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“Just because we share some organs doesn’t mean you can’t hit 2 two-run homers for each of us!”  Josh Hamilton had a night that makes you feel like you’re seven years old again.  You remember it.  When the birds chirped, it made you smile.  When your dad carried you on his shoulders, you were on top of the world.  When you peed the bed, no one tried to commit you to rehab.  People pinched your cheeks without you having to pay some stranger on Craigslist $75.  You’d throw a pebble into the lake without worrying if you hit someone in the head and blinded them if your insurance would cover it.  A time of joy.  Wonder.  No Splenda.  That’s what Josh Hamilton did for us last night.  And he also gave his stupid fantasy owners 4 friggin’ homers, going 5-for-5 with 4 runs and 8 RBIs.  Why don’t I have him on every team?!  I would not try and sell him high because if he stays healthy (it doesn’t have to be that remote of a chance, you cynical bastard), you have an MVP.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-5 with a homer.  Pfft, wake me when you hit three more!

Scott Downs – Angels say Downs will be ready to return by Wednesday.  The Sciosciapath still considers him their closer.  Downs goes Frieri!  Downs goes Frieri!  Yeah, worked better when he was on the Blue Jays with Frasor.

Chris Sale – Last week, Ventura anointed Sale the closer.  So…he brought him into the 8th inning yesterday.  Plausible explanation:  He wanted his best reliever in a close game.  Also, plausible:  Sale is not the closer.  Also, plausible:  After all of those Nolan Ryan noogies, Robin Ventura doesn’t know how many innings there are in a game.  Addison Reed got the save with another perfect inning.  He could easily be the closer…Or Santiago…Or Sale.  It’s basically a closerf**k.

Dale Thayer – Literally, within five minutes of me dropping Cashner and picking up Thayer, he was blowing the game.  You still don’t believe The Closepocalypse is real?  He got lucky on a foul ball by Scutaro that was nearly a homer and another ball hit a baserunner.  I’m holding Thayer for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else closed the next Padres game.

Josh Thole – Mets placed him on the 7-day DL with a concussion.  Hey, I’m no doctor, but from what I’ve gleamed from five minutes of noodling around WebMD and watching how other players have reacted to concussions.  Are we sure the DL for concussions should be less time than the norm?

Jon Rauch – Got the save yesterday.  One small step for Rauch and one giant step for men over six-ten.  Francisco had worked the last three days, so this save for Rauch just shows the pecking order behind Francisco and some flashy neck tattoos.  “Yo, I’m gonna peacock my neck!”  That’s Rauch after reading up on pick-up artistry.

Dan Haren – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. the Twins?  This doubled the amount of runs the Twins scored in all previous games combined.  I don’t want to keep pointing out the same thing, but Rudy said in the preseason this would be the year Haren falls apart.  So far, Haren’s ERA is 4.19.

Scott Diamond – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  In the box score, it said S. Diamond and I thought Selma Diamond pitched 17 years after her death.  She had sass, but not that much, I guess.

Ryan Doumit – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  I believe I said in the preseason that Doumit would be more valuable than Mauer this year.  And that’s me kinda paraphrasing me!

Albert Pujols – 0-for-4 to lower his average to .190.  This isn’t just bad for Albert; this stinks for all Pujolses.

David Robertson – Got the save yesterday as if there was any doubt.  I’d put his over/under for saves at 32.  Over/under for Ks at 110.  And over/under for times A-Rod checks out his package at 17.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-3 with his 4th and 5th homers.  Seems like the Yankees have been benching him against lefties, which will hurt his overall numbers.  And being 40-something.  That’ll hurt those numbers too.

Andy Pettitte – Will start vs. the M’s on Sunday.  He’s been anything but outstanding during his tune up.  Bernie Williams, “Did someone say they want me to tune up the guitar?”  No, Bernie.  Against the M’s is a solid matchup, but unless things are really hard for you I wouldn’t Pettitte, even though it usually works the opposite way.

Randall Delgado – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  After his last start (8 IP, 2 ER), I said I’d watch him this start.  Well, I didn’t because I was doing the podcast that is coming later today with anutter special guest.  But the box score is telling me, you should pick up Delgado in all leagues deeper than 14 team mixed and possibly even shallower, depending on your starter shituation.  He’s only 22 years old and he could have a 9+ K-rate.  Yes, I basically love all Braves young pitchers, but they’re an easy group to love.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He obviously should be owned everywhere.  His ERA won’t stay at 1.02, but he does get solid Ks and can have a mid-3 ERA.

Omar Infante – Hit his 6th homer yesterday.  Dah!  Just when Stanton finally passed him.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks to lower his ERA to 2.01.  Are we waiting until October to thank me for pushing everyone into drafting this guy?

Aneury Rodriguez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  His minor league numbers are pretty blehtastic and if you pick him up he may give you an aneurysm.

Will Middlebrooks – Left yesterday’s game with hamstring tightness.  As of right now, Middlebrooks looks like he might miss a day or two.  This comes just hours after the Red Sox announced they were considering using Middlebrooks in the outfield.  They’re also considering just using Youkilis as a ticket taker at Gate E.

Daniel Bard – 7 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Outside of AL-Only leagues, I’m kinda surprised people still own him.

Yoenis Cespedes – Was a late scratch because of his wrist.  Sounds itchy!

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs and two homers, or more homers in one game than Pujols has all year, and nearly more RBIs.  Beltran is The Great Zombino!

Ian Kennedy – 7 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Seriously, don’t mess with the 1927 Cardinals.

Carlos Marmol – Dale Sveum said Marmol may not get the job back.  But he has a 12+ walk rate, doesn’t that count for something?!  I could see dropping Marmol in most leagues.  He was dropped in my RCL and an NL-Only league and no one’s going near him.  I would grab Dolis or Russell, in that order.  (Or reverse order if you’re dyslexic.)

Miguel Tejada – The Orioles signed him.  It was part of a deal Dan Duquette made with the devil:  The Orioles can be in first place at the 1/6th point of the season, but then you must make transactions that make you look silly.

Yovani Gallardo – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  As I’ve been saying to people, Gallardo had a 6.23 ERA last April and you still drafted him this year as your top starter.  We’re in May now and he just threw a solid game vs. a tough hitting team.  By August, you will have forgotten he was miserable in April, and then by next April you’ll be frustrated again when he’s wretched.

Ryan Zimmerman – He returned from the DL to go 1-for-4 with a run.  Right back at, huh, Ryan?

Henry Rodriguez – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  For a guy you got off of waivers, he’s still doing okay.  Don’t pull the rip cord on him yet.

A.J. Burnett – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, which comes on the heels of a 2 2/3 IP, 12 ER outing.  You know what he’s doing, right?  Here, “Ooh, I’m gonna pick up Burnett.”  BAM, awful outing!  “Eff that in the eff hole, I’m dropping his ass.”  BOOM, good outing!  He’s totally messing with you.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer.  The Dread Pirate finally makes his nickname about his hair again.

