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I typically don’t provide any notes on the Next Five section of this feature, but there are some intriguing names popping up there this week, one in particular being Carlos Martinez. With recent injuries to Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, and John Gast, the Cardinals have already turned to Michael Wacha and Tyler Lyons to fill rotation holes, but they’ve also optioned Martinez to Triple-A where he’s being stretched out as a starter.  Coming into the season, there were plenty who graded the 21-year-old as the best arm in St. Louis farm system — better than Shelby Miller, better than Wacha.  It might be a little farsighted right now, but be sure to keep a close eye on Martinez as he gains stamina in Memphis.  He could be a hugely valuable commodity for the stretch run of the fantasy season.

1.   Wil Myers, OF, Rays (#2):  I wrote a little about Myers in my MiLB report this past Sunday.  The MLB-ready slugger is heating up at precisely the right time.  Expect arrival in Tampa no more than two weeks from now.

2.  Zack Wheeler, RHP, Mets (#5):  Reports suggest Wheeler’s next start with Triple-A Vegas will be his last before he’s summoned to the bigs.  The 23-year-old is an elite pitching prospect, and his fantasy-impact figures to be worthy of consideration in every format.  He’s a must-stash right now if you can still find him on waivers.

3.  Erasmo Ramirez, RHP, Mariners (Next 5):  After one start at Double-A, The Eraser was bumped to Triple-A.  He’s made just one start with Tacoma so far, but he looked extremely sharp through the first four innings before losing stamina in the fifth and sixth.  As soon as he’s back to full strength, there’ll be an opportunity for him in the M’s rotation.  I expect arrival before the end of the month.

4.  Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (#4):  Taveras still suffers from an ankle injury and hasn’t played since before my previous revision of these rankings, but he stays at number four because he is The Lord of Fantasy Prospects and he will strike vengeance upon those who don’t own him when he surfaces.

5.  Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (#3):  After putting up insanely awesome numbers through his first 30 Double-A games, Yelich has cooled considerably.  Through his last 10, hes batting .171 with zero homers.  Still, the odds are good for call-up this month, especially if he can snap his slump within the next week or two.

6.   Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates (#8):  From my MiLB report on Sunday:  “Cole allowed no runs and only 3 baserunners in 7 IP his last time out, whiffing 5 in the process.  He’s not far from a call-up, but he needs to show some consistency first.”  Cole is scheduled to pitch tomorrow for Indianapolis, facing Durham’s Jake Odorizzi.  Should be an interesting match-up to follow.

7.  Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds (Next 5):  Hamilton is finding more consistency at the Triple-A level, reaching base now at a far more acceptable clip.  To me, he seems like a guy on the verge of a prolonged heater, and a subsequent MLB arrival.  The Reds could really use him now, but I don’t imagine we see Hamilton in Cincinnati before the All-Star break.

8.  Tony Cingrani, RHP, Reds (#6):  Mike Leake keeps pitching wonderfully, so Cingrani takes a step back in these rankings.  It looks like he’ll need an injury to a rotation arm ahead of him in order to move back into the fantasy picture.

9.  Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (N/R):  Arcia should return to Minnesota this year.  He played well enough to stay up, but irregular playing time and some nagging shoulder soreness influenced the decision to demote the 22-year-old.  Let’s hope the injury is nothing serious, because Arcia will return to fantasy relevance as soon as an opportunity presents itself.

10.  Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Next 5):  Zunino’s power stroke has returned, but he’s still whiffing too often, and it doesn’t seem like he’s ready for the highest level just yet.  Tweaking approach can be a difficult, long-term process, but Zunino’s “gym rat”, “off-the-carts makeup” reputation could help fast-track the adjustments.  The M’s will call him up as soon as hes ready.

