The Rangers traded Delino DeShields Jr. and Emmanuel Clase for Corey Kluber. Finally, someone that likes Delino DeShields Jr. as much as me! Indians tried to not compete last year, but at first you don’t succeed in not succeeding, don’t try, don’t try again. Cannot wait to see what the Indians get for Francisco Lindor. Maybe Clint Frazier and a bucket of balls gets it done. You’d think Indians would be against trying to tank, being more team that wants its horse in the race, but, wow, MLB is completely broken. Teams that should and can be good are going out of their way to tank. I saw someone (think it was a Cleveland-area radio sports show host) say something like, “Indians can’t afford these players so this is their only option.” Yo, the Indians owner, Dolan family, is worth $6.5 billion, according to Forbes. That’s not according to their bank, because you can’t count that much money in a lifetime. If the Dolans can’t afford a $25 million dollar per year contract, then who can? Bezos? Does Amazon need to buy all MLB teams? Can we get Jack Ryan day at the park? That might be fun. This isn’t even about whether Kluber is broken for good either, because his salary ($17.5 mill) should be affordable for any team, even if the player is broken. Blake Treinen got $10 million for Pete Bourjos’s sake! Any hoo! For Kluber fantasy value, I’m torn, because he feels like the type who can gut out a solid season, but that is soooooooooooo — yes, eleven O’s! — anecdotal and isn’t based on anything. But, also in his favor, he saved his arm last year from throwing another 200+ IP, which has to be good. Yes, I know his arm was injured, but it was a broken forearm. I’m not a doctor, but a forearm isn’t an elbow or shoulder injury, and a broken one is better than a strained one. Unfortunately, he had to be removed from a rehab assignment last year, due to diminished velocity, and, prior to  the injury, his velocity was down and his ERA, FIP, xFIP were all up. Just too much risk and I’m out on Kluber this year. For 2020, my Kluber projections are 10-5/3.81/1.17/164 in 158 IP. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in the offseason for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Madison Bumgarner – Signed with the Diamondbacks. I think we’re gonna find that Bumgarner was partially a product of his environment — nature vs. nurture vs. Googling what nature and nurture are. His career home ERA (2.72) and away ERA (3.53) show this, naturally (nurturally?) because everyone is better at home. I’ve said this many times before, but unless you’re drafting George Clooney’s character from Up In The Air, think about how well anyone performs at home vs. away. You’re in your own bed, you’re with your family, you get to see your wife–Wait, are these still positives? I kid, Cougs, I kid! Performance at home is a thing, so that Bumgarner performs better at home isn’t surprising. So, if he was a Yankees pitcher for the last ten years, the Yankees might’ve won a World Series — snap! — and Bumgarner might’ve been exactly the same pitcher calling New York home, i.e., he’s not entirely a product of AT&T, Pac Bell or whatever telecommunication overlord is ruling San Fran. However, Telecommunications Field is accounting for a bit more than just home cooking. Now, is he, as Steamer is projecting, a 4.63 ERA pitcher? That seems a tad pessimistic. He was a 8.8 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 3.90 FIP pitcher last year with increased velocity. He’s only 30 years old, and pitchers nowadays are like, “Yo, Charlie Morton rub some old man goo on my hands I wanna be good again in my late-30s.” So, I’m not out on Bumgarner completely if the price is right, but I’m also not completely crazy about him in his new home. Hey, Grey, you want some thorns with those hedges! For 2020, I’ll give Bumgarner projections of 13-9/3.72/1.12/184 in 190 IP.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo – Signed with the Rays. Ya know what would be awesome? If every country in the world, posted baseball players. It’s like the Red Ryder BB gun, or any Christmas present you didn’t think you were getting that was hidden in a different closet to fool you into thinking you had opened all the gifts. “You’ve already opened all your free agents, Grey. Yup, Ozuna or Castellanos are it for big-name free agent outfielders.” You start to bunch the Christmas wrapping paper together to throw away because you know if you leave a mess and Dad’s drinking the spiked nog, he’s going to spike your head, then, suddenly mom walks out of the closet with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. “Grey, you said you wanted another free agent…right?” Then you run up, hug Yoshitomo around the waist, sobbing from joy. Then your father spikes your head anyway. Ah, yes, the holiday spirit. So, Tsutsugo is a chunky Ishikaya meatball, huh? I watched every at-bat I could find and he looks like Bryce Harper’s swing has entered Kyle Schwarber’s body. Kyce Harber? Hmm, nope, has to be Bryle Schwarper. Any time you can start a word with Sch, you do it. That’s like rule #1 in Yiddish Fight Club. That’s like having Howie Kendrick and Mike Schmidt and passing on Mowie Schmendrick for Hike Kidt. Any hoo! Tsutsugo has shown solid power (44 HRs in 2016), but last year was by far his worst year (29 HRs, 25.3% K%). Not to pee in the Gatorade and call it Lemon-Lime, but I could see him getting eaten up by major league pitching, or at least platooning out vs. lefties. Also, the profile he’s bringing to the U.S. isn’t exactly missing from today’s game. Throw a rock and hit two 25-homer hitters and nick a third. In the end, a BB gun is fun, but feety pajamas actually keep you warm. For 2020, I’ll give Yoshitomo Tsutsugo projections of 61/26/72/.248 in 451 ABs.

