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We all know Chone Figgins loves stealing 2nd base, but he might be starting early this year. After a brisk calisthenic session, Don Wakamatsu decided to try Figgy at 2nd base with Jose Lopez shifting to 3rd base.  The Mariners haven’t had this amount of speed at 2nd base since they faced David Eckstein and Ichiro moved up 50 steps.  Suddenly, Figgins’s Sparky Anklebiter power and top tier speed looks much better.  It would catapult him to the top 7 of the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010.  I’d rank him right after Cano and in a promising tier.  Going for steals at 2nd base wouldn’t hurt nearly as much at 3rd base.  But he’s not there yet and, frankly, I don’t think the move to 2nd is going to happen, barring an injury to Jose Lopez.  When you have players comfortable at their position, you don’t mess with it for s’s and g’s.  But since we’re going down this road, it helps Jose Lopez’s value too.  Not as much though. Or maybe Lopez will replace Kotchko at 1st.  Ah, rumors, surrounding me every day.  Anyway, here’s what else is happening in fantasy baseball:

Russell Branyan – Landed with the Indians.  Yippee.  He’s covered in the top 20 1st basemen post that is actually the top 24 1st basemen post.  Now tough actin’ Manny Acta is saying Branyan’s going to play 1st base, LaPorta is going to play left field and Michael Brantley… Well, Brantley’s shizz out of luck.  Brantley’s value obviously plummets if he starts the season in the minors.  It’s still early so things can happen.  Doesn’t look good right now.  My real question is how did Manny Acta get another job managing a Major League team?  Did he really impress that many people in Washington?  A career .385% managerial winning percentage sparked interest?  For some reason this made me think of my grocery shopping.  Expectations are super low when I go grocery shopping.  I buy frozen fried chicken and toilet paper.  That covers everything.  Literally.  But no one’s hiring me to do their grocery shopping.  This is Manny Acta.  He’s a manager that buys easy-to-prepare fried chicken and toilet paper.

Eric Gagne – The Canadian ex-Dodger admitted to using HGH.  He should’ve blamed it on socialized medicine.

Felipe Lopez – Looks headed to the Cards.  Does nothing to his value, which is already mentioned in the top 20 2nd basemen.

Brandon Lyon/Matt Lindstrom – The Astros know they’re going to win 70 games, they’re just not sure who’s going to close them.  My guess is Lyon will get the majority of the saves.  Ed Wade said, “I know there have been a lot of successful teams over the last dozen years or so who have used more than one closer to get to the finish line.” Look at Ed checking his facts or so!  As of right now, I’d draft both of them.  If you draft Lyon, you should try and get Lindstrom too.  In fantasy baseball and S&M, they call this handcuffing.  If you play with people like me, your leaguemates will immediately draft Lindstrom right after you draft Lyon.  Miserable cork-soakers!

Cameron Maybin – He’s excited to hit 2nd this year.  That makes two of us, friend.

Francisco LirianoFrancisco Liriano reported he’s healthy and eager to take the mound.  Only problem is Liriano reported that in January of 2008.  I only point this out as a reminder to keep health reports, positive and negative, in perspective during Spring Training.  Every year the Royals are a contender in February, Boof Bonser’s lost weight, Milton Bradley’s turned over a new leaf, Manny’s going to retire and Jesus Colome reminds a reporter it’s Hay-Zeus.

  1. Mike from Jersey says:
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    I think any team that drafts Chone Figgins will suck. will not win. will not howerever you wanna say it. he’s hitting 2nd. ichiro will be on base. meaning figgins steals will go down unless ichiro is doing a double steal everytime. figgins wont drive ichiro in. jose lopez and friends arent good enough to constantly drive in fig. so a .300/5/55/90run/35 steal campaign seems likely to me. even if you draft drunk, ull run into steals (55 outfielders had atleast 10 last year). randomly ill name some names. jorge cantu, adrian beltre, julio borbon, nolan remiold, chris coghlan, etc. they are all going 100 spots or more after figgins. i mean, cust kayin, but still. even at an adp of 79 i for some reason hate chone figgins. not as a person. i dont know him well enough. as a player, bleh. tell me your thoughts grey

  2. Grey, you’ve mentioned that second round talent is a little schmohawky this year. True dat.

    In light of this fact, I might have to dip into the third round talent pool a little early. In the second round, I would only draft Reyes, Sizemore, Tulo, and Upton, but those first three give me a little pause.

    Yahoo has Upton TEN spots earlier than you do, so there’s a good chance he’s not even there when I get my pick.

