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I have to admit that I am completely tired of talking about all the Nick Green‘s and Hector Jimenez‘s of the fantasy baseball world. I could use a one-week recharge from rummaging through the free agency trash heap of our deep leagues, which means you do to. I’m the driver, so you never really had a choice anyways. That being said, today’s subject might be useful as you begin to get a feel for what your team is and what it needs. Whether or not you are thinking about buying for a run at the championship, or already day-dreaming about drowning your team in a fire-sale, I’d like to tackle some players you should be asking for as throw-ins. And by throw-ins, I’m talking about prospects outside of the Top-100 that you should ask for in every trade proposal. My goal is to name names that aren’t expensive, don’t move the dynamic of your proposal, but could pay dividends a couple years down the road. Remember, there were 1,026 players taken in the 1988 draft before Mike Piazza. Let’s find ours.

Barrett Barnes OF PIT — Not to be confused with Brandon Barnes of the Astros, I always try to stockpile prospects with similar skillsets to both Barnes’, and that’s an ability to take a walk combined with average skills across the board. Drafted in 2012, Barrett Barnes is still a bit raw, but should be ready in a year or so. Remember, guys like this turn into cheap fantasy producers that are a poor man’s Nick Markakis and Andre Ethier. That has value in deep leagues, especially ones that use OBP as a cat.

Orlando Calixte SS KC — Posting a combined slash of 262/315/444 between the Royals Low and High-A affiliates, he’s certainly not a wow-prospect that you usually like to see at the shortstop position. But he has enough athletic ability to stick and might bring a bit of power, which should provide enough value from where he plays on the diamond. While Calixte does have a lot of swing and miss in his game, and remains pretty raw with the bat, he did improve upon his previous season’s performance while going against higher level opponents, always a good sign.

Max Kepler OF MIN — If there’s a guy I’m picking up in every dynasty format, its Kepler. The German-born outfielder is still very much under the radar, but that should change very soon. Still only 20 years old, he’s shown good contact with above average speed and enough power to dream on. He might stick in the outfield, most likely in the corner, but even if he gets moved to 1B, his hit tool will play there. If you need a comp, the one I’ve been using to describe him the last couple of years is Shawn Green. Yes, I think he’s that good.

Tyler Pike LHP SEA — Lost in the sea of Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, and James Paxton, Tyler Pike is a pitcher you should know about. While his fastball doesn’t really reach above the low-90′s, he has a good curveball and changeup from the left side. Only 19 years old, he has plenty of projection and his floor should be a mid-rotation starter with a chance for more.

Kevin Plawecki C NYM — Even though he’s currently blocked by Travis d’Arnaud, I still like what he brings to the table. While many project him as a future back-up, I like the hit tool more than others, and he has a good handle on the strike-zone. Frankly, Plawecki looks like the next John Jaso to me, so, if given a chance, he can be a low-cost investment that can pay above-average dividends to both a Major League club and your fantasy team.

Donn Roach RHP SD — While he can only throw a borderline curve, his filthy sinker and slider give him a superb ground ball rate in a good environment to pitch in. Roach will most likely be ready next season and would be an innings-eater back of the rotation starter anywhere else but PetCo. There, he could be a mid-rotation guy.

  1. RDP says:
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    Rafael DePaula

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      jaywrong says:
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      @RDP: he’s prolly the yanks best pitching prospect at the moment, no?

  2. huge caulk says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h.. Hitting is good, pitching mediocre… Can I make this trade?

    I ship him Medlen for
    Shin Soo Choo

    Seems like decent OF are all over the waiver wire, but quality SP’s are tough to get…however Medlen is slightly lacking in K’s and Ks count double in my league(K and K/9). In a vacuum, you make this trade every time but in my situation I am not sure,,, Other OF i own include:
    Holliday, Ichiro, Victorino, Aoki, Joyce so I could use some improvement there. But is Choo that much of an improvement and worth sacrificing pitching? Pitchers I own: Harvey, Medlen, Kennedy, Shark, Jo-fer, Cingrani, Kuroda, Wei Yen Chen, Masterson… Thanks

    • RDP says:
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      @huge caulk: i still dont get these comments that have nothing to do with the post, id trade your post for Juan uribe

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        jaywrong says:
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        @RDP: general questions are fine.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @huge caulk: I’m still okay with it. I don’t think Medlen changes your pitching dynamic. Maybe flip another OF for a pitcher.

