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Danny Duffy is much better than Stan Stuffy.  Or Brian Bruffy.  Now Gerry Guffy, well, he’s another story.  Stephen literally just went over his Danny Duffy fantasy.  He wrote it in pink highlighter while having cornrows put in his hair.  Oh, Stephen.  So what can we expect of The Duffman?  Maybe just a spot start.  Though when the Royals announced it was only a spot start they did wink, wink, nudge, nudge the Royals beat reporter.  His stuff/numbers have been dynamite this year.  The Royals should just keep him in the rotation.  I mean, who are they rushing to get back to in this rotation?  Jeff FrancisVin Mazzaro?  Nadir Bupkis?  No, blech and belch.  I’d grab Duffy in AL-Only and very deep mixed leagues then wait to see if he stays in the rotation.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Guerrier – Just when you thought you had the Dodgers bullpen figured out, Don Mattingly bats his long, beautiful eyelashes and brings Guerrier on for the save.  How many closers do the Dodgers have now?  I don’t know, but more the Guerrier!  What’s that circling above Dodgers Stadium?  Oh my God, it’s save vultures!  Don’t you dare peck at Vin Scully!  He’s a national treasure!  I think everyone knows how I feel about Padilla.  I think he’s crizz to the ap.  He’s not an effective closer.  Guerrier, actually, can be.  That still means to get Guerrier to five saves on the year in the City of Angels he needs a wing and a prayer.  (Pun point!)  But I would grab Guerrier if I had room and really needed saves.

David Wright – The Mets made a shocking move yesterday putting Wright on the DL a day after saying he wouldn’t need the DL.  The Mets lie, when they cry…

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  After having a 16:15 K:BB ratio in his previous three starts, it’s good to see him have 7 Ks and only one walk in this game.  Well, I mean, it’s good for his owners to see, I don’t own him.  Natch!  (Though I do own Pedro Alvarez… Biatch!)

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-3 with his 11th home run.  Guess this means he’s going to now hit 10 homers in the next two games.  Well, ain’t you Prince Charles?  (Not sure what that means, but some old lady said it to me at the post office when she thought I was cutting.  Actually, it was more like, “Back of the line, Prince Charles!”)

Josh Johnson – His arm MRI came back negative, which is positive, not just in opposite world.

Rafael Soriano – To the 15-day DL with an elbow injury.  Or maybe he just didn’t like where they were planning on batting him during interleague.

Alex Rodriguez – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  Or one homer for each time Cameron Diaz calls Jeter’s name out during sex.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – To the DL.  Alfredo Aceves will take Dice-BB’s spot in the rotation.  I look forward to Alfredo throwing meatballs to Saltimbocca.

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Here’s what I said in the preseason about Gio, “He went 13 innings over the 30 inning Verducci threshold last year, but Verducci’s a crackpot who told you to avoid F-Her, Latos and Josh Johnson (in 2010).  I’m sorry, but he’s throwing darts at a board.  Can we all agree to never listen to him again?  This year I expect Gio to up his K-rate from 7.67 to a mid-8 and to keep his walk rate (which isn’t great) around where it is or lower it slightly.”  And that’s me quoting me!  So far his K-rate is in the mid-8′s and his walk rate is slightly lower than where it was.  Gio is real and he’s beautiful.

John Danks – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks as his team won but he stayed at 0-6.  My Win Karma is so terrible –> Match Game refrain, “How terrible is it?” It’s so terrible that we’re in 2nd in one league, 5 points out of first and we have a one in wins.  Not only is it a one, but we have only 12 Wins, making us 5 wins away from getting 2 points.  We have 12 wins after a month and a half!  That’s two wins a week even though our ERA is 3.49!   And one day in April we got 4 wins in that league.  We have 8 wins in 41 other days of the season.  Or less than a win every five days.  In one of our NL-Only leagues, we have 22 Wins.  Sorry, that was probably only interesting to Rudy and me.

Elliott Johnson – Now has 2 homers in his last two games and three steals.  For a middle infielder, I say the same thing as Fonzie’s horse, “What the hey!”  I’d grab him just to see if this hot schmotato can keep hitting.  Keep in mind, his minor league numbers say he has very little power, but he could steal 20 bases.

Wandy Rodriguez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, but no win because Mark Melancon blew the save.  Second time in 4 games Wandy’s gone this deep into the game and lost the win.  This Wandy no decision has me feeling Melancholy.  I would’ve been Lyon about it two weeks ago.  Maybe Wandy could help ingratiate himself to the bullpen by taking them to Six Flags and buying them spray-painted t-shirts.

Mark Melancon – First, the Astros refused to name Melancon the closer, now he blows the game.  In one of my leagues, I went to the Wilton Lopez dispenser and grabbed one.

Brett Wallace – 1-for-4, batting .321 and hit his 3rd homer yesterday.  Not terrible numbers, but, wow, this guy is yawnstipating.

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks and his ERA is down to 2.80.  And, for whatever reason, I will still get questions on whether or not Kuroda’s worth owning.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Honestly, if he didn’t do this vs. the Mariners I was going to tell everyone to drop him.  So, now you have the good fortune of holding onto him.  Yay, you.

Jaime Garcia – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now has a 1.64 ERA.  I could totally be remembering this wrong but I think Jaime Garcia has had a 1-something ERA two years in a row now.  Who died and made him Prince Charles?!

Roy Oswalt – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks in his return from the DL.  After the game, he said, “I felt good out there.  I was mumbo-jumboing around like a lily pad on the back of hornet’s nest.  Now where’s my tractor?!”

Asdrubal Cabrera – Hit his 7th homer yesterday.  In a race that has captivated Razzball nation and made me want to cry, Asdrubal now leads Morneau by 6 homers.  You don’t even want to know how many RBIs Asdrubal has compared to Morneau.  Let’s just say it’s more than double.

Brian McCann – 2-for-2 with 2 homers as he hit a pinch hit homer to tie the game, then in his next at-bat he won it.  Pretty heroic stuff.  Could be McCann hinting at another presidential run.

Julio Teheran – For what it’s worth — or wurst if you’re German — after his start on Wednesday, Teheran is being sent right back down due to the Braves schedule not needing a fifth starter for two weeks.

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Brought his ERA down to 4.03, next stop 3.50.  Woot, woot.

Matt Garza – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hope everyone took my advice to grab him.

Carlos Pena – 2nd day in a row with a home run.  He could hit 15 homers this month and it wouldn’t surprise me.

Tyler Colvin – Singer/songwriter, Tyler Colvin, was demoted to the minors.  As recently as last week, Matthew Berry said Colvin would hit 40 homers this year.  I kid you not.  Berry, “My motto’s go big or go home!  Maicer Izturis will be the MVP!  I go big or I go home!  Miguel Olivo will hit more homers than Miguel Cabrera!  I said it!  I go big or I go home!  I’m not saying all of these things will be true!  Or that some of them will!  Or any of them!  I go big or I go home!”

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    I know you’re a Yankee fan so I’m trying real hard to give you a pass on imagining sex with ARod. I’m trying.

  2. and1mcgee says:
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    great post, as always. if you can, give me a list of like 4-5 position players and 2-3 starting pitchers who have struggled that might be worth targeting. I’m thinking Dunn… Danks… ?? maybe?? thanks…. just a thought. anything you post is always good stuff…

  3. and1mcgee says:
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    hey grey, kinda out of left field…. what are the odds that Jason Bourgeois gets 2B eligibility ?? needing 5 games started there in Yahoo!, anyway

    thanks

  4. Tom says:
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    Vin Scully brought the knowledge tonight with the following gem. In the movie The Breakup, Sergio Mitre was the pitcher on the mound during the opening scene at Wrigley Field. That is why Scully is the greatest.

    On another note, was a leader ever determined for the Fantasy Razzball leagues in April? Bill Bergen played his heart out and is hoping to get a Platoon t-shirt for his efforts.

  5. Terrence Mann says:
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    OK I made my crack. I will be the first to attest of Greys knowledge of pitching. Started Gio Kuroda and Wandy today. All Grey pitchers. Zero earned runs.

  6. Mike says:
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    @grey

    Would you pick up Liriano, Lilly, or Arrieta? 10 team head to head league. Thanks!

  7. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Asdrubal! Way to go brother! (yes, the Asdrubal family all share the same first name and have different last names…. do not question Asdrubal!)

  8. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    As for the Asdrubal (Cabrera) vs. Morneau HR race, I think that it has been decided in a landslide. We should start another one: Ronny Cedeno vs. Morneau. They are both tied at 1, and Ronny is already out-RBIing Morneau!

  9. in_ertiatic says:
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    In a vacuum, A-Rod and Billingsley for Berkman and Price… Which side would you take?

