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Ike Davis could return next weekend.  In other words, he’s moved one step closer to the plate in Metco.  It only took him three months.  He reminds me of myself in Little League.  I was a solid .300, top of the order-type.  People would marvel at how I would never strikeout.  More Placido Polanco than Joey Votto, if those guys weren’t in Little League themselves at the time.  Then I got beaned and I lost my nerve.  Started standing five feet off the plate, not even able to reach the inside corner, and would bail out of the batter’s box as the pitcher wound up.  That led me on a journey of self-discovery through girls, drugs, the falling baseball card market, fro-yo and hip-hop.  So, I’m glad to see Ike has figured things out and won’t be joining the already overcrowded fantasy baseball blog market.  Since there’s no mention of Ike being a scared little girl (with respect to our four girl readers), I have no idea why he didn’t just move closer to the plate three months ago.  But he has now.  There’s a chance he’s just as bad on recall, but I’d absolutely take a flyer on Davis if I had room in any league.  A .255 hitter that could hit 20 homers (which he did last year in the 2nd half) in 3 months doesn’t grow on trees (except in remote parts of Indonesia).   Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  It takes a certain kind of stunod to want Harvey in every league and not own him in any.  Messed up like a sunset, so close but got Estrada.  Messed up like an actor, that got stuck with f**kin’ Michael Fiers.  Messed up like a martyr, at least I got Shelby Miller.

David Wright – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Clean-cut, stays out of trouble, plays hard and well.  He’s just so perfect.  Like O.J. Simpson in the 70’s.

Eric Young – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Love that he’s getting on base a lot (7-for-14 this weekend), but I’d sure love to know where the steals are?  Was it the low air pressure a mile high that made him fast?  Can he lay in one of those Michael Jackson hyperbaric chambers between innings?

Mike Pelfrey – Placed on the DL with a strained back.  He needs a Mike check.

Kyle Gibson – Will get the call to replace Pelfrey while he’s injured.  First things first, I poppa freaks all the honeys.  Second things second, Gibson may only pitch another 40 innings this year.  He probably won’t stay in the rotation when Pelfrey returns either, which is the third thing.  We’re on the fourth thing already?  Geez, time moves fast.  I remember when we were on the first thing.  Fifth thing, he’s had a pretty average K-rate in the minors since his Tommy John surgery and he is just returning from it, so his command hasn’t been as excellent as it was before (which is natural; takes time for command to return).  Sixth thing, I wouldn’t touch him in 14-team and shallower mixed leagues out of the gate.  Seventh thing, there’s no seventh thing.  Eighth thing, seriously, this might go up to ten things.  …Actually, that’s it.  Bummer, totally fizzled out there.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for4, 2 RBIs and homered on Saturday (though 1-for-5).  Arcia seems to have a problem with only getting flashes of hotness.  Maybe he could talk to my Cougar.

Jason Kipnis – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and a homer short of the cycle on Saturday with a steal.  Kipnis keeps proving the credo, “Why can’t a nosh be posh?”

Michael Bourn – 3-for-5.  I don’t own him because I believe in getting cheap SAGNOF (Hey, Ma, I’m S. Marte!), but what’s up with only 11 steals on the year from Bourn?  Did he forget who he is?

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 homers and Flaherty’s third homer in the last three days.  McLouth, Markakis, Jones, Davis, Hardy, Machado and now Flaherty.  That’s a scary story by Count Floyd.

Edwin Encarnacion – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 21st homer.  If only Encarnacion found Dwayne Murphy prior to last year…  *wavy lines*  Hey, I’m Dwayne Murphy and I’m reading a newspaper that says 2005.  But you don’t have to see the date, since it’s a newspaper you can assume it’s a long time ago.  I’m sitting in a train station.  I’m humming Hollaback Girl.  Hello, who are you sitting next to me?  Edwin Encarnacion?  You shouldn’t pull the ball so much.  B-A-N-A-N-A-S… *wavy lines*

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, as he bats .243.  Wanna see a guy that sits at the top of your waivers and is picked up for a few days at a time by everyone?  Look no further, or at the top of your waivers.

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 10th steal.  I know there’s a hot streak in this guy somewhere that sends him on a .350, 10 steal month.  Just waiting for it to show itself.

Josh Johnson – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks to move his record to one win and two losses.  Scratch that, his record is on the 1-2.

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 K.  Gotta love when your ace is out-pitched by Felix Doubront (5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 2Ks).  And by ‘love’ I mean, you want to honk your horn and flip off an old person for no reason.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and his 32nd steal.  You know he’s going to disappoint next year, right?  Has Ellsbury ever had a great season followed by another great season?  He’s the poster child for Saberhagenmetrics, and on the poster he’s dressed as Uncle Sam and it reads, “I Want You (To Be Disappointed).”

Zack Greinke – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks in his first game vs. the Padres since The Incident.  Eat it with a pound of sand, Quentin.  You pissant.  Hisashi my dashi is my chant.  Get your own, what?  You can’t?  This is my rhyme and for the Hip Hop Arts I got a grant.

Chris Capuano – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks in Petco.  Has thrown 11 straight shutout innings, and could see streaming him in his next start vs. the Phils.  It’s no slam dunk, but that’s the wrong sport anyway.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Must’ve felt at home back in San Diego where fans come early and stay to the end of the game, or until their picnic is done.

Andrew Cashner – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Still has yet to show anywhere near this dominance on the road where his ERA is 4.39.  Not entirely sure how he throws as hard as he does and has a fairly mediocre K-rate, too.  Guess that’s why his name is with a hard C.

Martin Perez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks on Saturday.  Solid start for the regarded-prospect vs. the Cardinals.  To reiterate what I’ve said before, I don’t trust him (or really any rookie pitcher who pitches home starts in Arlington).  And that’s me reiterating me!

Aaron Hill – Will return on Tuesday from his fractured hand that happened in early April.  Geez, if he was on the Nationals, they would’ve just kept playing him for three months, then sent him to Triple-A and brought up a prospect to replace him.  Oh well, over-the-internet friend, not everyone can make terrible decisions.

Heath Bell – 0 IP, 2 ER as he blew another save.  Here’s where I’m at with Bell.  I really3 want Putz to return so I can drop Bell without feeling conflicted.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4, 1 run and two homers this weekend.  He’s putting together a season that has me slightly surprised to see he’s at 100% owned.  He’s been solid, but across five categories in a way that usually has people growing bored with and dropping.  Come here, let me pinch those patient little cheeks of yours.

Mike Leake – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K on Saturday.  Burp a bit on the lack of Ks, but Leake’s ERA is at 2.61 and he should be owned in all leagues.  Plus, how awesome is it that his name sounds like a fake name Bart would use to prank call Moe’s.

Mat Latos – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 13 Ks, and his wife only cursed out five people on Twitter!

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-3 with his 11th homer, he’s now hitting .274.  Because everyone loves to hear about other people’s fantasy teams.  Since I traded Choo for Beltre, Choo has the line of 27/6/11/.233/5 and Beltre has 25/8/23/.337.

Will Middlebrooks – Benched for three straight games.  I think the Red Sox finally figured out that he’s only had, like, 5 hits this year that weren’t homers.  In deep leagues where options are limited, this is the kind of team move that can kill you.  I feel you on that.  Not literally, you don’t have to sanitize.

Joe Kelly – Named the Cardinals 5th starter.  Most clubs name fifth starters in March.  The Cardinals are so badass, they name fifth starters at the end of June.  Watch, in September, they’re gonna name Jon Jay their center fielder.  Kelly is definitely someone I’d own in NL-Only leagues and very deep mixed leagues.  (Hint:  If you have to wonder if your mixed league is deep, it’s not.)  He’s a prototypical back-end fantasy starter — 6-ish K-rate, solid walk rate, high-3’s/low-4 ERA over the long haul.  In most mixed leagues, he’s a streamer in favorable match-ups.

David Lough – 3-for-4, 1 runs, hitting .299 and still has no speed after showing 25+-steal speed in the minors.  Lough needs to visit the Juan Pierre Fantasy Camp where Juan teaches youngsters how to bunt, take leads off first and make sure you’re behind someone large in case of a big gust of wind.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Okay, feel dirty even going here, but Mostsuckass has 2 hits in each his last four games and is hitting near .375 in the last week.  I’d start to look at him again if you need corner help.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-3, 2 runs and a slam (2) and legs (8).  Two homers?  He weighs 150 lbs. soaking wet.  And that’s why Juan had to personally call up Dyson’s parents to ask them to pick him up early.  I grabbed Dyson in one league for SAGNOF.

Jake Peavy – Will resume throwing this week.  That’s a good idea since he is, ya know, a pitcher.

Adam Dunn – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer, raising his average to .193.  Dunn hasn’t seen 193 since 4th grade.

Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 16th steal.  He has two more steals than RBIs.  Somewhere, Juan Pierre winked, saying, “You got it now, kid.”

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 19th homer, and four straight games with a homer.  Pedro from The Titsburgh.

Jason Grilli – 1 IP, 3 ER. Kazaam!  Usually a Kazaam doesn’t have me too concerned because closers just act different in non-save situations, but this is Grilli’s 2nd less than stellar effort in the last three games.  Even though it seems like he’d make you sad, Melancon has been terrific and I’d stash him in leagues where you’re desperate for saves.  Something might be up with Grilli.

Peter Bourjos – Left yesterday’s game with a thumb injury.  Angels are saying he’s day-to-day, which is likely okay-to-morrow.

Joe Blanton – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator‘s Trapper Keeper hearts around Blanton’s name don’t look as dumb today.

Ernesto Frieri – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, which comes the same day it was announced Madson probably wouldn’t be able to pitch this year.  I briefly looked at picking up Scott Downs, but he has the aptly titled Scott Downs Syndrome.  No one really is breathing down Frieri’s neck, so I think he’ll continue to get looks in the ninth.

Jordan Lyles – 5 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Just the way I drew it up.  Oh, wait, that meant to read, “threw it up.”  He gets the Angels next, which is a mediocre match-up, but he did beat them twice already (less than 6 IP in both starts though).  I could see holding him in deeper mixed leagues, but yesterday gives me no confidence.

Chris Carter – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  For a guy who seems to swing with his eyes closed, this was a dream game.

Ryan Sweeney – 3-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Sunday was a day the schmohawks inherited the earth, huh?  Sweeney does have 2 homers this week (though hitting around .200), so maybe he’s breaking out.  Not really sure of what to make of Sweeney.  Let’s say “It’s Pat” and move on.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-3, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Not bad, jerky!

Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and the horny robot Hitter-Tron likes him on Tuesday.  Then again, the Hitter-Tron’s wingman is a metal detector, so there’s that.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Yanks.  Solid, terrific, adjective, but he gets the Tigers next, so there’s still little reason to look at him yet in mixed leagues.

Seth Smith – 3-for-5 and hitting near .400 in the last week.  The Lisper’s Nightmare hath a theven-game hitting threak.  Hathtag thweet!

Brandon Moss – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, and third in the last week.  He’s headed for a 30-homer season and you know exactly when you should sit him (against lefties).  What’s the problem with picking up this redheaded slugger?  You scared of gingervitis?

Jarrod Parker – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Now has 9 straight solid starts, lowering his ERA from 7.34 to 4.27 in the last six weeks.  Get some indie cred from that girl at the Rhett Miller concert and tell her how everyone on your fantasy staff is a bunch of Parker poseurs.

Oliver Perez – 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks and the vulture win, 0.98 ERA.  Is red still red?  Blue still blue?  I’m so confused that I wish I had Oliver Perez on all of my teams.  Perez for Prez!

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (17).  Yeah, red is definitely not red.

Jeremy Bonderman – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, 3.30 ERA.  I feel as confused by the Mariners as when I woke up from a nap in the middle of Inception.

Dan Haren – To the Disgraceful List.  Here’s what I wrote on December 6th of last year, “Sure, he’s only missed three starts in nine years, but presumably his health caused his fastball to bottom out at 88 MPH last year, and the hip (back, whatever) injury sounds like it’s still an issue.  I can almost guarantee someone will draft him before I do.  I’m guessing at best he misses at least a month of the season, and at worst he gets shut down for a few months.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Don’t be too hard on yourself if you drafted him.  You’re young, you have a problem with authority.  Next time when you rebel, you’ll think twice about doing it by drafting a thirty-two year-old pitcher whose best days are obviously behind him.

Jayson Werth – Left yesterday’s game with a leg injury.  Can take the injury-prone vet out of Philly, but can’t take the injury-prone vet out of the injury-prone vet.  That actually made sense in my head.  Moving on!

Justin Upton – Sat out yesterday with a sore hand.  He should be back in the lineup on Tuesday.  Just needs to get his pimp hand strong.

Jordan Schafer – 4-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (3) and legs (8).  I wish I could sit here — and I am sitting on the coffee bar at Starbucks while I dictate this to my intern — and say Schafer has been heating up, but he’s barely played recently let alone showed any signs.  Maybe this is the start of something, but you need to see more.

Brian McCann – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He’s hitting 71 points better than B.J. Upton.  And McCann is only hitting .246!  B.J. and the Bear Market.  Amiright?

Chris Johnson – 2-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Now has 2 homers in the last week.  He usually gets hot as a blister on a waffle iron, so check him out if you need corner infidel help.

Carlos Gomez – Left the game with a shoulder sprain after leaping into the center field wall.  I thought his stats would hit the wall, but not quite like this.  The Brewers are hoping he can avoid the DL, which usually leads to terrible stats for about five days, then he goes on the DL.  Hopefully, history tells us nothing.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and two homers (11).  He’s in the same boat as Schafer.  Ruggiano hasn’t been playing every day, or been very good when he has been, but maybe this is the start of something.  Also, that boat is called, “Freshly Shafer Ruggiano.”

Marcel Ozuna – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .294.  So, his average took a bit of a dive and the power showed up.  Hate to see what happens if someone gives him chewing gum when he’s walking.

Nate Eovaldi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, and powered to the win by Ruggiano, leading Marlins fans to a WOPing good time.  This wasn’t a tough match-up vs. the Giants, but I do like Eovaldi and he gets the Padres next.  Game wasn’t yet on the Stream-o-Nator, but I like it either way.

