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Put on the reverse lights to three weeks ago when Huston Street experienced tightness in his shoulder while playing catch.  Was shutdown for three weeks.  Yesterday, Street went to play catch and felt the same tightness.  He’ll now miss the start of the season.  Street’s resilience is akin to the elasticity on your favorite pair of boxers from the mid-90s.  “Hey, my shoulder will be just fine in three weeks!  Give me the ball, Mr. Apodaca!”  Yeah, and your boxers just fell to your ankles when you were getting the mail and now your neighbors are calling the cops and you’re going to have to register your address with the authorities.  I’d grab Franklin Morales or Manny Corpas, in that order.  If you have room, I’d grab both because, as previously alluded to — yo, I’m alluding and shizz! — Street’s the kind of knucklehead to miss three months with this sorta thing.  “C’mon, Mr. Apodaca, I’m ready… Aw, shucks, my arm just fell off.”  Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball news:

Elijah Dukes – This post was thisclose to being titled, “Put Down Your Dukes.”  Alas, the Street’s broke (<– economist pun +1).  Dukes was released by the Nats.  After Dukes heard the news, reports suggest the Nats car service couldn’t find anyone to drive Dukes home from the stadium.  Roll up the window! Um, you just smashed it with your bat.  I said, roll it up! Dukes will land somewhere, but it’s no concern of yours until he does.

Stephen Strasburg – Headed to the minors to start the season.  I guess the Nats sold as many tickets as they could to April and May games, then they pulled the trigger that I thought would be pulled all along.  Strasburg will be back in June or so.  In mixed leagues, you can stash if you want, but remember rookie pitchers can roofie you.

John Smoltz – Retired to be a TBS analyst.  George Lopez better watch out!

  1. kwak says:
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    Am I crazy, I can’t find your top 300 anymore. Besides the Point Shares. Is the 300 somewhere?

    Did I see that someone already put it in an excel doc?

  2. The Dude says:
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    Drop any of these for Corpus?

    Maybin
    Aroldis
    Mike Adams
    Wuertz

  3. Sounds just like what Brandon Webb said last year after his first start. He was ‘gonna be back soon’ for the next 11 months.

  4. Tony says:
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    good strasburg goes down…. i was in a heated debate with this dude in a mock, he drafted Tommy hanson, Edwin jackson, and Strasburg as his 1, 2, 3….. then talks smack to me that my Wainy, Nolasco, slowey combo was worse? or horrible? I think he was banking on WAYY TOO MUCH out of stras, hell all 3….

    i kinda wish he started up tho, bc i have some rookie feva owners in my league… always gotta own the shiny toy.

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @The Dude: Yes. Any of them.

    This may be a good time to remind everyone that last year Elijah Dukes was this year’s Julio Borbon.

    Not that Borbon will be Dukes. But not every sleeper wakes up. Some stay asleep.

  6. @Tony:

    The only reason Straus is going down imo is so they can get an extra year outta him before having to resign him. Its a money issue, not performance.

  7. Tony says:
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    @Elijah: oh i know… but it was a roto mock, so ya he’ll be GREAT the months the guy has him, but he’s gotta wait on him to come up…. you can’t bank on a half to 2/3 of a season from a rookie as one of your top SP’s, can you? i wouldnt.

  8. “John Smoltz – Retired to be a TBS analyst.” Very funny.

  9. Nate Marcum says:
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    I am totally planning on following SAGNOF when it comes to saves, but with the recent develpments of Street’s shoulder, Dotel’s oblique, Capps’ inability to get a person out, Jenks’ terribilitis, and Woods’, well it’s Kerry Wood, so everything is hurt on him, is this year looking more and more like I should grab a closer in the 6th-7th and than player russian closer roullette?

    I am not a huge fan of doing that, but I guess everybody else might be thinking the same thing, so I should zag when they zig.

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    smoltzie, perhaps my favorite pitcher growing up, is dunzo, and dukes, perhaps my favorite fantasy flier in the last few rounds over the last few years is waived. not a good post for me.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Nate Marcum: if everyone else is avoiding closers, then no point to take a closer in the 6th or 7th round. now if broxton or rivera or paps end up sitting there in the 10th or 11th round because everyone is wanting to wait for saves, then maybe take them at that point. by jumping on them early, you aren’t getting any value out of everyone shifting towards a sagnof mindset.

  12. JoeC says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Not a fan of Borbon? I like him at the top of that Texas lineup. Why don’t you? Small sample size?

