Brett Cecil appeared in the April 23rd version of the Fantasy Baseball Buy/Sell.  I liked his strikeout stuff and thought he was up to the task.  He secretly confided in me it was a lot of pressure on him.  He never had a mustachioed man ask anything of him, at least not one that wasn’t wearing a raincoat and no pants.  His WHIP sits at 0.77 through 20 2/3 innings.  Thank you, can I bring you your slippers?  He has 21 Ks.  Yup, more than a strikeout per inning.  Last night, he had a perfect game in the 7th inning and ended up going 8 innings, 1 ER and 10 Ks.  He’s getting a bit lucky, but he’s worth owning in all twelve team leagues, while ten teamers should hover their grabby hands just over his name.  Honey, could you bring me a Dr. Pepper? My grabby hands are busy, woman!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Rafael Furcal – The Dodgers will be oh-for-cal for 15 days.

Ryan Madson – Will have toe surgery after kicking a metal chair.  The metal chair is day-to-day.

Joe Blanton – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  That looks like about what you’ll get from Blanton every time out.  Give or take 1 earned run, according to 100 simulations run by a 100 monkeys dressed as William Shakespeare.

David Freese – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs.  No one’s been hotter in the last week.  Now has 3 homers in the last seven games and batting near .500.

Jaime Garcia – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If you’re bored at your job, Dave Duncan can turn you into a major league pitcher and help you win a Cy Young.

Cesar Valdez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Suck Asstros.  Valdez is fine in NL-Only leagues because he should keep the ball down, but looks like he’ll be more valuable to the Diamondbacks than he will to your mixed league fantasy team.

Mike Pelfrey – Had an MRI for shoulder tightness, but he was cleared to start Friday.  The MRI showed “pitched poor on Saturday vs. a good team” but “hopeful he’ll be better against” a “poor Giants offense.”  Yes, MRI results read like a Zagat review.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 13 Ks.  If the Rockies schedule holds, Ubaldo should be the starter on July 13th.  Though he’ll probably only go for 2 innings.

Javier Vazquez – First bit of good news for Vazquez owners this year is the Yankees are skipping his turn in the rotation.  There’s some taxi drivers rubbing their hands together hoping Javy gets into their cab.

Jorge Posada – Left the game with tightness in his right calf.  His left calf sends its best.  Posada’ll miss a few days.

Randy Winn – 1-for-3 with a 3-run homer.  I was looking up his numbers yesterday making sure there was nothing to see here and there isn’t, but something did stand out to me.  His age.  How is he 35 years old?  C’mon, doode looks like he’s 62.  He was 35 when he starred opposite Billy Crystal in Running Scared.

Nick Swisher – 3-for-3, appeared in Friday’s Buy/Sell and is still hitting over .400 in the last seven days.  ROTIOAOWAYSETWOASPAYOWTWH!

Mariano Rivera – Rivera joins Posada as the sore half of the core four.  Rivera felt stiffness in side after Friday’s game.  The Yankees withheld telling the media until yesterday.  Don’t these people know The Star Ledger’s got papers to sell!  It makes me a tad suspicious that the Yankees didn’t say anything about Rivera until yesterday.  (BTW, Tad Suspicious is a character I adopt while playing Clue.)  I’d absolutely grab Joba if he’s out there.

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-5 as he hit his first homer of the season.  That puts him just off his pace from last year when he hit 8 homers.

Austin Jackson – 3-for-5 as he fell a homer short of the cycle.  He’s now hitting .377.  Okay, all I’m saying is his BABIP is .527, which means he could pop a bunt up to the catcher and it would fall for a hit.

Max Scherzer – 4 1/3 IP, 10 ER.  Look around, the people who are standing are Scherzer owners.  They can’t sit down.

Rich Harden – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks and most importantly no walks.  Looked like vintage Harden, which is weird to say for a 28-year-old, but there ya go.

Frank Francisco – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Two steps forward, one near blown save back.

Jake Peavy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  It’s about time the Peavy of old put on his shizzkickers and kicked some– Oh, it was vs. the Royals.

Andruw Jones – Konerko has, like, 27 homers; Andruw Jones has 8 homers and 5 steals.  In a sad twist of fate, they’re both going to be toddlers by the end of the season.

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Had to think about the Scherzer line for a minute. Ha!

    No blurb on Chacin?

    Just guessing here, but I’m assuming Rudy made you pinky swear that there would be no bachelor party and/or wedding stories? For shame.

  2. agarthered says:

    Asdrubal or Alexei

    what do u guys think

  3. Steve says:

    @Terrence Mann: Chacin got a mention in Doc’s sparkling round-up yesterday. Nice work Doc!
    Grey – Welcome back. I trust you had them rolling in the aisles. Did you wear a stetson and a belt buckle the size of a dinner plate?

  4. Chris J says:

    Scherzer currently my 5th SP and one I only use when he’s against favourable opposition. Do I waive him and pick up Cecil?

  5. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Rivera says he feels “it” when he sneezes. Anyone feel like some good, old-fashioned wild speculation?

  6. ujc says:


    14 team H to H, 6×6……Does Holliday and Kemp for Adrian and The King have to be accepted? Move Albert to first. When Granderson comes off the DL, OF becomes Kemp, Grandy, McCutchen with Holliday serving as one of the Utility guys (league has 2 UTLs). Staff obviously takes a hit, but still would have Garza and Weaver at the top with some match up guys like Cecil, Zito, Correia, etc to fill in the holes.

  7. Steve says:

    @Steve: Subscribe!

  8. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Texiera & Rios Morneau, Kubel & Hughes

    My team is power heavy, so I am trying to upgrade speed with Rios. I am not a fan of giving up Hughes. But would like to own Texiera when he tears up the rest of the season. Thoughts?

  9. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Texiera & Rios FOR Morneau, Kubel & Hughes*

  10. SotoMojo says:

    @Grey I’m in bad shape as far as Saves go in one of my leagues. Thanks to injuries and total suckitude, I’m down to 1 closer (Soriano). I was offered Aardsma for Oswalt. My rotation is Verlander, Lester, Nolasco, Liriano, Oswalt, and Slowey. Should I pull the trigger or just wait it out until some fresh meat shows up in the FA pool? I’m throwing Meek and Zumaya in my RP corps right now.

    Also, I am naming my first kid Ubaldo. Boy or Girl, doesnt matter.

  11. Tad Lucky says:

    Welcome back Grey! I’d talk more, but the ladies are callin’ me.

  12. ThePensive says:

    @SotoMojo: I really think Ubaldo is one of the best names I’ve ever heard.

    Lincy/Werth vs. Tulo/Greinke/Hudson? Which side in a H2H 5×5 + XBH, OPS, and QS?