    Also, “Gio is real and he’s beautiful.” LOL
    Excellent as always Grey

  10. BigRedLatrine says:
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    I feel that there should be a glossary entry for what Dave Duncan does, and his entourage of polished turds.

  11. Steve says:
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    You misheard him. It’s I *grow* big or go home.

    Don’t think he’s going home…

  12. Steve says:
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    On a more serious note – start dlR against the Phillies?

    It’s H2H and I’m 2-1 down in Wins, but historically, they kill him.

  13. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Funny poke about Cam calling out Jeter’s name during sex but you actually have it all wrong.

    Living in Tampa, I see Jeter out and about allot during the off season. Pre Lyla Garrity days, Jeter loved to play a game he called “just the whole thing” with whatever warm hole he could bring home that night. Knowing of few of the classy ladies that got a night out with Jeter’s fleshligh, I can tell you that Jeter is a third person kind of guy. He loves reminding his ladies who their doing.

  14. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Also, should I lose Padilla for Guerrier? If I don;t act quick, I’ll be screwed!

  15. Tony says:
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    I’ve thrown Liriano for EVERY start, EXCEPT his no hitter and his 9K’s 1 run vs. SEA last night….. F U LIRIANO, now do it 3 more times in a row so I can actually start you with confidence!

  16. malacoda says:
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    Switch to leagues with QS Grey. Wins are so Panama Jack.

  17. Hi Grey – Someone just dropped Brandon Morrow in my 14-team roto league. Seems like he ought to be rostered in a league that size. Would he be a step up from anyone on my current staff? My current starters are Daniel Hudson, Scherzer, Anibal, Garza, and Kennedy.

    And from the sketchy would-be closer club I have Padilla on my team but Melancon has just been dropped and Wilton Lopez, Gurrier, and Jamey Wright are all on waivers. Which is the right one of these losers to own?

  18. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:
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    @Enrique:

    I’d drop Padilla for Morrow.

  19. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    Coco or Gardner?

  20. Eric says:
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    Thanks for the advice on the other thread Grey, but new option popped up on Utley:

    Berkman, Utley, and an ace for Holliday.

    My pitching:
    Verlander, Tim Hudson, Hamels, Daniel Hudson, Buchholz, JJ

    I don’t know if she’ll (girl fantasy player?!) take anyone other than Verlander, but I don’t want to sell Verlander. JJ is a good sell option seeing as he’s always injured right? He’s been so good though….

    I’m thinking about trying to sell Tim Hudson first. Thoughts? Thanks!

  21. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    @Mike: Liriano
    @in_ertiatic: I’d rather have Arod and Billingsley

  22. RonWashington'sStache says:
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    Correction…Coco, Gardner, Torres, or Carlos Pena?

  23. Mike says:
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    @Grey: Need to drop one: Lilly, Liriano, Peavy.

    Thanks!!

  24. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop Kuroda for John Lackey?

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    Looking to try to swap Krispie/Walden for an OF bat. Which one(s) would you target:

    Heyward, Crawford, Stubbs, Stanton, J.Up, Pence?

    Anyone feel free to chime in. Thanks!

  26. Wilsonian says:
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    Also, anyone starting Norris @STL tonight?

  27. The gig says:
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    Grey – start Gorzelanny today? It is a deep league…10 team NL with 31 player rosters.

    As always, great work man.

  28. The Biz says:
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    Drop J Zimm or Desmond for Furcal? In desperate need of BA. I have no bench due to injury, and a very deep staff with Haren,Gallardo, Cain, Scherzer, Sanchez, Bumgarner, Dempster, and Zimmermann. Thanks!

  29. xopchipili says:
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    can i get a ranking for saveyness potential? Boggs, Sanchez, Downs, Guerrier, Lopez

  30. BSW says:
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    I am in a league that counts holds which seems to be the most unpredictable stat around, and my otherwise solid team is lacking in this category. The top holds guys are taken, and I would tend to think that you probably shouldn’t buy holds-I’d imagine holds ain’t got no face either. That said, any holds strategies?

  31. Washington Irving says:
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    Didn’t trust Volquez yesterday. All of a sudden he’s walking one guy in 6 IP. 9 K! Unlucky for me, probably just a lucky day for him. Sonovabench!

  32. Wilsonian says:
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    This question is gonna be pretty ugly, so I apologize if it makes anyone sick.

    I need a Wright replacement in a deep 16 Team H2H league and these are my options:

    Morel, Valencia, Hanahan, this Downs character, and some other even worse Schmohawks. I’d have to drop Teheran for one since I already have Hamilton on the DL. Guh, who’s the pickup?

  33. Feeding the Abscess

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    @Washington Irving:

    For what it’s worth, Volquez is working on new grips for his pitches, so it might be something that will continue to improve going forward.

  34. Tony says:
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    @Wilsonian: the guy im playing in my league has him in as of now…. idk if i’d start him.

    @Washington Irving: i’ve picked up and dropped voltron twice now, screw him, he walks 5 a game, its not worth the headache for the one game he has 1 walk and 9k’s….

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: I guess you could add Sean-Rod, Inge, Nix, Kouz, Kennedy, Chisenhall (if he’s getting the call soon), to that Schmohawk list.

  36. VinWins

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    Looked it up. Jaime was under 2 ERA until June 27 last season, then over the rest of the way.

    Stupid lousy Cardinal defense cost him the win.

  37. BTrain says:
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    Grey or anyone for that matter,

    Which side would you rather be on:

    Morneau and Ethier or Dread Pirate

  38. To Grey or anyone else with an insight…

    I had both Liriano and Volquez benched yesterday, but I feel good about their performances. I hope it’s the start of some kind of turnaround.

    My question: Is Beachy worth hanging onto in a 14-team league? In a 20-team league? I could use the DL slot in both leagues. I don’t want to miss him if he picks up where he left off, but with Tehran and Minor biding time in Triple A, they don’t have much incentive to rush him back, do they?

  39. frank rizzo says:
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    Historic night for me in my h2h league last night. Kuroda, D Hudson, Gio, and Liriano all starting for me. Ridiculous numbers.

    Anyone hear anything about Liriano’s velocity lately? Was it up last night? 1 BB is nice to see, as well as the 9 K’s. I know he was in Seattle but he outpitched Felix. He’s still not a sell because no one still believes in him, so he’s a hold. He’s got Arizona next so how bad could it be?

  40. frank rizzo says:
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    @SwaggerJackers: That’s a bad joke, right?

  41. Wilsonian says:
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    @frank rizzo: I had Hudson, Gio, and Santos, so obviously not as good, but still pretty solid.

  42. Dan Pants

    Charlie says:
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    that berry stuff was gold, jerry! You heard me!?!11!11!1

    I send cueto and adam jones
    I receive choo and tomlin
    OR
    I send latos and jones for choo and tomlin.

    I prefer the first trade but the other guys prefers the second. Is this buying low on Choo either way, is he ever going to start heating up?

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    @RonWashington’sStache: @Wilsonian:

    Do I start Peavy against the tribe today, they are red hot and I don’t have much faith in him, so I’m leaning towards no…anyone want to talk me into starting him?

  44. Sach says:
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    anyone advise dropping B. League(ered) for Kenley Jansen or Matt Guerrier? Thx.

  45. ScottyM says:
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    Everyone ready to study up for their SATs?

    Mark Reynolds is to Adam Dunn;
    as __________ is to Billy Bulter

    I dub Brett Wallace mini-moobs.

  46. EK says:
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    @Tony: if you can’t start Liriano @ SEA I’m not sure he’s worth owning for you

  47. EK says:
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    @Steve: I have DLR and am leaning towards starting him tonight.. not a great play on paper but the Phillies have averaged 2.6 runs in their past 11 games…

  48. AB says:
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    Got offered two trades:

    1) I get: Chipper Jones, Brett Wallace, Ervin Santan, CJ Leslie
    I give: Carlos Lee, Neslon Cruz

    2) I get: Travis Hafner
    I give: Anibal Sanchez

    What do you think? Do both, one, or neither?

  49. Wiley says:
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    Would you pick up Melky Cabrera as a utility bat over Smoak? I would lose some .obp and HRs, but the other counting stats seem more likely as Smoak can’t seem to score runs in the Seattle offense. Also, as you said, it would be nice to see M.Cabrera in my lineup.

  50. EK says:
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    @Charlie: I would hold and/or hold

  51. dingbat says:
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    Gaby Sanchez for Matt Garza — who wins?

  52. frank rizzo says:
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    @trick dad: That’s cool trick dad, thanks for the link. Would love to see him get up to 95 or above but the control may be even more important.

  53. Dan Pants

    Charlie says:
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    @EK Really? I picked Cueto up a week ago, and Choo > A. Jones, right?

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    @Charlie: I wouldn’t do either one of those deals at all. They’re both shizz for you.

