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Last year, the Buy/Sell brought you such brilliant ideas as “Grady Sizemore is gonna bounce back big time!” and “I don’t believe a concussion can knock a player out for a full year… Can I get a Morneau?!”  Buy/Sell, “You know, I don’t point all of your crappy suggestions… Vernon Wells as a sleeper?  2003 called and said it wants its sleeper back.  You’re lucky I even returned this year.  A.J. Mass was talking about buying me an acre of land in Kentucky and letting me run around with all of his stolen base draft picks.”  So, this is the first Buy/Sell of the season.  Every Friday there will be a new one.  Buy/Sell, “Not if we continue to get along like this.”  Right now Eric Thames is owned in 1.3% of ESPN leagues.  I guess I’m a one-point-three percenter because I just picked him up in one of my leagues.  Let’s see what we know for sure about Thames:  A) He’s the starting left fielder for a team that will score a lot of runs.  B) If Lind’s back continues to hurt him (I hope not, but being realistic) and Edwin Encarnacion goes back to being Encrapcion, then Thames could bat as high as cleanup.  C) There’s no C.  D) He hit 12 homers in 95 games last year.  E) He could steal 5 to 7 bases and, if he can steal 5 to 7 bases, he could steal 10 bases.  F)  See C.  G) He’s 25 years old.  H) I’m kinda stretching to get to Z, but I don’t think I’ll ever make it.  I) He had a great OBP in the minors.  J) He does strike out a lot though.  Hmm, that’s not a positive.  K-P) Power is a lot harder to find on waivers.  He’s got it.  Q) Bert.  R) I ranked Thames 57th for outfielders.  Above some schmohawks like Kubel, Revere, Span, Carlos Lee, etc.  S) Etc.  T) Etc.  U-W) Etc.  Y) Cause.  Z) Whew.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in 2012 fantasy baseball:

BUY

Lorenzo Cain – Let’s see, Carlos Quentin is owned in 38% of ESPN leagues and Cain is owned in 28%, but only 95% of teams have drafted already, but 60% of those public ESPN teams have already abandoned their team and joined a Yahoo league instead because ESPN is a piece of crap roster managing site…  I’m sure glad ESPN made it easy to find the Transactions Log for teams.  It’s much more important to have Referenda accessible, right?  More like Reeferenda, as in what they were smoking when they designed their fantasy site.   What does this have to do with Cain…Sugar!?  Nothing really, but I’ve talked about him enough, just pick him up.

Jose Tabata – He’s only owned in 11% of leagues and that’s actually dropped in the last week.  Did I miss something about him?  Why’s he being dropped? For s’s and g’s?  In that case, drop Denard Span for s’s and g’s and pick up Tabata.

Zack Cozart – I can’t imagine who’s reading this doesn’t own Cozart, so I’m writing this for everyone who’s not reading.  Hey, gooftard, go back to ESPN!

Chris Parmelee – Supposed to be the Twins starting first baseman.  This sounds crackers to me.  Not sure how Mauer, Doumit and Morneau are all gonna see 1st base and DH time.  Could leave Doumit severely crunched for playing time.  Outside of AL-Only leagues, I wouldn’t go near Parmelee. There’s not a lot of upside (maybe 15 homers), he’s playing his home games in Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome and Doumit/Morneau/Mauer will all steal time from him.

Josh Donaldson – The starting 3rd baseman for the Oakland A’s is… Josh Donaldson?  Colby’s brother?  Is he as bonkers as Russell’s nephew?  Yeah, Donaldson has about as much upside as a case of hemorrhoids — hey, at least I get to rub my ass with ointment!  But Donaldson has catcher eligibility.  Probably the best second catcher in a 2-catcher league you’re gonna find for under five bucks at your auction.

Jeff Samardzija – The only thing holding him back from being successful is his control. So far this spring, he has 16 Ks and one walk. Keith Law commented this is the best he’s ever seen him, then he tweeted some pompous thing about Russian literature and coq au vin.  It’s worth an add on Samardzija, but I’m not sure I’d start him his first time out.

Francisco Liriano – Seriously, kill me right now.  Ugh.  F-Liriano, indeed.  But he is owned in less than 50% leagues and when Ricky Nolasco is owned in more, that’s not copacetic.

Tommy Milone – In the same ballpark as Brandon McCarthy (literally!) and Stauffer (not!), shouldn’t be great for Ks, but could provide nice WHIP support like Jiffy Lube.

Lance Lynn – Will fill in for Carpenter in the early part of the season and put a country-western album in August, “Lance Lynn Sings:  My WHIP Drives Around No Heartaches.”