Brett Gardner – Re-signed with the Yankees. It will be interesting to see if Brett Gardner hit his ceiling. *slow smile builds across face, small chuckle, gives self a low-five*. For 2020, I’ll give Brett Gardner projections 66/18/69/.242/12 in 461 ABs.

Rick Porcello – Signed with the Mets. Close your eyes and make a wish that Porcello will win the Cy Young again. Now think about how if he does, you could’ve wished for anything and instead you wished into existence some nonsense for someone you don’t even know. Well played! This is for you, like the Mets, a lottery ticket that somehow Porcello will find his way back to relevance. He hasn’t had just one bad season between his Cy Young year and last year. Oh, he’s been derailed a while, and I wouldn’t expect much. For 2020, I’ll give him projections of 10-11/4.31/1.33/151 in 171 IP. For what it’s Werth, this hurts Wacha’s projected innings, though that might help his value. Less we see of him, the better.

Yimi Garcia – Signed with the Marlins and is immediately in the closer mix. Yippee? No, Yimi. For 2020, Yimi Garcia projections of 1-2/3.88/1.31/61, 9 saves in 59 IP.

Brett Anderson – Signed with the Brewers. Damn, Brewers, you’re messing up my love for Freddy Peralta! *sees Anderson had a full season in 2009, 2015 and 2019, and at no time in-between* Hmm, well, if I’m still fluent in SAT questions, Anderson won’t have another full season until 2021, so I’m good! On a related note, Brewers GM said of Peralta, he’s young and we’re not too concerned about his development since no pitcher has a straight linear path. Nope, with signing of Anderson and Lindblom, and trading for Lauer, all young Brewers need to jump over some old dusty bums you put in their path. The absolute idiocy to sign a guy with a 4.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. Anderson doesn’t get projections, because he will not draftable in the top 500.

Austin Romine – Signed with the Tigers. It was the last day of the Winter Meetings. The Tigers kept quiet for most of the time. Had their GM been caught under a stack of phonebooks? Was the parking ticket the team bus received on the first day weighing down their chances of making a huge splash in free agency? Or, as their dozens of fans wanted to believe, they were just biding their time? That’s when the 40 or so Tigers fans received the news. It wasn’t Gerrit Cole. It wasn’t Anthony Rendon. It wasn’t even Dawel Lugo, because they thought they already had him, it was Austin Romine. He’s a -12 WAR player, but what is WAR good for? Absolutely nothing! Which the Tigers brass thought might’ve been recorded in Detroit, so that was a selling point to their fans too. For 2020, will give Romine projections of 38/11/42/.247/3 in 372 ABs.

