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Corey Hart is out for up to a month with an appendectomy.  My college roommate had an appendectomy and he returned from the hospital in 24 hours and back to drinking Olde E forties with me by Friday, which is what we called Tuesday.  Bill Hall will be recalled (Score one for NL pitchers) and Frank Catalanotto will see time in right field (score one for the Catalanottos).  Good thing the Brewers traded for Gerut.  Who?  Hey, you sound like Ken Macha!  I expect the Hart will go on in September.  If he gives you his biggest month of the season then, it’ll be about 4 homers and 4 steals for the month.  Whoopie!  If Hart’s still on your team, now’s as good a time as any to cut him, unless you have DL room.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ian Kinsler – Just hit the DL.  Usually he doesn’t turn into a pumpkin for another twenty games.  Kinsler was in Friday’s Buy/Sell.  Betcha can guess which side of the slash he fell on.

Neftali Feliz – Called up to come out of the bullpen.  Yes, he’s flippin’ awesome.  I know.  But out of the bullpen?  Eh.  If your league’s deep enough, I guess I could see it, but I’m not running out to grab him.

Frank Francisco – Activated and set up C.J. Wilson, who got the save.  Should be about a week until Francisco’s the closer again.  And about a week and a half until he’s back on the DL.

Scott Feldman – 7 IP, 2 ER and his 10th win.  Incredible.  Three of my starters together don’t have 10 wins and this schmohawk does.  Feldman who has 58 Ks in 119 2/3 innings.  I hate wins.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2 HRs in his last three games.  If it’s a hot streak, it’s long overdue.

Ian Snell – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks, 6 baserunners.  Got the start for the M’s vs. the Rangers.  I don’t mind a pickup of Snell in 12 team leagues, but he gets the Rays then the Yanks in his next two starts.

Chad Billingsley – Left the game with a cramp.  Aw, it’s that time of the month.  He should be ready for his next start.

Casey Blake – Had problems swinging a bat during batting practice, now he’s headed for X-rays on his hand.  Coulda called me, I own X-ray glasses.  Thank you, back of a comic book.

Matt Kemp – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs with a homer from the five hole.  This was his first homer of the year while batting above the 6th spot. (<–Torre supplied that info.)

Scott Downs – To the DL.  What I don’t get is why was Downs the closer anyway?  It’s not like he has some absurd contract cough B.J. Ryan coughJason Frasor takes over the job he should’ve had anyway.  I’d own Frasor in any league.

Scott Rolen – Beaned on the helmet by a pitch.  Phillies fans can’t believe it took that long for the voodoo doll work.  Rolen should be fine.  Phew…  The Reds playoff hopes are counting on him going 120/50/120/.450 and pitching 30 no-hitters in the last two months.

Drew Sutton – 2-for-5, has SS eligibility and 15/15 type appeal.  Do I think he can reach those numbers?  I have my doubts.  But Dusty hit him leadoff all weekend and Dusty is CRAZY enough to keep him there.  Worth a flier in NL-Only leagues, keeper and otherwise.  (Dusty gets crazy in caps, you shouldn’t have to ask.)

Jon Garland – 9 IP, 2 ER vs. Guess who.  The Mets.  C’mon, these are gimmes…  Kinda like starts vs. the Mets.

Miguel Montero – 3-for-5 as he hit cleanup.  Hinch, you don’t hit a catcher cleanup then platoon him with Chris Snyder.  I’m not sure why the D’Backs are forcing Snyder into the lineup every other day or so, but Miguel Montero’s value is taking a hit.  I’m sure Tonya Harding’s available (and cheap) if anyone wants to send her to the desert looking for Snyder.

Ty Wigginton – HR yesterday.  As I mentioned in Friday’s Buy/Sell, he goes from Mr. Wigginton to Dr. Donkowitz in August.  Why?  Beats the shizz out of me.

Ronnie Cedeno – HR yesterday with the Pirates.  All he needed was a change of scenary… And 120 MPH winds blowing out.

