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Welcome to the first official Deep Impact for this 2013 season. We went over some Overvalued and Undervalued choices to help with your off season tasks. Now that the year has begun, one could ask what our goal will be as this series moves forward. Well, foremost, this series exists to do the chit and do the chat with all things Deep League. That should have been obvious, or my title needs to be changed. But I don’t want to change it, I want to live in a world where Morgan Freeman is the President. And Leelee Sobieski is actually eating. And, well, Frodo is still Frodo, except instead of a ring, he’s keeping his chick safe from the tsunami horde and hopefully any type of sandwich shortage.

Now, there have been a couple iterations of this series. If you tuned in at all last year, I tried a number of different things. (Which you can see here and here and here.) None of which really stood out to me in any specific way. So this year, I’m going to to lay down a big fat kiss (keep it simple, stupid) on your forehead. Please reciprocate! I’m going to pick six to eight to ten names, depending on how I feel, at random, that have deep league implications, and just blabber. And one or two of those names will be of the prospect variety. Now, these names will not be your typical household guys. We’re talking about dynasty leagues, NL-Only, AL-Only, 15-30 team’s, advanced scoring stat’s like TB, QS+W, etc. Basically, I’m here to talk about guys that no one else is talking about. That includes the prospects, who will most likely be outside the top-250. And even if you are in a 10-team redraft that has no need of this knowledge, I promise, at the very least, to tell a story. And that story will involve baseball. So how bad could it be? Keep in mind, naughty is not the same thing as bad, so we’ll have some of that. Rawr.

Since this is a weekend thing, is there anything better than siting down, getting comfortable, and talking baseball with the jaywrong? Well, yes, there are blow jobs. And steaks. And Black Label. And, err, never mind, just read the darn thing.

I am under the assumption that if you are considering adding Alexi Amarista to your roster, you are this close to considering Brendan Ryan. You couldn’t see me there, but I was holding my finger and thumb about an inch apart. That’s what she said! Don’t look now, but seriously, look now so you can continue reading, but there is a Headley shuffle going on in the Gas Lamp. And that means at-bats are being spread out to the likes of Amarista and Cody Ransom. But, as you all know, the MI is a wasteland of yuck and super yuck. And plenty of wtf. While not sexy, I mean, to be honest, none of these Major League players we will be discussing will ever exude fantasy baseball sex appeal, he will get a number of at-bats against righties, and will flash okay contact with good speed. While a better bench piece, you could do worse. After all, Brendan Ryan is over there with puppy dog eyes. I’m not really going to expand on Ransom simply because he’s a career minor league depth piece. He has shown flashes of power, but he’s already eligible for Social Security. As soon as there’s reason to, an option to Triple-A awaits him.

The Seattle Mariners, in the 2011 First Year Player Draft, selected Cavan Cohoes in the 9th Round out of Patch High School in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. I dare you to say that three times fast without getting an aneurysm. Not much is known of this shortstop, but I know enough to think he could be a really deep sleeper. And when I say deep sleeper, I mean the fourth level deep, Inception style. Now 20 years old, Cohoes was a two-time All-European Shortstop, and considered a good athlete, but is still very raw and considered a long-term project. His swing mechanics are sound though, and there is some power developing. For ceiling, he projects to be an average regular that can stick at Shortstop, with a chance that he adds a little pop, which would add enormous value. There is some good potential here.

A fifth round selection by the Miami Marlins, Mason Hope is most known for being Archie Bradley‘s teammate at Oklahoma State. While obviously not as advanced, his mix of a plus fastball and plus curve shows promise that he’ll develop into a #3 starter. He doesn’t have a quality third pitch yet, but has been working on a slider and change to use as a ‘show me’ pitch. There’s a chance to be more than a mid-rotation guy if the third pitch becomes plus, but there’s nothing wrong with turning into a stable innings eater at the Major League level.

We are going back to the MI theme here, with AB’s coming from another third baseman’s (Brett Lawrie) injury. But instead of So-cal, we’re heading North of the Border, to the land of Nick, the Podcast Host. God bless that sexy voice. I still can’t tell if it makes me lonely or horny. It’s so confusing. Maicer Izturis is more or less likely to offer you 15+ steals and nothing else. But he’ll be eligible at 2B, SS, and 3B in most leagues, and won’t specifically hurt you at BA. If you don’t have him on your roster, you already missed on 1/3 of his expected homerun output. But there are worse MI stop-gaps out there. Yes, Brendan Ryan is still puppy dog eye-balling me. And like the Padres, at-bats will go to an old fogey as well, Mark DeRosa. But we know what he can do. Which is not much. Hey, funny story. Did you know that in one deep league of mine, because of injuries, I am forced to start Cody Ransom, Brenden Ryan, and Mark DeRosa? I’ll need some vodka and a pistol with four bullet’s before the week is over.