Martin Perez – Signed with the Red Sox. Just after the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox GM got in his chauffeured driven bullpen cart that was a large replica of Ted Williams head. When he thought he was out of sightline of everyone, he peeled the skin away from his chin and pulled off a mask, revealing he was really the Pirates mascot, the Jolly Pirate! Oh em gee! So, as the Red Sox transition into a small market team, they got the prize Martin, The Small Market Prizez. I’ll give him projections of 10-10/4.54/1.44/131 in 171 IP.

Jose Peraza – Signed by the Red Sox. I wrote a Jose Peraza sleeper post, but, with the Kluber news, it got bumped. So, instead, I present it to you here in all its glory.

I’m gonna give you a ten or so names that come to mind and you tell me what they have in common and if you don’t tell me I will tell you because that’s how this works. Ready? Don’t verbally answer, I can’t hear you. Just continue reading. Okay, here goes! Rafael Devers, Yuli Gurriel, Kolten Wong, Max Kepler, Trey Mancini, Miguel Sano, Yoan Moncada, Christian Vazquez, Jason Heyward, Ketel Marte, Jorge Soler and Cody Bellinger. If you answered, “They were good last year and you are a giant dur.” You’re close. Or rather, you’re halfway there. They were good last year, but there’s something else about them. If you answered, “They all love Applebee’s?” No, that’s an awful answer. If you answered, “They all tell baristas, ‘Make my foam art good, and you get an extra fifty cents tip.'” No, that’s me, I say that. I don’t know what these players say. Okay, done guessing? Good, because you’re an awful guesser. Those players were all great last year and they were all awful in 2018. Anyone can sit there, and, with your arthritis, I’m assuming you’re sitting, and tell us who was good last year and how they will be good again this year. It takes a pair of joneses — you could say ‘cojones’ — to tell you to draft someone who was as bad last year as Jose Peraza, but guess what about me? Besides the foam art, I already told you that! That’s right, I’m going back in on Jose Peraza after a season when he went 37/6/33/.239/7 in 376 at-bats. Wow, when I put it like that, he was awful! Yesterday, the Red Sox signed him Jose Peraza. So, Yankees went out and got Gerrit Cole; Angels got Rendon; Phillies got a bunch of players; Red Sox signed Peraza who was released by the Reds. Are we sure the Red Sox front office hasn’t been kidnapped and this is a call for help? The good news for Peraza is he should have a starting job at 2nd base and he can just add “ox” to his Reds jersey.  Bad news, how much time you have? No, no, NO! This is supposed to be positive. So, what can we expect from Jose Peraza for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Jose Peraza is only 25 years old, and will be 26 by end of April. I know, feels like he’s been around a while, but that’s because he has. He’s had close to 1800 MLB at-bats and has a career average of .273 and a .301 BABIP. He’s had years of a higher BABIP, which, with his speed, I’d kinda expect, but he does hit absolutely dinkers with a 34 MPH exit velocity, so he’s not someone I’d necessarily tag for a .350+ BABIP either. He had a 85 MPH exit velocity last year, which is about the same as some (most?) pitchers. Well, he had a 84 MPH exit velocity the year before when he hit .288. Speaking of .288, that feels high for him. It’s possible, but prolly closer to .270. If homeboy hits .270, he could sneak into the top of the lineup with everyone shifting down, though that is unlikely. The most likely outcome of him hitting 9th isn’t as bad in the Red Sox lineup. On base in front of Betts? Devers? Bogaerts? That sounds a lot better than hitting leadoff for the Reds. Give him .270 and 520 ABs, and he’s already worth the price of his draft-day admission, which is essentially nil, zilch, nilch! But wait there’s more! He hit 14 homers in 2018 — someone was ahead of the curve on juiced balls! — and only six last year as previously mentioned on the aforementioned tip. He’s a tiny little squeak of pip, but he’s not a Juan Pierre-one-homer-if-lucky-type guy. He can hit between 8-12 (and, yes, 14) with relative ease in a full season. Of course, none of this ticks the clock, as no one says, without the speed and, presumably, steals. Peraza did lose a step last year 28.8 ft/second to 28.0. Not gonna lie, that’s concerning. It’s not the end of the world. Mookie Betts had a slower sprint speed; Jonathan Villar was slower; Kolten Wong and Dannys Antana, to name a few more who stole a bunch of bases last year, were all slower. Will Peraza steal 30+ bags? That seems possible but doubtful. Can he have a very respectable 10/25/.270 season at the cost of just showing up at your draft? Oh, heck yeah. For 2020, I’ll give Jose Peraza projections of 58/10/49/.272/24 in 516 ABs with a chance for more.

