In one league, Rudy just traded Capps for Victorino and in another league he traded Capps for Billingsley. That’s right; he pulled off a classic double upper-decker. (I believe the term upper-decker is still, erm, dangling right outside of the glossary, but with some momentum in the forums it might make it in. I’ve objected and Rudy recommended Jokey Smurf’d, which I do enjoy, even if I don’t get it. And, yes, these are the things that matter to me.) So Capps is out for at least 8 weeks with a right shoulder injury. He’s not coming back. If he does, he comes back for what? One Day in September (great movie, by the way). The Pirates are playing for 2012. They don’t need Capps. Buh-buh-buh what if he recovers quickly?! He didn’t get many saves as it was. Kobayashi probably will get more saves replacing Borowski than Capps the rest of the way. So… *rubbing hands together* who gets the saves? More than likely, it’s Marte. He’s a lefty so if he falters, it might be the dreaded committee. Marte should be able to handle the one-to-two-saves-a-week he’s given. If you’re really a save vulture, fiending like Pookie in New Jack City, then grab Yates. Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Rafael Furcal – Well, I said yesterday that Furcal probably won’t be contributing much this year. Now it seems like he won’t contribute anything. How do you go from a sore back to back surgery after two months of rehabilitation? Seriously, they couldn’t have operated two months ago? Maybe when he got hurt? Not after he rehabbed. Ugh, this is frustrating. I hate Furcal.

The Angels – The regular readers probably already know this, but I live in Los Angeles. So my hometown teams are the Dodgers and the trying-hard-to-be-the-Dodgers Angels. Well, I managed to get to July before I watched a whole Angels game. I tend to watch the NL and I have Direct TV, so I usually watch all teams rather than one in particular. I have favorites to watch, in no particular order, the Marlins, Brewers, Braves, Cubs, Padres, Rays, Rangers, Phillies, Diamondbacks, Mets… Wait, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, the Angels. I watched them today. Holy mother of the inventor of Doritos, they are boring. I think my eyes yawned. Here’s some things I saw that I didn’t want to: Kendrick sparking the offense with slap hits, not being able to gauge if Eveland/Saunders are good or the Angels/A’s are bad, the OC kids jumping around like/with rally monkeys, Red Hudler saying, “That’s how Vladdy goes… From his heads to his toes…” and thinking how ironic it is that there’s a minority owner, but The OC is known as The Orange Curtain because of its lack of minorities. For fantasy baseball purposes, I saw a few things. Juan Rivera hit a home run. He could have a decent second half, he’s done it before. Chone Figgins looks unusable. It’s still early so he could put together a 15 steal month, but it may not be this month. Vladimir Guerrero looks like he’s suffering more this year than previous years, causing him to run like Cousin Geri from the Facts of Life. Bobby Crosby batting third is good for Crosby and bad for the A’s. Erick Aybar batted third and homered. I think Scioscia’s tipping ’em back with LaRussa.

Roger Berandina – He was mentioned in the forums or the comments (Heffin’ hey, I gotta keep track of where things are mentioned too?). I thought Berandina was a solid NL-only pickup in a keeper league. He has speed, he’s batting leadoff until Milledge returns and he looks like he couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a broom. Eugenio Velez called, he wants his fantasy baseball outlook back.

Ricky Nolasco – 7 IP, 8 Ks, 2 ER. I’m told his name in Gaelic translates to “this start was against a team that had Paul LoDuca at first and Berandina leading off.” However, I do like Nolasco moving forward, even when LoDuca isn’t the opposing first baseman. (BTW, I went to look at what I’ve said in the past on this site about LoDuca and I found this, “(LoDuca) says he wants to prove the Mets wrong. I say, how? By hitting 7 homers and twelve doubles.” And that’s me laughing at me!

Jay Bruce – In five games, he’s at 12/6/16/.680/2. Unfortunately, those games are scattered all over the place. (Someone at Elias Sports Bureau just died from my misuse of stats.) Okay, after Bruce’s two homer game last night, you have two options. First option, you smile and congratulate yourself on holding Bruce through his lean times. Second option, you sell him because you know he hit those two home runs off a Pirates pitcher that might be named Van Beanstalk. You make the call!

