imagine I’d go to more than 20 games in a year even if I lived across the street… And San Diego’s one of the few cities where living across from the stadium wouldn’t be a miserable place to live… I like Sheldon, but no one is really jumping out at me as my favorite… The problem seems to be the best skilled chefs and the most entertaining chefs are not going hand in hand which is always the best way for a good season… The closest for that is Stefan and he’s already been on the show…

  8. adam says:
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    would you draft matt kemp at 5 or is he slipping a bit with the injury? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slipping…

  9. scooter jacobsen says:
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    So the “analysts” are all saying lead off and CF for Choo. Wouldn’t you give Billy Hamilton that opportunity In Spring Training…with Choo playing LF and batting 2nd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would… There’s no way they just paid $15 mill to Ludwick to be a bench bat though…

  10. Jon says:
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    Yo Grey, how would you spend $45 on pitchers?

    Zimmermann $24
    Lester $16
    Bumgarner $15
    Minor $12
    Anibal $10
    Medlen $3
    Anderson $3

    Sorry to make you do some math – haha

    • Jon says:
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      I think basically I’m trying to decide if it’s better to spend big bucks on Zimm or keep both Minor + Anibal. Am I looking at that right? What do you think?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Jon:
      24 – 15 – 3 – 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen, Bum, Minor, Anibal, Anderson… Yeah, Minor and Anibal over $24 for Zimmermann…

  11. Tony says:
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    Grey- been a while, took a hiatus from fantasy baseball, maybe i was saddened by my making it to the finals only to lose to my former arch enemy (i now have new enemies).

    I’m very excited about this deal for my tribe! Choo was going to walk after this year and for some non-baseball team its hard letting the “name” go…. but for guys like me, fantasy baseball minded, money ball minded, it was the SMART thing to do. Now a team with Stubbs and Mark Reynolds on it? I dont know about that, we could see 500 strike outs from those two combined! But they’re kind of putting together a team that each guy does specific things, batting average doesn’t seem to be one of them…. and BAUER was icing on the cake, The tribe desperately needs pitching and Bauer should hopefully fill that gap. I’m very happy. Now again he could be Matt LaPorta because us tribe fans thought he’d be great when we got him for the CC rental, and look how that turned out! Who knows, better to get something than nothing when choo would walk next year….. Plus i root for the reds as my national league team since I live in Ohio, WIN WIN……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad to hear you’ve found new people to despise… I knew you could! Yeah, it’s not a bad deal for the Tribe… Could be worse, you could be a D-Backs fan… Wow, I forgot about LaPorta… The Reds look terrific… I’d be excited if I were a Reds fan…

  12. Jon says:
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    Anybody here you see as a big overpay or any changes you’d make to my keepers (*)?

    Tulo $30*
    Cano $29*
    AGon $26*
    Jennings $25
    Stanton $24*
    Victorino $24
    Lawrie $24*
    Zimm (P) $24
    Zimm (3B) $23
    Hosmer $18*
    Posey $15*
    Bumgarner $15*
    Minor $12*
    Desmond $10*
    Anibal $10*

    I also have Rasmus, Frazier, Medlen and Anderson all for the min $3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d love to see your team like this:

      C: Posey
      1B: Hosmer
      CI:
      Etc…

      But Zimmerman over Lawrie makes sense…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey,

        C/1B Posey $15*
        1B AGon $26*
        2B Cano $29*
        3B Lawrie $24*
        3B Zimm $23
        SS Tulo $30*
        MI Desmond $10*
        CI Frazier $3*
        OF Jennings $25
        OF Stanton $24*
        OF Victorino $24
        OF Rasmus $3*
        DH Hosmer $18*

        SP Zimm $24
        SP Lester $16
        SP Bumgarner $15*
        SP Minor $12*
        SP Anibal $10*
        SP Medlen $3*
        SP Anderson $3*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So you have two third basemen spots or that’s a bench spot?

