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This week we’re starting a new weekly column that will be here every Monday afternoon, it will be all about fantasy baseball keepers. The column will then move to Friday in the offseason.  Since many fantasy baseball keeper leagues don’t decide on their keepers until the start of the new season, I figured I’d go over some fantasy baseball keepers from now until next spring.  These aren’t guys that are obviously keepers.  You won’t find Hanley or Pujols here.  These are guys that you might’ve been able to grab in deep leagues and hold onto for next year on the cheap.  Who doesn’t love a bargain?!  My dead grandmother loved a bargain.  Her death and bargains were in no way related.  Filene’s Basement was completely acquitted in that case.  Though me and Grandpa we believe.  We believe…

Delmon Young was overdue for a post about him.  The language of his contract was a bit murky, but here’s the pertinent information, “…at no time prior to 2009 or during the 2010 baseball season will Delmon Young receive an entire post dedicated to him or a lead in a roundup or Buy/Sell, unless he actually does something.  Something to be determined solely by Grey Albright.  If Grey Albright relinquishes said responsibility, then the hundred monkeys that write these facacta posts shall decide in a winner-takes-all round robin Parcheesi tournament.”  See, I had to write about him; last thing we want is Delmon to get all litigious on our ass.

At 24-years-old, Young somehow feels stale.  Didn’t we hype him three years ago?  What took him so long?  When we want a breakout or a goose that lays a golden egg, we want it NOW!   Delmon was the number one selection in the 2003 Draft and the Cooperstown plaque was sent out for its carving.  Unfortunately, the only carving that happened was Young, who looked like a turkey.  And the carving knife was major league league pitching.  Young’s plate discipline is as bad as the guy who needs a crane to get out of bed.  He’s always swung at everything, but now he’s making better contact and not striking out as much.  His power will probably top off at 25 homers next year.  Half because of him and half because of Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome.  The speed’s disappeared a bit this year, but he has 10 steal speed.  His average has never been an issue and Runs/RBIs should be there.  Don’t expect Delmon to go 40/15 next year and win an MVP.  He’s a keeper because I’m assuming you got him very cheap since he was barely drafted, if at all, this year.  He should be the real thing for a long time to come, assuming he doesn’t take a karate chop to an umpire’s carotid artery.

  1. Black Beard says:
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    Round-wise, where do you project Mr. Young going next year?

  2. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I know! Seems totally unreal.

    Which one would you take?:

    Cueto v. STL
    Jurrjens @ HOU
    Padilla @ PHI

  3. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    About time Delmon Young has more apologist. I’ve had more patience than the local media who said Delmon was a flop in 2008.

  4. peter says:
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    Hellickson has been called up to start tomorrow @Det.

  5. Jesse says:
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    @grey
    Is it time to deal bautista?!
    I’m looking at acquiring Papelbon and Zobrist for him?
    I have power to deal and need a closer. What’s Bautista’s value moving forward?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Jesse: Trade looks fine for you.

  7. kwak says:
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    Timely post Grey! Finalized a trade this morning for him:

    I get:
    Delmon Young (17th/undrafted)
    Brian McCann (not keepin)

    I give:
    Brett Gardner (26th)
    Domonic Brown (17th/undrafted)
    Chris Ianetta (who cares)

    One of Brown/Gardner was always on my bench and I probably wasn’t going to be able to keep both. I just took over 1st, so I’m looking for a Championship this year and I’ll obviously keep Young. Psyched.

  8. Black Beard says:
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    @peter: Odds that Hellickson pitches in the rotation for the rest of the year?

  9. paddytwotimes says:
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    @kwak: Dom Brown for Delmon?

    @grey I like the grandma got run over by a reindeer. Memories…

  10. peter says:
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    @Black Beard: I don’t know what the numbers in Vegas are on that… but, my take, if Niemann or Davis are going on the DL for any length of time, and he’s lights-out in their absence, then he’ll have an ok shot at sticking in the rotation.