Xavier Nady – 2 HRs. I kinda wish I took my own advice and picked him up on the 2nd day of the season. If I did, I wouldn’t have Adam Lind on one team.

Adam LindWatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Xavier Nady’s player news? I hit a home run last night.

Chris Davis – Hit another HR. Now has 3 in like 2 at-bats to go along with five Ks or something. Listen, it’s more of the same, you take the flier if you can afford to drop someone because you never know where something great is going to come from. He Ks and hits home runs. That’s what he do. He can hit 20 home runs in half a season. Most veterans won’t do that. I’ve bought in in three leagues, I dropped Ken Griffey Jr., Pedro Martinez and Jorge Campillo. Oh, and I still can’t pick him up in one league — Yahoo Fantasy Baseball sucks.

Daryl Thompson – This guy’s numbers in the minors were major (<—-pun!). Unfortunately, it seems like he’s now being rushed.  Luckily, he has Dusty to nurture him and watch his pitch counts.

Jeff Francis – To the DL. That’s the Disgraced List.

Clayton Kershaw – Back to Double-A. Looks like Alyssa Milano will have to find someone else to give herpes to.

Chris Snyder – Came down with Jockular Sphincteritis. IowaCubs, a frequent commenter, said Snyder busted a nut. That’ll be a tough line to beat for Razzball Comment ‘O Week.

J.R. Towles – Member that doooode that no one could get enough in the preseason? Yeah, he’s back. His return isn’t because of great production in the minors; Quintero is on the 15-day DL.

Yorvit Torrealba – It’s getting warm in Coors and balls are jumping out. I’m licking stamps and thinking about shipping Navarro off on a few teams.

Steven Pearce – I mentioned him in the Buy/Sell last week. Well, Steven Pearce was just called up by the Pirates. Okay, here’s the thing. There’s nowhere to play him, but the Pirates will be sellers (as they have been for years) at this trading deadline. So they could move LaRoche, Bay or Nady within a week and Pearce then gets a long look. NL-only people need to grab him immediately. Mixed leaguers need to wait and see.

Pedro Martinez – I’m dropping him in all ten team leagues. This was Rudy and I over IM yesterday, Rudy, “Are you starting Pedro @ STL?” Me, “No, I’m done with Pedro. And since I can’t start him, there’s no reason to hold onto him. He’s gone.” “Yeah, you make some really good calls when it comes to fantasy baseball. They should call this hobby of ours, Grey’s fantasy baseball. In fact, they should call hobbies — Grebbies. To work your name in there.” “I agree.”

Chris Duncan – Hit another home run. He’s getting hot. Definitely worth substituting in when he’s facing righties. In other Duncan news, Shelley dislocated his shoulder giving a high five.

Chase Headley – HR yesterday, now 4 HRs since callup to go along with 18 Ks and 0 walks. But, Grey, you tout Davis who Ks and doubt Headley? Are you facist? No, but Davis has immense power and he plays in Texas. Headley has solid power and he plays in a stadium that makes Randy Wolf look awesome. Speaking of which…

Randy Wolf – 7 ER in 4 IP. He said after the game that he felt like the “worst pitcher in baseball.” I say, “Only on the road, Randy. Only on the road.”

  1. wakeNbake says:

    nice rundown…..its a very niiiice, I liiiike (in Borat voice)

  2. agar says:

    Seriously depressed about Furcal the guy was on fire before his injury :\

    Right now I have Aviles playing at SS do I consider dropping Fukudome for Hardy, I really don’t want to do that, but he’s my only offensive player i can really drop..

  3. agar says:

    Or do I drop Aviles for Hardy?

  4. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Oh, Furcal. Go to the back of the clubhouse and fling yourself along with Smoltz and Gallardo on the Pile of Broken Players.

    In order to correct what I, in my unbiased position as a satisfied Evan Longoria owner, perceive as an Anti-Longoria Bias here at Razzball, I offer this tidbit:

    Longoria has now hit .275/.348/.528 with 15 homers, 37 total extra-base hits, 50 RBIs, and five steals through 74 games. His 70 strikeouts are a lot, but Longoria has shown excellent plate discipline for a 22-year-old rookie by drawing 33 walks in 310 trips to the plate. Only Alex Rodriguez has a higher OPS among AL third basemen.

