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Since breaking Pink’s heart, Corey Hart has been living the surreal life.  He has 19 homers already with his career high being 24.  He has 61 RBIs, his career high is 91.  He has an Amish beard, his career high was scruff.  The Brewers are talking of trading their 80′s pop icon.  Say you, say me, are they crazy?  No, actually, those talking heads are making sense.  Yes, I’m talking to you owner of a Corey Hart.  (Oh, Corey Hart and your endless punsabilities.)  Hart’s HR/FB is way above his career high and the RBIs are a product of dumb luck.  His speed hasn’t really shown up this year, though it could.  But if it doesn’t, he’s giving all his fantasy value in power, something he can’t be counted on.  Not to mention, Corey Hart has never been the model of consistency.  In 2009, he was injured.  In 2008, he had 15 homers and a .289 average pre-All-Star break.  After the break, he hit .239 and 5 homers.  It’s nice you think you have Hart for a career year, but you really have Hart for a career 1st half.  Don’t trade him for a half ounce bag of oregano and three Phillie Blunts, but I’d see what you can get.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Corey Patterson – Looking for a guy that can give you an 0-for-35?  Look no further!  For a limited time only, Patterson might be a worthwhile fantasy add for steals.  SAGNOF!

Andres Torres – Since I’m in a SAGNOF-y type mood, I figure I’d point out a guy that probably should’ve been owned for the last two months.  As the habitually tardy like to say, better late than never.

Coco Crisp – It’s true, I’m cuckoo for SAGNOF this week.  As Fonzie’s horse would say, what the ayyyyyy?

Dexter Fowler – Maybe we rename this post, Buys Ain’t Got No Face.

Travis Snider – The name sounds familiar but I can’t seem to place– Oh, Travis Snider!  Right, the guy who pulled a Kotchman with a sprained wrist.  Wrist injuries are never good for hitters, but Snider is starting to come around and could return soon after the All-Star break.  Worth a DL flyer.

Sean Rodriguez – If you’re just getting around to adding Sean-Rod right now, where ya been?  Working in a missionary in Africa?  Well, ain’t you the saint!  Ooh, St. What’s Your Name wants to add Sean-Rod now.  How nice!

Jayson Nix – I think his recent power exploits had more to do with Arlington, but if you’re dire for some lightning in your MI bottle, I’d take a flyer.

Jonathan Niese – Three straight solid starts and his K-rate looks mighty pretty, unlike his face which resembles Rocky Dennis.

Bronson Arroyo – With Arroyo, you don’t need to mullet over (hehe).  If you need a guy who can help you in ratios, here you are.

Madison Bumgarner – I just know that once I recommend him he’s going to explode in your face.  I’m sorry, but his starts so far have made it impossible for me to dissuade any longer.  At least his favorable park should make the inevitable roofie go down a little easier.

Daniel Hudson – In 17 games this year in Triple-A, he gave up 13 homers.  Sure, the park was pro-hitters, but it’s not like the White Sox play in Petco or Metco or Safeco or any sorta -co.  If you take the brand new Hudson out for a spin, its most promising feature is his K-rate.  He had 108 Ks in 93 1/3 IP in the Triple-A this year.  I’d buy that for a dollar! (But probably not for $2 or in shallow mixed leagues.)

Vicente Padilla – At home, his ERA is 3.05 ERA and he has more Ks than innings pitched.  And if you write a postcard to Vicente telling him you own him in fantasy, he’ll write you back, “Thank you, and may your future be as bright as the sun.”

Jordan Zimmermann – Had a very nice K-rate in his rookie season and is worth the stash if you have the DL room.  He could return by August.  The Nationals fans can now prepare their “You can’t spell Nationals without two N’s” signs as J.Z. works his concert tour around the minor leagues.

SELL

John Lackey – Owned in 97% of ESPN leagues.  He has a 5 K/9, a 4.40 ERA and a 4.85 xFIP.  This isn’t a Sell as much as a “I can’t believe you own him.”  I dropped him in a 15 team league and didn’t look back.  Shame on you, you’re selling your soul for Wins.

Ichiro Suzuki – It’s no secret my feelings for Ichiro.  If you’re new to Razzball — Hey! — So I’ll Cliff Note this for you, I don’t like Ichiro.  I think his regular baseball ability clouds people of his fantasy value, though after a few years talking only about fantasy, I’m not sure I can even judge regular baseball anymore.  What’s fielding?  He has a good arm?  I do not understand your strange language.  Ichiro doesn’t steal as much in the 2nd half of the year and that’s his only major plus right now besides average.  As the M’s dismantle the March 2010 Mariners Dynasty, his Runs may become hard to come by too.  Don’t move Ichiro for a complimentary audience ticket to a taping of Supermarket Sweep, but I’d look at offers.

Mat Latos – Latos will be limited and he’s pitching over his head.  Probably about two weeks late on this sell.  I apologize for that.  I’m only human… Okay, I’m a cyborg, but my programmer’s really good and says I’m so human-like it’s uncanny.  Thank you, programmer.  May I have more oil?

425 Responses

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i have latos in a money /keeper league,im in the lead barely now,10 teams 7×7,worth trying for a halladay type that will cost to much to keep next year

  2. Gibby says:
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    Thanks Grey! Been drinking FowlerAde for a while now and it is finally starting to taste good.

    Still looking for that elusive 3B in my 14 teamer, considering just plugging in Nix until he cools off and then streaming to the next hot third sacker. Do you concur?

    Also, would you do this trade: I give Andrus/Wagner/Rasmus, I get Hanley……..I’m thinking no on this keeper deal.

  3. Two Girls One Bat says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on D-Lee for the 2nd half? It’s a contract year for him, do you think he’ll explode like he did last year? Do you think he’ll get dealt to LAA? If so, how does he perform there? He seems like an extreme buy low at this point. Pennies on the dollar type.

  4. peter says:
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    @Grey: In that case, managers should consider fingercuffing Curtis Granderson tonight.

  5. Denys says:
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    BJ Upton is a pain in my ass all year… yeah the SBs are nice – but I can get the same shizz out of Podsednik, with a better average to boot… thinking of feeling out for trades (don’t really think anyone will). But then thinking I should just drop him for S-Rod, or Fowler.

    Thoughts?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, if you can get something great. Obviously don’t sell him in a keeper for pennies on the dollar.

    @Gibby: I wouldn’t take that trade. No idea who else is available, but you can try Nix.

    @Two Girls One Bat: I don’t think Lee is the guy you saw last year, contract or not. He can hit 24 homers and a decent average on the year. So better in the 2nd half, sure.

    @peter: Ha! Yes, he’s a perfect fingercuff candidate.

    @Denys: Should not drop BJ.

  7. John says:
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    Do you think S-Rod can keep up anything close to this pace? and if i got Stewart and S-Rod at 2B does SRod make Stew expendable to trade or should i hold tight.

  8. BMcP says:
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    Hey Grey, absolutely love this site! My favorite read of the day!

    Quick question: you’re probably aware of two things:

    1) Michael Pineda (SEA) has been putting on a clinic in AA/AAA this season in the Mariners farm system; and

    2) The Adverb is about to be traded.

    Any chance Pineda slots into the vacancy? Or are we looking at more of a cup of coffee situation?

  9. barker says:
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    start shields vs cle and/or norris vs stl 20 team league

    also have lester going only pitching category im trailing is wins by 2 but L is a category also and only have d hudson left for the weekend who id like to avoid even though it is KC (roofies) and no “good” streaming options in a 20 team league

  10. BSA says:
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    I can’t believe it is Friday afternoon and I flipped back to read the buy/sell. Once again after reading it I am proud to say I picked up several on the buy side a few days ago before Steve wakes up and reads this.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @John: Stew is expendable. Sean-Rod’s average will bottom out at some point, but he has power and some speed.

    @BMcP: Thanks for the kind words! Think a cup of coffee for Pineda.

    @barker: If you can’t start Shields vs. CLE in a 20 team league you shouldn’t own him.

    @BSA: Nice…

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: yeah i grabbed torres the other day and loving it so far,should have grabbed wheeler for qualls but you beat me to it

  13. Grey — Would you trade Bumgarner for Coco or Rajai? I’m in need of SBs and should have Volquez and Beckett back soonish. Which is more likely to be good SAGNOF over the rest of the year?

    (This is a 20-team non-keeper roto league)

  14. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I still would keep Qualls. I am willing to move Wheeler + SP for Longo :)

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: ha,i traded justin for kershaw to try and help my weak pitching numbers.but longo has got to get hot

  16. vinko says:
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    Drop Slowey for Hudson in a 14 team league? Could use the Ks.

  17. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Based on being prone to injury?

  18. barker says:
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    yea i know that cle lineup is a skeleton unit but im shell shocked from this guy im a start him and prolly norris also

    i normally start everyone unless its an obvious non start or it will not help me any further on a sat or sun in h2h or in this case fri

    sorry to waste your time on a schmohawk such as shields

  19. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Programmer? That mustache alone was forged by Crom, between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas.

    Neverthehoo…

    Is Jason Bartlett outright droppable now? In a ten team roto – 10 keepers – such big names as Cliff Pennington, Ian Desmond, Jason Donald and Wilson Valdez are out there.

    I can’t see Bartlett being much fantasy help (not even in a pink tutu) at the bottom of The Rays lineup.

    It might be the name blinding me, though.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @vinko: You can try it.

    @BSA: What?

    @barker: It’s okay, just have to start Shields against Cleveland or lose him.

  21. tony b. says:
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    @Grey: Was offered Bob Abreu for my Hart. Make the move? Or stick?

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @El Famous Burrito: Ha… Bartlett was dropped in my 14 team league and sat on waivers until I picked him up. But I was just losing EverCab.

  23. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Davis over Coco because of Coco’s being prone to injury?

  24. El Famous Burrito says:
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    @Grey

    I dropped Tejada to pick up Bartlett, which at the time seemed like the right move. Now I wish I’d been distracted by something shiny.

  25. barker says:
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    would you trade axford for rajai davis in a 20 team league or am i good with morgan and fowler at CF while i look for a better upgrade kid offered it to me but i just dont like rajai

    other soriano thornton storen benoit ogando

    yea i actually unfortunately traded lindstrom and peralta for shields
    not that lindstrom or peralta are any great shakes i just didnt realize the strength of my staff and thought i needed an upgrade so i prolly coulda kept lindy luckily axford came along

  26. tony b. says:
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    @Grey:

    Who would you rather have given these keeper circumstances…

    Cliff Lee Round 5 for the rest of 2010, all of 2011 and 2012

    or

    Adam Wainwright Round 4 for the rest of 2010, all of 11,12, and 13.

  27. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Interesting to watch ownership in ESPN that Davis is still owned more than Morgan. Granted his numbers are dropping like his at bats due to OBP but……

  28. @Grey: Thanks Grey. Is Bumgarner for Rajai a better deal than Gorzelanny for Patterson? In both cases I’d be sending the pitcher.

