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On May 23rd, Jason Heyward was scratched with a sore thumb.  Seems harmless, right?  As they say in Norway, “A-ha!  (Best group ever.)”  Turns out he has a strained ligament in his thumb and is headed to the DL.  Member when I said I dropped him about a month or so ago?  In your face fantasy baseball gods!  (It was a shallow, no bench league, stop judging me for dropping Heyward.  I can feel your stares.)  Since May 23rd, Heyward has a line of 16/2/12/.210/2.  If my math is right, that’s not a good month.  No wonder he dodged the Strasburg bullet train last night.  He’s scurred, Mystikal.  Okay, I do really like Heyward, but this thumb injury could linger until the offseason.  Not a great sign.  He may not revisit his mollywhopping, pony stick ways until into The One-One.  For those doing a bid in redraft leagues, DL him if you can and hope the rest helps his sucky thumb.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tim Hudson – 7 IP, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Has a poor xFIP, a terrible K-rate and a meh walk rate.  It’s not a trick, it’s an illusion!

Kris Medlen – Braves announced that Medlen will stay in the rotation after Jar-Jar returns because any other move would’ve been maddenin’.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Rest assured, Beckett Sports Card Monthly still plans on running its Strasburg cover for 16 consecutive months, ESPN will still work Strasburg into every baseball highlight and Strasburg, Virginia will continue to sell bumper stickers that read, “Virginia is for Strasburgers.”

Chase Utley – Will have an MRI on his hand today after hurting it on his slide into 2nd.  They might want to MRI his hip while he’s in there.  If you own Utley, this would be a good time to start praying to your Philly Phanatic bobblehead.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  He’s been flatlining so long I didn’t think Bacon and Kiefer could’ve brought him back.  Maybe he has a pulse after all.  We shall see.  Or not.  Your choice.

Johnny Cueto – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 0 Ks vs. the Phils.  Sonavabench!  How did he not strikeout anyone and hold the Phillies to 1 run?  Cueto, we were friends and now I feel like I don’t know you at all.

Scott Rolen – 1-for-3 with his 17th homer.  Should be a fun throwback Homer Derby at the All-Star Game with Rolen, Konerko and Wells.  When Berman says back-back-back, he might be talking about a back injury.

Aaron Heilman – Two errors led to Heilman blowing the save without giving up a hit or a walk.  Qualls was seen mumbling in the bullpen, “I’m not crazy, the closer role is cursed, I tell ya!  Cursed!”

Adam LaRoche – Hit his 12th homer yesterday.  It’s not quite the 2nd half yet, but no reason to tell LaRoche.

Chris Carpenter – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Didn’t look like himself last night after being hit on the forearm by a comebacker.  He stayed in the game, so it obviously wasn’t that bad, but it’s worth monitoring.

Carlos Quentin – Another day, another homer and another day at the office after a two month vacation.

Travis Snider – Continues to pull a Kotchman and now isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break.

Joel Zumaya – Out with a severe arm injury.  His season might be in question.  Leyland said, “That’s an awesome bad feeling to see something like that.”  Did Tigers management tell him they’re trying to appeal to a younger generation and he needs to use “hip” words?  Did he lose a bet and have to use awesome in every sentence?  Or did someone pack his Marlboros with weed?

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Awesome!

Miguel Olivo – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer as he bats .303 on the year.  So the Wieters draft pick isn’t looking that good.

Hong-Chih Kuo – Got the save yesterday and could get another today as Broxton gets two days off after pitching four of the last five days.  That’s one way to manage the bullpen.  Another way would’ve been to just not bring Broxton in for the last four non-save opportunities.

Chad Billingsley – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks in his return from the DL.  6 innings, 98 pitches, a few runs, a few walks, some hits… Yup, Bills is back.

Michael Bourn – 4-for-6 and a home run.  Someone test his urine!

Jose Tabata – 1-for-4 with his 3rd steal in the last five games and 5 steals in 17 games.  Gotta love a guy that knows how he gives fantasy value.

Neil Walker – Probably going to the DL with a concussion, unless he’s hardheaded.

Mike Aviles – 3-for-4 and that’s exactly what Aviles do.  Not a flashy 3-for-4, but a 3-for-4 neverthehoo!

Jason Bay – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  Now if the Mets bring in the fences 100 feet to mimic the bandbox Puerto Rican stadium, Bay will be in good shape.

