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If Bernie Madoff never ripped off investors to the tune of eighteen billion dollars, the world would be a different place.  The US wouldn’t be exporting trillions of golfers’ plaid pants from Boca Raton, Florida to Scotland to be used as kilts.  Maserati dealers in Long Island, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach wouldn’t be sweating their child’s $50,000 nursery school tuition.  Nannies in Connecticut would have time to watch daytime talk shows rather than putting bottles of rare wines on eBay.  But one of the biggest hits taken by Madoff was the Mets owner, Fred Wilpon.  Ever wonder why Bobby Bonilla is still getting a million dollars a year from the Mets in a Swiss bank account made out to the name “Bobby Barramundi?”  Madoff ran the Mets’ finances.  I bring this up because if Madoff were still at the wheel, the Mets would probably send Mr. Met to the proper specialist for his gigantism and they would’ve called up Zack Wheeler already.  Money’s the issue for both.  Super 2 cutoff is a funky thing to figure, but to the best of my abilities, I’ve ascertained Wheeler can be called up May 15th or June 4th.  A month ago, Terry Collins was already asking for Wheeler to be called up to replace Hefner.  If the Mets keep him down past the first week of June, it’s because Wheeler is injured or because the Mets are saying to their fans, “We don’t care, and Terry Collins can suck a big fat one.”  Why do you care for fantasy baseball purposes — or porpoises if dolphins are reading?  Because Wheeler could be nearly as good as Harvey.  His control in the minor leagues is slightly worse than Harvey’s was, but his Ks are just as purdy.  Here’s what Scott, our prospect writer, said, “Wheeler had a phenomenal 2012, posting impressive numbers between Double- and Triple-A:  3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.9 K/9.  The 22-year-old features a plus fastball that sits in the mid-90s, and he counters with plus-plus curve, a slider, and a change — the latter two are both nice offerings.  It’s a deep repertoire for a pitcher of his age, but Wheeler commands it well and baffles hitters with his sequencing, unlike Grey who baffles people with his sequins shirts.”  Huh?  I don’t wear sequins shirts (anymore).  In most mixed leagues, now is the time to start stashing Wheeler, he’s gonna be a great one.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Kelly Johnson – When you address Kelly Johnson, you say, “Your grace,” because he’s the King of the Hot Schmotatoes, Lord of the West of Orlando’s.

Yonder Alonso – While the Padres are away not by the sea, the Padres hitters will play in fantasy.  Eat your heart out, Bernie Taupin!

Mitch Moreland – He’s a Mitch, I’m a lover.  I’m a child, I’m a mother.

Mike Moustakas – Hey, I hate his guts as much, if not more than you.  If you wanna have a “I hate Mostsuckass” pissing contest, let’s get it on!  Just know you’re up against a guy who has an “Eff You” t-shirt in his car trunk on the chance I ever see Mostsuckass around town.  With that said (here comes the reversal), he should still be owned.

Didi Gregorius – He’s not this good of a bat, but neither is Carlos Gomez and doode’s hitting, like, .500, so whatever ride the lightning, Lars.

Dee Gordon – During the All-Star Game festivities, they should have a Home Run Derby…with the hitters standing at 2nd base.  Like you wouldn’t watch that.

Stephen Drew – You could also put Hardy here, or grab both and have the best Young Adult fiction middle infield.

Heath Bell – I just went over my Heath Bell fantasy.  I wrote it while getting a Brazilian.

Koji Uehara – Yes, the Red Sox said Tazawa would be the closer while Bailey is hurt.  Tazawa also has no closer experience and who knows how long Bailey will be out.  I think by the end of June, Koji will have a save or three.

Domonic Brown – It’s silly at this point in the year to look at a full season pace, but Brown’s on pace for 27 homers and will likely contribute 7 to 10 steals.  Even if he hits below .240 (which he won’t), that’s ownable.

Jimmy Paredes – In Triple this year, he had 3 homers and 7 steals in 30 games while batting .366.  In Triple-A last year, he had 13 homers and 37 steals and a .318 average in a full season.  No, I have no idea why he didn’t start the year with the Astros, but he’s up now and could go 8/25 the rest of the season and will probably hit in the top two spots of the lineup.  He should be owned in most leagues, not just AL-Only ones.

Oswaldo Arcia – On one hand, I love me some upside rookies with power and Arcia has that.  On the other hand, it’s admittedly hard to get excited about Twins hitters.  On the third hand that is actually a candle with a glove on it, I’d grab Arcia if I needed some sweet upsidey power.

Marcell Ozuna – On the fourth hand that is actually a taxidermied baboon foot is a rookie, power hitter on the Marlins.

Michael Brantley – If I had to say one outfielder I’m most excited about from this list, I’d say Brantley, but Brown shouldn’t even be on this list because he should be owned in more than my arbitrary cut off of 50% owned.  By tomorrow, Arcia, Paredes and Joyce could all overtake Brantley for my most exciting outfielder on a list of only outfielders owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues, but there ya go.  How’s them hedges?  Trimmed!

Matt Joyce – So, there’s a rabbi, a Puerto Rican and a Canadian in a canoe.  The rabbi says to the Canadian, “Why did you pick up Joyce, Jay and John Jaso?”  The Canadian replies, “I’m a Jays fan.”  Joyce has been sitting against lefties, which the Rays faced a lot of this past week, but Joyce should still be owned.

Jon Jay – Our great nation was built on three simple principles 1) Don’t fart in an elevator. 2) Own Jon Jay when he’s hitting. 3) There’s no 3.  To the second principle, Jay is hitting near .500 in the last week.

Ryan Doumit – The translation of ‘without glove’ in German is Doumit.  Fact!  He has been hitting though.

Chris Tillman – You know what it’s like to love unconditionally?  I don’t.  I’m fickle as shizz, but Tillman gets the Padres and Rays next.

Burch Smith – Young rookie getting called up by the Padres.  He’s been great in Double-A, but is a wait and see outside of NL-Only leagues.  Hopefully his fans who dress up like bears and call themselves, Burch’s Root Bears, follow him for moral support.

Scott Kazmir – Just went over him this morning.  Scroll down…Or is it up?

Travis Wood – Wanna hear something comical that really isn’t funny at all?  Of course you do!  Here’s me the last few days with picking up and dropping Travis Wood:  Okay, I’m gonna pick up Wood… Koji’s the closer, dropping Wood!  Tazawa’s the closer, picking up Wood!  I need a hitter for a short schedule day, dropping Wood!  Raburn’s not even playing, picking up Wood!  Heath Bell’s the closer, dropping Wood!  How did Ryan Roberts end up on my team?  Picking up Wood!  So, yes, Wood is the first guy off my team, but I do like him.  Enough to pick him up 7 times in 3 days!

Hector Santiago – He goes to Minnesota next, don’t cha know?  Stream-o-Nator likes it.  You need more?  You’re greedy.  That’s a deadly sin.  Along with leaving only a drop of milk so the next person thinks there’s milk in the refrigerator but there really isn’t.

Jeff Locke – If Jeff is the key to fantasy success, then show me the Locke.

SELL

Hunter Pence – He currently has more steals than he did all of last year.  Sure, last year he played part of the year with the Phillies and trying to decipher Charlie Manuel’s steal sign isn’t always easy, “When I go to the bubbler, you make like a crawfish with ants in its pants.  If I pull on my overall straps like Uncle Elmer, then you are honey on a cold day.”  Yes, I like to joke that Pence’s got OCD, needing to keep his homers and steals the same number while tapping his foot on the bag exactly 27 times.  But, since 2010, his steals have been on a huge down swing.  He has the kind of speed that if he gets the slightest of tweaks in his leg, his steals will totally disappear.  Pence’s pace is 30/30.  Pfft, as I suspiciously place my pinkie on my philtrum.  (Say that fast 117 times!)  Then, you throw in that his home park severely suppresses homers.  Well, I wouldn’t sell him for two tickets to the Pageant of the Masters (why did Velázquez draw so many dwarfs?  I’m scared.), but I would explore offers.

  1. Eng says:
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    Would you trade Pence for Carl Crawford? Also, are Oswaldo Arcia and Lorenzo Cain more valuable than Markakis, or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain over Markakis… I wouldn’t trade Pence for Crawford…

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey: Thank you as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. Boomer19 says:
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    Was offered Jay Bruce for my Greinke. 5×5 14 team roto. I have good depth at pitching and outfield. Do I take Bruce or hold? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bruce

    • Colin says:
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      @Boomer19: Read an article his BABIP is at .388…about 100 points higher than his career average. When that comes down, it could get ugly.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Colinz: It’s always a little scary owning Bruce. You figure one of these years he’s gonna completely lose it and bat .220. Or Dusty is gonna start benching him so he can “clear his head”.

        But, he does hit home runs, and home runs are the holy elixir in fantasy. You gotta take the good with the bad with Bruce, even when the bad makes you want to pull your eyebrows out.

  3. CoreyII says:
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    How about Big Papi for CC? Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CC

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @CoreyII: I think whoever caters the event wins. Those two are an all you can eat buffet’s nightmare

  4. Arbinator says:
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    Drop Hafner for Berkman? Berkman has kind of been blah but I’ve always found it hard to pass up a big name… Even an old one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Paul Wilson says:
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      @Arbinator: Berkeman @HOU this weekend is nice, Bedard is the best pitcher he faces

  5. Frank Grimes says:
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    start/sit?
    Cobb vs SD
    shark @ Wash
    Cingrani vs Mil

    Asdrubal was dropped swap lowrie for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start all… I’d take Asdrubal

  6. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Only guy I can drop for Wheeler is Morrow, Hold or drop him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop him in most shallower leagues

  7. supra says:
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    Just dropped Aybar and gonna roll with Dee Gordon at SS for now…

    I grabbed Arcia above Brantley, Joyce, Ozuna as it seems like you feel he has the most upside. In a keeper I like my Schmotato with bacon bits and an extra scoop of upside. Am I wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like bacon bits, as well… Arcia has the most upside… Wouldn’t necessarily grab him first in all leagues…

  8. Joel says:
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    Still holding Parker or would you be willing to cut him for Wheeler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said to drop Parker about a month ago…

      • Pops says:
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        Zack Wheeler ===4/30 51″s @ Reno 6.2 ip 5 h 1 er 1 bb 8 k
        5/5 @Sac 6 ip 3 h 0 er 1 bb 4 k
        5/11 Home vs Alburq- Stay tuned@Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          5/17 in New YorK…

        • Pops says:
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          @Pops: Wheeler 5/11

          7.1 ip 6 h 2 er 1 bb 7 k

  9. Gareth says:
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    @Kid A: (Who has been busting my balls about my rather shallow League)

    I actually do feel bad about the ease in which I acquired such quality players in my league. I really do wish I was in a more competitive league. There have been some real doozies from owners making head scratching decisions in the past month. It sucks because it does take away that competitive edge a little when you are in a League like that. My team is Sick, but it is a hollow sick.

    Please don’t take my previously listing those outfielders I have now as bragging. Its more disbelief than anything.

    Is this a common problem when playing fantasy? Lack of Competition?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should’ve joined an RCL…

      • Prezii says:
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        really tho… If chisenhall hits a bomb hes gone the next 10 minutes.. guys are insane on the pickups. And no, heyward would not have lasted past #1 waiver. Sounds like a yahoo public where everyone quits after week 2.. those are indeed, not fun.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Preach on, prezii.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: preachin before drinkin! :)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Obviously!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: are there other things to do on a friday at razzball? Go ahead think of other things…. Go ahead, ill wait…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’ve stumped me.

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey: exactly…

                    *poors grey a shot*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rumplemintz?

                    • Prezii says:
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                      If you wanna walk outta here with your arm around me, yeah.. its only noon we gotta pace ourselves man!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Grab a stool… We’re just getting started…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Double shot of captain for me and the cap to start it off!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Aye, aye, Captain!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Prezii: porn, weed, and quilting

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: wow jack, just mentioned knitting two seconds ago… Great minds..

                    More like great hobbies tho, i gueess…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: buds budz

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Sounds like a cannabis club..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pot Brownies Calling The Kettle Fred

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I’m thinking of doing those daily Tournaments against Rudy as I sure ain’t getting my Kicks from the CBS ROTO. Even in my MLB.com Head to Head I’m about to be 6-0.

        I need to be beaten by a stay at home Mom who picks Jeff Keppinger and Ubaldo Jimionez and Gets Lucky!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: like with a stick?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: oh at fbb. didn’t hit the link

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Gareth: We have 2 draft and dropped outs/abondoners in “Fear the Moustache” you’re welcome to join the league if it’s possible. You’ll have to check with Grey to see if it’s OK…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Wake Up: or even possible?

            • JoeC says:
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              @Wake Up: How’d you know they abandoned the league?

              If you drop teams, do all their players go back in the player pool? Is that what you mean by “two drafts”?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @JoeC: No, they drafted and then abandoned right away…they never made any moves and have many DL players starting and won’t return any emails…

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Wake Up: is this in one of the rcl’s? those are 15 team rotos with standard 5X5 right? This is one of those situations where i’m glad it’s free, since roto ain’t easy to turn trash around this late in year so much. Might be interested though. Would like to see rosters first obv.

                • JoeC says:
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                  @Wake Up: Yeah, what he said. I’d consider it, but I’d like to look at the teams first before committing seppuku.

  10. Dingbat says:
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    I traded Greinke and Pence for Goldschmidt and Samardzija. Greinke then got his collarbone all broke.

    Then I traded Halladay and Sandoval for Medlen and R. Zimmerman. Halladay then got shelled by the Marlins and went on the DL.

    I’m a baaaaad, baaaaaad man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Dingbat: I forgot to mention that both trades were with the same Giants fan in my league. And re-reading the Glossary, I realize that I double-Jokey Smurf’d the poor guy.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, you did… Ha!

