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The Mets doctors said Johan Santana would miss a start or two.  That was a year ago.  He’s still working his way back.  The Mets doctors said Jose Reyes would miss a weekend series in 2009, he missed three months.  The Mets doctors said Carlos Beltran would miss a game in 2009; it took him two years to come back.  The other day someone asked me for money for Doctors Without Borders so they could help people in The Congo.  Why isn’t there a lady in front of Whole Foods asking me to donate to find a cure for David Wright?  Because I sure don’t trust the Mets doctors.  Film a PSA with Chipper Jones and Julie Andrews and show that shizz before movies.  “I’m Julie Andrews.”  “And I’m Chipper Jones”  Both, “And David Wright needs our help.”  The Mets are saying Wright has a tear in his left side and Mets fans have a tear in their eyes.  Word on the street is Wright has a similar injury to Ryan Zimmerman’s last year when he missed two months.  The prognosis, if prognosis is the right word, is not good.  Wright is saying he can be ready by Opening Day.  I say great, terrific, other sarcastic word, I don’t want to draft him anywhere.  If Della Reese touches his bat while dressed as an angel and Wright gets 500 ABs this year, how good do you think those 500 ABs are gonna be?  Do you think he’s going to show power?  If 22 homers were the low end for his projections, I’d be surprised if he breaks 17 homers now.  What if when he slides, he feels pain in his side?  He’s not going to be stealing bases.  You see Wright there in the 5th round now, I say pass.  Yes, third base just got shallower.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2012 fantasy baseball:

Salvador Perez – Tweaked his knee badly and the Royals sent him for an MRI.  I liked Perez late in drafts, so I went looking around for updates on this injury and ended up at the Kansas City Star.  Their article started with this line, “The Royals awaited word Tuesday night on the status of their $7 million catcher.”  It was funny — and by funny I mean not funny at all — to me how that was the attention grabber in KC.  KC is fretting over seven million dollars that is over five years.  Yeah, parity is alive and well.   Well, whatever the case is, it’s bad news for Perez.  He has a meniscus tear and will need surgery.  As of this writing, there was no timetable for his return, but I’m guessing six to eight weeks.  I’d avoid him in all leagues.  Too bad, so sad.

Desmond Jennings – Collided with B.J. Upton and both needed to be carted off the field.  This is the worst B.J. related news since that girl with the braces… Well, you remember.  Jennings says he’s fine and should be back on the field in a day or two.

B.J. Upton – On the other side of that collision, Fellatio Upton took the worse of it.  Yet, he too says he’ll be fine after a couple of days.  He’s just dealing with general soreness.  General Soreness is his bodyguard.

Freddy Garcia – Hit with a comebacker.  He told A-Rod he slept with his ex, and A-Rod said, “Yeah, well, that ex was really a man!”  *checking notes*  Hmm, seems like he was hit with a different kind of comebacker, one off a bat.  The X-rays came back negative, which is actually bad news because it means he can keep pitching.

Tim Hudson – Cleared to throw a bullpen session, but will still be out until at least the first few weeks of the season.  Bring on Randall Delgado!

Bryce Harper – Told reporters that he doesn’t expect to make the club.  Then the next day, Nats GM Rizzo (not Anthony) told reporters Harper could still have a shot.  We have a Razzball exclusive as to what really went down.  Harper to reporters, “I’m not making the club.”  Rizzo to Harper, “We’re trying to sell frickin’ tickets to frickin’ fans to see frickin’ Nats games and you’re telling them you’re not playing?!  Shut your pie hole!”  Rizzo to reporters, “He’s still in the picture. We’re still early in the decision-making process.”  Riiiiiiight.  That’s seven I’s.

John Lannan – Mike Rizzo said he’s fielded several calls on Lannan, but are not shopping him.  He must’ve learned how to neg from The Game.

Chris Perez – Threw from 150 feet yesterday.  Looks like the Indians found a Grady Sizemore replacement.  It’s sounding more and more likely that Perez will be ready to go for Opening Day.

