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Well, if the Dodgers really do have the Magic touch, they better get Zack Greinke some aid.  Greinke flew back to LA yesterday and, boy, is his elbow tired.  I say, “Blame it on Harang,” but I say like I’m Milli Vanilli.  Greinke’s MRI came back clean, and Dr. Neal ElAttrache diagnosed him with inflammation.  Is it me or does Dr. Neal ElAttrache’s last name look like those sneaker/slippers Nike used to make in the 90’s?  Any the hoo!  Dr. Neal Air Huarache gave Greinke some anti-inflammatory medication and the news has been positive (after the negative news).  I really to the third power dislike pitchers with elbow issues, but Greinke is supposed to be able to throw again in a few days.  I haven’t moved him down yet in my 2013 fantasy baseball rankings, but I’m going to be watching this situation like I’m a cyclops with a monocle.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Dodgers are saying Ted Lilly might take the 5th starter job from Ryu.  Ryu kidding me?  Apparently, you are not.  I’m pulling back on my preseason Ryu projections before too many people draft.  Is Ryu getting the Iwakuma treatment?  Maybe.  As in, Iwakuma definitely should’ve started the year in the Mariners’ staff, but they used him in relief in favor of Noesi, Millwood, Beavan and your drunk uncle.  Plus, I didn’t know Ryu was fat when I ranked him.  In January, when he said he was in game shape, I didn’t know he meant video games.  In the top 80 starters for 2013 fantasy baseball, Ryu was re-ranked.  I still like him as a late-round flyer, but he’s not a number three.  I dismiss you!  That’s me talking to my top 40 starters after the re-ranking.

Brett Lawrie – Sustained a rib cage injury the other day.  Anthopoulos expects Lawrie to be ready for Opening Day, but what does he think of Pita Pan’s tzatziki in Astoria?  Lawrie battled through oblique/rib/I-hustle-a-bit-like-I’m-mainlining-Red-Bull issues last year and was never right.  Anthopoulos says the injuries last year were ten times worse and he’s not concerned for Lawrie right now.  I am.  I’m getting to the point where I want to see him put a whole season together before I jump into bed with him and we start painting each others’ toenails.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Working his way back from a knee injury, he ran in a pool the other day.  Then he swam on a road.  Next, he’ll be training for the Man-iron athlon-tri.

Mark Reynolds – Mini Donkey has been battling a sore back.  Right now, he’s on schedule to be ready for Opening Day, but if he has a setback or the world’s calendars have a flashforward, there could be a problem.

Julio Teheran – Holy Ayatollah, after a couple years of prospect hype, Teheran looks like he finally might make the Braves staff.  Teheran is a worthwhile late-round gamble but don’t let him hold your draft hostage.

Roberto Hernandez – Looks like he’s beat out Jeff Niemann for the 5th starter job on the Rays.  One man’s Roberto Hernandez is the rest of the league’s feasto.

Alex Gonzalez – Will be the Brewers 1st baseman while Corey Hart is sidelined.  Gonzalez has said he doesn’t feel comfortable at first.  Must be similar to how he feels in the batter’s box.

Trevor Plouffe – MRI on his calf came back clean.  Then it ate grass for 12 hours.

Luis Cruz – Wasn’t suspended after instigating a brawl in the World Baseball Classic.  I just hope he doesn’t increase Mexican-Canadian tensions when he gets back to LA because it wouldn’t exactly be a fair fight.

Jordany Valdespin – He squared up to the plate, trying to bunt and Verlander dinged him in the dong.  Ironically, it wasn’t a breaking ball.  Jordany Valdespin does sound like a character’s name from Game of Thrones.  Maybe he can now hang out with Varys.

Shelby Miller – His final audition for the rotation spot comes on Thursday.  Rudy and I just drafted him in Tout Wars, so pray for us.

Matt Carpenter – Another year, another player converted to 2nd base for the Cardinals.  The difference between Carpenter and Schumaker is he has more pop and less, um, skip.  Worth taking a late-round flyer on him for MI.

David Ortiz – Doubtful for Opening Day due to inflammation in both of his heels.  He got so excited by the Oz movie that he clicked his heels too hard.  Big Papi, it’s Wizard of Oz not Ortiz.

Brett Anderson – Should be fine, but he was pulled from his last start with neck problems.  That’s what he gets for not joining Hiroyuki Nakajima’s two-hour calisthenic pregame program (say that fast 417 times!).

Matt Garza – Resumed a throwing program.  That’s good, since he is, ya know, a pitcher.  Cubs are still expecting he’s out until May.  Decent DL flyer, but I’d expect him to be injured again by June and then I’ll be quoting this.  And that’s me quoting my future self!

Ian Stewart – Supposed to make his first Cactus League start this Thursday.  I hope he debuts his new strikeout swing.

Carlos Quentin – Scratched yesterday with knee soreness.  Weird, I scratch with knee itchiness.

Scott Kazmir – He’s hasn’t allowed an earned run in his 11 spring innings and has K’d 13.  He’s also appeared in one major league game in two years, and the two years prior his ERA was north of five.  It’s a feel good story…if someone else drafts him and you can laugh at them.

