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I am most excited about drafting Jedd Gyorko.  I am most confident that first sentence sounds best if said in an Apu or Balki Bartokomous voice.  Surprised that Gyorko feels like he’s under the radar still even though he had 23 homers in only 125 games and for about a month after he returned, he was playing hurt.  Playing Hurt was also the lead single off my 2nd album, “My Heart Goes Poof When You Smoke Out My Hormone Juice.”  It didn’t sell well, let’s move on.  23 homers in 125 games at 2nd base.  Let that sink in for a second.  Sunk yet?  Not stunk?  No.  Sunk.  As in sunkpendous.  How is he under the radar?!  Seriously, I interrobang that.  It makes no sense.  Or no cents if you only deal in paper money.  Oh, and he’s eligible at 3rd base in some leagues.  Do you people have any idea what a wasteland 2nd and 3rd base is this year?  Well, you’ll have a better idea on Monday when I release my rankings, but take my word for it right now — it’s a wasteland like New Jersey after a good rain.  Anyway, what can we expect from Jedd Gyorko for 2014 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Well, to the second point first.  He’s a sleeper because I’m seeing him drafted about fifty spots after I have him ranked.  He reminds me of a young Dan Uggla.  I will call him Younggla.  Let’s break down each of his stats, shall we?  We shall, we shall!  First off, the Padres are hot garbage sitting out in your car trunk in the middle of the Sahara desert.  *clicks tongue, covers nose*  That’s a Bushman coming upon the Padres in a car trunk.  I understand the lack of runs and RBIs.  The best we can hop for is 80 of each with the jerk-o’s around Gyorko.   Right now, I see him hitting between Headley and Alonso, but Carlos Quentin could mess that up.  While CQ’s healthy, which won’t be for longer than 75 games, he’ll hit cleanup and Gyorko might bat sixth.  Gyorko could easily bat third too.  Hard to say right now.  To be conservative, I’ll give him high-60′s for runs and mid-70′s for RBIs.  Petco won’t do him any favors, but he’s shown his power plays there.  In five months this past season, his home run totals were 6, 2, 0, 8 and 7.  Which two months stand out as months he was hurt?  If you said two and zero, you won a prize to be determined after you’ve forgotten you’ve won a prize.  Did the injury linger into the offseason?  No, he hit 8 and 7 homers the final two months.  Could he hit 7 homers a month and come close to 40?  Yes, yes he can.  Zoinks!  And this guy’s a sleeper?  He hits enough fly balls to not need a 30% HR/FB rate to get 30+ homers.  I’m gonna be very conservative because of Petco and give him 27 homers, but 35 isn’t out of the question.  His K-rate isn’t great, but it’s not obscene.  His line drive rate is decent enough, but he does hit a bunch of ground balls without much speed, so he’s as likely to hit .240 as he is to hit .270.  Since he’s young, I could see him stealing a couple of bases, but that’s not his John Forté.  For 2014, I’ll give him the line of 68/27/74/.259/2 with a chance for much more.  I know it’s hard to get excited about a Padres hitter, but here’s one player no Bushman will be clicking and holding his nose over.

  1. Scott says:
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    I was offered Chris sale (23rd round keeper), wainwright (4th round keeper) and a 23rd round pick for wil Myers ( 18th round keeper), a 17th round pick and a 23rd round pick. Any thoughts? My other keepers would be Harper, machado,posey, Jose Fernandez. Doing this trade though would make it possible for me to keep young arms such as cole or Shelby miller and possible Xander bogaerts,

    • kangaroo hops says:
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      @Scott: If I understand this question, I wouldn’t trade Wainwright and lose a 4th round pick, but I like Sale at that price a lot. But losing Bogaerts is not a great result. Sorry, that’s not much help, but there are a lot of variables in your question!

      • Scott says:
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        @kangaroo hops: I wouldn’t be trading wainwright, I’d be getting him in the deal but if I wanted to keep him, his draft value is 4th round. We can only keep 7 players and right now I have machado, Myers, Harper, posey, Fernandez, and 2 of the following 3 (rizzo, cole, bogaerts, and Shelby miller). If I traded Myers to get wainwright and sale, I would only be able to keep one of the group I mentioned above this losing bogaerts cole or rizzo

        • kangaroo hops says:
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          @Scott: Sorry, trade FOR Wainwright is what I meant. I would be tempted to keep Rizzo, but it would depend on your positional weaknesses.

