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Once again, the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball look a whole lot better than the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.  For the first time that I can remember, I want a shortstop from the top tiers.  Usually I punt shortstops along with catchers due to how bad they are, but this year it’s pretty clear 2nd basemen are worse than shortstops and I like quite a few shortstops.  Hey, you gotta be malleable in this fantasy baseball game.  Malleable is also a great name for a baby girl.  Feel free to take it for your daughter if you so desire.  As with the other top 20 rankings, I point out where I think tiers start and stop and my projections.  All the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings can be found under that thing that says 2014 fantasy baseball rankings.  Unsuccinct!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball:

1. Hanley Ramirez – Went over Hanley’s projections at the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

2. Troy Tulowitzki – This is the first tier.  This tier goes from here until Andrus.  I call this tier, “Shortstops don’t look bad at all.”  The top shortstop in the tier, “Shortstops don’t look bad at all” doesn’t even play more than 130 games.  Hahahahahahah  *breathe, Grey, breathe*  Whew, lost my shizz there for a second.  I was just thinking about how Tulo ‘doesn’t look bad.’  Hahahahahahaha… *grabs a paper bag to breathe into, can’t find a paper bag, goes to the supermarket to get a paper bag, realizes they don’t have paper bags anymore, sees a Power Rangers lunch box, breathes into that instead*  Okay, okay, I’m good now.  I just need to take better care of my excitableness (Made-up Word of the Day!).  The reason why I’m saying Tulo doesn’t look bad is because even if he gets hurt (which he will), he still gets 25 homers and a .300 average for those 125 games he does play.  If he somehow stays healthy, then he’ll have a huge year.  2014 Projections:  81/27/92/.305/2

3. Ian Desmond – Segura was the best shortstop last year in a tie with Desmond.  The list of how many shortstops have back-to-back 20/20 seasons is pretty short.  Okay, there’s no list as much as a Post-It note stuck to Desmond’s head.  To go with 20/20 seasons the last two years, he also has .292 and .280 averages.  Also, he has 70+ runs and 70+ RBIs.  Not a whole lot to not like.  Is there reason for caution?  Well, he did hit .253 one year and his power went from 25 homers to 20 homers in the last two years.  Considering Reyes has gone from solid to crizzap the last two years, I’d say there’s a lot more caution with him than Desmond.  If you were to say to me, “Grey, your mustache makes Tom Selleck blush and I’m here to guarantee you a 15/17/.260 year from Desmond,” I’d take that right now from my shortstop.  And that’s the low end of his projections.  2014 Projections:  71/20/87/.271/17

4. Jean Segura – Okay, maybe I’m completely crazy.  Maybe I should be committed and have someone pat the drool from my chin.  Maybe I should be the meat in a crazy sandwich between Margot Kidder and Amanda Bynes.  But — again with some stank — BUT the shortstops don’t look bad at all.  Fo’eally.  And I kinda love Segura.  I contemplated moving Segura into the top 20 overall and could see skipping Hanley and Tulo for a 1st baseman or outfielder and going with the upside of Segura a round later.  His previous year’s 12 homers is completely doable again.  44 steals doesn’t seem at all like a stretch either.  One year in the minors, he stole 50.  A 10-homer, 50-steal guy is a 2nd rounder if he’s not hurting you in average.  Segura should hit at least .280 with no problem.  His counting stats took a hit last year with the loss of Hart, Braun and the entire Brewers lineup.  Hard to say where they will be this year, but I’d bet on the best shortstop last year, according to our Player Rater, getting better.  He better, he better, I bet.  2014 Projections:  78/9/47/.287/36

5. Elvis Andrus – His lineup and park makes for a counting stats jubilee.  (Don’t say the word jubilee out loud or someone will think you just asked to be a part of the Knockout game.  “It’s not a hate crime because the victim said the word ‘jubilee.'”  That’s a judge in a Knockout case.)  It sucks — or swucks if you have fat fingers — that Andrus will never realize the 10-homer power I thought he’d have.  (Yes, I only said that to try to reverse jinx him…Wait, is this reverse jinxing my reverse jinx?  Dah!)  2014 Projections:  93/7/70/.279/34

6. Jose Reyes – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Simmons.  I call this tier, “I’d draft from this tier, but I’d prefer to have a shortstop already or wait until later.”  A speed guy’s hamstrings age like a dog only instead of seven years for every one year, their hamstrings age at a rate of 5 years for every one.  So this year Reyes’s hamstrings are going to be 155.  I wonder if he’ll only play one game this year to get into the Guiness record books for the oldest hamstrings ever.  Reyes isn’t getting better.  The fear is he’ll be getting worse.  Much worse.  His name value is a whole lot more exciting to me than his actual value.  2014 Projections:  87/13/56/.288/25

7. Ben Zobrist – Went over Zobrist’s projections at the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

8. Everth Cabrera – A case could made for a guy like Hardy or Alexei Ramirez to be ranked up here and Everth further down.  I’m not going to make that case.  Snafu Larry might make that case for you.  Everth has 45-steal speed.  He could steal 70 bases if he were on base enough.  He did in the minors one year when he hit .284.  Unfortch, he’ll hit .250-ish and steal 45 to 55 bases.  Not unfortch, that’s still very solid.  Assuming he doesn’t get suspended for steroids again.  Stop trying to top 5 homers!  2014 Projections:  82/4/39/.249/51