Paul Konerko – Hit his fifth homer of the spring yesterday.  Save some for April (and May, June, July, August and September).

Ben Francisco – Signed by the Yankees.  Jon Sterling is already practicing….”Home-run-a-roni…it’s a Ben Francisco treat!”

Derek Jeter – Will play shortstop Wednesday after being given final clearance on his ankle.  For a limited time only, you can get a shortstop with great name value and 35% off his previous years’ stats.

Chipper Jones – Yankees are supposedly reaching out to Glass Chipper to see if he wants to un-retire and play third for them.  This was the funniest thing I read in the last 17 months.  It gets funnier.  The Yankees also reached out to Derrek Lee and Scott Rolen.  What is Mike Pagliarulo up to?  Maybe they can plug Boggs into third like Boggs plugged hair into his head.

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  1. Beardcrabs says:
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    i had to look up who this Roberto Hernandez character was: oh ok that guy, no thanks… how long until chris archer comes up and what do you project for him…

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @Beardcrabs:

      Rays don’t rush top prospects, waiting for the right opportunity to promote them. Archer will start the year in Durham but is likely first in line if Niemann/Hernandez are injured or ineffective. He made great strides in the second half of the season, primarily his control and change up. Rays will likely want to make sure these adjustments carry over into this season before they consider promoting him. It could be late April or it could be the second half of the season, depending on how the dominos fall. My projection is a little more bullish than Grey, but if the second half adjustments carry over, I could see an ERA in the mid to high 3’s, a 3 BB/9 rate and 8+ K/9 rate.

  2. prezii says:
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    *pulls out gun, puts it to greys head*

    Gimme the podcast, Grey… Gimme the podcast!! Gimme the damn podcast!!!! Ill do it… Dont make me do it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prezii: Don’t do it, prezii! It’s not worth it… Seriously, have you heard my cackle?

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Roberto Hernandez hasn’t won the 5th starter spot unless you’ve read something I haven’t. The most I’ve heard is speculation from writers is that Hernandez is the “favorite” and has looked good according to Maddon. Further speculation revolves around trading Niemann which would obviously make Hernandez the 5th starter by default.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Hmm… I thought I did read that… Gotta draft in 10 minutes, so don’t have time to doublecheck right now…

  4. gareth says:
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    No fausto carmona for the indians this year. Or grady Sizemore. Or travis hafner. Or jake westbrook. Signing these guys to long term contracts made the dolan ownership cash cagey. Luckily they are off the books in 2013. And they spent again. Here’s hoping the new additions work out better. Can you touch you moustache for luck grey?

  5. Curt says:
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    It’s 50-50 if John Sterling knows if its a home run!!!!!

  6. scott says:
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    grey, saw your results on tout. are you planning to recap that? is OBP a cat, if so is that why you went bautista/heyward over adam jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: Yeah and yeah…

  7. Anthony says:
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    Hey man, can you please lend your thoughts on these trade offers? I’m in a 12 team H2H most categories league with OPS added. We have really big rosters and we keep 16! I kind of need to do a 1 for 2 as my last keeper spot needs to be filled!

    It’s my Pence ($12) for Ethier ($12) and Lucroy ($1).

    Pence for Anibal Samchez ($4) and Revere ($1).

    Or Pence for Swisher ($9) and Chris Davis ($1).

    I’m also not keeping a catcher currently and also have Tavares and Myers in the minors! Just want to make sure which is the best deal for me this year! Thanks for any possible help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Not good… Not good… Decent…

      • Anthony says:
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        You don’t think any of those are worth it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That last one is decent… First two, no…

  8. Darkness says:
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    I’m not saying I’m spending a top 300 pick on Kazmir, but I think he is worth a late flier. I got an insider from the Tribe camp, apparently he looks great in person has got his velocity back up to 91-92 on the fastball and shown good command since the first day of camp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Darkness: You sound like so many fantasy baseballers before grasping onto Kazmir hope…

    • prezii says:
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      @Darkness: good luck with that… Its friggin kazmir!! Haha

  9. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Here’s to hoping Lawrie starts on the DL so Bautista can get 3rd eligibility back!

  10. Jon says:
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    Are you concerned enough about Lawrie that you would keep Hosmer or Frazier instead of him for a CI spot? I have til Sunday night to set my keepers so hopefully a few more days to evaluate will help…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Nope

  11. Jon says:
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    By the way, I know you told me yesterday not to trade my 2nd rd pick for Goldy (when I already had AGon), but I ended up being able to deal AGon for a better 2nd rd pick, so I pulled the trigger. I have concerns about Gonzalez’s power coming back and am doing a bit of a reset this year with my team, so I really like having the younger of the two 1B. We’ll see how it works out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Cool, hope it does…

