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Mitch Moreland, a notable imperialist, has been capturing the hearts and minds of fantasy owners while their villages are unsuspectingly pillaged. On the baseball field, he’s been hitting better than he has since 2009… when he was in high A ball. The boy’s a time bomb! So, will he be able to maintain anywhere near this level of production? Or will he turn it off like a light switch (just go click)? My fortune cookie says, “Signs point to yes.” Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Exhibit A for why you shouldn’t ask your fortune cookie conflicting questions. For those of you who are familiar with Mitch, you’re probably pulling a Large Marge like me when you realized that he’s hitting over a 1.100 OPS in May. He’s doing everything a little bit better: lower strikeout rate, higher walk rate, and a higher home run to fly ball rate, which could be sustainable. Although the caveat is that he’s absolutely crushing the ball at home and against righties, so it’s hard to tell if he’s right side up or upside down. I’m thinking that he’ll likely produce closer to his numbers from last year, with slight improvement going forward. Mitch, I’ve got Moreland a feeling that you’ll still be solid the rest of the way. Anyway, here are some other players who have my attention in OPS leagues:

Adam Eaton – In February I thought Eaton could be in for a huge year. Then he got injured. Now that he’s nearing his return, I wanted to again sound the trumpets and encourage everybody to get him while you still can. They call him Adam, Adam, faster than lightning. No one you see, is a better SAGNOF than he.

Corey Hart – I’ve talked about him so many times that I’m only going to use one run on sentence in this blurb and say that if you pick him, you can be my hero, Enrique.

Matt Joyce – Last month, I said, “He’s probably on your waiver wire. If you can bench him against lefties, pick him up and do so. I’m not at all worried by his slow start and expect him to produce at a similar level to last season going forward.” I’m just trying to spread Joyce to the world and he’s likely still on your waiver wire – so pick him up!

Neil Walker – Everybody needs a middle infielder. Everybody. Walker had high expectations before going on the disabled list and, since returning, he’s hitting poorly to provide you one last chance to make it right and buy low (free?).

Rickie Weeks – Unfortunately he seems to be embracing his homophone. Yes, he should turn it around at some point, but I doubt that he’ll ever return to his .800+ OPS days. Sadly, I think his rest of the season ceiling is last season’s .230/.330/.400 line. God forbid you ever wake up to hear the news (that Weeks is on your team) because then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose.

Josh Willingham – Why are people dropping Kevin Bacon’s second biggest fan? I guess that’s a buy low (free?) option for the rest of us. I love me some Willingham.

Yoenis Cespedes – His numbers are unimpressive right now, but I’d absolutely be buying if given the opportunity. Earlier this year, I wrote, “His .280/.360/.500 line will echo Jason Heyward, minus the upside. That’s meant to be a compliment.” Si se puede, Cespedes! There’s your token Spanish lesson of the week. Class dismissed!

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  1. mpc says:
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    Trying to sell high on Kevin Gregg. Been offered Aybar and Miguel Montero for him. Pull the trigger?

    Also, Swisher or Morse ROS?

    Thanks!

    p.s.– it’s pretty awesome you guys answer your reader’s questions in this space consistently. Makes this site better than any other for fantasy!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @mpc: Yes, I’d trade Gregg there. I’d rather have Swisher ROS.

      Glad that you enjoy the site. One of the main reasons why I wanted to write here was that writers actually answered questions, like you said.

    • Jay says:
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      I agree. It’s great you guys actually reply to users here.

      • Tom Jacks

        Tom Jacks says:
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        @Jay: Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Kim Jong Un says:
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    Good stuff Tom

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Kim Jong Un: Thanks Kim Jong Un! Never thought I’d be saying that…

  3. Fratstar says:
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    Start Burnett at Detroit next week in weekly h2h?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Fratstar: No, I wouldn’t do that.

  4. shibboleth says:
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    My league switched to OPS this year and I’m digging it so far. This column is priceless, thanks for it. Never been good with Pitcher-Hitter trades, so I have no idea what’s good… Would you say Moore for Cespedes is giving up too much if he’s been your team ace by a mile?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @shibboleth: Thanks! Yes, I think that’s giving up too much given your pitching situation. Ignoring context though, it’s fair.

