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Here’s what I said last November about Theo Epstein, “A new GM can toss out the used-up-and-spit-out pieces he inherits, right?  It’s like when a new boss comes into a flailing company and all the employees start quaking in their boots that they’re gonna get fired because they’re unproductive.  Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin should be worried about their parking spots. Soriano, “Hey, there’s a Segway in my spot.” Epstein, “Bowden was liquidating. There’s parking on Waveland for $35 a day.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Since then, Byrd — gone!  Colvin — gone!  Soriano should be gone, but he’s refusing to hand over his parking permit.  Yesterday, Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson gone.  They went to the Braves for Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino.  What the hell was that flying out the window?!  Oh, it was just Kris Medlen’s value.  Three of us should form a prayer triangle for Medlen.  Maholm is definitely getting a Chanukah card (the C’s silent; no, not the C in card) from Epstein this year after boosting his trade value with a post-All-Star Break 1.21 ERA.  Maholm isn’t much more than a fifth fantasy starter when going well, which he has been.  Though, he’s exciting as corduroy pants.  The Cubs fire sale continued with Geovany Soto going to the Rangers.  This will make Soto the backup for Napoli who will be the backup for Moreland and Michael Young, who was the backup for Moreland, who was the backup for Young.  Where’s Mike Olt?  Third base!  (In the minors.)  If anything Soto will lose some value with the trade, but he had 6 homers and a .199 average, so he wasn’t exactly making a case for Catcher of the Year award, and there’s no such award, so there’s that.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brett Jackson – Could be called up to the majors to fill in for Reed Johnson.  He had hideous strikeouts last year.  This year, more of the same.   His walks are even down and he hit .255 in Triple-A this year.  But — and this is a J. Lo-sized but, he also had 15 homers and 24 steals in 100 games.  I’d grab him in all leagues as a flyer to see if he gets called up and comes on hot, but be ready to move on quickly in shallower mixed leagues if he’s not called up and don’t drop anyone too precious, Gollum.

Justin Germano – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  That’s what I’m talking about S.O.N.  Now, who’s got the crazy (insert played out expression that Charlie Sheen made famous for a week) to start Blake Beavan?

Darwin Barney – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer.  This is also his second three-hit night in a row.  Could be the start of a hot schmotato that you leave in a turned-off oven overnight that still retains some of its warmth.

Travis Snider – The Blue Jays sent him to the Pirates for Brad Lincoln.  Snider will now be able to share with the Pirates his special brand of slow outfield play.  You remember Clemente?  Well, here’s Cement Shoes.  Power is a little easier to come by in Toronto, but, as long Snider doesn’t forget everything Dwayne Murphy taught him, he should be able to hit 30 homers in Pittsburgh (over a full season; well, dur).  For this year, his value doesn’t really change, assuming the Pirates play him every day and don’t platoon him out with Presley or Marte.  One of the three is gonna lose ABs.  My guess is Presley will become a bench option, leaving him as a hunka hunka burning crud.

Brad Lincoln – Has a 2.73 ERA with 60 Ks in 59 1/3 IP and could give the Jays some great real world value, but, for now, he’s not ready to be thrust into the rotation.  If he is, he’s liable to drop some Lincoln logs.

Carlos Zambrano – Moved to the bullpen.  In related news, the Gatorade cooler was moved to the dugout.

A.J. Pierzynski – 1-for-5 with his 17th homer as he returned from his sore oblique.  Wanna hear something crackers?  In the preseason, we traded Norris, Berkman and A.J. for CC and held onto Jesus Montero.  Norris and Berkman have been whatever, but A.J. was actually the guy who we should’ve held onto instead of Use His Name In Vain.  Fantasy baseball:  For when everyday life isn’t stressful enough.

Alejandro De Aza – 4-for-5, a run, 2 RBIs and his 19th steal.  He now has 6 homers on the year with a .285 average.  Kinda like a poor man’s Victorino.  I’d call him Feign Victorino, but that’s Fowler.  Alejandro does have less power, so I will call him Needs-To-Hit-The-Gym-And-Train Victorino.

Chris Sale – After back-to-back mediocre starts, the White Sox announced that Sale would get an extra day or so of rest to try and preserve his innings.  This is the start of a two month process of shutting Sale down.  You know those Going Out of Business Sales that last for six months?  That’s what this is gonna be like.  He’s at 124 innings now, I’d be surprised if he gets to 160, i.e., that’s 36 more innings, I before E except in Teixeira, that’s about 6 more starts.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 19th steal.  I’m beginning to think the Astros made a smart decision to rid their team of anything resembling a good player.  A bunch of good players would give the Astros fans false hope.  False hope is worst than no hope.  See every movie John Singleton’s done since Boyz n the Hood for examples of what hope can do to you.  Awesome, the guy who did Boyz n the Hood is gonna remake Shaft.  No, not awesome.  Terrible.  Thanks a lot, false hope!

John Axford – He got the save after Francisco Cordero gave up two runs in an inning for the Astros.  With these two bullpens, it’s a wonder the game wasn’t called like that All-Star Game where they ran out of pitchers.

Jim Thome – Went for an MRI on his neck.  The image of Thome having an MRI makes me giggle.  Hope his steel buttons on his overalls don’t mess up the results.

Joey Votto – Began light baseball activities.  Hey, I love baseball, so don’t get me wrong, but aren’t all baseball activities light?  He’s standing at first base for the majority of games or waiting on the bench to hit.

Ryan Braun – Out yesterday with hand blisters.  Put a white sock on that thing, man!

Lyle Overbay – Diamondbacks DFA’d Overbay, which is baseball’s acronym for “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”

Roy Oswalt – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  I’m pretty sure Oswalt would take this as a compliment, but I don’t mean it as one.  He needs to be put out to pasture.

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a solo homer.  The move, obviously, was to trade Hamilton at the end of May.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Nelly has been a bit of a disappointment so far, but it looks like it’s getting hot in herrre.  It might be fun for Cruz’s owners in the 2nd half as he gets another 15 homers in the last two months.  Or not fun if he gets hurt.  All right, enough Negative Nelly-isms.

Erik Bedard – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  He’s French, but this start was a Dutch pantry, which is the act of locking someone in the closet after you’ve farted. Why is Dutch an adjective that equals kinky shizz dealing with farts?  Or you “can go Dutch,” which is splitting a check.  Are the Dutch cheap, gaseous people?

Chris Johnson – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer as he joined his new team.  I believe this was the first home run by a Diamondbacks 3rd baseman all year.  In fact, I’m not sure they had a 3rd baseman all year.

Scott Hairston – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 2 homers and a steal.  Too bad you’re not related to Hairston, or you would’ve owned him on your fantasy team.

Bobby Parnell – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Way to run with the job!  Oh, wait, I mean way to run over my pitching stats with the job!  He gave up two runs yesterday.  Actually, one was given up by the next reliever, Edgin, because Collins didn’t even stick with Parnell through lefty hitters.  Yeah, that means Parnell’s useless.  Frank Francisco will return any day now, and until then Rauch might see saves.  FWIWuertz, I dropped Parnell in a 12 team league.  We’re donzo.