          • Scott says:
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            @kangaroo hops: I agree Wainwright as a 4 may be a stretch however in a 10 team league with 7 keepers, thats 70 players off the board even before the draft making Wainwright’s evaluation in the 4th a top 100 player. I’d say that’s pretty reasonable. My concern is giving up Myers, who at 18th round is a great value and still has one year keeper eligibility left. I’ve read mix projections on him though through roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Don’t trade away Myers

  2. Scott says:
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    Doing the trade would make it NOT possible to keep cole, Shelby, or Xander. Let out a key word

  3. kangaroo hops says:
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    I’m looking to sell high on Miggy in a dynasty league. Is Miggy + J. Villar for AuShizz + Jose Fernadez a direction to go? I’ve got EverCab and Billy Hamilton, so I have speed to give.

  4. JoeC says:
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    The only thing that concerns me about this jerk-oh is his high rate of “Just Enough” home runs (52.2%).

    I wonder if this is akin to my girlfriend being “Just Enough” pregnant?

    • KB says:
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      @JoeC: I was going to say the same thing. A lot of “just enough” home runs in ’13. I think 25 HR in ’14 is a good bet though and extremely rare at the position.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Yeah, it’s a small concern, but he’s always shown power and it wasn’t like he hit 23 homers in 162 games…. He wasn’t even healthy in about 20 games he played… That’s 23 homers in about 90 games…

  5. The Thumb says:
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    Grey, is it possible to buy “Who is Grey Albright” with an Amex gift card or does it have to be a credit/debit card?

    Also, growing up in Jersey, what was your favorite team before fantasy bastardized (as it does to us all) your fan hood?

    -Coming from a Yankee fan who lives in NJ

  6. Yeshcheese says:
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    The gods must be crazy. Now I’ve got to carry Gyorko the whole season before dumping him in the sea…

  7. Robert Dupea says, Hold the Chicken says:
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    I’ve always felt a tinge annoyance whenever I read the “comments” section after a “sleeper post” as most of the comments have nothing to do with the sleeper at hand, but are just jittery questions about keepers or trades in hodunk leagues. Wouldn’t it be swell if peeps were asking about the dude that was just glossed 1000 words?

    Being the hypo-double-stand-cryte I am, I find myself doing the same thing. Sort of. I do have Gyroko and I have been fasting about his viability as a keeper. I am in a 16 team, 7X7, eight keeper league. Last season I was in the midst of a career change and a new baby in the house (or maybe I moved to Trinedad, CO and sought to become the other gender) and my team suffered. Without further solipsistic insecurity, here are my ten-12 prospects. Which eight shall I keep?

    Jedd Gyroko
    Matt Adams
    Cody Asche
    Brett Gardner
    Evan Gattis
    Christian Yelich
    Aaron Hill ?
    Colby Rasmus
    Andrelton Simmons
    B.J. Upton
    Zack Grienke
    Ardolis Chapman
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Alex Cobb
    Shelby Miller
    Matt Cain?

      • Robert Dupea says, Hold the Chicken says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I appreciate your time and effort.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: would it be less annoying if the rest of us jittery peons living in hodunk land actually had to come back to this post to ask any Gyorko related questions even months later, since it would in fact appease one of us? In will be to the favor of no small part around here, that i do find it cool that you used “solipsistic insecurity”.

            • matt says:
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              I scrolled past when I read hoodunk :-) Some of us jittery fan boys of Grey are here for the pics of him in tight boy shorts. Those come out shortly after the rankings. Lol No in all seriousness dear sire, Maybe some.of us have trouble posting baseball,keeper,advice oriented questions in the forum section. I haven’t been able to log in the site since Sept and im too lazy to send for a new password. Now back to Jerk-O, My prediction is he goes full on “Jackass” and hits 29 & one half homers. The half will bounce off Puiggys head in RF and he’ll go we we weeee all the way home! My predictive line I’ll give is 74/29/88/.266/4 *lighten up dude

  8. KC says:
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    I am most excited about drafting Jedd Gyorko. I am most confident that first sentence sounds best if said in an Apu or Balki Bartokomous voice.

    I said it in a “Bill & Ted” voice.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @KC:

      Nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KC: Haha

  9. Bodacious Taters says:
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    You previously replied that I should “keep” Scherzer @ $24 over Gyorko @$1. Do you still feel that way ? Why ?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Bodacious Taters: wouldnt do that no way. 24 bucks isnt far off Scherzers expected cost next year.

  10. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Given a choice between Kolten Wong and Gyorko who gets the late round pick?

