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Deadline day baby, one of the most exciting and nerve wrecking times for fantasy owners across the land. I’m not going to talk extensively about it the way I did on Wednesday. Mostly because I’m not allowed to write the same post twice. At least as far as I know. Only Tehol’s allowed to do that stuff, but he’s handsome. We call that bubble syndrome, handsome, and really all attractive people in general, live in a bubble. You know who doesn’t live in a bubble, but is built exactly like one? Josh Naylor!!! That’s right A.J. Pro-Preller continues to trade-rape the MLB and horde A-1 prospects the same way your Grandma hordes Precious Moments figurines. This time they traded Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea for Josh Naylor, Luis Castillo, Carter Capps, and Jarred Cosart. We have no need to get into Cosart or Capps, but Naylor is interesting, Castillo less so. The Marlins selected Naylor in the first round, 12th overall, in last year’s draft. So far the returns have been promising, but let’s be clear Naylor is an “unathletic” DH/1B type. He was drafted as a 1B/OF coming out of the prep circuit, but his future lies as a first sacker. He’s been billed as a power first guy, but his power at this point has only been middling. He’s surprisingly swiped 10 bags though. The hope is the young Naylor develops the power stroke and eventually matures into a 25-30 homer corner guy. I’m not as hopeful as some about that happening.

Oh don’t worry I’ll get into my take on top catching prospect Francisco Mejia, and three others moving from the Indians system to the Brewers for Jonathan Lucroy. Feel free to post rumors, deals, hopes, and dreams, etc in the comments. Let’s talk specs and trades y’all!

 

Francisco Mejia, C Indians (hi-A Lynchburg): **UPDATED** The 20 year old switch-hitting backstop is exploding onto the scene. He’s in the midst of a 42 game hitting streak, and was the centerpiece of the Jonathan Lucroy deal to the Indians. The deal has now been nixed by Lucroy through his no trade clause. Lucroy is back on the market.

Jose Berrios, RHP Twins (AAA Rochester): Will be called up on Monday to face the Cleveland in what may be Jonathan Lucroy’s Indians debut. He’s been filthy since being optioned back to AAA, but he’s been especially filthy in July posting a 2.08 ERA, 38 K’s to 8 Bb’s in 34.2 innings.

Tom Murphy, C Rockies (AAA Albuquerque): The 25 year old backstop has always shown power, but not the way he has this year at AAA Albuquerque. So far this season Murphy’s slashline sits at .309/.342/.652 with 15 homers in 219 plate appearances. I’ve never been a huge fan of Murphy, but he’s been on my radar of late. Why? Well first he’s a favorite of my colleague Michael Halpern from the newly anointed RAZZBALL PROSPECT PODCAST!!!! (Here’s a brief pause for you to scream, yell, and thank your creator for this news)… Halp aside, Murphy’s been raking throughout the month of July. Raking you say? Yup, try on a .569/.615/1.155 slashline through 16 games this month. Obviously we’re taking only half the games, but he’s a catcher and that’s par for the course. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on for immediate impact upon promotion to Colorado.

Brent Honeywell, RHP Rays (AA Montgomery): The minor league’s own Kenny Powers, it’s screwball master Brent Honeywell, Ladies and Gents! 22 innings into his AA debut and so far he’s been a monster posting a 1.21 ERA, a 9.27 K/9 and a 2.42 Bb/9. He also induces all types of weak contact. Maybe the next name in a long line of good Rays farm arms.

Luke Weaver, RHP Cardinals (AA Springfield): There’s a few guys I’ve written about extensively this year, one being Andrew Benintendi and another being Weaver. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Weaver has continued to throw like a future ace, piling up strikeouts and staying stingy on the hits, walks, and most importantly runs. Weaver’s dream season continued this week as he threw 8 innings of one run ball, striking out 8 while allowing just 3 base runners.

Adalberto Mejia, LHP Twins (AAA Rochester): The player going the other way in the Eduardo Nunez trade. I’ve written about Mejia a few times, he’s a lefty with good swing and miss stuff, and has been a bit of a riser this year. I assume he makes a start or two with Rochester and then should see the bigs but who knows.

