So this is a fun story for you.  When I was a kid, I played 2nd base.  Was one of those pesky slap hitters that annoyed the pitchers.  I led the way for Orlando Hudson.  Call me Orlando Oldson.  At the age of twelve, I never struckout once.  All season.  That’s how Oldson did.  Then when I turned thirteen, I sucked.  I couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.  If they didn’t have to play every kid, I would’ve never seen any PT.  At one point, I had a friend promise to throw the ball right down the middle just so I could get one hit for the year.  And that was what I finished with.  One hit.  So wha’ happened?  Where did Oldson disappear to?  Well, going into that year, I discovered girls.  And all of their fleshy parts.  But I also needed glasses.  Who was I?  Chris Sabo?  Chris Sabo got laid once.  And he paid for it.  So I took the easy way out and never wore my glasses.  My baseball career paid for it big time.  But I touched a boob!  This brings me to Brian McCann.  He’s supposed to be returning.  Stat, doc.  You know what catchers need?  Rest.  You know what McCann’s had a lot of?  Mmm-hmm.  See where I’m going with this?  Of course you do.  You gots smarts!  So McCann had a terrible first month of April.  Tizz-errible.  Well, he couldn’t see like Oldson and his luck (BABIP) was in the shizzer too.  Now as long as he’s not embarrassed to wear glasses around Frenchy, he should be fine.  So potatoes to chips, he’s still a guy that can hit 20 HRs and bat .290.  Buy, snitches!  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy and sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Josh WhitesellStarting the Buys with a -Sell?  Oh, Grey! Lots of Ks in the minors for Whitesell, but also a solid OBP.  Did someone say Dunn?  No?  I thought I heard that.  No?  Good, because that would be oversellling -Sell.

Chris Coghlan – I love the ‘lins!  I really do.  They have no problem promoting anyone.  So Coghlan can play at the hot corner, 2nd base and the outfield.  My guess is he’ll primarily see time at 3rd base so they can bench the guy who’s playing there now that is actually a pinch runner.  He could spell Maybin and Uggla on occasion.  Coghlan, besides having the weirdest name to spell outside of Buehrle, can steal bases and has a bit of power.  Think 15 HRs, 25 steals.  The steals could come easier at first.  He’s a must pursue in NL-Only.  But because his position is shallow, I’d immediately look at him in deep mixed leagues.

Juan Pierre – SAGNOF!

Michael Bourn – See 1/18th of an inch above.

Alexei Ramirez – Now you can get him for even cheaper as his owners begin to panic at The (Jayson) Nix Experiment™.  I still believe he’ll come around.

Elvis Andrus – Has been batting 2nd recently.  That’s a boon to his value.  (A boon is a positive, but Andrus is in the Buy section so context clues should help you there.)

Chris Ray – He will eventually lead the Orioles in saves.  Sure, that may only be 12 saves…

Andrew Bailey – The A’s are saying he’s going to be looked at for the closer role.  Honestly, you don’t even need to know if he’s any good to pick him up if he could be the closer, but he is good.

Mark Melancon – Mo’s Better Meaty Meat Shoulder is hurting.  Melancon could see some saves short term if Mariano’s hurting. (UPDATE:  In a bizarre move, the Yanks optioned Melancon to the minors right after this was posted.  Guess they have Mo faith than I.)

John Grabow – Capps has a minor elbow issue.  Are pitchers ever okay when they have anything wrong with their elbow?  I see a trip to the Disgraceful List in Capps’s future.

Scott Hairston – Hitting 3rd for the Padres.  Faint endorsement for Hairston, major indictment of the Padres.

Jesus Guzman – With Aurilla and Ishikawa’s careers in the toilet and nobody flushing, how long until Guzman floats to the surface?

Jimmy Rollins – Sitting on a 13/1/7/.213/1 line.  Wheels have come off Rollins, fo’ diggity.  Unless he has a mysterious ankle injury that he’s not talking about, he’ll get better.

SELL

Jair Jurrjens – His K/BB rate is terrible, and his ERA will regress. But ya’ll didn’t think Jar-Jar would give you a 2.00 ERA all year anyway, did you?  Don’t trade him for a bag of boiled peanuts, but I’d explore options.  As they don’t say, the best is not yet to come.