  11. Stan Steamer says:
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    12 team 6×6 keeper league. Which is better Moore under control for 2 years or Machado for 4 years (similar very cheap salaries)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  12. Crampy says:
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    Is Fujikawa or Hernandez more worth keeping for possible saves? Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hernandez

  13. shibboleth says:
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    Was just offered Austin Jackson and Vinny Pestano for Frazier and Kelly Johnson. OPS/Solds. I kinda like, whatchu think?

    c-Wieters/Ruiz
    1/CI- Votto, Morales, Belt (pending for Moustaks)
    2b- Rutledge
    3b- Longoria, Alvarez
    SS/MI- Andrus, Segura, Cozart
    OF- BJ, Markakis, Gardner, Frazier, Duda, K Johnson, Young,
    SP- Moore, Sanchez, Kendrick, Morrow, Hughes, kendrick, Cashner, Corbin, Garza
    RP- Chapman, Papelbon, Romo, Capps (pending for Bell)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jackson

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @Grey: trigger pulled!. Have a great weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  14. Wudaben says:
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    Trying to rank a few waiver wire pitching commodities. I’ve got a deep h2h points pitching staff and looking for some back end fliers/spot starters. how would you rank Cashner, Estrada, Quintana, Wheeler, Pineada & Kazmir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler, Streamers…

      • Wudaben says:
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        @Grey: I’m in a league with pickup limits so I cannot stream. It’s grab and hold on tight and hope for the best..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kazmir, Wheeler then…

          • JoeC says:
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            @Grey: Damn, Grey! You believe in Kazmir that much? I don’t know… I’m not buying it until I see 3 straight seasons of stellar pitching. :)

            Okay, that’s too much, but still, I can’t trust the guy at all. It’s like hiring Edinson Volquez as your brain surgeon. Post-surgery, every time you’d try to blink your eye, you’d curl your toes. Frustrating.

            Basically this is the song I sing when thinking of Kazmir:

            Can’t Trust a Bitch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZa1hRDKjzs)

            Best line: “No trips, no dates, just put it in her mouth like Colgate”

  15. Eng says:
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    To maintain Razzball’s perfection: sp. MaSerati.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, thanks!

  16. Adam says:
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    Fowler or Saunders ROS?
    Is it close? Thinking of moving Fowler as Heyward on DL and need to open a spot…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler… Not really close…

  17. Gareth says:
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    Below are some recent transactions in my League (I am Swishmas):

    * Bear in mind guys like Ogando, Hudson, Morrow, Cahill, Konerko, Haren, Loshe, Laroche, Dunn, Hill, Walker, Estrada, Reddick, Cashner, Ike Davis, Parnell, Tazawa, Bell, League, Wandy, Anderson, Fernandez, Petite, Hellickson, Viciedo are ALL Available in the Free agent Pool.

    5/10/13 3:27 AM ET swishmas Heyward, Jason RF ATL – Claimed off Waivers
    Morrow, Brandon SP TOR – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/9/13 8:56 AM ET Diamond Czars Guthrie, Jeremy SP KC – Added
    Nava, Daniel RF BOS – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/9/13 8:55 AM ET Diamond Czars Moreland, Mitch 1B TEX – Added
    Konerko, Paul 1B CHW – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/9/13 7:13 AM ET pr pelicans rh Arcia, Oswaldo OF MIN – Added
    Betancourt, Yuniesky 2B MIL – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/9/13 7:06 AM ET pr pelicans rh Ozuna, Marcell RF MIA – Added
    Quentin, Carlos LF SD – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/9/13 2:27 AM ET swishmas Bailey, Homer SP CIN – Added
    Reddick, Josh LF OAK – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/8/13 3:31 AM ET Trout fishing Rios, Alex CF CHW – Claimed off Waivers
    Heyward, Jason RF ATL – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/7/13 8:36 PM ET Diamond Czars Wood, Travis SP CHC – Added
    Crawford, Brandon SS SF – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/7/13 8:32 PM ET Diamond Czars Raburn, Ryan LF CLE – Added
    Ogando, Alexi RP TEX – Dropped 5/13/13
    5/6/13 10:25 AM ET Trout fishing Loney, James 1B TB – Added
    Iannetta, Chris C LAA – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/6/13 7:01 AM ET pr pelicans rh Ruggiano, Justin LF MIA – Added
    Rios, Alex CF CHW – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/6/13 6:59 AM ET pr pelicans rh Gregorius, Didi SS ARI – Added
    Infante, Omar 2B DET – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/6/13 6:57 AM ET pr pelicans rh Gyorko, Jedd 3B SD – Added
    Johnson, Chris 3B ATL – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/5/13 3:52 PM ET swishmas Garcia, Jaime SP STL – Added
    Estrada, Marco SP MIL – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/5/13 1:52 PM ET juggyj1 Maholm, Paul SP ATL – Added
    Bailey, Homer SP CIN – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/5/13 1:50 PM ET juggyj1 Overbay, Lyle 1B NYY – Added
    Hafner, Travis DH NYY – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/3/13 11:05 AM ET Diamond Czars Ogando, Alexi RP TEX – Added
    Quintana, Jose SP CHW – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/3/13 8:09 AM ET Trout fishing Kendrick, Kyle SP PHI – Added
    Rodriguez, Wandy SP PIT – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/3/13 8:08 AM ET Trout fishing Santana, Ervin SP KC – Added
    Pettitte, Andy SP NYY – Dropped 5/6/13
    5/2/13 1:29 PM ET pr pelicans rh Infante, Omar 2B DET – Added
    Romine, Austin C NYY – Dropped 5/6/13
    4/30/13 8:43 AM ET Diamond Czars Dempster, Ryan SP BOS – Added
    Colon, Bartolo SP OAK – Dropped 5/6/13
    4/30/13 6:48 AM ET Diamond Czars Lincecum, Tim SP SF – Traded from swishmas 5/6/13
    4/30/13 6:48 AM ET swishmas Bautista, Jose RF TOR – Traded from Diamond Czars 5/6/13

    Please feel free to judge the worse decision from that list (excluding the Bautista trade, which mind boggling).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dropping Heyward was bad.

      • I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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        @Grey: Wish someone did that in my league as I have the #1 priority. In a good league that should cause the Sh*t to hit the fan.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: It was like a Domino Effect. One guy dropped Rios for Ruggiano. Then Another guy drops Heyward to pick up Rios. Then I add Heyward, dropping Morrow.

        So Thank you Justin Ruggiano for getting Hot?

        By the way, the guy who dropped Rios for Ruggiano now has an outfield of Arcia, Brown, Fowler, Vernon Wells and Ozuna. Ruggiano is on his bench.

        8th place team.

        The guy who dropped Heyward for Rios has Ellsbury, Jennings, McCuthchen, McClouth and Shierholtz with Rios and Melky on his Bench. Get this – James Loney is his new UT.

        4th Place team.

        How do you get you head around that Decision making process?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure… Public leagues can be lame like that…

        • Gavin says:
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          @Gareth: Ah it’s a public league. Now your posts make sense. It’s obviously not competitive. I don’t know why you need help winning that thing.

          • Gareth says:
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            @Gavin: Yeah, this is my last Public League. I love Baseball and This site is awesome. That’s why I come on here asking questions.

  18. Benchland says:
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    Would you take Bruce for Pence? Hamilton might be an option too… Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would take Hamilton or Bruce, in that order…

      • Benchland says:
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        @Grey: Hamilton was too expensive but I Bruce strait up for Pence! Thanks Grey! Allowed me to drop Dunn finally and pick up Paredes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  19. Fister Furbush says:
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    Aoki or Doc Brown going forward? Bron has good upside but I’m scared of his slumps that he gets in. Aokis value should rise tho right?

    • Grey

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      Aoki

  20. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ma stop trying to get you to see the light on Son of Donald. Probably it’s an A’s thing with me anyway.

    In the investing game there is this thing called Alpha. It’s a measure of the excess of profit above expected returns adjusted for risk. I’ve kind of been tinkering with how to apply modern portfolio theory to a fantasy baseball team, or thinking about whether there’s any applicability at all.

    In thinking about it, for me, there are players who kind of fall into distinct categories: guys who you expect to perform at a fairly predictable level, guys who have floor that you expect but they also have upside, guys who have a level you expect but there’s also a perception of downside risk without upside, and then guys who have both upside and downside.

    Why I’ve been asking you about what upside means to you is I’m kind of trying to piece together in my mind whether or not the concept of upside actually exists and could it be in anyway quantified. Or is it a perceptual thing that doesn’t actually exist at all? What are the inputs that create the perception of upside downside? Be interested to hear your thoughts, but understand if you glide by as you have a lot of folks asking if they should refinance their homes or fake their orgasms that need a response below.

    • Grey

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      Interesting… Upside exists when a guy is young and there’s unknown, but a track record of minor league experience… Upside also exists from previous year track records… Downside exists from the same reasons… If a guy establishes a career line in the minors or majors then is playing above or below that, there’s upside or downside…

      I think Jack Full of Hate stumbled on another one… Guys like Burnett… You just ride out because they cost nothing and you know no one will give you anything for them…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s interesting because when you’re talking upside downside it sounds a lot like regression (regression in the mathematical sense of return to average whether that means the upside of return to a higher, established level or a sliding back to a lower career average for a player currently over-acheiving). Those things are actually pretty quantifiable.

        But I do think upside/downside sometimes get used to mean a player has the potential to bust through the established average. It’s distinguished from regression in that it’s an estimation of something less quantifiable. Downside injury risk and breakout potential are examples that come to mind.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Regression feels about right, but it’s not only about that… It’s about what a player is capable of and if they’re capable of doing even better than that… Harper comes to mind… He has upside. He’s good for 25/15… He’s capable of 35/20….

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            How do you know Harper has the upside upside? Is upside upside, the breakout stuff, something that’s only applicable to a guy with a shortish minor league track record who is unproven one way or another in the majors? Some of it has to be qualitative guess work, right? We all look at a guy like Justin Upton before this year and say, hey this guy has a monster season in him somewhere, just look at him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s amorphous, I’ll give you that… But when a guy is between the ages of 21-28, I look at their stats as if they’re climbing… So if a guy can steal 20 bases and is progressing up, and if the same guy is 25-homer power guy progressing up, then he has big upside on both power and speed…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Trend lines. Yeah I like that. Solid thinking. Most projection systems use a weighted average, giving more weight the more recent the season, so if a player has a rising trend line, it would be reflected in the projection. But a projection system doesn’t have an upside concept. It doesn’t say this trend suggests the possibility that there is going to be a quantum progression.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Say there’s Pence and Starling Marte on April 1st with no stats, do they both have upsides and downsides? I’d say they do… Pence’s downside is lower because there’s more known and less unknown… Does Pence have more upside or less? I’d say less for the same reason and one is trending up and one is either platooning or on the way down…

            • Gavin says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Unlike a lot of fantasy baseball players who just look at numbers, some people actually watch players and track scouting reports and yes you can just look at a guy and SEE that he has upside/potential.

              • Gavin says:
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                @Gavin: By *players, I meant *managers

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Gavin:

                I am a huge believer in qualitative information in fantasy. I think watching baseball is the number one way to succeed, provided you’re not totally number illiterate to the point where you don’t know how to construct a roster.

                • Gavin says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: I think Bryce Harper is going to hit a 600 foot home run every time he cocks back on a hanging breaking ball.

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Gavin:

                    I used to feel that way watching Sheffield. Menacing.

    • Prezii says:
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      @OaktownSteve: doode, just admit it already…. You are Billy Beane using OaktownSteve as your alias…

      • mc serch says:
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        @Prezii: hahahaha

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @mc serch:

          Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: In the investing game, some things break through their range and form a double bottom and take off…and some things always maintain their range and regress to their reliable re-entry price point…upside and no upside…my two pennies…

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Wake Up:

              what I was kind of going for is, can something like alpha be calculated for a player like it can be for a stock. In order to do that calculation you need some concept of risk. How risky is an investment in any particular player at a particular time. Could we speak about a regression risk. That is take a player’s current performance versus career performance and call the distance between the two something like risk? And then to calculate alpha to see how well you did, take the amount of risk you took on and adjust your actual profit or loss on that player (i.e. performance against replacement average over the same period).

              I don’t think it really comes together, but the purpose behind my thinking is that there are kind of some distinct styles fantasy players have where some guys seem to want to take on a lot of high upside guys and others prefer the slow and steady and other still diversify. I was wondering if there was a way to use modern portfolio theory to quantify the success of those distinct styles.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @OaktownSteve: It sounds very interesting indeed…I’ve always seen a lot of parallels as well…It feels like there are other variables to adjust for with a player though, as you said…(how would you account for balance sheet, P/E, etc…)
                Team wise…it seems like the difference between winning one year and winning consistently year over year…if you load up on all upside and everything breaks you will dominate…but it is not a consistent reliable strategy year over year…
                As far as quantifying…I’m on my third Porter…good luck…I’ll be interested in what you find out…

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Wake Up: still thinking about this…curious about what you are using for your risk free rate? And wouldn’t you have to be comparing all players to the same benchmark and not their individual benchmarks?

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Wake Up:

                    That’s why I say it doesn’t quite all add up. I am more trying to think about whether there analogous inputs that lead to a calculation that does the same thing. Measures the profit versus risk. I think the risk free rate could be something along the lines of replacement value.

  21. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In an AL only keeper league, Reimold or Paredes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paredes

  22. Adam says:
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    One more….heyward is coming of DL…my Outfielders are allan Craig,Bryce Harper,Chris Davis,Cargo,Victorino and Fowler……trying to trade someone to open a place for Heyward….heyward has no value now so cant trade him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know what your question is.

  23. MattTruss223 says:
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    follow up to earlier post…I asked about the Choo/Moore for E5/Lester trade: You said it was fair.

