Yesterday most teams announced their 60-man rosters for Summer Camp. You know Summer Camp, it’s when MLB players compete against each other in kayak and potato sack races, learn to respect other kids, even ones with nerdy glasses, and are managed by Bill Murray. Oh, and, yeah, all teams were supposed to release their 60-man rosters, but when you make a rule that in extra innings a runner will start on 2nd base, then rules are officially stupid and should not be followed. Rob Manfred speaking into a phone, “Brewers, we need your 60-man roster.”  Brewers, “It’s in your ass, Rob.” Rob, “I’m looking in a mirror and I do not see it.” One other thing about the 60-man rosters that were released:  they were all a few short of 60. 60-man rosters are a lot like Opening Day, a wait-and-see affair. Guys can be added still in the coming days. So, maybe there’s hope still for Ryan Mountcastle and Adley Rutschman, since they were omitted from the Orioles’ released 44-man roster. It would be surprising if they weren’t included in the coming days, if this weren’t the Orioles. Some teams included their 2020 draft picks. The Orioles have yet to include their 1st pick from 2015 (Mountcastle) and their 1st pick from last year. i.e., Grey’s about to lose his crap and only talk in 3rd person. Anyway, here’s what else I saw 2020 fantasy baseball:

Charlie Blackmon – Tested positive for Coronavirus. I think we’re far enough away from the start of the season, that it hopefully won’t affect him. Has anyone noted that having lung issues might hurt Rockies more? “Having trouble breathing? Here’s what’ll help. Less air.”

Ryan Zimmerman – Was being reported that he might not be playing this year due to Coronavirus, but he was on the 60-man roster, so *shrugs*. As mentioned on this week’s podcast, when we go over all NL DHs, Zimmerman, Thames, Asdrubal and Howie Kendrick were likely four guys for two spots, so that might be three guys for two spots, and a solid boost for Kendrick, specifically, since he doesn’t have the splits.

Nate Pearson – What’s that you’re asking, is Pearson on the 60-man or am I carrying a banana in my pocket? That’s no banana. More like a gherkin, if I’m being honest. Here’s my Nate Pearson sleeper from the shutdown.

Matt Kemp – Didn’t make the Marlins’ roster. I wonder if this was a case where he was just like, “I got my money, good luck to you, kids.” Some vets (like Jonathan Lucroy) weren’t on the initial roster, but will be added shortly. With Kemp? I don’t think he’s being added.

Aristides Aquino – Didn’t make the Reds’ 35-man roster that will be at Great American because they are not Great Americans! Holy crap, they are called REDS! They’re commies! Welp. This sucks. I love The GGOATOAT, but, apparently, the Reds don’t. I’m leaving him in my top 100 outfielders (he’s ranked very low) since he’s on the taxi squad, but I wouldn’t bother with him until he’s called up to the main roster.

Wander Franco – Made the 60-man roster. Bit disconcerting to hear about this Wander fella, shouldn’t he be Quarantine Franco right now? I gave you a Wander Franco sleeper during the shutdown. Honestly, have no idea if he actually sees time, but he has a whole lot more of a chance now than before the shutdown.

Spencer Torkelson – Rumors are being floating Torkelson will be added to the Tigers’ 60-man. Ever since the Tigers promoted a 20-year-old Rick Porcello, I will never doubt their promotion of prospects. Torkelson might just be the Tigers’ cleanup hitter this year. I mean, why not? What else are they playing for? Not sure if Torkelson is even in fantasy waivers yet on sites, but, when he’s added, I could see being as aggressive.

Nick Madrigal – If you’re curious like a a little kitten staring at TV playing Animal Planet, Madrigal gained one of our biggest boosts from pre- and post-shutdown on our Steamer Fantasy Baseball Rankings. I will be going over all value jumps tomorrow, barring any big news. For what it’s Werth, Madrigal is now projected for 3 HRs, 8 SBs and .287 average. The homers at three still seem wildly high and low on the steals. Projections look so funny in 60 games.

Carlos Gonzalez – Released by the Mariners. Worst news for CarGo since Ziggy Sobotka.

