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Wow.  Dot, dot, dot.  I mean, WOW.  Dot, dot, dot.  Pause for reaction.  WOW.  Wow.  WOW.  Stunned silence.  I mean, we all knew the suspension was coming, but everyone also figured he’d appeal it like Papa Smurf, you know, until he was blue in the face.  The only explanation is the MLB had him dead to rights, which isn’t the same as an epitaph for a pigeon you feed instant rice; that’s dead to rice.  Ryan Braun probably realized that 1) The Brewers aren’t going anywhere this year.  2) He’s injured.  3) There’s no three.  With the suspension of the Jewish Braun by the Jewish Selig, Selig becomes the 1st Jew ever sanctioned by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, but Selig received high marks from the Jewish Self-Deprecation League.  “As Selig was suspending Braun, Bud also pointed out how he had to bring out his media-friendly toupee,” said Jewish Self-Deprecation League president, Yitz Steinberg.  Mr. Steinberg added, “That kind of self-deprecation is hard to pull off.”  Obviously, Braun is droppable in all redraft leagues, and, if you’re holding onto an expensive Braun in keepers, I’d look to drop him there too, if I needed the room.  The good news is you can find off of waivers what Braun has been giving you thus far this year.  The bad news, now they have to add an asterisk to the Famous Jewish Athlete pamphlet.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Garza – Traded to the Rangers for Justin Grimm, Mike Olt and others.  The Rangers have nixed the idea of calling him Garzilla to avoid frightening Yu Darvish.  This obviously isn’t the best landing place for a starter, but when was the last time the Padres traded for someone midseason, so this is what we have to work with.  Garza’s lifetime ERA at Arlington is 6.04 in 28 1/3 IP.  That doesn’t mean anything, really.  It’s too small of a sample to work with, as the ladies tell me.  In two months, he could as easily have a 2.75 ERA as a 4.75 ERA.  Look, in Wrigley this year he had a 4.73 ERA, but he had a career 2.70 ERA in Wrigley in 190 1/3 IP.  Yes, the odds are against him in Texas.  No, it doesn’t mean he’s done.  He will at least have a better chance of winning and he has been solid as a starter in the AL East before, so these two months in Arlington could go either way.

Mike Olt – The Rangers hate them some upside cornermen.  First, they trade away Chris Davis, now they’re losing Olt without giving him any sort of chance, so they can rent a starter.  Obviously, Texas men value more land and more arms.  That’s Mitch Moreland.  The Cubs really need to move on from the Valbuena/Ransom blahtoon.  Or as it’s called in-house — ‘som-Buena, as in maybe some good will come of it.  They needed to move on from it five months ago, but Ian Stewart is a worse Twitterer than Logan Morrison and Alec Baldwin’s wife combined.  I don’t think Olt’s ready yet to join the Cubs (has 10 homers and a .207 average in Triple-A while striking out more than a third of the time), but we’ll probably see him in September when rosters expand.

Justin Grimm – Headed to the Cubs.  He has a 6.37 ERA in 89 IP.  Grimm, indeed.  He could have some match-ups appeal in NL-Only leagues, but he’s not an every time out starter.  He does have some life on his fastball and terrific command (up until this year), so there’s some promise, but, as always, put promise in one hand and doodie in the other hand and you’re going to get committed to a sanitarium because you have doodie in your hand.

Christian Yelich – Called up by the Marlins.  Whoa, a lot happened yesterday, huh?  So the 2010 first round pick by the Marlins got the call and it seems highly unlikely he would do anything but play.  It was slightly curious that the Marlins sent down Ozuna in a corresponding move.  That might just be until they can trade Ruggiano for three cents on the dollar.  “Ruggiano for a Tim Teufel autograph?  Okay, let’s do it!”  That’s Loria deep in negotiations.  Prospect Scott had this to say about him, “Yelich is among the purest hitters in the minors — in the same class as guys like Oscar Taveras and Wil Myers.   In 447 PA at High-A in 2012, the 20-year-old hit .330/.404/.519 with 12 homers and 20 stolen bases.  Then in Double-A this year he had 7 homers, 5 steals and a .277 average.  He’s so good it almost makes me forget my hatred of Grey.”  Hey, c’mon!  Yelich is a guy you grab in every league to see if he can produce immediately in the majors.  My guess is the other guy called up with him will outproduce him in the short-term.  Speaking of which…

Jake Marisnick – Also called up by the Marlins.  First, let’s see what Prospect Scott said, “Marisnick could use some more seasoning in the high minors, but Miami fans will be clamoring for something to root for outside of Giancarlo Stanton, and Marisnick could serve as a useful pacifier.  He’ll offer value in AVG, HR, and SB once up.  He makes it easy to get excited, unless looking at Grey’s stupid face.”  Wow, I don’t remember reading any of this stuff the first time around.  Marisnick is the guy I grabbed in all leagues.  More because Yelich was already taken, but Marisnick has a chance to be more productive this year in redraft leagues.  In keepers, obviously Yelich is the guy you want.  Marisnick, no relation to our podcast host, hit 12 homers, stole 11 bases and hit .295 this year.  There’s a very good chance that Yelich and Marisnick both hit around .220 and are not helpful this year, but I’d absolutely grab both.

Yu Darvish – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Picked up right where he left off.  Did Cy Young have a great-grandson born in Asia that no one knows about?  Probably.  I will call him Cy Yu.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  Cruz is like a little kid who is told they can’t have dessert until they finish their vegetables, then stuffs his vegetables into his pockets.  “Okay, Selig, I’ll do my suspension right after I hit my 30 homers on the year.”

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-3 with two steals (20, 21).  Could the Rangers trade this guy so Profar can play?  Not a rhetorical, more of a wish fulfillment exercise.

Alex Rodriguez – Refused to answer questions when interviewed by MLB about Biogenesis.  Sitting by A-Rod’s side was his attorney, Mark McGwire.

Curtis Granderson – Played in a simulated game and said, “This is like the first couple of days before the first Spring Training game.”  Make sure no one mentions to him that it’s July.  That could leave him totally disorientated.  In fact, everyone around him wear winter clothes and ear muffs.

Ivan Nova – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks in Arlington.  Not a bad start in a tough environment and he gets the Rays and Padres next (not together), which the Stream-o-Nator rightfully likes.

Logan Schafer – 0-for-2, 1 run and his 4th steal as he filled in for a day-to-day Carlos Gomez, but Logan should take over most of the at-bats for Braun.  (BTW, I Googled if Schafer was Jewish, and I only found Razzball results.  We are dominating SEO for Jews and fantasy baseball!)  Schafer reminds me of a poor man’s Will Venable, I will call him Maybe Able.  He has some slight power/speed and is not quite 12-team mixed league capable yet.

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Brewers.  In related news, the Brewers are a mess offensively.

Scott Feldman – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Someone sees an opening and is making a play on moving up in the Famous Jewish Athlete pamphlet.

J.J. Hardy – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer.  If you picked up Hardy off waivers in March, you’re laughing all the way to the bank — Hardy HaR HaR.

Nate McLouth – 2-for-3, 1 run.  His out-of-nowhere speed has evaporated recently, but he’s hitting near .500 in the last week, so stop your moaning.

Henry Urrutia – 3-for-5, 1 RBI.  Lot of people had lardons for Puig, but I hear nary a pweep for Urrutia.  Verrrrrry int-westing.

Brad Ziegler – Diamondbacks named him the closer.  Kevin Towers is obviously looking to raise his trade value so he can trade him like he did Bauer and Scherzer.  Towers said, “My bumper sticker doesn’t read ‘I’m sour on Krauts’ for nothing.”  I’d absolutely own Ziegler in all leagues, as I said yesterday, last Friday, last Monday…Well, every time I’ve mentioned him in the last two weeks.  Thanks for reading!

Josh Rutledge – Sent to Triple-A.  James Ingram’s song Just Once comes to mind.  “Can we figure out what Rutledge’s been doing wrong?  Why the good times never last for long?  Where is Rutledge going wrong?  Make the magic last for more than just one night.  Just once…  I want to understand why does Rutledge always come back to goodbye?  Why can’t Tulo hurt his hand and Rutledge takes the best and makes it better?  Just once…”

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer.  Just once!  Sorry, now it’s stuck in my head.

DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-4 and six for his last 13.  Hasn’t stolen any bags in July, but did swipe eight in June, so DJ’s not only quick on the turntables.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal as he hit leadoff.  For the first time all year, I think the Astros have the right man hitting first.  Our steals guru, Mike, just went over his Jonathan Villar fantasy.  If I needed SAGNOF, I’d grab him immediately.  Villar, not Mike.

Junior Lake – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his first homer.  See that Villar link in the above blurb?  Click on it and you will be transported to Jr. Lake dot info.

Krispie Young – 2-for-5 and his 9th homer.  He usually gets scorching hot, but Cespedes could return today, so that would dampen Krispie, which just makes things soggy.  Gross!

Josh Reddick – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He should have a lot more stats in his bat, so if he’s on waivers, he’s worth monitoring like a cyclops with a monocle.

Dan Haren – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Someone offered us Haren in a trade on Sunday.  I shouldn’t have even bothered responding, but I’m a good person.  Unlike Haren.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 13 and 14th homer.  That’s four homers in the last two days.  Maybe his beard finally reached full-productivity length to generate power.

Adam LaRoche – 1-for-2, 3 runs and his 14th homer.  He’s historically a 2nd half hitter, or as they say in history class, he’s a classically trained 2nd half hitter.

Charlie Morton – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, 3.35 ERA on the year.  As they say in the euphemism class at the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston, Morton’s a better real life pitcher.  That clarifies he’s not good for fantasy and isn’t a cartoon.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer.  Now has five homers in the last six games.  The Dread Pirate bringing booty to all his fantasy baseballer boys and four girls.

Jason Grilli – Threw a pitch and walked off the mound with a forearm injury.  I.e., Grilli’s cooked.  Enter stage right, Mark Melancon, your new Pirates closer.  I love it when a plan comes together!  Or me plan comes together, if you’re an evil leprechaun.  If your league’s competitive, Melancon is already owned.  If your league’s not competitive, then grab Melancon and send an email to your leaguemates and tell them they suck.

