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Let’s see, winner of the All-Star game gets home field advantage… The WBC… Open the season in another country… Steroids testing after letting the world believe Bret Boone was good… Finally, interleague play.  Selig, hang your legacy right next to the monkey carcass that helped spread the AIDS virus.  Well, interleague is here whether we like it or not.  I don’t, but this is only partially about me.  So what can we do about interleague play for fantasy baseball?

Play fringe AL Starters.  This is more for H2H leagues than roto, but you might be able to grab some value in roto leagues too.  During interleague play, the AL has an advantage.  They carry a guy who actually hits in the DL slot.  They don’t need to dust off the half-dead pinch hitter who sucks (Hey, Hinske, no offense, all right?).  So Buehrle vs. the Pirates is quite tasty.  Slowey, Perkins and Baker vs. the Brewers?  *Grey shrugs* Why not?  Even Washburn vs. the Giants has some appeal.  Actually, whoever the Mariners throw against the Giants is worth a spot start.

Then there’s the NL hitters that might actually play thanks to Selig’s hairbrained interleague shenanigans.  Hey, Mat Gamel, wanna actually play now that we’ve called you up?  Okie-dokie.  Ian Stewart, you should be playing every day, and now you can.  What’s up, Hinske?  Actually, you still suck.   Sheffield may have some appeal, especially since he should be familiar with the pitchers he’ll be facing.  Though I’m not sure how familiar anyone can be with Tim WakefieldMatt Stairs is actually a DH already, only he DHs once a game rather than four times.  The Red Sox might think about implementing that with Ortiz.

  1. Frank Rizzo says:
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    This is a fantastic post. I probably never would have thought of this if I hadn’t read this, but it’s completely logical. The Brew Crew will be Weeks-less also so I’m thinking seriously about Perkins who is on our wire.

    Good stuff here.

  2. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    A nice boost in K’s to AL starters getting to face a pitcher at least twice per game. On the other hand, beware of marginal NL pitchers facing AL lineups.

  3. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey – The AL consistently beats the NL in interleague play about 2-1 every year, so it would make sense that fringe AL starters would do well. The AL has been a stronger league for some years. Having a player already on the DL slot would give the AL an edge, but wouldn’t that be equaled by the fact that AL pitchers have to bat when playing in NL parks?

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: AL pitchers hitting is not that much worse than NL pitchers hitting, where the AL DHs hitting is much better than the NL DHs hitting.

  5. Thunder Dan says:
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    Aw, come on! Hinske put up 20 and 10 last year! No, really! You can look it up and everything! He’s just been unownable this year because he Pirates signed him to provide plenty of gritty veteranosity off the bench, not to actually play baseball.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Thunder Dan: Those in a leagues that count Gritty Veteranosity should indeed grab him. (Insert winking emoticon)

  7. Zebo says:
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    throw in the towel on the cuban missile? He is atrocious, worst 4th rounder ever, I am never drafting any 2B or SS before round 10, again.

  8. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Carlos Lee or Kemp/Fuentes? Which side do you all like better?

  9. p0rk burn says:
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    @IowaCubs: Heck yeah! This works out great. With the off-day for most teams I can give him a go without playing the game that goes so well with fantasy baseball, “should I or shouldn’t I.”

  10. b00sh says:
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    @zebo I took A-ram in the 4th round too…I am still in 1st place in my 16 team league…but my patience is wearing thin as well. One the bright side he started off this bad last year and picked it up quite nicely

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: fair trade,depending on needs,lee gets 10 more hr`s kemp 20 more sb`s+the saves from fuentes

  12. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    What about Slowey for Lidge?

  13. Zebo says:
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    @b00sh: problem is, i am keeping no offensive bench, so i have had the pleasure of his 250 obp, 250 slugging on a daily basis. I am 8th place of 12 right now.

  14. @Zebo: What brought this on today? 1/3 game even got a walk and is .278 over the last week. Still going to hit at least 15 homeruns at some point the rest of the way.

    I could understand trying to go out and get a serviceable second baseman cheaply to go with him, but what did you mean by throw in the towel?

  15. oh, well it isn’t Alexei’s fault you’re keeping no offensive bench…

  16. Didn’t Macha come out and say he’s (Gamel) not up here to sit?

    It’s about time he started. Crossing my fingers something happens to keep him up all year…

  17. Teef says:
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    Is Bedard + Street or Gregg to much to give up for Hamels to rid myself of worrying about him getting hurt every start?