Gregor Blanco – 2-for-4 and hitting over .400 in the last week.  Right now, he’s the hottest schmotato in the land.  As my bumper sticker says, “Gregor bust.”

Matt Cain – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Marlins.  After his last start when it looked like he turned a corner, someone should’ve yelled, “Whoa,” and stopped him from turning another corner back to where he was.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer as he hits .339.  Has been a solid producer of stats when he’s healthy, so he’s not *pinkie to mouth* to Cuddyer for.

Jorge de la Rosa – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, 3.19 ERA.  I probably should’ve told you to grab dlR about two months ago, which is odd since I still can’t tell you to grab him now.  The Coors home games are playing tricks with my heart, my heart.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4 and a solo homer, his 7th, and 2nd in as many games.  And he’s not even in Coors.  I have goose tinglies in my bum thinking about Arenado this summer in Coors.  I’m like an expectant mother with Arenado sticking his head out of my vagina saying, “I’m not quite ready, but I will be awesome in about a month.”

  1. Dane says:
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    I laughed for good minute at the ending. Thank you for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dane: No problem, thanks!

  2. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Safe to drop A Bailey?

  3. Piranhaman says:
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    hi Grey, nice job again!

    i am Frazier owner, and my starting 3B is Zimmerman.

    you think Frazier would have better ROS than now? i need a decision right away.

    if you agree to drop him, i’d grab Uehara. i just need one more closer who can be my booster.

    and if i need another back-up 3B who replace Frazier later, Moustakas or Lawrie could be the answer?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Piranhaman: Id really try not to drop Frazier, but with the upside of Lawrie out there Id be fine getting the closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: Doesn’t sound like you need Frazier…

  4. Brooke says:
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    Morning Grey. No offence taken with the Ike Davis comments, he really sucks and you shouldn’t talk about him anyhow. I don’t know who to start in my utility spot this week and need your help please. It’s between Hosmer and Arenado. I have BJ Upton but he sucks too so I won’t even mention him. Hosmer or Arenado? Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooke: Two games at Fenway then at home, I like Arenado

  5. Hondo says:
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    You can console yourself with the fact that someone I know(cough cough) had Harvey but traded him for Price the DAY before Price got DL’ed.
    The same guy traded Shelby for Verlander.He’s in my league and is a douche.

    Even worse,he’s in my house,typing on my keyboard.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hondo: Hah well the second one I think will still work out, pilgrim

  6. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Kubel or JJay ROS?

    Points league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Id go Jay, similar stats with Jay having 40 R and 2 Sb to Kubels 16 (and 0)! Jay plays more often too.

  7. Narbish says:
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    In a Reyes/Latos for Phillips/Moore trade who wins?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Narbish: sounds pretty even, probably Reyes Latos side narrowly

  8. Nick nice says:
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    Drop Ian Kennedy for Oliver Perez?? Need saves!!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Nick nice: or a cheese sandwich. or eovaldi/capuano, maybe even gee. Def at worst short term saves source.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick nice: Yup for sure

  9. Yeshcheese says:
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    Arenado! I’ve got no room for you on my new sparkling Pedro Alvarez trapper keeper! Will a utility composition notebook do for you? I dropped my Will Middlebrooks take-home menu flyer on Friday. Be mine Nolan!

  10. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Alex Gordon just hit the wire in one of my leagues.

    Do I drop any of my current OFs for him?

    Adam Jones
    Austin Jackson
    Melky Cabrera
    Norichika Aoki
    Ryan Braun

    My thoughts were Melky or Aoki.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Alan Lemmerman says:
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      @Mike: melky

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yea I’d have no problem losing Melky for him

  11. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have Will Middlebrooks (dropped Lawrie for him a while back) and this guy is no good either.

    My options are:

    Jedd Gyorko
    Anthony Rendon
    Mike Moustakas
    Alex Rodriguez

    I included the last one for giggles.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Mike: rendon till gyorko’s back, which i think may be less than 2 weeks, unless you’re in a competitive league where others may act on that first, then just grab gyorko now if you can fit him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Agree with above, like Rendon right now, Gyorko ROS

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks Again to both of you.

        Mike.

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Would you go Gyorko over Uggla for the rest of the season?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Mike: Yes

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Mike: Plus Gyorko has 2B eligibility

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: Probably, unless only needing power

  12. Barnsey says:
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    I’m a girl. I read your daily notes and I love it. My husband often wonders what I’m laughing at, but he just wouldn’t get it. So now you can say you have 5 girl readers.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Barnsey: Man you’re officially the cool one in the marriage tell him to get more into baseball!

  13. Boom trk says:
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    Need advice goldshicmt for kemp and verlander seem fair?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boom trk: Yea I think so, right side inherits a lot of risk but a lot more upside

  14. bossmanjunior says:
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    My Tampa Baylogna has a first name and it’s M-Y-E-R-S!

    That was a sweet shot off Sabathia Saturday. Watching the games however, it looks like guys are pitching him away and he needs to adjust. Having hit in 6 straight games now, he’s been doing a much better job of taking an “up the middle” approach. Its really uncanny how similar his and Longoria’s swing are so hopefully Longoria can take him under his wing.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Interesting yea they both sortof have long swings in a way, still think it’ll be next year before we see Myers around .300 though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: As long as it’s not the get injured once every 18 month wing…

  15. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    not a bad idea to hold on tazawa just to see if uehera does the job well for a few, before dumping for stats upping/possible trade usage of Crain? Melancon’s actually gone in the 16 teamer, Uehera was drafted, Perez was sucked up a couple weeks back. Adams or Aumont, or somebody else gets the PHI closer job if/when Papelnuts gets flipped? Wanna beat everyone to that in a few weeks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yea that’s a good hold, Crain needs a trade for a shot, I think Adams would replace PapSchmear, but he won’t be traded if at all until the last night IMO

  16. Steven says:
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    Grey,
    Would you agree to drop Andrus for Lowrie??
    Lowrie has .70pts in Avg,34 more TB,5 more Rbi,4 more Hr, 14 more doubles, and only thing andrus has more than Lowrie is 5 more runs,3 triples, and 15 sb

    Seems like Lowrie fills up the categories more that Andrus this season.

    12 team mixed/Redraft (R,2B,3B,HR,RBI,SB,TB,AVG)

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steven: Sure if I was doing fine in steals and runs

  17. Wake Up says:
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    messed up like Chien-Ming Wang…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Been a messed up world with two straight blanks. Wang is shooting blanks

  18. Sherm says:
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    What a lovely morning, Grey puns to start the day.

    I just traded Uggla for Prado. Both have been dreadful but please tell me Prado’s not this dreadful. Upside, right?

    • Steve says:
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      @Sherm: He’s worse

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sherm: I’m still a Prado believer, if you’re doing fine in power I like the trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: I’m not a fan of Prado

  19. harkrider says:
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    2 questions.

    Arenado, Gyorko, or Rutledge ROS.

    10 team 5 keeper league

    Votto and Domonic for McCutchen and Rizzo

    I also have Goldy at 1st to replace Votto

    • harkrider says:
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      @harkrider: or Rendon

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @harkrider: only one sure thing is Rutledge sucks!

      • harkrider says:
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        @harkrider: @grey do you agree with JB to pull the trigger and get Cutch and Rizzo??

        Keeper options would be Stanton, McCutchen, Goldy, Castro, Heyward, Machado, and Rizzo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • harkrider says:
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            @Grey: thanks @grey and @jp gilpin. I have already received hate mail from others in the league that wanted McCutchen

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, no problem

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @harkrider: Arenado and McCutch side

  20. Moth says:
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    “… I’ll probably start (Lyles) against CHC.” Oh, I started him alright. FMFBBL!

    Am I holding him for now? Yes. Am I confident he’ll be useful moving forward? …

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moth: Ugh yea I remember that… Probably not, doubt anyone would scoop,him up, tough to trust next few starts

  21. boom truck says:
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    morning,,my goldshicmt for his verlander and kemp seem fair?

  22. Fungazi says:
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    I scrolled up and down the list 3 times to look for Hanley updates and all I got was a blister on my finger. Then I remembered Ctrl-F and it brought me to this post:

    Hanley’s raking!

  23. Slainte says:
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    why mention shelby miller in a positive light after claiming he’s a sell? (positive being that you have him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slainte: Cause I do have him… I did say sell for a bag of peanuts… I have him in a keeper anyway…

  24. Wake Up says:
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    Cut Arenado? Or wait for the cord to fall off, naturally…while we wait, would you like a bite of this wonderful placenta panini? Yes! Of course it’s grass-fed vagina!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: My usual love for food references in comments has been cut dramatically short today….

  25. NattyBoh says:
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    oliver perez and mark melancon are both available in a 15 team league. who’s your add?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @NattyBoh: Perez if desperate for saves, Melancon for more all around love

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @NattyBoh: perez,the guy closing

  26. HeyEckhardt...ThinkAboutTheFuture says:
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    Points based keeper league, starting to make some trades for next year and beyond. Based on keeper status and willingness to trade, these are the SP’s I’m targeting. Rank in terms of who will be the best over the next 2 years (2014-2015):

    Medlen
    Ryu
    Corbin
    Samardzja

    And while we’re at in – thoughts on Puig and Dom Brown for next 3 years…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @HeyEckhardt…ThinkAboutTheFuture: First Brown for power and Puig all around might go Puig. Then Shark, Corbin Ryu Medlen. I believer in Corbin

  27. Mike Adamson says:
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    It’s nice to see you’re up to four girl readers…seems like only yesterday that you had just the two. I dropped Heath Bell yesterday and I feel great!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike Adamson: More and more girl readers will come the less Heath Bell talk there is…

  28. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Haven’t really read anything on this Almonte character. Whats his deal? Worth possible ownership in 12 team H2H league if he gets Wells spot?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Yea he caught me a little by surprise too, not glowing AAA numbers, maybe stream a day or two while hot but don’t think he’s a ROS impact

  29. Rabbit says:
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    Should I give Nelson Cruz to get Greinke in return? I need SP help. I can replace Cruz with Belt or Carp.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rabbit: Man Cruz has been huge… But injury history has me worried, Id probably do that

  30. Alan Lemmerman says:
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    H2h points league.

    C- Perez and AJ Pier on bench
    1b- a gonzo
    2b- cano
    3b-machado
    Ss-Desmond
    Of-c Davis
    Of-a Jackson
    Of-j upton
    Utl- Ortiz

    Sp-sale
    Sp-bumgarner
    Sp-s miller
    Sp-Kuroda
    Sp-L Lynn
    Rp-Ernesto fire
    RP-papelbon

    Bench
    Garza
    Wheeler
    Kluber
    Tillman

    See any weaknesses or trades I should explorer grey?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alan Lemmerman: Thought I got to this one, but I guess it didn’t post! I think this is a solid team

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Strolg: Hah, I’ve still never seen time bandits even though I’m a big Gilliam fan…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Strolg: HA! Yeah, I could see that on both

  31. harkrider says:
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    Melancon or Jesse Crain ROS

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @harkrider: Melancon

  32. Jon says:
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    I grabbed Tazawa instead of Uehera, oh well. Hold Tazawa or drop him for a starter like Kelly or Eovaldi?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: If you need saves I’d wait it out and see, maybe 1-2 save pops for the Bosox

  33. Allen says:
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    Great stuff as always Grey. I was thinking the other day, I can’t remember the last time I read a fantasy column on ESPN, maybe that is why I am in 1st right now in my league.

    My SP is loaded (HARVEY, WAINWRIGHT, SHARK, FELIX, LYNN, TEHERAN, CUETO, COLE)

    Catcher has been killin me all year, I was rollin with Mccann but just dropped him for Wieters, who was on waivers. My team is struggling with RBI and HR.

    I was offered his Mauer for my Wainwright.

    Is that fair value for Wainwright? To me maybe it is on the low end of fair but I don’t see it helping me much. I have already targeted big bats (Longoria, Prince, Encarnacion, ETC) for different SP on my squad and cant get anyone to bite. I am getting desperate to trade a SP.

    C-Wieters
    1B- Freeman
    2B- Pedroia
    3B- Seager
    SS- Andrus
    OF- Trout
    OF- Holliday
    OF- Puig
    Util- Myers
    Util- Bourn
    BN-Marte
    BN- Crisp

    Appreciate your time GREY.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allen: I agree it’s a little low for Wainwrighit but it fits your needs so its a good move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allen: Thanks! I’d want Wainwright there

  34. Kraftster says:
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    Aoki, Parra, Nava, or Joyce for the rest of this year and next?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kraftster: Depends on need, Nava for upside probably

  35. Jake the snake says:
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    Hey grey,

    Which starting pitching do you like the best for week 13? (I need to pick 1) cole Hamels, zack Greinke, Ervin Santana or stults (from San Diego)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake the snake: I don’t know all the matchups but probably Hamels, I know they are at San Diego early this week think Hamels gets one of those

  36. Bob Loblaw says:
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    Swapped Dominator for J Upton in 5×5 14-teamer. Buysellatops likes. Do you agree?

  37. CT Old School says:
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    Cool story, bro. Needs more Count Floyd references.

  38. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Got offered N. Cruz and Kuroda for Ellsbury in a 12 team 5×5 head-to-head keeper league. Ellsbury’s keeper cost would be too high anyway and I could use another SP. I should be immediately accepting this offer instead of posting here, shouldn’t I?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: Haha no problem at all! I think you take it

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: I asked for J-Zim instead of Kuroda and he balked at that. Should I ask for Wainwright for Ellsbury straight up? Thanks for the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try it

  39. Justin says:
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    Hey great posts here; would you bench Dom brown & move Puig from utility to OF then move brown to bench? If I do that here are some options on my bench Nate mcclouth & Adam Dunn

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Justin: Play Puig right now, I think that’s the question…

      • Justin says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Yes I’ve been playing Puig anyways but at the utility slot but didn’t know if you’d recommend benching Dom brown & moving Puig from utility to OF then putting either Dunn or mcclouth at utility.

