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Sure, these aren’t your slightly older brother’s Yankees.  Even Mel Hall would roll over in his Aryan cellmate’s arms if you were to compare these Yankees with the early-90’s Yankees.  Still…  Again and this time put a little sting on it… STILL!  Mr. DeMille, Matt Moore looks ready for his close-up as he announced, “I am big.  It’s the other pitchers that got small.”  The Yankees can usually take a walk, and Moore’s on the wild side when the guys and four girl readers go, ‘Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo.’  Yesterday, Moore only gave up two hits and three walks through eight innings while chipping in nine Ks.  His season ERA now sits at 1.04.  Sure, that’s gonna come up a bit, but I ranked him 16th overall for all starters for a reason.  That reason is his stuff is nasty.  Nasty as in good not nasty as in bad with that bad not being bad bad, he’s good bad.  Kapeesh?  Looking for a pitcher then can give you 200 Ks and a 2-something ERA then look at Strasburg.  Looking for a guy that can get you the same amount of Ks and a low-three ERA, but will come a lot cheaper in a trade?  That’s all the Moore reason.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jason Heyward – Might be out a week-plus after having his appendix removed.  There’s no timetable yet.  A few years ago Adam Dunn took five days to return from having his appendix removed.  A few years before that the Twins took six years to remove their appendix (Nick Punto).  Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer will fill-in while Jay-Hey’s eating Jell-o and watching daytime talk shows.  Oh, no, he di’int!

Ryan Roberts – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 2 homers.  Douches are wild!  Oops, I meant deuces.  We shouldn’t judge a book by his neck tattoos.

Yunel Escobar – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Rudy and I have now started Yunel for two games this year and we have two homers from him.  We’ve poached Yunel and made him our Escabeche.

Shaun Marcum – Sounds like he’ll be good to go for next Saturday vs. the Phils.  He’s about as yawnstipating as they come, but I’d start him in most games in Metco.

Brett Myers – As frequent commenter Wake Up said, “Myers was diagnosed with a tear of the UCL in his right elbow.  It is being reported that this is the type of injury that is associated with having to tell her twice.”

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA is at 1.85.  I get the feeling that he’s going to have a solid season, but I just don’t think I have the stomach to pick him up.  I do have the stomach to pick up quarters.  Washboard, baby!

Conor Gillaspie – 2-for-3 with his 1st homer.  The Gilla’ monster likes to inhabit in hot corners and if you get too close to him he’s venomous to your fantasy team.

Carlos Ruiz – Went for a 2nd set of X-rays after being hit by a pitch last Friday.  His first set of X-rays were hard to read because Ruiz can’t sit still without Adderall.  The 2nd set of X-rays proved conclusive his wrist is fine, but dude needs a serious chill pill.

Jonathan Pettibone – 5 1/3, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (zero BBs), 6 Ks.  Roget’s defines a pettibone as an act when our settlers got frisky with their women and didn’t bother to remove their petticoats.  Pettibone, the pitcher, was called up to take Lannan’s spot in the order.  Charlie Manuel said, “Lannan’s got bedroom furniture on his front lawn with no Yard Sale sign so Pettibone’s gonna turn on the lights and feed the cats for a while.”  In NL-Only leagues, Pettibone is an immediate pick up, but so is any 7th inning man as you pray for vulture wins.  Our prospect writer, Scott, said, “Pettibone had a nice year between Double and Triple-A, posting a 3.10 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He’s a big dude (6-5, 200), but he relies on plus command, as his stuff doesn’t blow anyone away.  Pettibone projects as a back-end, innings eating starter.  As for Grey, he’s a back-end, pillow eating–”  Hey!  I didn’t remember that last line.  So, that’s also exactly what I’d say about Pettibone.  He’s not interesting right now for mixed leagues outside of certain match-ups.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4 with his 3rd homer in the last 5 games.  Pedro from Pittsburgh isn’t going to hit for a great average, but right now he’s at .150.  He’ll hit better than that.

Russell Martin – 2-for-3 with a solo homer.  He’s hitting .450 over the last week.  It rhymes with bhat laredo and it used to sleep with Alyssa Milano.

Matt Adams – Scratched due to oblique tightness.  In the Old West, they would’ve said Adams’s ‘girdle is nagging.’

Carlos Martinez – Some have speculated that he could be called up to help in the bullpen.  The site speculating on Martinez’s promotion had a lead article yesterday titled, “Foot Fetish Thursday.”  I swear to you.  Eh, I’m not hatin’ I’m procreatin’ while sellin’ my G key on eBay.  I guess Martinez could be called up, it’s not like the Cardinals bullpen is Dan Marino handing the ball off to Dennis Eckersley.  Martinez was in the top 50 fantasy baseball prospects.  Here’s what Scott, our prospect writer, said, “A devastating fastball-curve-change arsenal has Martinez projecting like a front-line starter.  The 21-year-old was outstanding in 15 starts at Double-A last year, and many industry folks see greater potential with him than with Shelby Miller.  He’s a bit undersized, so there are workload concerns.  In any case, he’ll be a major fantasy asset as a starter or a closer once he’s peaked.  Personally, I’d love to see him throw his 98 MPH fastball at Grey’s head.”  How do these lines keep getting past me?  Martinez is intriguing.  I’m intrigued, y’all!  I think picking him up right now in mixed leagues is probably jumping the gun.  He could be a huge fantasy asset though, so keep your ear to the ground about a possible promotion.  Not literally, now your ear is dirty.

Shelby Miller – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  If you haven’t been able to watch him, he’s a thing of beauty.  He’s like the Mona Whiza wit onions.  (That’s what I’d call my house specialty cheese steak.)  So if he’s a Mona Whiza wit onions and Martinez is supposedly better than Miller… Humna, humna, humna, BONER!  You feel me?  It was a figure of speech, you haven’t washed your hands since March.

Edward Mujica – When he gets a save, I exclaim, ‘Mooheekalakalaka!’ and I pick up Boggs from waivers and then immediately drop him again to teach him a lesson.

Kyle Lohse – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, but left because he dislocated his non-throwing hand pinkie.  I’d check my pockets.  Brewers hope Lohse can make his next start.  I would too if I had their options.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I hate to see if this Biogenesis thing wasn’t getting him so down.  Insert slanty-mouth emoticon with a corn cob pipe.

Joel Hanrahan – Was able to throw off the mound yesterday.  Continue to hold Hanrahanananananan, in the non-sexual way, but Bailey, who got his 4th save yesterday, could be the closer for a while.

Felix Doubront – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 8 Ks.  Watching him try to throw strikes is so painful.  Call him Felix Ugh’er.  I’d use him in only favorable match-ups and be careful in home games.

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and now has homers in back-to-back games.  Enjoy the Napoli ride.  I’m not talking about his foxy mom, I mean how he’s hitting.

Will Middlebrooks – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Does he have any hits besides homers?  Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to attend that offseason retreat where you go out with Ted Nugent and try to trap Rob Deer and ask him for hitting tips.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  That’s nice.  I wouldn’t let him screw your team.

Adam Eaton – Cleared for throwing.  Be cool if anorexic Billy Bob Thornton announced all players who are cleared to throw while in character from Pushing Tin.  “You have clearance, now give me a stalk of celery!”

