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Francisco Rodriguez will miss the rest of the season; he needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb that he injured in his sparring match.  Cut me, Mackey Sasser, cut me!  On a not that serious but kinda serious note, besides Nolan Ryan, are all pitchers the wimpiest athletes?  Coach, I have a hangnail, I think you’re gonna have to scratch me.  No, not on my back, I mean from the game. BTW, is there a wimpier word than wimpy?  You know who really sounds like a wimp?  The person using the word wimp.  Seriously, tell me a weaker sentence in the English language than, “You’re such a wimp.”  Wait, I know one, “I hurt myself punching my kids’ grandfather.”  I think the saves will go to Hisanori Takahashi, who notched the save yesterday, Bobby Parnell then Feliciano, in that order.  Maybe now my catchphrase from a few years back that never caught on “Au Bon Japan!” will catch on.  In most leagues, I’d ignore this shituation.  If you really need saves, you know what you need to do.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jon Niese – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Really only has one bad start since June, kinda should be owned everywhere.  Plus, between innings, they showed him jumping rope while filming a workout video.

Matt Lindstrom – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, technically it was a Kazaam, but Lindstrom’s been battling back woes and I have to think they’re still an issue.  Hold Lyon for now.  Rawr!

Nelson Cruz – Landed back on the DL yesterday or as Cruz calls it, Monday.  Will this guarantee the already hot David Murphy continues to get a-bees?  Sí.

Cliff Lee – 7 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Obviously he wasn’t himself because he walked one hitter.

Miguel Tejada – 4-for-5 and 9 for his last 14.  He’s really doing nothing, except hitting for average over the last few days, but there ya go.

Russell Branyan – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in three games.  You know who picked him up for their short schedule lineup?  Yours truly!  Yours Truly, “No, I didn’t.”  No, I meant me.  Yours Truly, “You don’t know how often that happens.”

Adam Jones – 3-for-5 to raise his average to .285.  Wow, when did he start hitting .285?  That was a trick question, I just told you.  Jones is hitting .390 in August.  Unfortunately, he hit 2 homers in July and 2 homers so far in August and one steal in both months combined.

James McDonald – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Like a hot knife through butter!  I might be a damn fool for this, but I like McDonald.  He has 27 Ks in 25 1/3 IP.  In 17 2/3 IP as a Pirate, he’s only thrown 4 BBs while notching 20 Ks.  No, I wouldn’t go crazy with myself over him in a 10 team league, but he could be valuable in deep leagues.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4 with the slam & legs.  Those are delicious, aren’t they?

Ryan Doumit – 0-for-4 as he played right field while Snyder caught.  Don’t think this is the smartest of moves by the Pirates, but it could help with at-bats for both.

Shaun Marcum – 9 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners (1 Hit), 5 Ks.  Another day, another one-hitter.  Ho-hum.  It struck me last night that if you had only owned Romero, Marcum, Cecil, Morrow and Gregg, you’d have a 3.66 ERA with 545 Ks, 41 Wins and 27 saves in 602 IP.  I’m not sure what that means, but it depresses me.

Javier Vazquez – 4 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If he gets hit in his next start vs. the M’s, I’d drop him in most leagues.

Ryan Raburn – Hit his 3rd homer in his last 4 games.  He has 2nd base eligibility; don’t make me keep harping on him.

Jose Valverde – 1 1/3 IP, 1 ER.  Nice that they hold him out for two days with a strained abdominal then throw him for 38 pitches over two innings.  Maybe Leyland planned to take him out, but went for a smoke break.  I’d hold Perry on my bench if I were desperate for saves.

Chad Billingsley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks as he threw his 6th straight quality start, but was once again the tough luck loser.  Not sure why, but I never own dumb luck winners.  While December Grey churns out 2011 rookie and sleeper posts, I might take a pilgrimage to Mecca to try and turn my Win Karma around for next year.

