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First, some history: Last season, the Baron exhibited his usual over-enthusiasm for whippet-thin outfielders who promise both power and speed, and also Matt Holliday. Coming out of a draft in which I took Holliday first (coming off 36 HRs in ’07), a still-2B-eligible BJ Upton second (24 HRs in ’07) and Alex Rios third (24 HRs in ’07), I knew I lacked a big-bopper in the Prince/Ryan Howard/Dunn mold, but figured I could count on at least 80 HRs from this trio—with a ceiling closer to a 100. Holliday in Coors seemed like a lock for 35* and who knows? Maybe Rios and Upton both hit 30**!

Instead, I got 49 homers. Not from Holliday. From all three. Combined.

I got 25 from Holliday (a drop-off of 12), 15 from Rios (drop-off: 7) and 9 – 9! – from Beej Upton (a drop-off of, oh, you can do the math.) Needless to say I finished last in home runs.

The point is, we usually assume that if we draft a guy in the first three rounds, we can expect more, or at least the same, power numbers going forward. There’s a reason why shiny young studs like Evan Longoria go high while old battered war-horses like Jermaine Dye go later: It’s The Upside, Stupid.

So if you, like me, took David Wright in the first round this year, you were probably counting on 30-35 home runs this year, give or take one new spacious ballpark. Wright, after all, has donked 27, 26, 30, and 33 HRs in the past four seasons, respectively. And he’s 26 this year! Almost the magic age!

And if you pegged him for 30 donks, that’s about 5 per month, which means he should have, oh, about 10 right about now.

He has three.

Now, if you’re a David Wright owner (like me), you’re probably having all kinds of terrible, nerve-wracking, wake-up-in-a-cold-sweat fears. Maybe the cavernous Citifield (or Metco, as it’s been dubbed on this site) has robbed him of his power. Maybe the absence of Carlos Delgado (every day) and Beltran (most days) means he’ll never again see a fat pitch to swat. Maybe you’re even wondering if he was – don’t say it! – dipping into that special homer-juice that seems to have once been a staple of David Ortiz’s liquid diet.

My advice: Do not panic. To paraphrase Grey, oh nervous David Wright owner, this is what David Wright do.

Having owned him back in ’06, I remembered that, post All-Star break, he went into a terrible, homerless funk, succumbing to the now infamous Homerun Contest Swing Funking Up Jinx. He went into the break with 18 HRs, then hit 8 the rest of the way, including just two each in August and September. Two each. Four. In two months. Sound familiar?

In 2007, as you may recall, Wright went homerless for the entire month of April. Nothing. Nada. No big flies. Do you think his first-round-drafting owners were nervous then? Just a smidge?

He wound up with 30 donks.

Last year, when Wright set his career high in homers, his worst months were April (four) and June (four). For the most part, he was pretty consistent – more consistent than the previous two years – never hitting less than 4 homers and never more than 7 in a month.

The point is, Wright is not Howard or Pujols – he won’t ever hit 12 to 14 homers in one month. He will, however, pretty consistently, put up three months in a row, and four out of six, with 6 to 8 HRs. Let’s say he does that this year in June, July and August. That will get him to, say, 25 by September. Add four more in the final month, and presto magic: 29. Which is totally in line with his career totals, and is about what you expected, or should have, on Opening Day.

So if you have him, exhale. If you don’t have him, this is, as they say, a prime “buy low” opportunity– two months being just long enough for his owners to get antsy, especially with the added “knowledge” about Citco being really spacious and the Mets lineup being more full of holes than Courtney Love’s tights.

If you trade for him today, you won’t get all his 29 homers. But you will get most of them. That would definitely be worth, say, a Mark Reynolds and a Heath Bell.

Go forward, and prosper.

*Obviously, Holliday’s drop-off in HR production between ’06 and ’07 is worrisome, in hindsight, when evaluating current underperformers, as nothing obvious changed in his situation in those two years. However, having owned him in ’06 as well, I knew – and should have been more wary of – the fact that his total was inflated by his insane September, in which he went nuts and hit 12 HRs and carried the Rockies singlehandedly into the playoffs (and me to a championship — yay me!). He went into September with 24 HRs, and if he’d simply matched his previous norms in the other five months – somewhere between 3 and 7 homers – he would have ended the year between 27 and 30 HRs, not at 36. Which would have prepped me better for a year in which he “only” hit 25. Such anomalies are worth taking note of.

