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Yesterday, Matt LaPorta homered in his third straight game.  Who needs LeBron when you got LaPorta?  BTW, I don’t like basketball because I think a 7 foot tall guy making a basket is as difficult as me throwing away something in a garbage can, but I suggest you check out the LeBron documentary.  Was really good.  Total puff piece, but I was on the edge of my feeling castle about to emote.  Hey, Joel Siegel, I’m carrying on the movie and mustache thing!  Maybe LaPorta’s just Pronk II:  Hasta LaPorta Baby.  Maybe the MLP package is finally on.  Maybe he does nothing starting tomorrow.  At your corner infidel, I’d take a flyer on LaPorta for the chance you get a cheap 15 homers.  If he maintains this pace for 3 months, he’ll have Cleveland fans almost forget they traded CC Pitching Factory for him.  Just like Lou Marson and Jason Donald’s play is making them forget about Cliff Lee.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Masterson – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He must’ve decided it was time to step it up since 3,463 Yahoo teams had dropped him.

Frank Herrmann – Got the save yesterday because he was already warming up.  When I saw his last name, it made me think of one of those spray painted, graffiti shirts you and your significant other got when you were fifteen.  I wonder if his wife has an Indians jersey with the last name, Mygirl.

Chase Utley – Will have surgery and miss the next 8 weeks.  The Middle Infieluenza Outbreak of Twenty-Ten continues to sweep through the NL East.  If you own Utley, you have to DL him and grab a replacement.  And cry.  You should do that too.  Let out your emotions, it’s good for your fantasy soul.  Also, he wasn’t hitting well before the hand injury, so expecting him to return in September at the height of his game is assuming a lot.  As they said in China in the 1400s, assuming makes an ass out of you and Ming.

Placido Polanco – Crapolanco will miss up to a month with discomfort in his left elbow.  Philly fans threw batteries at the doctor who originally said Polanco just needed a cortisone shot.

Jose Reyes – Out of the lineup again yesterday.  This time he said he had pain in his side while the Mets maintain the pain’s in his back.  I saw the replay when he was injured and he was holding his side.  Hopefully it’s still a minor day-to-day thing.  Meanwhile, the Mets really should upgrade their doctors.

Carlos Beltran – Could return next week if he can play consecutive nine inning games this weekend.  Beltran also makes an appearance in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  You can hardly wait.  No, y0u!

Johan Santana – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks as he was outpitched by Livan (7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks).  Sure, he was outpitched by only one extra baserunner, but it’s Johan vs. Livan.  This should’ve been an Andre vs. two jobbers type mismatch.

Jason Varitek – Out for 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.  Or as they say in Boston, “Ya got jammied on the jimmy.”  Actually, no one says that.  Kevin Cash will take over.  Ironically, he is so not money.

Trevor Cahill – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I seem like the only fantasy baseball ‘pert holding out against Cahill, but I just can’t get behind his K-rate.  Sure, he struck out 10 last time out, but it was the Pirates.  This start was vs. the Suckie-O’s.  If you want to grab him, you do what you do.  I would not start him next time out vs. the Yankees.

Travis Wood – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Stephen just went over his Travis Wood fantasy.  Stephen said, “drool worthy” “splits” “small sample size” “dramatic” “LOOGY.”  Man, I could never work for Zagat’s.  Wood’s an okay flyer in NL-Only leagues, I wouldn’t want him to roofie me in mixed leagues.

Josh Bell – This rookie is one Cool Papa!  Here’s what Stephen said, “(Bell was) received in the George Sherrill trade last year, Bell is the future third baseman for the Orioles.  Meaning, 2010 – just waiting for Miguel Tejada and, or, Garrett Atkins to stumble or get hurt. However, don’t let “future …” get into your head.  His upside is .270 to .290 with 20 to 25 homers a season.  Think Adrian Beltre, but without the glove…”  And that’s me quoting Stephen!  That’s pretty right on; I’ll add that he’s young and could stumble this year.  I wouldn’t look at him yet outside of AL-Only and keeper leagues.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He looked solid at times and “not so much” at other times.  You know, rookie stuff.  In home starts vs. lefty heavy lineups, I’d give him a shot in mixed leagues.  Otherwise, I’d stick to NL-Only and keeper leagues with him for now.

