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Yesterday, we went over the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball and today we (hint:  it’s in the title) go over the top 20 3rd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Now that we’re knee deep in the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings we can get a better idea of how deep certain positions are.  Martin Prado is 16th overall on the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball but 23rd here.  Juan Francisco is 34th on the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball, but 28th here.  Quickly we can surmise that the 3rd basemen is shallower than the 1st basemen, but deeper than the 2nd basemen.  Outfielders are obviously the deepest, and will be coming tomorrow, and, after that, positions rank from deepest to shallowest:  1st basemen, 3rd basemen, shortstops, 2nd basemen then catchers.  Not much change from previous years, except for the flip-flop with the middle infielders.  As always, my projections and tiers are noted.   Oh, and if you don’t believe the magic in my fingertips, here’s the review of my rankings from last year.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball:

1. Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera’s projections were in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

2. Evan Longoria – Longoria’s projections were in the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

3. Adrian Beltre – Beltre’s projections were in the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

4. Edwin Encarnacion – Encarnacion’s projections were in the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

5. David Wright – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Alvarez.  I call this tier, “3rd base is deep, chill.”  This tier will probably be okay, but the 3rd basemen go on forever.  I’m looking at guys ranked in the 20’s here that I would draft as my 3rd baseman.  Last year, I punted 3rd base to the Machado, Machado Man.  Worked out fine.  This year you can do the same.  There will be a dozen 3rd basemen to choose from.  As for Wright, he had a brouhaha last year, with the emphasis on haha, after not endorsing Cougar Life.  Don’t you need to be young to be with a Cougar?  My Cougar talks about Joy Division and I have no idea what she’s talking about.  You need like a good fifteen years between you and your lady to really enjoy the benefits of Cougar’ing, like having your meals cooked for you and getting reminded daily why you need to take care of your teeth.  Wright’s 31; that’s too old for Cougar’ing anyway.  He doesn’t strike me as a guy who’s going to suddenly get better with age.  And his health’s a mess.  Wright gets a ton of supporters from the fantasy community; it’s like saying something bad about Lou Gehrig.  What’s so great about Wright?  (See, if you jilt Cougars, you get the wrath of Grey.)  2014 Projections:  84/22/93/.303/15

6. Ryan Zimmerman – What they say is if it’s good for the geese, it’s also good for the gander… Oh, oh, Sheila!  Oh, sorry, I didn’t hear you come in.  Sit down and let me tell you a little something about frustration.  You’re struggling to get anything started on offense for your fantasy team.  You have Zimmerman at 3rd and he’s given you one homer in April and you’re like, “Why does he always disappoint?!”  He fails to get hot for the first three months, then you trade him for 35 cents on the dollar and are just happy to get rid of him….Then he gets scolding hot.  At the end of the year, Zimmerman gets his numbers, but for two years now his 1st half has looked like that of, say, Chris Johnson.  You can draft Zimmerman, but know that you’re gonna want to kill him from April through June.  Okay, see yourself out… Oh, oh, Sheila!  Let me love you until the morn comes!  2014 Projections:  86/25/91/.279/4

7. Josh Donaldson – He beat my expectations last year by a hair…If you have dreadlocks and one ‘hair’ is 8 inches in circumference and smells like gym socks.  He beat my expectations by a hair if your hair has written on it, “Grey’s stupid” like how people write on a grain of rice.  He beat me by a hair if your hair is as long as all the members of Tesla combined.  BTW, when is Tesla (the car) gonna have commercials with Tesla (the band)?  I’m guessing in the 2016 Super Bowl.  Anyone want those odds?  Nothing really screams out to me that Donaldson’s year was a fluke.  His BABIP was a tad high, but I could see him maintaining a .330 BABIP.  Maybe it drops ten or so points.  What worries me is how many plate appearances he needed to scratch his way to 89 runs, 93 RBIs, 24 homers and 5 steals.  It’s hard to project him to once again get 158 games played.  So his rates should stay close to the same, but he just won’t accumulate as many stats.  2014 Projections:  74/19/80/.290/4

8. Pedro Alvarez – He hits a ton of fly balls, doesn’t hit many infield fly balls and hits a ton of homers.  It’s not a bad recipe for success (assuming you’re using low sodium soy).  I like him, but, like Al from The Naked Gun, I think last year he was hitting his head on his ceiling.  Can he get more than 36 homers while hitting .233-ish?  I suppose, but just a bit off either number and you’re in dangerous territory.  A .225 hitter with 29 homers isn’t pretty at all.   The difference between his 2013 and that line is one butterfly in Indonesia flying right at an intersection instead of left.  2014 Projections:  65/31/89/.237/2

9. Kyle Seager – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Moustakas.  I call this tier, “A 3rd baseman you draft now, young prematurely balding Padawan.”  Seager is predictable and nowadays that’s just not that easy to find.  He’s a virtual lock for a 20/12 season, and that’s a virtual reality you don’t have to wear clunky 3-D glasses for.  He had a bit of the same good fortune as Donaldson, a crapton of plate appearances.  Like Sony did to Michael Bay on his last film, I’ll give Seager 75 less PAs, but with Cano behind him (maybe Hart and Morrison, depending on health) equals 5 more runs.  Seager won’t ever hit for .300.  .260 is more than doable-slash-usable-slash-from-GNR.  He’ll also chip in around 10 steals.  He finished 11th last year for 3rd basemen, and I’d put him up for a part deux, hot shot.  2014 Projections:  83/20/77/.263/10

