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I originally titled this post “SuperNova Destroys Baltimore,” but I was worried it would cause mass panic in the Crab Cake Capital, and those guys already have it rough enough with Hamsterdam running wild. For now, I’ll settle for simply pissing PETA off. Planet destroying exploding stars aside, Ivan Nova‘s star was shining extra bright Friday night as he dominated Baltimore pitching a complete game, giving up just three hits, two runs and striking out 11 Orioles. Ivan “I Vill Crush You” Nova’s only blemish in this game was a second inning home run to Matt Wieters. It looked like Nova would be stuck with the no-decision but new best friend and obvious father figure Vernon Wells hit a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to get New York their fifth win in a row. It was Ivan’s first career shutout and he now has a 2.95 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with a 22/4 K/BB ratio in his three starts since returning to the majors. You gotta like that! Ivan gets the Royals next time out and he could be worth streaming in most formats, because they aren’t any good. Super Nova is a star worthy of a look, at least until he explodes.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball last night:

Ike Davis 3-for-5, 2 runs, BB, 2 RBI. In his return from the minors. Welcome back, old friend. He’s 26 years old people, available in about 40% of RCL leagues and has crazy power upside. Grey told you to BUY, in other words, we like Ike.

Zack Wheeler 5.0 IP, 10 base runners, 1 ER, 3 K and his 2nd win. Yeah, you can probably drop him now if you need to — but if you do, I’ll be right there to snatch him up for his start in SF next week!

Kirk Nieuwenhuis 4-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBI, SB. Dammit Kirk, this was game of your life! At least, I hope it was the game of his life, because I really don’t want to have to spell that name every week.

Eric Young Jr. 2-for-6, 3 runs, SB. Grey told you to BUY him. He guaranteed a stolen base last night and poof — hey, wait, where’d he go?

Carlos Gomez 4-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBI, SB. I wouldn’t go as far as to say he’s completely saved my fantasy season to date, but he totally did/has…will? CarGo-O-omes! Home is whenever I’m with you.

Juan Francisco 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 11th HR. Grey told you to BUY him for power and JuanFran goes and jacks one. Natch. He’s still available in 40% of RCL leagues. Grab him if you need the power. If you already have the power, you are probably He-Man.

Starling Marte 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 SB (his 25 & 26) Oh my Starling, that’s a ten game hitting streak! Enjoy those steals while they last ya’ll, because living in Pittsburgh its only a matter of time before all those Primanti Bros. sammies start catching up to him. Of course I want fries on my salad, do I look like I’m on a diet?

Jose Tabata 2-for-5 with an RBI. Tabata has showed some bing! since returning with five hits in just three games. He’s got some speed and light power and is worth a look if you need an outfielder. He’s also got a crazy, baby-stealing wife who’s almost twice his age, so dude could use all the love he can get.

Francisco Liriano 9.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K and his 8th win. Sweet sassy molassy! I’m not sure if you should buy Liriano low because his owners think he’s going to implode at any minute, or if you should sell high because he’s going to explode any minute. But there’s one thing I do know…but if I told you that then everyone would know! Duh-doy!

Jeff Samardzija 6.0 IP, 9 hits, 5 ER, 3 K. Samashedzjia! Which is sort of how I feel as I’m writing this right now. I hope everyone had a good 4th and/or Canada Day!

Jose Reyes 3-for-4, 1 win, 2 RBI. Back in high school, Jose’s hitting coach on his baseball team suggested that Jose change his batting stance to something more traditional. Reyes insisted, “No! Way ‘Jose.’” And that’s how that idiom was born. #truefacts

Rajai Davis 0-for-4. Raj is 0-for-14 in his last four games after going 7-for-16 with 7 SB in the previous four games. Yup, that sounds about right. That’s our Rajai! To recap: seven stolen bases in four days, people. Quit complaining.

Jose Bautista 3-for-4, 2 RBI, and his 20th HR. Me strike out?! No. Way ‘Jose’! See, everybody’s saying it!

