Not too far off from here, there’s a city named Anaheim. It’s named after Ana Heimlich, the German inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, which was 1st used on a short-haired Daschund who tried, unsuccessfully, to swallow a grape. “Nein grape, Himmler!” Ana screamed as she stepped hard on the small dog’s belly. Out shot the grape, and the entire Bavarian village rejoiced. They all loved that dog. Hundreds of years later, to honor Ana, the city of Anaheim was born, and then, to much disrespect of Ana and Himmler, the dog, they started calling themselves Los Angeles, because they were all star-f***ers. Well, you got your star now, f***kers! Anthony Rendon signed on with the Los Angeles Ana Heimlichs for seven years. Wait until he’s 36 years old, playing across from a 74-year-old Pujols. So far, Boras ‘earned’ Cole $324 million; Rendon $245 million; Strasburg $245 million, and Moistasskiss $64 million. That’s $878 million, or roughly $87.8 million in commissions. You chose the wrong line of work! Any hoo! Anthony Rendon for fantasy…

When a player is solid but not completely…there, it’s like they’re in the Fantasy Baseball Friend Zone. They hint at sexiness, and promise of more. They’re still reliable. When you’ve suffered some great loss, like the death in the family or a 1st rounder going down to injury. They can help you grocery shop and add counting stats, but, just when you think you’re going to make love, you lean in and they turn their cheek, giving you 135 games and a 25-homer season. Fantasy blue balls. In the real world, there are ways to bide your time in the Friend Zone. You can try to guess the weight of the purse she asks you to carry or guess how far she move her hips and ass back when she hugs you. For four (stutterer!) years, Anthony Rendon kept us in the Fantasy Baseball Friend Zone. In the real world, there are ways to get yourself out of a Friend Zone, like if you were to lower your standards and move on. For a Fantasy Baseball Friend Zone, you need the player to take it to the next stage and commit to your love by breaking out. This year, you and Rendon had sex, uh, metaphorically. Finally, you could stop fantasizing about yelling, “I object,” at Rendon’s wedding to someone else or renting exotic cars on the weekend and cruising slowly in front of his house. You a few minutes ago, “There’s no way Grey can take this Friend Zone thing for 500 words.” Well, I proved you wrong! Rendon’s fly ball rate of 45.7 was coupled with 15.9% HR/FB and a 44.7% Hard Contact rate with a new pronounced launch angle. That makes me think Rendon is a 35-homer hitter now. Whether right or wrong, I cannot write him in for 550 ABs, so taking a few homers off his line. Even though, you guys are not humping, he can still be counted on for, uh, counting stats. Goes with the territory when you’re expected batting average was .319, which was third best in majors for qualified hitters, and his xSLG was similarly gorge, top 5 at .599. It took Rendon a while to finally realize what was right in front of his face for a handful of years, but, now that you’ve committed to each other, I don’t see Rendon having you watch his kid while he goes out to the bar to hook up with other fantasy baseball owners. For 2020, I’ll give Anthony Rendon projections of 105/32/112/.312/4 in 523 ABs. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in the offseason for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Michael Wacha – Signed with the Mets. Mets out here signing guys like, “I got high apple pie hopes, I got pie in the sky hopes, I got ‘Wacha can be good again’ hopes.” Think I’d prefer the apple pie in the sky, but you do you. For 2020, I’ll give Wacha projections of 8-8/4.36/1.38/114 in 134 IP.

Tanner Roark – Signed with the Jays. Before the signing, he said, “I had a season of 198 2/3 IP and a 2.85 ERA and a season of 2.83 ERA in 210 IP. Why didn’t I get a deal for $325 million?” That’s Mr. Roark on Fantasy Island. For 2020, I’ll give Roark projections of 9-11/4.33/1.35/141 in 147 IP.

Josh Lindblom – Signed by the Brewers after spending two great years in Korea like Douglas MacArthur. “I’m wearing this stupid helmet for nothing?” That’s the Ghost of George S. Patton not getting no love! In the KBO, Lindblom threw 194 2/3 IP with 2.50 ERA and 189 Ks. The Brewers must’ve figured Lindblom covered all the holes in his game, like he was a producer of Bialy stock. I’ll believe in the ‘all things were fixed in Korea’ when a team signs a pitcher to return to the states and all the Korean hitters he faced to play for other teams, though they might need approval of other teams for that. For 2020, I’ll give Josh Lindblom projections of 7-9/4.21/1.37/134 in 127 IP.

