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With Travis Hafner likely on the DL for a while with a pronked shoulder, the Indians called up Matt LaPorta – their prize from sending Sabathia to Bratwurstland.  He’s been tearing it up at AAA with a .333 AVG and 5 HRs in 75 AB.  So could we be looking at Hafner Jr?  Maybe, but it’s more likely we’re looking at a less K-friendly Jack Cust.  He only has about a full season above AA and CHONE and ZIPS projections have him hitting .240-.250 with solid power (think 25 HRs if he got 500 ABs).  Currently, he has OF eligibility in ESPN and 1B/OF in Yahoo.  If you’ve got an extra hitting slot in a 12 team or greater league, he’s worth taking a flier on in case he starts off hot.  Just don’t expect him to be el capitán – be happy if he provides marinero stats.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! (Not the TV show.)  First I want to mention two trades I did in two separate leagues.  First trade was Elvis Andrus/LaTroy Hawkins for Julio Lugo/Ian Stewart.  This league is 16 teams deep so trading guys you usually find on waivers is actually a necessity.  I had Kelly Johnson at 2nd and Omar Baby was playing over him in Hot Atlanta, so I needed to look elsewhere.  It’s no secret; I’m a fan of Ian Stewart.  As for Andrus to Lugo, they’re more or less tomato-tomahto, but the owner I was trading with is collecting Rangers (he owns 11).

The 2nd trade was a bit bigger.  In a 15 team league, I traded Heath Bell/Huston Street for Dan Haren/David Aardsma.  If you look at the trade, it helps both teams.  But the moral is that closers are like Japanese and German cars – they have excellent trade-in value.  Sure, you’ll get some lemons when you draft them in lower rounds but all you need are a few to hit and you can usually package them for picks from higher rounds.  (On the flip side, speed-only guys seem to have the lowest trade-in value.)  Anyway, let’s get down to bidness:

Carlos Zambrano – Hamstring strain from trying to beat out an infield single.  Typical Zambrano injury.  Actually, typical Zambrano injury would be him straining his forearm from punching his fist at the sky.  Sometime during the 2nd season of an inflated WHIP, I wiped my hands of Zambrano.

Carl Crawford – 6 steals yesterday.  Alien who just landed on Earth, “First Dexter with 5 steals, now Carl with 6.  Wow, these dorky white guys are fast.”

Michael Wuertz – Collecting saves while Ziegler’s out with undisclosed “flu-like” symptons.  Maybe judging the wet-tee contest in Cancun wasn’t the best idea.

Brandon Inge – 8 HRs. Russell Martin, Suzuki, Laird, Ramon Hernandez, Dioner, Yadier and Flores have combined for 8 HRs.

Cliff Lee – 7 IP, 3 ER, 4 Ks, has a 3.92 ERA on the year.  This actually seems exactly like what we should get this season from Lee.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks.  As I said the last time out when he had a quality start, Verlander’s a 4.00 ERA pitcher.  So he can have some awful games, but he’ll also have some solid ones.

Ian Kinsler – 9th homer yesterday.  The hot first half is nothing new.  Staying healthy all year would be.  If he can stay healthy, he could have a season that makes him a top 5 pick next year.  Though in three seasons, he’s never played in more than 130 games.

Scott Richmond – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks. In 30 and a 1/3 innings on the season, Richmond has a 2.67 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 26 Ks and a 4-0 record.  As I said a week or two ago, I picked up Richmond in a deep league.  Do I trust him to continue this pitching version of Ludwick coming out of nowhere at the age of 29?  Oh, hellz no.  Pitchers don’t slide through that long without being discovered.  There’s too much of a need for them in the majors.  So will he get exploited at some point and end up a Poormond?  Yup, but I’m riding the lightning until it happens.

Ryan Braun - Missed two consecutive games as he nurses a stiff back.  Ryan Braun’s owner, “If he wanted to nurse something, couldn’t it be a baby giraffe?”  I’m legitimately concerned.  This stiff back seems to be connected to the rib cage injury that killed his power last September.  But, in the end, 75% of Ryan Braun (or Ryan Bra, for purists) is still better than 100% of most other players.

Oliver Perez -Headed to the minors or the Disgraceful List.  Here’s the world’s smallest violin.  Here’s the world’s smallest violin walking seven straight hitters.

Brandon Morrow – On the DL.  David Aardsma will fill-in as the closer in the mean’s while, as they said in remedial English.

Scott Baker – 6 IP, 5 ER.  Honestly, didn’t like him coming into this year, but I didn’t think it would be this bad.  Seems to be headed for the Disgraceful List.