Mark Trumbo - Out yesterday with a dislocated rib.  As frequent commenter, Carnac said, “The report was actually that Trumbo MIS-located a rib. He’s day to day while he empties out the clubhouse fridge.”

Dan Haren – May be scratched on Wednesday due to his back.  I say go to your nearest Chinatown.  They have great deals on backscratchers.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer.  On Barter Kings, Antonio traded Mike Trout for a small island in the South Pacific.  Antonio got taken.  Bah-bam!

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs and 2 homers.  Mike Trout is leading off and he has more RBIs than Kendrys Morales, who’s played in four more games.  Sorry to harp, but Trout’s the best Angel ever.  Pun point!

Maicer Izturis – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 2nd homer.  Hey, hey, how ya doing?  Maicer, what goes on, Maicer?  In five days, it’s Saturday, Saturday, it’s a Saturday.  And it’s time for some bleh stats from Maicer.

A.J. Griffin – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  That’s a quality start for Alfredo Jettuccine.  Cust kayin’.

Mike Leake – 1 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Try Mike Flood.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 13 Ks.  Who has two thumbs, a well-groomed mustache and owns Iwakuma in a league?  This guy!

Brandon League – The Dodgers acquired League from the Mariners for the jerseys of players they’ve traded away in the past:  Adam Jones, Chris TillmanShin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal and Rafael Soriano.  Oddly enough, those jerseys on eBay are worth more than the Mariners current team.

Eric Thames – Traded to the Mariners after the Jays sold Thames down the river.  Could have some AL-Only value with his power if the M’s platoon him in the outfield.

Yasmani Grandal – To the DL with a strained oblique.  Welcome to the Grey Albright All-Stars, Jonathan Lucroy!

Yonder Alonso – 4-for-5 with a run and RBI.  Padres fans watching their hitters in road games is probably like when Bart tried on the Beer Goggles at Duff Gardens.  “Hey, Lisa, Yonder’s got some power.”  “Bart, that’s Selma!”  As I mentioned in Monday’s roundup, Alonso’s probably gonna be geared up for the next few days playing against the team that jettisoned him to the Padres.

Dan Uggla – 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs.  He always seems to play better against his former team.  And, with the year Uggla is having, 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs is a huge day.  That’s all right, he cools up your team.  BTW, that’s the third Giambi brother in the background.

Tommy Hanson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Pretty much the same game he threw last week vs. the Marlins, only this time he didn’t walk seven.  Maybe because this week the Marlins showcased their young stud 3rd baseman, Donnie Murphy, but last week it was Drew Solano.  Nah, they both suck.  Donnie Murphy is the 2nd worst accidental pick up when you think you’re grabbing the Rangers outfielder.  Obviously the worst pick up is grabbing the reliever, Ryan Braun.  We should start a league where you can only grab guys who sound like All-Stars.  Call it the Stubby Clapp Fantasy League.  No one did less with such a great baseball-sounding name as Stubby Clapp.  Or maybe call it the Rue McClanahan Fantasy League, since that is a serious baseball-sounding name with no baseball ability (that I know of).

  1. Steve says:
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    I’m going with The Beav! (decision subject to change)

    If Broxton is dealt, I’ll need some SAGNOF to fill the gap. Would you rather have W Lopez or Perkins? Or Burton even?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Lopez

  2. Giancrowave says:
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    WTF happened in the SF pen today?! Romo exploded and Casilla struggled. Chances the giants shake it up with a trade?

    WTF II I hate the braves. So much minor league pitching and the trade for a nuffy. I’m keeping Medlen on my team in protest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giancrowave, Seems doubtful…

  3. royce! says:
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    It’s 9:30 here and I’m reading Tuesday’s daily notes…I love Hawaii!!!

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, Welcome to my world. If not quite my time zone.

      • Giancrowave says:
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        @Steve, Try living in Australia..

        • Steve says:
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          @Giancrowave, Yeah, getting the daily roundup at 5.15pm must be weird.

          • Giancrowave says:
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            @Steve, watching Sunday night baseball at 10am on a Monday is weirder.

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, It’s a wonderful state of existence- thanks for welcoming me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, You know in Hawaiian is one of the few places it’s encouraged to eat donkey balls.

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Thanks for the tip, Grey. When in Rome!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rome-akilea…

    • @royce!, I live in Italy and love the timing here: it’s usually posted around 9:30 a.m. my time, just as I’m about ready for my first coffee break (I usually start work around 8).

  4. Raj says:
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    Does the acquisition of Maholm push Hanson’s start back to Sunday or Monday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raj, Not sure

  5. Brian says:
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    What do you think of Tulo going forward this season? Little info has been released on his status and plans for beginning a rehab stint.

    • Giancrowave says:
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      @Brian, gone for the year.

  6. Brian says:
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    The Pirates GM said that Marte will continue to start in LF and Snider in RF. One of the beat writers said that Snider will bat second – I’m not sure where he’s getting that but I guess the Pirates don’t have enough low OBP players to bat them all sixth and seventh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, Thanks for the heads up! So Presley is the odd man out?

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey, Yes, Presley is now a bench bat. This also pushes Jones into a straight platoon at first where he had been starting against some LHP in right field.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed…..

  7. Simple Jack says:
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    John Singlton is re-making shaft? I never watched the Samuel L remake. He should do a re-make of Superfly with the Dread Pirate in the lead role.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, That was Singleton…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, Singleton made the Samuel L remake of Shaft back in 2000. Is he doing it again? That would be weird if he made a re-make of his re-make. Sounds like the definition of insanity

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, not again, meant the above post how you felt ten years ago when he did it after Boyz…

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, thank god, but making me get in touch with 12 year old feelings about the re-make of the great Shaft was not cool.

  8. Brian says:
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    Have too many low OBP players, that is. The Jays expect to use Lincoln out of the bullpen and I can’t see why they’d make this move if they don’t see him as a future closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, Yeah, could be….

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    Dang I’ve had such bad luck at C in my 16 teamer this year. First Ramos, then Lucroy now Yaz. Possible replacements: Rosario, Martin, Ellis, my mom. Free Willin?

    • Giancrowave says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Rosario for Powa.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Wilin

  10. MattTruss223 says:
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    Ugh, as a Braves fan, Paul Maholm just doesn’t do it for me. THe move doesn’t really scream, Championship.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Nope

  11. jared says:
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    who do you think is better while i wait for bautista to return Chris Johnson or Todd Frazier? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jared, Johnson

  12. Kershaw Shank Redemption says:
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    So on the S.O.N of a b**** why didn’t I pick him up for that start. 3 guys are all close for 8/1.

