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Dr. Julie Andrews sure has been busy lately. First sending Posada to the DL now Smoltz. Officially Smoltz has a severely old arm that has been severely overused which leaves him severely doubtful for a while. Actually, that wasn’t official, but let’s just say the injury news reaffirms a sore arm that first appeared in March. So what does that mean? It means you’re S.O.L — shit out of luck. I wouldn’t be surprised if Smoltz isn’t around for a few months and even when he returns, it may not be for long. He may just return, pitch a few times then reinjure himself. So what do you do? Well, you put him on your DL or you trade him for fifty cents on the dollar. I suggest you trade him. Old pitchers with a ton of innings on their arm who complain of arm soreness in spring training, then go on the DL with the same arm soreness, aren’t good ones to hold onto. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Johnny Cueto – Um, yeah… Well, he did retire César Izturis once. Okay, he was rocked. By the Cardinals. Badly. But he’s not the first rookie pitcher to get hit hard. Last year, Lincecum and Gallardo both had their hiccups (or vomitings, depending on your POV). He’s a rookie pitcher and these things have to be weathered or get out of the rookie pitcher game. Will Cueto continue to get rocked? Let’s hope not, but he’s a rookie. He did tweak something in his leg last time out, so maybe that was the issue. Let’s hope so. He still has a tremendous K/BB ratio. You can’t drop him to waivers yet as much as you might want to.

Derrek Lee – I said in January, “In the 2nd half last year, he finally regained his power that was so badly missing after his wrist injury. Post-All-Star break in ’07, he hit 16 of his 22 homers. Watch this trend continue into ‘08.” And that’s me quoting me! Can he hit 45 home runs? Doubtful, but 35 seems more than doable.

Joe Borowski – He’s playing toss, which is to say he’s throwing as hard as he can. Oofa! Yeah, he’s still a few weeks away from pressing Betancourt and even then, I’m skeptical he can be an effective closer. Although…

Rafael Betancourt – Was a shook one. Beltre (who had three walks in a game for the first time since 2004!) hit a bomb. Betancourt’s still fine. For now. Stay posted.

Ben Sheets – Six times in his career he’s walked five or more batters. Tonight he walked seven. I’m guessing he’s hiding an injury. I know, big surprise.

Alfonso Soriano – He’s coming back from the DL on Thursday and will immediately go into the leadoff spot. I’d field offers to see what I could get because, as always, before the injured player returns he has the most value. I wouldn’t trade him for a chicken fetus and toast, but, ya know, send out feelers.

Jonathan Broxton – Looks to be headed to the DL. This actually hurts me more than Smoltz because I have Broxton on a lot of teams. It was described as an injury simliar to Rich Harden’s. *sticking my head in the oven*

Troy Tulowitzki – Ugh. He left the game with an apparent leg injury. Hopefully it’s nothing to serious because he hasn’t even started to hit yet. The last thing his owners (me on a lot of teams) need is for him to be sidelined and never get on track. Baker was supposed to start last night. *turning on the oven*

Chad Cordero – Going back to the DL. Maybe Nomar and Blalock can work him into their carpool schedule. Kids gotta go to school!

Troy Glaus – I know it’s not a sexy pick, but, as I keep saying, he can help you.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – This guy is laying a major turd baby in every single at-bat. Honestly, I thought last year’s 1st half slump was simply a rookie adjusting and his 2nd half numbers were a sign that he would come out fast this year. Well, this article I wrote way back in December was a joke, but seems eerily prescient (Word of the Day, bitches!).

Joel Pinero, Carlos Silva and Josh Fogg – Combined for like 80 innings of 2 run baseball yesterday with like a .00001 WHIP. Why won’t my pitching suck?!

Ryan Zimmerman – Hit his first home run since April 2nd. I’m still not a fan, but this might lead to a hot streak. Those Zimmerfans out there better hope so.

Jose Guillen – If picking up Guillen off waivers causes you to have an erection for longer than four hours, you need to see a doctor, but I told you last week he was a good buy low. Is he exciting? No, but he’ll get some home runs.

Chipper Jones – Player of the month. I’d still trade him tomorrow for the right offer. In fact, I suggest you start trying to trade him. He won’t stay healthy for 150 games like he wants to. His value will never be higher than it will be today.

Mike Cameron – Returned and was placed right into the two hole. He went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. I felt like Tejada was a great pick this year because he wanted to prove to people that he was clean and under 35. By that twisted logic, Cameron could also be in for a good year. If you won’t pick him up because he cheated, grab JR Towles — he went to Jesus Camp.

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  1. brett says:
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    What sort of player is Smoltz even worth in a trade now? I’m hesitant to do it because I don’t think I’d get anything useful back.

  2. BSA says:
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    Since Tulo tweaked something last night and I have a trade proposed to me for Halladay and Renteria. The other team is offering me Bedard and Tulo. My pitching staff is currently – Halladay, Hudson, Beckett, Cueto, Volquez, Gallardo, Ryan, Papelbon, Fuentes, . The other team’s pitching staff is Bedard, Bucholtz, Cain, Matsuzaka, E. Santana, Sheets, Snell, Hill, Meche. If Tulo goes down I would have to drop Varitek for Lopez at short. My everyday catcher is Mauer.