Jonathon Niese – Here’s what I said in the top 80 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball, “(Niese) had a K-rate of 7.89 last year and showed in the minors that is about right and could be even a little higher.  Also, he had a slightly off BABIP and poor LOB%, so he wasn’t really a near-four and half ERA pitcher, but probably three-quarters of a run better.  All these good vibes about Niese make me want to do my Grind workout.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Jonathan Broxton – Broxton’s got back, and saves apparently.  Yes, you should grab him.  SAGNOF!

Henry Rodriguez – Could get saves, will get Ks, could hurt your WHIP.  6 of one, half dozen of another and six of a negative.  That’s 6, which is not a prime number.  Oh, no!

Brad Lidge – Should be first to get saves in Washington.  Not to throw a bucket of cold urine on Storen owners, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Lidge gets more saves than Storen this year.

SELL

Chris Carpenter – I don’t know, I guess I wouldn’t drop him.  I guess I’d DL him if I already drafted him against my advice.  But I sure as heckfire wouldn’t draft him now, if you haven’t drafted yet.

Kendrys Morales – People are really excited about him right now.  I heard the other day he saved a kitten from a tree…By ripping said tree from the ground and gently placing it down next to the kitten’s baby mama.  It’s a moving story.  As discussed in our fantasy baseball podcast, Morales isn’t going to see enough at-bats in 12 team mixed leagues.  I wouldn’t drop Morales out right because of the previously aforementioned enthusiasm that I already mentioned aforementionedly.  I would see if I could get something for him in a trade.  Maybe a cheap Donkeycorn.

Mark Trumbo – Guys and four girl readers, where is he playing?  The Sciosciapath said he’d get 40 games at 3rd.  That’s not over the course of 40 games, that’s over the course of the season.  Where is he playing the other 120 games?  Angels playing with two DHs?

Daniel Murphy – He’s owned in 92% of ESPN leagues.  A guy with 12 homer upside?!  I feel like Matthew Modine in Short Cuts saying, “He said, ‘You want to have a go at it?’”  A guy with 12 homer upside?!  Two homers a month?!  This is Grey’s brain.  This is Grey’s brain baffled.

Drew Storen – Splash!  That was the bucket of cold urine.  A closer who can’t throw in Spring Training because of arm troubles is, um, trouble.  I wouldn’t trade Storen for an opened bag of candy corn from Halloween ’95, but I’d explore options.

183 Responses

  1. Gavin says:
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    Who would you rather have on your bench? Viciedo or Sean Rodriguez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin, Viciedo

  2. Bash says:
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    16 team H2H keeper
    offered Goldschmidt, Prado, Mariano Rivera and Michael Choice for Matt Holliday Javy Guerra, Greg Holland and Mike Olt. Accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bash, Sounds good…

  3. xopchipili says:
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    As you mentioned above, I’m getting a little worried bout Doumit’s playing time. Currently have his as my C in a 14 team Roto (6×6 w OPS). Other options include yawnstipating guys like Saltymochaccino and Suzuki. Olivo is out there too — with Montero DHing those first two games, maybe Olivo gets enough playing time to consider? Still on a terrible team w a terrible lineup in a terrible park.

    Hold for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, Hold for right now… Could change after a week of games…

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, Same concern here. What about Perzynski vs Doumit? Zynski was just dropped, not sure how long he’ll stay an FA… Only other FAs worth mentioning are Olivo and Hanigan (16 teamer)

  4. brettj72 says:
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    Masset is starting the season on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation. Are Bill Bray or Jose Arredondo worth a look? Would you drop Fuentes for any of them?

    • joe from point pleasant says:
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      @brettj72

      I was just going to tell Grey that… Masset has been uneffective the last year and a half, and he’s felt pain throwing all spring. He should be shutdown for a WHILE, and i expect the closer role to be sured up before he gets back. Dusty, FWIW, hates using closer committees.

      I’m just about 95% sure that Marshall takes the closer role and runs with it. The other 5%, belongs to Arredondo who is the ONLY other Red that has what it takes to close. So if you are going to buy anyone, it would be Arredondo on the outside chance that he could step in if Marshall falters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, missed that… Bunch of lefties in that bullpen… I wouldn’t go with anyone but Marshall, to be honest.