Mark Buehrle 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 5 K. This veteran knows a juicy match up when he sees one, and the B-Jays grab a much needed win after losing three straight to the Tigers. You know that scene in Independence Day when Bill Pullman gives the inspiring speech to the nation before they go kill all the aliens (*spoiler*), and Will Smith gives that, “You so crazy Mr. President, but damn you right and that shizz is emotional.” face. It was kinda like that, but without the aliens. Wait, which player was I writing about again? I’m sorry, but that is just a good movie. Welcome to Earff!

Justin Upton 2-for-4. He’s batting .280 over the past two weeks with no home runs. But I guess that’s better than batting .220 with no home runs. UGH. There’s your silver lining, Bradley Cooper, now give me your Jennifer Lawrence.

Rick Porcello 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K and his 5th win. Sigh. It’s because I dropped you isn’t it? Every time! Every damn time!

Justin Masterson 4.2 IP, 7 hits, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. Masterson and Porcello should build a best bros forever bomb shelter so they can hide out together from angry fantasy owners tired of their inconsistency. There would be like 20 flat screens and a fridge just packed with colds ones. So tight, bro.

Everth Cabrera  0-for-5 in his return from the DL. And no, he did not steal a base. But he DID steal my identity. I was pretty upset at first, but I guess that makes me Everth Cabrera now? That’s pretty cool, brb gonna go steal some bases.

Andrew Cashner 2.0 IP, 8 base runners, 6 ER. I think Grey mentioned this earlier this week. The Nationals can hit again people. You can add them to your list of teams you’re scared to start pitchers against. My list is currently pretty short with Detroit, Baltimore and Texas, but Boston, Cleveland and the Dodgers are making a strong case to be included as well. Who’d I miss?

Bryce Harper 0-for-4, RBI. Yeesh. Bryce has been quite the ticker tease since returning from the DL. The Nats have scored 26 runs in five games with Bryce back and Harper has gone 1-for-19, with 2 runs, a home run and an RBI. Shake the rust off already Harps’, if not for you, then for me and for my fantasy team.

Nick Franklin 1-for-4, 2 RBI. Nick has two HR, two SB and 10 RBI in the past two weeks! Can’t ask for much more than that from your middle infielder. Also, his great-great-great grandfather invented the 100 dollar bill or something! Wowee!

Aaron Harang 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 4 K and his 4th win. Ahh. GAWD! Why can’t you just suck and get cut and let the M’s call up Erasmo Ramirez already. Nobody wants you here, Harang!! Aaaaaaaaaaaron. Aaaaaaaaaaron. Aaaaaaaaaron. But seriously, nice start though.

Joey Votto 2-for-4 and his 15th HR. He is the fantasy equivalent to Tim Duncan. That is a good thing, I think?

Oliver Perez 1.0 IP, 3 K. Tom Wilhelmsen was warming in the pen ready to close out this B but Oliver was like, “Please sir, can I have some more!” He responded with the Kimbrel–striking out the side, yo! Wilhelmson is allegedly “reclaiming” the job but I wouldn’t drop your Oliver Perezes just yet.

Jeremy Hellickson 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 9 K. Hellboy has risen to the heavens in his past four starts, giving up just three runs in 26.0 IP and he’s striking out more hitters than before (23/7 K/BB). His four game winning streak has come against some tough teams, too, including Detroit, Boston and Toronto. He gets the Twins next week so grab him if he’s out there. It’s a a wonder how he’s turned it around so quickly, but what I really wonder is how he throws a baseball with that large mechanical hand. That was a comic book reference, NERD!

Desmond Jennings 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 SB. Good news owners! Most of Desmond’s speed was locked in the Hatch the whole time, brutha!

Gordon Beckham 2-for-4 with his 9th double. That’s two straight weeks where I’ve mentioned Beckham, he’s batting .370 in that span and its worth noting he even started at shortstop yesterday. This really is the end, Seth Rogen.

Logan Morrison 1-for-4 and his 3rd HR. Grey told you to BUY him. If you follow LoMo on twitter he’ll hit a home run for you, but he won’t follow you back so don’t keep asking. (He really doesn’t like that).