Francisco Cordero – 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Move your small children and closers away from the windows!  The Closepocalypse is coming through!  Blue Jays might go to Jason Frasor for the next save chance, but, let’s just say, I didn’t run to the wire to pick him up.  Darren Oliver is another option, but, yeah, didn’t pick him up either.

Ryan Vogelsong – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K as Vogelsong plays that sweet doctor’s office music I talked about last week.  Won’t excite you for good or bad, which is sometimes what you need.

Jarrod Parker – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA is at 1.80.  I’m being serious when I say this, but in any leagues of 12 team mixed or shallower, there’s no reason to have a team ERA over 3.50.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-3 with his 6th homer.  Think this is the first time I’ve mentioned him, or if you’re feeling punchy, it’s Reddick’s bow.  Hard for me to get fully behind A’s hitters, but he now has 4 homers in the last ten games.

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-4 with his 7th homer to raise his average to .244.  Meanwhile, Nick Markakis also homered, going 3-for-5 to raise his average to .246.  Member when Markakis was really good?  Makes you nostalgikis.

Alex Avila – Will miss at least two games with a sore patella.  My pharmacist’s name is Patella.  I don’t think they’re related.

Casey Blake – Retired yesterday.  In remembrance of Casey Blake, let’s not forget the time he painted a table to look like a soccer ball and Manny kicked it and missed a week with a sore toe.

315 Responses

  1. agarthered says:
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    Posted this is previous post..

    I’m in a pretty tough spot in my league. I have four closers (robertson/motte/johnson/casilla) and Chapman whose been lights out for me. The main issue is I can have only start 3 out of the 5 rp’s on a given day. I have tried offering the closers out for trade, but haven’t had any bites.

    My Sp’s are Gallardo/Latos/Sanchez/Beachy/Hammel, I also have Trevor Bauer sitting on my bench.

    I’m thinking of grabbing zambrano, as im a little behind in k’s/w’s, but am having a hard time deciding who to drop.

    Also I have gardner coming back off DL on thursday hopefully, who would you drop between De Aza, Reynolds, Alvarez (i’ve been lacking in sb’s with Gardner out)

    Cheers!

    • @agarthered, You’ve got some solid closers there. How is it possible nobody wants to trade for them in that league? In most leagues I’ve been in, saves are a premium. I just failed to get Cashner using the No. 3 waiver priority, and he isn’t worth half of any of the guys you’ve got.

      Anyway, you can’t just drop any of those guys unless it’s an insanely shallow league. What if you went to the two or three teams at the bottom for saves and offered then two closers for a good starter? You sure nobody’d be interested?

      Anyway, if you have to drop one of your pitchers, I’d drop Hammel. He’s hot but I don’t think he’ll stay hot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @agarthered, Agree^

  2. a1rfann1ng says:
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    is it safe to drop kendrys morales in a 12 team mixed where you start 5 OF and a CI? or should i wait a bit longer

    • HotRod says:
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      @a1rfann1ng,

      Hes hitting just fine, I wouldnt

  3. EmporersMonkey says:
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    “in any leagues of 12 team mixed or shallower, there’s no reason to have a team ERA over 3.50.”

    Sure Grey, just go ahead and kick the guy who drafted Haren, Gallardo and Moore as his top starters right in the balls, ha ha.

    • Paulie Allnuts

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      @EmporersMonkey, – what you said. Despite all of my best intentions, my team ERA hovers around 5.00. Gallardo played a small part, but mainly it is my crew of Clozer-ills (named after a rather potent anti-psychotic medication) i have been Marmolized and Melancholied. Yesterday, Cordero and Hanrarararararararararahan gave me a combined line of 1 IN 5H 7ER 2BB 1K 0W 0S 69.00 ERA 7.00 WHIP

      Checking up on the side effects of Clozer-ills – Seizures or convulsions, irregular heartbeat, myocarditis, heavy drooling, headache, constipation, fever, fatigue, nausea, and weight gain. Alas, I have experienced most of them. If this continues, as, I have no doubt that it will, I will be a candidate for orthostatic hypertension, which basically means falling on my butt whenever I try to get up.

    • Lava says:
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      @EmporersMonkey, Yep! Gallardo, Greinke, Minor, Latos, Axford, and Valverde are the Bad News Bears of my team. I expected it from Valverde, but figured the rest could cover his suckitude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EmporersMonkey, I feel ya… Don’t jump ship with Moore and Gallardo…

  4. Derrick says:
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    Would you trade Bautista for Kershaw straight up?

    • Jermo says:
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      Hells yea

    • chunk says:
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      @Derrick, Only if I needed the pitching

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, Yes

  5. Brian says:
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    All I want to say is I picked up Saunders for the 2 start option this week and this is how he repays me for all that time he had to spend on waivers! However, my trade for Hamilton and pick up Middlebrooks has put a nice smile on my face. Random question, but do you have any good inside info on Ellsbury progress or possible return time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, Last I heard 6 weeks away from his injury…

  6. Tony says:
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    I go to bed already KNOWING hammy hit 4 HR’s vs me and a double in two leagues. What are the odds my two h2h leagues I play hammy the week he hits 4 HR’s?

    Then I wake up thinking, OK I’m gonna be down in offense to find out in my one league where I need 20 innings and I had already logged 19 beautiful innings that H-rod had blown a save and took a loss, OK i can handle that, but no wait, Francisco Cordero gave up 5 efffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffing runs and totally effffffffffed me, are you kidding? I’m about to dump all closers, my starters have been great, i bench parker and nova last night to watch those two shitbags listed above screw me. Yeah Im annoyed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Damn

  7. JG_ism says:
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    Sean Marshall or Jansen the rest of the way?? I have HanK Rod, Storen (whenever he gets back), Chris Sale sorta in limbo with SP/RP tho.
    Anyone hear about Luebke?? Gonna be TJ??

    • Jermo says:
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      @JG_ism, Jansen son!

      • JG_ism says:
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        @Jermo, Thought so.

  8. SpecialFNK says:
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    Chris Sale didn’t actually come in with the game tied. Danks started the 8th but gave up 2 singles to Kotchman and Hannahan with no outs. then Sale came into the game. Sale allowed the 2 runners on to score plus another, but it was un earned because of an error. but it was still 3-0 for Chicago with 2 runners on when Sale entered the game.
    ___
    - C. Kotchman singled to shallow center
    - J. Hannahan singled to shallow left, C. Kotchman to second
    - C. Sale relieved J. Danks
    - J. Damon safe at first on shortstop A. Ramirez’s fielding error, C. Kotchman to third, J. Hannahan to second
    - J. Kipnis grounded out to first, C. Kotchman scored, J. Hannahan to third, J. Damon to second
    - A. Cabrera walked
    - C. Santana singled to shallow center, J. Hannahan and J. Damon scored, A. Cabrera to second
    - S. Duncan struck out swinging
    - S. Choo flied out to shallow left
    ____

    I don’t know why Sale came in specifically at that time, maybe 2 inning save? the previous time Sale saw work was when he went 6 innings as a starter May 1st, so maybe Ventura figured Sale could go 2 innings.
    I would say Sale is still the guy.