  13. darkdragon88 says:

    Guys like Andruw Jones and Paul Konerko should have some sort of term like “they are ‘Benjamin Button-ing'”

  14. Buge Hoobs says:

    Grey: Who, if any, do you drop in 10 man 5×5 for Freese?
    Robot, Willingham, Beckham, or Wiggy

  15. @Chris J: Yes! I think Cecil will serve you much better in terms of ratios and most counting stats, though getting wins in the AL East will be tougher.

  16. Hi Grey, and welcome back. I have three questions regarding injury replacements (opinions from other fellow managers very welcome as well).

    First, in a 20-team roto league where I’m biding time for Rollins to return, I’ve been using Brignac. But he doesn’t play against lefties (at least not very well) and there are a bunch of lefties coming up. I’m wondering if I should stick with him, or if the increases in PT for former subs/utility men in the wake of injuries in Atlanta, San Diego and LA could make Omar Infante, Hairston Jr., or Jamey Carroll a better medium-term choice.

    Second, I had been using Pudge as my fill-in for Montero in a 16-team roto league, but I managed to trade him (Pudge and Jose Guillen for Ian Stewart!) and now I need a new guy to drop in the catcher slot. Jaso is available, but it looks like pitchers may be starting to figure him out a little. Varitek seems to be playing well, though. John Buck and Ryan Hanigan are also hitting the ball well and are still on waivers. Fox is catcher-eligible, but still not playing great. Who do you suggest grabbing?


  17. Jordan73 says:

    Currently own Matusz and Scott Baker, both Romero and Cecil are in the FA pool. Hold what I have or go after one or both of the others?

  18. Tony says:

    @GREY and other razzheads:

    Which do you like better:
    a) pence/Haren for Halladay
    b) Bay/Haren for Halladay
    c) they’re both too much for halladay

    Its a 12 team H2H, only 32 innings needed per week. My team is frustrating the crap outta me. Am I just panicing here? I’m basically benching pence, bay or an OF each day too that I want to play. So if i lose one i can just slot hammy in or someone since i just acquired him for two closers. I just want to deal Haren before it gets any closer to the 2nd half. Just sick of watching some of these smucks and trying to shake it up.


  19. TheEvilEmpire says:

    JD Drew hit waivers. Drop Cory Hart for him or is there something about Drew I’m missing?

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: just fyi, check haren’s peripherals in between the first and 2nd half. it appears as though it’s bad luck more than anything. his LD rates remain pretty steady, his HR rates stay pretty similar (i think august or something it’s way high, but july and sept it’s essentially the same), and his K and BB rates are similar (actually improve i think), but his babip skyrockets late in the last few seasons for reasons unknown. in other words, i wouldn’t necessarily sell haren short because of the bad second halves since a lot of it appears based on luck. i think rotoauthority has a post on it early in the season or maybe before the season.

  21. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: ya i know BUT his ERA rises every year second half, and his first half hasn’t even been that great, so i’m getting a bad luck first half and the 2nd half is a month away? Not good.

    i really dont wanna be that guy going “this years 2nd half is going to be different, this is going to be the year he turns it around”

    b/c i dont believe that.

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jordan73: matusz is probably the best talent of the 3 younger guys. neither he nor cecil or romero is gonna be playing for a big winner this year. you might as well stick with matusz. baker has more track record and just had a good outing last night and playes for a winner and isn’t in the AL east.

    so in short no.

    cecil is available in all my leagues too, but i really don’t have room to pick him up unless i drop vazquez in one league. tempting. but if vazquez fixes mechanical flaws maybe he can be useful for matchups from here on out. ultimately i’d say you are looking at close to 9K/9IP, an era around 4.00, a whip around 1.30, and maybe 10 Ws for cecil.

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: well i have haren in a league and i’m not selling him short just because his babip shoots up later in the year for reasons unknown.

  24. dingers says:

    now does Cecil come with a set of Gremlin rules.? such as; do not expose to Yanks, Sox and Rays?

  25. sean says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: How about the part that he sucks?

  26. Niq Castro says:

    12 team 7×6 (extra cats are hits, obp, losses (don’t ask, ugh)). IP cap is 1450.

    guys i always start:
    starters – lince, cc, garza, price, marcum
    closers – k-rod, bell, soriano

    the other two who haven’t been and won’t be starting for me any time soon: scherzer, dice-k

    With the innings cap, innings will be tight. I’m very solid/dominating pitching categories, but would like one more guy I can count on as a 6th starter. I’d trade these two if they had ANY value at this point.

    How long do I sit on these two guys?
    Currently have my eye on Cecil and Chacin.

  27. dingus says:

    is it safe to drop max scherzer yet? i’d like to pick up eric young as a free agent.

  28. Tony says:

    @dingus: next start is vs. CLE he might have a good one rolled up in his sleeve, i’d hold out for that…

    one good start might also get him going in the right direction.

  29. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Pick 2…Frenchy, Alexei, Rajai.

  30. MarkM says:

    Are you concerned enough about Mo to drop Alfredo for Joba?

  31. Wiley says:

    @Grey What order would you put the following pitchers?

    Buchholz, Cecil, Marcum, Fister?

    On pitching talent only, because it’s hard to not want to own Brett Cecil or Fister based on their names alone.

  32. ron mexico's papi says:

    Mike Stanton. Can anyone explain to me why this guy is still in AA? He now has a .360 average, 13 HRs, 26 Rs, 29 RBIs, a 25/25 K/BB ratio and an absurd 1.388 OPS in 86 ABs. I guess the answer has to be money (they are probably trying to wait until after the Super 2 deadline), but he would be the best OF on the Marlins right now. Think Ryan Braun’s rookie year with a little less speed and a little lower batting average.

  33. TheEvilEmpire says:

    @sean: Well so does Cory Hart. Let’s pretend for the moment that we both know the obvious and I’ll put it to you again: Should I drop Hart for Drew?

  34. Pitcher questions: Do you think Chacin worth a roster spot in a 20-team league? I picked him up and played him @ SF and was obviously very pleased with the result. But then I dropped him for someone else because I figured I probably wouldn’t play him @ Los Angeles in his next start.

    Also, now that he’s pitching better I’m thinking of trading Hamel for a pitcher of around the same level but more upside and with a less dangerous home park. Can you throw out 2 or 3 names I could shoot for?

  35. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Here’s the deal. I am in a 12 team H2H 5×5 league. I most often win all 5 pitching categories in my matchups due to my staff of Lester, Nolasco, Kershaw, Romero, Slowey, Correia, Fister, Bell, Marmol, Rauch, and Simon.

    However I don’t do to well in the 5 batting categories with a team of:

    UTIL-Andruw Jones
    Bench-Corey Hart

    No one on my team trades. Ever. No interest in trading. It’s like they participated in the draft and leave their teams alone only to log on when it’s waiver wire day.

