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I hate early drafts.  There’s absolutely no skill involved in drafting on March 3rd and avoiding Ian Desmond due to a broken hand that hasn’t happened yet.  It’s like not getting on a subway car and you end up marrying a Cougar vs. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and you keep forgetting your Apple ID so you can’t download a song you really want to hear vs. getting free iPhones hand-delivered by Bono.  Admittedly, I never saw the movie, Sliding Doors, but I picture the plot being something like that.  I want to marry Chris Martin and get iBonos!  Man, this effin’ sucks.  Looks like I’m going to have to battle just a wee bit harder in Yahoo’s Friends & Family draft where I took Desmond.  *cries uncontrollably*  But I don’t want to battle harder!  The tears running down my face have fallen onto my desk and are spelling out, “Why can’t you have anything mice?”  Mice?  What the hell are you talking about tears?  I’ve updated my top 20 overall, top 100 and my top 60 outfielders.   The Fantasy Baseball War Room is updated, and, since Mark Reynolds will be the Rockies’ 1st baseman, I’ve updated the top 20 1st basemen.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before getting into the post, just wanted to announce JB’s doing a March Madness tourney.  Click it and join and win and have fun and–I’m out of breath, so I’m gonna stop there.  Anyway II, the roundup:

Jason Kipnis – Will miss Opening Day with a rotator cuff injury.  Terry Francona said, “Kipnis is getting better and nothing went haywire.”  Is it me or do managers talk like they’re in the 1940’s?  “All these newfangled buttons on the iPhone!  Just give me a clubhouse phone and Andrew Miller and I’ll be a-okay.  Unless I’m facing dem newfangled Dominican players.  Consarnit!  That Nelson Cruz jumping-jack-frass’d that ball to kingdom come!  Now, someone get me my Pall Malls!”  That’s Jim Leyland after the U.S.-Dominican game this past weekend.  Now Nelson Cruz could live in the Sandals’ Punta Cana resort for the rest of his life without paying any resort fee.  I’m talking free bags of plantain chips!  Any hoo!  I lowered Kipnis in my top 20 2nd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball and my top 100 for 2017 fantasy baseball, my top 500 (clickbait, snitches!) and I’d be wary about drafting him.

Devon Travis – Dealing with issues from his arthroscopic surgery on his knee.  A’la Henny Youngman, Travis said, “I want to take a knee…just not the one I have.”  I haven’t moved Travis in my rankings, but this news obviously doesn’t instill me with a ton of confidence.

Anthony DeSclafani – Feeling renewed soreness in his elbow which is the precursor for, “Would you like me to bring the catsup?  What?  Yes, I used to play major league baseball.  Oh, crap, is that you Zack Cozart?”  I’ve updated my top 100 starters and pitchers’ pairing draft tool.

Michael Conforto –  Bonus content!  I wrote a Conforto sleeper post back in December, but then Conforto seemed headed to the minors to start this year, so I never posted it.  Now it appears like he will break camp with the club, so here’s what I had written, “Stop being so hard on your players, Mets fans.  So, Michael Conforto hit .100 for, like, three months.  You can’t blame him for that.  It’s the Curse of the Mets Can’t Have Anything Nice.  Until there’s a 30-for-30 about the Curse of the Mets Can’t Have Anything Nice, you won’t believe me, I know.  It’s real though.  In 1987, Lenny Dykstra was on a three-day bender, he DUI’d into three trees in three days.  On the third bender, as he stumbled away from his one-day-old Mercedes, he unknowingly walked under a ladder where two construction walkers were discussing the supernatural occult movie, Angel Heart.  Seismically nothing more needed to happen, they were cursed.  Or maybe you can blame Conforto since he’s total garbage vs. lefties.  How’s ever, Grandy, Asdrubal, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Jay Bruce, d’Arnaud and Neil Walker.  How’s that sound?  Like a solid 2010 team?  Does Conforto have a chance to crack that top seven?  If he can’t, he doesn’t deserve to be in the major leagues, which, if recent memory serves, he didn’t last year.  Okay, onto positives.  If he qualified last year, he would’ve had the 14th best Hard Contact rate about the same as Kris Bryant.  For those not in the know, it’s hard to find a weak sista in the Hard Contact Rate top 15.  Some hit everything hard or hit nothing, such as Chris Carter.  If Conforto gets back to his solid plate discipline he displayed prior to last year, all or nothing shouldn’t be an issue for Conforto.  He’s more of a .270 hitter than the .220 he hit last year.  The splits do have me a bit worried, but if he sits vs. 100% of tough lefties and faces another 50% of weak lefties, I’d take the 75 AB deduction assuming it leaves him with a bump in average.  To double back to Hard Contact, he’d have the lowest BABIP aside from Bautista and Carter in the top 15, and only fourth lowest in the top 40.  Pure logic tells us if you hit the ball hard, you should not have a low BABIP.  A higher BABIP and he doesn’t hit .220 again.  Conforto also had the lowest line drive rate in that top 15, tied with Bautista.  Somewhere along the line, Conforto’s main objective, to pound line drives back up the middle, got away from him.  He’s young, shizz J.A. Happens.  Can’t write off Conforto because of one lousy slump.  Or Can’tforto, if you like.  By May, Conforto could be the Mets’ three-hole hitter.”  And that’s me quoting me that you never read before!  I still don’t see the everyday at-bats, but he should be ranked and projected in my top 500.  For 2017, I’ll gave him the projections of 51/18/58/.261/3 in 412 ABs and added him in my top 100 outfielders.

Angel Pagan – Failed a physical with the Orioles.  Pee-can, pee-con, pa-gan, pa-gon let’s call his whole career off!

Pedro Alvarez – Signed a deal with the Orioles.  Just about the worst place for Alvarez.  One thing the Orioles don’t need is another station-to-station, three-run homer guy.  Somewhere, The Ghost of Earl Weaver is smiling, though that might be because an umpire ghost just stepped in front of a ghost bus.  I haven’t moved Alvarez in my top 5 DHs but that’s because they’re all kinda garbage from Alvarez down.

