Don't be shellfish...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

It’s a closerousel!  Which is a play on carousel, not arousal.  Pick up your pants.  Recently, the Cleveland Indians organization talked to the media about moving away from the unfortunate Native American stereotype their team is known for.  They said, “We respect the people who came before us.  This was their land, and we drove them out.  Scalping was a crime on humanity.  In other news, we just signed a guy that goes by the Ax Man.  Chief Wahoo, can I get a woohoo?!”  John Axford should be perfectly competent as the closer in Cleveland, until he’s not.  What I mean is he’ll be handed the job and will hold it the whole year unless he reverts to his hideous ways.  I was burnt by him in more leagues than I care to remember, but I would still draft him again.  SAGNOF, after all.  Then Theo Cubstein went out and got Jose Veras to close games.  Cubs fans will miss the days when their games went an extra fifty minutes due seven men getting on base in the ninth inning.  If you throw out Veras’s first five appearances and start his stats on April 13th of last year, he had a 2.48 ERA.  Yeah, that’ll work just fine.  Then the Orioles pulled their best Billy Beane impersonation when they let one high-priced closer go and got Grant Balfour back.  Oddly enough, Billy Beane was the one that took the high-priced one.  I scream, what’s the world coming to?!  Then Billy Beane shoots Spider dead.  Then Beane turns to me and says, “Not so fast, amigo.  Check Balfour’s health.  Oh, and amigo is being sarcastic, you dumbass.”  I knew that!  But not about the health.  No one did.  Except for the Jedi master.  Of course, there was more to it.  So, now Balfour’s deal may fall through with the O’s due to health concerns raised in his physical.  It’s a developing situation as they say in third world countries about their water and cable TV.  Finally, Addison Reed went from the Chicago White Sox to Arizona.  Now the Diamondbacks won’t have to worry about what happens when J.J. Putz hurts himself opening a tin of Band-Aids.  Irony only takes you so far, Putz.  This leaves a vacuum in the South Side of Chicago in the ninth inning, but I guess they don’t plan on winning any games.  White Sox GM Rick Hahn named Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Scott Downs and Daniel Webb as possible replacements.  Due to Scott Downs’ Syndrome, Downs is out of the mix.  Jones will be a favorite by fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) due to his ability to strike guys out, but I’m guessing Lindstrom will end up with the job due to that hard-to-put-your-finger-on-it closer experience quality.  Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Matt Davidson – Went the other way in the Addison Reed trade and is currently slated to start at 3rd base for the White Hose.  Davidson does sound like a game show host, so come on down, you’re the next contestant on the White Sox depth chart.  Plouffe-like isn’t just fun to say, it’s also what Davidson looks like.   Yo, man, you are Plouffe-like!  He’ll have some power, maybe 20-ish homers, but struggle to hit for a decent average.  Here’s what I said previously about him, “Here’s what Prospect Scott said, “Davidson’s power is legit, as evidenced by the .208 ISO he posted at Double-A last year.  The 21-year-old projects to hit 25+ homers annually, but an aggressive approach will likely keep the AVG down.  Still, he looks like an above-average 3B, and he’s not too far off.  Or as Grey would say, ‘I’m a big dummy.’”  What?  Why would I say that?  I like Davidson a lot in AL-Only leagues, and deep mixed ones for upside.” And that’s me quoting me quoting Scott quoting me in a Möbius strip of quoting!

Justin Ruggiano – Cubs acquired him for Brian Bogusevic.  This is one of those moves that I just absolutely love (don’t love).  Talk about a huge fantasy value change (no change).  Ruggiano will now go from a 4th outfielder on a bad team to a 4th outfielder on a bad team.  Brian Bogusevic actually does gain value (no, he doesn’t).  Now Marlins fans have something to yell when Loria says he’s trying to make the team better — Bogusevic!