    I know that Rajai > Patterson but Bumgarner > Gorzelanny as well, no?

    That’s the last question of the night from here. Thanks, and enjoy the weekend.

    Are you going to be posting cutting wit and pearls of baseball wisdom over the All-Star break?

  29. Rumor is that Pineda is no longer listed as the starter for Seattle’s AAA-affiliate’s game tonight. Make of that what you will.

  30. Pat says:
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    Random comment coming:

    I know it was a couple days back, but just want to say that this has had me laughing ever since, Grey….

    Aaron Harang – Headed to the DL with back spasms. Dusty said, “If he dies, he dies,” while wrapped in a Reds flag.

    The image is too funny.

  31. Slam says:
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    Bumg or arroyo? I’d be dropping slowey, but I could drop Cecil or medlen instead…also Sean rod or barmes?

    Thanks man

  32. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Yeah, yeah, whatever. Just watch out behind you ;-)

    Almost grabbed Torres and/or Coco the other day, but couldn’t bring myself to drop Coughlan for some reason. Got over that, though – hoping Cliff the insurance salesman can give me some speed and average help.

    I’m sure Grey was going to include him here but didn’t have room…

    @AL KOHOLIC: We have a race now, and no mistake.

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: yeah we do,this san fran/huff outburst has been nice

  34. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    More upside this year: Snider or Bruce?

  35. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, Huff was one I was too slow on that I really regret.

  36. BSA says:
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    @Steve: I know you’re there. Oh yeah, good morning! Coco is on probation until that damn injured, toe, thumb, quad, hammy, etc. crops up. I was surprised to see you drop Coghlan. Pennington was on my radar but just not exciting enough.

    Any snow yet down there? Cause it’ll be a cold day here in Connecticut before I let you stream me. (or at least admit it)

  37. Johnny Drama says:
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    What is a good player in return for Latos?

    Looking for some HR, RBI, SV.

    10 team standard ESPN league.

  38. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Yeah, there’s some snow in the alpine areas, but we never get any here in Auckland. It is pretty cold this morning, though.

    I guess I could have dropped Kuo but I didn’t want to clog my bench with hitters (and my ratios are eternally in need of the help that Kuo can give). Felt given my suation I’d given Coughlan long enough to come out of his funk. I really should have got Torres and I felt like Coco’s recent record had been padded by a couple of big days, so I ended up with Pennington.

    I can always grab Coughlan back while you guys are sleeping.

  39. BSA says:
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    @Steve: I still want to make a move in my outfield but will probably stand pat. I dodged a bullet on Choo so I am leary of the fates.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @barker: You’re good with those other schmohawks.

    @tony b.: Wainwright

    @BSA: Yup

    @Enrique: I’m doing a top 100 for the 2nd half over the ASB and other pieces. I’d prefer to lose Gorzelanny.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Pat: Thanks!

    @Slam: Bum for Ks, Arroyo for ratios, lose Slowey. Sean-Rod…

    @GrandSlamSingle: Bruce

    @Johnny Drama: Dunn? Vlad?

  41. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: i had pennington for about a week,its one of those positions you cant really get filled,went with reds cabrera with them hitting so well but he hasnt hit,was targetting evercab but 2 for 25 return isnt working

  42. peter says:
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    @GrandSlamSingle: Bruce. Snider has too many question marks.

  43. BSA says:
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    @Steve: The RCL makes me laugh between everyone knowing their s*** and Grey’s posts and responses to others I think we all drop a lot more players that in other leagues are trade fodder. That league definitely ensures you know what you want and what the other may need in order to attempt a trade.

  44. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah – With Uggla, Barmes and Sanchez (who seems to be hitting again) up the middle, I’ve had to put him at Util, which is not ideal, but I need his speed and average – which will no doubt evaporate as of tonight.

  45. Steve says:
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    @BSA: There’s no pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes over there.

  46. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: im low in runs,thats what im hoping torres will get me(has so far),boesch will surely slow down but he just keeps hitting

  47. chrisbenson says:
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    grey…can you rank these middle infielders for me? I own them all and they all fight for playing time.

    kellyjo/barmes/fe-lo/migtejada

  48. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I’ll go back to a comment I made a few days ago. With the fluky play of the stars and injuries to a lot of first rounders teams that are succeeding at the midpoint make no sense when you look through their rosters.
    Go through the RCL top five – it appears that each team has one or two big name bats and one to three top arms and the rest are late round, free agent pick ups.
    For example I look at your Longo and realize you wouldn’t have a top bat to back him up, YET you are leading in RBIs.

  49. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Forget wool, no one can even pull cheesecloth over anyone in hopes they are sleeping at the clicker. Alright – gotta go – see you guys here tonight.

  50. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: we are getting beat in the rcl by the oldtimers,vlad,konerko,mags,wells with some votto and crawford,not to mention his 5 closers

  51. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: and you know he’ll be looking at starters soon knowing he can’t be reached in the save category and everyone is running their Starting limits.

  52. GTS says:
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    Which side: Gaby/Latos for Zimmerman?

  53. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Would you take a flyer on Bruce Chen? I currently have Lackey and have a feeling my ERA/WHIP are headed for disaster if I keep him for more than the one start I picked him up for.

  54. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: yeah he keeps trying to trade me dotel but i dont trust the bucks trading him to be a set up guy,i do see those older guys slowing pace in the 2nd half bringing the race tighter

  55. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    OK, well it looks like one more Razzball regular will be joining our league but that still leaves me with one open slot – pre-reserved but not e-paid for and thus still available.

    12-team, Roto dynasty league with a salary cap. League fee is $40. We start an entry draft in a matter of days the a spring 2011 draft. Play for this new league starts next season. Detailed League Charter can be sent your way, plus a salary list. Charter explains everything.

    Let me know right away if you’re interested.

    Grey: For the rest of this year – Niese, LeBlanc, E. Jackson or Parra?

    Thanks much.

  56. peter says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Boesch does keep hitting. I dropped him a couple weeks back, expecting a crash – it still hasn’t happened. Not unlike what happened to me w/ Kendry Morales, last year.

  57. Johnny Drama says:
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    Wainwright for Kershaw and Hanson

    Keeper League 10 team standard

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    mariners stalling,trades on hold for now

  59. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @peter: yeah you dropped him and i thought id ride him out a bit more,getty up cow boy ill ride him till he drops now,he is getting a lot more walks now to

  60. DSimms says:
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    Grey- i just got offered j-up and hughes for wainwright. 10 team H2H
    My OF: braun, krispie, bj up, and grandy (only 3 OF spots)
    My SP: wainwright, johan, garza, cole hamels, nolasco, scherzer, and filthy sanchez

    Im leaning towards taking it, your thoughts?

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: i think thier holding a monday press confrence to annonce weather its a trade or not,9 p.m est

  62. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Grey: For the rest of this year – Niese, LeBlanc, E. Jackson or Parra? I’m guessing you’ll rank Parra last.

    Thanks.

  63. Fresh 1 says:
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    Hardcore Danksta! Sorry, didn’t get a chance to say that on the last article. I like it better than your Yoda nickname.

  64. Kazmere says:
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    Joel Sherman says he’s hearing the “Rangers are working really hard” on Cliff Lee now.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DSimms: Looks fine for you.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Hehe… I think the M’s are doing the smart thing… Tell everyone the Yankees have a huge offer on the table to see what others will pony up. Good negotiation tactic.

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: That order looks fine.

    @Fresh 1: Hehe

    @Kazmere: Thanks for the heads up!

  66. Spartacus says:
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    Great buy/sell as usual.

    Would you trade Lester for Cruz straight up? AL Only Non-Keeper Ten Team.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Spartacus: Thanks! It’s fair if you need power.

  68. San Jacinto says:
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    Torres, Fowler, Borbon, or S. Smith going forward (OPS counts)?

    Thanks!

  69. chili davis con carne says:
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    Grey,
    Love the site…in a league with only 1 DL slot, I have tulo, heyward and yoga currently out of commision. Is it time to think about dropping heyward for guys like quentin, pence, ca lee, or any sagnof type of guy (any of the guys above or bourn, davis)? Also, I have colby lewis and hi-me garcia, who have been good while I’ve owned them…time to get out before the bottom drops for a P like niese, medlen, arroyo, bumgarner, morrow, hammel?

  70. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, Here is my lineup 10 team h2h

    Napoli
    Howard
    Phillips
    Longo
    Jeter
    Either
    Hart
    Coghlan

    Utl Pena/Gardner
    Bench Bruce, Pacman

    DL Beltran

    Lester
    Verlander
    Buccholz
    Mad Max
    Oswalt
    Hamels
    Wandy
    Dirty Sanchez
    Slowey

    Marmol, Aardsma, Franklin Nunez (yep my closers rock)

    -Could I just punt saves and trade these guys for a solid starter? Im in first right now but my team i do not think is good enough to last

    - What would you try and package to get Braun or Holiday. I thought I might of had it last night but fell through.

    - Any of those that you would drop for Dexter Fowler?

    -Any pitchers you would dump for Madi Bum?

  71. cruisinkc says:
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    Keeper league trade…

    I get: adrian gonzo, brandon phillips, tim lincecum

    I give: braun and latos

    Should I do it?

  72. ViagraFalls says:
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    With dlR coming back tomorrow off the DL, I do own him and am left with a problem as to what to do with him. His K rate, if healthy, is obviously great, but he would have to needless to say prove he is mostly back to people before they start him. In his absence, I had replaced him with the DL space given me with Pelfrey then C. Richard… my other pitchers are Halladay, Kershaw, J. Sanchez, Marmol and Valverde…but now if I want to keep dlR am going to have to drop either a pitcher or an offensive player. Neither sounds enticing.

    I don’t want to miss out if it looks like dlR (aside from getting roughed up his last start in AAA) if he comes back throwing fire, but I know the moment I drop someone like Richard or Sanchez that they are obviously gone as soon as they clear waivers. Is he worth keeping, dropping another piece for?

    V-Mart (on the bench), C. Pena, Cano, McGehee, Tulo (on the DL)/Furcal (as replacement), McGehee, Holliday, T. Hunter, Grandy, Hart, Heyward (on the bench) and G. Sanchez fill out my offense right now until guys like V-Mart and hopefully Heyward come back well enough and soon. What should I do with dlR?

    Thanks, Grey

  73. tony b. says:
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    What do you expect ouf of Chris Davis this time around if Smoak is indeed gone in the Cliff Lee deal?

  74. peter says:
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    ***Reported: Cliff Lee to Rangers in return for Justin Smoak and 2 others.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Thanks for the heads up!

  76. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ViagraFalls: Can’t you let him sit for a game? Richard and Sanchez over dlR for right now.

    @tony b.: Power and no average. Good upside, obviously.