    • chunk says:
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      @SpecialFNK, solid analysis thanks

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @SpecialFNK, Yahoo’s blurb states that they brought him in because the tying runner was at the plate and thought Sale had the best chance of holding it down. He’s still the closer. But he’s also still bitching that he wants to start. What a closer-funk!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpecialFNK, My bad… Was doing the podcast when it happened…

  9. Hondo says:
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    Geez ,I had a nightmare where a Tony LaRussa zombie manager chewed my head off.

    Not really,but that’s how Ventura makes me feel.

    • Jermo says:
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      @Hondo, Thats an awesome visual

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo, Ha!

  10. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper (keep 5), yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    give- Paul Konerko, Torii Hunter.
    get- Shin Soo Choo, Kenley Jansen

    need saves.
    I wanted to get Mike Carp as well, but he didn’t want Thornton I offered instead wants Chris Davis. I don’t want to trade Davis.

    my team-
    CA- Ramos. 1B- Konerko. 2B- Uggla. 3B- Zimmerman. SS- AEscobar. IN- Butler.
    OF- AdJones. OF- THunter. OF- Dirks. OF- Campana. UT- CDavis.
    BN- Dyson, Presley, Parra, DvMurphy, Brantley.
    SP- Price. SP- Beachy. RP- SCasilla. RP- Thayer.
    P- Lilly. P- AJBurnett. P- McCarthy.
    BN- Jimenez, Friedrich, Thornton, KWood.
    DL- Anderson, Luebke.

    ___
    also want to mention. not sure if you noticed, but Detoit Tigers have now used Andy Dirks in the 2 spot for the last 3 games, and he’s had 2 hits and 1 run in each game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpecialFNK, I noticed about Dirks… Not a great trade…

  11. Grey's da man! says:
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    How much to bid on walden?

    Also, Cashner or Thayer ROS?

    • Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Are you really thinking ROS on either Cashner or Thayer? As a Street owner, I hope it’s more like rest of month.

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Bill S. Preston, Esq., doesn’t help..

        • @Grey’s da man!, For what it’s worth, I’m still betting on Cashner there. I think Thayer’s going to turn into a marvelously mustachioed pumpkin at some point.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Bill S. Preston, Esq., Cash…

        • Grey's da man! says:
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          @Wake Up, grey?

  12. Peking Duck says:
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    20 team roto 5×5 1400 IP Cap. Pitching is weak and down on innings, but I have the following options: Start Friedrich @SD and/or start Lohse @Ari. Gomez @Chw is an option on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peking Duck, I’m starting Friedrich in a deep league… I’d start Lohse in a 20 team league too.

  13. TheNewGuy says:
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    If the Natual doesnt hit 5 homers tommorow im cutting him…love the fact he said he didnt try and hit them out either. Unreal.

    Play Dyson over Craig if you need speed? Not getting many swipes from my Han-Ram/ Dread Pirate/ Andrus combo right now.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Or Dyson over the melk-man (whos steals have dried up too).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Ha… Over Melky for speed… Not crazy about it though…

  14. Jermo says:
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    Thank you Grey for pushing me toward the Anibel light. In my money league I traded Morrow and Jim Johnson for Anibel and im counting the days for Morrows new fangled “throw it at the bat” thing to blow up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jermo, Yeah, hopefully…

  15. Ten team mixed league keeper league keep 4 8×8 extra cats k(against) obp,h

    I traded prince and beachy
    I got pujols and alexi…

    Sp is fine with weaver cain price hellickson and lilly

    Feel like I mad a bad bad choice.. would you agree

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Justin, I wouldn’t have done it.

  16. Todd says:
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    Just checking…Keeper league trade
    I get – Pujols, D Robertson, and A Jackson
    I give- J Upton, Aceves, and Lincecum

    Dont blink and grab it right?

    • chunk says:
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      @Todd, id take it fo sho

      • chunk says:
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        @all, Ha! Well, am I allowed to re-evaluate? I still like the trade for you for THIS season… maybe not in a keeper league, though. besides some ERA and R, Upton and Pujols really haven’t been that different as far as production and my money is on Pujols to finish the year out better. Pujols started slow last year, too. I think the trade comes down to how much faith you have in Lincecum… To me he’s looked consistently hittable so far, but we’ll see…

        In some leagues, Aceves to Robertson would be a huge upgrade…..

    • Rodger-Dodger says:
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      @Todd, Uh… I’d do more than blink on this one if I were you. Are you new around here? Let’s remember the rules man… #1) SAGNOF! Saves ain’t got no face… so toss Robertson and Aceves out the window as far as “value”. #2) What’s the difference between Pujols and J-UPton? That’s right, J-UPSIDE might be the better bat ROS considering he’s trading you Pujols at full face-value despite zero production this year. That leaves you with just Austin Jackson for Tim Lincecum… uhhh… who’s getting taken for a ride here?? Take a breather dude. Getting just a little TOO excited about the “opportunity” to land Pujols. For the record, I’m not super familier with what these players are doing from day to day. I don’t have any of them except J-Upside… oh, and Aceves (almost didn’t recognize him! Ha ha!!). I do know A-jax has been doing fine, and Pujols has not… and Lincecum has had early season struggles… but of all the short-term trends… I think I’d be most worried about Pujols.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Rodger-Dodger, I agree 110% with what you said here. This is a wolf in sheeps clothing deal.

  17. Ryan says:
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    When are you going to have a lede on selling high on Bryan LaHair titled “I flip LaHair back and forth”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Ha!

  18. chata says:
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    wrong

  19. STRAWberry says:
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    A Reddick blurb followed by one on JJ? Someone have a man crush on the former Dukie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @STRAWberry, Ha!

  20. Justin Morneau says:
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    Thole is a wimp. Thank you. Please. Concussions are no big deal, eh. Thank you. Please.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Justin Morneau, Well played…and so polite…

  21. JTR says:
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    Should I start any of these three today? All on the road….

    1. Lohse @ Arizona
    2. Detwiler @ Pittsburgh
    3. Cueto @ Milwaukee

    Thanks!

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @JTR, I’d start Lohse and Detwiler.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, april is over, stay of lohse. Start detwiler

    • chunk says:
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      @JTR, The way Cueto is tossin I’d throw him too

    • Joan Chen says:
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      @JTR, Start Detwiler and Cueto. Sit Lohse. Although the Cards might give him enough run support, if you want to chase wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, 2 and 3

  22. Jeff says:
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    Rank these pitchers going forward (All available in a 16 team league, everyone focuses on RP inthe league for the most part)

    Cahill
    E. Jackson
    Buehrle
    Carpenter
    Capuano
    Colon
    Hammel
    McDonald
    Samardzija
    Volquez

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Jeff, Cahill, Samardzija, Capuano, Jackson, Volquez

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Jeff, samar…, capuano, hammel, cahill and volquez at petco

  23. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @anyone.

    I gotta drop Guerra for Thayer right. Holds is not a stat in my league.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Howie Met Your Mother, drop him yeah…thayer’s prob not the guy though…

  24. FD says:
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    Dropped Doumit for Flores 3 weeks ago.

    Time to drop Flores for Doumit?