    What third round talent would you not mind grabbing in the second?

  3. nmdunkel says:
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    Gagne=fumethrower.

    I think the CBL would be perfect for him though. He’d fit in perfectly with the Ottawa Milkmen.

  4. GopherDay says:
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    So by Maybin being happy to hit second, does that mean he has a job and is worthy of a late round flyer?

  5. Eddy says:
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    @GopherDay:
    Maybin has already been tagged to be the opening day center fielder. It’s his job to lose. I’m hoping he breaks out big time (both as a marlins fan and a fantasy manager) but something tells me he’ll get off to a slow start.

  6. Freak says:
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    One person who did not lose weight…Carlos Silva.

    That man is a blimp.

  7. GopherDay says:
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    @Eddy: Alright, thanks man!

  8. Critter Nagurski says:
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    I agree – seems strange for a team that has been building around defense would move over one of the best fielding 3Bs around

  9. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:
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    @ Critter: That was my reaction, too. I thought it might be a reflection of Lopez’s defense, but the numbers say he’s actually been an average to slightly above-average defender at second (2.4 career UZR/150). And as good as Figgins has been at third in his career (8.0/150), he’s actually rated just as bad at second (-8.5/150). I’m with Grey, I don’t think this is anything more than spring training mad science

  10. Billy says:
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    Who would you rather have Aaron Hill or Josh Johnson?

  11. SuckMyWieters says:
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    Grey,

    Had a draft last night and here are the results:

    C: Vmart
    1B: Mcab
    2B:Utley
    3B:Beckham
    SS:Adrubal Cabrera
    OF:Sizemore
    OF: BJ Upton
    OF: Bay
    Util: Hawpe
    Util: Rios
    BN:Carlos Gonzalez
    BN: Jason Heyward

    SP: Javier Vazquez
    SP: Jared Weaver
    RP: Brian Wilson
    RP: Ryan Franklin
    P: Carlos Zambrano
    P: Aardsma
    P: Lidge (with last pick in the draft)
    P: Scherzer
    BN: David Price
    BN: Buchholz
    BN: Joba the fat

  12. SuckMyWieters says:
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    Sorry, sent prematurely! What do you think of the draft?

  13. Dingo says:
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    Not that I put too much stock in their opinions, but the Yahoo dudes unanimously think that Morneau’s poor value at his ADP. Could you explain again why you think he’s worth a second-round pick?

  14. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey and All,

    Is there any specific Head to Head draft strategies that you recommend?

  15. Tony says:
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    @Billy: I’d go Aaron Hill. ADP says hill and pitchers are hit and miss. JJ should breakout even more this year, but will he? Hill is solid at a tough position.

    @SuckMyWieters: Pitching is VERY WEAK. I wouldnt want Vazqueef as my ace. Love the offense, not sure if this was a 10 teamer, and even then not sure how you pulled off Miggy, Utley, vmart and sizemore?

  16. SuckMyWieters says:
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    @Tony: It was a 12 team league. Im doing head to head leagues. I dont need straight Aces, I have guys who could win 10-15 games on my team and are high K pitchers and those with ERA’s who are average or above average. I think my pitching is good but not great.

  17. sean says:
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    On Mike&Mike this morning, an ESPN reporter covering the Grapefruit League suggested that the Phils may leadoff with Victorino, bat Crapolanco second, and push Rollins down to the order to compensate for his low OBP (.296). Could make post-hype Victorino (90 CBS ADP) a worthy OF target while the others are reaching for the Dread Pirate.

    Then again, this is ESPN where they just make up news when nothing is happening. The same ESPN that let Peter Gammons spout off with classics like “Jason Bay would rather play in Beirut than Flushing.” Interesting piece yesterday in the Daily News where Bay said he never even talked to Gammons.

  18. Grey

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    @Mike from Jersey: I don’t like him either if he’s simply eligible at 3rd, but I’d like him at 2nd.

    @Real Tom: It’s one of the reasons I moved Morneau, A-Gon and Votto up. If you don’t have a 1st baseman, take one. At least they’re safe(r).

    @nmdunkel: Ha!

    @GopherDay: Yeah, of course. He’s in the top 80 outfielders.

    @Freak: Ha!

    @Critter Nagurski: Yeah, indeed.

    @Billy: Johnson

    @Dingo: Feels safe to me for 4 categories.

    @Chris: I’ll do a whole post on it.

    @sean: I don’t think that Victorino move happens.

