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It’s always about you, Rockie Rookie.  Man, Rockie Rookie, you are set up to conquer the world and didn’t leave me sh*t!  Like you own the whole goddamn country, Rockie Rookie.  (Only funny in Lou Diamond Phillips’ brother’s voice from La Bamba.)  Late on Saturday night the Rockies answered my prayers to fix my Mike Mostsuckass 3rd base shituation and called up Nolan Arenado.  To make the move happen, the Rockies designated Chris Nelson for assignment.  His assignment was to stop sucking.   Arenado isn’t the answer to the world’s prayers for clean water and/or a toilet that sprays air freshener into your butt after you poop.  He won’t end world hungry and/or make sure everyone can one day appreciate jazz so the people who do appreciate jazz will stop saying, “Aw, man, you just don’t appreciate jazz.”  He’s pretty much Pacheco or Nelson with a little more power.  Maybe 17 homer power with ten of those coming at home, but A) He has upside. B) He’s in Coors. C) There’s no C.  D) The Rockies would be fools to call him up and not play him unless he completely bombs out. E) I don’t feel like going all the way back to A and re-reading, have I mentioned the upside thing?  F) What about the fact he’s in Coors?  Have I said that?  Have I said there’s no C?  So, right there, there’s six to ten (I didn’t count) legit reasons to pick him up in all mixed leagues.  For serious, grab him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Troy Tulowitzki – Left yesterday’s game with a shoulder strain.  Let the Yellin’ of Troy begin.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and 3 homers in the last two days.  “Is it getting stuffy in here?”  That’s my pants talking.  Or maybe the temperature is rising because the window to buy Giancarlo just closed.  I’m gonna try to pry it open with Chris Davis and a closer… *struggling to lift Betancourt by his ankles*  Dah!  Nope.  Hold on, let me try to get Coco Crisp and Peavy into…that…buy low…crack… Gah!  Forget it.

Carlos Villanueva – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He ran into the pitching buzz saw that is Giancarlo, and gets the Reds next.  The Sheriff of Upside Pitching, Chuck Newtown, just lost the election to comptroller, teammate and all-around choad, Travis Wood, who gets the Padres next.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting .211, and up about 35 points in four days.  When he’s hitting .260 with 14 homers by May 15th, you’re gonna feel silly for harboring so much ill will towards A.R. RBIsandstuff.

Brennan Boesch – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  I’d keep one eye on him, only because he was once a sleeper and those die hard with a vengeance.

Phil Hughes – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Blue Jays.  I usually put the team after the line when it’s a very good team to be like, “Wow, see what so-and-so did against them?” Or when it’s a terrible team to be like, “Yeah, it was only the Marlins, Astros or Padres.”  I’m really not sure what the Blue Jays mean.  Their record is only a hair better than the Astros.

Chris Heisey – To the 15-day DL.  The Reds are gonna bring up Billy Hamilton….Just not today.  I’d love to be wrong, but he’s hitting .215 with a .289 OBP in the minors.  Even if he was called up, there’s no reason to believe he would be more than a SAGNOF’er like, say, Eric Young Jr.  It’s a nice dream you got with Hamilton, but right now it’s just that, a dream.  Sorry, I had to get serious with you.  Sometimes you need stern.

Tony Cingrani – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (2 hits), 11 Ks.  So there’s that.  As Cool Breeze would say, “Whoa.”  Cingrani had 4 Ks in one inning to tie a record held by countless others that happened when the umps were on strike and the players’ parents were umping.  So, what do the Reds do with Cingrani when Cueto returns?  I wouldn’t send Cingrani down, you wouldn’t send him down, that doesn’t mean Dusty won’t.  Dusty, armed with nothing but a mint-flavored toothpick, once had Mark Prior throw batting practice the day after he threw 130 pitches ‘to keep his arm fresh.’  No Rhyme + No Reason = Carnie Wilson.  Damn, that was supposed to equal Dusty Baker.  Must’ve forgot to carry the one somewhere.  At this point, you have to hold Cingrani and wait until the Reds blink with what they’re gonna do next.

Justin Masterson – 6 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 13 baserunners, 9 Ks.  “Hey, guys you want to stream me?  I’ve been going pretty well this year.”  “Um, I don’t know, Masterson, you seem to be giving up a lot of baserunners every start.”  “S’cool, stream me if you want.  Up to you.  I’ll probably throw a no-hitter, but whatever.”  Oh, no, it’s Justin Masterson:  Passive Aggressive Fantasy Starter!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 5-for-9, 2 runs, 1 RBI in the double header.   He was batting .162 going into yesterday, now that’s up to .208.  The Drubal lives (in a mansion, probably, I mean he does make millions.  Imagine his neighbors?  “Hey, Asdrubal, wanna go to the golfing range?  I got some new plaid pants.”  “Sure, Winthrop, maybe we can hit the batting cages after.”)

Mike Aviles – 1-for-4, 5 RBIs with his 2nd homer.  He didn’t start in the 1st game, which is his problem.  The bigger problem, Kipnis didn’t start in the second game.  But he’s so good on rye!

Carlos Santana – 6-for-9, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  Oye como muah!

Jeremy Guthrie – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  After his last solid performance, I said, “Okay, I’ve seen enough.  I’m not starting him every time out with confidence.  In most match-ups, he should have fantasy value.  I’d go ahead and grab him.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Alex Gordon – 2-for-8, 2 RBIs as he hit his 3rd homer in the 1st game of the DH.  I wonder if it’s gauche of me to write the Royals and tell them to move Gordon to the three hole and Butler to the four.  It would sure help my preseason projections of him.

Brett Anderson – Will be skipped in the rotation and Dan Straily will take his spot today vs. the Los Angeles Angeles of a 40-Minute Ride from Los Angeles.  Anderson was fitted with a walking boot that is 14 inches long and he was given a 13-inch wire hanger to itch with, so he can know his fantasy owners’ frustration.  I doubt Anderson gets put right back into the rotation after missing only one turn, but that’s the story the A’s are telling.  I’d grab Straily in just about all leagues, but he’s more of a 4th to 5th fantasy starter.

Kevin Correia – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, to lower his ERA to 2.23.  On one of my posts I never got a chance to publish, it was a recap of an AL-Only draft.  Time just got away from me.  Maybe I’ll post it when I do a monthly recap of our teams.  Potatoes to chips, on that AL-Only team, our pitching looked iffy at best in March.  Well, iffy to everyone but me, prolly.  Matt Moore, Kevin Correia, Doubront, Hammel, Bud Norris, Worley, Milone and Grimm.  We’re in 2nd place right now with the pitching bolstering the team.  I wouldn’t suggest Correia for all mixed leagues or for every match-up, but when he’s in the Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome, you could do worse.

Justin Morneau – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  The Concusstador had back-to-back 2-for-4 days.  As they say in Spain during Punky Brewster reruns, Olé Moon Frye!

Brian Dozier – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and has now hit in 8 of his last 10 games and has been hitting lead-off.  He’s a pretty lukewarm schmotato.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-3, run.  That sleeper you loved in March and hated in the beginning of April is starting to get hot.  He’s hit .300 in the last week and has cut down his Ks dramatically.  If you can avoid loving and hating him, you might just like him for speed.  I sound downright spiritual!

Jon Niese – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Sonavabench!

Shelby Miller – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks as he looked mortal.  I’d look at this game simply as a minor blemish that just needs some coverup and for you to talk to the girl you like while turning to your good side.

Andrew McCutchen – Clint Hurdle removed his star player on Friday in a double-switch in the 5th inning, then he benched him yesterday.  In an even more bizarre move, Clint replaced McCutchen with an empty chair.  Member how silly you felt because you didn’t seize your opportunity to buy low on Giancarlo “Lord of the Universe” Stanton?  Now would be the time to buy low on The Dread Pirate.

Russell Martin – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers.  Who needs The Dread Pirate when we have Alyssa Milano’s Butt Pirate?

Jeff Locke – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I still wouldn’t touch him in shallower mixed leagues.  He’s getting by on guile, luck and I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-itness.  Oh, unless you have a I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-itness category in your league, then he’s solid.

Garrett Jones – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .324.  He needs to be platooned out of your lineup against lefties, but has been productive when he’s been in there.  Robot Jones looks like the new David Murphy, Righty Killer.

Didi Gregorius – Hit the 7-day DL after taking a pitch off the ol’ noggin.  Damn, pitchers wanna stick him like flypaper.  Slow down, please chill, drop the caper from his head onto the lemon piccatta.  I added that last part.

Jason Kubel – 0-for-3 as Kubel was taken off ice and popped from the DL.  If you need a completely forgettable, 22-25 homer-ish guy, look no further.  Well, I’d look further, but you catch my drift.

Patrick Corbin – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I liked what I saw, but I wasn’t blown away either.  Couple of nice defensive plays behind him reduced damage.  I still stand (sit) behind my Buy of him from Friday, but his 1.91 ERA will not stay that low (obviously).  BTW, when I’m talking I make parenthesis with my arms.  It looks like I’m singing YMCA, but only doing the Y’s.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Doesn’t surprise me he’s pitching well.  I’d be surprised if he gets through 200 innings with no recurrence of his hip ailment.

Carl Crawford – 2-for-4 with two solo homers, his 3rd and 4th of the season.  No one was cheering more for Carl than Lenny.

Michael Morse – 2-for-4 with his first home run since he broke his pinkie.  Now he’ll hit a few more homers this week and then break his leg.  Morse is code for injury-prone.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi — slurp, SLURP!  Any progress with this sweeping the country?

Jason Vargas – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  After being beat around in his new digs, he returned to make the M’s bats look like twigs.  That was The Rime of the Ancient Marginer.

Peter Bourjos – 2-for-3, as he hits .329.  Once everyone on the Angels starts hitting, Bourjos will go ice cold.  A’la Chris Tucker, and you know this, man!

Manny Machado – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and four wet spots on my desk.  What?  No!  From drool!  Gross!

Nate McLouth – 4-for-5, 4 runs and his 8th steal, hitting .351.  Okay, you don’t have to own him the whole year, but there’s really no reason he shouldn’t be on your team right now.

Seth Smith – 1-for-5, 2 run, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  The Lisper’s Nightmare was this week’s Creeper.  Thweet!

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a homer as he was activated from the DL.  Great news for his owners, terrible news for lispers.  “I’m not even going to try to pronounce hith name.”

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, as he bats .375.  He’s so badass I will call him Grey Worm.

Austin Jackson – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I wonder if he’s related to Donaldson.  Nah, prolly not.

Omar Infante – 2-for-4 and his 2nd day in a row with a homer.  You say potato, I say Infante’s a hot schmotato.

Mike Minor – 6 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Wasn’t a great weekend for Braves pitchers going against the AL.  Bobby Cox just cried out in anguish.

Joel Hanrahan – Looks like the Red Sox lied to us.  Hanrahananananananan is now expected to get the closer job back when he returns on Tuesday.  Maybe they couldn’t handle Bailey’s Jimmy Stewart voice and poems about his dog, Beau.  That shizz makes me get all weepy every time.

Shane VictorinoJackie Bradley Jr. could be on his way back to the club with Victorino potentially needing a DL stint.  JBJ was shot down in a blaze of glory and one game where he walked three times.  Outside of AL-Only leagues, I’d leave JBJ to the Sons of Sam Horn and one of the 67 Red Sox fans who named their kid, Johnny Pesky.  Fun Fact Alert!  Did you know by the year 2070 everyone in New England will be named Johnny or Joanna Pesky?

Daniel Nava – 2-for-4, 3 runs, hitting .310.  For the first month, you would’ve been better off with Daniel Nava than Matt Kemp.  Cust kayin’.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Astros.  Against a major league team, his line would be 2/3 IP, 14 ER and a bruised coccyx.

Mike Carp – 2-for-3, run, RBI, hitting .455.  At least all fish aren’t rotten.  He’s not playing every day, so it’s hard to Carpe the Carp.

Jose Lobaton – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in his last three games.  He’s behind Jose Molina on the depth chart, but sometimes Joe Maddon just writes first names on the lineup card, and it becomes a foot race to whoever can get on field first.  Jose Lobaton’s greatest accomplishment prior to this year was manufacturing fantastic knockoffs of Louis Vuitton.  “Have you see my Lobaton wallet?  I think I left it with my Armando Benitez clutch.”  Lobaton isn’t anything, but a 2nd catcher with very limited power (8-ish in 500 ABs).

Matt Joyce – 1-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Now has three homers in the last eight days.  Rudy has also been shuffling him in and out of his lineup in the RCL, so there’s your endorsement, if you needed one.

David Price – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I’m sure if you drafted Price, you want more.  #firstworldproblems  Don’t worry, I think you will get it.  Patience is Tom Virtue, the dad from Even Stevens.

Paul Konerko – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .235.  I think it’s fair to say Konerko got old.  It happens to all of us.  Except me.  I’m Dorian Grey.

Ronny Cedeno – 2-for-4, RBI.  It’s time for another installment of…Where The Hell Did The Astros Bat This Guy In Their Order?  Yesterday, Cedeno batted fifth, acting as the DH.  Wikipedia defines the fifth hitter as “traditionally (have) been RBI men, with the main goal of driving runners home.  This is the ‘heart of the order.'”  Does this seem to define Ronny Cedeno?  In 2528 plate appearances coming into yesterday, he had 12 plate appearances batting fifth.  Somewhere, Tim Kurkjian is squeaking about this, distracting dolphins.

  1. way too *#^% for this says:
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    Every time chris Davis hits a home run, I have to look at my lineup and see Ike Davis’ 50 yr old man face staring at me like a politician like “thanks for choosing me”

  2. costaricanchata says:
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    look at you .
    getting squiggy wit it .

  3. Enrique says:
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    Would you drop League, Janssen, Valverde or Perez for Hanrahananananan?

    Thanks Grey

    • Enrique says:
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      @Enrique: another question here, desperate for SP, have Josh Hamilton who would I be looking for in a trade for him or just hold and hold…. Thanks

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Enrique: Why would you trade him when his value is so low? Unless you know he’s hurt, he’s bound to snap out of it sooner or later. Hits in a great lineup to boot.