  5. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Billy Beane: Scott Sizemore?….SCOTT SIZEMORE?
    Josh Donaldson: Right here!
    Billy Beane: Scott Sizemore?
    Josh Donaldson: Actaully it’s pronounced “Josh Donaldson.”
    Beane: I don’t have a “Donaldson.”
    Donaldson: Well, you have one now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  6. Van Hammersly says:
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    Grey, are you still pessimistic about Wright (i.e., there’s no way you’d draft him near you’re pre-season ranking of 25)? Apparently his tiny sample of spring ABs have been encouraging. In a 12-team league that’s drafting this weekend where would you look to grab him (if at all)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am…

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Van Hammersly, i would avoid dwright this year… i already have him on one team that drafted early and im pisssed… that injury is going to linger especially with those MDs…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @beardcrabs, i would probably shave my beard…

        • beardcrabs says:
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          @Wake Up, no need… you just need to comb them out with a fine bristled comb as needed and disinfect post-cunnilingus…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @beardcrabs, it never worked for me…but I can barely speak English, never mind being a cunning linguist…

            • beardcrabs says:
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              @Wake Up, well you should try again… cunnilingus is the universal language of the world, very similar to how football (soccer) and house music are the universal sport and music of the world…

  7. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Whenever you quote low own %, my league is in that low %. I guess that’s a good thing, since it means I’m in a competitive league. But it also means your Buy/Sell usually just serves to defend/attack moves I’ve already made.

    So, umm… you watch S1W yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Yeah, I watched it… The guys are stupid. Led by the pretty boy. He was trying to make like he was so on the girls’ side that he pushed for your guy to get voted off. See how well that strategy does him once they see he’s a physical threat…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, After the “let’s give away immunity” episode, I think “stupid” is a distant speck in the rearview mirror. But yeah, it’s hard to find any angle where the decision to vote of Jonas makes any strategic sense… unless you’re a female, of course.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think this upcoming the pretty boy is gonna have a eureka moment and tell his ‘alliance’ they should get rid of a girl next (Cristina or Alicia) and the girls are gonna be like, “Nope.”

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, And there actually is one guy I wouldn’t mind picking up, but when the hell is Utley hitting the DL so I can free up a slot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully soon…

  8. BH says:
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    Out of Vogelsong, Samardzija, and Volquez, which two would you keep on your roster for this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do you have limited moves? Why are they staying on your roster for the whole year?

      • BH says:
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        @Grey, they probably won’t be on my roster for the whole season, but I’m in a deep league so I own Volquez and Vogelsong right now. Basically, I’m wondering if I should drop either one of those two for Samardzija. I have unlimited moves.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @BH, Hold for now…

  9. Charles says:
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    I can’t wait to add an OF once BJ Upton actually goes on the DL. C’mon Tampa Bay/MLB/ESPN!

    That being said, Thames, A-Jax, or Fowler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames for power, Fowler for speed…

  10. The Dutchman says:
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    I have K. Jensan as one of my RP, would you drop him for Lidge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not in most leagues…

  11. Graveyard Duck says:
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    Grey, I can’t believe you have Liriano as a “buy.” Were you crying when you wrote that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hurts me soul.

  12. Where Wallace at says:
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    Cozart or Kipnis?

    Rank if you will for a points league…Chacin, D.Holland, Minor, Niese, Volquez

    You catching up on Breaking Bad yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart….Chacin, Minor, Holland… Nope…

  13. Blue Crew says:
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    Grey,

    Tabata was just dropped in my 14 team 10×10 league. I am considering picking him up and dropping one of my BN spots. Here is my OF:

    OF: Dread Pirate
    OF: Werth
    UTL: Bruce
    UTL: Delmon Young
    UTL: Lind

    BN: Espinosa, and Ibanez (Last pick of draft)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ibanez

  14. Steve says:
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    I’m still kinda puzzled as to why we have to wait like another week for more baseball.

    • Where Wallace at says:
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      @Steve, The almighty yen of course

  15. Kevin says:
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    Murphy was selected in the 11th Round of a 16-Team, 25 Round H2H draft of mine. Pick #199. His ADP on MDC is 295. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player drafted nearly 100 spots ahead of his ADP before.

    People love multiposition players in that league almost as much as they love their superstars.

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin, Bad math on my part. 13th Rd., not 11th.

  16. MattTruss223 says:
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    Ugh, got stuck with D. Murphy when Altuve was snatched 5 picks before mine. That said, if J. Bourgeois gets 2B eligible quickish, would it be kosher to drop the later for the former (if the later means Murph and the former means Bourgeois)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Yup

  17. Bindy says:
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    From your list, all things equal, would you add Niese or the Shark if allowed to add just one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bindy, Niese

  18. chiasports says:
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    is broxton worth dropping Betancourt for?

