Apparently, another name I have for sleepers are guys that were supposed to be good last year and ended up yawnstipating.  A.J. Pollock, or as my slightly racist grandfather would call him, That Pollock, didn’t meet expectations last year, putting up 7 homers, 14 steals and a .302 average.  Or did he…?  Damn, you reversal question.  You know, I was going along fine before you came along and had me doing a logic U-turn.  No, he didn’t meet expectations, but he also only played in 75 games due to a fractured right hand.  Let’s be clear, he missed three months with a fractured hand. One presumably uses a right hand to bat with.  Si or no si?  Si, si.  One also would lose timing from missing three months.  Si or no si?  Si, si.  So, Pollock, or as my slightly racist grandfather would call him when he’s in a bad mood, That Filthy Pollock, didn’t really have a bad year.  He actually had a solid year when you consider he missed so much time with such a serious injury.  If he played in 150 games…Well, don’t even make me pull out the prorating.  Shizz gets downright beautiful.  Prorating is dangerous. Prorating can get you in a world of trouble.  “My girl is so pretty for those ten minutes right after she comes out of the beauty salon.  If she were that pretty all the time…”  Now, you’ve just prorated yourself into marrying some girl you met in a bowling alley.  However, it is totally fine to prorate your love-making ability.  “Yes, that was only three minutes this time, but imagine that again for ten, fifteen or even twenty minutes!”  So, what can we expect of A.J. Pollock for 2015 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

You know how the Pied Piper plays– What does he play anyway?  A pipe?  Who the hell plays a pipe?  My Google is broke, someone hook me up with the knowledge.  So, you know how the Pied Piper plays a pipe (?) and rats come marching?  Well, I’m the mother-jean-wearing Fantasy Master Lothario playing a pipe that sounds like this, “He has speed and power.”  On repeat.  That’s all it says, over and over again.  Speed and power, speed and power.  It’s how I got into Michael Brantley last year, and why I’m caca-cuckoo for Pollock.  The Diamondbacks will likely be a mess this year, so playing time, and solid lineup placement shouldn’t be an issue for Pollock.  How many Pollocks does it take to hit leadoff?  One.  The A.J. one, that’s all we care about.  On the speed tip, he once stole 36 bases Double-A.  Does a guy who stole 36 bases sound at all like someone who might only scrap together, say, 15 steals?  Steamer projects him for 16 steals, and that feels light.  (On a side note that is actually related, Steamer only has him playing in 127 games.)  His power won’t be Roy Hobbs-like with someone needing to change a whole bank of lights at Chase Field.  He’s never topped ten homers in any one season, even in the minors.  He did, however, hit 7 homers in only 75 games last year, and his power should be peaking as he enters his age 27 season.  This winter should give his hand plenty of time to get healthy.  So, I have one question for you:  Who hasn’t been raped by Bill Cosby?!  Okay, I have another question:  Why wouldn’t you take a chance on drafting A.J. Pollock?!  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 78/14/61/.272/20, which is me being conservative.  There’s a chance here for much more upside.

  1. Aaron says:
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    Great post, grabbed him when he came off the DL last year. Love him for 2015.
    Grey when do we get to meet January Grey and his top lists by position?
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron: Monday the rankings start

  2. JeF With 1 F says:
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    *In australian accent* ……G’Day J Pollock.
    Hes been on my radar since last year, thanks to you….if he produces like Brantley he may be on my gaydar

    • Wake Up says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Mick Dundee is on my outdatedreferencesdar…

      • Jef with 1 f says:
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        @Wake Up: ha…nothing better than him walking over people in a NYC subway

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I really hope JM J. doesn’t really live in that apartment… Yikes…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: yeah thats a bit rough

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I refuse to believe Jm. J Bullock’s door needs a paint job…

    • The Lurve Guru says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I literally read the first sentence where you wrote “Radar” and I thought in my head “I’m going to make a gaydar joke” and then I finished your sentence and I was sad because you beat me to the punch. You SOB.

