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Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland, “The rule is: jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.”  Carroll also was blasted out of his mad hatter on opium and really liked little kids (in a weird Michael Jackson-Jesus juice kind of way). However, your humble-but-nonetheless-poppy-fueled Guru says jam yesterday, cram tomorrow and jam it twice today. Now pass the hookah and pardon me while I pull on your bloomers about something here, Alice (and it completely applies to the jamming and the cramming we’re about to do): This Super Two nonsense is damn annoying. Not to just us fantasy ballers, but to anyone that’s a fan of young talent wasting away in the likes of Iowa,  Indianapolis and Oklahoma City. Bring up Javier Baez, Gregory Polanco and Jon Singleton now! Don’t give me the ol’, “He needs more seasoning” B.S.. How much seasoning does Polanco need? He’s hitting .350, with six homers, 45 RBI and 11 steals in 50 games. What about Baez? He’s hitting .375 with three homers, five doubles and 11 RBI in his last 10 games with an OPS of .700 on the season. Think the Cubs couldn’t use some of what Baez is cooking? The Astros have Singleton and his 14 homers just simmering in OKC while their current first base duo of Chris Cater and Marc Krauss have 12 between them. I think the meat on these three is tender enough, get them on the grill now. Of course teams put money above winning (and our fake teams), that’s why four watered down Sam Adams’ cost me a kidney at Fenway last week. What exactly is Super Two? As simple as I can put it is: once a player gets promoted, they start to accrue MLB service time. A player needs three years of MLB service time to qualify for salary arbitration. However, the top 22% of players promoted first in the season that have more than two years of service time, but less than three years, qualify for salary arbitration under the “Super Two” status. Get all that? Becoming arbitration eligible obviously means a significant bump in the bucks. So, it’s a big money grab by a bunch of Spaulding Smails that fart in the general direction of fans and our fantasy teams. And, while the Pirates playoff chances slip away, you pay $75 to park at PNC, and my Polanco has to have dinner at the Indy Applebee’s. Now that we’ve hit June, this Super Two stuff is about to end and there will be a bunch of prospects making their way to the party. At least the Twins called up Oswaldo Arcia and the St. Louis Cardinals came to their senses by bringing up  Oscar Tavares on Saturday. If the waiver wire in your league is full of Super Two’s, grab them now and screw the Queen of Hearts. With my Sunday rant out of the way, let’s head down this rabbit hole – it’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or Cram: Oscar Tavares, OF, St. Louis Cardinals.

2014 Stats (Triple-A Memphis):  49 G, 30 R, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 1 SB, .325 AV.

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 89% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $12.

The Gist: Tavares, the third best prospect in the game and arguably the best young hitter, finally got the call to the big leagues Saturday and promptly hit his debut dong in his second career at-bat. What took so long?! The only reason he didn’t break with the club this spring is because the Cards are trying to keep him from reaching the arbitration process and free agency a year early. Aren’t actual wins (and our fantasy teams) more important than…I already went on that rant. In 191 ABs at Triple-A Memphis this year, Tavares has reached base 100 times and struck out just 47 times.

Key Stats: The knock on Oscar? He can’t field. He has a fielding percentage of .972. “Do we get points for fielding?” Good point, disembodied voice that sounds like my ex-girlfriend Brenda. Wanna come over? Never mind.

Jam it or Cram it: With the Cards about to hit the road for some interleague play, the 21-year-old Tavares will get his chance to sink or swim. The Cardinals could use some pop in the outfield as they’re near the bottom in OPS this year. So long Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos, you’re dead to me. Matt Adams, go join the other 4,357 players on the DL. All my love belongs to Oscar…until the Pirates call up my true man crush Gregory Palonco. JAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers.

2014 Stats: 12 R, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 1 SB, .270 AV.

Availability: 89% Yahoo, 85% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. Hey, Andre, I got you a dollar.

The Gist: Remember that time Ethier hit 30 homers and 100 RBI? Good times, I loved 2009 too. I’m dancing in my turban to “Single Ladies” right now. With Carl Crawford limping off to Evelyn Lozada the door is open for Andre. He seems to be trying to stay out of the Matt Kemp side of Don Mattingly’s doghouse going 7/27 with a homer, three runs and four RBI last week and he hit .323 in May.

Key Stats: Andre struggles versus lefties hitting just .235 in his career.

Jam it or Cram it: This is what Magic Johnson calls “Showtime.” Give Andre some playing time, let other teams check him out, hope he hits, then trade him to the Red Sox for a backup infielder. “Hey, you Sox still have Nick Punto?” No dinner with Andre for me. CRAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers.

2014 Stats: 32 R, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 0 SB, .257 AV.

Availability: 50% Yahoo, 20% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $4. The price jumps to $25 if you think he’s Chris Davis.