  3. Stantonovation says:
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    Santiago keeps a rotation spot?

    Drop neise for him?

  4. In says:
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    Kindler and pagan or Michael young and pence??

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      jaywrong says:
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      @In: Amazon Kindle side.

  5. Mike says:
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    Holy crap – Niese just imploded again – drop him for Jose Fernandez?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: at this point, sure.

      • Mike says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks!

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Man mini-mini-(mini?) donkey has been amazing this year. 20 walks too compared to just 37 last year! Great for an OBP league.

    He seems legit so im buying in. Team has Votto, Goldy and C Davis so seems a great buying opportunity on him.

    What SP would you send for him outta:

    YoGa, Samaradkaiajaijda, Price (obviously not), the Peav, Fister, H Bailey, other hot schmotato shizz.

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      jaywrong says:
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      @TheNewGuy: gallardo. I would try trading someone first though.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @jaywrong: Guess it might be better to ask who you wouldn’t do….only Price?

        Been pretty underwhelmed by my starters so far this year.

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          jaywrong says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Price, Fister and Samardzija. Maybe Bailey… eh. Maybe not.

  7. joeg414 says:
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    Thoughts on Kazmir,Phelps and Locke. For this week(all have two starts thgis week) and beyond? 13 team deep daily mixed roto

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      jaywrong says:
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      @joeg414: I’m sorta on the fence with Phelps. Locke is who he is: meh.

      I don’t like Kazmir, but his velocity is up, so I’d take a risk if you need the k’s. But I’m weary.

  8. joeg414 says:
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    Also, who do you guys like better as a back up/ spot start OF: Joyce, Venable or Dyson?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @joeg414: Venable, he’s been hot.

  9. hmmm says:
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    Should i drop arenado or rutledge for kipnis?

    • hmmm says:
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      @hmmm: i know grey is way down on kipnis and way up on the other two so i was hoping for your opinion… kipnis seems to be really coming around and just got dropped for some reason…

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      jaywrong says:
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      @hmmm: I’d rather stick with Rutledge. Kipnis was always overrated to me. And Arenado needs to hit more.

  10. Troy says:
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    Would you drop niese or cingrani for wheeler? Or would you cut lose a hitter say hafner Moreland or Joyce? I also would need to release one of them as well when eaton comes back. And voglesong is on waivers, any chance he turns it around?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Troy: I never was a fan of Moreland, so it depends who you have at the corners. Niese is making a good case for everyone to give up on him, so I’m okay with dropping him.

      • Troy says:
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        @jaywrong: I have Howard Moreland morneau and carter as my cis I was the guy who traded Shelby for Howard 40 minutes before last nights start…… Sigh but h2h, that’s the only thing that helps me sleep at night telling myself miller wont b around or as effective come playoff gone. Even after morelands hot couple weeks still not a fan?

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          @Troy: I gotcha. If it makes you feel better, he’ll have to adjust at some point, Miller’s all fastball right now.

          Takes more than a couple weeks for anyone to change my mind.

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            @jaywrong: yea I mean I look like a fool now but like you said he’s about 65% fastball right now which wont work over a whole season after facing teams over and over. But eith those cis would I be comfortable dropping Moreland or just drop niese n cut Moreland for eaton down the road

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            @jaywrong: 65% maybe low I saw that sometime ago

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Troy: I think he’s closer to 80.

              Yeah, Niese’s control is hilarious right now. I’d rather have Eaton than Moreland, but at least he’s hot right now.

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                @jaywrong: yea me to eaton coming off dl sometime in next 2 weeks I hope and yea worried a bit about cingrani to have feeling he’s getting sent down

  11. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Do you think Jennings turns it around this year? He just was dropped in a 12 team league and that seems crazy but I find myself hesitating – don’t need an OF but could use a good Util.

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: @Mr. Rickey: I think this is who he is. But he’s rosterable in a 12 team.