    A good indicator will be in how they use him… meaning, if they’re skipping what would be his rotation spot whenever possible in the next couple weeks, then the odds aren’t good of him sticking around.

  11. Mr2Bits says:
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    Am i going to see Panda on the buy list this year, no… no…. ok then? Biggest waste of a nice pair of boobs I have ever seen!

  12. Wah says:
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    Would you recommend dropping any of Cecil, Shields, or Morrow for Hellickson?

  13. xopchipili says:
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    better SAGNOF, Heilman or Hoffman?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wah: Shields… Also, you in an AL East only league?

    @xopchipili: Heilman

  15. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Edmonds to Reds for Dickerson. Maybe take playing time from Stubbs

  16. Back to Minors says:
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    come on Lester!

  17. Wah says:
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    @Grey
    LOL.. unfortunately it just looks like it. Crazy enough I also have Garza and Buccholz.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @VinWins: Might hurt him a little.

    @Wah: Yikes… You missed the preseason post about trying to own only NL pitchers?

  19. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    T. Wood to minors.

  20. xopchipili says:
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    So I’m lying on my bed listening to the Yankee’s radio broadcast, when I suddenly get hit with a brutal intestinal cramp. As I’m sprinting to the bathroom, I hear Suzyn Waldman announce the Yankees have brought in Kerry Wood.

    I think my colon might be telepathic.

  21. Wah says:
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    @Grey
    AL East pitching staffs weren’t exactly what I had planned for… It’s just the way the draft worked out this year. I drafted offense longer than I expected.. there was a handful of 5th-7th round talent around in the 8th, 9th, 10th round. Garza was my first pitcher taken, followed by Brett Anderson, Shields, Kuroda, Liriano, Cueto, Buccholz (22nd round.)

    I dropped Cueto early on and ended up with Jaime Garcia and Cecil. Grabbed Scherzer after his AAA-stint and grabbed Morrow this morning and dropped Dom. Brown.

    I’d love to package some of this pitching to upgrade on offense.. but having a hard time matching up.

  22. d-rot says:
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    Is there any chance markakis turns it around for the rest of the season? Looking to acquire him and catch lightening in a bottle.

  23. Goose says:
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    got offered Latos for Rivera in my 14t roto keeper. i know Latos will be limited down the stretch, but Rivera has only pitched 6 innings(!) in the past month, and has just 3 saves. what gives Mary Anno? we get to keep 6 — i’m at 5 solid with a whole cast of potential #6s — and don’t love thinking about keeping pitching. but as a Pads fan, i do love Latos long-term (the next Peavy plus Petco?), so i’m mulling mulling mulling… what d’you think?

    by the by, i’m in 5th place overall, trying to push for 3rd. this trade would help guy in 2nd push for 1st and a back-to-back championship, which would reset the league to a total redraft. mulling mulling mulling…

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @simply fred: Thanks for the heads up!

    @xopchipili: Ha!

    @Wah: Gotcha

    @d-rot: Markakis has been hitting better recently, but I wouldn’t trade much of anything for him.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Goose: I wouldn’t trade for a closer with Latos.

  26. yankees2010 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I have Domonic wallowing on my bench. I would like to grab Hellickson (in the baseball sense of course), so I was thinking of launching Brown. I could slip Jeremy into an RP slot since I think he has that eligibility. I also have Edinson and Damon on the bench, but Brown seems to make the most sense. What say you?

    Thanks.

  27. yankees2010 says:
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    Oh, one more thing Grey. We are in a Keeper League, so I don’t know if that matters with Brown. It would seem that with Werth, Ibanez and Victorino settled in the Philly OF at least for now, Dom would not have much room next season. I picked him up when the Werth trade talks were buzzing around, but alas nothing was done.

    By the way, I also have Delmon Young, so I am psyched. I like the Keeper articles.

  28. Goose says:
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    @Grey: so are you saying i should hold Rivera and not trade for Latos, or that Latos is worth more than any closer, and i should take the offer? sorry, just trying to parse your sentence there. :)

  29. yankees2010 says:
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    This is really the lst thing Grey and then I will let you respond to someone else. I have Jordan Zimmerman on the DL but I need to do so mething with him. Is he worth hanging onto?

