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Doozy’s on line two.  Doozy, “Yeah, I got no words for this trade.”  Holy Crapballs on line three.  Holy Crapballs, “What’s there to say?”  You’ve Got To Be Kidding’s on line four.  You’ve Got To Be Kidding, “Hey, I’m here with Doozy… Hold on, I’m gonna merge the calls with Holy Crapballs.  Okay, HC, you there?  You’re on with Doozy and You’ve Got To Be Kidding.  What do you make of this trade?”  Holy Crapballs, “Well–Shoot, Are You Effin’ Joking is buzzing in.”  Recently, I went over my Wil Myers 2013 fantasy.  Yeah, that’s pretty much toast.  Set a fire to it.  Not literally.  It’s on your computer.  The Royals are basically the guy who held onto his virginity for thirty years then woke up one day and said, “Eh, I’m going to a hooker.”  Wow.  I’m speechless.  Sure, they have Frenchy.  But, um, it’s Frenchy.  Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery were only, what?  A few months away?  Sure, Montgomery’s lost some luster, but Odorizzi’s still a top prospect.  He could be Wade Davis this year.  Maybe Shields next year.  Wil Myers, though, well Wil (almost stutterer!) is the meow’s cat.  I wonder if the Orioles wish they had Erik Bedard still to trade for Myers and others.  Wil Myers is ready to contribute and the Rays don’t hold back their prospects.  He’s starting on Opening Day in the majors unless something unforeseen happens.  As I said in that Wil Myers fantasy post, he’s a number three hitter, and a damn good one.  He’s not going to give us a Trout-type rookie year, but those only come around once in never.  He doesn’t possess blazing speed like Trout.  He’s a 30+ homer, 110+ RBIs, .300+ average guy in his prime.  Think easily fantasy 2nd round value numbers when he hits his groove.  In October when I thought he’d start the year in Triple-A, I gave him the line of 40/18/50/.280/5.  Now, I’ll up that to a full season of at-bats and 62/24/72/.277/8 with upside for more.  Yeah, he plays in shallow, three-outfield fantasy leagues.  Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2013 fantasy baseball:

James Shields – Poor guy.  Now he has to contend (bad word choice) with the Royals.  He’s gonna forever be known as the guy the Royals gave Wil Myers away for (and Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi — Jesus!).  In 2011, he had an xFIP of 3.25.  In 2012, he had a xFIP of 3.24.  In 2011, he had a K-rate of 8.12.  In 2012, he had a K-rate of 8.82.  In 2011, he had an ERA of 2.82.  In 2012, he might’ve had a better year even though his ERA was 3.52.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is his Home ERA in his career is 3.33, and his Away ERA is 4.54.  Sure, his Fenway ERA was 5.86 and Yankee Stadium ERA was 6.35, but his Kaufman Stadium ERA is 6.38, his Progressive Field ERA is 4.44, his Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome ERA is even 3.79.  The only place he’s had success is in Comerica.  I was going to like Shields this year.  Now, I’m probably not messing with him.  I’ll give him the 2013 line of 13-10/3.77/1.26/198.

Wade Davis – The best thing about Wade Davis on the Royals is he’ll make Ervin Santana feel better about himself.  He’ll more than likely be thrust back into a starting role where he showed less-than-optimal results.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 9-10/4.22/1.34/110.  To appeal to our college-aged readers, UC Davis, U Stay Away.