    • Weeza says:
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      @Enrique: Drop League for him. ur welcome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Nope… I’d want a top 5 arm…

  4. TouchDownCityBaby! says:
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    I own Iwakuma and I couldn’t be happier.. Actually, I am happier since you used my bawdy saying of slurp slurp in regards to him.

  5. The Los Angeles Police Department says:
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    Sup Grey, can’t thank you enough for the work you and the rest of the staff put up.

    Morrow and Cashner are available FAs in my league, but I’m pretty happy with my SPs so far: Wainwright, Zimmermann, Fister, Minor, Ryu, Miller, and Gallardo. Should I make a move to get one those two or hold? And my league counts QS over wins.

  6. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Morning Greyski,

    Cespedes back from DL. Who do I drop? Hosmer or B.Hamilton? H2H keepers league.
    Muchas Gracias!

  7. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Damn I forgot to mention A.Bailey above! -_____-

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    I’ve got both Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey starting tonight, should I start them both or sit Fernandez? I always wondered how other people deal with SP’s going against each other on their fantasy teams. Thanks.

    • Doc Pounder says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:
      I used Zimm and Bailey the other day. Got a win, 10 k’s, and great whip and era. Use them both for the counting stats.

    • Hawk says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      You start both and hope for a 1-0 decision (like I got last week with Latos / Samadzjia :) )

  9. Rob says:
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    Grey you killed me. In one league you said if I need saves hold Boggs over Cingrani. In another ou told me not to trade Kimbrel for Anibal and Corbin. Uggggghhhh. I know you’re right 98 percent of the time; but why do I gotta be your 2 % ?

    • natty lite says:
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      @Rob: I can’t speak to the boggs over Cingrani decision but I’d say the latter was still a good call. You aren’t going to get a closer of kimbrel quality off waivers while streaming a corbin or sanchez level performance could happen. And if sanchez and corbin continue to overperform, then I guess next year, you’ll listen to grey the 98% of the time he said not to take a closer as early as kimbrel. Sorry, SAGNOF (unless you’ve ignore got kimbrel or maybe chapman).

      • natty lite says:
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        Ignore the word ignore, my phone’s screen isn’t big enough to see when it adds words into my comments.

      • supra says:
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        @natty lite: true story… if you really followed Grey, you wouldn’t own Kimbrel in the first place.

  10. Curt says:
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    I need to play one of the following this week for my utility in a deep league—Juan Francisco, Oswaldo Arcia or Krispie??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curt: Krispie

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: monday was BAD luck for this.

  11. natty lite says:
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    I think I had the exact same conversation with myself about guthrie last night…and why no love for billy hamilton? The way the reds are hitting, his ba might be an improvement.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @natty lite: in a word…he’s a turd
      what’s worse
      you can’t steal first

  12. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey – start Gallardo tonight vs PIT?

    • jcutiger says:
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      @Tigres:

      He’s 9-2 lifetime vs. Pit. ERA 2.59, WHIP 1.24.

  13. Jim says:
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    Why no steals from Bourjos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: It’s early

  14. dk says:
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    Niese @ATL or Straily vs LAA with the possibility of an additional start @NYY this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dk: Straily

  15. Mike says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H league and can’t make up my mind on a couple things. First, start Rizzo or Big Papi this week at DH?

    Second, I need to start two of the following pitchers: Gallardo (Pit, StL), Hammel (@Sea & @LAA), Miley (@SD), ESantana (TB), and Burnett (Wash). Who do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Rizzo… Hammel, Gallardo

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Are you thinking that Ortiz cools as the Red Sox hit the road? Or perhaps this reflects more on the thought that Rizzo is getting hot?

        Regardless of the reason, I was hoping to understand your thought process better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @steve: Rizzo is getting hot…

          • steve says:
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            @Grey: Thanks

  16. JigglyJubblies says:
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    Am i a fool to consider dropping Ogando for Haren?

  17. sanfran1966 says:
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    Have an owner that wants my Shark crazy bad. Would I win if I offered him Samarj & D Jennings for Stanton & Harvey?

    • Scott says:
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      @sanfran1966: This is by far the worst trade offer in my many years of playing fantasy baseball. If you think this is a fair offer, you should not be competing in fantasy baseball but rather trying to collect quarters on the sidewalk

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott: Do you think the other owner does not watch ESPN?

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Scott: good call Scott, I hate when i get offers like this, I always thought they were hoping I would accidently hit accept.

        • mc serch says:
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          @Jack Hearts Sky: Just had this go down over weekend. I offered J. Niese and Cigrani for Carlos Gomez, which I think is pretty fair, no? Dude counters with Carlos Gomez for my M. Moore and J. Zimmermann yesterday, that’s just offensive to me….

          • sanfran1966 says:
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            @mc serch:

            too bad you are late and had to even offer that.

            I got him straight up for Emilio Bonif when Gomez was slumping. Should I trade him back to make it fair?

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Scott:

        Ok smart ass. never said it was fair. is that the goal? a fair trade? Maybe taking advantage of an eager participant is a way to win a money league – instead of your of making money on sidewalks.

        Collecting quarters?

        You take yourself a little too serious…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @sanfran1966: making fair trades is the point, but whateve’s you have a pic of Barry and that tells me all i need to know

  18. Ryan says:
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    Josh Donaldson or Travis Hafner?

  19. Rafi says:
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    Despite the slumpier numbers, still gotta like Moustakas over Chisenhall, right?

  20. Salty Balty says:
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    So. I was able to buy low on Giancarlo before the weekend. Yay!

    Anyway. I’ve got a stacked outfield now. Choo, Gordon, Jackson, Holliday, Stanton, and J. Upton. What should my plan be?

    My infield ain’t great. Lucroy at C, Seager at 2b, Segura at SS (w/ Reyes on the DL), and A. Gon at 1b. I was thinking of moving Holliday for something better at 2b. Should I sit tight or try and make a move? If I do sit tight, which OFer should be benched? Thanks for the help.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Salty Balty: yeah, that segura and a-gon sure are weak infielders. Not being mean, the other’s are pretty weak.

  21. c0wfunk says:
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    Watched Cingrani pitch yesterday.. This kid looks like a star. He’s got this bearing down with the Will to Win look in his eye and the set of his jaw. All day he was hitting his spots with ease, strike after strike throwing it down the middle in hitters counts and getting big swing whiffs and confused looking faces. Throwing 94 was effortless. With effort he hit 96 but still hit his spots. And dropping a sly little slurvey thing that was fooling lefties.. The off speed pitch still needs some work and I don’t remember much of a third pitch.

    The 4k inning was most impressive… After the wild pitch strikeout he seemed to lose focus with span on first. The double actually seemed to relax him.. No more runners to think about. Bryce Harper was so confident he tried to bunt on strike 2 before swinging through the third pitch. Cingrani purposefully worked around werth (scared of the beard?) And proceeded to make quick work Of Desmond and laroche. So 4 ks is outstanding, and the way he pulled it off showed serious moxy. Looking forward to having this kid around this season. I hope he can keep it up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Yeah, agreed… Thanks for the break down!

  22. McRutledged says:
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    Rutledge and McCutchen are spanking my BAss right now. I picked up McLouth (breaking an oath I took 3 years ago that I would never own McLouth again) and am debating on picking up B Crawford or A Escobar (to plug in for a week for Rutledge). Problem is, I do not have much to drop. Would you drop any of these or just ride out Rutledge’s struggles? Ike Davis, Maholm, Niese

    (my other pitchers are Cain, Latos, Gio, Zimmermann, Homer Bailey)

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @sanfran1966: @McRutledged: I would own Escobar anyway, if that is Alcides Escobar. If Rutledge stays in the 8 hole that pretty run total is going to dry up fast.

        • McRutledged says:
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          Actually, I just noticed that Aybar is also available and coming off the DL in the near future. More tempting than Alcides?

  23. B.o.B says:
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    Which 2 you like best: Aoki, Crisp, McLouth

    10 team, H2H league with OBP instead of Avg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B: Crisp, McLouth

  24. Eric says:
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    Andrew Bailey – hold or drop?

    • @Eric: I’d rather have Hanrahan than Bailey ROS. But I woudln’t drop Bailey just to drop him. Who would you pick up with that spot?

  25. The Strolg says:
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    I think it is important to note Josh Willingham now has as many homers as nipples

    • BTD says:
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      @The Strolg: This should ALWAYS be the lead story when applicable. Editor fail.

  26. paper bag on head (shame) says:
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    NL Only Deep League.

    Drop Chris Nelson? Any chance he catches on somewhere?
    Pick up Gee?

  27. Schizer says:
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    Espinosa or Asdrubal this week? Weekly H2H…

    Thanks!

  28. Timequake says:
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    I’ve been offered Minor for Panda–think I should take that? I have a glut of bench hitters, which makes me inclined to at least think about it. Or would it make more sense if I counter-offered Reynolds or Marte?

    • steve says:
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      @Timequake: I think that I would keep Panda. For reference, I traded Minor last week for Machado; got Grey’s blessing :). My point is I think Panda should fetch you someone better than Minor.

  29. Sparky8 says:
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    Ruiz or The Jesus for a set and forget ROS? 16 team 7×7 Cats with BB and TB.

  30. Schizer says:
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    Which 2 get the start this week?
    Hellickson (@ KC)
    Lincecum (@ Ari)
    Beckett (v Col)
    Niese (@ Atl)
    Chuck Newtown (v Cin)

    Thanks!

    • Schizer says:
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      @Schizer: could also pick up one of Teheran (v Was, v NYM), Pettibone (v Mia), Maurer (v Bal), or E Jax (v SD, v Cin) if one of them is a better option…weekly H2H

  31. Andrew says:
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    How would you rank these SP going forward: Kyle Kendrick, AJ Griffin, and Masterson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: Kendrick, Masterson

  32. Andrew says:
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    Would you trade Marco Estrada for Mark Teixeria?

  33. JFT says:
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    Trade Kevin Gregg and Corbin to get Marco Estrada? Is Estrada much of an upgrade over Corbin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFT: It’s fair… I like him a bit better right now…

  34. Jeff says:
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    Laroche or Pierzynski at IF?

    Aoki or Bourjos for my 5th OF spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Laroche, Bourjos

  35. hideousmutants says:
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    I’m curious about your thoughts on selling Ryan Howard. Would Mujica/Howard be too much/too little to offer for Buster Posey?

    • BTD says:
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      @hideousmutants: Good question. Seems Howard’s power is lacking this year. But his BA is oddly higher than I expected. He seems healthy though. Has his approach changed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hideousmutants: Too little probably, but can try… He’s getting old, big-bodied hitters don’t age well…

  36. Grey's Mom says:
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    Kendrick, Westbrook, or Wade Davis ROS?

  37. kyle says:
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    Worth stashing Mccann since my catcher is V-Mart?

    Pick up: Cashner, Cingrani, or Boujos? Could also drop Detwiler for to pick up 2 of the 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Eh… Cingrani and Cashner

  38. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup Grey… Hey I was looking at some of the top prospects to come up to the majors and I came across Dylan Bundy. He looks great!! Do you know If he’s worth grabbing if he’s coming up any time soon? Also, Do you know if he’s playing for the Orioles yet or Is it gonna be a while for him to pitch?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Frank Lynch: he’s got arm troubles right now. No throwing for at least a couple weeks. He was supposed to see Doc Freeze the other day, but I hadn’t heard anything since.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Thanks.. Also I read up on 2 pitchers, Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole n both looked like they were nasty and SS Jurickson Profar. What u guys think??

  39. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team, 5×5, weekly lineups. Need to start 2 of:

    Jo-Fer home vs Mets and @ Philly
    AJ Burnett home vs Wash
    Cashner @ Cubs
    Niese @Atl

    Thanks dude.

  40. Blue says:
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    Drop Bailey for Cashner? I have Kimbrel and Holland for saves already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: I’d hold for a few days

  41. chisox22 says:
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    Who would you rather keep in your rotation for the year.. quintana or corbin?

  42. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Wieters or Ruiz ROS?

  43. Stantonovation says:
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    What to do about Bauer ?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i think he means the start in a few days. i would sit until you actually see him learn to not walk at least 5 guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t start Morrow in his next start if that’s who you mean…

  44. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    Grey, thoughts on the level of starting pitcher one should get for Adrian Gonzalez in a standard 10-team 5×5 league?

  45. Kevin says:
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    Who wins this trade?

    Fraizer + Janssen for Freeman.

    I’d be getting Freeman, already have 4 other closers in a 10 team, 9×9 league, Frazier is in UTIL spot.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Kevin: Frazier side. I’d probably take Frazier alone over Freeman–think they’ll have similar stats, but Frazier’s position eligibility gives him a little bump. And couldn’t we all use a little bump on a Monday morning, Ron Washington?

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin:

      One more question. Ruiz is available now back from suspension. Should I go with him or Salvador Perez?

  46. Buttermaker says:
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    Trade Tony Cingrani for Nolan Arenado? Thanks

  47. Steve Stevenson says:
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    How does the Bailey/Hanrahananahananan mess affect the Sox’ holds situation? In a league that counts both svs and hlds, I was thinking of grabbing Tazawa (8 hlds, 12 Ks, nice ratios) or Uehara (7 hlds, 12 Ks, nice ratios), but presuming Bailey starts getting the 8th, which one’s holds take a hit? If both, should I just grab a Rosenthal or D. Hernandez, each with slightly fewer hlds and worse ratios, but more Ks?

  48. Gavin says:
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    You’re not putting Arenado ahead of Machado correct?

  49. Robert says:
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    Was offered Anibal & Quintana for Ortiz/Mujica.

    Countered with Harvey for Ortiz straight up.

    What should I expect?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Robert: A rejection.

