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Always one to double check his Razzbill of sale to make sure he got everything he paid for, Razzball commenter Ron Mexico’s Papi saw my post yesterday about holding tight in your fantasy baseball leagues and flipped the script to ask me about selling high.  Surely, if some guys should be held because they’re bound to revert to their old, productive selves then there must be guys who need to be sold off because there’s no way they can retain their torrid start.  Yes, definitely.  This is why I do a Fantasy Baseball Buy/Sell every Friday, not a Buy/Buy.  (Mr. Mexico also offered a few names, some of which I’m going to go over specifically in Friday’s Buy/Sell.) But first I wanted to talk about the concept of selling someone high, in general.

Baseball, fantasy and otherwise, is a great game because players do what they’re supposed to do for the most part over the long season, while having huge fluctuations from game to game.  If Nadir Bupkus is supposed to be terrible for the season, chances are he will be terrible.  Nadir may have a good game or two.  Maybe even a month.  But come October, he’s still Nadir Bupkus.  Same with talented players.  If Apex Pinnacle has shown the ability to hit well in the majors, he should be able to continue  — outside of injuries/age.  All the time players come out of nowhere and perform above their heads for a small sample size.  But as Grey’s past girlfriends have said, “Beware the small sample size.”  You need to know a player’s true worth.

Over a season, is Bonifacio someone that could hit .320 and steal 60 bases?  More than likely, no.  In fact, it’s a pipe dream.  He does have speed, but he can’t hit.  He’s shown he swings and misses and does not walk a lot.  So his value is speed.  There’s a place for that (just not at 3rd).  Now if Bonifacio lucks into a decent average, because average does have some to do luck, then yay!  Good for you.  Go buy your sister a nose job.  But you don’t pay hoping to luck into something.  So how do you know a player’s true worth?  Well, you might not.  But that’s why there’s comments…

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  1. Dave says:
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    Grey, how much are you willing to trade for Ankiels mustache? I think that thing is worth a late 3rd early 4th rounder… every time I see it I can not take my eyes off it!!

  2. wily mo says:
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    first ankiel moustache comment

  3. wily mo says:
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    damn!

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dave: If you can secure me Brady Anderson’s sideburns, it’s yours.

  5. Doc says:
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    How much is Dave Bush’s beard worth if he throws a no-hitter vs. the Phillies?

  6. Doug Ault says:
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    I was lucky enough to have recieved a very attractive trade from someone drinking the Bonifacio shnapps a few days ago.I was planning on dropping him

  7. Dave says:
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    Boom!!!! Feel the power of the STACHE!!! First mention of it 11:48, first HR by my Mr. Stache 12:11… your welcome Rick.

  8. sean says:
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    I mentioned the stache in yesterday’s comments…

  9. dtv says:
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    mike jacobs and kawakami for conor jackson and ubaldo

    should i even try to buy low on cojack and ubaldo? i need batters with less k’s and pitchers with more. 7×7 roto league. thoughts?

  10. Doug Ault says:
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    @sean: but that was so yesterday :-)

  11. Doc says:
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    Stairs breaks up Bush’s no no with a HR

  12. Dave says:
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    Atta boy sean, but my dad told me to never trust a man when his name is spelled sean instead of shawon… Dunston that is.

  13. Doug Ault says:
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    Romero has been put on the 15 day DL

  14. I’d buy low on Adam LaRoche.

    I’d sell high on Francisco Cordero.

  15. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Speaking of sell highs, some buy lows right now are Brandon Phillips and Jimmy Rollins. Wow they suck right now. I may try and trade my Stephen Drew for his Jimmy Rollins….although Drew’s been pretty bad too so far.

  16. wily mo says:
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    yeah, i don’t think drew for rollins is going to work. try scutaro for rollins.

  17. The Giant Brain says:
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    Grey, I have a giant brain, but I have trouble computing whether if someone’s hot start (oh let’s just say Orlando Hudson) is “fo realz” or if he’s just toying with my heart. Should I ride them like a donkey or ship them off to the glue factory.

