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Jonathan Broxton is out with elbow pain.  Andre Ethier is out with an inflammed elbow.  Since Casey Blake has a staph infection in his elbow, him, Broxton and Ethier must’ve rubbed elbows.  It’s an idiomatic joke!  Dodgers Fever.  Take some penicillin!  If this elbow thing was being passed around the Dodger clubhouse any quicker….Alyssa Milano would get royalties!  Ah, you knew that was coming.  That’s what Alyssa said!  With regards to junk-in-his-trunk Broxton, I’d grab Padilla then Kuo.  I think both should be rostered in every league for right now.  Wouldn’t be surprised if this week it’s Padilla then Kuo takes over for two months.  In deep leagues, I’d even grab Kenley.  He should be back shortly.  As for Andre the non-Giant, he should be fine, but he’s been known to take a 15-day stint at a Beverly spa now and again.  BTW, yesterday, Jay Gibbons hit 3rd.  He can’t even see!  The Dodgers first three hitters were Gwynn Jr., Aaron Miles and Gibbons.  I’d rather have Cincy’s Triple-AAA lineup with Sappelt, Frazier, Alonso and Mesoraco.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ted Lilly – 6 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Now at a 4.93 ERA on the year.  Just as I drew it up when I drafted him to be my not-so-flashy-but-solid contributor to my fantasy teams.  Maybe I spent too much time breathing in the air in Port-a-Johns when I was younger, but I think Lilly’s still gonna end the season with a 3.70 ERA.

Ben Revere – Ben Revere is coming, Ben Revere is coming!  Ben Revere sounds like Affleck’s alias when he checks into hotels.  “When Matt Saugus shows up, send him up to my room.”  That’s Affleck talking to the front desk manager.  Revere is SAGNOF!  He had 7 steals in only 23 games this year in Triple-A and 36 steals last year in 94 games at Double-A, or as Lohan calls it AA.  The prizzoblem is Delmon’s due back soon and Revere might not have a place to play, so the Twins could make like Kendrys, add an S and put Revere into reverse.  In AL-Only leagues, obviously you still need to take the flyer right now.  If Revere starts hitting, the Twins could sneak him into their lineup even with Young and Nishioka returning.  Casilla is obviously ripe for a benching.  Ca see ya!  In most mixed leagues, I’d let it play out for a few to see Revere’s playing time.

Alex Rios – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer in three days.  The buy low window is shut.

Orlando Hudson – To the DL.  Shocker!  It’s like having money on the 6 and 8 with a hot roller.  It’s gonna hit eventually.

Eric Patterson – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Should get 2nd base eligibility with O-Dog O-ut.  Right now, we own Patterson in an NL-Only league.  The power isn’t for real, but for a short shot of SAGNOF, I could see adding him in mixed leagues.

Brad Hawpe – 2-for-3 with his first home run.  Now one off the pace being set by Eric Patterson.  Because I don’t own Hawpe anywhere, I honestly didn’t know how bad he’s been.  A .183 average and one homer.  What hitters would sign with the Padres?  They really need to move the fences in front of the Randy Jones and Nate Colbert statues.

Aneury Rodriguez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 3 Ks.  He’s got a live arm.  I like him and I’m not just saying that cause I actually own him.  Well, maybe a little.  Has a decent K-rate and a terrible walk rate on a terrible team which limits him to NL-Only leagues for now.  Maybe a streamer in mixed H2H leagues, but you need to be slightly desperate.

Brandon Lyon – 0 IP, 3 ER.  When he comes in for a save and you own him, it’s likely the worst news you hear all day.  If I felt differently, I’d be Lyon.

Mark Melancon – Worth a speculative add in case the naked pictures Lyon has of Ed Wade’s Toupee are burned and he’s finally replaced.

Travis Wood – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I really hope he’s not bumped from the rotation because he should be even better than he was yesterday, which wasn’t bad.

Carlos Pena – 2 homers, 2 days.  Member when Lind started hitting homers last week and I said how I hate to drop guys like him and Pena because when they get hot, they hit 5 homers in the matter of days and it was like they were never slumping?  Yeah, Pena’s now hot.

Marlon Byrd – Out of the three hole, he hit a three run homer while batting .290 on the year.  Yet, he still only has 8 RBIs on the year.  That’s enough to make Tim Kurkjian’s voice crack.

Allen Craig – When Freese went down, La Russa said the 3rd base job would be shared by Descalso and Punto, so, of course, La Russa has done nothing but play Allen Craig.  *shakes fist, accidentally bangs funny bone, shakes entire arm*  Craig has a decent bat if he plays every day.  He could hit 12-14 homers, steal 10 bases and have a .280ish average in a few months time.  It’s also worth noting La Russa could bench him for Punto at any point for no apparent reason.

Pedro Alvarez – I don’t want to think he didn’t play yesterday, instead I like to think he walked 4 times.  Cause that’s our relationship, he sucks and I lie to myself about it.  Alvarez, I’d catch a grenade for you.  You bastard!

Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I loved Hommy Tanson in the preseason, not sure why I don’t have him on any team.  “Such has been my fantasy life so far,”  Grey said as he wiped away a single tear a’la a Native American watching someone litter.