    Blake don’t call me justin beaven vs. Jays
    Scott Diamond in the rough vs. white sox
    Jarrod I can’t think of a good nick name parker vs. Rays

    best to worst start please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kershaw Shank Redemption, Parker

  13. TheNewGuy says:
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    Getting pretty tired of Ever-Cab whilst waiting for Tulo to come back. Roll with Drew over E-Cab for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Eh

  14. Mets Mess says:
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    just offered Cuddyer/Bourn/Schaffer for my Dunn/Tulo.

    12 team roto 6×6 league, my OF is Cabrera, Dunn, Choo, Boesch, C. Gomez with Giancarlo on the DL. I’m first in a close HR race 2nd in runs and lacking in steals and avg, middle in rbi/ops. i could exchange cuddyer for ross.

    take it? would you take ross or cuddyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mets Mess, Take it with Cuddyer

  15. blairtch says:
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    Drop Bobby Parnell or do you think he’ll still see save chances after last night?

    Was thinking of picking up Medlen for the two-start week. Do you think he’ll get that second start vs. Houston or did Maholm ruin everything?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blairtch, Answered in post…

  16. Jon says:
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    Would you add Snider over Fowler, Boesch, Belt or Kendrick in a keeper league?

    • Giancrowave says:
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      @Jon, I’d take him over Belt unless he gets traded.

      • Jon says:
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        @Giancrowave, do you mean unless Belt gets traded? Because of Bochy?

        • Giancrowave says:
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          @Jon, Si, there was talks of him being moved to the mariners for League but thas gone now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Over Belt

  17. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Brett Jackson was available in that huge league! and Baxter just came off the DL.

  18. WHIP it good says:
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    Would you roster this SP in a 10 man mixed league?

    W-L 11-7
    ERA 4.05
    K 138
    Walks 64
    WHIP 1.39

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @WHIP it good, He’s putting up too many K’s (top 10 in the league) not to roster him in most leagues. If you take out 2 bad starts in his last 7 (wouldn’t it be nice if you could just mulligan a start every once in a while?), he’s putting up this line in his other 5 starts:

      5 GS / 37 IP / 4 W / 51 Ks / 3.16 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

      Hard to drop that, although it all depends on whats available…

    • Giancrowave says:
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      @WHIP it good, I’d roster him cause he’s Japanese.

    • Giancrowave says:
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      @WHIP it good, And Iranian…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Yup

  19. Dr Hocker says:
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    Stealing shamelessly from Wilford Brimley in “Absence of Malice”.
    You call this a Leake? Last time we saw a Leake like this, Noah built his self a boat.”

    I should have know that the old Red prospects after being traded for Latos and coming back to the Great American band box instead of death valleyco would go bananas.

    Now the question is–should I sonova bench Homer (derby) Bailey tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Hocker, HA! I’d start him…

  20. Hot Sauce says:
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    Trumbo/Moose for Kubel/Weaver, which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hot Sauce, Weaver, it’s fair…

  21. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, which two of these pitchers constitute a fair trade for Robi Cano?

    Bumgarner
    Gio
    Anibal
    Vogelsong
    Zimmermann
    Sherzer
    Capuano

    (I might also throw in a bat like ichiro or Lorenzo Cain)

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Bum and Vogelsong… Gio and Zimmermann

  22. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Of course Kendry(s) has that game after I get rid of him. What a POS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, Damn

  23. Miley Cyrus says:
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    Looking for wins and tight in ERA and WHIP. Should I start:

    Cliff Lee @ Was?
    Nova vs Bal?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miley Cyrus, Both

  24. supra says:
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    Who are we scooping for saves tonight after the last flurry of trades?

    Holland, Pestano, Brothers… or W.Lopez as consolation?

    Anyone else we should be keeping our eyes on?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @supra, This is PURE speculation here (which, incidentally, would make it anything but pure), but I think the Giants are going to make a hard push for a closer after last night’s bullpen disaster. Their recent trade rapport with the Royals and the understanding that most MLB GMs are as myopic as they come has me thinking that the Giants will go after Broxton (Brian Sabean, “He has closer experience! In the NL West too!! I think Jonathan Sanchez is looking for a minor league deal–let’s sign and trade him to the Royals again!!!”) They’ll probably dump Schierholtz or some shizz. I’m watching verrrry closely, that’s for sure.

  25. JTR says:
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    Start Weaver @TEX? Last time he started in Arlington he got lit up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, I’d start him…

  26. BERK says:
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    I have (had) Parnell AND Casilla, both of whom put up a tidy 54.00 ERA yesterday. Also Reddick went 0-7! Some gruesome lines for a start to a new H2H week. Yikes. Stream-o-Nator save me now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK, Ha

      • BERK says:
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        @Grey, And, yes, the dude against whom I’m playing has Kendrys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @BERK, Ouch

  27. Chillmodious says:
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    Thinking about streaming Bailey or Medlen today. Stream-o-nator loves Medlen and has Bailey relatively high, but they have their warts–Bailey is in Great American (albeit against the Padres) and Medlen’s ceiling is probably 5 2/3 innings. So which (if any) is the play? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Medlen

  28. Todd25 says:
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    Does victorino’s value go up if he ends being moved to Dodgers? i would think Kemp/Ethier/Hanley with a chance for playoffs is better than Utley/Howard/Pence and no playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd25, His value doesn’t change…

  29. Jags says:
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    Brett Jackson or Tyler Colvin in a fourteen team league, limited keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jags, Colvin for now…

  30. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I trade longoria profar sano wheeler for braun bourn jordan Zimmerman. Does this trade hurt me long term or am I good this year and the future? Also is this better than the trade from yesterday?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf michael morse
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util travis snider
    bn jordany valdespin
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p brandon lyon
    p jared hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Trade sounds good…

  31. Outlaw says:
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    OK, who do you think the better option: Jose Quintana, who’s good but looks tired now, or Matt Harvey, who’s not tired but also has almost no experience in the bigs? And btw, your pun should have been “don’t mean to carp, but Trout…”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Outlaw, Harvey… Ha…

  32. Viagra_Falls says:
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    I have had Infante all year, and, aside from being productive in the first couple months, I’ve benched him the rest of the way. He’s just taking a space at this point. Would you drop him though? ESPN still has him ranked in their “Most Added” section (surely because of the lineup he’s in now), but he just isn’t and hasn’t been producing.

    I know that no one in my 5×5 h2h league is going to trade for him (or pick him up off of waivers, even), but would you drop him for the new flavour of the week in Matt Harvey? Torii Hunter is on the wire, too, for some production. Is it worth dropping Infante for a roll of the dice on Harvey, or go for someone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Viagra_Falls, Try Harvey

    • @Viagra_Falls, He’s probably on the most added list because of all the pickups in AL-only leagues.

  33. Chillmodious says:
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    Heads up: Domonic Brown scratched from AAA lineup today. Looks like Phillies are going to call him up. Which also means Victorino is probably on the way out. HNWTDD to all! (Happy Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Day)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Thanks for the heads up!

