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Rick Porcello won the 5th starter spot in Detroit over Smyly.  Or Frownly, as the case may now be.  Yawn.  This is most unexciting news ever.  This is like reading a Yelp review for The Cheesecake Factory.  They have big portions.  Yay.  Who even writes Yelp reviews for The Cheesecake Factory?  I want some of your free time, Cheesecake Factory reviewer.  I don’t like Porcello and wouldn’t draft him in any leagues.  He has a 5-ish K/9, which is atrocious.  Which II, The Return of Which Mountain, leads Porcello to need good luck on balls hit into play.  Though, no matter what I say, Porcello is invariably asked about in the comments for whether or not to pick him up, so y’all ain’t reading this anyway, and, since you’re not reading, I was the one who made heaving noises from the movie theater balcony and dropped cream of corn soup on your head.   (Spoiler Alert for Game of Thrones:  Was I the only one who was reminded of Chunk from The Goonies when Tyrion was confessing to the weird breastfeeding lady?  Any the hoo!)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Ricky Romero – Optioned to High-A.  He’s goin’ back to the minors, uh-huh, yeah, I think so.

Matt Holliday – Missed yesterday’s game due to tightness in his side.  The Cardinals said it was precautionary and he’ll be fine.  I expected him to take off Easter and not a Jewish Holliday.

David Freese – First reported here after reading and inferring shizz from other sources, Freese will start the year on the DL.  So, you can put Freese on ice.  Pun with a side of Big Gulp!  Freese is hoping to be ready for the home opener on April 8th.  I’d add an extra week onto that timetable, which is also what I call the table next to my bed that holds my alarm clock.

Yasiel Puig – Sent to Double-A.  Yeah, no kidding.  I just went over him yesterday.  If you were surprised that Yasiel was optioned down, I’d avoid cats jumping out of a closet.

Dee Gordon – Sent to Triple-A.  Pardon me while I come down from the top of the food chain to say, f*ck Luis Cruz!  Oh, well, it’s fine to drop Gordon in all leagues.  In fact, drop him on Luis Cruz.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Will start his first Dodgers game on April 2nd.  Me likey and I can’t be wrong because Jaywrong also likes him.  Here’s his Hyun-Jin Ryu sleeper post.  Jaywrong wrote it while– Actually, you don’t want to know what he was doing when he wrote it.

Bryce Harper – Could rest for a few days with lingering soreness in his thumb.  Where is thumbkin?  That’s a clown–  Harper’s hit well since first hurting himself, and it sounds like the Nats are just being precious, Gollum.

Alex Rios – Expects to be ready for Opening Day after tweaking something in the weight room.  He’ll think twice about entering the “World’s Strongest String Bean” contest.

Ryan Madson – Throwing at 70-80%.  Cool, now he just needs to face Jayson Werth, who is swinging at 70-80% and he’ll be good.  Not that out of nowhere prediction: Ernesto Frieri will be the closer until July.

Chris Tillman – Might start the year on the DL.  The DL stint will probably be backdated and it’s not an arm injury so I wouldn’t be too concerned.  I’d still draft him and put on my O’s face.

Luis Mendoza – Got the 5th starter job for the Royals beating out Bruce Chen.  Apparently, the 5th starter job on the Royals is where we’re now drawing the Mendoza Line.

Jeremy Hefner – Was stung by a comebacker.  Don Rickles would be happy to hear that.  Speaking of old-timey comedians, as some of you know, I’m getting married this year to The Cougar.  So, I was saying to her that I thought it would be cool to have Jackie Mason marry us.  So she reached out to some entertainment connections and Jackie got back to us with his fee:  $135,000.00.  The zeroes after the decimal were included!  Are we supposed to be grateful that it wasn’t $135,000.75?  Could we talk him down to $134,999.50?  As for Hefner, he’s supposed to be fine.

Shaun Marcum – Could begin the year on the DL.  Good to get the first of five DL trips out of the way early!

Jonny Venters – Left yesterday’s game with an elbow sprain.  Fredi Gonzalez can’t understand what happened, Venters is usually good for twenty up-and-down-should-I-bring-him-in-or-should-I-not-bring-him-in warm-up sessions, throwing 60 to 70 pitches per appearance and pitching on back-to-back days for 162 straight days.  If you were counting on Holds from Venters, I wouldn’t, uh, count on holding him.

Pablo Sandoval – I think this is my 1,000th injury update on Sandoval.  If he had as many near-DL trips as near-refrigerator trips, he’d be a skinny man and would need to be renamed Sandstraightline.  Now, the Giants are saying he’s pain-free and good to go for the start of the season.  I’m sure that’ll change five more times in the next week.

Hiroyuki Nakajima – Two days ago it was reported that he’d start the year in the minors, then yesterday he left with a hamstring injury.  The baseball equivalent of falling on his sword.

Lyle Overbay – Guess who signed him?  The Yankees would actually be better off just bringing back their 1998 team.  #realtalk

Jurickson Profar – Sent to the minors.  He’ll return once Elvis has left the building.

Dylan Axelrod – Named the White Sox fifth starter.  He’s gonna be 28 years old this year and he’s still yet to do a whole lot of anything in the majors.  I’d stay away from Axelrod before he sticks a banana in your tailpipe.

Logan Forsythe – Expected to start the year on the DL after his foot flared up.  I think John Madden has something for that.

Jacob Turner – Sent to Triple-A.  He was supposed to start the year in the rotation.  Wait, Marlins’ management lying to their fans?  No way!

Jonathan Sanchez – Won a rotation spot for the Pirates.  Argh, Filthy Sanchez will walk the whole plankety plank team!

Brandon Inge – I read this report yesterday, “Pirates have committed to keeping Inge on their roster.”  But I read it as, “The Pirates should be committed for keeping Inge on their roster.”

Ramon Hernandez – Rockies said they might release him.  Like to see him sign with the Mariners, just so I can see an R-rated, Who’s on First?  “F-Her throws it to Ram-Her.  Bang, up the middle with D-Ack covering and over to 1st… A rundown!  Justin — D-Ack — Ram-Her — F-Her — Oh, these guys got no Morales!”

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  1. The Guru says:
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    ‘Ol Jackie’s a little steep! Is Buddy Hackett still alive? If not, for Jackie’s price, you could have him resurrected.

