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Afternoon, Razzballers, if I may call you that.  If not, tough noogs.  We have another very special podcast for all of youse.  This podcast is brought to you by nothing in particular.  Smell that?  That faint odor?  That’s nothing in particular!  As always (or at least for the last two weeks), the contest for a $50 Amazon gift certificate is still in play.  I think we’re gonna wrap it next week, so if you want a piece of the action, you do what you do, I’ll do what I do and, as always, we’ll meet somewhere in the middle.  Here’s the rules and regulations:  Record yourself singing our Razzball theme song.  Use an online voice recorder like I did here:  Me singing off-pitch.  Then post your link in the comments of this post.  (If you posted in the last post, you’re in the running.  No need to repost.)  Anyway, here’s episode three of the Razzball Podcast (now in SAP):

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  1. Bill_Buckner says:
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    @grey, wouldn’t this be episode 3 or tres if we are listening in SAP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… True…

  2. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Since everyone’s doing it…

    Team, posted below. Comments welcome. 12-team shallow Roto 6×6 (OBP/QS). A few preliminary notes:

    Highlight: Grabbing McCutchen at #23 and Stanton at #26. Run into my arms, my beautiful, beautiful children.

    Lowlight: I can’t tell you how much I hate Alex Rios. THAT SAID, of all the broken-toy-reclamation projects of 2012 (V Wells, Morneau, Utley, Dunn) he seems most promising. EVEN THOUGH I HATE HIM.

    Secondary Lowlight: It is true that drafting Adam Jones in Round 8 did not set my nethers a-tingle. But, as a 3rd OF, he looks good. This is me being a responsible fantasy adult, rather than drafting Bryce Harper’s infant son in this spot.

    Soul-Defining Moment: Lawrie v. A-Rod, 5th round. Like choosing between a beautiful newborn baby, full of promise, and a magic evil lump of coal that holds your soul imprisoned.

    Jim Thome Memorial Award for Random Weird Old Dude I Never Thought I’d Draft: David Ortiz. Best bat left on the board at the time. Looking forward to an interminable slump while he clogs up my Util spot, then breaks out as soon as I drop him.

    Chase Utley Memorial Award for Hey, Didn’t You Used to Be Good At This?: (Tie) Ortiz, Rios, Brad Lidge, the Baron

    The Baron’s Bold, Counterfactual Contrarian Prediction: Dee Gordon is the Julio Borbon of 2012. Remember him? Piled up 19 SBs in 157 ABs in 2009 — then 15 SBs in largely useless 438 ABs in 2010? Signed, Senor Still Bitter

    The Hope and a Prayer Last-Round-Pick Award, Except Apparently Minus Both Hopes and Prayers: Pedro Alvarez. His little exploding Yahoo! paper-thingy today says “his immediate prospects are grim.”

    Without further ado:

    C – M Montero?
    1B – Albert Pujols?
    2B – Brandon Phillips?
    SS – Erick Aybar?
    3B – Brett Lawrie?
    OF – Andrew McCutchen?
    OF – Giancarlo “Esposito” Stanton?
    OF – Adam Jones?
    Util – David Ortiz?

    Bench – Alex Rios
    Bench – Zack Cozart
    Bench – Pedro Alvarez

    SP – Yovani Gallardo?
    SP – Madison “Don’t call me Bumgarner” Bumgarner?
    SP –?Gio Gonzalez
    SP – Anibal Sanchez ?
    SP – Edinson Volquez?
    SP – C-Bills?

    RP – Brandon League?
    RP – Javy Guerra?
    RP – Sean Marshall?
    RP – Greg Holland
    RP – Brad Lidge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, I hate Rios too, but, yeah, he seems like he could have some value where he’s going… Makes me feel dirty saying it… Ortiz’s question mark makes sense… I kinda hope you’re right about Gordon b/c I don’t have him anywhere. Hate to see him get 60 steals… Unlike Borbon he’s a shortstop and the team has no reason to bench him ever… Pedro Alvarez, ha! Your team looks solid overall… It is a shallow league, so you’re gonna have work to do on waivers. The hitting is well balanced though, if everyone does what they’re supposed to do…

      • Baron Von Vulturewins

        Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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        @Grey, I wish Dee Gordon all the good luck in the world — but here’s a sleeper post on Julio Borbon from 2010:

        “Say I put him down for 600 ABs, not atypical for a leadoff man. In that case Borbon would have a projected fantasy line of .293-5-53-95-40. It’d be a very Juan Pierre-like line.”

        The sample-size projections, the Pierre comparisons: This all sounds eerily familiar.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya… And Borbon got ABs that year too… And did nothing. I kinda hope you’re right.