    • @FD, Just pick one and stick with him (I’d suggest picking Doumit). It’s a fool’s (tempting) errand to keep picking up guys for what they just did.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FD, Yeah

  25. Bobby J says:
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    Time to drop Aybar and pick up Scutaro? The little Angel is bedeviling my team. Dozier? Andino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bobby J, Sure, Scutaro

  26. AP says:
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    Hey Grey……Boesch, Campana, or Tabata? I need an outfielder and all 3 are on waivers thanks.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @AP, I lean Campana but Grey will probably lean Tabata.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @AP, if you dont need speed, Boesch.

      • @Moscowitz, I’m worried about Boesch getting dropped in the batting order. Fewer at bats and instead of being protected by Cabrera/Fielder he’s being protected by Ryan Raburn or Gerald Laird. Big difference.

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @Enrique, yeah but his power upside and potential alone is enough to put him ahead of the other two who are basically not much of anything except of steals and perhaps a bit of avg. and Tabata is even struggling at that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP, Tabata

  27. Panic move? says:
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    Trade Pujols $62/contract ending 2013 & Stubbs for Josebats $22/contract ending 2016 & Cuddyer.

    Lost Panda at 3B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Panic move?, Sure

  28. Ryan says:
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    need to pick up an outfielder..
    Reddick or Jay ROS?
    Standard league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Jay

  29. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey. I have a trade question for you. I have offered Strasburg for Carlos Gonzalez in our Yahoo 12 Team 6×6 H2H League with OPS and Holds. I realize I am aiming extremely high, but this Owner needs SP and I need Offense. He will most likely (and should) reject the offer, but should I then counter with Strasburg for either Holliday or Pence? My OF would be crowded, but these guys are producing.

    The next part is assuming a deal does go through, my Starting staff would then be F-Her, D. Hudson, Zimmerman, Sanchez, Lynn, Capuano and Minor. Is that sufficient?

    My apologies for the long read Grey and thanks much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, I’d take CarGo and your staff will be fine…

      • yankees2012 says:
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        @Grey,
        So you would not offer Strasburg for the other OFs if he rejects deal?

        That’s all. Thanks much.

  30. Poo Holes says:
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    Have a free roster spot and looking to pick up another closer. I already have Motte and Broxton, with Capps, Marshall, Downs, Dolis, Reed, and Walden available.

    Also, does Jansen run away with the job and never look back? Would you trade a guy like Choo to get him?

    • Joan Chen says:
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      @Poo Holes, For what it’s worth, I’d grab Marshall.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Joan Chen, i probably would have said Walden if i was convinced he could turn things around. I am not though. Marshall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Marshall

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Poo Holes, Thanks all! Went with Marshall but I’m giving him a short leash. Hey, playing manager is kinda fun!

  31. CL says:
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    Morning’ Grey:

    Steady-rock Jed Lowrie longer, or pick up Kyle Seager?

    Aaron Hill or Allen Craig?

    Thanks…

    • Trigger Cut says:
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      @Grey, also, Rickie Weeks or Allen Craig? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL, Lowrie… Hill… Weeks over Craig…

  32. knighttown says:
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    Looking at getting Josh Johnson for a closer. First off, who is the better target Johnson or Kennedy.

    I own 3-4 closers. Jansen, Marshall, Cishek and Cashner. Do I have them in order?

    What would you try for?

    • chunk says:
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      @knighttown, Kennedy….

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @chunk, yup Kennedy is the better target.

  33. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I’m hurting for saves – relying on Casilla and Cishek. I picked up Cordero because SAGNOF but I’m thinking I should drop him because, well, he sucks. Agree?

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Well…if you are hurting for saves, why would you drop a closer without a replacement?

  34. mike says:
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    John Jay or Trumbo ROS?
    Need a bench guy to rotate in
    Stndard league

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @mike, Trumbo overall and Jay if you need avg.

  35. AA says:
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    Is it time to move on from Boesch…maybe with Dirks?

    • chunk says:
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      @AA, I made this swap yesterday and it felt goooood

  36. L-Boogie says:
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    Matt Moore. Buy low or stay away?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Buy low…

  37. Henry Chinaski says:
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    12 team, 5×5 10-keeper league. all things being equal, would you trade adam jones and nick swisher (bench player) for grienke if you had pretty solid hitting and a lack of solid starting pitching? thanks

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Henry Chinaski, idk greinke’s stuff looks hittable and command is off… i hope he can get back to being dominant…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Henry Chinaski, I wouldn’t.

  38. theguarantee says:
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    Stealing a concept from some other posters…

    Worst pitcher you would accept for Ryan Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @theguarantee, A #2

  39. Beau says:
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    Rest of the season…

    Samardjiza, Lynn, Hammel, or Detweiler?

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Beau, Samardzija

  40. Charles says:
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    So drop Cashner for Thayer? I’m so confused. And I need a quick answer!

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Charles, no

      • @WhineSpritzer, I’d stick with Cashner.

  41. Dan says:
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    Morning Grey.

    12 team 6×6 (OPS + QS) with If + 4 OF positions.

    Ive been trying to buy Adrian Gonzalaz low. A couple back and fourth trades have happened.
    This morning dude offered me Lowrie, Harper, and Ethier for his AGon, Dempster and Francisco.

    My SS and IF currently is Mike Aviles and Jed Lowrie
    My OF currently is Hamilton, Cruz, Ethier, Harper, J Reddick, N Remiold.

    Take it and run? or try to switch an OF for another player and counter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan, He offered you Lowrie and you have Lowrie?

      • The Trade Bandit says:
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        @Grey,

        Sorry, ment to say he proposed the Trade

        My J Lowrie, Harper and Ethier for his AGonzalez, Dempster and Francisco.

        Thoughts?

  42. JG_ism says:
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    @Grey
    Ya think Luebke is done ? Drop him for McDonald or Alvarez ?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @JG_ism, Yes. I cut him.

    • @JG_ism, Yes, drop him. Between those two I’d rather have McDonald.

  43. nycs10011 says:
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    12 man redraft. I’m leading in most offensive categories thanks to Hamilton. I have J Montero in my Util spot. I need pitching help bad. My Wieters & Henry Rodriguez for his Hamels?
    Thanks for the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nycs10011, Sounds decent

  44. Alex says:
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    @Grey and/or his disciples

    Is there a universe in which it will be better to own Soto
    than Ruiz or Doumit going forward? If so, where is this
    universe, and why does it seem so weird?

    • @Alex, I’d take Doumit between those three.

  45. Shmael says:
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    Battle of the middle-ling lineups and home ballparks.. Reddick or Alonso?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shmael, Reddick

  46. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Yikes. 305 of the 576 RCL teams are over 3.50. The average is 3.58.