    WHO RANKS HIGHER NOW lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chiasports, Nope

  19. supra says:
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    Colon, Samardzija, Pomeranz available… 12 team keeper, keep 10…

    Should I dump Lilly for one, or do I have to bite the bullet and wait for Utley to hit the DL… and then what order you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Wait for DL stint… Samardzija…

  20. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    BJ upton

    grey, how much does the injury hurt his draft value? would you change his projections based off less playing time?

    • PrinceRudyNasim says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, When your name is “Bossman Jr” only chuck norris can hurt your draft value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, He could only miss 3 to 5 games…

  21. John says:
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    You rock for responding to all these posts and I want to give a shout out to the guy who set up the War Room spreadsheets, which are awesome.

    According to your projections my team has 271 HR and 116 SB.

    I was thinking of offering Jay Bruce and Adrian Beltre for David Wright and Dread Pirate, but I’ve also been huffing air duster all afternoon. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Thanks! That sounds fair for you, but I’d prefer to get cheap steals elsewhere and not trade for Wright…

  22. Ken says:
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    Kendrys is going to be the full time DH – he should get plenty of playing time. at this point he is full healthy, will just need some days off b/c of conditioning

  23. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I’m curious what you think of the rising xFIP and BABIP of Texas middle reliever WAIT YOU HAVEN’T CAUGHT UP ON ‘BREAKING BAD’ YET? DO YOU HATE PLEASURE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, Ha! I’ve been meaning to for… Let’s just I’ve been meaning to for so long, I still think of Bryan Cranston as the dad from Malcolm.

  24. Just dropped Vogelsong and grabbed Milone in the RCL. The dispenser of hunches is telling me he will sport a WHIP under 1.20 this season.

  25. zach says:
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    Hey Grey – should I trade Texeira and Bourjos for Bautista?

    My new 1B would be Lind, who is on the bench right now.
    I have Uggla & Tulo in the InF
    I have Bruce, Jennings, and Bonifacio in the OF

    Alexei Ramirez on the bench, and I’d probably pick up Tabata

    It’s kind of a wierd league with a tone of categories, including stuff like OFA and total bases

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zach, Sure

  26. Manimal says:
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    Pick two of the four: Peavy, Samardjiza, Lance Lynn, or Milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Manimal, Peavy, coin flip… Milone…

  27. Bros Before Hosmer says:
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    You like Nicasio over Bills this season or just hold? Probably that. And you really should catch up with Breaking Bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bros Before Hosmer, Over him…

  28. C.O.C. says:
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    Grey: I’ve noticed Aroldis Chapman’s ownership is shooting up…has it been determined yet if he is going to start and how do you feel about him? I’m dangling him as trade bait in a package deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C.O.C., Nothing’s been determined about him… He wants to start, their rotation has no room.

  29. Wake Up says:
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    Currently reading Zack de la Rocha’s column in the Farmer’s Almanac, Tilling in the name of(A wonderful way to improve the Earth, while rebelling against weeds). The first section, bulbs on parade, explains why the lily is perfect for those high traffic areas where you don’t want pigs around. And since pigs don’t like lilies, you’ll never have to deal with those pigs in the high traffic areas. In Renegades(the skunk), he espouses that those who eat grubs are the same that have cubs but, as we all know baby cubs as called kits and not cubs. But, who really wants to correct the famous guy with a predisposition for rage? Not I,I said Mr. Hunter. And speaking of rage, Kitt never makes me think skunk, it makes me think let’s get drunk, and maybe later we can lie down on the floor and have some hamburgers. Am I right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, I’ve been to parties with Morello. Yeah, I’m name dropping.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, F*ck you I won’t do what you tell me…that’s like the reverse mantra of Razzball commenters. Anyway, excellent shizz today. The Storen/Lidge lines were classic. By the way, you owe me for my dry cleaning bill. Or should I send that to Storen’s right arm?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Ha!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, Nice. But, can he garden? Seems like a smart dude. Since we’re dropping. I just had a beer with Cal Ripken Jr. at the airport. Dude is huge. When I told him that I had gone 2,131 straight days with at least one beer, he seemed impressed. I could tell by the way he got up and walked away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, HA! You should’ve been like, “Are you ever worried you’re gonna contract Cal Ripken Jr. Disease?”

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, Ha! Gazing into his baby blues, I felt like the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, on Cain…Sugar! Are we worried about playing time anymore with Bourgeois coming over (8 SB already) and he looks good since coming over to KC, but Cain has looked great too?