Joe Jimenez, RHP Tigers (AAA Toledo): Was promoted to AAA Toledo on Friday and proceeded to nail down his first save at his new level. Jimenez was featured in the Futures Game over All-Star weekend, and looks to be a closer in waiting. Huge swing and miss stuff and a closer’s makeup, he’s one worth stashing for a few years until he gets his first crack at 9th inning duties in the D.

Raimel Tapia, OF Rockies (AA Hartford): All he does is hit, hit, hit no matter what! One of the most debated prospects in the game continues to reward those, like myself, with faith in his ability to hit at the next level. Over the last two weeks he’s maintained his high level of play slashing .328/.353/.484 with a couple of long flys and 3 steals. Keep in mind Hartford hasn’t played a single home game all season. Double keep in mind, or keep in your mind’s mind, he’s a Rockies prospect that means COORS!!!

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF Dodgers (AA Tulsa): One of the breakout hitters of 2015, Bellinger initially struggled out the gate in 2016. While he’s never going to hit for average without some BABIP luck, he continues to contribute in a multitude of ways. First and foremost he posses power, hitting 30 last year at hi-A Rancho Cucamonga. He’s followed that up with 13 dongs this season at AA Tulsa. But wait that’s not all! The strongest part of his game might be his ability to walk, in fact in the month of July he’s walking at a 18% rate! Regardless of his future .240-.270 batting average range, he’s destined to get on base at a .350-.380 clip. If you’re in a OBP dynasty and you’re looking for a prospect to grab take a look at Bellinger. He splits his time in the field between first base (about 75% of the time), and the outfield (25% of the time).

Austin Riley, 3B Braves (A Rome): Another 2015 breakout with a somewhat underwhelming start. Riley has started to really turn it around in the last two weeks launching 4 bombs and slashing .310/.348/.690. This is a welcomed power surge, particularly when you consider 40% of his homers have come over that stretch.

Hunter Dozier, 3B Royals (AAA Omaha): We need a name for prospects who breakout after bottoming out. Are they post-hype breakouts? Meh, you decide. Dozier has done just that. As a player universally written off he’s playing in a way that demands a call up at some point. Unfortunately he’s blocked in the interm by Cheslor Cuthbert and Mike Moustakas (2017 at least). I would expect he sees Kansas City at some point in the next month. He’s also rule 5 eligible in the off-season, so more than likely he’ll be on the 40 man roster. Unless of course he’s traded today, to someone with a 3B opening. I’m freaking psyched to be opening Trade Deadline Sunday!

Austin Gomber, LHP Cardinals (hi-A Palm Beach): Over his last three starts Gomber has been magnificent. Though he’s winless over that stretch his numbers speak for themselves, 10 k/9, .81 Bb/9, .72 WHIP, .173 BAA, and a 1.52 FIP. He’s an older player (23) for his level, but he’s a big lefty that’s been successful at every stop since joining the organization as a 4th rounder from Florida Atlantic in 2014. His K/9 has been underwhelming this year at 7.5 after being 9.3 last year. Hopefully this recent stretch is a sign of things to come. Did make a spot start at AA Springfield back on July 9th, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he found himself making a few more starts in AA before the season is through.

Yadier Alvarez, RHP Dodgers (A Great Lakes): The pitching jewel of last year’s July 2 period, has made his stateside debut, and so far so good. It’s only 9 innings, but so far he has 20 strikeouts. That’s a K/9 of 20! Keep that up and the Dodgers have the greatest pitcher ever. I know, I know, talk about a short sample size, go ahead, say it, I’ll pause, that’s what……

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/OF Athletics (AAA Nashville): He’s certainly another one of those Dozier type players who’s prospect star sizzled and rekindled in a matter of 18 months. Despite being shuttled between Oakland and Nashville, Alcantara has hit .390/.405/.545. So yeah he never walks, but he does posses multi-position eligibility and a solid speed profile with a little bit of power. Doesn’t hurt he’s no longer buried in a talented Cubs system.

Zack Burdi, RHP White Sox (AA Birmingham): First 2016 Draftee to touch AA I believe. So far the results have been mixed and Burdi has been used exclusively as a reliever.