Chris Tillman – Had his ‘pen scratched.  Sounds like a stationary problem.  I already dropped Tillman into the top 80 starters where I won’t be drafting.

David Price – Threw in a cage and has full range of motion in his elbow, i.e., he’s still not someone I’d draft but he can now start the wave.

Trevor May – Diagnosed with a torn UCL.  Will be headed for Tommy John surgery or Garrett Richards Stem Cell Science Is My Friend Injectionery.  That last one needs a pithier name.

Scott Kazmir – Won’t pitch in a game for a week.  His mechanics are a mess, he’s injured and he’s behind schedule.  In other words, everything’s per usual for Kazmir.

Corey Seager – Suddenly no one knows when Seager’s going to return, and it’s not a back injury but an oblique injury.  Damn, I really wish I wrote a schmohawk post on Seager, he really feels headed that way, and I am not drafting him unless he falls.

Salvador Perez – Inflammation on his knee after Drew Butera steamrolled him at the plate.  It was like the immovable object meeting the barely running object that is fat AF.  Perez should return in a week, and I haven’t moved him, but wouldn’t draft him anyway.

Max Scherzer – Might miss Opening Day as he works his way back from a stress fracture of his ring finger.  Funny, I get stressed by just looking at my ring finger.  Scherzer and I are so simpatico.  In order to return, Scherzer needed to modify his fastball using now a three-fingered grip.  “I never had problems throwing a fastball, though Paper, Rock, Scissors was a challenge.”  That’s Three-Finger Brown.  I haven’t adjusted Scherzer’s rankings, but I was already much lower on him and never planned on drafting him.

Zack Greinke – Showing diminished velocity, topping out at 89 MPH on his fastball.  He said, “It is what it is.  It’s still early and it’s not like some crazy, crazy thing.  But it’s not ideal, either.”  Oddly enough, he threw a fastball before he started talking and finished his thought before the ball reached home plate.  I’m not moving Greinke down in my rankings, but he’s headed for a worse year than last year and last year he had a 4.37 ERA.

Socrates Brito – Underwent surgery on his dislocated finger.  Socrates can’t locate his finger because all he wears are togas and they have no pockets.  “Where’d I put that thing down?!”

 
  1. Zeus says:
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    Lenny Dykstra is money on Stern

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Zeus:
      How’s the slot?

      • Zeus says:
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        @FrankGrimes: 90 degrees Grimey

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Zeus:
          I’m getting blood flow

          • Zeus says:
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            @FrankGrimes: Robin would get the greatest pleasure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Someone needs to get him on the podcast!

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: If i can get him, I demand a job as a “heel” writer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, since JFOH disappeared, you got it

          • Zeus says:
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            @Grey: So let it be written, so let it be done.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  2. Wilson says:
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    I was planning to keep Desmond, lucky me, we have not drafted yet.

    Current situation, 10-team, 5×5 OBP league, keep 6
    My keepers : Rizzo, Machado, Lindor, Blackmon, Springer
    Pick the last keeper in below list
    JD , Arrieta , Beltre, Pujols, Lester

    Thoughts appreciated.thanks

  3. Scott says:
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    I own Gordon as a reserve OF. Late pick to see if he rebounds a bit. Not expecting him to be an an all star but 20 HR and 10 sb wouldn’t be too much of a reach. Would you cut Gordon and add conforto? Gordon at least will play until he gets hurt or I will cut him if he can’t hit . We use obp instead of avg. Conforto has upside. Gordon I guess has a little too if last year was his floor. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Who? Alex Gordon?

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great fantasy write-up!

    a. Loved the unwritten Conforto Sleeper post. Reminds that Kafka instructed his best friend – Max Brod – to destroy all of his finished and unfinished manuscripts as part of his last will and testament. Thankfully for the rest of humanity, his friend did not follow through and we can enjoy his manuscripts like we enjoy your unwritten Conforto Sleeper post. Right?

    b. Took your advice this year and didn’t do any early drafts like I’d had in all my years of fantasy. The idea behind my lunacy was to get a leg up on my opponents but I see that ‘having a leg up’ is only useful for male dogs in a land full of fire hydrants!

    c. Still in Don Ameche but this Don Ameche has really surprised me this time with its abundance of Internet connection! Not only that, there was water in the shower head when I went to take a shower!!! The little things in life bring us the most joy!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Exactly! B. Yup C. You’re living the life!

      • ante galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks man.

        Sitting next to #2 VIP in UNHCR Chad and #3 is speaking.

        No connection tomorrow. Will be in touch on Wednesday.

        Love ya.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Be safe!

  5. Foul balls says:
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    Definitely disappointing news about Desmond, the injury bug is wretched. Mr Grey I need your voice of reason, every fantasy season I receive numerous visits from the ghost of Ms. Cleo. The self appointed prognosticator of the future, likes to seduce me whispering naughty delirious proposals. On this particular visit the ghost of Ms Cleo cunningly snuggled herself and deposited her latest sentiments. Avi…..Avisail…..Avisail Garcia… Avisail Garcia sleeper of the year. I apologize if you have spewed your morning coffee, I’m out of rolled up under the bed socks to clean the mess. Besides the obvious reason that little miggy has never lived up to his expectations since arriving on the scene, why do I torture myself searching the catacombs of endless players lists entertaining such thoughts? (won’t admit about Puig+Pablo) #Mscleoshunchesrarelyworkout #playerswithsomethingtoprove

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Foul balls: You know I always like Avisail… He is only 25 years old

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Avisail is a sleeper… just ask Prince Fielder.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Bummer about Desmond. Luckily I somehow avoided drafting him yesterday afternoon before that news came out. YESH (pure luck).

