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Confession time!  I’m looking at Craigslist’s Missed Connections for a five feet, three inch starting pitcher that I saw last year on TV.  I see someone on Missed Connections looking for a man that they ran into who was wearing a striped shirt and a wool hat.  Hey, that’s no fair, you have to find Waldo on your own.  I don’t see the guy I’m looking for on Missed Connections, so I’m going to fill out my own ad, “Seeking SLM (Sexy Little Man).  When I first saw you throwing 100 MPH, I was smitten like a kitten that grabs onto the side of a building on one of those posters that reads, Hang In There.  There’s no emoji to express the joy you gave me that day.  If you’re interested — no strings attached! — please be available to draft around 220 overall in standard mixed league drafts.”  There, now I just have to wait to see if Yordano Ventura is available in my next draft after being officially named to the Royals starting rotation.  Since some of youse, have a problem searching the site for what I’ve said about him in the past, allow me to copy and paste me, “Check out these K-rates from Ventura in the minor leagues:  9.91, 9.39, 11.55, 11.55 and 9.47.  That’s every year’s K-rate where he had more than 50 IP pitched.  Those are eye popping like John Lithgow in The Twilight Zone Movie.  I want to sit by a campfire with those K-rates and let them search for firewood on my lap.  His walk rates weren’t egregious either.  Not elite, not bad.  On average around a 3.50.  A 9+ K/9 and a 3.50 BB/9 works.  He reminds me of Pedro Martinez, which is a huge compliment.  Yordano weighs about a buck-forty and he can hit 100 MPH on the speed gun.  His stuff is elite.  He could be a lights out closer or starter.  For now, the Royals think he’ll work as a starter and so far he hasn’t disproved them.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Ventura is worth owning in every league.  Yes, even that one.  Anyway, here’s what else I’ve seen in Spring Training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Anibal Sanchez – Scratched with a sore shoulder.  Yay, I’ve drafted him already.  *opens oven, turns on oven TV to Antique Roadshow, can’t reach oven knobs while head’s inside oven, watches TV inside oven instead, incredulous at how much that 15th century jade went for*  Right now, the Tigers are saying all the right things:  Anibal just needs a little rest, he’ll make his next start, he’s great with kids.  On the fo’really, it doesn’t sound like a major issue.  I’d be more concerned if it was elbow problems given his breaking ball dependency.  I’m not moving him down yet in my rankings or panicking.  *bites nails*

Jose Tabata – The Pirates are looking to trade Tabata because…I have no idea.  They want to play Gregory Polanco?  Great, terrific, adejctive, but why not just play Polanco?  Tabata’s been a bench player before, they can put him there again.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Won’t play Wednesday and Thursday due to a sore calf.  <sarcasm>I’m sure there’s nothing to it, and all his previous injuries are the fluke variety and he’s not injury prone at all. </sarcasm>

Chase Headley – Aiming to return on Thursday.  Or Thursday Fursday as your neighbor, the crazy cat lady, calls it.

Hisashi Iwakuma – Since his middle finger is working again, he’s cleared to start throwing a tennis ball.  He sounds like John McEnroe.

Casey Janssen – Threw batting practice yesterday.  Sounding like he should be ready for the start of the season, but I’d still handcuff him to Santos, then have Martin Brest film it.

Carl Crawford – Left yesterday’s minor league game with a minor shoulder injury.  Lucky he wasn’t playing in a major league game.

Abraham Almonte – Made his 13th start yesterday vs. Michael Saunders’s 1 start.  That could mean Almonte is the starter and Saunders is the 4th outfielder.  Then again, Almonte is batting .179 and Saunders is hitting .367.  I think the Mariners know what they have with Saunders and are giving Almonte a chance to show them what he has.  Most likely, Almonte plays center some days, Saunders plays center some days and covers for Corey Hart on other days.  Why write 175 words about Almonte?  Because he could hit 7-10 homers with 20 steals if he gets the chance.

Joe Weiland – Dealing with a triceps issue.  Weiland hurt it during the encore of Interstate Love Song.

Jarrod Parker – Will undergo his 2nd Tommy John surgery.  I feel like when you’ve had Tommy John surgery more than Tommy John, you should get to name that 2nd procedure.  Maybe call it the “Parker?  I Can’t Even Turn The Wheel Because My Arm Is Falling Off” surgery.  Or maybe something pithier.

Scott Kazmir – Scratched with triceps tightness.  Now starting for your Oakland A’s…Bubb Rubb.  Whoo whoo!  Kazmir says his triceps is fine and should be able to start on Saturday.  With Kazmir, being a pro at getting injured, I expected better.

James McDonald – Dealing with shoulder soreness.  Old McDonald has a boo-boo, e-i-e-i-o.

Tyler Flowers – Won the starting catcher job.  Fun Fact!  His middle name is 1-800.

Elvis Andrus – Scratched the other day due to soreness in his right arm.  Andrus Air Force will be closed for a few days for maintenance.

Mitch Moreland – Out with an oblique injury.  Vague!  The injury bug that floated through Atlanta’s pitching staff last week has hit Texas’s position players this week.  Hopefully it stays clear of 1st and 2nd round picks.

Ross Detwiler – Will start the season in the bullpen.  The Nats said Detwiler wasn’t happy about the decision, but it was best for the team.  After the break, we will return to The Nationals:  Teaching Lessons.  Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan will now compete for the 5th starter slot.  Throw down your gloves, pick up your balls and cough!  Neither are interesting outside of NL-Only or very deep leagues due to yawnstipating K-rates.  Of course, once one of them does well during the season, that indifference will go out the window and they’ll be stream fodder.

Michael Bourn – Questionable for Opening Day due to his hamstring.  Last year, he gave 23 steals in 130 games.  This year he’s trying to outdo…Actually, outdo is the wrong word.  Undo?  Yeah, that makes more sense.  He’s trying to undo that mark with even fewer steals.  The King of SAGNOF, Rajai Davis, had Varys send out one of his little birds to tell you to not draft Bourn.

Matt Harvey – Aiming for an August return.  The Mets are a bunch of gooftards if they let him rush back for the final two months so they can clinch third place in the NL East.  Knowing the Mets, this is gonna turn out bad with Harvey suffering a setback of some sort.

Jon Niese – His MRI showed his ligament fully intact.  There was concern because he couldn’t fit his nose into the MRI machine at first.  Niese will probably start the year on the DL, but should be ready to make a 3-inning start in early April, where he hurts himself after the 56th pitch.  What, my crystal ball is better than yours.

Ike Davis – The Mets are shopping him around the league.  Right now, the Mets GM is calling up the Pirates, Brewers and Orioles.  In related news, the Pirates, Brewers and Orioles changed their numbers.

Jimmy Rollins – The Phillies would like to trade Rollins because he slept with Ryne Sandberg’s wife.  Ryne said, “She asked for it wit wiz,” and Jimmy’s saying, “It rhymed with wiz, but I heard something with a J.”

  1. Judge Smails says:
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    12 team keeper league with OPS as a category, do I keep Stanton or Votto?

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Judge Smails: I vote Votto. If OPS replaces HRs, it’s a no-brainer. If OPS is a cat. in addition to HRs, I still think Votto still has the edge, but it’s a bit closer.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Judge Smails:

      Stanton has looked like a BEAST this spring. The 4 homers he’s hit have probably traveled 2000 feet combined.

      That said, it’s a tossup. Votto’s OBP vs. Stanton’s SLG.

      Presuming HR, RBI are also categories, I’d go Stanton.

      • Nimrod says:
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        @Grey: So Grey, in a standard 12 team 5×5 with OPS as an added cat is the strategy of picking players by rank go by your rankings of 5×5 or go by the playerrater rankings? Jones is the one guy who seems to take a hit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d drop Jones down a round…

    • Tim Evans says:
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      @Judge Smails: grey , need a top ten for a 4 batter 2 pitcher keeper league , I have 3 first round picks . 1,7,10 From these available players can u order them grey style ! thanks .

      Reyes ,Craig , cespedes , mauer , c Gomez , Rizzo, d brown , Kimbrel , rios , hamels

  2. Dug Fister

    DugFister@gmail.com says:
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    Do I keep Ventura or Archer in a 12 team AL Only (already keeping Cobb, Masterson)

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Someone in all my leagues already picked this guy up. Im devastated. U think he has a better season than the Mariners’s “Sky” Walker and da yanks Michael Pineda? Please tell me, oh wise Grey, for I know not

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: It’s better than drafting him, then dropping him, then having to hear how awesome he is everyday after that.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Cram It: HA!

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Cram It: That was me with Teheran last year.

  4. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Lets talk about CHase Headley for a minute. DId u write a post on this guy? Wasn’t this guy going in the 3rd or 4th round last year? Now because he was hobbled by injury and came back to reality A TAD, he’s dropping to the 16th and 17th round??? that seems absurd and Ive just given myself an idea for a post on players that fall in this category. or have u already done it, u sneaky son of a gun. But seriously though, I don’t get it

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I had a chance on Headley at a good price, but I figured I could get a decent pick up later in the draft instead. Which I did. Personally I felt that where Headley was going wasn’t worth the pick because there was decent value at 3rd much later. I feel that this year at third if you don’t grab Bautista, Edwin, or Miggy then you’re better off waiting until much later to fill the spot.

      Chase may be “worth” a higher pick, but competition is driving down his price. Consumers demand dictates the price. Thanks economics class.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: he was over drafted last year because 2012 was a fluke. C’mon tehol get it together. 3rd base is deep.

    • Beastman says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Good idea for a post…irrational ADPs. Would love to see that soon.

      Speaking of soon, you still doing the RCL I’m running? Draft is this Sunday at 5 pm EST. Need $100 entry fee before then. If you’re too busy with models and philandering…err, philanthropy, to join, let me know so I can find a replacement.

      • James says:
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        @Beastman:

        who is the real Chase Headley. Is he a 30/15 player or a 15/10 player. 15/10 is Ashe who goes undrafted (and yahoo has ranked like 1100 or something ridiculous), 30/15 is the high end for a healthy wright who goes in the 2nd round.

        Really, i am wondering if Headley is even worth rostering at all right now. He could rebound and be a steal, but the injury again this year makes me wonder what the odds of that happening are. The scary thing is how many fantasy baseball players do not see the same thing repeating with donaldson this year.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Beastman: so you found no replacement huh? what did I finish last year? DId I at least win my money back? You need to send me the invite again because I think its been deleted off my dashboard by my fantasy assistant

  5. al koholic says:
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    i drafted him last week in one league,own him in a keeper in another,its going to be a great year of ball,especially with razzball at my side,thanks to all of you very much

  6. Party Boy John says:
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    Grey what tier does this pint sized fireballer belong to? The Matt Harvey tier that Matt Harvey isn’t in?

