Well, there’s one schmohawk post I don’t have to write, right? Stutterer! Yu Darvish left a game the other day with a tight triceps.  That’s what the she-dinosaur said!  Huh?  Then, this past weekend, it was announced he’s a candidate for Tommy John surgery.  Stop sullying the word candidate with your surgery, Tommy John!  I wonder if the whole -san suffix for names like Daniel-san gets confusing with Tommy John.  Thomson John?  Tommy Johnson?  Thomson Johnson?  It’s no secret that I didn’t like Darvish coming into this year.  For my foray into pannin’ Asian, too much risk was attached to his arm for where people were drafting him.  His NFBC ADP was 43 prior to this news, so you had to start thinking about him in the 3rd round.  No thanks, Yu, I said.  Of course, when I told you in my top 40 starters post to avoid him, I was beat up in the comments for losing my way.  Yu was the greatest pitcher since sliced bread that had a portrait of Hello Kitty on it!  Don’t Yu know, Grey?!  Yu can strike out so many something-somethings that you should want to bear his children, then one day shout at him in divorce court, “These are all Yus!”  I had Yu in a tier named, “Not touching them with a nine-foot pole that has twelve one-inch straws taped to its end.”  One person in the comments on the top 40 starters said, “Phil Hughes ranked above Darvish, I’ve seen everything now.”  Then there was someone else arguing for Darvish’s dignity like they fought with Darvish in The Great War.  I don’t want to say I told you so, but I’m saying I told you so by saying I don’t want to say I told you so.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Hunter Pence – For those that can’t get enough of 90’s pop references think of this blurb as Sick Pence None The Richer.  For those that enjoy 80’s pop references, These Broken Wings…Of The Gangly Manbird.  For those that enjoy 70’s pop references, Le Freak, Goodbye Playing Game Streak.  For those in the 60’s frame of mind, I Want To Hold Your Hand (To Help Support Your Forearm).  Feeling that 50’s groove, Whole Lotta Fracturin’ Goin’ On.  Want some 40’s?  Well, I don’t know anything from the 1940’s.  Just think, you only have to wait 70 years from now to forget about Kanye.  Luckily, you don’t need to wait as long for Pence to return from his fractured forearm.  The Giants are saying he’ll be back in 6 to 8 weeks.  I’ve lowered Pence into my top 40 outfielders and adjusted him in the top 400.

Matt Harvey – Threw 99 MPH on Friday, then posed for a Mets poster titled, “Please Give Mets Fans Something To Be Excited About.”  Harvey’s got more fantasies pinned to him than Harvey, the giant rabbit.  Harvey’s in the same tier in my top 40 starters that Darvish was in.  Yes, Harvey could be good, but I don’t like the risk involved to find out.  You either have to draft Harvey as your first starter and really hang your cojones in the wind, praying your #1 SP works out, or you have to double up on Harvey as your early #2 SP and then if he works out you have too much pitching.  So, the only way Harvey makes sense this year is if you go with the windy cojones option, and there’s just too much risk for my tastes with Harvey as a number one this year.  By the by, whatever happened to The Counting Crows?  I used to love their song, Mr. Cojones.

Brett Cecil – Left a game the other day with shoulder soreness.  Blue Jays are saying it’s nothing.  The funny thing (not funny) about shoulder soreness for a pitcher is “It’s nothing” until “It’s…Aaron Sanchez is now our closer.”

Josh Reddick – Sidelined with a strained oblique.  With a name like Reddick, that strain could’ve been worse!  I’m not moving him yet in the rankings, because it sounds like he should be fine for the start of the season or shortly after.

Cliff Lee – MRI on his elbow showed mild irritation.  Sounds great!  Dot dot dot.  The Phils are just sending the MRI results to Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd opinion.  Dah dah DAH!  Dramatic Prairie Dog slam cut!  The Adverb is in the same boat as Darvish.  I couldn’t be more clear than in the top 60 starters when I said something like ‘Lee won’t be on any of my teams.’  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  I also go over The Adverb more on today’s podcast that’s coming in a few hours.  Stay tuned!  Or not.  Your choice.

Jose Iglesias – Limped off the field after taking a ball off his shin in batting practice.  Is it me or does Iglesias have a giant injury magnet hovering over his head?

Drew Smyly – Has mild shoulder tendinitis.  Unlike Lee/Darvish, Smyly does sound like he’ll be okay.  Maybe it’s that cheery attitude Smyly has.  If the news gets worse on Smyly, I’ll move him in my rankings at that point.  By the by, Lee/Darvish was great in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

Lance Lynn – Basically, pitchers shouldn’t even go to spring training.  Lynn has a strained hip flexor and could be sidelined a while.  At least that’s what WebMD tells me.  Or it’s gout.  WebMD wasn’t clear on that.  When the Cards announce a timetable for Lynn, I will lower him in my rankings.

Rusney Castillo – He said his oblique is feeling better.  He also said it’s not at all coincidental that he’s feeling better right after it was announced that Betts had the lead on the center field job.

Mike Minor – Headed to see Dr. James Andrews.  You know that joke that there’s so many Starbucks in New York City that a Starbucks just opened in the bathroom of another Starbucks?  Well, in that vein, Dr. James Andrews is making so much money from pitching injuries that he just installed a smaller jacuzzi inside his other jacuzzi.

 
  1. Miles says:
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    just wanna say I like your blurb on Minor. made me laugh out loud so truly that I don’t even have to pretend with a “lol”

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Really funny, man. Especially on Dr James Andrews’ mini jacuzzi.

    A. I’m loving Aaron Sanchez everywhere and hope he makes it as either #5 or as the full-time closer.

    B. Yu comments are eerily true. Next confirmations would be The Adverb, Tanaka and Waino.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Nostradamus says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      A) Darvish hurt last year

      B) grey never advocates pitchers coming off injuries (see Harvey who will dominate this year)

      C) the Darvish ranking was an eerily obvious one.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      The fact that Tanaka won’t throw to live batters until two full weeks into Spring Training is a sign of health and virility, right? He’s perfectly healthy. That’s why he has to be held back.

      Draft with confidence! *

      * – For values of confidence approaching zero

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! Sanchez is a solid flyer, hopefully he’s not just a middle man

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    I really hate it when the guys Im avoiding get hurt before the draft. Just reduces the chance my fellow leaguemates will touch them and just increases the interest in the guys im targeting.

    • B. Rabbit says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I’ve been thinking the same thing. Stay healthy guys I don’t want for a couple more weeks, then you can get hurt.