  18. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    My friend KL Snow at BrewCrewBall.com just chatted with me via Google chat… He’s one of the lead bloggers on that site and I trust whatever he has to say about anything Brewers’ related. He gave me permission to share with you what he had to say about Gamel:

    “My theory is a mental adjustment. He doesn’t really behave like a pro. He was the last guy to report to camp this spring, and came in with a previously undisclosed injury. He shows up late for things. I think he was brought up to sit on the bench and observe how major leaguers are expected to handle themselves, in the hope it’ll sink in…

    “He’s supposed to start today, and he’ll DH over the weekend, so it’s not like he’s going completely unused, but I think the point of bringing him up early was the mental aspect…

    “If you page through the Mugs (referring to the daily updates he writes for BrewCrewBall) from mid-February to mid March, you’ll find documentation of him coming to camp late, the injury, the day Mike Cameron moved his locker outside because he showed up late, and a meeting he had with management.”

    Anyway, Gamel remains a look and see for fantasy purposes until he’s given regular playing time.

  19. Billy says:
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    How long should we wait on Alexei Ram? He is driving Fantasy owners to drink, well drink more…

  20. Zebo says:
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    @Maitland: i claimed JJ Hardy off waivers, so I guess I can pick up 2nd baseman of the week until Alexei finds himself. Maybe if Gamel gets hot this week, I can trade him for Cano or something.

  21. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Teef: If you want someone who in injury free I’d stay away from Hamels, but given that Bedard is already hurt, I would do that trade .

  22. Teef says:
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    @ Keith – a. love the name b. thanks

    @Grey – your thoughts on Bedard’s health concerns?

    I could add either Baily/Hanson off waivers with the free roster spot

  23. @IowaCubs: Thanks for that info, that’s really disappointing to hear he’s like that.

  24. JR says:
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    @IowaCubs: Very interesting. Thanks.

  25. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez:
    What do people think of these trades

    I gives Wainwright get Fuentes
    I give Slowey get Lidge
    I give Quentin/Slowey I get Hamilton/Lidge. (Not sure I can pull this one off)
    I desp need closing and I am way overpace for IP

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Teef: and you’d worry less about hamels getting hurt because???

  27. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @IowaCubs: spoiled cocky little shit,aint he?not a great sign,i see a manny attitude coming once the success does. but i really hope not

  28. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    One more thing to add via KL Snow at BrewCrewBall… He had this to say about Gamel sticking around in the majors:

    “He’ll probably be back down in 2-3 weeks, like they did with Fielder.”

  29. BigFatHippo says:
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    @IowaCubs: I smell a bonus baby. Sounds like he needs a veteran ass-kicking.

    The good thing for Gamel owners: Wait till he hits a donk as a DH then trade him immediately.You’ll still keep him through the weekend. Wish I had that option……

  30. Gamels is still 23. I’ve got friends that are pushing 30 and still don’t have their shit together (as I am sure you do too). It’s probably because they didn’t have Mike Cameron to put them in their place.

    Perhaps it has some fantasy implications, but I wouldn’t get too worked up about it.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Billy: Depends on league size, what else is out there and if you have to start him or not.

  32. David Ortiz straight dropped in my highly competitive 12 team money league: Just discussed with the first waiver priority guy about putting in a claim, I’m 12th of 12 by the way, and probably won’t snag him, is it even worth it?

    I’d have to drop burriss, francouer, bj ryan (i just grabbed for fun last week just in case), or rich hill who i’m interested in seeing another start…?

    Should i just put a claim in and say EFFFF it and see what happens? I’m thinking so, need some reassurance….

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: Make a Big Papi clay trophy and lose Frenchy for him.

  34. @Grey:

    LOL any ideas for the trophy??? gotta be something to do with eating…. ha

    hey i’ll offer up my services for the grand razzball winner? i haven’t even built one for my league thats been running 7 or 8 years LOL…. but i’d put one together, dont know how that would work? but it would be sweet to have a trophy that got passed around from year to year…. thats the future plan for my main league anyways….

    all in due time…

  35. Mr Baseball says:
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    hey grey what do you expect from Jeremy Bonderman

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: You should do a bust of my head for the RCL champion.

    @Mr Baseball: A steaming pile that won’t be on any of my teams.