Hong-Chih Kuo – 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  Joe Torre (or was it Paul Sorvino?) got greedy and brought Kuo into the 8th inning for the two inning save, but Kuo got into trouble in the ninth and gave way to…

Octavio Dotel – Who promptly blew the save when Melky creamed him.  This might be an elaborate plot to make Broxton look good.

Jamey Carroll – 2-for-4 with his 3rd steal in his last 4 games.  Jamey had 4 bags, but Frank McCourt took one back, screaming, “No one makes Frank a cuckold!”

Bryce Harper – Signed by the Nats for $9.9 million.  No word on how much of that goes for royalties to The Ultimate Warrior.

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  1. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    “Francisco Rodriguez will _____ the rest of the season” Will do what Grey? “Save the rest of the season?”
    “Force Dickey to teach him to throw a knuckleball the rest of the season?”
    “Start at 2B the rest of the season?”
    The last two might actually be good ideas. Damn you mystery ambiguous vanishing transitive verbs!

  2. tall chicks says:
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    Ryan Rayburn is 29. I wish he was 24 cause then I’d be excited. That said, he seems exciting. Care about him in the last two rounds next year at 2nd?

  3. adam says:
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    I’m gonna make a bold prediction and say Takahashi is a BUY. He’s been solid when used in the pen and qualifies as an SP in most leagues… meaning he’s a plus pickup to sneak in saves esp. when you have limited RP slots. Plus Parnell can’t be counted on in an 8th inning role, let alone 9th, and Manuel is obsessed with using his lefty Feliciano in “favorable” matchups… so it’s safe to say Au Bon Japan will keep his role for the rest of the season.

  4. barker says:
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    20 team league

    have kershaw vs col nolasco @ pit arroyo @ ari all starting tomorrow

    opponent has d hudson vs cin and jaime garcia vs mil going for him

    should i sit arroyo and play it safe his #s are kinda brutal vs the dbacks
    WWGD?

  5. BayFilmsSuck says:
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    so, is Brantley for real?

  6. The Nats are going to have to work some tassel onto Harper’s uni. The eye black might not be enough to ward off the wimpiness of his mother naming him Bryce. Great stuff Grey.
    Picked back up Lindstrom and dropped Lyon after he ruined last week’s match-up for me; only to be violated by Lindy to start this week! Not sure how much more of this I can allow and maintain self-respect. Are Mike G. or Heilman or Takahashi better overall closing options? Thanks!

  7. Matt says:
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    Drop Vazquez for Travis Wood?

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    well here’s to hoping the pads don’t decide to start skipping latos

  9. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: U starting Garza v TEX and Jaime Garcia v MIL 2day?

  10. Mr2Bits says:
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    @tHe sHiT:

    Yes and yes but thats just me

  11. Mike B says:
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    drop De La Rosa for Niese?

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @tHe sHiT: garza, yes. i’m buying into the tex isn’t as good on the road mentality. garcia, no. in fact dropped him for romero last week when someone dropped romero.

  13. Lob Ball says:
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    Heyward seems to have gone a bit haywire.

    Should I just bench him and wait for a turn around? Or should I drop him for one of these available OFs: Raburn, Bradley, or JD Drew?

  14. airlifting says:
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    why the hell do people except steals from adam jones? the dude is huge, doesn’t even look fast, and has 29 career stolen bases in 441 games! why do you tout him as having speed?

    also, on the garrett jones SB watch; still stuck at. really reelin em in!

  15. fredaycouples says:
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    Drop Jason Bay for Anibal Sanchez? I saw the post about Bay yesterday I just need some support for dropping my 6th round pick. Tough to find pitching in my league but Sanchez seems to have had a good last month

  16. big o says:
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    @Lob Ball:

    not bradley

  17. tHe sHiT says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Nice grab on Romero. Im only considering Garcia cuz (without checking his most recent stats) i think he has much better home splits. I dont really need his start, but i get the feeling hell do sumthin like 7IP, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, which isnt bad at all…

  18. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Brain frozen again by suck ass Lindstrom….Considering he’s been any of yawnstipating, terrible or injured this year, is it time to drop him for the latest SAGNOF flavor of the week?
    Currently have Parnell, Lyon, Mike G, Simon and Heilman available.
    Nothing that sticks out to me other than Mike G, but he’s obviously not getting saves yet.
    H2H league, playoff spot sewn up, so looking for a guy that will help in a playoff run, but I’m hunting for the number 1 seed (thanks to advice from Grey and others) so ideally any pickup will help for this week.
    Thoughts?

