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Grady Sizemore had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow back in September. It was deemed a success and here we are a little under ten weeks later and the team says he’s near 100%.  I’m not a doctor, but my first instincts are to say the team is lying.  That’s the way I like to lean.  A real skeptic.  What do you expect from someone with a mustache?  Have you ever met an optimistic mustachioed man?  Of course not, they’d shave if they were an optimist.  Crotchety, curmudgeony and other words found in a thesaurus.  Now even if the team is lying, it’s November and Sizemore is already “near 100%.”  I have to think that’s a lot better than the team lying that he’s “near 100%” in February.  Am I right or am I right-right or am I right-right-right?  Another positive thing to note, Sizemore had hernia surgery mid-September and he’s already running and working out in the Tribe’s spring complex.  So what can we expect of Grady Sizemore for 2010 fantasy baseball and is he a keeper?

After stealing 30+ bases for two straight years, Grady looked like Kendry Morales on the basepaths, stealing only 13 bases in 21 attempts.  There’s a reason for that.  He suffered the groin issue/sports hernia or groinia back in spring training of 2009, so naturally he wasn’t running like he used to.  Consider this, he still stole 13 bases with a groinia.  You wouldn’t even be able to open a jar of pickles.  With the problem corrected, he should steal at least 20 bases again.  Then consider the elbow problem he was dealing with for most of the season.  He still hit 18 homers with that.  The average was anemic at .248.  But he also dealt with some bad luck, so that should go back up to his career norms, think .270.  For 2010, I could see Sizemore giving a 110/27/80/.270/25 line with a chance for more and returning 2nd round value.  He is definitely a keeper for 2010 fantasy baseball.

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  1. big o says:
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    you’re giving him an outside shot at 30/30 ?
    that IS optimism .

    i’ve never had any trust issues with mustachioed men ,
    since my earliest recollections are of
    my dear old pappy ,
    and chef boy-AR-dee .

    however , before drafting grady , for 2nd round value ,
    i wanna see a year of stats put up on the board .

    i have similar dis-trust issues with brandon webb , this year .

  2. zombie says:
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    Never met General George Custer but along with a prominent mustache, legend claims that he too was very optimistic. Yet, even he would struggling with the Sizemore Keeper value. Without the SBs the 2009 stats of Victor Martinez (@ CATCHER!) 88 23 108 1 .303 and
    Ryan Zimmerman (@ a not so deep 3B) 110 33 106 2 .292 seem, if only due to position scarcity, worthy of consideration over the unknown 2010 version of Grady. Or within his OF position, you could be tempted by the youth SB abilities of Carlos Gonzalez (w/only 278 ’09 ABs!) 53 13 29 16 .284, or the enticing Nelson Cruz 75 33 76 20 .260, or maybe an Alfonso Soriano off of an awful season of 64 20 55 9 .241?
    Far less at stake than our mustachioed General fighting the Sioux, but please advise on your recommended strategy with Grady and whether to keep him over the aforementioned considerations.

  3. Tony says:
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    so mr. mustachio where do you see Grady falling to in drafts? ADP for a 12 team league….

    I’ve mentioned before I won my league and I’ll be drafting on the turn. I am looking at Ryan Howard or Prince Fielder and then taking maybe a wright, J-upton, Tulo, Longoria, or Kinsler. If Grady was there would you take him? basically at #13? I hate his average probably my main hate for him.

    is Grady a better choice than TULO? who gives you SS eligibility with 30/20 .300 potential?

    is Grady a better choice than Justin Upton? Who has show he can hit .300, he’s younger, he’s got even more upside to improve…?

    I’d love Longo where i draft, doubtful he’s there tho…. is Grady better than Kinsler? 2B eligible guy who can probably hit for the same average and go 25/25? If he hits for a better average we’re talking top 5 guy….?

    If grady could hit .280 i’d take him over any of the players i just mentioned…. but do you trust him to? I’m a cleveland fan and i dont.

    (2 cleveland players reported on back to back! NICE!)

  4. Tony says:
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    and with the “we dont want matt holliday” talk he looks to be a front runner to stay in St Louis…. what do you think of him? He was a beast when he went there, was it just the change of scenery? or the idea he actually had a chance at winning? Or he just knew he was a FA and up for big MONEY this winter?

  5. eltoo says:
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    A little free agency talk now that it has officially begun.

    Which big bat do people think signs 1st and sets the tone for the market?