  77. If you had to pick 1 to start on Sunday, Wandy vs. Cards (poor history against) or Bun @ Nats (no history against)? Oh & @Grey, et al: speaking of history, caught “Lipstick & Dynamite” last night. Terrific female grappler documentary. Highly recommended over the AS Break for those afflicted with such interest.

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    is meek a good hold right now,thinking dotel gets traded

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i know the park isnt as friendly but a new surrounding might get smoak going,ill be watching him,

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: Cool, will look for that doc. Wandy…

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m holding a bunch of MRs right now for moving closers, but I don’t have Meek, could happen though. I think Hanrahanananan might give him some competish.

  81. Carl Spackler says:
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    is this even on the radar for Braun or Holiday. The guy is looking for a pitching help…….I give Hart, Beltran, Hamels, and Ryan Franklin. Thoughts?

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Carl Spackler: You’re chump dumping him, see if he’ll go for it.

  83. Doot Doot says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Looking to upgrade my MI (AVG/SB)
    My trade chips are Hart and Dotel or Soria if Dotel doesn’t get it done.

    Hart/Dotel or Soria for Andrus sound alright. or should i ask for another piece?

    He also has Furcal, better option than Andrus?

  84. Wilsonian says:
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    In a 16 Team H2H Keeper (we keep 5, regardless of position and length of time), I’m in 2nd place, and wondering if I should make a couple of moves. Here’s my roster:

    Rob Thomas, Dunn, Kelly Jo, Wright, Alexei, Hamilton, Hunter, Boesch, Lind, Branyan, Fowler, Beckham

    Haren, Cain, Lester, Latos, Bills, Pinero, E.Santana, Anabelle, Axford, Capps, Mike G. – DL

    Out of those gentlemen, it looks like Latos or Haren or Cain would be the best trade chip, as I would only be able to keep one of those guys as it stands for next season. What would be your take on moving one or a combo, or someone else, for a player like Krispie, or Braun, or Votto (long shot), or Vlad? Try it or stand pat?

  85. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    So how did Lee’s value just change now that he’s with the Rangers?

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doot Doot: Sounds good for Andrus. Andrus > Furcal.

    @Wilsonian: I’d move any of them for Braun or Votto. Haren, Cain, Latos, in that order.

    @Eddy: He pitched fine for Philly last year in a crizzappy stadium, I think he’ll be fine. Same old Lee, though not the old, old Lee that wasn’t that great.

  87. thepizzaman says:
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    Would you lose Coghlan for Torres? I really need BA and steals.

  88. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @Steve: OK guys the sun is going down, I took out my sunglasses to wear them at night, closed my eyes and put Bumgarner back in the free agent pool for you to fight over.

  89. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: sorry, but I’m slow…would you be giving Haren the most or least value?

  90. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: you think branyon suffers big from this?im assuming yes

  91. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @BSA: yeah i couldnt find davis,come to find you already snagged him,i wasnt going to but if branyon goes part time hes no help

  92. thepizzaman says:
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    Chris Davis may be coming back on the fantasy radar. Just made the pick up where I had room. I guess my preseason 09′ man crush on him hasn’t worn off yet…

  93. fitz says:
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    @Eddy: Sure it’s Arlington but now he has the leagues best lineup giving him run support. Rangers are a fun team to watch.

  94. Bob says:
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    Markakis or Quentin?

  95. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bob: Quentin

  96. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Had to get him back! Bumgarner has the biggest opportunity to roofie my team.

    To everyone – even though Romero is lefty – get Big Papi in there!

  97. danimal35 says:
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    Drop MMD for Davis? hope for lightning in a bottle?

  98. yankees2010 says:
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    This is probably old news, but I haven’t read all of the entries, but Lee is a Ranger. That would have just about sewed it up for the Yanks had he gone there.

    On a positive note, he won’t be pitching against the Yanks tonight.

    Good luck in red hot Texas Mr. Lee!

  99. Doot Doot says:
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    bah, im gonna make a ran for H.Ramirez

    Tell me if I need to offer more or not.

    I’ll give him Al.Ramirez/hart/ dotel or Soria for H.Ramirez

  100. tourinct says:
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    Just grabbed Davis in all leagues, damn, this twitter stuff is sorta useful. Now numerous roster decisions as all I dropped were SAGNOF relievers.

  101. danimal35 says:
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    @danimal35: also have Dex Fowler, LaPorta and Sean-Rod as my other bench guys…Davis worthy of a swap for any of them?

  102. San Jacinto says:
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    The Adverb or the Dan Haren going forward?

  103. Leblonde James says:
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    14 team mixed. No keeper. Is Mike Stanton enough for Latos straight up? Or is that not selling Latos high enough?

  104. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: ok, still confused…I asked if Haren had the most or least value, and you said “yes”. Which is actually what I think about him, too, but still very confusing. Ha!

    Drop Beckham for Davis and pray?

  105. DrEasy says:
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    As an Adverb owner, I’m not happy about this trade. It’s one thing pitching in Philly, at least it was in the NL. Now we’re combining a hitter-friendly ballpark with a hitter-friendly league. Plus, pitching in that heat might also affect his stamina.

  106. Bobo Brazil says:
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    Slowey or Pineda?

  107. Calogero says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS and Holds) keeper league (10 keepers)

    Drop Chipper for Chris Davis?

  108. Child Please says:
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    16-team 6×6 (QS, OBP) H2H non-keeper league
    Which SS would you want for the 2nd half…Everth Cabrera, Fe. Lopez, Ian Desmond???

  109. bodymore says:
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    drop alvarez for Chris Davis?

  110. Joe B says:
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    Neil Walker or Carlos Guillen at MI for a few weeks in a weekly H2H league that also counts 2B and OPS?

  111. Phillies Red says:
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    You think they’ll limit Latos’s starts, or just his innings? I suppose either way, owners are looking at fewer Ks and less value out of his solid WHIP, but with that pen behind him, he’s still good for wins, don’t you think?

  112. Wilsonian says:
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    Whattya think about Branyan now? Is he gonna lose some PT? Although I’m pretty sure he wasn’t playing much 1st anyway. Is he a drop for Seth Smith in a 16 Team H2H, or sit tight?

  113. Wilsonian says:
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    Or Andres Torres? Just noticed he was a FA…

  114. Grey

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    @Phillies Red: Fewer starts. I don’t think they’re going to let him get 30+ starts.

  115. Kyuss says:
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    Drop Tabata for C.Davis? (16 teams h2h) I could put him on util. My other outfielders are Fowler, Bay, Quentin, LaPorta & Snider.

  116. Carl Spackler says:
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    what about Hart/Beltran for Nellie Cruz? Doesnt look like im getting Holiday or Braun

  117. bsa says:
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    ortiz looing like ticker tease.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bsa: What’s it, the 4th inning?

  119. Robert says:
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    @Grey- Haren was let go this week. The only guy I would drop for him would be Cahill. Should I grab Haren and lose Cahill while hoping that Haren gets traded to a contender?

  120. Grey

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    @Robert: I’d want Haren over Cahill.

  121. joecoz says:
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    Please rank Shields, Wandy, Hammel, and Padilla for the rest of the year. Thanks!

  122. dlcb says:
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    Since you’re on the subject of Hart, what do you think of a Hart for Butler swap? Or should i hold out for more?

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dlcb: It’s completely even. Depends on needs.

  124. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @penpen: Yeah, heard it on the game. Probably day-to-day.

  125. royce! says:
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    I was just reading some comments on mlb.com and it made me really appreciate how civil and constructive discussions on razzball tend to be (of course, I mean “civil” in a way that encompasses moob and Fister jokes). Many of the comments threads elsewhere seem to rapidly degenerate into vaguely racist name calling.

    Anyhow, thanks to Grey and Rudy et al as well as the commenters for this.

  126. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Agreed, it’s thanks to you people. I don’t mean anything by “you people.”

  127. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Ha! I was trying to think of a vaguely racist thing to end the comment with but couldn’t come up with anything. “Thanks to you people” would have been perfect. Nicely done.

  128. royce! says:
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    What’s with Wigginton? Is he worth pursuing in a 14 team h2h? Is he even rosterable in a 12 team league? I have Sean Rodriguez filling in for Pedroia in my 14 teamer and another owner was dangling Wiggy.

  129. Grey

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    @royce!: I’d just let it ride out with Sean-Rod, wouldn’t bother with Wigginton.

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    What the F is wrong with Romero? Is he even worth rostering in an 8 Team H2H, or should he just ride the pine until he figures it out? Is he better than Richard or Wandy?

    Sure glad I dealt Rasmus for him before his last start against the Yanks…he’s been light out…er…

  131. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: Obviously weren’t the easiest matchups… If you want, go with Wandy.

  132. royce! says:
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    It is really amazing how much Bud Norris looks like a guy named Bud Norris…how did he parents know???

  133. royce! says:
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    And Cliff Lee’s middle name is Phifer… he kicks the mad styles so stay off the frankfurter.

  134. PepeSilvia says:
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    lots of my pitchers going tomorrow, start or sit?

    Hammel (SD) — seems a pretty obvious start
    Morrow (Bos) — leaning start cuz he’s been great at home
    Gorzelanny (@LA) — like his K rate but he got rocked last time vs. LA
    Ely (Chi) — killed me last time out, can I trust him?
    Kennedy (Fla) — been terrible lately, pretty sure I should sit him.

  135. thepizzaman says:
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    Turn on the reds game just in time to see Cordero give up a game tying 2 run bomb. Thanks for ruining my night.

  136. Grey,

    Here I go again with Derrek Lee. He still isn’t doing much…Chris Davis or Lee from here out..

    Thanks,
    Bostonbeerman

  137. Sos says:
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    In a 12 team keeper, been offered Liriano for Hart. Hard to do after Lirianos stinker tonight but pull the trigger?

  138. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ha!

    @royce!: But he’s not a five-footer.

    @PepeSilvia: I’d sit the last three.

    @thepizzaman: Aw, pizzaman, you smile now.

    @bostonbeerman: I think you should just go with Davis so you don’t have the Lee albatross around your neck anymore.

    @Sos: It’s fair, but I’d hold for something better/different.

  139. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Sos: Honestly, I would do it in a heartbeat. Yes he got bombed 2day, but his overall peripherals suggest he will be even better than hes been. And if u ask me (proud Liriano owner) hes been great. Great K rate, low walk and HR rate. Not much more u can ask 4 in a pitcher. He should end up in the top 10 of pitchers this year. Like Grey said, Hart is a sell so get what u can 4 him b4 he regresses.

  140. hahahahaha – thanks Grey…you sound like my wife!

  141. ADD says:
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    I just offered Price/Hughes for Cliff Lee. Is this a good or bad trade for me?

