With Wakefield headed to the DL with a bad back (can’t he throw his knuckleball while sitting down?), Clay Buchholz will step into the Sawx rotation.  In 99 innings of Triple-A, Buchholz had a line of 2.36/.98 and 89 Ks.  His walks were down this year in the minors, though he did walk 3 in his only major league start this year vs. the Blue Jays.  Buchholz should be owned in all leagues, 10 team or deeper.  If he pitches well vs. the Rangers (though I wouldn’t start him in all formats), he may become even better trade bait for your team.  I doubt Buchholz stays in the rotation the rest of the year and, even if he does, he had a 6.75 ERA last year.  I’d imagine this year you’re looking at around a 4 ERA.  Your ability to sell on Buchholz may close quicker than you can incorrectly spell his last name.  In keepers, I’d hold tight.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  A bit of housekeeping before we get into today’s roundup.  Razzball’s Fantasy football leagues are forming and we’ve unveiled our Fantasy Football Team Name Generator (with some additional categories that weren’t on the Fantasy Baseball Team Name Generator).  Okay, now for the roundup…

Roy Halladay – J.P. Ricciardi says the ace must be traded by July 28th or he won’t be moved.  As for why July 29th-31st wouldn’t work, Ricciardi cited airings of Top Chef Masters, then reruns of CSI: Miami and Bones.

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu went FUBAR into the center field wall.  The Mariners are saying he’s day-to-day.  I have to assume he’s a-day-or-two-or-three-days.  The newspaper reporting this, The News Tribune, said when you saw the photo of The Big FraGu on the ground “you had to be absolutely freaking out.” Direct quote.  Hey, I’m no newspaper writer, but when did “absolutely freaking out” become AP style?  I blame Woodward and Bernstein.  That’s right, the guy who wrote “gloryholz” in his title is calling someone out for “absolutely freaking out.”  Deal with it!

Wladimir Balentien – HR yesterday filling in for the InJured FraGu.  If Balentien gets some time, then he’s worth a look in AL-Only leagues or leagues that require you to have one player with the name Wladimir.

Jack Hannahan – 2 HRs.  He’s doing much better since he was demoted from the job of Nats closer.

Rick Porcello – 5 IP, 5 ER.  I know you ordered raw, but he’s done.  Also, Leyland’s saying he’s going to pull the plug on him to keep his innings down.

Braden Looper – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 K.  Good for Looper, but I feel bad for the guy who lugged all those cardboard Ks to the game.

John Lannan – Shutout vs. Guess who.  Hint the Padres were facing the Marlins.  Still nothing?  C’mon, the Metropolitans!

Oliver Perez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 BBs.  Perez is a pitching dynamo.  (Dynamo, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s, is a generator, especially one for producing direct current.  A dynamo is also rarely useful in modern days.)

Miguel Montero – HR yesterday as he bats .583 in the last 7 games and .380 in July.  He might be Pipp’ing Snyder.

Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 5 ER vs. the peasant Royals.  Belch.

Erick Aybar – 7-for-9 in the doubleheader.  Hitting .469 so far in July.  Johnny Olson, let’s see what’s behind schmohawk MI door number three… It’s Erick Aybar!  I picked him up in a 12 team league.  I suggest you do too.

Everth Cabrera – Speaking of MI schmohawks.  Steals aren’t worth this much to me.  I dropped him for the aforementioned Aybar.

Max Scherzer – 4 IP, 4 ER, 6 Ks.  Wait, I know that line!  It’s Clayton Kershaw, right?  Wow, great impersonation, Scherzer.

Brian McCann – Hit his 10th homer yesterday.  Has a 33/10/46/.305/3 line on the year.  Member when you wanted to get rid of him because he was getting his eyes checked for two weeks?  Yeah, you.  Couldn’t be?  Then who?

Yunel Escobar – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  He’s as hot as Erick Aybar (<–actually a compliment).

Sergio Mitre – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  If he gives that line every time out and gets the Win for the Yanks, they’ll be more than happy.  You should not be.

Joe Blanton – 7 IP, 1 ER.  If you told me in March, I’d not only own Blanton, but I’d be starting him at home and be happy about it, I would’ve called you a liar.  *phone rings*  Hello?  Yes, this is Grey… Who?  This is the Time Traveler’s Wife?  You told me in March I’d own Blanton?  Liar!

Jayson Werth – Hit his 21st home run yesterday to win the game in the… blah blah blah… You don’t care who wins, do you?  Werth’s on his way to a monster season.  As George Lucas tells his ILM peeps, put the emphasis on the monster.

Jimmy Rollins – HR yesterday, batting .375 in July.  I’m not going to tell you how many times I told you in June to buy Rollins.

Brett Cecil – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 Ks.  Honestly, he should be owned and talked about more, but there’s only so many letters I can type per day.  (About 12,700 +/- 20)  Cecil has solid stuff and the Ks aren’t a fluke.  He gets the Rays next (pass!), but he should get the A’s and the O’s after that, assuming everything stays quid pro bono unum.  He’s a decent spot start for those two. (Hey, sometimes to get the good starts, you gotta look ahead.)

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-3, 0 Runs and 0 RBIs.  T-Minus one day until I drop him.  Better hide under your desk.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER. Daily Roundup Mad-Libs, And the  ________ rolls on.

