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And the Tigerettes sang, “He was talked up as closer, but now he’s sent down… Da Bruce Rondon gone, Da Bruce Rondon… Somebody told me he made Leyland frown… Da Bruce Rondon gone, da Bruce Rondon… Yeah, he sucked in spring… Yes, his stats would sting… But now my team’s saves are boned… Da Bruce Rondon gone, Da Bruce Rondon…” As Randy Jackson would say, we got ourselves a pitchy competition, dawg! *sips from Pepsi cup, looks at Mariah for approval, fixes silver chain, sucks in gut under sweater that he’s wearing with no undershirt which makes it look really itchy, laughs at some Nicki Minaj nonsense, says to Seacrest, “I don’t know, we’ll have to see what America thinks” and smiles* So, Bruce Rondon was sent down and now the Tigers closer job is Hollywood Week. Auditions are down to Al Al’etc, Santa K, New Mexiclosero, Al Al, Coke Is It, Coke Is So 80’s Octavio Dotel Is It, Alquin Cokel, Octaquin BenCokel and Philquin Alburcoke. And that’s only four guys! Hang tight, guys and four girl readers, it’s a closerousel. Lots of possible outcomes here. All four guys could do well in a committee and Leyland utilizes it the whole year. Two guys do well and we get a portmanteau closer, let’s call it a SAGNOFtaur. Three guys could do well, let’s call that, The Three StoogeNOF. Another possibility: as we know from the past with Leyland’s ‘Set it and Forget It’ lineup card management, he likes to stick with one thing. So one guy takes the job by mid-April and holds it for the majority of the year. This is the best possibility for all involved. I think that’s also what happens. Leyland’s got cigarettes to smoke, he doesn’t have time to be walking to the mound to change pitchers! So who from Octavio Dotel, Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke does he go with? As the prude brothel’s sign announces, therein lies the rub. Al Al’etc is a monster for Ks, he’s my first option because he could provide solid value while the job is being decided. Then, I like Dotel. He reduced his walks last year and kept his Ks. He also has some closer experience. Next up: Joaquin Benoit. He was very successful last year in middle relief, but he can’t go on back-to-back days or stay healthy. Finally, Phil Coke. I wouldn’t grab him outside of AL-Only leagues. Big strike against him: he’s a lefty. In his favor: he closed games in the playoffs last year. It’s a shituation of epicloser proportions. Oh, and I wouldn’t grab more than one guy. I’d take a gamble on one guy, form a prayer rectangular and hope it works out. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy baseball:

Johan Santana – No disrespect to our Al-Qaeda readers, but you must live in a cave if you didn’t hear Johan has another tear in his shoulder. The last time he had a shoulder tear it took him almost two years to recover, so this past summer may have been the last time we saw Johan go Jo-H.A.M. The Mets will be paying Johan $31 million this year to buy out his contract. When asked if he regretted the trade and contract, Omar Minaya said, “I bought the team a no-hitter!” For fantasy, this doesn’t affect any of you because I clearly told you not to draft him. Sandy Alderson said this won’t change Zack Wheeler’s timetable. The Mets will just have to go shorthanded with their pitching…and their hitting.

Daniel Murphy – Played yesterday and says he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Finally, some good news for the Mets, their replacement level player will be healthy.

Logan Forsythe – Will be out for 6 weeks. Looks like Gyorko will stay at 3rd and the Padres will use a blahtoon at 2nd base. Too bad the Padres didn’t have the forward thinking to have capable back-ups. Some would call that *pinkie to mouth* Forsythe.

Nolan Arenado – Rockies sent him down to Triple-A. This gives them more time to play Trade Match Game with Chris Nelson Reilly. The Rockie fans are so unenthused by starting Nelson over Arenado…. How unenthused are they?! They would willingly drink a Coors-brewed beverage if it meant that Arenado would start the year.

Jonny Venters – Headed to see Dr. Freeze. Fredi Gonzalez is going to be escorting him. “This here isn’t a waiting room, it’s a bullpen of patients. Now give me 70 warm-up pitches!”

Mark Teixeira – I read this news report “Teixeira will visit doctors on Monday to have his wrist examined” and I thought of something. You think athletes use iCal or they just check Twitter and are like, “Crap, I got a doctor’s appointment today!”

Stephen Drew – Placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion. MLB puts guys with nagging injuries on the 15-day DL, then when someone gets a concussion they’re put on the 7-day DL. A concussion that usually takes people months to recover from. It’s like the more serious the injury, the shorter time period for the DL. A loved one dies, something that some people take years to recover from, and the MLB gives them three days off for bereavement. If a player lands on the 1-day DL, they’re dead.

Jackie Bradley – Sounds like it’s official that he’s gonna make the club.  Here’s what I said earlier this offseason, “Due to Ortiz’s heels not, uh, healing, Gomes will move to DH with Bradley playing outfield.  Between High and Double-A last year, Bradley had 9 homers and 24 steals.  With only 271 ABs in Double-A, he could be overmatched in the majors once pitchers get a book on him.  That book being, “We Can Strike Out Jackie Bradley.”  Even if he breaks camp with the club, there’s no guarantee he sticks all year.  If he were to get 500 ABs, you’re looking at a guy that could give a seven homer, 20 steal, .250 average year with superb defense, so if your league has a Web Gem category bump him up.  To read more, Bradley also made Scott’s top 50 fantasy baseball prospects.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Daniel Bard – Sent down to AA. Seems like a better place for Daniel Bukowski.

Aaron Cook – Signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. NL hitters will wait with bated breath for Aaron to serve up some cookies.

Miguel Olivo – Was released by the Reds and signed by the Marlins. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Olivo. Only the last time Olivo was on the Marlins they were the Florida Marlins and they didn’t have a center field sculpture that looks like the bathroom walls of a unicorn refugee camp.

Michael Morse – Hit his 9th homer of the spring. He’s the Babe Ruth of Spring Training! Billy Butler better watch out, Morse is gonna steal his nickname, Mr. Grapefruit.

Juan Rivera – Released by the Yankees. The Yankees are like the really active guy in your league who does a million adds/drops. You know, the chronic rosterbator. Hey, I could be the Yankees GM! This move clears space for Lightly Overbaked.

Rick Ankiel – Won the Astros starting right field job. He could’ve won the 5th starter job too. He’ll probably sit vs. tough lefties and not hit for much average even against righties. He’s strictly an AL-Only power play or for leagues that have a herbathrowdite slot in their lineups.

Brad PeacockOur writer Diamond‘s favorite pitcher wins the coveted 4th spot in Houston’s rotation. He just edged out Mike Scott and an out-of-work astronaut. Best case for Peacock is most top 50 SPs worst case. His worst case looks like an old man struggling at the urinal, yelling Brad’s last name.

