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I mentioned in the top 20 outfielders that there’s a ton outfielders that I want to draft.  The top 40 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball extends my enthusiasm.  I’d say it’s like Cialis, but then I’d have to go through a five-minute spiel of all of its side effects.  “Drafting six outfielders in the first seven rounds can lead to high blood pressure, diarrhea, sudden heart attack, fever, a fever after a heart attack which makes your loved ones think you’re still alive because you’re burning up but you’re actually dead and nausea.”  As with all of my 2016 fantasy baseball rankings, included are my projections and where I see tiers start and stop.  Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball:

21. Nelson Cruz – This tier started at the top 20 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball and ends here.  I called this tier, “I’d take last year again.  That’s not being greedy, is it?”  As for Cruz, I nearly put him in the next tier of guys I’m avoiding, except a funny thing (not funny) on the way to me doing that.  I had flashbacks of the last two seasons where I said he couldn’t stay healthy and I didn’t trust him beyond 30 homers.  He, instead, hit 40 and 44 homers, respectively.  So, like a mute horse, I’m done saying nay.  As far as I’m concerned, Cruz will hit at least 35 homers until he doesn’t.  Yes, I know this means he will finally hashtag fail, but that’s not a reason to doubt him.  2016 Projections:  85/35/98/.270/4

22. Adam Jones – This is a new tier.  This tier ends at Dickerson.  I call this tier, “I got worries, man.”  But De La Soul says, “Forget about your worries and you will be all right, it’s Saturday.”  But then Lil Wayne says, “Tuneche in this beeyatch, errboydy should be worried.”  But then Celine Dion says, “All my worries die, I’m glad that I’m alive.”  Who do I trust, and is Celine talking about her recently-deceased husband?  I have to trust the Small-Sized Wayne; I have to worry about the guys in this tier.  As with any players, if the value is right, then I’d take a chance, but I’m looking to avoid the guys in this tier.  As for Jones, um, I mean, me and me and Mr. Jones.  We had a thing going on.  We both know went wrong.  He stopped hitting balls strong.  I have to let him go now.  Up until last year, Jones played nearly every day, never less than 159 games for three straight years, and that masked his decline.  It wasn’t all bad last year, his strikeout percentage did fall, and he hit his homers on average a further distance.  However, his Hard Contact rate fell, his steals have all but dried up and his skill set (swings at everything) could show signs of age quickly as he enters his 30s.  He had his highest contact rate last year, but I think that’s why his Hard Contact fell.  When you’re hitting everything, including less than ideal pitches, it’s not always good for contact.  If he falls far, I could see still drafting him, but I’ll likely be looking elsewhere when Jones is being drafted.  2016 Projections:  82/28/95/.266/4

23. Carlos Gonzalez – “You gotta know when to hold ’em and you gotta know when to fold ’em,” said the great chicken rotisserie man.  No, not Ron Popeil.  I mean, Kenny Rogers.  No, not the Rangers pitcher who once attacked a cameraman.  The singer, chicken man and guy that was in those annoying commercials during the postseason.  Last year was the year to have CarGo.  You missed out.  Also, I don’t trust the Rockies to not trade him.  Too much risk, I’m out like Mike Trout.  2016 Projections:  81/27/88/.262/3

24. Jacoby Ellsbury – His last four years his home run totals are:  4, 9, 16, 7.  Is he capable of 17-20 homers?  Well, yeah, dur.  Is he probably going to hit that many?  Why would he?  Cause he’s 32 years old?  That isn’t when power peaks.  Because he’s in Yankee Stadium?  Yeah, that did wonders for him last year.  That also really turned Headley back into that 30-homer threat too, right?  Don’t answer any of these.  Just nod and sip your cognac, you sophisticated gentleman.   Yes, I’m ignoring that you’re drinking the cognac out of a 1988 Playmate of the Year thermos.  Now here’s Ellsbury’s steals of the last three years:  52, 39, 21.  We’re supposed to expect him to get better as he gets older?  Again, nod and sip from your classy Playmate thermos.  2016 Projections:  87/12/67/.269/26

25. Michael Brantley – I get that there’s some of your ex-BFFs in this tier.  You had some good times with all of the players in this tier, like you were David Ortiz disguised as Florida Evans hugging the stuffing out of Jimmie Walker.  I understand the want to grab guys in this tier like you always do because you’ve had great years from them.  I’d resist that urge.  These guys have a ton of question marks.  The next tier could become your new BFFs and you can grow old with them and take pictures with them and animate those pics at JibJab and laugh and then next year pretend you don’t know them like you’re pretending not to know these guys.  Brantley’s biggest worry is he could be out for a few months.  As I said this offseason, “When a guy has major shoulder surgery, it’s already bad.  When his timetable gets pushed to June, it quickly turns into “he’ll return at 70% after the All-Star break” at the blink of a hat.  For you trivia buffs, “blink of a hat” is a phrase that originates from the Fat Albert character, Dumb Donald.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  71/14/79/.319/13

26. Carlos Gomez – Here’s a rudimentary thing I do.  Not even intentionally, I just do it.  I look at guys that had poor seasons last year and look for bounce backs, but if a guy is older, usually over 30 years old, then I don’t look for bounce backs.  I look at the previous down seasons as the beginning of the end.  Players don’t have a steady decline usually.  You’ll see players have a down year in their early thirties then bounce back at some point in their mid-30’s then be totally done.  Victor Martinez’s career year in 2014 comes to mind.  What does this have to do with Gomez?  He could have a bounce back season this year or maybe in 2017 or maybe after, but I’m not betting on it.  It becomes even more precarious to count on it from an aging player that was giving a lot of value with steals.  If a bounce back were to happen for CarGomez, I’d expect something like 25/15 rather than 20/35.  Days of backslash 35 are done.  2016 Projections:  74/18/84/.248/12

27. Matt Kemp – I ranked Kemp all the way up in the top 20 outfielders and then, at one point, I ranked him way down into the top 60 outfielders.  I trust him about as far as Johnny Damon can throw him.  For every great stat I can find pointing to Kemp:  Hard Contact rate 41.4% and third in the majors; I can find another stat that I don’t like:  two straight years his home run distance has fallen and 11 of his 23 homers were Just Enoughs, which is scary to rely on in Petco.  But then I see his strikeouts fell, but then I see his walks fell, but then I see his steals went up, but then I see he only attempted 14 steals all year in almost 600 ABs.  I could see Kemp going a few different ways, but I’m not going to be owning him to find out if he goes the right way.  2016 Projections:  68/22/85/.259/10