  19. Infamy says:
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    In a 5 league keeper so far I have: Tulo, Kemp,Cano, Votto, and Lind. However, I can make trade a low draft pick( probably around 20th round) to get Bj Upton. Would you do this and who would you replace?

  20. SuckMyWieters says:
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    @Grey: Grey, no comments on my team?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Infamy: You already have 5 keepers, I wouldn’t.

  22. SuckMyWieters says:
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    @Grey: You think the pitching is very weak? How is a bunch of 10-15 game winners with average to above average ERAs, high K guys weak? I should win or be close in almost all cats.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SuckMyWieters: This:

    P: Scherzer
    BN: David Price
    BN: Buchholz
    BN: Joba the fat

    Would be fine if it were one or two of them. Four is asking for headaches. With Big Z as your 3rd man and Vazquez in Yankee Stadium as your number one, I don’t think your ratios are going to be anywhere near you think they will be. After I read Tony’s initial comment that I thought was good, I see you said it was a H2H league. There’s more leeway in a H2H league, and you’ll probably be fine. It’s important to put the number of teams and what kind of league it is.

  24. Lava says:
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    Does the news about Hamilton sour you at all on his ranking? My thoughts as I was drafting him last night at the end of the 6th were that “a bruise is nothing, I get bruised all the time!” and “man, I’m really drafting this annoying zealot aren’t I?”

    I don’t think you can read too much into a bruise, especially early in spring training when teams don’t want to push anyone, especially His Holy Hamilton.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Lava: What I said in the Liriano blurb holds true. I’m ignoring a bruise until I hear something more distressing.

  26. sean says:
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    @SuckMyWieters:
    Was this a mock? Did you have two picks in the first, second and third? How’d you end up with Utley AND Cabrera, Sizemore AND Upton, and V-Mart AND Bay. Sick start, but it was downhill quickly after that.

    Interesting that you ended up with Beckham at third and Asdrubal at short in a league without CI or MI. Looks like you wasted a few picks in rounds 6-10 of the draft and got stuck, but it’s hard to tell without you telling us where you drafted these guys. Noticed that you selected two offensive bench players. Your league is shallow enough on offense that what’s on the waiver wire should suffice.

    Your pitching staff is like juggling with hand grenades: everyone could blow up and not in the good way. When anyone named Weaver is your safe play, your staff probably has issues. This team could probably use some sweet ratio Mr. B’s to compensate for the highK/highERA starters.

    I’m not a H2H guy, per se, but I think this is a middling team at best. It’s very top heavy on offense, but I don’t think it can compete in pitching.

  27. SuckMyWieters says:
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    @sean: Sean, I did not have any double picks in any round. I had the 4th pick overall and went Utley, Mcab, Sizemore, Vmart, Upton then a what remaining starting pitchers were there. The draft went kinda odd, instead of taking what best available, people started grabbing SS and 3B really quick and pitchers. There was enough decent pitching around at to solidify my staff. Pitching Wins can always be picked up via FA and every year theres surprise pitches on FA. My strategy is to always go offense first, for the most part, I hate pitchers.

  28. Antrim Warriors says:
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    Grey, RE: Jason Heyward-they are raving about his combination of skills in ATL (power, speed). If he gets the starting OF gig in ATL, and hits in the middle of their order, what do you see as his ceiling?

  29. sean says:
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    @Antrim Warriors: I know we’re not supposed to pay attention to this, but after workouts this week Chipper said that Heyward reminds him of McGriff and Cox said that the ball coming off of Heyward’s bat reminds him of Hank Aaron.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: And he has Yeti mitts!

  31. jamesllegade says:
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    Grey-

    I think the Chone move to second is fer realz. Jose’s range is to limited and would be helped playing with Wilson on his left.

    You know what I would love to see? The biggest “under ranks” on yahoo default.

    Usually it is RP’s that win the closing job late but last year I got Pablo Sandoval and he was ranked around the 200’s on yahoo default.

    I know a lot of people use yahoo and a lot of leagues have dudes just staring at the default for their next pick. We must take advantage of this.

  32. Eddy says:
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    Hey fellas I did this mock last night. 12 team, H2H, 12th pick. Thoughts?