        Different question- I know mcclouth has been consistent would you consider dropping him for will Myers or Mitch Moreland

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Justin: Oh I gotcha, McLouth slots in if you need speed, Brown for power. Hold McLouth over those guys

  40. Tony says:
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    dropped middlebrooks in both my leagues i owned him this past week, the dudes miserable, sub .200 average, not even playing now, eff that, ya he can come back and go wild, but i wouldn’t bank on it….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tony: Yea I’m not holding out too much hope anymore

  41. Rodney says:
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    Keeper league. E5 and Pedroia or Fielder and Phillips?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rodney: A potato, potatttto kind of deal, left side Id guess

  42. papasmurf says:
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    I hear ya about Harvey. I coulda had him but took Ryu instead. Ryu’s not bad but he ain’t no Harvey. No one is.

    I also took Simmons instead of Segura this year.

    Why it’s all about 2014 already.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: Ugh yea that sucks…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: I have faith in you to turn smurf nation around

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I did get Segura in a few leagues, but yeah…

  43. El Guapo says:
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    Trout or McCutchen & Bailey? Number 1 y 3 on Gray’s Top 10 before the season…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @El Guapo: Sticking with Trout

      • El Guapo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ok. Tks… Last week I trade Scherzer (and S. Castro) for Cano, now I gave Bailey on the Trout & McCutchen trade… Now my pitchers are: Bumgardner, Garza, Cole and Burnett. I was offered my Everth Cabrera and Holland for his Verlander. Is Verlander still a Top 5 SP? Top 10?. I was offered Hamels to for Cabrera, but I decline that offer…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @El Guapo: Verlander top 20… I’d take Verlander there

  44. Chris says:
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    i’m being offered puig and chapman, but the other owner and i can’t quite come to terms on what i send back. among other players, he wants both cole and wheeler, but i’m reluctant to give up wheeler. i’m a mets fan after all and he’s pretty much my only joy other than wright/harvey.

    i’m cool with letting cole go and have kershaw, strasburg, smardjzia(?), but am i crazy for not letting wheeler go for this season in a h2h league that may have him shut down in september anyway?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I think that’s a fair deal, but fantasy should be fun and keeping guys you like on your team keeps ya into it. Definitely let Wheeler go over those guys maybe go Cole and your best bench bat or another SP and it’ll work?

      • Chris says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah definitely not going to let the big boys go. apparently he didn’t want a cole/teheran or cole/gallardo combo so may have to let wheeler go.

        thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chris: Odd he didn’t like those he must be a Mets fan too haha! No prob.

  45. ktodd says:
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    Street has been awful, not sure how he has so many saves. Worth a speculative pickup on either Gregerson or Thayer (in that order)? I’m in need of saves and have the following that I could potentially drop: K-Rod, Pestano, Benoit, Oliver Perez.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ktodd: I don’t tank there’s much more upside in those guys than who you have, I’d give it a few more days

  46. Alan says:
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    H2h points league.

    C- Perez and AJ Pier on bench
    1b- a gonzo
    2b- cano
    3b-machado
    Ss-Desmond
    Of-c Davis
    Of-a Jackson
    Of-j upton
    Utl- Ortiz

    Sp-sale
    Sp-bumgarner
    Sp-s miller
    Sp-Kuroda
    Sp-L Lynn
    Rp-Ernesto fire
    RP-papelbon

    Bench
    Garza
    Wheeler
    Kluber
    Tillman

    See any weaknesses or trades I should explorer grey?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alan: Looks good to me, just try to pick up the next closer

  47. EK says:
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    For H2H pts:

    Pls rank:
    Milone vs CIN
    Griffin vs CIN
    Cashner @ MIA
    Santiago vs CLE

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Cash, Hector, Griffin, Milone

      • EK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Where would you put Kendrick @ SD?

        • EK says:
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          @EK: and Lohse vs CHC.. thanks

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @EK: Definitely above top two guys, never been a huge Milone guy think both above him but below Griffin

  48. Wilsonian says:
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    I have Altuve and Utley for one 2B position (and to fill in at UTIL on short days), looking to move one, who are you moving?

    Or would you drop either for Konerko, Hosmer, LaRoche, Parra, Joyce, Carter, Ibanez, Moss, Rasmus?

    ***shallow league where trades are hard unless you severely overpay

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: Probably Altuve, I think you can get more value, but then again Utley might be out again any day. might actually just drop Carter since shallow

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @JB Gilpin: drop Utley for Carter?

        Side note: if I do drop someone, I’m most likely picking up Crawford for a DL stash.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wilsonian: Nah I think you hold although do like Crawford DL stash if you had someone else

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I could drop Kluber, pick up and stash Crawford, then probably pick Kluber back up. Doubt he gets snagged in an 8 team league, although I like him. He’s my 7th SP behind Max, Gio, Minor, Porcello, Moore, Wheeler.

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @Wilsonian: I don’t think Kluber should be in a 8-team starting rotation. I’d like to know who else is out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Drop Utley for Konerko, grab Crawford

      • jro says:
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        @Grey: Stash crawford or Hart?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crawford

  49. Spencer says:
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    I have my streamers set for the week except for tomorrow. Who you got from these guys? League counts QS, IP, K/9, WHIP, ERA…

    Lohse vs Cubs
    Correia vs Mia
    J Fernandez vs Min

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spencer: I think I like JoFer the best

  50. Wheeler of Fortune says:
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    My Ellsbury and Wheeler for his Kershaw, I accepted this morning… Good deal? Was going to pick up Bourjos to make up for the steals but depending on his injury I may go with Revere.

  51. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? What do you think about A. Gordon for A. Cabrera? I need MI help.. my OF without Gordon would be: J. Upton, Jones, Reddick, Willingham, Brown. Owner said they’d throw in Colvin, too, but I don’t think he’s a better option than what I have. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FillyP: It fits your needs and Gordon is sure slumping… I like it

      • FillyP says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        It definitely fits my needs. I have Rutledge, Cozart, and Escobar.. MI has been a revolving door for me this year.

        It is a Keeper league.. 3/2 or 2/3 bats/pitchers max. My only reluctance to give up Gordon is that I’ve been dreadful at AVG/OBP and he’s been pretty good when playing well. But I def need help at MI through the ROS.

        Grey – what do you think about Gordon for A. Cab?

  52. bash says:
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    Did Hanley try to shave Grey’s mustache? Where’s the love brother?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bash: Hanley is running around SoCal with clippers like that Jackass segment

  53. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Taylor Jordan taking harens rotation spot. Under 1 ERA and under 1 whip in high A and double A. Possible add? Haven’t heard much of hin either

    • Oz says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest:
      Ditto on the question. I’m considering adding him, 10 team h2h points dynasty league (keep 25/38). The problem is I don’t know who to cut (it has to be an SP cuz I’m at the max 20 SP already.) Would u cut any of the following for him or hold?

      C. Archer
      A. Colome
      R. Oswalt (he’s apparently pitched well in 5 career starts at Coors)
      C-martinez
      Dan Straily
      Martin Perez

      My superior pitching is why I’m 12-0 (And lot’s of Good Vibes from Grey’s Mustache) Thanks.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: @Oz: Not huge on him. Not huge Ks, .218 BABIP and 88% LOB in those AA innings which were better than high A. Like all your other guys better Oz

  54. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Austin Jackson for Gio Gonzalez in a H2H points league?

    • Oz says:
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      @malamoney:
      I’m in a points league too (not sure how yours is weighted) but in my league an SP like Gio is much more valueable than a hitter like Jax.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Love Ajax but that’s a Tehol question on the Pts breakdown, he’s the points man

  55. Steve D. says:
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    Time to cut bait with Jon Lester in a 10 team league? He’s killing me (and I’m a Sox fan)!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Steve D.: I doubt it

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve D.: Id have no problem with it, but try to hold a few more starts if possible

  56. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    How about Billy Butler for Cole Hamels?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Definitely would want Hamels

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: It’s fair, Hamels in a vacuum

  57. Fermin's Last Theorem says:
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    Got beaten up by Ike (Turner) Davis in a big way this season, but after dropping him everywhere, now I’m considering coming back. He’s changed, you’ll see!

    Worth dropping K. Morales, B. Moss, or J. Donaldson?

  58. bash says:
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    Jerko, Sandoval, arenado, Pedro Alvarez ROS

    can only keep 2 12team h2h

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bash: Think it’s prey clearly the two big boys, Panda and Pablo

      • bash says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I know Pablo should technically count as 2, but seriously who is the other keeper here ?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @bash: Hah meant Pedro, got the P names and jumbly

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @bash: Dammit all jumbly* on the ipad today autocorrects are killin me

  59. Jack says:
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    What are your thoughts on Pineda ROS? Will he automatically be inserted into the rotation? Most people thought his 2011 stats were heavily Safeco influenced, but a recent look shows me home fip/xfip 3.62/3.51 vs away 3.26/3.55. Is 3.55/1.18 with 8.5k/9 and 6 wins way too much to expect?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: Pineda was my favorite pitcher to watch that year. Just unbelievable heater and nice mini slider. That said, I’m afraid this shoulder injury is going to make that fastball not nearly as effective and now in Yankee stadium, all keeping me from believing in anything he can do this year

  60. FMFBL says:
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    you starting Porcello vs. LAA tomorrow?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FMFBL: I’m sticking with my Porcello love

  61. Brett says:
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    Trade help cashner and Parnell or garza and Rafael soriano? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brett: Meh, sounds even, narrowly right side

  62. Tom says:
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    Please rank Hill, Prado, Gyorko.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: like that order

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Hill, Gyorko

  63. Bobby's world says:
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    Which starting pitcher do you like for this week?

    Cole hamels

    Ervin Santana

    Zack Grenike

    Or Kevin Correia

  64. Scott says:
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    Alexei Ramirez is rated at $15.3 for ROS. Does that seem right? I picked him up for the SAGNOF last week which won me some points in H2H.

    I have Asdrubel and Gyorko coming off the DL. I have Zobrist, Prado, Alexei (and just dropped Middlebrooks for a early week streamer).

    Which one or two should I drop?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Sounds a tad high, unless you desperately need the speed, I think you can drop Alexei when your guys get off the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Alexei over Gyorko for speed

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joel: Hahahahaha

    • Birdog says:
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      @Joel: that IS grey!!!

  65. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    ROS obs league – vmart, sal, or pierzynski

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bitchesbeshoppach: Sal despite VMarts grand salami yesterday

  66. Ryan says:
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    Do I trade Upton profar wheeler for stanton kipnis? Upton and Profar have been dissapointing to own. Is this a move I should make?

    Well this is my team if it helps. It’s a 20 team dynasty league.

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    Bn jorge soler
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p joe blamton
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: I like that move, Kipnis is money right now

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: my only concern is if I can take the hit in pitching.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: I have concerns with Wheelers control I don’t think he’s gonna be a stud ROS

  67. Luke T says:
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    Would you drop any of these guys for Ike Davis?

    Frazier, Blanks, Aoki?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Luke T: Not right now, but maybe Blanks if Davis looks alive when back up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke T: Blanks if a bench bat

  68. chillmodious says:
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    Ugh. Thanks, Grey! Now every time I see Kyle Gibson’s name mentioned, I’m going to start hearing the hook to “Get Money” in my head. Not that it’s a bad thing…just that I don’t want to associate Kyle Gibson with Junior Mafia. [Note to brain: Quick! Associate Gibson with Lil' Kim instead of Biggie, and don't look back!!]

  69. gareth says:
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    Who would you start / bench?

    Homer Bailey @ oakland v’s aj griffin

    Or

    Julio teheran at home versus ian kennedy

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gareth: Like them both let em roll

      • Gareth says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I have to sit one.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Gareth: Oh sitting Teheran than

  70. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Is it safe to drop K-Rod now, or do Henderson’s recent shaky outings mean he’s still a hold? I need to make a drop and it’s either him or Medina, who I’m holding along with Ollie since it’s still not clear what the saves plan is in SEA.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I think you can drop KRod I’ve been saying its still Hendos role forever, just the Brewers are giving up and more worried about milestones already, and I’m sure shopping him for $2.50 and a jawbreaker

  71. Schizer says:
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    Weekly H2H cats where BBs count, need to pick 3 for this week:

    Cole (v Mil), Moore (v Tor, v Det), Lohse (v Cubs, @ Pit), Teheran (v Ari), Rogers (@ TB, @ Bos)

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Schizer: I like the first three the best

  72. Jon says:
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    Sit/start for tomorrow’s games?

    Medlen @ KC
    EJax @ MIL
    Tillman vs CLE

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Definitely Medlen, not Ejax, 50/50 on Tillman depending on innings limit

      • Hondo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        20 MPH winds to left worry me,but I’m going to go for it.

  73. nate says:
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    For some reason my 8 team h2h league has Chris Perez & JJ putz still available on the WW.. our league counts saves& holds as a category not the the normal “only saves’ … I have cingrani, thinking that he will get me some holds. would you drop him for either perez or putz…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nate: Yea I might for either, probably JJ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nate: For Perez

  74. MattW says:
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    Grey, All,

    I have Grilli and just grabbed Benoit to replace my Valverde. Is Betancourt or Cishek worth grabbing over Benoit?

    If I had the extra roster spot, who would be the three to hold ROS?

    Thanks!

    Matt

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattW: Nah I’d hold Benoit right now, then Betancourt if you had the spot. I know Cishek is killing lately but it is the Marlins and he could be shopped just as much as Bcourt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattW: Agree with JB

  75. Nico says:
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    Would you trade Cespedes and Medlen for Ellsbury in 12 team, roto, 1400 innings? I already am above the pace for innings with Scherzer/JZim/Moore/Bailey/Maholm/Locke/Santiago and am behind in avg/steals and ahead in hr/rbi. Basically it makes my team more balanced, sound fair?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nico: Yup sounds Iike a perfect deal for your needs pull the trigger

  76. Charles says:
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    Thoughts on Jim Henderson? He’s struggling. Are you holding to see whether he gets the full-time closer role back?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Charles: He’s looked solid at the eye level and I think he is the full time closer again

  77. Gareth says:
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    Start 2 of these infielders in a CBS weekly league. Who Sits?

