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Cameron Frye called up Ned Colletti yesterday.  He said, “Ned.  This is Joc Pederson.  Well, we’ve had a bit of bad luck this morning as you may have heard.  Matt Kemp got injured.”  Ned, “Yeah I heard, and man, I’m all broken up, boy, what a blow.”  “Yeah. Yeah. Well, uh, it’s been a tough morning and we got a lot of business to take care of, so if you wouldn’t mind DL’ing Kemp, I’d appreciate it.”  “Uh, yeah, sure, I’d be happy to, yeah you, uh, you, you, you just produce a corpse, and uh, I’ll DL Kemp, but I wanna see Salvador Perez’s dead grandmother first.”  “Ned?”  So, Matt Kemp did hit the DL, which has led to speculation that this will lead to the arrival of Pederson.  Last night, the Dodgers played Ethier in center, but that’s not a long-term solution.  But, instead of Puig or Pederson, the Dodgers called up…Wait for it… It’s right here… Hold on, I left it in my other pants… Got it!  They called up Tony Gwynn Jr.!  In other words, the Dodgers suck as badly as Matt Kemp.  In other other words, you can grab Pederson in case Gwynn doesn’t pan out, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.  In other other other words, the fly me to the moon record is skipping.  Oh, and let’s not forget I told you six weeks ago to sell Kemp and ranked him very low in the preseason, so you were warned.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

A.J. Ellis – Due to pain in his left side, he could need a DL stint.  Dock Ellis would’ve told him to take two of these and call me when you see the pink elephants.  Ever notice how athletes with the nickname Doc were drug addicts?  I wonder what Dr. J would fiend for.  Shooting the rock?

Juan Francisco – Juan Francisco Is Sitting On The Dock With A DFA.  He left his home in Georgia, they sent Juan Francisco away.  Looks like he’s not worth rostering any more, now that…THAT no ABs are coming his way.

Chris Johnson – 1-for-3.  Hello, Johnson, my old friend.  Sorry, I was in the urinal and started typing what I was singing.  Any hoo!  Now that Juan Francisco is off to Crapsville, I’d grab Johnson — hehe — in all leagues where you need a corner infidel.  He’s a solid, let’s say, Josh Donaldson-type.  Hey, maybe they’re related as they both have overbearing fathers that insist on possessive last names.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Be nice if he started to get hot.  Then I can call him Freddie Mercury.

Evan Gattis – 3-for-4, 3 runs.  Meanwhile, Salvador Perez helped move cars out of the driveway so his uncle could get his car out and go home.

Michael Wacha – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners (zero walks), 6 Ks.  I fell a little in love last night.  Wow, is about all I can say. But I’ll try to say more.  His control was impeccable.  I’m kinda surprised his minor league walk rate this year was even a 2.56.  He looks much closer to a very low 2, high 1.  He was spotting balls on the corner and just nipping the bottom of the zone.  If you get a chance, watch his start in one of those 5-minute, sped-up highlight clip packages.  Even the two (!) hits he gave up were barely hit.  Wacha Flocka Flame, indeed.   Now I’m glad Rutledge was sent down.  I got room on my Trapper Keeper for a new name!

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 6 ER.   A knuckler from a guy named Dickey is perfect, so him and his 5.18 ERA can go f**k themselves.  Or as his owners like to say, “R.A. Dickey?  Yes, you are!”  Honestly, I’m completely perplexed about what to expect from Dickey, but that was why I told you not to draft him.  No one has any idea what he’s going to do, not even him.  Even worse, you have no idea when to start him.  Just because he threw a 6 IP, 6 ER game last night, it has no bearing on what he’ll do next time out.

Eric Chavez – Diagnosed with a strained oblique.  You think he’s the all-mighty Hugo Chavez, and he sneezes too hard and he’s back to Yugo Chavez.

Brandon McCarthy – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER vs. the Rangers.  A McCarthy hasn’t look that bad in Dallas since the Warren Commission.

Paul Goldschmidt – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Au Shizz!

David Murphy – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer in the last ten games.  He’s not going to be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell because he’s here now.  Act like you know, MC Lyte!

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, batting .286.  On the fo’relly, look at your Konerko, Howard, Tex, Berkman or whoever is on the casino bus on your team, then look at Moreland’s stats.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal.  Savor everything you get from Cruz now, because at some point he will have a day-to-day hammy issue that will last for 6 weeks.

Jurickson Profar – 3-for-4, 1 run, batting .370.  Forget that Leury Whateveralez shouldn’t play in front of Profar.  Andrus shouldn’t either!

Trevor Plouffe – To the DL with a calf strain right after coming back from the 7-day concussion DL.  A calf strain?  Riiiiight.  Why don’t they just make the concussion DL 15 days long and stop with the nonsense?

Jon Niese – Was scratched due to shoulder soreness and is probably headed to the DL, which would force him to miss his upcoming two starts vs. the Marlins.  Niese just doesn’t want you to like him.  Shouldn’t have had his nose done, would’ve been easier for him to play the heavy.

Giancarlo Stanton – He went from functional running (which is going to the john and whatnot) to light running (which is when you try to run but really slowly) to stopping his rehab program due to sore knees.  If MLB just allowed one player per team to use a Segway — as I’ve suggested numerous times! — this wouldn’t be an issue.  Hopefully, Stanton should be back on his would-look good-shaven legs in no time.

Jacob Turner – Will come up to start on Friday for the Marlins.  Our prospect writer, Scott, wrote about Turner, “His stuff isn’t overwhelming, but he mixes four pitches well and displays advanced command.  If, for instance, Grey was in a dunk tank, Turner could hit the bull’s eye and Grey would emerge from the water with a wet t-shirt and rock hard nipples.”  Wow, I didn’t remember that last part at all.  As with most guys that possess control but not elite stuff, Turner’s upside is limited.  Marlins also limit his win potential.  Obviously, he’s a must own in NL-Only leagues, but I’d wait and see in mixed leagues.

Chris Archer – Will start vs. the Indians on Saturday, but there’s nothing confirmed beyond that.  The Indians are one of the top offenses in the major leagues, so it’ll be a nice test for Archer, but not on my team.  One thing the Rays are not lacking is young front-line starters.  Archer is yet another one.  He can throw 97 MPH with ease.  His command is wonky at times, so don’t ask Archer to knock an apple off your head.  Whether or not you pick him up will come down to how comfortably you’re sitting after Odorizzi.  Saturday’s start will be either 8 IP, 2 ER and 10 Ks or 5 IP, 6 ER and 7 Ks.

Alexander Colome – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I don’t know why there’s so much hype about Archer and Jake Odorizzi compared to Colome.  I watched the entire Colome start and he looked a ton better than Odorizzi (I haven’t seen Archer yet).  As Rhett Miller would say, Colome, uncross your heart.  Yes, it was the Marlins, but it was the same Marlins that wafted Odorizzi’s stank into your face.  I came away far more impressed with Colome.  He effortlessly throws 96 MPH with movement.  This wasn’t just weak hitters.  This was a lights out starter.  Not lights out with a starter motor, Hitter-Tron, stop humping my car!

Matt Joyce – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and the slam (9) and legs (4).  I don’t know what else to say for you to pick him up, but I’m still getting questions about him.  Here’s the best of what I have left:  he’s on pace for 27/12/.260.  That’s Nelson Cruz, and Joyce’s been better than Jay Bruce.

Dillon Gee – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks.  The train’s already left the station, you can’t stop the locomotive that is Wheeler!  Bee tee dubya, this is Dillon Gee.  Okay, now turn your computer upside down, and this is Dillon Gee.

Marlon Byrd – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot bats come in all different shapes and flocks.

Vidal Nuno – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA is at 2.25.  Yeah, he’s looked good in his first few starts, but that girl who keyed “Tiny D*ck” on your Camaro seemed normal at first too.