Ricky Nolasco – 6 Ip, 5 ER. 7.03 ERA on the season and a 1-3 record.  How’s that sleeper pick doing you, non-mustachioed fantasy baseball ‘pert?

Derrek Lee – Grand slam and homers in back-to-back games.  I don’t think we’re ever going to see the Lee of 46 homers again, but the talk of his demise was prematurely reported.

Milton Bradley – 0-for-4 and now batting .116 on the season.  Doode may seriously get killed by a Cubbie fan by the All-Star Break if he doesn’t get his shizz together.

LaTroy Hawkins – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER.  As I mentioned above, I just traded him (after picking him up on waivers) and if you think you’re going to get out alive with a sparkling month of Hawkins, you’re mistaken.

Michael Bourn – 2 SBs, .301 on the season.  In a 16 team league, I actually own this schmohawk, and remarkably don’t regret it.

Justin Upton – 4th home run in 9 games.  Can hit 25 HRs and .250.  Love to see him steal some bases because otherwise he’s Jose Guillen.  Nice thing about Upton is the perception of him, making him a commodity that can fetch more in a trade than he might be worth.

Mike Cameron – Another homer, bringing him to 6.  I think it’s fair to say at some point the bottom will fall out.  If you can get a solid piece for him in a trade, I’d explore it.

Barry Zito – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 Ks, 3 baserunners and possibly 2 owners in the entire world enjoyed it — Sabean and Bochy.

Chad Gaudin – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Well, he’s no Zito obviously!  In all fairness, Gaudin wasn’t terrible for 5 innings.  Okay, forget fairness.  The final line is ugly.  But the idea is to start him at Petco.  So I’m giving him two more home starts.  We shall see.

Johnny Cueto – 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 Ks.  Cueto was a higher touted prospect than Volquez going into last year.  Cust kayin’.

Homer Bailey – Keep him on radars in deep leagues and keepers, he’s still only 23 and won’t be in the minors for long.

Carlos Delgado -Hip problems that might not alleviate anytime soon.  Maybe he should put two baseballs on the bottom of his walker.

Jay Bruce – Hit his 6th homer yesterday.  Wasn’t it like two weeks ago you were thinking about trading him for Bonifacio?  I’m silently judging you.

Pablo Sandoval – Stole a base yesterday.  Gotta blame the pitcher when he lets the runner get an eighty-nine foot lead.

  1. ep says:
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    LOLses. Cause: Oliver Perez -Headed to the minors or the Disgraceful List. Here’s the world’s smallest violin. Here’s the world’s smallest violin walking seven straight hitters.

    Thanks for the tip on Bailey. Should I pick him up now in my deep 14-team, 25-man roster dynasty league?
    Which piece of dead weight (Parra, Happ, Cahill) should I dump?

  2. Steve says:
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    Dragged this over from the previous post – in my 12-team H2H where I have Ibanez in my LF slot and Votto to cover 1B/Util, there’s no reason not to offer Morneau + Lind for Howard is there?

    Apart form the slim chance of it being accepted, of course…

  3. Mowses says:
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    start?:

    lester @ NYY
    Hughes vs. BOS ?

  4. Tom says:
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    I was hoping for an update on Ray. Is he almost IN at closer?

    Also, I just traded Dukes for Tulo. How’d I make out? (That’s what she said… and I was like, you were great… and then we made out again… and that was nice) But seriously, was that a decent move?

  5. TimSTi says:
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    @Grey : Start Hughes vs the slumping Red Sox? 10team Roto.

  6. Russ says:
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    sanchez with starts @chc and @LAd
    or
    Gaudin with one @hou
    ?

  7. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Tom: Def a good move. Dukes just had three more children and two restraining orders issued against him just last week!

  8. BSA says:
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    Grey – Nice round up as always.
    As I sit with my morning coffee it reminded me of a Starbuck’s with too much sugar.
    Ya know the coffee has that Starbuck’s bitter bite with a follow up sweet taste that supports my thoughts, re: my team, that I can get through this. Might not be smooth from beginning to end but decisions are pretty close to spot on.

    Upton – Hate reading this knowing the rest of the RCL is reading it also.

    Hawkins – I am enjoying the ride but I have already witnessed him in NY crash and burn so hopefully Valv comes back before the crash and he can burn in Free Agency.

    DLee – He is one of those players that will give me fits all year. I screwed up on this pick and will be riding the mistake. Then again I am sure my leaguemates have worse at first.