    Utley, Chase (2B) PHI L Away: 7 (@SD,@LAD)

    vs E. Stults (L)
    vs J. Marquis (R)
    vs TBA
    vs Z. Greinke (R)
    vs C. Capuano (L)
    vs H. Ryu (L)
    vs S. Fife (R)

    Castro, Starlin (SS) CHC R Away: 6 (@MIL,@SEA)

    vs K. Lohse (R)
    vs Y. Gallardo (R)
    vs W. Peralta (R)
    vs H. Iwakuma (R)
    vs A. Harang (R)
    vs J. Bonderman (R)

    Rendon, Anthony (2B,3B) WAS R Home: 3 (ARI), Away: 3 (@NYM)

    vs T. Cahill (R)
    vs W. Miley (L)
    vs P. Corbin (L)
    vs D. Gee (R)
    vs M. Harvey (R)
    vs Z. Wheeler (R)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gareth: Probably Rendon even though I know he’s hitting a lot better than Starlin right now

  78. Hotrod says:
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    Please rank ROS. Thanks..

    Rendon
    Arenado
    Freese

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hotrod: Bottom up for me

  79. c0wfunk says:
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    ahoy there captain mustachio – a quick query -> I’ve got an empty DL spot in a few days. Who do you like better for a quick grab n stash / stache ? Pineda or Ogando?

    A million thank yous for your million little nuggets of wisdom…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @c0wfunk: Well even though my mustache comes out as weak as Derek Holland’s Ill stick with the Ranger compadre and go with Ogando

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ahh JB – alas, me too, me too. Thanks!

  80. Cheese says:
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    I need 3B help bad, I’m currently running out there with Chisenhall (16 team 8×8 – H, SLG, BB). I have plenty of 1B depth with Fielder and Goldschmidt. Should I deal Fielder for Beltre and Bourjos? And would I drop Torres or Ross?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cheese: Yea definitely Beltre is putting together another really solid year and fits your hole… Hah. Yuck probably Ross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese: Take Beltre, depends on needs with Torres and Ross

  81. Oz says:
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    Cool, thanks for the help JB. I hope you can get my fantasy baseball quote into the podcast this week, I think Razzball nation would love it. It should be the unofficial slogan of razzball.com!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oz: Haha got it written down in my notes it’s comin!

      • Oz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Sweet! I’m almost as excited as I was when Trout was called up last year and I had drafted him in the 16th rd in my dynasty league!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Oz: Oh nice! Yea I’m loving Trout in my main dynasty too… It’s like our kids are already celebrities :)

  82. The Founteeners says:
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    Can start three of the following four this week – who would you sit:

    Gee vs. WAS (TBD)
    Doubront vs. TOR (Johnson)
    Maholm vs. ARI (Cahill)
    Kluber at BAL (Gonzalez)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Founteeners: Still not a Doubront believer… He’s the bench for me

  83. steve says:
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    Would you trade Brown for Trumbo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @steve: If I needed Trumbo’s position eligibility then yea sure

  84. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you consider moving Miggy for Trout and Arenado?

    • Eric says:
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      @Eric:

      Sorry, 12 team league

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric: I think I would especially if I needed the slight steals boost, but if you were winning steals then probably not

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: I’d taek Trout

  85. arbit says:
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    Please rank Roto ss for ros:

    Aybar, Simmons, scutaro, rutledge

    D. Holland or j. Parker ros

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @arbit: Simmons Aybar Rut Scut. Parker

  86. need to sit two of:

    Cahil (@WAS@ATL)
    Cain (@COL)
    Eovaldi (SD)
    Gee(@WAS)

    Gee is the easy sit this week. I am thinking Cain is the other as I dont like to put in any pitcher at Coors. Especially one that has been so erratic this season…

    thoughts??? Thanks!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gbaked: Wow you think Gee is the easy sit there? It’s in Citi too not at Wash pretty sure, love that play. I’d bench Cain and Eovaldi

      • @JB Gilpin: you are right. it is at Citi. That does change things as Gee has been good at home. Cool, as a met fan that was an easy convince.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @gbaked: Haha sweet hoping for a nice play there too about to talk up that start on DraftKings podcast segment

  87. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Who should I roll with at Catcher?

    Chooch, Doumit or Martin

  88. One I'd Willy says:
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    Who would you stream:
    Blanton @ Hou $14.3
    Griffin vs Cin $10.6
    Figaro @ Pit $20 or
    Nolasco vs SD $9.2

    If you agree with S-O-N, then sorry for wasting your time, but I rank them quite differently. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @One I’d Willy: Noooooo no no don’t agree with SON as Figaro is a 95 MPH batting practice fastball, straight and easy to hit, homer city. I’d go him last, but like the order the rest of SON has

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: oops must be a typo on figaro. prob supposed to be 10. I’ll grab Blanton though. Thanks

  89. FillyP says:
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    Trade 1: Gordon for A. Cab

    Trade 2: Pablo + Bailey for Utley + Greinke

    Like either one? I’m leaning # 1. Need MI.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @FillyP: Neither

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @FillyP: Who do you have there now? JB likes it so it’s more than reasonable.

          • FillyP says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

            Rutledge, Cozart, and Escobar.

            If there aren’t any setbacks with Asdrubal’s recover this week, I might still pull the trigger on this one.. not sure who else to target at MI.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FillyP: Yea I think I like #1 a little better too

  90. Parker says:
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    I’ve got Sandoval coming off the DL and I need to drop someone:

    Loney, Arenado, Bourjos, Blanco, Zunino, Cozart, or Leake?

    Zunino is the weakest bat but then I wouldn’t have a catcher

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Parker: Hmmm yea I love Bourjos but he may miss a few days with the thumb, probably lose Loney if he’s not playing often

  91. Mustache Rides 5cents says:
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    Start Nate mcclouth or an up & down Jason heyward?

      • Mustache Rides 5cents says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Not really needing power that bad- I have goldschmidt , David wright, Ian Desmond, Ben zobrist(not that much power) , Carlos Santana, Napoli, Giancarlo Stanton (seems to be heating up), Alex rios, Puig, heyward, Ortiz and Lind at utility

  92. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Did Parra get taken out by Darth Vader on his second home run? Is that why he only crossed home plate once?

    “2-for-4, 1 run and two homers this weekend” ~ Parra blurb

  93. L-Boogie says:
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    12-team, 5×5 weekly league. Pick 2 for this week:

    Jo-Fer vs Minn
    Liriano vs Mil
    Garza @ Mil
    Kluber @ Bal

    Every year there’s that one crappy team that always seems to spoil my streamers. For me, that team is the Twins. See Kluber, C.

    Thanks dude.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @L-Boogie: Kluber wasn’t brutal and got the win, I was happy with it… But at Baltimore is tough. I like the first two.

  94. The Marte Partay says:
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    I’m currently holding League and Henderson in a 16 team league. Desperate for saves, Oliver Perez and Melancon are both available. Please advise.

  95. smegma says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Pitching rotation took some hits on the DL with Peavy, Burnett, Beachy and Niese. My healthy fringe starters are Cole, Porcello and Stults (picked up the latter 2 for their 2 starts this week). I have 2 DL spots – which of these SP’s would you drop for guys like Miley (2 starts next week), Lyles, Gee or Erasmo? I don’t mind holding 3 DLed guys but 4 is getting a bit much. Niese seems like the most droppable of the DLed because he hasn’t been reliable all year and his injury sounds longer term.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @smegma: Yea I agree Id swap out the Mets, nabbing Gee

      • smegma says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Would you drop anyone else for a 2 starter or Erasmo?

  96. hankp says:
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    What a sad question to have to ask… Middlebrooks or Moustakas ROS in a 5×5?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @hankp: make a trade

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hankp: Haha Jack… Moose – most assured PT

    • Jason says:
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      @hankp: im actually starting moustakas this week.

  97. Greyismyhero says:
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    Would you drop D. Hernandez for O. Perez? H2H league and my Relief pitching is suffering. I also have Wilhelmsen. Im having a hard time dropping Hernandez in case he gets the gig, Only other player I have to drop is Rollins, I have Segura at short. Also drop L. Cain for Leonys Martin? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I have been pumping Bell love and all he does is pump out HRs faster than jelly into his donuts. But I think JJ gets it before Hernandez so I make that move. Can’t drop Rollins yet and Id stick with Cain too

  98. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to start one of these guys. Could use the k’s. Who do you like?

    EJax – @ mil, @ sea
    Garza – @mil
    Cashner – @ Mia
    Parker – vs stl

    Thanks.

  99. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: I am asking for your help..

    What do you do as a top high end fantasy baseball writer and humorist, when you begin to feel the mid season blahs coming on.???..

    I have had to battle them for a week or so now…

    My symptoms are the normal ones that most other FBB manager must suffer as well.

    Increased porn site viewing – back to the long winter hours type of viewing…

    Failure to regularly watch both Baseball Tonight’s early and late editions..

    The Box Scores have become a bunch of boxes…A page you no longer peruse and contemplate over your morning cup of coffee – at my age while in my blah state, you are more likely to just glance at it – so as to be able to spend more time on the Obituaries to see how your friends are doing..

    Your Major League team is losing heart wrenching game after game… You are confronted with their inadequacies and forced to deal with your doubts about them … Worst of all you begin to see your team’s weak players for what they really are – weak players…

    Somehow, you begin to forget your password/s when accessing your FBB team pages..

    Your fantasy teams are just sitting there staring back at you… The every day’s good stuff is happening on everyone else’s team and never yours… Your players begin to look like what they really are too – a bunch of strange names on a computer screen…

    Even RazzBall has begun to have that yesterday’s doughnuts texture and stale burnt grease taste to it for me . .

    What do you do to refill your tank, Mr Gray??… How do you grab that feeling back out of thin air everyday to come up heads first or win at “Dibs” everytime???.. You must have a secret… Could you share it with the rest of us???…

    Make it quick, could ya.. Before another bad case of the blahs hits me

    And it’s Monday and Boom-Boom has her early request-the-topic and toy show on today in her chat room… Ya know, I think, she really cares for me… She let me buy a Gold Card… I don’t think, she does that for just anyone .. She says, I’m special…

    I never get that special feeling at Razzball anymore – only more of the same FBB blahs..

    Signed: HELP ME!!!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @T Moore: first and foremost, stop watching baseball tonight, will make you dumber one yankees/red sox update at a time. Go to the MLB channel for your rundon/highlights fix, it’s a higher grade heroin and doesn’t leave you sweating in the fetal position 2 hours later.

      I suffer from this every year, and the best medicine is doing something physical and productive, like chopping wood. When you are done you will appreciate doing something not physical and productive and we get that blood flowing again. We need to trick our brains into thinking it needs something so life killing like FBB from time to time and the best way to do that is remind it that it could be worse.

      • T Moore says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        Jack: I tried chopping wood last year.. It did help… But, it lead to some other unfortunate consequences for me…

        I have a small yard and quickly went through the trees on my property… Well, I did the logical thing, I went next door and chopped the neighbor’s trees down for them…

        Can you believe it, they got upset.. And I left the wood stacked for them too… (well, most of it)..

        So now, that one of my restraining orders has a caveat that prevents me from woodcutting and possession of an ax or timber saw with in my counties jurisdiction… Bummer!!!

        Thanks for the help though..

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @T Moore: @JB Gilpin: that’s funny, as like 10 years ago one time at a deep winter drug/booze out at friend’s parent’s cabin in the woods i went completely crazy on some wood (terrible chopping job, wood chips flying everywhere) and it seriously was the only manual labor i’ve ever liked, of any type.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Get plenty of sleep, eat your vitamins and drink heavily… Also, your password is TMooreforprez — how could you forget?

      • Prezz says:
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        @Grey: funny, my pw is prezforTmoore…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, this is weird but mine is PrezzforTmoore too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mine isn’t lowercase though… Same!

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks and for remembering the password help too..

        I feel better now… I might even make a move or 2

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, T Moore. We hear you.

          • T Moore says:
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            @Grey:

            By the way, we haven’t seen you in Boom-Boom’s chat room lately…

            Been busy or just doing to the late late show or did you find a new chat room that you are not sharing with us ???

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Huh?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @T Moore:

      Look at the team right above you in the standings in any league you are in and start to cultivate a strong hatred for the owner. Even if it’s your own Mudder. Make it your life’s mission to get past them. Look at where you’re weak relative to that team and where you are strong. If you have crappy players, cut ‘em. Go on to the next. Thin that garden. In RCL there are options (shallow league). Make sure you are the team that gets the next big call up. Then if you pass that team, pass the next one. If you don’t feel like doing that, eff the whole thing and go bowling or something.

      • T Moore says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Steve: I hate all other owners… They are all against me…

        I weed regularly.. 130 moves in my Razzball league to date.. High because of cause

        The A’s are in the midst of a mini funk… Tough June schedule too…

        GO A’s…

        Will they make any deals … Infielder and RPs is my take …

        They have some MiBL gems to deal if that cheapskate Wolff would play the game instead of worrying about a new stadium in SJ – where most current fans won’t go to by the way.. – esp. weeknights as traffic patterns from hell for fans living north of SJ will make it undo-able for most..

        If a SP goes down, they might make a soft move there… Gray walk rate is too high for MLB… Chavez is a recipe for 3rd place… Any word on Anderson’s foot???

        GO A”S

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @T Moore:

          I think the A’s are in less of a funk than you would think. The SP has been more than acceptable. The offense has been a little slumpy with RISP but still also acceptable. It’s the ‘pen that’s been a problem. Not a one of them is a lock down right now.

          Know what, they all have pitched a ton because of all the close games and extras, and they just finished a stretch of 30 games in 31 days. You can tell that the ball has just a little less giddy up, the command isn’t there and neither is the mental sharpness. There are at least 7 games lost in recent weeks that would have or might have been won without BP struggles. I think a less packed schedule and a few days R&R and we’ll be all good.

          i don’ think there are moves they have to make, but if Billy sees an opportunity, no doubt he’ll move.

          • T Moore says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            What is less of a funk than a mini funk…

            A maxi mini funk or an ultra light mini funk???.

