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So it’s not really the 2nd half mark in the fantasy baseball season, but it’s the All-Star Break so what else are we going to talk about?  The newest Real World?  Why would you put them in Cancun and then say they can’t drink in public?  Go put restrictions on the castmates of 16 and Pregnant and leave the Real Worlders alone.  As with all of the other 2009 fantasy baseball rankings, take this list with a grain of salt.  If you need a 2nd baseman, but an outfielder is above him that doesn’t mean you can’t trade the outfielder for the 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball.  Daily.  I could put Albert Pujols number one on the top 50 list for the second half of 2009 and he could get injured tomorrow.  Then he wouldn’t be number one.  See how that works.  This list is a roadmap for where I think guys are valued.  It’s not the Holy Grail in the Church of Grey, that would be my ‘stache.  This list is NOT (Caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) where I see guys ending up if you were to take the first half and combine it with the 2nd half of their season. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today. So while Carlos Quentin did not have a solid first half, he will appear on this list because I think he can play in the 2nd half.  Anyway, here’s the top 50 for fantasy baseball for the 2nd half:

1. Albert Pujols – Pujols, a God amongst Schumakers.

2. Hanley Ramirez – Ah, how nice it would be to own Hanley and not have to worry about the shortstop schmohawk behind door number three.

3. Chase Utley – Already dropping a head turner on ya, huh?  At 2nd base, he’s putting up better numbers than Miggy C., Ryan B, BBD and The East Coast family.  I have no problem with Utley ranking 3rd.  Do you?

4. Miguel Cabrera – Let’s stop with the “Ooh…No Wright?” right now.  He’s not showing up for a bit.

5. Ryan Braun – Big fan of the Hebrew Hammer.  He’s one of those players that can go into a two month zone.

6. Tim Lincecum – Could easily be the most valuable fantasy player (not just pitcher) at the end of the year.

7. Mark Teixeira – Drink some PABST (Post-All-Star Break Teixeira).

8. Prince Fielder – See Howard, Ryan or 1/8th of an inch below.

9. Ryan Howard –  One of those guys that could be in an 1-for-75 slump and I’d still rank himself higher than he deserves.  Simply because he’s one of the few guys capable of a 15 homer month.

10. Carl Crawford – Do I think he slows down in the 2nd half?  Who am I, Ms. Cleo?  I don’t know, but there’s few players that can give you 10 homers, 30 steals and a .300 average in the 2nd half.  Crawford’s one.

11. Evan Longoria – For the past month, he’s been an embarrassment to himself and Tony Parker, but I have more faith in him for the 2nd half than David Wright.

12. Ian Kinsler – The whole “Never played more than 130 games” weighed on this ranking.  So, yes, he is currently out-hitting a few of the guys before him.  I realize that.

13. Justin Morneau – In the preseason, I worried Morneau’s power wouldn’t come around.  It has.

14. David Wright – Becoming a fantasy baseball Public Enemy because he feels the need to Fight the Power.

15. Roy Halladay – Even if he gets traded his value will be about the same.  Unless he goes to the Padres, but that seems unlikely since they traded their number three hitter for a bag of buttered popcorn.

16. Johan Santana - Not pitching nearly as well as he has in the past, and still on pace for 200 Ks, 17 Wins and a 3 ERA.

17. Matt Kemp – On pace for 20/40, batting .300 and serious Daddy issues because Torre won’t love him.

18. Jason Bay – Good chance of being a top 5 outfielder the rest of the way.  Chowdah!

19. CC Sabathia – This high ranking is partially predicated on his 2nd half last year.  And partially because I have a soft spot for fat guys.

20. Alex Rodriguez – While David Wright puts up Ichiro numbers, A-Rod seems more and more appealing.

21. Mark Reynolds – Having him this high is a bit silly for a guy that strikes out as much as him, but you know what?  Mark Reynolds makes people do silly things.  Just the other day, I mailed a pizza and ate my telephone bill.

22. B.J. Upton – Really has no business being this high either, but when I tried to find someone who was capable of a 10/25 2nd half, I came up with Upton.

23. Lance Berkman – Relevant of nothing, if Berkman and Fred Savage had a kid, it would look like the host of Man vs. Food.

24. Curtis Granderson - As I learned in the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston, when you have so many 1st and 3rd basemen that give you no speed, it’s important to get outfielders that give you both.  School’s out, Alice Cooper!

25. Joey Votto – .342 since his return.  I could see him getting more value than this ranking.  I heart Votto.

26. Josh HamiltonJosh Willingham had a better 1st half than Hamilton.  I’m not a fan of Hamilton, but I think he can beat Willingham in the 2nd half.

27. Zach Greinke – He’s relatively low compared to where you might think he belongs but he had a 4.05 ERA in June and 3.75 in July.  You haven’t noticed those numbers because he made love to your eyes in April and May.

28. Justin Upton – No reason why he can’t do it over the whole year, it’s just that he hasn’t done it before so there’s some risk involved.

29. Jacoby Ellsbury – Wholesale version of Crawford.

30. Jimmy Rollins – I know he was crizzap in the first half.  This isn’t about the 1st half.

31. Grady Sizemore – I’ll move him up to the first round again next year when he enters Spring Training healthy.

32. Brandon Phillips – Not really dazzling anyone, but there’s value in 10+/10+ and solid Runs and RBIs from your 2nd baseman.

33. Carlos Lee – I don’t buy Chuck Lee’s done, but he also hasn’t hit more than 6 homers in any month in two years.

34. Raul Ibanez – He’s been historically better in the 2nd half and should be healthy for the start of it.  Then throw he’s either on steroids or out to prove he’s great without steroids…

35. Manny Ramirez – Without his female hormone pills, he’s looked fine… If a bit emotional.

36. Joe Mauer – Three homers since June 3rd.  I’m convinced that when he hit 11 homers in May, he had a cortisone shot like the world hasn’t seen since Upton’s playoff cortisone shot.

37. Nick Markakis – In 2007, he hit for good power in the 2nd half (14 Hrs), but he didn’t follow that up in 2008 (6 Hrs).  Markakis is making a good case for dropping to the 3rd outfielder tier.

38. Alex Rios – Weird how Markakis and Rios are forever linked in rankings.  They’re not really that alike, but they always seem like they have similar, unfulfilled expectations.

39. Dustin Pedroia – I don’t think Pedroia’s necessarily going to throw Papi and Youuuk on his back again this year.  He had a huge 2nd half last year – 51/8/36/.345/11, but the power doesn’t seem there this year.