28. Hunter Pence – I debated whether I wanted The Gangly Manbird or Hanley first in the rankings, then I thought about how that’s like choosing between Rand Paul and Martin O’Malley.  No one really cares and the people that do care have their own reasons already anyway.  By the by, when you Google O’Malley, George O’Malley comes up before Martin O’Malley.  George O’Malley is a character on Grey’s Anatomy.  I’m speaking of the TV show, not as in my left nipple is a character on Grey’s Anatomy.  Any hoo!  The Gangly Manbird looks good for 20/8/.270 if he stays healthy.  If I were a betting man, I still wouldn’t bet on that if.  That sentence is almost a palindrome.  Fun!  2016 Projections:  64/18/75/.271/7

29. Kyle Schwarber – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2016 fantasy baseball.

30. Hanley Ramirez –  Here’s your uncle again, “Hanley had one bad year in his last 15 years.  You go ahead with your fancy ‘watching movies on your iPad’ and making Vines of your burps.  I will go with a guy that will get 35% of Hall of Fame votes in his first year of eligibility.”   Hanley has had one full year since 2011.  His last year with the Marlins.  Yes, the Marlins actually unloaded someone at the right time.  That Venn diagram looks like this:  one circle of Marlins unloading people to save money, one circle of players who should be unloaded, and Hanley is the overlapping middle circle.  If there’s one guy that feels more “Tuneche in this beeyatch, errboydy should be worried” than others, it’s Hanley.  It’s been three years since Hanley has had more than 20 homers in a season; it’s been four years since he had more than 14 steals in a season; it’s been six seasons since he’s hit .300 in more than 90 games in a season and has no chance of getting shortstop eligibility ever again to boost his value.  Hanley seems capable of a 20/10/.290 season if absolutely everything breaks right and he doesn’t just break his wrist trying to dig a throw out of the dirt at first base while colliding with a baserunner.  Oh, and if I had to guess, that baserunner will be the retired player, John McDonald, whose knee concussed Michael Brantley and Justin Morneau on separate occasions.  Will Smith should stop investigating the NFL, and start investigating John McDonald.  By the by, Concussion was terrible.  It shouldn’t be billed as the movie the NFL doesn’t want you to see, it should be billed as the movie no one who has taste in movies wants you to see. 2016 Projections:  65/17/72/.277/7

31. Corey Dickerson – I’ll admit it’s a little goofy that in a tier of guys I want nothing to do with, there’s two Rockies.  Did I forget they played in Coors?  Let me ask you a serious question, if I forgot they played in Coors would I be able to ask, “Did I forget they played in Coors?”  I mean, I’d likely ask something like, “Where do the Rockies play their home games?”  The plantar fasciitis that Dickerson dealt with worries me.  It’s the kind of injury that can feel great all winter as he rests it, then it could flare up in May and linger for months.  It just comes out of nowhere.  Another thing that worries me, he could platoon.  For his career, he’s a .246 hitter vs. lefties with four homers in 183 ABs.  Weiss has used him as a platoon guy in the past and there’s no sign of let-up on that.  Another worry, his foot injury could make him tentative to steal.  This is a guy whose career high in steals in a season was eight steals.  Not exactly a guy who was known to steal 25 bases before.  Final worry, his best season:  74/24/76/.312/8.  That’s solid, but it’s not exactly the verge of 1st round material.  I have a feeling Dickerson could come at a discount this year, but unless he falls very far, he won’t be on my teams.  UPDATE:  Was traded to the Rays.  Now the middle of the Rays order is Long-Dick-‘mond, who only sounds like the breakout star of Sixteen Candles, a role that holds up about as well as anyone playing Charlie Chan.  In Colorado, Dickerson was likely in a battle of a platoon, while in Tampa, he becomes their best player.  Sorry, Longoria, you had your chance…again…again…again and again.  Leaving Coors doesn’t obviously help Dickerson’s value, unless he decides to start pitching, and I still have my concerns about his plantar fasciitis, so I’m still avoiding.  2016 Projections:  68/20/75/.286/4

32. Joc Pederson – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 60 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “Make like Atari and Breakout!”  All of the players in this tier I’m gunning for in a big way.  This tier is filled with guys that will be ranked much higher next year, and this will be the year to own them.  This tier is overflowing with guys to draft.  This is what happened when I was putting together the outfielder rankings.  Okay, I really love DeShields, Pederson and Khris Davis.  Let’s just leave the tier at them.  Dot dot dot.  Damn, I love Yelich too.  Okay, I’ll add one more and that’s it.  Then, before I knew it, I had added about seven guys and realized I loved half of the league’s outfielders.  As for Pederson, I already gave you my Joc Pederson sleeper.  I wrote it while thanking the universe that if they were going to use one actor from Girls in the new Star Wars movie that it was Adam Driver.  Though, Lena Dunham may be every man’s Snoke. 2016 Projections:  67/26/69/.235/12

33. Khris Davis – I’m shocked I haven’t done a sleeper post for Khris Davis.  I guess I should say, “I haven’t done a Khris Davis sleeper post yet,” because it’ll be coming.  I mean I have to imagine it will.  He hit 27 homers in 121 games last year and only six players hit homers on average for a longer distance.  Not only does he have 30-homer power, but he’s in the number one park for homers last year.  Yes, better than Coors.  In fact (Grey’s got more, y’all!), Miller has beat Coors for homers two of the last three years.  Khris Davis might be my spirit animal.  UPDATE:  With the trade to Oaktown, Davis’s value takes a bit of a hit due to the park change, but now, like an exercise tape, he should be guaranteed ABs, assuming the A’s don’t try to pull some kind of Khrispy platoon.  2016 Projections:  67/32/79/.249/5

34. Delino DeShields –  I already gave you my Delino DeShields sleeper.  I wrote it on a bathroom stall in iambic pentameter.  2016 Projections:  95/7/46/.279/49