10. Jedd Gyorko – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

11. Nolan Arenado – I already went over my Nolan Arenado fantasy.  I wrote it while on hold with a call center in India.  2014 Projections:  74/21/82/.282/3

12. Cody Asche – I already went over my Cody Asche fantasy.  Can you tell I like this tier?  I only wrote extra posts on just about all of these guys.  2014 Projections: 70/17/82/.285/10

13. Will Middlebrooks – Surprised I didn’t write a sleeper post on Middlebrooks.  Guess no better time than the present.  Whew!  That went faster than expected.  I wrote about how his K-rate was out of control in the first half due to terrible BABIP.  See, he was struggling, getting unlucky and then started chasing and got sloppy.  I wrote about how his walk rate shot up in the 2nd half and he made better contact.  I wrote about how his 1st half and 2nd half were separated by a trip to the minors.  Whatever was bugging his boo, he stopped rueing it and started ruling it, said Dr. Seuss.  I wrote about how he’s one of the few guys in the Red Sox lineup that comes without a steep price and how he’s slotted in the nine hole right now, but that could change pretty quickly.  I wrote– Damn, now there’s no reason to publish that post.  Oh, well.  2014 Projections:  69/21/78/.273/4

14. Todd Frazier – I already went over my Todd Frazier sleeper post.  No, that’s not from last year, it’s from this year.  Jerk.  2014 Projections:  70/25/79/.252/6

15. Mike Moustakas – I already went over my Mike Moustakas fantasy.  I wrote it while dressing my dog in an ugly sweater.  2014 Projections: 71/20/76/.251/3

16. Manny Machado – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Carpenter.  I call this tier, “Hopefully these guys are ranked low enough so I don’t need to contemplate them.”  You know why Plato loved a Vegas buffet?  No one complained when he had too much on his contemplate.  Take it, Highlights, it’s yours!  Probably would’ve ranked Machado above Wright if he didn’t get hurt going into the offseason.  I love Machado like a mother chicken loves her mothereffin’ eggs, but, for this year, I’m passing on him in drafts.  2014 Projections:  80/14/61/.281/3

17. Matt Carpenter – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

18. Pablo Sandoval – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Profar.  I call this tier, “May even get value this late…Dayum!”  Sandoval was so annoyed that management kept calling him fat that he lost 170 pounds.  And, like any anorexic model, Sandoval’s mad at the world.  Sandoval told the media that when Fathead called him he didn’t know if he should call back the company or Bochy.  Playing mad is fun, could be great for fantasy.  He is still two seasons removed from palatable numbers so don’t get caught in the “he’s sexy so he must be better” trap.  Draft him, just don’t overreach based on how he looks in a bathing suit.  2014 Projections:  62/17/76/.285/1

19. Brett Lawrie – Are you ready for some post-post-POST-postpost-post-hype sleeper action?  I knew you would be.  Lawrie’s in the same boat as Sandoval.  (Hopefully, that boat isn’t named the Titanic II.)  Lawrie looks like an 18-homer, 12-steal guy with a .270 average, but — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — he hasn’t done it yet over a full season, so he’s worth a draft pick at the right price, just don’t draft him assuming the best.  2014 Projections:  69/14/74/.268/12

20. Aramis Ramirez – Aramis is kinda hot garbage on the dashboard in an El Dorado that’s parked in the Sahara Desert.  But, you never know, and you are pretty late in a draft.  More than likely, Ramirez will play in about 100 games, be a bench player in 2015 and retire following that season.  2014 Projections:  64/16/69/.278/1

21. Jurickson Profar – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

22. Martin Prado – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Headley.  I call this tier, “Martenth Avenue Freese Out.”  The tier’s name is a mystery to everyone, even Springsteen fans, and what you’ll get from these guys makes it a mystery why anyone gets excited about drafting them.  Went over Prado in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

23. David Freese – Here’s what I said when he was traded to the Angels, “Pop goes the Freesel cuz the Freesel lost his pop at 3rd base.  Well, the Angels figured out a way to get older and more expensive.  Maybe Arte Moreno Jr. shouldn’t have bought his dad Brian Cashman’s autobiography.  “Dad, chapter five implicitly says to sell off all prospects and get older.  In no uncertain terms.”  That’s AM Jr. as he pats caviar from his lips with a gold leaf.  Freese isn’t great, but he seemed to get lost in St. Louis.  Maybe he can’t stand enthusiastic fans.  Southern California should cure that problem.  Worst case scenario, Freese is a 12-ish homer guy with fair-to-middling counting stats.  Best case scenario, he hits 20 homers again and lends you a million dollars, interest free.  I imagine he’ll find himself somewhere in the middle with Monie and Malcolm.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  68/16/79/.260/2

24. Chase Headley – Here’s the crazy thing… You ready for it… Here it is… Crap, I left it in my car, one second… Okay, back!  The crazy thing is Headley’s not that bad and he’s ranked 24th.  Do I want him?  Nah, not really.  Would I take him if he was around this late?  Sure, what the eff in the eff hole.  A guy with 30-homer, 15-steal potential, who is 29 years old, shouldn’t be around this late.  It’s a deep position and I could see taking a corner infielder from 3rd base and maybe even a utility guy.  It’s a good time to be a hitter…Except for 1st basemen, 2nd basemen, catchers, shortstops and outfielders.  UPDATE:  Calf strain and sidelined for 3 weeks.  If you see him in your draft, probably best to keep on mooooving.  2014 Projections:  62/14/70/.259/8

25. Anthony Rendon – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Plouffe.  I call this tier, “Probably won’t be thrilled with them at 3rd base, but as a corner man they might tickle your fantasy bone.”  Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