  12. Tom says:
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    Grey,
    You mentioned that you were going to give Trevor a heads up to my War Room question in another post since comments are closed on the War Room article. My draft is getting close. Any chance he can look at the following by Wednesday night? Here’s the question – From the comments on the War Room Post, it seems to be unclear how to change the rankings, projections and tiers to match our own thoughts (we’ve been trained by you to have our own thoughts). If someone can post a clear “How to” on that, I am sure that it will help a lot of people. I read Trevor’s answer to Charlie in those comments and it wasn’t very clear and, according to Charlie, still didn’t work all the way. I’d be also nice to know how to add categories. Finally, if I’m playing in 10 team H2H 5×5 where each category counts as a win or loss each week in the war room, should I use target numbers that would correspond to a 10 team roto? If not, what should I use? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Sorry, Tom, I don’t do the War Room or I’d help you… I’ll ping Trevor again…

    • Carnac says:
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      @Tom: You should be able to copy/paste players on the ‘Dashboard’ tab without trouble. Changing the color of cells won’t impact any of the formulas, either.

      But if you’re trying to rearrange the ‘Players’ tab, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re only doing a handful of players. Due to the tab’s formatting, adding/moving players is pretty cumbersome.

      • Tom says:
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        @Carnac: So does the “crossout as drafted” function work “automatically” as long as the players name under the name column in the players tab matches exactly?

        On the players tab, rather than rearranging what is on there would I screw things up by deleting everything but the column headings and pasting in my own rankings and stats?

        • Carnac says:
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          @Tom: In case you see this, here’s an answer to your Q:

          Yup, picked players will automatically be crossed out as long as the cells with players’ names match between the Dashboard and Players tabs. That is to say, that they’re spelled the same; where they are ranked doesn’t matter.

          Re: rearranging the Players tab… yes, you could delete the players names and stats then put it what you want. Just don’t touch the formulas in the hidden columns. Also, I recommend highlighting the cells you’d like to delete and just delete the VALUES, not the cells themselves. You can do this by just typing over what’s already there or highlighting the target cells and hitting the delete key.

          • Tom says:
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            @Carnac: Thanks for replying! I will try this.

  13. Hart Attack says:
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    I’m not Greek but I am from Queens, and laughed out loud when I read your Astoria Pita Pan remark. I usually kvell when I read your Yiddishisms, but I see your game is much more diverse !!

  14. Rags says:
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    Just started a 15 team dynasty league. It’s also a daily, which I’ve never done before. One of each position, one utility (no CI/MI), 3 SP, 2 RP, 4 P. Seven bench spots. There’s a max games played (162) at each position and a maximum IP (1450) but no minimums. It’s also 6X6 roto that includes Holds as well as saves as a category.

    How should I use my bench? 1 C backup, one IF backup, 1 OF backup and 4 pitchers? (There’s a separate bench for minor leaguers.)

    And should I go 5 SP, 2 Closers and 2 middle men? Or should I not worry about closers and middlemen at all, and just focus on K/9 because I get credit for either holds or saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags: No catcher backup, one hitter, 5 pitchers… 6 SP, 2 closers, 2 MR…

      • Rags says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! So you think I shouldn’t worry so much about getting maximum innings at each position?

        Posey and Wieters are off the board but I still have time to pick up an upper tier catcher. Think that’s worthwhile?

        And of the five pitchers on my bench, all SP unless a remarkable MR/closer type falls to me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t draft an upper tier catcher…. Yes for the SP question…

  15. Stump the Schwab says:
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    Grey! Love the work and can’t wait for the season to start, and that makes me like everyone else on the site…

    Had a few managers quit an ESPN HTH standard 12 teamer, and now were gonna roll into the season with 10. Any changes to your draft strategies for a smaller league?

  16. Red says:
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    12 team league, just drafted on Sunday. Drop Ryu for Teheran?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Red: Go for it…

  17. DansUggla says:
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    Quick trade question: 12 team mixed, 5×5, ESPN roster, $260 keeper

    I am keeping 5 out of: Votto (37), Aroldis Chap (5), Chris davis (10), Latos (14), Bumgarner (15), Wainwright (10).

    Would you trade: Bumgarner + Wainright for Goldschmidt (14) ?

    Keeper price goes up 4 each year.

      • DansUggla says:
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        @Grey:

        Hmm… I was hoping for a clear cut winner/loser!

        Guess I can’t really go wrong/right either way.

  18. mooseknuckles says:
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    I am planning on drafting a 2B late and Carpenter is looking good to me. Do you think he wins the job out of camp and if so, does he hold off Wong (love that name) all year? If given a whole year at 2B, what line and ranks among other 2b do you give him. I am thinking it’s between him and Espinosa right now.

    • Nate Marcum says:
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      @mooseknuckles: Word here is that the Cardinals aren’t in any hurry to promote Kolten this year. If Carpenter falters, Mozeliak has no problem inserting Descalso. I, personally, would love to see Wong and Tavares both up with us this year, but unfortunately that would probably require an injury to someone, which I don’t want.