Barry Zito – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. A.J. Griffin – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Baked Zito vs. Alfredo Jettuccine is a battle as old as sauce vs. gravy.

Hunter Pence – 2-for-3, 1 run.  He hit his 9th homer on Wednesday, so you know what he did yesterday?  Stole his 9th base.  He then washed his hands 9 times and tapped the doorknob 9 times before leaving the bathroom.

Coco Crisp – 3-for-5 and his 11th steal.  Considering he’s already missed time due to an injury, he’s having a solid season (5 HRs, .284, 11 steals).  His rest of the season projections on his player page and our rest of the season Player Rater is a lot more bearish than I’d be with him, but I’m guessing it’s considering he will get hurt again.  Oh, well, I guess the rest of the season Player Rater does know the future and all.  ROS Player Rater, “I knew you’d say that.”  Creepy!

Homer Bailey – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Ugh, does he have to have at least one of these kind of start every few months?  Not only are you hurting our fantasy teams, but now I have to answer two dozen Jarrod Parker or Homer Bailey questions.  Be a soldier, Bailey!

Scott Kazmir – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s been really solid, huh?  Well, he has a 5.13 ERA, so you ain’t paying attention, son.  No relation to Josh Donaldson.

Dan Haren – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks to lower his ERA to 5.09.  Wasn’t that Jenny’s area code?

Josh Hamilton – Out again with back spasms.  My mom’s a chiropractor and the one thing she always stresses is don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket.  This is even more important when you’re carrying around $123 million.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3-for-4, 1 run and 5 steals.  Not a typo.  He broke the Red Sox record of four steals that was held by Jerry Remy.  RemDawg still holds the record for cracking himself up 84 times in one game.

David Ortiz – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 9th homer.   Ortiz played 1st in an NL park, which was unexpected, so I’ll say it for you…sonavabench!

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI with 3 steals.  Geez, how many games did Michael McKenry catch yesterday?

Jake Peavy – 4 IP, 6 ER as he was pitchslapped by Travis Wood for a grand slam.  Ugh, that’s like walking in on your mother sleeping with your brother.

Luis Valbuena – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 6th homer.  In part-time duty, he’s been better than Mostsuckass.  When I see Moustakas out of baseball in three years at his landscaping job, I’m going to empty one of his leaf bags.

Travis Wood – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, 2.75 ERA on the year.  He would’ve been a better draft pick than Yovani.  *calls Kimbo Slice ‘Jimbo’ so he punches me in the head*

Jeff Locke – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA is at 2.25.  I’ve been rockin’ Locke in (I’m a poet and I’m aware of it!) for about 4 starts.  Haven’t even thought about it.  Just put him in my lineup and left him there.  Pop and Locke, baby, pop and Locke.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Look at Fister with the punch-outs!  How appropriate.

Kyle Lohse – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  This comes after he had elbow soreness.  Can you say Disgraceful List?  If you can’t, how about Disgracefulo Listo?  Oh, well, all I know is English and Spanish.

Chris Parmelee – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last 4 games.  Parmelee’s pretty mediocre, and doesn’t take kindly to being called Chicken Parmelee.  Who needs that?

Brian Dozier – 1-for-4, 2 runs and a slam and legs.  Dozier is French for “put fantasy owners to sleep.”

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The only thing worse than a pitchslap is getting HR’d on by Brendan Ryan in Petco.  It’s the difference between beginner’s luck and incompetence struck.

Endy Chavez – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  The odds of a homer to Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez in the same game at Petco are like one in a million.  Don’t even think about Chavez.  For fantasy, he’s a dead Endy.

Nick Franklin – 2-for-4 with two solo homers.  Wait a second, for Franklin’s home run call, I have to roll a cigarette pack up in my white t-shirt.  Okay, I’m ready… Bombie Franklin!  Yeah, I’d grab him in all leagues.  Yes, immediately.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.   You can go back to Moreland’s blurb and look at all of those guys riding the casino bus.  Kendrys has been better than them too.  Shoot, when I sent you back up to Moreland’s blurb, I forgot to tell you to come back here after.  Damn, we might have lost a few of you.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks in Petco.  Oh, shizz, I feel a freestyle coming on…. *beat boxes for a moment*  Runs were hard to come by, scrapes, the Padres were mixed up, drapes.  As soon as F-Her took the mound, no means to an ends.  Chandeliers?  Put a lamp shade on Kyle Blanks head, now you need curtains.

J.D. Martinez – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  He’s been smoking hot recently, but that might be the Coors factor.  Even while being hot, he still has only 2 homers and zero steals in the last ten games.  It’s a’ight.  Give him a roll if you’re desperate.

Matt Dominguez – 1-for-4 with a homer.  Sonavadrop!  Damn, I picked him up for yesterday’s Rockies game, but dropped him before this one.  Oh, well, I did have Nick Franklin.  Natch, amigos!  Or natchos, if you enjoy portmanteaus.

Hideki Matsui – The Yanks will sign him for one day so he can retire as a Yankee.  The Yanks were happy to grant him a one day contract, but they drew the line when he asked for Ichiro to dress as Mothra.

403 Responses

  1. Longbeachyo says:
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    Pucker up buttercup!

  2. Frank Kim says:
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    Thank you for recommending picking up Colome in yesterday’s column. I didn’t even know about him but he saved my night which was almost completely ruined by Dickey. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank Kim: No problem, started him myself…

  3. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    Hitter Tron ” Once you go Buick you never go back”

  4. Matthew says:
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    Hahahahah.

    I skipped right to Hunter Pence’ analysis, why? Cause I knew you were gonna OCD reference him. Haha. Yes, I own him in one of my leagues am if he keeps it up, screw selling him. He’s been amazing.

    Anyhow,

    I mentioned to you that I was offered

    Kershaw Cain and Markakis

    For my

    Harvey Ryan Zimmerman and Choo, you said with my team you like lerhsaw

    BUT, I didn’t accept right away, went to work, checked my league, and he actually accepted my original offer which is kind of what I was waiting for, do you like this better? Would love your opinion

    My Harvey and Zimmerman

    For

    Kershaw and Cain

    I don’t need to get rid of Choo

    My team
    S Perez
    Goldschmidt
    Lowrie
    Zimmerman
    Andrus
    McCutchen
    J Upton
    Choo
    Machado
    Gardner
    Didi

    Medlen
    Peavy
    Harvey
    Jose Fernandez
    Bungarner
    Wheeler
    Ogundo
    Perkins
    Henderson
    Mujica
    Parnell
    Bailey

    • danny says:
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      @Matthew: I’m loving owning Pence too. He can’t keep this up, can he? Sure is fun seeing him try!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew: Trade sounds solid…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Juan Lleno de Odio: Weren’t you a part of that comment thread where him and George Brett and other 80′s starts were lounging around in their gotchies? Oh, it’s so bad, I can’t stop thinking about…

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Grey: yes, yes I was, and then referenced the sexyness of Ricky’s thighs again…..and now again. I call them midnight perfection….Ricky calls them Ricky’s steal machines

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… You ever read his Empire State Building quote? Pretty brilliant…

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Grey: no, what or where is that?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t want to remember it… Please…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: 2 weeks later and you still can’t stop thinking about it… you should try to put it all behind you. Maybe a new license plate: “A Nu Start”

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Carnac: I forgot, this is all your fault

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!… You ruined me like I’m in Oz and you’re my cellmate…

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Grey: ignore the man behind the turban

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: “Because anything can happen when two people share a cell, ‘cos.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re scaring me!

  5. charles says:
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    Drop, Dunn and/or lance

    For kendry and/or Moreland?