Zack Greinke – If the new Dodgers’ ownership sole goal is to successfully move down the Google results for ‘Magic Johnson contracts’ they are doing an admirable job.  Forget the Doyers, they’re the Dollars.  So, now we know what Isiah Thomas has been up to.  He’s printing money in Magic’s basement.  “Yo, Magic, check out this hundred I made with a portrait of us kissing at half court.”  Gotta give it to Sabean.  He may have a penchant for guys five years past their prime, but at least he’s not building his team like the 2007 Yankees.  In 2010 while with the Brewers, Greinke had his best season peripheral-wise.  He had his lowest xFIP (2.56), highest K-rate (10.54) and lowest percentage of contact made for all pitches (75.8%).  He was undone by homers.  Miller Park ranked number one for all stadiums last year for homers hit, and tenth in 2011.   Dodger Stadium ranked 19th last year.  Miller Park in 2011 had a BABIP of .302 and Dodger Stadium had a .289 BABIP.  Last year at home, Brewers pitchers had a .302 BABIP and Dodgers pitchers had a .271.  Last year for runs, Miller Park ranked 10th; Dodger Stadium 22nd.  I didn’t touch Greinke’s time on the Angels, because I’m already at apples and oranges with Brewers vs. the Dodgers.  Angels to Dodgers is apples to kiwis with the league difference.  I’m gonna go out on a very sturdy limb and say Greinke likes to pitch in the National League and won’t mind pitching in Dodger Stadium.  If we don’t see one of the best Greinke years in 2013, I’ll eat my hat, and that hat is a floppy Diane Keaton one.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 16-8/2.97/1.12/215.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – The South Korean phenom signed with the Dodgers, too.  That’s the South Korean phenom NOT known for riding imaginary horses.  Shoot, maybe the Gangnam Style guy signed with the Dodgers too.  Or make that Psy-igned.  That gives the Dodgers Kershaw, Greinke, Beckett, Billingsley, Lilly, Capuano, Harang and Ryu.  I’m guessing the Dodgers know Bills won’t be available due to an elbow injury.  Though, they could just Isiah make some new Bills.  And Kershaw could have hip problems.  In South Korea, Ryu had a 2.80 ERA over 7 seasons.  Scouts have said he’s probably an MLB draft first round talent.  Ryu serious?  Yes, I am.  He’s 25 years old and should be entering his prime.  He throws a 90 MPH fastball with a slow curve, tight slider and an excellent changeup, according to sources familiar with him.  Ryu familiar?  I’m not, no.  Bob Engle, the Dodgers international scout, compared him to David Wells.  I totally believe that was meant as a compliment.  Ryu doesn’t look like he’s missed many feedings of kimchi.  He’s a chunky-physique’d, control-minded lefty like Wells was.  Because of his park and his ability to command his pitches, I’m gonna say he’ll beat Darvish’s first year in the bigs for ratios, but come well short of him for Ks.  I’ll put his line at 14-10/3.55/1.14/165.  I’ll admit that I’m guessing a bit because of my (and everyone’s) unfamiliarity with Ryu.

Mark Reynolds – The Indians signed Mini Donkey to a one-year deal.  Mini could plan in Japan for the Morimoto Iron Chefs and his value wouldn’t change.  (He would be better fed though.)  For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 79/29/88/.226/6.

Brandon McCarthy – After being had for Jarrod Parker, the Diamondbacks are trying to exact some sort of revenge by signing ex-A’s pitcher, McCarthy.  I bet he can’t wait until the series in June when he can get the Reds, if only Trumbo was traded there.  McCarthy moves to an easier division, but a worse park.  Push.  He has the ability to help with ratios, but hurt in Ks.  Kick, Push, Coast… From 2011 to 2012, he walked more guys, struck out fewer, had an ERA almost a full run lower than his xFIP and was much worse at causing ground balls.  Pushing ahead, he’s an injury-prone, fantasy number three to four.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 10-7/3.64/1.20/117 in 170 IP.  This could also spell doom for Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs, that’s until McCarthy gets hurt.

Ryan Ludwick – Re-signed with the Reds.  Across the board, 2009 looks to be Ludwick’s true talent level:  63/22/97/.265/4.  He’s nowhere near the 37-homer guy that he was in 2008, and he’s not as bad as the Petco-fueled 13-homer, .237-hitting guy in 2011 when it looked like Ludwick was decomposing.  (pun point!)  Last year, he went 53/26/80/.275 in Great American.  Depending on where he bats in the order (I have my arthritic fingers firmly crossed that Frazier bats clean-up), Ludwick should be good for around those stats again.  I’ll give him the line of 57/24/77/.267/1.

Michael Young – Heads to the Phils.  Ironically, the Young move makes it seem like the Phillies are trying to get older.  We’ll call them the Out of Gas Gang.  “Yo, Utley, did you do my TV Guide crossword?”  “Sorry, I was just gonna fill in ‘Tool Time’ and one thing led to another.”  Charlie Manuel received the Young news enthusiastically.  At least, we think it was enthusiastic, no one’s 100% sure what he said.  One thing that Young gives that can’t be said for the rest of the aging Phils, he stays healthy.  Only once in the last 11 years has he failed to reach 600 plate appearances.  Unfortunately, he’s on the downward slope of his career.  Now, if he passes ten homers and .300, it would be seen as a pleasant surprise.  He makes Crapolanco look like he’s got upside.  For 2013, I’ll give Young a line of 76/7/70/.272/2. Yawnstipating, to say the least.

