We’re gonna try and turn over a new, positive leaf here at Razzball. No longer are we going to sing the blues when one of our favorites doesn’t make the team.  We’re gonna emoticon all over your face for someone else.  That other person just happens to be the guy replacing Mike Minor in the rotation.  Three ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to introduce to you, Mr. Brandon Beachy.  In Triple-A last year, Beachy had a 9+ K/9 with just over a 1 BB/9 through 45 2/3 IP.  That’s purdy.  Let’s see more! Okay, random italicized voice.  In Double-A earlier last year, he had a 12+ K/9 and about a 2 and a half BB/9.  Not bad, but what’s behind curtain number 3?! Random italicized voice, don’t you have some random italicized television to watch?  Snippy! I loved Mike Minor, but you know what?  I can get behind Brandon Beachy, in the non-sexual way.  Has solid strikeout stuff and good control.  Everywhere you have Minor, go with Beachy.  Or Jordan Zimmermann, he’s still butter with the “ER.”  (<–That’s my expression but feel free to use it.)  Anyway, here’s some more news from fantasy baseball:

Kevin Slowey – Once upon a midnight dweawy, Slowey pondewed weak and weawy as he was sent to the buwwpen.

Kendrys Morales – Shut down now because of soreness in his foot.  Must be from carrying around that extra S.

Chris Coghlan – Will be ready for Opening Day.  Man, that’s some yawnstipating news.

Ben Francisco – Haven’t seen this doode on too many teams in the comments.  Why is that?  Not rhetorical.

Brett Gardner – Will bat leadoff against righties.  How is he worse than Ellsbury?  Rhetorical!

Frank Francisco – Wait a second, he went to see Dr. Freeze and now he’s going to the DL?  That’s just crazy talk.  I’d grab Rauch, but, unfortunately, Dotel is looking healthy so he could monkey wrench up this shituation.

Curtis Granderson – Out with a strain of the oblique.  Better than one of those monkey strains that Dustin Hoffman saved the world from in Outbreak.  Or is it?!  Yeah, I think it probably is.  As of this roundup, no news how long Grandy would be out but I’m guessing he’ll miss at least two weeks of the season.

Eugenio Velez – Sprained his ankle.  Dusty Baker said of Velez’s ankles, “I’d like to chew on those toothpicks.”

Will Rhymes – As reported here last week here then argued about how I was wrong in the comments, Rhymes is starting at 2nd for the Tigers.  Since Leyland’s making out the lineup cards, he’ll probably hit Rhymes second.  Why do you care?  Because Will be rhyming and stealing.  It’s SAGNOF, ya’ll.  Act like you know, MC Lyte.

Marlon Byrd – Has been on fire in spring training.  And, usually, you put a bowl of crap in one hand and spring training stats in the other and see which one weighs more.  Yet… Actually this is a big YET, Byrd will hit third in the lineup and had a big 1st half last year.  And that’s Grey getting excited about a Byrd in the three hole!  Hmm, that sounds like something that could get you prison time.

Jake Peavy – Threw from 40 feet yesterday.  Only problem it was 40 feet high.  He dropped the ball from a building.

  1. jerome bishop says:

    Beachy won a spot in the rotation over Minor? I don’t see that reported elsewhere but maybe that’s not what you were trying to get across.

  2. kangaroo hops says:

    With this team, I think I should drop Torres for some more power. SBs seems to be covered. Go with Bay (waivers) or Ibanez, Moreland, Smoak, Morse, Robot Jones, or just be patient, grasshopper, and keep Torres?
    Also, thoughts about this team? I got shut out of SPs until later than I wanted…

    1. (9) David Wright (NYM – 3B)
    2. (16) Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B)
    3. (33) Ian Kinsler (Tex – 2B)
    4. (40) Nelson Cruz (Tex – OF)
    5. (57) Brian McCann (Atl – C)
    6. (64) Tommy Hanson (Atl – SP)
    7. (81) Ichiro Suzuki (Sea – OF)
    8. (88) Chris Young (Ari – OF)
    9. (105) Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    10. (112) Trevor Cahill (Oak – SP)
    11. (129) Chad Billingsley (LAD – SP)
    12. (136) Matt Thornton (CWS – RP)
    13. (153) Ted Lilly (LAD – SP)
    14. (160) Fernando Rodney (LAA – RP)
    15. (177) Jhoulys Chacin (Col – SP,RP)
    16. (184) Frank Francisco (Tor – RP)
    17. (201) Neil Walker (Pit – 2B,3B)
    18. (208) Jonny Venters (Atl – RP)
    19. (225) Edwin Jackson (CWS – SP)
    20. (232) Andrés Torres (SF – OF)
    21. (249) Brian Fuentes (Oak – RP)

  3. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey: Who would you rather pick up (in the waiver wire sense), Beachy, Pineda, or James McDonald? What about the other sense?