Wade Miley – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (zero walks), 7 Ks.  Really liking what I’ve seen so far from Miley.  Not totally excited about his next start vs. the Rockies, but then he goes back to Petco, assuming there’s not a snowstorm in Arizona or San Diego, but with the weather lately I wouldn’t count on anything.  Can’t Adam Dunn breathe real heavy in the direction of the sun?

Josh Hamilton – 4-for-4, 2 runs as he was dropped to 5th in the order.  The irony (if it’s irony, only the British truly know irony) is The Sciosciapath would probably prefer eight utility men.  Think about it, when did Scioscia seem his happiest?  When he was trotting Chone Figgins out to six different positions and he was using Napoli’s thighs as thundersticks on the bench.  The Angels are like when Target introduced Alexander McQueen and their customers were like, “Does he make cheap deodorant?  Cause that’s what I want from Target.”  The Sciosciapath really just needs cheap deodorant.

Derek Holland – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks as he went up against Stream-o-Nator fave, Joe Blanton (6 IP, 4 ER, 13 baserunners, zero Ks).  SON, “Hey, Holland, you can put your tulips right here!”

A.J. Pierzynski – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Guess who picked him up for a batty call?  A’la Ace Ventura, “I exorcised the demons!”

Johnny Cueto – Was able to play catch on Monday.  To his side, Dusty Baker held a boombox that was playing Cat’s in a Cradle.  Real heartwarming shizz.

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Does his line look good?  It does, right?  Yeah, it’s lying to you to get you into bed with him.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs as he hit his 1st homer.  That sigh of relief is coming from your H2H team.  Strap in your safety belt cause Bruce is about to take you on a two week ride of five to seven homers.

Travis Wood – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA is down to 2.08.  This was a lot less painful than your usual Wood vs. Leake match-up.

Chris Tillman – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Looked terrific through six innings then unraveled a little in his last inning.  Definitely would throw him for his next start.  Yeah, I’m crushing a bit on Tillman, let me be.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-5 and a RBI as he hit lead off.  Member when Markakis was a middle of the order hitter?  Yeah, he’s become Sparkakis Anklebiter.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-4, 1 RBI.  Davey Johnson said he doesn’t care if Rendon is batting .900 when Zimmerman returns, Zimm gets the job back.  To get to .900, Rendon would have to go 69 for his next 70.  I’d like to see him bench that.

Dan Haren – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  You want the good news or the bad news first?  Okay, good news is Haren says he’s healthy.  The bad news is Haren says he’s healthy.  Guess it didn’t matter which one went first.

Franklin Gutierrez – Left yesterday’s game and said he’s dealing with a recurring issue with his pelvis.  Pfft, that’s a worse excuse than “I have a headache.”

Jesus Montero – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Jesus H. Montero, it’s about time.  Later in the game, he took a foul tip off his mask that knocked the behim out of him, but he stayed in the game so he should be fine.

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Astros.  Before the game I wrote down what I expected his line to be, that was:  9 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 27 Ks.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  I mentioned him yesterday, so that could only mean one thing…He strained his oblique.  Okay, it could mean two things.  Seager’s healthy and hitting.

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-4, 1 run.  If your hitting is hurting, take 20 drops of aniseed oil, the skin of a goat testicle and Witch Hazel.  If that doesn’t work, face the Astros.

David DeJesus – 2-for-5 with a slam & legs.  More Jesus sightings yesterday than a Guatemalan prison.

Mark Teixeira – Still not ready to hit soft-toss.  He told reporters, “We are taking it slow.”  He added, “You’d understand if your contract was guaranteed.”

Michael Pineda – Threw one inning in a simulated game.  Girardi said he was happy with the results, then he smiled and blinded the reporters with braces-glare.

CC Sabathia – 7 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I talk about CC on the podcast that’s coming up later today.  If you think I’m gonna say something positive, you’re new here, so welcome to Razzball!  To your right are the ads, to your left is the content, behind you are the donuts.  Feel free to go outside to smoke.  No judgments here.  I’ll start.  My name is Grey Albright and I drafted a team entirely of upside and I am in 10th place out of 15 teams.  Sometimes I yell at my team to get better, but it’s like they can’t hear me.  So I yell louder.

Brett Anderson – A’s are saying that Anderson is ‘on schedule’ to make his next start.  I’ll believe B.A.’s ready for A’s team when he’s headed to the stadium in the 1983 black and metallic grey GMC Vandura.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  If someone in your league decided to balm their team and got rid of Reddick, he looks like he’s starting to come around.

A.J. Griffin – 4 IP, 7 ER.  Alfredo Jettucine got creamed, which is delicious with some prosciutto, but not like this.  I’m beginning to think all A’s pitchers are mediOAKers.

Yoenis Cespedes – Is about a week away from returning.  It takes that long for him to put on all hundred cleats.

  1. leftsideoverhere says:
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    Long-time reader, first-time pesterer. Actually, that’s a lie. First season at fantasy, so I’m more of a pitiful noob all-round. Anyway, take some o’ that pity and help me rescue my infield, currently being fouled up by a combination of Marco Scutaro and Martin Prado. I could pick up Espinosa, Cozart or Bonifacio from FA, wait around for Jose Reyes to fix his ankle, or try to swing a trade – but I don’t have much to give away, as my outfield is full of under-performing big names no-one seems to want any more. Thoughts?

      • leftsideoverhere says:
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        @TheAnswerMan: Thanks. Would you go for Cozart, who seems to be top choice at the moment, or Espinosa? I’m assuming no-one is going to recommend gambling on Bonifacio or Reyes right now?

    • BTD says:
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      @leftsideoverhere: Cozart. What OFers and who’s on your bench?

      • leftsideoverhere says:
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        @BTD: Thanks for the advice. Carl Crawford, McCutcheon, Werth, Marte, BJ Upton, and Lorenzo Cain. Currently benched infielders are Middlebrooks (Adrian Beltre at 3B) and Ryan Howard (Big Papi at 1B). I figure Scutaro is the closest one to the drop zone from that lot, right? And then Prado?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @leftsideoverhere: cozart for Scutaro… Scutaro’s value is much greater in real life than fantasy baseball…

      • leftsideoverhere says:
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        @Beardcrabs: Thanks. That looks a popular opinion.

          • leftsideoverhere says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Done and done.

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    who’s an under the “Grey-dar” guy to pick up for cheap steals? I’ve been going back and forth between bums like Chris Young and Drew stubbs but they kill my average which is also close to last. save me Grey. SAVE ME

    • TheAnswerMan says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: you want a cheap steals source who doesn’t kill you in other categories? Those guys are names Crawford & Ellsbury. You’ll find them on someone else’s team.

      • Hats for Bats says:
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        @Gavin: I was just thinking the same thing.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Gavin: or maybin when he returns or saunders who will add some pop comes off the dl later this week

    • BTD says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Rajai Davis or Span. Roll the dice for the upside of Eric Young? Jordan Shafer may get some time while Heyward is out.

      • uncdrew says:
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        @BTD:

        Don’t forget Frenchy. No the other one. Juan Pierre.

        Hmm… He’s kinda Mexi-Frenchy. Uh, please don’t tell my HR department.

  3. troy says:
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    I have had just about enough of bonifacio is he worth holding onto? I would need to find some MI help if i cut him loose and the waiver wire is pretty slim. Any of these names sound like a better option? yunel escobar, ryan roberts, dustin ackley, mark ellis, marwin gonzalez, chris getz peter kozma… also curious to get your take on jordany valdespin. I think hes a solid player who can contribute abit in steals and homeruns and not kill ou in average and ks (strike out league) wouldnt surprise me to see him getting more and more starters in center either. what do you think?