  142. @Grey: I’m going with Kennedy tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up. Not sure if Chumley’s on set. It’s a spot for “Pawn Stars,” that I set up today. Shooting tomorrow, so I’ll see who’s there

    With the deadline approaching fast, the sellers are beginning to sell in my keeper… here’s a trade that I was offered, what do you think? Johan for a 10th rounder in next years draft. Think I have to do it. Want to strike fast while the iron is hot and before prices go up at the deadline.

    When I think about it, it’s a no brainer. I think I drafted Zambrano in the 10th this year…

    A side note that I think you’d appreciate:

    Check this out for deus ex machina. Can’t make this shit up…

    I’m picking up camera/grip gear on busy W38 street this afternoon. The streets’ even crazier due to a shoot of the show “White Collar” going on.

    I’m running late and need to park my truck, so I bang on a “White Collar,” grip truck to tell them to move their asses, so I can fit behind them and get my gear from the rental house, only to turn around and find that I’ve locked myself out of my truck – double parked in the middle of the street! This is about to be a very very bad day…

    Suddenly a Puerto Rican guy with a Jason Bay shirt steps up to me, sees me wearing my Met cap and says, “yo, you a Met fan… I’mma help you break into your truck.” Together we jimmyed the truck open and got the show on the road. Damn. Perhaps the first time since 1986 that I was happy to be a Met fan. For the record, I’m only half-Rican, so my car thieving skills are not quite up to snuff.

  143. Deeeeeez Nuts says:
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    What’s up with your boy (and at least for now mine too) Lilly? Is it time to pull on the plug on the soft tosser? I was having a great night until I got greedy and left him in my lineup.

  144. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Don’t you mean youts?

  145. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @bostonbeerman: Surprise, it’s me!

    @ADD: It’s okay for Lee. Not great.

    @3FingersBrown: Ah… He’s probably not there then. I thought it was weird you were in NY while they film in Vegas. I’d take Johan there. That’s a hilarious story. Under most circumstances, I wouldn’t trust a Bay fan, but it worked out nice.

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: Just having a rough stretch. Guys that are 3.50-75 ERA pitchers go through stretches.

    @BSA: Yes, of course.

  146. aj says:
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    should i pick up la parta? who should i drop? pedro alvarez, fowler, chris davis, heilman, dlr, mad bum

  147. Grey

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    @aj: Can lose Alvarez if you like.

  148. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: damn, when is it time to deal J. Upton?

  149. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fletch: He’s on pace for 26/20, and that’s without an extended hot streak, sounds about right.

  150. big o says:
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    @3FingersBrown:

    no way that big hoss is smarter then chumley .
    he’s “numb-er than a boot” .

    in my keeper league , my team name is chatas .
    are you familiar with the term ?

  151. @Grey: Yeah I didn’t trust the Bay fan either at first, but it worked out. I even said to the guy, “Bay? For real?” to which he responded, “You’ll see, he’s gonna hit!”

    Shit is flying hot and heavy now. I just had an offer of Haren for Swisher (we’re using OBP too), but to be honest, I don’t trust Haren and I’d rather not deplete my lineup – especially since I just moved Posey.

    I’ve got a good feeling about Johan and I think I’m a solid arm away from my team being a real force now. I’ve moved into the last playoff spot and over .500 for the first time since May, so the push is on.

    Alright, off to bed. Gotta shoot this thing early tomorrow. We’ll see who’s there…

  152. @big o: Don’t know no chatas. My Spanish is awful. Big hoss got rocks in his head.

  153. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: J. Upton is also 2nd in the league in K’s and sports a .258 batting average = not the top 10 outfielder most had him projected to be. I sure hope there is a correction coming 2nd half…or maybe not…as I’ll be able to snag him in the 10th round next year.

  154. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: You think A. Ram can turn it around and have a monster 2nd half?

  155. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @3FingersBrown: I wouldn’t trust Haren either. That’s awesome about the Bay fan.

    @Fletch: Looks like A-Ram has already turned it around.

  156. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: You like A. Ram over Panda for the 2nd half?

  157. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    As my attorney… would you advise dropping D-Lee for Chris Davis?

  158. Dr. Orlando Schadenfreude says:
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    Man, all it took to jumpstart MMD was for me to add him to my Razzball roster.

  159. DrEasy says:
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    Filthy Sanchez has been wild of late. Keep benching him till he gets his act together, or start him against the Nationals? I’m leading my league in WHIP and ERA, and I want to keep things that way…

  160. DrEasy says:
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    Also: Chris Davis or Troy Glaus?

  161. papasmurf says:
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    Somehow I managed to get a 2 for 13 out of Fowler since his callup. Granted, I didn’t pick him up until his second 3 hit game in a row, but still that’s some smurf magic at work here. I also managed to get a .146 avg out of Colvin.

    Also just picked up Chris Davis. The Smurfs are all reclamation smurfs this year.

  162. Giant JJ says:
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    Been offered f-her and hart for rios and Johan.

  163. Nick C-B says:
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    How is Latos pitching over his head by that much? His BABIP may be .246, but his LD% is also around 14%, meaning that his adjusted BABIP should be .260. His K rate still is solid at 8.35/9 innings so he’s also missing plenty of bats. He’s striking people out and avoiding loud contact. Sounds like a pretty legitimate ace to me.

  164. KCC26 says:
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    trade question…im currently in first place in a 12 team league where 6 teams qualify for the playoffs. i just lost peavy (i know, i know, didnt listen…), and am a bit concerned about my pitching staff. I was just offered wainwright and shin-soo choo for cruz, garza, and kennedy (the guy is hanging on to the last plaoff spot and needs to replace choo’s production immediately). could end up a big win for me if choo does eventually come back and contribute. what do you guys think? do it?

  165. johnny five says:
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    grey,as i bow to thee,brandon league or franky francisco the better play ?as i bow again,thanks

  166. johnny five says:
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    post 180 of course hoping for soon to be saves

  167. Giggles McGehee says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Drop Aviles for Jonathan Herrera? Herrera seems to have decent speed, but does he not have the green light?

  168. Child Please says:
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    In a 12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) league I am losing QS by 3, W by 1, K by 29 and have a pretty nice lead with ERA and WHIP… We are split in batting, both taking 3 cats, so its going to come down to pitching…

    He has 2 more starts left (Kennedy vs FLA and Wolf vs PIT)

    Who would you start out of my 5 SP ??
    Myers vs STL
    Wandy vs STL
    Hammel vs SD
    Morrow vs BOS
    Kazmir @ OAK

  169. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Dr. Grey: Is Choo worth a waiver wire add in a 12 team H2H dynasty league? I’ve already got Braun, CarGo, Quentin, Krispie, & Rasmus filling my 4 OF slots + my Utility. Long term is Choo more valuable than Quentin, Krispie, or Rasmus? Thanks as always!

  170. vinko says:
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    @big o: I’m familiar with chatas and I wish he’d quit destroying me in our 14 team league.

  171. Bob says:
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    Cuddyer or Chris Davis at 3B in a Yahoo league where Cuddyer has 3B eligibility?

  172. Howard says:
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    Morning Grey, Have been contemplating dropping Hafner for Giambi in my 20 team h2h. Is it an eh? I’ve been wanting to dump Hafner for a while but no takers. When Helton comes back it may open up other possibilities.

    Also, what kind of return can I get for Liriano? He’s killin my era!

    viva Las Vegas!

  173. Grey

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    @Bob: I’d go with Davis, but I wouldn’t own Cuddyer.

    @Howard: Vegas! I’d go with Giambi. Depends what you need re: Liriano, maybe a #3 OF… Wells, Swisher, Mags… #2-3 Infielder…. Panda, Berkman, Huff…

  174. Mike says:
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    Which side? Price or Reynolds/Podsednik/Richard?

  175. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: I don’t know what this trade is with all of those slashes. Is the Reynolds side one side? If so, then that side if you need power and steals.

  176. barker says:
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    12 team h2h 2C league i have montero napoli doumit

    i give montero i get granderson

    kid only has one C (mauer) i offered doumit should i insist on doumit or take this while its on the table on his side

  177. Wilsonian says:
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    H2H League, pitching categories are as such: W/L/SV/BB/K/ER/W/Ks per 9.

    I’m up 7-2 on Wins; tied 3-3 on Losses; losing 6-1 on Saves; losing 21-15 on BBs; up 53-31 on Ks; up 3.70 to 5.56 on ERA; down 1.39 to 1.43 on WHIP; up 8.52 to 6.15 on Ks/9.

    I’ve got Floyd and Weaver set to throw this weekend, plus I have Aardsma, Capps, K-Rod, Axford. He’s got no starters set to throw, but has Broxton, Frank Cord, Lidge and Soriano (who isn’t going to throw). This guy is in 4th and I’m in 2nd, but he’s just a few games behind me. The question is, do I bench all of my pitchers, to maintain the lead I have now, or do I just bench the starters, or say “screw it” and throw everyone?

    Thanks doode…I’ve been fighting with this all morning…

  178. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Right now I’m going with Jose Lopez at 3B. I’ve added Chris Davis. I was thinking about trying to trade for Cuddyer, but it sounds like you think I should just forget about that and go with Davis. I had waived him earlier in the year and picked up Jose Lopez. Anyway, it feels like I’m moving backwards in that league.

  179. NukeLaDouche says:
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    Drew or Bartlett at SS?

  180. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @barker: I’d take Grandy there. Now don’t ever get more than one catcher again.

    @Wilsonian: Sit everyone until tomorrow and reevaluate tonight to see if you need anything for tomorrow. And thanks for being so specific.

    @Bob: Cuddyer’s not doing anything that the hot waiver wire guy can’t give you.

    @NukeLaDouche: Drew…

  181. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Which 2 of 4 out of Carlos Lee, Ortiz, Fowler or A. Ram for the rest of the year?

    Street or Feliz in the 2nd half?

  182. barker says:
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    yea i got montero off waivers early in the season

  183. Bob says:
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    @Grey: It’s a league where I’m fighting for first with a great pitching staff, but I’ve got real problems with batting average thanks to B.J. Upton, Carlos Quentin, Kelly Johnson, Jimmy Rollins, etc. I figured that a 25, 75, .275 from Cuddyer would give me a league average at that position after the elite guys. Anyway, I’ll stick with the combo of Jose Lopez/Chris Davis, and hope for the best. Thanks as always for your help.

  184. royce! says:
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    Was thinking about spot starting Bumgarner, but then discovered that WAS has the 4th highest OPS v. lefties in all of baseball. It goes BOS, DET, NYY, then WAS. I really did not expect that.

  185. royce! says:
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    Of course MIL’s OPS v. lefties is not much worse (WAS .783, MIL .758), and Bumgarner dominated MIL, so…maybe I’m making too big a deal about this?

  186. Grey

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    @Fletch: How do you compare Fowler and Ortiz? Do you need steals? Power?

    @Bob: Okay, cool.

    @royce!: Yeah, they’re surprisingly all right.