    Hmmm, so prolly not worth it just to rid myself of Hosmer?

    Hows about grabbing and stashing Corey Hart on the DL when Grienke comes off and hoping that on June 1st my 1B spot is saved by the boy in the box?

    That gives me time to see if Hosmer picks it up, if he hasn’t by 6/1, drop him to activate Hart…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stash Hart…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Sweet, thanks Grey. Out of Cingrani/Niese/Homer Bailey, Niese is the drop to activate Grienke, yes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  24. Rich Garces says:
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    Drop Niese for Wheeler? 16 team league and I have no one else to drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Rich Garces says:
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      @Rich Garces: could also drop Beachy (Giancarlo’s in my DL)

  25. poleax says:
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    Dynasty league, who would you rather have H. Santiago or Doubront?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hector

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @poleax: H. Santiago.

  26. whampwhamp says:
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    Obviously drop doubront for wheeler like yesterday right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  27. potus says:
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    D Brown or Ugly?

    Ugly or D Brown?

    TIA

    YHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uggla, TIA YHL

  28. RedRox says:
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    Pence reminds me of Earthworm Jim. Look for it next time you watch him bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @RedRox: this is quite apt

  29. Sky

    Sky says:
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    A Meredith Brooks reference? Grey, give me your iPod, you need my help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA You don’t dig Lilith Fair?!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: who does?….wait is this the coug answering for grey

    • JoeC says:
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      @Sky: Ha! I was trying to figure out who sung those lyrics. The closest I could come up with is PJ Harvey’s “I Think I’m a Mother” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43_fgxwVi_c), which isn’t even really close, but I thought maybe I forgot some lyrics.

      Who the hell is Meredith Brooks? And how have I avoided going to Lilith Faire even once with all the snatches I’ve dated? (the answer probably lies in avoiding hippy chicks… I mean look, flower child, you’re beautiful and always have the best weed, but a crystal is NOT a replacement for deodorant and your pits should be as smooth and as hair-free as a baby’s butt (this advice could also apply to PJ Harvey, btw))

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Hahaha…wait, hey! Don’t make fun of hippies! Grey always calls me a hippy. But now I know he listens to Paula Cole so I’ve got something to hold over his head.

        PJ Harvey is damn awesome.

        • JoeC says:
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          @Sky: I’d marry her today and shave her like Ser Loras did Renly!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You’ve Game of Throne’d me! Haven’t seen 1 episode yet nor read the books. Basically, I’m like 5 years behind everyone when it comes to TV, I’m just that anti-hipster.

            • JoeC says:
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              @Sky: I do a less-hermity version of the same: I wait until the season is over for whatever series I’m currently following so that I can watch all the episodes back-to-back. Thus I’m not watching Season 3 of GoT right now, nor Season 6 of Mad Men, although I thirst for those shows like I do for the secret moans of a woman.

              Hmmm… okay, it’s been a while, alright?! :)

              Also, is GoT hipster? I thought that was skinny jeans, attitude and bands you’ve never heard of like Vampire Weekend? I live in Cap Hill in Seattle and it’s dangerously-infected with hipsters. I went out with a hipster girl recently who, while being a complete neurotic mess herself, had okay taste in music for her kind. This is one of the songs she turned me on to:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdRaf3-OEh4

              Creative video and enjoy the lyrics more than the music per se, although it does have kind of that Pavement-y, punk rock, do whatever kind of attitude that I like in music.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Nah, I was making a comment of how it’s hipster to say ‘I was into that 5 years ago’. I’m so far behind on everything I can never be hip!

                I haven’t listened to LCD Soundsystem but had heard of them. Makes me think of the early 80′s late 70′s punk/art rock like The Talking Heads and for some reason Romeo Void: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePIImGMjn_8 I do hear a bit of Pavement in there, too.

                For me, if it’s on actual TV – read I have to plan around watching it on a particular night – I probably haven’t seen an episode. I don’t like TV that requires me to plan around it; Netflix was made for me. Can’t wait until cable dies and we go to the iTunes route with that type of entertainment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Sky: Girls that don’t shave their arm pits and guys that do are cool…

          • JoeC says:
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            @Grey: I’m eternally glad that there’s an entire ocean between ‘Merica and that sort of thinking (yes, I know you’re being sarcastic… “When in doubt, assume Grey is being sarcastic” is, I believe, the 11th commandment on the tablet that Moses dropped).

            Toyota boy, you wanna check my math?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            And thus we now know one of the little things that made Coug and Grey fall in love…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Sky: I’m mothereffing charming!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Mothereffing is never charming! Just cuz your parents aren’t there anymore doesn’t mean I won’t tell them about your potty mouth!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Sky: 2nd the pj harvey’s awesome part.

  30. Ron says:
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    Who will bring me better fantasy rewards ROS – Rizzo or Mauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  31. Fratstar says:
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    Would you trade Matt Cain for a bat like Bruce? I just don’t have enough hairs anymore…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah…

  32. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Elvis/Gallardo or Zobrist/Fister non keeper, who ya got Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zobrist

  33. taped says:
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    stash Tazawa or Wheeler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tazawa

  34. Clint says:
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    I don’t know what it says about me that every time I see Dom Brown’s name I read it as “Demonic Brown.” Maybe it was that religious revival I chose to do my fantasy draft at, dunno.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Clint: I’m with you there. I also can’t read Alberto Callaspo’s name without thinking “collapso.”

    • stumanji says:
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      @Clint: As a cynical Phillies fan, I’ve often referred to him as Bum Clown.

  35. Oppo Taco says:
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    C – Mig Montero
    1B – Au Shizz
    2B – Phillips
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Lowrie
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Bautista
    Util – BJ Upton
    Util – Arenado
    Bench – Profar, Tavares
    SP – MadBum, Shields, Harvey, Zimm, Ogando, Haren, Corbin
    RP – Street/Holland

    A) Drop either Haren or Profar for Wheeler? Profar will immediately be snatched since our league is a keeper but i doubt ill be holding on to him at the end of season anyway
    B) is there any other obvious drop for wheeler? I’d dump lowrie but no other option at SS
    C) there is no c.
    D) I own Au Shizz all thanks to the great grey nostradamus (my league wasn’t too keen on him and i stole him around pick 70 this year) Au Shizzzz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Profar D) Nice!

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      E) Any reason to panic on Miggy Montero? or hold…only waiver options are guys like Salty or Avila. thanks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        E) Hold

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Oppo Taco: pick 70, people are high. i thought i got lucky getting him right around his at the time yahoo ADP of 42. I was very nervous in that round (3rd) till he fell to me.

  36. JAY says:
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    Should i drop jose fernandez or neise for Wheeler? Keeper league where the cost only goes up 10% each year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now…

  37. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Will either Ozuna or Arcia be worth the $6 they would cost in my keeper next season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia will… Not sure what the Marlins play on doing with Ozuna once Stanton returns, so maybe on him…

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: Sorry, 12-team, 3 OF, 2 Util, $260 budget.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins: Whoa, you were too fast for me. Thanks.

  38. Yonni Bee Guud says:
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    What about Michaels Morse, he should be smashing the ball in the new SAFECO dimensions?

    Should I take the following change?

    Patrick Corbing & Michael Morse for Cliff Lee

    I really need a backup OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lee…

      • Yonni Bee Guud says:
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        @Grey:

        You mean I must keep Lee and reject the change? Gosh, its hard to find a good change.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  39. Wilsonian says:
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    Ok, going to try this again, since half of your Buys are available in my league. Here is my current roster in a 16 team H2H where we keep 5:

    C – JP
    1B – Frazier
    2B – Uggla
    3B – Machado
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – AJax
    OF – McLouth
    UTIL – Arcia
    UTIL – Lawrie
    BN – Espinosa
    BN – Cozart
    DL – Stanton

    SP – Price
    SP – Moore
    SP – Dempster
    RP – Wilhelmsen
    RP – Mujica
    P – Veras
    P – Cingrani
    BN – Tillman
    BN – Niese
    BN – Bailey (DL)

    These guys are available:

    Bats – Dee, Moreland, Paredes, Ozuna, Joyce, Doumit, Plouffe, Viciedo
    Arms – Wheeler, Kazmir, Santiago, Smoke Monster Locke

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    Any moves? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joyce over Cozart, Santiago over Niese if Niese looks bad vs. the Pirates, which I’m fully expecting him to…

  40. ranover says:
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    Mujica/A Hill for Cueto…which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  41. WhiteRabbit says:
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    would you trade Pence for Desmond Jennins? 10 team, MLB universe, re-draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I wouldn’t….

  42. RedRox says:
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    Kemp or Felix side in a trade.

    • RedRox says:
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      @RedRox:

      Should mention it is a QS league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs…

  43. Catchering Zzzzs says:
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    Sal Perez is making me sad. Any of these look better?

    Lucroy, Montero, Doumit, Pierzyniski, Avila, Martin, Castro

    Or stand pat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s making me sadder… I’d hold

  44. xtremehulk says:
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    Should I drop Ike Davis?

    Currently available on waivers:
    Kelly Johnson, Saunders, D. Brown, Y. Alonso, Joyce, Arcia, Ozuna, Moustakas

    Who should be my priority add if so?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  45. FillyP says:
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    Hey Grey. Do you like Doumit over the AVG/OBP killer Arencibia? Getting nervous he’s going into his usual lull. Other options are Martin, Ruiz, the Monteros.. OBP/XBH league.

    For pitching, I was thinking of dropping Tillman for a weekend spot start and then picking him back up off waivers (I have 1st priority). Any streamers you’re particularly fond of this weekend? I’m looking at Straily @ SEA, McCarthy vs. PHI, RobHer vs. SD, Feldman @ WAS. QS and IP league.

    Thanks!

    • FillyP says:
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      @FillyP:

      Last thing – how long would you ride out Niese? He’s look dreadful. I’d love to stash Wheeler, but I just don’t have the space right now.. would make a pretty awesome keeper. If League loses his job, I think that’s my move.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m thinking of dropping Niese in one league…

        • Dingbat says:
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          @Grey: What’s keeping me from dropping him is that I dropped him last year after his crappy start and watched him put it all together on someone else’s team. Some selected stats from May stats last year:

          6.07 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 2.88 K/BB, 6.09 FIP

          His stats so far this year:

          4.66 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 1.05 K/BB, 4.66 FIP

          More walks this year, fewer strikeouts, and fewer home runs, so it’s not the same kind of problems he had last year. But I’m still hesitant to drop him knowing that he’s capable of pitching much better after starting off horribly.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Dingbat: Yeah, he was terrific in April though last year, his fastball speed has dropped 1 MPH and his K-rate and xFIP are hideous… I’m seriously trying to figure out why to not drop him in a 12 team league and having a hard time…

            • jason batteiger says:
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              @Grey: i’m holding on in a 16 teamer, mostly due to there being nobody good on waivers.in the 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with JP… Straily…

  46. CT Old School says:
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    You need more sell options. Like guys owned in more than 75% of leagues (or some arbitrary number) who should be owned in less than 50% of leagues (or some other, lower arbitrary number). Or obvious sell high guys that offer more in trade value than they’ll be worth ROS (I’m looking at you Nate McLouth). Less obvious guys would be even better (Alex Gordon’s move to the 3-spot further reduces his anemic SB totals…blah3).

    Just a thought. (See how I make more work for you? More is never enough!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Okay, will consider…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: Agree! Right now, it’s kind of a BUY/sell column. I’d love to see more guys on the SELL side who, though hot right now, are not guys you believe in long-term (with the caveat that all hot schmotatos can be picked up if your league allows unlimited transactions and you’re not dropping your 1st round pick for them).

  47. Eric W says:
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    They are making a movie out of the gameshow where they went to India to find the next great pitcher. Think it was called the million dollar arm or something like that. I dont have a joke about this because I assume the box office returns will be funny enough.

    Anyway how much of an upgrade is Rizzio over a platoon of machado and jennings in my util slot? As always thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… That’s ridiculous… Rizzo is better, but just play Machado and trade Jennings for a piece you actually need…

    • JoeC says:
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      @Eric W: That makes no sense. They don’t even play baseball in India. Just cricket, which is A) really dumb and B) has a complete different pitching motion.

      I doubt you’re going to find someone who can just naturally pitch as well as a major (or even minor) leaguer. Pitching talent is something that takes years to develop.

      Of course… 1 billion people… I suppose it’s possible you could find an impossible needle in a haystack of that size.

  48. Ron says:
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    ROS – Fowler or Rizzo?

    • Brett says:
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      Rizzo for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  49. Nate says:
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    You like the Wheeler stash more than Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  50. Brett says:
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    Would you stash Wheeler over a current player like Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • mc serch says:
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        @Grey: whoa! that got my attention…out of Cashner, Cigrani and Niese, who would you drop first to stash Wheeler? I’m starting Cigrani and Cashner most turns, but Niese is currently stapled to my bench until further notice…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d watch Niese for his next start vs. the Pirates then make a call on him…

          • mc serch says:
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            @Grey: gotcha…thanks and happy happy hour

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

              • Brett says:
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                What about brett Anderson or matt garza for wheeler?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Anderson

                  • Brett says:
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                    What’s your thoughts on Kennedy? Dude is killing me. Cut him for wheeler? It’s him or cashner?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Depends how deep your league is… I could see cutting him… He looks off… I’d probably just bench him for two games though or until he shows signs…

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Brett: Last night he was pretty good. Against the Phillies though, who scare nobody now.

  51. Brian Peppers says:
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    Better stash: Beachy or Wheeler? No DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

  52. El Famous Burrito says:
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    The Game of Thrones joke was a bit of a stretch, but I still LOL’d.

    Huzzah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your Grace

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @Grey:

        The night is dark and full of errors.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome!

