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Alex Rodriguez may be a slob like one of us, but I’ve repeatedly told you to pick up Carlos Quentin this season, so I’ve already thrown my dignity out the proverbial window (defenestration, yo!). Instead of trying to trade for third base help, I’m saving my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain! Or something like that. His baby’s got sauce, but I’m not going to hold it against him. Instead I’m going to cross my fingers that he is productive for the last couple months of the season. If you’re concerned about his injuries, lifestyle choices, or age, I’d like to point to David Ortiz as an example of an oldie, but goodie. A-Rod doesn’t have elite production left in him, ahem, but he can still reach a .270/.350/.450 line. All I’m saying is that it’s a chance worth taking. Who knows, maybe if he finishes the season strong, owning him will be vogue. Anyway, here are some other guys who have my attention in OPS leagues:

Shin-Soo Choo – I’m a Seoul Man! Too bad he’s not from there. But I’m impressed with him improving his walk rate and being more awesome than he already was. Although he’s been unusually streaky this year, I’d expect him to produce numbers at the same rate as he already has. Yes, a .400 OBP could be in the cards, assuming you get your deck from Joey Votto.

Luke Scott – Sky mentioned him as a creeper and I wholeheartedly agree. I’ll send all my loving to you, Sky! Great Scott is a steady producer in OPS leagues, especially against righties. If you also feel that your team could use some grit or has a little too much rational thinking, he’s your man.

Logan Morrison – Oh hey, nice to have you back. He’s mostly been in a decline since his 2010 rookie season, but can you blame him? Of course you can. Still, I’d project something like what I have for A-Rod (for those of you who managed to completely avoid the introduction: see above).

Chase Headley – I’ve been expecting a turnaround since last month and maybe he’s starting to, as evidenced by his past few days. These are the questions that keep me up at night. Along with:  “Which album do I need to listen to tomorrow?” and “When does a pizza become a pizza?”

Brian McCann – Before the season, I said, “I strongly dislike recommending people draft an injured player, but I’m going to do it this time. The last I saw, he’s expected to miss the first couple weeks of the season. Even if the injury reduces his production, I could still see him producing a high .700s OPS, with solid counting stats. Considering that you would only have to use a late round pick, it may be worth the gamble.” He must have been insulted by what I thought was a reasonable projection because he’s currently topping a .900 OPS. He looks healthy, so I think he’ll top my previous projection, even if his OBP and slugging combine to drop 100 points going forward. Did I just call him a sell high candidate? No, those were your words, not mine.

Jedd Gyorko – I don’t like writing about players whose names would be a wheel of fortune nightmare, but he should be a solid middle infielder. He’s worth pursuing now that he’s expected back from the disabled list relatively soon.

Chris Carter – After a miserable May, he’s hovered around a .900 OPS since the beginning of June. Am I really recommending that you pick up an Astros player?

Aaron Hill – After the 2012 season, I said, “I think he’s a better player than his 2011 numbers indicate, but I see him having the upside for an .800 OPS next year instead of the .882 he posted this year. That’s a backhanded sort of compliment because I’d take that production from a second baseman in a heartbeat.” Well, like McCann, he’s exceeding my expectations so far this season. I also expect his production to fall off a bit, yet remain around an .800 OPS going forward.

Yoenis Cespedes – I can’t even bring myself to write a pun about your name. That’s how much you disappoint me, Yoenis! I can only assume your impressive 2012 season was a result of a deal you made with Josh Satin.

Tom Jacks is sporadically on Twitter @votetomjacks

  1. Pete says:
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    Who do you like better 2nd half – Brett Lawrie or A-Rod?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Pete: In an OPS league, A-Rod.

      • Pete says:
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        @Tom Jacks: How about a points league? Points leagues are closer to OPS than a standard 5×5 when evaluating a player, right?

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Pete: Yes, that’s my impression. So I’d still take A-Rod in a points league, but it would be a lot closer in a 5×5.

  2. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Tom, OPS keeper league: Would you trade Leonys Martin for Brandon Moss? I could desperately use HR/BI but don’t know if I’m buying high….

    c- Wieters, Gomes
    1b- Votto
    2b- Pedroia
    3b/ci- Longoria/Alvarez, (Morales/Belt)
    ss/mi- Segura/Andrus (Rendon)
    of- Jackson, Markakis, Gardner, LoMo, Martin (BJ)

    • Tom Jacks

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      @shibboleth: Hey shibboleth – I wouldn’t do that deal because that’s a bit more than I’d be willing to pay for Moss in a keeper. Not sure how deep your league is, but maybe there’s a decent guy like Quentin or Luke Scott on waivers that could hold you over this year?

