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Holy waiver wire! In a season full of devastating losses for the Boston Red Sox, Thursday’s 14-13 extra inning defeat ranks up there as 2012’s most devastatingest. After Alfredo Aceves blew the lead, giving up 5 ER on 6 hits including 2 home runs, the Sox star “slugger” Adrian Gonzalez struck out with a man on base to end the game. Little did we know at the time that would be A-Gone’s last at bat in a Red Sox uniform. Boston placed Gonzalez and Josh Beckett on waivers and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounced (yoink!). Don’t mind if we do… Just a few hours later, Gonzalez, Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and the roughly $270 million of the Red Sox payroll are “unofficially” being shipped to SoCal in exchange for James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus and Allen Webster. The deal is not yet complete but the teams have allegedly agreed on players. We expected payroll dumps from teams like the AAAstros, but the Boston Red Sox? Actually, it was obvious, the Dodgers seem to love Boston players who’ve outstayed their welcome: Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez and Derek Lowe all enjoyed “successful” runs with LA. Those of you in NL only leagues, hope you didn’t blow all your cash on Travis Snider, get ready to bid the farm on AGone. He’ll bring his .300/.243/.469 line with 15 HRs and 86 RBIs to Dodgers lineup and instantly makes the Dodgers one of the most feared in the league. Although his power numbers are down, Adrian is one of the league’s best hitters and his average with runners on (.338) and average with runners in scoring position (.398) are quite impressive. Teamed with Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, he could even see a boost in production with the move to the NL. Likewise, Josh Beckett goes from barely ownable in 10 and 12 team leagues to, “OK, maaaybe I could pick him back up and see what happens?” As poor as Beck’s pitched lately, the NL West is certainly more forgiving than the AL East and Beckett has a chance to gain some confidence back. The Red Sox lose their three highest paid players and probably most of their fan base for James Loney and some prospects. Loney is a white flag first baseman. In real life and fantasy, if James Loney is your first baseman you’ve given up. He’s batting .245 with 4 HRs and 33 RBIs. Woof. Only deep leagues should consider for now, but Loney could see a boost in production if he is the Red Sox everyday first baseman. Jerry Sands is a young outfielder with a ton of power, and Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster are very highly touted starting pitching prospects. I don’t really see them contributing immediately, but the hard throwing De La Rosa could certainly see some time in the Sox rotation by the end of the year. I guess  Boston is now determined to win even less games than they did last September!

Here’s what else happened Friday night in fantasy baseball:

Jon Lester — 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks. Limped off the field in the 7th inning. It turns out it was a mild hamstring cramp. Tough night to be a Red Sawx fan, but I know those guys can handle it — they’re wicked resilient.

David Ortiz — 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Who needs AGone when you have Big Papi! Me amo el salsa de mango!

Pedro Ciriaco — 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a SB. If you need help at MI, Pedro is batting .480 over the past 7 day and could be a great SAGNOF if he continues to lead off for Boston.

Andrew Bailey — Pitched a scoreless inning to get his first save of the season. It could be because current closer, Alfredo Aceves, threw 37 pitches Thursday night, or it could be because he was so epicly disastrous, giving up 5 ER in 1.0 IP. Either way, I am blaming this entire Adrian Gonzalez trade on Alfredo “I Can’t Even Get” A-ceves. Bailey could be the Sox new closer by the end of the week, and if he is he’s worth adding in all leagues.

Wilton Lopez — 1.1 IP, 1 K and his second save of the year. They say that first career save doesn’t really count, and if you ask Wilton, he’d tell you about last night’s save, “This time, it was for reals.”

Garrett Richards — 0.2, 2 Ks and his first save of the season. Unlike Alfredo Aceves, I’m sure Angels closer Ernesto Frieri just got the night off after pitching 2.0 innings on Thursday.

Howie Kendrick — 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Now has an 11-game hitting streak. Continues to produce ever since you dropped him. No, don’t pick him back up! That’s just what he wants you to do.