    • chunk says:
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      @VinWins, I think if you’re winning saves, there’s no way you have a sub 3.5 ERA. I have a solid SP staff but I am behind on GS and my save-chasing has given me a 4.3 ERA and a 1.4 whip, both good for 2s. After losing Marmol and Cordero I’m confident those numbers will start dropping

      • Tony says:
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        @chunk, ya marmol, guerra have done a number on my ratios, then you throw in one bomb by Liriano til i said eff off, becketts dropped a few bombs, ian kennedy lst night, i bench nova when he’s good i’ve thrown him for his blow ups…. ughh…. bad news. Closers have been terrible but alot of SP’s that should be solid havent been, yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Interesting… I was pretty close to calling out half of every league…

  47. Goosta says:
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    Grey, I sold high on Hamilton a few days back when his one of his ribs (!) temporarily popped out of place, for Justin Upton. I thought the nightmare was beginning.

    Even when Hamilton does make a trip to the DL, I’m not sure that I win here. Is it really possible that Upton regresses to his 2010 form after 2011? He is performing terribly right now.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Goosta, This question would have been more useful to you before the trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goosta, Upton will be fine… Next month he could hit 10 homers and steal 5 bases and Hamilton could be hurt…

  48. Graveyard Duck says:
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    Grey, if you had to get rid of one of these guys, who would it be: Marcum, Hammel, Latos, Smyly, or Cahill?

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Graveyard Duck, i am not grey but to me its very obvious. Cahill.
      Reason: Lack of Ks and a BABIP of .252 indicate regression in near future. Next one in line would be Smyly.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Graveyard Duck, Smyly, Hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Graveyard Duck, Agree with WhineSpritzer

  49. hawks101 says:
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    I need to cut loose of a reliever in a 5×5 league. Who do see as a better long term hold, Marmol or Soriano? I also have Dolis and 2 legit closers in Betancourt and Marshall.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @hawks101, hold Marmol

  50. WhineSpritzer says:
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    Smyly, Hammel.

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Smyly better team… Hammel has to regress playing in that division right?

  51. Wake Up says:
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    Feels like Hardy is gonna go on another little mini-tear…I’m back on board…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Yeah

  52. Joan Chen says:
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    Anyone rolling the dice on Ervin Santana today? 10 k’s last time out, starting against Minnesota at “Need to be in space to hit a home run” Target Field.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Joan Chen, I’m streaming him in my RCL. Twins are pretty bad.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Joan Chen, Yeah I would roll…Twins should be a little punch drunk tonight…if punch drunk means that they won’t score a lot tonight…

  53. artie says:
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    Alberto has 1HR, but Votto only has 2.
    How come nobody (in FB news and such) is talking about that? Is it because his BA is .290+? His stats still kinda suck for a top 10 pick.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @artie, He leads the league in doubles. His HR’s might decrease from last year, but his other cats should be the same.

      • artie says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, Fair comment. But in the Fantasy world, I’m not sure anyone drafted him for his doubles.

    • JoeC says:
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      @artie, Yes. In addition to the 17 or so RBIs Votto has. The power will come.

      But mostly, just let your eyes do the watching… Pujols looks lost and Votto is making excellent contact (a bunch of opp field hits) and has an amazing eye (I think his OBP is near ~.450).

      And age… Votto is in his prime, Pujols looks to be on the decline. All of these and more. Votto.

      • artie says:
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        @JoeC, All true. I was just wondering about the lack of pub given the contract.

        • WhineSpritzer says:
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          @artie, He’s in Cincinnati, nobody cares. Plus his team isn’t tanking and he’s not Pujols-ing. Just his HR’s are low but they will come.

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @WhineSpritzer, Yup. See: McCutchen, Andrew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @artie, We talk about it on the podcast…

    • peter says:
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      @artie, You can put Adrian Gonzalez on that list, right between Pujols and Votto.

  54. Ryan says:
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    I am in a deep h2h 20 team keeper league. I just got offered anibal sanchez and jed lowrie for my lee and yunel. Do I take this deal since I am getting younger or stick with what I got?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf chris johnson
    lf carlos lee
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of vernon wells
    util tony campana
    bn jarrod dyson
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl carl crawford
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp jason hammel
    sp cliff lee
    sp jon lester
    rp jason motte
    rp matt throton
    rp matt reynolds
    rp matt capps
    p ubaldo jimenez
    p scott downs
    p brad peacock
    bn aaron harang
    bn scott downs
    bn garrett richards
    bn brian matusz

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Ryan, I’d do it.

  55. papasmurf says:
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    Sale came into the game with a 2 run lead and then blew the save with some help from the SS. It’s possible he was in there for a 2 inning save. And it’s also possible Ventura’s playing matchups. In either case, it looks like Ventura doesn’t trust anyone in that pen.

    I had Anibal and Blanton (stream start vs. Miguel Batista, who amazingly still has a job, somehow) going yesterday in addition to Sale. Certainly not a happy camper. 2 leads lost on errors in the 7th innings and a blown save also aided by an error.

    Couldn’t believe that Manuel left Blanton in to face Neuwenhuis (sp). Dumb Phils deserve to lose.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @papasmurf, my question would be: why the heck is Ventura not trusting anyone?? This is one of the finest bullpens in baseball. Hand it to Addison Read and take the pressure of him and he will be a stud. This kid is something very close to David Robertson. Let Sale setup for a while until you feel he is ready to go as a starter again, shop Thornton and everything else will be fine. Ventura is decreasing the staffs confidence by acting like a nervous clown, not commiting to anything and anyone.

    • JoeC says:
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      @papasmurf, Infante’s error was the worst of the lot. Easily cost Anibal the win and Bell the blown save. :)

      ARam’s error was actually a bad hop that caused the ball to tick off the heel of his glove. Not really his fault.

      I think Ventura is of the new school where he’s not averse to bringing in his closer in the 8th inning if the situation warrants it.

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey i have alexi and ransom in rcl,with injuries one will be dh or cut for hot bat,ill assume youd cut ransom,thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, I would

  57. wctip says:
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    our keeper rules limit us to only keeping players for 3 years. The guy with Halladay can’t keep him next year. Which hitter would be a fair keeper trade that I wouldn’t be giving up too much, but just enough to entice him to make the deal?

    Bruce, Heyward, Youk, or Jennings

    I am going to add a closer to this deal too, Probably Dolis (I have 5 closers and I could pick up Pestano or another speculative closer).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wctip, Youk.. Prolly won’t happen…

  58. bean says:
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    Can I get a SONOVABENCH! for Westbrook yesterday?

    Is there some sort of weather or environmental analysis we can get for sinker ballers prior to their starts?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @bean, It was very humid in AZ last night…

  59. wctip says:
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    Josh Hamilton is making John Daniels look like a genius!

    Edison Volquez for Josh Hamilton, what a deal.

    Go Rangers!!

    • chunk says:
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      @wctip, Are you reading this, Edinson? I hope so.

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @chunk, wasn’t he a crackhead at the time…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @beardcrabs, maybe…but I think it was more that he couldn’t throw strikes…the crack wears off after the first inning…

        • JoeC says:
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          @beardcrabs, No, that was before he revitalized his career with the Reds. I think the Reds were scared by his injury potential, which was about half-right. :)

  60. Jack says:
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    team era under 3.50…ugh…that hurt.

    Should I drop Masterson for Burnett, Diamond, Duffy or Delgado?

