Carlos Santana was signed by the Phils.  Did Carlos Santana ever have a song called, “Harumph?”  Cause he’s making me harumph all over the place.  Doesn’t Hoskins play 1B?  Will Santana move to 3rd?  I agree, Maikel hasn’t been great, but he’s too young to give up on.  Maybe Santana plays outfield?  Hoskins plays outfield?  Maybe they juggle left field?  Maybe they juggle balls hit to them in left field?  Maybe they’re juggalos?  I got questions, y’all!  The scenario of Hoskins in the outfield seems most likely with Franco getting pushed down the order, but not out of the lineup entirely.  This might be something to watch in the spring with The Jacked Up Jew, and how he manages his new Latin classic rock guitarist.  As for Santana, his stats last year look like that of an aging slugger.  Carlos Santana’s gone from Oye Como Va to a hard-of-hearing Latino, ‘Oye come again?’  His average home run distance from 2016 to 2017 came down ten feet, but Citizens Flank might help a little.  His line drive rate went up, but his fly balls are going nowhere, and his Hard Contact was down.  He’s even seeing more pitches inside the zone, because people just aren’t scared of him anymore.  His stats don’t scream, ‘The end is nigh,’ but they are whispering, ‘Soon, my pretty.’  For 2018, I’ll give Carlos Santana projections of 74/24/81/.257/4 in 552 ABs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for fantasy baseball:

Fernando Rodney – Signed with the Twins.  Rodney received $4.5 million and an empty locker for his imaginary quiver.  Rodney added, “Keep it crooked!” which is his catchphrase he says as he makes his cap askew.  Rodney will be the Twins’ closer, and likely do completely fine for seven-eighths of a season, then dump on you 12 earned runs with no outs recorded when you’re least expecting it.  For 2018, I’ll give him the projections 2-5/4.41/1.34/62, 32 saves in 57 IP.

Melvin Upton – Signed with Indians.  Carlos Santana left the Indians, but when one door closes, another door opens, and that door is booby-trapped with a bag of flour above the entrance for when Upton enters.

Matt Moore – Traded to the Rangers.  Here’s a glimpse into the Rangers’ front office:

“How can we make Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, Mike Minor and Doug Fister look like a solid rotation?”
“How about for our 5th starter we throw a scarecrow dressed as Kenny Rogers?”
“Singer or ex-Rangers pitcher?”
“Hmm…Singer?”
“Nah, fans won’t go for it.”
“I know!  Trade for Matt Moore!”  For 2018, I’ll give Matt Moore projections of 8-11/4.67/1.41/139 in 162 IP.

CC Sabathia – Re-signed with the Yankees.  Obvious, SRWMWGAFFFB.  Ya know, Solid Real World Move, Who Gives An Eff For Fantasy Baseball.  But wait, he had a 3.69 ERA last year!  But wait wait, he had a 7.3 K/9 and 120 Ks.  Snooze, ya lose.  For 2018, I’ll give him projections of 10-9/4.24/1.31/130 in 158 IP.

Freddy Galvis – Traded to Padres.  I’m still floored that he saw 608 ABs in 162 games last year.  Hey, it’s Freddy Gehrig!  I mean, he went 12/14/.255.  At some point, a rational human being would’ve thought, “Ya know, maybe we’ve seen enough of Galvis, and we give Crawford a shot.”  Apparently, last year’s Phillies manager was not that rational.  Let’s hope this year’s Padre manager, Andy Green (WHO?), is rational and doesn’t play Galvis for 600+ ABs.  Freddy Galvis’ 2018 projections:  48/10/51/.250/9 in 385 ABs.

Yovani Gallardo – Re-signed with the Brewers.  I should say, the Brewers were resigned to take back, Gallardo.  Oddly enough, I can’t even say YoGa gets hot for stretches.

Matt Kemp – Traded back to the Dodgers.   I have a sneaky suspicion that Kemp could have one more season of 32 homers this year and be the latest Zombino.  Do I have anything to back this up?  Well, I could make up reasons, but, let’s be honest, it’s more of a gut thing, and gut recognizes gut with Matt Kemp.  “Yo, is Kemp playing Kurtz in a stage play of Apocalypse Now?”  That’s someone seeing the new Kemp body shape.  Imagine he runs into Rihanna back in Los Angeles, it would be like one of those times you ran into an ex and she still looks the same and you’re a literal bean bag wearing a shirsey.  Back to Kemp, I don’t even know where he’s going to play.  There’s talk he won’t be on the Dodgers much longer, so I’ll give him the projections of 52/21/68/.258/2 in 427 ABs, but that’s subject to change.