Alex Kirilloff, OF Twins (Rookie Elizabethton): The Twins 2016 first round pick is doing big things in the Appy league. Through 114 plate appearances he’s slashing .358/.360/.523 with 4 homers. Obviously he needs to work on his patience, but he’s making solid contact.

Nick Zammerelli, 3B Mariners (lo-A Everett): One of my favorite sleepers in the 2016 draft class has had a big week, slashing .407/.448/.481. He was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 28th round of the 2013 draft, but instead chose to attend Elon University in North Carolina. Truthfully he’s a New England kid, I’m from New England, I root for New England prospects a little harder.

Chase De Jong, RHP Dodgers (AA Tulsa): I’ve seen him added in a lot of leagues lately, and I have to be honest I’m not a big fan. He’s pretty low on the pecking order as far as arms go in the Dodgers system. He’s also out pitching his peripherals by a wide margin (2.64 ERA to a 3.85 FIP), and allowing too many homers (1.09 HR/9).

Brandon Woodruff, RHP Brewers (AA Biloxi): The 2014 11th round pick is having a breakout year through 13 starts at AA Biloxi. He’s currently making my palms sweaty with a 10.22 K/9 and a 2.88 Bb/9. He’s actually been a bit unlucky as his 3.28 ERA is half a run higher than his 2.75 FIP. An arm off a lot of people’s radars that’s worth watching.

Jake Bauers, 1B Rays (AA Montgomery): I don’t talk about Bauers enough, but he’s a prospect I do like quite a bit. He’s shown well in his first stint at AA, exhibiting advanced approach (11.4 Bb%, 15.5% K%), and developing power. Very young for AA at 20, he’s been streaking in July slashing .302/.369/.406.

Jahmai Jones, OF Angels (Rookie Orem): In his first full season of pro ball the 2015 second round pick is hitting .327/.395/.464. His power is developing, but his speed is real giving him 15/25 potential. He’s a long ways away as a soon to be 19 year old.

Richard Urena, SS Blue Jays (hi-A Dunedin): I think I’ve slept on Urena more than I should, he’s slashed a very respectable .299/.345/.446 with 8 homers and 9 steals at hi-A Dunedin. Due to the across the board offensive production and ability to stick at short, I wouldn’t be shocked if he climbs top 100 lists in the offseason.

 

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  1. Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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    Trade thoughts. In a dynasty H2H, would you prefer Adam Jones for Nomar Mazara. Forward-thinking trade, and Jones’ numbers can be covered.

  2. The JoGarza says:
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    1) which teams are open in REL?

    2) 16-tm dynasty, OBP. My Heyward and Renfroe for Dahl and VMart. In it to win it this year, Renfroe my 5th best prospect on the farm (still have Meadows, Zimmer, Gallo, Tapia in my 12-man farm).

    3) Same league. Should I drop any of R.Quinn, D.Tate, T.Mancini for Kolby Allard and/or Demeritte?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @The JoGarza: As far as I know it’s Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Royals. There might be others as well, this league is done on Fantrax and we had some issues with the rules. So we’re in the process of reworking them for next season.

      That trade is a no brainer, you upgrade the prospect too, Dahl is better than Renfroe.

      I’d drop Mancini for Allard.

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks as always, Ralph. This would be my first dynasty trade, so I’m excited. And while I’d like to take the Dodgers, I’m going to hang back. Seeing an opening for new leagues is like the puppy scenario. You forget everything and just want to join at that moment, but a few weeks later you’re wondering if you can take on the extra responsibility!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @The JoGarza: Think about it and let me know.

  3. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    This Prospecting thing is an interesting business. The Astros are looking for a bat when a couple of months ago it looked like AJ Reed and Bregman would be in place to help. Now Reed is back in Fresno and Bregman looks to soon follow with his 0 for the week and making critical mistakes in the field. Gourriel won’t be available for 2 or 3 weeks and by then the ‘stros might be out of it. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Reed moved today actually for the right deal.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: Yeah anything is in play, Astros are 1.5 games behind the Sox for the final wild card spot. I hope they give Bregman more than a week.

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Looks like the Yankees just traded Andrew Miller for Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and others..Nice haul for the Bombers..

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Very nice haul! The Yankees are building The Yankees are building!