  3. Tigres says:
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    Thanks, Grey. I love prorating first thing in the morning!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Just got done…hey now!

  4. Shaggy says:
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    He was really good in The Usual Suspects and Grumpy Old Men.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Shaggy: Burgess Meredith? He could steal 20 bases before you could catch one greasy chicken!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shaggy: You’re thinking of Bencio Del Toro

  5. Wake Up says:
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    Mom jeans!!!!!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: You said it,not me…we want a video podcast wearing mom jeans…the people have spoken!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I always have them on, just below frame

  6. Wake Up says:
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    I can confirm that rats flock to pipes, golden retrievers lick ears, and nerds flock to Urlich…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I’ve never lived anywhere there was a rat problem, but I’ve seen them on movies and TV and everyone’s smoking a crack pipe, any connection?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: well, I’m not a friggin ratspert! But I’d do understand the confusion, on account of all the pussy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m just hung up on this whole pipe thing

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: cracked pipes…leaks…leaks upstate…rats…rats equal pusssies…I saw one that could whistle once….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I saw one that could ‘say’ Mary Had A Little Lamb

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: hopefully it was on your way out the door…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… Luckily it wasn’t Jm. J Bullock’s door…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’ve heard it said that in urban areas you’re never more than 10 feet from a rat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a Goodfellas quote

        • Wake Up says:
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          @SteveNZ: Is that a Man U reference?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Wake Up: Nah – think it’s more of an urban myth than anything else. You’re never more than 10 ft from a spider either, apparently.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @SteveNZ: I ate three this morning, sleeping with my mouth open…

  7. Wake Up says:
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    Also, it’s important to build your FBB lineup middle out! (It helps the decompression)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Or get a lumbar pillow

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: oh you mean for your Bach, Mann?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Relax, your back, man…

  8. Wake Up says:
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    I need some sleep!!! I’m cutting myself off…TGIF !

    • Beastman says:
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      @Wake Up: @Wake Up: I’m more of a dork than nerd, but will regardless flock to Urlich.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Beastman: yes! Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: schnike. .lost a whole day somewhere. ..did need a catnap/ 4 hours of o h cleansing…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I suggest lemonade and cayenne

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: and ACV…I am the one that recommended that to you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, yes!

  9. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Gr8 stuff, man! Yesterday wanted to post a message, but the internet Lothario in hell (read Lebanon) would not allow it.

    1. Wanted to say how gr8 January Grey has been thus far with all the sleeper write-ups.

    2. Wanted to write into each of the individual sleeper pick articles to say “nice write-up”.

    3. Wanted to then avoid writing into every article. That would have caused each one of those articles’ comments tally to increase by one.

    4. Because I am a humanitarian at heart, I opted not to do that so that your big-busted intern doesn’t get carpal tunnel syndrome.

    5. So I planned to simply write into one big one like for today’s (only I was in the Drew Hutchison blog at the time of planning). So, without further ado…

    6. January Grey has been lights out. Earlier I had commented that January Grey better pace himself lest he make ‘mid-season form Grey’ look bad. Now, January (2015) Grey better take his foot off the pedal lest he embarrass January (2016 and beyond) Grey!!! This is some really fantastic read.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: 1. Thanks! 2. I accept all forms of flattery, even day late flattery 3. Ha 4. Good point! 5. Awesome 6. January Grey knows no fear!

  10. Swfcdan says:
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    Trying to reduce my keeper load (only keep 8) and get rid of Kipnis who im not a belieber in. (OBP league) Trade:

    Kipnis ($12 signed through ’15) & Marte ($6, re-signable)
    FOR
    G Cole ($0, resignable) & Lindor (prosp)

    Resignable means can offer 1,2,3 year deals for +$3, +$6, +$8 or an extendable year for +$6. Hate to always have to include that part but dont think you can make a judgement unless you know the costs to extend them. I’ll probably lock Cole up for 3 years $8, good deal overall? Ive been dying to move Kipnis especially seeing as I have Rendon long term and now ive found a buyer I feel I better take it!