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Lob Ball: no way i’d drop hiom for one of those craptastics waiver wire pickups. bench him? sure, but his upside is too much compared to those guys to drop him for them.

  20. bobpatrick says:
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    GREY you really gotta stop putting commas before names! They’re breakin’ up my reading flow, yo.

    Example: “Will this guarantee the already hot, David Murphy continues to get a-bees?”

    No comma before “David Murphy!” Thanks.

  21. Should I trade Marcum for Ortiz? I could use another bat and the rest of Marcum’s schedule doesn’t look attractive.
    And thanks for the trade advice. I got Kemp. :)

  22. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey:

    I need some help to get this done. I have Gardener and Rasmus just doing nothing. Also, J. Garcia.

    Got first place locked up. Can I safely drop these bums. I was thinking about shaking it up adding Brantley + Murph as the hitters and maybe messing with Wackarnolds a.k.a. Mcdonald

    Good, bad, indifferent?

  23. @paddytwotimes: I wouldn’t do it. I think if I’m in first I’d be more conservative. And if I was your competitors I’d grab Gardner, Rasmus and Garcia after you dropped them.

  24. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Would you drop Sandoval for Raburn? I do have Cano at 2nd but hes not really do much of anything right now.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Moonlight’s Grahams: Sorry, missed miss.

    @tall chicks: He may not even have a full time job.

    @adam: Ha

    @barker: Sure, Arroyo.

    @BayFilmsSuck: In what way? In a different way than I just wrote about him the last few days?

    @zombie: Go with Mike G.

    @Matt: Nope

    @Junker23: Is that you?

    @tHe sHiT: Agree with Poon.

    @Mike B: Nope

    @Lob Ball: Raburn

    @big o: Ha

    @fredaycouples: Sure

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Go with Mike G.

    @bobpatrick: Oops, fixed.

    @Frank Kim: Sure

    @paddytwotimes: Agree with Frank.

    @Mr2Bits: Nope

  26. @Grey: Does sure mean you definitely like it or it’s okay on both sides? :-) If he doesn’t agree to it, would you do Marcum for Colby Lewis?

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks for the head’s up yesterday…luckily none of my league mates paid any attention to the dominating performance that Scherzer laid down on the Yanks and I was able to snag him this morning.

    Also, looks like Utley might not be returning from the DL today. If this is so, I’d like to pick an available SAGNOF for the next couple of days. Who do you like out of these guys:

    Kuo, Wuertz, Hanrahan, Lyon, Mike G., Thornton, Putz, New Mets Closer?

    Thanks!

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Frank Kim: It’s a fair trade. Depends on needs. I wouldn’t do Marcum for Lewis.

    @Wilsonian: Wuertz

  29. TonyD says:
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    Start Minor vs. Olsen in ATL or….. Buchholz vs. J. Weaver in Boston?

  30. royce! says:
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    At the risk of alerting those in my RCL, Yunesky Maya will be available in ESPN leagues tomorrow (he’s currently on waivers). He pitched 3 hitless innings on the 13th, I believe in rookie league, though.

  31. @Grey: Really, you wouldn’t do Marcum for Lewis? Even with Marcum’s tough schedule in the AL East.

    Also just offered Marcum and Tabata for Bautista. What do you think? And if he doesn’t do that I am thinking of offering Rios for Bautista. Thoughts?

  32. I just noticed Guthrie’s numbers over the last month have been better then bad…there good, like Log.

    Is he worth the Spot start tomorrow vs. the M’s?

