The ax fell yesterday on Luis Severino‘s elbow. That ax was wielded by Dr. James Andrews, who was wearing a Jason mask at the time of the news conference. A reporter stands, “Doc, do you think Severino can avoid Tommy John surgery?” Dr. James Andrews, breathy like Kathleen Turner with an unmistakeable Charleston accent, “I do declare,” Dr. James Andrews pats his mask with a handkerchief, “Severino’s time under the knife will be short, but his stay on the Injured List long.” He then scratched his arm with the ax and accidentally ripped his doctor’s lab coat. “If there’s no further questions, I will be going,” Dr. James Andrews stood, sticking out his arms in a Jason pose, and slowly left the stage. So, Severino and Dr. James Andrews have been acquainted and if you drafted Severino early, you’re ess oh el as they say in Acronyms R’ Us chatrooms. I’ve removed Severino from the top 40 starters and top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason in fantasy baseball:

Jordan Montgomery – With Severino and Paxton’s injuries, I’ve decided to add Montgomery into my rankings, but my first step in trying to figure out my thoughts on him led me down a trail of broken dreams about his Tommy John surgery in 2018, and shoulder issues last year. Sorta like Chris Davis, Montgomery’s already got three strikes against him. He used to work with four pitches, and, in his last full season, he was a cheap, valuable starter, so I’m not out on him for a flyer, but expecting more than 100 IP from a guy who hasn’t throw in 18 months is silly and the Yankees do have other options. He was added into my top 100 starters.

Aaron Judge – Dealing with crankiness of his shoulder. Maybe get his shoulder a snack; its blood sugar might be low. I haven’t moved Judge in my rankings (yet), but I’m avoiding until there’s positive news.

Mike Clevinger – Out with a partial tear of his meniscus. I have a partial tear just below my eye that I got in San Quentin. I miss you, lockdown buddies! First and last, man, first and last! (That’s prison talk.) I wasn’t drafting Clevinger in any leagues this year, and this obviously doesn’t change that. Just annoyed more people didn’t draft Clevinger in early drafts, but a little birdy named Donkey Teeth told me someone in his draft drafted Clevinger in the 4th round, which is just goofy. Updated my top 40 starters, moving Clevinger way down.

Carlos Carrasco – Day-to-day with a mild hip flexor strain. Haven’t changed his ranking in my top 40 starters, but I also said I’m not drafting him, so, if you planned on drafting him and naming your team I Did It All For The Cookie, I’d rethink your life goals.

Domingo Santana – Signed with the Indians. Now the Indians just need to trade for Danny Santana and they’ll have enough Santanas for a throuple. If you’re not in a throuple nowadays, what are you even doing? Seriously, hit me up with the info of how you’re doing it. So, Domingo should have an everyday job in Cleveland, but he should’ve had an everyday job for five of the last six years and only completed the task once, so I gave him a semi-partial season of at-bats in my top 100 outfielders. He could be a steal late, or just a 5th outfielder you want to drop by June, as he’s been for a while now.

Dustin MayDodgers announced he would not make the rotation out of camp, but he will be used as a starter and not a reliever, which was the plan all along, so nothing’s changed in my top 80 starters. May will just replace Wood by, uh, May, so keep that in mind if you’re drafting him.

Freddie Freeman – Will rest a few days, due to inflammation in his elbow. Here’s more or less what I said on Sirius yesterday, “Freeman had surgery in October on his elbow, then spent all offseason resting it. Once he ramped up baseball activities, he felt pain. This is bad news. What happens when he has to play 150+ games in the season? Will he be able to? I’m officially worried. *big cackle ending my segment*” And that’s me quoting me! I haven’t yet moved Freeman down in the rankings, but I’d also likely skip him in drafts until we heard some positive news.

Brian Dozier – Signed by the Padres. Dozier, The Human Hammock, has hit 20+ homers every year since 2014, and now I’m concerned about the Padres’ everyday 2nd base job. Dozier is not my *pinkie to mouth* Profarence. I’ve added Dozier into my top 20 2nd basemen.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Jays have said they envision Glad Vuerrero Jr. coming to the plate for cleanup, and Vlad said, “Hey, I’ve slimmed down!” Guys and five girls, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is batting third and going to be a huge value. See also my Lourdes Gurriel Jr. sleeper.

