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I was jazzed to draft Phil Hughes this year like I was from New Orleans and I was smoking doobs with Kermit Ruffins.  Then Hughes hurt his back and someone played the sad trombone.  That’s yay upside down, which looks like a fire between two teepees.  Hughes is now out with a bulging disk in his back.  Hey, Hughes, is that a banana in your spine or you happy to see me?  I’m not a doctor (no kidding!), but none of this sounds good for Hughes.  I’m lowering my projections on him and dropping him out of my favorable tier.  It’s early, and there’s still a lot of time, but I’d be lying if I said I was still drafting him with confidence.  I’ll draft some players that are mildly injured, but the injury needs to sound a lot better than “may not be ready for the start of the season.”  Then there’s Matt Garza, who will be starting the year on the DL.  This news comes just days after we freakin’ drafted him.  I will now call him Matt Grrza.  Whenever I say his name, I will say it like I’m a frustrated Lisa Simpson.  Well, if you wanna ride the Garza Strip, be prepared for some bombshells.  I’ve updated the top 40 and top 60 starters to reflect Hughes and Grrza’s inability to keep me happy.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Curtis Granderson – Out for 10 weeks with a fracture in his forearm.  Man, you can’t play with a three-arm and a one-arm patched together with duct tape!  This is old news, but just wanted to alert people I moved him in my 2013 fantasy baseball rankings and changed his projections in the top 40 outfielders for 2013 fantasy baseball.

Shaun Marcum – Taking time off to strengthen his shoulder.  He needs to take about seven years off.  Snap in an inverted W formation!

Javier Vazquez – Ends comeback due to knee injury.  You think he’s now on the Biogenesis clinic’s mailing list?  “Javy, you don’t have to retire!  We have estrogen from Bartolo Colon’s moobs ready to pump into your sphincter.”  (I don’t know the exact procedure, but I like to think that’s what it involves since A-Rod loves him some PEDs.)

Brett Anderson – Will be the A’s Opening Day starter.  If there is an Opening Day (just trying to reach more Mayan readers).

Jedd Gyorko – Showing power in the spring like he’s nobody’s business!  Which is a phrase I don’t understand.  As I said yesterday, ignore spring training stats, but there is something to guys winning starting jobs.  The Lord knows the Friars need hitting help, because they talk.

Will Middlebrooks – Diagnosed with a sore wrist, but should be fine to go today or tomorrow.  A hitter with sore wrists worries me, so if he has one more setback, I’m ready to drop him lower in my rankings.  Don’t make me go back there, 3rd base rankings!

Felix Doubront – Cleared to start next Monday after some shoulder soreness.  Here’s my Doubront fantasy.  I wrote it after losing a bet to Don Ameche.

Matt Adams – Right now, the Cardinals are saying Adams could have a chance to get on the Opening Day roster.  They said it’ll be a tight squeeze.  They could have been referring to him putting on his pants.

Chris Carter – The Astros manager/composer/songwriter, Bo Porter, said Carter will play left field for them.  Just yesterday there was a Chris Carter sleeper post.  Prescient ain’t just a word you need to spell check!

Ian Stewart – Might not be ready for Opening Day.  That hasn’t stopped him before, so we’ll see.  If Stewart can’t go, it would leave an opening for Luis Valbuena, who is Malbuena.

Travis Wood – Should be in the Cubs rotation to start the year.  He’s an interesting name to look at late in deep leagues.  His K-rate was a hair under seven with a usable walk rate.  He just needs to cut his homers allowed.  On the Cubs, there will be no wins, and, in Wrigley, homers could be a problem once the weather warms up.  For a 5th or 6th starter in NL-Only leagues, I’d look at him.  I bet he’s a name that pops up again in an early Buy/Sell.

Kyle Lohse – This news headline cracked me up, “Yanks, Indians Still Not Interested in Lohse.”  Here’s another headline for you, “Grey Still Handsome.”

Zack Wheeler – Mild oblique strain.  I have a theory.  Only baseball players have obliques, therefore if you have an oblique and you are not a baseball player, you’re missing out on your life’s true calling.  No matter your age, pick up a baseball and hit the diamond.  Watch The Rookie with Dennis Quaid prior, just to get yourself pumped up.  On a side sidenote, I wonder if there’s an actor in the Middle East named Dennis Quadi.

Elvis Andrus – He’s out with a sore tattoo.  Reminds me of the Halloween I went out as Elvis and my little friend was sore that I didn’t go as Ricardo Montalban.

  1. DrEasy says:
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    “We have estrogen from Bartolo Colon’s moobs ready to pump into your sphincter.” Classic!

    Any news re: the Razzball leagues? Or have I missed the announcement? I have a crown to defend!

    • Jef says:
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      @DrEasy: RE: razzball leagues Dr I may have to bail from the one I joined, the draft date is a conflict for me. Let me know if you’re looking to get in one.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @DrEasy: Believe we are talking about Razzball leagues were Ronny Cedeno is elite, not the RCL’s.

  2. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, Alexi Ogando has struggling early in this spring.

    some experts are saying his FB velocity decreased, and it can be related to any injury.

    i know it’s only beginning of March, but nervous as an Ogando owner.

    like Hughes and Garza, he should be lowered in your fantasy ranking for now?

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Piranhaman: and more.

      i also have Hughes on my rotation. and Hammel is on ww.

      should i drop Hughes for Hammel? wonder your opinion :)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Piranhaman: I’d hold for now, and Ogando needs some time to get up to speed…

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Piranhaman: i hope you’re not referring to that fangraphs article…

  3. Jef says:
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    You can’t predict injuries. I’m still a member of the Grey’s Church of Pitching Omnopitence. Although would you put your Top Chef-predictions at better or even with your starting pitching analysis? I don’t know how (OK, too lazy) to check how long ago you called “the winner will be Brooke or the Asian chick” but to nail the finale like that…very impressive. On another Top Chef-search note, if I ever need to check how long I’ve been reading Razzball I just need to google the year Angelo was a contestant. F that Rolly-Fingers-looking-absentee-father-fat dude, they just don’t make kitchen-foils like they used to.

