Saul Rivera, who is surprisingly not related to Eli Whiteside, was acquired by the Diamondbacks.  Big shakes, huh?  Yeah, Rivera could get into the mix for saves.  Another potential candidate for saves is… Wait for it… Here it comes… It’s here somewhere… Where are my notes… Oh, here they are… That’s my freakin’ shopping list, and I didn’t even spell minestrone right… Oh, here… Aaron Heilman!  Not sure how the D-Backs are going to have a bullpen of Saul and Heilman.  Sounds like the outtakes for Schlinder’s List.  Saul walks 3 batters and turns the game over to Heilman.  Heilman enters and says, “I pardon you, Saul.”  Heilman will probably get exploited for being, well, not so good and having small fingers, but Qualls is close to getting removed from the closer role.  Right now, Heilman’s the setup man and he gave up a run yesterday.  The Diamondbacks also dropped Bob Howry.  Why?  Because.  Oh, and there’s Juan Gutierrez.  That’s not a closerousel, THIS IS A CLOSEROUSEL!  I’d own Qualls and Heilman.  Gutierrez and I, we’re like Kramer vs. Kramer and Juan just let our kid fall from the jungle gym.  He’ll be scarred for life!  And never be in another film.  As for Saul Rivera, I’ll get my lox from somewhere else.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Edwin Jackson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Hey, it’s the old Edwin Jackson!  Actually, the old Edwin Jackson was floundering for a few years with the Rays.  Hey, it’s the relatively new Edwin Jackson!  Well, actually, Edwin hasn’t been good at all this year.  Hey, it’s the newer than old, older than new Edwin Jackson!  That has a good ring to it.  I don’t think Edwin’s turned a corner.  I think the Marlins are just the 2nd easiest team to strikeout after the Diamondbacks.

Mark Reynolds – Mini Donkey was out of the lineup with the flu.  Big Donkey, Adam Dunn, was also out with the flu.  They must not have been in-donk-ulated.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Bad year to be an M.I.C (Middle Infield Cabrera).  EverCab already spent time on the DL and now Ass-Cab will be out for a while with a broken arm.  (BTW, how do you go from a Whore-Ram (Horacio Ramirez) to a Man-Ram (Manny Ramirez)?  You take an Ass-Cab.)  Asdrubal was driven off the field in a cart that beeped with a sad trombone.  He’s not coming back any time soon.  My guess is at least two months on the DL.

Luis Valbuena – And Jason Donald will fill in for Asdrubal.  As of right now, they’re only worth owning in AL-Only leagues.  Donald is a bit more interesting, but it depends on how much time he’ll see.  If he gets every day ABs, he could surprise with some very light pop and speed.

Grady Sizemore – CBS Sportsline, which is a sad, sad site, said, “Gimpy Sizemore sits out.”  That nickname works for me.

Ryan Howard – 3-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 7th homer.  He has 13 days left of May.  How many homers will he have on June 1st?  13?  14?

Travis Snider – To the DL with a strained wrist.  If he had a strained groin with his strained wrist, I wouldn’t shake his hand.  DL him if you can, Snider will be back.

Nick Johnson – Having surgery on his wrist, out until July.  Hold on, July’s on the phone.  Turns out Johnson’s not returning until September.

Jeff Francoeur – Out of the lineup for two straight days.  I.e., Frenchy’s on the benchy.

Mike Pelfrey – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  After getting roughed last week vs. the Nats, he looked better, but still not dominant against a team whose offense is relying on Eric Hinske.

Hanley Ramirez – Left the game with a sore ankle.  Sore ankle is shorthand for Hanley didn’t hustle after a ball and Fredi Gonzalez lost his shizz and pulled him from the game.

Randy Wells – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I’m beginning to think I’m John Cusack with how much I’m liking Randy Wells this year.  Wells has been unlucky and his ERA is still only at 4.13.  I’m not a fan of his next start though.  Oh, Wells.

Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and a home run.  It was almost called a double when it hit a pig flying by.

Corey Patterson – 1-for-2, 3 Runs and 2 steals.  Corey’s the type to steal 10 bases in a month.  SAGNOF!

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs) and 4 Ks vs. a team he should’ve wiped the mat with King Kong Bundy-style.  Okay for matchups (like his next one), but his walks are a bit out of control.

Jose Lopez – 2-for-4, and a steal.  As bad as he’s been, he’s still been hitting lefties, which he’ll get four more of this week.