Blake Treinen – Signed by the Dodgers for $10 million. Ain’t bad money if you can get it! Which is what I screamed at Cougs while I pushed her hand between the car seats, going after that quarter I dropped. For 2020, I’ll give Treinen projections of 3-4/3.41/1.21/64, 6 saves in 62 IP.

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Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

bleh what

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thats why he wants Darvish and something else

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

I would be taking on a lot of salary ($29), if I do either deal you mentioned. Fletcher, Garver, and Senzel are $6 each Wheeler is $41

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

He gave me a list of who he would want for Wheeler:

Garver
Dozier
Fletcher
Yordan (would trade straight up for Wheeler)
Rosario
Senzel
Darvish
Montas
Paddack (would trade straight up for Wheeler)
Severino (would trade straight up for Wheeler)
Royce Lewis
Luis Robert
Bohm
Madrigal
He said he would swap him straight up for the ones in parenthesis or a combo of the others

What two would you trade for Wheeler?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

Would you trade Yu Darvish and Hunter Dozier for Zack Wheeler?

Michael McMorrow
Michael McMorrow
2 years ago

Boss,

Best first paragraph ever.

Hernan
Hernan
2 years ago

Damn, Peraza to RED Sox…., would’ve prefer orioles…

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
2 years ago

NL-only, keep 10, $39 Yelich owner willing to move him for nothing if you also take $18 Greene, who has to be kept. Roster moves are tough so Greene would have to stay in my lineup until injury replacement, minor league callup or interleague trade. I don’t have 10 sure thing keepers (Greene would probably take the spot of like a $2 Margot or $5 Musgrove) nor a ton of salary tied up in my keepers. Make the move?

Ryan741
Ryan741
2 years ago

Grey, keeper league trade question for you in a H2H points league. Get to keep 5 guys, for sure am keeping Bregman (10th round keep) Acuna (11th) Soto and Buehler (both 12th round keeps) am deciding between Yordan (15th) and Snell (12th). Right now I have an offer for pick 1.8 for Snell. I gotta take that and run, right?

andrew edenbaum
andrew edenbaum
2 years ago

Rendon is a great hitter, but Angels need about 5 starters. Thought for sure that Rendon would go to Texas. My niece up for Asst. Comptroller for the Texas Rangers.
Angels aren’t winning anything.
Rangers blew this opportunity.
Angels just a mismanaged team.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  andrew edenbaum
2 years ago

Hey Andrew, I saw the pick of you with your 148k check on the NFBC. Congrats! That must be great. Nice unopened BB card collection you pose with too!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He earned that smile!

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

How are you feeling about your DC roster on the day after?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Like I don’t want to look at it until March 15th to see where all the pieces fell.

#MattDavidson30HRround50

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Stranger things have happened!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, I feel pretty good as well. I’d be happy with your team as well ;-)

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Lol. I’m still behind on my 2019 recap. I have too many responsibilities, damnit!!!

Ozone Ranger
Ozone Ranger
2 years ago

Grey,

First time poster, long time non-poster.

Just wanted to write your analysis and articles are spectacular. Actually, better than spectacular. Which would be spectacularer? Or spectacularest?

Once Rendon is at the end of his contract, will he be Rendone? When he hits a HR, is it a Rendong?

Anyway, you and your staff of writers please keep up the spectacularing work. And please, please, please, beat the pants of those clowns at Bozo ESPN and Krusty CBS in the leagues you all participate in together.

Peace, love and soul.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Hey you did a post for Oakland 1B Seth Brown recently. Where would I find that post?

