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Then one day Jed was hopin’ he could start; and Lugo and Scrappy Doo started fallin’ apart.  This is an opening for good ol’ Jed.  The kind to keep those taking late MI fliers fed.  Said Yawkey is the place you ought to be.  So he packed up his Wii to play with Papi.  Ortiz, that is.  Jed Lowrie is in, Julio Lugo is out and Nomar Garciaparra is so five minutes ago.  Yo, whaddup, double play pardner?  Not your knee, I assume.  And the Jed Lowrie fantasy sleeper post is back on like Donkey Kong.  Sure, the Sox are saying Julio Lugo may only be out a month, but he was ‘healthy’ last year and he lost playing time.  Do the math!  Anyway, here’s some more things I saw in spring training that pertains to fantasy baseball:

Dustin Pedroia – Man, I’m telling you right now (unless you’re reading this sometime in the future.  Damn you, Future Boy!) if Dustin Pedroia sheets the bed this year, I’m going to milk that carton at least once a week and twice on Moosday.  During the WBC (World Backups Championship?), Pedroia came up lame due to a strained muscle near his rib cage.  For those of us playing fantasy baseball that have never seen a “hitter” “hit,” strained muscles near the rib cage can cause pain when a batter swings.  If Pedroia is fine fine, he bounces back with no ill effects and still hits his 15 to 18 home runs.  Now what if Pedroia is not that fine fine?  Say he only hits 12 to 15 home runs.  Do you see what a waste of an early pick Pedroia could be?  You really want a 2nd round pick that might hit 12 home runs and steals 15?  Who are you, Kelly Johnson?  That’s giving me The Gas Face just thinking about it.

Chad Cordero – Yes, he’s been out for at least another two months.  Yes, he has no real competition to be the Mariners closer.  Yes, he looks like a child molester.  It’s just matter of him getting healthy.  He starts saving games in late-May at the earliest.  If I had room on my DL, I’d take this flier towards the end of my draft.  Worst comes to worst, one of your other guys gets injured and you drop him.  No harm, no foul.

Mike Fontenot – Ooh la la, Fontenot’s French for move him up your draft sheets.

Chris Davis – Hit his first home run of the spring.  He has 16 Ks in 40 ABs.  With everyone jocking the Davis Cup, let me reiterate how he may not hit .270 this year.  That’s not me jumping ship.  I talked about his propensity to strikeout back in December in my Chris Davis sleeper post.

Mark Teahen – 3 HRs so far.  If he’s playing 2nd, I’m buying late.

Andy LaRoche – With his brother not hitting until July, Andy is stealing some of the LaRoche familial love early.  He’s first in average and OBP for all spring trainingers.  Might be a very cheap sleeper for 3rd base.  If he keeps up his torrid March, I’ll write more on this.

Matt Lindstrom – He hurt something yesterday.  If you have him, I’d back him up with Leo Nunez.

Emmanuel Burriss – Is winning the job over Frandsen.  Stay on fire, Emmanuel.  Papadapolis will save you.

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  1. In a small 10 H2H Team Keeper League with vacant SS and 3B slots, do the Chris Davis spring training whiffs draw him closer to the likes of Alexei Ramirez (as an eventual SS)? Either will likely need to be drafted in the 6-7th round; so it’s grab one and lose the other. 3B looks deeper, so it’s either Davis & Jeter/Peralta/Hardy (thoughts on Khalil?) OR Alexei & Zimm/Gordon/LaRoche (thoughts on Blalock?). Position scarcity and possibly overvaluing Davis’ spring swing & misses have some of us leaning the way of A-Ram. Do you agree, or are we overvaluing spring stats?

  2. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    FONTENOT! Shhh!! Keep him a secret, please!

  3. sean says:
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    @grey: right now, I’ve got an infield of Prince, Cano, Tulo, Wright, A-Ram, F. Lopez, which puts a lot of pressure on my OF ( Beltran, Victorino, McLouth, Dunn, and Bruce) + U (Choo/Maybin) to steal bases. What can I do to improve this situation without giving up on Cano and Tulo, who I feel I got solid value on in the 12th and 14th rounds respectively…

  4. Josh says:
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    are you taking a flier on Brandon Wood yet? and is McPherson still worth grabbing? he got dropped in 3 of my leagues over the last week.

