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In an offseason of questionable moves for the Royals, they just one-downed themselves.  Or is it one-upped? Coco Crisp was traded to the Royals for Ramon Ramirez. This trade says more about the state of baseball than much else. The Sox send a fourth OF/bench player to the Royals where he’ll be a starter and major key to their offense. Surplus is nice when you have it, ain’t it, Epstein? If the trade were going the other way, I can only assume a middle man for the Sawx is about a number two starter on the Royals. Anyway, here’s some 2009 fantasy baseball implications for this trade:

Coco CrispCoco Crisp will be a starter again. For the Ministry of Silly Names, this is a great day. For everyone else, this means a very cheap potential 15/20/.280 hitter has just entered the league.  Also, with the peasant Royals, Crisp will prolly be the leadoff man, but don’t think that means much in the way of runs. David DeJesus was their primary leadoff man in 2008 and he only scored 70 runs.

Mark Teahen – This trade pushes Teahen to the bench.  Not a big loss for fantasy.

Ramon Ramirez – Has solid stuff for a middle reliever and I would consider grabbing him late in deep AL-Only leagues if you’re a Mr. B. Don’t go crazy though, he’s not really a mixed league candidate just yet.

Justin Masterson – Boom goes the dynamite!  Or is it boom goes his fantasy value? With the addition of Ramirez, Masterson could be heading into the rotation or the Sawx might use him for trade bait while his value is high. Everything I’ve read on Masterson says he’s a solid middle reliever who could be exploited in the rotation. Personally, I think a Sawx starter has value in the right matchups, even if he’s Danny Masterson little brother.

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  1. Steve says:
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    Soria sitting in the bullpen: ‘Where did everybody go?’

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: More like… Soria sitting in the bullpen in the ninth inning, “How come we keep losing games in the eighth?”

  3. Eric W says:
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    @Grey: that wont be a problem they wont be leading going in to the 8th

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: You’re a very wise man, EW.

  5. Alan says:
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    Those of us in deep AL-only leagues, it may take away the little value Joey Gathright had. He doesn’t have much, but his 21 steals were nice to have on the bench.

    Pretty crowded outfield for him to find any significant, consistent playing time, no?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Alan: I’d agree with that to a certain extent, it does hurt his value. But Gathright only had about 300 at-bats in 2008 (with only about 50 in the 2nd half) when he stole 21 bases. If you really need speed, Gathright will prolly still find 200+ at-bats in 2009 and could steal 15 to 20. His playing time will need to be watched very closely and you may have to slot him and out each day depending on the matchups or if he’s playing. Lots of work for him, but if you really need the speed — SAGNOF.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That link goes to an error page. Try again please.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: So many delicious nooks and crannies in that video. Rudy actually sent me the same thing over IM earlier today. Some of my favorites of that video include, in no particular order:

    “What’s a hullabaloo? This is no hullabaloo!”

    “Excuse me, while I continue to smoke my cigarette.”

    “The Jew needs to be the arbitrator.”

  9. Steve says:
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    @Grey: So Rudy and I are on the same wavelength.

    That’s a good thing, right?

  10. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh – and Lynda Carter was hot.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: So hot. Was impressed Kaplan didn’t fall into a quivering mess when she kissed him on the cheek.

  12. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I don’t want to drag this down too far, but there was one shot of her from behind jumping up and down in those 70s-cut shorts that will live long in my memory.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Hehe… I wonder if Kaplan got a piece of Wonder Woman.

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I used to love Welcome Back Kotter. Good Times and Chico And The Man as well.

    Showing my age now.

  15. Eric W says:
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    @Steve: way to young for those show but Lynda Carter was fine

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, you are. Best show of all time Family Ties. “What would you do, babe? Without us… Sha-na-na-na…”

    @Eric W: F-I-N-E. Wonder Woman is one of the “Trinity.”

  17. Eric W says:
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    wow looks like the moose is done nice to see him go out on top. i may be a redsox fan but i always liked him just a real good guy and a consistent pitcher

  18. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Maybe I have a “golden age” thing going here.
    Not so sure about Family Ties though.
    And ‘Trinity’? Please explain.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: Totally agree. I’m not much of a Mussina fan personally, but it’s nice to see someone who isn’t tryign to hold on after their expiration date.

    @Steve: Dooode, how do you deny the Ties? How?

    Her, Superman and Batman form the DC Comics Trinity. The big, bad three.

  20. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh I watched it from time to time but was just never a huge fan. My younger sister loved it though – maybe that says something right there.

    I thought may the Trinity was hot women on TV from the 70s. Either way, wonder Woman’s there. Question worth considering – who were the other two?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Fawcett and Smith. Somers was early 80s. Yowsers!

  22. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The Angels are hard to ignore alright. Anyone buying Angie Dickinson?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I know Angie Dickinson too well as the old broad she is now. I can’t shake that thought to think of young Angie.

  24. Eric W says:
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    @Grey:@Steve: i was born in the late 80’s only angels i know are diaz cameron and liu

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: I like how you left one off. The one that didn’t belong.

  26. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I see where you’re coming from. I’m not, like, 60 BTW – in case you were wondering ;-)

  27. big o says:
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    @ steve :
    well , i am . how about mother/daughter ? Big Valley .

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: 59?

    @big o: Who or what are you talking about? Is that a show about breasts?

  29. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thirty-twelve.

    @big o: I think I see what you mean. But think that was the 60s – at least that’s what the Internet told me.

    BTW, the show is vaguely familiar to me even without asking Google – was probably on TV here back in the day.

  30. big o says:
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    @ steve :
    barbara stanwyck … mother
    linda evans … daughter
    also ….. 6 million dollar man’s 1st job ==> bastard son …. trying to weasel into the family ranch and fortune .

  31. Grey

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    @big o: Barbara Stanwyck? Oh geez… Next thing we know you’re going to talk about the gams on Liz Taylor.

  32. big o says:
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    @grey
    bridget bardot was THE sex kitten .

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