Elijah Dukes – Trouble’s back in the town called Malice.  Riggleman says Dukes will get the majority of starts and he should.  Definitely worth a flier in 12 team leagues and deeper.

James Shields – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER.  Unfortunately, he pitched against Brian Bannister, who looked like his brother Bruce.  Would’ve been nice to get the win, but I was just happy to see Shields dominate.  Baby steps, Bob, baby steps.

Mark Buehrle – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Now that’s how you make a correction to your season stats.

Gordon Beckham – I was getting some shizz in our fantasy baseball forums for pushing people to pick up Beckham.  In July, he hit .330 with 3 homers and 3 steals.  That’s kinda good for a guy who has shortstop eligibility.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 7 for his last 17 with two homers.  A’la Cher from Clueless, “AS-drubal!”

Bud Norris – 7 IP, 5 Ks, 4 walks, 2 hits.  That’s the problem.  The walks.  I suppose I’d own him for his next start, but I don’t think he’s going to have a rotation spot for much longer and he’s still a rookie and liable to roofie you.

Kendry Morales – 2 HRs, 6 RBIs.  March Grey told you he was a sleeper.  (Please ignore June Grey that told you to Sell him.  June Grey was phoning it in from a methadone clinic.  It was a dark time.)

Jered Weaver – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 Ks.  Sure would be nice to see him throw a game where he doesn’t give up 4+ earned, but the 11 Ks vs. the Twins is pretty impressive.

Orlando Cabrera – 1-for-3, HR yesterday as he batted 2nd.  He hit near .400 in July. (Ted Williams, “Unfreeze me when you do it over an entire season.”)  I’m not a huge fan of a guy who has light power and diminishing speed, but you can probably do worse at SS.

Ricky Romero – 7 IP, 2 ER vs. the A’s was a nice matchup and, for the rest of the season, Romero has matchup potential, but I think the Jays will have to begin to limit his innings.

Casey McGehee – Well, lookie what the MI schmohawk cat dragged in.  McGehee hit 2 homers in the last four games and has been playing regularly at 3rd base.

Eugenio Velez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Not  sure why, but I have a special place in my heart for Velez.  Maybe because he’s a buck thirty soaking wet.  Potatoes to chips, Velez is hitting near .500 over the last week.

Cole Hamels – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Did you really just get out-pitched by Barry Zito?  For shamels.

Jake Fox – Of course he hit a homer yesterday, he started.   I’m not what you would call a person who gets involved.  I yell, “Hands free,” to people who are talking on their cellphone while they’re driving, but that’s about the extent of my community involvement.  But if I were, say, a person who takes action, I’d start a campaign to make Jake Fox the catcher.

Victor Martinez – 5-for-6, 4 RBIs as the Red Sox won 18-10.  Without V-Mart, the Red Sox would’ve won 14-10.  Even the Yankees disapprovingly shook their heads mumbling, “Enough’s enough.”

David Ortiz – 0-for-5, 1 RBI.  Ticker Tease!

Clay Buchholz – 4 IP, 7 ER.  When you’re working with a 14 run cushion… Well… You gave him a shot.  It just didn’t work out.  I’d let him figure it out on someone else’s team.

Melky Cabrera – Hit for the cycle yesterday.  The guy who took four minutes to design “Got Melky” t-shirts at Cafepress is ecstatic.

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    thanks for not making me wait ’til 1:25 AM to get the new blog! (i know, Sunday all the games end early…) gotta love “Clueless” references that name a character!

  2. TheGreatVeto says:
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    Is it just me? Or does Denard Span not get enough love (owned in 39% in ESPN leagues)? I was looking at his stats on waivers the other day…
    – he is 25
    – he leads off in front of Mauer n Morneuaue
    – his seasonal average (stats/162 games) line is .291, 114 R, 11 HR, 76 RBI, 31 SB

    Now that is what you call a 4 and a half category player. I just traded Victorino for A.J. Burnett, and picked up Span for free who can give me the same production.