Mike Olt – The Young trade adds a bit of positive news to my Mike Olt 2013 fantasy.  As of right now, Olt moves from a three-way platoon for DH and 1B with Moreland and Young to potentially an everyday job, or at least a 90% of time job, only sitting vs. the toughest righties.  I don’t believe the Rangers are done making offseason moves, so I’m not going to update Olt’s projections yet.  His mom, Carol, should be happy about the news.

  1. Steve says:
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    An admirable effort on the late shift. Bravo, sir.

    Finally, FINALLY, Shields gets his come-uppance for that terrible season he gave us a few years ago when he was supposed to be good…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks… Yeah, that was a scramble and rally…. Shields is going learn to hate the color blue…

  2. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Ludwick had 20 HR in just 3 months, June-Aug. And, 51 RBI for same. Ludwick will CLEAN UP!

  3. JT says:
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    . I cannot believe we got that much for Shields and Davis! Thanks Santa!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yup…

  4. JT says:
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    In other news, I feel less guilty for lustfully watching Myers sweet stroke on milb.com since he’s a Ray. Might even make an irrational early reach for the sweet man beast. Sorry for the creepiness. It’s early and I’m so thrilled Pena or Dan Johnson won’t be hitting behind Longo. Oh yeah…forgot about Loney. But hey, we have Myers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, some wonkiness in their lineup… But at least you have Myers…

  5. Jon D says:
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    Man, Frazier batting cleanup would be fantastic. I’m still afraid the Reds will find some way to block him, though. If he gets full-time at-bats, what sort of a line do you think is realistic for Todd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll have a full post for him…

      • Jon D says:
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        @Grey, cool

  6. Schlitzy says:
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    With Texas missing out on Greinke and shields the rumor mill in NYC will intensify with the dickey for olt rumors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickey in Arlington sounds like a terrible idea…

  7. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: what round would you draft Myers? Would you consider him a 2nd or 3rd outfielder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll probably go around 120th overall… He’s a 3rd outfielder as I said in the post…

      • Darkness says:
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        @Grey: How early would you reach for him in keeper leagues?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on the league parameters…

  8. Charles says:
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    Don’t the Dodgers still have Ted Lilly too? I think they’re closing in on $100 million in salaries for starting pitchers alone for 2013.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I totally forgot about Lilly… You’re right… Crazy…

  9. costaricanchata says:
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    ” I was going to like Shields this year. Now, I’m probably not messing with him. I’ll give him the 2013 line of 13-10/3.77/1.26/198.”

    not like you to so easily dismiss all of those K’s .
    is that because you think his adp will be too costly ?
    where do you see him going ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’ll go early, yeah… Though that’s why I said ‘probably not’… There’s a chance he falls a bit and I bite… He’ll be drafted as a high number two starter is my guess…

  10. gleeksquad says:
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    Does the Young trade do anything for Profar’s value or is that going to be based solely on Andrus?

    I can keep 4 of the following. * are who i’m leaning towards.
    Myers – $1 * (prob a def after this trade)
    Reyes – $30 *
    Machado – $1
    Profar – $5
    Heyward – $12 * (no question)
    Lawrie – $25
    Weaver – $22
    Cueto – $2 *

    Should Machado or Profar be in the mix? Who would you take out? I normally don’t keep SP but Cueto at $2 seems like to good a value to let go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar is still blocked as of right now… But the Rangers infield did get thinner… I’d keep Machado over Cueto…

  11. me says:
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    sabean is the giants gm, not the dodgers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m well aware…

    • Donny Two Trips says:
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      @me: Yea, that Sabean comment was too clever for me too. Seems like Coletti fits in that sentance. Don’t drag Sabean into the Dodgers’ mess, unless you think Colletti learned all of his bad habits from Sabean.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I guess it could be confusing the way I wrote it… I was just comparing my bewilderment of Sabean vs. the Dodgers… Sabean has some strange ideas about giving vets contracts, but at least he’s not paying the GDP of Colombia for his pitching staff…

  12. MattTruss223 says:
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    Killer deal for the Rays, can’t believe with all the rumors, no one offered up more for Meyers. Everyone else know something that we’re ignoring? I know his contact rate is a little tough, won’t be surprised if he hits .250-.260 first season, but damn, 30 HRs and 22 years old with 6 years of team control, sign me up! Braves totally shoulda dished out some ‘meh’ (Hanson) pitchers for Meyers and co. Maybe the Royals only had eyes for Shields. Though I heard they were interested in Lester too. Crazy, can’t wait for the exciting KC race to 80 wins!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t get it either… Rumors were flying that the Royals wanted to move Myers… Someone should’ve offered more… I would’ve gave Medlen and Hanson…