26. Xander Bogaerts – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball.

27. Matt Dominguez – What’s up, Astros fans?!  I can’t hear you!  You, the one guy in the back wearing a Bagwell jersey.  Yeah, you.  What’s up?!  Your 3rd baseman looks like a poor man’s Pedro Alvarez.  I will call him Po Alvarez cuz you can’t afford the edro.  Uh-oh, I feel a rhyme coming on.  Gots one Astro fan in the world, for a championship their wont is bored.  First they need to remember the last back-to-back games they won.  What are you chicken, Szechuan?  You best be praying on the Koran.  Hey, without that, it’s Matthew McCon.  2014 Projections:  51/19/67/.242

28. Kelly Johnson – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

29. Juan Francisco – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

30. Chris Johnson – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

31. Trevor Plouffe – Plouffe is safer to get better numbers than Davidson, but you don’t want safe this late.  Plouffe goes my logic!  2014 Projections:  51/15/63/.242/2

32. Mark Reynolds – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “If you’re drafting now for five years ago, you could do all right.”  Went over Reynolds in the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

33. Casey McGehee – Here’s what I said about him this offseason, “There’s a name from the past, huh?  No, Casey McGehee isn’t the girl you went to the prom with.  He’s a third baseman who used to play in the majors, couldn’t hit and went to Japan, where he found success against guys half his size.  Some people call that a bully, but in the US we call that industrious.  You might wonder why on earth we’re talking about a guy who has disappeared for a year.  Guess what?  The Marlins signed him to play third base.  And you thought the Marlins weren’t playing to win.  Pee double eff tee.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  44/12/59/.231/2

34. Matt Davidson – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Went the other way in the Addison Reed trade and is currently slated to start at 3rd base for the White Hose.  Davidson does sound like a game show host, so come on down, you’re the next contestant on the White Sox depth chart.  Plouffe-like isn’t just fun to say, it’s also what Davidson looks like.   Yo, man, you are Plouffe-like!  He’ll have some power, maybe 20-ish homers, but struggle to hit for a decent average.  Here’s what I said previously about him, “Here’s what Prospect Scott said, “Davidson’s power is legit, as evidenced by the .208 ISO he posted at Double-A last year.  The 21-year-old projects to hit 25+ homers annually, but an aggressive approach will likely keep the AVG down.  Still, he looks like an above-average 3B, and he’s not too far off.  Or as Grey would say, ‘I’m a big dummy.’”  What?  Why would I say that?  I like Davidson a lot in AL-Only leagues, and deep mixed ones for upside.” And that’s me quoting me quoting Scott quoting me in a Möbius strip of quoting!”  And that’s me quoting me like a mothereffin’ broken record!  UPDATE:  Davidson may not make the club because of Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger.  Oh.  Okay.  2014 Projections:  38/14/51/.223/1

35. Juan Uribe – I have a great, green idea.  150-foot sculptures of Juan Uribe swinging to generate wind power.  If Al Gore’s career wasn’t dead, he’d like that.  2014 Projections:  44/14/53/.235/4

35. Yuniesky Betancourt – You know what they say to Betancourt when he has a brain fart?  You’re a Yunitard.  UPDATE: He signed in Japan.  Sayonara!  2014 Projections:  30/11/42/.220/2

  1. Kyle H says:
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    You have some good expectations from Arenado. Where is he batting in that lineup? I could definitely grab him late in my redraft league..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle H: Slotted into the two hole right now, but that’s not gonna stay like that… Once injuries hit the Rockies…

  2. Beastman says:
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    Seeing Machado down so low in the rankings hurts me more than if my dearest abuelita just passed away, and now I need to take 2 months off of work to mourn her.

    Reports so far indicate he could be ready within a couple weeks after opening day, if not sooner. Would you bump him up significantly if this were to happen, or does the injury still shake your confidence in the macho one enough to keep him out of the top 10 or 12?

    • Hoosier Daddy says:
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      @Beastman: From the statement that he’d be listed above Wright if there wasn’t an injury, I am moving him as high as #6 if Spring Training demonstrates he can run on all cylinders

    • PK says:
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      @Beastman: I’m always afraid of the “they’ll be ready by the start of the season, or 1-2 weeks in” guys.

      Remember Corey Hart last year? End of April at the latest? Never played a single game.

      Similar deal happened a few years ago with Michael Morse. Supposed to start the season a few weeks late. Ended up missing half the year.

      • Hawk says:
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        @PK:

        Remember Derek Jeter last year? He was ready to play the last game of Spring Training. The next time we saw him was around the All Star break.

        If its a single season league, I’d avoid Machado. In a keeper league, I’d bump him up.

        • Byobeerling says:
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          @Hawk:

          Jeter was 38 and Corey Hart has chronic knee issues. Both are awful examples when trying to predict when a 21 year old will be back and healthy.

          I’m no doctor, but the latest report is he’s 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule and they’re fairly certain that he’ll be ready for spring training. I have Manny in a keeper league and I’m hoping for the best, obviously. Maybe its wishful thinking, but those comps listed above were pretty bad IMO…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Byobeerling: I like Machado going forward too…two things…he gets a lot of his value from his defense…not great for your FBB team…and there looks like at least 12 better options right now in a redraft…

            • Byobeerling says:
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              @Wake Up:

              Agreed, he’s serviceable at 3rd now, with room for more. I’m just holding out hope that Hardy leaves via free agency next year and Manny immediately becomes one of the top SS’s in 2015.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Byobeerling: Yep…I had that same conversation with a Balt. fan last season before the injury…doesn’t look like he’ll ever be an elite 3B option…but immediately would become an elite SS…of course, the Gold Glove situation doesn’t help the case for the position change…

          • Hobag says:
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            @Byobeerling: Machado is also boys with a-rod. He might know how to help his recovery.