Ian Desmond – 4-for-4, 1 Run, no Steals, no RBIs, no s’s, no g’s.  Gotta be honest, he’s one of the more yawnstipating players I own.  Do something, man!  Hit a homer, steal a base, something!

Alcides Escobar – Stole his first base of the year.  Now only needs one more steal to tie Lou Marson.

Corey Hart – 3-for-4, 2 homers.  Now has 7 homers, 3 steals and a .287 average.  Has 4 homers in the last 4 games.  Maybe he finally took those stupid sunglasses off.  Worth owning in all leagues while he’s hitting.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Now has an ERA of 3.67 on the year.  Gets the Indians next time out.  The Indians suck.  You do the math!

Jonny Gomes – Hit another homer.  I wonder if when a Reds player says, “Yo, Jonny” if they also say, “Sans H,” so Cueto doesn’t look.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks and a 2.94 ERA on the year.  Hodgepadre!

Kevin Slowey – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  No walks, but that was only because the Blue Jays never saw a pitch they didn’t like.  To give you an idea of how mediocre this start was, during the better part of the telecast all Blyleven kept talking about is how Slowey doesn’t look right.  Even Roy Smalley got in the act.  Though I’m not sure what Roy Smalley knows about pitching except how not to hit it.

Jose Bautista – Hit his 11th homer yesterday.  At this point, I’m surprised he hit only one in this game.

Wandy Rodriguez – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Wasn’t a great start.  Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not 100% healthy.

John Ely – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He’s now only walked 3 guys (1 intentional) in 25 and 2/3 innings and has a 3.51 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP.  Yes, you should own him.

Javier Vazquez – Got the win vs. the Red Sox!  Sure, he only pitched one-third of an inning, but baby steps.

Victor Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 solo homers as the Sawx and Yanks combined for 7 homers.  What is everyone doing at Yankee Stadium?  Is it the Macarena?  The Electric Slide?  No, it’s The Jetstream!

Mike Napoli – Hit one home run yesterday and hit another fly ball that just missed going out by about one and half David Ecksteins.  After Napoli returned to the dugout, Scioscia gave him the half head nod that the crusty vet gives the young upstart in all those sports movies.  I dropped some schmohawk catcher for Napoli in one of my leagues.

Derek Holland – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I might sound like an apologist, but this start was better than how the line looks.  Holland had a no-hitter into the 5th inning until Juan Rivera hit an infield single that should’ve been an error then Napoli followed with the homer.

Hank Blalock – 2-for-5 with an RBI as he hit 5th.  It’s not an endorsement.  It’s a Cust kayin’.

Billy Butler – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs as he hit one WTF (Warning Track Fly).  Butler did take care of the game-winning rally.  Know how Butler starts rallies?  By burning his bra.

  1. DrEasy says:

    Smalley and Slowey? Oh my!

    As for Butler, it probably should be called a broa, to go with the moobs.

  2. herschel says:

    not since seinfeld have i laughed at schindler’s list jokes. thank you.

  3. Chomp Samba says:

    When did the Yankees sign the Great Gazoo as their backup catcher? I know he’s had some knocks in the noggin but the poor kid looks like a candy apple in the batter’s box. Coincidentally, the name Cervelli is derived from the Italian “cervello”, which means “brains”. And that’s one to grow on.

  4. Leo says:

    “CBS Sportsline, which is a sad, sad site” –

    Agreed. I am the commish of a big money league on CBS Sportsline and it’s pretty shabby (they have guys like John Ely slated as a RP!).

    What fantasy baseball tracking site would you recommend?

  5. Tony says:

    @Chomp Samba: i love rotating cervelli and posada in and out… that combo is going to net some nice year end stats.

  6. quimmy says:

    What to make of The Animal Bautista? Are we looking at a 30hr bat here? Where would he rank among the following:

    Bautista, Wiggington, Laroche SR, Robot Jones, Cantu

  7. BabyBeluga says:

    Does bj upton turn it around any time soon?
    Offered upton for Soria in my 12 team 6×6 (ops, holds) – do this deal? Would need to follow up w another deal to get saves back (have marmol, Simon, lidge).

  8. Quimmy says:

    @babybeluga: I would want upton in that deal, you can always find saves at some point on the wire me thinx.

  9. MeanMachine says:

    Ely, Garland, Holland. Who do you like the best for the near term.