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  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    GIVE ME MORSE OF THE SAME NEXT WEEK,,i no it doesnt count yet but it still feels better than your guy hitting 200 all spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, it doesn’t matter either way though…

  2. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Alcetra in a 3way or Santos’ wildness? You know, in terms of fantasy baseball only…

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:

      Btw, love the site. Reading it on the reg since last year, and it’s been really helpful. Oh, and I figured out where all that powdered sugar gets used, it’s the online war room, because baby is it sweeeeeeeeeet.

      *hope that line works, i really want to see war room again, maybe even on a saturday night*

  3. Grey –

    Nothing like staying up till 1:00am to see the latest Friday Razzball post. Here’s to tequila.

    14 team, mixed redraft 6×6 (ops league) — need a viable warm body in MI until Gyorko gets his 2B eligibility. Damn you Headley and you too, Fuggn Forsythe. My fantastic choices include:

    Pete Kozma
    Gordon Beckham
    Chris Nelson
    Ruben Tejada

    Thinking Beckham, but his OPS resembles a port-a-potty. Nelson seems to be able to hit for average and Colorado never hurt anyone from a hitting stand point.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Tio says:
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      @El Burro’s amigo:

      I would go Nelson. He should be fine for the short-term. Decent average, some pop, home games at Coors, has an everday job. Beckham’s low .200 average plus sub .300 obp is an anchor to any team.

  4. Steve says:
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    And apparently Johan’s contract was uninsured. Ouch, all the way around.

  5. The Los Angeles Police Department says:
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    Grey,

    The back half of my rotation looks like Minor, Fister, Vogelsong, and Ryu. If you had to choose the best 3?

    It’s a rather shallow 8-team league, HxH, QS instead of wins

  6. The Guru says:
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    I’ll take a roll of the dice on Al Al. Hmmm…I wonder if Willie Hernandez available?

  7. RotoZak says:
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    In 2011 Morse hit 8 HR’s in the spring and when the season started he went on a cold streak. He was dropped in most leagues but ended the season strong with a .303 AVG, 31 HR’s and 95 RBI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RotoZak: Thanks for the heads up!

  8. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Drafted my big money 10 team league (with Fregosi junior) last night and thought it went well. Pretty much got all of the hitters I was targeting but people were reaching like crazy for starting pitchers. I notably missed out on a couple favorite targets (Scherzer, Samardzija, and Niese most notably). Still think I put together a solid staff. Also took your advise and waited on filling up my UTL until late. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

    C Perez
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Hill
    3B Longoria
    SS Rutledge
    OF Stanton
    OF Jones
    OF Choo
    UTL Frazier
    BN Gardner
    BN Marte

    SP Bumgardner
    SP Zimmerman
    SP Peavy
    SP Lester
    SP Harvey
    SP Beckett
    SP Miller
    RP Street
    RP Perkins
    RP Boggs
    RP Veras

    Couple notes. I know you’re not high on Lester but I’ve looked over the metrics and I expect a big bounce back. Likewise, I really like Hill this season. Second best 2B last season available in the 6th round…yes please. I’ve studied the numbers here as well and don’t see why he can’t repeat. Babip has been an issue before, but with a career .290/.272 babip/ba correlation, I will gladly take career number with the nice uptick in power and steals

    Would you keep Marte as my second bench bat or pick up a middle infield bat for depth. Available: Aybar, Simmons, Segura, Jeter.

    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Your hitting looks a tad light on speed, but nice overall… The pitching looks very solid… Hold for now…

  9. DPozzle says:
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    @ GREY, worried ’bout Uggla @ 2B, Evereth, Simmons & Segura out there ….dump UGGZ & move Rut to 2b ??? Balanaced O … I guess asking whose best outta the 3, & whose upside highest ?

    • Tio says:
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      @DPozzle:

      Why are you worried about Uggla now? The Braves are going to be really good this year and may be the best lineup in the NL. At least wait and see what you get with Uggla. The average will never be high, but he is a good bounceback candidate for power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DPozzle: I don’t love Uggla, but he should give 25+ homers… Nothing’s changed since I ranked him though…

  10. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Grey how the hell are ya
    I have a roster spot available. Should i pick up Shelby miller or clay bucholz?

  11. B.J. says:
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    hey Grey,

    Two owners came to me yesterday with a three team trade proposal.

    The offer is

    Team A gives Josh Hamilton to me for Jay Bruce and a SP (most likely Milone or Niese). I would then trade Hamilton to Team C for David Price and either Nelson Cruz or Mike Morse (he said I could pick either)

    In a redraft league would you pull the trigger on the trades and if so should I ask for Morse or Cruz in return?

    • Tio says:
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      @B.J.:

      In my opinion, it depends what your team needs. If you need pitching, Price and Morse (who I like better than Cruz this year) are a good haul for Hamilton. If you need hitting, I would roll the dice with Hamilton. If you can choose which pitcher to give, then give up Milone. Niese is pretty solid but on a lousy team.

      • B.J. says:
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        @Tio: My SP is solid but I don’t have a true ace. MY SPs are Latos, Zimm, Lester, Niese, Milone, Teheran and Ryu. Whereas my offense is very strong Santana, Goldy, Utley, Reyes, Miggy, JUp, Bruce, Choo and Konerko at UTIL. with R. Weeks and Gardner on my bench.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @B.J.: hold Bruce

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Wake Up: and hold Niese

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Wake Up: and hold Bruce’s knees…and Niese’s new nose….who knows….you know?

              • B.J. says:
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                @Wake Up: hahaha. Thanks for the laugh!

  12. ADK says:
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    Who would you rather have for the rest of the season, Zack Wheeler or Dylan Bundy? Seems like the expert consensus and hype machine is higher on Bundy, but with the injury to Santana, I wonder if we won’t get more production out of Wheeler when he gets called up sooner…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ADK: Neither are getting called up before June… Bundy…

  13. fungus says:
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    Finally did the real draft and it didn’t quite go the way of the mock drafts. Took Stanton at 8 and was surprised that Cargo was still there at 13, so I had to take him, though I only wanted 1 OF in the first 3 picks. Then I got Encarcion, Castro, Zobrist, Choo, Headley/Frazier, and Ortiz (OPS league). I think it’s ok.

    But how is this pitching staff going to be Grey?

    Gio
    Moore
    Samardzja
    Peavy
    Ryu

    (Papelbon, Boggs, C Janssen, Madson)

    • Tio says:
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      @fungus:

      Pitching staff will be good, but you will struggle getting wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fungus: Pitching looks fine… You need another starter…

      • fungus says:
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        @Grey: Would you trade Zobrist for Darvish?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope…

          • fungus says:
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            @Grey: thx for the sat night reply.