35. Christian Yelich – In 2014, Yelich graduated from high school early at 15, he went to the prom with Jose Tabata’s wife’s grandchild that she kidnapped in the 1970s, he got his own parking spot at Crayola Canyon for his Oxboard and he hit 9 HRs and stole 21 bases as he looked primed for a break out that didn’t involve him sending his cousin into CVS to buy ProActiv because he was too embarrassed.  Then, in 2015 as he turned 16, he had the privilege of being coached in the major leagues by his 2013 Little League coach, Dan Jennings, but it still all fell apart. Or did it?  Damn you, reversal question, I thought I was building to something illuminating.  Last year, he had a line of 63/7/44/.300/16 in 126 games.  Not great, granted.  But considering he battled injuries and missed about a month of time, it wasn’t awful.  He likely would’ve had a repeat of his 2014 season, but can he take that next step forward.  Yes, I do believe, like Yelich still believes in Santa.  2016 Projections:  89/12/61/.294/23

36. Adam Eaton – Why aren’t you crazy for Eaton?  Is it the Yelp reviews?  Out of this entire tier, Eaton is likely the safest, which means the lowest ceiling, but the highest floor.  For succinct’s sake, he’s fine, but could be boring.  Succincter, fine.  Succinctiest, f.  2016 Projections:   101/11/58/.278/21

37. Billy Hamilton – Here’s a guy I kinda want to draft early in the draft season, around late-February, because I get the feeling that at some point in March it will become obvious to everyone that the Reds really have no one else to bat leadoff.  Right now, Cozart is penciled into that spot, which seems totally ridiculous.  But leadoff or not, Hamilton stole 57 bases in 114 games last year.  Only six other players in the majors stole 30 bases.  Look at it this way, Arenado got you $14.7 worth of fantasy value in RBIs last year with 130 RBIs.  Chris Davis got you $16.7 worth of homer value with 47 homers.  Donaldson got you $12.6 with 122 runs.  Greinke got you $11.3 with a 1.66 ERA in 222 2/3 IP.  Hamilton, in only 114 games stole 57 bases, which was worth $22.5.  2016 Projections:  71/5/35/.244/60

38. Randal Grichuk – I already gave you my Randal Grichuk sleeper.  It was written on the backside of a Banksy.  2016 Projections:  69/25/82/.253/8

39. Yasiel Puig – I should be a landscape architect with this hedge ranking.  I’m basically saying I would totally draft Puig again this year.  Only thing, I need about five hundred events to conspire for that to happen.  A few of those events I’d need:  1. He still has to be available after all of the guys I have above him (unlikely).  2. He has to be drafted after some guys like Hamilton, Grichuk, DeShields, etc.  (Highly unlikely).  3. There’s no 3, and 1 and 2 were the same.  I guess the big question is why not rank Puig higher, or at least above, say, Grichuk.  Last year, Puig hit 11 HRs with 3 SBs.  Haha, that’s awful.  In 2014, he went 16 HRs with 11 SBs.  Um, that’s not very good either.  Wait, has he ever been good?  Yeah, for about three months spread out across three seasons.  Okay, not good, but great.  Those great months give promise and he’s possibly only 25 years old.  His line drive rate is goofy low (career 16.6%); that would’ve been the eighth lowest line drive rates last year.  Low line drive rates isn’t a who’s who of bad hitters.  Actually, quite a few great names on there, but the big names (Bautista, Pujols) hit a lot more fly balls, and they hit them far.  This means Puig likely won’t have a great BABIP, which means he could hit .255 again like last year.  He also hasn’t shown the ability to stay on the field, and the Dodgers seem fine with having him be a fourth outfielder at times.  Times specifically when Ethier is hitting well.  Or Carl Crawford or Scott Van Slyke or Alex Guerrero.  Honestly, Puig is only this high because he’s got more raw talent than Nobu.  At one point, his billboards all around town weren’t a threat, but that’s how they seem now.  2016 Projections:  64/19/72/.274/10

40. Marcell Ozuna – This is fascinating (if your definition of fascinating is very broad).  This year, I can’t stop looking at Ozuna’s 2013 season when he hit three homers in 70 games with the Marlins, but last year I ignored that season and focused on his 2014 season when he had 23 homers and his three straight years of 20+ homers in the minors from 2010-12 (I promise that’s three years and not two as it looks; I know, that confuses me too!).  So, is he the guy that hit three homers in 2013 and 10 homers last year in 123 games or is he the other guy?  What if I told you he was both guys?  Try to prove that wrong!  In two years and 33 homers, he’s hit only one lucky homer.  Last year, in ten homers, he had an average distance of 411 feet.  That would’ve been the seven highest in the majors if he qualified.  In other words, OZUNA still have power to spare.  OZUNA illustrate by smashing 7 and 10 pins.  OZUNA smash pins with bare hands.  OZUNA wish to hold girlfriend’s hand but he crush her.  OZUNA makes OZUNA cry with thoughts.  2016 Projections:  67/22/77/.254/3

 
  1. Bad News Bums says:
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    so high on deshields….also read your sleeper on him…. owned him for free last year… I swear if anyone from my league reads razzball (I doubt it they all have “kids” and “real lives” and “healthcare”) I will be angry but still read because your stuff is ….fun? I dont know words

  2. Todd says:
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    Good morning!

    Let’s say, hypothetically, that I asked you about my last keeper a few days ago, and you suggested Puig over Cano and Dickerson (and Salazar). Now I see Dickerson ranked a ways above Puig. What gives? (My first five keepers: Kershaw, Cole, Kluber, Arenado, Corey Seager)

    Thanks, Grey.

    • BJ Fister says:
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      @Todd: Easy, Grey put Dickerson in a tier of players he would avoid and not deal with the headache of owning. You have enough pitching that you don’t need Danny boy too. So Cubano it is.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Todd: Keeper suggests you’d own him beyond this year. So you’d rather have Puig long term than Cano.