    12 team H2H CBS point league, I can keep Aroldis or Goldschmidt for a 6th rounder? Mind you 20 pitchers were drafted in the first five rounds last year, and Aroldis maintains his RP status. Thanks, and great work as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jef: I predict pitchers like I predict Top Chef… I look at the clock and if there’s only 5 minutes left to go I know they can’t cook dessert so I know how’s the best… I’d go with Goldy…

      • Fooch says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, that whole episode was a disaster if you ask me. The suspense-build fail at the end was the cherry on top.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Fooch: I really thought my DVR forgot to record the first fifteen minutes when they laid out who the sous chefs would be and what everyone was cooking…

          • Fooch says:
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            @Grey: Nope. Like the live audience and studio guests, they explained it poorly with badly mixed VO and a few quick lines during the sit down interviews. This whole season was kind of a mess (the new woosh-pan shot?!), but that’s what happens when you’ve been doing a show for however many years and get bored in the bay.

            But it’s okay, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad are coming.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, the judges’ table swish pans were obnoxious… And they went out of their way to justify that stupid Last Chance Kitchen… The show’s a mess, and not sure if they can save it… Never saw Game of Thrones, but have heard good things…

              • Fooch says:
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                @Grey: not to distract you from doling out baseball opinion, but what’s your take on hugh acheson? i can’t figure out why they think he’s good on camera.

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    My first proper draft in an albeit free league last night. My team:

    1 Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B
    24 Adam Jones, Bal OF
    25 Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B
    48 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    49 B.J. Upton, Atl OF
    72 Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS
    73 Mat Latos, Cin SP
    96 Max Scherzer, Det SP
    97 Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    120 Shane Victorino, Bos OF
    121 Jake Peavy, CWS SP
    144 Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP
    145 Jim Johnson, Bal RP
    168 Ichiro Suzuki, NYY OF
    169 Dan Uggla, Atl 2B
    192 Jesus Montero, Sea C
    193 Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP
    216 Starling Marte, Pit OF
    217 Glen Perkins, Min RP
    240 Jason Hammel, Bal SP
    241 Marco Estrada, Mil SP
    264 Brandon Belt, SF 1B
    265 Wil Myers, TB OF
    288 Shelby Miller, StL RP
    289 Frank Francisco, NYM RP

    Pretty happy with it, if only my money leagues also go this well! Thoughts on the team?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @TheNewGuy: i approve… maybe could have waited on SS for a better 1B (nitpicking)…

  5. Ryan says:
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    I have the 3rd overall pick…. How risky is Braun with suspension looming?
    1 trout 2 miggy (figure)

    • Carns says:
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      @Ryan: The Hebrew Hammer is not allowed to be suspended. Think about it dude…when you’re done thinking about it, draft him and watch him go 35/25/.317 minimum. The Hammer is straight tits.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Carns: I hope so, but cant he be suspended in the “best interest for baseball clause” I think there is a huge drop off after top 3. Cano has zero protection, as a yankee fan its scary after top 5 in the line up, As for the irish pirate, just hard for me to trust him with no one around him. Kemp maybe but gets injured often

        • scott says:
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          @Ryan: as a yankee fan its scary after top 5? Haha try being a pirates fan where all I’m hoping for is our first season above 500 in 20 straight YEARS! Now that’s scary. There’s going to be atleast one negative thing about every player that you can come up with. Go with the top guy in Braun

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          @Ryan: McCutchen has the same guys around him this year that he did last year when he put up big numbers: Walker, Jones, Alvarez – not world-beaters or anything but decent enough… possibly even an improved lineup with Marte.

          But anyway, protection is over-rated. Elite guys will hit in any lineup and at worst they suffer a bit in R/RBIs.

          • Fungazi says:
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            @Jon: I agree with Jon, these line-up questions always seem to get blown out of proportion. At the start of the season there’s no way of knowing what teams are going to step up and play beyond their projections or those that might tank for a whole season. All teams have major league players that will get on base around the elite ones.

  6. Elwood Blues says:
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    In search for saves before the auction so I don’t have to bid all my money on Motte or Soriano (likely $30-40) I am down to these options.. make a minor trade for League $10, Parnell $1, or Grilli $10 in an NL Only 4×4 12-team keeper. How would you rank them? I tried landing Axford on a 2-yr contract and the other guy wanted way too much, maybe that’s a blessing.

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      @Elwood Blues: Or should I even bother with a trade? Someone like Marmol may be available in the auction too, though he’s on someone’s roster right now at $26. Yeah, crazy prices for closers.

      • Brian says:
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        @Elwood Blues: I’m in a similar league. NL only 4 x 4, 12 team keeper. We have same problem with crazy prices on closers. I’d try for Grilli and Parnell and if that doesn’t work, load up at auction on next-in-line closers and wait for the inevitable blow up or injury. I rarely pay the premium price for closers at the auction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elwood Blues: I wouldn’t trade for saves… Grilli, Parnell…

  7. MrMojoRisin says:
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    When I logged in and saw what appears to be a regular season post I thought I had overslept by like 30 days or so…
    It is nice to see Grey rounding in to regular season form!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: Ha… Figured I’d throw a little ketchup on the news…

  8. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In an OBP league you still going Pujols, Fielder then Votto?

    And is Teix still at #20?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I’d keep the first three the same, I’d move Tex up to about 12…

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Eddy: Fielder first, then a toss-up between Pujols and Votto. Pujols’ OBP the last three years – .414/.366/.343. Fielder’s had an OBP over .400 each of the last four years and he’s still in his prime. Votto’s an OBP beast too, but the knee is enough of a question mark to put him even with (and probably a little behind) Pujols.

