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The Red Sox have proclaimed by proclamation that Xander Bogaerts will have every opportunity in the spring training of 2014 to win a starting job.  Well, they haven’t really said that.  Yet.  They will.  It’s the same spiel every team says about every prospect.  “You-Know-Whosie has shown plenty in the minor leagues and now You-Know-Whosie will get every opportunity to show me, the Ruler of What Our Team Does, what You-Know-Whosie can do.”  That’s what they say.  It’s a basic Mad Libs of team-speak.  I don’t think Xander gets that opportunity out of Spring Training.  I mean, I think they say he will, but unless he’s the team leader in batting, they’ll probably send him down until June.  It’s not clear as of right now due to the opening the Sawx will have at shortstop with Drew becoming a free agent.  So, I’ll go over what Xander can do if called up in June (which I think will happen) and what he can do if he’s the starting shortstop out of spring training.  Anyway, what can Xander Bogaerts do for 2014 fantasy baseball?

In Low-A in 2011, he tore up the league from the floor up, to paraphrase a guest from The Ricki Lake Show.  16 homers in only 72 games and then continued his torrid hitting the next year (2012) in High-A.  That level of production tailed a tad (almost stutterer!) as he moved up to harder competition.  Looking at 9 homers in 60 games in Triple-A and 6 homers in 56 games in Double-A last year.  That’s not screaming out at me that this guy is the next Hanley that the Sawx just need to sell to the Marlins to make the comparison official.  Though, to be fair, Hanley wasn’t a huge power hitter in the minors, and Xander’s around the same age as Hanley when he first came up.  In fact, Xander has shown more power than Hanley in the minors.  Xander’s still young yadda3.  His power can still grow yadda cubed.  Though, Hanley’s speed was undeniable as a minor leaguer (36 steals one year).  Xander’s had a high of 8 steals.  Sad trombone.  Adam Dunn used to steal 8 bags and that was because he was hypnotized to think the bases were vanilla cupcakes.  I honestly don’t see anything right now that has me crazy excited about drafting Bogaerts next year, but a flyer at MI isn’t the worst thing you can do.  If he’s called up in June, I could see a line of 34/8/31/.262/4.  It’s an MI streamer, in that scenario.  If he makes the club in April, then I’ll give him the line of 69/14/73/.250/6.  Definitely worth a flyer in all leagues, but I’d keep expectations in oekávání.  No, that’s in Czech, Siri!  C’mon!

  1. Todd says:
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    Bogaerts or profar for mi keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Xander

  2. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Wow, I was expecting some more Xander love from you, Grey. I think all the World Series coverage has me overvaluing him. I can already see him being drafted too early and him not being on any of my teams. Thanks for keeping me in check.

    Speaking of overvalue, is anyone else rooting for Wacha to stink in the Series so maybe, just maybe, he can be drafted next at a reasonable spot?

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat: even if he does flop, I bet he goes from 4th round to maybe 5th?

      • PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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        @Yeshcheese: I’m afraid you’re right. Hopefully Gerrit Cole or at the very least Sonny Gray fall to the end of the draft…

        • Swagger Jackers says:
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          @PB&J with a baseball bat: You’re taking crazy pills if you think Gerrit Cole will be there at the end of a draft. I’m seeing him ranking as a top 30 SP already.

          Sonny Gray certainly has the least shine of the bunch.

    • David Reynolds says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat @Yeshcheese,
      I am tracking a 12 team mock draft and Xander Bogaerts was drafted in the 9th round with pick 103. He was the 10th 3rd baseman off the board. The gentleman who drafted him is a guy named Jake from baseballprof.com He thinks 20 home runs and a average of .280 for next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat: Yeah, definitely on Wacha… He won’t be more than on radars though, unless he throws a perfect game or something insane…

  3. PrinceRudyNasim says:
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    Damn you guys still making fantasy baseball articles, god bless you guys lol. Working hard, no days off. I need an internship with you guys, I’ll work for free lol

  4. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Wow, definitely underrating Xander, IMO. He is either the starting SS or 3B next year. He is done at Pawtucket. Would be disappointed if he doesn’t go .285-17-75, with many doubles.

