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I was alerted yesterday in our fantasy baseball forums that Ozzie Guillen will be sitting Alexei Ramirez for Jayson Nix.  And it may not be for just one game.  This makes perfect sense.  A guy who has never played a game at shortstop in the major leagues.  A guy who got the Rockies starting job at 2nd last year and hit .125 and 2 extra-base hits in 56 ABs.  A guy who couldn’t hold off Omar Quintanilla for the utility man role in Colorado.  A guy whose last name says it all.   So potatoes to chips, what does this mean for us?  It means we’re screwed in the screwhole!  What do you think it means?  No, actually, I think this is just a wakeup call.  Member how Victorino was benched for Werth last May?  Yeah, me too.  Alexei will get back his starting job and should be fine.  Also, shortstop is so weak on talent that it pays to wait this out for a bit.  (BTW, “potatoes to chips” is my new favorite phrase that means nothing.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Derrek Lee – His neck spasms are acting up again.  This could be an ongoing issue all year.  Just when you think he’s out of the dark, someone shuts off the lights.

Lance Berkman – HR yesterday.  Left April batting .162, now is batting .194.

Oliver Perez – Disgraceful List.  He’s out with a strain to his ability to pitch effectively.  No timetable for his return.

Albert Pujols – 11th homer yesterday as he went 4-for-4.  The rest of the team had 3 hits.  Imagine what Pujols would do if they weren’t pitching around him.

Mitchell Boggs – Gave up 2 earned runs, but left the game after four and a third because of the inability to stop walking batters.

Nick Markakis – I am Sparkakis!

Kelly Johnson – DNP.  He’s in Cox’s doghouse pretty good this time.  Maybe dressing up as Gene Larkin for last Halloween wasn’t the best idea.

Jorge Cantu – HR yesterday, now has 30 RBIs.  Here’s what Rudy and I said after the first game of the season, “Hitting behind Ramirez for the rest of the season can only help.  It’s too early to predict a repeat of his 92/29/95 2008 season, but he’ll be a bigger bargain than most drafted cornermen.”  And that’s me quoting us!

Matt Capps – Says he could come back by Saturday.  Hold Grabow for now because I have my doubts.

Jake Peavy – 7 IP, 2 ER, 12 Ks.  With four of their top five hitters being Giles, Eckstein, Hairston and Gerut, they couldn’t beat the Washington Generals.

Kevin Slowey – 3 IP, 3 ER.  Unfortunately, the rain came and didn’t allow Slowey to fix a bad first inning.

Matt Tolbert – With Alexi Casilla sent down, Tolbert played 2nd base.   He should fit perfectly into the Twins plans for a weak offense.

Justin Upton – 2 HRs yesterday.  Okay, this might sound crazy, but has anyone seen him and BJ hit a homer in the same game?  Maybe him and BJ share a shoulder.

Cameron Maybin/Emilio Bonifacio – Their averages are moving closer and closer to each other and that really isn’t an endorsement for either.  On the bright side, Maybin has been seeing more time in the number two spot.

Felipe Lopez – Back from a sore ankle and stole two bases.  Sounds like someone was faking.

Manny Parra – 119 pitches through 6 innings, some walks and some Ks.  And this was a good matchup for him.  Pretty much exactly the kind of game Parra will throw.

Elvis Andrus – HR yesterday.  Of course, I just traded him away.

Aramis Ramirez – HR yesterday.  Guess he’s put his “cramps” behind him.

Randy Johnson – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, Zero Ks.  The humidor zapped the mullet’s strength!  Mullet… Must… Get… Fresh… Air…

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.  Was a perfect matchup for the man with the greatest first name in the majors.  If you were to read between the words there, I’m basically saying I still don’t trust him for every start.

Matt Murton – HR yesterday for the Rockies.  He actually makes good sense in the Rox lineup when they’re facing lefties.  Could be a solid pickup in NL-Only daily leagues where you can work a platoon.

Aaron Hill – 7th homer yesterday.  Who was the pickup of the year so far?  If you have to ask, you don’t own Aaron Hill.

Joe Beimel – Back in action! In the 9th inning!  Of a blowout?

Clayton Kershaw – See what I said about Parra and put it on a better team in a pitcher’s park.

Russell Martin – 3-for-5, 7 for his last 14.  Might be coming out of his early season sassafras. (<–Fun word used incorrectly!)

Bronson Arroyo – 1 IP, 9 ER.  Afterward, he played a song on his guitar.  It went like this, “I suck, suckers… Suck, suck, suck, suckers…”  Pretty catchy actually.

Ryan Braun – Grand slam and 6 RBIs.  If I may venture a guess, Braun will hit well when he’s playing then take a few games a month to recoup (cortisone shot).  Remember, 75% of Braun is Brau.  As in Lowenbrau.  Which is delicious.

Chan Ho Park – Dueled Johan Santana through 6 innings, giving up only 1 hit.  In other news, pigs can fly.

Joe Crede – Sat out because of an upset tummy.  If I ran a major league team, any time a player wanted to sit out for a minor ailment, I’d have them report their condition to Cal Ripken.  Just call him up and tell him you’re sitting out because you had Thai food for lunch.  Might think twice about ordering the Larb.

  1. Spaceman.Spiff says:
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    Okay, Nick Johnson or Adam LaRoche? Considering that it’s a R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS H2H league?

  2. Bob from Germany says:
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    not just 75% of Braun is Brau, actually it is 80%.

    Anyways, i just want to say Löwenbräu sucks! I really trust you with baseball. But maybe i should start a razzbeer blog and give good advices there to you. But then again, there is unfortunatly no fantasy beer league…

  3. john says:
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    Krispie pulled a Kelly Johnson and didn’t play yesterday either, which actually HELPED my offense since he didn’t contribute his obligatory 0-4 night…here’s hoping he gets benched more often until one of my trades for an outfielder goes through

  4. Rob A. says:
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    Dont you mean pigs flu? ;)

  5. Eric W says:
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    Just realized I am tied for 17th place in the RCL with only 1save!

  6. DrEasy says:
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    The Big Unit this year is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Should I only start him at home (and Petco) now?

    Masterson is also killing me. I liked him better in relief. Is Buchholz getting any closer to being recalled? In fact, here’s a good one: can anyone rank the following prospects in terms of ETA in the majors:

    Buchholz, Homer Bailey, Hochevar, Neftali Feliz, Tommy Hanson.

  7. Emporers Monkey says:
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    @Spaceman.Spiff: Either. By the end of the year the difference will be minute.

  8. Rob says:
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    Is Omar Infante worth a shot now that Kelly is in Cox’s doghouse. I am looking for a MI.

    Keep up the great work.

  9. Lowenbrau never claimed to be the champagne of beers like some others. It was always for “kinda special” nights and nothing more. Sort of like the second tier shortstops this season. Drew goes down (back next week?) then Tulo (continued suckiness 1 fo’ 5 on a night the Rox score 11), Alexei (see Jay Nix), Peralta and Hardy (both equally trying to stay above mendoza). Hardy’s about the only one who’s shown a little promise lately. A month into the season, is it worth re-ranking them (even Rollins)? & will any ultimately be at least “kinda special”?

  10. Kris says:
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    Which 2 do you spot start in a WHIP league – Ubaldo, Myers, or Parra, given the rest of my staff?

    Sabathia, C-Bills, Shields, J Johnson, S Baker, Brett “Cletus” Myers, Parra.

  11. rich says:
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    Ride the wave!!! J-UP is 13 for his last 36 in last 10 games with 4 homers and 10RBI ( throw in 1 SB!). He has hit in 18 of his last 20 as well as a 13 game hitting streak. During the 13 game streak, he has raised his average from .184 to .284. Getting two bombs off Peavy at Petco just validates the current wave.

    Not sure when it ends, but I can’t see the shoreline yet. So Ride the Wave!

  12. steamer says:
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    JJ Hardy has been dropped. I’d like to pick him up since he’s heating up. Would you drop for Blalock, Fowler, Dukes, Hawkins or J. Zimmermann for him? For pitchers I already have Bills, Haren, Cueto, Volquez, Bedard, Dempster, Dice-K, Carp on my pitching staff.

  13. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @DrEasy: i’d say buchholz, bailey, and hanson come first, then hochevar, and feliz is the furthest out by a decent amount.

  14. Billy says:
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    I have alexei in three league oops(i got a little excited over last yrs performance), anyways in one of my leagues (10 team), i was one of the lucky owners that was able to grap Hill, i have Hanley at SS and hill at 2b… soooooooo should i drop him? Seeing as he has no trade value… He is sitting on my bench and the player i would be picking up would be a two start pitcher for next week…

    thanks!!!

  15. Crafty35a says:
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    @Billy: No, don’t drop Alexei.

  16. Pops says:
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    Flipping Ozzie. He’s definately not geting a Christmas card from me this year.

    FREE ALEXEI

  17. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Whoever said to sit Randy Johnson at Coors yesterday is a genius, meanwhile I am an Asdrubal. What a joke that was.

    My 2 pickups last night were Andrus and J-Up. Any chance they both keep hitting in the top half of the order? Maybe Andrus will stay in the 2 hole for the year and Hamilton can bat 5th when he comes back. Upton hit that ball last night on Peavy when no one else was getting any lumber on the ball at all. If this guy’s turning a corner, I want him on my team.