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I assume this means Frazier will now play cenerfield?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @James T Kirk: Yes that’s what I think. Unless they move Mateo out there long term and use he and Judge as their corner guys.

  5. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Awesome stuff! Was wondering your take on the just announced Andrew Miller trade. Says the Yanks got Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and “others” from the Indians for Andrew Miller. Do you see this as a more significant haul than the Miller-straight-up-for-Giolito trade the Indians reportedly turned down? Was amazed the Yanks passed on that.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Grassy Knoll Redding: I think it’s better. I love Frazier, and getting Sheffield too.

  6. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I WILL update the post regarding this Andrew Miller trade to the Indians. Need to know all the details. Right now I’m hearing it’s Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and others. Serious haul for the Yanks.

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz:

      Ever so slight for Bradley Zimmer. Seemed like a Margot/Renfroe-like race to see who got there first, now it’s smooth sailing for Zimmer.

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz:

      Ever so slight boost***

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @The JoGarza: For Sheezy this trade is good for both he and Frazier.

  7. Jason Morgan says:
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    Do you think Hader gets called up this year? How about Amir Garrett? Do you seem them as top callups next season?

    Where would you rank Benitendi among minor league callups next year?

    Looking to stash some minor league players that have the best chance at a good 2017 impact.

    Thanks. Love these minor league posts. You and the points guy really give razzball the extra edge.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jason Morgan: Both could see a couple of starts but more than likely early 2017 callups.

      Right now Benintendi is probably right there as a top 5 2017 callup with Moncada, Benintendi, Frazier, Zimmer, Glasnow, and Meadows.

      Saw the question the other day but needed to think in it. I think I’m going to discuss this with Halp on our first edition of the Razzball PROSPECT podcast

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: You don’t think Glasnow breaks camp with Pittsburgh?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Jason Morgan: nah probably a late June early July call then he sticks

          • Jason Morgan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: But you think he finishes this year in Pittsburgh as opposed to AAA?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Jason Morgan: Yeah he could come up for some spot starts in August and September and stay below his limits, he’s only pitched 8 innings at the MLB level meaning he’s got 40 innings to stay under rookie limits. As long as his number of days on the big league roster is under the maximum allowed, forget what the amount is. Pittsburgh can stash him in the minors for a few weeks to months to delay his arbitration clock from starting.

  8. Alps88 says:
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    With kemp gone
    Do Padres bring up Renfroe

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Alps88: They’re saying they won’t but who knows. I don’t believe them

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @Alps88:

      Still unclear. I thought it was a slam dunk, but Renfroe still played last night while Margot was pulled. On one hand, Margot is already on the 40-man while Renfroe is not. On the other, Padres will DFA Olivera on Tuesday which would open up a spot for Renfroe on the 40-man. Lastly, they already recalled Jabari Blash. There’s a chance they want him until Tuesday or Wednesday when they call Renfroe/Margot up, but there’s also a chance he’s the permanent call up until September. Really nothing to do but wait.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @The JoGarza: This could go a multitude of ways. Both are worth watching and both could be called up in the next few days

  9. Landisimo3 says:
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    One spot on my farm… Arozarena or Calhoun?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Landisimo3: Calhoun!

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Other players heading Yanks way Ben Heller and JP Feyereisen. Two pitchers.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Smokey is telling me Heller has future closer stuff.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Yankees did good..Not sure I ever remember the Yankees trading for prospects before..

  11. Jonathan gronsky says:
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    I’m interested in the open teams can you give me any type of info on the league thank you

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jonathan gronsky: 30 teams modeled after MLB rosters, some players have changed but for the most part it’s the rosters of the MLB affiliates. We’re reworking some of the rules, but the goal is for it to be a 30 team league split by Nl/AL with a prospect draft for 2016 draftees and J2 guys, and then a auction for unkept players. right now it’s keep 25 split between the MLB roster and MiLB roster. Splits are 15/10 with three spots available to slide. Ex: 18 MLB means 7 MiLB can do 16 MLB/9 MiLB, or even 12 MLB and 13 MiLB

  12. BigEasy says:
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    I have an opening in my roster and looking to pick up a prospect. Which one of these would you take?

