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Straight from Girardi, “The process has started, converting Joba to a starter, and tonight was the first [step] of extending him a little bit and we’ll continue to do it, getting him up to where he can throw enough pitches.” The Yanks stretching out Joba to get him ready to start by pitching 2 innings in a blowout? Sounds like the line of every Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes start. I hear Joba’s also been seen fist pumping in the bullpen building up his exuberance stamina. Personally, I don’t have him on one team, but I can’t wait to see what he can do over 6 innings. And by six innings, I mean maybe 7 innings, but he’s not going to be throwing over 100 pitches until the Yankees lose in the playoffs. So what kind of numbers can we predict for him? I’d give him basically the same line he would’ve had if he stayed in middle relief with a chance for more wins and probably a higher ERA. So 120 IP/8 Wins/4.00 ERA/1.25 WHIP/110 Ks or just think Lincecum last year. Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday:

Salomon Torres – Saves vultures, swoop there it is. Wave your hands in the air, shake your derriere. Whoomp chak a laka chack a laka chak a laka chak a (repeat 4 times) (BTW, I took poetic license by leaving the accent off derriere. I thought DC, the Brain Supreme, would’ve wanted it that way. And, if you’re out there Tag Team, I’m still waiting for the follow-up. Fo’ real!) Salomon Torres was a serviceable closer on the Pirates until overworked by Tracy and then he got All About Eve’d by Capps, but Torres could take the closing job for two months and run with it. What, you don’t like saves?

John Smoltz – He’s due to return within the next week. I’ve already covered this ground, but if you don’t need a closer, you should be moving him prior to him returning.

Jair Jurrjens – I’m going to Curacao to visit Jurrjens’s birthplace and where he learned to throw so magnificently. Who’s with me?!

Ryan Howard – I think he’ll have the most home runs going into the All-Star break. I know, not a huge limb, but what if I said this last week? See what I mean about getting guys when they are seemingly crizzappy?

Jeff Francoeur -  A home run and four RBIs. Again, buy low, sell high. School’s Out, Alice Cooper.

Moises Alou – Left yesterday’s game with a leg cramp then went in the locker room and peed on it.

Dana Eveland – He pitched a 3-hit gem for the A’s against the 1st place Devil Rays. Look out for newly expanded editions of Moneyball for Christmas!

Cody Ross – You think whenever he has to put his last name first he confuses which one is which?

Brandon WebbBrandon Webb loses in Florida. East coast old people heckle him with, “Suck on a lemon,” West Coast retirees mutter “Fiddlesticks.”

Al Reyes – Speaking of retirees, Troy Percival is feeling tightness in his hamstring.

Johnny Cueto – I’ve been one of the biggest Cueto apologists, so I could sit here and tell you it was windy and the Dodgers scored on a wild pitch, a passed ball, a squeeze and a pickoff that was thrown away, but tonight Cueto didn’t have his control and he looked severely rattled. The resin bag didn’t make you throw the ball away, Cueto. What I did enjoy in this game was Vin Scully. I don’t want to get all mushy here, but when he kicks the bucket, I’m going to be sad. Hopefully, I didn’t jinx him. Keep on, keepin’ on, Scully!

Chris Young – Pujols hit a liner back at him and broke his nose. If Young would’ve ducked, it probably would’ve been a home run.

Jarrod Washburn - He made Rudy’s night with a Razzterful line of 2.1 IP with 9 ER and 12H. That’s a 34.71 ERA and 5.14 WHIP.

Sidney Ponson/Bartolo ColonSidney Ponson and Bartolo Colon both won last night. Jake Peavy is on the DL. Jake = 0, Fatman = 2

Alex Rodriguez/Chipper Jones/Milton Bradley – Arod’s hitting home runs, Chipper Jones is leaving because of injuries and Milton Bradley is leaving games because of ejections. All seems right in the baseball world.

Jack Cust – 4 at-bats. 2 home runs. 2 strikeouts. I bet he grew up masturbating to Jim Thome.

  1. p0rk burn says:
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    Hurting for saves in a 10 team H2H. Chris Perez cleared waivers today and is now a member of the squad, but that really doesn’t seem to be short term answer. I have a pain in my ass – oops, I mean Street – and Nathan with Torres currently a FA. Our league is a little too small with a little too few bench spots so nobody is really making any trades while talent rots on the bench. I can’t quite figure out who I should drop for Torres but I’m pretty sure it should come from my 3b or OF positions.