  3. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Hmmm. Not sure why all my players have ? marks after their names. I did, in fact, draft them. I mean, Lawrie’s a question mark, sure. DAMN YOU UNIVERSE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, You need some exclamation marks.

  4. Steve says:
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    Murray Chass called. He said that just that one start shows the inability of Felix and McCarthy to win games for their team.

    Will listen when I get to work…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha… Nice…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, He also doesn’t care for these new fangled podcast things. He prefers his baseball audio via the wireless.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, He prefers the victorola…

  5. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    In a 12 team league with R/HR/RBI/XBH/OBP/NSB and QS/(K/BB)/K/SvHd/WHIP/ERA I just traded my Sergio Romo and Madison Bumgarner for his Andrew McCutchen. Cutch will replace Rasmus in my lineup and I have Haren, Dan Hudson, Morrow, Beachy, Minor, Liriano and Holland as my other starters (only 3 SP spots). I will miss Romo’s K/BB and SvHd as well as MadBum’s Mad Bum but this is a good trade right? Also, my leaguemates want to veto it on the basis that I am getting pick 23 for a 66 and 200+. But Bum also has great keeper value at 66. Shouldn’t be vetoed right?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Tom Thumb, No trade should ever be vetoed absent collusion. Tell them to go to hell. That trade is fair. You got the better end, but it doesn’t scream cheating. That’s why I play in leagues where the commish has the ultimate say…meaning no vetoes unless it’s glaringly obvious.

  6. Former Skeptic says:
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    Grey, the link to iTunes appears to lead to last week’s episode.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Former Skeptic, It takes iTunes a few to update…

      • Former Skeptic says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

      • DrEasy says:
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        @Grey, give us the lyrics and you might get a late 90’s slow-core acoustic version.

  7. theevilempire says:
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    I can’t understand the lyrics to the theme song enough to sing it back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @theevilempire, You need to try harder!

      • theevilempire says:
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        @Grey, Last time I did that I sprouted a hemorrhoid that still won’t go down. I’ll just have to wing it.

  8. JustMatt says:
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    I’m in a fairly deep mixed league. Let’s say 75 starting pitchers started each week and another 20 on benches.

    Carpenter is not owned. Is he worth owning over Jonathon Niese, Vinnie Pestano or Anthony Rizzo (three guys currently on my bench)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JustMatt, Over Rizzo…

  9. Po says:
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    Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio and (maybe your favorite Grey) Hank Greenberg all lost time in the MLB to go fight the Japs in WW2 after Pearl Harbor…… Now we celebrate the biggest day of our National Pastime on their soil and don’t even televise the game here?? Any plans to run for Commissioner when Bud finally kicks it Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Po, I should.

  10. prezii says:
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    Im not seein much on trumbo anymore. Did the hype die down? What do you guys expect from him this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prezii, He’s platooning…

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey, well thats wack….

  11. begs says:
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    why is bud selig playing “just the tip” with us and the start of the regular season??

    yeah it felt good, now give me more!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @begs, HA!

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Grey am looking for the 2012 rookies fantasy impact post mentioned a while back. A link would be much appreciated, thanks.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Just to clarify not the one posted a few days ago, the one which lists them from 1-10 in terms of impact this year.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Any advice guys, on finding older articles like these? I searched for 2012 rookie fantasy impacts and only got the post you guys made a day or two ago…

  13. Art Vandelay says:
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    Quick strategy question. Snake draft coming up in an 11-team mixed 5×5 roto league (5 OF, CI, MI). I have the dreaded 11th pick, which I hate. Anyway, my plan is to hopefully go Fielder/Longoria at 11/12 (over, say, CarGo and Haley). Assuming that goes according to plan, my 3rd and 4th picks (33, 34) become tricky. Obviously, I’ll need an OF and hope that Giancarlo or Dread Pirate slip. If not, I’ll go Bruce for one of them. The other pick is a question mark. I could play it safe and draft Uggla, or I could go SP for Lee/CC/Greinke (if available).