    • Jburke says:
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      Thank God the Tigers didn’t trade Porcello. There is a mistaken belief that any team can have a SP surplus, which has been proven wrong each and every year when anywhere from 1-5 starters hit the DL for EACH team! Weather he is fantasy sp worthy I will wait and see. Also, helps to read the local newspapers prior to a draft (online of course {how do they stay in business?}), b/c the LA Times quoted team soarces weeks ago that there was no way Puig would be up before June due to time served/free agencies issues.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jburke: There’s no reason for Puig… Look at the Dodgers outfield if healthy…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      finally finished the morning paper when I got to work, I call razzball the paper.

      Wow, Jackie Mason, he didn’t make that much for History of the World Part 1

      I think you have a career in play by play if this whole writer thing doesn’t work out. I laughed so hard I spit up a little coffee reading the Ramon Hernandez blurb….

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @The Guru: he died a long time ago

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Guru: Ha… Yeah, he’s gone…

      • The Guru says:
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        Or so he wants you to think.

  2. OaktownSteve says:
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    Inge is a great clubhouse guy. Fantasy irrelevant. Tough mothereffer though. I am first in the comments tonight because of rye beer.

    Dotel got torched. Rondon has been good lately.

    I’m pro Jackie Bradley Jr. Seems like a good kid.

    If you’re in a two catcher league, take a look at Jason Castro for C2.

    I think this year’s post hype sleeper is Justin Smoak

    My bounce back veteran is Morneau. Also like Utley

    The best pitcher on the board is Strasburg

    MLB home run leader Jay Bruce

    Favorite late pitcher Iwakuma

    Two pitchers I like Shark and Matt Moore

    Closer to watch Janssen> Discounted because of injury fears. Would be a nice RCL handcuff play with Santos for streamers rostering MRs

    Sneaky play..David Murphy

    Better in real life Jose Reyes

    Don’t trust Shane Victorino

    Really want to own but probably won’t Laser Show

    Buy and hold Oscar Tavaras

    2 catcher keeper league play Mesoraco

    Guy who will have high K/9, great rates and a few W’s that you can’t own in any format Luke Hochevar. A great move to the pen. Saw him the other night against the Dodger… Just filthy.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      that’s how it’s done , tmoore .

    • Blue says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Hochevar is great until guys get on base. Then he explodes.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Blue:

        He’s totally mental. I think a low leverage relief role might help him get his head right. He’s cut down to where he is only throwing 3 pitches instead of 7. He blew Puig away the other night with 94 four seamer and a Wainright looking 12-6 curve. He might put up numbers like Wade Davis put up last year.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @OaktownSteve: nice post. Another post hype sleeper that I’m eyeing is Gordon Beckham.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        He should come cheap. Had a nice spring and there are some upward trends. He plays in a good park. Sox should score runs. At 16 hrs last year he’s almost there anyway. If he brings the average up to .260 or so he should be in the 70 run and rbi range and that’s useful. There’s 20 homer upside. I wish he ran just a little more. Definitely not a guy you want to count on though.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @OaktownSteve: no, definitely not. But it seems like he’s all but forgotten because of his low average. He’s only, what, 26? He hit 16 HRs last year which isn’t crap. The hard hittin’, drafted 167 rounds earlier, Danny Espinosa only hit 17 and actually drove in less runs. His average was a little better, as were steals and runs, but not like they’re THAT far apart.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        Not quite to post-hype status but I think Razz favorite Brad Peacock is going to get the coveted Astros 5th starter spot.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Some good points, some obvious points, and a little crazy talk. I don’t think Murphy stays healthy. Not sure about Smoak, he’s either going to end a ringer on some corporate softball team or learn how to speak Japanese. I honestly think Brett “franks and beans” Wallace will take that crown. I like jackie Bradley Jr. a lot too, I think he will be Boston’s Middlebrooks and grey will write a post telling those of us that grabbed him early were right and he was wrong….

    • Grey

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      @OaktownSteve: More like wry beer! What, no? Iwakuma looks nice as a safe/less upsidey late pitcher… Matt Moore! — You listen to the podcast yesterday re: Reyes? Ouch from Rudy…

    • Big Magoo

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      @OaktownSteve: I kinda figured that alcohol was involved when the first thing that I read was an Inge observation…

      I’m in on Utley this year, despite the knees. His price has finally dropped to that of a MI. Worth the risk at that point.

      Smoak is a post-post-hype sleeper that’s probably in a coma by now, but the ability’s always been there. Maybe he’ll finally put it together.

      Strasburg is awesome, but I don’t think the difference in K-rate will be enough to make up for the extra 30-40 IP that Kershaw and Verlander are likely to have on him to make him more valuable.

      Bruce should be on the HR leaderboard with Stanton, Miggy, a healthy Bautista, and possibly Prince. Like that prediction.

      I’m with you on Pedroia. I’d love to own him, but haven’t gotten him anywhere yet. #2 2B for sure.

      Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Shark as a top-15 SP at year’s end. Moore will rack up the Ks, but he still looks like a WHIP killer with all of the free passes.

      I think Tavaras will be the top rookie this year. Like him more than Myers and Profar in fantasy.

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      @OaktownSteve: Bounce back veteran is definitely Jon Lester.

      Favorite late pitcher: Jason Hammel. I guess no one believes.

  3. Tom says:
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    These daily observations make every day better. Thank God its baseball season (almost!)!

    I generally think that Middlebrooks is better than Seager but with the new Safeco dimensions do things even out? Seager hit 20 HR’s last year, how many do you think he can get this year with the new dimensions?

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: P. S. If you favor Middlebrooks — is it by a lot? I noticed in your early 3B rankings that you had:
      M: 68/22/82/.278/8
      S: 69/18/85/.264/11

      you ranked M at the time 7 slots better, but I wondered if you were applying the new dimensions which MAY make the HR’s even out some.

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        @Tom: P.S.S. Oh and would you waste a 1 position waiver pick on making the change?

        • Tom says:
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          @Tom: P.S.S.S Oh and don’t forget about Middlebrooks Wrist surgery. It gave him some pain at the beginning of ST and he has only 1 HR.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Tom: I’d want Middlebrooks simply because of the Green Monster… Unless Safeco brings in their fences 100 feet and up 40…

            • Tom says:
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              @Grey: Would you spend a #1 waiver wire position on the switch?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Tom: Nope

                • Tom says:
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                  @Grey: Let me be clear — a #1 waiver to switch from Seager to Middlebrooks?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Nope, hold… Take followups to my newest post…

  4. Harb says:
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    So you’re not buying the notion that Porcello dropping his slider, easily his worst pitch, in favor of a curve played a role in his success this spring? I feel it at least might be something worth monitoring over the first couple weeks of the season.