    So I’m trying to assemble the best team I can with waiver picks to compete in batting categories so that I can win my matchups instead of breaking even. Unfortunately in our 12-team league where the draft was set to 300, there isn’t much available on the wire. The best players are usually ones who are on a hot streak.

    All of that said, would you rather have Hart or Drew?

  36. TheEvilEmpire says:

    No one on my team = no one in my league

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: what are the chances you are just offering deals very favorable to you? i have a guy in my main league shopping hughes around like he’s the 2nd coming of roy halladay and sizemore around like it’s 2008 bitching that no one will deal with him, when really he’s overvaluing his own guys.

    @Tony: yes

  38. steamer says:

    Cecil sure looked dominant last night. He cut his finger during spring training, which forced him to not throw his curve for a while, so he worked on his change, which has improved drastically. Hopefully he keeps this up. Even though it was Cleveland last night, he’s already had good outings vs. Bos & TB.

    Everyone benching Santana tonight at Boston?

  39. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: roto to me is different than H2H in this situation, of course you ride haren out in roto, he’s still getting you OVER 200 K’s, in H2H i’m not particularly thrilled with a second half ERA in a H2H league where i ONLY need 32 innings… if i can turn haren into Halladay and losing bay or pence really isn’t hurting my O, i think ive gotta do it?

  40. brett says:

    I benched Scherzer yesterday and spot started Cecil. Maybe the only two things I’ve done right all season.

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: yeah, if your O is stacked such that losing bay or pence (if/when they come around even) isn’t gonna really hurt you.

  42. Sal says:

    Replace Dush with Cecil in ten team? I was just holding him until I received word on his injury..

  43. Sal says:

    Sorry – sticky fingers are out and Im kicking myself because I was debating picking up and pluging him in for his two start week.

  44. ScoutAbout says:

    @MarkM: You beat me to the question!

  45. TheEvilEmpire says:


    I guess that could always be a possibility. I haven’t made many offers though. Usually my questions of “Interested in a trade?” are met with responses of “No.”.

  46. sean says:

    @Wiley: I think the order you have there is fine. Buchholz is head and shoulders above the others. Fister is worth monitoring for home starts.

  47. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: another option is that you are targeting “buy low” guys and their owners are savvy enough to know prince fielder is gonna get his, and selling him now isn’t a winning move. i know i keep getting inquiries into fielder and low ball offers that i immediately shoot down. 1 month of mediocre play doesn’t make him any less of a late 1st round pick/early 2nd round pick.

  48. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody: LeBlanc or Cecil going forward? I’m worried LeBlanc will be LeDemoted to the Minors once Gigantor comes back to the rotation.

  49. G-Ram says:

    If you can have only one, which one is it: Latos, Cecil, Chacin, or Blanton?

  50. Sir says:

    Buchholz or Wandy?

  51. Sir says:

    And one more question… sorry for putting it into two comments… ignoring need, would you prefer Granderson or Liriano?

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: not saying you are any of these. it’s just the guys in my leagues that bitch about no trading are usually the guys offering up the worst deals in the league and trying to get a deal done by saying something like “hughes could give you 90% of halladay’s numbers”.

  53. Casadilla says:

    @All: Which side would you want? Konerko & Wieters FOR Martin & Morales.

  54. Wilsonian says:

    @Casadilla: Konerko/Wieters, no question.

  55. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Gray: Do you have a projected line for Freese this year? I recall something like .300/20 coming up. Is either Freese or McGehee worthy of targeting in a trade in a 12-team mixed league?

    p.s. Welcome back from the nuptials. Hope it was fun.

  56. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: probably similar production. mcgehee has a better lineup spot, though freese could move up. i’d say they are worth targeting if you can get them cheap. maybe someone drafted one of them late in a draft or picked them up off waivers but have a stud 3B and don’t really need them. as a mcgehee owner without a stud 3B, i would have to be blown away to trade him simply because of the dearth of 3Bs on the wire.

  57. uncdrew says:

    Sometimes I feel I need the Cliff Notes to read alongside Grey’s column as there’s usually one or two jokes I see but don’t get.

    Do you kids even know what Cliff Notes are? It was cheating pre-Internet. Good stuff.

  58. MattW says:

    @uncdrew: Agreed. How about pinkmonkey or sparknotes as well?

    The good ol’ days

  59. mrbaseball says:

    Chris Davis is 14-for-35 at the plate with 12 RBI since his April 22 demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Steve Pearce will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
    There is a new 1st baseman in town – Jeff Clement has until midnight to get out of town

    Carlos Beltran (knee) told the New York Post on Monday that he will begin running with SCISSORS by the end of next week.

    Javier Vazquez – I am thinking of picking him up for interleague play

  60. Isaac says:

    Just pulled the trigger on a trade yesterday and want to hear opinions…

    Gave up : Wainwright (STL), D.Lee (CHC) and Pennington (OAK)

    Got in return : Teixeira (NYY) and Reyes (NYM)

    h2h points / 12 team

  61. @ThePoonTycoon: I currently have Ian Stewart at 3B and Kelly Johnson at 2B — both good for now but not helping me sleep at night long-term. I’ve batted my eyelashes at the Longoria/Zimmerman owners in my league, but with no luck. So I’m wondering if I should add one of those guys as insurance — likely Freese, since he fits better with my team (high AVG).

    The guy with Freese has Miggy and Mini Donkey at the corners already, with Glass Slipper Jones on the bench, so Freese could be had from him, I’m guessing.

  62. Charlie says:

    Pick up Thames or Kearns while Granderson is out? It’s also Rotiseree so I could go another rout and pick up Vargas for the month long stretch and try and rack up extra wins and K’s. That would however force me to start Luke Scott every day and have one less player for short schedule days.

    Deep AL only…

  63. Art Vandelay says:

    Which one would you grab off the wire: Leake, Cecil, or Chapman?

  64. Mr. Rickey says:

    Keep holding Villanueva and Hanrahan for saves potential or punt?

    Also, injuries leave me desperate for Util. hitters in a deep NL only league – which two are better:

    Stavinoha, Diaz, Parra, Brett Carroll, Helms, Mora or Geoff Blum

  65. Wilsonian says:

    Just got offered a trade in a 12 Team H2H, non-keeper.

    I would get: Hayward, Frenchy, El Caballo, J.Lopez (not Jennifer)

    I would trade: MMD, Ethier

    This is an automatic reject, right?

  66. Isaac says:

    @Art Leake

  67. Isaac says:

    @Wilsonian I wouldnt let Ethier go this year

  68. jk says:

    drop wandwagon for jamie garcia?

  69. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: yeah you might be able to get freese for some pitching depth or OF depth if the dude already has mini donkey with glass chipper backing him up.

