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Angel Pagan might be out the season, but will definitely be out until September.  Too bad, so sad, don’t forget to write, don’t write too often, waste of paper.  Hey, Gregor Blanco, come on down!  You are the next contestant on The SAGNOF Is Right.  How many steals can you steal this year?  Peter Bourjos says 20.  Not bad, but seems a little low.  Jacoby Ellsbury says 60.  Whoa, that’s way too high; you’re not gonna win a trip for two to Mount Rushmore like that.  Michael Bourn says 35.  That’s not bad; he’s practiced this at home with his grammy.  Oh no, Darin Ruf says 1.  Damn you, Darin Ruf!  Now I have to guess exactly or go with 2, but then Marlon Byrd can say 3 and I’m screwed.  I’ll say…28.  Byrd goes with 2, and Ruf gives him the stink-eye.  Drew Carey says… Oops, when he pulled out the card an eight ball of coke fell out of his pocket.  The correct answer is 32!  I win!  Next up, Plinko!  Fitting since Gregor sounds like a Pinko.  Sure, Blanco’s not an exciting name and is only the lede because there were four games yesterday, but he still has lots of value.  This news is the equivalent to a new closer taking over.  Blanco won’t kill you in average, and has been hitting near .500 in the last week.  Blanco is a guy I’d grab in every single league if I needed speed.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Bochy said he was happy with Sandoval’s weight loss since his injury.  After the game, Sandoval was just happy to remove that stupid girdle.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks and a 1st inning homer to Puig.  Bumgarner thought it was an easy pop-up off the bat when Sandoval started screaming, “I got it,” but Pablo was just reading Puig’s jersey.

David Price – Threw a bullpen session on Sunday afternoon in Tampa.  Doesn’t that sound so pleasant?  The only thing that could make it better is if there were a chorus line of Hooters girls in their auburn hosiery.

Jeremy Hellickson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks.  Solid start, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s great since he walked Rasmus three times and Edwin once.  (Obviously Hellickson reads Razzball and knows about Rasmus on short schedule days.)  Hellickson got completely demolished by the peasant Royals two starts ago and gets the Tigers next.  I wouldn’t go near Hellickson with a ten-foot pole.  I also wouldn’t go near a ten-foot Pole named Stanislaw.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Whatever, the Royals have David Lough to man right field and they got a pitcher that has made them a just-under .500 team.  You can’t put a price on that.  Only because you can’t label prices with negative numbers.

James Loney – 1-for-4 with a solo homer.  Blah-Loney was dropped in my 12-team mixed league and I can understand it.  He’s hitting .244 in June with 2 homers.  The magic of turning crizzappy 1st basemen into stars might’ve left the Rays building (through a trap door in a cloud of smoke).

Sam Fuld – 1-for-3 and a solo homer.  This was Fuld’s 2nd homer of the year.  That-that-that’s all folks!

Jose Reyes – Will be activated on Wednesday.  Finally, there will be someone to answer before each game when they sing, “Jose, can you see?”

Esmil Rogers – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Esmil isn’t pitching with the Jays simply because of nepotism.  He’s not related to Rogers Centre.  Since there were less games yesterday than the first round of the playoffs, I watched Rogers and he looked like he had Cashner disease.  He throws fast, but he’s not getting the strikeouts you’d like to see.  For now, I’d leave him for AL-Only leagues.

Michael Wacha – Being skipped at Triple-A so he has some bullets in the chamber like DCI John Luther.  (BTW, best show you haven’t seen yet on Netflix streaming.  Seriously, watch it right now.)

Oscar Taveras – Still has ankle soreness. Geez, taking a long time for him to rehab his ankle.  Unless he’s faking it.  The Oscar goes to…Oscar!  No, probably not.  It doesn’t really matter, because, as I’ve been saying, he has nowhere to play anyway, i.e., it’s not in the Cards.

Jayson Werth – Hoping to return Tuesday night after pulling his groin muscle.  TMI!

Bryce Harper – On track to return this weekend as he will start his rehab assignment today in High-A Potomac.  Surprised Apple hasn’t changed that to the iPotomac.

Matt Kemp – Could be activated from the DL today after meeting with team officials in LA, who will be dressed as their favorite Superman character for a special tie-in promotion.  Hopefully, General Manager Zod Colletti doesn’t have any bad news.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  He keeps going like this and major league baseball teams are going to be surveying every raft off the coast of Miami.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 12 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Not a pretty game with all of those baserunners, but his ERA is 2.85, so you’ll take that and like it.

Ryan Howard – Couldn’t play yesterday due to his sore knee.  Eh, you don’t need an excuse Howard, no one played yesterday.  I’m guessing whoever made up the baseball schedule had a hot date last night.

Jonathan Papelbon – 1 IP, 1 ER, blown save, but it was much worse with him also giving up two inherited runners from Lee.  Obviously, Papelbon saw Valverde close for the Tigers and is taking his audition seriously.

Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Padres.  Pretty unfair fight, but luckily the Padres had Papelbon working for them.  Figures, the whole Papel/Friars connection.

John Mayberry – 3-for-4, 2 runs and 2 steals.  Must’ve misheard when Charlie Manuel said, “Hit or else, ‘Berry!”

Carlos Ruiz – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  “So…about Arencibia?”

Chase Utley – 2-for-5 and his 8th homer and no obliques were injured!

Mike Adams – It’s possible he needs labrum surgery.  Will depend what says good ol’ doctor, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, whose last name sounds like one of the worst Nike sneakers ever made.

Roy Halladay – Played catch yesterday.   Well, he played throw and someone else played catch.

Jedd Gyorko – Could return this weekend.  So far, Gyorko hasn’t had any problems with his groin.  Seriously, fellas, you’re oversharing.

Kyle Blanks – 4-for-5, 1 run and 3 RBIs with four singles.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the first time a 300-plus pound player had four singles in a game since 1967 when McDonald’s introduced the double with cheese.

Eric Stults – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks to lower his ERA to 3.20.  This is such an unlikely year for Eric Stults that it seems like John Hughes is playing fantasy baseball in heaven.

Alex Rodriguez – Set to begin rehab on July 1st.  He’ll be rehabbing his inability to say no to girls with muscles.

Mark Teixeira – Has pain in his wrist still.  It sure will be fun when we get this next March, “Hey, Grey, your stache is my north, south, east and west, but why is Tex ranked so low?  The Yankees say he’s healthy.”

Ricky Nolasco – Marlins are aggressively shopping him.  Razzball Exclusive!  Here’s an overheard phone call made by Jeffrey Loria, “Hello, Angels, do you want Nolasco?  Okay, how about Mike Trout?  No?  Hmm… How about the rights to Tim Salmon to be our broadcaster?  Yes, I’m serious.  I only do trades for the fans.  Actually, scratch that Salmon deal.  I’m sorry, you’re right, we can get more.  How about Nolasco for a can of orange paint?  My luxury box countertop is chipped.”

Wandy Rodriguez – Due back this week.  Finally, we can find out from ESPN where Gerrit Cole is in relation to Wandy.  How have we dealt with all of these starters without their Wandy belchmark?

Asdrubal Cabrera – Could return by the end of the week, assuming the Mayans don’t drop another world cutoff on us.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Now has 3 homers in the last 5 days to go with 2 steals.  Hitter-Tron didn’t love Brantley this week, but Hitter-Tron gets hot by rubbing his stuff against Lady Liberty half dollars, so there’s that.

Nick Swisher – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI in his 2nd game back from his injured shoulder.  He’s only hitting .236 with 7 homers, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get very hot at some point.  Maybe now that his shoulder has cleared up he can start hitting as sexy as those damn sideburns.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-3 and his 8th steal.  He’s been batting ninth, but he’s hitting near .325 in the last week with 2 steals and a homer.  Looks like Stubbs BBQ comes with a side of hot schmotato.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 4.58.  Member when he was the meow’s cat?  He was doing that in Coors too.  It’s like a guy that can only pick-up hot chicks.  Basically, a guy that doesn’t exist.

Zach Britton – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering (raising?) his ERA to 5.51.  Britton vs. the Indians was a rematch of the Seven Years Year, which was originally over fur, but both times the Indians dealt with screams of “Ubaldo!”

Dylan Bundy – Had a setback when throwing.  Sounds like the Orioles top prospect is headed for Tommy John surgery.  If Bundy would’ve just sat on the couch with his hands in his pants, this would’ve never have happened.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-4 and a solo homer, his 8th, as he bats .292.  This gives hope to Moustakas.  Having a sister with a mustache isn’t bad luck.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer, which comes after he was oh for his last 11 and 2-for-19.  See ya again in five days!

Wei-Yin Chen – Threw a simulated game on Monday.  Everyone in the stands wore 3-D glasses and the hitters were covered in blue paint.  It was pretty cool.  I stashed Chen in one league where we need pitching (assuming Rudy hasn’t dropped him as of this writing).  He’s pretty marginal in mixed leagues (as you’ll see from his projections on his player page), but he could be a back end starter in deeper mixed leagues.  Think high-6 K/9 and low 2 BB/9.

Freddy Garcia – O’s sent him to Triple-A.  He’s putting the AAA in JAAAbroni.