  5. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    If anyone wants to join the Razzball FRL – Brad Ausmus Division, please let me know. We have two openings. It’s free and you could win some free Taco Bell gift certificates. Email me at phil.jamesgmail.com

  6. Josh says:
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    @IowaCubs: yahoo or ESPN?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: They’re apples and oranges, doing completely different things. Depends which one you want. I have Alexei going before Davis on my top 100. Khalil’s terrifically awful. Blalock has already left a game because of injury.

    @IowaCubs: Who?

    @sean: Hold tight for now.

    @Josh: Right now Wood’s headed for utility man, but he can work his way into that lineup. Too soon to tell on McPherson, but the Gaby Sanchez experiment isn’t working out thus far.

    @Josh: ESPN. Get in there.

  8. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Aaron Miles. That’s who. Shhh!

  9. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Josh:

    I should clarify this… just want to make sure that people know that the Brad Ausmus Division is for the Razzball FRL leagues, where people draft the worst possible teams and are rewarded for sucking. We still have one spot remaining for this.

  10. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey Grey, should I trade Manny Corpas for Billy Butler? I have swisher pencilled in as my starting 1B, and he’s not even slated to get playing time right now. Thoughts?

  11. cubbies299 says:
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    Are you confident enough that 1 of the following two will keep the closer job? Lyon/Devine?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: I’m more confident about Lyon.

  13. sean says:
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    @cubbies: I don’t think that Rodney poses a threat to Lyon. A healthy Zumaya is a much greater threat. The fans love the flamethrower, and he’s been wearing the “closer of the future” tag for quite some time. If he can stay healthy through the first half, I would think Zumaya takes that job in July. Still, that means Lyon has the job for the first half and there’s a big “if” in front of him losing it in the second half. Ultimately, I think the job is Lyon’s to lose with Rodney as a stop-gap option before Zumaya is ready to take the ball.

  14. sean says:
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    @grey: thinking about making a trade offer of Price/Cano for Tex/K.Johnson… think it might help with the issues above/replace some of the risk in my portfolio without giving away much in terms of return…

  15. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @sean: Jim Leyland has shown a propensity to stick with the same dude as long as the same dude is getting a reasonable number of outs. He definitely seems like one of those old-school, “closer mentality” type guys — i.e. values magical intangibles over actual performance.

    Ergo, if Lyons can manage to chalk up a few saves without torching the house down, he should keep the job, would be my guess.

    @Grey: Didn’t Chad Cordero have major velocity-disappearance issues in Washington? Are there any reports on his velocity this spring?

  16. Grey

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    @sean: I like that trade for you.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: His performance issues led to his surgery and now he should be fine, or at least 95% his old self in two months. For any other team, I’d say he might be replaced, but the Mariners are without anyone else to step up. Unless… Somehow Mark Lowe or Tyler Walker really steps up in the first month, which seems doubtful.

  17. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Grey: Sweet! I think I just found my final round pick, a spot reserved in past years for such league-winning luminaries as John Buck*, Jesse Crain, Anthony Reyes, and Kazuo Fukomori.

    *Yes, he was my starting catcher that year, for a few months, at least. Mistakes were made.

  18. ABell says:
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    who wins a Johan, Victorino, Kendrick, and Soto for Billingsley, Utley, Votto, and Napoli trade? 12 team, keeper league, H2H. thanks, grey

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ABell: The Billingsley side.

  20. ABell says:
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    i’m offering the johan side, and the guy is very attached to utley. odds are pretty slim of him accepting, but maybe this will be a set up to just get votto from him.

  21. sean says:
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    Edit: that was Prince, not price.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Ah… Not quite the slam dunk, but I still like it for you. It’s a bit of an apples for apples trade though. I can go either way.

  23. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey i have lidstrom on my team and with the news today that he has a strained rotatator cuff and might miss opening day i was thinking of dropping him for gregg or francisco…i read that gregg is the favorite to close as of right now and i know franscisco doesnt have much competition

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mikey boy324: I wouldn’t drop Lindstrom if I had room for both, but I’d grab Francisco then Gregg, in that order.

  25. Schlitzy says:
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    Pedroia gets the GAS FACE! Did you know Peter Nash aka Prime Minister Pete Nice is a baseball historian in cooperstown?

    Anyhoo quick keeper question G – deciding betwen Billingsly and James Shields for my last keeper (other 2 are Braun and BJ UP). While Shields is ranked a spot hgher I’ve read you manlove post re: Billingsly and tend to agree. He has a chance to be top 5 while Shields does not. Leaning towards C. Billz- right move?

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Schlitzy: Yeah, I did. Could someone arrange for me to interview him?

    Go Bills.

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