          • JoeC says:
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            @Grey: “Wheeler is coming…” — the Starks new slogan? :)

  53. Schlitzy says:
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    If you could pry Hamilton away for pence and a closer you do it right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  54. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    I assume if I asked if I should cut Josh Johnson and grab Wheeler – I would hear a resounding “HELL YES!”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  55. mc serch says:
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    Would you drop Ike D. for V. Wells, Y. Alonso or M. Moreland….Ike is my only bench guy and only gets put in lineup on short schedule days…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • mc serch says:
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        @Grey: ok, last question, knowing guys like that are on waivers, would you drop Ike for Wheeler and give up only hitter on bench

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think we have until Niese pitches to see how it shakes out… Don’t love dropping Ike, no…

          • mc serch says:
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            @Grey: got it…thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  56. anoraxx says:
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    Rutledge or Didi at SS ROS in re-draft league? Rutledge or Didi in keeper league at SS considering Rutledge will probably lose his SS eligibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge

  57. Dr. Sauce says:
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    5X5 head to head; 6 man keeper; start 5 outfielders, 1b, 2b, SS, 3b, Ca, Utility, 5 SP’s and 4 RP’s
    My current keepers are Braun, Harper, Giancarlo, Au Shizz and 2 of Reyes, Austin Jackson, Sho Choo, Machado maybe Myers
    Current Staff includes; SP – Samard, Gallardo, Medlan (RP eligible), Ryu, Jo-Fer, Maholm RP-Rivera, Mujica, Tazawa, Cingrani, Cashner
    Trade my Machado and Will Myers for his David Price and Josh Hamilton
    If I made the deal I would replace Machado with either Todd Frazier or Arenado
    Hamilton would replace Stanton until he’s healthy and then would be my 6th outfielder or Utility (although Big Papi currently occupies that spot)
    Appreciate your wisdom in advance!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Price and Hamilton…

  58. Pete says:
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    Should I pick up Kenley Jansen or Dominic Brown (if you have to pick 1 right now, can do the other next week if available)? H2h points league, no holds.

    Need to drop 1: can drop Quintana, Cashner, Hafner, De Aza, Pagan or Nava. Currently have 1 bench hitter. SP’s go super deep in my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kenley… Hafner

      • Pete says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Should have also mentioned we have 2 util slots, and 4 OF. Saunders is another option, but I know you like him. Was leaning De Aza or Nava but there’s also Yankee emotion involved…Does any of this change your original drop?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nava….

  59. Jake DuBois says:
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    Wheeler or Gee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

    • Jake DuBois says:
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      @Jake DuBois:

      Edit: Please Rank:

      Wheeler, Gee, Kendrick, Cashner, Beckett

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Kendrick, Beckett

  60. Brian says:
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    Need to drop someone to pickup the next young flame thrower from NYC!!!. Pitching staff is Scherzer,Samardzija,Miller,Cingrani,Moore,Milone,Ryu,Cash,Beckett, Beachy(DL).. Rp are Romo,Valverde,Perkins.

    Who do i drop from that list of pitcher or drop a hitter or hold!! I like Wheeler a ton!!

    12 team H2H 6×5. Hitters are Perez,Goldy,Kinsler,Cabrera,Rutledge,Jones,Choo,Trumbo,Cruz,bench Frazier,Arenado,Aoki,D.Gordon

    I really look forward to your Friday’s buy/sell article, it gets me through the week!!

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Aoki

  61. Gareth says:
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    Here is my Team in its current form.

    10 team cbs roto Weekly League w/ 2 catcher, MI, CI, UT, 5 Outfielders. 9 pitching spots. 6 bench spots (hitters/pitchers) No DL Slot.

    I am Ashamed.

    C Santana
    C Mauer
    1B Votto
    2B Utley
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    SS Starlin Castro
    OF Stanton
    OF Bautista
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Heyward
    OF Choo
    MI Asdrubal Cabrera
    CI Goldshmidt
    UT Lawrie

    Bench

    2B Weeks
    OF Gardner
    OF Swisher

    Starters

    Felix, Gio. Gallardo, Lynn, AJ Burnett.

    Relievers:

    Frieri, Betancourt, Street, Holland.

    Bench:

    Jaime Garcia, Homer Bailey, Alex Cobb.

    This is for a reference in regards to my grumblings about how inept and shallow my league is.

  62. Gareth says:
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    Should I form hitter package for Ace caliber Pitcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need an ace…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Gareth: should i wear water wing when i go in the pool?

      • Gareth says:
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        @Prezii: Most Definitely.

        • Gareth says:
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          @Gareth: Americans do Sarcasm. Who Knew?

      • Gareth says:
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        @Prezii: Where is your Gravatar by the way?

        • Prezii says:
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          @Gareth: ahh didnt feel like booting up the ol time machine to do it… Soon Garrett with a lisp! Soon!

          • Gareth says:
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            @Prezii: Hey prezzie:

            My name is gareth and it is a common name in the uk and some commonwealth countries. If it makes lispers feel better about themselves I’m happy for them.

            I’ve been in the states for a while now, and get called garth or garrett occaisionally by americans. for the record, I wasn’t in waynes world nor am I part of the country music community. Its g a r e thhhhh.

            Be honest, wouldn’t it annoy you if you went to England and they kept saying your name wrong a lot?

            I was actually named after a famous welsh rugby player – gareth edwards.

            Also – one of the best current players in the english soccer premier league is a Welsh guy called gareth bale.

            Look those talented fellas up on Wikipedia if you like, as well as the origin of the name gareth. I’m proud to be from wales and to have a popular traditional name.

            Don’t mess with the celts!

            Rant over.

            • Prezii says:
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              @Gareth: haha ive been to england and a lot of europe… Id be happy if the only rude thing they did to me was mispronounce my name, to be honest…

              • Gareth says:
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                @Prezii: Just Light up a fag and relax……

                • Prezii says:
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                  @Gareth: haha i only got one fag left! Plus these bums keep walking by asking to spare em one..

                • Prezii says:
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                  You could spell my name Prezziziizprez,.and i wouldnt be offended tho. Just a name man! No big deal.. just yankin ur chain! Non sexually..

                  • JoeC says:
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                    @Prezii: C’mon Prez, we know your “real name” is Poindexter! :)

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @JoeC: dont get it.. not funny.

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @JoeC: i never really talk to you and everytime you are talking shit about me so i figured you just hated my beautifuliness. But now that i know thats okay with you, step back from the fire, cuz you are bout to get burned! :)

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Prezzi: [Looks at label of leisure suit... "100% polyester"... whimpers]

  63. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    Would you trade BJ Upton for Estrada? I could use a #5 pitcher that I could toggle in/out w/ Phil Hughes. I acquired BJ in hopes of capitalizing on his UPton side, but I’m not sure his ROS is worth it (is ROS singluar or plural?). Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t….

  64. bl33 says:
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    Drop any of these pitchers in my keeper league for Wheeler – 2014 draft round in ( )?
    T Milone (19), J. Fernandez (25), T. Cingrani (25), K Gausman (25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

      • bl33 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        I’m also very pitching heavy and need OF help. Was offered Heyward (4) + Eaton (25) for Bumgarner (1). I would be left w. Gio, Ryu, JZ, Morrow and the other guys I just mentioned. Eh? OF is currently Upton Bros., Cespedes, Marte, Ichiro, Arcia.

        Btw – team name thoughts? “Deja Vu (Upton Baby)”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Heyward… Upton Here Upton Here

  65. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hi Greyski,
    Would u trade Frazier for wheeler in keepers league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  66. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    @Grey:

    14 team dynasty points league.

    Have an OF currently of Choo, Agon, and Crawford starting. Myers and Leonys Martin on my bench and Adam Eaton on the DL

    Arcia, Ozuna, Gardner, Kelly Johnson, Parra, Schierholtz, Venable, Span, and Nava all available. Would you drop Martin for any of these? Dynasty format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  67. anoraxx says:
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    Grey, do you see Edwin Jackson being useful this season? His ERa is sitting at 6.4 but his FIP is 3.18, xfip 3.53 and siera 3.7. Do you think there is any turnaround coming?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he should be better, for sure… Not exactly holding him on my bench waiting for it, but could see picking him up once he starts to turn things around…

  68. Vottomatic says:
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    Did I get enough for Harvey?
    Got Zobrist and Minor, for Harvey and Rutledge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: HAHAHAHAHA.

  69. ashtray says:
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    Trade Harvey for Kinsler? I have Aaron Hill on the DL right now and a capable Rutledge filling so I’m leaning against it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kinsler

  70. ranover says:
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    Mujica for Gomez…which side?

    Mujica for Craig…which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez, Craig

  71. Frank Grimes says:
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    Tillman, Cashner, Santiago or Villanueva drop one to stash wheeler? (12 team H2H points)
    also would u swap any for Locke, Phelps or Straily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villanueva, Cashner for Straily’s game vs. Mariners…

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @Grey: it’s weekly league thinking more long term with wheeler?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Frank Grimes: too be clear…I wasn’t lumping in Silver Linings with the other two…it’s just pretty solid…

          • Frank Grimes says:
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            @Wake Up: gotcha ill give anything a shot whether I get thru the whole thing is another story ;)

  72. Drop Teheran for Wheeler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  73. JashFath

    Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Following up from your previous post, I learned my lesson with Kipnis after dropping him after a terrible start last season. You fool me once, bupkis on you. You fool me twice, bupkis on meshpucka.

    Anyways, I’m considering offering Pujols for Cespedes. I have Goldy, Frazier, and Jones with 1B eligibility. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Probably would aim a hair higher, but it’s fair…

  74. Gareth says:
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    I’m calling my Mom. Prezzi and Kid A are making fun of Me!

    I Feel like Delmon Young at Dunkin Donuts. Don’t Mock Me! (Scoff, scoff, Chomp, Chomp).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • Prezii says:
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      @Gareth: haha hey man, cant stand the heat then take off ur knitted sweater..

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii: I love you man, but the whole making fun of the name thing is getting a bit old…

        • Prezii says:
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          Sorry steve. I respect your comment and will stop making fun of Gareth… Although, i must bring to your attention that that(stutterr) was only the third time i said garrett with a lisp… It could have gone for another day or two, no? Okay, you are right.. i will play nicely!

  75. Jordan73 says:
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    Carrying Papelbon, Romo, Holland, and Tazawa, but Balfour just landed in the FA pool. Would you drop Holland or Tazawa for him? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tazawa

  76. anoraxx says:
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    Grey, what about Moore´s 4.42 FIP, 4,19 xFIP and 4.23 SIERA. He walks quite a lot of hitters last two starts. Do you have any concerns? How about trading him for Gio, good idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anoraxx: Moore is a walking time bomb if he doesn’t get his walks in control… I still think with his Ks he can maintain a 3.25-ish ERA as I projected in the preseason… He’s not a sub-2 ERA pitcher, that’s for sure…

  77. Ron says:
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    How much do your pre-draft rankings matter at this point in the season when it comes to determining trade value?

    Please rank these OF for ROS: Baustista, Holliday, Gordon, Cespedes, Bruce

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: A bit… Bautista, Gordon, Cespedes, Bruce…

  78. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Happy Friday All,
    Weekly start, Lawrie or A-Gon? Today is deadline.
    & start one of these Miller v NYM, Cing @ Mia, Wilhelm

    • Gavin says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: A-Gon having neck issues, should get more games out of Lawrie.

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @Gavin: yeah I know, but he still put up better numbers than lawrie last week (5 for11 vs 2 for 25)

        • Gavin says:
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          @Buge Hoobs: Because he’s better. Maybe research into batter vs pitcher matchups over the next week. Hold on, let me go look that up….

          • Buge Hoobs says:
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            @Gavin: right again, and that’s why I was asking g-man. Better but hurt vs ehh in a rut

  79. troy says:
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    would you rather give shelby miller for ryan howard or harvey for freeman? or do neither really need a CI i really like freeman but feel like id be selling harvey short

  80. JMAC says:
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    I have Pettitte Niese Morrow & Tazawa (plus 3 other closers) who would you drop to stream today and who would you stream? Straily or Hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC: Pettitte, Straily

  81. Mike says:
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    Every time I see Wheeler’s name a part of me dies as a Giants fan. That is all.

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @Mike: come on dude Sabean is a genius and we have two series to prove it. wheeler could be good we still don’t know Giants are/were in win NOW mode

      • JoeC says:
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        @Frank Grimes: Yeah, exactly. I’d take 2 World Series championships over some rookie nookie any day.

        • Mike says:
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          @JoeC:

          Don’t get me wrong I’m very happy with to WS, but Beltran didn’t help that equation. I can be greedy right? Plus I’m wanting a 3rd and Voggy and Timmy aren’t helping that.

          • JoeC says:
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            @Mike: Timmy did well last night. Maybe he’ll turn it around?

            3 WS in 4 years? You *are* being greedy. :)

            • Mike says:
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              @JoeC: haha…true.

  82. BillT says:
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    Price and Nathan for CarGo and Heath Bell. Is it fair? Anyone clearly win?

    • Gavin says:
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      @BillT: It’s fair enough. I’d rather have CarGo

  83. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Would you trade Cingrani to get Wheeler?

    • Gavin says:
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      @JoshO: Not in a redraft league. Guys not even up yet.

  84. kalot says:
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    Chapman/Chris Davis for Price….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kalot: Chapman, but it’s fair…

  85. Ryan741 says:
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    Better deal in a H2H points league: Kershaw/Ellsbury/Morneau or Greinke/Kimbrel/Adam Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan741: Kershaw, it’s close

  86. Ray says:
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    Brandon Phillips/Matt Moore or Kinsler/Matt Cain… which side ROS?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Ray: Kinsler

  87. Negatto says:
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    Sorry for another Wheeler question, but here goes.

    Wheeler ROS, more then Hughes or Hector Santiago?

