After swinging a deal for Aaron Hill on Wednesday, the Red Sox have beefed up their bullpen trading for Brad Ziegler. Ziegler was rocking a 2.82 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 18 saves with Arizona but he will likely be relegated to set up duty in Bean town. This is not to say his value is completely shot…yet. With Craig Kimbrel crying about his sore knee, Boston may be in need of an interim closer. Koji Uehara is the obvious first choice but his 4.96 ERA and 8 homers allowed in 32.2 IP make it seem like the choice ain’t so obvious. Still Koji’s 46/9 K/BB ratio makes me happy, and he notched the save Friday night (after surrendering a home run), so he’s the best bet for saves if Kimbrel misses any time. As for your new closer in the land of the rising sun? Tyler Clippard is the most likely candidate if you need saves or a buzz cut. He’s got a 3.06 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 32.1 IP, and saved 19 games for the Mets and A’s last year, but his career 57% save conversion rate certainly doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. Daniel Hudson is the ideal saves candidate in Zona but has struggled mightily over the past month (12.96 ERA, 2.40 WHIP in 8.1 innings). Regardless, if you need a save and a haircut, I’d grab Clippard and Hudson in that order. And if you’re a Boston Red Sox team that desperately needs starting pitching, I’d recommend trading for a infielder and a relief pitcher.

Here’s what else I saw Friday night in fantasy baseball:

Will Harris – 0.1 IP, 4 hit, 4 ER. Just when you thought Harris and his 1.66 ERA and All Star status was safe to call the closer…WHAMMY! It wouldn’t be so concerning if Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson weren’t also pitching well. To be fair, Harris was trying to catch a Caterpie in the shallow infield and lost concentration. No Pokemon Go until after the you convert the save, Will!

Ryan Madson – 0.1 IP, 2 hits, 3 ER, BS (4). If only he could throw pitches as accurately as he can throw Pokeballs, we might not be speculating about save opps in Oakland!

Cris Carter – 2-for-4, 2 HR (22). Don’t be alarmed, but I’m pretty sure that’s a Squirtle in the right field bleachers, Cris! Quick hit baseballs at it!

Greg Garcia – 2-for-5, run. Garcia is about as boring as it gets but he led off last night and I felt like I should tell you guys. Now if you’ll excuse me, if I don’t catch Pidgey I’ll never get my Pidgeotto and I’ll never run the Red Team gym in my neighborhood. Wow, what a Pokemon heavy post this has been so far–obsessedmuch?

Evan Longoria – 4-for-5, HR (19).  I feel like I haven’t mentioned this guy in a while, even though he’s slashing .287/.336/.527 with 19 dingers and 47 RBI. Probably the best season I can remember for Longo in some time. However, my memory is a kind of shot after Will Smith used his memory Neuralyzer on me at the last Scientology retreat. Also, drugs.

Aaron Hill – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. Who needs starting pitching when you can add an infielder slashing .287/.361/.422 with 8 homers to what’s already arguably the best line up in baseball? With Travis Shaw and Brock Holt both nursing injuries, Hill could see more playing time than originally anticipated. Where there’s a Hill there’s a way.

Bryce Brentz – 2-for-2, run, RBI. Another player who could see some increased playing time with the Sawx injuries, and his names Bryce so you know he must be good at hitting baseballs.

Jose Fernandez – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 8 K, W. Me and JoFer are blood brothers. I probably should have warned him my blood may or may not be loaded with trace amounts of THC and opiates. Also HGH. JoFer doesn’t seem to mind.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 1-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI. A BUY. How this guy’s not owned all over is baffling to me. I’m baffled, you guys! LC is hitting .357 with 4 homers and 15 RBI in the past two weeks. Are you waiting for him to win an NBA Championship?

Jason Kipnis – 3-for-4, 2 HR (14). Kipnis is on track to shatter his single-season home run record. Everything’s coming up Cleveland! Mike Napoli was 2-for-3 with a HR (18) and 3 RBI, and  Carlos Santana hit his 20th jack. IKEA isn’t the only reason to visit Cleveland anymore! They also have the Rock & Roll History museum! And those steamers, mmmm!

Corey Kluber – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, 8 K, W. Corey actually vacations in Cleveland in the offseason, despite living there most the year. You haven’t really Cleveland’d, until you Cleveland in January.