Thanks

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

When do you think we find out what Dan did?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That’s not an idol!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Is that an idol in your pocket or you’re just glad to see me?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hilarious they are taping that stupid reunion show in advance for the first time because they are afraid of all the controversy.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Aghhh! Eppler and Moreno!!! They proceeded to do exactly what they have done wrong for the last decade. Rather than focusing on the pitchers on the market, they chase down the shiny bat free agent thats at the peak of prime staring at the age cliff. Teixera(sorta), Hamilton, Pujols, JUp, Cozart, and now Rendon. Basically paying for their career years just to get dying production during contract. CJ was the same, his 2011 was smoke and mirrors due to luck supressed walkrate. Rendon is not nearly as bad, as he will be productive for awhile, but they are not focusing on the glaring needs that have existed for a decade. If they don’t make some trades for some frontline SPs and get 1 or more decent bullpen arm, this is yet another failure in a long line of fail. Which even if they do, what would they have to give up? Adell(better not), Canning, Suarez, Thais, Fletcher? Sell off the farm again scrambling to make up for mistakes made on the free agent market that gut any hope at sustained growth? I feel like i’m taking crazy pills. At least they could have got a booby prize in Roark.

Whats still out there? Ryu? could be great, but he also just had a career year, has history of groin issues and other injuries, and is fat. If we sign him for way too many years and $$ he’ll probably just crap the bed like all the other broken toys. Angels have literally become the Island of Misfit Toys. “Nobody wants a Charlie in the Box.”

Rendon is a nice get for now, but how the f*cking f*ck is that going to help win a division and playoff games when Astros still have strong pitching and depth, also Oakland has a ton of young pitching talent and depth. We still have by far the worse pitching for any team that is supposedly trying and not tanking.

/endrant

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

LOL. Ryu is fat!! Ryu the new Bartolo!!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

LOL… Keith Law just published article “Anthony Rendon a great consolation prize: Landing Rendon after missing on Cole could work out just fine… if they can add some pitching” No shit! Shut up you asshat! (speaking to KLaw, lol) You missed the obvious big seasons of Bieber and Saurez to name a few… that you made people pay to read! Rendon is not a consolation prize, he’s a shining example of bad philosophy and stupid management (not him in and of himself, but in context of the situation).

I agree he makes the team better, esp due to his defense. But his added WAR pales when compared to a healthy #1 or #2 for 180+ innings vs an awful starter who gives up liners and bombs all day that fly over the top of Rendon’s glove. lol. What would be a complimentary move would be decent midrotation groundball LHP, which would play to Rendon’s strengths. Esp since we just lost a decent LHP, Skaggs… which… btw that situation turned out to be freaking nuts! WTF.

regarding LHP… you know Ryu actually had a good GB rate of 50.4% and GB/FB of nearly 2. but as i said he’s a hugggggggge injury risk. unless that contract be heavily incentivised, it would be incredibly dicey at best.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

I totally agree. There is still no evidence that Moreno has learned anything at all in the last decade about previous mistakes or how to build a playoff roster.

Need we remind Moreno the biggest factor in last years failure was the 22 QS as a team which was 40% lower then the next two AL teams (TOR, DET), 67 less than HOU, 65 less than WSH.

Remarkable

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

For sure, I don’t think he has. This is clear. He’s had like 3 chances now to correct the mistake of letting Greinke walk alone, and Greinke is still not here for more than 1/2 a season. As you said he missed out on Corbin and Morton too. The list goes on and on. I don’t think he’s ever viewed shutdown pitching as a priority. Seriously, Holy F*ck. The last 5 years there been some solid pitchers available, and we went out and got none of them. smh.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Ain’t that the sad truth!

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
2 years ago

Wacha might need a little Norman Greenbaum spirit in the sky to get back to relevance.
Perhaps we should call him a Normal Greenbum.

And whats w/ the Brewers and Korea — first the tattooed muscle Thames, now a guy named Josh no one has ever heard of. His Korean numbers look great, and hopefully the boy wonder (Stearns) has found a nice lump of Cole.

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

I said most of what I need to say about this, but nothing has changed since 2012for the Angels undervaluing while bidding for a top of the rotation ace. Greinke 2012=Cole 2019. In any event, the Rendon signing seems better than the Pujols one, but I would not have done this. Id rather have Cole for the same price range and take my chances with Thaiss/Ward. Eppler needs to figure out how to rope in an ace who has a better recent health history than Carrasco/Kluber. Somebody under 30 or historically healthy would sure be more prudent.

