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The trade deadline passed in standard leagues. It’s just over. I feel like I’ve had an awesome couple of months talking to and hanging out with a girl, only to hang out with her, have an amazing night, and then find one unbelievably annoying thing about her and call everything off. It had to happen, but it still hurts. “Just try this. No, it’s not gross… it’s good. Of course the chef cooked it fine. No, it’s not going to kill you. Well how the hell do you know you don’t like if you’ve never tried it? People eat it all the time and they’re fine. Just go away. No, you’re stupid. Yes, you are stupid. No I’m not stupid, you are stupid.” Then you curse at her, she indignantly bails, and you’re left sitting there with what seems to be your pinky up your anus, a full check to pay, and some food that does actually look pretty bad. Hopefully you made your moves when you had your chance — that is, hopefully you listened to sha boi and are reaping the dividends. If not, there’s still hope, although I hate you a little. Not all keepers are acquired at the trade deadline or during a draft, but that’s obvious. At this point, we need to look at some small/disappointing/untrusted names that could pop from now until game-162, and who could see their stock skyrocket before the end of the season — we need to look at the guys we should pick up now so we can have them next year at value. Get it? Yes, you do. Know that old adage, “you’re only as good as your last game?” Well, it’s really stupid, but applies here. The ends of seasons have huge impacts on perceived value.

Quick note: so I appeal to more people, and so you’re not looking at me (my writing) and saying “HAY, I KAYNT HAFF HEEM. HE’S AWLRADDY TAYKEN,” I’ll limit it to guys who are owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues.

Mike Moustakas

Don’t you love when writers choose arbitrary end-points and cite a guy’s stats since that end-point to prove their point? The end. Well, since June 18, Mike Moustakas is hitting a flat .300, has six homers in 151 PAs (that’s about 24 homers in a full year, fellers), and has an .844 OPS. That is, he’s kind of showing the power and decent-average capability that we — or at least I — expected in the beginning of the year. Remember this? Am I setting myself up for more disappointment? I say no!

Even including his slumps, he only has 52 strikeouts on the year, so the skill’s there. His BAbip since that June 18 deadline is in the low 300s, but for the year it’s still at .245 — it was brutal for a while. And after popping up like a psychopath to begin the year, he’s now lowered that percentage to the lowest of his three-year career — 20% IF/FB.

That’ll be you if you pick him up guys! Hitting homers!

Grab him, he’s free.

Kole Calhoun

I had just picked him up on Monday and told myself that if he homers I’ll call that girl back and apologize about the food incident. He did, and I did, but she didn’t pick up, so I watched the rest of the Angels game with Jill instead.

Calhoun’s got decent speed, decent pop, and a really good approach. He has good K/BB ratios in the Minors for his career and, albeit in a weak system, started this year as the #5 prospect in the Angels’ system.

The only question is whether or not he’ll get the playing time once/if/ever Peter Bourjos returns. With Bourjos, Mike Trout, and Josh Hamilton in the outfield and Mark Trumbo at first, Calhoun should see everyday at-bats for the rest of 2013, especially with the Angels’ goal to go young ROS.

He’s hot already, so I’d ride him while we’re figuring out who he really is.

Brandon Crawford

Don’t scoff, at least not yet. Please stop.

Crawford, at age 26—ya know, the year before “peak” — has improved his BAbip via a higher line-drive rate, has increased his contact rate, has decreased how often he swings at pitches outside the zone, has increased his HR/FB% to an average rate, and has decreased his strikeout rate.

It’d be really tough to keep him in a league where keepers are scarce, but if you’re in one of those leagues that keeps entire rosters, I’d keep my eye on him — he’s even batting second tonight — to see if he can regain that early-2013 magic.

Please stop laughing.

Dee Gordon

LOL, kidding. Oh, you stopped laughing?

Have you ever realized that guys like Gordon can’t hit? Can’t steal first base, brah.

Adam Eaton

He’s expected to be kind of awesome — he was everyone’s “sleeper” pick (makes no sense) before his UCL problems. If he’s the first player of all time to beat UCL problems without TJ, Eaton’s still got awesome on-base skills and speed — the guy had 44 steals with a .456 OBP in a mix of double- and triple-A last year.