  5. Ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. I’m not a very experienced player, so I would need a help with my draft… how did I do? Any suggestions or something that could help me? I’m not very high on this team right now. Leave me know what you think about it, pls.

    12 teams, H2H, 6×6 (OPS)

    C – Salvador Perez
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Danny Espinosa
    3B – Brett Lawrie
    SS – Elvis Andrus
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF – Ichiro Suzuki
    OF – Adrian Gonzalez
    Util – Josh Rutledge
    BN – Manny Machado

    SP – David Price, Ryan Vogelsong, A.J. Burnett, Homer Bailey, Jaime Garcia, Brandon McCarthy, Phil Hughes, A.J. Griffin, Felix Doubront

    RP – Joe Nathan, Rafael Betancourt, Tom Wilhelmsen, Steve Cishek

    • Hawk says:
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      @Ernie:

      Your offense has some question marks in Goldschmidt and Lawrie. If they come through you should be fine. Pitching is a little questionable after the top 2 though. You’ll need to keep a close eye on Garcia, McCarthy, Hughes, Griffin and Dubront. They are all replaceable – if they pitch poorly, ditch them

    • Grey

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      @Ernie: Agree with Hawk…

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    H2H categories league with W/L/K/SV/WHIP/ERA/Runs/Hits/Total bases/Avg/Steals/RBIs/HRs. 16 team with 26 roster and 2 DL’s.
    1.out of norris/colon/w.davis/happ which is better. I have at least one spot there for a starter. Happ just got Romero’s job, Colon has his back after 5 game suspension. Happ’s got good K’s and little else, Colon ONLY has Whip/ballpark going for him. Norris has K’s only. W. Davis was a machine at RP last year. I’ve stockpiled Scherzer/Peavy/Niese/Bailey/Milone/Fiers/Gee/Luebke (first DL’er, needs to get eligibility, then i’ll pick up another)
    2. If Avila falls flat on his face, is Laird/Brantly better at C? Laird’s OBP/SLG have been trending up last 3 years; obv never as a starter though. This is assuming he is starter with McCann out.
    3. While waiting at the sunday schedule bus stop for gyorko to get his middle bag job finalized for yahoo purposes (5 games started) who is best out of K.Johnson/Valdespin/Beckham? I already have Johnson and he seems to be hitting in very late part of order with only decent projections of HR’s/low steals/terrible avg. Should i just sit and wait to see if any of these other 2 do better to start the year or is one clearly preferable to the other 2? My team is weakest at steals as i have
    McCutcheon/J.Upton/Choo/Avila/AuShizz/K.Johnson (Soon Gyorko)/A. Ramirez/Rutledge/Span/B.Wallace. Team only plays one UTIL per day with one each of every position.

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Word is Maddon is thinking of batting Johnson 9th. Also, I wouldn’t expect him to play everyday.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @bossmanjunior: that’s just eck. Grey earlier said 50% against lefties, with either 100% or near it against righties, but damn 9th in order starts to make valdespin seem a lot better, unless i really need HR’s that week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: 1. None… Happ 2. No 3. Valdespin

  7. Sherm says:
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    Grey– Mazeltov and Congratulazioni. You should get married with an honor guard of fantasy baseball players holding up their electronic devices over your heads as you pass under them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: Ha… Thanks!

  8. bossmanjunior says:
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    Jackie Mason’s real name is Yacov Moshe Maza. Maybe just pay him to dance…aka the Maza Strip.

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    I love me some Tim Conway, about the same era. By the way, did you know Abe Vigoda was still alive?! There is actually a site that is constantly updating the fact he is still alive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Ha! You know who else is still alive? Al from Happy Days… He’s like 100!

  10. ADP says:
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    Grey,

    How did my draft go?

    12 team, 5×5, 2 C, 1B, 2B, SS, MI, CI, 5 OF, U, 9 P

    C Avila
    C Pierzynski
    1B Au Shizz
    2B Uggla
    SS Rutledge
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    CI Frazier
    MI Segura
    OF Braun
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Holliday
    OF Austin Jackson
    OF Torii Hunter
    U de Aza
    Bench: Wallace, Leonys Martin, Quentin

    P Latos
    P Zimmerman
    P Peavy
    P Homer Bailey
    P Parker
    P Cahill
    RP Holland
    RP Boggs
    RP Al Al
    Bench: Cashner, AJ Griffin, Doubront

    It;s also notable that one of the teams punted saves. That team also won $50k last year.

    Should I make any changes?

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ADP: Nice power and speed on hitting, and your pitching looks fine up front and in the back but don’t love your middle guys…

  11. Fungazi says:
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    Does the Forsythe injury give priority back to Gyorko for 2B?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fungazi: As the resident Padres homer, look to Amarista man the keystone. Ransom will fill in from the bench.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks!

      • royce! says:
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        @jaywrong: I always considered myself to be the token Padres homer…now my presence here is pointless!

        And you’re correct about Amarista. While losing Headley for a bit sucks, I think he was due for a correction, and the differences between he and Gyorko and Amarista and Forsythe are no so considerable that losing Headley will have a huge effect on the offense. But obviously as a Padres homer my rationality may be lacking…

        • Fungazi says:
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          @royce!: Sorry to hear about you guys having to be Padres homers.

          • Jay

            jaywrong says:
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            @Fungazi: Well, I’m also a Chargers homer, so basically I’m meant for a life of constant seppuku.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @jaywrong: Our first conflict, I bleed orange and blue…..Mile High Will Never Die!

          • royce! says:
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            @Fungazi: I’m also a Seattle “homer” (born and raised there, live in SD now), so I’ll always have that to fall back on…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: I’m trying to find the rational you have to be a Padre fan, besides the sweet brown and yellow hats and 1984. I actually own a brown and yellow and all brown old school hat. They are actually just old, I still have them from my childhood. I also have quite the goose gossage baseball card collection. I was really into sweet stache’s at a young age.

          • Jay

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            @Jack Full of Hate: Nothing beats the brown and mustard.

          • royce! says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: The rationale is that I love baseball and live in San Diego. Also, in 2008, my now mother-in-law flew her daughter and I from college to San Diego to attend the World Series. It was the first pro game I had seen outside of the Kingdome, and it totally brought me back to being a baseball fan. Since then…it’s that I live in San Diego. The stadium is nice, too! I hope to have more reason to be a fan some time in the future.