40. Ichiro Suzuki – I don’t know why I can’t get behind Ichiro. I love sushi. Love!  I once dated a Japanese girl, which turned out miserably, but other than my current girlfriend, they all end badly, right?  I mean, at some point in every relationship you gotta say, “The sound of your breathing irritates me.  Let’s breakup.”

41. Chad Billingsley – I believesley.

42. Matt Holliday – I’d really like to know what happened to all of the people that said Holliday was money no matter where he played.  That collective voice got real quiet.

43. Adrian Gonzalez – He hit 4 homers in June, zero in July.

44. Carlos Quentin – This ranking is more that I want to believe than I do believe.

45. Nate McLouth – Good for 10/10/.270 in the 2nd half, but not good for much more.

46. Justin Verlander – More than a K/IP and has actually been unlucky in the 1st half.

47. Javier Vazquez – A real bargain this low.  Nearly 140 Ks going into the All-Star Break is nothing to sneeze at.  Unless you’re allergic to productive starters.

48. Adam Dunn – Sometimes you need nothing but homers.  For those times, call on Dunn.

49. Shin-Soo Choo – Headed for a 90/20/90/.300/20 season.  I will call him, Asian Torii Hunter.

50. Alfonso Soriano – I’d love to sit here (and I am sitting) and tell you all will be fine with Soriano.  Unfortunately, he’s pushing 40-something and his body’s breaking down quicker than you can say Vladimir Guerrero.  Free swingers just don’t age well.  For what it’s worth, swingers don’t age well either.

51. Aramis Ramirez – Aramis smells like risk to me, but could pay dividends if he can have a hot August/September like he did last year.

52. Brian McCann – His Eyeglass Fiasco™ might help keep him fresher in the heart of the summer.

53. Shane Victorino – 43/9/29/.311/14 in the 2nd half last year.

54. Robinson Cano – Notoriously a 2nd half hitter and this year he’s actually done well in the 1st half.  Put it together and you’ll have an overrated 2nd baseman next year.

55. Victor Martinez – Might be able to keep the Ghosts of 2nd Halfs Past at bay if he plays more games at 1st.

56.  Aaron Hill – .245 in June, .204 so far in July.  But he still would’ve been in front of Cano if it wasn’t for Cano’s 2nd half history.

57. Kevin Youkilis – Currently less productive than the Kung Fu Panda.

58. Brian Roberts – Usually a big ol’ plate of 2nd half bleh.

59. Carlos Pena – Looking more and more like a Latino Dave Kingman.

60. Dan Haren – In 2006, 3.53 ERA in the 1st half, 4.91 ERA in the 2nd half.  In 2007, 2.30 ERA in the 1st, 4.15 ERA in the 2nd.  In 2008, 2.72 ERA in the 1st half, 4.19 ERA in the 2nd half.  Cust kayin’.

61. Torii Hunter – Member what Berkman did in the 1st half last year?  Yeah, Hunter just did that.  Member what Berkman did in the 2nd half of last year?  Yeah, me neither.

62. Felix Hernandez – With a little Win Karma, at the end of the year he could be right there for the AL Cy Young too.  F-Her good, wordplay bad.

63. Carlos Beltran – How did I place him so low?  I went through every single player and tried to decide whether I’d want them over Beltran.  When I got to Jeter, I stopped.

64. Derek Jeter – This year he was probably so overrated that he ended being underrated which could lead to him being actually overrated next year.  If that makes any sense.

65. Jon Lester – SAT Question of the Day, June ERA was 1.85, July ERA was 0.61, August ERA will be?  (Answer is: Negative something.)

66. Stephen Drew – Drew’s currently filling in for my one time love of Alex Gordon for The Guy That Grey Unjustifiably Overrates in His Rankings.

67. Josh Beckett – Throw out his April 7.72 ERA and he’d currently have a 2.10 ERA on the year. Zoinks!

68. Bobby Abreu – Currently putting up Damon numbers.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

69. Johnny Damon –  *Damon finishes reading Bobby Abreu’s blurp*  Damon, “Hey, thanks, Grey!”

70. Jose Reyes – I’m more worried about Reyes than I am about Beltran because so much of his value comes from his legs.

71. Jermaine Dye – He’s on pace for 100/35/100/.300.  That’s better than a lot of people listed above him.  Not sure why, but no one ever wants the safe number two outfielder.  Maybe it’s like how you want a lady in the street and a freak in the sheets.  Dye can never be that freak you want.

72. Jonathan Broxton – Current number one closer in my book.  But my book is titled, “I’d Never Draft A Number One Closer.”

73. Josh Johnson – Brother is the porn star, Gosh Johnson.

74. Ryan Ludwick – Where’s Vlad?  Hmm…

75. Edwin Jackson – Just for the fact that he made my top 100 of the 2nd half.  Wow.  The fact he made the list and Oswalt didn’t.  Wow, wow.  Listed before Hamels?  Triple wow.

76. Jonathan Papelbon – Absolutely fine as a closer. Which puts him in the tallest midget category.

77. Hunter Pence – Probably will get hot for a month and finish with a 24/15 line.  Solid, but he’s at 11/9 right now.

78. Nelson Cruz – Can Ron Washington really sit a guy who’s on pace for 35/20?  Not really rhetorical, cause I think Washington can do that.  Hopefully he doesn’t.

79. Francisco Rodriguez/Joe Nathan – Third and fourth tallest midgets.  I combined them, because I didn’t want to waste anymore spots on closers.

80. Adam Wainwright – Should finish the year with a 3.50 ERA and 180 Ks.

81. Jered Weaver – Making his move to being a number one starter for next year.  Hopefully the Angels miss the playoffs or are eliminated quickly so Weaver doesn’t put too many innings on his arm.

82. Alexei Ramirez – He’s actually hitting better this year in the 1st half.  Could have a big 2nd half.

83. Cole Hamels – Maybe the innings have finally caught up to him.  Best thing that could happen for Hamels is he’s shutdown early this year for a strong 2010.

84. James Shields – I keep waiting for Shields to give me a complete game shutout with ten Ks and I continue to be disappointed.  Just have to remember Shields is not a dominant pitcher.  Solid, just not dominant.

85. Ryan Zimmerman – With zero steals this year, safe to say the Nats are not running him for fear of an injury.  This greatly reduces his value.

86. Troy Tulowitzki – Can hitzki 12 homers after the break and throw in 10 more steals.  That would give him 28/20 on the year.