    • Jeff says:
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      Outright laughter

    • Prezii says:
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      @Robert: a limp noodle…

  50. malamoney

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    Gotta start 4 SP and 2 SP (H2H points league)

    Here is what I am thinking of going with:

    Felix Hernandez
    Brandon Morrow (2 starts)
    Jaime Garcia (2 starts)
    Tim Lincecum
    Glen Perkins
    Houston Street

    Other options:

    Tony Cingrani (RP-only)
    Shelby Miller (SP and RP)
    Jeremy Hellickson
    Kris Medlen (SP and RP)

    I’d love to start Cingrani, but am afraid of the one start in the RP role. Watched him yesterday and he looked great. Chose Morrow and Garcia because of their 2-start status.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: I don’t know any of their starts, but it looks fine…

  51. Doog says:
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    Re: “he’s so badass I will call him Grey Worm”…Is it pathetic to want to make little dragon babies with Daenerys Targaryen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doog: Get in line!

    • JoeC says:
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      @Doog: Unfortunately, her womb is ruined, due to the witch’s “attempt” to save Drogo through the sacrifice of her baby (according to the words on the paper).

      She sounds like a bright, happy girl on the DVD commentaries. I would let her cross my moat (huh? what?).

  52. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Drop Morrow for Quintana?

  53. mhfella says:
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    Start Ryu at home against high-scoring Rockies? Am already way above innings limit. Thank you.

  54. Eddy says:
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    Going to drop The Janitor in an OBP league. Pick up R.Martin or C.Ruiz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: No idea who the janitor is

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: He’s basically asking the same question as I did below. Gattis is the janitor.

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey:

        My bad. Everyone wouldn’t stop talking about how he was a janitor a few years ago in early April when he was on his tear. So Ruiz or Martin?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ruiz

  55. Dan says:
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    Drop Evan Gattis for Russell Martin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Sure

  56. RedRox says:
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    Drop Hosmer for someone like Nate McLouth?

    • Matt says:
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      @RedRox: NO

  57. Justin Up says:
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    Should I use a #1 waiver claim on Nate McLouth?

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @Justin Up: I wouldn’t

      • Prezii says:
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        @Jack Hearts Sky: nice username.. grey cheated on you?

        • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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          @Prezii: never got together, it’s all LR’s Hello with us, Sky gets me

          • Prezii says:
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            @Jack Hearts Sky: seems you’re pretty settled. I wish you both the best!

  58. JimY says:
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    Talk me out of dropping Morneau for one of these waiver guys:
    Donaldson, Bourjos, Joyce.

  59. smegma says:
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    2 questions:
    ROS in H2H points league: M.Montero, Ruiz, Jesus, Avila

    Which 2 to start this week:
    Villanueva v. Cin
    Iwakuma v. LAA
    Cingrani @ Cubs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: Montero… Cingrani, Iwakuma

  60. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered segura, napoli and shelby miller for longoria. Do I consider this?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: so just stay put? If so what type of moves should I make to improve my team?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold… What happened with the CarGo trade?

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey: the other guy backed out

  61. AA says:
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    Arencibia or Ruiz ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: JP

  62. Mustache Brother says:
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    Grey, my team is doing quite well, and I have you to thank for that. It’s a 12-team H2H league with fairly deep benches. Problem is, I can’t pick up all the guys you recommend. Three questions:

    1) It feels like I can’t justify dropping anyone, which means I can’t stream. Ever have that problem? In general, how do you deal with it? (I realize this is a good problem to have, but I’d really like to solve it)

    2) If Straily sticks in the majors this year, should I drop any of these guys for him? Hammel, Cingrani (assuming he stays up, which he better), Doubront, Cashner.

    3) Will Gallardo get better this year like he usually does? I’m concerned about his velocity.

  63. supra says:
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    Time to bail on Ichiro? Or am I late to the dumpster party?

  64. goodfold2 says:
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    Rotoworld now reporting that “Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with a home run in Sunday night’s win over the Braves.

    Advice: Fielder was held in check for most of the game, but hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning off reliever Cory Gearrin.
    I watched this game. This simply did not happen.So now Rotoworld has confused Fielder with Miggy, and a few days back Kenley Jansen with Kelvin Herrera.

  65. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey you really think the reds would send down Cingrani over Leake?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @mikey boy324: What he’s saying is: you wouldn’t. I wouldn’t. Grey wouldn’t. But who the f*** knows what the hell Dusty would do? That’s the problem. The kid deserves to stay in the Bigs. We just don’t know if the Reds will let him.

    • Prezii says:
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      @mikey boy324: we ALL hope he stays… Razzball nation must protest…

  66. Steven Henn says:
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    In a 12 Team mixed Roto League …pretty happy so far & trying not to over think it. My Team is as follows:
    C Lucroy /1B Fielder /2B Phillips / 3B Machado / SS Segura / CI Rizzo / MI Simmons
    OF- Braun / J Upton / Cruz /Jennings / Ross / Util Hosmer
    Bench – C. Johnson /Gyorko/ E Young / Span ( I know too many bench bats)
    Pitching – Cain (ouch) / Zimmerman / Bailey /Hammel /Cashner/ Straily (streamer) & Soriano /Rodney /Mujica / Benoit /Crow / D Hernandez / Peralta …

    Should I use some of my hitting Cruz (before he gets hurt) for a SP? Was considering Rizzo as well but now thinking his value just goes up from here. Also got offers for Phillips but is Gyorko ready? Any thoughts you want to share would be Fantastic …daily reader …thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven Henn: Your pitching will get better… Cruz for Peavy could work…

      • Steven Henn says:
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        @Grey: I think I could get Peavy for Cruz ( the guy who wants Cruz has Peavy) I assume Price would be even better? He also has Shields, F-Her, Cingrani, Garcia, & others. He is loaded with SPs …unload Crux while he is hot & healthy? I assume the order of preference would be Price, Shields then Peavy?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, Price would be better…

          • Steven Henn says:
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            @Grey: I got an offer of giving Phillips for Latos & Henderson ( I could ask for Frieri instead of Henderson) but then I would have Gyorko left to play 2B but Segura & Simmons @ SS/MI …is that too much to give up for the pitching help?

            • Steven Henn says:
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              @Steven Henn: @Grey: I got an offer of giving Phillips for Latos & Henderson ( I could ask for Frieri instead of Henderson) but then I would have Gyorko left to play 2B but Segura & Simmons @ SS/MI …is that too much to give up for the pitching help?

              • Steven Henn says:
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                The other offer was just Maholm for Cruz …I think if i hold out he will give me Peavy. Besides Peavy gets the Rangers in Tx next …no hurry for that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, eh…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds fair… Take Frieri instead…

  67. kalone says:
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    Not sure what to make of this deal. Who wins:

    Adrian Gonzalez and Ian Kinsler for Albert Pujols and Carlos Gonzalez?

    I have A-Gonz and Kinz. I’m considering the deal, but I’d feel better about it if he added Jon Lester to the package and I threw in a crappy Alfonso Soriano-type. I just don’t want to pay for Pujols right now.

    Thoughts?

    • Matt says:
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      @kalone: if you believe Pujols can turn it around then you almost have to, if not, hold. Cargo is clearly the best player in the deal so I’d be looking to acquire him for sure.

  68. Big Mike says:
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    Someone in my league (12 team keeper mixed, 7×6 w/obp, slg, holds) dropped Lucas Duda despite his .960 ops. When I pick him up, which of the following should I drop: Hafner, Jay, or Nava?

  69. Wake Up says:
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    onto to the lemon piccatta………..and wound up with nada
    like Jim Carter in Argo
    my S CarGo swiftly like
    my little pony
    show me, homie…
    “on point like a pyramid
    force to be reckoned with…
    Yo, I spawned with a dragon
    he tried to throw his flame
    but I ducked and then I stabbed him
    came out the battle laughin….”

  70. chillmodious says:
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    Morning, Grey.

    1. If you could only have one of these SPs for the foreseeable future, would it be Villanueva, Cashner, Phil Hughes, Paul Maholm? I currently own Villanueva, but don’t want to miss out if I can upgrade.

    2. Also, Reddick is currently in my Util spot. Hold for now, or drop him for Pedro Alvarez / Ichiro / Mostsuckass / Arenado / Rickie Weeks?

    Thanks.

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Would you go Kendrick over Cashner?

  71. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Any word on the Player Rater ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: I think it’s like a week away…

  72. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey, which side of this do you prefer for ROS : Bourn/Cingrani/Taveres for Zobrist/YoGa
    Also another deal : Jose Bautista/Cingrani for Price/Markakis or Aoki (Which OF would you prefer?)

    Thanks!

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      @Oppo Taco: And would you rather Jered Weaver or YoGa for ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Zobrist… Bautista…. YoGa over Weaver…

  73. Matt says:
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    Grey!

    12 team league with really deep benches, drop Grimm for Straily? Surely Parker will be sent down to AAA soon right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Straily, yeah…

  74. river-z says:
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    Got a situation where I need a MI (cuz Reyes is DL’d) and I got limited options. I’m in a deep league that allows only limited options for pick-ups – I get to drop one guy and pick up one guy in May. Weird rule but the league has been around since the mid-80’s so that’s cool and just how it goes. Right now I got Espinoza at SS and Bonifacio at 2B. Here are the options I’m considering.

    1. Pick up Mark Ellis and bench Bonifacio
    2. Pick up Brandon Crawford and move Espinoza back to 2B and bench Bonifacio
    3. Trade Ike Davis for Marco Scutaro and pick up a pitcher instead.

    Other MI available are Infante, Betancourt, Gregorious, Kozma, M Gonzalez

    PS. BA, Whip, and ERA are the categories I’m doing the worst in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @river-z: 1. Eh 2. Sure 3. Eh

  75. Tom says:
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    Right rank?: Ecab, Simmons (batting last now), Gyorko or Cozart.

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: Oh, and insert Infante into the rank since you think he is a hot schmotato.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Tom: Everth, Infante…

  76. Heisenberg says:
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    Great stuff here. Always a good read…

    Have a chance to land Stanton for Stras and Craig. Sitting in 5th pl in a 2 player auction keeper league, but lacking HR and XBH at the moment, could also use some SV.
    7×7 (R, HR, XBH,RBI,K,SB,AVG – K, QS,W,SV,HD,ERA,WHIP)

    Salvy, Agon, Rutledge, Miggy, Aybar/Espinsosa, AJax, Craig, Reddick, Fowler
    Stras, Harvey, Gio, Scherzer, Estrada, Corbin, Cash, Holland, Kenley, Herrera, Cook, Storen

    Pull the trigger or Hold? Kind of feeling its a little early to bail on my strategy, but interested in others thoughts.

    Thanks!

    • Heisenberg says:
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      @Heisenberg: 13 team league, btw.

      • Matt says:
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        @Heisenberg: it’s tough letting stras go, I’d try to move scherz or gio instead! Craig is a bit of a buy low himself but Stanton obviously has more power

  77. Jon says:
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    Who would you add from Arcia, Bourjos, Brantley, Leonys Martin, Denorfia, Rasmus, Reimold, Ruggiano, Schierholtz, Seth Smith, GI Jones, Span, or Krispie?

    • @Jon: Do you need speed or power? Or just all around goodness?

      I like Bourjos more than most people, and I hope he’ll start using his speed to steal bases rather than just for infield singles. I’d like either Krispie or Smith once it became clear he isn’t going to lose time with Cespedes back.

      • Jon says:
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        @Enrique: just looking for all-around help mainly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Smith

  78. Kid A says:
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    Is Dickey a buy low or a stay away?

      • Dusty says:
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        @Grey: Lincecum + Mark Reynolds for Dickey, which side would you prefer?

  79. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    Marwin Gonzalez over Alexei Ramirez if Marwin saves me a ton of cap space? Marwin be this year’s Altuve?

  80. Herschel says:
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    @Grey Worm: minus the being castrated part, this is an amazing nickname/rap name for you. Anyway, final lineup question for my weekly league. Need to start two of the following. Who do you like?

    Bailey – @stl
    Kendrick – vs mia
    Gee – @mia
    Peavy – @tex
    Quintana – @tex, @kc

    Thanks.

  81. Jack Hearts Sky says:
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    I’m going to hold Bailey for a week and see what handy does with the balls, oh and Richie’s brother was Esai Morales

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Grey: not loving the FA SP’s in my league, thinking of just going with high K MR’s until someone else appears, what are your thoughts on that strategy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think it’s fine for a a short time being… You need to start SPs before you fall too far behind…

          • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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            @Grey: I’m at a 30 GS pace for the first month and have 5 SP’s. As long as I stay within 10 of the pace, I know I will be streaming in the post break when we have some solid splits and BvsP to work with

            • Grey

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              Sounds fine to give the SPs a rest for a few…

  82. quimmy says:
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    bruce and guthrie for choo in a league that counts total bases, avg and obp?

  83. Hi Grey (or anyone with a good idea on this) — I have a team in a 14-team 6×5 redraft roto league, 1300-inning cap, with the following pitching staff:

    SPs: Scherzer, Milone, Cashner, Niese, Lilly (Greinke on DL)
    RPs: Perkins, Soriano, Mujica, Valverde, Veras

    Weakest pitching category is Ks, and I’m predictably running away with the SVs category. I’d like to lose a closer or two in favor of a starter upgrade. I’ve been offered Burnett for Perkins, but am not sold on Burnett. What do you think?

    I’d rather not trade Scherzer or Casher, but can you give me a some general ideas of 2 or 3 of the level of ideas to shoot for combining one of the other SPs with an RP? Or better yet, two RPs?

    The guy with Burnett also has Sale, Medlen, and Fister, and a few of the pitchers on other saved-starved teams in the league include Cain, Estrada, Shields, Bucholtz, Lester, Anibal, Kennedy, Hamels, Kuroda, Peavy, Josh Johnson, Mike Minor, Samardzija, Sabathia, Zimmerman, Price.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: I’d take Burnett… Be a lot cheaper… Samardzija for two of your closers?

  84. RedRox says:
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    Shields or Shelby Miller?

  85. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Are you starting Cain today @ARI?