    • troy says:
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      @troy: forgot i could make a speculative add on nick franklin or jemile weeks as well would like some steals back but not a must.

      • troy says:
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        @troy: sorry one more thing would you cut dunn for say someone like will venable when you need speed and you already have a big k guy in carter. (obp league as well as ks against) thanks again!

    • TheAnswerMan says:
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      @troy: Bonifacio will bounce back probably, but he may not be worth holding

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @troy: I planned on owning him in all 3 of my leagues but he isnt playing everyday,the mets just sent newhies down and cxalled another guy up

      • Troy says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: yea I really like him wouldn’t surprise me if he got a chance to start in center at some point

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @troy: Can try Roberts… I like Valdespin, but he doesn’t play every day…

      • Troy says:
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        @Grey: man I took that plunge last season but maybe he can put together a useful season anyway Ty appreciate it as always

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  4. Anthony says:
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    Yo Greycarlo, good stuff as always! So I traded away Harvey last week to get
    Hanley cuz I needed the SS/3B help but also so I can grab Shelby off waivers.
    The Kid looks great so far and in my opinion not much different stuff than
    Harvey, what do you think? Can he end up being a top 25 guy? Thanks brother.

    • TheAnswerMan says:
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      @Anthony: Harvey = much better

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Anthony: You could’ve/should’ve probably asked for more in return for Harvey. Seems like you did the guy a favor by taking Hanley too. Even if Harvey regresses, and he likely will somewhat, he’s still the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy baseball right now. Someone should have to pay a premium to acquire that. Shelby should be grabbed regardless.

      Think of it this way: you just traded Harvey (who may be at peak value) for a DL’d player on a downswing and a guy you could grab off waivers anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Thanks! They’re both solid, I think Miller and Harvey can be close this year… Both can be top 25 guys…

      • Anthony says:
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        @chillmodious, Harvey is the #1 fantasy pitcher right now, you are correct. Coco Crispies is the #1 fantasy hitter, John Buck is #5. See a theme here? I like Harvey, I really do, but his value won’t get any higher than it is right now for a young guy with 12 career starts…..and being 3 weeks into the season. I know Herpes are more popular than Hanley around here but I tried for more and was happy to get him since I have the L_wrie Brothers starting SS/3B for me.

        My league rosters 6 SP only and you start 4 every week. It’s a H2H mixed points league and to stay competitive you have to actively pick up double starters every week. It may sound crazy but you don’t want too good a staff because it won’t give you the flexibility to dump guys for double starts. 3 or 4 good SP is all you want and I have Waino, Latos, Moore, Morrow and Shelby. If you think Harvey will finish in the top 10 after 25 more weeks your nuts….

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          @Anthony: What about my nuts?! :-)

          No, I don’t think Harvey will finish top-10. Not even close. Which is also why I did not say that he would. Here’s what I said: “Even if Harvey regresses, and he likely will somewhat, he’s still the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy baseball right now. Someone should have to pay a premium to acquire that.”

          To wit: He won’t finish top 10, but you should’ve made someone pay more of a premium. My point was not about “what he’s on pace for” …that’s bum logic and I agree with you. Personally, I would rather have Harvey (even after the inevitable regression) than Hanley; I also think Harvey could’ve netted you a better bat.

          • Anthony says:
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            Someone should have paid a premium for Harvey after 3 starts when I traded him? Really? I’d like to play in your league if you can land a 1st or 2nd rounder for Harvey after 3 starts.

            Using your logic who should I offer for the #1 ranked Coco Crisp? J Upton? Cutch? Trout perhaps? A Steep regression is what’s in store for Harvey, not a “somewhat regression” as if its a point worth debating. With my leagues format with a need for SP roster flexibility t was a great sell high. I got Hanley and was able to replace Harvey with Shelby off of waivers, which is almost an even deal right there.

            • chillmodious says:
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              @Anthony: Take it easy, tiger. You’re making a lot of assumptions. The difference between selling a Harvey high (versus a Coco or a John Buck)–again, in my opinion, not universal fact–is that Harvey is still young and without an established track record compared to those other examples. It’s probably safe to say that most people reading Razzball are savvy to stuff like this, but there’s often someone in a league (yes, even competitive ones) that’s willing to pay a premium for someone like Harvey. That is the entire crux of what I was trying to say. Sorry for the ‘lost in translation’ that comes with commenting on a blog. If you’re happy with what you have, and you feel that Hanley was the best you could get for Harvey, then life is beautiful and enjoy your squad. I’m certainly not trying to convince you otherwise.

  5. Dirt says:
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    Aj Piersynski or Victor Martinez in a 14 team league

    • Hats for Bats says:
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      @Dirt: tough call . . . AJ wont repeat last year and wont get more than 450 ABs. Martinez is starting off slow but will most likely get 600 ABs. I’d say hold both if possible? Look at Martinez as more of a DH on your team than being your C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirt: Martinez

  6. emporersmonkey says:
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    Too bad about Heyward, don’t know how I’m going to replace his .120 avg. I might have to look and see if Reed Johnson is available in my league….oh wait, he’s too good!!!

  7. Steve says:
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    Nothing much good is going to happen for Griffin while he has that mullet going. Looked like a mudflap.

  8. bossmanjunior says:
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    I always imagined Tony Randall as more of a control freak.

    Which 2 do I start? 10 team h2h

    Altuve @ Iwakuma
    Lowrie @ Aceves
    Rutledge v Minor/Teheran

    • TheAnswerMan says:
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      @bossmanjunior: very hard to predict hitter outcomes. If they’re not facing elite guys, flip a coin.

  9. stoopid says:
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    I need to sit one of these starters today:

    Quintana vs CLE
    Hamels vs PIT
    Kershaw @ NYM
    Niese vs LAD
    Scherzer vs KC
    Villanueva @ CHC

    • TheAnswerMan says:
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      @stoopid: did you really put Hamels, scherzer, kershaw, niese on this list?

      • stoopid says:
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        @TheAnswerMan: Nope. You must’ve misread something. Thanks for the help though.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @stoopid: Villa is @CIN today, sit him…

  10. I says:
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    Great write up Grey, as always. I’ve always wondered how to properly spell “di’int”, and now I know. Thank you Grey.

    Would you trade Matt Moore and Eric Hosmer for Ben Zobrist and the yawnstipating Doug Fister? I need MI help in the worst way (current MI lineup is Asdrubal Cabrera, Jean Segura, and Chris Nelson).

    • TheAnswerMan says:
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      @I: haha, NO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I: Ha, no problem… I’d want Moore…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        ” I’d want Moore”

        sounds like that ad that they keep playing (over and over) on the mlbtv package .

        no , not the bo jackson 5- hour energy drink ad .
        the other one .

  11. Dani says:
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    25 moves for the season. Tillman was just dropped. 16 team H2H. Worth adding any of these guys:

    Tillman
    Corbin
    W Peralta
    De La Rosa
    Tepesch

    Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dani: Hold for now.

  12. stoopid says:
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    Also, I swung and missed at catcher with Jeebus Montero. Have Norris in there now. Guy offered me Posey & Duda for Reed & Morse.

    My closers are Reed, Grilli, Street & Marmol. We start 3 RP’s.