  30. AA says:
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    Grey-

    I need to drop an OF to pick up some pitching. I currently have 6 on my squad. Who should be dropped from the following OF’s…Boesch, Gardner, Heyward, Morrison, Tabata, Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA, Tabata

  31. Steve says:
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    Drafted Brad Peacock in a 14-team keeper. Worth hanging on to? We keep 10 next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Lose him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, For Baker?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Yup

  32. PrinceRudyNasim says:
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    “Yeah, Donaldson has about as much upside as a case of hemorrhoids — hey, at least I get to rub my ass with ointment! ”

    “saved a kitten from a tree…By ripping said tree from the ground and gently placing it down next to the kitten’s baby mama”

    “Drew Storen – Splash! That was the bucket of cold urine”

    hahhahabcjhasbcjhabcbacjbashcbabckabchascbaba!!!! Man this shit made my friday. Classic!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PrinceRudyNasim, Thanks!

  33. AA says:
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    Grey-

    How would you rank the “buy” pitchers?

  34. AA says:
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    When I say “buy” pitcher I don’t mean in the Pavano way…allegedly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA, Depends on needs…

  35. Pierre says:
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    Hey Grey,

    1) Would you drop Raburn, Infante or Mayberry Jr. for Thames?

    2) Do you like Broxton over Holland?

    Maybe it’s just familiarity, but I can’t stand Yahoo’s interface. Tried to use it last year and just found it clunky and frustrating.. much prefer ESPN. Different strokes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pierre, Infante… 2) If he’s getting saves, yeah…

      • Pierre says:
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        @Grey, OK – Would you grab Cozart over Thames or Mayberry Jr? He’s available. I’ve got Hanley and Kipnis in my MI spot. My OF right now is Pence, A. Jones, Werth, Maybin and Rayburn. I can’t wait for to start this season … thanks!

      • Pierre says:
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        @Grey, League is OBP instead of AVG

  36. thekingadrock says:
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    Henry Rodriguez or Vinnie “Delpino” Pestano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thekingadrock, Rodriguez

      • thekingadrock says:
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        @Grey, thx!

  37. thekingadrock says:
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    Thoughts? 6×6 (OPS, Complete Games) 12 team H2H

    Prince Fielder
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Jay Bruce
    David Wright
    Michael Cuddyer
    Howie Kendrick
    Jesus Montero
    Drew Stubbs
    Zack Cozart
    Vernon Wells
    Chase Utley

    Jon Lester
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Anibal Sanchez
    Johnny Cueto
    Jair Jurrjens
    Jonathan Sanchez
    Javy Guerra
    Matt Thornton
    Ricky Romero
    Matt Capps
    Vinnie Pestano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thekingadrock, Team looks low on power and high on speed… Not great, especially not in an OPS league. Pitching looks fine up top and wonky at the end of your staff…

      • thekingadrock says:
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        @Grey, ok thanks – i’ll work on picking up more power.

  38. JoeC says:
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    “He said, ‘You want to have a go at it’?”

    That might be Matthew Modine’s best scene in his entire acting career (I’m leaving out the entire Vision Quest movie, rightly or wrongly, who can say?).

    • Grey

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      @JoeC, I think you’re right. By a lot…

  39. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Hi Grey – loving the podcasts

    1) Looking deep at 2B… can you rank Daniel Murphy, Altuve, Aviles and Scutaro for me?

    2) Also, why wasn’t Aviles in the buy list?

    3) Where would you rank Bourgeois in the list from number 1? (if he gets to 2B elig fast)

    4) Will Bourgeois get 2B elig fast?

    Thanks Grey!!!

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

    • Grey

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      @Bermuda Triangles, Thanks! Altuve, Aviles, Scutaro… 2) Cause he’s kinda garbage. 3) 1st 4) Not for at least 45 days…

  40. Steve says:
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    Morse almost certain to open the season on the DL, is the word on the streets of Twitterville.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Not totally surprising…

  41. rob says:
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    Looking for speeeeed for a fill in bench spot in a 12 team league. Actually need speed, runs, walks, and average – but trying to mainly address steals with a pickup.

    I have dexter fowler right now – should i drop him for either Tabata or Bourgeois(if he gets the starting 2B job)?

    You da man, thanks muchacho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rob, Tabata

  42. jack says:
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    in h2h yahoo scoring format…Frenchie or Tabata?

    if you had to pick between Lidge, Jim Johnson, or Holland for saves….who would you pick?

    • jack says:
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      @jack,

      Or Lorenzo Cain?