** As for Rios and Upton, they are enigmas to me. Upton, after all, went on to hit 7 more HRs in the playoffs alone, practically matching his season total. This year he has 2 HRs in two months. They say his shoulder is wonky. I say, “Good luck on a team that’s not mine!” As for Rios – well, I’m done with him too. If you own either of them this year, then they’re your headaches, not mine.

118 Responses

  1. Swass says:
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    Rios has been playing well since I acquired him last week for Helton and Jered Weaver, although Weaver has pitched well too. Still, I’ll take the offense all day Rios through his past 6 has been 9-24, 2 HR, 6 RBI, and 2 SB.

  2. Swass says:
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    Needed the offense too. M-Cab goes down leaving me without Votto, Aramis, Longoria, Cabrera. If only I had Sizemore and Reyes to go with it.

  3. Stephen says:
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    Stellar article. I am a (proud?) owner of BJ Upton and think his antics are ridiculous. Either live up to your hype or leave in obscurity.

  4. TonyC says:
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    A Mark Reynolds or a Heath Bell seems like way to small a price to pay for 4 months of David Wright. Or am I crazy?

  5. big o says:
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    @TonyC:
    yep .
    and that’s what every wright owner is going to say , until the season finishes .

  6. big o says:
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    * that’s AND

  7. big o says:
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    nice article .
    acquiring wright now made more difficult .

  8. Griff says:
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    Proud owner of a Hamilton, Rios, BJ Upton outfield. Boy, they sure look damn good on paper.

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Speaking of “whippet-thin outfielders who promise both power and speed”, McCutchen, in his major league debut against the Mets, is currently 3-4, 3RS, 1W, 1SB. Don’t know about the power; however, the speed is there. Nice level bat swing. I like him right away.

    I own Wright, and am not terribly troubled about his lack of power; however, to be honest, the leading home run hitter on the Mets is Beltran with 7, which is about 1/3 the home run production of A-Gon. If anything, I think that Metco is harder to hit home runs in then Petco. Outside of home runs, Wright’s stats aren’t bad: 3R 3HR 30RBI 12SB .321, with a Yahoo season rating of 55. On the other hand, BJ Upton stats rated over the course of a season are about 7 HR, .220 AVG, 37 RBI, 110RS, and 55 SB. Basically SAGNOF with low BA. Someone in our league recently tried to make his problem my own. No thanks.

    Thanks, Baron

    BTW, Putz looks awful. Velocity is off. Every time the cortisone wears off, the bone spurs likely become uncomfortable again. I would predict the DL, either with real injury, or the Disgraceful List

  10. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Swass: Hmmm. I also own M-Cab. I was hoping you were referring to some other M-Cab, like, say, Mike Cabrini, the third baseman in your local beer league team.

    This is not good news.

    @Stephen: Thanks! Yeah, B.J. blew last year, appropriately. I can foresee a big breakout 15HR second-half, though as I’ve noted elsewhere, his tendency toward dogging it (and getting pulled out of games by Joe Maddon) suggests to me a disturbing lack of work ethic. He sure does like to steal, though.

    @TonyC: Well, probably, but you’d be surprised what homer-hungry owners will settle for. The point is, if you have a less-good-than-Wright 3Bman — basically, anyone not named A-Rod or Miguel Cabrera — you can pair him with some other useful part(s), take your trawler, and go Wright-fishin’.

    @Swass: Good trade. Just don’t expect Rios to exceed his career highs. That was my problem last year. I foresaw .310/30/100, though he’d never hit any of those marks before. Hope for what they might do; expect what they’ve done.

    Tony Y, wherever you are, I wrote this post especially with you in mind. Now please come in off the ledge.

  11. Doug Ault says:
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    Hawkins,Aaron Hill,Lowell and Dunn

    for

    Cano and Wright?