 
  1. Dr Easy says:
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    The Yankees should trade Gardner to the Astros just to mess with their sign-stealing schemes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  2. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Ahoy Grey! Do you know any sites that are drafting this early? Hope the off season treating you well. Thanks again for all the help last season!!

    • packers2018 says:
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      NFBC

    • Hernan says:
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      Fantrax

  3. Hernan says:
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    lol, got Peraza at 512 in our Draft…, if he puts those numbers i’ll be way more than happy , as my backup to my backup to middle infielders…., would’ve preferred he was in Baltimore doing Villar’s old dirty job, getting 600 PAs, but, nothing is perfect…, Garcia went undrafted, yikes!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did Yimi not get drafted? I was thinking that, and now he looks like at least the favorite for a share of the closer role — Who got drafted from the Marlins for saves? Stanek? Jarlin?

      • Hernan says:
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        Lol, stanek and urena, they have a lot of starters too, a lot of teams are going to have 3/4 guys getting saves….no bueno

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not great…Again, Kenley! (I will likely so regret Kenley)

    • Dave D says:
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      Peraza still sucks. I think Grey was in an extremely generous mood today.

      RE: Marlins closer. Its a total crapshoot. Could be anybody. Streckenrider? Urena? Stanek? Garcia? I have no clue, but Mattingly talked last September that Urena was a natural fit. Problem is that he seems like a headcase, which doesn’t usually translate to high pressure situations. Just throw a dart.

      • Grey

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        FWIW, Craig Mish says Urena’s in rotation, no one knows who the closer is in Miami tho, you’re right, could be any of them… Peraza is still so young, can easy sneak into 20+ steals

      • Hernan says:
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        Lol, Dave’s just mad Peraza is not on his roster…, wait till avisail signs to platoon, Domingo follows Adam Jones overseas and pillar gets a 4th outfielder job on a contender…, ouch….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know you’re kidding, but Domingo overseas actually makes sense

          • Dave D says:
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            I’ve got plenty of depth in OF, unlike you, Hernan. Too bad Peraza can’t get you 200 IP either because you’ll have a hard time even getting to 1200 IP with that band of mongrels ;-)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Snap!

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              He’s Got Jordan Luplow holding down the fort if more than 2 guys get hurt. It’s all good.

              • Hernan says:
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                Lol, yelich/jd/Mercado/pollock/Rojas/Hayward/marwin/peraza/luplow, that’s a lot of at bats in the outfield…

              • Dave D says:
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                Seriously. I mean, even if Cease, Urquidy, Dobnak make rotation how many innings are they good for? Bieber and Lynn (if healthy) can get 200 IP, but those guys? I think Eovaldi will shatter after 120 IP, Kim and Young are unknowns. “Mr. Coors” German Marquez better figure out his home ballpark otherwise its going to be a long season in the New World, Hernan!

                • Hernan says:
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                  lol, Dave , thanks for your opinion, but , Fangraphs projection system has Bieber(200), Woodruff(180), Lynn(190), Marquez(185), Cease(167), Urquidy(158), Dobnak(145) , Eovaldi(145), Webb(136), Voth(120)…, you’re entitled to your opinion on workloads and this and that, still…, i’m entitled to mine.., even with marques you can see the 6.25 Home ERA and see that all the other indicators(Fip, xFip, Sierra, babip, strand rate, K/9, W/9), point at extreme bad luck.., velocity was up, swinging outside the zone was up, swing and miss % was up, he’s only 24, I don’t know about you, but i play for 2020, looking forward to a big season for Marquez…, Cease and one of Urquidy /Dobnak…, maybe you’re counting on injuries to derail my team.., good luck with that, you’re gonna need it….