  5. Yeshcheese says:
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    Who has the better outlook for 2014? Xander or Starlin Castro? Or does it depend on the cubs coaching situation? Your Xander projection lines make my trombone flaccid with sadness…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yeshcheese: I’d probably lean towards Castro for one more year, but could see it going the other way…

  6. Oz says:
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    I won my league in 2013 and I got both Xandy and Taveras safely stashed away. 2014 should be another dominating season (I went 21-1 this year.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz: Wow, that is dominating…

  7. Corey says:
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    Hi Grey. Long time listener, first time caller… I’m surprised you don’t consider Xander a lock for April. Given that he is on the World Series roster and will probably get at least a start this week, coupled with the uncertainty of a Stephen Drew return and inconsistency of WMB, it’s hard not to picture him as starting SS or 3B next year.

    Bottom line, America: Xander Bogaerts makes the 2014 Opening Day Roster… and I have him for $1 in a keeper-auction league so *plugs ears* lalalala I’m not listeninggg!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: Ha! I hear you though…

  8. Chin Music says:
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    OK, in the right post now,

    I’m in a 8×8 keeper league where I can keep 10. I have waaaay too many guys to keep, so I will have to try to make a few trades. I am currently looking at Encarnacion, David Wright, Braun, Ellsbury, Craig as definite keepers. Rios, Molina and Shields are keeper level players, but all are getting older, so not sure if all would be kept. Liriano, Wacha & Bogaerts all probably make the cut (love Bogaerts). There are also Wheeler, Danny Salazar, Miguel Sano & CJ Wilson to consider. I also have the #1 overall pick in the supplemental draft. Draft Buxton and wait it out, or take the best available non-keeper with the pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chin Music: Encarnacion, David Wright, Braun, Ellsbury, Craig, Rios, Molina, Shields, Liriano, Wacha… Lot of great choices, but I’m assuming your league isn’t that deep…

      • Chin Music says:
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        8 x 8, 12 teams, 24 roster spots (+ 2 DL), extra cats are Batter K, OBP, XBH, BB allowed, Holds, QS. I didn’t even include Alphonso Soriano in that group I listed… League is very youth obsessed, Papi wasn’t even kept in 2013 because of age/durability (and also might not be in 2014), whereas teams would bend over backwards to land a Gerrit Cole or Taijuan Walker. I think I’ll have to let Sano back into the draft pool, but it would be really tough to let go of Bogaerts. Molina had another great season, but I’m wondering what’s in the tank at this point (turns 32 next July, lots of mileage), and how much longer Rios’ legs keep him viable. I’d hate to only get 1 more good year out of these guys and watch Bogaerts have a great career on someone else’s fantasy team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d definitely hold Rios, I could see tossing Molina to the curb…

          • Chin Music says:
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            Yeah, if I could get a draft pick for Molina, I’d be all over it. Thanks for the feedback!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  9. OaktownSteve says:
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    Funny how the level of competition drives the comments. In more casual leagues you get people hoping so and so stays under the radar. In competitive leagues there are no secrets.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agreed…

  10. KB says:
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    I’ve never gone out on a limb and kept a prospect before, but am actually considering it w/ Bogaerts (over someone like Mauer, possibly) due to scouting reports, home stadium, surrounding lineup and SS/3B eligibility.

    Bogaerts could be more valuable in OBP leagues or leagues where SLG or TB are included since he has shown good patience in the minors and I expect quite a few doubles off the Monster. Depending if Ellsbury returns or not, I could see him batting as high as #2 in a World Series caliber lineup (ala Machado in ’13).