  4. kangaroo hops says:

    @Michael Bourne
    Yeah, I suppose you’re right. 12 team H2H, with 2 Util spots. I’ve a bench full of SP and no more room. Closers are gold, so gotta stick with a few possible SAGNOF possibilities. Franky Frank can go to the DL as soon as the season starts, and he will still be useful upon return. Ichiro fell far enough, and I like him, despite other opinions. 600 possible ABs at +.300 has been useful for me. It also allows me to roster guys like Reynolds if need be without it killing me.

    about your question, does Rajai Davis fit in there, too?

  5. Stosh says:

    Ha! OK, Grey, I owe you an apology on the Rhymes/Sizemore debate. I predicted Rhymes would win the 2B job about a month ago, but at the time of your post it was looking more and more like Sizemore was pushing for the job. For the record, as much as I like Rhymes for his grit, I’m not sure he’ll keep the job long. Leyland loves him some Danny Worth and Cale Iorg, and Sizemore’s not out of the picture yet. Leyland said Tuesday that he’d be happy with any of those guys as his starting 2B. But, yes, egg on my face.

  6. Carns says:

    A man with a gun to your head says 3 words, “Kinsler or Uggla?” He does not say anything else. Actually, he also says, “I will allow you to also count the replacement player’s stats should either player get injured.” (pretty menacing villain huh?)

    What is your response?

  7. Stosh says:

    @ Michael Bourne: Leyland is off limits, man. I don’t have these conversations. If you don’t like Leyland than we probably can’t talk baseball. He’s a top-10 manager, at worst. Dude gets more out of players like Will Rhymes and Ryan Raburn than any manager this side of Gardenhire. I’m a Leyland supporter, thru and thru. By the way, we will win the Central this year. We have the best pitching in the division, and in Miggy the best offensive force in the division.

  8. Carns says:

    @kangaroo hops: In my opinion you really don’t need to have Ichirio to absorb a low average like Reynolds. If you’ve landed enough guys at or around .275-.280 do the math and see how much your last man hitting .230 instead of .280 will affect your overall team’s average (fart sound).

  9. Lance Blankenship says:

    Beachy or McCarthy? Got a preference?

  10. stynyr says:


    10 team, H2H, 5×5

    My closers are Soria, Broxton and Aardsma. Should I drop Aardsma straight away and grab League? I was holding out for Cueto to go to the DL to pick League up. What should I do?

  11. Joel says:

    from the 8 spot, would you rather have Votto-Holliday or Braun-Tex?

  12. emc squared says:


    In a keeper league, is it worth holding on to Minor? Or is he too far away from actual fantasy production to be worth a roster spot. (We have no bench in our league)

  13. vottomatic says:

    @ Grey; Is Beachy definately making the rotation? I can’t find anything about it but, normally in Grey I trust.

  14. RonWashington'sStache says:

    I had a draft last night. 10 team, standard 5×5. Please comment. Thanks.
    C- Posada; 1B- Pujols; 2B- Roberts; 3B- Zimmerman; SS- Desmond; OF- Kemp, J. Upton, Rasmus; Util- Morneau, Lind; SP- Weaver, Gallardo, Liriano, Oswalt, Lilly, Sanchez, Chacin, Volquez, E. Jackson, Zimmerman; RP- Lyon, Ogando, Aardsma

  15. Karl says:

    @vottomatic They named him the 5th starter yesterday.

    @grey I don’t think Granderson will miss anytime. He hurt himself on the last swing of BP, stayed at practice and went through all the running drills before he went to the trainers. He’d like to play through it, but they’re gonna slow him down just to make sure it heals. He could be back for opening day, doesn’t sound too serious.

  16. Cain Fan says:

    In a 10 team roto, OBP league with a snake draft what round value does Gardner have now? 8, 10, 12, 15?

  17. Wilsonian says:

    Here’s my pitching staff:

    SP: Lester
    SP: Marcum
    SP: Gio
    RP: Kimbrel
    RP: Hanrahan
    P: Rauch
    P: League
    BN: Cueto
    BN: E.Jackson
    BN: Bailey

    Do I drop Bailey for Beachy, or would I be better served dropping someone like Rauch or League for him? I’m worried about Cueto’s injury, and if for some reason Beachy is awful or doesn’t last long in the Bigs, that leaves me with only 4 SPs to start the year.

    Pitching categories: W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9


  18. AJK says:

    if hits are an extra catagory in a 6X6, would you make the case to push leadoff hitters with high avg or obp, ellisbury, juan pierre, brett gardner and ichiro into the top 15 OFs or is that one extra catagory not enough to do it?

  19. Eddy says:


    Would you prefer Espinosa or Rhymes?

    And kind of wanted to comment on something: before asking for some trade approval/disapproval, I check point shares to see how each side stacks up.

    In a trade where it’d be Felix and Heath Bell for Youk and Romero, naturally, I’d assume that the Youk side wins. When looking at the 12-team pointshares, however, Felix is actually worth Youk, Romero, Bell, and then some! Thoughts?