Lance Lynn – With Carpenter almost definitely maybe heading to the DL to start the season, Lynn looks to move his way into the rotation.  Out of the bullpen last year, Lynn’s fastball regularly touched the high-90′s as he put up a 2.22 ERA and 32 Ks in 24 1/3 IP.  As a starter, he was much less exciting (5.23 ERA, 8 Ks), but like a man who needs prunes that was in limited duty (10 1/3 IP).  From his minor league track record, we see a guy who has a 7+ K-rate and moderate control.  In NL-Only and very deep mixed leagues, I’d grab Lynn late to see if he can surprise in an early season role with the Cards.  There’s a chance for some sweet, sweet upside here.

Tyler Greene – Battling right now for the Cardinals’ 2nd base job with Daniel Descalso and Skip Schumaker.  Obviously, unless you’re in a deep NL-Only league, you stopped reading this blurb already.  Nothing gets people excited like the mention of Skip Schumaker!  Greene did well in Triple-A last year (14 homers, 19 steals in 66 games), but that’s probably because he was 27 years old, i.e., he was old to still be in the minors.  In 150 major league games, he’s hit .218 with 5 homers and 16 steals.  Best case scenario, we get a Baha Man year.  Most realistic scenario, there’s a three-way time share at 2nd.

Josh Hamilton – Jammed his heel.  For those that like things delivered in comic book form, Texas hero deals with wounded heel.  Rangers are saying this is the first of five dozen minor injuries Hamilton will endure this year, but he should be fine.

Aroldis Chapman – Pitched well yesterday in his bid to become a starter.  There’s only one catch, the Reds have five starters already.  They would need an injury to someone on their staff.  Popping his head in, Dusty says, “Did someone say we need a pitching injury?”  Okay, but if you’re drafting today, you’re drafting Chapman as a middle reliever.

Anibal Sanchez – Maybe you’ve heard me mention this brother with the name of a mother before.  Yeah, I love him and guess what?  He struck out 4 yesterday through two innings with no problems from his previously sore shoulder.  When I say boo, you say ya.  Boo…Ya…  (By the way, I think the Marlins might be watching a bit too much of The Voice.)

Juan Carlos Oviedo – Will report to camp this week.  No word yet when Leo Nunez is reporting.

Ryan Howard – Yesterday, Jimmy Rollins said he’d be surprised if Howard plays this year.  In related news, the team announced Rollins is out of the running for Director of Phillies Public Relations.

Brett Jackson – As expected, the Cubs announced that Jackson will start the year in the minors.  There’s no way Byrd, Soriano and DeJesus are all still starting in the outfield by July.  Worth noting in keeper and deep NL-Only leagues.  Earlier in the offseason, I went over my Brett Jackson fantasy.  I wrote it while watching Luck with the closed captioning on, so I could read what the hell Nick Nolte was saying.

Garrett Jones – Looks like he will be the starting 1st baseman for the Pirates vs. righties.  As I mentioned in the 1st basemen to target post, in deep, daily leagues, you can get some value there.  Or not.  For instance, “Hey, horse, here’s water.”  Horse, “Neigh.”

Jacob Turner – Going through a dead arm period.  The doctors weren’t sure what the problem was at first, then Haley Joel Osment said he saw Turner’s arm.

127 Responses

  1. letsgobravos says:
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    First!…and thank god I didn’t go with Braun at #2 in my draft with an eye towards taking Wright in the 3rd round.

  2. JashFath says:
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    What’s with all these guys Marlins deciding to go with their real names?! Giancarlo Stanton? Juan Carlos Oviedo? What’s next, Hanely Ramirez is going to go by Don Quixote?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JashFath, Ha!

    • Cosmo says:
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      @JashFath, Well, the Team did it, why not them?

  3. Cash says:
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    Might wanna check your facts there. Unless by 12 million dollars you mean 1.1 million dollars…

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Your best post since the last one! Favorite lines: “Rangers are saying this is the first of five dozen minor injuries Hamilton will endure this year, but he should be fine.” and “The doctors weren’t sure what the problem was at first, then Haley Joel Osment said he saw Turner’s arm.” (Like to have seen what kind of reaction the 2nd one would get without the setup.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Thanks!