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey/rudy,master standings updated,thanks,i know you guys are busy.Ive moved up to 28th and it appears L`Atelier of Latin 9 is holding tight on the top spot.Congrats to my league mate and i only hope to join him soon.And another great move by BigFatHippo to 4th overall and 1st in the original league. Kahoots to all

  10. No mention of the mystery that is Geovani Soto. A promising 2 fo’ 3 Friday followed by uninspiring 1 fo’ 4s on Sat/Sun. However on the bright side he did pick up one RBI & scored a run, bringing his season totals to 3Rbi & 3 Runs! He’s been dropped in many small 10 Team leagues. Does he belong on the waiver wire? If you’ve been fortunate to have drafted V-Mart, is Soto worth the gamble shifting Victor to 1st? Or would such a move turn V-Mart’s great catcher stats into so-so 1B stats, while Soto continues to play like Brian Schneider (almost identical stats in less than 1/2 the ABs)? Thanks!

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @zombie: victors stat line before injury .300-25-114 and low k`s .380 obp,Depending on who your sitting to add soto,but id add soto and see if he comes back,i think he will

  12. In hitting .250, do you think Upton will become a consistent .250 this year, or is he still going to have the wild up and downs? Because with as streaky as he seems to be he’s one of the easier players to sit/start.

  13. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @zombie: Given the dearth of quality 1B right now, I’d be fine with playing V-Mart at first base….but I’d be even happier picking up Soto, then selling high on V-Mart and getting a better 1B in return. Is it possible Victor has a career year? Sure. But I’d say it’s at least even odds that he tails off considerably or gets injured at some point. Find a disgruntled Teixera or Berkman owner and see if you can ship V-Mart plus another piece their underperforming 1B.

  14. Teef says:
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    Someone is asking me for Peavy – Should I offer My Berkman and Peavy for his Pujols?

    I have Miggy at 1b already and my other pitchers are Halladay, Gallardo, Liriano, Bedard and Wainright

  15. Eric H. says:
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    I’m dead-last in HRs in RBIs. Trade Matt Kemp and Derek Lowe for Josh Hamilton?

    My rotation would be Vazquez, Harden, Liriano, Weaver, Slowey.

    Standard ML 5×5 12 teams…

  16. First order of business. That Haren trade is a steal. I call it “That Haren Trade” because it was like swapping four baseball cards, one of which has Haren and three of which are blank.

    Seriously? Huston Street? Did you pitch him by saying “He’s the Rockies closer!” then adding, under your breath “this week.”

    Second item of business: I also would like thoughts on Hughes v. Boston. My gut says sit him, ’cause if he stinks, you want him sat, and if he shines, that’s two good starts and suddenly he’s got VALUE.

    Third item: Scott Baker actually had a no-hitter through 6, then gave up 5 ER in the 7th w/out recording an out. Strange. Fortunate, too, since I have him in Razz.

    4th: re: Upton. Actual Value + Perceived Value = Total Value. See also: Jeter, Derek.

    5th: BRUCE.

  17. @Eric H.: Oh no. Oh no no no. You want Kemp over Hamilton going forward. I’ll be you in drafts next year, Kemp is going a full round before Hamilton.

  18. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Any other Braun owners out there? I can tell you my hope is that he gets starts playing again just long enough for this news to blow over…..and I’m trading him at my first good opportunity. That and I’ll never pick him in the 1st round again.

  19. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, I’m encouraged by Baker’s start actually. Clearly he hasn’t lost it entirely, he just got tired/lost command/made some mistakes/got unlucky.

    Since he didn’t get yanked after the first couple of singles, it makes me think that he was feeling okay, and looked okay, and just made some mistakes or got unlucky. No-hitter through 6 is fun, but if you spread out those singles and the HR through the entire game, and you could have a line more like 6 IP, 1 ER.

  20. rich says:
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    Struggling with some outfield choices for the remainder of the year. I am riding the BRUCE! and J-UP hotstreaks currently, but need to cut some bait so I am not uttering that early morning hated phrase, “SONAVABENCH!”.

    Could someone give me a ranking these OF’s? Bruce, Pence, Damon, Worth.

    Worth would make me heavily laden with Phillies. But seems like a better power speed mix then Damon or Bruce.

    I had Pence as a rook, and I just can’t seem to shake him. Every time I get to that point, he throws a 2-4 with 1 HR, 2R, 2RBI, 1SB (or at least that’s what appears in my rose-colored glasses.).

    Damon on top of the Yanks lineup, playing in that bandbox should score a ton of runs. And BRUCE!!!!!!, so much power potential….., but the average uggggh.

    WHADAHYATHINK?

  21. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey whats your thoughts on krispie young i have him in a 12 team h2h league and my patients are wearing thin with him i could use another closer and word is that bailey might be closing for the a’s should i hold onto young or scoop up bailey?