Tim Hudson – 9 IP, 2 baserunners (1 hit), 6 Ks.  The Brewers are a solid lineup to be one hit.  Maybe they caught Braddock’s sleep disorder.

Clayton Richard – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks and 6 unearned runs.  That ticker shock was actually a relief.  Hay-zeus Chreesto, I thought he really gave up 7 runs.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Schweet, schweet Scherzer.

Al Alburquerque – 1 IP, 2 Ks.  You know where Al Alburquerque is from?  Santa K.

Adam Lind – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  To think you wanted to drop him less than two weeks ago, for shame.

Brandon Morrow – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He’s a bit of a WHIPping post nightmare, but his Ks are delicious.

Frank Francisco – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save.  A day after Rauch got a neck tattoo that read, “BS,” Frank2 came on and did a pretty mediocre job of proving his worth.  I imagine it’s still a time share.

David Freese – After his successful surgery, Freese said, “”They put the bones back together, put a plate over it, and then put five little screws in there.”   Sounds like he had the surgery done at Ikea.

Tim Lincecum – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 12 Ks in Metco.  Mets should’ve dressed Mr. Met up in a toga so he’d look like a giant doobie.

John Axford – 1 IP, 2 ER.  Kazaam!

Zack Greinke – 4 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He’s not returning from an arm injury, so I’m chalking this up as rust.

Vance Worley – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  It’s one thing when you’re looking bad compared to Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels, but can’t Joe Blanton catch a break to collect his self-esteem?

Joel Zumaya – Will undergo exploratory elbow surgery.  Which means they will shrink Rick Moranis and send him in to check it out.

152 Responses

  1. scalez says:
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    still thinkin’

    Deep league, Wells on wire. Hit his 2nd bomb in 3 games, turning the corner?

    drop Freeman/Damon/or Rajai for Wells?

  2. TheRealTaz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Added Worley for the spot start, then dropped him. Is he worth re-adding? He looked good but it was the Mets and Nats…

  3. Viagra Falls says:
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    I need to get a lot more offensive production, particularly from my OF spots, but I did try and trade for Cano a few weeks back by offering Uggla, Swisher and CJ Wilson and it was rejected. His BA and production, even from 2B, would be a big help. In rejecting the trade he said he would need a top tier pitcher 1-for-1 or he wouldn’t move him.

    I have Hamels, Oswalt, Carpenter, Hudson, Jaime Garcia and Wilson right now as my primary starters. If he wants a 1-for-1, would you offer up Carpenter (shaky as he is right now) for Cano? Is that a fair trade? If not, how far up with the others would you go and do you think it is worth it to get Cano?

    Thanks

  4. YoGa for Morneau. Two STUDS! Which would you rather have?

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah,would have loved a clean frame from frank,they just have to keep it interesting,as balfour gets a save also

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey-balfour or motte

  7. hideousmutants says:
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    Got offered Liriano for Chris Perez (from a guy who I know hates trading for closers–hey Brandon!–so I’m wary). I’m on top in saves but don’t really have a bona fide closer after Perez. Just a collection of SAGNOFs like Fuentes, Padilla, Lyon (bastard).

    Anyone think Liriano is going to turn it around and I should put my self in a position to scramble for saves?

  8. Tony tone says:
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    @Viagra Falls: Carp for Cano is a terrible trade and he would likely not do that. Cano is a top ten player, Carp is maybe top 100. Maybe try Carp/Uggla for Cano but even that would be unlikely. If he’d take any of your pitchers for Cano do it.

    Who’s worth a roster: Kuo or eddy sanchez?

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @hideousmutants: what other starters do you have?what size league

  10. Lopes says:
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    So the verdict Is to drop Broxton? I figure he’s not gunna keep his closer role…

  11. Trick dad says:
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    Rios or adam jones? Jeter or alexei ramirez?

  12. MrHappyTime says:
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    Lackey, Chen, or Vargas for a spot start today?

  13. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    I need to drop a player to pick up Rios. I’m thinking about Liriano or one of my shortstops (Alexei or Desmond).

  14. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @scalez: I think Wells is an upgrade over all 3…unless you need Rajai’s speed.
    @Viagra Falls: If your leaguemate will swap his Cano for your Carpenter, then do it. I doubt he’s willing to do that though.
    @Trick dad: Rios > Jones…Not sure who I like more Jeter or Alexei
    @MrHappyTime: Lackey

  15. Tony says:
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    I proposed Adam Jones/Broxton for Cargo and it was accepted by another owner in a 12 team H2H league where we have a $100 buy in. The veto cry has been voiced by 4 owners now. Seriously? Im in the camp it can’t be vetoed, especially in a $100 buy in league. The owner accepting didnt check his team for two weeks, was in last place. Does this warrant a veto? Arent you taking away the guys right to make a decsicion about his team? And for the record I dont know this guy he’s the friend of another friends in the league. People are vetoing because they feel its unfair, which yes I will agree it is swayed my way, and they’re also vetoing because its ME getting Cargo, and I’m notorious for pulling off a big deal. I just think any deal should stand, we each pay $100, we each know whats going on, I proposed it, he accepted, done deal? Its stupid to overrule an owners decision.