Mark DeRosa – Hit his first and second homers as a Card.  The trade is finally paying off!  Wait, the Cards lost.

Homer Bailey – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  If there’s such a thing as a minor league fantasy baseball league that counts only minor league stats, I’d hold Bailey.  Everywhere else, belch.

Manny Ramirez – Left after being hit by a Homer Bailey pitch.  Good to see Bailey not happy with just pissing off his owners.  Manny is said to be day-to-day.

Andrew Bailey – Given up runs in his last two appearances and he’s suffering from a sore knee.  Save vultures activate… In the form of Michael Wuertz.

Jonny Gomes – HR yesterday, cause that’s what he do.

Bobby Jenks – 1 IP, 2 ER and now has given up earned runs in four of his last five outings.  I’d own Linebrink if you have room.  Something might be jenky with Bobby.

John Danks – Will miss a start with a blister issue.  He pointedly said it was a blister, not a cold sore.

  1. How do you come up with them there wacky post titles? Because you seem like a busy guy who probably has the entire MLB package on cable. Do you just THINK funny things all day? That’s the job to have; be the go to guy who delivers the line. Like there’s a room full of razzball writers all sittin’ round eating beef jerky and mouthin’ witty post titles. Then the closer walks into the room and delivers “the line”. Everyone just sits there silently nodding their heads in awe like Matt Berry bobblehead night. Is that you Grey? Are you that closer guy?

  2. MJB says:

    For anyone, how would you rank the following guys in a keeper 5×5?
    Votto, Reynolds, Beckett, Berkman

  3. Bill says:

    Grey awesome this morn!! E.Aybar over Drew @ SS for rest of year

  4. p0rk burn says:

    @MJB: Votto, Berkman, Beckett, Reynolds.

    @”Absolutely freaking out”: That’s what passes for journalism when you get your degree from the University of Montana. Its a tier or two below the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.

  5. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MJB: votto, reynolds, beckett, berkman

    votto and reynolds could go either way though depending on whether you want a few more steals or a little more avg, and whether you think reynolds can keep his avg in the .260+ range or if he’s gonna spend some years down in the .230 range. berkman probably has another season or 2 of high end fantasy producing in him, but in the post-testing era not many guys are highly productive hitters after they hit 33ish or so.

  6. Rob says:

    great comment about the time traveler’s wife.

  7. BSA says:

    Grey, Save yourself the 24 hour Lowrie vigil –
    Red Sox shortstop position is the NEW CURSE.

    “Ah look another shortstop in the cursehole.”

    How many shortstops have the Red Sox had in the past five years?

    Since 2004 Francona has used 18 players in that position.

  8. Bill says:

    @MJB- I would rather have a stud SP(just my opinion) too many decent !B out there you can draft. Beckett(I am a diehard Sox fan)Votto,Berkman,Reynolds

  9. Scott says:

    I was expecting some sort of “Manny taken to hospital after delivering (a 2-run triple).”

  10. Byron says:

    Grey, My team is really lacking in runs and stolen bases. I sent a few proposals to the guy in our league who had BJ Upton. He comes back at me and asks for Miguel Cabrera straight up for BJ Upton. He also throws in the comment that Cabrera is the only player I have that he would want(keep in mind I am 1st place in our league and he is 7th out of 12) What would be your reaction to this guy. My reaction of course was to quickly turn down to trade and berate his entire team. Was I out of line?

  11. Frank Rizzo says:

    I’ve been holding onto Juan Rivera but Hunter Pence is on our wire and would serve a similar purpose (backup) with maybe a little less power. Should i just sit tight and wait for Juan’s hammy to get better or make the switch?

  12. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Bill: I’m not Grey but the answer is no.

  13. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Frank Rizzo: i’d try to trade rivera while his value is sky high, maybe package him with someone else for an upgrade, then pickup pence to fill the roster.

    @Bill: SPs are too up and down year to year. hitters are more consistent. beckett has an era well over 4.00 2 years ago for no reason except for he had a bad year. how often does a .300-30-100 hitter suddenly have a non-injury/age related hiccup of a season where he goes for .250-10-60?

    even still beckett isn’t lincecum level, or johan prior to this year level, or pedro in his prime level, he’s just a very good SP that’s got 10-20 other SPs who will have similar value this year.

    not to mention the increased injury issues with pitchers.

  14. sickmangarner says:

    Was about to drop Kuroda for Cecil then read this from Matthew Berry: “A 1.15 WHIP tells me he’s better than his current ERA would suggest, and with Manny Ramirez back, the Dodgers are going to be a very good team. As the season heads toward the end, division play takes precedence, and I like a guy who will be pitching a lot of games in San Diego, San Francisco and, of course, Los Angeles.”

    It actually seems reasonable but now I’m in the unenviable position of taking his advice. Is he right? If so, how do I deal with the shame of doing what he suggested?

  15. Frank Rizzo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: In a 10 team Yahoo league where we only start 3 OF. Rivera has a bad hammy. I couldn’t move him right now if I tried.

  16. Mark says:

    LOL to the not trading Halladay from July 29-31 reasoning.