  19. Ouchy Injury says:
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    What are some players to target at the end of an auction draft.
    Brandon Beechy is one I know. What what are some others that could come back at All-Star break that could be a big help.
    Thanks – love you site. Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ouchy Injury: See the rankings… They’re in there…

  20. PhillyYorker says:
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    My league is in the middle of the 6th round of our draft and the Au Shizz is still available. (Cue Grey’s head exploding)

    Being in the thick of it, I would say, I would not draft a 1B. Punt 1B. Not Pujols or Votto or Fielder. The bottom of 1B looks too close in the counting stats to justify the difference in position. OF is a wasteland after a certain point.

    It’s a certain kind of crazy to be sitting here in March and think “My entire summer depends on being able to draft Norichika Aoki. He’s the lynchpin to all of my plans.” He brings the room together.

    Kozma or Pastornicky?

  21. jaw says:
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    would you keep utley ($10) and profar ($10) in a 12 team $280 5×5 h2h auction keeper with MI/CI? my keepers suck so i dont have other guys to keep over them (only keeping cespedes at $10). They would inflate to $15 in 2014 then 20% past that with no cap on years kept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw: Neither are worth it…

  22. Ouchy Injury says:
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    What are some injured players that are available to target I mean.

  23. kalone says:
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    In a 16-team league with 5 keepers, would you trade down Felix Hernandez for Yu Darvish if it netted you two high picks, as well?

  24. JoeG says:
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    I think Matt Carpenter will be worth at least a bench spot even in a 12 team mixed. If he gets 500 AB’s : 70/12/55/.285

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Yeah, but you won’t hold onto that probably…

  25. Curtis says:
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    Do you still keep Greinke @$22 in a 12 team, full rostered (2C), $260 keeper league? Only other option is Greg Holland @$3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curtis: I’d keep Greinke…

  26. Wake Up says:
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    For the first time in ten years, Canadians are walking around claiming to be Americans…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: You’re already in mid-season form, friend.

  27. L-Boogie says:
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    Grey and everyone,

    Bit off topic but just curious.

    In a typical 12 team, non-keeper snake draft, is there any sweet spot in the draft order this year? I’ve always liked picking right in the middle but I can see the advantages of the wraparound. Based on this years top 20? 30? 50? what is the best spot in the draft order?

    Talk amongst yourselves. I’ve got a bout of shpilkis in my genechtagazoink.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @L-Boogie: I always prefer the wraparound…even while drafting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: I agree with Wake Up… Nice, Linda Richman…

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: Front end (1,2,3) where you can get 3 of the top 25, or back-end (10,11,12) or does it not matter?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Back end is where I like it… Huh?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: I agree with Grey…wait, what?

        • Kangaroo Hops says:
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          @L-Boogie: I don’t like the part of the draft this year that involves Cano & Baun due to PED caution flags. I’d hate to lose 50 games from my top picks (and have to roster him rather than DL him!). Color me worried, whatever color that is.

    • Big AL says:
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      @L-Boogie:
      Boogie forgot to post on your link,but posted down below about picking 2 or 3 position.Hope it helps you.

  28. papasmurf says:
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    Doh I took Ryu before pick 150. Looks like a wasted pick. He doesn’t look like anything better than a number 4 starter in real baseball.

    I best be scouring the waiver wires then.

  29. papasmurf says:
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    I am in a slow draft league… start drafting in mid-Feb…

    Coulda used some more time on this pick.

  30. BASH says:
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    Grey with the PITA PAN reference!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BOOYA! (My mom went there this weekend and was talking about it…)

      • WorldsFirstAnalrapists says:
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        @Grey: Pita Pan followed by the beer garden at bohemian hall is always a great time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll have to let my moms know…

  31. Stephen says:
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    Would you trade J. Altuve @ $7 in a 12 team, roto, standard category, keeper league, where there is probably about 10% inflation for J. Zimmerman @ $11?

    My current roster consists of;

    Rizzo @ $5
    Lawrie @ $5
    Goldschmidt @ $19
    McCutchen @ $33
    BJ Upton @ $22
    Bumgarner @ $13
    Minor @ $10
    H. Bailey @ $5
    G. Holland @ $10

    Best available pitchers in free agency are CC, Latos, Cain, Halladay, & Lester. The cost to pick up one of these could range from $20 to over $30 depending on needs.

    Thanks for any help,

    Stephen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t… You have an ace in Bum…

      • Stephen says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        Does it change anything that I believe I can get a guy like Rollins for $15-$18 to replace Altuve, whereas, I will have to pay much more for a guy like Latos to replace Zimmerman. You believe I can have a competitive pitching staff with Bum/Minor/Bailey being my top 3?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it would change things… Go with Zimmermann…

  32. Chris says:
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    I am in a dynasty league and am being offered my Kipnis (I have BPhillips) for Archer and the 12th overall pick in the draft which will be one of these guys most likely: Arcia, Puig, Bradley, Barnes, Hicks, Cowart, Springer or Wacha

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

  33. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I will add a candle for miller to my prayer alter. The doll may take a couple of days…

    This greinke news is just another reminder of why you don’t draft pitchers high, or was it high pitchers. I don’t know I’m Wooderson high right about now