    Thoughts from anyone?

  16. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: Justin Masterson or Edwin Jackson for the rest of the season?

  17. Tony says:
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    @Tony: BTW it was proposed like 6 days ago and accepted 2 nights ago BEFORE any broxton arm issues came about…. just to be clear.

  18. Wilson's Beard says:
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    @Grey: Lind or Morneau?

  19. hideousmutants says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I’ve got Greinke, Yo-Gar, Romero, Scherzer, Wolf and Pienero so I’m not hurting for starters even though some have underperformed.

    It’s an RCL league so those rules. It’s just that if someone had told me on Apr 1 that I’d be offer FLir for a closer I’d have thought “holy crap! accept! accept!”

  20. 101 MPH says:
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    Grey, I’m hoping you might be able to help me with an issue. Don’t worry, it’s not a personal issue! Here’s the background:

    10 team rotisserie mixed league
    line up changes weekly
    5 slots for starting pitchers in the starting lineup

    My dilemma is that, with a surplus of starters, I’m having trouble deciding who my top 4 should be going forward (floating the fifth starting spot to whoever gets two starts in the week). Who would you consider to be the top 4 of my starters?

    - F. Liriano
    - M. Scherzer
    - C. Billinglsey
    - D. Hudson
    - M. Bumgarner
    - R. Nolasco
    - I. Kennedy
    - J. Zimmermann
    - B. Beachy
    - M. Pineda

    It’s been a frustrating first month of the season. I’ll get an awful start from one of those guys, bench them, and then get sonnuvabenched by them the following week. I’ll then roster a guy for the coming week who had a great start on my bench, only to see him get torched when he’s in my starting line up. Despite what is, in my opinion, a pretty decent roster of pitchers to chose from, I’m currently sporting a 4.53 ERA (2 points out of 10) and a 1.32 WHIP (3 points out of 10).

    My strategy was to draft hitters early, and exploit the depth of starting pitching later in the draft. I’m not unhappy with the team overall, and the hitting side is holding up its end of the bargain, but I need to get the starting pitching sorted out in order to make any real gains.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tony: I’m in exactly NO leagues where owners can veto trades. It’s complete garbage, and that is complete garbage that they are crying foul. In my leagues the commish has the sole veto power. You can email him if you don’t like the deal. We let any and all trades go through (I’m the commish in one, a buddy of mine is the commish in the other) unless it’s Jamey Carroll straight up for Pujols – it has to have the appearance of collusion and that one team is trying to help the other by diminishing their own team. This is RARE and hasn’t happened in any of my leagues. If two people reach an agreement, whether or not it’s swayed one side or the other, then that’s the agreement.

    That deal in NO WAY even purports the smallest hint of collusion. He lost the deal, you won. Adam Jones and what was a solid closer at some point in time is a fair deal and not veto worthy. I hate people that cry about that. They’re just jealous that they didn’t pull something off like that. You can bet your ass that they’ll be sending him BS offers if they get yours vetoed.

    I don’t like your leaguemates. You can tell them that Wilsonian said they are whiny little pricks.

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tony: I’m in exactly NO leagues where owners can veto trades. It’s complete garbage, and that is complete garbage that they are crying foul. In my leagues the commish has the sole veto power. You can email him if you don’t like the deal. We let any and all trades go through (I’m the commish in one, a buddy of mine is the commish in the other) unless it’s Jamey Carroll straight up for Pujols – it has to have the appearance of collusion and that one team is trying to help the other by diminishing their own team. This is RARE and hasn’t happened in any of my leagues. If two people reach an agreement, whether or not it’s swayed one side or the other, then that’s the agreement.

    That deal in NO WAY even purports the smallest hint of collusion. He lost the deal, you won. Adam Jones and what was a solid closer at some point in time is a fair deal and not veto worthy. I hate people that cry about that. They’re just jealous that they didn’t pull something off like that. You can bet your ass that they’ll be sending him BS offers if they get yours vetoed.

    I don’t like your leaguemates. You can tell them that Wilsonian said they are whiny little pricks.

  23. dirt says:
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    What trade do you like better for my team?

    Give tabata and heyward for lester
    Or…
    Give mcab and heyward for lester and gonzo

  24. mets fan says:
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    grey drop niese for wood?

  25. KeeblerMN says:
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    Since you were out yesterday, Grey, can I get a delayed Kazaam! for Papelbon’s performance Tuesday? 1 IP, 2 ER.

  26. Will says:
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    a few questions this morning

    1) I have Reyes, where is the best situation for him to land?

    2) I dropped Chapman and picked up Padilla (I have Venters so I thought I would get another closer since I recently traded Walden in a package to get Crawford and Marcum) was that stupid or reasonable?

    3) I have 3 1B (Fielder, Ike Davis, and Lind) with only 2 UTIL spots. Who should I trade and what type of player could I get (preferably an OF)? Or should I stick with them? I am looking to get more flexibility and capitalize on their hot streaks.

    4) How long do I stick with Gallardo and Lilly?