  13. Euroalien says:
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    My main “money” league drafts on Sat. it’s a 12 Team 5×5 “partial” keeper league (Max. 8). I only kept 6 (Howard, Youk, Bay, Granderson, Santana & Beckett) so I will get two picks out of the first 18 to get my roster to eight, before all teams draft. The big question is who to take when – I’d like to get Stewart at 2B (like all Razzballers……) and I think/hope I can wait to get him with my 9th or 10th pick (a little reaching never hurt anyone). I’m willing to punt SS to get either Elvis, Alcides or EvCab later on in the draft. Some of the possible options that I’d consider with my first two picks – (I’ve skipped over some guys I don’t want…..) and that might be available to me are (in Top 300 order): Hamilton, Quentin, Jones, Victorino, Nolasco, Span, Rios, Bartlett, Paplebon, Uggla, Wandy, Bell, Stewart, McClouth, Pence………. etc. What do you guys think? (Sorry for the long post)

  14. I am the Liquor says:
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    Grey- A guy is offering me CC for Wainwright in a keeper. He wants a draft pick in there too. We keep 7 so the drafting starts round 8. What kind of pick do you think is not too much for me to give up? A 4th (11th) rounder? 12 team 5×5

  15. Bob says:
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    Jason Heyward or Robot Jones?

  16. majortommy says:
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    If Streets ever gets in an altercation with authority we could post it
    “Streets Fighting Man”?

    Endless possibilities.

    Two closers down in 2 weeks, and people wonder why you shouldn’t draft these guys early!

  17. @Tony:

    Tommy Hanson saved my butt last year. But I didn’t draft him…

  18. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @JoeC: Not picking on Borbon specifically. Just saying that the stats don’t count until they’re actually, you know, stats.

    For every Nelson Cruz there’s three Elijah Dukes/Lastings Milledge/Cameron Maybin/Sleepers of Yesteryear.

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Also Chris Davis.

    Can’t forget Crash Davis.

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Bob: i would go heyward. i may end up with jones on some teams, but not over heyward. i trust heyward to reach at least some of his potential because of his BB rates, and i also don’t expect robot to hit this year like he did last.

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    thank god for a fantasy baseball draft each of the next 3 weekends. as a lifetime mississippi state fan and alum, i don’t think i’ll be in much of the ncaa tourney mood after the sec championship game and subsequent selection committee debacle. i’ve felt like i was kicked in the stomach since about 3:30 est sunday afternoon.

  22. My first draft is going so well I’m gonna roll a doobie. Luckily I already got a 3b.

  23. Eddy says:
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    I’d love one last” closer look” post in about a week with all the confusion surrounding closers lately.

  24. sean says:
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    Pinella announced the Cubs opening day lineup:
    Theriot
    Fukudome
    Lee
    Ramirez
    Byrd
    Soriano
    Fontenot
    Soto

    Ouch. Going to be a lot of angry drunk people in plaid shorts at day games this year.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Wow… Who’s his sponsor, Otis Nixon?

    @Eddy: Probably will come early, but not sure it’s next week. Maybe…

    @sean: Yeah, Cousin Pookie.

  26. royce! says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was there a post regarding the stats you should aim for in a 10 team league? I remember there being something like that a while back, but am having a hard time locating it.

    Also, would you mind taking a look at my post in the forums, entitled “Can I get a…” I think my 10 team league team might have some issues, but am not sure how to address them.

    Thanks.

  27. Tony says:
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    @Elijah: he was a fine pick up last year, but would you want him as your ACE this year?

  28. Eddy says:
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    @sean:
    Kinda sucks seeing Soto is hitting in the 8 hole where they won’t really pitch to him.

  29. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Sweet, thanks. And thanks for the input on the forums post.

  30. majortommy says:
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    @Grey: @majortommy: Smooth segway Grey. Just like a real reporter!
    Drafted Lidge in the first round of my keeper last year(eight round in total) never again!!!!! Closers are fairly easy to acquire throughout the year.

  31. grandysdandy says:
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    i know betancourt has some elbow issues, so that takes him out of the mix early…

    but your post says corpas over morales???
    any reason? Corpas was the most unreliable option in that ‘pen last year..i watched all those games!!!

  32. Eddy says:
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    The Nats’ “ace” was absolutely rocked today.

    Marquis 3.1 IP, 8 hits, 8 ER, 4 BB.

    Ouch.

    Btw Grey, Corpas wasn’t even listed next to Street in the last closer look post, why the love?

  33. JoeC says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Except none of those guys you mentioned had really done anything comparable to what Borbon did in his limited time last year (except for Cruz, of course, who had a similar “don’t I look nice for next year” splash in 2008).

    So yeah, Borbon has a lot of potential, but it’s backed up by what he actually DID in the major leagues. Dukes, Maybin, Milledge.. not so much.

    The Chris Davis comparison is much more apt, as he had a similarly small sample size in 2008 that led to him being over-drafted in 2009. However, I’m talking about taking Borbon in the 10th (in a 13 team league), so I don’t think that’s too out of line.