  20. BigRedLatrine says:

    Humbly requesting your opinion on my team Grey. 12 team 5×5 roto

    C Carlos Ruiz
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Aaron Hill
    3B David Wright
    SS Alcides Escobar
    MI Danny Espinosa
    CI Aramis Ramirez
    OF Dread Pirate
    OF Drew Stubbs
    OF Bobby Abreu
    OF Jason Kubel
    OF Ryan Braun
    UTIL Kendry(s) Morales
    SP Jon Lester
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Daniel Hudson
    SP Jhoulys Chacin
    SP Travis Wood
    SP Mike Minor
    RP Chris Perez
    RP Francisco Cordero
    RP Jake McGee

    we draft our bench soon, not sure if I want to take Trumbo, Rauch, or Beachy with my first pick.

    P.S. I’m sad I missed the christening of the Razzball glossary term for fat guys with no power. Bill Butler suffers from blimpotence.

  21. Matt Damon says:

    This question is for anyone to respond to, and by anyone I mean Grey (joking…kinda). I’m in a 10 team standard 5×5 league with 5 keepers, -3 round penalty.

    I have 3 keepers set already:
    Werth (19th round)
    D Hudson (26th round – was a FA pickup)
    J Bautista (25th round – was also a FA pickup)

    I’m struggling over the last two spots:
    Andrus in the 14th, Jamie Garcia in the 24th, Scherzer in the 9th, Drew Stubbs in the 24th, or Jonathan De La Sanchez in the 12th

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  22. Carns says:

    @RonWashington’sStache: Thanks, I have read the rankings through and through. Each time, I pretend that I haven’t read them, in order to make it the gift that keeps on giving. It kind of works too.

    However, I was kind of throwing it out there at everyone (hence the no “@Grey”). What is your opinion? I’ve always wanted to know Ron Washington’s blow-laced mustache’s opinion on my 2nd base targets.

  23. shibboleth says:

    Hey Grey, as always thanks for the morning read (and the afternoon one, too). What do you see wrong with this team? Aside from my awful upton bros nickname?

    c- montero
    1b- votto
    2b- zobrist/raburn
    3b- beltre/prado
    ss- hanley
    ci- huff
    mi – alexei
    of – werth, uptone, uptwo, rasmus/quentin/snider/fowler
    sp – haren, greinke, scherzer, morrow, kuroda, shields, cueto, kennedy
    rp – marmol, putz, hanrahahan, kuo, uehara

  24. teddyballgame says:

    Grey! my Razzball league fell apart. I hear there are openings in a few other ones. Can you hook a brother up?

    [email protected]

  25. joe from point pleasant says:


    drop rauch

  26. mets fan says:

    grey is bedard draft worthy in 12 team mixed leagues with news that it looks like hes gonna start the year healthy?

  27. Frank Rizzo says:

    Rotoworld reported yesterday that Granderson was saying he could have played yesterday if it were a regular season game. Hadn’t heard anything about an extended time off.

    Also, what does Ellsbury have on Gardner? Not much. But also, what does Gardner have on Rajai Davis? Maybe even less I think.

    Any possible truth to the Michael Young to Philly rumors? With drafts going on right now, picking up Young could end up fantasy gold. I could see him inserted into the # 3 spot in the batting order instantly.

  28. JaHerer22 says:

    12 team mixed league w/ 6 keepers. Assume through first 8 rounds (including keepers) team looks like this.

    C McCann
    1B Votto
    3B Youkalis
    OF J. Upton
    OF B. J. Upton
    OF Chrispie Young
    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Chris Carpenter

    Any idea who I should target in the next round? Slim chance Weeks, Gallardo, or Oswalt will be available. Would definitely take Weeks, not really looking for an SP here but Gallardo and Oswalt seem too good to pass up in the 9th and I’m pretty happy with my OF so far.

    Otherwise could reach for a 2B like Hill or Zobrist or go for a big bat to fill UTIL… possibly McGehee, Aram, Michael Young, Abreu, Konerko, Pena, Mark Reynolds. Not a huge fan of any of those guys and could probably get Pena/Reynolds a few rounds later. Anybody have suggestions?

  29. JaHerer22 says:

    12 team mixed league w/ 6 keepers. Assume through first 8 rounds (including keepers) team looks like this.

    C McCann
    1B Votto
    3B Youkalis
    OF J. Upton
    OF B. J. Upton
    OF Chrispie Young
    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Chris Carpenter

    Any idea who I should target in the next round? Slim chance Weeks, Gallardo, or Oswalt will be available. Would definitely take Weeks, not really looking for an SP here but Gallardo and Oswalt seem too good to pass up in the 9th and I’m pretty happy with my offense so far.

    Otherwise could reach for a 2B like Hill or Zobrist or go for a big bat to fill UTIL… possibly McGehee, Aram, Michael Young, Abreu, Konerko, Pena, Mark Reynolds. Not a huge fan of any of those guys and could probably get Pena/Reynolds a few rounds later. Anybody have suggestions?

