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Carlos Ruiz and angry Philly fans have a new battery mate in Cliff Lee, as he was traded from the Indians along with Ben Francisco. Going the other way were a slew of prospects, including my fave, Carlos Carrasco.  J.P. Ricciardi thought the Indians should’ve held out for Howard, Utley and Rollins.  Now to finalize this deal, Cliff should change his name to Phil.  Cliff Lee’s value takes a small boost, but he has a 3.14 ERA already.  You’ll take a low 3 ERA and love it.  You know who else gets a nice boost from this trade?  Matt LaPorta.  The MLP Package should get the call up to play with Francisco leaving his starts in, well, Cleveland.  Though the MLP Package should’ve been up and playing already and that hasn’t really happened yet.  Keep an eye on LaPorta in mixed 12 team leagues and deeper, because when he gets called up, he’ll be worth owning.  In some leagues, I’d even do a preemptive grab.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Freddy Sanchez – Traded to the Giants.  Sanchez’s value stays about the same.  Finally, the Giants have a 2nd baseman.  Now if they only had a 1st baseman, shortstop and three outfielders, they’d be all set.  The Giants must’ve thought to themselves, “Hey, if the Dodgers can compete with essentially the same quality 2nd baseman as Sanchez, why can’t we?”  A wise man once said that, “If Freddy Sanchez is an upgrade to your offense, you need a lot more than just Freddy Sanchez.”  That wise man was me.

Tim Alderson – Was the prospect that the Pirates got for Sanchez.  Scouting the Unknown has already gone over Tim Alderson.  The Cliff Notes version is, “Tim Alderson very good.  For Freddy Sanchez?  Giants idiots.”

Ian Snell – Headed to Safeco with Jack Wilson (blech) for Jeff Clement and Ronny Cedeno (blech x 2).  Jack Wilson for Ronny Cedeno is like trading a wiffle bat for a foam bat.  Snell though is intriging.  He was decent for about a year in Pittsburgh.  Going to Safeco and a fairly weak AL West isn’t terrible for his value. (The AL West weak?  The Mariners are contenders and they traded for Jack Wilson.  ‘Nuff said.)  Would I pick Snell up?  Nope, not yet.  But I’ll be watching him as he mows ‘em down in Tacoma.

Jeff Clement – He’ll be in the minors at first at, um, first, but if he gets the call he’ll be worth looking since he has catcher eligibility.  More than likely, he won’t steal ABs from Doumit, unless Doumit gets hurt, which has a decent chance of happening every day Doumit gets out of bed.  Clement will probably work his way into the 1st base mix when, or if, he gets called up.

Lastings Milledge – Argh, enough Pirates news already.  Milledge is supposed to be recalled on Friday.

Matt Cain – 9 IP, 0 ER and a no decision.  Glad to see that trade for Garko has added some much needed punch.

Roy Halladay – 7 IP, 3 ER.  J.P. Ricciardi asked Halladay to give up a few runs so no one would meet his demands.  Part of the master plan!

Jose Lopez – HR yesterday.  Usually he hits homers in bunches.

Adam Jones – Last week, I pointed out how Jones was hot again.  This week, he has 3 straight games with a homer.

Chris Tillman – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Eh, he looked a’ight.  Touched up for a few long balls and left some pitches up in the zone that could have led to a worse line.  Vs. the Royals you’d like to see a bit more, but he’s a rookie.  If you wanna try for the upside, you have to take on the risk.  Vs. the AL East?  I wouldn’t bother in one year leagues, except for matchups.

Jim Johnson – He entered the 8th in a save situation then the O’s added on, so Johnson stayed in and got the save.  Doesn’t mean he’s now the closer, but it may mean he’s next in line.  Which is good to know, ya know?

Joba Chamberlain – 8 IP, 0 ER.  Now three great starts in a row where he’s looked less like his mother’s son.

David Ortiz – DNP as Lowell DH’d and LaRoche played 1st.  The LaRoche Situation™ is costing all of these guys playing time.