            The A’s a very healthy as a team … A good thing… Hope it stays that way…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Buzz developing that Jemile might come up for a showing this week for trade purposes. Does that mean 1) we’ll actually see a trade or 2) we see Grant Green any time soon?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Sky:

              I think if it comes to fruition it’ll mostly be because Rosales has been really really bad. They’ve been giving Jemile some work at SS and he might come and take the Rosales half of the Sogard/Rosales platoon. I think if he showed something and became a chip, all the better, but they wouldn’t be making the move unless they thought it made them a little better in the short term.

              Green is a longer term play. He’ll probably get a cup of coffee this year, even if just in September. There’s a solid chance he comes to spring next year with a chance to be an everyday player.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Cool, that’s what I thought the answer would be. Hurting at 2B/SS in a keeper after losing Tulo/Espinosa. I’m grasping at straws…

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Sky:

                  As grim as middle infield has been, I can’t find anything worth a damn at 3B. I pick up Headley and drop him like every day. I think there must be something better…there isn’t…but there must be…but there isn’t.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Yeah, my keeper is 12 team and two at every infield position. I’m currently riding Jordy Mercer, Dietrich in my 2B2 SS2 spots. Could be worse but…well I don’t know how much worse it could really be.

              • T Moore says:
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                @OaktownSteve:

                Steve: I”m not a Rosales hater.. One of the few… He is a decent utility man – not saying there are not better ones to be had…

                Weeks is a cancer or at least is perceived that way by management… From what I’ve seen of him I think he is better off somewhere else…

                Green is 6′ 3″ not your regular MLB 2B guy… He is a tough guy to carry… He may be moved soon

                • T Moore says:
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                  @T Moore:

                  Wanted to add

                  Nakajima is the next guy called up IMO

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I could see that and am assuming that…sigh, just dreaming of fantasy upside is all.

            • T Moore says:
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              @Sky:

              Sky: I would think Weeks has been dangled to every team in the USA.. Perhaps ,the world by the A’s.. The A’s are not his home of the future is a nice way of putting – could be wrong but I doubt it…

              I’m smelling a move too… Don’t be surprised if it involves Young the A’s most expensive player 7 mil plus and a 1.5 by-out of 11 million 2014 contract… And they bring up Choice.. A couple young pitchers back might do the trick… The A’s minors are bleed white of pitching…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Odd thing to think the A’s aren’t stocked for pitching in the minors.

                I wouldn’t be surprised at all about Young. Was more surprised they brought him in in the first place.

                Agree about Weeks but he brought it on himself with his ego. That’s part of why Carter didn’t come up sooner as well and an even bigger part of why he get shipped out for the right price, no doubt. I’m just hoping for fantasy impact reasons they get a good deal for Weeks and move him to someone who’ll play him.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ha, case in point:

  100. Vibrating jockstraps says:
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    Which side. Cargo and Napoli for mccutchen and posey?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Vibrating jockstraps:

      Don’t listen to the guys above. Cargo side. Don’t try and predict injuries.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I almost used that before the sheik, but when n doubt, always go mustache

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: injuries aside i still take the Cutch side

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          Cargo Side 97R/30HR/107RBI/14SB/.281
          Cutch Side 68/R/16HR/91RBI/16SB/.297

          hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I’m seduced by the dreads and the sweet pirates hat I bought last weekend

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate:

              yes…that’s sound reasoning! Avast, ye salty dog.

  101. Alex In SoCal says:
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    Need STEALS from my OF spot … which OF do you like over the next two weeks for SBs?

    Bonifacio – Dyson – Span – Eric Young Jr – Gregor Blanco

    Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex In SoCal: Tough to not take Blanco right now, he’s my pick

  102. Swat290 says:
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    Hey Grey, great write up as always!

    Who do you like most ROS?

    Rollins
    Lowrie
    Scutaro
    Alexei

    Also, any SS prospects I should be aware of for this year?

    Thank you sir!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swat290: Might go Lowrie… Not sure who is out there, a good Scott E question

      • Swat290 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Thanks JB. My teams weak link offensively is Rollins. Lowrie, Scutaro, and Alexei are the guys that are ahead of Rollins on the season according to Yahoo, though I’ve had my eye on Jordy Mercer from PIT, I’m not sure where he might fit in among this crowd. I’m not even sure if I should make a move there and should just ride Rollins out the rest of the season. I’m not hurting much offensively but the last few weeks my team has been sputtering out, mostly in the pitching department. By the way, it really sucks when your offensive onslaughts come against your pitching!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Swat290: Rollins, philly might have a zombino push in them and if so he has to be part of that and I don’t trust Lowrie….sorry JB

      • Swat290 says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:
        Jack, that kinda happened with Rollins last season. The guy who had him dropped him about two-three months into the season, I snatched him up and he was great for the rest of that season for me. It is something I’ve considered for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swat290: Thanks! I’d go Rollins

  103. peely says:
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    Should I drop Elvis andrus for Brian Didier? Andrus is pathetic with all his hitless nights even though they are both around .230 BA. Thanks

    • peely says:
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      @peely: bri
      meant Brian dozier

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @peely: Hah I’d stick with Andrus

  104. Mike says:
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    Is almost any pitcher streamable vs Milwaukee? Thinking of going with Edwin Jackson for tomorrow. Any thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Don’t hate on my boys! We’ve actually hit Ejax well even though everyone will be hurt, Id avoid that one

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: haha fair enough, although tempting w/o Braun and Carlos “running for MVP” Gomez

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: Yea Carlos is the man, been a favorite of mine for a while… Hope he can avoid the DL or it messing up his game

  105. Frank White says:
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    Sup Grey,… Were you talking straight to me when u said to “not to look as dumb today”, When I grabbed Gee over Blanton!!! LOL I still won

  106. Hans says:
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    Grey… would you still be in the Harvey sell wagon bc of an innings cap? Harvey for McCutchen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hans: I’d want McCutchen

  107. Mariner Mike says:
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    Cozart or A. Caberra coming of DL. Who do you like and why? Thank you!! Also do you think Cole stays in rotation in Pitt. going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Cabera, Pirates are saying they might send him down for a few weeks

  108. BTD says:
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    SON is awesome! 4/5 streamers in a tough H2H last weekend helped a ton…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BTD: Nice

  109. Mitch says:
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    I can use speed so I was offered McClouth for heyward. Prob selling low on heyward but he’s not stealing bases this yr. safe trade if I need some speed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mitch: I don’t like it, get cheaper speed

      • Mitch says:
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        @Grey: Gregor Blanco? Any other targets? Would prefer an everyday player.

        • Psychedelic says:
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          @Mitch: Eric Young, Elliot Johnson is now starting 2B for royals

          • Mitch says:
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            @Psychedelic: young take. You like Johnson better than Blanco?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Mitch: Blanco’s a good target

  110. Psychedelic says:
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    Would you drop Detwiler in a 16 team dynasty for Capuano? He doesn’t strike anyone out and now isn’t even getting anyone out..

  111. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Leony’s Martin or Kyle Blanks, I can use their help in all the categories they are helpful in

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: drop blanks for pitching help, thinking smyly or streamer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

    • Prezz says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: hey you gotta resend that football inv, i cant find it in my inbox. I seen you and sky debating over catergories yesterday, you ever think of going 2 QBs? Its better than a QB Flex and still gives alot of value to QBs. Its perfect for a 10team.. Something you both can agree on. Just a thought.. im winnin regardless of catergories :)

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        My only argument against it being 2QB for a 16 teamer: QB hoarding. One injury and I’m stuck starting Blaine Gabbert and I wish that on no man, be he friend or enemy (or like you, frenemy).

        • Prezz says:
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          @Sky: oh i thought jack said 10 teams? If its a 16, one QB is fine.. im not a fan of the QB/FLEX myself. Or blaine gabbert.. i shuddered after typing that..

          And screw a kicker!! Haha im with you on that one sky. Or just give them so little value it doesnt matter who you have..

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            If it’s 2QB, 10 team I’d want a roster limit. I just think it leads to QB hoarding. Fantasy football is already enough of a crapshoot, I’d hate to add in Tony Romo going down and having absolutely no one to put in for him other than his backup…who just got snagged off of waivers by the guy who already has 4 QBs. Oops, you’re rolling with one for the week, sorry…yah know what I’m sayin?

            I kicked the kicker habit two years ago in a league I commish in. It felt so satisfying to know that 30 points from Jason Hansen wouldn’t outweigh the effects of AP’s 23 point show.

            • Prezz says:
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              @Sky: i pick up what you’re puttin down! I guess the QB/FLEX is the way to go here but its like, why make a “flex” spot when you know everyone is going to have a QB there? But the QB hoarding is a douche move.. i havent even seen the settings but im sure you guys got it under control. Two QBs was just a thought.

              Im going to be a kicker hoarder! Ill outsmart everybody!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezz: like I said below, i need to take into consideration skill levels and the flex works well for bye weeks and injuries, i would hate for good teams to lose because they don’t have the second QB.

                I also wan’t to point out that with the IDP, it’s harder to hoard because no one is going to drop a top LB or DB for his bye week to grab a 4th QB and if they do then they just lost

                • Prezz says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: yeah i gotcha. And im all for IDP! Ill look for one for for us as well.

                  • Prezz says:
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                    One more*

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Haha, I know where you’re coming from. I experienced the 2QB BS last year in a 10 teamer so I’m very sensitive to it. I had Brees and I believe Kolb. Once injuries hit, it’s just hard to come back from without either putting little to nothing in your lineup (Matt Cassel joined my QB carousel last year, too) or you go with a blank spot. It’s brutal. Just like flex because when that happens, I have the option of going with whatever’s best for my team. Both sides have their argument.

                You do that, I’ll start hoarding WR3s for the Panthers & Jaguars. We’ll see who has the last laugh!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Sky: good to see the interest and dialogue for this. I know my buddy will draft brees and brady with first two picks

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Which is fine so long as he can’t draft 4 other QBs right afterwards and turn it into a silly bidding war for Christian Ponder.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: we can give it a catchy name like qbgate?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            and I just realized I said 16 teamer…was wondering where that came from. Now I’m still wondering…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Prezz: can make bye weeks messy and being that we have differing skill levels in the league, i need to make it as user friendly as possible. The QB flex will basically be used to run out 2 QB’s most weeks and make things a little easier for bye weeks

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Prezz: trying for 10, we have 8 for now and one open spot

            • Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: You guys have totally lost me, what the fuck is a QB? “Some arcane razzball term (“Quinton Butt?”) that I haven’t picked up on yet?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Drongo McReddickbeard: it stands for quality blown save, hence qb’s

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Heath Bell is leading the league in them

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: HAHAHA

  112. Nathan says:
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    Are you still preaching patience with Frazier this year?

    Would you drop Frazier for Arenado or Ike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nathan: I still believe in Frazier

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Nathan: Add B. Moss into that equation for me please.

  113. Jay says:
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    First things first…awesome song, made even awesome-r by the fact that my 4 year old son now recognizes it and sings along to the chorus

    Second…thanks for destroying any chance of productive thoug…B-A-N-A-N-A-S. F*CK

    Third…

    Fourth…Verlander and Fowler for Price and BJ Upton, who gets the short end of this one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Ha, nice… I’d want Verlander

  114. Frank White says:
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    Do you think I should replace Kevin Gregg as a closer for Koji Uehara?

      • Frank White says:
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        What about Jesse Crain?

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Frank White: If saves don’t interest you, go for it.

          • Frank White says:
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            Of course saves interest me… Why would you ask that? I’m just asking Grey cause he know’s a whole lot more then me. You don’t have to talk to me like that. Those guys I named were mentioned and well reffered to by other blogers so that’s why I ask.

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @Frank White: Ummm maybe they don’t! Maybe you’re in a holds league. Maybe you have 3 awesome closers already. Crain has been beast for MR stats so maybe that’s important to you. I’d love to see these other sites that say Crain is getting saves. Because I see a ZERO in that column.

  115. Mitch says:
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    David Hernandez or Ollie Perez? Drop bailey for one of them or hold hoping bailey returns after this mental break?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez…Lose Bailey

  116. KittyEmperor says:
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    I need to bench one this week: Almonte, Carp, or Infante?

    • Prezz says:
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      @KittyEmperor: pretty craptastic…

      • KittyEmperor says:
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        @Prezz: 15-team league, starting 14 batters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Almonte

  117. JFK says:
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    Just wanted to start off by giving props to the Razzball crew for the on-point, entertaining, round-the-clock support y’all provide to the FBB community…I actually got rocked in my H2H league last week, but that was primarily due to poor managing on my part – even in a bad fantasy week, the Razzballers made it fun to play!

    Now, on to business…still holding Rutledge (while watching Lowrie, who I dropped for him, come alive for the first time in weeks), and Alcides has hit the wire; swap ‘em, or go w/Cozart, Simmons or Alexei? Looking for an ROS grab.
    Or, I can keep holding Rutledge – I’ll take slams/legs from my SS over average and low K’s, but if he’s going to play his way back into the minors again when Tulo gets back, I’d rather grab one of the others while they’re there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d go with Alexei

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Sounds good, thx!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • JFK says:
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            @Grey:

            Going to give Rutledge and Lester one more week to stay on my roster…this kid says it best for me: http://yhoo.it/11hiDh1

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Aw…

  118. Maglia Rosa says:
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    When I drop Castro it will be the highlight of my season…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  119. OaktownSteve says:
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    Remember the 16 year old kid Danny Almonte that dominated Little League right up until he got busted a few years back? I’ve been imagining that he changed his name to outrun his past.

    “Danny Almonte? No…that’s not me. My name is, uh…um. Zoilo. Yeah, Zoilo Almonte…that’s the ticket.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know, right? Thought the same…

  120. Tang says:
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    Should I send Braun packing in exchange for Rizzo/Bourn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  121. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    wow that arenado blurb…i mean i can’t stop laughing…just wow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  122. WonderBoy says:
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    Is Omar Infante an automatic drop for Aaron Hill when he comes off the DL tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • WonderBoy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. And thanks Omar Infante. Really solid 2 month bandaid to be honest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s been fine

  123. Rodney says:
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    E5 or Fielder ROS & Keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder

  124. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner Did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    Points League – Hosmer or Butler this week.