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS30OfLFbRM

  34. JoeG says:
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    I posted on the Forum; please rate and project: S.Marte ,A.Eaton and L.Martin. 13 Team mixed roto 6×6 league. And can you please rate my mock draft team,also on the forum.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Sky: re yesterday, kevin Willis, how big where those nostrils looking up at him, I assume you were shorter

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah, I’m 6’2″ and he still made me look like a bug. Could spelunk in those puppies.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Sky: In the reverse sizes, it’s hilarious when you see actors and how tiny they are. I went to high school with Alan from Punky Brewster, dude was Gary Coleman small

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, to go totally psychoanalysis on it, it doesn’t surprise me one bit about leading male actors being a small set. I mean, the overlooked kid in high school because he was shorter than everyone else and couldn’t get a girl could easily create an Al Pacino or Tom Cruise.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Sky: Hooah…

              small man’s complex has that major determination element. where us big people people would just kick the crap out of them with their smart mouth’s. Now we are mediocre and they are ballin’

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Yah gotta be heard to be seen when you’re that size.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Sky: like Ronnie James Dio….the last in line

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Maynard James Keenan comes to mind for me; lot of shorter lead singers as well but I’d say there’s more variety there because bands prefer a guy who can take up the stage.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: nice maynard call, I remember the first time I saw TOOL in ’93 and I was a little confused when i saw him.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Man, I wish I’d seen Tool, still have them on my bucket list of bands to see. Easily one of my favorite bands; love me some prog-metal/rock bands.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: saw them with Rage and Alice in Chains at Lollapalooza in ’93

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Dah, officially jealous. Cantrell is such an underrated musician. Everyone thinks Alice ‘n’ Chains was Layne but Cantrell was the man behind the harmonies. Sadly they don’t get followed very much now despite the music being just as quality. Of course I loved Rage too though I always wanted Morello to do more or some solo work. His song structures were so formulaic in RATM and Audioslave.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: Cantrell was the man, and still is. They are my favorite band from that era; the run of Dirt, jar and Unplugged was just ridiculous. But I will give it up to Rage, in their early days it was unlike anything I had ever seen then and now. The energy they created was unequaled. Zach’s voice will never go back to what it was and I feel lucky for that.

                      layne was the perfect frontman. I look at the cantrell thing like I do Grohl, no one ever thought of him, then he goes out and makes the entire foo fighters first album on his own for fun, plays all the instruments. And that is one of the best live bands I have seen also.

                    • Sky

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                      Yeah, AIC was honestly one of the most unique bands to come out of that musical time period. I mean, Godsmack names their band after one of their songs AND does some of the crazy harmonies that they did? Ok, you growl like James Hetfield but come on, you’re a rip off. I still listen to all those albums to this day. Tri-Pod or ‘Alice In Chains’ was a bit rough but it was Cantrell trying to keep a hollow-drugged out Layne shell afloat.

                      The damage Zach did to his voice coupled with the energy/anger it requires to stay at that peak, not sustainable nor healthy.

                      It’s funny how many people talk about how amazing Cobain was. Don’t get me wrong, he was a very smart musician but there’s a reason Nirvana took off when Grohl joined the band. I still love the harmonies of ‘On A Plain’. Sure the album recording of it was mostly Kurt but i’ve heard live cuts of it and Grohl was a perfect compliment.

                      So, one of my favorite bands from the 90’s was a one hit wonder but their album was amazing: Toadies ~ Rubberneck. Albums not even 40 minutes but it feels epic.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: Through the late 90’s till ’06ish you would hear AIC in so many bands songs. They had an innovation that Nirvana didn’t. Nirvana to me was a classic rock n roll band with a great rythum section, solid writing and a good refined angry punk influence. Their simplicity was what made them great, so many bands try too hard to be too much. AIC was turning things on their head. i remember when facelift came out and they were grouped with the metal bands, when in reality the establishment/masses had no idea what to do with that sound. Thats what makes them awesome. I bought jar of Flies the other day at the local Bet Buy, I lent my copy to never get it back, and for $5 that is an amazing piece of work. Kinda sucks that it took a movie like Singles to get people to recognize them. After that movie they blew the hell up with the Would single.

                      was toadie one of those groups that the “hit” was not indicative of the band?

                    • Sky

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                      AIC has so much old school blues in their sound just with a gnarled, muddy approach. What makes them amazing is those harmonies. So dissonant and haunting yet beautiful at the same time. Man In The Box was my intro to them. Seeing that video on as I stayed up late watching MTV and seeing this weird guy with dreads and scraggly goatee wandering around on a farm sounding like he was singing with clenched teeth. I was hooked, no one to this day really sounds like them and if they do it’s a blatant ripoff.

                      Nirvana was what happens when someone grows up with Beatles and Beach Boy melodies on the mind and falls in love with AC/DC and the Sex Pistols. They were innovative in any the way many were where you take two or three seemingly incongruous sounds and push them together. RATM? Rap Rock before Limp Bizkit killed it. Morello was innovative in his approach but his actual playing was groovy Van Halen, he didn’t actually bring much to the playing side, per se, other than looking at the guitar from a different angle. Soundgarden was actually a very interesting mix. Cornell was never actually a Led Zep fan despite how everyone compared him due to the vocal range. He grew up liking Otis Redding and tons of R&B and of course the Beatles. Most of their unique sound derived from the punk influence but also unique tunings and odd time signatures.