NEXT FIVE: Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (N/R); Kyle Gibson, RHP, Twins (Next 5); George Springer, OF, Astros (N/R); Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (#7); Sonny Gray, RHP, Athletics (N/R)

NOTEWORTHY MLB ARRIVALS:  Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (#1); Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (#9); Michael Wacha, RHP, Cardinals (#10); Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (Next 5); Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers (N/R); Chris Archer, RHP, Rays (N/R); Tyler Skaggs, LHP, D’Backs (N/R)

NOTEWORTHY MLB DEMOTIONS:  Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals; Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Rays; Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins

From Around The Web

  1. Keith says:
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    Puig or Heyward?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Heyward

  2. ozzzie19 says:
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    If Sucre has a broken hand, I’m guessing Zunino gets the call as soon as hes safe from being a Super 2 (next week or so?). Is he rosterable in 12 team mixed 1 catcher leagues? Even if you aren’t hurting for a catcher, is he a valuable asset?

    • Louis says:
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      @ozzzie19: zuni@ozzzie19:

      Zunino is not ready for the majors yet, and as a M’s fan, I really hope that they don rush him. He’s whiffing around 1/3 of his ABs, so he really needs to work on making more contact before he gets promoted

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        I concur. I do think he’ll make these adjustments with more haste than most, however…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m skeptical as to his immediate value. Probably not worth a grab unless you’re hurting at catcher…

  3. Moth says:
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    Just saw Bauer’s BB/9 (5.21) in AAA this year and almost threw up at the sight of it. What is wrong with him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hubris… he’s thinks he’s better than he is at this point in his career & his sequencing is garbage because of it. Needs to lean on his plus stuff & stay away from fringier offerings.

  4. Louis says:
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    If you were to give estimated months of arrival for Billy Hamilton, Oswaldo Arcia and Mike Zunino, what would they be?

    Thanks! Loving these biweekly rankings

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hamilton —> August
      Arcia —> July
      Zunino —> August

  5. Taz says:
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    Any update on Yelich’s injury? I know he left Monday’s game, haven’t heard anything since.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      original reports were nothing serious, but news just broke today that he’s shelved for two weeks w/ abdominal strain

      • dk says:
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        @Scott Evans: You think this will delay his call-up until July?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Yes. Could set him back further… disappointing development.

          • dk says:
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            @Scott Evans: Bummer – grabbed him over Puig and Rendon last week – can’t win them all I guess.

            What do you think the timetable is for Travis d’Arnaud? He was cleared to begin rehab this week, but I’m guessing August?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              August sounds about right. Could be sooner if he’s mashing in Vegas…

  6. David says:
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    I can roster Sale for next year (2014), or I can roster Matt Harvey for the next two years (14 & 15). In order to get Harvey I would have to also swap Pedroia for Zobrist. I’m likely not winning this year so this would be more of a move to make to build for the next couple of years. Would you do it?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I lean toward doing it…

      • David says:
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        @Scott Evans: But you don’t think it’s a no-brainer. I’m leaning towards doing it just because I have a few other guys who would still be on the same two-year plan as Harvey.

        • Scott Evans

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          I think you’re safe… close to a slam dunk for me.

          • David says:
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            @Scott Evans: Follow up question….I can stash 3 guys for no cost next year (or any other year as long as I keep them on my minor league roster). Here is who I need to choose 3 from. I’m leaning the top 3.

            Jo-Fer
            Buxton
            Bundy
            Gausman
            Hultzen

            I can still keep 1 or 2 of the others but they would count against my MLB team.

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Jo-Fer, Buxton, Gausman

              • David says:
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                @Scott Evans: Really, you think Gausman will have more value the next few years than Bundy? I forgot to include Archie Bradley on that list. He is also a possibility for me. Thanks

                • Scott Evans

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                  Bundy’s elbow frightens me. Bradley over Gausman, though.

                  • Nate says:
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                    @Scott Evans: Buxton up next year?

  7. Mariner Mike says:
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    Lost Astrubal to DL on waiver wire are Gregorious,Simmons,Escobar,Crawford,andCozart. Who would you recommend as a replacement? Thank you for the help!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Simmons

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Scott Evans: Could you,if time permits, give me a reason you prefer Simmons over the rest. Once again thanks for the time!!

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          He’s heating up & best bet to turn in solid across the board numbers IMO

  8. Le Fox Trott says:
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    Would it be worth dropping Wacha for Wheeler? Or are we dealing with the same kind of prospect here and ideally want both?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wheeler over Wacha, but I’d try to cut a bench bat first.