    Thoughts on my approach? I assume you’d like the first two picks, and then would draft Uggla in the 4th and wait to get someone like Bum/Lester/Gallardo at pick 55?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce and Uggla work for me if others don’t fall…

  14. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just heard Storen to start the season on the DL…Lidge the hot pickup then over H-Rod? Can’t beat chasing saves, always gets the juices flowing…

    • Grey

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      I’d go Lidge first…

  15. Vacation says:
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    Ok Grey et al.,

    11 team mixed league, 5×5. 1250 innings cap, so k rate is very important. Each team carries over 6 keepers (otherwise no way I get Swiggy, Longo, Dread Pirate and Lincecum). I’ve marked ky 6 keepers with *K*

    C Alex Avila
    1B Swiggy *K*
    2B Kendrick
    SS Rollins
    3B Longoria *K*
    OF McCutheon *K*
    OF Nelson Cruz *K*
    OF Desmond Jennings *K*
    UTIL Jason Heyward
    no offensive bench (I panicked when I saw the state of my pitching and grabbed all pitching after landing Avila)

    Here’s where it gets interesting. I’m very concerned I’ll be chasing saves all year:

    SP Lincecum *K*
    SP A. Sanchez
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Ubaldo (it hurts just typing that)
    SP Mike Minor
    RP Hanrahan
    RP Thorton
    RP Crain (hedge – someone else drafted Reed)
    RP Tyler Clippard (damn you Lidge!)
    RP Glen Perkins
    RP Andrew Cashner
    RP Fautino De Los Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting is very solid, your keepers don’t hurt… The pitching is excellent too… Team’s really good… Well played…

  16. CT Old School says:
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    12 team, 6×6 (typical 5×5 plus hits and K/9), 22 man roster. Here’s what I got.

    C Lucroy
    1B Cabrera
    2B D. Espinosa
    SS Peralta
    3B Zimmerman
    OF McCutchen
    OF Bruce
    OF Hart
    UT Reynolds
    BN Cain…Sugar!
    BN Morrison

    Got offered Holliday for Bruce. Normally, instant rejection. But with Reynolds and Espinosa dragging down my average and Hits as a category, I’m thinking twice about it. Would love to get someone else’s take.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @CT Old School, Id do it…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @TheNewGuy, I’d hold for now…

  17. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Tomato/tomahto, but Reimold or Carp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carp

  18. Bourne says:
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    Today is my day off so I am catching up. Still on the first one. Grey sounds like Tom Green.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My bum is on your lips…My bum is on your lips…

  19. kyle says:
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    Please rate my team, weird ass league. 2 OF, 3 UTIL, 5 SP, 4 RP, only 3 bench spots, 14 team league. STATS: R, HR, RBI, SB, K, Total base, avg, obp, slg,extra base hits. For pitchers: W, SV, K, HOLDS, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, K/9, relief wins (WTF), Quality starts.
    Heres my team: The Jewcing Hebrews

    C- Chris Ianetta
    1B- Votto
    2B- Uggla
    3B- Bonifacio
    SS – Asdrubal Cabrera
    OF- Giancarlo Stanton
    OF- Jason Heyward
    UTIL – Paul Goldschmidt
    UTIL- Brett Gardner
    UTIL- Kendrys Morales
    BN – Pennington (only using for oepning day games, then possible stream pitchers with that becnh spot)
    BN- Brandon Belt
    BN- Lorenzo Cain

    SP- Lincecum (got autodrafted here)
    SP- Anibal Sanchez
    SP- Max Scherzer
    SP- Justin Masterson
    SP- Vance Worley
    RP- JJ Putz
    RP- Chris Perez
    RP- Francisco Rodriguez
    RP- Greg Holland

    Because of lack of bench spots over half the teams dont have a SP on their bench, I plan on using that one spot. Opinions?

    • kyle says:
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      @kyle, using that one spot to stream pitchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice team name… Your team looks heavy on speed and light on power which could hurt you more than usual b/c of all your categories… Your pitching looks fine…

  20. mauledbypandas says:
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    Grey, what do you think?

    12 teamer redraft league. Feels pretty solid to me, maybe WHIP issues.
    (posted before but wanted to get Grey’s opinion)

    Wilson Ramos, Wsh C
    Eric Hosmer, KC 1B
    Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
    Evan Longoria, TB 3B
    Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B
    Michael Young, Tex CI
    Howard Kendrick, LAA MI
    Shin-Soo Choo, Cle OF
    Jason Heyward, Atl OF
    Logan Morrison, Mia OF
    Desmond Jennings, TB OF
    Jay Bruce, Cin OF
    Billy Butler, KC UTIL

    Jhoulys Chacin, Col SP
    Shaun Marcum, Mil SP
    Derek Holland, Tex SP
    Vance Worley, Phi SP
    Tommy Milone, Oak SP
    Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP

    Greg Holland, KC RP
    Brett Myers, Hou SP
    Jim Johnson, Bal RP
    Carlos Marmol, ChC RP
    Joe Nathan, Tex RP
    Frank Francisco, NYM RP

    Thanks a bunch, liked the last podcast. Keep that razor away from the stache!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Thanks! I like the team, I think your pitching could be the big problem… I like Strasburg and… Well, Marcum’s got some injury concerns now and the rest are upsidey with a chance for downside.