Ronald Acuna – With the Kemp trade, it frees up space for Acuna.  In related news, my keyboard is sitting on my lap and I’m not typing this with my fingers.  I’ve already gave you my Ronald Acuna fantasy, and now I might have to give him a full season of at-bats.  Drop the R in boring.

Brandon McCarthy – Sent to the Braves as the main piece in the Braves/Dodgers’ trade (I giggled a little when I wrote ‘main piece’ in case you can’t get sarcasm).  McCarthy in the Land of the Braves is an affront to lefty-leaning, pinkos, but everywhere.  Though, lefties in the NL East might rejoice.  For 2018, I’ll give McCarthy projections of 5-8/4.39/1.26/109 in 133 IP.

Scott Kazmir – The other monster trade piece going to the Braves (still giggling).  Kazmir is currently slated to hold the 5th starter job in the Braves’ rotation, and, around March 18th, he will hand that job to Luiz Gohara.

Charlie Culberson – Another piece in the Braves/Dodgers’ trade.  This the Dodgers just regifting, and the Braves being like, “Shrug, whatevs, I guess he can go on our bench.”

Adrian Gonzalez – Also traded to the Braves, where he was immediately DFA’d.

Zack Cozart – Signed with the Angels.  Ah, it’s Yunel without the homophobic eye-black.  I’m getting the sense that I’m being too low on home runs across the board again if home run numbers from last year hold up, but someone like Cozart becomes super uninteresting if his home runs crash back to earth.  Super Uninteresting Man is like Clark Kent, but, instead of the Daily Planet, he works at the Daily Planner.  In today’s news, my blotter needs new paper!  For 2018, Cozart’s projections are 65/17/71/.271/4 in 450 ABs.

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J-FOH
J-FOH
4 years ago

which service is Patriot on?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: So if I have to drop a title from my list to add it then who do I drop?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: wait, what happened to wormwood? Did it suck? I know you never finished Tin star so you quit too early

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: so it doesnt make you want to drop acid?

Happyharry
Happyharry
4 years ago

Hey Grey, H2H, 6X6, 12 team keeper. I have my roster with potential keepers listed. I still have $64 salary left for keepers, would you recommend any other keepers?? thanks man.

K-C – Y. Grandal – 11
C – A. Hedges – 10
1B – C. Santana – 5
K-2B – J. Schoop – 1
K-3B – A. Rendon – 1
K-SS – F. Lindor – 21
MI – X. Bogaerts – 21
K-CI – J. Ramirez – 9
K-OF – M. Betts – 9
K-OF – N. Cruz – 29
OF – A. Jones – 23
OF – J. Bautista – 28
OF – C. Gonzalez – 28
UT – R. Odor – 24
K-P – C. Kluber – 26
P – C. Archer – 17
K-P – J. Paxton – 3
K-P – L. McCullers – 1
K-P – D. Duffy – 5
P – C. Rodon – 1
P – D. Pomeranz – 1
P – C. Pineda – 1
P – E. Diaz – 1

Happyharry
Happyharry
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Thanks as always for your advice!!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 years ago

Pujols
Han-Ram
Scooter Ginnett
Tulo
Gardner
V-Mart
Reddick
Hicks
Brandon Phillips
Zobrist

Who should I bid on now?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
4 years ago

Mauer is also available

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

can you give me an order after ginnett so i wont have to ask you once they are off the board?

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

Which side in a keeper: Arenado+Berrios or Donaldson+Lindor? Is it close?

Count de Monetballl
Count de Monetballl
4 years ago

“I can’t even say YoGa gets hot for stretches”; I’ve been laughing at that for hours after almost reading right over it… Pure Genius’ness…

Speill
Speill
4 years ago

Hey Grey. Thanks for all the off-season info. Having just moved from NJ to San Diego it seems like spring training is right around the corner. Must be the weather. Lol. Trying to fill last 2 spots on my keeper list. Please pick 2 from these guys. Gregorius $4. Carrasco $9. Trout $66. Mancini $4. Cespedes $15. Severino $4. I’m thinking Gregorius with his spot in that lineup and Severino. Mancini not bad either and throw the Trout back into draft pool. Your thoughts. Thanks Grey.