  9. Fungazi says:
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    What do you think about cold Carl? Carl Crawford. He had a setback also. I drafted him in one league already and now starting to think he’s never going to be fully right again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: His setback wasn’t serious… Still plenty of time for him…

  10. Cole says:
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    I feel for Andrus. There is literally nothing worse than a sore tramp stamp.

  11. Kalone says:
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    Hey, Grey, are you concerned with Felix’s dip in fastball velocity the last few years, or his recent workload?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kalone: I’m not, but I also won’t be drafting him…

      • kalone says:
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        @Grey: Unless you’re in a 16-team league, right? Then you’re saying there’s a chance?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Anything can happen, if he falls to around 50th overall then it’s possible, but seems highly unlikely… If he were there in the 50’s, I’d draft him…

  12. Ryan says:
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    Grey, quick question.. In a 100 dollar budget auction league, strictly looking for value, would you keep Trevor Cahill(.25), Mike Fiers(.25), Paul Maholm(.25), Matt Cain(7.25) or Yu Darvish(5.50). It is a 13 team league with 9 pitching slots so all of these guys would be used anyway. Thanks

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: if anyone wants to leave feedback that would be great, thanks.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Ryan: In that setup I don’t think I’d keep a pitcher who was $7 or greater. Therefore, Cain would be too expensive. I would keep Darvish.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: I’m giving a lot of though to Cahill for 25 cents.. I mean why not he’ll put up decent numbers for the basement price.. Better than most other 25 cent guys.

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          @Ryan: i like fiers>cahill…

  13. costaricanchata says:
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    a) middlebrooks’ sore wrist is the SAME one … could be worse than initially feared .

    b) granderson’s fracture is on his THROWING arm … watch out now , take care , beware .

    c)

  14. thomasnv says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Philly for Jamie Garcia.

    Garcia had two really good season and last season sucked, possibly due to injury?

    Do you see a bounce back for Mr. Garcia?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @thomasnv: garcia had a shoulder injury that he decided to rehab instead of having surgery… so most likelly he’ll be injured again this year…

  15. Eric W says:
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    I have a theory on spring training injuries, it is the guranteed money. These guys have no fear of being cut because they are getting paid any way so might as well tell the truth and take a few days of because you hurt yourself buying sandwiches ( joel peralta ) please go ahead make sure you heal up after you forgot to take your short off while ironing it (john smoltz) or take a month of rest and relaxation due to a violent sneeze (every player ever). These guys know worst case scenario they get cut and up playing beer leauge softball well getting paid a couple million dollars a year anyway (eric byrnes). god knows this would not fly in the nfl and just one of the many reasons baseball is the best sport in the world.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlFq9v0fT8E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Could watch this gem alllll day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric W: Great comment, I tend to agree… Oh, and Byrnesie!

  16. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Question for anybody to answer-
    Do you prefer keeper leagues with a snake draft or an auction?

    • tenaciousdeucer says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson:

      Auctions better in any format. Can’t do stars & scrubs in a “window wiper” draft.

    • Rabbit says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson:
      Auction is the better format for all leagues, keeper or not. Once you go auction, you’ll never go back(-tion). Wait, that doesn’t work at all. Never mind; just go with auction; you’ll be glad you did. Then the key will be how you want to limit how long someone can be kept for (if you do). Something like a maximum of three years of being kept (inclusive of the first year bought) works pretty well.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Rabbit: Thanks. Going to go with auction which was originally how I set up the league. I will put the finishing touches on the settings this weekend.

        The only thing I do not like about online auctions is when somebody does not show up for it.

  17. sanfran1966 says:
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    Lat, back, shoulder? who knows what the real injury is anymore…

    1,350 inning cap league; Roto 12 team

    Please evaluate these 2 staffs in terms of the cap.

    1. (SP) Greinke, Latos, Anderson, Parker, Niese, Ogando, Iwakuma (RP) Rodney & Casey Janssen

    2. (SP) Wainright, Scherzer, Morrow, Peavy, Parker, Griffin, Iwakuma (RP) Rafael Soriano Soriano & Wilhelmsen

    Are either strong enough???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sanfran1966: They’re both strong enough… I like 2 slightly better too…

  18. marti says:
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    got the 12, 13 pick in my mixed league 12 team roto dynasty league. Here are my choices please help keepers due by sunday. We keep 6. 4 are easy its the last 2 i am having trouble with. I think in the 12,13 slot, I will have a choice of adam jones, tulo, kinsler, beltre, david wright, zimmerman, a gon, pedroia, bruce , holiday, hamilton. I am probably not taking a pitcher with my first 4 picks unless somebody drops

    I am definitely keeping
    5.12 Justin Upton
    10.1 Bumgarmer
    23.12 Allen Craig
    28.1 Joey Bats

    I have to keep two of the following.

    3.12 Verlander
    11.12 Elvis andrus
    30.12 Smjardzia
    31.1 Todd Frazier.

    I am thinking at 6.1, i may be able to get frazier or smjardzia back but not sure. Who would you keep? I wasn’t planning on keeping andrus but at 11.12 it is so tempting, also tempting to keep verlander since I drew the last pick but not huge value just good value. What do you do here keep the best players or best value. I appreciate your input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marti: Verlander and Elvis…

  19. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey better keepers for this year Rizzo or Austin Jackson also Medlen or Morrow?

  20. Jake says:
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    Hey Grey, are you worried about Giancarlo Stanton’s counting stats?

