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Lots of good news coming out about Peavy’s rehab. He said, “I feel good. Could probably take three Pujols line drives off the noggin’.” He wasn’t himself to start the year and then he revealed he had an arm issue. I think Peavy’s as good as Santana if not better when healthy. You won’t find a bigger fan of Peavy than me, but pitchers with arm issues? Eh. He’s real close to a tossup between Buy and Sell to me. What convinced me on Sell? I wrote Buy or Sell on the wall of my condo, then my pet unicorn stabbed Sell with her horn. (While getting sparkle dust all over my home office and setting my allergies into high gear. Also, and I don’t want to get preachy, but it so important to spay and neuter your unicorns and to buy them from reputable dealers. Unicorn mills are a problem and only “You A Can” help. But I digress.) I see Peavy pitching well for a start or three because he’s rested now, but within a month or two he’s going to be sore again and need another break and/or DL stint.  I know this is probably the last thing an owner of Peavy wants to hear, but I’m just trying to be conservative. I’m not proposing you sell him for anything less than his worth, but I am saying you sell him. Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball players to buy and sell:

Psyche! (Not the TV show.) Before I get into this week’s Buy and Sell, I wanted to let you know that we have a huge announcement coming this Sunday night and I just wanted to prep people now. So if you need to take heart pills for big announcements, you’ve been warned. (BTW, we’re not selling out or welcoming any new bloggers into the mix. We’re not joining any “Network.” Razzball won’t suddenly start writing about antiquing (we’ll ween you into that). We will not start charging money to read this shizz. We’re not changing anything really, so chillax. All we’re doing is… Well, you’ll see. Let’s just say I’m giddy for all of you to know.)

BUY

Ty Wiggington – Only three home runs thus far. He could get to 20 with 2nd base eligibility, how’s that for a happy ending in Ty-Land?

Ryan Doumit – If you’re still playing the catcher shuffle, Doumit’s coming back. For what it’s worth, my unicorn is a big fan of Doumit.

Micah Owings – Not as terrific as he was, but he’s still striking out three times as many as he walks. Waivers I say, he no belong.

Chone Figgins – He’s due back soon. Sure, it took him way too long to come back the first time, but he can still be had for cheap because his owners (if there are any left) are fed up with him. Unlike Furcal (who we’ll get to), Figgins seems to run fine when he comes back from extended absences.

Jose Contreras – Don’t look now, but Contreras is on a crazy good streak. Last night’s 7 IP, 1 ER win against the Royals comes on the heels of a 3-1 May where he had a 2.45 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 41 IP. On a more jaded note, those starts included SEA, TOR, and LAA (twice). And his K/BB was 25/12. So we upgrade him from ‘don’t own’ to ‘stream starter.’ Hopefully he doesn’t quickly turn into a Cleveland Streamer.

Justin Masterson – He’s Jamaican and his next start is against the Mariners. High Times gives him their Smoking Blunt Seal of Approval™. (BTW, from the file of weird stats (Sorry, if this is your turf, Jayson Stark), the Mariners have struckout less than every other team. They also have walked the second least amount of times. Little League Coach of struggling team, “That’s it, just put it in play,” as he watches someone else groundout to 2nd base.)

Josh Anderson – Two steals in 10 ABs. He’s playing at least for the next two weeks while Kotsay mends. Anderson can steal 8 bases in the next two weeks.

Chris Carter – From the man that brought you Cancer Man, now comes a lefty slugger that should get some opportunities against righties while Papi mends. He’s worth a flier in AL-Only leagues.

Francisco Liriano – Probably will be back in late June, so depending on how aggressive your league is, you should grab him soon if you need a starter. Will he be the Liriano of old? No, not yet, but I’d grab him just to see if he’s still got it (which means, punch the wall to turn on the jukebox. Ayyyy…).

SELL

Jorge Posada – He’s back, but he needs labrum surgery and the Yanks are carrying three catchers because of their lack of faith in Posada. If you can trade Posada to someone for a piece you’re lacking, do it and grab Olivo (7 home runs and 23 RBIs in 127 at-bats) off waivers.

Travis Hafner – He’s swinging a bat again. Every bit of good news that comes out of the Pronk camp is an opportunity to sell him. Push that shizz as well as you can. For example, this is you talking to a leaguemate, “Yeah, he’s swinging a bat on his way to recovery! He was predicted to hit 30+ home runs this year, so he’s going to hit like 4 HRs every week for two months! Matter of fact, I just convinced myself not to trade Hafner! Okay, I’ll take Marmol for him.” (BTW, make sure you put exclamations on every sentence, except the one where you ask for a player. Like the The Quadratics sang, “That’s like taking candy from a baby…”)

Taipei Slinklo – I could have put any top closer here. If you’re sitting on a nine or ten in saves and your offense or starters are hurting, shame on you. Trade Taipei Slinklo? Pho sho!