    • Nostradamus says:
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      @bossmanjunior: your leaguemates probably hate it when guys you’re targeting get hurt before the draft too. It works both ways :)

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Nostradamus: i think you’re reading your tablets wrong with that sentence there soothsayer.

  4. Bas says:
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    When I saw Yu-San ranked so low here, I thought for a moment WTF is Grey thinking.
    After 2 days I talked myself into dropping Yu-San from my keeper list en and kept Cespedes (or was it Kimbrel) as my 7th keeper.
    The day someone else picked Yu-San as a keeper I felt a bit down. Guess How I feel now;-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Ha, nice!

  5. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Quick thoughts on my team
    12 team H2H points Keeper auction league.
    Pitchers have slightly more value than traditional points scoring leagues.

    C- Perez
    1B- Goldy
    2b- Altuve
    ss- Segura
    3b- Arenado
    MI- Gyorko
    CI-Belt
    OF- McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Yelich, Alex Gordon, Pompey
    U- Ploufe, Brad Miller, M. Saunders
    SP- Cobb, Gerrit Cole, Latos, Stroman, Ervin Santana, Cingrani
    RP- Melancon, K. Jansen, Papelbon, Gregorson, League

    Overspent on a few that left me with little money in the end to get sleepers i wanted. What do you think?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Cabby:

      Back end of your rotation may keep you up nights but otherwise a good team.

      • Cabby says:
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        @Hawk:

        Have and offer pending my acceptance. Drew Hutchison for Belt. Leaves me weak at CI but gives me rotation depth. thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: Hold Belt for now, agree with Hawk

  6. Nostradamus says:
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    Fun fact: “I told you so” is the most commonly used phrase on razzball.

  7. Beastman says:
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    Hey all, need one more team for a $100 Razzball Commenter League. 3rd year running, very competitive crew. Draft currently scheduled for 3/29 at noon EST.

    Email [email protected] to join.

  8. Another F'ing Jeff says:
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    In a standard 5 x 5, 5 keeper league where I am keeping Rizzo, Arrenado, Kipnis, Frazier and Harvey. Just got offered Abreau for my 2nd and 5th pick in the upcoming draft (around 71 and 130 overall) It doesn’t make much sense but it is Abreau. Do I take the deal?

      • Another F'ing Jeff says:
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        Could have sworn Jose’s last name had a strong, silent “a” in it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice username

      • Another F'ing Jeff says:
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        Took Abre U. Thanks, Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey – Yu sure called that one… What’s the chance that Rafael Soriano signs with Toronto, given Cecil news?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: I hope so since I’ve already drafted Soriano in a deep league

  10. Jason E. says:
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    I should have listened. I took Yu, Tanaka, and Cliff Lee. At least I grabbed them all after round 7. Still, there’s a reason they were still there…Here’s to listening to Grey next year.

  11. Uncle Red says:
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    Gray
    In a 12 team auction keeper league with $260 budget, would you keep Arrieta at $10 and Soler at $10?

    Thanks!

  12. bigbear says:
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    What’s the deal with Daniel Norris? Any news on him (besides living in a van in a Wal-Mart parking lot)?

    • @bigbear: Last I heard he was reshingling his roof with Fidrych baseball cards and teaming up with Oso Blanco to form the perpetual motion battery…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: I went over him in the rankings

  13. The hardest part about hitting in the big leagues is the swinging…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: the swinging, knows what I mean…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Of course he does

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guess he’s gone now

  14. Mink says:
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    Grey,

    Thank you for all the laughs, genious stuff! I could use some advice on up coming draft. 5×5, H2H, $262 cap, keeper, auction. We use QS instead of W and K/9 instead of Ks. Need any 8 from the following: Puig (6); Kris Bryant (6); Soler (6); Gregory Polanco (6); Joey Gallo (6); Avisail Garcia (6); Miguel Sano (6); Geritt Cole (6); Wacha (6); Winlin Rosario (6); Billy Hamilton (7); Kole Calhoun (7); Javier Baez (11); Alexi Ramirez (15); Ryan Braun (20); Scherzer (25); Holiday (33). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mink: Thanks! Puig, Bryant, Soler, Avisail, Cole, Hamilton, Calhoun, Baez

  15. Chris says:
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    In a 10 team H2H Pts League would you keep Starling Marte over Pence. The league deducts for SO’s and Marte strikes out a lot. They also count SB’s more than average so that may offset. Just worried the Pence injury may linger since it’s apparently close to the wrist. Thanks.

    • Tony says:
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      @Chris: you are right to worry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d keep Marte

  16. jon boba says:
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    AL only 4×4 league (2 catchers start). Sound off Razzball nation:

    C: Perez, McCann
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Kipnis, Odor
    SS: Hardy
    3B: Longoria, Sandoval, Castellanos
    OF: Springer, Cespedes, Castillo, Calhoun, L. Martin, Pompey, Eaton
    SP: Carrasco, Archer, McHugh, Salazar, Holland, Smyly, Stroman
    RP: Gregerson, Clippard, Sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon boba: I like the team, you’re light on speed if Pompey doesn’t work, but the hitting doesn’t look bad… The pitching is very solid, could be a mixed league staff

      • jon boba says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the feedback Grey and all the great posts – I nom, nom nomed all the way as my starters fell to way too late in my league draft. You are the king and ever-entertaining. Keep up the great work! Must read stuff!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, no problem

  17. your mom says:
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    sup! please help me choose my keepers!
    20 team h2h (keep 8)
    hitters: m. brantley, tulo, j. upton, soler, moss, rusney, gyorko, arismendy, kennys vargas, scooter, zunino, jose ramirez, matt davidson
    pitchers: lester, cueto, rosenthal, hughes, street, casilla, odorizzi, porcello, m. moore, syndergaard, heaney, doubront…
    THANKS!

    • Natty Boh says:
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      @your mom: You really need someone to advise you to keep Brantley, Tulo, and Upton?

      • Tony says:
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        @Natty Boh: it does inform the other 5 though butthole

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Tony: we need to copy/paste that reply for dozens of other people.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @your mom: m. brantley, tulo, j. upton, soler, lester, cueto, rosenthal, Hughes

  18. Fireball Feliz says:
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    I drive in Dallas Snow to get to the Airport at 5:45am, sit next to a crying baby, grab my ballin Passat rental car, then cruise to Surprise for practice. It’s a glorious morning, watch batting practice and pitchers fielding drills, everything hunky dory. Drive to CVS and buy a 750 of Jim Beam, take a few swigs, then sit down in my front row seats by 1st base. Yu takes the mound, my shorts do a happy dance, then all of a sudden he’s leaving the dugout and walking out of the stadium instead of pitching the 2nd inning. “Oh no worries, he’s fine. Probably just ate a little too much Yakisoba last night, no way it’s his elbow” and that’s me quoting myself lying to myself. Guess it’s time for Rangers fans to go back into another coma, see ya 2016

  19. Whatever says:
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    Grey,

    Who is the better keeper? Cashner or Quintana? Both would be a buck. I am leaning towards Quintana because of better health.