Warren Shapiro
Warren Shapiro
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Angels should do a deal just not for Boyd. They need Robbie Ray. Dangle Marsh or Adams for a good pitcher. Its about time there was better lineup protection for Trout. I don’t expect a full turnaround from Upton. For that matter, trading Adell whose value is as high in prospect capital as possible might bring the arm at a better price. The Rendon move was a damn good move. Their lineup is still weaker than Houston or New Yorks and
Thaiss looks to AAAA and Ward is a replacement level bat.
I just don’t think the Angels are done yet and this was as good as a move as they were going to do. The Yankees would not be denied.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Warren Shapiro
2 years ago

Ray is better in fantasy than real life. He won’t get many W’s for his team because he’s so inefficient with the strike zone and rarely completes the sixth inning. We need two high QS guys. If we don’t get that Rendon matters zilch. Plus Heaney and Ohtani are still both huge injury risks ongoing.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah it’s not the wisest appropriation of$245 million. It gets them not much closer to the playoffs. They still have no way of competing head to head with what the Astros, Yanks, Rays… or even A’s are putting as their 1-2-3 rotation pieces.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

If Heaney goes down again too, Canning and Ohtani can’t pull 200 either. I think Angels need a six-man rotation with all the fragile or young arms.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

From the perspective of an Angels fan, it’s less about how good Rendon is and more about deploying limited resources away from their most acute need,top end starting pitchers.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

Yeah it seems like Moreno is repeating the same behavior as 2012 with Grienke. Even last year, why not just sign Corbin or Morton? Moreno chronically undervalues pitching. I know he watches the games, but I don’t think he understands the game fundamentally. He may have a hight IQ as a businessman, but clearly has a much lower IQ as a baseball fan.

Warren Shapiro
Warren Shapiro
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

Its still better than leaving those resources on the table. The Yankees made it to the playoffs without what you would call healthy pitching but bats that came from at least 8 of 9 guys nightly. They hit their way to a playoff spot. They came close to hitting their way past the three headed pitching monster in Houston too.
The move isn’t only about whether they can win this year and it buys them a few years of figuring out where to get a playoff capable pitcher to pair with the one that they have and then hope one of the internal options happens. We even saw bullpen games which adds a new wrinkle.
Be happy your team spends money. I live in Toronto where the shatkins vibe is as cold as the weather. We have ownership that is fine with the team leadership to connecting to the fanbase’s concern that we are adrift with a couple of clowns (one of whom pronounces his name in a way that pisses me off because we share it and he can shove that pie ro down his piehole)
I’m going to start a movement to get Masai Ujiri to run the jays. Who is going to want to come out and watch them next year? I guess at least we aren’t Baltimore.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Warren Shapiro
2 years ago

A few years to figure out where to get playoff caliber pitching? I sure hope not. Id like to see Trout in the playoffs while still in his prime, thanks.

andrew edenbaum
andrew edenbaum
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

You’re exactly correct !!

los locos
los locos
2 years ago

Porcello to the Mets. I like it. Think that a good deal for the Mets. I wished the Phillies would spent 10 million on him.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  los locos
2 years ago

Paid the same price as the Giants for Kevin GasCan. I hope he closes until Moronto comes back though

Hernan
Hernan
2 years ago

Well, with Rendon on board , maybe it’s time for Ohtani to abandon that nonsense of two way player(wait till he rolls an ankle trying to stretch a single into a double, ) and concentrate on becoming the 190/200 innings Ace the Angels need, they have plenty of offensive weapons and pitching in majors is at a premium….,

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

No chance

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Lol, Donkey, not that I like people getting hurt, but I’m gonna have soo much fun ( saying, “I told you!!!) when Maddon goes, “ well, we had to skip shoney’s Start cause he jammed his wrist swinging the bat…, he rolled his ankle stepping on first baseman’s foot trying to beat the throw.., but we love him soo much cause he’s always “hustling for the team”, whatever that means..”

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

Meh, I’m sure it’ll happen but they’re gonna limit him to 130ish innings anyway.

Stop betting against this guy!

Warren Shapiro
Warren Shapiro
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

I think the reason everyone has an opinion is because he is such a fantastic real life asset but so hard to manage from a fantasy perspective and get value especially in an auction setting. Since most systems or play other than daily can’t accurately portray his value everyone wants not wants him and bitches about how he is handled.
Its going to take a while for a 2 way player to fit fantasy better.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

I wish.