    I’m in a 5×5 league (Avg, HR, RBI, R, SB), and I fear that the lack of lineup help will lower his opportunities for RBI’s and R’s. I think pitchers will tend to throw around him, and the rise in OBP will not help in a league like mine…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: His team last year wasn’t very good, I’m not worried…

  21. Mark says:
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    Question:
    I’m in a 12 team mixed league. We get 5 keepers. Someone offered to give me Andrew McCutchen for Buster Posey and Paul Goldschmidt. I can’t keep Goldie anyway (my keepers are Kemp, Cain, Zimmerman, Posey, and B.Butler).

    I know McCutchen is great, but so is Posey, and C is a pretty thin position.
    So: McCutchen for Posey: Yea? Nay?

    • Mark says:
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      shoulda added “points” league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: I’d want McCutchen…

    • tenaciousdeucer says:
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      @Mark:

      You’re also giving away whatever opportunity you might have to draft Goldschimdt, fwiw.

  22. Diamondoug says:
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    Oh honorable Grey, for a 12 team NL only keeper league, who do you like this year and long term better ??

    $ 5 Jean Segura or $ 5 Everth Cabrera

    Thanks Diamondoug

  23. Mrakoo says:
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    Grey, awesome site! Hoping you can help with my keepers.
    16 teams H2H mixed league – Whom should I keep from list below? Thanks!

    Stanton
    Longoria
    S.Castro
    A. Jackson
    Headley
    C. Santana
    Rosario

    Chapman
    Halladay
    Medlen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrakoo: Thanks! Keep them all…

      • mrakoo says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, I forgot to mention I can only keep 6.

        Please advise.

        Thanks

  24. royce! says:
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    To continue last night’s thread on Top Chef, yeah, it was put together poorly. Seems that they might be struggling like Project Runway, so maybe they wanted to make something that took lass $ to produce? Sure didn’t think it through; again, there’s no suspense in a “first to three” format where you know what time the show is ending.

    And what was with the back story, “why I want to win Top Chef” BS? “I want to win it for my 4 year old”?? No you don’t. You want to win it for yourself. You’re a freaking chef. “I want to win it because I’m adopted and want to go to Korea”??? Yeah, no you don’t. You want to win it because you’re a chef and it wil be good for your career. Reminds me of when I was interviewing for corporate law gigs in NY. I could never think of anything good to say to their “Why do you want this job”? Honestly, the starting salary is 160k and you’re wondering why someone would want the job?

    • Grey

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      @royce!: Ha…. Yeah, the show was a bit of a mess throughout… Not sure if you read my comment a few weeks ago, but I went to Stefan’s restaurant… Not only was it bad, but two of three dishes were inedible, and it wasn’t because they forgot the sauce or it was overcooked… I believe the dishes were prepared the way Stefan meant for them to be, they were just bad… Then he sat down at our table and was blitzed. Started screaming to others in the restaurant while seated at our table… I told him he wasn’t coming off as well this season due to his inconsistency and not being as funny, and he said, “Just wait.” Like he was going to make a comeback… He was off the show the following week…

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        @Grey: Damn, what a mess. I think his telling you “just wait” is probably the funniest thing he’s done for years. Too bad they didn’t include that on Top Chef this year…

        I think I might have asked you about this, but have you or Rudy been to Paul Qui’s restaurant?(The one he was working at before working on his own jam, which is not so cleverly named, “Qui.”) That seems like the sort of place I would enjoy. I’d also like to hit up one of Brooke’s places, but I doubt I’ll ever find myself anywhere near them.

        • Grey

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          When I went to Austin in November, we went to Uchiko… It was really good… You can find excellent sushi in LA though… I’d like to check out one of Brooke’s places… Next time you’re in town…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: There are a few excellent sushi places down here as well, so holler if you ever want to catch a Padres game and grab some sushi. I gotta get back up to LA soon, though. It’s been too long.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, that might be nice, maybe I’ll bring the cougar…

        • I’ve been to a couple of Paul’s restaurants/food trucks. Grey and I took the cougar/Mrs. Gamble to Uchiko which was his first big shot. Soooo good. That and it’s big sister restaurant (Uchi) are both up there in the top echelon of Japanese restaurants in America (not just Texas).

          Paul has a chain of food trucks called East Side Kings. I took Grey to one when he was in town. He opened one a couple miles from my house behind a dive bar that I’ve been to a couple times. Really good ramen and brussels sprouts.

          He’s had a restaurant in the works for a while – latest update is March (http://austin.culturemap.com/newsdetail/01-29-13-13-56-paul-qui-shares-updates-on-upcoming-qui-restaurant-slated-for-pre-sxsw-opening/).

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            @Rudy Gamble: Damn, that all sounds awesome. Makes me wish that I lived in a town with a more active food scene. San Diego has a few interesting things going on, but nothing like Austin (or Seattle…or Portland…or most cities…). Not that I would be able to take advantage of it right now anyway…With a now 1 year old daughter, we haven’t been able to get out very much. But we’re gonna try to have the kid stay with her grandma later this month so we can go see Jeff Mangum. Looking at Uchi has made me really want to go to this sushi joint called Hane before the show.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @royce!: I want this job because if I’m happy with what I do then I never have to work.

      • royce! says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Damn, I’m not sure if you meant that as a joke or not, but if I’m ever in an interview like that again, I’m using that line. Confuses ‘em enough that they will move on, but sounds something like wisdom. Of course, there would be a chance that they would come back with, “You won’t be happy with what you’re doing.”

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: its that old adage they tell you in junior high to not squash all the hope you have for life. Original quote: “If you love what you do you never have to work”

          • royce! says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Oh yeah… I’m familiar with it, but in the context of interviewing for a job that will undoubtedly suck for the first 5 years or so, I think it would be hilarious.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @royce!: I like to headf**k in interviews when they do it to me

    • Rabbit says:
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      @royce!:
      That’s funny (and accurate) on corproate law firm interviews. Of course, the people at those firms don’t really want to know why you want that job (they know people want it for the money), they really just want you to kiss their ass a bunch. “Well of course, your firm has the best M&A practice in the City, and you do the most interesting work with the best clients, blah blah blah” as if there is anything good or interesting about being a first-year associate in a big NYC firm–here kid, go spend four months reviewing 1200 boxes of documents for due diligence on a deal that will fall through at the last minute.

