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Mark Reynolds was traded to the Orioles for two bullpen arms.  This hurts simply because I like to watch the Diamondbacks and don’t particularly enjoy watching the O’s.  Sorry, Jim Palmer can’t hold a candle to Mark Grace.  Reynolds and I had a bit of a love/hate thing the last two years.  Loved him prior to 2009, told everyone to avoid him prior to 2010.  So if I were a straight Saberhagenmetrician, I’d say we’re check raising to the bettor again for 2011, but I’m worried about how many bales of brays I want to heap on Mini Donkey (say that fast 117 times!).  Will he reach the highs of 2009 again or will he blunder his way to another 2010?  Like Monie and Malcolm, 2011 will probably be somewhere in the middle.  He’s not a sub-.200 hitter even whirling his bat at everything.  He was unlucky last year.  He’s not really a .260 hitter either, as he was in 2009.  He’s somewhere in the .230-.240 range.  His HR/FB last year wasn’t that far off his career average.  He’s a 35-homer guy, give or take some luck.  In some crazy small sample sizes like you’d find at a midget second hand store, he hasn’t been good in AL East ballparks, but I wouldn’t worry too much about that.  In a large sample size, he wasn’t good in Petco or Dodger Stadium either.  He’ll lose Coors and gain a slightly worse offense.  Though I think the O’s can be slightly better with a Wieters, Sparkakis and Jones bounce back.  At least 2 out of the 3 wouldn’t be bad, Meatloaf.  The AL East is a tough division, but it’s not like the pitchers in the NL West are a walk in the park.  All in all, it feels like a push on value with the league change, but a slight bounce back from 2010 should be expected.  Anyway, here’s some more moves and what they mean for fantasy baseball:

J.J. Putz – Signed with the Diamondbacks.  What, Juan Gutierrez wasn’t good enough?  Geez, homers allowed for pitchers is so underrated, huh?  Putz should become the closer in the desert.  David Hernandez and Kam “I Need TP For My” Mickolio should work setup.  No reason why Putz won’t be a reliable closer and donkeycorn for fantasy.

Melvin Mora – Kevin Towers made more moves yesterday than Jim Bowden on a Segway.  I miss you, Jim, and the unintentional comic relief you provided.  Mora and Geoff Blum will take over for Reynolds at 3rd base.  That’s the kinda blahtoon that would make Ed Wade’s toupee get excited.  Too bad Dana Carvey gave up comedy (Did he? I have no idea.), I imagine he could’ve done a good Ed Wade impersonation since Wade looks like The Church Lady.  Wait, why am I talking about Ed Wade?  Oh, I know.  Cause there’s really nothing to say about Melvin Mora.  Mora hasn’t broken into double digit homers since 2008 and he’s going to be 39 for the start of the 2011 season.  I’m out on a pretty sturdy limb when I say you don’t want to own Mora in fantasy.

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  1. Elijah says:
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    I think the snakes like their young 3b prospects, this is just a placeholder move in the hopes they are ready to rock next year. I’ll believe it when I see it, but Towers is gonna work what worked for him in San Diego, pitching first, its at the least a better plan then the K-fest orientation of the previous regime. It would be better if they adopted the Padres honesty and not try to sell the fanbase on the “we’re ready to compete” mantra and “Dont Know” Zenset thats been repeated ad nauseum locally but it what it is.

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Pretty good breakdown on mini donkey. The East pitching is really not very good. Lester, Buckholz, CC, Price, and that’s about it. Everyone else is shellable. The Romero nesting dolls in Toronto all seem to be hit or miss – could be a no hitter, could get yanked in the 2nd inning after giving up seven runs. Much better pitchers in the NL West. Kershaw, Kuroda, Jimenez, Cain, Lincecum, games at Petco. Better 3-5 starters in the NL West across the board (Chacin, Bumgarner, Sanchez, Hammel, LeBlanc). He’ll suffer from the same thing he did in Zona – not getting to face the pitchers on his own team. I can definitely see him putting up Uggla-ish numbers in Baltimore.

    Grey, is it too soon to request a spot in your division in Razz this year? Of course, I don’t have a blog but I got punished for the fact that some of my leaguemates didn’t really manage their teams and it was hard fighting the index factor down the stretch.

  3. So basically, the Orioles and DBacks swapped third basemen (although Mora was on the Rockies last year).

    I wonder if there is enough room in Phoenix for Mora’s 30 children.