  43. farcus says:
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    someone dropped kurt suzuki, is he better than my salty? or donaldson, for that matter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @farcus, Better than Donaldson… Maybe, by a hair.

  44. Coach Miuke says:
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    Fantasy God Grey – - Since it looks like Cody Ross has now locked up a starting gig in Beantown (for the foreseeable future) what are your thoughts about him as compared to Eric Thames.

    FYI – I was leaning towards adding Ross but before I did, you had to publish this Thames article. Way to screw up my decision making process!

    • Grey

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      @Coach Miuke, I’d prefer Thames… It’ll probably end up a toss up at the end of the year…

  45. @grey
    Keeper league I have Prince Fielder but need depth/Saves, trade him for Holliday, Freeman and League?

    • Grey

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      @bensbias, Eh… Trade a lesser piece for saves…

  46. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey, pulled a couple trades and got my roster where I want it for opening day. Thoughts? 12-team HR/R/RBI/NSB/OBP/XBH and ERA/WHIP/(K/BB)/K/SvHd/QS

    C- Carlos Santana
    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Danny Espinosa
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    3B-Brett Lawrie
    U- Billy Butler
    IF- Paul Goldschmidt
    RF- Giancarlo Stanton
    CF- Andrew McCutchen
    LF- Brett Gardner
    OF- Andre Ethier
    BN- Colby Rasmus

    P-Jonny Venters
    P- Tyler Clippard
    P- Kenley Jansen
    SP- Dan Haren
    SP- Dan Hudson
    SP- Mike Minor

    BN- Nicasio, Morrow, Reed, Brothers, Liriano, Holland

    • Grey

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      @Tom Thumb, I like your team… Biggest concerns would be average, but you’re in a OBP league, so that might be assuaged a little… Your pitching looks solid…

  47. steve b says:
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    sorry but cozart’s a dud.Mediocre contact rate.10 hr, 50 rbi,maybe 10 sb and a .245 avg excites you?

    • Grey

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      @steve b, He stole 30 bases in his last full season at one level… Where’s the 10 steals from? 10/30 in the last round isn’t really bad at SS.

  48. Hi Grey — In a 14-team 6×6 roto league with holds, I picked up Daniel Bard in a late round on the idea that he would be a source of holds like last year. Doesn’t look likely now. Looking for holds, should I drop him in favor of Henry Rodriguez? Scott Downs? Rzepczynski?Janssen? Any ideas for dark-horse saves guys?

    Thanks and enjoy the weekend….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Rodriguez

      • @Grey, Thanks, Grey … is it Rodriguez even if I’m interested in holds much more than vulture saves? I’ve got three closers but not one reliable saves guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Go with Jansen…

  49. T-Rex says:
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    Hello Razzballers(TM) and the mighty Grey:

    Which trade (if any) do you like

    I’ve got Drew Storen & Kendry Morales

    I’ve offered:

    Storen & Morales for Billy Butler

    Storen for Gaby Sanchez

    Like either one of these trades for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’d take Butler if you have the saves to lose…

  50. PONCHO BILL says:
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    pick 2: floyd, nicasio, billingsley, peacock, Lilly

    • Grey

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      Lilly, Nicasio…

  51. aj says:
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    Should i stash tabata on my bench and drop bartolo 13 team 5×5 roto?

    • Grey

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      Yup

  52. Wake Up says:
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    Just realized that Ryan Braun and Mike Stanton are both on waivers in my RCL…almost lost my shizz til I realized I was looking at pitchers…

    • Grey

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      Ha! Pick up Dante Bichette while you’re at too…

  53. jack says:
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    Grey,

    in h2h yahoo scoring format…Frenchie, Tabata, or Cain?

    if you had to pick between Lidge, Jim Johnson, or Holland for saves….who would you pick?

    TIA!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Johnson… Frenchy…

  54. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    this might interest you , but you might want to draw
    Rudy’s attention to this link ,
    as i think it will help him with his pitch counts , etc .
    especially if he checks out the player cards’ section .

    (shizz is way over my head)

    http://brooksbaseball.net/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Cool…

  55. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey and Rudy: as the commish of the reigning rcl champion, the ECFBL, we hereby challenge the ‘perts to match play. you can determine the prize. the ECFBL is led by Iron Chef Chris H., manager of Retro Vertigo, winner of two consecutive RCL championships, both in uber-competitive leagues, and three able assistants, Kelly D, a.k.a. AL KOHOLIC, manager of U of L 1-800-bettyford, Fred B.,a.k.a. Simply Fred, manager of the Fredsies, and the enigmatic Bloomington Psychotoad.
    Of course, we do admit that we have a certain edge, as we all are capable of stealing yours as well as rudy’s thoughts on a daily basis, although not many of us are able to transpose some of rudy’s more erudite missives. but then again, the ‘perts don’t have Klarabell, Cockroft and Berry, which I was hoping for as that would have given us a sizable edge in fantasy IQ. Unfortunately, all of our opponents have good creds, which will just make it that much more interesting.