Michael Morse – Signed with the Giants.  Imagine the dreams Sabean has about being able to play a guy at DH.  He’d probably inquire about getting Mickey Mantle out of retirement and from being dead.  Even without the lure of being able to put a brittle, unable-to-stay-healthy guy at DH, Sabean had no problems going after Morse.  The Giants announced they were moving in the fences eight inches.  Not to help offense, but to add more padding.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Morse won’t ever get near a fence when tracking a fly ball.  He’ll pull a hammy about fifty feet from the nearest fence and collapse into the womb position.  For 2014, I’ll give him the line 57/18/66/.267

Jonathan Sanchez – Signed with the Cubs.  Hey, Theo Cubstein figured out how to assuage the fans who were upset about games ending early without Marmol around.

Joba Chamberlain – Signed with the Tigers for middle relief help.  This move could work out for him since there’s no trampolines in Detroit.  They were all sold in a government auction to get a street light.

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu re-signed with the Mariners.  His main role will be to bat against lefties and try to sleep with Shirley.  Since he hit .218 vs. lefties last year and can’t stay healthy, it was a move some questioned.  The Mariners front office said they were sick of trying to make the team better.  So there.

Raul Ibanez – The Eñe has landed as he signed with the Angels.  Bit of a quagmire started with this signing that could affect whether or not Tanaka signs with the Angels.  See, the Angels management team asked Arte Moreno for $2.75 million for Ibanez and Arte Paypal’d them over the money, which totally flipped out Tabatha, his daughter, because that was her manicure money.  Now, how is she going to tip the Asian lady?  If that gets out, Tanaka may not sign with the Angels.  Ibanez’s 2013 is his best case scenario and his 2012 is the worst case scenario.  For 2014, I’ll give him the line of 55/19/63/.235.

Jason Kubel – Signed a minor league contract with the Twins.  He’ll join Alex Presley, Brian Dozier, Oswaldo Arcia, Trevor Plouffe, Josmil Pinto and Pedro Florimon as guys in the starting lineup for the Twins that should be in the minor leagues.

Brian Roberts – Signed with the Yankees.  Oh, geez.  Or perhaps more accurate is old geezer.  I’d be upset right now if I thought Roberts would cut into Kelly Johnson’s playing time, but Roberts hasn’t seen a DL stint he couldn’t get on.

Juan Uribe – Re-signed with the Dodgers.  Every offseason promise shines on Dee Gordon, which he absorbs and converts into failure.  Scientists call it bozosynthesis.

Drew Stubbs – Traded to the Rockies.  Hey, a move to get excited about!  I’m downright giggly.  I’m dancing in my Lazy Boy.  Spinning my remote control on my finger because that’s something joyous I can do without exerting too much energy.  Wait, now I’m seeing that Stubbs is on the bench in Colorado.  Can’t I have anything nice, Offseason Moves?!  Offseason Moves, “You had Peter Bourjos.  Don’t get greedy.”  Stubbs probably wouldn’t be able to keep his value up even if he played every day, so he’ll get lefties with Corey Dickerson taking the other half.  In only 143 ABs last year, Stubbs hit .266 vs. lefties (and only 2 homers).  I’m not concerned about the lack of power there.  It’ll come in Coors.  He could go 15/15 in 300 ABs, and be a solid guy that you platoon in and out of your fantasy lineup for daily leagues.  For 2014, I’ll give him the line 41/12/44/.241/15.

David Lough – Traded to the Orioles for Porn Star Danny Valencia.  The Orioles are going with quantity over quality when it comes to corner outfielders.  As of right now, Lough’s in a five-person mess of corner outfield spots in Baltimore, but I think B-More understands this and it’s why Nelson Cruz will be in the black and orange shortly.  Then it will be Lough and behold Cruz.

Ryan Doumit – Traded to the Braves to be a backup catcher and corner man.  Appropriately enough, Doumit translated literally in German means “without glove” — Doumit?  More like nomitt! — and now he’s without job.

Mat Gamel – Signed with the Braves.  Gimel is Hebrew for the giving of a reward and punishment.  Gamel’s punishment is now being behind one of the best NL 1st baseman in Freeman, and his reward is he won’t have to play and get hurt.

Gavin Floyd – Signed with the Braves and won’t be ready to return until mid-summer due to Tommy John surgery.  Meanwhile in Chicago, I have no idea who John Danks will now compare himself to.  Maybe Donnie Veal.