    @Grey. I think you had mentioned that you like Brandon Morrow as a sleeper for 2010, do you like him more if he does get traded to detroit?

  6. Grey

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    @big o: Grady has put up those 2nd round stats before and he’s only 27.

    @zombie: I’d keep Grady over CarGo or Soriano, depending on what your other keepers look like.

    @Tony: I’d take Longoria or Kinsler there, in that order. I think Sizemore will fall to the mid to late 3rd round, so you might be able to get him the next round. I don’t think .280’s a safe bet. Could he do it? Sure, and Reynolds hit .260 last year. I figured you’d like the back-to-back Indians.

    re: Holliday — He was smoking hot towards the end of his stay at Oakland. I think he was just seeing the ball well and it carried over. I don’t think we’re going to see Coors numbers from him again.

    @eltoo: Holliday will sign somewhere soon. re: Morrow — He needs to regain his command and I need to research into it whether he can do it.

  7. Xar says:
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    @Tony: I’m going to steer clear of D-Wrong (David Wright) until he either:
    a) shows he can steal 40+ bases to make up for his power outage, or
    b) plays fewer than 82 games in Metco, the Grand Canyon in NY.

  8. Tony says:
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    @Grey: I have about 4-5 guys in my 12 team league from the CLEVELAND area, lol, i doubt Grady goes into the 3rd in my draft. I’d say early 2nd.

    I dont think he can hit .280 either. He K’s too much.

    I’d take Holliday if he somehow fell to the 3rd round for me, but i’m at the END of the 3rd round, so i doubt he falls that far either.

    Right now i’m really thinking Howard or Fielder, then Kinsler/J-Upton/or Longo if available, then maybe/hopefully YOUK and someone back to back in the 3rd/4th rounds…. Its either take YOUK or ZIMMERMAN there, and personally i’d rather have the gritty red sox player than a guy on the nat’s! I really want TULO but if i dont take him at #12 or #13 I highly doubt he’s coming back to me in the 3rd round.

    So much to think about and our draft won’t be for 4-5 months!

  9. Tony says:
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    @Xar: they need to bring the walls in some in that stadium, pitchers parks are boring! unless you’re a pitcher…

  10. Tony says:
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    @Grey: A Howard/Kinsler/TULO/YOUK combo to start my team would be SICKKKKK….

    The entire Infield covered with players that are tops at their respective postitions.

  11. Grey

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    @Tony: That would be a solid team. I’d put Zimmerman over Youk on that team. Simply because Zimmerman is younger with more upside, though Youk would probably out produce him by a slim margin.

  12. zombie says:
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    Kemp, Tex, Kinsler, Holliday, & one spot left for either Zimm, Neli Cruz, V Mart or Grady? Who’s your choice today? & if Holliday goes to the Mets, you’d have to consider one of the others for him too,…no? Thanks Grey.

  13. Grey

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    @zombie: I’d take Zimmerman because you have two outfielders already. Have to see where Holliday ends up, not really worried about him in Metco.

  14. Simply Fred

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    @Tony: Not in the Razzball mock? (don’t see your regular moniker)

  15. Simply Fred

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    @Tony: Couch Managers a source for testing where players are falling. You can get in a fast draft (1:30 per pick), usually just you against computer picks. Tulo, Holliday, Kinsler all appear to be 2nd rounders there.

    http://www.couchmanagers.com/mock_drafts/?draftnum=2198

  16. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: Occasionally you will find Razzballers playing. Our selections more attuned to Grey predictions and players hard fought for.

  17. Tony says:
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    @Simply Fred: when are you guys doing one…. crap i was trying to wait til at least the new year to do a mock!

    I use to prepare a week or two before the season, then i started a month or two before, the last couple years i’ve started mid winter/DEC’ish…. hell now it never ends….. AND I LOVE IT.

    When, what time, gimme the details….

  18. Tony says:
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    i usually use MDC

  19. Simply Fred

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    @Tony: Just got done with one including Big-O. I picked position 6. You got Howard. Tulo and Kinsler gone when it came back. You got Youk at #4. These things go off about every hour. A 12-teamer in 20 minutes. Should I ask Big O to join?

  20. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: Big O in. U?

  21. Tony says:
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    @Simply Fred: U can ask whoever, i’m not home til later tonight, i’ll have to catch you some other time or whenever i get to it….

    You say “I GOT HOWARD” then kinsler and tulo were gone? what do you mean, at the #6 spot where you picked?