      • Jay29 says:
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        @PK: Yeah but you can’t just focus on the bad results. Last year I drafted 4 players who were supposed to start the year on the DL: Jeter, Hart, Ortiz, and Wright. Two were busts ($15 wasted in the auction), two were great values ($35 for Ortiz+Wright; OPS league) that came back right away and helped lead me to a championship.

        Point being, you’ve got to factor in each injury in a realistic manner. When they say 2 weeks, assume 3 or 4. If the player hasn’t picked up a bat/ball all spring, assume he’s out till June. Build very conservative expectations into your projections/rankings. After all that, and you still see value during your draft/auction, then you take the player and hope he comes back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beastman: I’m taking the year off from Machado, but if he were healthy, he would bump up…

      • Beastman says:
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        @Grey: Some good points brought up above. Agree that his youth should help him recover and he’s no comparison to jeter or hart, but could also easily suffer setbacks and miss significant time. I can keep him for $21 in a $260 league, but leaning towards letting him go and getting him cheaper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s too much to pay…

  3. Tigres says:
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    Finally, hitters. My eyes hurt from all the middle infidels. I’d add Lawrie to the Seager tier — bunch of guys there who also have the potential though not the track record.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Seager has a solid track record…

  4. Rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    I believe in Josh Donaldson. Traded Gio and Papi for him in my dynasty. Too much?

  5. Dave Uitti says:
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    Grey, thanks for doing what you do! Who would you keep in a 12 team league: Seager in the 16th round or Cashner in the 16th round?

  6. BringDaRuckus says:
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    I believe in the Donald this year!! I’m liking the top 10 ranking Grey!

  7. BringDaRuckus says:
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    On a side note, when do you guys plan on doing your first baseball podcast for the year? Yes I know I’m anxious, but I’m ready for some baseball.

  8. Jeff says:
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    Grey – it seems like you’d preach punting 2b because it’s so craptastic. But wouldnt the gap between stud 2b and replacement 2b be much larger than the gap between stud 3B and replacement 3b (Miggy aside)? If that’s the case, wouldnt it make sense to pay up for the 2b and punt 3b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: The problem is the stud 2nd basemen aren’t great…

      • Andrew A says:
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        @Grey:

        maybe analysis of combining 2B and 3B at certain dollar values would help. Obviously a little later when there’s more of an idea about adp/values

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There will be a top 400 with all players combined…

  9. natty lite says:
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    Where would Carlos Santana fit into all of this if he does make the shift over to third?

    • Swagger Jackers says:
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      @natty lite: Valid question but if you draft Santana, you’re playing him at C.

  10. Wake Up says:
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    Bochy ran the St Louis Marathon last year…was making really great time, until he got his head stuck in the arch…C’est la vie…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: That’s straight hate from Pablo!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Haha…most washboards come with straight hate! Polanco went rafting down the Colorado and got his head stuck in the Grand Canyon…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

    • Al lydon says:
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      @Wake Up: That’s funny !!! He must of looked like a human bobble head running the race…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Al lydon: yep…looked like he was agreeing with everyone…

  11. Wake Up says:
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    Thanks to you, The Time, and Ready for the World…I now have a Jheri curl stain on the back of my couch…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Should say “another” Jheri curl stain on my couch…I’ve always been more of an Afro sheen type guy myself…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You and Rudy both…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Is that some kind of CC jab?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… CC just got cheaper (to take out to dinner)…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Ha! Yeah, that should put the life right back on the arm right? To be clear…I don’t think that will increase his fastball velocity…you don’t think that will increase his fastball velocity either…
                CC…I nailed him in 2012…you nailed him in 2013…by nailing, I mean I projected his numbers correctly in 2012…and you did last year…not that you had homosexual sex with him, although it was inadvertently alluded to, through no fault of my own…
                Speaking of nailing (not the homosexual sex kind), word on the street is you beat all the other rankers last year…That’s rank! To be clear…I mean rank as in smells bad…when bad was good…like that’s bad ass…meaning nice ass…like the Greek guy up the block that always says that’sa bad ass…I assume he’s saying that’s a nice ass (in the homosexual sex way)…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… I’m totally rank!

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Now you tell me…was that weird or unclear IN ANY WAY?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not in the least!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Hey…am I really that weird and hard to understand?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re not quite as clear as goodfold, but not bad…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: 2 things…is there a goodfold1? and I always assumed that goodfold2 was just another one of your alter-ego-blogger-names…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I was goodfold3 after my favorite laundromat…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: That just cracked me up!
                    Speaking of cracking I’m thinking of cracking up my dynasty league team…right now I have Punto @ 2.75 in the 17th…other owner wants my 15th and if I take his Pinto @ 3.32/13th…third owner wants to swap picks in the 5th and pay owner number two the .75 for me if I pay the .32…we keep 5…thoughts…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahaha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow! I should’ve married her…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Wake Up: Either he ate Goodfold1, or wouldn’t it just be Goodfold? or he’s the highlander and he adds a number for every century he has been here, thus explaining why he like’s baseball, if he was born in the 15th century he would find this all a bit pointless, you know with him spending the previous 500 years doing chicks and killing stuff or he owns a chain of laundry mats, #2 being his favorite and most profitable, and fills his days counting all those quarters and playing extremely complex dynasty leagues

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @J-FOH: Hahaha…similar thinking by me, above…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Wake Up: I’ve been studying my Wakeupanity

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: @J-FOH: Wait…we should all come clean! We “borrowed” all these jokes from goodfold.com…the hospital corner of comedy!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The place candy strippers go for a good laugh to pass on….