  4. GopherDay says:
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    I. Hate. The. Rockies.

    Rockies sign Ty Wiggington, to be their utility man. Mostly manning…you guessed it, Second and Third base.

  5. Eddy says:
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    Apparently there’s speculation that the Nats are going to throw a “HUGE” offer to Lee.

    Who the hell funds the Nationals? The freaking White House?

  6. Fanthead says:
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    Grey: Thanks for these reports. By the way, do you foretell improvements in 2011 for Alex Gordon or Chris Iannetta?

  7. Tony says:
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    @Eddy: you think they’d do all this NEXT year as in 2012 when strasburg will back… or do they know something we dont know?

    i think they’re just smoking some crack.

    crack is whack Nats, crack is whack….

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: What prospects at 3rd do they have?

    @Terrence Mann: To be honest, don’t think you’re getting in my division without a blog. Though I’ll put you in any commenter division that you want. Try and get nine others that really want to play.

    @ChrisV82: Kinda… Mora was on the Rockies last year.

    @GopherDay: Ugh

    @Eddy: Ha!

    @Fanthead: They can’t get much worse. I talked about Iannetta the other day, search the left sidebar.

  9. Justin says:
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    grey, looking for a little trade advice.

    i get: heyward
    i give: Latos/bret anderson

    My rotation after the trade would be Lester/Hanson/Gallardo/Nolasco/D. hudson/Ian kennedy.

    My pitching is still pretty strong after the trade, you think its worth the two young SP to nab heyward now?

    btw, 16 team, h2h, 16 keepers

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Justin: Looks good for you.

    @bill: Didn’t look at it.

  11. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Grey: How about a “snotty elitist frequent commenters” division? I’m thinking Steve, mcsearch, Wilsonian, Tony, Elijah, and anyone else thinks they’re qualified. We can start the application process right here and now!

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Terrence Mann: That’s what I mean. If you want to put together nine other commenters that you trust to play hard, go for it.

  13. GopherDay says:
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    @Terrence Mann: I would like to be in this “Snotty elitist frequent commenter” division. Although I must warn you, I am much snottier than you. And that isn’t because I have a cold.

  14. Terrence Mann says:
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    @GopherDay: Yeah, you definitely qualify. As do Mark Geoffreau and Three Fingers Brown.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Stephen: Ah, thought you knew someone else. Yeah, those guys are super young right now.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Stephen: Oops, thought you were @Elijah:. Yeah, Elijah said ready to rock next year, those guys seem further away, right?

  17. Stephen says:
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    @Grey: If they’re pushed and succeed/have success at High-A , they could reach Double-A this 2011 season. Then they could vie for a spot in 2012 out of Spring Training, or at worst June-2012. That would support @Elijah‘s comments about Mora and Blum being placeholders. That’s all. Nothing exciting though. This is assuming the Mayans aren’t correct in their predictions.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Stephen: Ha… Yeah, gotcha.

  19. Pops says:
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    @Grey: MLB trade rumors is reporting a Jason Bartlett for Nolan Reimold swap. If this trade happens, are you buying Reid Brignac as a late round flyer?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Pops: Brignac already has a sleeper post, even before any trade happened. Bartlett’s not long for the Rays.

  21. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    By next year I was meaning 2012 season after 1 year of Mora. I was skeptical of this too, but who knows.

    Matt Davidson: Davidson hit .289/.371/.504 in 113 games for South Bend, with 43 walks, 109 strikeouts, 35 doubles, and 16 homers, posting a .874 OPS, +22 percent for the Midwest League. Promoted to the California League, he hit .169/.298/.268 in 21 games, drawing some walks with 12 free passes in 71 at-bats, but fanning 25 times. His overall season line was .272/.360/.469, with 36 doubles, 18 homers, 55 walks, and 134 strikeouts. Davidson played 72 games at third base and 61 as a DH, fielding .919 with a very low double play rate and average range factors.

    Bobby Borchering: Borchering hit .270/.341/.423 in 135 games for South Bend, with 54 walks, 128 strikeouts, 31 doubles, and 15 homers in 523 at-bats, posting a .763 OPS, +6 percent for the Midwest League. He was stronger against lefties (.829 OPS, .740 against right-handers) which was the opposite expectation from pre-season scouting reports. He was hot late, hitting .305/.385/.532 in August/Sept. An unlucky BABIP was probably a factor early in the year. He spent 51 games as a DH and played 84 at third base, with poor results: .892 fielding percentage, a very low double play rate, and a poor range factor.