    Thanks for your opinions

  27. Tony says:
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    @Wilsonian: ha you may get copy pasted to my message board wilsonian! your thoughts are the same as mine, two owners agreed, doesn’t matter what the other 10 think, good, bad, ugly, as long as like you said its not two brothers or best friends dealing jamey carroll for Pujols etc it shouldn’t be vetoed or even mentioned….. It sets a terrible precedent and I agree these fools will all be hammering this guy with trade offers now one upping my offer just a little bit in order to get themselves a deal buying low on cargo…. Thats not right at all. If this is vetoed and two days from now this dude deals him for something else guess who will be PISSED!

  28. aj says:
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    You are one funny man. Thank you.

  29. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @Tony: You can copy/paste me too. If your trade is vetoed, your league is a joke.
    Have you paid your league dues yet? If not, and the trade is vetoed, I’d walk away from the league without paying…and I wouldn’t feel the least bit bad about it.

  30. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: I need R/SB help and couldn’t hurt a little AVG. Who’s the best pick up? I’m a little OF heavy so the MI guys are much more appealing…

    Fuld, Figgins, Gomez, Borbon, Brantley, Getz, Venable…

  31. Tony says:
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    @Will: 1) dodgers need him, i see him there 2) fine 3) hold unless you can move davis or lind for something more solid? rasmus or ? just ideas 4) gotta hold on those guys, its still very early.

  32. MKEeast says:
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    @101 MPH: Add in Dempster and early season Danks and I have your experience exactly…

  33. Tony says:
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    @RonWashington’sStache: I always pay my league fee’s immediately. Whats funny is the one guy who’s thrown his veto vote in the ring made the commish front him money and cried and whined about paying early this year (we used leaguesafe because we had a guy not pay 2 years ago) and he gets to vote? a guy who got his buy in fronted? lol…. thanks for the backing….

  34. whodat says:
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    Grey, Would you straight up drop Morneau for Lind? Morneau is killing me?

  35. Tony says:
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    @BKK if you’re lurking what do you think? I know you made a post in our league, but wow… A trades a trade. Even if it is lopsided, it was agreed on. Cargo could flop, underwhelm, soph slump, or Adam Jones could just as easily go 20/20 this year… Which i hope and pray he does, it will make this even more sweet if it somehow gets vetoed. Its a bad precedent to set in our league.

  36. Rank Stank says:
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    His Gallardo & Coghlan for my Rasmus & Raburn?

    Or I may try for Markakis instead of Coghlan.

    Thanks.

  37. Tony says:
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    @whodat: grey will say NO…. the dudes a former MVP, give him a break, BENCH him if you have to, you can’t drop….

  38. Will says:
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    @Tony: a guy in my league wants Davis and his OF are J. Upton, Sizemore, Kemp, Eithier and Alex Gordon. Would any of those be a solid 1-1 trade? I am also considering trying to get someone like Heyward or Rios (that owner has Dunn and needs a 1B too). Any thoughts on a fair deal?

  39. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Spring Roster Cleaning

    Time to cut ties with Casey McGehee yet? He is showing no power at all, not hitting for average, obviously not stealing any bases, and he isnt even driving runs in. I should have just saved myself time and said he’s not contributing in any category. I own Mike Aviles who also has 3b eligibility, and I need roster space… This is a 12 team H2H league. Would u let him go, or do you think i should hold for a little longer?

    Same question for Vlad Guerrero who is a bench hitter for me that only plays when one of my other hitters is facing an ace or jay bruce is facing a lefty. He is rotated in and out but I guess I’d be fine just keeping a set starting lineup which would prevent the sonovabenches.

    Thoughts on these two?

  40. MD says:
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    @Rank Stank: I would definitely take Markakis over Coghlan if you can…

  41. Pooch says:
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    Grey,

    Starting Kennedy tonight at home vs. Colorado?

    Thanks.

  42. Tony says:
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    @Will: ha if you can swing about any of those guys but alex gordon i’d deal for them…. i doubt half will be accepted without another piece in them. J-up, kemp and eithier are probably no ways?

    a buy low on rios like grey says is almost over but you still might be able to swing it.

  43. frank rizzo says:
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    Lyon is DTD right now and maybe to the Disgraceful List? Is W Lopez still the guy to own?

  44. Chris Sabo says:
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    10 Team H2h Standard yahoo. Someone offered to give me Placido Palanco for Bud Norris. Should I accept?

  45. mrobs says:
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    Rios/Gallardo or J-Upton/Beachy who ya got?

  46. Will says:
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    @Tony: that was my thoughts exactly. I know he would like Davis, I just don’t see anyone I like that he would trade 1-1.

  47. Benny says:
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    Had this proposed to me in a dynasty league – other guy wants Norris and Krispie and i’d get Grienke and S. Drew. I do that deal right? And as an aside, should Krispie owners worry about his lack of SB attempts?

  48. Weaver for Choo. Sell high, buy low candidate, but is the difference too egregious right now?

  49. KayCee says:
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    “That’s enough to make Tim Kurkjian’s voice crack.”

    Comedy GOLD!