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha loving the regular updates already Grey, this is what we miss with the offseason!

    Preparing for a deep 16 teamer H2H, which of these late endgame options do you like the most: D Young (not you da meat hook) or B Boesch, and V Worley or L Hochevar. Diggin deep yo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Boesch, Worley

  6. timSTi says:
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    Wright is 1 of my 7 keepers. In a 10 team roto how soon should I look to drafting a 3B?

    Young, Reynolds, & ARam are the top 3 options. Massive drop off from there.

    My keepers are: Kemp, JUpton, Andrus, Fielder, Wright, Kershaw, & Hamels.

    Reynolds or Aram right out the gate you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @timSTi, Nah

      • timSti says:
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        @Grey, Should I go after Uggla or Utley in the 1st(8th) round then? Not sure what void to fill first.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @timSti, Uggla

  7. Lance says:
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    Grey, I already drafted Wright so how should I committ suicide? Gun? Rope? Candlestick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lance, Ha

  8. MattTruss223 says:
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    Well, with the Salvador news and Mesoraco getting Dusty-ed, looks like I’m gunning for Jesus or Soto/Ramos. Bummer. I was much more excited for drafting Salvador/Mesoraco in the final round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Yeah, it’s not great news.

  9. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    What up, Grey!

    8 team ML league, OBP instead of average.

    I’m thinking of going the first 8 rounds all offense, then going pitching until value presents itself. Can’t go wrong, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, If you draft well, sure.

  10. Bourne says:
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    Andy Oliver will be starting from the fifth spot this year for the Tigers. He could easily get 10 wins before his lack of dominance (not bad, just not greatness) gives recovering Turner or another pitcher (see Drew Smyly, Duane Below [though Below might be in the bull pen by that time]) a chance for a few starts in late summer. This same situation could come from Oliver being traded about that time of year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne, Yup…

  11. EmporersMonkey says:
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    Rizzo has been rizzipin’ the ball and LaHairpie has been awful(albiet small sample). What are the chances of Rizzo starting off the season as the Cubs 1st baseman? What do you project his numbers to be if he does happen to get a full seasons worth of AB?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EmporersMonkey, Slim to anorexic…

  12. TheRealTaz says:
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    Ibanez isn’t making anywhere near twelve million. It’s a little over one mil, plus incentives that could bring it up to four…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheRealTaz, See my comment above at #2.

  13. Scottie O. says:
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    Stupid Wright. Was supposed to have my main draft this upcoming weekend, but had to move it up to last weekend. Took Wright in the 3rd. So, now I’m stuck with him. The Zimmerman owner also has Longoria & needs help badly with pitching.

    What caliber of pitcher do you think I might be able to offer to get Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O., An ace…

      • Scottie O. says:
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        @Grey, I was afraid you were gonna say that. Who would you try to target as a replacement for Wright? I might be able to work something out with the Moustakas owner. Would you target him, Zimmerman, someone else? Here’s my pitching staff:

        Bum
        Price
        Gio
        Zimmerman
        Minor
        Peacock
        Bard
        Nolasco

        I guess there’s a lesson to be learned here at least; never draft a Met.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ICantMakeThisUp, Hehe

  14. doghat says:
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    11 team 10×10 daily roto keeper league. We keep 6, my first 5 are:
    Kemp
    Votto
    JUpton
    Hanley
    Giancarlo

    I’m not keeping Wright so my choices for the last spot are:
    Lawrie
    Starlin
    Avila
    Pineda
    Beachy

    Which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @doghat, Lawrie

  15. shibboleth says:
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    Grey, thanks as always! I draft 3rd in a 12-team. In light of this Wright news, would I be nuts to take Bautista 3rd? The other (saner?) option is to take whoever falls of miggy/pujols/braun/votto/etc and hope for Sandoval or Zimmerman on the 2/3 swing. Third base has got me all twisted this year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth, Yeah, 1st base then 3rd in the 2/3 swing…

  16. Wake Up says:
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    on Wright…”David has a small tear in his rectus that is causing a larger one in mine,” Alderson

    “Brother with a name of a mother,” Nice!