87. Chipper Jones – About 70 games left on the schedule for the Braves.  Chipper sees light in maybe 40 of them.  But he still has more homers left in his bat than most.

88. Jayson Werth – Numbers are a bit inflated going into the ASB because he went caca-cuckoo last week with 5 homers.

89. Matt Cain – Soon his regression is going to mean he’s regressing from a 2.38 ERA to a 3.00 ERA.

90. Yovani Gallardo - His walks are outta control.  If it wasn’t for his Ks, I would’ve dropped him out of the top 100 completely.

91. Ricky Nolasco – In his last six starts, 49:5 K:BB.

92. Wandy Rodriguez – The Wandwagon rolls on.

93. Jorge Cantu – Jump in my Sidecar Of Optimism because Cantu has no business being ranked anywhere in here.  In July, August and September combined of last year, he hit 15 homers.

94. Pablo Sandoval – In the preseason, I almost said Sandoval reminded me of Edgar Martinez because he’s a high average hitter with a power hitter’s build.  And that’s me putting words in my mouth!

95. A.J. Burnett – As most of youse know, I’m not a big Burnett fan.  I almost put Lackey here instead of Burnett, but the more I looked at 2nd half trends, the more I decided Burnett deserved this spot.  Now watch him burn(ett) me.

96. Michael Bourn – SAGNOF!

97. David Price – I know he’s been terrible in the 1st half.  Put it behind you.  You’re not trading for that.  You need alligator blood when you check raise to the bettor.

98. Adam Jones – I could’ve put Nyjer Morgan or Denard Span here, but who wants to read about them?  You want to read about how they could’ve been put here but weren’t.  Yeah, now that’s exciting.

99. Andre Ethier – His 2008 2nd half was so great that I had to put him on the list.  So, here he is.

100. Ben Zobrist – Zo!

101. Whoever Wins You The Championship – It’s now or never, people!  Make your move or lose.

From Around The Web

  1. Anonymous says:
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    Fielder should be even higher. He’s second in RBI, has the fourth most HR in the majors, is hitting well above .300, and is showing a career breakout in plate discipline and walks – all despite getting off to a seriously awful start to the season.

    And he even stole a base!

  2. TheGreatVeto says:
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    Thats about as accurate of a Jeter-valuation you can find, props!

  3. Steve says:
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    Great list young fella. Dragged me away from my vacay. Haren and Ibanez too much for Braun, or should Haren on his own be enough?

  4. emporers monkey says:
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    Im glad I traded Fielder away for Teixeira now. God I F’ing hate that guy!!

  5. d2bnz says:
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    I’m really pleased that you included S Drew and overated in the same sentence , nuff said

  6. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Steve: i’d try for just haren, then i’d try pairing haren with guys who aren’t having career years.

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Wow. According to this list I shouldn’t change a thing on my team. My entire starting offense is here, plus one backup in Pence, 4 of my SP’s, and my closer. Guess I can just sit tight barring injury. Thanks for the list Grey.

  8. SRM says:
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    Not sure where to start. Well, thanks. Questions later. Got me with Gosh Johnson.

  9. DrEasy says:
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    “He made love to your eyes” wasn’t too bad either.

  10. Great list, Grey. This gives me lots to think about going forward.

    @Anonymous: Fielder is a monster, but keep in mind that he’s at 22HR and 78RBI already. Do you really see him doubling those numbers? He’s shown he can get to/top 44 HR, but 156 RBI? Really?

    My guess is he has 20 more taters and 47 more ribbies, to end around 42HR and 125RBI. A great season, no doubt, but you might want to think about selling high. Remember Josh Hamilton….

    One of the hardest/most important things to do at halftime is try and flip your overachievers. This means Ibanez, Hill, maybe even Justin Upton if you have the stomach for it. Think about where these guys might reasonably end up and how much of that you still stand to reap. If you’ve already got 2/3 of their expected production, sell.

    For example, there is no way in high heaven or earth that Aaron Hill hits 40 bombs. I’ll put the over/under at 32, and take the under.

  11. anoraxx says:
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    Nice to have player #3,4 and 8 on one of my teams. On the other hand, it would be nice to see Wright and Beltran higher.

  12. Suck My Wieters says:
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    Grey,

    Adam Jones that low? I dunno if I agree with that, if Rios is that high, he for sure needs to be higher.

  13. johnson21 says:
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    Can you rate these pitchers in order of most importance to least:

    Ervin Santana, Jonathan Sanchez, Dice-K, Blanton, Stauffer, Pedro Gracias, amigo!

    Also, Garrett Jones or none other than…. Alex Gordon?

  14. @Grey: Latino Kingman, Asian Hunter (sounds funnier w/o Torii), swinger aging issues, I could go on…great stuff and a template for two days of trade offers! Any hope for your one time love Gordon to reach maybe an overall Zimmermanish level, or has that hyped prospect ship sailed?

  15. MJB says:
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    I continue to have 4 1B/3Bs and only 3 places to play them (A-Rod, Berkman, Votto, & Reynolds). This is a Keeper 5×5 12-team and its looking like Berkman has no value. I’ve been rejected in straight-up deals of Berkman for: Hamels, Granderson, Markakis, Manny, Beckett, Kemp.

    If you were to move Votto or Reynolds which would you ditch and what kind of OF/SP would be your minimum in return? I have a huge hole at OF and SP and its killing me that I can’t move Berkman to fill it.

  16. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop Harang for Price?

  17. Mr_Punch says:
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    I wouldn’t trust Aramis. Did anyone see him swing awkwardly at a bad pitch and then wince his way down the first base line with his left arm held tight to his body on Sunday night? I saw that and said to myself, “Can I trade this guy for Casey McGehee?”

  18. ichirosan says:
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    So, assuming by your comment on the Adam Jones section… is Nyjer Morgan going to outproduce Juan Rivera in the second half?

  19. anoraxx says:
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    Makes me sad seeing Adam Jones that low as well since he is on all of my teams but I think that´s about right given his mediocre production since June.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TheGreatVeto: Thanks!

    @Steve: Haren and a throw-in might do it. Ibanez is too much.

    @Suck My Wieters: Rios hit 3 homers and stole 9 bases last month. Jones hasn’t done anything in 2 months. But they are closer then they appear.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks!

    @johnson21: Jones — Blanton, Stauffer…

    @zombie: Gordon’s coming back in time to start wrestling my love away again.