  55. trick dad says:
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    keeper league – choo for starlin castro?

  56. EK says:
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    @Charlie: I’d just much rather have Cueto than Tomlin.. Choo & Jones will end up with more comparable numbers IMO

  57. Wilsonian says:
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    @Charlie: Choo is greater than/equal to Jones and Cueto is about 10 times better than Tomlin. Cueto is somewhat proven and Tomlin is pitching WAAAAAY over his head.

  58. Wilsonian says:
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    @MattW: what kind of league are you in? Is this H2H or Roto? I’d definitely start him in Roto and would have to see what I had left in the week and what my opponent had.

  59. EK says:
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    @dingbat: Garza

  60. Dan Pants

    Charlie says:
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    I didn’t even want Tomlin, he just threw him in to make it 2 and 2.

    I really thought Jones and Cueto for Choo alone was a steal.

  61. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey –

    I am hating it with saves this year in a 12 team 12 keeper dynasty league. I have Beard, Walden and Boggs as my RP’s right now. Dexter Fowler is sucking hard right now and I am good at OF, should I drop him for one of the following:

    Guerrier
    Wilton Lopez
    Scott Downs

    Or should I say eff it and try to upgrade my mediocre pitching (Greinke, Pineda, Billingsley, Danks, Jackson, Bumgarner) with Duffy and hope he pulls a Pineda for me?

  62. Van Hammersly says:
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    Hey fantasy baseballers, kind of a random question for you. In my long-time keeper league, we’re trying to add a bit more parity and are discussing attaching 3-year contracts to our keepers. At the same time, I brought up the concept of each keeper being tied to the round in which he was originally drafted. For example, if I drafted Votto in ’08 in the 8th round, I’d “draft him” in Rd. 8 each subsequent year. For those of you who play in leagues like this, what do you do with the Jose Bautistas of the world who have become keeper players after being picked up on waivers? For example, if I picked up Bautista last year from waivers and will be keeping him the next 3 years, in what round would I be drafting Bautista in subsequent seasons? Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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    @Wilsonian: H2H, guy I’m against has a strong rotation and a number of guys still to go…so I guess its a must start

  64. José Bautista For Joey Votto

    Trade offer in 20 Dynasty League – I own Votto

  65. Eng says:
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    Ha! at the Oswalt tractor line. Start Dempster at Florida?

  66. DHill Dragons says:
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    Doubt he’ll accept, but just offered this trade, fair deal?

    Give:
    Evan Longoria
    Starlin Castro
    Michael Pineda
    Chase Utley

    Get:
    Jose Bautista
    Hanley Ramirez
    Josh Beckett
    Aubrey Huff

  67. frank rizzo says:
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    @mrbaseball: In a dynasty league? No way.

  68. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Here’s another one, with Furcal coming off the DL and no one I really want to drop for him, should I roll with Hanley and Barney (2B/SS eligible on ESPN) and drop Furcal altogether? Already tried to trade him when he was healthy, no one wanted him……

  69. hans says:
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    @grey padilla had tighten in his forearm for what that’s worth. Mattingly expects him to pitch today.

  70. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:
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    @DHill Dragons: not unless you expect hanley to stay lukewarm all year and bautista to slow down considerably…

  71. Awesome work Grey. I wonder if anyone has been listening to me touting Pena multiple times as am astute pick-up/trade over he last 7-10 (toot, toot…that is my horn)

    Obsevation: Walden looks lost and is losing confidence quicker than an illiterate at a spelling bee. I’m downs with Scott!

    Question: Raja Davis or Gardner? Thanks Grey.

  72. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:
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    @Van Hammersly: we do round 10 for all keepers taken after round 10 when drafted or ‘got on waivers…

  73. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Grey – 10 Team 5X5 roto and my team is swirling around the drain. My problem is that I have a team with plenty of stars who are not performing:

    C Weiters
    1B Morneau
    2B Hill
    3B Reynolds
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    OF Kemp
    OF Holliday
    OF J. Upton
    Util J. Heyward
    BN B.J. Upton
    BN McGehee
    BN Zobrist

    Should I stick it out or punt on some of these guys. BTW, I believe the only reason Reynolds looks better this week is because I picked up McGehee and had him on the bench. Thanks for nothing mini donkey.

  74. @Mr. Baseball:
    Interesting offer. IMO they are 2 of the top 5 hitters in ALL of baseball. It essentially comes down to positional needs/depth. I do think Jose is legit and will hit 45-50. This may go against the grain, but I like Jose, even in a dynasty league. But, the trade would be very close. Epic trade indeed.

  75. Who the Fuck is Mathew Berry!??!

    Better Wright replacement…because you know he is out for the year…

    Slim Pickens:
    Hanahan, Headley, Morel, Wee Willie, Matt Downs (whoever he is) or move Callaspo to 3rd and try my luck with Elliot Johnson or MacDonald short term…

    God this team is screwed.

  76. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @frank rizzo: ….or is it a GREAT joke…

  77. @Razzball Nation:
    I understand the innings limit concerns with Pineda–(between 165-180). Nevertheless, the guy is flipp’n lights out. All his underlying numbers shout out dominance. Fangraphs has a special woody just for him. Pitching at Safeco, in the pedestrian A.L. West I’m looking to still buy him at the right price, not sell high. Anyone care to argue the case to sell high now besides innings limit? Thanks Razzers.

  78. DHill Dragons says:
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    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: of course you think Hanley will come around and Jose will have to have some cooling off periods (everyone does), but don’t discount that all 4 pieces I’m offering have significant upside. It’s also the initial offer which I thought was pretty fair for a way to start the negotiations.

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    @Van Hammersly:

    I thought I’d chime in as I turned my league into a keeper almost exactly to what you mentioned.

    We have a 3-year contract with each player and we keep them in the round they were drafted, much like you described.

    BUT!

    Every year you keep the player, there’s a three-round inflation price. So I kept CarGo this year for the first time in the 13th. In 2012 I keep in the the 10th, and in 2013 in the 7th and I cannot keep him again after that.

    This is too balance those from hogging first round picks year after year. As a matter of fact, I instituted a rule this year saying that a player cannot be kept a 2nd year if his round value is 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Why? Because his value inflates past the 1st round, and then they have to forgo their 2nd round to keep that player. No one had any qualms because no player is worth your first two picks.

    Anyways!

    FA pick ups are 23rd round picks. And if you keep two FA, you bump one up one round, so 22nd and 23rd. A manager in my league has Bautista for 23rd round. Insane, I know. Later, I saw one league has it so FA pick-ups are automatically placed in the 15th round, perhaps as a way to curb ridiculous keeper situations such as Bautista.

    So if you picked up Bautista, you would have him for 23rd this year, 20th in 2012 and 17th in 2013. And then you release him back into the draft after 2013.

    In addition, when you make a trade for a player, the new owner gets a new contract for a player, but they continue inflating. Let’s say you traded away Bautista in 2013 to another manager. He could keep him through 2016, but he’d be an 8th round value in that year.

    In other words, the only time a player stops inflating is when he is drafted in a new year.

    I highly, highly suggest you instate the 3-round inflation rule. It’s the only way top sluggers will be available every other year and balance out the playing field.

    Hope this helps!

  80. Tony says:
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    @EK: HA true, but if you start him for every start and he gets mauled like someone wearing a meat suit in the lion cage then you’d bench him too…. if you guys started him last night, even tho its ONLY seattle, then good for you, i was just sick of getting my week destroyed by him…. he got put in the corner for a game.

    @mrbaseball: no way would i do that.

  81. @Eddy: This is the first I am hearing of this sort of Keeper league…I like that rule.

    Still wouldn’t do keepers, but that makes it more enticing to try. Thanks.

  82. Tom Emanski says:
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    Grey, do you think Chris Sale was reclaim the closer role any time soon? I’m in a deep league and need all the potential saves I can find.

  83. Van Hammersly says:
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    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: @Eddy: Thanks dudes! I’d thought about just picking a standard draftround for waiver guys (10th, 15th, 23rd, etc.), so it’s good to hear that’s what you’ve done too. I also think the 3-round inflation rule sounds good.

  84. Frank says:
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    Grey: In my H2H league, I took Asdrubal Cabrera in the 20th round. Should I pat myself on the back for taking an underrated guy who could be having a break out year? OR Should I not even brag about this to the other owners in my league cause his carriage might turn back into a pumpkin soon?

  85. Pierre says:
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    No mention of Bartlett breaking the Padres team record for most consecutive games with an RBI? For shame! I know it’s probably a mirage, but the kid is hot. Worth a short-term play?

  86. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tom Emanski: no way…have you seen Santos lately? Dude has been lights out! He’s got the closer’s mentality and the funky windup with a 97 MPH fastball and a solid changeup. Barring something unforeseen, I think Santos has it locked up.