  86. Dan F says:
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    Advice needed:

    12 team league. I’m in second place thanks to you telling me to draft Kate Upton’s brother Justin, but I’m facing a dilemma when DL Delmon Young and DL Erick Aybar come back. Need to drop two of these guys. Who do you say?
    1. Josh Donaldson
    2. Alejandro De Aza
    3. Nate Schierholtz
    4. Andrew Cashner
    5. Mike MouSuckass

    Or do Aybar and Young get the boot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan F: Young and Schierholtz…

  87. uncdrew says:
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    I didn’t understand what you were saying about Villenueva above. Still like him, but don’t start him at the Reds?

  88. Dani says:
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    Kubel or Berkman ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dani: Berkman

  89. Joakim Dead says:
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    As guys like Heyward and Han-Ram prepare to come off he dl, I need to be prepared on who to drop. Which two would you keep from this lot. (my original plan was to keep Simmons as back up SS and Carpenter as backup everything else): Arenado, Simmons, Carpenter, Vernon Wells, Quentin, Reynolds)? Delmon Young is coming off the dl soon too. He is worth rostering over any of the guys listed above?

  90. Principle Blackman says:
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    Drop Jason Hammel for Straily’s K-upside in my 6×6 (k9) league?

    Here’s the rest of my staff:
    Bumgarner, Shields, Anibal Sanchez, Minor, Bailey, Cashner.

  91. I picked up Arenado in my 12-team H2H points league. Would you start him this week (@LAD, TB) ahead of either a slumping Laroche or Yonder Alonso?

  92. RedRox says:
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    Carlos Beltran or Alex Gordon?

  93. Joel says:
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    Jose Quintana or Tony Cingrani?

    Either of these over Jarrod Parker or Ryan Vogelsong?

    Peace!

    • james d says:
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      @Joel: Cingrani’s best because strikeouts imo. Quintana’s the second best you’ve listed there.

      Parker and Vogelsong are both easily cuttable now, but I can see a case for holding Parker if the league is 14 teams or more.

  94. JoeC says:
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    Are you insinuating that Russell Martin had anal sex with Alyssa Milano? No, sir! That ass is reserved for me (now that her vagina is ruined from childbirth)!

  95. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League

    Trade Frazier & Mariano Rivera FOR Ryan Zimmerman?

    I own Juan Francisco to cover me until Zimm comes back.

    Start 3 RPs…Leaves me with Nathan, Jansen and Rosenthal.

  96. Zdub says:
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    Thanks for Game of Thrones reference. Good laugh on a Monday always helps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  97. Big League Choo says:
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    12 team H2H league with TBs and BBs no Hrs….Gyorko or Bonifacio ROS?

    Gyorko is starting to heat up and Bonifacio isn’t even playing everyday. Do i play it safe and stick with Gyorko or go for broke with Bonifacio?

    Thanks for the advice as always!

  98. kidbr9 says:
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    12 team H2H,

    Drop Gattis for Jesus Montero?

    Just concerned about his playing time once McCann returns shortly.

    Thanks for your input.

    PS- I held onto Hicks per your earlier advice and it’s starting to look like a good move.

  99. Project Merkin says:
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    Hi Grey! The best part of waking up on a Monday morning is knowing that I can read stuff that you write while I’m on the crapper. A better compliment, I can think of none.

    I have Seager at 3B who I picked up to fill in for R-Zim. Would you drop Seager for Arenado? Even if it’s only for this week till RZ gets off the DL? Seager’s been hot, and has that little hitting streak going, but he’s a little boring….

  100. Zeke says:
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    Hey Grey. Could you please rank these guys for my 4th outfielder platoon in a 12 team points league? Bourjous, Robot Jones, Schierholtz, Kubel.

    Thanks! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who got a little moist over Giancarlo’s weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeke: Bourjos, Jones… Ha, no problem…

  101. Mountain Man says:
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    C’mon Rosie! Take a hit Man! Put a little Mota in our love life! (My fav Bob quote from LaBamba).

    • Mountain Man says:
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      @Mountain Man: Sorry forgot the important part – which one this week:
      Kendrick – MIA
      Or
      Hughes – OAK
      Thanks Grey!

  102. james d says:
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    Some nerd offered me his Josh Hamilton for my Shelby Miller, Alex Cobb, and Brandon Beachy.

    6 keepers max per year and keepable for two years max. My guys are my main players with reasonable keeper value. Jhams has no keeper value at all.

    My other SP are Gio, Hamels, Niese, Beckett, and Milone. I also own 4 reasonable RP.
    Jhams would bench one of Lorenzo Cain, Josh Reddick, or Paul Konerko. 12 team h2h.

    (1) Good trade for me in terms of team production?
    (2) How close are the two sides in pure-value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @james d: 1) Sounds solid… 2) Close…

  103. Warren says:
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    Trying to buy low on the Dread Pirate this week. Decent offer below? His owner is struggling at 1B and SP:

    D Jennings
    J Zimm
    Konerko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: Konerko sound be unnecessary…

  104. John says:
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    Give Harvey @$7, get Kinsler@$32 and either Miley@$4 or Peavy@$12

    I need an upgrade at 2B.

    Which side wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Kinsler and Peavy

  105. Principle Blackman says:
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    One last question: Should I drop Reddick for Joyce in my OPS league? I like Reddick in the longterm, but 3 homers in the last 8 days has me thinking that Joyce might have read The Bender’s Call Me Maybe piece.

    Thanks.

  106. crock says:
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    Which side you prefer:
    BJ Upton/A.Escobar or Jennings/Rutledge?

  107. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: lol you said that last time I asked…. Thoughts on recent call up Seth Maness?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Said what? He’s a middle reliever for now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Oh… Well, you’re asking the wrong person… Should ask Rudy…

  108. Harkrider says:
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    Trade thoughts

    Bruce and Espinosa

    For

    Manchado and Ellsbury

    I could use some SB’s and a 3B. I have 3 2B right now, Rutledge, Carpenter, and Espinosa. My 3B are Carpenter and Chris Johnson. I tried Bruce for Wright, but the other owner doesn’t think that is a fair trade. Thoughts?

    • Harkrider says:
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      @Harkrider: @Harkrider: arenado is available if you think I should not trade and drop someone for him instead

  109. Mike says:
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    Kyle Kendrick: Solid starter I should grab or mere streaming option?
    Grey sez:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Grab him

  110. kratos says:
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    Would you lose Melky or Aoki for Bourjos or Mcclouth. Lateral move or go with the hot soup of the day?

  111. Matt says:
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    Drop Morrow for Cashner?

  112. Hotrod says:
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    Holliday or Ellsbury? I could use the steals…
    Holliday or Wainwright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hotrod: Ellsbury… Holliday or Wainwright is about needs…

  113. Jacks says:
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    Hi Grey: It’s that weekly occasion to make the tuff lineup decisions.

    4X4 No Ks. Who would you start out of Shelby @ MIL, Moore @ COL, Cash @ CHC? I’m thinking I bench Moore cuz correction is so likely. So for me it’s either Shelby or Cash. I also have Garcia and Cobb as 2 start guys, but I think I play them over those one start selections?

  114. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey! Love the site.

    Quick question. Fraizer or Freeman for rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Thanks! Freeman…

  115. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey, 2 questions for ya: 1) Who you got 5×5 roto, Berkman or L Cain. 2) I have 5 closers and am trying to deal an elite one (Kimbrel) for a frontline Starter. Not getting any bites. I was just offered RA Dickey for my Huston Street. I don’t trust Dickey at all, but Street is pretty mediocre and I’m geting killed by too many Closers and not enough Starters. Take Dickey or search around for another deal without the possible headache that Dickey will probably cause? Thank you sir

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI: Grab Dickey and kick Huston to the street.

  116. Frank Grimes says:
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    anybody see any news on Jed lowrie? I need to set lineup for weekly league.
    should I grab Simmons Espinosa Marwin or everth?

  117. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just been offered Doc Halladay and Swisher for Samardija (Shark) and Hamilton. Crappy offer right? Are you a believer in Doc anyway?

    Just wanted to shame him on here, hopefully he reads this.

  118. Buddy Biancalana says:
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    I swear to Mike Trout that I entered my bid for Arenado Sunday morning, using my Ipad, while sitting on my Toto S300E. That was followed by clean water washing away the Reimold-orange detritus and Delmon-dingleberries and a air freshener sprays into my butt.

  119. Fungus says:
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    Please rank these SPs Grey.

    Straily
    Cingrani
    Niese
    Kendrick
    Hammel
    Milone

    Grazie, friendo….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungus: Niese, Cingrani, Kendrick

  120. Big Puma says:
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    Strategy question……In a head to head league with Wins Ks QS ERA WHIP and saves, do you think it makes sense to have a bench bat or just have as many SPs as possible? For this week, I could pick up Hammel as a 2 start pitcher, but I would have to drop Ike. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Puma: A bench bat or two is fine in some instances… Less so in weekly leagues… I’d hold Ike…

  121. AbAdMaN says:
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    Can you rate these SPs:
    Cingrani, s miller, Gallardo, Kennedy. Which 2 would you keep for the rest of the year? Thanks!

  122. Hotrod says:
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    Quentin or Duda?

  123. Ron says:
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    Who do I drop to get Valverde in my lineup? Here are the bench spots for my team.

    Bats: Aybar (Segura is at SS), L. Cain, Weeks (Carpenter is at SS)
    Arms: Quintana, Vliianueva, Garza(DL), Henderson?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Villanueva

  124. Doc Pounder says:
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    Latos, Zimm, Miller, Bailey, Gallardo, Estrada, and Bailey on team. Is there anyone you would drop to allow you to stream? 5X5 10 team. Straily is out there.
    Or cut one of these for Straily. Rutledge (I have Kinsler and Zobrist) or S. Perez (Posey)

    • Doc Pounder says:
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      @Doc Pounder: Cingrani out there too.

      • Doc Pounder says:
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        @Doc Pounder: Oops Bailey twice. Meant Milone

      • Hotrod says:
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        @Doc Pounder: Id grab Cingrani and drop perez, dont need 2 catchers.

  125. Hotrod says:
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    S Perez. Why carry 2 catchers unless they are named Posey & Mauer…even then…

    • Prezii says:
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      @OaktownSteve: dudes pretty funny. Him and derek holland did impressions when they were in texas together.. funny stuff! Always fun to laugh at squeeks as well.

  126. bouncy balls says:
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    Would you trade Lawrie to get Rizzo?

    3B – I have Zman and Arenado
    1B – I have Edwin and Morales

  127. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: I lisp worse than I write… You are my hero!!!!…

    Someday in the far future if my puter is found in a tar pit by some passing spaceship’s hysterical anthropologist… He will power it up and use it a benchmark of just how bad a FFB team could be in our era…

    If he finds the archives of Razzball – Well, let me only say – I don’t think, he’ll ever understand it or at best, he will be confused into thinking, he has found the only remaining downloaded copy of the Kabbalah for Dummies….

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      Is there hope for LaRoche???… He been like getting soap-on -a-rope for Xmas so far…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @T Moore:

        LaRoche will finish the season with 25-30 homers, .250-.260 average, 85ish RBIs and 80ish runs. But you’re going to have to sit on him to get them. I would recommend sitting him when you can against left handed pitching especially until he shows some signs of coming around. You could ditch him, but you’ll run the risk of somebody scooping him up when he comes around and you’ll have the indignity of having carried his fat and tossing the meat to some other lion.

        • T Moore says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          OS: Exactly, I drop him and he’ll hit 40 tatters on a trot… I don’t and I’ve got one more useless soap-on-a-rope player on my roster…

          I wouldn’t complain… BUT UNDER 150!!!!! … It is beyond the pale…

          I’m hold’n on him and hope’n he plays to his mean sooner rather than later…

          Great game Sunday… As Mr Gray is always heard saying round here,

          GO A’s!!!!!!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @T Moore:

            LaRoche’s career March/April BA is .214 over 858 PAs but a .266 hitter over all. He’s a buy and hold stock. In the stock game there’s nothing that bites you in the behind faster than panics selling at a low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: I think you write very well, so I’m guessing your lisp is etrrible…

  128. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Grey,

    Need some short term 2B help while Kipnis is still in “extended spring training”.

    Top options I see are Betancourt and Alonso (yeah, he’s eligible in this league).
    I assume you would ignore Betancourt’s recent heat and go with Alonso?

  129. Jake DuBois says:
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    16-team H2H Points League,

    I have been offered the trade of getting Gallardo, Hanley Ramirez, and Matt Joyce for Adrian Gonzalez. I am interested because right now I have the unholy suck of Moustakas at 3B.

    Here’s my relevant roster:

    1B: Goldschmidt
    3B: Moustakas
    OF: McCutchen, Holliday, A. Gonzalez, Markakis, and Aoki. (We start 3 OF)
    SP: Hamels, Cliff Lee, Samardzija, Beckett, Gee, Cashner, Kendrick (We start 4 SP)

    Should I make the trade?

      • Jake DuBois says:
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        @Grey:

        Okay, I know you were down on Hanley in the preseason.

        Follow up question: Our league has odd keeper rules in that you are only allowed to keep a player if you drafted him and kept him on your bench for the entire season without ever putting him in the starting lineup. If you manage that, you get that player in the 14th round of next year’s draft, which is a pretty nice spot for a 16-team league.

        I currently have Nolan Arenado on my bench and was hoping to keep him for next year.

        So would you do the forementioned trade OR run with Arenado/Moustakas for the rest of the year and lose his keeper status?

        Thanks for the help.@Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade still sounds good…

  130. Coop says:
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    Struggling with my batters in my H2H League where we count H, R, 1b, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, AVG, OBP, SB:

    C: Sal Perez
    1B: Billy Butler
    2B: Ian Kinsler
    SS: Josh Rutledge
    3B: Pablo Sandoval
    OF: Jose Bautista
    OF: Matt Holliday
    OF: Daniel Nava
    UTIL: Anthony Rizzo

    DL: Jason Heyward BN: Ike Davis, Joe Buck, Matt Carpenter, Emilio Bonifacio

    Any strategic advice or just be patient?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coop: Your team will come around… Still early…

  131. booya says:
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    Would you want AJ Griffin or Travis Wood?