9. Andrelton Simmons – He hit 17 homers last year which seems like a lot.  Excuse me, it seems like a lot for him.  Ah, those pesky italics.  You rang?  No, Random Italicized Voice.  Okay, better if you text anyway, I’m in a movie– You shush yourself!  All right, I should go.  Lates.  Andrelton never approached that kind of power in the minor leagues.  Maybe he found the secret to unleashing the power right after he was done plotting world domination.  He’s an alien!  The truly odd thing (besides how he drinks through his ears) is he actually has 20-steal speed not 20-homer power, which comes after he stole only 6 bases.  I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him be a 6-homer, 20-steal guy rather than those reversed, but if he can hold around 15 homers and get those 20 steals, he could be in for a solid year.  What won’t be solid is his average.  He hits way too many pop-ups, leading the league with a 17.8%.  That’s five ways to Sunday bad.  A guy that pops up almost twenty percent of the time has a real chance of hitting .220.  Here’s hoping he can hit less pop ups without lowering his fly ball rate.  Unlikely, but possible.  2014 Projections:  66/14/74/.259/12

10. Starlin Castro – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Asdrubal.  I call this tier, “The FUPA.”  There’s a decent body of shortstops above, and some good ones down below, so we’d be fine without many in the middle, but here is a hanging mass in the middle too — the FUPA.  Weird how some guys have a poor year, but everyone expects them to bounce right back.  I don’t think Castro is one of these guys.  People have jumped off of Castro quicker than you jumped off that girl you woke up next to that in the light of day revealed a pusy cold sore.  That’s one S as in pus; don’t sue me for libel.  I feel like Asdrubal has more people believing he can hit 20+ homers again than Castro can bounce back and be half-decent.  Yet, Castro came up with huge expectations, and they all went out the window.  Yes, the Cubs have a guy right behind him that might already be better, but I really don’t see why Castro, at age 24, can’t be a 10-homer, 20-steal guy again with a solid average.  Last year was terrible, but I wouldn’t write him off yet.  2014 Projections:  76/12/54/.274/18

11. Brad Miller – Went over Miller’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

12. Jurickson Profar – Went over Profar’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

12. Jimmy Rollins – With his 4th pick, Uncle Pete takes Jimmy Rollins.  Damn, Uncle Pete, should’ve done a bit more research and not just went by gut.  “I remember one game where Rollins personally destroyed my Mets.  I think it was 2007….Maybe 2008.”  That’s Uncle Pete explaining his draft pick.  Rollins isn’t destroying anything anymore, except maybe fantasy teams that draft him.  He had a particularly bad year in 2013 because of the lack of Phillies offense.  Assuming they get a tad better for his counting stats, and he can stave off Father Time another year, he shouldn’t be completely done.  BTW, wasn’t Father Time in Morris Day’s band?  2014 Projections:  71/12/57/.249/20

13. Alcides Escobar – When you said, “Hey, garbage,” half of the Royals lineup turned their head last year.  Alcides was a prime culprit of producing utter poppycock, and not the good poppycock that is candied popcorn, but the poppycock that looks more appropriate spelled poopycock, except then you have someone from GLAAD breathing down your neck.  Literally.  Escobar needs to just get his average up to his career norm and everything else should follow with him being a solid MI.  2014 Projections:  64/6/60/.263/32

14. Asdrubal Cabrera – Man, he really peaked early in his career, huh?  Not to answer, but to ponder.  At age 26, he hit 25 homers and looked like a firebrand of biblical proportions.  A Drubal to end all Drubals.  Turned out that 25-homer year was all rubbish.  He doesn’t have 25 homer power.  No matter what his 2011 says.  But as long as you don’t expect that, he does have a place on fantasy teams.  2014 Projections:  69/15/73/.262/10

15. J.J. Hardy – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Jeter.  I call this tier, “Stupid Others!”  What I mean by the tier name is Others like these players more than me.  I will cap Others, but they don’t deserve it.  It being the respect of the capitalization!  If a shortstop is gonna do PEDs, wouldn’t you think it would be J.J. Hardy?  I wonder why he doesn’t.  Solve that mystery, Hardy boy!  2014 Projections: 61/23/70/.245/2

16. Alexei Ramirez – Technically, last year won’t be considered a career year if he does it again this year.  With that said, last year was a career year, if you catch my drift.  2014 Projections: 64/8/69/.268/20

17. Erick AybarErick Aybar and Alexei are tomato-tomato with a different emphasis.  Erick Aybar could have a career year and steal 30 bases with 10 homers…Oh, wait, he did that already.  In 2011.  2014 Projections:  79/6/51/.278/15

18. Jed Lowrie – Went over Lowrie’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

19. Dee Gordon – He can steal 70 bases if he can play and get on base.  That’s sweet; too bad it’s giving me caveats.  2014 Projections:  58/1/24/.242/39

20. Jhonny Peralta – Here’s what I said about Jhonny when he signed with the Cards, “After hearing about the signing, Pete Kozma’s agent said, “I told him to go with Khozma.  He complained it looked like a terrorist nation.”  Kozma’s agent is his newly-divorced mom.  Peralta doesn’t change a whole lot for fantasy on the Cards.  He’s a 15-ish homer, .250-ish average guy.  Much better in real world terms, which involves people being compared to Ruthie from Real World: Hawaii.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:   61/14/70/.256/4

21. Derek Jeter – I wonder if he’ll continue to date supermodels and actresses as he gets into his 40’s.  At a certain point, he’s either going to come off as Matthew McConaughey from Dazed and Confused or he’s gonna start dating women his own age.  Can’t really imagine that.  Can you see Jeter dating, say, Hilary Clinton?  2014 Projections: 64/8/40/.270/7

22. Xander Bogaerts – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Romine.  I call this tier, “Damn, the shortstops are deep.”  Bogaerts played some 3rd base and shortstop this past year, but even if he doesn’t have shortstop eligibility to start the year, he’ll be playing shortstop to start the year.  I already went over my Xander Bogaerts fantasy.  It had an Amish man riding a unicorn.  2014 Projections:  69/14/73/.250/6 (if he starts the year with the club)