    I’ve been considering making this offer

  12. knighttown says:
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    I was too slow on the Pierre derby. Should I jump on McCutcheon now? I’d drop Reimold.

    I too, am a 2-years running BJ Upton owner. He’s been pretty decent the last little while and the steals are nice but I was SURE he’d have a big year after that playoff last year.

  13. knighttown says:
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    Need avg, runs and SB. Which SP should I package with Drew/Peralta to get Brian Roberts? Or I guess, which ones should I not include?

    Liriano, Cain, Oswalt, Hanson, Beckett, Weaver, Scherzer, Jackson

  14. Help from ALL is appreciated here! Been working on this deal with a guy for weeeeeeks! Finally he sends me something I think is pretty solid: WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

    Very Deep 12 Team H2H Money League

    I would Receive: Ryan Howard/ JJ Hardy

    I would Give: Haren/Carpenter/Sandoval

    I’m sitting in first. My offense has been doing nothing. I’ve got Votto on the DL and CQ as well. I’m power starved, RYAN would solve that. I also like the Hardy piece even tho its not totally needed. My staff is stacked and I’ve been trying to move Haren for a stud because the upcoming “second half slide” is coming… even going 8-3 last year 2nd half his ERA went from in the 2′s to the 4′s just like previous years. So i’m accomplishing my goal of dealing him before its too late…

    Here’s what My staff would be Once Haren and Carp Depart:

    Beckett, Shields, Slowey, Wainwright, Jurrjens and Kelvim Escobar on the DL coming back tomm….
    (still pretty solid I think?) The league settings have it so you ONLY need 32 innings. Many teams, including myself get their 32 innings in, if you have a GOOD ERA and Whip, plus enough wins, QS’s etc YOU BENCH YOUR PITCHERS…. so i have this surplus of good pitching i’m benching half the time anyways….

    This also opens up a spot for me to grab another catcher. Personally I love sandoval and how he’s hitting .300 for me, but he’s not doing alot else. Hernandez, Varitek or the next flavor will fill in just fine i think?

    Really need some opinions here, THANKS!!!!

  15. Teef says:
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    Just cuz I need a place to vent – my team is falling apart at the seems

    No Hamilton/Quentin now Miggy and Victorino go down.

    I just traded Magglio for BJ and he’s queitly starting to get it going – I believe he’s near .400 over the last 15 games.

  16. big o says:
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    @Tony Y:
    i don’t expect a 2nd half slide for haren .

  17. Thunder Dan says:
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    So according to the Denver Post, just a few days after Jim Tracy said, “Garrett Atkins is our cleanup hitter,” the Rockies have reversed course to “Garrett Atkins may be demoted to AAA?”

    Stop the ride; I want to get off.

  18. @big o: happens like clockwork every year…. in the 2′s for ERA goes into the 4′s.

    He went 8-3 last year which was nice but had a 4.18 second half era after posting a 2.something era first half…?

    And even if he does keep it up, lets say he’s in the high 3′s ERA, what do you think of the deal value wise???

  19. Any other Opinions on post #14….. GREY?

  20. Marr says:
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    I’ve seemingly been burned by Rios for the last two decades, that asshole…

    Today’s line: 0-for-5, 5 K

    Thanks, Alexis!

  21. brad says:
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    @Tony Y: Pretty even trade. If you feel like it’s what your team needs go for it. But you ARE in first. . . .

  22. brad says:
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    @Marr: I got off the Rios train. Just traded him + Mike Gonzalez for Quentin. Get well soon Carlos!

  23. @brad: Yeah I just think my staff is strong enough after losing Haren and Carpenter. I also worry about carp getting hurt again. Plus like I said Harens second half slide… Our league has a 32 inning min for pitching… alot of times i dont even get to throw half these guys. I throw my 32, bench and mop up mosta the cats and then i struggle on offense….

  24. Plus if CQ or votto are just that messed up they can’t come back i’m even weaker than i think…. PLUS PLUS they come back then my O is stacked I could deal one for a pitcher at some point… who knows!