Josh Johnson – 2 IP, 5 ER, 5.66 ERA.  I bet Johnson wishes the Mayans were right.

Steve Delabar – 1 IP, 4 ER.  You’re killing me, Smalls!  I dropped Cecil the other day because he started forking over runs like a forkin’ run-forker and now I’m done with Delabar.  Kiss my grits, Blue Jay relievers!

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 wasted website designed for Braun.

Matt Kemp – Will sit out the entire Blue Jays series with his homeless ankle.  Oops, I overused my thesaurus there.

A.J. Ellis – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Meanwhile, Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 with a run and a walk to the grocery store to get helado for his mom.

Mark Ellis – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the most hits for two Ellises since Doc Ellis dropped four hits and saw two of himself.

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-5, 1 RBI.  Since youse can’t let my Chris Davis sell go (kidding, you can let it go), Puig was also a sell and his average has dropped 80 points in July.  Also, the Dodgers said Puig would fill-in for the injured Kemp for the next few days.  Okay, so where does Puig go when Kemp returns?  Platooning with Ethier and Crawford?  Things that make you go hmm…

Chris Carpenter – Said he’s not close to returning, which comes after he said he was close to returning, which comes after he said he was retiring, which comes after he said he’s not retiring.  Carpenter, how do you build a house on a foundation of that willy-nilly?

Paul Maholm – Headed to the DL due to a a wrist contusion.  His wrist woke up in a train in Maryland with a tattoo that read, “Black Mamba Loves Chicken Heads” with no recollection of how it happened.  Oh, wait, that’s wrist confusion.

Alex Wood – Will be recalled to take Maholm’s spot on Thursday.  Here’s what Prospect Scott said earlier this year, “A second round pick out of the University of Georgia last June, Wood was handed a Double-A assignment to begin 2013 (then moved up to Triple-A and the majors) and he’s been terrific (each step of the way).  Deceptive arm angle and plus command to go with above average stuff has Wood thoroughly fooling hitters.  There have always been concerns about his unusual mechanics, but early dominance at an upper level is hugely encouraging.  He makes me happy, like an inverse-Grey.”  Hmm, that’s not nice.  Every time I want to avoid young starters another one comes along and strikes my fancy.  My fancy has been stricken!  I have a serious rookie nookie problem.  I might need help.  So, in one league I did grab Wood — hehe, not like that, silly!  If you need some sweet, upsidey goodness with a chance of a roofie and ending up in an ice bathtub missing a kidney, I’d take a flyer too.

Dillon Gee – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (3 BBs), 3 Ks.  Wasn’t a terrible start, obviously, but I watched the whole thing since I had Julio Teheran going (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks), and Gee looked all over the place.  For a while it looked like he might get one of those ugly no-hitters where he doesn’t allow any hits and walks the stadium– “There’s no such thing as an ugly no-hitter!”  Whoa, Nolan Ryan, no reason for a headlock.

Eric Young – 0-for-3, 2 steals.  Potatoes to chips, 4-for-5 with two steals is sexy as f*ck as Stevie Janowski would say, but something about a guy getting two steals and no hits that gets my juices flowing.

Miguel Cabrera – Day-to-day with a sore hip flexor.  Sounds like karaoke where Prince sings Chubby Checker classics isn’t going to be half as fun.

Victor Martinez – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs, average up to .270.  Somewhere, Ron Popeil is smiling, and eating a piece of chicken.

Hernan Perez – 0-for-3, 2 runs and a steal.  Only on the Tigers the ninth place hitter would go oh-for-three with two runs.  Perez is filling in for Infante and has solid speed (25+ over the course of the season), but he’s just a short-term SAGNOF while Infante nurses back to health.  Hehe, a nursing Infante.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, moving his record to 14-1 with a 3.14 ERA.   Kevin Towers pffts in his general direction.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 11 Ks, 2.81 ERA and a 6-9 record.  As Murray Chass would say, Sale just doesn’t know how to win.  As most sane people would say, the White Sox don’t know how to hit.

Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer.  He was on fire before the break and it looks like he has some hot schmotato left over in his aluminum foil wrapper.

Brandon Workman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Trabajarsenor es grande muchacho naranjas en el cabeza, as the Bumblebee Man would say.  Workman has decent stuff, and can locate (think 7+ K-rate and under 3 BB/9).  Probably a number four eventually, but gets the O’s next, which isn’t good, but then could see the Diamondbacks and Astros, if Buchholz stays sidelined.

Matt Moore – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Red Sox, moving his record to 14-3 with a 3.17 ERA.  This start with only four Ks and one walk was pretty un-Moore-like, which is a nicer way of saying he was just a little Moore-on.

Ben Zobrist – 3-for-5, 1 run with his 7th steal, hitting near .400 in the last week and is about three months overdue like a very pregnant lady who doesn’t know she’s pregnant.

Mike Zunino – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer as he caught The Harangtuan, which means the Mariners were going from chimpanzee A to chimpanZ.

Bronson Arroyo – 9 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He looked solid, but he looked tremendous if you compare it to his guitar playing.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer.  Imagine two magnets labeled with the number twenty.  Then imagine Choo’s homers and steals are a refrigerator.  Now put the magnets up on the right side of the refrigerator.

Devin Mesoraco – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  One of these years he’s going to be 10-team mixed league viable.  One of these years, Alice!

Tim Lincecum – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Lincecum’s marijuana use is a gateway drug to harder drugs for his fantasy owners.

Brian Wilson – Reportedly is game ready.  So he hasn’t showered in weeks?

452 Responses

  1. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Glad I stayed up to for this one… Lincecum line was my favorite. A++ will read again.

    • ROLFAMLO says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Same. Save the best for last.

    • Jiggy Nits says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: *argggh wheres the edit button! “to for this one”…

  2. ROLFAMLO says:
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    In a keeper, should I drop Chris Archer to stash Kevin Gausman if I’m borderline out of it this year? Just lost Braun, so I’m thinking about stashing a bunch of prospects at this point. I have Yelich and Erasmo. Guys like Bogaerts, Taveras, et. al are all taken. Marisnick is even scooped up. Gausman is the highest on sharkey’s list that hasn’t been picked over yet.

    So basically, is Gausman gonna figure his shit out before next year?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ROLFAMLO: I’d hold Archer, he’s just as young and showing some success with good upside.

  3. malamoney says:
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    Morse or Yellich ROS in H2H points league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Morse

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Olt is going to be the new Ian Stewart….he will have a bad haircut who knows too much about useless things in a flannel shirt and torn jeans and be known as Olternative Donkey…..sounds a lot like Sky.

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Sky IS Ian Stewart! It all becomes clear now!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: It’s like you can see right through my soul *head down in shame*

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: I’ll let you in on my awesome hair secret. One word: Supercuts!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I try to bring something different to the Razz

  5. malamoney says:
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    You’ve previously said Carpenter willl have no value this season. Do you still stand by that statement?

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @malamoney: don’t be hatin! Old gray just hate any 2Ber who isn’t Swiss Family Robinson Cano. All the rest can’t compare!

      I love M Carpenter and own him everywhere. I’m even tempted to make him a keeper. But he has no real power or speed, just the amazing RISP machine Allen Craig and the Cardinal Fairy Dust.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Yeshcheese: i’m pretty sure he’s referring to the other carpenter, no…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Chris Carpenter – if that is indeed the Carpenter you seek, just said he still has a while to go. I think there’s a possibility he has a few starts of value, but not holding him anywhere

      • malamoney says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yes Chris is the Carpenter I refer to.

  6. JFK says:
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    Haha, I figure a “Garzilla” bobblehead game would sell out months in advance…

    In a 12-team keeper, I gave: Stanton/Lester/Bruce Rondon + 8th rounder for: King Felix/Addison Reed + 13th rounder; Reed is a 14th round keeper next year, whereas the other players involved are either ineligible or not worth their keeper slot (i.e. Lester would be a 6th round keeper).
    How’d I do?

    Also, w/all the prospects getting called up, in a keeper league would you drop any of the following: Erasmo, Wheeler, Beachy or Ogando for: Bogaerts, Yelich, Taveras, Sano, Castellanos, Wacha, Walker or Gausman?
    I can only keep four, and am considering holding AJax (20th), Machado (19th), Myers (21st) and Reed (14th); any of the above supplant any of those four?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JFK: Haha yea that’d be awesome… Seems like a great move to have King for a while. Ogando for Taveras, the rest I’d probably hold

      • JFK says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks, JB!

        Just got an offer for my: Wil Myers/Jim Johnson + 7th rounder for his: Bryce Harper/Urrutia + 5th rounder.
        Having just traded off Stanton, I like Harper’s power potential…but the more I look at it, the more I wonder whether I can’t get the same line this year from Myers as Harper, and have Myers as my 21st round keeper next year (Harper isn’t keeper-eligible in our league).
        I don’t need Urrutia, so the trade is really Myers/Johnson + 7th rounder to get Harper + 5th rounder (which I value pretty highly, even if it’s only a difference of two rounds).

        Another offer I just got was my AJax/Kinsler + 12th rounder for his Carlos Gomez + 7th rounder; AJax is a 20th round keeper next year, while Gomez is an 18th round keeper next year (Kinsler is not keeper-eligible in our league).
        I know Gomez has been slumping and is injured, but like his production prior to the ASB and figure it’s legit going forward.
        Again, I like the value of the 7th round pick, but I would be replacing Kinsler w/Matt Carpenter at 2B (he’s currently in my Utility slot); too much of a drop-off?

        Thoughts on both of these trades?
        I’m six games back of the final playoff spot with seven of my eight remaining opponents ahead of me in the standings, so trying to stay competitive this season while starting to think about getting stronger for the next…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JFK: If you’re playing for now I don’t think you can pass the Harper offer. Carpenter isn’t a drop off at all, I think I like that one too.

