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You might think I took a week off from the Deep Impact series because of the Memorial Weekend. I mean, who really wants to write when there is BBQ smoke in the air, beer in the hand, and extra time off for everyone? You could think that. And it might be part of the reason, but frankly, I looked at the list of players I wanted to talk about, and that list started and ended quickly with Trevor Crowe. So we could pretend that I enjoyed a vacation due to a holiday, but really, I enjoyed a vacation because I really can’t figure a way to write more than ‘fml’ in a Trevor Crowe blurb. But this week is different, since I’ve figured out a way to bloat some space with quality, not quantity. Oh, wait, scratch that. I have it backwards. Quantity over quality! Wooo!

Yes, I’m going to talk about *that* Jeff Baker, the one who’s been around forever, and, at the same time, been able to carve out quite a niche of appearing in 80 games a year and doing just enough to be a ‘meh’ fill-in. Well, he’s been on fire lately, and might be worth an MI stab while hitting 373/458/725. A lefty masher, it definitely helps his platoon at-bats, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that David Murphy is struggling mightily. He could be a strong temporary fill-in if needed.

So, if Jeff Baker is the offensive high point of this post, we’ve already reached rock bottom with the likes of Brayan Pena. And while he’s certainly not the worst thing to ever happen to the catchers position, he’s made a career of being irrelevant. The one skill he has though, contact, is keeping him afloat this year with the Tigers. So far, hitting 314/338/443 in 75 PA’s, he’s a passable option on your bench. Don’t expect many number stats, but the rate ones won’t hurt you.

Currently getting reps in the Twins bullpen, Ryan Pressly was considered a modest prospect in the very best of descriptions. Now solely a bullpen arm, his starter’s fastball of 92 MPH has raised into the mid-90’s and he’s enjoyed quantifiable success as a LOOGY. While his ERA is very good at 1.37, some regression will hit, but not to a terrible extent. The strikeouts are middling, but if you need a stopgap option or hedge for your bullpen, there’s enough here to help with that.

One of the last men standing in the Red Cross disaster zone known as the Braves bullpen, Anthony Varvaro is somewhat similar in function and form to Ryan Pressly. He pounds the zone and throws strikes. While this doesn’t translate to a gaudy total of strikeouts, Varvaro is stable with a 2.45 ERA, and comes with a chance for holds.

Don’t let the 5.04 ERA in High-A fool you, Aaron West is one of my favorite sleepers. His FIP sits at 2.41, and since drafted in the 17th round back in 2012 by the Astros, he has done nothing but impress. A 6-1, 200 lbs right-hander, West throws a low-90s fastball, an above average slider and an improving changeup. The command is there, right now, and I could see a #2 MLB starter if we’re dreaming. Keep your eyes on him, he’s a true sleeper if there ever was one.

Though not faring well in the Nationals Rookie league, Deion Williams still has the raw tools you’d like to build on. There’s power and speed somewhere, but the learning curve has been steep so far. He’s still only 20, so there is enough time for something to take hold, especially since players who project to stick at SS are few and far between anyhow. Keep your tabs on the kid, if it all comes together, we are looking at a nice power/speed combo at the most shallow position currently.

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  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    is Aaron related to Kanye West?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Imma let you finish Tehol, but I just want to say that I do the best Kanye jokes of all time. Of all time!

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    HOLY fucking shizz!!

    Just managed to get Hamels AND Latos for Bauer in a contract keeper league as he’s selling off. Couldn’t believe it, was sure he meant one or the other. This league is apeshit right now with the deals being made.

    Despite Hamels struggles he’ll surely turn it around, and even if he doesnt its worth the risk. Is that a good deal, or is THAT A GOOD DEAL!?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TheNewGuy: obviously, with league context, its certainly a bit more even, but I’ve never been high on Bauer, and I think you did very well. Hamels should regress a bit, yes.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @jaywrong: I’ve soured on him too, dude has great stuff but major control problems.

        And ive just been complaining about the big deals going down in our league, then I land this. Ha!

  3. John Mycell says:
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    David Wright and Jay Bruce for Joey Votto and Tom Wilhemsen?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @John Mycell: if you can afford the power loss and need saves, its fair.

  4. MB says:
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    How far apart are kendrys and berkman this year?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @MB: Morales if you need power, Berkman for everything else.

