“Hey, Intern, let’s get the Mayans on hold just in case we need them in a hurry.  What?  Who the hell is Ralph Mayan of the Mayan Empire and Grille in Norwalk?  Your blank stare tells me nothing.  Go buff out my El Dorado while I write this post!”  So, I’ve seen The Theory of Everything, the story of Stephen Hawking and his wife.  It touches briefly on his theorems and the universe’s push and pull.  Imagine the universe breathes in and out.  The in is gravity and the out is energy generated by particles.  However, the Cubs would breathe in, but when they exhaled it sounded like a wheeze.  For over a hundred years, people thought it was dying.  That constant wheeze of death.  Then, Theo Epstein came along, kicked the Cubs in the ass and realized it wasn’t a wheeze but there was something stuck in its throat.  The Cubs won’t breathe easy until they win a championship again, but the signing of Jon Lester should help.  Last year, Lester had a 9 K/9 and a 2 BB/9.  I just touched on this with the signing of Samardzija the other day, but a difference of 7 between K/9 and BB/9 is about the most beautifulest thing in the world, Keith Murray.  For K-BB, Lester was 11th in the majors last year.  Top ten is a who’s who that’s more glamorous than your Who’s Who of American High School Students Who Paid $75 To Be In That Who’s Who Book.  I’ll give you a little hint:  if you were to just draft based on K-BB, you’d win your league.  Why is K-BB so important?  It’s so basically basic basically basic it’s silly.  If you strikeout hitters and don’t walk them, good things will happen.  For 2015, I’ll give Lester the projections of 15-9/2.92/1.08/206, which is number one fantasy SP numbers.  Yup, he’s going to be solid once again.  Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2015 fantasy baseball:

Miguel Montero – Also headed to Cubs.  Buh-buh-buh– Where’s the boeuf Welington?!  By the by, the only place I know you can still get Beef Wellington is on Hell’s Kitchen.  Or as it seems to be, Beef Not-Prepared-Well..ington.  How the Hell’s Kitchen did I end up on this?  Oh, yeah, Montero and how he’ll be replacing Welington Castillo.  His last year numbers were 13 HRs and .237.  Oh, wait, that’s Welington’s stats from last year.  Montero’s numbers were 13 HRs and .243.  That’ll fix everything!  For 2015, I’ll give Montero the projections 45/14/62/.238.

Jimmy Rollins – The Dodgers acquired him as a one-year rental.  Ryne Sandberg was sad to see him go; he took a long time writing up his shit list and now has to draft a new one.  One Dodgers beat reporter said that the Dodgers have been after Rollins for a long time.  That makes sense.  They probably wanted him back when he was great.  In his career, Rollins hasn’t hit well in Dodger Stadium (.230, 3 HRs in 200 ABs), but that was facing Dodgers pitching, which is usually terrific, and that was as a visiting player, so I’m not that worried about those stats.  I’m more concerned doode was born in the 1970’s.  (Personally, I’m concerned being born in the 1970’s is old.)  Rollins is so old he was born when we had a white president!  I mean, geez, geezer (almost stutterer!).  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 89/11/61/.247/21.

Dee Gordon – Traded to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney.  The Marlins are the guy in your league that makes asinine trades with other teams in your league and you really want to kick them out of your league, except you secretly hope they make an idiotic trade with you at some point.  You almost get the sense that the Marlins are the one organization that still doesn’t use sabermetrics.  Gordon has overrated for 2015 written all over him and he moves my pants in a non-aroused way.  Last year, he hit .289 with a .346 BABIP.  That BABIP isn’t totally absurd for a fast player, though his career mark is .326.  His batted ball profile reads like your standard worm-killing speedster.  Chop, chop, run, Dee, chop, chop, run!  For 2015, I’ll give him 86/1/29/.263/55.

Dan Haren – Also headed to the Marlins in the Gordon trade.  Think I was joking about the Marlins being the idiot in your league?  Haren said weeks ago that if the Dodgers trade him out of Southern California, he’s retiring.  Oopsie!  Nice return, Marlins.