    Anyway, speaking of drafts, how do you like my team in this 12-team, H2H categories (OBP + OPS replace AVG) league? It’s been redraft, but this year we’re going keepers from now on. Also, only 23-man rosters so there’s a good amount of quality waiver guys (particularly boring pitchers and all future closers).

    C – McCann (blurg-autodraft last $1 pick, Murphy, Wieters, and Castillo are available)
    1B – Au Shizz ($46 . . . Trout went for $65!)
    2B – Villar ($27)
    SS – Story ($22)
    3B – Lamb ($2)
    OF – Harper ($47)
    OF – Blackmon ($33)
    OF – Pederson ($1 – love this keeper value)
    UTL – Broxton ($1)
    Bench for DL-ing: David Dahl ($4)
    NA: Moncada

    All-upside staff:
    Maeda ($12)
    Hill ($8)
    McCullers ($3)
    Nola ($2)
    Walker ($1)
    Paxton ($4)
    Velasquez ($2)
    Shoemaker ($1)
    Urias ($2)

    CLOSERS: Allen ($7) and Giles ($10)

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: my whole team in general feels upsidey, and I overpaid a bit for Bryce (but really like him in obp ops formats in particular), but otherwise pretty happy! Feel like my biggest issue is that I may need to find some power or innings on the wire…

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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: also wondering if I should trade Blackmon and his steals for another power source (or something like the pair of a cheap Springer and $10 Chris Davis)

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: sorry that $33 blackmon trade would be for $16 springer and $12 Chris’

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: do you really think you could get Davis and Springer ($28) for a $33 Blackmon?

            I would laugh at you if you offered that to me, though it is the sort of trade I would offer to someone.

            • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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              @Curious George Springer: only because the owner of both autodrafted so he’s dying for some “big name” and loves Blackmon. Otherwise yeah no way.

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah, effin sucks, still pissed off… I like the hitting and pitching, if I had to quibble, you look a little low on power, I’d be more than happy though

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Very pumped about the fun staff and like the early potential super cheap keepers of Joc, Keon, Lamb (plus Moncada). Maybe I’ll wait to see how Joc Lamb and Keon look on the power front then think about trading Blackmon. Would rather have too much speed in this format rather than not enough.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  7. toneDEAF! says:
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    I know you ranked Moreland just above Tommy Jo. So it appears Moreland might platoon but To-Jo will be playing everyday? I have Moreland at my UTIL now. Make the switch or stand pat? 12-team h2h points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @toneDEAF!: Sure, you can switch them, I don’t see who Moreland is platooning with and Moreland has a much better team

  8. Rabbit says:
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    Keepers were due in my money league this past Friday and I was all excited because I got to keep Ian Desmond at $2. Dammit. What the Hell are pitchers doing pitching inside during Spring Training anyway?

  9. MarvPesos

    Josh says:
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    Grey,

    thanks to you and your team for getting me in shape for the 2017 season.

    Having a hard time selecting my 12 keepers and wondering if you could comment:

    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12 of 24), we’re quite competitive (8th year of the league)
    Bat stats(9): R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, OPS. XBH
    PIT stats (8): W, CG, SV, K, GIDP, ERA, WHIP, QS
    Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, LF, CF, RF, Util, 3xSP, 2xRP, 2xP, 6xBN, 3xDL

    Guys on my team (keeping):
    Arenado (3B)
    Goldy (1B),
    Blackmon (CF),
    MadBum (SP),
    Sale (SP),
    Braun (LF),
    Arrieta (SP),
    Dozier (2B),
    K Seager (3B),
    J. Villar (2B, 3B, SS),

    … and I need to pick (2) from the following:
    McCutchen (CF), Trumbo(RF), Carrasco(SP), Bregman (3B, MI), Tanaka (SP), Salazar (SP), Britton (RP)

    I’m currently leaning towards Bregman and Carrasco (My league is pitcher heavy and with my picks – missing the first 2 rounds as I traded picks, everyone I give up I won’t get back)

    I like Bregman’s upside and his positioning (and would hate to give him up), I love Carrasco and although some have raised question marks his high strikeout upside helps tremendously. My real worry is giving up McCutchen (I feel like he owes me for last year). Do I maybe not keep K Seager for Bregman ? Nobody in the league (at least the guys that make the playoffs) keep any RP’s so I also don’t typically keep any and focus on them later in the draft.

    I appreciate any comments you have on who to select and any comments you have on the guys I’m 100% keeping (team as a whole going into the draft)

    Thanks again,

    Josh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: It’s down to Trumbo, Carrasco, Bregman… If you wanna lean Carrasco, Bregman I wouldn’t fight it

  10. C says:
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    Grey –

    Have enjoyed all your pre-season write ups; thanks for the excellent work. Had my first draft yesterday – 6×6 (R, TB, NSB, RBI, HR, OBP / K, NSV, H, ERA, WHIP, QS) 12- team Yahoo yesterday.

    Please let me know what you think:

    C – B. Posey
    1B – F. Freeman
    2B – R. Odor
    3B – A. Rendon
    SS – B. Miller
    RF – M. Betts
    CF – J. Pederson
    LF – G. Polanco
    Util – T. Anderson
    Util – E. Inciarte
    Bench – L. Martin

    SP – D. Duffy
    SP – K. Maeda
    SP – J. Gray
    SP – M. Pineda
    SP – T. Walker
    RP – A. Miller
    RP – D. Betances
    RP – F. Rivero
    P – K. Giles
    P – S. Dyson
    Bench – D. Smyly
    Bench – J. Ross
    Bench – K. Siegrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: Thanks! I was gonna say low on AVG, but looks like that doesn’t matter, but you might be low on TB… Your pitching looks upside heavy, but I do like those SPs a lot

  11. Justin says:
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    Does the hand injury change his keeper status? 12 team ops and was are extra cats. We play one extra infield slot. 7 keepers. Could replace him with Schoop sano or Salazar.