  22. Eric H. says:
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    If no on trading Kemp for Hamilton, could you give me a bit of advice on my lineup. I’ve got Soto, Votto, Pedroia, Tulowitzki, Wright, Pence, Werth, Bruce, Kemp. I’m last in HRs and RBIs. Do you think I’ll be OK over the long-haul, or should I look to make a deal?

  23. @Eric H.: You’re mostly a victim of bad luck/cold players, e.g. Soto, Wright, Tulo etc. But you could use a masher in the OF. What does your pitching look like? Can you spare an SP for an OF? Maybe you can package a hot-start SP with Bruce for someone like Quentin.

  24. Falcon says:
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    @Eric H.: I wouldn’t target Hamilton to be your HR savior at this point… Look for someone else.

  25. john says:
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    A couple of things I’m starting to notice about 2 of my starting pitchers:

    Harang: Has an oscillating pattern of awesomeness and pure crappness. Awesome, Awesome, Crap, Awesome, Crap…Next up, awesomeness.

    Maine: Has a similar pattern, but next up is crappness.

    Now if only these patterns stayed predictable…

  26. Tony says:
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    @mikey boy324: mikey he’s been dropped in my 12 teamer a few weeks ago, a guy picked him up like thursday last week, then dropped him by the weekend, he’s still chillaxin there…. i’m eyeing him. He might just be getting off to a slow start, but we all know he’s gonna hit for crap average…

  27. PhillyYorker says:
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    @Rich: Werth is frustrating as hell. Bet he leads the league in runners left on base. I watch him every game, and have him on my team, and he is not what you are looking for. On top of that, most of his steals last year came from the 2-hole and he has primarily been in the 5 hole between Howard and Ibanez. If he were hitting just a little bit, he’d be near the league-lead in RBI’s.

    I’d go Damon or Bruce. Probably lean to Damon as you mentioned speed and he’ll get you a few steals. Plus, he’s gonna post a bunch of runs once they Yanks get their rehabbing 3B back.

  28. bobbo says:
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    Greinke/Chris Young (SD) for Peavy? Which side you taking?

  29. bobbo says:
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    BVV: I actually don’t… my staff is: Lincecum, Sabathia, Billingsley, Greinke, Liriano, Slowey, CYoung.

  30. ScoutAbout says:
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    Any thoughts on Bruce for Kershaw (I’d get Kershaw)? I’m constantly doing the SONAVABENCH thing with my OFs (Kemp, Rios, Ellsbury, Hart, & Bruce). I also have Sandoval (at C), Howard, Utley, Cantu, Peralta, & Votto (mainstay at UTIL). SPs are Haren, Wainwright, Jurrjens, Wandy Rodriguez, Jared Weaver, and just picked up Hughes off waivers. I also have Lackey on the DL. I’d like to upgrade my pitching with an OF but am finding it tough in a 12 team H2H Yahoo mixed league with no MI and CI slots, just too much out there on the waiver wire. Other ideas?

  31. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    I give Werth, Beltre, and Heath Bell for Carlos Quentin and Brandon Morrow….do it?

  32. Eric H. says:
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    My rotation is Vazquez, Harden, Liriano, Weaver, Slowey, Lowe, with K-Rod as my only legit closer. Unfortunately, Quentin’s owner is a White Sox season ticket holder, so I don’t think I could pry him away. Anyone else you’d target for power? (I do have Vlad on the DL — any chance he’s a decent source of power upon his return?)

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ep: I’d loss Happ for Bailey.

    @Steve: I want Howard there.

    @Mowses: I’d start Hughes, but not Lester. But I don’t really want to start either one. Hughes only because how good he looked last time out. Assuming this is a 12 team or deeper league.

    @Tom: I think Ray gets the bulk of the saves, but it’s a closer by committee at this point.

    I’d want Tulo there, so yeah solid move.

    @TimSTi: Can’t start him in a 10 team league.

    @Russ: I don’t like either this week. But I’d go with Gaudin.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Ha!

    @Maitland: I think he’s still going to be wildly streaky. The swings he takes when he misses are terrible.

    @Teef: Where would Pujols play? Corner?

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, was surprised you were the only one that mentioned the trade. The crazy thing that might just blow your monocle off your face. It was offered to me. I have Peavy, Gallardo and Josh Johnson in that league and don’t need Haren at all, but how could I refuse that deal? Usually Rudy and I conduct our fantasy business online but for that one he called me in the middle of a real business meeting. (He could have been presenting to the King of France and he would’ve called me.) This was Rudy, “Excuse me, King of France — Accept! Accept!”

    I think in a 12 team league you *can* start Hughes, but it’s by no means safe.

    Oh, and now I’m not mentioning Bruce just to elicit a response from you.

    @rich: As you wrote them — Bruce, Pence, Damon, Worth — But you can’t cut bait with them as in drop one. You should trade one for a piece you could use.