Andrew Heaney – This was the best pickup by the Dodgers since Rick Monday picked up a flag in the outfield, then they traded him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick.  Yes, the Los Angeles Angels of Not Really Los Angeles traded with their not-really-geographic-brethren, the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles.  I’ve already given you my Andrew Heaney fantasy, and it’s all still relevant.  Like how it says I don’t have ovaries.  It also says, “With three pitches that he can locate, including that 90 MPH fastball, he should be good for 7 to 7.5 K/9 and a 2.2 to 2.6 BB/9.  That’s 160 Ks and a manageable WHIP in 200 IP, which is really what this post is about — I buried the lede like I’m Alfred Hitchcock.  Heaney should have a rotation job all year and could throw 190-200 IP in 2015.  For deeper mixed leagues, a guy that can get 160 Ks, while delivering some upside, is definitely a gamble worth taking.  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 9-10/3.89/1.28/155.”  And that’s me quoting me!  For now, I’m going to leave the projections the same, but his 5th starter job is more tenuous now than it was yesterday.

Howie Kendrick – The Dodgers are incapable of owning or playing highly touted prospects (“Tell me about it,” says Joc Pederson), so they grabbed Heaney and then immediately flipped him for Kendrick.  There is now one hitter in their lineup under the age of 30 (Puig).  And I thought LA was an ageist city.  Oh, wait, that’s only for women.  Whew!  Kendrick is one of those players that hits essentially the same no matter where he is.  Almost eerily so:  13 homers at home, 15 in away games in last three years; .288 at home, .297 in away games.  So, I don’t expect much more from him on the Dodgers or much less.  He should leave his house about 45 minutes earlier for home games since traffic in Los Angeles Los Angeles is a lot worse than Los Angeles Anaheim.  For 2015, I’ll give him 77/11/81/.288/12.

Brandon McCarthy – Imagine a guy is at an AYCE buffet and goes to the bathroom to purge himself to make more room to eat again.  While he’s in the bathroom, the restaurant closes and he gets locked in.  When he returns to the dining room, there’s no one there.  What does he do now?  He raids the kitchen and keeps eating.  That was the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings.  People started going home, done for the night and then, in the wee hours, the Dodgers gorged themselves on Brandon McCarthy.  A lot will be made of McCarthy’s pristine 2.87 xFIP last year and his velocity jump.  He still only has one year of 200 IP and he’s 31 years old.  I like that he walks nearly no one (1.49 BB/9 last year), but I still don’t think of him as anything more than a flyer for a 4th or 5th fantasy starter.  For 2015, I’ll give him 11-8/3.66/1.24/141.

Kike Hernandez – Also headed to the Dodgers.  I wonder how having a player named Kike is gonna fly with the Jews running Hollywood.

Josh Rutledge – Acquired by the Angels to replace Kendrick.  Sleeper alert!  Shut up, 2013 Grey, you big dope!  Since Rutledge has hit .230 in the last three years in away games and .287 at home, I’m guessing the Angels are going to flood their stadium with sewage and play in Coors in 2015.  If they don’t flood their stadium in March with sewage, they may be flooding 2nd base with sewage in April.  For 2015, I’ll give him 39/6/42/.249/6 and assume he only plays two-thirds of the time.

Luke Gregerson – To the Astros with Pat Neshek.  I mean, they weren’t driving around town and heard the news together.  Well, maybe they were.  What I mean is both Gregerson and Neshek are going to the Astros in separate deals.  There was no obvious closer prior to these two signings and now there’s two more non-obvious closers.  It’s shaping up to be a closerousel in Houston.  Lowercase yay.