  13. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    finally something worth commenting on…the Royals look like they have a case of the Astros. Yes, we might be wrong about the deal, but what the hell do we us stat junkies know about players true value. maybe they traded for shields club house presence? or will be a part of a deal to lure in the dodgers for Ethier when Lilly, Harang, Bills, and Cappachino all simultaneously combust.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think if you want clubhouse presence you hire Omar Vizquel…

      • ScottyM says:
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        but the Royals already have Frenchy filling that role. Surplus clubhouse presence isn’t tradeable and is wasteful.
        Viva la Francoeur!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: what about Zakarian from iron Chef?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Food Network is now just using Iron Chef to lend credence to Chopped…. Synergy gone wrong…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: yeah but chopped is an awesome show and needs the promotion. Have you been watching redemption?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do watch Redemption, but haven’t watched last night’s episode yet… Was about to then I saw the Myers trade and had to write this up… I finished watching Breaking Bad… What an incredible show…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I have only seen part of season 1. been wanting to watch it. I havent caught all of redemption. i still hate the bald indian asshole

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Who? Chef Meehti? He’s such a douche… I watched the first three episodes of Breaking Bad three times and couldn’t get into it… You have to watch the entire first season…Then the 2nd season is the tits…And so on for the remaining episodes…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: are we talking Billy Butler tits or Morgana tits?

                    Yeah Meethi, beside the two next iron chef judges, you know the annoying chick and the british guy, I would love to take a swing at all three of those…i have some serious hate issues for food snobbery.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Morgana… And they’re real… I’m with you… Simon Mullijullibar (whatever his name is) and fake Italian lady are annoying…

  14. ScottyM says:
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    I guess the price of pitching has gone up.
    The Royals sold high on Myers. He is no guarantee for 25+ HR annually. He only had 1 season with more than 14. His contact rate is low and now he plays in the AL East. I think you are looking at Nick Swisher’s younger brother. He could hit .280/.370/.500 in his prime with some upside for more, but a low probability to hit those numbers this year. I see .260/.345/.440.
    On the other hand, I like Big Game James this year. He moves to a team with a good infield and excellent outfield defense. He is playing in a much more offensively challenged AL Central. Kaufman Stadium is about average on runs scored, but it is pretty hard to hit HRs. I think he is very Cain-esqe. I could see him duplicating last year with a little lower ERA and few less Ks.
    The obvious winner in the trade is Frenchy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You could be right, but his Road ERA is pretty scary…

    • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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      @ScottyM: @beardcrabs:
      Agreed. And most importantly – You cant win fantasy or MLB with a bunch of highly touted prospects alone. The Yankees seem to squeeze the life experience out of all of their veterans. You also cant expect a team to have success keeping a young team together long term. There are too many AAAA players who just missed. At some point, you just go for it.
      Shields wins games. Shields is has been and will continue to be a workhorse. Myers may well be just that good. Two years ago we were talking Moose, Hosmer and Cain in a similar vein.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @ScottyM: yeah but the Royals have got to be alienating their fan base even more at this point

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    maybe the royals are traumatized by having their top hitting prospects bust… i was going to avoid myers this year just because he was a royal, now that he’s a ray i might draft him for good value (unlikely)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, could be… Blame it on Hosmer!

  16. Hats for Bats says:
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    According to MLBTradeRumors: “ESPN.com’s Buster Olney suggests the Rays will delay Myers’ arrival at the MLB level to ensure he doesn’t obtain a full year of service time in 2013. . . There’s no way the Rays can allow Myers to get a full year of service in 2013.”

    Short of a monstrous spring training, shouldn’t we expect him to come up no earlier than mid-May?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honestly, I’d be surprised if he starts in the minors, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility… Then I’d fall back on my original projections…

  17. Think, you are being a bit harsh on KC and the deal… They had/have a good lineup. And had no pitching at all… They seem to be willing to spend some money… If Davis can have some success and Shields has a good year, they might be competitive.. I think, KC needs a 500 season more than most clubs…. This may give it to them… If the trade does take them there, it will have been a good trade for them… KC ability to produce pitching from within has been grim with a few exceptions over the past decade and more… I give them cudos for effort alone here…

    Sent from Davis CA…

    For Myers.. He is going to the burial ground of fantasy prospects… *** If you are not willing to wait forever, that is… Often your ROTO league’s rules don’t allow you to wait the time the Rays take in bringing up their touted players…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton, Jennings, Moore… Countless Rays prospects were promoted quickly and efficiently…

    • @T Moore: I should have added… It is really nice touch – the way you take the time to reply to everyone… Good things will happen because of that

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem… Thanks!