    Too much The Voice? Inconceivable! That’s like cooking “too” good, or breathing “too much” air, or drinking “too much” goat’s milk(the last one might not translate in the states, not sure).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Thanks! Agreed on The Voice, kinda love that show.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, Have you considered getting a fluffy white cat and over-sized sunglasses to compliment the stache?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, What makes you think I don’t already?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, I could tell by your voice. Now that DJ from the podcast, he might have a fluffy white cat to compliment his buttery, caramel, honey-scotch timbre. I apologize in advance, but you kinda sound like Bam Margera, in a good way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Wake Up, Thanks! Getting so many compliments about my voice that I will try to forget…

  17. papasmurf says:
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    What a smurfin’ scary spring so far. 4 of my keepers are Stanton, Hosmer, BJ, and Jennings… I just saw the 2012 season flash before my eyes… If I lose these guys, it’s time to start planning for 2013 already.

    And I have Anibal Sanchez too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, You’re good so far…

  18. What round would you draft Roy Halladay’s 89 mph fastball ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, I wouldn’t draft him.

  19. Mr2Bits says:
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    Well, I took Wright with the last pick in the 3rd o my Keepers league. In a real draft, that is like the 7th round. I like him there so long as he can produce. Fingers crossed he gets this cleared up as I think he will. Good news is I have Youk/Bautista as backups so a stint on the DL is not the end of the world but would like to have my 3rd round back if thats the case

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Those are good backups to have.

  20. The Spaceman says:
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    Dear wise one,

    Firstly, dug the podcast man! You’ve got another regular listener here. To my question; do I take Moustakas/Cueto, while giving up Freese/Hudson? I’m not a big Cueto fan, but my rotation is solid. The upgrade to Moustakas at 3B in a keeper is the clincher for me. What say you sir?

    Thanks a ton!

    Spaceman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Spaceman, Thanks! Take Moose if you need him…

  21. anarchy burger says:
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    grey— i know you were high on bourjos this year ( which made me high on him). have you seen any updates on his hip issue???? my draft is saturday and i was targeting him. should i move him down my draft board??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anarchy burger, He’s saying he’s at 100% but he hasn’t stolen while on base 6 times.

  22. Joe says:
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    Two keeper options, which is better?

    1) Jennings/Heyward/J Upton/Hosmer/Scherzer/Bumgarner/Moustakas

    2) Jennings/Heyward/J Upton/Hosmer/Scherzer/C Santana

    Santana is $20 and so is the combo of Bumgarner/Moustakas. Wasn’t sure if I wanted to drop that much on a catcher or not. 10 team 5X5 with OBP rather than AVG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe, 1

  23. uziguzi says:
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    “Rollins is out of the running for Director of Phillies Public Relations.” Ha! It’s good we get excerpts of truth from some players.

    Grey, thanks for keeping it hilarious and informative!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @uziguzi, No problem… Thanks!

  24. Tammy says:
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    Hey — when is Rudy going to do his 20 Risky Pitchers For 2012? I always find that column extremely useful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tammy, Ask him in his post yesterday…

      • Tammy says:
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        @Grey, I did and he responded. The reason I was so interested is that my league allows only 5 waiver pick ups a year making multiple position eligible players extremely valuable. In a standard $260 league with this rule, about how much more (vs their value playing just their primary position) would you pay for Cuddyer (1st, 2nd, and OF), Bonifacio (3rd, ss, of), Zobrist (2nd, OF), Kendrick (1st, 2nd, OF)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Tammy, $5 extra… Of course, it depends on who else you own… If you have David Wright, for instance and his iffy status, then someone else that can play 3rd is more helpful… If you have Utley, then someone to fill in for him etc.

  25. Tony says:
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    Grey- just got invited into an 18 teamer, gotta decide on some keeps, its thru cbs, h2h fpts league… I can keep UP TO 8 players as long as their salaries tally to $130 or below. Since its such a big league I’m kinda debating on what to do…. I’ll weed out the garbage but outta these guys what do you think? Snake draft fills the rest of the roster after keeps.