Speaking of aces, back to yesterday’s banter. How many SPs do you think you have in our DC? I only see five but am curious who you think will get a long look in the rotation. You seem to lean on younger arms.

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Bieber, Woodruff, Lynn, Marquez, Urquidy, Dobnak, Cease, Eovaldi, Young, , sure some risk , but big upside too, some darts on Johan Duran being the young starter the twins bring in 2nd half, and Newsome making 12 ish starts for Seattle down later in season, also guys like peraza(orioles) , Miller (red soX in Mitch moreland ‘s role) finding regular jobs, is part of my strategy, we’ll see, part of the fun is being right on fringe players….

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

Yeah, always a risk with DC, especially this early. I like Woodruff too and your Cease (Urq, Dob) pick is a lot like a few of mine. It’ll be interesting for sure. I do think you took quite a risk with 28 pitchers, 22 positions, but who knows, that’s why we have a season.

The Great Knoche
The Great knoche
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Yeah my mix is usually 27-28 hitters unless I’ve got lots of positional flexibility.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Why can’t he hit everyday?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Did you guys see the other day where Maddon says he might hit for himself when he pitches this year? I mean what is such a big deal about that when if he were in the NL he would anyway? If I were a pitcher with his bat skills I’d love the chance to give myself some run support.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I think theyll still do that but Maddon was referring only to his SP days. Maddon wants him to hit for himself on days he pitches. Itd be interesting to see if he hits any less or more effectively.

Dubs23
Dubs23
2 years ago

I asked yesterday about Paddack for Civale and May. I took the advice and stayed away. Guy changed his offer to his Civale and May for my Will Smith (Dodgers). May would be a free keeper for me but I am not sure. Let me know what you guys think.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dubs23
2 years ago

Better. One catcher league? What are the contracts again?

Dubs23
Dubs23
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

2 Catcher league. Smith 5b, Civale 2b and May free keeper.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dubs23
2 years ago

I think I’d keep Smith but it’s fair if you need the pitching.

bigbear
bigbear
2 years ago

So the LAAoA’s have Pujols, La Stella, and Rendon at 1B, 2B, and 3B. Are they locked in on Simmons at SS? What about Fletcher? I imagine they go with Simmons for his defense. But Fletch is a decent AVG/OBP guy.

Who bats leadoff? Jo Adell?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  bigbear
2 years ago

Probably a big rotation happening with Pujols playing a bit of DH with Ohtani and LaStella playing a bit of first with Fletcher mixing in at 2B and in the OF. Gotta figure Simmons glove is locked into an everyday job.

Imagine Adell probably isn’t up til June or later and don’t think they toss him at leadoff out of the gates. Roster resource predicts LaStella at leadoff…

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Its also conceivable Marsh outperforms Adell and gets the opps first and/or platoons with Goodwin while Adell gets more reps.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That is not to mention what they do with Walsh, Ward, Thaiss. I like Thaiss the most of that bunch as he seems to command the strike zone better and has improved with the glove. Sure, Rendon is an upgrade but him there with Ohtani as a part time DH makes a real mess and logjam at the 1B/DH position for now. They wont get anything in a trade with Ward/Walsh though. Maybe something for Marsh and picks.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I like Adell for 2021, not so much for 2020. I do think it’ll be kinda like Trout. A lot of people forget that Trout struggled to a .672 OPS in his first 40 game look at age 19 in 2011. It would not suprise me if Adell did not put it together in his first look in 2020. He did scuff after promotion to AAA last year. Once he clicks I think he’ll be great, but more possible than probable for 2020 IMO.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

I think Wacha rebounds in NY, with the help of Noah and DeGrom.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

I trust Molina’s help more than Thor/deGrom

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Well that too.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

See like I said the other day, Mets are gonna Mets. So what do they do put Wacha in the pen??

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Looking forward to seeing what Dave D has to stay about the Halos today..hehe

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Me too! I agree with him on their need for a #1 SP though.

Crazy J
Crazy J
2 years ago

Effing Dodgers… just trade Yordan Alvarez for Josh Fields and get it over with. I really am hoping for Lindor, but I can see another year of “can you play at this position?”

Nitro
Nitro
2 years ago

Besides Rendon those are some sad projections.