  3. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Perhaps time to think about dropping Hamilton, or is my frustration causing me to overreact?

  4. Lines says:
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    Nice round-up, Grey. We are amused.

    Really, though, what gives with platooning Montero? He’s been the best hitter on the team for a month, why force him to split time with a guy who’s not very… y’know, good. Like, at baseball. He might be good at other things, I don’t know. Maybe he can cook? Or sing! Anyhow, if anyone knows Chris Snyder, please ask him what else he’s good at, and encourage him to focus on his cooking and singing, so I can get more AB’s out of Montero. Thanks!

    Also, should I drop Lannan for Pedro Feliciano? Is 6 starters enough in a 10-team, 7×7, H2H (holds count).

  5. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    ::sigh:: thanks to iffy injuries (zambrano) and crappy matchups (jdlr @ phi, d lowe @ la), i am leaning towards playing the matchups. i need to start 2 of the 3:

    brett anderson v. tex, @ KC
    mat latos v. atl, v. NYM
    derek holland @ oak, @ ana

    weekly league so i couldn’t start holland @ oak then sit him for @ana, thus i am leaning anderson and latos. looking for opinions to make sure i’m not missing something.

  6. Rnunnerley says:
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    I blew up Corey Hart’s appendix with my mind after no one would trade me for him… Liriano is next on my list, I think I’ll get him with fire…hahahaha

  7. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Rnunnerley: i have had liriano in both my leagues all year. he started for most of april/may and i kept telling myself he was a slow started, just look at his career numbers by month and his 2008 season. spent all of june/july on the bench. but the news of his forearm swelling sent him to the waiver wire finally.

  8. @Rnunnerley@ThePoonTycoon@Grey: Liriano was my best dump in weeks.; very satisfying and highly recommended.
    Any 2B/SS recommendations for fill-ins for Pumpkinhead (New term?; for those who turn into one after a wonderful and promising early season dance, only to turn into a gourd?) Kinsler? Normal group of available castoffs include Sutton, Guzman, Assdribble, Velez, Aybar, Stewart…tempted to play it safe with Cristain Guzman, but rostering a National just feels like waiving a white flag.

  9. ichirosan says:
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    H2H, 20-man dynasty league, I’m starting to fade out of contention if I don’t do something fast…

    Also, since we have 7 RP spots and count holds, getting saves out of the wire has been almost impossible.

    Am I crazy by considering punting saves if my only closers are Lindstrom and McDougal?

  10. Please add Izturis to the list of potential fill-in 2B/SS schmohawks…Thanks.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @zombie: stewart. and not even close. the avg may only be .250ish at the end of the year, but he’s gonna have 30ish HRs, low teens SBs, and 80+ HRs.

  12. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: 80+ RBIs. whoops.

  13. AP says:
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    I was just hoping anybody would give me a little bit of feedback on a recent trade.

    I’m in a 20 team roto 5×5 league, and needless to say pitching is pretty thin. My offense is best in the league, my pitching is far from that, and I’m currently around 3rd-4th place. I have a huge lead on 2nd place in Runs & Steals, and a small lead in Avg. & RBI’s. Currently, getting below 9.5 points in all 5 pitching catagories.

    Recently I traded Carl Crawford, Hank Blalock, and Jose Contreras for Edwin Jackson, Joel Piniero, and Scott Hairston. I know I overpaid, but it’s very hard to pry pitchers away in this league. Anyway, did I do OK or did I get absolutely hosed? (fyi, the 2nd best offer I got for Crawford was Oswalt, Rasmus, & Kerry Wood, and obviously I am pretty happy I rejected that one.) Any comments from anyone is appreciated.