    Thanks

    • booya says:
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      @booya:
      Or Smyly

  132. bees knees says:
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    grey,

    2 questions:

    1.can you rank the FA pickups please?
    gee, kendrick, corbin, detwiler

    2. berkman for cashner – who wins?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bees knees: Kendrick, Corbin… Berkman…

  133. Concerned owner. says:
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    Dear Abby,
    Was I living in a cave, like so many of your readers*, in thinking 12-team, H2H, Yahoo! keeper, offense would be competitive? So far they’ve managed to win a mere 3/28 offensive categories (OBP & SLG extra) in the first 4 weeks.

    C Salvador Perez; 1B Freddie Freeman, 2B Jason Kipnis, 3B Todd Frazier, SS Starlin Castro (K)
    OF Alejandro De Aza; OF Matt Kemp (K); OF Chris Young
    UTIL Albert Pujols (K), UTIL Eric Hosmer
    BN Matt Carpenter
    DL Jason Heyward (K)

    *Dear Abby readers – not Razzball readers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Concerned owner.: I don’t think so… Freeman, Kemp, Kipnis and Pujols all have to get better…

  134. FillyP says:
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    12t H2H 7×7 (XBH + OBP and IP + QS)

    Drop Ike Davis for..?

    McClouth
    C. Young
    Loney

    Gregg (I have League, Perkins, and Wilhemsen.. closers are good trade bait in our league)
    Correia
    Kendrick
    Guthrie
    Norris

    • FillyP says:
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      @FillyP:

      Edit to add – Hardy was just dropped and will clear waivers Wed. I have first priority. I’ve got Espinosa, Rutledge, and Cozart and have been looking for MI help.. so there’s another option.

  135. Be The Ball says:
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    Straily or J. Fernandez? Also, would you drop either Corbin or Cashner to pick up Hammel and/or Villanueva (who was just dropped)?

  136. JJ says:
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    Would you drop Revere or Morneau for any of these bats?
    WILLINGHAM
    DUDA
    YOUKILIS
    K.MORALES

    • FillyP says:
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      @JJ:

      I’m not Grey, but Willingham for Revere seems like a no-brainer to me.. Revere hasn’t even been playing and has been absolutely dreadful this season. Take it from a Phillies fan.

      • JJ says:
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        @FillyP:
        thanks not-grey.
        Appreciate the feedback
        How about you Grey? You concur?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I concur

  137. Channingtatum says:
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    Just traded Trevor Cahill and y. Cespedes for mat altos and Andre ether.. Outfield is Bautista, trumbo, fowler, morse, Matt carpenter, ether, gattis. How’d I do?

  138. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey, are you starting or benching:

    Ryu vs Col
    Peavy @ Tex
    Niese @ Atl

    Not a huge fan of any of them. I’m leaning towards starting Peavy and Niese, benching Lu Hao

  139. L-Boogie says:
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    Thoughts on Matt Moore is @ Rockies this week? SON hates this start. Start Moore or

    Jo-Fer home vs Mets and @ Philly
    AJ Burnett home vs Wash

    SON loves the Burnett start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: I’d start Moore every time out…

  140. Robby D says:
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    Looking to beef up my pitching because my hitting is fine.

    Would Bumg, Carlos Santana, and Ike Davis for

    Pujols, Rosario, Iwakuma be a solid move for me (He’s also interested in Morrow and Lester, but I don’t want to lose Lester for sure). I’d get the Santana side of the deal. I have Perez at catcher also, and Morales and Craig at first (technically Frazier also)

    I’m listing Rosario instead of Perez becuase I have 4 rockies (Cargo, Tulo, Rutledge) Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robby D: I don’t love it…

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: I was wondering, It’s a keeper league so picking up Santana would have been nice, whereas I think I’d be selling high on Rosario, The gap between Pujols and Davis is just to big to make up for BumG over Iwakuma and Morrow.

  141. Alan says:
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    I feel like I have a good team already.

    C- Lucroy
    1b- A Gonzo
    2b- Cano
    3b- Machado
    SS- Desmond
    OF- C Davis
    OF- J Upton
    OF- Marte
    UTL- Ortiz
    Bench- D Jennings and JP Arencibia

    SP- Bumgarner
    SP- Sale
    SP- Lynn
    SP- Kuroda
    SP- Halladay
    RP- S Miller
    RP- T Cingrani
    bench- Wade Miley Brandon Morrow J Papelbon

    should I trade bumgarner for Ellsbury or should I stand pat? or should I trade a pitcher and marte for McCutchon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take McCutchen…

  142. gareth says:
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    Is is wierd that when I say the name “arenado” in my head I say it the way GOB says “hermano” in arrested development?

    Arenado and donalson were both grabbed in my league today. Who produces more going forward?

  143. Prezii says:
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    Alright Steve… Its Monday! Lets get two low-key hitters and a 7-8th starting pitcher on ur opponents teams. Creeper of the week? Ppftt… Ill go to my main man Steve!

    STON!

  144. Wake Up says:
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    All day I….
    dream about STREAMIN
    never leavin
    my team and them alone
    Rosterbatin
    while I’m waitin
    for the next game to be on…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Sounds like a portmanteau of a poem and a haiku…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: A paiku…like that Brad Pitt movie?
        You should get Rudy to rap it for the podcast intro…
        btw, my girl asked the other day if portmanteau was a portmanteau? nearly blew my mind…

        • Prezii says:
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          @Wake Up: then you had to blow her mind?

          Ya know, to get her inflated again? :D

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Prezii: “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”…

            • Prezii says:
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              @Wake Up: hahahaha im on fire with you lately, buddy! You’re setting me up like a fastball from zito!

  145. Prezii says:
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    Teheruns sent down when Beachy returns right? Seems hes could to start a rehab assignment in 7-10 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii: I’d imagine so… He’s still about a month away… At least…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: yep i know, just tryin to get my knowledge right! Thanks! Think imma pounce in a week or so. No DL spot and hes out here in my ten teamer.

  146. gareth says:
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    Hey grey. I just traded tim lincecum for jose Battista in my league. I’m shocked the owner went for it to be honest.

    So far in my league I have traded:

    Bj upton for joe mauer

    Billy butler for yovani gallardo and brett lawrie

    Michael cuddyer and andre eithier for starlin castro

    Jose valverde for kyle seager

    Tim lincecum for jose bautista

    Havei done ok so far?

    • Prezii says:
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      @gareth: is this league you and 11 other you’s?

      • Fish says:
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        @Prezii:

        Ha!

  147. booya says:
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    Would you give Minor for R Zimm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  148. James says:
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    Was thinking of dropping Lorenzo Cain for either of the following:

    Aoki
    Moose
    Josh Donaldson
    Arenado

    10 team h2h
    Which should I pick up for the short term and should I still hold on Marte, Werth, and Brandon moss.

    Thank you for the advice , much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Moss for Aoki… if you need runs, BA and steals…

  149. Poo Holes says:
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    A) I know you’ve been high on Chris TIllman, but is he better than Kyle Kendrick ROS?
    B) I think it’s time to cut ties with Revere. My rotating OF has been Bautista, Pagan, Hunter, Swisher, and Revere, and some of the schmotatoes available are Nava, LoCain, Parra, Bourjos, and Seth Smith. Any move there? (Missed on McLouth by a few hours)
    C)
    D) That team also has Ortiz and Howard. Do I try to sell one of the two? IF so, which one?

    • Grey

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      A) Tillman and Kendrick are toss ups based on matchups… I’d go Tillman, maybe a tad more upside… B)Cain C) D) Can try to sell one, not sure what you need… Or what you can get for Howard…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey: Just saw Krispie is available too, still going with Cain? I’d just try to move them while they have value. My pitching is fairly balanced but my offense could always use improvement, especially with Reyes and Aramis on the DL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  150. rm says:
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    I grabbed Cingrani for value, but need hitting more than pitching. What’s fair value for him in trade? I’d prefer a 1b/3b. I almost traded him for Arenado, but got cold feet, since Arenado may flop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try for Frazier if someone thinks they’re selling high… Maybe Zimmerman?

      • rm says:
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        wow, I guess I was underrating him. Unfortunately(actually fortunately) Frazier’s on my team. The Zimmerman owner has strong pitching already. I’m not sure anyone in my league would want Cingrani that much, I guess I’ll keep him and try to trade one of my other pitchers.

  151. Fungazi says:
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    Hey – would you trade Alex Gordon & a 2nd round pick for McCutch & a round 6 – 12 m keep 6. Gordo isn’t a keeper.

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @Fungazi: Six keepers? Yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  152. DiscoD says:
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    1. Will you rank the top 3 SP out of these guys?
    I’m in a 10-team H2H points league

    Pettite, Hughes, Marcum, Hammel, Wood, Vogelsong, Guthrie, Beckett

    2. Hafner, Marte, Borjous, Donaldson, Infante or Russell Martin in my UTIL spot over the next week or two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Beckett, Hammel, Hughes…

  153. Frank Grimes says:
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    drop griffin to stream lily vCol @SF this week or stick with one start from cash @Chi, Villa vCin and Zim @atl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go to Ted…

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @Grey: SON has him high tonight but his lifetime at AT&T ain’t great vs me Giants but thanks going to pull the trigger. I’m a streaming maniac so far this year been somewhat successful (Corbin Villa Cash) but H2H is a b*tch.

  154. Prezii says:
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    Answer to C.) is….

    • Prezii says:
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      Heyy how’d you get down here?

  155. gareth says:
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    Would you say consistently starting 4 or more relivers in a weekly roto format can end up having a negative affect on your pitching stats? How do you even begin to figure out who to sit? Saves are simular to wins as a frustratingly elusive category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I wouldn’t say that…

  156. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey- Trade my Stanton for his McCuchen in a 14 team keeper leafy

    Thanks as always!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  157. EK says:
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    Pls rank ROS:

    Niese
    J. Garcia
    Hammel
    Wood

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese, Garcia, Hammel

  158. Kid A says:
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    Grey I have a strategy question. I’m in a weekly h2h most categories league with the pitching categories of IP/K/W/L/SV/ERA/WHIP. He has 7 starts this week (including 2 starts from lester, wainwright and quintana) compared to my 5. Should I let it roll and hope for the best or get smart and start 2 SP to try and snipe ERA/WHIP/Losses from him. Theres no way I can win IP and K anyway and I’ll probably lose Wins also.

    Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no idea what 5 starts you have…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey:

        Zimmerman, Samardzia, Ryu and bucholz. have dempster, bailey and burnett on the bench

        • Fish says:
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          @Kid A:

          The larger point is that the quantity means little if the quality sucks. If he’s throwing out 4 starts from Brad Peacock-level pitchers compared to your quality rotation, then sit back and let him gift wrap victories in ERA, WHIP, and L for you. If you’re able to pull off victories in any of the other 3 (IP, W, K’s), it’s a bonus.

          Given the depth of your starters, I don’t see a reason NOT to start the guys on the bench. Play the matchup, if need be.

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            @Fish: thanks! exactly what i was looking to hear.

  159. gareth says:
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    Hey prezzii

    Its a ten team cbs roto league. A couple of those trades had votes against them. For some reason the seager velverde trade caused the most controversy and cries of collusion!

    I feel bad for the castro guy. A week after he trades me castro jose reyes goes down for him.

    There is one guy in our league is like my nemesis. He traded putz, trout and willingham for strasburg, pujols and kimbrel in the first week. He then traded cueto and medlen for fister and heyward. At the time they looked very lobsided and shady. Everyone in the league hates this guy as he bitches about everything and says mean things.

    It was my mission from the first week to destroy him. I am currently 2nd. He’s third. Its on like donkey kong.

    • Prezii says:
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      @gareth: get emmm! Yeah that trout trade is crazy… I wish ppl traded this much in my leagues. Everyone just holds onto their players.. ive been trying to get rid of lawrie for weeks in my ten team. Im offering him for 5th and 6th starters now and still no one is taking.

      The lincecum one is just down and out wrong tho. Maybe you are just hitting the right owners at the right time i guess?

  160. bees knees says:
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    grey,
    what are your projections (LONG TERM, like future years) on the following guys:

    rizzo: 40hr/100rbi .275
    machado: 25hr/100rbi/10steal .280
    profar: 20/20 .280

    and when do you think we see numbers like that from them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks about right… This year for Rizzo is possible… Machado next year, could be this year… Profar 2015

  161. gareth says:
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    I have to say in all honesty, if I hadn’t have found this site I wouldn’t be doing half as well. Grey, rudy, jaywrong, sky and the gang are hands down the best in the business. Razzball is funnier that most comedy sites too. Keep up the excellent work guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @gareth: I agree bro! I knew of razzball but this year decided to pretty much exclusively pay ultra attention to all their info and almost none to any other site.
      I’ve said it before but many thanks for all the comedy, fantasy info and extras like movies, books and food to check out haha. Razzball Razzball Razzball!!!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Frank Grimes: duhhh, its all here! I noticed a lot of “professional” sites trying to add humor into their articles now a days… Nice try, small guy!

  162. scott says:
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    Luebke, Beachy, or C. Lewis. Have multiple DL spots. Worth grabbin any or a few of them or let them be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have open DL spots? Then grab em all… Beachy first…

      • scott says:
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        @Grey: yea just had a few come back. Cespedes included. Pleased with him and stanton yesterday! Who next luebke or lewis? I actually drafted luebke and beachy but was forced to drop once I had people hit DL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lewis

  163. Trigger Cut says:
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    Dexter Fowler or Desmond Jennings ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

      • Trigger Cut says:
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        @Grey: I was afraid you might say that. Crazy to trade my A-Gonz for Fowler where A-Gonz is on my bench most of the time (Bruce in RF, Ortiz at Util) and Jennings is my CF? Or am I giving too much for only a modest upgrade?