Tommy Milone 8.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 4 K and his 8th win. Impressive start from Tommy Boy. Even more impressive he did it away from home — but don’t get too excited, he had his blankie with him the whole time.

Josh Reddick 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI. The mix of psychedelic drugs, alcohol, Bruce Springsteen, fireworks, general lack of sleep and BBQ over the past three days makes me think this game may not have actually happened, but for Josh’s sake I really hope it did.

Eric Hosmer 2-for-4, run, RBI. I promised I wouldn’t jinx it — but not gonna lie, this makes me very happy.

David Murphy 1-for-4, 2-run HR 10th as he batted second. Murph is a long time favorite of mine, and makes for a juicy pickup at just 20% owned as long as he stays batting second in this line up. But the important thing here is the Rangers taught Houston not to mess with Texas. Get a clue, Astros!

Nelson Cruz 1-for-5 and the grand salami! Nelly prefers the grand chorizo. People ask me who they should buy if they need power — well, this guy hits home runs like, all the time!

Adrian Beltre 2-for-3, 17th HR, 2 runs. Yo Adria–NO! Must…resist…Rocky reference….Whew. Anyway, Johnny Depp actually attended this Rangers game to promote his new movie and poke fun at all the Native American fans. But don’t worry, the fans were also movie critics and  I hear they got the last laugh. LOL, that horse drank a beer and then burped! Classic.

Tyler Skaggs 8.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 5 K. Don’t get too excited, Pointer Sisters, CarGo and Fowler both sat this game out, so this line up was fairly pathetic. But credit is due here, and my rookie sense is tingling (or that could be the hangover). Tyler looked great in his longest outing of the season retiring 12 in a row at one point. He gets a tough Dodgers team next time out, but he’s worth another look in NL-Only and deeper mixed.

Felix Doubront 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 5 K and his 5th win. Grey told you to BUY him. You were awarded a win for your obedience and your loyalty.

Matt Cain 2.1 IP, 6 hits, 4 BB, 8 ER. Eventually the drugs will wear off and hopefully I’ll discover this start never happened. Wait, who said that!? Is that you GOD! No? Jon Hamm!? Yo Jon, stay out of my psychedelic adventures!

David Ortiz Hit a pinch hit 2-run HR. As he trotted around the bases he whipped it out as he flipped off the pitcher. The censors decided to let it slide, because he’s Big Papi and he’s a big, lovable, huggable teddy bear and what a great smile!

Juan Uribe 3-for-5 with his 5th HR and 7 RBI. You know an offense is on fire when Juan Uribe is batting .340 with 2 HR and 13 RBI over the past 15 days. Uribe had 17 RBI total in all of 2012! Egads! This really is the end! WHITE HOUSE DOWN, people! Protect Jamie Foxx at all costs! Someone call Channing Tatum!

Matt Kemp Left the game in the third after injuring his shoulder. Set to miss “a couple days.” Aww, maaan. That really grates my cheese, you guys. Grey just told you to BUY him, too. Carl Crawford, who was activated from the DL but not in the starting line up, took his place and went 0-for-3 with a run. There was a log jam yesterday in the LA outfield but these things have their way of working them selves out in the worst way possible. Some poor fantasy owner is guaranteed to be upset, unless of course you owned Andre Ethier. Ethier owners are ecstatic right now. Blame them. Point your fingers and make them pity you.

Hanley Ramirez 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI. HanRam is hitting the stuffing out of the ball right now. All he does is hit baseballs, folks! He’s doing this new thing called “trying.” I hear it’s for winners!

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

  1. Bacon says:
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    I am dying at SS and heavy at SP right now. Is Reyes for Liriano/Street fair?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bacon: You might end up having to give up a little more to land Reyes, but its a good starting offer!

  2. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    That Juan Francisco bit made me chuckle. I’m gonna go watch Masters of the Universe now.

    Also, which of these SPs would you drop Gallardo for? (What? Any of them? I haven’t even listed them yet!)