Mark Ellis – Signed with the Cardinals.  Uh-oh, Kolten Wong.  This is the kind of move that seems perfectly fine.  It’s a bench bat, that’s what the Cardinals are saying.  The Cardinals are also the kind of team that gets Daniel Descalso 300 ABs.  If Ellis gets 200+ ABs, it won’t be at the expense of Matt Carpenter.  I will now whisper to myself for three months, please don’t kill Kolten Wong’s value.

Shaun Marcum – Signed a deal with the Indians, but he’ll probably just be depth when a starter goes down or a long man out of the bullpen.  Marcum down, indeed.

James Loney – Re-signed with the Rays.  For fantasy, my James Loney has a 1st name, it’s D-O-N-T.  My James Loney has a 2nd name, it’s D-R-A-F-T.  For 2014, I’ll give him the line 52/13/66/.280/3.

Omar Infante – Signed with the Royals.  ‘Every player is like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom… And we’ll never be royals…’  Hmm, actually it should be, “Every player is like ‘What’s in Billy Butler’s teeth?’ the Moose, I wanna watch Bonifacio run, vroom… They are the Royals…”  Infante, you’re a baby and I hate you for killing Bonifacio’s fantasy value.  For 2014, I’ll give Infante the line 48/8/51/.284/7.

  1. centerfield ballhawk says:
    (link)

    Looking forward to hearing from January Grey…. swoon. Happy holiday, G.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @centerfield ballhawk: January Grey is dealing with immigrations, but hopes to be fine… Happy Holidays!

  2. Lincecuminmypants says:
    (link)

    If there’s already Scott Downs’ Syndrome, why not Sudden Infante Death Syndrome as well? Too much? It’s questions like these that make the offseason fly by and me take a long look at my priorities.

    Anyhoo, what are your thoughts on Kelly Johnson for a 13 team standard roto AL only league? I may keep him for CI or 2B, but he’s got question marks like The Riddler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Lincecuminmypants: I’ll go over Kelly Johnson in the rankings… I like him, but not really as a keeper, but I don’t know who you’re choosing from…

  3. Yeshcheese says:
    (link)

    Axford once had the theme to “the good the bad and the ugly” as his walk up music in milwaukee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Yeshcheese: More like the bad, ugly and sometimes good…

  4. Count de Monetball says:
    (link)

    Oh Lorde, What a great write up today!

  5. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    this will probably be (the majority of it) starting lineup in 30 man d’nasty league.
    C D’Arnaud
    CI beltre
    CI ciriaco (likely dropping him, i don’t think he starts, and does suck (but doesn’t cut))
    MI lowrie
    MI a.escobar
    OF Beltran (his trade market will probably go up around june-july to contenders, just like real life, couldn’t get arenado/springer/syndergaard really anything much)
    OF Leonys
    OF A-Jax
    util Legares
    bench hitters: a.ellis (around in case D’Arnaud doesn’t start, otherwise drop)
    reed johnson (likely drop he ain’t getting at bats)
    schumaker (might keep just due to MI/OF eligible and he could be starter)
    gotta go i’ll be back with question.

  6. PublicEnemy#1 says:
    (link)

    What about that big Casey McGehee signing in MIA? Does .255/55/17/65 seem reasonable. Too bad he played on the only team in Japan with a major league quality arm, so we don’t know how he’d actually do against guys who can hit 90 on the gun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @PublicEnemy#1: Pretty much a joke of a signing… Shouldn’t be in the major leagues… Could see an NL-Only flyer and maybe 12 homers, .245…

  7. Wake Up says:
    (link)

    HA! Midseason form mi amegro!

    I picture Theo Cupstein as a ten year old wearing a Mouseketeermulke…

    A note to Spider- when a man asks for a Scotch and water you bring him a Scotch and water….you, you don, don’t sa-start tha-thinking about Theth Thmith thtaths and thtumble around and na-not thtart danthin…theriouthly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Wake Up: Thanks! HA… Wearing his Mouseketeermulke to go see Saving Mr. Banks at the Jewish Youth field trip…

      • Wake Up says:
        (link)

        @Grey: mmm…behind the scenes intellectual property rights and showtunes…every boys bar mitzvah dream…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Lift me in a chair and tell me about IP rights!

          • Wake Up says:
            (link)

            @Grey: One day that lil punim will run the cubbies!