        • Trigger Cut says:
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          @Trigger Cut: (OBP league.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bit but could pay dividends…

          • Trigger Cut says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, as always, for the fantastic things you do here for us, Grey. Daquiri on its way.

            • Trigger Cut says:
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              @Trigger Cut: *Daiquiri. What a strange word…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  164. Prezii says:
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    I need saves bad in the rcl. Cisek lookin a little shaky lately. Any snowballs chance theres a change going on there? Far fetched i know but man i need saves. Did i mention i need saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re looking in the wrong place for saves… Even if Cishek loses the job, what’s hie replacement gonna get? 2 saves in a month?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: haha 2 saves a month? that would be sweet! I need saves so bad i picked up marmol after WATCHING him walk batters and use 30 pitches to get thru the 9th.. im just trying to find possible guys.. you are very right grey but i have no other place to look!! Its all i gots man..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marmol thanks you… He sends his regards with a poop-scented candle…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: next time where outside of stantons house in the dumpster ill spark er up!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Toke toke!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: you want to smoke a poop scented candle? I was just gonna spark it to be an asshole but if you want to smoke it, lead the way.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Just killing time in the dumpster…

  165. Barry Heanbag says:
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    Which side of the deal do you like more:

    Votto and Kendrick for Goldschmidt and Pedroia

    same question for:

    Votto and Kendrick for Goldschmidt and Andrus

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick who…

  166. Ed says:
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    Would you start Estrada (2 starts) or Lynn (1 start) this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada

  167. andy says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for all the great advice over the years. There’s no other website quite like this one!

    13 team 7×7 roto league counting OBP and Slugging, and QS instead of W and L, along with WHIP and Ks/9.

    I am rolling with 8 SPs right now, and on pace to go way over my start limit. I am looking to trade a SP alongside Jennings to get an even better bat. My pitchers include: Dickey, Morrow, Lester, Peavy, Bailey, Ryu, Ervin Santana, and Cashner. I can put whoever i get in my Utility spot, so position doesn’t matter, i just want a great bat. Can i package one of those pitchers with Jennings to get Wright, Holiday, or Hamilton? I imagine Lester, Peavy, and Bailey have the most value at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!Sure, Try Dickey…. Yeah, those are most valuable….

      • andy says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Also in need of saves. Any of those pitchers that you would trade straight up for Romo, Nathan, or Grilli?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All of them for the right price…

          • andy says:
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            @Grey:
            Ha, just realized my stupid ass put WHIP in the original question. Obviously we count WHIP. I meant to say we count holds as well. Anyways, thanks for all the help!

            Start Morrow tomorrow vs Boston if i am way over on starts this year?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d sit

  168. Ed says:
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    thanks for the time

  169. Eddy says:
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    Thanks for answering my catcher question earlier!

    Better SAGNOF stash: Axford or Fujikawa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fujikawa

  170. Decision Points says:
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    Which side ya want?

    Wainwright and Krispie Young or BJ Upton and Scherzer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  171. Moustachioed says:
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    Great post as usual! Love reading these first thing on a Monday.

    12 team roto league, been offered Machado for Starling Marte. I’m overloaded on OF (Stanton, J. Upton, Jones, Gardner, McLouth are my other OF) and have no backup 3B, so I’m very tempted. Fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Machado and Marte is fair, depends on needs… I’d take Machado if you need a 3B…

  172. scott says:
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    1 more question. From here til beachy/lewis return from DL would you rather have Villanueva or Kyle Kendrick??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  173. royce! says:
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    Happy Monday, Grey. Was up in LA Saturday for a quick visit and checked out a new brewery over in Glendale called Golden Road because it was kid friendly. It’s a nice joint in the weirdest location- an industrial area, across the street from a Home Depot. My friends told me that their bottled beer is not that great, but what they had on tap was pretty good, and the food was excellent, for a brewery at least, so you should check it out if you are into food and beer. There’s also an all-nude strip club down the street, and if you pay close enough attention at the brewery, you can watch strippers get off the bus on their way to work. Bonus!

    Heard about the Stones show at the Echoplex but knew well enough that there was no way I was getting in, so I visited a friend nearby that was having some people over for a party that devolved into an attempt to play the Clue VHS game (never try this). Then bolted early Sunday in order to accomodate the kid’s nap schedule.

    Anyhow, enough about me…let’s talk about my FBB team! I punted C and currently have Gattis. Should I try to move a lesser SP to the guy who has both Molina and Ruiz? Something like Cobb or Cingrani or Jo-Fer. Or should I wait another week or two and grab Yasmani before he returns near the end of the month. The team is doing well, so I’m just tinkering at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t tell anyone you’re coming? I’m not a beer guy…. I do like strippers though! Wow, the Clue VHS game, that’s impressive… I didn’t know anyone had a VCR anymore… Member those? You do! Just wait for Yasmani…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Assuming you haven’t already, you need to try some of the beer that royce! is talking about there. Forget about that weasel’s piss that is commercially produced beer.

        Did you see the Stones Crossfire Hurrican doco?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Documentary? Huh? Never heard of that beer but it sounds like the brewery is close to me (20 minutes away)….

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: You don’t strike me as a Stones guy (though I could be wrong – it happens), but it’s a great watch:

            http://www.rollingstones.com/crossfire-hurricane/

            They really are an amazing collection of characters.

            Yeah, get to that brewery. Try an IPA. It’s beer that doesn’t taste like beer…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t like beer, is that queer, never fear, Zima’s here… Cougar would probably love this documentary…. I should get tickets to surprise her… I’m sweet!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Think it came out last year, so it’s probably available for hire at your local content hire service. I just PVR’d it from the TV.

                Some of the archive footage is awesome. Especially that ill-fated concert at Altamont in ’69.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh! It’s out? Oh, okay… Then I’ll have ti iTunes it like I was thinking of her and bought it with her credit card…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: You’ve got a heart of gold.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m a softie, SteveNZ.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @SteveNZ: seen, it’s an HBO flick, huge stones fan, very nice steve!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: My apologies, I didn’t anticipate that you’d want to go to dinner at 5 pm with a 14-month old and a 7 year old. I’ll be in touch next time I come up for work, I promise.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was in Glendale on Saturday… Went to see Oblivion… Pretty solid for what it was…

          • royce! says:
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            @SteveNZ: Beer was pretty good, not tremendous. I had a Black IPA and an IPA, both were tasty. I have not seen their beers in stores down here yet, but am curious to try them because I like beer in cans and I think they exclusively use cans.

            • royce! says:
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              @royce!: How the hell did this get placed here???

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Dammit! Well, next time I’ll be in touch, whether it’s with a bunch of kids or not and hopefully we can meet up….I was thinking that Oblivion looked interesting…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I had to have it explained to me afterwards, but it was good (I think)…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I bought a VCR at a thrift store a while back just to watch Ruben and Ed, which my wife’s had on VHS since the 90s…Totally worth it. Then I just bought the DVD. Still worth it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never heard of it… Good? I’m guessing yes…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, absolutely. It’s directed by Trent Harris, who also put together the Beaver Trilogy, which is also awesome.

            Here’s the trailer for Rubin and Ed:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltjw-LiwOiQ

            The entire Beaver Trilogy can be found on youtube.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, Hesseman and Glover… How have I not heard of this?

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: Dunno…I’l bring it up next time I’m in LA. There are some brilliant quotes, and it’s a heartwarming tale of unlikely friends!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  An offbeat buddy comedy!

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Grey: this is my friend’s favorite movie. “MY CAT CAN EAT A WHOLE WATERMELON.” My friend used to yell that out when he’d get really drunk and scare the hell out of all around.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s awesome…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @royce!: That place looks cool. How’s the beer?

      • royce! says:
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        @SteveNZ: Beer was pretty good, not tremendous. I had a Black IPA and an IPA, both were tasty. I have not seen their beers in stores down here yet, but am curious to try them because I like beer in cans and I think they exclusively use cans.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: Cans, eh? You hipster! Just read about it on their site. All seems to make sense. Food looks great too.

          Been drinking a bit of this stuff lately:

          http://garageproject.co.nz/

          More specifically the Venusian Pale Ale and Pernicious Weed. Totally delicious, but at 7-8% in quite big bottles, I’m a bit ‘tired’ by the end. They’re pretty small, so doubt if they’re exporting yet, but if you see some, grab it.

          • royce! says:
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            @SteveNZ: I’ll have to check that out if I see it…I’ve been having the same sleepiness issue with a lot of the beer around here, as much of it is in the 8-10 range. After one 22 you’re ready to take on the world!…after this nap.

            I have always preferred beverages in cans, but I am pretty much a hipster, so I’ll just accept the label and we can move on.

  174. Rags says:
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    DLing Heisey in my Util spot. It’s OBP instead of BA, roto, and there are no benches. Doing ok in the standings, but could use HR and OBP the most.

    Baxter, Punto, Uribe, Herrera, Sappelt, Guzman and Inge are what’s available. Or speculate on Alfredo Marte? Who are your top three or four, in case we don’t get our first pick?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s this NL-Only? Herrera, Uribe, Sappeit…

      • Rags says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, 11 team NL-only, with unlimited DL spots. The waiver wire is BRUTAL. Thanks, man.

        Not a fan of Baxter? He’s got better OBP numbers than Uribe or Sappelt (not counting Uribe’s 2013 BB% that is more than 20 points higher than career).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh… These guys are all garbage… If you’re feeling Baxter, I won’t stand in your way, it’s not like the other guys are that special…

          • Rags says:
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            @Grey: Ha. Fair enough. I really don’t know how 12-team NL only leagues do it. With 5OF, two catchers, and the astros leaving the league (and nearly all the talented marlins), guys are getting into fights over Y. Betancourt and Greg Dobbs…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, we’re in a 12-teamer… Slim pickens on waivers…

  175. Csifu says:
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    Victorino or Bourjos for 5th OF in a yahoo league? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victorino

  176. bossmanjunior says:
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    Who am I sitting today…

    Lowrie v. Hanson (Hanson has been terrible versus llh this season)
    Altuve @ Pettitte
    Rutledge @ Lilly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie might sit due to his neck…. So him…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        If he does start, would you still sit him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  177. Yu mean says:
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    Kemp and Freese for my David Wright in a standard 5 X 5 yahoo league?
    Any added value there or should i just hold?
    Do i counter with Bautista and Freese?

    Thank you Grey for your help, always appreciate it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp side… Sure, counter… No problem…

  178. Fister Furbush says:
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    Pick two to start in a points league

    Iwakuma@ Tor

    Peavy @ Tex

    Medlen vs Was

    Kendrick vs Mia

    It’s a toughy. Thanks…

    FF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen, Kendrick

  179. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Start Latos at St. Louis? Also my 1B is my only week spot its ike and yonder hold and them two together will be okay or look for a trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos has something like a 2.90 ERA in the last 220 IP…

  180. BSW says:
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    Who wins: Gallardo and Andrus for David Price and Andrelton Simmons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallardo

  181. Warren says:
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    received this offer in a 5×5 h2h league (playoffs are two week head to heads)

    I give:

    Starlin

    I get:

    Cliff Lee
    J Reyes

    I have Everth on my bench so this seems like a no brainer. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lee if you need pitching… It’s fair…

      • Warren says:
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        @Grey: thanks boss. He has D Price as well so I could counter but I don’t think there’s a big difference between the two lefties. I think Lee will help my WHIP a bit more though (main weakness on my staff)

  182. The Real Corky says:
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    Best RP for straight saves in 10T mixed roto: Holland, Perkins, Gregg or Street?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perkins

  183. Bobby Nice says:
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    From the open I’m assuming you’d drop Moustakas for Arenado? I have a feeling Moustakas isn’t coming out of this slump and he’s going to end up being the 2013 version of 2nd year Hosmer. Would you drop Moustakas at this point for a hot schmatato if you couldn’t get Arenado? I was going to ride it out, but the guy hasn’t even had a blip of hope.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m benching Mostsuckass…

  184. doghat666 says:
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    12 team 10×10 daily roto league.
    Lowrie as SS
    Cozart as MI
    Kendrick at 2B
    Walker currently BN with injury
    Alexei is on waivers, I should pick him up and drop Cozart, correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  185. Wilsonian says:
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    Which side:

    A – Goldy, McCutch, Middlebrooks
    B – Frazier, Lawrie, AJax, Cingrani

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: forgot to mention it’s a 5 player keeper league. Can keep forever. Already have Stanton, A.Jones, and Price (or Moore) as 3 guys who should be with me for the longhaul.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks. I made the offer to get the Goldy side. Afterwards I was a little skeptical, but I think it’s the better side, too. We’ll see if anything happens.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool…

  186. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    I need to move a Closer for a Starter. I was offered RA Dickey for my H Street. Buy very low on Dickey, or avoid the potential headache of Dickey and try and move one of my more reliable closers (Kimbrel, Romo type) for a more reliable starter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Dickey

  187. roose says:
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    You still down on Cole Hamels after his Mets game? 6 BB is bad, but a lot of the balls looked like borderline strikes to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not buying him…

  188. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Mr. Grey
    A) 12 team, Pacheco, Hundley, Ianetta, Castillo, or Salty? Currently in 2nd place with no blaring needs with my offensive categories. Who’s my best set it and forget it option over Doumit?
    B) 10 team, Corbin or Straily over Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Doumit B) No

  189. Mel says:
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    Pick 2, ROS:

    Estrada, Hammel, Hughes, Morrow

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrow, Estrada

  190. herschel says:
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    @Grey: trying to swap my pujols for mccuthen. if the cutch owner doesnt go for it, would you do pujols/pence for cutch or is that too much? i would slide rizzo to 1b and either move arenado or some other hot schmotato to DH. 5 x 5 weekly roto.