  25. Scott says:
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    @Tony Y: 2nd half Haren and 2 guys who have already been hurt this season for 2nd half Howard? I like it?

  26. Scott says:
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    @Scott: Oops, I mean I like it!

  27. Stephen says:
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    I offered my Dunn and Feldman for his Wright thinking he would causally reject this offer… Who is getting the better end of that deal?

    ps a 20 team massive stats league

  28. TonyC says:
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    I’ve been platooning atkins and c davis at 3b to horrifying results and am totally fed up.

    Earlier this week I offered greinke for wright straight up and was rejected. I didn’t feel bad making the offer because I’d still have had a rotation of verlander, sabathia, ubaldo & meche, with duchscherer on the dl and clay buchholz waiting in the wings on my bench. But I don’t really see how I can make this guy a better offer. I was already going to be overpaying as is.

  29. TonyC says:
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    Here’s an offer I was considering making, but now I’m not sure since m-cab got hurt: Greinke & C Davis for Miggy & S Drew. Is that a stupid trade to offer? Would it have been smarter before he got injured today?

  30. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Trade Hamilton for Manny? I already have carlos and reyes on the DL so I wont be wasting a roster spot.

  31. brad says:
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    @TonyC: I think now would be the time to offer that. It seems to me that you’re overestimating Greinke’s trade value.

    Guys are going to be reluctant to trade their first round pick for Greinke. At least I would. I prefer Wright, and M-Cab/Drew in your two trade offers.

    It’s worth pointing out in a discussion of Wright that he had 15 SBs last year and has 12 so far in ’09. His HRs are down, but his SBs are up. If you can harp on the power shortage and get him for good value then great, but as a Wright owner myself, I don’t really fell cheated so far, and am not looking to sell at all.

  32. Swass says:
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    Alex Rios has definitely played more like Armando Rios in the last couple years, but I’m just hoping for 20-85-20, which seems to be reasonable.

    What the F is Matt Joyce’s problem. I did not enjoy his lack of participation in the 9 run win yesterday nor do I enjoy his 0-4 today.

  33. peter says:
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    JP Howell getting the save for the Rays, today? Is Maddon just letting the bullpen rock-paper-scissors to see who pitches the 9th? Or is Howell now above Wheeler?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Howell looks like he has the edge right now.

  35. anon says:
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    @Marr:

    I feel like there should be a glossary term for 0-5 with 5 Ks. How often could that possibly happen in a season?

  36. Doc says:
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    from Wikipedia: To date, no Major League player has ever struck out more than five times in a nine-inning game. This feat has been achieved 49 times, (26 in the AL and 23 in the NL) including two different platinum sombreros by Dick Allen, Pat Burrell and Alex Rios .[citation needed] The only games with six strikeouts have been extra innings affairs, and no player has ever struck out seven times in a game.

  37. Doc says:
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    @Grey: Howell really has pitched the best all year. I’m putting all my eggs in his basket.

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @brad: re: Wright’s steals; it’s true they are a nice bonus, though he’s been caught 7 times already (caught only 5 last year) and 4 of those steals came in one game — so I wouldn’t look for more than 20 this year.

    Steals seem to be slightly up this year, and it does appear some sluggers will run more when they’re hitting less — witness Berkman’s mini-surge last year.

    And all my aforementioned ’07 busts — Holliday, Rios, Upton — exceeded my steals expectations, some by a lot. All things considered, I would rather have had the homers. You don’t draft a guy in the first round so he can hit 25 HRs, drive in 85, and steal 25 bases.

  39. SamYo says:
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    Someone offered this trade proposal in a 12 team Yahoo roto league, Aaron Hill for Uggla, I’m getting Hill, is this trade fair ?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SamYo: It’s fair. I’d prefer Hill.

  41. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    Would you trade Alex Rios (and Luke Scott, J.A. Happ, and Randy Wells) for BJ Upton? Last two years Rios has the edge in R, HR, RBI, AVG, and OPS and they’re both not lighting it up this year thus far. I could use the boost in SBs but should I look somewhere else? H2H mixed, 10 team, 14 offensive starters. Thanks.