  187. Grey

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    @royce!: Brewers are a good hitting team. Braun, Fielder, Weeks, Hart, McGehee… Right?

  188. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man. Benched the whole staff for the day. He’s not the kinda guy to pickup someone for a spot start, either, so I doubt I have to worry much about that. You’re welcome, too…kinda figured you’d need the whole story to get it analyzed right.

  189. DrEasy says:
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    @royce!: Uh oh, you’re adding more fuel to my doubts about starting Filthy Sanchez against them today!

  190. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: It’s for my utility spot between those 4…

    Also deciding on dropping Feliz for Street…what do you think?

  191. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, as far as I know they are… so would you drop Silva or Pavano for Bumgarner? I don’t think I should start Pavano v. DET tomorrow anyway.

  192. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: No problem.

    @Fletch: I wouldn’t drop Feliz in any league. I kinda figured they were for your UTIL spot since you’re giving me different positions, the problem is I don’t know if you need steals. If you do Fowler’s more valuable than A-Ram. If you don’t, then A-Ram.

    @royce!: I’d lose Pavano for him.

  193. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Good call. Pavano’s been super lucky over the last month. Something like .220 BABIP, and an unsustainable strand rate. I’ll let someone else inherit the correction (though it may have started with his last start).

  194. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Nope…don’t need steals…so you like A-Ram the best out of the 4 then?

    Much appreciated!

  195. xopchipili says:
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    just checked my results from last night’s games. I feel like I’ve been mini-mini-donkeypunched. Sonuvabench!

  196. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @xopchipili: I hope he continues to mini-mini donkeypunch everyone who lost faith. But yeah…

  197. Rich says:
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    Im in a bit of a grid lock here, I’ve been offered Lincecum and Romero for Johnston and Greinke. I’m in second in K’s and won’t catch first but I’d like to keep in that way. I could also use help in WHIP and ERA. With Johnston killing it lately and greinke’s slider returning I’m not sure what to do…..

    He also said he’d sweeten the deal by perhaps giving me Fielder if I put in Howard, or MAYbe hed give me kinsler if i threw in figgins into the mix. Thoughts???

  198. mookiewilson says:
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    Have Rasmus filling in for Choo, would you prefer Lind as a replacement or let him continue to sit on waivers? Lind has to get better, no?

  199. peter says:
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    @xopchipili: @Grey: Someone in a league lost faith a couple days ago… my waiver claim went through yesterday morning. (The only problem with this is that I went to bed a little confused about the timeline of the move – I blame the heat – and woke up disappointed to see that I didn’t get the mini mini donkey’s payload.)

    Now, lose Glaus for C. Davis? Since I’ve already got LaPorta, the conservative move would be to hang on to Glaus. I kind of see Davis and LaPorta as tomato/tomahto. But I suppose Davis is in a better lineup…

  200. peter says:
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    @mookiewilson: Do you have anyone else you could drop for Lind? Sure, he’s got no where to go but up, but I’d rather be starting Rasmus everyday in the short-term and stash Lind on the bench. (although Lind has had a decent week.)

  201. mookiewilson says:
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    @peter: Thanks, Coghlan would be the only other option or one of my multiple brainfreezes but I need the saves.

  202. Paula Abdul Jabbar says:
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    Who will be the better pitcher next year:
    Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Hudson, Michael Pineda?

  203. Child Please says:
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    10-team 5×5 non-keeper league
    Would you trade Colby Rasmus and Johan Santana for Justin Upton?? I am giving up the Johan side and am not that strong on pitching, I also have Hamels, Weaver, Garza, Wandy, Lilly, with a strong WW.

  204. Fresh 1 says:
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    Would you drop marcum or de la Rosa for Kazmir? He was one of the pitchers with the bigger xfip for the rest of the season…meaning era should go down.

  205. Steve says:
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    Sitting Gorz today. Right call?

  206. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rich: Who’s Johnston? If you mean, Josh Johnson, trade doesn’t work for you.

    @mookiewilson: Stay put.

    @peter: I’d lose LaPorta for Davis if you want to gamble on upside.

    @Paula Abdul Jabbar: Zimmermann…

    @Child Please: Nope

    @Fresh 1: I’d lose Marcum for him, but I would wait until he pitches well before starting him.

    @Steve: I would’ve said yes.

  207. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey:

    I took your sell advice and just dealt Latos and Leake for Lincecum (non keeper). Good value?

  208. BSA says:
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    Here’s a rookie question – from here on out should we be figuring an average of 15 more starts per starter?

  209. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The reverse is in!

  210. alex says:
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    Adam Lind hitting .310 now in July with 3 Hr’s. Small sample size but could he potentially have a big second half. Or am i just being optimistic cause i own him in a deep league.

  211. Howard says:
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    @Grey I just put out this trade offer: Pods and Pelfrey for Floyd and Buehrle. I lost Peavy last week and have to add pitching. Think it’s fair?

  212. johnny five says:
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    @alex: its worth a shot,i grabbed him in a shallow h2h league dropping bay

  213. Grey

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    @BSA: Starters should get 33 starts if they don’t miss any. It’s around 15 for most.

    @Steve: Ha

    @Howard: Fair for you.

  214. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Assuming I’m not jinxing him, it makes him a little more usable next time.
    He said through gritted teeth.

  215. Fresh 1 says:
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    You rule man, thanks for responding so often. Love the website.

  216. BSA says:
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    Why do the Braves not hit when Hudson is pitching? I am on borrowed time (says Grey and salivates Steve) and he gets no run support. One hiccup and he gets the loss.

  217. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Ha! I own Hudson on another team so know where you’re coming from.
    As Gorz keeps mowing em down from the bench.

  218. Wilsonian says:
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    Can you rank these guys for the rest of the season:

    Wandy, Romero, Richard, Scherzer?

    Our cats are: W/L/SV/BB/K/ER/W/Ks per 9 in H2H

  219. NukeLaDouche says:
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    Sort of a long and open question but we all love fiddling with teams and lineups so I figure you guys will have some thoughts. First of all my team:

    McCann
    Sandoval
    Sean-Rod
    Longoria
    Bartlett
    Ethier
    Cruz
    Pence
    Young
    Laroche

    Bench of Utley and Stubbs.

    Some guys on the ww in my league:

    Cantu
    Ellsbury
    A-Ram
    Drew
    Berkman
    Fragu
    Gaby Sanchez
    Granderson
    Beltran

    It feels like there are some moves to be made there but I can’t really decide what. I’m in 6th right now so I figure I might as well take some chances and shake things up. Practically no one in this league responds to trades, so unfortunately employing that as part of my strategy probably won’t work. So what say you Razzball? Advice?

  220. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Rank in order for the 2nd half out of Arroyo, Wandy and Medlen.

  221. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Slowey is in pitching relief right now in the 7th against the Tigers.

  222. Grey

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    @Steve: Hard to say if it’s a jinx or a reverse jinx.

    @Fresh 1: No problem. Thanks!

    @Wilsonian: Wandy, Scherzer, Richard…

    @NukeLaDouche: I don’t see a question there.

    @Fletch: Wandy, Medlen…

    @Fletch: Cause of the ASB, wouldn’t worry about it.

  223. NukeLaDouche says:
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    Haha. Yeah no real question for you grey. More just a general thoughts type post. I didn’t figure you would answer such an open ended post, I was more putting it out there for other razzballers to take a stab at if they felt like it. Of course you are welcome to add anything you want but I figured you are a too busy question answering man to bother with it.

  224. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Tulo and Latos for Timmy?

  225. bodymore says:
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    sonofabenched by Gorzzolanny, and tied to the whipping post by Morrow. Good evidence why you should just start everyone…

  226. BSA says:
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    Tabata gets on, Tabata steals – Grey you put it well awhile ago complimenting a player who does what he is supposed to do. Get on and steal.

  227. cruisinkc says:
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    Thoughts on Curtis Granderson turning things around for the 2nd half?

    Thought about trading Latos for Granderson in a non-keeper league but I feel like I would be selling Latos a little too low….

  228. bodymore says:
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    @Grey, @BSA:

    I’m imagining a pristine 90′s imagine of stone cold steve austin…”know your role!” To think he was actually thinking about the Tabata of his day…

  229. BSA says:
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    So I went to read my local paper online as I wait for the Yankees/Mariners and found this gem for all you fans du ‘stache:
    http://theday.com/article/20100710/NWS08/307109973/1044

    Tongiht I have both Vazquez and FHer rolling – Looking at +3 in Ks, maybe?

  230. BSA says:
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    @bodymore: Now if only my Power bats knew their role.

  231. royce! says:
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    Alright, now that he’s given up a hit, what do you think of Travis Wood? Is he going to be demoted to make room for Volquez? Or will they demote Leake instead? Wood had very solid numbers in AAA this year- around a K per IP, not a ton of walks. Is he worth owning in a 14 team league?

  232. BSA says:
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    See I knew that rookie was smart – Stanton was paying attention.

  233. royce! says:
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    Another Q- for 2B and 3B I have Sean Rodriguez, Felipe Lopez, and MMD. I also have Asdrubal taking up space on my bench (no room for him on my DL). Should I drop any of these dudes for the recently dropped Lind? My OF is Abreu, Gardner, Stanton, Bruce, Markakis, and Quentin. (I actually sent Lind for Markakis and Liriano earlier in the year, so to get Lind back for free and have him start playing well would be cruelly awesome).

    Oh, it’s 14 team, weekly h2h, counting 5×5 + OBP and XBH.

  234. Grey

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    @cruisinkc: It’s just okay, I think you can do better.

    @bodymore: Ha!

    @BSA: That’s a thing of beauty. And no crumbs!

    @royce!: Wood will have to make room for Volquez unless there’s an injury to someone else.

  235. Grey

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    @royce!: Lose Asdrubal for Lind.

  236. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Cool, will do. Any thoughts on how much I should bid for him? I have $77 FAAB left. The last three acquisitions were $27 for Smoak, $29 for Choo, and $25 for Orlando Hudson. I don’t want to bid anywhere near that much for Lind, so I’ll probably not win the bidding…

  237. Dumbmutt says:
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    Montero or Posey in a H2H 5X5 with Hits. Are they the same thing?

  238. Black Beard says:
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    10 team, 7 keeper league, 6×5 (plus OPS):

    Quentin, Rios, Oswalt, and Aram for Haren, Sizemore, and Sandoval?

  239. Howie says:
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    Assuming Polanco returns in ten days…and Utley is out for the expected eight weeks– would you rather have Polanco for ten weeks or Utley for the final five?

    I am assuming Polanco is > Sanchez, Lopez, and the remaining 2B candidates (Herrera, Infante, Schumaker) on my league’s current free agent list. If this logic is flawed, please comment.

    Thanks.