  9. stumanji says:
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    Love these rankings. Thanks for posting.

    Not really related, but best back-end SP pickup: Locke, Leake, Colon, Miley, Phelps, Stults, Tillman, or other guy with low ownership %? Top of my rotation looks good with Felix, Bumgarner, and Minor, but after that I’ve been running out Cashner, Morrow mercifully went on the DL, I jettisoned Niese for a crappy closer, and just streamed Straily for his last 2 QS but not sure he’s a long-term option.

    • Scott Evans

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      Locke

  10. c0wfunk says:
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    thanks for the write up! if Wandy ends up out for some time, do you expect Cole up next?

    • Scott Evans

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      Very well could be, but Charlie Morton probably gets first crack…

  11. JDW says:
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    With all the people riffing on Yasiel Puig team names and name puns the best I’ve heard so far is Man Bear Puig. Oh, and D. Brown went yard again!

    • Scott Evans

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      Ha! Best I’ve heard as well… Damn, Dom Brown is like Hansel —> so hot right now

  12. shibboleth says:
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    I dropped Profar before the promo due to roster concerns, but I nabbed Rendon off waivers so I don’t feel too badly.

    I guess my question is… Rendon is going to be the full time 2B with a chance to hold the job after Espnosa gets healthy, right?

    Loving these prospect posts, thanks!

    • Scott Evans

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      I think Rendon has a great shot to stay up for rest of season.

  13. danny says:
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    Cueto to the DL!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sound the Cingrani alarm!

    • Swat290 says:
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      @danny:
      Cingrani inc?

  14. KB says:
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    Sitting on Myers/Taveras. Really testing my patience since it seems as though so many other top prospects – Fernandez, Puig, Profar, etc. – are now in the bigs. Taveras has me more concerned due to the Cardinals dominance right now, the overall solid play from their OF right now, the ability to plug in Craig in LF or RF should the need arise and the aforementioned ankle injury. Wondering if we will even see Taveras at all this year and if not, is he someone worth taking a gamble on in a league that only allows 5 Keepers … but you can keep them for forever?

    • Scott Evans

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      in light of the recent setback w/ Taveras, I think he’s droppable in situations where he’s locking up your flexibility. If you’re got room to spare, hang on to him. Still think he arrives this year…

  15. Adam says:
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    Trade away J. Gray (Okla) and J. Chacin for Yordano Ventura and Byron Buxton? Deep deep dynasty league and i’m rebuilding. Pitching comes at a premium

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I expect Ventura to end up as a late innings guy, but I’d still do it to get Buxton.

      • Nate says:
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        @Scott Evans: Ventura a late innings guy this year only?

  16. Always look forward to Wednesday’s Prospect Power Rankings Piece. Great stuff, as always.

    A few ?’s for you:

    14 team – mixed – redraft…6×6 (ops/holds) – 30 man rosters, short 4 man benches (so stashes need to be smart).

    1. I’m still stashing Josh Rutledge. You see a scenario whereby he gets called back up to the Rockies in the near future? I think he’s batting .305 in 46 AAA AB’s. As I’m sure you will agree, LeMahieu sucks, granted Rutledge’s defense left a lot to be desired – but still, seems a shame to waste away that bat in AAA, although in “real” baseball he could probably use the additional minor league seasoning…

    2. Rumor mill on Nick Castellanos promotion seems to be picking up. I posted this in Grey’s am article, but here is the link again — http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130605/SPORTS0104/306050028/-1/rss33

    What are your thoughts on a potential Castellanos call-up and impact ? I know he doesn’t run at all, but has decent pop in his bat. I was thinking this might be a prudent move by Tigers given the struggles offensively of some of the regulars: Dirks, VMart, Avila (demoted), etc.

    Currently with Toledo – 39/9/31 .286 AVG / .837 OPS

    Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

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      1) Rutledge will be back up, but the main concern from Rockies perspective is defense, and therefore, it’s tough to gauge a return date for him… in a really deep league like yours, not crazy to hold on for a little while longer.