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Swfcdan: Cheers, mate! Just putting in my two cents worth (that would be 1.3 pence right?, but I digress). I would make that trade in a heart beat.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • P_Swayz on a horse says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      I understand wanting to get rid of Kipnis. I finally off-loaded him last year, after 3 years of ownership, in a package that landed me Giancarlo.
      I feel your pain. Really, I do. That being said, I don’t like the deal … At all. Those bats, in my opinion, are a much higher premium than Cole. Pitching isn’t that difficult to find. Lindor doesn’t really project as a big fantasy contributor in the first place, and at this point is simply a prospect … As you are aware. I would ask for more, but, hey, that’s just me.

    • P_Swayz on a horse says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      I guess the one question I have is, “Do you think you can compete this year”? If so, I don’t think the move helps you. If not, I still don’t like it, but I would understand.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks man. Your $20 is in the mail.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I also accept coupons for Arby’s as legal tender

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: Deal, as long as there aren’t any buy one get one free coupons in the mix.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: thats a deal breaker, you have to give me carte blanche on the arbys coupons

              • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                @J-FOH: “feels like an arby’s kind of night” eh

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Swfcdan: oh and I don’t like the deal. Rendon can play 3rd.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Swfcdan: I think that Kipnis has a solid bounceback season (as J-FOH linked to above), but Marte is the deal-breaker here for me, especially if you have the option to extend him at a reasonable salary. He’s essentially Carlos Gomez with a few less homers, but he also possesses some nice power upside (avg. flyball distance of 299.92 ft last season ranked 13th in mlb). I like Cole too, but it looks like you’d be giving up a lot of value in that deal.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Swfcdan: i like moving kipnis too, but wouldn’t like losing marte at that price, nor are you really getting enough back there.

  11. los locos says:
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    Well 2013 I got lucky with Chris Davis and Matt Carpenter, last year got lucky with Michael Brantley. Are you saying Pollock could be one of those guys?

    Who is the GUY this season you feel great about drafting. The guys I have above weren’t even drafted in my league in those seasons.

    • P_Swayz on a horse says:
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      @los locos: @los locos:

      I’m a big fan of Kole Calhoun (was last year too, but he got hurt). Last year he was batting leading to start the season. If that’s his role again this year, I don’t see him not giving his owner some great value.

      • P_Swayz on a horse says:
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        @P_Swayz on a horse:

        Pollock was a keeper for me last year. I really like him as well. However, I traded him last year. If he isn’t kept, I will be targeting him.

        • KG says:
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          @P_Swayz on a horse:

          I have Pollack as a keeper in NL Only for $1, pretty pleased with that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @los locos: My rankings start on Monday

    • Sinner Man says:
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      Yasmany or Avisail

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yasmany

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @los locos: calhoun led off at end of season too. not don’t really think he wasn’t leading off at any point when healthy.

  12. Clint says:
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    Great article as always Grey but I missed most of it because I’m distracted by the “5 Phrases That Make a Man Love You” link below it with a dude licking a chick’s shins while laying on the ground in front of her. Apparently one of the phrases is “I Put Baby Oil On My Knees?” Not that there’s anything unusual about that, mind you (my woman uses sugar cookie flavored lotion on her elbows to make me submit).

    • Clint says:
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      @Clint:

      And either I’m mildly mentally deficient (which is likely) or the anti-bot question is f’ing with me to sign up for the forums because finishing the question of Razzball is for fantasy…. is giving me fits. I’ve entered “sports,” “advice,” and it’s still rejecting me. Is it in a banner I’m missing with my cataract-covered eyes or what?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Clint: Fantasy — baseball

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Clint: I.e., just enter “baseball”

        • Clint says:
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          @Grey:
          Funny. I was thinking of trying that but thought there’s no way it could be that because Razzball does so much more than just baseball well. Selling your accomplishments short, my good man.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, but the forums have been around for longer than any other sport so it was grandfathered in…

      • Holden says:
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        @Clint:

        You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Clint: since it’s for a bunch of sports now i had to ask too, i’m guessing when it was put in in the first place there was only baseball here is the why for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: HA! Now I’m interested too…

  13. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    January Grey is the best part of January. Thanks, man!