    Thanks,

    W

  20. Justin says:
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    With Cecil’s “injury”, is there any doubt that Sanchez becomes Opening Day closer? If not, which tier of closers would Sanchez be? I love my donkeycorns!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Sanchez should become the closer if Cecil if shutdown

  21. TheTinDoor

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    For Pence (or others like him), how do you handle replacement value? When building my valuations, I look at the OF’s projected to be undrafted, average their production, prorate it for the ABs projected for Pence to miss, and add it in to Pence’s totals. That keeps him anywhere from a $14-$19 player, depending on the PT missed.

    • Tony says:
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      @TheTinDoor: also add in human arm value decrease in future production

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheTinDoor: I have him at $14, a replacement player depends on size of league

  22. sniff test says:
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    Thanks to you, I traded Yu at the All-Star break last year for some guy named Jose Abreu.

  23. Red Barons says:
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    Do you think the Jays will try harder to bring in Papelbon now? Paps said he would be willing to go go to Toronto. Not sure whether to hold on to Giles or drop him for Sanchez at this point.

  24. sniff test says:
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    A payer at the Darvish table before they eat gyros: Less of me and more of ewe.

  25. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Wanna capitalize on the Harvey hype, especially since I’m in a NY league with bunch of mets fans. I have Harvey as a 10th round keeper and would be able to draft him for subsequent years a round earlier each year. What’s your thought on trading him for encarnacion straight up….encarnacion would be a third rounder this year and I would have option to keep him one more year next year as a second rounder (we can’t keep players 1st or 2nd round players the next year). Thoughts? Thanks in advance as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I’d take Edwin

      • G says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. Waiting on his response to the Edwin deal but in the meantime I was offered Brantley as a 10th round keeper for harvey who I draft in same round. Would You take that deal as well? If so, who would you prefer between Edwin and Brantley, considering Brantley is a 10th rounder who I would control for longer. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prefer Edwin, but would take Brantley too

  26. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Love the callbacks to the comments, always makes me chuckle a bit. Only wish he had held out until the first week of April so more people had a chance to draft him.

  27. Caesar says:
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    Grey,

    Keep 3: Goldy, Adam Jones, Arenado, Tulo, Dickerson.

    Your rankings would give me the first three, but I’m wondering if I should keep Tulo and look for Arenado to fall to me with the 6th pick in the draft (48th overall after accounting for keepers).

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Caesar: Sure, if you think you can get Arenado there

  28. Esso says:
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    Growing optimism on the Michael Saunders injury have him creeping back up the rankings a little?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Esso: I re-ranked him with an updated timetable

  29. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    It pains me to admit that I was a WTF Darvish guy in that thread. You were right, Grey, and I didn’t keep him because of your concern.

    I guess this means we are even for Josh Rutledge.

    • Bas says:
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      @Pine Tar Incident: Ugh, don’t get me started on Rutledge;-)

      • Pine Tar Incident says:
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        @Bas: I’m still slightly brainwashed. I find myself looking at him in LA thinking “maybe he is just a post-post-post-hype sleeper”

        • Bas says:
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          @Pine Tar Incident: I still have that with (gulp) Reimold “this could be the year he stays on the field.” I can already hear the siren in my head;-)

  30. Clint says:
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    I’m keeping the following bats in my 12 team roto league:

    B. Harper-OF WASH
    A. Rizzo-1B CHC
    A. Jones-OF BLT
    I. Desmond-SS WASH
    M. Machado-3B BLT
    C. Gonzalez-OF COL
    T. Frazier-1B/3B CIN (Util1)

    leaving me the following starting bat spots left to fill: Util2, 2B, Catcher. Are there any particular batting categories I should focus on for my remaining bat spots and/or bench once the draft gets rolling, i.e. power, speed, average etc w/this group of bats already in place? If it matters, I’m keeping Scherzer as my sole pitcher keeper at this point as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Nah, just get guys with the fewest negative categories and you’ll be fine

  31. Hawk says:
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    When I hear Dr. James Andrews has determined someone else needs Tommy John I’m reminded of Dr. Crane (Scarecrow) in Batman Begins. I feel like somehow he’s secretly a super-villain causing all of these injuries to use them as test subjects for his evil plot.

  32. The Lurve Guru says:
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    Two questions, 1 trade and 1 keeper.

    1. H2H points league, keep 8, +$5 inflation/yr no limit, $300 budget. Team A trades Freeman $26 to team B for Carrasco $6. Team B already keeping Rizzo, Xander, Arenado, Harper, Brantley, Betts and Stroman. Who wins?

    2. 14 team keeper league, roto, +$4 inflation/yr no limit on years, $260 budget, keep 10. Keeping: Mesoraco, Rizzo, Wong, Xander, Frazier, Brantley, Carrasco, Gausman, Tai Walker.

    Last keeper spot: Bruce $22 or Salazar $5?

    Thanks!

  33. c0wfunk says:
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    gmorning.. time to lock in the keepers. 12 team / 25 man rosters, we keep 2 which are the first two picks. I’ll be keeping Jose Abreu for sure.

    Been rolling back and forth on Adam Jones v. Bautista for my #2. Since we use OBP and TB along with AVG, was leaning towards Bautista. But with the hamstring thing friday I’m wondering if I should lean back to Jones. What say you? Does the day off from the hamstring change your assessment of Bautista? or not worried?

    bottom line: if you have to choose today, jones v bautista in a head to head league that uses R/HR/TB/RBI/SB/AVG/OBP

    • Big W says:
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      @c0wfunk: Bautista hit a HR today so he’s fine

      Cheers from Toronto!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  34. SallyCips says:
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    So I missed the guys to avoid column because I drafted Lee last night. My bad, was a crazy busy weekend, didn’t see the news, and was multitasking during it. Right now that’s the only blip on my radar, though, so we’ll see how it goes.

    As for Sanchez, he’d be interesting because here’s my RP’s: Britton, McGee, Nathan, Qualms, Mujica. It’s a saves and holds league, but was thinking of punting the latter.