Ricky Nolasco – 7 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 0 Walks, 9 Ks.  Hey, look who it is, ’08 Nolasco.  Hey, ’08 Nolasco, say hello to your mother for me.

Kerry Wood – 1 IP, 0 ER with 2 Ks for the save.  Right after the last out, the Indians emailed the entire league. Subject:  Wood.  Body of the email:  He’s heating up!!!  Better make your offers soon!!!  No offer too small… Seriously, no offer.

Victor Martinez – Will go on the DL as the Red Sox call up Gustavo Molina.  No relation, but it brings up an interesting idea.  I wonder if I changed my name to Grey Molina if the Astros would be interested.

  1. DrEasy says:
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    Awesome!

  2. Byrd says:
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    Well Grey, I know where your coming from about Heyward. I have him on my team, now on the DL, but I’m not sure I’m ready to part ways with him just yet. A friend of mine traded for V-mart about a week ago and is now sick.

    I’m now wondering about Granderson. I’ve been offered Corey Hart for Granderson, but I’m not sure if I should pull the trigger. Hart has been playing well, but I’m wondering if Granderson will pullout of this funk or should I make the trade?

    Thoughts Grey?

  3. and1mcgee says:
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    I wonder what Mike Piazza’s been doing this week.

  4. kevin says:
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    regarding Tim Hudson’s stats: they’re real, and they’re spectacular!!

  5. Byrd says:
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    Also, if I had the chance to dump Heyward for a Quentin or Hart, so I look in that direction?

  6. Carlos Z has slurpees says:
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    ha, hudson getting the gob done. a frozen banana daiquiri to anyone who started him.

  7. Tony says:
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    i hate dan haren, 3 runs in the 9th? Why is he still pitching then!?

    benched cueto and nolasco, why do they pitch well vs the red hot NYM’s and the PHI’s??????????? WHYYYYYYY!!!!!????

  8. Kent Bottenfield says:
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    Grey, your insight on players has helped my team that has Hudson be in first place so far. I’ve taken your advice on most of my decisions with a lot of my players and I respect your analysis. But before he had arm issues–and he seems healthy now– Hudson was a solid #2 pitcher. Doesn’t strike a lot of dudes out, but he’s been a solid starter most of his career. He’s definitely not the low 2.37 era guy he’s been so far, but is a 3.30 era and 1.15 whip when September ends something to expect based on his career numbers of a 3.43 era and 1.25 whip? Or is it his age, 34, that makes you uninterested?

  9. Kent Bottenfield says:
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    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5336847 ….this is Matthew Berry’s analysis on a few players…and this is almost embarassing considering he’s an “expert.” He commits to no one and writes off no one. It’s always more or less “uh..yeah I think he can, we’ll see” or the more respectable, “um, I don’t think he will, but give it a try and see what happens.” To be fair, though, this is how I feel half the time anyway. Yet I don’t claim to be the “Talented Mr. Bottenfield.” So fuck you Matthew Berry. If you’re going to get paid for this, please at least give a concrete opinion.

    That’s what makes this site, to me, so revisited and so appreciated. Actual concrete opinions.

  10. Chocolate Rain says:
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    Olivo is playing well…drop Napoli for him?

  11. MattW says:
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    @Grey: @PoonTycoon: So I’ve been offered Anibal Sanchez for Aaron Hill in my 12 Team 6×6 H2H.

    I have the following on my team:
    MI – Reyes, Hill, J. Lopez, Furcal
    SP – Price, Bills, Oswalt, Morrow, Edwin Jackson, Edinson Volquez(DL), Beckett (DL) DLR (BN)

    I have the extra MI to give up, and I could take on another pitcher, so strategically it makes sense, however, I still feel I am giving up on Hill, who cannot be a .189 hitter. I also have Lind though, so getting rid of one of these A-holes would be nice.

    Thoughts? Would offering Furcal be too little? Do you like Anibal going forward?

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @MattW: sanchez is decent. you could definitely use some back end help with your rotation, but you do have the trio of DL’d guys that could help. I wouldn’t trust sanchez to be anything more than a ~4.00 era SP though with a mediocre K rate and an above avg WHIP. yes i know the era sits at 3.18, but i would expect a correction soon. hill’s trade value is nil right now too, whereas if he puts together a hot few weeks you might can swing him for 70% of his draft value instead of 30%.

    persoanlly i would probably just sit tight and use the wire to help out with matchups until your DL’d guys get back. sanchez isn’t a much better or safer option than some of the guys floating around the wire in my 12 team leagues.