    3b: Atkins, Yunel, Carlos Guillen, Longoria
    OF: A. Rios, C. Lee, Alfonso, McLouth, Ludwick (just picked him up)

    I’m leaning towards dropping Longoria/Ludwick with most of the lean on Ludwick. Am I right or am I right?

  2. BSA says:
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    Cueto and his rosin bag will be on my bench for awhile….aaaaaaah shit he has two starts next week!! OK lets try again. Call me a rebel for throwing a risky two start pitcher next week unless I stay with Harden and Hudson’s single start. Great, I have 4 days to waffle, unlike my decision to play the flying Hawaiian over Votto next week.

  3. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    A Jake and the Fatman joke? This early in the morning?

    Well played, sir. Well played.

    An especially enjoyable round-up this a.m. But maybe I’m just giddy that Frenchy has come out of his coma. And signs of life from Rios too!

    I held my nose and picked up D. Cabrera on waivers (talented enigma + change in approach = emergence of dominant starter. Right? Right?) and then grabbed Torres at the cost of dropping your man Parra (116 pitches to get through 5 IP isn’t going to get it done for me).

    Question: I’m shopping A Gonzo, who’s now up to 12 HRs and 37 RBIs (ranked 27th in Yahoo! game). What’s a fair SP return? I approached a guy who has Dice-K, Greinke, and Chris Young (the one with the newly rearranged beak). Any of those fair return in a one-for-one?

    I’m not such a big Gonzo fan, but I don’t want to sell short on him. I feel like I’d do Dice straight up for him, but doubt the other guy would.

  4. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Colon isn’t even in existence yet on Yahoo. When he does show up, is he really worth a #1 priority?

  5. Jeff says:
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    What a day for this Joba news- I’m in a league wide debate based on a trade I accepted yesterday. I’m in second place, team I dealt with is in last. Still competitive I mean it is only week 8.

    His staff sucks. So I offered up Edwin Jackson, Rich Harden, Solamon Torres and Delmon Young. ( Remember yesterday he offered Joba for Young strait- THEN cancelled- Blasphemy!!)

    He counter-offered minus Jackson bc he didn’t have the players to drop. I accepted. Debates rage on the message board but truth is- He proposed it- Torres before yesterday had 2 more wins and a Save more than Jobs and same Ks) – And how can you blame a guy in last place trying something different!?!?!?

    What do you think of the situation?

    Oh yeah- Gil Meche was dropped- Pick up?

  6. BSA says:
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    Jeff, Purely based on the argument (irregardless of the players) I feel your pain. I had a leaguemate throw up (literally) that he didn’t vote to veto trades, rather simply make sure everything is fair and a trade didn’t disrupt the balance of power. Did I tell you he puked that one all over his keyboard?

  7. Jeff says:
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    Hahah No but Im glad you did- I may even put that in my Commisioners Note on the league page- Thank you.

    The most frustrating thing is that I picked up D Young as a FA- He shouldn’t of been there- ANYONE could of got him. I held Harden in a DL spot the whole time he was hurt (and dropped by another player)- And Torres is the hottest pickup right now-
    An arguement saying Im trading “just players you can pick up anywhere” is complete disregard for a managers own team and just hating on others for reading Razzball and Rotoworld daily and paying attention to my team

  8. Jeff says:
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    And since I typed that I recieved and email saying.

    TRADE VETOED BY LEAGUE

  9. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BSA: Razzlessons, or Things I Have Learned While Reading This Blog, #234:

    Trade vetoes suck.

    I am glad that, like the Corleone family after the first movie, our league is veto-less.

  10. DoppelGANG says:
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    What OF can I let go to pick up some SP/RP?

    3B help???????

    C-R Mart
    1B-Howard
    2b-Iwamura (shit-bag Kendrick on DL)
    3B-”Longo”
    SS- Tejada
    OF – Vlad, Rios, Hawaiin, C.Gomez, Votto (1B), Byrnes, & Cameron….