Alex Verdugo – Dealing with a stress fracture of his back. Verdugo had a back injury last year, and now is claiming to have a stress fracture? The Red Sox are saying it’s not a long-term concern. He hasn’t played since August 4th and it’s not long-term? You say so! I’ve moved Verdugo back down into my top 80 outfielders to exactly same place he was before the trade.

Tony Watson – Gabe Kapler said the Giants would use a committee to close games. Kapler said it while flapping his arms at 80 strokes/second and sipping the nectar from a carved-out pineapple Pablo Sandoval was wearing as a helmet. Yeah, no shizz Watson’s in a committee. Kapler did that nonsense in Philly for a few years, lost many games with it, but was hired again, so why would he think it’s bad? Watson and Shaun Anderson have saves in my top 500, but Watson is still only one I’m owning in shallower leagues.

Miles Mikolas – After a full offseason of rest, his forearm is still bothering him. Well, at least the flag next to his name is the same color as his team. I’ve moved him way down into the top 100 starters.

Brock Holt – Signed with the Brewers. Let’s recap who the Brewers have signed or traded for this offseason. This is going to be fun (for non-Brewers fans). They now have Holt, Justin Smoak, Avisail Garcia, Eric Sogard, Omar Narvaez, Luis Urias, Jedd Gyorko, Josh Lindblom, Brett Anderson, Eric Lauer, Jace Peterson, Ryon Healy and Keon Broxton. What a ragtag group of recycled garbage. Hey, I like Urias, Narvaez and Avisail too. Dot dot dot. To a certain extent. If this was the Yankees’ offseason, Yankees fans would be sitting outside of Cashman’s house late at night with a sharpened scorer’s pencil. This year’s lineup in Milwaukee is gonna have a mafia flare to it:  Yelich, Keston and whatever fell off the truck.

Stephen Piscotty – Dealing with what sounds like an oblique injury, but it’s so…oblique. When they asked Stephen, it turned out Piscotty doesn’t know! Piscotty doesn’t know! In my top 100 outfielders, I said Piscotty no longer feels like a starting outfielder. This confirms vs. denies my position.

Jonathan Lucroy – Signed to be the backup catcher in Boston. Have heard female Sawx fans are already flooding morning sports radio with anger. “Why’d we get Lucroy? That fahkin’ seltzer crap can’t hold a candle to White Claw!” Lucroy was updated in the top 20 catchers.

Matt Magill – Experiencing shoulder discomfort. That’s great for a closer! Whee! Mariners will be awesome! I’ve already drafted Art Warren, Yoshihisa Hirano and Sam Tuivailala in different leagues.

Mitch Haniger – Can’t do much of anything for another month. Dude’s entire career has been derailed by his injury. That’s nuts!

Adalberto MondesiRoyals said Mondesi is able to perform all duties. Wait a second, he’s able to do a doody while doing a free solo climb up El Capitan?! Whoa! Okay, seriously, I ranked Mondesi in my top 20 expecting him to be ready to start the season, and he will. By the end of March, Mondesi will be going so high in drafts, you’re getting a steal (literally) in early drafts.

J.D. Davis – Headed for an MRI today. Left yesterday’s game with what the Mets are deeming a ‘jammed shoulder,’ but the Mets’ doctors are Smuckers who can’t distinguish jams from how to preserve anything. We need a tightly formed hexagonal prayer group, because I’ve already drafted Davis once, and wrote a J.D. Davis sleeper.

Seth Lugo – Fractured his pinkie toe in his hotel room. The Ramada Inn wants you to believe there’s no down side to putting Wii Soccer in every hotel room.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Awesome write-up. Keep ’em coming, only 300+ days to go!

    a. Yes, Hirano looks edible in SEA with the Ichiro connection maybe Ichiro can convince management that Yoshihisa is the best option. Damn, if only his name was just plain Yoshi instead of Yoshihisa. With the extra ‘hisa’, I can see management saying ‘I think we have better options’. Kind of like what you say when someone offers up a good possibility for a glossary term in the razzball nation vault. That’s shame on you.

    b. I know I’m bugging, but why don’t I see under the ‘TAGS’ list the aforementioned Yoshihisa Hirano? Just asking for a friend.

    c. MLB quote of the day for May 25, 1922

    ‘Baseball is a game of failure. There are plenty of opportunities to be down, or to feel sorry for yourself, or to be upset at somebody or upset at yourself.’