  22. Grey

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    @Elijah: Just think expecting anything from either by 2012 is very optimistic. Best case scenario, they’ll be what, 22-year-old rookies? You’re at least two to three years away.

  23. Elijah says:
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    Midwest League/South Bend is a pitcher’s league and a pitcher’s park according to minorleaguebasball.com. Their summation: “If each maximizes his potential as scouts expect, both should be very successful major league hitters, although the shapes would be different: Borchering being more of a .290-.300, 25-30 homer guy, with Davidson more of a .250-.270, 30+ homer player. Based on 2010 performance, Davidson has a better chance to stick at third, although that could change. He’s also five months younger. I’d call this even.”

    The fact that there are two guys in the mix does make it more plausible one could be ready sometime in 2012.

  24. Stephen says:
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    @Elijah: @Grey: I’d lean three years away with Davidson the player remaining at third.

  25. Chris says:
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    @Terrence Mann:

    Don’t qualify under the snooty/elitist/frequent commenter tags, but I’d love to play in a serious division.

  26. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    And its not my thinking per se, its what Im thinking the club is thinking. In the big picture, the effectively traded Reynolds for Putz and the 2 O’s kids, since MD’s salary slot was more or less used to sign Putz. Considering how many games they lost due to bullpen last year, its quite reasonable to say this makes the team better now, and there are prospects in the system that should be ready around 2013, give or take a season.

  27. Stephen says:
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    @Elijah: Relievers and bullpens are so volatile that trading for help seems redundant. I’m not sure why you would trade Reynolds for bullpen help. It would be like the Twins trading for a bit name closer when Joe Nathan went down. Jon Rauch did just fine. I see it more as a salary dump.

  28. Elijah says:
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    @Stephen:

    I’m not saying I woulda done it but, thats what the new regime thinks they should do, and its defensible. Its certainly not the moronic Haren trade caliber deal. And did you actually SEE the dbacks bullpen in action last year? It was definitely the worst bullpen I have ever witnessed at the ML level. I dont think thats comparable to the twins situation.

  29. Stephen says:
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    @Elijah: I wasn’t saying the Twins bullpen was bad. What I am saying is that local colunmist were saying to trade several prospects to get Heath Bell and it was clear that closing out games didn’t need the movement of several prospects.

    I did see some action of the D’Backs ‘pen and it made me cringe more than seeing Joan Rivers trying to be seductive.

  30. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    As for Dana Carvey, as I understood it, without the SNL writers and/or Mike Myers he just doesn’t have any material and cant carry a movie on his own. Plus hes got plenty of cash, a family to raise, and it seems some sort of heart problem. Good reasons to get out of the biz.

  31. Elijah says:
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    @Stephen:

    And yeah, longterm they also get salary. I just dont see the point in using it for Derek Lee or Konerko but hopefully those are just rumors.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Yeah, could be. Maybe him and Rick Moranis are buds.

  33. Steve says:
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    Another great season coming up for the Mariners and A’s, it seems.

    Reports indicate that they are going head-to-head on several free agents, including…

    wait for it…

    Dennys Reyes and Gregg Zaun.

  34. Grey

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    @Steve: Gregg Zaun on the M’s could be huge for Fantasy Razzball.

  35. Steve says:
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    @Grey: No doubt. You see? Everything makes somebody happy.

    Correia signs with the Pirates. Did you shed a little inward tear as a Hodgepadre left the nest?

  36. peter says:
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    @Elijah: Carvey’s heart issue actually turned into a really big problem. He went in for surgery in 1997 and the doctors… operated on the wrong artery. According to the wikipedia, he needed an additional 4 procedures to correct the problem. There was a malpractice suit, blah blah blah. Heart surgery is a pretty invasive procedure; it takes a long time to recover. Add 4 more procedures to the list, and you’re not working for a while. By the time he was done recovering, that whole generation of comedians was “old”; even Mike Myers’ (live action) career was over (no disrespect to Grey’s yeoman’s work on The Love Guru). Wait, why am I talking about Dana Carvey? I came here to bitch about something else.