Scott Kazmir – It seems like he’s headed for Junksville.  In my top 20 starter for 2009 post, I put Kazmir in a tier of pitchers I would never own.  Unfortunately, I co-drafted with Rudy and have Kazmir on one team.  *shakes fist at sky*  Rudy!

Jeff Weaver – Make sure when looking at trade offers you’re not thrown by the ol’ Je. Weaver trick.

Omar InfanteHey, he’s playing! But, hey, he sucks.  Oh.

Scott Richmond – If you can pawn him off for any piece whatsoever, do it.  He’s really not this good.  In fact, there’s a good chance he’s going to be awful.

Chad Tracy – With the recall of Josh Whitesell, Tracy’s time is getting pinched.

Chris Dickerson – Losing time to Laynce Nix.  Wow, this was a big week in the Nix household.  BTW, what’s with the Y’s in their first names?  Layme.

Dallas Braden – Has been solid so far with a 2.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.  Whoa.  1.39 WHIP is smoke.  Yup, there’s a ‘too many walks’ fire burning in 3 of the last 4 starts.  A bottle of Liquid Paper may get dumped on his ERA any start now.

Manny Ramirez – A female fertility drug?  Even as he breaks our hearts, he makes us smile.  Now don’t sell him too cheaply, but I’d explore options.  Remember, by the time Manny returns, he may be in his 2nd trimester.

 
  1. Drev says:
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    Hamilton for Quentin…which side is preferable?

  2. johnson21 says:
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    Krispie or Coco? Also, Andrus or Burris at SS? Thanks!

  3. Just curious:

    So the guy in my league who just traded me Matt Holliday for VWells/Gregg then turned around and traded away Longoria for Lincecum/Lowell.

    So he gave up Holliday and Longoria for Lincecum/Lowell/VWells/Gregg.

    To paraphrase Sean Connery in The Untouchables: Does his team look better now, or worse?

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: Quentin

    @johnson21: Krispie — Andrus

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: You got the better end of your trade, but the Longoria one was good for him if that’s what he needed.

  5. johnson21 says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins:
    lincecum and longoria have similar all things equal. so its holliday for lowell/vwells/gregg. im picking that side.

  6. spike says:
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    Grey,

    What are you thoughts on Wandy’s (in)consistency this year? I’ve got peavy/cueto/harang/shields/beckett/bedard as my SP in a 12 team 5×5, with lidge/cordero/qualls/ziegler/downs as my closers. I want to pick up Wandy — I’d like to trade a closer to make room, but I don’t think he’ll be around that long.

    Is he going to have an Ervin Santana-like year this year? Or should I stay put?

  7. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    Grey….2nd teir 1B I could get for Bedard….names? My heart’s desire is Votto, but I think he’s overvalued right now and the owner has all but said he’s untouchable.

  8. I love me some Chris Sabo references.

    @Drev: I like Quentin there.

    @johnson21: Young has more upside, but Coco will probably be less infuriating to have in your lineup. I’ve sold on Krispie, and would go with Coco if I had to choose.

  9. Jobu's rum says:
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    Grey, what does your magic 8 ball say about Lidge blowing out his knee? I’m thinking of grabbing either Cecil or Marshall off the wire, but the only pitcher I can afford to drop is Ryan Madson (great K/9, thinking he may close). Prognosis?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @spike: Many posts on this site about how I like Wandy for this year. Search on the top left. He’s not going to be as great as he’s been, but he’s solid.

    @Mark: Someone commented today that they wanted to sell Votto, so maybe your league’s owner feels the same way. He’s who I’d go after. I wouldn’t go as low as Derrek Lee, so somewhere between those two.

  11. brad says:
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    Funny you mention Jurrjens, I started thinking about offering Jurrjens + Rios + Ichiro for Hamilton + Gallardo. In my 16 team keep 6 league.

    My roster right now is –

    C Chris Iannetta
    1B Justin Morneau
    2B José López
    3B Chris Davis
    SS Elvis Andrus
    OF Carlos Lee, Jacoby Ellsbury, Álex Ríos
    Util Ichiro Suzuki
    BN Yadier Molina
    BN Daniel Murphy
    BN Jason Kubel

    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Jair Jurrjens
    RP Mike González
    RP Troy Percival
    P LaTroy Hawkins
    P Julián Tavárez
    P Joe Beimel
    BN Erik Bedard
    BN Kevin Millwood

    Thoughts?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: You’re giving up too much.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: Sorry, I spaced on Gallardo there. Actually, I like that trade for you. I’d want Hamilton/Gallardo.