Wade Miley – Traded to the Red Sox.  This trade came with some bittersweet news for Sawx fans.  They were happy to finally nail down a pitcher, but the news came with everyone saying that Miley would be Boston’s ace.  I think the exclamation you’re looking for is yikes.  Last year, he had a 8.2 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9, which aren’t terrible (his 4.34 ERA was; though he was unlucky and had a 3.50 xFIP).  The encouraging stat is his home ERA was 5.62, and he’s getting out there.  Less encouraging is he’s headed to Fenway and the AL East.  He might be usable in AL-Only leagues, but in those leagues anyone that throws 200 IP is usable.  I wouldn’t go near him in mixed leagues.  For 2015, I’ll give him 13-9/3.92/1.34/178.

Rubby De La Rosa – Going the other way in the Miley trade (along with Allen Webster).  Rubby must’ve done just that on his rabbit’s foot, because he lands in much better place.  Of course, this will likely mean Randall Delgado is bumped to the bullpen without an injury making room as he’s wondering who he Rubby’d the wrong way like Johnny Gill.  Rubby has solid stuff (94 MPH fastball), but hasn’t put it together yet (6.6 K/9, 4.43 ERA last year in 101 2/3 IP).  With mid-90’s stuff, there’s always a chance for either a breakout or streaming in the NL.  For 2015, I’ll give him 9-10/3.87/1.34/161 with room for upside and a breakout.

Alberto Callaspo – Signed with the Braves after being with the A’s.  Ranking teams by improvement this offseason would have the A’s at the bottom and the next up is the Braves.  So this move by Callaspo makes perfect sense.  There’s only one team that would view Callaspo as an improvement.

Drew Butera – Olympic strongman and pro wrestler, Drew Butera, was acquired by the Angels.  Means little for fantasy, until you consider The Sciosciapath will almost surely play a non-hitting catcher way more than he should.  Goodbye two-catcher league value to Chris Iannetta.

Francisco Liriano – Re-signed with Pirates.  I ranked Liriano crazy high last year because in 2013 he had a 9+ K/9 and 3.02 ERA and I was like, “What’s the problem?  Doode’s straight fire getting spit out of a Tongan’s mouth at a ritual for something sacred.”  Then the first half of 2014 happened and it looked like that Tongan fire was just a really acidic burp.  In the end, Liriano got his shizz together and ended with a 9.7 K/9 and a 3.38 ERA.  Of course, last year every pitcher had an ERA under 3.40, but Liriano ended up connecting the dots on something better than we would’ve thought when he had a 4.72 ERA in July.  I still like him (what, I’m a sucker for Ks, leave me alone), and now I’m just more concerned that he’s a 31-year-old who has only been healthy for more than 163 IP in one season in his career.  He appears solid, but for only a few months a year.  For 2015, I’ll give him 12-7/3.52/1.26/161 in 158 IP.

Antonio Bastardo – Traded from Philly to Pittsburgh.  After the Rollins trade, Bastardo was unnecessary in Philly since Sandberg didn’t need to pretend to be calling him when referring to Rollins.

 
  1. Natty Boh says:
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    January Grey is my favorite time of year. Almost here!

  2. Nelson says:
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    Do you think Dee bats leadoff next year, and Yelich 2nd? Or will they bat Dee 8th?

    • PK says:
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      @Nelson: Seeing as how they just dealt their best prospect for Gordon, I can’t picture them batting him 8th…

      Then again, I am using logic.

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @PK: In Miami, they confiscate your logic when you cross city limits, kinda like produce in California.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nelson: Dee will lead off

  3. Hawk says:
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    Hey all,

    How does Matt Kemp’s soon-to-be-deal to San Diego affect his value in a 5×5 keeper league? How many spots down the OF list does the deal move him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: I’ll go over him tomorrow

    • @Hawk: at least he won’t have to worry about playing time. The Padres have been Quadruple A out there since the days of Tony Gwynn.