Buster Posey – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer.  He’s young and exciting!  Bengie Molina’s fat and boring!  Yeah, and Molina will probably have better numbers than Posey this year.  Cust kayin’.

Dexter Fowler – 3-for-5 and 2 steals.  Booyakasha!  When I say, Dexter, you say Fowler!  Dexter… What?  Too soon?  All right, but it was a nice game and love that Tracy hit him leadoff the past three games.

Carlos Gonzalez – Yesterday, someone in our fantasy baseball forums noticed something I’ve been meaning to say about CarGo.  He always seems to hit a homer and steal a base in the same game.  It’s almost like he wants to get to 20/20 in the same game.

David Aardsma – 1 IP, 2 ER, Kazaam!  Here’s why I think Aardsma was inexplicably brought into a tie game in the 8th inning.  The M’s are in last place on the verge of sweeping the Yankees and Wakamatsu thought if they get the sweep the M’s may not sell off their team and fire him.  In other news, Cliff Lee thinks he’ll be traded by early next week.

Cliff Lee – If I may dream for a moment, imagine him in Metco.  Mmm… The Adverb.  BTW, picture you’re a Mariners fan who was in a coma since March and you just heard the Cliff Lee rumors.  You’d be like, “Trade Lee?  Are you crazy?  We got him, Milton Bradley and Figgy!  We’re going all the way!”  Um, yeah.  Listen, Comatose Mariners fan, you may want to sit down.

From Around The Web

  1. ViagraFalls says:
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    Which pitcher would you rather have on your roster: Clayton Richard or Mike Pelfrey? Those Padres pitchers have it going on this year, and Richard is punching more people out than Pelfrey.

  2. JG_isms says:
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    @grey. Start Cecil or AJ? Or bench both?
    @viagra. I’d choose Big Pelf. , but I’m a biased met fan

    Happy fourth

  3. and1mcgee says:
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    Cool Papa Bell references always get me.

  4. Steve says:
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    Parra @ St Lou?

    Surely not…

  5. ViagraFalls says:
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    Start Grandy vs. Cecil today, or Byrd vs. Arroyo? Neither one has been hitting, Arroyo and Cecil have both had their troubles and this just feels like a crap shoot either way. The Cubs have a cloud hanging over them, and though Grandy hasn’t been hitting, he has the better chance to drive in some runs with the Yanks.

  6. and1mcgee says:
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    and the mention of…. airbrush shirts from the mall! lol! oh man…. great stuff.

  7. I have my little Carnac turban on and I just know you’re going to put Beltran in the SELL, because he’s an old man blah blah bad knees yadda yadda perceived value never higher etc etc etc.

    But let me tell you something: HE’S COMING BACK, HE’S GOING .390/55/18/60/10 from here on out, and he’s TAKING ME TO THE FANTASY TITLE.

    (Okay, calm down Capt. All Caps. DON’T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN.)

    I’ve been holding Beltran all year like a half-finished grubby scratch ‘n’ win ticket I found on the subway, and I tell you, HE IS GOING TO BE GOLD.

    (Villainous cackling, transitioning into sobs.)

  8. p.s. genius headline today. Just genius. Took me ten minutes and two cups of coffee to figure it out. But genius.

    I CONCUR.

  9. Deeeeeeez Nuts says:
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    Start Baker vsTB? Also, would youd you drop him for Volquez?

  10. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Anyone looking to get in a great new league with an early entry draft this month, starting play in 2011, let me know please. We roared out to 11 guys after opening up but have hit a snag getting the 12th man.

    $40 buy-in – so I realize the hesitancy, but this is a league stacked with great owners in it for the long-term. Leave a note please if you’re interested and I’l e-mail you the rules and other info.

    Happy Fourth to Grey and everyone. This site continues to be the first thing I check in the morning. Great read, as always.