                      Actually no, the sound was perfectly them. Here’s the single called ‘Possum Kingdom':

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkwD5rQ-_d4

                      Album sounds like Hendrix punk with a twang. Posies influence is in there, you can really hear it in ‘Tyler’.

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                      @Sky: great analysis on nirvana. melodies are so important to rock music and it’s something bands just don’t do as much anymore. maybe thats why I think it lacks soul. Nice morello/van halen statement, another melodies band, my favorite band from 1979-1985

                    • Sky

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                      Yeah, I started playing guitar in high school and got really deep into music and some history behind artists and their sound. I try not to over-analyze, but when you hear it it’s hard to unhear it.

                      Agree, melody is the basis of anything worth listening to. It’s why even as a guitar player I never got into Yngwie Malmsteen but Joe Satriani? Boss. Grunts/growls/screams are accents on the emotion of the song, not the basis for it.

                    • Jack Full of Donuts says:
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                      @Sky: we should be e-mailing these conversations…is that like asking you out on an e-mail date?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nah, I like having these conversations out in the open as I’m always in the hopes of turning someone on to a new band. I want everyone to know who the Toadies are!

                    • Jack Full of Donuts says:
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                      @Sky: you could of just told me you didn’t think of me that way *eyes start to gloss*

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, if only you saw how backed up my WORK email is you’d realize just how bad of an email-date I truly am.

                    • Jack Full of Donuts says:
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                      @Sky: HA! I feel a little better but I’m going to have to go drink this one off later tonight. If your ears ring tonight, its me screaming your name piss drunk

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I love that movie. The La Bamba guitar lick was one of the first I tried to learn. Probably not the best idea for a starter but I got about halfway there by ear.

                    • Jack Full of Donuts says:
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                      @Sky: sky got skills. i never learned to play, I posted a pic of what I think you look like in the new article.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Badass…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: no love for my miller candle? I’m putting out the whick

        • Grey

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          Ha… Nice… Not sure how I missed that…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: what is one burnt finger for a season of success, incense started, good spirits coming to you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thank you, I will collect them.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: you watch worst cooks this week yet? My daughter got in trouble at school yesterday so we didn’t watch it last night. I’m hoping she has a better day so I can watch our show….she loves it.

                • Grey

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                  Ha… Nah, haven’t watched it yet… I wasn’t good, said Cougar… Actually, I started watching Game of Thrones on Sunday and powered through 5 episodes in two days… Left little room for anything else… Barely snuck in Amazing Race…

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                    @Grey: Thrones is on deck with me as is breaking bad. I’m lagging in my distractions.

                    No disrespect to the coug, but she can’t cook, so wouldn’t every episode be not good?

                    • Grey

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                      Ha… More like watching her cook is like watching an episode… Thrones is kinda insane good, Bad is still my favorite, but I’m only 5 eps in…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I need to stop playing call of duty online, then i can watch more shows.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, you gotta prioritize your distractions…

  35. Big AL says:
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    I like the 2-3 position. I always follow my pre pick strategy as close to the plan as possible,but will deviate at the most by 2 rounds for a position or player I feel I need. I like picking basically 2 picks in a row every other pick. You get to see how the draft is going and there will be run’s on positions at different times in the draft. I can adjust to the runs better with 2 picks pretty much in a row and still stay with my strategy. Plus you get those longer times in between the 2 picks to check the board and plan your 2 picks ahead of time. I feel I’m reading the draft better in these positions.
    Good luck !!!!

  36. Marty says:
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    Pick 2 of 3
    Gordon round 18
    Samardzjia 30
    Frazier 31.

    My other keepers are bum 10 Joey bats 27 j upton 5 Craig 23.

    Picking 6th will get pujols votto or fielder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, Frazier…

  37. Jeff says:
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    15 keepers, and ideally I want to go in with a balanced team so I don’t have to reach for anything come draft time.

    C- Santana
    1B- Trumbo
    2B – Hill
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Rollins
    OF – Harper
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – Upton
    OF –
    IF – Rutledge
    DH – Middlebrooks

    SP’s (We start 5) – Scherzer, J. Zimmerman, Gio
    RP’s (We start 3) – Rivera, Rodney
    SP/RP (1)

    I was offered Revere for 2 players I’m not keeping. Would you keep Revere over any of the above players?

    • Grey

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      No, I wouldn’t…

  38. VinceVo says:
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    What should I do with Ryu?

    12 team H2H League

    C – Jesus Montero
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Hill
    3B – Longoria
    ss- Castro
    OF- Choo
    OF- A Jones
    OF- BJ Upton
    U- Ike Davis
    Bench- Chris Davis, Todd Frazier, Eric Hosmer

    P- Bumgarner
    P- Chapman
    P- Zimmerman
    P- Ryu
    P- Harvey
    P- Milone
    P- Street

    Bench- Kendrick, Gee, Teheran

    I think my team has a stronger Offense than Pitching staff…Should I be concerned with my Pitching staff with RYU as my #4?