  34. Nate Marcum says:
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    I already plan on not drafting a RP early and taking the advice that I had, myself, already followed for a while, but this league is a little different than anyone I had done prior. It uses FAAB! I undersand the basic principles and all (this league uses $1000).

    Grey, do you have a reference during the season for how much a particular player is worth? I realize it’s probably going to vary depending on teams’ need.

    Example: I draft David Aardsma and in week 2, he is injured/demoted/etc. Knowing that there are a lot of weeks left, what is the appropriate $$ amount for Brandon League (or whomever). Lets assume I have 3 other RP.

  35. PJtres says:
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    grey…i am thinking about picking up a catcher prospect…

    i went over your analysis for both…considering whats going on in ST…who do you think gets called up/has the better season?

    Posey/Santana?

  36. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Does this Elijah Dukes release change Ian Demonds value at all (I know they were trying him out in the OF) Or maybe it changes Chris Duncans value?

  37. Adam says:
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    Drop Neftali Feliz for Corpas in a keeper? Only keep 5, so Feliz would have to be pretty amazing to even make the keeper discussion, but still…

    I already own Street and Morales, if that matters…

    Also, does anybody know when Street and other injured players will be placed on the DL so I don’t have to drop players to pick up their replacements?

  38. Adam says:
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    @Adam: Other options include Coghlan (I know you don’t like offensive back-ups, but I can’t bring myself to cut him), Guerrier/Rauch, Chris Perez (I was going to drop him, but I don’t see any scenario where CLE keeps Wood for any length of time and I’d be pretty pissed if I lost him)

  39. Adam says:
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    @Adam: Damn, just saw that Bailey is having some minor elbow issues, but those turn to major elbow issues fairly quickly…does Wuertz become a good pick-up for any of the above listed?

  40. Mark says:
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    Cocaine is some serious stuff. Ron Washington should have been fired. I guess the Rangers organization was hoping it would stay under wraps but whatever. Especially when your star has had his past issues; way to go MLB.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @grandysdandy: I figured righty with closer experience > effective lefty. But Tracy said Morales first so you’re right.

    @Eddy: See above or below.

    @Nate Marcum: Depends on team needs.

    @PJtres: Santana should be up sooner/be better this season.

    @Lava: Thanks!

    @Cheese: Doubtful

    @Adam: I’d keep Feliz for now.

  42. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Sorry to be a pain in the ass, but does that mean you wouldn’t drop any of the players I listed (or Gregg) for Corpas?

  43. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey, being a Street owner in my auction league(own Heath Bell and Capps as well as MI’s), how much of my $100 FAAB should I use towards Morales? Thanks

  44. BKK says:
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    @Tony: From Grey’s previous post: yes, got your e-mail. Been very busy today, like you. All is good. Let me know what you want to do. Gotta run, gotta run to hockey practice now. The life of a “Taxi Dad”. Thankfully, the season is nearly over.

  45. BKK says:
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    Didn’t realize, I stuttered there.

  46. @Tony:

    No, definitely not on Hanson. Hes being drafted way too high. Someone just took him over Santana in my draft today.

  47. SamYo says:
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    Since Soto is gonna hit at the 8 hole, would you drop him for Ianetta ? Thanks.

  48. @Grey: also from the prior post (too damn busy today, sorry to not promptly clarify in response to your – huh?) you noted: “…zombie your way through the rest of the draft.” & that’s me quoting you. Reference may cause major karma damage for my upcoming draft. I’ll try to shake it. I guess any press is good press!

  49. @Grey:

    I’ve been studying up, and this is my first real draft, 10 team roto, any feedback welcome. The Whip looks high but the rest of the team looks dominant.

    (3) Hanley Ramirez SS Before the draft someone asked if they should take Mauer #5. Hes goes #2, I owe that guy a beer.
    (18) Matt Holliday LF I considered Upton but felt safer hitting behind Poo.
    (23) Ian Kinsler 2B His ankle is making me nervous, not sure I’d make this pick again.
    (38) Adrian Gonzalez 1B Its nice to know whos on first.
    (43) Mark Reynolds 3B There is joy in Mudtown!
    (58) Johan Santana SP 8 straight starters taken in r6, and I find Johan discared like yesterday’s sport section.
    (63) Andre Ethier RF His mom will be pleased, and so was I he was still here.
    (78) Adam Jones CF Why are you still here Adam?
    (83) Cole Hamels SP I felt the need to grab another starter from the diminshed pool.
    (98) Wandy Rodriguez SP Ditto.
    (103) Elvis Andrus SS Cheap steals at MI.
    (118) Heath Bell RP See Adam Jones.
    (123) Chad Billingsley SP My Whip is rising.
    (138) Nolan Reimold LF Need another good OF.
    (143) Miguel Montero C I wanted another Dback, hes good here.
    (158) Carlos Gonzalez LF Dock your unwanted CarGo here.
    (163) David Aardsma RP Need some cheap saves.
    (178) Rajai Davis CF SAGNOF ho!
    (183) David Price SP There’s a nice #5 starter.
    (198) Jonathan Sanchez SP K Whoring.
    (203) Leo Nunez RP SAGNOF
    (218) Octavio Dotel SAGNOF
    (223) Conor Jackson The fever has passed.
    (238) Jake Fox 3B I got a fox in the hole. Thanks Grey.
    (243) Phil Hughes SP Its the Yankees.