  10. joe from point pleasant says:

    @Grey and anyone else who can help:

    I am planning out my pitching this week and I need to figure out which 2 starts the best, here are my options:

    RWells @ TEX (Holland) no bvp
    Masterson v KC (Meche) .255 3 2b 1 hr .694 ops
    Cecil @ SEA (Fister) no bvp but seattle barely hits over .200 v lefties
    Richard @ SEA (Rowland-Smith) no bvp

    I am leaning towards Cecil and Richard. Masterson has great K potential but hes been really unpredictable this year. Wells is the best pitcher on the list but hes in Arlington with a DH spot for this start.

    Let me know which two starts you guys think are best. Thanks so much!

    And btw Grey, the Napoli post where u said he missed a HR by one and a half ecksteins cracked me up. I literally laughed out loud. Good work!

  11. Mikey boy324 says:

    Grey hart or Jose lopez?

  12. KVC

    cleaver596 says:

    A guy wants a pitcher and I’m getting Gardner and Victorino in return. I’m not sure where I should start the offers at. I have CC, Josh Johnson, Marcum, Leblanc, Bucholz, Wade Davis, and Penny. He needs to free up some roster space for a guy coming off the DL. He is just sort of throwin in Gardner as an add on because I threw in Olivio for a trade we did a few weeks back. He has Pierre and Pods, so he is killing in steals right now. Would Marcum not be a fair trade, or do I need to offer him Johnson. I don’t want to offend him by offering marcum and he thinks its I’m trying to screw him.

  13. KVC

    cleaver596 says:

    Also, I had 5 guys set up to claim on waivers. ( this is on ESPN by the way) and none of them went through. It said it would exceed my roster size. however, I dropped Ole Doucher a few days ago and right now I still have an open roster spot. Has anyone experienced this or know why I wasn’t able to get anyone off of waivers?

  14. whigs says:

    Drop Wandy or Slowey for Ely (or neither). Thanks dood.

  15. Paul says:

    G, in a league with LF/CF/RF, and I’ve Fukudome and Sizemore for CF. Time to drop Sizemore for Cody Ross? Scoring: R/2B/3B/HR/RBI/SB/K/E/AVG/OBP/SLG. Cody is about the only useful soul left with CF eligibility and with Fukudome tending to sit against the lefty, well, if Sizemore keeps this up I’d be better leaving Fukudome in to not play against the lefty, I mean, he might pinch hit late…

  16. bodymore says:

    I could use Hart, but is it worth dropping Rajai or Willingham for? Coghlan is heating up so I think I should continue to play him, and as frustrating as Adam Jones is, feels too soon to give up on his potential. Thoughts on who to drop for Hart, or stand pat with who I have?

  17. William says:

    @Grey – Carlos Zambrano worth a roster spot when he’s back in the rotation? I feel like the Cubs are going to regret giving Zambrano the Joba treatment.

  18. bodymore says:

    Herschel said it was ok to laugh at a Holocaust joke, so we’re covered (Its like in a stand up comic video when the white comic makes a joke about black people and the camera quickly pans to the black couple laughing and clapping) It’s alright folks, enough time has passed.

  19. AdamH says:

    Heilman or Putz for possible future saves?

  20. bodymore says:

    @Grey Sorry to double post at ya but the above question applies to an OPS league

  21. black love says:

    drop miguel montero to give snider some room on the DL?

  22. RGP says:

    Carlos Pena?

    Buy Low? Stay away?

  23. Jarrad says:

    @Chomp Samba: The Great Gazoo! That’s awesome…

  24. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Adrian Beltre or Chipper Jones for UTIL?

  25. scrotum says:

    Olivo or Napoli?

  26. NoEmoJoe says:

    Would you drop Bengie Molina and carry no catcher until they bring up Carlos Santana? Bengie has 2 f’in RBI in the last month

  27. steamer says:

    What do you guys think of trading Carlos Quentin for Grady Sizemore? I’d be getting Sizemore. I need to do something with my OF of Quentin, Ad Jones, Lee. I’m trying to move Jones, but I can’t give him away. I’m to the point of dropping him too, the only hits he seems to get are bunt singles, and then he can’t even steal a friggin base. Do something!

  28. NoEmoJoe says:

    @scrotum: Prior to last night, I started Olivo over Napoli in a weekly league. I then used my waiver priority for Quentin and dropped Napoli. I think its a 50/50 coin flip. I am no help. Ha!

  29. albertalbert says:

    i’ve got vlad. he’s got aramis or mcgehee. 1 for 1. who do you like? i’m thinking hold, but if vlad gets hurt i’ll curse myself for not selling high. your thoughts? (i’ve been lucky enough not to own aramis, so i haven’t kept up on his gossip. what’s up with that turkey?)