  70. Wilsonian says:

    @Isaac: that’s what I was thinking, pretty sure that was an auto reject. The deal wouldn’t make me any better.

  71. Cuban rafters says:

    So my team has been pretty mediocre this season and I am trying to give it a little life… This is what I am trying to trade
    Panda, Quentin, Weeks, Tim Hudson


    Ethier, Ian Stewart, Adam jones

    other guys I have on my block are: cueto, beltre, Damon

    I liked the Madson post …. Chair 1 Madson 0 … What’s awesome is he said he tripped and kicked the chair on accident lol

  72. Kazmere says:

    Someone dropped Pence in my 12 team 5×5 roto. My OFs are JUpton, Bruce, Markakis, Quentin, Grandy DL. Drop anyone for Pence?

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:

    anyone else running smoak in their lineup now? due to injuries, i’m starting him at util spots in 2 weekly lineup leagues. i think he’s about to really take off, and didn’t wanna drop him now that he’s putting good wood on the ball.

  74. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kazmere: i wouldn’t. pence shouldn’t be on waivers, but don’t see an OF i’d drop for him. maybe if you had someone else you could drop then hope to trade pence or another OF once they heat up.

  75. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I personally think he’s about ready to explode. He’s already shown he’s incredibly patient and his two HRs have been bombs. I think it’s just a matter of time until he becomes someone who should be slotted in your 1B spot. Just my $0.02.

  76. billjames's bitch says:

    I have a question, Cecil is still available in my league and was wondering if I should drop Wolf or Zambrano to add him to my roster. Thanks.

  77. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: yeah, more BBs than Ks is especially promising. i’m hoping he really blows up and i can keep him in my keeper league for next year and start shopping around teixeira in the offseason for next year.

  78. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: also, his LD rate is 24.1%, while his babip is under .150, small sample size i know, but thus far he’s been incredibly unlucky.

  79. Eric C. says:

    Bucholz or Cecil? I’m leaning towards Bucholz right now…

  80. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    Adam Laroche or Justin Smoak for a CI spot?

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: smoak. when the vet is proven to be meh, always take the upside. especially when you look at his peripherals. dude’s going nowhere but up.

  82. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: im still sitting him, i have a DEEP offensive bench…. but when he dials in i’ll find a spot for him.

  83. Commish Cauda says:

    How would you rank these guys in a keeper league, if you could only own them in 2010 and 2011?


  84. Mitch says:

    How hard does Romero dominate the Indians tonight? I usually don’t start him because I don’t need to (got Jimenez, Johan, Gallardo, Josh Johnson, Kershaw), but this match-up has me salivating.

  85. Kazmere says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I have Marmol, Fuentes, Frank2. Drop FF for Pence? He sucks, but I get occasional vulture wins and saves from him.

  86. Vic Vinegar says:

    i’m loving Ubaldo, but it sucks for him that the Rockies are apparently consulting Dusty Baker on how to handle him. he’s gone over 120 pitches three times already. don’t these idiots ever learn? i’d hate to see this kid’s career derailed by an abusive manager….plus if he got hurt i’d be screwed in two leagues!

  87. MattW says:

    @Grey and Anyone else:

    Which side would you prefer:
    Howard/Markakis vs. Morneau/Lind

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kazmere: tougher. i would strongly consider dropping frank^2. seems like feliz has reclaimed a strong hold on the closer’s role (3 straight perfect appearance, 3 saves), but then again, i’m not a closer whore like a lot of people, and fuentes isn’t the safest closer in the world either.

    but if someone offered you pence for frank^2 you’d take it right? i mean, pence is gonna get his numbers, but he is streaky. if it comes down to it you can move pence or one of your other OFs for a much better/safer closer than frank^2.

  89. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MattW: howard/markakis

    purely because i worry about morneau’s back.

    @Vic Vinegar: ubaldo has thrown 198 innings and 218 innings the past 2 years, so it’s not like he hasn’t been building to this. maybe he’s got an arm like halladay or cc where throwing high pitch counts doesn’t haunt him? his velocity and movement is still there late in games, so that’s a pretty great sign.

  90. steamer says:

    Would side would you guys want of Headley for I. Stewart?

  91. Josh says:

    For a corner infield spot, rank ’em:

    Freese, Ike Davis, Smoak, Robot Jones

  92. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Josh: smoak, davis, freese, robot

  93. bonk says:

    Jeebus bless you, Grey. I’m in a league where SPs are disproportionately highly valued for some reason (more psychological than anything, IMO), and we drafted Scherzer based on last year’s peripherals. Then because of your warnings re: Verducci and league switch, combined with this year’s declining peripherals, I decided to try and trade Scherzer a week ago when his ERA was still in the 2s. And, I managed to swap him for Shane Victorino. So I guess thanks are due, and the experience gave me a phrase that I’d like to humbly suggest as a Razzball glossary item…

    Schervivor’s guilt – the wow-I-almost-feel-bad-now sensation that comes when you manage to sell high on a player (rare) *immediately* before they crap the bed (rarer), the full expectation of which is why you were unloading them in the first place (priceless!). Usage: “I traded away Max Scherzer for Shane Victorino last week, right before Scherzer gave up 16ER with 4/4 K/BB in 8 IP over two starts against the Twins. Now every time I see Victorino in my lineup I’m feeling Schervivor’s guilt.”

  94. James says:

    Hey Grey,

    I was offered CC for Ubaldo. Should I take this trade or hold Ubaldo?

  95. MattW says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Why do you think Robot is so low, Grey’s pretty high on him at least compared to Ike. The reason I ask, is unless this is a keeper league, I would have thought Robot would at least be considered the higher calibre player who is streaky, whereas, Smoak and Ike are unproven, and Freese is just today’s hot FA player

  96. Dingo says:

    Anyone: Drop Frank-Frank for either JC (Joba Chamberlain) or JC (Jose Contreras)?

    Alternately: Drop Fukudome for Freese?

  97. T-BZA says:

    Pure value in a vacuum:

    Sizemore and Phil Hughes for Mark Tex… (Keeper) league. Which side?

    Thanks in advance.

  98. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MattW: at a CI spot i like some upside. jones isn’t awful, but you are getting a light-weight version of dunn with him (~.250 avg, solid BBs, 30 HR). in that lineup he’s not gonna have tons of RBI opportunities.

    i explained what i think about smoak above, and i would rank him #1 going forward regardless of needs. after that it gets cloudier. i am betting on some potential with davis. freese becomes more valuable if you need avg and are already shaky at 3B, so he can provide you some insurance. if you need the power, you can go with robot (i didn’t realize his BB was so high until i just looked up his stats). i am less high on davis than i am smoak, plus factor in arlington v. metco, and i could see someone going freese or robot over davis)

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Yeah, Doc covered him. Doc did a sparkling job covering for me too.