  7. JFK says:
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    12-team , 7×7 keeper league – his Kinsler/Myers/Greinke/Latos/Aroldis for my Adam Jones/Chris Johnson/Hamels/Salazar/Jim Henderson/Martin Perez.
    Looks good on paper for me, but I feel like I may be giving up too much…Latos and Hamels are both injured, so kind of a wash for me; Greinke and Myers are close, but not quite enough for Jones; feel like leaving the Rangers’ lineup (not that Detroit’s is anywhere near shabby) is going to cause a drop in Kinsler’s production, and I like Salazar’s upside loads; Aroldis is obviously a significant upgrade over Henderson; and Johnson and Perez are just waiver fodder.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Yescheese says:
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      @JFK: I don’t like giving up Adam jones but this deal is decent

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @JFK: Meh. Sucks to give up Jones there

      • JFK says:
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        @Shawn of the livid: Thanks, fellas – I ended up canceling the trade…it DID suck to give up Jones there, and I figured I wasn’t getting enough in return.

  8. Piranhaman says:
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    Hi, Grey and Razzball family!

    There is a small deal talks. It’s mixed 6×6 rotisserie (doubles and quality starts).

    I need corner infield help, and he want my Pineda.

    He offered me Pineda – Corey Hart swap.

    I know Pineda is just a lottery ticket for now. (Yup, He’s been great this spring)

    I can give up Pineda, but Hart seems replaceable anytime.

    Should i accept or keep him?

    Here are waiver wire CI: Morse, Moreland, Reynolds, Francisco (MIL), Olt..

    And this is my team (26 man roster)

    C Lucroy
    1B Encarnacion
    2B Hill
    3B Longoria
    SS Andrus
    IF Brad Miller
    OF Bautista, Rios, Beltran, Avisail Garcia
    UT Yelich, Dee Gordon
    BN Ruggiano
    NA Polanco (PIT)

    SP Bumgarner, Zimmermann, Fister, Salazar, Gray, Masterson, Porcello, Johnson (SD), Pineda
    RP Reed, Benoit, Melancon

    I just traded 2 for Bumgarner. So, i have an empty spot. I’m considering to add a CI or Sergio Santos if i don’t trade Pineda. Can i have your advice?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Piranhaman: Id keep pineda over hart

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Piranhaman: I don’t think that team needs Corey Hart.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Piranhaman: Pick up Morse or Reynolds and hope they get hot. Your offense and staff look fine though. Keep Pineda and hope you get lucky.

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @The Thumb: Thanks for comments, guys! :)

    • Hawk says:
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      @Piranhaman:

      Not just no. Hell no. Corey Hart was a halfway decent fantasy guy a few years ago. Now, he’s eminently replaceable.

      No way.

  9. Troy says:
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    Your pretty bullish on Delgado, I’m tryin to figure out why. He’s available in every league I’m in and one is a extremely deep league where almost anyone of use is taken. Is this a guy I should take a chance on? Help me oh wise one!

    • Troy says:
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      @Troy: and if I do take the chance who should I drop? Arcia Dickerson or Carlos Martinez?

      • Al koholic says:
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        @Troy: if the league is that deep,id surely keep martinez

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Troy: Out of those three id drop Dickerson

        • Troy says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: hmm I think Dickerson could have a good year maybe I won’t add him we go 8 deep at starter right now maybe I can survive with that.

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    morning

  11. bossmanjunior says:
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    Im still a little skeptical with Ventura. From all the reports I’ve read and according to fangraphs writers Ventura doesn’t have very good offspeed pitches. Pretty much just a plus fastball and mehh control and offspeed. Maybe he can pull a Cingrani and get by with one pitch for one year.

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I have seen him pitch in two different games, including the Ranger’s game the other night against the A-squad. The curveball I saw was legit. He would set them up with the fastball, and throw that and buckle everyone’s knees. He’s a gamble, but his payoff could be huge.

      • steve says:
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        @burningbridges247: i saw highlights on the net, and agree with burningbridges247. his stuff is legit. reminds me a bit of kRod (or DOR-K, for the regular readers here at razzball) when he first surfaced in 2002. huge breaking stuff that is set-up by a 100+ fastball (that he seemed to locate the other day).

        FWIW, here’s an interesting article with his pitching coach Eiland stating that he can be better…

        http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/royals-rookie-ventura-blowing-em-away-in-spring-training-031814

        I’d take a flier if you have an expendable player.

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          @steve:

          my analogy to krod starts and ends with the breaking pitch. i realize that he never had that kind of heat.

  12. bossmanjunior says:
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    Does anyone else notice how often Yahoo changes their rankings? I swear its changed three times in the past week. Makes it tougher to take any mock drafts seriously. Salazar has been out then in then out of the top 100 starters over this time. And now Harper and Braun are in the top 10.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @bossmanjunior: You took a mock seriously?

    • James says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      first off a good mock should ignore their rankings aside from being an easy way to locate players. You want what people think of players, not the system.

      Second, this is better than in the past when yahoo never changed their rankings. At least now they are trying to take more than season ending injuries into account when rankings, and keeping them up to date.

      Third- use better rankings than yahoo.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @James: yahoo is by far better than espn though.

  13. Cabby says:
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    Something came up last minute and I had to auto draft a draft last night. As I scrolled through my hitters this morning I was saying to myself, “best auto draft ever” but when I got to my pitchers i nearly puked. Anyways here it is
    Yahoo league

    C- Y molina
    1b- Encarnacion
    2b- Kipnis
    3b- david wright
    ss- castro
    of- Carlos Gonazalez
    oF- Marte
    of- allen craig
    U- will myers
    U- A. Gordon
    bench- b. revere, J. Rollins, C Yelich, Justin MOrneau
    Sp- Ryu(first pitcher drafted in 10th)
    Sp- Kuroda
    RP- Soriano
    RP- Janssen
    P- E. Frieri
    P- Huston Street
    P-Alex Wood
    P- Ian Kennedy
    bench- Neftali Feliz, Soria, Kazmir

    I know the pitching is horrid. First off, should i pick up any of the following pitchers off of waivers?
    Quintana, Nova, D. Straily, Lohse, Lackey, Hughes, D. Gee, Milone,J. De La Rosa, Martin Perez,
    Also, I need to trade someone and i think Myers may be my best trade chip(possibly Allen too). I may have to overpay for a pitcher. I was thinking Myers for Bailey or Cobb. Sound right? Thanks

    • Cabby says:
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      @Cabby: Something came up last minute and I had to auto draft a draft last night. As I scrolled through my hitters this morning I was saying to myself, “best auto draft ever” but when I got to my pitchers i nearly puked. Anyways here it is
      Yahoo league

      C- Y Molina
      1b- Encarnacion
      2b- Kipnis
      3b- david wright
      ss- castro
      of- Carlos Gonazalez
      oF- Marte
      of- allen craig
      U- will myers
      U- A. Gordon
      bench- b. revere, J. Rollins, C Yelich, Justin MOrneau
      Sp- Ryu(first pitcher drafted in 10th)
      Sp- Kuroda
      RP- Soriano
      RP- Janssen
      P- E. Frieri
      P- Huston Street
      P-Alex Wood
      P- Ian Kennedy
      bench- Neftali Feliz, Soria, Kazmir

      I know the pitching is horrid. First off, should i pick up any of the following pitchers off of waivers?
      Quintana, Nova, D. Straily, Lohse, Lackey, Hughes, D. Gee, Milone,J. De La Rosa, Martin Perez,
      Also, I need to trade someone and i think Myers may be my best trade chip(possibly Allen too). I may have to overpay for a pitcher. I was thinking Myers for Bailey or Cobb. Sound right? Thanks
      I also have lots of closers to deal as well

      • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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        @Cabby: Just trade a closer for an upside starter.

        You have 5 of them.

      • Nimrod says:
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        @Cabby: First guy to go would be Street, if you still want to handcuff the Texas relievers. You could drop the Texas relievers and pick 2 SP off waivers, I like the 1st two you listed. You will end up streaming guys anyhow.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Cabby: in a 13 team league someone must be hurting for some closers if you grabbed 5, should be able to make a deal with them

    • Al koholic says:
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      @Cabby: depends on size of league ,but it looks like a 12 teamer,if so id trade a top closer for a sp,your overloaded in saves

      • Cabby says:
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        @Al koholic:
        Yes it is a 13 team league

        • Cabby says:
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          @Cabby:
          12

          • Cabby says:
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            @Cabby: @Cabby:

            I was just offered zach wheeler for frieri. Should I take that?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Cabby: It’s fair, depends on needs

            • JimSlim says:
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              @Cabby: yeah. Sagnof

  14. Dom says:
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    follow-up to an earlier question: 10 team 5×5 roto with 10 keepers.

    You advised me to go with Rizzo over Cobb as I already have Bummgardner, Sale, & NatGio. What if Rizzo goes before I pick? Do I then go Cobb or take one of these other hitters available:
    Soriano, Granderson, Hamilton, Victorino, J. Abreu, Cespedes, Butler?

    • Pope says:
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      @Dom: I would say go with a hitter, and if I remember the rankings right, I would take J. Abreu or Cespedes there. You don’t need Cobb when you already own those other pitchers

    • Grey

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      @Dom: What Pope said

  15. Choke Artists says:
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    10 team, 5×5 h2h, 8 keepers. We have MI, CI, 4 OF, 1 Ut, 4 SP, 2 RP, 2 P

    My Keepers:
    Goldschmidt
    Fielder
    Bogaerts
    Longoria
    Trout
    CarGo
    Billy Hamilton
    Kimbrel

    I have 2 1st rounders, a 3rd, and 2 5ths then normal set up the rest of the way. Players available are Andrus, Ortiz, Gyrko, Beltran and pitchers are Cobb, Bailey, Teheren, Salazar, Cole, Liriano, etc.

    There is usually a run on pitchers to start the draft. Should I focus on filling pitchers with my first picks or finish out my lineup and then take SP later? Thanks for your input.

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Choke Artists: With those keepers, I would aim for Bailey and Cobb in the first and then hope Gyorko falls to you in the third.

  16. Milk Carton Size says:
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    Nice STP reference.
    That is all.

  17. Yescheese says:
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    I think it’s called the Chris Capuano surgery. Doesn’t Kyle lohse have a surgery named after him too?

    Would you take Heyward or Matt Carpenter in a keeper – thanks Grey & friends

    • Cheese says:
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      @Yescheese: Heyward

  18. Robert D says:
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    Hello,
    In a 5×5 league typical 22 players with 3 bench
    C:Ramos 1B: Chris Davis 2b: Ben Zobrist SS: A Cabrera Mi: Brandon Phillips 3b:Zimmerman
    CI: Pujols Out: Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalzes, Adam Eaton, Utl:Eric Hosmer
    P: Wainwright, Cobb, Ryu, Grey, Wheeler, Glen Perkins, S Cishek, C Janssen
    Bench: Bobby Parnell, S Kasmir, Chris Tillman;
    i think my offense is great but might be short of Sb guys on waiver are Eric Young, Ben Revere, Brett Gardner, Thinking of picking up Revere for possibly Kasmir.
    Incidentally Ventura was the last guy picked in the draft. Totally forgot about him.