    I really think Buchholz will stick in the rotation from here on out. If he impresses, there’s no reason that the Red Sox shouldn’t try to put the best team on the field. Smoltz is looking like a 5 inning pitcher at best and has already volunteered to go to the bullpen this season. By the time Wakefield is ready to pitch, Buchholz will have proven himself and Smoltz will still be the same dude he is today. Thus the Sox will activate Wakefield and probably demote Justin Masterson who has really struggled lately.

  17. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:

    @ BSA: if “the curse of the SS” means a title every 3 years then I got no problems rocking a cursehole…

    16 team keeper league, which deal’d you rather have (I give/I get)?

    Buchholz, Kubel, & Tejada for Halladay & Dex
    Kubel & Justin Smoak for Aaron Harang

    Basically, is Halladay > Harang & Buchholz for the remainder of the year?

  18. BSA says:

    @Tarasco’sSecretStash: I agree, just like it wasn’t necessarily moving Nomah out that made the difference but what they added to get to the title.

    Speaking from a fantasy perspective it is hard to look at the Red Sox shortstop position with confidence.

    As a fan of the Red Sox, it ain’t my money they keep blowing in that hole, so keep that revolving door going and the pocket open if it brings more titles.

    Plus you know baseball in New England is always looking for a curse now that the Bambino flew out of town in 04.

  19. mc serch says:

    Truly on your game this morning Grey….Glory Holes, Top Chef, Johnny Olsen and the Time Traveler’s Wife all in one roundup? You were a Gang Starr ref away from hitting for the cycle Kid!
    Baseball question: What kind of closer should I be looking for in return for Gallardo? Soria, Gregg, Pap, Fuentes, Aardsma?

  20. Robert says:

    Grey- Who would you offer to get Braun from a pitching starved team(he has Lester, Garza, Saunders, Porcello,Cook, Feldman, Wells, Bergesen)?
    I have Wainwright, Nolasco, Vazquez, Lackey, Hanson, Liriano, Price, Kaz. Can I afford to give up pitching to get the power my team needs from Braun? My team: Wieters,Morneau, J. Lopez, Drew, Wright, Votto, Bourn, Cruz, Rios, Choo, G. Jones, Aram, Beckham, Napoli, Beltran.

  21. Beau says:

    I would say Halladay > Harand and Bucholz because really it is Halladay plus whoever you can grab on waivers against harang and bucholz. Depending on league size you should be able to find someone out there who makes the halladay side more attractive.

  22. Chupacabra says:

    Hey, the Royals can market this whole thing. During the next homestand, they can promote a “Royal’s peasant skirt night”.

  23. AdamH says:

    The Wandwagon!!!

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Robert: i don’t think you have the pitching horses to get braun back without decimating your own staff. i’d offer wright straight up if you need power.

  25. Dingo says:

    I shouldn’t have listened to my stupid Capricorn instincts — I started Scherzer and got sonovabenched by Blanton. At least Scherzer got me some Ks. Would you call Blanton a safe start against most teams from here on out?

  26. Dingo says:

    @Tarasco’sSecretStash: I’d say Halladay is definitely worth more than Harang and Buchholz for the rest of the year. Halladay’s likely to give you an ERA no higher than 3.00 for the rest of the season, while Buchholz and Harang are both likely to stay around 4.00 or higher. Halladay also has the big advantage in WHIP. Harang & Buchholz together might get you more strikeouts and wins, but that’s basically because 2 > 1. As Beau said, Halladay + waiver wire dude should easily give you more value than Harang + Buchholz.

  27. airlifting says:

    @Grey: linebrink? really? you must not catch a lot of white sox. i’d rather own hanrahanranna over linebrink right now. dude is absolute horse shit. thornton, i’d say, is next in line if jenks is injured/bad/traded. i’m not the manager, but linebrink’s been just as bad, if not worse, than jenks this past month.

  28. GTS says:

    Gooooooood morning!

    I’m just stupid happy because I’m coming off a night starting Lannan, Blanton, and Gaudin vs. the first place team in the league. Not many K’s but solid inning eating performances that should really help me this week.

    Razzballer for life.

  29. Eating Cheerios says:

    Rauch or Meyer???

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Turnip: Not the closer, I’m the LOOGY.

    @Bill: Nah, hold Drew.

    @p0rk burn: Hehe

    @Rob: Thanks!

    @BSA: I said I didn’t want to see your cursed hole!

    @Byron: Nah, sounds about right.

    @sickmangarner: I’d hold Kuroda over Cecil.

    @Mark: Thanks! You might be right on the ‘holz situation.

    @Tarasco’sSecretStash: I’d want Halladay.

    @mc serch: Thanks! Shoot for Papelbon, get at least Fuentes.

    @Robert: I’d offer Wainwright or Vazquez.

    @Chupacabra: Ha!

    @AdamH: Nice!

    @Dingo: Blanton’s safe for now vs. 95% of matchups, yeah.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @airlifting: Ozzie doesn’t always do what makes sense, but you might be right.

    @Eating Cheerios: Rauch

  31. martin says:

    @grey- im trying to get rid of some bad average since my team consists of guys like ianetta, a-gonzalez, werth, furcal, pena, so i was targeting to trade pena for somebody that hits for good avg but doesnt lack power. Would u trade pena for either hunter pence, dye, hawpe.