    R. McMahon, G. Torres, A. Rosario, H. Renfroe, B. Honeywell, J. Musgrove, or C. Fulmer?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @BigEasy: Long term Rosario

  13. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    LUCROY TRADE HAS BEEN NIXXED! He vetoed the deal.

  14. daze says:
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    if Norris is traded
    Is it safe to assume that Austin Hedges is called up
    If so would you drop Tommy Joseph for him
    Keeper league
    thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @daze: Yes he should be up right away after that happens.

  15. Mike says:
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    Is Conforto still a must hold in dynasty if you can grab a guy like Frazier or Rosario? I’ve got to make a few moves today and it’s a shuffle between holding him and guys like Nick Williams and Aaron Judge. I haven’t had a chance all year so winning now isn’t a concern.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: I’d trade out Conforto for Frazier for sure.

      • Mike says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Where does Confortos value compare to Williams? Trying to start out next year with mostly active players. Still torn on Aaron Judge I think his value takes a hit with Frazier now aboard.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mike: They have three OF spots. Frazier is going to be a CF.

          I like Williams more than Conforto but if you saw it the opposite way that’s reasonable.

  16. Moscowitz says:
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    Barrett now the closer in Arizona?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Moscowitz: Yes I grabbed Hudson in a few places but it’s Barrett’s job.

  17. Rusty Arms says:
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    If and when Hedges moves on up in San Diego would you swap him out for Gattis. As an overall play would you favor Hedges. His minor league numbers look great. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rusty Arms: Perhaps, worth taking a flier.

  18. JJ says:
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    Would you drop Madson for Barrett ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JJ: I would

  19. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    that 20 team league with defensive stuff and lots of extra pitcher stuff. start 1 of each position with 1 util, minimum 3 out of 4 BN spots to hitters. max 6 SP, 7 RP slots
    . obviously i move joc + forsythe for odor and as many picks as i can throw at it for odor if possible. (i traded away my 1st to get brinson, and you can’t get anything useful in the 2nd round, plus i easily have 25 guys to keep anyway, which is max). that owner hasn’t responded yet (i think he’s out of town, he’s not absentee guy)
    I do have 2 deals in place as is though
    1. my j.upton + V2 for odubel + blackman (clearly i’m waiting till MLB deadline to check if he sticks in COL) + a.bradley + wheeler (have DL room, but probably can’t keep him next year)
    2. my joc for jeffress + barnette RP (TEX)

    only reason to sell joc in that 2nd one of course is if i do #1 and can’t move joc for odor, as i would simply have too many hitters to keep, specifically too many CF’ers, plus with odubel/blackman i’d have fixed any steals problem i though joc should help with. jeffress, whether moved or not, has good value in this league. last year i flipped him for kela (TEX value for me). only worry is whether i’m giving up too much SP value in V2 or rebound HR’s in j.upton
    next year’s roster would look something like this:
    FOR SURE:
    C salvy
    1B gallo (if he’s kept up, either way positions aren’t importantly really, just that i know i keep him)
    2B forsythe
    SS andrus
    3B beltre
    LF blackman
    CF odubel
    RF stanton
    util profar
    BN brinson (i assume is NA), mazara, joc, dahl
    SP archer/darvish/hammel/urias/bradley
    RP giles/diekman/kela
    and 4 out of estevez/romo/tolleson/a.cobb/vogelbach/moss/choo/delino
    vogelbach, in particular seems like somebody i’d be smart to attempt to trade next offseason if he’s starting, maybe even if not. if moving joc sounds right that group goes up to keep 5 with jeffress/barnette added to it. only definite drops appear to be liriano/fielder (remember fielder doesn’t get putouts at 1B, which hurts a lot)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oh yeah, OUR trade deadline isn’t tll august 7th, so i told blackman owner i’m waiting for end of MLB’s monday at least, and would rather talk to odor owner first too of course.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: so the steals increase to blackman/odubel is worth the drop from V2 to bradley and likely HR’s loss if/when upton goes back to pre-2016 upton. man, steals are getting scarce.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: yeah, sounding like frank white there. yuck.

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: getting uppity waiting on odor owner to answer about that. 2nd guessing all sorts of stuff. ugly situation nervous-system-wise.

                  spitting up blood, pissing blood, bleeding over here.