          • JFK says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            Second trade got upgraded to Gomez + 6th rounder for AJax/Kinsler + 10th rounder; I like it, but still concerned that Gomez might tail off.
            I may be able to get the first trade bumped to Harper + 5th rounder for Myers/Johnson + 9th rounder.

            Playing for now to make playoffs, but not sure I’d make it past the first round…after both trades, my roster would be:

            C – Lucroy/1B – Freeman/2B – Carpenter/SS – Brad Miller/3B – Machado/OF – Gomez, Harper, Pence/Utility – BJ Upton (could swap for Gattis or McLouth)
            SP – King Felix, Verlander, Iwakuma, Masterson, Lackey, Erasmo, Wheeler, Beachy, Ogando
            RP – Reed, Brothers

  7. Yeshcheese says:
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    So many Roofie options! Like a kid in a candy store! Spin them beats DJ LeMatisyahu!! We up in the CLUB! I be dropping A Simmons and A Eaton and I Davis for some Rookie Roofies!!!!!!! What’s that? Oh hi Gray! You up in the club too? Lose ypurself to them sick beatbox beats from DJ LeMatisyahu, your new Jewish French Canadian athlete of the year!

    I’m starting JoFer @COL! Ergasmo vCLE! Corbin vCHC! Miller vPHI! GCole @WSH! Cingrani @SF!

    Lets get Roofied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Whoa, your whole staff goin! Good luck tonight – hope those roofies aren’t too strong…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Haha… Good luck, you’re going roofie crazy, but I like it…

  8. Chris says:
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    Grey, would you play the wait-and-see approach with Grilli and stash him when he goes on the DL or drop him before someone picks up Ziegler? Melancon was already taken (tear).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Gotta wait and see

  9. letsgobravos says:
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    Alright Grey,

    I’m at a loss as to who to replace Braun with. Would have grabbed Byrd but of course he was snagged mid afternoon just before the hebrew glass needled was shattered.

    I currently have 2 bench bats and we start 3 OFs and 1 Util. Debating grabbing a SP as I currently only have 6 and the options would be Chacin, Kluber, Archer, Alex Wood, Peralta, and Gaudin.

    On the other hand, I could grab Melancon, but I already have 5 closers (romo, nathan, mujica, cishek, perkins) so I can only start 5 max with 2 RP slots and 3 P slots. If his value is high enough, I could rotate based on matchups or drop one of my current guys for him. Possibly also use one of my RPs in a trade.

    On a 3rd hand that awkwardly comes out of my chest, I could grab one of the two marlins prospects coming up, michael bourn (just grabbed EYJ so thinking he has me covered on steals) or grab a multi position guy like Prado or KelJo.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: 2nd paragraph should have specified that I have 2 bench bats currently with Braun still on the roster so I’d be going to 1 bench bat if I pick up a pitcher.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @letsgobravos: I like Kluber a ton, but think Bourn needs to be owned too. Melancon is looking like a dynamite pickup too. I might actually pick up Melancon, shop Mujica or Nathan, and you still have 5 closers plus whatever you land in trade

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Melancon was grabbed 5 minutes ago. (just now got around to getting back to this decision) Any other ideas? Grey, you have any thoughts?

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @letsgobravos: Ziegler is available also to grab as a 6th closer so that I could shop another guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go to my newest podcast post, I’m not sure what your question is…

  10. Chris J says:
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    Textbook celebrity apology by Braun. Great stuff.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Chris J: Braun is the victim here and don’t you forget it.

      Somewhere former ChiSox pitcher Scott Rosenberg is smiling. He now regains the title of best clean Jewish MLBer of the past quarter century.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: Dammit. Remembered Shawn Green split second after hitting post comment. So Rosenberg is 2.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris J: haha yup

  11. Jeff says:
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    Drop Hellickson for Yelich? I don’t have any bats I can drop. My starters are:

    Felix, Bumgarner, J-Z, Greinke, Latos, Kluber, Hellickson

    • Cheese says:
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      @Jeff: hellickson > kluber

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff: Disagree with above, like Kluber more, don’t mind that move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Agree with JB

  12. Jeff says:
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    Drop Hellickson for Yelich? I don’t have any bats I can drop. My starters are:

    Felix, Bumgarner, J-Z, Greinke, Latos, Kluber, Hellickson

  13. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    My opponent in NL-only has Garza on his roster. That is stupid. The last time I played NL or AL only was 2003. I remember guys who got traded to the other league would vanish from the Yahoo league.

  14. MattTruss223 says:
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    So, is Rajai pretty much droppable for either of the 2 Marlins prospects or either 2 SAGNOF SSs? His current platooning pretty much zaps his value.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattTruss223: Yea, I would for Yelich

  15. Knighttown says:
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    Dying in K’s/ERA/Whip and saves in my 13 team daily league. In 3rd place and need to upgrade.

    Is Moving Choo and A-Jax for Price and Kenley he right play?

    I’d still have McCutch, Holliday, J-Up, EY, Marte and Yelich in my OF slots and could put Loney or Konerko in my Util.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Knighttown: You’re in third but dying in those stats? Man your team must be rockin everywhere else. Seems pretty steep, I’d try for a little more

  16. Worldsfirstanalrapist says:
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    Good morning guys, great stuff as usual

    16-teams 6×6 (OBP, QS) H2H
    Who would you drop out of Frazier, Lind, and Rendon (have altuve at 2nd)?

  17. SmokeTNT says:
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    Stash Sano?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SmokeTNT: For a keeper? ROS? Yes to 1 no to 2

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Is Ryu droppable in 12 team leagues? I have a long list of available free agents who look better – Arroyo, Gaudin, De La Rosa, Feldman, Gonzalez . . . .

  19. Fungazi says:
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    Melancon was scooped up right away. Take Mazzaro in hopes that Melancon pulls a Mitchell Boggs? Anyone else there a likely closer candidate?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fungazi: Nah, it’s gotta be Melancon all the way I’d imagine

  20. Jamiehov says:
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    Yelich up! I didn’t see that yesterday. Must be espn dunning Barry Larkins Braun analysis 24/7

    Have Rendon at 2b with Johnson, Daniel Murphy, Gyorko and Michael Young available. Shoukd I drop Rendon for any of those guys or hope the new hitting coach pulls him out of this slump?

    • Jamiehov says:
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      @Jamiehov:

      Sorry for the typos. iPhone typing in a rush

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: No prob – sorry for all my typos – I’m just a bad typer. or Typist. I would grab Johnson right now who’s on a tear

  21. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Pineda can go away right?? Even in keeper league where he’d be 20th rd pick nx yr? They’re sayin phelps is getting rotation spot back meaning either novas out which would be dumb or phil hughs gets traded or 6 man rotation… nowhere in the plans looks to be Pineda anytime soon…

  22. The Strolg says:
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    I don’t think Olt’s ready yet to join the Cubs (has 10 homers and a .207 average in Triple-A while striking out more than a third of the time)

    Sounds ready to me!

  23. Fat Mack says:
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    Someone offered me Starlin Castro for Brad Miller. No brainer? It’s a 3 year keeper league, and I’d only get Castro for one more season at $7, while I could keep Miller for 2 more seasons at $1. Which side do you like better?

    • Cheese says:
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      @Fat Mack: castro

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fat Mack: Yeah still want Castro

  24. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… Do you think Erasmo and/or Cole Are worth dropping if they don’t do good on todays outings??

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @Frank White:

      Erasmo has a home start against the Twins on Sunday. Unless.he gets lit up again, I think that enough of a reason to hang onto him.

      • Frank White says:
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        oh yeah thanks, I forgot, never drop a guy that plays Monday n Tuesday cause they play twice. Hey Delgado is my streamer but he plays Friday. Should I just drop him so I can stream this pitcher, Nicasio on Thursday. cause He looks like a solid win if you look on the nator?? oh I only have 3 add players left so is I keep Delgado which doesn’t look too bad on the nator then i’ll only be able to use the add player twice.. sorry is that hard to understand

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Frank White: Hold Erasmo, Cole if a bad start can be dropped, I’d hold Delgado for SD start

          • Frank White says:
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            Hey like I said I have 3 add players left and Delgado is my streamer so I’ll have to wait until Friday.. Any way I just put Holliday on DL so that means I can grab a pitcher like Nicasio cause the Nator loves him. The thing is that I’ll only have 9 batters until Holliday gets back this weekend. Should I pick up a batter like Matt Adams or someone for like 4 days or just leave the spot empty and grab an extra pitcher like Nicasio??? Pitchimg gives you mad points for a win

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Frank White: Grab Nicasio

              • Frank White says:
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                Thanks brotha!!!

  25. Elwood Blues says:
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    How much would you bid on Marisnick, when the minimum bid is $5.. and Lake just went for $8, and earlier this year, Cingrani went for $11, Ozuna $15, CMartinez $11. Yelich was taken in preseason minor league draft.
    A deep, competitive 12team NL Only 4×4 keeper.
    What about Olt when he comes up?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Elwood Blues: Still not too much, like $10ish. I would think Olt should go for more than that, close to $20ish

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Grey: Marisnick, you mean?