  5. ritzer says:
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    What ERA/WHIP do you think Cole Hamels will finish the year on. He’s on 4.45 and 1.28 now.
    Is he worth a buy low attempt now?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @ritzer: Yeah, I’d buy low. I agree with Steamer’s projection of a 3.5 ERA and 1.18 WHIP going forward.

  6. supra says:
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    Picked up Weeks a month ago figuring he would eventually hit. With Brantley, Joyce, Venable, Ethier, Dunn available would you make a switch now?
    We count R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, TB, AVG… thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @supra: Yeah, I’d switch him for Joyce and play him against righties.

  7. Moss Dunn? says:
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    I have B.Moss – should I drop him for Dunn or L.Martin?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Moss Dunn?: I wouldn’t for Dunn. Martin is ok if you really need steals, but I wouldn’t do it otherwise.

  8. Mike says:
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    These guys are all available on the waiver wire. 10 Team Yahoo League. Need some HR and consistency…long-term investment? Who would you pick-up?

    Freese, Hosmer, Parra, Lowrie, Middlebrooks, Moustakas, Buck, Peralta, Joyce, Brown, Betancourt

    Thanks

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Mike: Middlebrooks, Brown, and Joyce stand out to me, in that order, if you’re looking for homers.

  9. Jackie says:
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    Adam Eaton or Jason Werth ROS?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Jackie: I prefer Eaton ROS.

  10. John says:
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    normal 5×5 (i.e. non-OPS) — do you like Teixeira or Hart as a stash? The numbers say Teixeira has more upside but the wrist issue seems like it would effect those numbers more than a knee would effect Hart. Plus, Teixeira is always a slow starter anyway.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @John: I just really don’t trust Tex. He’s been on a clear decline for a few years now and that injury worries me. I’ll go with Hart.

  11. Ron says:
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    Trade away Fowler and Garza for Stanton. Would you do this even though the timetable for Stanton is completely unknown?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ron: Yes, I would. Garza isn’t exactly a safe bet.

  12. harkrider says:
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    Joyce or Viciedo or Venable??

    I need some SB’s so I’m not sure about dropping Venable. Thoughts? I have Viciedo and Venable right now and looking to pick up Joyce

    • Tom Jacks

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      @harkrider: If you need steals then definitely Venable. I slightly prefer Joyce to Viciedo, especially if you can bench him against lefties.

      • harkrider says:
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        @Tom Jacks: What if I throw Eaton into the mix? Would you still go Venable and Joyce or change it up?

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @harkrider: I’d take Eaton over Joyce or Viciedo. So I’d want Venable and Eaton, since steals are important.

  13. Flag says:
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    Moreland you didn’t mention: FB rate is up, he’s no longer a platoon player (much better against lefties this year) and his wrist issues seem to be behind him. He’s also hit half his HR’s away from home, including 3 during a series at Oakland’s homer undfriedly confines. You may be safe in expecting a little more than what he did last year going forward.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Flag: Thanks – great points. I didn’t mention him being better against lefties because I’m not sure if he can keep it up, but I was unaware that he hit half of his home runs on the road. Agreed, that the FB% is a good sign for him too.

  14. Novice says:
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    Just got offered:
    Cuddyer, Torii Hunt, Justin Verlander, and Hyun-Jin Ryu
    for:
    Votto, Adam Jones, and Bucholz

    What do you think?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Novice: I’d want the Votto side.

  15. Mariner Mike says:
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    Picked up Eaton last night,do you like him, also have Ellesbury if he can get going(think he can?) have a pretty good one two punch what do ya’ think? thanks for the help!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Mariner Mike: I love Eaton! Depends what you’re looking for from Ellsbury… I don’t think he’ll hit for much power, but he should provide a good batting average and plenty of steals.

  16. Mitch says:
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    Was offered Rizzo and Homer Bailey for my DLd boys Reyes/Stanton. With no timetable and fear of setbacks for each, think I should take it or hold?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Mitch: I’d hold. I’d want much more for both of them.

    • Jason says:
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      @Mitch: hold

  17. The Jabronis says:
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    trade gio or greinke away for ortiz?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @The Jabronis: If you’re deep in pitching, sure, trade away Gio for Ortiz. That’s overpaying a little though.