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, Brown or Jackson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jackson if both are called up…

      • Todd25 says:
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        @Grey, it should be called Happy Phillies Yard Sale Day

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Todd25, Ha!

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Chillmodious,Awesome!!! I was talking to my FBB, fantasy baseball boyfriend (babys mama term) this morning and the first thing out of my mouth was Happy Trade Deadline Day. He’s going to go brew beer today and he’s going to call it TD Ale in honor of Fantasy’s Christmas holiday.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Simple Jack, Ha, thanks. It’ll certainly be much happier for me if Broxton/Betancourt get moved and I can snag Holland/Brothers in time. I need closers!

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Chillmodious, I wouldn’t be too excited about Brothers or Belisle, whoever gets the gig

    • Giancrowave says:
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      @Chillmodious, Pence is gooooone too!

  34. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Gotta sub a 1B for Teix for a few days. 12-team OBP.

    Yonder, Frazier, Belt, Robot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yonder

  35. J Money says:
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    Out of the following 4, which 2 should fill my UTIL slots for tonight?

    M. Montero @ LAD
    Fraizer vs SD
    Espinosa vs PHI
    Michael Young vs LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier, Espinosa

  36. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Which hot schmotato in a H2H OPS league (K and BB also count) for the next week or two–Chris Carter or Ludwick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter

  37. Chillmodious says:
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    I need to shed a bench bat and it’s between Boesch and Krispie. Please tell me Boesch is the drop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… Boesch

  38. Cheese says:
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    Tulo for Rizzo in H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  39. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Babyboy is an extremely underrated flick and in hindsight, seems much less dated than Boyz. You can see it on Fuse pretty much any day of the week, but worth waiting for unedited version on real cable. Ving Rhames finest performance outside of Marcellus Wallace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound very appealing to me but maybe I’ll check it out some day…

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Herschel, Ving is very good in there, but the problem is Tyrese Gibson couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Herschel, Whoa whoa whoa…hang on there…you should be aware that Ving Rhames played Luther Stickell in the first two Mission: Impossible movies, while also appearing as Shad in Striptease–all before Baby Boy.

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Chillmodious, good call, don’t foget him as Don King in that TV movie and Omar in Kiss of Death

        • Chillmodious says:
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          @Simple Jack, Oh, I never do. Still no Luther Stickell or Shad.

      • herschel says:
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        @Chillmodious, well aware of these roles, but him cooking eggs in nothing but an apron dancing to “grown folk music” gets me every time.

  40. aj says:
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    13 team 5×5 roto. should i drop Lorenzo Cain, Starling Marte, Trevor Plouffe, A.J. Griffin, Wilton Lopez, or Niese for Brett Jackson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now…

  41. supra says:
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    I’ve got Altuve/Seager/Aramis to cover 2B/3B, and someone just offered me Youkilis for Utley…

    I don’t think I really want Youk, but I could use his Kuroda. Whats you thoughts on those 3 trade chips ROS?

    Utley for Kuroda?
    Utley/body for Kuroda/Youkilis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take either…

  42. #1 contenda says:
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    yo grey man.
    hows profars value lookin for next year son?

    if you own 1 prospect, it be him?

    respeckt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @#1 contenda, Looking like the Rangers need to move Andrus this offseason…

  43. Simple Jack says:
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    Pence to the Giants

    • Carnac says:
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      @Simple Jack, FWIWeurtz, Pence is a career .329 hitter (76 ABs) at AT&T.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Simple Jack, Well they gotta do something to improve their lineup after the Dodgers got the flyin’ Hawiaian.

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Simple Jack, that has got to hurt his value going from a Little League park to a big boy park. He might slap more extra base hits but the power is gone bye-bye. And thanks to the to the great analysis Cahhhhh-stanza yeasterday makes him not as desirable.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Simple Jack, not true.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Prezii, Wait, wha??? Hope is alive!!!

        • Prezii says:
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          @Chillmodious, the two sides have met an agreement, but the are still workin out a deal. Most likely he’ll be a giant by the end of today though.

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Prezii, Dah!

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Prezii, what part?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Simple Jack, This pisses me right off. As a Dodger fan and hater of Victorino, I am borderline angry. If Pence had come to LA and Victorino to the Giants, it would have been the perfect dove-tail for my MLB fandom. I suppose it’s better than calling up Jerry Sands (who’s probably busy moonlighting as an old-time casino pit boss), but I’m still bitter.

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Chillmodious, I’m a huge Dodger fan and Victorino makes more sense for us than Pence. You know we need a lead off hitter and what other options do we have? I hate the Phillies as much as the next sane guy, but unless its Utley, I’m ok with it. That guy can go to hell with his pomade. Pence would of been nice if we didn’t have Ethier. My question is why do we stillhave Loney? Maybe a late push to get Morenope?

        • Chillmodious says:
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          @Simple Jack, I get that Victorino makes sense. And hallelujah we’re finally making deals again. But I’ve never liked him. I’m sure we all have a list of players that, if traded to our hometown team, we would continue to dislike. He’s on mine.

          As far as Loney goes… yeah, what a joke. Warning track power and called strike threes for days. He ties with Uribe (and now the dirty Hawaiian) as my least favorite current Dodger.

  44. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Is it time to dump McDonald? He’s been putrid lately. Looks like Morrow’s getting close to returning. There is also Latos, Parker, Detwiler, Medlin. Would you lose him for one of these?

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Ive been talking about this with Grey the last 3 days and after doing a lot of research I would hold for his next start, he is doing bullpen sessions trying to correct a release point issue.

  45. mauledbypandas says:
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    Strausberg + Harper for Hamilton + Pence in an RCL like 12 teamer ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mauledbypandas, Hamilton, but it’s close

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @mauledbypandas, spelling is hard. Strasburg

  46. Prezii says:
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    Who would have thought when i traded jmac,rizzo and norris for cliff lee two weeks ago.. that rizzo would be the biggest piece of the deal.. crazy..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Yeah, seriously…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, HA!

  47. Prezii says:
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    The marlins are bleepin assholes.. that organization is laughable right now. This whole first year as a “new team” would have drove me away. From the start of the season its just been a bunch of douchebags playin reality fantasy baseball.

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Prezii, they should merge with houston

      • Prezii says:
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        @Simple Jack, that really isnt a bad idea!! Haha

        • Chillmodious says:
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          @Prezii, Loria would love the Astros throwbacks. Aqua orange heaven!

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Prezii, they can be an independent like Notre Dame in football. Sense they never intend on winning a division then there is no need to put them in one. They can be the Washington Generals of MLB.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Simple Jack, that would be perfect.. nobody would even care! Haha the sideshow of the MLB!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like how they’re now trying to lose Carlos Lee, didn’t they just get him?