Carlos Pena – I’d trade this schmohawk too, even if you’re selling low. I see him on his way, like Heidi Montag, to new bust territory.

Rafael Furcal – After taking five months last year to recover from an ankle injury and taking almost a month longer than he was supposed to for a back issue, makes me start to think he’s eating over at Nomar’s house too much. I’d try and move Furcal, he’s becoming way too brittle.

Radhames Liz – Not sure how the Orioles found another Daniel Cabrera, but they did. No wonder Leo Mazzone got out of Baltimore. (BTW, was it Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux or was it Mazzone? Part of me thinks Mazzone’s only real genius was figuring out if you rock back and forth on the bench people will think you’re some kind of Rainman savant. The other part of me feels like it’s blasphemous to even talk bad about Mazzone. Do you see how convincing that rocking is? You can’t even question it without feeling guilt. Okay, homework assignment, when your boss walks by your cubicle, rock back and forth then report to Razzball Nation your findings.)

121 Responses

  1. Steve says:
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    Asked this over at the other post, but probably more appropriate here. I’m in a selling mood on George (I have Doumit) and I’m sick of Renteria. Can these two get me any sort of worthy SS replacement?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Posada/Renteria, huh? Depends what you need, I suppose. Young usually turns it on in the 2nd half and he’s good for average/RBIs and runs, while not having a steep price tag. Maybe you can get Yunel, but he’s seems to be more hyped than Young. Theriot’s got speed and he’ll be more interesting to have on your team than Renteria. Then there’s my personal fave, Drew. He may not outperform the other three listed but he has some sweet, sweet upside.

  3. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @ Grey

    As a Peavy owner, I fear that you are right.

    If I decide to sell, who should I aim for? Should I try and turn Peavy into Santana?

    How do you rank Lincecum in comparison to Peavy for the rest of this season taking Peavy’s elbow into account?

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SaltyBiscuits: You fear I’m right or my unicorn? If I were you, I’d want Lincecum instead of Peavy, but I’m not sure why anyone would do that trade if they are the Lincecum owner. I’d also want Santana instead of Peavy. Again, good luck making that happen.

  5. Slowey or Masterson?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dennis: Masterson for his next start, but Slowey long term.

  7. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @ Grey

    Thanks for the confirmation. I’d also rather the other two pitchers. I think I can make it work if Jacob has like two dominant performances coming back from the DL.

  8. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Exciting huh? I like Young as he addresses my main weakness (AVE, OBP) but the last time I asked for him the guy wanted Mariano Rivera.
    As I’m relievers only I didn’t want to flip him just like that.
    What do you think about flipping Bruce for a closer and then trying that closer for Young? I’d still be stuck with George tho.
    Re: Drew, he can’t be worse than Renteria can he? Guy who owns him has him parked on the bench (he’s a Jeter lover) so he wouldn’t cost much.

  9. cockyphoenix says:
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    Did anyone even buy Radhames to be able to sell him?

    If Doumit’s back and FA, is he worth dropping Navarro straight up? Seems like it with Navarro’s power outage since that grand slam.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Yeah, I’m moving from Navarro to Doumit on two teams.

  11. Zebo says:
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    @Grey:

    Drop Kershaw and pick up Slowey? Drop Ben Francisco to pick up Josh Anderson for the next 2 weeks? or Drop Chase Headley and pick up 8 steals?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: I’d drop Kershaw for Slowey, and Headley for Francisco, unless you need some steals, then I’d take a flier on Anderson. Keep in mind, Anderson will only bat against righties.

  13. wakeNbake says:
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    Can you see Chris Carpenter being productive after the all-star break?? Or are we looking at another Liriano situation where he will have to work on his stuff in the minors for a while?? I have him in the DL spot right now but 2 of my players (SP-Chris Young) and (Eric Gagne) are also on the DL. With only 2 DL spots in Yahoo!, that means right now 1 of them are taking up a roster spot. Is Carpenter worth this trouble in my lineup until Gagne returns from the DL, which will be in a week according to rotoworld.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @wakeNbake: Rudy and I were talking about this last night when we were coming up with who should be on the Buy/Sell. Carpenter almost made it, but we decided that he wouldn’t be helpful to anyone for at least another month and a half. After the All-Star break is optimistic. I don’t think he’s worth the roster spot yet. He’s too far away.

