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What I never understood about the trading deadline is why wait until the last second to make a trade?  Did the Padres really wake up on July 31st and think they suddenly needed a bat?  Wasn’t this apparent on April 2nd?  I understand you don’t trade for pieces if you’re out of it, but the Padres, for instance, haven’t been out of it all season, unless they assumed they weren’t contending when the season started.  Maybe they wouldn’t have got Ryan Ludwick, because the Cards may not have been selling him in April, but they needed someone.  Then there’s the other deals that remind me of my friend who buys things just because they are on sale.  “Do you really need a 120 count box of chicken bouillon?”  “No, but Shop-Rite was selling Chicken Bazillions for only $2.99.”  So, in that vein, do you really need Matt Capps when Jon Rauch is serviceable?  No, but we’ve been dying to shed these upside prospects and the price was right.  Deep thoughts by Grey Albright, I suppose.  Anyway, here’s what I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Lance Berkman – Traded to the Yankees.  This is one of those moves that’s actually better for fantasy.  In real baseball, adding Berkman to the Yankees lineup is like adding pecan sandies to a tray of chocolate chip cookies.  Hey, if you like a pecan sandie, then go for it.  I think you were fine with the chocolate chips.  Let’s face it, leaving Houston helps anyone’s value.  Berkman goes from between Keppinger and The Glue They Once Called El Caballo to hitting in an All-Star lineup.  Hey, Runs and RBIs, nice to see you again.  As I mentioned in the comments when the trade went down, A-Rod’s sitting at 16 homers, so don’t expect The Stadium They Built Next To The Stadium That Ruth Built to suddenly add 20 homers to Berkman.  He’s still old and struggling.  Value goes up, but only so much.

Ryan Ludwick – I always want to write Lyan Rudwick.  Not sure why.  Anyhoo, Ludwick goes to the Padres.  This move is almost lateral for Ludwick.  Maybe a slight nudgwick up on value.  He wasn’t playing every day in St. Louie, but he wasn’t hitting in Petco either.  That’s six of one, half dozen warning track fly outs.  Ludwick seemed like he ran his course in La Russa Land, so the fact the Padres appreciate him might boost his confidence.  It’s the Sally Field syndrome.  Ludwick, “They like me!  They really like me!”

Joel Hanrahan – Remind me not to pay attention to Buster Olney anymore.  First he tells me Cliff Lee is traded to the Yankees then he says Hanrahan will be the closer only to watch Dotel get traded and Meek to enter the closer picture.  Olney, you’re on notice.  If you have room, you need to own both Meek and Hanrahananananan.  The good news is they’re both solid.  I do think Hanrahanananan is the first one to get saves.  Meanwhile, Dotel’s a don’t own.

Aaron Heilman – With Qualls going off to the Rays, this should clear up who’s closing in Arizona.  Now Heilman is not good, but they really can’t keep going to Gutierrez.  With the season he’s had, Gutierrez shouldn’t even be pitching in the major leagues anymore.  And if you were holding out hope Qualls would turn his season around, you can now safely take him off life support, Kevorkian.  (Speaking of which, I watched the HBO movie with Pacino and Sarandon this weekend.  Wow, Al and Susan got long in the tooth.  This was like when you go back to your old high school to see your former teachers and they’re all so much older than you remember them and it’s very depressing. Then, just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, you run into the hot English teacher you used to have a crush on and she has short gray hair and she’s wearing slacks from Ross, Dress For Less and she coyly mentions how she just got divorced and you think you might actually have a chance now and that makes you want to vomit on the Philly fan who vomited on another Philly fan.)

Ryan Howard – Left the game after jamming his ankle.  I’m holding a candlelight vigil that he avoids DL.  As of right now, the x-rays were negative, which is positive.  Hopefully he just misses a few days.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – I’d give a dollar to hear a Masshole pronounce Salty’s full name.  Saltymochachino could be a sneaky dynasty pickup for those in deep leagues.  For now, he’s bench depth for the Sawx.

Randy Wolf – Hit with a line drive on his wrist.  He immediately left the game pist.

Ted Lilly – He’s been solid in away games this year, but terrible at Dodger Stadium over the last three years.  That was facing the Dodgers and not the Padres, Giants and Diamondbacks.  As long as the Lilly handles SoCal better than Snookie handles SoCo, this looks like a positive all around for him.  Don’t think he gets much better than a mid-3 ERA going forward, but he’s a solid number three fantasy starter.

