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Usually on Fridays the royal we brings you fantasy baseball keepers, but we interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for Jake Fox, the man who made the phrase “Unathletic like a fox” almost make sense.  Looks like the Cubs decided to unload their DH since they play in the National League, sending Jake Fox and Aaron Miles for Jeff Gray.  ($5 says the Cubs had Milton Bradley change his name to Aaron Miles to get rid of him.)  Now the A’s reporters can find and replace Cust’s name for Fox’s and just recycle old articles.  “Jack Cust Jake Fox homered and struckout in the A’s four-run seventh inning.”  Since Jake Fox has 3rd base eligibility in fantasy, it doesn’t really matter where the A’s play him.  DH him all you want.  Like a Newport cigarette, Jake Fox is now alive with pleasure.  Should now get 500 ABs.  This will either be terrific or all the people who were screaming to let The Fox out of his cage will suddenly realize The Fox needs to go back in the cage for batting practice.  I’m on the fence for how it’ll all work out once he’s exposed.  He’s not going to win a batting title, but he could be a cheap Branyan.  If that sounds boring, then you’re not in a 12 team league or deeper.  For 2010, I see a line of 75/24/85/.250 with the possibility of more on the power side.  Definitely worth a flier.  Let’s look at some other minor trades and how they’re going to affect 2010 fantasy baseball:

Billy Wagner – Stop three on the NL East Tour pulls into Atlanta.  Right on his heels, Takashi Saito was signed by the Braves, too.  Wagner will be the closer with Saito being the first pickup all Wagner’s owners make in April.  Wagner will be in the bottom of the donkey-corns to start the season and should be underrated on draft day.  He’s no guarantee to stay healthy but saves are saves are saves.

Placido Polanco – Crapolanco could play in a gravitational acceleration chamber that mimics the moon and he’d go 8/8 while batting .300.  What a waste of that great hitter’s park.  It’s like sous vide-ing a wet sock.

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  1. Freak says:
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    Miles has been vanquished. A glorious day indeed.

  2. DrEasy says:
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    “Sous vide-ing a wet sock”!!!

  3. GlennGulliversTravels says:
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    The big news on Polanco is the effect on Victorino – I believe this acquisition means he is going to bat 7th, sapping his value and making him unworthy of even a clever nickname.

  4. Steve says:
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    If Beane likes trading with your team, you need to realise it’s not because he enjoys sitting on the sofa in your office.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Freak: You sound like you’re dining at Medieval Times.

    @DrEasy: Hey, someone else watches Top Chef. Nice!

    @GlennGulliversTravels: It would really only sap his Runs and give him perhaps more RBIs, if he does end up on the short end of the stick. Might also have him running more. But I also hope Polanco bats 7th more than Victorino.

    @Steve: Ha!

  6. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    polanco at the bottom of the order …. for sure .
    @Steve:
    beane’s still an ass .

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: More like Mr. Bean with his head in a turkey.

  8. Polanco makes no sense for Philly. A tweak move. No pop. No speed. I feel worse about this move than I did when the Phillies traded Polanco and replaced him with David Bell. How is that for irony? How could BA’s #4 farm system have nobody coming up to play 3B?

  9. cws05nuts says:
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    underyawnstipation of the hot stove thus far. Is Cust a fa? How are they going to fit 350k’s in that park?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: A’s are shopping Cust hard. Might go to the Mets.

  11. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Clearly not a case of Cust Stayin’.

    I know big o hates Beane, but you watch him get somthing usable for Cust.

  12. cws05nuts says:
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    Insurance for Delgado? Who is the of? frenchy, beltran, and Church/cust?

  13. cws05nuts says:
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    Random trade question too. What do you think about shipping Mauer, Holliday, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, and A Hill for Lincecum and Pujols? Giving up too much?

  14. cws05nuts says:
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    And just chalk full of questions today. You joining Rudy for the fantasy baseball roundtable draft tonight?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: Church is crap/Delgado’s not coming back.

    It’s too much to give up.

    re: draft — I’m doing a 12/7 draft with those guys.