  14. spike says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, I’m pretty high on him myself, but I can’t bring myself to drop a closer to make room for him. It’d likely be Ziegler/Downs (I have Ryan on the DL) — hopefully Ziegler loses his job soon so I won’t feel so bad?

  15. brad says:
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    @Grey: thanks grey, hopefully the offer gets his attention. right now he’s got melky, taveras and randy winn starting. . . . For future reference is it kosher to post the whole roster in the comments section like i did?

  16. jsp2014 says:
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    Ha, the Je.Weaver thing reminded me of one of my friends trading another Kevin L. Brown, the catcher, back in HS.

  17. Richard Mohr says:
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    Drop Dickerson in an 11 team NL only league? The best options available are Reed Johnson, Matt Diaz, Brian Barden, Laynce Nix, and Aaron Miles. Would you drop Dickerson for any of them?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: Probably easier to post in the forums when posting your entire roster, so you don’t have to repost it every time, but it’s up to you.

    @jsp2014: Ha! Gotcha watch out for the reliever Ryan Braun too.

  19. @Grey: Yeah, the Longo/Linc trade seems fair, especially if Lowell comes anywhere close to repeating his ’07.

    I’m actually proud of the little feller, ’cause this is the same guy who last year went into the All-Star Break in first place, but couldn’t bring himself to sell high on Josh Hamilton, and those rode a flaming comet to oblivion in the second half. Nice to see he understands that he already got about 1/4 of Longo’s stats in 1/6 of the season, and sold for a fair return.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Richard Mohr: In an NL-Only league that deep, you need to hold tight for a few days to see how whimsical Dusty’s being. Would be nice to get Diaz in there for a few days while Dickerson’s floundering.

  21. timSTi says:
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    @Grey What 5 out of these 6 would you want? I hate having to pick and end up screaming SONAVABENCH far too often. Grandy, Quentin, Damon, Werth, Cruz, Kemp. I have 4 OF and 1 Util to fill from those 6. I have Werth on my bench but he’s been heating up.

    Also I think if Richmond pitches strong tonight its hard to deny he’s got something going on this year. What do you think I could get if I packaged him with that odd man out from my OF. Thanks buddaayyy.

  22. Joel says:
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    Lot of trades for my squad, which is still mired in near-last place. But I’m feeling optimistic about the future.

    I moved:
    Sabathia and Ortiz for Berkman (waiting on that turnaround!)
    Mauer and Span for Kemp (didn’t get the GS last night, though)
    Cordero for Cliff Lee

    If I didn’t have Beckett, Rollins, Lindstrom and others conspiring to destroy me, I’d be in decent shape.

  23. Mowses says:
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    Is Niese worth a spot start tonight against the Pirates?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: I have no idea what your team needs (besides not needing OFs) so it’s hard to say what you could package any of them for. I could see you trading Richmond and any of them for a top player. Quentin and Richmond gets you Tex? Werth and Richmond gets you Shields?

    @Joel: Nice

    @Mowses: In NL-Only leagues, and deep mixed leagues (more than 14 teams).

  25. Grey you made me think of the Billy Madison quote with the Manny comments.

    “Eric’s Pregnant! Feel those kicks? He’s gonna be a soccer player. He is…he is.”

  26. Zebo says:
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    start Shields at Fenway tonight? Last time he was there, he spent the whole time looking for his teeth on the mound.

  27. Joe S says:
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    Just a not for Razzball readers slow whatever roll you had for Melancon he was optioned for A Rod’s return

  28. timSTi says:
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    @Grey Yea I guess I could have included needs. I’m kinda stumped as to where I need the most help. I’d have to say SS. Here’s a quick rundown

    SP – Bills, Gollardo, Volquez, Volstad, Richmond, Hughes, Wolf
    RP – Bell & Soria
    C – Sandoval, Soto (bench)
    1b – Pujols CI – Helton
    2b – Cano MI – Hill
    SS – Furcal, Drew (D/L)
    3b – Blalock (A-Rod D/L will be starting tonight)

    Where do you see a need/hole if any?