Ryan Theriot – Speed guys’ values don’t really change with a new environment.  Terry-O do what he do, which is fine at MI.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-3 with his 2nd homer in three games and a 7 game hitting streak.  It’s now or never time for Gordon and it looks like he’s going the now route.  Grab him immediately.

Rick Ankiel – Since Bobby Cox doesn’t have much time left, it makes sense the Braves are looking towards the immediate future.  And by immediate future, I mean August.  Ankiel will split time in the outfield, which will hurt his value, but he wasn’t helping his value much anyway.

Martin Prado – Fractured his pinky and will probably be DL’d on Monday.  Alfonseca would’ve just grown a new digit.  If you need short term help, Infante should see the majority of the playing time.

Blake DeWitt – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  His Mom was hot, but he’s an end of the lineup hitter with little power or speed.

Aramis Ramirez – Just when you thought he turned the corner, he goes and turns another corner to end up back where he started with thumb problems.

Cristian Guzman – I’m embarrassed to say this, but in leagues where I need runs and average, I actually grabbed Guzman.  In one league, I’ll be blahtooning him with Desmond.  In another, him and fahgettaBartlett.  When you punt MI, these are the choices you need to make.  Guzman should have value until Kinsler returns, which may not be until the end of August.  Yes, Kinsler’s out for a while and didn’t do shizz when he was playing.

Edinson Volquez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  The one earned run and win hide the 5 walks in five innings, which isn’t a great sign moving forward.  He’s just as risky today as he was on Saturday.

Stephen Strasburg – ESPN reported Strasburg threw with no pain.  They’ll be reporting later when Strasburg ‘goes to drop a deuce.’

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks.  I feel like his season has gone relatively unnoticed.  He has 150 Ks in 136 IP.  That’s the 3rd best K-rate in the major leagues.  His xFIP is 2.92, which is the best in the majors, just above Halladay and Johnson.

Daniel Hudson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The Haren move was questionable for the Diamondbacks, but they redeemed themselves with this get.  I love Hudson in NL-Only leagues and keepers.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see January Grey write a sleeper post about Hudson for 2011.  Gets the Padres next and has mixed league matchup appeal.

Adam LaRoche – 3-for-6, 6 RBIs with two homers.  His cuckoo clock must’ve alerted him it’s August.

Dexter Fowler – Robbing what would of been Alfonso Soriano’s 2nd homer of the day, Fowler knocked hard against the wall.  As he was carted off the field, I began to look for replacements for him.  My guess is a 15-day DL stint.

Matt Lindstrom – As if there’s not enough closer news already, Brandon Lyon picked up the save yesterday because Lindstrom has a sore back.  You know I grabbed Lyon in a few leagues.

Jeremy Hellickson – First let’s see what Stephen had to say when he went over him, “Hellickson has a lively low 90′s MPH fastball that tops out at 95, a curve that is thrown between 77 and 79 mph, and a solid changeup…. Overall, he has been able to keep a good K-rate, above-average control, and is keeping the ball in the park fairly well.   A middle of the rotation pitcher is a definite reality.”  That was prior to his 2010 minor league season, but not much has changed.  In 117 2/3 IP of Triple-A this year, he has 123 Ks, only 35 walks and a 2.45 ERA.  He’s getting the well-deserved start today vs. the Twins.  That’s the good news.  And there’s a lot of it.  I’ll be tuning in to watch him pitch.  The bad news is he doesn’t have a spot in the rotation.  After the start, he may be sent back down until September.

Gavin Floyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  After the game, Ozzie said, “Don’t even get me started on Caucasians.”

Edwin Jackson – Shame on you, White Sox.

Jorge Cantu – I already went over the Cantu trade, but since then it was revealed that Cantu would platoon with rookie, Mitch Moreland.  The Rangers need a rookie lefty in the lineup at all times?  Very confusing move.  Feel like it’s taking righty/lefty splits too far.  Either way, this hurts Cantu value, which was margin already.

James Shields – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  If you started him vs. the Yankees, you deserved this start.  But you probably didn’t so now you hate him even more than when you were starting him and he was putting up a near-5 ERA.  He’s totally messing with you.  Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.