  50. sean says:
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    Andrew Bailey out a week with sore elbow. MRI revealed tennis elbow.

  51. Adam says:
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    @SamYo: I wouldn’t…Soto has no threat for playing time, while Olivo might snake away some of Iannetta’s ABs

  52. Euroalien says:
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    Thanks Grey! It’s not that I’m necessarily leaning towards an OF, but with all the players that have been “frozen” by other teams in my league the players I listed are probably the best options available. I like Hamilton (if he’s still around for me….} I was a little surprised you suggested Stewart as what would effectively be my 8th pick, but I guess I’m OK with that… the only thing I could do would be take a 3rd SP and wait for Stewart in Rd 9….. Appreciate your advice!

  53. JoeC says:
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    Hmm… ok… maybe I *should* just stay away from Matt Capps. He’s been hit around like a rag doll this Spring.

    His line today:

    1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

    And his Spring stats overall so far (not sure if it includes today’s performance):

    6 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 3 Ks

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: Ha!

    @Elijah: You love your Diamondbacks, huh? That looks like a stacked offense, nicely done there. Your pitching might be a little wonky on WHIP, but in a 10 team league, I think you can find guys on waivers to do the job if Price or Sanchez does you wrong.

    @sean: Thanks for the heads up!

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Euroalien: Sure, go Wandy at 8 and Stewart at 9th if you like. Same diff really. They’ll probably be there vice versa.

    @JoeC: He could be fine by April 15th and get 30 saves. Your call.

  56. @Grey:

    Its just more fun when you get to watch your guys on TV regularly, cant afford the full package. I didn’t reach for anyone and resisted the urge to take Upton.

  57. d2bnz says:
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    Am I missing something here, just been offered Adam Lind for my Jay Bruce ?…….we all like upside but I can’t say no to this deal can I?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @d2bnz: They might be closer than they’re being drafted, but I’d take Lind there.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Gracie makes it fun to watch them.

  60. @Grey:

    That too. Sutton’s ok too, they have good chemistry.

  61. JoeC says:
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    S@Grey: Sure, but there’s SAGNOF and then there’s just plain blumb crazy and I think putting Capps on a team right now would be more of the second.

    Unrelated question: what do you see for Shaun Marcum and Marc Rzepczynski? (yeah, I had to look that up to spell it right)

  62. Euroalien says:
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    Thanks Grey! Sounds good…. It’ll be a “game time decision” I’m sure…

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Whoa, get a room! Joking.

    @JoeC: Nothing with upside for 3rd to 4th fantasy starter. More to come on them in starters to target tomorrow or Friday.

  64. Steve says:
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    I like the slow draft because it allows you to gather your thoughts between selections, but for crying out loud, some people just need to PICK!

  65. vinko says:
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    @Steve: Amen!

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: This is my outlet!

  67. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You know it.

  68. GTS says:
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    Who do you like better and why? B.J. Upton vs. Adam Jones? Your projects for Upton seem pretty bullish. Upton has more speed but Jones hits for a better average and more power. How close are they? You rank Upton higher than Jones but Rudy’s point shares value Jones more than Upton.

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: One’s 15/40, one’s 25/15, it’s whichever one fits better on your team. Jones seems to be better value draft-wise.

  70. GTS says:
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    @Grey: I have no team yet – it’s a choice as my 3rd keeper… Jones hits in a better spot in the lineup also. I dunno man…

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: Well, I will say that Upton’s speed isn’t going anywhere, whereas Jones could slump and he can’t prop up his value with speed as readily. So Upton’s a safer bet.

  72. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s OK now. They heard me.

  73. @Grey:

    Ha! Let me know when you and Utley are done!

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Quiet, we were just watching Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

  75. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You watch that Utley fellow. He’s likely to invite some other people along…

    We have our own Top Chef/Master Chef show here now…

  76. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: What are they cooking?

    Rotisserie Roo?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ah, that’s a good one.

  78. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The show (not Hippos’s joke, surely)? Yeah, I can take it or leave it, but somehow I always seem to end up watching it.

  79. Chris Hayes says:
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    Would you say I should drop Street? If I do should I pick up Leo Nuñez or Fernando Rodney?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chris Hayes: You shouldn’t drop him. Be good to own Nunez too though.

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