    Only Alex Rodriquez! Take that, Other AL 3Bmen! Though now that I think of it, who else is in the AL? Miggy? Beltre?

    Anyway — Longo Rules!

  5. BSA says:

    GD-CBS fantasy articles. Why did they have to highlight Liriano’s return. That forces my hand sooner than I wanted while I have trades pending to make room for Fransisco. Each time in the past two of my main competitions have jumped before me. Man I don’t know what I hate more having to make a quick decision that tweaks my team or losing out on a move by hours because someone else jumped first.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Longo -I like him to but am trying to put him together with Vlad to try and get Grandy and Wright. We’ll see?!

  6. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @BSA: I guess that’s a good trade, though I’d rather keep Evan and beat those Longo Bongoes all season long.

    Speaking of trades: Bruce/Soria for Carlos Lee?

  7. BSA says:

    Is that BVV mentioning a trade with Bruce and a closer? Are you trying to prompt Bruce to another double dinger night again?

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @BSA: My BruceLove is slowly being transferred in full to Longoria.

    Plus, I’d like to lock down my OF. Lee would give me Holliday/Lee/and one of Rios/Pence/Frenchy. That should do just fine.

  9. p0rk burn says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If you can get him to bite thats a great trade for you. Are you playing with drooling 12 year olds or am I missing something? I’d laugh hysterically while clicking reject if that came across my GM desk.

  10. wakeNbake says:

    If Fuentes gets traded you think T. Buchholz will def get the look at closer? He’s definetely pitched well enough to get it. Any chance they give Corpas the job back?

  11. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @p0rk burn: I don’t expect the guy will do it; he’s needed saves all year but he’s like Scrooge on a chocolate Christmas coin with his players: those fingers don’t budge.

    In general, though, you might be surprised what Need Filler + Potential can bring back in a trade. Sometimes people are more than willing to trade the Known for the Unknown But Promising.

  12. Frank Rizzo says:

    FURCAL! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    note to self: make it a point to have either Hanley, Jose, or Jimmy on your roster next year. The SS position can possibly make or break your team based on scarcity at the position.

    In Hardy we trust! (I’m dead)

  13. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Hate to be the one to point this out — and sure, Furky is a little more fragile than most — but you could just as easily be writing HANLEY! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! this time next year.

    In fact, fear of Hanley’s surgically repaired shoulder kept some folk away from him this year.

    If you really want to avoid the SS scarcity problem, draft the O-Cab in the 10th round and use your first/second round pick on someone like Holliday; OFs are more easily replaced following catastrophic injury. I’m serious.

    Plus, as Gallardo proved this year, freak injuries can also wipe out seasons; it’s not just the old and infirm who fall.

  14. jph says:

    “Money talks and bullshit runs a marathon.” – It appears Nino Brown’s words don’t apply in the real world where one is supposed to pay taxes. I hope Snipes can use his vampire experience from the Blade films in jail – although I imagine blood is not the only bodily fluid he will be sucking.

    To Wong Foo, Good Luck in Prison.

    Here’s to hoping Chance and Mr. Boston have a rematch Sunday night. Enjoy the 4th!

  15. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    I search in Google News for “STEVE PEARCE” and it’s some Republican asshole Congressman from New Mexico.

    Is he a ballplayer too? hmm…

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @agar: Drop Aviles for Hardy.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Your perceived injustices are conjured slights. Longo’s cool in my book and seems to be coming around a lot quicker than Gordon last year.

    re: Bruce trade — Get Carlos Lee.

    @wakeNbake: I think Buchholz gets the job. Then it’s his to lose. But they did just give Corpas a big contract, that could play in.

    @Frank Rizzo: Losing Furcal sucks. Full on. But he’s been gone a while and losing someone like Furcal isn’t something that kills a season. Jerry Hairston, Aviles, Hardy, etc. They can all help.

  17. DrBaseball says:

    Does anyone think Miguel Cabrera moves back to 3B this season or next season?