  1. Marti says:
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    Any chance Gary brown gets called up at some point?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Marti: Unless more injuries I doubt it until September when rosters expand

  2. Brooke says:
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    Morning Grey. I’ve been curious as to how many Baseball Leagues you’re in, and if your in first place in any of them? Not that I will judge you or your expertise any differently if your doing bad. You’re handsome and funny and that’s more important than Championships!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brooke: Haha… I think we’re in about 10 leagues… I know we’re in first in at least two, Rudy manages one by himself…

  3. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Just shipped Howard and Panda for Price and Victorino. Watcha think?

    Have Alvarez at 3b and would be swapping Howard for Victorino at UTIL

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: I’m still worried about Prices arm but Panda can get hurt any time, don’t love it but don’t hate it

  4. Chris says:
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    Nick Franklin worth 5th waiver spot?

    • Hondo says:
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      @Chris:

      If I didn’t already have him,I’d do it and I’ve got Reyes back on Thursday.This is a qhandry,conundrum and now I want some cumquats.

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        @Hondo:
        Even if I didn’t have that Cano guy clogging up my 2nd spot I’d still do it.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Hondo:

        Now looking like Reyes is back Wednesday.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Chris: yes

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Depends on roster if he’s gonna play for you and not be on your bench then sure

  5. Wheeler in the sky says:
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    Totally with you on the show Luther. BBC America has a few solid shows that are under the radar. Orphan Black, Copper and Ripper City are worth a look too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wheeler in the sky: Yeah, heard good things about Copper, will probably check that out next… Luther was amazing… Especially the first season…

      • Wheeler in the sky says:
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        @Grey:
        Orphan Black’s probably my fav of the four, but they’re all worth checking out IMO. If you like Luther I think you’ll enjoy all 4. They’re all mentally stimulating as well as entertaining.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Hondo says:
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    Would the 20 MPH winds blowing out to left at Kaufman make you consider benching Medlen tomorrow?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hondo: Whoa next level! Nah I think you play him regardless, pitching well lately against a struggling offense

      • Hondo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks,I don’t mind eating a couple wind assisted solo shots.

        Well actually I do,I just hope he can be Mr.GBP if he’s got guys on base.It could get ugly.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hondo: Yea but not like the Royals are screaming with power right now!

          • Hondo says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            With my luck,this will be the day Moobs gets his silicone/wind assisted HR’s of the year.LOL

            • Hondo says:
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              @Hondo: Meant to say 6th and 7th

          • Furious says:
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            @JB Gilpin: The Royals best power option is playing OF for Tampa Bay.

  7. Web says:
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    Tired of dealing with Aramis at 3rd…is Donaldson for real?

    Was thinking of offering Butler and Wil Myers to get Freeman and Donaldson

    Your thoughts appreciated!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Web: Donaldson is doing better than Butler, and Freeman is a beast. I don’t think he’d do that deal, unless he’s got some rookie nookie fever.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Web: Agree with above love that deal for you

  8. Visionary1 says:
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    Uh, Grey, Bourn won. He guessed 35, which was only 3 away from 32. 28 was 4 away.

    • Visionary1 says:
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      @Visionary1: Also, who invited Drew Carey?

    • Giant Gigantes says:
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      @Visionary1: I guess u don’t watch price is right…

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Giant Gigantes: Sorry, the Barkman Bobby “get your pets spayed or neutered ” Barker, is and forever WILL BE The Price is Right.

    • Scott says:
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      @Visionary1: Sorry man but do you know anything about The Price Is Right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Visionary1: He went over, over loses automatically

  9. Doorstop says:
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    Am i benching any of these guys tomorrow in a 14 team league?
    Milone vs Cin
    Tillman vs Cle
    Wheeler @ CWS
    Porcello vs LAA

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Doorstop: i would think not, but i don’t like tillman.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doorstop: Agree probably not in 14 team, Tillman is least favorite but not a bad play

  10. costaricanchata says:
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    ” Jedd Gyorko – Could return this weekend. So far, Gyorko hasn’t had any problems with his groin. Seriously, fellas, you’re oversharing.”

    over-sharing ?
    ” I have goose tinglies in my bum thinking about Arenado this summer in Coors …. “

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @costaricanchata: Hah, you should’ve used preparation H….

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        9 out of 10 gerbils prefer goose tinglies to any other brand of tinglies .

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @costaricanchata: Makes the pellets that much smoother

  11. Prezz says:
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    Plinko was the bomb…. Shizz got the old people excited!!

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @Prezz: Old people? I don’t know if there was anyone who didn’t get a little jazzed when they rolled that peg board out there…

    • Birdog says:
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      @Prezz: plinko was da bomb! How bout that mountain climber yodeling game too?!?! Pure genius I tell ya!

      • Hank says:
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        @Birdog: Plinko and the mountain climber are easily the greatest games on the price is right

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prezz: Yea Plinko was awesome, I liked the blackjack game too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezz: Caused more deaths than George Hamilton on DWTS

  12. That's What She Said says:
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    Who wins this this trade

    1.Utility- Stanton and Cole Hamels
    For
    2.Utility-Machado and Shelby Miller.

    Hamels bullshit is getting old…I feel like this might be one of my only chances to get him the hell off my team. Stanton’s great but Machado is having an excellent year so far. So I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion!

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @That’s What She Said: Agree with Chicken Dinner, if you’re in a h2h league Miller won’t be there for the playoffs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @That’s What She Said: Agree with most of above, hold, don’t think Millermgets shut down but like Hamels more, like Stanton more with no positional concerns

  13. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Morning Fellas,
    Drop Joyce for Blanco in 10 teams keeper league?
    Im all good with power but need speed. Pierre and Davis are also available.
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: Sure yea don’t mind that move like Greys new SAGNOF bf the best

      • Natural Born Champs says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks bud. Is bourjos a better option than blanco?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Natural Born Champs: Think Blanco beats Bourjos for a few steals but like Bourjos for a little pop and runs. I like Bourjos overall more

  14. Snag says:
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    Looking ahead, which 2 of these 3 pitchers are keepers for next year?

    Mat Cain, Lynn, Fister?

    • Snag says:
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      @Snag: 16 team league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snag: Oh man that’s a tough one… I really don’t like Lynn but I think Fister is odd man out

  15. SteveNZ says:
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    Just saw the highlights of the Giants-Dodgers game.

    Panda. Oh my word.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveNZ: Still look big? Hah couldn’t watch any

  16. Rico says:
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    Blanco, Bourjos, or Leonys Martin ROS?

    • ChiliCheeseConey says:
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      @Rico: Blanco

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rico: I’m still in love with Bourjos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rico: Blanco, pretty much a toss up though

  17. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Start Moore against the Jays tonight? I’m thinking about it…

    • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: I’m doing it. I’m hoping he’s turned the corner. Or at least rounding the curve so I can sell him 1.5 months too late and hope for a decent return.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Yea I think you gotta roll the dice, looked better at NYY

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Im crossing my fingers and starting him, Dunno if it’ll get played though. I live in Florida and we’re supposed to get hit with a massive storm here in the next hour. Not sure if it’ll affect Tampa though..

  18. Clint says:
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    What’s your gut tell you on Anibal Sanchez? Is this shoulder injury a harbinger we should stay away from? Was thinking of trying to buy low on him using Moreland and Maholm in a 2 for 1 offer but the reports on his shoulder history have me leery.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clint: Agree, previous shoulder issues, plus he said it was minor, tried to pitch a game. Didn’t go well then DL. Don’t like that timeline

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Don’t buy pitchers with arm injuries

  19. Ray says:
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    Which side ROS: Harvey/Davis or Felix/Braun?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ray: Now I’m off my Braun bias this thumb thing is derailing his season even when he makes it back I doubt normal Braun power, I go Harvey Davis

      • Malarkey says:
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        @JB Gilpin: isn’t it his right thumb? As a right handed hitter, that shouldn’t bother him too much, don’t you think?

        What do you see us getting from Braun ROS?

  20. JP says:
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    Other owner still wants to trade Price for my Reyes. Have been holding out on this to see how his rehab went before making any decisions. You think i can get away with a SS carousel all season, or do I not need to upgrade pitching anymore? Just landed back in 1st place. 10team h2h yahoo league

    C – Vmart
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Kipnis
    3B – Miggy
    SS – Franklin
    OF – Jones
    OF – B Upton
    OF – Dread Pirate
    Util – Blanks
    DL – Reyes

    Wainwright
    Samardzija
    Greinke
    Gallardo
    JoFer
    Cole
    Kluber
    E Ramirez
    J Johnson
    Wilhelmsen
    Nathan
    Perkins
    Benoit
    DL- Pineda

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @JP: Seems like you have enough pitching. I’d hold Reyes.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JP: Agree with above

  21. OK, four other girl readers, is it safe to tell the guys we tend to have different criteria when choosing our players? All my leagues are very deep, dynasty leagues — and while I may not have the best teams in those leagues, but I’d wager that I do have the best-LOOKING teams. Am I right?? And as Grey might already know, I also target plenty of long-haired guys and players with good facial hair scattered throughout my teams. But, yes, we do still wanna kick your ass!!!

    • Birdog says:
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      @mollyleekba: girls like guys with long hair? You like Samardjiza’s rat nest blowing forward into his face when he’s on the mound? My wife can’t look at him and says he needs a haircut.