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    Looking more and more like Felatio Upton will start the year on the DL, and Lind won’t swing a bat until Friday at the earliest, which doesn’t make doomsday people like me happy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Not great…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, not at all. Especially since I swung a deal for BJ in the preseason and drafted Lind thinking maybe he might not be a whale’s vagina. Add Storen to that mix and my injuries are piling up before Day 1(b), er whatever you want to call next Thursday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Day 1(b)…nice

  22. Trevor

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    Grey, BnY!!

    Who’s a better fit at 2nd baseball for this team? 12 team 5×5 Yahoo

    Espinosa or Kipnis?

    C: Wieters
    1B: Pujols
    2B:??
    3B: P. Sandoval
    SS: Hanley
    OF: Bruce, Jennings, B.J. Upton
    Util: A. Lind

    thanks man. luv u

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tggq21, BnY! Espinosa

  23. Jeff says:
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    14 Team League.
    Categories are: R; HR, RBI; SB; AVG; OBP; XBH; W; SV; K; ERA; WHIP; QS
    Team is:

    C: Jonathan Lucroy
    1B: Adrian Gonzalez
    2B: Dustin Pedroia
    3B: Pablo Sandoval
    SS: J.J. Hardy
    OF: Hunter Pence
    OF: Michael Morse:
    OF: Jayson Heyward
    Util: Dexter Fowler
    Util: Brennan Boesch
    SP: Adam Wainwright
    SP: Jordan Zimmerman
    RP: Rafael Betancourt
    RP: Matt Thornton
    P: Cory Luebke
    P: Jamie Garcia
    P: Brett Myers
    BN: Danny Espinosa
    BN: Mike Trout
    BN: Josh Reddick
    BN: Drew Pomeranz

    I think I need to upgrade my pitching staff and have Matt Moore in 2 other leagues right now. The team who has Moore needs OF and RP help and has a 2nd Catcher. Considering offering Heyward and Thornton for Moore and Yadier Molina.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks a lot for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff, That trade is fair…

  24. stumanji says:
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    Deep league, pretty much every closer and their mothers are taken. Pestano or Lidge for some SAGNOF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stumanji, Lidge

  25. amscalone says:
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    @grey and whoever else – had my draft last night. Don’t feel great about it. What do you think?
    10 team h2h keeper 7×7
    hitting: r,hr,rbi,sb,avg,k,bb
    pitching: era,w,l,sv,k/9,h/9,bb/9

    lineup predicated on montero gaining c and m. cabrera gaining 3b eligibility.

    c – j. montero
    1 – p. fielder
    2- b. phillips
    3 – m. cabrera
    ss – e. andrus
    ci – m. morse
    mi – d. espinosa
    of – c. gonzalez
    of – j. heyward
    of – d. stubbs
    of – p. bourjos
    utl – moustakas

    bench – y. cespedes, i. desmond, z. cozart, d. mesoraco, m. trout

    sp – y. gallardo, u. jimenez, m. garza, m. scherzer, j. chacin, t. cahill, c. lewis, j. sanchez
    rp – s. santos, d. robertson, a. chapman

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @amscalone, I like the team, think it can be competitive…. You need Morse to do it again and Heyward to bounce back more than Miggy… League is shallow enough where waiver wire grabs will play a big role…

      • amscalone says:
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        @Grey,

        thanks for the input. desmond or cozart going to be good enough for me to shop andrus around a little bit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @amscalone, Probably not…

        • Chunk says:
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          @amscalone, Shopping never hurt anyone (besides those poor old men who think it’s smart to shop at 5AM day after Thnxgiving.) I like Andrus, though, mostly because I like not having to think about shortstop. You’ll be fine to move him as long as you get full value for him. Team looks solid so don’t do anything desperate.

          • amscalone says:
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            @Chunk,

            Thanks guys.

  26. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Hey, I just finished the podcast. Very entertaining, and excellent fantasy advice. Following up on something you said, I’m confirming that you’d be comfortable dumping Utley in a standard mixed league, and that was not said in jest. In my case, I picked up Valencia at 2B, and Dee Gordon is my MI. I’ve got Crawford soon to be occupying my DL spot and I want to use the roster spot to chase after SAGNOF RP’s. Given that state of affairs, would you be comfortable to let Utley go?

    • Chunk says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Maybe try to trade him for a SAGNOF RP first, Maybe get someone along the lines of K. Jansen. I’d hate to let a name like Utley hit the wire in a standard mixer. At least try to trade him to minimize your losses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Thanks! I told Rudy not to draft Utley and he pushed for it… So he’s fine with him in mixed leagues, me not so much… With that said, I wouldn’t drop him, gotta be able to trade him for a Brain Freeze, no?