  30. Buddo Chezuski says:

    @Matt Damon: I say Stubbs in the 24th

  31. A Hill O' Beans says:

    @Anyone Who Can Help

    The rotation in my 20 team league just took a very unpleasant hit. Minor was going to be my #4 or #5 depending on how you feel about Niese, and unfortunately Beachy already got scooped up yesterday so I can’t pick him up.

    Would you hold onto Minor and hope something happens where he gets a quick call up…..or…..would you pick up one of these “so called” pitchers: McCarthy, Arrieta, Figueroa, Enright, Ohlendorf or Correia. It hurts to just think one of these guys could be starting for me, but, I’m leaning towards picking up McCarthy or Correia. Any thoughts?

    The fact that I missed out on Beachy leads me to my second question. Where is a good place to hear about these things quickly, because obviously I’m not hearing about them quick enough. If its twitter who is a good person to follow for this sort of thing, because I can’t go searching for stuff that I don’t know has happened yet…

    Appreciate it guys.

  32. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    “Mike Minor – In my pitchers’ pairings post, I told you to grab Mike Minor or Jordan Zimmermann on every team. Then I see teams in the comments that don’t have either with a variation of this comment, “Grey (insert compliment), what do you think of my team?” I don’t think you have Mike Minor or Jordan Zimmermann, that’s what I think.” – Grey Albright

    Well, we had our draft yesterday, and I was going to cheerily report to you that I had Mike Minor on my club, and expect kudoos.. Then Simply Fred reports to me that Minor has been Beached. Then I read your column today.

    Say it ain’t so, Grey, say it ain’t so!

  33. DP says:

    @Grey It would be the shizz if you made a post that listed guys that you have ranked significantly lower than their yahoo/espn ranking

  34. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Just to start off, I did bid $1 for Ben Francisco last night, but he went up to $3, so I passed.

    I did my first auction draft ever last night with my friends. I didn’t even have time to do a mock beforehand. I did however read over your auction strategies and went into the draft with your TIERS as a guide. One team went ALL stars and scrubs: Miggy, A-Gon, Lester, Felix, Halladay, Ichiro, and another drafted 6 catchers “for trade bait” in our 2 catcher league. I ended up with 16 players in your top 100, and feel like I got some good bargains. Would you mind giving a brief analysis of this roster and give any suggestions on what stat I may need and what I can give up in exchange? (I’m guessing OF). Thanks a million, and looking forward to my second season of fantasy “razz-vice.”

    10 Team Standard ESPN League, $260 budget.

    C1 – Arencibia
    C2 – Suzuki (both for $1)
    1B – Votto
    2B – Phillips
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Reyes
    CIF – B. Butler
    MIF – A. Ramirez
    OF1 – Pence
    OF2 – Krispie Young
    OF3 – B.J. Upton
    OF4 – Stubbs
    OF5 – A. Rios (super bargain)
    UTIL – Rasmus
    SP – Kershaw
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Oswalt
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Kuroda
    SP – Bumgarner ($1)
    SP – Volquez ($1)
    SP – G. Gonzalez ($1)
    SP – Morrow ($1)
    RP – F. Corderro
    RP – Hanrahan
    RP – Thornton

  35. Wilsonian says:

    Would anyone prefer Holland to Beachy?

  36. NVChris says:

    Rhyming and Stealing? Beastie Boys!

    Last-minute trade opportunity. 12-team keeper H2H league. I own Ryan Dempster (and like him) for $10. 2011 is his last year of eligibility. Should I offer him for Jose Bautista? JB’s $7, and has three years left AND is 3B/OF eligible. Similar F-points projections.

    Seems like an offer I should make, but am I wrong in trusting Dempster more than Bautista?

  37. MattW says:


    I was wondering how you think about attaching auction values to your rankings if you disagree with proshares? Also, an earlier reader mentioned that you had an auction strategy post, but I’m unable to find it…can you throw up a link?

    Thanks as always.

  38. papasmurf says:

    I am hoping Moreland can gimme one month of 800 OPS baseball in April… Boy am I regretting not taking Lind for LF/1B instead of Jennings even more now. At the time, early March, I needed speed at LF and I thought Morales was gonna miss one week at most. Now maybe it’ll take him half a year…

    I’ll just have to monitor the FA pool and pounce on whichever ever 1B starts off the season good now, I suppose. James Loney? Brett Wallace? What choices. LOL.