    We are breathlessly awaiting your response. I am also quite certain that we will again win the RCL overall championship award, as our league has added two formidable managers, one of whom personally scouts minor league prospects, (john the brat), as well as JP, who is fluent in numerous languages, including Greek, French, and Yiddish, and who is a former researcher for SABR as well as a constant attendant at every olympic event as a volunteer.

    Best Always
    Paulie Allnuts

    • Grey

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      @Paulie Allnuts, I’m not sure what we’re being challenged to…

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @Grey, that would be the highest RCL league ranking…

        • Grey

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          @Paulie Allnuts, I’d put money on your league… Besides Rudy and I, these other ‘perts don’t have much on the line so it won’t be the first place they go to pick up players… i.e., honestly, I can’t say it will be competitive… It might be, but I have my doubts at this point…

          • Paulie Allnuts

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            @Grey, Got it! At any rate, would like to see you and Rudy go first and second. Good for the cred of Razzball Nation!

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        get out a tape measure .
        sounds like a “size” thing .

  56. Rico says:
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    I’ve been offered Adam Jones for my Hamels and Tabata. I epic failed my draft and went way to heavy pitching. Here are my best hitters: Reynolds, Lawrie, Jennings, J Weeks, Cain, Delmon, and Goldschmidt. I’ll still have the following SPs: Halladay, Haren, Moore, Garza, Latos, Anibal, Liriano. Is there any way this deal makes sense depite looking like a loss in terms of overall value?

    • Grey

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      @Rico, Not a good trade…

  57. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, In an OBP league do you like Thames over J.Y.D. Martinez (Y is my addition)? When Carp got fugu, I picked up J.D. but that was before Snyder was sent down. I kinda like Thames in that potent lineup but his K’s scare me and J.D. seems aight in the 3 hole… ew.

    Gotta disagree about Danny Murphy (which I pronounce like Chappelle/Rick James saying “Charlie Murphy”) I think he’s got upper teens HR upside with RF fences brought in – and he’s 1B, 2B, 3B eligible in Yahoo. He can hit for nice AVG and OBP (if you swing that way) and he’ll drive in/score some runs near the top of the order – say 80/80 if he stays healthy. Mets aren’t as bad offensively as people (like myself before I saw the stats on the TV last week) think.

    I’m not saying I want him as my team’s starting 2B or 3B but I’ll throw a few bucks at him tomorrow in a 15 team OBP auction tomorrow where I’ve got to roster 2 of each infielder.

    • Grey

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      @3FingersBrown, You love the Mets!

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, Guilty! But I have reverse bias in fantasy, that’s why I never own them.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @3FingersBrown, I pronounce anyone’s name that way if it has Murphy in it. I can’t stop myself. A good friend of my wife’s dad’s (man that was tough to type) name is Charlie Murphy. I can hardly contain myself whenever she talks about him.

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Wilsonian, Just so long as you don’t tell him “what the five fingers said to the face.”

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @3FingersBrown, it’s really hard to do…

  58. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Love the title! Made me go to youtube and rekindle my teenage wet dreams…with that said,

    H2h 16 team league. 8×8 holds, qs, k/bb. Nolasco or capuano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese, Capuano

  59. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey nicasio or lynn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mikey boy324, Nicasio…Coin flip…

  60. #1contenda says:
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    grey man,
    what you do for money man? this site is free

    respeckt.

  61. the grate one says:
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    hey grey…
    can you rank

    chicken parmalee, lahair, reimold?

    thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the grate one, LaHair, Reimold…

  62. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop Torii Hunter for Cain?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, i would,hunters power speed and ave are dpwn and i dont see much upside cain on the other hand has nothing but upside

  63. Steve says:
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    Hmmmm. Pineda reporting shoulder soreness after being clobbered by the Phillies…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Steve, Yankees are reporting that he might start the year in AAA.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Wake Up, His arm is reporting that he throws too many sliders…

        • Steve says:
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          @Wake Up, Didn’t seem to be the ‘it’s nothing to worry about’ shoulder soreness, according to the article.