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey, Chuck, I’d love to trade him for a Brain Freeze, but I’ve got a brain dead league. But you’re both right, I shouldn’t let him hit the waiver wire.

        • chata says:
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          @Schmohawks Bob,

          i definitely don’t want your broken toys .

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            @chata, Hah.

  27. Chunk says:
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    @Grey

    I christmas treed my spanish placement exam and placed out, never took a second of spanish in college. Reminds me of Unbreakable where for every story of great failure there is something at the other end of the spectrum.

    Por favor, necessito una persona para mi…. bencho. I’m looking for playing time first, upside second (a fill-in for kendrys/Cruz/lind when they see time off.)

    Chris Davis, Venable, Torres, Bernadina, Guzman, Reddick, Schafer, Hannahan….

    It’s a points league where OPS is a good indicator of relative value.

    Thanks as always. Love the podcast. Makes doing dishes fun, also makes doing dishes last 40 minutes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Ha… Nice analogy… Thanks! Bernandina for now…

  28. barker says:
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    this is my RCL team ( first ever ) i’ve since dropped viciedo for cozart
    i thought that young had 2b/MI eligibility
    i have votto on nearly every team heres hoping to a great year in cincy

    imma stop so u can tell me whats up with my team

    6 Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    19 Jose Reyes, Mia SS
    30 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    43 Josh Hamilton, Tex OF
    54 Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B
    67 Matt Moore, TB SP
    78 Mat Latos, Cin SP
    91 Michael Young, Tex 1B
    102 Jason Heyward, Atl OF
    115 Carlos Beltran, StL OF
    126 Shaun Marcum, Mil SP
    139 Cameron Maybin, SD OF
    150 Heath Bell, Mia RP
    163 Jordan Walden, LAA RP
    174 Ryan Howard, Phi 1B
    187 Carlos Marmol, ChC RP
    198 Jhoulys Chacin, Col SP
    211 Peter Bourjos, LAA OF
    222 Kendrys Morales, LAA 1B
    235 Greg Holland, KC RP
    246 J.P. Arencibia, Tor C
    259 Dayan Viciedo, CWS OF
    270 Trevor Cahill, Ari SP
    283 Stephen Drew, Ari SS
    294 Edinson Volquez, SD SP

    • Grey

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      @barker, Young is 2nd base in Yahoo… Team looks real solid, pitching will probably be your biggest issue if Moore doesn’t come up as he should… Howard should be a nice boost if he comes back bombing homers, cause you look a tad light on power…

      • barker says:
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        @Grey, thank you — yea moore was a big question that early for me i think stras was on the board and a couple others i really liked but couldn’t pass up mr. upside even as my first pitcher taken — luckily i was able to get latos right after which should make a formidable top of the rotation

        yea i knew young was eligible at 2b in yahoo just slipped by me for espn its actually the only place i got him too — heres hopin he gets that MI designation some time soon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  29. Jim says:
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    Grey, I think your a little to down on Maybin. He just 25, was a big time prospect and he finally broke out. PLays on a team who LOVES to steal. Has power unlike other top steals guys. Did score 82 runs, and stl 40 in 137 games. 28 stls in 63 games 2nd Half.

    I know, I know it the Padres. I think he good for 45 stls and 10 homers, 90 runs. He actually not goin that late in drafts either, not seeing much of a difference between him and Garner. Garner bats 9th, plays on yanks, but Maybin gonna get lot more at bats batting 1st.

    Maybe I’m just thinking goofy today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim, You could be right, so hard for me to get excited about Padres hitters… You’re right though that steals in Petco aren’t the hard thing to come by…

  30. amscalone says:
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    ah, one other question. oswalt’s available…worth stashing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @amscalone, Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I don’t think I can hit in the 70 MPH batting cage where I know the ball is going down the middle…

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, Steve,

        I remember goin in the cage thinkin 70? no problem…

        By the end of the at-bat I was starting my swing while the light was still on yellow just to catch up with the ball somewhere at the plate.

        Camera gets super steady as the pitch gets delivered. Great video, thanks!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Awesome video, he was bringing it for sure.

  31. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    My comment about “Opening Day in Japan”‘s attendance being proof that they love the game more than us was meant tongue-in-cheek. There’s no quantitative measurement that couldn’t be refuted with some other measurement, or a healthy dose of logic.

    What I was referring to mostly is how much of a backseat baseball has taken to football in the US, and even the NBA and NCAA football, to some extent. But I was also thinking of the level of reverence that the Japanese have for the game. You don’t read stories like this about the US and baseball:

    http://bit.ly/HoQ2fu

    • Steve says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, That’s a great story. Sport for sport’s sake.