      I prefer Berkman a bit more.

  5. VegasJSS says:
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    This trade went through PRIOR to Strasburg leaving early last night. Taking that OUT of the equation, who won?

    Bryce Harper, Steven Strasburg and Nick Franklin for Ryan Braun, Jonathon Papelbon and Brandon Phillips?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @VegasJSS: Harper side by a large margin. I read its a lower back strain, so I’m not too concerned at the moment.

      • VegasJSS says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Thanks…I read oblique – as long as it’s not his arm/shoulder!

  6. A first place team and a last place team trade. MIggy and Heyward for D. Wright, Cliff Lee, Matt Latos?

  7. Steady says:
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    obviously J-UPs start was unmaintainable but what has gotten into him lately.. hasnt homered in a while and dropped the average down to .254

    • Steady says:
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      @Steady: and should i pick up cuddyer for aoki… someone dropped cuddyer when he hit the dl and no one has pounced on him

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Steady: I like Aoki more.

        • Steady says:
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          @jaywrong: i need rbi help tho so i might pick up cuddyer and try and flip him for something and then ill try and get aoki back

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steady: yeah, regression. He’ll start hitting again.

      • jef says:
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        @jaywrong: Hitter-tron has a huge chrome-alloy boner for Justin Upton over the next 7: $27+ (nickel owed). So if I were ever to put my faith into that horny robot, it would be now.

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    If Jason Hammel has one more good start would you drop Cashner or Jerome Williams for him Or just stay put? Not a huge Hammel fan but his offense has been tearing everyone up so you gotta love that win potential. Thanks.

  9. churrbadurr says:
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    Verlander/Marte for Trout/Dickey?

  10. Jimmy mac says:
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    Hi Jay, thanks for the write-up. Two parter for you..
    1. Do you think Yelich will be up mid-June?
    2. I need power, and my OF is shocking. Who would u drop to stash him?
    Saunders
    Dirks
    Brantley
    S Smith
    Denorfia
    Quentin

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jimmy mac: 1- My feeling is no, he hasn’t really lit it up. But I will admit that the Marlins are aggressive with their guys. 2- Dirks.

  11. Gareth says:
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    Hey Jaywrong,

    The hitter Tron says this about Arenado for the next 7 days:

    Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B 16.9 7.0 27.8 8.1 3.7 1.0 4.2 0.2 1.5 0.291 0.347 0.439 0.786 92

    Is this good? Would you start him over Heyward (eho faces 5 Lefties)?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Gareth: Yeah, seems like a good play.

  12. Andrew says:
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    would you start Pierzynski or M. Montero alongside Doumit this week?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Andrew: leaning Montero.

  13. Mike says:
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    Which side wins in this trade

    Kimbrel, fister, prado, brown

    Or

    Harper, Philips, bumgarner, Parnell

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: harper side.

  14. gareth says:
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    You like nava or arenado better next week?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @gareth: arenado.

      • gareth says:
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        @jaywrong: thanks. I grabbed nava after his performance at yankee stadium last night. You have me seckond guessing that now.

        is it a case of arenado being at coors for 4 and great american ballpark? He plays 7 games too.

        Nava seems more consistent though. He’s at fenway for 6.

        Are you concerned at all abkut Armando cooling off. League adjustment?

        I’d just hate to see a lot 0 for 4’s from him, as I’m trying to get my team average up. Looking at arenados last 2 weeks. He’s scuffled.

        I’m behind in rbis but that seems a wash between the 2.

        Still Arenando?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @gareth: Nava has the lower ceiling, so I tend to lean towards Arenado in this case.

      • gareth says:
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        @jaywrong: two more questions. How much difcerence do favorable park factors make? Does arenado stand to lose any playing time at third. Pacheco?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @gareth: park effects are important, and while I’m not as high on Arenado as some are, hes in the right park for his skill set.

      • gareth says:
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        @jaywrong: arenado or nava ros?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @gareth: if its just temp, go with the hot guy. I’m still leaning Arenado ROS though.

          • gareth says:
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            @jaywrong:thanks jaywrong. I Aprreciate your advice. its a temp thing. I’m benching heyward this week as his match ups are brutal. I have stanton and lawrie on the dl and they should be back in a few weeks.