      • Todd says:
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        @Cram It: For sure, but what about Dickerson?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Todd: Well you said he said Puig over all those guys, so Puig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: You can go Dickerson if you like, as Cram said I say in the post you’re commenting on that I don’t want Dickerson…

      • Todd says:
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        @Grey: Right on. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something. Thanks, Grey! Thanks, Cram!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    a. First of all, I like Your anatomy >>>Grey’s anatomy character>>>>what were we talking about? It’s crazy how unpopular this O’Malley guy is!!!

    b. Nice Venn diagram explication on HanRam, I thought there had to be a third circle for a Venn diagram to be valid. Then I googled Venn diagram (https://www.google.hr/search?q=venn+diagram&oq=venn+diagram&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2289j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8) and confirmed that I know nothing. Sorry for trying to burn you. Now I know that future attempts will be futile because you command wikipedia and WebMD. Way to go! It’s not enough that you’re the handsomest, you have to be the smartest too.

    c. Fully agreed on Concussion. A modern-day disaster. Not sure how Will Smith can redefine himself. He has to switch to B movies for 2 years or find a good role in an independent movie which takes 13 years to make for a salary of 30,000 $.

    d. Yeah, how the mighty have fallen. I guess you’d take Puig in a Puig’s eye but he looks like waiver-wire fodder in a super shallow H2H mixed league, right?

    e. Lastly, I could wait for this tier 5 to draft my Utility / DH spot, right? Like Delino in the U would be great value, freeing up higher picks for more important parts like the rotation, huh?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ha, yup B. Why is my Google in another language, AHHHHHHHH! C. I like how he blamed racism for the bad reception to it… Um, yeah. D. Draftable but might not stay on a team for long if he has a bad April E. Sure

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey! Sry for the language, ahhhh! I can’t even inform you properly!!! Sad trombone X 1,000,000 +1!

        a. Received a rejection letter from EUROPOL after spending 20$ to apply for the job. I had to print out the form in 6 copies and then mail (by snail mail) the 6 copies to their office in The Hague (The Netherlands) costing me about 20$ only to get rejected.

        b. Received a rejection e-mail from EIOPA. This rejection though as painful didn’t cost me as much. So it’s less painful, right?

        c. After receiving the millionth rejection letter since I was separated on Jan 22 2015, my wife asks…’Are you applying for only Head of Unit / Director jobs on purpose so you can show that you’re applying but in fact will never get a job? Maybe you could apply for a mail room job just to see if you are still able at all to get hired? No, no, no.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. In the US, if you need to spend money to apply for a job it’s a scam B. Yes C. You should respond, “No. By the way, I just applied to be mayor of the moon.”

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: I could apply for mail room clerk some where, it would net me about 14,000$. You can’t even buy sufficient 3-ply toilet paper for my wife and our daughter for that money. So, I don’t really get why I should apply for the mail room job. Trying to stay positive.

            Cheers,
            Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’ve read it, it is great!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tell her, “I’m applying where I want to work and where it makes sense. No go back to your boyfriend and have him pay for our electric!”

  4. Nittanychris says:
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    I really love a healthy Yelich to break out. Any chance he goes 15 HR and 30 SB? Or is that way too optimistic?
    Thanks Grey!

  5. Michael says:
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    Which side in a dynasty: c.seager/aj pollock or c.correa?

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @Michael: Correa X 1,000,000

    • Cram It says:
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      @Michael: Correa x 1,000,000 + 1

      • FKA Ralph says:
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        @Cram It: Correa X infinity

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Michael: seager/pollock X 1,000,000 X 0

      • J-FOH says:
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        @nick the dick: I agree with boke dick

      • danny almonte says:
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        @nick the dick:

        That equals 0 though

        • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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          @danny almonte: but there is no equal sign :v/

    • White Rabbit says:
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      @Michael: correa is muy nice but in a dynasty, that combo is worth it. i say seager and pollock

  6. Mike Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Would you trade Cargo/Teheran for Polanco/Rodon?
    Thanks.

  7. Wild Thing says:
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    No Buxton? Was it at least a struggle to decide to leave him out? Twins did move Hicks clearing a path. Just needs to have a good spring. Or does your non-ranking reflect that he’s getting sent down for the first month or two? This is key because if he is about to bust, you can still get a haul for him and I would like to do that!

  8. JD Hassett

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    Always enjoy your stuff.
    12 team league – every team keeps 6 players – 5X5 league – 4OF’s – 1 everything else -1 ut
    6 SP 2 RP

    keeping Arrieta, Jose Abreau, EE,
    need three from Dozier, Blackmon, Carlos Gomez, Carrasco

    Thanks for your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Otwins: Thanks! Not Gomez, him and Dozier are a bit of a coin flip though

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey:

        Gomez stole 10 bases in less than 200 ABs in the second half last year.

        If healthy Gomez goes 18HR, 25 SB next year with .250 average, and gets plenty of RBI opportunities in the Astros lineup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guess we’ll see

  9. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Loving the rankings so far. Also, they make Playmate thermoses???

    *sets aside 5 hour block for hardcore ebay-ing

  10. Grondcarlo says:
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    I’m deciding between Xander and Puig for my final keeper, and this makes the decision look easy! It’s an ops league that counts both obp and slugging, though: still a no-brainer? Thanks!

  11. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Anyone else constantly get “script not responding” errors on this site? My firefox freezes, asks me if I want to stop script, continue, or debug. None of the 3 options work. I assume it has something to do with the ads, not sure if there is a way to avoid it?

    Thanks

    • rapscallion13 says:
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      @Jack the Ripper: I have had the site crash recently due to a flash plugin error when using Chrome.

      • Zeus says:
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        @rapscallion13: same here or it freezes for a few minutes and then crashes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack the Ripper: Hmm…I use FF and don’t have problems, let me look into it

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Jack the Ripper: Yes, constantly! The site is unreadable like 95% of the time, try Explorer there is much less of it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I just tried three different browsers, can’t replicate this problem

        • Fungazi says:
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          @Grey: I have no clue what the problem is. It happens at home and at work, so it’s not just a single computer. It is not a new issue, been happening for at least a year, I just deal with it.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ugh, that sucks and shouldn’t be happening

            • Fungazi says:
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              @Grey: Yeah, it does suck, but I get the same message as what the original comment was, it asks “stop script, continue, or debug” but none of the choices really do anything.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sorry about that, is that your real email you use when you comment?

