REL baseball logo newThe season is here!  The quest for deep dynasty league immortality is abreast, which is a word that is not used nearly enough…

If you missed the league launch giving in slight detail what the league is all about, you can check it out here, plus read our draft recaps in one of the sparsest talent pools you could ever draft in an inaugural league’s draft.  Max bid on Pedro Alvarez!

We’ll be checking in every week with updates from our 30 REL GMs, but I know what you’re thinking, “what’s the intrinsic value of looking into your deep league, JB?!”  Sorry, that commenter sounded too much like Frasier.  The comment would usually be, “BORING!”  Well, I think there’s a big value here – seeing pickups on FAAB in a 30er could give you some ideas for guys to watch on your wires in deep leagues as well.  Plus this is a Razzball Community league, and giving another outlet for readers to be on the site I think is awesome.  We don’t do enough of it.  You hear that Grey?!  We need to have a “be Grey for a day!” contest and have someone be you and write the daily notes!  Man I’d have fun with that…  “I interviewed Delino DeShields last night from my Motel 6 bed, and he said he’s gonna have a great year!” Here’s how things are going through the first few games in the 2016 REL League (with pickups stretching more like 2 weeks since the draft for this edition, but ya know, schwatev):

NATIONAL LEAGUE
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Dodgers 129.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 n/a
San Fran Giants 116 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $96 Alfredo Simon ($4), Scott Van Slyke ($0), Jared Hughes ($0)
Knoche’s Rockies 98 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $95 Jordan Lyles ($0), Christian Bergman ($0), Cory Luebke ($5)
2 games in and 72 out of a possible 75 batting points(This game’s easy!) ….26.5 pitching points(Not bad for Colorado), but I chose the Rockies for this reason. I know I am going to have a tough time competing in ERA, WHIP and Wins in year one. I tried to trade Jose Reyes to JayWrong before the season started for Colin Rea and Drew Pomeranz, but even though Jay thought it was fair he hates Reyes and wouldn’t deal. I could have used it now that Pomeranz got the 5th spot in rotation. Considering my 2 Dodger DLers are coming back later in the year, and 2 other starters, Jon Gray and Manny Banuelos are on the DL, I’m really only working with Jorge De Le Rosa and Jordan Lyles. Hopefully when I get McCarthy and Beachy back I’ll still be half way competitive and can maybe pick up a few points. If I can stay around 65 in hitting and maybe 30-35 in pitching you never know how it will turn out. I’ve got a waiver claim in on a flyer that might help my Starting pitchers down the road, and we will see if that comes to fruition tomorrow.
Cubs 98 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Tommy La Stella ($0)
Pirates 97 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $99 Tyler Chatwood ($0), Dan Straily ($0), Eric O’Flaherty ($0), Blaine Boyer ($0)
Nationals 83.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Aaron Barrett ($0), Oliver Perez ($0), Kyle Barraclough ($0), Kevin Plawecki ($0), Jerry Blevins ($0)
Brewers 78 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $85 Jabari Blash ($2), Michael Blazek ($1), Kike Hernandez ($3), Martin Maldonado ($0), Miguel Castro ($0), Tyler Thornburg ($0), Dan Winkler ($2)
Certainly an interesting start for my Brewers!  We’ve got some power, but no steals yet (I imagine we’ll be aggressive on the base paths though).  We’ve got some pitching, but no strikeouts (playing against SFG will do that).  While I have no delusions of grandeur – I ain’t winning this year – I do think I can have a middle of the pack finish and don’t need to full-tank this.  We have a payout with one factor being how well you finish in the standings vs. your parent team’s real-life standings, and I think I can rep the Brew Crew well in the REL.