    I think a few more HR (17+) and 20+ BB than Machado in ’13 (few less doubles) is a solid expectation with a .275+ BA. 75-80 Runs and RBI should be there in Boston, especially if he hits #2.

    Seems hard to imagine him making the World Series roster and not the Opening Day roster, but I suppose you never know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, those numbers aren’t out of line, they’re not that far off from where I am if he breaks camp… He could also slump badly in April and be relegated to a bench role because the Red Sox don’t have time to nurture…

  11. Gareth says:
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    Andrus, Desmond, Segura, Han-Ram, Reyes, Tulo, Zobrist, Hardy, Alexi Ramirez

    Joined next season by Boegarts, Profar, Miller, Lindor, Correa, Baez.

    Possibly Asdrubal and Castro have better seasons in 2014.

    So, Um………Shortstop being a thin position? Not so much Anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It doesn’t seem as much so on paper, agreed… 1st and 3rd are bigger crapshoots on paper…

    • Chin Music says:
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      He might not be ready in 2014, but Addison Russell will be in that new wave at SS, too.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Chin Music:

        Russell is gonna be sick

  12. J-FOH says:
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    Mercer or Bogarts?….just giving you batting practice for next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Bogaerts

  13. Gareth says:
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    C Fairly Deep, Wait and grab a Ramos or Castro
    1B As thin as it’s been in a while. Get your Slugger early (Encarnacion, Goldy)
    2B After Cano, its a crapshoot, even established guys like Pedroia and Kinsler come with questions. Get Kipnis, trade him at the All Star Break for needs.
    3B Deceptively deep, especially if this group stays healthy for a change (I’m looking at you Zimmerman!)
    SS Some young talent has emerged. Segura, Profar and Boegarts may be overrated though, so look for draft bargains at SS
    OF The Power/Speed Combo is still rare so drafting a McCutcheon / Trout with the 1st pick isn’t a bad idea. After a certain point Outfielders kinda merge into one Vanilla player so it may be worth creating a Platoony Tunes Splits Monster.

    Pitchers – If you team ERA is over 3.00 next year you will be 12th in ERA in your league.
    Pitching is as Deep as the crater left by Prince Fielder after his Belly Flop against the Red Sox in the ALCS. Go – Young. Bounceback candidates with Upside. Stream. Find Bargains. It’s a Smorgasbord!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doesn’t sound too far off in a general sorta way…

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: VAGUE is my Middle Name.

        I actually don’t have a Middle name. FACT!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s pretty specifically vague

          • Chin Music says:
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            My dad’s parents gave him a middle initial (J.), but no name to go with it. FACT!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe they were into fishing…

            • PK says:
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              @Chin Music:

              “I’ll finally know what ‘J’ stands for. From this day forward, I will be known as… Homer… Jay Simpson!”

  14. Gareth says:
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    Does Encarnacion qualify for 3rd Base in most leagues next year after playing at Third ten times in 2013?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He would in Yahoo

    • Don O. says:
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      @Gareth: I think ESPN has a 25 games started minimum for eligibility to carry over to the next season, at least in their standard game.

  15. sean says:
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    Grey, do you think it’s time that we put more weight into opportunity and health when we draft? For years, I’ve been focused on skills and upside, thinking that ABs or IPs will find their way to the most skilled players, and I’ve been pretty lucky, but this year I got murdered by injuries, suspensions and not drafting “empty” AVG/counting stats type players early like the Allen Craigs of the world.

    Am I overreacting to a tough year? Or is time to alter the game plan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Opportunity and skills are really the only things you can truly bank on… You never know with health… Look at Segura this year, he was terrific with the opportunity and skills…Then he randomly hurt himself the last week of the year…Or Machado…

  16. Gareth says:
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    Would it be just plain mean to Draft Miguel Cabrera in the first round then Encanacion in the second round if they both qualify at 3rd? You’d be taking the two most Legit Bats from the position, and have an power hitting star to fill in at Third if one gets injured, right? A solid 1B/OF taken much later would make a nice complimentary bench / UT Fill in piece.