Aaron Harang – 7 IP, 7 ER.  Not pretty, obviously, but after being touched up in the 1st inning, he threw 6 scoreless until Dusty left him in there too long.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks, 2 baserunners.  Very encouraging start from the young pitcher, but keep in mind he only threw 86 pitches.  On most nights, 86 pitches won’t get you through the 7th inning.  But as a HopdgePadre?  Get on the train!

Edward Mujica – Well, that cleared that up.  He’s no longer in the running for the closer job if Bell moves, because Mujica’s taking Geer’s spot in the rotation.  Mujica will be limited to 60 pitches so he’s not a wise investment.

Andruw Jones – 2 HRs. Oh, and having a better season than Josh Hamilton.

Scott Feldman – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER, while looking more like his brother, Corey.

Curtis Granderson – 2 HRs.  I feel like Grandy’s putting together a very solid season (22 HRs/17 steals) and it’s going by pretty unnoticed.  Not sure why.  Is it because he’s batting .259?  Cause I’ll take a .240 average from a guy who’s on his way to a 30/25 season.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 3 ER, 13 Ks and his 12th win.  He has 172 Ks through July.  Incredible.  Yeah, he could win the Cy Young.

Carlos Quentin – HR yesterday.  About flippin’ time.

Wladimir Balentien – Traded to the Reds for bag of buttered popcorn.  Confusing on a few levels.  The Reds needed an outfielder?  The Reds are buyers?  I guess Baker just can’t stand the thought of playing Gomes every day.

Howie Kendrick – Batting .450 in the last seven games.  Yesterday, homer and 5 RBIs.  Is it me or is every middle infielder simultaneously hot?  It’s The Age of the MI Schmohawk.

Francisco LirianoBrian Duensing replaced him yesterday not because Liriano’s been terrible, though that reason would’ve worked for me, but because Lirano had swelling in his forearm.  Supposedly, Liriano should be fine by next week.  I’m not sure if that’s good news or bad news for Liriano owners.

Alfonso Soriano – Al-So’s smoking the ball.  You know who else is hot?  Aramis and Lee.  About time the Cubbies stepped up their hitting. (BTW, I like how in yesterday’s blowout Piniella pulled his regulars, except Bradley.  Maybe Lou feels the same way as me.  If Milton plays enough, he’s got to get hurt.  It’s no coincidence that Milton Bradley makes the Operation game.)

Reed Johnson – Out four weeks with a broken foot.  The other day Randy was hurt.  This is the worst week to be a Johnson since Lorena Bobbitt was famous.

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    andruw jones’ success has my wife convinced i can reach similar success if I, like Jones clearly has, replicate the scene from “Groundhog Day” when Bill Murray eats like 19 donuts.

  2. Grimlock says:
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    Also of note, Ozzie moved Beckham up to 2nd in the order and the kid went 2-4 with an RBI. Seems like Beckham’s progress has flown under the radar a little bit, but the kid is really good. He’s one of those guys who is (and perhaps always will be) a better real life than fantasy player, but in real life, what he’s doing is very impressive for a 22 year old.

    Adrian Gonzales seems to have gotten over his bout with the suck flu.

  3. and1mcgee says:
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    cuz andruw jones is fat is the thing……….

  4. JRT says:
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    Who is with me in starting Hochevar?

  5. Ken Plane says:
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    Reed Johnson broken foot, Lorena Bobbitt, that is how you pare a roster.

  6. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Grimlock: i know, just in time for me to face him in a tight playoff race.

    i agree with grey, wtf were the giants thinking. i understand you want sanchez, but alderson? he’s no bumgarner, but he’d be the top minor league pitching prospect for 2/3 of the league. i can’t see the giants winning it all without more offense than freddy sanchez will add, so why give up one of your best prospects? if anything give up a highly regarded 18-19 year old who is still 2-3 years away, not a guy who will probably be up next year.

  7. adamh says:
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    Latos or Cecil for the rest of the year?

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @adamh: i’d go latos due to the home park, the division, and he’s just been better in his minor league career.

    question, iif the rumor is/was true that the angels would “have” to give up joe saunders (blah), sean o’sullivan (solid prospect, but not high end), brandon wood (why not if they aren’t gonna give him regular ABs), and erick aybar (blah) for halladay, why would they not make this deal? how could they not make this deal? even subbing weaver for saunders?

