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I start the podcast by letting Ralph’s real first name slip on air by accident in a conversation about me fearing that I would let Ralph’s real first name slip on air by accident (I don’t think he heard me, though, shhhh). We then discuss the blockbuster Eloy Jimenez trade, along with how much the news of Jay Groome’s father’s arrest should impact his fantasy value, if at all. We talk fake call-ups (Yoan Moncada), real call-ups (Zack Granite), and prospective call-ups (Amed Rosario, Rhys Hoskins, Brent Honeywell, Dominic Smith, Scott Kingery, and many more). Finally, I look forward to Rappin’ Ralph and Nick the Smooth Dick being featured on an upcoming RotoRhymes track, but in the meantime, make sure to head over to RotoWear.com and enter promo code “SAGNOF” to get 15% off the highest quality t-shirts in the fantasy game right now. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast:

(Link to the podcast on Blog Talk Radio)

   
  1. ClemsonCrushers says:
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    Another great podcast. I am in a 14 team 9 keeper league and took over a bad team and I am out of it. Would you drop Baez and pick up Albies? Also, Do you feel Acuna is in the starting line up next April?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @ClemsonCrushers: Thanks man. I think I still value Baez more, but it is close. I wouldn’t be ready to throw in the towel on that power/speed combo yet. And I don’t think Acuna will be starting by next April, but Atlanta has been insanely aggressive, so who knows. Acuna has the upside to be a hold in your league for a bad team regardless of his exact call up date though.

  2. David says:
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    Good podcast, thanks for the info.

    In dynasty, who do you like, K. Tucker or Puig? Thanks

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @David: it’s a fair trade straight up but ill take puig as an already proven mlb bat. And thanks, David!

  3. Tommy says:
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    Halp,

    In a dynasty I was offered Hamilton and Knebel for Senzel Taillon and Cease. I’m currently last in saves and steals so this wouldn’t help me much or at all for this year but obviously would help next year and beyond. My hold up is moving Senzel. My current 3B is Bregman. If he wasn’t struggling so much this year it would make my decision easier. Thoughts?

    Thank you

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Tommy: im not a billy hamilton guy, so im probably not making that trade. Plus, i like taillon a lot too.

      • Tommy says:
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        Thanks Halp. Since the deal wouldn’t help me this year I was thinking wait for the off season to explore similar deals if I’m still hurting in those categories. Appreciate the help.

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @Tommy: I think that makes sense. And sure, fire away whenever

  4. M says:
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    You think Kingery gets the starting 2B gig in 2018 if he doesn’t get called up at the end of this year?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @M: I don’t think it will get handed to him, but there is no reason for 2B not to be an open competition in Spring Training. So if he is as good as I think he is, I think he will be the best guy for the job.

  5. Bac says:
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    I might be mistaken but I think you only commented on Hoskins and not kingery. Do you think kingery gets called up this year with the Rule 5 roster considerations?

    (Sorry if I got something wrong on the podcast)

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Bac: You could be right, I might have mentioned his name but didn’t really get into him too much. Yea, they would have to sacrifice a 40 man spot when it doesn’t really make sense for them to do that. It’s hard to predict, but I wouldn’t be stashing Kingery quite yet. If Cesar Hernandez comes back and isn’t hitting at all, then I might go for it.

  6. Jason says:
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    Hey Guys,

    I am in a 20 team dynasty 6×6 h2h (holds and ops). Our milb rosters are 25/team. I am contending and have been offered:
    Trout and Gattis for Machado and Forsythe.

    What do you think of the deal? Next, I would not have a SS until Trea Turner comes back so I would have to make a trade for a rental.

    I could get Jose Reyes for a later round draft pick or move kiermaier for Cozart.

    Should I make the move even though I would be weak in SS and if so, who should I pursue for replacement?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Jason: Yes, definitely make that move and then figure everything out later. If you aren’t contending, you don’t even need a SS. If you are, then yes, Kiermaier for Cozart is an ok trade, even if you probably giving up a bit more value.

  7. Dave says:
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    These podcasts are great, with two of the best in the business when it comes to prospects.

    I have a question for you. 11 team keeper, I have a lot of prospects. I went from 11th last season to 8th this year and will likely remain in 8th. Here’s my team:

    C – Sanchez, Murphy
    1B – Alonso
    2B – Baez
    SS – Owings
    3B – Bregman
    MI – DeJong
    LF – Mazara
    RF – Judge
    CF – Benintendi
    OF – Kepler
    OF – Tapia
    Util – empty

    Prospects: Moncada, Rosario, Fisher, Hoskins, McMahon, Devers, Rodgers, Acuna

    SP – Kluber, Archer, deGrom, Stroman
    RP – Minor, Chapman, Allen, Bedrosian, Edwards, Reed

    My starting pitchers take up $137, all of my prospects are $1 for 3 years, minus Moncada for $6, and most of my position players are $1 each.

    I can see myself dropping 8-10 players for the draft, with possibilities being Murphy, Alonso, Baez, Kepler, DeJong and my RP minus Edwards.

    Last year I full out tanked to collect some of the youth I’m starting and some of the prospects I have now. By having so many prospects, am I running myself in circles, waiting and waiting? Or have I done okay in accumulating and will the future be okay? My plan is for Devers 3B, Rosario SS, Moncada 2B, Hoskins 1B, McMahon Util and leaving OF the way it is, with minor exceptions.