    Maybe Richmond & Werth for Rollins? Or should I hold out on the SS need til Drew comes back. I’m really hoping Soto turns it around cause I dont want to rely on Sandoval for too long.

  29. Joe S says:
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    a note not a not

  30. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: Bad player question time. Drop Madson for Zobrist, C. Guzman, or Weeks? Or stay locked?

  31. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Try Pence for Alexei Ramirez? Pence is my one benched offensive player so might as well try and turn him into a huge potential upside right?

  32. knighttown says:
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    So the overall leader and I have been into some heavy petting but thus far there’s been no penetration. He wants my Alexei and Bruce and I want his Josh Johnson and Rios/Victorino. He’s also sitting on 2 catchers better than my starter (Shoppach), Yadi and Mauer.

    Do I agree to the deal as is or do I try and add in my junky closer for his Mauer? And if I can’t get Mauer, is Yadi an upgrade over Shoppach?

    Which side wins:

    Bruce/Alexei vs. JJ/Rios
    Bruce/Alexei vs. JJ/Victo

    same as above plus my Qualls his Mauer.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zebo: It’s a risky start, I am in 12 team leagues and deeper.

    @Joe S: Hat tip.

    @timSTi: If you can get Rollins there, it would be great. I’d try quick before Rollins breaks out.

    @cws05nuts: I’d want Weeks there, unless you’re set up the middle.

    @Nick: Sure, but you should be able to do better than Alexei for Pence.

    @knighttown: Those deals are all fair. I’d prefer Victorino. Add Mauer if you want.

  34. Quintero says:
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    Josh Whitesell…Grey, you are indeed the psychic (or psyche?). You said it, I play him. Pickup of May!

  35. timSTi says:
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    @Grey If I can’t get Rollins is Quentin/Furcal/Richmond for HanRam fair? HanRam owner is in last place and has a pretty bad team overall. Only reason I package in Furcal there is he has no other SS on his team so maybe that’ll entice him having that spot filled?

  36. DrEasy says:
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    Bloomquist or Lugo? And are either better than Aviles?

  37. EricB says:
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    @Grey: Here’s an update. Last week I asked you who to start for this week: Shields vs. Boston or Kershaw vs. Washington. You said to start Kershaw. I did. Kershaw won with a nice game Wednesday night. We’ll see what happens with Shields tonight. Thanks for the advice.

    Here’s how it’s looking for next week:
    Currently active in lineup:
    Billingsley: @ Philadelphia (Hamels)
    Harden: vs. San Diego (Peavy) and vs. Houston (Hampton)
    Kershaw: @ Philadelphia (Park) and @ Florida (Sanchez)
    Liriano: @ N.Y. Yankees (Hughes)
    Shields: vs. Cleveland (Carmona)
    Slowey: vs. Detroit (Miner) and @ N.Y. Yankees (Burnett)

    Bench options:
    Hanson (ATL) – in minors
    Meche: vs. Baltimore (Guthrie)
    Scherzer: @ Atlanta (Kawakami)
    Young (SD): @ Chicago Cubs (Lilly)

    Lineup okay or make changes? Thanks

  38. Matt Sorrento says:
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    What kind of jam should I offer for McCann? The guy who has him has been trying to get Votto from me for a few days.

  39. Teef says:
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    I came out of my draft feeling pretty good and I’ve made a couple trades/and pickups that I love but I’m in dead last in my competitive 10 teamer and I’m starting to get sneaking doubts creeping in

    10 team redraft h2h with wins/saves/era/whip/saves/ks and hrs/rbis/runs/avg/obp/sb

    team is
    C. Russell Martin
    1b. Miggy Cabrera
    2b. Alexi Ramirez
    3b. Arod
    SS. Theriot
    OF. Quentin
    OF. Hamilton (got him post DL stint)
    OF. Victornio(got him last week)
    Util. Berkman(got him a week and half ago)
    Bench: Magglio(traded for on Tues)/C. Davis(added b4 yest game)

    Pitching. Peavy, Holliday, Gallardo, Bedard, Wainright, Liriano with Bell, Gregg, Hoffman, Street (DL BJ Ryan) as relief

    You see any holes/needs I should be filling that I might be missing?

  40. GhostfacePrzybilla says:
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    Jurjjens had similar peripheral problems last year but maintained solid roto numbers all season. Is he sell at all costs?