      • @Birdog: Are you KIDDING?? Jeff Samardzija is hot, hott, hottt!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mollyleekba: Hah the girl in my main league has some of that ideology too, and won the first year of the dynasty with all hardcore players. It was embarrassing. But she knew what she was doing too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mollyleekba: Haha… So you’re saying you have a Swisher, Werth, Reddick outfield?

      • Brooke says:
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        My guys don’t have long hair but they are cute. My UT spot was up for grabs this week and I decided to go with the cute factor as my decision process. Hosmer won over Arenado, although I’d gladly share my bed with both….at the same time would be best, lol. Joey Votto is the hottest guy in the league and I made sure I got him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I feel like this is an episode of Catfish…

        • @Brooke: Hi Brooke!! My favorites are Brandon Crawford, Jayson Werth, Andrew McCutchen (although I haven’t been able to acquire him, but he’s on my Pirates), and Jeff Samardjiza (partially because he became good AFTER I got him cheap when he first grew his hair out. lol.)

      • @Grey: Yes, in fact, I do have Jayson Werth and Josh Reddick on my teams. I never would have traded Nick Swisher if he hadn’t cut his gorgeous long black hair a few years ago. But I badly needed a starting pitcher at the time, and had a surplus in the outfield. I still sorta regret it. My pitching staffs include Jeff Samardzija, A.J. Griffin, and Jered Weaver. Tried to work a trade for Tim Lincecum, too, but that effort stopped the moment he chopped his hair. He looks like a little boy now.

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          @mollyleekba: still doesn’t look as young as the 14-year-old looking posey. I even look older than that guy (i actually am older, but don’t appear so). Not getting fat and/or bald as a mid-western countyite will save years when compared to damn near everyone around me. Also drugs/alcohol/gambling stress don’t age one as much as not having girlfriend’s/kids does age one.

          • @goodfold2: Haha, I agree Buster Posey does look very young. But he’s still cute, though. :-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya on Lincecum, bad call on his part, now he looks like a lesbian, k.d. lang to be exact…

          • @Grey: Haha, you’re right Timmee does now have the look of a lesbian. Not my type, either. I guess I prefer my men to have some femininity, and my women to have some masculinity.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A-Rod would agree with you…

              • @Grey: Haha, that’s probably true. But I still love A-Rod. I feel bad for him. EVERYBODY picks on him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You should look at his Twitter, he posts pictures of himself working out, he’s a tool…

  22. Mitch says:
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    Shields for cespedes fair? Cespedes better than heyward?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mitch: Yea and yes

      • Mitch says:
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        @JB Gilpin: cool. Did that deal. Now trying to move heyward for iwakuma.

  23. Whampwhamp says:
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    Infield currently blows in a 10 team league. Prado at ss, headly at 3b

    Got a deal where I give kershaw and puig for segura, machado and cc.

    I have king Felix as my ace. Is that a good deal to upgrade infield.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Whampwhamp: I think I hold Kershaw

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Whampwhamp: I love Kershaw but that deal seems to really improve your team and sells high on Puig which I still endorse. I like it

  24. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Hisashi Iwakuma just hit the wire. Should I pick him up and which SP below do I drop? I need to drop a pitcher to add a pitcher on this roster.

    Cole Hamels
    Homer Bailey
    Jeff Samardzija
    Matt Harvey
    Matt Moore
    Mike Minor
    Zack Greinke
    Kris Medlen

    Also, same roster. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jimmy Rollins are on the wire. My SSs are Elvis Andrus and Starlin Castro. Should I make any moves?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: What kind of league is this? Haha. Can you play both Ss? I’d lose Andrus for Iwakuma, or if not, Medlen. Narrowly still like Rollins more than Andrus

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB – it is an ESPN league that is surprisingly active where guys are dropped all of the time when they have a bad week. I hold out a little longer. I can play an SS and an MI, so I am playing two SSs right now.

        My full ESPN roster is:

        Freddie Freeman – 1B
        Paul Goldschmidt – 1B
        Mark Trumbo – 1B,OF
        Jason Kipnis – 2B
        Martin Prado – 2B,3B,OF
        Aramis Ramirez – 3B
        Chase Headley – 3B
        Mike Napoli – C,1B
        Adam Jones – OF
        Carlos Beltran – OF
        Giancarlo Stanton – OF
        Yoenis Cespedes – OF
        Elvis Andrus – SS
        Starlin Castro – SS

        Glen Perkins – RP
        Huston Street – RP

        Cole Hamels – SP
        Homer Bailey – SP
        Jeff Samardzija – SP
        Matt Harvey – SP
        Matt Moore – SP
        Mike Minor – SP
        Zack Greinke – SP
        Kris Medlen – SP,RP

        With a wire of good players:

        Salvador Perez – C
        Billy Butler – 1B
        Carl Crawford – OF
        Alcides Escobar – SS
        Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
        Jimmy Rollins – SS

        Rafael Betancourt – RP

        Hisashi Iwakuma – SP

        SO if this were your team, what tweeks would you make?

        Thanks…

        Mike.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mike: Hah I was just shocked Iwakuma would be dropped… So Prado isn’t playing MI? I might lose him for Iwakuma, still think he can be OK but not looking good, no power and no speed and well, no avg right now either

          • Mike says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks! Prado has been less than stellar and being in Chicago, I still run out Castro as SS or MI for my regular does of pain.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Mike: i thought it was odd LAST year in my 18 teamer when Iwakuma was dropped after he K’d like 10-11 yankees in NY. I picked him up just after that and never looked back. Same with Cobb and Erasmo last year (Cobb had some bumps, (damn, this year called and said it’s too early for that last line))

  25. Rjames says:
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    I can’t find any info on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez on CBS, big surprise, can you shed any light on this guy? I understand he is a special player with a special arm. Is he making it to the show this year ? If so when do you think this all might happen?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rjames: Well since still international I don’t see any way he’s in the Majors this year. I want to see him signed first I remember Darvish rumors went for years before it panned out

  26. JoeG says:
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    Please rate for the ROS:Howard, Moreland, Hosmer, Frazier. Would like to trade one for a OF.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeG: Moreland Hosmer Frazier Howard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Frazier, Moreland, Howard

  27. papasmurf says:
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    Blanco qualifies at all 3 OF positions so he’s extra valuable in like Yahoo leagues where the positions are separated into LF RF CF. I was already on board the G train befoer this cuz my OF stinks so it’s just an extra bonus.

    BJ Upton can do his blowing on the bench I guess. Or Soriano… Doesn’t matter too much.

    I don’t think Ryu’s ever gonna be a lights out ace kinda guy, but a solid number 2/number 3 kind of guy looks likely. He definitely knows what he is doing. If he never has to face SF again, he might be that ace… LOL

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: Haha love ya papa. Agree that helps in OF specific leagues. BJ is sure doing a lot of blowing. Agree on Ryu too, not ace stuff but solid steady starter for years to come

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Oh, man, did you just jinx Blanco?

  28. Chris says:
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    Grey,

    Start CJ tonight @ Detroit? The matchup kinda worries me. MIGUEL CABRERA (cough).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Hah yea I’d bench

  29. Boston Mike says:
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    I’m still trying to comprehend exactly what happened last night with 70 seconds to go so before I do something stupid…

    I have two pending trades offered to me, both for David Ortiz….

    My choice of F-Her or The Adverb. Like either of those or keep Papi?

    Thanks

    • Birdog says:
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      @Boston Mike: big papi continues to rake. Does your team need pitching or hitting more?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boston Mike: Like both of those especially with a pitching need

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boston Mike: 70 seconds to go with what? Agree with JB

      • Boston Mike says:
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        Bruins/Hawks

        Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          UCLA played last night against the Atlanta Hawks?

          • Boston Mike says:
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            Yes. The Shelvin Mack (Younger brother of Alvin Mack former ECU Wolfpack LB) threw two touchdowns in the last 70 seconds for a nice comback win as the Atlanta Hawks provide the upset over the heavily favored UCLA Bruins.

            No preference on Lee to F-Her?

  30. Blue says:
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    Leoyns Martin or Blanco? Also on my bubble Konerko.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blue: Probably Konerko but dire steals need Gregor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Apples and oranges

  31. Ian says:
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    Was offered a deal and wondering what you think:
    Receive BJ Upton, Alexei Ramirez and Hiroki Kuroda for Adam Lind, Anthony Rendon and Max Scherzer

    I have a pretty solid staff, obviously Scherzer is the shit but Kuroda is a very capable replacement.. BJ is finally starting to hit and could put up a monster 2nd half like he did last year.. Lind has been great but will he keep it going?.. Sexy Lexi is have a nice year speed wise, Rendon has batted really well but still a rookie.. These are my thoughts, what do you think? Thanks!

    • DoubleHeaders says:
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      I would hold

    • Mike says:
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      Trading Scherzer would be crazy you are giving up the best pitcher in baseball. Lynn has been hot I can see that this would be a good time to trade him but not Scherzer.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Mike: Supposed to be in response to Mike. You’d rarer have Scherzer over Kershaw?????

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ian: Agree Id hold, but @Ian: best pitcher in baseball? Wow ok…

  32. Elwood Blues says:
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    Just got offered Ruiz (a free agent after this year) for my Beef Welington ($5 over the next 3yrs). Take it or is it a push? Hittertron kinda even.