    Also, in the draft, the following players will be up for auction: Trout, Scherzer, Rizzo, Correa, Posey. I plan on getting at least 2 of those, regardless of price. Also, Stanton and Altuve COULD be there too.

    What would you suggest my plan be? Should I trade away more SP to clear up cap space for the draft? Last draft, I was aggressive and got those first 3 pitchers that I wanted, no matter the cost. Or should I wait and see when these prospects come up?

    Any help would be great.

    • Dave says:
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      @Dave:

      Sorry for the long post.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Dave: Thanks, Dave! Really appreciate that. I think you are in great shape and clearly killed that rebuild. I also think your draft plan is on target. You are ready to compete and you should be aggressive to get the best players in the pool. Whether you should throw back the pitchers depends entirely on their individual price, although it looks like by who you listed you are expecting free agency to be more hitter heavy than pitcher heavy, so it might make sense to stick. I’m thinking my plan would be to hold those pitchers, and go hitter heavy in free agency to beef up your lineup. Then look for good deals in the pitching market later to even out your top 3 high priced guys.

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @Halp: You also have enough good prospects to buy a good pitcher during next season if you are in the race.

        • Dave says:
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          @Halp:

          And that’s always the plan. Flip prospects for proven studs.

          • Halp

            Halp says:
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            @Dave: Yup, you hold some but you gotta move them too.

      • Dave says:
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        @Halp:

        Thanks for taking the time to respond like that. I appreciate it. The pitchers are between $39-$47 each with Stroman at $16. Perhaps over market value, but they get me my points. I may decide to trade deGrom out of anyone, although Archer frustrates me too. We lose points for hits allowed, walks and hr allowed, and he’s killed me the most. There’s a $1Manaea out there on a team and I may work out a deal.

        It’s good to know I’m not running around in circles. It feels like I again loaded up on prospects, but the difference is that most of the guys should debut this season.

        Are you Twitter? I’m not sure if I’m following you yet, but I will if I’m not.

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @Dave: Definitely not running around in circles, and those pitchers are likely to go for similar value next year too, so if those are the guys you liked last year, might as well hang on. Trading of course works too and a $1 Manaea is perfect.

          And yea, my twitter is @MichaelCHalpern – https://twitter.com/MichaelCHalpern

  8. Oddball Herrera says:
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    Thinking about Willie Calhoun for the second half and into next year.

    He really seems like he has to get traded to get playing time – but what are his obvious landing spots, the Tigers? Maybe the Marlins? Orioles are probably asking for other players since they have eleventy billion DH types already. Either way he ends up blocked at 2B on all those teams.

    Man, I wish this guy could have 2B eligiblity next year but barring a Dodgers injury I don’t know how it happens.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Oddball Herrera: Yup, a bet on Willie is a bet on the bat and that playing time will work itself out some way or another. Trade to the Tigers would be perfect, so him and Christin Stewart can switch off being awful in the corner outfield and DH’ng, ha

      • Oddball Herrera says:
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        @Halp:

        Maybe the As? If ever a team was willing to live with defensive shortcomings it’s them

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @Oddball Herrera: Good call. They love those underrated oddball types.

  9. Alan says:
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    Great podcast!! Love the Sixto chatter especially.
    Thanks guys

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Alan: Thanks, Alan!

  10. mikeMaher

    mikeMaher says:
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    Great job as always, fellas.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @mikeMaher: Appreciated as always, Mike!

  11. luvdarooks says:
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    WHO Would be better to trade for in a dynasty League ?
    Calhoun(LAD) Renfroe and I Happ (chi)
    or
    Acuna H Greene J Gray

    I want to win in ’18 so the first I think would be obvious
    HOWEVER
    for the year ’19 would the first choice still be the one to get or the second three?

    • luvdarooks says:
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      PS:
      This is NL ONLY SO IF THEY GET TRADED IN THE OFF SEASON THEY HAVE TO BE CUT

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @luvdarooks: Like you said, if you want to win next year, the first one is obvious, but taking everything into account, I’m still going for the 2nd deal. Acuna, Greene, and Gray aren’t going anywhere. Calhoun is a major risk of being traded to the AL, and Acuna has a real chance to be a game changing stud pretty soon.

  12. Adam says:
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    Good listen.

    When do you see R. Acuna being called up?

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam: Nevermind I just heard that part.
      Thanks!

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @Adam: haha … cool. And thanks!

  13. tjvera says:
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    Halp & Ralph want to ask both of you in what type of Dynasty leagues you guys play? Stats wise and how deep are they? Looking to start up a dynasty league, how many minors are on your roster, aaaand lastly in which site do you run it? Thanks in advance!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @tjvera: CBS and Fantrax are your two best options for Dynasty Leagues. I like CBS the best, but Fantrax is really good too. Either would work, and our boy Ralph does a show for Fantrax, so why not go with them. Everything else is really personal preference. I’m in a 12 team, 5×5 league with 10 minors spots and a 4 rd off-season prospect draft every year that I love. I’m also in a 30 teamer with very complicated rules that has an off season 5 rd prospect draft and a mid season prospect auction. I’m also in a 20 team, keep 28 keeper that plays like a Dynasty. That is a league where you can pick up prospects whenever you want. Actually, it is “open universe,” so you can literally pick up anyone you want. I can pick up Ralph; if I wanted. It allows you to get high juniors, overseas players etc … There are so many different variations, it is hard to say what is best.

  14. Slappy Jack says:
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    Good shizz
    Thx!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Slappy Jack: Thanks, Slappy Jack!

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