  18. PJTres says:
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    what do you think of Koji Uehara? The guy doesnt walk anyone…and even though hes 0-3, (with the exception of his 7ER performance against the Rangers, he actually has an ERA in the mid-threes….)

    worth a pickup? Decent K rate….or is this just smoke and mirrors the first time through the league???

    Thanks (As always)

  19. The Giant Brain says:
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    I’m involved in one of those weird threesome deals in fantasy baseball. Basically, I’m giving up Jay Bruce for Ricky Nolasco, then swinging Nolasco for Aubrey Huff. I guess in the end it means Bruce for Huff. Although I like Bruce, his inconsistency makes me want to chew shards of glass, yet Aubrey Huff reminds me of cardboard. Bottom line, is this a good trade?

  20. Emporers Monkey says:
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    Thank you Dusty Baker for pitching Paul Janish at the end of the game last night to preserve his bullpen. I have Braun and Fielder who combined for 2R 1HR and 4RBI off the backup SS. I love me some cheap stats!!

  21. knighttown says:
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    That “middling infielder” question above is a good one. I own all of Alexei (avg draft position 63), Jhonny (ADP 83) and Drew (ADP 123). That means all three should have pretty big asset value in an 11 team league which would draft 286 players.

    However, no other owners are intereted in giving draft value because guys like Aaron Hill and Marco Scutaro are holding the fort.

    The MI postion was drafted like this:

    Hanley, Reyes, Chase, Pedroia, Kinsler, Rollins, Phillips in group A

    Uggla, Roberts, Alexei, Young, Furcal, Peralta in group B

    Tulo, DeRosa, Hardy, Drew, Jeter, Tejada, Cano, J. Lopez in Group C

    If you were to do it based on performance the only ones that have performed at or above their ADP are Chase and Kinsler from Group A, no one from Group B and Cano and Jeter from Group C. The rest of the top 20 are non drafted Schmohawks like O-Dog, Bartlett, Ass-dribble, The Riot, Scutaro, C-Guz, Weeks and Callaspo.

    Can you say 10 cents on the dollar?

  22. Dingo says:
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    @Bob from Germany: Dang it, Bob! You beat me to the nerdy nitpick. Not only is your English better than most of us, but your speedy mathematical corrections leave us in the dust as well.

  23. Tony says:
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    Gotta love my buddy asking

    “should i deal Howie Kendrick, how many people have been trying to trade me for him” (when he was hot)

    ME: “yeah dude are you kidding, he’ll be hurt in two weeks, trade him and snag up aaron hill”

    Does he make the deal? NO, but he does pick up aaron hill, pisses me off!

    Man i’m smart…

  24. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @knighttown: I wonder if this is an example of why you shouldn’t spend middle round draft picks on middle infielders.

    Something tells me that one of these days, guys like Peralta and Hardy are going to go on mid season spurts, so watch for that one 2 for 4 game with a double from Hardy and buy!

  25. Neil says:
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    I’m strong in runs, HR, RBI and very strong in steals (2nd place by a lot). However, my AVG is in the tank.

    Which of the following should I bench next week?

    BJ Upton (.165 AVG)
    James Loney (0 HR, 1 SB)
    Dexter Fowler
    Mark Teahen (5 category stud!)

    I’m really leaning towards BJ Upton. His .300 AVG in 2007 was based on a .400 BABIP. His .273 last year was based on an also high .351 BABIP. He’s never going to hit for AVG because he strikes out like a fiend (28% career, 35% career). Is he really that much more valuable than a guy like Fowler, who will hit .270 with 12 HR, score 90 runs and steal 30 bases? AVG is the one category I need the most help in. I need the least help in steals.

    Thank you!

  26. Dingo says:
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    @The Giant Brain: I don’t like that trade for you, but I’m a proud Bruce owner, so I may be biased. Unless you’re desperate for a CI, I think it’s very unlikely that Huff will provide more value over the course of the season than Bruce. At best, Huff will be even with Bruce on HRs, but I wouldn’t want to bet on a 32-year-old with decent career stats over a 22-year-old who oozes talent.

  27. @Bob from Germany: Razzbeer. I like that idea. And I trust Bob on beer. He is from Germany.

    @rich: Guess who I dropped to pick up Fowler after his 5-steal night? Upton. Sue me. I need steals!

    I still put JUpton at .280/25/85. That’s good! If he could find it in his heart to run as often as his brother does, he’d be top-three-round material. Next year he will be monstrous, however. He’s following the Griffey Curve!

    @Billy: Hold him. Hold him! Do not drop him! He will a) heat up and b) be worth something in a trade. Soon! As somewhere pointed out recently, he was under .200 last season as late as May 24. Then he exploded! He’s the missile! He’ll be fine.

    Guillen is stone-nuts, though. Really.

    @The Giant Brain: Ew. What? No! Bruce for Huff? Oh no no no. Please don’t do this trade. I am begging you.

    Bruce has 7 HR. Huff has 3. Bruce is hitting .267. Huff is hitting .270. Sure, Huff has more RBIs right now (23 to 15) but Bruce’s upside is WAY HIGHER THAN HUFF.

    If you do this trade, you will have to change your name from the Giant Brain to the Giant Bran, because you will have pooped all over your team.

    @knighttown: This is a very good point. Rudy will no doubt concur. Then again, if you punted MI this year you’re probably sitting with Kelly “Not A Girl” Johnson on your bench right now. Alexei will come around. See above. Not the Bruce rant. Above that.

    @Emporers Monkey: It’s totally sweet, right? I got that extra BP donk from the Prince.

  28. @IowaCubs: It’s true that Hardy is incredibly streaky: He finished May last year with 2HR and 15RBI. In June and July he hit 13HR with 33RBI.

    He hit .339 with 9HR (!) and 21 RBI (!) in July alone.

    He did something similar in ’07, except flip-flopped: .325, 9HR and 29 RBI in May; .241, 0HR and 9RBI in July.

    Point is, when he is hot he is hot and when he is cold he is not hot, he is what I like to call “cold.”

    Read those stats again, then go swindle the Hardy owner in your league out of Hardy. In fact, I’m about to do that right now.

    And that’s the Baron persuading the Baron.

  29. Teef says:
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    I just made a 2-1 trade to add bench depth and clear some roster space so I could add Hanson while he was on the waivers but this morning I look to see that Chris Davis was dropped – I don’t really need him as I have Arod at 3rd and Miggy at first with Berkman in my Util – I’m not worried about him bouncing back but who should I add – Davis or Hanson? (judge from a value perspective – not from a teem needs)

  30. Razzperts: Send Gregg for Hardy?

    My BP is Francisco, Capps and Gregg (currently tied 1st in saves), as well as Beimel.

    I have Alexei at SS with Felipe as back-up.

    Do I:

    Trade Gregg for Hardy, hoping to catch his annual hot month, then flip him when Alexei comes around?

    or

    Keep Gregg and use Felipe until Alexei comes around.

    Usually I’m confident in my ability to snatch up closers, but this year’s been more difficult, mostly because there’s tons of turmoil already, so closers-in-waiting like Ray, Marmol and Arredondo are already rostered.

    Then again, I don’t want a repeat of MartePenaGate’08.

  31. mc serch says:
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    I’ve been pants’d by Ozzie! I don’t have a backup SS. Who keeps a backup SS? I’m standing here in my scotch-plaid boxers (punk rock, baby!) with my pants around my ankles. Now I have to shamefully reach down and pull up my pants without looking anyone in the eye until I recover my dignity. Can someone help me recover my dignity? Andrus is out there as a free agent, and that’s fine since I’ve been eyeing him anyway. However, I will have to drop one of the following: Grabow, Ray, LaPorta or Blalock. Should I just ride out the week with my pants around my ankles or drop one of the crappy closers (my other two closers are Percy and Franklin)?

  32. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Teef: Walk, don’t run, to pick up Davis off your wire. (Current proud owner of the best fantasy bench warmer in the biz)

  33. ABell says:
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    who to sit of these 3? vazquez at philly, wolf against the nats, or harang against the cards

    thanks fellas

  34. Johnnie LeMaster says:
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    I’d like to force-feed Ozzie Guillen fistfuls of larb until he halts the Jayson Nix Experiment. Actually, I wouldn’t, because that would make me no better than him.

  35. Ashley says:
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    I traded Reyes for A-Rod last week because Chris Davis isn’t playing as advertised.

    At SS should I go with Scutaro, Hardy, or Theriot?

  36. Zebo says:
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    is Rus Branyan for real? I d like to drop him for Ian Stewart, to temporarily alleviate my cuban missile crisis.

  37. Pops says:
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    @cubbies299: I have an offer out to a Sparkakis owner. I send Abreu and Kazmir. He just sent me an email to let me know that he is pondering the offer. I can hardly contain my excitement. This would make three years in a row that I have traded for him. Maybe I should just draft him next year and be done with it.

  38. Josh says:
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    I have a ridiculous outfield in one 10-team league, and am running Elvis Andrus out at short every day. My OF is Braun, Markakis, Victorino, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, with Shin Soo-Choo and Nick Swisher on the bench or in the UTIL slot.

    One owner with Furcal needs another OF, who do you think is worth offering, or is my team worth just sitting on 5 solid OF and Andrus at short?

  39. Bob from Germany says:
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    @Dingo:

    Come on! i know little about baseball, my english is pretty bad so i thought i take the chance right here to look suprisingly smart :D na, really, i didn’t mean it that nerdy nitpick way.