            Bring Back the Brown! http://bringbackthebrown.com/

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @royce!: I’m signing up, i loved the brown. I never minded the padres, but when they abandoned the brown i had to go. They want generic. Kingdome? my buddy is from Tacoma and talks about his memories of the Mariners and Seahawk games.

              • royce! says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah, the Kingdome was horrible for baseball, just an absolute dump. It was more fun for football (probably terrible to play there, but fun for fans) because of how loud it could get.

                You hit on the worst aspect of the Padres- they just make everything as bland as possible. Freaking navy blue and white? And khaki? It’s like a casual friday at an insurance company. I hope that they change it up soon, though I have my doubts.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @royce!: That’s so true, i work in the insurance biz and I can’t count how many reps have come into the office sporting their “Padres” uniform. The blue and khaki always conjured up old pics of the french foreign legion with their blue coats and tan pants. Thats a good and bad analogy of the Padres, sorry for the accidental slap in the face.

                  We get to wear work jeans on friday!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @jaywrong: I was going to point out that Royce was our token Padre, no not the robe wearing kind, I think?, you guys need to have a razzball equivalent of a cage match. There can only be one…

        • Jay

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          @Jack Full of Hate: Well, since I write for razzy, I’ll bow out and leave Royce as the guy.

          That way I can at least say I’m ‘un-biased’.

          • royce! says:
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            @jaywrong: Nah, you can have it. It was more of a burden than anything…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: Ha, nobody really wants it, If i wasnt a dodger fan I would take it over

  12. Raul says:
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    Greycarlito,
    Points league (heavy on HR/R/RBI), who ya got at 2B: Howie Kendrick (who says he doesn’t like batting 2nd, but is 29 and is (was?) a future batting champion); or Jeff Keppinger, who’s locked in at 3B and 2nd in the batting order in a hitter’s dream park?
    Your advice shall be received with great fanfare and a pig roast in your honor.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Raul: Is that a quote from Kendrick? I can’t believe how high of a pick I burnt on that guy last year, he is basically Neal Walker.

  13. The Strolg says:
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    Maybe you can just get married at Harry Hartounian’s gas station. Didn’t the low-rider pull a church into it? “You guys want to stick around for an oven mitt?”

  14. Cookusmaximus says:
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    Hey Grey – 5 year follower here – 2nd time poster.

    Straight up trade in a keeper league – I give Brett Lawrie for Strasburg. Thoughts?

    Keep up the great work!

    • Cookusmaximus says:
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      @Cookusmaximus: @Cookusmaximus:

      A little more info on this trade –

      I have Bummy, Wainwright and Max. Offense is strong but my other options at 3B are HanRam and Reynolds.

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Cookusmaximus:
      Hurry and accept before he withdraws the offer. Strasburg is going to be the #1 fantasy pitcher for years to come.

      • charlie batch says:
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        @Hotrod: get strasburg NOW

        • @charlie batch: fo real

          click accept before that fool realizes what he gon done!

  15. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey how are you!! So in 2 days I have my draft and this is the 1st time ever doing fantasy baseball. IO got some info off the Internet like Top player count in each position and mock drafts from sports writers.. Do you think I should somewhat Imitate the guy that has my draft position or do it on my own? Also I have no idea on what positions to pick 1st or later in the draft? Any advice?

  16. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    In a 12 team H2H with CG and Losses as pitching cats, would you keep Gio in 4th round or Latos in 5th round? Thanks!

      • Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Or should I not keep Gio in the 4th round and wait until 5-6 rounds for first pitcher?

  17. Byahhhhh says:
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    Yo Grey, in a H2H with avg and ops 12 team. I have Rutledge Espinosa and Elvis Andrus. Rutledge @2B Elvis @Short and espinosa on bench. Should I drop espinosa or Rutledge for a closer? I think I feel in love with Rutledge a little too much but I can’t stand looking at Espinosa and Rutledge thy are way too similar.

  18. Grand Salami says:
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    Need some trade advice. 12 team, H2H, keeper league (4 keepers). Which side do you like better?
    McCutchen ($28), Tulo ($41), Lawrie ($18) Cabrera ($51), J Upton ($34), I Desmond ($1)
    We’ve already drafted so those values would only affect future seasons. Thanks!

  19. Capt'Stache says:
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    So today is roster freeze day for our league, NL only, 4×4, 12 teams. I have Eaton for 10 that I can hold onto but I am leaning on throwing him back into the draft now that he’s hurt… Hold onto him or put him back in the pool?

    • Capt'Stache says:
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      @Capt’Stache: Forgot to add that it’s an auction/keeper league.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Capt’Stache:

      With his elbow injury, Eaton’s not worth $10

      • Capt'Stache says:
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        @Hawk: Thanks Hawk and agree. I guess I just wanted some affirmation of my thoughts… He’s going back in the pool.

  20. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Or maybe they do want to know what I was doing…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @jaywrong: I did, you live too far away to peep on

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I typed it all left-handed, if that helps paint a picture.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @jaywrong: interesting, I would say if i had one hand occupied, then I would be typing with my right hand but if i was throwing a baseball it would be with my right hand.

  21. Donnie B says:
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    NL only keeper league. Allowed one minor leaguer, Puig or T. d’Arnaud?

  22. stoopid says:
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    Hey Grey, how’s this staff look in a 12 team H2H with 9P max and you can only add/drop(stream) 1 SP per week. 6 categories (Losses is extra). I don’t love it, but think it’ll be good enough to compete weekly:

    Greinke
    Scherzer
    Morrow
    Parker
    Vogelsong
    Burnett
    Nathan
    Cishek
    Veras

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid: Looks totally fine…

  23. Sideshow says:
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    I have Sandoval & there r 2 interesting backups on waivers…Nolan Arenado & Juan Francisco….grab who?

  24. Frank Lynch says:
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    Oh I’m in a H2H points League

  25. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Who would you rather stash on the DL – Pineda or Luebke? For this year and for the next couple years down the road.

  26. Kyle H says:
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    Someone in my league dropped Axford for some reason. My starting SS is Simmons. I also have Segura on the bench. My RP are Boggs, League, and G. Holland. I was thinking I should drop Segura because I only have him for steals and we play in a net steals league. Or I could drop League since he will likely lose the closers job eventually. Any idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle H: Drop Segura for him…

  27. Barnie-Not Darwin says:
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    Greyster-Follow up question from yesterday as I had a nightmare that that a** #3 owner snatched Prince ahead of me. I have my #4 targets ranked as Fielder, Pujols, Bautista, Cano and Verlander. Agree?