            (after you ruin the Sawx and then bolt town)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              He did run his tuhkus out of town…

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
                (link)

                @Grey: one request for this upcoming years podcasts. Please get Wake up involved. Your banter is hilarious.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  Haha

  8. TheNewGuy says:
    (link)

    Missed some of your offseason sleepers so have been reading back on them.

    One on Avigail Garcia, I picked him up last year and like him too. Think he could be good for the rest of your projected numbers but not sure where you’re getting the 14 steals from. He only had 3 in half a seasons ball last year, and doesn’t appear particularly fast to me, partly where the mini Miggy comps come from. Did he steal much in the minors?

    Liked the Moustakas blurb.

  9. TheNewGuy says:
    (link)

    As for Davidson, he smell very Middlebrooks(ish) to you? Power but no plate discipline.

    And good lord, what a lot of shizzy signings going down.

  10. Fish says:
    (link)

    Just making sure I haven’t missed it, but Rudy hasn’t done his evaluation of rankings and projections yet, correct?

    What can I say, I love me some numbers. Bring on the z-scores and standard deviations!

    • Not yet – it’s on my to-do list for the holiday break.

  11. The guillentine says:
    (link)

    How do you like Justin Morneau in Coors for deep leagues?

  12. royce! says:
    (link)

    The White Sox seem pretty open to allowing young pitchers to close — from what I recall, Hector Santiago started 2012 as the closer, and then Reed took over when he faltered — so I would give them the benefit of the doubt in 14 after 20 and think that Jones will be given a shot before Lindstrom, who hasn’t closed since 2010.

    Nice Royals jam. Now I have to go to the mall so the Christmas music will force that song from my brain…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Thanks! You’ll hear it everywhere you go though…It will never escape you. I’m sorry. That is true on the W. Sox, maybe they go with the fun pick who is likely to explode in everyone’s face rather than the safer one…

  13. Big AL says:
    (link)

    Well that was fun. My left eye fell asleep reading this blog. “Bogusevic” So Hosmer is coming into 2014 as a possible 5 tool guy on a much Improved team. Aoki and Infante hitting in front of him is like ‘Thanksgiving ” with all the trimmings right there and behind him. Did he make the leap last year to a bonified major league hitter ? I want to be all in on this guy and I really liked how he sprayed the ball all over the place with decent power. How about you ? You over your “Ouchies” from 2 years ago ? This has Fanasty Fantiasia written all over it. Are ya down !!! Or are ya a little leery of him still ? What do thing his ADP will be at ?

    • OaktownSteve says:
      (link)

      @Big AL:

      The telling stat for Hosmer. 52.7% groundballs. 13th highest rate among qualifiers. Just so you know, here are the kind of guys that top that list: Aoki, Segura, Borne, Andrus, EYJ, Denard Span. #14 was Ichiro.

      With teams shifting on Hosmer and him hitting all those ground balls you would not think a .335 BABIP is anywhere near repeatable. I did take a look at his spray chart and it does look like he went the other way a little more in 2013 in 2012 which could account for some of the BABIP as he took advantage of the infield shift. But it also looks like he hit more opposite field home runs in 2012 than in 2013.

      The thing is, with a guy that young it’s possible you see a radical shift in batted ball profile. A swing change that gives him some lift. His K rate is liveable. The walk rate could come up a bit. You love the double digit bags. If the price is right, he’d be a great guy to take a flier on because he hits in a premium spot in the line up, but I think the price he’s going to come at will be too high given the fact that you’ll be hoping to see a radical performance without actually seeing any signs. Somebody is likely to be more optimistic about him than they should be just based on post-hype sleeper love. If you could get him at a price that was in line with his last year performance, you’d want to pull the trigger, but not much higher than that.

      • Big Magoo says:
        (link)

        @OaktownSteve: Hosmer reminds me of a young Keith Hernandez or Mark Grace (minus Grace’s insane BB/K ratio) in a lot of ways. Good plate discipline, high LD %, plus defensive skills. Perhaps like a John Olerud with speed as well. I’d expect something around a .290/18/12 line. Probably worth a late fourth / fifth round pick in fantasy.