    Just wanted to introduce my sensationell idea of razzbeer. Could go like this: Löwenbräu is comparable to Derek Jeter. Very famous, but if you take a closer look (take a bigger sip) you will find out, that you can have something similar, for example Orlando Cabrera (Oettinger Beer) 10 rounds later (for half of the price!)!

  40. mgeoffriau

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    @Josh: I’d say Swisher is clearly the least likely to maintain his current production. Not that he won’t have a good year, but his BA skills are probably realistically in the .250-.260 range.

  41. Just Another Steve says:
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    A few weeks of Nix, and Ozzie will rethink his whole “Gordon Beckham should stay in the minors as long as Dave Gallagher did” thing. Ramirez should move to center, if only to make Brian Anderson more popular.

    The Brandon Inge lovers scoff at your statement that Aaron Hill was the waiver wire pickup of the year. I scoff at owners of both players.

  42. p0rk burn says:
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    @The Hardy Topic: If you’re going to buy low you might need to do it soon or risk having to wait for the next cold streak. He’s showing signs of life the last couple of games. This may be a mini-breakout (remember, even if you aren’t currently experiencing a breakout its still possible to transmit JJ Hardy to your partner so, as always, use protection) but it bodes well for the immediate future. As a Hardy owner in one league I may have dealt him last week but right now I’m asking for the full sticker price.

    I’m somewhat surprised by all the people looking to cut ties with JJ after a bad April. As has so succinctly been put in the comments before me, this is what JJ do. Sometimes JJ do doodoo, sometimes he do good. And thats all the horrible english I can stand for now.

  43. Dingo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I say do the trade. What are the worst-case scenarios for each side?

    1) Do the trade: Alexei never comes around, Hardy never gets hot, Felipe cools off, and Gregg recovers his 2007 form and becomes a fairly respectable closer, with 30 saves. Meanwhile, Francisco bombs, Capps stays injured, and you fall from first to last in saves.

    2) Don’t do the trade: Alexei never comes around, Felipe cools off, and Gregg gets injured/demoted. You still fall behind in saves, and you have a gaping black hole at SS.

    #2 seems much more likely to me. This may not be the best way to evaluate a potential trade, but if you’re still stewing with regret over a non-move from a year ago, perhaps the low-risk option is the best.

  44. andy says:
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    Yea. Braun’s game last night scared me a bit when I just accepted a trade of him for Arod. But I guess it’s good he’s knocking in 6 RBI while he is still with me!

  45. mc serch says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Kudos on having the foresight to roster a solid back-up SS. The answer to your question is really dependent upon what you need. Lopez can be very servicable with runs, steals and average, with a little pop) until Alexei comes back around. Hardy obviously gives you much more pop and perhaps gives you more upside as well. If you told me that Alexei was not coming back, I’d probably say do the deal. If you believe Alexei will be back, I’d hold onto Gregg and reap the benefit of your foresight.

  46. Grey

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    @Spaceman.Spiff: Johnson if healthy, which is rare.

    @Rob A.: Hehe

    @knighttown: Great point.

    @Rob: No, forget Infante. Bleh.

    @DrEasy: Unit’s fine at home and matchups. He’s still going to pitch gems on your bench and stinkers in your lineup though.

    Hanson, Homer Bailey, Buchholz, Hochevar, Neftali Feliz, in that order.

    @steamer: Drop Blalock.

    @Kris: Ubaldo/Parra

    @Billy: Don’t drop Alexei.

    @PJTres: Blech.

    @Neil: I’d sit Fowler.

    @Teef: Davis

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Use Felipe.

    @mc serch: Drop Blalock for Andrus.

    @ABell: No one? If you have to, then Harang, but I don’t like it.

    @cubbies299: I’ll have to read it later in the day.

    @Johnnie LeMaster: Hehe

    @Ashley: Theriot if you need steals now that Reyes is gone. Hardy for power.

    @Zebo: Grab Stewart.

    @Josh: Trade Choo for Furcal?

    @Bob from Germany: Actually in English it’s called math. Snap! Joking. I bow to your superior -Brau knowledge.

    Oh, and ten rounds later from Oettinger and you’d be very drunk (insert winking emoticon).

    @Just Another Steve: Ha!

  47. Dingo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: “If you do this trade, you will have to change your name from the Giant Brain to the Giant Bran, because you will have pooped all over your team.”

    See, this is why I pay the price of admission.

    @Bob from Germany: Razzbeer? This is why I will keep coming back. Also, your English is so good I have a hard time imagining it being spoken with a German accent. But please keep up the self-deprecation, for irony’s sake.

  48. @knighttown/(Grey/The Baron/etc.): Thanks for the acknowledgement; & real nice A-C Groupings! Suffering from similar MI ownership difficulties with Kinsler, Tulo (from waivers), Alexei, and an injured Drew. When Hardy became available this morning, I was having difficulty justifying rostering so many damn MIs; despite him giving all indications that he’s about to go on one of his insanely productive tears! I could only drop Fowler (but sort of need the steals) or maybe Hughes (but need his start Saturday, and like him going forward more than most). & you’re right, dealing any of them is 10cents on the dollar, with the Scutaros of the world making the position look easy. It just reinforces drafting “best available” through the first maybe TEN rounds, and to hell with position scarcity! Can I really roster 5 MIs waiting for the others to come around?

  49. @Johnnie LeMaster: I’m less concerned with the benching than with Alexei languishing at 8th in the order. No runs, few RBIs. But all this will change, I’m sure.

    @Ashley: Hardy, unless you are desperate for steals. Hardy is heating up as we speak.

    @p0rk burn: @Dingo: I hemmed and hawed during Hardy’s hot streak last year and lost about 5 donks in a week, before finally shipping out some crapball closer for him. (I believe it was Salamon Torres.)

    That said, I think I have to hold pat, because Felipe’s a fine temporary fill-in who helps with runs and steals, and my league is shallow enough that Hardy will be hard to flip later on. No one with Reyes/Hanley/Furcal/Rollins/Jeter/Drew is going to answer that call.

    That that said: The other dude will do Gregg for Hardy.

    I even did the obnoxious thing of offering it, then canceling. Usually I love flipping closers but my bullpen’s precarious right now and Hardy’s not enough of a jackpot to clean out the larder just yet.*

    *Metaphor pile-up alert!

  50. anon says:
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    Guillen is a little bitch. Bench Jordan Zimmerman @LAD?

  51. p0rk burn says:
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    I also wanted to mention that Wainwright was dropped yesterday for Richmond in a league. Here’s hoping my #4 waiver priority gets him. Thank you rush to judgment!

  52. David Souter says:
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    Drop Crispy Young or Milton Bradley to pick up LaPorta?

  53. Bob from Germany says:
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    back to baseball:

    i really thought they will call up Tommy Hanson somewhere in June/July cause of this arbitration thing (which i not understand btw). But i read a few articles the last day and in these the writers suggest to add him now.

    Why?

    Are they calling him up soon or did they write that because of if you don’t pick him right now, someone else will do it ? And I’m not sure what numbers he will give you and he’s worth to stash him a few weeks (it’s a keeper league)

  54. p0rk burn says:
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    @Bob from Germany: Expect a 4-4.5 ERA, some strikeouts, and some really rocky games. I don’t think he’ll outshine any turds laying around on your waiver wire throughout this season but there is the chance he’s different. Nobody wants to pass up the lottery ticket, right? Because its a keeper league its a bit different. Given time to shine he might be something.

    On a related note, did anybody else see the mythbusters where they proved you can polish a turd? Seems appropriate here.

  55. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    BREAKING:
    “LA TIMES is reporting that Manny’s gonna get a 50 game suspension for a positivo for a performance enhancer!”

    Tweet from Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Collette

  56. royce! says:
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    Damn, I got scooped!

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Bob from Germany: because everyone knows of him now and he will be grabbed soon

  58. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @royce!: If it makes you feel any better, you have a better Razzball handle. We all aspire to have a name with an exclamation point on the end.

  59. Crafty35a says:
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    I’m thinking about offering Haren and Adam Jones for Beltran and Nelson Cruz. I don’t consider either Haren or Jones sell-high candidates, but considering the fact that I need power and have an excess of pitching, this seems fair, right?

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********** Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Dodgers (21-8) have the best record in baseball.*********

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @royce!: im done,manny is probably just taking ridlin or something,

  62. Johnnie LeMaster says:
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    I know we all love Ian Stewart– the way he smells, the way sunlight plays off his hair– but what do y’all think his prospects are like for ABs this year under the Hurdle? Color me concerned.

  63. ****HOLY SHIZZ ALERT **** HOLY SHIZZ ALERT****

    Manny Ramirez is about the be suspended 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Buster Olney is reporting this on ESPN right now — just turned it on.

    This is not an April Fool’s joke.

    Holy shizz!

  64. @IowaCubs: Is it wrong that I am more concerned about Ethier’s value than Manny’s?

  65. @Grey: The guy in my league who’s in first has Manny!

    HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    I am blessed.

  66. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I wonder if I can trade him right now.

  67. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I just traded Justin Upton for JJ Hardy and Mike Cameron. I think Cameron was just a filler, but I think that I got the best of this trade, right?

  68. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Mark: It’s all over ESPN, so likely you won’t be able to trade him for much.

  69. @IowaCubs: If Upton goes .280/25/90, it’s a good trade for you. If he goes .290/35/120, it’s a bad trade.