                • Fungazi says:
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                  @Grey: Yes, it’s real

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I emailed you

                    • Tigres says:
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                      Grey, I’ve noticed this before too – if I step away from the laptop for a while, the error message comes up when I get back. Using FF. Never have problems if I keep scrolling down at normal pace – active reading.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Weird, I’m looking into it though

                    • Teddy Heater says:
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                      @Grey: I use Chrome and my shizz crashes all the time flash player is the reason. It happens on both my Mac and PC. I think I just need to use Safari or Firefox cause it always happens when I’m writing a comment. I copy my comments just in case, but sometimes I’m not quick enough.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That sucks to hear

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Fungazi: 95%, that’s not the site’s fault there.

  12. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Good rankings. Surprised by a few. Gives me something to think about.

    Please help me figure out my keepers in a 10-team 6×6 (OBP and Holds) H2H league. Three no-doubters:

    Goldy
    Machado (SS-eligible)
    Betts

    Pick two from the rest:

    Jose Fernandez
    Xander
    Schwarber
    Gomez
    Dickerson
    Yelich
    Puig
    Gomez
    Hanley
    Buxton

    FWIW, I can just keep three and have two comp picks in rounds 4 and 5. This always ends up being the smart move. I’m kind of leaning toward that (maybe keeping Xander) since the rest of these guys are grouped so closely together.

    Anyway, thanks for all of your work!

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        Would it change if I told you my league has two UTIL spots? That is an important fact I often forget to mention.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe

          • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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            I’d think perhaps swapping out Xander for Schwarber. I have a huge man crush on JoFer and hope to see you this spring at the Marlins’ Spring Training stalk-a-thon.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I could see it

  13. Cram It says:
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    Every time I see the word “succinct”, I’m reminded of the time I used that word in a 7th grade paper on The Smashing Pumpkins. My teacher circled it in red and notated “? – not a word”. I’ve been afraid to use it ever since.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: You sure you didn’t spell it “sucking”

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Would still be a word!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True!

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Cram It: did this teacher have access to a dictionary?

  14. dr y says:
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    10 team mixed h2h, no corner or mid infielder, 5 outfielder.

    3 keepers for 3 seasons max with $3 raises per year, select from these candidates:

    Machado for $13 and 2017 season at $16
    Correa for $16 and 2017 season at $19
    Springer for $10 and expires after 2016
    Betts for $18 and 2017 season at $21
    Archer for $9 and 2017 season at $9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dr y: Machado, Correa, Springer

  15. RePete says:
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    How far up the ranks would you move Pederson in an OBP league where he gets a big boost? Above the CarGo’s or Polanco even? I’m so blinded by the upside but then again I didn’t have to suffer through owning him last year. Thanks!

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @RePete: It’s probably not as big of a boost as you think.

      • RePete says:
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        @Shill Team 6: I may be overly optimistic in his ranking but going from a below average .235 AVG to an above average .345 OBP is quite a boost.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: He could platoon, he has some risk still, OBP or not…

  16. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    “He, instead, hit 40 and 44 homers, respectively. So, like a mute horse, I’m done saying nay.”

    This right here is why I love Razzball.

  17. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Morning grey. Who would you rather have. Choo or Yelich

  18. Banksie?

    what are you, my grandpa? It’s Banksy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WRDSMTH: Yeah, and your grandmother’s gotta stop with the Crisco, my heart burps

  19. Zeus says:
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    One of those guys with question marks is going to have one last big season. The question is which one? OF is straight up mojito its so muddled this year.

    Last year I was skeptical of depth at the position and loaded up on OF early and it worked. This year might go with 2 or 3 early and figure it out from there. There’s some good value deeper down the rankings.

    Loving the rankings so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Thanks!

  20. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey,

    One more for today…

    I have Corey Seager at $16 for 3 or $21 for 4 years. The Bogaerts ($21 for 3 years) owner in my league has made him available. I could get him for either Stroman or McCullers both $1 this year and then $5 per year after (so $11 for 2 years, $16 for 3, etc). This brings me to my 2-part question:

    1) which side do you like better Bogaerts or Stroman/McCullers factoring in their salaries?

    2) does trading Stroman/McCullers make sense for my team? It would mean DH-ing Seager. This reduces my flexibility because DH is nice to leave open for the annual auction. Though I could always try this experiment for this year and then trade Bogaerts/Seager in the off season.

    Thanks for your advice! I am loving your rankings so far!!

  21. Clint says:
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    Okay Grey, I’m now peeing my pants at my keeper choices running squarely into your ‘I got worries man’ and ‘Make Like Atari & Breakout’ tiers. 12 team 5×5 roto keeper and I need 3 of some of these guys you mentioned in both tiers:

    CarGo, Adam Jones, Puig, Buxton, and/or Strasburg

    If it matters, here’s my other 5 of the 8 total we’re keeping: Arrieta, Scherzer, Rizzo, Machado, and Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Stras is easy yes, Jones is okay and at least not in danger of being traded away from Coors, then I’d go Puig

  22. J-FOH says:
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    Snoop fans have gin and juice. RaZzballas’ have cognac and coffee cause we can’t get past breakfast without reading this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That makes me want to put in an emoticon

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: brass bell/eggplant/kitty with heart eyes/ airplane?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eggplant emoji? C’mon, you’re overshooting

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I have no idea what any of those mean. I’m emoji illiterate

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I believe the eggplant emoji is racist

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: purple people haters

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, um, no

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  Never been friends with a racist Italian I see…

    • The Harrow says:
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      @J-FOH: cognac and coffee good stuff though.

  23. Chris says:
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    For your last keeper would you keep Jose Abreu or Bumgarner? I’m already keeping Miguel Cabrera at 1B and Arrieta. This is a H2H points league. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  24. brian says:
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    Hi. Thanks for the list.

    GM style league. Would you move two years of Carlos Gonzalez and Daniel Norris for one year of Matt Harvey? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  25. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo Yo Grey!! Been lurking again these past few weeks, and its good to read your fantasy baseballer insights again as we approach spring.

    Dickerson-Pujols question for you: I was a big Dickerson hopeful last year. He was my first live pick after 2 keeper rounds in a 16 team league. First AB was a HR last year. We were on pace for a 602 HR! Then the planter fascists invaded Coors and stomped on his ankle with farmer boots and hoes. Boots and Hoes!!