  88. Hondo says:
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    Just picked up Kasmir last night on impulse.Drop him to stash Wheeler?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Hondo: I would. I don’t understand why people are on Kazmir’s tip.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo: I picked up Wheeler instead of Kazmir to stash…

  89. OaktownSteve says:
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    Is it time for some of us commenters to hip our fellow commenters to notion of context? It baffles my mind how folks can ask something like “what do you think about Cargo for Harvey?” It’s a totally unanswerable question. In order to make sense of any request for a recommendation you basically need to know size of the league and settings (categories and rules), keeper or redraft, current roster and standings both over all and in individual categories that can be effected by whatever transaction you’re talking about. If you take the time to ask yourself all those question, you can come over to Razzball if that’s your advice site of choice and look at the projections or revised analysis for players and plug in some numbers and do it yourself. DIY folks.

    Save Ferris!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      should be “affected” not “effected” above. I dig Grammar Girl, by the way.

      • Gavin says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I just take questions like that as “in a vacuum”. And I prefer that, otherwise you get guys posting their entire lineup and league settings and prefacing every question with a chain of events that led up to them acquiring the player in question and it’s just a turnoff in trying to help. The asker should understand the context of their trade question. Like they should take into consideration if they’re already stocked at SP or whatever. I like the quickfire.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Gavin:

          yeah but…let’s take one from above: Harvey for Kinsler. The best you could say for an answer to that question is that Kinsler will finish the year higher in the player raters than Harvey, so therefore Kinsler. But at minimum, you need to know who is replacing each player and you have to have your own projection for that player rest of season. Say it’s Aaron Hill and Hector Santiago. So if you ask, in the vacuum “Harvey or Kinsler” you’re kind of saying I can’t figure out what I expect from those two players the rest of the year but you can calculate a ROS projection for Hill and Santiago? Doesn’t make any sense. If you can figure out one, you can figure out the other in which case, you didn’t really need to ask. Or you can figure out neither, I which case you need the whole context in order to get anything like a meaningful response.

          • Gavin says:
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            @OaktownSteve: There’s a whole lot of questions on here that needn’t be asked. But yes I kinda go ROS when it’s posed open-ended. I don’t see a problem with that. Some people don’t know what to expect from any given player. And the answer is Santiago and Kinsler :)

          • Gavin says:
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            @OaktownSteve: See like “Cartman 4evs” question below. Obviously if he’s weak/strong at 2nd base, CI, etc that would change the order. But I’d advise him ROS as if they’d be at his Utility spot. It’s on him to weigh their value based on need.

          • Frank Grimes says:
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            @OaktownSteve: c’mon oak isn’t it more fun to see grey and the commenters response. sure someone could look things up but everyone will have different conclusion of what they’ve seen no?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Frank Grimes:

              Whenever I see your posts I hear Homer’s voice saying, “…or Grimmey, as he liked to be called.”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA!

              • Frank Grimes says:
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                @OaktownSteve:
                My name is Grimes, Simpson. Frank Grimes. I took the trouble to learn your name, the least you can do is learn mine.
                Homer: Okay, Grimey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: That’s why I sometimes say it’s fair… Basically depends on league situations for those…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: By the by, I think CarGo for Harvey is answerable… I’d take CarGo… Unless you have Trout, Bautista and Adam Jones in your lineup and your next best pitcher after Harvey is Andy Pettitte…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        You’re a swell egg, Albright. You’re giving the commenters a fair shake. You figure they are smart enough to figure out the context on their own. In other words, they’re not looking to swap Harvey for Cargo if they are crushing on offense and struggling on the mound. Good on ya, as my granddad used to say.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s weird is I used to say, ‘good on me like Oaktown Steve’s granddad would say…’

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            yeah it’s a pretty common expression. Like “smooth as Oaktown Steve.” Or “handsome as Oaktown Steve.” Or as “rich, smooth and handsome as Oaktown Steve.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm, I’ve never said those… Have used it’s as Oaktowny as Oaktown Steve in convo…

    • JoeC says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I just assume that posters that don’t provide info are in a standard, 12-team roto mixed league.

  90. Jeff says:
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    Frustrated David Murphy owner in 14 team roto league with OBP instead of AVG…drop him for Venable, parades, Quentin, or a future pickup like Wheeler?

  91. Eddy says:
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    Kenley Jansen is a must-own, correct? A manager just dropped him. How soon do you think he’ll take over the closing gig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Yes, must own… Next few weeks…

  92. Buffalo Runner says:
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    can you explain your avatar? it kinda looks like Don Mattingly in 1983

    • JoeC says:
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      @Buffalo Runner: I would say it’s even older than that… like circa 1970′s. It has a very Starsky & Hutch look to it.

      As for revealing the secrets of Grey’s avatar… c’mon Buffalo Runner… allow a little mystery in life!

  93. Kyle Kendrick Lamar says:
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    Oswaldo or Paredes?

  94. hankp says:
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    Would you deal Cashner for Dee or Niese for Alexei if you were deep at SP and light at SS?

  95. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    drop Cashner, Detweiler, or Hector Santiago for Wheeler? Keeper League

  96. One Man Crusade says:
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    I won Hunter Pence and bought him low in the off-season in a keeper league. My plan was to sell high during the season. I think this is it. What are some of the players to target? I have need at 2b,3b and SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @One Man Crusade: I’d shoot for a #1 to 2…. Phillips, Zimmerman, Sandoval, Peavy-ish come to mind…

      • One Man Crusade says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  97. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop Pettitte/Westbrook or Mccarty for Burch SMith? Granted I have to wait till he gets added to yahoo buttttttttttttt ???

  98. Cartman 4evs says:
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    What is the pick-up order for Kelly Johnson, Dom Brown, Moustakas, Arcia and Moreland?

    • Cartman 4evs says:
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      @Cartman 4evs: I guess I should add Arendo since he’s already playing for me. Thanks.

        • Cartman 4evs says:
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          @Grey: Thanks, as always.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem…

  99. Ferga says:
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    Sorry if you have answered this before…but what to do with R.A. Dickey. Put him on the block with no interest. Have some solid streamers available, but would hate to give up on him too soon, seeing as even last year his first month sucked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ferga: I’d hold tight and hope for the best… Yesterday wasn’t a hideous start, hopefully he’s turning a corner…

  100. A-Ram Baller says:
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    Funny. I come here for fantasy advice but all I get is how terrible Grey’s fantasy teams are. .

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re getting extra coverage then at the still low cost of free. Congrats!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Must be complaining too much, my teams are doing well this year so far *finds wood, knocks*

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Where did you find the wood?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          On waivers, dropped Koji for him…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: niceeee

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @A-Ram Baller: yeah, you didn’t know, that’s what these near 1200 posts are about man. something sure is funny.

  101. sange_da_man says:
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    Miguel Montero hit the wire today…..have Perez and Gattis as my c’s…..Drop Gattis for Montero or hold steady? Montero has been awful but can go up…..Gattis has been up and can only go down….but that extra OF eligibilty is gnawing at me with Gattis….but Heyward is coming back soon….but McCann has started hitting like he never missed the past 38 months…..but people that use ellipses usually ramble on…….so I’ll shut up and see what you have to say on the matter…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Gattis…

  102. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Marte or Pedroia ROS? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia

  103. Warren says:
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    Happy Friday Grey!

    Bought low on Beltre and have a surplus at 3B/CI. Looking to sell Zimm especially if he has a nice weekend–guy in my league is weak at 3rd and has Stras, Moore, and Sale. Who should I go after? Hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Strasburg, Moore or Sale… In that order…

      • Warren says:
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        @Grey: Got him for Zimmerman and Shark!

        • Warren says:
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          @Warren: by him I mean Strasburg. I will make a voodoo doll and massage his elbow every night before bed now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool…

  104. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Strategy question

    What is more valuable/recommended? Keeping a bench hitter that I can cycle in to one of three util spots to both ensure I have a hitter there everyday and rosterbate for the hot bat, OR use that bench spot to stream an extra Sp OR add an extra RP? 10 team, h2h, no innings or roster moves limit, 9×9: Avg, OPS, K, SB, E, HR, RBI, Runs, 3b (not my choice) and K, W, L, ERA, WHIP, CG, QS, Sv, Hd? I’m third is Saves and T-4 for holds.

    MadBum, Gio, Moore, Bailey, Ryu, Gallardo, Corbin, Wilhelmesen, Perkins, Mujica, Uehara, Gregerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on who the bench hitter is and how good a stream is on any given day… Most times I’d prefer to stream a pitcher…

  105. kingadrock says:
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    Would you trade Pence for Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • kingadrock says:
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        @Grey: cool thx!

  106. Wake Up says:
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    Do you like Wheeler over Cole? Or you thing he’ll be up sooner? Or both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Up sooner…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: btw, it’s a 22 team league, roto, 2×9, we count pitcher’s hitting stats, and HR’s count against you………….if that changes anything…

  107. RedRox says:
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    Altuve or Shields

    • Gavin says:
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      @RedRox: Altuve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  108. Hunter says:
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    Do I start Gallardo tonight in a roto league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m sitting him in a 12 teamer…

  109. BSW says:
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    “Grey Would Donate Sperm To That Wheeler” With titles like that, I’m having a harder time explaining my fantasy baseballing to my wife.

    Harder indeed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… My bad…

    • JoeC says:
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      @BSW: Why do you need to explain anything to her? Tell her to make you a steak and get you a beer!

  110. John says:
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    Would you trade Adrian Gonzalez for Jason Heyward? Both would be playing at UTIL. This new report about Adrian Gonzalez admitting he’s changed his swing to become more of a line-drive hitter has me scared…I’m starting to see him as more of a 18-22HR guy. I appreciate your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d lean towards Heyward…

  111. J-Lef says:
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    a league-mate drafted wheeler in the 15th round. you think a guy like that is likely to trade him with any kind of reasonable value? what sort of current production would be worth what wheeler might provide?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade for him with anything but a 5th outfielder, closer-type deal…

  112. Frank Grimes says:
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    Jennings not in line up with groin injury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah

  113. Kaji says:
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    Need a suggestion please. 12 team big money keeper league 5×5 roto (except ops instead of avg, and QS instead of wins), 1,600 max innings, so far I’m projected to 1502 innings, so im last place in K’s (I’ve been playing a lot of match ups, especially after I got suckered in and got Maurer’d early in the season).

    My pitching staff is: MadBum, Sales, Peavy, Kuroda, Niese, H.Santiago, Guthrie, Wheeler and just picked up Kazmir. RP is Freri, Perkins, Bell, and Vera.

    I don’t want to give up my main Keepers: Miggy, Kinsler, and Reyes. But my OF is pretty stacked with Choo, C.Davis, A.Gordan, P.Hunter, C.Rasmus, and I.Suzuki.

    My main question is, Is my pitching staff good enough? I am last in K, but thats probably because I’ve been playing a lot of match ups (evident by my projected of 1,502 innings in a 1,600 inning max league). I am ranked in the top 5 in every Cat except for SB and Ks. Should I wait till ASB and asses from there or start shopping around my OF (C.Davis or A.Gordon) to upgrade my pitching staff? Also If I am to trade C.Davis or A.Gordon (I am last in SB so I can’t trade Choo or p.hunter), what are some realistic decent K-rate Pitchers I can acquire for those 2 OF?

    Sorry for the long question, and as always Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your pitching’s gonna be fine… If it’s not in another month, then get an SP… No problem…

  114. Brewerfan says:
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    Drop Cashner for Wheeler?

    • Brewerfan says:
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      @Brewerfan:

      Sorry, just read comments above. Got my answer.

  115. RedRox says:
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    Trumbo or Shields, QS league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  116. steve says:
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    10 team keeper, h2h, 6×6 (includes OPS)
    Arcia or Arenado?
    Still the same answer is my only 3B is Machado (and I have depth in the OF; Stanton, Heyward, Justin Upton, Adam Jones, Marte, Gardner, Tavares)?

    • steve says:
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      @steve: I saw that you answered this above…arenado. have a great weekend

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You too!

  117. Hal Incandenza says:
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    ROS 6×6 w/OPS: Beltre or Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre

  118. Allof says:
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    who should I Drop to activate born from DL: Gardner, d jennings, m Morse, t frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        must have been difficult for you to say that .
        you’ve been holding high hopes for gardner all season (thus far) .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Once Grandy returns something’s gonna have to give…

  119. letsgobravos says:
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    Hola Grey…I’ve been busy the last few weeks so I haven’t had time to post. Both of my teams are doing well though, 1st in one league and 1 game out of first in the other despite the Greinkapocolypse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see ya… Nice…

  120. Colourwolf says:
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    Long time reader, first time poster.

    AL-only league

    My Fister and Plouffe for his M.Rivera and K. Johnson. I am set in CI/DH so Plouffe is sitting on the bench. MI I’m rocking with Marwin Gonzalez/Beckham.

    I’m second in W and K but 6/10 teams in Saves. I have Veras and Balfour already. SP (Darvish, Kuroda, Hughes, Quintana and a few scrubs – W.Davis, Harrell, Lyles, Bauer). Worth losing Fister to get the saves or hold with Veras/Balfour?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Mo and Johnson for your team…

      • Colourwolf says:
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        Thanks! Love your work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  121. Allof says:
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    Should I drop buck for: arenciba, Perez, or mccann

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JP

    • Grey's Mom says:
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      @Allof: McCann, c’mon

  122. The Thumb says:
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    Any time table on Taveras? I personally thought he’d be up by now.

    Also drop Hector Santiago for Wheeler after his start against MIN?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe July, maybe August, he’s behind everyone who is starting and Matt Adams…Depends on Beltran’s health…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: Please god, hurt Beltran soon! :D Thanksokbye!