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Steve, Reminded me of when I was in Little League and it was all about having fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s depressing to me that people like other sports more than baseball, I guess that’s why I hate Selig. Easy scapegoat… I also don’t like a sport I love on at a time that is ludicrous for me to watch. But I guess unlike Mike Seaver, TV watching doesn’t revolve around my schedule.

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, It’s gross what a cash grab this whole Japan trip is. The TV deal, pushing MLB merchandise over there, pushing the MLB.com package on all of us who couldn’t watch the start of the season any other way. Meh… I should save my rant for the “Corporations Run America” manifesto I’m currently writing in my own feces in the walls of my crawl space.

  32. K!cks says:
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    Peavy or Wandy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomato-tomahto… Wandy…

  33. Wilsonian says:
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    Felatio confirmed he will start the year on the DL. He’s already making sure he’s doing the “B” part of “BJ” to my team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Blech

  34. TommyL says:
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    Quick Q-

    3rd Closer

    Holland and Balfour available on waivers. Who should I pick up?
    Balfour known closer for now, Holland still questionable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TommyL, Balfour

  35. Grey — how would you rank these late flyer SP for 2012 contribution (deep 14 team mixed, 6×6 – OPS and Holds):

    Jeff Samardzija
    Randall Delgaldo
    Julio Teheran
    Trevor Bauer
    Tommy Milone

    Thanks

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      @El Burro, Milone

      • Chunk says:
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        @Chunk, or teheran. maybe. I dunno. Hard question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Burro, Milone

  36. Mrobs says:
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    great podcast… Grey, drop any of these guys for H-Rod?

    Jim Johnson
    Brett Myers
    Greg Holland
    Mike Adams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrobs, Thanks! I’d go with him over Adams in 12 team leagues…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        is that a ringing endorsement of nathan , or ,
        just your opinion of the over-all strength of the rangers bullpen ?

        • Grey

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          I’m not endorsing Nathan, but in shallower leagues you need to go for possible saves…

  37. Bill says:
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    Great episode! I’d really appreciate your thoughts on my squad. See any categories where I’m lacking? Thanks in advance!

    12-team $260 6×6 roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS, W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP)

    C – Brian McCann ($14)
    1B – Joey Votto ($39)
    2B – Brandon Phillips ($19)
    3B – Ryan Zimmerman ($24)
    SS – Asdrubal Cabrera ($13)
    LF – Josh Hamilton ($25)
    CF – Desmond Jennings ($19)
    RF – Shin-Soo Choo ($17)
    UTIL – Yoenis Cespedes ($4)
    BN – Colby Rasmus ($1)
    BN – Alfonso Soriano ($1)
    BN – Daniel Murphy ($1)

    SP – Cole Hamels ($25)
    SP – Mat Latos ($15)
    SP – Gio Gonzalez ($9)
    SP – Jaime Garcia ($5)
    RP – Jose Valverde ($7)
    RP – Huston Street ($7)
    RP – Francisco Cordero ($1)
    P – Scott Downs ($1)
    P – Joel Peralta ($1)
    BN – Ubaldo Jimenez ($7)
    BN – Justin Masterson ($1)
    BN – Trevor Cahill ($3)
    BN – Edwin Jackson ($1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill, Thanks! The team looks frighteningly… awesome! Yeah, no shizz… It’s a solid team, great mix of power and speed and solid pitching…

  38. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hochevar has been absolutely dealing this spring.

    If it carries over to the regular season which I think it might (dude had a solid 2nd half last year), would it be long before you’d look to add him in standard mixers? Grabbed him very late in my 16 teamer already, could be a nice breakout this year that noone has talked about.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d probably grab him right after his first start in 12 team leagues if it’s good… Could break out…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Yeah could be the typical post-hype sleeper…I type this just as he gives up a homer to Murphy, oh wait no overturned by the ump, good call.

        • royce! says:
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          @TheNewGuy, And now he’s given up 4 ER in 4 IP. That’s so Hochevar!

          Sorry, didn’t mean to sound gleeful. It seems like it’s been years that he’s been stringing together useful starts, and then when you pick him up, he craps the bed. He does have 5 K, though.

  39. I found it rather amusing that someone else enjoyed listening to the podcast while doing dishes…reminds me why baseball on the radio was always cool: you can be working at the same time. More good stuff this time, tho it seems like each week its less baseball and more about ex-roomates and things I have no connection to at all. Oh and yes Grey does sound a bit like Tom Green.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Thanks!