      • shibboleth says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Many thanks, Tom. My eyes went straight to the HR/BI and didn’t see much else. Luke Scott is available, I could maybe drop Belt or an MR him. We only keep 5 with bizarre rules, so there’s a medium-to-high chance that none of those names will carry over. That doesn’t change anything, does it?

        • Tom Jacks

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          @shibboleth: No problem! No, that doesn’t change anything. Moss wouldn’t be a keeper, so Scott makes sense since he’s in the same boat, but would come cheaper for you.

          I wouldn’t be opposed to trading Martin, but I’d like to see him as part of a package for a better keeper. In leagues with a small number of keepers, I’m always looking to upgrade them (though you’ve got some great ones already).

  3. nathan says:
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    someone just offered me ryan braun for my allen craig, pull the trigger?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @nathan: Yeah, I would.

  4. Big League Choo says:
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    What do you see for rendon ROS….his minors walk % were really solid in his short career and he’s sporting a ridiculous babip right now with a 33% line drive rate that’s gotta come down a ways…I’m hopin he goes .290/340/440….part b have to lose one of profar or Myers?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Big League Choo: I think that line for Rendon is very reasonable and expect him to do something around there. If position is not a factor, I’d rather lose Profar.

  5. Jackie says:
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    I need MI help. Do you like Miller from Seattle or Green from Oakland or even Brian Roberts? Standard 5×5 mixed league.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Jackie: I like Green the best out of that group. I’m taking a chance on him in a couple leagues.

  6. Lando87 says:
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    I’ve got a guy begging me for Marte. It’s a Keeper League. The trade he offered me is Bourn, Mauer and Buchholz for Marte, J. Castro and Jed Lowrie. My brain tells me it’s a steal but my gut cannot stand to lose Marte.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Lando87: I don’t view Marte as highly as others, but I’d still try for a little more if he’s desperate. Is this a league where you keep all of your players or just a few?

      My favorite tactic is trying to buy low on stud who is under-performing. Does he have somebody who would fit that description?

      • Lando87 says:
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        @Tom Jacks:

        It’s a keeper league with a point based system based on the Yahoo Rankings at the season’s end, each team receives 100 Total points 1-10 = 25 points, 11-25 = 20 points, 26-50 = 15 points, 51-100 = 10 points, 100+ = 5 points. If the season ended today, Marte would be a 20 pt. keeper.

        His only offensive players worth a damn are Freeman, Mauer and Crush Davis (I already have Prince, Trumbo and LaRoche however). He said I can have any of his starting pitchers in the deal EXCEPT Bumgarner or Fernandez.

        My other options instead of Buchholz are Medlen, Hudson, Jo. Johnson, Hellickson, Holland, Archer, Straily, Anderson, Kennedy or Morrow.

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Lando87: Then I’m good with trading Marte since that seems like a high price and a solid return. Maybe he’d be willing to include another pitcher to get it done?

          • seph meier says:
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            @Tom Jacks:

            Get medlen on top of it

            • Tom Jacks

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              @seph meier: Yeah, that would make the deal a steal.

  7. Mariner Mike says:
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    Would you start Cole tonight against Oak. thank you! Also show great patience with Cespedes and Butler or shoot ‘em

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Yeah, I’m starting him. Unfortunately, I think you’ve got to show great patience with them. I doubt that anybody will be willing to offer anything near their real value.

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Tom Jacks: correct no takers for these slackers thank you for the reply hope Cole does us well.

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Mariner Mike: No problem! I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Facing the A’s without a DH should help a bit.

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Mariner Mike: He won’t get the win, but it was still a good start.

  8. Chris says:
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    Hello Tom,
    Would you trade Joe Mauer for Willing Rosario and Gerrit Cole?

    thanks,
    Chris

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Chris: Hi Chris – I would do it if your league doesn’t have a lot of decent pitching on waivers. So, if it’s at least a 12 teamer (or deeper).