The Gist: Khris with a K Davis was one of my sleeper picks coming into the season and he promptly hit the snooze button by batting .245 in April. However, Davis picked it up in May with six homers, 14 RBI and a .923 OPS for the month. Did sleeping beauty wake up?

Key Stats: Davis spells Khris with a K for a reason: He’s struck out 49 times in 49 games with just eight walks.

Jam it or Cram it: Davis could give you a sneaky 20-homer season – he had 11 in 56 games last year – hits in a good lineup and seems to be heating up. Davis is going all hot schmotato with a .522 average and three homers over his last seven games. This week, Davis will face all righties with names like Denuno, Correia and Morton.  JAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees.

2014 Stats: 14 R, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .268 AV.

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 78% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1. Hope I get one of those gift baskets for that.

The Gist: “What, is this the barely legal and grey panthers edition of jam or cram?” I dunno, but I like that idea, Brenda. Now stop following me and leave my bunny alone! Someone on the tweet machine asked me to do a jam or cram on Jeter and, while I haven’t worked in radio for a bit, I do take requests…even if it is a Yankee. Jeets has just one homer, one steal, his average is at a career worst through at least 150 ABs and his OPS is nearly 200 points off his career average. Is that the tune you wanted to hear?

Key Stats: Check these stats: 24 homers, 102 RBI, 134 runs, 19 stolen bases and a .349 average. That was 15 years ago. 15 years ago I was a roadie for Screaming Trees and stocking up on jerky and bottled water in fear of Y2K.

Jam it or Cram it: It’s been a great career, Mr. November. Even this Red Sox fan will tip his turban to you. But, do we really need this farewell tour stuff? When did all that crap start? No one gave Jose Canseco a retirement party. I would have given him a rocking chair made out of syringes. Oh, back to Jeets. My fantasy baseball fortune cookie reads: Don’t let the past cloud your present…in bed. He’s a JAM in the Hot Tub Time Machine 1999 league, but this year he’s about as good Yunel Escobar. Give him a gift basket and CRAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Kendrys Morales, 1B, ???.

2014 Stats: 42 Twinkies, 25 Hot Pockets, 37 Bags of Pork Rinds, 1 Diet Coke.

Availability: 82% Yahoo, 87% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $6. No more, no less.

The Gist: I’d expect Morales to ink with someone by the end of this week as there won’t be any draft-pick compensation attached after June 5. Teams in the mix include the Mariners, Orioles, Rangers and the Yankees. Over the last two seasons, the switch hitting Morales has hit .275 with 45 homers. Think that power is a fit for the House Across The Street From The House That Ruth Built?

Key Stats: Joe Mauer won the AL MVP five years ago. Guess who came in second? Mark Teixeira. Bet you thought I was going to say Kendrys Morales. Actually, Kendrys finished fifth.

Jam it or Cram it: In 493 career games,Morales has 528 hits in 1,845 at-bats (.286), 90 homers and 300 RBI . There will be FAAB bucks flying around our fake baseball world this week for Kendrys. Don’t go cray cray for him, but that power surge could help anyone’s team – real or fake. JAM.

 

**BONUS TRACKS**

Jenry Mejia,RP, NYM: Mejia is 5/5 in saves since taking over the closers role. Will it last? I dunno, but I’d start 50 Cent if he was closing at this point. JAM.

Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, MIL: Reynolds has more homers than Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt. He’s also hitting Rebel Wilson’s weight, .211. CRAM.

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE: The Chis is hitting .362 and is 34% owned. Carlos Santana is hitting .159 and is 90% owned. That sense no make. JAM.

Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR: The numbers aren’t bad: Four wins, 3.88 ERA, 59 Ks in 65 innings. However, he’s a fly ball pitcher and that won’t fly at the Rogers Centre much longer. CRAM.

 

 

Leave a question or stalk me on Twitter @TheGuruGS and check out my blog for more dirty turbaned nonsense. 

 

  1. Hi The Guru+

    Thinking about trading Austin Jackson. I am weak in MI and C, starting Travis d’Arnoud and Owings in those spots every week (Weekly 5×5 14 team roto).

    Got an offer of Ackley and JD Drew for him. Not really sold on that, but was thinking of asking for Derek Norris instead of drew to help my team out at C. This is a keeper league, so if Norris plays well he is a good keeper option at a buck as well (which is also important, as I have been in second to last place all season… even though I think I will improve, my season is pretty much shot already).

    You like the deal? Or should I try for more from Jackson?

    • @Poop McGee: I could also maybe try for one of his starting C, Rosario or M.Montero… idk if he would do that though.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Poop, thanks for Razzballin. Think you could do better for A-Jax. Since you’re out of it, maybe flip him to a team in 3rd or 4th looking to get better that has a good young player.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Did you catch the Rock n Roll Hal of Fame show on HBO?…..oh and good work too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah! Time Warner screwed me up, I had this recorded and it didn’t tape… Thank god for HBO Go…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Hall and Oates kick ass. Daryl Hall is a straight up black man. If you saw it then you know what I’m talking about. The Nirvana part was hugely disappointing.

        • Grey

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          They are my favorite group of all-time (not, but kinda do love them)…. I’m gonna watch tonight prolly… Cougs might want me to wait for her though

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: cuddle to time to Hall and Oates?….it’s gonna be honeymoon night all over again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No, your kiss is on my list!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I was hoping Cat Stevens would don the Kiss makeup and rip through “God of Thunder.”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: the Nirvana part was awful. The E street band was jammin

        • The Guru

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          Remind me to tell you my Hall and Oates brush with fame one day – Big, Bam, Boom!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @The Guru: I’m going to want to hear that one from the Turbans mouth, I’ll call for that story!

        • Joeg414 says:
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          @J-FOH: The E Street Band=Always the Best

  3. Kyle says:
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    Keeper League $325 budget.. pretty much out of it right now was offered:

    my anibal sanchez at $16 for his Shelby Miller ($6) and Starling Marte ($1)

    or

    Anibal for Miller and Heyward (12)

    Which deal is better if either?

    Or should I just hold anibal

    • The Guru

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      Gimme the Heyward side.

  4. malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Gerrit Cole and Bruce for Scherzer in a H2H points league?

    We only start 4 starters and right now I am going with a combo of Felix, Greinke, Gray, Strasburg, Anibal and Gerrit. We only start 4 outfielders and right now I am going with Braun, Gordon, Cespedes, and Springer. I have Moss, Prado, Kemp and Bruce on the bench. Actually using Moss as my infield DH and Prado at 2B.

    • The Guru

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      Is this a one-man league? Are you making this trade to yourself? Is this a trick question? Where are my pants? Sure, why not.

      • malamoney says:
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        @The Guru: do you like the move?

        • The Guru

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          In a league that shallow I don’t see how it helps or hurts. Your pitching is fine why not make a trade that helps you in a position or category you are weak in.

          • malamoney says:
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            @The Guru: It’s a H2H points league. No categories. I don’t think I am weak at any position. So I thought this trade might help me make my starting lineup stronger by giving up two good players that aren’t starting for me. At the risk of my bench depth.

            Do you think there is a big difference between Scherzer and Gerrit Cole?

            • The Guru

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              Yes, there’s a big difference. If your lineup is solid, I’d make the deal.

  5. Check out Tanakas on her! says:
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    Do I suck? If so, how much? I’m in a 5×5 mixed keep-7 10-team league. I want to trade Ian Desmond for Dee Gordon. I’m near last in steals but smoking HR and RBI (thanks, E5, Pooo-eeg, Au-Shizz, and Brandon Moss-Def). No DUH Desmond’s the better player, but is the difference between he and Gordon so wide that I am giving up too much and opening myself up to high scoffery and ridicule when Gordon hits .220 in June and July and is swapped out for the chewed up but highly compensated Alex Guerrero?

    • The Guru

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      If you really need steals why not be bold and go for it. Just pray the regression fairy doesn’t grab a hold of sweet Dee – he is hitting under. 200 in the last week.

  6. E says:
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    Been offered Ortiz, cespedes, and bj upton for trout. Deep league, large rosters, I need hr and RBI. Is that enough?

    • The Guru

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      I’d want more. Ortiz’s health is going to be an issue this year and Upton is dead to me.

  7. Tehol Beddict says:
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    I miss you

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Hows that nose of yours? I’m imagining you suddenly look like Jamie Farr. What a tragedy. You were so beautiful once.

  8. LanceB says:
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    Next call up and when do you think it’ll happen…

    Heaney, Polanco, Singleton, or Baez?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Man, wish I knew. Its frustrating. They will prob all get called up the day the Super 2 crap ends – mid-June.

      • LanceB says:
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        @The Guru: I feel ya there, hopefully sooner than later

        • The Guru

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          I want Polanco NOW!

  9. Rags says:
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    In a daily points keeper league that greatly favors hits I have too many players. Would you:

    a) trade Rougned Odor and Nori Aoiki for Nelson Cruz.
    b) trade Cechhinni (who can’t stay in my minors anymore) for Hunter Harvey (who can)
    c) drop James Jones
    d) drop Beltran

    • The Guru

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      I’d do them all!

      • Rags says:
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        @The Guru: Well Cruz just got removed from a game after getting hit on the hand so I might wait on that one.

        You don’t like Jones or Cecchinni in points leagues? It’s 12 team with five man benches, 2 man DL, and extra spots for minor leaguers (so top prospects are already owned too). Top guys on the wire right now are Bonifacio and Duda at OF and Aviles and Collaspo at 3B.

        Don’t my guys have more potential than anyone else available?

        Anyway, you think it’s ok to drop Beltran then? He was hitting well before the injury, but the elbow thing scares me.

        • The Guru

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          DAMN on Cruz. Hopefully nothing serious. As a Sox fan I do like Cecchini, but not sure how long he stays up. Jones has been nice there in the leadoff spot. Now that I know your waiver wire is bare I’d prob hold. I’d prob keep Beltran with those option on the wire.

          • Rags says:
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            @The Guru: Well I have to do *something*. With Cecchinni’s call up I have too many men on my active roster.

            I also have Swisher on the DL and La Stella I could drop, I guess.

            I also put out an offer of Cecch and Eduardo Rodriguez for Gregory Polanco, but I don’t think that’s getting accepted.

            • The Guru

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              Yeah, they won’t accept that Seems like a deep and interesting league you’re in. If you drop Cecchini you really think someones going to scoop him up? I like the kid, but he’s not going to stick with his defensive liabilities and Drew due back this week.

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                @The Guru: Yeah, the guy who offered me Hunter Harvey for him has an open roster spot. And if he gets sent back down, he can keep him and send him to his minor league system, so that’s the last I’ll see of him.

                I might see if I can do the Odor and Aoki for Cruz and hope the hand is ok.

                • The Guru

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                  I like the trade, lets hope that hand is ok. Its been the kind of year that I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce he had it amputated after the game.

                  • Rags says:
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                    @The Guru: Thanks for the advice, man!

                    • The Guru

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                      Anytime, Rags. Thanks for Razzballin’ and give me a follow on Twitter.

                  • Rags says:
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                    @The Guru: Is Odor Arenado and Aoki too much to give up for E5 in this case?

                    Would you rather do the Cruz deal?

                    • The Guru

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                      That’s hard to pass up given his production, but in a keeper I may pass depending on the standings. Go Cruz.

  10. J-FOH says:
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    What do you think of the Pollock injury. No clear cut bat to take over. I think they play the splits but I wonder if Nick Evans gets a real shot. Due was mashing AAA this year. I get it’s the PCL, but it was his best minor league season so far

    • The Guru

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      Pollock was winning me cash night after night in DFS. It hurts. Tissue please. Evans was tearing up the PCL with about an RBI a game me thinks and seems recovered from that nasty wrist injury a couple years back. I’m taking a wait and see approach because Gibson will prob bury him on the bench.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: I just saw that kid Perlta got called from AA. Seems more in the Pollock mode. I hate Gibson’s style

  11. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey there Guru! Could you help me with a few wuick questions?
    1. Help me sort out the mess at catcher by ranking these guys ROS in a 5×5 league with OBP?
    Mesoraco, C Santana, Gattis, Rosario, Wieters

    2. Would you trade C Santana for Lester or Cole? I have Meso at Catcher still….

    3. If yes Lester or Cole?

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for Razzbllin’, Wacha. While I usually send all catcher questions J-FOH’s way, I’ll take this one. Rosario, Wieters, Santana, Gattis, Meso . Santana has got to turn it around right? Meso has looked good though, I’d stick with him. If you need pitching Santana for Cole could work.

  12. DL Haven says:
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    Would love to have your opinion…..

    12 team Head to Head

    c Santana
    1b C Davis .Votto
    2b Kipnis, Beckham
    3b M Reynolds, Zimmerman, Headly
    ss Reyes
    of Martin, K Davis, C Carter, Arcia, Bruce. Trumbo, Harper
    SP Miller, Haren, Hughes, Vogelsong, Peralta, N Martinez
    RP Frieri

    My Cargo, W Peralta and N Martinez for Ellsbury, Chapman and Bailey

    If you don’t like the offer please advise what you would offer?
    Thanks for your time and expertise.

    • The Guru

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      Hey DL, thanks for the question. I’d stick with Cargo. You don’t need two first baseman once Votto gets back. Look to trade one for a top OF. Davis for Puig perhaps?

  13. ryan says:
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    Oswaldo Arcia or Alfonso Soriano ROS? Soriano looks horrible and seems to be losing playing time.

    • The Guru

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      Going Arcia here. I have one team with Arcia and Springer and Tavares with Polanco, Baez and Singleton stashed. I’m interested to see if my youth movement will move the meter on a team stuck in 7th place.

  14. Green monstahh says:
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    Hey guru! Love the posts each week!

    This week coming up for matchup 10 I’m going to be in a pickle. Carlos Santana is my catcher & on DL (weekly league & rosters were locked when he was on DL), I read he may go wed but the Indians may hold him out til fri, would you keep or drop Santana? I’d drop Hosmer who’s been sitting on my bench to add a fix at catcher for this week just so I don’t have all these 0′s across the board or just drop Santana?

    Available catchers are (it’s a 10 team h2h points league) sal Perez, Wilson Ramos, Miquel montero, Evan gattis, Derek Norris, Carlos Ruiz & salty are available.

    Next dilemma, chi white sox have a three game series in LA vs dodgers making my DH (Dunn) not that useful for those game especially with abreu returning; only way Dunn gets in is for OF, if abreu gets reinjured then he’s at 1st or a pinch hitter. Would you just roll w/ Dunn anyways & hope he plays some OF or has a good pinch hitting hit. Or drop Dunn for either of there Adam Lind, or Mitch Moreland .

    Lastly , I’m looking for power, out of these who to add (this is for utility position); oscar taveras, Adam laroche, Wong, Lorenzo Cain, ozuna- I’d be dropping Jhonny peralta or Hosmer

    Rest of team;

    C- you know from above

    1b- goldy

    2b- pedroia

    3b- David wright

    SS- Alexi Ramirez

    IF- peralta

    OF- Holliday

    OF – pence

    OF- Brantley

    Of- springer

    Utility- Dee Gordon

    DH- Dunn

    Bench- Hosmer, votto, polanco & Harper on DL

    SP- Strasberg

    SP- cueto

    SP- tanaka

    RP- keuchel

    RP- smyly

    Bench- mad bum, lackey

    Thanks guru master

    • The Guru

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      Hey Monstah, thanks for Razzballin’ wit us. Drop Dunn for Moreland, find a way to grab Tavares (NOW) and keep Santana. Sure hope he turns things around. I would drop Hosmer for Gattis in the meantime. The league is shallow enough that dropping Hosmer is no biggie.

  15. DL Haven says:
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    I was just offered and accepted Kemp for Beckham

    Now I know Kemp has severely under performed but REALLY????

    Is Kemp done for the year or something that I am not aware of?

    • The Guru

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      Trade rape alert. Nice deal. Kemp will get regular playing time now that Crawford is out. Think Kemp is due for a hot streak. Lets say 10-15 homers, 40-45 RBI and a .260ish average ROS.

  16. DL Haven says:
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    Seriously, thanks so much for answering my/everyone’s questions including adding some commentary!! Much appreciated!!
    Kevin

    • The Guru

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      No prob, DL. Anytime. Now buy me drink! Ha!

  17. Northern Warm-up says:
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    Which to keep ROS head to head obp.. Daniel Murphy with 1,2 base elig, Utley, or Pedro alverez?

    • The Guru

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      Utely.

  18. Chris says:
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    Hi Guru,

    I could some pitching, and I’m thinking about picking up whitley. I also need a closer all I have is Hunter, I’m thinking about picking up webb also unless you think belasario is going to stick. we dont use DL spots so I would have to drop two to pick them both up.

    I’m 4 games out in 3rd place 5×5 roto

    Here’s my bench

    Hitting-Polanco-Harper-Hart-Asche-Middlebrooks-singleton

    Pitching-Hunter-Salazar-Dice K

    Should I stay put or drop 1 or 2 and pick up whitley and or webb/belasrio

    Here’s my starters
    c-Pyrzinski
    1st goldschmidt
    2nd gyorko
    ss-andrus
    3rd Fransisco
    CI-Pujols
    MI-Cabrera
    OF-Soriano-Seth smith-Denforia-Carter-K Davis
    DH-Rizzo-crisp

    Pitching- Cobb-Archer-Lincecum-Porcello-Deduno-Ventura-Eovaldi

    • The Guru

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      Dice K, Hart, Middlebrooks and Asche can go if its my team. Whitley and Webb/Belasario could help. Dice K is going to get released me thinks, Middlebrooks is done in Boston, Asche is hurt and nothing special and Hart is dead to me. Ha!

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks you like webb over belasario?

        • The Guru

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          No, but who knows. I’m getting my ass kicked all over the place in saves this year.

          • chris says:
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            Thanks again you like dropping Hart for Nolasco? Buchanon and Rienzo are also available you like any of them?

  19. EK says:
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    K Morales (if/when) over Soriano for roto DH spot?

    • The Guru

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      That’s a tough one. Depends on what team Kendrys ends up on. Sorry not a great answer. Stick wit Sorry-ano for now.

  20. 740 says:
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    Sup Guru, 10team roto 5×5. Pick one for ROS

    1. Eovaldi or Gio
    2. K Davis or Polanco

    Thank u Sir

    • The Guru

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      Gio and POOOOLLLAANNNCOOOO!!!! *Crosses fingers, lights Willie Stargell candle*

  21. Abdoozy says:
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    Yo Guru,
    Couple of questions..
    Abreu comes off the DL tomorrow. I don’t know who to drop for him. Team is: C Mesoraco, 1 Freeman, 2 Hill, 3 Chisenhall, Ss Gordon, OF Cutch Stanton Crisp KDavis Arcia .. SP Sanchez Teheran Lynn Chavez Cobb Eovaldi Niese Wheeler RP Belisario Rodney.

    Second question is re league politics. I just turned down a trade of my Bruce for his Cespedes and Keuchel, which seemed fair but I would have had to drop someone else and Houston is going to a 6 man rotation. Two hours later I get notice he’s traded Cespedes for Cingrani straight up, which is batsh!t crazy IMO considering Cingrani’s status. Question is, how much lobbying of other owners should I do to protest this? I’ve never had this problem before in this league, which has been running for years with very little turnover. I’ve already lodged a strenuous objection but am not sure this will be enough. Or am I way off base and Cespedes for Cingrani is reasonable?

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @Abdoozy: forgot to mention it’s a ESPN h2h 12 TM redraft 6×6 with OPS and QS.

    • The Guru

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      Het Abdoozy, how goes it? Thanks for Razzballin’. Nice prob to have with Abreu coming back. Drop Niese and look to male a trade. Freeman might bring ya something good.

      As far as the poltics of trades go (and I run about 10 leagues) I tend to stay out of it unless its something really egregious. The trade is def not a fair one and while its trade rape, you just never know. Cingrani could come back in the second half and be Cy Young. Perhaps your kicking yourself a bit for not making the deal. Ha! I’d let it go and concentrate on my own team. ..unless there’s $1000 bucks on the line then I’m making a stink. Ha!

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        @The Guru: well it’s not $1k but it’s significant. I might just post a bitch gram on the message page and see if anyone else agrees. I put the odds on Cingrani winning the CYA this year as “LOL”.

        Is Abreu ESPN 1b eligible already? Hadn’t thought of that angle. I like FFF but the Barves are driving me nuts this year and he’s not getting many counting stats between strikeouts.

        Thanks for the tips.. My catchers cup overfloweth with gratitude.

        • The Guru

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          Any time. Yeah, go the message board rant route. Cool to Razzball wit ya.

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @Abdoozy: ignore the Abreu 1b question. I am obviously drunj

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @The Guru: and yeah, in retrospect I’m not exactly kicking myself for not making the trade, I’m regretting not countering with something like Cespedes for Niese, which you could argue is a better trade than the one he accepted.

        • The Guru

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          Have one for me!

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @Abdoozy: This is prob adding salt to the wound, but the 6 man rotation was nixed after today. Porter said yesterday he was going back to 5 starting Monday, at least for foreseeable future.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @The Guru: Freeman for AJones. Works for me, right? Long as Abreu stays healthy..

    • Cingrani says:
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      @Abdoozy: @Abdoozy:

      Is it unfair for the Cingrani owner? I would n’t take Keuchel for him but I don’t think it is a total ripoff. I can think of a million reasons why an owner wouldn’ t trust Keuchel. His ERA last year is over 5, his career ERA is almost 5. Sure , he might be a different pitcher this year, but it is only 75 innings, which for a pitcher means nothing. Serious regression can come anytime. He could be a mid 3s ERA guy with 7 K /9 strikeouts, best case scenario. Cingrani’s is mid 3s with 10 K/9 strikeouts…. so yeah. That K rate is really sexy in leagues with inning liimits.

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        @Cingrani: well, Keuchel didn’t have anything to do with the Cespedes/Cingrani trade. Agreed that Cingrani’s Ks are attractive, but they only have value if he’s staying in games and not being sent to Louisville, which is very possible if he doesn’t get it straightened out soon, like this next start.

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        @Cingrani: And this league doesn’t have innings limit, only starts/wk.

  22. Derrick says:
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    Getting trounced this week in my 12-team, standard 5X5, H2H league and it’s going to drop me to 8 games under .500 and I feel like I have a good team. This is what it looks like…

    C- Gomes
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Pedroia
    SS – Segura
    3B -Longoria
    OF – Bruce, Marte and Trout
    Util – Hosmer

    SP – Bailey, Cobb, Beckett, Eovaldi, Skaggs, Bauer, Lincecum and Roark.
    RP – Beilsario, Hawkins, Rodriguez, Frieri and Qualls

    Any weakness’ you would address? Trades? Stand pat?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • The Guru

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      Need some bounce back from Bruce and Bailey. Segura and Pedey need to step it up as well. I think they all will. We are just at the 1/4 point, think you’ll be awright. Is pitching you biggest prob thus far?

  23. Lville Jim says:
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    In a points league, no cash values, and all keepers forever. Is it too early to give up on Nick Franklin? I liked the flash of power last season in his short trial but he has had every opportunity to secure a starting gig and is failing miserably. Not competing this year so it makes easier to hold onto him a little longer and hope he becomes a post hype sleeper.

    • The Guru

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      He looks completely overwhelmed. He’s dead to me. Any Super Two guys available?

  24. Fantasy Newb says:
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    Would you trade Anibal Sanchez for Shelby Miller in a Keeper League?

    • The Guru

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      Nope

  25. Justin B says:
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    Guru,
    Great article as always. Just got a trade proposal in my 6×6 (OBP, SLG, R, RBI, HR, SB) (QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, IP, S) league:

    My Grienke for his Cano

    Team could use some pop. My remaining P’s would be Cliff Lee, Cobb, Fister, Hudson, Bauer, Peralta

    Thanks Guru…stay classy

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      @Justin B: forgot to add my current 2B is Neil Walker, although considering an add for K Wong

      • The Guru

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        Thanks, Justin. Greinke has been good and, while Cano’s hand has had him out four games, I’d make that deal.