  6. Fister Furbush says:
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    I am standing at a crossroads with Stanton on one side and Shelby Miller on the other…
    I got offered MIller for Stanton and this is how my team looks as of now:

    Weiters
    Encarnacion
    Altuve
    Beltre
    Tulo
    OUTFIELD—Cargo Looks alright even with Stanton eh?
    Bruce
    Gordon
    -K.Morales

    Bench—
    STANTON
    Aoki

    Cole Hamels
    Gio Gonzalez
    Patrick Corbin
    Johnny Cueto
    Yovani Gallardo
    Jake Peavy
    Michael Wacha

    RP— Miller would help out my RP spot
    Frieri
    Parnell

    By the looks of it, is it worth it for me to trade Stanton who could come back healthy at the all star break and put up 20 home runs…for Shelby Miller who will be an all star, has RP eligibility and could end up with numbers similar to someone like Iwakuma?

    Thanks input Grey

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Fister Furbush:

      I own Miller but i am pretty sure no one would give me a Stanton for him. You shouldnt do it either. Miller while a great young arm is due to regress and the regression is already taking place. Do not expect unhuman things from this young fella’. So no, i wouldnt trade Stanton for Miller.

  7. Piranhaman says:
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    hi Grey,

    Evan Gattis reports are always ending with Sal Perez.

    Gattis is much better fantasy option, right? so i hope you just focus on him, not Perez. hehe

    great job, Grey!

  8. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    didn’t you tell me in the pre-season that Dominguez would never be roster worthy this year and I argued otherwise?

    Oh, I forget to mention in the comments that the Sox said Papi was going to start yesterday….preemptive payback….do you even own him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Juan Lleno de Odio: I don’t own Papi, but I figured others do own him who read and thought he’d be benched… Dominguez was rosterable for two days in Coors, ha…

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Grey: he would of given you twice as many HR’s, twice as many RBI’s and 8 more runs than Mostsuckass….cust kayin’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s true… *sighs* Mostsuckass!

  9. Mark says:
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    You know one year I wanted to learn to skate

  10. Coitus Granderson says:
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    Which two of these muvs would you drop? McCarthy, Ubaldo, Lohse, Morrow, Phelps, Lackey, Lincecum

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Juan Lleno de Odio: we don’t know how thin this guy’s waiver is though, could be a 20 team league. i’d think the worst 2 would be Morrow and either Lincecum or Lohse.

  11. deebo says:
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    Morning Grey!
    Best all around replacement for Kemp for now? Pick one..
    Viciedo
    Eithier
    De Aza
    Duda
    Joyce
    David Murphy

    I have Ad Jones and Marte. 9×8..12 team
    Thanks dude. Have a good weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @deebo: Joyce… You too!

  12. The Flayed Man says:
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    Great article…again.

    In a 12 team dynasty roto:

    My Gyorko/Archer for his Medlen? I have Altuve and Profar at 2B and Machado and Sandoval for 3B.

    Thanks.

  13. Allan says:
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    Grey, nice write up. In a standard espn points league Ive got arenado in my utility slot. Should I drop him for y. alonso, lind, franklin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allan: Thanks! Franklin

  14. Bringdaruckus says:
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    So do I keep Profar or pickup Franklin for my MI spot? I planned on dropping Profar until Kinsler had a setback.

  15. Rixo says:
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    Coin flip says franklin over gyorko?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Rixo: gyorko

  16. bossmanjunior says:
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    A) Who am I streaming: Straily vCHW, Quintana @OAK, Leak PIT
    SON like Straily the best with Leake a close second

    B) who am I sitting:

    Choo @W. Rodriguez (Wandy has been worse versus lhh)
    Frazier @W. Rodriguez (4-17 1HR 1K)
    Willingham v. Iwakuma (0-5)

    C)

    D) Did I waste my number 1 waiver priority pick on Rollins? Hold Rollins or drop for Lowrie, Peralta, Alexi, or Gregorious?

    Thanks!

  17. kel says:
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    Hi Grey,
    last weekend, one manager in my 10 team Roto league offered C.Kimbrel for my P.goldschmidt; I refused the trade cuz PG is my only 1B and there’s really no good 1B left on the wire (the best is ….Adam Lind …). Today, the same manager offered me Ryan Howard + C.Kimbrel for my Paul Goldschmidt. If I accept the trade, Ryan Hbcould be a sub for PG… Though Howard is really not the same Howard 2 years ago…any suggestion to the trade? Would you do it if you were me?

    Thank you. gray!

    • Sticky says:
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      @kel: I would definitely hold onto goldy, he’s one of the top first baseman in the game. Howard and Kimbrel are not even close to fair value for goldy

      • Fried Fish Fan says:
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        @Sticky: hold the gold

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Who is a better 3B option ROS:
    Johnson
    Arenado
    Freese
    Chavez
    Middlebrooks

    • CJ says:
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      @Mr. Rickey:

      I like Arenado the rest of the way. His ratios are superb, it’s just his unsustainably low BABIP that’s got him down despite solid LD rates. Also I think his situation warrants optimism- Weiss has shown the willingness to bat him 2nd on occasion, so if some of his hits start dropping and he’s moved there permanently the upside is way higher.

  19. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Incompetence struck … I love that Who song! What an awesome riff to have stuck in my head all day, especially on a Friday! Thanks G!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: No problem, that line was Rudy…

  20. One Man Crusade says:
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    Parker or Bailey? Kidding. Do you like Profar or A. Cabrera as MI option while Profar is up?

  21. jason batteiger says:
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    damn cardinals game that ended only like 3 or less hours ago if fucking up yahoo’s waiver period. It appears yahoo needs a certain amount of time between the end of the previous day’s games and when waiver period ends for the next day. It can vary anywhere from like 3 central all the way to at least 5:43 central.

    • danny says:
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      @jason batteiger: I was wondering what was going on…I’m still waiting for waivers to clear on a guy

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @danny: that same peaceful rain that was splattering on my windows has KEPT ME UP TILL 7:20 waiting to grab Liriano. Anyway, waiver pickers go crazy, yahoo’s finally ready. just more than 2 hours later than normal.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i’m in st. louis (central time); this same place where the cardinals game was kept from finishing until like 2:30 am here from the rain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jason batteiger: Is that what happened? I couldn’t believe they actually finished the game…

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: yep, something to do with the way the royals took the lead wouldn’t have counted unless they finished it, or some such antiquated-rule voodoo.

  22. Freakshow says:
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    If you happen to be looking to add Nick Franklin this morning on Yahoo, you’ll need to search for Edmundo Franklin. It seems a Yahoo employee has gone rogue and decided to have a bit of mild fun with names. Seriously.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Freakshow: yeah, the stats are right though, this is pretty f’ed up.

      • ChiliCheeseConey says:
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        @goodfold2: I tried to screen shot it and put it on here, but not possible. Pretty hilarious. I did google “Edmundo Franklin” just to make sure Nick Franklin didn’t pull a Giancarlo.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @ChiliCheeseConey: that’d be funny as hell, have your first good day of hitting and just latinize your name.

          • supra says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I have an open trade for a few guys including Franklin. I almost shit, when I saw it still open and for Edmundo. Dubya Tee Eff??

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: he thinks it will allow him to get away with a free swinging approach

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Freakshow: I saw the same thing this morning, after I put a waiver request in for him last night.

  23. Benny says:
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    Which guy would you rather have long-term in a dynasty league – Wacha or J. Hernandez?

    Also, do you expect Archer to turn into a front line starter and do you think there’s any chance he sticks inthe rotation through the summer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny: Wacha… Not likely to stick this year

  24. Comatose says:
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    I almost benched Ortiz last night but then I remembered the old Razzball saying, “SAGNOF!”

      • I hate Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Ortiz has been pretty stealthy on the base paths lately.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Truth

  25. BSW says:
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    Sit Ryu at Coors tomorrow?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @BSW: i would but i threw my back out last night humping yr ….. No seriously i’m playing him in 10 teamer but only due to me being up like 3 era runs and needing to win K’s.