  18. Frank Rizzo says:

    I have an offer into the big Tiger fan in our league. Giving Hardy and Granderson for Rollins. Doubt he’ll bite but Granderson is replaceable in my lineup while I know Hardy is only going to be good for a few more games…..streaky as hell. Rollins is a buy low right now.

    He probably won’t do it anyway.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrBaseball: Maybe, shouldn’t matter for fantasy eligibility.

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d get Rollins there, sure.

  20. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @DrBaseball: @Grey: Would he still be eligible at 3B next year in Yahoo? leagues?

    I think that Miggy is a third rounder as a first baseman.

  21. Frank Rizzo says:

    What are the chances Holliday gets shipped to TB? That trade makes a lot of sense for both clubs. TB has pitching prospects that Colorado would desire, while Holliday could make that TB lineup scary as hell. It would be the perfect move by TB management right now telling the team/fans that they are serious about the Rays this year and they’re making a run. It would be a good baseball and financial move I would think.

    It makes too much sense to me so it probably won’t happen.

  22. peter says:

    Re: Angels. I was in LA on Tuesday night and was given tickets to the Angels game. I went. 1st of all, interesting park. For those that don’t know, it used to be used for football, also, and it still has a little bit of that feel (though it is one of the nicer conversions that I’ve seen). When the wrap-around stands in the outfield were removed, Disney thought it would be a good idea to put in some plastic rocks and make a waterfall. Excellent move. I’m eagerly awaiting a sequel to “Angels in the OF” based on the waterfall. They could use the same script they used for the third Pirates movie.

    Like Grey, I hadn’t been going out of my way to watch many Angels games as of late. Thus, I was surprised to find the team/fans still running with the rally monkey thing. And, you know, it made me feel a little weird. Like the monkey was being objectified.

    Also making me uncomfortable was watching Vlad in the OF. Of course, the day Sciosia doesn’t DH him is when I’m there to watch. Nice call on his, umm, “lumbering” stride, Grey. But what I couldn’t get past was his pants. In recent years, Vlad has started to rock it like Ed Grimley. Actually, that goes for the pants AND about 4/5 of his plate appearances.

    The game: Harden vs. E. Santana. I was expecting a pitcher’s duel. Didn’t exactly happen. Both stranded a bunch of runners and were somewhat lucky to give up so few runs. Note: the Angels’ on field contest during the game involved having some 8 year old kid run from the OF, grab 3rd base, and run back in a certain amount of time. Entertainment! I’d rather watch Gagne run w/ the bratwurst in Milwaukee. Long story short: kid couldn’t lift up the base. Chone Figgins was tossing the ball right next to him, came over, and helped him get the base out. Which is more times than Chone will grab 3rd base between now and september! Zing!

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: He played 14 thus far. Isn’t ten the cut off? (This question is not sarcastic, I hate Yahoo and hope it goes away.*) I think he’s a mid-2nd rounder, but salmonella tomato, salmonella tomahto.

    *I missed Chris Davis in one league that I needed him. Why? Because Yahoo is crap. I had no problem getting Fuentes, Wheeler, Marte, Headley, etc. Why? Because those pickups were a matter of quickest man to waiver wire gets them. The rest of this shizz is a waiver priority thing, which sucks. Seriously, why does everyone use Yahoo? I can’t get my mind around this.

  24. Hank

    Hank says:

    @DrBaseball: Nope.

    @Frank Rizzo: If he goes for it that’s awesome. Hardy is barely above replacement level.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I can’t imagine the Rays trading for Holliday. Smart move or not.

    @peter: Awesome comment, thanks for sharing.

  26. Shogun says:

    @Grey: What’re the chances that Bruce goes on a tear in August and September after this adjustment period? Longo didn’t hit for a while earlier this year after he was called-up, and even Braun had a brief period in which he didn’t hit after his call-up last year. None of us can see the future, but I’m optimistic that Bruce is well-worth stashing for a few weeks until he starts raking. I still like him better this year than Headley, Davis, Pearce, et al.

  27. Re: Torreabla

    Per ESPN rumor mill: “The Colorado Rockies have told catcher Yorvit Torrealba that they are willing to listen to offers for the veteran backstop now that it is clear he has lost the starting job to Chris Iannetta, reports the Denver Post. ”

    Based on that info, I’d stay away.