I’m guessing you are in a league where Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard, and Drew Storen are owned. So let’s go over the guy who is behind those guys. Told you we were going deep. Did I already use a ‘that’s what she said!’ joke? Darn it. Would have been better here. Ryan Mattheus is a fastball-slider-splitter reliever who showed some promise in limited work last season. While he isn’t that exciting, his walk rate is solid and will be used as an innings eater. In that time, he might vulture some wins or get some 3-inning saves. At the very least, he won’t hurt you if you have a 4th RP spot that needs filling, or maybe just a cheap bullpen hedge on your bench.

Well, believe it or not, but I didn’t actually plan on this, but I guess the theme of this week really is MI guys who will see at bats because of injuries. So of course I was going to include a Yankees player, seeing as how the next rational thing to happen is franchise-wide stigmata. Eduardo Nunez, like all the other middle infielders we’ve gone over, is nothing special. But, because of the team being infected by the disease, as referred to in science, as ‘old n’ rickety’, he’ll get enough at-bats to warrant a look if you need depth. He doesn’t walk much or have enough power to help you in those areas, but makes enough contact and steals enough bases to be thought of as an okay stop measure. I assume he’ll receive more at-bats than last year, which could lead to 15+ steals and a 270/310/390 slash.

From Around The Web

  1. Tyler says:
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    I just completed a trade of Matt Kemp and Dan Haren for Michael Bourn and Mat Latos. I see too many question marks with Kemp’s injury, and Haren’s bad spring and awful first start made me want to get rid of him as fast as possible. I’m not sure if I acted too quickly or abandoned a sinking ship. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Tyler: I generally don’t react to the first month of stats, much less the first week.

      I think you may have jumped the gun a little bit.

      • Brownie says:
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        @jaywrong:

        That is an awful trade for you. Kemp is worth wayyyyy more.

    • Alex says:
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      @Tyler:

      You traded your 1st round pick, a consensus top 10 guy on almost anybody’s board, because of 3 slow games? And you did it for 2 guys that are middle round picks? Ummm yeah you acted way to fast, if you were worried about Kemp’s shoulder why draft him anyway? He has had no setbacks at all, and his is still very young. I do agree that Haren will be close to worthless this season, but even Kemp for Bourn/Latos straight up is a very very poor trade.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Tyler: I just wanted to say that I do like Latos much more than Haren. The gap between Bourn and Kemp is quite large, but if you have power elsewhere, it might not hurt you too much.

  2. joeg414 says:
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    Can Ackley be more productive than Keppinger in a 13 team mixed roto daily league

  3. Chomp Samba says:
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    Deep league SP need. I’m thinking of picking up 2 of these muvs. Who would you grab?

    W Davis
    E Volquez
    Baked Zito
    R Nolasco
    J Chacin
    M Gonzales
    T Wood
    Z McAllister
    D Phelps

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Chomp Samba: Chacin, Volquez.

  4. ken plane says:
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    Please rank Reimold, Werth and Heisey

    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ken plane: Werth…….Heisley..Reimold.

  5. Leland says:
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    I’m gonna trade lincecum and Konerko for BJ Upton, seems like daylight robbery to me…

    standard 12 man 5×5 rotisserie league.

    montero
    butler
    kinsler
    beltre
    A. Ramirez
    braun
    Holliday
    C. Davis
    Konerko
    Laroche

    Zimmerman
    Harvey
    Lynn
    Lincecum
    Iwakuma
    Cueto
    Jimenez
    Reed
    Veras
    League

    Bench
    eaton
    H. Ramirez
    stubbs
    marte

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Leland: If you need the steals, looks fine.

  6. Scooterboy says:
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    Is Addison Reed, Mike Napoli, and Angel Pagan to much to give up for Jacoby Ellsbury?

    Just got this trade offer today. Not sure what to do. I really nees some steals. Play in H2H league and my team doesn’t have a steal yet this week.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Scooterboy: If you need the steals, I’m okay with it if you are okay at saves.

  7. the nature boy says:
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    would you drop boneface,the 3 error strikeout guy that can steal if he ever got on for pierre in the rcl league?name changed to protect me

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @the nature boy: Yeah, Pierre will do the same thing with a batter BA.

  8. the nature boy says:
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    and whats the call up date to avoid arb a year early for rookies,hence ,when will myers be coming to help tampa

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @the nature boy: It varies from player to player. I would expect to see him mid-July. That’s generally the point when those callups happen.

      • nature boy says:
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        @jaywrong: thanks to you all on the weekend shift,great post and we appreciate it

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @nature boy: Totally. Thanks for reading.