  14. Timsti says:
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    10 team 3 keepers. I’m firmly in 2nd place and gaining on 1st but my offense is slowing down. Is trading my 4th rnd pick for youk worth it? I currently have g.jones at ci but am looking to move him to of and improve over helton. I’ve already given up my 2nd pick in an earlier trade. Its a money league so I’m trying to make a hard run at first place.

  15. black love says:
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    How about starting Tillman tonight Vs Detroit.
    Seems risky no??

  16. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: I know it’s a bit early to be looking at keepers, but in a league where I get to keep 3 SP who do you like out of Lincecum, Sabathia, Peavy, and Wainwright? Who are your top 10 pitchers for next year?

  17. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    I have to defend C-Bills a little bit. He hyperextended his plant leg on one delivery. He walked it off, looked ok, and finished the inning. He had his batting helmet on (pitcher’s spot leading off the next inning) when Torre pulled him and sent Schmidt out to hit in his place. He was visibly upset and arguing with Torre about it. There are times to make fun of players for leaving with hangnails and the like (Larry Wayne Jones Jr.), but this wasn’t one of them. Blame Torre or the trainer, but not Billingsley.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Timsti: sure so long as you realize it’s gonna be a tough road next year without a 2nd or 4th pick.

  19. Quintero says:
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    @TheGreatVeto: Totally agree, and all Span’s advanced numbers looks legit, too.(besides maybe got caught stealing 6 times out of 23) My league is a bit deeper so I only managed to trade away DLR and EE for Span and a crabbish player…

    Who should this crabbish player turn into for the rest of the season:
    Tim Stauffer, Clayton Richard, John Smoltz, or…..Charlie Morton? Rick VandenHurk?

    Thanks for the help!

  20. Matt says:
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    Do you start CJ Wilson over Jenks this week? SV-BS is the category so being Jenky is worse than typical.

  21. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    H2H-5X5 League

    Who would you go with at RP this week?

    Nunez or Jim Johnson?

  22. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Blanton or Harang going forward?

    Also, sit Alexei Ramirez this week? If so, who replaces him – Kendrick or Callaspo?

  23. Dad says:
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    @Grey: I was just offered CC/Tejada/Frasor for my M Young/Haren. In a non-keeper (in a vacuum), is that enough?

  24. Dingo says:
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    Jered Sonovabench Weaver, meet Cole Sonovastart Hamels. I’m sure you two will have a lot to talk about.

  25. Simply Fred

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    @Mr. Rickey: Callaspo.
    Kendrick gets six away where he sports a .656 OPS on the road.
    Callaspo gets 7, six at home where he has a .888 OPS. Opponent ERA of 4.55 and giving up a lofty 1+ HR per game.

  26. JoeBoo says:
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    Grey-

    Petit on the road vs. PIT and WAS……..
    or Hochevar at home vs. SEA and OAK?

    Death by suffocation is not and option…..

    thx

  27. bobbo says:
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    @Dingo: Have they met CC Sonofastart Sabathia? Dude is killing me…

  28. john says:
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    Scott Feldman is the bastard child of Cory Feldman and Scott Baio’s unholy union, and this explains why he wins so many of his games. Quite simply, Lucifer has big plans for the offspring of two of his demons.

  29. Dingo says:
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    Possibly the only bad advice I’ve gotten here was when June Grey told me to hold onto Colby Rasmus and drop Kendry Morales. Now the guy in my league who picked up Morales (right before he went bonkers) is now trading him, Montero (who I dropped when Doumit came off the DL) and J.P. Howell for maybe-his-elbow-really-is-hurt-Pujols.

  30. Robert says:
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    @Grey: Do you think Milledge will be more useful than G. Jones for the next few weeks? Jones is a util. guy for me. I don’t need anything specific, just a hitter to contribute. Thanks

  31. Dingo says:
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    @bobbo: I think I saw them hanging out together in the nightclub of maddening inconsistency.

  32. Simply Fred

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    @Mr. Rickey: Ramirez 6 home facing 7.42 ERA and pitchers giving up 1 HR per game. He has a home 7.79 OPS.