    Fife
    Hefner
    Gee
    Norris
    Hughes
    Turner
    Santiago
    Quintana

    Thank you sir!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: For the honor of grayskull! I’d probably hold on to gallardo (depending on what he does today), but I do like Santiago’s match ups.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Dan Pants: BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!!!!

  3. TheTruth says:
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    Who would you rather have lind/laroche/ike for a util spot?

    Can I drop andrus?

    Peralta/escobar/aybar/simmons/cozart/prado/lowrie are my options.

    • TheTruth says:
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      @TheTruth:

      Rollins is also available

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @TheTruth: I’d go with Adam Laroche, and I’m sticking with Andrus, too.

  4. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Roster crunch: Should I NOT drop any of the following. What should be my dropping order?

    Vmart (now have Yadier), Andrus (now have Rollins), Cespedes, Utley,

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: I would try to trade one of my catchers, if I couldn’t I’d drop Rollins.

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    hhmmmm, no mention of Johnson’s 6th blown save?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah, didnt want to steal Nova’s shine, but should have mentioned it. I can’t see Johnson losing the job, but Tommy Hunter would be the speculative add here.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Dan Pants: I don’t see it either, but it’s worth noting and I hate the Yankees like Boston, who I hate even more

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Ha. Yeah red sux, amiright? I wouldn’t know anything about them. I love all the teams equally. I wish everyone could win

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Dan Pants: they can all suck it, even my own teams

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: Fair enough, equality is whats important here! O’s should let every player on the roster have a hand at closing games.

  6. los locos says:
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    Dan Pants,

    10 team, league. 7 keepers total.

    I have posted this trade numerous times to get your team’s thoughts and got different answers, some to do it, some to hold… well now there’s extra components to this trade

    I would be giving up my 1st, 8th and Zobrist for CC, Garza and Cuddyer, getting trades 17th, 18th in return.

    My current team below:
    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Beltran, Carlos(OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC

    Lind, Adam(1B) TOR
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL
    Rios, Alex(OF) CHW
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL

    Active Pitchers
    Griffin, A.J.(SP) OAK
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Cashner, Andrew(RP,SP) SD
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    Ogando, Alexi(RP,SP) TEX

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @los locos: I don’t think you need the pitching. I’d hold.

  7. JJ says:
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    Would you drop A.Laroche for I.Davis?
    I already have Hosmer and Lind at 1B so Laroche is playing in my UTIL spot.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JJ: I’d like to see a little more from Davis, but I might drop Lind for him.

  8. Chris says:
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    drop simmons for miller?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: I’d hold for now.

  9. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty I am looking to shake things up a bit. Should I trade wheeler and soler for marte. I could use an added boost I’m speed.

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    Bn jorge soler
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p joe blamton
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ryan: Speed can be pretty easy to find on the waiver wire, but Marte has definitely impressed. If you can pull off the trade I’m always about “win now” if you have the opportunity.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: how about aoki soler for marte? Better?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Ryan: It depends what the other person is looking for, Zack Wheeler is probably more valuable than Aoki in a dynasty league that big.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Dan Pants: the other guy in my league just needs some depth. But on my end which offer benefits me more?

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Ryan: If I were you I’d rather not trade Zack Wheeler.

              • Ryan says:
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                @Dan Pants: so aoki soler if I can get it done?

                • Dan Pants

                  Dan Pants says:
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                  @Ryan: Sounds good to me

  10. Joey B. says:
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    Who would you rather have for the rest of the season: Mauer or Rosario?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Joey B.: Rather have Rosario but I wouldn’t drop either of them.

  11. Travis says:
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    Team in my league is willing to trade pitching for Braun. He has Moore, Ryu, weaver, Teheran, Miller, Jose Fernandez…

    Weaver I’m worried about age and velocity drop, not sure hell stay good…
    Teheran I’m worried about Beachys return demoting…
    Miller and Jose are hit timing innings limits…

    That leaves Ryu and Moore–either of those fair for Braun?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Travis: No, I’d stick with Ryan Braun at least until he returns. You don’t want to trade him when he’s on the DL, you won’t get good value.

