Yes, sometimes I try and make the titles double entrendres just so we get traffic from really bizarre places. Now if I were to mention the Mets are now throwing a Rod and a Putz, our traffic would skew even further. Now if I were to continue to say things like I think the Mets should hire Dick Pole to be their pitching coach, or that Mike Piazza probably wishes he were still catching for the Mets or how I own posters of Antonio Sabato Jr…. Well, you get the idea. Then they read on to find out I’m talking about 2009 fantasy baseball, Kerry Wood and J.J. Putz. Bummer, doodes! Hopefully, we can convert some of our new readers though. I hate to tease Wood and Putz then send people away, um, empty-handed. So with the signing of Kerry Wood in Cleveland and the huge trade of J.J. Putz, we need to look at how this impacts them for 2009 fantasy baseball, don’t we? (It’s rhetorical.)

Kerry Wood – In my offseason look at 2009 fantasy closers, I labelled Kerry Wood a Donkey-corn. That hasn’t changed with him signing a deal with the Indians. There I placed him 20th on the 2009 closer list. Now, I’d move him up to about 15th. He was lower more or less because of his uncertainty about where he would sign.  Now that he landed somewhere that needs a closer like an old man needs soup.  Wood, we’re good.

J.J. Putz – We’re not as good. Um, dooode just lost all his value in one full swoop. Oh well, I doubt any of youse have drafted yet, so it’s better to know now then lose him midseason.  I’d own Putz in NL-Only leagues that utilize middle relievers and, really, all NL-Only leagues should utilize middle relievers. As Houdini once may have said, “This Putz makes a good handcuff.”

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu! Holy schnikeys, he reemerges with fantasy value!  Anyone who has read this site for an extended time knows I have it a bit for The Big FraGu. He lands in Seattle after this three-way trade. This could be exactly what he needs to make him fantasy relevant in 12 team mixed leagues and deeper. Now he’s absolutely draftable in AL-Only leagues. In fact, I’d go as far as to call him a 2009 fantasy sleeper. He could go 20/15 and be a tremendous asset in deep leagues. Can you tell I’m really psyched about The Big FraGu? Yeah, I don’t hide my enthusiasm very well.

Brandon Morrow/Aaron Heilman – This trade just gets more and more spectacular from a 2009 fantasy veiwpoint. Towards the end of last season, Morrow was stretched out so he could be a starter. So, of course in 2009, he becomes a closer.  There’s some speculation that Heilman could be the closer and Morrow the starter, but I think that’s foolish for the Mariners to do. Then again, the Mariners have been foolish before. I think the smart move is to make Heilman happy and make him a starter like he so desperately wants.  While Morrow will realize he can get big bucks by being a closer even if it’s not as challenging (and, yes, I am saying it’s easier to be a closer than a starter). Morrow has succeeded before in the closing role while Heilman has failed in that role. This is really a no-brainer. Anyone who disagrees, have ‘em come talk to me.  I’d call Morrow a Donkey-corn and place him about 17th on the list of 2009 fantasy closers.

27 Responses


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    Eric W says:
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    zero Michael j fox movies in the post


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: Hehe… No, there’s none in this post. There is one allusion to Laverne & Shirley.


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    Steve says:
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    @Grey: 9?

    I can’t believe I’m doing this.


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    Eric W says:
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    @Grey: 10 if tv shows count


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You are something else to be doing?

    9 is right!!! Thanks for playing, that was fun for me.


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: Actually, 11 if TV shows count.


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    Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’m here for you, man.


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Did you need IMDB?


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    Steve says:
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    @Grey: There were certain resources at my disposal, yes.


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    big o says:
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    @ grey :
    convert whom ??
    they’re already here .
    have you mistaken us all for random italicized voices ?

    some of us are not so random .


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Some are more random than others.

    BTW, if you click the arrow next to someone’s comment timestamp, then you get the ampersand and name.


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    big o says:
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    @Grey: holy crap , that looks weird .
    if it works , you’re genius .
    here goes .


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    big o says:
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    neat .
    another miracle of modern science .


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    Steve says:
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    @Grey: Did you code that piece of functionality yourself? ;-)


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    Grey says:
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    @big o: You crack me up, Big O.

    @Steve: This is me with computers, “Please don’t break…Please don’t break…Shoot. I broke something. Now who can I call to have this fixed.”


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    big o says:
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    @Grey: try this mantra ==> refresh , refresh , restart .


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    BigFatHippo says:
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    @Santa Claus

    Cubs deal for Peavy fell through, thanks. Why not Peavy in a Cardinal uniform?

    Trade Rasmus for Peavy straight up, we have enough outfielders. Please Santa? I’ve been a good Hippo all year.

    ps. There’s a shot of Jack and a Red Bull on the kitchen table for you, enjoy.


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    big o says:
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    @Grey: hey !? was this just some sort of sneaky way to get me to use capital letters ?


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I usually try –> refresh, restart, pray, curse, pace, call Apple.


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    Hank

    Hank says:
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    @Grey: Grey, I actually think Morrow will be a starter next season, and I think there are a lot of people who agree, see Bleeding Blue and Teal:

    “The first reaction is to think about Brandon Morrow returning to the bullpen, but I will be shocked if Heilman starts the 2009 season in the Mariners rotation.”

    However, I’m willing to admit the Mariners’ brass don’t always do what the fans, pundits, media, bloggers, suggest. In any case, the important part of my rambling: if Morrow is a starter to begin the season, where does he rank among your sleepers? Carrasco territory? Personally, I’m convinced by Morrow’s stuff and think he projects to be Billingsley-esque. Your thoughts?


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    Hank

    Hank says:
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    @big o: I wish there was a sneaky way to get me to proofread. Everytime I post something, right as I hit submit I find an error. Fuck too late.


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    Grey says:
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    @Hank: I read what they wrote before I wrote my post. I also read what about ten other people wrote before I wrote mine. I don’t agree with those saying Morrow will not be the closer, but I’ve been wrong before, and right now it’s all speculation anyway. I also don’t think Heilman will be the closer and some are saying that. Did anyone see him trying to close games last year? If Morrow is a starter, I’d like him a lot as a late round sleeper, better than Carrasco. I’d like him as someone who should be drafted in ten team mixed leagues as a last starter.


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    big o says:
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    @Grey: probably getting carried away with this arrow thingy , but ,

    there’s a post , today , on cbs’ mlbtrader @ 5:40 pm that might re-affirm the forces of sanity in your life .

    it is those “forces of sanity” that keep the random italicized voices in check , isn’t it ?


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    Grey says:
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    @big o: Whatcha talkin’ ’bout, Big O? Link please.


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    big o says:
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    @Grey: http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs/view/8691437
    sorry , took a 45 minutee break .

    and another 15 minutes to learn “cut and paste” . GABAZ

    the whole time/thought suspension thing was hanging me up , i guess .


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    big o says:
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    hot shit . it worked .

    i think hot shit = gabaz


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    Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Yeah, gabaz indeed. Thanks!

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