  125. Remis says:
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    Need Homers and Runs, was offered Jose Bautista for my Felix Hernandez, (Starters are Scherzer, Minor, Sanchez among others) have been good in pitching, need hitting.

    Fair deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bautista

      • Remis says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I’m sorry if this has been asked but, in case it hasn’t, Has Zoilo push Wells to the bench where he belongs? I hear Girardi loves him but he’s a notorious veteran lover as well. Thoughts?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Also
      Cutch or Longo ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like they’re giving Zoilo a look, but Wells will still play here and there

  127. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Tim Lincecum or A.J. Burnett for Anibal Sanchez?

    If both, who would you drop first?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tim

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  128. Ken Plane says:
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    Start one, Latos at Texas or Capuano v. Philly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  129. Nick nice says:
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    Drop aoki for Eric young??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  130. Andrew says:
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    Michael Bourn/Josh Donaldson vs Joey Bautista/Anthony Rendon.

    Which side ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joey

  131. Wilsonian says:
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    Jennings/Utley/Mujica for Bautista/Konerko/Henderson

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista

  132. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Mini Donkey, Oliver Perez, Jesse Crain ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds, apples and oranges

  133. Bret says:
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    My three OF’s are J.Upton, Puig and Heyward. Puig is a stud, but will the other two heat up? Thinking of trading them for speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like all three but depends what you can get

      • Bret says:
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        Are speedsters Ellsbury/Mclouth worth Upton/Heyward ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Should be, yeah

  134. Mitch says:
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    Rizzo or heyward ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, Heyward

  135. Hi everyone — Desperate for saves and power in a deep redraft roto league.

    For saves I have KRod, Bailey, and League and my weakest power hitters are Reddick, Moss, BJUpton.

    Would you drop any of those dudes for saves help from Ollie Perez or Melancon? Or power from Ike Davis?

    • @Enrique: Add Crain to the relievers list.

      So, drop one or more of KRod, Bailey, League, reddick, Moss, BJUpton for one or more of Ollie Perez, Melancon, Crain, Ike. Big need for both saves and power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s time to move on from Upton, grab Perez

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Grey:

        HE SAID IT!!!! Ive been waiting on that statement for months!!!! Blow Job SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!

        :)

        I dropped him 1 month ago, felt great!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup…

  136. Andrew says:
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    Which side ya got?

    Bautisa/Dom Brown vs Votto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista, it’s fair

  137. JFK says:
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    In a 12-team H2H keeper league where Wil Myers and Matt Carpenter are both rotating in-and-out of my Utility slot, who would you stick with and which SP would you target in a trade for the other?
    Both would qualify as 21st round keepers next season who can be kept for three years as -1 round picks each subsequent year.

    Other option would be to keep both and trade Freeman, Kinsler, Pence or Stanton, but thinking the drop-off might be too significant for any of those guys? In dire need of a solid SP, but pretty happy w/my lineup: C – Lucroy/1B – Freeman/2B – Kinsler/3B – Machado/SS – Rutledge (meh)/OFs – Ajax, Pence, Stanton/Utility – Carpenter/Bench – Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Carpenter for around Kuroda type pitcher…

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Cool – I’ll see if I can swing that.
        May also try to do a two-for-one, in which case do you see a turnaround for BJ or Ethier this season?
        Otherwise, can also pick up Gattis or Lawrie for my Utility spot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No on Ethier, worried about BJ…Neither, Lawrie

          • JFK says:
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            @Grey:

            Haha, okay…will have to see who else is available.
            How close is Carpenter + Porcello as a buy-low for Sabathia? Could I possibly stretch it to Sabathia + Kluber, or am I already short on the original offer?

            Also, I’ve been hearing rumblings about Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (the Cuban FA, not the current O’s pitcher) – thoughts on whether he’ll be signing w/a club soon, and what his ROS prospects might be?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t like CC

              • JFK says:
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                @Grey:

                Kuroda > CC?
                Thing is, trades are hard to pull off in that league w/the exception of three teams, and the Sabathia owner is the most willing partner at the moment.
                The only other SPs I’d be interested in are Lynn (who I traded to him to get Verlander), Kluber, Locke (meh) and Cingrani (will he make it back into the rotation any time soon?).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Kuroda over CC

  138. Mel says:
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    Please help!

    Comfortable lead in RBI and HR — could use pitching help (but not afraid to stream).

    Offered Hamels or Gallardo for Nelson Cruz.

    Would you take either of those offers? Hamels or Gallardo?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Mel: I’d take Hamels

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamels, it’s fair

  139. birrrdy! says:
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    @Grey: 5×5 10 team NL only keeper league. Should I drop either Wacha or Carlos Martinez for J.Kelly? Or try to wait another day and drop K-Rod when he’s eligible for me and take my chances with all 3 STL guys and some dead roster spots? I even have C.Carpenter on my DL for good measure!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait and drop K-Rod

  140. Rudacious says:
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    Hey guys who should i start tomorrow?

    Tillman vs Cleveland
    Kyle Lohse vs Cubs
    Correja @ Mia

    Or should i avoid all of these starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avoid

  141. Jack says:
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    My team:

    Would you trade Fielder for Strasburg? I would probably drop Benoit or Cishek for Ike Davis if I did the trade.

    12 team yahoo redraft league with 6×6 h2h scoring

    C: Ryan Doumit
    1B: Prince Fielder
    2B: Anthony Rendon
    SS: Nick Franklin
    3B: Evan Longoria
    OF: Mike Trout, Alex Rios, Dominic Brown
    UTL: Starling Marte, Yasiel Puig
    Bench: Mitch Moreland, Will Myers
    DL: Jedd Gyorko, Carl Crawford

    SP: Jered Weaver, Madison Bumgarner, Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto, Matt Harvey, Mike Minor, Patrick Corbin, Zach Wheeler
    RP: Edward Mujica, Steve Cishek, Joaquin Benoit

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jack: No, your SP is good enough compared to the huge hole you’d be leaving at 1B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though I think you need Fielder more on your team

  142. Jail says:
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    Hey Grey,

    These posts are the best part of the morning! Or what’s left of it.

    I’m looking to move Shields who I picked up on waivers a month ago. He’s been alright but I don’t watch him and see great fantasy value leaping out of his hand.

    I currently have Zorilla at 2B and Frankling at SS while Tulo is DL’ed. Another GM has Cano at 2B and Hill coming off the DL. Would you be good with a Shields for Hill swap?

    Thanks many!

    • Jail says:
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      @Jail: or I could offer the same trade with Weaver in place of Shields.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I wouldn’t do Shields for Hill

  143. jro says:
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    My OF, rios, joyce braun ellsbury and hart.

    Should I stash crawford over Hart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • jro says:
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        @Grey: Think the OF will look like Crawford, Kemp, Puig w Ethier traded or…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Probably

      • jro says:
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        @Grey: If i think I need more power stick w Hart or its not even close. Thanks

        • Terse

          Terse says:
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          @jro: still crawford. was crushing when healthy

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @jro: I would

  144. c0wfunk says:
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    after coasting along ignoring saves all season w/ wilhelmsen and frieri I”m starting to wonder if it’s time to kick wilhelm to the curb. Would you drop Wilhelmsen for Pestano? I’m content with losing pestano at week’s end. Or should I just grab Perez now? As a Mets fan it really hard to live in a world where Perez is getting saves but I always rooted for the maniac.

    So the question is drop Wilhelmsen for Pestano, then Perez later this week, get Perez now, or just hold and hope Wilhelmsen gets his act together…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Perez

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @c0wfunk:

      The thing is the Mariners will go right back to Willhelmsen when he starts getting guys out. Problem is I don’t think he’s going to start getting guys out. He looks cooked. The K rate and the HRs tell the story . 97, predictable and straight is MLB batting practice fastball pretty much.

  145. B.J. says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking to activate Chase Utley from the DL in my 12 team H2H. Who I cut loose for him? Rendon (holding Utley’s spot), Jarrod Parker, Jon Lester and Josh Johnson are my most “droppable” players.

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  146. Carnac says:
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    Ike just needed to stand 15″ closer to the plate, Willingham (and his 25% IFFB%) needs to wear shoe lifts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…High heels?

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Actually, wearing high heels is what gave him the knee problems.

        I can’t believe they don’t have Walgreens in Minneapolis with one of those tricked out Dr. Scholls displays. The Twins should’ve thought of that before committing to $7m/year. What a waste.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or Eduardo Escobar could kneel down at the plate and he stands on his back

  147. Alex says:
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    Marte wilin lee Castro for cargo and hosmer? 14 team keeper league….. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  148. Alex says:
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    ee n latos n S Castro n Rosario n Marte for cargo n Hosmer n Wacha. Which side? 14 team H2H keeper league

    • Alex says:
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      Meant lee

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Honestly, though, I’m not sure what you’re asking

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  149. B.o.B says:
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    Who should be the first to go on this pathetic offense in a 10 team H2H league? Adrian Gonzalez was just dropped.

    C – Napoli
    1B – Encarnacion
    2B – Cano
    3B – Machado/Aramis
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Bautista/Gordon/Victorino/Crisp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victorino

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Would you drop Andrus for Lowrie, Rutledge, Dozier, Cozart, Didi?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lowrie, but they give different things

          • B.o.B says:
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            @Grey: Just noticed Asdrubal is available too and might be back this weekend. Like him more than Andrus and Lowrie?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Over Andrus

  150. Bay of Puigs says:
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    In a keeper league is Ryan Braun worth trading for Shelby Miller? I already have Puig, Heyward, Upton, Kemp, Myers, Joyce and Ellsbury. But I am a little weak in pitching. Or should I try to get Matt Harvey for Braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get Harvey, not Miller

  151. Eddie says:
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    Afternoon, guvnah. Is it time to start Anthony Rendon at 2B over Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Walker is on the Albright Anti-All-Stars. As captained by Josh Son of Donald.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Walker is a bench bat if Donaldson’s on that team

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Granderson. Chris Sale.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              1st teamers, for sure

  152. herschel says:
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    @Grey: with talk of arod starting a rehab assignment soon, do you think he will have any value in most leagues for the second half of the season? worth a stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  153. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey. Have a couple of questions for ya.
    I am loaded with good young pitching in a 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(keep 10). I have M.HARVEY, J.FERNANDEZ, Z.WHEELER and G.COLE. I am looking to deal one to upgrade my OF/1B. Currently have A.LIND/E.HOSMER sharing 1B and J.WILLINGHAM, D.FOWLER, and C.CRISP manning the outfield. With M.KEMP hopefully returning this week.
    So far the only offer i received was G.PARRA for G.COLE which doesnt do much for me so I rejected it. The guy with Parra also has J.BAUTISTA, AD.GONZALEZ and J.UPTON who do interest me.

    1.Which of these bats do you think I should try to get?
    2.What do you think it would take to get him?
    3.Should I drop dead weight M.REYNOLDS for I.DAVIS, A.LAROCHE, J.REDDICK, J.GYORKO, B.REVERE
    4.Should I swap out M.TEIXEIRA for C.HART on my DL

    My squad
    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    SS-JJ.HARDY
    3B-H.RAMIREZ
    OF-J.WILLINGHAM
    OF-D.FOWLER
    OF-C.CRISP
    UTIL-A.LIND, M.REYNOLDS
    BENCH-M.KEMP
    DL-M.TEIXEIRA, B.LAWRIE, C.GRANDERSON

    SP-M.BUMGARNER, C.HAMELS, M.HARVER, K.MEDLEN, M.GARZA, J.FERNANDEZ, R.PORCELLO, Z.WHEELER, G.COLE
    PR-A.CHAPMAN, C.JANSSEN, J.BENOIT

    I know that this is a little long winded so I do really appreciate your insight.
    You do an amazing job with this site. Keep up the great work.
    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. 1. If someone is offering you Parra, I don’t see why he’d suddenly bump up his offer to Bautista or Upton… 2. I don’t know, you should ask the guy who has these three and report back 3. Yup Reddick 4. Sure

      • JJ says:
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        Do you@Grey:
        Do you think if I sent an offer of G.Cole straight up for J.Heyward, it would be insulting? OR get the ball rolling. Would I be better off offering Cole/Crisp? Cole/Willingham? Cole/M.Reynolds?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Offer Cole and Willingham or Crisp

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            I offered Cole and Willingham for Heyward and he countered with my COLE and LAWRIE for his HEYWARD and MIDDLEBROOKS.

            What do you think? I didnt really want to part with Lawrie.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Heyward

              • JJ says:
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                @Grey:
                What do you think about countering with HARDY/COLE for HEYWARD? Dont really want to lose Lawrie.

                I could slide H.Ramirez into SS and Reynolds into 3B. Or drop REynolds for GYORKO.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d take Heyward

  154. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Would you trade Longo for Cutch?

    I have Arenado 3B, Butler 1B, Belt MI, Ike DH.
    Am I too confident on Ike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  155. Scott says:
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    Great read to start of a long Monday! Can you rank these 3 for 2014? Aaron Hicks, Jackie Bradley Jr., George Springer. It’s an AL only keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hicks, Springer

  156. ryanh says:
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    Grey, I’m looking to deal Prince because he doesn’t deliver in enough of my league’s categories and I have Goldy at UTL. My catcher is weak (McCann) and we only start 9 offensive players so I want more from that position. What do you think about my trade proposals:

    1. Prince, Jennings, McCann, Holland for Posey, Ajax, Fister, Berkman
    2. Prince, Jennings, Holland for Trout, Niese, Strailey
    3. Prince, Holland for Adam Jones, Homer Bailey
    4. Prince, Jennings, McCann for Molina, Holliday, Evereth Cabrera
    5. Prince, Jennings, Holland for Mauer, Cuddyer, Corbin

    Are these fair offers? Am I selling Prince low or asking too much? I admit my guys are not exactly on fire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2, 1, 3… Is how I’d go

      • ryanh says:
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        @Grey:

        Those are the three I actually put into market. The other two were ideas.

        Do you think it’s time to sell on Jennings and Holland?