  18. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @The Giant Brain: I was considering a Hudson offer straight up for Phillips to his owner.

    @wily mo: I was going to offer another carrot to get Rollins with Drew. Maybe Drew/Lind for Rollins. Problem is, I traded for Rollins last year and was pretty underwhelmed by him. He may be totally overrated at this point.

  19. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Stupid Ryan Howard was a spring training tease. Now he’s following his old pattern and starting the season slow. Turd.

  20. Zebo says:
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    Will Brandon Wood ever see the light of day?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dtv: I’d want the Jackson side.

    @The Giant Brain: Hudson is a 12/12 guy in the best case scenario with decent average and good runs.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: The Angels are a mysterious organization.

  23. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Good grief…it seriously blows going h2h with the Pujols owner.

  24. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Does Edwin Jackson start tonight? I’m worried about starting him in Disneyland.

  25. cubbies299 says:
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    Just worked out Beltran/Baker/Wang/Laroche for Bruce/Fielder in that league where i have no first baseman. I think your buy low sell high column gave me the strength i needed to close the deal

  26. Zebo says:
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    trade Derrek Lee for Ethier?

  27. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: As always, I’m blaming you, but I’ll buy you a Pina Colada if you’re right.

  28. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    By the way, when are you going to let someone write a testimonial about why they should donate to Razzball? Sure, I’ve given something like $10 over two years, (which comes out to like 1.2 cents per piece of advice), but people have to know that this advice and site are worthy of a six pack now and again.

  29. Grey

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    @cubbies299: I’m the wind beneath your wings!

    @Zebo: Sure, if you can spare a 1st baseman.

    @IowaCubs: No one’s stopping you from writing it. Wait, do I have to pay you to write it?

  30. JR says:
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    ^Good idea…

  31. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: $10 is my going rate.

  32. cubbies299 says:
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    @Grey: and so modest, too. I’m getting all fa’clempt here

  33. cubbies299 says:
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    Who’s your add? Arroyo or Shawn Hill? 14 team mixed

    Rotation is Kazmir/Lowe/Vazquez/Weaver/Verlander/Parra

  34. Steve says:
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    @IowaCubs: @Grey: Go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health
    Go play your hand you big-talkin’ man, make a big fool of yourself.

    I’m starting him too.

  35. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: I still have Ryan Howard and Votto. However, I am also trying to trade Lee for Pence. Who is better, Pence or Ethier?

  36. JR says:
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    Thoughts on a potential Brett Cecil start on Saturday?

  37. JR says:
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    I think we also need a Razzball game in which people are asked to put a series of players into a particular order from best to worst. Then Grey can tell them if they’re right or wrong. I actually try to order them before reading Grey’s response to see if I’m “getting it.”

  38. Zebo says:
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    Drop Brandon Wood for Freddy Sanchez?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: Hill

    @Zebo: Pence, Wood

    @JR: I like Cecil but I wouldn’t touch him yet in 12 team or under league.

  40. Dave says:
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    Since when are we considering Shawn Hill?

  41. Falcon says:
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    Love this post. I have a Glen Perkins for Justin Verlander trade lined up. I wanna dish Perky before he decides to return to the island. Verlander looks like an ideal buy low candidate. Classic high/low maneuver.

    Looking for a sample of opinion here:

    Is Wright for Braun an apples to apples trade?

  42. Grey

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    @Dave: Compared to Arroyo? Yeah, he’s a buy.

    @Falcon: Compared to Perkins, I like Verlander, and I don’t really like Verlander.

    Wright’s more valuable b/c of 3rd base.

  43. Joel says:
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    I hold Rollins. Not worried at all about him; his BABIP sucks right now. That won’t last.

    If someone in my league were offering a package for Rollins, it would have start with Furcal/Alexei with sweeteners (i.e. a 1st tier closer or a McClouth tier OF).

  44. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The Stick or The Swish at CI in an OBP league?