    Thanks for the time.

  30. Earl Battey says:
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    @yankees2010:
    Brown will almost certainly take over for Werth next year, so he might not be the best guy to drop. It depends on your keeper rules.

  31. yankees2010 says:
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    Earl Battey,
    Good point. Our rules are that the player occupies his draft position with a max. round of 11th and 12th. It will be our first year as a Keeper, so we are experimenting. Free Agents (Brown) would also occupy the 11th Or 12th rounds, so I can’t see Dom being ranked higher than the 11th round. Is that confusing?

    Thanks for the advice.

  32. Earl Battey says:
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    Grey, in our keeper league we have a $260 cap. The Adverb is at 20 bucks now. Would it be worth it to trade either Liriano or Gallardo for him if they were keepable at the minimum keeper salary (13 per year)? Lee would be 28 per if kept at 3 years. I’m assuming he will be a Yankee next year, which might be good for wins, bad for ratios. In this scenario, he’d need to give me another player to even it up, right?

  33. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Do you think Wainwright would be worth a 3rd round pick next season?

  34. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    Can you rank these 4 OF for the rest of the season: Hart, Pagan, Quentin, Soriano

    Worth dropping one to add Hellickson if I’m a little shallow on pitching?

  35. Earl Battey says:
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    @yankees2010:

    Yeah, under those rules, you probably won’t be keeping Brown.

  36. cruisinkc says:
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    Looking to upgrade my 2b spot….is this deal worth doing?

    I get: Kelly Johnson, Nick Markakis, Michael Wuertz

    I give: Howie Kendrick, Curtis Granderson, Aaron Heilman

  37. Steve says:
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    My Grandy for his Liriano.

    Or do you laugh in my face?

  38. Steve says:
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    @Steve: I’d grab Fowler as my replacement CF…

  39. JackInTheBox says:
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    Hey Grey, how’s life?

    That’s great!! Okay, enough small talk…

    Yes, its KC, but I think Ervin Santana needs to be punished for last week. So, do you think he needs to take a seat on the bench tonight?

  40. longbeachyo says:
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    please rank… best to worst of these young pitchers:
    Diamond
    Bumgarner
    Minor
    Westbrook
    Hudson
    Hellickson
    And who do you think will be the most valuable going into the fantasy playoffs?

  41. JackInTheBox says:
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    @Grey: Ok, thanks.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @longbeachyo: Bumgarner, Hudson, Minor, Hellickson… That’s for this year.

  43. Ceasar says:
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    14-team, 3 keeper, OPS league. I’m contending, he’s not.

    I give Pujols/Granderson/B.J. Upton

    He gives Howard/Tulo/Ichiro/Floyd

    For a boost this season, my 2011 keepers go from Pujols/Hamilton/Holliday to Howard/Tulo/Hamilton.

    Top spot is probably out of reach, but top 3 is realistic.

    Worth it?

  44. Steve says:
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    Braun out of the lineup. Booo!

  45. SpiralArchitect says:
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    Just saw Cueto gets 2 starts this week. Here is my current starters:

    Bumgarner – 2
    Josh Johnson – 1
    Wainright – 1
    Padilla – 2
    Price – 2

    This is a points league and 2 starts have value. Who should I bench? Wainright seems to be the one, since he traditionally does not pitch well at Cincy.

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    LaRoche benching it tonight, too. For some reason I always want to call him Ghee LaDouche (sp?), the name of the host on Most Extreme Challenge on Spike. I dunno, it’s a stretch, I know, but I can’t shake it…

  47. Been offered for Alex Gordon either Garrett Jones, Cuddyer or Carlos Lee. Honestly I don’t like any of them. Tried to get David Ortiz but was laughed at. What do you think?

    The only thing about trading Gordon is I lose my 3B backup unless I get Cuddyer. Lee might be interesting but I don’t know, the Houston lineup doesn’t excite me.