  16. cws05nuts says:
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    Cool cool… I know this can go on the board but I’m too lazy. My roommate and I were thinking of stepping outside the home league this summer and splitting a team in one of the conglomerateish nfbcesque money leagues. Any recommendations or preferences…

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cws05nuts: I’ve never played in any of them. I’m sure it’s on the up and up, but it always gave me the feeling that it was in some way a scam. Made for AFCs. I’m probably wrong though.

  18. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @Grey: With Figgins out of LA, who gets the 3B job in LA?

  19. GopherDay says:
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    Figgins signs with M’s, $36 Million, 4 year deal

  20. GopherDay says:
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    Fantasy Irrelevence: Greg Zaun signs with Brewers.

    Grey, what do you think about Figgins’ fantasy value with the M’s?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: His value doesn’t change. Maybe a few more runs because of a weaker lineup, but not much difference.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, saw that. Loved to see the live footage.

  23. tony says:
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    I was bored, 10 team 5X5 mock at MDC, rankings are still pretty F’d up. Drafting at the turn #10.

    1- Ryan Howard
    2- Lince
    3-Youk
    4- J. Upton
    5-wainy
    6-jeter
    7-cruz
    8-abreu
    9-beckett
    10- soria
    11-soto
    12-kershaw
    13-bruce
    14- Bills
    15- robot jones

    ian stewart, wandy, capps, branyan, doumit, headley, frank x2 and johnny P round out the draft….

    not bad, i really like my staff, i normally draft H2H, and wouldn’t go this pitching heavy…. i hate jeter, hate taking lince early, wouldnt take abrue either….

    but it was a mock…. thoughts?

  24. big o says:
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    @tony:
    trade for some SB ‘s , or , lose the category every week

  25. big o says:
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    @tony:
    oops ,
    read it wrong .
    still , weak on SB ‘s .

  26. GopherDay says:
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    @tony: You got billingsley in the 14th round?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tony: I like your team. For a 10 team league, you should probably be even stronger on offense than you are. I do agree with Big O, you don’t have many steals.

  28. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @tony: who is wainy?

  29. brett says:
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    Ethics question:
    You have number one waiver priority and your buddy has number two, but it’s past the trade deadline. Can you work out a one-for-one deal and both drop the players involved?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brett: That’s pretty shady.

  31. tony says:
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    @big o: @Grey: @GopherDay: yep bills is going late, people loved him last year now he has a weak second half and he’s garbage? he’s gotta be worth at least a 9th round slot?

    Kinda weak on SB’s, BUT…. i do have j-upton, cruz, abreu, jeter, and garret jones, not too shabby, i coulda snaked nyjer morgan or raja at one point and probably should have, but overall i felt pretty good.

    Again with the ranks being messed up i dont think guys like BILLS fall to the 14th, even tho it was just a 10 team mock. There was a couple comp drafters too, which throws things off.

    Spring fever has set in, and Xmas isn’t here yet.

  32. brett says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, fair enough. The idea’s always intrigued me but i don’t think i’d try it without running it by my league (which would get me nowhere anyway).

  33. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: What do you expect for J.Gomes this year. Seems to have 30-HR pop and a full-time job? (not over-looking Stubbs, just want a line for Gomes). Thanks!

  34. BigFatHippo says:
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    @brett: Do it, that’s priceless strategy. Bill Belichick would…………….

  35. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    @BigFatHippo: a shark in hippo disguise

  36. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Simply Fred: I learned from the Scott Boras manuscript……..”How to screw people and make friends for Dummies.”

  37. tony says:
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    @brett: its kinda dirty, kinda not, you BOTH are losing your waiver priorities, which depending how things shake out might hurt you more than NOT making the trade.

    By you both dropping and both losing your priority you’re giving others in the league an advantage so i say it all equals out.

  38. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: thanks

  39. Steve says:
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    @Simply Fred: Your best course of action is to let me pick him up and then get him when I drop him in disgust a few days later, for he (along most other FA pickups) is then contracturally obligated to go on a tear.

  40. Simply Fred

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    @Simply Fred: Already have that in my top ten roto strategies; #1 I think.

  41. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: @Simply Fred: Ha! Good strategy! Of course, my curse is that I’ll pick up a player going on a hot streak and the day I pick him up he goes cold. But of course I give him a couple of days to recover. By then I drop him in disgust to go on another hot streak.

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