    Bruce $35 603 fpts
    Pedroia $32 734 fpts
    Haren $32 823 fpts
    Anibal $24 641 fpts
    Bautista $20 818 fpts
    Cuddyer $20 489 fpts
    Sandoval $20 434 fpts
    Melky $15 657 fpts
    Krispie Young $15
    Lawrie $15
    Romero $15 763 fpts
    JJputz $15 671 fpts
    Danny Espinosa $10
    Asdrubal $8 611 fpts

    I would for sure keep Bruce, Pedroia, Bautista, Sandoval and Lawrie, and then??? Maybe not after I added the fpts they scored last yr with this leagues settings? it scares me that putz scored 70 more fpts than Bruce!? and sandoval only scored 400 something? Do you keep putz in this format? or haren/anibal? The settings are too much too list, but its kind of a crazy fpts league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Yeah, a bit wonky on the points… I guess Haren…

  26. ace says:
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    My father tore his achilles in Florida years ago and was worked on by the Mets spring training doctor. A second surgery back in upstate NY later and he was fixed – his doctor inquired as to who the butcher was that attempted the first one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ace, Seriously?

      • ace says:
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        @Grey, completely serious. Happened in Feb – put him out of commission until follwing April. Also was infected but that did not factor into the 2nd surgery

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ace, Wow, that’s insane.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PWNightmare, Wow, thanks for sharing!

  27. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Grey,

    Loved the podcast man. That’s gonna make traffic home after work much better once a week. In a 12T, h2h, 7×7 where you get penalized for strikeouts and includes OPS. Two questions for ya:

    1) Does my league make guys like Felatio undraftable because they whiff so much? With the 4th spot in the snake draft, I’m staring at either Adam Jones or BJ in the 7th round. I want BJ due to upside, pop and speed but his avg and k’s could be a doubly whammy I can’t afford.

    2) I can also get desmond jennings, so do you recommend drafting starlin in the 5th over elvis to counterract desmond/felatio’s BA?

    Thanks brotha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sambo Jenkins, Thanks! 1) Yeah, I’d try and avoid high K guys. 2) Starlin in the 5th and Jennings works…

  28. Drew says:
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    I’m in a deep keeper league that drafted already and had Perez as my C. The best known name available is Ianetta. Are there any sleepers I’m overlooking? Unfortunately Wilin Rosario is unavailable.

    Also, I saw that Juan Abreu was sent down by the Astros. You were high on him getting save opps in your top 20 closer rankings, does this change your feelings? I drafted him but would like to pick up Lance Lynn. My only drops I could make are Abreu or Bernadina. Bernadina is my only offensive bench player and I was hoping he’d get the 3rd OFer spot for the Nats.

    • Drew says:
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      @Drew, Clarification: I guess I could drop Perez as well, but was planning on holding him until he is DL’d.

        • Drew says:
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          @Grey, Thanks. I’ve been a long time reader, just usually don’t post comments/questions. Razzball aided me to the championship last year so now I have a target on my back and need to be sure I’m making the right moves. I enjoyed the podcast, keep ‘em coming. Enjoy a daiquiri on me, just made a donation.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Drew, Thanks for the kind words and donation!

  29. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 5.
    yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    right now my 5 keepers are..
    1B- David Price, 3B- Ryan Zimmerman, 1B- Paul Konerko, 2B- Dan Uggla, SP- Brandon Beachy.

    I could trade Dan Uggla to get BJ Upton. should I do that? or stay with Uggla?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold…

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    I’ve got Mesoraco in my 16 team H2H keeper. I was really targeting JP but he went right before me. Was hoping for some upsidey love, but I’m a bit worried about Dusty benching him 2 outta 3 games. Do you drop him for any of the following not good choices:

    Iannetta
    Suzuki
    Rosario
    Doumit
    Olivo?