  35. I don't want to brag... but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    14 team dynasty roto league with OBP instead of AVG and slugging too, along with standard 5X5 for pitching. 1 of each position with 3 OF and 1 util. 5 SP/ 3 RP and 8 BN spots. 1 NA slot. 3 DL’s.
    C – navarro
    1B – goldy,c.davis,laroche,vargas
    2B – wong, j. ramirez
    SS – castro
    3B – frazier, c.davis
    OF – kemp, cespedes, bruce, ozuna, pompey
    SP – carrasco,darvish,hammel,peavy,minor,mchugh,salazar,latos,odorizzi,gallardo
    RP -giles,storen,mcgee

    Gotta drop at least 3 of these guys, and i’ll be drafting 8th, so i can probably pick up one (possibly more) better player for my NA slot. Besides maybe Sanchez no closers will likely be available, so giles should have good value long term. Also, free agents are much stronger with hitters than pitchers. i’m thinking dropping pompey/laroche/vargas/navarro. i can get better at catcher from free agents. War room says team is weak in steals so keeping j.ramirez around as double backup to wong/castro probably isn’t a bad idea (also maybe grabbing lindor for that NA slot)

      • I don't want to brag... but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        @Grey: so i should keep pompey (as 5th OF, we start 3, with 1 util), doing so means i would get to draft nobody (i’d be at exactly the 25 player cap). I probably won’t get somebody like yes… many, or rodon, but at 8th overall i could get somebody really good to stash in NA slot. C.Davis/Jose Ram/better of ozuna/bruce would usually be the guy in my util slot, so other than injuries Pompey wouldn’t play anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, so throw back Pompey too

  36. Mostsuckass says:
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    Denard Span just had abdominal surgery and will be out will be out for “a lengthy period,” according to MLB.com. Thanks for the specifics, MLB.com! Might this drop Span out of your top 80 outfielders? Also, what are your thoughts on Michael Taylor? Looks like he could start the season with a starting job. Would you move him up your draft board in deep leagues?

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Tony: Yes to both moving Span down and moving Taylor up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mostsuckass: I’ll adjust Span shortly… I ranked Taylor already, not moving him, he’s a one month flyer

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. royce! says:
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    My friend used to work at two Starbucks’s- they were on the same side of the street, half a block away from each other. And that’s my obligatory Seattle in the 90s comment.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: ROYCE!

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: ME! Glad to see you got home safe.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @royce!: well? Not so much

          • royce! says:
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            @J-FOH: Right there with ya, buddy! And my kid had a rotten night sleep, so I think this hangover might last through Wednesday now.

            • J-FOL says:
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              @royce!: brain no worky so welly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: It’s as bad in Seattle still? NYC and Starbucks are like cojoined twins

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: It could have gotten a bit better- people are more likely to be snobby and not want to support a large corporation, but that just results in another coffee shop popping up on the same block as a Starbucks and two other coffee shops.

        You’re right about NY though. I always found it funny that I would fly from Seattle or CA to NY and when I was trying to meet a friend, they inevitably suggested meeting at a Starbucks. It’s a NY institution!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally, but when you’re meeting someone at a Starbucks in the City, you really have to be specific on address otherwise you’ll be sitting in the wrong one a half block away…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Yup. I used to always meet a friend at the Starbucks in Union Square, but he made sure to specify the one in the southeast corner, across from what used to be the Virgin Mega Store.

            • Grey

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              Ha, yeah, I met a friend at a corner one by Lincoln Center and sat in the wrong corner one for about 30 minutes one time…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: @royce!: Thank Christ you guys are OK. I thought you’d been bundled into the back of a car and were heading for the Mexican border.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You get the pic I sent you?

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Yeah – I replied straight away, but you never came back to me (sniff).

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Weird, I’ll have to check when I get home, don’t remember seeing it

  38. Michael says:
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    In a 12 team h2h league that also includes hits, how much would you bump up guys that get a shit ton of hits? Guys like Altuve, Brantley, Reyes, Revere, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael: Meh, a little, but you don’t want to draft guys just for hits either

  39. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    But Grey you love Kanye

  40. Warren says:
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    Keeper deadline is tomorrow for my league. I made some trades since I had a lot of viable keepers, resulting in this 6, just want to make sure it’s the right group. OBP, 3OF, no CI or MI (shallow 10 teamer)

    $5 Abreu
    $32 McCutchen
    $8 Rizzo
    $17 Gomez
    $10 Harper
    $11 Arenado

    Other options:

    $12 Cobb
    $3 Alexei Ramirez

    Going into the draft, I just need SS and 2B and C on offense. Targeting Tulo, Wong, and whatever $1 catcher I can snag. A lot of the top pitchers are being kept (I think Greinke is the first available by your ranks) so I am happy to double down and have the best offense in the league. I’ll grab Cobb/Shark/Cole as my first starter and go from there. Sound ok?

    Yu’re the best, Grey. XOXO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: Thanks! Yup, makes sense with who you have and your strategy…

  41. Tony says:
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    8 team keeper league. 4×4 (HR/SB/GS/OBP). Would you rather keep Tulo, Miller, Reyes, Segura, Rendon, or Rutledge?

    • Ralph says:
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      @Tony: Rendon by a lot.

  42. Ralph says:
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    have to choose between Rusney and Avisail Garcia as my final keeper in a 10 team, keep 10 league. My other guys are Miggy, Cutch, Bruce, Gomez, Freeman, Springer, Wainwright, Pederson, and Rendon. I have to declare today.

    This league uses position specific OF slots, and there are six slot available for OFs (one OF and two Util). none of these seven OFs (Castillo, Garcia, Cutch, Bruce, Gomez, Springer, or Pederson) is LF eligible, meaning that my sixth OF keeper would be a (gasp) bench bat — or more likely trade bait.

    alternatively, I could keep Drew Smyly with this final slot and throw both of these guys back. That seems silly, though. I’m leaning toward Rusney since he’ll probably lose the job and I will find it easier to cut him than Avisail. such twisted logic. thoughts? Thank you!

    • Ralph says:
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      @Ralph: Thank you both!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

  43. toppleprone says:
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    Good stuff Grey-stradamus!

    Keeper question for you. Lose the draft (round) you keep them in. I’m being offered Hanley(3) for Machado(9) swap. I’m on the fence if I should make the move or just keep a late round guy and throw Machado back and not take Hanley. League is 6×6 with OBP as a category. Which should I go with? Thanks!