    • Grey

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      @Robert D: I don’t think you need Revere

  19. Mike McVeigh says:
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    OMG, after watching Ventura’s start I really felt like I was watching a $15 SP, no shit! I have read about his stuff and confidence but to see it made me want to go the extra buck and have not problem drafting him in the teens everywhere!

  20. Nico

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    Grey! This post gets me all hot and bothered for “The Arm.” I’m hoping that nickname has a double meaning. Anywho, how do you compare YV to J-Fer coming up last year? I’m not sure if they’re similar pitchers, but is he a guy that could have that sort of impact? Now that he’s sitting at 220 in ADP, where are you taking him to make sure you get him?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @John Stamos: “The Body” Ventura

      • Nico

        John Stamos says:
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        @Fungazi: Got that much. Double meaning was referring to his potential endowment. Not that I’m interested…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Stamos: Ventura throws a lot more fastballs, or at least he has in the past… I’d draft him around 200…

      • Nico

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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Hope to see you in Bmore this August.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I won’t be there

          • Nico

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            @Grey: Well that clears that up! Nick will have to do…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’ll do whatever for you to buy a ticket…

              • Nico

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                @Grey: He PM’d me nudes on Twitter even after I showed him a pic of the ticket I bought. Dude’s desperate… Working visa my @$$! Next thing you know he’s handing out “candy” (Canadian roofies) from his “travelling radio studio” (van).

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, he’s got a sickness (fetish).

  21. Robert D says:
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    Sorry forgot to include last pitcher Danny Salazar

  22. Alky Sobrera says:
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    HEYWARD!

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      This was meant for Yescheese…

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: thank you sir, you know how it goes, sexy vs post hype …

  23. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Imagining Hisashi in a noodle house, flipping out on the waiter, the manager, and even other customers after slurping up some subpar dashi. Just turning red in the face and losing it. That’s a heck of a way to start off the day, hah.

  24. Brett says:
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    Gray,

    I need to ask if you have heard anything about Danny Salazar? he has only pitched 1 and 2/3 innings this spring. I was wondering why he isn’t pitching much? Any insight would be great.

    Thanks

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Brett:
      Indians are just managing his innings to conserve him for the season.

  25. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey… My league drafts 18 rounds o I won’t go near 220 draft rank but do you think he’s a good grab for later rounds, maybe last or earlier??

  26. Northside Baez Club says:
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    @grey and @rudy: What do you think of my Razzball League (Jay) team I drafted last night. Had the #1 pick… Which kinda blew. Definitely prefer the middle this year. My MI is hurting… Pitching too, but I think I can make it work.

    C – Pierzynski
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez
    2B – Zobrist
    SS – Villar
    3B – Wright
    MI – Kendrick
    CI – Moss
    OF – Trout
    OF – Puig
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Granderson
    OF – BrantleY
    U – Khris Davis/ Catellanos

    SP – J Zimmerman
    SP – Teaheren
    SP – Gray
    SP – Cashner
    SP – Masterson
    SP – Kluber
    SP – Gallardo
    C – Johnson
    C – Axford
    B – Gee
    B – Delgado

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Northside Baez Club: I think your pitching is not bad—Gallardo and Gee are certainly expendable, and you probably need one more brain freeze-type closer, but SAGNOF—but I feel like that offense might to struggle to hit for a tolerable average even w/ Trout/Wright/Gonzalez holding it up.

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Northside Baez Club: To go a little further, I am not a fan of any of the Pierzynski, Kendrick, Granderson, and to a lesser degree, Moss picks. I think those are the areas I’d be looking to upgrade.

      • Northside Baez Club says:
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        @Principle Blackman: I hear ya. I gotta tell ya, the #1 really kinda sucks. You end up doing a lot of reaching and missing out on a lot of runs. I got screwed at C because they went earlier than I expected. I’m ok with Moss and Kendrick. They can be sneaky good. Granderson was a crap shoot. I’m hoping Castelannos will emerge.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Northside Baez Club: Agree with Blackman, 3 closers happens in lots of leagues… Generally? I don’t know…

  27. The Strolg says:
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    Got 1 spot left in our $100 buy in league. Email me at carterfranz@hotmail.com
    Draft is tomorrow at 7:30 EST.

  28. KevinB says:
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    I am looking for a 6th starter since I lost Parker. I have Delgado, Quintana and Carlos Martinez on the WW. Which one of these guys is worth the gamble? If non e of them are worth the pickup, who would you suggest? Ventura has been picked up in all of my leagues.

    • KevinB says:
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      or Pineda?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @KevinB: grab pineda and run

  29. FKuzmich says:
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    Matthew Berry says not going to do baseball analysis anymore in the most melodramatic writing you’ve ever seen. Guy’s a clown to the end, glad we have you guys.

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: I’m ashamed to admit I read that article as well. He wrote it as if anyone cared. That part made me depressed for him. He fancies himself such a celebrity.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, as I said yesterday, he can’t see the forest due to all the trees with his face on them

          • darkness says:
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            @Grey: Mathew Berry was just too exhausted from copying and pasting the 3 same articles every year. This guy has a stats information department to do all of the dirty work for him to begin with, are you kidding me?

            • Grey

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              Hahahaha… Seriously…

  30. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Re: Tabata

    Apparently they’re also shopping around Snider, though I can’t imagine much of a market for him. Either way the initial giddiness from the news of Tabata being shopped yesterday was replaced with sadness that Polanco wasn’t going to come out of the gate. With this news though, is a May callup seeming more likely? I’m thinking late june still for the cost conscious buccos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: He could be up in June… I believe he was optioned down way before this Tabata news

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: yeah. i believe that you are correct. rotoworld stated that he was optioned to AAA last friday 3/14

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, remember that

  31. Kevinmac says:
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    It’s wiz wit grey! -from your Philly readers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevinmac: Had conflicting Googlings, but I thought you were right

      • kevinmac says:
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        @Grey: those pesky googlings are always walking all over my lawn!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, right?!

  32. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5
    Dealt Cobb for Bruce and then Donaldson and Fister for Moore to make room for Bruce and to make sure I didn’t lose too much SP.

    c-Lucroy
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Gyorko
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Segura
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Gordon, Bruce
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Teheran, Cingrani, Archer, Wheeler, Josh Johnson, Gee, Delgado
    rp-Perkins, Hawkins
    n/a-Heaney

    Two questions:
    1) I have one spot open and only two closers. Veras, Brothers, Melancon, Bell, Qalls, Putz are all available. Which would you pick up?

    2) Overall, how do I look?

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @stynyr: Well when Hawkins losses his job to brothers you will have 1 closer (unless you grab brothers now). Melancon is the best of what you listed but he’s just setup for Grilli unless theres an injury. I also wouldn’t own Gee in a 10 team league, there has to be someone better available.

      I’m no Grey, but theres my 2 cents

  33. de nachos says:
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    Cram it, reeling from dropping Yordano in the FCL, has committed to grabbing him no later than the 2nd round in all the rest of his drafts.

    Ah, Jimmy and Ryno. Maybe my phils will be fun to watch from a schadenfreude angle at least.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @de nachos: Haha!

    • Cram It says:
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      @de nachos: I’m going to Kansas City this weekend to pay Mr Ventura a visit. I shall lure him into my conversion van with authentic sancocho and of course, fun dip

  34. scottsteelers says:
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    Ok this is my team in my 12 team H2H 5 player keeper league. Any input?
    C-Montero
    1b-Pujols
    2nd-Hill
    SS-Segura
    3rd-Arenado
    OF-Mccutch, Puig, Bruce
    Util-Jose Abreu
    Bn-Calhoun, K Davis, Springer
    SP-J Fernandez, Latos, Cain, Masterson, Bucholz, Tillman
    RP-Robertson, Street, Soria (will drop if he doesnt get closer job and pick up SP)

    • scottsteelers says:
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      @scottsteelers: team name Pujol Buchake. Eh eh? Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scottsteelers: Hehe… Solid team on pitching and hitting, you must’ve had decent keepers…

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Grey: yea. Latos, Fernandez, puig, mccutch and segura were all keepers. And besides mccutch they were all mid rds. So I got alot of good guys early

  35. Trey Balzdeep says:
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    Grey, do you know anywhere where I can find dynasty auction values for this year? Seems a bit hard to find for baseball, whereas footabll ones are everywhere. Thanks

  36. Pete Nice

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    I snagged Yordano everywhere. Although he doesn’t have the juice those who miss out on him could always settle for my other Spring crush, Drew Hutchison.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Pete Nice: drafted hutch on Monday. Last pick. Ventura keeps going up in all my drafts. Value getting killed.

  37. Al says:
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    Keepers – Yu, Cole, Cashner, Archer, Yordano… what tier should I use to round out this collection of arms, any specific name/s fit best?…. Zimmermann and Kluber were the 2 I had in mind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al: Those two work for me… You probably don’t need Zimmermann

  38. Wake Up says:
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    Another comp:

    After the game, Ed Asner wobbled out to the mound to get YoVe’s signature…and was forcefully flung to the ground…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: That Asner, always putting his nose where it doesn’t belong

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: looked eerily similar to Pedro and Zimmer…to add to your comp…

  39. BVS says:
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    Sorry if this has been addressed already…In a 12-team H2H Yahoo league. Since the Australia games are going to count towards the full first week of the season, does it make sense to waive guys I know I can get back and pick up some LAD and ARZ players who might get me some stats and then swap back after the games? EX. Dee Gordon might be able to get me some steals and I don’t think anyone will grab Brad Miller in the meantime. Am I being crazy, or is anyone else thinking this??

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @BVS: But if someone does grab Brad Miller, how ef’d will you be?

      • BVS says:
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        @Principle Blackman:

        True. I’d end up with Alcides Escobar or Asdrubal Cabrera…

        • Principle Blackman says:
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          @BVS: There is significant enough risk that you could end up with one of those dudes taking a crap all season long on you roster, that I wouldn’t advise it.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @BVS: I draft the players I want. All teams play 162 games.

  40. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Good Morning All,
    Looking at my first pick for my MiLB draft. For fantasy purposes, can you rank which one of the guys below? Arrival to the bigs does not matter in my minor league farm system.

    Marcus Stroman
    Kolten Wong
    Wilmer Flores

  41. The Hersch says:
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    Grey:
    11 team – NL only – Keeper.

    Bruce – 2 more years @ 34
    OR
    M. Melancon – 2 more years @ 3 AND O. Taveras – 3 years when he comes up @ 10

    As always, Thanks Grey

  42. Oppo Taco says:
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    Had a draft last night, looking for any feedback it suggestions. At first glance it could be a little light on avg and maybe steals. Thoughts? Thanks grey. 12 team 5×5 keeper
    C – aj piersenski (gross)
    1b – goldy
    2b – hill
    SS – segura
    3b – gyorko
    Of – j up
    Of – mccutchen
    Of – Joey bats
    Util- heyward
    Util- rizzo
    Bench – victor Martinez(hoping he cAn get c eligibility), yelich, middlebrooks, buxton (last pick probably not worth holding onto)

    Sp – MadBum, cole, Salazar, masterson, Tyson Ross, Pineda
    RP – reed, Casey Janssen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: I agree with what you said, average looks like your biggest problem, moreso than steals…. Your pitching is fine…

  43. Andrew D says:
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    Yordana “the Body” Ventura

  44. Andrew W says:
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    Would you trade Sonny Gray or Homer Bailey for Shin Choo Choo?