            • Hernan says:
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              Lol, Dave, I have at least 10 starters projected for more than 150 Innings…, anyway, all you need is 1k…, lol, you’re goons need a Sherpa to help you find my team in the overall, …, too high for you and your non tenders…, my offense is way too strong, lol,

              • Dave D says:
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                Not a chance that you get ten guys to 150 IP. No way it happens.

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  Gotta love smack talk a week before Christmas,!!

  4. Will says:
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    The Cubs passing on Bumgarner at 5 yrs / $85 million officially puts the Cubs in Tank Mode right along with Cleveland. No more of this “we can’t afford him” BS, Ricketts, you’re not even attempting to improve the team this offseason. You paid $10.5 mllion for Quintana in 2020 but you won’t go to $15 mill for Bumgarner? Just trade Bryant and Darvish and begin the teardown.

    • Will says:
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      $17 million (typo)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Same diff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t get it, they make about $15 mill a day in ticket and souvenir sales

      • Will says:
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        The lack of activity from the Cubs front office which proclaimed “changes are needed” has the natives in Cubland very, very agitated. They could soothe the beast by re-signing Castellanos.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinda hope they don’t with Castellanos, but either way, putting same team on field this year as they had last year and results will be same

      • Dave D says:
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        Supposedly he really wanted to be in AZ. The weather? Red State? Who knows.

        • Grey

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          AZ is terrible, sorry AZ liver-ins who are reading

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah I’ve never been there. Im coastal only.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup

  5. Evan says:
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    So good to be back! Can’t wait for the rankings. As always, you rock.

    With Deshields out, does that mean 500+ at bats for Danny Santana? What are your projections for him this year? I can keep him for $1 – 14 team mixed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll project Santana in the rankings, I don’t see why he wouldn’t have 500+ ABs, unless he tanks — $1 is a great price!

      • Evan says:
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        Thanks! You think he can come close to repeating?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do, I don’t mind him

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    You think the Indians turn Clase into an SP? You think they use Delino at 2B, they need one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Clase wasn’t even a SP in the minors, and has one barely two pitches… Maybe on Delino, honestly don’t know who else is playing 2B for them

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I see Arroyo temporarily penciled in at 2B which seems unlikely

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now that I look at it, Jo-Ram at 2B, Arroyo at 3B, seems most likely

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Could see Michael Freeman getting some PT at 2B too. Delino will get PT there and steal..(haha not nearly enough) time from Allen and Bauers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Freeman was released

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                See, All the important stuff comes in the fine print. Well shit, I guess they have to play him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, maybe he’ll sign on with the Rockies as their starting 2B

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              December 15, 2019 03:12 PM
              Indians’ Mike Freeman: Loses roster spot
              by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire
              The Indians designated Freeman for assignment Sunday.

              Freeman became a casualty after the Indians needed to open up spots on the 40-man roster for trade pickups Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase, who were acquired from the Rangers on Sunday in exchange for Corey Kluber.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Opens up at bats for Wille C in Texas and makes Civale the 5th starter in Cleveland.

        Thoughts on Plutko the tribes 3rd SP at the moment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Staff right now: Clevinger, Bieber, Carrasco, Civale, Plesac

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            ok, mlb depth charts had Plutko in instead of Carrasco.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s Carrasco for now

  7. Matty says:
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    Do you like Peraza over Senzel in a 12 team 6×6 + OPS? (Cost will be the same)
    I’m weighing my bottom tier keepers vs. what’s available at auction.
    Thanks a bunch.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      no, keep Senzel

      • Matty says:
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        They are nice and easy to compare historically; 2019- same lineup, Senzel got 6 more plate appearances than Peraza.