            Some SPs on the waiver: Hughes, Pettitte, Cobb, Cahill, Hammel, Milone, MacDonald, Straily…

  14. Jamiehov says:
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    That post made me picture Venters in his Braves uniform being escorted into the little side door at Fed Ex Field followed by the worlds worst cold weather dressed surgeon in the world.

    Grey quick question, below is my standard scoring 10X10 team. I’m a little wary of my power potential and am wondering if I should drop Hosmer for Chris Carter? Todd Frazier’s also available so he’s an option as well.

    C: Perez
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Rutledge
    SS: Castro
    3B: Zimm
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Jupton
    OF: Josh Hamilton
    UTIL: Hosmer

    THANKS!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: Ha… I wouldn’t drop Hosmer…

  15. JoeG says:
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    Who signs first B.Wilson or J.Valverde? And whom to pickup for maybe a few Saves?

    • Tio says:
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      @JoeG:

      Valverde… is healthy. Supposedly throwing 95 and has lost 20 pounds. Wilson coming back from serious surgery, not yet 100% and we haven’t seen/heard if his velocity is there.

      • Tio says:
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        @Tio:

        Interesting trade… I would probably hold onto McCutcheon. He is the best player in the deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Valverde…

  16. CheapTrout says:
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    Santana threw 134 pitches in the “no-hitter” that wasn’t, his career high. Have to wonder, if the Beltran double that blew up chalk in the sixth inning had been properly called, would Johan be facing retirement today?

    • Grey

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      @CheapTrout: Don’t think they’re related…

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @CheapTrout: He would still be injured. Pitches 101-134 really made his shoulder blow up? Hard to believe that. He had the same injury prior to the no-hitter.

  17. ryan says:
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    Grey! I have my draft tonight , i have 3rd pick, if braun gets suspended at all i think you should have to pay my league fee…… seems fair after your Braun rant last week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: You really think in the middle of the season MLB is suspending one of their best players because his name was written on a piece of paper?

      • ryan says:
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        grey with my luck…. maybe. karma gods scare me more

  18. Cole says:
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    who would you go with as a potential SAGNOF and ratio helper? Koji, Peralta, Cook(Oak), or Doolittle? Thanks!

    • Cole says:
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      @Cole: I meant joel peralta

  19. jjj says:
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    Just was offered a trade…Sale, Wainwright and Hosmer for Mccutchen, Madson and Beachy. I have 4 closers (including madson) b/c I drafted chapman as a starter and now he is closing.
    13 team league with 15 offensive players and 10 P starting at alltimes, no bench. Should I do this trade??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jjj: It’s fair, tough trade to turn down if you need starters… Don’t really see why in a 13 team league you can’t grab waiver wire starters though… Sale was probably on waivers last year in your league…

      • jjj says:
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        thats my issue…we only get 6 wire transactions to use for the season…you still think sale will bomb?? he was a keeper from the yr before for $1 and can be kept for 1 more season at that price

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully not then…

  20. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey just had my first draft its a 10 team h2h league what you think?
    c:perez
    1b:goldy
    2b:cano
    ss:andrus
    3b:aram
    of:j upton
    of:harper
    of:adam jones
    of:bj upton
    util:choo
    util:moose
    be:lawrie

    p:scherzer
    p:lester
    p:peavy
    p:samardjia
    p:homer bailey
    p:beckett
    p:estrada
    p:shelby miller
    rp:wihelmson
    rp:perkins
    rp:boggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mikey boy324: You look high on speed and low on power… The team is well balanced though with power/speed guys so it’s not terrible by any means in H2H… Your pitching looks fine…

  21. uncdrew says:
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    IIRC, the LIMA auction strategy is to get a bunch of $1 pitchers that you think will do ok, with the thought that you keep them.

    I’m using the STEAMA auction strategy, where you get a bunch of $1 pitchers with the thought that you drop them immediately when the Steam-O-Nator recommends someone more than the crap on your roster.

    That said, I’m hoping the Stream-O-Nator gets turned on soon. I’m not so sure about my Vogelsong, Cobb, Garza, Hughes craptacular roster. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @uncdrew: Ha… I think Rudy said April 8th…

  22. uncdrew says:
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    Hah! That’s STREAMA, not STEAMA. Perhaps the strategy becomes a steama, though I think that’s when you draft the entire Indians rotation. har har.

  23. Dileo says:
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    Hey Grey…..been holding off a “rate my team” post, but alas, I cave. 12 teamed, points league. I tend to punt steals for power.

    C- Rosario
    1b- fielder
    2b. Kinsler
    SS. Jeter. (Cozart)
    MI. Rutledge
    3B. Frazier
    CI Swisher
    OF Stanton
    Of Holliday
    Of Cruz
    Of D brown

    Bench: Kubel/Lucroy/carpenter/LoMo

    Arms: Latos-sherzer-Moore-Niese -Minor-AJ Griffin. Paplebon/Jim John
    Bench arms. Doubront / Balfour/ Parnell

    Aside from having 2 catchers, and 4 closers, how does it look overall? We have one free add/drop until April 25 suppl draft. I plan on taking a starter (Kendrick/Maurer/Westbrook/peacock) before week one, but pickins are slim.

    • Tio says:
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      @Dileo:

      As a points league veteran, I think you have several high K guys that do not score as well in a roto or h2h league. Rosario, Stanton, Rutledge, Swisher jump out. You may want to supplement with high average low K guys like: Keppinger, Denard Span etc. who tend to perform better in points leagues.

  24. Lob Ball says:
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    Who will have better fantasy stats at the end of the season: Halladay or Lohse?

    I have Halladay but geez it feels like having herpes and waiting for a bad outbreak.

    • Tio says:
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      @Lob Ball:

      I hate to say this but I am going Lohse.

  25. Grilled Cheese Please says:
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    Been offered J. Upton for G. Stanton. Any reason I should bite?

    • Tio says:
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      @Grilled Cheese Please:

      I like Upton better this year… he is in a much better situation. Better team, better protection.

      • Grilled Cheese Please says:
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        @Grey: Awesome. My gut was saying the same but it was also telling me to eat another serving of baked beans for lunch and that didn’t go so well. Grey, the hopes of my fantasy season rest on you. Thanks!

        • Grey

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          No problem…

  26. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wondering your take on this monster deal I made in my keeper a few weeks back:

    GET: J Hamilton, T Skaggs (revently cut), Al Ramirez, J Profar (prospect) and A Bradley (prospect)

    GAVE: E Andrus, T Wilhelmson, Paps, C Correa (prospect), and N Castellanos (prospect)

    Had closers to deal (had 5) and desperately needed a power outfielder in Hamilton. And to get the top prospect back aint bad either, as he wanted to do the deal minus the prospects first but I held out for more. Did I do good?

  27. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey Grey : Round 2 of my farm draft, any of these studs tickle your fancy?