  48. @Grey: Thanks. Last time you suggested to take Jones so it makes me feel better that you suggest I hold. Just wondering, do you like Jones more than Cuddyer or Lee?

  49. @Frank Kim: Sorry to clarify, last time I asked about Gordon for Jones and you suggested Jones. So I feel better that you are now saying to hold. :-)

  50. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Hellickson over dlR or hold tite?

  51. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Who do you like in order out of Mendenhall, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Shonn Greene?

  52. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: @Fletch: Fletch is speaking running back-ese for fantasy football purposes, for clarification’s sake…

  53. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks, I’ll be frequenting there in about a week’s time. I knew you didn’t hit the foosball circuit, but I thought I’d help a brother out.

  54. Eddie says:
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    Leake to the disgraceful list, recall Wood!

  55. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: That wasn’t a tip, that was wishful thinking. This demotion totally broadsided me. Sorry man.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddie: Ah… Gotcha. It’s not a demotion. He’s going to pitch in Triple-A and he’ll be back for his next start in 10 days.

  57. Eddie says:
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    @Grey: I suppose. But now I’m going to have to start Vazquez against TX and Cliff Lee. I was planning on sitting him for that start, but I no longer have that option. Blech.

  58. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: LOL…oops…that was meant for Doc I think. Although, isn’t that 3B for the Astros a hell of a RB?

  59. ViagraFalls says:
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    Are the Rays indeed bringing Hellickson back up to fill in the rotation for the loss of Niemann, etc? If so, do you think he is a flash in the pan or safe enough for me to drop Clayton Richard for to get some ratio help and wins? I’m also looking at Morrow, but I realize that last game of his was an outlier.

  60. Black Beard says:
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    I notice Minor’s already pitched 120 minor league innings. Cause for concern over August and September?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fletch: Ha

    @Frank Kim: No problem.

    @ViagraFalls: I’d lose Rochard for him.

    @Black Beard: He’s only good for about 40 innings the rest of this year, but that’s around 6 starts.

  62. Ruah says:
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    With a solid OF otherwise, is Soriano droppable for say Wiggington with all of his eligibilities?

    And drop Cahill to spot start Padilla @ Phi or hold Cahill?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ruah: Padilla at Philly isn’t a safe start. Can lose Alfonso for Wiggy if you need eligibility.

  64. ViagraFalls says:
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    Great…Corey Hart is day-to-day again with a stiff back. Of the guys available to me while he is out, how would you rank them from best to worst?

    Span, Carlos Lee, Kubel, Raul Ibanez, Headley, Juan Pierre, Rasmus

    The guy to go in order to free up a roster spot (unless Hart goes to the DL) will likely be Grandy. I have held onto him, hoping he would come alive to his potential. But, except for an outburst every few weeks, he lives to torment fantasy rosters.

  65. Steve says:
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    @Grey: How’s Minor looking? Have a claim in for him in my H2H league…

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ViagraFalls: Pierre for steals, Ibanez for everything else.

    @Steve: Looked great, some bad luck.

  67. Steve says:
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    @Grey: A Minor, then.

  68. struggler says:
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    Minor pitched better than the line looks. He only gave up multiple hits in one inning and they were lucky bloops. He’s not really over powering. It looks like he was pitching mainly to contact and the fastest I saw him get up to was 93mph. I was thinking of dumping him for Leblancs start tomorrow but he pitched well enough to earn himself another start on my squad.

  69. struggler says:
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    BTW – When is ESPN going to catch up and take that last Earned Run off his line so I can get the QS?

  70. ViagraFalls says:
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    Looking at who’s available in FA, there are a couple more names I hadn’t seen before. Who do you think is the one to go for, from best to worst?

    Cahill, Bumgarner, Morrow, Hellickson

  71. Wilsonian says:
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    What are your projections for JP and Suzuki for the rest of the year? Is it worth dropping Suzuki for him in an 8 Team H2H Keeper? I’m wondering if JP will get enough PT.

  72. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: B Morrow or J Hellickson?