    @MJB: Maybe get a Ibanez for one from an owner who’s worried he’s not going to come back?

    @Mr. Rickey: I wouldn’t.

    @ichirosan: He might.

  21. david says:
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    Two days ago, I traded Haren and Garrett Jones for Braun. Don’t know what Garrett’s gonna do, but I’m suspicious of Haren in the second half. Maybe he gets a tired arm or loses focus when the games don’t matter. His ERA / WHIP splits pre and post-All Star break show a dramatic difference and it’s happened the last three years. Braun’s money.

    Question: For an NL-only league, Util: Dickerson, Pagan, or Fox?

  22. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Mr_Punch: I think that’s a little premature to not trust Aramis already after his 1st week back from the DL. I did see his arm go limp but nothing came from it and he’s getting 3 days off now to rest it. He may not hit as many HR’s as in the past during the 2nd half, but I’m betting on a strong BA and plenty of RBI ops since he’ll have guys on base all the time. The Cubs have too much talent on offense for them not to start scoring in the 2nd half.

  23. Mr Baseball says:
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    Now we all know what you do doing the All Star Break – beyond the call of duty – no whammy here just big bucks

  24. Pops says:
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    Baron hit it on the head. Selling your overachievers is hard to do. With that being said, do you think that we’ve gotten 2/3rds production out of Adam Lind?

  25. Mr Baseball says:
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    how come I am the only one on the Kevin Youkilis bandwagon – he makes a great 3rd base dude in fantasy sports – consitance numbers
    Yooooouuuuukkkkk – youk once used – High Karate’s cologne “be careful how you use it – I will take him over Aramis Ramirez

    Guy Fieri says Youk is money !

    http://blog.masslive.com/redsoxmonster/2008/01/medium_youkslumpbuster.jpg

  26. Dingo says:
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    No Carpenter? Are you betting on him getting injured again? I’m not complaining, mind you — my main competitor owns him.

    Also, I liked how you called Vazquez a bargain on your own list. He’s destined to underperform his expected value, even on ranking lists!

  27. Grey

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    @Mr Baseball: Guy Feiri — ha!

    @Dingo: I don’t trust him to stay healthy, but he’s not much passed the top 100. There’s just so much room.

  28. @Pops: I know I keep beating the sell drum, using Hamilton ’08 as the go-to example…

    so here’s another one from ’08. We’ll do it What’s My Line style:

    At the ’08 ASB, I was hitting .286 with 23 bombs, 58 runs and 59 RBIs, which made me one of the most valuable MIs out there. I was vastly overdelivering on my late-round draft ADP, and while most observers agreed my avg would go down, the power was for real and I seemed destined for a breakout career season.

    If you sold me at the ASB, you likely got a top-ten starter or stud OF plus a closer in return. If you kept me you got, post-ASB:

    .226, 39R, 9HR, 33 RBIs

    i.e. a big bouquet of waiver-level barf-salad.

    Who am I?

    BONUS HINT: I finished the year at .260, 32HR and 92RBI, which is pretty much what an upside-optimistic pre-season guess might have been. However, too many owners saw my 23 donks at the break and had visions of 40 dancing in their heads.

    In a related story, if you own Mark Reynolds and can get a ransom for him, I’d ship him out now. His final numbers will be great. His second half numbers might look a lot like the ones above. High K guys tend to disappear for months at a time — they fall into (pinkie to mouth) a K-hole.

  29. Mr Baseball says:
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    Pablo Sandoval – this is the first time I looked at Kung Fu Panda’s numbers – I am impressed – they seem to get better every week

    I would have been interested in drafting him but I felt he went way to high in a draft for a catcher with no track record I was not sure if he would put up the numbers to be an everyday 3rd baseman in fantasy sports – it turned out that Geovany Soto and Russell Martin were the Catchers that went too high in the draft – the good thing is that I punt the Catcher position and take what is left so when Brandon Inge started hitting a few bombs – he became my catcher in most leagues

  30. Bob says:
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    So, who gets the better side of Pujols and Matt Holliday for Ellsbury, Hawpe and J.P. Howell.?

  31. Jimmy Key says:
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    Seriously? No Adam Lind?

  32. GYM says:
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    Damn you Mr. Albright! I recall asking in the forums to hold either Ludwick or Hart and you said Hart yet RL makes this list and not CH. You also told me to trade JRoll away for Jeter yet JRoll is 30 spots higher on this list than Jeet. Me=Confused. Are you sure you’re not my buddy who’s my fantasy nemesis in disguise?

  33. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Bob: Do you really need to ask that question?

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: utley? if so, remember utley’s injury slowed him in the 2nd half.

    what’s the thoughts on nelson cruz? i’ve tried to move him, but don’t have any believers. i’m just hoping for regular ABs, a .260ish avg, 15ish HRs, and another 8-10 SBs.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m hoping the K-hole doesn’t happen until the end of September.

    @Mr Baseball: Nice

    @GYM: I’m sure there was a reason for those moves. Maybe it was a few weeks ago when Ludwick looked in trouble and Rollins was benched. Jeter’s better at certain categories than Rollins and Hart was nearly in the list, but I needed to squeeze other names in. He’s not that far off from Ludwick.

  36. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Mr_Punch: As an owner of Aramis, I think that you have to have some concern. He looked like he still belongs on the DL, and that he was brought back too soon. Hope I am wrong.

    @Grey: Solid list, and I, as well as a good number of Razzballers, will use the list as a template. The only differences I may have is in placement – Drew sounds a bit high, AROD somewhat low – I believe that he leads the AL in home runs and RBI since he came back, and now he is over the rust, and playing in jetstream bandbox. I think that he will hit something close to 25 home runs in the second half. I own Carlos Lee in two leagues, and think that your rating is based a bit on faith. And, despite his predisposition towards injury, Carp has been outstanding. But overall, outstanding.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Without looking up stats, sounds like Uggla to me.

  37. @Paulie Allnuts: I am currently wrestling with the moral question of Do I Acquire A-Rod?

    On the one hand, I think the combo of talent + bandbox + injury worries means a big second half for buy-lowers.

    On the other hand: Baron Hate A-Rod.

  38. Frank Rizzo says:
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    One nitpick to the list here….Since Aubrey Huff was featured for his 2nd half ability earlier, I’m kind of surprised he can’t at least be considered over a Jorge Cantu on this list.