  30. genghis chone says:

    Drop Wandy or Slowey for Ely, Olsen, Heilman, Harang, Bailey, Gorzelanny, or Kennedy?

  31. Eddy says:

    That Asdrubal blurb was one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while Grey

    Thanks for the morning laugh!

  32. Mr. Rickey says:

    Heilman or Coffey? Also, I don’t think a guy named Heil-man belongs in Schindler’s List; maybe Dr. Strangelove.

  33. NoEmoJoe says:

    @Mr. Rickey: didnt coffey get his titties lit last night?

  34. DJSatane says:

    Do you guys think Asdrubal will be back in july or is this something that could put him out even longer?

  35. floridamach1 says:


    I have a Max Starts Cap in my league so I am trying to be prudent. I need wins today especially since Hughes and Cain let me down last night. I would like to start no more than 2

    Greinke @ Bal: Must Start right?
    Verlander CWS: Is he starting or no?
    Latos SF: Will he dominate again?
    Chacin @ ChC: Still don’t trust him

    Thank you sir

  36. @floridamach1: I’d go Greinke/Verlander. If you own those two, you have to start them.

    Though Latos at home against SF (who he shut out last week) is appealing as well.

    @albertalbert: Aramis — unlucky so far; heating up. However, trading Vlad for either of those two is not selling high. If you want to unload Vlad, aim higher.

    @RGP: If you need homers, buy low. He can hit 12 in a month.

  37. dave says:

    OK, need to do something severe here: NL-only, cut the cords on Milledge and Maybin and get Andres Torres and Felipe Lopez in the lineup. Agree?

  38. floridamach1 says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks. I just saw that I guess Porcello is starting now? ESPN had Verlander in the Daily Notes. Oh well. I am thinking Greinke and Latos. I would love to throw Jhoulys out there. I do need to curtail starts but I still have fewer than most. However, I am not sold on yo-lease just yet

  39. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Regarding Slowey… You sellin’ or sitting tight?

    I’m a bit scared when even Roy Smalley recognizes bad pitching. That guy sucked at the dish.

    Mike D.

  40. charlie batch says:

    please pick 1:

    cecil @Sea, or masterson @home vs KC. Or neither.

  41. papasmurf says:

    Crapoli is hitting, Mclousy woke up from his nap, and Pence is worth more than a pence! Now can we just wipe out the first month of the season? Now if Evercab and Chipper can start hitting. Good god, was that really my starting roster? Smurfs are climbing in the standings though! From next to last to fifth in less than a week.

    Aight hope I didn’t just jinx my team after giving a “hey good job you didn’t shit on yourself this time” kind of compliment to those first 3.

  42. I'm so Prado of you says:

    Analysis on Jose Lopez through May 17th:

    2009 line: 17/3/19/0/.236
    2010 line: 8/1/15/2/.221

    Sure the HR’s aren’t there, but he has made up for that with some SB’s. The lack of R’s are concerning, but the fact remains that he didnt exactly hit the ground running last year either – but pulled together a decent season.

    2009 Final #’s: 69/25/96/3/.272

    He really started hitting at this time last year, lookin at the games logs.

    Grey, is this a guy to target as someone who will produce moving forward? Can we expect 60/25/95/5/.260?

  43. Big Nate says:

    Jason Bartlett’s yawnstipation was tolerable when he was stealing bases and hitting .370 in the first half of last year. He’s currently batting .176 with no homers and 2 RBI’s in May.

    Would you grab Mike Aviles, Ian Desmon, Marco Scutaro or Orlando Cabrera to replace him?

  44. Chris says:

    SP Ranker:

    Latos, Cueto, Morrow, Medlen.

  45. Donnie Baseball says:

    Grey and anybody else,

    What’s everyone’s thoughts on D. Stubbs? Is he going to be keeping his everyday job. Besides for the avg. he looks pretty good.

    Haven’t really been following him because I had no interest in him, but got offered him in a trade for virtually nothing.

  46. JHBallgame says:

    @grey or anyone who has strong feelings on this:

    Scott Olsen or John Ely? (I just picked up Olsen, wondering whether to trash him for Ely)

  47. ViagraFalls says:

    With that CIN pitching being top notch, should I think about starting Freese instead of McGehee today at 3B? I know McGehee has been near the top in RBI’s and has been a rock for the Brewers, but I wonder and fear what CIN is going to do to him today…Any thoughts?