  41. Quintero says:
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    Speaking of Chris Coghlan… He is not in yahoo player pool…(or I spelled it wrong?) Coghlan or Andy LaRoche? Two are different, but who is going to be the more productive one?

  42. spike says:
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    @Grey: Drop Ziegler for Wandy? I figure he’s not going to be closing much longer, and I’ve got the aforementioned 4 closers I’d play above him anyway. Do I really need 7 SP?

  43. Denys says:
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    @Quintero: Well Andy sucks… and you don’t know if Coghlan will suck yet… so I hope that answers your question…

  44. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Quickie lineup question- do I start Fowler at home vs Nolasco, or Rasmus in Cincy vs Cueto?

  45. Denys says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: Fowler for speed. tomato, tomahto tho…

  46. Hardcore Midget says:
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    @Quintero: Agreeing with the previous poster. We all know Laroche sucks.
    Gamble on the upside.

    And Yahoo will probably add him over the weekend, once he gets his first in-game action, he should hit waivers.

  47. Teef says:
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    Offering Wainright/(Gregg/Hoffman) for Hamels – to much?

  48. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: In other words, just as soon as even the half-interested fantasy owners have heard about him.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: It’s fair.

    @DrEasy: I’d go with Lugo for hope of steals.

    @EricB: Wow, lots of tough matchups next week. I’d consider Scherzer over Slowey. If you feel like you need a 2 start starter, then go for it.

    @Matt Sorrento: I’d want Votto over him. I’d give a Cruz-type for McCann.

    @Teef: Your team looks like it’s going to start kicking ass any day now. Only thing I’d consider is Mags for Cano, if you can pull it out. Then benching Alexei for now and putting him in at SS when he heats up, or trading him.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: No, not at all costs.

    @Quintero: He’s not in Yahoo yet.

    @spike: Not yet

    @Teef: I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not too much.

  50. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: “Remember, by the time Manny returns, he may be in his 2nd trimester.”

    Milk just exited my nose,you bastard!

  51. Matt Sorrento says:
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    @Grey:
    I offered Votto and Fuentes for Werth and McCann. I don’t think he will take it, but I don’t give a thing about closers.

  52. Teef says:
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    @grey
    1. That’s actually a really good suggestion – I originally got Mags as insurance for my OF incase one of my buy low guys didn’t turn it on for a while but that move makes a lot of sense – the only thing that may stop him from doing it is the lack of 2b replacement and his OF consisting of Bruan/Kemp/Both Uptons/Hart – but regardless – very solid suggestion – may try it anyway.

    2. I know your down on Hamels and it feels like it’s not his year but I’ve watched his last 2 starts and when he got hit with the pitch he was dealing and looked like last years stud – same last week – I dont know much about Wainwright outside of just his stats but I’ve been unimpressed all year – he’s always in trouble and walking way to many guys – the extra roster spot would allow me to add Hanson

    Regardless – Thanks man, really good stuff

  53. Teef says:
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    ps 6.99=the price of a strawberry daq at my local TGIF

  54. Doc says:
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    But did McCann get any boob for his trouble?

  55. Quintero says:
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    @Hardcore Midget: @Denys: Actually, Andy LaRoche is not THAT bad at the moment…K-rate down, BB-rate up…BABIP comes back to normal range…not crazy pull-happy anymore…that lineup is indeed sucks tho.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: That’s the goal.

    @Teef: 2. Then go for it. It’s totally fair, just not my kind of deal. And thanks for the donation!

  57. Doc says:
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    I have an addiction to being the first to pick up “rate rookies” like LaPorta and now Coghlan. I hope I don’t drop someone worthwhile, but I’m sure I will.

  58. Doc says:
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    @Doc:edit “rated rookies”

  59. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Who’s more SAGNOF, Pierre or Bourn?

  60. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Bob: I’m not Grey, but I did sleep in a Holliday Inn last night (HEY-O). Go with Bourn.

  61. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    The Cubs just traded Joey Gathright to the Orioles for Ryal Freel. I called Farney and he confirmed this deal.

    When I read this news, I said to myself, “The Cubs had Joey Gatright? Really?”

  62. Doc says:
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    Gathright traded for Freel. Adjust your lineups accordingly.