  4. Hawk says:
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    Anuddder ting….

    Saw your post about Miley “heading to the AL East” and heard Greg Amzinger on MLB say the same last night. Most people talk about the AL East as if it were a beastly offensive division. Here’s their runs per game rank out of the 15 teams in the AL

    Toronto: 4th
    Baltimore: 6th
    Boston: 11th
    New York: 12th
    Tampa Bay: 15th

    It’s not 1999 anymore. For 2014, the AL East was a dismal place for offense. Boston will be better for the 100 games they get out of Hanley /Panda but Baltimore is worse and Toronto, NY and Tampa haven’t done anything significant

    If you’ve got pitchers being traded to the AL East….be happy about it.

    • Mandy says:
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      @Hawk:

      Didn’t Toronto add Donaldson and Martin?

      • Hawk says:
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        @Mandy:

        Toronto did add them. Donaldson is better than Lawrie but I’m not buying Martin’s offensive resurgence. Maybe they do get better just by adding Donaldson. As they were already the top offense in the AL East, it doesn’t change the overall point much.

    • MattTruss

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      @Hawk: I’d still say you’re moving to a division with 4 hitters parks though. As opposed to 2 hitters parks and 3 cavernous abysses. (abysii?)

      • Hawk says:
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        @MattTruss223:

        Weren’t they hitters parks last year too?

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss223 says:
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          @Hawk: Why yes, yes they were, which is why 3 of them were above average in park factor for hits last season. Yankee Stadium and Rogers Centre were top 3 in HR park factor, Fenway and Rogers top 10 in hits and runs park factors. Fenway #1 in doubles park factor. You’re not just facing the AL East in these parks, occasionally good hitting teams come to town and these park factors don’t help things much. I’d still say it’s not a pitchers division, that’s all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Two teams are in the top 6 and Boston’s offense got better this offseason… Rays are the only team that’s not that great heading into 2015…

  5. Rs says:
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    Does anyone know when Espn adds players like Tomas to the player pool? My league allows them as FA pick ups in the offseason so first come first serve.

    • Dan The Silly Met Fan says:
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      @Rs: I dont think they will add him or any other new international signings till ESPN starts up its 2015 season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rs: They won’t add him until they roll out their 2015 product, think mid-Feb.

  6. Aj says:
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    Keep 4. Standard H2H (OF= LF CF RF)
    Pujols
    Segura
    TROUT
    ABREU
    Pence
    Donaldson
    Kluber

    • claw dog says:
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      @Aj: Trout, Abreu, Donaldson, Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aj: What Claw said

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: You mean your not keeping segura ha ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It still stings!

          • Aj says:
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            @Grey: Thank You

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  7. Clint says:
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    Are the Dodgers trying to emulate the Redskins plan of loading up on old stars in the hope they can actually turn back the clock for a title run or is it just me? I own Puig in a keeper league and I’m beginning to wonder if it’ll be him and Guerrero surrounded by Triple A guys come September at this point as their injured list reveals old guys don’t make it 162 games without steroids anymore. I mean, are Pederson and Guerrero going to be dealt for Tori Hunter or Utley next?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Clint:

      Didn’t the Dodgers flip Andrew Heaney for Howie Kendrick? I assume he’d play 2b with Rollins at SS, no?

      • Clint says:
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        @Hawk:

        Yeah, which means they’ll probably flip Guerrero and/or Pederson for a pitcher next so they have absolutely zero prospects left & complete the aging roster run like the ‘Skins once had.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Redskins were slaughtered– Oh, you’re talking football…

  8. Powerslave says:
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    Trying to settle an argument here, Top of your head, Guy that has never hit more than 25 HRs in a season before that has the best chance to hit over 30 in 2015……, like Duda las year, Brandon Moss before that…., Thanks!!! and get Well!!!

      • Powerslave says:
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        @Grey: Thank You!!!!, i had Springer, other guy had Oswaldo Arcia, LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Arcia too

  9. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:
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    Porcello for Cespedes, how many #3 starters does BOS think they need?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattTruss223: is Miley really a number three ? Really?