23. Chris Owings – See the top 50 fantasy baseball prospects for Prospect Scott’s take on Owings.  He could be your 2014 Rookie of the Year. (I will point to this if he is, and forget about it if he’s not.  Like the grounds on The Shining, I got hedges for days!)  2014 Projections: 62/10/53/.258/14

24. Jonathan Villar – There’s seriously so many shortstops I’d draft.  Villar is on a garbage team, but he can steal 50 bases.  Don’t make me pull out the interrobang for that.  To read more, here’s Sky’s Jonathan Villar sleeper post.  2014 Projections:  55/4/52/.238/38

25. Zack Cozart – Put this guy in the same file folder as Bourjos, Fowler, Brantley and any other guy that stole a bunch of bases in the minors but hasn’t done the same in the majors.  Cozart had a 30-steal season in the minors.  In Triple-A too, so it wasn’t like it was long ago.  If you just jumped out of a DeLorean and said you came from the future and told me Cozart just had a 15 homer, 30 steal season, I wouldn’t be shocked.  I’d be furious that’s the information you bring me from the future.  Also, guess who’s going to see a ton of fastballs from pitchers because they’re gonna be dealing with Hamilton stealing?  Cozart, doode, that was an easy question.  C’mon.  He could be a garbage 13-homer, zero steals guy or a lot more.  Worth the buck or two to find out.  2014 Projections:  79/14/64/.252/5

26. Didi Gregorious – Didi, Didi, can’t you see?  Sometimes your hitting hypnotizes me.  That’s the Gregorious D.I.D.I.  Ofttimes, your hitting bores me, but there’s some small chance of upside with power and speed.  2014 Projections: 62/10/65/.262/3

27. Jordy Mercer – He sounds like the full name for a Chrysler.  This showcase showdown winner will get an all-new…convertible…Jordy Mercer!   The Jordy Mercer gets 36 miles per gallon and could hit 15 homers and be this year’s Brian Dozier.  2014 Projections:  71/12/54/.249/5

28. Eduardo Nunez – He can do what Jeter can do now (and be ranked about ten spots higher), but I’m not sure the Yankees let him get the necessary ABs, see?  Alphabet humor!  2014 Projections: 52/5/48/.278/15

29. Andrew Romine – He’s got some speed and leafy greens.  2014 Projections:  53/2/49/.249/15

30. Josh Rutledge – Went over Rutledge’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

30. Jose Iglesias – He reminds me a bit of Adeiny Hechavarria and not just because he’s known for his glove…Actually, that is the reason.  I just can’t lie to you.  Wait, I meant lie next to you.  Rawr!  UPDATE:  Iglesias out for the year.  2014 Projections:  46/7/51/.277/9

30. Brian Dozier – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end.  I call this tier, “Barf.”  Went over Dozier’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

31. Nick Franklin – Went over Franklin in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

32. Stephen Drew – Last year was about the best we could hope for from Drew.  He hit 13 homers and six bases.  Don’t expect balloons to fall from your ceiling if you draft him.  My ranking and projections are assuming he signs with a team and gets an everyday job.  Hopefully, it’s not a job on a team with a guy ranked above him.  2014 Projections: 52/9/57/.242/3

33. Yunel Escobar – Joe Maddon loves Yunel, so if Joe Maddon is in your fantasy league, draft Yunel and trade him to Maddon for a better shortstop.  2014 Projections:  64/8/59/.252/5

34. Brandon Crawford – When Giants fans talk about a time that is BC, they mean before Brandon Crawford gets up and ends the inning.  2014 Projections:  48/8/51/.242/2

35. Adeiny Hechavarrria – If you have a category in your league for Web Gems, he shoots up the rankings.  Last year in 148 games, guess how many runs and RBIs Adeiny had.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *scratches chin, burps, flips through TV channels, stops on Antique Roadshow, goes through closets for Ming dynasty-era jade, gives up*  He had 30 runs and 42 RBIs!  Wow!  Since 1900, Adeiny had the 2nd lowest number of runs with at least 578 plate appearances.   Number one was the incomparable Leo Cardenas, who was a born-again Christian and refused to score.  2014 Projections:  37/4/47/.239/14

36. Rafael Furcal – His last full year was 2009 when he had the line of 92/9/47/.269/12.  Last year he had Tommy John surgery and he’s 36 years old.  If you’re wondering why I’m even mentioning him, he signed on to be a leadoff hitter for a team.  I’ll give you two guesses who signed him.  It’s not the Astros.  Nope, not the Padres.  Your Miami Marlins!  2014 Projections:  54/4/28/.252/11

37. Danny Espinosa – The bad news is he doesn’t have a starting job.  The good news is you don’t even have to think about drafting him.  The partially related news is at least he’s not Ruben Tejada.  2014 Projections: 27/6/22/.231/4

From Around The Web

  1. marcus allen was good al says:
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    First!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      21st!

  2. Rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    Nice pick, Uncle Pete!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

      • Jim says:
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        I think I’ll name my Fantasy Team Uncle Pete @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  3. John says:
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    So okay to trade Starlin for Abreu and Villar?

    • Swagger Jackers says:
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      @John: Why would the owner of Abreu want to do that trade?

      You’re trying to do the opposite of selling high with Castro and Abreu’s hype training is already picking up steam.

  4. Snafu Larry says:
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    Married less than a year and already picking out names for the baby?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo — boy or girl…

  5. Tigres says:
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    Thanks Grey. I’m saving this link and titling it “Jonathan Villar: Not Awful.” What’s the likelihood that Astros bat him 1st or 2nd (as opposed to 9th)?