  26. Fungazi says:
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    Happy June! Gyorko got the super-2, courtesy 2-month wait, and was not on my roster today. So long ya Gerk!

    • The Guru

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      Jerko = dead to me.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @The Guru: Amen

  27. Donny says:
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    Would you drop Austin Jackson for Willingham, Arcia or Lorenzo Cain or stay patient with AJax?

    • The Guru

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      I think ROS Arcia will be the best of the bunch. Thinking 10-15 HR, 45-50 RBI, .260ish average and a handful of steals.

      • JAL says:
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        @The Guru: Ozuna or Arcia RoS?

        • The Guru

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          Arcia. By a lot.

          • JAL says:
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            @The Guru: Thank you

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @JAL: Grey said that last year, this year he reversed course.

  28. The Thumb says:
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    Sup Almighty Guru,

    Please Pick 2 of 4 ROS: Wong, Gyorko, Alcides, EverCab

    • The Guru

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      Gyorko and E-Cab. *crosses fingers, prays to San Diego Chicken bobblehead*

  29. JAL says:
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    Guys, 12-team 5×5, currently have Prado at 2B and Loney at 1B (Trumbo’ed), have only Holland and Qualls (and Melancon) as my closers. Guy fiendig for saves offered me Dozier and Moss for Holland…know Dozier has been slipping and Moss battling what I think is a short-term injury, but I have to do it, no? I am also light on homeruns. Any and all advice appreciated.

    • The Guru

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      Gotta do it. See if you can flip Prado and Loney or Trumbo for a closer.

      • JAL says:
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        @The Guru: Hear you 100. Thanks brotha.

        • The Guru

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          Good luck and thanks for Razzballin’.

          • JAL says:
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            @The Guru: Done. Dropped Loney. So this guy owns Soria, Cishek, Doolittle, Britton, Allen. He is offering me wild trades for my Cargo and Sale, my Cargo and Kluber, etc. I want one of his top 2/3 closers. Any suggestions? Guys I would consider moving: Prado, Ozuna, maybe Leo Martin, Kuroda, Eovaldi, Tim Hudson, Kennedy. Many thanks!!!

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              @JAL: Add Melancon to that list of my players I would move.

              • The Guru

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                Not too impressed with his closers and wouldn’t offer anything too good. Low ball him and see if he counters.

  30. GG says:
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    Ben Revere or Raji Davis ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Revere – not close.

  31. Aaron says:
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    Hey Guys-

    I lost Fielder last week (after trading Adrian Gonzales to get him). This week I was offered:

    M. Cabrera, J. Nathan and Bogaerts
    for
    A. Wainwright, Nelson Cruz, Cody Allen and Matt Carpenter.

    I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have both MCab and Trout on the same team, I need one more closer (who knows if Allen is it), and I have Altuve to cover 2b. How’d I do? I’m fretting over giving up Cruz’s power and Wainwright was a tough pill to swallow.

    Thanks:

    Aaron

    • The Guru

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      It would have been hard to pass on Miggy, good work. Who knows, maybe Cruz ends up with a power drought or worse after getting hit on the wrist today. Good luck.

  32. The Thumb says:
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    Also, Master Turban, I have the problem of good names with shitty stats. My pitching staff is the only thing keeping me afloat. (Gray, Teheran, Cobb, Keuchel, Eovaldi, Archer, Heaney *stashed*)

    I recently traded Sale fresh off gem against the Yankees for CarGo.

    In a 10 teamer I can start 3 OF 2 Util, but I have too many bodies to start.

    Jones
    CarGo
    Bruce
    Taveras
    Morse
    Rajai
    Khris
    Fatt Adams (DL)
    Beltran (DL)

    Once these guys hopefully stop playing like a bunch of Josh Reddicks and actually live up to their ability. My offense has been so bad lately it’s painful.
    However, would you trade from this surplus to maybe add a Kershaw to really try to lock down my pitching? I don’t want to do anything rash but…

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      @The Thumb: sorry for the novel

    • The Guru

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      That’s quite a surplus. Sams and Beltran would be the guys to go, but they’re hurt. Try to move Morse, Davis and Khris for an arm if you can. Prob won’t get a guy like Kershaw, but Homer Bailey might be a good target as he started slow.

  33. GG says:
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    one more please,

    Would you drop LHP prospect Heiney for Zach Wheeler?

    • GG says:
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      @GG: just thinking, Wheeler was once a highly touted prospect like Heiney, but now he has experience, and might be settling in. ??

    • The Guru

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      Stick with Zach.