I’ve been a little wild on the wire spending $15 already, but learning some lessons.  Don’t spend $2 on young, upside-K relievers in mid-March, as they might not make the team (Barraclough, E Burgos).  And well, a few others learned-lessons I don’t want to share :)

I made yet another trade with the rebuilding and very responsive Braves owner (thanks for negotiating!) and gave up Blash (picked up) Tyler Goeddel (drafted) and Clint Coulter (farm prospect) for Hector Olivera.  First with ages – Olivera, yes, just turned 31.  But I’m hoping that’s closer to 29 in MLB wear and tear given he played so much in Cuba and their season is much shorter.  Second with ages – Blash is turning 27 this year and Goeddel is 23.5.  Coulter is nearing 23, and off a bad down season A+ ball (given High-A Brevard County is a Pitcher’s Park/division, but whatever).  That’s kinda old to struggle down there.  So it’s not like I went against a rebuild strategy too much by giving up that much youth.  That said, if one of those guys ends up being mixed-league relevant for an extended stretch, I probably lose the deal.  But everyday ABs are pure gold in a league like this, and 3B (or SS) was an absolute need, and I liked what I saw from Olivera this Spring.  I like his swing.

I hope everyone is enjoying the league!  If you have any league questions let me know, and as the Brewers, if you need some help and wanna give me prospects, I’m still your man!

Diamondbacks 78 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Ross Ohlendorf ($0), Tyler Holt ($0)
Mookie Mets 73.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Ariel Pena ($0)
Cincinnati Reds 70.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $94 Keyvious Sampson ($2), Jon Moscot ($2), Bryan Morris ($0), Jim Henderson ($2), David Phelps ($0), Chris Capuano ($0), Blake Wood ($0), Caleb Cotham ($0)
ILLadelphia 66 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Mac Williamson ($0), Blake Treinen ($0)
J.T. Marlin 61 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Sean Gilmartin ($0), Neftali Feliz ($0), Jeanmar Gómez ($0), Michael Morse ($0)
Braves 59.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $98 Sean Rodriguez ($0), Carlos Frias ($0), Tyler Flowers ($0), Ross Stripling ($2)
In recent weeks I have added Ross Stripling and Sean Rodriguez from rosters. Stripling could be interesting if he can hang onto the 5th starter spot for a while but overall pretty low end adds. Juan Nicasio looks like the steal of the draft through spring training and his first start of the season. Here’s hoping he can keep the K’s coming. Continuing the theme of tearing down this awful roster I traded Hector Olivera to the Brewers for Jabari Blash, Tyler Goeddel, and prospect Clint Coulter. Blash hit 33 HR last year between AA-AAA and the Padre’s lineup isn’t exactly flush with power hitters. He and Goeddel should both see a good amount of time in the bigs.
Cardinals 53 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $93 Matt Szczur ($5), Kyle Lobstein ($1),
Jeremy Hazelbaker ($1)
Jay the Wrongest 38.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100  n/a

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE
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Rays 119 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $66 Blaine Hardy ($3), J.B. Shuck ($0), Ryan Webb ($0)
So here we are at the first real recap of the season! Our mighty Rays squad has cruised to a first place start so far. While this means absolutely nothing, we can take a few things out of this start. First, it’s becoming apparent that we don’t need the power we thought we would. Dickerson is a monster, and as long as he stays healthy, he should be a 30 homer guy. I doubt the average stays where it was at Coors, but a .270-80 avg. with 30+ seems to be well within his grasp. Souza and Longoria are also looking a lot more comfortable this year, and Jennings is getting back to his speed/contact ways. Definitely a promising start!Our only real weakness right now is in the Saves/Holds category, and we aren’t too worried about this, since most of it is due to Boxberger being out. The wonky bullpen rotations and late comebacks, have led to some weird awarding of wins, and a total lack of saves.

So far, our starting pitching has been as good as advertised. None of the starters had great command this series, but they still managed to hold down a dominant Jays offense. This is definitely the best rotation in the AL, especially when Cobb returns. Cleveland’s rotation definitely can stake a claim to that title as well, but I would contend that the Rays have more consistency, while Cleveland has more upside. Regardless, both rotations should have a solid pitching advantage in the REL this year.