    • Al koholic says:
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      @Andrew W: yeah gray\

  45. WhiteRabbit says:
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    It’s a sad sad day in fantasy baseball… fantasy “guru” Matthew Berry is leaving fantasy baseball (sad trombone). Whose goddamn rankings are we going to use to figure out who NOT to draft now? In other news, March 19th is now called Happy Grey Day

  46. Durkin says:
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    Deciding on my 3 keepers in a 10 mixed H2H league, my options are:

    $4 Cobb
    $16 Wainwright
    $7 Encarnacion
    $4 Kenley
    $18 Hosmer
    $20 Price

    • Jimbo says:
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      @Durkin: Cobb, Encarnacion and I hate to say it but Kenley

      • Durkin says:
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        @Jimbo:

        I like Kenleys value too, but can’t quite commit to keeping a reliever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Durkin: Cobb, Edwin, Waino

    • Fish says:
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      @Fish:

      *Jeff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Thanks for sharing!

  47. fitz says:
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    12 teams. Who is most expendable of Nate Jones, Henderson or Axford? Soria is on waivers too. Nobody wants closers in this league apparently…I need to re-pick up Kluber after dropping him for Grady Sizemore (yes, I’m nuts).

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @fitz: I’m pretty sure you should just drop Sizemore for him.

    • Grey

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      @fitz: Drop Grady

  48. Tin Man says:
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    When do you think Polanco comes up and where abouts do you you have his projections? I didn’t see him I’m your outfield rankings but I thought he might deserve a spot considering we are bound to see him playing this year…

  49. nightpandas says:
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    Wow, trade offers are flying in…..

    What about this one: (15 teams/keep 11). Was offered Minor/Reddick for Arenado/CMart. Think I may wait and see if CMart gets in the rotation. Also have R Zimm at 3rd.

    • Cram It says:
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      @nightpandas: Arenado side. Not close.

    • Swagger Jackers says:
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      @nightpandas: I would love to get an official running on the C Mart situation as well. He’s burning a hole on my bench and I have an itchy trigger finger to add some depth in case Headley doesn’t make it to opening day.

  50. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Well I didn’t get the memo on Bourn before my RCL draft and got him as my 5th OF. I also have Kemp and it doesn’t look he’ll be starting the year healthy.

    I’ve scoured the waiver wire for temporary replacements. Picked up Angel Pagan this morning. Other options were Grady Sizemore, Denard Span, Justin Ruggiano, Viciedo, Dickerson.

    I really just need a guy that will get consistent playing time and will give decent counting stats for a few weeks until Bourn and/or Kemp get healthy. Is Pagan my best bet?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: I’d hold Pagan. SOMEONE will pop up as useful in the outfield

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Cram It: My chronic rosterbation took over and I already dropped pagan for span. Pagan is having back issues and hasn’t played in a few days. Last thing I need is another guy that is DTD and might not play to start the season. But yeah, someone more worthwhile will pop up in the OF once the season starts.

        Thanks for the reply Cram!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: I’d rather have Pollock, who you can play him in the series this weekend, then go from there. I also like Nava better than Span, he’s set to bat 2nd in Boston. I would also put Trumbo at CI and Mouse in your utility

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @J-FOH: Well I put Trumbo in OF because of Kemp and Bourn being out and not having another OF to plug in after Arcia. This was all done before I picked up Pagan and then Span. Good point on Pollock. I saw nava. Wasn’t sure if he had a starting role locked up.

            Appreciate the feedback homie…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Shake N Bacon: I know that, but once you make the add, then I would move him there.

  51. Ryan says:
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    Which trade do you think is a better move in a longterm dynasty league?

    Yu Cuddyer for Stanton Cingrani or Yu Cuddyer for Choo Price

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: I like Stanton/Cingrani

      • Ryan says:
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        @Cram It: Do you think cingrani might be a risk or is he legit?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Ryan: I don’t think he’ll pick up where he left off last year but he should be solid. I like it more for Stanton being the best long term piece out of all of them.

  52. fielder's fatties says:
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    Hello Grey,

    I got into a new 10 team H2H points league this year with different settings where the best 13 pitchers are projected (by ESPN) to score more points than any batter. Kershaw projected 157 points above Miggy FWIW. We have to start 9 P’s per week with a 12 start limit/week and the RP’s look de-valued. Settings allow 4 pts per QS, 3 per W, IP, or SV, -3 per L, -1 per HBP, BB, or ER. With the extra points for pitching, would you stack up on pitching earlier than normal?

    Seems like there are 3 options:
    1. Go with pitching early (it’s my understanding the rest of them do).
    2. Go with your strategy to wait on pitching until the first 2 tiers of your SP’s are drafted, then start into SP’s. Seems like a good option as there are a lot of bats to fill (5 OF, CI, MI, UT).
    3. Get bats as usual and hope for the best on pitching.

  53. Peter says:
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    Grey, I hope I’ve done you proud. I just did my first auction (12-team, H2H), and, well, it’s pretty clear I was the only Church of Razzball member in the draft:

    Categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS, W, QS, S, ERA, WHIP, K/9
    Max 4 adds per week (so streaming is tough)

    C: Ramos
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Wong
    3B: Seager
    SS: Segura
    IF: Rizzo
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Myers
    OF: Jennings
    UTIL: Abreu
    BEN: Avisail Garcia

    Starters: Teheran, Gio Gonzalez, Bailey, Minor, Cobb, Masterson, Delgado
    Relievers: Rosenthal, Street, Axford, Nate Jones

    I was devastated to miss out on Sonny Gray (shouldn’t have spent on Masterson) and Brad Miller (everyone had a 2B and I waited till my last $2, but someone outbid me just to be a dick). Any thoughts on what this roster might need? With Wong’s good spring, is there any chance the Cardinals scrap this bs platoon with Ellis? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter: I hope so on Wong… Your hitting looks decent, if a little light on average, which is fine in your league… Your pitching looks great, very solid

  54. Bob says:
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    Would you Drop Alexander Guerro for Baez or Ventura?
    10Team ML Head to Head Roto 6×6- K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers added. Weekly Lineup Roster Below

    C-Posey
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Lowrie (2b/ss)
    SS-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Beltre
    DH-Edwin Encarnacion
    OF-Braun
    OF-Werth
    OF-Nelson Cruz
    B-Will Myers
    B-Xander Bogaerts
    B-Alexander Guerro
    B-Dee Gordon
    B-Nolan Arenado
    P-Bumgardner
    P-Tanaka
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    P-Jordan Zimmerman
    P-Matt Moore
    RP-David Roberson
    RP-Johnathan Papelbon
    B-Danny Salazar
    B-Clay Bucholz
    B-Josh Johnson
    B-Neftali Feliz

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Bob: Ventura, without a doubt.

      • Bob says:
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        @Principle Blackman: Thanks! Intrigued for sure by him, and you can never have too much pitching. But didnt know if you guys thought Guerro or Baez have ROY potential this year as well.

  55. Larry David says:
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    Add Ventura for Lincecum?

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Larry David: absolutely

  56. Eric W says:
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    Huston Street joined twitter just to post secret pictures of Carlos Quentin, cant decide if he is trying psych out Greinkie or if Zack hired him as a Private Investigator to make sure Quentin does not break that 60ft 6inch restraining order.

    https://twitter.com/HustonStreet

  57. gareth says:
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    The headline inspired me to look up what jesse Ventura’s up to these days:

    “Im in Mexico using solar power and finding remote locations to broadcast my conspiracy theories where I’ll be off the grid and the government drones can’t spy on me.”

    Ok………..

  58. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I’m in a long-time weekly H2H league with friends. It’s always had some dumb settings and I think it’d be more fun if some of them were changed (for example, replacing CG and SHO with events that happen more often). This year, the commish opened the door to change by moving to net SB and SV. BUT the caveat is, I have a solid strategy in place under the current settings and have cleared about $3K over the last few years. Do I propose some rule changes in the interest of a more entertaining game, knowing that it might level the playing field?

  59. MISTER Mike says:
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    Too funny that you have Raji Davis telling us not to pick up Bourn because of the hamstring, and the SAGNOF king is dealing with the same issue himself.

  60. steve says:
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    funny stuff today grey…nice work

  61. gareth says:
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    The Ventura headline also got me thinking about the classic late eighties / early nineties WWF.

    If I had to choose a top 3 favorite wrestlers from that era I’d pick:

    1) the ultimate warrior
    2) bret “the hitman” hart
    3) a tie between “macho man” randy savage and jake “the snake” Roberts.

    I loved that shiz as a kid. So many classic characters. Who would be in your top 3?

    • nick says:
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      @gareth: @gareth: Shawn Michaels, Undertaker and Brett Hart. Ricky The Dragon Steamboat somewhere near the top also…

    • stumanji says:
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      @gareth: Ranking in order of who my brother and I would imitate the most during our basement wrestling matches:
      1) Ultimate Warrior
      2) The Bushwhackers
      3) Undertaker
      4) Razor Ramon

  62. nick says:
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    Yo G,
    i asked you yesterday about dropping one of my 5 closers (koji, d-rob, balfour, cishek, henderson) and picking up cingrani or cueto and you suggested cingrani over henderson. what do you think about keeping henderson and dropping a bench bat (threat gardner) to pick up cingrani and going with one bat (oso blanco) and 3 pitchers for my bench? Gardner is really only valuable in steals since hes going to bat 9th now which prob lessens runs scored and either way im not big on bats that will maybe play 2 days a week rotting away or putting up stats on my bench. i should still be straight in steals with i. desmond, puig, a. jones, pence and werth up near 20 steals and 10 from edwin, simmons and utley/hill. Whats your take on a bench full of pitchers? Stack arms while i can? Or is BG worth my bench spot?
    10 team 6×6 with losses and batter k’s
    3 OF, 3 UTIL, 4 BENCH
    bench would be henderson, cingrani, archer and white bear

    • Grey

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      @nick: I’d lose a bench bat first

      • nick says:
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        @Grey: sweet. I figured there are comparable players on FA if i need speed back (eaton, de aza, revere, villar, e.young) but good pitching doesnt last on FA

  63. gareth says:
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    “You say yordana, I say erasmo

    I say erasmo, you say yordana

    Yordana, erasmo

    Erasmo, yordana

    Lets call the whole thing off!”

  64. Greyismyhero says:
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    You know I love me some uppppppseeeidde, or you didn’t so anyways nice article and I have been drafting him all over if available later. Keeper last night I asked you about.. I landed Hosmer/Rizzo w/1st 2 picks but missed on Gyroko but managed Miller later. Yeah I’m pretty excited about my team. I have re-supplied my green and I’m ready to rock..Grey—You the man and never forget—-SMOKE THE GREEN!