  11. greenmountaincoffee says:
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    Which 2B for the rest of the year?

    K. Johnson, J. Lopez, Stewart??

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    i know it’s only about the halfway point, but thought i’d point this out to much to grey’s chagrin:

    preseason grey predicted cargo to put up mcclouth type numbers
    preseason matthew berry predicted cargo to put up numbers closer to matt kemp than you’d expect

    current lines:
    cargo .299 48 R 13 HR 48 RBI 12 SB
    kemp .267 53 R 13 HR 43 RBI 10 SB

    i only bring this up cause i own both on the same team, and thought about that the kemp/cargo comparison, thinking it was grey that made it and i was gonna complement him on the foresight. then i checked and it was grey. ha.

    grey 100
    berry 1

  13. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    While I mentioned that Grey is the first thing I read, which is true, sometimes I check whatever is still free on ESPN a day or three later.

    I don’t want to encourage clicks on it, but I have to say: Berry’s last column makes my head hurt. I sure don’t miss the days when I didn’t know about Razzball and went to ESPN for my daily fantasy dose.

  14. Bartaksu says:
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    Earthquake humor ftw!

  15. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is Fowler going to be in the “buy” section this afternoon?

  16. Howard says:
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    @Grey Would you do this trade: My Hanley and Matt Cain for Wainwright, Rivera and K Jo? Need pitching.

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Howard: no. you gotta count on k-jo being nothing more than ww fodder at this point and from here on out. his usefulness ended about a month and a half ago. hanley and cain should bring back more than wainwright + a RP + ww MI type.

  18. KarlJ. says:
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    Hey guys I need a 2b replacement and this the deal that’s currently being discussed with Kinsler owner:
    I give up A-Rod, Hughes, Beckett and receive Zimmerman, Billingsley, Kinsler.
    Thumbs up?
    Also, Posey or Soto for rest of the year?

  19. Lob Ball says:
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    Grey,

    I see you picked up Desmond in your Yahoo league. Should I do the same or grab Barmes instead?

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @KarlJ.: i’d do that asap. zimmerman and aroid probably about cancel each other out. hughes is already seeing starts skipped and regression, and who know about beckett, when he’ll return, whether he still sucks when he returns.

  21. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: Barring injury, Aroid and Zimm do not cancel out. Aroid is getting hot and he’s far more dangerous than Zimm. It is a good trade though because of Kinsler imo.

  22. papasmurf says:
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    Fowler actually has a drastic lefty/righty split. Wish I had noticed before I set the lineup yesterday. Could have used the 2 swipes.

    Now I have 4 CFs: Fowler, Upton, Venable, and Colvin… Maybe one of the four can get some consistency?

  23. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    @Grey: Corpas is killing me. Are any of these ultra brain freezes better?

    Qualls
    Chris Perez
    F. Rodney
    Hoffman
    FrankFrank

  24. KarlJ. says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: @Frank Rizzo:
    I am thinking that A-Rod will probably put up slightly better numbers than Zimm but it will end up being pretty close. The hip thing really scares me too. Billingsley seemed to have turned his season around before his short DL stint so I think I’d rather have him then Beckett. Obviously the key to the deal is getting Kinsler. The owner also gave me the option of taking Prado instead of Kinsler and substituting Zito for Phil Hughes. I think I prefer the Kinsler option

  25. Byrd says:
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    @ Grey:

    Would you willingly give up Zimmerman for Beltre?

  26. Wilsonian says:
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    Good shizz, as usual… I, for one, loved the “you may want to sit down” line to the comatose Mariners fan.

    16 Team H2H Keeper: these are my “worst” players – Beckham, KellyJo, Lind, Smoak

    Here are the available playas: Branyan, Fowler, Venable, Freese, Headley, Ass-Dribble, and Burrell

    Do you see any moves that should be made? I’m thinking about just keeping a close eye on Ass-Dribble, being that I’ve now benched KellyJo for Beckham, but is there anything else you see there? Thanks, dood…keep up the good work!