  26. Duke says:
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    I think yr gonna have to freestyle battle Prospect Scott soon… Would you claim anyone out of Urritia, Yelich, Luke Scott, or Swisher over Eaton and/or LoMo in an OBP roto?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Duke: I think I would Yelich over LoMo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duke: Ha! Agree with JB

  27. Beastman says:
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    Assuming he pitches well, what are the chances Wood stays in the rotation? I only have got a FAAB bucks remaining and wouldn’t want to pick up Wood (har har) if he’s back in the minors in a couple weeks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Beastman: So many starters there, I might pass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beastman: Probably not a good chance of it with Beachy lurking

  28. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Grey

    Sit/Start

    Lester vTB (8.7)
    Ogando vNYY (3.7)
    Miller vPHI (15.2)
    Erasmo vCLE (8.0)
    Lester @BAL (5)
    Kluber vTEX (9.3)
    Parker vLAA (4.9)

    Damn…I got 15 starts in my h2h. These are the ones i was curious on. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: start, sit, start, start, sit, start, start

  29. Kris Benson's Wife says:
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    Lester or Erasmo Daily leagues?

  30. John Stamos says:
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    Thoughts on Soriano as a pickup for a UTIL spot if he goes to the Yanks? I’m assuming the trade will increase his value a bit. I mean, how can the “Early 2000′s All-Star Team” not do well in 2013? Amiright?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John Stamos: Go old Yankees! Slight boost to his current value, not much more than that

  31. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    12 team H2H 5×5
    J.Castro, AuSchizz, Howie K, Longo, Reyes, Dread Pirate, DomBrown, Jennings, Pence, Hosmer
    Scherzer, Zimmerman, Bumgerner, Kuroda, Ms. Anibal, Parker, Lester, Doubront
    Jansen and Janssen, Mujica, Wilhelmsen, Uehara

    I’m trying to figure who to drop for Yelich. Right now I’m thinking it’s between Hosmer and Doubront. Ugh I can’t trade a closer and I don’t like carrying this many but I can’t just drop one right? I have a feeling Yelich won’t last the morning as a free agent.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I wouldn’t drop Hosmer, Doubront would be fine to drop

  32. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Great column Grey!

    Trade question:

    Give: Pence and Jarrod Parker

    Get: Wainwright and Fat Adams

    • Sixto Lezcano says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Also, since I know this will be shot down, I figure I’ll ask now what about a counter of Stanton for Wainwright? Is anyone else getting impatient for the explosion to begin?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Yea I like that deal if you can swing, like the 1-for-1 with Stanton too

  33. fantasyvultures says:
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    Has Smoak figured it out or ditch him for Yellich?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fantasyvultures: I’d go with Yelich’s upside

  34. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would you start Choo today for a double header against two lefties (Surkamp and Zito(1-3 SB)) over Altuve v Parker?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Yea probably, you gotta think there’s no way he’s benched for both and will see a righty reliever at some point.

  35. John says:
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    I’ve got Braun in a keeper (tried to trade him for months, and got my first taker just hours before the news squashed the deal), but here’s my Quagmire: “Giggity!” OK, here’s my other quagmire; if I drop him someone else can keep him next year for $6. Of course there’s always the chance that he clears waivers and I can keep him for that price – but is it worth the risk? We carry 7 bench spots, and I suppose I don’t really need to keep 6 pitchers on the bench that I could probably just stream anyway. And what should we realistically expect from a clean Braun next year? A $17-25 pricetag?

    (this 12 part question has been brought to you by that A-hole who wanted to get Rodney Dangerfield thrown out of college)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Haha – no prob – I don’t think you can drop Braun and I think he’s a high $20s-low $30s pricetag. He did all the damage in 2012 without taking PEDs (at least whatever MILB can test for) as you know they probably tested him every game.

  36. Thinking about offering Lincecum for a half eaten bag of cheetos homeless joe offered me a few weeks back

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chadillac: Don’t know how you turned down Joe’s ‘Tos

  37. Scottie O. says:
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    Awesome daily as usual…and glad I don’t own lincecum anywhere or I might be headed to rehab.

    Anyway, ROS in a H2H league who do you like best:

    Leonys Martin
    Yelich
    Marisnick
    Villar

    Cheers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scottie O.: Yea you and me both… Like Yelich the best there for all around, Martin still for SB

  38. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    Grey : Would you keep Ziegler the ROS or replace him with Melancon?

  39. jared says:
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    Drop Eaton for yelich or marsinick.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jared: I said hold Eaton last night, going with upside of Yelich now, Grey convinced

  40. Schlitzy says:
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    Don’t know why but your James Ingram reference made me think of Jeffrey osborne’s “on the wings of love” and now I can’t get THAT out of my head.

  41. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    I agree Cubs need to move on from Valbuena/Ransom platoon, BUT that platoon has accounted for the 2nd most home runs at 3B in the national league. 18 of them, Pedro Alvarez only has more in the NL at 3B

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoshO: Ransom is a mirage – either way will still be a little while for Olt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoshO: Yeah, but obviously they’re not the future for anyone…

  42. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    Funny you mention Puig as a sell. I’m looking forward to the day when ESPN can go one day without having Puig highlights for him striking out 3 times or crashing into a wall. The most annoying part about their obsession is him dominating the bottom line like no other players were part of the team. I laughed my ass off the other day when I saw : Dodgers 7 – Arizona 5………Puig 0-5 and that was it.

  43. Jon says:
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    Starting Medlen @ NYM and/or Porcello @ CHW today?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: I’d roll out both

  44. mauledbypandas says:
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    ugh Matt Moore. holy sit, or sonovabench? both? either? ugh!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mauledbypandas: Yea a great game, I said to start him though!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @costaricanchata: I didn’t criticize Moore. I just feel dumb for not trusting him in Fenway against a good Sox offense that is clicking right now.
        @JB Gilpin: Yeah yeah, but I flipped a coin! It said Moore sits!

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @mauledbypandas:

          didn’t mean to insinuate that you were criticizing moore’s efforts .
          sorry , if it came off that way .
          it was more of a response to the demeanor of this thread ,
          to wit , this in particular (“… This start with only four Ks and one walk was pretty un-Moore-like, which is a nicer way of saying he was just a little Moore-on.”)
          failed to mention that he limited the sawx to only 2 hits .
          i assumed that info is important to some readers , especially those that play in cbs points leagues and such , despite being somewhat of a disappointment
          to roto-ers who seem to target k ‘s .

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @costaricanchata: good point. Context is king. I think a lot of people default to thinking in terms of the RCL rules, but clearly there are a lot of different ways to play.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @mauledbypandas:

      hard to criticize a pitcher who throws a complete game 2-hitter against
      the team that has the best record in the major leagues .

  45. AJ says:
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    Drop Aoki for Marisnick and drop Gyorko for DJ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Nah I’d hold both

  46. Mitch says:
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    what tier pitcher would cespedes command? Was offered Shelby miller for him. The guy also has cc and masterson? Any of these pitchers fair? If so which one should I take?

    • Cheese says:
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      @Mitch: I’d hold

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mitch: I’d probably hold for all three of those guys too

  47. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Is Ryu droppable in a 10-man to open a spot for streamers?

    • Fenway Fungus says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: I have to drop Ryu, Henderson, or Zeigler to open a spot. Who goes?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: I’d hold and drop Ziegler in like a week

  48. Tom says:
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    Good idea to pick up Heisey who has a doubleheader against 2 LHP and bench Rizzo who faces Corbin – a tough LHP?

    Also, what’s your gut feel on Everth getting suspended this year? My hope is that the Biogenisis players who did not have a positive drug test may either get off easy (maybe 20 days) or have an appeal process that would keep them in the game for ROS.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: Actually I kinda like that idea. I think whatever suspected player does not settle will have a lengthy appeals. That said – the Padres look pretty out of it and he might take the ROS suspension to start fresh too… Literally anything could happen now with this mess.

  49. Peter says:
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    15 team, 5×5, mixed league. I can start 2 of the following 3: Lynn vs. Philly & @ Pitt, A. Wood @ NYM & CO. or Delgado vs. SD & @ Tex.

    Which 2 do I play?

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter: Lynn and Delgado for me

  50. Ferga says:
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    Ran through Garza’s probable starts if he goes tomorrow and he has a very soft schedule. I see a whole lot of Astros, A’s etc.

    • Ferga says:
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      @Ferga: I count HOU 3X, OAK, SEA, KC, MIL, PIT.

      It might be a good place to end up after all.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ferga: Interesting, yea that’s if everything holds up schedule wise, but nice

  51. Cheese says:
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    Do you think the Braun suspension has any impact on other brewers hitters such as segura?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cheese: No not really, Segura and Gomez have been fine without Braun the past month + so I have no fears

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese: He hasn’t been there all year

  52. mUshi says:
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    would you trade votto for scherzer straight up? i have e5 to replace votto at 1b. my staff is lee, h. bailey, ryu, holland, and lynn.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mUshi: I’d get more

      • mUshi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: right, thanks!

        • mUshi says:
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          @mUshi: how about king felix?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @mUshi: Closer like Felix more, maybe have him throw in a closer? Think you could get it

            • mUshi says:
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              @JB Gilpin: thanks, but i don’t really have to do this right? LOL im just not happy with votto’s production lately

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @mUshi: No you don’t have to, I just think he can still bring end of the first round value

              • Allen says:
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                @mUshi: I hear ya on Votto…seems like all he does is walk…but its Joey Votto, he will start smashing soon.

  53. fitz says:
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    Better 3B option Michael Young or Headley..ugh

    thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fitz: Ugh indeed, yea still Headley

  54. Eddie says:
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    Someone needs to tell Heyward that game saving catches aren’t worth dick in fantasy baseball.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eddie: Haha yea that was nasty, especially as a Kimbrel owner in multiple leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie: Hopefully it lights a fire under his bat

  55. Moose Out Front says:
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    So true about Melancon. He was picked up within 5 minutes of the Grilli injury in my league (by me, but 5 more minutes later somebody picked up Mazzaro, what did you decide the name for that sad move was again?)

  56. AJ says:
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    Which side of this trade you like best? Stras/Puig/Hardy for Bautista/Tulo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Tulo side

  57. nathan says:
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    I have matt adams and adam dunn, i’d like to pick up Morse, would you drop either of them or just hold.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: That’s like 1,000 pounds of power. I’d try for all three. Hah jk, rather Morse than Adams

  58. poop says:
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    2 trade ideas in h2h points redraft league:

    My Rizzo/Crisp for his Stanton/Cruz (risky but could be reward if appealed)

    My Fowler/Iwakuma for his Cespedes/VMart

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @poop: I’d do both of those deals

  59. Al Bundy says:
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    10 team points league.

    I need 2 middle infielders. One spot must be a 2B and the other can be either 2B or SS.