Jarred Kelenic – Made Mariners’ 60-man with Julio Rodriguez. Jarred Kelenic sounds like an off-the-shelf enema, but I might have to make a separate sleeper post for him if he’s really in the running to be an M’s starter. Think 8/8 in 60 games with upside. Julio Rodriguez might be even sexier, but he’s, like, 12 years old.

Forrest Whitley – Made the Astros’ 60-man. Astros are one of the few teams that have too many starters, and Forrest is so green.

Miguel Sano – Won’t be charged with kidnapping. Wonder if he followed my advice for all future kidnappers. Quickly begin to write everything in cut-out magazine letters. “Excuse me, Mr. Albright, you signed this check with pasted letters.” Establishing an alibi, baby!

Cristian Pache – Included on the 60-man. I love the Braves. Damn, they are aggressive. You gotta love it. Not adding Pache to rankings, because it’s simply a taxi squad for him, but, still, with other clubs dragging their feet like a bunch of dead weight, the Braves are out there making boings.

Clint Frazier – Made the Summer Camp roster. Yankees could lose 59 players and Clint Frazier won’t get at-bats.

Matt Duffy – Made the 60-man Yankees’ roster. Matt Duffy is also just now finding out he’s on the Yankees. Seriously, when did this happen?

Cole Hamels – Will be good to start the year. Yeah, I’m not going to update every one of these. Assume every player is good to start the year since there was 14,000 days in March to clean everyone’s bill of health. Well, except Mitch Haniger. He’s nut so good. Hamels, as with all pitchers, was updated in my top 100 starters.

 
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report, man!

    a. Aw shucks, I would have really liked you to continue to the end of all teams and who did and didn’t make the 60-man! J/k, good job mensch!

    b. Magical Madrigal! Boniferic (‘member Emilio Bonifacio and his 4 SBs on opening day??!!) too on Nate!

    c. MLB quote of the day for June 29, 1989

    [When asked why he never wore a cup, Mitchell responded,] ‘I couldn’t find one big enough for my junk.’

    Kevin Darnell Mitchell, aka ‘World’ after Gary Carter saw that he could play both the infield and outfield. Mitchell wasn’t other-worldly but did hit 47 HRs with 125 RBIs in his breakout 1989 season propelling the Giants’ to their first WS since the 1962 season.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Ha, no Derek Dietrich, sadly

      B. Yes! Boneface made a team

      C. HAHAHAHA

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!

        Sadly, Marlene’s bastard child and Mini-Donkey retired. Sad news abound!

        On a brighter note, Perry Mason gets better!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Perry ended well last night, but is it me or are you confused why there’s a lady leading the church? Feels very modern…And I love Tatiana as an actress, but huh?

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!

            Confusing but I guess in line with #metoo. i don’t mind it though if it is a time piece and they did the depression so well (as well the sex scene in episode 1) then they should have cast a man to be the head of the church. Mind you, the church is kind neither here nor there so again I guess it’s okay for a woman to lead a church which never existed. Where was I?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s what I don’t get either…Is it a cult? If so, fine, but mayor, cops and others are treating it like it’s totes normal

              • Ante Galic says:
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                Grey!!

                To be honest, it reminded me of a Church of God ceremony I attended in Ghana like 10 years ago. A little scary ’cause I’m not used to that kind of intensity. You ‘member Ernest Angley from the 80s? That kind of scary but more intense.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ernest Angley is a good call…I’m sure all of this happens nowadays, it just didn’t scream 1931 to me, but I’m wildly dumb as well

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    Grey!!