    Re: Duncan

    He hit his home run last night off a lefty. Cust ‘kayin.

  28. Hank

    Hank says:

    @peter: “Like the monkey was being objectified. ” This makes me feel weird too, but maybe because I treat objects like women.

    @Grey: “I can’t imagine the Rays trading for Holliday. Smart move or not.” Holy shit it’s true, terrorists are attacking imaginationland! While I agree it seems wholly (I think that’s word) unlikely, it’s definitely fun to hope/dream the Rays (my newest guilty pleasure) might do something to really go gangbusters on the Massholes and the Evil Empire.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Freak: re: Torrealba — I didn’t pick him up yet, but that’s a good update. The gist of Coors being a hitter’s haven in the summer remains. Re: Duncan — Yeah, but his splits are bad. So the gist remains on that, as well. Cust kayin’.

    @Hank: “Holy shit it’s true, terrorists are attacking imaginationland!” — That was really funny.

  30. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @BSA: Grandy & Wright >>>>>> Vlad & Longo.

    D. Wright will be the best player in baseball for a majority of the 2nd half. I discovered that with science experiments so you know it’s true.

    EDIT: By Grey because the exaggerated emphasis caused the site to warn me I should edit it.

  31. Joe says:

    Grey, i’m thinking about trying to shift Holliday because if he gets dealt, it probably decreases his value. Would i be right here?

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe: As with anything, depends what you’re getting for him, but I wouldn’t trade him simply because of trade rumors.

  33. Re: Frenchie

    This guy is 24 and obviously still has potential, but with talk of sending him to the minors (or at least reduce his playing time), is Francoeur still ownable in a H2H keeper league where waiver options include Fred Lewis, Delmon Young, Cust Sayin, Justin Upton, and Mike Cameron?

    Or, just keep him on the bench and hope he rides it out? My league counts OPS as a category, so even if he comes back relatively strong but only hits doubles, he’s still helpful.

  34. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Freak: What’s funny about this is — what, they weren’t willing to listen to trade offers for Yorvit Torreabla before? As in, other GMs would call and say, “What about Yorvit — ” and the Rockies GM would say “No, no, no! Untouchable!”

    “But what if we give you A-Rod and Joba–”

    “What if I hang up right now?”

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VanHammersly: In a keeper league it’s a tough cut. But from the names that are on waivers, it doesn’t seem like your league will pick him up anyway. I’d go with Cameron, Lewis, Young, punt.

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @VanHammersly: Glurgh! They are talking about sending Frenchy to the minors!??

    This is a guy with 100+ RBIs two years running. My whole team is going down in flames.

  37. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: I think that next year we should institute a Razzball-wide ban on Yahoo? fantasy baseball.

    They totally punish smarter players with their minor league callup waiver. I say, if a guy is on the team’s 40 man roster, then his contract is eligible to be purchased at any time by the MLB club. Yahoo? should recognize this and keep these guys in the FA pool. Then they should also include the top 100 prospects in baseball.

    It’s putup or shutup, time, fellas! Time to boycott Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. Who’s with me?

  38. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Frenchy now rockets to the top of the “Next To Be Cut When I Feel Like Taking A Flyer On Some Middle Reliever” list.

    I wish I’d dropped Frenchy for Marte, rather than Headley. Sigh.

  39. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @IowaCubs: But CrackStacker is so fun! I think Yahoo will get their act together next year. If you ever read their fantasy blog, fully 85% of the comments are some variation of:


    Most of this comes from rabid 12-year-olds who just got their first boner thinking about Clayton Kershaw, who then gets sent back to Double AA a month later.

    The other 15% of the comments are some variation of:


    Often from people who aren’t, in fact, first. Never got that, never will.

  40. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wow, that’s so funny! I got my first boner thinking about Jimmy Key.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: I’m already packing my bags and thinking about going back to ESPN. They’re completely free for the leagues and real-time scoring. Not sure why so many use Y? anyway.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: We’ll see, I guess.

  42. Steve says:

    Is there any more of a batting average drain than Michael Bourn? Can’t steal ’em if you’re not on ’em.