  240. royce! says:
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    @Howie: The logic seems a little bit flawed. Wouldn’t you have to compare Polanco for 10 weeks to Utley for 5 weeks plus Sanchez or Lopez or whomever for 5 weeks? If it’s Felipe Lopez, I’d say Lopez for 5 weeks plus Utley for 5 weeks is way better than Polanco for 10 weeks.

  241. big o says:
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    @3FingersBrown:
    @vinko:

    despite what this new-fangled urban dictionary says ,

    a “chata” (according to my island friends) is a cock-fighting term ,
    and refers to the sparring partner , who is thrown to the wolves , so to speak , to get them fight-ready .

    chatas are chosen for this role , because , they have shown a propensity for
    turning away from a fight (and running away) , thus , they would never be entered in an official cock-fight .

    most times , in order to protect the real fighting birds from injury , a chata will have his spikes clipped , or wrapped , for these sparring matches .

    thus , chata = whipping boy .

    @Grey:

    too late now , but i’m wishing i had gone with gorzy vs dodgers .
    instead , i opted for king felix .
    do you like my chances , or will tonight be pay-back , for sonuvabenching him in nyc , last time out ??

  242. BSA says:
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    @big o: If I wasn’t snuggled in to the game I would offer to go watch the Yanks/Mariners in Uncasville. I have both Vazquez AND FHer rolling tonight – Don’t bench ‘em if you got ‘em.

  243. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    I’m considering dropping Bedard to stream a starter tomorrow but is it worth the risk of someone else adding him? Should I just concede the pitching category for the week (quality starts) in the hope that Bedard comes back healthy? I just added Bedard this week and the idea of getting a potential stud pitcher off the scrap heap for nothing is making me reluctant to pull the trigger. For complete info its a very close league where the top 4 teams (I am one) have been separated by 2 games the last few weeks which is why I think every category win is important.

  244. Black Beard says:
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    In a leagues that counts OPS, please rank: Napoli, C. Santana, or Posey?

  245. agarthered says:
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    I’m second in HR’S and RBI’s in my league, I have Miggy, Dwright, Quentin, Carlos Lee, Rasmus, CarGO, Werth, Posey as legitimate power guys, along with Alexei and Weeks.

    I also have Ellsbury on my DL, I am middle of the pack in SB’s, and with Ellsbury possibly not back until mid august (and who knows how he will do when he comes back) would you guys accept the dread pirate for Werth?

    It seems pretty fair to me, I was gonna press accept, but figured I’d see what you guys think, as McCutchen has been in quite a funk the past month.

    I’m over 15 points ahead of 2nd place at the moment, I just don’t want the trade to come back and bite me in the ass.

    lemme know what you guys think!

  246. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    @Black Beard: Right now I’d rank them Posey, Santana, Napoli. Posey has been absolutely raking lately.

  247. royce! says:
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    @TheBravesWearPrado: Just as a point of comparison, I dropped him after his first start got moved due to shoulder whatever and no one has picked him up yet. And that’s in the RCL.

  248. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: In a 10 Team 7 Keepers Roto I traded my 5th (12th actually after 7 keepers) round 2011 pick for Dan Haren. That has to be a steal right? Don’t know if I’ll be keeping Haren but I need pitching help. Dropped Lilly for Haren.

    My SP’s

    Kershaw, Price, Sanchez, Vazquez, Nolasco, Lewis, DLR, & Morrow.

    Prolly will end up losing Morrow shortly as theres a 1300 IP limit so I don’t need all those pitchers.

  249. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    @royce!: Thanks. I was leaning towards dropping him anyway since my DL spots are full.

  250. big o says:
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    gutierrez cleaned up qualls’ 9th inning mess .

  251. Howie says:
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    @royce!: Regrettably the logic is not flawed as in this league, once a DL replacement is made, the player on the DL goes into the free agent pool and his original owner loses possession upon his return (unless, of course, one at his position happens to go on the DL coincident with that timing).

    So…Polanco for 10 weeks, Utley for five, or one of the others for 12?

    Thanks…

  252. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Who wins here Grey

    Braun and Liriano

    for

    Werth and Carpenter

    Is it fair?

  253. Griff says:
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    Arizona bullpen…!?

  254. tHe sHiT says:
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    Wut r u guys thinkin bout Dan Hudson start 2moro? Worth the stream?

  255. Robert says:
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    @Grey: Granderson has been on my bench for most of the year. Does Fowler or Stanton have more upside than Granderson at this point?

  256. Grey

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    @royce!: $7

    @Dumbmutt: Yup

    @Black Beard: For what year? Obviously one side is much better.

    @BSA: That’s all me.

    @Howie: What royce! said.

    @big o: Looks okay so far for F-Her. That’s interesting about chatas, didn’t know that. Is that the right spelling, I can’t find that term anywhere. Or is it chada?

    @TheBravesWearPrado: Don’t know who you’d be adding, but Bedard can’t be relied on to stay healthy.

    @Black Beard: That ranking looks fine.

    @agarthered: Looks fair for you.

    @timSTi: Sounds good, yeah.

    @big o: Of course.

    @Howie: Sounds fine for Polanco then.

    @Eddy: Braun side, fair enough.

    @tHe sHiT: I wouldn’t in most leagues.

    @Robert: Not more upside.

  257. DSimms says:
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    Grey i wanna pick up either volquez or bedard, who do you prefer and who would you drop (or would you) of filthy sanchez or scherzer?

  258. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    pretty sure that spelling is correct .

    AllstarChat@website.mlb.com.
    not sure this clown (^) would field one of your questions ,
    but feel you owe us , to hit him with something .
    monday is the deadline .
    (not sure this will out-draw lebron’s press conference .)

    hah ! with 2 base-runners on vs vasquez , the seattle music guy plays an exerpt from that “trouble” song .
    west coast stadium music is so much cooler than out here in the east ,
    where , more often than not , some fool is playing the “green acres” theme song .

  259. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Still here and not drunk in the bootheel………….

    Just added Nyjer in the rcl before I read your post, nice.

    Is Bumgarner a keeper or should I not bother?

  260. BigFatHippo says:
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    @big o: In St Louie, Louay……….

    Ernie Hayes plays the organ………..top that!

  261. BSA says:
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    Vazquez hitting the hundred pitch hiccup.

  262. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Have at ‘em or make me an offer.

  263. big o says:
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    @BigFatHippo:

    hip … watch out for steve .
    with that home-run barrage you put on ,
    i think he’s about to resort to voo-doo .

  264. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    OOPS, you said fowler i said nyjer……..same guy to me.

  265. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA:

    Have at who?

  266. mr baseball says:
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    Question in one of my leagues

    SMOAKLESS__KAHUNAS has a question ?
    Posted by: MR BASEBALL Message ID: 289 Jul 11 12:22am

    SMOAKLESS__KAHUNASJuly 10, 11:33 am
    how does a bankrupt team outbid the YANKEES for cliff lee???!!!

    MR BASEBALL July 11, 12:21 am
    the answer is that they still have A-ROD’S money

  267. Joe says:
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    I’m thinking about dropping Brandon Morrow for Arroyo. I know some of Morrow’s peripherals are good but his last few starts have been uninspiring despite continuing to get K’s like a mofo. Who would you rather have?

  268. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Look at my SP if you want an SP. Also – Bum ain’t pitching until the 19th.

  269. big o says:
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    it’s too bad that they don’t let these guy’s do steroids anymore ,
    ‘cuz i think joba could top clemen’s throwing the broken bat
    at the base-runner incident .

  270. BSA says:
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    Geez Joba coughing it up for Vaquez. Not that my alter Red Sox fan ego isn’t laughing.

  271. big o says:
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    omg
    was that pitch up around his eyes ?

  272. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA:

    I’m talking about my keeper league, don’t care about Bum in this one.

    Can’t afford to trade hitters but I could trade pitcher for pitcher……………..

  273. pjtres says:
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    grey…gordon beckham picking it up? he hit a donk today…
    should i pick him up?

  274. BSA says:
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    Hey Hippo – how is the keeper team doing?

  275. Grey

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    @DSimms: I wouldn’t drop either.

    @big o: Ha

    @BigFatHippo: Bum could be, yeah.

    @Joe: Arroyo if you need ratio help.

    @pjtres: Depends who you’re dropping for him.

  276. @big o: Thanks for the explaination. I looked around but couldn’t figure out what it mean. Slowey’s mi Chata. Just came out of the pen today because of the three day break, right?

  277. @Grey: yeah you were right. No Chumlee or anyone else of note on set for “Pawn Stars” spot today. Got to mess around with lots of incredible prop junk though… Fuck meal penalties. I need to write a clause into my contracts that makes sure I have internet access during baseball season.

    Nice to see Posey hitting one last HR in a “Don’t Fuck With DeJesus” jersey today before being shipped off to the cellar dweller for Figgy. I hope he keeps raking until the last week of the season – when I face him.

  278. Steve says:
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    @3FingersBrown: You start Hammel today? Loving that guy.

  279. Steve says:
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    @big o: I sat Gorz too. Dodgers had been hitting .308 against him and he was pretty wild in his last start.

    Way I’m TRYING to look at it is that it’s better to have the annoyance of a sonavabench that the anguish (and damage) of a shellacking…

  280. @Steve: Hell yeah – have him in both leagues. He’s been money since coming off the DL.

    Hammel & Kennedy W’s were big for me today. Happy to get him off of waivers on Friday – thanks Grey for the nudge there. I was on the fence but I coveted him on draft day.

    Trying to get Johan now for a 10th round draft pick next year (keeper). May have to up my offer…

    Was actually offered Haren for Swisher in a 3 team deal. Call me crazy but I’m not sure if I want to do it though – standard 5×5 + OBP & QS – since it’ll force me to use FeLo as my everyday CI or drop Kennedy (or Slowey). Haren’s so-so first half has me a bit shook in light of his notorous half splits.

    Not crazy about the idea of solidifying a close contender’s lineup either.

  281. pjtres says:
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    grey….well could you rate these guys from here on out? thanks.

    position:
    beckham, c.davis, kelly jo, ad.laroche, barmes

    SP:
    t.wood/cecil/sheets

  282. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    votto or c lee/kung fu panda?

    i am in great shape or leading in most offensive cats, but really could stand to upgrade my era/whip…i don’t think there is a much better SP than the adverb for improving my era/whip.

  283. @ThePoonTycoon: I’m feeling that move if you need pitching – although Arlington won’t do Lee any favors.

    I really think Panda’s bound to pick it up and should end up around .300 at season’s end.

  284. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: i also have glaus i can plug at 1B, so i could form some kinda rotation of panda/glaus depending on who is hot.

  285. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @3FingersBrown: yeah, his success in philly last year though makes me feel a little more comfortable about him going to a hitter’s park

  286. Wilsonian says:
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    Re-evaluated shituation from yesterday:

    H2H League, pitching categories are as such: W/L/SV/BB/K/ER/W/Ks per 9.