  87. Shrute Buck says:
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    I swear some of these trade/add-drop questions remind me of Loveline with Dr. Drew when kids would call asking prank questions. A lot of ridiculous questions for Dr. Grey.

  88. Grey

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    @and1mcgee: Okay, thanks. He probably will.

    @Tom: Post is coming tomorrow afternoon.

    @Mike: Arrieta

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Ha!

    @in_ertiatic: Thanks! A-Rod…

    @BigRedLatrine: Shoot away.

    @Steve: I’d start him.

    @Mr2Bits: Ha! I’d hold Padilla.

    @malacoda: True

    @Enrique: Depends if you need saves, but I’d probably go with Travis.

    @RonWashington’sStache: Gardner

    @Eric: I’d want Holliday.

    @Mike: Peavy

    @Wilsonian: Crawford

    @SwaggerJackers: Hehe

    @Wilsonian: Sure

    @The gig: Sure, thanks!

    @The Biz: Zimm

    @xopchipili: Sanchez, Lopez…

    @BSW: Have less of a face.

    @Wilsonian: Valencia

    @VinWins: Yup

    @BTrain: McCutchen

    @Enrique: No…Yes

    @Charlie: Thanks…Go with the 2nd.

    @Sach: Nope

    @ScottyM: I like it.

    @AB: Neither

    @Wiley: Hold

    @dingbat: Garza

    @trick dad: Choo

    @TualatinTwoStep: Lopez

    @mrbaseball: Votto

    @Eng: Yup

    @DHill Dragons: Sounds fair.

    @TualatinTwoStep: Barney

    @hans: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Dr. Stats: Gardner

    @Mr. Rickey: You should consolidate with trades.

    @Shea Sera Sera: Callaspo, Elliot…

    @Tom Emanski: Nope

    @Frank: He’ll be fine.

    @Pierre: Sure

  89. Paulie Allnuts

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    Grey – I read Berry just for laughs. I know that he picked Colvin as a potential 40 Hr guy before the season, but to “Fearlessly” stick with that pick at this juncture?Berry wins the annual Peter King, feature football writer for Sports Illustrated, award for worst prognostication of the year. I know you don’t follow football, but this previous season, King picked Carolina Panther Coach John Fox as coach of the year. Well the Panthers won 1 game all season, had the worst record in football, and Fox was fired. You would think their egos would be a bit deflated, but such incredible picks doesn’t dount either of them.

    Benched Liriano twice this season; once for the no-no, and yesterday. I was really hoping that he would blow up and I could get rid of him, but he is a bit too good to cut, and still shaky enough that I couldn’t trade him for a bucket of warm spit.

    Two questions: Is Gordon Beckham worth keeping at this point? He seems to be getting a bit better. And does John Rauch have a reasonable shot at taking the closer’s job from Frank-Frank.

    Thanks for a great post.

  90. Eddy says:
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    @Van Hammersly:

    Yeah, I definitely prefer this format as opposed to the the usual “first seven rounds are dedicated to keepers” format. It adds more complexity and when trading away players, it adds a whole new dimension because a Cargo in the 10th round next year or a Bautista in the 20th is worth, say, a 1st round pick and a solid player.

    I have managers this year who have basically waved their flags for 2011 in exchange for high-round picks in 2012. Can’t say I agree, but hey, it’s another way to tackle it.
    @Shea Sera Sera:

    How come you wouldn’t do keepers? I do it with 11 other guys I know personally, so I guess there’s that, but it’s a way to keep everyone coming back for more, and more importantly, give hope to those that may have finished in the bottom one year. Don’t get me wrong, I love redraft leagues (I’m in five), and keeper leagues sometimes present dilemmas that’d never occur in yearly leagues (such as my decision to hold on to Strasburg on my roster in hopes of using him as a 23rd round keeper starting in 2012…or nice trade bait), but it really adds a whole ‘nother dynamic to the game. You really feel like you’re managing.

    Hell, I’ve been lucky enough to draft at the turn in 2010 and 2011, so small decisions like should drafting Ellsbury THEN Pedro Alvarez in the 7th and 8th in order to keep Alvarez in the 8th instead of the 7th in 2012 makes a big difference. Obviously, we know how that turned out, but still. I always rag on my friend because he picked 12th this year and he took Kemp in the 1st and JJ in the 2nd. Had he done it the other way around, he has Kemo in the 2nd for next year, and a possible big bat like Miggy, Pujols, Longoria in the 1st.

    One thing I wish I could integrate is having minor league drafts, but I believe only CBS has that capability, and we’re all comfortable with Yahoo!.

    Anyways, that’s my take on keepers!

  91. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey:
    One more for the road – Is Carlos Zambrano worth holding onn to? I own him in two leagues, 14 team, 16 team, both H2H. Not exactly sure what is available, although there is nothing all that special.

    Thanks

  92. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: well the Krispie/Walden for Crawford deal was already shot down. Would you try that deal for any of Heyward, J.Up, Stubbs, Stanton, Pence? Or hold?

  93. Dmonkey25 says:
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    Any chance Rauch ends up back in closer roll and more saves than Franky Fran before end of year? Or safe to drop in favor of Guerrier at this point if scrounging for saves?

    Also, worth holding onto Sizemore? Current outfield is JUpton, Alex Gordon, and Gardner. Does he produce better #s rest of the way that any/all of those guys?

    Thx hammer

  94. Matt says:
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    Is Morneau worth picking up off the waiver wire? Also what is your guess on when Dominick Brown makes the show? Trying figure out if he is worth a roster spot at this stage of the season. Thanks

  95. yankees2011 says:
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    Hello Grey.

    I apologize if this was aked and answered already, but what would you do with the Persian Capital Teheran? I picked him up earlier this week and figured to maybe start him next week depending on how he did, but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to be possible. Do I still hang onto him? I have Beachy on the DL, hence the Teheran add.

    There ain’t much to pick up, but I could grab McLellan (again), Wolf, Colon. Yuch! Maybe I will play with an open spot.

    Thanks much Grey and keep up the great work!

  96. RollieFingered says:
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    5×5 h2h league

    Alex Gordon, Ryan Roberts, or Jhonny Peralta?

  97. Doc Pounder says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts:
    King also predicted Steelers/Packers.

  98. @Wilsonian:
    If the dude knows his stuff you’re aiming too high. I get the whole intial offer thing, however Young’s streaky power and .230 avg + a very shakey Walden doesn’t inspire a lot of interest. I would be after Stanton. I think he’s on the brink of exploding. He may cost you Krispie, plus something more…Good luck bro.

  99. Eng says:
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    Thanks Grey. Start him I will. Missed Colby’s start vs. CWS the other day traveling home for work. Would like to change the CrapBerry for a fantasy friendly iPhone but emails on that thing are bad for for my hamfisted typing.

    I know it’s a few days early but one last sit/start…..would you roll Colby @Phillie on Friday?

  100. DHill Dragons says:
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    @Eng: Start all starting pitchers you have against the Phillies right now.

  101. Wilsonian says:
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    @Dr. Stats: thanks man, I appreciate it. I sent out a feeler on Stanton.

    What do you (or anyone else) think Wright’s value is right now for an OF bat?

  102. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: what are the odds paul we’ve both benched him for his ONLY two good outtings, and absorbed all the rest of his bombed outtings….. ugh. Boo liriano, BOO!

  103. Tony says:
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    @Wilsonian: i dont think anyones going to take him, even tho personally I think he’s coming back, he played with the injury for a month and yes was slumping but he was managing…. he just needs some rest, but if it gets too bad whats keeping the mets from shutting him down too? He’s their future, not worth putting him out for longer than necessary or making the injury from something that can heal to something that’s really screwed up and needs surgery.

  104. artie says:
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    Wondering if anyone has bought or sold Dunn lately? Curious to see the kind of value people are getting or what they are paying… He’s been so frustrating to own.

    Thanks

  105. Tom Emanski says:
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    Just picked up Wilton. Didn’t realize he was so wicked last year. Why wasn’t he closing to start with?

  106. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Doc Pounder:

    Mea Culpa to King. That does make up for his pick of Fox. I have never picked both contestants in the Super Bowl

  107. Mhfella says:
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    Wasn’t right that they brought your fellow Bergen County Boy Vin Mazzaro out for yet another inning to “save the bullpen”. Wasn’t right, I tell ya. Who do you prefer for short-term: Corey Patterson getting pitches to hit in front of Bautista or Coco Crisp. And longer-term: Ludwick or Maybin? Thanks!

  108. Wilsonian says:
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    @Tony: it is a keeper, so I guess he would have some value there. But I hear ya, it’s quite unfortunate, especially since I basically had a deal in place for Stanton and Hanson or Haren for Wright and Norris just prior to him getting hurt.