    Chris Davis (14)
    Donaldson (22)
    Dee Gordon (22)
    Ozuna (22)

    or

    Hanley (3)
    Davis(14)
    Donaldson (22)
    Dee Gordon (22)

      • toppleprone says:
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        Thanks Grey,

        Is there a cheap SS you like this year that we should pair with Hanley for when the inevitable DL stints begin?

        @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jose Ramirez

          • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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            @Grey: superduperditto on jose

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  44. Ducky says:
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    In a 12 team h2h keeper league with R/HR/RBI/SB/OBP/SLG as the categories, would you favor Neil Walker or Jedd Gyorko for a late round flyer? (basically, which is more likely to bring the on base skills?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  45. jimbo says:
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    Cluber or Harvey in an infinite keeper league.

    Categories:
    IP ERA K/9 WHIP SAVES WINS

      • Jimbo says:
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        @Grey:

        Wasn’t expecting that. Glad I asked.

  46. Cram It says:
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    Seth’s a razzball contributor right? Can you hit him up that he’s been on the clock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s prolly just getting up, he’s on the West Coast…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: tweet at him

  47. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team 6×6 h2h dynasty league should I trade Adam Jones for Bryce Harper?

    c kurt suzuki
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf adam jones
    rf alex rios
    util austin jackson
    bn kris bryant bn bryon buxton bn marcus semien bn dalton pompey bn jose peraza

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden

    rp bret cecil
    p hyun jin ryu p jake odorizzi bn tanner roark bn wily peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: How about jones bryant odorizzi for carlos gomez springer? How’s that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds solid

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey: you don’t think I’m giving too much?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope

            • Cram It says:
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              @Ryan: “Sounds solid” = he doesn’t think you’re giving too much.

  48. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    How’d the AZ trip go? Sounds like a great time from what I’ve heard. I think J-FOH and Cockcroft have already scheduled a weekend getaway together.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… JFoH fell in love this weekend, that’s all I’m sayin’

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I make a new friend and you all hate that. I’m suppose to be the hater here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You became the lover

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: the L stands for love

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              JFOCockcroft

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Hahaha. CockcroftFOJ?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  In the podcast today JB had a good one…Jack Full of Hugs

              • J-FOL says:
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                @Grey: I know the hate was coming but I don’t care. What a great guy.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  So much love, who are you?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Arizona is a crazy drug

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The dry(er) air did your scruffy on the sides attitude well, if you moved to Arizona you could be a politician, if you weren’t part Camacho.

                • Big Magoo

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                  @J-FOL: Emptied all of your hate onto Michaels and Carty. There was none left for anyone else.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    He was only emptying love, had no time for hate for anyone… I think at one point he was on the patio with Cockcroft and JFOH mentioned the reflection of the stars in Cockcroft’s projections…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I threw him my bro

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Just thought that the security lady called out Sky’s Costanza wallet…

                    • J-FOL says:
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                      Hahaha. The best. I told him the same thing the first time I saw that thing.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know, that was amazing that a little old lady called him out on it though… That was the best, I want to hang out with that lady

                    • J-FOL says:
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                      Did you mention the ball on the podcast?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What do you think?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Big Magoo: Michaels just has a holier than thou attitude that needs to be checked one of these days and yet I want to hang with him again and see how round two goes.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: don’t be jealous you weren’t there. Hands down one of the nicest people I met all weekend.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Only cause you didn’t just meet me

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: fair enough. But me and Lawr Michaels need to box.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Share a box lunch?

            • J-FOL says:
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              @Grey: boxing. I should of just challenged him and Carty to a fight at the same time. I know I outweighed both of them

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You were prolly too distracted by Cockcroft

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: @J-FOH: This is my fucking outlet!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I mentioned that this weekend

            • J-FOH says:
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              @SteveNZ: FFS

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: Jack full of networking. Or is it love?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I heart networking with quality people.

  49. JashFath

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    I swooped on Harvey in my 9-team NL-Only league for $1 late last season when I was out of contention, and now I can own him for $1 this year and next. Of course everything is relative, and I wouldn’t draft him high on any of my redraft teams, but for the price, I am excited to own him this year! Now I pray for health. Daddy I have my fingers crossed!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

  50. David says:
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    Better value, Carrasco in the 15th or Segura in the 20th. Thanks

    • Grey

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      Carrasco

  51. I wish I had Dr Andrews Money says:
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    Excellent write up, Makes me wish we had these everyday, only a few more weeks.

    I hate writing these but I always ask an experts advice. Just started a brand new 12 team keeper H2H. 5 outfield 1 extra infield slot 2 util . its an 8×8 TB BB H QS k/9 and holds are extra cats. We keep 5 at years end. I feel like I may have gone to your. On a scale of 1-5 how is this team

    Chirinos
    Abreu
    Wong
    Baez
    Arenado
    Chris Davis
    Harper
    Justin Upton
    Yasmani Tomas
    G.Polanco
    Souza
    Myers
    Headley
    Phillips
    Aoki

    Jose Fernandez
    Wood
    Cole
    Kimbrel
    KRod
    Wacha
    Smyly
    McHough
    Paxton
    Duffy
    Walker

    Im waiting for Fernandez to go on dl and seeing whats going on with duffy and walker before picking up holds

    I feel im to young and my avg will kill my team. Thanks for the insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! The team looks solid, bit light on average, and overall the team looks like a deeper league

  52. Fish says:
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    Grey, I just inherited a team in a keeper league and need some advice to pull the team out of last place. It’s a 12 team H2H 8×6 Runs, hits, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG and IP, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS. Here are my inherited options with the associated draft pick i’d lose:

    Jaso (12th)
    Garrett Jones (12th)
    Daniel Murphy (14th)
    Pedro Alvarez (8th)
    Alexei Ramirez (12th)
    Cespedes (5th)
    Puig (1st)
    Blackmon (12th)
    Ozuna (12th)
    Carl Crawford (21st)
    Scherzer (2nd)
    Greinke (4th)
    Holland (7th)
    Tom Koehler (12th)
    Soria (12th)
    Dickey (16th)
    Iwakuma (9th)
    Samardzija (13th)
    Roark (12th)
    Vargas (12th)
    Colon (19th)
    Haren (20th)
    Melancon (12th)
    Yadier (6th)

    I can keep up to 3 players and I’ve got 4 in mind: Alexei (12th), Ozuna (12th), Samardzija (13th), and Iwakuma (9th). What are your thoughts on this? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d skip Iwakuma there

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey: That’s where I was leaning. Alexei or Ozuna has to become an 11th round, guessing make Alexei the higher pick so I keep ozuna a little longer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  53. Adam says:
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    I know you aren’t a fan of Matt Carpenter. Do you feel any differently about him in an OBP league? I own him in a contract dynasty league and I waffle on trying to trade him or hold on to him for the boost he can give my team in OBP/R.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not much, he still gives nothing else

  54. Hal Incandenza says:
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    For the War Room download to work in Excel 2003, can anyone tell me what I need to change in what formula? I get displays of #NAME? in various columns on the Players tab. I think I had to edit a formula last year as well.