    • Travis says:
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      @Travis: another guy offered Cueto for him and has Lynn if that’s a better counter?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Travis: No I’d still want Braun.

  12. Travis says:
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    Just worried bout his pending suspension issues killing his value…

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Travis: Try not to think about it. Wait till he returns in the next couple weeks so he can hopefully build some value and you trade him for a top 10 SP.

      • Travis says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah, fair point. I tried to get Felix for him but the guy countered with Cueto. I’ll hold and reattempt.

        Second question: ike is back and seems to be better (judging from small sample size)–him or LaRoche?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Travis: Ha. Like one game small sample size. I’d hold with LaRoche for now.

  13. Jose says:
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    Who do you think can or will bounce back better in the second half: Rollins or Castro?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jose: Both will be better, but I’d want Starlin Castro.

  14. slacks says:
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    You missed the Cardinals. They tend to give my streamers a bladder infection

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @slacks: Good one! Busch stadium is a great place to pitch though.

  15. Josh Freeman says:
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    Should I drop Howard for Ike ROS? What’s the point?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Josh Freeman: Again, I’d like to see more from Ike, but I’d rather own him at this point than Howard. 10-12 team leagues I might drop

  16. qjdxyp says:
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    I just got offered Harper for Puig. Yea or nay?

    • Zoltan says:
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      @qjdxyp: Go accept that trade as fast as you can

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Zoltan: Yeah, Puig is awesome but I’d want Harper

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @qjdxyp: Yay

  17. AJ says:
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    Looking to deal for Cano or sum upside player..my 2nd base is WEAK as in Rickie WEEKS!! Do you think offering up Reyes and Cole a good and fair move? Or give Rickie boy sum moooooooore time? Ha…

    • Dan Pants

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      @AJ: Cano is the best second base, top 5 player, you’re going to need to offer more to get him. I wouldn’t want Weeks, but you don’t need to trade for the best 2nd baseman either, just a better one.

  18. Manutebologna says:
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    Best DL stash for ROS? I could use help in all pitching cats but am really getting beat up in WHIP, BB, ERA in that order

    Peavy
    Cueto
    Cobb
    Beachy
    Wandy

    I guess we should factor in who can help me earliest / who would get snagged from me (Peavy, Cobb?)

    • Dan Pants

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      @Manutebologna: Peavy will be back earliest, I’d go with him. But Beachy is a great stash as well. And Cueto and Cobb were very effective before getting hurt. All good stashes.

  19. stonepie says:
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    i have fielder, rizzo, and goldschmidt between 1st and 2 UTIL spots. should i trade goldschmidt for cano and one of cashner/colon/griffin. my 2nd basemen is zobrist

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @stonepie: Yes, Zobrist can play other positions. I love Goldschmidt but Cano is the most sure thing in fantasy not named Miguel Cabrera. Cano and Colon

  20. Chris Gutierrez says:
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    I was offered Puig for Beltre…Beltre is starting to heat up too..what shall I do?

  21. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Need power:

    Drop Parra or Frazier for Morrison or hold?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: I could see dropping parra for morrison.

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Dan Pants: Parra has been great hit struggling lately. When Eaton comes back will he be gone? I’m torn because FraZier is good but streaky and LoMo is playing like his potential shown.

        • Dan Pants

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          @TarmanGotHim: I wouldn’t say gone, but he will likely play a lot less. I’d hold with Frazier over LoMo for now.

  22. Fister Furbush says:
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    Start one in a points league h2h

    Chatwood @ SD @ LAD

    Anibal Sanchez VS CHW

    Hellickson VS MIN

    Thanks Dan Pants, you the man!

    FF

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Tough call, but Hellickson has been pitching so well lately I have to go with him.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Or go with Anibal, I think you’ll be good either way.

      • Fister Furbush says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I’m going with Hellickson, but would start Anibal vs CHW over Corbin vs MIL?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Fister Furbush: Definitely Aniballer Sanchez.