            Actually if arenado has a good week he might be good insurance and my 3rd basemen (lawrie, aramis ramirez) aren’t exactly the picture of health.

            Just for kicks, here is your ear worm of the day again…………..arenado, arenado, arenado!

  15. Joeg414 says:
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    Who wins: Matt Holliday for either R.Howard and D.Span. Or Holliday for Howard and Moss?
    6×6 mixed daily roto.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Joeg414: id take holliday in both iterations.

  16. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 5×5, roto, 12 team, non keeper.

    giving- Alcides Escobar.
    getting- Ian Kennedy

    MY TEAM.
    CA- Wieters. 1B- Votto. 2B- Gyorko. 3B- Beltre. SS- Escobar. CI- Fielder. MI- AlxRamirez.
    OF- Jennings. OF- Pagan. OF- Viciedo. OF- Quentin. OF- Carter. UT- Moreland.
    BN- Span, JDMartinez, Dominguez, Cozart, CYoung, Montero.
    SP- Kershaw. SP- Hamels.
    RP- RSoriano. RP- Valverde. P- Parnell. P- Benoit. P- Scherzer. P- AJBurnett. P- Williams.
    DL- Putz. DL- Anderson

    I can replace Escobar in my lineup with Cozart.
    Kennedy has been really good in the 2nd half the last 2 years.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @SpecialFNK: yeah, seems fair.

  17. T Moore says:
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    My Dearest Mr Jay Wrong: Your CC post was answered strongly by the big guy from Vallejo..

    He was clocked in the mid 90s… A big change for him of late..

    You certainly lit his fire… That is not surprising, given the way, your posts always light mine..

    W A R N I N G ! ! ! !

    You are HOT!!! HOT!!! HOT!!!

    I picked up Murphy about 2 weeks ago on his first signs of returning from the dead… He has been berry good to me… cept’n, Wash is playing with his lineup SO much… WASH OUT!!!!

    My latest “hot before they are not pick ups” are R Weeks and BJ Upton… Showing up in your local FA puddles everywhere…

    Get on board.. The “hitt’m where they ain’t” train… CHOO CHOO…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @T Moore: I’m scared of Weeks, but never you, my mister Moore.

  18. Steady says:
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    hey are you sitting Ryu in colorado.. he pitched real well last time out but its in colorado and he got hit in the foot and is listed as dtd… im leaning towards avoiding his start

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steady: I have the urge to sit him, but its a gut call for me.

  19. ryan741 says:
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    Would you trade Headley/Swisher for Tulo? I need a SS and still have Seager at 3B. Also debating offering Pujols/Swisher for Tulo/Cuddyer. What are your thoughts on either deal?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ryan741: I like the second deal for you more.

  20. Neoleus says:
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    ok so I was proposed a trade offer.

    miguel montero and mccutchen for MY pierzynski and Adrian Gonzalez.

    Should I accept this trade, drop montero with lucroy availlable in my league?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Neoleus: I’d take that and run.

      I think Montero will heat up soon, to some degree.

  21. Mikey says:
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    Play in a H2H NL only Points Keeper League / Start 16- C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 2 DH, 2SP, 2RP, 1 SP or RP/ Weekly Scoring

    Roster:
    Molina/ Grandal
    Goldy/ LaRoche
    Utley/ Dietrich
    Segura
    A. Ramirez/ Polanco
    OFer’s: Aoki, Stanton, Jay, G. Jones, Revere, Heyward, Pagan
    SP’s: Cahill, Haren, Liriano, Wood, Estrada, McCarthy, E. Jackson
    RP’s: Soriano, Rosenthal, Henderson, Storen

    Would you make this deal? Goldy + Haren + Revere For A-Gone + Pence + Cain

    All comments welcome…. I’ve been playing in my 10 team NL only league for 12 years and have never won so I’m DESPERATE!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mikey: yeah, I know you need pitching, but I’m very luke warm on that deal.

  22. Larry says:
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    This guy offered me Gallardo for BJ.

    7×7 with obp and slg.

    have aoki, revere and de aza in place of upton and need SP. do the deal?

    redraft

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Larry: yeah, looks fair.

  23. Mikey says:
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    Thanks, I appreaciate it.

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