    @agarthered: Asdrubal

    @Steve: Nope, had a waffle the shape of Texas though.

    @Chris J: Sure

    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: Joba

    @ujc: I’d take the Kemp side, but it’s a needs trade. Depends if you needs it.

    @SotoMojo: Hehe… Yeah, I’d take Aardsma if you need him.

    @Tad Lucky: Ha!

    @ThePensive: Speaking of Ubaldo, Tulo side by a hair.

    @darkdragon88: Hehe

    @Buge Hoobs: Willingham

    @Enrique: I grabbed Brignac in one leage, but I also grabbed Fontenot to switch them in and out when Brignac isn’t playing. Assuming you don’t have that option. So I’d go with Infante.

    Jaso, for now.

    @Jordan73: Hold

    @Tony: Go with A.

    @TheEvilEmpire: Go with Drew for now.

    @dingers: Yup, but he doesn’t get them for a few starts.

    @Niq Castro: Trade them for anything just to get them off your team.

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Frenchy then it depends on if you need speed.

    @MarkM: Yup

    @Wiley: Ha… Yeah, indeed. Buccholz, Marcum, Cecil…

    @ron mexico’s papi: Ha… I know, it’s crazy.

    @Enrique: I’d own Chacin. Now’s not the time to sell Hamels, now’s the time to buy him. Hold tight.

    @TheEvilEmpire: Drew

    @steamer: I would.

    @brett: Hehe

    @Wilsonian: Ha… Go with Cecil. But I’d want LeBlanc over him at home

    @G-Ram: Cecil, but I’d take Latos over him at home.

    @Sir: Grandy… Buchholz

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks… Depends if you need them, but I probably wouldn’t target them alone. Freese is a .300/20 guy, yeah.

    @uncdrew: Hehe

    @mrbaseball: re: Javy — Ha! Thanks for the other heads up!

    @Isaac: I would’ve wanted the Tex side.

    @Charlie: Kearns

    @Art Vandelay: Cecil

    @Mr. Rickey: Punt… Diaz and Parra

    @Wilsonian: Reject

    @jk: Nah

    @Cuban rafters: Thanks… I like that trade for you.

    @Kazmere: Agree with Poon.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Because of the short schedule day again, I had him in again.

    @billjames’s bitch: Drop Z.

    @Eric C.: Yup

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: LaRoche

    @Commish Cauda: Desmond, Callaspo…

    @Mitch: Should be a good matchup, yeah.

    @Vic Vinegar: Yeah, could hurt him in 2011. Oh, well, cross that bridge when we come to it.

    @steamer: Stewart

    @bonk: Ha! Not bad, but I’d like to Scherzer continue to be terrible for another couple of months before going with it.

    @James: Hold

    @Dingo: No and sure.

    @T-BZA: Tex

  100. TheEvilEmpire says:

    My Nolasco & Robot for his JUpton and Smoak.

  101. Tony says:

    @Mitch: just bc you said that romero will get lit up by my tribe, thanks…..

    @James: wow the ubaldo hype is outta control, espn was blasting all this morning how he’s on Halladays level now…. hmmm lets see him do it for a full year, i believe inthe stuff, but you dont have one good half last year and 6 good starts and now you’ve become an elite pitcher like halladay who has done it for years.

    Personally i’d probably take CC for Ubaldo.

    @GREY: you prefer bay to pence then? i own 3 mets (bay/wright/reyes) and i was kinda thinkin of splitting that triumvirate up, but then again pence is on the Astros, you gotta figure the mets manager will eventually figure out that he should be batting his BEST 3 players higher in the line up?

  102. Thunder Dan says:

    News from San Diego: Apparently Giant Chris Young still feels ouchy and needs more medical tests done on his shoulder. Viva LeBlanc!

  103. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: So is it worth a LeBlanc drop at this point to snag Cecil? Or hold pat there and drop either Bard or D.Lowe? Holds don’t count.

  104. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey or All : Morgan isnt stealing bags due to feet first crap, should I drop him and go with Gardner or maybe even, wait for it….Andrew Jones as he is really putting it together in Chitown?


  105. Dingo says:

    I just picked up Cecil last night, so I’d say that qualifies me to answer anybody’s questions about him:

    @Chris J: Max is not looking right at all so far, but he’s worth holding on to if you have anybody else you can drop. If not, go ahead and take a flyer on Cecil.

    @Jordan73: I’d hold on Matusz and Baker — Baker’s had some bad luck on balls in play, so he should do better than he has so far.

    @dingers: I’d say those rules apply to all non-ace AL pitchers, though he has pitched well against both Boston (6IP, 1ER, 6 baserunners) and Tampa Bay (6.2IP, 4ER, 7 baserunners, 8K) so far. If he does so again, I’d give him a longer leash.

    @Niq Castro: I’d drop Dice-K for Cecil.

    @Wiley: I like the order you have them in, though I could see ranking Marcum above Cecil (due to Marcum’s better GB rate).

    @steamer: That’s not a Cecil question, but you mentioned him in your post. I’m benching Santana tonight.

  106. Thunder Dan says:

    @Wilsonian: If I were you, I’d keep LeBlanc and Bard and drop Lowe for Cecil, unless you need the extra SP to reach a weekly IP limit or something. Even then, the Sox are using Bard so much he might give you more innings than Lowe.

    Then again, I may be unreasonably high on LeBlanc because I snagged him quite late in two very deep drafts. Still, the shoulder is kind of important for a pitcher. Tall Chris Young may be out for quite some time before that shoulder gets right.

  107. tourinct says:

    10 team mixed roto, 9 keepers from season to season, 6 player minor league reserve.
    Trade just posted where team currently in third place gives Beckham, Maybin and Carlos Carrasco to team in last place for Howard and Broxton. Is this insane? Not that I’ve ever done it, but isn’t this what a veto is for?

  108. William says:

    @Grey – Over the weekend I dropped Mike Gonzalez for Andruw Jones as my first fill in for Curtis Granderson… I know you don’t know who’s available in my league… but was I smart to have picked up Andruw as a plug for now?

    In my 12 team H2H league, the best available OFs are (according to Y! Rank) are – fukudome, venable, willingham, JD Drew, jose Bautista, DeJesus, Carlos Gomez, Drew Stubbs, Austin Kearns, and Scott Hairston.

    The 2 recently dropped players are Garret Jones and Julio Borbon.

    Any of those names interest you more than Andruw “Playing like it’s early in my career” Jones? Are those SBs surprising you?

  109. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Should I deal away Morneau and Cecil to acquire Robot Jones and CC?
    I dont really need the pitching (I already own Baker, Hamels, Hughes, Price, Slowey, Weaver, Scherzer), but this offer is very tempting.