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @Wake Up: it’s not complex, just weird, and very deep (30 man,25 active, minor guys max goes up 5 every year till it hits 30). does have really dumb bidding rules when simple ebay or real life auction style would be much better.

  12. The Thumb says:
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    Would Castellanos go right around Lawrie and Sand-Oval or Asche and Arenado?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @The Thumb: or do you think he’s going to be totally stank?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @The Thumb: 15/5 .260…pretty waiver wirey

    • Swagger Jackers says:
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      @The Thumb: Sand-Oval? Nice! I like it!

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Swagger Jackers: i think thats a Greyism, not sure though

  13. FMFBL says:
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    I own Machado in a keeper league with decent value but I’m also somewhat cool on him this year. It’s an OBP league and he’s yet to figure out how to take a walk. Do you think it’s wise to take a 3B early with my situation or would you punt the position and target a guy like Moosetacos and pair him with Machado, play splits, etc.?

    Thanks for getting me jazzed up for baseball again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: Punt and split… No problem…

  14. Hawk says:
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    Grey – how many spots would Arenado move up in a keep forever league (we keep 12, he’s on my bubble)

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Hawk: I would keep him in a forever keeper…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Hawk: better than Zimmerman as soon as next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: You read my post? Could be top 5 next year…

  15. RElee says:
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    Grey, am I crazy for leaning towards keeping Arenado over Josh Donaldson? Sounds like the ceiling might be significantly higher (possibly sooner than later). Did Donaldson just play his best season in ’13?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RElee: Donaldson just played his best… I’d still keep him over Arenado…

  16. ACC says:
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    Grey unlimited keep roto please help me pick one: machado,mauer,holliday,j Upton, j hey ??? Thinking machado due to unlimited keep??

    • Mike says:
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      @ACC: I’d go J.Up personally. Grey might have a diff answer for you tho.

    • FMFBL says:
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      @ACC: Keeper I’d probably go with Machado. Doesn’t he still have a shot at becoming SS? If so, you’re looking at an elite player at the position.

      I think we’ve seen what Justin Upton is, it’s very good but not elite – 27HRs, .270avg. and the Braves just don’t run so I doubt we’ll ever see 20SB out of the guy again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ACC: Between Upton and Machado… I’d go Machado, still very young, we’ll see more from him…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @ACC:

      one vote for heyward

  17. gareth says:
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    1b napoli
    1b Mauer
    3b Santana
    3b Donaldson
    1b/Dh Martinez

    This is the answer to Paula Coles song “where have all the catchers gone?”

  18. OaktownSteve says:
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    What’s up Albright? Took it like a champ writing the Son of Donald blurb. I’m sure you muttered a few choice words before you got in to that one.

    Just wanted to ask about the Machado love. Great player IRL, but 14 homers in a full season of ABs? The GB/FB profile says there’s not much more than a 20 homer season in there at best. Walk rate isn’t that good, though he doesn’t strike out much. Give you a few bags maybe, but not more than 10 probably. You just feel like he’s a young guy and power is going to show up as he matures? I’d kind of like to see it. From watching him play, the swing seems like a line drive gap to gap approach to me.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: What’s up OTS? Yep…Good call on Donaldson!

      Is there a Manny echo in here? See my above comments…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I wonder how many listened to me saying to avoid Heyward last year and that Cole was going to be the best pitching call-up?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        Nice on Cole. I like him a lot this year. I’ll go back up and read your Machado. You’ve been giving some great weirdness in the comments. Nice work

        • Prez says:
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          Only with Wake is “great weirdness” a compliment…

          • Swagger Jackers says:
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            @Prez: He also liked the fact that I admitted to not understanding 50% of what he writes in these comments. Isn’t that right Wake Up?

            • Prez says:
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              @Swagger Jackers: 50%? Damn, you pretty much got him figured out then! Haha

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Swagger Jackers: You said something about drinking…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: @Prez: Hey! wait a minute here…you guys are lucky I don’t have “humon” emotions…

            • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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              @Wake Up: he was on pace (through mid-june, i believe) to set a record in doubles. a lot of those usually turn into homers with age.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’m out on Machado this year, not going near him, and I do think he’ll barely scratch 20 homers, and top off at 24-27 at some point in his career… Kinda like Alex Gordon…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: he, like Simmons leaves the eyeball test up for grabs, I watch Simmons and wasn’t surprised with the HR’s, that lank can really yank….it. I see the same in the Macho man, his will be an interesting career to watch. A few adjustments and he can pop 28+ in a year. But again that’s eyeball and look for swing adjustment…..Good to see you here

  19. Jon says:
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    If I can’t work out a trade (trying to deal one of my SP for a corner guy), my last keeper spot is going to come down to Lawrie or a pitcher like Cashner or Medlen. I should be able to get a better corner guy in the draft (Asche, Frazier, Abreu and Adams are all free agents) even if I can’t pull off a trade and dump Lawrie, so we’ll see.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Cool

  20. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Ryan Zimm for Arenado straight up in a keep forever league?

    • willy says:
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      @Jon: absolutely… especially if salaries are a factor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sure

  21. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    We have a two tiered keeper system in a 12 team league. I drafted Macahdo last year for $7, I can either: keep him for just this season for the same $7, or indefinitely at $12 this year, then $17, $22 and so on. What should I do, I’m reluctant to pay $12 this season for the #17 3B.