    Don’t like Johnny Cash?

  45. Schatzi says:
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    —BJ Ryan TO D.L with Bull shit injury, left trap something something.
    Look for Downs and Frasor to get save chances. Cito likes to go with what works, and both of these guys have done the job so far.
    —Brian Burres will fill in for Ricky Romero, at least for the first start anyway. Avoid this guy.

  46. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:Some of my best trades were made after inhaling ;-)

  47. big o says:
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    shields has a poor road record vs almost everyone except seattle .
    t.bay’s bats coming alive , but who on that team can hit f-her ??

    will bills pitch his game in houston ? does wandy have the edge at home ??

    edwin @ ANAHEIM will stifle abreu , but figgins may cause him fits .

    props to rudy’s line from the previous post ===> prince / collared
    funny stuff .

    @Grey:
    btw : as teammates , how do you resolve the differences of opinion on things like trades and shizz ?
    add/drops , waiver wire acquisitions have a certain “timely” element to them ,
    but , with the clock ticking during a draft , do you arm-wrestle ??
    good thing you guys have a chance to go toe to toe with your individual teams .

    am i the only reader that would love to hear about your individual “battles” ?
    cuz , the “i should have traded you harang” comment ellicited some smiles .
    come on . tell me some stories .

  48. sean says:
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    The big problem with trying to steal Rollins is that it’s going to take too much to pry this aging superstar on the decline from someone’s The Sporting News reading dead fingers.

  49. Scotty says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you think about Felipe Lopez, im in a points league counts k’s against hitters and am thinking about swapping Adam Lind for Lopez.

  50. sean says:
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    Just be glad that none of us own Hamilton or Holliday:

    Hamilton: 6/1/9/2/226
    Holliday: 3/0/10/0/273

  51. Steve says:
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    From SI.com:

    “Romero said he first felt sore after sneezing before his start at Minnesota on April 14 but was able to pitch. He was still in pain after beating Oakland on Sunday and underwent an MRI exam Wednesday that confirmed the injury.”

    Sneezing? Brilliant.

  52. Doug Ault says:
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    @sean:speak for yourself HA………..though I was able to unload Holliday a week ago

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Swisher

    @Schatzi: Thanks for the update!

    @big o: Rudy hates some of the trades I’ve made. We wrote about it a little last year. I haven’t made any trades yet. So time will tell.

    @sean: Agreed on the Rollins thing, no one’s selling him low.

    @Scotty: Yeah, go with Lopez.

  54. Ricky Bobby says:
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    Would you take the over or under of 30 steals for Bonaficio?

  55. Ricky Bobby says:
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    Kuroda vs. Randy Wolf?

    Sounds like a WWF match. Just asking who the better pitcher is.

  56. JR says:
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    The B.J. Ryan situation should be the textbook definition of being placed on the disgraceful list. The actual reason given by the Jays is “left neck muscle tightness” — i.e., injured while spinning around to watch his 86 mph fastball leave the yard. Wow.

  57. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    Rich Harden… sell high? K’s are their own stat and I already have VazKquez.

  58. BigFatHippo says:
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    Thanks for the update if you’re out there NoonTime. Hamels doesn’t look to be hurt bad.

  59. Trip Wildhack says:
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    Grey, I’ve got Rodney and a DL-ed Zumaya. After Zumaya is activated, what’s your take on whether Zumaya will become the closer, and if so, how long might it take. Hate to have Zumaya taking up a bench spot and not really contributing for too long. Thanks.

  60. Prince says:
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    Pick up Downs, drop Corpas? Or keep both and drop Baker (which would give me 5 RPs, 6 SPs – seems like lotsa SPs)?

  61. jsp2014 says:
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    If Downs takes over and keeps the closing job for Toronto, I’ll have 3 closers (Downs, Morrow, Ziegler) in a deep, competitive AL-only. Would you try to deal any of them now, or wait a month first?