  27. Big Nate says:
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    Pick two for the rest of the season: Morrow, Hammel, Ian Kennedy

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I don’t care who said it, I just hope CarGo keeps his shizz up. Makes me feel pretty good that I dealt Bucchy and Bartlett for him early in the year. I’m gonna go ahead and say he’s my best OF out of Kemp, CarGo, Holliday, BJ and Krispie.

  29. Trade Tabata for Cuddyer?
    Still like trading Posey for Stubbs?
    I guess if I combine the two I theoretically upgrade corner and OF since I own Mauer already. But Cuddyer has been so bad and Stubbs is so streaky. Also Fowler is out there.

    Another deal which I don’t like as much but wanted to get your opinion. I trade Posey and Hammel for Wigginton who will be my Utley replacement?
    Other options are Hammel for Srod or Pedro Alvarez for Neil Walker. Or I just pick up Freddy Sanchez or Felipe Lopez.

    Sorry for the long question. I’m so stressed out by the Utley injury. :(

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: eh this year i think their numbers are gonna be pretty damn similar. yeah aroid might get a few more HRs and a few more RBIs/Rs, but it’s not gonna be so much that i’d sweat it if i was getting the rest of that deal. not to mention aroid isn’t over-the-hill YET but he’s moving out of his prime, whereas zimmerman is just getting into his prime. also aroid isn’t stealing this year so SBs aren’t much factor.

    current stats:
    .282 43 R 12 HR 53 RBI 2 SB .856 OPS
    .283 45 R 13 HR 40 RBI 1 SB .874 OPS

    tell me they aren’t pretty damn similar. which is which?

    you can say aroid is “heating up” but zimmerman hasn’t had a hot streak yet like he had last year either. sometimes it’s good to step away from the names, that’s how you can get a sweet bargain.

    don’t do that and trade matt kemp for corey hart, but zimmerman is a rising star entering his prime and was a 3rd round draft pick in most drafts. it’s not unreasonable to say that he’s getting to the point where he’s approximately on aroid’s level when viewing a 6 man trade. sell aroid, get 98% of his production back on zimm plus other pieces.

  31. Eddy says:
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    Looking for a one day replacement for SS:

    O-Cab or Cliff Pennington?

  32. Bodymore says:
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    Given the pedigree of LaPorta, and the nature of wishful thinking, I say he can hit 15 HR from here on out.

  33. Oregon Nut Cups

    Oregon Nut Cups says:
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    I only wish I were a comatose Mariners fan. I didn’t know I could fall asleep with my eyes open until I saw that starting lineup.

  34. XnadyMen says:
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    Anyone got Thoughts on Starting Garcia vs. Mil and Baker vs. TB? I was going to bench both…but this morning I got a tingly sensation that tells me to start them both.

    Please tell me that is just last night’s Mexican acting up on me…

  35. XnadyMen says:
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    @Eddy: I would go with the Pennington.

  36. XnadyMen says:
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    @Big Nate: I like Morrow and Kennedy out of that mix.

  37. XnadyMen says:
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    Maicon or Ashley Cole? Trying to pick the best attacking fullback….

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ViagraFalls: Richard

    @JG_isms: You too! I’d bench both.

    @and1mcgee: Hehe

    @Steve: I am in NL-Only, but wouldn’t in a mixed league.

    @ViagraFalls: Grandy

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha!

    @Deeeeeeez Nuts: I’d sit Baker, but not drop him.

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Thanks, same to you!

    @greenmountaincoffee: Johnson

    @ThePoonTycoon: Ha

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Thanks!

    @Bartaksu: Ha!

    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, of course.

    @Howard: What Poon said.

    @KarlJ.: What Poon said.

    @Lob Ball: Barmes

    @TheEvilEmpire: Perez

    @Byrd: Nope

    @Wilsonian: Thanks! If you need speed, I’d lose Smoak for Fowler.

    @Big Nate: First two.

    @Frank Kim: What Poon said.

    @Eddy: O-Cab

    @Oregon Nut Cups: Ha!