    Which #4 Pick?
    Okay, so we are adding a max of 3 AL players to our NL “only” league this year. I pick 4th, 12th and 21st. My IF is pretty well set, but OF and SP need a little help to say the least, but can put any hitter at the U spot. Assuming Trout and Miggy go 1-2, who do I target for that 4th pick? Note: 5X5 OBP instead of AVE and projected OBPs shown behind player’s names.

    Fielder .404
    Jose Bautista .387
    Pujols .379
    Cano .353
    Verlander

    C
    C
    1-1B Votto
    2-2B Aaron Hill
    3-SS Tulo
    4-3B-Todd Frazier
    5-CI Ike Davis
    MI
    UT
    6-OF Allen Craig
    7-OF Dexter Fowler
    8-OF Michael Cuddyer
    OF
    OF

    9-SP Trevor Cahill
    10-SP Jeff Samardijia
    SP
    SP
    RP
    11-RP Steve Cishek
    12-RP Kenley Jansen

    1-Minors Oscar Tavares
    2-Minors Carlos Martinez (StL P)
    3-Minors Matt Adams

    No salaries, 9 team, NL only (plus maximum of 3 AL players-new for 2013) 12 + 3 minors keepers (NL only) 5×5 roto (OBP instead of AVE) 14 hitters (2 catchers), 10 pitchers, 5 reserves, 3 minor

  28. joe bob says:
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    Puig, jose Fernandez, Travis D’Arnaud in minor league draft, NL only keeper league. Who do you take first?

      • joe bob says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: wow. thanks. he’s huge then…

  29. Chad Donaldson says:
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    Love the website. In a keeper league which side of this trade do you like better.

    Hamels/Longo vs. Hosmer/Price

  30. poop says:
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    im in a weekly H2H league and need help with lineup. playing 6 starts and 2 RP i ahve following options.

    which match up do you like best this week

    I am starting Yu – stros and Gio – marilins and 4RP – soriano/holland/wilhelmson/Parnell

    Pick 2 of the following starts or should i take all three starts and sit parnell. (also have kenly and frieri)

    Ryu – giants
    Gee – Marlins
    Hammel – Rays

    hope that isnt too confusing gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @poop: No idea the question…

  31. Congrats Grey!

  32. mcBlunty says:
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    keeper league, 11×11 cat league, draft is tonight, my keepers are Jose Reyes, Alb Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Matt Cain, CC Sabatgia, A Chapman and Kris Medlen

    I have the 7th pick and am looking at probably the following options
    Aramis Ramirez
    Jonny Cueto
    Brett Lawrie
    Joe Mauer
    Jason Kipnis
    Desmond Jennings
    Alex Rios

    i traded away my second and thrird round picks last year so i need to hit a homer here, any advice is greatly apreciated, who would you target

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcBlunty: Jennings, Lawrie, Kipnis…

  33. DKohn says:
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    Hahaha, the Ramon Hernandez blurb….magnificent! (Standing O!)

    Sent that to my none baseball fan friends!

  34. JoeG says:
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    Hosmer or Freese for this year? 6×6 roto

    • Hawk says:
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      @JoeG:

      Freese to begin on DL. Go with Hosmer

  35. Joan Chen says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks as always. What are your thoughts on Leonys Martin this year? I know you’ve written about him in the past, but with the season starting soon, do you think he has success in the Ranger’s OF, or is he in too much of a timeshare to be valuable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joan Chen: Close to 450 ABs, 5th outfielder value…

  36. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    The mendoza line….Hey Now!

    Were you channeling Grey’s mom….. i got that waiving a finger at me feeling for asking about Porcello, and i never asked about Porcello!

    Here is a suggestion for some wedding music…enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTNdUMv9SFI

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I thought a mustache trumps all other sexiness?

  37. Shmael says:
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    A suggestion for next year: make an update to the awesome article on Yahoo/ESPN rankings. I have a draft tonight in yahoo and was going to reference your article to see who will be undervalued due to the default rankings. However, I’m noticing that yahoo has actually updated said rankings since you wrote the article.

    Would it be worthwhile for a fan to develop an ‘Apples’ type tool that allows the upload of yahoo rankings and spits out the biggest +/- difference players to your rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shmael: If you wanna take a stab at it, I’ll post it…

  38. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Dee Gordon to the minors —- HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… I won’t say it… Nope, I won’t sink that low twice in 2 days… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA …

    Oakland Steve: That was a good comment above… I didn’t respond on your section, because, I wasn’t sure it was safe for me there…. Thought it better to put some distance between me and the source… Always looking straight ahead and avoiding making eye contact is best in these situations…

    All the angst, anger and lashing out!!!
    Wonder if, that fellow is seeking professional help for it??? If not, he might consider it… Just trying to be helpful here….

    Doubt very much, he ever posts in the nude either.. That might help… O well… None of my concern…

    Mr. Gray: I had other stuff to say… But suddenly, I’m not in the mood anymore…
    I’ll send it along telepathically to you during this evening’s FBB meditation linkup with you… That is probably for the best for now…

  39. Hotrod says:
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    14 team 5×5. Last year I joined this long-time established keeper league as an expansion team(went from 12-14 teams), and really started with nothing… we have now completed our draft going into year 2…your thoughts on this team? We were sellers at the deadline, and were able to get J-Up & Strasburg, which I feel great about….think we may still be a year away…

    C Yadi
    1 Hosmer
    2 N Walker
    SS Aybar
    3rd Lawrie (Carpenter)
    1/3 Youk
    2/SS Lowrie
    OF J-Upton
    OF – BJ Upton
    OF Desmond Jennings
    OF David Murphy
    Util – Matt Joyce

    SP Strasburg
    SP Latos
    SP Fister
    SP Helliickson
    SP Harrison

    RP Papelbon
    RP Nathan
    RP Jim Johnson

    Bench
    Bucholz
    Petite
    Gee
    Bundy

    • @Hotrod:

      Agree love those moves and probably a year away. But who knows, its spring, where all teams can dream. Except the Astros.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hotrod: I don’t think you’re a year away… You have a hitting core and the pitching is okay… Don’t love your end of the rotation starters, but it’s not bad…

  40. Paul Wilson says:
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    Commissioner of a newish 10 team ESPN head-to-head league. Last year we were 8 teams but there was a hastily-conceived expansion. With 8 teams the playoff structure was top 4 seeds… any thoughts about a novel playoff structure to change it up? Ideas thrown around include bye weeks for division winners, wild cards based on statistical categories (most HR or pitcher K by team in season).