  109. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Tony:

    Tony, neither of our crystal balls are functioning very well. I benched Jeter one day all season in one of my leagues, and it was, of course, the day he hit his two and only dingers. Murphy’s law of fantasy. And as my wife always says, Murphy was an optimist.

  110. Jason says:
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    Hey Grey – a couple days ago I asked you about a trade offer of Heyward/Rasmus for Holliday and you said it was too much. So now I’ve negotiated a possible deal of Holliday/A. Gordon for my Heyward/Victorino. What do you think about that one?

  111. @Wilsonian:
    I think the term ‘stress fracture’ scares people off. Essentially the injury is far less concerning…think pulled muscles/inflamation.
    As Tony stated, it appears he just needs a couple weeks of rest. Yet, the Mets don’t have the best track record with injury prognosis and disclosure.
    I would want to trade for him at .60-.70 on the dollar. However, I don’t think there will be too many nibbles on Wright. You could realistically expect a legit #2 starter or a tier 2 OF IMO.
    Once again good luck mate.

  112. slam says:
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    Pena or Morneau?

  113. @Slam:
    Pena brother, Pena!

  114. and1mcgee says:
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    Pavano, Lilly, or Bumgardner from here on out?

    thanks

  115. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Mhfella: My man Coco is hot right now. Hitting with authority and running with abandon.

    New wrinkle in the Gio arsenal last night and damn if it didn’t look sweet. To right handers he’s throwing 93 at the letters and then back footing that sick slurve. Also, Dallas Braden was the Gio whisperer and while he (Dallas) was in limbo, Gio kind of floundered a little bit. I think he (Gio) realizes his Linus blankey is gone and he looked all manned up last night.

  116. PWNightmare says:
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    I hope they send mColvin* to the Toledo Mud Hens and he comes back with some stuff.

    *I onced yelled “Hey, McLovin!” to Tyler Colvin at a Dodgers game and he turned around. He may have been chasing one of the imaginary flies that constantly swirl around Zambrano’s head, though.

    Darwin “Don’t Call Me Batboy” Barney is gonna hit those homers for the Cubs now.

  117. CL says:
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    Bourjos or Austin Jackson… 10 team dynasty?

  118. Wilsonian says:
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    @Dr. Stats: thanks man. I definitely agree with both of you. Do you think it would be undershooting to try to get a Stanton for him? I need a little OF help, and one guy has Pirate, Stanton, Bruce, B-Up, with Reynolds at 3rd, so I thought it might be enticing to him to sacrifice a little OF for a questionable short time for a 3rd base replacement later.

  119. OaktownSteve says:
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    Asdrubal Cabrera has more home runs than Joey Votto, Aramis Ramirez and Josh Hamilton combined. Somewhere out there in fantasy land there is somebody who picked Votto, Hamilton and Ramirez one two three, betcha

  120. ujoh says:
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    Hanley: continue to start and hope, trade for 50 cents on the dollar or bench for a hot schmotato until further notice?

    How long until “drop” is added to that list?? This is worse than drafting Sandoval last year.

  121. Eddy says:
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    @ujoh:

    I’ll Grey handle the first set, but you can’t drop Hanley under any circumstances. Hell, I think Yahoo has him on his can’t cut list.

    Trade if you have to, but you don’t drop him.

  122. AdamH says:
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    Rest of year: Chacin or D Hudson?

  123. @grey:

    Still trying to get Crawford (in trying to raise avg & sb) what is least damage to me?

    Chris Young & one of the following pitchers?

    Leeryano
    Kuroda
    Chacin
    Cueto
    Hanson
    Marcum
    Pineda
    Scherzer

    thx bub!

  124. Mark says:
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    I own League, Walden, and have Lidge stashed on my DL, but also have Sandoval and Wright and the league has only two DL spots. Do I hedge with Jamey Wright, gamble on Mike MacDougal, or stash the freshly dropped Joe Nathan? If claiming Nathan costs me Duffy, who I’ve been eyeing for a while now, is it worth it?

    This team has a plethora of other issues I’ll probably wonder about at some point too, but this is question #1 for the moment I suppose. Any thoughts Grey? Your advice is much appreciated.

  125. ujoh says:
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    @Eddy: If he’s hitting .200 in August, he’s getting dumped and placed on my never draft again list. Then someone will use his #1 waiver claim on him, he’ll hit .450 to finish the year and I’ll cry in my sleep for a few months.

  126. Larry says:
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    10 team Hosmer or Pena ROS?
    Love your site!

  127. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mark: look into downs also,walden is struggling

  128. EK says:
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    Tomorrow McClellan vs. HOU or Narveson @ SD the suddenly raking Padres

  129. correction says:
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    The Mets never said Wright wouldnt need a DL stint. They were waiting the results of the 2nd opinion and making the DL decision yesterday all along. I know they’ve handled injuries and just abt everything else atrociously since Wainwright buckled Beltran’s knees in ’06, but lets not exaggerate their incompetencies.

  130. TheBlackWatermelon says:
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    Dear God,

    My team is awful, at 1-4-1…. Some douche in my league is HOUNDING me for Holliday, throwing me crap offers. His team and my team are listed below. Please tell me who, of his players, you would ask for in return for Holliday – you don’t even have to tell me why it’s a good deal, I just need something to counter with because I have a horrible lack of fantasy bball knowledge..

    His team:
    C- Buster Posey
    1B- Ryan Howard
    2B – Robinson Cano
    3B – Evan Longoria
    SS – Troy Tulowitzki
    OF – Carl Crawford
    OF – Mike Stanton
    OF – Alex Gordon
    OF – Jeff Francoeur
    OF – Raul Ibanez
    Util – Gaby Sanchez
    Util – Maicer Izturis
    BN – B. Boesch
    BN – J. Smoak
    BN – J.J. Hardy
    BN – L. Nix
    BN – J. Lucroy
    BN – S. Rolen
    BN – J. Bartlett

    Pitching
    -Bumgarner
    -Chacin
    -Nolasco
    -Cahill
    -Wade Davis
    -J Hammel
    -F Camona

    MY TEAM
    C- Napoli
    1B – C. Pena
    2B – I. Kinsler
    3B – M. Reynolds
    SS – Hanley Ramirez
    OF – Holliday
    OF – C. Quentin
    OF – A. Torres
    OF – J. Damon
    OF- C. Beltran
    Util- Tabata
    Util – J. Herrera
    BN – Wright (DL)
    BN – Lind (DL)
    BN – Derrek Lee (DTD)
    BN – Jesus Montero
    BN – Ramon Hernandez (dropping for Ianetta prob)

    Pitching:
    -Sabathia
    -Marmol
    -Lilly
    -Putz
    -Jurrjens
    -McClellan
    -Ogando
    -Sanchez
    -Hudson
    -Norris
    -Volquez (dropped E. Jackson instead of Volquez by mistake yesterday!)

    Please help me, oh fantasy God… I am used to winning in Football and competing in Basketball, this is pathetic. This league is eating me alive, I can’t take it!!!

    Where is the donations button on this website?! You work too damn hard!

  131. Joey Gladstone says:
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    Who do you like better for the rest of the season.. Fielder or Holliday?

  132. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,when jennings comes up in about 12 days,with his obp and a little added pop this year,is he or bernadina the better play,and do you see this elliot johnson (good sb,s decent power in minors) getting enough ab,s to grab and start now,as usuall thanks for everything and take it easy on steve,he seems a bit stressed this year,hehe

  133. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Wright for now.

    @Larry: Thanks! Pena

    @EK: Narveson

    @correction: Technically, I guess you’re right since they said they needed a 2nd opinion about whether Wright needed a DL stint. As if a 2nd opinion was really necessary.

  134. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Would Morneau plus one of these be a reasonable offer for Pujols:

    B.J. Upton
    Justin Upton
    Heyward

  135. Mark says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC

    Downs was nabbed yesterday morning, this league is nothing but saves fiends. I take the subway to work in the morning and we go above ground for two stops at one point, so I always check rotowire on my android right then (I’m not a morning person so waking up early to run through fantasy stuff is a conflict of interest, being fantasy baseball and sleep). I saw that Walden had blown a save and Downs was next in line but didn’t have time to make a roster move, and then my train was delayed and I got above ground at 9:04am. Sure enough Downs was grabbed at 9:01. It seems like Walden has a bit of rope anyway, sure the Sciosciopath is unpredictable, but lefty groundball specialists aren’t usually managers ideal choices for closers. I’m banking they stick with Walden unless he really implodes the way League did last week.

  136. Joel says:
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    Grey, in my 6×6 h2h league my OFs are Braun, Kemp, Mike Stanton, Rajai davis, Andres Torres and Torriii Hunter. My SPs are Hamels, Marcum, carpenter, brett anderson, Anibal, CJ wilson and Zimmerman. I also have Pujols, Rollins, Prado and Youk.