    @XnadyMen: I’d sit both.

  39. John says:
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    A+ for the usage of Jobbers with the Andre the Giant reamarks. i see you got some wrestling knowledge mixed in with that fantasy baseball, and fantasy wrestling draft who’s #1?

  40. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I did say it was a good trade since Kinsler was included. But I’d take a past his prime Arod for the rest of this year over an entering his prime Zimmerman. Zimm was hot for awhile in May but had a bad June. Same with Arod. But even when Arod isn’t that good his numbers are decent. There’s always guys on base when he’s up to bat and he has plenty of protection behind him so he gets pitches. If he gets hot he can leave Zimm and the other 3b’s behind him imo.

  41. Bodymore says:
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    I could use runs and steals so I am tempted by Fowler but my current OF/Util (5 spots total) is Bay, Granderson, Quentin, Stanton, Vlad,Rajai.

    Pedro Alvarez on the bench, the newly minted LaPorta in CI. Am I answering my own question? Alvarez for Fowler or do I just have no where to play him regardless?

  42. Doot Doot says:
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    hey grey help me out.
    i have al.escobar and ever cab for mi and desmond/flip lopez on waivers
    I want to acquire a stable SS/MI for avg/sb( I’m low in both these stats)
    i have 3 targets , andrus/figgins and furcal
    I’m guessing andrus would be best pick of the bunch?

    I have some trade scenerios, let me know what you like best
    I trade K.Johnson/Dotel for Andrus
    I trade K.Johnson/Dotel (probably would need to up to soria)/Billingsley for Andrus/Halladay.
    I have Stewart but i dunt think he like, he had pretty bad June.

  43. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:
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    Grey, what’re your thoughts on Hammel going forward? This a legit breakout we’re seeing, or is he not quite this good? I have Bedard coming off the DL, can only hang on to one of ‘em…thanks!

  44. chrisbenson says:
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    grey…three questions:

    1. would you trade kemp for a package that netted me andrus/prado/montero? in a keeper? we only keep 6…so andrus would be my 6th instead of kemp…but it would obv. help me out this year. (my C and 2b STINK)

    2. would you move kemp for cargo plus SOMETHING in teh same keeper league? if so what kind of something would you need?

    3. is fe-lo or o-cab better as a SS option in the meantime?

  45. KarlJ. says:
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    @Doot Doot:
    I would jump on the Halladay/ Andrus trade in a second

  46. Kazmere says:
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    Nyger or Dexter?

    Daquiri or Bloody Mary? (on its way!) Thanks for all the advice, Grey! Happy 4th!

  47. @Grey: Thanks for the reply but you said “What Poon said.” But Poon didn’t say anything to me. :-)

  48. SpiralArchitect says:
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    Looking to add some 1B depth, need 1 of the following 3:
    Smoak
    LaPorta
    Gaby Sanchez

    Short term, 2yr keeper league with H2H scoring

  49. KCC26 says:
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    very deep staff of: Weaver, Garza, Peavy, Baker, Latos, Lilly, C. Lewis, Slowey, and Kennedy (12 team H to H keeper league). Worried about the innings cap on Latos this year, but like his keeper value. Also, 9 SP taking up a lot of roster space. which of these guys would you be looking to deal?

  50. Kendry's Cart Off Grand Slam says:
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    @Grey: Start Em Sit Em… Ready to Play?
    Start one, sit two

    Chone Figgins vs Casey Mcghee vs Aramis Ramirez

    Buster Posey vs Carlos Santana vs Matt Wieters

    Raul Ibanez vs Julio Burbon vs Nick Markakis

    I need AVG and OBP more then anything. After that its Steals

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @John: Haven’t watched in a while, though I once interviewed with the WWE to write for them.

    @Bodymore: Doesn’t sound like you have room for either, but I’d take Fowler.

    @Doot Doot: I’d take the Andrus side of those trades, but my guess is no one would do them.

    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash: I’d jump on him to see where it goes. Worst case scenario you jump off if it derails.