      • Chris says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Thanks Tom. The league is 12 team, 23 players. most teams have 10-11 pitchers.
        In order for the trade to go through, I would drop Kluber or Chacin..
        Will you still do it? Thans

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Chris: No problem, Chris. Yeah, I’d still do it. I think I’d rather drop Kluber, but it’s close.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Tom Jacks: wouldn’t you rather have kluber and chacin (for road games) than cole at all. Especially when Cole likely goes down when Wandy returns.

            • Tom Jacks

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              @goodfold2: No, I really like Cole and trust him more than either of those guys. I think it will be hard for Pittsburgh to send him down when they’re still in the playoff hunt.

  9. bb says:
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    hey tom
    do you think it’s crazy to trade matt moore for koji uehara? i have a bunch of other decent pitchers (jzim, scherzer, teheran, medlen, fister, kluber, erasmo ramirez) and my league has k/bb so moore is killing me (and koji is the king of k/bb). also, i’m way ahead in wins and need saves. if not, what do you think a fair price for moore is? it seems really difficult to project him for the rest of year. thanks

    • Tom Jacks

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      @bb: Hey bb – Yeah, I think that’s a bit crazy. Moore has been hot lately and I believe that he’ll turn things around. I agree that Koji is awesome, but I’d much prefer to trade a pitcher with lesser upside. I just bought low on Moore in one league and am thinking that he’ll be a borderline top 20 pitcher the rest of the way, but maybe I’m too optimistic.

  10. Russ says:
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    In a rotisserie dynasty league I’m being offered Alex Gordon plus Ryan Howard or Mike Napoli (one of the two) for Pujols and Trumbo. On the fence about it, been trying to get Gordon for a couple weeks but I can’t decide if now is really the time to cut bait on Pujols (or if that is even the right return if it is). Thoughts?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Russ: I’m not opposed to selling slightly low on Pujols, but that’s too little a return in my opinion, especially since you’re including Trumbo.

  11. Joe says:
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    Was offered Shelby miller and a 12th for mike minor and ah griffin. 8 person keeper so 12th is a 4th. It’s h2h points. Minor and miller both at 250 and I’m still in the playoff hunt.

    I like Shelby as a better keeper but if he gets an innings limit I won’t have him for playoffs. I already have Harvey facing that problem.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Joe: Would Miller be an upgrade over your last keeper? If so, I’d do the deal. Otherwise, I’d hold.

  12. Mariner Mike says:
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    Would you drop Gonzalez for Erasmo. Have strong staff now but Erasmo thought to be the second coming. Thoughts again thank you. Gonzalez has 6 straight quality starts.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Gio Gonzalez? No, I wouldn’t drop him.

  13. Tulo-Frisky says:
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    Would you stream Porcello vs. White Sox or Pettite vs. KC? SON has Porcello by .2$ but he burned me last time…

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Tulo-Frisky: I’d rather not stream either, if that’s an option. Both of those match ups make me nervous.

  14. Clint says:
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    Stick with Leonys Martin or snatch Adam Eaton asap?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Clint: I love Eaton, but I wouldn’t drop Leonys.

  15. Chopy exp says:
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    Would Carl Crawford and I Nova or t Milone be enough to get Cespedes. Fair deal? or needs to be more!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Chopy exp: I think that’s a reasonable offer. I’d try it and see what the owner says.

  16. Junior Ortiz says:
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    Is it advisable pick up A-Rod in a 12-team OBP 5×5 head-to-head league? Incumbent 3B is Pablo Sandoval.

    Uh, asking for a friend …

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Junior Ortiz: I wouldn’t mind picking up A-Rod in that league, but not if you’d have to drop Sandoval.

      • Junior Ortiz says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Nah, I’d drop a streamer-quality SP. Thanks!

  17. Chopy exp says:
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    What do I do with lester? Dude is killing me.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Chopy exp: Who are some of the top names on waivers? I wouldn’t be completely opposed to dropping him if there are solid guys available.

      • Chopy exp says:
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        @Tom Jacks:

        Slim pickings!

        Roberto Hernandez
        Jeremy Guthrie
        Kyle Gibson
        Justin Grimm
        Jerome Williams
        Chris Capuano

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Chopy exp: Then I’d hold Lester right now. Or maybe you can trade him for another pitcher who was supposed to be good, but is underperforming.

  18. Mike says:
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    Dozier or Rendon ROS??
    Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Mike: Rendon

  19. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Rendon to pick up Gyorko?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Mike: I think they’re about even, so I’d rather stick with Rendon since he isn’t coming off a very recent injury like Gyorko.