    Sally is also there, but he’s an obvious no right now.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iannetta

  31. chata says:
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    angels / reds wearing confusing colors today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Yeah, Angels have those red jerseys that are hideous…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Like the new podcast logo. Most fetching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Ha, thanks! Seems more enticing to click, right?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, You know it, baby.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Hehe, now don’t be fresh!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Fresh? Did we just go back to the 50s?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Steve, I’m bringing back the ‘don’t be fresh’ line, I like it. Now don’t be fresh!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Love that song…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, Cherry! Neneh CHERRY!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Better than the obvious Everybody Everybody but man that song is cheesy… That’s raising from Dee-Lite? May as well have linked to 4 Non-Blondes…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Ouch! Maybe I was a bit cavalier there.
                      You a Rebel MC guy?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Wow, that’s a name from the past. Nah, never a huge fan. Can’t even remember what he sang (his big hit?).

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, I think Street Tuff was his biggie.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Yeah, would’ve never remembered that…

                    • chata says:
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                      @Steve,

                      woke up from my nap in time to catch the last inning of the game , and to listen to your selection of hot babe tunes .

                      not sure when that was , when you say “neneh cherry was smoking hot , back in the day” , but the 2nd song (the trout one) started off like it was going to be this :
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMqVrUSz62o

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @chata, Ha, yes, totally Steppenwolf. BTW, you were the biggest vocal supporter of a Podcast and I haven’t heard boo from you about it…

                    • chata says:
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                      @Grey,

                      woke up @ 5:45 am , this morning , and listened to it , from start to finish , before going to the Y to work on my back rehab .

                      tried listening to it twice before , after my work-outs , but fell asleep both times .

                      was hoping for something a little less professionally cut , with an inter-active chat-room where i would be allowed to ask some questions …. should you or Rudy have deemed them answer-worthy .

                      couldn’t figure how to back-up the down-load , so i had to listen VERY carefully (as if i was hanging on every word) …. this led me to analyzing voice patterns and trying to visualize the demographics (profiling?) in order to “see” your real faces , etc.

                      your voice raises in inflection and much of what you said ends in a question ?
                      sort of what i think is a valley-girl trait (but not sure) .
                      also , am putting you at 5’8″ tops , and without moustache .

                      and if Rudy is a black man from texas , i’ll eat his 5 gallon hat .

                      hopefully nick (?) will ask some of my questions on future airings .

                      the best baseball info that i culled was your definitive opinion on rostering hosmer as you 1st baseman .

                      i DO think , that no matter what i may say or think , that these pod-casts should add to the Razzball family …. and that’s a good thing .

                      i’d hate to see you go “out of business ” due to financial reasons .

                      all in all , it was a very good 1st pod-cast , and you know it .

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @chata, Thanks for the kind words! We’ll be opening up the podcast to questions and other things as the season starts, but right now we’re in the preseason and there’s a bunch of stuff to go over… My voice is terrible. Ugh…

                    • Grey

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                      @chata, BTW, hope your back is doing well!

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, The Lakers traded Derek Fisher? What’s going on in that town of tours, Gery?

                    • Grey

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                      I don’t know who that is…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Ha! Why doesn’t that surprise me?

                      I really nailed the spelling in that last comment, didn’t I?

                    • Grey

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                      Ha… Yup… I sound like the actor that played Luke on General Hospital…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @chata, Oh man – that’s a great song too. Yes – fair to say Cherry and Stipe sampled the guitar hook there.

                      In that case, ‘back in the day’ was the late 80s, early 90s.

  32. Insaner says:
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    Do you see Mike Adams inheriting the closer role this year? I so, if I have a choice between him and Venters, dropping lousy Scott Baker, Adams or Venters? Holds not counted in our league.

    • Grey

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      @Insaner, I’d go with Adams at this point…

  33. Tiki Totems says:
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    Pick two please: Billingsley, Baker, Capuano, Niese

    BTW— Podcast ROCKS!!! :)

    • Grey

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      @Tiki Totems, Thanks! Niese, Baker…

  34. chata says:
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    for all of the crap that the Mets and their less-than-cracker-jack medical staff has taken , over the years , those of you outside of new england should know that the same shizz is being said about the sawx .
    jd drew , jason bay , ellsbury , crawford , lackey … to name a few .

    weei is now “on the kick” of wanting to have the private investigator , who back-ground checked crawford , for 3 months , before awarding him that 142 mil contract , fired , on the spot , for general gross incompetence .

    gammons and kurkjian , digging into crawford’s past (tampa bay clubhouse) both confirm that , even without his current injuries , his ego and mental make-up makes boston one of the worst “fits” for him .
    anaheim , they contend , would have been better .
    but maybe scoscia and crew were more “aware” of crawford’s “condition” .