    NL Only 12 team 4×4

    Thanks.. (And Congrats to the Hawks.. My fantasy team may not win, but at least my hockey team won)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Elwood Blues: Nice for your Hawks! Not a huge hockey guy, only been in NC Triangle area a few years but I guess makes me a default Canes fan even though I only know a few guys… Anyway Id probably take Chooch this year unless Welington would be a sure fire keeper for you

  33. Chadzilla says:
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    10 team 5×5 roto with 200 start limit.

    Considering offering Puig and Ryu for Verlander.
    Thoughts?

    Current
    OF – Cespedes, Gomez, Puig
    Util – platoon – Moss/Moreland/Dyson
    DL – Harper

    • Mike says:
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      Verlander has almost a 4 era. His fastball is not moving as much and he has had problems with control and his curve ball. You might say it is mechanics and you might say it is age but I would not give up Puig for a pitcher who has not looked good for the last 9 games.

      • Chadzilla says:
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        @Mike: Verlander could be headed on the “roy halladay retirement island cruiseship” but I don’t think he is yet. Even if he is he’ll still get 100 k’s and 8-10 second half wins just from riding the Tigers offense. He’s had bad stretches in his career although none this persistent. Puig scares me because he swings at everything and his early success could dwindle when pitchers figure that out i.e. Jeff Francoeur. Also I’m a huge Tigers fan… tough decision might just flip a coin

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Chadzilla:

      verlander’s in decline .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chadzilla: Nice buy low of Verlander but like your guys too. Depends on your standing if you need some upside to bring ya back up I do it

  34. Darwin Not Barney says:
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    2B Aaron Hill due to return from DL. Do I drop MI Derek Dietrich or Logan Forsythe?

  35. Dave says:
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    Need to drop one. Gyorko, Arenado or Hunter? How do they rank? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dave: Id drop whoever has the least chance of playing for you, if Hunter is always your odd man out of, probably him

  36. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    RA Dickey was just interviewed this morning on CBS’ TBD, and he was very convincing in describing why he has struggled and the subsequent corrections he’s made. Of course, I thought John Conner would be an effective fantasy back after watching the Jet’s Hard Knocks, but anyone like him more than Porcello or Kluber? Dickey that is, not The Terminator.

  37. Sherm says:
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    All righty, some folks have already asked about starters tonight. Get a load of these choices for my teams. All leagues start limited 160-175.

    Milone v. CIN SON says 14.4 Sherm say start Grey says…
    Moore v. TOR SON says 13.3 Sherm says sit Grey says…
    Medlen at KC SON says 6.3 Sherm says start Grey says…
    Porcello v. LAA SON says 5.1 Sherm says start Grey says..
    Masterson at BAL SON says 2.3 Sherm says sit Grey says…

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sherm: Start 1-4 Sit 5, although Milone is close, might bench him too depending on how many starts you’re on pace for

  38. ManuteBologna says:
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    Where would you now rank Albert Pujols if you had to redo your top 100? 20, 40, 60? Looking for a ball park number for trade value since I have a glut of excess 1b and I don’t want to let Auuuuuuschizzzzzz go

    • Sherm says:
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      @ManuteBologna: If you trade him succesfully let us know. I went down to Anibal Sanchez and still got turned down.

      • ManuteBologna says:
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        @Sherm: @Sherm:

        I’ve been unable to move him too. Wanted to know if I was asking way too much.

        My latest try has been to bundle him with Medlen for a top tier ace….Wainwright, Felix, Strasburg, etc so I guess I will see how that goes.

        My CI is Goldschmidt (1b), Longoria (3b), Pujols (CI), Frazier (UTIL). I really don’t want to move Goldschmidt / Longo and Frazier doesn’t get the value I want to get in return so I’m stuck hopefully trying to move him, though I won’t do so without getting decent value.

        Do I eventually suck it up and deal Goldy or Longo for an ace if I’m desperate for pitching? Dead last in WHIP and 8th in ERA in 10 teamer?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @ManuteBologna: Yea I think you might have to, Pujols has been better lately too he could get you a solid SP I’d think too

        • Sherm says:
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          @ManuteBologna: I’m thinking I’ll roll with him. Later in season when folks start hitting start limits, better SPs will be offered.

        • Fungazi says:
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          @ManuteBologna: You might also be able to solve that problem by turning over your pitching staff. If it’s not a keeper and some guys you consider to be highly ranked pitchers that aren’t panning out, just start dumping them. Bet there are some goodies on the FA list in a 10 min.

          • Fungazi says:
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            @Fungazi: Sometimes I do weird comparisons of some of my junk pitching to the top guys, and I compared my Colon to the other guy’s Kershaw over the last month and guess who was ahead in every category except K’s? Obviously I’m not saying dump Kershaw, but it all comes down to the numbers.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ManuteBologna: 30ish. He’s still gonna be fairly solid

  39. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Have Panda and A-Hill stashed on my bench. Looking to deal one for a pitcher… Any idea what kind of a return I could get on either?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ChiliCheeseConey: Panda probably brings in a solid one, 20-30 ranked one?

    • stumanji says:
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      @ChiliCheeseConey: I just traded Panda (& Wheeler FWIW) for Gio last week. Thought that was solid return.

  40. Pete Carlson says:
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    15-team ESPN points league. Just swapped Matt Carpenter (1B/2B/3B/RF, though I had used him mostly at 2B) for Jeff Smarzdj Scrabble. My team:

    1B Votto, Moreland
    3B Longo
    2B: Hill, K Johnson
    SP: Latos, Minor, Wood, Kendrick, Lohse, Santiago, M Gonzalez
    DL: Morrow, Estrada

    Maximum of 14 SP starts every 2 weeks.

    1) Yay or nay on trade?
    2) Which of Lohse, Santiago, and Gonzalez do I drop for another IF?

    Thanks.

    • Pete Carlson says:
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      Actually you can scratch the 2nd question. I’ll probably just hold all 3 and cherry pick the best matchups. Just wanna know your thoughts on the trade itself.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete Carlson: Like it with Hill coming back for ya

  41. Rodney says:
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    Puig or Chris Davis? ROS and Keeper?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rodney: Davis for both, not too close ROS

  42. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Pweeeeeeg! Anywho, bench 1 of these 3
    Machado vs Masterson
    H. Kendrick vs Porcello
    Carpenter vs Harrell
    And pablo looks like Martin Short in Pure Luck when he gets stung by a bee. Daddy fat sacks

  43. SpecialFNK says:
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    who do you think is a better long term keeper. Anthony Rendon or Jedd Gyorko ?
    I own both in a keeper league, but could trade one of them for a different keeper at another position.

  44. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Start or Sit:

    Zack Wheeler @ CWS
    Tommy Milone vs. CIn
    Rick Porcello vs. LAA

    • Birdog says:
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      @The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas: holy crapola! I have all three of those bozos on my team too! I’m planning on starting all three, I guess.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Birdog: Haha teeming with optimism

  45. Andrew says:
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    Bourn/Votto vs. Bautista/Myers/Pence.

    Which side ya want?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Andrew: Bautista side, by a decent amount

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andrew: Cram with Cram (agree)

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ha. Shouldn’t it be Jam with Cram? Alluding to that guy’s Jam it or Cram it? section, which always manages to confuse me…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Yea me too… Gonna say “Jam with Cram” from now on except when you wish ill will on my Brewers! I blame you for Gomez’s shoulder sprain!

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Bwahaha. Is he really hurt? I’m sorry man. I didn’t know you were a Brewers fan in real life.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Unfortunately I am… Yea made a spectacular catch and hit the wall think he misses a few days and he it doesn’t mess with his swing

      • Andrew says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks!

  46. Ike hit another HR in the PCL

    Drop any of these for him?
    Redick
    Franklin
    Beachy
    Perkins (hold + saves league)
    Asdrubal

  47. EK says:
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    Start/sit Masterson @ BAL for H2H pts?
    I fear Crush (who I also own) going off for another 2 HR’s…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Yea I’m benching

  48. JDW says:
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    What I saw yesterday was Jonathan Papsmear blow his 4th save in seven days. It’s like he’s trying to sabotage some of his trade value so that the Phillies can’t move him – or, if they do – might have to at a discount. I can’t remember a worse stretch in his career. He’s not getting killed or crushed – a run here a run there. But he isn’t getting guys out when he’s inheriting them either.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JDW: Needs clean innings I guess… I think just a bump in the road

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Can’t imagine he’s doing it on purpose

  49. Andrew says:
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    Bourn/Donaldson vs Brandon Phillips vs. A-Gone

    Which order you want these packages in?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andrew: Kinda tough all depends on position need

  50. JDW says:
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    The Starlin trickles begins – he’s getting dropped in ESPN leagues. Second or third SS taken in drafts and this pristine doucher is doing less than half the rookie shorts in baseball.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JDW: Yup been pretty bad, I still think he can bounce back a little, but I’ve never been a fan of his ADP past few years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Yeah, not pretty

  51. L-Boogie says:
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    Of course Swisher is gonna start raking. I just dropped him.

    So Josh Hamilton. What the hell do we do with this guy. My team needs RBI badly. Good buy low or is he just gonna suck like this the entire year? JB, last week you said you’re throwing out just stupid low bids for him. I was thinking of offering Liriano for Hamilton. Is that even worth it?

    Thanks dude.