  32. Frank Rizzo says:

    Would Theriot be considered a schmohawk or is he a step just above that? Drew is my #1 SS but I’ve been playing Theriot a lot during Drew’s injuries and general suckiness. With guys like Aybar, Hardy, and Perralta on the wire though, I wonder if it’s worth holding onto Theriot now that Drew’s actually doing something.

  33. BSA says:

    @Grey: I have Meyer, Calero, and Hughes doing some nice work on my ERA and WHIP. Would you move any one of these for Rauch or Rzepczynski’s spot start tomorrow.

    I tell ya this SS issue is driving me nuts – Reyes on the DL and nothing out there in FA. I may have to start streaming that position like it was a H2H league.

  34. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Bill: Of course not. You need to follow Grey’s First Principles on MI Schmohawks. Very simple – you pick up the hot hand! There are at least a dozen archtype aybars on the FA at any one time; the Adam Kennedy’s, the Ass Dribbles, the Bonifacio’s, etc. You always have at least one on your team; when he falters for 15 days, you pick up the next hot one. They are all dispensible. I was lucky enough to pick up Aybar several days ago. Same thing with catchers. Don’t draft ’em, just pick up the hot one. I had Olivo in several leagues until he cooled down; two days ago I picked up Montero. It works for me! Perhaps I am ready to go to Grey’s intermediate school of fantasy strategy…

    @Turnip: you are reading my mind…great post

    Grey – You seem to surpass yourself on a daily basis. Thanks again for a great summation of yesterday’s events. Although I am still waiting for the rundown on Flappy Johnson…

  35. GTS says:

    I’m a few days away from cutting ties with Hardy… so disappointing.

  36. JR says:

    Who would you prefer for your utility slot: Cameron, Hafner, Adam Laroche?

    That seems very bleh. Should I go with Seth Smith, who the Rockies just named their starting OF?

  37. Pops says:

    @GTS: I’m not a Hardy owner but he always seems to be on the verge that patented hot streak.

  38. Junker23 says:

    I should be dropping Gaudin or Correira for Buchholz, right?

  39. black love says:

    gomes or fox?

  40. GTS says:

    @Pops: I’ve been waiting for it for too long.

  41. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:

    All other things being equal, which I know they’re not – and assuming Milledge is called up in the next two weeks – who will hold more value here on out? And, as a keeper?

    Choices: Milledge, Brett Anderson, Ty Wigginton, Gaby Sanchez, Tim Stauffer, Podsednik

    Second question: Will Eric Young be called up anytime soon?


  42. Lava says:

    So, who do you like the best for the rest of the year? Latos or Buchholz? I’m leaning the big B because he has had his cup of coffee already, but from what I hear, Latos has nastier stuff.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @martin: I’d trade Pena for Dye, Pence or hawpe, in that order.

    @Frank Rizzo: Theriot’s schmohawk on his mother’s side.

    @BSA: I’d lose Meyer for Rauch.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks!

    @JR: I’d go with whoever’s hot.

    @Junker23: Lose Gaudin for him.

    @black love: Fox, as long as you’re not starting him when he’s not starting.

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: Milledge — Young seems like a September call-up.

  44. BSA says:

    ******Adam LaRoche is going somewhere.*******

    Rumors are the Giants.

  45. BSA says:

    Now looking at the numbers why would you move Meyer for Rauch? So I get a better understanding….

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Buchholz

  47. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Sounds like a terrible Giants move.

    Rauch closer to getting saves. Unless you don’t need/want saves.

  48. Chupacabra says:

    Grey, based on your prognostications that Haren and Bartlett were both going to have a poor second half, I traded them for Sabathia and Theriott. How did I do?

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chupacabra: I never said Theriot would be great in the 2nd half, but that trade’s fine for you.

  50. BSA says:

    @Grey: Thanks.
    As to LaRoche and Giants I read it at JPerrotto with piratesreport.com for what it is worth.

  51. black love says:

    hart for bourn?

  52. Curly Day says:

    Would you part with CQ to get Werth?

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic, the Red Sox have acquired Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche.

  54. BSA says:

    Is Big Lou not the slowest at getting the lineups out?

    The Cubbies seem to play a lot of day games and it seems like I am waiting until the last minute to move players around.

    Hey Iowa, Go talk to him! Will ya?

  55. BSA says:

    Well it looks like LaRoche is heading to my backyard or as the DropKicks say…..

    shipping up to Boston.

    Maybe Mikey’s hip isn’t as ship shape as they thought.

  56. nick m. says:

    @Grey: Hnicow do you like LaRoche in that lineup? More than Cantu?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nick m.: Eh, they’re pretty close. LaRoche will probably sit vs. lefties.

  58. rotoworld says sawx are rumored to get laroche

  59. BSA says:

    LaRoche to Boston puts Kotsay deeper on the bench as Youk will spell Lowell and LaRoche would cover first.

  60. This is kind of a repost from yesterday, sorry: Would you cut Stephen Drew, Corey Hart or Jose Lopez to get Quentin off the DL?

    Anyway, I mentioned more of my roster with the question and Grey, you asked whether Beckham was an option to drop. Right now I’m using him at 3B and my other options there is Edwin Encarnacion. So, I’m not entirely sure I can drop him.

  61. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Just dropped Thames for LaRoche. I love this site!

    Billingsley for Hamilton?

  62. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:

    Anyone know if Milledge will get the call to replace LaRoche – possibly Jones moving to 1B?