        • Simply Fred

          simply fred says:
          (link)

          @Big Magoo: tracking around #36 pick overall in mocks…

          • Big Magoo says:
            (link)

            @simply fred: He’s worth that pick if you think he improves his power #s into the low-mid 20s. Considering his batted ball profile and home park, I don’t think he gets there this year. About a round too high in my opinion…

            • Simply Fred

              simply fred says:
              (link)

              @Big Magoo: Agree with the round too high. AL Central is worst division for lefties, 1 HR per 49.3 AB (compared to AL East, 1 per 33.9). The mitigating factor that says he COULD do it is his Average True Distance per HR of 417.9, which ranks him in the stratosphere (Stanton 413.8)

              http://www.hittrackeronline.com/index.php

      • Buddha Hitler says:
        (link)

        @OaktownSteve: If Captain Obvious dined at The Waffle House, do you think he would order “OaktownSteve’s 3 Paragraphs of Inconsequential Blabber Omelette” with a side of “It Sounds Like I Said Something Relevant, But Really I Just Confirmed Something About My Aunt’s Genitalia”, or would he settle on the “I Have No Idea About Hosmer Either, He Might As Well Be Ethier, Now I Need Some Ether” Trio?? If McCutchen falls to me in the 3rd round, should I grab him, or would that make me a victim of post-hype MVP love? (As long as we are making a concerted effort to make up lingo that sounds as if we were a fantasy baseblogging virtuoso attempting to brown-nose our way thru an interview at the Grey Daquiri’s School of Fence-Straddling!) Look what you started… Feed the Beast!

        • Kid A says:
          (link)

          @Buddha Hitler: excuse me sir, I believe you dropped your haymaker. If oaktown steve draws you ire, I’d recommend against staring into the blubbery blabbering maw of misinformation that is jack full of hate. The guy hangs mistletoe on asses around here like a pro.

          • Prez says:
            (link)

            @Kid A: hahahahaha! I thought he always just had chocolate pudding on his nose… Now i know…

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Kid A: that’s why I hang my mistletoe on your head

  14. BootsyBaby says:
    (link)

    So is my $1 Pedro Strop still worthwhile with the Veras signing? 10 team NL only. Over/under on Veras losing the gig to Strop? Week 10?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Not worthwhile to keep… Maybe worthwhile to draft to fill out your MR bench… Strop won’t see saves without an injury…

  15. DrTongue says:
    (link)

    Keeper league, 40% inflation. Greinke $27 or Lester $22? Who do you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Greinke

  16. Dominic says:
    (link)

    10 team AL Only league, 4 x 4 roto, auction draft with $270 cap. Can keep 15, but don’t have to.
    Keeping ($162):
    Hitters: Loney ($5) / Lowrie ($6) / Beltre ($39) / Escobar, Alcides ($11) / Hamilton ($30) / Rasmus ($8) / Ortiz ($9)
    Pitchers: Archer ($10) / Gray ($4) / Griffin ($7) / Holland ($9) / Perkins ($14) / Tillman ($3) / Uehara ($7)
    That’s 14. Do I keep all of them? Which one of the following would you keep to make it 15?
    Lorenzo Cain ($10) / Hector Santiago ($&) / Oswaldo Arcia ($3 / R.A. Dickey ($29)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Interesting price on Hector Santiago… I’d go maybe him or Arcia…

      • Dominic says:
        (link)

        @Grey: I picked him up off waivor wire last year for only a single ampersand, great deal! …$7

        I was leaning Arcia, I already have 7 of 9 pitcher slots filled. Bench can only be filled through post auction draft. I like Arcia over Sugar for the upside.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Haha… Go with Arcia then…

        • goodfold2 says:
          (link)

          @Dominic: you really want to keep hamilton for $30? i’m assuming that’s LAA hamilton.

  17. Big Magoo says:
    (link)

    I could see Jones emerging from that late inning pack in Chicago. Of course, it would only take one or two bad outings in the Cell to create a full-blown committee. Worth a late round pick. I wouldn’t touch Lindstrom with a ten foot pole though.