    @mikey boy324: Where is this word Bailey’s getting saves?

    @john: Ha!

    @bobbo: Peavy

    @ScoutAbout: I’d take Kershaw there, it’s fair.

    @Mark: I want Quentin.

  34. Zebo says:
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    drop duncan or branyan for richmond?

  35. Mr Baseball says:
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    my starting shortstop is Jhonny Peralta in my money league – Jason Bartlett is on the free agent market since there is only 4 bench position in this league – would I be jumping the shark here by dropping Petalta for Bartlett or just wait it out

    Brandon Inge – catcher
    Adam Dunn – 1B
    Chase Utley – 2B
    Evan Longoria – 3B
    Jhonny Peralta – SS
    Carl Crawford – OF
    Matt Kemp – OF
    Shane Victorino – OF
    Carlos Quentin – OF
    Hideki Matsui – Bench –

    Javier Vázquez
    James Shields
    Johnny Cueto
    Matt Cain
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Chris Young
    Ubaldo Jiménez
    Jonathan Sánchez
    Francisco Cordero – closer
    Heath Bell – closer

    Stat Categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP

    I am in first place by 8 games at the momet

    I am number 1 in league in runs scored – HR -RBI’s Steals and 4th in AVE

    Chris Carpenter – DL
    John Smoltz – DL

  36. SRM says:
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    @Anyone: Is offering Torii Hunter and Mark Reynolds an insulting offer for the slumping Teixeria???

    Any better/more realistic combo from: Kemp, Soriano, Dukes, Kinsler, C. Davis, Ibanez, M. Young, Snider, A-Rod, Spilborghs???

  37. Tony says:
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    i love quentin as well, now he just needs to stop batting .250, do i smell a hot streak coming?

  38. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @SRM: I’d be insulted. I’d be more interested in a Raul Ibanez/Michael Young offer, but that might be too much for you to give up.

  39. Falcon says:
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    Need a sanity check here. Is there a clear winner in the below trade?

    Branyan/Joba for Teahen/Hanson

  40. Teef says:
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    @Grey – I’d play him at the Util spot that Berkman was taking up – I’m worried that trading Berkman now is selling him at his lowest point – if he were playing up to standards, Berkman+Peavy for Pujols is too much right?

  41. @bobbo: That’s a pretty great staff. So you’re trading Geinke and Young for Peavy? Don’t do that. Use an arm to upgrade your hitting, or stand pat. But don’t sell-high on Greinke. He could win the Cy Young this year. He’s not a sell-high candidate.

    @SRM@Mark: I agree with Mark on both counts. Hunter/Reynolds gets deleted immediately if it lands in my inbox. Start with Ibanez then look at what the Tex owner needs: saves? Steals? An MI? But don’t be surprised if you can’t pry Tex loose. Savvy owners don’t panic, and they don’t sell low.

    @Grey: Clearly you need some sort of lop-sided trade Bat Signal. “Rudy… look in the sky….to the red phone! Haren for Street is on the table!”

    That smells like a panic offer right there from someone drowning and needing saves. Good thing you accepted before he sobered up/came to his senses.

  42. mikey boy324 says:
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    i do my leagues in espn the info comes from rotowire

    “Bailey was mentioned as a possible closer candidate by manager Bob Geren, the team’s web site reports.
    Spin: Brad Ziegler is due back on Monday, but it will be interesting to see how Bailey is deployed going forward. A few speculative free agent bucks would be wise this week.”

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: I’d lose Duncan for him in a 12 team or shallower league.

    @Eric H.: Don’t have much faith with Vlad. Try for Bay, Sizemore, Manny etc.

    @Mr Baseball: I’d hold Peralta.

    @Falcon: Joba/Branyan

    @Teef: Yes, it would be too much.

    @mikey boy324: He hasn’t even got the saves while Ziegeler was out (Wuertz did as I mentioned in the post above), so I don’t get that bit of advice. With closers, anything’s possible, but I don’t think Bailey’s a must add right now.

    ************RCL and Razzball Standings have been updated**********

  44. Zebo says:
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    Drop Duncan for Wuertz? I am a proud Ziegler owner. You guys are in lalaland area, does Ziegler have the Kotchman kissing disease?

  45. JPH says:
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    @Grey: If I may indulge:

    1. Callaspo or K. Johnson at 2B?(Will Infante take over from K. Johnson at 2B or is Cox platooning?)

    2. Will Hanson be called up by June 1 or after and is he worth dropping Ricky Romero for?

    3. Do you see Scherzer having a better season than Liriano?

  46. Teef says:
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    Better deal? – I send either Ladwick/hawpe or Ludwick/Cantu for Josh Hamilton or Carlos Beltran?