  9. Mike says:
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    any thoughts on Jose Quintana… he got hit today but is he a decent upside flier for the end of a fantasy rotation?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Yeah, he’s *okay*, the very poster child for #5 starter. Not much upside left.

  10. bossmanjunior says:
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    We are adding a NA spot to a 10 team mixed league, off the top of your head, which top minor leaguer would you look to grab? If you could please rank the top few options (Profar is not available but everyone else should be). Im thinking Oscar Tavarez. I need the Jayright answer, thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Yeah, probably Tavarez. I wouldn’t mind Bundy or Bogaerts either. But has to be Oscar.

  11. and1mcgee says:
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    john buck or iannetta?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @and1mcgee: Hmm, Buck, at least he’ll give you some power.

  12. the nature boy says:
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    bauer has to feel fortunate after that 1st inning,4 walks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @the nature boy: Yeah, he needs some seasoning.

  13. Jim says:
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    Since we’re going deep… In my 20-team monstrosity of a keeper league, I’m in need of some production out of my two UT spots. Right now I’ve got Franklin Gutierrez and Travis Hafner. Now that Greg Dobbs is playing every day and batting cleanup for the Marlins, would you drop either of those guys for Dobbs? Honest, that’s about as exciting as the UT options are in my league–unless you count Brendan Ryan, who is giving me a doe-eyed look from the free agent pool as we speak.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jim: I hear ya, sounds like my league. I’d prolly drop Guti, but at least wait until his hot streak ends.

      • Jim says:
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        @jaywrong: At least I can’t complain that my league isn’t competitive enough. It’s about the most vigilant group of managers I’ve ever seen. Quality options don’t stay available in the FA pool for long.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Jim: I totally hear you. I love the deep leagues I’m in for that very reason. Takes a lot of commitment, and that usually serves as quality control.

  14. Chris says:
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    Thoughts on Hefner? Worth a waiver wire add?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Chris: Worth a shot if you need innings. Middling k’s, but limits walks and will have an ERA in the high 3’s, low 4’s.

      • Chris says:
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        @jaywrong: If you had to pick a flyer between hefner, JA HAPP and Wie Yen Chen who would you take?
        Thanks again

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Chris: Chen. No prob.

  15. jef says:
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    ugh. holland walks three straight guys to Domonic Brown who then takes half-swings at sliders for a K. So much for a ‘welcome to my fantasy team’ moment. AND now Mayberry is down. Damn phils…

  16. jef says:
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    Kevin FRANDSON!!!!! Sorry Holland owners :)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @jef: heh, let’s hope none of them are reading.

      • jef says:
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        @jaywrong: on an article-related note, nice work. you’re doing some yeoman’s work with these deep league write-ups. did i use that analogy right? i was gonna google to check but nah.

        despite the phils’ win, i am still really upset about Dom Brown’s swings in that spot.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @jef: thanks. Yeah, its not one of my sexy series, but its a love of mine since I’m in more than a few advanced deep leagues. There just isn’t much stuff catered to that audience.

          • Jim says:
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            @jaywrong: Are you kidding? I absolutely love this! I’m in two very deep keeper leagues, so this is right up my alley. Keep up the great work!

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Jim: will do!

  17. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Who comes up sooner and who is better in 2013?

    Cingrani or Gerrit Cole?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @malamoney: Cingrani, since he has an easier path to the bullpen and Cole won’t be ready until next season.

  18. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I know in Yahoo leagues commissioners can replace managers. Is this an option in ESPN leagues? I joined a startup keeper at ESPN and the commissioner changed a setting three days into the season. I have yet to pay my entry fee which is not due till next week. I am contemplating asking to be replaced but first I have to know if it is possible to be replaced.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: It might be under the ‘Referenda’ tab.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: If the league is set up in the “League Manager” format, then it is possible.

  19. Sabathias Cocked hat! says:
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    Viciedo for Fiers or Worley?

  20. Mike says:
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    Gavin Floyd, Jose Quintana, Phil Hughes, Wei Yin Chen, Tommy Hanson.. pick 1. Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Chen. NP.

  21. Rags says:
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    I’m in an NL-only league where if you have a pitcher, they start (no bench). There’s also a transaction fee (and it’s a weekly league) so that pretty much kills streaming.

    How scared should I be of Feldman and Tyson Ross?
    I’ve got Kershaw, Wainwright, Zito and Sanabia as my other starters.

    Other guys available on the wire are:
    Marquis, Hefner, Stults, Slowey, LeBlanc, Francis and Sanchez. That’s it. That’s all the starters left on the wire. I’m hurting for Ks so I don’t want to take another middle reliever (not that these guys are strikeout masters or anything).