  22. big o says:
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    @Tony:
    the beauty of couchmanagers is that they don’t charge a fee to use their site , or limit your free play .
    they DO have a “donate” button , like the one here at Razzball , which accepts paypal .
    i find that if i really like a site , and frequent it often ,
    it is in my best interest to help it survive .

  23. Tony says:
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    @big o: true, i forgot MDC only lets you do 3 a week…. but thats actually a good thing once i’m full swing baseball because i might never get anything else done!

    i’ll have to check it out tho…. thanks

  24. sean says:
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    Grey, this post reminded me of just how shallow the outfield is in terms of power. Does this mean its time to totally re-evaluate the idea of position scarcity?

  25. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: If a guy is injured and doesn’t get as many at-bats as he has in the past then healthy by next season, what does a drop in at-bats really mean?

    @sean: I’ve always been a proponent of spending on outfielders, especially in 5 OF leagues. Outfield really isn’t that deep, but many outfielders do come into the league during the year.

  26. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Also, you’re comparing results of a test group that includes:

    M Loretta
    J Bautista
    Dimitri Young
    E Byrnes
    T Pena
    O Vizquel
    R Belliard
    S Stewart
    J Wilson
    J Vidro
    A Kearns
    R Church
    J Uribe
    N Punto

    Guys that are on the downturn of their career, or just not that good and saying they are equivalent to:

    Aramis Ramirez
    Carlos Beltran
    Carlos Gomez
    Geovany Soto
    Jose Reyes
    Josh Hamilton

    Seems like faulty logic. Sounds a lot like the Gambler’s Fallacy.

  27. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: I don’t take credit for any originality of thought. I tried to take Rudy’s Risky Pitcher criteria and apply it as near as possible to hitters. One of Rudy’s criteria was “less than 120 IP.” 340 ABs seemed a fair equivalent for batters. I didn’t pick players ending careers, or not. Just what the criteria spit out.

    Could well, indeed, end up faulty logic. Hopefully, there will be power in tracking for more years. Tracking started 2008. Numbers held up indicating high risk (80% failure to return) for 2009 group. Will see what happens with next year’s group.

  28. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: You’re comparing apples and oranges. If a hitter gets 320 ABs, then gets 600 ABs the next year there’s no cause for concern. Pitchers don’t operate the same way. If they get 50 innings one year then 120 innings the next year, there’s reason to be worried. Arms aren’t meant to throw like that. For instance, try and throw as hard as you can 100 pitches. Your arm will be sore. Try and swing a bat 100 times. You’ll be fine.

  29. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: I understand the logic of your statements, which make total sense to me.

    However, I have years of looking outside the box. I don’t care if it makes sense or not. The proof is in the results. If, for whatever reason, hitters don’t return to prior form, and it happens year after year, that is enough for me. It doesn’t have to make sense. (BTW: It is this kind of willingness to look where others would not that helped me to create models that brought me to the top of my profession–nationally.)

    At this early stage, I would think it reasonably likely that your position will be proven out. I am willing to see where the numbers fall for 2010, given that group includes not only old and feeble players.

    In the meantime, personally, where a call is close, I will go with the player without limited playing time for this year’s choices. This could well hurt my final position, a risk I am willing to take.

  30. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: It’s all a journey.

  31. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: To extend your logic: there is no guarantee the player will get the 600 ABs. He tore a groin last; is he more likely than another player to do so again? I don’t know. A player had two surguries. Is he more likely to another one than say, one who hasn’t? I don’t know.

  32. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: If a player went into rehab for drug/alcohol abuse, is he more likely than another player to fall of the wagon again–most assuredly.

  33. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: One thing to look outside the box, another is to compare to unlike relationships. Take Vizquel for instance. He dropped from 579 ABs in 2006 to 177 ABs in 2009. Reyes dropped from 643 ABs in 2006 to 147 ABs last year. They are no comparisons between these two players’ dropoffs. One guy is 40-something, another is 26 and was injured.

  34. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: The proof is not in winning the logic of the argument. It is in the results. Yet to be determined.

  35. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: I do take this truth to be self evident: If Grey puts a player on the overrated list, listen to him and avoid at all costs! (because you have a RESULTS record of 100% for 2009)

  36. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Even if Reyes and everyone on your list doesn’t bounce back, you haven’t made an argument to lead me to believe it would work for 2011. I’m an overrated expert! Wait, that sounds wrong.

  37. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: I am not comparing to unlike relationships. You are making that comparison. I only set a qualifying standard, fewer than 340 ABs–not compared to anything.