    A. to much to give?
    B. Who would you rather have going forward

  47. Tony says:
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    @Teef: beltran outta all those guys, i think its almost too much…. Ludwick gets PT he can hit more HR’s than hammy or beltran…

  48. rich says:
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    @PhillyYorker – Good Point on Arod coming back. The Yanks offense will be better which should lead to better stats for Damon also.

    @Grey – Thanks for confirming the order. Not going to do anything right now, a dose of patience is what I need.

  49. sean says:
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    @grey: Bartlett or Felipe Lopez at MI?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: Sure, lose Duncan.

    @JPH: Johnson, it’s not the last we’ve seen of him and Callaspo is average and nothing else.

    @JPH: Sure, lose Romero.

    @JPH: Liriano

    @sean: Lopez

  51. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: I really need your help this week and its only one word………. BECKETT.

    Can only modify my lineup once a week, so if things go as they have been for him this last week I might have to punt ERA and WHIP.

    Great headline!

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rick Dempsey: Cool, but is that a question? Are you asking to start him? If so, yes.

  53. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey: “The case for Nolasco is (to) look at what he did last year. Right? I mean, over the 2nd half of last year after the All-Star Break, Nolasco 4th in MLB in strikeouts. Had a ridiculous 98 to 12 K/BB ratio… I’m doing this off the top of my head so it’s 96 to 12 or 98 to 12. (It’s 98.) He hasn’t shown any sign of being injury-prone or…um… He’s still young. So, I mean, I think overuse at this point is a bit premature.”

    That’s why Mr. Roto gets the big bucks. Glad I didn’t follow his advice on this one.And this is why we pay attention to you. Except…

    Volquez – last three starts – 19 IN, 5 hits (2 in his last two starts), 4 ER, 20K’s, 2 wins. The only disturbing stat is 13 walks, but only one in his last start. I will admit that two of his starts were against Houston. But Volquez owners are quite satisfied after his first two rocky starts. If he keeps his control, he will be as good as anybody out there. Not that I wouldn’t want Cueto as well.

    For those who defended Baker’s last outing – Olilver Perez has a score of simliar outings – 4-5 innings of being filthy, nasty, and near unhittable, and 6 walks, two hits, and seven earned runs in the 6th.

    @Grey – almost embarrased to ask, but is Zito ownable? He has pitched several decent games in a row, sans K’s.

  54. Matt Sorrento says:
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    Fontenot or Asdrubal Cabrera? Assuming I have am already doing okay in steals.

  55. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Would Theriot/Braun be a fair offer for either Hanley or Jose Reyes? I can’t wait to get rid of Braun and each guy I’d offer to could use some OF help.

  56. andy says:
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    I give up Braun and Wandy for ARod and Marmol.

    You think this is good for me in order to avoid the Braun scare for the entire year?

    The rest of my pitching staff is Haren, Chamberlain, Nolasco, Verlander w/ Price in waiting.

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: it looks fair to me although if loosing braun,i would like the power of hanley plus he still gets 30 steals,reyes will get his 50-60 with 15 hr`s

  58. Tony says:
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    Has Olney bumped his head? He says Carl Crawford could steal 100 bases. Before his 6 steal game he wouldn’t have said more than 60, now all of a sudden he’s on pace for 100!?

  59. Eric H. says:
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    Move Kemp to get Jason Bay or is that too steep a price? I love Kemp but his position in the batting order is not conducive to helping me dig out of my RBI hole.

  60. Teef says:
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    The guy said he’d accept My Ludwick/Cantu for Hamilton? Do it or stand pat?

    My Of is Quentin/Victorino/Ludwick/Hawpe -

  61. Teef says:
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    @ Eric – I’d keep Kemp – Bay doesn’t hit much higher – I believe he hits 5-6 himself? I’d hope that if Kemp kept this up Torre would move him up – he’s too good a manager to let him toil down there

  62. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: current pace speaks for around 120,ha i dont see 100 either but id love 80 from him for both my teams,Of course getting on base dictates alot of that but he realy did come into this year wanting to prove last year was an off year,when i picked him in both leagues i was hoping for 50 so anything more is bonus

  63. Euroalien says:
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    Is Callaspo for real or just lightening in a bottle? I have Johnson and Kendrick stinking up 2B for me……… with Butler and Del. Young on my bench. Should I drop any of them for Callaspo – if so which one?

  64. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Teef: i dont like it for you,im pretty fond of hammilton but he`s hurt and wasnt hitting before getting hurt,plus the reds traded him thinking he couldnt stay either healthy or sober,ludwick has done nothing but prove that last year wasnt a fluke

  65. Grey

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    @Euroalien: Callaspo is good for average, Runs and RBIs, he won’t get you much steals or power. Think of him as Freddy Sanchez.