    Mark Charles Teixeira

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Haha, yes

      B. Players inside blurb, I don’t usually tag, but I add them for you

      C. Wow, Mark Teixeira was quotable almost 60 years before he was born!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        a. Damn you, Master of all that is blatantly obvious!! I typed in google ‘MLB quote of the day for May 25, 1922’, clicked on pics and saw Big Teix. Then noticed he had some fun quotes, I figured why not might even get under the Greydar. But no. Actually I saw mostly pics of Babe Ruth, but I did him already. My mind is slowly going but that badly to forget what happens here.

        b. I note you added it to the TAGS list with his surname in lower caps. More Al Capps moves from the FML himself (don’t abbreviate it.).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Haha

          B. You did abbreviate it tho!

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            Am sorry, oh Fantasy Master Lothario, all that is great and wonderful fantasy! Great insight on the report, man. Appreciate it. Would love for Hirano to be the man in SEA.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, Ante!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Ha! i love that quote, forgot that was who said it. So true. Baseball teaches you more about life than schools these days. Builds character! You have no one to blame but yourself and all that.

      “Why do we fall Bruce?”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Think Johnny lasagna is now a good stash in 12 teamers too?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not in 12 teamers yet for me unless you have a really large bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Dan says:
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        Hiura or meadows ?? I have meadows now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hiura

  3. Dude at Dudes says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 12 $260 budget, salaries rise $5 per year.

    I just made this deal:
    My Luis Robert ($4), Lux ($3) and Julio Rodriguez for his Yelich ($13)

    How did I do?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Obviously a win now move, but I like it a lot. Yelich is a very cheap no doubt stud for the foreseeable future and you only had to give up a few guys who COULD be awesome but might be merely ok/solid.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Great deal. Chance you regret it long term but you can’t pass up Yelich that cheap.

      • Dude at Dudes says:
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        Thanks for the reply Donkey! My feelings exactly, going for the repeat, which I have never done so worth the risk in my opinion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, Dude

  4. Robocop says:
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    How big of a gap is there between Alonso & Muncy in a 6×6 OPS league?

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey / Razzballers,

    I know Bregman is a douche and schmohawk, but would you take him for $24 in a keep forever (12 team) in exchange for your $34 Scherzer if you’re also keeping Bieber and a bunch of stud bats?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yes I’d want Bregman there

    • Dude at Dudes says:
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      Yea I take Bregman too.

      By the way love the handle,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. TC says:
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    Is it better to keep Clevinger as a locked 7th round pick or Conforto as a 14th? I can keep either for as long as I want. My starter keepers are Cole, Scherzer, and Corbin so far and keeper OF are Trout, Springer, and Castellanos. Scoring is standard roto 10 teams

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Tough one. Lean Conforto.

      • TC says:
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        Appreciate the answer. The allure of Clevinger’s potential at a 7th round value, despite the setback, is killing me. Especially since he’d be my 4th starter. Just impossible to tell which guy’s stats will be easier replaced until I know who gets tossed back from the league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. LOLmets says:
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    Couple questions. Do you have a regular spot on Sirius radio?What show/channel and what time is it.

    Also do you do any other pods besides the 1 hour a week with Ralph?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m on Dr. Roto’s show Tuesday and Thursday, but won’t be this Thursday bc I’ll be flying tomorrow to Florida for LABR

      I was on Donkey and B_Don’s pod this week (as I was last week)

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    I know in real life I should feel bad for Severino, the human, and I do. However, from a fantasy and non-Yankee fan perspective this is awesome!!!

    RE: Giants closers. I’m hopeful my 49th round Jandel Gustave in our early Razz DC will pay some dividends. Fingers crossed. So far, so good!

    • Tom says:
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      I’m with you, did a few early DC’s and don’t have any shares of Luis, plus like yourself, I’m a non-Yankee fan so this is awesome!