      • royce! says:
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        @Rabbit: Ha! Exactly. Coming from a law and philosophy background, I would always say that I was interested in finding the proper balance of regulation and freedom in corporate law (which wasn’t entirely untrue- it is interesting), to which they would respond, “well, you won’t have much time to think about that while slogging through document reviews…” I should have just gone with, “Oh, and I love reviewing documents! It’s the best! And I love your tie!”

        I was probably lucky to have not been hired. I was interviewing near the peak of the securitization boom, and would have soon been out of a job anyway.

  25. Joe says:
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    I’m about to do a draft in a fresh, 12 man H2H keeper league. We will keep 3 players per season with a 3 round pick penalty (12th rounder would cost you a 9th rnd pick next year). Can’t keep anyone in the first 3 rounds. How early is too early to draft Oscar Taveras?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: 13th round

  26. Jason says:
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    Grey,

    Do you modify the overall 400 rankings list when you make these changes?

    • Jason says:
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      Nevermind, I see that Hughes was moved from 142 to 161, which answers my question. Thanks.

  27. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Per my buddies advice, I reading up on the Razzball darling Rutledge, should I be concerned that they are talking up EYJ as some super utility guy? My buddy claimed that he read that Weiss is considering making him a starter? I never found the article, but that would suck if true.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Young hasn’t cracked 200 ABs in his career, I’m not concerned…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: granted but doesnt their love of EYJ make Rutledge someone who won’t get 600 ab’s? or should we assume Tulo will get hurt

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They have no love for EYJ, otherwise they would’ve started him over the last 3 years…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: new manager this year

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Guess we’ll see, but I’m not concerned…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: The point i was trying to get to was that if you draft Rutledge I would make sure I had a back-up in some form, hopefully multi position flexible

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, our hopefully Tulo just gets injured again…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: call it one of my crazy hunches, and no not the ones the kids use to yease me about in school, but the Rockies know they suck and moving EYJ makes a lot of sense. I can could see them trying to showcase him for deadline deals to contenders.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They should’ve traded him 3 years ago for his and their sake…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: do you ever look at the comments on sky’s articles?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Once in a while, haven’t recently… Why?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: no big deal, just a conversation about answering questions with a magic eight ball regardless of relevance

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Outcome cloudy…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: awhhh. I wanted an excuse to buy one, my mom never let me have one as a kid…Thanks alot Magic Grey Ball

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Reply hazy, try again….

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Dammnit! one last chance, would I make better decisions if i had one?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: only you would know, but it saves me the money of buying

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: Very doubtful.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: thats reassuring but not fun….I’m smarter than the magic Eight ball!!!!!!!!!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s best if you shake again.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      But I was told past two shakes and you’re playing with yourself.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Michael J. Fox would not find that funny.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nor would he find it funny you wanted him to do his own Harlem Shake vid with Ali. Don’t worry, I won’t tell him you said that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nor would he find it funny if you asked him if he has a problem oversalting his food.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I asked him to DJ for me once. He’s a great scratcher…but that’s all he does…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      See, that’s just too far!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Well now I can’t do the one about how he plays a mean set of maracas…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I wouldn’t… Or how his finger paintings look like a Jackson Pollock. I’d avoid that too.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: i’ve shaked more than twice today

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s BEST if you shake again.*

                      *I apologize for the 8 ball, that tone is not necessary.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Eight ball is out of control

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Eight ball is out of control

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: now I’m doing everything two times – Jackie two times

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: now I’m doing everything two times – Jackie two times…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Eight ball is napping. Outcome drowsy.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That’s where the speedball comes in handy. Outcome awake for 72 straight hours.

  28. Rabbit says:
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    Grey, I think you lost your ($1) bet to Ralph Bellamy, not to Don Ameche. Ralph will thank you when he’s accepting the Nobel Prize.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: Ha… I was trying to remember which way it went…

  29. LanceGold says:
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    Question regarding what to do with the 6th pick overall in a 12 team snake draft…we do a dynasty/holdover league, so I am bringing in Trout, McCutchen and Longoria already…..and have Sale, Darvish, and J Zimmerman heldover too….

    With the players who will be available 1-8 or so being Bruce, Tulowitzki, Reyes, Gar-Go, Cliff Lee, King Felix, Holliday, and Adrian Gonzalez….would you take another hitter at that point, or take King Felix or Cliff Lee to arm myself with a heck of a rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take a hitter…

  30. Jon says:
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    I’m in a 10-team league with 30-man rosters (plus 4 DL spots and 5 minor league spots), so it’s not particularly deep. We’re moving to a set number of keepers (rather than values and a cap) and intent is to have more of a dynasty league than not – what do you think is a reasonable amount of keepers? 60% = 18?

    I’m leaning towards something like min 10-12, 15-18 without penalty, above that you’re forfeiting draft picks. Thoughts?

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon: minor league guys wouldn’t count toward the keeper cap, btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      18 sounds about right…

  31. Big AL says:
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    And so it begin’s. Open up your bitterness window before it get’s bitter,bitter cold in here. Let some of the warm confidence you had before spring training injuries flow back in Grey.
    The many shades of Grey are starting to rise and this shade is a ugly Grey. Pretty soon you’ll be wanting to draft Hosmer on all your teams and than it’s a trip right to the dark side. Much to early for bitterness Grey.Open the bitterness window wide.
    Deep breathe, there ya go. All is right in the world except for Hosmer. ( Windoow Slamming Shut)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks, Al… You are my fantasy yogi…

  32. D Rich says:
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    I know he’s not a DL worry but since we’re talking about players who could be missing time. Any concern that Jeff Samardjza will be shut down again late in season? I love that guy as much as you do but when they shut him down last year it hurttt especially since i had Strasburg too. I haven’t heard anything about the Cubs doing that but because he’s their future ace and they will be 100 games out of playoffs. Any cause for concern? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not concerned…

  33. Dan Pants

    blairtch says:
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    Heyo Grey,

    Keeper question. I have to keep four players, including one pitcher because life isn’t fair. The only keeper worthy pitcher I have is wainwright, and I would keep Pujols and Votto, too. What do you think for my fourth keeper Harper, Heyward or Reyes? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  34. Beastman says:
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    Hey all, there’s still 10 spots left in a a $50 buy-in razzball league. It’s sure to be more fun than wondering if Phil Hughes is DL worthy!

