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Manny Ramirez is no stranger to controversy removing him from the field, which makes it even stranger that controversy may end up putting him back on the field. The Rangers, who have Manny playing in their minor leagues, have been insistent that they have no need for Ramirez on their major league squad. However, that could change with Nelson Cruz accepting his 50 game suspension. I want to address a larger point in that over-the-hill sluggers are sometimes worth the gamble, even when they seem unlikely to produce. Yes, I’d take the same approach with Alex Rodriguez (Steamer projects a decent .258/.340/.438 line for him). I know it tends to be unpopular because they aren’t as exciting as younger players, but, depending on the size of your league, they still have value. If you have any doubts about a player being productive at an unlikely age, I’ll give you my Exhibit A: David Ortiz, who is likely well into his seventies. If Manny gets another chance in the majors, I wouldn’t expect Ortiz-like production, but something similar to Steamer’s A-Rod projection seems reasonable. That would be helpful at removing some of the weight from losing any fantasy baseball players to a suspension. Anyway here are some less controversial players I’m following in OPS leagues:

Junior Lake – I’m really pulling for this guy to succeed. Not just because I’m a Cubs fan. Not just because of his sweet name. Not just because I own him in some leagues. Or actually, those are probably the only reasons. I’ll admit that when I attended the Cubs/Dodgers game this past Sunday, I got a kick out of hearing the riff from Smoke on the Water playing as he walked up to his first at bat. Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Radiohead, but I’m optimistically thinking that he could produce near his 2012 AA .279/.341/.432 line for the rest of 2013.

Brandon Moss – Somebody told me that I ought to give Brandon flowers. I’d definitely pick him up where he’s available.

Raul Ibanez – Earlier in the year, I said, “He’s striking out more, but has a higher home run to fly ball rate. I think he’ll be a slightly lesser version of his first half, but he should still be very productive when healthy.” Well, his second half has been miserable and he’s being dropped in a number of leagues, but I’d take a chance on him improving going forward. Yes, again with that over-the-hill slugger thing…

Justin Smoak – I don’t understand why he’s not owned in more leagues and I really don’t understand why he’s being dropped in some leagues. He has the potential to produce well over an .800 OPS for the rest of the season.

Stephen Drew – Yes, you should pick him up faster than you can say “Jack Robinson,” although I have no idea what that means.

Michael Saunders – The Colonel has been packin’ heat lately. I don’t exactly trust him to produce much higher than his .235/.320/.406 line this year, but he’s worth the gamble in deeper leagues.

Wil Myers – Teaser Alert: I haven’t talked about him much, have I?

Tom Jacks is sporadically on Twitter @votetomjacks

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  1. D. Jackson says:
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    Not OPS-related, but I have Ian Desmond in a 14-team H2H league with Lake on the bench. Do we think Lake is for real enough that trading Desmond isn’t terribly risky? Most prospect reports were labeling him a toolsy disappointment before getting called up. He’s whiffing too much, but so does Desmond.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @D. Jackson: I wouldn’t mind trading Desmond in that situation as long as you’re getting fair value to help an area of need. Lake will likely be a slight, but not terrible, downgrade.

      • D. Jackson says:
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        Cool, thanks. The best thing for Ian Desmond’s career would be for me to trade him to a competitor. Never fails to blow up in my idiot face.

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @D. Jackson: Haha no problem. Good luck with that… maybe he’ll “pull a Gallardo” and tank that team with an 0 for 175 finish.

  2. Josh says:
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    10-team H2H keeper My team is weak in pitching, Strong in Hitting. Can you rate/comment on these two trades:
    1) My Braun/Wright/Cobb for His Sale/Kuroda/Lohse/Rivera
    2) My Braun/Wright/Rizzo/Cobb for His Kershaw/HanRam/Latos (he might not go for)
    3) My Braun/Wright/Cobb for His Kershaw/Latos

    Am I selling Braun/Wright too low, or justified for pitching?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Josh: I’d only do option 3 because I feel like you’re selling too low in the other deals. And I feel like you’re getting pretty good value in option 3, given Braun’s circumstances.

      I’d rather have Rizzo than HanRam in a keeper since I’m optimistic about Rizzo and worried that HanRam will collapse at any point. The package of pitchers is ok in the first option, but none compel me to want to trade those hitters.

    • Rodney says:
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      @Josh: Wow. You asked this on rotographs too. That’s dedication.

      • Tom Jacks

        Tom Jacks says:
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        @Rodney: Agreed.

  3. Rye or the Kaiser Soze says:
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    Drop Nick Franklin for Stephen Drew?

    Franklin’s in a 1/25 slump since his 2 homer game on 7/28. I’m in need of power/OPS.

  4. Josh says:
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    Ok thanks alot,
    I was just offered this one (10-team H2H keeper):
    My McCutch/Altuve/Samardija/Perkins for His Cespedes/Profar/Strasburg?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Josh: No problem. That’s not a terrible offer, but I wouldn’t do it unless you’re already stacked in the outfield.

      • Josh says:
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        My outfield Is McCutch/Bruce/Holliday with Braun(NA) on my bench

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Josh: Ok, then I’d do it since that should quickly improve your pitching and you’d still be fine in the outfield. Profar could be nice too.