    If he goes .345/65/150, it’s really bad, and he’s probably been rooting around Manny’s locker.

    Hardy is about to go bonkers, though. I can feel it.

    Oh, I am enjoying my Mannyfreude right now.

  70. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    UPDATE ON MANNY STORY:
    Manny is now claiming it is the fault of the hair product he uses to make his dreads. Developing…

  71. p0rk burn says:
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    @Mark: @IowaCubs: Even if you do find someone that doesnt know about it and will take him there is no way in hell that the trade doesnt get vetoed. Unless you actually trade him for one unpolished turd to someone who is willing to wait 50 games. He can still play half the season, after all.

  72. Grey

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    @Crafty35a: I’d want Beltran/Cruz there.

  73. Tony says:
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    @Crafty35a: HORRIBLE TRADE, NO ONES DOING THAT…. HAREN AND ADAM JONES FOR ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS IN THE GAME BELTRAN AND A GUY WHO COULD GO 35/15? SERIOUSLY FAIR? NO.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: Yeah, you can’t trade him now. People will veto it and hate you.

  75. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @p0rk burn: So do you want to take Manny away from me in the RCL??

  76. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Grey: Kidding, folks.

  77. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Anyone know how Yahoo leagues treat suspensions? I’m assuming his status goes “NA” and I have no choice but to use a bench spot for him.

  78. Tony says:
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    @Grey: be real grey haha, you just played a Paula Abduhl there…. too nice

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark: I think so.

    @Tony: Ha! That was such a compelling performance.

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******As someone said in the forums, Pierre stands to gain a lot of PT from this.******

  81. BSA says:
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    Welcome to Manny-wood!

    As an aside, Is he droppable in ESPN?

  82. Just Another Steve says:
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    @Grey: That can’t be good for anyone. Least of all whoever puts Pierre in their lineup!

  83. You guys are saying he’s untradeable, but its not much different than someone rostering Smoltz, Duchscherer, Carpenter, or possibly more appropriately Wieters, Price, or Hanson since they can’t be stashed in a DL slot. I don’t think many would argue that he’s isn’t a better risk than all of them.

    A lot of owners will panic and will take whatever they can get.

  84. p0rk burn says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’ll give you Marmol for him.

  85. NoonTime says:
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    Ahhhh… a beautiful intersection of real baseball and fantasy. Win-win-win… Traded Manny away 2 1/2 weeks ago and as a Giant’s fan I despise the Dodger Bums :) Oh happy days are here!

  86. p0rk burn says:
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    @BSA: @naughtandcross: He’s not droppable because he will still play half a season. I agree he”s tradeable, but you aren’t going to get anything too worthwhile and you do it will anger the baseball gods and your other league mates.

    But seriously, I’ll give you Marmol.

  87. PhillyYorker says:
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    Can’t believe someone would trade for Nolasco. I dropped him last week and he sits in our FA pool. And my league is no beginners league. It is in its tenth year and managers are made up of sabermatricians and HoF guest speakers. No one wants to take a flyer on this guy. Maybe he just had one good half of a season. It wouldn’t be the first time. Nor the last. Just look at Chris Davis. Can’t believe he is still being recommended. His K rate is off the charts. He is just lost. I can’t believe the Rangers have not sent him down. You hear alot about destroying someone’s confidence and really harming their career. How is this not the case with Davis. Yes, he is on my team and, yes, I still have him in my lineup more often than not, but the manner in which he is sucking makes me wonder if the hitter his projections are based on is no longer. I’m middle-aged and I cannot remember a monthlong stretch where a hitter K’d more than half his AB’s. Except maybe Andruw last year.

    Anywho, no stats just an observation. Good luck all.

  88. JR says:
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    So where does Kemp bat now? Fourth?

  89. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wow. Manny out. Glad I just picked up Rickey Weeks because Hudson’s value could drop like a rock. Wonder what this does to Kemp’s value?

    Will LA start to struggle a little without Manny?

  90. Tony says:
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    YEAH TRADING FOR MANNY MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA IF YOU CAN GET A DEAL…. especially in H2H leagues. He’ll have 50 games to get in shape, HA! then around 70 games to come back and lead the dodgers into the playoffs….

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JR: furcal/hudson/kemp or martin/ethier/kemp or martin/loney/blake/pierre/pitcher

  92. arthur says:
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    As a Yankees fan, I’d like to say that it is one year too late.

  93. JR says:
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    @PhillyYorker: It’s still very early and Nolasco’s peripherals are still very good. I say grab him. By the way, Baseball Prospectus (they’re kinda sabermetric) said at the beginning of the year. “Given his rock-solid peripherals, Nolasco is primed to be a legitimate ace from here on out.” Drafting him high is one thing, but if he’s on the waiver wire…

  94. Bob from Germany says:
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    Got Manny in my Keeper League. My Outfield is good enough, what i really worry for are the Dodgers.

    Not only losing Manny, now the crappiest guy in baseball will hit LeadOff. Welcome back Slappy McPopup!

    Did i mention i HATE Juan Pierre?

    For Fantasy purposes he’s now sure an option. Lots of steals guaranteed.

    I’m right, that Slappy McPopup is the replacement of Manny, am I ?

  95. arthur says:
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    @Tony: However, he is not going on DL, so you will have a dead roster spot for 50 games.

  96. JR says:
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    @Grey: Oh snap!

  97. arthur says:
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    Does anyone know whether or not he is on undroppable list in ESPN? I successfully lobbied to remove the list from Honey Nut Ichiros, that being the reason why.

    Also, is Manny actually worth a dead spot on your team for a third of the season?

  98. Pops says:
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    @Grey: Now I will get my wish. Matt Kemp in the four – hole.

    Thanks Manny!!!!!!!

  99. p0rk burn says:
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    @PhillyYorker: “I’m middle-aged and I cannot remember a monthlong stretch where a hitter K’d more than half his AB’s.” Are you saying your memory is bad because you’re middle-aged or that you can remember a lot of batters and he is particularly bad?

  100. NoonTime says:
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    Here’s to hoping that Juan has a great week to “show those guys he still has it and should be starting anyways”… Then it’s off to the trade block for him before he regresses to the true Pierre.

  101. Tony says:
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    @arthur: thats true but we have like 4-5 bench spots as it is that i can’t slot in anyways! whats the difference between manny sitting there and some other bum?

    hmmmm dealing for manny sounds delicious in my league….

  102. IowaCubs

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    @Grey: I just dropped Elvis Andrus for Pierre. SAGNOF baby! SAGNOF!

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    steve mason 719 espn los angeles says making a deal with manny is like makng a deal with the devil,maybe true but i got burned and feel like i got the pitch fork up the rear

  104. @arthur: Probably, yes. He’ll still have a third of the season when he gets back. And he’ll be pissed.

    Just think of what he did last season.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If Pierre hits 8th, that hampers his steals, no? Unless the Dodgers really like leading off innings with Clayton Kershaw and Hiroki Kuroda.

    Any chance Pierre hits lead-off? With Furcal second and the struggling Martin down in the order?

  105. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Bob from Germany: LOL, your English must be pretty good to bust out “Slappy Mcpopup”.

    Anyone have any figures on how aggressive Torre will let Pierre be? I know Kemp stole plenty last year, Damon and Knoblauch stole a fair bit in NY…..Pierre’s only worth it to me if he’s got a constant green light (my roster already includes Reyes, Crawford, and Brian Roberts.

    On a side note, while I was looking forward to running out an outfield of Crawford, Ramirez, and the newly acquired Carlos Quentin every day, I’ll make do with Crawford, Quentin, and Jay Bruce until Manny comes back.

  106. royce! says:
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    I was hoping Paul would see the majority of playing time, but that would just be cruel to Pierre. Seems it could also be the smart move, though. He’s continued his hot start from ST through now.

  107. @Baron Von Vulturewins: One last question: Because I have an unactivated Beimel on my DL, I have to deal with him before doing anything else. Do I:

    Drop Beimel and Fowler and pick up Pierre?

    Activate Beimel and drop Fowler and Hughes and pick up Pierre?

    Activiate Beimel, drop Fowler, ignore Pierre?

    Stop thinking that Juan Pierre is the key to my fortunes this year.

  108. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Poorly timed ESPN email, just arrived: “UP Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers – Let’s just say that hitting next to Manny Ramirez pays its dividends”

  109. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Baron, why would Hudson be dropped in the order just because of the addition of Pierre? He’s producing too highly to move him down I’d think.

    The order Grey gave may be the truth.

  110. Tony says:
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    at least we won’t have to hear about AROIDS on espn for 3-5 days since manny will be taking the heat….

  111. @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, I agree — Pierre is much less interesting to me if he’s hitting 8th.

    Maybe Torre will go LaRussa on us and hit Pierre 9th. Or he’ll go Mike Scoscia on us and hit Pierre 3rd.

  112. Tony says:
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    wow it states on ESPN it was a prescription from a doctor that was banned and he didn’t double check it so now he’s suspended…. or thats at least what he’s trying to sell so he doesn’t totally look like a turd….

  113. Trading low for Manny now may be ill advised if he comes back looking like JJ Walker. Pappi actually looks plenty smaller this season. Manny just didn’t have the brains to stop, or go the HGH route. Might Kemp move up the line-up? He did just fine prior to the Manny acquisition last year!