  18. Ron says:
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    Granderson or Cruz ROS?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ron: The Grandy man.

  19. Bri-Guy says:
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    I can trade Goldschmidt, Stanton, and BJ Upton for Braun, Reynolds, and Harvey and I’m having trouble pulling the trigger….any advice?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Bri-Guy: What kind of categories are you using? Is it a keeper or re-draft league?

      • Bri-Guy says:
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        @Tom Jacks: standard 5×5 roto espn league, 4 keepers….so far I have Cutch, Pedroia, Segura, Stanton, Darvish, and Price in consideration for the keeper spots

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Bri-Guy: I’d do it. Braun is the best out of all of the players involved and would be an improvement on Stanton as one of your keepers. For this year, I’d take the Braun side as well because Stanton will miss some more time and I don’t believe in B.J. Upton.

  20. diaperman says:
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    Was just offered Profar and Markakis for Choo – thoughts? My OF is already solid with Braun, J Upton, Swisher, Aoki, Dunn (and Choo). My MI is weak, plus Markakis more than holds his own in Runs and OBP. 12 team mixed league with OBP instead of AVG, otherwise standard. Thanks in advance for advice.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @diaperman: In a keeper league, I’d definitely want Profar. In a re-draft league though, I think you could get a much better MI if you traded Choo straight up.

      • diaperman says:
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        @Tom Jacks:

        Thanks, Mr. Jacks. You don’t think Markakis could supplement most of Choo’s stats over the course of the season?

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @diaperman: No problem! I don’t mind Markakis, but I think Choo is a couple tiers above him. Reds Park and that lineup is really helping his numbers this season.

  21. OaktownSteve says:
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    It’ll be interesting to see what the playing time split is in the Arizona outfield when Eaton comes back. He was slated for everyday when the season started but the picture may have clouded during his absence.

    Willingham has been fighting through a wrist injury. One of those things that is tough on a fantasy owner. Not bad enough to hit the DL but bad enough to send performance in the crapper and also not really reported until later so the the whole thing looks like a slump. If Willingham is healthy he’s a good buy low candidate as the power track record is good and he hits right in the middle of the line up. Might have to take a flier and get him now and risk possible lingering injury if you want to buy at the bottom of the market.

    Moreland looked really good here in Oakland. The thing that makes me think the improvement against lefties might be sustainable is how solid the front side was. He flew out against the very, very nasty Doolittle but only after a tough at bat and the out was solid contact. His home runs were to the middle part of the park too, so the approach looked very comfortably straight away and not pull happy. A good sign for handling lefties.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @OaktownSteve: Yeah, I’m crossing my fingers that Arizona plays Eaton as they had originally planned.

      Good point on Willingham with the wrist, and I agree that the risk of re-injury is worth the potential reward for buying low. I think the power will come around.

      Thanks for the firsthand account on Moreland. It definitely supports his case for improvement.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Tom Jacks:

        I have my daughter trained to yell “CUBA LIBRE” whenever Cespedes comes up. He’s actually looked pretty good this year. He had a stretch where Melvin felt like he was trying too hard to carry the team while they were slumping (for about two weeks up until this weekend). He’s also hit the very top of the wall at least 3 times that I can recall. Put three more long ones on his card and the numbers start to look pretty alright. I always thought there was potential for the average to come down this year but the power is legitimate, obviously. It’s just health for him and he’ll get his numbers.

        • Tom Jacks

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          @OaktownSteve: Thanks – that made me laugh pretty hard. Agreed that Cespedes will be just fine. I’m still impressed that he was able to make the leap to the majors so quickly.

  22. Leroy says:
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    Who gets the better end of this blockbuster:

    Votto, R Zimmerman, Zobrist for Trout, Holliday, Rizzo?

    • Leroy says:
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      12 team non-keeper 5×5. Thanks!

      • Tom Jacks

        Tom Jacks says:
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        @Leroy: The Trout side.

  23. Dingbat says:
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    R.A. Dickey has been dropped in my league. In worried about the loss of velocity on his knuckler, but my SPs coul really use another potential ace. We have a $100 budget for waiver pickups. Is $30 a reasonable amount to devote to a bid? Should I be willing to go higher?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Dingbat: Yeah, that is reasonable. I’d even consider going a little higher.