      2) Castellanos is a high-impact prospect & would be worth adding in just about every format upon arrival simply for the sake of his upside. We all know that rookies are volatile — few are awesome, most tend to struggle. Still, I like buying the lotto ticket provided I have room to do so.

        • @EL BURRO:

          One more question — all things being equal (position not playing a factor), who would you rather roster:

          Aaron Hicks or Nick Castellanos

          I’ve been watching Hicks pick it up lately and i trend towards the “toolsy” hitters, whenever possible. Thoughts?

          • Scott Evans

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            Hicks this year, but certainly Castellanos for long-term.

  17. Duke says:
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    Can someone talk me off the ledge for staring at Puig on FA to stick with Hamilton? Dodger fans and ESPN are telling me I whiffed on the next Babe Ruth. Wil Myers an upgrade over Reynolds in Utility in an .OBP league?

    • Scott Evans

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      Puig as Babe Ruth? Ha! Stick with Hamilton. Myers worth a look for upside’s sake…

  18. Bringdaruckus says:
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    Rank ROS Puig, Profar, Rendon, BJ Upton, W. Myers? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers, Upton, Profar, Rendon, Puig — Puig might outperform Rendon & Profar, but considering position eligibility, I’ll take the MI guys…

  19. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Would you value the Eraser as equal to Jose Fernandez? Better? Worse?

    He’s available in my league and I could make use another SP to make up some innings. Not sure if I should stash him now. It’s a 12-team league so plenty of average pitchers on the wire that I could stream. But I get more excited about young prospects. Of legal age, I might add.

    • Scott Evans

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      I like Jo-Fer way better for long term, but Erasmo might be the more valuable piece down the stretch this season… still, I wouldn’t drop Jo-Fer for Erasmo just yet.

      And if you’re looking for legal age prospects, stay away from Adalberto “Raul” Mondesi… he’s tearing up A-ball at age 17. Hands off!

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Oh I have my eye on Mondesi! Got his birthday circled on my calendar too…that’s not creepy.

        Speaking of Mondesi: Does he project as a MLB SS or will he make the move to 3rd or OF like many other young SS prospects that are projected to add more to their frame (ie, Justin Upton, Machado, Javier Baez)

        Thanks for your take on Erasmo vs. Jo-Fer. I wasn’t planning on dropping Jo-Fer, just curious how they compare.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Mondesi is a SS all the way through… glorious, mouthwatering prospect. Profar-ish.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Scott Evans: Me likey! :) So Carlos Correa territory? Less power, more speed?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              similar profile to Correa.

    • @Shake N Bacon:

      I’m not Scott, but I own both SP as well. With JoFer likely getting shut-down for the last month or so of the season, its a good idea to hedge with someone like Erasmo, who will likely not be on an innings limit. In terms of potential and upside, < JoFer.

      I'm in a 14 team, 30 man roster league – so it may be a little different, but I remain bullish on Erasmo's contributions for 2013. I think he can be a solid SP4 with SP3 upside.

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        @EL BURRO: Thanks for the reply man. I appreciate it. I could see Erasmo being a little more valuable in a 14 team league. Big rosters too. Wow!

        Good point on using Erasmo later on in the season once JoFer gets shut down. Probably smart for Shelby Miller owners too. I don’t know what his innings limit is or how many innings he threw last year but I bet he gets similar treatment.

        • @Shake N Bacon:

          Funny – I also own Shelby… However, given he was pretty stretched out in the minors last year (I think he threw like 150 ip), my inclination is that Shelby will likely pitch 175-180+ innings this year… My guess is that Cards will be careful towards the latter part of August as they near the playoffs. Maybe throw him 5-6 innings at a time or skip him here and there. Just my guess.

          Cards will definitely need Shelby in the playoffs if they hope to advance deep.

          Like Scott shrewdly mentioned above, keep close tabs on the other young Cardinal — Carlos Martinez and his AAA progress. He’s a big time arm that is getting stretch out and would be an instant fantasy mixed league worthy add when called back up.

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            @EL BURRO: Yeah I kinda thought Shelby was more stretched out.

            The Cardinals depth of pitching prospects is ridiculous.