J.A. Happ – 5.2 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, BB, 9 K, W.  He’s got a 12-3 record with a 89/32 K/BB rate and after a rough June he seems to have righted the ship. Happ mad the Yankees look Happ-less and he made himself look like Toronto’s ace!

Josh Bell – 1-for-1, run. Grey told you to BUY this for some sweet rookie upside and Bell delivered with a pinch hit! Whoa! With a name like Bell he better be good at hitting dingers!

Luis Valbuena – 3-for-5, 2 run, HR (12), 4 RBI. Another BUY and he’s hotter than a Blake Lively summer bikini blockbuster, minus the shark bite. Luis is hitting .318 in the past week with 3 homers and 8 RBI. Pick him up before he sucks again!

Yonder Alonso – 2-for-4, HR (4). What light through Yonder’s home run breaks that window. For real, it was Old Man McMurphy’s window, and he is not happy. Old Man McMurphy hates broken windows!

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-5, SB (29). If you drafted any Milwaukee Brewers this year besides Villar you are likely disappointed and I feel your pain. I am always disappointed. It’s part of leading a miserable life.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-4, HR (15). Freddie is slashing .285/.370/.509 with with 15 dingers, and when Freddie is slashing, you know you must be dreaming…or is it a nightmare!?

Chris Sale – 5.0 IP, 10 hits, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Allowed 3 homers! Seriously you guys, no Pokemon Go until after the games! I know your incense only last 30 minutes but you’re killing my ERA! I chose you, but I have plenty of other PokePitchers I could battle with.

Matt Wisler – 5.0 IP, 8 hits, 6 ER, BB, 6 K, W. When you pitch for the Braves, give up 6 runs and still get away with the win. You might want to play the lottery this weekend, Matt.

Tim Anderson – 1-for-5, run, SB. Adam Eaton has been playing great but the ChiSox are insistent that Tim Anderson is the lead off batter. So what is taking you all so long to pick him up!? Grey told you to BUY, I will wait until after the ASB before reminding you again.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-5, run, RBI, 2 SB (22). Is it weird that my Most Valuable Fantasy players this year are probably Nunez and Jose Ramirez? What does that say about my fantasy team? If you guessed, “you are losing,” you’d be right.

Vincent Velasquez – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W. I choose you, Vincent! And you did it all in Coors! Atta boy! Your 3.32 ERA and 1.27 WHIP  are cool, but it’s the 96/26 K/BB rate that I really like. I feel like Philadelphia could have one of the best rotations in baseball in two years.

Trea Turner – Another BUY! Called up but didn’t play! But he’s really here, folks! How exciting!

Stephen Strasburg – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 12-0. He’s got a 2.62 ERA with 132 Ks. Stephen and I are going on a Scientology cruise this weekend. He credits his stellar season and miraculous healing to finding the church, and he credits finding the church to me. To be clear, Stras, when I say “cruise,” it’s not in the traditional sense. Attendance is mandatory and yes we will be on a boat, the Sea Org, but there will be less relaxation and more manual labor. You’d be surprised at the release it brings, and its all for the greater good. Don’t forget your Quantum E-meter!

Noah Syndergaard – 4.2 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Left this one with “non-elbow related fatigue.” Hmm, well that doesn’t sound suspicious at all. Yeah he’s got bone spurs in his elbow, and that’s bad, but this wasn’t related to that. So yeah. No worries!

Melvin Upton, Jr. – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 HR (16), SB (20). Be the better Upton!

Yasmani Grandal – 5-for-5, 3 HR (12), 6 RBI. Hey, that might be more homers than you’ve gotten out of your catcher spot all year!

Andrew Cashner – 2.2 IP, 8 hits, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, Gave up 4 HR! When your starting pitcher is Cashed, tt might be time for the All Star break! Zing! I will see myself out.

Jake Arrieta – 6.0 IP, 9 hits, 6 ER, BB, 6 K. If I expected Jake not to be distracted by the Jigglypuff wandering around behind home plate, I was wrong. He very much was. And if you expected me not to make yet another Pokemon Go reference when it’s all people seem to be talking about or caring about over the past 72 hours, you were wrong. Luckily, we have plenty of time over the All Star break to catch ’em all! Red team go!