  38. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: That’s fine. I appreciate that you are a hard nut to crack. I truly value that trait! How many years of players not returning to form, at say a 70% rate, would get your buy in?

  39. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: Sean says: “20 years.”

  40. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @Simply Fred:

    i wish to go on record , by re-iterating my resolve :
    there’s is NO way oliver perez will take up a roster spot
    on ANY of my teams this year ,
    regardless of whose or what list he may appear .

  41. Simply Fred

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    @big o: Doesn’t sound as if you need our help in keeping up with that resolve.

  42. big o says:
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    @Simply Fred:
    i’m a weak , weak man .

  43. Simply Fred

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    @big o: Speaking of weak men, I suppose you have learned to recognize the early signs of a poor loser?

  44. big o says:
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    @Simply Fred:
    sounds like one of those “do you know what well-hung men eat for breakfast” , questions .

  45. Simply Fred

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    @big o: I knew you could see the early signs.

  46. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    this year …. non-keeper
    grady or beltran ?

  47. tony says:
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    @big o: grady defly

    TO ALL RAZZBALLERS: i just joined a mock on couchmanagers, 12 teamer starting in 12 mins…. join

    dammit fred you got me doing this, get in LOL

    gin and sprites for everyone!

  48. tony says:
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    well after simply freds pumping me up about couchmanagers i join a mock and only one other guy joins…..

    anyways at MDC i got in a 12 teamer and i was the last person to get in…. 12 teamer FULL = awesome

    By the way i guess 22 qualifying drafts have taken place, mark teixiera has an ADP of #4 OVERALL…. LOL

  49. Mark says:
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    My friend can keep 3 among Hanley, Longoria, Sizemore and Kemp. He’s not going to keep Sizemore. I’m thinking about hitting that (no not like that) but think that giving compensation to my best competition when I can keep Pujols, Utley and Holliday/Ellsbury/Lind/Beltran isn’t worth it. What say you?

  50. Simply Fred

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    @tony: Sorry, Tony. Was out. How did you come out with the Howard/Kinsler/Tulo/Youk goal?

  51. Grey

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    @Mark: I’d say stay pat. You’re not going to be able to give him someone better than Hanley, Longoria and Kemp and still make your team better.

  52. tony says:
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    @Simply Fred: not happening hahah…. on MDC i drafted #3 took AROD, then J-UP, BAY, Morales (why? idk), 5th CRUZ, 6th Nathan, 7th BJ UPTON (steal) ….. the ADP’s are hokey still, at least there were 12 guys, and 8 were there i think…

    a little debate…. Kershaw over lackey or hamels, OR BOTH? Who outperforms who, rank em….

  53. tony says:
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    i’m done with that just got KAZMIR in the 14th….. ADP’s are so messed up, wake me up when its FEB….

  54. Simply Fred

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    @tony: Glad you aren’t in the Razz mock. Nice!
    Kershaw>Lackey>Hamels
    As Grey pointed out, Kershaw will go lower than he should because of lack of Ws (ignore). Lackey could make it closer depending where he lands. Hamels distant 3rd.

  55. eltoo says:
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    @ grey. all this mock draft talk has me curious, I’d be interested to know based on ADP which draft position for 2010 would be the best to draft in (i.e. nets the best talent through the 1st ten rounds or something like that). Not sure that its worthy of its own article, but it’d be interesting to touch on once it gets closer to the start of the season.

  56. Mark says:
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    Yeah that’s how I see it…I could give draft picks based on how are league is, but Sizemore versus my outfielders is not really an upgrade.

  57. Simply Fred

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    @tony: Weren’t you touting Bruce? Are you pursuing him in mocks? Where’s he showing up?

  58. Grey

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    @eltoo: re: 2010 — Without knowing where people are landing, it’s hard to say. I mean, I know where I’ll want guys, but I don’t know the general consensus yet for where everyone else is taking people. My general answer for any year is I like the turn, so in a 12 team league, I’d take the 12th spot. I like being able to get two guys at once.

  59. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    43 year old vizguel to join ozzie guillen ?
    why ??
    because both men know
    it’s not safe to go home .

  60. Steve says:
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    @Simply Fred: Your discussion is a little over my head. I’m more interested in what your profession is/was.

  61. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: Retired as county property appraisal manager. Predicted what houses would sell for based on modeling of previous sales. Used regression analysis along with other tools. I was THE TAX MAN–popular at parties.