  110. Hi Grey — comparing two different kinds of sleepers in a non-keeper league, do you prefer Smoak or Glaus from here on out? And by how much?

  111. MattW says:

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: I would take the morneau side in a heartbeat, especially if pitching isn’t where your gaps are.

  112. Wilsonian says:

    @Thunder Dan: I don’t necessarily need Lowe. Right now my staff looks like this: Carp, Haren, Lester, J.Johnson, LeBlanc, Colby Lewis, Lowe, F.Cordero, Clippard, Bard. It’s a 16-team competitive H2H 5 player keeper league, and I’d like to add Cecil for numerous purposes, one being to stop anyone else.

  113. Enjoying the heck out of Mr. Freese’s run and taking advantage of the ROTIOAOWAYSETWOASPAYOWTWH principle with Swisher; but as they inevitably cool off, would you drop either for Smoak or Robot? And how would a Stanton call-up affect any of these dudes on our rosters? Thanks; & best regards to Rudy please.

  114. Wilsonian says:

    @Thunder Dan: well, never mind…as I went to add him for Lowe, someone had just snagged him up. Oh well…

  115. wily mo says:

    @Wilsonian: cecil over leblanc easily, for my money. cecil’s both a better pitcher and probably has a better hold on his rotation spot. the only thing giving pause is AL east vs. petco, but i think cecil’s beating him by enough that i’d overlook that stuff.

    leblanc’s a classic crafty lefty, been getting good results – i don’t hate him – but just doesn’t have any velocity at all & i think it’ll catch up with him and make him perhaps not awful but probably mediocre fantasywise. cecil has him on K upside, backing offense / win potential, pretty much everything except the park and league.

  116. Justin Beaver says:

    Tons of useful pitching in my 10 team mixed keeper. Who’s better long term? (I have Scherzer)

    Max Scherzer, Colby Lewis, Brett Cecil, Jaime Garcia

  117. Tony says:

    @Wilsonian: how in a 16 teamer has NO ONE picked him up yet?

    Seriously. Its almost NOON. Cecil was owned or snagged in my leagues. Not even a chance to snag him.

  118. uncdrew says:

    Drop Fister for Cecil? Tough one (for me).

    I don’t think Fister can keep it up. <— That sounded kinda dirty.

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: It’s fair, depends on needs.

    @Tony: Yeah, Astros are bad.

    @Thunder Dan: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Wilsonian: I side with the NL pitcher, but there’s a chance you might have to bench him in away games. But Cecil you’d bench vs. the Yankees, Sox and Rays so same diff.

    @Mr2Bits: Different things, but Gardner for speed, Andruw for power.

    @Dingo: Ha… That first line reminded me of the Holiday Inn commercials.

    @tourinct: That’s a pretty obnoxious trade.

    @William: SBs are surprising, but whatever, he’s getting them. I’d hold Jones for now.

    @Enrique: Smoak, not close.

    @zombie: Thanks and will do. Own Swisher for now. Stanton will be the hot pickup when he comes up.

    @Justin Beaver: Garcia

    @uncdrew: Hehe….I’d want Cecil over Fister, but I wouldn’t drop Fister for him.

  120. mrbaseball says:

    Jimenez Ks 13, improves to 6-0 – league is hitting .182 against him

  121. Wilsonian says:

    @Tony: HA! That’s kind of what I thought, before I could get any great comments on what I should do, someone just picked him up 25 minutes ago, as I had him queued to pick up for either LeBlanc or Lowe.

    Pretty pissed that I missed that. Shoulda just pulled the trigger. I’m actually ashamed of myself.

  122. sean says:

    @tourinct: Is there a salary component to the keepers?I can understand it as a salary dump… If not, I’d exercise a veto.

  123. Cuban rafters says:

    14 team league … Should I drop Cueto for Cecil

  124. Wiley says:

    @Grey – Since you mentioned now is the time to buy Hamels. Would trading Panda away to get Hamels be a good move? I have Miggy and Mini Donkey in Panda’s natural position. The utility position is filled by Pedroia or Kelly Johnson.

    I figure that would end my pitching search as I currently have Halladay, Ubaldo, Hanson, Wandy, and Buchholz.

  125. MattW says:

    @Grey: So Smoak over Robot?

  126. anon says:

    I was offered Cano/Ibanez for Tulo/Abreu.. I’m a little week on power and rbis.. What’s the feeling on that offer? thanks

  127. anon says:

    Also, is it worth dropping Ramon Hernandez or Ruiz for Jaso?

  128. MattW says:

    @anon: Cano side

  129. Dingo says:

    @Wilsonian: Better luck next time! But I feel that Lowe is exactly the kind of pitcher that should be jettisoned at the first hint of a promising waiver wire stud.

  130. dingers says:

    safe to drop perez with wood on the near horizon or not yet?

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @MattW: Depends on team, but I’d probably just hold Robot.

    @anon: I’d lose Ruiz for Jaso.

    @dingers: Not yet.

  132. Wilsonian says:

    @Dingo: Oh he’s officially on the chopping block when the next big thing comes around – hopefully the Razz-world will keep me updated before my leagues no what hit them. Lowe’s already on the pine for this week’s matchup at Philly. Luckily, I have by far the best starting pitching in that league (assuming Lester gets back to form and Haren gets back to his previous first half stats).

  133. Terrence Mann says:

    Is there a glossary term for adding a slap hitter to your razzball team and said hitter immediately goes yard? I added McCutchen last week and he hit 2 bombs his first day on my team (realize he’s not really a slap hitter, but still). This week, I added Podsednik and his first day on my team he goes yard.

    All kinds of sucking players have been on our waiver wire. Blanks, Aramis Ramirez, Napoli. I’m scared to death to touch any of them, though.

  134. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: wow, I have a terrible understanding of the English language. Shoulda said “know” not “no”. First I miss out on the Cecil express and then I type like I’m sporting a business in the front, party in the back hairstyle. Rough day…

  135. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @tourinct: i would want a full explanation from the last place team posted to the league message board before the veto deadline. if he didn’t provide it or it wasn’t at least somewhat satisfactory, then the other 8 owners all veto. obviously league dynamic plays a role (how well do you know the other owners, league history, etc.), as well as keeper structure.

  136. GTS says:

    Quentin dropped in my 10 team H2H league. Drop Headley for him?

  137. and1mcgee says:

    trade pujols/hanley/my soul for cecil?

  138. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @tourinct: another thing you could do is at least post a message on the message board and say that if someone is deciding to salary dump, at least do themselves and the rest of the league the courtesy of putting guys on the block and sending out a message saying the best offer wins. he would have benefited from having a couple of owners bidding for howard, and it wouldn’t have given the 3rd place team howard for 30 cents on the dollar.

  139. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody: What’s your take on You-Lease Chacin? Does he have a spot locked up? Reasonable add in a 16-teamer?