  33. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: correct .779 OPS

  34. bobbo says:
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    With Neftali Perez being called up to work out of the bullpen, is he a pickup in a holds league due to his SP status? Who do you like more, him or Franklin Morales?

  35. Probable Party Starter says:
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    Anybody doing the Matusz dance ’round these parts?

  36. bobbo says:
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    @Robert: Personally I like Milledge better, but see if you can upgrade a pitcher or something with a trade that throws in G Jones first. Someone in your league has to believe!

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Probable Party Starter: i picked him up. not starting him though. i generally keep my last roster spot or 2 open for prospects/call ups/flavor of the weeks in my h2h weekly lineup league. never know when you might catch lightning in a bottle and without daily lineup changes you don’t necessary use all your guys on a weekly basis like you would daily rotating SPs

  38. Beau says:
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    Just got Braun, Kershaw, and Chipper for Garrett Jones and Reynolds, that was sweet. I couldnt believe that is what I got counteres when I initially offered Jones and Papi for Braun.

    Any thoughts on what I can get for Big Papi or Buchholz? Buchholz is in a keeper so i could wait until the offseason to move him. We only keep 5 players based on draft round, so perhaps his value will be higher then.

  39. bobbo says:
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    @Robert: See? people in Beau’s league certainly overvalue G Jones!!! Quick, trade him!

  40. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Beau: jesus.

  41. jamiesonmj says:
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    What are your thoughts on McGehee with what seems like regular playing time?

  42. black love says:
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    What do you think about FraGu? hold on to him or move to the next hot bat?

  43. Simply Fred

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    RE: Beckham. Understand the concerns. His home OPS has been a dismal .552 but a 1.091 on the road. He faces opponent’s road 7.42 ERA while at home this week (opponents giving up 1HR per game as well). If he can’t light it up at home this week, he never will.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: You’re welcome.

    @TheGreatVeto: He’s gone 3/5 since the end of May, I think people get a little bored with him.

    @Prince: Nope

    @Lines: Nice rant. Feliciano is fine there.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Latos

    @Rnunnerley: Nice

    @zombie: Ha! Stewart

    @ichirosan: Punt them.

    @AP: @AP: You had to overpay and you did. If you needed the pitchers, it’s fine.

    @black love: I wouldn’t.

    @bobbo: I’m not giving my top ten pitchers for next year until next year. I’d keep everyone but Peavy.

    @mgeoffriau: I just realized how much Larry Wayne Jones Jr. sounds like a serial killer.

    @Matt: I’d start Wilson.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Nunez

    @Mr. Rickey: Blanton – Kendrick

    @Dad: I’d want the CC side.

    @Dingo: Ha!

    @bobbo: Pick up Feliz.

    @Probable Party Starter: Shit, we talked about him so much in the last post’s comments I forgot to mention him. I’d grab him.

    @Beau: If that’s who you get for Jones, maybe you can get Pujols for Buchholz.

    @Robert: I don’t think he definitely contributes more. Could he? Sure.

    @jamiesonmj: I’d grab him if you need a MI.

    @black love: Move on.

  45. Timsti says:
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    @Grey: ty wiggington or milledge to replace fragu? Avg is most needed but not a necessity.

  46. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: I don’t have these guys (kendrick/collaspo), but am curious what your thinking is beyond the numbers I posted in #25? (I do realize numbers can lie!)

  47. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Berkman/Wandy v Morales/Javy Vaquez?

  48. GTS says:
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    Which two of these SP do you like the best: Cecil, Correia, or lefty C. Richard?

  49. Pops says:
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    Great comments today. I’m going to be rolling with Wigginton for the foreseeable future while Berkman is on the shelf. Did anyone hear about the squabble between Riggleman and Melvin Mora? Any chance he gets his outright release?

  50. royce! says:
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    Matusz or Latos?

  51. Pops says:
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    @Pops: Who would name their kid Melvin, seriously?