    • Grey

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      Did you read the comment above about how the Mets doctor messed up someone’s father’s surgery?

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        yep .
        sad .

        for commoners , the insurance companies are sometimes to blame ,
        as they sometimes dictate what procedures must be performed , and in which order .
        and , of course , they have unlimited legal funding at their disposal .

        case in point :
        8 months prior to my back surgery , i had a series of 3 cortisone shots ,
        spaced 2 weeks apart .
        cost 3k per shot .
        luckily (?) , i had insurance .
        those shots provided NO relief and i came away with the feeling that the whole procedure is a scam (and i still believe that way) as i ended up in more pain than when i started .

        4 months later , as a result of having to fight Cigna for long-term disability , i re-visited the cortisone doc (who , by the way , refused to help me with my claim against Cigna) .
        He convinced me to have another series of 3 shots (still 9K in his pocket) , and i agreed primarily because i knew he would cut me some scripts for some vicodins …. (remember , my opinion was that his whole approach/field of medicine was nothing short of quackery) … and it still is .

        i asked him ‘why’ he thought this series of shots would be successful ,
        when the previous series provided no relief .
        his reply ==> “because this time , we’ll give you the shots in the specific area that is giving you the trouble” .

        “why the hell didn’t you do that the 1st time ?” , i inquired .

        his response ==> “because the insurance companies require that we give you cortisone shots in a general area (the same general area for all back patients) , and then , if that’s not successful , we can give you the shots where you really need them” .

        i can only imagine the road-blocks these professional athletes must face .

        p.s. forgot to mention the case of bobby jenks (sawx) , who’s claiming he could have died had he followed the team’s doctor’s advice .
        interesting claim/case , should you care to look into it .

        • Grey

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          That’s a real shame, chata… Sorry you had to go through that…

          • chata says:
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            @Grey,

            in the end , i had surgery on dec 26th .
            learning to walk , again .
            today , i walked 1/2 mile (in 12 minutes) .
            1st time in over 14 months .

            again ,
            check out the bobby jenks story , if you can .

            • Grey

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              @chata, Yeah, will look the Jenks story up…

  35. Wheelin & Dealin DaDDy
    Carlos Gonzalez
    [ View Trade ]
    Dayan Viciedo
    Tommy Hanson

    this is not me – don’t know much abour Dayan Viciedo – would you veto this trade grey

    I mean how can one team replace Carlos Gonzalez with Dayan Vicedo and Tommy Hanson is already close to the DL

    • @Mr Baseball, I found him somewhere in the rating – I am not impressed – trade was in dynasty league

    • sean says:
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      @Mr Baseball, I’d much rather have CarGo, but I think it’s hard to veto a trade in the preseason unless it’s Kemp for Cameron Maybin.

    • Grey

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      I don’t believe in vetoing but that trade is terrible…

      • @Grey, well I just found out that Gerrit Cole will be included in this trade – The way I look at it is that there is one less team for me to worry about

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          @Mr Baseball, Nice, staying positive…

  36. sean says:
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    Grey, I (and you) see significant value in many Reds hitters this season. Specifically, I think that Votto (CBS ADP 9), Bruce (59), Phillips (81) and Stubbs (125) all look like solid value for where they are being drafted. My question is how much is too much of a good thing. 5×5 roto. Is it safe to have, say, three of these guys on one team?

    • Grey

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      If they’re good value, I don’t mind have three hitters on the same team…

  37. Dustin says:
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    I have to keep 4 from Votto, J. Upton, Bruce, Lincecum, Hamilton, Zimmerman, and Lawrie…I’d love to keep all of them but who you got? 10 team mixed league

    • Grey

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      @Dustin, Votto, Upton, Lincecum, Lawrie…

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