    Adam Eaton
    Brett Jackson
    Jackie Bradley
    Trevor Story
    Nick Franklin

    • Tio says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun:

      Eaton will be in the bigs end of April/early May once he recovers from an elbow strain.

      Next I like Bradley… the others not so much.

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Thanks All!

  28. Frank Lynch says:
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    Whats up!! Like I said this is my first baseball draft. In a H2H points league, when is the best time to pick a SP ? Also do you, besides outfield, pick A players for each position before doubling on a position? Or don’t matter cause if a really good player comes before I’m done with positions is available I should snag em?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Fill your roster first before doubling on positions… Pick a pitching some time in the 5th to 6th rounds normally…

  29. Colin says:
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    Grey I need your unmatched expertise. I am being offered the following NL only deal:

    I give: Stanton, Belt

    I get: Goldschmidt, Ethier, Gattis

    I have Ruiz and McCann so I need a solid hitting catcher. Our WW is left with backups….and Russell Martin. Stanton has no one around him to get on or drive him in….this worries me. Appreciate the help.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Colin:
      DO NOT trade Stanton in an Nl only.

    • Tio says:
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      @Colin:

      I would wait on the deal…. if Belt continues to play below his potential, you can revisit the deal in a month.

      • Colin says:
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        @Tio: @Tio: But if Belt does not pan out say come May, there’s no incentive for him to make the deal. I’m using the hype Belt has created for himself this spring as a bargaining chip.

      • Colin says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey…giving up the best player in the deal could come back to haunt me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, it could…

  30. taxseasonishell says:
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    Weekly league: should I start Homer Bailey for one game, or Jarrod Parker for two? Parker hasn’t looked so good this spring, but I’m leaning towards starting him anyway.

    • Tio says:
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      @taxseasonishell:

      Parker is the play. He will likely have 1 start @ home vs. SEA and a road start @ HOU. Parker is an automatic start at home. Check his splits if you want to know why.

      Bailey will be home vs. the Angels.

      That is the first time I noticed that the Angels/Reds open the season with an interleague matchup. Has this every happened this early in a season before?

  31. Trini says:
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    I had a Shaun Cassidy record as a kid, and used to play that song ad nauseum. Thanks for the memory. Da Doo Ron Ron is now endlessly repeating in my head. I’ll have to find some Vanilla Ice to counteract.

  32. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Perhaps things will settle down after yesterday’s “DAY”… The Drama!!!!!

    I was more shocked by all the helpful – but still macho “That’s not a bad team” stuff and the silly attempts to wave a wand to repair it without a glimpse at what was available on the FA lists…

    These comments were from both on here and on my team site (felt bad for those guys – as they feel shorted – most would be pissed in the end – as some lucky healthy active other team picked up my cuts and they were left snoozing with nothing) …

    Hell, it took a whole day in that league for someone to add Coke (unless they are still under post draft waiver rules???)

    Most of the would be helpers were ignoring that there were 6 DL’d players on the team for extended periods… And 3 more at risk of not starting the season…. Most all top 100/150 players… Not to mention the dozen SSs selected and only one closer… And bunch of modest better ignored SPs… And some real poopoo late picks to round things out……A slot hole in the pitching staff too and no bench left…YIKES!!!

    It is so easy to be cool and an expert!!! You have to have a basic core to STREAM around..

    Further, the cavalier talk of trading…. “”” I’m a trader””… Puddle leagues have few trades… I’m in 4 and not one has taken place… Little discussion of it yet… Bet there is not much more than a dozen trades all year in all 4 leagues combined… If the past means anything… Maybe there are more in Razzball leagues???… But, I doubt it.. Most 2 for 1 deals are instant “no votes” in puddle leagues IMO

    The league is Myrtle’s Acres…. I have let the commish know that if someone wants it … They can have the team… If someone is interested contact the RAZZBALL League’s Coordinator…. And tell them they want the TEAM MAGPIES… With my blessings and thanks

    Back to FBB I had really started liking Morse more and more… Esp. how late he is available in most leagues… He is a bargain guy this year in the mixed online league shallow leagues…. Hear, he is going to go in the mid to high 20s based on inflation and general lack of power in my old ultra AL only league… I like him there too at that price… He might have a big big year in Grunge City… Then again he might get hurt…

    How does one go from not being able to throw a strike all year in AAA to making a MLB rotation in the 4 slot???…. Answer is: Pitch for the Astros… Peacock has to come with a huge warning sign around his neck… RAT Killer!!!!

    I was pleased to see you are a reader… A lifetime’s avocation for me…..

    CLOSER COUNTER AT 34

    Some Razzball MB gossip… Some “HUSH HUSH” “LA Confidential” like stuff….

    Spring has arrived to be sure!!!!!!

    Mr. Jay Wrong has proposed marriage to me yesterday after my 2nd post to him on his threads…. (((He is not a Suzanne Somers look-alike by any chance is he??? – I’ve had enough of that for one season))))….

    Even though I am not Gay, I’m considering the offer… At my age, almost anything is attractive… Besides, we could make “People” and Yahoo magazine as the first heterosexual same sex marriage in America – If the Supreme Court overturns Prop 8 in California that is….

    He is effervescently kinky and we both have an pre-season crush on Yonder Alonzo – so there seems to be a basis for matrimony…. I just hope, he’ loaded (portfolio wise that is)

    Stop and think about Mr. Gray, the free publicity for Razzball might be a good thing for the site…

    I’ll keep you posted

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: When you get to an end of a sentence can you type “S T O P ! ! !” like it’s a telegram? Morse isn’t bad, but he hasn’t suddenly found a magic elixir for health, something that has always stopped in the past… I’d take Mr Wrong up on it, you’d be a lucky man…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry …STOP

        I was rambling on… STOP

        I will try and do better in the future ….STOP

        Ahhhhhhh …. STOP

        Spring and Love … STOP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          E S T R A D A ! ! !

          • T Moore says:
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            @Grey:

            No Reply needed… S T O P !!!

            Cursor is still WACKO on here and really hard to type… S T O P !!!

            Not much better on word program either – Poor Puter … S T O P !!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We’re gonna have to take up a fund to get T Moore a new puter…

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @T Moore: Send me your ESPN ID and password and I’ll take over the team. vinreich@zoho.com

      • T Moore says:
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        @VinWins:

        Vin follow the intructions in the body of my first post..

        There is a recent post with the Razzball’s League general commish contact info there in the last few days… I’m sure he’ll be glad to slip you in…

        The leagues name is there… As is my team’s Team MAGPIES… Myrtles Acres is the league

        I have other team’s so the link would be a problem security wise

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @T Moore:Oh, the way you trash ESPN and act like you don’t know anything about it, I figured you wouldn’t have other ESPN teams. Except for another RCL, which you obviously care nothing about anyway.