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @L-Boogie: Especially now with his wrist injury…

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @L-Boogie: If that doesn’t work what about Choo for Hamilton?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @L-Boogie: Nah I like Choo more

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @L-Boogie: Yea I think that’s a great offer, don’t buy Liriano ROS, the wrist injury isn’t too serious, you get a huge upside bat and if it doesn’t work out, meh you lost Liriano…

      • steve says:
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        @Grey:

        10 team, h2h, 6×6, 5 keeper league

        Trade BJ Upton for Hamilton?

        I’m not likely to keep either so the keeper aspect doesn’t really apply here…more about ROS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Worth a shot…

  52. joe says:
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    drop one and keep the other- moustakas or headley?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @joe: Drop Moose

  53. Brett says:
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    Need to move a mi please rank lowrie rendon hill

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brett: Hill Lowrie Rendon

  54. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Start Wheeler today? White Sox aren’t that great but Stream-o is showing no love. Maybe because he’s going up against Sale?

  55. Jeff says:
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    Gregor Blanco or Leonys Martin for ROS?

    32 steals for Blanco, what about Martin?

    Martin seems to have the advantage for power and looks to have a better track record for hitting for average.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff: I like 28 seems right. Id take Blanco still though

  56. Jay says:
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    wheeler or Erasmo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Wheeler

  57. Jerk Store says:
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    please rank these guys ROS… Headley, Swisher, Laroche, Dunn, hunter, werth… thanks!! i’ve got Kemp, Reyes & gyorko coming back & those are my droppables

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jerk Store: Depends on needs who to drop, Dunn/LaRoche I wouldn’t drop for power, but if fine there probably first out

  58. Rags says:
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    Should Bastardo be owned in NL-only leagues at this point? His numbers aren’t great but he’s next in line behind Papelbon, right? I haven’t seen the Phils games, is Paps just going through a rough streak or might he be injured?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rags: Sounds just like a rough spell, Mike Adams is an option too, but in NL only don’t mind that stash if you have room

      • Rags says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: Adams is on the DL and could need season ending surgery, last I saw. Who’s the fourth guy in the Philly pen? I’m not seeing much.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Rags: Aha yea I missed over that one while I’m out of town… Thought it was a minor issue and he’d be back but ’twas not in the cards. No idea, bring back Contreras! Haha. Could be any of those guys if Papelbon is shipped out, but he’s got a real long leash until/if then

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags: I’d stash Bastardo

  59. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick one bench MI, 14-tm redraft points league: Profar or Simmons?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Play matchups, usually bench Simmons though

  60. Chris. says:
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    “…[B]ecause you can’t label prices with negative numbers.”

    I think a certain Stream-o-Nator would disagree.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris.: SON is a cold heart bitch to bad starters!

  61. Turd Ferguson says:
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    “Hardy Jenns… With TWO N’s”

  62. Maestro says:
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    I play in a 10 team NL only H2H Points Based League $260 redraft, can hold 5-11 players each year & leave the draft with a team of 26 players.

    I’m thinking about next year, although I still have a shot at making the playoffs this year. I have Stanton @ $16 for this year and next and then he becomes a FA. I’ve been offered J. Bruce @ $36 for the rest of this year But I can then sign him to a 2 or 3 year contract – 2 years @ $41 or 3yrs @ $46.

    Should I make the deal?

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Maestro: Id probably sit tight there

      • Maestro says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks much.

  63. ParrotheadFargo says:
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    Trade Question:
    12 Team 7×7 (added 3b and Total bases) (added CG and GDIP)
    Non Keeper – Currently 1st place

    Trade offered to me: Josh Hamilton for Gio Gonzalez

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ParrotheadFargo: Probably have Gio and be safe in first

  64. I have Oscar T on my bench as I sit in 4th place with the best pitching in the league but crappy hitting (bad in AVG, R, SB).

    Reyes is available. Keeper league where Reyes jumps up to unkeepable and Oscar stays 1$ next year (and only 8$ the following year).

    Oscar for Reyes a fair deal? Or am I being silly and should hang on to Oscar?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gbaked: Reyes gives you exactly what you need and if you’re pushing to win this year I get him

  65. Emily says:
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    I have two players coming off the DL in the next few days (hopefully!) – so I’m going to have to decide who to cut to make room for them.

    With Sanchez on the DL, I’ve been streaming pitchers and carrying an additional closer on my roster – who would you keep: Cishek or Benoit? I know since Benoit is on the better team he might get more save opportunities, but Cishek has been great lately…

    I also have Asdrubal Cabrera on my DL and while he’s been out – I was able to pick up Marco Scutaro and he’s definitely been helping my average/lowering my strikeouts…I don’t have the space on my roster to keep both, so would you hold on to Scutaro or Cabrera? Also, I could drop Profar to keep both of them, but it’s a keeper league, so I’d like to hold on to him.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Emily: Agree with your assessment, rather have Benoit. rather have Cabrera too. I tend to try and give fringe guys on the DL a game or two still on the DL just to see ow they look and another day or two to make a move.

  66. YouKnowMeAldo says:
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    Grey, a guy in my OBP league has Segura and Reyes. He wants to move Reyes for an ace, and has expressed interest in my Greinke.

    My current SS/2B are Franklin and Rutledge. My pitching staff is Greinke, Gallardo, Lester, Milone, Cashner, Porcello, Wheeler, Santiago, Jose Fernandez, Teheran, and Peavy (DL).

    Under my league format (yahoo 12-team redraft 12-category H2H daily changes) I wonder if my staff can afford to lose its ace/anchor in Greinke.

    My team needs speed (Jay Bruce is practically my steals leader) and I’d like a general upgrade too. I’m inclined to offer Grienke for Segura or Reyes, and, if accepted, drop Rutledge and add Erasmo. Do you think I should propose a trade? If so, should I prioritize Segura or Reyes–or just send two offers and let him decide, which might help get the deal done? Any other advice/insight? Thanks in advance for your analysis.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @YouKnowMeAldo: Right now, Id lean Segura since he’s healthy and Reyes may lose a few Sbs with the injury. That’s a rough spot in your MI I like the move

  67. EK says:
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    Rank for H2H pts:

    Milone vs CIN
    Porcello @ TB
    Cashner @ MIA
    E. Jackson @ SEA
    Masterson @ CHW

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Cash, Mast, Porcello, Milone, EJax

      • EK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Where would you put Gee vs WAS?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @EK: Love that matchup, right with maybe one below Porcello

  68. Win1forthe says:
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    15 team league, been hit by some injuries and need to make some decisions.

    Hold on to Morrow, Cobb, Lawrie or look for other options.

    Thanks…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Win1forthe: Morrow is most droppable

  69. EK says:
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    J. Hamilton or Cruz ROS
    UTIL spot H2H pts

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Tough to not take Cruz right now

  70. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Albert Pujols for Dylan Bundy. This is a trade going down in my keeper league. My league is full of idiots. I need a new league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sky: I agree but I hope we agree on who got the better Sid!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Probably Nancy

  71. Mitch says:
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    Jeff Locke for real or regression coming? Trade heyward for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mitch: Yes to regression and want Heyward

  72. Lopes says:
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    Reading that gerrit coles future is up in the air when burnett comes back from the DL would you trade my Cole and Desmond Jennings for his Reyes or would it make more sense to try and get hanley ramirez? right now i have rollins as my SS

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lopes: I don’t mind it but don’t know if that’s a big enough upgrade at SS to give up those guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lopes: Depends on needs, I’d take either Hanley or Reyes

  73. Joey Belle says:
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    Will Gary Brown only come up to play regularly if Blanco or another OF gets hurt?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joey Belle: Yes. Unless horrible injuries I don’t think Brown is up until Sept

  74. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    CC or Jarrod Parker ROS and Next season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoshO: Still CC

      • Josh O.

        JoshO says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Parker is @ 7 and CC @ 12. $150 budget.
        I have about $8.5 FAAB $’s left, is it worth the extra roughly $3 this year(when we do trades, we cover players contract for however many weeks we had said player) and $5 next year?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JoshO: Man that’s dead even… Narrowly still CC still think there’s a tad of upside if he can have a healthy offseason everyone forgets he was very questionable to start the season and had virtually no spring training

          • Josh O.

            JoshO says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I pulled the trigger. More upside there, especially in our format. Points league that rewards K’s. Milage on CC’s arm scares me a bit though.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @JoshO: Agree with all that, think CC can stay solid

              • Josh O.

                JoshO says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Great, I accepted and like 2 hours later, he decided he didnt want to do it anymore and the commisioner allowed him out of it. I guess he got an offer he liked more for CC after our trade was accepted and he backed out of our deal and took the other.

                The commisioner said “that’s what the 2 day period is for, so other owners can get their offers in before trade goes through”

                Is it me or is this bush league?

  75. Lubey says:
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    BJ Upton, Hughes, and Wheeler for Lee

    Am I giving up too much?