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah the mariners had high hopes for clement and balentien,now they have a 30 year old injury prone ss with very little upside,and people wander why certain organizations stink year after year,adding wilson isnt a terrible move but getting hardly anything out of 2 top prospects is kinda like the giants letting alderson go for sanchez

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    one of my favorite player updates of the year from my yahoo team…

    “Encarnacion had two hits in a 3-2 loss to San Diego on Tuesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion is enduring the worst year of his career, batting .211. The Reds had higher expectations for him, but Encarnacion has failed to live up to them.”

    i love that they neglect he was injured then missed most of the first half and since returning from the DL has an OPS over .900. awesome analysis yahoo, awesome stuff.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: i mean, i know the pirates are the pirates and perennially sell, but clement as your centerpiece in return for jack wilson and ian snell isn’t bad. he brings the upside of a .300-30-100 who can possibly play C. at least enough to be your emergency C. and getting alderson for an aging empty avg 2B was a steal.

    but let’s look at the mariners, in the last 2 years they’ve traded away george sherrill, adam jones, chris tillman, wladimir balentien, and jeff clement, and if return they got erik bedard (good pitcher who has an injury problem which was well documented prior to the trade), jack wilson, ian snell, and some scrubs? that my friends is how you build a winner.

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: yeah i was dogging seattle not the pirates in that deal,

  13. Tom says:
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    Grey, Franklin and DeJesus for Garret Jones and Hochevar? I think I need to accept.

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tom: do you need saves? dejesus doesn’t really bring anything, and hochevar is showing signs of being a decent SP the last 2 months.

  15. Corey says:
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    Ellsbury for Gonzalez, I need HRs (Last) and he needs SB( Im first)
    Has Gonzo started to get hot again?

  16. Pops says:
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    Phillies fans, myself included, are actually very pleased with the Lee deal. Sure, you would love to have Doc Halladay at the top of the rotation, but JP Ricciardi made demands that would have compromised the future of the franchise. With that being said, Ricciardi will be the one without a chair when the music stops. In Lee, the Phillies receive a top arm for the playoff push and hold onto the organization’s most valuable commodities.

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    I give Josh Hamilton and get Zambrano or Burnett and Marmol?

    It’s a keeper league with holds as a cat. I currently sit in 2nd place within striking distance of moving up 5 spots in holds. I realize you can get holds for free but few are as guaranteed as Marmol and I need guarantees at this pt. I have Ellsbury, Werth, Lind, Willingham and Fukudome. I made the decision to keep Werth over Hamilton (my locks are Longoria, Utley and Ellsbury) so I wouldn’t be trading someone I would keep.

  18. zorob says:
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    Who here thinks Ian Stewart is worth holding on to in a keeper league?

  19. Pops says:
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    @zorob: @zorob: I second that notion.

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Pops: the phillies probably just made the best and smartest move for any team this year,sure id rather have doc also but not for the price thier asking,let him waste away on a non contender

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @PhillyYorker: im benching hamilton for any warm body at this point,still hoping he finds some power but he looks worse than davis did

  22. Andy says:
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    @JRT: I was thinking the same thing.

    Spot start for Hochevar a good idea?

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @zorob: i said yesterday that next year he will be a guy i want on all my teams. i don’t expect him to be kept in my 5 man keeper league, so i’ll be looking to pounce.

    @AL KOHOLIC: i wish i had the luxury. it’s between him and pena to fill out my last roster spot (#2 util) and they have both been spiraling downward the last few weeks. i can handle pena’s avg when he was scoring and hitting bombs and driving in runs on the few hits he had, but he’s not doing that anymore.

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    @Corey: Looks like it. In fact, getting Gonzo for Ellsbury looks like buying low at the right time to me. When Adrian is hot, he is ridiculous, and there’s an off chance he gets dealt to a contender, which would increase his value substantially.

  25. PhillyYorker says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: How’s this, I have Pena, Hamilton and Longoria, all of whom have 2’ing the bed for about a month or so. I swear Jayson Werth has been my savior since Longoria went cold around early June.

