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Usually I start my day eating breakfast while reading Grey’s excellent daily posts (suck up alert!).  I’ve been doing this for god knows how many years, at least a decade it seems.  Anyhoo, I usually look through the comments and see this comment (in various forms), “Player A for Player B.  Who wins?”  and part of that just bugs me. Not the asking for advice of course, because that’s the main point of the site.  I’m talking about the winning part.  Maybe it’s the current American winning obsession because to some we’re winning too much, others not at all (and that’s as far as I’ll dip my foot in the political pool).  I think it goes back to the idea that trading, in the minds of some, is a zero-sum game. Someone has to win and someone has to lose. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Can’t a trade help both teams so they both win? Absolutely.

When you’re making an offer, at least look at the team you’re making the offer to.  I know you want the Kenley Jansen/Max Scherzer/top guy because you’re team needs saves/Ks/whatever and you have too many OFs so don’t offer one of your OFs if the guy already has too many, you know?  Look at his roster, alright?  Alas (such a melodramatic word) I get offers like these too often.  Though if I get an offer, I’m going to consider it, always, and usually counter.  Remember to give any offer a couple of days, be patient.  Assume that others have as many teams as you do, remember they have lives as well, as busy or busier than yours, and it’ll help, I promise.  Just keep making those offers.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to try a format. Nothing crazy, really just using bold.  We’ll see how it goes.  First up looking at the top OPS hitters in the past two weeks.

Top OPS past 14 days (min 30 ABs as of this writing):

Who stands out:  First off, Buster Posey is leading the league with a 1.374 OPS, five homers, and 2.0% K%.  Too bad I never draft him.  If you own him trade him. Now. Next!  How many guys have a .111 BABIP and a 1.291 OPS?  None other than Mike Trout.  That is straight nutrageous. Next! It’s amazing that Mark Reynolds put up a 44 homer, 24 steal season almost a decade ago.  Less amazing is the long, strange trip he took to get to Colorado.  It only took him a season to get accumulated to the air up in Denver; he hit 14 homers in 441 PAs in 2016 and has 12 in 157 thus far this season, 4 in the past couple weeks to go with a 1.111.  He should finish with 30+ and worth acquiring if power is a need because he might come cheaper than anticipated.

Others:  Tommy Joseph has a 1.275 OPS, owned in only 15% of ESPN and 21% of Yahoo! leagues, and should be gone in your league (if it’s competitive) but if he’s not make the move immediately.  Still loving Marcell Ozuna (1.168 OPS) and Aaron Altherr (1.192 OPS) am disappointed I don’t own him on more teams; I would hold on both.  Hosmer has a 1.104 OPS but only one homer and is a big time sell for me, as he has name value and piddling power; offer him for Joseph and a mid-to-low tier closer and it’ll work out well for you.

When we lower it to 20 ABs the top guy with a 1.696 OPS over the last couple weeks is Cactus Jesus Aguilar.  If you own Marcus Thames you should already know about him; there’s no way he plays more than as a bench bat unless Thames gets hurt; so as soon as that happens next (if it happens) hit that waiver wire posthaste and add up the big fella. He’ll be there, only owned in 1% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues.

Lastly: It’s the weekly Ryon Healy and Josh Bell buy section.  I just watched Bell jack a three-run homer (on TV) so now he’s up to eight and three in the last week and I ask: is that not good enough to add? In average leagues he should be gone yet he’s still only owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues and only 13% of ESPN ones.  Bell is home against the Phillies and then heads to Atlanta this week.  Healy, owned in 53% of Yahoo! and 23% of ESPN leagues, holds an .873 OPS in May, hit a 443-foot bomb on Tuesday, and has seven homers thus far on the season.  His A’s are home against Boston and Miami before going to New York to play the Yankees.

So work on those trade offers, don’t take yourself to seriously, eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away, and always be closing.  Keep it real, too. And definitely don’t take any wooden nickels.  Or maybe you should as I’ve never seen one and maybe they’re valuable, like Silver certificates.  Did I cover enough sayings there?  You want some more?  Tough titty.  That’s enough of me for this week, enjoy the weekend Razzballers and Razzballettes!