  13. Shane says:
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    @grey
    H2H league in which I lost Tulo and now possibly Utley. Please rank the following 2nd sackers:
    Sean Rodriguez, Jose Lopez, Kelly Johnson, Carlos Guillen, Freddy Sanchez and Asdrubal Cabrera.
    Thanks!

  14. Chocolate Rain says:
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    @Grey: 10 Team, H2H, Keeper league (7), should I try to grab Olivo and drop Napoli?

  15. Frank Rizzo says:
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    MF…….I just traded for Utley!

    I saw the Zumaya injury when it happened and thought right away, this is finally it. I think he’s done. It was bad. Really bad.

  16. The Ghost of Doc Ellis says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Awesome (!) timing on your last two Posts.
    I just had someone offer Heyward and Jorge Cantu for David Wright.
    Didn’t really like it to begin with but now I’m doubly sure.
    I’ll buy you a Daiquiri when I get home from work today.
    Keep up the good, I mean AWESOME, work!

  17. BAS says:
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    @Grey: “A trick is something a whore does for money” — G.O.B.

    Well done today…

  18. mr baseball says:
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    @Grey – Tim Hudson – 7 IP, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks. Has a poor xFIP, a terrible K-rate and a meh walk rate. It’s not a trick, it’s an illusion!

    I say it was a Grand Illusion

    Welcome to the Grand illusion
    Come on in and see what’s happening
    Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
    The stage is set, the band starts playing
    Suddenly your heart is pounding
    Wishing secretly you were a star.

  19. MattW says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: My thoughts exactly. Cheers.

  20. RGP says:
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    Corey Patterson…

    what is a good SB projection for the rest of the season?
    Does he lose time if/when Pie is ready?

    AL only league. Need SBs.

    Thinking about trying to target Pierre in a deal, but wondering if patterson does the job.

  21. mr baseball says:
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    Justin Haywood says ( stretching this one out ) maybe even jumping the shark here

    Breath deep Jason Heyward owners
    The gathering gloom
    Watch lights fade
    From every room
    Bedsitter people
    Look back and lament
    Another day’s useless
    penny is spent

  22. Doug says:
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    Grey great notes as always. Are you starting Wade Leblanc vs Colorado today? Thanks

  23. Timequake says:
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    Which FA pitcher would you take? Medlen, Baker, dlR, Jhoulys, or Hammel? Thanks.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Timequake: medlen for now. i’d DL dlr though if you can.

  25. Mark Geoffriau says:
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    @BAS: …or cocaine!

  26. .(). says:
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    “Right after the last out, the Indians emailed the entire league.”

    that’s funny — made me spit take my cereal

  27. Todd says:
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    Looking to pick up a spot starter tonight. who would you take of these guys?

    Lowe vs Was, Braden @ Bal, Matusz vs. Oak, Myers @ Mil, or LeBlanc vs. Col?

  28. Lob Ball says:
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    I’m going to keep Heyward on the DL for the time being but need to replace him in my outfield. Here are my choices for a ROTO league:
    Bernadina
    Colvin
    Patterson
    Stanton
    Tabata
    Venable
    Who might be the best choice??

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Lob Ball: i’d probably go colvin or venable for right now. maybe tabata if you wanna target some SBs.

  30. Kendry's Cart Off Grand Slam says:
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    @Grey: I need someone to replace Heyward while he’s on the DL.
    Which of these guys would you recommend picking up.

    Drew Stubbs
    Austin Jackson
    Raul Ibanez
    Delmon Young
    J.D Drew
    Julio Borbon
    Jason Kubel

    Im leaning towards Jackson since i need Average and sorta need SB (been starting Chone Figgins for that) but im afraid of his inevitable collapse. Help me Grey!

  31. steamer says:
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    someone dropped Pagan in my league? Is he an upgrade over Borbon, or is his playing time in jeopardy when Beltran returns?

  32. zutroy says:
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    @mr baseball: Nice…got the moody blues one, but what was the first one?