    I’ve been offered Colby Rasmus and Clayton Kershaw for Matt Kemp.

    What do u think? I like Kershaw, and I may have enough total offense to take the downgrade from Kemp to Rasmus. Should I do it?

  137. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: no,at this point morneau isnt worth anything,id rather have gabby or ike

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TheBlackWatermelon: Don’t know how many teams. Don’t why you’d trade Holliday since he’s your only decent OF. Can try for Crawford and Stanton.

    @Joey Gladstone: Fielder

    @AL KOHOLIC: Johnson for now. Jennings is better if he gets everyday ABs.

    @Mr. Rickey: Doubtful

    @Joel: It’s fair, I wouldn’t do it.

  139. Chinaski says:
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    Hey Grey, with Beachy on the DL, i am coming up short regarding SPs. I need a start, a good stard. What do you think about dropping Beachy for Arrieta (one start this week against the Nats)?

    Thanks

  140. AdamH says:
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    Thanks Grey.

    Followup. Garza or D Hudson?

  141. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Would you drop Contreras of Wilton Lopez? Who ends up with more saves from here on out?

  142. pipa says:
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    What are your comments on this trade?

    Dempster and Guthrie for Hanley?

    Second is…which of these seems most fair/ like a better deal?? Top 3?

    G Sanchez for A. Dempster B. Cueto C. Jurrjens D. Baker E. Guthrie
    F. Bumgarner G. Bailey H. Floyd

    I offered Sanchez for Kuroda and was laughed at.

  143. pipa says:
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    One last one, Sanchez for Garza

  144. @Pipa:
    whomever gets Hanley wins by a lot!
    I’d want Garza for sure.

  145. pipa says:
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    @Dr. Thanks! Yea that Hanley trade was vetoed by the Commish, and everyone is in agreement but the guy getting HanRam, go figure!!

  146. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Grey and fellow Razzers. I’m in LAST place in my 10 team AL-only league and my co-owner is ready to throw me down a mineshaft and start trading for keepers. TIMES ARE DESPERATE. So here’s the roster:

    C-Matt Wieters
    C-John Jaso
    1B-Billy Butler
    2B-Scott Sizemore
    3B- Danny Valencia
    SS- Alcides Escobar
    MI- Tsuyoshi Nishioka
    CI- Mark Teixera
    DH- Gordon Beckham
    OF- Brett Gardner, Adam Jones, Mark Trumbo, Michael Saunders, Felix Pie
    SP- David Price, Edwin Jackson, Ervin Santana, Ricky Romero and Carl Pavano
    RP- Chris Perez, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Aaron Crow

    I’ve also got Chisenhall and Lorenzo Cain in the minors. Am I crazy or should most of those guys start putting up much better numbers at some point? I feel like a drafted the “All Slow Start” team. Anyway, hold tight or accept failure as an imaginary GM?

  147. trick dad says:
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    uggla and starlin castro for cano and jeter, who wins?

  148. trick dad says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: in a 10 team league, that’s a pretty bad team this year. it doesnt look like you have a chance in hell this year. i’d trade tex for some younger players and set up for next year.

  149. Long Bawls says:
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    Anyone think starting both Peavy and Masterson tonight would be crossing the streams? I want my team to stay puft.

  150. TheBlackWatermelon says:
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    @Grey:

    It’s a 12-team, Mixed League, 7 add/drops per week.

  151. Brew Crew says:
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    Juan Pierre available on waivers. Would you drop either Bernadina or Fowler for him or hold??

    Also, Cueto off to good start from DL…Look for offers & try to sell high or hold?
    Thanks

  152. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: Not to be a jerk, but that team is awful for a 12 team league let alone a 10 teamer. Time to build for the future my friend.

  153. EK says:
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    @Clyde: make moves and/or accept failure.. I thought your MI was weak but then saw your OF and pitching

  154. Danny Tanner says:
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    Who do you like for the remainder of this season?

    Matt Kemp or Matt Holliday?

  155. Grey

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    @Clyde Prompto: I only see two players on your team that will definitely hit more than 17 homers and one player with more than 20 steal potential.

    @trick dad: Cano

    @Long Bawls: I’d start both in some leagues.

    @TheBlackWatermelon: I can’t believe Herrera is the best UTIL option.

    @Brew Crew: Fowler… Depends what you’re getting as always, but Cueto’s solid.

    @Danny Tanner: Kemp

  156. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: I’m too lazy to read all of the comments today but wondered if you saw ESPN’s revised rankings today? It would be nice to see you updated your overall player rankings to see who you view as risers and fallers now that the season is underway. It would also be a helpful tool to evaluate trades. Basically I want to see where you rank Berkman, Liriano, Gordon, Bautista and a few others.

  157. AmishGangster says:
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    @Grey. I’m in a H2H keeper league, starting Wright. Zimmerman was dropped by a bottom dweller a few weeks ago. I’m looking at picking up Rolen to stop gap me to get to Zimm….you like the idea of dropping Wright for Zimm… I’d hate for wright to come back in 10 days, and wait 4 more weeks on Zimm? Tough call, thoughts? Thanks!

  158. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:
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    i need a new 3b now that wright is down. 12 team h2h so obviously the pickings are retarded or more retarded.

    who would you go with for the short- (and possibly long- if the mets have anything to say about term?

    figgins
    izturis
    hannahan
    rolen
    headley
    betemit
    perralta (on waivers so i would have to wait 2 days and pick up one of these other dudes in the meantime)
    some other douche?

    i know nothing about any of these guys because they all suck, so i need your advice oh wise one(s)

  159. Tom Thumb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which side of this deal is better?
    Holliday, Butler, Morrison for Votto, Tabata, Alvarez

  160. Donny Kerabatsos' Ghost says:
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    Follow up to Wilsonian’s Wright replacement question:

    Valencia, Betemit, Uribe, or give Pedro Alvarez another shot?

  161. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: yeah man,rebuild,pick up lawrie,montero and a few other young studs and trade for top young guys,trout etc,im in the process of the same thing in my keeper league

  162. El Gato says:
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    Need SP – was offered Cliff Lee and Billy Butler for Fielder and Ogando – giving up too much to get the adverb?

  163. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey=izturis batting 3rd and nice average,still drop him for a recently dropped ian desmond?once wells returns and or trout gets a call izturis will be back at 7th or 8th in the lineup i think

  164. B.J. says:
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    What to do with Grady? I’ve got Utley and Zimmerman on the DL and can’t afford to have a guy rotting on my bench. Should I cut him loose for any of these options (10 Team Yahoo H2H Daily Rosters): Logan Morrison, Michael Bourn or Cameron Maybin. This is for my 4th OF behind Jay Bruce, Justin Upton and Andrew McCutchen.

  165. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Who do you drop for Wandy? I have alot of OF and 3B so I could go with A Soriano, A Gordon or A Ramirez. Pitching wise I could only see dumping De La Rose or B Anderson. Whata ya think?

  166. WDE05 says:
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    Grey…

    What are your thoughts on Hanley at this point? I was offered a trade for him today that I think is pretty terrible (Morneau, Andrus, Ogando), but I’m trying to decide whether I should counter offer. He’s been a boat anchor on my team thus far, but I guess its still too early to give up on him. I have Asdrubal Cabrera so I’ve been able to bench and still get good production at SS thus far.

  167. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    Also how bad is this team off in a 10-teamer. I autodrafted on accident but I am currently in 1st place after some sell high-buy low trades.

    C- Matt Wieters
    C- Miguel Montero
    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Ian Kinsler
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    3B- Mark Reynolds
    MI- Aaron Hill
    CI- Carlos Pena
    OF- Matt Kemp
    OF- Jason Bay
    OF- Jose Tabata
    U- Pedro Alvarez

    DL- Chase Utley, David Wright, Ike Davis

    SP- King Felix, Kershaw, Liriano, Norris
    RP- Kimbrel, Storen, Farnsworth, Walden

    B- Dominic Brown, Cameron Maybin

    Thanks

  168. Wilsonian says:
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    Uggla/Heyward for Wright/Krispie/Walden. Who wins? Can pick up Gregg, Padilla, Annabelle, Melancholy, Lopez, etc.

  169. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,if moustakas got called up today,who would you want him or trumbo

  170. trick dad says:
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    texeira & DLR for howard, garza, tabata?

  171. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @trick dad: howard side

  172. Taftball says:
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    16 team league, straight up valuewise, who wins this trade…

    Team A Cano, Alexeir Ramirez, Ian Kennedy
    Team B Longoria, Price

  173. Adam says:
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    Start Hellickson @ TOR?

  174. Too Live Crudite says:
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    @Tom Thumb: “How bad off is my 1st place team?” WTF?