  62. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: Actually, one of my early and esteemed tutors was a Ross Stevenson from New Zealand.

  63. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: The validity of my work was judged by how close the predicted selling prices from the modeling came to future actual sales.

  64. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: What’s your profession?

  65. eltoo says:
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    going by the ADP on MDC thus far I think I like 7th position. Obviously a lot will change between now and the beginning of the season, but at this point 7th gets you (plus or minus one spot):
    1st: Chase Utley
    2nd: Ellsbury/Tulo/Reynolds
    3rd: Haren/Youk/Agon
    4th: McCann/Lind/Morneau
    5th: Morales/Vazquez/Dunn
    6th: Carlos Lee/Papelbon/Mo Rivera
    7th: Chris Carpenter

    Albeit a little pitcher heavy for my taste, I really like a 1st seven of:
    Utley, Tulo, Agon, Morneau, Vazquez, Lee, Carpenter

  66. tony says:
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    @eltoo: i like that….

    i draft at the turn in my draft this upcoming yr, i want TULO but taking him at #13 overall? Thats gonna be tough…. and knowing we’re signing 2 guys to a 3 yr contract? Basically my first two picks are going to be my contracted players, HOPEFULLY… so do i want to put my money on TULO for 3 years or? take some for sure’s? Its a coin toss. We will wait and see what the spring brings….

    GO BUCKEYES

  67. Steve says:
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    @Simply Fred: Currently I work for the NZ arm of a global telecommunications company (Vodafone – owns a big chunk of Verizon Wireless ) and I manage their mobile website. In another life I was a network tv sports news producer and in another an advertising copywriter.
    You would have found the property market here interesting over the last few years. Boom-bust-small boom-that-could-turn-into-another-bust.

  68. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: Not surprised at your resume. Imagine each stop highly successful. Managing the mobile website sounds quite fun!

    If you–anyone else–would like to talk personal stuff (not wanting to bore Razzballers), my email is:

    fred_barker@comcast.net

    all correspondence WELCOME!

    Steve, I have been curious about the move, etc.

  69. Simply Fred

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    @tony: I like Tulo precisely at the turn (probably not before). Some risk/high reward at a critical position. Might get a nice combo there.

  70. tony says:
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    @Simply Fred: ya filling SS would be huge especially if he doesn’t remotely close to 09….

    a 30/20 .300 SS is $

  71. Simply Fred

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    @tony: At 25, getting paid big bucks, some growing pains, time to produce. (I know Grey advised not to stretch for Tulo. Just not sure if the turn is stretching, or not.)

  72. justin says:
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    16 team keeper, keep 16 players

    Braun/Granderson
    or
    Crawford/Sizemore

    thoughts?

  73. Grey

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    @eltoo: I don’t think 7th will get you Utley in most drafts.

    @justin: Braun side. Grandy’s not that far off from Sizemore, and I’d prefer Braun a lot more than Crawford.

  74. eltoo says:
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    Agreed. I’m quite biased as he’s been the face of my dynasty team since I first drafted him 4 years ago, but they did show him going as early as 3rd in some mocks. I definitely take him over the likes of teixiera and kemp who are rated higher over all.

  75. Grey

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    @eltoo: I took him without hesitation at number 4 in my mock.

  76. Pjtres says:
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    grey..im joining a new keeper league…draft starts like now…
    this is the scoring system..
    1B – Singles 1 point
    2B – Doubles 2 points
    3B – Triples 3 points
    BB – Walks (Batters) 1 point
    CS – Caught Stealing -1 point
    HP – Hit by Pitch 1 point
    HR – Home Runs 4 points
    R – Runs 1 point
    RBI – Runs Batted In 2 points
    SB – Stolen Bases 2 points
    SF – Sacrifice Flies 1 point

    Scoring for Pitching Categories
    APP – Appearances 1 point
    BBI – Walks Issued (Pitchers) -.5 points
    CG – Complete Games 5 points
    ER – Earned Runs -1 point
    HA – Hits Allowed -.5 points
    HB – Hit Batsmen -.5 points
    HD – Holds 4 points
    INN – Innings 2 points
    K – Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
    L – Losses -5 points
    QS – Quality Starts 4 points
    S – Saves 8 points
    W – Wins 10 points

    i can pick with my first pick…mauer..utley, lincecum…

    which would you picK??? help!

  77. Simply Fred

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    @Pjtres: Of those three, Grey’s gonna say Utley–without a doubt.