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With Pence it’s a tad too much, but I’d prefer McCutchen over Pujols…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: what about pujols/pence for cutch and either dunn or berkman?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair with Berkman…

  191. chris says:
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    is melky even worth a roster sport any longer? i got hanley coming off dl soon, brandon beachy sitting on waivers and i will have an opened dl spot.

    current team.
    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Altuve, Jose(2B) HOU
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
    Seager, Kyle(3B) SEA

    Lucroy, Jonathan(C) MIL
    Morneau, Justin(1B) MIN
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Pagan, Angel(OF) SF
    Upton, B.J.(OF) ATL
    Swisher, Nick(1B,OF) CLE
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t look like it on your team

  192. gareth says:
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    Hey prezii,

    I think you might be right about the timing thing. Let me give you a little background in regards to the lincecum for bautista trade.

    The guy I traded valverde for seager was the same owner as this current trade. At the time of the seager / valverde trade, douchbag owner was sending out emails trying to convince everyone to veto the trade (he got 1 vote). He also cried collusion and accused us trading partners of being the same person. He also used alot of profanity. The trade went through and it kind if bonded me and the other guy (who is 1st) into a mutual hate of douchbag owner.

    So last week i asked first place guy if he could part with an outfielder as he was so stacked he was sitting an elite guy every week. Another trade would also make doughbag owner irate. He said he needed pitching, which i had in abundance. Its a 5 outfield league with utility. He has – braun, harper, cespedes, cruz, holliday, carlos gonzalez and jose bautista. So you see, he HAD to bench one of those guys EVERY week.

    Mutal hate for another plus surplus? Lets make a deal.

    So saturday night after a bottle of wine i drunkenly targeted bautista out of those guys as i noticed he was on his bench for week 5. My starters are felix, gio, gallardo, aj burnett, morrow, estrada, lynn, cobb, lincecum. Timmy was on my bench so i offered him, as kind of a joke tentative first offer.

    I woke up the. Next morning and found an enail saying “trade accepted.” Huh? In his message he said he would have preffered felix hernandez but figured i wouldnt go for it. Sk he pulled the trigger. I am shocked as the next person.

    So theres the anatomy of that trade. My league is kinda crazy. I guess the moral of the story is never hoarde outfielders? Always counter offer? Pissing off another player is fine but not tim lincecum for bautista fine?

    Is it wierd though that I stilll have a tiny speck of regret in not owning timmy and seeing a resurgance on my watch. An “I told you so” hold if you will. Ah to hell with that, joey bats! Giancarlo! Same outfield!

    • Prezii says:
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      @gareth: haha thats classic. It makes more sense now, yeah. Makes a good trade even sweeter when it makes your nemesis’ blood boil.. still think he could have got a lot more for joey bats tho.. but hey, you are not complaining.

  193. Votto-Voom says:
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    Grey,

    I’m cruising along in first in my 16 team money league. I’ve got 3 named closers (Soriano, Bettancourt and Jannsen). Keep in mind, with 16 teams and saves being 25% of the points closers do hold considerable value. Any one who even may close is snatched up at $11 per rumor.

    If I have a weakness it is my starting pitching. I have H Bailey, Cliff Lee, J Chacin, Lohse, Miley, P Hughes, Quintana and Cingrani in order to pick 5 weekly starters.

    I was offered Kris Medlin for Soriano.

    What are your thoughts?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Medlen

  194. L-Boogie says:
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    1) Better DH choice: Dunn or Machado?

    2) What if I was in a 12-team, 1×0 league where only RBI counted. Dunn or Machado?

    In dire need of RBI (3rd in AVG and HR, 11th in RBI?!?).

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado… Machado…

  195. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    Hey Grey, love the columns!

    12 team, H2H points league I was offered Votto and Ethier for my A Jones and Hosmer. My team looks like this, without Pacman and hosmer in the lineup:

    C: Posey, McCann
    1b: Frazier
    2b: Betancourt
    3b: Machado
    SS: Castro
    IF: Trumbo
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Marte
    OF: Victorino
    OF: Seth Smith
    UTIL: Neil Walker
    Prospects: Profar and Hamilton

    Pretty weak on HR, BA and OBP. Hold, or am I over thinking this?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Votto…

  196. Matt says:
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    I have Brett Anderson and Vogelsong was offered in a trade.. who do you think has a better shot of recovering this season? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogelsong

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!!

        • Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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          @Matt: Yikes, how ridiculously deep does your league have to be to roster Anderson at this point? 12 team H2H points league, no innings limit (!?!), 100+ SP rostered. (Yes I need a new league.)

          • Matt says:
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            @Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado: 14 team H2H, no innings limit. For grins I just went through the teams: 108 SP rostered. Between 5-11 SP per team

  197. booya says:
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    Would you give Bailey and Segura for R Zimm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  198. kratos says:
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    Weekly league Infante or Betancourt? Both have 7 game weeks. Thx

    • kratos says:
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      Would be dropping Gyorko for either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Infante

  199. FillyP says:
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    How about dropping Ike for Arenado? 7×7 keeper league with OBP and XBH. I’ve got Pablo and Manchado at CI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  200. Ben says:
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    Jesus Montero or Lucroy ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montero

  201. Adam says:
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    @Grey; @everyone else;

    5×5 weekly lineup league… Looking to preserve my ratios primarily, though obviously Ws/Ks are always nice.

    Which 1 of these 3 would you start this week:

    Morrow (2 GS) vs BOS, vs SEA
    Maholm (1 GS) vs WAS
    Villanueva (1 GS) vs CIN

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrow

  202. booya says:
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    One more…what about Bailey and Frazier for R Zimm?

    Thanks again Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier side

  203. Fungazi says:
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    Aoki got dropped, should he be owned in a 12 m league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Obi-wan!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  204. Bernie Brewer says:
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    SP staff: Hamels, Bumgarner, Morrow, Niese, H. Bailey, Cashner, Maholm, DL – Beachy (15 team mixed league w/IP limit)

    Drop either Cashner or Maholm to grab McLouth (he’d be a bench/UTIL guy until Heyward returns for me)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maholm

  205. RiffRaff says:
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    Good one “grey worm”! I thought you were more of a Greyjoy… or maybe Hodor?

    Anderson or Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Hodor! Cashner…

  206. DiRo says:
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    H2H league, have to set lineups for whole week; do you start McCutchen or Beltran or Jennings?

    How do you feel about Wright this week with a sore neck? Should I start Sabdoval at 3B and use another OF at Util?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to trade hitters if you’re choosing between those guys… McCutchen…. Start Sandoval and Wright…

  207. Snake Hips says:
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    Who do you like more THIS year? Cashner or Kendrick?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  208. sange da man says:
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    12 team espn h2h points

    Pretty set at OF Joey Bats, AJax, Rios, C. Gomez, Marte, even Gattis qualifies….
    Trade AJax and Todd Frazier for Wright and Kendrys Morales (could use a 1b/Utility behind Billy they’re real and they’re spectacular Butler)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  209. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    Pick two for my utility spot tonight

    Rizzo, Frazier, Aoki

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Aoki

  210. Jacks says:
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    Ugh, having a hard time with my last offensive positions this week. 4X4 no Runs. Gotta pick 3 of these:

    Weeks (would sit but he might break out this week dammit, 7 games)
    Hanley. I think he’s back today if not tomorrow.
    Mark Reynolds
    Krispie Young. 3 Lefties.
    Revere: Still gimpy I think so mass steals unlikely.

    Can’t make up my mind … which 3 would you go with? 1 of them has to be Weeks or Hanley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weeks, Hanley, Krispie

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: awesome, done.

        one more. RA is getting an MRI, but allegedly just to help target treatments. Start in SEA is juicy. BUt maybe he doesn’t make it. Start Cashner at CHC instead?

        you’re the best

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with RA but it’s a bit risky…

  211. TOFU STRANGLER says:
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    hello Mr Grey

    Cain vs Dbax
    Latos vs Cardinals

    Start em sit em split em? which.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

    • Grey Worm says:
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      @TOFU STRANGLER: Since Cain is mentioned here, thoughts on him ROS? Buyin or sellin?

      • TOFU STRANGLER says:
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        @Grey Worm: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LET IT ROLLLLLL

  212. Ringo says:
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    Drop Cishek for any of Hanrahan, Axford, Marmol, Fujikawa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  213. Boomer19 says:
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    Should I pick up Norris to fill in for Avila this week? I would probably just keep Avila on the bench and dump Ackley. For some reason I have faith that Avila will get better eventually.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  214. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    weeks,victorino and konerko for Albert

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albert side

  215. LordaMercy says:
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    Too disrespectful to ask for his Goldy for my Harvey? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  216. B.o.B says:
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    Milone is available in my 10 team league…you like him more than Griffin or Quintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re all match-ups guys for now…

  217. chillmodious says:
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    If I’m parsing your responses properly, I think you would have these guys ranked as follows: Kendrick / Cashner / Villanueva

    Is that correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thank you kindly.

  218. The Real Corky says:
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    Would you start Niese (@ATL) or Hudson (Wash & PT) this week? Or both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

  219. RiffRaff says:
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    Thoughts on Segura? Where would you pencil him into the SS ranks – above Espinosa/Rutledge? How about the Andrus/Rollins range?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just below those guys…

  220. Frank Lynch says:
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    I read up on 2 pitchers, Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole n both looked like they were nasty and SS Jurickson Profar. What u guys think??

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      I picked up Scutaro for 3rd base until Zimmerman comes back and I thought it would be a good pickup cause he can back up 2nd, SS n 3rd.. I saw today he has a sore back and might not play the next few days. Do I keep him because the positions he can cover or just drop him for another infielder?? I got 6 OF’s so I need a infield back-up

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they’re good prospects…

  221. Fungus says:
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    I could stream Straily tonight. How confident are you that he’ll keep his ratios in check at home vs Angels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty confident… A 7 out of 10

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Fungus:

      It’s @ LAA, FYI

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        No it isn’t. Why am I not going tonight?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Damn it’s beautiful tonight too. Ball will travel more than usual. Betcha the a’s hang some crooked numbers on Hanson.

          • Prezii says:
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            @OaktownSteve: hell yeah! We need to get it going…

  222. Matt says:
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    I have bumgarner zimmermann moore iwakuma cingrani estrada and brett anderson as my starters. My pitching has dominated this year but I’m worried cingrani will get called down and iwakuma will regress a lot. I have a chance to trade zimmermann for Allen Craig. Do you think this is a fair trade or should I ask for more

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is fair…

  223. zzzzzz says:
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    Berkman over Youk as a util in 10 team H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  224. Jay says:
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    Hey Grey!!

    Possible trade gove Votto get Felix and Heyward

    possible replacements for votto would be:

    Hosmer and hart (both currently rostered)
    FAs:
    Dunn, Morales,Belt

    Thoughts? and if the deal goes through which replacement at 1B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Votto…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: what if I could get Edwin in addition?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then yeah…

          • Jason says:
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            @Grey: sorry should clarified Edwin would cost other players. It’s a different trade altogether. Working on that now.
            Hoping minor And morse can get him. Owner is pretty hard up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Minor and Morse would work for Edwin…

              • Jason says:
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                @Grey: alright sweet. Hopefully this guy agrees. If both if these trades workout ill gave a pretty solid team top to bottom.

  225. Andrew says:
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    14 Team League

    Which side do you like?

    C. Lee/Medlen or C.C./Rollins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

  226. Matt says:
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    I need SB’s terribly, and I’m currently trying to trade for some. I have 5 closers and could drop one to pick up Nate McLouth, but is he gonna continue to be a SB producer this season do you think? Is he worth dropping one of the following closers for and if so, which one?

    Holland
    Betancourt
    Mujica
    Valverde
    Perez
    Grilli

    Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade a closer or two for steals…

      • Matt says:
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        Who are some guys I should try looking at for SB’s, either through trade or waiver wire?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ellsbury? Coco? Rajai? Eric Young Jr?

          • Matt says:
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            My OF currently looks like this:

            Holliday
            Jones
            Choo
            Stanton
            Jennings
            A Gonzales
            DL Granderson

            Should I try packaging Holliday and a closer for Ellsbury? Would that be a fair trade? I’m also trying to trade a closer for Gardner straight up. The guy who has Coco already turned down a closer and Cingrani from me. Is Coco worth trading Holliday for? Thanks and sorry for beating you down on this.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You can try for Ellsbury… Gardner might be more realistic… I’d want Holliday in the Coco trade…

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: coco is not worth a closer AND Cingrani

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Is that a question? He could be in some leagues… Keepers or ones where you have a ton of speed already…

  227. Rob says:
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    Ok Grey. Third time’s the charm? I was offered Stanton and Brignac for Matt HOlliday and Prado. 10 team, NL only league, standard 8 categories. Thoughts? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holliday side, it’s fair… Depends on how badly you need Prado…

  228. Howard says:
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    1. Streaming options tonight in a QS league, pick one: Fernandez, Lilly, Straily, Wade Davis

    2. 16 team league, ok with dropping BoneFace for Dozier?

    3. 10 team league, drop Freese for Arenado? 3rd base and CI slots are filled so mostly looking for upside here

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily… What does the SON say? 2. I’d hold in that deep of a league 3. Eh

  229. Rob says:
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    You prefer Holliday and Prado to Stanton. Ok so no deal on my part then. I’m afraid Prado won’t turn it around, Holliday gone get hurt and Stanton going to get very hot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s fair, could go either way… Depends who is filling in for Prado… Is it’s Brignac, it’s not great…

      • Rob says:
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        @Grey: gonna try to put Arenado in for Brignac with a huge FAAB bid tonight

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then the trade’s fine for Stanton… As long as you have a replacement…

  230. SteveNZ says:
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    OK, down here now. I got pretty mad at Matusz yesterday for blowing out my ERA after giving up that two-run jack to Cespedes.

    Turns out it was a pretty good pitch right down at the knees and he just went down and semi-golfed it out of there. Some people who know much more about baseball than me (which admittedly is a lot of people) suggested only a handful of guys in the league could have hit that one out.

    Didn’t stop me from dropping his ass, though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Nice tag…

  231. chillmodious says:
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    Shizz…one more for ya, Grey:

    Better DL stash for this season: Motte or Aaron Hill?