    What are your thoughts on my team overall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team doesn’t look bad at all, I like your pitching a lot, and your hitting… Wouldn’t be concerned at all… At least right now…

  39. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    After my 12-team H2H draft last Sunday, my staff looks like this:

    Latos – SP
    Zimmermann – SP
    Chapman – SP/RP
    Niese – SP
    Ryu – SP
    Harvey – SP
    Estrada – SP
    Gee – SP
    W. Peralta -SP
    Tillman – SP
    Putz – RP
    Broxton – RP

    Concerns are Ryu and Dusty Baker. Best WW candidates are E. Ramirez, Teheran & Straily. Anybody droppable for one or more of those three (plenty of brain-freeze closers available).

    Thanks! Been reading, haven’t posted for awhile.

    • Grey

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      Hey, AF, I wouldn’t worry about your staff… It looks fine… You can go to the Teheran flyer from Ryu, if you like, but I don’t think it’s dire right this second…

  40. Fooch says:
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    Re: Valdespin

    Are we watching Game of Thrones now? And by “we” I mean you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s awesome… Can’t believe it took me so long… I’m an idiot… I watched five episodes the last two days…

      • Fooch says:
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        @Grey:

        Oh, just wait!

        And try not to look at any of the billboards around town or it will ruin the end of Season 1.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m avoiding anything GoT as best as I can… I’m really floored how good it is… I was so skeptical…

          • Fooch says:
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            @Grey: *not a spoiler….do an image search for (p)imp.

            • Grey

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              That is so pimp.

  41. OaktownSteve says:
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    Weird spring injury nominee: Michael Taylor slices open pinkie throwing away his gum.

    I’m in the 15 slot in an NFBC this week and I am looking at a lot of the same guys as you ended up with in Tout. I like the Heyward/Bautista pairing. It’s one I’ve been considering, though I have a hunch that Bautista won’t make it to 15. Had Harper not gone at 11 you probably don’t get Bautista and you’re looking at Heyward, Harper, Longo, Reyes (who neither of you like), Beltre, Wright, Pedroia. I like all these guys but it’s tough to figure out how to pair them.

    You musta been a little frustrated to see nobody fall to you at the 3-4 turn. Cespedes, Holliday, Zimmerman, Hamilton, Castro, Zobrist, Goldy, Craig, and Ellsbury, that’s a lot of first round potential off the board boom boom boom and then it feels like a drop to Moobs and Bossman. I like what you did with what your options were, but had you been closer to the middle of the draft you might have had a couple better options. A lot of pitching went off the board right after you on the turn through the rest of the 4th round…kind of an indicator that the top offensive talent had been exhausted and folks perceived that it was soft and move on pitching.

    Nice grab on Shelby Miller. Went Luebke again but waited this time.

    And of course you got your boy Rutledge.

    I

    • Grey

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      The league is also OBP, so Bautista and Heyward got slight boosts… Our draft turned out really well, but you did pinpoint a tricky spot… I’ve never owned Moobs before and hadn’t expected to own him yesterday… All of the guys you mentioned would’ve been better ideally (except maybe Ellsbury)… We ended with a solid staff while waiting a decent amount of time… Very happy right now with it… Thanks on Miller, I was pushing for him…

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        @Grey:

        Chapman is a bold pick there. Pure upside. I heard Mesoroco on the radio the other day raving about the completeness of the secondary pitches. I hear Chapman is a freakishly phenomenal athlete besides being able to chuck it. He’s also a curious guy. Involved in two major lawsuits. A couple of run ins with hooker/strippers, one of whom traveled with him. Many speeding tickets for going about as fast as his fastball plus a driving with suspended license. All kinds of wierd. But I can still see the pick.

        • Grey

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          I think he’s gonna be vintage Pedro this year… Sub-1.00 WHIP, sub-2 ERA, 240 Ks… Showing up with the world’s smallest man at the World Series celebration…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I can definitely imagine it. Showed confidence considering the more established guys that went in the run right after. Shields, CC, Zimmerman, Scherzer, plus other upside possibilities in Sale and Medlen and Matt Moore still on the board.

            Daniel Murphy was really the island of last resort at 2B. Nothing but garbage below. That’s a tough position to figure out.

            The team seems a little light on power for a Grey team. A lot of guys that I’m not sure you can count on for power in there that you’ll need to hold the line from last year or improve: Moobs, Strandthemall Panda, Alonso, Cuddyer. It’s very, very tough to draft enough homers this year. Historically you want to get to 270+ in hrs. I see you projected maybe 250 and I tried to be generous.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, could be light on power… Rudy ran the numbers and we’re first by a huge margin… So, guess we’ll see…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: And tackle Don Zimmer.