    SP – Shields, Cueto, Burnett, Jurrgens, Johan, Padilla, Meche
    RP – H. Street, F. Cordero, Soria

    Parra available…as well a Kuo & J.P. Howell
    3B out there : Reynolds, Encar, Glaus & Blake, drop LONGO?

    Also Konerko, Sheff & Thome sitting there grab for punch?

    How many more games for Rmart to qual @ 3rd? Napoli sitting out there.

  11. BSA says:
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    BVV – No kidding
    Jeff – I heard the same thing when I was vetoed and now yours should be sent to the commissioner and take another 24 hours.
    If you and the other team want to work it out and you see from the complaints what they don’t like then try and chat at your scoreboard chat space – make sure you only send the message to the other team and not the whole league. I found it faster and easier to wittle it down while you are both scoreboard watching.

  12. Jeff says:
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    I am the commissioner- Its like a joke people don’t argue the veto the stats and reasons its pure frustration- This is why I wish I wasn’t involved with Yahoo!

    I’m beyond it now- Ill win the league without Joba as long as this Razztastic site keeps feeding me genious fantasy insight.

  13. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    You killed it today, Grey. Alou, Cust/Thome, Jake and the Fatman! LLLLOOOOLLLL! Retire to Del Boca Vista while you’re ahead!

    FYI– I still own 50+ 1989 Joe Girardi and 1988 Tom Gordon Donruss rookie cards. I invested in baseball cards. My brother invested in Intel. Occasionally he lets me ride on his yacht.

  14. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Jeff: I use CBS in my league. Yahoo is easier to set lineups and add/drop people, but CBS is a far superior service. For example, I picked up Scherzer two weeks before he was called up rather than go through an exhaustive waiver process. I was also able to draft Cueto and Kershaw rather than wait for Yahoo’s annoying process.

  15. BSA says:
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    By picking up a FA before he is a commodity or benefitting from someone who drafted a good player who is slumping and either can’t or won’t ride it out is called good management. I was shocked. pleasantly surprised, after week 5 when someone dropped Pence. I had the fifth, out of ten, waiver picks and I still picked him up. So my outfield that week, because I traded Volq for Vlad went from Damon, Quentin, Kemp to Quentin, Pence, Vlad. Gotta love it when Vlad and Pence start coming out of their slump.
    Aside from being pissed at myself for some stupid add/drops I have done do I have the right to hold a grudge against the team that benefited?

    Ya think people won’t come knocking in the next month or so for Jay Bruce? It’s my risk to hold him and it should be my reward both in wins and as potential trade bait.

    Oh well. Stick it to ‘em like a Pujols liner.

  16. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I have the same Gil Meche question as Jeff. Is he a pickup? He’s available in my mixed league. I have Contreras, Zambrano, D. Cabrera,

  17. Kevin says:
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    What do you make of Berkman’s the last three games? Talk about going from red hot to ice cold in an instant. 1 for 10 with 8 strikeouts. My word.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Just to be clear, Longoria’s sitting on your bench? As in you’re not using him? If so, then drop him for Torres.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Moving Gonzo right now is a great move, but I’d want at least Dice-K and better than Greinke, and Chris Young. I love Greinke, but he threw out of relief last year. Let’s see him get to August and Young has looked bad this year, beak rearranged or not.

    @Frank Rizzo: No, you don’t want any part of Colon.

    @Jeff: Obviously, we’re against vetoes, but there should be an unwritten rule (in fact, it should be written), if the team that people feel are getting the short end of the stick was the team that proposed the trade, absolutely no veto ever. Inconceivable! I’m getting pissed off just thinking about this. You can *not* be punished for paying attention to the waiver wire.

    Give your league this:

    http://razzball.com/i-protest-your-protest-blankety-blank-blank/

    BTW, I don’t like Meche. Well, I guess that’s relative. I like him better than some, not as much as others. Say above Saunders below Greinke.

    @DoppelGANG: Drop Longo for Edwin. Drop Padilla for Parra. Consider dropping Cameron for Konerko.

    I don’t know how many games it is in your league for position eligibility. You’ll have to check your league’s rules. It’s usually 5 or 10. If you’re asking me how many Russell has, it’s 6 games at 3rd.