    My question is, how likely is Dickerson to have a Pujols-type post plantar fasciatis bounce back year. Do you remember if Pujols rested or if he had off-season surgery? As far as I I know, Dickerson did not get surgery, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good to see you! Dickerson didn’t have the surgery… Think you gotta ask yourself is Dickerson as good a hitter as Pujols

    • The Harrow says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: pujols just had the surgery he’s needed for like 3 years just this offseason. pujols is better hitter of course, but also older, and his body isn’t really as athlete as dickerson either.

  26. Dr Hocker says:
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    You will live to regret leaving Shin Soo-Choo out of your top 40. Did you not see what he put up the last couple months of 2015? As Fast Eddie said in “The Color of Money” ……I’m back!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shin Soo-BOO

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Dr Hocker: if he stole anymore he would’ve been.

  27. GhostTownSteve says:
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    The decline of Adam Jones was one of my better calls from last year.

    I spent a lot of time thinking about AJ Pollock last night. You made some pretty good points. 20/40 he’s a first rounder. 15/30 and he’s not that far off from Adam Eaton. It’s a thin margin. I think the first round might just be a little bit of an overdraft. Seeing him go ahead of guys like Rizzo or Stanton…sure you love the speed power if you get it. I still like Pollock better than Cutch tho.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When he has 6 homers by July, you’ll be further in my camp… What’s Magoo’s feeling on him?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: I have him valued in the Betts range, but I think I like Mookie a bit more. More power and RBI potential, similar BA and runs projections. Slight edge to Pollock in steals, but I think he’s more of a 30 steal player than a 40 steal one. Mookie is five years younger too, but he’s already passed his second-time-around-the-league test.

        OTS made a good point about Pollock possibly being a 15/30 player. I see that too. Wouldn’t be terrible as a top 15 pick, but I prefer Altuve and Betts in that draft range. I agree with you that Pollock doesn’t reach 20 homers again this season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, thanks!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: Hey, I told you the other day I could see a 15/30 year out of him. But I think the 30 is more like 33-35

  28. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF!
    I can’t stand The chick from Girls and I refuse to type her name, kinda the same way I feel about that Yeezy guy (garbage). Bug and I actually got into a dispute regarding that show, I didn’t even want it on the household DVR because I don’t want her to get one penny from our household. She’s a Pig and a Hypocrite. I’m loving me some Kday this year, you like Chen in Miami? He got hurt because of the long ball last year and now he’s in that huge park I think he’ll thrive.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I’m in the office this week so I wasn’t able to listen to it and I’ve been commuting with the street bike. Now that I’ve used my excuses I’ll listen to it today. You catch Bloodline yet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a new season of Bloodline?

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: I wasn’t sure if you watched the 1st season. Apparently Ben Mendelsohn (Danny) is part of the 2nd season. Not sure how he’s involved, but he said to “strap on your seat belts” I like it!!! They’re only half way through filming on Jan 4th so I doubt it’ll be out in March (as it was speculated) You know more about TV, can they wrap up and edit before March?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prolly flashbacks… Yeah, I loved the 1st season

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: It’s my new favorite show. As usual it took sometime to set the characters and the story up, but the last 5 episodes were GREAT! They copied Damages in regards to showing bits and pieces of later episodes, but it works as we blew through 5 seasons in a week and a half during the summer.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Great call, I said the same thing about Damages, because I had just watched Damages too

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Dickerson trade makes no sense with Dickerson making 500k for next 4 and McGee 5mil.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rockies are a badly managed team in the dugout and front office

  29. Homerj24 says:
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    5×5 OBP instead of runs; 10 teams, 5 OF slots and a UTL. $260 Draft cap. Keep 0-7 players.

    Would you keep Puig at $16?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  30. J-FOH says:
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    I’m seeing a connection between yelich and river phoenix. Both were hyped too early an age and most importantly are member of the KGB. In Christians case the KGB stands for King of the Ground Ball. Let’s just hope yelich doesn’t get into his mom’s medicine cabinet and start popping her pain killers and Xanax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice

  31. Schoolboy P says:
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    Enjoying the rankings as usual. Appreciating the insight and humor.

    Im no technology expert. Wondering how I can purchase and get your e-book to my Kindle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m no tech expert either, does the Kindle read pdfs? Cause that’s what the ebook is

      • Schoolboy P says:
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        @Grey:

        Im sure there is a whippersnapper on here who can chime in.

        Thanks in advance, 17 year old reader!

  32. joe shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    Would you call Giancarlo a health risk at this point? Would you take him as top ten in a dynasty draft?

    Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s top ten

  33. 50 Shades says:
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    Points Keeper League – offered Joc Pederson for Tulo. Make the move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  34. The great knoche says:
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    Rockies plan to move CarGo…..to 1st Base?

    So now they’ll have 2 first baseman that also play the outfield. Bad news for Paulsen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They said they’re moving him to 1st?

      • The great knoche says:
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        @Grey: Fox Sports reports…. So take It as you will, Rockeis may still seek a trade, but plan on playing CarGo and possibly Dickerson at 1st base this season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So goofy

  35. Micah Stupak says:
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    Hey Grey, my 6×6 OBP/SLG near-dynasty is firing up for the season and prospect trades are happening. I’ve got Jorge Alfaro and Chance Sisco and a fella wants to send me Billy Hamilton for one of ’em. Which one do you think is more likely to be good? I’m thinking Sisco. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alfaro

      • Micah Stupak says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I was flip-flopping for a while but landed on him myself. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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    Have been trying to acquire Soler in my dynasty but the asking price has been my Sano, or Arenado, or Correa which seems like way too much. What range of MLB player (ie one top 30 player) or prospect(s) would you be willing to move for Soler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around where he is in my rankings

  37. matt says:
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    Hey Grey…love your site…would you trade Sano for Deseilds in a 22 team 5×5 standard leaugue both 1 $players and both eligible to be kept next year as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nah, I wouldn’t

  38. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey grey, thoughts on Sano? Is he not in your top 40 because he’ll start the year as UTL? I think he’ll be a beast, but I may be biased as I am a twins fan.

    Also, thoughts on keepers? I get 5 (for 5 years) and the first 3 are easy.