    • BigDeal says:
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      @Tigres:

      Fowler will bat 1st and Altuve 2nd. Villar’s low avg will prevent him from batting 1st or 2nd. His ability to steal and walk a good amount makes him an ideal candidate in the 9-hole to give the top of the order guys someone on base with speed when the lineup turns around. If Fowler or Altuve get hurt, Villar could bat #1 or #2 like last year when he first came up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll be at the bottom

  6. Wily Mo says:
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    Where do you see Chris Owings on this list if he happens to win himself a job out of spring training?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Towards the end…

  7. Raftman says:
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    This is the first year where I’m not going to feel like I need to take a shower immediately after drafting a shortstop after the 100th pick. Nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  8. Titan says:
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    Great stuff as always Grey…thanks. Quick keeper one for you.

    Can keep 2 or 1 or 0.
    Would you keep just Goldy or keep one of the others below as well?

    2014 draft pick cost to keep is in ().
    () pick is 3 rounds better than where drafted in 2013.
    Can keep continuously for 3 rounds better each year.

    12 team, HTH weekly, ESPN 6×6 (OPS/Holds), 24 player roster plus (2) DL

    Goldy (pick #16) (can keep for 2014 only) – No brainer with ADP in the top 5.
    Scherzer (pick #40) (can keep for 2014 only) – ADP is in the early 30’s, so not great value, and I don’t usually take a pitcher this early, but better talent than below.
    Minor (pick #136) (ADP in the 80’s = good value) (could also keep as 9th rounder in 2015)
    Ryu (pick #208) (ADP in the 90’s = good value) (could also keep as 15th rounder in 2015)
    Shelby Miller (pick #232) (ADP in the 90’s = good value) (could also keep as 17th rounder in 2015)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Miller, Minor

  9. Bill James says:
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    Rutledge…how the mighty have fallen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was he mighty?

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s hard to fall from 5inches high

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • Bill James says:
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        @Grey: you’d have though so by reading razzball in 2013

  10. T.J. says:
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    “Once again, the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball look a whole lot better than the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.”

    Brian Dozier is the #32 SS, but the #25 2B.
    Nick Franklin is the #30 SS, but the #34 2B (Lower on the 2B list. And how can Franklin be above Dozier at SS, but below him at 2B?).
    Josh Rutledge is the #28 SS, but the #22 2B.
    Jed Lowrie is the #19 SS, but the #15 2B.
    Jurickson Profar is the #12 SS, but the #14 2B (Lower on the 2B list. Much better than Lowrie at SS, about the same at 2B).
    Brad Miller is the # 11 SS, but the #13 2B (Lower on the 2B list).
    Zobrist is #7 on both lists.
    The #1 SS, Ramirez, is ranked significantly lower overall (#16) than the #1 2B, Cano (#6).

    Seems like the top of both is about the same at the two positions; heck, comparing ranking to ranking (Hanley-Cano, Tulo-Kipnis, Segura-Pedroia, Desmond-Kinsler, Andrus-Altuve) yields similar players’ projections. The middle is a little better at 2B than SS, based on your rankings. SS has a little more depth.

    So, a completely snark-free question: Can you explain why you think SS is “a whole lot better” than 2B?

    • Johnson says:
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      @T.J.:

      I respect Grey’s opinion and that’s why I come here to read his stuff. That said, he has to sensationalize things to attract readers. That’s media for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not excited about taking the top 2nd basemen… Really only thrilled about taking a handful of 2nd basemen and a bunch of shortstops…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As for the Franklin thing… I moved Franklin down on 2nd basemen after the M’s got Cano but forgot to move him down here, I will when I get to my computer… It’s pretty irrelevant either way since they’re ranked around 350 overall…

    • Tigres says:
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      You could argue for at least three of those top 5 matchups to favor SS (Tulo, Desmond, Andrus) – plus strength in the SS middle ranks and depth at the back end, as you noted. My takeaway is to target an upper tier SS as starter, and a SS for MI, which is a shift from recent years. It’s all relative – I still wouldn’t take a SS over power hitting CI/OF from comparable tier.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Tigres: Yup and nope…

  11. Johnson says:
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    Reyes has only had a hamstring injury 3 times in the bigs. 2004 right hammy, 2009 right hammy, 2011 left hammy.

    From 2005 to 2013 (9 seaons), he had over 600 ABs 5 times and over 530 ABs 2 times

    Rickey Henderson has had multiple hamstring injuries in his career. It didn’t stop him from stealing bases into his 40’s

    Reyes will approach 20 HRs this year…Underated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rickey would not draft Reyes says Rickey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, indeed

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: don’t do what danny don’t does.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  12. M says:
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    Happy to see you think A.Escobar can rebound after a BABIP-unlucky 2013. The past few years have definitely been interesting extremes of extreme lucky/unlucky for him. I traded a $21 James Shields and a $10 Springer for a $15 Carlos Gomez and a $6 A.Escobar (15 man 6×6 roto keeper league, OBP is the 6th cat) what do you think of the deal if Escobar can rebound (as we hope)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent…

      • M says:
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        Thanks Grey! Also forgot to include that each year keepers prices inflate $5. Also, since Hanley and Tulo , Desmond, Segura are most likely kept in most Keeper leagues, who would be your prime SS target in a 15 man league? If you were in my position, would you hold Escobar and punt the rest of SS/2B? (I also have Carpenter for very cheap)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, why not?

          • M says:
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            Thanks for the insight!