    @IowaCubs: re: I still own 50+ 1989 Joe Girardi and 1988 Tom Gordon Donruss rookie cards… Ha! Are you asking to drop one for Meche? If so, no, don’t.

    BTW, CBS is the absolutely best service. But you get what you pay for, and the others are free. I use CBS and they have everyone. It’s great! Ok, I’m happy again.

    @Kevin: Just natural ebb and flow of season, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    EDIT: Spelling.

  19. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Should Al Reyes be added? I have one dropable player and our rosters are set weekly on Sundays.

  20. Jeff says:
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    Last post about this situation- Offered same deal to this same team with a depleted staff ( He has Dustin Nippert )

    Edwin Jackson-Rich Harden-Michael Bourn for Melky Cabrera
    Teams still argued.
    I need to find a serious upgrade in leagues for next year- Any openings!?!?!

    Thanks for all Grey

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    We’ll probably do leagues next year for readers to get it all incestuous like.

    @IowaCubs: Eh. If you’re really chasing saves, go for it, just don’t drop anyone of worth.

    @Jeff: If he has Dustin Nippert on his team, he should probably not be in a league.

  22. Kevin says:
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    Jeff – Drop the “s” from “leagues” and I think you will solve your problem.

  23. BSA says:
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    Hey Grey,
    A. Good Morning
    B. Nice Buzzer Beater
    C. New mission that the first post in the “Weeee Hours of the morning” call it Pre-Grey Conversation time(not sure what time Rudy checks in at)

    I’m sure I’ll check in on something later – until then I’m going to sit back and enjoy having Vlad, Pence, and Quentin in the line-up last night.

  24. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Holy crap. I’ve just been offered Miguel Cabrera for Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez. I’ve already got Alex Gordon, David Wright, and Conor Jackson to cover 1st and 3rd for me. I’ve also got Bedard, Owings, Shields, Lincecum, and Cueto on my pitching staff. Does the value of the overachieving Lee and Volquez = the value of the underachieving Cabrera? I’m not sure the upgrade for me on offense is worth the loss of pitching depth.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: You have to do that trade. Then turn around and trade Gordon for Wainwright or someone.

  26. BSA says:
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    Its fun playing with other peoples money isn’t it?

  27. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. I think you’re spot on. Originally I was going to do Dice for Gonzo straight up, but realized I was selling short, at least on last year’s values. And I don’t think that guy will part with Dice — he’s a Sox fan, and in love.

    Earlier I was looking to package Gonzo and a closer for Teixiera, then I comped their stats last year: remarkably similar.

    I should probably accept Gonzo for what he is: Underrated hitter on terrible offensive team who’ll help in 4 categories a lot more than you think.

  28. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: It’s not that easy. Getting guys to give up pitching in this league is like pulling crack out of an addicts hands. Gordon won’t fetch me Wainwright, I guarantee.

    I’m interested though. You think my pitching is strong enough to take that depth hit?

    Apparently you firmly believe Volquez and Lee are flukes.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: You see what’s happening with Cueto right now? Yeah, Volquez will be seeing him in the ‘kinda not startable’ category soon. Edinson’s a great pitcher but very, very rarely does a pitcher arrive in the majors and never hit a correction period. Could he avoid it? I suppose, but you don’t bet on the least likely thing to happen. Lee’s career stats tell me his early season rates are unsustainable. Again, can he avoid his regression to the mean? I suppose, but again you’re playing with house money right now and you need to cash out and move on.

    If Gordon won’t fetch Wainwright, then you need to figure out what can make that Miggy trade workable on your end. Cause it’s a trade you should be making.

  30. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: Mucha Gracias Grey. I’m planning on making it happen somehow. I might try to get him to throw Jesse Litsch in the deal. Is Jesse worth the effort?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: He’s a stopgap, but he’s K/BB ratio is good, so you ca try it.

  32. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I second that emotion. If that trade is offered to you today, hit ‘Accept’ yesterday.

  33. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I’ve been offered Ellsbury for McCann. Thoughts?

    I need steals and runs.

  34. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey and Baron: Do you believe Owings is the relatively solid starter he’s shown so far this year or will he regress as well? I’m wondering if Owings instead of Lee in that trade would be a better choice for me.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: I do like McCann, but that seems like a solid trade for you. Who are you putting in at catcher when you lose McCann?