  23. David says:
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    swap cashner for nova? cash not providing the k’s that I need any longer.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @David: In 10-12 team leagues I’d have no problem dropping cashner

  24. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Is koji/Belt for Trumbo too much? I have depth at both positions.

  25. sange-da-man says:
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    Time to drop Lind as a backup 1b/ utility for Logan Morrison?…or hold?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @sange-da-man: You can hold a little longer but if Lind continues to slump don’t hesitate to make the switch.

  26. Jacks says:
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    huh? G Beckham has 1 HR on the year and it wasn’t hit yesterday …

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jacks: My bad! It was his ninth double, my mistake. Thanks for the catch.

  27. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Start AJ Burnett tomorrow @ Wiggly?

  28. Allen says:
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    I have one open bench spot right now and t hinking of grabbing Ike. I don’t really need him but wouldn’t mind having him on my bench to use later if he comes to life. I only have one move left for the week and I know as soon as a grab Ike, carlos martinez news will be all over rotoworld. Just grab ike and be done with it? Worried there might be news out of cardinals camp tomorrow. Thanks for the input

    • Dan Pants

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      @Allen: Ike is worth stashing for his big upside, unless you have limited moves, I don’t see why you can’t pick up Ike and grab Martinez if he gets the call. You have to like Ike’s chances to succeed slightly more because he did it last year, but if you need the pitching by all means stash Martinez.

      • Allen says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah that’s what I am saying I only have one move left until Monday…was worried c-mart news might break tonight or tomorrow. Not a big deal just wanted some input…I think ill grab ike. Thanks man

  29. DeafMix3 says:
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    Roster’s tight. Should I drop Nick Franklin at SS to make room for Everth off the DL, or drop Everth?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @DeafMix3: Agh. There’s no one else you can drop? I’d have to let go of Franklin of the two.

  30. hmmm says:
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    i need a win tomorrow and cant afford a loss… who do you guys think is my best chance to get the W

    Danks vs TB (couldnt find out whos pitching)
    Grimm (tex) vs Hou – Bedard
    Jermey Hefner (NYM) vs Mil – Tom Gorzelanny

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @hmmm: Justin Grimm

  31. smegma says:
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    Alexei Ramirez dropped….would you rather have Franklin as your SS? Franklin is hotter right now and has 2nd base eligibility which is nice.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @smegma: I’d rather have franklin right now

  32. Los Locos says:
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    Jeter worth picking up?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Los Locos: Nope.

  33. Los Locos says:
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    Drop Lind for Ike?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Los Locos: Not yet, but if Lind continues to struggles I wouldn’t hesitate to drop Lind.

  34. 10 team h2h pts league
    Thinking about trading away Jose Reyes/Victorino to upgrade an OF spot. What caliber OF should I shoot for?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: Beltran, Holliday, Cruz, Marte, Bruce are players that come to mind.

  35. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Beltran, Holliday, Cruz, Marte, Bruce are players that come to mind.

  36. Travis says:
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    Beachy, ogando, Cobb–which one is worst? All are worse than Garza, Bailey, Minor, right? Trying to decide who is most expendable to sweeten a trade.

    • Travis says:
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      @Travis: Beachy was close to coming back once then setback, and no clue how good he’ll be after arm surgery. Ogando was great, but not sure his longevity since this is twice on the DL for him. Cobb is great and recovering quicker than expected, but never can be sure with a concussion…

      • Dan Pants

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        @Travis: I’d say beachy is the most expendable in a redraft league.

        • Travis says:
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          @Dan Pants: so then follow up on my Braun trade queries. Guy offered me Kemp/Felix Hernandez/Jim Henderson for Braun/Rafael Soriano/Cobb… I have puig, Ajax, Marte, brown, eaton, myers so don’t need Kemp…I have Soriano, Chapman, Grili for cl

        • Travis says:
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          @Dan Pants: so then follow up on my Braun trade queries. Guy offered me Kemp/Felix Hernandez/Jim Henderson for Braun/Rafael Soriano/Cobb… I have puig, Ajax, Marte, brown, eaton, myers so don’t need Kemp or other OF…I have Soriano, Chapman, Grili for closers–not eager to get rid of one (if I do, I think Grili more expendable given recent issues–sell high?)…

          You think Braun+Beachy is fair counter for Felix?