  39. Abe says:

    Grey – missed the beginning of my draft last night (shotgunning a 4loko in an aquarium) and when I got in I had autospent almost $150 on braun, tulowitzki, and longoria. can’t argue with the players, and I ended up getting some bargains in other places, but my pitching staff is real weak. do you think I should trade for a solid starter (brett anderson, marcum, etc.) and if so who should i give up? thanks. also, this is an 11 team league, includes OPS and K/BB.

    c – Napoli
    1b – Lind
    2b – Kinsler
    3b – Longoria
    ss – Tulowitzki
    of – Braun
    of – Heyward
    of – Victorino
    util – Pedro Alvarez
    util – Snider
    bn – Raburn
    bn – Lorenzo cain

    sp – Hamels
    sp – Scherzer
    sp – Zimmerman
    sp – Volquez
    sp – Minor
    sp – Stauffer
    rp – Kimbrel
    rp – League
    rp – Ogando
    rp – Motte

  40. joe from point pleasant says:


    When the news broke last night about Beachy I was trying to figure out what the title of today’s post would be…

    My best guesses were:
    “We have a Minor problem”
    “Enter Sandman”
    “Son of a Beach-y”

    lol. Never saw this title comin haha, nice post.

  41. drpepper says:

    Who do you like better for a MI spot — aybar or rhymes?

  42. The Vaporizers says:

    Jonathon Niese or Brandon Beachy?

  43. paddyman says:

    Minor to the minors. Bummed. But Do I reshuffle and drop him for beachy? Maybe I drop Danny Valencia and add him to my farm?How do you see Valencia doing this year?

    Trade question Grey. Am I nuts to be considering this?
    Trade away:
    Hanley, Mauer, Pence and Axford
    for: V Mart, Carlos Gonzalez, Jeter, and Marmol.
    Ps. I need power.

  44. Eddy says:

    Venters and Kimbrel are going to share duties, at least to start the season, according to Fredi.

    I really hate how there are so many shituations to start the season. I hate even more how managers are so content to run with committees. Dammit, don’t you know you’re setting the fantasy world aflame?!

  45. BryanK says:

    Is it worth cutting James McDonald to snag Rauch? Leaning towards no, but I love to vulture saves! Thanks!

  46. joe from point pleasant says:


    I would have no problem going with 3 closers… and FWIW i dont think Rauch will wind up making that big of a difference with dotel looking healthy now.

    The problem is not the amount of closers, its the quality. Just keep your eyes peeled for injuries and guys who lose the job and grab the backups throughout the course of the year. You’d be surprised how good your closers can be if you just pay a little extra attention and nab a couple guys who win the role.

    Just keep an extra sharp eye on the rangers situation, as it will be declared sometime this week if felix will stay i the rotation. Lowe or Ogando could be top 20 options if they land the job. Also watch the Angels situation… Rodney cant be long for the job, hes awful, if walden winds up with the gig he could be great. You could also grab Aardsma once hes back. There are just so many options when it comes to closers. That’s why u grab the possible breakout starter while you still can, and drop the 2 week interim closer.

  47. joe from point pleasant says:


  48. joe from point pleasant says:


    Nice! hahahaa

  49. Johnny Drama says:

    Keepers (5) are due today. 12 team espn standard, auction keeper, H2H.

    I asked you about a month ago Grey and you said to keep.
    Hanson $16
    Oswalt $10
    Pedroia $23
    Dunn $22
    and Alvarez $6 (should be able to scoop him up at the same price in the auction)

    I’m wondering if you still like Alvarez in that fifth spot.

    Other options:
    Adrian Gonzalez $37 (miggy, pujols, and votto are off the board)
    Stubbs $6
    Dan Hudson $5
    Lester $25
    Reyes $26

    Thanks again.

  50. fatkid60 says:

    Would you drop Naverson for Beachy in a 12 teamer?

  51. joe from point pleasant says:

    @Johnny Drama:
    I’d take:

    Lester $25
    Hanson $16
    Oswalt $10
    Hudson $5
    AGonz $37

    I would rather get a high average/big power bat to base my offense around, and by keeping those 4 SP you literally don’t need to take another SP besides Zimm/Beachy. You can then focus your finances on filling out your offense. There should be a ton of good hitting bargains, my favorites being StarCast or Brignac at SS, Markakis in the OF, and Espinosa at 2b. That’s just my take.

  52. Pops says:

    “Take a 3rd baseman in the second round of the draft if you don’t leave the first with one.”

    If I miss out on David Wright in the first round of my draft, where do you turn? Zimmermann or Rodriguez? Both are injury prone, but Rodriguez is healthier and is punishing the ball this spring.

  53. Pops says:

    That should be Zimmerman (one N only).

  54. Wilsonian says:

    Ogando was told he will be in the ‘pen…hopefully an answer on Feliz will come shortly.

  55. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Beachy is a surprise. Would you lose Farnswoth for him or Wood? I have Feliz, Thornton, Marmol and Hanrahan as closers.

  56. Eng says:

    1. Drop Minor?
    2. Add Edwin Jackson or Beachy?
    3. For my one hitters bench spot, Dexter Fowler, JoseLopez or Espinosa?
    4. Drop O’Day or wait a few days?
    5. Thanks as always, Grey.

  57. Eng says:

    Ugh, I waivered Rauch. May as well add Dotel now too I guess. I couldn’t be happier with my team with the exception of my cl bullpen which is in real tatters other than Huston.

  58. Salty Balty says:

    9×9 roto.