  123. OaktownSteve says:
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    Harper out tonight with ingrown toenail surgery. Yeah…we do know too much about these kids.

    Anybody else having trouble with the ESPN site? I’m locked out. Can’t change my lineup.

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve: yo oak would u drop lowrie for asdrubal?

        • Frank Grimes says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I have Lowrie but Cabrera was just dropped. I was curious your thoughts of a switch since your As knowledge is so great.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Frank Grimes:

            It’s pretty close. I don’t think Jed is the guy he was in April. The O is a tough park but Cleveland is neutral at best. Lowrie has had health issues.

            Kind of related to the upside downside conversation. If each guy is going to play to his pre-season projections, there’s more upside in Cabrera in that he is below his average line where Jed seems more likely to regress the other way. If Lowrie slumps a little he’ll have more days off as they tend to roll that way but I sort of feel like Tito sends Asdrubal out there everyday. It’s close. I would say ‘Drubal by a nose.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      no problem here .
      yesterday , however , espn decided to sign me out .
      did you check that ?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        Can’t sign in but was still signed in from my fone so got in and could change it. Weird.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’m in ESPN…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Would you rather have a pitcher or a hitter…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        Gimme a couple of pitchers and I might become a hitter

    • steve says:
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      @OaktownSteve: no problems for me. maybe restart your computer (my answer for all computer-related issues)?

  124. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wheeler the best stash (apart from yours) outta all pitchers right now including Cole?

    Would you still rather have Taveras?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy:
      Oh and pretty sure that subscribing to these posts dont work anymore, i dont get any emails through anymore anyway.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Really? That’s odd… It works for me…

        @SteveNZ: It work for you?

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Grey: think me and Steve are the only people in the Razzball world that bother subscribing to posts. Just makes it easier to find answers later.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, that’s why I asked Steve… It’s Saturday for him, so might not check in for a bit…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: Back from soccer now. Comment subscription working fine for me.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Cool… Thanks!

          • JoeC says:
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            @Steve: “Soccer”? What’s that?

            • Steve says:
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              @JoeC: It’s a sport my daughter plays. I’d have called it football like it’s supposed to be but didn’t want to confuse anyone…

              • JoeC says:
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                @Steve: Heh. I’m always shocked how the rest of the world is absolutely fanatical about soccer and the US, still, refuses to get very excited about it.

                That’s changed somewhat with all the immigration from Latin America over the last 50 years, but football (American football) is still king here and it’s not even close. And yet the world ignores *our* version of football.

                It’s a strange world we live in!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stash Wheeler…

  125. J-Lef says:
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    Thanks for all the help, and for making it difficult to go about my daily business without Razzballiana popping into my conversations.

    On that front, would ya please rank Prado and Rutledge at 2B ROS (have Tulo at SS) and would you trade either for a high donkeycorn or $12 salad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Rutledge, Prado… I’d trade Prado for a Donkeycorn…

  126. Mike says:
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    Who do you like more in dynastys… Shelby Miller or Tony Cingrani long term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  127. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    final utility spot for tonight
    Aoki, Frazier, Rutledge or Brantley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge

  128. Dan F says:
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    Hey Guys,

    Just Graduated from College this week and was wondering if the guys at Razzball needed an intern? If there’s any interest feel free to email me and we can discuss.

    Best,
    Daniel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! You serious?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: the coug will be delighted….he will have to learn the difference between extremely hot and very hot coffee……

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I tell the baristas at Starbucks, “Burn my fingers and tongue.”

          • JoeC says:
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            @Grey: See, I take it to another level. I tell them to burn my soul.

            Deep thoughts, with Joey Cats!

      • Dan F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I’m serious. Sport Communication-Broadcasting Major with a Telecommunications Minor. Just graduated from Indiana University Bloomington. Would love to get in touch through email with you guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I emailed you back…

  129. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    still mulling the fowler for rutledge deal, I drafted fowler in the thought that this was going to be the year we have all been waiting for and that everything will finally come together, and now I want to go and ship him out….tough call. Its hard to rely on Davis and Saunders to hold up for the whole year. Jones and Choo I’m not worried about, but those two scare me a little.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you can’t ever be happy, I have this problem too… I’d hold Fowler… But they’re about equal when you consider Rutledge’s position eligibility…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I think it’s too early to make any drastic moves when I have been doing so well and can wait & see what the waiver wire gives me. On the flip side, complacency can be my undoing and the lost of that sweet sweet members only jacket. If this was for money then I would of done it, but this prize you guys dangle for us is like the precious to Gallum….damnit, now I’m using Lord of the Rings analogy’s. I hate myself right now…..more than the usual self loathing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Member’s Only Jacket…Oh, precious.” Hehe… I wouldn’t do anything drastic if I were in first either…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Im just going to sit back and do my best thinking activity….combing my mustache

  130. royce! says:
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    Kind of a followup regarding the 14 team h2h. I’d like to pick up Wheeler. I could lose Andrew Bailey, Pineda, Colby Lewis, Niese, Arcia, Kelly Johnson, or Dee Gordon. The bats are all either on my bench or playing UTIL. Anyone worth dropping for Wheeler? Or, I suppose, Kazmir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too many DL stashes… You can lose Pineda or Bailey… Or both…

  131. JDawg says:
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    Yo’ Grey, great article! Drop the Big FraGu for Parades or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Great username… Parades…

  132. Long Bawls says:
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    Rizzo/CarGo vs. Pujols/Phillips/Frieri?

    Mutton vs. sasquatch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  133. Scott says:
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    Just noticed that Cashner isn’t listed as the starting pitcher for Sunday’s game (on Yahoo). Possible he’s missing that start? Haven’t heard anything about soreness/injury so it seems like he should start and I swear he was listed when I looked yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s starting vs. the O’s…

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @Scott: he was pushed back to Tuesday

    • JoeC says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, he got jobbed. But, I’m hoping with the extra rest his pitching will be extra spicy with a side of awesome sauce! :D

  134. drew says:
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    Thinking of selling Harvey and Pence based on your advice. Maybe trying to get Trout and Scherzer. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trout…

  135. Long Bawls says:
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    Wow, looks like the secret order of Padres might have cracked the Da Vinci Cobb…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  136. costaricanchata says:
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    am already liking will venable’s visit to the east coast .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If the alternative is Petco, then yeah…

  137. Think I’m just gonna start calling the Mets the Nyets. Speaking of which, wondering what to do with Ike Davis. Yeah I can still see him hit 30 HR’s but I can also see him blahtooning to 15 HR’ and a .220. Are you seeing anything from him (like not standing halfway between the batter’s box and home plate) that gives reason to think he’s gonna turn it around anytime soon? For the moment I’ve just been benching him vs lefties but even that is getting old.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Mess…Yeah, they’re not good with the bats… Ike just got lucky to get a single… He’s lost at the plate right now, but he will turn it around at some point…

      • @Grey:

        Sure he will but for now he’s dead weight and some point could be August. I’m already looking for other options.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends what those options are…

          • @Grey:

            Well exactly, which is why I’m holding on. I can always move Trumbo to 1b, and I also drafted Mini-Donkey late, but then I’d need an OF. When Granderson comes off the DL I will re-evaluate. Overall my hitting has been excellent but I’m not gonna win this RCL league with zero production from my 1b slot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, won’t be easy… But you won’t get zero for the whole year…

  138. Kid A says:
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    @ Gareth-

    Was just trying to turn the screw a bit about your leagues. No offense intended. But in seriousness: it looks like I may be off the radar completely for a good chunk of the rest of the season. I have two RCL teams that I would gladly pass off (if possible).
    Bonus that one is with Jack Full of Smegma and his wonder-twin Claycord Dingbat (which makes it all the sweeter being in first place).

    Could be like a Spring Break/Gay Marriage hybrid team between us.

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/67a61e3024/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-james-franco?playlist=featured_videos

    Let me know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great video… Love the Ferns…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Kid A: guilt by association for the ding

    • JoeC says:
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      @Kid A: What do you mean you’ll be “off the radar”? Are you going on a submarine trip?

  139. Wake Up says:
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    This might be the beer….and the I love you mans coming out….but, just wanted to compliment you again on having such a great site/forum where smart people (myself the exception) can discuss interesting ideas (game of thrones the exception) without a bunch a douches getting in the way…not an easy feat on the interwebs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed… And don’t sell yourself short, Wake Up, you’re a big part of that… The good stuff in that…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Excuse me……….I was talking to Rudy….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: HA!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: oww burn, Grey! :D

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Razz is the tether that helps me feel like a true-blue american when I’m on my walkabouts.

        I’d call for a group hug, but prezii would just lift his leg and pee on someone.

        Sidenote: Twain’s ‘The Innocents Abroad’ is a great read.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s thanks to all of you… Prezii’s just got a weak bladder, not his fault…

          • Kid A says:
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            @Grey: Well we’ll see what happens when you sell out to ESPN and Snafu Larry becomes the moderator. We will burn ‘Staches in effigy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Snafu Larry likes Goldschmidt this year… Would’ve took him in the 5th round, wow, right?

              • Kid A says:
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                @Grey: Mind: Blow. He should hail his articles as “Future Prescience, Bitches!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA

              • Kid A says:
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                @Grey: Just to add something about what a toilet ESPN is, I saw they had a panelist the other night, from a fashion magazine, that was critiquing the style of different uniforms. Where is the hemlock?!?!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I will say I like the purple Rockies unis so much better!

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Grey: Purple is the Color of Kings. You and your damn game of thrones…

          • Kid A says:
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            @Grey: All kidding aside, you have built quite a machine here with Razz. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when you all are having conversations about how to truly monetize your work. Fantastic potential.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks! “So, I get one-sixteenth of a penny per a 1000 page views? Sweet!”

              • Kid A says:
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                @Grey: Koi are beautiful fish.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  So are Marlins… They can’t hit worth a lick though…

                  • @Grey:

                    Pays your Union dues at least.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      True

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Grey: Well if you ever need to bait hooks, I could DEFINITELY help you on that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Deal!

          • Prezii says:
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            Sure, make fun of the guy with the baby bladder… I get it…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nothing wrong with that, bathroom is the safest room in the house…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: unless you are in there praying to the porcelain god… Which i hope you plan on doing tonight!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  God willing!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Wake Up: Did you just NOT call me a douche? I’m offended at that. Go Eff yourself.

  140. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Rank these catchers in an OBP league: Ruiz, Doumit, Avila, Jesus

    Rank these pitchers for next week: Hughes, Cashner, Tillman, Locke

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doumit, Jesus… Tillman, Locke…

  141. Fish says:
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    Now I’m confused. Why was there a Puerto Rican in the boat???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good conversationalist…

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        Ha! Just don’t bring up the subject of the Expos move from Montreal, he’ll never shut up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Noted!

  142. Time to pop the cork on this bottle of Zinfandel, the weekend is officially here.

    • Prezii says:
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      Pop the bubblay!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Elijah: Eff time zones!

        • Kid A says:
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          @Elijah: In a land far, far away.

          • @Kid A:

            That speaks of nothing!

            • Kid A says:
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              @Elijah: Ate paiche ceviche and I flew out of Iquitos today. Look it up if you really are that fucking interested. Good enough?

              • Prezii says:
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                @Kid A: stop being a dick, dick! And stop flying around the world and we’ll know where you are! Geez haha

              • @Kid A:

                Cool your engines bro.

                • Kid A says:
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                  @Prezii: We better careful. This is the time when Papa Steve @Elijah: I @Elijah: I just assumed the pinch in my ear was a mosquito. I didnt realize it was a tracking device…

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Kid A: See what happens? the machine breaks down. I hope you all are happy!

                    • @Kid A:

                      Sure…blame the machinery…

  143. Pope says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I’ve got Cain, Hamels, Darvish. I don’t like having that many aces, if I throw in Grilli (I have Parnell, Jansen, Tazawa too) plus one of them (not Darvish), who do you think I could land? Looking for 1B/3B
    12 Team H2H
    Thank you – love the Gallardo jokes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamels and Grilli could get you Zimmerman or Sandoval or Trumbo-ish… Thanks!

  144. Prezii says:
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    Just got home, catchin up on the friday full of baseball… How the hellllll does cobb have 11 ks through 4 with 3 ER? i been drinkin a little bit damn, is that even possible?

    • Kid A says:
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      @Prezii: that you’ve been drinking? I’d be more surprised if you haven’t been.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Kid A: haha just a couple shots of captain at my favorite watering hole. Youll get sloppy, cant find the bathroom, eat the wrong mushroom, make fun of gareth type Prez tonight! :)

        • Kid A says:
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          @Prezii: Fuck buying you drinks Prezii, I may just buy a house and a film crew.

          • Prezii says:
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            The Prez Story, mayyyy not be for all audiences… You have been advised.

            *que guitars*

    • Prezii says:
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      And damn, SON was wayyy off on that Marcum call. I swear he just likes picking on Pittsburgh!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        SON has no favorites…Except Joe Blanton.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Grey: hehe, maybe they’re related..

  145. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Have the lads around HQ been whistling the “Heart” tune all day after you piped it to all hands this morning….. I know, I have been humming it…

    I imagine, you fellas in some swank (Friuty – in Hitchhiker lingo) Santa Monica office suites … A building filled with Big-Time shark Sports Agent types and the like… Right???

    I’m shocked to see you recommending Stevie Drew now… After all the terrible things you said about him this spring. – that he could sue you for and win too…

    Picked up Doumit in Yahoo yesterday after having dropped him right after the first week… He is due for a run… Untill he hurts his pinky…

    Kelly J was one of my April disappointments… He stumbled out of the blocks… That is when he is usually a great pace horse… When he runs he runs – NDAI…

    Have a nice weekend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, that’s our offices and Rudy has a Nerf basketball hoop and we shoot hoops all day… You too!