  39. MattA says:
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    @GYM: Thanks Grey for helping me rip off my buddies!! :)

  40. B-G-O says:
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    I’m impressed you included Bourn in your top 100, as he’s turned into a pretty solid major leaguer and, more importantly, a useful fantasy player. My quibble is listing him as a mere SAGNOFer. I’m not sure I wouldn’t take him over Ellsbury, who is much higher on your list.

    AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
    Ellsbury: 333 47 99 13 3 5 29 133 23 33 40 7 .347 .399 .297
    Bourn: 332 57 95 15 8 3 25 135 38 72 32 8 .360 .407 .286

  41. Robert says:
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    Would Aramis Ramirez for Sabathia be decent? I have Wright and can’t trade him. I need power and a top notch pitcher. Not sure if Aram is going to hit for power the rest of the way. It does concern me to trade for a guy with so many innings the last few years.

  42. Tony G says:
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    Grey,

    I am currently weighing a deal that would get me Chone, Ellsbury and Soria in return for Ethier, Huff and K. Wood.

    This is a H2H points league – it might be good to know that SB’s are just worth 1 point (I am obviously getting a lot of speed in this deal). For what it’s worth, so far, Chone (243) and Ellsbury (240) have outscored Ethier (242) and Huff (210).

    Should I make this deal? Chone and Ellsbury seem like the safer play, but taking into consideration what Huff and Ethier did in the 2nd half last year, I am scared to pull the trigger.

    (obviously, getting Soria to replace Wood is just gravy)

  43. B-G-O says:
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    Shit – sorry for the user unfriendly stat comparison. Was hoping that would work…

  44. Denys says:
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    broxton handcuff? dude apparently has a nervous toe.

  45. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m not a fan of AROD, but one of my better moves in one H2H league was drafting him late in the second round – I drafted Poohols #1. H2H is all about September, and AROD is fine in Sept; it is only in October that he chokes. I often thought of how I would react if Barroid Bonds or Clemens came back – would I take them? It would have been a moral dilemna as well. But the more I play fantasy sports, the more amoral it appears that I am becoming. I am not proud of it, but there it is. I think that I am taking Leo the Lip’s motto to heart: “Nice Fantasy Players finish last.”

  46. Rob says:
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    great list to get us ready for the second half. We are in Charleston and have interns from the College of Charleston working on some projects. We cracked reading your post today about the fantasy baseball C of C. In 2nd place in a 16 team league because of your insights/thoughts. Keep kicking butt.

  47. black love says:
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    Matt Latos is getting called up for the Padres game against the Rockies this sunday, according to Rotoworld anyway.
    I guess you never know with rookie pitchers but it is at Petco.
    But he has been Scouted by the Unknown!!
    What the F- is Yahoo’s deal with not adding call ups ASAP or sometimes not even until after they start playing??

  48. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Does this mean that I get Casey at the Bat McGehehehe as a lifetime keeper in Razzball leagues?

  49. Bob says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I know. It’s just that I woke up this morning with that ridiculous trade offer and wanted to make sure I wasn’t totally insane or found out later that Albert’s elbow had exploded last night. Sorry for taking up the space on the website.

  50. Grey

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    @B-G-O: They are pretty close. Just the unfortunate part about ranking pitchers with hitters. Lots to squeeze in.

    @Robert: Aramis can easily hit for more power than Wright in the 2nd half. It’s a fair trade though.

    @Tony G: That’s a huge deal for speed. Also, it’s a huge loss in power. Can you afford it? Not crazy about the deal, but in a points league I guess it’s fair.

    @Denys: Troncoso

    @Rob: Nice

    @black love: Yeah, saw that about Latos.

  51. Scott says:
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    So, knowing/assuming Haren and Cain will slide, should they be on the list? I nominate Kershaw. Unless of course the Dodgers can hold on to their big lead and Torre throws him every 7th or 8th day to save him for the postseason. Please Joe!

    Hard to believe, but if the Dodgers don’t add a reliever or two, I don’t think they will win the division. Broxton’s toe scares me, Megatron can’t throw 120 innings, and who knows how Belisario will feel after a month off, when this was his latest quote about his elbow: “It almost felt the way it did when I had to have Tommy John surgery.” Very frustrating that a team that needs Halladay so badly can’t get him because Paul DePodesta was the worst drafter in the history of baseball. They have no prospects to trade for himIf only Dan Evans stuck around for a few more years…

    In the span of 3 years Evans drafted Edwin Jackson, Loney, Broxton, R Mart, Billingsley, and Kemp and signed Vlad before McCourt’s cheap ass rejected the deal.

  52. Grey

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    @Scott: Yeah, that’s a solid core of guys that he drafted. re: Kershaw — If he could get past the 6th inning in back to back games, I would’ve moved him up.

  53. Andy says:
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    My Haren with Juan Rivera for his Lincecum or my Haren with Hart for his Lincecum?

  54. Grey

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    @Andy: With Juan Rivera…

  55. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i was toying with movnig aroid back in june when he was batting about .150 for the month (h2h 5 man keeper league). best offer i could get was markakis and huff. i nearly pulled the trigger, decided to hold off, and suddenly he’s raking. now the guy is trying to offer me holliday/markakis/huff for him, but unless holliday is traded into a spectacular situation he wouldn’t even be starting at my util spot over KENDRY MORALES so i’m holding off. another big month from aroid and maybe i can pull in a sweet load for him, or i can just cross my fingers his hip makes it through september.

  56. Ken Plane says:
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    Trying to get Abreu, for Pence and either Jurrjens or Qualls, too much?, which two to give?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ken Plane: Why do you want Abreu instead of Pence?

  58. Scott says:
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    @Grey: I would still take him (or someone else I didn’t feel like thinking of) over Haren. Kershaw is 4-0, 0.76 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 37 K’s in his last 35 2/3 IP (6 starts – yes less than 6 per). I don’t mean to pick on the list over one guy because it is very good and many other ‘perts would have Haren a lot higher, and I am probably letting my hatred of the D Bags get in the way.

  59. Ken Plane says:
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    @Grey:

    Looking to upgrade sb’s and runs at a small cost.

  60. Billy says:
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    is this a good deal? I trade Hanley for Weaver and Victorino…

    i would replace hanley with Alexei Ramirez

    Should i ask for more? this owner is looking for top keepers for next yr and is out of the playoff race…

  61. Grey

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    @Scott: ‘Stood.

    @Ken Plane: Abreu stole 10 bases in the 2nd half last year, Pence stole 6. Would those 4 extra bases make that much of a difference?

    @Billy: I’d want more.