  26. Where do any of you guys see Justin Upton going next year? ADP? What round?

    At the moment i’m thinking 5-6th at the latest and maybe all the way up to the 4th round?

  27. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:
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    Some strange dealmaking yesterday…

    Liriano’s “swollen forearm” is about the worst vague description of an injury for a post-TJ pitcher I can think of. As Grey notes though, Liriano getting shut down leaves your team a) worse off or b) better off…eh, I’d call it a push.

    @ Grimlock: Beckham’s a solid young kid, absolutely. He hit one of those “whoa!” dingers on Sunday Night Baseball last week – line drive to the gap, just kept going…and going…and then it was in the bullpen. Kid’s got a quick bat and a level stroke, I’ve liked what I’ve seen.

    Need to acquire a catcher – anyone have any recommendations for backstops who don’t tend to wear down as bad in the second half?

  28. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @PhillyYorker: yeah im in a money keeper league,was leading in most cats across the offensive board,then everyone stops hitting,victor,a-gonz,hamilton and the dreaded huff-n-puff,now in the middle of the pack and needing a couple of these guys to spark a comeback

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @PhillyYorker: yeah, having rollins and bj upton too, my team avg is like .260 in a 12 team mixed. thank god for h2h, as i’m leading in HRs, 3rd in Rs, 4th in RBIs, and 2nd in SBs. but thanks to my avg, my OPS is pretty low.

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    @ Tony: If you can get Justin Upton in the 6th round next year, you’re winning a title. Kid’s in the middle of throwing up a .900 OPS season with 20 bags in his Age 21 season. Monster in the making…

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    Do you think i can get anything for Inge right now? I have Sandoval in my catcher spot and Inge has been riding my bench for weeks.
    Ive been trying to make a move but he kinda seems untradeable. Do you think i should wait it out and see what happens with his knee or later in the year or just drop him?
    I could use the open spot, as we all could

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony Y: i think even higher, 2nd or 3rd round, especially in keeper leagues. hell in keeper leagues if he’s not kept, then he’ll probably be #1 off the board.

    @Tarasco’sSecretStash: might try for doumit, he should be relatively fresh having missed 2 months. though he could get hurt tomorrow and miss 2 more knowing him. montero? though his price is gonna be way high the way he’s getting hyped.

  33. steamer says:
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    I know you recommend starting Floyd at home, but vs. the Yanks?

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @black love: i think you gotta hope he hits a couple bombs at some point and swing him to a team looking for some offense from their C position. who would you be picking up? no DL?

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    @black love: I’ve been trying to shop Inge as well. Even with his overall numbers and C-elig. he seems to have little value b/c of the whole torn up knee sitch.

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    @ThePoonTycoon: I heard the Angels were hung up over having to include Aybar in the deal. I don’t remember where I read that (maybe here, haha). Really, Angels?

  37. stumanji says:
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    Anybody hear word on Oswalt’s injury?

  38. @Tarasco’sSecretStash: @ThePoonTycoon: Its a keeper that we’re redrafting for various reasons…. going to move to contracts and things, our current system is flawed…

    I saw comparisons/ratings of J-Upton equal to griffey and arod…. Hmmmm i’m really gonna have to think that out next year…. he could be a 30-30 or dare i say 40-40 monster….

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    @ Grimlock: Thanks. I think it’s something I’m going to do. i’m just looking to get some extra opinions. I do still have Bourn and Rajai Davis as my Sagnofers after this.

  40. buschfan says:
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    Who is most likely to take over for Heath Bell if he gets traded? Also, any idea if Matt Capps will be traded?

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony Y: i’d be pretty tempted to take him end of the 1st round next year.

    pooholes
    hanley
    braun
    utley
    arod (assuming the hip is fine)

    hell those might be the only 5 guys i’d take over him.

    obviously you can make cases for reyes, cabrera, and a few others, but his age + current season + upside has him right there. only negative is lack of track record, but you gotta build it from somewhere, right?

    depending on how the keeper league is set up, i might consider taking him over arod too, i.e. how long can you keep guys? career? 3 years max? etc.