    Current keepers
    BRYANT Russel Khris Davis Lamb Cargo(col) Desmond and Quintana

  12. Gouriell had too many o's says:
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    Conjugate Pagan = TEEHEE

  13. The Fridge says:
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    Grey – would like to get your thoughts on my 13-man OBP auction draft held this weekend:

    C Susac 1
    C CAMERON RUPP 1
    1B Goldy 52
    2B Schoop 4
    3B Sano 17
    SS Lindor 16
    MI Tim Anderson 2
    CI Carlos Santana 25
    OF Betts 30
    OF Marte 29
    OF Benintendi 1 (kept as minor leaguer)
    OF David Peralta 1
    OF dyson 1
    U Moreland 1
    P Darvish 30
    P Pineda 5
    P Gerritt Cole 14
    P John Lackey 9
    P SKAGGS 2
    P Kimbrel 11
    P Familia 6
    P Ivan Nova 1
    P Bearclaw 1

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @The Fridge: you will need to stream a ton of innings for your pitching to be competitive.

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Curious George Springer: We play 9 pitchers with no bench so not sure that’s the case if each of the starters reach 190-200 IP. Typically most play with 6 SP and 3 RP.

          • The Fridge says:
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            @Grey: I have Nova as my 6th but guess he’s no lock to stay healthy.

            • Grey

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              He’s decent, honestly, he was buried in your RP section and didn’t see him, my bad

    • Grey

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      @The Fridge: Agree with Curious, you’re low on SPs… Hitting looks a little low on power too

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: I have Nova as my 6th but guess he’s no lock to stay healthy.@Grey: Thanks – A few interesting names went undrafted that could add some pop….who do you like out of Bour, Cron, Beltran, Plouffe, Renfroe, Judge, Gyorko?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Renfroe

  14. Pager24 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for all the great content everyday! Had my draft last night. Luckily the Desmond news came out 2 picks before I was planning on taking him! This was not the team I had in mind going in- but overall I don’t mind it. I liked the first half of the draft but the second half was a bit of a mess with most of my targets getting sniped. Anyways, what do you think of this Team? Definitely light on saves and steals – but hoping to SAGNOF that from the wire

    12 Team 5×5 3 OF – drafted out of the 11 spot

    C – Russel Martin
    1B – Jose Abreu
    2B – Odor
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Correa
    OF – Harper, JBJ, Benintendi
    UTIL – Story, Hanley
    P – Maeda, Duffy, Salazar, McCullers, Lackey, Gray, Pineda, Taijuan Walker
    RP – Bedrosian, Kintzler
    BN – Grichuck, Rajai Davis, Kepler

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Pager24: I like the team, your hitting and pitching look great, would be more than happy w/ this team

  15. Nick says:
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    Grey,

    keep or not Desmond and DL him?

    if i decide not to keep him, who should be the replacement?
    13 keepers : +1 to choose
    1B Goldy
    2B Alty
    SS Trea
    OF1 Springer
    OF2 Myers
    OF3 Trumbo
    Util1 Encarnacion

    SP1 Archer
    SP2 Salazar
    SP3 Hill
    SP4 Taillon
    RP1 KJansen
    RP2 Oh

    pick 1 more between:
    3B Carpenter /3B Lamb / C Contreras / Util2 KDavis / Bautista
    RP CAllen / Dyson

    i may go for Lamb, and pick Contreras at draft or the reverse?!

    Nick

    • Grey

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      @Nick: Lamb works for me

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Which injured COL bat would you target in keeper leagues, Dahl or Desmond?

    Also, what’s the most you’d pay for each of them in keepers?

    Thanks!

  17. Charlie Chapman says:
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    Was going to keep Desmond in the 10th, unfortunately no great alternatives.

    10 team H2H, get two keepers. My first is Odor (9)

    Which one from below? I pick 10th in the first round, so am leaning Rizzo. Not crazy about keeping a pitcher with the weekly H2H format.

    Rizzo(1)
    Donaldson(1)
    Dahl (10)
    Desmond (10)
    Ozuna (10)
    Salazar (8)
    Quintana (10)
    Fulmer (10)
    Rich Hill (10)

    Thanks!

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      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: you always have a place to stay here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, jack!

  19. The Grand Poppy says:
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    Current squad in a 10 team standard roto keeper league is:

    C – ?
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Odor
    SS- Anderson
    3B – Machado
    MI – Castro
    CI – Santana
    LF – Polanco
    CF – Trout
    RF – JD
    OF – Trumbo
    U – Inciarte
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – C-Mart
    SP – McCullers
    SP – Pineda
    RP – Osuna
    RP – Colome
    RP – Kelley

    Bench: Dahl, Moncada

    Pick 207, Bedrosian and Margot are on the board. Would be great to get them both between 207 and 214, but who should I take at 207?

    • The Grand Poppy says:
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      @The Grand Poppy: Gray is also available, so your rankings say it’s an easy choice, but not sure if roster construction changes that …

  20. NatsFan says:
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    NFBC slow draft took Desmond in the 3rd and Tillman and Kazmir were my #7 and #8 SPs for depth. Lowercase Yay! Lets draft on Xmas next year.

  21. peacecoast says:
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    Gman, I wonder what you think of Rosenthal’s potential for lots of relief innings and holds this year? Kinda like a Miller lite?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: here is my SP staff in my 12T mixed roto:
        Salazar, Cole, Mccullers, Paxton, Odorizzi, Ross Joe, Smyly, Norris

        What you think Lothario?

        • Grey

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          You know I love all of those guys

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: I want to be anointed:
            Peacecoast, lead Greysciple..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m rubbing oil on your head right now

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: when he’s not hurt (like last year starting on around may 10th) he’s not that bad. except that one year where he had the most saves ever in MLB history with that bad of a BB rate. but the year after that one he was quite good. i’m not claiming he’s in miller land here (unless when STL goes to JB land for road trips)

  22. ichirosan says:
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    So, had my first RCL draft of the season. I had actually forgotten about this draft, so I entered without any preparation or pre-ranks done, so I went in with only the War Room at hand. How do you think I did?