  26. Andrew Connolly says:
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    Should I grab Matsui in a daily league?

    It’s a 7×7 league and one of the stats is retirements.

    • BSW says:
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      @Andrew Connolly:
      If you’re short in retirements I could see dropping Barry Bonds for Matsui in some leagues.

  27. Hai Karate Colome – do you think that the bay of pigs will keep him in the rotation when Price returns – Be careful how you use him

  28. The Thumb says:
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    Are Yahoo’s servers down? Last night stat tracker said I moved up 4 points yet I’m in the same spot I was before yesterday’s game.

    Also i know this was said above but nick franklin’s name is Edmundo.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @The Thumb: cardinals game’s late finished delayed by at least 2 hours normal yahoo previous day stat finalization. see earlier whines.

  29. Lou Gee says:
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    I suggest that everyone sign up for Bleacher Report Team Stream App. I was notified that Ortiz would be playing 1B around 1pm eastern time yesterday.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Lou Gee: That’s a good call. I have that app too. Pretty handy. You can use the Score Center App too to check on tweets for certain games and you’ll get a heads up for lineups for that day 3-4 hours in advance.

      • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: I also signed up for baseballpress.com, they have a great lineup feature!

  30. Matt Damon says:
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    Drop Frazier for Chris’s Johnson?

  31. Jangles says:
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    Drop Soriano for Murphy? Which pitcher to drop, Morrow or Niese? Thanks and have a great weekend Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jangles: Sure…Niese… You too!

  32. papasmurf says:
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    Stanton’s knees are really worrisome. He didn’t even play how could his knees be sore? If it’s a chronic situation it’s a time bomb waitng to explode. He might as well have surgery to fix whatever the prob is. He is only like 24 isn’t he?? Maybe he is gonna end up with one of those careers…

    Three of my five keepers: Stanton Lawrie BJ Upton. Jaysus. Can’t have a much worse group than that. Goldy is the only thing keeping my team from being last.

    My team is awful but at least I will get Wacha. Top waiver spot yay.

    Coming into the year my offense was supposed to be ok and pitching worrisome. It’s been the total opposite.

  33. MattH says:
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    Hey, Grey. I watched Wacha last night and was equally impressed. The cards announcers were tripping over themselves all night. I thought Rosenthal would’ve been a nice play instead of Boggs, but whatever.

    Is Uribe or Punto a play today in Coors today? Not many options at 3b with Chavez injured.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: Didn’t have the sound on, but I’m sure they were…. Uribe

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whats it called when you forget to put a starter in your lineup and he goes out and stinks up the joint. Lucky strike or something like that? Thats what happened to me with Dickey, seriously he sucks, can we actually consider dropping him?

    Matt Kemp has to be my most hated player right now, been killed by him in numerous past H2H seasons… and now I draft him and he goes and kills me again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I wouldn’t drop Dickey, I’d trade him for a small piece if nothing else… I’m sure someone must think there’s a chance for a rebound…

  35. Scottie O. says:
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    Great read as always. Got a couple questions;

    1. Did Nick Franklin pull a “Mike-Giancarlo” or did yahoo mess up and list him as “Edmundo Franklin”???
    2. How deep a league would it take for you to hold onto Gausman? I’m in a fairly deep bench, 12-team league & debating his worth on my team.

    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O.: 1. Someone mentioned above 2. 15 team

  36. Greg says:
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    Anyone else notice that Yahoo! has Nick Franklin suddenly changed to “Edmundo Franklin”??? Seriously, go check it out. Same stats, same news articles. Is it his real name or something?

    • Greg says:
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      @Greg:

      Yeah, ummm, I’ll read the rest of the morning’s comments before I post from now on.

  37. nycs10011 says:
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    Shaun Marcum @ MIA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve B: That’s what I meant, I know…

  38. Jeff says:
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    Who’s the better pick up in a keeper league, Brandon Belt or Leonys Martin?

    My 1B – Trumbo, LaRoche
    My OF – Harper, J-Upton, Holliday, Hamilton, Fowler, Aoki

    In a limited add/drop league and can only add one. While stats this year would be nice, looking at a player I could potentially keep.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Belt by a good amount

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Jeff: hold for something better to come along

  39. Moth says:
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    Better option ROS: Masterson or Corbin? Is it close?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Moth: Corbin, if it’s close I always go NL, and NL west is just a bonus on top of that

  40. Lob Ball says:
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    Please pick two for deep roto league. Position not important.

    Reddick
    Viciedo
    Arenado
    Franklin

    have a great weekend.

    • Lob Ball says:
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      Oh. and add David Murphy to the list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lob Ball: Thanks, you too! Franklin, Murphy

  41. Can’t decide the best thing that happened to my team last night:

    - Nick Franklin donging twice?
    - Nick Franklin pulling a Stanton and suddenly becoming Edmundo?
    - WACHA WACHA WACHA (Fozzie)
    - Evan Freaking Gattis slipping through waivers and into my clutches. I mean, he doesn’t start every day, but he’s C/OF eligible, and when he plays, he rakes.
    ***Question here: Will the Braves be forced to play him every day or will they deal him? I know this question has been asked forever, but it still hasn’t been answered by the real-life team.

    If R.A. wasn’t such a Dickey, and I hadn’t been consumed by McCarthy, it would have been a perfect fantasy baseball night.

    Thanks for the tips on Franklin, Walker and Wacha, my man.

      • @Grey:

        You think Braves play Gattis more or trade him? Or just keep their best hitter – statistically, he is better than Upton – on the bench?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re not gonna trade him… Prolly try to play him as much as they can…

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Grey: BJ can be the bat boy, he couldn’t screw that up?

  42. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Offered my Choo for his Sale. Pull the trigger?

    Could definitely use pitching, but my OF aint great either. AGON, Crawford, Choo with Leonys Martin, Wil Myers, and Adam Eaton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoshO: I’d want Choo

  43. Birdog says:
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    I’m sorry, Ed, did you say you wanted to see a body?

    Sart Hanson today at home against Houston?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdog: Ha… I’d only start Hanson there and Miami

  44. bb says:
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    trade doug fister for wacha and heath bell in a k/bb league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bb: Fister side

  45. scott says:
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    Uncomftorably close in Era and WHIP. Start Gallardo vs Phillies or let him ride the bench and cut him loose if he lasts a whopping 4 innings again?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @scott: everyone YoGa hating lately. He started off 3-1 been going thru a tough stretch and will heat up during the summer. I would bench tonight on road vs Hamels but I wouldn’t cut him loose. Although he is 3-0 vs sub 2 era in career vs PHI…

  46. Birdog says:
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    Stream Leake tomorrow at Pit?

  47. scott says:
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    Also. Drop Sal Perez for Castro??

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @MattH: kinda like doing @scott: if yr in head to head league and need at bats for rest of week find somebody to drop short term for castro.

  48. Anne Veal says:
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    Logical SP trade targets for selling high on Burnett?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Anne Veal: enjoy that you have him and run with it, unless you find a Pirates fan or an owner desperate for K’s, you most likely won’t get a reasonable return value for him. How savy are the guys you play with?

  49. Steve D. says:
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    Salvador Perez or Jason Castro ROS in a 5×5, 10 team redraft? Have them both, but one needs to go.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Steve D.: Two “Sal Perez or Castro” questions in three comments. I thought I’ve seen it all. Happy Friday!

  50. Byron from Austin says:
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    awwwww, grey, i thought you’d save “pop (i)n locke” for when he gets hurt. now what?????

  51. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Drop hardy for Franklin?