  42. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:
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    @ Tony: For a keeper league – especially a deep one with longterm deals, he’s one of the best options you’ve got to lock up. I’m in a 16 team keeper league, and I locked him up for 5 years before this season. He’s going to be that good. I’d say 30/20 is a more reasonable standard expectation for him – he’s not quite as fast as his bro, though he’s got good base-stealing skills. But within that he’s got excellent discipline for a young kid and profiles out to a .300/.420/.550 type of hitter. Add the 20 bags, you’re looking at elite talent already. Sky’s the limit when he eventually gets to his prime…

  43. zk says:
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    I still haven’t seen a report of Heath Bell being a realistic trade candidate. C’mon! You guys are like Woodward and Bernstein to me: show me a source!

  44. stumanji says:
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    Aaron Hill for AJ Burnett? Which side do you like?

  45. Tom says:
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    I just got Franklin/DeJesus for Garret Jones.

  46. no more derrek overbay?

  47. Stephen says:
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    I am just baffled by all these pathetic trades. The Rockies want Mark Henderson? WTF!?! Why do the Yankees want Jason Hirsh? At least they get to Name a Player Later. I don’t see the Giants winning on their Sanchez trade (who will?), but really, the Cliff Lee deal may have been the best so far.

  48. black love says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: yeah i think maybe your right, thanks, oh and my DL is all filled up right now.

  49. I have 142 SBs…20 more then the next person, and 30-40+ ahead of the rest of the pack…..safe to say I can sell of some speed, or no lead is that safe? Thanks

  50. @ThePoonTycoon: @Tarasco’sSecretStash:

    Do you guys know anywhere to look that gives a good layout of how contracts and that stuff works? Keeper leagues? I’ve checked the cafe, and googled all kindsa stuff, but can’t really find anything that gives a good structured idea of how to run a 2-3 year contract keeper league…. I guess you just put contracts and at the end of it no matter if owners deal the guy around 6 times he has to go back in the pot? And say if some new stud pops up in a season “A LA BRAUN” then you can put him under contract for say 3 years or whatever the league is?

    I’m really liking J-Upton. He’s only gonna get better. Very Young, still kinda raw, major strides this year…. and i would take him over Arod if we did one of these keeper leagues where i could sign him for 3 years? I mean seriously arod is arod, but he’s what 33? Gotta go with the youth…. I just wonder how some of my other leaguemates would be thinking during this type of keeper draft? We had a keeper league before but it was set up where you could keep them one year, then you had to trade them for other keepers or kick them back in, MAJOR FLAW, keepers just got swapped, very dumb…. so thats why we’re looking for a new system…. and J-UP has to be money in a new one with contracts….

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole: find the area you could realistically gain points,usually a good power guy brings runs hr`s and rbi,or a stud sp + a closer could net multiple points,or if your stuck with crappy m.i guys grab a phillips ,zolbrist or hill type

  52. Lava says:
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    Is Milledge an upgrade over Gomes? I drafted him this year, and I’d love to get some value out of him.

  53. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    just traded crawford and nunez for bay and grienke,i need power rbi`s and stable sp,ill drop a couple points in steals but could(if bay returns to form)gain 3 points in hr and rbi plus if greinke goes 3.30-1.15 and a k an inning that with the help of my other underperforming sp(hammell)i could gain a totall of 6 to 8 points there,i wasnt going to go any further with what i had

  54. @Al koholic – Do you think I can afford to trade away ellsbury? or would be more inclined to trade a guy like werth or mclouth

    and which stud SPs would you target? the person in last in SBs has vazquez, verlander, beckett….broxton too

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole: id take any of those for mclouth 1st then if he wont bite id still do it for ellsbury with your sb lead and the fact your trading to a guy that wont pass you in sb`s,personally i wouldnt part with werth,grey might add something to this soon but with that sb lead i would make a move real soon to better a weak spot,see my above post,just trade crawford

  56. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Do you straight trade Johan for Verlander? I think this is the last year Johan comes off as first-round value. Verlander, on the other hand, has become elite.