    E-mail me for league details: joshua_eastman@yahoo.com

  35. Mel says:
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    Quick question.
    6×6 keeper with OBP

    My keepers: Pedrioa, Harper, Holliday, and Jennings (not great).

    With my first pick (all will be available), would you take:
    Bautista, Hamilton, AGonz, Reyes, Wright, or Beltre?

    I’m tormented over this first pick. All these choices have significant risk!
    I know what the ranks say – but adding in OBP and my questionable keepers – change anything?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon

  36. GTS says:
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    Cruz injured already. Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that didn’t take long…

  37. royce! says:
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    Chris Perez out for 3-4 weeks. The closerousel awakens!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stirring the SAGNOF Gods…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: RELEASE THE THORNTON!!!

        (eh, would’ve been funnier if it was Reed that got hurt, but you get the point)

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: You need to get Grey on to the Green Flash.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve: Eh, he’s more of a daiquiri sort of “guy”…Burn!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Drink Green Flash beer. This message has been brought to you by beer and Steve.

  38. Killer Joe says:
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    Keeper question: 12 team H2H, we play 7×7 with hits/OPS and L/WHIP. This is my team and I can keep 3:

    Elvis Andrus
    Norichika Aoki
    Jay Bruce
    Adrian Beltre
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Andrew McCutchen
    Chirs Nelson
    Salvador Perez
    Aramis Ramirez
    Justin Upton
    Rickie Weeks
    Madison Bumgarner
    Steve Cishek
    Tyler Clippard
    Ernesto Frieri
    Gio Gonzalez
    Kris Medlen
    Addison Reed
    Jordan Zimmermann

    McCutchen and Upton seem like no brainers, but I can’t decide between Goldschmidt and Beltre. Goldschmidt has the upside obviously, but 3B feels pretty scarce. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  39. scott says:
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    I know you say not to judge spring training stats but its pretty positive that brian roberts had another solid day. 3-3 hitting 545 now. Does he make a slowclimb up the list if he can continue a strong spring?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at all

  40. Jamie says:
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    10 team H2H 7X7 (OPS, TB). Keeping Votto, A-Gon, Holliday. Need two out of Granderson, Choo, and Headley. We have three DL spots. Is Grandy worth the stash in H2H formats or go with the other two? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The other two

  41. Sul says:
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    You would take Austin Jackson ($1) over Alex Gordon ($2) in a five year keeper, right? You feel like Jackson could push over that 20 hr threshold or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Gordon…

  42. Jason says:
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    Keeping Braun votto longo Cain hamels. 5×5 H2H. Have some one interested in Braun or votto. Working deal where I move one for Hanley, strasburg, and possibly the first pick of the draft. Probable players available include heyward Encarnacion cespedes grienke wainwright.
    Would you move one if Braun or votto for that return? Which one? Ok to do move without getting back pick? That would cause me to have to throw back either Cain or hamels or I can trade one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade Votto for Hanley, Strasburg and Encarnacion…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: would you do it without getting the pick back? Would then have to rely onoving Cain or hamels ? Guy thinks adding the pick is too much from him. Encarnacion is on my current roster of which I can select keepers from. I offered to include him on the deal as seeing as I probably wouldn’t keep him. If I get the pick I would then target heyward. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, the pick back is key…

          • Jason says:
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            @Grey: thanks that’s my thinking too.

  43. The Fridge says:
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    Trying to finalize keepers for my 5×5 OBP 13-team Roto League and feel like I’m running in circles. We use the ESPN rosters with CI, MI, 5 OFs, etc. These are my current options:

    Niese – $4
    Sale – $5
    Altuve – $6
    Jennings – $14
    Rizzo – $11
    Myers – 0 (Minor leaguers are kept for zero against the $260 auction pot. He will take an $8 value once he joins the majors so could be kept in 2014 for $11)

    Here’s the curveball. I have the option to trade Sale for Goldschmidt (who could be kept for $19).

    A) Do I make the deal to acquire Au-Shizz for Sale?
    B) If I make the deal, who are my keepers? Can I roll with Au-Shizz, Rizzo, Altuve and Jennings? Or do I keep Niese or Myers in there somewhere?

    Thanks in advance. You and your mustache have taken this whole fake baseball thing to a new level…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Maybe I’m missing it, but how many keepers do you get?

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: Sorry – it’s a max of 4 keepers. Tried to get every detail and missed the most important one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Nope B) Rizzo, Sale, Altuve, Jennings…

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: If you don’t mind me digging a little further, is it that you don’t like Goldchmidt @ $19 or that you really like Sale @ $5?

        Or, does Rizzo offers better value at $11 and it doesn’t make sense to occupy both a 1B and CI with keepers…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Rizzo offers better value at $11 and that’ll lock up your 1B slot… Save your corner slot for the draft…

          • The Fridge says:
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            @Grey: Thank you and may the SAGNOF god’s shine light upon you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And to you and yours!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: Ok, thanks, it is full.

