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.

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

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Randy: Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy: Betts seems like the fan favorite… I’d go him too, Turner and Arenado are close…

      • Randy says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. Ghost of the Oaks says:
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    HRs totals will be down this year.

    • OldNavy says:
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      @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.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @OldNavy: Not talking Arenado

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ghost of the Oaks: OTS! Is this a league adjustment or less juiced balls?

      • The Ghost of Oaks says:
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        @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 says:
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          @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.

  3. knucks says:
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    RE: McCarthy

    Chicks dig the ground ball

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Neither? Richards

  5. GP says:
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    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 .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, you can find Ralph in his post from yesterday

      • GP says:
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        Thanks for the response Grey !!!

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like who better?

          • HawtSauce says:
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            @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?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d want Hoskins too… Maybe with one of the 1st two thrown in…

        • HawtSauce says:
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          @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 says:
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            @HawtSauce:
            Thanks !!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • LenFuego says:
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      @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.”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with Len

      • GP says:
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        @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 !

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right now the Rox OF is Blackmon, Parra/Tapia, Desmond… So 600 ABs, 375/275, 500… They need a trade or injury for Dahl to see 473 ABs, I’d give him 200 ABs as of now…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s getting old and needs to avoid injuries…

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @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).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I don’t think Desmond’s gonna go for $0 tho, maybe… I guess… Tapia could win a starting job with a huge March, or a terrible March by Parra (or Desmond, I suppose)…

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: 2016 Grey – “I love Ian Desmond” 2017 Grey – “He’s getting old.”

            Jaded.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know, nature of the biz

            • Moneyball says:
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              Dog years!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  7. J-FOH says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know three Santana songs, and one song makes me think of Shaq dressed like a woman…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That could very well be, but if someone said name Santana songs, I’d oye como va three…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: His version of the Zombies She’s Not There is amazing

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know even less Zombies songs… Wait, I was thinking of Zombie by The Cranberries… Do I even know a Zombies song?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: You’ve heard Time of the Season before

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh yeah! I love that song!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Just being your age there are lots of songs you know. Im sure even the main guy from the Zombies, Rod Argent, you know his famous solo song. If you watch just the first minute of this clip you can have John Denver explain it to you and know the song.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5fYPz8dKbg

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah, I know this song… had no idea it was him… damn, John Denver was a goofy looking dude…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      you would totally wear that shirt

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I kinda look like that goofy mothereffer

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      In a totally not gay way you look better than him

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Aw, man, thanks!

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: Live at the Fillmore ’68 is freaking epic.

    • GP says:
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      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 .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        When I was in Vegas, I nearly bet on the Phils to win the World Series… Was more about the odds, but I like them…

        • HawtSauce says:
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          @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.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, if I could bet on 2020, I would, but only saw 2018 odds which were 50 to 1, which seemed decent considering their chances…

            • Another Dan says:
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              @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

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s crazy, put 100 euros on that shizz!

                • Another Dan says:
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                  @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 !!).

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    C’mon, Phillies! Padres, Marlins and White Sox?

                    • Another Dan says:
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                      @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

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s not that surprising, all those teams are a mess

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

          • Moneyball says:
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            White out M.Franco and it looks better.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @GP: Its classic me and the Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          OTS showed up today!

  8. Alex says:
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    Is yuli gurriel going to have 3B eligibility in Yahoo next season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He only played 2B last year

  9. Peacecoast says:
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    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!

  10. J-FOH says:
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    I started watching shut eye on Hulu. I like Jeffery Donovan so I’ll give it a shot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I had three great shows for you and that’s not one of them…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, okay, Patriot on Amazon and WoodWorm on Netflix are great too…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: both are on my list already. Im there bro.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, bro!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: watch shut eye. Its already had one brutal death

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t like brutal death, necessary

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: what about a brutally comedic death that is super original and actually makes you hungry

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now you’re talking!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Btw, you’re gonna love Patriot…

  11. Speill says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welcome to Cali! Didi, Severino

  12. Count de Monetballl says:
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    “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…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor, it’s close

  14. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Pujols
    Han-Ram
    Scooter Ginnett
    Tulo
    Gardner
    V-Mart
    Reddick
    Hicks
    Brandon Phillips
    Zobrist

    Who should I bid on now?

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      Mauer is also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hanley, Hicks

  15. Happyharry says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana, Xander, Archer, Pomeranz, Rodon

      • Happyharry says:
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        Thanks as always for your advice!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  16. J-FOH says:
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    which service is Patriot on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amazon, it’s so good

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know what’s on your list, but it was better than Wormwood…

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I finished Wormwood yesterday, was kinda tedious…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: so it doesnt make you want to drop acid?

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