  37. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Thunder Dan: Snarf!

    @Zebo: @Billy: I know! He totally sucks! It’s already like May 24 and he’s only hitting .194!

    Oh wait. That was last year. In ’08.

    Patience, my brothers. Like a mall cop on a Segway or 80s-style Wayfarers, A-Ram will come back around.

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: This weekend for spring cleaning I took my old Baseball Prospectus’s out to the curb for recycling. (Those things are like cinder blocks.) Had a good chuckle when I saw the cover of ’07 (or ’06?) with a photo of Bonderman and the line “Cy Young contender.”

    Ah, PECOTA. Ya ain’t right all the time.

  39. @Baron Von Vulturewins: You should keep those, probably real interesting in 10 years…if you have the attic space.

    There is probably a good history of pitchers that come up that early like bonderman and are league average at like 22 for Pecota to drool over. I’m just hoping they are right about Wieters…

  40. Zebo says:
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    what is CJ Wilson’s value going forward? Frank is coming back on Friday. I am already satisfied with the 2 saves and 0000000 ERs i got from Wilson, should I cut ties with Wilson after a couple decent Frank outings?

  41. @Grey: hahah…. grey you never know, there might be a mustached bust being made right now….

    and what would you like “your award” to be called….

    i gotta go workout, i’ll check back later, peace

  42. vinko says:
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    @Grey: What kind of trophy will you award the Razzball champ, then?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha! Who was their NL pick? Dontrelle Willis?

    @Zebo: I wouldn’t drop him until Frank Frank is back.

    @vinko: See comment #39.

  44. Silas says:
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    Hi razzball,

    I followed your preseason suggestion on Wandy Rodriguez (thanks by the way). I was just offered Dunn + Wandy for Carlos Quentin + Paul Maholm, and i’m torn. My instinct says this is a great sell high/buy low. Babip says dunn is overachieving, CQ is underachieving. plus, no way wandy is actually as good as he’s been playing right? or am i wrong? Also, I’m a little worried about CQ’s foot thing. I guess I’m leaning toward taking the deal, but I’m scared. Can I have some help?

    Thanks a lot. I appreciate it. Love your blog, it’s amazing.

    Silas

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Silas: Thanks for the kind words! I don’t think Maholm will be better than Wandy the rest of the season, but I prefer to have CQ over Dunn by enough to make up for the other half of the trade. I’d take Quentin there.

  46. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How about Quentin and Hamilton?

  47. nathaniel_g says:
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    Corpas/Verlander or Shields/Marmol going forward?

  48. nathaniel_g says:
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    @nathaniel_g: Seems obvious to me, but I guess what I am really asking is how you feel about Verlander.

  49. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: my bad, who do you like better?

  50. elRioCaballo says:
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    well i’m a cubs fan so i enjoy interleague play and beatin’ up on the sux. However, i’ve been troubled by some trade offers recently and don’t know which is better..

    In a points league-:
    Me: J. Johnson, Cueto for Sizemore, Beltre, and (Cordero or Qualls)
    or
    Me: Johnson, Cueto, and(Ethier or Justin Upton) for Mclouth and Berkman

    I need an upgrade in my CI and don’t mind upgrading my outfield. i would still have some pitching left, and can always pick up whoever’s hot.
    My pitchers : J.Johnson, Cueto, Danks, Hamels, Verlander, Jimenez, Nolasco, Price, Hanson, B.Wilson, Aardsma
    Outfielders: Hamilton, Kemp, BJ Upton, J Upton, Ethier

    Thanks guys!

  51. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I am gonna offer Slowey for Lidge instead of Wainwright for Fuentes then.

  52. wreckless says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for responding to my question about Jered Weaver. I really could have used his numbers, but I think the result was a best-case scenario. Even though he had a good game, I think you made the right call.

  53. Zebo says:
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    is Percy in trouble? Time to grab J. Nelson? I want to ask because I think some of my competitors lurk amongst us, and they beat me to Aardsma and J. Cruz, Downs, Franklin, Hill, etc. Who are you?? I am onto you! At least I know Grey is not in my league, or maybe he is! I am talking about the guy who drafted Wandy!

  54. Steve says:
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    Any of these a better option than Shoppach:

    Ramon Hernandez
    Suzuki
    Pudge (surely not)
    Barajas

    ?