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        @jaywrong: You like him better than Pierre ROS, bearing in mind Pierre is my SAGNOF guy

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          jaywrong says:
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          @Mr. Rickey: Yes, not high on Pierre at this point.

  12. ae says:
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    utley + mike minor + cingrani for hamels? k/bb and ops league. i have rutledge on my bench and i would slide him in at second.

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      jaywrong says:
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      @ae: I’m okay with that.

  13. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Anyone have thoughts on this trade? Sale for Romo/Morse?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Cartman 4evs: I think Sale’s a ticking time bomb, but I think you could do better.

      • Cartman 4evs says:
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        @jaywrong: That was the league commish trying to get a trade through, he then proposed to me his Morse and Kevin Gregg for my Corbin. 10 team, h2h, 9×9: avg, ops, sb, k, rbi, hr, 3b, e, r and era, whip, k, w, l, cg, qs, sv and holds.

        My current pitchers are MadBum, Moore, Gio, Ryu, Bailey, Gallardo, Corbin, Wilhelmsen, Perkins, Mujica, Uehara and Gregerson.

        My OF is McCutchen, Jones, Choo, Jennings and Arcia.

        I am T-3 plus in Hr, R, RBI, Avg and OPs and bottom 3 in K’s. Will Morse be too adverse for K’s/Avg/OPS?
        I am also t-3 or higher in K’s, W’s, L’s, Svs and holds.

        Should I even entertain this? Is Morse better for ROS than Jennings or Arcia, and worth Corbin? Does this leave me enough SPing? Who do I drop, Arcia?

        Thank you.

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          jaywrong says:
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          @Cartman 4evs: I’d rather hold on to Corbin. Your pitching should be enough.

          I like Arcia out of that group. I think Morse has done most of his damage for the year.

          • Cartman 4evs says:
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            @jaywrong: That’s what I was thinking, thanks for the quick response. We are Mariner fans (ugh), so he he is high on Morse, but I really don’t want the avg/ops drain, and I am losing the K stat every week. I already have Jennings for that…

            Is Jennings someone to hold on to, do you have strong thoughts about him?

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              jaywrong says:
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              @Cartman 4evs: I lived in Seattle for a while, so I root for them too.

              He’s okay, but I’m not crazy about him. If you need speed, you could do a lot worse. But his rate stats are going to be just as poor. In comparison with Morse, its like 10 less homeruns and 30 more steals… so that’s where I’m coming from.

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                @jaywrong: That’s cool, didn’t know that. I miss Seattle, now in NYC and can’t stay up late enough to watch the games; and stuck in damn Yankee land…

                Thanks for the insight and quick response. Think I’d rather have 30+ steals than just 10+ hrs.

                The biggest drain on my team is those K’s on offense. Is there anything you see I can do, or is it so early that I should just hold for now?

                Sal Perez, Goldschmidt, Rizzo, Phillips, Gregarious (had Rutledge here and can always get him back later), Kelly Johnson, Longoria, Arendo, Moustakas (just picked up). In addition to guys above.

                Currently have one bench spot filled with a hitter and the rest with Sp’s.

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                  jaywrong says:
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                  @Cartman 4evs: Looks fine, though Moustakas might not help.

                  The team looks fine. I’d sit for another month and see how it progresses.

  14. jjj says:
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    kinsler and pagan or micheal young and pence (4×4 league no R, no K , 15 team mixed)

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      jaywrong says:
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      @jjj: I think I answered this one already. Kins.

  15. Pope says:
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    Can’t wait for all these Mariners I’m hearing about to get called up. Now if there were only some offensive prospects…
    I’ve got Konerko, somebody just dropped Ike Davis. Make the swap? He’d be on my bench until he starts hitting, I’m playing Goldy/Beltre at the corners right now and Arenado at my 1B/3B slot.
    12 team H2H
    Thanks

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Pope: I’m fine with that.

      • Pope says:
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        @jaywrong: Thank you

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          jaywrong says:
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          @Pope: Its what I’m here for.