  146. Been watching the Nats dismantle the pooh-bears…Span sure helps them in CF they were a mess defensively in the OF before he came on board.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah: Yeah, don’t seem to miss Werth at all…

  147. J-Lef says:
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    Cingrani pulled with a lead after 4. WHY DUSTY WHY

    • @J-Lef:

      I would imagine he’s injured?

      • J-Lef says:
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        @Elijah: on twitter a reds beat writer said he was pulled because he struggled in the 4th and was up to 84 pitches.

        • @J-Lef:

          Yeah I looked it over. Also…there evidently were RISP when his slot came up so I see a smidgeon of logic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likes messing with fantasy owners…

      • J-Lef says:
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        @Grey: Some managers just want to watch the world burn.

  148. Steve says:
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    Look at Cecil effing everything up for me. Jesus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Chasing holds takes stone nuts…

      • Prezii says:
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        owning Cecil takes stone nuts.. i know you gotta do what you gotta do tho..

  149. Marlins manager Mike Redmond indicated Friday that Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) “a ways off” and that there is currently no timetable for his return.
    Obviously with the Marlins already out of contention, there is no need for them to rush their franchise superstar back to the lineup earlier than he needs to. Marcel Ozuna will continue to fill in while Stanton is sidelined.

    Hard to believe but I don’t really need Stanton in my friends league my hitting is so good..but then its HtH so as long as he’s back later I’m all good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah: Yeah, the one league where I have Stanton, I don’t need him either… But I want him!

  150. arevus says:
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    willingham on waivers..worth a mclouth drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it… If you need RBIs…

  151. Dan says:
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    How do you feel about Middlebrooks? I have him in a keeper league but he’s really just taking up space at this point. Already have Panda, Arenado, and Rendon… but is he droppable/tradeable? Or am I just being impatient?

    • Dan says:
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      Arcia is on the wire and he looks tempting

      • Kid A says:
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        @Dan: I grabbed him everywhere. And he didn’t complain.

        • Dan says:
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          Haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He should be…

        • Kid A says:
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          @Grey: I keep my glove-hand vaselined.

  152. Kid A says:
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    And then Hughes seems like a brilliant play… *pulls plastic bag over head*

  153. Steve says:
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    My closer are – Grilli, Putz, Gregg, Bailey. I need 3 solid closers. ML – Rothenthal. Just picked up Hendandez. Taz is on waivers. Should I dump Putz or Rothenhal for Taz and pretty much assure myself of Boston’s closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosenthal

  154. chris says:
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    cingrani or wheeler? i can trade cingrani for either cain or hunter, who’s it gonna be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani for Cain works for me…

      • chris says:
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        @Grey: are you saying you think wheeler will be up next week and stay up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Once he comes up, he’s up… Will depend on when… I’m guessing it will be in the next month, could be in the next 10 days…

  155. Kid A says:
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    Just turned the hotel tube on, hoping to find baseball, and there are 10 people throwing an inflated rubber ball at each other. And I couldn’t give any less of a shit.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Kid A: you better rep the bay and watch that warrior game in a little.. i disown you as an over the internet friend if you dont..

      • Kid A says:
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        @Prezii: But-of-fucking-course I would. I’m stuck with Chcago/Mia. Nothing I care about. Woops, I farted.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Prezii: he thinks you and I can be one in the same, you being the bat shit crazy version of me….I’d watch who I dance with

  156. Grey

    Grey says:
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    The Moose is loose!

    • Prezii says:
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      @Grey: wat noise does the moose make? BOMB!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’s a thing of beauty, glad I never said anything bad about him…

  157. Ron says:
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    Would you trade:

    1) Holliday for Samardjza? Yea or Nay
    2) Holliday for Shields? Yea or Nay
    3) Holliday for Greinke? Yea or Nay
    4) Holliday for Peavy? Yea or Nay
    5) Holliday for Lynn? Yea or Nay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade him for Greinke or Samardzija…

  158. Kid A says:
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    Jack Full of Greylust… are you form-fitting 10th place like a pair of spanks? They look good on you. Best of luck to you. You Rhinoceros….

    • @Kid A:

      Wow man. Are you an alcoholic or just a complete ass?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Elijah: Don’t worry, he’s just a dick, likes to try and push buttons and hating on my man crushes, he’ll be attacking my mutual bromance with Sky soon enough

        • Kid A says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: I really do think fondly of you. Our League has a soporific quality. Stir the pot…as you always say.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Kid A: Reggie was known for stirring a pot and being a dick and being liked, so you got that

            Are you really leaving the RCL? on to the next CIA mission?

            Smegma? who pulls that out?

  159. SteveNZ says:
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    Fucking Thayer. First day on my fucking team. Fucking idiot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: To say I’m mightily pissed off would be a
        big understatement. Cecil has actually been pretty good and Thayer has been as safe as houses so to have them both get torched on the same day is pretty effing unlucky.

        Safe lead in ERA and WHIP is gone, needless to say.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks…

  160. Nathan says:
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    Holy hell, Shelby Miller gave up a single to EYJr. to begin the game. Then EYJr. stole 2nd on him, and he got pissed, so he decided to retire the next 21 batters in order (11Ks). Sweet mother of yummy, that is some delicious noms, drool, chomp, mmmm, sorry, what was I saying?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  161. Nathan says:
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    Also, holy sweet tits, Alex Cobb records only 14 outs (3ER) but 13 of them are Ks.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Nathan: had both in the same league with 3 other pitchers going. Stats looks pretty ridiculous.. Ill post them after the warrior game! Lotta homers allowed tho..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s gotta be one of the weirdest lines…

  162. Mike says:
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    Bumgarner or Encarnacion ROS? Is it fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  163. Greyismyhero says:
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    Roll some up and smoke it…….Need some help Grey me hero…..

    ROS:

    1. Arenado or Moose

    2. Ozuna or Arcia

    3. Pollock or Ozuna/Arcia

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Moose 2. Arcia 3. Ozuna

  164. ROLFAMLO says:
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    im having a hard time dropping buck for arcia. y?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Buck

  165. Mike says:
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    Shelby Miller.. CG SO 1hit 0bb 13 ks. Wow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lovely

  166. Jon says:
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    Would you trade Marte straight up for Scherzer, Anibal, Ryu or Morrow in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  167. ROLFAMLO says:
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    as commish, do I allow Miggy/Simmons/Saunders/Fister for Kinsler/Beltran/Rios/Machado thru?

    • Fish says:
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      @ROLFAMLO:

      I’d take a laize-faire approach with that one. No blatant reason to start a war of words in your league over a veto.

  168. OaktownSteve says:
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    Dudes, my NFBC team had Miller and Iwakuma going tonight. ERA on the year just dipped to 2.39. Ratio is at 1.002 flirting with going sub-1. I don’t remember ever having a run like this.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: *tips cap, slams shot*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow… Are you in the overall contention?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m in a satellite league this year which is a bummer. Couldn’t get out to Vegas with work and the kids so did an online. There’s still a big payout for first but not in the Main Event. If I were, I’d be 6th overall right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          6th overall for the Main Event? Seriously? Wow… I think Rudy’s like 500th… Didn’t you draft Reyes too?

  169. TheNewGuy says:
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    People of Shelbyville, you are great!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  170. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Derek Dietrich? have you covered him yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, haven’t… He’s real young but has some pop… Nothing but an NL-Only flyer at this point…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: keeping an eye on with my Bettancourt situation…..using my Wapner skills and judging for a Better Court

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Ozuna was an NL fler when he got called up

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tis is true…

  171. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey, now that you have been rightly named the Nostradamus of Fantasy, I would like to pick up Wheeler. The league is H2H ten keeper. The candidates to be dropped would be Hughes, Cashner, Tillman, and Hudson. Which one should hit the Waiver Wire?

    Thanks, Paulie

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: I’d lose Tillman

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I was leaning towards Tillman as well, but Grey seems to have a thing for him in a non-sexual way, and Hughes and Hudson were simply awful today, which caused me to possibly reconsider. I better make my decision quickly, though; I have Wheeler in my other Yahoo and RCL, and am willing to wait a bit, unless Wilponzi waits till the end of June.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts: Hughes has some decent matchups coming up and that Braves offense makes the king of the dipshits worth a hold. I’m not a big fan of Camden for pitchers nor the Ny or boston or the rogers center.

          Grey has been right about a lot of people early this year, but I think this is not one of them….remember Hosmer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tim Hudson…

  172. KayCee says:
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    5×5 plus obp: Doumit or Avila rest of way? What if Doumit saves you $2 against salary cap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doumit

      • KayCee says:
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        @Grey: As always, thanks. Did not win waiver bid, so it’s Avila for now. Grandal or Avila? If Grandal saves me $6 (which essentially adds a replacement player)? 6×6, 13 teams, 10 man benches, keeper.

        • KayCee says:
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          @KayCee: 6×6 (5×5 plus obp & apps)

  173. Mike says:
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    Better pickup Tillman or Jhoulys Chacin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman

  174. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    BTW, I picked up Kazmir in two leagues. This is very difficult for a Mets fan, who reveled in glee when his career plummeted into a seeming abyss. It brought back memories of what seemed to be one of the worst trades in Met history, and that is saying a lot. The way it evolved was when Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano were traded to the New York Mets. The Amazin’s amongst the players traded for Zambrano was Kazmir; and Jose Bautista was one of the prospects traded for Benson. And all this happened in one day. The only positive out of this debacle was along with Kris, the Mets “acquired” his wife, Anna. Anna stated that if she caught Kris cheating on him, she would have sex with every player on the Met’s roster. Anna’s photo can be found here:

    http://bit.ly/17cEGML

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: thanks for the photo collection there, as a Mets fan, I feel your pain, the future looks bright only every fifth start for now, lets hope they can find some OF’s one of these days…..why did they get rid of Pagan? that one really pissed my dad off

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Haven”t a clue why they got rid of Pagan. Alderson is supposedly a Sabermetric genius, yet the last two years they have assembled the worst bullpen and outfield in baseball. I have MLB package, and truthfully, I only watch the Mets when Harvey is pitching. BTW, Harvey is ranked as the #2 player in all of fantasy, right in back of Miggy. If they bring up Wheeler, Syndegard a bit later, trade some of their other pitching prospects, which they are deep, and some other stuff fo Giancarlo, who is being courted by the Phillies, and pick up Ellsbury in the off-season, they will have a shot at being a contender.
        PS – there are plenty of pics of Anna all around the internet. When Benson was traded to the Orioles, she made the same deal. Apparently, something happened along the way, as they divorced soon afterwards.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts: she was banging Scott. I didn’t draft Harvey this year, he falls into my year 2 no zone. I fear a post ASB ding could lead to him being shut down to protect the franchise

          Have you read Ron Darlings book?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as Anna doesn’t mess with Harvey or Wheeler, they’ll be okay…

  175. abe says:
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    hey grey
    would you trade matt moore + utley for hamels? league has k/bb and ops and i would be sliding in rutledge in place of utley.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @abe: I would want Moore over Hamels

      • abe says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: why? seems like hamels is significantly better especially in a k/bb league considering moore’s walk numbers

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @abe: on the year Moore has out pitched Hamels and I really don’t see the difference between the two being worth trading one for the other and on top of that throwing in Utley, I would find another arm for utley straight up to capitalize on his hot start and then sliding Rutledge in there. to say Hamels is significantly better is wrong….IMO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  176. manbearpig says:
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    I was just offered cliff Lee for Shelby miller following his insane outing against the rockies. I love both but it seems like a great deal for me. I’m in a QS, redraft league. What’re you thinking grey? You’ve done great things for my team so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lee

  177. Steve says:
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    I’d be mad to start Bald Jim @ DET tomorrow, right? 14 team, h2h.

    How about Burgos @ CIN?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: yes and a double yes on Burgos

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Prezii: thank you steveeeow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re both hideous… I’d go Hiram first… Neither really…

  178. The Cutoff Man says:
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    just traded my Goldy, Jennings, Andrus, Tazawa for his Votto, Star Marte, Star Castro, V. Wells. your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

  179. Prezii says:
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    27.2 IP, 11 ER, 11 BB, 42 K!

    5 homers allowed. And 2 wins… So many wrong things with this picture.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Prezii: really, I think the 11 ER and the 11 BB are very aesthetically pleasing

      • Prezii says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: haha and forgot to mention i started 5 pitchers. its points league not roto so this is gravy for me. If it was roto id prolly be more mad then confused. Im not bragging, more like wtf!?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Prezii: maybe the confusion is from taking shots before lunch….No alcohol for me tonight its a “medicinal” night I -)

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Prezii: I can’t get up! I can’t get up?

              • Prezii says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: ha like a turtle, i see.. You dont cross your drinking with your “medicinal” purposes? The room starts spinning and its Jack Full of Puke.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Prezii: Oh I mix, but only when I drive.