    Also, with Torri Hunter in Texas against CJ Wilson today, I am also thinking it is a smart move to bench him for today’s game in light of how well Wilson has been pitching so far. Does anyone agree with that move, too?

    Thanks…I appreciate any advice.

  48. Eric says:

    Everyone — I need some feedback on a possible 4-for-3 deal in a 20-team one-year roto league where I need SB, R and SV.

    I send: Wigginton, Napoli, Chaucin, Chapman, and I get Figgins, McCann, and Jenks.

    Obviously, I’m selling high on Wiggy and the promise of Chapman, and trying to get in low on Figgy and McCann. Is it worth it?

  49. Doot Doot says:

    Morning Grey
    Rank these SP in order of preference please.
    Penny, Kennedy, Ely, Holland, Olsen, Pineiro, Guthrie, Pavano.
    Just the top 5 will do. Thanks.

  50. Hi Grey and everyone else … If Beckett gets punched around by the Yankees again tonight is he still a buy-low candidate? Would you do a deal of sending Wigginton + either Ely or Chaucin for Beckett?

  51. William says:

    @Grey – Not sure who Brandon Morrow pitches against this week, but is he a better pick than Kevin Slowey v. the Brewers?

  52. CMR says:

    Hey grey, would you drop castro when furcal comes off the DL?


  53. Hideousmutants says:

    Just traded Johan to get BJ Upton. Last in SBs and generally hurting in hitting but have Price, jjohson, Lester and liriano on staff so have pitching to spare. Verdicts on the trade?

  54. Oh, one more question. Someone dropped Gavin Floyd in a very deep roto league I’m in. Seeing as how he picked it up in June last year, is it worth taking a flyer on him? Is he worth a waiver claim? How does he compare to the likes of Medlen, Chaucin, Ely, et al.?

  55. Kazmere says:

    Bruce vs Parra (lefty, but 3 for 11 with a HR)
    Scott vs Greinke
    J Upton @ JJ
    Pence @ Kuroda

  56. and1mcgee says:

    @Kazmere: pick how many? 1? 2?

  57. Mr. Rickey says:

    @NoEmoJoe: Indeed he did but Hoffman gets his lit regularly as does Vile-nueva. So much suck to choose from . . . .

    Anybody think giambi is worth a flier for interleague play?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Hehe

    @Chomp Samba: That’s hilarious.

    @Leo: Tracking? Huh?

    @quimmy: Aaron Hill hit 35 homers last year, so anything’s possible, but it seems highly unlikely. Laroche, Robot Jones, Cantu, Bautista…

    @BabyBeluga: I’d take Upton there.

    @MeanMachine: Ely

    @joe from point pleasant: Cecil and Richard are fine with me. Thanks!

    @Mikey boy324: Hart

    @cleaver596: Try Davis or Penny, in that order.

    @whigs: Slowey

    @Paul: I’d hold.

    @bodymore: I’d lose Willingham.

    @William: Sure

    @AdamH: Heilman

    @black love: Yup

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Beltre

    @scrotum: Olivo

    @NoEmoJoe: No I wouldn’t drop him.

    @steamer: It’s worth a shot.

    @genghis chone: Slowey for Ely.

    @Eddy: Thanks!

    @Mr. Rickey: Heilman

    @DJSatane: July sounds about right. Maybe August.

    @floridamach1: I’d start the top three.

    @dave: Lose Milledge for Torres if you need steals.

    @Mike D.: Selling…

    @charlie batch: Cecil

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @I’m so Prado of you: Sure, still plenty of season left.

    @Big Nate: Desmond

    @Chris: Cueto, Latos, Medlen…

    @Donnie Baseball: He has speed and strikes out a lot.

    @JHBallgame: Go with Olsen for now.

    @ViagraFalls: Who’s pitching for the Reds today?

    @Eric: Sounds good if you need what Figgy brings.

    @Doot Doot: Morning… Penny, Kennedy, Olsen, Ely, Holland…

    @Enrique: Sure, I’d take Beckett for waiver wire pickups.

    @William: Sure

    @CMR: Sure

    @Hideousmutants: It’s fair.

    @Enrique: Ely, Medlen, Floyd…

    @Kazmere: Pence, Bruce, Upton… In that order.

  59. kaj says:

    Grey, what about Rosa in AZ as a deep sleeper for saves?

