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Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever run out of players to talk about for this series. After all, we are dealing with a finite source of things to talk about when dealing with 20-30 team leagues. Then I remember, I passed that point about two weeks ago. So here we are, boldly going where no fantasy baseball player ever wants to go. Yes, that was a Trek tie-in. Maybe it has something to do with the new movie coming out soon. As you can tell from my avatar, I’m certainly not anti-Trek. Yet, there seems to be a lot of angst with J.J. Abrams’ take on the franchise. I for one, being a fan since birth, have no issues whatsoever, even though the lens flares have given me skin cancer. So what if the new movies have lots of explosions? And shiny lights. And Canadian Bruce Greenwood. Yeah, I’m pretty sure William Shatner never got into a space suit and flew around asteroids. But what these movies presuppose is… maybe he should have?

Formerly of the Reds and Yankees, Chris Dickerson had a chance to be a contact/speed only guy at the Major League level back in 2008, but hasn’t been given a solid chance since then. Now with the Orioles, his career line of 267/353/405 shows that he has some ability. So far in eight games, Dickerson has hit 308/357/308, but is striking out in over 40% of his plate appearances. Small sample size, of course, but he’s always had trouble going with contact. At this point, MLB teams see him more as a contributor on defense, but, in fantasy, might be a good option for some steals.

Recalled from Triple-A, Cory Gearrin might be a cheap option for your bullpen. Working as a middle reliever for the Braves, he’s shown an ability to strike guys out and get ground balls with a good sinking fastball. He might be a useful under-the-radar reliever for both the Braves and your open RP spot.

The Royals like vacuuming local talent based on the whole Albert Pujols debacle, and one of those local kid’s is Hunter Haynes, who was selected 403rd overall in 2012. He’s a projection lefty, with good athletic ability. If we’re dreaming big, and we always are when pondering these unknown specs, you could see a mid-rotation starter and inning-eater type. And while there’s a lot of development time ahead, he’s still only 19. Keep an eye on him.

Recently called up by the Reds, I’m hesitant to call Donald Lutz any type of prospect. But in deep leagues, any help is good help sometimes. And the skill he does bring, power, does have fantasy value. A left-handed hitter, he will never have a good batting average because of contact issues, but could play his way into a platoon if the Reds are willing. If given something like 400 PA’s, I could see a 240/280/400 line with 10-15 homeruns.

Seth Maness is a control-artist pitcher, and was just called up by the Cardinals. In 2012, his Double-A numbers show off his impeccable command, as the starting pitcher was able to sustain an extreme 0.65 BB/9. You read that correctly. In 123.2 innings, he only walked 9 guys. The 46.0 innings he pitched previously in High-A affiliate of the same season, he only walked one batter. However, the other thing he doesn’t do much is strike guys out. I’m curious how his average stuff, but precision accuracy, will play in the Major Leagues as a starter. But that’ll have to wait, as St. Louis will be using him strictly as a reliever. This actually might not be a bad thing, as his velocity might go up an average of 2-3 MPH. If you have a spot, might be worth a look-see.

Back in 2010, there was a top-10 prospect in the Mariners system name Matt Tuiasosopo. He always had athletic ability, but there were always two outcomes for him. A solid 3B guy with power and contact abilities, or a useful utility player. Unfortunately, he never showed enough consistency for either, and soon became marred with injuries and an ineffective approach. In 88 career games, he owns a triple-slash of 193/255/323 with a 32.0% K/9. However, he’s found an opportunity for at-bats in a Tigers uniform, and is hitting pretty well right now. In 34 PA’s, he has a slash of 300/382/433 and is also drawing some walks. The BABIP shows a different story, but you can ride him while he’s solid, and hope that he stays somewhat relevant as the year progresses. There might at least be some chance at upside here, well, in comparison to Don Kelly.

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  1. Matt says:
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    Liriano or EJax in 12 teamer?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Matt: ejax.

  2. Alex says:
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    Are any of these fair if I am desp for SPs?

    Grandy for Yovani

    Alex Gordon for Samardzija

    Gordon for Scherzer

    thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alex: no, yes, yes.

  3. LongoTulo says:
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    doubront got rocked friday…AJ Griffin available…should I? Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @LongoTulo: Yeh, I would.

      • LongoTulo says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks. u on twitter?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @LongoTulo: np. It’s @jaywrong

  4. zoltan says:
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    What do you think about a chris sale for hanley trade? Assuming hanley misses maybe a month. If you wouldn’t do it, what kind of pitching would you give up for hanley? thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @zoltan: I’m okay with that. Sale is a time bomb.

  5. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Haren or Morrow in 5×5 roto.

    Thanks!

    Mike

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: I don’t trust Haren right now.

  6. Long Bawls says:
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    Ditch Joyce or Gattis for M. Saunders? I have McCann on my DL…

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Long Bawls: Prolly Gattis.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @jaywrong: Yeah, was (over)thinking the same; thanks.

  7. BSW says:
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    That post was written in kind of an obsolete vernacular. Okay, I’m gonna go.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @BSW: Wildcat… wild… cat… pow… wildcat…

  8. TJ says:
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    Deep league pickups of the week, Matt Magill SP-LA Dodgers, Adam Rosales IF-Oakland A’s, Robbie Grossman OF-Houston Astros, Grab and stash Roy Oswalt SP Colorado Rockies(hey you never know)…. prospect of the moment John Gast SP- St.Louis Cardinals ( I think he will get the call ahead of Wacha if the cards need an arm before the All-Star Break)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TJ: I’m high on Grossman, especially in OBP leagues.