  78. Grey

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    @Pjtres: Agree with Fred, unless you have a some guys on your team already. I’m assuming by new league you mean you’re starting from scratch.

  79. Pjtres says:
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    yeah…starting from scratch…
    i was just asking b.c i never played in a scoring system like that one…
    thanks for the input!!! much appreciated.

  80. big o says:
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    @Pjtres:
    if this is one of those cbs leagues ,
    pitching is the way to go .
    especially high strike-out pitchers .
    though saves @ 8 points , instead of 5 , is awfully attractive .

  81. big o says:
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    @Pjtres:
    the key is to have 8 / week

  82. Pjtres says:
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    8 saves? orrr?
    yeah, its a cbs league…
    darn..i made the utley pick…do you think i should go pitching heavy for the next few rounds then? orrr?

  83. Grey

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    @Pjtres: Why are you drafting in November? No one has any free time until April? I’d take another big bat then a Halladay-type.

  84. Pjtres says:
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    hah, there was some big turnover in the league…so about 5 teams became available. The other 11 managers remained intact.
    i guess the commish was anxious to get the “new guys” in there and settled with their keepers.

    we get to draft 6 majors players…and then 6 minors.

    I dont think there is much pitching out there…after i took utley…the other 3 managers took, lince…johan…beckett…

    now, the best FA pitcher on the wire is wandy/jurrjens/billingsley/etc…(b/c the other managers held onto the great pitchers/elite hitterS)
    ahh! oh well…guess i can just go offense heavy the entire draft…then hope for a trade in-season…or that i can just go pitching heavy when the real draft (and the rest of the non-six keepers) are chosen…

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Pjtres: Oh, this is only a keeper draft. So the real draft will be in the spring. Ah, then just go hitter heavy.

  86. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    the 2nd annual razzball slow mock draft begins in 4 hours … (10 pm edt) .
    wanna call the 1st 6 picks ?

    this year , we have a guy participating from london .
    just when i was beginning to master kiwi .

    noice .

  87. Steve says:
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    @big o: It’s OK. I believe they speak English there, too.

  88. Grey

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    @Steve: Really? Had no idea we had a British reader.

  89. big o says:
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    “…. hands across the sky”

  90. big o says:
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    40 minutes to the start of the 2nd annual rassball slow mock draft .

    if you can’t find your way into the room :
    a) click MY DRAFTS at top of page , and click on your name , or ,
    b) click on # of Users on Line (blue high-lighted) , find someone’s name and click on their green dot , or ,
    c) no “c”

  91. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The horses are on the track…

  92. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Racing this time…

  93. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey:
    Any comments to make on the first 11 picks?

    Only suprise to me is Hanley going first, but thats really it.

    1.11 Mark Teixeira 1B NYY caveman clubbers
    1.10 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET Dexter Good
    1.9 Ryan Howard 1B PHI oldrungo
    1.8 Joe Mauer C MIN GopherDay
    1.7 Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY Nightmare Fuel
    1.6 Prince Fielder 1B MIL freak
    1.5 Ryan Braun OF MIL SteveL
    1.4 Matt Kemp OF LAD Simply Fred
    1.3 Chase Utley 2B PHI brett.
    1.2 Albert Pujols 1B STL KyleJames101
    1.1 Hanley Ramirez SS FLA chata

  94. Grey

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    @GopherDay: I’d take all of them except for Mauer. I would’ve taken Howard there instead. (Or Miggy or Tex.)

  95. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Where did all the top 1Bs go?

  96. Grey

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    @Steve: I was just thinking about how I want make a post about how I don’t want to leave the 2nd round without a top 1st basemen.

  97. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Depends how you define ‘top’ I guess. I’m not sure there’s one left (well, maybe one) that you’d take in the second.

  98. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    if REV 12 is a no-show ,
    the computer will prolly pick lincecum and reynolds for him
    with the 12th and 13th picks .

    interested readers can view the draft (#2198)
    by visiting couchmanagers.com .

  99. @Grey- I think I’m the British reader that you speak of… I’m not a real Brit though- I’m an expat from Milwaukee, I’ve been here just over 2 years- but I’ve only been following this site since October.

  100. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, that makes sense, but it is a 2 catcher league so I wanted to get out with one. In a real draft I probably won’t ever draft Mauer in the first round though.

  101. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: I meant a top catcher.

  102. Da Pikey says:
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    if you had to choose between giving a 4 year fantasy contract to Curtis Granderson and Grady Sizemore, who would you choose?

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