J-FOH
J-FOH
4 years ago

I started watching shut eye on Hulu. I like Jeffery Donovan so I’ll give it a shot.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I started the Jerusalem one but its sub-titles so I cant really watch while I work.

Shut Eye has LA for its backdrop and gypsy gangsters

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: both are on my list already. Im there bro.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: watch shut eye. Its already had one brutal death

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: what about a brutally comedic death that is super original and actually makes you hungry

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
4 years ago

Hi Grey! Long time. I usually fuck off right after the season to go and recharge my fantasy testicles. Just started thinking about next season again.

How do you see Aaron Hicks next season? Full time job? How about Michael Taylor? Yes that’s as bad as my keeper options are…

Anyway sup hope you been aight!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

Is yuli gurriel going to have 3B eligibility in Yahoo next season?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Im assuming the same applies to Yoan Moncada as well?

J-FOH
J-FOH
4 years ago

To use Santana song titles: The Phillies made their Soul Sacrifice when they signed the Santana because they had No One To Depend On. Let’s be honest, in the city of brotherly love, its looking like Everything’s Coming Our Way of course it could be a case of Everybody’s Everything. So let’s cut the Jingo and get straight to the Batuka, because as they say in Cuba…Guajira!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: There are so many great songs off the first three albums. I bet you know more than three, you just don’t know its Santana

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: His version of the Zombies She’s Not There is amazing

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: You’ve heard Time of the Season before

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  J-FOH
4 years ago

@J-FOH: Live at the Fillmore ’68 is freaking epic.

GP
GP
Reply to  J-FOH
4 years ago

Too funny .
Have enjoyed your exchanges this offseason .

Didn’t love the signing but I’m cautiously optimistic for the Phils to be relevant again soon .

HawtSauce
HawtSauce
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Phillies are your 2020 world series champs. Do the Astros bet now on them and it could pay out huge. 2020 potential lineup.

JP Crawford – SS
Odubel Herrera – OF
Carlos Santana – 1B
Rhys Hoskins – OF
Scott Kingery – 2B
Jorge Alfaro – C
Maikel Franco – 3B
Mickey Moniak – OF

Vince Velasquez
Jared Eickoff
Aaron Nola

That’s just what they have now not including any potential free agents or trades they make.

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Just checked a U.K. bookie, offering 100-1 on the Phillies to win it all.
Same price as the Marlins, no, seriously they are the same !!

Another Dan

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Just put £5 ew on them at 125/1 (different bookie, and one I had a balance with).

Quiz question : only 3 teams had odds greater than 125/1. Who are they ?

Another Dan

PS – if they win the World Series (or even national league) I’ll buy you a daiquiri or too (maybe even in person if they win !!).

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

1/3 Padres, Tigers, Reds all at 150/1

Marlins (100/1), White sox (100/1).

Not sure where the British bookies get their odds from. Or whether it is decided by weight of money (but I can’t see them having huge liabilities on a 2018 WS already).

Another Dan

Biff Malibu
Biff Malibu
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I blame the damn metric system. Or there’s some confusion between cricket teams n American baseball teams

Moneyball
Moneyball
Reply to  HawtSauce
4 years ago

White out M.Franco and it looks better.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  GP
4 years ago

@GP: Its classic me and the Grey

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Probably a discussion for another day / Feb. Grey . . . but how are you handling Desmond, Dahl, Tapia in general for 2018? ZIPS still expects roughly 20/20 (.268) from Desmond, Dahl is projected for a Blackmon-lite .277 21/15 (473 ABs), and Tapia was only given a lukewarm 8/21 but a good BA (.292).

I went HAM on all of those guys last year + it didn’t go so great. I don’t want to dive back in on all again this year, but I’m tempted to. Currently hoping to sneak Desmond at the back end of my 12 teamer and/or Dahl in the $0 reserve rounds, while probably leaving Tapia alone.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! With all the hot names, Desmond seems like the sneaky pick here . . . he’ll get to play . . . what he does with that is TBD.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Oh for sure – I meant more like a “could drop to the $0 reserve rounds and spit out gold” sort of pick. We’ll know in April if Des is a drop or a hold . . . Dahl or Tapia on the other hand could be in and out of lineups all season but give enough hints of upside to stay on the roster (even if not the best strategy).

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 2016 Grey – “I love Ian Desmond” 2017 Grey – “He’s getting old.”