    I’m up 7-2 on Wins; tied 3-3 on Losses; losing 6-1 on Saves; losing 21-17 on BBs; up 53-32 on Ks; up 3.70 to 5.44 on ERA; down 1.42 to 1.43 on WHIP; up 8.52 to 6.22 on Ks/9.

    I’ve got Weaver who could throw today. I’m benching all of my closers, as it’s not worth the gamble of one of them exploding when I’m down 6-1 on saves for the week. He’s got no starters throwing today, but has Broxton, Frank Cord, Lidge and Soriano (who isn’t going to throw). We’re battling in offensive categories, but the overall score is 9-6 right now for the week. The question is, do I start Weaver today? The only possibility for me of really gaining anything is in WHIP where he has the tiniest of lead. However, should Weaver lose, I’ll lose losses unless one of his closers gets the L. I’m kind of thinking I should try to get the lead in WHIP, because even if he loses, he should lower my WHIP a bit to get me the lead. Is it worth it to try to get the point for WHIP, or should I just let it be and hope his closers screw up?

    Thanks doode…I’ve been fighting with this all morning…

  287. mr baseball says:
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    My Scott Kazmir Post in my league – smack talk 101

    Scott Kazmir – hey Jeff at least he is not on the DL

    Posted by: MR BASEBALL (MR BASEBALL) Message ID: 1986 Jul 11 11:31am

    The Scott Kazmir Experience –

    Hey Jeff”, “Purple ERA “, “The Wind Cries Basehit”, “Burning of the Midnight Homerun”, and “All Along the Watchtower is where the pitch will end up”,

    He only gave up 13 runs – I am sure the next start will be better – you just set up Stony’s next stream

    Maybe he was thinking he was pitching to Nick Swisher in the Homerun derby

  288. mr baseball says:
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    The Ball Park at the Grassy Knoll- all fantasy owners must be thrilled

    Cliff E Lee has trouble pitching there and he has yet to face Jason Nix

  289. NoCalBatteryChucker says:
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    Chris Coghlan or Julio Borbon?

  290. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @3FingersBrown: The person Posey was going to has to be so mad that you had him during the last four days or so.

    @3FingersBrown: I’d take Haren, but it’s very close, which is surprising considering who the two players historically are.

    @pjtres: Adam, Kelly, Beckham…

    @ThePoonTycoon: Agree with 3 Fingers.

    @Wilsonian: He hasn’t had a bad WHIP start in over a month. I’d roll him out there.

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @NoCalBatteryChucker: Borbon…

  291. @Grey: Posey’s new owner’s from Spain, so all he’s cared about is the World Cup anyway. He’s the perennial doormat (it’s become a joke at this point) so he’s just happy to have a cheap keeper for next year I think.

    I would have taken Haren for Swish in a heartbeat a few months ago but it is shocking how close it is now, huh? Never thought I’d hear myself say that.

    I’m keeping it in the back of my mind and I may well pull it off. We’ll see what happens in the coming weeks until the deadline. If I can get Johan (or another solid arm) without weakening my lineup, I’d rather go the draft pick route.

  292. BSA says:
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    @Grey: I jsut went through some older stuff and saw you mention not liking Coghlan and now I see you select Borbon. At quick glance they are pretty close but you didn’t give your tomato tomahto response.

    Also, I am thinking it is going to be another big day for both offenses in Toronto.

  293. @Grey:

    some D.B. in my league offered me:

    Felix Hernandez for my

    Johan Santana
    Chad Billingsley

    I do need strikeouts and need to make room to add Sean Rod to replace Utley so I am considering

    or am I giving up to much? would replacing Bills with CJ Wilson be better or worse for me?

  294. Martin says:
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    @grey- i just traded my posey and ian kennedy for carlos santana and arroyo. Is that a good trade for me?

  295. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, Haren was still solid in Ks in the 2nd half of last year, but everything else is kinda whatever as it is in the 2nd half of every year.

    @BSA: Huh? Was that under an alias?

    @kR Express: Wilson’s on waivers? Trade looks okay for you, you get the best pitcher in the trade, depends if you need to consolidate.

    @Martin: It’s okay, seems pretty unnecessary.

  296. BSA says:
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    @Grey: No aliases – That’s not how I roll.
    Nah I just saw the question from Nocal, happened to look back on previous thoughts about the Dread Pirate as I prepared a trade and read about Rudy picking up Coghlan you mentioned you weren’t high on him then. So round and round the mulberry bush I go to look at numbers and they are similar. So I am just trying to see what you are thinking.

  297. no I have Wilson, should I give him Wilson instead of Bills?

  298. Grey

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    @BSA: Borbon has better upside.

    @kR Express: I’d prefer to give Wilson, doesn’t change the gist of the trade dramatically.

  299. @Grey: It’s uncanny right? His typical whatever 2nd half almost cost me a championship last year, so I’m a bit sour on Haren.

  300. mr baseball says:
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    Revered Yankees PA man Bob Sheppard dies at 99

    Bob Sheppard Sheppard

  301. @mr baseball: Damn. I love that Jete still uses the recording of his voice when his name’s announced… I’mma pour out some Presidente for Bob.

  302. BSA says:
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    Go figure Litsch/DiceK is a pitcher’s duel after 2. Forgot that today everyone wants to get going for their mini-vaca.

  303. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: word…rolling with Weav today. Hopefully he completely mows down the A’s and gets me a huge win before the Break…

  304. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey in your deep leagues are you taking a shot on D. Brown now? And what about L. Morrison. Heard they are having him play some OF to get him up soon. But he only has 5 hrs in the pcl. What’s his upside.

  305. Cal Cheats says:
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    In a league where you can only keep 9 SP’s on your roster….and I have Marcum on the DL right now (so he has to replace someone) if you are weak in closers (I have Wood, Nunez and Heilman) would you deal Latos for Billy Wagner?

  306. bodymore says:
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    Jesus, Greinke missing a start, the injury bug on my fantasy team is spreading like MRSA in a gay wrestling club.

  307. @bodymore: Ooofa!

    Look at Angel Pagan playing his balls off for his job. Dude’s got 2 jacks and my team’s only 4 steals this week, while going 11 for 24.

    MadBum doin’ work. Too bad I couldn’t get him off waivers.

  308. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Gorzelanny, Niese, or Pavano?

  309. johnny five says:
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    @3FingersBrown: yeah,and the mets will find a way to sit him

  310. Steve says:
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    Reyes just getting a rest or is there an injury?

  311. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    ok accepted the c lee/pablo offer for votto. now, one owner has butler, mini donkey, and laroche. not interested in mini donkey, but do i offer jaime garcia for laroche or butler?

    i just went over laroche’s pre/post allstar break numbers, and since 206 it’s like clockwork. .250 or so in the first half, .300+ in the 2nd half.

  312. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: AGRIVATED HIS INJURY ON A THROW TO 1ST YESTERDAY AND WAS REMOVED FRM GAME

  313. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    huh,might have to trade carl crawford for some sb,s, 11th hr today

  314. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: carl might finally be making a move towards the 20-25 HR many predicted he’s capable of reaching for years now

  315. @AL KOHOLIC: Oh missed that. Damn Jose gotta talk to A-Rod about getting the good stuff.

  316. BSA says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You want Wheeler – he’ll do wonders to your ERA? :)

  317. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Grey: yeah, i’ve tried shopping garcia and keep getting people worried about his innings and his lack of track record. i have some other SPs that are expendable (c lewis who i like more than garcia, medlen/silva/arroyo/dlr who are more expendable, but i don’t think carry the value of garcia right now.

    we’ll see, maybe i can package garcia or another SP with sandoval or glaus for a 1B.

  318. Wilsonian says:
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    Sweet mother of God…Carlos Quentin is ON FIRE!!!!

  319. bodymore says:
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    Another 2 HR game for Quentin, holy shit. Am I the only one who gets frustrated when I get amazing production from a player that is basically wasted because I already have those categories won for the week? Hopefully Quentin stays hot for a while…

  320. Wilsonian says:
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    @bodymore: I don’t mind it, because I like to make sure sure sure that something’s locked up, I just wish I could carry some of it over. I’ve only had him in my lineup for yesterday’s and today’s game, and he’s second on my team in RBIs and second in HRs (both behind Holliday who’s had a monster week).

  321. bodymore says:
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    Winning 19 HR to 7… haha … so some carry over would be nice, but I can’t complain about that kind of power display. Of course the last two weeks of great production came after a few weeks of slumping that dumped me in in the standings.

  322. Wilsonian says:
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    @bodymore: we must have the same damn team…

    I’m up 18-10 on HRs this week. The past four weeks have been 9, 5, 7, 4, respectively in the HR department, which was really killing me and turned my 9.5 game lead into a 1 game defecit…

  323. Tom Emanski says:
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    I hate you Carlos Quentin, I hate you.

  324. DSimms says:
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    What is everybody thinking justin uptons 2nd half will be like?

  325. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @DSimms: his may and june were pretty solid. he’ll be fine i think. if you can trade for him cheap, probably worth the gamble.

  326. Tom Emanski says:
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    Anyone else drop Quentin on May 28? Literally the day before he went on fire. Check the game log. I hate my life.

  327. DSimms says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I’ve been sitting on a trade from my buddy of his J upton and p hughes for my wainwright. Grey said take it and i would love to get uptons potential to blow up but wainwright has been a beast and is by far my best pitcher. do you think that is too much for his upside?

  328. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tom Emanski: that’s why a guy like quentin, i just let rot on my bench before i waive him for a flavor of the week. i’m still holding lind on my bench for the exact same reason. he’s got much more potential than whoever might be hot on the ww so i just make do with him eating up a bench spot until he hopefully gets hot. come september it’s more likley i’d regret waiving lind or quentin or someone than i would regret not grabbing hot waiver wire pick up of the week.

  329. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @DSimms: unless you are pretty desperate for hitting, i wouldn’t make the move. wainwright is a certifiable innings eating stud, and hughes is already regressing plus is gonna be limited in the 2nd half.

    i still like upton, but losing wainwright is gonna hurt your staff unless you are loaded.

  330. Tom Emanski says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: True. I dropped him for Alvarez because I could afford to take the risk. Now I’ve replaced Alvarez with Fowler. It wouldn’t be so bad if only Fowler actually stole some bases. I’m just hoping Quentin has a horrific injury because a team right above me picked him up.

  331. DSimms says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks I’m gonna offer him one of my other pitchers citing uptons 111 k’s since that is a negative category in our league. Who would you offer out of Haren (ironically just got him in a trade involving bj up) johan or garza?

  332. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @DSimms: offer garza first, johan 2n, haren 3rd.

    i know johan’s era is better, but his lack of Ks scares me. i’d pick haren over johan in the 2nd half. and yes i believe haren’s 2nd half problems is more bad luck than anything. k rates, bb rates, babip, hr rates, etc all point to as much.