  63. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I need a stick in the OF and an offensive boost, so I’d be giving up C-Bills. Already offered Gallardo: no go.

  64. Joe Cooper says:

    When is the right time to drop Matt Wieters? I have him in 3 out of 5 leagues (no keepers) and I can feel the cool breeze from his icy bat 2000 miles away. If Doumit is available, is it time to make the add/drop?

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:

    pappi,lowell,youk and laroche for 3 positions,looks like 20+ missed games per player over the rest of year,i dont think this helps any of thier fantasy value

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Joe Cooper: if its not a keeper league then id go with montero or doumit,montero is on fire

  67. PJtres says:

    grey…can you rank these FA (position not a factor)?

    laroche, thome, fowler, burrell, cuddyer


  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PJtres: LaRoche, Burrell… Fowler in front of them all, if you need steals.

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Joe Cooper: I have both and am currently starting Doumit (who Do-donked today!).

    I’m keeping Wieters on the bench, though, for if/when he figures it all out and puts his massive potential into practice, starts smacking 22 HRs a month, and kills Mothra with his potent laser eye-beams.

  70. Corey says:

    In a H2H league of mine I’ve got Cano starting at second with Stewart backing up Cano, Howard, Reynolds, and Quentin (that’s freshly off the D.L.) and I’m looking to trade Stewart now. What type of SP should I plan to get in return? How about a RP?

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    jones doinks again,

  72. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I Heart Jones.

    Holy cow: Doumit and Jones have three donks between them now. With this and Holliday’s recent resuscitation, I may yet crawl out of my homerless hole.

  73. GTS says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Suppan getting worked!

  74. GTS says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: … and I benched Werth and started G. Jones last minute because Werth was facing Zambrano. NICE! No sonovabench so far.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: Probably better off getting a RP. Maybe a low end donkeycorn. An SP? Not much, maybe Cueto, though that’s not an endorsement of Cueto.

  76. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @GTS: Suppan’s serving up BP. Four homers for the Bucs so far.

    @Probable Party Starter: Didn’t he have a wrist injury? I guess it’s not sapping his power. Then again, Suppan is a great curative.

  77. airlifting says:

    hey grey….can you (or whomever) add a link to the football page the same way the football page has a link to the baseball one? that’d be awesome. thanks.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @airlifting: Click on the football banner at the top left of the page.

  79. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Any chance Ziegler gets in the mix in Oakland if Bailey implodes? Or is Linebrink a better spec add right now?

    People in my league have started circling the Plan B closers… Jim Johnson: gone… Jon Rauch: gone…. who else should be plucked ripely?

  80. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    9 HR’s and 11 RBI for Garrett Jones…..someone get on base!

  81. Corey says:

    Or would it be better for me to hold stewart and trade away cano, reynolds, or quentin? If so, in what order should I plan on making a trade, because i need some pitching.

  82. bobbo says:

    Time to give up on Ervin Santana… I’ve been holding him on the bench hoping he could turn it around and provide me some depth in a 10-team h2h down the stretch (Haren, Halladay, Vazquez, Nolasco, Danks, Joba, Slowey) but Garrett Jones and his HR-fest are staring at me on the waiver. Pounce?

  83. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:

    Here’s the Sox end of LaRoche the deal:

    “According to WEEI’s Alex Speier, the Pirates will receive shortstop Argenis Diaz and right-hander Hunter Strickland from the Red Sox for Adam LaRoche”

    I think I speak for all those who have been tracking LaRoche as a potential free agent pickup in a leauge when I say, at least the Pirates box scores are now a little easier to read w/ only 1 A. LaRoche.

  84. ThePoonTycoon says:

    my stat line thus far today: 5-7, 0.714 BA, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, CS, 3.206 OPS
    2.1 INN, HA, 2 BBI, 2 K, 1.286 WHIP

    nice to have doumit, braun, and garrett jones in your starting lineup.

    i put jones in ahead of cruz last minute (weekly lineups) with cruz’s finger, even though they said he’ll be playing. 2 bombs from jones this week.

  85. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If Wuertz isn’t available, I’d check out Kiko Calero. The Florida saves situation might be set with Nunez, but that might not be the case if he gives up a couple more ill-timed donks. Meanwhile, Kiko will give you all the M.R. love you can handle.

  86. Corey says:

    @grey: Thanks very much! Thanks for always giving advice when needed!

  87. Corey says:

    @grey: Thanks very much! Thanks for always giving advice when needed!

  88. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @mgeoffriau: Jones = The New Bruce.

    @Dingo: Good advice — though I have Nunez. Somehow two Fish RPs makes me squeamish. I’m betting against myself. Also, isn’t Lindstrom maybe sort of coming back soon?

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @GTS: ha,good move,,im riding him till dropps

  90. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Don’t say that…I own Bruce and don’t need another “unlucky” .220 hitter.

  91. BigFan says:

    Furcal is on fire. Keep play him or Stevie Drew today?

    Will Manny play tonight? Need HR and SBs. Would you sit him after last night’s drill to the hand and play Ellsbury instead?

  92. royce! says:


    Last I looked, Jones was:

    0-13 with runners in scoring position

    2-22 with runners on base

    16-28 with no one on.

    So you can’t really blame anyone but him.