  65. costaricanchata says:
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    yordano … 2 little 2 be throwing 2 fast for 2 long .
    come august … ace ventura gets defective .

    • Grey

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      @costaricanchata: Probably can’t throw that many innings this year anyway… Doesn’t matter in most IP cap leagues…

    • Dead Head says:
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      @costaricanchata: saying he can’t handle a lot of innings just because he’s small is so lazy it’s no even funny. There are plenty of bigger pitchers that are huge injury risks so this line of thinking is pretty ridiculous.

    • Sky

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      @costaricanchata:

      Yordano Ventura
      5’11”
      180 lbs

      Tim Lincecum
      5’11”
      175 lbs

      Ehhhh…don’t think you’re using the bes metrics to evaluate him here…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Sky:

        just wanted to use the line “gets defective” .

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha gotcha

          • AJ says:
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            @Sky: Dayton Moore has said Ventura can throw 200 innings this year.

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @AJ:

              does KC play the Mets in inter-league play this year ?
              just wondering how close to the plate Ike is gonna stand .

            • Sky

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              Yup. Not that we can 100% trust this kind of talk in Spring Training but I’m not as worried about innings limits with him. Wish I had more shares than I already do is my only gripe.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: he’s never been quoted as over 150 or 160 as far as i can find.

  66. LurveGuru says:
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    I hope that Yordano dominates hitters, because there would be nothing sweeter than seeing every single writer in the world refer to him as “Ace Ventura”.

    • steve says:
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      @LurveGuru: i read an article yesterday and they are calling him yordano “ace” ventura

  67. Peets says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’ve got two 2Bs (Gyorko & Altuve), and the team with Rizzo needs a good 2B
    Am thinking propose Gyroko or Altuve for Rizzo

    Who do you suggest to be kept in my team? (Gyroko or Altuve) and why. Thoughts appreciated.

      • Peets says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.
        And, because I have Altuve, Rizzo over Gyorko? (According to your ranking…)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  68. Beastman says:
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    Hey Razzballers, need one last team for a $100 Razzball Commenter league. Draft is this Sunday at 5 pm EST. 2nd year running the league.

    E-mail me to join: joshua_eastman@yahoo.com

    • JDW says:
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      @Beastman:

      Eastman the Beastman. Dude, you must have been a blast in college. Love the pic.

      • Beastman says:
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        @JDW: Thanks, definitely had some wild nights. If I had a pet tiger, hawk, and 2 weasels, it would have been better.

  69. Mustachioed Man says:
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    I’ve been looking at Avisail Garcia and Kole Calhoun. I know you have Avisail just slightly ahead of Calhoun in the rankings, but I was wondering which one you have more confidence in for the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

  70. Cbillips says:
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    In a 10 team keeper std roto who do u take with first pick in rd 2?
    Beltre, Puig, JUpton, Wright, Pujols

    Is rd 4-5 too early to take Andrus or Gerrit Cole,(each team keeps. 6 players, so it’s saturated)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Round 2 is not too early for those guys…. Who are your keepers?

      • Cbillips says:
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        @Grey:

        Prince (rd 1)
        Edwin (rd 2)
        B Hamilton (rd23)
        Taveras (rd14)
        Kimbrel (rd 15)
        Cobb (rd 24)

        I have 1st pick overall (will take McCutch) also have first pick of rd 2 and rd 3 (ill be in the poison to take Price at rd 3.)

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Cbillips: Yahoo? I.e., is Edwin a 3B? Do you have a corner man in your league?

          • Cbillips says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah, yahoo. EE has 1B and 3B Eligibility. We start:
            C
            1B
            2B
            SS
            3B
            OF
            OF
            OF
            U
            U

  71. Andrew W says:
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    Gray – Would you trade Sonny Gray or Homey Bailey for Shin Choo Choo? I know that you love Sonny, so it might be hard to say!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Gray

      • Swagger Jackers says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Greay!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Ron says:
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    I have an irrational LOVE for Longoria (and grabbing a 3B in second round of EVERY mock)….I mean over guys like Harper, Wright, Votto, Freeman, Kipnis, Stanton, Puig…

    Am I crazy to be obsessed with going Longo in the second round over all of these guys? (FYI, I’m typically going for Braun, Fielder or Cargo in 1st round)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: Just looked at the rankings and it confirmed how confused I am about that 2nd round pick….hear me out

        Say I draft Fielder with the 8th pick in a 12 team 5×5 Roto (Yay for me and rankings support the move)

        Then on the turn with Fielder in my pocket and Harper and Longo on the board and ranked back-to-back, I’m still stuck on who to grab. Where would you go based on rankings AND that first pick of Fielder?

  73. JDW says:
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    I always worry about the little guys who throw 100. But there was nothing better than watching Pete Martinez in the late 90’s every fifth day on NESN. If this kid can mix up his speeds like Pete could he will freakin’ dazzle.

    He’s the 13th highest rated rookie right hand pitcher for 2014 for Baseball America and rated the 26th best prospect with them overall. Still, he’s got a job and many ahead of him on BAs list don’t. I think in next weeks auction in our 12 team this kid will probably go for around $10 just on the hype.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, he’s fun to watch, definitely…

  74. Cram It says:
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    Give it to me Grey. 13 team, roto, 5×5. See any holes in my offense that could use attention? Light on power maybe?

    C – Salvador Pérez (KC – C) $7
    1B – Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B) $18
    2B – Aaron Hill (Ari – 2B) $4
    3B – Edwin Encarnación (Tor – 1B,3B) $32
    SS – Dee Gordon (LAD – SS) $1
    IF – Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B) $6
    OF – Ryan Braun (Mil – OF) $38
    OF – Álex Ríos (Tex – OF) $22
    OF – Mark Trumbo (Ari – 1B,OF) $19
    OF – Jason Heyward (Atl – OF) $14
    UTIL – Billy Hamilton (Cin – OF) $17
    B – Avisail García (CWS – OF) $6
    B – Alex Guerrero (LAD – 2B,SS) $1
    B – Kolten Wong (StL – 2B) $1
    NA – Javier Báez (ChC – SS) $3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I heard in a comment above you dropped Yordano already… You look low on average and power and a bit high on speed… Gordon and Hamilton feel like overkill, but I see you have Wong, so he’ll prolly replace Gordon soon

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Good catch, but Yordano was from the RCL draft. So I drafted him again here to make amends. I know it’s a lot of speed but at SS it was either Gordon or some schmuck like Cozart. Ima try to flip some speed. Just wanted to see if I was assessing correctly. Thanks Brah.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. J-Dubber says:
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    The second surgery should be called “Johnny Tom Surgery”

    Keep up the great work. Thanks for the efforts….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  76. Goat Rodeo says:
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    I am intrigued by Ventura…should I drop one of my late-round starters in favour (British spelling) of him…

    Liriano
    Cashner
    Masterson
    Garza

    Thank you, O Wise One…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…. I’d lose Garza for him

  77. Subs81 says:
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    Espn roto H2H 12 team snake (second pick)

    Immthinking of punting saves since there r so many categories
    SO WHO ARE BIG TIME HOLDS GUYS (top 10 in order if possible)

    Do you agree with this philosophy? If not y?

  78. Greyismyhero says:
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    1 more for the day…seems I got sucked up in a 2B nightmare in one of my leagues and I’m stuck with A. Guer, Wong is still out there as well as Mercer, Scooter, Infante, and the usual scrubs…What is one to do? Hold or is it tomatoes, tomato, whatever who cares? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Wong for now

  79. Luis Mendoza says:
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    Gray – great stuff as always.
    Keeper Question – 12tm obp & slg% instead of avg & hr’s. Which 2 would you keep between: G. Stanton (8), D. Ortiz (6), & B. Hamilton (14)? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Hamilton

  80. J-FOH says:
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    I can’t wait til we get a player, preferably a hitter, with Valentine as his last name!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: really?…… “The Hammer”….Like as in Greg “The Hammer” Valentine

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, I should’ve figure (four’d) that…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Pun(pin) point!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup!

  81. John says:
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    Keeper league. Okay to trade Cano for Kipnis and Kluber?

    ops 6×6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • John says:
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        @Grey: What if I get fat adams instead?

        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s okay

  82. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Why do people in Boston think Grady is actually going to play a full year healthy? I can’t wrap my head around this. I thought Jackie Bradley walking multiple times was the epitome of Sam Horn ridiculousness, this is just insane.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s a bit bonkers… If he played 80 games, I’d be impressed…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: There are times I’m proud to be from Boston and there are times like this. Maybe my Jersey Girl wife is right about the yahoos up here. Then again she thinks bagels are a point of pride, so maybe her priorities are out of whack.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  83. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Drafted this team in an RCL last night, what are your thoughts on where I can improve?

    8 Adam Jones, Bal OF
    17 Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B
    32 Jose Bautista, Tor OF
    41 Jean Segura, Mil SS
    56 Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B
    65 Justin Verlander, Det SP
    80 Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    89 Jose Abreu, CWS 1B
    104 Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    113 Francisco Liriano, Pit SP
    128 Josh Hamilton, LAA OF
    137 David Robertson, NYY RP
    152 Tony Cingrani, Cin SP
    161 Brett Gardner, NYY OF
    176 Chris Archer, TB SP
    185 Steve Cishek, Mia RP
    200 Kole Calhoun, LAA OF
    209 John Axford, Cle RP
    224 Corey Kluber, Cle SP
    233 Jose Veras, ChC RP
    248 Anthony Rendon, Wsh 2B
    257 Rick Porcello, Det SP
    272 Javier Baez, ChC SS
    281 Martin Perez, Tex SP
    296 Devin Mesoraco, Cin C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re high on speed, and low on power… Don’t love the pitching either…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Well being high on speed would explain the liquor store (packie) robbery I did last night.
        These RCL’s are no joke, this is my first year doing them and I’m preparing to get killed. I never ever draft Josh Hamilton or Verlander and I have them on the two I’ve drafted so far. I better start waking up and reading your articles at 3 am! Otherwise I’m dead meat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha….

  84. Kyle H says:
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    Grey, who would you rather have in a 12 team league with categories of Saves+Holds, K/BB, Ks, WHIP, ERA, and QS:

    Josh Fields
    Joel Peralta
    Sergio Santos
    Junichi Tazawa
    Ryan Cook
    Brian Wilson
    Edward Mujica

    I already have Fernando Rodney, Nate Jones, Kelvin Herrera, and Rex Brothers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santos

      • Kyle H says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  85. Bazzrall says:
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    keeper league OBP/QS added, Trumbo and Kuroda and 2nd/3rd round pick next year for Gray and Arenado and 6th/7th round pick next year who you want? does Arenado ever come close to putting up good power numbers? losing Trumbo would hurt my team’s power a lot but I also need pitching pretty bad. he’s gonna be huge in Ari…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  86. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    @Grey,

    Thoughts on what I should be aiming to improve on this team? 12 team 5X5 Roto. Thanks ahead of time.