    You keeping up with the current season of Top Chef?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, not loving it though… I keep waiting for a chef to get interesting… So far, no one has stepped forward… I also am finding the judges to be more douchey than they used to… I don’t even care for Tom, who I never had a problem with before…

      • Big Magoo says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Agreed. None of the chefs have become must-see tv and the judges have been pretty douchey. Tom has had his moments in past seasons, but he’s been especially critical this season it seems. Padma’s been really picky too. Nina’s been solid but boring. Nick seems bipolar – he’s nice one minute and a jerkoff the next. I guess he’s been the most interesting chef, which isn’t saying much. Kind of a bleh season thus far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Yeah, Nick is probably the most interesting which says a lot since he’s borderline boring… Only thing really going for him is a decent story (wants to open his own place after quitting his last job to come on the show, though this is probably a dozen of them)…. Nina looks to be the most talented but agreed that she is a snoozefest… Perfect illustration of the problem with this season is the Mexican chef said Nick stole his oven and then apologized for it instead of being like, “Screw you, you’re effin’ warming your plates for college students.”

          • Big Magoo says:
            (link)

            @Grey: I’m about to watch this week’s episode either tonight or tomorrow (backlog on the DVR) but I saw the preview from last week. Looks like tension is building in the competition. Hopefully it leads to some good tv.

            By the way, when you refer to the only competitor who has earned a Michelin star as “the Mexican chef,” you know it’s been a pretty forgettable season.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Haha… Totally… Though I will say he must know his Mexican food but he hasn’t impressed outside of that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Haha…Nice… Thanks for driving — so much better than Lyft!

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
        (link)

        @Grey: so who were you two Eric B and Rakim, Dre and Eazy or Captain and Tennille?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Grey: it does take two

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          BTW, I figured out the issue with the pipe… Either I’m an idiot (very possible) or one of the batteries doesn’t work at all… Had nothing to do with how loose or tight it was…

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Grey: a-ha, well I gave you two chargers, have you tried the single battery charger? I gave you four batteries so three out of four are good, that’s a .750 average. I pick up more at the wholesaler next time I’m there.

            Have you tried that other tank I gave you on your pen? Have you tried Eazy does it?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Ah… You know what? I haven’t… Have only tried the batteries in the box…will try the others later… The what on the pen? What pen?

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
                (link)

                @Grey: sorry pen is slang for the battery you use. The tank was that small box I gave you

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  Ah… No haven’t tried that yet… When the tank I have on there now is burnt out I’ll try it…

  18. Todd says:
    (link)

    Is gamel worth a roster spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Where?

  19. Reno 911 says:
    (link)

    Trade question for you. H2H points league. $200 cap at auction, expands to $260. I have Alfonso Sorianno for $8 and Bartolo Colon for $8. I’ve been offered Michael Wacha for the two of them. He’s also $8.

    No brainer to accept this, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Take Wacha

  20. Eddy says:
    (link)

    Choo to Rangers for 7/$130.

    This may be the first year Choo is finally overrated.

    • Big Magoo says:
      (link)

      @Eddy: Choo will still be the same .285/20/20 player, but I agree that his perceived value just jumped about a full round or so. This is bad news for Martin though. He drops from the lead off spot to the bottom third of the order after this signing.

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
        (link)

        @Big Magoo: If they were smart they would have Martin bat leadoff vs. lefties….I say this without looking at Martin’s numbers vs. lefties

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Martin’s a lefty and not great vs. them either

          • Big Magoo says:
            (link)

            @J-FOH: @Grey: Martin and Choo have both struggled against lefties – career .569 OPS vs LH for Martin and .680 for Choo. One option would be to have Profar lead off against lefties, except that he’s struggled against them as well. Washington is more of an old-school type of manager anyway. I don’t see him tinkering with Choo-Andrus-Fielder-Beltre-Rios in the 1-5 lineup slots unless the team’s in a prolonged offensive slump.