  93. struggler says:

    @Greay: Milledge or Seth Smith? Aybar or Peralta? I’m guessing you’re going to say Milledge/Peralta. Why would you choose those two?

  94. and1mcgee says:

    i can only start one today of: Romero vs. CLE or Buchholz vs. TEX…

    Romero had fugly periphs his last time out, and lost, but his 8 K’s helped. CLE and TEX are both as potent as my morning breath, so is it just a toss-up? thanks!!

  95. BigFan says:

    Whoa– Drew hits the field noon today!

  96. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: That’s a good point about Lindstrom. The main case for Kiko is that he’s clearly the Marlins’ best relief pitcher at this point, so if you believe that talent will eventually win out, it’s possible that he’ll be given the job over Nunez, Meyer, and Lindstrom.

    Then again, I may not be qualified to give out save-hunting advice. I’m so lousy with Saves, I just traded Hoffman and Fuentes for Luke Scott and Cole Hamels (respectively) before picking up Wuertz.

  97. GTS says:

    anybody know of any trade rumors re: Holliday or J.J. Hardy?

  98. GTS says:

    G. Jones oppo-field ground-rule double… he’s just ridiculous right now.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: He’s part cyborg.

  100. peter says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: @Grey: …his ground-rule double bounced into the stands, knocking out a guy who had just stolen an old lady’s purse.

  101. Joe B says:

    Grey… Is David Wright for Dustin Pedroia a fair deal???

  102. If playing Cameron at a rotating Hot Hitter Utility spot these days, one would have to plug in G. Cyborg Jones at this point, right? They’ll figure him out, but at this point he’s more exciting than Cameron and other options like Burrell (’till he goes on a streak), Gomez, Fowler, Winn (surprisingly productive + traveling to Denver for the weekend), or CB Young (which would defy my personal “never again” edict.)! Agreed?

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: I don’t see what Pedrioa gives you that Wright doesn’t besides a few Runs.

    @zombie: Go Jones!

  104. Joe Hatter says:

    desperation move tells me this isnt a terrible deal considering that I’m losing adam laroches playing time and need a 1B

    jhonny peralta


  105. Joe Hatter says:

    yikes, sorry for threadjacking. meant to put this in the buy or sell

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe Hatter: I’d take Huff there. You don’t have to put a comment on a relevant post.

  107. peter says:

    @Grey: Look for him to steal 3rd and Home if the pregnant woman behind the dugout starts having contractions.

  108. Sam says:

    Gallardo/Brett Anderson for Harang/Aramis. Which side would you want?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sam: Aramis’s.

  110. ThePoonTycoon says:

    well yesterday i traded jones for encarnacion, but at least i get this week from him (weekly lineup h2h).

  111. MJB says:

    Which 2 SP to drop: B. Anderson, J. De La Rosa, T. Stauffer, G. Meche (I have a DL slot, but is he worth holding above 2 here?)

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: He may be done by next week anyway, so that’s not awful.

    @MJB: Meche, Stauffer…

  113. GTS says:

    Theriot making me really happy today.

  114. brad says:

    would you try to shop g. jones in a keeper league right now, or hang onto him? what kind of value would you be looking for in return if you were to shop him?

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: No idea what you need.

  116. brad says:

    @Grey: 3b, sorry. I should have mentioned that.

  117. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:


  118. GTS says:

    Harang was dropped… worth keeping an eye on or no?

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Maybe you can finagle Zimmerman, maybe Chipper?

    @GTS: Sure

  120. Tom says:

    Hey Grey, care to resolve an argument?

    In a 12 team league, the last place team (completely out of it) trades a 6th place team Dye/O-Hudson/Fuentes for Zambrano/Cook/Scutaro.

    I hate to veto, but that’s shady. Should it be vetoed?

  121. BigFan says:

    Loaded: Grandy, Manny, Ellsbury, Braun, D.Lee, Votto. I need SB and HR. Need to bench one and dump(trade) one and could use another closer.

    Thinking I should trade Lee for a closer? Aim for who? Votto heating up and hate to bench him.

    Awesome site BTW. Thanks.

  122. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: In a non-keeper, a last place team shouldn’t even be trading anymore, but I wouldn’t veto it.

    @BigFan: Thanks! Trade Lee for a Fuentes-type closer. If you have to shoot lower, maybe Aardsma?

  123. Frank Rizzo says:

    Theriot: 3-5 with 2 R’s and 3 SB’s today. I think I’ll be holding onto this “Schmohawk” for a little while.

    Aramis had a solid game. Encouraging.

  124. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Frank Rizzo: No kidding…I just trade for Aramis. He wasn’t the lynchpin in the deal, but I’m still holding out hope he’ll be decent from here forward.

  125. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: If you had the misfortune of having Brad Lidge on your team, what would you do with him? Bench, drop, trade?

  126. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rick Dempsey: I do have him. I wouldn’t do anything, unless you can trade him for a decent piece, but I doubt his trade value’s very high.

  127. john says:

    Mini-Donkey with another swipe!

  128. Dingo says:

    @john: I love Fantasy synergy — I started both Reynolds and Ubaldo, so Reynolds got things started by striking out in his first two at-bats. Ubaldo then returned the favor by allowing Reynolds to steal 2nd. Good teamwork, guys!