    @Frank Rizzo: Oh, Frank, you’ve fallen in love with Lee’s first two months of stats. I like Owings better than Lee and the kicker is the other guy probably likes Lee better.

  36. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Varitek is my backup.

  37. KarlJ says:
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    @B.V.V. & Iowa Cubs: Great work. You guys belong in the Hall of Fame for posters.

    Grey:
    What is the value of Billingsley? I have been offered V Mart for him. Is that fair or should I shoot for an upper tier 1b or OF? Catcher is my biggest weakness right now as I am still stuck with Johjima and I just picked up Barrett(who should be coming off the dl soon)
    P.S.- I am trying to figure out if that is a picture of Don Mattingly in your avatar.

  38. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: Busted. 46 K’s to 5 BB’s is hard not to fall for. And you’re right, he likes Lee better than Owings also. I’m sorry, I’ve been blinded. I’ll stick with Owings.

    Planning on accepting just trying to figure out a backup plan. In other words adding a pitcher.

  39. p0rk burn says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, longoria mostly sits on the bench unless I have enough players with off days that he gets a start by default. The only reason I was hesitant to trade him was because people were amped up on the rookie hype and I thought I could make a trade for him. I’m with your train of thought (if its what you were thinking) that the chance of a trade is trumped by filling an actual need. Probably not likely that I could get a closer for him especially with his .240 average right now.
    A razzball.com league next season is exciting. Where do I get in line?

    @BVV: Its fun watching you try to mix and match the advice of Grey with the Yahoo “experts” especially when you comment on the rotoarcade blog. With that said, you need to break the siren spell Behrens et. al. have you under. Those guys are monkeys at keyboards banging out random prognostications. The “adopt a ray” series proves the depths of their inability.

    @”The Brain Trust”: Reading the comments is as enjoyable as the actual posts. You guys are all thats keeping me sane as I sit through the Bar review courses – but don’t think I owe you anything once I’m admitted as a lawyer.

  40. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @p0rk burn: I’ve been outed. My name is Baron Von Vulturewins, and I read the RotoArcade blog.

    I actually liked the Yahoo! experts back when they didn’t have to blog three posts a day. They had relatively useful if fairly self-evident advice. (I like to play a little game where I load up one of their ‘Player Pick-Up’ videos, then guess in advance which four players they will recommend. I am right 85%+ of the time. I know this does not reflect well on my priorities, or life choices.)

    Now, though, they just send any old random tidbit down the poop chute. (Jason Bartlett? Seriously? Only if you’re in an All-Rays League or, to crib one of Grey’s choicest lines, a 30-team AL Only League.)

    Plus, as you’ve no doubt noticed, the comment section over there has all the charms and nuance of a prison yard after a nude women’s been released among them from a cage. Except in this case, the convicts are 12-year-olds and the nude woman is Max Scherzer.

  41. cruisinkc says:
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    Okay, I need some advice about who to trade to get more (or should i say better) pitching. My league is a 10 team keeper roto 6X6 including doubles and quality starts.
    My team is
    C:Soto
    1B:Tex
    2B:Theriot
    3B:Zimmerman
    SS:Rollins
    OF:Braun
    OF: BJ Upton
    OF:Beltran
    Utl:Corey Hart
    Bench:Howie Kendrick
    Bench: Jay Bruce
    DL:Vernon Wells

    SP:King Felix
    SP: Javier Vazquez
    SP:Chris R Young
    SP:Matt Cain
    SP:Ted Lilly
    RP:Brad Lidge
    RP:Soria
    RP:Rauch
    RP:CJ Wilson

    I Have an overload in the OF i’m just not sure what type of pitcher I should get in return for these guys. I feel offense is more valuable then pitching so I feel like i’m offering way to much at times but i really just want a consistent pitcher that has a good strikeout rate with a low whip and era. I would prefer to move Beltran or Hart. Let me know. Thanks!

  42. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: LOLOLOL!!!

    For a nude woman reference, Brady Anderson or Jason Giambi’s gold thong would have also been acceptable.