          His concern is he wants value now. So might I have to throw in a closer for middle reliever…

          He has Henderson, melancon, as middle relief–who you think gets saves sooner? I could also see if hell toss in Gregg–will he keep closing if traded?

          • Dan Pants

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            @Travis: I think Gregg is your best bet for saves, malancon next. Also, Braun for Felix sounds like a good trade to me, you can sweeten the deal a bit but I wouldn’t throw too much more in, you are giving up enough.

            • Travis says:
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              @Dan Pants: so thoughts on if I counter with Braun/Beachy/Closer for Felix/Kemp/Lesser reliver… I got a guy who would flip Kemp for Ryu (or Moore if I toss in a sweetener)…

              • Dan Pants

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                @Travis: I mentioned earlier, I think you are trading Braun when his value is at his lowest. Wait two weeks and you could probably do Braun for Felix straight up. That said, Felix is a nice get esp if you need the pitching. I’d want more than just Ryu for Kemp, but Moore for Kemp sounds about right.

  37. Eric says:
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    HanRam comment…lmao!

  38. Vottomatic says:
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    Nathan Eovaldi or Randall Delgado?

  39. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Nice work as always, Mr. Pants. Are we all in like with Ike again?

    • Dan Pants

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      @The Guru: Thanks! I’d like to see more but the three hits yesterday and the SB today was enough to convince me to pick him up. The power is coming, I hope.

  40. chad b says:
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    Standard roto league….do I drop brandon moss for ike davis? Also do I hold pineda or go ahead and drop him for ogando?

    • Dan Pants

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      @chad b: In 10-12 team leagues I wouldn’t blame you for making that switch. I think ogando has a clearer path back to the starting rotation so I’d go with him, but I do like Pineda a lot in the second half.

  41. Mitch says:
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    Jeter or Alexei Ramirez ROS? Wondering if Jeter is a decent DL stash since he’s about a week away.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tony: @Mitch: Visiting Pittsburgh this fall, what restaurant would you guys recommend instead?

      • Dan Pants

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        @Dan Pants: Hi Mitch. 40-year old shortstops scare me, but Jeter always tends to prove me wrong. Personally I’m sticking with Ramirez.

  42. Tony says:
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    Primanti Bros is overrated.

    • anchovies says:
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      @Tony:

      agreed…but the bread is perfect.

      that place ciggy worked at now…fantastic. pittsburgh is a great eatin’ town.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @anchovies: where should I go to eat in pittsburgh?

  43. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Shelby/Grienke/Butler or JoeyBat/Cain

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chicken Dinner: Fair trade. I’d want Joey Bats and take my chances with Cain, but if you need the pitching side A works

  44. Kyle says:
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    12 team redraft league. Would dropping Butler for Laroche be a good move for ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Kyle: Stick with Butler.

  45. Justin says:
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    Which side would u take,

    I give : Ellsbury, McCann, cj Wilson, doubront
    I get: Freddie freeman, j Zimmerman, Tim Hudson

    16 team h2h, 7×7, qs/loses/xbh/bb are the extra cats.

    I currently have pujols, sal Perez, and mccutchen so I am dealing from strength in terms of dealing a catcher and center fielder. But am u getting enough for Ells and McCann? My top sp are currently kershaw, Verlander, hamels, Moore, cj Wilson, What do u think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Justin: I think you are giving up too much. I also think you don’t need Zimmermann, you have the two best SP in baseball. I’d hold.

  46. Steve Stevenson says:
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    OBP league, Lucroy or J. Castro?

  47. Jet says:
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    “3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 SB. Good news owners! Most of Desmond’s speed was locked in the Hatch the whole time, brutha!” – Golden.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jet: We have to go back!!