    Make the move?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @stoopid: no brainer…

  13. Tigres says:
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    Anyone know if Cashner is officially in the SD rotation now? Or still just an injury fill-in? He’s listed as probable starter for Friday’s game on the Yahoo MLB site.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: He was a fill-in…

  14. Derek says:
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    Trade aj pierzynski and a-gon for Ian Kennedy and jason heyward? Also will pick up j montero or devin mesocaro to replace aj. I’m light on pitching with gallardo bailey and minor being my top 3 starters

    • Kevin says:
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      @Derek:

      Definitely not. Looks like Hewyard is going to be out for some time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derek: I’d do it, Heyward will be back within two weeks… Montero…

  15. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Morning Fellas!
    So last night i traded Straily for Cespedes in my keepers league.
    Hope You appeove this msg haha.
    Hold on Domonic Brown?
    Is Reddick a buy low candidate?
    Thanx alot!

  16. Frank Lynch says:
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    Morning buddy, O’Flaherty on Atlanta, his stats are off the meat rack! Is there a reason why I shouldn’t pick him up?

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      how you feel about this trade? I would be giving MCcutchen, AJ Griffen n Mark Reynolds for David Wright, Halladay n Cingrani??? My out field is stacked with J Upton, Holliday, Crawford, Beltran, Gardner n MCcutchen.. My pitching
      Latos
      Hammel
      AJ Griffen
      Iwakuma
      Shelby Miller
      Samardzija
      Dempster
      Mujica
      Putz
      Jim Henderson

        • Frank Lynch says:
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          Thanks.. And I made that switch from Anderson for Hammel.. If this trade doesn’t go through should I drop Griffen for another SP or grab A good RP like O’flaherty or maybe Herrera? All my RP’s are closers so I don’t know if it’s good to have a RP From the bullpen that will give a couple innings?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sure, Herrera…

  17. JB says:
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    We’re ignoring the SON and starting Quintana tonight, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: I am

  18. Ron says:
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    Follow-up to a question yesterday. Now I got this deal on the table awaiting my approval

    Would you trade Verlander and Weeks for Cano if your other pitchers are:
    Dickey, Moore, A. Sanchez, Sherzer, H. Bailey, Iwakuma, Villinueva, Quintana and Garza(DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Yup

      • Dingbat says:
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        @Grey: I am, but I’m not feeling too confident about it. He owned the Indians in his last start, but they’ve been hot lately, and they’ve got the 2nd-highest OPS in the AL this season (behind only the Yankees).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, SON… Getting in our heads…

  19. Bill_Buckner says:
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    @grey just got offered Giancarlo for my Jason Heyward. I’m assuming I should click accept without any further delay, but can you peek your head out from under Giancarlo’s bed and ask him of he’s up to outproducing heyward for the rest of the year? Careful not to spook him!

    Thanks

  20. Capt'Stache says:
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    Hilarious man… Legit fantasy advice and comedy plus a stache?!? Um, I must have missed St. Peter checking me in at the home page…heaven here I am!

  21. AP says:
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    What up Grey!
    Great season so far, your advice has been spot on so far, per usual. Thanks for suggesting I sit AJ Griffin the other day; precient advice that unfortunately I was too stupid to follow. SONOFASTART! Oh well, still in 1st place by a mile, and thankfully I had WIll Middlebrooks in my lineup which marks the 12 hour anniversary of the first time Mr. Middlebrooks has done anything useful for my team. Keep up the good work.

    P.S. The Charlie Manuel “Yard Sale/Lights on” stuff had me rollin’!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Thanks!

  22. Roberto says:
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    Got Cain(ARZ), Cingrani(CHC), and Quintana(CLE) all on the mound today. Starting all three? I looked at the streamer and it makes me think I should stay away from Quintana, though he was just on the “buy” list. What say you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Roberto: I’d start them all…

  23. whampwhamp says:
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    Greycarlo, H2h with ops drop one 1. Carlos gonzalez 2.ike davis 3. Josh willingham. Trying to not let my hatred of ike cloud my judgement.

  24. sanfran1966 says:
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    Will Phatt Adams go back to Fatt Adams anytime soon?

    Rostering/bench Domonic Brown and becoming impatient…

    I could stream Adams & Ike Davis…

    Hold Brown or make the move?

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @sanfran1966:

      Also, this season, do you still like Zimmerman over Samardzija ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sanfran1966: I like Zimmermann, yes… I’d hold Brown for a bit more…

  25. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner Did Cocaine in the Bathroom. says:
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    Somebody just dropped Corey Hart, would you drop Hosmer or B.J. Upton for him? 12 team points league.

  26. Jon says:
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    Start one in a utility spot: Gardner, Kendrick or AsCab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Gardner

  27. Gavin says:
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    Adrian Gonzalez/Hamels/Andrus or Braun/Veras?

  28. whampwhamp says:
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    I meant carlos gomez! There are too many cargo’s out there, my bad.

  29. Jon says:
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    I have a lot of questionable starts this week… sit/start?

    Cobb vs NYY (although SON says 12.2…)
    Hammel @ OAK (only 6.8 even though it’s at Oakland…)
    Zimm vs CIN
    Bailey @ WAS
    Medlen @ DET
    Quintana vs TB

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sit Cobb…

  30. Fungus says:
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    SON has Quintana at -$4, right near the bottom of the list for starters on the list. I think you like him vs Cleveland tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungus: I’m starting him…

  31. Dileo says:
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    Hi Grey-

    Suppl draft today…Rest of the season:

    Kyle Kendrick/ quintana/ cingrani/ villaneuva

    Points league, with 10 points per win…just need a back end guy fot 2-start weeks….

    Thx!

  32. nightpandas says:
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    15 team league, any of these guys worth picking up over bench bats (Span and Arcia). 21 moves left for the year.

    Tillman
    Straily
    Gee
    Cashner

  33. nightpandas says:
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    ROS…Gattis or Ruiz

  34. Jack the Ripper says:
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    My wife is reading 50 Shades of Grey, so I think of you every night. We both get fairly moist.

    Anyway, my rotation sucks: Gio, Samardzija, Morrow, Estrada, Doubront, E Jackson, Teheran, Hanson, & Kendrick. Would you replace any of those fools with any of these?:
    – Nicasio, Stultz, Garrett Richards, Garland, McAllister, Axelrod, McCarthy, Volquez, Jimenez…

    Anything obvious stand out to you? PTS league, so wins and K’s most important.

  35. Nick The Podcast Host

    Nick The Podcast Host says:
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    Pedro from Pittsburgh, ha!

  36. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Middlebrooks or Hosmer in a non-keeper league that penalizes K’s and values walks?
    Either would be my utility player so positional value doesn’t matter.
    Also should I take into account that this is my 2nd straight year with Hosmer and I may have to kill him if I don’t see some returns on his potential…(j/k flesh wounds only!)

  37. Pager24 says:
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    Hey Grey-
    what’s up with the SON not giving much love to Jose Fernandez tonight? Aren’t the Twinkies only a slightly more legitimate ball club than the Lastros?
    ……otherwise known as I should start JoFer tonight right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pager24: I’m starting him there…

      • Dingbat says:
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        @Grey: Me too. Twins have no power, so I don’t expect JoFer’s homerless streak to end. They do walk a lot, though, so there’s a possibility for an ugly WHIP result.

  38. Greg says:
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    Gila is pronounced Hee-La. Doesn’t really work for Gillaspie. You followed with a Wood vs. Leake joke and totally redeemed yourself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: Thanks!