  18. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Will Headley be drinking the nearly the same juice he did last year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His season was predicated on a huge 2nd half, but I think he could still give solid 3rd base numbers, even in San Diego…

  19. mooseknuckles says:
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    Myers on the Rays has me thinking of a way to get him as he is already owned in our keeper league. What do you think of trading alex gordon for him? Alex is bleh but has a guaranteed spot. Spring training needs to be moved up to january, having withdrawal symptoms already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, seriously… I’d consider that trade, but need more specifics… What round is Gordon a keeper in? Price for Myers?

      • mooseknuckles says:
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        @Grey: we do years assigned to each round of the draft. Whatever the assigned contract was for the round is how long you can keep him. Both are 6 years, which is the highest offered (only one round is assigned a 6) so it would basically be straight up. I may even add my Dempster for his Fister, but I don’t want to get too greedy. (so many possible team names could be made with Fister on your squad).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fister in the Dumpster, even… I’d want Myers for 6 years…

          • mooseknuckles says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Awesome site and awesome advice as always.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  20. What's good says:
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    I’m in a 11 team 5×5 standard roto keeper league where we can keep up to 7 players. If I keep him, he’s essentially a top 7 rounder. Worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a bit high for him, but I don’t know your other options…

  21. ChrisV

    ChrisV says:
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    The guys on WFAN were saying that the Mets are trying to move R.A. Dickey for Mike Olt. I think that’s insane, but I don’t know if it’s Evan Roberts (on air personality) being crazy (wishful thinking) or if the Mets are just genuinely crazy, which, well, they sort of are.

  22. Hotrod says:
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    Cant keep one of these 7…who gets shown the door. To me its between Moustakas & Hosmer…

    J-Upton
    Strasburg
    Lawrie
    Des Jennings
    Machado
    Hosmer
    Moustakas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is between them… I’d lose Hosmer… Can get him back if you want…

  23. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Olt would have to play the outfield with the Mets? How much OF did he play on the farm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did Olt get traded there? He can play outfield…

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey:

        Not yet. I was responding to that robot avatar guy who mentioned the rumor he heard on the Roberts program.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Gotcha… Yeah, would make sense for the Rangers… Not sure so much for the Mets…

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Grey: Dickey once gave up six homers in a game in Texas. Of course, he is better now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, exactly…

  24. Steve says:
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    Correia signs with the Twins.

    Grey – it’s OK. You don’t have to stay up past your bedtime to write this one up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nah, I think that’ll just get tacked onto the next one…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: I bet I end up starting him at least once, somewhere…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          At home vs. the Mariners? Yup!

  25. Bob says:
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    I like the Royals to win the Central! And I’m keeping Hosmer over Chapman as my 5th keeper in a 12 team league w/CarGo, A. Jones, Verlander & Stras. I’m wild and crazy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, boy… Someone’s drinking the blue Kool-Aid…

  26. Bob says:
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    Gray – you’re from the LA area… best seats to get at Dodger Stadium for a day game (end of May)? 1B side? 3B? I just don’t want to look into the sun. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… I’m not sure, I’d say 3rd base…. The stadium’s really nice no matter where you sit…

  27. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    Choosing my keepers for next year and I am not all too fond. I get to keep five. Was thinking Cutch (lock), Frazier, Butler, Scherzer, Lawrie. OBP, XBH, QS count. Would I be better off dealing someone? If not, which five? Thanks!

    4th Round- Carlos Santana, Cle C, 1B, DH
    25th – Todd Frazier, Cin 3B, 1B
    9th- Billy Butler, KC DH, 1B
    3rd- Andrew McCutchen, Pit CF
    8th- Chris Young, Oak CF
    25th- Starling Marte, Pit CF, LF
    1st- Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    2nd- Justin Upton, ARI
    5th- Brett Lawrie, Tor 3B
    7th- Carl Crawford, LAD LF DTD
    1st- Troy Tulowitzki, Col SS DTD
    2nd- Justin Verlander, Det SP
    14th- Brandon Morrow, Tor SP
    11th- Max Scherzer, Det SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure how deep this league is but you can get Frazier back at a decent price… I’d just pay the price for Upton… Or trade Lawrie and Frazier for one better guy… Hard to say who other people have interest in for a trade… Can see if you get any Morrow bites…

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    I dont mean to break up the party but the general consensus at draysbay is that Myers will start the season in Durham and likely stay there for at least 3 months. Doing so would give the Rays an extra year of service.