  64. knighttown says:
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    Looking at your two faves of the past week and wondering if I should find room. Cozart and E. Thames specifically.

    I’ve got Uggla/Andrus/Espinosa in my MI slots. I’ve got Cain as my 5th OF and no bench. Other spare parts are G. Holland and Cahill or Minor.

    Also have Utley waiting to DL.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, Wait until Utley goes to the DL….

  65. knighttown says:
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    Should have been more specific. Thinking I drop Holland to stash Cozart ASAP and wait to DL Utley before grabbing Thames. Reasonable or just hold?

  66. Wilsonian says:
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    Don’t know if I’m just missing it on the phone do-hickey I’m using for Internet right now, but where’s the daiquiri button? I need to send some much deserved island cocktails to So Cal. Figured I spent the last month getting paid to recover from back surgery, might as well show my appreciation for not coming off like an ass clown in my fantasy drafts/leagues.

  67. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Pick one of Moose, Thames, Cain, Tabata, Reimold, Rios or Presley. No specific categories needed, just want best guy to fill in for BJ and depth when he returns. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @tHe sHiT, Rios

  68. Simply Fred

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    Henry picked up his 3rd save of the spring:

    8 pitches
    8 strikes
    0 balls

    Dropped A. Jackson’s SBs for upside of Thames’ power. Call me crazy. :-)

  69. JG_ism says:
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    @Grey. faab bidding starts on the 2nd. Gonna drop my peacock, thinking of either pomeranz or alvarez. Who do ya think will make a bigger impact this yr? Rest of my rotation is Weaver, Gallardo, Zimmerman Beachy Luebke Sale..
    Great job on the podcasts!
    Thanks for the input

    • Grey

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      @JG_ism, Thanks! Alvarez…

  70. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: BTW: I rode the 2-day Smoak express. Happy to get the dinger!

    • Grey

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      @Simply Fred, Nice

  71. Mr2Bits says:
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    Love the Friday buy sell except back in 2010 when Grey kept trying to throw my boy Bautista under the sell bus every week :)

    Aside from that, two things, saw that Wright just had a grand slam….hopefully a sign of things to come and second, does anyone know when the 2012 Yahoo baseball app for the iphone will be done? Did those morons forget about the baseball season this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Hehe

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Mr2Bits, mine just updated on Thursday night, so I’d check for it. Should be in the App Store.

  72. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    I have Thames and Cain everywhere this season, so this article pleases me! I moved Morse for Dan Hudson in my dynasty league a couple weeks ago and picked up Thames as my OF replacement, I’m thinking that will work out very nicely.

    Really hoping HRod is the saves guy in WAS, I picked Storen with my 1st pick (basically the 14th round as we have 13 keepers) in said dyno league……DOH!

    Anything I should look to improve on this roster going into the season Grey? I am punting 3B til HanRam gets eligibility or until the 15th, as I used all my acquisitions on pitching reinforcements. And no one would trade me for any of my 2B’s, so I plan on sticking them in my 2 UTIL spots for a while.

    C – Posey, Ramos
    1B – Fielder
    2B – R Weeks, A Hill, D Espinosa
    SS – HanRam, Dee Gordon
    3B – none (damn you Chisenhall)
    OF – Stanton, Crawford, Boesch, Thames, Cain, Soriano

    SP – Greinke, MadBum, D Hudson, Morrow, Pineda (DL), Vogelsong (DL), also carrying Gerrit Cole as we expand to 14 keepers in 2013, thoughts on that? Guys like Profar, Machado, etc are all rostered.
    RP – Beard, Storen, Marshall, J Johnson, D Robertson, H Rodriguez

    Thanks as always for your help man!

  73. El Guey says:
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    Someone just dropped Pineda, drop cozart to pick him up? I’m not sure being that I have a lot of pitching already..

    kershaw, romero, zimm, lubeke, gio, jgarcia, ubaldo, morrow

    With this staff, would you hold? or pick up pineda?

  74. El Guey says:
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    it’s a keeper lg btw.

    i could pick up thames after putting pineda on the DL

    worth it? thanks man!

  75. Buck says:
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    I picked up Thames yesterday and Rasmus just got cut in my league today. I have the #1 waiver position so I could pick him up. Who do think has better value at this point? Rasmus has sucked all spring so I don’t think I should waste the #1 waiver on him when I can stick with Thames.

  76. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha! Awesome Grey, just awesome.

    Oh and good advice too, ill check see if hes available.

  77. Jarred says:
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    I like Cain and drafted him in my 12 team h2h league. How much trust would you put in him?

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