  24. Steve D says:
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    Trade help please! Long term keeper. I’m in second place and all I need is one more starting pitcher. I’ve been working on a deal and now its spiriling out of control. I give Manny $1/oscar tavares (minors) and two first round picks (minor league draft) for trout$1 darvish $31 next year and scutaro. I have choo carlos gomez holliday cespedes and austin jackson in the outfield/dh already. Basically is trout worth manny and oscar. Do I have to get trout at all costs in a keeper? Thank you a lot for your thoughts.

    • Steve D says:
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      Or should I drop the manny/oscar fkr trout angle and just focus on darvish

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Steve D: Yes, I would do that deal. I believe you should get Trout at nearly any cost because he’s proven he can be a top player over a full season and still has potential to improve. To me you’re getting a good deal because:
      1) Machado has been great, but hasn’t done it as well or as long as Trout
      2) Tavares is supposed to be great, but is unproven and is highly unlikely to be as good as Trout

      • Steve D says:
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        Its unreal. I’m getting trout and I feel like I might regret it in the long run. I guess I over value prospects a lot. Mannys great start and everyone gushing over Oscar made me very hesitant. I do take a hit at third and have a glut in the outfield but my gut says get trout. I’ve never deliberated over a deal this much before. Thanks fkr responding

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Steve D: No problem! I tend to undervalue prospects slightly because even if they reach their ceiling (which could be unlikely), it generally takes several years. Worst case scenario, you’re “stuck” with one of the best players in the league. Likely scenario, you got one of the best players in the league for two great, but not elite (top 10) players.

  25. Wel says:
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    would you trade loney and arenado for Moreland and moustakas?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Wel: Yeah, I don’t trust Loney at all.

  26. slicke5 says:
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    Ike Davis owner here (FML). Looking for an affordable middle-tier 1B replacement. LaRoche, Moreland, Swisher, Reynolds ROS?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @slicke5: I’d rank them as Swisher first, then LaRoche, Moreland, Reynolds. Not too much difference between them, so it would be fine to pass to the next one if an owner is asking for too much, which should add to your leverage in a trade.

  27. SwaggerJackers says:
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    1) I have an open bench spot in my OBP league. Should I fill it with Eaton or Brandon Belt?
    2) Are you buying Donaldson yet? I don’t want to but he reminds me of Headley from last year…I don’t like him on my team but he keeps hitting. By the end of the season, I think he’ll have solid numbers.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @SwaggerJackers: 1) I’m going with Eaton, assuming that steals is a category in your league. I see him as the rare guy who steals a ton of bases, but doesn’t hurt you elsewhere.
      2) Ah! I’m torn on him as well. My best guess is exactly what you said. I think he’ll be better than everybody thought. I’ll definitely do a deep dive and cover him next week.

  28. mpc says:
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    Was just offered Grandy for Segura. 14 team deep mixed head to head keeper. Segura has been tearing it up on top of the fact that he’ll be a round 25 keeper selection next season. Will Granderson out produce him enough to warrant this trade in a “win now” move? My replacement SS would be Aybar.

    Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @mpc: No, I wouldn’t do that deal. Grandy should be better than Segura this year, but I would regret making that move in a deep keeper league.

  29. Roscoe says:
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    hey tom, was offered yoenis cespedes today for manny machado and howie kendrick. that would leave me with jedd gyorko and kipnis as my only 3b/2b. what do you think?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Roscoe: It’s fair. If your outfield is weak, then I’d take it. Otherwise I’d hold.

  30. abe says:
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    need some saves in my OPS league. would you deal jay bruce for cespedes and reed?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @abe: Yeah, I would. I don’t view Cespedes as much worse than Bruce, if at all.

  31. boston says:
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    in a H2H points league what would be some pitching names to target in return for Rizzo

    • Tom Jacks

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      @boston: A top 20 pitcher. Scherzer, Hamels, Sale, Moore, Latos…

  32. Hondo says:
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    Not only does Weeks kinda suck,but his Bob Marley inspired defense is so lackadaisical it kills his pitchers.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Hondo: Haha true

  33. Pwire says:
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    Two trade offers I need help with.
    1st: I was offered trout, Ortiz, and Rutledge for strasburg, choo, and Kennedy
    2nd: I was offered price for gio and maholm or price for scherzer? Is price going to be ok or is his velo down and or shot?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Pwire: 1) I’d do that trade. I really like all three of Trout, Ortiz, and Rutledge.
      2) I still believe in Price and would trade Gio/Maholm for him.