  13. Count de Monetball says:
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    Great write-up as usual oh Mustachioed One. I am looking forward to see how these rankings rate against others to figure out who to target and when. Given the relative strength of the position, what tier are you hoping to draft from? By the way, as a hopelessly devoted cub fan, I was hoping that you would be projecting better numbers from Agent Starlin, but it sounds like he is not going to be “extra rate lamb chops” but instead got a face full of well…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8tbGHdJx_s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Thanks! I like a few spots for the shortstops as noted above…

  14. Fungazi says:
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    Bogarts in a keeper – would you move him up to 12ish where Profar is?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  15. JoeyBelle says:
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    In my league Brett Lawrie qualifies at 2nd. would you rather take Starlin Castro or Lawrie for the MI position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same difference ranking wise, depends what you want…

  16. The Big Yabu says:
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    dynasty league — all players kept indefinitely, no salary c(r)ap or nothin’ —
    I’m deep at SP (Darvish, Scherzer, Latos, Greinke, Tanaka, Cueto, Lynn, Beachy, Gausman), but hurting at SS with Asdrubal —
    which SPs do you think I should be willing to give up to get Han-Ram?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them… Start low, move higher…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that very likely means start with lynn or cueto, deciding still over whether or not to leave this sentence a statement. yep.

    • fri-guy says:
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      @The Big Yabu: just curious, how do you already have tanaka on your roster?

  17. zach says:
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    I’m in a league with some archaic rules that limit player-aquisitions and let people draft all closers if they want. It’s stupid. But I have close friends there and that makes it hard to leave.

    But I might leave anyhoo because my “keepers” for next season would be from:
    Longoria
    Choo
    J Upton
    Reyes
    Pence

    Punt-it-away or Pony-up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Up to you, don’t have any idea about your league…

    • LA Sound Guy says:
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      @zach: Ask yourself the basic fundamental question which is the whole point of fantasy baseball — “Am I having fun?”. Don’t let your keepers determine it. You can always find gold on the wire.

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Nice stuff, yeah SS sure is deeper this year.

    Who would you say the biggest SS bounceback/breakout candidates are. Castro, Profar, maybe Bogartes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See above

  19. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, auction/keeper league with $300 cap (expands to $425 after auction/start of season)

    You can keep as many players as you want as long as you can fit under the $300 cap. Any $$ difference is what you take into the auction to bid for those dropped, expiring contracts, etc.

    I’m at $299 with a pretty strong team that includes:

    Hanley $47
    Adam Jones $36
    McCutchen $47
    Rios $19
    Pedro Alvarez $22
    V-Mart $20
    Seager $6
    Kershaw $48
    Medlen $4
    Minor $19
    Tyson Ross $4
    T. Walker $2

    But I have no catcher, and at $299, no money for auction.

    Trade Hanley $47, Span $15 & Garza $15
    FOR
    Miguel Montero $24, Alcides Escobar $9 & Danny Salazar $3

    Can’t afford to keep Garza to begin with, so he doesn’t help the bottom line. Span was a potential cut at $15. Deal saves me $26 while providing a solid catcher and a potential stud arm for the rotation.

    What say you? Only other alternative is moving high priced Adam Jones, McCutchen or Kershaw in similar salary cap saving deal.

    Thanks.

    MJC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That deal sounds solid… Gives you some money to play with too…

  20. Wake Up says:
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    Who do you like for SS this year?

    As a headsup, clicking on “Rankings” next to “Home” brings you to 2013 Rankings…

    this lead me to accidentally click on top 20 SS for 2013…I had a good laugh, but it wasn’t that helpful…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: it is still linked to 2013 though didn’t know if you wanted to update it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oops, thanks!

  21. Fireball Feliz says:
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    ESPN is showing Segura ranked #57 overall, seems like a steal if I can knab him in the 4th round

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Tristan Cockcroft rankings are the definition of garbage. From memory I think remember Ellsbury being #8 and Gomez #15 with guys like Puig and Pujols in the late 40/50s. I also don’t think he even ranked Salazar in the top 250…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  22. Stock says:
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    My targets are Fielder,Gyorko,Donaldson,Cabreara, Jones,Bruce,Hamilton,Springer,Pujols…What do you think of this lineup? My pitch might be one of the big guys, sale,, and then anibal, Homer, Gray,Miller. Now Im thinking Villar instead of Cabreara. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good to me…

  23. Clemente says:
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    Grey.
    In an unlimited keeper league, would you trade bogaerts and/or machado. for segura?

    Spanks

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Clemente: Bogaerts maybe, not Machado. Depends on the rest of your team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Clemente says:
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        Grey, you woulda de either or you agree with thumb? Sorry, just wanted to be sure

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, meant yup, I’d take Segura for either, not both…

          • Clemente says:
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            @Grey: thanks dude

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  24. james d says:
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    Keep up to 6 at the round they were drafted in 12man h2h 5×5 league with 2 UTIL slots.

    Options:
    – Hanley Ramirez r6 (2 keepable years left)
    – Max Scherzer r11 (1 year left)
    – Glen Perkins r12 (2 years left)
    – Jason Kipnis r14 (1 year left)
    – Kenley Jansen r14 (2 years)
    – Alex Rios r16 (1 year left)
    – Hisashi Iwakuma r20 (2 years left)
    – Matt Carpenter r21 (2 years left)

    (1) Keep which 6?
    (2) Which ones should I be looking to trade? I guess I should look to move Kipnis/Perkins/Friend for a keeper upgrade, or do you see something else?

    Great content as always Grey! Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley, Scherzer, Rios, Carp, Iwakuma, Kipnis… Trade the ones you’re not keeping…

  25. Jason says:
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    Who would be a sleeper candidate to pull a Segura for you inside these top 20? Miller?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Jason: Profar probably has the best tools and environment to come out and shock everyone. With that said, a surprise year from him would be more Ian Desmond than Jean Segura.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, in that tier…

  26. matt says:
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    At least I have a FUPA reference to get excited about :-)

    • Jason says:
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      @matt: I hate you for making me google that!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You should’ve Googled it when I wrote it in the post…

        • Jason says:
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          @Grey: So I guess that makes them FUPA TROOPAS? Potential glossary term? I have Nintendo on my mind, since I just introduced Mario (NES) to my 6 year old. That game is still awesome.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Very nice!