  62. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Billy: you should be able to get a more proven/better pitcher than weaver and still get victorino thrown in.

    though really in a keeper league, i’d try to move alexei for a solid consistent SP and keep hanley. you are looking at a top 3 player who is still improving at one of the thinnest fantasy positions and you want to trade him away?!?!

  63. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Billy: put it this way, if i’m trading hanley in a keeper league for pitching, the only pitcher i’d consider would be lincecum. even a johan or halladay or grienke would take a victorino type thrown in to make me consider it.

  64. @ grey: whats your take on slowey for second half? is he an every game starter or matchup starter? Is it worth trading a donkey-corn to get him to round out my rotation, or would u pick a matchup starter/MRP?

    Also, nervous about Harang and/or Cueto for second half?

    Thanks…

  65. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @matthole: i’d let him come off the DL and maybe get in a start or 2. though if you got extra donkey-corns lying around, why not?

  66. i own lidge, franklin, bailey and have dan meyer too…..he really wants bailey but would settle on franklin….

    He has Danks too but wont pony up…

  67. Joel says:
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    Grey, I know you don’t like Werth, but that guy has been solid money, *and* he hits in a great lineup.

    I’d switch Fielder and Teixiera, too.

  68. Keith says:
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    I’m in a keeper league and was offered Utley, Rasmus, and Liriano for B.J. Upton and Price. I have too much pitching this year and will go over the IP allowed and need to gain in RBI and AVG for to win my league. Good offer?

  69. Grey

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    @matthole: Not crazy about trading for a pitcher that is having arm/wrist problems. Plenty of guys to go after out there, don’t look for problems with injuries. That’s a long way of saying he’s a match-up guy. I’ve been nervous about Cueto for a few weeks now, check the Buy/Sells on the left sidebar. Harang’s an okay #3.

  70. Grey

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    @Keith: I’d take the Utley side of that trade.

  71. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @matthole: i’d force him to deal danks if he wants bailey or franklin. tell him you aren’t trading for an injured SP, unless he wants dan meyer for slowey.

    @Keith: i’d take that. i’m a big rasmus believer for the 2nd half too. fwiw i think upton has a good 2nd half and finishes with solid overall numbers, but outside of hanley and pooholes, i’d have to give this trade serious thought for any player.

  72. @grey: Do you have confidence in a staff of Shields, Wainwright, Garza, Cueto, Harang, Franklin, Lidge, Bailey and a spot starter/closer for my 9th slot

    As of now my pitching line is 841.1IP 3.64 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 703Ks, 49SV, 49W

    If not which SPs would you target with one of my closers?

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @matthole: i might see if you can catch an owner with his pants down and package cueto + an RP for a SP improvement.

    maybe target lester? or an edwin owner who doesn’t believe?

  74. prob couldve done that before he got spanked his last few outings

  75. Robert says:
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    I am going to have to drop a SP for some bench strength. For the rest of the season which two would you keep: Hanson, Kaz, Liriano? Nobody will trade with me and I know somebody will pick up whoever I drop. Who would you rather say good bye to? Thanks

  76. Grey

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    @Robert: I wouldn’t drop any of them. But I guess lose Kaz.

  77. Robert says:
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    OK. I will go with your advice. I will hold them for a bit. But again, I am in last in H2H and carrying 8 SPs. Wainwright, Vazquez, Nolasco, Lackey, Price, Hanson, Liriano, Kaz.

  78. Schatzi says:
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    I have a lot of CI, I could probably deal a couple (D.Lee,Konerko) and keep Reynolds,Howard and Blalock.

    Lee and Konerko have been red hot past month. Would D.Lee and Konerko for Burnett and Price be over paying?

  79. Grey

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    @Robert: Can’t you trade one with some value? Try to trade Lackey for a piece.

    @Schatzi: I’d take Burnett there.

  80. nick m. says:
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    Furcal or Bonifacio the rest of the way at SS? – the caveat is that I am looking for some speed in my lineup…

  81. nick m. says:
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    I guess I should say is it justified to drop Furcal for Bonafacio if I need the steals for the rest of the way?

  82. Clodbuster says:
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    All else being equal, would you prefer Zobrist or Oswalt the rest of the way? 10 team league

  83. Grey

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    @Clodbuster: Zobrist, but I do think Oswalt can more on the market in a trade.

  84. Stephen says:
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    @black love: I doubted that he (Matt Latos) would be called up this early, or even this year because the Padres aren’t contending. Well I guess I was wrong, but it should be a nice visual for most people to see how he fares. Good thing the Roxs are uber amazing this year.

    I would expect something like 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3ER 2 BB 6 K

    I am definitely looking forward to this start.

  85. Sucklingduck says:
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    I’ve got Haren, C-Bills, Shields, Lackey, Ubaldo, R. Romero. I’m leading in era, whip and ks but recently traded away Cain and Garza. Do I stand pat or do I have enough depth to trade away another starter and pick up a Meche or J-Zimm of waivers. I could use a little more offense but am afraid my pitching will flounder.

    Also, Edwin Encarnacion or Becks the rest of the way?

  86. Schatzi says:
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    I’m gonna trade Wainwright and am looking for .avg and SB help.

    Is Choo a good return or should I be looking for something better?

  87. brad says:
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    Love this list. . . Thanks for half a season of making my days (if not teams) better.

    I am trying to work out a trade that nets me Reynolds and Alexei and I send Jose Reyes and one of my OF to the other team. Where should I start? My OFs are BJ and Justin, Quentin, Krispie, Bourn, Bruce. I’m thinking BJ or Justin might be too much and don’t think I would go that far, am I wrong?

  88. Grey

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    @Sucklingduck: Depends who you’re trading and what you’re getting. You have enough pitching to lose another starter. Becks for right now, but that could change.

    @Schatzi: Choo’s okay, I’d aim higher though.

    @brad: Thanks for the kind words. I’d start with Quentin then Justin. Or you can try Krispie, Bourn and Bruce. Though that might be be laughed at.

  89. brad says:
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    Quentin would also be a tough sell until he’s back.

  90. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @brad: i’d see if you could do reyes + quentin, though any reasonably smart owner would never trade solidly above avg players at thin positions for injured players who we don’t yet know whether they will come back or be the same this season.

    i’d maybe see if you could do it with justin too (i think we’ve seen a peak from him this year, but the future looks bright, whereas with bj, i think he has a monster 2nd half).