  42. royce! says:
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    Just when I got excited that things for my RCL team (who have batted 2 for 26 today) would turn around because I picked up Howell this morning, Hanrahan goes and rains on my parade. On the bright side, I’m already so far down in the rankings that it’s only cost me half a point! Blue skies smilin at me!

  43. nick m. says:
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    should i drop nick johnson to pick up howell? a.gonz is my 1b and i scooped up johnson amid the trade rumors hoping he went somewhere more potent but i need the saves with only frank frank on my staff. i’m hesitant to pull the trigger given that it is my last move available for the week and this situation could change on a dime…

  44. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    @Grey: Hmm, any ideas? This girl has BJ Upton, Carl Crawford, Brian Roberts, Jacoby Ellsbury, Grady Sizemore, Vernon Wells, Rafael Furcal so a ton of speed. I thought getting Upton for Rios would be a bargain but looking at the stats, doesn’t look so much like it. Carl, Grady, and Jacoby seem to be overvalued by her, any other recommended targets?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spaceman.Spiff: McCutchen? Burriss? Bonifacio? Some cheap speed is where I’d look.

  46. Doc says:
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    Kennedy or Burriss?

  47. Doc says:
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    Jose Reyes has a tear in his right hamstring tendon.

  48. EricB says:
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    Anyone care to rank these outfielders?

    McCutchen, Reimold, Cuddyer, Bradley, Dukes.

  49. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Howell the closer?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Burriss

    @Doc: Ugh… Are you serious? I thought I heard he was coming back next week.

    @EricB: Dukes, Bradley, Reimold, McCutchen…

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Could be. Worth picking up.

  51. Doc says:
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    @Grey: David Lennon a writer for Newsday tweeted: Jose Reyes has a small tear in his right hamstring, a new injury. No timetable from the Mets, but this could be a while.

  52. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Spaceman.Spiff: Say hi to Calvin and Hobbes for me.

  53. paulzone says:
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    drop ervin santana to activate smoltz?

    my staff is haren, bills, beckett, weaver, garza, ervin, smoltz (dl)
    rps (3 rp spots): franklin, qualls, arrendando (hlds league)

    or drop an undroppable batter: chipper, victorino

  54. big o says:
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    wandy …. evening up those home/road splits .

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: i met him in the bar last night

  56. Adam says:
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    Thin at MI after Reyes and Asdrubal both went down…Guy with Zobrist has depth at MI and needs saves, my closers are Broxton/Qualls/Downs/Bailey/Howell?…Who would you offer? He also has Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, Yunel Escobar and Howie Kendrick at the MI spots, if you think one of them would make for a better target

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    steve,,what i tell you?i put hanraham in instead of street because of the double header,i didnt get a double header,i got screwed,

  58. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Holy crap….Atkins with 2 long flies tonight, and he’s not even at Coors. After harassing Grey for a month about whether I should drop him, and finally getting Grey to recommend a drop, I ignored the advice and got 2 HR’s for it.

    Almost makes me feel better about Reyes’ injury news.

  59. So Wandy finally had a bad start.

  60. JR says:
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    @Grey: Atkins is on waivers in my league. Would you drop Pierre for him, or am I overthinking this? Merci beaucoup!

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @JR: atkins 2 hr`s tonight,,i want them both

  62. JR says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, he’d have to pass through another day of waivers, so I’m probably not getting him anyway.

  63. @Freak: that’s like three in a row…this one was just the worst

  64. Gareth says:
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    @anon: That’s the platinum sobrero.

  65. jbatkins says:
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    Hey, if anyone’s still around…in a points league, would you give Johan Santana, Kershaw, and Swisher for Ethier, Josh Beckett, and Alfonso Soriano? I don’t want to give up Santana, but I think I would…

  66. Schlitzy says:
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    I’m in 4th in a 15 team league and need power. Should I offer BJ Upton or Corey Hart for Manny?

  67. Doc says:
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    @Schlitzy: not Upton, maybe Hart

  68. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Met who? Spaceman Spiff?