  55. Steve says:
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    @Steve: 12-team roto, BTW.

  56. Mr Baseball says:
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    A steaming pile that won’t be on any of my teams.- see Jeremy Bonderman

    sounds like a good add to Razzball Glossary (message #39)

  57. Zebo says:
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    @Steve: I currently own Barajas and Shoppach is free agent, and I am just waiting for him to rediscover himself, but his playing time is not like last year. Hard to say. By the way, what the latest on Pronk?

  58. Marr says:
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    @IowaCubs: There is no pattern of Gamel having a bad attitude or anything like that, as if there was any significance to that anyways. I haven’t seen any stories about management or anyone else being seriously upset with him; that incident with Cameron was more of a normal veteran/rookie thing than a reflection of some problem in Gamel’s attitude.

    Bringing him up was not just to teach him how to think like a major leaguer (whatever that means). The Brewers have interleague games coming up when he will DH, and even ignoring that, without Gamel their best hitter off the bench was Craig Counsell, so…

    People might want to think twice about owning him because Hall/Counsell are going to get the majority of starts at 3B/2B even with the possibility of Weeks being out with an injury, and because he might get sent down in a few weeks…but don’t start slandering him as a player with an attitude-problem…

  59. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Marr: are these comments from personal relationship with him,or just your thoughts?

  60. Zebo says:
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    @Marr: How is he compared to Braun, defense wise? Braun was bad defense that year, and the brewers stuck with him, although schmos like Counsell and Hall probably were not around.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @elRioCaballo: I’d do the 2nd one with Ethier for McClouth and Berkman.

    @wreckless: Cool… Yeah, sometimes these things happen when you sit guys.

    @Zebo: He’s still the closer. I own Wheeler in one league expecting the meltdown of Percy any day now. Nelson’s a potential add too, but he’s been just as terrible, I have no idea why Maddon would go to him.

    @Steve: Go with Ramon.

  62. BigFatHippo says:
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    Weeks out for season!

  63. James says:
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    Weeks out for season! This has got to change things with Gamels.

  64. Prince says:
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    I can’t remember if I asked this before; if so, apologies! I want to pick up Manny — he’s a FA. I need some serious hitting help down the line, and he seems to be the best option (I’ll also pick up Aramis for my DL). I imagine I’d drop a closer — I have Rivera, Downs, Lindstrom, Street, Cruz. Probably Cruz, given Soria’s eventual (?) return? Someone will be very happy to have him, which makes me unhappy.

  65. Kris says:
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    Would you guys give up a #2 priority for Ordonez? I would be dropping Konerko – my other OFs are Damon, Beltran, Hawpe, and Abreu. I don’t need SB at all, but my HR and RBI counts need help, and I foresee Konerko cooling down and Mags warming up. What do you think?

  66. Zebo says:
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    @James: @BigFatHippo: Does this mean Corey Hart leads off?

  67. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Give ya Jose Reyes for oh, let’s see, the Farm!

  68. elRioCaballo says:
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    @Grey… Thank you! i got both managers on the ropes since they both need pitching.. so hopefully tonight @ cards, we’re all friends, i can start some sort of bidding war! *Evil Laugh*

  69. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    I wonder if Weeks’ injury precipitates an early Alcides Escobar sighting. I don’t think Ken Macha is masochistic enough to move Hall to second and play Gamel at third.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @James: Not surprising at all.

    @Prince: Lose Cruz for Manny f if you have room to bench a hitter for the next month and a half.

    @Kris: I’d stick with Konerko, maybe drop someone else but Mags is pretty washed up.

  71. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I can’t make up my mind. Would people rather have Fuentes or Lidge? I am too freaked out about Lidge’s knee but love his potential

  72. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You knew it was coming – best Weeks replacement?

    Collaspo
    Goodface
    Schumaker
    Lugo

    What a selection!

  73. Marr says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: These are my thoughts based on having never read any reputable basis for someone saying Gamel has an attitude problem. Obviously I don’t know the guy, but if someone is going to go around making claims about him, they’re the ones with the burden of proof. I’m just telling you what I have read, not making fictitious claims to knowledge…

    @Zebo: Gamel is probably even worse than Braun (hard to imagine). Braun’s situation was different because Koskie was out for the entire season and the only ones blocking him at 3B were the blahtoon of Counsell/Graffanino (Hall was in CF that year). Both Counsell and Hall have been playing well this year at 3B so there’s less opportunity, though it will be interesting to see how losing Weeks for the season changes things. If he hits well enough he could start to win some more playing time (considering Hall’s splits, a Hall/Gamel platoon kind of makes sense), though I don’t think they’re going to give him a very long leash in the short-term, not to mention we don’t know how his terrible defense will translate into the major leagues.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: The problem is no one should trade for saves. You’re likely to get as much from Juan Cruz as from Lidge. Lidge is a better pitcher than Fuentes.