  15. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: start Salomon Torres (@Col) or Rafael Soriano (Phi) tonight? Start which one long term? Or start both and bench my only MR Broxton? I am in a holds league. My other starting closers are F. Cordero and Hoffman.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Torres and Broxton. Let Soriano come back and save a game first before you sit Torres.

  17. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey

    Masterson and Slowey are both available. I know you like Slowey, are either better than Andrew Miller right now? I can drop Miller but need to keep one (I don’t tend to stream) for awhile because of the Shields situation.

    PS Can your Unihorn come out and play with Hippo?

  18. Hank

    Hank says:
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    Would you rather have Pujols and Vazquez or Volquez, Lincecum, and Yunel?

  19. BigFatHippo says:
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    @everybody

    Is anyone else having trouble with Yahoo? Shuts down when I go to players and start to type in a name. It even happens on the laptop at work so it’s not just here.

    Let me know please. Don’t want to be scrambling for 90 seconds on Thursday.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I like Slowey the best over the long term but I like Masterson the most for his next start.

    @Hank: Wow, tough call but I like the second side better but only b/c I feel like you could flip Volquez for something even greater.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: FYI, no trouble with Yahoo. (As of right now that is, I’m sure there will be problems in the near future.)

  22. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Is turning Bruce into M Young selling too low on Bruce? Track record vs unknown potential and all that. Rest of my OF is Rios, Markakis, Crawford and Hawpe.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: What happened? You couldn’t flip Renteria and George?

  24. BigFatHippo says:
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    Thanks, I’m gonna get Slowey now but if Miller pitches a shutout tonight everybody’s gonna Razz me. (hope they don’t google it)

    Baron says Bruce will hit 3 tonight, hope they come in a rout after Miller is removed in the 5th for a pinch hitter. Best case scenario, Miller, 5 IP 10 K 0 ER, Bruce….what Baron said.

  25. knighttown says:
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    I have V-Mart who’s just killing me. Should I park him for awhile and pick up Olivo? I’d have to drop one of Tavares, Kershaw or Jonathan Sanchez and I’m very strong in Pitching and Speed already.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @knighttown: I’d drop Kershaw then. But I’d also try and trade V-Mart while he still has some trade value.

  27. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Not sure he will accept (he wanted Rivera for Young last time), so just testing alternative scenarios ;-)

  28. Chase says:
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    Pujols and Vazquez b/c you know what you are getting. Unless Pujols goes down like a baby with his injury.

  29. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Chase

    That’s blasphemy dude. Albert’s the toughest guy goin, even tougher than the Black Knight.

    If his leg hurts he’ll have it lopped off by a broadsword and go 3 for 4.

  30. BigFatHippo says:
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    Random thought on Larry Wayne.

    (I refuse to breathe his moniker lest he….not gonna say it)

    If Larry Wayne’s line at the end of the year reads (BA .408) should we have his head cryogenically frozen?

    Cust kayin

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I feel like you can sell Bruce for higher than Young. At least right now, I don’t know about in two weeks.

  32. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Please rank following based on overall offensive value for the rest of the season!

    Vladimir Guerrero
    Matt Kemp
    Rick Ankiel

  33. BigFatHippo says:
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    New Razzball term?

    “I Larry Wayne him”

    (def) The one player on your team you cannot afford to lose for an extended period therefore you refuse to type his name, only hints.

    (example) “I only have one great pitcher, that guy in Arizona who started out 10-0. From here on out I Larry Wayne him.

  34. Endless Summer says:
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    What a game in Detroit. Verlander was locked in the first three innings (no hits, 2 BB, 5 K) then unravels in the 4th (2 BB, 2 1B, 1 2B for 3 ER). He’s at 81 pitches going into the 5th inning…while Paul Byrd has retired the last 10 Tiger batters and has thrown 42 pitches through 4.

    I guess it’s not over for the Tigers yet, but they really need a strong homestand that started tonight.

  35. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    What do you think of Russell Martin and Vlad Guerrero for Geo Soto and Matt Kemp?

  36. Chase says:
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    A guy wants to trade me Joe Mauer for V-Mart. Should i do it?

  37. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @ Chase

    I would absolutely do that. I think V-Mart is dealing with some sort of injury limiting his swing. In my h2h points league, Joe Mauer is outscoring V-Mart by 69 points (182-113).