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

  1. Tio says:
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    Gattis or Grandal?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tio: Gattis

  2. Fitz says:
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    Is BJ being better than Justin the most surprising story in baseball this year ?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fitz: That or Cameron Maybin being better than Justin

  3. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    Well Ive added Uehara(because I own Kimbrell) but Im wondering if Zeigler(hes already owned though by another player) gets those save chances instead if Kimbrell is really hurt. I also added Clippard and Hudson, the only other closer thats available is Estevez but he gave up yet another run last night. Would you be looking to add him or is he even worth the spot. Im struggling at closer where I have Kimbrel, Melancon and then the hodgepodge above.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Nice title, Pants!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Grey: Thanks! I thought of it this morning when I was buzzing my cat’s hair.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        There’s salons for that

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Grey: Ha! Like I’ma pay some stranger to buzz my kitty?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Called a Brazilian wax, everyone pays… Are we talking about the same thing?

  5. Ian says:
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    Mr. Pants,

    If you had to pick one of these three players to go with today, who would you go with?

    Espinosa vs Logan Verrett
    Schoop vs Tropeano
    Duvall vs Conley

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ian: Schoop

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Really good stuff Mr Pants!

  7. 740 says:
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    Hey Dan,

    10team h2h 6x5cats

    Russell or Villar?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @740: Villar

  8. phennore says:
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    18-team 5×5 league and I am desperate for stolen bases. I have Harris and Dyson and looking to shop Chapman for some speed.

    1) Where should looking to trade for speed? Billy Hamilton? higher?

    2) Which side Machado/Chapman vs Starling Marte/Anthony Rendon?

    Thanks,

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @phennore: Hamilton, Villar, Davis. You can usually find cheap speed on waivers. I’d want Machado.Chapman.

  9. Nightpandas says:
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    Grab Chisenshall over Lawrie or Valencia? Limited moves

  10. Melissa Anderson says:
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    Long-term keeper league — Bryant or Machado?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Melissa Anderson: Ouch. Don’t make me choose. I guess Bryant for his power.

  11. Steve D. says:
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    Last in pitching categories. And getting uncharacteristically killed streaming. Sell high on Ian Desmond? Swap him for Jacob deGrom in a redraft?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve D.: Sure

  12. Nitro says:
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    10 team head to head keeper league:

    Being offered; McCutchen and Bauer for Lackey. WHat do you think?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nitro: Yes

      • Nitro says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks!

  13. Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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    I think not knowing anything about Pokeman actually made this writeup funnier for me… nice work, Pants

    In a 12-team H2H league with OPS and hitter BBs, and for pitchers, ERA – WHIP – K/9 – BB/9 – W – QS (no straight up K’s)…

    Would you give up J-Up and Kluber (keeper next year, 11th round) for Bryce Harper (keeper next year, 2nd round)? I offered it and other owner says maybe, he’s thinking. I do need pitching a little more than hitting, but I feel like any window for Harper is a window worth jumping through. Agree?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Drunk Mets PR Team: If you can’t keep Upton at all I think I’d want Harper yes.

      • Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! Yeah I could only keep him by giving up a 1st round pick, so it’s not viable… appreciate the input!

  14. Huh says:
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    10 team keeper league. What side would you prefer:

    $10 Julio urias, $10 jay Bruce, $10 Jean segura, $10 Aaron judge

    for $11 marcel ozuna, $13 nomar mazara, $10 James taillion, $10 dee gordon (or $10 schoop), $10 Matt Harvey.

    We can keep 6 players/ year. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Huh: Harvey/Gordon side

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Dan! Gotta check out Go!

    What do you think of trading my Harris for Rodon $3 and either of $1 Giles or $1 Iglesias? Keeper league, but probably not keeping any of those guys barring something crazy.

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks! Would you pick Iglesias or Giles as the throw in?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Depends what you need, if you think Harris will lose the gig, Giles might be nice to own.

  16. Q says:
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    Normally I’m sending pieces to get the best player, but got this offer in my 12 tm H2h

    I give Arenado.

    Get Posey, Ozuna, and Dozier.

    Baez would slide to 3rd. Posey replaces Martin. Would drop….probably Heyward.
    Also, my team name is Sharkarenado, so would have to figure something there too.