    My own grandfather used to chuckle about how when Polish soldiers would roll into his shtetl outside Warsaw they’d yell something like, “N’chuk a vugon!” at the Jewish kids. This was pigeon Yiddish for “Don’t touch the wagon!” So I wonder if Pollock ever says “N’chuk a vugon!” to Ryan Braun when the D’backs face the Brewers…..

  14. McNulty says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you trade a year of Cespedes $16 for a year of Carrasaco $3?

  15. danny almonte says:
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    Anything to be concerned about under the hood on Wainwright? 2014 had career bests in era&whip, but k/9 well below what he’s used to. 33 years old… thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @danny almonte: My rankings are starting next week… I am concerned

      • Carnac says:
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        danny boy, there’s so much pitching you don’t need to take chances on a 33 year old with warning flags.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @danny almonte: also, he appears to be apprehensive about just what STL’s doctors tell him, they told him to “just rest” then he comes back and was great for a bit, but terrible again to end season in playoffs, immediately afterward he gets an objective doctor, who tells him to have some surgery, so he does.

  16. Otto von Bismark says:
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    Completely agree about Pollack. Need some keeper help. 12 team H2H with R HR RBI SB OBP SLG IP SV HLD ERA WHIP K/9 QS. Pick 6.

    Goldy
    Carlos Gomez
    Justin Upton
    Ian Desmond
    Devin Mesoraco
    Billy Hamilton
    Starling Marte
    Y Cespedes
    Howie Kendrick
    Alex Cobb
    Carlos Carrasco
    Julio Teheran
    Mike Fiers
    Marcus Stroman

    I’m thinking Goldy, Gomie, Upton, Desmond, Cobb, Carrasco. Thoughts?

  17. Otto von Bismark says:
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    Thanks Grey! You’re that high on Hamilton & Marte? And I know pitching is deep but 4 OF and no SP? Now I’m even more interested in next week’s rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many OFs do you use?

      • Otto von Bismark says:
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        @Grey:
        Sorry, forgot to include that. 4 OF, 1 UTIL, 1 CI, and 1 of everything else. Thanks for the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Cobb there instead of Hamilton

          • Otto von Bismark says:
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            @Grey: @Grey:
            Cool, thanks again.

  18. J-FOH says:
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    I’m surprised your grandfather didn’t say A Jew Pollock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He prolly did

  19. J-FOH says:
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    I believe the symbol for the pied piper is this

    • J-FOH says:
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      @J-FOH: oh and that is so not safe for work. NSFW!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Cmon

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: oops, I thought it would be viewed as art

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, if we have Mapplethorpe lovers

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: where is it? ??

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: I can’t post it but you can search “silicon valley garage” but please do not post a link to what you see. Mine was the one with the aztec head dress on

              • Wake Up says:
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                @J-FOH: Ha!
                You know you can get murdered in French for that…

  20. J-FOH says:
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    Sorry I didn’t follow up last night. Passed out early. To answer your question, yes I have seen eastbound and down. I was Kenny f**king Powers for Halloween after season one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: that guy might be typecast, but its friggin an awesome type

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love that type!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: seriously go watch coffee town, you can stream it all over the place. The special person vs regular person fight is awesome…and stevie is the “regular” person

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t imagine Stevie as regular anything… Cougs once ran into him and took a pic with him…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: damn you married well. Can I get a copy of that pic?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s framed next to her side of the bed

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll trade her my pic with Aaron Sanchez

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s just you standing next to a mirror

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you know thats a lie. Don’t make me re-send it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, Cust messin’

        • Jay says:
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          @J-FOH: loved him in PIneapple Express. The ending of that movie where they’re in the diner is golden.

          and Hot Rod. I’m not gonna lie, but I drink green tea because of his line.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gotta drink Nature’s Secret

  21. Jay says:
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    Holy crapnuts it’s cold outside…good ole Jersey in January, you may miss taylor ham, but I’m pretty sure you don’t miss the cold.