    Also, same question with Wil Myers at $5 and Shelby Miller at $2, if you’ve got the time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kobayashi Maru: I’d keep all three… Myers, Miller, Machado, in that order…

  22. O Grey, your Top 20 rankings are even more attractive than your facial hair. Thanks!

    Question: In a keeper league which values closers (because there is no in-season wire–i.e., cheap closers can’t be picked up), who would you value most, long-term, Kenley Jansen or Nolan Arenado?

    I like both but can’t have both.

    The only other thing you need to know about me or my league is I don’t have facial hair. Please, no jokes about that.

  23. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    I would take Pablo just because he seems to catch fire late in the year, could help in the Fantasy Playoffs

  24. George says:
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    Well – based on what Grey is thinking, I guess I am going to be fine with a Profar and Middlebrooks platoon at my IF starting slot because there is no way that I am getting Jose Abreu in the 1st round of a salary keeper league with the 9th over all pick.

      • George says:
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        @Grey: This is barring Jose Abreu starting the year 9 for 82 and is then released of course….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Of course!

  25. George says:
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    I wonder who is going to be there at the 9th pick….It will be very interesting after the run of prospects that I have been able to draft and acquire.

    Either way – Tanaka, Abreau, Buxton, Correa, Bradley, Appel, Bryant, Baez, Gray, Russell will be there in the 1st round.

    C – Ramos
    1B – Fielder/C. Johnson
    2B – Altuve/Profar
    SS – Segura/Profar
    3B – Chris Johnson/Middlebrooks
    IF – Middlebrooks/Profar
    LF – Braun
    CF – AJax
    RF – Myers
    OF – J. Hamilton
    Bench – Avisail Garcia, Billy Hamilton, Oscar Taveras, Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team already for hitting…

      • George says:
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        @Grey: Yeppers….I am also going to take a look at Syndergaard…..

        He might be a nice fit for that rotation of Waino, Scherzer, JoFer, Cole, Teheran, Sonny Gray and Taillon….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice…

          • George says:
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            @Grey: I am pretty stoked Grey. Three years of rebuilding is about to show fruits….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Enjoy dem fruits!

  26. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points League w/$70 cap (salaries increase $1/year)

    Which side?

    Pedro Alvarez $3 and Tyson Ross $2
    OR
    Brett Lawrie $2 and Jeff Samardzjia $3

    My other SPs (start 5): Cliff Lee $7, Hamels $9, Latos $5 and Jose Fernandez $2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… As Eminem says, why you with the ugly Kardashian?

      • Carnac says:
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        I’d been trying to talk myself into keeping him for $30. “Think of all the keeper league inflation, Carnac!” But this is the last straw.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, next thing you know he’s gonna be dating Blair from Facts of Life and then people are just gonna laugh at you…

          • Carnac says:
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            This week on Lifetime Movies, Lisa Welchel stars… “Cougar in the Ravine”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Coming up after the back, the exciting conclusion to “The Running of the Cougars.”

              • Carnac says:
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                *shaky footage of Alyssa Milano running around the Dodgers locker room*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  *the players climbing the walls to avoid her like they’re in Pamplona*

                  • Carnac says:
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                    HA!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: This, along with his penchant for shiny suits, is further evidence of his poor judgement.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s always questionable — health and life choices, included…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: His good looks and athletic ability should have been given to someone who would know how to use them properly.

            Me, for instance.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take em!

      • Carnac says:
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        All the early flags seem so obvious now.

        Related: in answer to Mr. Mathers’ question, that tattoo is why Kemp’s with the ugly Kardashian.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Just wait until an open-mouthed Bruce Jenner is put on the left nip…

          • Carnac says:
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            Have you seen photos of him recently? It was a big reality check for me when I was considering my 38th plastic surgery.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: you think with all that money he wouldn’t of gotten a tattoo artist make his grandparents look like marble statues, pay the money, get some photo realism

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          At the very least don’t put your grandma on your nipple. That’s an axiom for life.

    • Al lydon says:
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      @Carnac: There’s a cougar on the road, her brain is squirming like a toad, and Kemp just pulled over to offer her a ride. I’m thinking he has a high brain sprain. Doode is toast….

  27. Prez says:
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    Soooo, does this mean you wont be meeting me in the dumpster in march?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did we agree on which dumpster? Or is this a secret message for JB to draft Dempster again?

      • Prez says:
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        @Grey: ya know, the dumpster outside stantons house? The one where i left my 38 macho man trapper keepers i got off amazon.. hope they are still there!

        And cmon, you know its no secret JB is drafting dempster again… Hes got a thing for gingerbeards! And gingerbread…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah, I’m there… 10 years ago, he meant to say I like gingerbread but said gingerbeard and now he doesn’t want anyone to know he spoke wrong…

  28. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Exciting times over on E!-SPN. The ‘Fantasy Baseball Summit’ is happening. Basically they’re asking each other via live chat where to rank people and even crowd-sourcing chat answers to make rankings. Teix over Morales at 17 and 18 for 1B so far. Apparently the summit part is really just a speed bump in the parking lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Carnac says:
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      Actual Eric Karabell quote: “But one more thing: Not all Cubans are alike, so we should stop assuming they are.”

      I’ll admit to having The Summit open in the tab I usually reserve for Russian dashboard cam traffic videos.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        EK must have an MLK day hangover. I couldn’t close out container wars via trutv for it but it was close.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            If you would’ve told me he said that without photographic proof, I wouldn’t have believed you…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He looks just like Rugrat from Wolf of Wall Street…

            • Carnac says:
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              I’m going to leave that open for the entire length of my live auction.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He fixed your whole life with that info…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Carnac: HA, I love those Russian traffic accident street fights

  29. Terrible Ted says:
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    Coming down to keeper list time, all input appreciated. Keep 10 forever, can designate 3 players to minors roster after the draft and keep for next year (10 +3 for 2015). If I call a minors player up, they are on the main roster forever and would count toward the 10.
    7SP, 3CL, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, IF, 3OF, UTL. 26 roster spots.