    1. Ryan Howard (Phi – 1B)
    2. Matt Holliday (StL – OF)
    3. Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    4. Jayson Werth (Phi – OF)
    5. Nick Markakis (Bal – OF)
    6. Josh Johnson (Fla – SP)
    7. Ubaldo Jiménez (Col – SP)
    8. Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
    9. Carlos Mármol (ChC – RP)
    10. Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    11. José López (Sea – 1B,2B)
    12. Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    13. Nyjer Morgan (Was – OF)
    14. Roy Oswalt (Hou – SP)
    15. Geovany Soto (ChC – C)
    16. Leo Núñez (Fla – RP)
    17. Frank Francisco (Tex – RP)
    18. Johnny Cueto (Cin – SP)
    19. Ervin Santana (LAA – SP)
    20. Mike González (Bal – RP)
    21. Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
    22. Octavio Dotel (Pit – RP)
    23. Scott Sizemore (Det – 2B)

    On an unrelated note, anyone catch that article on Yahoo about the Twins’ minor league pitcher, Loek van Mil? Dude’s 7 ft. 1! If he gets called up this season not only would he be the tallest pitcher in 2010, eclipsing Jon Rauch (who’s ironically his teammate), he’d be the tallest EVER.

  33. Ben the M says:
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    I am back again holding my can up for more free advice.

    20 team keeper league 5×5 – 6 Keepers

    Utley & Tulo (I get) for Mcab & Felix (I give)

    My other keepers are Holliday, Votto, Zimmerman, Greinke

    Which side do you like?

  34. Smokey

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    @Ben the M: i’d take Mcab and King, but to me there is anything better than having 2 top 5 sp in a 20 teamer.

  35. Smokey

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    @smokey: Awesome use of english as well.

  36. Nick0rz says:
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    Hey all, finished up a mock earlier today… Was drafting 9th, 12 teams, 5×5 roto.

    1. Miguel Cabrera (Det – 1B)
    2. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. José Reyes (NYM – SS)
    4. B.J. Upton (TB – OF)
    5. Johan Santana (NYM – SP)
    6. Adam Lind (Tor – OF)
    7. Clayton Kershaw (LAD – SP)
    8. Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
    9. Ian Stewart (Col – 2B,3B)
    10. Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    11. Matt Garza (TB – SP)
    12. Carlos Mármol (ChC – RP)
    13. Geovany Soto (ChC – C)
    14. Kevin Slowey (Min – SP)
    15. Corey Hart (Mil – OF)
    16. Travis Snider (Tor – OF)
    17. Johnny Cueto (Cin – SP)
    18. Mike González (Bal – RP)
    19. Brandon Lyon (Hou – RP)
    20. Matt Lindstrom (Hou – RP)
    21. Octavio Dotel (Pit – RP)
    22. Drew Stubbs (Cin – OF)
    23. Kerry Wood (Cle – RP)

    I think I might have a bit too much risk with Reyes, Upton, Santana, Kershaw, Hamels, and Bruce, but I feel they should all have good seasons.
    Thoughts?

  37. Ben the M says:
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    @smokey: That is part of my problem….well the first part is an unhealthy love for Felix, so I cant make rational decisions about him on my own. Trading his age (24) for Utley’s (31) is the another problem I have.

  38. Nick0rz says:
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    Figgins: I had him last year in the 2B spot for most of the year, I drafted him at like 170ish in a 10 teamer. Turned out quite well for me.

    @Ben the M: I’d do that trade personally. You already have Votto at 1B, and in a 20 teamer the MI spots could get really messy.

  39. jimmy says:
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    chone figgins. he might swipe 50 over there

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Didn’t see that about the tall doode, have to look for it. You don’t need the third starter in a row. Cole Hamels — I like him, but unnecessary. Morgan feels unnecessary with Reyes. If I took Reyes, I’d look for 10 to 20 steals guys who also gave some power. I wouldn’t draft a SAGNOF type outfielder. Nice team overall though. Good late round fliers.

    @Nick0rz: I count about 15 less steals than you need, which is weird since Reyes and Upton are both beasts there. Might be miscounting, it’s a small issue anyway. Santana, Kershaw and Hamels feels like overkill, you would’ve been fine going from Johan and Kershaw to Garza and Slowey. That’s at least two number 2′s and a number one there. But that’s only a small quibble anyway. Your team looks solid overall.

  41. sean says:
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    @Ben the M: I like the trade for you. Getting Utley and Tulo really strengthens you up the middle and you’ve already got sound corners in Votto and Zimm. You’d then have elite quality at the shallowest positions in a deep league.

    Pitching may not be as deep in a 20-teamer, but this doesn’t have to be the only deal you make. You’ve already got Greinke, who is probably better than what 75% of your league has for an ace. You could probably flip Holliday for an outfielder with upside and a solid starter. I dunno.