    Harper, last keeper year @ $17
    Goldy , 4th year, @ $33
    Marte , 3rd year @ $9

    Choose 2 between these guys –
    Bogaerts, 2nd year, $12
    Arenado, 2nd year, $29
    G cole, 3rd year, $10
    Arrieta, 2nd year, $4
    Conforto, 2nd year, $2
    Scherzer, 4th year, $20

    Thanks a ton!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over Sano… Arenado, Arrieta

  39. Chris says:
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    Grey,

    Agree on your opinion from Kemp. But you gotta find it strange that for the last two years we think he is done, and then the second half of the season he starts mashing everything in-sight and looks like a top 10 OF. He almost won me my roto league.

    Not sure what we can do about this, but I am fascinated by a guy who has an ISO that doubles after the All-star break the last couple of years. Something strange here, especially for somebody that gets stronger as the year progresses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it is odd, but I wouldn’t count on it appearing in April-June

  40. Tom says:
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    Grey who would keep out of this list. 12 team H2H.

    Adam Jones
    Pujols
    Harper
    Brantley
    Frazier
    Arrieta
    Cole
    Familia
    Pollock
    Bogaerts
    Kipnis

    • Mac says:
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      @Tom:

      How many of those are you allowed to keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Shit im sorry – I can only keep 5

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Tom: harper, cole, arrieta, bogey, frazier.

  41. Mac says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in an 8 team 5X5 roto league that uses OBP instead of BA.

    I can keep 2 of the following:
    Carlos Gonzalez (OF)
    Robinson Cano (2B)
    Freddie Freeman (1B)
    Matt Carpenter (2B and 3B)
    Hunter Pence (OF)

    Your thoughts oh wise one? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t like any of them… CarGo, Freeman

      • Mac says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Man. I don’t love them all either but here was my warped thinking. I was going with Freeman and Carpenter. I liked Carp because he can play 2B or 3B so that edged him over Cano. As for Cargo, my worries on Cargo are the usual health related concerns plus the possibility of being traded. So we both agree on Freeman. Now it’s down to Cargo over Carp. Carp is a big OBP guy that scores alot of runs and found some power last year. Is that not enough to tip the scales in his favor over Carg in your esteemed opinion? Thanks for any followup.

  42. J-FOH says:
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    Dickerson to the Rays? Sucks for NL only owners of C-Dick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sucks for all his owners

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Ya.. not touching that with my 10ft pole

      • The great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: fox sports was right on! Not quite.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he gets better looking women, I think, and sea level air which means fewer injuries (I have no idea if this is true)

        • The great Knoche says:
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          @J-FOH: Sea Dick

  43. Tom says:
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    Grey what 5 would you keep out of this list. 12 team H2H.

    Adam Jones
    Pujols
    Harper
    Brantley
    Frazier
    Arrieta
    Cole
    Familia
    Pollock
    Bogaerts
    Kipnis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, Frazier, Arrieta, Xander, Pollock

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: ha, i was only off on cole vs pollock

  44. Mike

    Mike says:
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    DALTON POMPEY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d love to mock him

  45. There goes Dickerson
    Did you forget he plays in Coors? Oh wait he doesn’t lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Why can’t the Dickerson trade send a guy like Souza to COL? Yes, that makes no sense from a real life standpoint, but we fantasy owners need something in return for abandoning all hope for Dickerson. Blood for blood, as they say in Westeros!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  47. Great White North says:
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    I’ve been away, now I am back, so lets catch up. I am glad Frances won the GBBS, she deserved it, but I was sure Ruby (Queen of the ugly sponge) was only getting advanced each because she was sleeping with Hollywood, or won of the lesbian hosts. And I still feel bad for Toby (bandaged fingers, lost week 1) for some strange reason. I even named one of my tropical fish after him.

    As for baseball, I vow to draft 5 outfielders in my RCL this year before I draft a catcher. Last year I drafted both Posey and Lucroy in hopes that I was outsmarting the field. I now understand the error of my ways. I still took second overall in the RCL, but only because I streamed like the Nile.

    Cherrio.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hello, cheeky! I’m still addicted to GBBO, and I have you to thank… Last week, I rewatched macarons and then tried to make them…and failed miserably!

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Due to medically necessary lifestyle changes, my baking now consists of 100%whole grains, no yolks, replacing most oils with apple sauce and bananas, and replacing sugar with tiny amounts of agave and maple.

        Some of it is even edible.

        I currently have Kale stuck between my teeth. I miss bacon.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh man, GBBO must be torture to watch!

          • Great White North says:
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            @Grey: I’d say more like porn.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, great point…I want a Victorian sandwich with Ruby and Mel

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Great White North:

          Don’t use agave. It’s basically chemically corn syrup. Maple or honey. And if you’re not allergic, try almond flower.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: there is a great sweetner I use called swerve, costs an arm and a leg but doesnt give you gas and doesnt effect blood sugar. Downside is a half pound will cost you 10 bucks.

            I cant have almond flavor around because of my childs allergies, any other suggestions?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: wow, I thought I typed flour

  48. Job3rd says:
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    Nice post!
    10-team, Roto, 5×5 (OBP & QS instead), keeper league with draft pick cost for next few years:
    Soler-9-7-5
    Carrasco-9-7-5
    B Hamilton-12-10-X
    Rodon-21-19-17
    Odor-22-20-18
    Eaton-23-21-19
    Khr Davis-23-21-19
    Grichuk-25-23-21
    Syndergaard-25-23-21
    McCullers-25-23-21
    Burns-25-23-21

    Please rank top 3. Thanks & Yer the titzlinger!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, Noah, Odor, Rodon

  49. JOBERWOCKY says:
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    Grey, Young pitchers in NY….who do you like more Matz or Severino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz

  50. Fausto

    The HAND OF SAGNOF says:
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    Thanks for not letting me even debate drafting gordon.. I did a mock up on paper and my team looked VERY Mesoraco or MESO…aka it was ugly. ( If you need a glossary term for ugly MESO is it. ). I’ll keep livin the Sag- Life. Plus I’ll still get a shot at RIZZO and goin HAM after Polanco.(snake draft is what it is…bleh). Burns/delino/lindor were my killa SBs in 2015….
    Anyway
    Different league keeper question… rolling with Polanco @$8 Rizzo@$27 Springer@$15. You like either or Yelich or Soler@ $7? OR Lindor at $4 for last keeper?
    Thanks again, the hand of Sagnof sends its blessings for 2016…

    If anyone would like to be baptized into the Church of SAGNOF please send $50 along with an S. A. S. E. and youll receive an official certificate and you too can help support the church’s rigorous/glorious DFS Mission…. for the just the cost of a cup of coffee or a Middlebrooks/Chisenhall combo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, nice! Lindor…Thanks!