  52. Jacob says:
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    My Mike Minor and Jedd Gyorko for his Chris Sale, Carl Crawford, and Martin Prado

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: does this still sound good even without prado, maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take questions to my newest post

  53. Kyle Kendrick Lamar says:
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    Alosno ,Franklin, Alvarez, Chris Johnson, Jason Castro, Ozuna or Brantley?

    Worth dropping B. Mccarthy for Wacha?

  54. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I picked up whom I thought was Nick Franklin last night. I woke up this morning and some guy named Edmundo Franklin is on my team, with Nick Franklin’s stats. WTF Yahoo???

    I’m assuming you like Wacha over Gausman rest of season??? I’ll have to check out the highlights from that game. Sounds impressive.

  55. Rodney says:
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    Keeper league. Machado or Adam Jones?

    • Silas Whiner says:
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      Manny!!!! No question???

      • Rodney says:
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        @Silas Whiner: Isn’t the point to win now? Doesn’t Adam Jones guarantee me 4-5 years of elite OF play? I have Headley now as well. I don’t see Manny’s peak being better than Adam Jones’ play today and Jones will certainly outpeform Macahdo THIS year while keeping up with him the next few years.

      • Rodney says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. You da man.

  56. CL says:
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    Locke, over Liriano or Cashner?

    Would you dump Mike Olt in a dynasty league if you had Votto at 1B and Longoria / Sandoval at 3B? I’d liek to maybe pick up Colome?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Cashner… Pick Colome, lose Olt

  57. Banders says:
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    Trade offer:

    Big Papi, Shin-Soo Choo and David Price

    for

    Joey Votto, Kris Medlen

    Who wins?

  58. Wake Up says:
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    Penny…..Penny…..Penny… it’s Pence.

    Penny…..Penny…..Penny… Pence!

    Penny…..Penny…..Penny… PENCE!

    • Aero says:
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      @Wake Up: Haha, I was thinking the same thing when I read that!

  59. Rodney says:
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    Keeper league. Headley or Shelby Miller?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Rodney: Miller

    • Silas Whiner says:
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      Miller!, def all the way man. Im in love with the Cards Pitching program. Shelby may drop a few crappolas more this season but all and all hes def a great SP for many years to come. Im betting down the stretch and into the playoffs with Wacha and Miller the Red Louies eat up the NL competition with maybe an exception of Pittsburgh, Im afraid of their bats.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Rodney:

      I think Miller might have a ceiling that is more like a 2 than a 1. Not sure about Miller or Headley but it’s not like you’re keeping the next Verlander/King Felix/Kershaw in Miller.

      • Rodney says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Thanks. I traded Machado for Adam Jones and Miller for Headley. Want to win now and can’t without those acquisitions. I have enough young studs like J-Up, Goldschmidt, Heyward, etc. My pitching is STACKED too.

  60. Silas Whiner says:
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    any love for my man Chris Archer??? Outlook

  61. Aero says:
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    Somebody just dropped Cole Hamels and I feel compelled to pick him up, but uh, who to drop? Advice from anyone appreciated. This would be a much easier decision had my opponent been courteous enough to wait until next week when Franklin gets 2b eligibility…

    C Jason Castro
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Emilio Bonafacio
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Nick Franklin
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Chris Davis
    OF Carlos Gomez
    UTIL David Ortiz

    Bench Mark Trumbo
    Bench Starling Marte
    Bench Jason Heyward
    Bench Alexi Ramirez
    DL Ian Kinsler* DL15
    DL Jose Reyes* DL60

    PITCHERS
    SP Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Mat Latos, Matt Garza, R.A. Dickey
    RP Rafael Soriano, Addison Reed, Tom Wilhelmsen

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Aero: Miggy. Or Dickey.

      • Aero says:
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        @Evil Grey: Yeah, good call on Miggy! ;-) I was leaning Dickey, actually, but thought it may be worth using a lifeline on that one.

        • Evil Grey says:
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          @Aero: Yeah it’s def Dickey

    • CJ says:
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      @Aero:

      Drop Bonifacio and wait a week on the 2B. Have an open slot. If you’re playing categories, you’re losing steals next week anyway, and if you’re points, the 13 he *might* earn you isn’t worth it. See if your opponent next week is strong or week, check your place in the standings, and if they’re favorable it makes even more sense I think.

  62. scott says:
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    I’d only like to have 3 closers. Which would you kick
    C. Janssen
    Balfour
    A. Bailey
    Holland

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @scott: Holland

  63. Randy BoBandy says:
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    The Blue Jays have the 2nd worst team ERA in the majors. Even the AAA Marlins are better.

    Their best starter ERA wise is Happ at 4.91 – avoid Jays pitchers like the plague.

    And why did all my starters collectively suck this week? I’m starting Greinke @Colorado tomorrow, brave or stupid? (I’m losing most pitching categories as it stands)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: Stupidly brave? Nah, hopefully he works out, I have him too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Finally!

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Sky: I wonder how they plan on doing hands free nachos?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Science!

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Sky: the patented anti gravity cheese sauce

  64. Shane says:
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    For util spot pick 2 ROS OBP – hosmer, Konerko, Belt, Lowrie, Hart?

      • Shane says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Do you have any renewed intrigue with Hosmer with the switch to George Brett as hitting coach? Trying to find any reason to keep him. It’s not easy haha.

  65. JDW says:
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    St. Louis fans are often regarded as among the best fans in baseball. I agree with the assessment – smart, cool, not obnoxious…

    But last night they were OUT FOR BLOOD! The boos that rained down on Boggs and Matheny when Boggs gave up the homer to Frenchy and then the walk to Gordon were lusty!!!

    I think there would have been murders in other towns. Joint was seething like I’ve never seen from Cards fans. To make matters worse – the time it took for Boggs to suck and for Matheny to get a second bullpen arm in allowed for the rain to arrive. So Matheny didn’t just blow the win for Wacha’s first start. By his diddling around both teams had to sit around and watch it rain for FIVE FREAKIN’ HOURS only to LOSE!! Next time you hear someone say “a manager can only do so much”, remind them of just how much a manager can blow donkey crank.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: I can’t believe Boggs is back already to cause more havoc…

  66. Would you give up Zobrist to get Hamels in return? What do you guys think about Hamels turning it around? I know the Phillies OF defense sucks but is he ok?

  67. Jeff says:
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    Span is not getting it done for me.

    In a 12-team OBP league with walks and Ks.

    Who’s the steals guy or two on the waiver wire I should be looking at? I don’t think I can stomach Ben Revere or Juan Pierre’s.270ish OBPs.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Can’t see your waiver wire.

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Jeff: Revere has been slowly picking it up, might be worth a shot, will get you more bags than Span, but Span should get you more runs

  68. Evil Grey says:
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    Heyward/Cobb or Marte/A-Ram

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Evil Grey: Scratch that. Heyward/Medlen or Marte/A-Ram?

  69. Rjames says:
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    Is Josh Johnson worth holding on too, also is Colome gonna hang around when Price comes back. Thanks for the advice regarding Wacha, will he stay around or are the Cards more interested in stretching out Carlos Martinez to be a starter. Thanks in advance, you rock bro.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rjames: I wouldn’t own Johnson, we’ll see on Colome

  70. Rjames says:
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    One last question, Prado , E.Cabrera, or Edmundo Franklin for the ROS? Actually two, drop Ubaldo or Brandon McCarthy? Thanks,

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Rjames: Prado, Evercab

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Rjames: 1. Prado for average and counting stats; Everth if you need speed. 2. Lose Ubaldo and just don’t throw McCarthy in places like Arlington and Coors.

  71. Catcher Hatcher says:
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    NL Only. Limited FAAB.
    Open spot needs to be filled.
    Pickings are slim.

    Polanco, Paul, or Amarista?

  72. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Alosno ,Franklin, Alvarez, Chris Johnson, Jason Castro, Ozuna or Brantley?