                    Likewise dumb, though I have seen many missionaries hold their ceremonies on TV (mostly in Nigeria) and people come up to the alter really geedy-like and dump a wad of cash into the basket so the big man can see them. It’s kind of sad, I realize the big man has to pay the bills but it’s sad humanity man.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed…It just didn’t ring true of 1930s w/ a female leading the parish

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Meant to thank you last week, MPK! That wiki page is wild

  2. Nick says:
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    GREY :)

    finally BBall is back

    Keepers team freshly drafted
    C. Alfaro
    1B. Pete Alonso (K)
    2B. ALtuve (K)
    3B. Sano
    SS. TreaT (K)
    OF. Acuña (K)
    OF. Springer (K)
    Of. Lourdes Gurriel
    Util ABREU
    Util. McNeil
    Bench. Yuli Gurriel
    Bench. Tommy Edman
    Bench Swanson

    SP1. Giolito
    SP2 Corbin
    SP3 T. Bauer
    SP4 Woodruff
    RP1 K. Jansen
    RP2 Workman
    P. Max Fried
    P. Odorizzi
    P. Will Smith
    P Treinen (to backup KJ)
    Bench. Bassitt
    Bench EFLIN
    NA spot : Karinchak + Spencer Howard

    i may be a bit low on speed
    and my back-end pitchers could be better

    men of interest in FA :
    OF : Tsutsugo / Hays / Riley / Teoscar Hernandez
    IF/Mi : Brian Anderson / Yandi Diaz / Urshela / C.Walker
    Rookies/ prospects : Madrigal / KELENiC / Pache / Mountcastle /Kiriloff …
    Pitchers : CHirinos / alcantara / Dakota Hudson /G Richards / Alex Wood / Civale
    RP : i’d love some Graterol !! in LAD over Treinen ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

      I like Hays, Riley and Teoscar a lot…I’d prolly lose Eflin, Smith and Treinen

      • Nick says:
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        Nice Grey…

        i could have had/add betterarms at the draft : i’ve lost kynn/Gallen/Yarbrought/Gallegos ..
        but got batts instead in top infields (i’m loaded !)

        Will Smith was about to be a top RP, but trades made him loose for saves–> holds ?
        Treinen is just a backup for KJ in LAD, i’d like Graterol to get the job soon
        I thought you kind of like Eflin in Philly

        getting 3 bats from FA and drop 3 arms really ?
        would my team be competitive , even in this short season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I kind like Eflin in Philly, but in a 60-game season, kinda meh…Smith for holds is fine…Treinen is pretty meh — but you can hold for now on the RPs…I’d definitely lose Eflin for now

  3. Curious George says:
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    The Madrigal post makes me wonder – which position do you think would be safest to count on a rookie being called up for legit production?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      The one with the rookie prospect with the highest floor.

      • Jolt In Flow says:
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        He might end up being good, but the odds are stacked against him with his height.

        He was on an all-star team in Oregon State, but it it also looks like he’ll be on an all star line-up with Jimenez, Abreu, and Vaughn hitting behind him. So that bodes well. They’ll need to pitch to him.

        He may turn into a poor man’s Altuve, or maybe not. I just know it’ll be fun watching him develop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What position? What do you mean, on the field?

  4. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Waiting for tomorrow’s article like a kid the night they put they their tooth under their pillow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, wrap it in Bounty paper towel so it doesn’t get blood on the pillow*

      *not a sponsored post

  5. The Great Knoche says:
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    Kelenic has a super sweet swing. Finish looks like Griffey with less uppercut. Likely not quite ready yet, but I could see a consistent .300 25+ HR guy in the future with some steals for next 10 years or so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t really see him making the team, if being honest, but who knows

  6. Toros1291 says:
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    Grey,
    Thoughts on this pitching staff for this short season. Also, do you think I need to add another(s) sp for my innings pitched? We do a limit of 25 innings a week. I was also offered C. Santana, ERod, and Wheeler for my #1 pick next year. This is a keeper league where we keep 10 guys.

    Buehler
    Paddock
    Urias
    Cmart
    M. Keller
    AJ Puk
    Josh James
    Yates
    Kela
    Neris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You shouldn’t need another SP right now, as long as they all stay healthy

      Not a good trade

  7. NUX says:
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    We have 4 slots open for a $10 Bestball over at NFBC. We’re tryinta start later today.

    Grey, join up now pls if you’re still down. Link at the bottom. Knoche is already in.

    A copy/paste from my previous comment for one of these:

    NFBC doesn’t appear to work in all 50 states or overseas. So if you have an issue joining, it may be that.