    Thanks for any help, or even a link to where this may have been posted previously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll ping Nico to answer this, hold on…

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the assist, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries

    • Nico says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: Hi Hal! I’m not getting that when I open it up, unfortunately, but I remember this being an issue last year. What columns are causing problems? Also, I can share this with you on google docs if that works better for you. Let me know.

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Nico: Pretty much the entire player page except rank is displaying #NAME?.

        Thanks for any help. I kinda doubt it matters if I get it via download or Gdocs, but my email is on this message … if you can see it. I don’t really want to make it a totally public post.

        • Hal Incandenza says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: Other than the column headers and the rank columns, that is. The headers are also okay.

  55. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    In a “serious” 12 team keeper where the future stars are snatched up long before they should be. I already have Baez and Pederson and most of the other notables are taken (Arena do etc.) Bryant and Yasmany are still available. If I pick one first round the other will be gone probably before next pick. Is it wrong to lean towards Yasmany and pass up the next Mike Trout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither are Trout, I’d lean Bryant there

      • sasquatch sluggers says:
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        @Grey: thanks ! Might be gone before my 7th pick in draft though. I do need an active 3rd baseman. Brett Lawrie is still there so all is not lost. Appreciate the advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. True and Correct says:
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    Melancon v. Rondon ?

  57. henncoop says:
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    Just had my 1st draft of the year last night & per usual not at all like expected. Using Fantrax for the 1st time in 12 team roto (C, 1b, 2B, 3B, SS, 4 OFs, 2 util with 7 active P slots & 6 reserves slot & 6 injured reserve spots) I ended up making a few picks with the 60 second timer running out & took a SP early & Kipnis who I never thought would be on my team.
    Overall not terrible I hope but certainly not as envisioned in my pre-draft ideals. I ended up with:
    C Rosario (last pick of the draft)
    1B Fielder (hope he is healthy)
    2B Kipnis (panic pick but best available)
    3B C Davis (need a bounce back)
    SS Castro ( did not want but best available as time ran out)
    OF Stanton, Harper, J Upton, Pollock (what’s not to like?)
    Utility Segura, Tomas (Tomas should provided security with the Fielder/ Davis risks)
    Bench bats of K Davis & J Ramirez (felt team was light on speed)
    SP Strasburg, Arrieta, Carrasco, Liriano, / bench- Hutchinson, Paxton, & Happ
    RP K-Rod, Rondon, Nathan/ bench Soria (Nathan insurance for now)

    How did I do? I think there were a few razzballers in the draft …pretty much stuck with this team as there are no trades, Any comments or constructive criticism from the Razzball nation would be appreciated,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, you took SPs real early, which hurt your offense… Fielder, Kipnis, Davis could be absolutely fine, but they weren’t last year and if that repeats itself you’re in trouble… So team could be solid, but some major question marks

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Strasburg was a panic pick with the timer running out in the 3rd round ….seeemed too early to take Arenaldo but then he was gone when I picked again @ 47. Arrietta was a 6th rounder @ pick 71 then Carrasco was in the 8th round @ 95.
        Not terribly unhappy with the net result but I agree Fielder & Davis have significant risk …hopefully Tomas was wise as an alternative pick. Kipnis seemed like value in the 11th round after Wong was sniped away a few picks earlier ….seems like a possible razzball move there.

        • henncoop says:
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          @henncoop: My mistake Kipnis was in the 9th but that means Wong was picked in the 8th ….something to be aware offor those yet to draft. That seems way earlier then I would have expected for Wong.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @henncoop: seems you also used any/all early picks that weren’t on pitchers for OF only

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, definitely

  58. Jack says:
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    Perhaps a stupid question – a guy in my league drafted Yu and C.Lee (and Span!) and I’m trying to poach Encarnacion – is Scherzer and Moss or Duda worth it on my end? I’d still have SP’s Greinke, Ryu, Hughes, Latos, Santana, S.Miller and C.Martinez….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for Edwin

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: Do I need to? In addition to Moss and Duda I have Trout, Posey (sorry, couldn’t resist), Sandoval, Heyward, Altuve, Gordon, Myers, Heyward, Vargas, B. Butler, L.Martin and Jose Ramirez. Would I be better off looking to upgrade at SS?

        Speaking of Posey, my thinking has been that what you lose in drafting him higher you make up for by him being that much better than the catchers that most everyone else is starting. Is there anything to that or am I deluding myself due to my man-crush?

  59. Robert says:
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    @Grey: In a 6×6 league with OPS, who slides up and down in your top 20?

  60. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sky’s T.J. House Post could be coming true sooner rather than later,…. Gavin Floyd Elbow MRI for discomfort.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw sookie

  61. Regan says:
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    Drafted first Yahoo H2H team yesterday.

    C- Grandal
    1st -Davis
    2nd- Wong
    3rd- Arenado
    ss – Desmond
    OF – Stanton, Harper, Hamilton
    Util – Toma’s, Myers, Garcia

    SP – Samardzija, Wood, deGrom, Wheeler, McHugh, Shoemaker, McCarthy, Paxton
    RP- Cishek, Paps, Mejia, Giles

    Used your hitter rankings and a combo of yours and JB’s pitcher rankings. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Regan says:
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        @Grey: 12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming Billy Hamilton… You look pretty imbalanced on offense, some guys for power, some for speed, not many guys giving both… Pitching looks very solid…Overall, I don’t mind the team, should be decent…

  62. Dom says:
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    10 team, 4×4, AL only, Roto

    Do I keep Zunino at $4? I think yes
    Do I keep Beltre at $39? I think no, I can get him cheaper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Zunino, no on Beltre

  63. Slappy says:
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    The Darvish news well and truly sucks. And I mean, S-U-C-K-S! I was all set up for fantasy glory in my one keeper league, but then down goes JoFer and now Darvish. Ima gonna keep JoFer (he’s young enough for the long haul). Then perhaps I’ll drop my 3rd bench batter when Yu clears waivers (hopefully) and then put him on the DL with JoFer. That might work. And until JoFer gets back, I’ll go with the Brett Anderson gambit.