  50. Dad says:
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    @Grey,All: How would you rank: Dread Pirate, Stubbs, Rasmus, Rios? (16-team, H2H, 8×6 with OBP & TB)

  51. Wake Up says:
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    @Tony:
    1. Broxton’s had arm issues since July
    2. It’s a terrible trade
    3. It should NOT be vetoed. Vetoes are only for preventing collusion, not disagreeing with a trade. Similar to the can’t cut list, they are just to protect the league from the guy/or three girls that gave up.

  52. 101 MPH says:
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    @MKEeast:

    Scherzer’s start last night against the Yankees was a ray of hope….

  53. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Ha! Good one. For a second, I thought Al Albuquerque was a real guy.

  54. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: OK to trade Oswalt & Street for McCutchen in 12-team ML? I’d be left with Gallardo, E-Jax, Volquez, De La Rosa, Cueto. Offense is already pretty good. Pitching has been bad but it’s sooo hard to pass on the Dread Pirate. I think you and everyone else who commented signed off on Oswalt for McCutchen the other day; is throwing in Street too steep? I’d still be fine at closer. Thanks.

  55. EK says:
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    E. Santana or E. Jackson? 12 team H2H

  56. OaktownSteve says:
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    Any very, very old people here? Like octagenarian types. I’d love to hear an eyewitness account of Tulo’s last base hit.

    Also, haven’t heard much Aramis talk…shocking what a topic to go ignored! Yeah…but…122 plate appearances, .282 avg, .344 obp and yet he’s scored 7 runs all year? Does he need directions home or something?

  57. John Dranks says:
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    yoo grey….overloaded in speed….have desmond Kinsler, Lowrie and Desmond in my MI…. trade of rajai for polanco looks nice to spell desmond when he’s struggling and support the counting stats….agreee?

  58. would you take Aneury Rodriguez or Homer Bailey over James McDonald?

  59. paddyman says:
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    Lads
    Don’t know if my logic makes sense or if people do this but I have beachy and marcum in a league that has the following cats:
    IP, PA, K’s, W, L, HR, ERA, WHIP, SV

    I’m thinking of starting both to help with IP, PA(pitching appearances, k’s, ERA, WHIP. If one takes a loss then it affects that but I gain in most others most notably IP, PA, K’s ERA, WHIP.

    Make any sense or who would you start?

  60. JTin says:
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    I need starting pitching…give up A.Lind, get back B.Anderson? I think I need more, what if he threw in Ike Davis or Gaby Sanchez?

  61. Chinaski says:
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    Hey @ Grey and everybody else

    Look like you, i trusted Lilly like i do every year but i think we both should stay off those daiquiris. There is not much left in tank of this guy. As you know he has always been a fly ball pitcher and now he even has some command and velocity issues. Thats a deadly combination. I think this guy is not gonna get under 4 this year. However my actuall question is this: I badly need OF and i have too many pitchers. Lilly for Kubel, Wells (i actually cant take his AVG.), Boesch, Delmon Young (still on DL but not for long) or Jason Bay?

    Thanks in advance

  62. paddyman says:
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    Oh and any love for Kubel out there?

    Would you drop beltran, R Roberts, L scott for him?

    I’m guessing his nice average doesn’t last

  63. Lil' Saucy says:
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    Espinosa or Scott Sizemore for a filler at second base for a week or two?

  64. EK says:
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    J. Arrieta or E. Santana for 2 starts next week?

  65. MattW says:
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    @Grey:

    Can you rank the following in a bubble?

    Wright, A-Rod

    Same question on OFs:

    Kemp, Dread Pirate, Quentin, Holliday

  66. Chinaski says:
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    @JTin:

    I would never give up on Lind for Anderson. I actually got Lind in package with Ike Davis for Morneau even before the season started and i feel great about it. If he threw in Sanchez or Ike, that would make me hesitate and think twice but i guess i still wouldnt do it.

  67. Wake Up says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Byrd in the 3 hole with 8 RBI…Soriano 11 HRs 10 RBI…

  68. Wake Up says:
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    @Tony: good for you! trying to pull off of some of those myself…

  69. Chinaski says:
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    @Craigo:

    Gallardo

  70. Chinaski says:
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    @Trick dad:

    Rios with a slight edge

  71. jackie says:
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    Someone dropped Delmon Young. Do I pick him up? If so, who do I drop from: Bay, Beltran, Markakis, Torii Hunter?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @scalez: Freeman

    @TheRealTaz: Not staying in the rotation.

    @Viagra Falls: Carp for Cano? You think the other guy is gonna go for that?

    @Craigo: Morneau

    @Lopes: I’d try and hold him.

    @MrHappyTime: What RonWashington’sStache said.

    @Trick dad: What RonWashington’sStache said.

    @RonWashington’sStache: Desmond

    @Tony: They shouldn’t veto, but what can do?

    @McBainus: Jackson

    @Wilson’s Beard: Lind

    @101 MPH: The top four you listed.

    @dirt: Neither

    @mets fan: Yup

    @KeeblerMN: Kazaam!

    @Will: What Tony said.

    @aj: Thanks!

    @timSTi: Figgy

    @whodat: What Tony said.

    @Rank Stank: What MD said.

    @joe from point pleasant: I’d cut Vlad.

    @Pooch: Yeah

    @frank rizzo: Read the post.