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Waiting is the hardest part.

                    Go to the walk in clinic at your nearest CVS.

                    Good luck, don’t die,
                    Ralph

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: ah dr. lifshitz, with the most optimistic advice of all.

  20. J-FOH says:
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    As a Mejia owner in multiple leagues Im fucking pissed. Lucroy can go eat a dick and choke on it

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Hahaha such an odd choice

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: should I say egglant so the millenials get it ?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @J-FOH: Totally

        • thorbs says:
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          @J-FOH: They’d probably be more concerned if the eggplant dong is gluten-free or not

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @thorbs: If I worked in the food industry I would feed people gluten and bill it as gluten free.

            In the event that someone caught me and I ended up on one of those local news channels expose segments, I would plead ignorance. “I don’t even know what a gluten is but I damn sure ain’t paying for it!” Would be my exact quote.

            I’m glad I don’t have any food allergies, I can eat everything. I’d probably eat anything if you cooked it right. Except for person, I couldn’t eat person…..I think

  21. goodfold2 says:
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    30 team league, i’m guessing you still like rowdy tellez over demeritte. while i was talking to owner of both he was told by another owner that he was about to do a deal for tellez that got back dee gordon, which he renegged on. i should’ve waited till end of that deal it sounds like before doing my melancon + mid 4th for demeritte + late 3rd + mid 5th then. but with these i’m weaker at MI prospects than CI prospects
    a.rondon TB
    p.gonzalez COL
    salcedo ATL
    vs the CI
    b.denton STL
    lavalley CIN
    l.encarnacion PHI
    kubitza TEX
    padlo TB

    now trying to move hellickson and l.martin, both rentals on good contracts. one guy has good prospects i’m sure he won’t move and these:
    dejong CI STL
    duffy CI TEX
    moroff MI PIT
    b.powell OF SEA
    a.abreu SP HOU
    p.avila SP WAS
    r.pinto SP PIT
    r.raudes SP BOS
    balog SP COL
    it’s way more likely i just get a low pick here, just seeing if any of these are liked.

    in another deal, who’d you prefer out of wall COL, l.fox SF? i might be able to move hellickson for one of those.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: I prefer Wall

      Like Abreu and Raudes from list

  22. himom says:
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    Tilson traded to the Sox and will get called up Tuesday. add?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @himom: Depends what the format is. He’s way off my radar in anything 12-16 teams 18+ sure

  23. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Berrios was in my minors spot. Who’s the next impact call up for this year?

    Preferably SP or OF

    H2H weekly points league. Redraft.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chicken Dinner: Margot, Renfroe, Benintendi, Glasnow, Reyes, and Zimmer all possibilities.

  24. J-FOH says:
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    We totally need a cool term for guys like Dzoier, who BTW I added in the nasty a few weeks back. The numbers were too much improved to pass on. Thats some solid prospect atonement by him and Im praying to St. Christopher that he guides him to safe travels to the show.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @J-FOH: He’s a St. Christopher!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Im going to portmanteau atonment and prospect: atonespect

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @J-FOH: Portmanteau away! I like this

  25. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Ralph, I’ve got 2 moves left and keep 11 in a 15 teamer. Who is worth a grab? I’m out of it for this year…

    Frazier
    Margot
    Wait for Gurriel
    Zimmer

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nightpandas: Frazier Zimmer

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: Bump!

        • Nightpandas says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks guys, grabbed Frazier

  26. Jason Morgan says:
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    Points league. Which side?

    Goldschmidt and Votto or Jose Fernandez

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Goldy. Not close even without Votto and the the fact the Fernandez may get shut down.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Goldy and Votto. Even if it’s greatly pitching slanted like my points league

  27. Kyle says:
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    Need trade help

    I would be giving up Lorenzo Cain and Jose Fernandez and would be getting Felix Hernandez and Adam Jones

    Which two do you see finishing the year out better?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kyle: Id take Cain side, we know JoFer might be done early but what you get from him and then stream should be better than Felix

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: We agree twice!!!!! Someone get a cake! Where’s the nearest Carvel! Lol

        Yeah agree with J-FOH this ones easy to me. Felix looks to be going the way of CC