He’s struggling huge coming off his injury, and he’s in a packed outfield, but he was slated to be the Opening Day center fielder for Arizona coming into 2013, and that’s what he’ll be in the beginning of 2014. Kubel’s only signed through 2013, so the OF won’t be as crowded.

Even struggling as much as he is, he’s still got an OBP 96 points higher than his batting average — he’ll spark Arizona at some point this year, will get those SBs climbing (Parra sucks, too, and is 7/16 in stolen-base attempts) and will find his stock climbing once again going into next year.

Grab him, and hope that UCL isn’t a problem.

Follow sha boi on Twitter @TerseRazzball so he can feel important. Let him know names you’d like him to write about, and let him know funny jokes so he can laugh. Peace and loff.

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    That wasn’t as bad as I thought on twitter last night, I’ve been dating Jill longer than anyone else, my Jill really hates watching baseball, football though is a sticky situation. I choked a little on my coffee, so thank you for that and my dry cleaner says thanks for the extra business. So are you saying to start stashing Eaton?

  2. Terse

    Terse says:
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    haha well yeah, like what the article said

  3. jim says:
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    i was thinking of picking up asivail garcia who should get the call in the next day or so. in order to pick him up, i would have to drop profar, springer, taveras, or swisher. it is a 14 team head to head league (non keeper) and our playoffs start on sep 2. im looking for an impact bat in the final few weeks and need some advice. thanks in advance.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @jim: In a non-keeper, I’d probably drop Taveras. Swisher is heating up, and Profar can heat up at any time. Spring has to come up at some point, so yeah, Garcia.

      When I covered the Flying Tigers with Fox Sports, Garcia was a man among boy, but struck out like it was his job. Seems to be improving slowly, though.

  4. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I’ve been tempted to pick up Kole. I wonder if his middle name is Trickle.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: It’s kind of nice hitting in front of Mike Trout

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Terse: I would think so.

        • Terse

          Terse says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: Yesterday, Calhoun had a nice leadoff walk, then WHAM. Trout homer. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  5. Dave says:
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    How would you rank these returns for Braun in a keeper league? Basically ROS, obviously in a vacuum.

    Beltre/Segura
    Beltre/Liriano
    Beltre/Napoli
    Beltre/Altuve

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Dave: I’m no expert, but if you were keeping both guys, then I’d say Beltre and Segura is what I would want. Also depends on needs (for this year).

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Dave: Beltre, Segura

  6. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    12 team dynasty league with 4 minor leaguers (1 year major league experience <) and 5 keepers. I've got Trout, Cutch, Segura, Goldy, Harvey, Matt Moore and Dom Brown as possible keepers. I'm thinking four are automatic (Trout, Cutch, Goldy, Harvey) and probably either between Segura or Moore. Leaning towards Segura. And maybe trade Brown or Moore for prospects or guys like WIl Myers. Think those are the keepers I should go with? Thanks.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Without a doubt. Moore is legit but Segura’s a hitter. Definitely try and push those guys for a Myers. Maybe even Taveras

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Terse: Thanks man, I was thinking Buxton with pushing the “who knows if he will even come up” angle. You expect big things from Myers soon? I live in Florida and see a good amount of Rays games, his defense has been suspect but offense has impressed me, and defense doesn’t matter in fantasy. Thanks.

        • Terse

          Terse says:
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          @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Yeah, they obviously don’t hate his defense if they’re putting him in center while Jennings is hurt. SRod could do that job fine.

          Went to school in Tampa, Rays games were a glorious past-time of ours. Ideally I move back down in the relative future.

          • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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            @Terse: Yeah the games are fun, too bad no one goes and they’re talking about relocating to Montreal again.

  7. Currently Excited Royals Fan says:
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    Nick Franklin or Moose ROS?

  8. Frank White says:
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    Hey what up… Would you trade Holliday, Rios n Samardzija for Harper and Masterson? 10 team mixed

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Frank White: Keeper? Non-keeper? I’d probably stay put.

  9. Frank White says:
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    non keeper

  10. Curt says:
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    Please give me the top 2 or 3 out of these for ROS?………..Calhoun, Ruf, Ludwick, Smoak, Lagares, A.Garcia , W.Flores, or G.Springer………It’s a keeper league, but the need is more for the present with the future in mind……..Thanks, boss!

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Curt: Calhoun, Ruf, Lagares. No problemo amigo

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