  34. Fister Furbush says:
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    Josh Hamilton or Jay Bruce rest of the season? Is it close? Josh just homered, but Bruce is looking really good in May. Thanks for your thoughts,

    FF

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Fister Furbush: Hey FF – It’s really close for me. I’d put Bruce ahead by a hair since Hamilton won’t be able to rely on his home stadium this year.

  35. chunk says:
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    give jennings and street for cespedes and jensen? need power, not speed. fine on saves. I also own league

    • chunk says:
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      @chunk: nevermind, I accepted pedes/kenley for des/kendrick. hopefully it works out

      • Tom Jacks

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        @chunk: Alright, I like that deal for you.

  36. Dude says:
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    Grab Rex Brothers!

    • chunk says:
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      @Dude: What happened? hurt warming up? Just saw that rex hasn’t given an ER since the cold war ended.

  37. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I have 2 trades to consider. Which one do I do?

    Longoria franklin gattis straily for segura napoli shelby miller

    Longoria and franklin for segura sano

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

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

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Ryan: I prefer the first one. Besides Longoria, the other guys are relatively expendable. I prefer Shelby Miller for you to Sano because he can improve your pitching right now and Sano is a few years away from having a positive ML impact. You’ve also got Soler, so you already have a good OF prospect there. Napoli also helps you now, but I wasn’t really considering him in the decision that much.

  38. Alex says:
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    7×7 with obp and slg. Arenado or Hardy?

    Thanks man

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Alex: Arenado for me. They’re close, but he’s the one with upside.

  39. EJ says:
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    Would you give CDavis for Hamilton?
    THanks

    • Tom Jacks

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      @EJ: Yes. That sounds like an ideal buy low/still high.

  40. Oscar says:
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    I picked up Moreland when Cuddyer when on DL in 10 team h2h. Now that Cuddyer is almost back I really don’t want to drop Mitch. Is he worth keeping over Hunter or Morse or even Cuddyer?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Oscar: Yeah I’d take Moreland over Morse.

  41. Ron says:
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    Give Holliday and Garza
    for
    Get Cuddyer and Stanton

    You like that?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Ron: Yes sir.

  42. Ron says:
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    Here is a follow-up: Fowler, Beachy and Garza for Stanton.

    Too much to give up?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Ron: No, that’s not too much for me. I’d trade that for Stanton.

      • Ron says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Thanks for your patience with me here. I’m trying to land Stanton without giving too much.

        How close are Fowler and Holliday in value ROS?

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Ron: No problem. Glad that you’re going after Stanton. I know Fowler’s been great, but I still see Holliday as clearly in a better tier than him due to past performance.

  43. Parker says:
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    this site kicks so much ass – thanks for all your work on this! quick question: Venable’s available on my waiver wire – drop Juan Pierre for him?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Parker: Thanks! Yes, I’d make that switch.

  44. jack says:
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    People are dropping Willingham because his wrist issues have sapped his power and he is hitting ~.200. Not much need for a player like that.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @jack: Right, but I’d absolutely take a chance on him rebounding.

  45. Frank White says:
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    Whats up dude… Hey I have Shebly Miller. Do you think it would be a good trade on my part to trade him for Jin-Ryu n Coco Crisp in a 10 team h2h points league or maybe for Mauer/ or Rosario n Crisp for him?? Idk feel like that’s good but you would know better.. Goodmorning by the way!!

    • Frank White says:
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      Sorry I thought of another offer.. Ryu n Mark Reynolds? See Idk if Ryu is as good as Miller

      • Tom Jacks

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        @Frank White: I wouldn’t do that. I’m not optimistic on Reynolds going forward and don’t think he makes the difference between Miller and Ryu.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Frank White: Hey – good morning! I think Ryu is good, but he’s a tier down from Miller. I’m actually not that high on Crisp, despite his fast start. I like Rosario though, but it would depend on who your catcher is…

      • Frank White says:
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        Awesome Thanks!!! I was streaming the stream o meter and I’m looking to grab a pitcher for a game on Sunday and here’s the 2 options I like –
        Shaun Marcum vs. ATL $13.2, ERA 2.4. K 5.4 or Doubront vs CLE $7.8 era 2.4, K 5.8
        They both have a higher Win % but Doubront has better..
        Who do u like better?