  114. Mr Baseball says:
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    Its time to deal Manny Cheap

    Bonds and Clemens and you’ve got a deal.

  115. @Grey: Thanks for the intervention.

    In trying to outsmart the league, often I just outsmart myself.

    re: Manny. For those who have him, and those who might get him, consider this: He’ll be eligible to return July 3.

    That’s not too far off. And you get three months of pissed-off Manny*.

    *Or possibly stoned Manny. Hard to know.

  116. Tony B. says:
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    My outfield was Manny, Sizemore, Granderson, McLouth, and Fowler. Any sense in dropping Fowler for Pierre now? I do need stolen bases, will Pierre provide more over the next 2 months?

  117. Dumbmutt says:
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    Same Question with Pierre. Do they make any trades?

    I need some Steals/Runs just picked up Bourn and Fowler. Hold tight or pick up Pierre.

    Could still drop Ed. Jackson ok on Pitching.

  118. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Dumbmutt: Right now I’d rather have Bourn than Pierre. Not sure about Fowler…I’m not overly impressed with him outside of the 5 SB game.

  119. Bob from Germany says:
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    my personal opinion is, that pierre will steal more bases than fowler the next 50 games.

    But i hate Slappy so much, i would prefer to cut my hand off before hitting the “add” button on Juan Pierre. God, i hate that guy.

    I hope, the whole thing will have an positive impact on Kemp.

  120. Tony says:
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    is jay bruce for MANNY too much?

    its a H2H league and i’d be getting Manny back July 3rd like Grey said for all the IMPORTANT MONTHS…..

    i think in H2H its a steal to deal for manny….

    i bench and play Bruce every other day, and the guy who owns manny lives in cincy and is quickly becoming a reds fan hahah….

    thoughts?

  121. arthur says:
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    @Tony: Yes. I think that this is an obvious low-ball offer and the owner will probably wait for a better offer. Maybe in 2-3 weeks.

  122. RT says:
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    Worst part is you have to keep him on your Bench for 50 games. You can’t pick up another bat as he won’t go on the DL

  123. Hah what about Vlad G for Manny? Good deal for me?

  124. JK says:
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    How would a Wandy Rod and Scott Richmond for Matt Garza trade sound? Id be receiving Garza

  125. Tony says:
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    @RT: I’ve got room to wait.

    I just wonder if my league or others are going to throw a fit over a trade for manny? Some guys i know are gonna go nuts if i can get the guy to accept a bruce for manny or something similar….

    i dont think most people are thinking like i’m thinking either? At least non-razzers…..

  126. Tony says:
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    what i’m saying is bruce for manny big time veto material? especially in H2H leagues?

    the guy i’d be trying to deal with is already weak on offense, this would weaken him tremendously, so he needs to do something ya know…. he can’t wait 50 games or he’ll be so buried it won’t matter if manny hits 50 hrs once he comes back….

  127. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: I’d want Manny, but Vlad at least can sit on in a DL slot, Manny needs a bench spot which is tough.

    @JK: I’d want Garza by a very slim margin. Not an ideal trade though.

  128. JK says:
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    I know but agree but I went for it cause now it gives me another slot to fill

  129. From looking at different lineups this year Torre seems inclined to either:

    a) Bat Pierre lead-off if he’s resting Furcal

    or

    b) Bat Furcal lead-off and, yes, bat Pierre 9th, with the pitcher in the 8-hole.

    Will Torre really want to go with the LaRussian pitcher-hits-eight for two months?

  130. RT says:
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    @Tony:
    I guess, but you simply don’t know what you’re getting when he comes back….

    Serves me right for thinking my outfield was pretty damn perfect:
    Manny/Bruce/Dye/Victorino

  131. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Suspended players don’t count against that team’s major league roster, right? The note I read showed the Dodgers were calling someone up and didn’t mention sending anyone down to make room.

    Seems to me that if the MLB rules allow the team to add a player without cutting someone, so should fantasy leagues……all in favor of a “Suspended” roster spot that works like a DL spot, say AYE!

  132. Tony says:
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    @RT: yeah thats the risk involved,which kinda balances out the difference in player value i think?

    i mean people who were dealing to get AROD might get 5 months of the real AROD, or 5 months of a guy with a bum hip thats on and off?

    its risk/reward…. I don’t see how manny comes back and doesn’t just go right back to what he was doing, he’s manny! He’ll go take bong rips, eat funyons, and still walk out and go 3-4 with a HR on any given night….

    at least he isn’t hurt for 50 games ya know….

  133. RT says:
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    @Tony:
    Would love to see a projection of what a team is losing for those 50 games.

    Anybody?

  134. @Grey:

    I dont have a DL slot open for Vlad so hes already sitting on the Bench so Manny might as well sit there…

  135. Tony says:
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    @RT: yeah i’m not a big roto guy, even tho i am in a RCL league. H2H its a steal to be able to grab manny…. He’ll come back right when you need him, if you can spare whatever it takes to get him until it happens…

  136. Oh and Should I start Jordan Zimmerman @LAD tonite? I was kinda wavering but maybe with the news the Dodgers will be flat?

  137. Boyle says:
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    I am trading a guy who has Manny.

    What are your thoughts on Kevin Milwood?

    I have a stacked OF.

    Braun, Hunter, Lind, Bruce, Damon, Sparkakis,

    I need SP

    I am going to trade Bruce/Lind for 2 of the below

    He has Lily, Harden, Milwood, Jer. Weaver

    Which of the 2 do I want?

  138. ABell says:
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    only get 6 starts per week so if I start Cain today at colorado, that only leaves 2 for vasquez, harang and wolf the rest of the week. i just assumed i would start cain today but should i start those other 3 and sit Cain?

    also, gonna have to sit on manny i guess, that’ll give dunn a regular spot, and unfortunately ruins my ongoing dunn for uggla talks. but i still may pull the trigger there and pick up travis snider and plug in LaPorta some. thoughts?

  139. RT says:
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    I have him in my roto league… I figure I lose +/- 11HR/35RBI//30-40Runs… Off the top of my head.

  140. Tony says:
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    @RT: i guess you could just figure MINUS 33% of whatever your predictions for him were….

  141. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: I’d start Zimm. It’s by no means safe though.

    @ABell: I’m starting Cain in 12 team and deeper leagues.

    I’d hold Dunn.

  142. Grey

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    @Boyle: I want Bruce/Lind over any of those guys. Try for something better.

  143. Thanks Grey, I’m playing from behind this week in pitching anyways, need to take some chances.

  144. Doug Ault says:
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    Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games effective Thursday……….I just threw up in my mouth, just a little.I have ManRam on one team

  145. Simply Fred

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    Let’s place the blame where it belongs. Torre juicing players wherever he goes. Just Jokin’ Joe. You know I love you.

  146. BSA says:
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    Alright Dodger fans, what is the overall effect on their ability to keep mashing? It appears that the Dodgers should still be performing at a high level.

  147. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mark: aye

  148. Doug Ault says:
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    I guess it would be pretty sleazy for me to try oand peddle Manny to some unsuspecting dude

  149. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: Who gets Manny’s ab’s?

    Pierre?

  150. Boyle says:
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    Is Bruce for Lilly not a good trade?

    one for one?

    You think I can get higher for Bruce?

  151. Boyle says:
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    What bout Harden? for Bruce?

  152. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: Lots of comments above talking about this.

    @Boyle: Yeah, you can do better. I’d want someone in the F-Her, Wainwright, Josh Johnson range.

  153. Joel says:
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    Victorino was benched for Werth? Wasn’t it for Stairs, with Werth sliding over to CF? Werth was better than Victorino last year, anyhow (in real baseball).

  154. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I was in panic mode, at least I was able to pickup Pierre on 2 of my 5 teams,one guy beat me by 10 minutes

  155. @Joel: Oh no, Grey’s right. Vic was benched about a year ago when Geoff Jenkins was starting in RF almost every night (Stairs wasn’t a Phillie until Aug./Sept., I believe).

    Back then, Werth was more or less in a platoon with Jenkins, hitting against lefties. That is, until he hit 3 HRs against the Blue Jays in May of last year.

  156. Simply Fred

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    What to expect from Manny post-HGH era on his return? Pretty much a lock on a repeat of last season?!?! (They’ll probably only be testing him every other day.) Breaking News, Boras: “He never used pre-Torre!”

  157. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Think Torii Hunter for Manny gets vetoed? The guy with Manny in my league has nothing else in his OF – will be a long 50 games for him.

  158. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Doc: Ha!

    Manny being Manly?????

  159. nick m. says:
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    am i giving up too much if i offer holliday, lowell, and delgado for pujols and manny (i don’t imagine the other owner would want to part with pujols, but you never know)? i would be working with bruce, granderson, and dukes in the OF until manny would return and already have a. gonzalez at 1st and longoria at 3rd…

  160. Doug Ault says:
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    @Doc: ManLamb

  161. Teef says:
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    @nick I wouldn’t give up pujols for those 3 straight up – no way that gets accepted

  162. @Grey: What’s Matt Holliday worth right now?

    I don’t want him, but a guy in my league is dangling him. Is he worth C-Bills? Gallardo? V Wells/Frank Francisco?

  163. PhillyYorker says:
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    @Pork: Sorry for the poor explanation. Woulda thought 3 years of law school would have made my writing clearer but it only made me a fantasy baseball junkie. I was trying to say that in my 37 years I cannot remember a month-long stretch by a starting player where they struck out half the time. This leads me to believe that there is something truly amiss and Davis will not come even close to his projections.