    2B: Scutaro, Gyorko, Rendon, K Johnson, LeMahieu, Beckham

    SS: Rollins, Peralta, Alcides, Asdrubal, Miller

    Thanks guys

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Al Bundy: Gyorko and Rollins ROS. Peralta close. Would stream KJo right now while hot.

      • Kawasaki MVP! says:
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        Rollins or Alexei ros? Need steals

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Kawasaki MVP!: Alexei would be a fine pick there, like Rollins more overall though

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: Cool, thanks JB. I think I’ve owned all these guys at some point this season.
        The Jerkstore was making good hay before the tractor accident. Dropped him last night for Johnson, but the platooney tune had me whistling Dropper’s Remorse.

  60. Sniff Test says:
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    Does Cousing Vinny in Pit assume set up (holds) duty in Pitt if/when Melancolonblow steps into the closer role. Vin Mazzaro has that sexy holds from a guy with SP & RP eligibility. Also are either Marisnick or Yelich worth rolling with over Arenado, Reynolds, Weeks or Lawrie…all of which seem to be just names followed by a bunch of crappy numbers?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: I would assume he would assume that duty. Wouldn’t mind the upside grab of Yelich for Reynolds, holding everyone else

    • Goose says:
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      @Sniff Test: There’s also Wilson and Watson in PIT – two very solid MRs this year, one of whom will prob take over the 8th.

  61. Abe Froman says:
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    I was offered Cespedes and Beltran for my Upton and Lackey.
    My OF is Bourn, Brantley, and Stanton.
    My SP’s are Shields, Bailey, Price, Santiago, Fernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, and Kluber.
    I know that Upton is preferred over Cespedes ROS, but with adding Beltran, is this a worthwhile trade in H2H Yahoo league?
    Thank you Grey, your mustache is the only one I am happy to wake up to in the morning!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Abe Froman: What about my mustache?!?! OK so I don’t have one (sulks away into the corner)… I like the deal.

  62. Larry says:
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    Now that Lawrie is 2B eligible, would you take him or Alcides ROS at middle infielder?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Larry: Lawrie

  63. ryan says:
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    Grey!!! You promised me Braun would not be suspended this year. You told me to Draft him. I feel betrayed. I will be waiting for you by the parking lot at 3pm today. Brass Knuckles in hand

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ryan: Gotta get through me too. I didn’t think he would either, but the situation became right for a settlement

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: I also told you to sell him about two months ago

  64. mcBlunty says:
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    I am in a long term keeper league, I’m near the bottom of the standings with little to no chance of making the playoffs, the question is should I try and buy low on Braun, the guy that has Braun is in second place and I have a few pieces he could use packaged maybe with a draft pick. Am I crazy? Is Braun never going to be the same, or is it worth it to grab him and rebuild for next year

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mcBlunty: Grab him and rebuild, still a fantasy 1st or 2nd rounder next year, put up MVP numbers last year not taking (assuming of course – but he’d be out of his mind doing that last yr)

  65. stynyr says:
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    I asked this last night. I apologize for asking again but I just want to make sure all of the details are in there. Trade Braun for Machado? Obviously, Machado would become my 5th keeper along with Kershaw, Longoria, CarGo, and Reyes.

    10-team, H2H, 5×5, Keeping 5

    c-Perez
    1b-Loney
    2b-Lowrie
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Reyes
    of-CarGo, Choo, Gordon
    util-Jennings
    util-Matt Joyce
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Wheeler, Ryu, Jose Fernandez, Garza
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland

    • stynyr says:
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      @stynyr: Eh, scratch Loney. Cuddyer is my 1B now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stynyr: I’m fine with that one

  66. Phatboy71 says:
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    Drop Gee for Alex Wood?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Phatboy71: Nah I wouldn’t

  67. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Would you rather Yelich or Marlon Byrd? He’s the only one I can drop for Yelich, but hes been good. Still drop and grab Yelich? And,Yelich is listed as CF but he will be playing LF correct?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: I don’t see how you can drop byrd right now on the run he’s on. I would think that’s where Yelich would play…

  68. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Did Hitter-Tron contract some kind of STD after a wild three-way with Johnny 5 and the (now grown up) chick from “Small Wonder”? What’s up with the Ruggiano love? I’m intrigued but stumped on why this is a good idea other than Coors.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Seems to like all the Marlins in Coors… did you see it yesterday with Pomeranz pitching? Stanton was #1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Hitter-Tron loves Coors and Stream-o-Nator hates Coors

  69. J-ON says:
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    Redraft league…..getting offered Strasburg and Crawford for Mujica and Perkins. No brainer on taking Strasburg, right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-ON: Um, yea

  70. nathan says:
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    do you expect all of the players associated with bio genesis to accept their suspensions and what do you expect for everth?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: Think it depends on where teams are in races, if they get/are playing through injuries, it’s gonna go case-by-case with lots of appeals from players with teams in it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nathan: Depends what evidence MLB is holding too, impossible to say

  71. Jon says:
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    JB, would you drop Quintana for Wood?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Never been a big Quintana fan, yea I might do that for Wood’s upside (womp womp)

  72. Hotrod says:
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    Most upside ROS…just looking for overall production..

    Marisnick
    Lake
    Villar

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hotrod: Marisnick

  73. Grey's Goatee says:
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    Can you rank Lake, Urrutia and Marisnick?

    I was thinking Marisnick, Lake, Urrutia was the order.

    Position doesn’t matter, just looking for the best overall production.

    Thanks

  74. Kawasaki MVP! says:
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    Looking for more production out of the catcher spot. I have S Perez. Shoud I hold or try one of these available guys ROS?

    Montero, Castro, AJ

    Thanks!

  75. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Would you rather Yelich or Eaton? Oh, and good morning to ya!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Morning man! I started with Eaton, I’ve moved to Yelich. Grey convinced me.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ah, Grey the wise and powerful. Made the switch, fingers crossed, thanks guys

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: No prob hope Grey is right on this one!

  76. Spike Owen says:
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    Currently in the top 4 of my league (top 3 get money) – have an outside chance at 1st.

    Have Braun now using up a bench spot.

    This is a 12 team roto keeper league (5 x 5) – we get to keep any five guys (no salaries, no limits). Here are my candidates for next year:

    Chris Davis
    Andrew McCutchen
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Ryan Braun
    Jose Reyes
    Dustin Pedroia
    Jason Kipnis
    and theoretically Cliff Lee, but I like keeping bats only

    So I will lose two of those seven (ignoring Lee).

    1) Is it worth hanging on to Braun for the year and keeping him for next year? Where do we think he will rank next season?

    2) Rank those seven guys in terms of keeper-ness.

    I’m thinking of moving Pedroia in the off-season for picks and maybe Braun right now for picks and a player or two to help make a push for the championship. But the thought of Braun, Cutch, Goldy, Davis and one of those other three is pretty sweet for next year….

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spike Owen: 1) Definitely, early 2nd round 2) So like, full careers right, not just next year? Braun, McCutchen, Au Shizz, Davis, then probably Kipnis

      • Spike Owen says:
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        Thanks JB,

        Yeah, we keep 5 every year (obviously they can change each year), so next year matters more, but full careers are important too, as I would assume I keep on keeping them as long as they are my top five players.

        What I’m sensing is I should play out the year with Braun burning up a bench spot and then try and trade Reyes and Pedroia in the offseason for picks. I can’t shake the idea of moving Braun this year though, if I can get some high picks for next year, plus a player or two for this year’s finish…

        Anyhow, thanks for the ranking!

        @JB Gilpin:

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Spike Owen: Yeah I would only move Braun if you could really get 2nd round value for next year, which is where he’ll go at the latest IMO

  77. Charles says:
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    How do you feel about Orgasmo Ramirez (v CLE) and Gerrit Cole (@WAS) today? My h2h league also has k/9 and Losses as categories. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Charles: Like Erasmo, iffy on Cole probably bench

  78. Jordan73 says:
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    Shelby Miller and Garza for Verlander. Which side looks better RoS?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jordan73: Good one, I’ll lean JV still

  79. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Hey JB/Grey,
    Great write-up! I lucked out and played against both Timeh! and JJ yesterday, dude’s ERA and WHIP went through the roof.
    So my trade for Edwin went through (I got EE and Fister, sent AGonz, JoFer and Liriano).
    I think my line-up is looking good, with a bit of a weak spot at MI and Josh Hamilton stinking and injured.:
    C:Rosario
    1B: Votto
    2B: Hill
    3B: EE
    SS:Lowrie
    1B/3B: Freese
    2B/SS: Rendon
    OF: AJones, Stanton, Jennings,Hamilton, EYJr
    Bench: Leonys, Konerko
    SP: Scherz, Gio, Loose-Seal_Kluber (i did that), Erasmo, Cingrani, Fister
    RP: Benoit, Parnell, Rodney
    DL: Bucholtz
    I have an open spot and would like to add an additional SP from the likes of Medlen, EJax, Wei-Yin, Strailey, Gee, Santiago. Who like best ROS?
    What about dropping any of Rendon, Konerko, Leonys for an additional SP, or another MI bat like B.Roberts, JLake, or DJ, or OF like Ruf, Joyce, Brandon Barnes?
    Thanks Much!

    • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: “to get helado for his mom”!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Yikes for that other team! Nice move! I think you hold your guys, I like Medlen most if I knew he had the spot all year, but since not, I’ll go Chen

  80. chillmodious says:
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    For today only, who do I throw…

    McAllister (@ Sea, SON $9.9)

    or

    Erasmo (vs. Cle, SON $8.0)

    Thanks!

  81. Carns says:
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    As a Salvador drafter and mid-May dropper I take great delight in the Salvador rips, keep ‘em up!

    Also, my buddies and I were wondering how Arroyo was having this season, and we have concluded that he is an actual fairy. Not a wuss (maybe that too) but a real fairy, like Sookie. Think about it: The long hair, the dainty, hypnotic little leg kick, the 78 mulnair (that’s white perpetrator on Cops for m.p.h.) heater, the fairy dust he sprinkles on the ball in his glove. The guy is an actual fairy walking among us. It’s kind of exciting!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Carns: Hah yea, I mean he’s been the same player all year, very yawn. Haha a fairy… Possibly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carns: Ha, explains it all!