  60. William says:

    @Grey – Here’s my daily rank ’em question

    Carlos Zambrano (when he’s a starter again), Brandon Morrow, Kevin Slowey, Ervin Santana, Scott Olsen, Edwin Jackson, Brett Myers, Jeremy Bonderman

  61. Eric says:

    @Grey: Do you think Figgy picks it up in terms of AVE and R? I mean, I know he won’t hit under .200 all year, and I know you aren’t a huge fan. But do you think we’re seeing a significant erosion in his skills at 32, or is he likely to start hitting and stealing and scoring at levels closer to his career norms?

  62. dingers says:

    grey, i know your keepin the faith -but what to do with Grady? if you felt comfortable with your outfield (kemp,cruz,span)…what kind of an arm do you think he could fetch? Im thinking Scott Baker, would you do it?

  63. NoEmoJoe says:

    @steamer: This might make me hesistant (i prob would rather Carlos anyway)

    Grady Sizemore is scheduled to have an MRI on his left knee when the Indians get back to Cleveland on Wednesday.

    Sizemore was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after an awkward slide in Sunday’s game, but the Indians obviously think the injury may be more serious. He was not in Monday’s lineup and isn’t playing Tuesday. Hopefully Wednesday’s MRI only confirms the Tribe’s initial diagnosis

  64. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey: I hear you on Ian Desmond being completely yawnstipating. He’s just blah in pretty much every category. At this point because of a trade I have Desmond starting at MI and Wiggy starting at my Util position. Would you drop Desmond and plug Wiggy into MI to pick up someone like Cust in a OBP league? Or other available waiver wire fodder like Fred Lewis, Chris Coughlan, Adam LaRoche, Jonny Gomes, Jason Kubel or Marcus Thames?

  65. Fletch says:

    @Grey – Who do you like the rest of the season…Cueto, Garland, Kennedy or Wade Davis?

  66. NoEmoJoe says:

    @Grey: thanks, i decided to cut ties with Big Z. holding two catchers probably a bad move but maybe Santana makes enough noise for possible trade bait!

  67. dingers says:

    @NoEmoJoe: thanx 4 the heads up

  68. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: AL Only (5×5 Roto) trade targets to replace Ass-Cab – Can you please rank for overall value, rest of season?

    Alexei Ramirez
    Howie Kendrick
    Alberto Callaspo
    Jason Bartlett

    And Scott Baker is about right for any of these guys, agree?

    Thanks a lot,
    Mike D.

  69. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Grey: and anyone else:

    Is this trade offer fair/reasonable? I (pitcher heavy) give up Verlander and Carmona (my weakest pitcher) for Zobrist and Jonathan Sanchez (to a pitching weak team)? I could sub Latos, Bucholtz, Leake or Garland for Carmona.

  70. Tribe’s going on a quest, scheduling Gimpy Sizemore for an MRI on his left knee when the Indians get back to Cleveland on Wednesday.

  71. EL BURRO says:


    thoughts on a potential Madison Bumgarner call-up shortly? Wellemeyer Weiner is 2-3, 5.25 era, 1.42 whip, 25 ks in 36 ip. hardly impressive.

    Bumgarner been lights out in last 2 starts. 2 wins, 0.75 era, 1.0 whip, 13ks in 13 ip. Im getting horny for Madison.

  72. ViagraFalls says:

    @Grey: Homer Bailey is pitching for the Reds today, and since the Reds’ pitching has been so good I wondered about keeping McGehee in there. Even though McGehee is fairly hot lately, too.

    And then there is the question about keeping Torri Hunter in for a game against the Rangers that CJ Wilson is pitching…

    Thanks and Morning, Grey.

  73. @Grey: Mornin’ bud. Is that Eli Wallach warming up out there in the D-Back pen? They need Gabe Kapler to become a pitcher…

    Heilman? Oh god, please don’t tell me you’ve rostered him unless your ERA/WHIP are so amazing, you can easily absorb his regular explosions of awfulness. I can’t think of a reliever that I’d want less. Maybe Chad Cordero if he ever found his way into a save opp again.

    Love the Roy Smalley crack. He was definitely not very good at hitting baseballs.

  74. bodymore says:

    @El Burro:

    Thanks for the update on Madison, I’ll be keeping my eye open for the call up… with the Strasburg hype I think a lot of people forgot how well rated Bumgarner was/is.

    @Grey: Hart was scooped up before I could decide if I wanted to cut Willi, oh well. Waiting for Granderson/Stanton…

  75. Leo says:

    @Grey: Let me rephrase it.