    And would you drop Freiri for Cishek, Reed, or Thayer?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Jack, F**k Masterson. I’d drop him for anyone.

      I’d drop Frieri for Cishek and Reed.

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey,

        Yes, but who?

  61. JTR says:
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    Grey, what do you think about this trade? I need bats…

    I give up P. Alvarez and Joe Nathan for A-Rod and Corey Hart.

    Hold or Accept?

    • JTR says:
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      Grey, it wasn’t A-Rod it was Moustakas. So I get Moustakas and Hart for Nathan and Alvarez. Sound good?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @JTR, do it

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @JTR, He’d be willing to do that? That’s a steal.

  62. Chillmodious says:
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    Wait wait wait… You put the Infante & Anibal blurbs next to one another and don’t mention the fact that the normally sure-handed second baseman completely biffed the win? Anibal was one out away from getting out of the 7th (or was it 6th?) with a 2-0 lead, except stupid Infante misplays an easy grounder, bobbles it again trying to pick it up (still has time to make the play, mind you), and then flings it past Gaby Sanchez allowing two runs to score. Yes, they were unearned, but it tied the game and took away hope for Anibal’s W. Meanwhile, Cordero blew a save for me later on in the evening and opened the door for Balfour (on my opponent’s team) to luck in to a W. If not for McCutchen, I would have been breaking shizz last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, I was taping the podcast… Didn’t watch it… Thanks for the heads up! Damn you, Infante!

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, It was a moment that will live in Infantamy! (Well, at least for me and this week anyway)

  63. Jon says:
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    Own Delgado over any of these guys: Milone, Arrieta, Drabek, Capuano?

    H2H Keeper. Thanks!

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Jon, Milone

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, do you concur?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jon, Yeah

  64. Poo Holes says:
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    HA! 3.50 ERA? I’m rolling with a 4.55. If only that were my GPA…

    Best pick up for an IF spot over Scutaro? Alvarez, Seager, LaRoche, Cozart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Ha… Alvarez

  65. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Who do you think the best 2 streaming options out of this bunch:

    (I know they are horrible, it’s a deep points league)

    -Leake v Was
    -Harang v Col
    -Humber v KC
    -Paulino @ CWS
    -Morton v Hou
    -Wieland @ Phi

    BTW, everytime i see Anibal do well, i think of you. You def pimped him harder than any other site I saw. Props. He was kept in my league or I would have gone after him. Although I admit i was a bit scared by his slider usage. Nice call.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Thanks! Morton, Leake… They are terrible.

  66. GTS says:
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    I’m ready to bail on Lincecum. I got an offer in my 10-team mixed to give my Lincecum/Craig for his Morrow? Take it? I need pitching help.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @GTS, Whoa, both of those guys for Morrow? I think you can do better.

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @GTS, let’s be rational… don’t sell yourself short…

  67. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Also,

    Vogelsong or Volquez?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Volquez at home…

  68. WhineSpritzer says:
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    Depends, HR’s and no avg, Alvarez. Little bit of everything, Seager.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Ignore, this was a reply to someone’s comment. I’m retarded.

  69. Maximus Decimus Maridius says:
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    So let me just get this straight: ignore Gallardos horrendous start because it’s early, but i should thank you because Sanchez is off to a good start in the same time frame? Haren era is 4.19, but was at 3.43 24 hours ago. This illustrates both how early it is in the season and your propensity for cherry picking stats to back up preseason statements.

  70. Grey — the guy running away with HRs in my 14-team redraft league (where I’m at the bottom in power) needs infield flexibility and has inquired about Aviles, who is usually only employ on short-schedule days or when a regular infielder is facing a tough pitcher.

    This team’s got a ton of sluggers. Looking predominantly at HRs, how’d you rank the ones he has on the trading block: Reynolds, Encarnacion, Luke Scott, Willingham? Are they all worth trading for in return for Aviles?

    • @Enrique, Or how would Corey Hart fit into that group?

      In other words, please rank: Mark Reynolds, Encarnacion, Luke Scott, Willingham, Corey Hart.

  71. ThomasR says:
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    Pick up Scott Downs (on waivers) or Dolis for saves?

    • @ThomasR, Downs! That one is easy.

  72. frank rizzo says:
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    Who has 2 thumbs, plus Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre? That eff I’m facing this week.

    Okay….Trout was dropped when the guy took Berkman off his DL. Do I bid on Trout and make him my LF over Prado? It’s become a recurring question by me……Prado bores the eff out of me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, I would

  73. The Trade Bandit says:
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    What are your thoughts on trading for talent in a position of strength.

    i.e. I have Votto and I am trading some lower pieces for Adrian Gonzalaz?

    Is this a bad thing to have too much top tier talent cause I figure I have more trade leverage with AGon over mid tier talent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Trade Bandit, Don’t see why you’d trade for A-Gon with Votto… Gotta be somewhere else on your team that you could use an upgrade…

      • The Trade Bandit says:
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        @Grey,

        Its more of an opportunistic play on an unintelligent trade crazy owner that has allready traded away:

        Gallardo, Howard, Verlander, Berkman, Kubel away from his team.

        His only top tier talent left is AGon and Beachy.

        Therefore my question about trading for a position of strength. Thoughts?

  74. Mzyptlk says:
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    Norris vs. McDonald @ Pit—who’s better to stream? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mzyptlk, McDonald

  75. Horse says:
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    Drop Blanton, Nolasco or Milone for Campana? 14 team.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Horse, Blanton, Milone.

  76. Adienni says:
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    So I’m going to drop boesch and cordero and I want to pick up two new utility/bench players.

    Which of these two candidates do you like the most ROS?

    J. Weeks
    Carlos Lee
    Adam Laroche
    Jon Jay
    J.D. Martinez
    Kyle Seager
    Gerardo Parra
    Luke Scott
    Chris Johnson
    Cody Ross

    Any help is really appreciated. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adienni, Scott, LaRoche

  77. radiohead says:
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    Grey help on a trade please in a 10 team NL-only h2h 5×5 …

    My Cutch, F. Francisco and Capuano/Westbrook for his Posey and Pablo.

    Is this too much?

    • radiohead says:
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      I’m considering offering Cutch and Cap first and then adding the closer later if he says no. But I don’t want to insult him if Cutch and Cap is a low-ball. Thanks for your wise counsel, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @radiohead, Sounds decent

  78. RussB says:
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    Grey, who is your top two in a H2H mixed 12 team league:

    Kuroda, J Parker, Diamond, Randall Delgado, Saunders, Hammel, Zambrano, Dickey, Volquez, Capuano, and MacDonald.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RussB, Capuano, Volquez at home, Hammel…

  79. Eng says:
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    Who have you most given up on: Boesch or Espinosa?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Eng, Espinosa. His Avg always sucked, but now he’s not hitting HR’s or stealing. I dropped him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, Espinosa

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey, Thanks for both replies. They go along with what I was thinking, appreciated.