  39. Kevin says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Hill’s out for the next 5 weeks and I still don’t have a serviceable 2b. 10 team League = Roto 9×9 (All normal 5 + OPS, XBH, Ks against, BBs for hitters. L, K/BB, HRs against, OBA for pitchers). Waiver = Gyorko, Espinosa, Infante, Scutaro. I was just proposed Kipnis for Henderson. Closer wise, I also have Balfour, Wilhelmson, and Grilli.

    Should I take the trade and use kipnis for the next 5 weeks? Or should I just live with a waiver wire and keep my prime staff of closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin: Take Kipnis

  40. Square foot says:
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    Send my Altuve for his Samardzija? I have D. Murphy as well.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Square foot: d. murphy is very injury prone… 2b is very shallow… only if your pitching really sucks…

  41. BERK says:
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    Drop Gyorko and get on board with the age of Gregorius for my infidel spot? Jedd is looking kind of badd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK: Go for it…

  42. Mike says:
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    Made me laugh out loud …

    Jesus Montero – … Later in the game, he took a foul tip off his mask that knocked the behim out of him, but he stayed in the game so he should be fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks!

  43. scott says:
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    I made the trade, I gave Rendon, Samardizja I got Machado, Rivera. I’d like to get another reliable SP. Could Morrow become that guy? Cingrani would likely have to be the drop… do you think he stays up in the bigs when cueto gets back? I hate to lose out on the chance to get Morrow for someone pitching 2 more times then not again til later in the year. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: I’d take Morrow…

  44. Rookies says:
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    No love for Josh Donakdson? 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, 1 walk. His strikeouts are down for the year. Any possible sleeper/breakout here? .280+ with 20+ HRs and 80+ RBIs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rookies: Those projections seem optimistic, but I guess not out of the realm of possibility… He’s more of a deep leagues or AL-Only guy…

  45. Fungus says:
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    Any concerns about Gio this year?

  46. The Wickler says:
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    Grey,
    What are your thoughts on Garza? He is sitting on my leagues wire, but not sure when to pull the trigger and who to drop? Would you drop any of Iwakuma, Fernandez or Mous (also have Frazier at 3b) for a speculative Garza add? H2H points.

  47. JonathanL says:
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    A straight forward question: Reddick or Morse? Thanks

  48. Bourne says:
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    So I am still cruising in first in my f&F league with bonifacio at my MI. Any chance he shows hope in the next week or should I finally cut bait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne: I’d try to hold, but I don’t know your options…

  49. JoeG says:
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    Moreland or Ethier for the rest of the year? 6×6 mixed daily roto

      • JoeG says:
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        @Grey:
        Ethier or B.Moss?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ethier

  50. low walk high k says:
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    I’m hurting pretty bad @ middle infadel (espi, cozart, carpenter). Thoughts on Ryan Roberts?? What the heck why not? Or why bother? Lol. Thx Grey

    • uncdrew says:
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      @low walk high k:

      That’s my exact MI too.

      Espinosa, Cozart and Carpenter. I think they all come back and are top 5 at their position, but I’m kinda biased.

  51. Enrique says:
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    Grey, please let me know about this trade, shoul I pull the trigger:
    I get Zobrist, Chris Davis and Chris Perez
    i give D. ortiz, B. Phillips, A. bailey

    12 team h2h mixed thanks.

      • Enrique says:
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        @Grey: So you think Davis will be better than Ortiz ROS?

      • Enrique says:
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        @Grey: So you think Davis will be better than Ortiz ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do…

  52. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Please rank Asdrubal, Andrelton, Didi, Cozart.

    Thanks!

  53. THE_FREAK says:
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    @Grey, no mention of Miley’s pitchslap? I was looking forward to you working that in to your write up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @THE_FREAK: I saw, but left it off… Don’t want to get too redundant…And that’s me quoting me!

  54. Hola Grey –

    Great stuff as always.

    6×6 (holds), 14 team, mixed, redraft league. 30 man rosters.

    Andrew Cashner is available. Worthy of an add?

    Roster:
    SP – MadBum, Gallardo, Niese, Shelby, JoFer, Cingrani
    RP – Jansen, Gregerson, Casilla, Al Al, McGee, Marshall
    BN – Garza, AJ Griffin

    * must start 6 sp, 6 rp each week. 40 ip min / weekly.

    Gracias

  55. supra says:
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    Grey, I know you like Alvarez and C.Johnson at 3B… some. I’ve got ARam on the shelf and Plouffe doing his wussie name proud. I’ve got limited moves, but anything below you feel strongly about?

    I’ve got:
    A-Ram
    Plouffe
    Aybar (back Thurs)
    Cozart
    Ichiro
    Teheran
    Haren

    Available:
    P.Alvarez
    Chris Johnson
    Nava
    Schierholtz
    Duda
    M.Adams
    Villanueva
    Corbin
    Smyly
    De La Rosa
    EJax

    Thanks as always for guiding through the fantasy minefield.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra: Johnson over Plouffe

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: Cool thanks. So hold on to Teheran and Haren for a bit longer over those SP? It is a keeper…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re saying you have limited moves, but not entirely sure what that means… Haren’s garbage, but I said that in December… Teheran’s a match-ups guy, you’re listing other matchups guys… Can you stream?

          • supra says:
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            @Grey: Can’t stream, 35 max moves for the year. I get what you’re saying though… play matchups with Teheran and if Haren is still as bad in another 2-3 starts and I’ll dump him for a better matchups guy. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem…

  56. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, i’m struggling to get Wins.

    someone offered me Strasburg, Victorino for my Stanton, Goldy.

    of course, i rejected it. but i want to acquire Strasburg.

    what’s the best counter offer?

    my team (roto, 10 teamer)

    C – Gattis
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Walker
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Zobrist
    IF – Ortiz
    OF – Kemp, Stanton, Ellsbury, Gordon
    Util – Morales, Lorenzo Cain

    BN – Ike, Rutledge, Middlebrooks

    SP – Cain, Latos, Medlen, Samardzija, Minor
    RP – Wilhelmsen, Grilli, Janssen

    BN – Ogando, Cobb

    DL – Zimmerman, Hill, Beachy

    considering to trade a hitter for SP. i wonder how you think about this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: You’re gonna have to pay for him… Kemp and Middlebrooks?

  57. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I benched Masterson and dropped Reddick. I rule. I think.

  58. B.J. says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m looking to follow up on a post from yesterday. A guy in my league needs a 3B and is interested in Todd Frazier and has offered me Jason Heyward. I’m leaning towards taking it but does the news of the appendectomy concern you? This is a 12 team H2H, and my current OFs are Bruce, JUp and Choo with Konerko as my UT. Miggy is my 3B so I don’t really need Frazier at this time.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.J.: I’d take Heyward… He should be fine …

  59. Alex b says:
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    I was offered Gyorko for M Estrada

    I’m in a 12 team mixed roto league and desperately need an MI.

    I also need a CI, Mourneau and Moustakas just got dropped. I could use a CI, any advice on who will be better?

    My other pitchers are:
    Cj Wilson
    RA Dickey
    J Fernandez
    Shelby Miller
    Scherzer
    Moore
    Cingrani
    Rodney
    Mujica
    Frieri

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex b: Moose will be better, I don’t like that trade…

  60. chillmodious says:
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    Morning, Grey.