    Which fantasy baseball website do YOU use :)

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @kaj: Eh

    @William: Olsen, Ervin, Morrow, Slowey…

    @Eric: He’s walking and he should be hitting better.

    @dingers: Baker would do it.

    @ScoutAbout: Yeah, Coghlan.

    @Fletch: Cueto, Kennedy…

    @Mike D.: Alexei, Kendrick… yeah, Baker’s about right.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: I’d want someone better than Zobrist.

    @zombie: Makes sense.

    @EL BURRO: Could get the June call up.

    @ViagraFalls: I’d start McGehee. Hunter just hit a homer yesterday, I wouldn’t bench him. But I have no idea of your possible replacements.

    @3FingersBrown: Ha! Good morning.

    @Leo: To what play? I’m using Yahoo and CBS this year. ESPN’s fine too.

  77. EL BURRO says:


    yeah, i like to track the top 10-15 SP in the minors weekly.

    Bumgarner changed his delivery and has looked sharp last few outings. Im considering adding in my 14 team mixed league (i originally drafted him and dumped for Holland, which worked out well … so far). Strausburg, Chapman, Hellickson, Holland (by me) are owned already.

    If you like prospecting for arms, Id also keep an eye on: Arrieta (bal), Tillman (bal), Cashner (chic), Rondon (cle), Hudson (chiw).

  78. EL BURRO says:


    Im thinking the same thing (june call) on Madison. He meets all my sexiness for a SP – left-handed, NL WEST, pitchers park. yes, please. gonna dump masterson for him.

  79. Tom Emanski says:

    Ass-Cab’s injury has made David Eckstein the best replacement option in my league. Ugh. That is until I’m forced to use to waiver priority on Jason Donald who is sure to be a 25 year old schmohawk.

  80. Tom Reale says:

    Looks like E Jackson is sporting an actual schmohawk.

  81. Lis Franc says:

    Blanton vs. Ely for the rest of the season?

  82. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Hoffman or Simon for saves?

  83. JackInTheBox says:

    So who to own for OF/Util? (12 team H2H league)

    Robot Jones, Corey Hart, JD Drew, Troy Glaus

  84. Ciao Grey — Are you starting Chaucin at Chicago tonight?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Enrique: In an NL-Only league.

  86. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey

  87. NukeLaDouche says:

    Looks like HanRam is sitting today. There is no jogging in this dojo!

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Lis Franc: we know blanton is pretty meh. at least we are still waiting to see ely’s ceilin…or lack thereof.

  89. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @NukeLaDouche: I am looking for the lemonade in this lemon situation with Han-Ram.

    Here it is: Trade him to the BoSox.

    Doesn’t this make a sick kind of sense? The Marlins love cutting pay role. The BoSox need a big bat. They’ve tried to land Hanley before.

    Am I dreaming? Yes, I am dreaming. But only because dreams are when miracles happen.

    Sure, Loria would have a hard time selling this to the Marlin faithful, but then, there’s no such thing as the Marlin faithful. So, problem solved.

  90. jwallace says:

    old to the site but new to the commenting here.

    Between Ian Stewart and Kelly Johnson, who should I drop for Manuel Corpas?

  91. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: P.S. Adam Lind 6 for his last 13, including today.

    Bounce-back starts in 3…2…1*…

    (The 1 is silent. I just mouthed it, like they do in TV stations.)

  92. Bring Back Pluto says:

    60 / 6 / 37 / 32 / .279
    60 / 5 / 31 / 27 / .277

    Those two lines, according to ZiPS Rest of Season projections, belong to Jose Reyes and Elvis Andrus. I’ll let you guess whose is whose.

  93. and1mcgee says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: who cares. Andrus > Reyes all the way! :]

  94. brad says:

    good thing i didn’t activate encarnacion on the razzball team. yikes.

  95. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    I now have Youk/Gregg for Dunn/A-Ram/KJ on the table. I’d be getting Youk/Gregg.


    I am overpaying talent here, especially if A-Ram bounces back (which he’s starting too) but I need help in both AVG (currently 9th) and runs (currently tied for 11th) and those getting harder to correct later in the season. The league also includes OBP, and Youk is one of the few that outperforms Dunn there. I’d slide MMD back to 2B and have an OF of Lind/Bruce/Gardner.

    Gregg is more or less a throw-in — I’d use him as a trade chip later (as I do with all closers MUWAHAHAHAHA!)