    That said, of the fellows that I have left and healthy:

    AJones
    Puig
    CarGo
    Reyes
    Springer
    VMart
    Choo
    Cobb
    Sonny Gray

    I get to keep 7, so I’m thinking, in addition to JoFer, I’ll keep Jones, Puig, CarGo, Reyes, Cobb and Gray. Not wanting to keep Springer, since in addition to his hideous AVG, there’s also the matter of the 2B (R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS), and he hit all of 8 in 295 AB (for comparison purposes, in 260 AB, CarGo put up 15 2B, so if form maintains, Springer is near worthless at 2Bs).

    And I also had my first draft, and mom called shortly after it started. Anyway:

    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, TB, AVG, OPS
    C – Grandal
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Kendrick
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Asdrubal
    LF – Yelich
    CF – Puig
    RF – Myers
    OF – Ozuna
    Ut – Garcia
    Ut – Arcia
    BN – Valbuena

    W, SHO, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, OBPA
    3 SP – Cobb, Wood, Cole
    2 RP – Chapman, Rosenthal
    4 P – Doolittle, Davis, Watson, Miller
    BN: JoFer, Latos, Kazmir, Hendricks

    Going with the JoFer to the DL and Brett Anderson gambit here as well. Oh, and it’s H2H, so that’s why JoFer in the first instance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Slappy says:
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        @Grey:

        Both the keeper and H2H = 12 teams

        • Slappy says:
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          @Slappy: Sorry, but I omitted 1 player from my H2H team, so add Pujols at IF.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Slappy: depending on amount of DL slots/weakness of teams/alertness of teams darvish probably ain’t passing waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those keepers look fine…. The H2H looks a little weak on speed, but not bad since it’s H2H I don’t mind it… The pitching looks a little better than it needs to be and don’t love the last two SPs

      • Slappy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’ve a morbid aversion to steals, since once lost a H2H championship on a SB. Other guy wins on Sunday with his one soul getting his first SB of the season. I dropped my two bench batters for some speed guys on teams in the MLB playoff hunt. No SB for them. From Wednesday on. It’s just way tooooooo variable. So add scoring cats and don’t even pay attention to the SB. You’ll win every now and again anyway.

        Re the last two SPs, not necessarily rational, but I just have to have Kazmir. Hendricks looked as good as any of the others that were left. If he were otherwise likely to have a rotation spot, well, for some crazy, since I met him in Japan the one time, I’d have taken Tsuyoshi Wada instead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  64. Digger Phelps says:
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    Grey – thanks for all of the posts, these are all awesome preseason reads for draft prep!

    I’m newer to the keeper leagues and have a draft strategy question for you. We can keep 2 drafted after round 6 (or 8 if you include the keeper rounds) for 3 years. I’m losing goldy this year so will be looking for an impact bat to keep the next few years. Would you suggest trying to draft Bryant in the first round that keepers would be eligible or pick a more established player and hope to get him or some else later? This would be about pick 100.

    Thanks in advance chief!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who that more established player is

  65. Beam says:
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    Was offered rendon for my encarnacion in my keeper league. I have Edwin as my 3rd rounder this years draft and option to keep him as a 2nd rounder next year. Was offered rendon who is being drafted in 10 rojnd this year – would be able to keep rendon for 7 more years, a round earlier each year. Is this a no brainer tk accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rendon

  66. GhostTownSteve says:
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    What’s up Razzballians? Just want to confirm to anybody reading this that Razzball is in fact the OG crew in the “industry.” In a sea of paunch white guys, Razzball brings it high and tight. Shout out to Eno Saris for bringing the tall Rouge Ales.

    On my way back from Arizona today heard one of the great baseball stories I’ve ever hear. I was sitting in my seat with my three year old going over former A’s players.

    “Donaldson?”

    “Blue Jays.”

    “Lester?”

    “Cubs.”

    My boy knows the new home of every former A. So this guy sitting next to me says, “Hey your boy is a baseball fan…”

    We got to talking and and he says, “You want to hear a baseball story? It’s a little long.”

    I was drinking a bloody so I was all in.

    In 1967 this guy was 14 years old and he and his buddy cut class and went out to the Stick to see the Pirates and the Giants. First of all, you love a story where two 14 year old kids roll up to a game midday and nobody is calling protective service. It’s just, “Have a nice time boys>”

    So they are out in the right field bleachers and a home run ball flies out there and they wrestle for it and this guy comes out with the ball. So they are leaving the game and talking about the ball and this old timer says, “That was the first home run that guy ever hit. He’s gonna want that ball.” The player was Dick Dietz.

    So they turn back and they end up talking to Giants’ broadcaster Lon Simmons. Simmons ushers them down to the tunnel between the two locker rooms and tells them to wait there. As they are standing there, here comes Willie Stargell. “Hey what’s up litte guys?” Then here comes Roberto Clemente. “Hey what are you guys doing down here…Yeah all right.” Here comes Willie Mays, “Dietz is gonna be happy. Good job little men.” Just a parade.

    Then Dietz comes out with just a towel around his waist and smoking a giant ‘stogie. Gives them five bucks for the ball and sends them on their way.

    So next day, they go back to Jr. High and forge their notes and go back to class. Well they both get called in to the principal’s office and there on the front page of the afternoon paper is the story about the two kids who caught Dietz first home run.

    Great part of the story though, is that the other kid became a minor league player and manager. Last name Ireland. I’ll have to look him up. And the two of them both had several encounters with Dietz over the year, to the degree where Dietz showed up at this guy Dennis’ 40th birthday. They all stayed friends over the years.

    Baseball. The place where all the love comes together and unexpected friendships are born.

    Play ball, everybody.

    • Grey

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      I got chills by the end of that story…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Piece of Americana. If you could make a physical object it would be priceless on the Antiques Roadshow.

        • Grey

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          You’d hear some astronomical estimated value but say you couldn’t ever sell it…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: great read and thanks for making us feeler cooler than we should, except sky, he would be pastier if he had less hair. I think our coolness is why Lawr didn’t like me. Now it wasn’t because I didn’t know who he was nor the fact that I could care less. I think because he looks like the former rock star in there and I come rolling in looking like a biker with great hair and tattoos hanging down my arm to my wrists and he knew right then and there that I was here to challenge him for most memorable looks.

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            @J-FOH:

            You guys are great, letting Royce and me tag along. I redeemed the crew with Lawr. He’s a neighbor and an A’s guy. I talked to him about his novels.