    Worried enough about Feldman or Ross to pick up Slowey or Stults (or both)? Or let it ride another week and let Kershaw’s WHIP keep me at average?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Rags: I’d hold on Feldman. I’d prolly get Hefner over Ross.

  22. Sean says:
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    Keeper League. I have Dylan Bundy for $4. Someone dropped Madson, who I want to pick up and stash on my DL. Is it worth dropping Brady at this point, ? Btw, after I drop him, if he clears waivers I can pick him up again for $8 and I’ll have the room with Madson not taking up a roster spot.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Sean: I don’t see Bundy not being picked up. If you need the saves, go for it. But since its a keeper, I would try to hold on to Bundy.

  23. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    You are starting Jose Fernandez @NYM tomorow right?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: Depends on your other options. But yes. He’ll sink or swim. Chances are, you didn’t get him to ride the bench.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: I wanted to be clear though, I know he’s getting love from everywhere, including this site. But I don’t really like him this year. I don’t think he’s ready. I could be wrong, and I’m very high on him, just not right now.

  24. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Fujikawa droppable after his meltdown last night, or might he still be the cream of the crap in Chicago? Would Dotel be a better drop?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Everything is certainly fluid at the moment.

      For Chicago, Marmol is still the guy, only because they’ll want to build some trade value. And if he’s not the guy Fujikawa will get a couple more chances. Then Shawn Camp has to be the next guy in line.

      For Detroit, the *rational* choice would be Benoit, but I’m not counting on Leyland being rational. Dotel might get in there, but I don’t have much faith. More faith than Valverde, that’s for sure. He had like a 35 fastball at the end of the year, with prolly 30 control.

  25. Nick says:
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    I don’t know much about Mason Hope, but I know Archie Bradley never went to Oklahoma State.

    He did go to high school in Oklahoma and commit to play quarterback for Oklahoma (Sooners not state) at one point, but then he got drafted, which is why you brought him up here. (Taps on glass) Are you awake in there? You know you have the internet and could follow up on this stuff, right?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nick: Yes, they were both teammates in high school, not college. Sometimes it happens. That’s on me.

      Can you find it in your heart to forgive me for this outrageous sin?

  26. R3velation says:
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    I took your advice on holding on to Carlos Gomez but he’s been wiggitty wiggitty wack. Would u drop him for any of these waiver guys available.

    1. Jason werth
    2. Lance berkman
    3. Gutierrez

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @R3velation: if that’s the case, maybe don’t listen to me. Heh.

      One week does not the season make. But he’ll always have contact issues. I do like Werth for OBP and 10/10. Puma for OPS as well, and if you need 20 with no speed.

  27. Jim says:
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    In a ridiculously huge league (20 teams, deep benches, 1500 inning-cap), would you consider starting either Pedro Hernandez (@ BAL) or Jeff Locke (@ LAD)?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jim: I’m leaning towards Locke.

  28. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    would you consider Iglesia going deep?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: he could get some runs and some steals. The rate stats are going to be the opposite of pretty though. Maybe what 240/260/320.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @jaywrong: an Ellsberry injury could be huge

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: I wish

            BTW, an article of yours without a Jennifer Lawrence reference, are you OK? is there an internet restraining order out there?

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: My lawyer has asked me to hold back any comment on that matter.

  29. G Money says:
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    Jaywrong,
    Trade scenario: A Jones for Encarnacion and C Hart. I’m the one receiving Adam Jones and I already have Billy Butler, Agon, C Davis to fill my 1B and CI position. My OF currently is McCutchen, Hamilton, C Davis & Gardner with Agon currently hitting out of my utility. I kind of like it just because I still have depth to fill 1B if someone goes down and now Utility is open for hot bats. Also I think A Jones is going to be a top 15 guy this year but what are your thoughts? Thanks!

    -G Money-

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @G Money: yeah, you are dealing from depth, but I’d rather you swing a deal with Davis and/or Gonzo. I’m high on E5, and Adam Jones is a tad overrated to me.

      If you need the extra speed though, sure, there’s no issue here.

  30. Melvin says:
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    AL 5×5
    I have power, need steals.
    Looking to deal Nelson Cruz. ……Is Coco fair value?
    What should I expect to get back?
    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Melvin: Yeh, I’d say that’s a win for you if looking for speed.

  31. Ro_Bauti says:
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    I just traded McCutchen/Iwakuma for Kemp/Buchholz. Keeper league, 5×5. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ro_Bauti: I like Cutch and Iwakuma more, but that’s a personal preference thing. I like your side as well, and its a fair trade.

      • Ro_Bauti says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks for the input. I like Iwakuma but I’d only be keeping either Kemp or Cutch beyond this year. Here’s to hoping Kemp comes back to full strength soon.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Ro_Bauti: np. Fwiw, I think Kemp will be fine.

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