          • Pope says:
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            @jaywrong: How about this one, I’m trying to deal Hamels/Grilli as a package. I’ve got Cain, Darvish, Cobb, Cahill, Morrow, Parnell, Tazawa, Jansen. I have faith that Ike will come around at some point, do you think I have a chance to land Bautista (or is it even worth trying) if he’s hurting for pitching?

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              jaywrong says:
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              @Pope: Looks like a good offer to me. I’d try to trade the other pitchers not named Darvish first.

              • Pope says:
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                @jaywrong: Haha agreed. Darvish is the only one I am not willing to part with

  16. Hunter says:
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    Love any comments on this:

    I’m in first place in a 12 teamer that pays top 3 places. Guy in 2nd to last trying desperately to improve his team. Thinking of packaging my Gallardo + Morrow for either his Shields or Lee. Thoughts?

    He gets two upside guys who may turn it around and pitch like aces. I get two guys off my roster and replace him with a more stable guy to maintain my league position.

    If you think it’s fair, which of Shields or Lee seems like a realistic target?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Hunter: Yeah, its reasonable if the other guy needs quantity over quality. Depends.

      I think you win the deal with either player though.

    • Pope says:
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      @Hunter: I like Shields simply because of his K rate, and I have more faith in the Royals lineup than the Phillies

  17. danny says:
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    Are we still saying Ike Davis will turn it around, or am I just wasting a bench slot? Ill wait if I have to, if there’s a light at the end coming, I’m just starting to lose hope

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      jaywrong says:
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      @danny: Well, his K% is terrible. His BABIP should regress a bit. Nothing is too wild about his LD/FB/GB rates yet. I’d hold for a bit longer, but I’ve never been a fan of him.

  18. Mikey says:
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    Play in a 10 team NL only keeper H2H points league
    Scoring Period – 10 hitters (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF’s 2DH’s); 6 pitchers(3 SP, 2 RP, 1 SP or RP)
    Hitting – Avg, TB’s, RBI, R, SB, CS / Pitching – ERA, W, L, QS, Holds, S, BS, K

    Roster:
    C- Y. Molina, Grandal
    1B – Goldy, G. Jones (+OF)
    2B – Utley
    3B – A. Ramirez, Polanco
    SS – J. Segura, S. Castro
    OF’s – Aoki, Heyward, Jay, Valdespin, Revere, Pagan
    SP’s – Haren, Cahill, Wood, Estrada, McCarthy, Fiers, Gee, Beachy, Villanueva (RP)
    RP’s – Boggs, Storen, R. Soriano, Rosenthal

    I’m going to be 3-3 after tomorrow and an owner is already having a fire sale (team has been decimated by injuries). I’ve been offered M. Stanton, H. Bell, and A. LaRoche For Goldy. I love Goldy but the thought of getting Stanton – who I can protect for next year is so tantalizing. However, I’m playing for this year and don’t know if I’ll win enough to stay in the playoff hunt while waiting for Stanton to get back. I obviously have a need at SP but there’s nothing on the wire and Mr. Fire Sale only has Beckett, Zito and Leake avail.
    I’d love to have another closer but just don’t know if I can trust Bell. I want to believe that last year was an anomaly, esp. w/ the games the Miami front office played but there were signs of regression. Anyone have any data on Bell’s velocity? Is it near his norm?

    Any and all comments are welcome.

    Thanks.

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Mikey: Unless I’m missing something here, that trade will upset a lot of your league-mates. I would do it in a heartbeat.

      Also, look at Bell’s K/9… he’ll be fine.

      • Mikey says:
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        I would include Boggs and Villanueva to try and quiet the peanut gallery.

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      jaywrong says:
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      @Mikey: But you might be asking the wrong guy. I’m the anti-Grey with Goldy. Not the hugest fan.

  19. Jeff P says:
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    Someone just offered me Kemp and Reyes for Braun in a 12 team H2H league. No way I do this in Roto, but H2H… My OF is stacked without Braun (J. Upton, Adam Jones, Saunders, McLouth and I have Adam Eaton on DL), but I also have decent SS (Simmons and Rutledge).
    But man, that sweet Reyes R and SB come playoff time…
    Do you think Kemp recovers enough of his 40/40 mojo (30/30? 20/20?) for me to consider this deal?