            Only guy I ran in with was Wolf. It was his suite and he pinned me down. “Who the eff are you and how did you crash this party?”

            It was at that point I said my Irish goodbye.

            Was super cool getting to talk ball with all those guys. Had a great time rapping with Eno Saris and Jeff Zimmerman from Fangraphs. Nerdvana.

            • Grey

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              Nerdvana!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: HA, Wolf loved me, called me his favorite new person from the weekend, and wants me to email him so we can finish up a few conversations. The beard has some special powers

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        @Grey: ditto on that

  67. Nick says:
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    10 teamer, H2H cats, I have pence as a $15 keeper. How’s that value look after injury?? Probably leaning toward keeping him.

    • Grey

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      I have him in my rankings… At $14

  68. TBone says:
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    12-tm weekly 6×6; 10 keepers.
    Standard hitting with OBP instead of BA; SLG as added category.

    We start (4) OF, no CI or MI.

    Can only keep 1 of Cutch (1st) or Abreu (4th).

    1) Would you consider dealing 3 years of Abreu (4th, 3rd, 2nd) and some bit keepers like Gausman and Buxton/Lindor for 4 years of Trout (1st, 1st, 1st, 1st) to pair with Cutch, Springer, and Marte?

    2) I assume yes to #1…would you stick with Cutch or move him for EE in the 4th…freeing up my 1st round pick? Best 1B available in draft are Freeman, Pujols, Votto, Fielder so I’m not exactly blown away with options.

    • Grey

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      Abreu…1) Sure 2. Yes, Cutch

  69. Matt says:
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    Okay, who did the headline?

    Quick, sorta quick question for my dynasty league

    I was offered RA Dickey and Chris Archer for Sean Doolittle, my 2016 first rd pick and 2016 2nd rd pick.

    Competing now with an old team

    SPs are currently: Cliff Lee, Carrasco, Kennedy, Kuma, Quintana, Burnett and Roark

    RPs are Koji, Tazawa (CL), Mujica, Qualls (CL), Fields, Benoit (CL), R Cook — 50 teams, 30 mlb/20 milb, 14 hitters, 9 p weekly.

    Should I do the deal?

    Thanks for your time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy does most headlines, he did this one… I’d take Archer

  70. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Hey, any update on the Andrew Cashner injury?

    • Grey

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      What took so long? Nah, no updates yet

  71. Mark says:
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    Think we see Cliff Lee ever again? I own him in my long term dynasty league

    • Grey

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      Not likely in any real capacity

  72. henncoop says:
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    Pitching question for a 5X5 roto league with weekly lineups with 7 active pitching slots. I have 6 bench spots but felt the need to have 2 bench bats at this time.
    So my staff is Strasburg, Arrieta, Carrasco, Liriano, Hutchinson, Paxton, & Happ as SPs & RPs are K-rod, Rondon, Nathan, & Soria
    Is Soria worth holding onto to cover for a shaky Nathan or is droppable for another SP till we see how Spring training plays out? Hammel, Chen, S Miller, Burnett, & Nelson are available.

    I would think with just 7 active P slots with 3 filled by closers, it would be unlikely Soria would be in the lineup. With weekly lineups (new for me) I might guess you would want more of a stable of SP to plug in with good match ups or 2 start weeks.

    • Grey

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      You can go to Hammel for now

  73. Mike

    Mike says:
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    I’m setting my alarm clock to play Pitbull tomorrow morning to get that Renaissance experience here in my own home.

    • Grey

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      7 AM sharp!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: play some Neil Young and dont ask why

  74. Jax says:
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    Grey,

    In a CBS Sports Std 10-team Points league. I missed my draft (i know…i know), but have some real nice pitching pieces I need to deal for hitting. My team is:

    C – Wieters
    C – Norris
    !B – Pujols
    2B – Altuve
    3B – C Davis
    SS – D. Santana
    MI – A Escobar
    CI – L Duda
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Yellich
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Kemp
    OF – A Gordon
    Util – A Rios

    P – Sale
    P – Kluber
    P – Wainwright
    P – Lester
    P – deGrom
    P – G Richards
    P – Salazar
    P – Lynn
    P – Keuchel

    Offer on the table…. I receive Donaldson/Hutchinson for Pujols/Kemp/Wainwright. I have no issue parting with Wainwright (or any other of my pitchers). However, with how my team is lacking bats, I’m thinking it’s too much for me to part with Pujols, but your advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Jax

    • Grey

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      See if he’ll do Wainwright and Kemp or Wainwright and Kemp and a smaller piece… You can’t afford to lose Pujols

      • Jax says:
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        @Grey: I managed to do Wainwright/Kemp/Ryan Howard for Donaldson/Bauer/Jake McGee (yeah…stupid CBS thought giving me Howard AND Loney AND Billy Butler was cool)

        Thanks Grey!!!

  75. Jason Smith says:
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    Grey,

    Would u trade Billy Hamilton ($15) for Cory Kluber ($10), 7×7 with TB, OBP, Holds, and L in addition to 5×5?

    • Grey

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      Sure

  76. FrankGrimes says:
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    Wheeler. Ooffaa.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @FrankGrimes: he’s hurt too?

  77. Steve says:
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    I have my offensive keepers buttoned up, I need advice on which 2 of 4 Pitchers to keep, 14-team H2H:

    Teheran (12th round)
    Stroman (24th round)*
    Fiers (24th round)*
    Melancon (24th round)*

    * 1-round penalty for players kept in the same round

    Thanks

    • KillerB says:
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      @Steve: Fiers, Teheran

  78. KillerB says:
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    Grey, thanks in advance for the guidance. Gotta pick some keepers. Years remaining in parentheses. I’ve put them in the order I’m thinking, but would love to know what 5 you would keep:

    + Frazier (3)
    + Dozier (3)
    + Pederson (3)
    + A. Wood (3)
    + Bogaerts (2)
    + Machado (1)
    + Yordano (3)
    + Latos (3)
    + Perkins (3)
    + Gattis (3)
    + Eaton (3)
    + Kazmir (3)

  79. Luke says:
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    Well now that stroman is out for year I’m in trouble. Who to pick for 5th keeper:
    Alex Gordon
    JD Martinez
    Homer Baily
    Danny Salazar
    Chris Tillman

    I’m leaning Salazar. Need to be risky

  80. Cojones in the wind and it feels good. Here is my staff for the RCL league

    Harvey
    Wheeler
    Latos
    Fiers
    Hutchinson
    Verlander
    Cingrani
    Aaron Sanchez

    Too many starters? Verlander was available late.

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