Jaded.

Moneyball
Moneyball
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

Dog years!

GP
GP
4 years ago

Grey ,
Love the winter reading !!!

Dynasty league , 24 Teams , no salary cap .

Already have machado at 3b , seager at ss and Bell at 1b .
Mazzara , conforto , Hicks in the OF .

Whom would you rather have in this situation or any other dynasty format :

DEVERS OR HOSKINS ???

Please , please advise .

Ralph are you out there ?
All other comments and suggestions welcome on these two guys .

GP
GP
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Thanks for the response Grey !!!

Not to be annoying but why do you like him better for long term purposes ?

HawtSauce
HawtSauce
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: After tooting Hoskins horn I do need some help at 3B and am thinking about offering Hoskins for Devers but I think straight up it’s too much to send away. Guy has some decent prospects and I was thinking of asking to throw in one of the following:

Austin Hays
Gleyber Torres
Kyle Lewis

Thoughts?

HawtSauce
HawtSauce
Reply to  GP
4 years ago

@GP: Hoskins has one of the easiest power swings I have seen. What does that mean? It’s easily replicated time and time again. Is it slump proof? Probably not but typically guys who have very basic swings are far more consistent. Devers has a bigger swing, IMO. Also whenever I see a lefty hitter I get scared by splits. Don’t get me wrong Devers was actually way better, small sample size, against lefties last year. But lefty vs left almost always has bigger issues than righty vs righty.

Tl;Dr I would also take Hoskins over Devers simply because I think Hoskins will be more productive more consistently. But it also depends on what you need. (position wise)

GP
GP
Reply to  HawtSauce
4 years ago

@HawtSauce:
Thanks !!!

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  GP
4 years ago

@GP: Hoskins just looks almost certain to be a .285+, 30+ HR guy for the next 8-10 years — there really seem to be no red flags on him. Devers certainly appears to have the potential to put up numbers like that, but if you came back from a trip to the future and told me Devers ended up being a .270, 22 HR guy over that same 8-10 year period, I would just nod and say, “Yeah, I can see that.”

GP
GP
Reply to  LenFuego
4 years ago

@LenFuego:
Ok get it , consensus is Hoskins .
Was thinking the same thing but the youth had me contemplating devers .
That whole super young thing for mlb has yet to pan out with mazarra .

Thanks for the insight !

DBo
DBo
4 years ago

Dynasty and salary cap league, Cueto or Garrett Richards? Is (expensive) Cueto going downshill quickly? Does G Richards have enough upside? Thanks in advance!

knucks
knucks
4 years ago

RE: McCarthy

Chicks dig the ground ball

Ghost of the Oaks
Ghost of the Oaks
4 years ago

HRs totals will be down this year.

OldNavy
OldNavy
Reply to  Ghost of the Oaks
4 years ago

@Ghost of the Oaks: Arenado will be 27 in April. He is in his prime years. I don’t see his HR’s going down.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ghost of the Oaks
4 years ago

@Ghost of the Oaks: OTS! Is this a league adjustment or less juiced balls?

The Ghost of Oaks
The Ghost of Oaks
Reply to  J-FOH
4 years ago

@J-FOH: Juiced balls. The playoffs bordered on an embarrassment. The MLB will dial it down a little as they tinker with their narrative. Would not predict pre-2016 levels though.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  The Ghost of Oaks
4 years ago

@The Ghost of Oaks: I haven’t checked it out but someone told me post 2015 all star break is when the numbers really started to ratchet up. I did a search and I think I commented in one of Lance’s posts and the HR/FB has gone from around 9 5 years ago to 13 now.

Randy
Randy
4 years ago

Grey,

In a startup dynasty(4th pick) with 30 teams and 6 categories including OPS, who would you take if available between:

Correa
Arenado
T. Turner
Betts

Packers
Packers
Reply to  Randy
4 years ago

@Randy: My 2 cents,
Betts, contributes in all 6 cats.
Correa, contributes in all 6 cats.
Arenado, oldest of the group, no steals.
Turner, not much power, HR and RBi’s, if legs get hurt no steals, sagnof.

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
Reply to  Packers
4 years ago

@Packers: correa doesn’t contribute in all categories homie. I’d go betts or arenado.

Curious George Springer
Curious George Springer
Reply to  Randy
4 years ago

@Randy: Arenado

Randy
Randy
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks