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Jason Bourgeois was traded to Royals with Humberto Quintero.  Fun fact:  Did you know Humberto Quintero weighs exactly a quarter more than Humberto Quadtero?  When the trade was announced, Bourgeois said he’d once and for all bring down the tyrannical rule of the Royals and restore a society where Lorenzo Cain lost 75 to 100 at-bats and The Guido Playing 2nd Base lost 100 at-bats.  Bourgeois insists that a free market system for steals is essential to their success.  Then Bourgeois doffed his powdered wig and asked Yuniesky Betancourt to bring him some unpasteurized cheese.  Chop, chop, Piss Boy!  This trade doesn’t flat out kill Cain…Sugar!’s value.  It sure doesn’t help it.  As I mentioned to someone in the comments right after this trade went down, Cain…Sugar! needs to perform well in April to be worth the draft gamble and if he performs well, then he’ll play and Bourgeois will see at-bats at 2nd or all over the field.  I don’t think Bourgeois is worth a grab in mixed leagues yet, but he can quickly get on radars because of his ability to steal.  SAGNOF!  If you were looking at The Guido Playing 2nd Base for a late round flyer, he’s still worth it too.  He’s in the similar predicament as Cain…Sugar!.  If Giavotella hits in April, he’ll get playing time.  If he didn’t hit, you’d drop him with or without Bourgeois.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2012 fantasy baseball:

Joakim Soria – Headed for Tommy John surgery.  It’s fine to drop him in all leagues, except leagues that have a category for damaged ulnar collateral ligaments.  In that league, you’ve got an early lead!  Go pick up Brandon Webb in case he latches on with a team.  There’s still been no clarity on the Royals closing shituation.  Holland’s better, Broxton has experience, Crow doesn’t seem likely in front of either guy.  I’m going with Holland first, and both of them in some leagues where I feel light on saves.

Derek Jeter – Has a minor calf injury.  If he had a major calf injury, I’d say, “Don’t have a cow, man!”  And we’d laugh.  Oh, would we laugh.  You and I.  Are you gonna finish that peach pie?  You know Grey likes peach pie?  Jeter should return by Friday.

Nick Swisher – Left a game with groin tightness.  In related news, A-Rod gets groin tightness when he looks at Jeter.

Daniel Bard – When the Sawx first announced Bard would start, here’s what I said, “The Sawx are toying with the idea that Daniel Bard should be in the rotation rather than as the closer.  To incorrectly quote Gordon Gekko, “That’s a toy with fleas.”  As a starter in the minor leagues, his ERA was 7.08 and walked 78 hitters in 75 innings.  Granted, this was early on in his minor league career, but I don’t see the Sawx taking a pitcher that is actually succeeding as a reliever and stretching him out to fail.  Then again, their rotation isn’t exactly five deep.  Hopefully Daniel doesn’t stay *pinkie to mouth* Bard from the bullpen.  Or should I say bullpun.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Now it’s being reported that Bard is headed back to the bullpen.  I’d say I told you so… Well, I just kinda did.

Dontrelle Willis – Orioles signed Willis to a minor league deal.  He was always good with the bat; it’s not too late for him to become a herbathrowdite.

Ryan Braun – Has a groin injury that he blamed on FedEx.  He should be back in the next few days, assuming FedEx gets their shizz together!

Michael Morse – His lat strain may cause him to miss a few games at the start of the season.  I’m not concerned at this point.  If he misses a week in April, it’ll all be forgotten by May.  Or beep, beep, dot, dot, slash in Morse code.

Neftali Feliz – From the files of, “Actually interesting news if I didn’t tell you to not draft him anyway,” Feliz has shoulder issues.  A closer moving into the rotation + shoulder problems = Gummi Worms.  Shoot, I did that math wrong.  It was supposed to add up to “Stay away from at drafts.”

Chris Carpenter – Felt neck discomfort yesterday.  Now seems all but certain that he’ll start the year on the DL.  Carpenter’s fans feel like it’s a rainy day or Monday.

Kyle Lohse – Will start Opening Day for the Cardinals.  Hey, Cards fans, there’s still a chance to go 161-1!

Hisashi Iwakuma – Will start the year in the bullpen.  M’s rotation will be Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan and Kevin Millwood.  Hey, M’s fans, there’s still a chance to go 20-142!  On a side note, Rudy came up with a Mariner version of the Hodgepadre for our glossary… A Marginer.  A Marginer is any mediocre pitcher on the Mariners that’s worth owning when they start in Seattle.  Similar to Hodgepadre.  Most Marginers are Homeschoolers.  Not to be confused with ex-Mariner closer Mike Schooler.

David Wright – Word out of Port St. Lucie is, doesn’t Port St. Lucie sound like an after-dinner drink?  Also, Wright could play this weekend.  I don’t think he’s out of the woods yet.  And I’m not sure if the breadcrumb trail out of the woods is gonna lead to a 60-day DL stint or 140+ games played with weak power because he’ll be nursing an injury, but I’m not excited about either scenario.

Johan Santana – Only gave up one run in six innings, but whatever with that.  I ignore spring stats, but what I’d focus on is he was only in the high-80′s with his fastball.  That wouldn’t even win a SpongeBob at the local carnival.  I still have a hard time recommending him as a late draft gamble.  I think this year’s best case scenario is Johan throws 170 IP and gets about 140 Ks and around a 3.50 ERA.  Basically, you’re hoping for Vogelsong/Mike Leake-type projections.

Orlando Hudson – You shouldn’t even be drafting O-Dog, but if you were thinking about it, he’s having groin problems.  Speaking of groins, Wang’s gonna miss over a month.  (BTW, if this is your first day reading Razzball, we’re not always this fascinated with groins.  Not that we have anything against them… I mean, we’d have something against them if the situation presented itself… Okay, moving on…)

Shaun Marcum – Won’t miss any time in the rotation coming out of the gate because of his previously inflammed shoulder. To summarize in a pithy fashion, Marcum down to start.

Chris Perez – Threw batting practice yesterday and will be more than ready for Opening Day.  You know who this makes happy?  Chris Perez’s son.

Mike AdamsJoe Nathan has looked like a beast this spring.  I’m not using “like a beast” in some cool, hip phrasing.  Do I seem cool or hip to you?  I have a mustache, for crikey’s sake!  I mean, he’s looked like a beast as Mary Shelley would’ve liked that phrase used.  If you heard the podcast yesterday, you know this already.  By early summer, Nathan’s headed for the Disgraceful List and Adams will be the closer.  I’d be more surprised if it happened later than early summer than early early summer.  Glad I clarified that!

Carlos Marmol – Left a game with a hand cramp, but the MRI showed no nerve damage.  To get rid of his cramps, the doctor told him to eat a pint of ice cream and watch Sex and the City reruns.

  1. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey gray, h2h league where holds, era, saves, whip,…count. I only have 2 closers and one setup guy in robertson. I intend to drop one of these guys orris, colby lewis and worley, to pick up either mike adams, broxton, bard, o flaharty or sale. Your recommendation will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Moscowitz says:
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      And what about s. Marshall, thornton, balfour or cordero?

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Moscowitz, id grab adams now,

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC, Thanks but what about Thornton and who would you give up for? I mentioned a few that i could drop to get Adams or Thornton.

      • Chris says:
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        @Moscowitz,

        Balfour has been named A’s closer. Get him.

  2. Al Swedgin says:
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    Hmm, I think it would be 20% less, actually.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Al Swedgin, I was wondering if Grey was going to get a math lesson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al Swedgin, Ha!

      • sweet n sour chicken says:
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        @Grey, hey grey ,just did my draft 12team league. I got in starting lineup. Soto,hosmer,kendriks,hardy,emilio at 3b. Of is kemp,andrew mcuchinen,bj upton,and werth at utility. SP is cliff lee,price,d hudson, luebke ,and animal sanchez ,sale. Bench is rios ,trumbo,venters,dan espinoza,and colby I need my daddy rasmus. What ur thoughts with that squad

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @sweet n sour chicken, Team looks heavy on speed, light on power and the pitching looks better than it needs to be…

          • sweet n sour chicken says:
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            @Grey, hey grey I figured u say that. The wire has no real good pop anywhere. Might need a trade

          • sweet n sour chicken says:
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            @Grey, only guys on wire with some power are wells ,dunn ryan howard, don’t know any other sleepers with power out there either

  3. captainpyper says:
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    Lucked out with Marcum and Perez not missing any time. Go me!

    • Al Swedgin says:
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      @captainpyper, Sweet, nice jinx!

      • captainpyper says:
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        @Al Swedgin, don’t believe in that kind of witchcraft or tomfoolery, I’m a pantheist. everything will pan out in the end…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @captainpyper, Yet

  4. jack says:
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    I picked up a $2 Adams a couple weeks back in a flotsam for jetsam type trade. Have to submit my keepers Friday. Should I keep him? Hard to give up a roster spot for a non-closer/starter as we are 4×4 … but legit closers cost $20 plus on draft day, so a $2 closer as nasty as Adams would be priceless. Worth the gamble? Better than a $5 Thornton?

    • Tom says:
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      @jack, Id rather have Adams than Thornton and Im a White Sox fan :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Go Thornton…

  5. Virinder says:
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    So, there’s nothing positive to be taken from David Wright this year?? Great….looks like I’m punting 3B this year….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Virinder, Ha…

  6. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey –
    “Bourgeois insists that a free market system for steals is essential to their success.”

    Great stuff, as always. Will be looking to snag Adams, but I am sure my fellow league members will be tuning in, so I won’t give any more hints for the draft. Just one suggestion; please post one mildly positive Mets comment at least once a month to keep me from falling into a Major Depressive Episode.

    BTW, latest Tristan Cockroft article lists Ichiro as one of the “Bleagh” guys in the draft. He finally catches on after five years! Guess he started to read your columns. And the Donkey is another “Bleagh” guy! Wow, brilliant, I say, simply Brilliant! And these guys actually get paid for this stuff!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Thanks! re: Mets — Ha! Will try… Hopefully Davis and Duda will be reason to celebrate. re: Cockcroft — He just reported color TV is cool.

  7. Jon says:
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    The Carpenters reference was brilliant.

    • Aaron says:
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      @Jon, It comes up often around here.
      What doesn’t come up are references to Carpenter and Jesus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Thanks!

  8. Milkman says:
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    Why is Brett Myers not ranked in your top 300 and not even in your top 20 closers? What are your projections for him this season?

    • Milkman says:
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      Never mind finally used the search feature and got my answer. Question I do have though is I have Marmol,Myers (Had Soria), and Kenley Jansen as my 3 closers. Would you drop Jansen for a sure bet for saves in Matt Capps (last closer available)? Most teams in my league are holding 3 closers and am thinking that I may not be able to keep up with only 2 sure bet closers. What do you think?

      Thank you

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Milkman, I’d hold for now…

  9. Slappy says:
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    Grey, going back to my G-rated turning Japanese motif, I really, really hate Eric Wedge. Don’t know whether it’s simply his ADP and autodrafts in public leagues, but besides King Felix, Iwamuma was the only M’s starting pitcher getting drafted. If you haven’t already, check out Butthead’s (Beavan’s) K/9. He’s going to get racked. What well and truly perturbs me is not so much that Wedge ruined my motif, but instead, in his one worthy appearance this spring, Iwakuma was his usual self, retiring the first seven batters on groundballs.

    Lastly, don’t really understand the whole Nathan thing in Texas. They were moving Ogando back to the pen and they’ve already got Adams and Uehara, so what the need for Nathan? And if Feliz goes down, they don’t need Ogando as they can use Feldman. I’ve finally come to the now unavoidable conclusion that of the 4 major sports, baseball management well and truly doesn’t have a clue. Oh, and you can add the whole Bard fiasco. Perhaps the RSox could use Iwakuma.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Slappy, I agree 110% with you. The first thing I thought of when TEX signed Nathan and BOS picked up Bailey was: “Why? They both already have closers.” It really seems like the better baseball minds are the ones who don’t get paid for it.

    • MKEeast says:
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      @Slappy,

      I hear what you are saying about mismanagement in baseball, but let’s remember that the Jets just gave up draft picks for Tebow. And they weren’t the only ones trying to screw themselves. Tebow actually got to pick!

      But really, NBA owners are just a bunch of Drayton McLanes. He’d fit right in. They just had a lockout which was primarily an effort by the owners to stop themselves from giving out such bad contracts.

      Here’s a few from a nice list by Bill Simmons (all numbers $ remaining):
      Brandon Roy ($68.7m)
      Gilbert Arenas ($62.4)
      Rashard Lewis ($43.8m)
      Brendan Haywood ($35m)
      Charlie Villanueva ($24.2m)

      http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7307298/the-first-day-nba-christmas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy, Great rant!

  10. JungleMike says:
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    Grey, I could use another close… any chance Bard will take over closer duties? I’m in a 6 team 5X5 Roto League and I’ve got Street, Valverde, Jansen, Madson, & Clippard… worth it to drop any of them for Bard or Adams? One dude in my league went all nuts and drafted 8 closers in a row.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JungleMike, When Bailey gets hurt… Can lose Clippard for Adams…

  11. Ralph says:
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    Ok so I have Brett Myers as a 3rd closer (4th once Joe Nathan mentally or physically implodes and Adams takes over) in a 14 team and someone rather impulsively dropped Balfour to pick up Holland. Should I use my waiver priority to grab Balfour and ditch Myers? Instinct says yes because Myers isn’t that good and is on a crappy team but there’s always a chance Balfour loses or ends up sharing the job. Because its a fairly deep keeper and we count holds; I neither need both nor have anyone to drop to keep both.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Ralph, “Myers isn’t that good and is on a crappy team.”

      Balfour____ that good and is on a _____ team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph, Hold

  12. Carns says:
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    If you wanna get technical Quintero would weight a quarter more than Quadtero. But if you are talking about Quadtero in terms of Quintero, he would weigh a fifth less….. *fart*

    • Al Swedgin says:
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      @Carns, see comment #1. Great minds…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Al Swedgin, Hey I knew that too, I just wasn’t picky enough to think it was worth mentioning ha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carns, Ha… Fine!

  13. nightpandas says:
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    thoughts on non-closers in a 6×6 (k/9) league (15 teams)? Would this help out ERA/WHIP/K/9? Debating on grabbing Niese vs one of these guys (Benoit/KRod/Crow/Melancon/Uehara/Crain)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Take Niese…

  14. Bourne says:
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    There are soo many groin injuries this year. That ain’t good. Who fubared the gatorade and didn’t stretch?

    • hawk says:
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      @Bourne,

      Groins are the new Obliques.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @hawk, Feels that way…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne, Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, We’re gonna video chat as Tristan and Mass as they’re dressed as air traffic controllers.

  15. papasmurf says:
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    Cure for what Marmol’s got: less porn.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @papasmurf, well played…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Ha!

  16. MattTruss223 says:
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    Checking out the podcast this morning at work, can you guys post the link to the “expert” RCL league? It sounds like Rudy drafted a team just like one of mine. Votto, Longo, Grienke as his ace. Got me curious how the rest fo that draft looked. Or maybe you’re planning a post on a draft recap later, in which case, ignore. Thanks guys, keep up the good work, LOVE the podcasts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Rudy’s gonna do a recap…

  17. ritzer says:
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    I was let down by my other RCL league. Comish only had 11 people invited and didnt even show up himself for the draft so i’m looking for a new league. I can draft anytime except Friday. The earlier the better as i’m working on Irish time but i’l stay up late if i have to.
    lmulligan24@yahoo.ie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ritzer, I believe that league is finding a new time, no?

      • ritzer says:
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        @Grey, two people on the league msg board have said they are pulling out and finding another one. It’s not a good sign when the comish doesnt show up for the draft leaving us hanging with not enough teams to even do the draft. There is still no new time set.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ritzer, What league # was it?

          • VinWins

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            @Grey, League 31; Organizer: Jon

            2 have indeed pulled out. Plus the 1 invited that never joined.

            The email he used an organizer is a hotmail account, so I don’t know if he checks that.

            I have set up another league in case it is needed.

          • ritzer says:
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            @Grey, Not Sure of the number….he offered to manage in comment #97 of the RCL article.

            Thanks Vin. I was going to do the same. Where can I join this league Vin. I dont see it.
            Can you send me the code and I’ll send it on to the rest of the league that never was members that turned up for the draft.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @ritzer, That would be great! Send an invite to The Shit too…

        • ThE sHiT says:
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          @ritzer, I want to join an RCL league if the draft is to be held on a monday or tuesday.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @ThE sHiT, Put your email in the comments so he can send you an invite…

            • ThE sHiT says:
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              @Grey, agtheog7atyahoodotcom
              Vin just emailed me something, thank you all!

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Seems the beards still experiencing elbow problems. With Romo already snagged (darnit), worth picking up Casilla (filthy stuff) for a chance of some saves or stick with Crain for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Casilla

  19. Wilsonian says:
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    How anyone who reads this site (or knows the slightest bit about baseball in general) could draft Carpenter is beyond me.

    And I agree with some of the commenters above about stupid shizz that managers/management do in baseball. Why stretch Bard out? You know he was a solid arm in the ‘pen, and was perfectly suited to be their closer this year. Instead, you pick up the often injured Bailey, who has never played a full season. And then run some kind of high school science experiment to see if Bard could be stretched out. Good call…

    The same thing with Feliz. Dude was lights out as a closer. Ogando was more than serviceable last season, yet they take a top notch closer and try to stretch him out to be a starter. Now he already has shoulder issues. Then doubly stupid, you sign an aging (and frequently injured) Nathan when you have a closer in Adams.

    I know I’m not the best baseball mind out there, but it’s like these teams have never watched or played the game.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Wilsonian, Bill James is influencing the calls the Sawx make, he’s obviously smarter then us, didn’t you watch Moneyball and see how awesome the A’s are?

      I’m a Braves fan living in New England, so I’m bombarded with Sawx talk and therefore follow them fairly closely. It’s assanine. Two years ago when they signed Mike Cameron and then UZR told them he was a better CF then Ellsbury!! WTF!! F-that stat! Open your eyes and you can see a speedy, young Ellsbury is clearly the better CFer. I think these advanced statistics are good tools, but it’s gotta pass the eyeball test too ya know? It’s like they outsmart themselves. Silly

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @MattTruss223, exactly. It’s like they’ve all got this “Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room” thing going on. They all have these egos and want to be able to say that they made all of these genius moves and won the division or Series, or whatever. Or, if they fail, they can use this excuse that it wasn’t for a lack of effort on managment’s part.

    • MKEeast says:
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      @Wilsonian,
      You get Carpenter when you lose your internet connection and he’s autodrafted for you because he’s the top pick after everyone has been avoiding him for the last 6 rounds…

      • timSti says:
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        @MKEeast, I drafted Carp for $6. Figured it was worth the risk even against the Almighty Greys advice. Gotta gamble sometimes.

        • probablepartystarter says:
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          @timSti, I did the same and regret the walk-of-shame I’m feeling today. Hopefully he rebounds ASAP or AS-DL so I can go with the SP du jour (Runelvys Hernandez c.2012)

  20. #1contenda says:
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    grey man, what the bard move do to melancon? you have him listed in top 20 relevers. should i drop?

    respeckt.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @#1contenda,
      Melancon
      Bard
      Bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @#1contenda, Agree with Wake Up.

  21. Steve Stevenson says:
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    OK I asked this before ST started, but now keepers are due and ADPs have changed. Keep 2 in an OBP league (no avg), 2 rd penalty per year: Beltre in the 8th, C. Santana in the 8th, Hosmer in the 10th, Lawrie in the 10th. The idea of keeping a C appals me, but I love Santana in an OBP league. But all are valuable. We start 1 Util and no CI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Hosmer, Lawrie…

  22. Aaron says:
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    Chris Perez baby picture-how did anyone ever find that?