    C – Yasmani Grandal
    1B – Anthony Rizzo
    2B – Ian Kinsler
    3B – Evan Longoria
    SS – Jean Segura
    CI – Albert Pujols
    MI – Jonathan Schoop
    OF – Starling Marte
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Jackie Bradley
    OF – Ender Inciarte
    OF – Leonys Martin
    UT – Mitch Moreland

    SP – Chris Archer
    SP – Kyle Hendricks
    SP – Kevin Gausman
    SP – Joe Ross
    SP – Michael Fulmer
    SP – Matt Shoemaker
    RP – David Robertson
    RP – Sam Dyson
    RP – Brandon Kintzler

    BN – Glen Perkins
    BN – Corey Knebel
    BN – Jeremy Jeffress

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan: You look light on speed and AVG… Your pitching looks solid enough, not a bad team

  23. Cram It says:
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    How’s your NFBC team doing? This is the slowest one I’ve been in yet. 2 rounds a day so far.

    Knoche, what’s yours look like?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: like my first 6 rounds and picks 9-10. Got caught up in a pitcher run and I took Greinke earlier than I wanted to grab a 2nd starter. Offense still looks solid though.

      Harper
      FReeman
      JD
      K Seager
      Hendricks
      Kinsler
      Cody Allen
      Greinke
      Addison Russell
      Keon Broxton ( might have reached here but I really like him if he hits 2nd. Floor would be .240/10/30, with a .270/20/50 ceiling along with 80+ runs)

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I took Kinsler in the 6th too, if that makes you feel any better.

        We’re at the back end of RD 7 and we have better SP’s available than Greinke, or at least better K guys to pair with Hendricks. But it feels like SP is going quicker in yours.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: yeah, probably should have taken Salazar or Quintana, left over Greinke delusions of 2015 grandeur.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Cruising along, in round 13

      Harper
      Odor
      Kluber
      Hanley
      Dee Gordon
      Chris Davis
      Osuna
      Maikel
      Buxton
      Mazara
      Lackey
      Nola

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Gordon – woof.

        Sorry can’t find a Vom yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Greinke’s total vom — C’mon, Knoche!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: I know. I meant on your roster.when one makes pics 15 beers deep on a Saturday night Greinke happens.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Kinsler is solid! Shizz ton of Runs.

        I vomit on your batting average.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My projections vom on my average too, but Buxton’s gonna hit .310 so I’ll be all right, or draft Martin Prado

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I’m looking to get one sexy upsidey OF who could also absolutely torpedo my chances. Just one though!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You need two to give you a real shot of torpedoing your team

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Super upsidey. Could be a fun offense!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My team looks like a 12 team league, it’s so sexy

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I love my batting….pitching leaves just a touch to be desired.

            When you got Franco, Buxton and Mazara when I was looking at them all I was pissed, then it was….oh yeah, his rankings.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m subconsciously aware of my rankings and feelings on players, but I have Rudy’s rankings in front of me while drafting… Of course, I don’t always follow them either — hello love for Keuchel

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just looked at your team, Fuzzy…. Love the hitting, your pitching could be okay too, early to say

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: I’m normally that guy who hates his team as it’s being drafted…I’m okay with this one so far.

                And see, if I would have known I’d comment, I’d much rather my Razz name be Herc’s fake informant in The Wire than Brian Fantana’s testicle.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think for people not in the know, Dr. wounds more legit than Fuzzy

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey:
        Goldy
        Springer
        Stanton
        Verlander
        Rendon
        Kinsler
        Maeda

        Still super early…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That looks solid so far, very conservative/safe… You old fuddy duddy!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Plenty of time to loosen my tie. But yep! Like to start with a predictable base.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I could see you drafting Lackey on that team and people looking at the team and falling asleep — instill some pizzazz!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I’ll zazz it up! #’s first, sexiness second.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Give me zazz hands!

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: speaking of zzzzzz. We havent had a pick made since 6AM Pacific time.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Our draft is actually moving fast, but people in the chat are so pissed off at how slow it’s moving

  24. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Feeling some angst about who to keep with my “young player” spot in my keeper league:

    -Tommy Joseph
    -Edwin Diaz
    -Jameson Tailion
    -Johnathan Gray

    Tailion seems like the best option, but darn if Gray’s upside isn’t tempting. Anyone agree disagree that Tailion is the one to keep?

  25. Synyster says:
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    Great write up! This is why we wait a week (and sometimes thats still to long!) before the season to do our 10 man standard draft.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Synyster:

      My league drafts 24 hours before opening day. Last year, that was the day AJ Pollock broke his elbow. 3 days into the season, Schwarber killed his season too.

      It’s infuriating.

  26. Matt says:
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    Considering a move up in the draft to grab Cabrera or Rizzo. If they’re gone, my next choices are Machado, Donaldson, or Harper. Worst case — all of those guys are gone and I’m looking at Kershaw OR Edwin, Bogaerts, Seager, Cruz, JD, Stanton, Springer. I’ll have 1-2 picks soon after to grab at least one of those bats. I’m not a early pitcher guy, but is this a scenario you may consider Kershaw? Or would you grab a bat (which one?). I’ll already have Trout, Odor, Piscotty, Britton on roster. Thanks!

  27. Kip-nooooo says:
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    Had Kipnis as a keeper locked in like 24 hours before DL news. How much should I worry about trying to draft another second baseman? I’ll at least need someone to cover early in the season. Target someone strong relatively early as a replacement, or just punt down to I dunno, LeMahieu? Harrison? Peraza? and ride it til Kipnis (hopefully) gets healthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kip-nooooo: I’d grab another one, Peraza would be nice

  28. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Trying to orchestrate a trade. I have Thor and am looking to deal him to an owner with Seager and Story

    Is Seager for Thor straight up worth considering the back issue and the likely regression? What if it’s Seager + W. Myers for Thor? Do I hold out for Story for Thor?