  48. Hans says:
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    Burnett is back drop Leake or Cingrani

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Hans: Mike Leake

  49. Frank White says:
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    Whats up man… I need some power and I want to pick up Juan Francisco. I would have to cut Lind or Peralta. Do you think Lind is wearing down? Should I replace him with Juan??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Frank White: I’d cut peralta for Juan Francisco if you don’t need the middle infielder

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        cutting an all-star ss ?

        • Dan Pants

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          @costaricanchata: Ha! I know, best option here would be to try to trade Peralta (or reyes), but if he needs power Peralta is not going to help, Francisco is.

      • Frank White says:
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        I kinda don’t know what the difference is for there positions. I just need points. 1o team mixed h2h points. Should I cut Lind anyway cause I got Erasmo and Carlos Martinez I’m waiting for and I need to Stream? I have -
        wieters
        fielder
        altuve
        reyes
        zimmermann
        MCcutchen
        Justin upton
        holliday
        rios
        lind
        peralta
        Pitching –
        Cain
        Samardzija
        Shelby Miller
        Iwakuma
        Latos
        Cole
        just picked up Delgado and Roberto Hernandez for at least this week
        Carlos Martinez
        Erasmo
        Mujica
        Jim Henderson
        I’ve been losing bad the past 2 weeks cause of pitching and I picked up Delgado for hopefully long term and I was thinking of picking up Archer and dumping Hernandez in hoping for Archer being a long term. I feel like I’m a mess right now. Any advise??

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          When I have allot of pitching I win.. The past 2 weeks I had no pitching especially with Erasmo n Martinez not pitching yet. That’s why I picked up the other 2 guys so I have 2 more pitchers then I can Stream on top of that. I would have to drop Peralta and Lind to do that. Pick up Juan and stream with the other

          • Dan Pants

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            @Frank White: You say you win when you have a lot of pitching, but you are also stashing two pitchers who are in the minors right now. That is two spots on your roster that you could be using to stream starters and rack up Ks and Ws. Erasmo and CMart could certainly help you when they’re up, but stashing them is hurting you right now. Pick one of the two to stash use the other roster spot to stream a starter. You also only have one closer, you said its a points league not h2h categories but no use having jim henderson really if he’s not getting you saves. Maybe you could try to trade one of your SS for a closer or SP.

  50. booya says:
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    Would you give Harvey for Encarnacion?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @booya: If I had the pitching to spare, yes.

  51. Yager says:
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    Scherzer for Pedroia? I have Carpenter to slot at second, who is in my utility right now.

    • Yager says:
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      @Yager:
      …and it seems that I am the only one who still remembers Pedroia has a torn ligament in his wrist. Am I the only one still worried about this?

      • Dan Pants

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        @Yager: Pedroia is a freak, elves heal faster so I wouldn’t worry. But if you need starting pitcher, you can’t do much better than Max Scherzer right now. sounds like a good trade to me

  52. Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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    Excellent drop of Edwin Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros reference, but I’m guessing your average fantasy baseballer doesn’t get it..

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Drongo McReddickbeard: I imagine 90% of my references are lost on most readers, but its worth it when someone does catch it. They are pretty awesome, their new album drops July 23!

  53. Travis says:
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    ROS, Kemp, Puig, Briwn, Eaton, Marte. Rank’m. Puig and Brown seem good sell highs, Eaton and Kemp good but lows–where will they all end after all said and done?

    And thanks again for all the help!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Travis: Marte, Puig, Kemp, Brown, Eaton

      • Travis says:
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        @Dan Pants: Cool, Thanks! So I’m gonna hold onto Braun a bit, see if I can get his value up. Eaton + Myers a good offer for Moore, if he bites? Helps thin out my excess OF.

        Thanks, man!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Travis: You’re probably going to have to offer up a bit more depending on this person’s needs but its a good trade for you!

  54. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Arenado to pick up Headley??
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: I still think Arenado will be better, but in shallower leagues I’d play the hotter bat and that’s Headley at the moment.

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