Miguel Cabrera — 2-for-4 with his 32nd HR in his return to the line up. When I saw the 2-1 score, I thought, “Oh, Miggy hit a home run.” And I was right. #smallvictories

Ben Zobrist — 2-for-3 with his 15th HR. BenZo’s added SS eligibility makes him extra tasty. He should gain that eligibility for next year, too, and will definitely be a SS I’m targeting on draft day.

Matt Moore — 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks. Ma-Moo wasn’t as sharp as he’s been lately but still turned in a quality start despite the no decision. Look for another strong performance from him next week in Toronto.

Adrian Beltre – 4-for-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. Yo, Adrian! You did it! You hit for the cycle! This coming after his 3 HR game Thursday night. Wha! Beltre is insanely hot right now with 13 hits in the past five games along with 5 HRs and 9 RBIs. That’ll help your fantasy team!

Chris Davis — 3-for-4 with 3 HRs and 4 RBIs. Speaking of 3-homer games, Davis became the 5th player in Orioles history to have a 3 homer game along with Nick Markakis, Roberto Alomar, Albert Belle, and Cal Ripken Jr. What surprised me the most is that Markakis actually had a 3-HR game. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, NICK?! Anyway, I feel like we’ve all owned Davis at some point this season, so pat yourself on the back if you stuck with him this long.

John Axford — 0.2 IP, 2 ER. Came into the ninth to protect a 3-run lead and, yes, of course he struggled giving up 2 ER. Axford was pulled and Kameron Loe had to finish out the game to grab his second save. Could Loe be the new closer??? AHH, I can’t take it anymore! Loe’s your add here if you’re speculating for saves, but at this point I’m staying away from Milwaukee’s bullpen.

Mike Fiers — 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 10 Ks. Oh. Hey there, Ks. Did somebody drop you? I’m sorry, let me pick those up for you. I kind of thought Fiers was getting a bad rep from the fantasy ‘perts. Yeah, I know he had back-to-back rocky outings including a 2.0 IP, 8 ER doozy in Colorado, and I know he’s starting to feel the effects of pitching so many innings. But outside those two starts he’s been downright dominant. Brewers say they’re gonna cap his innings, but he gets the Cubs next week, and if someone dropped him I’d certainly consider picking him up for his start on Wednesday.

Todd Frazier — 3-for-4 with an RBI. ALL HE DOES IS HIT THE BALL. At this point Joey Votto better lay his jersey out on Dusty’s desk, a la Rudy, “If he don’t play, I don’t play, Coach.” Frazier has been unreal, he’s batting .341 in August with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs.

Matt Harrison — 8.0, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 Ks and his 15th win. He took a no-hitter into the 7th inning. Y Yu Mad, Yu? Is it because I’m better than you, Yu?

Allen Craig — 3-for-5 with a 3-run HR, his 19th. Remember when we doubted The Wrench could stay healthy for the rest of the year. Well, look at him now! I’ve got an idea, just stay healthy. Just do it, okay? Don’t argue with me.

Lance Lynn — 2.0, 4 ER. Yes, this is what regression looks like. What’d you expect?

Michael Morse — Hit by a pitch on the hand and left the game but the X-Rays came back negative. Should only miss a few games.

Edwin Jackson — 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks. In the city of brotherly love, EJax wasn’t getting any love from his teammates and took the loss despite the quality start. Womp womp.

Corey Kluber — 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks against the Yankees. I was sure Kluber would get clobbered but he pitched pretty well. He might be worth a stream next week versus Oakland.

Cargo Gonzalez — 1-for-4 with his 21st HR. I’m sure that home run was dedicated to whoever’s funeral CarGo was attending. That one was for you up there watching me — may you RIP.

Adam Dunn — 2-for-5 with 2 HRs. Donkey’s now batting .207 with 38 home runs! .207. Ha, I could think of jokes all night, but I’m not coming up with anything funnier than that.

Jason Vargas — 4.0 IP, 6 ER. Served up 3 HRs as the quality start streak ends. It was bound to happen sooner or later, and probably sooner, and definitely on the road. I still like Vargas to rebound next week in Minnesota.