  80. chunk says:
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    Kemp/Lynn or Hamilton/Bum?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @chunk, Hamilton/Bum

      • chunk says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, thanks

  81. MattTruss223 says:
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    Hope Yoenis’ wrist thing doesn’t turn into something major. Anyone have any idea how he hurt it?

    There was a nice little article about him by Hiram Martinez of ESPN Deportes yesterday. A sweet blurb for his owners:

    ‘… but Cespedes insists he usually starts his seasons slow and heats up as the season goes along.

    “Sometimes I rush my swing because I am so anxious to play well,” he said by way of explaining his strikeouts. “In Cuba, the quality of the pitching is not the same as it is here. There you might find one or two pitchers at 94 or 95 mph. Here, every day I find several and each pitcher who comes along throws his hardest stuff. That’s why I am working with [A's hitting coach] Chili Davis to make the adjustment.

    “In Cuba, I would start the first two months hitting around .260 with three or four home runs,” he said. “After the first half of the season, I would get hot and that’s when I would have my best results. I hope that it will be the same here. I am going to try to maintain my numbers because I know that in the third month, I think … I am sure I am going to hit even better.”…’

    Something to consider anyway.

    • JoeC says:
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      @MattTruss223, He hurt it in batting practice while taking a swing… just seemed to hold onto the bat too long. Seems relatively minor. He’s a tough hombre. Probably will be back fairly soon.

  82. Eng says:
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    Also, are you preferring Dyson or Campana at this point given playing time vs steals? Looking to make a small time trade for one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, Campana

  83. OaktownSteve says:
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    Don Cooper on Chris Sale:

    “We’re going to continue to watch it. Who knows what we may do? Right now, we just kind of backed off him a little bit. In effect, we’ve missed a start. He’s feeling great right now.’’

    Um…that clears it all up.

    • chunk says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Ha! It’s practically an art form, the way they say as little as they can.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @OaktownSteve, there’s so much double speak in that statement that you’d think he was running for public office. I think I’ll go snag Addy Reed now…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wilsonian, It’s like it was scripted by Clinton’s legal defense team. Or Nixon’s.

        That’s some serious horse pucky though. Sale out of the rotation and McCarthy on shoulder watch took a bite out of my team. Waiver wire is hideous. Randy Wolf, Bruce Chen, J. Sanchez, Tyson Ross…ugh.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @OaktownSteve, plus I’d really like to have Madison, Addison, and Kelly on my team.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Wilsonian, Team name…Title 9?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Wake Up, hahaha! I like it…maybe once I pick up Addison I should switch from the deorgatory team name about my Italian heritage.

  84. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I have Erik Aybar as my team’s MI… In a vaccum, not knowing anything about my team, would you pick up Cody Ransom to replace him?

    Aybar is resembling Admiral Akbar from Star Wars these days… “IT’S A TRAP!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IowaCubs, I wouldn’t… Ransom doesn’t play every day… And he’s old…

      • IowaCubs

        IowaCubs says:
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        @Grey, Okay… He has a .429 BABIP, but having Aybar on my team is like waking up every day with Danny DiVito.

        And 36 is old?? He’s barely a year older than me.

        Oh shit, I’m old, too.

  85. Derrick says:
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    Drop Garcia, Cahill or McCarthy for Detwiler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, I’d hold for now

  86. HamiltonDingers says:
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    I just traded Miggy and Matt Moore for Verlander and Swisher. Am I crazy?

  87. Herschel says:
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    Grey: is there a podcast celebrity guest pool? I’ll take five on delroy lindo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, Ooh, that would be good.

  88. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? This closer carousel is making me woozy.. I want off the ride!

    1) Drop Frieri for Reed?

    2) Is Cashner a drop? Thayer already picked up this AM (welcome to my league: where closers are king!)

    3) Reached out for OF help and got this trade offer –

    Send:
    Moustakas
    Latos

    Receive:
    Choo
    Colon

    Meh city? Werth-less just went down and my OF is thus: Pence, Jones, Kendrick, Maybin, Scott. I’m stacked at 3B with Wright, Lawrie and Han Ram. Would you pull the trigger? .. I suppose I could also counter with Billingsley/Fister instead of Latos.

    Danke!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FillyP, 1) sure 2) Hold 3) Hold

  89. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey…..

    1) i have to make room for cliff lee,,,,,drop neise, minor or nolasco?

    2) please rank,,,,samardzija, minor, detwiler,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI, Niese… You ranked them…

  90. Rauch's Tramp Stamp says:
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    Thoughts on this trade…

    Stanton for Phillips and Wandy/Marcum

    H2H 6 by 6 with holds and OPS. I’ve got a fair amount of power (Bruce, Beltre, Gonzalez) and currently have Aviles plugged in at 2B. I have a lot of young’ens on my pitching staff (Minor, Lynn, Parker, Smyly) so I’m worried about innings limits as we reach playoffs. I love Stanton but am tempted by this trade. Talk some sense into me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rauch’s Tramp Stamp, I’d want Stanton

  91. yankees2012 says:
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    Grey,
    I had asked earlier about trading Strasburg for Cargo and you said go for it (thanks by the way).

    My question back – if he rejects that deal, is Strasburg too much for Holliday or Pence?

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, I’d hold there…

  92. yankees2012 says:
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    Grey,
    That of course leads me to yet another question. Am I overreacting with my current OF of Dread Pirate, Heyward, Jennings and Reddick (filling in for Krispie)?

    Thanks yet again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Yeah

      • yankees2012 says:
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        @Grey,
        Your assistance is greatly appreciated Grey.

        Keep up the great work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  93. thegreater says:
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    Anyone view Jose Reyes as a legit buy low candidate? I am suffering through Jimmy Rollins right now on my team, and can probably swap a pitcher for Reyes pretty easily. I figure one of them will snap out of it at some point.

    Right now I have Lester, Bumgarner, Annibal, Hudson, Stauffer, Detwiller and Capuano. Was thinking of offering either Detwiller or Capuano. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those pitchers won’t get Reyes but you can try…

      • thegreater says:
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        @Grey,

        Actually got him for Capuano from a relatively panicked owner whose pitching is terrible. Favorable combo of ill-informed owner + underperfoming Reyes + sell high pitcher (plucked off waivers). Now if only my team BA was higher than .245…

  94. Cole says:
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    I need a 2 starter next week. Got it down to Vogelsong vs. Col (White), vs. Oak (McCarthy) or Anthony Vonhodgepadre Bass @was(Strats), vs LAA (Santana). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, Vogelsong

  95. Jack says:
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    Should I drop Masterson for Burnett, Diamond, Duffy or Delgado?

    And would you drop Freiri for Cishek, Reed, or Thayer?

    Sorry for the repeat, but I think you skipped over it earlier. Sorry if I’m an idiot. Sorry for the sorries.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, I’d hold Masterson… Cishek…

  96. MattW says:
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    Grey,

    I was offered the following trade:

    His Panda and Stauffer for my Beachy (h2h redraft 12 team league)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattW, I’d take Beachy…

      • MattW says:
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        @Grey, I could use a power guy like Sandoval, when do you think he comes back

        I could upgrade OFs as well to add more value to my side…who would you need paired with Panda to be worth trading Beachy and Ichiro?