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Grey: looking at Magoo’s line up I don’t like it. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. I don’t think Choo is the right fit for them. I think they would of been better off going after Morales just for the fact that they have good top of the order guys already and a load of guys with potential to be top of the order. A .280 switch hitting power bat would of been way more helpful to bat around Prince and Beltre. Rios could of batted 2nd…..cust kayin’

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Agreed… Martin, Andrus, Rios, Beltre was fine by me… Martin, Rios, Beltre would’ve too… Choo doesn’t hurt them though, they’ll be good…

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
                (link)

                @Grey: I agree that they will be good, I think with all the speed potential they already have they would of been better off with a switch hitting power bat

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  Agreed

                  • goodfold2 says:
                    (link)

                    @Grey: magoo, choo’s last 2 or 3 years against lefties is quite a bit worse than before that (i remember reading this last year when I owned choo everywhere); something about changing how he adjusts his swing vs lefties (previous hand injury i believe). so .680 OPS lifetime may be true, but going forward it’s likely worse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Overrated as far as the Rangers were concerned, at least…

      • matt says:
        (link)

        @Grey: A..Ah..Ahhhh…Chooo! Sorry I suddenly caught a cold thinking they are now a WS contender with this add. Really don’t see the upside. I guess Texas has adopted the NY Yankees formula, “throw a ton of money @ 7yr contract at a mediocre player to become an instant contender next season. Those other free agent signings are pretty Meh also. Lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          They have a solid team still around Choo… Rios, Beltre, Andrus, Fielder and Darvish… Don’t think they’re counting on Choo to make them a contender…

  21. Matt says:
    (link)

    Keeper League trade question:

    12 team league with 14 keepers per team. No penalty for keepers.

    Here’s the offer:
    Get: McCutch, Latos, filler

    Give: Ces, Beltre, and Lee

    My pitching keepers are pretty thin (currently lee, Gio, Archie Bradley) and offense is stacked. I would love to pick up a top five player in Mccutch but feel like I’d be giving up a little too much. Thoughts?

    • Matt says:
      (link)

      @<a href="#comment-21@Matt: Cliff Lee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Don’t like it

  22. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
    (link)

    last 3 year’s, Choo at:

    CIN: 300AB: .317AVG/.441OBP/.513SLG/.954OPS
    AL-W:151AB: .225AVG/.352OBP/.336SLG/.689OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      He’s like the anti-Napoli when Napoli was gonna hit 60 homers last year…

  23. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    ok, that was a long meeting
    C D’Arnaud
    CI beltre
    CI ciriaco (likely dropping him, i don’t think he starts, and does suck (but doesn’t cut))
    MI lowrie
    MI a.escobar
    OF Beltran (his trade market will probably go up around june-july to contenders, just like real life, couldn’t get arenado/springer/syndergaard really anything much)
    OF Leonys
    OF A-Jax
    util Legares
    bench hitters: a.ellis (around in case D’Arnaud doesn’t start, otherwise drop)
    reed johnson (likely drop he ain’t getting at bats)
    schumaker (might keep just due to MI/OF eligible and he could be starter)
    pitchers:
    kuroda (10 Mil)
    erasmo (.4 mil)
    estrada (.4 mil)
    b.chen (4.5 mil, way too much for this guy)
    sale (.425 mil)
    e.santana (11.2 mil WAY too much)
    belisario (.4125 mil)
    o’day (1.251 mil)
    j.johnson (2.625)
    burton (.75 mil)
    after dumping dempster’s 14 mil i’m back to a respectable 26 mil and change free.
    1. should I stick with these 6 SP or attempt to bid on any of
    gaudin SF (.4 mil)
    c.torres NYM (.4 mil)
    oberholtzer HOU (.4 mil)
    c.lewis TEX (3.25 mil)
    redmond TOR (.4 mil)
    alex white HOU (.4 mil)
    nuno NYY (.4 mil)
    I’m guessing colby will be bid up way too high, but I also bet redmond and torres could be had for cheap. oberholtzer is the wild card.
    2. obv I should drop Belisario, and probably grab one or 2 more RP. please rank these RP
    d.webb WSOX (.4 mil, possible closer?)
    carpenter ATL (.4 mil)
    vincent SD (.4 mil)
    qualls HOU (1.15 mil, possible closer?)
    simon CIN (.414 mil)
    machi SF (.4 mil)
    loup TOR (.4 mil)
    parra CIN (1.2 mil)
    wil smith MIL (.4 mil)
    lindstrom WSOX (3.6 mil, likely get bid very high, but could close too)

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @goodfold2: sorry, don’t need to rank all of those RP, just top 5 or so.

