Kenta Maeda signed with the Dodgers and has been labeled as “Not as good as Yu and Masahiro.”  Looks that good though.  Right?  I guess one can edit together 200 IP into a three-minute video to make Bartolo Colon look skinny too.  Okay, with some funhouse mirrors.  I say Maeda could be getting a favorable edit like CT after he started dating Diem because his K-rate was just 7.4 in Japan, which is solid, but not spectacular.  Baseball in the Land of the Rising Sun has often been compared to playing in Triple-A.  I’d like to add the Nippon Professional Baseball league is like Triple-A, but almost everyone is Japanese.  Perhaps an unnecessary distinction.  So, if a guy is 7+ K/9 in Japan (or Triple-A) that doesn’t land him in the elite class of pitchers like Yu and Masahiro.  If Darvish and Masahiro are toro, Maeda is the tuna they chop up for the spicy tuna roll.  Since it’s impossible to not compare one Japanese pitcher to another, a 7+ K/9 compares more favorably to Iwakuma.  Iwakuma is still a solid comparison for a pitcher to receive; that’s still a number two to (stutterer!) three fantasy starter.  Unfortch, I think Maeda is likely a notch below Iwakuma.  For 2016, I’ll give Maeda the projections of 14-10/3.66/1.16/152 in 200 IP.  On a real baseball note, Maeda’s deal was an 8-year deal for $24 million.  I’m guessing the Dodgers hired Melky Cabrera to hack into Japan’s Google, or as it’s known there, Googre, and change all recent baseball salaries to thousands rather than millions.  “So, David Price will earn two hundred and seventeen thousand dollars?  I’m definitely taking a deal for three million a year!”  That’s Kenta reading off of Googre.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2016 fantasy baseball:

Scott Kazmir – Also signed with the Dodgers.  Speaking of number two to three fantasy starters…*confused looked on your face*  I was speaking of them in Maeda’s blurb.  You didn’t read it, did you?  I obviously don’t have the same power as Kilgrave.  Speaking of Jessica Jones, am I the only one that watches Kilgrave mind control and think of Ricardo Montalban controlling Reggie Jackson in The Naked Gun?  Any hoo!  Kazmir had the “good but injury-prone” label sticking out of his jersey for a while, but he seemed to rip that tag off and turned his jersey inside out, a movie I still haven’t seen, but have the DVD sitting on a table by my TV.  After two straight seasons of 180+ IP, I’m willing to project him out for 180 IP this year.  He wouldn’t be the first player to figure out how to stay healthy as he got older.  Also, you don’t want him leaving O.co, but if he must, Dodger Stadium ain’t half bad.  Solid park for pitchers, facing the pitchers in the NL, and facing the Padres hitters a lot who are at times worse than pitchers.  If Kazmir had a 2.55 ERA this year, it wouldn’t shock me, but I won’t go that far with my projections.  For 2016, I’ll give him 13-9/3.31/1.17/157 in 178 IP.

Stephen Drew – Signed with the Nats.  This move can be explained very simply with something that was overheard in the Nationals’ front office in December.  “Can we really be considered front runners for a division title with Danny Espinosa as our only option at shortstop?”  The answer is obviously no, but Drew doesn’t really alleviate those concerns either.

Joe Nathan – Hoping to return in May or June.  For those young readers, you might remember Nathan’s famous for chewed-up ligaments and bad elbow meat.

  1. jackie treehorn says:
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    Absolutely loving the offseason articles.. thx razzball!

      • Anti-E says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you Mr. Gray Razzball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. Bad News Bums says:
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    so tre turner just will never get a clean look?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Bad News Bums: Looks that way. for now at least until Drew gets hurt..

  3. RaiderRob says:
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    Thanks Grey. Always appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jvanslyke: Thanks! I’m still rocking Logic’s latest album, loving the whole thing…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jvanslyke: nice share. We need a weekly musical post over here….am I right?!?!?!

      • jvanslyke says:
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        @J-FOH:

        That’d be great!

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @J-FOH: troof

    • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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      @jvanslyke: niceee. being from MPLS I’ve grown up w/ atmosphere. slug is one of the best storytellers. becoming a big logic fan too

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SheriffMcRawDawg: Slug is really cool and very talented. I got met him on the God Loves Ugly Tour and Sevens Travel tours. Great live act

        • jvanslyke says:
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          @J-FOH:

          Agreed. Probably my favorite of all time. Shows have gotten bigger but he was always real cool and approachable. Last few singles have been really good “This Lonely Rose” with Blueprint and Aesop being my favorite. Hopefully a new album soon.

        • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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          @J-FOH: yeah he’s the man. put on some of the best shows I’ve been to. I’m just going to be bingeing atmosphere for a few hours now

  4. DonnieB says:
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    Good Morning Gray ! Would you trade Corey Seager at $10 for a Thor at $1. Would you prefer Lindor or Seager if both at $10? Thank you, Lothario, and I owe you dinner….

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @DonnieB: Thought I would chime in on this one. Keep Seager @ $10 over Thor & Lindor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d prefer Seager… Can we go for sushi?

  5. DonnieB says:
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    Good Morning Grey—damn spell check!

      • DonnieB says:
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        How about Mastro’s Ocean Club…Newport Beach?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could do that

          • DonnieB says:
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            Week of February 21. Just give me a night if serious:).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Do I have to put out afterwards?

              • DonnieB says:
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                Of course:).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Donnie, I’m scared

                  • DonnieB says:
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                    I’m too old for anything beyond a great wine,fantasy baseball talk and a little friendship.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d swipe right on this Tinder profile… Honestly, I can do dinner, whenever, but Malibu is far for me…

  6. Scott says:
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    So where does Greinke come in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I’m gonna guess his wife

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: insert rimshot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re thinking of a word that ends with mshot, but doesn’t start with ri

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I cu did there

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              –t it out!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: o in the face

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  O face

          • Zeus says:
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            @Grey: doesn’t the internal application mean that the word ends with eampie?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re right, Zeus… We’ve confused our categories

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: ooh,a dreampie sounds delicious…what’s a dreampie?

                • Zeus says:
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                  @J-FOH: it’s actually a breampie. An old English handged meatpie. Quite common in Liverpool

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Zeus: a Sid Breampie?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Scores every time

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Whoopie pie

  7. J-FOH says:
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    Googre! Hehehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone dropped a Logic track above

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I caught that. I love that we can touch their fantasy and musical soul.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should drop on them some Vulfpeck

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Ill be dropping that through the ranks comments this year. It needs to be the official draft tunes for 2016. Follow greys ranks and listen to vulfpeck for maximum returns

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              1612 has been pumping every day this last week with Cougs and I…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I imagine you dancing around the pad with your onsie on hip bumping cougs and singing to ted

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We got a new car and it has bluetooth, best invention ever, and I’m only about 7 years late to having bluetooth

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I have that in my truck after I replaced the stereo with an aftermarket head unit. Even came with a mic and there are all these pre set streaming services already in there. It’s pretty cool when I can remember how to work it all.

                    • Grey

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                      Love that I can have phone calls over the radio…then don’t love it when Cougs gets 1,000 times more calls than me and I have to listen to her and her friends

                    • Scott says:
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                      @J-FOH: You have a truck?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      You aren’t even a phone talker…that’s rudy

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I might have five phone calls all year longer than ten minutes that aren’t Rudy

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @ scott. I do and a car too. I’m a baller!

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                      I’m just jelly he wont phone chat with me

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t be jelly

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      but he has such a great phone voice

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah

          • ERad says:
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            @Grey:

            Love me some white boy funk

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You know Vulfpeck?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @ERad: strangely a lot of the new throwback soul and funk bands are all whiteboys on the instruments fronted by black men.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Not strange, white boys in the 00s grew up in a world where rap and blues was for any race…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  its been for any race for a long time, I think its all the kids in the high school band that need an outlet. When I used to go to jazz gigs, half the performers were white

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I wouldn’t say a long time… Maybe 20 years…When I was in high school, must white kids played rock

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      yeah but that was the IROC culture of Jersey. I’m talking the kids who played in the high school band always played this kind of stuff.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Meh, where I was in jersey was more integrated than 95% of the country

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      oh so you lived in ghetto Jersey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, dur, not new info

              • @Grey: @J-FOH: Enjoying the heck out of Vulfpeck. Thanks!
                Far more bluesy-soul, but howsabout some Gary Clark Jr.? What the Black Keys are trying to be.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gary Clark Jr. sounds like a mashup of 1970s baseball players

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @zombie: no but I was listening to some Guy Clark yesterday

                  • @Grey: @J-FOH: Ha! Thought the same thing about a very likely ’72 Topps Gary Clark Jr. Expo or Padre utility player card in a shoebox. & he’s no Guy Clark, but sample a couple from Blak & Blu. Don’t think he’ll disappoint either of you.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @zombie: I’ve heard him, definite skills there. It’s all good stuff

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice, will check him out!