  66. Grey

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    @Euroalien: Sorry, realized I didn’t fully answer your question. You can take a flier on him for Butler, if you like.

  67. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: Mark it down, Grey is predicting a batting championship for Callaspo.

  68. Jeremy P. says:
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    I started Barry Zito last week for his 2-start week as a sleeper start!

    He kicked ass and won me the matchup.

    And yes, I’m a Giants fan – but I’d take the 4th or 5th guys in the Giants’ pitching rotation (Zito or J. Sanchez) over the 1st starter in other teams pitching rotations (Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, current Angels, etc.) any day.

    comeback this season baby – now if SF could only score some runs

  69. Jeremy P. says:
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    also I’ve just been offered Nelson Cruz for B.J. Upton in my H2H points league (SBs are worth 3pnts, HRs are worth 6pnts – along with 1 for R, and 1 for RBI = 8pnts).

    I think Upton will do better than he has been, but with the point system in this league, wouldn’t Cruz be worth more? Or is Upton still projected 25HR/40SB?

  70. Mr. Rickey says:
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    10-team weekly 5X5 roto – my pitching staff is:

    SP: Harang, Volquez, Young, Scherzer, Wandy, Hughes and Zimmerman

    RP: F-Rod, Franklin, Downs and Ziegler

    I need to use all but two – 2 SP, 2 RP and 5 P

    Thoughts on who to sit this week? I’m hurting for W’s so I’m thinking of throwing Hughes into the mix and sitting Ziegler and Zimmerman.

  71. Grey

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    @Mark: Hmm… I did?

    @Jeremy P.: Cruz and Upton aren’t that far apart in your league, but with his upside comes downside. I wouldn’t want to risk it. I’d want Upton. How about Upton for Winn?

  72. Pops says:
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    Kazmir or Cain for the rest of the year?

  73. Teef says:
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    @Grey – thoughts on this?

    The guy said he’d accept My Ludwick/Cantu for Hamilton? Do it or stand pat?

    My Of is Quentin/Victorino/Ludwick/Hawpe

    Not really desperate for any categories – bascially just who do you have more faith in the rest of the way – Hamilton or Ludwick

  74. Teef says:
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    I should also mention that Cantu is just a waiver fill in for Arod

  75. Prince says:
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    I’m seriously hurting for Wins but am ahead of max pace. Sit Lester tonight?

  76. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: Sorry, I was sure that’s what you meant when you said to think of Callaspo as Freddy Sanchez.

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    anyone heard any new updates weather or not Aramis will play tonight?

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    talk about a late call?Asdrubal Cabrera had 3 rbi`s and a double changed to an error from saturdays game.If they did that to every hit that sould have been called an error then youd see a lot less .300 hitters and a lot more 3.25 era`s.some of the home field scoring is a joke compared to the old days.Back then if you touched it,you should have caught it

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    tell him not to drubal when he bends over,cnt think of a name for this,sonofadrubaled

  80. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    sure youve heard the latest on lastings,he said he`s going to stop listening to all those people (coaches)and do things his way.ha wander where he plays next?

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Japan? (<–Only half-joking)

    *******There’s a new post up for people.

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: does italy have baseball?they can sign our high school basketball dummies and our baseball no-it-alls

  83. Colin says:
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    Grey, I’m working on a Howard for Wright deal as the main players. I have Howard, but I’m leading in Homers and think this is the time to buy Wright before he explodes. He had no homers in April in 2007 and still had a great year. Obviously Wright gives better overall numbers and at a more scarce position. I already have Adrian Gonzo and Fielder so I think this gives my team more balance and flexibility. I have Sandoval at 3B and would then switch between him and Upton at the utility position. Both are in the first year of their 4 year deals in our keeper league, but Howard is $31 and Wright is $43 with our NL-only $180 eight player cap. Think I should pursue?

  84. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Play with the fishes?

    @Colin: I like that trade for your team.

  85. @Grey: At the risk of disturbing cubhouse chemistry, would you buy low on A-Rod? & would a V-Mart alone, or maybe a Webb & Zimmerman (or Cantu — which 1B/3B would you prefer to keep?) get it done? Thanks!

  86. Grey

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    @zombie: I’d want A-Rod for V-Mart or Webb and Cantu. (Prefer to keep Zimm.)

  87. Crafty35a says:
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    I need power in a 12-team mixed. What do you think of offering Chipper and Haren for M. Cabrera and Oswalt?

    My staff pretty stacked (Lincecum, Haren, Vazquez, Cueto, Harang, RJ, Myers, Edwin)

  88. vinko says:
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    @Grey: Bourn for Lewis, or is this apples for apples?