          I know what league it is. I’ve probably been there more times than you have. I even made note of when the draft was. And I’m sure the commish would gladly replace you, if there was a way to do that. Sorry, your instructions don’t explain how to replace an owner.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @T Moore: Without knowing what’s available on the waiver wire, guys like Trout, Encarnacion, Dickey, Sale, and Rodney went undrafted in a bunch of leagues last year. There are always unexpected breakout players every year – you just need to roster some upside and be ready to pounce if a post-hype guy looks like he’s figured things out.

      It’s not a good team by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s potentially salvageable, as I mentioned yesterday. I’ve seen worse teams come out of a shallow league draft and contend for the title.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @T Moore: Ha! I was in Myrtle’s Acres last year. Not a fan of the commish!

  33. Wake Up says:
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    I’m starting to get the feeling that Al Al is going to be the best pitcher in the pen all year…but never see the save opps…

    • Tio says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Needs to fix Walk rate. Currently too high to earn Leyland’s trust.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Tio: makes sense…Leyland’s trust more important than his walk rate…needs to be on the down-slope of his career…

        • Tio says:
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          @Wake Up:

          The Tigers are too good to mess around with a 9th inning guy walking 2 or 3 hitters. See Carlos Marmol for a good comparable.

          I see this being a true committee for now.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Wake Up: I don’t think Leyland is the kind of guy that actually looks at walk rates. He probably takes a drag and says to him self ” kid walks too much”

  34. inosmelllikecow says:
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    Hey all, looks like there are a lot of questions about rosters and trades this early, so hopefully you guys can help answer mine as well!

    I’ve been offered Pedroia and Lucroy for Gio Gonzalez and Sal Perez. I do need 2b and the steals, but Gio is also my top pitcher.

    The rest of my staff:
    Gallardo
    Smardzija
    Harvey
    Tillman
    Hammel
    HJ Ryu

    Should I take it? Btw, it’s a keeper league (keep 6). Thanks!

    • Tio says:
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      @inosmelllikecow:

      I would not do the deal. You are giving up a top catching prospect & Ace pitcher for Pedroia who is great when healthy but I would be concerned about durability. LuCroy is fine but nothing special. Perez could be REALLY good.

      • inosmelllikecow says:
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        @Tio:

        I agree, I think Perez could do something special and with the APPLES analysis, I think losing Gio without a suitable replacement would put me at a disadvantage in pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @inosmelllikecow: Depends how many teams… Shallow league, I’d go for it…

      • inosmelllikecow says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team H2H. Would Rizzo and Gallardo for Pedroia and Grilli be better instead? I have Goldie and A Gon at 1b already and Machado sitting on the bench currently.

        Btw I used the Razzball stats exclusively this year and I’m pretty excited about my lineup for this year!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! I don’t like that better…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d trade Gio in a H2H 12 team league for Pedroia…

  35. Johnson says:
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    12 team 5×5 mixed roto dynasty. Same as yahoo default except only one Util and 1450 innings.

    I just traded Lester and Myers for Darvish. Fair deal?

  36. Wake Up says:
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    oh, and now what’s the deal with this Fiers nonsense…how many years in a row can this Lohse guy continue to screw me over? Moshe, Loshe let my pitchers go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha… Yeah, Brewers probably are worried his stuff isn’t that good…

      • @Grey:

        I added Wily Peralta this am and dumped Fiers into the Abyss. Why not take a shot on the upside/ kid and spot start him where appropriate. Think @SF is a good place to begin…

  37. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Last bench spot, 12 teams mixed. I have segura as a bench hitter in case Uggla stinks again. Should I drop him for Jason Hammel, need a 6th starter? Thanks!

    • Tio says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez:

      Depends on needs… if you need a starter, Hammel was good last year when healthy. I wouldn’t think anybody would pickup Segura unless he starts hot out of the gates.

  38. Tio says:
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    Only time will tell….

    You win this year but if Myers lives up to the hype you may regret not having him.

  39. Dwayne Buice says:
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    Help, my draft starts in 2 hours at the Cosmopolitan. Should I spend 2 hours playing craps or blackjack?
    I assume I should skip Screwdrivers, Mimosas and go to Grey-hounds, right?

    Do I want uehara or bailey? Fujisawa or Marmol? Benoit or New Mexico?

    • Tio says:
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      @Dwayne Buice:

      The tough choices!

      1. Blackjack

      2. Mimosas

      3. Why do these matter? I would go: Bailey, Marmol, Benoit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dwayne Buice: Craps if you have the money… Screwdrivers… Uehara… Marmol… Al Al…

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Dwayne Buice:

      1. Craps

      2. Screwdrivers

      3. You already missed your draft after too many screwdrivers at the craps table. Yo 11!

  40. Giacomo says:
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    Which side do you like better:

    Cueto or Ian Kennedy & Hammel?

  41. T Moore says:
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    Tyson Ross at SD is a better risky pick than Peacock IMO… The Stros are going to get rolled over this year … They may not win 40 games

  42. Wake Up says:
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    And, finally, Merry Good Friday to all and to all a good night. As, most of you know this is the day in history commemorating the great Esther, who was known for two things mainly, she fucked like a rabbit, and was known to go on ether binges. In fact, Easter is a portmanteau of Esther and Ether, this is a little known fact, that you all can now share with your friends and family. She was so promiscuous in fact, that she soon ran out of eggs. Hence, the Esther egg hunt. It was traditional for all the kids to gather, inhale large quantities of ether, and stagger off looking for eggs for Esther on ether. This, is also where all the bright colors on the eggs come from. It wasn’t that the eggs were actually colored, it was more that that was how the kids saw them. So, remember the kids who altered their consciousness to try and help good old Esther the Bunny find some more eggs, while you peep yourself into a diabetic coma this weekend…

    • T Moore says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Wake Up… Like it… the Ester Bunny..

      A Walter Sobchak is how I will always picture now… From the Big Lebowski

    • T Moore says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Wake Up… Like it… the Ester Bunny..

      A Walter Sobchak is how I will always picture now… From the Big Lebowski

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I never knew the background to Easter and how the spelling changed over the years…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, that’s how Dignan explained it to me…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Octaquin BenCokel…this is how we should refer to whoever gets the saves…that one made me laugh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  43. Chris says:
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    Weekly standard 5×5 league….

    Pick 2 for this week please: Scherzer (1 GS) vs NYY, Morrow (1 GS) vs CLE, B Anderson (2 GS) vs SEA & @ HOU.

    • Tio says:
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      @Chris:

      Tough choices… I would go with Max & Anderson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with Tio

  44. Eric W says:
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    I keep getting excited for opening night sunday then have to remind my self it is the Stros vs the Rangers. It is kindsa like getting to open one present on X-mas eve as a child and getting socks.