  20. Bob says:
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    Puig or Butler rest of season for 5×5 roto?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Butler

  21. The Flayed Man says:
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    12 team dynasty.

    I offered McCutchen/Choo/Sandoval for his Votto/Cespedes/Harvey.

    He countered with my McCutchen/Profar/Machado for his Votto/Cespedes/Harvey.

    Should I take that? I am reluctant to part with Machado. Could try replacing Machado with Sandoval.

    I have Segura, Altuve, Gyorko, Sandoval. My OF is J. Upton, BJ Upton, Choo, Heyward and McCutchen. Alonso and Davis are my 1B.

    • Scott Evans

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      Hold.

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        Thank you

  22. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Who would you rather have for $1 in a keeper league with QS instead of W for 2013 and beyond?

    Beachy or Wheeler

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wheeler

  23. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    eh, wandy’s hurt now too, so with geenmar gomez this makes 2 holes in Pit’s rotation. Morton’s got the one spot, does this speed up Cole’s arrival?

    • Scott Evans

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      Opportunity is there for him… back-to-back good starts for him now at AAA… Bucs probably wanna see one more good start, before they’re comfortable calling him up…

  24. LBPtofessors says:
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    Scott. Would you start machado or david freese today? I cant decide!!

    • Scott Evans

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      Machado

  25. Baern says:
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    Surprised you guys are behind on Castellanos, this list is usually on point.

    After a horrendous April, Castellanos 2013 stats: .286 9 HRs 31 RBIs .358 OBP(Last 10 games: .426 4 HRs 8 RBIs .533 OBP)

    But the most impressive stat is his 19 BBs/24 Ks over May/June(130 ABs)

    • Scott Evans

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      I had Castellanos on the list a few weeks ago, but he slumped & feel from my list of stashable dudes… I’d have included him again, and there’s plenty of speculation that he may step into the lineup at some point soon, but I’m a believer in Asivail Garcia & I think he could feel the void for a while. I do expect to see Castellanos later this summer, however.

  26. EricB says:
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    Drop Desmond Jennings for either Anthony Rendon or Zack Wheeler?

    • Scott Evans

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      If he’s on your bench & you need pitching help, you could consider swapping for Wheeler, but probably not for Rendon.

  27. Matt P says:
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    I’m in my first dynasty league, ridiculously fun but we have a 6 player minor league system, I’ve got like 3 guys that I can play around with, would you drop any of:
    Phegley (CHW Catcher), Cecchicni (BOS 3B), Montgomery (NYY RP) for?

    Hunter Morris (MIL 1B), Franco (PHI 3B), Quinn (PHI SS), or these pitchers Webster (BOS), Erlin (SD), Taylor Jordan (WAS), May (MIN), there’s other pitchers out there but don’t wanna list em all…

    Heath Hembree: Future SF closer? And last question, thank you for answering any part of this, Syndergaard, future 2-3 starter or even better?

    • Scott Evans

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      Phegley for Morris.

    • Scott Evans

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      Not 100% convinced Hembree will make for dominant closer, but he’ll be a valuable late-innings guy. Syndegaard has upside of #2, but is a safe #3

  28. Scott, any chance any of these arms still pitching into mid to late September. Seems like some minor league SP call ups finish out the year in the bigs and some are shutdown early. What’s your take on these arms, specifically Cole and Wheeler?

    • Scott Evans

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      Figure both Cole & Wheeler will be shut down after they reach 170-180 IP on the year as a whole… each as accrued 60 or so in the minors so far…

  29. madden_curser says:
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    So, Cingrani , Wacha, or Wheeler. Please rank. Have Wacha, but Cingrani was great before, and Wheeler sounds great. I do have Harvey, and the bats on that team don’t impress. My last in line SP right now is Wacha & CJ Wilson. Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

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      Wheeler, Wacha, Cingrani … really a coin flip between Wacha & Cingrani

  30. ferris says:
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    marmol, dunn, storen/clippard, bastardo, kintzler, walden, lyon, broxton, affeldt — for save opps only, like any better than cishek (if so, what order?)

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d probably try to trade fore saves before I’d start chasing intermittent opps.

  31. Club Sauce says:
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    Do we have any ETA guesses for Buxton? If I’m currently holding Taveras in a league where guys can be kept forever and know I could get Buxton no problem next year. Knowing that, is there any reason to keep holding onto Taveras for the rest of the year and/or keeping him next year?

    • Scott Evans

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      You can keep Taveras forever? Do not drop him.

      • Club Sauce says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yes.

        Okay, thanks.

  32. los locos says:
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    I don’t know much about Erasmo Ramirez, is he defiantly going to make an impact on seattle this year, thoughts of when he could be brought up? who is compared too? just trying to get more information about him.

    • David says:
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      @los locos: Add me to the list of those wondering about Erasmo.

    • Scott Evans

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      3.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 48/12 KBB in 16 big league games (8 starts) last season. Was pitching most impressively as a SP in the final two months of the year… came up huge for many fantasy teams down the stretch. Started the season in MiLB w/ injury. Working his way back to full strength.

    • @los locos:

      For whatever its worth – I think of Erasmo as another version of Kris Medlen. Same frame, same make-up. RP turned SP.

      Erasmo is 5’11 – RHP, 205 lbs. 22 years old.

      Doesn’t have over-powering stuff, but great pin-point like command and 3 good pitches:

      FB: 92-94 mph; above average (can hit 95 mph)
      SL: 84 mph; above average
      CH: 77 mph; plus pitch – best pitch

      Everything sets up his Change Up, which is his out pitch. Here’s what I would expect:

      With 120 ip, I think — 7-8 wins / 3.5 era/ 1.18 whip / 90- 100 ks

  33. Zac says:
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    Which side do you like better… In a 20 team all keeper league with a minor league roster.
    I send – CC, Infante, and Schierholtz

    I recieve- Ozuna, Owings, Christian Villanueva
    *Note I am really hurting in RF, SS and 3rd base that’s why I am really considering this trade. Am I foolish?

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d only consider it if you’re completely out of contention this season…

      • Zac says:
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        @Scott Evans: Well how good do you expect owings and vill to be?

        • Scott Evans

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          Eh, on second thought hold CC… Owings & Villanueva are solid, but not high-impact.

  34. David says:
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    Probably a dumb question but who would you rather have rest of the season….Erasmo or Tyler Lyons?

    • Scott Evans

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      Erasmo. Lyons likely back to AAA when Westbrook returns.

  35. Scott – conservatively, how long do you envision Carlos Martinez “stretch out” timeframe to be? Is there any sort of standard for this? I remember when Medlen was sent down last year to “stretch out” it was for about 1 week or so in mid-late July, then he came back up and went coo-coo for cocoa cocoa puffs in August/Sept. Medlen also wasn’t a young rookie, and had major league experience, so there’s that. Just curious on your thoughts with Carlos ??

    • Scott Evans

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      I recently told a buddy that I thought Martinez could be the 2013 version of Medlen. This sort of timetable is hard to predict. Late July would be my best guess… could be early August.

      • @Scott Evans:

        Thanks; that’s funny — cause I just described Erasmo Ramirez as the 2013 version of Kris Medlen above…

        So – definitely not soon on Carlos, gotcha. Thanks

  36. Tim says:
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    Have a bunch of pitching and Headley doing nothing at 3B. Got a guy trying to trade Shelby for Manny Machado. I’m thinking Shelby’s a little too much. I could try subbing Ryu. Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Keep in mind Shelby’s workload cap… he’s not a bad guy to sell high & Machado is good value.

  37. Jeter's Gift Basket says:
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    Drop Skaggs for Cingrani if he does wind up getting called back up? I need cheap K’s.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Cingrani is a better bet than Skaggs if you’re chasing K’s

  38. Yariel Rivera says:
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    I’m looking to make moves for next year but not sure how to value my expensive big name players. For example would my Pujols- 41 for Rizzo- 17 and Myers- 5 be a good offer?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Intriguing offer, but I’m not ready to say yes to that one just yet.