  73. ViagraFalls says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

  74. Steve says:
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    Come on Mad-Bum you… uh… er… bum!

  75. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: M Scutaro or I Desmond at SS?

  76. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He’s not the only bum on that Giants team, that’s for sure.

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Are you still mad at Freddy Sanchez? BTW, BSA really disappeared once he fell in the standings huh?

  78. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nah – me and Freddy are OK now. We’re seeing other people.

    He has gone a little quiet, yes. Although he has nudged back in front of yours truly for the time being…

  79. Steve says:
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    Axford and The Hoff are quite the 1-2 punch.

  80. Black Beard says:
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    @Steve: I’m going against Axford this week so Hoffman’s hot mess of a pitching performance displeases me greatly.

  81. Steve says:
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    @Black Beard: The only thing worse than owning Hoffman (as I do), is owning Heilman as well.

    I’m scared right now.

  82. royce! says:
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    Niemann AND Davis placed on the DL. At first I thought TB was just playing the injury game in an attempt to rest one of their starters and put Hellickson in the mix, but now I feel sorry for them… they have to start Sonnanstine. A fate I would not wish on my worst enemy.

  83. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Make it stop!

  84. Kazmere says:
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    Anyone know why Napoli was benched the last 2 games? Scioscia back to his old tricks?

  85. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Now that’s a fate I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Ouch, man.

  86. Black Beard says:
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    @Steve: I feel for you, Steve. This is mindblowingly awful.

  87. Simply Fred

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    Epic Heil-Hoff battle of the cloosers going on.

  88. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey et al: With Travis Wood sent down, I need to pick up a replacement. Not much talent on the wire, just Kuroda, Kazmir, Hammel, Matusz, LeBlanc, Mazzaro, & Francis. Any worth a pickup? Thanks!

  89. GopherDay says:
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    Grey, is it time to cut ties with Simon? I’m more concerned about my ERA and WHIP than I am about my saves, considering I have 5 other closers.

    Also, in a 12 team league with 4 OF slots, would you drop Grandy for Fowler, Gordon, or Snider? They would all be very cheap keepers, while Grandy can’t be kept.

  90. royce! says:
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    @Bill Lumbergh: Pick up Kuroda. And Hammel, if you can drop someone else for him.

  91. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Congrats…that was stressful. I can’t imagine how it felt to someone who actually owns one of Heilman or Hoffman, let alone both. Hope you weren’t planning on sitting any time soon.

  92. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Heh. Had two separate thoughts running through my mind. If Heilman gives up a grand slam, at least I get a vulture, albeit very expensive, win from the Hoff.

    And if Heilman walks in a run and gets pulled, at least he’ll have got me a Hold…

  93. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: Ah, to be blessed with such options. :-)

    (I had Heilman as well.)

  94. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Your glass was half full of silver linings! Nice ‘tude.

  95. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Unfortunately, events in the City by the Bay have caused that disposition to evaporate.

  96. DrEasy says:
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    @Bill Lumbergh: I agree with royce! I’d pick up Kuroda as well.

  97. Anonymous says:
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    Another good outing from Vin Mazzaro (barring a meltdown in the 8th…) I’m sort of unhappy I dropped him for a hodgepadre start tomorrow…

  98. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Well I’m looking towards next year as well. With no huge needs, how would you rank them? Or would they all be in the same general tier?

  99. Anonymous says:
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    @Anonymous: Granted, it was against the Mariners. Caveat!

  100. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Something tells me Minor is someone you’re going to drool over as the years progress.

  101. big o says:
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    if he keeps the ball down ,
    cj should be able to throw 6 or 7 scoreless innings
    against the yankees , tomorrow .

  102. Big Nate says:
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    I have the option to bring Hellickson from my minor league roster. Do you see him up for the rest of the year? Drop Hammel or Duensing for him?

  103. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Seems like a longshot.

    @Big Nate: Drop Duensing for him, he may not be up for the year though.

  104. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    them’s the best kind !

    fyi ==> old-timey northern new england expression
    “numb-er than a boot”

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