    Thanks!

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! He also has Springer (8th round) and Salazar (19th) vs. Myers (20th). Do either of those present a better option than Wil?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Springer ranked above Wil

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: Got it. Thx!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem!

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: I did finally complete that Scherzer and Arcia for Story trade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  29. joe says:
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    almighty one

    NL 8 team 5×5 20 yr league
    8 keepers

    hitters

    reyes 7
    Grandal 9
    Perrezza 4
    Grichuk 3
    Heyward 4

    pitchers
    bumgarner 29
    lester 27
    familia 9
    igelisias 3
    watson 11

    thinking of throwing back watson and lester as i have bum at 29 already and can grab lester at 30.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Lester and Watson back

      • joe says:
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        @Grey:

        also have peralta at 1 drop any of my 8 for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  30. B Harper fan club says:
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    Yo G

    Full mode OBP Dynasty(full roster keepers)

    Was offered K Bryant for B Harper!

    I am not sure if I lost the juice for Harper.

    Who you taking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How could you be his fan club and trade him away?

  31. jon says:
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    I got offered Jose Bautista for Kendrys Morales and Jose De Leon….

    I should decline this right? I feel Morales can come close or eclipse Bautistas offence and have a better AVG. Bats walks a lot though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  32. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Veep, Fargo, and Better Call Saul all in starting in April. Finally have that nice weather just in time to sit on the couch all evening.

    LEFTOVERS final season in April too. Don’t think I can convince you to watch, but I’m ready.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JB was talking up Leftovers too… I actually might binge it so I can watch final season

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Never watched a show where nothing can happen, yet be so nerve-racking at the same time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well don’t ruin it!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I just meant episodes. Even slow ones are tense. I don’t spoil.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, maybe I’ll start tonight

  33. Rusty Trumbo says:
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    Grey, I love your stuff. Keep up the great work.

    A couple questions for you in preparation for my upcoming draft. 14 team 6 x5 (OPS and BA) with maximum of 2 keepers (keepers cost 2x what you paid the year before with 2 year max. in other words you can only own someone for a max of 3 years and you just keeping paying double). Weekly lineup changes not daily.

    I can get Darvish for $14 and Quintana for $8 which I plan to do. (the rest of my team was garbage or overpriced)

    Question 1: Does the fact that my league has both OPS and BA change your rankings in any significant way? Are there certain guys you would specifically target in light of this wrinkle?

    Question 2: If you could take a flyer on a couple players that may only cost $1 or $2, who would you choose? If I keep him on my roster all year, it would only cost me double next year. In other words, who is the next Carlos Correa or Trea Turner? A guy paid $3 for Story last year so this year it only costs him $6. I want a guy or two like that.

    Thanks in advance!

  34. Ryan says:
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    I have the next pick in my 16 team h2h dynasty league. Some players I’m targeting are: Tyler o’neil Francisco mejia and Ronald Acuna. Senzel and moniak were drafted 1and 2. Anyway who do you recommend I draft?

  35. Wil says:
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    Aaron judge is tall

  36. Wil says:
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    Don’t try to argue!

  37. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I’m still walking around shaking from the Desmond news. This has got to tank his season more than likely no? At least the first half. My stomach hurts just thinking about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d expect a decent two months of a six month season

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Is he even right when he comes back? Even the best hitters get sidetracked with those injuries.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Was accounting for that, I assume he’ll be back w/ three months left and only be himself for two months

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: this is what i was wondering yesterday, so 33% useful at bats (and you thus have him from yesterday at getting 40% so 7% bad at bats, or slightly more if he comes back earlier)

  38. sand says:
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    Provided you drafted a top 5 1B option and at least 2 top 10-20ish OF, would you be okay going cheap at SS/2B with something like a Semien/Pedroia type combo? 3B would probably be good/not elite (ie Seager/Beltre/Bregman). 12-team mixed.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  39. Jerry says:
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    12-team mixed 5×5 OBP league. I’ve been on board with drafting a top 1b (Goldy, Rizzo, Mig, Votto) – but starting to think with it being OBP that Chris Davis could be a palatable (and much cheaper) option, and would allow for a stud at either a MI position or 3b.

    Thoughts? Davis isn’t an OBP beast or anything but he’s not a drag like he is in avg.

      • Jerry says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s more a question of how strongly you feel that you need an anchor at 1b.

        Basically would you rather have a top 5 1B and a mediocre 2b/3b, or pony up for a guy like Arenado or Altuve and nab Davis later

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want a top 5 1B

  40. Bob says:
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    I’m in a 16 team 6 player keeper league. As of now my team is :

    Stanton
    Votto
    N Cruz
    Moncada
    Archer
    Carlos carrasco

    I love Stanton about as much as I know you do but my patience has been wearing thin for him over the years, always thinking THIS is the year he puts it all together. Anyways I got an offer for Stanton today which would make my team look like this instead.

    Votto
    Moncada
    Cruz
    Hosmer
    Trumbo
    Bregman

    Should I accept the deal? It’s tough. I feel like the second I accept Stanton will smash 50 homers finally.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  41. Raider says:
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    RCL hosted by Jef with 1 F drafts tonight at 9pm EST and we need 2 more spots filled!
    League name is “Jobu needs a Refill”
    Password is Razzy

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Grey: You in it? :)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I should! I can pick a few random teams… Is Gonzaga still a thing?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Grey: Gonzaga has their best team possibly ever.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wow, had no idea… Go n’ zaga!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Also like Gonzaga on my Waldorf salad

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Grey:
          Zags are a #1 seed…I think they are good enough to get to the final four..