  34. Robert says:
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    Still a Gyorko owner and feel like I am going to regret holding on. If I could get Pedroia or Phillips for Sonny or Eovaldi would I be better off than waiting on Gyorko?

    • The Guru

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      Pedroia would be a nice get for Eovaldi, but it’s prob cost you Gray. I hear you Jerk-O I’m getting ready to pull the plug myself.

  35. Zar says:
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    Hey Guru, nice Jam or Cram.

    I’m looking at picking up Morales. My two 1B are Moss and Teixera and both are DTD :(. I think my drop candidates right now are Teix, Domonic Brown, or Stroman. Who would you drop for Kendrys?

    • The Guru

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      Don’t think Tex will be right ever again for a season.

      • Zar says:
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        @The Guru: so that’s a drop a tex? Thanks!

        • The Guru

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          Sure, no prob

  36. stonepie says:
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    ive got kendrys and aramis stashed for their returns/arrivals. also have arcia and jimmy rollins in the UTIl spots and thinking about dropping rollins for willingham.

    what combination of guys do you like best ros (5×5 h2h)?

    • The Guru

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      Willingham is hot, but I’d hold for now or drop Kendrys for him – but they’re about even prob ROS.

  37. Steve Stevenson says:
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    When you think Alex Wood’s back in the ATL rotation?

    • The Guru

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      Good question, not sure. He may get some spot starts, but my guess he ends up in some other teams rotation by the trade deadline.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @The Guru: you really think they’ll flip a guy with that much value, and cost controled?

  38. Blanky says:
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    How would you deal with these injuries have Pollock, Myers, Profar all DL but can only list 2 have to drop one of them or do i drop James Jones to free up a spot?

    Also can i have some advice on how to handle my team
    C-Posey
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Wong
    3b-Bogaerts
    SS-B Miller
    OF-Choo
    OF-R Davis
    OF-K Davis
    Util-T Hunter
    Bn-Odor
    Bn-Pollock
    DL-Myers
    DL-Profar

    SP-Kershaw
    SP-Iwakuma
    SP-Gray
    SP-Simon
    RP-Machi
    RP-Reed
    Bn-Eovaldi

    • The Guru

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      Pollock prob gone until August so he’s prob the one to drop. Too bad, was enjoying his season.

      Not sure what advice exactly you’re looking for regarding your team. You look light on power and saves.

  39. Ambreen says:
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    Milone or Morton in 5×5 15 team cbs dynasty? Thank you in advance

    • The Guru

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      Milone.

  40. desert_heat says:
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    Hi Guru,
    Been offered ·Dozier, Brian ·Scherzer, Max
    for my ·Gomez, Carlos -Teheran, Julio
    is this an upgrade or meh ?

    • The Guru

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      Close to even, but the advantage goes to Julio/Carlos side me thinks.

      • desert_heat says:
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        thanks

  41. Edward says:
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    Great work, Guru. I have a deal on the table that boils down to: Stanton/bogarts for longoria/morse. Which pair do you prefer? Thanks..

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Edward. Stanton and the X-Man.

  42. nick the dick says:
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    Drop pomeranz for wheeler?

    • The Guru

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      Wheeler

  43. sul says:
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    Is it time to buy into jay bruce in a 10 tm, h2h?

    • The Guru

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      It just has to be. *lights candle, prays to tony Perez bobblehead*

  44. shawn says:
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    if I trade Matt Kemp and Gerrit Cole for Giancarlo Stanton, is that a good deal? If it’s too much, maybe swap Cole for Lance Lynn? Do you think Matt Kemp turns it around?

    • The Guru

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      Kemp and Lynn sounds good to me. I have no confidence in Kemp – and neither does Mattingly.

  45. M says:
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    I know Rubby De La Rosa has some control issues but do you think he sticks in the Sox’s rotation for most of the season? SP/RP dual eligibility intriguing but I can’t afford to take a huge hit in ERA/WHIP

    • The Guru

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      I don’t think he sticks for the year.I hope he does, but…

  46. seph meier says:
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    Jam or cram Marcus Stroman for a weekly lineup start

    • The Guru

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      Against St. Louis? I’ll say CRAM.

      • seph meier says:
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        @The Guru: Jam or cram Marcus Stroman for a weekly lineup start

        Think they keep him in the rotation?

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @seph meier: the same STL that’s bottom 3 in NL in runs, and play in pitcher’s park?

  47. Clint says:
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    I sense dissention in the Razzball ranks w/The Guru having Either as a Cram but Grey putting him in the Buy column. Fascinating….

    • The Guru

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      Just a friendly disagreement, but some mysterious mustachioed man has been following me all weekend.

  48. Joe says:
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    I’ve been offered Taveras straight up for Sale, in a keeper league. Been worried about Sale’s elbow issues but he has looked pretty great since coming off DL…Taveras as a keeper is tempting though…thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      Tempting, but don’t think I could pull the trigger on that one.

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