  42. Dewy & Yaz says:
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    Ryu-“I still like him as a late-round flyer”

    Shape should not describe draft postition.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Well played…

  43. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey…asked you almost this same exact question a few days ago, but now with a slightly different player pool. i have the 9 pick in my 11 team snake mixed roto 5×5 league (standard 23 man roster except 4 OF and 2 util guys). it is first year of a keeper league and after year one we can hand out 20 contract years to as few or as many guys as we want. knowing that you can keep a guy for as long as you want (say 3 to 6 years) how would you rank the following guys: McCutchen, Upton, Votto, Pujols, Longoria? thanks for the input, as always Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto, Upton, McCutchen, Longo…

      • LagunaBobbyI says:
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        @Grey….interesting, I was curious to see how you’d slot Votto in there. I think I like Votto the most as well, but am simply scared off knowing that I should be able to get Goldschmidt with my 3rd or 4th pick. Want to leave some flexibility there so I can get our boy Ike Davis late (yahoo league!), but with 2 Util spots, I should prob stop overthinking and realize that Votto-Upton-Goldy would be a pretty strong start for my keeper team. Thanks

  44. Sorry to be another bother with Keeper advise, but I love what you do and your ‘stache. I have room for one more (unless you think Jordan Zimmerman is not a good keep losing rd. 7, in that case I would have two):

    Butler (rd. 6)
    Napoli (rd. 16)
    Niese (rd. 18)
    Kipnis (rd. 19)
    Craig (rd. 24)

    Thanks Grey, I’m a big supporter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Craig…

  45. Tickle Me says:
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    Aaron Hicks or Tyler Colvin?

    Sergio Santos or Bobby Parnell?

    • Tickle Me says:
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      @Tickle Me: Gah, also Infante or Matt Carpenter?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Carpenter….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks… Parnell…

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    Back to my 8 Team H2Her from last night’s discussion. It’s a keeper (one franchise that has no limit and 4 guys that can only be on your roster for 2 seasons). Again, here are the stats:

    H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+Slug, W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    C – Perez
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Rutledge
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulo
    OF – J-Up
    OF – A.Jones
    OF – BJ
    UTIL – Jennings
    UTIL – Ike
    BN – Frazier
    BN – Ethier

    SP – Gio
    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Moore
    RP – Holland
    RP – Hanrahan
    P – Broxton
    P – Pestano
    P – Gallardo
    BN – Minor
    BN – Lester
    BN – Burnett

    These are the available guys:

    Bats – Middlebrooks, Espinosa, Utley, Pedro, Will Myers
    Arms – H.Bailey, McCarthy, Hellickson, Marmol, Frank Frank, Parnell

    These are the moves I’m looking at making: dropping Rutledge for Espinosa (I know you love Rutledge, but I doubt anyone will take him and I’d be able to snag him back once I see how Colorado is going to play him or he starts hot); dropping Ethier for Middlebrooks (thinking that Ethier is blah and I like the upside potential of Middlebrooks even though he has a wonky wrist); dropping Burnett for Will Myers (again, I have a thing for the upside potential, especially in a keeper); dropping Pestano for either Marmol, Parnell, or Frank Frank.

    What’s the hap on this?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME

  48. Dr Gray: Me Puter is in hospital… We don’t know yet if it’ll make it yet…

    It got the Kiddie Porn / FBI virus… A horrible one to get… Got it off of a Fantasy Rundown FBB site… Not from one of my usual adult porn sites… (((I don’t do “Kiddie Porn” like Jack Full Of Hate does…. Hey, Jack!!! By the way, I got my Eirc Estrada T Shirts today.. That was quick!!! The purple, green and orange one is my fav… Which one is yours???… Thanks for the tip again…)))

    Just in case??? Is there a burial ground for puters in California that you know of??? I love that old puter it deserves a good resting place – if the worst happens…

    Hey, I’ll keep this short as I’m at the library using their computer… And they always manage to get quite hostile when I use them here… They say, they have a “No Nudity” policy… I just ignore them and use it the way I want to – until they tell me to get dressed and leave…

    Whoops!!! Here come that old crabapple of a librarian now with her ruler… Got to go… She can hit hard!!!

    P.S. Brett Anderson down with bad back already… If he manages to pitch 100 innings this season, I’ll be a blue-nosed gopher..

    Miss you guys…. E S T R A D A !!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Good luck fixing you puter! You are NOT a blue nosed gopher…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @T Moore: that’s goat porn, not kiddie.

  49. centerfieldballhawk says:
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    Found a link for the results Tout Wars draft on fangraphs. I saw that you took Bautista over Longoria with your first overall pick. I know you have expressed concern over Bautista and his wrist in the past. Are you over those concerns or was there another motive behind the pick?

    • Grey

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      It’s OBP league so it boosts him…

      • centerfieldballhawk says:
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        @Grey: Exactly what I was looking for… thank you.

  50. bossmanjunior says:
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    Alex Cobb’s last 3 starts: 12 IP, 4H, 0BB, 16K

    I know spring stats don’t matter…but daaaaamn

  51. Jack Full of Donuts says:
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    the full movie of Over the Edge is on You Tube

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