It’s gonna be a fun year! Good luck all!

Blue Jays 107.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $99 Raymond Fuentes ($1), Vance Worley ($0), Aaron Loup ($0), Hanser Alberto ($0), Eric Surkamp ($0)
Not too much has changed for my team since the draft. We’ve hit some home runs, struck out a record breaking number of times (luckily that’s not a category), and are currently in first place (at the time of writing this). My starting pitching has been everything I’d hoped it would be up to this point. Stroman and Sanchez are severely underrated in my opinion, with the only big downfall I see being that both will have an innings limit of sorts. If those guys can be good, and Estrada and Happ (post-PIT trade) can do what they did last year my starting pitching will be just fine. Which is good because it is in pretty short supply in a league this deep. Then again, everything except NA guys are in pretty short supply in this league.

I was surprised that I was the only bidder in free agency on Hanser Alberto. Clearly he’s not going to be starting unless there’s an injury, but that can be said about 95% of the free agents in this league. He is a 23yo shortstop that hit .392 with 2 HR and 3 SB in spring training, so there’s that. I also added another Blue Jay to stash on my DL in Aaron Loup, which will allow me another add to fill his vacated spot. There wasn’t any big FAAB money spent this past week, though the two highest guys (both at $5) were relievers, something I don’t think I can get behind spending my money on at this point.

This is going to be a long, long marathon of a season with a lot of bumps in the road. Here’s hoping my team can stay healthy at least. If not I feel like I’ve got some positional versatility to try to help carry me through the inevitable rash of injuries.

Tigers 104.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $91 Gavin Floyd ($1), Justin Ruggiano ($3), Johnny Barbato ($2), Marc Rzepczynski ($0), Buck Farmer ($0), Dana Eveland ($0)
Recap of opening week!

Was happy to pick up Ruggiano, had to spend $3 on him but he should be extremely serviceable for a stacked Texas lineup when he’s able to get some time. Hoping he holds off Mazara and Brinson.

Since I traded Upton for Rodon (please lord don’t turn into Erik Johnson)! I have somewhat of a “hole” in the outfield and this is what I’ll be working on moving forward. Jesse Chavez should be a very solid performer, nothing flashlighty but indeed consistent. Also, couldn’t be happier to have picked Shane Greene back up.

Pleased with Sanchez and Verlander so far. Making it to at least 5 innings isn’t ideal especially with my rancid bullpen but not shelling out 13 runs sure if nice. I didn’t keep many of the Tigers relievers and was extremely impressed with how Barbato was able to settle in after plunking his first ever batter. When Chapman comes back it will push him further down the line but is proving to be a nice K asset. Enny Romero seemed confident in his first appearance touching the high 90’s with his fastball. I believe both these guys could turn out to be real assets for my REL team, which was looking to be one of my biggest concerns at the beginning of the year. Yeah I’m looking at you KRod… “No! You stop that right now! Don’t you look at me like that”.

Lastly, Vmart is as cash as Johnny himself. Can’t be too mad at 2/2 with 2 Homers, I’ll take 30 more of those days no problem. Rest your body Vmart, I’ll need you throughout the season.

Looking forward to making some deals with other clubs. Been a lot of discussions but nothing materializing quite yet.

Orange Birds 102.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Ricky Nolasco ($0), Joey Rickard (called up), Ezequiel Carrera ($0), Joel Peralta ($0)
Mariners 101 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $87 Christian Colón ($6), Dae-Ho Lee (called up), Mike Wright ($4), Drew VerHagen ($3)
Red Sox 96.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $76 Jake Petricka ($0), Matt Barnes ($5), Tony Barnette ($0), Nick Vincent ($5), Coco Crisp ($3) Marlon Byrd ($11)
White Sox 84 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $89 Jon Singleton ($0), Jimmy Rollins (called up), Chien-Ming Wang ($7)
Yankees 82.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $96 Tyler Olson ($0), Kirby Yates ($2), Austin Romine ($1), Ryan Flaherty ($1), Luis Cessa ($0)
I think I speak for all you Razzballians when I say I REALLY look forward to opening day. But, with the Yanks in the Bronx and me now living in Virginia, staying on top of the weather in the northeast is not at the top of the list. So learning that the game was SNOWED out was a bit of a letdown to say the least. Weird, I didn’t even know it was snowing. As for week 1, in what we could hopefully call a “rebuilding year,” the positives included:

Tanaka: (1) His elbow is still attached, which doesn’t stop my face from making faces each time he finishes his windup. (2) He rebounded from a sub-par spring. Not that expectations are high but he limited the Astros offense, in cold weather, without hurting himself with control issues. I think Girardi left him in a batter too late, which leads me to wonder why a fantasy feature to pull your pitcher when “you” want to, does not exist. Alas, we’re still at the mercy of the “actual” manager.

Starlin Castro: I liked the trade a lot, so much so that I think I own him everywhere this season, which is surprising on this team because we are actually the fantasy Yankees. Big first two games of the season with a homer and 7 RBIs.

AROD: I only bring him up for the fact that he stole a base on opening day. So if you’re counting, and I actually now am, he has one more stolen base than I could have hoped for this season. Remember when he used to steal 20?!

Tex: He’s still healthy. When healthy, he hits home runs.

There’s a lot more “not so goods,” but who wants me to bullet point that? Owning this team allows me to be a homer and live in a world where everything the Yankees do is positive if I spin it right. (Too bad numbers can only spin so much). So I’ll save that for June when the realization of what this team is has taken it’s own shape. It’s a new shape though, one so full of twists and turns that you haven’t even heard about it. Stay tuned.

Astros 72 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $95 Ross Detwiler ($1), Charlie Furbush ($0), Tyler White (called up), Ryan Rua ($2)
The Tribe 69.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 TJ House ($0), Heath Hembree ($0), Geovany Soto ($0), Collin Cowgill ($0)
Royals 68 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $99 Luis Sardinas ($0), John Danks ($1)
Athletics 61 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Matt Boyd ($0), Danny Santana ($0), Ryan Dull ($1)
Power Rangers 56.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $97 Nolan Reimold ($0), Alex Avila ($0), Brian Matusz ($3), Roenis Elias ($0)
Minnesota Twins 42 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $100 Kennys Vargas ($0), Nick Martinez ($0)
Halos 33.5 Waiver Adds and Prospect Callups Past Week:
FAAB Remaining: $98 Craig Gentry ($0), Bryan Mitchell ($2)

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  1. Swfcdan says:
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    Garrett Richards guy here, just read a piece on fangraphs about his new changeup which is exactly what I was looking for, and it looked pretty good and fooled some good hitters.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/garrett-richards-changeup-watch/

    A 90+mph changeup is crazy and reminds me of Beckett’s in his prime, but it seems promising after all!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swfcdan: Hah the Richards guy! Wait, wait, wait, how dare you link to GIFs and not tell me mine are awesomer! Haha jk. Yeah I mean 6 vs 7 is a good example, still inconsistent. Beckett in his prime could locate it 90% of the time! I don’t see a huge difference between Richards and Ventura.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Haha your gifs are awesome too, still waiting for your first pitcher review post! Who’s it gonna be on?

        Yeah true but I guess Richards hasn’t reached his prime yet, still pretty unique to be throwing a 90+mph change, seems crazy fast to me, still think it needs some tweaking to increase the differential. Fangraphs writers seems very bullish on him, even mentioning him as a sneaky cy young candidate in this recent piece (yup you heard that right!)
        http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/tipping-pitches-sps-getting-a-major-defensive-boost-in-2016/

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Swfcdan: Haha, ummm not sure yet! Someone on Saturday or Sunday… Always open to ideas!

          Hmmmm interesting… I’m not drinking that Kool Aid just yet, but if that change-up gets better and better and more consistent, he’ll have to go up

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