  44. Jason says:
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    Sorry another question, but I value your input.
    Keeping Braun votto longo Cain hamels. 5×5 H2H.
    First Cain or hamels?
    Next as I have Encarnacion but not currently keeping. Move him and either Cain or hamels for verlander. Would get a pick back too. Still working on pick though. Looking at possibly a 10th round. Trying for a 7th. Go get verlander? Or too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain… Sure, move Edwin and Hamels for Verlander…

  45. Eddy says:
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    Logan Forsythe about to start at shortstop for second time. Things are getting interesting in the Gyorko chronicles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They should bench Everth… It does make sense…

  46. Gareth says:
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    CBS Mock Draft. Ignored your advice about Catchers and Pitchers and this is the result. Oh and I booted Outfielders and 1st Basemen till late in the draft bacause of the depth. Thoughts?

    C Posey, Buster (C SF) 1B · C · U ACT
    C Santana, Carlos (C CLE) 1B · C · U ACT
    1B Howard, Ryan (1B PHI) 1B · U ACT
    2B Cano, Robinson (2B NYY) 2B · U ACT
    3B Frazier, Todd (3B CIN) 1B · 3B · U ACT
    SS Zobrist, Ben (OF TB) 2B · OF · SS · U ACT
    OF Bautista, Jose (OF TOR) OF · U ACT
    OF Swisher, Nick (OF CLE) 1B · OF · U ACT
    OF Pagan, Angel (OF SF) OF · U ACT
    OF Werth, Jayson (OF WAS) OF · U ACT
    OF Ludwick, Ryan (OF CIN) OF · U ACT
    U LaRoche, Adam (1B WAS) 1B · U ACT
    U Dunn, Adam (1B CHW) 1B · U ACT
    P Strasburg, Stephen (P WAS) P ACT
    P Price, David (P TB) P ACT
    P Lee, Cliff (P PHI) P ACT
    P Greinke, Zack (P LAD) P ACT
    P Sabathia, CC (P NYY) P ACT
    P Bumgarner, Madison (P SF) P ACT
    P Gonzalez, Gio (P WAS) P ACT
    P Latos, Mat (P CIN) P ACT
    P Peavy, Jake (P CHW) P ACT
    RES Darvish, Yu (P TEX) P ACT
    RES Quentin, Carlos (OF SD)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks very weak on average, and pretty awful in the outfield… The pitching is way too good…

  47. Gareth says:
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    PS – Anyone doing CBS target Darvish. He is way hidden for some reason.

  48. ThE sHiT says:
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    Some jerk left my RCL. Theres an open spot now…draft is late 03/26 (11pm ET).

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Probably realized he was in over his head against you.

  49. Razz says:
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    @Grey; @everyone else;

    Just for s’s & g’s, please rank these 5 rosters’ keeper lists for this season only in a 12 team 6×6 H2H league (w/ OBP and QS). And just FYI, there are some rules/penalties in place to curb streaming pitchers, which is often a problem in devaluing H2H SPs. 11 keepers, no draft pick loss, each matchup is just 1 W and 1 L. Usual Yahoo rosters (3 OF, 2 UTIL, 4 SP, 2 RP, 2 P, etc).

    Team A:

    Prince Fielder
    Jason Kipnis
    Starlin Castro
    Evan Longoria
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Jose Reyes
    Anthony Rizzo

    Max Scherzer
    Zack Greinke
    Ian Kennedy

    Team B:

    Matt Wieters
    Allen Craig
    Ben Zobrist
    Brett Lawrie
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Giancarlo Stanton

    RA Dickey
    Stephen Strasburg
    Felix Hernandez
    Madison Bumgarner
    Craig Kimbrel

    Team C:

    Carlos Santana
    Paul Konerko
    Billy Butler
    Ian Kinsler
    Pablo Sandoval
    Andrew McCutchen
    Bryce Harper
    Carl Crawford

    Roy Halladay
    Chris Sale
    Jake Peavy

    Team D:

    Miguel Montero
    Albert Pujols
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Mark Teixiera
    Miguel Cabrera
    Troy Tulowitzki
    Yoenis Cespedes
    Desmond Jennings

    Cole Hamels
    Jordan Zimmerman
    Mat Moore

    Team E:

    Salvador Perez
    Adrian Beltre
    Ryan Braun
    Mike Trout
    Austin Jackson
    Shin Soo-Choo

    Clayton Kershaw
    Matt Cain
    Yu Darvish
    Dan Haren
    Joe Nathan

    We have pre-season power rankings every year, and I’m just curious to hear some unbiased opinions! If ranking all top 5 is too much work, I’ll also take just the top team overall. Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Razz: A & D are the two best

      • Razz says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        Yeah, I personally thought those were the 2 best. Team D is actually my #1, but I’ve received some disagreement from the league on that.

        Thanks for the input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

      • Razz says:
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        @Grey:

        Much appreciated. Selleck’s got nothin’ on you.

    • AdamH says:
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      @Razz: A D E C B

      • Razz says:
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        @AdamH:

        Appreciate the full ranking. Thanks!

        Unfortunately my team ended up as 1 of the bottom ones (again), lol.

  50. Jon says:
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    NL-only draft later today where you have to own a player from each team. Thinking of looking for a 2B from San Diego. Can you rank EverCab, Forsythe and Gyorko in order of preference?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re ranked in my rankings… Gyorko has the most upside… Could see EverCab losing a job…

  51. Gareth says:
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    Ok. I just did a Grey draft. I punted catching and didn’t pick up a starter until later on. I even took Estrada with the penultimate pick in honor of the Greymeister. What do you think of the Grey recommended draft?