  43. Hank

    Hank says:

    @Grey: CBS is the best IMO they have the most powerful stats sorting, the most options for commishs’, and lots of solid features. Plus their player pool is huge, and they have a lot of flexibility in game types. One league of mine used their online auction draft system (which I think they outsource) and it was pretty slick and kept the draft moving at a solid pace.

    That being said, I think the hardcore/more interested fantasy players would be better served by the creation of an all new site that tailors to them first and then the casual player later. ESPN and Yahoo only care about getting tons of signups, it doesn’t really matter if the people that signup for the free leagues ever even touch their rosters, and we all know how common that is.

  44. BigFatHippo says:

    I think my league uses Yahoo just cause it’s the easiest to find. We’re a bunch of computer illiterate hacks who aren’t willing to try new things.

    On an unrelated note, how bout my boy Loney Grey? Go on hatin on James, he’s hot like firecracker.

    Billingsley not bad either, only 56 pitches through 5, 2 unearned.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hank: Yes, CBS is the best, no doubt, but they charge. If you’re going to do a free service with your friends, then you shouldn’t have people dropping out right after the draft. So with those leagues, ESPN is better for having a bigger player pool.

  46. Frank Rizzo says:

    Holy crap. Hardy’s 2-2 with a double and a solo shot already today off of Webb.

    Maybe I should pull my offer of Granderson/Hardy for Rollins.

    Is it possible for Hardy to take the next step and become a superstar or is he always going to be streaky like this?

  47. Nick says:

    I traded my Figgins for Ervin Santana. I don’t really need stolen bases and I could use some pitching and k’s

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I wrote yesterday, “2 HRs and over .450 in the last 7 games. He hit 15 home runs in two months last year. He can get hot. Recognize!” He can get hot. If he gets hot for two months, you probably lose out on the deal. If he gets hot for one week, you sold at the exact right time.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: That’s a great trade.

  50. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: One note, though: Didn’t ESPN pull some thing last year where they lost, like, two or three weeks of stats, and they basically said, “Oops. Our bad. Do-over.” And everyone had to start again? I don’t remember the specifics (being a Yahoo!er myself) but does anyone remember this?

    @Frank Rizzo: When I was a kid, I’d watch the Jays with my dad, who had a habit of sitting down and loudly evaluating a player’s entire career based on what had just happened a minute before. For example, if Garth Iorg hit one of his 8 or 9 home runs of the year, my dad would say, “That Garth Iorg, he’s a real power threat.” Or if John Mayberry stole a base, he’d say, “That Mayberry’s a real speedster.”

    The moral of this story: Do the Rollins trade.

  51. Chet says:

    Sporting News is my favorite. They have a large player pool, free stats, etc…

  52. Frank Rizzo says:

    I know you guys are right. The trade’s still sitting there, and I highly doubt he’ll take it. But this may be really good timing for me to offer this trade. Granderson’s doing pretty well and Hardy’s on fire.

    FYI – Now Hardy’s 3/3. 2 doubles and a HR vs. Webb. Just Kayin.

  53. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Frank Rizzo: 2-1 that guy denies that trade. Not sure why he would take it. Carlos Lee and Hardy for Rollins makes sense. Granderson does not, but good luck there anyway.

  54. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: In case anyone in the RCL wants him, I just dropped him. Best of luck in the real world, Frenchy!

  55. cruisinkc says:

    Vazquez has been getting roughed up lately. Is he a safe play against the A’s tonight?

  56. Frank Rizzo says:

    @IowaCubs: The reason it’s a possibility is the guy I’m offering it to is a huge Tigers fan, and his current CF is Vernon Wells so Granderson would be a current upgrade for him. Add in a streaking Hardy and you’ve got a possible recipe for a slip up giving me Rollins in return. The plan is almost foolproof.

    (it won’t happen)

  57. Commie-tment Issues says:

    Mark Ellis – top 12 2B?

  58. Nick says:

    @Grey: I thought so too and its against the person who stands in front of me in my roto league…it can only hurt him as Figgins is horrible and I hope he continues to struggle that waste of a draft pick. No power whatsoever & his average is nothing special. SB’s are lacking and I have Rollins/Markakis/Wright

  59. Nick says:

    that team also just drop Wang and picked up Veras from the Yankees? I have no idea what he is thinking in an 8 team league with no holds….Veras will not get any saves…which reminds me

    Gonzalez (Braves) & CJ Wilson (Rangers) are both on waivers. I have 4 RP’s but they are not on great teams (ie. Wilson,Rauch,Hoffman,Torres) so should I pickup Gonzalez? I’m probably going to avoid Wilson with his track record but will Gonzalez be the Braves closer for a good period of time?