  3. BSA says:
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    Oh yeah, good call on the Drew for Quentin add/drop as Drew tweaks his quad after one at bat last night.

  4. Chet says:
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    I was just offered Pence for Volquez. Do you think Pence is going to get his shiz together?

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brett: Depending on your needs, you gotta send feelers aka feel people out. Impossible for me to say what you can get for him without knowing what others have. A third/fourth tier starter perhaps that just got roughed up… Say Cueto? If Greinke gets hit his next time out in Texas, maybe?

    @BSA: News of the Tulo injury is getting worse. If it’s a groin injury, it could linger for a while. If he goes on the DL for fifteen days, he may not get his timing back until June. None of this is good news. Anyway, Bedard and Tulo is a slam dunk over Halladay and Renteria. Even with the injuries, pull the trigger. Bedard, while an injury risk, is much stronger than Halladay and the falloff from Renteria to Lopez is a lot closer than you think. In other words, even if Tulo doesn’t get hitting until June, Lopez will fill in fine.

    @Chet: I do see Pence coming around and I like that deal for you. Take Pence– that’s if you need him.

  6. BSA says:
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    Thanks again – I like the quick feedback and information that goes with it. Rather than throw Varitek to free agency I have another team who was interested. I am making a final offer of Thome (undroppable in my league) and Varitek for Tejada. The other team’s lone catcher is Molina. If this flies I would be looking at going from Halladay, Mauer, Varitek, Renteria to Bedard, Mauer, Tulo, Tejada.
    We’ll see. Either way you confirmed my thoughts for Bedard and Tulo. The buy low/sell high may work here since Halladay just came off his third straight CG.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    And we appreciate our readers and commenters, it’s no worries.

    Thome’s undroppable? Are you playing in a throwback league where everyone is using 1999’s stats?

  8. BSA says:
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    Seriously – decent choice for homers but I hate being handcuffed after the fact. So I’d rather give up the points than a potential hole if he gets hurt or goes cold, like he was last week.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Is that a self-imposed rule by your league? Or is that some kind of weird ESPN thing?

  10. Peter says:
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    Hey Grey – I’m seeing some rumors about Jeff Clement being called up by the Mariners. With Vidro crapping up the DH spot, do you think the M’s will make a move? Is it time to jump on Clement in deep keepers?

  11. it’s a new rule. the top 25 players are undroppable as is any player who is “country strong”….

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Peter: I think the Mariners wait until May 7th at the earliest because of financial concerns. I.e. He becomes a free agent a year later if he’s held down ’til then. On May 7th? Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him called up and will be immediately usable in deep leagues.

  13. BSA says:
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    I am on CBS and the rule is as follows:
    “Undroppable Players
    To maintain the integrity of your league, you will be prevented from dropping certain star MLB players throughout the season. CBSII, as The Commissioner of all CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball leagues, will decide – in its sole discretion – which MLB players are undroppable. If there are players we’ve deemed undroppable on your roster, they will not be displayed on the Transactions, Add/Drop page.You may appeal to CBSII for permission to drop an undroppable player, however CBSII will make the final decision on all undroppable player requests. Appeals can be sent via the Help Center page and should include the names of the players you want to add and drop.”

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Damn, did you have to sign that with a drop of blood?

  15. note on Clement that while he’s a catcher in the minors, Yahoo! has him listed as Util (DH). not sure how much he’ll get to catch. if he was coming up as a catcher, i’d take a flier on him no doubt. until he’s catcher-eligible, he’s useless in single-season leagues.

  16. ParkCyde says:
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    Any thoughts on Moises Alou’s ankle? I have him coming off the DL (hopefully soon) and wanted to know if he was worth keeping? If so, I’d have to drop someone (Milledge and Big Hurt are my most expendable candidates).

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ParkCyde: Alou should be back by Friday, but he might only play four times a week. With that said, I dropped Milledge in one league in the first week of the season and haven’t regretted it at all. He obviously has the most upside out of these three but I doubt he ends up with the best numbers at the end of the year.

  18. Kevin says:
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    I was looking forward to your take on Scherzer’s debut last night and there is nothing here. How could you not chime in on that performance from last night? Oh well, this daily thoughts piece is one of the best reads out there in the fantasy blogosphere.

  19. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I once saw Jeff Clement hit three homeruns in a high school game in West Des Moines, Iowa. I think I wet my pants I was so excited. He’s the best thing to come out of this state since Reggie Roby. And keep in mind Reggie punted a ball 77 yards!! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Roby)

    No Scherzer talk? I thought you’d have a take on that.

    And enough Towles jokes… I mean not every catcher is meant to go to heaven… sheesh.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    There was a lot to cover last night and I figured I had just devoted a post to him so there wasn’t more needed, but I underestimated my constituents.

    Scherzer – 7 K relief performance, looked like Linecum and Joba’s love child. He will now be known as Jobacum.

  21. SportsHubris says:
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    Wow…your the same guy that told me earlier how overrated Derek Lee is…you should throw that quote up there.

    Couldn’t agree more with you on Sheets though…I’m pretty worried about his health.

  22. Grey

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    @SportsHubris: I did say he was overrated but because of steals and an unsustainable average. I still think he’s overrated, because of those two things. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

    Yeah, Sheets is a sneeze away from a DL stint.

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