    List:
    Trout
    Goldy
    J.Fer
    Bum
    Cobb
    Billy Ham
    Walker
    Taveras
    Bogaerts
    Santana
    ———
    Brown
    Rosenthal
    Wheeler
    Sano
    Arenado
    S. Castro
    Taillon
    Parker

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado over Bogaerts… Taillon, Sano, and have no idea who else qualifies for your minors slots…

      • Terrible Ted says:
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        @Grey:

        Follows MLB rookie rules 50IP or 130 AB. The problem is this year I can only keep 10 before the draft. The minors roster is a running change we are making after the draft. So I have to decide if it’s worth taking one of my 10 keeper spots to immediately send a player to the minors. You are saying keep:

        Trout
        Goldy
        J.Fer
        Bum
        Cobb
        Billy Ham
        Walker
        Taveras
        Arenado
        Santana

        Meaning I could immediately send B. Ham, Taveras, Walker to the minors and replace them with players off the waiver wire until they show signs of life. If I call them up, they can’t be sent down. If I don’t call them up, I can stash them until 2015. That’s why I was thinking Bogaerts over Arenado.

  30. Phil says:
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    h2h points
    Have the 1st pick in a 7 keeper league. I own puig kinsler beltre a jones bumgarner sale Gio

    Available players Rios Hanley C Gomez Zimmerman Hosmer Heyward Abreu

    Who would you snag?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  31. nightpandas says:
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    need to narrow down my keepers by 2? We keep forever, 15 team league. Who would you drop from the list below?

    C-
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Gyorko
    3B- Arenado
    LF – Dom Brown
    CF- Yelich
    RF – Braun
    Util – Gordon (LF)
    SP – Darvish, Shields, Wacha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Shields and Brown…

  32. Eric W says:
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    If any thing is ever going to drive me to stabbing another human being in the face it is definitely going to be a 24 hr slow auction draft. Fuck you and your up bidding of Harper with 5 mins left!

    anyways…. 12 team 5×5 up to 5 keepers in a vacuum keep Cespedes at $20 or throw him back?

    Thanks for the help and your rankings!

    • Eric W says:
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      @Eric W: 260 budget btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… That sucks… Throw him back…

  33. JoeyK says:
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    H2H points
    I have 2 and 4 pick in keeper league, I have Matt Adams, Trumbo, Clif Lee, McCutchen, Marte and Beltran..

    Who would you try and get with those picks?

    Focusing on Matt Kemp, Josh Donaldson, Alex Rios, Carlos Gomez, Zimmerman, and Hosmer are best available…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by my rankings

  34. Andrew A says:
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    With the news that Kemp will probably miss the first two games (big deal..) and maybe more, what do you think Kemp’s approximate auction price will be and what’s the range you’d be willing to pay

    basic 10 or 12 team, 5×5 $260

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll be going over outfielders next

    • Al lydon says:
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      @J-FOH: I was wondering how much the team and stadium he will pitch in will affect his ADP ? But on further thinking the hype will probably blow all realistic thinking out of the water. I think he’s going to be way overrated. If he winds up in the AL East and kicks ass I’ll be impressed. If he’s smart he goes to the Dodger’s and a pitcher’s park and a better offense behind him.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: good stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t see it on my phone

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: The Phillies used 18 position players in 2004. Just five are still active in baseball. All five are Phillies property.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Add Abreu to that mess

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: It was the Abreu signing that provoked the tweet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha

  35. Bernard Gilkey says:
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    Everyone is sleeping hard on Panda. He’s on a mission to get paid and the last time he was on a mission to prove the doubters wrong, he hit .315 with with 23 HR in only 423 ABs. He’s risky but has huge profit potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be… Why was he on a mission during that previous good year?

      • Bernard Gilkey says:
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        @Grey: He lost 40 lbs that offseason trying to bounce back from a down 2010 where he was getting benched down the stretch. He tore it up in 2010 and then let himself go. That’s why I’m a little worried after he gets paid but for this year he looks plenty motivated and when he is and can stay relatively healthy, he’s an elite bat. He’s a career .298 hitter that will play this season at age 27 and has good power potential. His .330 rookie season will be tough to beat but other than that I think he stands a good chance for a career year. I’m up for a wager on Sandoval out-producing Cody Asche this year if he reaches 400+ PAs.

        • Bernard Gilkey says:
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          @Bernard Gilkey: tore it up in 2011*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could happen… Maybe he pictures each base is a marshmallow and he can cheat on his diet with each hit…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like him as well but given the talent level of the guys ahead of him, I don’t think people are sleeping on him; just recognizing the risk/reward factor with him by comparison.

  36. Matt says:
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    After reading your write up on David Wright makes me rethink on keeping him.

    I can keep him at $28, in my 12 team 5×5 auction league with a $260 cap. Right now thinking I will. I can keep 9 players total. Keepers go up $5 each season if I want to keep them next year. Prices below reflect this years price.