  69. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: so are we dropping Wheeler for Howell, or are we hanging tight? I just know if I drop Wheeler he will get the next save. I would think that Howell being a lefty works against him being the long-term solution to the closer problem in TB, no?. I mean, what are the odds that Choate somehow succeeds in becoming the situational lefty out of the pen?

  70. Mr Baseball says:
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    I traded Gordon Beckham for Chad Billingsley

    here is the league message board on the trade ! Not sure its going to make it – 20 team keeper league

    You’re trading Chad Billingsley for a AAA guy who just got called up to the majors for the first time??? Hey whatever. I’ll be interested to see how this turns out. You are falling way to hard for hype when you trade that much (young) substance.

    I’m not voting against the trade because it is a Dynasty league, but I think you are jumping the gun way to fast on a Brittish soccer fag turned middle infielder.

    Come on, this is a joke right….

    Team I traded with on message board speaks next
    You seen my pitching? They are going to play this guy at 3B and I really need a 3B long term. Blalock is good for this year, but I suspect that he won’t have 3B eligibility next year. I’m buying that this guy is going to rake, as he has raked all the way through the minors in 1 season. I have seen guys like this. I can’t recall the guys name, but the Braves brought a guy up straight out of college in the late 1970′s and he never played a game in the minors at 3B. I think this guy is going to be like that. I also think Billingsley is going to be my #3 starter in 2 years if I held onto him. I might be still looking for a 3B 2 years from now. I will bet Beckham is a top 5 position player by then.

    You’re betting that a 22 year old kid who has never seen major league level pitching is going to be a TOP 5 POSITION PLAYER IN A COUPLE YEARS? This assertion is based on his 1st round draft status and minor league hitting stats?

    HAA! You have lost your marbles to make a statement like that. Maybe you’ll get lucky and he’ll be Ryan Braun Jr. but there is nothing in his history (because it’s too short!) to say that will be the case.

    Barry, you are our leagues Queen of Hype. Wear your crown high at the ball.

  71. big o says:
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    @Schlitzy:
    not sure you could get manny for BOTH those guys .

  72. big o says:
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    definately not from me

  73. p0rk burn says:
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    @Mr Baseball: Hah, I can’t blame people for getting their cheese steamed at that trade, but I think its more envy than anything else. I’d love to score Bills in a trade like that. If it goes through, more power to you. If it doesn’t, try to find a free-market fantasy league; they are great until the derivative market collapses on you.

  74. jbatkins says:
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    Would y’all give J. Santana & Swisher for D. Wright & Markakis (10-tm, non-keeper pts league)?

  75. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @jbatkins: If you’re getting Wright and Markakis, then yes, yes, and yes.

    Also: Yes.

    Do that trade. If you’re still reading this and haven’t yet done that trade, go do it. Now.

  76. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Just made an offer to Roob for Wright, trump me, go ahead, try……

  77. jbatkins says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thank you, Mr. Vulturewins. Or, is it Mr. Von Vulturewins?

  78. G-RAM says:
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    Which side of this do you guys prefer:

    Peavy, Reyes, Damon, and Andrus for Hanley, Burnett, and Crawford?

    12 team mixed league, 6×6 (BB count against pitchers, SLG% for hitters).

  79. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    dropp liriano for randy well? I mean I am scared to start him in Seattle.

  80. jbatkins says:
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    @G-RAM: Given the frustration I know we Reyes owners are experiencing (and not knowing where Peavy may end up), I think the Hanley/Crawford/Burnett side’s a no-brainer.

  81. JR says:
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    I know it’s been said before and I know that it’s Cole Hamels on the mound, but it’s the sixth inning and Matt Kemp has made one plate appearance.

  82. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: It’s a minor tear, Reyes will be off his feet for 2 days, then resume hitting. According to the post-it note on Yahoo.

  83. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: Liriano now droppable, :( so sad

  84. Dim says:
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    J. _______

    Bruce or Upton?

  85. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: they said that 2 weeks ago.roob traded me wright for hamilton and aramis

  86. jbatkins says:
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    @Dim: Come on, it’s Upton, right?