  45. rob valhalla` says:
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    MATT MOORE JUST GOT DROPPED IN MY LEAGUE…….DROP SHELBY MILLER OR JULIO TEHERAN? OR HOLD…..

    OTHER PITCHERS ON ROSTER ARE CAIN, BUMGARNER, HALLADAY,ESTRADA.

    THANKS IN ADVANCE.

  46. Tio says:
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    Can you drop an offensive player? I would definitely claim him. Drop Estrada if you need to drop a pitcher. Moore will be a stud this year. Thank the owner who dropped him all the way to the bank.

    • rob valhalla` says:
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      YEA BENCH BATS ARE ERVITH CABRERA, RUTLEDGE AND DOMONIC BROWN….STARTING 2ND AND SS ARE WEEKS AND ADRUS… CHUCK ERVITH?

      THANKS TIO

  47. Hankerciser200 says:
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    “If a player lands on the 1-day DL, they’re dead”…spits up coffee laughing

    pick a side grey: Zimmerman/goldy or AJones/panda 40 keepers gone H2H I pick 8th.

  48. Banana Hammocks says:
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    14 team mixed H2H points league, 9 offensive starters, 16 roster spots for position players. (-)1 pt for strikeouts.

    At short I have Cozart filling for Jeter. I picked up Pete Kozma as Cozart’s back-up, but there’s a couple interesting options off the wire:

    Ruben Tejada (Mets)
    Brian Dozier (Twins)

    Thoughts?

      • Banana Hammocks says:
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        @Grey:

        What? ‘Interesting’ too strong a word?
        Thanks, you’re a bro!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yeah, a bit too strong for those guys…

  49. Chris says:
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    Who would you pick up as a backup to Sandoval?

    Matt Carpenter, Jedd Gyorko, Kevin Youkillis

    • Carnac says:
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      @Chris: Gyorko!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  50. Carnac says:
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    Al Albuquerue sounds like a character in Breaking Bad.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Carnac: (I looked up how to spell his name and still got it wrong.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes… Or a cartoon cactus that talks and wears a ten gallon hat…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Wasn’t Al Albuquerque the name of Lawrence Fishburn’s character on Pee Wee’s Playhouse?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! It’s the name of a very creative kid’s goldfish…

  51. royce! says:
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    Read Fiers to bullpen to make room for Lohse and Wily lands the 5th starter spot. So cray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, kinda insane…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Actually, looking at the ST numbers (and Fiers’ burnout last season), it makes some sense. 19.1 IP, 6.98 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, 16/8 K/BB ratio. Wily has not been much better, though…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Fiers’s stuff isn’t that great… I should’ve buried him in rankings… Oh well…

  52. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey. Well, it sounds like our boy Fiers is being thrown to the bullpen for Perralta. Long Relief! Ugh! I wouldn’t imagine there is any reason to hang onto to Michael, right.

    Any interest in Perralta or should I stash someone like a Tavares on my bench.

    Thanks much.

  53. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Carlos Gonzalez for my morse profar wheeler. Do I trade this depth or stay put?

    Also berkman was dropped. Do I use a waiver claim to get him?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn Travis snider
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take CarGo…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: do I also put a claim for berkman

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure…

  54. Eric says:
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    Drop Fiers for Cashner / Doubront / Gee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  55. RYUreallyasking says:
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    When will the Stream o nator be available?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy’s saying April 8th…

  56. Adamk says:
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    Use #1 waiver on Teix? Was just dropped – could stash on DL. Worth the move? Would drop Marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Adamk says:
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        @Grey: is that more of a commentary on Teix or Marte?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both…

  57. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey, in your opinion, who won the Canibus/LL Cool J beef?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isn’t it obvious?

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Yup. Just making sure we’re on the same page. (we’re probably not).

        Worth picking up Oscar Taveras and stashing now? Offense is pretty set. Keeper league, only get to keep 3 though. I have zero faith in Beltran to stay healthy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not worth grabbing now…

          • Project Merkin says:
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            @Grey:

            Pick up David Hernandez or Fujikawa instead?

            Or I could grab another SP. Phil Hughes is available. And I’m guessing from above you’re not a huge fan of Wily Peralta getting the 5th spot over Fiers? You did call him YoGa-Lite….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Peralta, just picked him up in one league…

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Project Merkin: Take Hernandez. I drafted him in a 10-team, 29-man roster league. Good K rate and might see some sexy time if Putz stops putting out.

  58. bees knees says:
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    can you rank peralta, milone, and kendrick as a FIERS replacement?

    If you pick milone, can you please explain why? I read all the blurbs, but he doesnt K a lot of ppl (you generally dont like those guys) and his home/road splits are horrendous…

    as always, thanks. i respect your opinion and love you like a brother i never met.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone is safer and has better ratios… If you want Ks, he’s not the guy… Go with Peralta….

  59. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whats everyones thoughts on the new Interleague rules, starting with my Reds vs the Angels.

    Personally I hate it. Interleague used to be a fun part of the season, now its just diluted down over the full season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t like it… I didn’t like it when it was only a few times a year either…

  60. Hi Grey — In my deep 14-team 6×6 roto league (w/holds), 25-man rosters, and a 1350-inning cap I just lost Fiers and Cashner when they didn’t make their respective rotations. I didn’t really need both — I think I need 6 starters to reach 1350 along with the closers and the holds guys, and I already have 5: Scherzer, Niese, Medlen, Matt Moore, and Milone. I dropped Cashner and picked up Phil Coke, figuring he’d get either saves or holds. What’s your suggestion for the other pick?

    I could grab a sixth starter. Waiver candidates aren’t pretty, though: Detwiler, Dillon Gee, Tyson Ross, Masterson, Billingsly, Doubront, James McDonald.

    I could leave that spot for Stream-o-nator picks until someone sticks. Until then, though, who’s a better flier to fill the roster spot? I was thinking about Krispie (remember how strong he started last year before getting hurt?) or Bourjos, though I’ve already got 5 OF. Or maybe someone who’d grab a couple of holds in the first week w/ some Ks (Sean Doolittle? Scott Downs?). A long-shot closer candidate (Frank Frank? A Bailey? Dotel?). Or someone with name recognition, in case he starts fast and can be traded before his arm falls off (Brian Roberts?).

    Or are all these ideas so marginal that I’m better off just holding onto Fiers in case Lohse gets hit by an asteroid?

    I just completed a trade where the other guy wanted Fiers and I made him take Griffin instead. Wish I had that back.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dotel until a SP emerges…

  61. cOdysseus says:
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    Grey, choice copy on Brad Peacock …. some of your finest “work”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Thanks!

  62. OaktownSteve says:
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    Anybody see the Hitchcock movie…er A’s Giants game? Seriously the seagulls are out of control. They are going to have to do something about it. Prepare for hippy PETA vs baseball standoff at ATT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Someone needs to sign Winfield, stat!