  175. Telemachus says:
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    Zimmerman, Pagan, and Furcal all on my bench, as they come back which order do I drop their fill-ins? I have positional flexibility…

    Infante, Garret Jones, Bourjos…David Murphy is filling in for me also

  176. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: went ahead and did it. Got Uggla and Heyward for Wright/Krispie/Walden. Not stoked, but not too upset. Interested in anyone’s take.

  177. EK says:
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    @El Gato:I think its fair

  178. One Man Wolf Pack says:
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    Drop Espinosa for Elliott Johnson? (MI Spot)

  179. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League, (HR=4, 3B=3, etc., RBI=1, R=1, BB=1, K=-1)

    We start 3 OFs, a 1B and a MI/CI.

    After Braun, I’m weak at OF with Moreland, Fowler, David Murphy and Bernadina.

    Smoak and Carlos Pena are my 1B and CI, respectively. Morneau is my DH (yes, I drafted BOTH Pena and Morneau)

    Trade Morneau and Fowler for Nelson Cruz?

  180. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: You want to sit front row with me at an Indians game in Cleveland against the Royals? August. Free parking and $20 for drinks.

  181. chata says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    my take …. hooray !
    time to move on .

  182. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SwaggerJackers: I didn’t.

    @AmishGangster: You’re dropping Wright for Zimm? Huh? I don’t think I’m following.

    @Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate: Rolen

    @Tom Thumb: Holliday

    @Donny Kerabatsos’ Ghost: Alvarez

    @El Gato: Eh

    @AL KOHOLIC: You can hold there.

    @B.J.: Morrison

    @Nick: Gordon

    @WDE05: He should come around.

    @Tom Thumb: Surprised that team is in first but hey more power to you. Your pitching is much better than your hitting. I’d see if you can upgrade your OF with Kershaw.

    @Wilsonian: Uggla

    @AL KOHOLIC: Trumbo

    @trick dad: Howard

    @Taftball: B

    @Adam: Sure

    @Telemachus: You drop Furcal’s filll-in when Furcal returns and so on.

    @One Man Wolf Pack: Eh

    @Commish Cauda: Yup

    @SwaggerJackers: You flying me to the game?

  183. Wilsonian says:
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    @chata: haha, I figured someone would be pretty happy to see me finally deal Wright!

    @Grey: who would you rather have: Annabelle or either Melancon, Lopez, Padilla, Guerrier, Jansen, or Gregg? I’ve already got Soria, K-Rod, Santos.

  184. Van Hammersly says:
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    Grey, in an RCL injuries have pushed me to drop either E-Jax or Baker… who goes? thanks!

  185. DHill Dragons says:
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    Jay Bruce a late scratch (illness) for you daily lineup leaguers

  186. Steve says:
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    It might be just me as a hopeful Guerrier owner, but doesn’t sound odd that a guy who has forearm stiffness one day, is OK to pitch the next?

    Sounds more like the Mets…

  187. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: who is annebelle,cant find him anywhere?

  188. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Too Live Crudite: @Grey: Haha, thanks Grey. I am trying to get Ethier and Hudson for Kershaw and Farnsworth. And yeah, I know it sounds dumb but I had Halladay and Cliffly for a while and sold them off. I got Kemp and Holliday right before hot streaks and had Zobrist. My position is a result of wheeling and dealing and I wanted to get a judgement of my team as it is now, ya know?

  189. bogbert says:
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    Would you add Kuroda or Dempster to replace any of the following, or hold?
    Latos, Morrow, Jurrjens

  190. DHill Dragons says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: That would be one Anibal Sanchez

  191. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @DHill Dragons: thanks,ive been seeing the name on here for a week and have looked him up,

  192. Eng says:
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    Juan Pierre worth #3 waiver claim or see if he clears to FA?

  193. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eng: if you need steals then yes

  194. Taftball says:
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    Does anyone have any idea on who is going to be up first?

    Ackley or Lawrie

  195. Team Benson says:
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    Would it be wise to move Kershaw and Dempster for McCutchen in a keeper league? Gracias.

  196. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: No plane ticket but I can get you a free front row ticket in front of the Royals side batters box, free parking, $20 for beer and a place to crash after. You’d be so close to Butler you could almost cup a moob.

  197. the grate one says:
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    ello grey!

    can you rank

    bumgarner, lilly, kuroda, billingsley, hudson for the rest of season?

  198. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Taftball: Ackley should be up very very soon. Lawrie might be a while because the Jays will be patient with E5 and Hill. But Ackley is a better real-life player than fantasy. He is capable of maybe 15/15. Pretty useless if he doesn’t stick at 2nd.

  199. Eng says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I kinda do, but Pierre has been a shell of his former self. I’d be dropping David Murphy with Cruz and Hamilton coming back his limited value will recede further.

  200. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Taftball: i just dont see an impact from ackley,maybe in 14 team leagues,he is hitting 247 with 5 hr,s this year,and lawrie seems mlb ready but he is learning a new position which could keep him down longer

  201. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Eng: he will get some sb,s either way,if you need them then id grab him for murph,if he doesnt clear waivers there will be call ups soon to help in the sb area,jennings for one

  202. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: 2 part question. Part I In my keeper league, we’ve already got a “seller.” I just traded a 7th round pick next year for Utley and Ian Kennedy. I have Herrera playing 2B, so WTF, right?

    So I’ve got to dump one of these shmo’s, which one?
    Porcello, Piniero, E.Jax, Narve-whale.

    This is h2h and QS count. Piniero’s the choice to me but he’s been pitching so well.

    Part Deux: My DL is filled up with Panda and Beachy. Now I’ll add Utley will probably be back before the other two. Do you a) dump Valencia and punt 3B until Utley or Panda gets back? Herrera’s 3B eligible.

    Or do I dump Bourjos (or another pitcher, which I’m loathe to do in H2H) and replace him with a Hairston, Carroll, Bonnafacio, Sparky Anklebiter at 3B/2B until Utley/Panda get back?

  203. Eng says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: for sure, but Jennings has gone already as has bourgeois etc. I’d love to get juan without using my waiver but it’s risky.

  204. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: start a collection,send grey to the game with swagger jacker,we can get you there boss

  205. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey if ahead on iinnings would you start norris vs cards

  206. Bob says:
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    @ Grey: what are your thoughts on Collmenter? Would you take a flier on him? Man has ridiculous numbers so far.

  207. Chinaski says:
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    @Grey,

    Brett Wallace, Trumbo, Smoak or Moreland? I own Moreland but he seems to be injured and still d2d . My 1B situation is messed up with Ike Davis and Lind both on the DL.

    Thanks

  208. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: ill start the donations right now,get grey to the game fund,come on guys chip in a few bucks for the boss,sending your donation via bye grey a diaqurri

  209. Steve says:
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    Al-Ram not in the lineup for the Sox tonight.

    @AL KOHOLIC: It’s your constant barrage of trade emails. They don’t leave me any time to do any work ;-)

  210. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    I have Jamey Wright.

    Drop him for Wilton Lopez or Guerrier?

  211. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I would.

    @Bob: He’s getting lucky but in certain leagues I’d take a flyer to see if he can continue his success. I did just go over him after his last start.

    @Chinaski: Smoak

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for your donation!

    @Steve: Ha!

    @Shmorgie S. Board: I’d hold for now.

  212. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i know,i need to get this leg healed and back to work,in an 8 team league,its hard to trade

  213. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: hmmm, Gregg over someone like Annabelle? Is that because you don’t trust Soria, K-Rod, and Santos in such a small league, or what? Just curious, thanks!

  214. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    @Grey How did you know I was–? Oh, I see. You were talking about Wright. Thanks!

  215. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Don’t you live on the East Coast? I’ve driven to Jersey before. If you live anywhere near the DC area, maybe my buddy could pick you up and you could both go. He drove out for our fantasy draft a few months ago. 5 tickets total and they are by far the best seats I’ve ever sat in. You’d be close enough to tell Aviles he’s barely ownable in a 12 team league.

  216. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. I suppose using the extra spot on Beachy is a waste huh.

    Suppose I just send Beachy and Piniero in the trade.

    Dump Valencia for any of these guys?

    C. Johnson
    E5 Encarnacion
    Kouz
    Hairston Jr.
    Mark Ellis
    O. Cab
    Justin “Thunderdome” Turner
    Danny Murphy (said like Rick James saying “Charlie Murphy!”)

  217. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: just bought a shirt to,been meaning to,ill see if the extra large fits

  218. JR says:
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    @Grey

    Jed Lowrie or Aaron Hill at 2B going forward?

    Thanks in advance.