    @Sucklingduck: i’d maybe shop lackey and romero around. i think zimmermann puts up numbers comparable to theirs in era dn whip and exceeds them in Ks in the 2nd half, though you have to fear he may get shut down or have starts skipped come the end of august/sept.

  91. brad says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks for your thoughts. I should have also mentioned this is a 5 keeper league where you forfeit the draft round. So keeping Bj would cost a 3rd round pick and keeping justin would cost a 10th rounder. Of courste Mark Reynolds would cost a 17th round pick so that would make a Justin loss easier to swallow.

  92. Adam says:
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    How quickly do you cut bait on Casey McGehee/Clint Barmes/Schmohawk MI #3 when they hit a slump (as both have)? Orlando Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio are available on waivers, worth dropping McG/Barmes for one of them if I need steals and average or are the second two more likely to give me absolutely nothing? OCab has been surprisingly productive over the last month or so, I had no idea until I just saw his stats

  93. Grey

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    @Adam: You can lose lose McGehee for Orlando. I cut bait on MIs pretty quickly.

  94. sean says:
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    @grey: got an offer of his upton and scutaro for my quentin and zobrist. i don’t love it, but it’s the most action i’ve got on quentin for a while…

  95. Adam says:
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    @Grey: Looking closer at OCab’s stats, he somehow has managed to only score 3 runs while driving in 11 over the last month as a #2 hitter. Doesn’t speak much for Matt Holliday’s production, or lack thereof. I accidentally left Andrus out of the available MI group in my earlier post, but his low average is scaring me off for now. OCab over him, too?

  96. Art Vandelay says:
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    No love for Adam Lind here?

  97. SamYo says:
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    Grey, great post again. Just wondering which OF should I target with the combo of Aaron Hill (i’m worried he’ll regress) and John Lackey ? I’m weak at avg and stolen bases. Thanks.

  98. Probable Party Starter says:
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    I’m wondering if Latos is just getting a look, or will he stay up until C. Young comes back (which may be never)?

  99. Probable Party Starter says:
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    Would you drop Porcello for Latos?

  100. Adam says:
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    @SamYo: Depending on how much the other owners believe in Hill’s big first half and/or Lackey rebounding, I’d imagine you could get just about any premier speedster for that package. Crawford, Ellsbury, maybe Bourn + another piece. Also, Ichiro has 10 of his 19 steals over the last 30 games, along with an elite average.

  101. royce! says:
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    Should I give Swisher + David Murphy for Huff?

  102. Adam says:
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    @royce!: I’d take Huff there

  103. Stephen says:
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    @Probable Party Starter: I would guess just a start or so, unless he dominates. I don’t understand their (Padres) need to bring him up yet. He just reached AA this year and its not like they need to win right now!

  104. Robert says:
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    OK, Grey. Could you give me some idea of what type of hitter I could ask for in return for Lackey or Wainwright? And which one would you part with? I did get an offer of S. Drew for my Wainwright( I have Hardy, bleh), but I thought that was pretty low. I know Wainwright is is coveted in my league and there are a few Angel fans in the group. I don’t know which one would bring the best hitter. I’ll go with your wisdom. Who would you rather give up out of those two?

  105. Robert says:
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    Almost forgot. I have Stewart in a Util. spot. Do you think Napoli would have more value over the next week or so now that he is DH and getting more at bats? Thanks again.

  106. I love how my team batted .330 last week, my ERA was 1.93 and I LOST in my H2H matchup….

    How is that possible!?!?!?

    20 cats…. just unreal

  107. Billy says:
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    thanks for the advice what about this deal

    i trade Hanley for Weaver, Nolasco and Victorino

    Should i be looking for more quality then quantity. this owner is having a fire sale and he doesnt have much more then this…

  108. big o says:
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    rooting for the national league .

  109. big o says:
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    hold on .
    obama throws to pujols ?
    wasn’t yadier named to the team ??

  110. Billy says:
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    is the game ever going to start

  111. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Billy: Hanley and it’s still not close

  112. big o says:
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    and crow doesn’t have the voice to do justice to the anthem .

  113. royce! says:
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    Yeah! Go Lincy! Hit that knob!

  114. big o says:
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    over/under for the game is 9 … (my line) .
    vote now .

  115. royce! says:
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    The NL All Stars are looking a lot like another team I’ve been watching lately… something to do with an apple or not sleeping or something…

  116. royce! says:
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    @big o: Yeesh, 9? I’ll take under. Reluctantly, but my NL fandom wins out over my faculty for rational thought.

  117. big o says:
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    @royce!:
    american league , or national league fan ?

  118. royce! says:
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    @big o: NL! A bas le DH!!!

  119. big o says:
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    @royce!:
    bookies have it at 9+1/2 , but you have to lay 1.25 to win 1.00 if you take the over .
    1.05 wins 1.00 , if you take the under .

    if give you a push on 9

    and yeah , come on …. 11 straight ??

  120. royce! says:
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    The game is really much more interesting when you get to watch a player like David Wells run the bases…

  121. big o says:
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    i wish b.f. hippo was at the game ,
    so we could get live reports .

  122. royce! says:
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    @big o: I’m not much of a gambler, so humor me for a sec… 9 + 1/2 over/under means that Vegas collectively thinks the AL will win by 9 + 1/2? (Or, based on your comment, 9?) That’s insane. The game went to the 15th last year!

  123. royce! says:
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    I love that Halladay is an “I-Beam” and a “buoy.” Items which keep something from collapsing and drowning, respectively.

  124. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Billy: You really need one super stud pitcher, ie Hallday, Johan HAren types in that deal. Hanley is very good

  125. big o says:
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    @royce!:
    the 9+1/2 is the total score for the game …(both teams).
    vegas will win ALL bets if the score totals 9
    other than a score of exactly 9 , vegas will make money from the “juice” …. (see comment #126)

  126. big o says:
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    wright … showing off his power

  127. royce! says:
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    @big o: Oh, sorry for my confusion… That seems eminently reasonable. With no errors, that would give each team’s pitching a 4.5 ERA. My guess would be that the collective ERA of both teams is in the range of 2.5-3… adding 1.5 to that for having to face the “best” batters in baseball seems to make sense…

    Anyhow, GO NL! My Pads need home field advantage!

  128. big o says:
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    my god , if there going to let buehrle pitch in this game , the national league may score 10 , all by themselves .

  129. big o says:
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    @royce!:
    pads .
    hehe .

  130. big o says:
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    @royce!:
    sorry .
    A ‘s fans haven’t had a lot to laugh at .