  60. Nick says:

    & I would be dropping Chris Young (sure you have heard to much about him from me) for any of those closers.

  61. wakeNbake says:

    I just read that Joe Borowski will be replaced as closer for the Indians….Kobayashi next in line??

  62. Nick says:

    @wakeNbake: Yea, heard the same thing. Koayashi is next but I don’t want to include him in my choices because who knows who will be the closer over there for the next few months

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    Kobayashi will probably be the first in line but this could get ugly. Then again, Masa, Perez or Betancourt could step up and run with the job. All that is sure is Borowski sucks and has been exposed.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: Gonzalez then Wilson, but they’re pretty ugly too.

  65. wakeNbake says:

    Im desperate for saves I gotta take a shot with adding Kobayashi, thanks guys

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commie-tment Issues: If you’re asking because you’re in a 12 team league and thinking about picking him up, Ellis is not ideal because of his lack of upside.

  67. Nick says:

    @Grey: Yeah I’ll just avoid them for now. Bruce is on Waivers, worth a try instead of Young?

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: Sure, give it a shot.

  69. Nick says:

    When I went to pickup Chris Davis it said Error player in pending transaction!? What is that about

  70. Nick says:

    nevermind got it

  71. knighttown says:

    Worth using my high waiver priority on Kobayashi who was dropped a few days ago. I need saves and not much else.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: If you needs saves, you should grab him, sure.

  73. Commie-tment Issues says:

    @Grey: 16 league team. insurance for Utley…

  74. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Guess what, snitches? My limp-ass RCL bullpen of Saito, Sherrill, Wheeler and Kobayashi is suddenly looking kind of okay! Junky Closers(tm) — you gotta love ’em!

    Also: Another quality start from Cueto. I see a glossary term coming on: When you pick up a touted prospect that other owners lose faith in, and that prospect catches fire.

    Guess what, son? Y’all got Cuetoed.

  75. Steve says:

    Y’all like any of the following for tomorrow?
    Olsen @ Rockies
    Padilla @ Baltimore
    Byrd @ Twins
    Jackson v KC

    Not much of a choice, I know…

  76. BSA says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m glad my bench got Cuetoed and not some other team. He is earning his way back into my regular rotation. Notice his last two starts – last week he did well without the K numbers which was not like him and then tonight he goes back to 8 Ks over 7 IP. Impressive! Oh wait I did start him in the RCL with Parra so my ERA matches my BA, AWESOME!

  77. p0rk burn says:

    @IowaCubs: Its funny to see the players stubbornly held onto in my 2 10 team h2h leagues when the same players are getting cut in the RCL. Either these people are really loyal/hopeful they turn it around, stupid, or not willing to take a flyer on a prospect like all of the RCLers desperately need. I picked up Frenchie a week or two ago in one of the leagues and cut him today for Baker. I’d like to think I was in the hopeful category instead of stupid.

    Re: Baker – with Helton’s back acting up and The Deer Hunter apparently on the losing end of a game of baseball roulette recently what are the thoughts on Baker’s playing time? He’s definitely doing everything he can to keep a roster spot.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commie-tment Issues: Not sure why you would need insurance for Utley. I see no reason to pick him up.

    @Steve: Punt. With a gun to my head — Jackson, but I’m not loving it.

  79. Steve says:

    @Grey: Me neither. Downs and Bucholz have ruined my ERA and WHIP this week and thinking of using a starter to pull it back. Not sure if ANY of those guys are up to the job.

  80. Shogun says:


    I believe Byrd has a history of dominating the Twins. He’d be worth a flier.

  81. RT says:

    Anyone worried about Victorino?

    Oh, and by the way, I am “buyers remorse guy”. I do this everytime. I moved Maine/Drew (JD variety) for Lincecum/Victorino. That dude should be running crazy in that offence.

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