    Also,

    If Gyorko’s family gets together in a big group do they refer to themselves as Gyorka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Ha! Nice… Gyorko, he’s not even a late round pick in my mind

      • matt says:
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        If you put Wong next to Jerk-o It would be like putting Fielder next to Ichiro Lmao! Jedd has meathammers for arms. The dude is pretty stout for a 2nd baseman

    • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Wong probably sharing time with Ellis. Cards paid him $5mil bucks for a reason…

  11. Jon says:
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    Would you jump at the chance to deal Bumgarner + a pick for Votto? 10-team league, we keep between 15 and 18 players (picks 16-18 surrender picks from the front of the draft, and I’d be keeping the max 18 with or without Votto so the pick we’re talking about is not high). MadBum is my best pitcher for 2014 but I also have Harvey and a good set of #2s (JZimm, Bailey, Cobb) so my pitching will be fine. I’ve been looking at moving a Medlen or Cashner for a Heyward, but Bum for Votto looks better than that to me. Any downsides? Would you pursue a deal like this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I’d take Votto

  12. Los Angel says:
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    Hi Grey, 8 team, ROTO, 5X5,

    Select 3 keepers from CarGo, Hanley, Segura, Puig, Kemp, Pence, Crawford, Bautista, Craig, Fernandez, Bumgarner, Greinke

    Thanks for 3 keepers advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Los Angel: Carlos Gonzalez, Hanley, Puig

  13. Teddy Heater says:
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    RANKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like a young Lamar Odom looking for my fix. Happy early Birthday to me! Look what you’ve done to me Grey!

  14. Joel says:
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    Just joined a league where I inherited Harper and Jose Fernanadez as keepers. I was immediately offered kipnis and puig for the duo. Thoughts? Thanks

    • Pager24 says:
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      @Joel: NO!

  15. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Gravtar check

  16. Mike says:
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    Long term keeper, 5×5- Billy Hamilton , Oscar Tavares or Gyorko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        Wow, you love some Billy Hamilton! A little surprised at that pick

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m doing a mock draft right now with some ‘perts and he just went 30th overall… Granted, that’s crazy town, but still…

          • Eddie says:
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            How big of a hit does Hamilton take in an H2H that uses OBP/Slugging instead of Avg/Runs? I have him, but planned to punt in favor of guys like Xander and Fatt Adams. Need to reconsider? Thanks!@Grey:

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d keep Hamilton

              • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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                @Grey: Wow Hamilton over Bogaerts?

    • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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      @Mike: This season Hamilton due to playing time. But past this season I’d probably go Taveras…

      • monkeymike says:
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        @ReleasetheMcCracken:

        I am certain I can redraft tavares in a later rnd especially if he gets sent to minors.
        Thanks for the replys. PS Can’t figure this website out. Do I have to leave my name and email every time I want to post a comment?

  17. Clint says:
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    Thanks to you I won my first title last year in Roto, Grey. I was planning on pulling an Elway & walking away now that I have one but friends are suggesting I try head to head leagues first. The thing that appeals to me about Roto is not having to manage your team almost daily and from the sounds of it, H2H leagues are more time consuming. How is the strategy and time required different, better or worse? Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get into a weekly league if you don’t want to manage your team daily… H2H daily leagues take just as much time…

  18. oaktownsteve says:
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    Hey Albright, ‘member when we were talking about Texas redo on their stadium? Also Petco brought their fences in last year. According to ESPN park effects, Petco was the 17th toughest place to hit a homer last year, basically league average, and Texas was two spots tougher at 19th.

    Park effects are a flawed metric of course. One thing that distinguished ESPNs from Fangraphs and others though is that ESPN appears to be single year where the others take rolling, multi year data so they don’t move drastically when parks change characteristics in a given year. Also, as an A’s fan I watched a lot of games on TV against Texas and it sure did feel like that ballpark played more pitcher friendly. Petco seemed to be much more hitter fair just to the naked eye. So another reason to be excited about Jerk-o.

    Also, he BABIP’d low last year, which some of that is dictated by the fly ball percentage. However he was better than league average LD% at 22%, so there looks like room for some regression back towards league average BABIP that will add to his average. No reason to think he doesn’t hit .265 just with luck neutral. The minor league numbers support that too. And my cousin Cosmo the Padres fan likes him. I get good scouting from him.

    I’m with you on this one.