  37. peter says:
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    @GopherDay: @Grey: Oh yeah, it was the Rockies. Sure, Ian Stewart was not the guy I was hoping for in 2010. But, because I previously drank so much Stew-Kool (Ian Stewart-brand kool aid), I was looking forward to him being TOTALLY under the radar in 2011 drafts. Now, with Lopez and Wigginton (two guys who, prior to coming to Colorado, I wouldn’t take before Stewart in a draft)… As Grey succinctly noted: ugh.

    According to Esquire, I’m not the kind of Man who says ditto, but ditto (x2) for Eric Young, Jr. and his 2011 playing time. Grey’s “ugh”? Ditto that.

  38. Grey

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    @Steve: I wish him nothing but the best. Now I’m going to sob.

    @peter: Ha! Thanks for the clarification. Now long live the Love Guru!

    @peter: Ditto (x2).

  39. Howard says:
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    I know it’s a little early but I’d like to get into a good commenter league this year. Let me know any info thanks!

  40. Steve says:
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    Oooh. Dodgers been talking to KC about Greinke. Little bit of NL West is good for what ails ya.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That would be mighty nice.

  42. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Could almost put up with the occasional shelling in Coors.

    Greinke-Bills-Kershaw. Not too shabby.

  43. Grey

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    @Steve: Wait, is it through?

  44. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh good heavens no. It’s the merest tissue of a rumour. Probably nothing to it.

    Just wanted to type it out to see what it looked like.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, gotcha. Yeah, it would be pretty. Then road games in San Fran and Petco. Yum.

  46. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Having said that, if the Dodgers offense wa sto perform anywhere like it did last year, he may as well have never left KC.

  47. Grey

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    @Steve: Sad but true.

  48. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Maybe they need Jeff Kent back for some of his (ahem) homespun philosophy.

  49. Tony says:
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    @Terrence Mann: HAHA… i’m probably going to have most of the guys back from my league last year, i ran the league that had the $50 buy in, paid out the top 4 if I remember correctly, it went well, our league was awesome….. money always has a way to make a league a little more interesting. It wasn’t enough to break anyones bank, but just enough to make it interesting!

    I would be down to do another league, especially if i can be a snotty elitiest…. im not sure how that flys in the RCLS tho? was that allowed last year grey? owning a team in different leagues?

    Either way I’ve got a trophy for this years winner ALREADY DONE, hahaha, since last years winner never got in contact with me….

    bee T dubya…. i’m the trophy guy.

    Is it spring yet?

  50. Steve says:
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    @Tony: I think Terrence may have been referring to Fantasy Razzball (pick the worst team you can) rather than the RCL.

    @Terrence Mann: Correct me if I’m wrong…

  51. Tony says:
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    @Steve: haha im not into that, sounds alright, but i’ll just stick with “real” fantasy baseball…. i’ve got enough on my hands being in 2 to 3 to 4 leagues per yr, let alone crazy backwards leagues LOL…

    I think he was saying just a normal league, RCL, but maybe im wrong who knows….

  52. GopherDay says:
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    Oh my gosh. The Rockies hate EY2 and his fantasy supporters. First they get Jose “I suck” Lopez, then trade for Ty “I have a girly first name” Wiggington, now they want to trade for Michael Young. I hate the rockies even more than before. Go die, but leave behind EY2, CarGo, and Tulo.

  53. Eddy says:
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    *****RAZZBALL COMMENTERS*****

    First and foremost, I apologize that this comment comes somewhat late in the day. But I figure since this’ll be the comment post until Thursday then it’s not so bad.

    Anyways!

    I’ve decided, with the go-ahead from Grey, to run Razzball mock drafts at least once a week! I know many of us have been craving some draft action, yet apparently it’s too early because MDC lobbies are still all bots! I know I can count on this fantastic group of people to help out in that department. Before I lay down the blueprints to everything, keep in mind I’m open to any suggestions and recommendations.

    The drafts will be 12 person, 5×5, roto drafts. It seems that for now I can only make it 22 rounds in order to delete the extra catcher spot. Since bench spots aren’t areas I can edit, I can’t make it as many rounds as an RCL.

    I’ve been planning on making them every Sunday/Saturday, preferably in the evening. I’d love to give a set date and time every week but unfortunately I depend on a weekly schedule from my job. With that said, I can’t give out a time and date for this weekend, if any. If I’d have to guess though, Saturday around 2-3pm EST would be my estimation.