    My team:

    C – Soto
    1B – C. Pena
    2B – Cano
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Tulo
    CF – Granderson
    OF – Manny
    OF – Braun
    UT – A. Jones
    UT – A. Torres
    BN – Wigginton, JD Drew, M. Bourn

    SP – Verlander
    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Chacin
    SP – I. Kennedy
    SP – G. Floyd
    SP – H. Bailey
    SP – J. Lackey

    BP – Madson, Betancourt, Motte, O’day, S. Downs

    I’m thinking of cutting Drew for Beachy and picking up another position player once the season starts and Downs (and probably Granderson) hit the DL. Should I cut Bailey or Lackey instead? I like Bailey for the matchups and was hoping to trade Lackey (he is overvalued by many in my league). Moves in my league are capped at 60 and I f…ed myself last year by making too many moves early and ended up one QS from a championship. Cutting Drew, Lackey, or Bailey in favor of Beachy make any sense to you? Thanks again.

  59. BigRedLatrine says:


    I’d like to thank the academy, Rudy, your mustache, and Billy Butler’s right moob.

  60. Wake Up says:

    Ah poor Slowey…I hope you are staying at a comfortable distance away from any young cousins….

    PS Sometimes when I think Zambrano…I think Hop-Frog

  61. Grey- beachy worth burning a waiver priority? dropping slowey and grabbing him? I think I have the 4th overall priority?

  62. 9-7 says:

    Grey, I have a blahtoon of outfielders on my 12 team H2H Keeper League. Who to drop, who’s got the upside, who might be available for me to pick up and contribute this year, but be more awesome next year?

    Carl Crawford, Span, Bourn, Rios, Tabata, and Delmon Young.

  63. Salty Balty says:

    You really think Lackey has no shot at a bounce back year? Not saying he’s gonna return to 2007 form, but completely done?

  64. tyler says:

    Question for the commentariat – am I crazy?

    12 team H2H, standard Yahoo positions, keep 6 players every year (no round penalties)

    Potential trademate is keeping Hanley, Longoria, Kinsler, Lester, Latos, and Stanton. I’m keeping M. Cab., Fielder, Pedroia, Reyes, Ellsbury and Panda.

    I proposed Fielder+Reyes for Hanley+Latos and got laughed off. My take was that it’s pretty even in total value, but it helps me not to have 2 1B’s going into the draft (BRAN, bitches), and it helps him because he has no 1B and the best 1B that’s not being kept is….Konerko? Huff? an injured Kendrys? And there are 4 other owners without a 1B that will be competing with him.

    So I ask again – am I crazy?

  65. Steve says:

    @Grey: Would be cool if you can take a look on my team and tell me how I did and if I should change anything. (I think my main problem could be speed, maybe average too.)

    10 teams, H2H, normal batting categories + TB and BB. Standard pitching categories.

    1. (5) Hanley Ramírez (Fla – SS) (Keeper)
    2. (16) Prince Fielder (Mil – 1B) (Keeper)
    3. (25) Matt Kemp (LAD – OF)
    4. (36) Justin Upton (Ari – OF)
    5. (45) Dan Uggla (Atl – 2B)
    6. (56) Yovani Gallardo (Mil – SP)
    7. (65) Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
    8. (76) Aramis Ramírez (ChC – 3B)
    9. (85) B.J. Upton (TB – OF)
    10. (96) Brett Anderson (Oak – SP)
    11. (105) Pedro Alvarez (Pit – 3B)
    12. (116) José Valverde (Det – RP)
    13. (125) Daniel Hudson (Ari – SP)
    14. (136) Tim Hudson (Atl – SP)
    15. (145) Craig Kimbrel (Atl – RP)
    16. (156) Matt Wieters (Bal – C)
    17. (165) Edinson Vólquez (Cin – SP)
    18. (176) Gordon Beckham (CWS – 2B)
    19. (185) Frank Francisco (Tor – RP)
    20. (196) Edwin Jackson (CWS – SP)
    21. (205) Manny Ramírez (TB – OF)

  66. cubbies299 says:

    Beachy or Homer Bailey?

  67. stynyr says:

    Was offered this this morning:

    I give:

    CarGo or Hamilton/Daniel Hudson

    I get:


    Which of Hamilton or CarGo should I give up?

  68. projectbadass says:

    12-team 5×5 H2H 4 keeper league (lose round u drafted them in next year)

    A: Cruz, Shields, Porcello (would drop for Neise)
    B: Oswalt, gio, huff

    Which side do u like?

  69. barker says:

    20 team league keeper no fancy round or keeper determinations

    i give hill cuddyer and tim hudson
    i get wright raburn and morrow

  70. Eddy says:

    ***DL NEWS***

    Brandon Morrow to begin the season on the DL because of forearm inflammation. This was out of nowhere.

  71. PublicEnemy#1 says:

    @grey In a vacuum…in a league that counts QS and Sv/hlds which side are you on for this trade:




  72. Black Beard says:

    6×5 (OPS), keeper:

    Rollins and McGehee for A-Rod?