    Or am I overthinking this, just stick with the top 4 seeds and shut the F up? Thanks for the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul Wilson: Go to 6 with the top 2 getting byes…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul Wilson: Actually, I retract that above comment… 6 is too many in 10, I was thinking 12… Stick with 4…

  41. Fooch says:
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    Pretty sure Jackie Mason is just playing hardball with an initial offer to weed out the crazies. Counter with $200 and a SAGNOF t-shirt and I bet he goes for it.

    Porcello’s spring line – 24ip, 3.0era, 21k, 0bb. I know spring stats are meaningless….but 0 walks strikes me as potential foreshadowing.

    I take it you don’t think Luis Cruz will hit .297 again? Do you have his photo taped to your bathroom mirror to get your blood up every morning?

    • Grey

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      @Fooch: Or a $135,000 worth of SAGNOF shirts… You think Porcello’s not gonna throw a walk all year? Ha! re: mirror… He’s a nothing hitter… No on .297, no speed, no power….

      • Fooch says:
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        @Grey: No, I think Porcello is a low-K 5th starter on an American League team that plays bad defense – and none of those qualities are what I want in a SP. Many pitchers I would take before him, but at the moment I would not point and laugh if someone spent a buck or their last pick on him. Streaming during good matchups is probably more likely.

  42. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    Speaking of injuries, looks like Hughes is starting the year on the DL. I need a touch of Grey. I was looking to start 6 SP’s and 2 RP’s in my yahoo league. With Bumgarner, Zimmerman, Niese, Ryu, and Milone as 5 of 6 SP’s, the only SP on my bench starting the year healthy/in the majors is Doubront. Do I start him in place of Hughes, go to the waiver wire, or fill that spot for a few weeks with David Robertson (also on my bench)? Guys on the waiver wire include: Holland, McCarthy, Dempster, Gee, Lohse, McDonald, etc… Should I look for a long relief pickup instead?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Stamos: I’d play matchups… Go with Gee vs. Marlins

      • Nico

        John Stamos says:
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        @Grey: Our moves are capped at 20 per season. Would that change your strategy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @John Stamos: I’d put in Hughes… You can’t make any moves right now…

          • Nico

            John Stamos says:
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            @Grey: Appreciate it, Grey. Congrats on the upcoming nuptials. I snagged a cougar myself. Couldn’t even tell you how.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  43. 2qbn says:
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    I’m in a 10 man league and pitchers are always snatched up during the draft. I currently have 7 SP’s and was curious to get a consensus on how many is enough. I feel like I need to drop a bench bat and pickup one more SP. Any thoughts on this? I guess having guys on the bench can’t hurt once the injuries to the position starts thinning out the waiver wire. Did I just answer my own question?

  44. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    finally finished the morning paper when I got to work, I call razzball the paper.

    Wow, Jackie Mason, he didn’t make that much for History of the World Part 1

    I think you have a career in play by play if this whole writer thing doesn’t work out. I laughed so hard I spit up a little coffee reading the Ramon Hernandez blurb….

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: It went twice, that’s what I get for commenting with one eye half open

  45. Luke T says:
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    As a Mariners fan and an owner of a dirty mind that Ramon Hernandez blurb was the best baseball joke I’ve heard in a long time. I think they might want to Smoak a cigarette when they are finished. Thanks For the humor Grey.

  46. Professor Chaos says:
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    Hi Grey, with Porcello getting the fifth spot, would he be worth a look?

    Haha, sorry, I had to.

  47. Jeff says:
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    I n keeper leagues, how would you rank these guys for this year and then for 2014+. What rounds do you think about drafting them?

    Puig
    Soler
    Yelich

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: No idea anything about your league, but around pick 120 potentially…

  48. Simply Fred

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    re: RYU. Hard to get a read with little track history. I like him. AND…
    Giants ranked #3 in runs scored last year against lefties. Might think about sitting him that first matchup.

  49. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In an AL only keeper league, I’ve got one spot for the best of Brandon Maurer, Brad Peacock or Erik Bedard., whom I can’t bench for any start while they’re on my roster. Who will do the most good, while inflicting the least harm?

  50. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In that same league, I’m trying also to decide between Craig Gentry, Brett Wallace and Franklin Gutierrez. I can keep two of the three.

  51. marti says:
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    5 by 5 roto dynasty league draft last night. We keep 6 players every year. Would love grey and rudy’s opinion. Decided to punt middle infield and catcher and focus on corners, outfield and draft pitching a little earlier than usual. We use cbs scoring so 5 OF, 1C and 2UT

    C Doumit
    1B Fielder
    2B Brian roberts
    SS E Cabrera
    MI G Beckham
    3B Longoria
    CI Frazier
    OF Joey Bats
    OF Justin Upton
    OF B J upton
    OF A Craig
    OF A Gordon
    UT Ike davis
    UT Brett Gardner

    Reserve Bats/Prospects Granderson, Werth, Billy Hamilton, A Rod round 29 Aaron hicks, J Valdespin

    P Bumgarmer
    P Latos
    P J zimmerman
    P Wilhemsen
    P Estrada
    P G Holland
    P H Street
    P J Beckett
    P Veras
    Other pitchers B Mccarthy, D gee, K Jansen.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marti: How many teams?

      • Marti says:
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        12 teams

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Marti: I think your middle infield is a mess, but otherwise I think your team looks competitive…

  52. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey: Who would you take first in an MiLB draft?

    Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox
    Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
    Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
    Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners
    Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF, Detroit Tigers

  53. Q says:
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    I drafted ryu but dropped him for Beckett last week. Right move? Would you drop any of these guys to pick him back up?
    Homer Bailey
    Doug Fister ( I hardly knew her)
    Mike Minor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Hold

  54. kalone says:
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    Who will be ranked higher in 2014, Profar, Myers or Gyorko?