    • If there’s a notable change in a park, most park factor projections omit the multiple years for the ‘new’ years. I know Steamer ‘guesstimated’ the Petco changes based on someone else’s predictions on the impact vs. just blindly using the 3-year factors.

      Can you provide a link to the changes made in the Rangers’ stadium? I did notice in looking at 2013 park factors that Texas had a notable decline in offense for 2013. Thought it was just a fluke maybe caused by weather.

      Very important stuff since I apply park factors as part of SoN and Hittertron…

      • Just to provide some perspective, here are park factors for two stadiums. Note the differences are understated since 2013 is in the three year factor (2011-2013/2013):
        Park A – Runs (111/96), HR (91/86), AVG (108/101)
        Park B – Runs (119/98), HR (116/93), AVG (107/102)
        Park C – Runs (140/127), HR (127/111), AVG (114/110)
        Park D – Runs (87/97), HR (82/89), AVG (97/100)
        Park E – Runs (85/83), HR (77/94), AVG (92/90)

        Park A is Fenway Park
        Park B is Arlington Stadium
        Park C is Coors
        Park D is Angel Stadium
        Park E is PETCO (with the 3 year based on 2010-2012)

        So there are definitely fluky swings in park factors year-to-year w/o park changes. Based on the above, it’s extremely likely that SoN/Hittertron was too bullish on hitters in Coors/Arlington and too bearish on hitters in Angel Stadium (then again, maybe Blanton is the cause!).

        It’s also clear that PETCO seems to still be a pitchers park but perhaps is less cruel for hitting HRs.

        This is why most use the multi-year factors – in hopes that it is a better predictor than single year due to reduced volatility.

        But if Arlington made park changes that we know have an impact on the results, that is something i’ll want to account for.

      • A last point on Arlington.

        LHB HR factor (100/120)
        RHB HR factor (87/114)
        LHB AVG factor (106/109)
        RHB AVG factor (99/106)

        Those HR factors seem extreme…but here’s the sample they are based on about 75-100 HRs hit either in Arlington vs. outside of Arlington in 2013 (by Ranger hitters and away teams). So it would’ve required about 14 more HRs at Arlington amongst LHB and 29 more HRs from RHB to match the 3-year average.

        Jeez, that does feel extreme…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Rudy Gamble:

          Nice stuff Rudy. Here’s the non-statistical angle:

          http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/texas-rangers/post/_/id/4894172/meeting-leftovers-impact-of-ballpark-changes

          To cut to the chase, up until last year there was a “jet stream” out to right and when they modeled the changes they planned to make, some speculated that it would get rid of the jet stream. And that seems to be what happened. I heard Tom Grieve their former GM and now broadcaster on XM MLB and he was saying that the jet stream was gone and it really altered the way the park played. A cursory glance at ESPN park factors show it went from 7th homer friendliest in 2012 to 19th last year. If there weren’t other anecdotal evidence, you might be tempted to write it off as statistical noise. And for what it’s worth, I really noticed it when watching the A’s play there last year.

          • Interesting. Weird, though, that it hurt RHB more than LHB. Looked at HitTracker and can’t figure out a way to filter by opposite-field HRs by RHB.

            But agree that this seems more than coincidental.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be interesting to see Arlington this year, with another year under the park’s belt… Nice on Gyorko…

  19. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I’m gonna be really surprised if Gyorko isn’t drafted as a top 3 2B this year…wait, no I’m not. He didn’t hit .250! He’s terrible! It’s such a cesspool of a position in 2014 and he’s gonna finish top 5 if he plays a full season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  20. Ralph Lifshitz

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    First off, I think “Playing Hurt” sounds like the title of a Taylor Swift song about a series of post relationship sexual encounters with one of her many former boyfriends, no? Try and sell her it!

    A John Forte reference! After googling what happened to that guy after he was arrested for trafficking a large amount of liquid cocaine, I learned Carly Simon got him out of jail. Who knew Carly Simon was so well connected. Maybe she could talk the Yankees into trading Gardner!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funny you say that, Swift covered my song…Didn’t sell well for her either… Ha, I didn’t know that on Forte…Very nice Carly!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: in standard leagues I think Gyorko’s skill set plays very well, my one concern is how much to discount him in OPS leagues. He was pretty low even compared to other 2nd baseman last year and I can’t see his SLG jumping up enough to offset his poor OBP and walk rate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe drops a couple of places, but it’s not like 2nd base is filled with great OPS guys

  21. royce! says:
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    So the Padres are the junk in the trunk? Goes a long way towards explaining my fandom…