    Better keeper Betts or Baez?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jay: Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t want to rub things in but it’s 72 here and the supermarket down the street from me carries Taylor Ham… Baez

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: yeah well….well…well…I have 17 diners in a 5 mile radius that I can choose from and I can order a happy waitress and a side of disco fries at 3:27 am at all of them! but it’s still friggin freezin so i guess you win

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Love me some disco fries

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: what are disco fries…and where are my flip flops?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gravy, cheese fries…

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Sounds kinda like poutine. That stuff was all over the place in NH.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, it’s the Jersey way to make something trashier…

                  • Jay says:
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                    @Grey: We do trashy…Classy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah!

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Jersey gets a bad rap sometimes. There are some great BYOB Italian restaurants out there, discount liquor stores, Atlantic City, etc. If you love booze and/or gambling, it’s an awesome place!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You just said it gets a bad rap then you mention discount liquor stores and AC… Case closed… Haha…

                    • Jay says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Don’t forget our high property taxes, failing school districts, Fat governor, and our unbalanced state budget.. But at least we don’t pump our own gas

                    • Mr. Han's Militant Vegans No More says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Booze and gambling… sounds like heaven!

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: C’mon now. There’s nothing wrong with discount liquor stores or AC. And like Jay said, you don’t even have to pump your own gas. And pork roll. Nothing better after a few drinks than a pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich. I miss that stuff.

                    Wait, how did I become the one who defends Jersey again?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yeah, I love that you can’t pump your own gas, that cracks me up…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: been there done that…. but can I get them with Bacon?

                • Jay says:
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                  @J-FOH: For Sure.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bacon is an add-on for everything in Jersey

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: bacon is to Jersey…what avocado is to California…I saw that billboard 700 times driving through North Carolina…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      North Carolina needs to mind its own business!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: North California? It’s where the girls are warmer…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Love the B Boys… There was a proposal that the state was voting on to make California into like three states… No lie…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Was thinking of the Beatles when I commented, actually…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, them

            • Jay says:
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              @J-FOH: its a big fat plate of awesomeness!!!

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Grey: 7 degrees here. Wind chill -14. We just got a Taco Bell on 12/27/2014.

        • Jay says:
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          @Baezaworldseries: NICE!!! maybe a roy rogers is on the horizon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Where in Jersey are you?

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: Lake Hopatcong

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s a nice part of Jersey… I was from the not so nice part… Elizabeth…

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: Come on now Grey…Elizabeth is a beau..(fades out due to a landing 747).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA!

  22. Baezaworldseries says:
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    RotoBaller wrote a Josh Donaldson sleeper post. I asked where to target him. He said around 50. I know in my redraft, I won’t get him there. Is he a second rounder? Or have I overvalued him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings come next week

    • Sinner Man says:
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      Grey did a industry mock last month where he went at the end of the 1st, but 20-24 seems about right

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Baezaworldseries:

      That RotoBaller article title is a joke. I was ranting about it with some of the RotoBaller contributors in their chat room.

      How is a guy who will be going in the 20’s or 30’s in a draft considered a sleeper?

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @SwaggerJackers: he’d still be a sleeper if he ended up at end of season being like a top 10 overall type player, not that that is likely of course.

  23. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: When are the sleeper threads done? When are you moving to rankings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rankings start on Monday

  24. Terrence Mann says:
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    People will come Grey. The one constant through all the years, Grey, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Grey. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Grey. People will most definitely come.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I count on it

    • Mr. Han's Militant Vegans No More says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Wanna have a catch?