    @Chris Sabo: Eh

    @mrobs: Upton

    @Benny: Sure

    @Craigo: You can do better than Choo.

    @KayCee: Thanks!

    @Dad: You ranked them.

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Gotcha!

    @Eric H.: Sounds fine.

    @EK: Jackson

    @OaktownSteve: Ha!

    @John Dranks: Sure

    @Wolfpack: Nope

    @paddyman: I’d start both.

    @JTin: You don’t need more.

    @Chinaski: Not good trades.

    @paddyman: Nope

    @Lil’ Saucy: Espinosa

    @EK: Arrieta

    @MattW: Wright, Kemp, Holliday, McCutchen…

    @jackie: Eh

  73. EK says:
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    @ Chinaski:

    I’d go with Kubel.. Delmon can wait

  74. @Tony
    I agree with Wakeup. You’re ripping the dude off badly. Nevertheless, he accepted the deal. Sounds like sour grapes from some jealous league-mates who wished they had pounced on that (apparently) ignorant manager.
    I tend to join leagues were I’m in charge, or there is a ‘screening’ process—where you essentially apply to join the league. Consequently, you usually have a very passionate, intelligent and active group of managers.

    At the end of the day the veto is for collusion. Like GMs in real baseball, every manager evalutes players differently. Who knows, maybe the dude you traded for thinks Cargo will get hurt and Jones will get hot? As unlikely as this senario seems, you have to live with that manager’s feelings/biases/projections—even when they show signs of being a douchtard!

  75. Richie says:
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    So Brandon Lyon is going to be seen for arm weakness. Brad Mills has already confirmed Mark Melancon will get the save chances.

    Is Broxton droppable for Melancon? Or should I drop Justin Smoak?

  76. Brad Mills says Mark Melancon will close in Lyon’s absence.

  77. Hi Grey: Do you think Broxton is going to go on the DL? I grabbed Padilla and would like to hold onto Broxton in case he can bounce back. But it’d be a lot easier if I could stash him on the DL.

  78. The Spaceman says:
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    @ Grey

    Santa K & Rick Moranis in 2 references to Detroit RP’s, huh? This made my morning.

    Also, Alyssa has dated 2 now-mustachioed pitchers no? (Zito and Pavano) Forget being a Dodger, apparently the stache is were it’s at. Wink!

    - The Spaceman

  79. EG says:
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    Gotta lose one, Zimmermann, Britton, E. Jackson or Scott Baker… Thoughts? Thanks!

  80. Tony says:
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    @Dr. Stats: agreed, i dont think adam jones is a total POS either, the guy has talent, he’s shown some this year already…. and that brox has issues now makes it look worse, but what can i do? that happened after it was accepted… to each his own i guess.

  81. EK says:
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    T. Wood or E. Jackson? 12 team H2H

  82. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:
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    I can only roster 1; which would you choose
    rauch
    melancon
    padilla

  83. elwood blues says:
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    Man, I hope they DL Lyon so I can pick up another pitcher.( it’s about the only way I can get him off my team)

    In a 12 team NL-Only KEEPER league.. would you rather have:

    McDonald and Blanks.. or
    Bumgarner and Jarrod Parker.

  84. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H…

    Do you add Melancon or Al Al and who is the drop:

    SP: Marcum
    SP: Lester
    SP: E.Jackson
    RP: Kimbrel
    RP: Hanrahan
    P: Walden
    P: Gio
    BN: Lewis
    BN: Cueto
    BN: Bedard

  85. Rick says:
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    @Tony: I’m usually not for vetoing but that trade is horrendous, especially in a money league. Broxton is worthless right now so this is jones for cargo…that is terrible and if I spent money to join this league I’d be pissed if someone made this deal. Plus, the guy never checks his team but hops on to do this? The whole thing is biazarre and I totally understand their frustration. Really, you need smarter leaguemates. Guys like this with their halfassed approach ruin leagues.

  86. Chinaski says:
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    @EK:

    Wood

  87. knighttown says:
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    Drop Lyon for Melancon or Sanchez?

  88. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Any of these WW wonder SP’s outrank Lilly or Ogando? Niese, Homer, McDonald and Porcello. Thanks!

  89. Telasdaddy says:
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    Drop Hafner for CPena?
    Drop E Sanchez for Kuo?

  90. Eddy says:
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    @Grey

    What do you think about Bailey going against HOU today?

    Worth starting?

  91. @Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate: I think I’d keep Melancon. He looks like the closer now and it seems like he probably has the skills to keep it. Rauch would be next, but he seems to be in a tag-team role with Francisco. I don’t think Padilla will hold the job for long … either Kuo will take it away or Broxton will earn the job back.

  92. MattW says:
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    @Grey: Which Side:

    Dread Pirate and Kinsler

    Holliday and Kendrick

  93. @knighttown: Drop Lyon for Melancon! That’s what the Astros just did.

  94. Eddy says:
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    Oh, and no worries on Travis Wood losing his spot.

    I think we all forgot that a guy named LeCure was in the rotation and his spot was given to Bailey. This leaves Leake, who imploded in his last start, to lose his spot to Cueto.