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony Y: i don’t have much experience with contract keeper leagues. we just keep 5 guys each year without getting into draft pick penalties or anything or limits on how long you can keep a guy. theoretically i could keep braun his whole career since i had him his rookie year. keep it nice and simple. each draft we just run a snake draft of all non-keeper players. we do have draft pick trading which is a nice way for the bottom teams to benefit from trading away players without taking on players that won’t make a difference for them this season.

  58. good thoughts…thanks

  59. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @GhostfacePrzybilla: man i think so,johan has k`d 5 twice 4 once and either 3 or 2 in the last 10 starts,or 34 k`s in his last 64 innings,in the same 10 game span verlander has 68 innings and 75 k`s

  60. Grey

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    @and1mcgee: Ha!

    @Grimlock: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Pops: Agreed

    @PhillyYorker: I’d want Hamilton.

    @Andy: I wouldn’t.

    @black love: Don’t own two catchers.

    @steamer: Nope

    @buschfan: Gregerson, Grabow…

    @zk: http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/23/n97652205147-trade-talk-bell-padres/?padres

    @stumanji: Burnett, but fair and about needs.

    @matthole: Hehe

    @matthole: You can trade steals there.

    @Lava: I’d prefer to own Milledge, but Gomes has done absolutely fine.

    @AL KOHOLIC: That’s solid.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: I wouldn’t make a trade of one top starter for a different one.

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: ha,way to be ready for the skeptics,nice site on bell,hope he does get traded now ive got gregerson everywhere

  62. Lava says:
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    How about Milledge over McCutchen or Garret Jones? I can’t own the whole Pirates outfield. I guess he gives better value than McCutchen in that he has power along with speed, but Jones might fall off the table, so I might want to cut out early

  63. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    marlins getting serious about trading for bell,from mlb trade rumors,just posted

  64. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Looking for saves, drop Garret Jones for Gregerson?

  65. john says:
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    I think I have asked this before, but I forget and don’t feel like going back through the comment sections….

    who is gonna be better from here on out: Felipe Lopez or Yunel Escobar?

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    get more across the board from escobar,this year escobar has 30 more rbi,6 more hr and the same runs and ave,and lopez hasnt run much but he might more with brewers

  67. Lava says:
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    @Grey: Guess we’re just worried about the falling off of the table you’ve been warning us about.

  68. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    @Grey: Hah! Thinking thunder can only last so long in a bottle.

  69. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    royals trade for josh anderson,not much help i doubt,traded for cash

  70. stumanji says:
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    @Grey: I have Utley @ 2B so I’ve been playing Hill at Util. Just picked up Choo, who would take Hill’s Util spot. Also have Alexei and Inge (hate them both right now) rotting on my bench since I’ve been playing S. Drew and Montero.

    My SP are CC, C. Lee, Kershaw, Wandy, Washburn, Volquez (DL), and Webb (DL).

    With that info in mind, trade Hill for Burnett?

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    @AL KOHOLIC: thanks..i’m just making room for a stream pitcher, so it’s also probably safer to drop Lopez as I don’t think anyone is going to pick him up but they might Escobar

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Hope you didn’t start Hammel today… ouch.

  73. @GhostfacePrzybilla: ya verlander was “elite” after 2007, how elite was he in 2008? Just saying. I took the guy last year (feel my bitterness) haha, expecting 20 wins, I mean hell they signed miggy and he just won 18 the year before? 20 shoulda been cake, but no he pooped the bed….

    I think he might be a better option than Johan next year, but neither are first round talent….

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RIP Harry: About time someone shut Ortiz up with those stupid proclamations that he despises ‘roids users.

  75. Rnunnerley says:
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    Hello Grey!
    Which side you do like better in each of these trades:

    Bell/Garza
    Hart/Kazmir

    Thanks

  76. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Rudy(A.K.A BLANKS)starting to hit the ball

  77. Rnunnerley says:
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    Sorry I think I was unclear, they are two different trades

    trade A: I give Bell and Get Garza
    trade B: I give Hart and Get Kazmir

    Was thinking of doing both
    Thanks

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Rnunnerley: are those 2 different trades?if so garza for sure,bell might be a setup guy,but if he goes to florida,and hart/kaz means witch area do you need a mediocre player,probably hart

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    oh,now thier teasing me,,rumors of boston trying for adrian gonzalez,who needs viagra with this site and these rumors

  80. jamiesonmj says:
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    With steals adding no value whatsoever – Manny or Soriano ROS?