  33. Bodymore says:
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    Best 2 of these 3: Alex Gordon, Michael Brantley, Logan Morrison?

  34. Wilsonian says:
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    @Frank Kim: I was just going by what his Yahoo blurb says. My guess is he probably will be activated either today or tomorrow, but I’m not putting him in either way for a few days. I have Weeks at 2B right now, so I’m not hurting for his return.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    Pick three for the day:

    CarGo @ LAD and Kershaw;
    Wright @ Hou and Figueroa;
    Krispie v. Cin and Arroyo; and
    LaRoche v. Cin and Arroyo?

    Thanks.

  36. Dad says:
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    @Grey: If steals is my main concern (but OBP and Total Bases are stats in the league) would you pick up Rajai or Eric Young?? (I’ve got Cano and Beckham for 2B so i’m not too concerned about eligibility)

  37. @Bodymore: Logan, Gordon, Brantley. Logan for R, Gordon for HR, Brantley for SB.

  38. @Wilsonian: CarGo, Wright, Krispie just because they are both speed and power.

  39. @Dad: Hi Dad. If 2B doesn’t matter I’d go with Rajai. It’s not clear what EY’s playing time will be though it looks like it’ll be pretty good. Plus I think Rajai is faster.

  40. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Grey,
    Does the fact that Mike G was put on waivers affect his value right now? Obviously, if he becomes a setup guy, he’s worthless for saves…but what’s the likelihood of that happening in your opinion?

  41. Wilsonian says:
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    @Frank Kim: that’s kind of what I figured. But like you said, I’m OK at 2B, so it’s not like I’ve been playing Brendan Ryan there or anything. I did just lose K-Rod yesterday, so a little SAGNOF action from Wuertz might help out while Utley gets his timing down on my DL for the next couple of days.

    @Frank Kim: that’s the way I was leaning, but LaRoche has been pretty solid lately, and facing a righty, so that was really my only question with CarGo facing a lefty, and a solid one at that in Kershaw.

  42. We’re all on board with dumping Arencibia, right? I was fortunate enough to grab him in time for his 1st game, but the O-fers and benchings since then….it’s painful. Well, as painful as a week’s worth of baseball can be. And I own V-Mart and Wieters anyway.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TonyD: Buchholz

    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Frank Kim: Trade’s in Lewis’ favor, but I wouldn’t trade a SP for an SP, unless it was an obvious win for me. That trade isn’t. If you need power, looks fair.

    @XNadyMen: Yeah, has been decent, I’d start him vs. the M’s.

    @Bodymore: Depends on needs… Gordon, Morrison…

    @Wilsonian: Sit LaRoche.

    @Dad: Davis

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Doubt he gets through waivers.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Lose him. Don’t own 3 catchers.

    @struggler: Thanks for the heads up!

  44. @Grey: Yeah, I know…happened by mistake. Drafted V-Mart, traded for Wieters cheaply during V-Mart’s absence (and a dearth of available catchers on the waiver wire), then grabbed Arencibia for his debut. I guess major league pitchers figured him out somewhere between the 4th and 5th at-bat.

  45. JAW says:
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    @Grey

    Who should I keep with the last spot in my keeper league? Round in paranthesis

    Hellickson (25th)
    Desmond Jennings (25th)
    Beltran (25th)
    Webb (25th)
    JP Arencibia (25th)
    Logan Morrison (25th)
    Pablo Sandoval (mark to market)

    Thanks

  46. Jeff says:
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    Vlad or Dunn for the rest of the year?

    Should I trade a $14 Vlad for a $33 Dunn? (I’m in 2nd. Currently planning on keeping Vlad and would not be able to keep Dunn).

  47. @Grey: Thanks for the explanations. You’re good.

  48. brad says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: or cito was like, i know what to do with a young call up swinging a hot bat. . . SIT HIM!

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: Ha… Yeah… Or Gaston decided they did, at least.