Addison Reed — 0.2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER. Blew a three-run lead but got the win, luckily Tom Wilhelmsen (0.1, 3 H, 2 ER) was that much worse. Still they each could have been much much worse. See Alfredo Aceves.

Cameron Maybin — 1-for-4 with his 24th SB. Grey told you to BUY him if you need steals. Do it now while the Padres are actually hitting!

Freddie Freeman — 2-for-3 with 2 HRs. Freddie was a Nightmare at AT&T Park for Ryan Vogelsong (6.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks), but he escaped with his life and his 11th win.

Javier Lopez — 1.1 IP, and his 4th save. I wouldn’t say it too loud, Bruce Bochy might hear you, but I think the San Francisco Giants may have found their closer? But wait–no, he only faced one right-hander. Oh well. Keep speculating!

Andre Ethier — 4-for-4 with a HR and 4 RBI. Hanley Ramirez and Juan Rivera also homered in this one and Matt Kemp added 2 hits and an RBI but the LA offense could only manage a measly 11 runs. But don’t worry Dodgers’ fans, help is on the way!

Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap, as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 

  1. Deadwoods says:
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    Lucroy or Perez ROS. Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Deadwoods, I like Lucroy

  2. Matt says:
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    please help me rank David Murphy, Andy Dirks, Chris Young, Angel Pagan, Moreland and Chris Davis.

    Thank you again

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Matt, Depends on need, but I’d rank them: Pagan, Murphy, Davis, Young, Moreland, Dirks

  3. Rags says:
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    NL-only OBP keeper league, and I have no idea how AL players are doing at all. Multi-part, complicated question so any opinions welcome.

    All teams have up to 50 of FAAB to spend on players moving into the NL. There are no “if” bids, so the total spent can’t add up to more than 50 if you bid on more than one player. What you bid is what you can keep them at for next year. But if you bid more than 20, it is a mandatory long term contract for next year (with massive 2X the contract in real money penalty to break). So if I REALLY want A-Gonz, I can bid 50, but that screws me for next year.

    What should I bid for A-Gonz? And how much would you spend on Crawford for him to be a worthwhile keeper next year? (We have unlimited DL spots.)

    Is Beckett worth a bid? I have Joe Kelly and Chris Young as my two worst pitchers, but Chacin will either have to be activated or dropped after next week and on the wire are: Eovaldi, Turner, Skaggs, Corbin and Stults.

    So, thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Rags, If you have a chance of competing for a championship I’d bid it all on AGone. If not I’d try to get Crawford for next year but I wouldn’t bid a lot. Beckett might be worth a small bid as well, but I wouldn’t go overboard. I like scags but I’d activate Chacin for now and drop Young or Kelly.

  4. ferris says:
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    i got snider’d!

  5. Viagra_Falls says:
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    With that Dodger’s roster, am I correct in thinking it’s insane to allow Josh Johnson to go against them tonight?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Viagra_Falls, You were correct. Unfortunately, I started him. D’oh. Hopefully you didn’t.

  6. chunk says:
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    Mark Ellis leading off in that lineup regularly and hitting = pick him up right? 3% owned in yahoo right now.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @chunk, Possibly in NL only leagues, but in mixed I’d bet there are better options out there at 2B

  7. Jason says:
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    Josh Rutledge: Is he just plouffing or is he for real? Even as a pinch hitter this week, he’s producing.

    Plouffing: ‘Ploo-fing': To produce extremely impressive stats for an extended period, that you have no business producing otherwise.

    Other forms: 1) Plouffenacation 2) Plouffinator 3) Ploufftastic

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Jason, Rutledge has been great, but I’m worried he’ll struggle to find playing time when Tulo returns

      • Rags says:
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        @Blairtch, They wouldn’t start him over Herrerra or LeMahieu?

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
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          @Rags, Hopefully if he can shake the injury issues he’s been having lately

  8. Steven says:
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    Tied in Wins and who am i most likely to get it from tomorrow?