    Marginer, also well done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron, Ha!

  23. frank rizzo says:
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    Ha….the Jeter snippet is good. I was sure you were about to say you challenged us to a game of horseshoes….A GAME OF HORSESHOES!

    Draft tonight and glad to see it’s being stated that D Wright is about to play. Hope that will make someone else feel it’s an okay for them to pick him and push other guys my way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Ha!

  24. Wake Up says:
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    Wish I had a digestif last time I was in Port St. Lucie. My poor friend John, didn’t deserve that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, HA!

  25. xopchipili says:
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    Five players on my team show up in today’s post, and only one of them is a remotely positive report. I’m losing, and we haven’t even played yet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, Eh, keep your head up, it’s early…

  26. Andy Pettitte – his father wants to know what numbers you are expecting from him this year Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, 8-8/4.30/1.32/80

  27. mrobs says:
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    @Grey / anyone

    Drafted a 12 Team 5×5 H2H last night:

    C A.J Pierzynski
    1b Votto
    2b Cuddyer
    3b Sandoval
    SS Rollins
    OF McCutchen
    OF Pence
    OF Cespedes
    UTIL Ortiz
    UTIL J. Montero

    SP Haren
    SP Gio
    RP Marmol
    RP Jim Johnson
    P Beachy
    P Fister
    P McCarthy
    P Chacin

    B Kuroda
    B Myers
    B Greg Holland
    B Mike Adams
    B Niese

    Not my favorite team i own… what do you think?

    P.s Thanks for all the predraft help!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrobs, No problem… Team looks solid, if a bit light on speed, which isn’t terrible in H2H… I like it.

      • mrobs says:
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        @Grey, The Grey seal of approval! I love it! Also, just wanted to say I am loving the podcast. Makes for a great subway ride home. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @mrobs, Thanks!

  28. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Who would you rather have in a keeper, Jay Bruce or Desmond Jennings?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, not really close, Bruce

  29. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Drop Yonder Alonso for Bourgeois in a league with avg and ops?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sambo Jenkins, Alonso

  30. Wake Up says:
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    What do you think about your F & F draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Think it’s a solid team, our pitching is kinda crazy…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, Yeah you’re pitching is nice. 3B was a surprise. What’s Hernandez, just a handcuff and K’s?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, Yeah, IP max is low so we took a bunch of high K/9 relievers…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, Gotcha. Adams already paying off.

  31. jaw says:
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    hey grey, how much would you bid for wright, howard, crawford in a 12 team $280 h2h (4 of, mi, ci) keeper league? keeper values increase 20% each year so there are keeper considerations even if these guys miss extended time. i have berkman at $10 and pablo at $21 at 1b,3b currently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, $15, $5, $15…

      • jaw says:
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        @Grey, thanks. why only $5 for howard? seems crazy low considering the team says he should be back in may

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @jaw, You shouldn’t own any of these guys… Definitely don’t own more than one. You don’t want to be filled with an injury-filled team…

  32. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Andrew Bailey for my Mat Gamel. Gamel is having a solid spring but Bailey should rack up a ton of saves for the sox. What do I do?

    c jp arencibia
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b evan longoria
    inf prince fielder
    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 jon lester
    rp jason motte
    rp matt throton
    rp mark reynolds
    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, Bailey is useless for you… You have saves. Trade Gamel for something you need…

  33. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, I’ve been a fan of Marginers much like Hodgepadres for a few seasons now and Vargas is my favorite after watching him come up with Los Mets.

    I believe he’s going against the A’s in the second game in Japan. In a H2H league, would you drop Henderson Alvarez for Vargas in order to get that extra start? We’re counting those two games with the opening week. With the big lay-off between Japan and the state-side opener, do you think he and Felix will go again against the A’s 4/6 & 7? I’m thinking having a two start pitcher could be a nice advantage in the otherwise short opening week.