  62. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Lose Romero or DL him? I’ve got Zoomaya coming back soon, I can ditch Soriano to take him off the DL and place Romero on.

  63. royce! says:
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    Whatever tickled Ricky Romero’s nose has got my DL all clogged… Should I drop Scott Lewis or Romero in order to pick up Lannan for his 2 starts next week? Yahoo 20 team h2h.

  64. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Trip Wildhack: Zoomaya’s too valuable to drop whether he becomes closer right away or not. Don’t waste all that time he spent on your DL just to drop him now.

    I think it’s time for the Tigers to quit f’in around and put him where he belongs. But then again, I’m not Jim Leyland.

  65. Grey

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    @Moonlight’s Grahams: Sell him if you can.

    @Trip Wildhack: I don’t think Zumaya’s going to be the closer until June at the earliest barring a Rodney extreme meltdown (Mmm… that sounds delicious).

    @Prince: Drop Baker.

    @jsp2014: Deal Downs after his first save or two.

    @BigFatHippo: Lose Romero. That was a deadend, dooode.

    @royce!: Lose Lewis.

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Falcon:3rd base is a scarce position unless your useing 5 of`s and utility,numbers are close but braun hasnt proved he can stay healthy yet,if healthy i see braun with 5-10 more homers but less in other cats.

  67. p0rk burn says:
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    Knee jerk reaction? A leaguemate dropped Hawkins for Rafael Soriano. Its tempting to grab Hawkins because saves are saves, but I’m already sitting on Nathan, Qualls, Corpas, and now Downs who is probably in line to pick up some saves.

    My first thought regarding this embarrassment of riches is to pick up Hawkins and deal Nathan to someone that will over value him. Discuss.

  68. brad says:
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    re: previous post, yesterday i inquired about liriano in my 14 team league and the owner’s like, “it’ll take votto plus one of your starters, and i’ll throw in stewart to take votto’s place.”

    the starters he’s talking about are shields, bedard, vasquez, harang.

    i totally balked when i first read it, and i still think that’s too much. am i way off base here?

  69. brad says:
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    oh, and wandy

  70. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Need a starter, should I roster Washburn and what do you make of JA Happ? Any chance he starts for the Phightin Phils soon?

  71. p0rk burn says:
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    @brad: I think Votto for Liriano is overpaying, let along Votto plus people. Stewart doesn’t change the math in my mind.

  72. Nick says:
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    Y. Molina was dropped in my league. Drop Napoli for him or am I being impatient.

  73. Falcon says:
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    Thanks for the tips on Wright Vs. Braun.

    Shields throwin’ meatballs down broadway to Suzuki. ouch.

  74. NoonTime says:
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    Big time rooting for E.Jack tonight…two fold… 1) I am starting him 2) I am trying to Sell him and another good start might be enough to convince another owner he is legit.

    The beauty of the Buy/Sell is one owners Buy Low is another owners Sell High. I sold Verlander after his 2nd start. I think he’s still a Sell while stuff is still being written like “On a positive note, he has 25 strikeouts to nine walks in 25 innings, so there’s some hope for a turnaround.”

  75. NoonTime says:
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    P.S. – Sorry fellow E.Jack owners for d00ming him to a crappy start but my above comment.

  76. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Nick: Yadi is in line for a huge year, and yes I’m a Homer (Doh! Grey accuses me of this every time I mention Yadi).

    Even if you don’t believe me, 80 rbi’s, you’ll see a 300 avg out of the catcher position. And it’ll cost you nothing.

  77. NoonTime says:
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    how does “by” become “but”… I suppose the u and t straddle the y…

    anyway…..still hoping Rudy comes up with a way to show all RCL trades in a link from the RCL Master Standings page

  78. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Rudy likes Happ, has him in an NL-Only league. Personally, I don’t want to start either.

  79. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Brad – I think that this is a classic case of owner’s over-valuing their own players. Votto is a stud, and I am sorry that I passed him up in several drafts. Liriano right now is an unknown quantity. The guy should be selling low. but he is dealing as if Liriano were pitching like Greinke.

  80. Ashley says:
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    Scott Downs’ plan worked.. I can hear him laughing..

  81. brad says:
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    @p0rk burn: thanks for the validation, that’s exactly what i was thinking, votto alone > liriano.

  82. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey/Rudy – Would it be possible if one of you did a post on holds? I am in a league that counts holds, and I am a bit confused as to who to go for, and what ratio of Middle Relievers vs Closers vs Starters to have on your roster. Or at least list the top 20 MR for Holds

  83. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: There’s not much left out there, we have tons of bench spots and most of us stash pitchers. I was hoping Romero had a Crackhead Hamilton year, think I’ll just DL him and watch a couple more starts after he comes off.

    Maybe wait for a Cleveland Streamer to get dropped if he sux in his first start.

  84. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Ashley: You may be on to something, bwaaahhaahha, Scott Downs, evil genius! He won’t give up another run all year, book it!!!!!!!!!

  85. sean says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: did you ever imagine the day that you would be saying someone was “pitching like greinke” and it was a good thing?

  86. p0rk burn says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: If this is sarcasm then well-played and forgive the remainder of this comment. If its not, continue reading. Grey did a post on top 20 MRs so that should do the trick. Search for it using the search window.

  87. NoonTime says:
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    Chris Davis and Ankiel go to the same School of Stache

  88. johnson21 says:
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    Chris Getz…. SB is this guy for real?

  89. matt dubya says:
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    ian stewart, carlos guillen and jon lester…worth packaging one or more of them for alexei ramirez?

  90. Dave says:
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    How long before we roster D Holland?

  91. Grey

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    @p0rk burn: If you have room, grab Hawkins and deal Downs. Not a knock on Downs, but you have enough.

    @Ashley: Hehe

    @brad: You want Votto.

    @NoonTime: Class of ’98. Same PE class.

    @johnson21: Nope

    @matt dubya: Packaged two for Alexei.

    @Dave: Depends on league.

  92. NoonTime says:
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    @p0rk burn: @Paulie Allnuts: True he did but it’s already dated. Around 5 DLs… Downs is now moved to Closer, etc. Holds are tough to predict… my thinking is you look for the MRs on better teams that get called on alot. Long relievers are no good for holds. You want the high frequency guys, not just the Setup guy. The ratio of MR to Closer to SP depends on how many slots you have. With alot of bench spots you can keep your SP on the bench, only slotting them active when they start, 3 or 4 closers should make you competitive in saves, then plug in as many MR as you can…. hopefully with decent ERA/WHIP…getting Holds and the occasional W. It would probably make sense to try to target the MR/Setup guy for your Closer if it is a good team. Nothing like double dipping with a hold and a save and you have the insurance in case the Closer gets hurt.

  93. p0rk burn says:
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    @Grey: Complicating matters is that its a holds league so Downs is worth a lot even if he isnt closing. With my pantry full of closers he’s probably worth more to me as a holds-man. The problem with playing against ignorant managers is they won’t deal for the quality players I’m trying to give them so I don’t see a Downs move any time soon.

  94. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @sean – Ha! Guess the Razzball Glossary would have to undergo a change. I would support replacing “Greink’d” with “Wang’d”- “When a pitcher gets hit so bad it makes you go a little batty.”

    @p0rk burn – Not sarcasm – guess I missed the post, and will promptly look it up.

  95. NoonTime says:
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    Question: It’s the first game after a trade you just made, and this is more applicable to pitchers… Is it more satisfying if the guy you traded for has a great game, or if the guy you traded away does his best Everybody Wang Chump Tonight?

  96. p0rk burn says:
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    @NoonTime: My usual approach from about midway through the season on is to browse the guys with the most holds and look for the low ERA/WHIP/K guys. This early in the season its hard to tell unless its a money MR. The money men of the past were Bell, Dotel, Shields, Downs. I still believe in Dotel and even drafted Downs with one of my last picks for the same reason. Compounding matters this early in the season is that the MR spots are generally where pitchers cut their teeth. Its hard to tell an actual gem from pyrite without a history to compare against two weeks.

    By the way, thanks who ever dropped Dotel in the RCL: The OG generation.

  97. p0rk burn says:
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    @NoonTime: Personally satisfying? Its a toss-up. Generally though I hope that the other side isn’t too pissed off about the deal down the road. I have plenty of people that refuse to trade with me because apparently they thought caveat emptor didn’t apply in fantasy baseball.

  98. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    beltran/wainwright or Kemp/Bills

  99. p0rk burn says:
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    kemp/bills

  100. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: grey,should i drop chris perez for zumaya

  101. Dave says:
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    Alright boys going with the buy low sell hi I was just offered Liriano for Harden… points league k’s heavilly weighted, what are your opinions?

  102. NoonTime says:
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    Anyone know why Russell Martin has “J MARTIN” on his jersey?

    Let the “Why is Torre batting Kemp 7th” begin for the night…. Martin and Loney both worthless with runners on.

  103. Dexter says:
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    Hey what do you think of a trade Pujols for Dunn and Beltran where Beltran will be replacing Francoeur?
    Also, if you have Valverde; and Hawkins and Soriano are both available who should you pick up?

  104. Funky Cold Mussina says:
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    KAZAAM! I’ve got Ryan and Romero. Escobar on my only DL spot. Should I bench both? If not, who’s the better drop?

    @Dave: I’d stick with Harden. Twins can’t win.

  105. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @NoonTime: Joe Torre = Overrated

  106. aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    Is there a word for when pitchers face free swinging lineups and throw k’s up all over the place, like whatever that Scott Richmond kid is doing against the Rangers tonight, or what Lincecum does every time he faces the Diamondbacks, or what every pitcher does against the Marlins?

  107. p0rk burn says:
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    @aconstipatedmonkey: If it were both pitchers would it be a shoot-out at the All-K Korral?

  108. BigFatHippo says:
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    @p0rk burn: The All-K Korral! Nice.

    Hopefully that’s what it will turn into in Houston tonight. Looks good so far, I got both.

  109. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’d like to say that I hope they bboth get lit up – but I have both in my H2H…

  110. p0rk burn says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @Steve: Yeah I have both in the same league. A 1-0 win for one of the pitchers would be real nice.

  111. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: @p0rk burn: Got a 1-ought loss with Shields tonight, dammit King Felix!

  112. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @p0rk burn: Same here with Shields.

    Hope Wandy keeps this up – I’ve just offered him and Sherrill to a Liriano owner…

  113. BigFatHippo says:
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    The least they could do is strike each other out ferchrissakes! What’s the all the groundouts?

    @BigFatHippo: Calm down dude, ground balls is good.

    @Creepy friend who lives in my subconscience: Thanks doode, keep me real. Just quit talking to me, that’s just wierd. No, I’m not gonna shoot up the neighborhood, quit it!

  114. Ashley says:
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    Quentin left the game after being hit by a pitch on the hand =*(

    Why even bother taking x-rays……

  115. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ashley: Ugh. Really? Did it look bad?

  116. ThirdandKing says:
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    @NoonTime- ‘The “J” is Martin’s way of paying tribute to his mother, as it represents her maiden name — Jeanson. Martin’s legal name is Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin.

    “It’s kind of cool to give her that. She deserves the recognition,” Martin said of his mother. “She’s a huge part of my life, and it’s time for me to do it.”‘

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090129&content_id=3784288&vkey=news_la&fext=.jsp&c_id=la

  117. Andrew says:
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    I had a big offer proposed to me.
    I Give:
    Raúl Ibañez
    Daniel Murphy
    Rich Harden
    Ryan Franklin
    I Get
    Ryan Ludwick
    Ricky Nolasco
    Andy Pettitte
    Kevin Gregg

    My team is this:C – B. Inge
    1B – A. Gonzalez
    2B – K. Johnson
    SS – J. Reyes
    3B – E. Longoria
    OF – B.J. Upton
    OF – J. Bruce
    OF – R Ibanez
    Util – Dan. Murphy
    BN – J. Upton
    BN – M. Reynolds
    BN – M. Weiters
    SP – CC Sabathia
    SP – R. Harden
    SP – R. Oswalt
    SP – R. Johnson
    RP – C. Qualls
    RP – R. Franklin
    P – K. Kawakami
    BN – C. Volstad
    BN – J. Sanchez

    What you think? Any help would be really appreciated. This one is really stumping me! I cannot decide how to value Harden.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Andrew: That’s like a two way chump dump. Hmm… Not really crazy about either side, but I like the side you’re getting slightly better.

  119. Steve says:
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    Incredible – Jenks and Sherrill both emerge from a non-save situation completely unscathed.

  120. Ashley says:
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    @Grey: Didn’t see it.. Hopefully Quentin is just a baby and it’s nothing serious.

    But if he broke anything, atleast it’s April… And atleast I have Ibanez on the bench… And atleast I traded Quentin for Markakis in my other keeper league.

    It’s all my fault.. For getting joy out of BJ Ryan’s downfall.. Bad karma never wastes time in biting me in the ass.

  121. Pops says:
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    Chris Davis homers to narrow the gap. Soon, he will be homering to widen the gap. Somewhere, Mark Reynold nods in approval. Take that “chief.”

  122. p0rk burn says:
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    On the bright side Cantu took a pitch to the back of the hand a few weeks ago and only missed a week. Those x-rays could mean at least 6 additional weeks without CQ. No, not this @CQ.

  123. p0rk burn says:
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    Damn the @ ruins the whole thing. I’ll never make partner with errors like this!

  124. big o says:
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    bills finishes the 6th , using 82 pitches thus far .

  125. Pops says:
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    @royce!: One of Lannan’s starts next week comes at CBP against the Phillies. Koko B. Ware.

  126. NoonTime says:
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    @ThirdandKing: thanks for the scoop… the slackers who put together the WWL player card info only listed “Russell Nathan Coltrane Martin”

  127. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: Efficient, I like that, big fan of doing things the easy way.

    I don’t carry the trash down the steps, toss it out the window and carry it 2 feet to the truck. Laziness works efficiently.

  128. Schatzi says:
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    I was thinking of dealing Bedard, D.Lee, F.Lopez and R.Soriano for C.Pena, Mauer, Ethier and Dotel. Think that will fly? If it were to get rejected, would you still do that deal if I changed R.Soriano to H.Bell?

    I could also add in my M.Ordonez for his Liriano.

    Ps:Rios has mojo back.

  129. p0rk burn says:
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    @Schatzi: I wouldn’t but thats partly because I’m convinced Bedard is going to kill this year. And Pena and I sort of have beef. He didn’t take too kindly to some things I said to him at a Marlins game a year or two ago. I think adding Maggs for Liriano tips things even more towards overpaying, but if you need to fill needs then do what you need to do.

  130. Joe S. says:
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    Is me giving V mart for soto and J johnson reasonable?

  131. Steve says:
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    Don’t f*** it up, Broxton…

  132. Tom says:
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    Just got offered Liriano and Al-Ram for Lowell, Hardy and Wainwright. Quick, what do I do? I’m thinking no, because people are really starting to bite on lowell, and if he’s healthy, this is what he does.

  133. Dumbmutt says:
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    Dry Humps B.Inge….

  134. Tom says:
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    Steve, we’re watchin the same game, and I had the exact same thought when I saw that dude’s face. Adam Jones will always be a nominee.

  135. Steve says:
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    @Tom: He seems happy with his lot.

  136. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tom: Tell him how good Lowell’s gonna be and ask for another piece. Whatever you need, then do the trade. I like it.

    @Dumbmutt: Hehe, I’ll hunch his leg if he hits another.

  137. Tom says:
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    Is Wainwright/Hardy for Liriano/Al-Ram a bad trade? And what if I have to throw Andy Laroche in there to sweeten it? (I have loads of 3B on my bench for some reason)

  138. Tom says:
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    Thanks

  139. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Me like Adam Jones, smoke a bowl, go out and rake. He looks good in my Util spot, want him? It’ll cost ya.

  140. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tom: Do it, throw Andy in, he means nothing.

  141. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: yeah i like him,and ill take all the crap inge gives me,i got a hold of some bad crack last night just cant remember her name,whooooraaaa

  142. royce! says:
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    @Pops: @Pops: That’s an excellent point. But, now that I look into it, the Phillies OPS against lefties hasn’t been great so far this year. I think I might take my chances, what with this being a 20 team league. The thrill of victory is that much sweeter when you risk it all. And by risk it all I mean start a Nationals pitcher.

  143. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    For my bench spot, Zimmerman, Atkins or R. Soriano for saves.

  144. p0rk burn says:
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    @Joe S.: Totally. Worst case scenario you find a replacement for Soto on the off-chance he sucks it up. JJ is worth getting, JJ + Soto > V-Mart from my point of view. Everyone else can feel free to disagree.

  145. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Pops: Davis also batted 6th tonight in addition to that Dinger.

  146. Pops says:
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    @royce!: Last time I started an opposing pitcher @ CBP it got ugly. Yah, I’m talking about you, Chris Young. The fact that you are playing in a 20 team league changes things just a little bit. I’m rostering a Nationals pitcher, he goes by the name of J. Zimm. I also like to live dangerously.

  147. Pops says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: It’s about time for Crush Davis to “announce his presence with authority.” I’m Nook LaLoosh, and I approve this message.

  148. Ashley says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Drunk trucker

  149. Endless Summer says:
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    Anyone have good ideas for players to stash in a DL spot? Jed Lowrie, Jake Westbrook…?

  150. Harley says:
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    @Grey: Should I be worried about AB’s for Gardner with the 2 HR game Melky pulled out of his ass the other night?

    Also, I know Downs has been incredible lately, and we don’t know how long Ryan will be out, so would you take a flier on Jason Frasor if Downs is already picked up in a 15 team deep league?

  151. James says:
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    In the early stages of this season, Davis has refined his approach off the plate, which is a good sign. The problem seems to be he can’t make contact in the zone, which probably won’t continue. In addition, he is hitting fly balls at a higher rate this season. Could Davis be trying to live up to the lofty HR projections set by many pundits? As a result, since he is swinging for the fences, he is missing strikes he usually hit for line drives in the past? If so, I assume he will make adjustments and be better going forward.

    What do you guys think?

  152. p0rk burn says:
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    @James: I think he’s a .260 hitter. He swings for the fences. Sometimes he misses. Sometimes they go out. See Uggla, Dan.

  153. Grey

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    @James: Davis had K rates in the minors that equaled or surpassed Dunn. He Ks a lot. He also hits a lot of line drives and HRs. He’ll be fine. Long season. All that jazz.

  154. anoraxx says:
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    I just offered Conor Jackson for Alexei Ramirez. I don´t think my bait will be eaten, but, hey, I am just giving a shot at it. He might be quite frustrated with the way Alexei has played so far. Though, Conor is not probably enough.

  155. Grey

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    @anoraxx: Be nice to get Alexei there, but, yeah, probably won’t happen.

  156. yoshinorimike says:
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    @Grey: do you put much credence in BABIP watching for normalization, perhaps even for sell/buy opportunities?

    For example Danks and Edwin Jackson, while doing well, have microscopic BABIPs in the .160 range, totally unsustainable.

    While Verlander, Nolasco and Razzball punching bag Cliff Lee, all currently in crappy territory, have sky high BABIPs in the .390+ range. (I believe normal territory is in the .300 range?)

    Have you (or anyone) found this to be a useful tool at all?

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