    Re Nolasco: What do his peripherals say about his walks? Hey, I took J. Johnson too, so 1 out 2 ain’t bad. But I don’t think a return to the second half is as likely as his peripherals suggest. He’s looking more like Daniel Cabrera by the day.

  164. Eric says:
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    I have Jose Lopez on the bench. Would it make sense to pick up Juan Pierre and drop Lopez? Or should I stick with Lopez and let someone else get Pierre? I wouldn’t start Pierre because I’d have to bench Elijah Dukes to do so and that would be foolish. Mainly I’m intimidated by Pierre’s stolen bases, and I know someone will pick him up if I don’t. I’d rather have those stolen bases on my bench than in someone else’s lineup. As far as Jose Lopez goes, he’s a reserve. I have Stephen Drew, Rafael Furcal, and Brandon Phillips in the 2B, SS, and MI slots. Any thoughts? Or am I over-thinking it?

  165. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: He’s worth Frank Frank/Wells, but not the other two.

    @Eric: How is he a reserve if Drew’s out? I would prefer Pierre on my bench than Lopez for the reason you state.

  166. Joel says:
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    @PhillyYorker: Rob Deer had some stretches, but we’re talking about a guy with a career .220 batting average here.

  167. Teef says:
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    My closers are Heath Bell/Kevin Gregg/Houston Street/Trever Hoffman (Bj Ryan was just added to fill a DL spot) – would you drop any of them for Hanson?

  168. Eric says:
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    @Grey: Lopez will be a reserve next week when Drew comes back. It’s a weekly league.

  169. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Teef: Nope

    @Eric: Gotcha, then switch them up.

  170. JR says:
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    @PhillyYorker: Nolasco only has nine walks in 32 innings. Although the walk rate has dropped from excellent to very good, he still has a K/BB of 3 to 1. The only real difference betweeen Nolasco this year and last is a .381 BABIP (*very* unusual for a flyball pitcher) and a strand rate of only 54% (insanely low). No drop in pitch velocity, no change in pitch selection (which likely means no injury).

    Buy low.

  171. Eric says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the advice! Just added Pierre and dropped Lopez.

  172. prince/josh johnson/r. franklin for miggy cabrera too much/little or fair?

    i need a 3B…dont care about closers and my pitching staff is oswalt/shields/cbills/nolasco/danks/gallarraga with hanson smoltz and kelvim hanging around waiting to pounce…i also have votto to put at 1B

    thanks

  173. Boyle says:
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    Cueto for Lind? or Hunter?

  174. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Ha!

    @Eric: Cool

    @danimal35: Too much. How about Prince/Gallarraga/Franklin?

    @Boyle: I want Cueto there. For Lind first, but I could see it for Hunter.

  175. Dingo says:
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    @Tony: I don’t think that’s an unreasonable offer at all. Here’s one way to pitch it:

    The Dodgers have played 29 games, so 133 remain. If Manny is out for 50 of those games, then he’s only got ~62% of the value that you’d expect for the remainder of the season. Is Jay Bruce worth at least 62% of Manny? For all categories besides AVG, I’d say that’s a definite yes. If your league’s Manny owner is savvy, he’ll try to make a move right away in order to minimize his losses. The longer he waits, the more he loses out by rostering Manny instead of an active contributor.

  176. Pilkington says:
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    Another nice start from Jurrjens, should I be concerned about his K/9 though and try and sell high?

  177. Just Another Steve says:
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    Now comes word that the banned substance may have been some sort of sexual enhancer? Manny should’ve stuck to the Sex Packets.

    “If you’re married, it’s no big deal
    You’re not cheating at all, you’re just poppin’ a pill
    And if your wife’s got a headache and wants to hit the sack
    It’s cool, take a packet fool
    Biochemically compacted sexual affection
    Now here, take a look at my selection.”

  178. Crafty35a says:
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    @Crafty35a: I ended up offering just Haren for Beltran, and that was accepted. I expect Haren to be a top 3 pitcher, but I’m still happy with that, considering I was dealing from depth.

  179. Simply Fred

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    What, no maternity leave in baseball? (It’s a women’s fertility enhancer. Manny being un-Mannly.

  180. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Dingo:

    But doesn’t a Manny owner (myself included) have to factor in the added value of whoever you would already be using to replace Manny?

    IE, I have Elijah Dukes on my bench. He currently only plays to fill in the other OF’s days off. With Manny benched, Dukes will play every day on my roster. So, really, I have to consider:

    83 games of Manny + 50 games of Dukes = 133 games of whoever I could get for Manny.

    In my case, I’m just going to ride it out. I think I’m better off playing Dukes for 50 games and then getting Manny’s last 83 games than trading Manny now.

  181. Denys says:
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    Alexei Ramirez/Felix Hernandez for JJ Hardy/Josh Beckett

    which side are you guys on?

  182. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Chris Davis/ Oswalt or Kazmir/ Armamis

    Which side is better?

  183. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Denys: by a lot or a little or somewhere in btw?

  184. Dingo says:
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    @Mark: Yeah, that’s definitely one of the holes in the argument I presented. Another is that in a head-to-head league, Manny’s late-season stats would be more valuable than the stats you’d miss in the middle of the season.

    In Tony’s case, though, he said that his potential trade partner would suffer a major blow to his already-weak offense, so I’m guessing he doesn’t have a Dukes-like replacement handy to plug into the hole left in Manny’s wake.

  185. Dingo says:
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    @Denys: I like Sexy/F-Her

  186. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Who would you roster now in a 10 team mixed league 6 category offensive (+OPS) league: Helton, Loney, or R Branyan?

  187. Denys says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez:

    Oswalt is old and doesn’t quite impress me. Kazmir has the better upside. Aramis has a better avg than Davis – though Davis will probably give you a couple more homers. Not by a lot, but convincingly.

  188. Denys says:
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    i countered by swapping out beckett with nathan… we’ll see.

  189. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Denys: Thanks, I have been watching Davis bat on the MLB channel, he just looks lost. They honestly should glue his bat to his shoulder. Pitchers aren’t even trying to throw near the plate he just swings and swings.

  190. The Giant Brain says:
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    @Dingo, @Baron – i’m in a head to head points league, and right now their total points are a wash, yet huff has been able to be more consistent so far, while bruce has had one good scoring period (week 3). i would also be subtracting 50-75 more strikeouts (which count as a negative stat in our league) by adding huff. i think i’m searching more for consistency and bruce is just not that.

  191. KarlP says:
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    What do you think of Shields for Victorino? Pitching staff outside of Shields has been decent, though over-performing.

  192. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Oh wow….I was dead set on just keeping Manny….I just got an Alex Rios for Manny offer, straight up.

    Right now, my OF (with 3 spots) looks like this:

    Carlos Quentin
    Carl Crawford
    Jay Bruce
    UTIL: Elijah Dukes

    So adding Rios would mean Bruce and Dukes would be splitting time at UTIL (or I could swap one of them for something else).

  193. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @KarlP: in a heartbeat, unless you really needed pitching

  194. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @KarlP: I want Victorino if you have the SPs to cover for Shields.

  195. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Mark: I’d hold Manny.

  196. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I was going to add that this is a keeper league, but I can only keep 2 or 3 hitters so I doubt I’d be keeping Rios anyway.

  197. Bamboo Cheetah says:
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    Nelson Cruz or Manny?

  198. Homer at the Bat says:
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    in a head-to-head points keeper league, would (give) Kazmir for Manny reasonable? I can float the OF spot for now, and have Jimenez, Carpenter, Morales and Escobar to plug in at SP (well, the last 3 once they return). Since it’s a playoff league, and I’m out to a 4-0 start, I wonder if this would be a good way to improve for playoff time on the (relatively) cheap now.

  199. PWNightmare says:
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    I can see the headlines now: “Man*Ram”, “Manny’s Solo Shots”, etc.

  200. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I offered Oswalt/Chris the K Davis/ R. Soriano for Aramis/Kazmir/Capps, any thoughts?

  201. Zebo says:
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    time to be concerned about Matt Cain’s almost 1:1 K:BB ratio? Why has he become increasingly wild over the last 2-3 years?

  202. Denys says:
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    Ok… so it came down to Alexei straight up for Hardy… do I pull the trigger? (I get Alexei)

  203. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Denys: pull it quick before he changes his mind!

  204. Denys says:
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    @Rick Dempsey:

    word. let’s pray for a turnaround.

    dropped Ian Stewart for Elvis Andrus, stuck Alexei in 2B slot and Elvis can go ahead and run around @ SS for a while.

  205. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I just acquired Al-Ram for Cueto in Hippo’s (and Al K’s) auction keeper.

    Still a good deal, right?

    You can thank me for Cain’s start today. I’m ahead in IP and he hasn’t been great lately, and he was in Coors – so I benched him.

    Last but not least, Scott Richmond is my homeboy! Well, kind of. He was born in Canada but is a New Zealand citizen because of his father.

    That is all. Carry on.

  206. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Denys: That sounds solid…. Andrus with so much upside in that lineup with that ballpark is juicy.

    In my league (10 team mixed) Alexei went in the 5th while I got Hardy in the 12th. What a newb move to let such a high valued player go so quick. That retard flag is flying high.