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: Don’t like V-Mart right now, but I still want V-Mart in that scenario.

  39. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @ Grey

    The plot thickens, what about this:

    A) Jake Peavy, Vlad Guerrero & Russ Martin
    B) Johan Santana, Matt Kemp & Geo Soto

  40. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    @Grey, Chase

    I have to question your pick of V-Mart here. Right now he is OPSing .679, while Mauer sits at .842. Minnesota is outscoring Cleveland this year as well.

    What makes you think V-Mart will suddenly start performing?

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SaltyBiscuits: I think when it comes to catcher the downside is so minimal that I want the guy with the greater upside (V-Mart). Meaning, if your catcher sucks, your team is not hurt that bad. Has to do with VORP and point shares. I would absolutely trade V-Mart for a different piece (Vlad) and just grab Olivo or someone else off waivers, but I wasn’t asked that.

    I’d want B.

  42. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey

    Didn’t see Glass Larry Wayne in the glossary. Good one though.

    btw, Miller gone, Slowey mine. Thanks for insight.

    ie. Glass ……. please don’t print that name

  43. BSA says:
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    Are Cueto owners starting to see some consistency? 6 hits may not be great but I am happy to see a respectable pitch count with only one walk and 6 Ks after 4 innings.

  44. BSA says:
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    Votto, another Razzball favorite, has also been showing some consistent hitting with power.

  45. Update on the Indians/Tigers game: Verlander goes 7 and gets his 4th quality start in his last 5 starts (7 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 8 K). Solo shots by Inge and Janish (first HR) have the Tigers down 3-2.

    Clevlen got called up and is supposed to play the next three days. 13 HR and 64 K(!) in 213 AB , .324/.417/.620 for the AAA Toledo Mudhens this year. (MLB article at the website link)

  46. Endless Summer says:
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    I guess the website link is my name. Didn’t know that before I replied.

  47. BKK says:
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    Well I accepted the Fielder/Renteria for A Gonz/Theriot deal. Hope you guys are right I am in first by a wide margin. It was tough to part with Theriot – a bit of cubs fan – the tigers scare me and I already have Ordonez and Polanco.

    Is Greene ever going to turn it around, I dropped him and he is sitting on waivers? Reneteria still a better option?

    Hey Grey in the Sunday Pick’em league I see you struggling a bit… what’s going on?

  48. cockyphoenix says:
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    Cantú went long twice. In the league where my 1B and 3B are CoJack, Gordon, and Kouzmanoff, I’m getting pretty close to buying. What does he look like for the rest of the year?

  49. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: Soriano got a save last night (some how I started him?!!) does that change things a bit in the murky ATL situation?

  50. Endless Summer says:
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    Rank these starters on their performance from today to the end of the season:

    Greinke, Garza, Parra

  51. cockyphoenix says:
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    @Zebo: Soriano got a save last night and Tuesday night. The only reason he sat Wednesday was because he’d pitched 2 days in a row and they’re nursing that elbow. ATL is currently an out and an offensive half-inning from perhaps sending him to the mound again.

  52. Zebo says:
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    is Soriano THE closer then? Gonzalez and Acosta look to be no more than set up man now.

  53. cockyphoenix says:
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    @Zebo: Apparently not THE closer. Boyer took the mound in the save situation.

  54. cockyphoenix says:
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    Navarro homers the day I drop him after a month without touchin’ ‘em all

  55. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Granderson or Victorino the rest of the way?

    Curtis doesn’t look anything like the player h was last year.

  56. Zebo says:
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    why did that idiot Cox not put Soriano in there to save the game, and leave Boyer to screw up Hudson’s solid outing. Instead of me getting a W from Hudson and SV from Soriano in the same game, I now get nothing. This is perfect!!!

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Fantasy baseball is a marathon, Sunday pick ‘em is a silly crapshoot.

    Greene has more upside than Renteria and I would switch them out.

    @cockyphoenix: I picked up Cantu when Hafner went down in one league and I believe he’s gone deep three times in a league. He’s more interesting to me than CoJack.

    @Endless Summer: Good question. Greinke, Garza, Parra. They’re all real close though and could see them reversed in order by the end of the year.

    @Zebo: That sucks. I had Hudson on a lot of teams. FCUK! I hate Cox. Earlier in this thread, I realize I meant to say, leave Torres in there (your team) until *Gagne* comes back and gets a save. The Braves situation is too messy and Torres is pitching decent. Let Soriano ride your bench, or trade him.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Actually Granderson was very lucky last year, so him this year isn’t that different. I like Victorino better.

    Not sure if you were around for this, but here’s some Granderson backlash:

    http://razzball.com/i-theoritically-protest-that-trade/

  58. cockyphoenix says:
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    FWIW after seeing Boyer earn a BS and Acosta earning a L I think Rafael is more comfortable in his role

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Yeah, I’d agree with that.

    I’d still start Torres over Soriano for the time being.

  60. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: dude, this just shows how important it is to do what most people do, and for Cox to realize he ain’t smarter than everyone else. I think Soriano would have gotten those two outs in the 9th.

  61. BKK says:
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    Sorry Grey, that wasn’t intended as a dig. It is a crap shoot as to who is going to be hot that week. I’m sure it will turn around.

    So I guess I will just plug my nose and pick up Greene again. Uuugh!

  62. Freak says:
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    Hokey Karokey shut out the Cubs offense?

    Say it ain’t sosa!

  63. scott says:
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    McGowan or Scott Baker?

  64. wakeNbake says:
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    @scott: McGowan.

    Whats the deal with the closer situation for Tampa right now? Is Dan Wheeler the guy until Percival gets back?

  65. wakeNbake says:
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    And will Rich Hill ever be seen or heard from ever again?

  66. Steve says:
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    All – couple of questions:

    1. Is it just me or has Villanueva become a decent middle reliever (who is also SP eligible!) of late?

    2. LaRoche, Glaus or Cantu? I have Howard and Atkins (and LaRoche) and looking for a decent plug-in.

  67. Kevin says:
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    You had me concerned at first with that “big announcement” coming. The last time I heard that was from the guys at Greener on the Other Side aka Fantasy Phenoms. They told me that their new site would still be full of free stuff but it’s not. I was a loyal reader too (Thanks a lot Brett).

  68. knighttown says:
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    Grey, i’m trending +145 innings in my league with a innings max. I’m also leading in pitching and trying to dump a starter (Hamels, King Felix, Volquez, Haren) for a big bat. So far, no takers (looking for M. Cabrera, Fielder etc.). At what point to I have to bite the bullet and dump an SP for less than full value or risk wasting them on the bench? No one seems to want to part with a big bat for an ACE…any lesser names you’d recommend that might provide me with the same impact?

  69. B.J. says:
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    Who is a better option at 3B? Crede or Kouzmanoff. I have Kouz but the Sox are hot right now and their lineup is much better than the Padres’

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @scott: McGowan

    @wakeNbake: Reyes came in a non-save situation last night and gave up runs, so that reenforces Wheeler.

    re: Hill — In his last start he walked seven in five innings. Not a great sign.

    @Steve: Villanueva was very usable as a middle reliever last year. Hopefully the Brewers don’t decide that where he’s best suited. But he is good for three innings in the middle of the game.

    Glaus, Laroche then Cantu.

    @Kevin: There’s NO way we are charging for any of this. Don’t worry. It’s a fun announcement, not a we’re going to make money announcement. Surprised more people are not trying to guess it.

    @knighttown: The problem is your leaguemates are probably fully aware that you need to move an Ace and now they won’t give you value. You’re probably gonna have to give someone away fifty cents on the dollar. Not an ideal situation. Keep going after bats, even if they’re not full value. Markakis is a second-half player. Try and move Volquez or Haren for him.

    @B.J.: I’d stick with Kouz, because he has some upside, but Crede could easily outperform him. Just Crede’s a less sexy option.

  71. Zebo says:
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    @everyone: did Milton Bradley just suddenly turn it on? Someone else in my league grabbed him 2 weeks ago, since then, his OPS is like 2.000. What’s going on? Can him keep his OPS around 1 all season?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: “Can him keep his OPS around 1 all season?” — I suppose, if he doesn’t kill anyone or injure himself.

  73. Chase says:
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    Sigh, Morons…This guy in my league just picked up Bronson Arroyo…8 team league…I had to tell someone

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: I hope you signed up with P0rk Burns to be in the Razzball Commenters League so you have some better competish this year.

  75. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Zebo: Milton Bradley is notorious for going on these scorching streaks — they usually last 2-3 weeks. But he’s never put it all together for a whole year — check out his career stats. He’s never hit more than 19 home runs in a year, or driven in more than 68. Partly ’cause he NEVER makes it to 500 ABs or, often, even to 300.

    Don’t fret about him — just hope your opponent who got him keeps him in for at least two weeks after the streak ends.

  76. Parkcyde says:
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    Rank these pitchers? I have them in this order (for the rest of the season):

    Owings, Parra, Cook, Bergmann, Jurrjens (seems to be the “rankest” lately)

  77. Grey

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    @Parkcyde: Parra, Owings, Cook, Bergmann then Jurrjens.

    Parra looks like he turned a corner recently, but he might turn right back around and struggle again. (He’s still walking too many people.)

    Owings has had a few bad outings, but I think he figures it out with his K/BB ratio.

    Cook is least exciting and could easily be the least valuable in this list b/c of his lack of Ks. But he might be the safest. (He’s gives a lot of hits though, which could bite him in the ass when the weather heats up in CO.

    Bergmann and Jurrjens are both close. I don’t fully trust Bergmann and Jurrjens might be hitting an adjustment period right now and be unusable.

  78. Chase says:
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    @Grey: Oh I did, but I still don’t know if you can call them competition.

  79. p0rk burn says:
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    Oh snap, its on now. Seriously, I wish we could get this league started. I’m effing stoked. Or maybe I just want another distraction.

    Was I the only one surprised by Wells’ return today?

    Grey: Greinke cleared waivers. I’m dropping Perez to pick him up. Agree/disagree? My other MRs are NotAHater Bell and Downs. The other option is ditching Slowey because I sort of like having Franklin handcuffed. D. Cabrera also hit the WW this morning, Parra is still in the wading pool as well.

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Wow, lots of options. Um, I’d probably drop Slowey for Parra and drop Perez for Greinke. Those moves in that order. So Parra would get my first pickup, then Greinke.

    And, yes, snap.

  81. BigBrown says:
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    “Shit, now I’m dog food. Wiiillllbbbuuurrrrrr………..”

  82. Endless Summer says:
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    Guthrie throws a gem today 7 IP , 6 H, 1 ER , 0 BB, 6 K. Over his last 5 starts, he has 34 IP, 2.12 ERA, 29 H, 16 K, 7 BB. I haven’t watched enough of the Orioles to know what to expect the rest of the year. Cabrera, Olson, and Guthrie each pitched well in Boston last weekend.

    @Steve: Nice eye on Villanueva.

    Where do middle relievers that have SP rank with some of the posters here. I’m thinking of guys like Taylor Buchholz, Matt Albers, Carlos Villanueva (thanks Steve) and JP Howell. I’m sure there are names I am missing, so add more that I missed.

  83. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey

    Parra available in my league. Drop Slowey for Parra, really? Why?

  84. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: Glaus just homered again, with the uncertainty of Chase Headley’s call up, should I drop Headley for Glaus? Remember I have an injured Ortiz, and I like corner infielders with fat round midsection.

  85. Chase says:
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    @Endless Summer: I added him for a spot start today and was fairly satisfied with his performance.

  86. BigFatHippo says:
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    Never mind Grey.

    Now I know why, just looked at Parra’s last month. Not too shabby. Gonna start Masterson tomorrow vs Seattle then drop him 1st thing in morning for Parra. Keep Slowey per your instruction, Guru.

    @Zebo

    Glaus a very streaky hitter but when he’s hot, none hotter. If you need help now and can’t wait for Headley go for it. I bleed Cardinal red so can usually tell when a guy is in the zone. But do whatever Grey says, that way I don’t get the blame if he goes south.

  87. Chase says:
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    What kind of one for one for an SP could Atkins land me

  88. Zebo says:
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    @BigFatHippo: lol, I actually go to school in St. Louis right now. Lots of cardinals fans around me. I was actually in town when birds won the world series.

  89. cockyphoenix says:
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    I just realized yesterday that when Holliday comes off the DL, I’m going to have to drop Kershaw or Votto unless I make a trade to shrink my roster. I’m looking for a utility bat I guess, but more than anything else I’m looking to get decent value for someone I’d have to boot otherwise. What kind of batters do you think I could get back for Votto/Kershaw or Votto/closer? I don’t think the league has noticed my plight.

  90. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Zebo

    Was dancing on a table at ShowMe’s in Cape, still can’t figure out why I didn’t fall off. Must have been the rhoids.

    Start bleedin the Red baby, my prediction………

    Cards let Cubs win division then break their hearts as the wildcard when E-phonso drops a routine popfly to left as a pigeon simultaneously poops in his eye. Curse of the pigeon for the next 100 years!