  25. Kutty says:
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    So Pollock NEVER hit 10 homers in a season anywhere but you project 14? Hmmmmm I think I’ll pass.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout never hit 36 HRs until he did

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: BOOYA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kutty: have you looked at the advanced stats? His ISO and wOBA coupled with his HR/FB should at least give you enough to assume 10 should be attainable by sometime in August. I would go so far as saying 12-15 is realistic for the year. His Lefty righty splits are not dramatic, and even though he is better at home than the road, he does get coors a few times a year. His spray chart also shows the ability to hit line drives all over the park. I don’t always agree with grey either but a poor man’s Brantley is what you can have with Pollock drafted in a round that screams value and without the long leash someone higher gets.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Kutty: Brantley never hit more than 10 HRs in any full professional season until hitting 20 in ’14. Some players develop power later than others.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: he’s also a college player too

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Kutty: do you really think he’d have hit less than 3 more if he didn’t break his hand last year?

      • Kutty says:
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        Sure. Puig didn’t hit a home run for like 3 months last season. Who’s to say Pollock would have kept hitting homers? Just read A.Garcia sleeper post and although he points out his GB tendencies I’d rather take the chance on him over Pollock. Garcia 6’4 240 lbs. He looks the part hitting in the middle of an vastly improved team in Chicago. Steals are nice but I’m looking for potential mashers.

  26. Mr. Han's Militant Vegans No More says:
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    Dude, isn’t this guy some sort of abstract impressionist? I thought I saw a movie about him starring Ed Harris. I didn’t know he played baseball too!

    Wow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same guy… He sprays line drives by standing above the field and moving around his bat…

      • Mr. Han's Militant Vegans No More says:
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        @Grey: OH-EM-GEE!!!

        I need to buy some of this guy’s art and place it next to my box set collection of Ricky Henderson’s audio renditions of Charles Dickens classics.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: great line!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  27. JoeG414 says:
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    Please rate these Twin players and about what round they should be drafted , 13 team mixed 6×6 roto. Dozier, Vargas and Santana.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My rankings come out next week.. Likely Dozier, Santana…

  28. Don Ready says:
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    Got myself into a bit of a keeper jam here (as in I have no real standouts). Tiered system, can keep one from each tier, no draft implications except kept players are taken out of pool.

    T1: Andrus, Machado, Shelby, Carlos Santana, Gio, Chapman, Cobb
    T2: Seager, Leonys, Robertson, Rosenthal
    T3: Segura, Calhoun (Tavaras RIP)
    T4: Ventura, Archie Bradley, Singleton, Odor, Span, Pollock, Dee

    Every year guys move up a tier, T1s go back to pool.

    6X6 – OPS & QS

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cobb, Seager, Calhoun, Dee

    • Don Ready says:
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      @Don Ready: I’ll call it a bloop single on my part, thought for sure you’d tell me to take a flier on Andrus or Machado and to go with Segura. THANKS!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You can if you prefer, none are super solid that are jumping out at me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, those women look sexy!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: that’s totally bonnerrreific

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Utterly

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you should come to one of my kids soccer or softball games. You might get to see a moms jeans camel toe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why are you getting me all hot and bothered in the middle of the day?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: kinda a dick is in the top five of my traits

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA

              • Wake Up says:
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                @J-FOH: @Grey: I was kinda hoping the statue of liberty was going to be involved again…give us your poor, your sick, your high-wasted, your vaginally-snug-fitting…

                • Grey

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                  Ha!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: Wow! I’d be grains of sand in Maya’s camel toe, any day!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: yeah that denim could eat me up like a biscuit as long as I can go brrrrrritsky

  29. SImps says:
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    Starting to see links to Razzball on my Bleacher Report app. Always enjoy the work of you and the guys.

    Was Vmart’s 2014 repeatable?