    Also – If Beltre and Longoria go quickly, guys are then left scrambling for the Brett Lawrie’s, Kyle Seagers and Martin Prado’s of this world.

    Mwahahahahahahaha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It wouldn’t be mean, but if Edwin had an off year, you’d be in the same terrible position as anyone who drafted Pujols this year

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: you really see edwin tanking so badly? I can happen to anyone but still……….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Edwin wasn’t a model of great health prior to 2012… I don’t see necessarily happening, but could…

  17. claw says:
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    Lucroy, Freeman, Altuve, Donaldson, Zobrist, Adam Jones, Stanton, Gordon, Loney, and Infante for my batting and Scherzer, Cobb, De La Rosa, Kluber, Wood, Miley, Arroyo, Gallardo, and Locke for pitching. I’m in a keeper league where I can keep 8 and I have a pretty good idea of who I am keeping but I would like to hear your input. I left out my closers because I figure if i didn’t have a top 3 closer theres no point in even thinking about keeping them.

    Thanks for the help Grey! Hopefully next year in my first full season of being a daily razzball reader will pay off. You were a great help through this big rebuilding season I just went through as I took over the worst team in the league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, glad to help… Stanton, Jones, Scherzer, Cobb, Donaldson, Altuve, Freeman, Zobrist…

      • claw says:
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        @Grey: Well I’m glad we are on the same page here. You basically answered my one question and that was should I pick Zobrist or Gordon for my 8th spot.

        I’m pretty happy about my pitching shaping up because I have Wheeler in my minor league roster of 2. Can’t wait for my minor league draft so I can get rid of Lonnie Chinsenhall and pick Buxton at #1.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could see going Gordon over Zobrist, that was one spot that was a toss up… Went with Zobrist since he has better eligibility…

  18. dave says:
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    who would you rather have Baez or Xander next year and as a keeper? I’ve heard some are concerned with Baez’s contact and K%, any concerns for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  19. gareth says:
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    Drafting players with the distinct goal of avoiding injuries is like going into a bar with friends and saying “ok, just one drink.”

    Some guys got very drunk this year. “Hic!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  20. gareth says:
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    Detroit.
    Leland gone. Fielder struggling. Scherzer getting expensive. Jackson being a frustrating let down. Cabrera’s niggles. Projected pitching regression. No closer. Avila getting beaten up a catcher and struggling offensively.

    Is there a window open in the AL central for the indians and royals to climb through if they have a productive off-season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seems that way…

  21. Brown L says:
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    Frustrating year in my H2H keeper. Traded Yu for CarGo right before Yu was shut down for a few starts, which looked like a great deal for me until it wasn’t. Bautista, Segura, Matt Harvey getting injured just in time for the stretch run. Prince Fielder thinking it was an even year.

    So now, I have a metric tonne of keepable outfielders (A. Jones, Choo, Joey Bats, CarGo, Marte), a bunch of question marks at other positions (Fielder, Panda, Kinsler, Segura, B. Hamilton) and maybe one or two pitchers worth holding (Cobb, Harvey since it’s keep forever). Since I can only keep 7, I’m thinking I should trade Choo or Bautista, and/or Segura for a corner IF and/or pitching. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 OF league? 5 OF league? 12 teams? 10 teams? 20 teams?

      • Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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        @Grey: Heh, sorry, disappeared there for a bit. It’s a really shallow league. 10-team, 3 OF, 1 Util

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Choo or Bautista for a corner man or pitching…Yeah…

  22. SteveNZ says:
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    We’re thinking about next year already? People are mock drafting?