    Wood would have to pitch terrible in order to get Leake or LeCure back into the rotation.

    Or is it better said, Wood would have to pitch terrible for Leake to steal his spot in the rotation?

  95. Craig says:
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    Looking to deal Alex Gordon for a pitcher, but not desperate. What is the lowest tier pitcher you’d accept for him? 12 teams.

  96. Shrute Buck says:
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    Grey,
    A have a few questions. How does it feel to be life coach for fantasy baseballers (<– your Mom’s term)? Also, what does your magic 8-ball say about the future of Brandon League this year? Mine said, “Reply hazy, try again.” Though, I see the M’s putting Aardsma back in the closer role, to showcase for a future trade, then doing a salary dump.

  97. Shrute Buck says:
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    Those looking to snipe saves; Mark Melancon was just named the new Astros closer.

  98. ujoh says:
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    STORY TIME

    My GF, who lives in Detroit and knows how much I love the Yankees, just got a baseball signed by Cervelli (meh), Swisher, Granderson, Gardner and Rivera (my fav player of all time!).

    Sorry, had to brag to someone. I also had a good fantasy day with Espinosa, Stanton, Hanley and Soto on my team. Not to mention playing against Lyon this week. Feeling pretty good! Hope it keeps up.

  99. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: dammit, you gotta be kidding me. I had Melancon queued up and got sidetracked at work and someone picked him up in the mean time.

    Would you drop Bedard for Al Al, or hold?

  100. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 roto, was just offered the following trade, my k-rod and eduardo sanchez for de la rosa. my remaining closers would be valverde, kimbrel and farnsworth. accept?

    thanks.

  101. ujoh says:
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    @Craig: I dealt Gordon and Berkman for Garza and Broxton last weekend in my 12 team league. Kinda knew Brox wasn’t going to last, but his value was higher 5 days ago than it is today.

    I also have Longoria so Gordon didn’t mean a whole lot to me.
    Take what you will from that.

  102. Loopid says:
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    @Grey

    How much do you love the Porcello vs NYY in your razzball league? I’m assuming you still have Slick Rick on that team?

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,anything to the balfour save?him or motte

  104. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Craig: #3 starter.

    @Shrute Buck: Aardsma should start to see saves by the end of the month.

    @ujoh: Don’t ask the tough questions like what she had to do to get the signatures.

    @Wilsonian: Hold

    @herschel: Sounds fine.

    @Loopid: He’s been pretty mediocre, but I have high hopes for today.

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    watching bailey now,see if he can put it all together here

  106. Tony says:
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    @Rick: Yeah but vetoing is undermining an owners decision, you dont think thats wrong? Also when the deal was proposed like 6 days ago Broxton was healthy as a horse, no arm soreness. He accepts the deal and later the next day they release that his arm was sore. Pending deals in my eyes can’t be vetoed because all of a sudden a piece of the deal is “HURT”. Unless both owners would agree to it. The “physical” in the deal has been “passed” it’s just waiting for the guy to get there on the plane and he gets his arm caught in the bathroom door…. if you get my analogy, not the team thats trading him aways fault.

    The guy drafted his team, paid $100, set it for the first week, didn’t check since APR 18th then got on 3 days ago and accepted my trade. Guys in my league act like we’re 75% of the way thru the season and he’s not paid attention so he’s not allowed to participate? The guy paid $100, its barely MAY, sure he’s in last place, but can’t he make a move to try and get out of that? Top 6 make the playoffs, its not tough to do if you string together a few good weeks from where he’s at….. Im cust Kayin…..

  107. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Someone dropped DLR in my league, would you pick him up for any of these guys:
    Volquez, Zimmermann, D.Hudson, Gio?

  108. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Lose Alcides for Barney in a 14 Team H2H while he his hitting?

  109. ujoh says:
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    @Grey: Ha! I guess if she got quintuple-teamed by the Yankees, I’d probably make the news once the story broke. That’s kind of cool in it’s own little way. Plus then I’d be single and other girls would pity me, right??

  110. sean says:
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    I am getting my dick cut off this fakeball season.

  111. Calogero says:
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    @Tony: You used the fact that it was a $100 buy-in league to say that people shouldn’t veto. I think it’s exactly the opposite. If there’s a “dead owner” in any of my leagues, I approach all his trades skeptically. If someone rips him off, I’ll veto in some cases. Especially if I have $100 riding on trying to win, and another team just absolutely fleeces someone to improve their team (thereby hurting mine).

    Even without actual collusion, it’s always suspect when a bad owner accepts a bad trade. Especially if he’s the kind of player that other owners have offered trades to and never heard anything, acceptance rejection or otherwise. I’m not one for using vetoes except in very rare instance, but I can see where your leaguemates are coming from.

  112. paulzone says:
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    which closer out of league, francisco or santos?

    do you like any of these dudes over lily or lohse, or both:

    peavy, dempster, chris young

    thanks.

    ps. 3.70 era for lilly? you must own him everywhere!

  113. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Who gets more saves the rest of the year – Melancon or Padilla?

  114. Steven says:
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    Kennedy’s start was bumped up a day. He now gets COL at home, instead of SD @ Petco. Would you start him? I have my reservations.