  73. stynyr says:

    @tony: Thank you.

    @Grey: Thank you.

  74. the grate one says:

    grey, i dropped minor for beachy, and now im kind of upset! seems minor has life?! talk to me…talk me down from the ledge.

  75. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    This question it to anyone that can help…

    Does anyone know of a site where I can download a spreadsheet that will manually calculate roto rankings based on the data/stats I input?


  76. Eddy says:

    Technical question: Can a player be put on the DL on opening day retroactive to a pre-season (spring training) date? My friend said Morrow may only miss on start, but how’s that possible?

  77. the grate one says:

    i drafted minor! beachy was available b/c minor was the 5th! lol
    this other guy posted that he put his waiver in for minor!!!

  78. @Grey: With Kimbrell and Venters sharing the 9th, you still rank Kimbrell ahead of Cordero? Those two and Franklin are the last of the donkeycorns available in my email draft.

  79. Jim says:

    I have 2nd pick in 10 team 5×5 roto. Shallow league (3 OF, 1 UTIL). Leaning toward Hanley with #2 pick and a top 1B with #19. If there aren’t any left I’m going for Morneau later. Do you prefer that strategy or Cabrera with the #2 pick and Reyes with #19? I don’t want to punt SS this year. I’m punting 2B and C. Any better ideas instead of these 2? Thanks.

  80. jeffjam says:

    Grey, Salty or Arencibia, given JP will time share with some douche?

  81. joe from point pleasant says:


    Roy Oswalt reportedly hit in the head by a Manny Ramirez comebacker. He is en route to the hospital right now, trying to get more info on this.

  82. side says:

    would u drop Homer Bailey for Beachy in a deep 16 man league?

  83. John says:

    would you drop Norris or Mcdonald for beachy? if so which one?

  84. Futility Infielder says:

    @Grey if I read this correctly: there is no MLB.com article, no MLBTradeRumors and no Twitter news about Minor? Only a comment someone left on Razzball?

  85. Wilsonian says:

    Just pulled off this deal:

    My Rasmus/E.Jackson for his Lind/Hamels (dude is a big STL fan)

    Pretty damn stoked about it, do you guys think I should be?

    Categories: H, R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG., OBPS, W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

  86. jaw says:


    thoughts on this trade? 12 team 5×5 h2h keeper

    my morrow and zambrano

    for his

    pence and aardsma

    i have very deep SP (gallardo, liriano, scherzer, brett anderson, bumgarner, garza, guthrie). i have league so id put aardsma on the DL as a handcuff to him. right now my OF is werth, ethier, alex gordon, will venable so i could use some help there

  87. Not so fast. Braves say nothing decided.

  88. barker says:

    20 team league

    cuddyer tim hudson or beltre j chacin

    which side??

  89. Jamie says:

    6X6 H2H (k/bb ratio extra cat for pitching). I have Holland, Mcdonald, Stauffer, and Norris. Should I drop any of them for Beachy, and if so, who? Thanks

  90. Tony says:

    @grey/commentators: would you be alright rolling with Aaron Hill at 2B if I could deal something like Bphillips & Fuentes or Krimbel for Matt Holliday?

    I’ve got those two 2B, its a H2H, 10×10 league, so batting avg counts for quite a bit since you need singles, doubles, triples, etc etc etc… I snagged up Bphil in the 5th or 6th round too, he kept falling so i got a steal of a deal… the guy wanting a 2B has utley….

  91. Futility Infielder says:

    Grey: while I love everything you write, I must confess how perturbed I am at your call for all things not Mike Minor. One dude, repeat one random CBSsports dude claims Beachy to be the #5. You can google it and there is no substantiation of the “report” or as I call it, rumor.

    Today you have brought shame to the ‘stache

    My universe is doomed. . . . . . DOOMED!

  92. Wait wait wait…wait. Razzball isn’t right 100% of the time? I’m reading a different fantasy sports related website.

  93. brad says:

    Grey, I see you’ve ranked R.Martin over Salty. Is there a big enough difference to bother making the swap at this point?

  94. Hennessey says:

    Gotta drop Morrison for Byrd right?

  95. royce! says:

    Starting reading Who is Grey Albright, and realized that you started razzball right when I started playing FBB. Based on how that year went, I am surprised that I continued playing. I don’t think that I would have had I not discovered the site. Which is to say, you owe me for at least 500 hours that I have spent in the last couple of years fretting over waiver claims, call-ups and sleepers.

    Kidding, obviously. Thanks for all the help and helpful entertainment.

  96. Hennessey says:

    And what about Crisp over Bourjos?

  97. Hennessey says:

    P.S. I’m changing my name on here. This is for the RCL and I’m not taking any chances. These guys are intense.

  98. Hennessey says:

    I shall now be “royce!”

    Seems pretty unique.

  99. royce! says:

    Drabek has apparently landed a starting job, at least while Morrow gets sorted out. Do you like Beachy over Drabek?