    Sheesh.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: That’s what I’m saying. Who the f**k mocks when we haven’t seen free agency signings or trades from the winter meetings. Get a life people

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @J-FOH:

        like playing fantasy football ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They is… JayWrong will have a mock draft recap while I’m in Honey-lulu…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I see no point till we get past FA signings and winter meetings

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree, but some like to get their practice on…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: sounds like when I use to get my “practice on” as a teenager and rubbed myself raw, it’s just not worth it. Go outside and play is what my mother use to say.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              As long as you’re not rubbing yourself raw while mock drafting, I say it’s all healthy…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you’re an enabler

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I totally am!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: “Grey, should I do heroin?”….”only if it makes you happy”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      “Should I do heroin while mock drafting?” “Yes, sir!”

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: of course with no pants

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      But of course

  23. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Lincecum, 2 years, 35 million. I bet he buys himself some of the very high quality chronic to celebrate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… And roll it in hundred dollar bills…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: no one says chronic anymore….Razzball is so dated

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That just makes me sad for the Dr. Dre Detox album…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Kickin’ it Old School with Dre’s “Chronic” (that means marijuana kids)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, all I could think of is the Jamie Kennedy movie…

              • Schmohawks Bob says:
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                @Grey: Lincecum’s old. He uses Chronic. And anybody who uses the Chronic should be not be paid 35 million for two years when the “fastball” is humming in around 88 or 89, without location. Maybe Sabean is on the Chronic too! Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m still bitter about 2011. This “dude” and Haren killed my RCL team.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Didn’t you win this year?

  24. Pig Charmer says:
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    Grey thanks for continuing the fantasy coverage throughout the winter. What are your thoughts on Kendrys Morales and where he ends up this winter. I have a good feeling about him. He still in his “prime” years (if you believe his listed age) and he could end up somewhere in a nice hitting environment and a better line up. Seems no one succeeds in that mess in Seattle. He makes sense in Colorado or Milwaukee where he could flourish. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could be huge in Milwaukee or Colorado… I agree with you, I didn’t even mind him in Seattle, and his season wasn’t terrible, just not huge…

  25. malamoney says:
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    Who has a bigger fantasy impact next year?

    Taveras, Springer, Sano, Buxton or Syndengard?

    I can keep one of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Taveras…All of those guys will get posts in the next few weeks…

  26. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: When do you release Top 20 rankings for 2014? Eeek that sound scary… guess im getting old … Won 2 out 3 leagues this season and I want more !!!! why cant the baseball season be longer :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They come out in mid-January…

  27. JAdam says:
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    Grey! Help! I’m new to this and can keep 10!

    Salvador Perez
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Brett Lawrie
    Evan Longoria
    Xander Bogaerts
    Yoenis Cespedes
    Leonys Martin
    Wilin Rosario
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Nelson Cruz
    Evereth Cabrera

    Mike Minor
    Matt Moore
    Sonny Gray
    Tony Cingrani
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Jose Fernandez
    Corey Kluber
    Matt Latos
    Taijuan Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldschmidt, Cespedes, Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Fernandez, Latos, Longoria, Bogaerts, Moore, Minor, Martin…

      • JAdam says:
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        @Grey: You are fantastic. Sorry for the insanely-long comment – don’t know what happened there! Love Razzball! Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  28. Lines says:
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    H2H, 12-team, 10-keeper, 6×6 (OPS & QS, no wins). Rosters may expand for next year.

    -HITTERS-
    Lock: Trout, AJ10, Pedroia, Longoria, A-Gon
    Maybe: Hosmer, Billy “The Lovechild of Wally West and Hermes” Hamilton
    Prolly not, yo: Wieters, Mauer

    -PITCHERS-
    Lock: Kershaw, Price
    Maybe: Lester, Minor
    Prolly not, yo: Beachy, Robertson

    Sensible fantasy-manager me says keep Hosmer, Hamilton, Minor.
    FANtasy manager me says keep Hosmer, Wieters, Lester
    Curious manager me asks whether Hosmer might be worth more than A-Gon this year, if he starts hitting in April instead of June.
    Also wondering if Mauer’s value is significantly boosted by his eligibility at C and 1B, or by his trade value as a BIG NAME.