  52. RGP says:
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    Why so down on Downs? He has very solid numbers the last 2-3 seasons to justify his initial shot at the closer job and his right to keep it (when healthy).

  53. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Drop Reimold or Garrett Jones for Wiggington? Or hold steady for now?

  54. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey, I need an OF bad.

    Franklin for Willingham enough? It’s obviously a needs trade.

  55. bobbo says:
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    @Grey: Boo for you not giving top 10 pitchers!!! (jk jk) Do you like Gallardo over Wainwright or Sabathia, his owner isn’t too sold on him and I can probably get him on the cheap?

  56. royce! says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): That article says something different- Latos is to be shut down IN late September. I don’t know when or if Matusz will be shut down, b/c I have no idea how many innings Matusz pitched last year. Anyone know how to find out such a thing?

  57. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: What about dropping Jay Bruce for The Wiggster? It’s a keeper league, but I’m unlikely to keep Bruce since he’d be available in the draft cheaper next year than where I drafted him this year.

  58. royce! says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Actually, I’m not sure if it will be “late” September… Could be early, b/c the article says a month from now. From what I’ve read, Latos will only pitch another 20 or so innings…

  59. Pops says:
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    Greinke getting, well – Greinke’d this afternoon against the Rays.

  60. royce! says:
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    This trade just went down in my 20 team weekly h2h:

    Team A gets:
    Victorino
    Justin Upton

    Team B gets:
    AJ Burnett
    Marlon Byrd

    The commissioner immediately emailed me to see what I thought about this. He thinks something smells fishy. He wants to either block the trade or at least ask team B wtf he’s thinking. Any thoughts or suggestions on how to deal with this? An additional fact to consider: owners of Team A and B are friends, Team A won the league last year, and Team B is new to our league, and may be new to fantasy baseball. Also, according to Team A, Team B offered Upton for Casey McGehee and Garret Anderson yesterday.

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Pops: yeah,i just traded for him,but 5 k`s in 2 innings,ha

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: I’d want a bit more, say Ludwick, but it’s okay.

    @bobbo: Not over CC, Wainwright and him are close.

    @royce!: Ah… Young pitchers usually don’t pitch more than 40 innings over their previous year. It’s a club decision as to when they get shutdown.

    @mgeoffriau: Eh, can’t he get picked up by someone else and have Bruce as a cheap keeper?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Wasn’t this the guy you were trying to pry Upton from? It’s lopsided but you would’ve took the trade if it was offered to you, right?

  64. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Need an SP or RP who might be of decent use this year but who projects as a keeper in a pretty deep league. What do you think of Masterson? I’m thinking he is flying a bit under the radar after the trade and could be fairly good.

    Where does he rank with Snell, Tillman, De La Rosa, Norris and Holland?

    Thanks.

  65. mgeoffriau

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    @Grey: Nope, the keeper rules penalize keeping a player that’s been picked up. Rules state that a player picked up off waivers or the free agent list can be kept, but will count against the highest draft round not already occupied by another keeper.

    IE, since we have 5 keepers, the lowest round he could be kept in would be the 5th round….and I doubt he’ll go in the 5th round or higher next year. If he comes back and hits well the end of this year, maybe 7th or 8th round? But lower than the cost of keeping him.

    Thanks for the help.

  66. Grey

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    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Tillman, Norris, Holland, Masterson… Masterson has some deep league keeper value, but he can probably be had next year.

    @mgeoffriau: Okay, then I can see grabbing Wigginton.

  67. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I totally would have, but I didn’t have any direct communication with Upton’s owner until today, only with the other owner, Team A, in which I told him I would give him Wandy for Upton.

    My concern is that it was collusive, but I don’t know how to prove it beyond conjecture or flying to NY and meeting Team B’s owner in person. Another fact that could be interpreted as either Team B being a terrible owner or being in collusion with Team A: Team B has been starting Hudson, Myers, and Randy Johnson all season. So that says to me that Team B is either an idiot or he’s Team A’s imaginary friend. Oh, also he still is starting Soto.