Jeanmar Gomez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He had a 5.70 ERA in the minors.  That’s a red flag with a skull and crossbones on it.

Chris Perez – Will now take over full-time closing duties for the Indians.  He’ll be a Brain Freeze in this afternoon’s Closer Look, but he could perform like a Donkeycorn the rest of the way.  Oh, and for people who understood that last sentence, thanks for reading.  Pour some out for the people who read Donkeycorn and were like, “What the eff is this guy talking about?  I’m going back to ESPN.”

Jake Westbrook – Scary thing is this, Westbrook, Kearns and Wood is what the Indians had to trade.  Even Houston had Oswalt and Berkman.  Maybe Duncan can do the voodoo that he do, but I wouldn’t grab Westbrook outside of NL-Only leagues until I saw him go.

Kerry Wood – For the first time ever, Yanks and Wood in the same sentence isn’t going to be a pleasant experience for male Yankee fans.

  1. Arrec Bardwin says:
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    Brett Anderson or Cargo in a 16 team keeper h2h points league that values pitchers highly. k’s are a negative point which depresses Cargo’s value a bit. Am I buying low on Anderson or do his arm issues make him a pitcher to avoid?

    Thanks.

  2. Alex says:
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    I know Cargo is an amazing fantasy player but should I consider occasionally benching him on the road? his numbers on the road are awful 4 HR’s 24 RBI’s .262/.279………..

  3. Eric says:
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    Hey grey,

    5×5 h2h league and my closers are Wilson, Marmol and Franklin. I’m having a tough time in this category because Marmol and Franklin never get any SV opportunities. I clearly can’t drop Marmol because of his sick K rate but I’m thinking of dropping Franklin because he provides no Ks. Should I drop Franklin for the following gais:

    Hanrahahaahan
    Meek
    Perez
    Storen
    Fuetes

    ??

  4. CalCheats says:
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    Rate these OF’s please…Kubel, Ibanez, A. Jones, Choo and Lind.

  5. Anonymous says:
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    I started Shields. Managed 11 Wins and 83 Ks with a low 3 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in that league, which I call ridiculous!

    Also, wanted to get Bourn back in the lineup on the heels of a solid week so far and who did I choose to bench? Second Half LaRoche! Sonovabench!

  6. hideousmutants says:
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    Rate this trade: Price and Josh Johnson for Crawford.

    I’m sitting in 6th and have great pitching stats so far but have opportunities to gain ground in Runs and SBs and AVG. Feels like a lot to give up but also felt I like had to take a risk (in this case that would be that Crawford doesn’t swoon and that I can pick up starts from our not-too-depleted pitching wire). I think our pitching FA pool is deeper than our hitting.

  7. Jordan73 says:
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    Now that Guzman has eligibility at 2B, how do you rate his value over Neil Walker? If Guzman was batting higher up in the order, it’d be a no-brainer, but he’s hitting sixth for the Rangers while Walker’s sitting in the three-hole for the Bucs. I’m thinking Guzman still comes out ahead, right?

  8. Love the write-ups as always.

    @grey Hudson is nice but AZ is too bad of a team. Too much ambient on that team.

    I gambled on Sean Burnett for $1 FAAB in case the stars line up (i.e. Axford).

  9. Jeff says:
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    Who to start this week;

    2B – B. Roberts or K. Johnson

    SS – Bartlett or Aybar

    OF – Pick 4; Cruz, Vlad, Hamilton, Hewyard, Pagan, Span, Rajai, BJ Upton

  10. schlitz says:
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    I can trade dom brown for king felix or josh johnson (can’t keep either). Which would you take?

  11. Matt B says:
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    5×5 12 team weekly 1-win h2h. I’m out of the playoffs..We keep 9 penalty free (so ~top 108, 35 or so (a lot!) SP kept in this league).
    My bat keepers take at least 6: Votto, Utley, Reyes, A-Rod, Reynolds, Heyward….Krispie, Hart, Adam Jones.
    My pitching keepers will be thin but I want to take at least 3 (Greinke, Oswalt?, Brett Anderson?, N Feliz?, Cecil/Gio?)…

    Being out of it this year…Would you deal Votto for Morneau + Hughes + 2nd round pick (108 kept, pick #13)? It’s tempting for a nice young arm plus a pick but should I be bummed to downgrade to Morneau? I’ve never been crazy about keeping a borderline top 10 1B in a 12 team league.

