The Rockies made official what seemed inevitable for the last week, Trevor Story will be the starting shortstop in Colorado.  As a visiting dignitary gets a key to the city, Story earned the shortstop job and was handed one of Tulo’s old hamstrings.  “May your hamstrings stay forever young.”  That’s Rod Stewart doing the honors.  No idea why Colorado hired Rod Stewart to handle that ceremony.  I upped Story in my top 20 shortstops, and cranked up his projections.  His Ks have been a problem in the past, but it’s Coors, so how bad could it be?  “Should I answer?”  No, Josh Rutledge, it’s a rhetorical question.  I’m fascinated to see what the Rockies are going to do with Jose Reyes.  He’s owed a lot of money to become a straight bench player.  Maybe the Rockies will just cut him.  Maybe MLB will suspend Reyes for the season.  Maybe the Rockies will hire Mo’nique to throw Reyes threw a glass door.   Maybe if I had dollars instead of maybes I’d be rich.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Tony Wolters – Made the Opening Day roster as the Rockies backup catcher instead of Dustin Garneau.  Rockies will now open the year without a Morneau or a Garneau, and E! says it’s not greenlighting The Bats’neau Boys reality show.

Matt Harvey – Should be fine going forward after being diagnosed with blood clots in his bladder.  Apparently, he wasn’t grooving to the music all those times, he was doing The Pee-Pee Dance.

Dalier Hinojosa – Candidate to close for the Phillies.  Maybe the Phils will ask him to Stand and Dalier!  What?  Okay, I’ll smack my own knuckles.  I’ve been saying all along that David Hernandez would get the most saves in Philly this year, and now the Phils are saying Andrew Bailey could be sent down to start the year because his velocity is down.  By the way, the most saves on the Phils will be, like, 17 total, so, ya know, expectations.

Will Venable – After being released by the Indians, he signed with the Phillies.  He’s already done the Padres thing, so the only place left for him to play is Japan, where he will be known as Wii Venable.

Vincent Velasquez – Won the 5th starter job on the Phils.   Too bad Richard Nixon’s not still alive, he could throw his two V’s up behind the dugout every time Vincent took the field, then Velasquez could reply, “I’m not a rook.”  I went over Velasquez already in the top 80 starters.

Dan Straily – Acquired by the Padres.  Straily has become the pitching equivalent of Brett Wallace.  Crappy teams just can’t get enough of him.

Robbie Ray – Named the 5th starter on the D’Backs.  I could move Ray up in my top 100 starters, but the 5th starter job in Arizona feels like it’s going to be a revolving door like prison doors installed by Dukakis.

James Paxton – Sent to the minors because the Mariners can’t trade him away for pennies on the dollar and they’ve run out of other more creative ways to screw up their rotation.  Meh, I’m just joking, Paxton did nothing really to warrant much loyalty.  He’ll be back at some point, and until then JB still has the possibility of Shane Greene in the Tigers rotation.  I removed Paxton from my top 80 starters, and Nate Karns, his replacement, was already ranked there.

Brock Holt – Named the Red Sox left fielder.  Brock Holt for President!  This might seem to move Holt from waiver guy to everyday fantasy guy, and it does, in very deep leagues (like 15-team mixed and deeper).  In most leagues, Holt is still a waiver guy that has excellent eligibility.  He should be on The Bachelor!

Shane Victorino – Re-signed by the Cubs to a minor league deal.  That leaves the Cubs with only seven major league outfielders.  Hopefully they can still survive if they get themselves in a 24-inning game.

Javier Baez – Will start the year on the DL.  Down to six!

Jon Singleton – Was sent to the minors, as he should’ve been after Rosewood, the Shaft remake and Baby Boy.  I’ve removed Singleton from the top 20 1st basemen and added in Tyler White.

Anthony DeSclafani – Dealing with an oblique strain and will miss at least his first week start.  The Reds hope by the time they need a fifth starter, DeSclafani will be ready.  Right now, they have Alfredo Simon and Jon Moscot as their final two rotation starters.  Those two can also be described as “Who Shot Gilbert Grape?”

Yasmani Grandal – Expected to be ready for Opening Day.  The other day he took some dry swings.  Is it just me or when you read about someone taking dry swings do imagine people standing just off to the player’s side ready to throw water balloons?

Will Smith – Will will (even smaller) will rehab his knee rather than operating on it.  Which is another way of saying, he’ll fail to rehab his knee correctly and have surgery in about three months.

Hyun-soo KimOrioles want to send him to the minors, but they need his consent for that.  He could also be sent back to Korea after looking lost in the Grapefruit league.  In fairness to him, Koreans don’t really know of grapefruits.  In the Mung Bean Sprouts League, he would’ve killed.  Also, the O’s train in Sarasota and, until about a week ago, Kim was looking for Sammy Sosa.  I had little to no expectations for Kim in my top 80 outfielders, so I’m not going to change his projections, assuming he’ll be back at some point.