  63. G Money says:
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    Looking for your thoughts on my team Grey. very different league then most. 12 team H2H weekly scoring each category, 8×8 AVG, HR, R, RBI, TB, SB, H, BB x ERA, WHIP, W, L, IP, K/9, CG, SV – Auction Draft 260$ budget 25 slots, 4 OF, CI, UT and 5SP (must be starting that week) 2 RP (cannot be a starter)

    (Butler, E5, & McCutch were keepers from last year with Hamilton being my franchise at a 20% discount)
    C-Brian McCann*, Atl C $3
    1B- Billy Butler, KC 1B K $10
    2B- Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B $5
    SS- Alcides Escobar, KC SS $5
    3B- Chase Headley, SD 3B $14
    CI- Edwin Encarnacion, Tor 1B K $8
    OF- Josh Hamilton, LAA OF K $22
    OF- Andrew McCutchen, Pit OF K $33
    OF- Brett Gardner, NYY OF $8
    OF – Chris Davis, Bal 1B $9
    UT- Adrian Gonzalez, LAD 1B $36
    SP- Cliff Lee, Phi SP $33
    SP- Zack Greinke, LAD SP $18
    SP- Jonathon Niese, NYM SP $7
    SP- Marco Estrada, Mil SP $12
    SP- Brandon McCarthy, Ari SP $1
    RP- Huston Street, SD RP $7
    RP- Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP $2

    Bench – Corey Hart*, Mil 1B/OF $10
    Bench- JP Arencibia Tor, C, Waivers
    Bench – Jeff Keppinger 3B
    Bench – Phil Hughes, NYY SP $2
    Bench Tim Hudson, Atl SP $5
    Bench – Trevor Cahill, Ari SP $2
    Bench- Daniel Hudson*, Ari SP $1
    Bench- Brandon Beachy*, Atl SP $4

    Side note we can keep 4 players + our franchise player but only 1 player can be over $20 and inflation is $5 per year (waived 1st year for under $20 guys) my team is a MASH unit at the moment I do know that. Loved the Ryu post btw, tried to get him but ran out of spots and went with Beachy and Hudson (tommy john) for cheap comebacks and next season value possibly. Thanks!

    • G Money says:
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      @G Money: woops ryu comment was for jaywrong form yesterday. he saw it already. bump and I dont mean blow :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, Headley’s gone for a bit, so that hurts… Guessing Keppinger is your UTIL player now which isn’t good… You look pretty balanced though across the board with hitting, not a bad team at all… Your pitching looks excellent… Solid team all around…

  64. stephanc101 says:
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    I was just offered Cespedes and Matt Moore, I’d be giving up Jennings and Kershaw.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  65. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Jason Hammel or Fiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel

  66. Anon says:
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    Allright Grey, we’re 2 days away from the start of the season and I already don’t know what I am doing! Do I start Bud Norris against Texas in the opener?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  67. Tom says:
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    Hi Grey, love the site! I have my draft tonight and am looking at your rankings. They were all written in January. Have they since been updated (and the date has remained unchanged), or do you have more recent rankings somewhere, or is it just that your opinion on all players hasn’t changed since then? Thanks!

  68. The Hersch says:
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    Grey:
    Standard 5X5, NL only (with 11 teams) I’ve got Headley as a keeper @ $20 ($280 with an extra UT) BUT I’ve kept Gyorko ($5)

    Wright – Hanram and Sandoval (not exactly models of health) are the only real other 3B’s available. But plenty of other talent to bid on in other spots

    Do I toss Headley back and roll with Gyorko and spend the $20 else where?

    Thanks Grey, you’re the man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Toss Headley back and play Gyorko…

  69. bash says:
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    16 team h2h my pitchers are hot garbage
    Which option do u like better
    I give Kemp for Matt Moore and j Zimm
    I give J Upton for Gallardo
    I ride the Milone Gee Garza Hughes train to victory

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Terrible trades…

      • bash says:
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        @Grey</a@Grey: yea I thought so too thanks for confirmation – gonna keep cool

  70. Negatto says:
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    Draft last night. 12 Team Mixed 5 x5 Roto. I drafted from the 7th position on CBS.

    Thoughts?

    C – Hanigan (25)
    C – Ellis (23)
    1b – Fielder (1)
    2b – Rutledge (9)
    SS – Zobrist (6)
    3b – Longoria (2)
    CI – Goldschmidt (5)
    MI – E Cabrera (14)
    OF – Choo (7)
    OF – Ethier (19)
    OF – Jones (3)
    OF – Frazier (15)
    OF – B.J. Upton (8)
    U – Morales (17)

    SP – Bumgarner (4)
    SP – Zimmermann (10)
    SP –Moore (12)
    SP – Parker (16)
    SP – Burnett (18)
    SP – Beckett (22)
    RP – Nathan (11)
    RP – Holland (13)
    RP – Janssen (20)
    BN – Cashner (24)
    BN – Cuddyer (21)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look light on speed… Your pitching is better than your hitting, which isn’t always a good thing, but your hitting’s not that bad…

  71. supra says:
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    Got Corey Hart in my first DL spot… is A-Rod even worth stashing in my 2nd DL?

    If it makes any difference, players picked up as FA go Rd 24 if kept (we keep 10).

    I’m thinking 3 mos is too long… but worth a transaction until I need the spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know who else you’re stashing instead of him, so sure…

      • supra says:
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        @Grey:
        Yeah spots empty at the moment, thanks dude.

  72. When’s the first buy/sell? Next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  73. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Following the you and steve dialogue last night. When it comes to Cano, Gio, and Braun this year, in regards to the Florida PED’s dumpster scandel it’s just utter Braunsense!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: not a glossary term, but a useful general term when referencing the ridiculous hysteria

        “HI Grey, love the writing, you are the man. I got this trade offer on the table. I give up Bruce and AJ Burnett and get Braun. I’m worried about the florida dumpster diving PED thing, should I hold on Bruce and AJ because Braun might get suspended”

        ” take the deal, it’s all utter Braunsense”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh… I thought you were gonna offer a term about fluffing me before asking me a question….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s amazing… HA!

  74. TheNewGuy says:
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    Homer Bailey home vs the Angels. Start or sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  75. Snake Hips says:
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    Wainwright/Moore or Scherzer/Halladay? 10 team H2H points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore

  76. Ben says:
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    Hey Grey

    Had my big money league keeper draft last night, was hoping to get some feedback from you on how I did. My strategy was to keep only bats and go for good arms in the draft and I think it paid off pretty well. I will post my lineup at the bottom. What do you like/not like?

    League details: 14 team roto league standard categories. Each team keeps 5 players at the expense of their draft round value from last year (values increase year to year). So, pretty much all the top players were already off the board before the draft started.