    • Carnac says:
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      Sure sounds like a team I could get behind.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Carnac: More like Jedd Twerko…amiright, amiright…

        • Carnac says:
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          If Chase Headley made a porn movie it’d be called Third Base and his porn name would be Chase Headley.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… You were always an ass man…

  22. Brett says:
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    Pick 3 keepers (12 team league). For this year and I can keep them next year for an additional $5:
    Goldschmidt 23
    Freeman 19
    Scherzer 22
    Myers 7
    Machado 11
    Cobb 9
    Gyrko 6
    Bailey 12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Scherzer, Myers

  23. royce! says:
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    Only Cano hit more HR than Gyorko last year. Really curious to see where you’ll rank him- it’s early, but his ADP at MDC is 169 right now. I’d take him before that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s way before that…

  24. Jay_0321 says:
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    Grey Son! Who would you rather have going forward? Tulo or Votto?

    I currently have Cutch, AJones, Waino, Pedi, Donaldson, Gyorko, Votto, E5, Gray, Chapman

    Also, would you keep Chapman over Minor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto…Sure, keep Aroldis…

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: Really! Votto over Tulo? You really like Aroldis over Minor? I think Minor ends up being a 2nd or 3rd rounder in our format with 100 players off the board before the draft starts. Also, I got Aroldis for two more years vs being able to keep Minor for a total of four.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Votto over Tulo, Aroldis over Minor since you have starters already…

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Grey: I have never owned Tulo and finally have the chance. You were OK with me trading away Jo-Fer in order to get Votto and since this is an OBP league I pretty much own that category. I love both players, but really see tremendous upside on Tulo, barring injury of course. Whats your logic behind liking Votto over Tulo and where do you rank them?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rankings come out next week

              • Jay_0321 says:
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                @Grey: C’mon man debate with me!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’re debating, you’re just asking me why I’m saying something…Why’s come out next week…

                  • Jay_0321 says:
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                    @Grey: Fair enough…

  25. Wake Up says:
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    “it’s a wasteland like New Jersey after a good rain”

    No wasteland here in Fort Lee, friend. We’ve been backed-up longer than the wonderful Governor’s Bartolo…As TS would say, “New Jersey is the cruellest state, breeding…” and so on, I’ve actually been able to read through “The Wasteland”, whilst stuck on this bridge, twice! Thanks, in part, to Gov. Augustine the Hippo!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! It was a traffic study!

      • Carnac says:
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        If you think think Christie had no idea of what was going on, I have a bridge to sell you. Hey, these things write themselves! Headlines: Christie Burns Bridges. Too Big for His Bridges. Fort Lee Avenue Freeze Out. Bus Stopped at 82nd Street.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Augustine of Hippo is alluded to in “The Wasteland” which I’m sure you know…hey, if you have to explain it…oh never mind…

        You are nailing these sleepers…

        btw, I found this in my pants pocket…scribbled on a bar napkin, in what looks like a very smart 4th grader’s or a very drunk, my hand writing…”2 dumb clowns, one skinny cow…we don’t like her…but she’s buying…hyenas don’t judge”

        have no idea what I or the 4th grader were getting at…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure either but next time you see the 4th grader it’s worth inquiring about the meaning…

  26. Al lydon says:
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    12 Team H2H league. 5 SP 2 RP 21 total players. What is your hitter’s – pitcher’s split. No changes in line-up during the week. Once you set you line -up your done until next week. Your thoughts please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • Al lydon says:
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        @Grey: Would you go hitter heavy and draft 12 hitter’s and 9 pitchers. Or maybe go reverse and have 12 pitchers for more match ups and have just 9 hitters and use the waiver pool to fill in for injured hitter’s. Or something in between ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d draft my team, I wouldn’t worry about what number of hitters or pitchers I had…

  27. Carnac says:
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    As children, the excitement of xmas was almost too much to bear and very little sleep was had the night before. We’d forged what we thought was a deal with the parents: “You can open your stockings when you wake up, but presents will be opened until everyone else is up and has had breakfast.”

    And every year, we’d wake up early, run down the stairs, and rip our stockings from the mantle like the feral animals we were. And every year, as we dumped the contents of the stockings onto the floor, a wave of disappointment came over us. A couple oranges, some gross (to us) chocolate, maybe a match box car. A letdown. Every year. Yet every year those stockings were met with the same level of unbridled passion, excitement and desire.