        Also, I have Kipnis with Hill coming back. Should I enjoy the wealth or look to deal one or the other? I like the steals from Kipnis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Deal Hill… I don’t know what you’d get for Jennings and Holland, so it depends…

  157. jaw says:
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    who should i drop to free up a spot for the return of reyes? – kelly johnson, neil walker, alexei ramirez. 10 team 5×5 h2h

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  158. Jail says:
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    shark/posey for darvish?

    • Jail says:
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      @Jail: or shark/puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d take Darvish

  159. MattH says:
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    Hi, Grey. What the heck is Rasmus doing hitting homers on non-short schedule days anyway? I was all ready to pick him up. I did anyway. Bonifacio too. Good stuff per usual. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem

  160. Wilsonian says:
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    Jennings or Marte ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  161. Phil says:
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    Would you start Alomonte this week? Will he play full time this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope and doubtful

  162. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    yo Prezz, you in here right now?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Prezz: ha, I wanted to share a few vaping tips

        If you go high nicotine, be careful how many times you puff it in an hour, it can make you really light headed and a little sick. If I know I’m going to be puffing a lot I use a lower nicotine juice.

        I’m going to talk to some of my so cal connects and see if any have a bay area store for you. Look for area that have a high number of Filopino’s, they love this shizz, it’s really big there and thailand.

        If you order on-line, make sure you are buying parts that will work with each other, most stuff is 510, so be aware of that

        • Prezz says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: the stuff by my house says on the package 24mg, but the ones in berkeley dont say shizz. I like them way more tho.. the bubble gum is amazing. And it has a little syringe type thing for easy filling. But yeah do that man i would appreciate it. i dont like ordering online, so a nice local place would be helpful for me. I plan on hittin big Als in berkeley when im out there every friday as of now.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Prezz: I’m on the prezz vape watch.

            I also sent over another invite to your yahoo acount.

            Seriously though, any filipino enclaves are going to have those stores, I know San Jose is too far for you, but no bullshit on this one. You need to find a place that lets you sample before you buy

            • Prezz says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: nicee! I would love a place where i could try before i buy.. berkeley isnt too bad since im there a lot. Im sure they got somethin like that out there, just gotta find it.

              And im going to go accept the invite now before i forget.

              • Prezz says:
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                Im in. My name is baseball mode cuz thats wat im in, until august!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Prezz: I got a spot via my vape connects who knows all the industry guys, it’s in San Jose, but looks legit, not sure how bad of a drive that is, but good product and selection is worth it in my book

                  http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-vape-bar-san-jose

                  • Prezz says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: san jose is a cut.. and sabastapol is who knows where. Way too far for me.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezz: I had feeling san jose was going to be the LA of vape, just go out on the weekend and have a vape trip

                    • Prezz says:
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                      Yep that could definitely be an idea. My buddy got one too so were kinda tryin stuff out together. Vape day! Haha

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezz: it’s like shoe shopping for women, men go out on an all day vape trip

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Prezz: here is one more resource for you

                  http://vaporsearchusa.com/

                  my hommie is slamming my phone with info right now

                  • Prezz says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: this one could be helpful. Ill bookmark it and research in a bit! Im actually cool with the dude at the smoke shop here ill see wats up,if he’ll let me try em out there. Doubtful, but worth a shot.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezz: I found a store in sebastopol and rohnert park which is nowhere near you, there is a place in Oakland that only sells their own juices, which i personally don’t like, but you never know you might find something good

                http://www.tastyvapor.us/index.php

                personally I think it’s really lame that they only sell their own and on top of that their site says it’s only 20% VG, which to me sucks ass. I like at the minimum a 50/50 but prefer a 70/30 or 100% VG. If you go there you should ask them why they only do 20% VG

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Prezz: trade some prezz pipe for vape?

                    I wouldn’t spend a dime on something I can’t sample first, got you two more links to check out

                    • Prezz says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: haha they always sound cuter on the phone. But ive bought vanilla and bubble gum which i knew id like and cherry just to go out on a limb.

                      They had turkey flavor. Grey said it put him right to sleep.. hahaha wasnt really sure if he was serious or not. Like eating a meal before bed i guess?

  163. Gator says:
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    Which side would you take: Shelby Miller & J Hamilton or Carlos Gonzalez & Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  164. magpipes says:
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    Should I trade Francisco Liriano for Fernando Rodney. I got decent starting pItching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  165. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Any news on this Coery Dickerson for Colorado is he going to play much? seems like he is suppose to have legit power. plus what would be fair value to try and get arenado in a 12 team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t look like he’s going to play much… Maybe an injured arm like Peavy? Maybe a fifth OF?

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @Grey: What about Gerrit Cole? also forgot to ask whats the status of Erasmo Ramirez? and do you think its worth it to give up seagura and cruz for F-Her?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too much for Felix… Erasmo should be around in ten days, hopefully

          • The Dredd Pirate says:
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            @Grey: Would seagura and say kubel or freese be approiate or Ryu if he wanted a pitcher back?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ryu, yeah…

  166. henncoop says:
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    in a 12 ream daily roto league just out of 1st place but a horrific 3 middle infielders of Uggla. Simmons, & Nix
    My SPs are way ahead of possible starts with only 89 left for the yr but decent ratios of 3.37 ERA & 1.127 WHIP.
    I have both Lee & Darvish as possible big trade chips
    I also am loaded @ the 1B, 3B, CI & Utility with Votto, Goldy, Rizzo, & Lind to cover the 3 spots

    So I am pondering offering Lind, Darvish, Uggla, & Teheran for Altuve, Hanley, Battencourt, & Pence
    My biggest concern is Hanley …is he healthy & motivated? So that’s a bit of a wildcard.
    Any suggestions? Offer the deal? does it look fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a solid trade for you… And I don’t fully trust Hanley, but if you want him this trade is fair… I’d trade a lesser piece for a lesser SS…

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: latest offer is Votto. Darvish, Uggla & Klubler for Altuve, Han Ram, Pence & Bettancourt (RP)

  167. Konerko seems to be coming around, but he’s pretty yawnstipating right?

    I’m more into a guy like Carter. Tons of bombs, tons of whiffs, looks like Rick James minus the hair. He’s in the midst of a good run that I think continues with the hot weather. I’m such a Carter guy that I don’t even mind losing him for Moss, who I sent off with a nice Bomb Voyage on Sunday.

    I guess the only question I have here is about Moss: Will the A’s always platoon him? I might need to try and get him back if CarGom go DL.

    Thanks!

    • @Sixto Lescano:

      I realize @grey that you address this above, but with my set-up I just can’t afford a platoon guy who sits whenever there’s a lefty on the hill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Moss is a platoon guy

  168. Derrick says:
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    Got a really interesting trade offer in my 5X5, 12-man, H2H league.

    I got offered Verlander and Upton for my Goldschmidt and Wheeler.

    This is my team:

    C – Perez
    1B – Votto
    2B – Kinsler
    3B- Zimmerman
    SS – Andrus
    OF – McCutchen, A. Jones and G. Stanton
    Util – Goldy
    Bench – BJ Upton

    SP’s – Scherzer, D. Holland, Cole, Wheeler, Garza, Porcello, Kluber, EJax,
    RP’s – Henderon, Uehara, Street and Holland
    DL – Burnett

    Do I pull the trigger? I am currently in 1st place. I’m torn here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Justin Upton/Verlander

      • Derrick says:
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        @Grey: Thank you. I accepted it. No way could I turn this trade down. I hope it works out for me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, me too…

  169. MJD says:
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    In a vacuum, Fielder or Cano ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  170. MJD says:
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    In a vacuum, Fielder or Cano ROS? Thanks!

  171. Spencer says:
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    Just looking through FAs to see if I could upgrade the closer spots on my roster. I can start 3 RP, league counts SV, WHIP, ERA, IP, K/9. Currently starting Cishek, Holland, and Parnell. Available are Benoit, Putz (coming off DL), Veras C Perez, Uehara. Make some moves or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benoit over Cishek

  172. Brett says:
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    Need help which side do you prefer Balfour and garza or cashner and Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza

  173. tha_snazzle says:
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    Better option for tomorrow: Locke @ SEA or Jo-Fer vs. MIN?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Fer

  174. Jiffy Pop says:
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    Cole hamels or Ervin Santana?

    • Jiffy Pop says:
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      @Jiffy Pop:

      Also, who do you like R

      • Jiffy Pop says:
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        @Jiffy Pop:

        Damn sensitive keyboard- meant to say: who do you like better ROS grenike or Ervin Santana

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Greinke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      hamels

  175. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    It looks like Gregg and possibly Russell get traded, if both are moved then who closes in Chicago?

    If you say Marmol I’m going to scream

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      They really should try Villanueva. He pitched well but can’t crack the rotation. Veteran guy with two decent pitches. K rate of 7 ish as a starter over two years can easily translate to 8+ as a one inning guy. He’s a tough SOB too. I bet he’s got a closer mentality.

      Since he’s gone to the pen he’s pitched to a 2.91 ERA, 9.46 K/9, 13/4 K/BB rate in 12.1 innings.

      Seems like a reasonable gamble.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I always love Charlie Newhouse. I thought about him too, thinking about a guy they can audition for next year. Will be an interesting situation to watch. i have this gut feeling the cubs might make some noise down the stretch this year and force the reds, Pirate, and Cardinals to work for that NL Central title

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no else there

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: palying it safe souless grey…..I’m so glad you’re back

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It felt more in line with who I am… I’m not Poochie

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: this avatar is better.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

    • Wheeler in the sky says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:
      For what it’s worth my money’s on Blake Parker leading the Cubs in saves from the Gregg trade on. I picked him up in my NL only the week he was promoted. He’s been pretty solid the last month. Karabell also thinks he’ll be the guy, again for what it’s worth.

  176. Sal says:
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    Team of

    C-wilin
    1B-goldschimdt
    2B-rendon
    3B-cabrera
    SS-segura
    OF-alex gordon
    OF-melky
    OF-blanks
    Utilfreeman
    Util-machado

    I have Reyes coming back from the DL on thursday and have no where to play him unless i bench machado freeman or segura all three players whom should be in my everyday lineup. However I need OF help and trading one of those players would open up a spot for reyes and help my Of.

    thoughts on segura for adam jones
    machado for beltran?

    any buy low OF you recommend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jones there

  177. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Rutledge or Simmons

    When Gyorko returns, do i drop Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge… Yup

  178. OaktownSteve says:
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    When my banner ad is not “Get The Breasts You’ve Always Wanted” it’s an ad for Allstate insurance in Spanish. Is there a particular reason why Razzball thinks I’m a flat-chested, under-insured Mexican woman?

    Also, four games only today? Not enough, by crickey.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: mine are shoes, floormats and Oakland A’s gear…..I don’t even know what that makes me

      how do i get the breast implant ads? do they show before and after? I think I’m going to go research yoga pants

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        It’s all very classy. Sepia cleavage in a bra and an enticement to get the breasts you’ve always wanted.

        The algo might think you’re an A’s/Raiders fan from San Leandro. Decal of Calvin wizzing pasted on the back of your jacked up truck.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @OaktownSteve: truck is at stock height, but did come with factory 20’s.

          Aren’t A’s/Raider fans polar opposites? Or as Real Sports has pointed out to us, that the classic Raider fans have jumped on the Niners bandwagon and dragged them down to the level of LA Raiders fans?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate:

            San Leandro folks are kind of like more Oakland than Oaklanders. Raiders/A’s and Dubs.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @OaktownSteve: You aren’t by any chance in California are you? Cause that would begin to explain the Spanish and the desire for breast implants…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans:

        You might be on to something. Now it’s an ad for Chardonnay and Medical Marijuana.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right now Esmeralda is cleaning my place, I’ll ask her what she likes…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: ha, you’re so Hollywood that your cleaning lady has fake cans. Does she give us advise too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is her, Mr. Jack.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: if you do windows and wear low cut tops you’re hired

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Done and done, Mr. Jack.

  179. xonkk says:
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    Was offered Cespedes for Dickey. Pull the trigger or stick with Dickey?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @xonkk: you go pull that trigger now and read this site everyday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes side

  180. Brett says:
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    Matt Moore or cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore

  181. Pete says:
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    Would you start Sam Deduno, Hector Santiago or a scary 2-start Jeremy Hellickson at a #5 SP slot (16-team H2H points league) – I’m getting to desperation time at 6-6 due to some bad luck/underachieving players and really need a win this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  182. Dan says:
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    Trade Kinsler/CJ Wilson for Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  183. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Ryan Howard? He’s on waivers in one league. I just picked up Alvarez as a utility/bench bat and Howard would be mostly slotting there also as I have Goldy and Longo as starters. Also have Braun on my bench bc my 2 DL slots are full. Howard is only 1 year removed from a 30 homer season and he appears to be heating up. If I grab him now I’d have to either drop Alvarez, one of my 5 closers (stockpiled in case I lose a couple) or one of my 6 SPs. Cishek, Porcello or Cole would be the options to drop from the RPs and SPs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  184. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 5×5, roto, 12 team, non keeper.

    give- Desmond Jennings, Mitch Moreland.
    get- Starling Marte, Everth Cabrera

    I’m looking to get some significant steals.

    MY TEAM.
    CA- Wieters. 1B- Votto. 2B- Dozier. 3B- Beltre. SS- Cozart. CI- Fielder. MI- AlxRamirez.
    OF- Jennings. OF- Viciedo. OF- Carter. OF- Quentin. OF- EYoung. UT- Moreland.
    BN- CYoung, MMontero, Span, IDavis.
    DL- Gyorko. DL- Pagan.
    SP- Kershaw. SP- Hamels.
    RP- RSoriano. RP- Parnell.
    P- Benoit. P- Scherzer. P- Arroyo. P- Colon. P- Kennedy.
    BN- AJBurnett, JJPutz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  185. Topazmagee says:
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    Is Masterson worth 7th or 8th rd pick? Getting an 18th back

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Topazmagee: Nope.

  186. Jacks says:
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    Hey Grey, which two would you do:

    Latos @ TEX
    Parker StL
    Dickey @TB
    M Moore TOR DET
    Peralta to avoid these tuff starts
    Bundy … Ditto!