  75. James says:
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    @Zebo: Last year Hart and Counsell both leadoff. I read that Macha likes Counsell in the 2 hole. Thus, I would say Hart, but that could change.

  76. Prince says:
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    @Grey: I don’t have any bench space for hitters .. my bench is filled with pitchers, so I’d be losing a closer. I dunno.

  77. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’ve never had Weeks on a team. He’s always seemed like the guy who’s never gonna live up to his potential, sorta like me.

    The sad thing is, listening to the start of the game yesterday I was thinking, “Man, this is the year I should have bought Weeks.”

    Alas, no. At least I don’t have to hear Mike Shannon call him “Richie” Weeks anymore, so there’s that………….

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Callaspo for average, Lugo for some Runs and some Steals, Bonifacio for high upside steals.

  79. Doc says:
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    @Doc: Old news I guess!

  80. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Sadly, I’ll still have to listen to him call our SS Ka-heel Green and Skip Schumaker “the Shoe man”, just like Taguchi before him, “the So Man.”

    Hey Mike, senility is the new 50!

  81. Ernie Imbroglio says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Good call on the living up to potential remark. I’ve been feeling that lately.

    Mike Shannon is what Ron Santo would be if he did play by play. Mad awful.

  82. Dingo says:
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    @Grey: How would Fontenot, Iwamura, Kaz Matsui, and Jamon Santiago compare to those guys?

  83. @grey: hey, was wondering your opinion on Jayson Werth….Good Sell High for an underachieving high pick (maybe bj upton? or something like that)

    or do you think he can be a 20-20/25-25 guy with 100+R and 100+RBI stud

    Thanks….I hate Rickie Weeks

  84. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: Compared to what guys?

    @matthole: I’d want Upton over Werth. He’s probably still a 20/20 guy though.

  85. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Emilio Bonifacio – come on down! Maybe you can get the rest of the clowns on my team to start running – we’ve got a Hippo to catch!

  86. Dingo says:
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    Sorry – compared to Callaspo, Bonifacio, and Lugo.

  87. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Good luck with that, Hippo ran hills in the offseason with Jerry Rice. We’re both thinking “Comeback!”

  88. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: I’d want Lugo, Bonifacio, Callaspo, in that order, before any of them.

  89. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: I agree with no trading for saves, and that’s normally how I operate, but if everyone is looking for saves grabbing the next Hawkins are Cruz can be very hard.

  90. BigFatHippo says:
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    Delgado to have hip surgery, out a couple months.

    Keep in mind he’s a Latin 36, which means when he comes back, it’ll prolly be as a Wal-Mart greeter. Unless you play in a league that rewards “Welcome to Wal-Marts” as a category, you’re likely toast.

  91. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ain’t you the bringer of the good news today?

  92. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Damn, you got him too? Sorry bro, don’t kill the messenger.

  93. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Nah – don’t have him. Just calling you out ;-)

  94. The Gipper says:
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    Great stuff and funny as hell too!
    I want to buy on Lester as you suggest.
    He’s owned by a Yankee fan in my league.
    Do you think Lester for Joba (the Hut) and his drug dealing mom is too much?

  95. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: I’m a harbinger of doom, if one of my players goes down I’m usually the first to know.

    I also read the obits and police blotter every day just to see how my customers are faring:)

  96. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Saw the Weeks news on MLB.com. Pretty pissed about it. Glad I didn’t sell off O Hudson now. Guess I’ll drop Weeks and go pick up Ian Stewart now.

    I’m assuming Stewart is the best of the rest 2b to get since he’s a backup with upside. The others are Jose Lopez, Iwamura, Sanchez, Callaspo, and Bonifacio….*puke*

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Gipper: Thanks for the kind words. I’d actually want Joba slightly more than Lester. But they’re very close.

  98. BigFatHippo says:
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    Hope nobody started Glen Perkins tonight, sheesh. He’s the only guy I’ve seen that can give up a 150 foot Ground Rule Double.