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss223 says:
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        @J-FOH: Ha, no and neither is Joe Kelly. I was being generous.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss223: you must be a Sox fan

          • MattTruss

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            @J-FOH: Eh, they’re the local team. I lived a 5 min walk from Fenway for 5 years, so there’s that. Was in beantown for the 03 and 07 WS wins, hard not to get caught up in all that fun. Attended more games then I can count. I like to see them do well. They aren’t my favorite team though.

      • Big Magoo

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        @J-FOH: Miley could actually be a decent #3 now that he’s out of Arizona. He’s pitched much better on the road (3.31 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, .704 OPS allowed) than at home (4.33, 1.35, .758) throughout his career. Has a groundball rate over 50% in each of the last two seasons too. Just playing devil’s advocate.

        • MattTruss

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          @Big Magoo: True, not like Fenway will do him a ton of favors though. I could just as easily see him having a 5 ERA as I could a 3.50. It could be a complete shizz show.

          • Big Magoo

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            @MattTruss223: That’s true. He does have some split issues against RHH too. He should be fine against the lefty-heavy lineups like the Yankees and the weak hitting teams like the Rays, but it could get ugly against teams like the Blue Jays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223: Surprised they were able to do even that good after announcing they didn’t want Yoenis

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: True, and now they have Masterson too, yet another solid #3! They going with the ol’ “We don’t need an ace, we have 5 3’s” strategy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agree with Magoo, it’ll get them to the playoffs… I don’t think they can get deep into the playoffs without trading for an ace in July…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: They’re in the mix to trade for Hamels and Scherzer is still out there, but I agree with you. A rotation full of #3s might get them to the playoffs, but they’ll won’t make it out of the divisional round without a frontline starter.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, they could get Hamels in July too…

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @MattTruss223: With their projected everyday lineup, a rotation full of #3s might be all that they need to reach the postseason…

      • MattTruss

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        @Big Magoo: True, I’m a pretty firm believer in having an ace though. They can get there I guess, but won’t do much if that’s the case.

        • Big Magoo

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          @MattTruss223: I don’t think they’re finished making moves yet. There’s a good chance that they’ll make a strong push for Scherzer or Hamels in the coming days/weeks. I agree that they need an ace.

          • MattTruss

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            @Big Magoo: Agree, I doubt they are done. Gonna be a hard sell for Scherzer to the fan base after they cheaped out on Lester. I think Hamels is more their play, but Dodgers will probably swoop in and steal him if they wait too long.

            • Big Magoo

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              @MattTruss223: Their dealings with Lester were very strange. First came the lowball offer in the preseason, then they maxed out at $135 million when all indications were that it would take at least $150 to sign him. He must’ve rubbed one of the front office exes or the owner the wrong way at some point.

              • MattTruss

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                @Big Magoo: Yea, it certainly smells of “Oh, we’ll make an offer we know he won’t accept so it LOOKS like we wanted to sign him, but we really don’t”. Which I don’t get, the kid’s been a horse for them. Not real issues at all that were ever leaked. There was the chicken and beer crap, but pretty minor I thought. Had they offered him $110 in the preseason he probably would’ve taken it. Why would they be willing to go $135 8 months later but not then? Weird. Cubs are a good fit though, familiarity with Theo, National League always good for a pitcher. Cubs fans should be excited.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: one might emerge as a 2, but like I told some sox fan on twitter last night, they will be lucky to get 162 out of hanley and panda combined. Sox fans are much fun to mess with. He said 140 out of Panda

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss223 says:
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          @J-FOH: Ha, Panda doesn’t have any hamate bones left to break/eat, what could possibly go wrong?

          • SwaggerJackers says:
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            @MattTruss223:

            break/eat

            That was pretty funny.

            +1 Matt.