Jesse Hahn – Optioned to the minors.  Prior to talking to the Hahn, the A’s manager, Bob Melvin, snapped his fingers and wagged his head.

Felix Doubront – Will get the A’s 5th rotation spot.  In 513 2/3 IP in his career, he has a 4.89 ERA, i.e., I’d prefer to own the retired A.J. Burnett.

Jesus Montero – Was picked up by the Blue Jays.  Toronto will hope to have the same magic with Montero as they had with previous Mariner castoffs, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders.  Which is to say no real success, but making him enticing in theory.

Aaron Sanchez – Won the 5th starter job.  I’m not shizzing you when I say, I didn’t even know Sanchez was in danger of not getting the 5th starter job.  Gavin Floyd is a great, close friend to John Danks, and Likes everything he posts on Facebook, but he’s not much competition for Sanchez.  A-A-Ron was already in the top 80 starters too.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Hit the DL with tightness in his forearm.  That’s what he gets for trying to squeeze in five arms!

Jeff Francoeur – Made the Braves’ Opening Day roster.  Reporters said he’ll provide leadership in the dugout.  No fooling around, Francoeur doesn’t seem like a leader, he seems like the old person that you mess with.  Not, “Let’s go to Frenchy for wisdom,” but “Let’s tell Frenchy a UFO just landed on the roof and they want to seem him on the roof naked right now,” then take photos of him when he goes up there.

Nick Swisher – Was released by the Braves, which came after he spent three years on the Indians.  Not sure where Swisher’s going next, but I’d guess the Washington Redskins.

 
  1. woodzler says:
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    I gambled on Velasquez in a Points League to get me some Starts on a RP Slot……
    Now I `m all *harharharHAR*
    Hope this turns out well

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @woodzler: He’ll have a innings limit. MAYbe 150IP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @woodzler: Sage move, I did the same thing in my points league on Saturday night. A mediocre starter with RP eligibility is a coup in points leagues that are heavily pitching weighted.

  2. RJ says:
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    Lol good read once again Grey. Glad I drafted Story already, they say he could bat 2nd!
    I got offered this trade in my 12-team 6×6 (OPS, QS…K/9 instead of Ks) league.
    I get: Polanco and Matz
    I give: Pujols and Pineda

    My team:
    C. Hundley
    1B. Rizzo
    2B. Schoop
    3B. Franco
    SS. Segura
    CI. Pujols
    MI. Story
    OF. Marte
    OF. Upton
    OF. Cain
    OF. DeShields
    OF. Pederson
    UTIL. Castellanos
    BN. Tomas

    P. Arrieta
    P. Syndergaard
    SP. Salazar
    SP. Pineda
    SP. Rodon
    SP. Darvish
    SP. Walker
    SP. Berrios
    RP. Rodney
    RP. Storen
    BN. Manaea

    I feel like I’m losing my main power catalyst in Pujols just to add a couple more runs, AVG and SBs in Polanco. Do I do this trade? Thanks for the help!!

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @RJ: Pujols side…your team needs his 30+ dingers more than Polanco’s 30 steals. Matz isn’t a big enough upgrade over Pineda, since Matz will be on a pitch/innings count..

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        @CMUTimmah: And who’s to know for sure Matz is an upgrade on Pineda?

        • CMUTimmah says:
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          @Rufus T. Firefly: Touche, from a ceiling perspective, Matz is an upgrade, but again, floors and ceilings are all about what your willing to risk for upside…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: Thanks! Pujols

  3. Sasquatch slugger says:
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    Trevor Bauer worth a flier? Thanks.

        • CMUTimmah says:
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          @Eric: Nope.

          Buchholz isn’t the perfect game thrower he used to be but his perif’s suggested he was better than his stats showed last year. Bauer is a full on lottery ticket. Could flame out or could get 200 Ks…

          Unless you need to take the risk, don’t take the risk.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sasquatch slugger: Just announced Bauer to the pen. Go with Clay B until his next arm injury.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: holy F, this is true by depth charts. jesus, didn’t bauer actually do well, certainly enough to NOT promote cody F’ing aderson!

  4. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Greycarlo, tell me your deepest, dankest thoughts. 10 team 6×6, R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG – QS, IP, ERA, WHIP, SV, K/9

    C- d’Arnaud
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Odor
    3B – Franco
    SS – Desmond
    MI – Rendon
    CI – Duda
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Betts
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Gardner
    U – Zimmerman
    Bench – Semien

    SP – deGrom
    SP – Keuchel
    SP – Strasburg
    SP – Corbin
    SP – Smyly
    SP – Verlander
    RP – Britton
    RP – Ramos

    DL – Darvish
    DL – McCullers

    Two open slots for pitchers/a bat in case someone bombs.