  8. Whatever says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Wanted to get your opinion on keepers. Can only keep nine. Ten team OBP. # on right is salary for 2016. Thanks.

    Altuve 15
    I Desmond 14
    Bautista 23
    Kole 3
    Cespedes 28
    AJ Pollock 2
    Miggy 57
    Beltre 30
    Fowler 1
    David Peralta 1
    Upton 38
    Kendrys 1
    Wade Davis 5
    Lester 10
    Price 33
    Salazar 1
    Quintana 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve, Bautista, Yoenis, Pollock, Beltre, Salazar, Davis, Lester, Kole… Could see Beltre or Price over Kole

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Dude. Yeah, 3B are always tough to find in this league at the draft.

        Someone sent me an offer for Salazar. Alex Gordon (3)/Smyly (1) for Danny

        • Grey

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          Meh, I’d want Salazar

          • Whatever says:
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            @Grey: :) yeah me too.

  9. JoeG414 says:
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    Which one of these Sp/Rp eligible do you like : Kevin Gausman , Aaron Sanchez or Drew Pomeranz ? I think Keven G. and Drew can surprise this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Do you think Sanchez will start ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, doubtful

  10. Cole says:
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    King Kenta, everybody wanna cut the legs off him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  11. Happy new year Grey!

    Can you rank these keepers? 5×5 Roto, $260, 14 team

    Hosmer 18
    Rendon 15
    Bogaerts 18
    Braun 22
    C.Allen 12
    AJ Ramos 1
    C.Mart 12

    Thanks! Super excited for the rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too! Braun, Hosmer, Xander, Rendon…They’re not great

      • @Grey: Yeah, they are the bottom rung of my keepers after a championship season. I have 5 really good ones (Arrietta 8, deGrom 8, Thor 1, Arenado 22, Harper 28) and the rest of these eh ones that I am going to try to turn into something more. I get to keep 9.

        Funny enough, Prospect Mike had those 4 in the opposite order!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, that’s good those are not your only ones… Prospect Mike has fantasy dyslexia, don’t llet mih I dias os…

  12. Clint says:
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    Whew. Stephen Drew signed. Now we can move on with the offseason since we got that edge-of-your-seat-thriller completed. Was afraid I’d have to endure daily player updates/rumors on him into the middle of the season like the last 3 years or so again. My phone doesn’t have enough iCloud storage for that much junk news.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s still where Domonic Brown will sign

  13. Jon says:
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    Hey Grey, if you have already said this elsewhere, sorry for missing it – but when do your rankings start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mid-Jan… Aiming for Monday after next

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: Awesome. Can’t wait!

  14. Vegans says:
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    Fatty tuna… mmmm, delicious!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  15. crash davis says:
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    Working on a trade for a starter. Leftovers in draft are weak. In a vacuum who you like better for dynasty? Harvey or Keuchel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  16. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    dearest January Grey –

    would you trade Familia for McCullers (both can be kept 25th rd this year, and 10th the year after)?

    my other pitching keepers are Hamels, Keuchal and Taijuan..
    12 team roto. think 5 other top closers were kept…

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take McCullers

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Grey: coo

        • J-FOH says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: I’d take McCullers over taijuan. But both over mejia

  17. Iron Sheik says:
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    Grey-
    Get to keep 5…Trout, McClutch, Bryant, Arenado, Sano, Price. I really would like to flex the bat muscles and trade Price for a pick. Thoughts? Bryant has OF elgibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jabroni

      • Iron Sheik says:
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        @Grey: Sano a gunna be big stud. Why you no like the Sano? Camera Mahn a ZOOM in on deez a pythons! Sano a gunna be selective and mash 34 steamer home a runs! Tanks a Grey!

  18. FrankGrimes says:
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    hoping Maeda chokes on it!
    8 years only 24 million ?
    this guy is beef stew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

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