    A few things to point out about this type of league:

    Starting Lineups as follows:
    1 Catcher
    1 1B
    1 2B
    1 3B
    1 SS
    2 OF
    1 UTIL
    4 Pitchers

    Yes you read that correct, only 2 OF and 4 OF start in your weekly bestball lineup. There are 12 starting slots and 32 rounds in the draft, so you’re drafting 20 bench slots.

    You don’t select your lineup, you draft and then your done. Optimized lineups run by NFBC does the rest of the work.

    The points/scoring can be found within the league page.

    Payout:
    $75 to 1st
    $20 to 2nd
    $10 NFBC Credit to 3rd

    When this league fills today, the draft will start. There is a 2 Hour clock on picks until the last round or two, then its a 1 hour clock.

    https://bestball10s.shgn.com/signup/baseball?for=0;399,70,2972,7200&private_code=80c03s

    Password: Bobby

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Rudy busy with football or does he want in on a two week time killer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, he’s not into it, asked already

  8. rockie mountin covid says:
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    Brandon Rodgers for a bounceback?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs ABs, and I think at best he’s in a platoon

  9. Scott Kimmel says:
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    I will pick up Michael Wacha to replace Severino. I need to find a replacement for Chris Sale who is on IL for year. My choices are:

    Trevor Willians (PIT)
    Cal Quantrill (SD) – might be long man in SD
    Adam Wainright (STL)
    Ivan Nova (DET)
    Chase Anderson (TOR)

    Who should I sign?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? I guess Anderson

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Do u have any suggestions that might fly under the radar to get instead of these guys? I did pick up Michael Wacha.

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            no he is gone. Eric Lauer is available as well. so either anderson or Lauer

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Anderson, but still meh

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                or wait to see about the 60 player squads, what ever they are?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sure, can wait a few

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    what is this player squads and why are so many minor leaguers on it

                    • NUX says:
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                      Scott! Join my bestball, link above!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bc no minor leagues this year, and all players need to be in quarantine for the entire season and they can only carry so many guys

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      how many will be on roster

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      60

  10. William Hung says:
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    I was having a conversation/debate with the commish of my league about how this season shouldn’t be run like a regular season. He wants to keep the format the same, while I want to do a league that focuses on like 2-3 categories, like have HR/RBI/AVG only league. As we kept talking, the more I just don’t see how some leagues like mine can function normally especially with the draft and keepers.

    The league I’m in is H2H and has the standard 5 cats plus OBP and Ks for batters, and standard 5 Ks plus losses and K/9 for pitchers. The MLB season will be 8 weeks, but H2H leagues will at most only have 5-6 weeks as the final 2-3 will be playoffs depending on how many your league allows.

    That’s assuming everything goes well – and then you have reporters over the weekend talking about the bit of language where even if enough players test positive on a team, and that team needs to withdraw, the season might not be canceled. There are just so many factors at play against trying to play baseball for real, let alone, fantasy baseball. Besides all that, you still might have players who might not play at all, i.e. Blake Snell (unless something has changed, and all players are committed to playing).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What we’re doing with our keeper league (I think, Laura runs the league, so could answer better in her post today) is we’re freezing rosters and playing it like a one off year just for fun — this season will be like nothing we’ve seen in fantasy — it’ll be fun in how crazy it is, but wouldn’t want keepers to be a part of it

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That was a long way of saying we’re taking a keeper league and redrafting for just this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And H2H is impossible, honestly

  11. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    just noticed the nacho vidal snippet from the june 15th post, that sounds nearly EXACTLY like “dr san” from the on cinema universe and his quack remedies/poison vapes. you seen that stuff, i just recently watched all of it: it’s tim heidecker and gregg turkington (neil hamburger guy) in all of these:
    – 11 seasons of on cinema at the cinema (spoof of podcasts and movie critics)
    – 7 (8 if you are a gregghead) oscar specials (all at least 1 hour long)
    – decker (show the tim heidecker character invented, basically right wing idiot does spy movie on a tv show)
    – dekkar/DKR (horrible band/EDM music that tim came up with, he more and more shoves it into on cinema and decker)
    – the trial of tim heidecker (tim accused of handing out poisonous vapes at a concert he ran that ended up killing 19 people, at least 120 others have permanent rest of life issues from this)
    – mr america (movie documentary of tim’s campaign to usurp the very DA who tried to convict him of the 19 murders)

    all of that stuff taken together rivals say andy kaufmann, it’s awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I’ve seen a bunch of his stuff, I do love him…Just saw Mr. America about 2 months ago, actually