    • Lubey says:
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      @Lubey: Thanks for the insight!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lubey: You getting Lee? Love consolidating

      • Lubey says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yea getting Lee

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lubey: Love it

    • Birdog says:
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      @Lubey: do it

  76. costaricanchata says:
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    hey JB :

    porcello vs the angels tonight .
    start or sit ??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @costaricanchata: I’ve still got the faith I’m rolling him out there

  77. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Angels in the Outfield reference? Nice

  78. B-Dub-J says:
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    In a keeper mixed 10 team head-to-head league where I am sort of punting saves (I only own Jansen and Gregg because I didn’t draft any closers) and was offered Zach Wheeler for Kenley Jansen. Should I take it? Thanks for the response!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @B-Dub-J: I think you could get better even though you’re punting. Think he can bring back more value

  79. Rjames says:
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    Who get traded first, Nolasco or Norris? Is Eovaldi worth a pick up I need back of rotation help. Is Chris Sale injured or just frail and unlucky, finally is Weaver done or just becoming a streaming option he’s killing me, but then again the Angels are killing everyone fantasy wise. What pitcher would you go after if I packaged Johnson and Weaver in a 2-1 trade? Thanks Grey in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rjames: Both do, depends on which team gets offered the best first, no way to know, depends on league depth he’s decent, Sale had a very unlucky last game he’s a stud, Weaver isn’t done by any means. Trout, Trumbo, Kendrick have been fine, Pujols OK, just pretty much been Hamilton tanking. Josh Johnson? I’m not sure if you can upgrade much with those two

      • Rjames says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks JB

  80. Nick nice says:
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    Reddick or Eric young?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick nice: Depends on speed need, Reddick probably unless desperate for speed

  81. supra says:
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    With news that Corey Hart is no where near ready to wear his sunglasses again, it’s time to dump everyone’s favorite draft DL stash right?

    I have use for the 2 DL spots in my keeper with Eaton, Beachy or Putz and Ike Davis is sitting out there.

    I have a terrible track record this year with claiming other teams’ trash in Haren, Rutledge, Weeks, Cozart, Eaton… but if Davis has actually turned it around he’d go from early round cost to last round pickup cost in this keeper. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @supra: Davis yea has a shot there, but probably still stashing Hart with those options

  82. supra says:
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    Are we starting Porcello today? …$5 SON no likey.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @supra: I am, different pitcher than that blow up a few starts in

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @supra: I’m starting him, against my better judgment, because he has the endorsement of the Razzball brass.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Haha. You’re on thin ice buddy. I’ve adopted Porcello and Kluber recently, and I’m running them out there more out of curiosity, when I should probably be streaming. They’ve got two more starts to convince me.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Well Kluber got a W despite not great and I’ve had both the past month so I’m balls deep, hope they can keep it up for everyone

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @JB Gilpin: There’s no shame in bailing after you’ve squeezed him dry of all the good fantasy juice you can get out of him. But you’ve watched him and believe in him in real life, so I’ll drink the kool-aid for a little bit.

  83. joe says:
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    drop colome or straily in a keeper league for westbrook? i need to stream a start this week for h2h matchup.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @joe: Ewwww Westbrook, but Colome is a streamer too so I’m fine with it

  84. Swat290 says:
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    Jabroni.. cool word.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swat290: I wonder if there’s fantasy WWE?

      • Swat290 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        I’d draft Steve Austin every year and lose, but would be the happiest loser ever

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Swat290: Can you smell what my 3-6 team is cookin?!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Swat290: Wait that’s the Rock isn’t it… Obviously not too knowledgable there… ill pick Golddust

  85. JoeG says:
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    Still trying to get a OF. Is Ryu for Heyward fair?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeG: Sure

  86. Andrew says:
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    Okay a deal of:

    Bourn/Votto/Donaldson vs. Myers/Bautista/Pence.

    Which side?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andrew: Very close, maybe left side now

      • Andrew says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I could probably swap Moreland with Donaldson.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Andrew: It’s better than above. Still a slight lean towards Bautista side, but it’s fair.

  87. Kyle says:
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    Which one should I roster ROS between Parker or Porcello?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kyle: I love love love Porcello but Parker has been money too. Slightly biased on Porcello will stick with him

  88. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm H2H, we start 4 SP and 2 RP. Looking to get Kershaw from a saves-needy team for a SP-RP combo. At RP I have Chapman, Mujica, Frieri and Benoit. Possible SP to include are Zimmermann or Minor. So I’m thinking of opening with Minor+Mujica or Frieri. My question is, how high should I be willing to go–all the way to Zimm+ Chapman?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I would go that high.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: JZ Chap is a good deal too, rather have Kershaw but start low if or peeps are dealin

  89. Cam says:
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    Please rank for a ROS:

    Mini Donkey, Blanks, Bourjos, Nava, Gregor Blanco, Martin Prado.

    Thnx.

    • Cam says:
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      Or a simpler question, which 2 to add:

      Mini Donkey
      Bourjos
      Blanks
      Gregor Blanco
      Nava

      Could use some average and steals.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Cam: Boujos and Blanco then since you need the steals

  90. Ryan says:
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    Would you trade nick franklin and jorge soler for starlin marte in a dynasty league? My other mi are profar neill walker yunel escobar.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Sure I would

  91. EK says:
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    Rank for H2H pts:

    Cashner @ MIA
    Porcello @ TB
    Gee vs WAS

    • EK says:
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      @EK: you already answered above, thx

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: NP :)

  92. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Mad props on the Luther reference next up for DCI Luther saving the world from aliens with giant rockem’ sockem’ robots! Also sherlock on netflix is really good another bbc show.

  93. Justin Up says:
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    Do I drop Rajai Davis, who has a very favorable week for SBs if he plays (he didn’t yesterday), in every league for Gregor Blanco? I need speed. 12 team Yahoo 5×5. Thanks.

  94. Josh says:
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    Is S. Castro worth holding on to in a deep mixed league?

    And what would you project him out at for the rest of the season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Josh: In deep yea Definitely you have to hold. Think he can hit .280 and go like 8/14 rest of way

  95. Jonnny says:
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    What is up with Justin Upton??? I have his ass benched this week…Im pretty sure I know what you are going to say about that but what do you think?????

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jonnny: He’ll bounce back, but not like he was playing in April no problem benching this week

  96. bojangles mcgee says:
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    just got offered harvey for cueto/parra. who wins?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bojangles mcgee: Cueto keeps getting banged up, might take Harvey

      • bojangles mcgee says:
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        @JB Gilpin: is it worth losing parra? and harvey has an innings limit.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @bojangles mcgee: Well Cueto might have another DL stint to limit his innings… I think so

          • bojangles mcgee says:
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            @JB Gilpin: should i take reddick too

      • steve says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        What am I missing here? Isn’t Harvey a slam dunk in this offer?

  97. danny almonte says:
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    I’m still holding a disappointing Alcides, I was hoping for a good BA and 30-40 steals. He’s been crappy and not running.
    Still want speed, should I grab Blanco?

    Sliding Zobrist to SS and Rendon to 2b.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @danny almonte: Yea if you have those fill ins I have no issue with it

      • danny almonte says:
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        @JB Gilpin: JB theres also Alexei , but I’m not sure if I believe this speed burst he’s had so far… Think he is a better SB source?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @danny almonte: Not over Blanco, and since you have MI plugged still think Greys boyfriend

  98. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Which two of these guys do you like regardless of position? Bourjos, blanco, reddick and Ike. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Herschel: Not too familiar with the format, probably Reddick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel: It matters more what you need… Blanco, Reddick

  99. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Thoughts on DJ LeMahieu.. Is he going to be this years Colo. once a year phenom????

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      He is scoring quite high on the Name Factor scale… Always a good thing

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @T Moore: Hah not in love with him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Ha, yes, he is… His minor league numbers aren’t great, but he can hit for a decent average which means runs… He’s more defense than offense so not great for fantasy

  100. wookiemagnet says:
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    I picked up C. Kluber off the wire, was this a good thing?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @wookiemagnet: I love him, for sure

      • Birdog says:
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        @JB Gilpin: JB, you gonna bench Kluber at Baltimore on Thurs? I am.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Birdog: Not sure I shoulda played him at Texas so I’m on the fence

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I’m not doing it. But I’m looking forward to getting to watch the game and assessing Kluber myself.

              • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Ah, the old “I get to watch him so I have to start him” philosophy. Tough to argue with.

  101. Rolo says:
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    Streamo is starting Matt Moore against the Blue Jays and benching Wheeler @ the White Sox. I was planning on doing the opposite. Grey — What are you doing with them today?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rolo: Id play both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rolo: I’d start Wheeler in all leagues… Bench Moore in under 12 team leagues…

  102. Peter says:
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    Grey–5×5, mixed league. I have strong hitting, & am in need of a SP who can help with Ks, whip, wins & ERA.

    I have been offered Latos for Parra (I would replace Parra in the line up with Dyson).

    Do you see Latos keeping it up?

    Thanks.

    Peter

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter: As not even a huge Latos guy I take that immediately

  103. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Simmons, Alcides, and Rutledge, if you had to pick two, which two?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: drop or try to flip?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Probably not much value for him unless NL only, probably drop

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: so drop either Alcides or Rutledge?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rutledge

  104. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Jupton for Price was offered. Had to do it right? TELL ME I HAD TO DO IT!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: Gettin Jup of course

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks jb! I mean, I jumped jup asap, but it’s one of those deals where you’re not sure if you missed something. Like sore hand turned into hand fell off, or Price got a bionic arm and now throws 150…

  105. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I give Pablo and G. Cole for Hanley and Chris perez? seem fair?

  106. Tom says:
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    Do you trust Westbrook to do no worse than SON’s prediction of 4.05/1.38 against Houston tonight? That would actually help my H2H team possibly pick up a Win and I have Lee and Kershaw to balance the ERA.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: Trust? Absolutely not. But he could

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Sounds about right

  107. Jason says:
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    Best return for verlander in a keeper:
    Stanton
    Mccutch
    Adam jones

    Most realistic of the three?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jason: Jones is prob the most realistic, but I’d take all 3.