  33. William says:
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    @Grey – I’m trying to upgrade my 2B position which is being manned by Kelly Johnson. I’m going to try to trade maybe Kelly Johnson and Cueto for Aaron Hill. The consensus on Hill is that he’s been extremely unlucky (citing his BABIP, and LD%). I was wondering if you were optimistic that Aaron Hill can turn things around and hit some homers the 2nd half of the season.

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Kendry’s Cart Off Grand Slam: if you want the SBs, grab borbon. he’s hitting .290 or so and doesn’t K like ajax and has a lot more SB potential. overall i’d go delmon, but if you need SBs go borbon.

  35. Hans says:
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    Grey…anything on Matt Kemp…you know a 1st round pick being benched the last two games because he well sucks right now…….Torre doesn’t seem to happy with him for whatever reason…And he said yesterday we’ll see if he or Reed Johnson will play today…I’m ready to jump off a cliff bring me back please.

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @William: i’d think cueto + johnson is too much to open up negotiations on hill. i’d offer one of them straight up and see what the hill owner says.

  37. Matty D says:
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    Posey or Olivo?

    Derrek Lee or Stanton?

  38. Kagan time says:
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    Stubbs or Venabable for the rest of the year?

  39. Hans says:
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    @Grey Anything on Matt Kemp…you know a 1st round pick being benched the last two games because he well sucks right now…….Torre doesn’t seem to happy with him for whatever reason…And he said yesterday we’ll see if he or Reed Johnson will play today…I’m ready to jump off a cliff bring me back please.

  40. Mr2Bits says:
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    Had no clue the damn Marlins were playing in Puerto Rico and Dickey screwed my pitching up so far. Do I risk starting Hisanori Takahashi tonight or say no thanks?

  41. @William: Cueto straight up if you can spare the arm. Both are too much as TPT said.

    @all: Good Weaver or King Felix for the rest of the year. I’m thinking of offering Panda for one of them and picking up Inge (or whoever’s playing decent) to fill my 3B slot.

    Panda has been such a big disappointment. I know his BABIP is lower than normal for him, but it’s starting to look like at best he’s a fat Freddy Sanchez.

  42. Robert says:
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    @Grey: I need SBs and help with AVG. I am being offered Ichiro for my Soria and Borbon. I can give up Soria because I have Marmol and Nunez. I had picked up Borbon for SBs, but he’s not getting any. Is this a smart move for me to get Ichiro? Thanks

  43. William says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon – interesting… you think I should buy low on Aaron Hill straight up for Kelly Johnson?

  44. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: What’s up with Maggs? Had him in my line up and by the time they announce he was scratched it was too late to take him out for the week. Frustrating!!!!!

  45. hoju says:
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    Advanced stats or not, I’m officially living and dying by Tim Hudson. If his explosion comes in the fantasy playoffs, he’s going on the “never draft again” list and I may have to do something terribly illegal to get over the fact that I saw it coming for months.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Nice!

    @Byrd: I’d prefer Grandy.

    @and1mcgee: Hehe

    @kevin: Ha

    @Byrd: Hart…

    @Carlos Z has slurpees: Ha

    @Tony: Technically, Heilman gave up a few of Haren’s runs.

    @Kent Bottenfield: Age doesn’t have anything to do with it.

    @Chocolate Rain: Eh

    @Rudy Gamble: Hey, is that Diego Rivera catching?

    @MattW: Not crazy about Anibal. But you gotta get rid of Hill.

    @Shane: Lopez, Johnson.

    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah,I saw it too. Looked terrible.

    @The Ghost of Doc Ellis: Thanks!

    @BAS: Ha

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @RGP: Patterson doesn’t do the job.

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @Doug: Yup

    @Timequake: Medlen

    @.().: Hehe

    @Todd: LeBlanc

    @Lob Ball: Colvin for power, Tabata for steals.

    @Kendry’s Cart Off Grand Slam: Borbon for steals/average, Young or Ibanez otherwise.

    @steamer: Eh

    @William: Agree with Fingers.

    @Hans: Eh, he’ll be fine.

    @Mr2Bits: Nope

    @Robert: Looks good for you.

    @Fletch: Soreness in his oblique.