  82. chillmodious says:
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    Also… has Leonys Martin finally dropped off enough where I should lose him for Aoki? I originally dropped Aoki for him a month ago, but their respective arrows seem to be pointing in the opposite direction now.

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @chillmodious: I dropped Leonys a week ago. I think that flash in the pan has finished flashing.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: You never cross arrows! Yea I’d get Aoki back

  83. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    you do a terrific job of pandering to mainstream humor ,
    but it is your occasional “fringe” work that keeps me tuning in to
    your channel and sets you as a true renaissance man among
    fantasy baseball ‘perts .

    today’s blurb on mark ellis is , imo , “classic Grey” .

    btw ,
    r. crumb is interested in doing a collaborative work .
    obviously , he’ll handle the illustrations , but for your efforts
    he’s only offering … um … er … crumbs .
    still , it would look great on your resume .

  84. Boomer19 says:
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    Good morning. Funny stuff today. Two questions. Was offered Cespedes for My Choo. Just wanted confirmation of the top 100 and that we aren’t worried about his wrist. And two, Marsinick is available in both my roto leagues. My fringe guys are Arenado, Eaton, Milone types. Need a utility spot filled. Is Marsinick worth a pick up?

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Boomer19: I take Cespedes

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boomer19: A little worried, still want Cespedes. Nah probably hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: Cespedes over Choo, Marsinick over Arenado

  85. nathan says:
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    with Urrutia’s big night do you expect he will be the regular DH ? would you drop either Franklin or Urrutia for either brad miller or marisnick or drop both for both?
    thanks for all your advice!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: I’d probably hold both, MIller for Urrutia maybe though, if you need an extra MI at times.

  86. JASON KATNIP says:
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    I just picked up Mark Meloncon for Ryan Braun. My relief pitchers are now:

    Balfour
    Janssen
    Perez
    Brothers
    Ziegler
    Melancon
    Henderson.

    It’s pretty unnecessary to have 5-7 players getting saves right? Should I look to move one of them for an upgrade OF or SP?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JASON KATNIP: Yea I probably would

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @JASON KATNIP: What type of league?

    • Men-in-Cleats says:
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      @JASON KATNIP:

      Really depends on your needs, your roster setup, and your league rules. Last year I started the year way back in saves and was really struggling in pitching overall before just before the break catching a couple of breaks on a couple of closers and then getting a couple of others that inherited jobs due to trades and eventually at one time had 7 people closing on my roster and streamed starters in my other spots. From the break to the end of the season I dropped my ERA by half a point, my whip from just under 1.3 to right around 1.2 or just under, raised my K rate (innings limit so want to get the most K’s for your innings), and gained me 7 or 8 points in the saves category. I eventually ended up trading a couple of the closers and still won the category by a landslide. Sure it was overkill in that one category but I had definite needs on the help in other categories so it was worth it.

  87. Hoog says:
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    Hey grey! I’m curious what you think about Braun in a keeper league. Is he a guy you’d take a risk on buying know or would you steer clear?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hoog: Buy low

      • Hoog says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB! would you trade any of Jennings, marte, granderson? Trying to gauge what to offer the guy.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hoog: I’d very gladly have Braun over any of those guys, start with one 1-1 and see where it leads

  88. SB says:
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    Deep NL league, who to pick up for Braun … Gindl, Jr Lake or Marisnick?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SB: Marisnick

  89. Flanwagon says:
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    Just offer Braun for yelich… I get Braun… In a 5 player keeper league… Gotta take it right?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Flanwagon:

      of course .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Flanwagon: Definitely

  90. Scott says:
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    Eric Young or Yelich ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Depends on speed vs. all-around need

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Scott: Young

  91. Principle Blackman says:
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    What do you think the chances are Segura continues to bat third now that Braun is out for the season? And if he does continue to bat third, how many more succulent ribbies do you think we can realistically expect out of him. Steamer is giving him 25 more RBIs on the year, right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Gomez will usually be hitting third, 25 RBIs sounds about right though with him hitting 2nd

  92. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Drop Jim Henderson for Erasmo Ramirez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JASON KATNIP: Nah I wouldn’t unless stacked at closer.

  93. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Did you start Erasmo R. in most of your leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rick Dempsey: Well he’s starting today and I’d play him, I said 50/50 depending on needs for the Boston one.

  94. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    If Street gets moved I know it should be Gregerson to take over, but being that he sucked as a closer, would Thayer be next in line. If you could own both right now in a league you are dying for saves in, would you?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Depends on depth, I think it’ll be Gregerson, but Thayer is an interesting flyer

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I am pretty positive it will be gregerson too, but he sucked as closer this year

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Brothers has given up runs his last two outings, time to hold on Belisle?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: He’s in that same range as Thayer, I don’t think it’s likely but an interesting flyer. However with alll the injuries to Betancourt it makes him tougher to move, and if he stays Belisle is way down there.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @JB Gilpin: ok, last question pick 2 to hold onto till the deadline, Thayer, Gregerson, and Belisle

  95. Shorty says:
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    I’m in third with only a distant shot this year – but I am having trouble holding myself back. We start 2 at each IF position, and my glaring needs are at 2B (Cano, Rutledge, Beckham) and C (M. Montero, Avila). In this scenario, would you give up McCutchen, Avila and Rutledge for Bruce, Rosario and Daniel Murphy in a keeper league (we keep 4 hitters)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shorty: Sounds a little too much

      • Shorty says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I can give up less – all the other guy is interested in is McCutchen. I guess what I’m wondering is if the downgrade to Bruce as a keeper is worth it for what I’m getting back in Murphy and Rosario.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shorty: Yea I think McCutchen has a huge second half, like he’s batting off Dan Haren every game. Rosario is a nice upgrade, does he have a better MI option that’s a tier or two better than Murphy? Then it might be good.

          • Shorty says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Unfortunately not – we don’t use MIs, and his other 2B is Kipnis, who he’s not willing to move. I may try and work in an upgrade somewhere else too but nothing is obvious. I guess this begs the question of whether Murphy is really an upgrade over Beckham.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Shorty: So marginally if at all i don’t think it’s worth losing Cutch

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Shorty: No it’s not worth it.

  96. Ryan says:
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    Is henry urrutia gonna be fantasy relevant? Is he worth claiming off waivers in a dynasty league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: In dynasty? Yes for sure, not sure how relevant this yr though

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what kind of upside can we potentially expect to see from him?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan: A few 20/10 .300 seasons and scoring 100 runs in that offense? I know that’s pretty optimistic…

  97. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Someone just dropped Rendon. What do you think, drop Brad Miller and pick him up and slide Nick Franklin back over to SS all while keeping Altuve in time out on my bench? I guess it boils down to:

    How do you ranks these four ROS: Rendon, Miller, Franklin, and Altuve.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat: Rendon really looks like he’s in a funk. I’d rank Altuve, Franklin, Miller Rendon right now

  98. Mike says:
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    Need an SP… got offered Lee for Bruce. I’m stacked on offense. Pull the trigger?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yea I think you gotta take that one

  99. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Question. Add Villar and drop Jim Henderson?

    my SS: Castro, MI: Kendrick

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JASON KATNIP: I’d keep Hendo think he closes soon

  100. Anthony says:
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    @Grey:

    UTIL: Dexter Fowler

    UTIL: Torii Hunter ? Byrd? Yelich ? Marisnick ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Anthony: ROS or today? Hunter still ROS

  101. T Moore says:
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    Mr Grey: Screw Braun… Besides, I didn’t have him on any of my teams.. Screw MLB too… The duplicitous greedy owners and their scions have always been just as dirty IMO…

    I’m just trying to get through today after starting that other Brewer – that SOB Gorzelanny – on every team I had last night… An indictment on my personal greed in taking a questionable hot pitcher “a bridge to far”..

    If that was not bad enough, I had spot started Lincecum on one team too… Already once bitten by him this season — I SHOULDA KNOWN BETTER…

    (No thanks to this site… Which didn’t bother to post any warning signs over the weekend on him … Which brings me to the oft asked question, what exactly is it you guys do at RazzBall anyways???? ) …

    3 FFFF’n weeks of carefully nurtured good pitching work down the drain on that team… (T Moore, throws hands in air and head collapses onto keyboard )

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @T Moore: Yea Brewers were due to give up some runs after 31 shutout last series v MIA. Hah yea Lincecum tanked it – guess we need to put banners up saying “if a pitcher isn’t very good and does bad don’t blame us”

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @T Moore: After the last bad three years, starting Lincecum starting Lincecum is on you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Yeah, you pressed your luck there…Gorzelanny is German for Screw T Moore, you should’ve seen the writing on the wall…

  102. shibboleth says:
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    Since no one has asked yet… anyone starting Cingrani at SF? The ballpark should help, eh? He’s sporting a decent xFIP and SIERA…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @shibboleth: Yup I would start him where I could

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @shibboleth: I’m starting him. He’s Stream-0-Nator’s highest-dollar start today too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth: Not sure why you wouldn’t start him

  103. If you had to drop one player to activate Tulo off the DL, would it be Ian Desmond or Wil Myers? (Keeping Tulo’s injury history in mind…) Thank you w/elaborate & daring handshakes.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @madden_curser: Myers but would try to trade something if possible

  104. fitz says:
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    Starting Santiago tonight vs Detroit? Miggy should be out of lineup I would guess.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fitz: Still wouldn’t trust Hector though…

  105. SouthBendSamson says:
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    Braun officially dealt the final death blow to my team and I need urgent keeper trade advice. I’m trying to take Trout (who is keepable for the next 2 years for close to a last round pick) from a leaguemate – as a piece of the package, would you rather sell Goldschmidt, keepable for the next 3 years at the price of a 5th, 3rd, 1st round pick. Or Sale, keepable for the next 2 years with a 14th and 12th round price tag?