    I guess this hinges on two questions:

    1) How real do we think KJ is?
    2) Do we expect A-Ram’s numbers to be relatively close to Youk from here on out?

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I think with OBP Youk’s much better than Aramis, but you are overpaying. Don’t see why you can’t do Dunn/KJ or Dunn/A-Ram for Youk. You don’t need Gregg anyway. As for KJ, I think he will be more than a 20/10 guy, so he’s already more than halfway there on power.

  97. vottomatic says:

    i’m looking to drop a player for john ely since some of my pitchers are getting luck or very unlucky. i’m in a 10 team auction league w/ a salary cap. who should i drop or should i just role the way i am?
    C Geovany Soto
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Ian Kinsler
    3B David Wright
    SS Ben Zobrist
    CI Ian Stewart
    OF Justin Upton
    OF B.J. Upton
    OF Carlos González
    OF Álex Ríos
    Util Colby Rasmus
    BN Chase Headley
    BN Rafael Furcal
    BN Adrián Béltre
    BN Garrett Jones
    BN Justin Smoak
    DL Curtis Granderson
    SP Josh Johnson
    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Jaime García
    SP Jhoulys Chacin
    SP Clay Buchholz
    RP Rafael Soriano
    RP Carlos Mármol
    BN Wade Davis
    BN Chad Billingsley
    BN Javier Vázquez

  98. Infamy707 says:

    Drop Kennedy or Randy Wells for Cueto?

  99. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: The guy needs a 3Bman back (ergo, A-Ram).

    I can keep KJ, but with Youk and MMD, I don’t really have a spot for him. I figure he’s halfway there on power too — so better to sell now, no?

    The trade is basically Dunn/A-Ram for Youk, coupled with KJ for Gregg — but in my league, Gregg has more trade value going forward, since a) everyone thinks KJ will cool of; b) someone always needs saves (I just flipped Neftali for Gardner) and c) people only need one 2B (no MI spot).

    I already looked over teams to find someone who’d want a 2Bman upgrade, and there wasn’t much. (This guy has Zorilla, who he can shift to the OF.)

    The trade does leave me a bat short, in Util — I’d likely pick up Hart or Branyan and use him for awhile, until he cools off.

  100. Van Hammersly says:

    In a 12-team H2H league in which I’ve got a pretty comfortable lead, who to drop in order to reactivate Rollins: Slowey, Beckham, Aviles, Medlen?

  101. DavidSouter says:

    Trade Kemp and Reyes for Hanley and Choo?

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DavidSouter: It’s okay, I wouldn’t do it.


  103. Slumpbustin says:

    14 team H2H keeper league (we can keep up to 8 for as long as we want) and I am still looking at acquiring as much talent as I can before I try and plug holes that I have to fill later on. I got offered the following trade.

    G. Beckham and J. Smoak
    P. Hughes and J. Chacin

    I would be getting Becks and Smoak.

    My current team is a little light on SP I have Hughes, Pettite, Vazquez, Lester, Slowey, Cecil, E. Santana, Chacin, and Medlen

    My infield is solid but no depth. Arod, Fielder, Stewart, Reyes, Alcides, Swisher with C. Guillen on the DL. Should I pull the trigger on this deal? Typically I only like keeping 1 maybe 2 SP and I am not sure Hughes has reached stud pitching status yet, or if he is just off to a great start.

  104. dj says:

    where does ely fall in line with medlen, latos, braden and leake for you guys?

  105. What are you guys talking about re Smalley?? The guy hit 20 HRs three times, also 95 RBIs once, in leagues/parks that were much less HR-happy than today. The guy could hit.

  106. Hitman says:

    Is anybody starting McCutchen or Robot vs Halladay today?

  107. genghis chone says:

    Scott Olsen is out there, in addition to Ely. Should I pick up Olsen before I grab Ely?

  108. BabyBeluga says:

    Give Simon for FraGu (or Headley)?
    Give Soria for BJ Upton (or Abreu)?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:


  110. MJD says:

    I prefer the name AssDrizzle Cab

  111. BA Baracus says:

    Hey Guys,

    Looking to obtain Cueto? Out of these OFs who would be a good matchup? pierre, pence, willingham,



  112. Phightins#1 says:

    @grey – your writing never ceases to make me chuckle. the johnny/jonny play was good. i own them both, which makes it that much better.

  113. johnson21 says:

    grey, is it time for some carlos santana add action? carlos gomez?

  114. johnson21 says:

    also jose lopez or the cuban missile crisis for your MI?

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