      • Jim says:
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        It’s not as bad as the Wiki picture for earwax that Grey made us look at last week
        @Jason:

        • Prez says:
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          @Jim: i didnt click! Grey tried to make me, but i held my ground! what was it? Serurem? That just sounds like something you dont want to see…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  27. pusy cold sore says:
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    In a 12 team, could you see drafting Miller somewhere around the 11th or 12th round?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  28. Blue says:
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    I see I won’t feel bad leaving SS open until the 10th round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, should work out for you…

  29. Pusy hair piece says:
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    Just when you thought you beat it anothar one bites the puss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  30. Joel says:
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    I have the 4th pick in a H2h POINTS league. avilable players after all keepers consist of these guys..I also own the 10th pick.. Bruce, Bautista, Pence, Trumbo, Rios, Segura, Cespedes, Jansen, Marte, Alvarez.

    I own Puig, Kipnis, Craig, Darvish, Heyward, McCutchen.

    Thought on rank of top 4 to target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, Trumbo, Bruce, Bautista

  31. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    always one to appreciate good alphabet humor .
    nicely done .

    anyhoo ,
    the steals side of sagnof takes a hit
    due to the proliferation of guys that put up 50 + ??
    for example : IF you can construct a roster that would support
    an OF of ellsbury/hamilton , it would seem that 10 percent of your
    roto points would be wrapped up .

    is sagnof getting diminished ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so, not as long as you can get a guy like Dyson off waivers in any league and he can steal 40…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks O.

  32. J-FOH says:
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    In that sandwhich is the stank Limburger?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: hopefully it’s not coming from the pusy…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: it’s like cottage cheese

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: but doesn’t taste gross…like cottage cheese…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: it tastes like olives

  33. J-FOH says:
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    Father Time was the lead going Oh-E-Oh-E in Jungle Love

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fungazi: it’s like one of those funhouse mirrors

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      WOW!

    • Prez says:
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      @Fungazi: hmm thats funny… I never knew black folks did crystal meth…

  34. J-FOH says:
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    March 6th 2014: What’s up Grey, great job this year on the ranking and your sweet stache. I just finished my money league draft and left it with Asdrubal as my SS. I stole him in the 8th round and am really feeling his return to 25 homers. What do you think?

    Grey: see rankings http://razzball.com/top-20-shortstops-for-2014-fantasy-baseball/

    • Jason says:
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      @J-FOH: April 1st 2014: after you yawnstipated for the first couple months, you picked up the hot hands (didi, boni).

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: I stole Alexei right in front of ya…sucka!!!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: you Cuban thief…or is it thief of Cubans

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: overrated…just like the cigars…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  35. Jim says:
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    Saw where Matt Adams claims to have lost 6 to 7 pounds this off season. Wouldn’t that be about one good bowel movement for him?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jim: He just took out his mipple rings…

      • Prez says:
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        @Wake Up: lol he farted and lost 6 pounds… And they finally found descalso!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prez: Ha! Danny is the secret ingredient in the chili…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  36. Al lydon says:
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    Woke up, pour some coffee. A little hung over from watching my 49’ers lose. Foggy around the edge’s grab my lap top. Click on Razzball link, start reading come to the word Unsuccinct. WHAT !! Brain bounces around my skull. Google Unsuccinct come up with Encircled as by a girdle, Realize my brain is concussed. Girdle ? Flash back to first girlfriend in high school. First date I’m trying to break into this girdle. I have a better chance at breaking into Ft, Knox. Be more careful with your words. They can hurt people. Need to stick concussed head into freezer. Awwwwww……. I’m taking Hanley this year because now I’m damaged goods, I need damaged friends……

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Al lydon: Ha! Pickle juice…

    • Jason says:
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      @Al lydon: LOL.

      You decided to be a Niners fan, so you got hung over.
      because your hungover, you were foggy
      because you were foggy, you went on razzball
      because you went on razzball your mind was blown
      because your mind was blown, you thought about a girdle made by Ft. Knox
      because you thought about an unbreakable girdle, you had to stick your head in a freezer

      Don’t stick your head in a freezer, become a Raiders fan

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Jason: yeah, if he was a Raiders fan he could have stopped worrying about football a long time ago

        • Prez says:
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          Seriously… Until the playoffs where they go for every team playing the niners..

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Prez: sounds good to me. Root for Raiders hate the Niners. Try not getting stabbed by Niner fans

            • Al lydon says:
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              @J-FOH: Have you been to the gong show they call the Coliseum ? It’s like Halloween gone wild. There are more sharp things in the stands then out in the streets. The ghost of football past lives there though. lol

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Al lydon: all the videos I’ve seen say otherwise. And the first hand accounts of my Niner friend fans that go. It’s a new fan base up there

      • Al lydon says:
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        @Jason: Putting my head back in the freezer after reading your reply. If I became a Raiders fan like my best friend I’d be putting my head in a gas oven. I got over the girdle and I’ll get over the 49er’s lost yesterday. I could not get over what has happened to the once mighty Raider’s though. LOL Excuse me my freezer is starting to defrost and it feels really good.

        • Jason says:
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          @Al lydon: agree, Raiders are ridiculous and most of the fans that remain are so ghetto. I just was reaching for the best opposite for 49ers to make the punchline. The 0.co is a freaking joke of a ball park…it’s easily the worse park in the country now especially compared to it’s NL rival that sits across the bay (prob the best in the country).