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason:
      Do indeed to add fowler to have any chance of these getting accepted? Or is that too much.

      I have stras as another pitcher keeper option. Along with votto longo and one of cespedes or heyward.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Jason: Idk if you’ll need to add Fowler. Only one way to find out…try the 1-for-1′s first.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Like all 3, think Stanton might actually be most realistic as top two are top 10 guys right now IMO. Verlander and Fowler for McCutch is a solid deal

      • Jason says:
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        @JB Gilpin: and Stanton it is. Had all three deals out and ended up with Stanton.

        Ill take it.

  108. kingforaday151 says:
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    I’ve got Jose Fernandez against Twins, Zach Wheeler @ ChiSox, and Rick Porcello against Angels. Looking for quality starts and wins, start all three?

  109. Jack says:
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    Taylor Jordan – worth a pick-up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: In how deep of a league?

      • Jack says:
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        12-team H2H. Thinking stream-with-option-to-own.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack: Sure, can try him

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: Depends on league depth, but his AA peripherals were not supportive of what he was doin, probably only in NL only

  110. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Am I missing something…who’s Philip Morris? Is Rudy talking about that Jim Carrey movie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Because Marmol’s pitches would make Leyland smoke more

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Dah, I’m stumping for saves and read that wrong. Thought he was talking about his FAAB and not his $500 nest egg (money goes farther in Texas).

    • Carnac says:
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      @Sky: Actually, following the huge lawsuits and terrible press, Philip Morris rebranded is now called Altria. Marmol should try something like that. Just pin those ears back and rename himself Fausto Nunez. He’ll be closing again in no time.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha

  111. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Verlander / Didi or Lester / Stanton

  112. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Let’s play… YOU MAKE THE CALL…

    Here we go – bottom of ninth, the score is 3 visitors to 3 home, 2 outs, runners on first and third, the pitcher is standing on the plate and is in set position with the ball taking signs (The ball is in play ), no count..

    The runner from third has advanced down the line surreptitiously… He breaks for home…
    Meanwhile, the pitcher becomes alerted to the runner going home and directly hurls the ball towards the plate while the runner is advancing home..

    The runner slides, touches the plate and crosses the plate before the in flight ball arrives… And is laying there in foul territory..

    When the ball arrives; the ball it hits the left handed batter’s bat – who was in the batter’s box watching the play -; the ball then strikes the runner – now laying in foul territory and then the ball bounces towards first base in fair territory… The batter runs to first base without a throw to that bag…

    YOU MAKE THE CALL!!! … This is not a trick question.. Yes, it is unusual . There are some questions you must ask yourself as the umpire… The call involves a number of rules and could potentially touch on more… But when, you get it right, it is quite simple – as are most calls in baseball…

    There will be a follow up question here…

    Mr Jay Wrong would get this right… If only, he was here more often… O well, that’s a different matter – isn’t it

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @T Moore: Foul ball. Runner returns to third.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: “The runner slides, touches the plate and crosses the plate before the in flight ball arrives” Then he’s safe and the game is over…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Need a correct answer guys

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @T Moore: Oh I thought you knew. I just want to know if I’m right. If the pitch hit the runner and was deemed a strike (say strike 3) after the runner crossed the plate, the inning would be over. I’d imagine the same sort of “completion of the pitch” would apply with the batter hitting the ball.

          Rule 6.05 section (n) With two out, a runner on third base, and two strikes on the batter, the runner attempts to steal home base on a legal pitch and the ball touches the runner in the batter?s strike zone. The umpire shall call ?Strike Three,? the batter is out and the run shall not count; before two are out, the umpire shall call ?Strike Three,? the ball is dead, and the run counts.

          • T Moore says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

            Cram: The dangers of reading the rule book… It is the rules as whole..

            Remember the precedents!!!

            Remembering FAIR & FOUL and TIME solves a bunch of problems… These drive things make so many knotty calls simple…

            You are citing a rule of something that did not occur in the play..

            It is the blind man and the elephant approach to the rules of baseball..

            I’m not picking on you… I’ve been guilty of the same myself..

            The rules of baseball require study, repeated application and experience to understand and be used correctly… Some umpires never get it… They may have more other important strengths.. Like good judgment!!! The most important thing of of all … Missed Rules calls very seldom ruin baseball games… Bad judgment calls do all the time…

            The interference throws here …throws this whole call into a strange place

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        The Batter is out …for 3rd out and the end of the inning

        Runners Interference of a batted ball with 2 outs = batter out.. ((It makes no difference the batter (in th box) didn’t swing his bat))

        It is the top of the 10th.. Tie game…

        Key# 1 The pitch was made before the run scored … A time of pitch play… You all know these simple rules… It’s just putting them together at the right time that makes calls tough sometimes ..

        Key rule #2 …No run can score with on a 3rd out unless all runners (to include the batter) have advanced at least one base on a batted ball play… This is a “time of pitch” play here .. You all know this..

        Key #3… The batted ball is not foul – as it does not meet the requirements of a foul ball.. It is a runner interfering with the batted ball .. The is a reasonable chance the batted ball would have become a fair ball even though it landed it first landed in foul territory.. The runner touching it – changed that… That he has crossed the plate does not wave his requirements under the rules – to not to interfere with a batted ball…

        ****The question the home team should ask is was it a thrown or a pitched ball… It that case everything changes… I said, “directly hurls” Which indicated a pitch… The umpires would discuss this… The pitcher would have had to step off the pitchers plate to make it a “thrown ball”… As tempers flair, there will be ejections on this call most likely…

        Another question might be the catchers role or balk….Did the catcher interfere with the batter… Not applicable as the batter did not swing nor was he hampered by the catcher while he stood there watching the play – hahaha…

        A catchers balk is at time of pitch.. Probably, the most rare of all calls in baseball … Can happen with a brain dead pitcher, in rundowns in the 3rd base line where -sometimes the pitcher watches a ghost rundown (by players without the ball) while he stands there holding the ball… Then he throws the ball (a pitch) without stepping off the plate to a catcher – The batter can hit this ball… That happens too!!

        What makes this question tough is, it is around the plate (always tough) and it is a “time of release of ball” call.. The runner seeming to have scored also clouds things… As indicated by some of your answers

        This knotty question that stumped Dale Scott, Gary Darling, AA ump then “Tough” Ted Barret and others one time… I always chuckled when players would act tough with Barret when he first came up – he was a Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in the Bay Area before he went to umpires school…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very interesting… Thanks for sharing!

          • T Moore says:
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            @Grey:

            Mr Gray: That’s what I’m here for… To help… It’s in my nature, I guess..

            • Grey

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              You’re a good egg, T Moore.

    • Cubs Win says:
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      @T Moore: Once the runner touches the plate the game is over

  113. Mariner Mike says:
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    Looking for positive thoughts. Have Cespedes,Bautista,D.Brown in OF, don’t have HR’s,RBI’s,Runs,Avg. thinking real negative. I guess I’m looking to HEAR good times are on way! Thank you for ANY positive thoughts.

    • Cubs Win says:
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      @Mariner Mike: That looks like a pretty strong OF to me. All 3 are sure-fire all stars if that makes a difference.

  114. xtremehulk says:
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    Trade AJ Griffin and Jim Henderson for Travis Wood or Mike Leake?
    Prefer Wood or Leake?

  115. Jack says:
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    OK to drop McCann if I have Rosario? 12-team H2H

  116. Terrence Mann says:
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    Grey, remember in March when you screwed up all our drafts by telling the whole world Cuddyer and Harvey should be taken by your readers because they were undervalued? And then, none of your true believers ended up wi th either because every fantasy baseballer (<—-your mom's word) worth his salt read your projections and sniped Cuddyer and Harvey out from under us?

    We do. You'd prolly own Harvey everywhere if you would have toned it down a bit. Outside of trying to get you to try ff and accept a wwf challenge, I really haven't asked for much.

    That being said, will you please hold off on your Fozzy Bear impression (Wacha, Wacha, Wacha!) on Friday, please?

    Just this once. Please? I know many of your true believers are in contention and low on waiver wire priority. We'd really appreciate it if Fozzy could go on vacation til Saturday.

    We don't want to be stuck deciding whether we'd like to spend our pittance. on a hot dog or Swedish Fish when in reality we could afford both – if we could just get Fozzy to shut his f'ing mouth for just a few days.

    TIA

  117. Cubs Win says:
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    Is Martin Prado worth rostering at this point? He’s my backup 2B and SS so he’s not playing much for me anyway. I imagine needs are a factor, but generally speaking do you think it makes sense to even roster a backup MI? And is Prado going to turn it around? I dont’t think he has much of a history of being excellent.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Cubs Win: 1 multi-positional scrub backup is better than needing 3 to cover the same positions. I’m happy to have him in case of emergency.

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        I’m going to hold him on the bench, in case Franklin or Rendon end up sucking in the second half… waiver wire is awful

  118. Scott says:
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    Is Anibal ($15) too much to give up for Bogaerts ($5) and Springer ($5) in a AL keeper? I don’t really care about this years production at all because I’m not in contention but what about the next few years? I really like the upside of the prospects and the cheaper contracts but Anibal is a proven stud and don’t want to give up too much. What do you think?