      • goodfold2 says:
        (link)

        @goodfold2: in #1 i wouldn’t have to drop any pitcher to grab another, as i have 3 open bench spots, even without dropping any of ellis/dobbs CI (forgot to mention him 1.5 mil, likely drop)/reed johnson.
        also forgot these P’s
        jimmy nelson MIL (.4 mil)
        diekman PHI .4 mil
        wil harris ARI .4 mil

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Lewis, White, Torres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      1. Hold 2. Carpenter, Qualls

      • goodfold2 says:
        (link)

        @Grey: forgot to mention this is 30 man dynasty league, if that affects any of your answers.

        • goodfold2 says:
          (link)

          @goodfold2: 6X6

          • goodfold2 says:
            (link)

            @goodfold2: i’m guessing white and torres have starting spots then?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              They do as of right now

              • goodfold2 says:
                (link)

                @Grey: this league for some asinine reason has a ridiculous bidding system for it’s free agent players in the offseason. we submit bids (which is fine), but say i’m the only person who wants d.carpenter. If i bid 1 million, and nobody else bids on him I have to actually pay the full 1 Million, rather than the 400K his salary actually is. are most dynasty leagues like this. It would make sense to me to only have to pay what the lowest winning bid amount would be, not the max amount that wasn’t needed. Complicating this is the fact that some of the leaguemates know each other (thus have better info about a player’s market than me).

                • goodfold2 says:
                  (link)

                  @goodfold2: comish in this league doesn’t seem to understand there is a difference between “lowest winning amount” and highest winning amount”. nobody should have to pay more than the interest in that player. Am I crazy here? (by that I mean is the majority of comishs just dumb?)

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
                    (link)

                    Ha…Nah, you’re not crazy…

  24. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    maybe already asked this but you do not have yelich over lowrie, right? Yelich owner all of a sudden is willing to move him to improve his MI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yelich over Lowrie in a dynasty, yeah…

  25. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    question related to above. Do most dynasty leagues do retarded bidding like mentioned above, or do most do Ebay type bidding, wherein if I bid $400 for a cheap watch, and nobody else bids anything I get the watch at opening cost, even if that is as low as $5? Ebay doesn’t take my $400 and tell me since I was willing to pay $400 for a $5 watch I actually have to pay it. When I bring that example up i’m told “this isn’t ebay”, as if that is an explanation. I surely hope the majority of leagues have the ebay way, where you only have to pay the market price (i.e. the lowest winning price, not the maximum winning price)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      You bid a dollar over the biggest bid in most leagues and when everyone stops bidding, the highest bid wins…

      • matt says:
        (link)

        @Matt: if the filler was a decent position player then I can see it @Grey: yup

      • goodfold2 says:
        (link)

        @Grey: yep, so the smallest winning bid wins, not everybody throw a number into a hat (or email) and actually make the highest bid pay the ceiling amount, like in this league. weird thing is not one other owner thinks this is illogical. Should be just like ebay, the guy with the highest bid wins, but pays the smallest amount that wins.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Yup

  26. Eddy says:
    (link)

    Grey, I’ve been getting the fantasy itch lately. Since I decided not to do any basketball/football, I’ve been just staring at my keepers. Salivating at Harper in 2014 and Sonny Gray with a full season ahead.

    When can we expect The Holy Top 10?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      mid-January… Working on the rankings now…

      • Eddy says:
        (link)

        @Grey:

        Awesome, looking forward to it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Me too!

  27. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
    (link)

    I give my shout outs and get no bulls**t back. What’s wrong with the KAP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Huh?

      • J-FOH says:
        (link)

        @Grey: not for you, Kid A and Prezzi, how’s your Sunday going? Get Cougs that Sunny Gray jersey to mark your territory…..for christmas?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Just watched a screener of the Alexander Payne film, Nebraska… Pretty good… The old lady was great, man, I do have a thing for old ladies…

    • Prez says:
      (link)

      @J-FOH: man i got booted out of both playoffs.. but i still skimmed!! And im all out of raps… Haha

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
        (link)

        @Prez: kid A and prezi are now referred to as one entity, the KAP?

Comments are closed.