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Eric: what makes you think the pirates, nats, or indians are gonna provide more save opportunities? not saying the won’t (saves can been a weird thing), but i’d bet on the cards winning more games and thus theoretically providing more save opportunities.

  13. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    f’ the twins. i drafted rauch in like the 22nd round, rode him all season as he kept providing me with saves. between neftali and rauch, i really felt like i was set in the RP dept in a league where we can only start 2 RP. the they trade for capps? and immediately name him the closer? really? is there really that much difference?

    suddenly my trade earlier in the season for haren, when i convinced the other owner to toss in gregg looks like it could have been clutch.

  14. malacoda says:
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    That pederast Hanrahan’s bucking for a promotion.

  15. barker says:
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    so aramis ramirez is droppable in a 10 team league if i already have ian stewart and cuddyer

    would like to pick up HLDS (benoit) or have another spot for streaming until i have to choose between keeping manny or bay for the rest of the year

  16. cain fan says:
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    Who wins this deal:

    6×6 keeper league (OBP and Ks for offense, H/9 for pitching):

    Phillips, M. Young, Pence for CC Sabathia

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cain fan: i like c.c side but the others are scarce positions,making them valuable if theres no decent replacements

  18. cain fan says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah i was on the fence but I also have Felix, Lester and Cain and we can only keep 8. Plus CC’s K/9 rate is regressing and he will never be the CC of old in the NYS. I also like Phillips in the young Cinci lineup. I think he could have a huge yr next yr.

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cain fan: are you out of it this year?if so,do whats best for next,if not do what it takes to win this year and dont worry about next,i always worry about this year 1st,but thats in a money league

  20. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Someone in my league dropped B Abreu and I’m wondering if he’s waiver worthy?…….I’d have to drop Dominic Brown for him.

  21. timSTi says:
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    Time to activate Snider or wait him out. Would have to drop 1 of the following:

    Alex Gordon, Jay Bruce, Jose Tabata, or Domonic Brown.

  22. cain fan says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Nah I am in second and had prado and aramis (both who are hurting now). Pence was a throw in so I figured what the hell. I also needed a bit of speed so phillips solves that problem. My SP depth is solid for this yr (also have Garza, Lilly, Cueto) so I figured it gives me a shot to win and also improves my depth. Agree/Disagree?

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: as long as brown plays everyday,i would chance it,but overall id be very surprised if brown out performed abreau from here on in,i just like the upside

  24. big o says:
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    was just talking about the octopus , yesterday , with one of my friends at work .
    weird …. scary weird .

  25. So who’s taking a chance with Hellickson today? I’m in great shape on counting stats (W’s, K’s) but could move up or down in rate stats (ERA, WHIP). I can’t decide if I’m going to roll the dice or not.

  26. Kazmere says:
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    Domonic or Gordon?

  27. cain fan says:
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    FYI: I was crunching some numbers today about predicted SP matchups for the remainder of the year (my trade deadline is in 2 weeks and this is a good way to buy low and sell high imo).

    Two guys/Teams stick out:
    Lilly (Dodgers) – Has 6 starts (out of 12) vs SD, WAS, SF, ARI
    Cueto (Reds) – Has 8 starts vs PIT, HOU, SD, FLA, SF, ARI

    I am sure there are others in similar situations.

    Two guys to sell high on are Lester and CC for this year only. Both face really tough homestretches (TEX, TB, NYY, CWS).

  28. Time Theft Bandit says:
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    Travis wood vs pit or bumgarner vs colorado?

    Also, bumgarner or myers the rest of the way? (need to drop one to save vulture)

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cain fan: i can see it being ok then,ive traded away value wise more than a guy is worth a few times this year,but it helped my team in areas i needed,cc is hard to let go of but he only has like 13 starts left,the other guys can net you 600 at bats

  30. papasmurf says:
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    Is Alex Gordon’s upside at this point limited to .300 and 20HR (full season)? I have so many marginal keeper candidates that I have to consider him if he has a strong 2nd half.