    • Donslaughtonslaught says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: pretty impressive to get Stanton, Miggy and Betts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: Team looks solid, I don’t love Keuchel, but that’s a small issue, rest looks fine

      • DonnieB says:
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        Who was he drafting against is what I want to know. Chimps?

        • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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          @DonnieB: Praise be to ESPN’s ranks and ADP. Most of my picks were 10+ picks ahead of ADP.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @Grey: Going back I’d probably take Carrasco over Keuchel, but I feel Keuchel will get a ton of innings, and even if his Ks regress, his batted ball profile is hilarious.

        Cheers!

  5. The great knoche says:
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    Speaking of the Indians or lack there of….Rajai should be prime start of year SAGNOF, especially If he leads off. Also means Marlon Byrd makes the starting lineup. Still don’t think either tops 350ABs

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great stuff, it only improves as we approach OD then explodes like a thousand firecrackers going off until finals week when we’re all weeping and hoping for better things in 2017!!!

    a. Signed up Dalier at 04h00 (Central European Time) this morning in THAT 12-team RCL. Hopefully he’ll get the brunt of those same 17 saves.

    b. So Story huh. Who’d have thunk it? He’s ripping it up in ST.

    c. What do you make of Zimmerman ripping up shizz in ST? Awaiting humorous response, please.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! A. Hopefully B. Yup C. Spring Training MVP!

  7. JakeTPE says:
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    Great stuff, Grey! I hope Dalier Hinojoso has bad words tattooed on his knuckles and at the conclusion of a save, he takes off his glove, lines up his fists, and stares at the battery. Hey, you mentioned knuckles!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @JakeTPE: batter* damn auto correct!!!

  8. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now – I drafted Vogt as my catcher in the ol’ H2H, but I now see that Grandal (and Hundley) are available. Pre-season rater has Grandal at $7.1 and Vogt at $2.3 – plus Grandal is at $6.2 for OBP and Vogt is $3.7 (our league is OBP and AVG – Vogt comfortably ahead in AVG).

    Make the switch?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Done. My 17th round grab of Osuna in this league is looking pretty sweet right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Which group of closers does he belong in (as per your rankings?) The Robertson-Chapman group? Or lower?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I ranked him 169

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Right. Was an assumption he would close baked into that ranking?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I moved him into that spot today

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Ah – gotcha. Think he could out-perform that ranking?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sure, but Storen is there still

  9. Nittanychris says:
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    Much appreciated if you would rank these endgame AL only starters. Thanks in advance!

    Doug Fister
    Tommy Milone
    Joe Kelly
    Chris Bassitt
    Cody Anderson

  10. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    My RCL team I drafted yesterday
    C) Castillo
    1B) Goldy
    2B) Schoop
    SS) Seager
    2B/SS) Travis
    1B/3B) Belt
    OF) Springer, Upto, Cargo Col, Souza, Buxton
    U) Morales
    Ben) T Shaw
    SP) Salazar, T Ross, Smyly, Walker
    R) Melancon, Rosenthal, Jeffress, Rodney, Quack, Boxberger, Clippard
    Starters were at a premium as some guys went ith 10-11 starters. When Box an Travis hit DL will stream MI and elsewhere. Got a little sidetracked as draft lasted 2 hours and work phone started to blow up. I still think team will contend though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Looks like a solid RCL team, likely looks better than mine that I drafted yesterday…

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: The “perts” league? I caught a little of it but had to go to do a draft of my own. i thought your team started very well though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t love it, but invariably I don’t like my team after I draft it

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Grey: Are you like me and go over draft recap and critique my picks thinking how I could have done better?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, my team is a mess in hindsight, luckily, all you need to win an RCL is five solid picks and lots of waiver wire action

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: You guys going to do a write up of it? I remember Odor and DDS and some others, Iglesias but whoever was streaming it kept switching the teams around.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m writing it up right now

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Grey: Those are always the teams that seem to be really good though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope so

  11. Zu says:
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    Hold tight with David Hernandez or drop him for Jeffress?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Zu:
      Jeffress – a closer in the hand is worth more than Hernandez in the bush.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zu: Jeffress

  12. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Gray –

    Thanks for all you do!

    1. Do you think the Rockies will shift Story to 2B when Reyes returns? Or is a trade of Reyes more likely?

    2. Also in a 12 team $260 cap auction, what is fair value now for Story? Thanks!

    • Tigres says:
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      Grey, Wild Thing et al – fwiw, I suspect MLB has consulted with Rockies on its plans re Reyes suspension, and that has informed Rockies decision on Story. If he hits in the bigs, IMO he stays and plays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing: 1. And where does DJ go? 2. $10-ish

  13. Schwab says:
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    Bauer or A. Sanchez?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Schwab: Bauer