  39. nightpandas says:
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    Looking to next year as this year is not going well. Here is my team, keep 9, 15 teams

    1B Konerko
    2B Dietrich (Kinsler on DL)
    3B Aramis
    SS Segura
    LF Braun
    CF Fowler
    RF Choo
    Util Rollins
    BN Rendon, C Johnson

    SP Scherzer, Dickey, Medlen, Bailey, Milone, Straily, Wacha, Archer (Luebke on DL)
    RP Rivera, Perkins

    Wondering if I should grab any of the following now: Billy Hamilton, Erasmo, Hultzen, Singleton, Castellanos, Martinez

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: Martin is my catcher, could grab Zunino as well

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Singleton probably won’t help you this year, but he might be the best guy if you’re looking for a keeper… Carlos Martinez or Billy Hamilton next

  40. Parker says:
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    you think I should ditch Lorenzo cain and stash Myers til he gets the call?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers brings better upside, so if Cain is just wasting space on your bench, go for it.

  41. MPC says:
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    Stanton or Adrian Gonzo ROS?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Stanton

  42. Zac says:
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    Which side is better. 20 teams. Keep everyone, no limits.
    A- Kemp, Hanson
    B- Julio Teheran, Infante, and Chatwood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp

      • Zac says:
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        @Grey: You think he’ll come back to earth haha?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes, Kemp

  43. Moose says:
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    i have Lawrie stashed on the bench in a 12 team keeper, should i drop lawrie and stash a prospect on my bench? Myers and Hamilton are both available. i also have Wacha and Wheeler is available. should i stick with wacha or drop somone other then wacha such as a dan haren or Leake?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Swap your worst bench bat for Myers. Wheeler over Leake, too…

  44. Pooky says:
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    Long time reader, first time commenter. In light of the recent MLB announcement regarding Bosch, I am trying to capitalize on a panicking Braun owner. He offered me Braun and Strasburg for Profar and Harvey…..should I pull the trigger? I think I should but need some reassurance!

    I can keep 5 players for up to 3 years in exchange for the draft pick in which they were originally drafted. Profar (rd 24) and Harvey (rd 16) are obviously great keeper values but I think Braun and Strasburg would help my chances of winning this year and I have other good potential keepers with lots of prospects still available. For what it’s worth I am currently in 1st place and looks like I’ll contend for a title this year.

    My league is not very savvy on prospects, so they are all available except for Profar, Myers, Hamilton, Puig, Rendon, Wheeler and Cingrani so I could always pick up one or two later.

    10-team mixed HTH league with 12 pitching starts per week:

    C Napoli
    1B Goldy (7th)
    2B Kinsler
    3B Wright
    SS Hanley (8th)
    OF Trout
    OF Bautista
    OF Holliday
    DH Beltre
    UT Headley (14th)
    B Profar (24th)
    B B. Hamilton (20th)

    SP Lee
    SP Zimmermann
    SP Harvey (16th)
    SP Kuroda
    SP Burnett
    SP J. Johnson
    SP Parker
    SP Ogando
    SP Teheran (26th)
    SP Skaggs (27th)
    SP Beachy (21st)
    SP Niese

    Is losing Profar and Harvey for my 16th & 24th round picks for the next 3 years worth Braun and Strasburg for just the rest of this season all things considered? Thanks for your expertise!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I wouldn’t do this deal until we get more clarity on the duration of Braun’s appeal process…

      • Pooky says:
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        @Scott Evans: So the guy just said if Braun is suspended before our trade deadline (Aug. 2) then we can reverse the trade, but he still gets to keep either Profar or Harvey, my choice. Definitely a bit more tempting since some of the risk is minimized and I could get one of ‘em back if the fit hits the shan in the next two months. Now should I pull the trigger? Thanks for the help, Scott!

  45. TheNewGuy says:
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    Chris Owings…much to see here?

    Wondering if I should take him over Fried for my final farm spot.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Decent upside as a future 2B… Fried is a nicer long-term piece, IMO

  46. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Would you drop Straily to get Erasmo upon his callup?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not if Straily keep pitching well…

  47. Mike says:
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    Would u drop alcides Escobar to pick up Jimmy Rollins?
    Not sure if much of an upgrade
    Thanks!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes I would.