  99. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’d like to be watching that (it’s on ESPN here) but I’m still caring for the sick so it’s High School Musical 3 for me.

  100. BSA says:
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    Who am I?
    “Lets see there is,
    Orlando Cabrera
    Jed Lowrie
    Khalil Greene
    Edgar Renteria
    David Eckstein
    Yuniesky Betancourt
    Omar Infante
    Nomar Garciaparra to pick from.”
    Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe
    As Hippo said, “Reyes is available…..

  101. johnson21 says:
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    drop who for Howie Kendrick? Coco, Bourne, Cecil, Gamel? I have jose lopez as my 2B.

  102. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Holy crap…..I refreshed this page and Michael Irvin started yelling at me…..

  103. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: That’s why I listened to Grey and drafted Andrus and Flippy in separate leagues. If ya don’t know on your own (or in my case, just mildly stupid) ask yourself, WWGD?

    @Steve: Ouch!

  104. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Mark: Ha, you got that too? I was looking around for the Sportscenter guys.

  105. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @Mark: On the subject of online advertising, check out what apple are doing on the homepage at http://www.nytimes.com/

    @Grey: Sorry for the link-away, but it’s worth a look.

    Y’all come back now, y’hear?

  106. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: What ad is this? There shouldn’t be anything with audio.

  107. mgeoffriau

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    Right hand column, 4th from the top, squarish ad.. It occasionally cycles through a video with Michael Irvin promoting his reality show, and also a video with some chick. Right now it’s showing a Cellular South ad.

  108. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo:
    I may need to grow a ‘stache to try and channel Grey to help dig my team out of the burning embers of the RCL because trying to ask, WWGD? is hitting some interference.

    Maybe Karabell is interfering with Channel Razzball and causing me to trade KRod for “Oww my Hammy Hurts Hamilton”, “I Can’t Breeze Through the First Inning Zimmerman”, and “I Can’t Get Out A Lefty Percy”

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Thanks! So, right above the blogroll or right below it?

  110. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: Just above it, a few pixels above “From da bleachers”.

  111. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Something only did it to me once, but it was what they heard.

    Must have been a temporary thing.

  112. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mgeoffriau: @BigFatHippo: Okay, I was told it was turned off. Let me know if you encounter it again. Thanks!

  113. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    started nolasco tonight,so far really good

  114. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: She has a cruel sense of humor doesn’t she?

  115. paulzone says:
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    strike while the iron is hot, right? i have hill and cano. need to drop a player to activate e. santana so can do a 2 for 1. what do you think of this trade:

    cano or hill & victorino for Beltran

    or

    cano or hill & either garza or weaver for Beltran

    which is a better option for me? if i trade victorino, my outfield would be kemp, betran, ibanez, upton. if i trade garza or weaver, my other starters would be bills, haren, beckett, ervin.

    thoughts? what combo above is best for me?

  116. Steve says:
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    What are the chances Haren comes back after the rain delay?

  117. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Gamel!

  118. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah baby! That’s a three-run shot in three leagues!

  119. Pops says:
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    Gamel JACK!!!!!!!

  120. G says:
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    Now that Acta says Hanrahan might get his closer role back should I add him and drop Ziegler? Im just looking for cheap saves and who do you think will get more saves for the rest of the year with decent ERA and WHIP? thanks in advance

  121. Grey

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    ***Seriously, Gamel hit a pitch out of the park that he had no business hitting. Very impressive. And a putout!

    @paulzone: I’d trade Cano/Garza or Weaver (in that order) for Beltran.

    @Steve: It was raining really bad. I doubt he returns.

  122. BigFatHippo says:
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    Gamel, rookies, trade em while they’re hot……..

  123. Grey

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    @G: Go Hanrahannananan over Ziegler.

  124. James says:
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    @Grey: Wow! I just got home – how does he look in the field? I don’t know if I can add him as a starter, which is the only position I have open right now, since his playing time is up in the air, but ill be waiting, watching, and hoping no one gets him.

  125. paulzone says:
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    dang, nelson cruz just got dumped for pierre. i’d have to dump justin upton for him. which is really to break out this year?

  126. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Here come the Cuffs…

  127. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @James: He fields like he has two left feet at the end of his arms.

    @paulzone: You need a deeper league.