    C- Lucroy
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Gyorko
    3B- Frazier
    SS- Andrus
    OF- Jones
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Marte
    UTIL- Rizzo
    BN- Brantley

    SP- Sale, Zimmerman, Gray, Porcello, Wheeler, C. Martinez
    RP- Reed, Janssen, Axford, Nate Jones, Sergio Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like your hitting and pitching… You look a tad low on average on hitting, but not terrible… You also look a tad short on starters but not bad…

  87. Goose says:
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    Any thoughts on how the crickety ballpark down-under is gonna play? Hitter or pitcher friendlier? Worth an early hittertronstream on Pollock, Parra, whoever plays SS for the Dbacks… or perhaps deeply ruminate on an early stream on Miley and Cahill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you have guys to drop, I’d stock up on any hitters available… I wouldn’t drop guys I just drafted in most leagues though

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: Word, right on – it’ll be dropping my 6/7 SPs, who are really fungible in our league set-up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Word to you

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Goose: i wouldnt stream pitchers the first series.

  88. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    @Grey,

    Thought on what I should be looking to improve on this team? 12 team 5X5 roto. Thanks ahead of time.

    C- Lucroy
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Gyorko
    3B- Frazier
    SS- Andrus
    OF- Jones
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Marte
    UTIL- Rizzo
    BN- Brantley

    SP- Sale, Zimmerman, Gray, Porcello, Wheeler, C. Martinez (Delgado available)
    RP- Reed, Janssen, Axford, Nate Jones, Sergio Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t I already look at this team?

      • Slob on my Cobb says:
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        @Grey

        Yeah, my bad–accidental double post. Thanks for the advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  89. J-FOH says:
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    I find it kinda sad (not really) that I have Peralta as my starting SS and Jimmy Rollins is in the FA pool and I’m looking at the screen going nope.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, Rollins is a 10 homer, 20 steal guy… You’re letting real world shenanigans cloud your judgment…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m a Rollinist, I can’t help it, but I will trust your faith in J-Roll. I know what Rollins is, I just need that extra confidence of trying to decide between a turd and a poop

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You know what’s straight crap? Jhonny Peralta

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: firing shots…grey getting into form. I own rollins now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Guessing in the first week of the season you’re gonna drop either of them for a hot bat anyway

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I hope it’s not Yunel, could live with Cozart and pray Assdrubal goes down, Aviles gets hurt and we see Lindor *crosses fingers*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  As Shawn of the Livid said below (above?), Wong feels like the current hot MI….

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: that would work here if Wong was SS eligible, he’s owned, and I have Kendrick as my MI, who i really like this year and I got in the 20th round. I drafted SS last in this league, literally.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha… Thought we were talking MI…

                    • Prez!! says:
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                      @J-FOH: good luck with kendrick… seems like hes “liked” every year..

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I got SS issues and mercer and Cozart on watchlist *pukes in mouth*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Jordy’s gonna light up the world

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: your sarcasm is not appreciated over here *taps fingers*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Mea culpa!

  90. Jim C says:
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    Which side would you rather have: Corey Kluber/Coco Crisp or Nelson Cruz/Hector Santiago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

  91. Ben. says:
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    In a 14 team league – do I have enough offense?
    C W. Rosario
    1B E. Hosmer
    2b K Wong
    3b W Middlebrooks
    SS C Owings
    OF B Harper
    OF A Gordon
    OF L Martin
    Util A Rizzo
    Util C Crisp
    Bench: Brantley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably not

  92. Swfcdan says:
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    Which side, post draft:

    Wacha ($24 – nuts), A Garcia ($11- nutty) vs J Teheran ($17), C Yelich ($8) and K Crick (prospect)

    Basically im trying to package Crick to get some improved keepers. Yelich and Teheran are solid prices for a 16 teamer, my current two guys aren’t (got pushed up badly). Solid deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  93. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Hi Grey, love the article today! I had this guy stashed awhile ago hoping he would get the call. Did the same thing with Cingrani last year and that worked out great!

    Anyways. Been fine tuning my team and actually having dreams about baseball. No lie, had a dream that I drafted Billy Hamilton in the second round and I woke up all pissed off at myself. Guess I’m stranger than I thought!

    Back to the fine tuning. I’m done messing with my team and I was hoping for your opinion on how I look. Seems like today is the day to show you my roster as it seems a bunch of other commenters are too. So hit me man!

    1. (5) Robinson Canó 2B
    2. (16) Edwin Encarnación 1B,3B
    3. (25) Yasiel Puig CF,RF
    4. (36) Albert Pujols 1B
    5. (45) Álex Ríos RF
    6. (56) Billy Hamilton CF
    7. (65) Anibal Sánchez SP
    8. (76) Domonic Brown LF
    9. (85) Alex Cobb SP
    10. (96) Anthony Rizzo 1B
    11. (105) Julio Teherán SP
    12. (116) Danny Salazar SP
    13. (125) Tony Cingrani SP,RP
    14. (136) David Robertson RP
    15. (145) Alex Wood SP,RP
    16. (156) Leonys Martín LF,CF,RF
    17. (165) Huston Street RP
    18. (176) Sonny Gray SP
    19. (185) Evan Gattis C,LF
    20. (196) Brad Miller 2B,SS
    21. (205) Nate Jones RP
    22. (216) Rex Brothers SP
    23. (225) Khris Davis LF
    24. (236) Yordano Ventura
    25. (245) Michael Pineda

    Was thinking I should drop Rex for Cmart or T.Walker, probably should do that. I’m also high on Pineda myself, I think he has a great year ahead of him, but am I a fool to leave Cmart and T.Walker out there?

    Thanks a lot man, I appreciate your advice and answering everyone’s questions the way you do is certainly above and beyond. ~tips hat~

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Thanks! Hard to see the team like this, could you put it in as you’d see in lineup?

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Sure thing, sorry about that!

        C. Gattis
        1st. Pujols
        2nd Cano
        3rd Edwin
        MI Rizzo
        SS. Brad Miller (was thinking to grab Javier Baez)
        LF. Dom Brown
        CF Puig
        RF Alex Rios
        OF. Billy Hamilton
        Uti. Leonys Martin
        Uti. Khris Davis

        SP Anibal Sanchez
        SP Alex Cobb
        SP Teheran
        SP Salazar
        RP David Roberts
        RP Nate Jones
        P Sonny Gray
        P Huston Street
        P Rex Brothers
        BN Cingrani
        BN Alex wood
        BN Pineda
        BN Yordano Ventura

        Don’t have a bench bat, but its a 10 team H2H and I figure the extra pitchers are more worth it. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No bench bat is fine in this shallow of a league…. I like the hitting, but feels a bit speed heavy, especially for H2H… Lots of guys I like though… Your pitching looks excellent, but shallow league so there’s that…

          • Shawn of the livid says:
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            @Grey: I was thinking I could use some power too. Hopefully Rizzo has a solid year and Khris puts up some huge numbers. Puig is a question mark too, hoping for some big numbers from him. It is shallow but with your help I absolutely man handled this league. No one can touch my dirty pitching.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  94. Travis says:
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    Thoughts on this team, 10-team H2H, saves and holds scored…

    C-Lycroy
    1b- Goldy
    2b – Carpenter
    3b – Wright
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Ellsbury
    OF – Myers
    OF – Kemp
    Util – Trumbo
    Util – Brown
    Bn – Seager

    SP: Verlander, Moore, Ryu, Dickey, Haren, Kluber, Porcello
    RP: Perkins, Reed, Pablebon, Cishek, Axford, Feliz

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The hitting looks okay, I’m not a fan of a lot of the guys you drafted, but it’s your team… More or less same with pitching… I wouldn’t draft this team…

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: yeah, I know, lots of risky guys. Was the result of half autodraft, half drafting on iphone (that kept losing reception and autoing), and no time to do predraft research, so trying to make the best

        I have an NA slot, but to pick up someone before I can put them in it, I have to drop someone (stupid yahoo). Once the guy is NA, I can grab another (or refrain my drop after waivers)…

        Debating adding Taveras, dropping Haren (or Kluber?), then with the free slot picking up either Owings (prolly need a backup SS), or Pineda. Thoughts? Could also grab Soria to handcuff with Feliz for saves and holds, but seems I already have enough RP?

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d make those moves, drop Haren grab Pineda and Taveras

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: you have 6 closers but no holds guys.

  95. royce! says:
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    Howdy, Grey. I have my h2h draft today…mind sharing the link for the post you did recently comparing your rankings to yahoo’s? I can’t find it.

  96. Walker says:
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    12 Team Mixed Auction with up to 16 carryovers from last year $260 Budget 6X6 Holds and BB/K for batters:
    Got $70 left for 4 Pitchers and 2b, a middle, an OF and 2 UTL Batters:
    Have Gattis and Rosario
    Adams
    2B
    Ev Cabrera
    Belier
    Trumbo @ CI
    Bruce
    Cespedes
    Chris Davis
    Rios
    OF
    Utl
    Utl
    Strasburg
    Fernadez
    Sale
    Wacha
    Chapman
    Rodney
    P
    P
    P
    P
    Also have 5 minors carried over including Hamilton, Bundy, Schoop, Archie Bradley and Singleton.What should I concentrate on during draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belier?

  97. Al koholic says:
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    anyone watch carlos martinez pitch today,numbers looked great ,wandering how he looked,watching skaggs right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not watching, sorry

  98. MB says:
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    If I need speed, should I do any of these trades. OBP and SLG count

    Freeman for Hosmer
    Cano for Kipnis
    A Gordon for Des jennings

    OR

    Just play a guy like rajai davis or EY JR late in the year and hope I can get enough?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now and grab Rajai

  99. Mike says:
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    Which of these non-closers ends up with the most saves by 4/30?

    Santos
    Kintzler
    Clippard

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santos

  100. Mike says:
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    I was offered Sonny Gray and Yelich for Billy Hamilton and Liriano….. Which side are you on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  101. Greyismyhero says:
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    Any thoughts on this trade Grey and Razzfastics??? ….I receive Seager/Zobrist/Jansen, I give Beltre…I already have Reed/Parnell/Jones as my relievers but I’m very, very weak at 2nd…12 tm H2H..Thanks

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Greyismyhero: to add to that..rest of team…I have Bruce, A. Jones, Trumbo, Myers, J. Abreu, and A. Garcia…can I afford to lose the power of Beltre…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, back to smoking now…Have a good one.

          • Greyismyhero says:
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            @Prez!!: All day, all night!! ..Peace and thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I would keep Beltre and find someone with upside for 2nd. Wong seems to be the flavor of the day.

  102. Ron says:
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    Need Help!! Just found out I have the first pick in a 10-team H2H league TONIGHT!!!!!

    In this league we count Strikeouts for batters. Trout was top 20 in striking out and Cabrera was in the 80’s. Should this matter? Should I take Cabrera because of this? Or stop being cute and take Trout like I should?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trout

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for answering so quickly.