  129. john says:

    @Dingo: Haha, yes..I too love it as I started both of them as well. I don’t think it could have worked out much better for us, except perhaps Ubaldo not ending up with a loss would be terrific.

  130. john says:

    @john: Speaking of which..yesss!

  131. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: RE: Brad Lidge…………….. so sit’em or start’em? My other two closers are Valverde and Street.

  132. timSTi says:

    From Rotoworld:

    According to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have acquired shortstop Julio Lugo for outfielder Chris Duncan.
    Busy day for the Red Sox. In Duncan, they’re getting a 28-year-old outfielder with a glove and a body made for first base. He’s been thought of as a lefty with power for his entire tenure with the Cardinals, but hasn’t put up the numbers to back that claim in the past two years. Lugo will split time with Brendan Ryan at shortstop in St. Louis.

    Sox are makin moves!

  133. Mr Baseball says:

    LaRoche Motel – I don’t want no part of him –

    1- he is not hitting
    2- its not going to be easy to fill him into your lineup – you just don’t know when he is going to play – just what I need a part time player that slumps for weeks at a time
    3-he is losing at bats here –

  134. Mr Baseball says:

    # 145 timSTi Says: Sox are makin moves!

    the best move the sox can make is give Big Papi some more steroids

  135. Lines says:

    Welcome to Boston, Andy LaBench. Happy trails, Julio Lugo. I’m glad the Sox held out for a living, breathing ballplayer. I would have traded you for a warm, half-empty Miller Lite about a year ago… and I don’t even like Miller Lite.

  136. timSTi says:

    @Mr Baseball: Hey we’ll take all the .250 steroid-less hitters we can get!

  137. timSTi says:

    @Lines: Actually it was Adam LaRoche.

  138. Mr Baseball says:

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Homer Bailey Circus

    looks like Peta is getting invlolved here they are very upset about the abuse the National Leagues hitters are giving Homer Bailey

  139. timSTi says:

    @Lines: And just so you know, my other comment wasn’t meant to come of as abrasive as it sounds. Just correcting yah post!

  140. Mr Baseball says:

    you have to like Joe Girardi strategy putting in B. Bruney in the ninth inning with a 4 run league knowing that he was going to give up 2 runs to set up a save situation for M. Rivera

  141. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: He’s a fantasy manager’s manager.

  142. Dingo says:

    @john: Meh, the loss wouldn’t hurt me… but I’ll be taking his quality start to the bank!

    I suppose not giving up a homer to Miguel Montero would be too much to ask.

  143. Joe B says:

    Who is the better fantasy outfielder, keeper or not… Kemp or Markakis???

  144. john says:

    @Dingo: Yea, no homer would have been ideal..but it was a decent pitch, just good hitting. I had Nolasco pitch for me already as well, so those 3 runs did nothing to me era. And as proven by its extremely short-lived TV show, Greed is bad.

  145. Joe B says:

    I agree… Kemplonious Monk is indeed all that jazz. I was offered Sparkakis and D Span for him, but I’m set at outfield with J Hamilton, V Wells, N Cruz, A Dunn, and C Beltran (DL of course)… no need for this right???

  146. Martin says:

    @grey- i decided not to trade pena for dye cause pena is a 2nd half player and his average is bound to go up. Also what kind of line can u expect from buchholtz?

  147. Mike says:

    Start Baker against the Halos tomorrow?

  148. Martin says:

    also would u trade matt capps and carlos pena for youk if u already have valverde and broxton and can possibly pick up a SAGNOF?

  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I said what I’d expect from him in this post.

    @Mike: It’s risky, but I would.

    @Martin: I’d take Youk there.

  150. Mr Baseball says:

    Brandon Inge has left patella tendon tear – he might play through it

  151. BSA says:

    @timSTi: They have one more big move in the next 24 hours.

    Too many players to activate.

    They’ve added LaRoche and Duncan, for Lugo (DFA) and two minor leaguers.

    Youk owners beware!

  152. Mr Baseball says:

    If I named my bowel movements – I would name my last two -LaRoche and Duncan

  153. Lines says:

    @timSTI – Yeah, I know what his name is… I was trying to make a joke ’cause he’s about to be a bench player. Thanks for watching my back, though.

  154. timSTi says:

    @Lines: Is that a bird?Is that a plane? No! It’s the joke going right over my head! haha

  155. timSTi says:

    Peter Gammons is reporting that the Sox denied trading Buchholz for V-Mart! Damn. That is what the Red Sox need not two .250 hitters. Insert Sad Face Here.

  156. BigFan says:

    Give Derrek Lee to get Broxton? Need a closer but am I giving up too much? Is Broxton and his big fat toe bad juju for the rest of the season? Should I avoid him?

  157. @Mr Baseball: props-Ha(#2)!

  158. Tom says:

    I just traded Rasmus and EverCab for Howell about 3 days ago, and now both rookies are fading. Never have I taken so much joy in seeing a young child’s self esteem plummet.

    I loved CRasmus season, but it’s over, and I’m stoked about it. On to a new holiday. Is it Howell-oween yet?

    Sorry, I pushed it too far. Promise I won’t do it again.

    Grey, what do you think of Hill for the rest of the year? Tanking?

  159. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFan: I’d take Broxton there.