  87. Elbert says:
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    just woke up to the news of Miggy going down w/ hammy hurt, now i’m ready to bump my head against the wall.

    oh wait, Longo & Miggy & Ol’ Sheff all hurtin’ w/ leggy stuffs, now i’m sending my female message specialist to work them out.

  88. Greg says:
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    Nolasco is coming back Sunday… drop Reimold or Beltre?

  89. Colin says:
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    I heart Chris Carpenter.

    Lost patience with Hanrahan tonight. 3 runs to THAT team in 0 IP…uh uh, no way not on my team. Finally dropped his sorry ass for Sampson….at least I’ll get holds and the odd save from him. Ruined Carp’s beautiful outing. God I hate that.

  90. BigFatHippo says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: For real? Don’t see it accepted, if so, good trade for Roob.

    His team sux anyway. Might as well take all the DL guys, hey maybe I can trade him Sizemore for Johan…………..

  91. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Ah… That’s not terrible, but not great.

    @Dim: Bruce

    @Greg: Reimold

    EDIT: Word.

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: roob wont trade me shizz,,cant beat his sp but he cant win with that team

  93. Greg says:
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    @Grey: You are non-stop man!

  94. Drev says:
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    Harang over Wolf, correct?

  95. grey….how about Swineball? How is your database for fantasy football?

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BigFatHippo: you want fat albert?there you go. cruz wont keep it up plus the k difference will help you,,

  97. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    or counter,,i have doodes on the dl that can help out

  98. Hamels looking real sharp.

  99. while miggy is hurt do I try to buy with adam jones, c-bills and votto…I have prince at 1B, a solid outfield and servicable pitching behind bills(shields/oswalt/danks/hanson/smoltz/kelvim and can pick up nolasco) my 3B is hurtin

  100. Grey

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    @danimal35: I don’t understand your question.

  101. should i offer jones/billingsley and votto for miggy cabrera for my 3B spot or is that too much…everyday I look at felipe lopez at 3B and i fall asleep…i think I have sufficient depth in the outfield and pitching to lose those guys and votto would fill in the other team’s 1B when/if he comes back and he has zimmerman in his 3B spot…i don’t think he would take anything less than that trio

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: who,what,when

  103. Gareth says:
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    On Reyes, I would be stunned if his injury is as mild as Yahoo via BigFatHippo suggests.

    A hammy tear, as opposed to strain, is a three-week injury. Mets have said he will sit for two days, but that’s just what they are going to do until the “re-assess” him.

    Mets make me furious with injuries like this, their conditioning/sports medicine people got their qualifications out a Wheaties box. Am certain that the hammy tear has been aggravated because Reyes did not rest the tendinitis in the calf properly. Had they DLed him in the first place and not tried to get him back into the line-up ASAP he would probably have recovered and been back on the diamond a week ago. (And who the hell ever heard of tendinitis in the freakin’ calf anyway? Tendinitis is a repetitive-use injury you get in shoulder or achilles – ie. where there’s a tendon – HINT! it’s in the name! The calf is a muscle for chrissakes!)

    Reyes is a high-intensity guy who is going to go at 100 per cent once he crosses the line. This is not ideal when he is 75 per cent healthy.

    Shoulda just told him, Jose, don’t do anything (other than freakin’ rehab, icing, stretching and strengthening) for two weeks, then we will build you up again. Instead, they try and eke out starts here and starts there, all the while forcing Jerry Manuel to play shorthanded, and now he’s hurt again anyway.

    Rant!!!!

  104. Grey

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    @Gareth: That’s an awesome rant.

  105. Gareth says:
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    @Grey: Have done my share of hammies playing this crazy Australian game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-PFRrJQtew Not at that level, obviously, but I know a bit about them. Three weeks, I’m telling you!

  106. TheGreatVeto says:
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    Yo Grey, i need to pick up a 5th outfielder… Laynce Nix or Matt Joyce?

  107. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @BigFatHippo: Thank you.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks kindly.

    @jbatkins: (In Sidney Poitier’s voice) They call me MISTER Von Vulturewins!

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