    I thought that McGehee and Anderson for Upton was imbalanced, but seemed explicable. AJ and Byrd for Upton and Victorino is just insane.

    Last fact: I told Team A’s owner I would stay out of it until today. I emailed Team B this morning, saying I was interested in Upton, what would he want for him? (The trade had not yet taken place.) He just emailed me back saying he had traded Upton. I would think that if he wanted to act in his best interest he would have asked for something better from me before accepting the trade.

    I really just don’t want someone to steal this championship.

  68. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey.

    Would the order be the same for value for the last two months of this season? Do De La Rosa and Snell then factor into the equation?

  69. royce! says:
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    Last thing– my conversations yesterday with team A’s owner mostly involved what would be “fair to the league.” He would propose an offer he was thinking of making to team B, I would say, “that would be insane,” or, “that would be a massacre,” and he would reply, “well, i don’t want to do anything unfair to the league.” I kept telling him the only thing that’s fair to the league is him acting in his own interest, ie, accepting the mcgehee/anderson for upton. But now I think he was trying to make sure that others didn’t think he was ripping off team B or being collusive.

    Maybe I’m just in shock… assuming he still asks me for Wandy, Team A will have turned AJ and Byrd into Victorino and Wandy.

    So, Grey, your opinion is that our league should just chalk this one up to Team B’s inexperience?

  70. Grey

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    @royce!: The more I hear about it the more I think it’s fishy. I try not to veto trades, but I do send long, strongly-worded emails to other league members basically shaming them into saying “Fine, this trade doesn’t need to go through.” That sounds like collusion or an owner that just should not be trading. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t ruin the league for others. Tell him something like, “Hey, it’s cool that you’re clueless, but for the rest of us, this is completely unfair. I hate for the league to disintegrate over the hapless dealings of one misguided owner.”

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: No, it wouldn’t be the same. I’d want dlR.

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @royce!: so in other words,someone else beat you to screwing team dummy out of upton?theres 1 terrible owner in most leagues,we just had a guy go on a fire sale and sold berkman(before injury)for luke scott,and the guy was already offered cruz?then he sold halladay for nothing also,these type of guys either need to get into it a little more or try for fantasy tennis,we have 2 to 4 guys in our rcl not managing anymore,

  72. Simply Fred

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    @Mr. Rickey: @Grey: OK. Dug a little deeper. This is what has been happening with Kendrick. He had three starts in the last week–all against lefties which makes sense with a .794 OPS against lefties vs. .693 against righties. He faced Huff, Lackey, and Perkins who had a combined 5.82 ERA (specifically if they were home or away). So, .500 AVG was understandable. Angels only face one lefty next week. Kendrick may get some work against the righties, but his OPS against them is less. Also, all games are away, again where his OPS is over 100 points less. What do you think?

  73. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Okay, I will tell the commissioner to write him something along those lines. It seems too sketchy to stand. A couple more facts lending credence to its sketchiness: Team B is in 18th place, and has made 5 moves all year (April 30- dropped 4 players, May 1 added Joe Crede…meaning, incidentally, he also has 3 empty roster spots). Team B is in 11th place, and the top 8 qualify for the playoffs. The more I think about it, the angrier I get!!!

  74. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: yes your right(again)in my youth,i took the offensive verbally insulting path,only to find that they would do it anyways and not trade with me,now i try to be politically correct(talk about fantasy)and make a joking comment here and there to find 1 party usually backs down

  75. and1mcgee says:
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    oh, Grey! I just re-read the blog and saw a “What About Bob?” reference!! our team name for the Lakers 3 on 3 tournament is “Bob Wiley Baby Steps”……. dedicated to Grey Albright now after that reference……..

  76. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Interesting, guess we’ll see next week which guy was a better play.