      • Dave D says:
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        Cheers, Tom!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m glad I didn’t draft Severino anywhere bc I would’ve at his price

      If the Giants named Jandel closer (which seems like a 100 to 1 shot), he’d still only get 17 saves

      • Dave D says:
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        Hey, I’ll take that chance at pick 721. If I get 5 saves each from 5 scavengers then that’s still 25 to go with what Robles gives me, which I estimate to be 40. 65 will get the job done and I will take Hernan and Knoche’s money. Second place is up for grabs, Grey. Go get ‘er!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, true, I would too

        • Hernan(Slow Burrito) says:
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          Hey, leave my money alone!!!!, lol

        • Hernan says:
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          Plus , I’m in the best shape of my life!!!, victory will be mine!!!!

          • Dave D says:
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            Ha!!!

  9. keith o branstetter says:
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    I also heard Vlad Jr came into camp in the best shape of his life, then I saw a clip of him in batting practice. Nope he’s still a big fatass.

    • LOLmets says:
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      This would be like calling Serena Williams fat.

      That’s just the body type. Glad Vuerrero Jr looks to be in good shape to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      LOL… the 2 things aren’t mutually exclusive. He could be in the best shape of his life AND still fat. Best shape doesn’t mean good shape. ;-)

  10. LOLmets says:
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    On JD Davis – you’re lucky he’s got a shoulder thing to get you to stay off him for a few days here at least. Like I said a couple weeks ago you have him down for way too many at bats (530?) He doesn’t have an everyday role. He’s a butcher at 3rd base and the Mets are 5 deep in the outfield. Plus he will be replaced for defesne in games they are leading by the 7th inning.

    I like his bat too but there’s too much working against him, and now a shoulder thing.

    You do realize that jd Davis plays for the Mets right? Got to move him down in the rankings and take away about 120 at bats imo. My Mets fan brain trust agrees (yeah, I have that)

    • LOLmets says:
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      When I said 5 deep in the outfield that doesn’t even count Dom Smith who looked like he was breaking out last year and could take away at bats from Davis also.

      I’d bet all the money that jd Davis doesn’t get to the at bats you’re projecting him for. Under 500 at bats for JD Davis is a big big favorite this season.

      The Mets need the NL to adopt the DH asap.

      • LOLmets says:
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        Last thing. Last season JD Davis played in 140 games and had 410 at bats. That was with Nimmo and Cespedis injured.

        How can you project him for 530 at bats?

        (Insert blinking eyes white guy emoji)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was batting third and they were playing him in left to get him ready…Hoping still his injury is fine, but didn’t look good

      • LOLmets says:
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        Yeah he hit 3rd. Did you see the rest of the lineup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A massive shizzshow, I know

  11. The Situation says:
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    Hey @Grey!

    Time for the annual keeper question. This year, it’s feeling a little tougher than usual with so many good options… As always, thank you in advance for the great advice (and entertainment)…

    ESPN, 12-Team, H2H, 6 (BBs) x 6 (QS), keep 10 (keep forever), 5 IL spots

    Here’s what I’m thinking…
    C
    1B- Rizzo
    2B
    SS- Mondesi
    3B- Bryant
    MI
    CI
    OF- Acuna
    OF- Soto
    OF- Harper
    OF
    Util1
    Util2

    SP1- Buehler
    SP2- Bieber
    SP3- Sale
    SP4- Clevinger
    SP5
    SP6
    SP7
    SP8
    RP1-6

    Other Options:
    Corbin, Bauer, Muncy, Semien, Mercado, Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, Gallen

    Should I go with any of the “Other Options”? Don’t really like keeping so many starters, since bats are way more valuable in this league setup.

    Thanks again, you and @Rudy are by far the best and it’s not even close.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go with what you have there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin over Sale

      Muncy over Bryant

      Thanks!

      • The Situation says:
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        Thanks @Grey, @DT… With you all so down on Bryant and Sale, maybe I just try to package them with someone else (Bauer? Muncy? Corbin?). For a package of 3 of those guys, who would you target in a trade?

        Also, @Grey, any chance we can get you to do an iteration of your own dynasty/keeper rankings? The other contributors have always done a solid job, but I bet I speak for a lot of folks in saying that we’d love your version. Obviously it’s never an apples to apples exercise, but would still love your take. Thanks again!

  12. Dude at Dudes says:
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    How big of a gap is there between Muncy & Alonso 6×6 OPS

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  13. Earl says:
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    Watcha all think of this team for 5×5 12 team roto?