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        i had seen none of this exact stuff, but am quite familiar with
        – awesome show
        – tom goes to the mayor

        oh yeah, there is the quite new sitcom parody show “beef house”. very short season 1 got done few months ago.

        mostly received that “the trial” was the best thing so far in the on cinema universe, if you haven’t seen that part (it’s nearly 5 hours, but you can find everything related to this stuff here, some of the decker episodes won’t work in this link, but everyone of those can be found for free anyway easily at a website that’s easy to find in google):
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YWJcqISKJQ&list=PLoNT68a21gfd6-vUS9GXG_MO1hkrdE6zu&index=178

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          and check it out! (dr steve brule) THAT show is awesome

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sweet, will do!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, nice, haven’t seen it yet

  12. LenFuego says:
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    I cannot get too many Mitch Haniger nut jokes … keep ‘em cumming!

  13. Will says:
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    Zimmerman, Mike Leake and Joe Ross have all announced today they will not play this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then all three have gained value

      • hondo says:
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        Now that Zimm has declared,would you take Howie over Justin Turner as UTIL?I’ve got a glut of 3B,am a Nats homer and can’t decide which decrepit old guy to choose(out of empathy).

        • hondo says:
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          H2H OPS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Still competing with Asdrubal, but works for me, I don’t really love Turner

          • hondo says:
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            Thanks.The DL in the NL changes a lot.I can rely on JD Davis for backup 3B now and don’t really care much for Turner myself.I snagged him for free coming off the wrist injury in 2018 and he did me right,so I drafted him this year in one of those panic moments when I could have used the spot better,
            but that’s a sentimental trap,just like going with Howie because he’s a homeboy.
            Hope you’ve been well.Peace.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Same to you, Hondo!

              • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                desmond too. anybody think r-zimm’s chances of still getting injured between now and feb to be like 38%, more or less?

  14. DonnieB says:
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    Please pick two for a 12 team keeper:
    McCutchen, Ian Happ, Teoscar, Thames, and Kelenic.
    In a league with only 2 reserve spots and where you can keep a guy for only three years, is it worth trying to stash Wander?

    Thanks and have a good night.

    • DonnieB says:
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      Or I guess Riley is available too. So much talent in a 12 team.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Love Happ, then prolly Riley

        Yeah, stash Wander — thanks you too!

  15. LaRockakis says:
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    The Orioles get mentioned in the lede! Awesome! Can’t wait to read it.

    Oh…

    Valid critique, but I do think things are looking up for us. (Yes, I am on the team.)

    And to be fair, I’m not sure we have even 60 MLB appropriate players in our entire organization.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They have Adley and Mountcastle and, I’m sorry, they should be on the MLB team for 60 games, there’s no excuse…Especially not with Mountcastle

      • LaRockakis says:
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        I agree…I’m just saying I think they absolutely will be because we literally have no other options.

        And that brings us to 46 players. I might actually get an invite to Spring Training 2.0!

  16. Around The Horn says:
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    In a previous post a while back you said you thought an Olson and Baez for Yelich was fair.

    With the uncertainty of the 2020 season would you give up the both these guys and some depth for Yelich? I currently have Bellinger at 1B. Baez in my my UTIL slot with J-Ram and Olson one of my two hitters on the bench.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      still do that deal. if you don’t even need olson and he’s a BN guy it’s ALWAYS smart to up your quantity over quantity. and this is either like an 8 teamer OR you should win it most of the time (unless your pitching sucks), or both. if you can’t get that deal done trade olson for some top end pitching IF your pitching sucks (maybe even if not really if olson is just a bench guy for you)

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