  63. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Mark: @Bob: This is like asking, “which side of the face would you prefer me to punch you.”

    I’m going for Pierre, because he has the track record to sustain his average. But isn’t it a coinflip anyway?

  64. tommy says:
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    how would you rank the following guys going forward?

    Bourn, Fowler, Span, Nyjer Morgan

  65. airlifting says:
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    my garza for his mccann? would then slot sandoval into my 3b where beltre sits & edwin on DL. 14t league, 5×5 + ops & k/9. trading garza would leave my staff with only 3 starters (javy, gallardo, zimmermann)

    overreacting for a C/3B? try to trade one of votto, c. pena, butler, n. johnson instead? three good 1Bs are hard to roster, even with tw util. spots.

  66. Atomic says:
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    Lovin’ the web site. Started following along after reading the draft recap thing on Yahoo! The season previews and BRAN draft strategy were particularly helpful this year, and really enjoying the daily updates. Keep it up!

    I try to do everything you guys say, it seems. This week I took the “use your waiver priority” tip to heart and picked up Cecil with my #2 spot. It was liberating! Then I used my #12 priority to get Reynolds and drop Andrus (whoops, maybe I should get him back, I have JHoney at SS, Chipper at 3B). I was about to waiver claim again, get Sherrill lose Ray, but maybe changing my mind after seeing Ray on the buy list above. Next I have to work on not filling my bench with hitters.

    I kind of need a good 5th starter to keep up in my league, hoping that Cecil or Holland will fill that role (Also start Bills, Wainwright, Bedard and Danks). Dempster and Masterson just hit the waiver wire, should I stash one of them? Would probably lose R. Soriano or Ray or Reynolds off my bench (bullpen is Broxton, LaTroy, Franklin, Grabow).

    Thanks again!

  67. Bob says:
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    @Mark, @IowaCubs: This is Manny’s spot on my team. I figured I can SAGNOF for 50 games, then plug in Manny’s stats from that point. So as little as I like my face being punched, Bourn of Pierre’s 50 game SAGNOF plus Manny’s 110 games of “Manny being Manny” will be a decent total.

  68. Mexican Avalanche says:
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    Carnac! I just gave Kazmir to get Alexei two days ago.

  69. Infamous says:
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    Should I try to trad Mags for Rollins even though I have Alexei and Tulo at SS and wait till Rollins becomes Rollins again and flip him?

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tommy: For straight speed? Bourn, Fowler, punt. For upside and speed, Fowler, Bourn, punt.

    @airlifting: You can’t trade away Garza. Try to trade a 1st baseman. Or two.

    @Atomic: Thanks! I’d lose Soriano for Masterson.

    @Infamous: Sounds good.

  71. Bob says:
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    So, once I dump either Bourn or Pierre, I will have one spot open for a fifth starter. Somebody just waived Zach Duke. Big Unit and Randy Wolf are also out there. Who would you pick up?

    Finally, I’ve got Geovony Soto sitting on my bench (I picked him up for a crappy closer) and Russell Martin is my starter. I’ve been trying to trade Soto, with no success. Sombody just offered me Magglio Ordonez for Soto. Normally I wouldn’t look but I did just lose Manny. Should I consider doing this or just stick with the SAGNOF strategum and try to get something better for Sot.

  72. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: Seriously? You’re punting Span? He’s been very useful for me in h2h.

  73. Doc says:
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    from Rotoworld

    Florida is wasting no time utilizing Chris Coghlan, starting him at second base Friday.
    Dan Uggla gets the night off. The Marlins could well start him at third base tomorrow. Clearly, Florida wants to see what it has in Coghlan, as they should. Coghlan can hit.

  74. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Bob: Big Unit, but know that the price you pay for those K’s will be an occasional shelling.

    Not sure about Soto….I se your point, but I hate Maggs.

  75. Doc says:
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    Pierre or Coghlan?

  76. @Doc: Coghlan for everything except SB. Plus it sounds like he may have some nice position flexibility to boot.

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: He’s third for steals/upside there.

    @Doc: It’s about your needs. Coghlan has upside and better eligibility, but he may play three games and get sent down. Pretty clear what Pierre gives you.

  78. The Dude says:
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    How would you classify BJ Upton right now. I’m thinking of going after him in both of my keeper leagues since his value is as low as it’s likely going to get. Would you ship Ichiro+Closer for him? or is that too much?

  79. Bob says:
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    @Mark: Thanks.

    @Grey: Any thoughts on Ordonez for G. Soto?

  80. Doc says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. I need to check what I need in that league. Of course that is the only one he isn’t on waivers.

    I finally got that donation thing to work. I expect ramped-up advice now that I’m paying a penny per question!!!!

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Dude: I’d want Upton there.

    @Bob: I’d want Soto.

    @Doc: Thanks!

  82. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. I’m just getting a little panicked not having Manny to anchor my OF and I’m not totally confident about my SAGNOF while he’s gone strategy.

  83. Justin Upton v. Nats, Carlos Pena v. Boston, or Alex Rios @ Oakland tonight? Thanks

  84. The Dude says:
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    @Grey: I was afraid you’d say that – so which closer?

    Rivera
    Fuentes
    Qualls
    Wilson

  85. willclarkismyhero says:
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    a guy in my league just changed his team name to “Mannypause”. I laughed out loud at work and got funny looks, so I thought I should share.

  86. Doc says:
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    Are you kidding me? ARod with a Donk/Doink already! Hippo, you make me sick!

  87. JR says:
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    @Doc: First-pitch homer!

  88. DrEasy says:
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    I guess Mannypause is the opposite of Mannywood?

  89. The Dude says:
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    A-Rod’s got something to prove… and as an owner, I hope he proves it early and often

  90. timSTi says:
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    Pujols + A-Rod is gonna be fun this year :-) Hopefully my trade goes through for HanRam. Talk bout a beast of an infield with Cano/Hill

  91. Dexter says:
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    Would you rather have Myers, Gaudin or Cook going forward? Thanks!

  92. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dexter: Gaudin, Cook then Myers, but they’re obviously not ideal.

  93. Dexter says:
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    @Grey: No, they are far from ideal. Each time I look at the possibilities, I have to try my best to choke back the vomit. Just filling a spot til Hanson comes up.

  94. Tom says:
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    Grey, would you take Garza or Shields if both are on the table?

  95. Bob says:
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    Which side of Cole Hamels for Roy Oswalt/Kevin Gregg would you rather be on?

  96. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: Shields, very close though.

    @Bob: Hamels

  97. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Thanks.

  98. Drev says:
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    anyone know why berkman was pulled from the starting lineup?

  99. @Grey:

    Heh Buy Whitesell? Have you actually watched him play defense? Im skeptical he gets much playtime.

  100. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Drev: Not sure.

    @Elijah: If he hits, he’ll play.

  101. Im really skeptical about Whitesell, but Im just going by what I’ve seen of him so far on the diamond in limited time, and I have yet to see one reason I’d play the guy if I was the manager. The guy hit .228 in AAA and cant play defense. Then again the DBacks are hitting .225 total so you may have something there.

  102. So sell both Jurrjens and Kazmir? Ugh, I’m not sure I could get anything at all for these guys and my pitching is already horrible.

    SP: Hamels, Kazmir, Jurrjens, Maholm, Scherzer, J Zimmerman, Webb (DL), E Santana (DL)

    RP: Capps, Qualls, Downs, Sherrill.

    Am I just screwed? I just spent 3 days unsuccessfully trying to find someone to trade me a SP and the only guy I was offerered was Nolasco. Suggestions?

  103. Whitesell, 27, was hitting .356 with three homers and 20 RBI at Reno and was the D-backs’ organizational player of the year in 2008, when he hit .228 with 36 doubles, 26 home runs, and 110 RBI

  104. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Elijah: Don’t turn your nose up at Nolasco if the price is right. His hidden stats are actually quite good this year, and I think with just a little adjustment and luck, he’ll be really, really good again.

  105. Bob says:
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    Hey everybody, if you go to the Yahoo StatTraker, you can see that there’s still a brown furry animal attached to Chad Gaudin’s chin. I called the SPCA about it the last time he pitched, but I guess they haven’t detached it yet.

  106. OK well I wasnt *that* down on Nolasco but I thought I might get him off waivers as easily as trade for him.

  107. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:
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    @Elijah: .328, check the link.

  108. Yeah I see that now, must have been a typo in my local Papers. Now I’ll agree: If he hits he will play.