          • Al lydon says:
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            @Jason: Now wait a sec ! Oco. is a testimony on what you can do with unlimited plywood and green paint. lol Credit where credit is due. The Giants have it sweet sitting off the bay,for sure. I live in San Jose and if they would just let the A’s come south we’d do them proud. Just think what Billy Beane could do with a big time payroll to spend. We’d be like the Dodger’s only Greener.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Al lydon: Girdle on high school date? How was the Eisenhower administration?

      • Al lydon says:
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        @J-FOH: Not good. But we had this thing in the 60”S and 70’s called the free love movement. That was awful nice with the ladies getting into sex and flower power. Best thing about it was sex wasn’t going to kill us like now. All though her father might. Peace out my man !!!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Al lydon: HAHAHAHA Nothing like a shot gun to ruin a hot backseat move when you go to drop her off

          • Al lydon says:
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            @J-FOH: Had a brand new 67 firebird convertible. The fathers new it was over once those girls got there hair in the wind and the music was loud. The mother’s mostly cried when we came home late. Ah the day’s after Ike were pretty damn good my over the internet friend,pretty damn good indeed.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Al lydon: I wanted to be alive in that time. Nice car.

  37. Kyle H says:
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    Grey, are you not concerned about Segura’s second half in 2013? I remember I dropped him in a redraft league during the last month. He was awful..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, not concerned…

  38. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Like the rankings Grey, but Andrus at 5? I after last year I don’t think I’d ever grab him again. Other than a stolen base here and there he was worthless. 5 seems very optimistic, he had a great park and lineup last year too and I was debating dropping him to waivers by the end of the year.

    If he gets off to the same start he did last year he’ll find himself in a platoon with Profar. I’d take my chances with Starlin, or a late grab on Cozart over Andrus.

    If you don’t mind, please educate me on why Andrus isn’t at least in the “I’d draft from this tier, but I’d prefer to have a shortstop already or wait until later.” category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar’s not stealing his time, he’s the 2nd baseman… Andrus is between Choo and Fielder, Beltre and Rios… He stays healthy, challenges 100 runs, steals 40 bases and has 5-homer power while not hurting you in average or RBIs, and he’s only 25… I like him…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: There’s that Vulcan logic again! Thanks, makes sense. I shouldn’t have been so hasty to write him off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey:

        Totally agree on the Tiny E love, he’ll have a bounce back year for sure and should hit at least .270

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: I thought the same thing as I too owned him last year, it was the most boring 91/4/67/42/.271 ever. That horrific June made us forget the Post ASB numbers of 41/4/36/23/.313. I hate how our mind plays tricks on us over what the real value was. He deprived us of stats for a month and we start to hallucinate like the sleep deprived

  39. bossmanjunior says:
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    I never draft shortstops early, but for some reason I think I might make an exception with Segura this year. Looks to be going a couple rounds later than where he should, so there is some value surplus value there. Would you agree, sir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Are you more likely to punt 2B this year than SS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  40. Worm Turner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know 3B come in the so very near future, but trades come sooner!
    What do you think of a $4 + $4 per year contract Machado (e.g. 2yrs for $12 ), for a no contract $1 Donaldson? Last years points were Macho 786/ JD 884 fwiw.

    I realize there will likely be some regression in regards to Donaldson, but I’m a bit worried about Macho’s knee, not to mention he cannot walk to save his life.

    12 tm/ $260 ESPN/ linear weights/ H2H points keeper.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3B is tomorrow… I’d take Donaldson for 2014, but it’s risky in a keeper…

  41. Mike says:
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    If Machado is healthy, wouldn’t you consider him Top 5 at 3B in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 7ish

  42. Wake Up says:
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    My friend left his phone logged in…just bought “Lean In” for his fiance…I was browsing Amazon…they asked me/him to review “Lean In”…I wrote, “Just bought this book for my bitch. Now she be baking all the time! Should have mentioned more about not wearing shoes though…”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: They sent him a message saying thanks for the review and all that…so he calls me and all I could say was “You may not get there with me, but I have seen the Promised Land!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Surprised they didn’t say, “Not to preach at you like I’m in the Promised Land, but…”

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Ha! You kidding me? I was eating freshly baked banana-walnut muffins at the time!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              When are you not eating those?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: true…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Who did you end up with a MI in your draft? Miller and ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for reminding me! I just drafted him… I have Gyorko (of course) and Kinsler…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: No problem…Very nice!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…Seriously, just grabbed him since it was my turn and we were around pick 140…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: “Ten thousand whispering and nobody listening”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Why not???

  43. Joel says:
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    Just got offered gio Gonzalez and Jose Fernandez for Kershaw….what’s the catch? H2h pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s two lesser pitchers for one great one… It’s fair…

  44. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Grey-

    12 team 5×5 roto with $300 cap and 3 keepers. I get to keep three with inflation from last year. I am for sure keeping Golschmidt @ $29. Choices for the last two are:

    Longoria @ $29
    Xander @ $7
    Wil Myers @ $9
    Machado @ 16

    I was thinking of saving salary and keeping Myers and Xander for cheap, but the depth of SS is making me rethink. Which other two do I take to the dance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers and Xander are fine there

  45. Random Collmenter says:
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    Keep 2:

    Stanton in round 1
    Scherzer in round 7
    Gerrit Cole in last rd

    It’s an NL-only league where you get to draft 3 AL guys, so ideally you’d keep 2 NL guys. Scherzer in the 7th is tough to pass up tho.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Cole

  46. Dave says:
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    I really like Everth. If the improvements he showed last season stick he could be a big time value and find himself near the top of these rankings.. I’m rolling the dice and keeping him over Reyes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  47. Clive says:
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    Keep 2 of these 3, all last end of draft keepers:
    Ian Desmond
    Gerrit Cole
    A Chapman
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, Desmond

  48. The Vaporizers says:
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    Hey there Grey, I just saw something pretty interesting that I wanted to inform you on.