    I imagine you’re not big on Alvarez pitching in the AL East but I do love his k/bb ratio and he’s a hard throwing groundball guy who might increase his K/9.

    So long story short, should I drop Alvarez for Vargas? Obviously neither are going to win me a championship. I think Alvarez has upside but every W counts in H2H. I do have one more starter than my opponent already so there’s that.

    …That’s another thing to consider in H2H (W’s and L’s – not so much Points leagues). How many starts do I need to match up with my oppoent – or even overwhelm in counting numbers at the risk of ratios? When do I pick up a 2 start guy and when do I hold?

    *scratches chin and puffs from Sherlock Holmes pipe*

    Off to go pot commit Canada style…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Yeah, I don’t mind Vargas, could see making that move. I think Felix will go again in one of those games. Depends on each week and who’s starting for H2H… re: Canada — Ha!

  34. royce! says:
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    BAL is shopping Reynolds and Gregg; as a Reynolds owner, I’m really hoping that OAK- who desperately needs a 3B- doesn’t take the sabermetric matra that AVG doesn’t matter to the logical extreme that owning Reynolds is a good idea. (and as a padres fan I hope that they trade gregg to someone in the NL West, that someone not being the padres.)

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @royce!, Reynolds to PHI sure would be nice though…

      • royce! says:
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        @MattTruss223, Yeah, that would be very nice indeed. And since they have no problem overspending on HR, he could probably sign a nice contract there in the off season. I’m going to hope for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Interesting… To Philly would be nice…

  35. gbaked says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Got a keeper q for ya. I just took over a team and have to choose my keepers from a list I am not very into.

    Do any of these guys, that I have for $1 seem worth it to keep?

    Harrison, Matt
    Humber, Philip
    Hammel, Jason

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      @gbaked, oh, and its an auction league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gbaked, Figured it was auction… More importantly, how many teams?

      • gbaked says:
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        @Grey, ha, duh.

        14 teams with 35 roster spots ($260 cap)

        my planed keepers, we can keep 9:

        hosmer ($1)
        Pinida ($1)
        E.Santana ($5)
        Garza ($10)
        McCarthy ($1)
        Kinsler ($23)
        Beltre ($15)

        I am debating Josh Hamilton ($27) and Nelson Cruz ($27). one of the pitchers I mention is prob gonna replace Cruz (with all these roster spots, I like both and feel both are acceptable value… but I cant justify spending that much on 2 injury prone OF on the same team).

        I also have PooHoles for like $45, but there is no way I can justify paying that much for a guy in this league.

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          @gbaked, i should mention, the draft is 260 is for 25 players. There is a supplemental draft of 10 rounds after which does not count against the cap.

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          @gbaked, double addendum… Hamilton is 23, not 27.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @gbaked, I’d take Humber for a $1.

  36. Ken Plane says:
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    Grey – 2 catcher, 10 team, 5×5, keep Mesoraco with limited ab’s or pick up Hundley

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ken Plane, Hold Mesoraco for now…

  37. AdamH says:
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    Drafted Peacock and Bard as my 6th and 7th starters in 14 team H2H league (generally start 5 starters per week). Hang on to either or drop one/both for:

    Brett Cecil, Ivan Nova, Matt Harrison, James McDonald, Wade Davis, Ryan Vogelsong….

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH, Lose Peacock for Vogelsong…

  38. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Grey- Dropping Soria, which 2 do you like best for the season:

    Juan Abreu
    Wilton Lopez
    David Carpenter
    De Los Santos
    Brian Fuentes
    Rex Brothers
    Shawn Kelley
    Jesse Crain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Crain, Brothers…

  39. bob says:
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    aviles,lowrie,bartlett or furcal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bob, None? Furcal for now…

  40. Tom says:
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    Grey – what are your thoughts on this h2h 10 team mixed draft
    In order
    1. Votto
    2. Longoria
    3. Stanton
    4. Kershaw
    5. Uggla
    6. Bruce
    7. Kendrick
    8. Bumgarner
    9. Andrus
    10. Latos
    11. Hudson
    12. Wright
    13. BJ Upton
    14. Dee Gordon
    15. Morroow
    16. Mesoraco
    17. Johan Santana
    18. Bourjous
    19. Hanrahan
    20. Espinosa
    21. Rios
    22. Wilson Ramos
    23. Rasmus
    24. Trout
    25. Frank Francisco