    @Dad: No worries, Dad.

    @JAW: Beltran or Sandoval.

    @Jeff: I’d hold Vlad at that price, but Dunn will be better for the rest of the year.

    @Frank Kim: No problem.

  50. patsox834 says:
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    This is what I said about Andrus towards the end of January (on another site…):

    “Andrus hits a lot of groundballs, and has damn good speed, so he’ll get a decent AVG, especially when you consider that he plays in an insane hitter’s park that helps out the flyballs that he *does* hit. So he’s good for a good AVG, SBs, and runs. RBI and homeruns? Not so sure, but a middle infielder who can steal that many bases, and contribute in two other categories is worth taking a gamble on.”

    Man, I love being right. And I hate my borderline incoherent grammar. Meh.

    And I’m so glad I didn’t draft K-Rod…or Broxton…or any big name closers. The “donkeycorns” have been working out just fine for me so far.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @patsox834: It may have been on another site, but the spirit is Razzball. Now take two laps around the park for going to another site.

  52. patsox834 says:
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    Grey: Ha, I was actually doing a fantasy draft on MLB’s message board. I mention this because that draft is what eventually led me to stumbling across this site somehow.

    …and I’m currently fourth in that league out of fifteen. And to answer the question that nobody asked, here’s the team:

    C: Doumit.
    1B: Berkman (ugh.)
    2B: Stewart.
    3B: A-Rod.
    SS: Rollins.
    OF: The lesser, yet angrier Upton.
    OF: Ethier.
    OF: Granderson.
    UTIL: Luke Scott.
    UTIL: Vlad.
    DL: Geovany Soto.

    SP: Marcum.
    RP: Brian Wilson.
    RP: Valverde.
    RP: Storen.
    P: Gregg.
    P: Thornton.
    P: Jenks.
    P: Buchholz.
    BN: Jonathan Sanchez.
    BN: Beckett.
    BN: Hamels.
    BN: Shields.

    I’m fed up with Berkman, and am strongly considering dropping him for Gaby Sanchez. I’d also like to get rid of some power and more speed, so this line-up will probably look different in a couple days.

  53. Wilsonian says:
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    @Frank Kim: this is very true…it’s an 8 team league, and I’ve actually been sitting Wright lately in favor of LaRoche for my UTIL spot. It’s tough to choose on these teams because they’re so damn stacked that you don’t know which one of your badasses to sit. On a team in a deeper league, no way would I ever sit Wright or CarGo, barring any injury, of course.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @patsox834: Ah.. Gotcha. I wouldn’t drop Berkman for Gaby in a 15 team league. Nice description on Upton.

  55. Sos says:
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    If you acquire any starter for the remainder of this season, who would be the top three targets? Standard 12 team

  56. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Would you trade Mike Minor and an 8th round pick next year for CC Sabathia? I am currently in 2nd place and 1 game back of the lead.

    Here is my current pitching staff

    Matt Garza
    Mike Minor
    Hiroki Kuroda
    Jaime García
    R.A. Dickey
    Edinson Vólquez
    Roy Halladay
    Jon Lester
    Jorge De La Rosa

    Joakim Soria
    Neftali Feliz
    Brad Lidge
    Aaron Heilman

    CC is a first round pick so I probably would not keep him next year as I have Halladay.

  57. peter says:
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    @Sos: The top 3 SP for the rest of the year? Probably some combination of: Wainwright, Halladay, Josh Johnson, Ubaldo, Felix. It would depend on what the owner is willing to part with and what you have to trade.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sos: Wainwright, Halladay, Lee…

    @Mr2Bits: Yup…

  59. Howard says:
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    Hi Grey, In a deep 20 team league UTIL spot: Buck, C. Jackson or Bourjos?

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howard: Bourjos

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  61. @Grey: Yuppers. Traded away Romero and Cecil.

    The Romero deal killed me though – shipped of him, Garza and CarGo for Denard Span and Haren. Seemed like such a good idea at the end of April.

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