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      @Jeff P: Kemp is looking somewhat better, but there is something clearly wrong with his power, as I’ve illustrated in past posts. I will say that if it is his shoulder, perhaps its something that will progressively get better, but that’s only something he can know.

      On paper, the trade is good for you. As far as in reality, its a flip of the coin. I’d actually hold.

  20. attgig says:
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    someone just offered me Pujols for my Aramis Ramirez and Steve Chisek. i’m fine in saves, and i have Ike as my 1bman and Frazier as my corner infielder.

    Is Pujols that washed up? should i take it?

    5 category 12 team OPS league…

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      jaywrong says:
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      @attgig: Pujols is not going to be as good as he once was, but he’ll be somewhat better. I’d actually try to trade Iki and Chisek for him, but if its Aramis, I’m fine with that too.

  21. B says:
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    random question, but considering them all MI, CI or Util players, what two would you cut of the following: rickie weeks, dee gordon, josh donaldson, adam laroche, angel pagan?

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @B:

      Dee Gordon

      Donaldson

      Laroche

      Pagan

      Weeks

      • B says:
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        @Fister Furbush: meaning you’d cut gordon and donaldson first?

        • Fister Furbush says:
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          @B:

          Exactly

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      jaywrong says:
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      @B: gordon, pagan

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        @jaywrong: jay, you think Laroche is going to stay in form and Donaldson is the real deal? I can understand Gordon as a drop since he has had OBP issues forever and the dodgers are struggling and who knows what happens when Hanley comes back. But in surprised you’d put all those guys above pagan given his performance so far. If you don’t mind pls share your pov. Thanks man.

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          jaywrong says:
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          @B: I believe in Donaldson to an extent. Better hitter than Pagan, perhaps even with regression.

          Unless you need speed.

  22. Adam says:
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    Sell high on Ryu After marlins win ???

  23. John Stamos says:
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    Jay-W, I’m not sure if you’re still responding to comments in here, but I’ll take a shot. I wanted your take on Vogelsong’s advanced metrics. All of his contact numbers seem relatively consistent, but the stats are showing a high HR/FB%, LD%, decrease in FB vel, high BABIP, and low LOB%. This tells me he should normalize, which could be a GREAT thing to catch when it starts, but does this seem like a reasonable outcome? I’m looking to swap my underachieving player (BJ Upton) for an underachieving player (I’m not gonna write you a Vogelsong).

    I appreciate the advice!

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      @John Stamos: the loss in velo is never a good thing. However, it might be too early still, so yeah, he’ll most likely regress towards last years numbers.

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        @jaywrong: Would you trade a BJ for him? TBH, Upton is ridin the pine for me. My OF consists of Jones, Choo & Gordon. I don’t need him for Util either bc I have Goldy and Pence in there. Vogelsong would be spot starting in place of and/or replacing Phil Hughes.

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          jaywrong says:
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          @John Stamos: yeah, if he’s not serving a purpose, I’m fine with that.

  24. Tommy T says:
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    I’m in an AL only league and need to replace Wei-Yin Chen who is on the DL. We’re a 12 team keeper league, so the free agent pickings are terribly slim. My choices are between Jair Jurjens and Jerome Williams or maybe Bruce Chen. Which one would you pick?

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      @Tommy T:

      I went with Williams. He’s pitching reasonably well as a 5th starter for the Angels. Jurjens will likely be sent back down when Chen returns from the DL, and KC Chen isn’t starting.

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        @Tommy T: I just saw this. You went with what I would have done. JJ is not good. Well, all of them are not good. But Williams is the ‘most’ not good of the bunch.

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          @jaywrong: Or I guess ‘least’. You know what’s up.

          • Tommy T says:
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            @jaywrong: Thanks Jay!

            I was tempted by Jurjens, since he was quite good with the Tigers (of which I am a fan) and performed very well at first for the Braves. He’s been garbage for several years now, but his AAA numbers looked good – maybe he’s finally healthy? I wish I could have found some feedback on his AAA performance beyond just the stats. But I’m comfortable with Williams as my pick.

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