  20. ryanjoe13 says:
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    If you only had room to pick up one in an 6×6 OPS league, who would it be between: A-Rod, Carter, Morrison, Luke Scott, Adam Eaton?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @ryanjoe13: I’d take Eaton. He’ll likely have the most trade value too. I could see some of the other guys lingering on waivers all season.

  21. Chopy exp says:
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    Slim pickings!

    Roberto Hernandez
    Jeremy Guthrie
    Kyle Gibson
    Justin Grimm
    Jerome Williams
    Chris Capuano

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Chopy exp: Then I’d hold Lester right now. Or maybe you can trade him for another pitcher who was supposed to be good, but is underperforming.

  22. Jb6464 says:
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    Which pitcher should I go for
    Erasmo, kluber, colon, gaudin, Hefner or norris
    Are any of them ROS or just streaming options…thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Jb6464: Erasmo and Colon are guys I’d want, in that order.

  23. The Red Cyclones says:
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    I am in a 10-team league that counts holds and I’d like to get rid of Joe Smith. Who can I target out of the following: Smyly, McGee, Tazawa, Crow, Robbie Ross?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @The Red Cyclones: Tazawa and McGee are guys I’d target. Smyly would be ok too.

      • The Red Cyclones says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Thanks! I also grabbed Carter for power 2 weeks ago, he was a big help in winning doubles and HRs. Power stats seem even rarer than last year…

        • Tom Jacks

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          @The Red Cyclones: No problem! And agreed on the power. Chris Davis is the grinch who stole power stats.

  24. Luis says:
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    Hey guys. Im in a 16 team H2H league, with 31 man rosters, that counts holds and saves. I have Adam Eaton and Wei-Yen Chen coming off the DL. Which two players should I drop out of the following:

    Pestano
    Valdespin (who should get more of an opportunity I think because the Mets have no talent)
    Vernon Wells (Great pickup while it lasted though he seems to be hitting again)
    Dozier

    Thanks

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Luis: I’d drop Dozier and Valdespin. If you’re desperate at MI then I guess I’d keep Valdy and drop Wells.

  25. Andrew says:
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    Is Starling Marte a sell high candidate or a notch below superstar? Keeper league question (I have him cheap)

    currently he’s around a .290-18-45+ pace. Do you see him sustaining this (or at least a 280-15-40 pace) and maybe even improving on it next year? Or are you not buying these numbers.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Andrew: I’m somewhat down on Marte. I think he could sustain a .280-15-40 pace, but I don’t see much upside from that next year. So I’d say he’s a sell high candidate if you can find somebody who believes that he’ll further improve next year.

  26. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Who is better ROS and by how much (league counts 3b and BB), David Wright, Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutcheon? I have Wright for McCutcheon, and Wright for Gomez on the table and have Longoria at 3b.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Brooks Jacoby: I’d trade Wright for McCutch. I think Gomez and Wright are pretty close, but McCutch is better than either.

  27. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy… For streaming, Do you like Miley in the matchup on Thursday against Gallardo MIL?? Miley’s favored. Or skip it cause I have more other chances to use this week

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Frank White: Hey Frank – Yeah, I do like that matchup. Especially with Aramis on the DL and Braun struggling.

  28. Josh says:
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    OPS league, I’m thinking of giving my Pedroia + Garza for Fielder? I’d probably add Kluber with the opening, and can fill middle infield with Aybar/Castro/Franklin on my roster at the moment.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Josh: I like that a lot. Go for it.

  29. ron says:
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    14 team league. was offered headley and latos for my michael young, lester, and delmon young. i took it. thoughts?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @ron: I think you got a steal. I believe that Headley will start to turn things around and Latos is great. The guys you traded away aren’t that good…

  30. Bryan says:
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    Rank these ROS H2H league

    Blanco
    Raji Davis
    Adam Eaton

    Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Bryan: No problem – Eaton, Davis, Blanco

  31. MB says:
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    In dynasty trying to win now, okay to drop Yovani Gallardo for Felix Doubront?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @MB: Yes. At this point, I have no problem dropping Gallardo in a keeper or re-draft if there’s a pitcher available who can help you.

  32. Alex says:
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    Do you trade Cashner, Maholm and Matt Carpenter for Tulowitzki?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Alex: Yes, I would. Especially if the league isn’t too deep, since those pitchers wouldn’t be much better than replacement level.

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