  207. Denys says:
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    @Rick Dempsey:

    also, if you take a look at Alexei last season, he batted something like .211 through all of April and early May. Then just went on a tear until October.

    JJ Hardy is a good price to pay to find out if that wasn’t a fluke.

  208. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Drop Leo Nunez for Tommy Hanson?

  209. Bob says:
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    I’ve decided to try to load up on runs and SB’s (while trying to avoid a serious hit to BA) during Manny’s 50 game suspension.

    Given that, who would you use among Fowler, Bourn, and Pierre?

  210. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Thanks.

  211. wow so i text a dude in my league today:

    my votto/shields for your Berkman/alexie

    I check my team on my phone, he offers me Sexy Alexie for Fernando Rodney!!! I discovered Sexy last year and have been trying to bogart him away from this dude all year…

    oh happy day, if sexy flops all year, oh well i lost fernando rodney for him?

    BEST: the guy who’s dealing me alexie dropped rodney early on! LOL

  212. oh and i immediately hit ACCEPT!

  213. Crafty35a says:
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    After a trade, I now have 5 OF’s for 4 slots (CF, OF, OF, UT): Beltran, Soriano, Kemp, Bruce, Adam Jones. Who would you recommend trying to move from this bunch? I’d say Jones since, as much as I like him, he’s a bit over his head right now — but I don’t think his perceived value in my league is quite as high as it should be.

  214. Grey

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    @Tony Y: Nice

    @Crafty35a: The problem is you’re almost too strong there. You’re right, Jones probably won’t get you as much as he should though he is the one to move. I suppose you could try and move one of the top guys there, but you need to get value in return.

  215. Crafty35a says:
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    Andrew Bailey just bailed out Ziegler in a non-save situation. Here’s hoping this is the first step to him taking over as closer.

  216. Prince says:
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    @Crafty35a: Hmm, from what I’ve been reading I wouldn’t be surprise. Someone in my league already has Bailey, but should I drop Ziegler for Wuertz?

    Also, for anyone, if I carry 11 pitchers (+Lackey on DL), what’s the optimal number of closers/MRs to have? 3? 4?

  217. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Can’t figure out if that was a good one or not. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  218. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah – I think I could definitely afford to give up Cueto, but Al-Ram does need to get going.

    Any idea how much he was kept for?

  219. Crafty35a says:
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    @Prince: I wouldn’t drop Ziegler until we hear that he has definitely lost the job.

  220. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Five dollars little man….

    Put that shit in my hand.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist the Jay and Silent Bob reference.

    Good buy if he starts hitting. You should have the keeper list. It’s a good thing to have when trying to deal, let me know if you need it again.

  221. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Votto, Ethier, and Fuentes for Teixeira, Werth, and Hardy? Is this an even offer? I would get the Tex side (12 team HtH with OPS and Ks against hitters).

  222. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Matt Sorrento: Sure, it’s totally fair. I’d want the Tex side by a hair.

  223. Thinking about streaming one of the following: Zito vs LAD or Bush vs CHC. Is anyone considering either of these two tomorrow? Did I make you barf by typing Zito’s name?

  224. Purell says:
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    I’ve gotten an offer for a package deal which essentially gives me Ludwick in return for Jamie Shields. I haven’t been following it too closely, but apparently LaRussa has been platooning Ludwick? (wtf?)

    Anyways, is this a good trade, or was last season unsustainable for Ludwick (or, alternatively, is Shields going to go crazy the rest of the season)?

  225. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @naughtandcross: C’mon, I just ate! I wouldn’t start either of them.

  226. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Purell: Ludwick has been playing almost all of the time. The trade’s fair. I’d prefer Shields.

  227. BKK says:
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    ESPN is putting a red ! beside guys not in the starting line-up. Did they just add this feature in the last day or so?

  228. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BKK: Yup, guess they read the complaints in our comments the other day.

  229. BigFatHippo says:
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    @naughtandcross: Haha, you did worse than that!

    From the Man in Black, key of E boys.

    I’ve got a sore throat, I’m not feeling fine
    I’ve got a fever, 103 point 9
    I think I’ll open up that jug of vintage wine
    I’m short on time….

    I’ve got the Swine.

    I’ve got symptoms of 10 illnesses combined
    I’ve got the doctor and the drugstore on the line
    I wish I owned stock in Glaxo Smith Kline
    Chills up my spine

    I’ve got the Swine.

  230. Martin says:
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    should i offer matt capps for alexi ramirez?

  231. Martin says:
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    a key to this trade is that i already have hill and fontenot at 2b and hawkings, broxton, and valverde at RP

  232. Steve says:
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    Is there anything more deflating than the sac fly?

  233. BKK says:
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    @Grey: Cool, now if they’d just add a watch list!! Yes ESPN spies, you heard me.

  234. James says:
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    Buying low on Manny: If he is cycling down from steroids, he must have already took them and is finished his cycle. Would that mean he would be ready for the whole season if we assume he needs the roids or would he need more as the season goes on? Does anyone know how steroids work?

    1. He will be fine because he took everything he needs for the season
    2. He would need a new cycle soon, and we should expect regression

    I think you have to assume the worst if you are buying low on a steroid player. The worst is that he is a product of the juice at this old age.

  235. Purell says:
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    @James: It’s still not even certain he was taking steroids (yeah, yeah, I know, but…). I would totally buy low on Manny if I didn’t already own him: he’s going to be pissed off when he comes back and hit .500 the rest of the season.

  236. sean says:
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    Of course Dusty gives Phillips a day off as soon as he starts showing some signs of life…

  237. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: I’d want Alexei there but why would you want him if you have Hill and Fontenot?

    @James: The only problem with this is he was busted for a female fertility drug. See comment #166.

  238. James says:
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    @Grey – yes, and it’s commonly used by steroid users to cycle down from steroid use to start their testosterone production.

    @Purrell – I am not indicting him. I am attempting to trade low on him, and use the worst case senario that he is a product of steroids.

  239. James says:
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    typo
    and *must* use the worst case senario that he is a product of steroids.

  240. wow so is alexie for fernando rodney vetoeable?

    the commish just posted a bitch post, it takes 6 of the other 10 guys to vote it down?

    there’s 12 total so pretty much me and the other guy involved shouldn’t vote it down….

  241. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @James: Was joking above. I didn’t think Manny was preggers. I don’t think Manny’s a buy low because you don’t want the headache. Now will he perform as we’ve expected (or go limp), I’d bet on him being just fine when he returns within reason. Now if you’re buying very low, then that’s a different story. So at a certain price for a certain team, sure — buy low. But I don’t want any part of a guy who’s going to sit on my bench (not even DL) for the next 50 games.

  242. Grey

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    @Tony Y: It’s not vetoeable.

  243. Martin says:
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    @grey- he could also play SS if furucal got injured or play utill. Then if he heats up i could trade him away.

  244. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: Doesn’t work for your team.

  245. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: This may just blow me out of the water immediately, but I’ve gotta ask…… Doesn’t it look lately like Zito’s 12-6 curve is back which is why he’s stringing together some good outings? I mean he’s traditionally been a second half guy, so all’s I’m saying is do you think there’s a chance he could have a resurgence?

    Just throwing it out there into to the fantasy world.

  246. Grey

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    @Rick Dempsey: All things being equal, he’s about a 4.30 ERA guy. He’s sitting at 3.99. So he’s been better than he’s been, but he’s not exactly Greinke’ing. In an NL-Only league, I’d take a chance on him, but not in a mixed league.

  247. cws05nuts says:
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    Nix this homerun up to Armando forgetting how to pitch off of 35th tonight? Armando looks like he is just tossing bp to the sox…

  248. Purell says:
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    In a keeper league who do you like better, Zimmermann or Hanson (related: who’s going to have the better 2009 season?)

  249. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: And you think Holliday is hitting his stride or just feasting on bad Texas pitching? Or a little of both?

  250. cws05nuts says:
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    @Purell: Both teams struggle to pick up the ball. Why not hold out for Strasburg in June?

  251. vinko says:
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    Can’t remember if Anibal Sanchez was on Rudy’s list, but he apparently left today’s game with shoulder discomfort. uh oh!!

  252. Steve says:
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    Man, Tex is tough to own in the early going.

    Patience is a virtue, I guess.

  253. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Purell: Hanson — both accounts.

    @cws05nuts: Little of both seems about right. Texas pitching never hurt, that’s for sure.

    @vinko: Nah, Rudy liked him. I didn’t (but I have my shortcomings too).

    @Steve: He probably has more wins than a lot of guys on my staff. Karma!

  254. Prince says:
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    I’m in last in BA and falling farther behind by the day. Alexei, Berkman, Bruce, Reynolds, Hamilton are all dragging me down. None seems droppable but Reynolds, but I’m not even sure of that. Are any of the following preferable overall? Loney, Fontenot, Butler, Jacobs, Stewart, Jackson. ZiPS at FanGraphs projects Stewart @ .281 and Jackson @ .296, but they both suck right now. Fontenot is hot (.302) in the last 15d but better overall? I imagine just hold…

  255. Drev says:
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    In a deep, SP-starved league. Which of the following would be the best pick-ups, taking consistency into account?

    Zimmermann, Sean Marshall, Carmona, Pavano, Uehara, Snell

    Thanks!

  256. @Prince: Alexei and Berkman (and Hamilton, if he ever crawls up off the stretcher) will come around.