 
  1. Fister Furbush says:
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    Do you like Desmond or Cargo more?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Desmond for sure, especially after he gets first base elig. Might cost more, but I’d still go after him

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          @Josh: my pleasure! Love your Icon too.

  2. Nick says:
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    Would you trade for Arrieta? If so, would Bellinger, Conforto or Hanley be worth giving away for him?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Nick: You’re buying low, so that I like, but I know Gray isn’t a fan. I’m more so a fan, as his Ks have been good, so I don’t think he’s done. Any of the three are fine as long as you have 1B covered, which I assume you do. I would go bellinger first, then hanley, then conforto. Good luck!

      • Nick says:
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        @Phil B.: Rizzo has me covered ha! Do you think there may be a Keuchel-like injury with Arrieta?

        Thanks for the input!

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          @Nick: every pitcher is risky we know, and I thought I saw he was throwing lots of sliders, hence his higher K rate, which can lead to injuries. The guys your offering might bring a better starter even a Cueto(who has also been slumping a bit)

  3. Jurickson BROfar says:
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    Love these write ups. What’s the tier Tommy J is in ros?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Jurickson BROfar: thanks! I like him in tier 3 along with hanley, santana, Desmond and Edwin. Desmond is the best of this bunch

  4. Chris says:
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    What should I expect from Zimmerman the rest of the way?

    I lost Freeman so I’m trying to figure out how to replace him. Tommy Joseph and Josh Bell are also available, would it be worth it to drop Altherr for one of these guys?

    Thanks as Always!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Chris: at this point, I want to hate on Zimmerman, but I see this as his career year actually, and I don’t think most would give a whole lot for him. So keep ridilng him til the wheels fall off. I’d go him and altherr over dropping altherr for Joseph or bell. Tho If you have enough Of and need power go Joseph then bell for altherr. Good on power, keep altherr. Good luck!

  5. Deerfield Doubledays says:
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    Great write up as always Phil,

    When originally titling your piece did you ever think of calling it “PHILSocify” Just a random thought.

    Seeing as how ops leagues are the only leagues I play in, I value your input. Just made some moves in a keeper league, wouldnlike your thoughts on the moves and your insight into what you think could use work. There is always something to be worked on. I’ve rebuilt this team for going on 5 years, it’s been through prospect stashes and deaths like taveras, carrer deaths like aj Reed but also gems like Bryant. 12 team 6×6 ops and qs are extra cats. Keep seven at years end. We play one extra infield position.

    I traded wacha and j.turner for story and mazara
    I traded next years 1st 6th and 10th(a first would be eighth round etc) for Lindor verlander and 3 late picks. Those trades have made my team feel stronger.

    Squad is:
    Perez,Bryant,kinsler,lamb,lindor,Russel,Cargo(col),broxton, khris davis,mazara,Cain,Napoli DL story
    Verlander,Duffy,Quintana,Roark,severino,Walker,nova,gray, diaz(im holding him),neris,colome.

    Sorry for the long post. Keep up the great work!!!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Deerfield Doubledays: Thanks! Love both those trades. I always love loading up on hitters. Lindor and Story and russell give you trade options, especially looking at OF, where you could upgrade. I’d look to move your SP too, because your top guys have name value too, though they haven’t been performing like it this far.
      Keepers Bryant, Lindor, Davis, Story, Lamb at least, right? Then I’d keep Russell and one SP or closer, but those are tougher calls. Let me know if you make more trades too.

      • Deerfield Doubledays says:
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        @Phil B.:

        Oh definety Bryant lamb lindor story and davis are definite keepers. Untradable basically at this point. As for the rest not sure. We will see how things progress. I’m actively shopping Cargo Quintana and duffy. I have to wait until they come back to life. I’ll definitely keep you posted!! Thanks again for all the great work!!

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