  43. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: P.S. Rizzo, Volq/Lee for Miggy is like the Platonic Ideal of a Fantasy Trade, i.e. two overperforming phenoms for one underperforming round-1-quality stud. This is the kind of trade I dream about getting offered, then wake up and have to change the sheets. As soon as anyone on my team starts radically overperforming, I look to shop them. This has not, to my recollection, ever blown up in my face.*

    *I did throw a rookie Verlander into a trade in May ’06 where I shipped out Beuhrle and Thome and got back Zambrano and Pronk. I still won the trade by a longshot, but Verlander proved much more useful over the season than I thought he would. Then again, he was a prime first-round prospect throwing 100 MPH, not a well-established middle-rotation soft-tosser guy like Lee. I don’t mean to hate on Clifford — just don’t want you to be regretting what could have been two months from now when he’s at 3.85.

  44. p0rk burn says:
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    Grey/anybody with two cents: My crap team (not the one involving the torres question) is slowly climbing the ladder of respectability thanks in part to your generous advice (“pick up kaz matsui, drop chad cordero”) but I’m looking to tweak it a little more. This is the team with both Uggla and Kent – or, as you might say, Kent and Kent Jr. I’ve decided to cut ties with Kent (better late than never?).

    Free Agent MIs: Aki, Crosby (who I cut a week or two ago), Aaron Hill, Tad Iguchi. Cedano, Castillo, Mark Ellis

    And the winner is . . .?

  45. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: Ugh. I’m hesitant to tell you to do that trade, cause Varitek’s mildly atrocious in the 2nd half. Honestly, because I’m wavering I don’t think you should. Can you just grab a Gathright or some other steal whore?

    @KarlJ: Johjima? Double ugh. Billingsley for VMart is good trade for you, but how strong are you at SP?

    @p0rk burn: Yes, I would drop Longo then.

    Crosby.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’ve never heard of Rotoarcade, but it sounds tempting by your description.

    @cruisinkc: Too bad you’re not in KarlJ’s league, cause I’d move Hart for Billingsley or Shields or Hamels, though I’m not sure if you can pull those off. It might help that Hart has been hot recently.

    Also, I’d consider selling Young for 50 cents on the dollar. He’s not looked himself this year, even before the Pujols nose slap. So maybe give Hart and Young to someone for Hamels?

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    @p0rk burn: cedeno’s not getting any playing time, don’t even consider him.

  47. cruisinkc says:
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    Right now i have an offer of bruce for billingsley…. The guy is at least considering. If he goes for it I think that could be a steal.

    If that doesn’t go through I will try hart for shields.

    What are your thoughts on beltran for kazzy and capps?

  48. mike says:
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    start Oswalt tonight against Philly?

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: Bruce for Billingsley is a great trade for you, just hope it doesn’t get vetoed. (Unless this is a keeper, then it’s completely fair.) Kazzy? Kazmir? Kaz Matsui? Kazoo – the green alien from The Flintstones? I’m going to assume Kazmir and say that’s a good trade for you, but I like Billingsley, Shields and Hamels better.

    @mike: I would start him. Gotta let your boys swim, ya know.

  50. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron VV: Thanks for those kind words and colorful imagery. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  51. Jack Cust says:
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    What? Thome!? Ryan Howard maybe, yeah, that guy is so hot when he wears that scruffy beard. I’d give him the “The Hottest in the Office Award” too.

  52. cockyphoenix says:
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    Hal Mccoy says Griffey stays in Cincinnati, and even I am pretty sure he doesn’t go to Seattle. How does this bode for Bruce?

  53. Dim says:
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    Might be a problem on my end, but FWIW your RSS feeds aren’t updating since “Bruce is Loose”

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jack Cust: But Thome is country strong.

    @cockyphoenix: I don’t think Dusty or the Reds OF bodes well for Bruce. But he’s got obvious upside that he’s worth a flier if you have room. I wouldn’t drop anyone of extreme value, but a MR or someone of a Jose Guillen’s value is worth it.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dim: Thanks for the heads up, but it’s working on my end. (Using Google reader) Might want to check your end again. Or Jack Cust could always check it for you.

  56. IowaCubs

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    @Grey: There. I grabbed Gathwright, damnit. Those are my instincts too, come to think of it, and losing McCann didn’t feel right.