  81. Colin says:
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    Grey you don’t like Garko at 1B for the Giants? I was last on the waiver order after taking Holliday and grabbed him for the decent pop.

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    manny

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    n.l only league he could help a bit

  84. OPSy-daisy says:
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    Manny and the HCG for Berkman straight up – whaddya think?

  85. jamiesonmj says:
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    thanks Grey! I must say – I adore your day job, whatever it is!

  86. stumanji says:
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    Is Garza enough for Inge?

    Would be playing Montero at C.

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    so can we * the red sox world series titles now?

    or just stfu about it and accept that hitters, pitchers, and everyone in between on all teams did the shit?

  88. stumanji says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d say stfu.

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Should I try to get Napoli from him, too, for say a Qualls or do you think Montero will be fine for the rest of the season? I’d rather not carry two Cs.

  89. Grey

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    @stumanji: You’ll be fine at catcher.

  90. Robert says:
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    Grey- Think Agon is going to Boston before the deadline?

  91. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Robert: id love to see it,but san diego would be nuts to trade a-gonz

  92. Joe Cooper says:
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    I have Wieters, the manager with V-Mart wants to sell, and Montero & Pierzynski are free agents. What’s my move at catcher?

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Joe Cooper: with those guys on waivers,i wouldnt give up to much for v-mart,he hasnt hit in over a month,montero is the hot hand but snyder is back,a.j is steady but not to flashy and weiters is for next year(he can still put up decent catcher numbers this year possibly)

  94. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    big pappi on steroids,im thru talking about that stuff

  95. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******TAKE FOLLOWUPS FOR ME TO THE NEWEST POST*******

  96. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:
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    @ Tony Y: Here’s a link to my league’s contract system, which has worked out well (see Article IX): http://spacemanleague.com/?page_id=97

    The basics: You get 12 contract years to hand out however you so choose (meaning you can sign 6 players for 2 years apiece, 12 players for 1, etc.). You can sign a player to 2 contracts (of any length), then he must be returned to the FA pool. So there’s a strategic decision to make whether to sign a smaller nucleus longer term or bring back the majority of your players each year with a narrower window.

    We’ve also got a complex minor league keeper system too, but the basics of the contract year cap we’ve been working with have proven solid.

  97. Martin says:
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    I got aybar and furcal at SS. MY closers are capps, broxton, valverde. Should i drop aybar for nascar driver jimmy johnson?

  98. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: Go for it.

    *******TAKE FOLLOWUPS FOR ME TO THE NEWEST POST*******

  99. Colin says:
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    Why are managers so fkn dumb?

    I have both Vazquez and De La Rosa both having pitched 7 and 6 innings respectively and at the 100 pitch mark or so. Both managers throw them out there the next inning and promptly give up a homer each because they are gassed.

    I have never managed a ball game in my life. Bother homers have made the scores 3-2 and 4-2…very close games now. How is that I saw this coming a mile away and these “experienced” managers didn’t?

  100. Geez Louise Grey,
    What’s the deal with all the Giants’ hate? You know you are talking about a playoff team right now, right? I know they may not have hitters fantasy relevant, but their good enough ball players to win games, which is all, what baseball is all about. You have also predicted all year that Matt Cain was due for a fall, a serious one at that. Well, you’ve been wrong. I love this site, but it seems like it’s written by a worried Dodger fan. And you obviously have not read recent reports about Tim Alderson, he is losing his glow.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Pat Frost: This is about fantasy first and foremost, so that’s where the digs about the Giants hitters come from. And don’t like the Dodgers or Angels and rarely watch them. Cain has proven me dead wrong so far, but his numbers say he hasn’t been as good as he appears to be.

  102. MDS says:
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    do you know who scott downs is? your horrible attempts at making funnies do not make up for your lack of common sense or fantasy info. you suck

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