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Frank White: I prefer Doubront as well.

  46. Frank White says:
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    Sorry buddy but I have a-lot on my mind. Hope i’m not annoying you.. I have Donaldson and everyone else I talk to is saying to basically get rid of him.. I was thinking Michael Brantley or I’m thinking of picking up Gattis cause I have Wieters and he’s good liker once a week. What do you think?? I’m in a 10 team h2h points league.. Here’s my lineup
    Wieters
    fielder
    altuve
    starlin castro
    zimmermann
    Justin upton
    MCcutchen
    holliday
    carl Crawford
    josh Donaldson
    Pitching – Shelby miller, iwakuma, Cain, Latos, Corbin, Dempster, Cahill, Samardzija, RP – Mujica, Jim Henderson and Heath Bell.. Then I have Grimm n Gast cause a few days a week I drop and pickup new pitchers just to get more points throughout the week so I’m gonna drop them the day they play for another pitcher on Sunday and a batter like Gattis or Brantley

    • Frank White says:
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      Basically I can drop Donaldson if you think I should grab Gattis or Brantley right now before someone else grabs him or I can keep Donaldson and wait till tomorrow, drop Grimm for Gattis or Brantley and I’ll have at least one guy on my batter bench

      • Tom Jacks

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        @Frank White: Don’t worry – you’re not bothering me. I like it when people comment here.

        Don’t drop Donaldson. I’m going to go into detail on him in my article next week and, from what I’ve seen so far, I like him more than I expected. I’m not high on Gattis, but I’d be ok with dropping Grimm for Brantley.

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          Yeah I’ve been loving Donaldson… I couldn’t drop him..

  47. Ron says:
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    When Stanton comes back (lets say mid-June) who has a better season from that point forward, him or Holliday?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ron: Stanton

  48. LongoTulo says:
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    I have Harvey in a 12 team h2h ops league. Would Harvey for Minor and Moreland be fair or should i go for more? Thanks for your help and great work!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @LongoTulo: Thanks! Yeah, that’s fair, but I’d try to get a bit more if possible. Right now, it’s one of those deals that I’m kind of indifferent towards.

  49. Fister Furbush says:
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    Hey Tom I need your help.

    I just got offered Cole Hamels and Alex Gordon
    For
    Hisashi Iwakuma and Mark Trumbo

    What should I Do?! Haha cole Hamels still has the big name and has 7quality starts in 10 starts.

    Gordon’s batting .350 but Trumbo hits bombs.

    Thanks for your help I appreciate it.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Fister Furbush: Hey FF – This is kind of a tough one, but I prefer the Hamels/Gordon side. I think ROS you’d be getting the slightly better pitcher and hitter, so I’d take it.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Fister Furbush: And no problem – glad to help out!

  50. Frank White says:
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    Morning Man… I’m trying to grab an extra pitcher to pickup for the rest of the week and I’m having trouble between the two in a 10 team h2h points league.. Here’s some stats on the stream o nator too.. Shaun Marcum NYM vs Teheran ATL $12.9, QS .58, ER 2.4,K 5.3 or M Fiers MIL vs JLocke PIT $9.6, QS .58, ER 2.6, K 5.3??? Oh if I grab Marcum for Sunday then I’ll have 6 pitchers going so I would have to bench one of my RP’s so that’s one down side but might be worth it, idk. Thanks buddy!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Frank White: Morning- So it’s either Marcum or Fiers? I’ll agree with the stream o nater there.

      • Frank White says:
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        I thought they were pretty even except the money. Does that mean you say Marcum?

        • Frank White says:
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          If I pick him then i’d have to bench either mujica, Henderson or Bell. But if you think he’s the better chance of winning then it’s worth ir right?

          • Tom Jacks

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            @Frank White: Yeah, I prefer Marcum out of the two and wouldn’t mind benching a reliever for one day. I don’t trust Fiers as a starter yet since he hasn’t had a start since the beginning of April.

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