    @Tom: Nice rant. Hill might trail off a bit, but I don’t see him tanking.

  160. DrEasy says:

    Could it be that Julio Lugo might be fantasy-relevant again playing for Tony La Russa?

  161. Tom says:

    Shields for Hill a horrible idea?

    I’m trying to find a good trade option for Shields (Ludwick got good too quick, maybe Quentin). Hopefully he has a good game tonight.

  162. SRM says:

    @Grey: Grabow behind all of them, I take it?

  163. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Probably not.

    @Tom: Not a bad idea.

    @SRM: Not sure what you mean.

  164. SRM says:

    @Grey: Sorry, I misread. But would you drop Grabow for saves over any/all of them?

  165. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SRM: Over any/all of who?

  166. GTS says:

    Why do I hate Shields so much???

  167. BSA says:

    It would be interesting to see a comparison of closer numbers when they come in for a save versus a non-save situation to get in some work.

  168. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Kazaam!

  169. Nick says:

    Jurrjens is pitching lights out right now in his first start on my roster! Thanks Grey!

  170. BSA says:

    @Grey: Yeah Bell has been Kazaaming me. It is just amazing when you think about these guys psyche and what happens when they don’t give a ….

  171. Mr Baseball says:

    Carl Pavano – I felt safe to pick him up – last three outings were incorraging

    I felt the pain of Marathon Man dude here when Dr. Christian Szell was drilling his teeth

    Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going into that cavity. That nerve’s already dying. A live, freshly-cut nerve is infinitely more sensitive. So I’ll just drill into a healthy tooth until I reach the pulp. That is unless, of course, you can tell me that it’s safe. IS IT SAFE TO PICK UP CARL PAVANO

  172. Gareth says:

    Have just been offered my choice of Corey Hart, Johnny Damon or Alex Rios for Tommy Hanson. I could definitely use the outfield help with Beltran on the DL, but should I be aiming higher? Hanson is looking like a star…

  173. Mr Baseball says:

    H. Bell pitched the ninth inning while his team was down 3 – 0

    H. Bell gave up two runs

    it seems to me that a closers has trouble getting up for a non save situation – these managers should realize this and help protect my era and whip in my fake fantasy baseball leagues

  174. Mr Baseball says:

    Glen Anthony Perkins hit the shower early tonght

    Glen Anthony Perkins – Norman Bates: A boy’s best friend is his mother and his control

  175. Mr Baseball says:

    I wonder how many innings Clay Buchholz is allowed to pitch in the minor leagues because it seems like 5 is the max in the major leagues

    Nolan Ryan who once threw 259 pitches in a game could not be reached for comment

  176. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @Gareth: I’d take Rios or Damon, in that order, unless this is a keeper.

  177. Gareth says:

    Thanks Grey, not a keeper, would not even be having the discussion if that were the case!

  178. Mr Baseball says:

    for all you glen Perkins owner remember one thing: Perkins rhymes with JERKins.

  179. Ceasar says:

    Drop Baker for Miguel “Mirage?” Montero?

    Feels like an instant gratification kind of move.

  180. Steve says:

    @Ceasar: I dropped Olivo for him yesterday and he instantly gratified me.

  181. john says:

    Thank you to the Rays bulpen and Mr. Diaz behind the plate and a very special thank you to B.J Upton for taking away Shields’ win.

  182. Steve says:

    What the effing eff does Shields have to do to get a win?

  183. john says:

    @Steve: Maddon should have never lifted Shields from the game..He walked a guy with 2 borderline balls and was promptly yanked..let Shields finish out the inning for Floppy Joe Johnson’s sake!

  184. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thornton gets the save for the whitesox

  185. Tom says:

    Hey Grey,

    Bay and Shields for Carlos Lee and Carlos Quentin?

    or Bay/Shields for C.Lee/Hamilton?

    Thanks in advance.

  186. Ceasar says:

    @Steve: but will he gratify tomorrow? Or the next day? Or the rapidly approaching day that Chris Snyder continues his regular and dogged pursuit of mediocrity at the major league level?

    I’m looking for a long-term low-maintenance relationship with my fantasy catcher. A long slow burn, if you will.

  187. Martin says:

    did u see that adam laroche had no idea he was traded!! He thought he had a day off and he was watching the game from the dugout and eating sunflower seeds when in the 7th inning his manager tugged his shirt, pulled him aside and told him he was going to Boston. The commentators had know since the beginning of the game

  188. Mr Baseball says:

    201 Steve Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 7:26 pm
    What the effing eff does Shields have to do to get a win?

    Pitch 5 or less innings or pitch against the Mets

  189. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ceasar: Go for it.

    @Tom: I’d take Lee and Hamilton.

    @Tom: Ha!

    @Martin: That’s hilarious.

  190. Jay says:

    I’ve offered Holliday and McCutchen for Lincecum; if he does take the offer, would Jonny Gomes or Seth Smith be a good pickup?

  191. Mr Baseball says:

    batting clean up for the Los Angeles Dodgers #23 Casey Blake $23

    2 homeruns in June and 1 Homerun in July – #23

  192. Steve says:

    OK Broxton – don’t screw this up.

  193. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jay: Sure, but neither are guaranteed ABs. I’d go Gomes.

  194. Prince says:

    @Grey: S. Drew just dropped. Drop J. Lopez for him?

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