        Bourn
        Cruz
        Beltran
        Ortiz

        Thanks as always…hilarious and informative as usual

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @MattW, Cruz, Beltran…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattW, And thanks!

  97. El Hombre says:
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    Bench or start Time Lincecum today against LAD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Hombre, Start

  98. Fred says:
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    Need some middle IF help

    Rank ROS please and thanks

    Infante, Aviles, Cozart, Lowrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred, Cozart, Aviles, Lowrie…

      • Fred says:
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        @Grey,

        Thanks Grey!

  99. Ciao Grey — You skipped over my question above. How would you rank Mark Reynolds, Encarnacion, Luke Scott, Willingham, and Corey Hart for a team in need of HRs? And are there any of them you wouldn’t take in exchange for Aviles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, EE, Scott, Hart, Willingham, Reynolds, Aviles…

  100. bean says:
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    Rizzo another 2 HRs for Iowa AAA bringing his line to .357/9HRs/31RBI
    and an OPS of 1.056. (30 Games)

    Possibly another AAAA mirage but NL only folks are starving for a quality 1B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, I hear that…

      • bean says:
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        @Grey, Soriano with a “sore knee” today after Rizzo lights up the Grizz. Tough thing is noone is going to take Soriano in a trade and it almost certainly has to be an AL team. Maybe he can close?

        Soriano is an intestinal blockage!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously…

  101. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Hi Grey

    Thanks on Anibal – but he could have got the win last night! OK, just kidding, I’m glad I traded for him before the season (gave up austin jackson). And as always, love the podcast. What are the chances of getting Jimmy Smits or Blair Underwood next (no baseball connection – I’m just a big LA Law fan)

    I’m literally hurting for OF in a 12 man HTH. With Werth, Gardener, Cespedes and Crisp all suspect with Adam Jones and Stubbs, I need to pick up an OF this week who might have to play next week.

    Prefer pop to speed – I’ve got a lot of speed already.

    A selection of available guys (owned at 10%+ in espn leagues): (Cain, Bay, Quentin avail but hurt, Jon Jay, Wigginton, Ibanez, Bourjos, Viciedo, Presley, Sweeney, Brantley, Nieuwenhuis, David Murphy, DeJesus, Saunders, Mayberry, Carp, Schierholtz, Damon, Robot Jones, Veneble, Torres, Revere, Byrd etc) I also see Andy Dirks is available.

    Please pick 2 OF for me if possible. (more pop than speed, can play next week)

    Thanks so much!
    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bermuda Triangles, Smits and Underwood… done and maybe! I’m kidding, I’ll have to see what connections I have to them… Jay, Dirks…

  102. Carlos says:
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    Alvarez or Moose?
    Downs or Cishek?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carlos, Alvarez..Downs…

  103. EK says:
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    Pls rank these for a spot start:
    Cahill v SF
    Zambrano v NYM
    Dickey @ MIA
    Parker v DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Cahill, Z

  104. Kraftster says:
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    Leading in most pitching stats, need to boost my bats big time to win it this year — which I am going hard after since I lose some key players after this season.

    Posey signed to a 4 year deal + Dylan Bundy/Taijuan Walker for Josh Hamilton on a 4 year deal (bumps Joyce from OF). Would add Ruiz off the wire and make an effort to get Miguel Montero on the cheap. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kraftster, Hamilton side…

  105. Bob says:
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    Would you drop Rafael Soriano for Addison Reed?

    • Bob says:
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      @Bob, or James Russell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob, Russell

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey, sorry let me rephrase. Would you rather have Rafael Soriano, Addison Reed or James Russell?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          James Russell

  106. Fred says:
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    Can you throw me some Andre Ethier projections ROS?

    Is this guy THE definition of Sell high?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred, I’d be listening to offers… He’s a 25 homer, .280, no steals guy…

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Fred, Nah, Mike Aviles is THE definition of sell high. Andre Ethier is a lesser-used alternate pronunciation.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chillmodious, HA!

  107. quimmy says:
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    Would you trade your Panda for Kendry today taking into consideration that he is out 6 weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @quimmy, It’s okay… I wouldn’t…

      • quimmy says:
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        @Grey, what if they throw in h.street?

        • quimmy says:
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          @quimmy, also, im rocking hanram at 3b and lowrie at ss. my 1b are scott/lind. im desperate for avg/obp.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @quimmy, I wouldn’t do it with Street either, but it’s totally fair…

  108. Schizer Scherzer says:
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    Do you think samardzija could get me reyes? Could throw in lind or cuddyer….

    Woukd it be worth it if I already have cozart?

    12 team H2H, btw

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer Scherzer, Nope

  109. JamesP says:
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    “I’m being serious when I say this, but in any leagues of 12 team mixed or shallower, there’s no reason to have a team ERA over 3.50.”

    I don’t know how to take this comment. While I generally agree with it, I am part of a 10-team mixed league and have a 3.80 ERA with the following pitching staff:

    Halladay
    Darvish
    Haren
    J. Parker
    Gallardo
    Niese
    Cueto
    Papelbon
    Betancourt
    Casilla
    Santos
    Capuano

    –I drafted to make sure that I didn’t have a sh*t ERA/WHIP, but things haven’t worked out so well to begin the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JamesP, Yeah, I feel ya… A bunch of those SPs will get better…

  110. peter says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Adam Lind for Hank Blalock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peter, Ha!

  111. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS***

    • chunk says:
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      @Grey, nice

  112. The King of Swing says:
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    What OF should I target for a Santana/Lynn package? 12 team mixed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A #1…Cruz, Pence, etc?

  113. crush says:
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    rank: Detwieler, Greinke, samardzija, smyly, parker, garza, niese, and lilly; with the follownig cats: wins, era, K, k/9 (i.e. heavy on Ks and no WHIP), thanks!

  114. wovenstrap says:
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    2 questions.

    1. Starters. Four of my starters are Greinke, Gio, CJ Wilson, and Anibal — those guys start every time. My fifth slot is divided up between, potentially, Wandy, Marcum, Beachy, Worley, & Latos. What’s the optimal strategy here? Will Latos be solid enough for a permanent slot? Spot-start Wandy and someone else?

    2. Relivers. I have Casilla, Rodney, Aceves, H. Rodriguez. Same question: I can only use 2 guys a day. Should I just be spotting all four of them or pick 2 and ride them? What’s the ranking there? It’s useful to have 4 guys for lighter days and stuff, but if I had to drop one guy, which one?

  115. Martin says:
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    @grey- which side would you take cargo and jennings or fielder and choo? I need all the offensive help I can get but I particularly need runs.

  116. MattR. says:
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    Grey,

    I am badly in need of some saves. I have been offered Chris Perez and Henry Rodriguez for either Cole Hamels or Matt Cain. Pull the trigger? Yes or No?

    Thank you!

  117. J. Corzo says:
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    Drop Guerra (LAD) and/or Bell (MIA) for Downs (LAA) and/or Dolis (CHC)? Thanks so much.

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