    But overall I just want to have some fun and I know we all want to get a headstart on our friends for 2011!

    I’ll definitely come back and update you guys as soon as possible to see when we can set our first mock. For now, leave a comment if you’re interested, and the first 11 will be guaranteed a spot. From then on out, I’ll keep a list of those who have participated to ensure fair participation.
    Also, if possible, list an optimal time and I’ll see if I can set some time based on what the majority say.

    Let’s try to keep these mocks going until opening day!

  54. Howard says:
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    @Eddy Thanks! I’d be interested!

  55. Steve says:
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    Diaz to Pirates. Arrrggghhh!

  56. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Eddy: Sounds good. Count me in. Any time is OK with me.

  57. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: False alarm, Young going nowhere.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That sounds like it could end Garrett Jones’ viability.

    @GopherDay: Wigginton hurts enough.

  59. GopherDay says:
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    @Eddy: Count me in!

    @Steve: Okay, Luke Scott sucks, but I really like him. I consider myself very conservative, politically, and pretty much agreed with everything he said. Okay, I think Obama was born in the US, but they did a terrible job trying to show he did.

  60. Steve says:
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    Cheer up, royce!

    You may have lost A-Gonz, but Jason Bartlett is sure to ease the pain.

  61. brad says:
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    @GopherDay: also, the Giants have done a terrible job trying to show they won the world series.

  62. royce! says:
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    @brad: Zing!

  63. royce! says:
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    Ee Ess Pee En is already touting Brignac as a sleeper for 2011 fantasy…meaning that he no longer is a sleeper for 2011 fantasy.

  64. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Also a bit of Twitter talk that the (gasp!) Bartlett deal may not be done…

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Eh, the average fantasy baseball person isn’t thinking about Brignac.

    @Steve: For real?

  66. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Dunno – just a couple of tweets, really. Plenty of sources sayinhg it’s done.

    Was just trying to keep royce! on the edge of his La-Z-Boy.

  67. Grey

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    @Steve: Sounds good enough for me.

  68. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah.

    Always interesting to see how these SD relievers get on once they leave ‘The Factory’.

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’m guessing not as good. Not much of a limb, I know.

  70. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Not sure if it can get any worse than Petco to the AL East. Or, more accurately, it can’t.

  71. Alex says:
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    Who has more value next season Nelson Cruz or Jose Bautista?

  72. Steve says:
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    More Twitter talk – Crawford to the Red Sox, 7 years, $142M.

  73. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Comes from a Globe reporter, BTW.

  74. Eddy says:
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    @Steve:
    It’s now on MLB Trade Rumors. Gonzo and Crawford? Wow, helluva team

    Though in all honesty I don’t see Crawford’s value changing that much if he signs.

  75. GopherDay says:
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    Looks like I’m a little late to the party, but Crawford to the Sox.

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    LF Carl Crawford
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    3B Kevin Youkilis
    DH David Ortiz
    RF J.D. Drew/Kalish
    SS Marco Scutaro
    C Salty

    That is one stacked lineup. Down side is that they won’t have as much room in the outfield for Kalish…

  76. Eddy says:
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    I also just realized that Boston’s right fielder will become the human embodiment of redundancy with Ellsbury and Crawford manning center and left.

    That’s a crazy outfield. Not too mention the 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.

  77. GopherDay says:
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    @Eddy: I hope they decide to trade Ellsbury for pitching help. They won’t, but I can dream can’t I?

  78. Eddy says:
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    @GopherDay:
    Of course you can.

    Hell, I was dreaming around 7pm EST when I read rumors about a three team trade that sent Greinke to the Marlins.

  79. GopherDay says:
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    @Elijah: Okay, imagine for a moment…The sox include Ellsbury in a deal, maybe a 3 way deal, and land Greinke. A rotation of Lester, Greinke, Bucholze, Beckett, and Dice-K…Dang.

  80. I think Id hit Ells 9th and Craw leadoff tho, but with his new power maybe not

  81. Elijah says:
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    @GopherDay:

    I dont think they can afford so much in pitching. Ellsbury might not have a lot of value right now either until he can bounce back from last year.

  82. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    What hitter(s) you liking now for Boston next year?

  83. Grey

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    @Elijah: Which ones am I not liking?

  84. Elijah says:
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    @Grey:

    Hahaha. I guess its all gonna depend on how the drafts end up shaking out.

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