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Eff him and the horse he rode in on. Wait a minute…isn’t Carlos Lee the horse he rode in on? Mind: blown.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Nice…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, thats such bullshit!!! Theyre gonna put him on waivers.. like you said, they went from buyers to sellers in a matter of days. As brett lawrie would tweet it, #what#a#joke!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  48. CubsLover says:
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    I’m in a deep NL-only auction league and have Brett Wallace to activate from the minors. Need to drop one of these two, who has more value the rest of the season: Reed Johnson (at $5) or Tyler Moore (FA pickup at $10 salary)? Reed will be 4th OF in Atlanta while Moore is raking in limited at bats but with the return of Werth and Tracy, is Moore bound for the minors?? Thanks for the feedback and keep up great column!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait until Jackson is officially called up… I’d lose Moore though when he is… No problem, thanks!

  49. Lis Franc says:
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    I own both S. Marte and T. Snider – which do I play daily until one of them truly breaks out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  50. Hi Rudy and Grey — Really looking forward to using the new Stream-o-nator tool. Great job!

    For tomorrow, I feel like I have three choices (16-team, 5×5 root): Arroyo (vs. SD; 112 Stream-o-nator points), McAllister (@KC; 102 points), and Karstens (@CHC; 104 points). Fife (vs. ARI; 104 points), Beaven (vs. TOR; 122 points), and Mendoza (vs. CLE; 103 points), who I wouldn’t have considered if left to my own devices, are also available and score pretty well.

    Looks like Beaven and Arroyo are far and away the best choice according to the Stream-o-nator’s programmed wisdom, but what I need most in my league is Ks. I’m 2nd in W, 3rd in ERA, 4th in WHIP, but only 10th in K.

    How would you take something like that into consideration? Neither Beaven or Arroyo get many Ks …. the only guy averaging at least, even, 6Ks per 9 IP among the guys named here is McAllister, and he’s averaging almost 9. Does the 122 points and 112 points from Beaven and Arroyo trump McAllister’s 102? Or is 102 high enough to go for the Ks?

    When using the Stream-o-nator, is there a certain point total where it’s not worth considering a guy below a certain level? And if there is, would the same go for deciding whether or not to start a guy on our roster (rather than a streamer)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with McAllister for Ks… 105 is cutoff that Rudy said to use in shallower leagues…

  51. Not one mention of PASBT going down the shitter?!? ahhh PABST in a can, and probably a cast.

    Seriously though the Injury Gods are smiting me for my amazing first half, A-rod, Teix, Papi, Votto….Boom.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tex is supposedly going to be okay after a cortisone shot…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, “A couple cortisone shots and he’ll be great.” – Ryan Zimmerman

        • @Carnac, Maybe if he does cortisone in shot glasses it will go down smoother…That’s how Swiggy Cab gets it done!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yup…

        • Eddy says:
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          @Carnac, Not going to lie, I think Zimmerman is the first player who’s actually been helped by a cortisone shot. Usually the player continues blowing for a few more days then gets DL’ed.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            BJ Upton went on a tear in the playoffs one year due to a cortisone shot….

            • Simple Jack says:
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              @Grey, what’s in those shots, I had on in my shoulder once and that bastard hurt like hell for days.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It’s a steroid…

            • Chillmodious says:
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              @Grey, At one point in his career Sandy Koufax needed a cortisone shot before every start (just to lift his arm).

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Wow, never heard that before… I wonder if it was pareve….

                • Chillmodious says:
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                  @Grey, 1. Ha…it probably had a (U) on the bottle somewhere. 2. Read this, clipped from an expansive article on his career,

                  “There are excellent options today for treating arthritic elbows, like arthroscopy and “Tommy John” reconstructive surgery. In the mid-1960s, however, one could only relieve the inflammation with ice and cortisone, plus take codeine-laced analgesics like Empirin for the pain. There was also Butazolidin, a powerful anti-inflammatory drug banned in the 1970s for toxicity.

                  Koufax used them all.

                  After pitching, he soaked the elbow in ice water for 30-45 minutes. He received cortisone shots every other day. He took Empirin before bed and even during games. He ate several meals a day so Butazolidin wouldn’t shred his stomach.
                  Feeling The Heat

                  Another substance proved crucial to Koufax: heat. Specifically, Capsolin, which contains capsaicin.

                  That substance is derived from chili peppers.

                  Leavy explains that such blistering heat blocks the brain’s pain receptors: “It is the medical equivalent of hitting your head against a brick wall.”

                  Capsolin was so hot, Leavy writes, that most players cut it with cold cream or Vaseline. But Koufax took it straight, and generously. His teammates quickly learned that borrowing Sandy’s Capsolin-drenched sweatshirts could be hazardous to their health.

                  Between starts, Koufax could barely lift his left arm, so he often had to comb his hair and shave with his right hand. He altered his sport coats because he couldn’t straighten the damaged limb. And he acknowledged that Butazolidin and Empirin made him “half-high on the mound.”

                  But he kept pitching. And 1965 was his best season yet.”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Wow… thanks for sharing! No wonder he retired so young…

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Chillmodious, wow is right… Wat a friggin beast!

                    • Chillmodious says:
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                      @Prezii, Yup. He’s the GOAT in my book. Nobody better.

          • Hondo says:
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            @Eddy, In 2008 Melvin Mora hit 236 before AS break,got a cortisone shot and hit 376 the second half.

  52. Eddy says:
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    Is Denard Span a must-add if the Reds work out a deal and he becomes their leadoff hitter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be owned, yeah…

  53. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Are you starting Liriano against his former team? He’s going to be amped up, which should mean either 16 Ks or 7 ERs. My team is sinking fast, so I’m considering the hail mary, but my more sane side realizes that I probably shouldn’t touch this start. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start him anywhere…

    • royce! says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, I wouldn’t. MIN has the 4th highest OPS against lefties this year. I would also add the less scientific observation that Liriano doesn’t seem to handle pressure well- although, here’s some science!- 12.43 FIP and 7.11 xFIP in high leverage situations, and it’s not a BABIP mirage. Though it may be more personal, I would think that facing MIN could result in the same sort of stress as a high leverage situation.

  54. Tony says:
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    will Victorino play tonight for LAD? or won’t he be able to make it in time?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Tony, Depends on whether or not he’s flyin’ …zing!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Chillmodious, lol! ZINGGG!