  48. CL says:
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    I have G. Cole & A. Colome taking up bench in my dynasty league (keep everyone year to year). Right now, would you dump Colome for Erasmo? Or dump Liriano after his 6/7 start @ Cubs?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Colome for Erasmo would be an acceptable move.

      • CL says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Let me follow up… maybe Maholm is droppable?

        My staff:
        Shields
        Iwakuma
        Cobb
        Locke
        Maholm
        Liriano

        I could possibly go down to 5 starters to pick up Erasmo… although I may be not keeping pace on innings pitched sitting on 3 youngsters. Any more thoughts? It’s 10 team dynasty and we count holds too… middle relievers are king, and I really only have closers and generally punt holds.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Maholm is droppable, but I’d cut Colome first.

  49. Mike says:
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    Starlin Castro has been awful..stick with him or drop for Lowrie??
    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold Castro.

  50. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy I know your a big gambler with new prospects so I hope you have some heart in the trade i’m about to do.. First thing, in a 10 team h2h points league the batters I have are
    wieters
    fielder
    altuve
    castro ( Reyes on DL)
    Zimmerman
    mccutchen
    Justin upton
    matt holliday
    Crawford
    Donaldson
    Ozuna
    I’m giving this guy MCcutchen for Puig!!! I’m doing it cause I’m sick of waiting for Cutch to come around, I need power in my lineup and I feel like he’s the next Albert Puhols .. Am I completely crazy?????

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’ve been out of town, so sorry for the late response, but I sincerely hope you didn’t do this.

  51. JT says:
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    Will Xander Bogaerts have an impact this year? He’s been on a tear.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not til 2014

  52. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hi,

    H2H keepers league.

    Gyorko or Profar?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: this season, Gyorko — stable playing time. Long run, Profar.

  53. Frank White says:
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    I didn’t end up doing the trade.. But anyway would you drop Crawford? I already have Ozuna who I picked up and I would drop him for Profar or someone like that so I atleast have a bench spot. If I keep him then I won’t have any room to streampitchers all week and that’s what’s been keeping me over the edge of winning the past 5 weeks in a row??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Phew… Hold Crawford.

  54. Scott says:
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    In a 10 team keeper league where I’m looking to rebuild would you do verlander (I can’t keep him) and Lester (8th round) for Tavares (20th round), profar (19th) and Trumbo (mid 20s)?

    • Louis says:
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      @Scott:

      Yes do it. Taveras and Profar are the top 2 specs…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, that’s a great rebuild swap

  55. Oz says:
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    I hear Carlos Martinez is being stretched out in AAA to start for STL. Any chance he starts this year? He has such nasty stuff, it was a shame they used him in long relief. Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I see you didn’t bother reading the first paragraph of the very post you’re commenting on …

  56. Zac says:
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    Hey Scott kind of random but what are your thought on some of these prospects? Who are the better of the group? and will any see any MLB time this year? Here are the names.
    Joey Terdoslavich, Teodoro Martinez, Edward Salcedo, Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Polanco, Renato Nunez…..

    Thanks Scott!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hey, was out of town, so just seeing this now, but I think you re-posted on my Sunday thread… I left an answer there for ya.

  57. TheFarm says:
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    Estimate callup dates for Gibson, Taillon? And would you take Erasmo over Taillon? Im looking for immediate impact/keeper potential for the next 2 years.

    • TheFarm says:
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      @TheFarm: Notify Box

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gibson later this summer, Taillon next summer. Erasmo over Taillon for 2013.

  58. nightpandas says:
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    15 team keep 9, any potential keepers out of Taillon, B Hamilton, Singleton?

    Current group to choose from is: Braun, Segura, Scherzer, Kinsler, Fowler, Wacha, Medlen, Dickey, Rendon, Aramis, Choo, H Bailey

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d definitely try to keep Singleton… also consider Tiallon & Hamilton, but they’re a little riskier.

  59. trick dad says:
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    what do you think is the ETA on Bundy in the majors now that he’s throwing again?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Could make a late-season cameo, but I doubt we see him ’til 2014.

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