        Some people are reasoning that you can always get steals from a different position and that steals is the only “real” difference between the two players.

        In your opinion is that faulty reasoning?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s much younger and still has upside at the #1 pick… He could go 30/50/.300

  103. GrandOlePal says:
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    12 team keeper league you get 4 keepers:

    I have Trout $11, Goldsmidt $8, and Cobb $1

    For my last keeper: Scherzer $22, Butler $8 or neither save budget on a big bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  104. MB says:
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    You Grey, congrats on the new media deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  105. Q says:
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    Strategy Q: in mocks, I find that your rankings are so much better than the default that I can’t punt both catchers and SP late enough. Would you rather have ” too good” a catcher or too good a pitching staff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too good a pitching staff

  106. Nathan fisher says:
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    Decided against giving miggy to the guy Who has trout just got offered Beltre and the New Yankees Tanaka this is a 10 team league. I want to except but the other hand I don’t seem to need the pitching thanks in the advance guys keep the great work as always.
    C Salvador Perez, KC C DTD
    1B Jose Abreu, CWS 1B
    2B Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    3B Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B
    SS Jean Segura, Mil SS
    IF Evan Longoria, TB 3B
    LF Bryce Harper, Wsh LF
    CF Austin Jackson, Det CF.
    Jay Bruce, Cin
    OF Wil Myers, TB RF
    UTIL Josh Hamilton, LAA
    Bench Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
    P Justin Masterson, Cle SP
    P Nate Jones, CWS RP
    SP Justin Verlander, Det SP
    SP Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    SP Alex Cobb, TB SP
    SP Sonny Gray, Oak SP
    RP David Robertson, NYY RP
    RP Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP
    Bench Francisco Liriano, Pit SP
    Bench Josh Johnson, SD SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, is there a question?

      • Nathan fisher says:
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        @Grey: Just got offered Goldschimit Giancarlo Stanton Atluve and cole for Cabera and Hamilton and Gray.. We do OBP so this seems like a good pick up for me and Cole is alittle improvement over Gray

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take it

    • Al koholic says:
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      @Nathan fisher: i wouldnt trade miggy for tanaka and beltre,especially with your pitching now

      • Nathan fisher says:
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        @Al koholic: thanks didn’t think so that’s what I ended up telling him I passed because of that reason got the pitching lol yes grey might for those two but I knew in the back of my mind AL the man and Ron White was right

  107. supra says:
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    Hey Grey… I have 2nd pick in my keeper draft tonight (buddy’s taking Abreu first). We can keep our first pick in rd 10 next year. I can play Bogaerts at 3B this year… who would you take first? Who would you love at 13th pick?

    Starlin Castro
    Jose Reyes
    Shields
    Hamels
    Tanaka
    Josh Hamilton
    Werth
    Victorino
    Jedd Gyorko
    Austin Jackson
    Gio Gonzalez
    Alex Cobb
    Ryu
    Cingrani
    Seager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko, Tanaka

  108. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Got offered the following trade in my OBP H2H category league:

    Trade Yelich and WIllingham for Gyorko.

    I currently have Cano and Brad Miller covering 2B and 2B/SS.

    If I traded Yelich, I’d run Calhoun and EYJ out there. That would be fine unless EYJ is a 4th outfielder.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Gyorko, then you can trade Cano for a top OF

  109. Reno 911 says:
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    Hi Grey, is Ventura now as valuable ($-wise in an auction draft) as Salazar? It is a keeper league as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not that valuable

  110. Prez!! says:
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    why cant i change my league date/time in the rcl anymore? please dont tell me they lock 2 days before draft….

    • Prez!! says:
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      yeah, definitely cant edit anything… there isnt even a manager tools setting. is this something to do with razzball RCL’s orrr is this just espn going to shambles now that berry is retiring?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They lock it after you set it… People joined for that draft time too, so if you change it, you could be screwing over other people

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Grey: naw, i set it for the 28th. and everyone agreed on it. then i realized the season started on the 22nd and i thought it would be against the rules to draft after that (member?). so i changed it. this was barely 2weeks ago.

        then after getting word from you that it was all good, i told everyone it was cool and that we would draft the original time (the 28th)… BUTT, i forgot to change the time back to the orginal date until now.. and now it wont let me.. which is beyond stoopid (on both our parts). we have already agreed on the date (28th) since day one. just the stupid aussie games made me change it. and you cant change the draft 2 days before the thing? fkin dumb ass espn leagues..

        ill just use the referenda thing to get it changed back. sorry for fucking up again..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, I should’ve made it clear that you can draft until March 31 (is there a March 31st?)….

          • Prez!! says:
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            @Grey: nah its on me, i should have changed it back… but i didnt think espn would take the editing privileges from a manager at ANY time..

            and yes, there is a 31st! although, i wish there wasnt, so we could hit april……

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Prez!!: figures

              • Prez!! says:
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                @J-FOH: blow me!

  111. Game of Throws says:
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    Good evening Grey,

    I was just offered Wacha straight up for Myers. Feel like I might be a little heavier on hitting and this could balance me out.

    Do you like that for my H2H 12 team redraft roster?

    C – Aj. Pierzynski
    1b – Albert Pujols
    2b -Brandon Phillips
    3b – Jed Gyorko
    SS – Ian Desmond
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Bryce Harper
    OF – Wil Myers
    UTIL – Brett Gardner
    UTIL – Kyle Seager
    Bench – Brad Miller
    Bench – Jimmy Rollins

    Rotation:
    SP – Jordan Zimmermann
    SP – Gerrit Cole
    SP – Julio Teheran
    SP – Johnny Cueto
    SP – Hiroki Kuroda
    SP – A.J. Griffin
    SP – Chris Tillman
    SP – Tommy Milone

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  112. royce! says:
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    Got pick #2 in my 14 team h2h…No reason to skip Miggy at that point, right? We count XBH and OBP…had him last year and his shizzy September knocked me out of the playoffs after dominating the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, no reason

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Assuming things fall as ranked, I would be in a position to get Bruce, who has screwed me in the same manner. Would you avoid combining them, or just chalk it up to random luck?

        • royce! says:
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          @royce!: missed him anyway, grabbed Cliff Lee, b/c we count k/BB, and he’s a top-20 value in this league every year

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sorry, had stepped away… Cliff Lee is solid there…

  113. Mike Honcho says:
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    Brad Miller just became available in my league, I know of the man crush that you have for him. My lineup is:
    C- Mauer
    1B- Hosmer
    2B- Zobrist
    3B- Longoria
    SS- Simmons
    OF- Trout
    OF- Harper
    Of- Cespedes
    UTL- Rizzo

    Do I drop Simmons for Miller? Or is it “why haven’t you made the switch instead of asking the obvious question!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Simmons for him

  114. SteveNZ says:
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    Drafting at work, on a phone, is not much fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  115. SteveNZ says:
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    If I’m keeping Stras and J-Zimm and just drafted Tillman at 202 as my #3, can I draft Ventura next?

    • royce! says:
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      @SteveNZ: I vote yes, but then again, I’m a pretty positive person!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @royce!: Damn. Taken already. Took Taijuan instead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, oops… Wow, you guys are flying through that draft…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: 10 keepers remember. Just took Matt Harvey at #340 for my DL…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah… Gotcha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Nabbed Pineda too. And some Gee for some boring-ness.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: And here it is. Don’t think it’s the best team I’ve ever drafted, but don’t think I seriously overpaid anywhere and got some nice late bargains I think. 14 teams, 10 keepers…

                C Rosario – keeper
                1B Hosmer – keeper
                2B Altuve – keeper
                3B Arenado (175)
                SS Desmond – keeper
                CI Moobs (147)
                MI Walker (231)
                OF Trout – keeper
                OF Holliday – keeper
                OF Moss – keeper
                OF Presley – keeper
                Util Swish (190)
                Util Venable (259)

                SP Stras – keeper
                SP J-Zimm – keeper
                SP Tillman (218)
                SP Walker (246)
                RP Street (162)
                RP Veras (203)
                RP Fields (330)
                P Pineda (287)
                P Gee (302)
                P R Delgado (371)

                BN Willingham (315)
                BN Santos (358)
                BN Harvey (343) – will go in DL slot
                BN Herrera (386)
                BN Clippard (274)

                • Grey

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                  Looks real solid on pitching, and a little light on power… Don’t love some of the offense, but not terrible…Steamer loves Venable and I’ve drafted him myself, but I worry about Petco, and Walker, and Moobs… Well, it could be okay…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Offense is not easy to find when you’re starting at #140 in a league where guys can be kept forever with no penalty…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: War Room seems to like it. Leaving out Venable (we have 4 OFs in this league and I assume the targets assume 3) and without adding Walker (not in the list) I’m at 109% for Runs, 110% for HRs, 116% for RBI, 89% for SB and 105% for AVG…

                    • Grey

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                      Wow, that’s better than I thought on hitting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  116. Carlos says:
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    Yahoo H2H. Standard+OPS. 10 teams.

    I need to pick 3 keepers from Cano, Pujols, H. Ramirez, J. Bruce and F. Freeman.

    Who am I rolling with?

    I am thinking Cano, H. Ramirez, and Bruce. Then draft the best 1b with my first pick.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano, H. Ramirez, Freeman

  117. royce! says:
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    Someone took Billy Hamilton in the second round, and another guy just took Teixeira in the 6th…WHY CAN’T I WIN THIS LEAGUE?!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Wow, that’s special….

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Kevin Gregg taken in the 13th round. Keep in mind, these picks are all by different owners…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Why are you in this league?

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Because it was the first league I ever played and I’ve never won…always lose in the playoffs

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              This is the best case against H2H I’ve ever heard

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously, that’s madness

  118. Mookiewilson says:
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    Good Evening grey,

    16 team, head to head keeper league.
    Keep Miggy and which 2 of the following?
    Stanton
    Bumgarner
    Andrus
    Choo

    If I don’t keep Bumgarner I’ll be drafting my first pitcher at 62nd overall.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Bum

  119. Q says:
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    12 Team ESPN League, 4th pick. Put it into the war room and I’m a touch light on Wins and Ks, but I’m gonna stream a ton. Also decided to take all flyers on my bench, see what happens when rosters shake out. What do you think?

    J Castro
    Goldy
    A Hill
    Everth (scooped on Segura by 2 picks!!!)
    Longoria
    Pujols
    Gyorko
    Puig
    Marte
    Myers
    Aoki
    Avisail
    Util-Arenado

    Verlander
    Cobb
    Liriano
    Porcello
    Yordano
    Josh Johnson
    Robertson
    Street
    Axford

    Bench: Taijuan, Archie Bradley, Gregory Polanco.

    Opinions welcome. Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I more or less agree with the War Room… Team looks solid on hitting, but not bad at all on pitching, maybe a little upsidey, but streaming can fix that…

  120. bossmanjunior says:
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    With this shallow 10 team h2h roster, which draft pairing would you prefer?