    Harrell at Mets
    Floyd vs Sea
    Romero at Bal
    saunders vs SD
    Rogers at Pitt
    Chacin at Cubs
    Garcia at Cle

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Steven, Garcia

      • charlie hustler says:
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        @Blairtch, don’t count on Saunders making the start – he’s rumored to be on the way to Baltimore.

      • Steven says:
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        @Blairtch,

        4.2 ip by Garcia…..Just my luck

  9. Deadwoods says:
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    My worst batter over the past two weeks has been Adam Jones. I have been using Trout at CF. Aybar seems to be heating up and I need steals, although I have Reyes at SS. Would it be insane to drop Jones for Aybar to use in Util? have secured a playoff spot, in third. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Deadwoods, I’d stick with Jones.

  10. Steven says:
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    My rotation is currently Bum/Gio/Lester/Medlen/Niese/Wilson. Would you drop any of them for Fiers/Detwiler/Kennedy/Arroyo/Kelly/Beckett or Skaggs or just hold?

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Steven, I’d hold for now. But another poor outing and its time to let Wilson go

  11. charlie hustler says:
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    NL ONLY. Classic Rotisserie. $260, 9 pitchers, 14 position players. One bid per week, 3-year contracts. Bids in excess of $24 require keeping said player.

    I have $39 left to spend, thanks to Greinke and change.

    Give me a 2013 value for AGony* and Beckett (DL players are ineligible, so no go on Crawford) and Jacob Turner.

    A bid of $25 scares off anyone not willing to keep said player, so I can speculatively add AGony, but is he worth $25+ and is he worth more than $14 Howard?

    I think I can land Beckett at $11, based on owners being more likely to speculate on AGony.

    Or, I can quietly bid on Jacob Turner at $7 minimum bid and get two additional years at a bargain price.

    I can keep both Howard and AGony, with one as CI.

    So, I’m already leaning towards Beckett. Thoughts? I have until Tuesday to make this decision, so thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

    *AGony – an attempt at clever, based on my life-long Red Sox affiliation and my belief that we got nothing in return other than salary relief.

    • Dan Pants

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      @charlie hustler, I’d bid it all on Agony. It may be on the high side, but it also might be not enough so I’d take a shot, he’s worth more than $25. If you lose Agone, I think $11 is an OK price for Beckett but also maybe a bit high he’s been bad in Boston, so you are gambling he will turn it around. Bid it all on Agone!

    • Rags says:
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      @charlie hustler, I’m in a similar league.

      FWIW, if A-Gonz had been in the NL all year with the same stats, he would have produced about $23-$26 dollars of value (there’s some range because I’m in OBP instead of AVG–also DH hitters affects the league values).

      Park factors for LA are slightly better for lefty home runs than Boston, but on the other hand, NL-west parks are better pitcher parks than AL-East. So maybe a couple extra dingers but a slightly lower AVG/OBP. Lineup would be better so maybe a few more counting stats.

      And that doesn’t count inflation on hitters from your keeper league. I think he’s clearly worth $25 but I don’t know if he’s a *value* at $25. Sometimes it’s worth keeping an impact guy at-value, though.

      For comparison, my value calculations put Howard at $3 worth of production so far this year (not including replacement level stats for the time he missed), and he ended last season at $30. So if you believe he’s going to come back to old form, Howard is definitely the better value.

      In my league, we CAN bid on DL players, so I’m stuck in a conundrum trying to figure out how much Crawford is worth.

  12. Alex says:
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    Do you like krispie or colvin more ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Alex, Colvin

  13. Mike says:
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    WHere can I ask fantasy football questions?
    U guys have been amazing this yr for baseball
    Just had my draft and have a couple of choices to ake for free agents
    Thanks!!!!

  14. Deadwoods says:
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    Butler or Swisher
    Thanks

  15. Allen says:
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    Which two do I choose? Colvin, Chris Young, David Murphy, Mitch Moreland. Thanks!

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