  10. Who has more value in a NL Only keeper league, Lester or Yasmani Tomas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

  11. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Latos is on his way to the Marlins. We should start a pool for when Loria has his next fire sale or finally sells the team.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: June 2015

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: Solid guess. I’ll go with November 2015.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We should do a pool when Giancarlo and his contract are unloaded to the Yankees… I say winter of 2016

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: You all sound right…we all know its not if…its when

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’ll happen… They can’t support a $325 million contract… They could go to the World Series and the only ones going to games there are Mets and Yankees fans

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yea florida doesn’t have the best fan base in the world to say the least

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope, it’s all northeast transplants

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Giancarlo is too young for the Yankees right now. Maybe by 2020 he’ll be in pinstripes.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True…He’ll be somewhere though by the start of the 2017 season…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: july 2015 after Giancarlo goes down with a season ending injury that will force him to miss the start of the 2016 season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, his injuries are behind him

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: flukes are what they are, but I know you love him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, you can’t hold it against him that he was hit in the face by a pitch… Though I would like to hold things against him…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: yes you would. The universe works in a strange way. Big contract equals bad luck

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn karma!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you should of stayed for the rest of Chris’s set

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You were the one that wanted to leave! (in case he reads Razzball comments)

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I will be waiting for my cd for Christmas

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      After you left early? Pfft!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you only have like 50

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, true

  12. Alan says:
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    If you were targeting a speedy MI in 5×5 roto, what order would you rank Alexei Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins, Danny Santana and Alcides Escobar?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

  13. will says:
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    I’m waiting for the perfect opportunity to say “I’m telling you, that guy’s nuts if he thinks playing in Miami will be good for him”

    Just so that someone will say “who’s nuts?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Run’s nuts?

      • will says:
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        @Grey: closest response i’ve gotten yet. the only other response is “who is ‘that guy'” :( :( :(((((

  14. Mike says:
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    Tigers get Reds Simon SP soon to be 34 for Suarez SS who hit .240 last year with 4 HR’s and Crawford there 1st round pitcher who has potential but didn’t look that great in A ball. Simon will not replace Porcello but might be OK in the bullpen. I really don’t like either side in this trade but would like your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over them in tomorrow’s post

  15. Timmy says:
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    10 team dynasty team who would you keep

    Choose 2

    Freeman- 7th
    Donaldson- 8th
    Rendon- 11th
    Rusney castillo- 11th
    Kluber- 11th
    S. Grey 14th
    Terahan- 9th
    Deform-11th

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon, Donaldson

  16. Mike says:
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    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  17. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    Tragically, Collapso is an upgrade for the Braves at 2 positions (2b, 3b). That’s assuming he can’t play CF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  18. Swfcdan says:
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    Keeper league minor league draft, got a high pick this year. Rank these top 4 players for my minor league system:

    Tomas, R Castillo, Schwarber, Rodon.

    Just not that sold that Castillo or Tomas will be anything close to recent raftees or asian players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas, Rusney

  19. royce! says:
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    I think the Padres trade for Kemp is really about PR- locals have been down on them for years for not being willing to pay for a star-caliber player, and now they can point to Kemp as evidence to the contrary. Fortunately for them, a vast majority of these locals do not understand that Kemp is likely not worth his contract due to his injury history and poor defense.

    All of that said, I love Kemp and will welcome him with open arms (if only because he will likely displace Quentin).

    • Grey

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      The Padres didn’t get worst today… For that to happen, they would’ve needed to coax Mario Mendoza out of retirement… Yeah, I could see this being a PR move, it’s about time they have a hitter who can be considered an All-Star.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: don’t you have new owners? It’s their stamp. They git money to pay him in return and if he has two good years at the plate they can flip him to the AL where he belongs when they rebuild again. Or is it they are always rebuilding. Initially cash or Ross was suppose to be in the deal so consider your self fortunate. I cant wait to see him in the old school brown and mustards. It’s like Garvey all over again…sorta

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @royce!: @Grey: @J-FOH: My t-shirt just gained a little novelty value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kid A sent me a Cespedes shirt, literally the week he was traded

  20. Paul says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Long-time reader of KE, it’s been a huge help for me in winning my leagues+rebuilding inherited teams. Wanted to get your input on a trade in a new dynasty league I took over. I send pick 1.2 (2014 MLB Draft+Int’l Signees-e.g, Castillo, Tomas), A. Russell, L. Lynn, J. Heyward, J. Samardzija
    for
    I. Desmond, J. Lester, T. Clippard, J. Benoit, K. Zimmer, 6th+7th round pick.