    C McCann, Brian (C ATL) C · U
    1B Pujols, Albert (1B LAA) 1B · U
    2B Chase, Utley (2B PH) 2B · U
    3B Wright, David (3B NYM) 3B · U
    SS Ramirez, Hanley (3B LAD) 3B · SS · U
    OF Stanton, Giancarlo (OF MIA) OF · U
    OF Heyward, Jason (OF ATL) OF · U
    OF Upton, B.J. (OF ATL) OF · U
    U Gonzalez, Adrian (1B LAD) 1B · U
    P Darvish, Yu (P TEX) P
    P Samardzija, Jeff (P CHC) P
    P Moore, Matt (P TB) P
    P Zimmermann, Jordan (P WAS) P
    P Anderson, Brett (P OAK) P
    P Lester, Jon (P BOS) P
    P Putz, J.J. (P ARI) P
    RES Holliday, Matt (OF STL) OF · U
    RES Choo, Shin-Soo (OF CIN) OF · U
    RES Sandoval, Pablo (3B SF) OF · U
    RES Davis, Ike (1B NYM) 1B · U
    RES Jackson, Austin (OF DET) OF · U
    RES Estrada, Marco (SP MB) P

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks very solid… I love it!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: looks like he will need to drop Estrada for another 2B, utley, are you kidding me?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: then i’m mocking him

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Gareth: bench is too strong and you basically punted saves…

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Beardcrabs: you don’t need that many bench bats in a 10 team league… focus more on SP’s after you solidify your hitting… you might want to read grey’s h2h strategy post…

  52. Gareth says:
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    It was a Head to Head CBS Ten Team Draft.

  53. Sul says:
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    Who you like better, Sandoval ($12) for Carlos Santana ($12)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval

  54. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I just finished Compliance. That was some messed up film. The sad past is I don’t find it hard to believe people are so gullible and ignorant in this country. And to think if you get a job at a fast food restaurant that they might have to talk to you not being duped by these type of things. Scary. I never cared for scary movies because they are not real, these types of flicks are the scariest movies to watch. I remember when people would talk about their favorite horror movies from the seventies, exorcist, carrie, texas chainsaw massacre, I would always answer All the Presidents Men, because its the real shiz that scares the crap out of me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally agree… Horror films don’t do much for me, but this film had me spooked for days… The really scary thing is if you read the Wikipedia entry about the incident and it reads like an outline for the movie… The film says *based* on a true story, but from the Wikipedia entry it seems pretty faithful to the true story…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I read multiple online accounts and the drunk boyfriend got 5 years and the guy who did it got off….twice. Ouch, was that wrong?

        For the most part i don’t like horror movies, if i do like one it’s because of a realistic disturbing character, like Annie in Misery. I also like Christine, but I think thats abeing a car guy thing and i saw it when I was 8, nostalgia.

  55. Joe says:
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    Any idea when you guy will be able to roll out the War Room for the iPad?

    • Boomer19 says:
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      That would be awesome!

  56. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I saw this restaurant tonight in Claremont and thought it was a sign, actually saw it last season and forgot to post about it.

    http://www.darvishrestaurant.com/

  57. MAOooohLaLa says:
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    any love for Dominic Brown this season? I know spring training means very little, but apparently he changed up his hitting mechanics a little bit…any chance for a post-hype sleeper? I’m thinking a $1 flyer couldn’t hurt…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t hurt to take a $1 flyer, but he doesn’t have an everyday job…

  58. MAOooohLaLa says:
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    also, sorry to bother you back to back….12 team very competitive 5×5 $260 auction…$5 increment each year on keepers…my keepers have changed since I last asked your opinion…what should my draft strategy be/should I sign any more big boppers or focus on SP, of which many of the best are being kept…

    1B Votto $36
    2b Kipnis $13
    1B/3B Frazier $6
    OF McCutchen $22
    OF Stanton $16
    OF Adam Jones $17
    SP Harvey $6

    7/$116

    what do I go after come draft day? 25 roster spots to fill in total, with 5 OF, one UTIL, one CI, one MI included. The best players usually go for around $40ish…thanks G.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need a number one and number two starter… I’d focus primarily on starters at the beginning of your draft…

  59. S cott says:
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    Trumbo has 3B eligibility on Yahoo. Where would you rank him among 3B’s? Is he more valuable there than 1B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 8th…

  60. Drew says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a 6×6 h2h league with holds. How do you approach RP? For example, where would guys like Robertson, Adams, Marshall and other top setup pitchers rank relative to your current RP ranks? Does it significantly impact the value of SP as a whole (all non-discriminative P slots) one way or another?

    And to answer your question… No, I wouldn’t mind at all if you wrote an article addressing my question.

    Ha. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grab one late RP that is cheap… MRs always come into the league…

  61. Keith

    Tomscuba2004 says:
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    I’m starting to get sucked into Belt again. Please help push me to one side of the fence or the other.

    Spank you for your tyme.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In over 400 ABS last year, he hit 7 homers.

  62. Keith

    Tomscuba2004 says:
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    Thanks man. I do this every year with Belt, Krispy and Wieters. Thank god Steven Drew buried me 2 years in a row or he’d be here too.

    Preciate your help man. keep up the awesome woik.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…

  63. 2 Giant rings says:
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    My 20 team league (1 catcher) drafts catchers much later than other leagues and the trend continues throughout the draft. There is a good chance Posey will be available to me in the 2nd round with my 29th pick. Would you take him there? I’m guessing your answer is no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

  64. Elwood Blues says:
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    $19 Latos for:
    a>Frazier $10 and $1 Parnell.;
    b> Frazier and $10 League
    c> Frazier and $5 Minor
    d> or trade Grandal $5 for Parnell
    e>none of the above
    NL Only 4×4 12-teamer.. with no closer right now. (see way above in the comments)
    Best couple options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C and D, in that order…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poor Kelvim…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: In more news from the ER, Papi not sure about being ready for Opening Day cos of an Achilles injury according to Farrell…

        • Grey

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          Like he has to run or something, geez…

  65. Cole says:
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    I know spring stats don’t matter, but Marco went 4 scoreless with 3K’s today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

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