  333. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    fyi in his last 8 starts haren as about a 3.00 era and only has given up 3 HRs.

  334. Black Beard says:
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    Does anyone have a reliable source as to what the pitching schedules will be like post all star break?

  335. BSA says:
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    Talk about my middle relief and closers choosing to stink up the joint at the same time.
    2.2 IP for a 13.5 ERA and 3.75 ERA

  336. BSA says:
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    Hi my name is John Axford and I just pulled a win out of my coolie. Thank you Corey and Octavio.

  337. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Though I am pretty psyched to have the lead in WHIP and ERA and today’s crappy performance didn’t lose me any points.
    Last couple of years WHIP and ERA have been my weakest areas to figure out.

  338. Dumbmutt says:
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    24HR this week what a waste haha

  339. struggler says:
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    I’m trying to work some deals to celebrate the first half. The league is OBP/QS rather than AVG/W.
    Weeks for Jeets – I’m heavy on power and would rather have Jeets in my MI slot to perhaps replace Reyes if needed.
    CQ for Carp – Again, heavy on power and Ks so could use another ratio ace.
    Werth/Nunez for Howard – Just looking at Howard’s career 2nd half numbers make me salivate…and I’m hoping I can replace the saves at the trade deadline.

    What do you think?
    thanks!

  340. struggler says:
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    Oh and the league is H2H if that helps any…

  341. BSA says:
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    Who is this new Chris Davis in two days back – he walks, he steals, oh wait a minute – there it is 2/7?!
    Maybe he and Tabata could talk over break and he could learn to stay within his expectations.

  342. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Only one way you can go from 12…

  343. royce! says:
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    Nice of Dotel to show Axford the ropes… “your part of the inning was nice, but this is what we call an implosion.”

  344. charlie batch says:
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    Who do you like more post allstar game, Volquez or Bedard? Would you drop Gio Gonzalez in order to roster both?

  345. Anonymous says:
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    In a dynasty, Prince, Wieters, and Street or Morales, Zobrist, Papelbon and Colby Lewis.

    Consequently, Miguel Montero and Hanson or Tulo?

  346. Robert says:
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    @Grey- Are you buying the talk that Choo will be back at the end of the month? He is available in my league, but I would have to drop LaPorta, Granderson, or Pence to have space for him. Thanks.

  347. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s your take on this offer:

    Weaver/Richard/Aardsma/Axford for Kershaw/Scherzer/Feliz?

    Fair? Lean to one side?

    It’s a H2H Keeper and we keep 5…

  348. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Well aware of that. I’ll take it. Some say it is better to be lucky than good! The way the first half went was a lot of luck.

  349. Grey

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    @BSA: Cool

    @struggler: Trades all look fine for you.

    @royce!: Ha

    @charlie batch: Volquez… Sure.

    @Anonymous: Prince side, it’s not close. I’d take Montero and Hanson.

    @Robert: Sure, he could be back. I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for him.

  350. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: I’d take Kershaw, not really close.

  351. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Quite. Like you said the other day, some real head-scratchers when you look at the rosters of the teams at the top.

  352. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: Taking the first trade would leave me without an ss and I figure tulo is a good replacement when he comes back.

  353. BSA says:
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    @Steve: I had a good chuckle as I looked at KCs roster and wondered how her team is in last place. I look at top teams and wonder how to put together a trade, I don’t get it.

    Not that % owned is worth anything but my team has a bunch of 100%ers and a bunch of less than 20%ers. C’mon?!

  354. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: what if it looked like this:

    Weaver/Romero/Aardsma or Axford/Capps for Kershaw/Scherzer/Feliz or Bailey?

  355. Grey

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    @Anonymous: I’m sure there’s a waiver wire SS you can add.

  356. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: You’re talking the likes of barmes, aybar, theriot and Felipe Lopez. Crap all around

  357. DrEasy says:
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    Alexei Ramirez – Ticker Tease!

  358. BSA says:
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    @Anonymous: Here are two lines over the past two weeks including today’s numbers:
    12 r, 1 hr, 5 rbi, 1 sb, and .352 avg
    9 r, 2 hr, 9 rbi, 4 sb, and .296 avg
    One is available, one isn’t
    You wouldn’t take them both at SS?

  359. Anonymous says:
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    @BSA: Of course I’d take both.

  360. BSA says:
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    @Anonymous: Then open up door number #1 for Felipe Lopez.

  361. Anonymous says:
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    Also, keeper league in which I’ve got a team that’ll make the playoffs save a meltdown of sorts: Latos and Boesch or Cruz?

  362. Joe B says:
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    Bumgarner worth grabbing over Lilly? HR allowed and K/BB are also stats in my H2H weekly league.

  363. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey, have an empty spot and want to fill it with a minor leaguer.

    Rank these guys, or whoever you think is best.

    B. Allen, L. Morrison, B. Wallace, Kila, Pineda, Minor, D. Brown.

    thanks

  364. Mr2Bits says:
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    I hate you fat ass Panda and your 75lb moobs. You cost me OBP this week.

    On a side note, had a guy in my league put up the following in a 9 player offensive league. Any of you ever been pummeled with a league record?

    Runs : 42
    RBI : 54
    HR : 22
    OBP : .418
    Steals : 5

    Glad Im not the guy playing him!

  365. mr baseball says:
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    What happened to Ricky Ricardo Romero – what do you see for him in 2nd haft – coming off two terrible pitching performace and his K’s have been slipping big time – hold on tight or throw him overboard

  366. Grey

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    @mr baseball: Overboard if you have better options.

  367. Joe B says:
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    @ Donnie Baseball: D. Jennings?

  368. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey:

    I’m not sure why Garland is still on my team, but it’s time to part ways. Lilly, Baker and Anibal Sanchez were all dropped this weekend. How would you rank those guys for the rest of the year?

  369. Donnie Baseball says:
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    @Joe B:
    Already gone. thanks though.

  370. whodat says:
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    grey, would you pull this trade? Felix Hernandez for Johan Santana and Chad Billingsley

  371. DSimms says:
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    Grey-should i deal price straight up for werth?

  372. Howie says:
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    @Grey: Ok, I’ve graduated from curious to interested… do I pick up Bumgarner for my injured Gallardo? No Ks in my league… ERA, WHIP, and Wins from the starters. Sample size is small for Bumgarner, but his WHIP is strong thus far and his ERA just a touch higher than Gallardo’s… worth the swap for the second half of the season- even if Gallardo fully recovers from the muscle pull (or whatever currently ails him)?

  373. mr baseball says:
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    Beltran back at Citi Field, ready to play Thursday

  374. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Mr2Bits:
    Looks like the Brewers team stats after a three game series with Pittsburgh.

  375. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Mr2Bits:
    I think the Brewers put up those numbers in three days against Pittsburgh.

  376. Terrence Mann says:
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    It’s pretty sad when you can’t remember a whole sentence you just tried to post.

  377. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Which side do you prefer in a vacuum:

    Werth for Wainwright

  378. struggler says:
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    Sounds like Porcello will be up for a start vs. CLE next week. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing.

  379. Steve says:
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    @struggler: It’s potentially great news for my Fantasy Razzball team.

  380. @mr baseball: I think they’re on the West Coast after the break, but yeah should be a nice addition for Los Mets.

    @Grey: With no movement on the Johan front, what round pick in next years draft would you offer for a 1/2 year rental of Gallardo? Sounds like he’s doing well after the injury, and my Spanish friend is drunk and happy. I want to strike while the iron is hot.

  381. alvaro says:
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    Pick 5 to start

    Lincecum vs Mets
    Strasburg vs fla
    Javy Vazquez vs TB
    Wandy vs Pitt
    E Santana vs Sea
    Masterson vs Det
    Lilly vs Phi
    Billingsley vs STL
    Medlen vs Mil

    Im pretty sure Santana Lincecum and Strasburg will pitch but I dont know about the rest. Since a bunch of teams have 3 games7

    Thanks

  382. Grey

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    @Eddy: It’s even. Werth…

    @Steve: Exactly…

    @3FingersBrown: I’d give him anything after the 5th round. Start at ten and work down.

    @alvaro: Lincecum, Strasburg, Santana, Wandy, Bills…

  383. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Padilla or Gorz? (in the leagues where I’d want them to do well… )

  384. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He’s strictly a Homeschooler though, right?

  385. Wilsonian says:
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    You still liking Wandy for the 2nd half after his L today? I would assume so. From what I saw, he didn’t look too bad, plus that donk by Holliday was a Frontier League 350′ bomb…

  386. big o says:
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    all star break .

    selig sees his shadow ,
    and is scared .

    3 more months of baseball ,
    and then ,
    another winter of our discontent .

    bah .
    humbug .

  387. Howie says:
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    @Grey: Ok, Gallardo > MadBum in 4×4. Is he also worth more the rest of the way than Padilla? Thanks.

    -Howie

  388. Mike D says:
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    @Grey:

    I have been offered Cliff Lee and Bedard FOR Haren and Volquez in a re-draft.

    I want to accept, but Haren might be traded to a contender and I think Volquez could make a big contribution while Bedard probably won’t be worth much.

    What do you think?

  389. Cal Cheats says:
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    In a vacuum…Ryan Zimmerman for Mat Latos? I would be getting Zimmerman.

  390. Cal Cheats says:
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    In a vacuum…would you do Ryan Zimmerman for Mat Latos? I would be getting Zimmerman.

  391. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    i take it you’re not a fatalist .
    starting to freak , here .

    much anticipated plans to finally walk across the clemente bridge
    only one month away .

    got permission today to ask work for time off
    to catch the season-ending series in camden yards .
    tigers are in town .
    gonna do it , up ….
    table full of crabs !!

    (got the shakes ,
    and i don’t even drink .)

    So ,
    what’s the question
    that you want to ask of selig ??

  392. @Grey: Yeah I think I’d stop at 7. He walks a few too many for my taste. If I’m going to pay more, I think I’d rather get Haren.

  393. Willie Norwood says:
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    In my keeper league, I have more DLed guys than DL slots. Unless I want to drop Gallardo, Utley or Volquez (and I don’t), I’ll have to drop a healthy outfielder. I’m still working on trade possibilities, but the other owners in this league are reluctant to deal. I currently have JUpton, Bruce, Gardner, Abreu, Span, Hart and Delmon. I’m leaning towards dropping Span or Abreu. I guess I could also lose Volquez, but he could help my staff especially if YoGa is out for awhile. If you HAD to drop one, who would it be? Thanks.

  394. BSA says:
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    Well, I have HanRam and Big Papi on my team – tonight better have motivated them for big second halfs rather than screwing up their swing.

    Hippo – Thanks for giving up Papi.

  395. steve says:
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    Is latos really going to drop off? aka, will he post a 3.50 era or above second half?

    also who makes out better in this trade for a keeper league

    cliff lee, adam dunn, polanco

    robinson cano, ryan zimmerman

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