    1. (13) Adrian Gonzalez 1B,RF
    2. (16) Yu Darvish SP
    3. (41) Zack Greinke SP
    4. (44) Fernando Rodney RP
    5. (69) Mike Moustakas 3B
    6. (72) Joe Mauer C,1B KEEPER
    7. (97) Jon Lester SP
    8. (100) Mike Minor SP
    9. (125) Ernesto Frieri RP
    10. (128) Oscar Taveras RF
    11. (153) Marco Estrada SP,RP
    12. (154) Julio Teheran SP
    13. (156) Ian Desmond SS KEEPER
    14. (181) Andrelton Simmons SS
    15. (184) Domonic Brown LF,RF
    16. (209) Brandon League RP
    17. (212) Mike Trout LF,CF KEEPER
    18. (237) Bryce Harper LF,CF,RF KEEPER
    19. (240) Jose Altuve 2B KEEPER
    20. (265) Jayson Werth CF,RF
    21. (268) Leonys Martin CF
    22. (293) Jason Hammel SP
    23. (296) J.J. Hardy SS
    24. (321) José Valverde RP

    C: Mauer
    1B: Adrian Gonzalez
    2B: Jose Altuve
    3B: Mike Moustakas
    SS: Ian Desmond
    IF: Andrelton Simmons
    LF: Domonic Brown
    CF: Mike Trout
    RF: Bryce Harper
    UTIL: Jayson Werth
    BN: Oscar Taveras
    BN: Leonys Martin
    BN: JJ Hardy

    SP: Darvish, Greinke, Lester, Minor, Teheran, Estrada, Hammel
    RP: Rodney, Frieri, League

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks great…For next year… Kidding, kinda… You’re very heavy on upside… It could work out great or you might be left holding a bunch of upside and no actual stats… Team could be incredible though… Your pitching is solid…

  77. Tom says:
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    Trade my Ellsbury for Konerko? Projected number say I am way behind in HR’s and RBI and close to the top in R’s and SB’s. Are the injury risks the same in both cases? Will Ellsbury hit 20 HR’s?

  78. costaricanchata says:
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    BROXTON TRADED TO DETROIT FOR MINOR LEAGUER AND CASH CONSIDERATIONS !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You are AWESOME! Just grabbed him across 5 leagues…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        oops .

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Don’t yell fire in a crowded building! Just dropped Al Al for him in the writers league.

          I don’t hate you right now but I’m not gonna lie…I may never love you again.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      what ?
      too soon ??

      yeah , maybe .
      (but by less than 58 hours )

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I guess I should’ve looked for the news first… Teach me to read the comments… Damn, chata, that really screwed me up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, why don’t I see this news?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, man, did you just screw me up?

      • @Grey: NOT true. Might happen, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m gonna have to explain to Rudy why I dropped someone in Friends and Family for Broxton… I could see on April Fool’s but…dah…

    • Snake Hips says:
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      @costaricanchata: what a jerk… I grabbed him too. I don’t know you, but i think I hate you..

    • Bill_Buckner says:
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      @costaricanchata: that was kind of a dick move, bro. Almost dropped Robertson for him. Thank god I checked twitter…

  79. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    In a 12team H2H league with obp instead of avg, 3b, 2b, runs, hr, ribs, steals as cats– if you drafted Mccutchen first, would taking jUpton as second pick be preferable over taking longo if he’s there. Or would you go for longo as second pick?

  80. Mariner Mike says:
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    Team Comment Please 10 team league 1st. pick was 8th. weiters,encarcion,hill,tulo,longo,cespedes,ellsbury,morales,profar,taveras,g.jones,rutledge,cudyer,butler pitchers scherzer,samarjia,harve,y,haren,estrada,beckett relief holds count jjputz,hernandez,casey,peralta,holland arod ondone dl first time writer sorry if not done correctly but would like a review on team thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a bit heavy on speed and don’t understand Profar in your league… The pitching looks fine…

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Grey: should i keep profar for later this year don’t you like the power in this line up

  81. Aero says:
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    Ugh, Fiers…
    Pickup Teheran, Ryu, Griffin, Masterson, Dubront, or.. Marcum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

  82. gareth says:
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    Hey grey,

    Please rank the following pitchers – jamie garcia, aj burnett, trevor cahill, jeremy hellickson, clay bucholz.

    I know you have the rankings but I have to pick 3 out of 5 of these guys and the rankings are helpful but variables since (bucholz’s strong spring, burnetts poor one, cahillls improvement) have clouded things a bit.

    Thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See the rankings… No change to those guys due to the spring…

  83. royce! says:
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    Have you checked out Bludso’s Bar & Cue? I notice that it is in your hood.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really disappointing…

  84. Grey

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

  85. gareth says:
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    I think you are too high on burnett. Hes way higher than some more talented pitchers on your list. I think you’re too down on hellickson. My issue is I have burnett, hellickson, cahill right now. Bucholz and garcia are on the wire. I will keep burnett even though he scares me. I will keep the arizona number 2 over the boston number 2. Its now down to garcia versus hellickson. 2 number 2’s on contenders. Who’d you pick grey?

    Thanks grey!

  86. Dwayne Buice says:
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    I drank 3 Grey-hounds for breakfast and just bid $40 on Prince in an inflated 4×4 (Pujols at 42 earlier). Keep drinking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d switch out the grapefruit juice with rum…

  87. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey, would you pick up and start yer boy Hammel against the Rays on Monday? Streaming already!

    10 team league, staff is:

    Greinke
    Latos
    Niese
    Bailey
    Peavy
    Estrada
    B McCarthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would… Take followups to my newest post…

  88. Savoy Special says:
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    @costaricanchata: Is this a joke? Source? Haven’t seen anything on any ticker this morning.

    Grey – I know that ‘clockblock’ is the understood favorite for holding up a prospect’s arbitration clock – but what about this for potential ‘honorable mention': super deucebags…as in the Rangers are being a bunch of super deucebags for keeping Profar in the minors until June.

  89. DukesUp says:
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    I haven’t posted in forever. I’ve had a few highballs and really bitter about Kansas ruining everything. For some reason “Nolan Reimold” was all i could think of. Then I googled him and found out he hit a couple bombs but can’t play the field. I remember this one time he was pretty great for 1 month in a h2h playoff. I think I drafted him the next year cause he was going 20/15 easily. I digress, please rate my 12 team mock draft and tell me what spot I’ll finish–

  90. Allen Strainic says:
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    Need your advice….who has the best chance to take over the closer role ???
    Burton, Ambriz, Lindblom or Carter Capps…..I realize these are long shots but I only have one closer (Janssen) and Santos was drafted before I could get him….AL only league
    Thanx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Capps

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