      • Tony says:
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        @Chillmodious, ha nice one…. i’m hoping he gets out there…. new scene, time to get hot….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he should make it…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, I’ll be at the game, should be fun

  55. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s your take on Bills? With the moves the Doyers are making, he seems like he could be usable again. He’s also been decent as of late.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How’s Bills value changed?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, possibly scoring more runs (adding in Hanley, Victorino, and a healthy Kemp). Possibly giving him a little more run support. Couple that with the fact that he has been throwing the ball a little better as of late.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be, don’t think it’s going to be a huge value upgrade… He’s been fine as a number 4 fantasy starter and seems about the same now…

  56. stumanji says:
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    Better 2B keeper for next year: Altuve ($2) or Aaron Hill ($4)? Both are solid value-wise but we only keep 5 players so I don’t think I would be able to keep both. $200 budget 12 team roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  57. #1 contenda says:
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    grey, next year, what you thinking on ellsbury? 20hr/30sb???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds about right…

  58. Chillmodious says:
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    Damn, the Marlins are even reaching to the farm…Gaby on the move. Looks like Pittsburgh is the destination.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, just saw that…

  59. Carnac says:
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    Daniel McCutchen is above Donnie Murphy in Carnac’s Stubby Clapp Fantasy rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s a great outfielder… Wait, no, he’s not…Now I have to drop him…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, “Welcome to my life” — The Other Ryan Braun

  60. Carnac says:
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    Gaby Sanchez acquired by the Pirates.

    I hope they put him up in the same place they did Derrek Lee last year. It’d be like the room Shawshank parolees use.

  61. jaw says:
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    broxton traded to reds. holland is the grab i assume?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Was going to drop Boesch for a streamer (Medlen/Bailey), but I just dumped him for Holland instead. Really needed another closer, so now I just hope he gets the job!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he should…

  62. Eddy says:
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    Grab up Greg Holland!

  63. Matt2 says:
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    Caupano, Miley or Harrison the pitcher to drop to add a closer?

    Holland or Wilton Lopez the better add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley… Holland

      • Matt2 says:
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        @Grey, Dropped Harrison before I got the reply, but would you drop Miley for Minor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would

  64. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Drop Casilla to grab Holland? Drop Cain to grab Jackson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Casilla for Holland… Hold Cain…

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Done and done, thanks! I can’t recall so many trades happening days within the deadline. Gonna be a very interesting rest of the season…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed…

  65. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Drop W. Lopez or Axford for Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Axford

  66. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Drop Parnell for Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  67. yuuup says:
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    Probably ok to drop broxton, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup….

  68. jack says:
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    damn, my deadline is in 15 mins.

    $2 Altuve for $37 Reyes … of course I should get Reyes for my final push, right?

    And $6 minor for waiver Sheets? thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, take Reyes and Sheets…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, he accepted in last seconds! was kind of happy thinking he hadn’t but these are certainly upgrades. Minor will likely continue resurgence but still iffy. Sheets, please don’t get injured!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sweet…

  69. Chillmodious says:
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    Time is running out–15 minutes left….does Chase Headley Lamarr get traded? Probably depends on how drunk Cashman gets at lunch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so for his sake…

  70. Justin says:
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    Broxton just got traded!

    SAGNOF!!!!

    Who do I pick up?

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin, Nevermind. Read above….I should pick up Holland…

      New Question

      RANK Holland, Lopez, Belisle ROS

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You ranked them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  71. B.o.B says:
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    Drop Cook, Casilla or Marmol for Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Casilla

  72. Steve says:
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    Does Brox get the 8th inning in CIN? Could be good for some Holds, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, him and Marshall will be used somewhere in there…

  73. potus says:
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    FYI all:

    JIM BOWDEN ?of ESPN is reporting the Yankees may have acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @potus, Wouldn’t be surprised. Just saw a report saying the Dodgers pulled out of talks.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Chillmodious, CURVEBALL: Buster Olney just reported that the Rangers got Dempster.

    • Carnac says:
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      @potus, Several others, including Olney, are saying Dempster’s been dealt to Texas.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yanks or Rangers?

    • potus says:
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      @potus,

      Yup just saw the same thing. These ESPN guys need to get on the same page.

      ESPN’s Buster Olney reports Ryan Dempster has been traded to the Texas Rangers.

  74. Eddy says:
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    Wow. As a Dempster owner my heart just broke.

    From potentially the best pitching park (LAD) to the worst (TEX).

    • Carnac says:
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      @Eddy, AND losing tonight’s start against Pittsburgh…

      • Eddy says:
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        @Carnac, No kidding.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, (Surprising) side note: Dempster has faced 29 teams in his career. Missing team? His new team’s rival, the Angels.

  75. Wilsonian says:
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    Olney now says Demp to the Rangers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool…

  76. Grey's da man! says:
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    Holland or Casilla for saves?

    • Grey's da man! says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, sorry, just saw answered above

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

  77. Chillmodious says:
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    I think today’s biggest surprise was SF not upgrading its ‘pen. I’ll continue to hold on to Casilla and pray.

  78. Sam says:
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    Holland or Cishek?

    • Sam says:
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      Sorry one more. Jennings or Marte ROS?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Jennings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cishek

  79. Rick Grimes says:
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    Should I drop any of Holland, Wilhelmsen, Casilla or Reed to grab Lopez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah…

  80. Deadwoods says:
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    On your advice I handcuffed Holland. They traded Broxton. Thanks

    Against your advice, I picked up Headley hoping he would be traded. He wasn’t. Should I pick up Chris Johnson for this week or hold with Headley? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Johnson…

  81. Carnac says:
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    Just like when Anibal switched leagues, a look at the numbers:

    Dempster vs AL

    2012: 1.71 ERA in 21 IP
    Career: 4.63 ERA in 229.1 IP

    Dempster’s career ERA is 4.31.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Meh. His career ERA is only 0.30 smaller than his vs AL ERA. So it’s not quite Anibal-yuck. (I haven’t broken down how many of the AL ER are from when he was a crappy RP.) Combined with the schedule*, it might not be as bad as I initially thought.

        *In the next couple weeks, the Rangers are @Bos and @NYY (among other series). After 8/15, the ROS is a whole lotta of A’s, Twins, Mariners, Royals, Indians.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I was gonna ask if that was RP numbers too… I don’t think he’s suddenly droppable, but his value does take a hit….

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, I crunched the numbers: Since becoming a starter in 2008, Dempster’s ERA vs AL is 3.49 in 87.2 IP.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

              • Carnac says:
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                @Grey, Not terrible. What may be more concerning about Dempster isn’t the league change or even the park factor; it’s that he hasn’t looked as sharp since coming off the DL.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed… I think he’s gotten to the point where we kinda know what we’re gonna get from him, FIP-wise… ERA can be all over creation…

  82. Horse says:
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    Saw Casey McGehee was acquired by the Yankees. Drop Krispie for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go for it…

  83. Northern Jon says:
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    Any chance Casey McGehee reclaims any sort of fantasy relevance by going to the Yankees?

    Pick him up over Frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d go with him over Frazier…

  84. Simple Jack says:
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    You would think that Dempster to Texas could really hurt his value

  85. Diamond Jim Gentile says:
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    Ditch Ogando with the Rangers picking up Dempster or is there a chance that Oswalt or Holland are removed from the rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Ogando…

      • Diamond Jim Gentile says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. Feliz’s torn UCL just put an exclamation point on it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ogando’s a few weeks away from starting a game if he were inserted into the rotation today…

  86. The badger says:
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    What about Lincoln to Tor? his role? bull pen? Closer? Late innings or a starter? If its late inns in a holds league would you drop Casilla for Lincoln?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Relief role…I wouldn’t drop Casilla for him…

  87. Wilsonian says:
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    Aramis or Goldy for UTIL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aramis

  88. Paranoid Android says:
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    Grey man,

    What a boring last 20 mins of the deadline…

    Keeper question: What round do you think Kipnis, Heyward and Rizzo will be drafted in next year?