    Worth dropping B. Mccarthy for Wacha?

  73. chillmodious says:
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    Grey…

    I need Ks and the ever-elusive Ws this week in my H2H. For today only, stream Sean Marcum (@MIA, SON $10) or Bartolo Colon (vs. ChiSox, SON $14.2)?

    What would you do?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Evil Grey: But Bartolo said he’d treat me to all-you-can-eat wings and endless spaghetti at the Golden Corral if I throw him tonight! Hard to turn that down.

          • chillmodious says:
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            @Evil Grey: Barcum?

            • Evil Grey says:
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              @chillmodious: It’s still Marcum….even if Grey says Bartolo ;)

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thank you much.

  74. Vottomatic says:
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    Who wins?
    Side A: Bautista, Fowler, Swisher
    Side B: Beltre, Bourn, Prado

  75. CT Old School says:
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    “Pardon my French, bu you’re an asshole.”

  76. tank1 says:
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    Trade C. Davis for Freeman and one of Wainwright, Scherzer or Zimmerman? Thanks.

    • Rodney says:
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      @tank1: Wow. Yeah. Any of those 3. Don’t trade him for anything less, but you are getting 2 STUDS.

      • CT Old School says:
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        @Rodney: JZ doesn’t get Ks…ask for one of the other two.

  77. harkrider says:
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    Would Span or Aoki be a fair trade for Marte?

  78. OaktownSteve says:
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    I don’t know if it’s glossary worthy (“Meh”) but lately I’ve been using “empty calories” when I look at my teams. It’s hits or decent average with no HRs, runs, RBIs or steals. “Berkman was 2-4 but it was all empty calories.”

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I like it. It makes me want to crack open a cold one as well.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        I’m pretty easy to incentivize to crack open a cold one. For instance, today is Dia De Castilla La Mancha in Spain. Salud!

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Ha! Agreed, no incentive necessary to imbibe. Emptiness can be so refreshing…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Ha, nice… I had that for the first two weeks in the RCL… Had a .288 average and dead last in runs and RBIs…

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @OaktownSteve: but OS, things with empty calories are so delicious like cookies and beer. I would hate to group those things as being bad. Now Iceberg Lettuce, there is something that has no nutritional value and is all water. We can call that a Tofu team, it can sometimes take on the appearance of meat but in the end it’s just a big fat phony

  79. Rjames says:
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    @ Chillmodius, every time I start EverCab he sucks, I like and want those steals but this week nothing, and he’s at home. I agree with assessment of Prado. What about Phelps or McCarthy? Thanks

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Rjames: Saw this by accident because it wasn’t a direct reply within the above thread. I’d take Prado over EverCab almost every time… But if your team is lacking speed and strong elsewhere, then EverCab makes sense. The speed will be there. Hell, he’s on pace to steal 70 bags right now! (*tips cap to the latest podcast for supplying that info*)

      I’d want McCarthy over Phelps if I had to pick one.

      Happy Friday.

  80. Tim says:
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    Reyes or David price ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim: Price

  81. Fish says:
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    Would you put Wacha ahead of Wheeler for ROS based on his performance or does Wheeler’s pedigree (and impending call-up) still win out?

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Fish: I’ve seen Wheeler ahead of Wacha on most prospect lists, but I’m a Wacha believer. Great stuff and can locate, as Grey mentioned above. Both pitch in the NL in pitcher’s parks, but Wacha has the advantage of having Molina call games for him. I don’t think that can be underestimated. He’s likely to have better run support than Wheeler as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Wacha is up now, so for this year, I’d go with the known…

  82. Ryan says:
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    Arenado looks awful…nothing on waiver wire…
    Would u drop him ASAP for Middlebrooks when he comes off DL?

  83. Philsfan76 says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for another great read. Also wanted to let you know i thoroughly enjoyed the book; almost finished it in one sitting. Keep up the flow.

  84. Mike says:
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    Can’t even get a bag of balls for Heyward…can’t start him….taking up bench…ugh
    Not one guy in league wants him…
    Is he still hurt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Bench him until he hits

    • Negatto says:
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      @Mike: @Mike: Is there something in the glossary for this? The POS on your bench that may have value….eventually? I’ll add BJ to the category.

  85. RedRox says:
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    Fun fact Friday:
    The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.6.
    How is that even possible?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @RedRox:

      They’ve won 5 of their last 10. Their line up has struck out a lot but been reasonably productive. Their pitching does stink though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RedRox: Ha, does seem hard to pull off…

  86. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can you please rank these newbs for a H2H, 5×5, 10-teamer:

    Wheeler
    Cole
    Wacha
    Skaggs

  87. mUshi says:
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    yu for ian desmond and bailey… is that fair enough? thanks

  88. Rjames says:
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    Drop josh Johnson or hold?

      • Rjames says:
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        @Grey: what do you think of Ogando ROS, and what’s with all these tricep injuries this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I blame the trainers… I think Ogando can be a solid #4 if healthy…

  89. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Sell or hold:

    Alex Cobb
    Nate McClouth
    Dom Brown
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Starling Castro

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @OaktownSteve: HA, i remember that, I pinched a nerve once trying to windmill.

        We laughed at this at the time, but now I wish i had ordered it, I might have to tweet that video…bravo OS…bravo

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @OaktownSteve: those are awesome, my old neighbor had dig dug, I think I would want one of the ones that has 50 different games and a modern screen. I use to go to a bar that had one of those and we would go from Burger Time to 1942 to Galaga

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Grey: OS just put up the best infomercial ever!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  90. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Have Castro (OPS league). He’s hitting .664 with 3 HRs and 3 SBs on the year. Ouch.

    Could pick up Hardy, Crawford, Alexei Ramirez, or this Franklin guy.

    Would you make a move?

  91. Mike says:
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    Will Rajai Davis get regular playing time when he comes off the DL in a couple of days? I also just noticed that Jason Bay had a pretty good week. I didn’t realize he was still in baseball. Do you think either will be useful in a 12-team 5×5 roto league?
    SAGNOF!

  92. Wake Up says:
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    (Yo, turn the mic up in my headphones…)

    Curtains? For certain – Kyle shoots Blanks in the third person
    He’s a different version of a curse, son
    Yo, Felix got the hunger for a younger Unger
    He’s like the opposite of a Cougar
    I already told ya Blanks was the shooter
    So listen, you’re wishin’ I wasn’t dissin’
    But I’m all up in your kitchen
    Pitchin’ pitches cross the middle of the dishes
    Drew gonn – be sleeping with the fishes like Aloysius
    I wish this freestyle would never end
    But, your Moms cracked two bombs off a Cashner more faster than alabaster can crack sir…

    • Prezz says:
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      @Wake Up: rap battle in thith bishhhh!

  93. uncdrew says:
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    Fraking Salvador Perez. Your comments about his 1-3 efforts with no power or RBIs, along with his moving cars and trying the cheese ball at the funeral after-party are painful.

    Next year I might switch from Set-it-and-forget-it to Musical Catcher. Or just buy Posey for $37.

  94. dsimon says:
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    Torii Hunter vs. Andy Dirks. Thoughts? I’m in a league with OF positions (so RF, LF, etc) and 6×6 OPS.

  95. Birdis says:
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    What do you think of the following trade:

    Everth Cabrera / Mitch Moreland for Lance Lynn / Kelly Johnson

    • Birdis says:
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      @Birdis: I’d be receiving the Lynn side… I need starting pitching help in a bad way and my current 2B situation is Rickie Suck Weeks and Profar… loving Profar, but I’m afraid he’ll be sent down eventually. K.Johnson would allow me to drop Weeks and still have a 2B backup for Profar.. and I could use him in the OF as well.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Birdis: I’d take Lynn if you can lose steals

  96. FillyP says:
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    Now that it’s officially on the table – Jennings for Medlen?