    @royce!: Offer to take a blowtorch to the whole league.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Path of least resistance, huh? Yeah, that could work too. Really starts in the preseason and making sure all the other owners know what they’re doing.

  77. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @royce!: sounds like a dead team to me. it shoudl have been brought to the commish’s attention and he should have locked the team unless he received contact from the owner as to why he was starting a bunch of injured players. the commish could then make sure the team had at least healthy guys from the bench in the lineup instead of a bunch of DL guys just to maintain the balance of fairness in the league.

    that’s why i like a keeper league, the bottom dwellers can have a frie sale, but they’ll be looking for keeper quality guys or draft picks in return, and no one is gonna sell off teixeira for peanuts when they know they can build around him next year.

  78. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I really should.

    The commissioner has the right to veto a trade (votes aren’t set up). I don’t think he wants the full responsibility, so he’s going to have everyone vote and if something like 1/3 or 1/4 votes to veto he’s going to veto it. Sounds fair enough to me, all things considered. Although I’d prefer for him to just veto it himself and deal with the aftermath considering he’s already assumed the responsibility. Either way, unless 66-75% of our league are recovering from botched brain surgeries, it looks like it’ll get vetoed.

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    arg,grienke 105 pithes in 5 innings of hockevar ball,9 k`s wont kill me but 13 baserunners will,on the not so bright side,crawford who was in on the grienke deal is helping my opponent with a 3-3 day 2 rbi and a sb,yes boys it is time,im cracking the top on a bottle of woodford and if i look hard enough,im sure i have an old roach somewhere around here,

  80. royce! says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: We considered doing that earlier in the year with the abandoned teams but that also seemed weird, because, as it is a h2h, any changes to the abandoned teams would benefit some teams more than others. Would have been fine for a roto league.

  81. TheGreatVeto says:
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    @Quintero: Clayton Richard seems the most appealing out of those pitchers. He’s been pitching well and just moved from a hitters park to Petco. Plus, the Pads have actually been scoring runs recently so you might actually get some run support for him.

    @Grey: This is true about Span. But I play in a H2H league, so I will take quiet consistency week in and week out and love it.

  82. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: OK. This is a classic, if your hot your hot no matter what vs. you get hot for a reason, and cold for a reason. The jury is out on this one. Agree, will be interesting to see the results.

  83. JR says:
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    Wow. Travis Snider has opened a serious can of whoop a$$ in AAA. It can’t be too long before he’s called up, no?

  84. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: I didn’t say no matter what vs. no matter who. But when we’re talking about Kendrick vs. Callaspo, it’s kind of a push as it is anyway.

  85. Grey

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    @JR: Yeah, should be called up.

  86. Robert says:
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    @Grey: I lost out on Frasor. Would Lindstrom be worth the risk?

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @royce!: i don’t think it’s outrageous a problem in a h2h league. all you do is make sure that you take raul ibanez off the DL when he starts playing again, put kinsler on the bench/DL for now and put in whoever his backup is or the default highest rated 2B on the WW. i’m not talking going over every pitching matchup each week and agonizing over home BABIPs and line drive rates.

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @royce!: also, i think CHANGING the abandoned team to keep a full starting roster is MORE FAIR in H2H than not. why is it fair that i play the team at full strength in april, but you get to face a depleted lineup in july?

    at least in roto every team is affected equally if the owner abandons his team (still, he should be locked from trades if he exhibits no management of his team for most/all of the season without reasonable excuse).

  89. Dexter says:
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    Looking to drop Liriano. We have a move limit so whomever I pick up I would like to use for as long as possible. These guys are all available: Tillman, Holland, Cecil, Richard, Snell, Meche. Thanks!

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dexter: Richard

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  91. A Jim Dandy Of A Long Ass Name Just To See If You'll Include It All When Responding After The @ Sign says:
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    Would you take the over OR under on…

    Aaron Paredo getting 30 AB this year…

    … so that he can be protected next year?

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