    Here is my other keeper options. Thinking of keeping these other 8
    Freddie Freeman 1B $20
    Matt Moore SP $20 (Wondering if worth keeping or not as well)
    Salvador Perez C $11
    Jedd Gyorko 2B, 3B $6
    Mike Minor SP 15
    Evan Gattis C, OF $6
    Garret Cole SP $1
    Christian Yelich OF $1

    Players I could also keep but just off the list at least right now:
    Brian McCann C $9 (Either Salvador Perez or McCannn going back and forth on this one)
    Brett Gardner OF $12
    David Robertson RP $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Wright, McCann plus those other seven…

    • Jason says:
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      @Matt: I would dump the whole team mostly and only keep Yelich if it’s really only $1. Maybe McCann @ $9. All the rest you can redraft for the same or cheaper if you wanted to. Looks like a good year for you to start fresh and rake up a couple tier one studs with some extra salary cap.

  37. Swagger Jackers says:
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    @Grey: Any big shakeups if this was ranked for OBP leagues?

    I’d have to think Headley gets a bump up, maybe Pedro goes down a couple? Anything else?

    Arenado hasn’t proved he can take a walk in the majors yet so he’s more of a (rudy) gamble.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, those three make sense… Rudy will have OBP rankings for further in-depth rankings…

  38. Oppo taco says:
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    Hey grey I’ve been offered rizzo for a 3rd round pick in our keeper league. We keep 7 players and I’m currently keeping mccutchen, j up, Joey bats, Goldy, heyward, MadBum and was deciding between one of profar/boegarts/Kimbrel/wheeler as my last keeper. We don’t forfeit picks for keeping players. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Rizzo…

  39. costaricanchata says:
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    am in the middle of a slow mock draft and have been looking over team rosters .
    according to cbs , the houston astros currently have a bullpen of 16 .
    how is this possible /possibly good ?
    i need to get in a fantasy league with their owner .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      not to be out-done ,
      the angels are carrying 19 !!
      what am i missing ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  40. birrrdy! says:
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    Lots of Asche love. Maybe that’s a cougar thing. ;)

    I don’t really see the Asche over Skinny Panda and Chase Headley thing, but that’s why you’re the one writing, and I’m the one reading. Hey wait, I’m writing now… Cool, methinks Asche is another incarnation of Greg Dobbs and you’ve got Panda and Headley way too low. Especially with both playing for contracts this year and 100% position/job security, but I love your insight. Especially when you’re right!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everything’s a cougar thing… Hope I’m right too…

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Cougars definitely more into Asche love.

        But the jury’s still out as to whether they are into some Fister.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My Cougar is!

  41. Brett says:
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    Grey

    I need some keeper help. 12 team mixed league keep 5 players 260 budget. I have Machado this year his hold year for 8, which means next year I could keep him again for 8 or decide to contract him for up to 4 more years with his price increasing by $5 each year.

    My players I am already keeping Strasberg 17 (yr 2 of 3yr contract) Harper 8 (yr1 of 4yr contract) Puig 5 (only can be kept this yr), Gomez 12 (hold yr).

    Like you, I really like Machado for long term potential. My other options to keep over him are bailey 6 (hold year), e Cabrera 5 (only can be kept this yr), and grienke 16(hold yr) and holland 7(hold yr). Would you keep any of them over Machado or any one else? Much thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Machado…

  42. goodfold2 says:
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    joy division is the shit. esp early. radiohead’s got a version of ceremony on youtube that kicks ass.

  43. John says:
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    Im drafting Asche then, thanks Grey

  44. Clint says:
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    Grey, is there a definitive way position jumps should be planned for predraft? Typically, I just draft a guy at the former eligibility and then use the extra spot as a benefit later since leagues I’ve played in haven’t ever made the player ineligible at the old spot but I’m wondering if you know ahead of time a guy like Cabrera’s going to switch pretty quickly if you should somehow include that in your predraft rankings and/or draft strategy. Maybe bump down a 1B need and grab 2 3B guys for instance? I’ve wondered the same about former relief pitchers that are going to enter rotations for your roster spots as well. Maybe I’m overthinking?

  45. Mike says:
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    Tanaka to Yanks 7yrs/155mill… booya!

  46. James says:
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    I know this is late for this posting, but it is a 3b question….

    Dynasty league (we keep as many as we want, but max roster is 25, so if you want to draft a prospect or unkept player you need to cut someone…. generally i cut 2-3 guys and pick up prospects to keep the stream of talent coming in).

    At 3rd I have Wright, Machado and Headley (bogearts if he plays there too). I can play 1 at Util, and the odd man out would ride the pine. Would i be crazy to cut Chase (my other options would be cook, cahill, kazmir, neise and jj hardy)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy

  47. JJ says:
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    I can’t see how you have Freese with a .260 avg after only one year of hitting at around .260. Are you aware that in his entire major and minor league career he’s hit well over .290? You must dislike the man to come up with that assessment, or perhaps you just intend to downgrade him to get him very cheap in some league. Just speculation. No offense but there are one too many folks online that do that in their blogs to mislead the masses on draft day… and I must say it’s very annoying.

    I agree David Freese should be downgraded in batting average from his usual .290+ but it would make a lot more sense tagging him at .270-.275 (as his lowest attainable BA); and that only in anticipation that he might need a little time to getting used to Angels ballpark. But then again he’s now in the AL so that BA shouldn’t drop a whole lot from his life average.

    One good year does not make a star. Likewise, one bad year does not make a bum. In fantasy sports people have the bad habit of judging players only by the numbers they had the previous year. I see Freese finding his mojo in LA surrounded by that Angels lineup; that of course, assuming he stays healthy all year. If his feet and his back do not become an issue Freese will do much better than what you predicted. And if he has health issues he will still do better than a mere .260. Last year was an aberration. You just have to take a glance at his career ratios.

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