    • Paranoid Android says:
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      @Paranoid Android, i should mention 12 team h2h league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5th round, 6th round, 8th round… 12 teams…

      • Paranoid Android says:
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        @Grey, thanks

  89. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Drop any of these closers for Greg Holland

    Axford?
    Marmol?

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @tggq21, Grey said to loose Axford on my post. I accidentally dropped Wilton Lopez instead and hope Im not pissed if someone waivers him

  90. Sagnof Specialist says:
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    keeper league (Kimbrel only keeper involved in trade)

    side A – kimbrel (round 12 keeper–one yr left) and a 13th round pick(next yr)
    side B – A-gone, Fiers and greg holland?

    which side wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon

  91. TheNewGuy says:
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    So Big Brox traded to the queen city. Holland the man now in KC?

    • Carnac says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yup.

  92. Rags says:
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    NL-only 11-team OBP keeper league. We’ve got a $50 budget to bid on players coming in from the AL. What you bid is their salary for next year. (For context waiver guys are 8, callups from our farm system are 10, the rest are from auction at start of season).

    What do you think Snider is worth? I’m in first, so it’s not pressing, but I do have an OF spot free and I want to make sure none of the other teams pick him up as a steal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $11

      • Rags says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  93. Bas says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’am in a keeperleague (5×5 12 teams, keep 6, no costs),
    I can make a trade with the #1 team. I get Car-Go for Motte/Morse/Stubbs/Zimmerman (pitcher).
    I was in last place 2 months ago now 5th place 17 points behind.
    Car-Go would become my keeper with pedroia/Reyes/Wright and perhaps McCann and or Wainwright. After trading Motte I have 5 closers left. Also have Gallardo/Halladay/Wainwright as starters.
    Should I do it or try to get Zimmerman out of it and put another starter in (tried Gallardo but no luck so far;-)).
    Off course I can also try to make a last push but that seems perhaps like a long shot.

    My outfielders are besides stubbs: Ross/Crawford/Prado/Crisp/Gomes/Hunter/Morales.
    MI Andrus/Uggla

    Sorry for the long post, but really feel like a tough decision.

    Thanks,
    Bas from Holland (Yes, a Dutch guy;-))

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take CarGo but can try and remove Zimmerman if you like…

  94. ferris says:
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    what a sucky trade deadline for nl-only guys

    the never-was travis snider or the slumping mark beuhrle ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…Snider…

  95. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey,

    Middlebrooks or C. Johnson until Panda come back? 5×5,H2H

    BnY!

    • Trevor

      tggq21 says:
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      @tggq21, Also, Would you trade Upton for Bronson Arroyo? Or just drop him and use that position for spot starts?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Trade doesn’t seem necessary… Could just stream, no?

        • Trevor

          tggq21 says:
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          @Grey, Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlebrooks

  96. Steve says:
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    Yost confirms Holland as closer (via Royals beat writer on Twitter).

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Ill drop Crow then (got Holland in my other league£. Hood call Grey.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Bloody iphone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, figures…

  97. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Drop Casilla or AJ Griffin for Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Casilla….

      • Slappy Pappy says:
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        Thanks!

  98. AA says:
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    Would you recommend dropping Storen for Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would do that

  99. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team mixed roto, jaime garcia worth a stash? would probably drop hultzen for him….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  100. Simple Jack says:
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    I was hoping Morneau would of got moved to hitter friendly park.

  101. Steve says:
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    According to Dusty, Broxton could close occasionally to give Chapman a rest, or pitch 7th or 8th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, makes sense…

  102. Is the trade deadline past? Why is everything in the past-tense? I thought it was until midnight tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ended at 4 PM EST

  103. Wilsonian says:
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    Drop Pestano for Lopez? It’s a Ks/9 league, but doesn’t count holds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…..

  104. Simple Jack says:
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    Is Pearce in Houston slightly interesting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Real slight…

  105. Nate says:
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    Grey:

    If you could keep 2 out of these 3 in a keeper league – Zach McAllister, Tom Milone or Andrew Cashner who would you keep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First two

  106. EG says:
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    Woud you replace any of Soriano, Janssen, Johnson or Putz with Perez?

    Is CC still roughly in the same position relative to other SPs as compared to your second-half rankings?

    Is Kuroda over the worst of either Capuano, Anibal, or Fiers worthy of trading a mid-round pick next season?

    Thanks…

    • EG says:
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      @EG, Also, on last question, which should I lose for Kuroda (if answer is yes)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez over Putz… Yes… Kuroda over Anibal…

  107. Prezii says:
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    Everywhere i look i get a different timetable for a-rod. The latest is 4-8 weeks, so is he worth a DL stash for the fantasy playoffs? My Feliz stash was lookin sexy up until today, so i got an open spot..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, stash him… Wouldn’t expect much though…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, i dont.. gotta keep the ol DL full just in case though!

        Thanks!

  108. Outlaw says:
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    I’d like to pick up Karstens tomorrow. Whom should he displace?

    My staff: Regulars are Greinke, Bumgardner, Vogelsong, Gallardo, CJ Wilson, Josh Johnson, Fiers, Worley, Anibal the Animal, Cahill. Just dropped Jose Quintana and picked up Matt Harvey, who could turn into a regular or not.

    I try to keep two streaming slots, currently occupied by Milone and Villanueva. Should i keep one or both of the current streamers and drop one of the current regulars?

    Other pitchers I like who are also available at the moment are Niese, Diamond, Floyd, Feldman, Joe Kelly, Bedard, Hochevar, Marco Estrada, Blackley.

    It’s an 8-team mixed daily H2H points league (buncha temperamental all-stars).

    I have a notoriously twitchy trapdoor hand, yet I held onto E.Santana until 3 weeks ago. Go figure.

    Thanks and sorry for the complicated question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal and Worley are the last two men on your staff… I’d grab Karstens and Niese…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Outlaw, id drop worley for karstens. Then villa for niese.

      • Outlaw says:
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        @Prezii, Thanks!

  109. Outlaw says:
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    Oh, btw, I’ve been keeping McCarthy stashed on the DL.

  110. Steve says:
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    Poor old Tillman. Rooster one week, feather duster the next.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Nice one, Nova. You pillock.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, WTF are you doing?

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Fuck. That hurts.

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, That ERA got from 3.44 to 3.50 in a HURRY.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome expression!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, My joy at recalling it has been somwhat tempered by this Nova ‘start’. Own him in two leagues…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks, sorry…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Eh – not that he’s a streamer for me, but the SON didn’t like him today, maybe should have listened.