    Would definitely sit Parker if it was @StL, but his home park and recent success has me thinking I might go with him. Latos is hot as well, but it’s in TEX ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos, Parker

  187. OaktownSteve says:
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    Streamers note…short day streaming options maybe not owned in your RCL league that are getting starts:

    Luke Scott, Travis Ishikawa, Michael Brantley, Drew Stubbs, M. Kawasaki, Super Sam Fuld, Ryan Flaherty, Ryan Rayburn.

    • Prezz says:
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      Niceeee. Which 0-4 would you like? Haha i would batty call me some luke scott… But ill just stick with my shitty relievers for now..

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Prezz:

        I’m feeling Ishikawa. Which is not a euphemism, but if it were I would choose to have “feeling Ishikawa” mean “I could go for some hamachi and 3 large Sapporos”

        • Prezz says:
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          @OaktownSteve: ishy ishy, slurp slurp!

          Wait, what?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Prezz: sounds like you’re working right now

            • Prezz says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: no just running around like a chicken with its head cut off…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezz: slurp slurp is your working sounds? right?

                • Prezz says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: asshole.. hahaha like i said, i was running around so i didnt catch that! Haha i thought you were sayin i was bein short or somethin… Should of known!!

                  Slurp slurp!

  188. jaw says:
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    drop martin perez for bauer? stash erasmo? or hold? 12 team 5×5 h2h keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  189. jro says:
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    Drop Erasmo for Wandy or drop 4th closer Street-other kenley, papelbon, street benoit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  190. Jay says:
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    Felix or Darvish in a keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      F-Her

  191. Mr. Glass says:
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    would a zobrist & Ryu for Bumgarner be a fair trade or to little to get Bumgarner if so what range of pitcher should i be targeting in return for Zobrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bum

  192. jro says:
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    Top 2 Reddick, Dunn, Joyce, Reddick

    • jro says:
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      @jro: Carter,reddick, dunn, joyce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joyce, Reddick

  193. Shoop da Whoop says:
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    Just letting everyone know I’m benching Shelby Miller this week. The last time I benched him he threw one of the greatest games of all time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: I benched him for those 27 consecutive outs as well!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch

  194. Deck says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Trade offer time just hit in my league. Got offered Sabathia Butler and Gregg for Darvish and Cole.

    Been having to start Moreland and Konerko. W/O Yu my pitching staff consists of Shields, Garza and a few Cashner level guys.

    Have Mujica Rodney and just lost Valverde for closer.

    Is this enough for Yu and can my team absorb the loss of Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: He has Cain, as well, don’t know if he does it but if I switched Cain for CC would that change things?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Cain

  195. Mike says:
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    SON has Milone at $14 vs Cincy in the Colloseum, stream? Or maybe go with Cahill @Washington.
    Enlighten me Grey Rabbeinu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone

  196. henncoop says:
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    in a 12 ream daily roto league just out of 1st place but a horrific 3 middle infielders of Uggla. Simmons, & Nix
    My SPs are way ahead of possible starts with only 89 left for the yr but decent ratios of 3.37 ERA & 1.127 WHIP.
    I have both Lee & Darvish as possible big trade chips
    I also am loaded @ the 1B, 3B, CI & Utility with Votto, Goldy, Rizzo, & Lind to cover the 3 spots
    (rejected previous offer & countered)
    As it sits now the latest offer is:
    My Darvish, Votto & Kluber for his Altuve, HanRam, & Pence

    Seems to help my team but am I giving up too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  197. Deck says:
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    Also Grey I feel like you should open up a secret society Razzball for all of us who have been here for a while.

    Why?

    Because I don’t want to tell other people about this site for obvious reasons but I would definitely like to see you succeed. If the original followers could maintain their edge and still talk about your site that would be a win win.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Deck: you are talking about the underazz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Deck:

      Use the forums. Nobody hardly goes in there at all.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        if they took all the fake/vape smoke , football , and porn site talk to the forums ,
        it would make the daily reading of these columns more pleasant .

  198. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    been trying to help prezz get quality vape supplies in the bay area, i think i got a business idea for the east bay…..vape store, you know any investor/venture capitalists grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There needs to be a kickass one in every major city… It’s about to explode…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: if thats the case then we are the cool kids…..Finally!

        Seriously, if i knew someone that wanted to go in together in the Bay I would do it in a heartbeat

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          Does there need to be a storefront? Is there any advantage to that? I don’t know exactly what “vape” is. Like an alternative to smoking? There’s definitely always money to be made peddling addictive substances. Who are the customers? Hipsters? Is a single supply thing like you’re an outlet for a producer or do you have a selection? Sell hardware and consumables? Would it be appropriate to sell at a head shop? How much does all the stuff costs? Any idea what the margins are like?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve:
            1) a storefront is necessary
            2) yes it is an alternative to smoking, a liquid is vaporized through a cartomizer or atomizer and is powered by a battery
            3) Customers are anyone who wants to quit smoking but finds the “e-cigarette” a bad alternative. It also appeals to your hookah smokers. there is a small trend among younger kids who find it a trend. Customers are going to come from all places. i know college kids, iron workers and other trade workers, professionals, cougars, fantasy baseball writers.
            4) Selection, most likely carry 10-15 battery units, a selection of 10-20 tanks and tips and at least 50 plus juices.
            5) head shops are a no no, the vape community wants to differentiate itself from the weed world. They have the g pens (which are to vape earwax, which if you don’t know is a heavy concentrate of weed, about 70% realm)
            6) cost and margins, thats a long answer, you can get the battery units for 30-40 bucks a pop for the good ones and sell them for 70-120 a pop. the cheep units for 8 and sell for 30-40. The tanks and tips can be bought for anywhere from a buck to 10 and sold from 6-50. Some a lot more. All the mechanics/hardware can be bought from Hong Kong dirt cheep. The quality juices are made in America, lots in so cal. good quality, but you can also make your own. they have charts on the net that tell you how to do this.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            Looks like eCigs did 200 million in 2011, 400 million in 2012 and expected to do 800 million in 2013. Usually when I start hearing about stuff it is ready to take off. I’m not an early adopter of anything.

            That’s a pretty good growth trajectory doubling every year. Cigarettes are $80 billion a year so there’s tons of growth by just getting fractional market share.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              There’s a little nook in the Temescal part of Oakland. Chabon set Telegraph Ave there. It’s a perfect blend of new Oakland hipsters, West Oakland/Emoryville/South West Berkeley grit and traditional blue collar Oakland. You could put your shop right next to this place:

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/lanesplitter-pizza-and-pub-oakland

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but the tobacco lobby isn’t happy… My Mom said there’s talk about outlawing it in NY…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                How can they outlaw it without banning cigarettes?

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: was my rundown understandle?

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate:

                    Yeah…totally. On the surface it looks like it has moneymaking potential.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Say that there haven’t been tests done? Not even regulation? Say they’re not sure it’s safe?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: can’t be any worse than all the chemicals in a cigarette and the lack of carcinogens. have you noticed the difference in your lungs?

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, totally… I feel much better, can taste stuff, can breathe, all around much better… I’m just saying the government took 30 years to okay aspirin, so I don’t know… Hoping they just tax it, if they do anything… Can’t imagine they do nothing though without getting a piece…

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Ah yes, I get what you’re saying. And of course there will be tremendous pressure from the all powerful Big Tobacco lobby trying to ban.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: like i said to oaktown steve below, you can make your own juice and probably wouldn’t be that hard to make your own battery unit

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, but that’ll kill it for Joe Schmo… It’ll make it a fringe product…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I could give a rats ass about Joe Schmo, but I will always have mine if i choose, people have been smoking copious amounts of weed in california for a long time and that ban hasn’t stopped them

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, totally, but then we’re talking about a fringe product and not something that the vast amount of smokers can move to…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the government’s gonna crack down and raise prices or make it difficult within 2 years which would have me concerned about opening a store…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            They might start to tax heavy, but people pay 12 bucks a pack for cigs in NYC. If people want it they’ll pay for it and if it’s a government tax you just pass it right through to the consumer and your margin stays the same anyway. Cigarettes are a totally mature product though and folks ain’t going to live without it. The question would be whether government regulation, probably the increased cost because of tax, kill off interest from what is not a fully mature marketplace. In other words, are not enough folks already hooked on this to keep paying.

            • Grey

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              Good question, I don’t know… My guess is yes because I told the guy at the store that he should raise his prices… Being a cheap mf’er I’ve said that about three times in my life… $10 lasts about a week… I think the ceiling is closer to $30 before people start getting annoyed…

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @OaktownSteve: unlike cigarettes, you can make this at home.

              The contents of the juice is either vegetable glycerin and/or polyglycerol, flavoring and/or liquid nicotine, all vendors make a nicotine free in every flavor. it would be hard to regulate that. I’ve vaped no nicotine cause i just love to smoke.

              the only tax is sales, and i don’t see where else they could pull it from

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming the government doesn’t step in and start regulating…

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: Where is the best juice to order online?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Deck: thats a preference thing, it’s best to find what you like and then order it in bulk. where do you live?

          • Deck says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Houston…I am actually opening up a small operation to sell it and have been trying juices to find a supplier, haven’t found one I like enough yet and the one I go to personally doesn’t want to be a supplier.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Deck: villain vapors, uncle junk, catepillar, jameson, drakes, rawr

              • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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                @OaktownSteve: @Grey: @Jack Full of Hate: I had NO idea that E-cigs were such ‘a thing’. You west coasters and your fu-fu hobbies.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You should try wheatgrass. Really yummy!

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

                  I never really heard of them much except here. But I’ve noticed them around. I work near Zynga and a lot of those folks are using them. That’s as hipster as you can get.

                  • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: Ya. I have friends who just use them (regular tobacco) to quit the real thing.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: real hipsters like real cigarettes. there is big difference between what we are talking about and the e-cigs you see in 7-11

                • Prezz says:
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                  Anything to make me stop smokin the cancer sticks.. a little vapor cant be as bad as the chemicals in cigs..

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: saw some kids (sub 18) doing this in their car last week near my house. I totally narc’ed on them! LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  199. danimal says:
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    Am I crazy for considering this trade? 14-team league with 12 keepers. I give Giancarlo and Votto, I receive ManbearPuig, Jose Fernandez, Kenley Jansen, and either Billy Butler/Matt Garza/Greg Holland. Haven’t decided on that final piece. Should I be asking for more here? My mouth is watering at the thought of having Puig and Fernandez. And Grey, please don’t disown me for considering trading Giancarlo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

  200. Greetings…I play in a 13 team mixed keeper league (auction style) with a $100 salary cap. For the first year you keep a player, you double their salary, then triple it the following year, and so on. Trevor Bauer is available and has the minimum salary of $1. While I expect him to be shaky this year, how valuable do you see him next year for a $2 salary? I would be dropping Straily to take him.

    Also, Martin Perez is RP eligible in my league. He looked pretty stout in AAA and did well in his start this weekend. Would you drop Straily for him?

    Thanks in advance!

    • @El Conquistador:

      Also, Mike Olt is available at $1 and I could put him in my minors spot. He looks fantastic right now in AAA, albeit a hitters’ paradise. Outlook for Olt next year?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Olt should be a 30 homer, .250 hitter soon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Perez over Straily…

  201. Brook Jacoby says:
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    In a vacuum, trade Yu Darvish or Matt Harvey for Adam Jones (if at all?) In a league where Yu will cost a 3rd rounder to keep, and Harvey a 10, which do you trade (AJ would cost a 9)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish for Jones

  202. Farmers88 says:
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    I have to drop a pitcher to add a DH for this week….

    Who is the most droppable….Lester or Beachy?

    My other pitchers are Harvey, J Zim, Jose Fernandez, Cole, Milone, Lincecum, Medlen and J. Parker

    I could also drop an Rp I have Champman, C.Perez, K-Rod, Brothers, and Koji.

    Who do you drop????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beachy…

  203. Jay says:
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    Verlander/Cespedes or Dread Pirate/Wheeler

    In a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey:
        Is it more verlander over wheeler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  204. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS, Austin Jackson or Starling Marte? H2H points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  205. vohnie says:
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    I have Aaron Hill coming off the DL, who should I drop to get him back into the lineup between Frazier, Rendon, Lind, or none?

    My RPs are Soriano, Rodney, Mujica, Jansen, and Uehara. Is there any need to drop any of these players for Erasmo or hold? I’m second in saves but back by about 15–20.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon, hold the RPs

  206. Rudacious says:
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    Pedro Alvarez

    Nolan arenado

    David freese

    ROS who are the two boys to go for here

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedro, Arenado

  207. Mikey says:
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    Who would you start this week NL only 8 team H2H League. Counting stats are BA, TB, SB-CS, RBI, Runs? M. Cabrera, Gordon or Carter

    Same League format and pitching counting stats are W, L, ERA, K’s, QS

    Who would you start – Lester, Dickey, Griffin, Kluber?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NL-ONly? Melky? Miggy?

      • Mikey says:
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        @Grey:

        Oops, Melky.

        • Mikey says:
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          @Mikey:

          double oops, AL only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon… I’d start all the pitchers, but I don’t know their match-ups…

      • Mikey says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. Lester vs toronto, Kluber @ Balt, Dickey @ TB, Griffin vs Cin

        • Mikey says:
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          @Mikey:

          I chose Kluber as Lester and Dickey have been killing me lately and Griffin has a touch matchup.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Okay, cool

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those are tough matchups…

          • Mikey says:
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            @Grey:

            Agreed….

  208. Mikey says:
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    Sorry, got another one…. NL only 10 team H2H League Hitting counting stats include TB, Avg, SB-CS, RBI, Runs

    DH spot – A. Torres, G. Jones, J. Jay, or Y. Grandal

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jay

      • Mikey says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey.

  209. Jason says:
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    What do you think about this trade?

    I give: Wheeler + Frazier
    I get: Rizzo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side

  210. plasmaj says:
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    time to drop Berkman? for reference, best 1B on waiver wire are Kyle Blanks and Garrett Jones, so pretty craptastic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  211. Birdog says:
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    Throw one away:

    Wand Wagon
    Porcello
    Wheeler