          • Jon says:
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            @Grey, yeah sorry only one 3B spot. So I guess Frazier is on the bench with one of those guys as CI. I don’t really see a way I could keep Lawrie and Zimmerman, though, which is why I listed it that way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go with Zimmerman over Lawrie for those prices…

  13. Terrence Mann says:
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    Cozart moving to the 7 spot. Dusty’s gotta let him run this year, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      God I hope so…

  14. Hats for Bats says:
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    What does off-season Grey think Ichiro will do over a full season on the Yankees? Swan song 100/10/60/.315/20 in the leadoff spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That seems really generous…

  15. royce! says:
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    Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels. Guess I should have seen this coming, since the Angels have the only other straight edge player, CJ Wilson. They’re going to have some crazy nights together, staying up late,getting wasted on energy drinks.

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: And People to watch over him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve: Pujols! Damn autocorrect.

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve: Oh, yeah, good point. Though I don’t think Pujols makes an issue out of it the way a straight edge dude like Wilson does. Anyhow, more power to them. Kinda silly for me to make fun of the multimillionaire baseball players who don’t drink…if my logic is correct, I would have been a multimillionaire baseball player too if it wasn’t for this damn booze…

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!: And let’s face it, CJ at least has a clear head for the pursuit, if you know what I mean.

            Not that a good-looking major-leaue pitcher earning millions a year needs another advantage in that department, though…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m missing something here… Is CJ known as a straight edge player? Am I having a brain fart? Only thing I remember about him is he was an insane Lost fan…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Oh yeah, he’s a full-on straight edge guy.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hmm… Don’t remember hearing that…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Get with the program, man.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m a total stunod.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holy crap! The Angels are dealing with some serious Rangers envy…

  16. Steve says:
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    Dempster gets $26.5M over two years from the Red Sox. Crikey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In the big picture… Bargain!

  17. mauledbypandas says:
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    Screw Hamilton. Screw the Angels.

    Funny part is, I didn’t even want him back with the Rangers. I did however expect him to honor his word and get back to the Rangers after he got his market value. Jon Daniels said the first he heard of the deal from Hamilton’s agent was that it was already signed.

    I hope he quits on the Angels like he quit on the Rangers. Money grubbing bum.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the Rangers will be fine without him… In that park, they can make 30+ homer hitter out of Swisher if they want…

  18. Steve says:
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    Some hilarious shizz from Rangers fans on Twitter bidding Hamilton good riddance after his less-than-stellar playoff performance this year.

    Conveniently ignoring the fact that were it not for his monster first half, they probably wouldn’t have been in the damn playoffs in the first place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Usual nonsense from fans…. “I love the A-Rod signing for the Yankees”…three years later…”I wish ill to A-Rod and his family.”

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: That’s the problem with Twitter. It gives a voice to people that don’t actually deserve to have one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yup…

  19. Jon says:
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    With Aybar batting between Trout and Pujols-Hamilton – do you think he’s in for a good year? Should I be considering keeping him for $3 alongside Tulo for $30 and Desmond for $10?

    • Jon says:
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      (ESPN has him ranked 86 overall, above Asdrubal, Zobrist and Rollins – that seems crazy high to me…)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That is high…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t keep him too…

  20. Bob says:
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    Best hitter in the Angel lineup will also probably be the cheapest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For sure…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was that from a movie?

  21. Simply Fred

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    Hamilton lifetime:
    @ Rangers Stadium (1284 AB): .592 SLG with 83 HR, 1 HR per every 15 AB.

    @ Angels Stadium (150 AB): .440 SLG with 5 HR, 1 HR per every 30 AB.

    cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya…

  22. TWSS says:
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    Grey, most of Choo’s counting stats come against RH pitching…what’s your thoughts on drafting him in round 7-8 just to be a platoon player? If you pair him with a cheap speedy outfielder, you could be looking at a 20+ HR, 30+ SB combined player…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it would be over thinking things… Unless your league is very shallow, that bench spot will be better spent elsewhere…

  23. costaricanchata says:
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    did hamilton go cheap ? ….. (compared to greinke money ??)

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Steve:
        but didn’t greinke get $147 k ?

  24. Jon says:
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    Does Anibal lose value if he signs with the Cubbies (pitching in Wrigley)?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Jon:
      i think so .
      i think he gets crushed pitching for the cubs .
      i might rather take my chances with ubaldo !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, he wouldn’t…

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