  40. Viagra Falls says:
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    @grey
    The draft application made a massive mistake and drafted Vance Worley (?!) for my last pitching slot. And my question is, aside from trying to pull off such an early trade in which I’d likely get taken for too much, which of the following pitchers still available would you take in dropping Worley? Or do you think Worley is going to magically become an ace?

    Buchholz (he can be great, given he stays healthy)
    Kuroda
    Colby Lewis
    Wandy

    Thx, Grey

    • Grey

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      @Viagra Falls, My thoughts about Worley are in my rankings… Hint: I don’t dislike him…Lewis is a tad above him though….

  41. King Wank says:
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    I just listened to you sing the RAzzball podcast. I will never get those 10 seconds back. My ears!!!My ears!@

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! C’mon, King Wank…

  42. Steve says:
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    Since we all love Ks so much around here, I feel it’s pertinent to point out that strike-throwing wildman Felipe Paulino will start the season on the DL.

    That means Everett Teaford, in addition to being able to fit into one leg of Jonathan Broxton’s pants, will probably now become the long relief guy in the bullpen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Hehe… Everett Teaford sounds like a character on Downton Abbey…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Hehe… Yeah, that’s awesome. That was all you.

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, I love that the Seattle Times logo includes “Winner of Eight Pulitzer Prizes.” Surely it was for reporting like this!

        They do have good baseball reporting, though. Very well informed, for a local newspaper.

        • Grey

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          They do cover baseball well… Probably didn’t win one for “It’s gonna rain again” either.

  43. Viagra Falls says:
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    @Grey

    I know there is a lot of repetition in positions (say that three times quickly…), but, aside from the mixing and matching with FA’s through the season, is my lineup good enough to compete in a 10 team, H2H league?

    McCann
    Kendryssss Morales
    Brandon Phillips
    David Freese
    Hanley Ramirez
    Ryan “FedEx” Braun
    Desmond Jennings
    Melky Cabrera
    David Ortiz
    Freddie Freeman
    Francoeur
    Trumbo
    Boesch
    Jered Weaver
    Josh Johnson
    Josh Beckett
    Jaime Garcia
    Vance Worley
    Craig Kimbrel
    Brian Wilson
    Carlos Marmol

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Viagra Falls, This is just a collection of names, I have no idea your actual lineup…

      • Viagra Falls says:
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        @Grey,

        Apologies.

        C – Brian McCann
        1B – Kendrys Morales
        2B – Brandon Phillips
        3B – David Freese
        SS – Hanley Ramirez
        OF – Ryan Braun
        OF – Desmond Jennings
        OF – Melky Cabrera
        Util – David Ortiz
        BN – Freddie Freeman
        BN – Jeff Francoeur
        BN – Brennan Boesch
        BN – Mark Trumbo
        SP – Jered Weaver
        SP – Josh Johnson
        SP – Josh Beckett
        RP – Craig Kimbrel
        RP – Brian Wilson
        RP – Carlos Marmol
        P – Jaime Garcia
        P – Vance Worley

        I know Morales and Freese are serious DL risks, but potentially highly productive if they can keep it together. It’s not the roster I want in all areas, but I wanted to know what you think of it, if you think I can compete with it. Also, with Worley, dirty Sanchez is available along with the other guys like Kuroda I brought up before. Do you think I need to try and look to work some trades, do you see a lot of weaknesses? Or do you think it can can compete in a 10 team, H2H league?

        Thx, Grey

        • Grey

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          @Viagra Falls, Josh Johnson is a DL risk too… I think you’re team is solid enough except Freese, he shouldn’t be starting in a 10 team league at 3rd… You can hold him for the first week until someone emerges off waivers… I’d hold Worley for now, but in a league this shallow I’d be quick to grab a hot arm after a game or two of the season…

  44. HighUpside says:
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    RCL team. Obviously my saves are an issue, anyone have any thoughts on other team weaknesses? Drafted from the 6 spot.

    C – Wilson Ramos (17th – 198)
    1B – Joey Votto (1st – 6)
    2B – Neil Walker (15th – 174)
    3B – David Wright (4th – 43)
    SS – Elvis Andrus (5th – 54)
    MI – Derek Jeter (12th – 139)
    CI – Micheal Morse (6th – 67)
    OF – Andrew McCutchen (3rd – 30)
    OF – Jayson Werth (7th – 78)
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo (9th 102)
    OF – Nick Markakis (14th – 163)
    OF – Martin Prado (19th – 222)
    Util – Kelly Johnson (16th 187)
    BE – Justin Morneau (20th/235), Chris Davis (25th/294)

    Pitching: Roy Halladay (2nd/19), CJ Wilson (8th/91), Shaun Marcum(10th/115), Hellickson (12th/150), Dempster/Peavy/Volquez(21/22/23)

    Relievers: Drew Storen (11th/126), Javy Guerra (18th/211)

    Note: Dropped Koji Uehara to stream Vargas tomorrow.