  55. Big AL says:
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    Reading Razzball half awake,gotta draft 3 teams today. You sure your ready to marry the cougar?
    I got a Don Rickles mask and official pastor papers.Let’s say $ 34.50. A lot of mine going on.Alarm clock mine,side of the bed mine. Starting to sound like the seagulls in the fish cartoon Mine!!! Mine!!!!,Mine!!!!. Is that a little panic creeping in?????
    I’m liking a little Cuban Ya Pu later in the year. Got me some Korean Hy Py in the last draft it’s cheap enough. Just for Jay Wrong
    Oh yeah finally thank you for the porn thing at the end of your blog. Please include pictures next time. None of you guys. Maybe a approved couger shot out of your Mine collection.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big AL: Ha, let’s do it! Pics included, definitely…

  56. DonCoburleone says:
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    Anyone interested in a 12 team H2H for $$ give me your email address.. Draft is tomorrow night!

  57. TREX says:
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    What’s everyone think of this team? Standard 10 Team H2H 5 Outfielder ESPN League

    C – Jonathan Lucroy
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Danny Espinosa
    3B – Evan Longoria
    SS – Josh Rutledge
    2B/SS – Alcides Escobar
    1B/3B – Ryan Zimmerman
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Shin Soo Choo
    OF – Hunter Pence
    OF – Nick Markakis
    UTIL – Kendrys Morales

    Bench – Emilio Bonifacio

    P – Zach Greinke
    P – Max Scherzer
    P – Jordan Zimmermann
    P – Jake Peavy
    P – Jonathon Niese
    P – Shelby Miller
    P – Chris Tillman
    P – A.J. Griffin

    RP – Jason Motte
    RP – Tom Wilhelmsen
    RP – Glen Perkins

    I know I will probably have to DL Motte and grab some saves on waivers until he’s back. Anyone else have any thoughts with this team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TREX: You look a tad low on average, which isn’t a big deal in H2H and your pitching looks excellent… Overall solid team…

      • TREX says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, great work with the site again this year, as usual!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  58. Jake Stone says:
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    Do u think Mark Appel could make his MLB debut this year?

  59. Jay says:
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    Great Stuff Grey.

    So I didn’t listen and drafted Hanley, at SS at least… and now my infield is Butler, Cano, Segura, and filling in the recently DL’d Freese – everyone’s favorite Jedd Gyorko.

    Was offered Brandon Phillips and Ryan Zimmerman for Cano and Freese. initially thought it was an automatic accept, but not so sure. Thinking I should be ok with keeping Cano. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: I’d take Cano…

  60. JoeG says:
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    Hosmer & S.Miller for Freese & D.Phelps, 6×6 Roto. Who wins?

  61. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    conspiracy theory – Awesomeous Maximus ie the worst commish ever is really…T Moore

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey:
        1) he hardly posts anymore
        2) he has a strange affinity for fantasy baseball
        3) since you lost some bet, I assume, he has been posting actual articles
        4) what a better cover than T Moore, he must feel he is better than a regular commentor so must hide his Awesomousness. With that thinking I could be T-Moore… am I?
        5) I have no five but I’m writing a letter to Oliver Stone, 5 to be continued…

        I have way too much time on my hands

  62. JoeC says:
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    Really? 135K for Jackie Mason? Um… why? I mean, there’s kitsch value there, I guess, but dude is about as funny as setting yourself on fire.

    You should get Jerry Stiller instead. Now *that’s* a wedding I would go to (hint, hint!)!

    RE: Nakajima, wouldn’t that be “falling on his *samurai* sword”?

    I can’t believe how stupid the Tigers are. Why does anyone see ANYTHING in Porcello? Even disregarding fantasy aspects, he’s just not very good at real baseball (4.55 career ERA, 1.417 WHIP, 384 Ks in 691.2 IP). Dude blows.

    And hey, I’m not gonna fall for that banana-in-the-tailpipe trick again. Mama didn’t raise no fools! (well, she did, but not this particular child!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Stiller would be awesome… Not sure on Porcello… Ha!

  63. Hankerciser200 says:
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    why not more love for Cespedes? 30/30 .285 is not a far reach he is the Cuban Missile and could win the AL MVP.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: Well, you don’t make verbal love to him like you do Giancarlo. I understand… first love and everything. But the Cuban Missile deserves some tongue action too! I think he could easily put up a line that makes him a 1st round pick next year, as long as he stays on the field.

  64. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey! haha I just recently did a draft in a 12 team H2H 5×5 competitive league and I was wondering if I could get a look at it.

    C) Carlos Santana
    1B) Paul Goldschmidt
    2B) Ian Kinsler
    3B) Miguel Cabrera
    SS) Hanley Ramirez (Cozart after I put him on DL)
    OF) Adam Jones
    OF) Desmond Jennings
    OF) Choo Shin-Soo
    Util: Todd Frazier
    Util: Bonifacio

    SP: Bumgarner
    SP: Peavy
    RP: Glen Perkins
    RP: Casey Janssen
    P: Jon Lester
    P: Hiroki Kuroda
    P: Marco Estrada
    P: Tillman
    Bench: Al Alburqueque
    Bench: Phil Hughes
    Bench: AJ Griffin
    Bench: Mike Fiers
    Bench: Ryan Madson

    Haha I was wondering if you thought there was anyone I could straight up drop, Personally I thought my hitting was a bit weak, especially my Util positions….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Hitting does look a tad weak, especially with Cozart instead of Hanley… In H2H, Bonifacio isn’t so great, probably look for a different UTIL guy…

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: Haha got it, maybe I should try to move a pitcher for Ian Desmond (The guy has both Starlin Castro and Desmond…. wierdo) I suppose I’ll drop Bonifacio for a power hitter ish or whoever comes off hot on the waiver wire. I personally like having a guy obviously worse than the rest of my team in the beginning of the year so I don’t have to debate on whether or not to pick up a hot bat, life decisions that picking up a hitter gives me a headache. Since you didn’t mention my pitching, I’m assuming it’s fine haha

        • Grey

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          Yeah, pitching’s fine… Moving a guy for Desmond would help… Then trade Hanley when he’s about a week away…

  65. AA says:
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    Hey Grey,

    How would you rank the top 3 from the list of yawnstipating pitchers below? Thanks. Its an 10 team AL only league.

    Peacock, Kazmir, Axelrod, Arrieta, Mendoza, Tepesch, Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, Axelrod, Peacock…

  66. PH says:
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    Which pitcher would you drop?

    Mitchell Boggs
    Clayton Richard
    Edwin Jackson
    Wade Miley
    Kyle Kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PH: Richard

  67. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey I know you have Homer Bailey in a favorable tier with him having a terrible spring do you still like him?