  111. Scottie O. says:
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    Drop Rasmus or Weeks or Marte or Kendrys for Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte….

  112. rob says:
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    Dylan Bundy is available in my keeper league even though he hasnt been promoted yet. Does he have ace/keeper upside and warrent a pickup? Already out of contention so prospecting for keepers and buy lows now for next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s worth a snag…

  113. Carnac says:
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    Don Mattingly (sans moustache) has clarified Hanley’s position… If he plays SS it’ll only be until Dee Gordon returns. However, he added that Gordon could be out another month.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting… Kinda wish Gordon was to be a bench guy for personal motives…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, You own Luis Cruz?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t…

  114. Hola Grey –

    Couple questions

    #1. In a 6×6 ops/ holds, mixed redraft league – which MR would you rather own:

    Herrera
    Doolittle
    McGee
    Gregerson
    Brothers

    #2. In light of Mariners not moving any of their SP, whats ETA for Hultzen, if at all? Would you rather be stashing him or Bauer now?

    Thx as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doolittle… Hultzen’s probably not seeing any real game action this year, and Bauer’s gone until next year…

      • @Grey, Thanks

        SP – ok, hear you on Hultzen / Bauer. Any other young prospect arms you like impact wise? Straily not available on yahoo and just can’t imagine Snakes give Skaggs a shot. Eovaldi or Turner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can try Eovaldi…

  115. Steve says:
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    Oh good grief. Starting Nova and Strasburg tonight across various teams. And sonavabenched by Rollins. #crappy

  116. herschel says:
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    @Grey: sagnof for a weekly roto league, position doesnt matter. rajai, revere or ciriaco?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey, cargoII (gomez) is also available. still rajai?

        thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would……

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!, Oh, band name NSFW.

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Too late. I’m outraged.

        Are you drinking something out of a coconut?

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, Ha! I’m drinking coffee out of a mug; just finished a nap, which was awesome. I will work on finding a coconut drink soon…

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!, Ah, the afternoon sleep. Few things better than that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice song… Ha…

  117. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Finally dumped Michael Young’s ass… but had to pick up Hosmer to do it. I feel dirty…

    Seriously though, I was a bit surprised to see that Hosmer, as horrible as he’s been, is still having a better all around season than Young.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hard to believe Hosmer’s been better than anyone…

  118. royce! says:
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    Is McGehee expected to start every day while Arod is out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Chavez might see a game here and there… Depends on how his bat plays…

  119. Steve says:
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    Is Broxton available for the Reds tonight? Or are they still sourcing the fabric for his pants?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well played…

  120. nightpandas says:
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    Drop Snider for: (starting LF in 15 team league)

    Boesch
    Alonso
    Viciedo
    Pierre

    or hold

    Only 8 moves left for the year….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  121. crock says:
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    How would you rank Kendrys, Marte and Krispie for utl/bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrys, Marte

  122. Howard says:
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    @Grey, I have serious need for an OF. Have a logjam at 3B with Wright and Zimm. Thinking of offering Zimm for one of: Pence, Rasmus, Kubel, Rios, Harper. Am I being realistic in my expectations? or a chronic mastertrader? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s realistic now… Wouldn’t have been two months ago…

  123. Wilsonian says:
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    Shit. Phillips just taken out with a calf strain. Just what I need. Another body to add to Bautista, Longoria, and Tulo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…

  124. nightpandas says:
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    Any of these guys coming up in Aug or Sep worth a flyer?

    Skaggs
    T Walker
    Bundy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs… Don’t think we see the other two…

  125. Steve says:
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    Poor old AJ. Guess it’s one less tattoo he has to worry about for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hilarious…

  126. Steve says:
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    Ugh, Milone. A correction is the last thing I need here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not out of control yet…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, No – seems to have steadied it. Could have got real ugly there though.

        Still – never good when you’re wanting the A’s to come from behind. I mean – they probably will but only after the starting pitcher is long gone (emoticon).

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Spoke too soon.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn, you jinxed that one pretty bad…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Not before you did at 8.02pm!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha, guilty as charged!

        • Herschel says:
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          @Steve, Jinx.

  127. nightpandas says:
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    ROS Medlen and or Skaggs to replace Oswalt and or Estrada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen over Oswalt

  128. Steve says:
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    Shit. Had Nova AND Milone go in the RCL today.

  129. royce! says:
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    I didn’t buy R. Kelly’s autobiography because I thought that having a daughter would end my infatuation with R. Kelly. But with lines like this, I’m going to have to rethink that position:

    “Sometimes I feel like music has made love to me. And sometimes I feel like music just had sex with me. I feel I am pregnant by music; and it is the father and mother of my child. And there will be no denying that. One day I was riding in the car with one of my homies, who was a drug dealer.”

    What we can learn from this: one way to avoid clunky transitions is to avoid transitions altogether!

    Now it’s just a matter of finding a copy of the book on Kauai…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think if more people knew the genius within, you’d see entire planes packed with people reading that book… Fields of people as far as the eye can see reading it… Wow… Imagine being his co-writer… “R., you’ve said you’re pregnant with music six times in the last seven pages, maybe we give birth to a song?”

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Ha! His mastery of metaphor is so great that he could easily pen a great song comparing being pregnant with music with doing sexy ladies. (The only limit of this mastery of metaphor is that “X” must equal “doing it with sexy ladies” (see “The Zoo,” “Sex Planet,” “Sex Weed,” um, all of his other songs…).)

        A review complained that the biography it was over 300 pages, when The Great Gatsby was half that length…Wrong, I say! It’s too bad that David Foster Wallace passed, because he could have done wonders for Kells’ book. I demand 1400 pages, with at least 150 pages of footnotes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! I think R. needs to write a book about writing books too. And while he’s at it, write a song about writing writing books…..

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, I hope his next song compares writing a biography to doing sexy ladies.

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    Rutledge or Rollins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge in 8 teamer…

  131. Anne says:
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    Stacked at SP and need a bat. Won’t keep either guy so okay to trade sale for his reddick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it…

  132. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Top 3 from this group ROS please- Niese,Hughes,McAllister,Minor,Medlen,Morales assuming he starts in Boston.

    Thanks

    • Steven says:
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      Forgot to add McCarthy,J.Garcia,Lester to that group.

  133. royce! says:
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    Now I’m realizing the drawback of this time zone… Around 7 pm, and baseball’s over. You call this paradise??!!!

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, You can spend more time with your family!

      • Carnac says:
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        @Steve, Agh! Dante’s 5th level!

  134. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    3b Rest of Season- K.Youkilis,C.Johnson,C.Jones,T.Frazier,M.Aviles,W.Betemit?

  135. Steven says:
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    Would you dare drop Harper for say Saunders,Ross,Rajai,Garrett Jones, or Span in a redraft league? Harper has done nothing for last 4-5 weeks. What do you think?

    Thanks so much

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