  47. cruisinkc says:
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    Ben Zobrist for Strasburg in a limited keeper league a deal for me? I would be getting Zobrist…

  48. Grey — Do you think Gorzelany could be helpful in a 20-team roto league? Or is he more streamer material? I have him for the game against PIT tomorrow, but I’m trying to decide whether or not he’s worth holding onto. His next two starts look like they’ll be @ARI and @LAD.

    Also, any wisdom in grabbing Moyer for a spot start @PIT? He’s been pitching well, he does much better away from Philly, and withe the team clicking and Ohlendorf pitching, a win seems like a decent bet. He’s also older than me, which makes me want to cheer for him. But his record against the Pirates isn’t great, he doesn’t get a lot of Ks, and how long can he keep it up at that age?

    (My starters right now are Latos, Cole Hamels, JaWeaver, and Bumgarner, with Volquez and Beckett on the DL)

  49. cruisinkc says:
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    * I meant to say good deal for me in my above post.

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey; @Poon: Ok, so the injuries are getting passed around my team like a drunk college girl at a frat party. First V-Mart, now Utley. Luckily for me, this is my 8 Team H2H Keeper, so there are options on the WW. However, Yahoo! hasn’t put V-Mart on the DL yet. Here’s my total roster:

    V-Mart, Glaus, Utley, Wright, Longoria, Andrus, Kemp, Cruz, BJ, Rasmus, CarGo, Krispie

    Doc, JJ, Ubaldo, Weaver, Verlander, Floyd, C.Lewis, Aardsma, Capps, K-Rod, Axford, 2 DL spots have Mike G. and DLR slotted in them

    1) Do I drop Mike G. and put V-Mart on the DL when he actually goes, or just drop V-Mart?

    2) Do I drop anyone to pick up Weeks or Kendrick in case shizz happens with Utley’s vagin…er…thumb?

    3) Do I need to deal Kemp to someone who just sees a name and is willing to give me the farm?

    Thanks dood(s)…

  51. @Mr2Bits: I wouldn’t. The Fish have a righty heavy lineup and as Grey pointed out, Bithorn Stadium is pretty small.

    @Grey: Felix or Jered Weaver for the rest of the season? My heart says Weaver but my head says Felix.

  52. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Guys,
    (Wanted to repost this as it got lost after a new post yesterday.)

    We need one more great owner for a roto dynasty-type, salary-style league for 2011 that will hold a prelim draft next month. There is a $40 buy-in for Year One.

    Several Razzballers on board already. Others are strong owners but I don’t think know about Razzball, as far as I can tell.

    Let me know if you’re interested and I can send very detailed information. This one is built for the long-term. I’ve been taking some time to find the right 12th owner.

    Thanks!

  53. NukeLaDouche says:
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    Morning Grey,

    I got offered the turd sandwich trade of Weeks and Berkman for my Ethier and Kershaw. Clearly I’m not taking it, but what do you think of Ethier for Weeks? I need a replacement for Pedroia. I’ve got Callaspo there now. I’m not real excited about that trade. Maybe Ordonez for Weeks if he’ll take it?

  54. keith says:
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    @Jif #53

    Sounds interesting. I’d like to hear more. nonspin @ gmail

  55. JackInTheBox says:
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    So, is this a sign of life from Nolasco, or just an illusion meant to trick people into buying/trusting him?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: Eh

    @Enrique: Both are fine as streamers. That’s all I’d use them for.

    @Wilsonian: I’d drop Mike G… Wait until Utley news comes in… No idea what kind of farm you’re getting.

    @3FingersBrown: F-Her, lot closer than
    one might think though. Could see going either way.

    @NukeLaDouche: Try Ordonez.

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: (1) drop mike g

    (2) in that shallow of a league i’d wait on picking up a 2B (weeks) until more is known about utley

    (3) if someone will pay you top 15 type value for kemp, then move him. he’ll i know you are looking for a 1B…kemp for teixeira? howard? prince? tex and howard particularly are always HUGE 2nd half studs. i’d seriously think about that.

  58. tHe ShiT says:
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    @Grey: Morning Grey. I picked up Medlen n dropped Kennedy as u said. About Volquez, when he comes back, how many starts do we give him 2 c if he’s “back” ? I know dudes like JJ came back quick, while others like Liriano took 4ever 2 rediscover their magic. Just dont wna get beat 2 Volquez 4 the stretch run if i make playoffs. Also, I got a feeling that Medlen will b in Kennedys boat soon cuz he didnt really throw a lot of innings last year. Thx dude!