  128. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Does anyone think Reyes is going to the DL? I have Drew stuck in my DL slot on Yahoo and I cant make any roster moves till I drop him, I was gonna drop him and Ray for Gamel since I can’t play Drew.

  129. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: You’re running on empty Jackson. I’ve gained as much as you with empty stats.

  130. Grey

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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Maybe on Reyes, but don’t drop Drew. You can drop Ray for Gamel though, but I guess your hands are tied.

  131. Schlitzy says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: reyes is not in the lineup again tonight but he’s expected to play tomorrow (but Jerry’s been saying that for days now). Cora just went on the DL so if Reyes does too Mets are really screwed (ramon martinez at SS tonight).

  132. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: I think I might drop Hanson and Ray to grab Gamel and activate Drew.

  133. mgeoffriau

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    Does anyone know why Crawford’s out of the TB game? I’m assuming it’s just precautionary since they’re up 13-2 and his shoulder was sore. I guess I don’t care too much since I just traded him off, but I can’t help but be curious.

  134. Grey

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    @mgeoffriau: I would assume it’s the reason you gave. No need to have him out there.

  135. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Aach, you’re getting closer!

    Nurse, get me some stats, stat!

  136. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Gamel toes the line?

  137. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: @Marr: Word on the streets of Milwaukee is Gamel missed the start of spring training for the birth of his first child.

    @Steve: Hehe

  138. Schlitzy says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: For what its worth:

    Jerry Manuel, speaking to reporters prior to tonight’s game, insisted Reyes will not land on the disabled list and expects Reyes to be ready to play tomorrow night.

  139. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: What a punk! Where are his priorities?

  140. Dim says:
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    Replace Weeks with one of:

    Uggla/IStewart/Kendrick

    Looking for OBP/AVG/RBI/R/HR/2B

  141. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: How can the Braves not knock Marquis around? I mean, the QS from Lowe is nice and all, but where’s the run support?

  142. Marr says:
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    @Grey: IIRC, Gamel arrived late because his wife was pregnant and he was trying to wait as long as possible before leaving, and he did end up leaving camp for the birth a few days later (within a day or two of Todd Coffey)

    The “controversy” (if you can call it that) had to do with him showing up with a shoulder injury, but I really don’t think it was considered a serious or indicative incident by anyone.

    In any event, 3-run home runs have a way of making up for these things :)

  143. p0rk burn says:
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    Bench options: Swisher, D. Lee, or Gamels. Discuss.

  144. Marr says:
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    PS – Great throw from Gamel at 3B just now!

  145. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    We can drop Ziegler now right, I can drop Ray and Hanson. Activate Drew and pick up Gamel.

  146. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Tell me about it, he’s Jason Marquis fercrissakes…………

    Where’s Andruw Jones when you need him?

  147. Gareth says:
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    Is there a Razzball word for the phenomenon whereby a player you spend a week trying to pry from another owner (Teixeira) then comes out and hits two home runs against you in the first day of a H2H matchup?

  148. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Out the back, starting in on his 7th hot dog.

  149. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Marr: Gamel will be all over Sportscenter, sell high, sell high, sell high!

    Unless you’re in a keeper.

    But if you want to win this year, did I mention sell high? Sell higher, go for Peavy!

  150. Schlitzy says:
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    Andrus or Burriss for my MI?

    Also, drop Kelly Johnson for Beltre? Can move I Stewart from 3b to 2B.

  151. Zebo says:
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    drop Madson for Hanrahan? Time to sell Gamel or hold?

  152. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Gareth: Fueikeid!

  153. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Gareth: I have been trying to trade for him too, poop! I think I had him too……

  154. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dim: Uggla

    @Marr: Yeah, I mentioned that before as they said it on the Brewers telecast.

    @p0rk burn: Lee

    @Gareth: Nope, but be my guest.

    @Schlitzy: Drop Johnson for Beltre. Andrus for MI.

    @BigFatHippo: Ha!

    @Zebo: Drop Madson for him. Sell if you can.

  155. Doc says:
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    D-backs game postponed. I need all the Haren starts I can get!

  156. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    now hanraham gets punked for 3 runs,nats closers stink,and he wasnt even closing,damn rain cost nolasco a big game win

  157. Doc says:
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    Reading Matthew Berry’s take on beautiful women makes me feel icky.

  158. p0rk burn says:
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    @Grey: Swisher or Gamel?