  8. Cram It says:
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    Why do all of your sleeper-post players “have a chance for more?” Why don’t they ever have a chance for less?!

    I’m waiting for either the Yankees or Mets to go get Josh Hader. On the Yankees, he continues his top 3 closer form. On the Mets, he’s injured in spring training, misdiagnosed, and has his worst season to date.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “A chance for less” is so glass half empty, I need to uplift with the upside!

      Mets aren’t getting anyone, sorry, I know that hurts to hear

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Mets have a chance for less! Haha

        • Cram It says:
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          Haha. They already got their chance for less in Porcello.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA

  9. Coolwhip

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    Where my boy Dave D at?

    Meanwhile… Angels have still not traded for or signed another pitcher outside of Dylan F***ing Bundy. Ryu and Keuchel are like the only FAs of note left on the market, outside of some back-alley trades. Angels reported pulled out of the trade talks for Kluber because they were asking too much? huh? Rangers just him for DeShields and a batboy??? What were they asking the Angels for? And as you said Grey, couldn’t the Angels have done the same and flipped DeShields? LOL. Of course its not that easy, but still. What did the Indians ask for? Doesn’t seem like it was that high of a price, seems like a $2 Lottery ticket.

    As I said Friday, Ryu (and to a lesser degree Keuchel) might actually make real baseball sense for the Angels, both are groundball LHP that would make use of that Allstar leftside infield we now have. Keuchel actually gets significant GB rate to the leftside. Bum just got a 5 year $85M contract. I think Ryu will command a 3-4 year $60-80M range. And Keuchel will likely require 3 year $40-45M range. which, both of those the Angels could afford.

    What can they go get? Teheran, Thor, Price(meh)? Teheran would be a semi-cheap innings eater (better than Bundy) to fill out the backend especially when/if Heaney goes down for extended time again. He’s been durable and pitched 30+ games for 7 years now, and been under 4.00 ERA for all but 2 of them. Not flashy but would provide a bit of stability and give them some dependable QS.

    Still need a real ace though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bumgarner would’ve been nice in Anaheim, think he could’ve excelled there… They obviously could’ve traded for Kluber for next to nothing to, I wonder if the Angels knew that

      • Dave D says:
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        Hey Coolwhip! I’ve had a siper busy Monday at work, I’m just getting a breather now. Chances are, Eppler was not answering his phone. That must be it. I didn’t really want Kluber until I saw how cheap our DIVISION RIVALS got him for. I think Eppler does not have the hunger or edge of a competitor. I think if Moreno were the smart business everyone claims he would drop the salary down to pay him minimum wage plus commission. He’s gotta make playoffs to make a bonus. How about a GM that outsmarts and outcompetes others. The only evidence ever of that might be Ohtani. But I think it was only between us and Seattle anyway as the two West Coast teams with a DH.

  10. gryffsonofarthur says:
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    A Sad day to be a Cleveland Indians fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Long time no see! Yeah, not a great day

  11. Gigorilla says:
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    Hi Grey – a bit early, but Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and season’s Greetings.

    The Brewers boy wonder is certainly churning the roster. He finds gold nuggets – Miley, Lyles,
    Thames, et al, lets them go, and then signs B Anderson and the Korean MVP —-
    with 180 Ks in 195 innings (should be 275 Ks in that league).

    I think Lauer has upside, but 2 – 32 yr old journeymen to anchor your staff. Pitching staff, not yours — sorry no circumcision joke intended.

    Asival Garcia looks to be OK if they sign him. And please trade Hader so his arm does not fall off Craig Counsel. But at some point the duct tape approach falls apart.

    And what’s w/ the Kluber trade??? Indians should have won w/ him this year. So he’s a FA next year – BFD. Can you say Robbie Ray?

    • Grey

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      Happy early season’s greetings to you too!

      Haha, yeah, I hear ya, wonder what the Brewers would’ve gave for Kluber…At least as good as the Rangers gave

      If Brewers trade away Hader, be careful what you wish for

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        I get it on Hader, but as we talked during the season, his roles were tough on him.