    Wondering how my cool name quartet of Yoshi, Shogo, Yasiel and Yoenis will pan out?

    c – Carson Kelly and Omar Navarez
    1b – Matt Olson
    2b – Maurico Dubon
    ss – Trea Turner
    3b – Nolan Arenado
    mi – Elvis Andrus
    ci – Christian Walker
    of – Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Domingo Santana, Shogo aikyama, Yoshi Tsutogo
    util – Mike Moustakas
    bench – Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, Dylan Carlson

    sp – Snell, Luzardo, Gallen, Maeda, Paddack, MCCullers, Yarborough
    rp – Liam Henricks, Alex Colome, Matt Magill
    bench – Dylan Cease, Matt Barnes

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Couple weak spots at 2B and I wouldn’t want to be starting Domingo. Other than that it looks good though.

      • Earl says:
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        Thanks Donkey.

        I could start Moustakas at 2b if Dubon does not pan out and then get someone else for Util. Yeah I know my outfield might be little suspect unless Puig or Cespedes does something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think the team looks solid on hitting, don’t love your pitching, pretty risky

      • Earl says:
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        dont know if this is stupid question or not?

        Would you trade perhaps McCullers to get Jorge Soler for this team (other team is hurting a bit for some pitching)? Not sure they will do it but was thinking of making offer. I would then have to find some pitching on waivers and/or rely on Cease.

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Soler, it’s not close

          • Earl says:
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            I suppose the same would be true of Gallen instead of Mccullers. Which would u rather give up more Gallen or Mccullers?

            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gallen

              • Earl says:
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                Sorry to be so anal about this but did u mean u would try and give Gallen before Mccullers or try and give lance first? U have Gallen ranked fair bit higher than Lance.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I’d give McCullers 1st

  14. Scott says:
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    Hey, everyone. Keeper question here — Mixed, 10-team, H-2-H, daily lineups. SP cats are: QS, L, K, ERA, WHIP. The number next to each player below is the draft round I will ‘lose’ this year if I keep them (only keep one). It is for this year only (they’ll go back in the pool next year). In looking at many projections, they have pretty similar stat lines, so it would seem that Morton is the best value. But…does his age hurt him? Does Stras’ high IP last year raise a red flag? Thanks!

    7 – Strasberg
    11 – L. Castillo
    17 – Morton

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

  15. dj says:
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    Am I losing my mind? Have I watched too many hours of Democrats yelling at each other? Because here is a comment out of Rotoworld. But maybe it’s really Roto Rooter world and they are talking about some underground sewer major league.

    “Juan Soto OF, Washington Nationals
    Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in the Nationals’ 9-6 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Soto is just 21 and has never played in Triple-A, so it’s hard to say whether he’s truly ready for the majors yet. Nonetheless, the Nationals are set to hand him the starting job in left field this spring. If it doesn’t work out, they have Mac Williamson waiting in the wings.”

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Haha WTF

    • D Fresh says:
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      Endless cackle

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I had to go look, thought maybe it was a spoof. Nope it’s real. Although Mac Williamson is 1 for 7 on the year with an RBI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they’re being funny

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Hey, I was at that game. He looks for real . Better work out for him cuz Williamsn didn’t look so good. Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marianne Williamson? Still getting my vote!

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL… after last night’s debate, she looks the most sane now. Who are these crazy people?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

          • Sweatpants Nation says:
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            That was random, even for you.
            The original Mary Ann, Dawn Wells, still gets my vote. Now there is a cougs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bless those older ladies with all my heart

  16. Darren says:
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    Some optimistic news on Paxton with him expected to start throwing within a week. I suppose it is prudent to take a “see it when I believe it” approach, but if he does start a throwing program, soon, he’d be looking at a May return, which would be on the low end of his projected return. Also a positive that it is not arm or leg related.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t worry, there’s time for him to have an arm injury still

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        How dare you, blasphemy! lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  17. Prettay, prettay, prettaaaaay good says:
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    Grey,

    I need your advice. Down to the wire on keeper deadline and am between:

    E. Suarez $13
    T. Anderson $6

    Rest of my keepers are:
    Bieber
    Rendon
    Meadows
    Hiura
    Eddie Rosario

    5×5 head to head categories.

    Do I take the trust fall with Eugenio despite the injury?