  140. and1mcgee says:

    i want to drop Gordon Beckham so bad. dude’s hitting it on the FA list and he can’t hit a bull’s ass with a fist full of rice from 3 ft. away right now.

  141. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    Don’t know if u remember last week me bugging u bout trade negotiations with a guy who wanted my Prince/Cruz. He was trying to give me Hanley/PacMan, and i was trying to pry Grandy 4rm him…
    So glad he kept resisting giving me Grandy. : ) Please rank these OFs: Robot, Fowler, Borbon, Blanks, Snider… Thanks and glad ur back. Hope the wedding was fun

  142. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Is Gardner going to have a full time spot when Grandy comes back or am I putting a band-aid on a wound that needs stitches?

  143. Mike says:

    Drop Latos for Cecil?

  144. What is up with Alcides Escobar throwing up a goose egg for steals. Is it Macha or just the fact that he has not been getting on base that much? I need the steals badly, but I am tempted to dump him for Hardy or Tejada…neither are very appealing. And someone just dumped Yunel in my league…although he is likely headed to the DL.

  145. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: If you search the site for Jhoulys, you’ll see what I said.

    @and1mcgee: Ha

    @tHe ShiT: Thanks and cool. Fowler, Borbon… If you need speed. Robot, Blanks… if you need power.

    @Mr2Bits: Sure, he was playing nearly every day when Grandy was playing.

    @Mike: Okay, but I’d prefer Latos at home.

    @Bostonbeerman: Yeah, not sure, but if you need speed Alcides could steal a lot of bases. If he ever, ya know, steals.

  146. Slumpbustin says:

    Thoughts on two trades in 14 team H2H, daily, 5×5, keeper

    Trade A: I send Aroid, E. Santana, M Byrd I receive Cano, Hamels
    I have Stewart, Headley, and P. Alvarez at 3rd base and Stewart and Lil EY with second base eligibility.

    Trade B: I send Pence I receive Price
    Currently have Sizemore, Kubel, Hamilton, Pence, Byrd, Swisher, and Headley in my OF with no real pitching depth.

    Which sides would you prefer/why?

  147. Sal says:

    @Grey: drop Dush for Cecil?

  148. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Slumpbustin: A – I’d want Cano. B – I’d take Price.

    @Sal: Yup

  149. Tom Emanski says:

    Still mind-boggling that Alcides is batting in front of pitchers.

  150. AdamH says:

    Stream Leblanc v Col or Feldman @ OAK?

    (Or neither if you’re just bored and tryin’ to mix it up)

  151. XNadyMen says:

    Is Dice-K worth holding onto when there are the likes of Fister and Garcia, Harden and Edwin Jackson on the Wire?

    If not which of those are worth grabbing?

  152. Bodymore says:

    @Grey: H2H league, Posada is my catcher, worried this calf injury is directly related to getting hit by the baseball the other day and its going to be a longer term issue. Should I consider Buck or Jaso? I wouldn’t want to dump Posada and i hate the idea of carrying 2 catchers, but punting a position for the rest of this week could hurt. Furcal will be DL’d soon so that would open up a spot at least.

    Been trying to offer SP for OF and have had no takers yet. people are holding on tight, maybe I need to go after a more mediocre target that is still an upgrade over Willingham or Rajai or Kearns (Grandy Dld and generally weak OF, Bay is my 4th)

  153. Tom Emanski says:

    @and1mcgee: I know how you feel. I have Beckham too. I hate having good players who are stinking because you can’t drop them. Same thing with Quentin, Blanks, Alcides, and somewhat with Scherzer. I’d almost rather have lesser players who I can drop at any time.

  154. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:


    I’m contemplating offering (okay, already offered) Dunn to get back Ichiro.

    Not a big Ichiro fan myself, but with my current team make-up, I have lots of flat-footed plodders (MMD, Bruce, Krispie) who threaten lines like .260/30/90, i.e. vintage Dunn. What I need is a) avg; b) steals; and c) OBP, i.e. Ichiro. I’ve got Borbon rotting on my bench, but in the meantime I’m tied for dead last in SBs.

    Not super-psyched by this unsexy trade but am thinking it would address a few needs. Thoughts?

  155. timSTi says:

    @Grey: With Rollins on the DL and now Furcal, is Furcal droppable in a 10 team keeper? FA’s available are: Pennington, Desmond, O-Cabrera, Aybar, Hairston, zzzzz.

    My other option is punt SS til J-Roll comes back and pick up Joba for some vulture saves. I’m HURTING for saves. 11 while leader has 23.

  156. CoreyII says:

    My RP situation is a mess. I have no good closers and went a little crazy picking up prospective ones, and need to drop one or just have RPs burning a hole in my bench. Who (can be multiple) would you cut out of Juan Giutierrez, Evan Meek, Joba Chamberlain, LaTroy Hawkins, and Fernando Rodney.

  157. @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    Krispies not really a plodder btw, 15-20 SB are quite possible there. As for Ichrio, if that’s what you need, its a good trade.

  158. XNadyMen says:

    I would hold onto Joba and Fer-Rod…even though he has been sucking I don’t see Hoffman losing the job anytime soon.

  159. brad says:

    @timSTi: I think Furcal is droppable.

  160. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AdamH: LeBlanc at home.

    @XNadyMen: Garcia, lose Dice-K.

    @Bodymore: Furcal should be DL’d by today, so grab Jaso then.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: It’s fair if it makes sense for your team, but I’d prefer to slot in an average guy at MI. Maybe Callaspo? Even Polanco if you can get him for cheap.

    @timSTi: Don’t punt SS. Lose Furcal for Pennington.

    @CoreyII: Lose Hawkins and Rodney.

  161. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Slumpbustin: seems you are selling aroid pretty damn cheap. i’d want a better arm than hamels.

  162. Terrence Mann says:


    Collapso should have a nice May. The Royals schedule is very hitter-friendly. Won’t help Baron on SB, though.

  163. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Elijah: True on Krispie — am thinking more of AVG hit. Post-Dunn my OF/Util would look like some combo of:

    Lind/Ichiro/Grady Sizemore/Bruce/Krispie

    Unfortunately Grady the Lady is well-nigh untradeable right now, for anything worth anything.

    @Grey: No MI slot in my league, just nine position players. I don’t have an excess of infield speed (Morneau/KJ/Hanley/MMD) so I feel I can slot an IF-like OF into the OF. Ichiro!

  164. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: p.s. Franklin Morales or Joba right now and moving forward?

  165. Slumpbustin says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: For the rest of this year and for years to come (this is a keeper league), how would you compare Aroid to Cano? It seems that 3rd base is the weaker position for the time being so that is a plus in Aroids favor, however Cano could be really hitting his break out and since he is hitting #5 in that lineup and is LH their numbers may be really close.