  131. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    btw :
    beltran comment (#63) carried the day .
    wanted to tell you @ 9am , but was running late for work .
    damn those early time-starts !!

    you da best .

  132. big o says:
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    edit *

    all day .
    every day .

  133. arussell1983 says:
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    no Michael Young?

  134. big o says:
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    if haren declines in the 2nd half ,
    it’s cuz he “hit the wall” at the all-star game .

  135. big o says:
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    @arussell1983:
    young made a fantastic/lucky stab . earlier .

  136. arussell1983 says:
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    where do you see Jose Reyes being ranked at the beginning of next season?

  137. arussell1983 says:
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    top 10?

  138. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: Not at the game, sorry.

    Only the big boss men have access to those tix, the bastards…………..

  139. big o says:
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    this girl , sara evans , put cheryl crow to shame .
    well done .

  140. Grey

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    @sean: No idea what Upton. But I’d probably take it whichever one it is.

    @SamYo: Thanks! Ichiro? Markakis?

    @Adam: Andrus

    @Probable Party Starter: Drop Porcello for him.

    @Robert: I wouldn’t carry two catchers ever, unless it was a two catcher league. I have no idea what kind of hitter you need. If you need steals and average, go for Ichiro. If you need power, go for Dunn. If you need both, go for McLouth.

    @Billy: It’s fair.

  141. arussell1983 says:
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    would you trade Jose Reyes for Aramis and Cano in a keeper league? Going into next season does this help me, or help me this year only?

  142. big o says:
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    papelbon in the 7th
    nathan in the 8th
    and mariano in the 9th ?

    somebody drafted closers way too high .

  143. bp says:
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    Second half is great, but i’m looking to next year in an AL only keeper league…
    How would you rank the following OFs for next year?
    FraGu, Ben Francisco, David Murpy, Cuddyer?

  144. Mr Baseball says:
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    I looked into the NL dugout – 9th inning and it looked like Joe Torre just seen a Ghost on the mound for the AL

  145. Robert says:
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    On my team I have Cruz, Morneau, Stewart, Aram ? for power. I have Bourn, Rios, Wright, Choo for steals. Morneau, Wright, Votto, Beltran ? for avg. I guess I need someone like Dunn for more power? If nobody will go for a one for one trade, what would be an acceptable return for Wright & Lackey together?

  146. .(). says:
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    Grey’s Top 100 For Second Half. There has never been a more compelling hive of insight and analysis.

  147. Mr Baseball says:
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    Tim McCarver agrees with both Guy Fieri and Mr Baseball how valuable Youkilis is – he can play both 1st base and 3rd base but he can’t play both positions at once.

  148. Grey

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    @arussell1983: I don’t know your team, so I don’t know if it helps, but it’s fair. I’d want Reyes.

    @big o: Ha!

    @bp: Francisco, FraGu…

    @Robert: Wright and Lackey should get you Pujols or Hanley, nothing less.

    @.().: Thanks!

    @Mr Baseball: Are you sure he’s not agreeing with the host of Man v. Food?

  149. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    weekly league ….. drop d.davis for sadowski ??
    thanking you , in advance .

  150. Robert says:
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    How about Lackey for Dye or Hamilton? Fair?

  151. Harley says:
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    @Grey: I know this forum isn’t for individual team posts, but I didn’t know where else to go…5×5 roto daily changes, 11 teams, standard yahoo positions

    Doumit/Iannetta Vazquez
    Berkman Kazmir
    Kinsler Slowey
    Rollins Ubaldo
    Miggy Smoltz
    Markakis Harang
    Ludwick Scherzer
    Taveras G. Floyd
    Votto Lidge/Franklin/Downs

    It’s daily lineup changes so I like having 2 catchers, a bunch of SP, and 3 closers to rotate based on matchups. However, I haven’t played a league this shallow in a long time (thanks NFBC), and could use some advice regarding power/speed goals. I don’t know if Taveras is worth being used and I’m worried I’m short when it comes to starting pitching. Thanks for your help and sorry for the long post.

  152. Harley says:
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    Forgot to mention it’s a 2nd half league, beginning thursday

  153. Grey

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    @Robert: Those are fair.

    @Harley: Your hitting is more than solid, so that’s good. You’re definitely short on pitching. Hard to imagine, Kaz, Slowey, Ubaldo, Harang, Scherzer, Floyd and Smoltz will give you more than maybe 3 good starters out of them. And a lot of the matchups will be coin flips so you won’t know when to play them or not. The good thing is in a 11 team league you should be able to get some decent pitchers off waivers.

  154. Colin says:
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    Grey…should I worry about Broxton? I am in first place in all 6 hitting categories so I dealt Manny for Broxton and Freddy Sanchez couple weeks back. Not looking too good now.

  155. Billy says:
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    trade advice

    i trade hanley for Reyes and Victorino

  156. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Colin: I think he’ll be fine, but there is some cause for concern.

    @Billy: I’d take Hanley.

  157. herschel says:
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    my sandoval for nolasco or oswalt? i have zimmerman at 3b and panda isnt catcher eligible in my league. my current sps are bills, lester, cain, cueto, baker, smoltz. not trusting cain/cueto in second half that much. thoughts?

  158. Grey

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    @herschel: I’d go for Oswalt over Nolasco, because it looks like you need a safe starter, rather than one with upside.

  159. I don’t get Sandoval at #92. If i had the choice I would take him over both McCann and VMart straight up. Yes, he’s only played about one full season, but as someone who has watched him on a daily basis, his numbers are not outtawack. And in fact, his numbers are great. His batting average can help carry a team in that cat and his power is getting better and better. He also has a near .400 average at Pac Bell, which is saying something itself. Also, if the Giants could ever get a real cleanup hitter he would finally have protection.

  160. PJtres says:
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    Grey…
    would you move chipper/scutaro/Quentin/weaver for jeter/ichiro/lester?

  161. jamiesonmj says:
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    pedro martinez? the man’s going to the bank

  162. nickc says:
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    just wondering where you got the data for ibanez being a 2nd half hitter? i took a look and his first and 2nd halfs have been pretty much the same thing.

  163. Grey

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    @nickc: His three year splits. He has a lot more HRs/AB and a better average.

  164. RIP Harry says:
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    Hey Grey, need your input again: I know you said Fielder for Kinsler is fair but now he says he needs a 2b before he makes the deal. Would you give up Fielder/Stewart for Kinsler/Choo in a keeper?

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