  219. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Dead arm to blame for Weaver’s woes?: ESPN reports that Angels starter Jered Weaver alluded to a possible explanation for his struggles after his third consecutive poor start on Friday in Texas. “I don’t know if it’s a matter of a little dead arm or whatnot,” Weaver said. Weaver is the scheduled start for Wednesday’s game against Seattle. He is 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA in May.
    (Updated 05/18/2011)
    In

  220. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Nothing cures dead arm like a trip to Safeco.

  221. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: ha, i dont own him anywhere,but i doubt its to serrious,and yeah a trip to safeco could make volquez throw a shutout

  222. WDE05 says:
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    Thoughts on Michael Brantley? Drop Swisher for him?

  223. Steve says:
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    @Grey: LA’s fine but it ain’t home?

  224. Steve says:
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    No live scoring happening anywhere. Is every XML feed in America broken?

  225. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Nope, but I am going there tomorrow morning.

  226. Steve says:
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    @Grey: New York’s home but it ain’t mine no more.

  227. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Are you singing a song?

  228. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Neil Diamond. I Am, I Said.

    It’s about you, Grey.

  229. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: its a better song than him singing the blues about his pitching staff,hehemine is a hitting failure so far

  230. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Ah, they’re starting to come round. I’m up there now. Look out, AL.

  231. Steve says:
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    Hanley!

  232. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey,Teheran’s second start ever at Chase Field.Am I just asking to get roofied?

  233. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @AL KOHOLIC: There was a time, not so long ago, that Neil Diamond had *written* more top 10 hits than any other songwriter.

    Not sure if it still holds, but impressive nonetheless.

  234. Martin says:
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    @grey- first question who do you prefer smoak or hosmer?

    Second, in a 12 team mixed league if I trade my Pence, Sherzer, Cueto, Hosmer for a Longo and Ervin Santana should I do it?

  235. Grey

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    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Potentially

    @Steve: He writes catchy songs, definitely. Real crowd pleaser.

    @Martin: Smoak… If you need a 3rd baseman and have SPs to spare…

  236. Steve says:
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    Joyce is choice.

  237. Martin says:
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    My SP’s are pretty solid with Haren, Hanson, Sherzer, Chacin, Cueto, Wood, Daniel Hudson. I have Wright and Gordon at 3rd. I’m trying to either replace Smoak for Hosmer in that trade or replace Sherzer with Chacin. What do you think?

  238. Steve says:
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    Pedro Alvarez sighting. If he’s in your lineup, you haven’t been paying attention.

  239. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Joyce has been sweet, right? So glad I own him.

    @Martin: I’d hold.

    @Steve: I actually just put Alvarez in my lineup for the first time in over a week.

  240. Griff says:
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    Ok, had to come here to do some ESPN bashing after reading their updated top 250 players.

    I cannot believe AJ Mass gets paid to prognosticate. He has Hanley at 49th overall and Crawford at 67th overall. I guess several YEARS of top 25 production doesn’t take precedence over the last 6 weeks of stats in Mass’s mind. Shocking. Absolutely shocking. I think Grey could take a drunken dump on a keyboard and it would type out better rankings.

  241. Steve says:
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    Padilla unavailable tonight according to Mattingly.

    Going to see a doctor…

    @Grey: I had him in the RCL and then dropped him which is kind of annoying, though I do have him on a couple of other teams.

  242. Hans says:
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    Is Steve going to set the records for posts in a day on razzball, cust kayin’

  243. Griff says:
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    @Griff: Oh, and of course Hanley comes up with a slam & legs right on cue. I wish we could get guys like Mass to put money on online betting sites on some of their projections so we could profit off their bloviating.

  244. Hans says:
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    Vicente Padilla update: Padilla said he still feels pain in his forearm, but isn’t concerned and thinks he won’t be out long……The most interesting part I got out of this is he thinks he won’t be out long, which means he is going to be out for a little longer. This usually ends up in a DL stint and this is an injury Padilla also had in the preseason…Not the biggest Guerrier fan in the world, but looks like he will be getting more save opps then I have previously thought….

  245. Hans says:
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    @Grey one more thing: Jaime Garcia or Tommy Hanson for this year. I’ll be back to gloat after Sergio Santos throws another scoreless inning and picks up the save…

  246. schlitzy says:
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    I have Espinosa at second. Been offered Howie kendrick and Lilly for my Billingsly. rest of my staff is Anderson, Kuroda, Wood, Liriano. i’m thinking pass- agree?

  247. herschel says:
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    Matt Holiday leaves game with apparent leg injury. Twitter is saying tight quad.

  248. Wilsonian says:
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    Wow, Norris really blowing up my ERA and WHIP for the week…

  249. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: yeah me to,i feared the caeds to

  250. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    feared the cards i mean

  251. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Ohhhhh….that makes things a little more difficult. Well, the offer is on the table.

  252. Money says:
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    T.Ross or Norris?

  253. ruah says:
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    Better for the season: Izturis or Bartlett?

  254. ruah says:
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    oh, and, Bernadina or C Patterson?

  255. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Could use some saves. Who’s the best to pick up between Wright, Guerrier and Downs?

  256. 3FingersBrown says:
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    (Mel Allen voice) How about that Jake Peavy?!

    Now THAT’s what my rotation was supposed to look like with Ubaldo, Liriano, Hamels, Kuroda and Peavy all doing their thing.

    Now if only Albert and the Donkey could provide some power…

  257. bogbert says:
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    Grey, what’s your take on my catcher, Wieters? Sticking with your preseason projection of 60/18/85/.280? Martin is on the wire, as is Molina. Seems to me Molina has been more solid than Wieters overall. Thoughts? Stop picking the catcher scab? Thanks

  258. bogbert says:
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    Also, Smoak vs. Helton ROS?

  259. Wake Up says:
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    Steve is the italicized voice, when Grey refers to the italicized voice he’s referring to Steve. I have one too. His name is Bob.

  260. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah, I really didn’t want to start him either, but his K-rate is so damn enticing, and he didn’t even have that going for him.

    @Grey: in an 8 team H2H league, do you hang on to Norris or drop him for Cueto, Peavy, Lewis, or something of that nature?

  261. Steve says:
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    Come on Kershaw. Jeez.

  262. Steve says:
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    @Steve: F***!

  263. Steve says:
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    Man, I hope this Yanks-O’s game ends before Mini Donkey has to bat too many more times.

  264. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Steve: Thought that ball Pie hit was out.

  265. chata says:
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    @Steve:

    re : #244 … i was going to question that statement … and suggest
    carol king …. but knowing how main-stream my life has traveled ,
    you’re probably correct …… but , really ??

  266. chata says:
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    reynolds to pitch ?

  267. That guy says:
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    So what are peoples’ thoughts on Peavy? Guy hasn’t walked anybody this year (albeit over 2 starts). Anyone know what his velocity has been like?

    Where would you rank him vs travis wood and d hudson?

  268. chata says:
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    still poor posada can’t get into the game .

  269. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @That guy: 94

  270. chata says:
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    don’t understand that move …. showalter burns guthrie’s start tomorrow .
    he’s down 2 runs !!!
    let reynolds pitch .

  271. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @chata: Not sure why Gonzalez was thrown out. Could use a hit from Gardy right now.

    @That guy: If healthy better than all of those guys. Big IF

  272. chata says:
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    lunacy

  273. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @3FingersBrown: I’ll take that.

    @chata: I’ll take that RBI…

    Strange chain of events. Guthrie’s got a rubber arm, I bet he goes tomorrow.

  274. chata says:
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    @3FingersBrown:

    yeah , but , if he goes tomorrow , do you bet ?

  275. chata says:
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    so , what’s the word on duff ?
    beers or tears ??

  276. milksteak says:
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    @grey I’m in a 10 team league with a starts limit, I was wondering who are some of the top middle relievers to help out my ratios?

  277. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @chata: I want no part of Guthrie either way.

    Duff Man sounds legit but you can never put too much faith in a rookie arm. Is that hyperbolic enough for you?

  278. Steve says:
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    Ugh, Kimbrel.

  279. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: double ugh,WTF,either unhittable or retarted

  280. Steve says:
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    Uh-oh Axford. Double play would be nice.

  281. Steve says:
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    Just grabbed Cody Ross.

    Thought I’d never see the day.

  282. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ive been watching him to,scary isnt it,i grabbed ludwick today,feeling kinda low about that,but his 8 hr,s are a tad better than bay and his attempt at hitting this year

  283. Flunkie says:
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    Which side do you like:

    Torii Hunter and Michael Brantley for Madison Bumgarner and Carlos Quentin

  284. Jos. Louis says:
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    Grey, keeper league, all else being equal, trade AsCab or Rollins? Or hold both?

  285. Too Live Crudite says:
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    Grey:

    A. Hill or K. Johnson?

    I lub u man.

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