  59. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Robert: i don’t see enough of a difference in inchiro and borbon from this point forward to justify giving up soria, but that’s just me. maybe 30 points in avg, but not like you are trading away an avg drain like bj upton and will get a big boost from ichiro. and SBs can come in bunches. borbon could have a 5 SB week or 2 and be back on pace.

  60. tHe ShiT says:
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    BTW, FYI, Fowler recalled bi the Rockies

  61. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-POINTS League (standard points, except Steals = 3pts.)

    I own Coco Crisp and Jonny Gomes.

    Seth Smith, Jose Tabata and Trevor Crowe are free agents.

    Which TWO would you rather own moving forward?

  62. cruisinkc says:
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    @Grey: So do you think I’d be better off just sticking with Jose Lopez in my 2B spot and Stephen Drew in my SS spot then doing that deal for Zobrist?

  63. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: Thanks man. I’ll be dropping the G. joint when Yahoo! finally DLs V-Mart. I’ll wait around to see what comes up with Utley, but assuming the worst, I would either have to dump DLR and DL Utley, or drop someone else and pick up Weeks. Which route do you think I should take? See Poon’s post below yours, I would be inclined to move him (Kemp) for a 1B if I could.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks to you, too. I’ll also be taking your advice. You’re spot on with the 1B idea. I think I may do that. I have a pretty damn deep OF now and don’t think he would be sorely missed. I know Howard could be had for the right price, and I think Tex could too. The guy with Tex also has Prince, and I would like Tex or Howard more so than Prince. Also, I think Adrian might be on the block, and I know the guy likes Kemp, so I might look there. Thanks again, as always.

  64. Does anyone know why Wigginton has been so bad for the last month? I’m considering trading Posey for him but I’m concerned about how bad Wiggy has been.

  65. barker says:
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    20 team league roto no innings limit no GP limit

    should i drop Everth cabrera or ely for dexter fowler (who was called up today) or anyone else or stand pat

    C napoli
    current OF huff pacman swish tabata hairston jr
    current SS and 2b furcal aviles evercab escobar hairston f lopez
    1b and 3b wright votto kouz ike davis
    pitching includes wainwright santana vasquez cecil chacin fister ely DL volquez Dl webb valverde rauch axford bard storen heilman

    big roster 27 man 13 off spots 3 OF 5 Util

  66. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Frank Kim: Because thats Wiggy 4 ya. Does gd 4 a while, then stinks it up.

  67. struggler says:
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    CoCo or Fowler? I have no bench and need guys who play everyday. I can’t stand that Rockies OF shituation.

    I like what CBS is reporting but I don’t believe any word of it:

    The Rockies said they wouldn’t bring Fowler up unless they had full-time at-bats for him, which makes us wonder if Brad Hawpe’s rib issue has worsened, even though he pinch hit on Monday. Fowler has been raking since being sent down in late May, hitting .340 with 10 doubles, four triples, two homers and 13 RBI in 27 games. He’s certainly worth a look in deeper mixed leagues, especially those based on Rotisserie scoring.

  68. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: if you went for adrian, i’d want adrian + something else for kemp. adrian has faded in the 2nd half before and on the pads, he’s not gonna hev the same lineup/stadium benefits of howard/tex. sure he might get traded but no one knows where that might be, and if the pads stay in the race he may go nowhere.

  69. @Frank Kim: He’s taking his son, McGehee’s poor performance to heart.

    @struggler: I’d go Coco B. Ware until I see Fowler getting play time.

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Kim: wait ty wigginton has been sucking? you mean his april/may wasn’t legit?

  71. danimal35 says:
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    @3FingersBrown: ya…I felt like I had just read something earily similar over here and then I recognized the name…thought it was randomly amusing…and even if “B-Fun” (bleh) gives some useful info…he still comes off as an unwitty, boring toolbag to me…but I like to read as many of the blogs as I can so I can get a read on the other owners in my league sentiment…somebody on yahoo recommends picking up a player and next thing you know somebody in my league picks them up…but usually if somebody on yahoo recommends picking up a player, Grey has already given the thumbs up or down a week in advance and I either already have them or I push the ignore button

  72. @ThePoonTycoon: I have no idea which month was legit.