    • Grey

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      Sounds fine

  119. Endo says:
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    In a 5×5 Roto, which 3 would you want to have on your team?

    DJ LeMahieu, Gregor Blanco, Ichiro Suzuki, Alfonso Soriano, Marcell Ozuna

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

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      Blanco, Soriano, Ozuna

      • Endo says:
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        Thanks again!

  120. Riles says:
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    Is Franklin a better option ROS than Simmons @ SS? Thanks and keep up the solid analysis.

    • Grey

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      Yup

  121. Be The Ball says:
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    12 team H2H keeper league. Have Castro at SS who has been brutal and was offered Rollins in exchange for Cashner. Would you make this move? I would eithet play Castro at UTL or look to move him. Here is the rest of my SP’s: Price, Harvey, Samardzija, Zimmerman, Gallardo, Teheran, Wheeler, Cole, Wacha, and Beachy.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Rollins

  122. Nick says:
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    Am I paying too much in this trade?

    10 team, 9×9, up to 8 keepers (no restrictions).

    Give: Brandon Phillips, Samardzja, Puig
    Get: Uehara, Adam Jones

    I have Hill to replace Phillips, Adam Jones is the only keeper worthy player in our league (maybe Puig if he keeps it up…)

    Should I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  123. FillyP says:
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    Andrew Bailey was dropped. I’ve been holding on to Wilhelmsen.. which scrub would you rather own at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  124. JustMatt says:
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    The Astros sent Marwin down yesterday with corresponding roster moves to come today. Does that mean Villar is on his way up? If so, is he worth grabbing in deep mixed?

    • Grey

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      Could be, but haven’t seen anything on that… I’d stash him if I had room…

  125. Sal says:
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    thoughts on trading machado and seager for trout? giving up too much? seager is bench with rendon playing second and miggy playing third

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Sal: Trout by a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trout

  126. Peter says:
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    5×5, Mixed 15 team league. I am looking for a solid SP for ROS. I have hitting to spare. I have been offered Latos for Parra(I replace Parra with Dyson).

    Fair?

    &, will Latos keep it up all year?

    Thanks.

    Peter

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Peter: JB answered this. Guess you’re looking for Grey’s response? Well I’ll third that, you take Latos immediately.

    • Grey

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      I’d want Latos, it’s not close

  127. MattH says:
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    Hi, Grey. My hitter streaming has gotten out of hand. Am I crazy to think Chris Carter and Bonifacio are gonna have good weeks? They’ve had a couple decent games.

    • Grey

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      Not crazy

  128. Jason says:
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    I used to dream about getting on the show, draw the Check Game and then impressing Barker by being able to explain it. Then win the car of-course. Did anyone else watching ever cringe when the big prize to win was an effing table & dinette set?! LOL

    • Grey

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      Yeah, all the time… Or when the grand prize was a camper and a trip to Tampa…

  129. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: I’ve been running Blanco on a number of teams … He has been hot…

    When he is not — Well ,you know the method

    • Grey

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      There ya go

  130. JFK says:
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    Equally significant needs for SP and saves:

    -Crain or Smyly for ERA/WHIP help, w/Crain possibly landing a closer role somewhere and Smyly potentially joining the rotation?

    -Top three ROS: Erasmo, Porcello, Wheeler, Martin Perez, Stults, Cashner, Nolasco, Norris, Santiago

    -Hold Brothers or Pestano? Both? Neither?
    Drop for Bastardo, Cecil, Gregerson or Melancon?

    • Grey

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      Smyly… Wheeler, Porcello, Erasmo… Hold…

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Sweet – was leaning towards Smyly; own Porcello & Wheeler and looking to pick up Erasmo (just got dropped); and was on the fence about Pestano, so makes that call easier.
        Thanks!

  131. Mariner Mike says:
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    Do you like Rosario or Weiters going forward? Thank you for the thoughts!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilin

  132. David says:
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    In a 5×5 10-team keeper w/ OPS

    picked up Leonys for speed boost last week and wondering if Blanco will serve me better.
    Leonys or Blanco?

    Start Porcello against LAA tonight? Hurting for solid sources of W’s and k/9.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blanco… Start him…

  133. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey…starting Porcello today?….also which side you like Verlander or Myers/Braun? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes…Braun…

  134. Sal says:
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    thoughts on dropping swisher for blanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  135. diaperman says:
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    Which SS do you like better ROS – Nick Franklin or Alcides Escobar? I want to drop one for Kyle Gibson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

  136. SamYo says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Puig for Jose Reyes … which side would you prefer?

    Also, I have an excess of OFs, namely Fowler, which SP would you aim for?

    Thank you so much!

    • Grey

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      Reyes…A number one SP… Wainwright maybe?

  137. Nathan says:
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    In a redraft roto league where my pitching could use improvement but I also need every RBI I can get:

    my Nick Franklin for his Zach Wheeler

    If yes, who do you like to replace Franklin at 2B? I have Gyorko on the DL and Kelly Johnson is sitting on waivers.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Wheeler, grab Johnson for the time being, play Gyorko and drop Johnson when Jedd returns…

  138. goodfold2 says:
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    those crazy roto guys, getting paid (i assume?) to come up with stuff like:”Wallace was demoted in April after going 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts, but he batted .326/.398/.554 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and a .952 OPS in 59 games in Triple-A. It’s not clear how often he’ll play, but he’s worth keeping an eye on in NL-only leagues.” By the way Grey, i’m assuming us in 16 teamers currently rocking J-up, choo,mccutchen and arcia shouldn’t care yet about Wallace being back. He was my poor man’s Carter to start the year as bench bat grabbed in last round or so.

    • Grey

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      Nope, not yet

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: pretty funny if any decent amount of NL only guys actually pick up an Astros player.

  139. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME****

    • catatafish says:
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      @Grey: why no hanley mentions on a quiet day? is the hate from previous years too much?

  140. FMFBL says:
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    Cashner, Stults or Kluber in a roto QS league? QS/K/ERA/WHIP

    Thanks!

  141. Jason says:
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    points league RP, need to drop one of Santiago, Cingrani, Ogando or Jerome Williams?

  142. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*****

  143. Pete says:
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    I’ve been hesitant to drop Aybar (my one bench bat at the moment) because of Castro’s deep slump. Crazy to bench Castro and plug Aybar til he [hopefully] gets back on track?

  144. Jay says:
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    who are the 5 keepers in this group:

    Votto, Cano, J-Up, Stanton, Bumgarner, Harvey

    Currently have all but Stanton, but a proposed deal has me trading away Bum and Teheran for Stanton and Travis wood.

  145. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Got to drop a RP:

    Rex B
    Benoit
    Jim Hendo
    Casey Janssen

  146. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Getting tired of the highs and lows of Frazier– 12 Team re-draft, I have Arenado ready to explode in the summer heat- ride the heatwave out n drop Frazier for staff help? Or another option is trying to snag a cheap 3B option like Donaldson- thinking of offering Gerrit Cole and Cain Sugar (bench OF right now) for em. Thoughts? Thank you as always old wise Grey!

  147. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME****

  148. Tommy Gunn says:
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    Any idea when Erasmo getting called up? I’ve been stashing him but falling behind now. I can’t trade him yet and would hate for another manager to pounce if I drop him. Is he a July call up or Sept? Trying to be patient. Thanks!!

  149. Dan says:
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    Am about to do a trade I talked about last week, it will leave me with Prado as my 3 B in a 10 team H2H keeper. I have options, I can

    A) Pick up Gyorko off waivers
    B) trade Kemp for 3B help as I’m overloaded at OF, if so who to target ?
    C)
    D) stand pat

    Another league, have Segura, Rollins, Reyes could do with OF help, who to package with BJ Upton and who to target in 2 for 1 ?

    Help appreciated,

    An English Dan

  150. Scott says:
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    Does middlebrooks demotion mean we should rush to pick up boegarts?

  151. jjj says:
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    Needs steals had pagan, Blanco or EY jr for the rest of the season??

  152. letsgobravos says:
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    Porcello craps the bed against the craptastic angels. Saweeeeet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know, ugh

  153. Targaryen says:
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    I got offered Hamels & Cuddyer in my 10 teamer H2H6x6 w OPS & k/w ratio. I have to give up Crisp & Pablo. I have Frazier & both Arenado & Rendon are on the wire along with Brett Lawrie. I’ve got plenty of SAGNOF (Ellsbury, EverCab, Gardner, BJup, Kinsler & Tulo plus Rutledge) keep 5 league. But I don’t think any of these will be my 5. I have been dominating in this league so I am mostly looking for players that can really help playoff time. You think Hamels comes back strong?

    • Grey

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      Sounds decent

  154. Brooke says:
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    This is a test to see if I figured out how to get my picture in the little box…here goes!

    • Brooke says:
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      Nope, I’m officially a retard. I went to the gravatar site set up my picture and I don’t know what to do. It didn’t work initially and I had to create a new email address…maybe that’s why

      • Brooke says:
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        Wtf, I don’t understand. I created a new email and wordpress acct, set up the gravitar picture…what am I supposed to do next to have my pic come up. Any help would be welcomed please. I know how to do add/drops and shop on Amazon, otherwise I’m computer dumb but I thought I set everything up correctly.

        • Targaryen says:
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          @Brooke: I think it has a lot to do with the size of the picture

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