  91. p0rk burn says:
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    @cockyphoenix: I personally don’t think Clayton has real trade value unless you catch someone unawares. Votto isn’t commanding too much on the trade front either right now, he needs to hit another 4 bombs in a night. Packaging a closer with Joey-Vot to a team that needs saves could get you something decent but I doubt it would be anything above 3rd or 4th round talent. Most people in the leagues I play in don’t respect closers as tradebait. I guess they subscribe to the school of thought that they are replaceable – wait long enough and a new closer will show up.

  92. cockyphoenix says:
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    @p0rk burn: Well, I made some other offers with bigger names, but they got shot down and I’m running out of ideas. I don’t have any holes to fill that I can see except maybe CG (or C but McCann, Soto, and Martin are all very overvalued by their owners). Do I make a pass at Halladay?

    Batting: Doumit, Fielder, Utley, Aramis, Tejada, Bruce, Hamilton, Holliday, Crawford, Rios, Votto

    Pitching: Hamels, Harang, Lackey, Shields, Vazquez, Wainwright, Kershaw, Putz, Nathan, Wilson, Capps, Soriano

    I guess I could try to upgrade the back of my pitching rotation? I am having a hard time coming up with trade offers here, and nobody seems to like the ones I give ‘em. I’m not unreasonably attached to any of my players except Bruce and Hamilton, so I’d trade pretty much any of ‘em; I’m just fresh out of ideas.

  93. Endless Summer says:
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    @Chase: Aaron Harang, Dan Haren, milliliter Sabathia, Josh Beckett. Third base is deep this year, so it depends what the owner has there. Are you sure you want to trade Atkins? He has mashed in the second half the past two years. What would you be looking for in return for Atkins? I might trade for him in my league now, lol.

    @cockyphoenix: I’m with pork burn on this. Clay-K might get interest from a Dodger fan, but that’s it. I like Votto, but I doubt there is much demand for him either. Who is the closer you want to trade along with them? Maybe just drop the closer if you aren’t desperate for saves.

  94. Endless Summer says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Maybe you can offer Putz and Soriano for another closer you like? I’m thinking along the lines of someone with less name recognition but a stronger hold on the closer job. Maybe someone is desperate to get more saves.

  95. BigFatHippo says:
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    Cocky

    What’s wrong with standing pat? Drop Kershaw and keep the guys you have. Man you’re loaded. What place are you in?

    I used to make the bad mistake of trading, trading, trading until my team got worse as the year went on. Should have trusted my judgement from a month ago.

    Wouldn’t worry about Catcher with Doumit healthy.

  96. cockyphoenix says:
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    @Endless Summer: The guy in first tried to get Putz for Ellsbury not too long ago, so he’s not jumping ship on J.J. at least. He is in first though, and has been all season. Staunch Braves fan though. He’s lacking in saves, but I think my team is good enough to overcome his even after I help him in a deficient category since he rode Berkman, Vólquez, and C. Lee to the top. His closing corps is Soria, Lidge, and Saito. I may be able to take advantage of his team and make that offer you suggested. Which do you think I can land? And I’m not killing myself by helping the guy in front I hope…

  97. cockyphoenix says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Holding up 2nd with 55 transactions… I Cleveland streamed myself to an ERA of 4 and a WHIP of 1.35 while Lackey was out. I guess I could just let Kershaw go, but I imagine Braves McGee would gank him. I guess that’s what I’ll do if Halladay for Votto/Putz gets rejected.

  98. Endless Summer says:
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    Tyler Clippard to pitch against the Giants on Monday. I picked him up for the start. Anyone else like him this year, or am I in the Aaron Hill fan club?

  99. BigFatHippo says:
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    Heads up on Wainwright.

    Just left game with a hand problem. Looks to me like a jammed middle finger, maybe a blister. Doesn’t appear to be serious but thought you guys might want to know. Definitely not an arm problem, whew.

    Cocky,

    Halladay for Votto/Putz would probably win the league for you since it looks like you guys count CG. Good idea.

  100. Endless Summer says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Putz is all name at this point. He already has more walks than all of last year!

    Saito hasn’t had a save since May 21st (win, blown save, scoreless inning and a loss in four appearances since then), so you have to be thinking his owner is begging for value on a 38 yo closer.

    You’re going to have a hard time taking Lidge or Soria. I’d offer the trade anyways, AND you can add Votto or Kershaw as a kicker or to swap for one of the closers. That’s where the need for roster space might help you out immensely here. I don’t think you help them out as much as you gain. If you can get Lidge or Soria for one roster spot, instead of Putz’ wonky arm and Soriano’s saves at the mercy of Cox, I’d do it.