    Ty Wigginton:
    April 65 AB’s, 6 HR’s, 1.026 OPS
    May 105 AB’s, 7 HR’s, .877 OPS
    June 78 AB’s, 0 HR’s, .580 OPS

    I heard he hurt his hand in the middle of May so that might explain it. This is why I am nervous about trading Posey for him.

    What do you think?

  73. Commish Cauda says:
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    I know it’s only a rumor, but Adam Dunn to the White Sox? Who would play 1B in WAS? Willingham or the kid, Mike Morse?

  74. Long Bawls says:
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    Now that he’s no longer cherry, do you guys thinks Jaime Garcia is cached? I’m debating dropping him for some later/greater like Volquez or Bedard, but do you think that’s premature (or, considering his latest performance, too late)?

  75. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    @keith: @3FingersBrown: Thanks guys. Sent you more information than you may care to know. You can keep me posted via a return e-mail.

  76. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: well, the guy with Tex said no deal straight-up. Kemp has done wonders to his own value…two weeks ago I woulda got Tex and another piece just for Kemp. He did say he would consider Prince for Kemp. I’m not sure I’m too much of a Prince fan that I would want to do that. The guy with Adrian hasn’t made any response. The guy with Howard, AKA my Dad, said it would take more than Kemp to get him, as well, but he didn’t say what. My only other option is the guy with Votto and Pujols. He wants a 3B, though, and not that I’m being stingy here, but I don’t want to deal one of those (Wright/Longoria), so I doubt Kemp would do much good. He does want an SP, which I would consider for Pujols, but I’m not sure which one I would do. I think Kemp/Ubaldo for the Holes would be overpaying.

  77. artie says:
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    Would you take Kemp or Longoria for the rest of the year?

  78. Wilsonian says:
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    @Long Bawls: just me…but I would drop him for Volquez…

  79. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Wilsonian: think you could get kemp + ?? for votto and a slight upgrade at another spot? sure it’s not a 3B but maybe you could pitch him on having more pieces for a potential 3B deal? i don’t think there is anything unfair with the kemp for howard/tex deals, but if they won’t trade then they won’t trade. that said, i don’t think prince is a bad catch either. i still think he ends up like .275-35-100 (2008 type numbers), which means he improves from here on out. plus there is the chance that prince moves to a better situation and ends up going off a la manny in 2008 and holliday in 2009.

  80. Pat says:
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    Grey,
    Who would you rather have for the rest of the season: Carlos Quentin or Raul Ibanez? I’m considering trading Liriano for one of them.

    Thanks!

  81. Commish Cauda says:
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    Fowler over Smith or Tabata?

  82. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: a few options here:

    1) Kemp for Prince – straight up

    2) Kemp/Ubaldo for Tex/Holliday (nevermind on this one, he just said he doesn’t trust Ubaldo)

    3) I could work on something for Votto. But he really only has 3 guys I would like, Votto, Pujols and Hamilton, and I guess maybe Uggla if Utley can’t get the sand out of his vagina. I don’t know who I could package with Kemp to get Votto and another small piece. Maybe an SP, but I don’t know which one I would want to give up. (Doc, JJ, Ubaldo, Verlander, Weaver, Floyd, C.Lewis, DLR).

  83. keith says:
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    @all

    Does anyone still have Lind on their team? What a disgrace. I feel compelled to drop him but the only FA OF are Drew and Rivera. OPS league so perhaps Drew but ah, COME ON.

  84. Grey

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    @Pat: Quentin

    @Commish Cauda: Him and Tabata are the same diff. Fowler over Smith if you really need steals.

    @keith: Yeah, big disappointment, for sure. No idea how many teams in your league though so not sure if I’d go with Drew.

  85. Iceman says:
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    12 team, H2H keeper– should Aroldis Chapman be picked up? League does count holds.

    Other options are guys like Jar-Jar, Leblanc, random spot starters..

  86. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Right now, in a Util slot, would you rather have Robby Cano or Wright?

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Pat: quentin, but i sure as hell wouldn’t trade liriano for either of them. wait for liriano to have a couple good starts and put distance between himself and his recent poor start, then trade him for better value.

  88. @Grey: That’s what I’m thinking. I think with the M’s so bad, you can make a case for Weaver, since it looks like he should have a few more wins come year end. I think I’m going to go after Weaver, since his perceived value seems a lot less than it actually is.