    Your thoughts, Mr. Albright? And thanks, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Interesting, Lines… Who you have locked plus Hosmer, Hamilton and Minor… Mauer’s value isn’t boosted by anything, just get another catcher in the draft…

      • Lines says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        What do you figure the chances are that Hosmer produces out of the gate next year? Feels like a crapshoot, since we haven’t seen a clear pattern from him, to this point. He’ll only be 24 next season, so it stands to reason he might not have hit his ceiling yet.

        Oh, and thanks for continuing to put out these write-ups and projections. Helps to take a little of the edge off the FBB jones during the post/off-season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… No reason why Hosmer can’t continue to get better, and he’s easily in your group of keepers, Minor is behind him…

  29. Prez says:
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    Get em Mary J! Who you got game 1, almighty one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cards in every game…

      • Prez says:
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        @Grey: you cray cray! Bostons gotta win one… No?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly, not what I want though…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: spoken like a true Yankee fan. I just want someone to break the jaw of Beltran or Molina with a 95 mph fastball….hopefully Molina

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take that too… If the Cards still win…

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: In the spirit of Seinfeld, ” I choose not to watch!”

    • Prez says:
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      @SteveNZ: haha! Wow, its funny cuz its true!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

    • Prez says:
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      @SteveNZ: everyone looks like a rat to this guy… And carlos seriously needs to stay out of the damn mirrior… What a d-bag..

  30. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus, who writes these ‘scouting reports’ that they flash up on screen?

    My suggestion – The team that scores the most runs usually wins.

    • Prez says:
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      The first rule of steveburmetrics..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  31. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: I’m taking a look SAGNOF shortstop options in my OBP league and wondering if Segura (25 walks in 577 ABs) is just a more expensive version of Everth Cabrera (41 walks in 381 ABS). Everth appears to have better patience at the plate and more steal potential. If that’s the case and neither has much pop, are the Runs and RBIs really going to be all that different?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everth is a .250 hitter on a terrible team with no power

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey:I can’t find specific stats, but I think Segura hit around .250 from August on with 1 or 2 homers and a caught stealing percentage of 25%+. Anybody willing to fact check that?

        Maybe Everth isn’t a great alternative but I don’t trust Segura.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Segura’s much better, not that close…

  32. SteveNZ says:
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    You can safely hang all that on Kozma.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech… And the pop up by Drew

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: That’s appalling. Seriously.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ball nearly hit wainwright’s foot it was so close to him

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Was his ball right? He called everyone off and then that neck-tattooed fool Molina got in on the act and distracted him.

            That’s how it looked anyway.

            • Grey

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              It should’ve been his ball but it didn’t look like Wainwright ever called for it or moves towards it…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Pretty sure I saw him all everyone off. Ball’s coming towards him – he has to take it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is it the same cop in the bullpen?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Oh, man – Kozma. Feeling sorry for him now.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: don’t, he did this same shit last year (i think 3 errors in one game against SF). this is what could happen when you don’t invest anything in a SS. He has no range and finally is getting credited with actually botching plays, rather than just not getting to them. 3 errors in less than 2 innings so far.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: that’s 3 unearned runs now. that napoli double still would’ve scored 2 in the first (but with 2 outs and no third guy on base), and this inning should have been over back on victorino’s at bat.

  33. Sad-Faced Twins Fan says:
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    Grey, you da man! Thank you for all of your help this year and for all of the fantastic articles. Followed your advice to the letter and won my first championship this year. Keep it up (the articles)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Glad you won!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and nice username…

  34. SteveNZ says:
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    Hard to see the Cards being that negligent towards the basics again, but sheesh, those Red Sox know how to wear down a pitcher.

    Gotta get them swinging and missing…

  35. costaricanchata says:
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    cards have to feel embarrassed after that performance .

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