    Last week I had asked the earliest round you would select Rizzo in a standard 12 team league and you said the 6th. I thought that that sounded about right.

    I just saw the results of the FSTA expert draft and Anthony Perri from Fantistics drafted Rizzo with the 4oth overall selection. This definitely caught my eye for two reasons. First was that you thought you would be higher than Rizzo that just about everyone. And second that according to Rudy’s analysis posted earlier today, these Fantistics guys know what they are talking about (but nearly as well as you).

    Looks like the Rizzo love is catching on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There ya go… Thanks for sharing, that is interesting…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i’m guessing that league is some sort of keeper league? 4th overall for Riz seems crazy if not.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @goodfold2: it was 40th

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah, 40th overall… Yeah, that makes more sense…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: still seems kinda high. What expert invite drafts you doing this year.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                The uze, I guess… Not sure yet, invites trickling in still…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I thought it read 4th round…

          • The Vaporizers says:
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            @Grey: haha, sorry for all the confusion, it was 40th overall.

            Here is a link to the draft results

            http://rtsports.com/siriusxm

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  49. Jay_0321 says:
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    Grey,

    I must find myself in an RCL league this year and begin my supremacy to the Champions League. When are sign ups and how do I ensure a competitive league?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sign-ups are mid-Feb… Competitive leagues are up to you and everyone else…

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: is it like a first come first serve thing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  50. frankgrimes says:
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    Mt baker having a deal today. plus use code flash2014 for more off your order I just bought like five flavors per your recommendation. I love reading all your pre season posts but can’t wait for the real thing to start!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey! Thanks for the heads up on Mt. Baker… Going to vape up right now…

  51. Wake Up says:
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    Just read that Denver and Seattle made it…Colorado and Washington legalize weed…
    Super Bowl in the Garden State…interrobang…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: ITS THE BUD BOWL!

      • Al lydon says:
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        @J-FOH: Ahhahahahaha That’s F’n brillant J

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: Nice! You are emphatically lifted!

    • Al lydon says:
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      @Wake Up: They should give Colorado and Washington free 30 second Weed commercials to celebrate Weeds new freedom. Yeah like that’s gonna happen ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interrobang doesn’t do Super Bowl in New Jersey justice… I wonder if they know it’s not a dome stadium… Do they know?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: sorry I don’t know football……haha…

  52. mike b says:
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    Seems to me you have a crush on my man-crush of last year, Mr. Profar (are they referred to as Mr. when still in middle school?) We can settle who gets him on the playground! My affinity last year was reserved for a keeper league format as I envisioned some growing pains without an available regular spot in lineup. Problem solved for 2014!
    I have Profar as a 19th round keeper in a 10 team, 10 keeper league (arguably worst valued keeper of my group strictly for this year’s stats). I had still planned on drafting a starting 2b, I have Segura as my SS. I will have 5th overall pick and looks like Cano may be best option there after keepers are taken out. I also planned to take a bench MI to compete for starting spot with Profar. Given your optimistic outlook for his upcoming season would you suggest planning on having him as a starter, or do you think other options shouldn’t be overlooked?

    Enjoying the positional rankings, looking forward to your top 400, thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Profar as the starter and figure out a back up if it comes to that in-season…

      • mike b says:
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        @Grey: Love your optimism. considering the shallow position maybe Ill take a gamble on a boom or bust guy like rutledge real late as my insurance. We draft 29 guys, so FA are sparse. I’m hoping you have a similar optimism for Miguel Sano assuming he doesnt require TJ. I acquired him at trade deadline last season.

  53. Don Antonelli says:
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    Hi Grey I need help> I can only keep 7 players in a 5×5 260 auction league with 14 teams.

    Freeman 18 desmond 13 puig 8 matre 12 heyward 19 sale 18 rizzo 12 adams 8 cingrani 8 Seager 13.

    Which 7 would you keep?

    thx don

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Heyward, Cingrani or Adams…

      • Don Antonelli says:
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        @Grey: thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          np

  54. brent says:
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    Head to Head mixed auction, how high would you go on Xander if you could keep him at that price for 5 years? 10? 12? 15? Got Machado at 3b for 4 more years, Kipnis at 2b for 3 more, old man Reyes at SS. Would love to deal him at some point this year.

    • Grey

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      $12

      • brent says:
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        @Grey: Cool thanks, big fan of Xander….and the site.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, thanks!

  55. Jay_0321 says:
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    I just got Segura for three years for a tenth round pick and my third overall waiver priority. Our draft starts with 100 players off the board, so tenth round pick is much, much later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  56. Andrew A says:
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    Do I Keep Rizzo or E. Cabrera as my 8th and final keeper at $4? 6×6 with OPS
    Like you, I’m not as down on Rizzo despite his BA v. L. He’s at least proven he can hit (righties) at the major league level and he’s only 24.
    Cabrera’s steals are really nice at SS, but I think my league may undervalue him because of PED (maybe buy him back or an easy to find 25 SB SS)

    I’m keeping:
    Goldschmidt 5, Carpenter 6, Segura 4
    Gomez 13,Bruce 20, Heyward 11, Craig 6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  57. pockets says:
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    Need some opinions.

    I can only keep one, Bryce Harper (loss of 4th round pick) or Jean Segura (loss of 22nd round pick).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

      • pockets says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Mr. Albright

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Pockets!

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