  115. ujoh says:
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    @Grey: As long as he’s paying and Cameron Diaz isn’t feeding him, I’m down!

  116. trick dad says:
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    lester for ubaldo/gallardo…who wins?

  117. DoogieFister says:
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    Alex Rios or BJ upton?

  118. muchacho says:
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    Grey, who gets more saves for the remainder of the season: Broxton, Kuo or Padilla?

  119. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    so , my new favorite pitcher , phil humber , is at risk of losing his job as
    early as next week , when peavy comes back , although ozzie has hinted at going with a 6-man rotation .

    cold weather has been blamed for the slow start , across the board , of
    white sox hitters , but , if humber does go to the bullpen (or is sent down) ,
    i’m thinking that the best chance , for white sox hitters to get back on track , is just to get rid of ozzie , once and for all .

    what is your opinion of humber , and what role do you see him playing for the rest of 2011 ?
    how do you rank him among buehrle , danks , floyd & jackson ?
    is he really the low man on the totem pole ?

  120. Martin says:
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    @grey- what do you think of homer bailey. He cames off the DL today and so far is looking good in his start. He has always had a good k rate and his K rate has been rising over the years and his BB rate has been lowering. Also, if you don’t count the 2 years he started like 7 games, this will be his 3rd big league season. Sounds good right?

  121. ujoh says:
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    @Tony: Here’s the problem: you did nothing wrong.

    I think the trade should go through because nothing has been said prior to this for it not to. That’s the most important thing for your leaguemates to understand. You proposed the offer, he accepted and there was no collusion. Trades shouldn’t be vetoed based on fairness, but your trade has likely made you the league favourite since it’s so early in the season, so your leaguemates do have a reason to bitch. I just think that’s all they can do though. Vetoing it will ruin the league in the long run.

    Your league needs to set up its rules for vetoing trades to make it completely objective though. Whether it’s a vote needing the majority, or unanimous, or whatever, something needs to be set in stone so this doesn’t happen. Or maybe the commissioner gets the final ruling. Or maybe you use an outside, unbiased mediator that isn’t affected by the trade whatsoever. Whatever it is, it needs to be something or the bitching will continue.

  122. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    homer bailey,small sample size but he seems to be pitching not just throwing and not trying to overthrow everything,he really looks sharp early(i know,its the stros)but id keep an eye on him,he might loose steam early like anyone who jumps in in the middle of the year but if he keeps this up ,i see some light for the reds

  123. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @chata: ozzie should be gone,

  124. Weaver & Broxton for Victorino & Wilson – Which side would you choose to be on?

  125. knighttown says:
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    Pick two crappy schmohawks. The incumbents are Fuld and Gomes. The wire has studs such as Byrd, Boneface, Rivera. Sparkakis, Hanahan and Dereck Lee are all on waivers and I’ve got last spot so don’t mind wasting the pick. What say you?

  126. Wake Up says:
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    AJ…0.00 ERA 0.00 WHIP…losing 0-1…interesting…

  127. Lines says:
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    That Revere/Saugus joke probably won’t get a huge laugh outside of 128, but I like it.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*******

  129. Higgins says:
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    Pence for Ellsbury? I have plenty of power, but need runs and steals.

  130. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Higgins: It’s fair if that’s what you need.

    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*******

  131. scalez says:
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    always nice checking into your matchup to see that your opponent left a starter on the bench who is throwing well. Hope Price throws a CG shutout striking out a dozen out of spite.

  132. Tony tone says:
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    How does either Nelson Cruz, Choo, or Mauer for Cliffy Lee in a keeper sound?

  133. Chupacabra says:
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    @Tony tone: It sounds like you either really need an outfielder, or you want a catcher that will be injured most of the season, or you just have a whole slew of really great pitchers.

  134. Chupacabra says:
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    @scalez: Don’t jinx me Scalez…I left Ian Kennedy on the bench today.

  135. and1mcgee says:
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    why dont people get as pissed when Lincecum’s owner sits him @Metco as they do about trades they want vetoed? just wondering…

  136. scalez says:
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    @scalez: close enough :)

  137. scalez says:
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    @Chupacabra: Colorado…could be a blessing.

  138. EK says:
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    Boesch or Smoak? 12 team H2H

  139. Kwadjo says:
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    In an nl-only league where I’m towards the top in most hitting categories and the bottom in most pitching cats, would you trade Jason Heyward for Tommy Hanson straight up?

  140. mj says:
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    Kuo or E. Sanchez?

  141. GT says:
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    Need to pick up an OF to start every day C. Lee, Coghlan, Hunter, McLouth, Bourjos? Also you see D. Young or Snider being relevant any time soon?

  142. Joel says:
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    Grey: in my 6×6 h2h leaue, when Feliz comes off of DL tomorrow, I’m gonna have to cut either Brett Wallace, Napoli, Anibal Sanchez or Harang. Wallace and nap rotate with Orlando cabrera in my IF spot. My other starting pitchers are CC, Hamels, marcum, Brett Anderson, Pineda, Harang and Bumgartner. On the other hand, is the Brett wallace mirage over, and is napoli worth having around playing less than half the time? Who would you cut out of those 4?

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