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @papasmurf: he hasnt proved he can hit 220 yet,20 hr,s yeah,but hes got to hit for higher ave or he wont play,not that the happless royals have anyone else to play,if he takes off 2nd half then yeah id really consider him but id need to see atleast .280 from here out to consider him

  32. dingus says:
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    Can you rank Ervin Santana, Haren, Baker?
    I’m trading Lindstrom and I (think I) have the pick of those three.
    I’m leaning towards Haren.

  33. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @dingus: haren >> ervin >> baker

    and it’s really not even very close between each of the 3 imo

  34. @timSTi: I might drop Tabata for Snider if you don’t need the steals. One thing I noticed about Tabata is he’s not stealing much anymore, maybe because he’s been caught 5 times already.

  35. Would it be too much to offer Sandoval and Tabata/Stubbs for Gavin Floyd? Floyd has been so dominant.

  36. dingus says:
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    Okay, I’ve made some phone calls and came up with this trade instead:

    I’d get Haren and Ichiro
    for
    Lindstrom and Guererro

    I’m trying to get value for Vlad while he still has some.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @dingus: needs,if you can afford the power and save loss and need sp and a guy with good ave plus some steals then yes,

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @dingus: i’d do that in a heartbeat

    @Frank Kim: forget too much, i’d lean towards not enough

  39. anon says:
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    Olsen, Jurrjens, or J Sanchez from here out?

  40. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Is Nathan still a top 100 player/top 8 closer in a keeper league, or is there too much risk there?

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Turd Ferguson: given his age, no way is he top 100. i don’t think i’d include any closer in my top 100 though. i’m a true safnof believer when it comes to closers.

  42. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Also, with the Snyder trade, does the hot Montero move past Napoli? Not normally worth the move to speculate, but in a league with razor-thin margins, every little boost helps.

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: safnof = sagnof

    @Turd Ferguson: i think it’d depend on needs. avg go with montero. power go with napoli.

  44. Turd Ferguson says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks. I never draft closers that early, either, but the top guys like Nathan normally go about 5-6 rounds earlier than his keeper value will be next year. Probably not worth it to mess with the tried and true sagnof.

  45. ASAOK says:
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    Currently don’t have a catcher (was pointless starting Molina). Was offered Montero for Pence. Would you do that or just pick one up from FA…best available are Kendall, C. Ruiz, Torrealba, Snyder, Paulino, or Pierzynski.

  46. Martin says:
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    @grey- I was just offered Greinke and Span for Price. Should i do it? However, I’m not much of a span guy. He’s pretty blah at the OF position. I could try and ask for torres, Choo, or an injured pedroia instead of Span. What do u think?

    also alex gordon or alvarez?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Arrec Bardwin: I’d want CarGo.

    @Alex: Eh

    @Eric: Nope

    @CalCheats: Choo, Ibanez, Jones, Kubel…

    @Anonymous: Ouch

    @hideousmutants: It’s fine if you need it.

    @Jordan73: I’d go with Walker.

    @NLFantasyBB: Thanks! That’s not a terrible gamble, though not too confident he sees any chances unless Storen’s tired/overused.

    @Jeff: Johnson, Bartlett, Cruz, Vlad, Hamilton, Pagan…

    @schlitz: F-Her

    @Matt B: Wouldn’t trade Votto there.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yup

    @barker: Sure

    @cain fan: Agree with AL.

    @malacoda: Ha

    @Frank Rizzo: Agree with AL.

    @timSTi: Wait it out.

    @big o: Ha, yeah, very weird.

    @Mark Geoffriau: I wouldn’t.

    @Kazmere: Gordon if you need a corner guy, Brown if it’s UTIL.

    @cain fan: Interesting, thanks!

    @Time Theft Bandit: Drop Wood.

    @papasmurf: Anything’s possible, but agree with Poon. Be nice to see it for longer than a few days.

    @dingus: What others said.

    @Frank Kim: Not if you need a pitcher.

    @anon: Sanchez, Jurrjens…

    @Turd Ferguson: Not near it.

    @ASAOK: Take Montero if Pence is a bench guy for you.

    @Martin: Looks fine for you. Gordon…

  48. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Martin: i’d take that deal

    @ASAOK: i’d make the trade, especially since pence is either a bench guy or probably replaceable with either bench guy or WW guy.