        Most players tend to do better with defined roles. Unless Counsel gets a corrective message, I see him using Hader the same this year, esp w/ such a weak SP rotation.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, and I’m all for trading closers….I’m just saying, who is the Brewers closer without him? Peralta? That could be scary

  12. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Drafting my first ever rotisserie team in an hour. Salary cap $260, hope I don’t screw it up too bad. Always played pts/h2h before.

    • Gigorilla says:
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      Draft heavily in the middle of it — best bargains. Early and late tend to be over valued.

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        will do, thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  13. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Trade Verlander, McCullers and Wander Franco for Giancarlo in a dynasty. That would be a no, yes?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wander side

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Try and trade the two SP or one SP and Franco for Stanton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on how long in future you’re looking… Wander could be better than Stanton by 2021 — Wander/McCullers seems fair

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            makes sense, thanks, Ill hold what I have.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  14. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Overall, pretty meh group …. with a chance for more

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sometimes, not always

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        More or less

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  15. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Kela or Melancon better beat to close most of season.

    Posey or Zack Collins as 3rd string C in two C league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melancon

      Posey

  16. Mike L says:
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    In dynasty its a hell no…in a redraft its a head scratcher.

  17. Mike L says:
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    Is Clase someone you would go after in dynasty for saves or just pick up Pearson or McKenzie and hope for the best? Peralta is available but he’s sort of like Charlie Sheen on a bad day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly go Peralta, but if you don’t like that idea then McKenzie

  18. Dire Wolf says:
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    Thoughts on J. Upton for 2020? He was pretty durable most of his career but had a lost 2019 season because of several injuries. Bounce back in an improved lineup or stay clear?

    Ina keeper league, I have the ability to move T. Pham ($18) and J. Adell ($7) for JD Martinez ($33) and J. Upton ($12). Upton is obviously the secondary piece here and I’d like to make a run this year; could consider other options instead of him such as T. Edman ($8) B. Hand ($16), A. Riley ($6), C. Kieboom ($6).

    • Grey

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      I’m inclined to steer clear of Upton, but I guess if price is okay… He was on critches into October of this year, so kinda meh

      Prefer Edman, Kieboom or Riley — trade sounds fair

      • Dire Wolf says:
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        Thanks Grey. Edman, Kieboom, Riley in that order?

        Context wise, would be adding to NL only squad with Acura, Soto, and Trea. SB foundation would appear to be set with addition of Edman and some positional flexibility.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NL-Only squad? You named a bunch of AL players… That order is fine for 2020

          • Dire Wolf says:
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            Thanks Grey.

            Yeah, it’s a fun league construct. We hold back to back auctions for NL only and AL only 5×5 roto – it’s a marathon day! Scoring is kept separate in each league and the winner is the combined total points performance from the each of NL only and AL only leagues.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha

      • Dave D says:
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        Price still too high for me

        • Dire Wolf says:
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          I’m interested to learn more. please elaborate and tell me more about your thoughts on the high price.

          • Dave D says:
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            He really struggled to get back on field last yesr and is currently 239 ADP in NFBC, ahead of Mazara, Renfroe, Braun, Avisail who all probably are better value and more trustworthy to stay on field

  19. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Avasail the Brewer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Dave D says:
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        That is good news for this Avisailowner times two.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is excellent news!

  20. DonnieB says:
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    Hi GREY…How much do you like Meadows this year? Would you take him over Springer or Hiura? Thanks. I love your sleeper picks.

  21. Crazy J says:
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    Some guy told me to take Peraza 42nd overall last season… glad I’m taking YOUR advice for 2020!

  22. papasmurf says:
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    Really strange that CLE would pick up the option and then trade him for a bag of peanuts.

    Bosox willingly signed a lousy lefty with low K rates to pitch in front of the Green Monster? Did they hire geniuses from the NY Mess? The Wilpons are supposedly selling after all. Maybe the rats are jumping ship.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, very true Papa Smurf!

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