  9. Jimbo says:
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    Would you trade hamilton for adam jones?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jimbo: at this point? In a heartbeat.

  10. The Thumb says:
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    10 team roto 5×5

    Drop Kendrick for Chacin (activated tomorrow against TB)?

    Staff is:

    Lee
    Latos
    Samardzija
    Fister
    Cashner
    Kendrick

    Greinke DL

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Thumb: I’d hold.

  11. Ryan says:
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    what kind of impact do you see dee gordon having, and would you add jose fernandez or ryan vogelsong? fernandez hurling a gem so far tonight..

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ryan: none really. Just cant hit.

      Fernandez if you need k’s, Vogel for everything else.

  12. MB says:
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    Okay to trade A Gordon for Greinke?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @MB: if you need pitching, sure.

      • MB says:
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        @jaywrong: How would you rank Max Scherzer, Samardzija and Greinke?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @MB: Samardizja, Grienke, Scherzer

          • MB says:
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            @jaywrong: Thanks man

  13. Tehol Beddict

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    whats ur home address?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      Tehol Beddict: not until the third date.

  14. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Axelrod with 0 Ks through 7 innings. That is hard to do in this era.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @jaywrong: That game is like a dead ball era game. Guthrie and Axelrod have combined for 14 IP and 2 Ks.

  15. franky2times says:
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    got offered Cingrani/Segura/M Reynolds for Cain/Castro…opinion? im planning on doing it if cain remains horrible Sunday

  16. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Concerning the Orioles – since they started playing Bucky Ball, they seem to have the talent of turning chicken feathers into chicken salad. Perhaps they will do the same with Dickerson. As for the Blue Jays: “Captain, she’s gonna blow!”

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: Yes, the Blue Jays have dug themselves a hole, which, if I remember reading, is historically damning.

  17. moe says:
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    O’ master of the Dickey GIf.! would you do Nelson Cruz for Dickey?

    Or are you scared away by the back thing plus his last game?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @moe: The MRI didn’t show anything major, which means the neck thing might be temporary, but its been lingering for a while. But his two starts before last night were pretty good.

      Cruz for Dickey is a good trade on paper though, so I would do it.

      But yes, my opinion has slightly been affected on Dickey. Let’s see how he rebounds against Tampa.

  18. Robert Eroica Dupea says:
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    Terrific Eli Cash homage! I love that line and it was refreshing to read it in your article this morning.

  19. Steady says:
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    do you pick up lawrie for donaldson in an 8team h2h keeper? stash him for the upside for later when i already have votto, a-gon, zimmerman

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steady: if that doesn’t hurt your team now, yeah, I’d do that.

  20. T Moore says:
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    My dearest Mr. Jay Wrong: I don’t know where to begin… The last time I posted, you proposed marriage … What can I say??? Coward, me – ran away, I guess…

    I have been experiencing hot flashes, doing a lot of shallow panting and suffering general inner turmoil ever since…

    I talked to Mr Gray about us… He recommended studying the Kabbalah for FBB as a cooling off method and waiting a time in patience to see if my feelings for you took a turn… A wise man Mr Gray – for a youngster (***Caveat – Of course, not the FBB crapola he spouts over on his threads)…

    On reflection – (Note*** I don’t know if you know it, but, I took up ascetic pole-sitting along with my Kabbalah for FBB – I’ve posted about it on the Gray threads and I have had plenty of time to mull over a possible future of ours together), I have finally found the clarity, my breathing back under control and the courage to answer you proposal with the dignity and respect it deserves..

    Sadly, my answer has to be, NO..

    Believe me, I not being some coy and flighty young FBB poster maid here.. I’ve seen them fluttering and swanning about your threads… They make me sick – the way , they just throw themselves at you.. MB strumpets and harlots – the entire lot of them!!!

    It just that my nesting days are over…

    Seriously Jay Wrong, I’m just to old for you … I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel…

    You need to find someone more proper for you and closer to your age…

    I decided, I just want to be friends – OK???

    Wish you would post your threads in the mornings -.that way, I could post on your threads more often.. As in the afternoons, I often have a cleansing dialysis and/or my bowels flushed professionally – just to be careful .. And I nap a lot too… Old people do that…

    On a FBB level, I’m in crisis – AGAIN!!!! I own Handley – nothing needs to be added to that..

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @T Moore: You’re breaking my heart!

      I don’t decide the post schedule. You must whisper sweet nothings into Grey’s mustache for that.

      Until next time, lover. Or, rather, ex-lover.

  21. huge caulk says:
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    How bout this trade: 12 team keeper, HR, R, RBI, AVG, OBP, SB, WHIP, ERA, SO, K/9, K, SV

    I get: Bruce, Matt Harvey
    He gets: Giancarlo

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @huge caulk: I’m okay with it, but I’d try to get a lil more. Maybe a closer or spec.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s a decent trade. Depends on my needs for pitching. Giancarlo is still the best player in that trade but I could see a reason for it if I didn’t have a good keeper pitcher.

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