  49. Ceasar says:
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    Asdrubal, Desmond or F. Lopez for the rest of the way?

  50. Hi Grey –

    Sounds like you had the same hot English teacher I had…! I was depressed for a week when I ran into years later and saw what happened to her.

    I’d like to get your opinion on the following choices (this is a 20-team, redraft, roto league):

    At 2B: Ian Desmond or Kennedy
    At 3B: Betimit or Wallace
    As a 6th SP (I need to make up some innings): Daniel Hudson or Westbrook

    I know you said you’d play wait-and-see on Westbrook, but in such a deep league is he worth a role of the dice tonight against HOU?

  51. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop A-Ram for either Wade Davis or Chris Johnson?

  52. @Grey: Reading you writing about Alex Gordon is like hearing an old buddy talk about his hot ex who already dumped him twice and slept with his twin brother. “Yeah, but I ran into her the other day, and we had a really good conversation….”

    Don’t make us call ‘Intervention.’

  53. Slam says:
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    Playing games with my util slot… That sounded dirty… Who do you like more Tyler colvin or Alex Gordon… Also are you starting Olsen against the d backs?

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    Still liking Hanrahan over a Mike G. joint?

  55. noseeum says:
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    Trade Howard for Carpenter and Ortiz?

    OBP/Power heavy head to head points league. Categories don’t matter, just total points. 10 team MLB.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Kim: No problem.

    @Ceasar: Asdrubal

    @Enrique: Yup… Desmond, Wallace, Hudson…

    @Fletch: Eh

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You’re jealous because we found a connection while you just continue to run through utility men.

    @Slam: Colvin… I would start him in most leagues.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yeah, but they’re the same diff. Go with Mike G. if you want.

    @noseeum: Eh

  58. noseeum says:
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    @Grey: thanks. I was thinking same thing. Ankle had me spooked.

  59. Dominic says:
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    @Grey: How many leagues are you actually in?

  60. Tom Thumb says:
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    Trade deadline about to end and this is my team. Any last minute improvements or pretty perfect, no?

    C- C. Santana
    1B- A. Pujols
    2B- B. Phillips
    SS- H. Ramirez
    3B- K. Youkilis
    1B/3B- M. Cabrera
    2B/SS- T. Tulowitzki
    OF- M. Kemp, C. Granderson, A. McCutchen, C. Gonzalez
    Bench- C. Young, I. Stewart

    SP- Z. Greinke, J. Johnson, A. Wainwright, C. Kershaw, R. Nolasco
    RP- B. Wilson, J. Broxton, R. Soriano
    Bench- D. Bard, D. Storen, T. Lilly, J. de la Rosa (DL), B. Morrow

  61. sean says:
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    @Tom Thumb: Enjoy the championship in this abandoned Yahoo league.

  62. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey et al: Where do you think CarGo ranks for 2011 draft? Top 3 OF and Top 25 overall? Trying to balance my keepers while considering pre-playoff trade possibilities. Thanks for your opinions!

  63. @Grey: Returning to my earlier question of Ian Desmond vs. Kennedy; Wallace vs. Betemit; and Daniel Hudson vs. Westbrook, does your answer of Demond-Wallace-Hudson change if I need AVE more than the power stats and Ws and the pitching ratios more than Ks?

  64. sean says:
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    @Grey: Glad to hear that there’s a Closer Look today with all the shakeups.

    It looks like Carlos Pena is going to sit again today. 0-0 is better than 0-5, but at this stage of the game I can’t really afford to give up ABs.

    Available CI on the WW playing today: Chipper (NMY — Johan), Ike Davis (@ATL — Hudson), Barton (KC — Bannister), Valencia (@TB — Hellickson)

  65. bravo says:
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    would you start pavano @ TB?

  66. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Kinsler’s out til god knows when, so looking for a replacement who will contribute something more than just punting 2B until he comes back….
    These guys are available:
    Crapolanco, AsCab, Wiggy, Theriot, Desmond, Barmes, Walker
    Thoughts?

  67. chisox says:
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    Jaime Garcia or Trevor Cahill for the rest of the season, points league.