    I like these decisions. Feels much more like GMing.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Exactly!

  43. Whiskey Richard says:
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    Hmm…trying to keep the price down on Liriano? I see you, Grey.

  44. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    You may have scrolled up one mock draft comment to little. I have Andrus as my SS, Nickorz has Jose Reyes.

    Would you still discard the Morgan pick?

  45. Grey

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    @Whiskey Richard: Whaaa happened? I wrote a sleeper post about him like two weeks ago.

    @Eddy: Aw… My bad, sorry, man. Andrus isn’t that far off from Reyes though, so I still wouldn’t go near Morgan. I look at Morgan, Bourn types as last ditch, get some steals on this team type players.

  46. CocoPoolies says:
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    In a 6×5 (+OPS) ESPN keeper league where you have Lincecum kept at pitcher, when would you look to start drafting subsequent pitchers?

  47. Nathan says:
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    Interesting question for you that’s got me in a quandry. Say it’s the third round of the draft. You’ve already paired a power 1B with someone at a shallow non-SS position like Longoria, Arod, Wright, or Kinsler.

    Hanley, Tulo, Rollins, and Reyes are all gone leaving you the decision between drafting Zobrist or Jeter in the 3rd or 4th round or waiting until the late rounds to go after Asdrubal, Bartlett, Andrus et al.

    Do you draft Zobrist in the 4th round? If not, who do you target in the later rounds at SS?

  48. The Dude says:
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    I know the M’s are going to bat Ichiro 1st and Figgins 2nd. But the more I think about it, I think they should have Figgins batting 1st and Ichiro 2nd.

    Ichiro is the slap hitting guy who gets on base with his speed. While Chone is the BB/OBP guy who gets on base with his eye. Ichiro getting hits behind Chone will lead to more runs and putting Chone to 3rd rather than just at 2nd.

    Counter argument?

  49. mc serch says:
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    @SuckMyWieters: I love your offense but think your WHIP is gonna take a pounding and ERA not much better

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nathan: Andrus, Asdrubal, etc.

    @The Dude: I don’t think they can go wrong either way. Ichiro’s not exactly terrible with getting on base.

  51. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    With your predictions that’s 137 SB (and Howard may add 2-3). With that said, if I were to take that team to roto (which you said needs more or less 160+ SB to win) wouldn’t I be all right with taking Nyger Morgan there to eventually place in the top 1/3 of the league in SB?

  52. Sean says:
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    Grey: I’m in a 12-team, 5 x 5 keeper league. We get 6 keepers. I’ve decided to hold on to Kinsler, Braun, Sizemore, Justin Upton, and Tulo. I’m torn on the sixth slot. Should I keep Broxton or go with an outfielder like Adam Jones, Choo, or CarGo? I’m a big fan of SAGNOF. But Broxton and his 100+ Ks are pretty enticing. Would you consider him an exception to the rule?

  53. Grey

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    @Eddy: No, because he’s such a negative on everything else. It’s too unbalanced.

    @Sean: I’d go with Jones.

  54. quimmy says:
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    Quick hitter:

    Keeper League (5 players $75cap)

    Kemp for $19 and rd 6 draft pick
    or
    JUP for $5 and rd 20 draft pick

    I can keep one for 3 years and one for 5 years. Who gets the longer deal?

  55. mc serch says:
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    @sean: The move to the top of the lineup may make sense on paper but it may be more of a political calculation which leaves J-Roll where he is…anywho, if Victorino does stay in the 7th spot, doesn’t this mean a decent jump in rbi’s hitting behind Werth and Ibanez? Also, why wouldn’t he steal more from that spot, rather than less? Rather than bunt him over with the #8 hitter, wouldn’t Charlie Manuel rather try and steal the bag so that the #8 hitter gets a shot at an rbi? Maybe the drop in Runs Shane-O will experience will be more than offset in terms of RBI and SB production.

  56. sean says:
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    @Sean: someone needs a better commenter name…

  57. Ben the M says:
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    @Grey: I got some great advice from smokey, sean, and nickorz but I would love to hear your thoughts on what I put in post #37…if you get a chance.

    BtM

  58. sean says:
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    @mc serch: Yeah, I don’t think that Victorino is a bad play, even if he ends up batting seventh. He may get the green light to make something happen before the pitcher spot, but I’ve also seen managers get conservative in that situation because they don’t want the pitcher to lead off if Victorino would get thrown out and Ruiz can’t get on base for the pitcher to make the third out.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ben the M: I’d want Utley & Tulo.