    I grabbed Swisher and Lee after they were dropped. I’m thinking keep Lee and swap Swish for Gamel’s upside.

  159. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    1 game 1 hr 1 error,thats the gamel you take

  160. Steve says:
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    Pinch-hitting for the Gamel-Toe – what’s up with that?

  161. SRM says:
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    @Steve: Hill Ball. That’s how it was bound to roll.

  162. Tony B. says:
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    @grey: These are the 3 guys I’m rotating in and out of 1B lately…
    Derrek Lee, Nick Swisher, and Chris Duncan

    Should I swap Duncan out with any of these 1B’s available?

    Nick Johnson
    Russell Branyan
    Kendry Morales
    Billy Butler

  163. mgeoffriau

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    @SRM: BHaill with the K….that’ll teach ‘em.

  164. knighttown says:
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    Hey Grey, if I’m not mistaken I don’t think I’ve seen a guesstimate on Gamels numbers the rest of the way…maybe prorated to 162 games so we can do apples to apples.

    Also, I’ve accumulated some depth (Drew and Romero sitting on DL), 6th SP is E. Jackson, 4 RP in a three RP league) so I’m trying to target an elite bplayer with a package.

    What type of player should Alexei Ramirez, Chad Qualls and Adrian Beltre return?

  165. Grey

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    @p0rk burn: Swisher

    @Tony B.: I’d put Branyan in there over Duncan.

    @knighttown: Not sure of his PT, the Brewers were saying he’s due to go back to the minors after interleague. If he plays every game the rest of the way he could go 15/5 with a decent average. Those guys aren’t going to get much, depends on your needs.

  166. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Should Delgado just be dropped at this point in time?

  167. brad says:
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    I have Gamel in a league where you lose the draft pick round if you keep a guy. (Is there a word for that?) He wasn’t drafted and I grabbed him out of the free agent pool, so I would lose my final round draft pick if I keep him next year.

    It seems likely that will be a good value, but even so would I be smart to try to shop him in the next couple of days?

  168. MikeE says:
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    what do folks think– I’ve been offered edwin Jackson/Felipe Lopez for Uggla. I could use the pitching — don’t think I need Uggla’s power, although it’s always nice. Should I make the trade? Is Jackson for real?

  169. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @brad: if u can afford to stash a guy,incase he gets sent back or platoons,but grab him now either way,if he gets hot in interleague play consider swapping him or him and another to add a big upgraded piece to possibly help you win this year

  170. Steve says:
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    F*** you, Cory Wade.

    I hate wins.

  171. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bamboo Cheetah: Yup

    @brad: I’d hold him.

    @MikeE: Jackson’s riksy, but looks like he’s for real. I don’t like that trade for you.

    @Steve: Yeah, seriously.

  172. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Now watch the Dodgers bust it open.

  173. Infamous says:
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    Drop any of these for Gamel?

    Parra
    Madson
    Chris Young

  174. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Nah, this game’s going on forever. Let’s wrap it up, boyz!

    @Infamous: Lose Madson for him.

  175. Infamous says:
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    Hahahah, what a typical Met play

  176. Infamous says:
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    Should I try and move Matt Cain why his value is pretty high. All his peripherals look like he won’t be having a great year this year, higher walk rate, missing less bats, lower velocity.

    I need homeruns and maybe a swap for another starter who’s off to a slow start. Would you have any suggestions?

    And I owe you a drink.

  177. cubbies299 says:
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    Coghlan or Reimold? Also, Uehara or R. Hill?

  178. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Infamous: Wow, the Mets looked so bad tonight. Cain for Ibanez? Damon? Werth? McClouth? Bruce? Aim for a 2nd to 3rd outfielder.

    @cubbies299: Uehara and Coghlan.

  179. Infamous says:
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    Cain/Cano or Cain/Hill for Peavy/Mcclouth?

    This team had Weeks and has no good backup and I have a lot of MI’s(Cano,Hill,Tulo, and Alexi)

  180. DrEasy says:
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    In the spirit of this article, Rich Hill should at least be a good stream for his next start at Washington.

  181. Quintero says:
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    @IowaCubs: Thanks for the insight. I don’t have Gamel on my team, and I won’t acquire him in any deal after your great post.

  182. G says:
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    Drop Jimenez for Meche or Nolasco? thanks in advance

  183. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G: Meche

  184. Sam says:
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    Trade Jurrjens for Slowey?

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