    • SouthBendSamson says:
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      @SouthBendSamson: FYI it’s a 3 keeper max league, as of now my keepers are Goldschmidt/Sale/JoFer

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SouthBendSamson: I’d rather sell sale, which Sally did at the Seashore. Goldschmidt and Trout will be first rounders next year, I’d want those two bats

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I grabbed Goldschmidt in the 6th round this year. Cano, Goldy, D. Wright are my corners. ~sigh~ will be hard to replicate that next year

  106. Zac says:
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    What type of player, preferably pitcher should/could I expect for Tori Hunter, and Werth? Want to trade while they’re hot, because my team is awful and looking good for the future and want younger talent…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zac: Hunter and Werth in a 2-for-1? Younger pitcher talent – doubt you could get Miller, you could always offer for JoFer since he’s getting shut down, maybe in a keeper that’ll help you land him.

      • Zac says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah keeper, and hopefully I could land Jo-Fer that’d be sick!

  107. Matt says:
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    6×6 QS, Holds and OBP/SLG 12 team league. I’m in 2nd and need HRs and Ks. I was just offered Dunn/Aluve/Iwakuma/Reed/Robertson for my Goldschmidt/Beckham/Lester/ O. Perez.

    My heart says no, but my brain says think about it. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt: Seems like a lot of meh for your meh and Goldschmidt. I’d hold.

  108. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Probably asked above already, but can you please rank Yelich, Lake, and Marisnick for overall impact. Thanks dude! Keep up the awesome work as always! Btdubs, that sandwich place Eastside Deli Market by Dodger Stadium was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives the other day. Guy had the dudes from Grown Ups with him. Those sandwiches are bomb diggitty! You gotta check it out if you havent already.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Damn – now I’m hungry and can’t go stuck on the East Coast… Yelich Marisnick then Lake for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Yeah, I saw the episode, immediately thought of you… I really can’t believe I haven’t been there yet, must get there… Yelich, Marisnick…

  109. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Dying for saves, have Hernandez rostered in case Ziegler doesn’t stick. But now that Ziegler’s been named closer, hold or drop for Gregerson, McGee, Axford or Ramos?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Not big on any of those at the moment, Gregerson for save speculating, but I’d use the spot to stream pitching if you need innings

  110. John says:
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    Let’s say Grilli goes on the DL but they think he’ll be back in 15 days. Should I drop Benoit (who DET thinks, for some stupid reason is not a closer) for Melancon under the assumption that DET gets a new closer in the next 8 days? If Detroit (or someone else) then picks up a F Rod, I could drop Melancon for Henderson or Axford who are both on the waiver. In a worse case senario I could even pick up Ziegler who is on the waiver as well. OR do I stick with Benoit and hope for the best.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: At this very moment I’d hold Benoit, and would hold him if Grili’s injury really does sound like only 15 days, anything suspect about it or talks of longer, I’d grab Melancon

  111. hmmm says:
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    Which side would you take?

    Victor martinez, jason heyward, brandon beachy for cole hamels, starling marte and lance lynn

    do you think lance lynn will be any good for the rest of the year?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hmmm: Think Lynn will be decent, definitely want right side far and away

  112. TKilla says:
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    I am in a 10-team H2H pts league where there are only (2) daily RP slots per team. I want to pick up Melancon before the other guys in my league do but I will have to use my last add for the week and run the risk of owning 3 closers, (Kenley, Papelbon & Melancon) when I can only play 2 of them per day. I would either have to drop or trade Papelbon. The guy who has Grilli actually punted saves with his 2nd RP slot and has been streaming SP’s. as a result, I just sent him a trade for my Zobrist and Papelbon for his Segura hoping he will take the bait so I can get Segura and pick up Melancon since he really needs a closer now. His FA options to pick up a closer would be Frieri, Romo, Perkins and Rodney

    1. Do you like Papelbon or Melancon ROS assuming Grilling is dunzo?
    2. Is Papelbon and Zobrist for Segura fair?
    3. Should I pick up Melancon now and just ride the extra RP until I can trade Papelbon?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TKilla: Wait so all those current closers are FA? Wow. Like Papelbon more. Think the trade is fair, would take Segura, but it’s fair. With those closers available I don’t see the need to pick up Melancon.

      • TKilla says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, those closers are all available. Half of the guys in my league punt saves for the 2nd RP slot to stream an extra starter so I’m sure that’s the reasoning behind some many good closers being FA’s in my league. Hopefully, Papelbon will get traded to a team where he can get more save opportunities because saves are 10 points in my league as opposed to the traditional 6 points in standard Yahoo leagues.

  113. Psychedelic says:
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    Who do you like more at 1B for next year, Moss or Laroche? 20 team dynasty

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Psychedelic: 20 team ! Damn, that must be interesting, never played in anything that big

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @Shawn of the livid: ya it’s massive lol my first time as well. I waited on 1B and all the decent options are taken pretty much..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Psychedelic: Probably still LaRoche even though that’s the boring answer…

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @JB Gilpin: ok I was guna take him and take a young/upside guy a couple rounds later.

  114. T Moore says:
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    Mr Grey: While, I think quaint that the Jewish community tracks its sports stars so closely…

    Where is the tracking for players of the e.g. Driud, Voodoo, Islamic, Earth Mama , Armed Forces/First Responders (a Faith or Cult ???), Buddists, Hindus, Bong-hitters, Shinto and the Pantheon faiths???

    Perhaps, one of the bored “nurf basketball playing” Razzball staff could come up with (in a greater ecumenical spirit) a list of all the MLB player’s faiths … That way, we all could track our favorite faith’s players more easily – right here on RazzBall…

    OOOOOOmmmmm OOOOOOOmmmm OOOOOmmmmmmm

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @T Moore: I’m sure the NSA has that all profiled already!

      • T Moore says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        GB: My own folder – no doubt

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @T Moore: Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: HAHA… Mecca lecca hi mecca hiney ho…

  115. J-Lef says:
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    Espn’s notes on Grilli say September return is best case scenario….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-Lef: Interesting yea haven’t seen any other official reports

  116. Jay says:
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    keeper league trade 14 team H2H lg keep 8

    currently keeping Prince, Cano, Wright, McCutch, Cargo, Adam Jones, Kershaw and then one of: Grienke, Sale, Marte, Starlin Castro, Zunino

    Have an offer to send my Cargo for Schrezer/Puig. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jay: I’d hold, Sale is a great last keeper for you, it would mean losing him probably next yr

  117. Bubba says:
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    Are there any improvements I can make to my SP staff off of our 12 team, 5×5, Keeper league’s waiver wire?:

    The league deadline has passed for keeping any players off the waiver wire as well as the deadline for trading.

    Waiver Wire: Ivan Nova, Gaudin, Pettibone, Cosart, Chen

    Current Staff:

    Gio Gonz.
    Latos
    Leake
    Mig. Gonzalez
    Cashner
    Jacob Turner
    Kluber
    Wily Peralta
    Wheeler
    A.J. Griffin

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bubba: I think I like Nova over Gonzalez and Chen over Peralta, but tough to make that move right now. Don’t like Peralta’s next start

  118. TheNewGuy says:
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    You’re killing it JB, Grey’ll wake up and all his work is done!

    He’s not budging on Byron Buxton.

    Would you do Bundy/Profar (prospects) and Reyes for Segura? If so which you prefer.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Oh and its a keeper and Segura can be kept for as little as $4 next year, or slightly more for extra years (hence his great value). Reyes at his price is obviously not a keeper, just a rental.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Hah thanks man! Yea it’s a blast, lots of questions today, a big day for MLB news last night. Yea I’d want Segura, it all looks legit for him, I like that trade, would try Bundy first

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        @JB Gilpin: Nah id be selling Segura ha.

        Just think he’s a bit over his head right now and not sure about the power (dried up recently), wondering if I can cash in now for a true top of the line prospect.

        Do you like either of the returns for Segura? (realise I wrote the trade the wrong way, doh).

        • JB Gilpin

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          @TheNewGuy: oops! Yea I love Segura, think 20ish power is legit but not much more (and he may not quite get there this yr.) but the speed is real, the runs will come when the Brewers get everyone on the field. Profar and Reyes would be what I’d want, but I would hold

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Guess its hard not to get a biased answer when asking a Brewers fan ha, thanks though!

            And for all the hype Profar has done hardly anything this year last time I looked, Segura’s destroyed him in every department. So yeah im probably better off holding for now.

  119. the hungary hippo says:
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    Wow… I traded Braun 2 days before this broke. Conspiracy theories are circling around my league. Haha. Part of me wants to change my team name to “Brains over Braun,” but it’s just too douchey of a move.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @the hungary hippo: Nah that’s not too douchy at all, nice move!

  120. Real Quiz says:
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    I’m having a hard time ranking Ruf, Yelich, Brad Miller, and Eric Young Jr. And should I own any/all of them and cut loose Lincecum and even Locke and Ryu? (I don’t necessarily need speed with Altuve, Gardner & Ellsbury rostered.)

    10 team keeper, H2H (5 total bench spots (2 Util, 4 OF, & IF) / 3 P, 2 SP, 2 RP)

    And should I own Melancon over Perez, Perkins, Frieri, Mujica, or Uehara?

    Thank you – I hope all my ridiculous questions were concise enough. And may your answers serve well the chap coming to the page to ctrl-Fing any of these players.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Real Quiz: I think I would Melancon over Perez but that’s it, haha on the ctrlF I would rank them Yelich, EYJ, Miller, Ruf, grab Yelich for Lincecum since you don’t need the steals, hold the other SPs

  121. FMFBL says:
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    unfortunately looking ahead to next year…
    OBP/QS roto keeper league, keep 4, lose a pick in the round you drafted or acquired them (waiver wire = 22nd):
    Harper – 1th
    JUpton – 2nd
    Encarnacion – 4th
    Machado – 10th
    Segura – 22nd
    M. Carpenter – 22nd
    Jose Fernandez – 22nd

    love your stuff, thanks for doing this!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FMFBL: No prob thanks for reading, Grey is our leader! I’d go Segura, Machado, JoFer and probably Harper – giving you one of the most dynamite under 24 team ever assembled.