    Since it’s a two catcher league, a catching crew of Laird and Varitek is far less appealing than Laird and McCann. I MCCANT make that trade… he he. (insert laughtrack here)

    What do you think of Michael Barrett coming off the DL? Yeah, me neither.

  57. Chet says:
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    So I’m tired of Alex Gordon. I want to get another third baseman. I was thinking of trying to package Gordon and Percival for someone. Any suggestions? Edwin Encanivorcion is on the WW, but I see him and Gordon pretty even. I want an upside upgrade. I was hoping to pry Aramis from someone, but i wouldn’t do that deal if it were me.

  58. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Jack Cust: Hey, next time you’re about to go on one of your 6 HRs in 8 game tears, drop me an email in advance.

    And then, when you’re about to go on one of your 4-for-45 slides, let me know in advance as well.

    Many thanks, JC.

  59. mike says:
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    Someone dropped Ian Snell in my league. Is he worth a pickup?

  60. Jack Cust says:
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    Bel Biv DeVulturewins, I try to time my streaks to the Mayan calendar as well as the timing of Lindsay Lohan’s rehab stints. Sometimes I’ll divine some inspiration from Dr. Phil’s head or dress up and drag and solicit Dave Stewart to get going, but really my main advice to you is pick up a player with a little more skill, maybe some hand-eye coordination.

  61. Grey

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    @Chet: Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to net you Aramis either, but it’s always worth a shot.

    Edwin is in the midst of a slump, but he shouldn’t be on waivers but Alex Gordon’s not hitting that bad considering he was so much better last year in the 2nd half. I mean, if you look at this 1st half this year compared to last year’s and then consider he could get better in the 2nd half, I’d say to hold tight.

    @mike: I’d pass on Snell.

  62. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Done deal. I asked for a pitcher thrown in for kicks and he gave me Bonderman. Guess he hates Tigers.

    So I give Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez. I get Miguel Cabrera and Jeremy Bonderman.

    Bonderman may be dumped soon enough.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Dooode, you kinda raped him. I mean, I don’t like Bonderman, but the fact he threw in someone on top of Miggy is kinda insane. Well played.

  64. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Well done sir. Imagine if someone had come to you on the day before Opening Day and said, “I’ll trade you Miggy Cabrera for Cliff Lee and some rookie pitcher from Cincy that you picked up off the waiver wire.” You would have offered him a dollar and been on your way. Trust me, you won’t regret this.*

    *not a legal guarantee in any state

    @Grey: That hurts. I’m still a Snell believer. A Snelliever, as it were.

    I say he has one stretch of 12 starts this year that are awesome. Or next year. Or maybe last year.

  65. Chase says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Or he keeps up his poor starts and Snelliever becomes a Reliever

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’ve like Snell for a long time, even when I knew he was guaranteed to give up two home runs and 4 earned, but he hasn’t shown many signs this year.

  67. john says:
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    to be fair, he only gave up 2 ER against a not too shabby brewer offense

  68. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I just added Michael Barrett. I also just purchased my golden G-string since I’ve been in such a slump. Thoughts?

    You’re welcome.

  69. john says:
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    who wins?
    Team A needs pitching and gets: Dice-K, Snell and CoJack
    Team B needs offense/pitching: Pujols and Hamels

    I think team B does, but everyone does get what they want despite the Snellahaters..so its not lopsided.

  70. john says:
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    I love g-strings..thats my thoughts

  71. IowaCubs

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    @john: B wins by quite a large margin. I’m no Snellhater, but everything has gone wrong for him this year… His K/9 is down, his FB% is up, his walks are way up.

    I Snell a bad trade when I see one. (HOO-ah!)

  72. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @john: As stated above, I’m a Snelliever, but I can’t see what’s in it for Team A. They lose both the best player in the deal (Pujols) and the best pitcher (Hamels) to get Dice K and Snell (who may be a non-factor if he doesn’t turn it around) and Connor Jackson, who’s not a top 8 1B IMO. So basically:

    Hamels > Dice K
    Pujols >>> CoJack
    And all there is to make up the gap is Snell?

    Not even I Snellieve in that.

    Pujols alone should get you Dice and Snell.