  5. Gino says:
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    in a 5×5 H2H league, who do you like better: Lake or Smoak for the rest of the year. Any concerns with Smoak’s playing time bc of Morales and Morse?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Gino: How much do you need steals? If you’re desperate, I’d go with Lake. Otherwise, I’d go with Smoak. I’m not too concerned about his playing time because I expect him to keep hitting well.

  6. Bryan says:
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    Teheren an advisable start at Washington today in a weekly h2h?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Bryan: Yeah, I would start him there.

  7. TheGoods says:
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    Have i held onto Belt for too long? Who is better to replace him? Arcia, Rayburn, Upton, PILL??

    • Tom Jacks

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      @TheGoods: It’s always hard to let Belt go, but I’d replace him with Arcia.

  8. brick says:
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    Definitely agree with you about Smoak!

    Would you take Dom Brown off the DL today and drop Jon Jay, or wait to see how he does post-concussion?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @brick: Thanks! I would wait a couple days with Brown.

  9. Ho Joe says:
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    I just traded away VMart/Myers/Shields to get Posey/Gomez/Teheran. This was a no brainer, right?

    • Rodney says:
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      @Ho Joe: No-brainer. Correct.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ho Joe: Yep. That’s insanely good.

  10. Deck says:
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    Made some moves and I’m thinking about rolling with this roster for the next 4 weeks and into the postseason. I’m 6th of 12 and currently in the last playoff spot. Any spots to strengthen up or is my team a finished product? (Moves: Traded for Altuve, Scherzer and picked up Heyward and Lawrie from waivers a month back)

    C Wilin Rosario
    1B Kendrys Morales
    2B José Altuve
    3B Brett Lawrie
    SS Ian Desmond
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Yoenis Céspedes
    OF Jason Heyward
    Util Justin Upton
    BN Nate McLouth
    DL Matt Kemp
    DL Aramis Ramírez

    SP James Shields
    SP Yu Darvish
    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Alex Wood
    SP Andrew Cashner
    SP Erasmo Ramírez
    RP Fernando Rodney
    RP Edward Mujica
    RP Brad Ziegler

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Deck: Your team looks solid for a 12 teamer, considering your DL. Is Smoak available? Maybe you can plug him into utility and trade an outfielder for an upgrade elsewhere…

      • Deck says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Thanks, with Kemp coming back too late I would be hard pressed to trust Smoak over one of my OFs

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Deck: That’s fair. I’d only do it if it gave me a needed upgrade elsewhere.

  11. Giancarlme Crazy says:
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    If Junior Lake tries the best he can, the best he can is good enough.

    Great article!

  12. DansUggla says:
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    Love me some manny, I might LoL a bit if he gets the call! I would appreciate the help with the following:
    12 team, h2h, 5×5, keeper. $260
    I’m about to make a few moves for the final push and I’m trading away Segura.

    Which move? (Keeper Price)

    Justin Upton 25
    Rick Porcello N/A
    Howie Kendrick N/A

    For
    Segura (5).

    or

    Robinson Cano (32) (what is his deal lately?)
    Kluber (N/A)
    Matt Kemp (NA)
    Clint Frazier (0)
    for
    Segura (5)
    Jorge Soler (0).

    Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @DansUggla: Yeah, I’m crossing my fingers that Manny makes this season even more ridiculous.

      I strongly prefer the second deal. I expect Cano to be better than Justin ROS. If you get anything from Kemp, it would make it significantly better.

  13. Queso grande says:
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    Trying to replace EverCab. Profar or Franklin ROS. Also picked up Xander. Thoughts?

    • Queso grande says:
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      @Queso grande: @Queso grande: brad miller is also in the mix so Profar, Miller or Franklin. Please rank the 3.

      • Tom Jacks

        Tom Jacks says:
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        @Queso grande: I’ll rank them Franklin, Profar, Miller. Xander is a good pick up if you have the room, but I don’t see him being significantly better than Franklin or Profar this season.

  14. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Anyone think Dropping Yelich for Kelly Johnson is a good move. Yelich really cant hit lefties and I can’t afford to platoon him right now

  15. Matt says:
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    I likely need to drop a pitcher this week – RA Dickey, Brandon Beachy, Jacob Turner. Which one should hit the road?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Matt: Sadly, I’d drop Dickey.

  16. inertiatical says:
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    Dynasty trade question for you T-Sizzle;

    Give; Everth Cabrera, Braun, Drew Smyly & K. Gausman
    Get; Brett Lawrie, Profar, Yu Darvish

    What side do you prefer?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @inertiatical: I prefer the Darvish side.

      -T-Sizzle

  17. ryan says:
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    Tom, Kluber hits the DL. Lincecum, Kazmir, Wheeler, Beachy ROS. Should I dump Gaudin for any of the leftovers? Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @ryan: Yeah, I would for Wheeler, then Beachy. It’s close between those two.

  18. Matt says:
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    Okay to trade Braun and Cano for Miggy in keeper?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Matt: Absolutely.

  19. mick says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league we keep 18 out of 23 players. Would you trade Braun and a second round pick for Xander and a first round pick?i

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @mick: Yes, I would if you can keep Xander for as long as you like.

  20. beverly cheverly says:
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    Tom,

    SPs to stream..Lackey, Wheeler or Porcello this week?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @beverly cheverly: I like the Lackey at KC start best.

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