    My OF – Upton, Jones, Gordon, Craig, Willingham, Brown / Jennings
    My staff – Lee, Peavy, Bailey, Burnett, Tillman, Straily, Kluber / Ogando – DL

    I think it makes a lot of sense for me. I’m 1st overall and tops in total runs.. and I’m basically punting SB (11/12). What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FillyP: Makes sense for you

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        I should prob mention – it’s a keeper league. Can keep anybody not in 1st/2nd round up to 3 years. 3 pitchers OR 3 hitters max (must have 2 of the other for a max of 5 players total). Their 2014 position is this year’s round + next year’s ESPN ADP divided by 2. Jennings was my 7th rounder. Machado (21st) and Lee (4th) are def locks.

        Does that greatly change your outlook on Jennings?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t really change my opinion

          • FillyP says:
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            @Grey:

            Would I be better served moving Upton for an ace? Still haven’t pulled the trigger..

  97. Brian says:
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    Trade question 12 team mixed H2H 6×5(OPS). I receive A. Cabrera/Cj Wilson for my Choo/Wheeler? I think its not enough for Choo. Was thinking of offering him Choo/Wheeler for H.Rameriz/Wilson. I have Trumbo, Jones, Aoki, Cruz to play OF and K. Johonson that has OF/2b elig. Kinsler on DL. I am running Cozart out everyday.

    Great work again!!! Take the original offer or counter offer??/

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Neither are good, hold

  98. Be The Ball says:
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    Who is the biggest idiot in this situation: a) the guy who dropped Jason Heyward in a keeper league b) the three owners who had a shot ahead of me in waivers that didn’t grab him or c) me, because I’m missing something?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Be The Ball: a). b) might have excuses. There’s no excuse for a)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Be The Ball: Ha… Well, you got him now so there’s that

      • Be The Ball says:
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        @Grey:

        This made me think about buying low on him in my other league. Not sure if he’d go for it but thoughts about offering Seager/Willingham for Heyward? Could then pick up someone like Reddick or Joyce with the extra spot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Heyward

        • Prezz says:
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          @Be The Ball: stop the madness and give me Heyward!!

  99. Tigers11 says:
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    Is Cutch for Strasburg a fair deal? I need pitching help and can sacrifice some hitting. Thanks….

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Tigers11: Fair

  100. mzyptlk says:
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    I was offered Greinke for Anibal….thinking of countering with Greinke/Valverde for Anibal. Would you take the original deal, try the counter, or reject?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @mzyptlk: I wouldn’t do the original.

  101. razzyball fizzle says:
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    Straily or Jose Fernandez spot start for tomorrow?

  102. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Anyone starting Garza today?

  103. Nathan says:
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    So today I received Yahoo’s presigious “Mr. Clutch” acheivement (“You started a player who hit a grand slam!”).

    I was excited at first and went to check my team’s numbers from yesterday to see who it was, only to be disappointed with a 3/0/5/0 day.

    Hours later, I realize that it gave me the acheivement for starting Travis Wood. Derp.

  104. Be The Ball says:
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    I had picked up Evan Gattis last week but I don’t like carrying 2 Catchers (Salvador Perez is my other one). Would you drop one of them to pick up Zack Wheeler? I know Gattis has playing time issues but it’s still hard to drop him with the lack of production I’m seeing from Perez.

  105. EK says:
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    Marcum @ MIA
    or
    Straily vs CWS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Straily

  106. zzzzzz says:
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    What do we do with BJ Upton? Is his season lost?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzzzzz: Starting to look that way, yeah…

  107. The Thumb says:
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    Choo/Davis or Trout/Heyward

  108. The Waffle Mafia says:
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    Guy in my 14 team 6×6 H2H league dropped Medlen. Use my #1 waiver claim to grab him? Already have a lot of pitching, but it’s a pitching league.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @The Waffle Mafia: Dropped in a 14 teamer? That’s nutty. Sure, I’d use it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab him

  109. chillmodious says:
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    For tomorrow only… Jerome Williams (vs. HOU) or Ian Kennedy (@ Cubs)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  110. Rodney says:
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    Chris Davis + Jason Heyward + Homer Bailey OR Cespedes + Freeman + Darvish? Keeper League.

    I’m terrified of ATL playing 5 OFs (Shafer, BJ, J-Up, Heyward and Gattis). And I have J-Up and Heyward!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish

  111. anthony says:
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    @grey : h2h 12 gms no max adds. soooooo my tram is getting crushed this week losing like 12-0 and hitting 215….. who should i look to replace ?

    vmart
    david ortiz
    matt carpenter
    miggy
    didi
    jham
    jupton
    mholliday
    headley util
    aoki util
    gomes bench

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes… Maybe Didi…

  112. Evil Grey says:
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    Medlen or Minor ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor

  113. T Moore says:
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    mr gray… p s s s t… p s s s t… o v e r h e re .. p s s s t

    shhhh… quietly… let’s whisper… i don’t want that Gatsby supporters herd after me again on here… Their as bad as the white wine drinking want-to-be yuppie giant fans…

    the only good thing about them and giants fans is, their memories are as short as the selected bad books they read and root for… they love all that style and glitz regardless of it being vapid and decadent – which are pluses in their minds … luckily for all of us, they lack any working class discipline or staying power… They will shortly wander off to their Gatsby-esque dreams of what they will do when they hit the lottery …

    Nakajima is about ready to make his way back for his premier in MLB…. I’m thinking, he will do well when he comes up…

    Being fair…. the number of great short novels is really quite stunning… – some of my favs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoping for Nakajima sounds like you might be clouded by the green and gold…

  114. BTD says:
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    My team could use a little power now that J-Up is in a funk.

    Will I rue the day I drop Ryan Howard for Nick Franklin?

    It’s in a generic 12 team Yahoo Roto. I’ve got A-Gon and LaRoche who could play 1B. But I’ve also got E-Cab, Matt Carpenter, and Jhonny Peralta up the middle…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do that if I wanted power

  115. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Grey – less,

    1. ROS – Hellickson, Colome, or Archer? (tried checking the player page but couldn’t get it to work on my ipad)

    2. Also – Speculating on saves, would you drop scheppers for Joe Smith? Scheppers has been lights out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hellickson… I’d go with Smith…

  116. Yeshcheese says:
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    ROS 12tRoto – v Wells C Johnson M Teixeira J Reddick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  117. quimmy says:
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    OBP league, Wright for Wainwright and Konerko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright

  118. Grey's Mom says:
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    Drop Yelich or Grandal for Chris Johnson in an OBP keeper? Or Gausman, Jo-Fer, McCarthy, Haren, K-Rod, Jansen, Parker??

    • T Moore says:
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      @Grey’s Mom:

      Mrs. Gray: Can you tell us some stuff – the embarrassing stuff – from Grays early life..

      The thumb sucking until after high school and that kind of suff… TIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal

  119. Nate says:
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    Grey, are YOU starting Greinke tomorrow @ Coors?

    Earlier in the week you said you were going to bench him without a second thought… but you know, time heals all wounds and all, what’re you doing with him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s benched for me…

  120. Mike says:
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    Myers or Taveras in a dynasty points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  121. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    Thinking of dropping Joe “Fancy Name” Smith to add an OF to split time with Viciedo, if you would drop him, would you rather have Pollak or Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna, but I’d hold Fancy Name…

  122. roose says:
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    Bruce and Wheeler for Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish, but it’s fair…

  123. thegreater says:
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    would you drop jimmy rollins or Evereth Cabrerra for elvis andrus at this point? Andrus is a FA. Ready to shed Rollins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rollins if you need speed…

  124. Gareth says:
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    Sit or Start Heyward next week? I would put Laroche there instead (He faces the Mets – avoiding Harvey and the Twins). I have included Heyward’s career average against the pitchers for reference. Some tough lefties in there……….