  68. greg says:
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    Grey,

    Love the site. H2H 12 team league where we keep 8. This is the first year so next years draft will be pretty thin. I’m pretty much out of it so I’m trying to plan for next year. Keeping these for sure:

    Philips
    Reyes
    Wright
    Holliday

    Hanson
    Jimenez

    Got sizemore off waivers, hoping thats a bargain and he turns it around next 2 years. You think he’s worth keeping as a 7th or 8th?

    You buying Floyd’s last 10 games? You think he’s a keeper?

    I’ve also got Quentin and Bruce because I read your preseason picks. Quentin a keeper?

    Final question, any sleeper suggestions for players that will break out next year that will be worth keeping at the 7 or 8 spot? I know Latos isnt a sleeper but you think he’ll keep this pace up and worth trading for? Stanton? I. Davis? Alvarez? You think any of these guys are top 50 next year?

    Gracias. (Thank you)

  69. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Gordon over Snider and Boesch rite? Gordon has OF elig in my league already. Brown was snagged yesterday by sum1 with a higher waiver priority.

  70. Kazmere says:
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    Interesting match-ups comment from CainFan…
    So, Cueto or Filthy? Seeking peripherals, fine in Ks.

  71. Would Sandoval and Tabata/Stubbs be too much for Colby Lewis?

    How about Sandoval and Dempster for Storen and Chris Perez?

  72. DreadPirate Roberts says:
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    I have both Mike G. and A. Simon… drop fredo for heilman? or is it better to hedge my bets and hold both Bore-ioles.

    i could also drop mike g and simon for guttierez and heilman, both are FA right now.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @greg: Thanks for the kind words! Sizemore will be risky in the 8th, depends on his health in the spring. Floyd’s a 3.50 ERA guy, it’s good, it’s not top 8. None of those guys are top 50. Latos over Floyd, assuming he doesn’t get too overworked.

    @ThE sHiT: Yup

    @Kazmere: Cueto

    @Frank Kim: Lewis is fair there, eh on the closers unless you’re desperate for saves.

    @DreadPirate Roberts: I wouldn’t make any of those drops right now.

  74. What’s the deal w/ Oswalt and Dempster? They haven’t been pitching well and really killing my team. I’m especially worried about Dempster’s control. Are they any good anymore?

  75. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Thx dude. Kinda feel gd rt now having said Gordon would b ownable if he had a gd wknd. Now i know how u feel every freakin day! Anyway, im a lil leery (sp?) of owning 2 Royals, also hv Butler, but gotta roll with the hot hand. Snider is only a watch rt now until he gets regular starts rt?

  76. DreadPirate Roberts says:
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    ok i’ll hold tight…. thanks for the advice

  77. Donnie Baseball says:
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    any chance you start Tomlin vs. Dice-K and the Sox this week?

    Also got to sit 2 out of: Overbay, Kila, Morrison, Pie, and I. Stewart?

    Thanks

  78. In an effort to check on Aramis’ updated staus, I found 21 Ramirezs in MLB, and only one in the NFL; cust kayin’.

  79. Grey

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    @Frank Kim: No problem.

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  80. Wilsonian says:
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    8 Team H2H Keeper (keep 5, whoever, no draft position): Just took over 1st, well tied for it anyway, after I laid down a 10-4 shellacking on the guy in 1st last week. I’m looking to completely solidify my lineup to finally win this league and get some cash. It has come to my attention that from the 6th place team, a few guys could be available, those being Doc and Lester, and maybe Delmon and Furcal, too. Here’s my roster:

    C – Suzuki
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Weeks
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Starlin
    OF – CarGo
    OF – Holliday
    OF – Kemp
    UTIL – Krispie
    UTIL – Wright
    BN – Pence
    DL – Utley

    SP – JJ
    SP – Verlander
    SP – Kershaw
    SP – Floyd
    SP – Lewis
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Scherzer
    RP – Feliz
    RP – Soria
    RP – K- Rod
    RP – Capps
    RP – Hanrahan

    Do you see anyone that you would offer up in a deal for either Doc, Lester and/or Delmon, Furcal? Or am I just beating a dead horse and need to stick with what I got, because it’s not like it’s a bad roster, just a few weak links that are underperforming. Thanks, as always!

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: You could seal up the victory, by trading CarGo and Castro for Halladay and Furcal. If the other guy will go for it.

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