  166. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Slumpbustin: well, i think aroid has acouple of high end years left in him. i like cano alot too though. i would maybe just see if you could get a little better SP than hamels, or maybe toss in a RP or something on the back end. i’m not how keepers are structured for your league so that could make a substantial difference in how they are valued too. like is cano cheaper? contract limits? etc.

  167. dingers says:

    man crushin Freese… should i loose Beckham or Hideki for him or stay put?

  168. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    RE: Texiera & Rios for Morneau, Kubel & Hughes

    My team is power heavy, so I am trying to upgrade speed with Rios. I am not a fan of giving up Hughes. But would like to own Texiera when he tears up the rest of the season. Thoughts?

  169. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Cool. OFFER RESCINDED.*

    Speaking of SAGNOF, the following are available as FAs in my league: Rajai Davis; Posednik; Fowler; Stubbs; EYJr.

    Drop Borbon for any of those? Borbon is playing like he’s Borbroken.

    *Great ’80s action film starring Stallone as rogue cop Mack “The Rescinder” Rescindovoni

  170. William says:

    @Grey – Placido Polanco was just dropped in my league.

    2B I have Kelly Johnson and Casey McGehee. 3B I have David Wright.

    My initial reaction is to let Polanco pass, but his BA and Rs would help me in H2H… though I’m biased towards HR hitters in H2H format.

    Not sure how to approach Polanco with the personnel on my team.

    What do you think?

  171. Slumpbustin says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Keepers in our league work pretty straight forward, you can keep up to 8 and you have to keep 6. No limits to how long you can keep them. If you keep 6 guys you get 2 supplemental draft picks, all teams start the regular draft with 8 players. So no keeper comes cheaper.

    I think I agree with you that I am selling Arod cheap right now, but maybe as soon as next year, Cano is equaling that output. I actually think I am buying Hamels cheap as well, but I could be wrong about him. It is going on 14 or 15 months of mediocre numbers for C-Ham. Santana seems like he is a spot start against anyone not in the AL West, and Byrd is hot right now, but I expect him to cool soon.

  172. GTS says:

    I need a good pitcher and I’m targeting someone like Verlander or Weaver. I have Kinsler, Phillips, and Kelly Johnson for my 2B/MI slots so I’m thinking of sending Kelly Johnson and someone else for Verlander. I have Headley, Span, Krispie… also. Ideas? I have too many bench hitters.

  173. Slumpbustin says:

    @Grey: I have E. Santana and Lester going tonight, any reason to sit Santana or if I got em start em?

  174. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dingers: I’d lose Hideki in 10 team leagues for Freese.

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Take the Tex side.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Dolph Lundgren was originally up for that part. I’d lose Borbon for Fowler.

    @William: Don’t think you have room.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @GTS: Sure, send KJ and any of those guys, but I don’t think you’re getting Verlander there.

    @Slumpbustin: I’d sit Ervin.


  175. @Mitch & @Tony: My guess is that the Tribe gets to Romero tonight in Cleveland.

    Romero’s left/right splits from minors and last year don’t look too great and he’s starting to issuing more walks.

  176. timSTi says:

    @Grey: With a staff of Nolasco, Kershaw, Baker, Correia, CJ Wilson, Sanchez, De La Rosa, & Vazquez, is Vazquez droppable for Joba?

    This is a 10 team 7 keeper with a 1300 IP limit. We have 5 SP spots and 3 RP spots active. I have Simon in an SP spot and would intend on throwing Joba in an SP spot too as he’s eligible. My RP’s would then consist of Dotel, Marmol, Morales, Simon, & Joba with Wood on the DL. I’m 2nd to last in saves with the leader having twice as many as me. I think I could easily make up some ground with 5 sucky RP’s as opposed to 3. Just dont want to jump ship on Vazquez too soon.

  177. Strasburg promoted to 3A; for all of you in NL AAA Leagues.
    Any excitement purcolating over Morrow? Last three starts (KC, Tampa, Oak) terrific & @ Clev. next. Higher upside than Cecil, Fister and all the other arms du jour?

  178. NukeLaDouche says:

    @grey Pierre, Rajai, Fowler, or Borbon? I need steals badly, but I don’t want my average blown up in the long term.

  179. Kent Bottenfield says:

    Hi Grey, Votto or Hamilton the rest of the way. Votto I hope?

  180. Kent Bottenfield says:

    And another question… for my utility spot, drop Jose Lopez for David Freese?

  181. papasmurf says:

    Need to see some hate sent Pence’s way. The dude apparently used up all of his offense in the spring. All he does is hit groundballs. 3 lousy walks after one month is a pretty bad sign too. I think he was pressing with Berkman out, but even now he’s not driving the ball at all.

    Off topic… I know. I am a hater. How can such a talented guy play so terribly for more than a month?

    Pence is probably ranked like top 10 in the razzball leagues, no?

  182. ViagraFalls says:

    Couple of questions…I have McGehee at 3rd right now (just as he cools off), Cantu at Utility (who even though he has cooled is still wildly productive), Heyward, Torii Hunter (who was one that the auction system froze on and gave me along with a couple others..before being able to make a run at better talent) and Matt Holliday in the OF (again, not productive)…

    The rest of the roster is:
    C: V-Mart
    1B: Carlos Pena
    2B: Cano
    SS: Tulo

    Johnny Damon is an extra on the bench who I have been slotting in as of late because of his BA, but because of age and now his calf injury am curious about what to do with him. Chone Figgins is another guy the auction applet froze and stuck me with, and aside from his almost sole ability to steal bases, I am not really locked on keeping him. Bengie Molina is a backup to V-Mart that I got stuck with, though he has been somewhat consistent.

    Even though with McGehee and Cantu leaving a logjam at the position, is it worth picking up Freese and dropping Figgins to let him develop (he is available on the FA market in my league)? Otherwise, the FA market is pretty well picked and I do not see any of the others in my league wanting to part with anyone unless I gave up Cano (which I will not do). Last week was pretty good, but I need some production and people like Figgins is just riding the pine. Bengie Molina is someone I would drop easily (if V-Mart would start hitting more) and Damon is a question mark with some good performance as of late. What does anyone suggest? I’m getting shelled pretty good right now.

    As for pitchers: I have Halladay, J. Sanchez, D. Price, J. De La Rosa (on DL), Andy Pettitte (who I am thinking about dropping for C. Lewis..good idea? Is he for real this time?) and Kershaw (what the hell is wrong with him?). Valverde and Marmol are closing. Again, the other aces have mostly been picked. Is picking up C. Lewis from TEX for Pettitte a good move or is this a flash in the pan, even with Andy injured right now? And will Kershaw get it back together and stop with pitching 47 ERA games?

    Thanks All.

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