    Bruce is probably what-you-see-what-you-get: .260-.270, but with power (another donk tonight! Hopefully he doesn’t catch the Swine Flu* that kept Phillips and Votto out of the game.)

    Reynolds is a BA killer, so that’s not going to improve. Though the Diamondbacks are firing Bob Melvin — maybe the new skipper will give that sorry crew a jolt.

    BA is a bitch of a category — hard to make any real strides there through pick-ups/trades. You just have to hope a few guys go on hot streaks, and you have some promising candidates. Also: Trade for Matt Holliday! I just did! It’s the hot new craze that’s sweeping the nation!

    Seriously, Holliday’s at .230-something, and while he’ll never repeat his MVP numbers from Colorado ’06-’07, he should get up near .300 by year’s end. If you can get him cheap (I traded Vernon Wells and Gregg) he’s worth pursuing (I hope!).

    *Not actual Swine Flu, as far as I know. Calm down.

  257. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Speaking of which – we are on Wolf Win-Watch, are we not?

  258. vinko says:
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    Rivera= Kazam!!

  259. Prince says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks Baron! I appreciate the advice and education. I’ll see about Holliday, but as far as I know, there hasn’t been a single trade in my 10-team league thus far. Yeah, lame. Thanks for the asterisk, too, I WAS getting worked up about swine flu.

    @vinko: I have Rivera, and also Crawford. So mixed feelings after Crawford’s bomb, but Longoria pushed me over the edge. Ziegler with an ERA of 54.00 today, now Rivera 27.00. Ugh.

  260. thank you grey for the alexie for rodney is NOT vetoeable, others in my league actually agree, I’m shocked!

    me and the commish have a past, we go to war often!

    dye was just traded for franklin last week he didn’t say one word… at least the guy getting DYE was getting a guy who’s doing something, i’m getting alexie who’s been dropped by almost 7000 owners and has done nothing….

    although i think he’ll turn it around!!!!

    if not all i lose is rodney, YES PLEASE….

  261. Tom says:
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    I am not currently speaking as a Fantasy Baseball Dude, but just as a Dodger-loving, blue-bleeding, Manny-disliking baseball fan.

    Well done, Mr. Kemp. And welcome to the big leagues Mr. Zimmermannnnnnnnnnnn.

  262. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: None, then Zimmermann, Marshall, punt.

    @Steve: Yes, we are. In three leagues.

    @Tony Y: No problem.

  263. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yup – same here.

  264. Mr Baseball says:
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    Vins Scully – Dodger broadcaster

    Vins Scully spends the whole day looking up facts about a player

    Dodgers are playing Washington Tonight – Vins Scully announcing Ryan Zimmerman’s At Bat

    Ryan Zimmerman comes to the plate – he uses Natural Baking Soda As Underarm Deodorant He uses both sides of the toilet paper to wipe his butt to save money
    – he Drink water from a wolf’s footprint. – he belongs to the gum on shoe club (please note I changed some of the facts Vin’s looked up for Zimmerman but you get the point)

    Ryan hits a single up the middle
    Vin Scully says that Ryan Zimmerman with that hit he now has hit in 25 games hitting streak – Gene DeMontreville holds the record for longest hitting streak for Washington at 36 games

    now with all these strange facts that he put together for Ryan Zimmerman – what does Gene DeMontreville who played with the Washington Senators have to do with Ryan Zimmerman?

  265. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey Grey, you get a chance to read up on Kazmir? Think he’s f’d or is it just small sample size? Frankly, the lack of control and velocity drop make me think Freeze, but I defer to your wisdom. Also, RJ. Should I acquire?

  266. Colin says:
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    Who needs Manny when you got Kemp? Boom Shakalaka!

  267. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Looking good so far.

  268. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr Baseball: He’s the absolute best. His arcane facts could be completely made up, and no one would have any idea.

    @cubbies299: I haven’t had a chance. Sorry. Buy on Randy? If you want, but he’s completely unpredictable.

    @Steve: Stop jinxing us!

  269. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Phew.

  270. Mr Baseball says:
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    J. Loney is batting clean up for the Dodgers and Matt Kemp is batting sixth – Loney Tunes batting clean up with no homeruns – what is up here?

  271. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    I changed the trade to Aramis, Capps, Sexy Alexei (instead of Kamzir) for Oswalt, Chris Davis and Ralf Soriano.

    Better trade, I don’t need a starter back.

  272. Mr Baseball says:
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    for those of you who are keeping track – Torre has J . Pierre batting ninth and the Pitcher batting 8th and yes your dreams has come true Pierre has already stolen a base

  273. RT says:
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    Ok, so I have been “working the phones” (so to speak) since the Manny announcement.

    Beltran for Fowler/E. Bedard

    I get Beltran. How’d I do?
    (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

  274. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @RT: that’s a heck of trade. Beltran is a bonnafide stud and even though Bedard could be great all year I would still want Beltran over him. Plus Beltran has none of the risk Bedard has.

  275. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @RT: I own Beltran and would reject it while yawning, solid steal.

  276. Mr Baseball says:
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    M. Buehrle (W, 5-0) come on Grey – lets get him in your top 80 starters next year – 1 hitter against the Tigers – but don’t go crazy – #80 would do

  277. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Any thoughts on the trade? Aramis, Capps, Sexy Alexei (instead of Kamzir) for Oswalt, Chris Davis and Ralf Soriano.

    I get the Aramis side, sorry to repeat kinda trying to get this done. Thanks all

  278. drew says:
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    What is Tommy Hanson worth in a trade in a keeper league? I’m trying to unload him for preferably an outfielder, but I don’t want to get burned if he turns into the next Lincecum. I already have decent pitching keepers, fwiw.

  279. RT says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez:
    I’m a “best player wins” kinda guy, so i like the Aramis side. Capps’ elbow scares me, but there is no way Kenny Williams allows Alexi to sit for too long.

  280. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @RT: Alexei would be on my bench for now anyway, and I figure rolling the dice with Capps is better than R Soriano. I have too much SP so losing oswalt is no biggy since I have
    Peavy, Liriano, Waignwright, J Johnson, Slowey Wandy and Tommy Hanson

  281. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    One thing I have to say about this website is how polite everyone is to each other. If you post questions on ESPN’s boards people tend to be such asses.While this place has a feel of a small community does not take itself seriously and has a great sense of humor. I think I have a mancrush on you all….

  282. RT says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez:
    Then yes, I definitely like that. Keep in mind I’m not an Oswalt fan. That finger. That park… Ugh.

  283. BKK says:
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    @I’m Keith Hernandez: If you offered me that trade, I would hit “decline”. But if you can make it happen and it helps your team, go for it.

  284. JR says:
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    Hochevar with 8 IP, O R, 0 BB, 9K tonight. Three straight starts without surrending a run. Now 5-0 with an 0.90 ERA. He got MLB seasoning last year, he’s a former first-round pick, and he’s “blocked” by Sidney Ponson.

    Cust kayin’.

  285. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @BKK: I think so, it will be close, but I figure with the benching of Alexei there is no better time to try and poach him. He agreed to Aramis/Kazmir for Davis/Oswalt, so I am trying to tweak it.

  286. Billy says:
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    Another homer for Hill, oh yeah, ehh!! I get three no’s not to drop Alexei Red flag is on the field not to drop him, thanks!!!

  287. Steve says:
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    Are y’all starting Shields @ the Sawx tomorrow?

  288. Colin says:
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    Anyone taking a chance on Jon Niese tomorrow? He looked like ass in 2 of 3 starts but dominated the Braves in 2008. His K/IP is over 9 in AAA but has been sucking it up until his last start in AAA where he struck out 8 in 6 IP giving up 1 ER and only 3 hits.

  289. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @drew: He’s valuable, but you should get a player that can help you now if you can. Think 2nd to 3rd outfielder. In a mixed league, think Cruz, Damon, Ludwick.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Yeah, agreed. We got lucky with our community.

    @Mr Baseball: Buehrle’s 80. Done.

    @Steve: In 12 teams or deeper, I am.

    @Colin: No way.

  290. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey – Watched Mariano give up back to back dingers to Crawford and Longeria. He has also given up bombs to Jason Bay and Grandy. He gave up 4 homers all last year. His cutter looks flat. Could his elite closer days be coming to an end?

  291. Colin says:
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    @Grey: Grey, not even in NL-only against the Bucs with the Mets offense the way it’s going now?

  292. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: So annoying.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I think he’ll be fine for this year. But this might be the last year of it.

    @Colin: Sorry, I totally start him there. IN NL-Only, I start a lot of guys. Emphasis on a lot.

  293. Steve says:
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    @Grey: For crying out loud.

    I can remember when if the Dodgers led after 7 innings and handed over to Mota and Gagne the game was over. Mota was virtually unhittable back then.

    They were obviously on the ‘roids, but still…

  294. johnson21 says:
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    Grey, Coco or Krispie?

  295. Nick says:
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    My Ibanez for his Quentin. I know this looks like stretch but I know this dude likes the M’s and considering he owned Ibanez last season and he loves him I might be able to swing it…worthwhile in the end right!?

  296. Nick says:
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    sorry not a stretch but rather a hope that Quentin heats up and Ibanez returns to norm

  297. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: Okay, I read it. Yeah, it’s very troublesome.

    In my top 20 starters, I put him in a tier of pitchers that I don’t want at all. So, I’ve never liked him…

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