    No Moustakas questions today… I was enraged when he urinated on your head in yesterday’s roundup, so I finally dropped him and don’t plan to look back. I was using LaRoche for a couple days in his stead, but rather than play waiver roulette, I’d like your opinion on the best grab for my Util spot. Here’s this list of choices:

    Chronicles of Reddick
    Pedro in Pittsburgh
    TheRoche
    Tighten the Espinoosa
    Shopping at V-Mart
    Jungle Juice Hardy
    Didi chillmodious–err, Gregorius

    Thank you!

  61. mauledbypandas says:
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    What is the feeling on Belt now that the fatheaded one has started to bench him vs. left handers? Does anybody actually look at the fact that Belt has a higher average vs. lefties in his career? Managers today are so stubborn and old school. There is a reason Billy Beane can do what he does.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @mauledbypandas: if you see belts AB’s you would bench his ass too… they call him baby giraffe because he’s so awkward…

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Beardcrabs: The numbers speak for themselves!
        I hear you though. This is basically the premise of Moneyball. Old school gut reaction vs. numbers

  62. Phillycheese says:
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    How do you rank these guys as a Heyward fill in?

    Schierholtz, Dejesus, EY, Denorfia, Pollock

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Phillycheese says:
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      @Phillycheese: OPS league, too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phillycheese: Depends on needs… Young, Schierholtz…

  63. Doug says:
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    Does anyone have thoughts on Colby Lewis? He seems worth a speculative add and looks like he might be about a month away (June 1st) of playing. He will get added in a 16 team league sooner than later but not sure of thoughts on his production potential. Thank you for any input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doug: He’s in my rankings, I’d stash him…

  64. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    By the Beard of Zeus… or Reddick! Some dude in my league did a very unwise thing and dropped all of his underachieving players for overachieving ones last week. 7 of them. To him, BABIP is like a mail order wife… he’s heard about it, but doesn’t really think it exists… Anywho, I snagged my mancrush Josh Reddick, and as I did it, I noticed The Beard has stolen 5 bases already! That’s just about half of his total last year. I’ll admit I haven’t watched my share of A’s ball this season being on the east coast, so I’m wondering if this was just unusual odds, or if good ol’ Crimson-Richard (Red-dick) can keep this up. You projected him at 7 SB’s, and I’m sure the total can go up, but will it go up to a number I can reap the benefits of at this point?

    P.S. I need more SB’s.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Stamos: Ha! Yeah, maybe he has a weird 12-15 steal year, but seems unlikely to go much higher than that…

  65. mrobs says:
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    may have been a huge mistake but before his start yesterday i traded pujols (wacka) for CC. Hmmmm

    • mrobs says:
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      @mrobs: oops meant to say my pooholes (the wacka would have made more sense)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrobs: Hopefully it works out…

  66. Cartman 4evs says:
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    All,

    Rizzo is killing my team right now but I do not want to drop him. Currently all bench spots are taken by SP’s. I would gladly do a 2 for 1 trade but I am not sure I can get anything done that isn’t wildly unfair at this point in the season. If I can’t get a trade going, who do I drop in order to clear a bench spot?

    Gallardo, Estrada, Bailey, Ryu, Corbin, Quintana (Not considering Bumgarner, Moore or Gio). No innings limit and daily transactions.

    I also have Sean Marshall on the dl, is he worth keeping over David Hernandez?

    W, L, QS, CG, K, ERA, WHIP, SV, Holds

    Thanks for the help.

      • Cartman 4evs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, much appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  67. Rockies fans / Grey–

    Hearing that Helton might get DL’d. If that happens which of these scenarios is most likely:

    1) Tyler Colvin gets called up from AAA and him/ Cuddyer switch off at 1B? Colvin happens to be crushing AAA –(.309 AVG, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs, .946 OPS)

    2) Cuddyer slots over to 1B, they do not call up Colvin, instead move Eric Young Jr. until a full time role in the OF. Concurrently, they ignore the arbitration clock and decide to call up Nolan Arenado, who is killing AAA — (.414 AVG, 3 HRs, 21 RBIs, 14 Runs, 1.189 OPS) and relegate Chris Nelson? Thus, making my dreams come true…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @EL Burro: I hope there was a way too see both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EL Burro: 1 is likeliest. Though I’d like to see 2, um, too…

  68. Bigwormsherm says:
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    What side ya on?

    Gio and Fowler for Adam Jones

    • Steady says:
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      @Bigwormsherm: I might lean towards Jones depending on how bad you need gio in your rotation… not a big fan of gio with the biogenisis hanging over his head and jones will outproduce fowler

  69. charlie batch says:
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    reddick’s been stealing bases on par with jean segura. any thoughts toward 30-30?

    • Sam says:
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      @charlie batch: Will John Buck hit 50 homers?

      • charlie batch says:
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        @Sam: 30/30 for reddick, who could hit 30 homers

        • Sam says:
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          @charlie batch: I was being facetious… Both players are putting up numbers way out of line with anything they have ever done before. Both won’t keep it up. Reddick’s career high in steals, including minors, is 14.

  70. stumanji says:
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    Phillies’ Jesse Biddle at AA-Reading last night: 7 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 16 K

    Can’t wait for Ruin Tomorrow Jr to deal Biddle and Pettibone for Rick Ankiel at the trade deadline.

  71. kyle says:
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    Seager or Alcides Escobar? My SS is currently Zobrist. And what should i do with Vmart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Alcides… Hope V-Mart comes around…

  72. Steady says:
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    I was just offered Reddick, Espinosa, and Hamels for Napoli…
    8 team 5×5 H2H Keeper
    Am I crazy to decline this? Heres my case why…
    -Napoli is on fire and I know he wont keep it up but I do like the fact that hes going to play everyday at first and get the extra 100 ABs because he isn’t catching but still fill me C slot
    -My OF is Upton, Bruce, Heyward, A Jackson, Gardner so I dont feel like I need Reddick who is struggling
    -My MI are Rutledge, Segura, Kinsler so i dont feel like I need Espinosa
    -My P are Cain, Wainwright, Scherzer, Moore, Minor, Maholm, Miller, Estrada, Kimbrel, Reed I would drop Estrada for Hamels which would be a huge upgrade but I would also need to drop 3 guys (Estrada and maybe Rutledge? and Aoki?) to make this work which im not crazy about as well as pick up one of the following to fill in: Vmart, Arencibia, Pierzynski, Lucroy

    I cant really make up my mind because I feel like i would be insane to decline this but then again Im not sure… Any feedback would be appreciated

    • Steady says:
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      @Steady: im also a biased Red Sox fan…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steady: It’s not fair on the Hamels side…

      • Steady says:
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        @Grey: thats what i figured but hes also the commish of the league and he proposed it… I might counter and try for just hamels and wieters… and drop estrada for him… whats your take on hamels as hes struggled to begin the year and is starting the year similar to his 09 start when he slipped up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m worried about Hamels, but this trade isn’t close…

          • Steady says:
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            @Grey: do you like espinosa over segura or rutledge and then reddick over aoki? cuz i might counter with Napoli and Estrada for Hamels and Wieters and see if he bites

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Espinosa over Segura for power, Reddick over Aoki for power…

          • Fungus says:
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            @Grey: Napoli’s career OPS at Fenway: 1.068 in 98 abs. He’ll tear it up this summer. And he’s in my C spot. : )

            • Steady says:
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              @Fungus: @Fungus: that’s what I’ve been considering and he’s not going to catch so hell get the extra at bats a first baseman will over a regular catcher I feel like he’s a steal but cole hamels is also nothing to just throw out the window

              • stumanji says:
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                @Steady: I think you’re overthinking this. Reddick & Espinosa are whatever but Hamels alone is more than enough for Napoli. In an 8 team league you can find a catcher. Hamels cab very easily rebound and be a top 10 pitcher.