  73. john says:
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    lol..yea..i seem to suck at forming trades cuz i always slant the trade a bit too much in my favor

  74. john says:
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    well for the record team A is a boston lover…so i was trying to take advantage of that

  75. mike says:
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    Better closer for the rest of the year…Francisco Cordero or Matt Capps?

  76. mike says:
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    This is the trade I am offering, I give McGowan/Capps for F.Cordero/Ted Lilly…good move?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mike: Cordero/Capps are very close.

    @mike: Good move. Lilly is a slight upgrade from McGowan.

  78. Steve says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You picking him up? He’s free in my league and I’m tempted. Droppables are adam laRoche, Devine or Chris Perez.

  79. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Steve: Nah, I already have a logjam in my offense. But it seems to me you don’t need both Devine and Perez, unless you’re in a league with holds. Otherwise, one speculative-saves guy is probably plenty.

    Here’s my question: Justin Duchscherer? Just dropped in my league. Is he useful? More to the point, is he better than anyone in the back-end of my rotation:

    Snell
    Laffey
    D. Cabrera
    Westbrook (DL)

    Don’t say Snell. You’ll just hurt my feelings.

    For the record, the front end of my rotation ain’t so hot either. It’s Hamels and Cain and pray for Gallardo’s knee to magically regenerate itself.

  80. cockyphoenix says:
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    I’m still doubting Wainwright in LA. He’s pitched me to tears for two straight starts now, and last year the only time he went to Dodger Stadium, he lasted 2.2 but had time for 7H, 8ER, 4BB but no K’s. I have bad judgment though. I missed Shields’s shutout of the Sox. We count CG, too.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ian

  81. Chase says:
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    Bwahhahahahahah! I shall now reign supreme now that Hart is starting his June and on tear, early.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cockyphoenix: I believe you got to let your guys pitch. He was a mess in the beginning of last year, I don’t think that’s a fair representation of what to expect for tomorrow.

    @Chase: Yup, just was writing about him for tomorrow’s roundup.

  83. Chase says:
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    I know Johan hasn’t allowed an ER, but a strikeout here and there wouldn’t hurt either.

  84. cockyphoenix says:
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    He’s in the lineup then. Thanks, and I’ll keep that in mind.

  85. Chase says:
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    Grey, what is wrong with Roy Oswalt this year? I have never seen this kind of stretch of games in him before.

  86. Steve says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: For now you probably have to give Dusch a shot, but overall Snell is the best you have there.

    Time to get off the fence – has anyone else noticed that Kelly Johnson has just raised his AVE above .300? having been sitting against lefties, he’s 3-3 v Santana today.

    Well, it’s daytime where I am…

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: The injury to his hip must be affecting his pitching even if he doesn’t want to admit it.

  88. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: I did go look up the Wainwright owner. He’s looking for help in the outfield. He’s willing to take either Granderson, Ludwick, or McLouth for Wainwright.

    Why so high on Wainwright?

    Which would you give? Right now I’m considering Ludwick because I just added power with Cabrera. I hate to lose the SB potential from Granderson or McLouth. Who’s more fluky? McLouth or Ludwick?

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Trade Ludwick immediately to him for Wainwright.

  90. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Wait, you already traded Lee and Volq for Miggy, now you’re trading Ludwick for Wainwright? What next? Ivan DeJesus for Mickey Mantle? Sammy Khalifa for Babe Ruth?

    Whatever league you’re in, I want to join.

  91. Get Figgy With It says:
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    Ok so the guy who offered me the Saunders for Wood deal offered me up another and it was funny cause he wants Reyes which you said to try and trade. He offere me Yunel Escobar and Tim Lincecum for Reyes and Wood. Thoughts?

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Get Figgy With It: I think this is for Rudy, so he’ll hit you up tomorrow. Good night, Get Figgy With it.

  93. Frank Rizzo says:
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    I don’t understand it either. It’s a pretty decent league and I’m trading for
    Wainwright with last year’s winner of that league. I guess there are different perceived values.

  94. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Hey, I’m no stranger to exploiting other owners’ blind spots. If it’s out there, go for it.*

    I originally typed ‘If it’s out there, go for out’ which makes no sense. Unless you have a hangover that feels like a rail spike through your skull.

    In a related story, I have a hangover that feels like a rail spike through my skull.

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