    Jason Heyward:

    vs A. Burnett (R) .400
    vs J. Locke (L) .167
    vs W. Rodriguez (L) .455
    vs Z. Greinke (R) .200
    vs H. Ryu (L) .333
    vs C. Capuano (L) .111
    vs T. Lilly (L) .125

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go with LaRoche…

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Gareth: I would until he shows he is going to play everyday and can hit again.

  125. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    How do you know hitter tron has been in your house?

  126. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas' Past says:
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    Who we sellin’ today bra?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why, you buying? Ha…

      • The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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        @Grey:

        Well if I do recall you said sell Harvey like 3 weeks ago, coulda came up big…

  127. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Arenado for Chris Johnson or Matt Dominguez?
    Don’t think I can wait anymore
    Thanks!

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Mike: I’d hold, there isn’t a worse player on your team, your worst SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  128. Gareth says:
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    Which 3 Pitchers would you sit next week?

    Hernandez, Felix SP SEA
    6/4/13 vs. CHW Peavy, Jake SP CHW, 6/9/13 vs. NYY Phelps, David RP NYY

    Lynn, Lance SP STL
    6/3/13 vs. ARI Cahill, Trevor SP ARI , 6/8/13 @ CIN Latos, Mat SP CIN

    Burnett, A.J. SP PIT
    6/3/13 @ ATL Medlen, Kris RP ATL , 6/9/13 @ CHC Jackson, Edwin SP CHC

    Cobb, Alex SP TB
    6/4/13 @ DET Sanchez, Anibal SP DET, 6/9/13 vs. BAL Tillman, Chris SP BAL

    Bailey, Homer SP CIN
    6/4/13 COL Nicasio, Juan SP COL

    Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL
    6/5 13 OAK Colon, Bartolo SP OAK

    Gonzalez, Gio SP WAS
    6/7/13 MIN MIN Correia, Kevin SP MIN

    Closers:

    Betancourt (P) COL Home: 4 (SD), Away: 3 (@CIN)
    Frieri, Ernesto (P) LAA Home: 3(HOU,CHC), Away: 3 (@BOS)
    Holland, Greg (P) KC Home: 6 (MIN,HOU), Away: 0
    Parnell, Bobby (P) NYM Home: 3 (MIA), Away: 3 (@WAS)
    Street, Huston (P) SD Home: 0, Away: 7 (@LAD,@COL)

    Finally, Should I drop any of the above for the following two starter?

    Cahill, Trevor SP ARI Free Agent 6/3/13
    @ STL Lynn, Lance SP STL 6/8/13 vs. SF Bumgarner, Madison SP SF

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parnell, Bailey, Cobb…

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Cobb over Yoga? I know Detroit and Baltimore have good offenses, but Cobb has been excellent. Detroit is a pitchers park, while he plays Baltimore at home. And he’s great at home. Plus he has 2 starts!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cobb is hurt and going against terrible offenses… If you’re feeling him, go for it…

  129. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey, i remember you werent so fond of Marcum but he has pitched alot better in his last two outings. Now the question is, would you, if you needed pitching, drop a guy like Uggla or Tori Hunter for him? These two guys are my bench bats and get thrown in just sporadically.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uggla if he’s a bench bat and you need a spot start and you’re league is shallow

      • Moscowitz says:
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        Well Uggla is striktly a bench bat. I cant take his avg. (I have Kipnis, K.Johnson and Hill on DL). This is a shallow t0 team league but i tell you what. Barely someone has a bench bat in that league so the material on waivers is comparable to a 14 team league because those guys seem to stock pile pitchers. The only thing is, we cant stream. We have 50 transactions for the whole season which makes it important to think further than just the next start. I basically always have to think for the ROS.

        Other Pitchers available are: McCarthy, Porcello, Gausman, Parker, Phelps, Jackson, Leake, Vargas.

  130. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, I’m dominating my league (12 team 5×5 mixer) by about 20 points and a guy near the bottom with Tulo is trying to get a 2 for 1, an OF and an SP for Tulo. Which guys wouldn’t you trade as part of the 2 for 1, and what pair would you think would be fair?

    OF:
    Holliday, Jennings, Gardener, Pence, Zobrist (playing SS for me), Swisher

    SP: Moore, Latos, Sharky, Bailey, Minor, Teheran, Niese

    Who out of that list are you trying to get rid of? Or would you just hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence and Bailey?

  131. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    I was hoping you would of filled in the punchline for the hitter tron question

  132. The Thumb says:
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    How many steals does McLouth realistically finish with?

    Hitter-torn says 10 more but that can’t be right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 15…

  133. Dan says:
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    Grey, I have a feeling Puig is going to get called up sooner rather than later. He played CF last night and I want him on my roster. My 3rd base situation is a mess. I have Chris Johnson, Freese, and Lawrie. Which of the 3 would you drop to pick up Puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freese

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  134. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly redraft. need to pick up a catcher in case sal cant smuggle his moms back into the states. who do you like between castro, grandal and domuit? also, should i drop sal for any of them or drop one of tillman, straily or cashner for him?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Sal… Tillman for Castro while Sal is out tending to his dead Maw-Maw

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: “We’re really having a hard time getting ahold of him,” manager Ned Yost said, when asked if he had an idea of when Perez will return. “The best guess is Monday… but we’re hoping it will be before then.” Yost indicated that the delay is likely being caused because Perez is working on bringing his mother back into the United States with him.

        This wreaks of a kidnapping waiting to happen…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, this situation is bizzonkers…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: Also, no reason to get sucked into Tillman’s two starts next week (@ hou, @ tb) is there?

  135. birrrdy! says:
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    @Grey: Drop Peralta for Jacob Turner in a 5×5 NL only 10-team keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  136. NK says:
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    In a standard Yahoo 5×5 head to head league, who should I drop when Price comes off the DL? Jose Fernandez, Eric Stults, or Andrew Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NK: Fernandez

  137. NK says:
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    Also, in a 25 man, 8 team keeper league, should I drop Kemp for Hayward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NK: Aye, aye, captain

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS****

  139. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Staring Teheran vs Nats tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  140. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME****

  141. TheNewGuy says:
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    Not sure I actually posted it above on my phone. If I did, ignore:

    Whats it called when you forget to put a starter in your lineup and he goes out and stinks up the joint. Lucky strike or something like that? Thats what happened to me with Dickey, seriously he sucks, can we actually consider dropping him?

    Matt Kemp has to be my most hated player right now, been killed by him in numerous past H2H seasons… and now I draft him and he goes and kills me again!

  142. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME****

  143. David says:
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    Need to drop someone to make room for Reddick.
    In a 10-team, 5×5 keeper league w/ OPS and here are the options:

    Hitter options:
    Perez
    Gattis
    Kendrick
    LaRoche
    Hardy
    Hunter

    Pitcher options:
    Cashner
    Dickey
    Fernandez
    Morrow

    Mid-june I will need to make room for beachy, may be early but who’s your candidate for that one as well?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrow, Gattis

  144. Gbuscaino says:
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    So my trade for wright got vetoed (giving up wheeler and carpenter) by anonymous vote probably because I am in first by a minimum if 15 games and everyones a hater in this league. Anyway Wondering thoughts on a new trade where i would be giving up marte and Gyorko for wright. I already have machado at 3b and Kelly/carpenter/prado as my 2b options.I would be using wright as my utility where I was using marte since I have an OF of jones, cargo, and choo. Also wondering how vetoes work in the leagues you are in. There have been 3 or 4 legit trades or vetoed in my league his year. We have an anonymous vote on yahoo where 4 votes against in a 12 team league overturns trade agreement. Thanks as usual

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Wright,take followups to my newest post…

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