  73. Dkohn says:
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    Start Chris Johnson and Rutledge with double headers over Reddick today who you think is coming around right?

    I only ask the question because I know Reddick is hitting a home run tonight cuz you’re a genius.

    Thanks Grey!

    P.S. If you had to give up one for a month which would you choose, baseball or the stache? (Feel free to ignore this question if you find it too troubling)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Stache… Close… I’d go with the double header guys…

  74. Masato Yoshii says:
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    Sell high on Pence?
    Buy low on Pedroia?

  75. costaricanchata says:
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    ” Nick Markakis – 2-for-5 and a RBI as he continues to hit lead off. Member when Markakis was a middle of the order hitter? Yeah, he’s become Sparkakis Anklebiter.”

    not sure , but ,
    your boy sparkakis bats lead off when reimold is playing left field and batting 9th .
    when mclouth is in left field , he is the O’s lead off hitter .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: That is true, he’s still a Sparkakis Anklebiter…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        i like that !
        (and since i don’t do facebook , i don’t get a chance to say that , often .)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  76. I read the span article yesterday, you would take Span over Gardner as well in a 5X5 12-team Roto?

  77. ABOVE: I guess throw Juan Pierre in there, which one do you want of the three?

    Also, do you like Dillon Gee more than Hughes, Beckett, Tillman or Garza? If so, which one should I give the boot to?

    I guess not more than Tillman after todays article…..

  78. nightpandas says:
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    Would you trade Rizzo for Moore in a 15 team partial keeper? also have Pooholes at 1st. Staff is Dickey/Medlen/Niese/Hughes/Bailey/Cingrani/Milone

  79. Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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    I needed OF help in my 6×6 roto league (AVG & OPS), and was shopping my $12 salad Joe Nathan. Guy offers Nick Swisher, and I counter with Brett Gardner, which he accepts immediately.

    In a vacuum, did I make the right call? I definitely could use some steals, but Swisher’s OPS would have been a nice addition, too.

  80. nightpandas says:
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    Traded Middlebrooks for A Ram….you likey Greyey?

  81. VitVo says:
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    RYU and Milone for Shelby Miller and Morrow

    what side wins?

    • SaltyIcecream says:
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      @VitVo:
      I think Morrow will pick it up soon he’s been getting very unlucky so far, the stats don’t show any major red flags and he’s actually picked up his velocity from last year. And miller is a stud I like those 2

      • VitVo says:
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        @SaltyIcecream:
        What do you think @Grey?

    • stumanji says:
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      @VitVo: Miller/Morrow

  82. SaltyIcecream says:
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    So if you owned Bud Norris would you start him tonight vs the Mariners? After his last start I’m pretty shaky on him, but he is pitching a lot better at home. I have a really nice ERA and WHIP going thanks to Matt Moore so could appreciate some extra opinions! Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would… Or I’d drop him…

      • SaltyIcecream says:
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        @Grey:
        Well it’s a 16 team keeper so dropping him isn’t really an option, I was hoping the trade rumors about the Rangers possibly wanting him would pan out tbh when I drafted him. I’m probably guna sit him since Detwiler and Cingrani are also starting for me tonight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @SaltyIcecream: I didn’t have that info, I’d definitely start him then…

          • SaltyIcecream says:
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            @Grey:
            Ok thanks!

  83. chunk says:
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    jennings and a Dcorn for heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Heyward…

  84. kratos says:
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    shallow 10 team Freeman or Ike need to lose 1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ike

  85. zzzzzz says:
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    Ruiz over Avila or Popeil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ruiz

  86. Go Mariners! says:
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    Great comments always! I’ve got Brett Anderson (I know, I know) and BMorrow, JJohnson, Quintana, Vllanueva and Hammel are on waivers. Which one do you like?

    • SaltyIcecream says:
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      @Go Mariners!:
      Morrow and Quintana and I also think Johnson will turn it around

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrow

  87. SaltyIcecream says:
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    When’s the podcast guna be up? Definitely the best fantasy podcast available ! Love your guys stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! In about an hour… Goes up at 11 AM PST…

  88. Mike says:
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    Moore for Hamels?

  89. Eddy says:
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    Appendectomy in mind, would you trade for Heyward? Owner needs speed I’m thinking of sending him Gardner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Heyward for Gardner…

  90. Dingbat says:
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    The dude in my league who always manages to win has a struggling offense but a pitching staff consisting of:

    – Adam Wainwright
    – Mat Latos
    – Matt Moore
    – Jordan Zimmerman
    *Pause for breath*
    – Matt Harvey
    – Shelby Miller
    – Clay Buchholz
    – Brandon Morrow
    *Pause for a drink*
    – Jaime Garcia
    – Tony Cingrani
    – Brandon Morrow
    – Michael Pineda (DL stash)

    So my question is, do I hire someone to take out his kneecaps, or do I send threatening emails to the rest of the league promising revenge if anybody trades him a star hitter?

    • Scott says:
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      @Dingbat: @Dingbat: is this a 3 team league?

      • Dingbat says:
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        @Scott: Hey now. There are 11 teams, and he drafted starters in the 5th (Waino), 7th (Lattos) , 8th (Moore), 9th (Zimm), 10th (Morrow), 12th (Harvey), and 24th (Garcia) rounds. He picked up Miller, Buchholz, Pineda, and Miller before the season started — back when Grey had those guys ranked 287, 338, and 381. He just happened to strike gold with nearly all of his picks.

        Outside of SBs (thanks to Jennings and Segura), his offense is really struggling, but I know it’s just a matter of time before he addresses it. Back in 2010, he traded Wainwright and Ubaldo’s ridiculously hot start for Pujols and came in first by a healthy margin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be beating that guy because his team is lopsided… Or take out his kneecaps…

  91. Tom says:
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    Will Craig get his HR stroke back? Will he stay in the 2 hole? Is he going to be losing more than 1 day every 2 weeks to Adams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll be fine if he’s healthy…

  92. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    What would you do when Garza comes back? Give him a few starts on the bench and if he looks good, who do I drop to activate him?

    5×5, H2H

    sp – Kershaw, Harvey, Moore, H. Bailey, Minor, Cahill, Ryu, Fernandez
    rp – A. Bailey, Soriano, Janssen, Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill

  93. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I know how much you love Catcher questions, so here’s one for you. I am currently trotting Suzuki out there after dropping Montero. Should I pick Mercury back up or perhaps John Buck or even wait for Carlos Ruiz? I know it’s extremely boring, but any help would be appreciated.

    Also, I should have listened concerning Moore. He looked really good last night. Then again, it was the Yanks!

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait for Ruiz… No problem…

  94. duk_hunter says:
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    sorry for the trouble, but Chris Johnson or Anthony Rendon?

    Johnson’s currently manning my last UTIL spot. League is all starters, no bench players, only injured reserve or rookies. If/when Rendon is sent down i can move him down to a rookie slot.