    @chrisbenson: 1. Nope 2. 2. Depends what you need. I’d want at least a decent SP. 3. Felipe

    @Kazmere: I’d hold Nyjer for now. Thanks!

    @Frank Kim: My bad… Confused Frank Rizzo with Frank Kim. These first two deals are about needs. You need Tabata or Cuddyer? Posey or Stubbs? If you can trade Posey, my guess is you don’t need him. You don’t need Tabata if Fowler’s on waivers. Try for Wiggy. But none of these guys are going to actually fill in for Utley. They’re waiver wire guys.

    @SpiralArchitect: Gaby

    @Kendry’s Cart Off Grand Slam: McGehee, but Figgy if you need steals. Santana… Kinda sad you have so many catchers. Markakis…

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @KCC26: Depends what you can get for them. I’d look to sell off Kennedy if you can get anything.

  53. uncdrew says:
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    Frank Herrmann reminds me of that (really) old SNL News sketch.

    Redd Foxx just changed his name to Reddd Foxxx

  54. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey:

    Grey, I have Tulo on the DL. Just gave up Jaime Garcia and Marlon Byrd (who was on my bench) for Jimmy Rollins. Did I give up too much, too little or just the right amount?

  55. KCC26 says:
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    yeah…thats the thing. trying to figure out who presents the best combination of trade value and expendability. trying to lowball the dustin pedroia owner in our league. hes sitting in 10th place in need of pitching. offered him k. johnson and kennedy.

  56. Donnie Baseball says:
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    which potenial trade benifetor would you stash? B. Allen or X. Nady.

  57. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: FYI…Marcum to the DL…elbow flamin’ up.

  58. KCC26 says:
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    I played against Herrmann in college. Had no idea he was still playing until I saw the Cleveland boxscore yesterday…

  59. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Howie Met Your Mother: Wow, nice steal! U gave up 2 little, but dont tell ur trade partner that…

  60. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Pick one hitter 2 sit plz:
    Boesch v Fister
    Cruz v Freddy Garcia
    Pacman v Wakefield
    Butler v Saunders
    Robot v Moyer
    Thx!

  61. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @ThE sHiT: @Grey:

    Thanks guys, I was hoping to hear I got the better end of the deal. I’ve been reading Grey telling people to sell Jaime for well over a month now so I figured I’d get one last start out of him tonight before I sent him packing.

  62. The Mad Hungarian says:
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    As papasmurf pointed out (Brainy says he’s always right), Fowler is likely in only against southpaws.

    Fowler’s last 3 games were all against LHP while only 2 of the next 7 scheduled starters are lefties. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  63. “As they said in China in the 1400s, assuming makes an ass out of you and Ming.”

    I’d have gone with “As Flash Gordon said…” but it’s still a good bit.

  64. @Grey: Cool Poppa or Chris Johnson in 15 team OBP? I need HR or SB equally.

    Don’t hate the player. Mets don’t score for Johan. It’s as though he’s got his foot on the pile of jobbers for the pin… when Big John Stud suddenly comes into the ring and hits him with a chair!

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE WILL BE A NEW POST AT 11 AM PST, BUT I’M OFF TO THE COUNTY FAIR (WHEE!!! PIG RACES AND FRIED FOODS), BUT YOU GUYS (AND THREE GIRLS) NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER WHILE I’M GONE.*******

  66. (_)_)\\\\\\\\D says:
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    @Grey: Roster needs aside, who do you like for the rest of season at catcher: Napoli or Montero?

  67. KCC26 says:
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    who wins this trade?

    Team A gets: Lester, Soria
    Team B gets: Garza, Peavy, K. Wood

  68. Deeeeeez Nuts says:
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    @KCC26: Team A and it’s not even close

  69. Fletch says:
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    @KCC26: This trade is essentially Lester/Soria for Garza/Peavy…Wood being just a throw in. If Wood gets traded it will most likely be to fill a set-up type role anyways. I’d want the Lester/Soria side easily. Keep in mind there may also be waiver guys lurking that will get you close to what Garza or Peavy might.