    Which reminds me… as usual you’ll start with catcher rankings on Monday, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice…. Nah, top 10 overall on Monday…

    • Jay says:
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      @Carnac: beautiful

  28. ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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    Had Kipnis and Zobrist in 2012 and kept Zobrist for 2013 (woops! well it was mostly due to cost) Now have Gyorko and Zobrist and will have to give serious consideration to keeping Gyorko.

    On a seperate note – 12 team dynasty, keep 17, keep forever at actual MLB salary. Which side are you on this one: Strasburg for Carlos Gomez and Matt Harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo side

      • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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        @Grey: Yeah me too. Just to make sure you realize that’s Carlos Gomez not Carlos Gonzalez. What’s the protocol there, Carlgo and Carlgo?…wait that doesnt work either…CarGom and CarGon?…ugh Calgon take me away.

        If I can get Stras for CarlosGomez/Havey pushed through I may follow that up with Kemp for Verlander. What do you think of that swap? Do it anyway even if the first trade doesnt get done?

        Thanks G!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Verlander, it’s fair…

          • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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            @Grey: word

    • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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      @costaricanchata: Isn’t playing for the Marlins just like being on Survivor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s the best news I’ve heard in a while…Ha!

  29. J-FOH says:
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    Great job you Gyork-eee…..I smoked something skunkpendous last night and had a dream that I woke up in the 6th round and I drafted Ellesbury in the first round.

    I’m out the door, see you at lunch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  30. Knowuh says:
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    Hey I’m looking for some cheap pickups for my upcoming auction draft. What are your thoughts on Morse and Josh Johnson?

    I’m giving Morse a pass for last year…new team, Safeco, Wedge, wrist injury, trade,etc. Assuming he gets 500 ABs, would a .280 avg and 25 hrs be a crazy prediction?

    Also, is there any hope for JJ? 2 years removed from surgery, bone spurs removed, now in SD. Also his BABIP was redic high last year.

    Thanks – Love your site!

  31. Steve d says:
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    Is Chris archer a top 40 starter? My final keeper spot is between Hanley $50 archer $2 v mart $4. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings come out next week

  32. TheNewGuy says:
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    Got it done. Not only getting Adams but vastly upgrading my pick in our upcoming prospect draft. Heres the deal:

    I get Matt Adams and his 1st round pick (no4)
    He gets Archie Bradley and my 2nd round pick (no17)

    Did the guy do good?

    • Grey

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      Yup, nice

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: from earlier comments it looks as if you won that deal twice, or in a landslide, as grey has adams higher than bradley anyway. nice

  33. TheNewGuy says:
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    Jerko. 2B with 30+HR pop and no real AVG concerns. Wow…consider me convinced.

    He could be even better than Younggla, in terms of AVG. 2B is such a wasteland, really hope i land this guy in my non-keeper this year.

    • Grey

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      He could be, yup… I wouldn’t count on the average being too high…

  34. Jay says:
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    Would rather go with Votto or Encarnacion and the first overall pick of a keeper draft that starts in the 6th round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  35. Jon says:
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    What’s a better move: Bumgarner for Votto or one of Bailey/JZimm/Cobb (I’d be giving him the choice) for Hosmer?

    • Grey

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      I’d take Votto for Bum

  36. HWY68 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Speaking of second base, do you think Aaron Hill bounces back after a rough year?

    Awesome work as always, man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I do… Thanks!

  37. George Connors says:
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    Grey,

    Need your help; 1st time long time…..Im in a keeper league-3 yr limit-and I have to trade the 3 players in this deal by the end of this season ‘s WS
    Im trading
    Miggy/e5/altuve for Goldschmidt/ellsbury/seeger OR Carpenter

    Please help

    Thanks
    George

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy side

  38. M says:
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    Would you trade a $10 Springer for a $6 Brandon Moss, $6 Kazmir/Straily, and a $8 Leonys Martin? Keeper League, not sure if Springer gets the call out of ST

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d make that trade…

      • M says:
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        Thanks! Do you see Straily or Kaz having a better season? I figure Straily because he posted a bunch of QS in the last few months of the season and that Kaz as a spotty injury history.

        • Grey

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          I went over Kazmir already when he signed… I don’t have high hopes for Straily…

  39. dawtcommish says:
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    Five player keeper league and the finalists are: Kershaw, Trout, J Fernandez, Goldy, Manny Muchacho, and Kimbrel. Which five would you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Macahado

  40. Biggidy says:
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    Nice write-up, Grey. Big fan. Keep it up.

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