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wow, I always thought they were Cinderella darlings

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @Grey:
              They used to be Cinderella, but this year they were 31-1, best record in the country..they started off 28-0, until BYU beat them in their last regular season game..

  42. Don Julio says:
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    Have a Lil keeper dilemma for ya…

    12 team roto, 21 round draft, 3 keeper max. Currently have corey seager (19th round), dahl (last round), lemahieu (17th round).
    Do you think it’s worth trading for bregman to replace one of these guys? If so, which one? Bregman would be a last round keeper. Owner is maxed out on keepers and is trying to trade him off. Worked him down and he’s currently asking for a 9th round pick. Think I may be able to squeeze him a Lil more and get it down to an 11th or 12th.
    Thoughts?
    Thanks G. Great work as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, DJ

  43. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    It pains me to say this, but is Benintendi the most over-drafted player at the moment? He’s gone 86,87,96, and 116 in my RCLs, and went at 73 in last night’s RCL!

    The only place I own him is at 116. I have trouble pulling the trigger on him before pick 90.

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Look at what you’ve done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m guessing it helps hype him up and make him get drafted higher when your league names are “Benintendi is the best player ever”

      I’d draft him around 90 overall… He went 100 overall in my NFBC

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Yeah even the mid-80’s aren’t so bad. Funny thing is he went 73 in a non-Benintendi is the best player ever League.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Every league you’re in is a Benintendi is best player ever league, you bring that with you

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: **Moves Benintendi into the #2 overall position in Perty Perts draft ranks**

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              *gerryrigs draft so Ralph drafts Benintendi 2nd*

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Look what you’ve done!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        I had him locked in at #89 in our draft when Phil B. sniped me hard. That cut me deep

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @MattTruss: Yeah he was top of my queue on that pick.

  44. ERad says:
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    So with the amount of Coug action on Big Little Lies – that’s gotta be your new favorite show right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m like a smitten kitten watching Reese, is she the sexiest thing ever?

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Crossing my fingers for her impending sex scene

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Reese Witherspoon, there I said it

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: She’s so hot, I was never into Reese at all before this, but my god. That first episode when she breaks her ankle she’s still smoking hobbling around.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Her in that nightie, yowser woosers!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: The fact that she was busted all drunk a few years ago some how makes her hotter to me. Is that wrong?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure what you’re talking about, don’t remember that… I’m just going off of what I’ve seen on BLL

  45. Jerry says:
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    What’s with the beef between you and Pianowski? You two get into it at one of the industry drafts or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no problem with Piano… I think we just like goofing on each other

  46. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, DJ LeMahieu for Schoop + K Broxton? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  47. crazysparrow says:
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    In a 10 team, 15 player keeper league, where you can keep a player for up to 5 years, would you keep Schoop or Kipnis?

    Was inclined to keep kipnis, but with his injury, may want to go younger/healthier.

    What would you do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, coin flip, I’d try Schoop prolly, Kipnis is such a bore

      • crazysparrow says:
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        @Grey: Thats what I was leaning towards, thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  48. The Situation says:
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    Hi @Grey! Keeper question. 12-team (6 make playoffs) H2H, 6×6 (w/BBs and Holds), keep 10, keep forever.

    Already keeping: Goldy, Bryant, Rizzo, Harper, Miggy, Odor, Frazier, Kluber, Arietta

    With the Desmond injury, do I keep Khris Davis over him? I should make the playoffs, so I’m not as concerned about losing Desmond for the first half of the season. But I’m worried about lingering effects of the hand injury all season + Khrush is 2 years younger. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go w/ Davis

      • The Situation says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        Given the keeper format, would it be crazy to keep 1 one of Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, or Brendan Rodgers instead of Davis or Desmond? I’ve got them stashed on my bench for a just-in-case situation like this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, crazy

  49. houstontenemosunaproblema says:
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    Corey Seager currently slated as a keeper (losing the 9th round pick).

    Considering his injury status, show seriously should I consider:

    a) keeping Gary Sanchez instead (losing 12th round pick)

    b) keeping Alex Bregman instead (losing 12th round pick)

    c) or hold on to Seager and his tender oblique?

    n.b. I also have Trevor Story as a keeper (losing 11th round pick). His presence at SS makes swapping out Seager easier to consider.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C

      • houstontenemosunaproblema says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

    • houstontenemosunaproblema says:
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      10 team, H2H, 6×6 OPS, MI, two-keeper league.

  50. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    The news on Desmond sucks. I was targeting him in the 4th round of just about all of my upcoming drafts (had him at #29 in my rankings vs. an ADP of around 50), but fortunately I didn’t schedule any drafts until later this week. How many shares did you get stuck with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      One league, it sucks so bad… Effin Family & Friends

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: That does suck, but it’s only one league. Should still get 3+ quality months out of him too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Big Magoo: i’d love that timeframe at this point.

  51. B.o.B says:
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    10 team Roto with OBP…get to keep 2 of the following players, with the round pick they would be of mine:

    JD Martinez – would be my 7th round pick
    Rougned Odor – 18th
    Alex Bregman – 20th
    Mark Trumbo – 20th
    Yasmani Grandal – 19th
    Miguel Sano – 18th
    Julio Teheran – 15th
    Danny Duffy – 20th
    Aaron Sanchez – 20th

    If they went undrafted last year, the player would be our 20th rounder this year if kept. If both keepers were undrafted last year, it would be my 21st and 20th round picks this year. Other than that, it’s 2 rounds up from where they were drafted the previous season. Who ya got?? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor, Bregman

  52. Tapia a more intriguing flyer now in the last rounds? I know Desmond was gonna play 1B but it’s one less player who can play the outfield around. I really wanted Desmond to have a big year, and I wanted him to do it on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I really want Tapia too, but I don’t see him breaking camp with the Rockies unless an outfielder gets hurt or traded

      • @Grey: Can Tom Murphy play first?!?!

        • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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          @Hugman: that moneyball movie presented the already present idea that nearly anybody can. yum yum murphy at 1B

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be gorgeous

  53. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Mr. Grey,
    I am embarrassed as I scrape the bottom of the waiver wire barrel of a 16 team OBP 5×5 league keeper league. .
    My choices, regardless of position, are Saldino, Mark Reynolds, Adam Frazier and Chris Carter… I would love… something more…

    Thanks for anyone’s advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey: how about Blash, with all those SD injuries? He’s got a new toe tap…rythm baby!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, bleh

  54. WhampWhamp says:
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    @ Grey in a 12 team H2H (W,K’s, Saves, ERA, WHIP and QS) who would you keep between Champman in the 10th or Kyle Hendriks in the 9th ?? I already have Sale in the 11th so was thinking about Chapman as an elite closer late.

    As always your guidance is crucial.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  55. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! OBP / OPS Keeper league trades . . . I could use a little HR and RBI assistance (and a true UTL if Keon Broxton or Lamb doesn’t do what we hope):

    Would you trade your $10 Cody Allen for a $12 Chris Davis or $6 Carlos Santana? I’m guessing you prefer Carlos Santana. . . I do too, typically, but i have a TON of leadoff hitters and not many RBI guys.

    H2H categories format, my other RP is Giles. If I did the trade, meh closers Gomez + Kinsler are both on the wire, as well as all closer replacements (I would probably grab Gomez until a closer falls and a better player replaces).
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Allen — But Santana is a leadoff hitter

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: yeah that’s why i was leaning davis over Santana just for his this and early and extra HR. But agreed.

  56. J-Dawg says:
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    Hey Grey… $22 Trumbo or $7 Napoli? Yes, I know, sounds like something you can order in the Red Light District. But anyway… is this even a close call? (6×6 league with 2B+3B and OBP instead of Avg)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…. Trumbo

  57. Another Dan says:
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    Excellent stuff as usual Grey, been busy at work and catching up with draft prep/trading/team analysis. Listened to the spring training podcast at the gym this evening, good stuff.

    My dynasty roster, 12 team 7×7 H2H (BB, XBH, QS, HLD).

    Realmuto, Goldy, Kinsler, Bogaerts, Abreu (IF), Benintendi (LF), Trout (CF), Car Gonzalez (RF), Kepler (OF), Murphy Dn (UT), Odor (UT). BN – Herrera, Healy, Valencia, Arcia

    Darvish, Salazar, Rodon, Ray, Quintana, Kennedy, Guerra, Happ, Folty.
    Thornburg, Feliz, Wade Davis, Madson, Kintzler.

    Any glaring weaknesses? Have a couple of players on Bench that I will stream (Valencia), also have MLB ready talent on the farm (Tom Murphy, Gselman )

    Best wishes,

    Dan

  58. Rock D says:
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    I could really use some help being talked off a ledge if you would do me the honor my good lad.

    David Dahl and his stressed out rib or Kenta Maeda? Keeper league and both have 3 years remaining and do not have draft picks tied them.

    Thank you sir.

    • Grey

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      Dahl

  59. Strawberry says:
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    I’m in a 10 team dynasty league where we have to keep 10 players and can keep up to 12, but give up a comp pick. I was thinking of keeping the following 10 players. Would you make any swaps?
    C – posey
    1b – votto
    2b – odor
    3b – bregman
    SS – boegarts
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF –
    Util – Encarnacion
    SP – Chris Sale and Carlos Martinez

    Let go or trade: Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Jackie Bradley, Daniel Duffy, Fulmer, Matz

    • Grey

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      The ten you have make sense

  60. D Fresh says:
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    Dahl, Desmond, DeSclafani, David… I’m seeing a trend here: early march drafters getting the big D from the injury bug. Bad bug! Bad! At least buy me a drink!

    • Grey

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      Ha

  61. AP says:
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    please help…I’ve been stressing for a few weeks now…
    came in first last year following your lead…so thanks…

    I’m in a 14 team 12 player $ 260 auction league…
    $5/ year raise 6 yr keeper league
    my obvious 5 keepers
    Chris Davis $ 17
    Jose Altuve $17
    Trea Turner $10
    Josh Donaldson $12
    Darvish $4

    now the fun starts
    AL Diaz $2
    Gyorko $2
    Duval $2
    Gattis $3
    Jose Ramirez $2
    Tomás $5
    Jon Lester $ 27
    Verlander $27
    j,a happy $1

    and not to mention 4 closer at $4

    • Grey

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      Don’t know what you’re asking

      • AP says:
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        @Grey:

        sorry need 7 keepers

  62. Fat Mack says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking for keeper help in a 16 team, H2H, 6×6 league with OPS and Walks as the extra categories. I’m going to keep Harper, and can keep 2 of the guys below. Who would you keep? They can all be kept for 2 years, except Seager (only 1 year left).

    Bregman $1
    C Seager $1
    G Polanco $30
    M Kepler $5
    N Mazara $4
    Brad Miller $1
    Darvish $11
    McCullers $1

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Bregman, Seager

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir!

  63. Mike says:
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    Yahoo keeper league (keep 5) with OBP and SLG.

    Would you hold Donaldson or trade him for Carlos Correa? I don’t have a keeper option at 3 outside of Donaldson nor do I have anyone at SS.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Correa

  64. nightpandas says:
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    razzball doing nfbc this year or did it already happen? doubt your going back to Scout…

    • Grey

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      We’re drafting right now

  65. Robert says:
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    FYI, in the War Room, there is no player ranked 23. It goes 21 Kershaw, 22, Scherzer, 24 Stanton. You moved up Encarnacion but didn’t move everyone up a spot.

    • Grey

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      Yeah I removed Desmond

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: My bad, I was working off the old excel version that still had him 19, I didn’t know you moved up Encarnacion to 19th and just removed him from there. Carry on good sir.

        • Grey

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          No problem

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