  122. Psychedelic says:
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    Do you like Justin Smoak at all for next year? He seems to be coming around somewhat, could be a post-hype sleeper

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Psychedelic: Probably won’t, would have to have a gangbusters 2nd half

  123. Teddy Heater says:
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    Drop Krod or Cishek for Melancon

  124. TheNewGuy says:
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    Team that lost Braun in my league could now be losing Miggy!

    Please say he’s injured (don’t own him anywhere)….sorry for the bad karma Miggy owners.

    Now that would send an earthquake throughout fantasy. (probably hope more than likely that he hits the DL though).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I have just seen sore hip and he tried to play through it. I don’t think it’ll be much time. Although funny side note I tweeted Braun gone now Miguel Cabrera exits and someone yelled at me, “YOU MEAN MEKLY NOT MIGUEL!” haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: MELKY*

  125. choplanta says:
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    crisp/yelich- ros

    neil walker/ gyorko- ros

  126. johnny drama says:
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    espn 12 team 5×5 h2h

    Belt or Marisnick? Position doesn’t matter.

  127. low says:
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    Bastardo, Blake Parker or Gregorson – most likely to become a closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @low: Bastardo

  128. Allen says:
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    Theres been quite a bit of Vin Mazzaro references today and it reminded me of this line my Tribe put on him in 2011 with the Royals. I think this broke a record for runs allowed by a pitcher in one inning. Glad to see he’s back on the horse!! Wow.

    Kansas City
    IP H R ER BB
    V. Mazzaro 2.1 11 14 14 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allen: The Mazzacre!

      • Allen says:
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        @Grey: most amaing thing about thatline is I think he only gave up 1 HR

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it was a start for the ages

  129. chunk says:
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    cj or lake at third?

      • chunk says:
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        @Grey: chris johnson or juniorlake

        • chunk says:
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          @chunk: for 3B

          • chunk says:
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            @chunk: on my fantasy baseball team

  130. TKilla says:
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    Erasmo or Ogando short-term? ROS?

  131. Nathan says:
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    Do you like Yelich/ Marisnik over Ruf for the next couple weeks?

  132. stonepie says:
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    trading my minor and zobrist (who was playing UTIL) for pujols

    did i do good pa?

  133. Mel says:
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    JFer @ Coors today? Do I dare?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  134. Octavio Paz says:
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    sit choo vs two lefties today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  135. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H:

    Griffin @ HOU (13.2)
    Hudson @ NYM (9.4)
    Kluber vs TEX (9.3)
    Erasmo vs MIN (9.3)
    Jackson @ SF (7.9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo, Griffin, Hudson

  136. Deck says:
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    Trade Garza, Lohse, Ogando for Scherzer?

    Pitching is:

    Darvish
    Shields
    Cingrani
    Cashner
    G Cole
    Erasmo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, of course

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: Awesome had already pulled it off he needed depth I had to consolidate.

        I like the confidence in the answer instead of just the normal “yeah”

        Thanks!

  137. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12-team OBP, IP limit keeper league, I’ve been in 1st most of the year, now in 2nd by a hair. I have Harper as an 8th rounder next year, with a 2-rd penalty each subsequent year. At that value he’s one of the top 3 keepers i our league. Was planning to keep him and Harvey (10th rd). My greatest needs this year are SV, W, OBP and possibly SB if EverCab suspended, in that order. I have Melancon so could be adding SV organically already.

    Was just offered Votto, Adverb, Nathan and Altuve (no keeper value on any of them) by a bottom-feeder for Harper and throw-ins.

    Have Ortiz and Rizzo at 1B/Util, so Rizzo (7th rd next year, so possibly my new 2nd keeper) would go to the bench most of the time. My OF would be Gomez/Bruce/J Upton, with EYJr on the bench for SAGNOF. Altuve would be insurance for EverCab. Rotation would be Waino/Harvey/Adverb/Garza/Shark. I’m currently on pace for IP limit, so Adverb would take IP from MRs, Harvey’s shutdown and my being more judicious with matchups for Garza and Shark. Closers would be Chapman/Nathan/Veras/Melancon.

    I think this makes me the prohibitive favorite this year, but I love Harper’s keeper value and could still win anyway without making the deal. But still, I kind of have to pull the trigger, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  138. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. are any of marisnick, wood, byrd or ejax worth picking up in exchange for brantley, erasmo, straily or bastardo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  139. Dkohn says:
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    Am I stupid for still holding Jim Henderson? Will someone please take K-Rod already?

    Also same question with Leonsy? Time to move on?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said to drop Leonys in yesterday’s post… I’d hold Henderson for now

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: I know you did, but hard move to sacrifice your Queen (of SAGNOF!)

        Thanks though.

  140. Tio says:
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    Here is the situation: I am in first place… h2h league where you can keep 3 guys following year (but nobody drafted in first 3 rounds).

    Give: Harvey, Pujols, Frazier, Rendon, Eaton, Erasmo
    Get: Dav. Ortiz, Matt Moore, Jose Fernandez, Zobrist, Beltre, Alex Gordon

    Would be swapping Harvey for Jofer in terms of keeper pitcher. I have other keeper options but this is more about winning now versus later. Going to pull the trigger on this unless you convince me to decline.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade looks decent…

  141. FMFBL says:
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    Drop Bell for Strop in a league that values both Holds and Saves? Figure Bell has more chances at Holds than Strop but both seem to be pitching better since they’ve moved either teams or roles…

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Tio says:
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      @FMFBL:

      Would hope there would be better options out there than this… I would probably hold Bell beccause I dont’ see the cubs winning many games the ROS.

      • FMFBL says:
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        @Tio: agreed on the holds side but i’m looking at strop possibly becoming a closer if gregg is dealt.

        • Tio says:
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          @FMFBL:

          From what I hear Blake Parker would get first crack once Gregg is dealt.

  142. Grey

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

  143. Gareth says:
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    A guy in my league made the following roster moves last night:

    7/23/13 1:59 AM ET MAKE IT RAIN
    Saunders, Michael LF SEA – Added
    Ruggiano, Justin LF MIA – Dropped

    Thats understandable………..

    7/23/13 1:57 AM ET MAKE IT RAIN
    Hellickson, Jeremy SP TB – Added
    Hamels, Cole SP PHI – Dropped

    Really?

    7/23/13 1:56 AM ET MAKE IT RAIN
    Locke, Jeff SP PIT – Added
    Samardzija, Jeff SP CHC – Dropped

    WTF!

    Should I drop Jarrod Parker and Asdrubal Cabrera and make a claim for these two top end pitchers? Why would this dude drop them?

  144. Brian says:
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    Just received a trade in my 12 team mixed H2H 6×5. I give Goldy and receive Tulo?? Its a close trade. Decline or accept?? Not sure what to do oh wise one!!! I have been playing the hot hand at SS all year.

    My team is Perez, Goldy, Kinsler, Cabrera, Aybar, Cruz, Jones, Trumbo, Choo. Bench is Aoki, Frazier, Myers.

    Thanks

    BB

  145. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Yu being scared of garzilla is amazing!

    Need a closer…however I can’t slip any further in terms of era and whip. Who should I grab, and should I grab one now or wait and see what happens after the deadline?

    Gregg, Veras, hendo, wilhelmsen, putz, Ziegler, bastardo.

    I have Kimbrel and reed

    Thanks!

  146. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Yu being scared of garzilla is amazing!

    Need a closer…however I can’t slip any further in terms of era and whip. Who should I grab, and should I grab one now or wait and see what happens after the deadline?

    Gregg, Veras, hendo, wilhelmsen, putz, Ziegler, bastardo.

    I have Kimbrel and reed

    Thanks!

  147. Grey

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

  148. Jaelen Rosen says:
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    Would you drop Gattis for Yelich? My Catcher is A.J

  149. Chris says:
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    Grey, do you think Ziegler will stick around for a while? Also, Addison Reed has been quite inconsistent this season, but he’s available off the wire–picked up Ziegler today but I was curious to get your opinion on the two. Thanks.

  150. Hal Incandenza says:
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    @Grey,

    If “Just Once” plays while Rutledge travels to AAA, does that make him The Last American Vergin’ on Colorado Springs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  151. Jiles says:
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    Was offered Homer Bailey for Jose Fernandez in a keeper leaugue (keep 5). I won’t be keeping Jose. Should I accept for this year due to Fernandez likely being shut down early? THoughts on Fernandez value next year? Thanks.

  152. Seever says:
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    Yelich or Matt Adams ROS? UTIL- OPS, XHB league

  153. Shazam says:
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    Gausman and Almora for Braun in a dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shazam: I’d take Braun

  154. Grey

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

  155. Joey says:
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    Grey, two questions. Wil Myers or Carl Crawford as a UTIL? Also, Rosario or AJ Ellis ROS? 10 team H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers…Rosario, go to the podcast post for followups…

  156. Topazmagee says:
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    Christian Yelich or Michael Young for the rest of the year ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, go to my newest post

  157. hmmm says:
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    would you rather have wheeler or kluber?

  158. TerryTateOfficeLB says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Offered a guy Marte/Chatwood for Kemp..

    He came back with Marte/Shields for Kemp..

    Current pitchers are Verlander, Cain, Corbin, Grienke, Shields, E. Santana, Chatwood, Lohse, Griffin, Erasmo

  159. DILinator says:
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    I have a trade ethics question for you…

    I’m LM in a Keeper league with 10 Keepers per team, and it’s been around for a while. The Braun owner, the top team in the league, just traded him to one of the last place teams, for Shin Soo Choo.

    What is your opinion of this trade? Fair, considering it’s a Keeper League, and Braun is the better player long term? Or too unbalanced, because it helps the top team too unfairly this season, and Choo was having a better season before Braun was suspended anyway?

    There are calls from various members for it to be vetoed, but I’m not sure if it’s really veto worthy. Any help is appreciated!

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