  60. Tony says:
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    @SuckMyWieters: In my $ H2H league that staff would get you slaughtered. Its a 10×10. In pitching we count Losses, QS’s, etc…. plus you HAVE to throw at least 32 innings per week. So having some solid SP’ing, logging your innings, and logging quality innings is KEY. If you throw a guy or two out there and they blow up your week is over.

  61. Tony says:
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    maybe your league is different…..

  62. Sean says:
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    Thanks, Grey. Forgot to mention my league uses OBP in place of AVG and QS instead of W. Still like Jones over Choo as the 6th keeper? In addition to Broxton, I also have the option of keeping Josh Johnson. Does that change things in your mind?

  63. Simply Fred

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    Think RCL:

    SP @ 7,8,15,18,23
    RP @ 11,16,19

    1. Fill #14 with SP or RP?
    2. Or, fill in either late round?

  64. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Sorry, looking for Grey response.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sean: Eh, that hurts Jones a bit, but Choo’s going into the military one of these years, and I’m not telling you to keep Broxton as much as it seems you want me too. I’d still go Jones.

    @Simply Fred: Either

  66. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: ‘Either’ meaning late round rather than at R14?

  67. Sean says:
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    Cool. Thanks. Actually, I’m glad you advised against keeping Broxton. Makes my decision easier. I was torn. Staying true to SAGNOF!

  68. Jeff W. says:
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    Grey, et. al:

    One last plea for advice — it’s my last few hours to make my keeper decision. Who do you keep in this format:

    12-team, mixed, 7×6 (we count 5×5 + OBP, SLG, and HLD); 25-man rosters with 3 DL slots, 11 offensive positions, 1500 IP.

    Straight keepers (up to 8, with supplemental-round picks for each player less than 8 kept — I expect 82-96 players off the board to start). Players can be kept for up to 3 years after drafting them.

    Draft is serpentine; I pick 11th in the first round.

    I’m keeping:

    Evan Longoria (3B) (year 2 of 3)

    Adam Dunn (1B/OF) (year 2 of 3)

    Pablo Sandoval (IF) (year 1)

    Adam Lind (LF) (year 1)

    Jay Bruce (RF) (year 2)

    Adam Wainwright (SP) (year 1)

    Tommy Hanson (SP) (year 1)

    DO YOU KEEP:

    Ian Stewart (2B) (year 1)

    Heath Bell (RP) (year 1)

    or

    Hunter Pence (RF) (year 3)

    I’m torn between Stewart and Bell, but ESPN Insider guys say keep Pence. What sez you?

  69. Smokey

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    @Jeff W.: second for Pence.

  70. Random says:
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    I don’t expect Figgins to move to 2B either. But, is there a list somewhere of players that don’t have multiple position eligibility (or additional position eligibility) yet but will play new postions in 2010?

    Beckham moving to 2B and Tejada moving to 3B are the only two I can think of off the top of my head. Beckham at 2B (and with multiple position eligibility) is going to be a steal next season, assuming most people just rank him as a 3B.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Random: Hmm… Clement could be at 1st with catcher eligibility. Jerry Hairston always gets at least four positions of eligibility…

  72. Smokey

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    cojack doesnt qualify at 1b and may get some burn there.

  73. Whiskey Richard says:
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    @Random: Tejada moving to 3B is another. And if my mocks are any guide, Beckham’s quickly approaching 2009 Chris Davis territory. Hype wagon has him going higher and higher every week.

  74. Whiskey Richard says:
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    Err…need to work on those reading comp skills. Fixated on Beckham and didn’t see you’d already mentioned Tejada. Carry on.

  75. Whiskey Richard says:
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    OK, here’s another one: Glaus is at UT only in my league. He’ll get 1B eligibility with the Braves. And if/when Chipper goes down for his usual mid-season DL stint, Glaus could even add 3B eligibility.

  76. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You need to do your grocery shopping online.

  77. Colin says:
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    Grey here are my 9 keepers in NL only 6 x 6 OBP and Holds.

    Howard
    Fielder
    Tulowitzki
    Sandoval
    Upton
    Bruce
    Holliday
    Carpenter
    Hanson

    What do you think my needs are? I have the last pick so I have back to back. Should I go hitter/hitter, hitter/SP, hitter/Closer or SP/Closer?

    Notable names probably available: Carlos Lee, Ibanez, Victorino, Gallardo, Broxton, Brian Wilson.

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