    C Castro
    1B
    2B Gyorko
    SS Segura
    3B Encarnacion
    OF Jones
    OF Marte
    OF
    UTL Rizzo

    A) Pujols and Myers
    B) Puig and AGon
    C) Bautista and AGon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Thought so haha. Good to see Pujols heating up a bit lately including two doubles today.

  121. bossmanjunior says:
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    Last question (my big money draft is tomorrow), one thing Im torn on is Myers v Heyward. With the current yahoo ADP, I can likely only have one.

    If Heyward reverts back to his 2012 numbers, he should blow Myers away. However, im concerned about how much he might steal. Maybe the 21 steals in 2012 was an aberration. Braves don’t seem to steal much with Freddie at the helm. Other big red flag is batting leadoff, behind the pitcher, could kill his RBI chances. However, maybe batting lead off leads to more steals?

    Myers clearly has worse plate discipline than Heyward but bats in the middle of the order so should see a good chunk of RBI and Runs. I can’t see Myers stealing very much but around 10 seems doable. Both are average in terms of average while Myers possesses slighty higher upside in terms of power. He also has a history of posting very BABIPs so a positive average could be sustainable.

    Anything you can say to sway me one way or the other? Is line up position enough to make Myers the convincing choice? Being a Rays fan Im trying to look at this objectively haha. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward has looked like garbage for entire years at a time and Myers hasn’t

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        haha fair enough. Watching Myers last year he certainly went through stretches where pitchers tried pitching him different ways but eventually found a way to adjust. Hard to believe Heyward is only a year older than Myers.

  122. John says:
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    Narrowing last OF/util slot leaning speed but just want the best…
    Gardner… annoying but
    UPTON Starting to think take shot on BJ(we all lovem)…
    Venable….. power fo real
    Rajai for max speed I have ton power so???
    Calhoun, looking good in leadoff…
    yelich, offense may not produce?…
    fowler…
    leonys Not looking like he will get a shot atop the order

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

      • John says:
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        @Grey: looking like bourjos n fowler.. thanks

  123. bossmanjunior says:
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    Last question…

    Are you concerned with Bailey at all? Still nursing a groin strain and is set to miss his scheduled start Friday but apparently is still on track for opening day. Would you still take Bailey over Teheran if you were drafting today or vote for Julio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not concerned about a groin injury in March

  124. Grey —

    14 team, mixed – redraft, 6×6 (OPS/HOLDS), weekly H2H, 30 man rosters. We start 14 Bats (ESPN settings + xtra UTIL). I’m looking to add 1 more BAT, which is a daunting task. Of these available guys, who are you ‘most’ excited about (try to contain yourself). *Partial to OPS/Power types that will get me weekly ABs:

    1. Mike Morse, SF – assume his wrist is fine. He’s an every day guy in OF, right?
    2. Juan Francisco, MIL – platooning with Reynolds?
    3. Chris Denorfia, SD – i assume he will start vs. LHP, but is Seth Smith starting vs. RHP creating another Denorfia platoon?
    4. Aaron Hicks, MIN – heard rumblings he may start over your boy, Presley, full time. Hicks is a post-hype sleeper and kinda toolsy, but its MIN and the line-up / park sucks.
    5. Garret Jones, MIA – clean-up hitter and garbage spring. But, may start the first 2 months
    6. Michael Choice, TEX – part time player, but best supporting cast and park.

    Appreciate the opinion.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh… Morse

      • @Grey:

        You’re telling me. Fart Noises. Loud Fart Noises.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • @EL BURRO:
      (addendum to question above)

      7. Michael Saunders, SEA – no idea if Almonte is pipping him, but certainlyseems like that in Spring with his starts, batting slot, etc.

      Thanks,

      • Grey

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        I’d go Saunders

        • @Grey:

          Thinking Lloyd is just giving Almonte a taste and its nothing to read into? Usage, batting slot, # of starts, etc?

          Thanks btw. Been stewing on this for last several hours. Annoying.

  125. MB says:
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    Whose idea was that ? soooo good!

  126. Matt says:
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    Josh Johnson > Yordano > Dickey for 5th SP spot? 11 team QS and W yahoo league so guys like tillman, lincecum, nova are available.

    Thanks dude

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordano

  127. Was sorta hoping that Tyler Moore gets traded to HOU, I’d probably grab him… assuming the Astros smart brass want to keep Singleton down, cause Guzman/Krauss are awful and Moore just needs a chance.

  128. Ambreen says:
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    Hola,

    How many steals you see Polanco getting this season? I don’t want to have to roster Rajai or EY, ya know?

    • Grey

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      8

  129. slew says:
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    Uh Oh! Chapman carted off field after taking liner to the face.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @slew: Not in the 14-teamer anymore?

      • slew says:
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        @SteveNZ: did I miss the draft? Nah, needed a change, but I’ll certainly miss y’all.
        I did notice your team, though. Looks solid.

    • Grey

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      Yikes

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    Here comes my 8 Team H2H roster. Yes it looks ridiculous. And yes I know I’m short on steals and my average will most likely be pretty wonky. My SPs are also a ton of upside, but they could go upside everyone’s head and make me the champ, bitches! Anyway, what do you think?

    C – Rosario
    1B – Davis*
    2B – Miller
    3B – Longoria*
    SS – Hanley*
    IF – Prince*
    OF – Jones*
    OF – Marte
    OF – Trumbo
    OF – Brantley
    UTIL – Rizzo
    UTIL – Pedro
    BN – Arenado
    BN – Empty for now because of…
    N/A – Springer (drafted and then put into this spot, waiting for waivers to get a bench bat)

    SP – Mad Max
    SP – Bailey
    SP – Teheran
    RP – Soriano
    RP – Rodney
    P – N. Jones
    P – Veras
    P – Minor
    P – Salazar
    BN – Fister
    BN – Archer
    BN – Porcello
    BN – Ventura

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    I know my OF seems pretty shallow. I kept getting snaked on some guys I liked so I stacked up some other positions. Other than that and losing out on Gyorko by one pick, I’m very happy with my results. And FYI, I took Rosario really late, I was the next to last team to take a catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Next to last catcher off the board was the number one catcher last year…Yup… Team looks solid, I imagine every team in this league does though…And, yeah, you look short on steals…

  131. SteveNZ says:
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    Grabbed Hoover in a couple of leagues -sounds like Chapman is OK though…

    • Grey

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      Yup

    • Eddy says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Fractures above left eye and nose. DOesn’t sound like he’ll be starting the season.

  132. David says:
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    Okay to trade Belt for Crisp if I need speed? Belt is nice in OPS but I have Alex Gordon, Ortiz, Bautista, Braun, Seager, Andrus, Freeman and McCann in yahoo 10 batter lineup

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  133. Ron says:
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    Drafted tonight in a 10-Team H2H Points League with some weird categories and need your help analyzing this team. Here are the categories and roster.

    Batters: Runs, Total Bases, HR, RBI, SB, Walks, K
    Pitchers: Wins, Saves, Blown Saves, QS, Earned Runs, K, Holds

    C: Perez
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Everth Cabrera
    OF: Trout, J. Upton, Werth
    UTIL: Pujols, A-Gon
    BN: R. Zimmerman, B. Moss, B. Miller, K. Johnson

    SP: Cobb, Shields, Liriano, Gray, Masterson, Porcello
    RP: Balfour, Frieri, Parnell

    3 Questions:
    1) Do you see any glaring needs that standout with this team that you think I should address to improve it?
    2) Can you list top 5 non-closers to get Holds this season?
    3) Who should I drop to pickup one or two of these non-closers?

    Thanks you so much!

  134. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…

    Just found out I’m drafting 3rd in a 12 team h2h OBP + QS league. Assuming Trout and Miggy are drafted before me, would you…

    1. Draft Goldy OR 2. Take the dread pirate with a plan to take Pujols in the 4th?

    • Grey

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      1

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Ok. If Pujols is still there in the 4th round, would you draft him for my utility spot? From what I have been seeing in mocks, in the 4th round, Pujols is still there at #12 overall (in your rankings) while the next best player available is in the mid 20s.

  135. MB says:
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    sorry man, whose idea ? THAT was excellent

  136. Joe G says:
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    Grey would you trade David wright and Nelson cruz and tony cingrani for Carlos González?

  137. Eddy says:
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    Chapman with fractures above left eye and nose, according to Reds.

    Going with Hoover despite poor spring.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Eddy:

      Poor Aroldis. Never want to see players get hurt.

      Indeed, Hoover is the grab.

      *Shakes Fist At Moa!*

  138. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Who do you think closes if Aroldis misses time?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: most think hoover, some think broxton, minority say committee with marshall in it as well.

  139. Mike B says:
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    Grey, you commented earlier that my team looked strong, but was a little questionable in OF. I just traded Gio/Moose Tacos for Holliday/Bundy. This leaves my OF as Puig Holliday Pence Hamilton Marte (De Aza and Aoki on bench) while my SP now is Sale JoFer Teheran Shelby Cingrani/Kuroda as 5th. 10 team 10 keeper league, QS and OBP in place of Avg and W’s. I like Moose this year, but with prince pujols longo ortiz his contributions were only in case of injury. Bundy may be kept as 23rd round pick next year if all goes well with recovery. Good move?

  140. @grey

    Just traded Chris Davis and Martin Prado for Miguel Cabrera, thoughts? 10 team redraft H2H. For batters, stats are R, Hr, Rbi, sb, BA

    My team:
    C: Rosario
    1b: Adams, nava, miggy
    2b: Carpenter, profar
    Ss: Everth Cabrera, profar
    3b: Miggy, profar, carpenter
    Of: Torri Hunter
    Of: adam Jones
    Of: billy hamilton
    Of: will venable
    Of: avisail Garcia

    Also looking to pick up a free agent now, position doesn’t matter, I have carpenter and profar for enough flexibility on the IF. Looking for who will give me the best all around stats for the 5 categories.

    FA:
    Nick Castellanos
    Kelly Johnson
    Kolten Wong
    Dan Uggla( having a good spring, I feel he could hit .230 with close to 20+ Hr)
    Grady Sizemore
    Dee Gordon
    Javier Baez( possible starting second baseman for Chi?)
    Chris owings( starting ss for Ari)
    Rajai Davis

  141. Brendan says:
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    Thoughts on Will Venable?

    I’ve seen some people projecting him for a 25/30 year with a good ba and others saying he wont be able to keep up the BA even though he only hit .268 last year.

    He killed it after the all star break by hitting

    34r/ 11hr/ 21 rbi/.315ba/13 sb

    J uptons second half:

    35r/ 11hr/ 25rbi/.275ba/2sb

    I feel Venable could be one of the best draft day bargains jf he gets 600 at bats which he could with a bad SD outfield and Ive been getting him in the last rounds and picking him up after the draft in some 10 team leagues.

    I think he could easily get a 70r/25hr/65rbi/30sb/.270ba

    Hes a career .283 minor league hitter in 500 games.
    29 sb in 390 ab’s in 2010
    26 sb in 370 ab’s in 2011
    24sb in 400 ab’s in 2012

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