    (not saying either is particularly good, but I have room for one, so might as well.)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

  232. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Somebody offered me Kris Medlen for Jim Henderson(Mil). My starters are Scherzer, Peavy, Morrow, Samardzija, Estrada and Cashner. We have a 175 GS limit and my other closers, are Janssen, Street and Brandon League. Accept or stay pat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Medlen…

    • Prezii says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez: why cant i get medlen that easy?? Guy wants friggin bumgarner and shizz…

  233. Random Collmenter says:
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    need some hitting help… you like trading my Jupton/Felix/Villanueva for his Stanton/Zobrist/Latos?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid…

  234. Grey Worm says:
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    Cain buy or sell? Pitches well tonight price could go back up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buy

  235. Ciao Grey —

    With these starters Scherzer, Milone, Cashner, Niese, Lilly (Greinke on DL) …

    … am I better off dropping someone (Milone or Lilly, I assume) for Garza (realizing he’s prolly out for another 3 or 4 weeks), Marcum, Tepesch, Guthrie, or Griffin? Or a streamer space?

    (14 teams, redraft, 6×5 roto … 1300 innings cap, I’m about on pace. Biggest pitching needs: Ks, WHIP)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone and Lilly are streamers based on match-ups, for now…

      • @Grey: Is Garza worth grabbing for one of those guys? I’d have to keep him on the bench, since I have Garza in the DL slot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re all streamers… If they have a good match-up, they’re worth dropping Garza…

  236. Doorstop says:
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    Arencibia or Avila?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JP

  237. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Would you drop Morse or Arenado for Willingham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, misread… I’d drop Arenado for Willingham…

  238. Raffffffffffffffffffffff says:
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    Hey Grey, awesome work as always.

    a) Hafner, Moss, Donaldson, or Smith for a util spot? Need RBI.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hafner

      • Raffffffffffffffffffffff says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Sorry—followup. Would you rank Markakis behind any of those guys? Or hold Markakis?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Markakis in front of them…

  239. Lubey says:
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    Yooo Grey. Been lurking for most of the season and wanted your opinion.

    What are the odds that Cingrani will have an innings limit and they will shut him down come fantasy playoffs???

    Thanks brotha!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He probably won’t make it past September, assuming he even stays in the rotation, which isn’t a definite…

  240. BillT says:
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    Pujols for Mujica and Dickey
    Which side do you like better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols

  241. Allof says:
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    would you start gallardo against the Pirates tonight first pitch in 20 minutes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  242. Steady says:
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    drop maholm for cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Steady says:
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        @Grey: A) Also i want to buy low on the dreaded pirate… is Carlos Gomez and Estrada enough?
        B) If Cain struggles against the diamondbacks tonight is the panic button finally hit?
        C) There is no c
        D) There are reports of Heyward being out until late may now… stash on DL once zimmerman is off or maybe try and move him if someone likes him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair… No panic yet…depends what you can get for him

          • Steady says:
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            @Grey: thanks grey

  243. JMAC says:
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    Sit/Start Morrow vs. Boston tomorrow H2H 5×5

    • JMAC says:
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      @JMAC: If you haven’t responded yet, I started Pettitte today if that affects your decision

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  244. SteveNZ says:
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    Hmmm. Not so disappointed about missing out on Pettite for today, now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s getting hit harder than the box score even says…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, but wait til you find out who I AM streaming today (no peeking)…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh boy

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: You peeked.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope, can only imagine…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: If I can manage it, I’ll refrain from commenting on the subject til the game is over.

                #yeahright

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha…

  245. SteveNZ says:
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    You’d obviously trade Choo away to get the Pirate, right? No one would accept that of course.

    Would throwing in Jennings be too much?

    14 team, H2H, OBP + AVG and if I had Pirate I’d have nowehere to play Jennings…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would… With Jennings, it’s too much…

  246. Thrilla says:
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    I’m buying into the sell Pujols buzz. Probably paired with one of the free closers I have (Henderson, Mujica, or even Janssen). Especially since I have Fraizer (1B, 3B, OF)

    In theory (and in practice as it were), would Pujols + 1 Of [Henderson, Mujica, Janssen, Moustakas, Lawrie, De Aza] be too much for:

    Prince
    Goldy
    Braun
    McCutchen
    Posey
    Votto
    B. Butler
    Edwin
    Craig

    Deets: 12 team H2H- 9 offensive starters: C. Santana – A. Pujols – I. Kinsler – E. Longoria – J. Rollins – A. Jones – T. Fraizer – H. Pence – B. Lawrie

    Bench: Ike, Moose, De Aza, Eaton, Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It wouldn’t be too much…

  247. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Buck hit the home run sculpture in Miami.

    Keeper league I joined already has two dead managers. These people combined to go 2-21-1 this. One team is now 7-37-4 for the season. Entry fees still have not been paid by the owners of those teams. I haven’t paid mine either because I have been waiting for the rest of the league to get under control. Real sloppy start to this league and I have a lot of doubts about it lasting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound like it’s gonna last…

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, sucks because I have a lot of players I like such as Stanton, Harvey, Harper, McCutchen,Cespedes and some others.

        10-team league and I have all those hitters without trading!

  248. Bill_Buckner says:
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    @Grey: ROS – Adam Jones or Dread Pirate?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

      • chunk says:
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        @Grey: Whoa

  249. SteveNZ says:
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    Geez. Everytime Moose gets an opportunity to get back in the good books, he blows it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looked so bad in his first at-bat…

  250. L-Boogie says:
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    Trevor Bauer starting for the Tribe on Wed. against Philly. Worth a start or watch and wait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait

  251. Joseph Doe says:
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    j.fer/span/scutaro or M.capenter/Uggla
    Morse or Marte
    roto 5×5 non keeper 12 team
    both trades even and good to go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte side…

      • Joseph Doe says:
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        @Grey:
        so the first one is “ehh” and you like Marte over Morse, correct?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  252. Long Bawls says:
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    Gotta love the Yankees’ new promotion: “$200 million buys you Eduardo Nunez, and for only $9 more you get a hot dog.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  253. SteveNZ says:
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    Damn. Not sure I want to see Duensing here. Assume he must have been up and ready to come in, in the 7th with the lead…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duensing is your streamer? Yikes!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: No! Give me some credit! He’s in my SP slot in my H2H league where we count Holds…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mm-hmm

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: He’s tied for the most Holds by a reliever with SP eligibility with 4 (Matusz is the other).

            Cecil has 3 and I own him too…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Aaaaaaand, the Britton stream just turned to shit. Hopefully a Save opp for Wilhelmsen…

  254. pubscout says:
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    Grey: Is Scherzer and Mujica or Henderson too much to give for Heyward now that he doesn’t have an appendix? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think you can get him for less now that he’s out for another month…

  255. Long Bawls says:
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    Stupid Starbucks. Why’d they have to test-market that “strike out 200 times, get a free latte” promo across the street from BJ Upton’s condo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  256. Carlos says:
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    Grey!

    Please rate these streamers…

    Estrada v. PITT
    Cashner @ Chi Cubs
    Quintana @ KC

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada, Cashner…

  257. Brendan says:
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    What do you think of streaming Jeremy Hefner tomorrow vs Miami? He did well in his last start (against the Dodgers) and was good in his last game vs the Marlins, too. I know he won’t get many K’s, but I’m in need of the win and ratios and Miami is a pitcher-friendly park. To stream him I would have to drop C.J. Wilson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Only place I’d stream him…

  258. Grey's Mom says:
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    Mother effing wade gd suckmydick davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MA!

  259. larry dallas says:
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    Scherzer killing it, 46 K’s and 7 BB in 31 innings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s money…

  260. stynyr says:
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    I give:

    R. Soriano + Rd. 13 or Rd. 15 pick

    I get:

    Rizzo + Rd. 18

    Yae? Nae?

    • stynyr says:
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      @stynyr: My bust…

      10 team, H2H, 5×5

      Icky Davis is my 1b. I would drop him if I make the trade…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  261. Hal Incandenza says:
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    In a 6×6 w/OPS roto league, I’m still looking for 3B help (have Prado there). I’m considering making an offer for Chris Johnson (ATL) and would like to trade a SP. My staff is Cliff Lee, Hamels, Gallardo, Medlen, Lester, Anibal Sanchez, and Estrada. Is Hamels for Johnson fair? What guys would you not offer from that list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not good… Estrada for Johnson is just fair…

  262. SteveNZ says:
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    F*** me. Why am I always the guy that plays Pujols back in to form?

  263. Kid A says:
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    Strasburg with forearm trouble. ruh roh….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes

  264. Allof says:
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    Who Would you roster the rest of this year: andrus or segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andrus

  265. John says:
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    Which catcher to grab off waivers? It’s an OBP league.

    Jesus Montero
    Joe Buck
    Lucroy
    Jaso
    Pierzynski

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May as well grab Buck while he’s hitting

  266. Varieties Of Baseball Experience says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team roto (hr, r, RBI, obp, sb, slg) and for pitching (qs, era, whip, sv, k/9, inn). Currently in first by a comfortable margin with offense, but my pitching is doing terrible. Do I trade a bat for a pitcher or sit tight thinking these guys will turn it around? Thinking of going after a number one starter since I lost Grienke and maybe a package deal to get another closer.
    C- Arencibia
    1B – Ike
    2B – Phillips
    SS – Rutledge
    3B – Wright
    MI – Segura
    CI – Cuddyer
    OF – Choo
    OF – Marte
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Frazier
    U – E Young
    U – Nava

    SP – Grienke ( DL)
    SP – Zimmerman
    SP – Ryu
    SP – Cashner
    SP – Milone
    SP – Norris
    SP – Gee
    SP – Kendrick
    SP – Tillman
    SP – McAllister
    SP – Peralta
    SP – Blanton
    SP – Phelps
    RP – Romo
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Casilla

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t imagine in a league as shallow as yours you need to roster some of those backend options… There’s no reason McAllister, Blanton and Norris need to be on your team… There’s gotta be better waiver options…

  267. Carnac says:
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    The Marlins send Jose Fernandez to the plate in the bottom of the 4th with 2 out then replace him at the top of the 5th. Crazy? Or crazy indictment about how bad their bench bats are?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Latter…

  268. SteveNZ says:
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    Bloody hell. Up against Trumbo too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, prezii did ask above about who to grab…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: dont thinkin Steve is feelin my STON idea…

        Cmon Steve if you are gonna get vanboozled at least share the wealth! You got somethin special here man… You can be a star… Give back to the community!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Prezii: OK, this week in H2H I am facing the following hitters:

          Santana
          Pujols
          Uggla
          Trumbo
          Marwin
          Holliday
          Crisp
          A-Gonz
          Hanley
          Bourne
          Papi

          Fill your boots…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Prezii: Though I’m up against Lilly too, so I’m not sure what that means for the STON…

          • Prezii says:
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            @SteveNZ: hahaha! Thats awesome… Hey STON cant be right all the time!

            I will now be streaming Marwin as a bench bat. :) dont fail me now beta test STON!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Getting killed by Pujols and Trumbo over here. Early in the week, I suppose.

        • Prezii says:
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          @SteveNZ: still early, Steve! The trumbo shot was bomb… Like a stanton shot. We’ll call it a Carlo… Not sure you wanted to hear that but at least he didnt get a cheapy on you?

  269. costaricanchata says:
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    airing live (now) on espn , billy bean comes out of the closet .
    (that makes two of them) ,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  270. mc serch says:
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    Giancarlo just went down in a heap…no joke…looks like a hammy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t say that!

      • mc serch says:
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        @Kid A: @Grey: yeah honestly, didn’t look good

    • Kid A says:
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      @mc serch: Was definitely the ham. Looked like he was shot by a sniper.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        DAAAAAAAHHHH

        • Kid A says:
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          @Grey: Between Stras and Stanton, it should be a really compelling write up tonight. A howling screamcry heard around the world.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha… Yup…

          • Prezii says:
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            My god, this is not what i wanted to read….

        • mc serch says:
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          @Grey: Can we just blame Loria? Karma is a bitch and that fucking guy is heavily in the red…

          • Prezii says:
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            @mc serch: well said.. but Stanton? Cant karma fall on slowey? Ruggiano? Geez..

            • Kid A says:
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              @Prezii: Supposedly an update coming tonight after the game. Keep your goddamn fingers crossed.

              • Prezii says:
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                @Kid A: well if he got “shot by a sniper” i dont even need to see it… That usually means a trip to the DL for a hammy pull…

                And i dont mean DisneyLand…

            • mc serch says:
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              @Prezii: I guess Loria’s transgressions are far too great…trading just Buerhle alone wouldve been Slowey, trading Johnson with Buerhle wouldve been Ruggiano, trading Reyes with both Johnson and Buerhle and then kicking in Boneface to boot, unfortunately, equals Stanton just as he was heating up

              • Prezii says:
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                @mc serch: OK Mc Serch, im gonna need you to stop making sense. The pieces are in place… Torn hammy now, i suppose..

                • mc serch says:
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                  @Prezii: haha…stop making sense, great album!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, but now he’s messing with my heart…

  271. ferris says:
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    a trio of brief nl-only questions — i have a rock star nl-only staff (lee, harvey, latos, zim, medlen, minor, cashner, ejax, jo-fer) — need to move one for a bat

    1) thinking about offering cliff lee and jose fernandez for mccutchen — like?

    2) whose the worst nl hitter you’d take for cliff lee?

    3) whose the worst nl hitter you’d take for medlen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) It’s fair 2) I’d take McCutchen, don’t need to put in Jo-Fer 3) Holliday-ish

      • ferris says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey for all your advice — i think it’s a great feature on your site and is one of the many things that differentiates you from the competition in a good way

        when are you going to schedule a razzball meetup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Hopefully soon…

  272. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    going to drop JoFer, looking at either Hughes or Kendrick, I’m leaning Kendrick but just want another opinion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: grimm or hughes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Blech… Hughes…