    C Iannetta, Chris
    C Lucroy, Jonathan
    1B Fielder, Prince
    2B Espinosa, Danny
    3B Longoria, Evan
    SS Cozart, Zack
    INF Goldschmidt, Paul
    INF Hosmer, Eric
    OF Aoki, Norichika
    OF Choo, Shin-Soo
    OF Gordon, Alex
    OF Holliday, Matt
    OF Jennings, Desmond
    UT Cuddyer, Michael
    UT Johnson, Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  95. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Strasburg and Carpenter for Heyward and Bucholtz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg side, it’s fair…

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  96. dsimon says:
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    Drop Alex Avila for Jesus Montero in an OPS league?

    Pick up Brian McCann and stash him in the same league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and sure…

  97. Juice_0321 says:
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    Rizzo or Freese in the UTIL spot today and Rutledge or Reynolds at the IF? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo… Rutledge…

  98. Scott says:
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    My Corner Infield is in shambles. In a 10 team keeper league, I have Rizzo and Moustakas as my corners, with Dunn also CI elig. On the waiver wire is Garrett Jones, Chisenhall, Roberts, Yuniesky Betancourt, and Mitch Moreland. Nothing sexy I know, but what are your thoughts? Also curious to see when you think Nick Franklin will be called up with Ackley struggling…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ackley would need to struggle into July… I’d hold your corners for now with those options…

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: from any of the waiver wire options listed above, would you drop jon jay for?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  99. Randy says:
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    Would you trade Lohse for Rollins? I have Andrus starting at SS now and I’m bored…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rollins will be about as boring… But I’d want Rollins from between him and Lohse…

  100. Marc G. says:
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    Gotta drop someone to activate Freeman. Would you drop Brett Gardner or Norichika Aoki ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

  101. Prezii says:
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    I need to get rid of a bench bat real bad. Trade lawrie for ian kennedy? Been trying to trade him for days now and this is the best i deal got… I personally like lawrie way more but thats just me and my mancrushes. Dude is AMPED! *coughRoidscough*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: not the sexiest of trades but shizz needs to get done…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is this between you and JFOH?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: naw this is my league with my friends. Think jack gave up on our trades cuz i was being stubborn.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: he wants me to do a fair ass trade so he can get felix and round out his team (already in first) and just cruise to the finish line. Fuzz that! Gotta give me a little advantage if im going to set up your 1st place squad like that.

  102. Juice_0321 says:
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    The SON has Detwiler as a low option SP today, but his current percentage change in starting is 22%+. Is he worth streaming today? I am already sitting Minor. Start or sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Minor and Detwiler…

      • Juice_0321 says:
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        @Grey: Thats the way I have it now. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  103. scott says:
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    I have Balfour, Holland, Rivera, and C. Jansen. I really only want 3 Closers. Would it be dumb to take Betancourt for Rivera and Balfour??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not a great trade… You can do better…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: isn’t Rivera ranked higher than those other 2? that’d be like giving someone 10 bucks to get 4.

  104. Project Merkin says:
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    Greyseff,

    Yesterday you hinted that I should drop Rickie Weeks for Aybar (once he’s back from DL) to fill my MI spot.

    Another option: Guy in my league is shopping Utley. Would it be foolish to offer Latos for Utley?

    That’d leave me with:
    H Bailey
    Peavy
    Shields
    ESTRADA
    Niese
    Ryu
    Garza + Greinke on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a bit much for Utley, but you do have the arms to support it…

  105. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Rondon just called up and I need saves. Roto OBP league w/ IP limit, drop any of the following for him?: Rendon (backing up Lawrie, possible trade bait if he hits), Gyorko (same + 2B eligible), Rosenthal (K/9 now, possible svs later).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Rosenthal…

  106. Mariner Mike says:
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    Ruiz or gattis do you like 2 catchers in 10 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I don’t…. Gattis is fine for right now…

  107. Grey

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

  108. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Someone just dropped Austin Jackson in my 10 team h2h league and to my surprise, I have the number one waiver priority. Who do I drop for Jackson?

    C Perez 1B Goldschmidt 2B Altuve 3B Longoria SS Lowrie OF Stanton OF Choo OF Jones UTL Frazier BN Gardner BN Rutledge

    • Nick says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Thats insane, I own him, would never drop as I have been offered trades for him! I’d probably drop Gardner since A Jackson will keep you up with SB & average should come around…

    • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Drop Gardner

  109. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Looking to upgrade my utility spots & maybe SS- in order to fix a few weak areas in my 12 team roto where I’m 3/12 with a need for (from worst to best);

    Average (1pt), RBI (4.5), HR (5), ERA (6), SB (6.5), WHIP (7), W (10), K (10), SV (11), R (12)

    Now considering its only a month into the season, I still want balance (continue to lead Runs & Saves*) I currently have Chris Johnson and Chase Headley in my 2 utility spots for tonight’s matchups & Jed Lowrie at SS (I have Freeman at 1st & Wright at 3rd meanwhile John Buck at Catcher for now)…my bench contains Melky Cabrera & Matt Wieters.

    My question is, do you like any of the waiver wire guys, over my current situation on my bench & at utility / catcher…

    Waviers = Duda, G Parra, M Adams, Pollock, Gutierrez, DeJesus, Denorfia, Moss, Rasmus, Ruggiano, Ankiel, Donaldson, Betancourt, C Young, Chris Carter, Nate McLouth, Asdrubal Cabrera (I recently dropped him), Ike Davis, Ichiro, J Montero, R Doumit, Peralta, A Eaton, B Belt, Plouffe, Bonifacio, G Jones — just to name a few ;)

    Thanks in advance Grey, as always, will send a beer paypal your way!

  110. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey would you drop Miguel Montero for Perez or Gattis? Also would you trade Hamels for Matt Moore?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  111. Grey

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

  112. Jay says:
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    G-damn it. I didn’t get to my roster in time to bench Minor.

    How many more starts do you give Jo-fer before jettisoning him back into the FA pool?

    Yes both of these guys are currently destroying my ERA and WHIP for the week.

  113. Adam says:
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    Fieri or League ROS? Need to trade a saves guy..who should I keep?
    Thx!!!

  114. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey

    In a 14 team redraft league my Pitching is very weak but my OF is Strong.
    My OF is McCutchen, J Upton, Beltran, Span DL Cespedes. DL Granderson

    1. Would you rather trade more for the best Pitcher…or make the best trade for a good pitcher.

    2. Which trade do you like best.

    a) Beltran/Homer Bailey for Matt Latos
    b) Beltran/Homer Bailey for Mat Moore/Jed Lowrie
    c) Beltran/Middlebrooks for Medlan/Milone or Medlan/Duda

  115. Deck says:
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    Which side are you on?

    Kemp, Weeks, Parker

    Butler, Zobrist, JZimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: Thanks…it is really cool that you take the time to answer all of this stuff individually.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  116. Bthor says:
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    Which trade should I accept?

    Mark Reynolds for Kipnis or Mark Reynolds for Michael Young

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For Young…Take followups to my podcast post…

  117. Goofy balls says:
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    Michael young or David Robertson and I’m giving up Wieters?

    Team:
    C aj Pierz or wieters
    1 EE
    2 cano
    3 zman, lawrie
    Ss Scutaro
    Of kemp, Bruce, Crawford, Ichiro, jennings
    B morales, marte, taveras

    Rp Kimbrel, puts, Fuji, league

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