    @danimal35: Fun’s not my favorite writer (stylistically) – that would be Grey by a long shot – but I’d say he knows his stuff. His rankings however, I take with a grain of salt. Razzball seems well ahead of the curve when discussing emerging talent.

    I don’t remember what I was talking about – dropping Damon for Tabata maybe or an anti-Francouer tirade… His talking about AJax heating up got me foaming at the mouth, as he’s another guy that I dropped that’s now doing well.

  89. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @GopherDay: if cano and wright are duking it out for a util spot you must be in a 2 team league

  90. Spartacus says:
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    Who would be brave enough to start Scott Baker at home versus TB?

    He has a great home split but worried that might be based on smokey mirrors and an incredible start against the Colorado Suckies.

    TAGNOF!!! Terribleness aint got no face!!!

  91. Spartacus says:
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    @keith: I paid $30 out of $260 budget for Adam Lind in my AL Only league. I want to take Adam’s bat and ……..ggggrrrrrr!!!!!

    I think you get the idea. He has been a HUGE hole in my lineup. Cant trade him, cant bench him as my league is deep and noone available.

    Just makes you want to throw up in your mouth.

  92. Martin says:
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    @grey- michael young or c-grand if I have a good OF and am starting Chip Chip Chipper at 3rd?

  93. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: can’t drop DLR for Weeks because DLR is on my DL, so if I dropped him, I would still have to drop someone else. That is only, of course, if Utley was to not go on the DL and be day-to-day for a few days. Is there another move you would make if Utley steers clear of the DL?

  94. cruisinkc says:
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    So same league I was talking about before…
    Trade offer:
    I get: Brandon Phillips, Shin-Soo Choo, Ubaldo

    I give: Ryan Braun, Strasburg

    I am not too keen on giving up Braun since this is a keeper league and I only see him continuing to get better and there is no cap on how long we keep players.

    What do you think?

  95. GopherDay says:
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    @cruisinkc: I wouldn’t do that trade…

  96. Big Nate says:
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    I’m in need of saves (currently only have 2 points) in a 12 team keeper roto. Should I try to move Torii Hunter or Colby Rasmus for El Caballo or Granderson plus Brian Wilson? If so, which one should I target?

  97. chrisbenson says:
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    can you rate these guys in a keeper? thanks

    reyes, kemp, j-up, fielder, teix, howard, andrus

    thanks!

  98. Commish Cauda says:
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    @Grey: Thanks….it’s not about needing steals or any other cat. It’s a points league. Steals are worth 3 pts., which is more than the usual 2pts. or even 1pt. I’ve seen some points leagues…so a guy who can steal bases (and not get caught a lot; CS=-1pt), can be very valuable.

    I guess it comes down to who you think will produce more moving forward out of the group, (Smith, Fowler, Tabata, Gomes, Coco).

    With Gomes coolign off, I’ll give Fowler and Tabata a whirl…

  99. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @cruisinkc: “there is no cap on how long we keep players”

    that’s all that needs to be said, keep braun/strasburg

  100. Marlo Stanfield says:
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    12 team Head2Head keeper league, have to keep 4, and can keep up to 6, with a supplemental draft to make sure every team has 6 players at the start of the regular draft. Standard scoring 5×5.

    I have been offered a deal by a team that is pretty much out of playoff contention that would really shore up my pitching staff. My Miguel Cabrera and Brett Cecil for Prince Fielder, Fransico Liriano, and either Jenks or Street.

    My current starters are:

    Haren, Lester, J. Santana, G. Floyd, Pettite, Cecil, Slowy, Wandy, and Webb with Broxton and Soriano as my closers but we have can start up to three closers. Do I risk giving up one of the most consistent 1B in baseball, for a streaky one like Fielder that probably has a higher ceiling in terms of power potential?

    If it helps here is my lineup. Starters Wieters, Cabrera, I. Stewart, Hanley, Reynolds, Smoak, J. Lopez, Lind, Quentin, Borbon, D. Young, AJax. Bench Colvin, Matsui, Tabata.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Marlo Stanfield: Trade seems okay for you.

    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.******

  102. danimal35 says:
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    Ibanez @ Leake
    Stanton vs. Takahashi
    Stewart @ LeBlanc
    Smoak @ Pineiro
    Grandy vs. Cliff Lee

    Pick 3 to start tonight please

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