    5×5 (plus OPS and HLD)

    C: Yadi
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Pedroia
    3B: Machado
    SS: Lowrie
    LF: Holliday
    CF: Gomez
    RF: Bautista
    UTIL: Duda
    BE: Heyward, Napoli, Craig, Fowler, McCann, A. Gordon, etc

    SP: Scherzer/Wainwright/Samardzjia/Iwakuma/Kuroda
    RP: Perkins, Torres, Ogando, Santos, Walden
    BE: Gausman, Lynn, Sabathia, Hellickson, etc

    Minors (30 man): Severino, Margot, Russell, Goodwin, Ervin are only pieces I haven’t traded off.

    Another offer is Peralta+7th round for J. Ramirez and 3rd round. Should I just do that? Any deal to get Haney or Reyes would cost me at least Russell. Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on the Heyward trade… I don’t know what the 2nd trade is… Wily Peralta? Jhonny? Don’t see him or Ramirez on your team so have no idea…

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, Jose Ramirez (on my roster) and my third round pick for Johnny Peralta and a 7th. He and/or the deal for Desmond (+Lester+Clippard+Benoit+Zimmer+6th+7th) for Russell (+second overall pick+Samardzija+Lynn+Heyward) are what I was asking about.
        When I said “any deal to get Hanley or Reyes would take Addison Russell.” I was just talking about what I’ve heard from their owners.

        I have Addison Russell

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget Peralta…. I’d do that Desmond deal though… It’ll make your team better for 2015…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, yes on the Heyward trade, I thought it was in reverse…

  21. beardcrabs says:
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    Ian Desmond or Justin Upton, 10-team h2h keeper…

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @beardcrabs: Upton

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Keep trying Jeff, long way from becoming the greyt one lol.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Sorry that was too many F’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  22. MB says:
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    Will i want fister or roark going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

  23. Alex says:
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    What chance do you give familia to close in new york in 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      10%

  24. Raoul Duke says:
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    In my league we get seven major league keepers, and six minor league keepers. We can keep players for as long as we want without penalties. My minor league slots are filled with Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez, Rusney Castillo, Dylan Bundy and Lucas Giolito (the sixth slot is sitting empty after the tragic death of Oscar Taveras). I have what I feel are four solid keepers in Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki, Anthony Rendon and Matt Harvey. I was hoping to get your opinion on who you would keep with the final three spots.

    I am considering Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier, Kolten Wong, Jayson Werth, Danny Santana, Alex Cobb, Dellin Betances (if he becomes the closer), Marcus Stroman, Yordano Ventura and Tyson Ross. I know that is pretty long list to consider, so thanks for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong, Frazier, Cobb

  25. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Nice title!

    I got a great deal on a pair of Birkenstocks at PayLes.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: ha ha you wear birkenstocks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Rudy does most titles, including this one…

  26. nick the dick says:
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    G we didnt talk about Top Chef last week! Is it because my boy Douggie was in beast mode? My guy led that team and expidited like a boss!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They need to set someone up to lose so it doesn’t seem as obvious when my boy wins…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Greg’s been super mediocre, we’ll see….I’m just now watching the latest episode however so don’t know who went home

  27. Anthony says:
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    I have the opportunity to trade Dee Gordon for Hamels and Gyorko…take it and run?! Huge keeper league, also H2H most categories, also 12 teams. Also happy offseason Grey!

  28. Prez says:
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    dee gordon thanks you for that 1 homerun…

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