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Crafty35a: I like it for you.

    @vinko: I like Bourn better for steals.

  90. Tom says:
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    Grey and all Razzfolk,
    I don’t need pitching, but I just got offered F-Her for Jay Bruce. Is it me, or could I swing Beckett, Wainwright, or F-Her for a better bat than Bruce? I dont want to screw myself, but I love getting trade value when people are failing early on and getting desperate. I love Bruce, but I would like Dye and F-Her more than Beckett and Bruce. Too much of a risk?

  91. Grey

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    @Tom: Not sure I understand what trade you’re asking about. You have Bruce or F-Her?

    EDIT: Word.

  92. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Tom: I like it, though I know all the Bruce lovers are gonna give you a big Razzberry on this.

  93. Tom says:
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    If I was in Neverland, Jay Bruce would be my happy thought. With that said, I still think I could get a great bat (Dye, Pence, maybe someone like Fielder right now, etc) for Beckett or F-Her.

    Grey, I have Bruce. Dude wants to give me F-Her for Bruce. Deal or no deal? I have Beltran, Bay, Cruz, Al-Ram, and Bruce in my OF right now, with Nyjer Morgan, An LaROche, and Ian Stewart on my bench.

  94. Grey

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    @Tom: I’d take F-Her there. It’s completely fair though, not really in either team’s favor.

  95. cws05nuts says:
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    Why does Javier forget he’s on the bump?

  96. cws05nuts says:
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    And, dare I question the deity of Mr. Utley, but does A Hill out earn him at the end of the year? He seems to have some skillz sets that are here to stay.

  97. Grey

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    @cws05nuts: Utley’s done it for 4 straight years and Hill’s going on his 4th week. Utley also has more homers than him right now.

  98. cws05nuts says:
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    You’re so wise and grey… but 2007 adds a few weeks that are moderately to strongly correlated with the current skillz being displayed in these 4 straight weeks of mighty 2009 Jays baseball.

    I think Utley will hit more homers overall, but value wise I think Hill has a shot to at least keep pace…

  99. BigFatHippo says:
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    @cws05nuts: Blasphemy! Thou shalt covet no 2B…….aw, skip it.

    Hill will be solid, possibly a top 5 2B at the end of the year. Don’t look to trade him, if someone offered him to me I would have to respectfully decline. I have Monsignor Utley in both leagues. And my Utley bobbleheads keeping watch over my Utley memorabilia while I lounge around in my Utley monogrammed Snuggie.

  100. cws05nuts says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Utley keeps stealing rbi’s from my ryhow bobbleheads. Clearing the bases and shoot.

  101. BigFatHippo says:
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    @cws05nuts: Get used to it, hehe.

    “And shoot”, is this Romper Room? We say shizz around these parts.

    Enjoy Hill, I almost picked him as a FA but already had Flippy Lopez at MI. Regretting the decishzzzz.

  102. cws05nuts says:
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    Anybody else notice the difference with twinkie pitching now that “sideburns like tenderloins” Joe is home?

  103. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’d be worried and wouldn’t go out to buy myself a headache unless the deal was too good to pass up.

  104. cws05nuts says:
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    And I think Garza needs the xanax treatment like Greinke.

  105. cws05nuts says:
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    Oh, and what is going on with Ziegler? Seems to be a shroud of secrecy…

  106. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: Don’t know… Wet kissing Casey Kotchman?

  107. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: As opposed to dry kissing over the clothes?

  108. cws05nuts says:
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    Javier is such a pain in the ankle. SOrry guys I am stuck in math and am extremely bored………….

  109. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: Dry humping? Vazquez is a frustrating one.

    ******LaPorta!******

  110. vinko says:
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    Stupid fan threw LaPorta’s HR back onto the field- Donkey!

  111. cws05nuts says:
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    If coop couldn’t help him I think Duncan is the only option left for old Javier.

  112. After 6 strong innings, E-Jax lost the plot in the 7th… now Lyons came in and… hit the first batter.

    I’m guessing that inherited runner on 3rd is coming in to score any minute now.

  113. cws05nuts says:
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    If Fer-Rod can fade Zumaya he might be in line for a win at least!

  114. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: LaPorta just took my bench to another level.

    He levitates benches, cool, just like Chris Angel!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sonuvillusionist!

  115. cws05nuts says:
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    Better to look at the box before speaking huh

  116. cws05nuts says:
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    Boom boom ryhow!

  117. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: The proliferation of ‘x’-rods is alarming. Another day without a win for the old Marlins starting staff.

  118. cws05nuts says:
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    I hate lillibridge. And Podsednik.

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