    • Grey

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      Thanks! No on V-Mart

    • Wake Up says:
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      @SImps: In short, no. In longer short, he never struck out, had the best power numbers of his career, and every fly ball that he hit went for a home run. I would not be surprised if he did not reach 20 HRs. Unless you are asking about the steals? If so, then yes, 3 steals might be repeatable, depends on how many blown hit and runs…

    • Big Magoo

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      @SImps: There might be a VMart breakdown coming your way in the near future. Stay tuned…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: so that top ten ISO won’t repeat?

        • Big Magoo

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          @J-FOH: It would be foolish to expect a player who produces a career year in his age-35 season to duplicate that production in his age-36 season, but the key is to determine how much regression can be expected.

          Top ten ISO? Not likely. But what can be expected of him and where should he be drafted? Teaser alert!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Big Magoo: I looked at his HR/FB and it was only 22nd best, I would of thought it would of been higher

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @J-FOH: i bet Ozuna’s was one of the better ones, dude had that many homers with 49% GB rate, we’s gonna see some ugly regression if he don’t fix that.

              • Big Magoo

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                @goodfold2: Ozuna was 17th among qualified hitters with a 16.8% HR/FB. His 26.8% K% and 13.7% SwStr% were a bit on the high side as well. His average flyball distance of 291.52 ft was the 44th highest mark in MLB though, so that’s a plus. But his 17.5% LD% was below the league average and his 48.6% GB% was above it, so those are concerns for his fantasy value going forward.

            • Big Magoo

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              @J-FOH: Yeah, I have plenty to say about VMart, and I might even revisit the evaluation and add one or two things if there’s enough interest. I generally try to keep things as concise as possible to avoid getting too long-winded, but he’s an interesting case.

  30. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    would you trade cain sugar at 546 K for this year only to get cosart for 400 K per year for next 2 years? this team has only frazier/votto/hoes/melky/kang (SS)/szurcur for hitters that might be active and only F-Her/Quackenbush/Garza/Cloyd/B.Morris/S.Johnson/Francis for pitchers. 30 man dynasty with holds and OPS.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: oops, league has 3 OF/2 CI/2MI/1 C/ 1 util. 3 SP/ 3 RP/ 3 P per day. 25 man active rosters, 100 million budget.

  31. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any reason to get excited about Michael Taylor in light of the Werth surgery?

    Worst case scenario, Werth would only miss a week or two, but was just curious what’s your opinion.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @The JoGarza: the worst case scenario for werth and his owners (i just matched a bid on him for a sizeable amount in deep league) would be worse than 1-2 weeks missed, coming off surgery. He could play, badly, for months due to this.

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @goodfold2:

        Yeah, I meant more in playing time. I’m not sure if Nationals would actually bench Werth if he does sub-par. If he is abysmal, though, that’d be a different story.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @The JoGarza: these teams are often very loathe to bench guys paid that much. sometimes you get lucky and they DL a non-injured guy, but that’s usually if he’s been bad for a while, so it would still take months till they did that,probably. I see ugly suckitude for both werth owners and taylor owners around corner.

          • The JoGarza says:
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            @goodfold2:

            Completely agree. I guess a set back in the rehab is the only thing that would ensure some playing time for Taylor.

  32. Cafuné

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    Hey, great write up; I’m beyond excited to see Pollock attempt to play a full season, but I got a keeper question:

    This will be the last year before a keeper refresh and a change to auction draft; currently, it’s a H2H, 12 team league, snake draft, 5 keepers total; no AVG, SLG and OBP added.

    My potential keeper OFs are: Pollock (25th round), Corey Dickerson (25), Avisail (19), Soler (25) and Cespedes (8).

    Ultimately, I want to flip whomever I deem unkeepable prior to draft day for somebody better, but as it stands now, I’m inclined to keep just 2 of them, cuz I also have Wong (25), Abreu (5) and one of either Strasburg (7), DeGrom (25) or Gray (20). If I decide to not keep a pitcher, I can keep 3 OFs.

    From those OFs, who would you keep and would you keep a 3rd OF over any of those pitchers? I would presume that Pollock probably has the lowest draft value of all of them, so I might not keep him and just draft him earlier than the last round.

    Gracias!

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