  100. Wilsonian says:

    For those of you in deep leagues and AL only, as expected, Dustin Ackley sent to the Minors.

  101. Thomas says:

    Better team name:

    a) Gone Dunn Did It
    b) Oh No He Dunnit
    c) Both are lame, think of something else you loser

  102. Abe says:

    grey – i’m now thinking of trading longoria for a top notch SP and a good closer (listed my team in #52). i would slide alvarez in at 3b (got him for $11…could be a good keeper). is longoria too valuable or would you consider it?

  103. Bobby Nice says:

    I’ve got the second pick, and I’m planning that none of the big 1B will be around for me at the bottom of the second round. I think I will have to reach for Dunn in the 3rd, if I don’t want to end up with someone like Moobs. But I can’t help thinking how good my outfield would look with Holliday and Kemp together at the bottom of the 2nd and top of the 3rd. I just don’t know if I can make up having a bottom tier 1B.
    Which is crazier? Dunn in the third or fourth? Or going with Kemp and Holliday, but ending up with Carlos Pena at 1B?

  104. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Pineda or Beachy for my SP5 slot? (8×8 including QS, HLD, K/BB)

  105. Ryan says:

    Hey Grey just curious which lineup you like better? 7×7 cat with OPS and TB. I am mostly concerned about Youk’s health and wondering if going with McCutchen would be better. Then picking up either Sandoval or McGehee later. What do you think?

    RF- Pence
    Util-C. Young

    CF-C. Young
    RF- Pence

  106. diy says:

    Hey Grey, I wanted to get your input on a draft I did last night. Shallow 10 man league, h2h with standard 5×5 cats.

    C- Suzuki
    1B – A Gonz
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Wright
    SS – Andrus
    OF – McCutchen, Heyward, Stubbs
    Util – Reynolds, Gardner
    BN – Sizemore, Pena, Snider

    SP – Sabathia, Gallardo, Scherzer, Daniel Hudson, Volquez, Zimmermann, Minor
    RP – Valverde, Kimbrel, Nathan, League

    Also should I just go ahead and swap Minor for Beachy in this league? Thanks

  107. wayne says:

    Im in a 10 team mix and really really really need to know which team you guys would rather have Doc please weigh your stash on this too

    TEAM !
    c-V. Martinez
    1b-M. Moreland
    2b-B. Zobrist
    3b-C. McGehee
    SS-H. Ramirez
    2b/ss- A. Escobar
    1b/3b- I. Stewart
    of- S.S. Choo
    of-M. Stanton
    of-D. Stubbs
    of-T. Snider
    of- D. Span
    util-D. Fowler

    TEAM @
    c-V. Martinez
    1b-M. Moreland
    2b-B. Zobrist
    3b-A. Beltre
    SS-Star Castro
    2b/ss- A. Escobar
    1b/3b-C. McGehee
    of- A. Rios
    of-S.S. Choo
    of-M. Stanton
    of-D. Stubbs
    of-T. Snider
    util-C. Pena


  108. Thomas says:

    Paul Dunnyan?

  109. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Had my draft today… 10 team, H2H points league. Here is my roster… is it a potential championship caliber team? What do you like and where can I improve?

    c – Posada
    1b – Fielder
    2b – Phillips
    3b – Beltre
    ss – Tulo
    of – McCutchen, Kemp, J. Upton, Pence
    u – Dunn

    sp – Sabathia, Kershaw, Marcum, E. Jackson, D. Hudson, Chacin, Nova, Pavano
    rp – Nathan, Lidge, Nunez


  110. WDE05 says:

    Grey…would you drop Erik Bedard in favor of Beachy? I already picked Beachy up in one league after dropping Minor. Thanks for the help.

  111. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hey Grey (and fellow Razzballers),

    Just had a draft in a 12 team keeper league and wanted to know what everyone thought.


    SP-Brett Anderson
    SP-Edwin Jackson

    Also picked up Gaby Sanchez to throw on my bench in case Reynolds or Pena really suck and end up killing my avg. I think its pretty solid. I’d be interested to hear what any commenters think too.

  112. Mike from Jersey says:

    Pitching heavy keeper league.

    Side A: Zack Greinke, jake westbrook, jorge de la rosa

    Side B: Yovani Gallardo

    pick a side.
    also how long do you think greinke is out?

  113. Steve says:

    Rauch to open the season as Jays closer.

    Was on Twitter so it must be true.

  114. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Minor is still available too. Is it worth dropping Beachy and grabbing Minor as a possible keeper?

  115. herschel says:

    @Grey: reviewing position rankings for upcoming weekend vegas draft and just re-read this gem. “Bill James has Carlos Santana down for 22 homers. Bill James is smoking crack cocaine.” May be my favorite line of the season thus far.


  116. elwood blues says:

    In an NL 12 Team Keeper League, heading into the auction.. would you rather have a $25 Victorino or a $5 Tabata (how old is he really?)

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