    There are a few scenarios that could play out with the best being a Longoria-like extension that covers his first 7+ years. Without said deal, its very unlikely he starts opening day. Second best scenario, he’s called up in May and gains super 2 status. Most likely, Myers comes up in July.

    Friedman and the FO have not spoken on how they plan to handle Myers, but so far this is the word. Rays saved 13 million in the trade and depending on how the offseason plays out, they could fill the COF/DH spots with this money (Willingham and Hafner?) and let Myers continue to develop in Durham.

    Even with his amazing 2012 season, Myers has some K issues (140 K last season) and could use more work defensively in the outfield. Further, he has posted some unsustainably high babips in the minors so expecting an average around .300 might be wishful thinking.

    As a Rays fan, even with all of these things considered, I still would love for him to be there opening day. However, I have come to terms with the ultimate likelyhood we may not see him until July.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya… Hopefully he’s up for Opening Day but you make solid points…

  29. Big AL says:
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    Prediction – St louis has been real quiet so far and they could use a seasoned starter. R.A. DIckey would fill the bill quite nicely. Maybe offer Shelby Miller and Matt Carpenter.Two young players with good upside. After Wainwright and Lynn things get thin. Carp is showing his age and Garcia can,t stay healthy. Miller and Rosenthal have potential but That,s just wishing .Busch is a decent park to pitch in too.

  30. ShidestheLimit says:
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    Grey,

    Got some tough choices for keepers next year. My categories are 6 x 6:

    Off: AVG, HR, SB, R, RBI, OPS
    Pitch: ERA, HR All., WHIP, K, SV, W

    Which 6 of the following players do you like in a 10-team league?

    Giancarlo Stanton, Ellsbury, HanRam, Rizzo, Billy Butler, Longoria, Wilin Rosario, Salvador Perez
    Yu Darvish, Greinke, Josh Johnson, Matt Moore, Kris Medlen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Hanley, Longoria, Greinke, Moore, Rizzo…

      • ShidestheLimit says:
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        @Grey: Forgot to mention… Commish will most likely do away with keepers after next year. Does that change anything for you? Like maybe Billy Butler over Rizzo?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, definitely… Butler over Rizzo…

  31. Jannenga says:
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    The facts are Myers hasn’t faced any Major league Pitching so all the hype is is Just that Hype…How many times have the so called experts in Baseball Been wrong??? A Hell of alot more times then they have been right..Not to mention the Royals have one of the Deepest Minor Leagues systems in all of baseball..What is sad that so called Fan sites like this have grown into a Minor league thinking sinkhole…When you make 7.5 Billion a Year you spend that money on All Stars not babies that play in Omaha and Middle of nowhere Texas and Tennessee and places like that..How many All Stars has Myers and company made in the Majors?? None………Facts are this: When you have been losing since 1985 and your daddy owned the Biggest Store in the World and thats the only reason you own a damn team you tell your GM to spend big or take a Huge Chance and put a Winner on the field because each team makes 200 Million a Year in Profit so you have nothing to Lose..and thats not Even the Most Important Thing..The Most important thing is the Fans that have been waiting since 1986 to see atleast a Playoff Team..So this makes the Royals a contender for the central and the 2nd Wild Card……Detroit didn’t pull away untill the very end and the reason they even won the central was because of Sanchez and they are being stupid and trying to be cheap and aren’t bringing him back,So Detroit is catchable and the central winnable……….This Trade will not help the Rays as their owner will never change his mindset,he wants to be greedy and pocket Millions every year and blame it on his crepid stadium and it’s location and the low revenue..blah,blah,blah…….He makes 200 Million a year from his profits of the MLB TV Deals,The Sunbshine TV Deal and his profits from a Regular Season………Everyone of these MLB Owners are making more every year and want to act like they are poor……..It’s all lies and the rays will end up trading myers in a couple years and they will lose in the playoffs when they get there………You have to spend money of Big league Talent to win the series……Not prospects..Money ball has produced no Series wins…………Every Team that has won had to lock up 2-3 Big leageu All Stars to win the series..

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