  70. @(_)_)\\\\D: Montero seems healthy. I like his upside. If the Halo’s get a 1B, Napoli sees less play time.

    @KCC26: A

  71. Fletch says:
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    @(_)_)\\\\D: I’d want Napoli and his 14 homers. Napoli = everyday at bats playing first base for the Angles…pending a trade of course.

  72. Euroalien says:
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    In a 5 x 5, 12 Team Keeper (Max 8 Keepers) how does this deal sound……. Hamilton, Youk and Damon for Zimmerman, Rajai Davis and Braun ? Is it pretty even…… and which side would you want?

  73. amscalone says:
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    have to eliminate 2 of these guys by drop or trade when bedard and volquez get back. who should I lose?

    c. lewis
    j garcia
    bills
    e. santana
    peavy
    bedard
    volquez

  74. @Euroalien: Braun side by a lot in a keeper.

    @amscalone: The two injured guys. Keep an eye on Jaime though.

    Volquez is aight but don’t get twisted, he’s been pretty volatile and he pitches in a band box. Bedard’s got upside but who knows what you’ll get since he’s never healthy.

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Fletch: lester/soria easy

  76. Fletch says:
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    @Euroalien: I’d want Zimmerman/Braun/Davis in a keeper, simply because of the youth with Zimmerman and Braun. You get steals with Davis as a bonus. Youk and Hamilton are studs, but seem to be out of line-ups at various points each season because of nagging injuries. Go with the 3 players under 30 years of age.

  77. Fletch says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I think your reply was meant for KCC26 who had that scenario above.

  78. Euroalien says:
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    @3FingersBrown: @Fletch:

    Thanks guys. I certainly agree with your thinking…….. appreciate the feedback

  79. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    Chutley owner here. Crying does help.

    Barmes and Felipe Lopez are decent replacement options which should be available. Barmes also has SS eligibility.

  80. Fletch says:
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    @amscalone: I would lose Bedard for one…don’t trust him staying healthy at all. I would trade Garcia right now while I could still get nice value in return. To be honest, any one of those pitchers could be dealt for the right price.

  81. Fletch says:
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    @Shmorgie S. Board: Perhaps Figgins is available as well…

  82. Everyone — I’m really in a bind at 3B with Freese out. It’s a 20-team roto league and I’m trying to make a trade for someone so I don’t have to rely only on Jose Lopez, but until then the waiver pickings are *very* thin. To wit: The No. 9 waiver priority was not enough to land me new Houston 3B Chris Johnson!

    Here are the best choices for a medium-term pickup: Wilson Betimet, Josh Bell, Willy Aybar, Geoff Blum, and Brandon Wood. I know I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel but that’s who’s available.

    I hope I’ll only need this replacement for a few days (until I can broker a trade) or, at worst until the middle of the month (until Freese comes back). Hopefully, it’ll be someone who plays most days.

    Any suggestions or insights? Grey? Anyone?

  83. Howie says:
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    @Grey: Trade advice, please!

    Prado, Hanson, CarGo, for Utley, Strasburg, Werth

    Traditional 4×4 (No R’s or K’s) keeper league. Hanson could be retained for one more year and Strasburg for two. Prado and CarGo would probably also be retained for two years as their auction prices were relatively low…Werth and Utley would be the remainder-of-this-year only (and we know how much Utley will be contributing during that time).

    To me it feels like is it whether getting Strasburg for two more years is worth getting Hanson for one more (assuming he pitches better next year) and having rights to get CarGo and Prado for two more years on the cheap.

    Thoughts?

  84. Fletch says:
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    @Enrique: Wow, that’s some Slim “What in the wide, wide world of sports…” Pickens there! Wood is splitting time. Go with the immediate hot bat = Blum followed by Betemit.

  85. NEW POST IS UP.

    Let’s take the discussion there, fellas. It’s what Grey would have wanted. Otherwise, the terrorists win.

  86. Carlos Z has slurpees says:
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    ha, assuming ok in dynasty leagues.

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