  51. J-FOH says:
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    Above I mentioned Yelich and since I want to stay on that topic, did you know his profile is very similar to Hosmer. The major difference is the GB and FBl, now before you blow me off, hear me out. If somebody would teach that kid to stop putting the damn ball on the ground all the time and cut his rate 10% then he could be Hosmer….with more speed. Their contact percentages, K rate, walk rate, and swstr% is almost identical. The glaring difference is Yelich has a GB% north of 60 and Hosmer is north of 50. I’ll be watching him this year, since I wont draft him, to see if Mattingly and company get him to hit more in the air and less on the ground or else he’ll be going to bed with no dessert or video games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich’s numbers look like Jeter

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wonder if in his gift baskets he gives gummi bears and hello kitty hair accessories

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

    • Fausto

      The HAND OF SAGNOF says:
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      @J-FOH: jfoh officially killed my faith in yelich last yr with the grd ball% as discussed on twitter.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The HAND OF SAGNOF: Im more okay with him this year but I think where he is getting drafted i would rather be taking my starters. Depends where he is available and the roster construction. I would like to think he has an uptick in power but with that home park he’s going to need to start driving instead of diving. His hard contact is not bad to be fair. I read a commentary be a Marlins beat writer and the writer said it appears that he tries to hit the ball into the ground.

        Where is the hand?

        • Fausto

          The HAND OF SAGNOF says:
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          @J-FOH: the hand shall return I just gotta fix my gravatar

  52. ScreechOwl says:
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    The annual rankings are truly the best time of the year! But…

    Great, the entire squad of people contending for the last non-infield spot on my roster are #32, #33, and #34 on this list. Plus Byron Buxton.

    Not that it matters. I mean, my great players are going to steamroll the league again this year.

    At the very least, I have to drop one more player before the season starts, though, so this isn’t entirely academic. The plan is to drop one guy (two, really, but the other one has already been decided), move my prospects to their NA spots, then pick my player back up.

    I was going to ask which one you’d drop, but then I realized that I can just drop Yan Gomes under the assumption that nobody wants him, so I should be able to make like Morticia and Gomes add ‘im! (You know, if I actually had the expertise to write a fantasy column, which I don’t and never will have, I’d make it a regular mid-week feature, and I’d totally call it Wednesday Add-ems.)

    The downside is that I actually need my catcher, whereas three of those four outfielders will be riding the bench all year. On the other hand, I need as many outfielders as I can gather in case Chris Davis gets old.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  53. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve already got Machado and Arenado. Thoughts on giving up Franco and JD for Betts? OBP keeper format.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: Alright, thanks

  54. griff says:
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    Grey,
    For a dynasty league, which OF do you like better Domingo Santana or Marcell Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  55. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Who do you like better for a obp keeper format, Franco, Kluber, or Cole? Are they all pretty close?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber, they’re close

  56. papasmurf says:
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    What a bummer that cdick trade. The only solace is that it happened before my league’s keeper declaration deadline. Gotta wonder if COL knows something about him. Maybe it was just a case of him being the most tradeable… but more the reason to punt in keeper league.

    Sucks for McGee too. Good news for Box though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed

  57. papasmurf says:
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    PS, I was gonna say in CDick’s defense (before seeing the note on his trade) that the stats you cited happened in just 436 ABs. He would have been a monster if he stayed at Coors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They happened in 436 ABs cause he can’t hit samehanded pitchers

  58. primetime says:
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    10 keeper league.

    Was offer Chris Davis for CarGo and Yu..that’s too much right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Davis

  59. Jay_S says:
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    UGH. I have terrible 5th keeper options. It can be a hitter or Pitcher. Keeping Arenado, Donaldson, Grienke, and Salazar. 6×6 (QS and OPS) 12 team league. Last pick is between the following:

    Puig, Kemp, Lindor, Hamels, McCullers, Garrett Richards.

    I wanna reach on Seager early and I have extra 2nd and 3rd round picks (just added context).

    Thanks in advance. Enjoy the podcasts.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jay_S: I’d hardly say those are terrible options. Lindor for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  60. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Keep Tyson Ross or Kevin Gausman in a 12-team roto? Is it close?

    • Jay_S says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh: I don’t think so. Ross for me

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh: Gausman is for the birds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

  61. The People's Strudel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Gausman for Soler straight up in a keeper league?

  62. Charles says:
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    How much of a bump does the Dickerson trade give Parra? Top of the Coors lineup is a nice place to be, if he hits there.

  63. FKA Ralph says:
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    Interesting that you have Belt ahead of Cruz given the projections. I know you cannot just rank them based on that, but I feel like usually your tiebreaker is certainty.

    Belt: 79/21/90/.288/10
    Cruz: 85/35/98/.270/4

    Hard to say that six steals and .018 in avg is worth 14 HRs. Any specific reason on why Belt is ahead of Cruz?

    • Cram It says:
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      @FKA Ralph: Yupside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Like Belt’s upside, feel like Cruz only has downside

    • The Harrow says:
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      @FKA Ralph: one of these days that MLB drug test will find his newest toy. maybe by then he’s onto a new one, but maybe not.

  64. Mike says:
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    Price $37 and Familia $6 for Grienke $29.

    14 team keeper league. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price

      • Mike says:
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        Thanks!

        One more question:

        I have Sano $9 in the same 14 team keeper league. $260 budget

        Should I do:

        A) Arrieta $17 for Sano $9

        B) Marte $31 and Springer $24 for Sano $9

        C) Hold Sano

  65. Christian Herman says:
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    Grey, who do you think is a riskier pick? Adam Jones or Ryan Braun?

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