    Whaddaya think?

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Q: nope

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Q: Keep Sharkarenado

  17. Richie Suess says:
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    i have arrieta, would you deal him for degrom and calhoun ?

    arrieta has me nervous right now, maybe Maddon pitched him into the ground.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Richie Suess: Yeah I think you can do better. He will be fine.

  18. Bye Felica says:
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    Aim higher first

  19. Robert says:
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    Yo Pants- Happ is on waivers, drop Teheran or Conley for him?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Robert: Drop Conley

  20. Chris says:
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    Thank you Mr. Pants!

    Which side do you like I have two offers I made, I need pitching.

    First I give
    Gregory Polanco
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Matt Kemp
    Daniel Mengden

    I recieve

    Jose Quintana
    Danny Salazar
    Jean Segura
    Jackie Brad

    Second
    I give
    EE-Polanco-Kemp-Mengden
    I receive
    Heyward-Kepler-Burns-Bumgarner

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: Jose Quintana
      Danny Salazar
      Jean Segura
      Jackie Brad

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks, do you like the other one? Are they both fair?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Chris: They are both fair, but I don’t like the other one as much.

  21. Chucky says:
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    Drop Peavy and/or Shields for Paxton? Chen? McCarthy? Santana?
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chucky: I’d want Paxton of the bunch

  22. Nightpandas says:
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    Crush Davis for Ozuna Travis or Ozuna Schoop? Keeper but trying to win this year….

    • Dan Pants

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      @Nightpandas: I’d want Davis

  23. J-FOH says:
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    I thought of you today. Was at the old barnes and noble picking up some books for the kid and there was some lady pushing scientology for kids. She would go ask the parents if the kids would like to watch a video that explains the book she was promoting. Next thing you I’ll witness them going door to door like a family.

    • Charlie Hustler says:
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      I’m really good with Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists, but getting a Scientologist would complete the triple crown. No, you’re not getting in the door, give me your best pitch, with Thetans and aliens to discuss?

      Oh, wait, I live in Alabama. /sad trombone

    • Dan Pants

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      @J-FOH: Hey, Jaden and Willow Smith turned out great, and little Suri seems pretty on the ball!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Dan Pants: I don’t know. Have his movies gotten better or worse?

  24. David says:
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    Which side do you like: Franco, Piscotty, and Bregman or Scherzer, J. Upton and Ramos? Keeper league.

    • Dan Pants

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      @David: Scherzer/Upton side

  25. Fever Dog says:
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    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    c-wellington
    1b-rizzo
    2b-schoop
    3b-arenado
    ss-correa
    of-marte, polanco, upton (justin)
    util-hosmer, belt
    bn-saunders

    sp-strasburg, matz, pomeranz, hill, hammel, velasquez, desclafani, samardija
    rp-cishek, robertson, vizcaino
    dl-ross
    n/a-glasnow

    I have two possible trades in the works.
    Trade 1:
    I give: Hosmer
    I get: Springer + Gio

    Trade 2:
    I give: Upton, Samardija, Hammel
    I get: Jose Fernandez

    First, is that a woefully bad deal for Fernandez? Second, would you do these?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Fever Dog: Trades seem fair enough, I think Upton is a tough sell right now you’re better off keeping him, but if I were you I’d do both.

  26. Jolly rancher says:
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    Morning DP!
    Great write up. Question, who do you like more ROS: BMcCarthy, JGray, RRay, or RDelaRosa? In a 10 team H2H weekly points league. Thx much!

  27. Chad Donaldson (Josh cousin) says:
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    Hold Estevez or pick up Clippard? League had saves and holds as categories. Thanks man

  28. Alex says:
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    You like Clippard or Maurer?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Alex: About the same, but I’d go Clippard

  29. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan. Choo, Kemp or Dee Gordon ros? Thanks!

  30. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Dan, closer question for you. I’ve recently lost both Ziegler and Rodney with these trades. I’m looking to pickup Maurer or Clippard on waivers, so first question – who should I go with out of those two?

    Second question is who should I drop from my team out of Rodney, ZIegler, McGee, Karns? It’s probably a moot point – they’re all pretty useless now.

    • Skeezix says:
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      @Skeezix: Hah, just saw the same question above – total coincidence! Never mind!

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