    I know its light on steals but do you think that makes a difference with the homerun power i have?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, I don’t think you’re that light on speed… You have Andrus and Gordon, that’s heavy on speed in a H2H league… Team looks fine, it’s a shallow league so it’ll depend on in-season moves…

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey, Makes Sense – Thanks Again

  41. TheNewGuy says:
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    Not drafting for a few days so did a mock to keep me up to scratch. What ya reckon:

    C – Wieters
    1B- Votto
    2B- Kendrick
    3B- Longo
    SS- Cozart
    MI- Altuve
    CI- I Davis
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Hambo
    OF- Flyin’ Hawaian
    OF- LoMo
    OF- D Young
    UTIL- Tabata

    P- Yoga
    P- Latos
    P- Axford
    P- Beachy
    P- Luebke
    P- Bell
    P- Minor
    P- Danks
    P- Francisco

    BE- G Holland
    BE- J Crain
    BE- S Romo
    BE-

    Like my pitching, though got a lot of chip-in steals guy but no real burners (nearly took Maybin over Luebke but wanted to try following APPLES, maybe shoulda). Thought id wait on middle infidels after I got Kendrick and missed out on Kipnis/Gordon – like my power though, particularly gettin Votto and Longo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, No idea anything about this league…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, 12 teamer, mixed, snake etc

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          @TheNewGuy, Only 3 man bench I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Your pitching is slightly better than your hitting, though the hitting isn’t bad. Looks like it would be a competitive team…

  42. Wilsonian says:
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    Apparently you can add Drew Storen to list of injuries. It’s being reported that he’s got some tightness in his forearm and bicep and he hasn’t thrown in two weeks. This is not excellent news.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Yeah, that’s not good…

  43. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, i was the first one asking you a question, would you mind taking a look again? Thanks a bunch :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, Norris for Balfour…

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey, would you really take Balfour over Thornton or Adams? And what the advantage of Colby Lewis agianst Norris?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Moscowitz, Yes, Balfour over Thornton. Lewis and Norris are a coin flip in a shallow league which it sounds like you’re in. If you want Norris, go for it…

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Grey, Thanks. I actually need more Holds than Saves. Would you in that case say Adams over all of these guys?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup…

  44. rvde says:
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    In a 14-team, 3 keeper leauge — keeping Votto, Longoria and Giancarlo. Was savvy and traded other keeper-level players for the 2nd pick in the draft.

    There will be several keeper-worthy players to pick there — would you choose Starlin Castro, Jay Bruce or Greinke there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rvde, Castro… Then an SP…

  45. Grey

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

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @Grey, and there will be a post at the end of the year authored by me and Johan where these quoted words will come back to haunt you…

      “I think this year’s best case scenario is Johan throws 170 IP and gets about 140 Ks and around a 3.50 ERA. Basically, you’re hoping for Vogelsong/Mike Leake-type projections.”

      Especially since you’ve already secretly hedged your 120 inning / 3.75 ERA / 80 K / 7 W prediction from a few weeks ago (which my co-owner and I ignored in our keeper decisions). :)

      50 innings, 60 Ks and .25 better ERA. Now that’s progress! Granted, you were talking about upside vs. your actual prediction, but it’s a start.

      Final lines in my estimation: 11/3.45/1.20/120 in 150 innings. Upside though, looks like this to me 15/3.22/1.15/150 in 180 innings. And Mike Leake can take that to the bank! ;)

  46. Dr Hocker says:
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    DAMMITT!!! How did I miss that trade. I drafted Cain twice in the last 3 days as either a 5th or extra OF. I was going to drfat Matt Cain too just so I could come uop with a catchy team name like Adam drafted a Cain–or maybe if this is Singapore then please cain my cheeks.

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