  101. Endless Summer says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I overlooked the CG part. Sorry cockyphoenix. I would go that route.

  102. cockyphoenix says:
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    @Endless Summer: The guy has a kung fu death grip on Halladay. I tried.

    Dude in first doesn’t have the roster space to take 3 guys. Saito just went 1-2-3 K-K-K and Soria got a loss. He’s obviously not the reactionary type, and he seems fond of all 3 of his closers. Do you think after this L he might think he’s selling high on Soria perhaps?

  103. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Endless Summer

    Clippard…

    2006 AA

    166 IP 175 K 3.36 ERA 1.04 Whip

    07

    96 IP 83 K 4.50 ERA 1.57 whip

    08 (with Wash instead of Yanks)

    60.2 IP 59 K 3.41 1.20

    Looks like he’s learning and he goes against San Fran so why not?

    Time for Hippo to get a life, headed to Buffalo Wild Wings.

  104. Endless Summer says:
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    @cockyphoenix: Probably not, but why not try it? I didn’t know Saito pitched well today. If he turns down the trade for the other two, go that route. Broxton has been a HUGE disappointment so far this year.

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, and since May 21st in AAA Columbus: 19.3 IP , 10 H, 1 ER, 18 K, 8 BB. Buffalo Wild Wings sounds good. Enjoy.

  105. wakeNbake says:
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    @Everybody: Soriano (elbow) warmed up before Friday’s game for a save opportunity, but said he wasn’t able to pitch, the team’s official web site reports. His status for Saturday’s game is unclear as a result.

    Soriano missed six weeks with an elbow injury, so this could be a significant setback. The Braves didn’t give details on his status. Manny Acosta got the save chance with Soriano out, but blew his second consecutive save. The Atlanta bullpen is in flux as a result, and Mike Gonzalez could take over the closer role when he returns from Tommy John surgery as early as later this week.

    Just read this, thought it could be useful.

  106. IowaCubs

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    I’m about to do a good bye cruel world to Kahlil Greene and add Jose Lopez for my MI position. I think this is a fine idea. Nobody try and stop me.

    Okay, please try and stop me!

  107. Zebo says:
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    @everyone: drop Rafael Soriano for Arrendondo, and drop Chase Headley for Masterson and his next start against SEA?

  108. Grey

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    @wakeNbake: Thanks for the info.

    @IowaCubs: Are you drunk? Don’t do that.

    @Zebo: Arredondo, no. I would drop Headley for that start if you need it.

  109. Chase says:
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    @Endless Summer: Well I have R Howard at 1B, ARam at 3B, and Tex at Util…So Atkins has been riding my bench. Any more thoughts?

  110. Zebo says:
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    @Grey: ok, so I am really tempted to pick up Alexei Casilla, he has been hitting pretty well of late. You don’t think Soriano is headed back to DL? He has been having tendonitis like Kotchman suffers from Mono.

  111. Chase says:
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    Atkins and BJ Ryan for Billingsley and Vazquez a good trade?

  112. Grey

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    @Zebo: I think he might be. But I’d hold off til it’s official. Give it eighteen hours.

    @Chase: It’s good if you need that much pitching. I’d prefer to get a bat nine times out of ten than an arm. But if your team needs those pitchers, it’s solid.

  113. Chase says:
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    Well atkins has been riding my bench (read: comment #111) Does that change your opinion?

  114. Grey

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    @Chase: Oh, didn’t see that. Sorry, yeah, I would do that trade then. Unless you can move Atkins for a part you need more.

  115. Chase says:
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    On a different note, K-Rod saves games quite often

  116. Steve says:
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    @Endless Summer: Leo Nunez is one, although is on the DL (I had him, still have Bucholz and just picked up Villanueva).
    I love those SP-eligible MRs. I’m in a Holds league with a relievers-only pitching strategy and those guys mean I don’t have to leave two slots empty.
    Kuo is another worth a look. Is a real situational guy but seems to get a fair bit of work and doesn’t give up much.

  117. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What’s your feeling on Young now he’s got a fractured finger? Stay away?
    And how about my boy Edgar? A grand slam no less!
    I love that guy.

  118. Grey

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    @Steve: Young says he can play through it. I don’t think it’s ideal and I wouldn’t go after him now. If you already have him, then I’d let the news settle a little, hope he plays fine and reevaluate in a week. Best bet might be to unload him.

  119. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Haven’t done the deal, so no harm done. Renteria 0-4 today.
    I hate that guy.

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