    • HighUpside says:
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      @HighUpside, Hellickson was actually 13th.

      • chata says:
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        @HighUpside,

        just curious .
        when you took votto @ #6 ,
        was adrian gonzalez still on the board ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HighUpside, You zigged away from my advice huh? That’s cool… But now you want my opinion? Just playin’. Team looks solid on pitching… If your outfield works out for you, then the team will be solid… It looks light on power though…

      • HighUpside says:
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        @Grey, Yeah I went the other way on a couple things (Morneau/Hellickson). I respect your opinions, but I find in RCL leagues everyone follows your advice. Its tough when 12 people all have the same strategy, but can make for decent value at certain places. 20th round Morneau seemed well worth the risk when its between him and Vernon Wells. But I am regretting taking Halladay instead of Hanley or Giancarlo.

        Now that I think of it could have taken Hanley 2nd round and got a great pitcher in the 5th instead of Andrus… but hey thats how it goes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no worries, it could work out…

  45. Blog Wars – how is the draft going

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, One of our writers is drafting and managing that team, not me.

  46. elwood blues says:
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    Would I be in trouble if 3 of my 5 OFs are Alonso, Heisey, and Jay. NL Only 4×4??
    the good news is they are worth $5, $7, and $1.

    I am looking at Maybin for one OF spot.. Werth, Pence, Victorino or Kubel for the other. Maybe Morgan or Kubel for UT.

    I’m trying to stay away from bidding +$40 for Braun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe not be enough ABs potentially for Heisey and Jay… I’d go with only one of them…

      • elwood blues says:
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        @Grey yeah trying to move Jay and a pitcher before we get our keeper lists in. Thanks, as always, for the help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries…

  47. jsp2014 says:
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    I think every podcast should end with Grey story time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… Thanks!

  48. barker says:
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    grey having trouble in a 14 team 2 c league counts obp instead of average
    5 of ci mi 2 util
    one dude missed the draft and got shit Cs he has since dropped his catchers so he has none

    i drafted jesus montero ramos and ruiz — i have since picked up aj ellis and josh donaldson so i can afford to lose a catcher or so and would like to capitalize on this opportunity

    he has been coming at me with trades like montero bruce ruiz for upton and kershaw

    can i afford to do something like that ?? i need cl help can i trade ramos for help there he has balfour and storen

    my starters look good to me gallardo jimenez moore liriano niese holland aceves harrison so no need for kershaw

    should i rake him over the coals and hold out for anything i want i am really the only team with any C depth and ellis might not be that bad in an obp league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @barker, Justin Upton and Kershaw for Bruce and 2 catchers? That’s great for you…

      • barker says:
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        @Grey, nahh its fellatio upton still prolly great for me tho right — i should just take it and run huh what if it was holliday??

        yea if it was j up i wouldnt be here asking u such an inane question : )

  49. Steve says:
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    It’s only Spring Training, but Broxton has just pitched a scoreless 7th in a one-run game. Cain has a donk, as does Butler who is also 3-for-4.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, KC playing the Rangers BTW.

  50. Steve says:
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    H-Rod got the save again today. Who do you like better as a speculative add – him or Addison Reed?

  51. JamesP says:
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    Grey and Rudy, you both do a great f_cking job.

    “It’s the Razzball podcast.” –> I suggest adding a crack of the bat before the announcer says “ladies and gentlemen.”

  52. TheNewGuy says:
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    News on M Pineda on ESPN fantasy site that he’ll be demoted to the minors to start the season….excuse my french but what the f**k is Girardi thinking!

    A 40yr old Pettite, mid 30 yr old Chief, or a young upcoming stud in Pineda…hmm tough choice… (rolls eyes).

    Got him in my 16 team H2H league, partly as a Yankee fan and partly cos I think the talk of him stuggling is overblown- kid is flat out nasty and could rack up the wins on our team. Don’t think there’s any way im dropping him even if he gets demoted though, he can’t be down for long.

    • Grey

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      Think the Yankee fan is clouding your judgment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, The ESPN article is saying Pineda shouldn’t be demoted and Girardi hasn’t decided anything yet.

  53. TheNewGuy says:
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    With the news that Hughes seems to be going to the rotation, is Hughes worth a look in a standard league. Would likely drop Lidge- is he still lead candidate for saves over H-Rod? If he is i’ll probably hold onto him.

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