  68. AdamH says:
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    Hey Grey, hey,

    In a 12 team standard yahoo roto keeper league 5×5, with a staff of:
    SP Latos
    SP Medlen
    RP Rivera
    RP Perkins
    P League
    P Fujikawa
    P Jered Weaver (I know, I hate him too, had to keep him)
    B Minor
    B Hughes
    DL Hughes
    Minors Bundy

    With an open roster spot due to the DL of Hughes, which of the following best compliments this staff: Ryu, Milone, Cahill, McCarthy, Griffin, Tillman.

    Thanks for all you do!

    • AdamH says:
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      @AdamH: Oops, have Beckett here too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu…

  69. fungus says:
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    Mocking my way with the 8th pick in a 10 man, I seem to have to choose between 1B and Cargo (or Stanton) in the first, Longo or Upton in the second, Jones or Kinsler in the 3rd, and Zimmerman or Holliday/BJ/Goldy in the 4th. Any of these better than the others?

    Pujols, Longo, Jones, BJ

    Pujols, Upton, Jones, Zimmerman

    Pujols, Stanton, Jones, Zimmerman

    Pujols, Beltre, Jones, Holliday

    Stanton, Fielder, Jones, Zimmerman

    Cargo, Bautista, Kinsler, Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Fielder, Jones, Zimmerman

  70. Jon says:
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    My Posey + Milone = Molina + Scherzer? FHer? Peavy?

    Would you make that trade for any of those guys or hold? H2H 5×5 keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  71. KarlJ says:
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    So I have the 4th pick tonight in a 10 team 5×5 roto draft. Based on league chatter I am sensing that there is good chance that Braun might slip to me at #4. Problem is this league has no reserve slots and CBS doesn’t let you put suspended players on the DL. So basically if he gets suspended I get stuck with an empty lineup spot for 50 games
    Worth the risk/reward at #4 or should I go for Kemp or McCutchen? It is 5 OF league so I would prefer and OF over Cano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d draft Braun…

  72. Carnac says:
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    Jackie Mason’s fee is what we in the wedding officiant business call a “Go F*ck Yourself” number.

    There are cheaper ways to appease Bubbe Albright… if you’re cool with a reform ceremony, I suggest Fran Lebowitz. We’ve worked together a bunch of times on mixed-faith ceremonies. Meaning, I had mixed faith that I’d be able to get a word in.

    [TIPS TURBAN, EXITS STAGE LEFT, TRIPS AND KNOCKS OVER CHUPPAH]

    • Grey

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      Ha… I think so, but you’d think his Go F*ck yourself number would be about $100,000 less just in case… Like he’s turning down $30,000 for one day… I want Fran Lebowitz! Are you serious?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: you should get Brandon Belt look alike Samm Levine to MC the festivities

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, good call… There’s a new post from me, btw…

  73. Carnac says:
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    Another suggestion: the coverboy of the most recent BU alumni magazine… Marc Maron! His ceremonies are mostly talking about how your vows relate to him.

    • Grey

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      Actually have a connection to Maron, but I don’t think Mother and Father Cougar would go for him…

  74. B.J. says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who are the two from this list that you like the most for this season?

    A. Cashner, Ryu, D. Holland, Ogando, Shelby Miller, E. Volquez, Bud Norris, A. Cobb, Detwiler or Jason Vargas, Parnell and Phil Hughes.

    12 team H2H league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parnell, Miller…

  75. Eric W says:
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    Just finished my last batch of books from amazon and time to replenish my book shelves, I have never really read a baseball book before besides The Natural (movie was better) and figured now would be a good time to try one out. Anyways seen a few people talk about books here every know and then and was wondering if any one had any recommendations that is not Juiced or moneyball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See podcast from yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just the post, you don’t have to listen…

      • Eric W says:
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        @Grey: Just if I did not loathe they Rays. Expos book sounds interesting though.

  76. KDH says:
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    Quick Question.
    Buddy offers me Jordan Zimmerman for Brandon Morrow.
    I have Morrow. Should I do the trade?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  77. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Grey,

    What is your ideal approach to a keeper league draft? We are introducing keepers to this league next year from our draft that happens tonight. Keep up to 5 for as long as you like (give up your top pick for each player kept).

    A) Stick to your normal rankings but always choose the younger/more upside player when deciding between two players at the same position.

    B) Early take young upside players, middle take solid vets, late take young flier upsides.

    C) There is no C

    D) Don’t draft anyone North of 30 years old, reach for young upside studs early (Trout, Harper, Heyward, Strasburg etc.). Grab a Myers, Taveras etc. in the middle rounds.

    E) Other

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

  78. Grey

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

  79. Nonstoptalk says:
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    Grey can I get your stamp of approval or disapproval on my recently drafted team. My piching is probably a little too strong and offense a little weak. Can I compete? How bad is my offense?

    12 Team Mixed H2H Keeper 6×5 (Hits)

    C: S. Perez
    1B: P. Fielder
    2B: J. Gyrko/E. Bonifacio
    3B: B. Lawrie
    SS: J. Rutledge
    OF: J. Heyward
    OF: D. Jennings
    OF: S. Choo
    UTIL: P. Goldschmidt
    BN: P. Borjous

    SP: M. Cain, C. Lee, J. Samardzji, K. Medlen, T. Hanson, M. Fiers, D. Gee
    RP: J. Papelbon, S. Cishek, E. Frieri, R. Madson, M. Boggs

    Thanks in Advance…

  80. Bill says:
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    Prospect keeper league question. My MiLB keepers are Trevor Bauer, Nick Castellanos and Jean Segura who is being promoted in a few days to my SS. I get first pick in our MiLB draft. After keepers the top two choices are Yasiel Puig and Jorge Soler. I love saying Jorge, especially backwards, but want to scream, “Here piggy, piggy, piggy!” What do I do?

  81. sange da man says:
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    Grey…..trade offered to me here
    H2H espn points keeper league

    My Longoria for….Brett Lawrie, Wil Myers and Profar…

    Hurts my depth but nets me some sweet keepers who should see some burn this year…..my team is solid on offense….Bautista, kipnis, butler, sal perez, austin jackson, rios, rutledge, m. Young………keep Longoria in the mix and hold a. Eaton and J. Teheran for keepers……..or take the drop from longo to lawrie but maybe upgrade my keepers/trade chips?

    Questions, comments, concerns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it…

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