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: *balloons drop, carnival music kicks in, man on stilts appears dressed like uncle sam*

          Ice cream cake!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: I hope it’s the kind with the pound cake bottom!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: always, it soaks up the melting ice cream without turning to mush. Of, course im all about Tres Leches for cake

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @J-FOH: Agree again! Stop it!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: yes, no more cake. Ive had my tri-tip rubbed up and ready for some slow cooking juicy beef yummy

  28. Rusty Arms says:
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    Keeper question. Trade Jansen $19 and Chris Davis (orange crush) $21 for JB jr $4. I’m considering dropping Davis anyway. Bradly is possible keeper for that price. I know you not know my roster so consider in a vacuum. Thanks guys!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rusty Arms: It’s a lot to give up for JBJ, but the salary is huge discount. I don’t love the deal at all, but in the format it could makes sense particularly if you need cap space.

  29. Landisimo3 says:
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    Offer on the table from the 1st place team to me (2nd place)… 12 team roto dynasty

    His : Odubel Herrera, Ellsbury, Tyler Oneill, Steven Wright

    My: Lemahieu, Lucroy, Maitan

    Both of us are loaded … This is a potential game changer …. Torn though

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: I’d do it, you’re not giving up a ton IMO

  30. Mike says:
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    Just wanted to let you know I landed Profar, Vogelbach, Frazier, Edwin Diaz, Margot, Skaggs, in demise of Street, Judge, Tomas, Gausman, N. Williams, and Peraza. I might end up kicking myself for all these moves but right now I feel good.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Already paying off with Diaz

  31. goodfold2 says:
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    ain’t getting no wall or fox for rental hellickson. thinking these are all better than a late 4th rounder or 5th rounder i might get (trying to beat my only other offer of getting a late 4th for hellickson + my mid 5th) straight up for hellickson from the team that used to have wall and has fox.
    a.suarez SP SF
    o.peralta SP BAL
    wes rodgers OF COL
    o’hearn CI KC
    kemmer OF HOU
    j.mccarthy OF TB

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      @goodfold2: ended up getting only a 4th for both of leonys + hellickson, could’ve gotten possibly one of the above on top of that, but with about 7 hours left till our trade deadline the owner with those players didn’t have the cap room to take on hellickson, only did with about 5 hours left when he traded mcgee + pick for c.torres, as his thinking being that torres will now get more holds at MIL than mcgee at COL from smith/jeffress hustled out of town. to make sure i wasn’t left holding the bag i took what i could get.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @goodfold2: I think you did fine there

  32. Gregjeffries says:
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    Thanks for the awesome read King Ralph!

    Any chance Musgrove sticks in the rotation if he starts today? You think he will contribute down the stretch?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Gregjeffries: After last night the answer is yea

  33. JJ says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    Since Gallo just got sent back down, would you drop him for J De Leon? Which one has more value this season?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JJ: Nope, I’m thinking De Leon won’t be up

  34. Zaph Beeble says:
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    I’m out of it this year in my keep-forever league and putting Arenado on the block, but I want a huge haul to move him. One of the contending teams has Mazara, Bregman, and Dahl….too much to demand all three?

  35. Troutmaskreplica says:
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    Any openings remaining?

  36. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    trying to trade one of osuna/thornburg/herrera/casilla/dyson (only got room for 4) for SP. Grey says fulmer then snell for any closer (seems osuna wanted most by opp), and if opp won’t do that try one of the iffier job security ones (herrera/thornburg) for tomlin then paxton.

    1. you agree on fulmer over snell?
    2. worried about either being shut down (h2h redraft league)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Yes Fulmer over Snell, but barely. I’m worried about both being shut down

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: this opp might not be the best trade partner anyway, first he tries to send me cain sugar for osuna (after i said specifcally i’m trading closer for SP), then while refusing my fulmer for osuna sends back
        my rizzo + duffy + osuna
        for
        areanado + fulmer
        when clearly
        rizzo = arenado
        duffy is at LEAST slightly better than fulmer (with the possible shutdown of fulmer)
        thus i’d be throwing in osuna for free. duffy’s K’s are better too. i’ll still try the weaker closer for tomlin or paxton, but i’ll probably have to go to a different owner on this.

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