                  I’m not a big fan of drinking at home, prefer the social aspects of drinking and the movie enhancement aspects of smokin the ganj

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s not easy to pull off…

  180. 1. aaron hill or espinosa once hill is off the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

  181. Alex says:
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    You still like Ike over Laroche ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Yeah, not for right now though

  182. Connor says:
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    What you would you do with this outfield?

    J upton, Cruz, Werth, Arcia, Victorino, Jackson, Heyward
    (just claimed heyward off waivers)

    I can only play 4 + util.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Connor: Trade Victorino and Werth…

  183. Dave says:
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    12 team NL roto 4×4 (no K’s). My only “saves sources” are K Jansen and Fuji. Some guy has Kimbrel, Romo, Betancourt and Mujica, He’s finally put his closers on the block. He’s looking for a starter and a lil offense. Here’s my staff. Waino $19 (2 more yrs control), JZimm (expiring contract), Shark $13 (3 yrs control), Minor $11 (1 yr control), Jose Fern $5 (4 yr control). Also have D hudson ($4/3 yrs), Leubke ($3/3yrs) and Wheeler $10/5yrs) on my bench so I’m in pretty good shape for both this year and future. Besides aforementioned Kenley and Fuji I’ve got Storen, Melancon, AJ Ramos, Hembree and Marmol as possible saves guys. Thinking of trading Shark or JZim and Espinosa ($10/1yr) for Kimbrel ($15/2yrs). Or Minor for Mujica (expiring contract). Or JZim for Romo ($10/2yrs). I’m wary of Betancourt in case he gets dealt to the AL, (I’m not buying the Rox good start) plus he looks shaky. Which closer would you target, and for which of my SP’s? Thanks man, love the site, I’m becoming addicted to it quickly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave: Minor for Mujica…

      • Dave says:
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        Thank you, is that fair or should I ask for a small kick-in?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ask for a small kick-in…

  184. hankg says:
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    Still trying to upgrade 1B. WOuld you trade Greinke/C. Davis for either Votto or Fielder? THanks.

    • Gavin says:
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      @hankg: Guess Medlen/Davis didn’t work…

  185. Keith

    tomscuba2004 says:
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    Send Ryu for Allen Craig? I have plenty of pitching.

    • JoeC says:
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      @tomscuba2004: Yes. As quick as you can. Craig is a monster.

      • Keith

        tomscuba2004 says:
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        Thank ya gentlemen.

  186. Frank Lynch says:
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    morning guys… I was gonna pickup a pitcher just to have an extra one to play on sunday then drop tomorrowcause he’s got 3 going and I wanna keep the lead and and add some extra points even if it’s a no decision I would still get some. Anyway i’m gonna throw out some to see if you like them for just this one game. De La Rosa vs STL, Roberto Hernandez vs. SD, Eric Stults vs TB, Scott Feldman vs WAS or Scott Diamond vs BAL??? Or none?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Feldman is the only one I’d consider since he’s been pitching well lately. The other 3 are trash and should be left out by the curb.

  187. Frank Lynch says:
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    Oh, Grey n Sky… Thanks again to give me the confidence for my pitching cause I had Corbin kill it and last night I had Cain, Iwakuma and Shelby Miller with the shut out n 12 K’s. I took the huge lead with 170 points last night. Prety Fu**ing good right!!

  188. Frank Lynch says:
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    Josh Donaldson, Lorenzo Cain and Carl Crawford are playing today.. Which one should I bench?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Frank Lynch:

      if you think that none of them will get a hit ,
      sit them all .

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        No disrespect but dude what ru talking about?? If i sit them all then them ionly have 8 starters out of 10…. I have one bench spot and I’m asking which one out of all would u bench today??? That’s all???

    • JoeC says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Always set your roster based on talent. You can never tell what one guy is gonna do on any particular day, so it’s better to set it and forget it.

      Talent-wise, it’s Crawford, Cain and then Donaldson (aka OaktownSteve’s Easy Lover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8q8kB87APc)).

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @JoeC:@Frank Lynch: I have to slightly disagree with Joey Cats here, If it’s close then look at the splits and the batter vs pitcher. The answer might be revealed there. If you still have nothing then flip coins or go with your gut….didn’t Crawford hurt his leg?

      • JoeC says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Yo, yo, yo, Joey Cats don’t like yous disagreein’ with my agreein’, know what I’m sayin’?

        My point is that it’s a fool’s errand to try to predict what a batter is gonna do on any particular night (or really, any player for that matter). Sure, you could ride the hot hand, but maybe tonight the hot side gets cold and the cold side gets hot, turning your McDLT roster into a soggy disaster! (never understood why Mickey D’s got rid of that burger!)

        Always going with talent first is mathematically-correct and will inevitably beat the shit out of your gut over time.

        Crawford was hurt, but he played last night and went 3/5, scored a run and stole a base, so he aight’.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @JoeC:good to see you have embraced Joey Cats….this friggin guy and his fancy names

          my gut has served me well over the years, he misses the McDLT too. In your talent first he still has the Cain/Donaldson conundrum.

          I like using splits and batter vs pitcher, you might realize that one of those guys is 0-10 against his matchup while the other is 5-7 with 2 homers against.

          • JoeC says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: The stats for a hitter against a single pitcher are usually too small a sample size to come to any conclusions about future success. It’d be like making your talent assessment on rookies after their first 10 at-bats.

            You do have a point that deciding between Cain and Donaldson is a much more difficult decision than either of those two and Crawford. Crawford is a clear start in my book, and I would go with Cain over Donaldson personally (b/c I like to see OaktownSteve cry!), but I could see how others might have the ranking for Cain/Donaldson flipped.

            If that’s your assessment though, then go with that. Don’t try to outsmart the Universe because it doesn’t care and math always wins in the end.

            Sidenote: I’m looking forward to a day of cooking. Spaghetti and meatballs is on the menu, as is a couple loaves of zucchini bread. And wine, to fortify myself for the heart-to-heart the current LDR wants to have. :/

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @JoeC: long distance relationship? law of diminishing returns?

              Remember on the meatballs to do a nice beef, pork and veal mix

              • JoeC says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: Long-distance relationship. It seems to be one of my specialties. Just can’t get enough of those California girls! :)

                I hear ya on the meatballs! Is there a better food known to man?

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @JoeC: I fight the universe a lot, but in fantasy I am never in the bottom when it’s all said and done

              • JoeC says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: I wouldn’t think you would be at the bottom. You seem to have a clue about what you’re doing (unlike Kid A and Prezzi/Poindexter!).

                I think oftentimes that our “guts” are actually really good at math, but we’re just doing it unconsciously and not in Excel. For individual decisions, that’s probably adequate, but for large data pools with numerous decisions (like drafting), I be needin’ my spreadsheets. :)

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                  @JoeC: I drafted with no spreadsheets nor notes this year. I’m doing ok, I wing it and usually do pretty well. i also play everyday so I have that going for me. I believe in luck in this game and no spreadsheet can give you that

                  Actually Kid A knows whats up…..it pains me to say that

                  Prezzi is solid, but I’m beating his ass in his RCL right now

                  • JoeC says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: I used to wing it. Did okay. Think I do better now with my spreadsheets. Results seem to back that up.

                    But to each their own. I mean, if you can get off without strangulation and acupuncture needles, I say go for it!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Get off my nuts joe… What did i do to you? Or are you just trying to be cool? jack ur in 1 place higher than me in the rcl… Haha calm down!

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Prezzi: Just joshin’, bro. Don’t take it personally.

                      Oh god yes, I’m *always* trying to be cool, dontchyaknow? But after a lifetime of trying, maybe it’s just not meant to be?

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Keep tryin man, im sure youll get there one day.. dont let jack fool you, hes a spreadsheet hider!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @JoeC: I use to always use notes, no spreadsheets, not my style. Just a little personal challenge this year to see if I could do it, oh Prezzi, I’m only ahead by 13 points

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Thanks guys i really appreciate it..

  189. DiscoD says:
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    1. Should I drop Jed Lowrie for Alonso, Swisher, Moose, De Aza, Pagan or Parra

    2. Drop Cashner and/or Hammel for Doubront, Wood, Quintana, Santiago or Kazmir?

    • JoeC says:
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      @DiscoD: Is Lowrie your Util? If so, Swisher and Pagan for sure over Lowrie. Moose, maybe, and De Aza… I’m leery about and don’t buy his hot start, but depends on whether you need SBs or not, as Lowrie will give you none.

      For 2, I would rank Santiago and Quintana over Cash and Hammel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DiscoD: 1. Moose 2. Santiago, Kazmir

  190. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Is Samardzija droppable in a 10 team mixed league? He gets no wins and hurts the ratios, being only good for Ks. I know you like him a lot and would like to know if you think he gets better as it warms up in Wrigley or not. I see Milone on the wire and his numbers are much better.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Fenway Fungus:

      milone has a penchant for being , what razzballers call , a homeschooler .

      • Fenway Fungus says:
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        @costaricanchata: Yeah but he pitches at Safeco tomorrow and his ratios there are great. Samardz sux at home and on the road.

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          @Fenway Fungus: Sux is too strong. He had good home ratios last year.

  191. TheNewGuy says:
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    Worried about Kemp. Should I be looking to sell him off, or hold?

    Hes always killed me in the past in H2H and so hope once he does turn things around he could go Nuclear for a while and carry my H2H team.

    If selling, what tier of OF would you want back. The “You’re still getting a top outfielder, but these young brothers have a few more issues.” tier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I said to sell him three weeks ago… Nothing’s changed… I’d want no worse than a 2nd round talent…

  192. jjj says:
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    Is ike davis droppable in a large mixed league(waiver wire is thin…venable, overbay, adams, arcia)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jjj: I’d hold him

  193. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: 50 max moves all season – Im at 15 already h2h 14 man pts league.

    Niese: Just put on waivers – Put a claim in?
    Wheeler: In the FA pool but might not be called up till June dont want to waste move. Thoughts?
    Burch Smith: If he performs well today put a claim in?

    3 guys again im looking to replace: Westbrook Pettitte Mccarthy – In what order should these guys get replaced

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: I just dropped Niese… Let’s see how Burch does, you don’t have to grab Wheeler yet in your league…

  194. Rob says:
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    12 team league, this trade was vetoed, are they dicks or is this a fair trade?

    Strasburg & Pedroia FOR Lester, Segura & Craig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob: Looks fine

  195. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    who would be a reasonable 2nd baseman to get for Szmardja?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: really, thats more than I thought. I think I just under value pitchers.

        I have Greinke coming off the DL, and have a staff of Moore, Peavy, Samardjzia, Burnett, Miller, Corbin, and Kendrick. I don’t want to drop Kendrick and give someone a freebie, I also considered moving Peavy. This leads me to a new question, ROS, Peavy or Samardjizia?

        I could also sit on them in case Kendrick or Corbin start getting rocked

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Samardzija… I’d take Rutledge too…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: ok, cool, peavy for rutledge sounds decent. I think I know the answer but have you ever done in season re-rankings of players from the pre-season ones?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: if you got that intern than some of these things can be possible

                Like an ROS ranking chart for the frequent questions

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  True! Ha…

  196. EG says:
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    In a 12-team 5×5 H2H:

    a) Please rank top 4 of the following: Gardner, T Hunter, Reddick, Moustakas, Uggla, Kendrick, Berkman, Nava, Venable, Ruggiano, G. Jones, V Wells

    b) Should I be looking to sell high on Segura (have Reyes on DL) and/or S Miller, or continue to hold? I know its difficult to answer without any additional context, but do you see either’s performance falling off a cliff?

    c) Pick a Montero: Miguel or Jesus.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose, Kendrick, Hunter, Jones… Neither will fall off a cliff, but Miller will be shut down about a month early… Jesus…

  197. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you deal any of these guys for Jason Heyward?

    Alex Rios
    Carl Crawford
    Desmond Jennngs

    Any other OFs that may entice that trade while buying low?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Mike: thats a tough one, i think he is being a bit of a gihna right now and taking his sweet time to get back. I was reading that Rios might get dealt, which could kill his value if he ends up in an unfriendly park or is in the 6 hole. If I was to try and get Heyward for Rios I would have that person throw in a chip too

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/05/trade-candidate-alex-rios.html

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, any of them… Crawford, Jennings… That order

  198. henncoop says:
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    Drop Rasmus, Raburn, Betancourt, Prado, or Suzuki to pick up Arcia? I have to play either Prado or Alvarez @ 3B & then Prado, Betancourt, or Raburn @ 2B

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @henncoop: Raburn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raburn

  199. henncoop says:
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    Drop Pineda, Soria, or Venters to make room on the DL?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @henncoop: Venters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Venters and Soria

  200. Kyle says:
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    H2H pts, 10 Team Keeper, Keep 2, 7 starts per week,

    I get Braun
    I give Darvish & Heyward

    Only hesitant bc seems like elite SPs are the way to go. Teams who have won recently went that way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re giving up a lot in a keeper…

  201. nightpandas says:
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    Kemp too much to get Harvey and Fowler…..15 teams, keep 9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  202. Principle Blackman says:
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    Should I drop Jason Hammel for Wheeler, Masterson, or Wood in my 12-team 6×6 (k/9) league? Or hold?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  203. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I traded my Pedroia/Sandoval for Justin Upton/Matt Holliday. How did I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  204. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m guessing out of beckett/milone/hammel beckett is the best, just not in short term with his schedule. but
    milone has better k rate and K/bb rate.
    Beckett has worst average against and homers against, which could regress
    both have great home parks.beckett has great division rivals (sd,sf)
    Hammel only looked good out of nowhere last year,plays AL east in bad pitcher park, and has worst k/bb rate and bb rate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone

  205. nightpandas says:
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    What kind of pitcher can I get for Pujols in a keeper? Bum or Scherzer maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t take anything below a top 15 arm… At least Bum and Scherzer…

  206. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey/VinWins/All: This dude (2nd place team) in my RCL league “accidentally” dropped Shields for a streamer. He says it was unintentional as he was in a rush at work to make the roster change. I couldnt find anything that would allow me to put Shields back on his team. He has the 9th waiver priority, coincidentally i have the 1st one. What to do?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @ThE sHiT: The league name is In Trout We Trust if you want to take a look. Btw, he sent out an email to the league yesterday stating his error.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If you want to tell the league to let him pick him up, as long as he doesn’t use that streamer, it’s up to you… If you think it was an honest mistake, it’s fine with me if he’s allowed to pick up an accidental drop…

        • ThE sHiT says:
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          @Grey: Im not so sure everyone in the league will allow that to happen. I think the best way to go is to claim Shields and trade him back to the owner. I obviously dont know everyone in the league, so dont know if they can be trusted to do the gentleman thing and let this guy claim Shields with his 9th waiver priority.