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Jair Jurrjens has a xFIP of 3.64 and a K-rate of 5.23.  Sounds like you should brave the trade winds with Jar-Jar.  Or maybe I should say, “Wash that Jurrjens right outta your Jair!”  Okay, breathe, Grey, you got puns, I get it. You’re right, random italicized voice, lost my shizz there for a second.  Jurrjens’s K-rate is the lowest of his career and it wasn’t that good to begin with.  He did have one of these lucky years before (2009) when he left men on and had some luck with his BABIP, but he was K’ing a little over one more batter per nine innings then.  I can’t imagine Jurrjens keeps anywhere near the ERA he currently has (2.13) with his down peripherals, which was not a Kelsey Grammer movie.  So don’t make the same mistake as George Lucas and fall in love with Jar-Jar.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Charlie Blackmon – Is the vicious homers?  Nope.  Is the haircut?  Nope.  Is it the shoes?  Nope.  Is it the extra long shorts?  Nope.  Is it the short socks?  Nope.  It’s gotta be the steals!

Jordan Schafer – Sticking with the retro Nike feel, I’m mentioning Jordan.  He’s currently hitting, but, in the big picture, he’s just okay.  Jordan is His Fair-ness.

Justin Ruggiano – I wonder if Sam Fuld would pick up Ruggiano on his fantasy team.  On one hand, he knows what it’s like to be a hot schmotato and how fast they can go cold.  On the other hand, Ruggiano is stealing his playing time.  On the third lesser known hand that is actually a foot wearing a mitten, Ruggiano was much more interesting in the minors leagues than Fuld.  (BTW, I think every baseball player should have to participate in a public fantasy league.  I’d love to see who would actually own themselves, what pitchers hitters would own and vice versa.  Jason Kubel is coming up to bat vs. Brandon Morrow.  You may not own either but after Morrow’s last start Kubel dropped him in his league and now Morrow beans him.  Intrigue!)

Travis Snider – Supposedly, he’s going to get recalled in a few weeks.  Rudy and I were talking over IM about how some guys are just such a tease.  Everyone rushes out to grab Snider every time he gets called up.  Do you forget why he was back on waivers to begin with?  He’s okay as a flyer, but I’m not going crazy with him until he actually shows something.  I’m turning over a new, more conservative leaf.  Now how about Dee Gordon?!

Alexi Casilla – Forget everything you know about Alexi Casilla…Okay, forget that you don’t know anything about Alexi Casilla.  He’s hitting over .400 in the last week and is on pace for 25 steals. (As if you’re gonna keep him on your team all year!  Hahahahahaha….  Mid-haha I totally forgot what I was laughing at.)

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – Two Twins middle infielders?  Um… Yay?  I think Nishioka will probably end up with more value than Casilla, but he might take a bit longer to get going.

Dustin Ackley – Just went over my Dustin Ackley fantasy.  I wrote it while trying to avoid eye contact in my gym’s locker room.

Jemile Weeks – Ackley is gonna have more buzz in fantasy leagues, but I imagine him and Weeks are pretty much the same thing this year.

Eduardo Nunez – If you had Jeter (did you draft him hoping he’d get you laid?) or need a quick one week fill-in, Nunez has speed and some slight power.

Jonathon Niese – For those with a short term memory — hey, who said that?! — I liked Niese in the preseason.  A 3 and a half ERA and solid K’s doesn’t seem to be that farfetched.

Tim Stauffer – This will sound rhetorical, but I’d take an answer.  How does a guy go unowned in so many leagues when he pitches his home games in a stadium where the center field fence has the infinity sign on it?

Andrew Miller – To continue from Stauffer’s blurb… Yet, if Miller pitches well vs. the Padres his ownership will skyrocket.  Miller who’s failed so many times in the major leagues and isn’t even guaranteed a rotation spot.

Jeff Baker – As long as the Cubs sit him vs righties, he’s only an add in deep, daily leagues where you can swap him in and out.

Dayan Viciedo – Kenny Williams said Viciedo is finally ready for the majors.  Ozzie said the same but put a hashtag on it.  He’s hit 10 homers in 62 games in the minors and his 3rd base eligibility makes him immediately ownable.  Though I would like to know where he’s going to play.  If he starts every day at 3rd base, I like him a lot, but he can’t play 3rd.  If he’s off the bench here and there in the outfield, then belch.  If the Sox bench Pierre and play Viciedo, then giddy up.

Luke Scott – Know how Miguel Olivo’s never happy hitting just one home run?  That goes doubly for Luke Scott.  BTW, doubly might be one of my top five favorite words.  When you say it, it’s hard to not sound drunk.


Michael Young – His counting stats don’t look terrible, but 3 home runs and 4 steals prorated over the whole year sounds Crapolanco-ish.  I wouldn’t drop him, but I’d sweeten a deal with Young and just grab an MI off waivers in leagues where that’s possible.

Josh Beckett – At some point, he’s going to look human again.  It may not be today…Well, it’s definitely not today because he’s not pitching.  It may not be tomorrow…Well, it won’t be tomorrow.  Not pitching then either.  It may not be until July, but at some point it’ll happen.  Don’t believe me, ask Ubaldo about his 1st half last year.

Joe Mauer – Welcome back, Joe!  Now trade him immediately.  Word out of Minnesota is Mauer will be sitting in a beach chair behind the plate to avoid crouching.  I just jumped out of a DeLorean and I have the big news from next year’s baseball preseason.  Bud Selig and Ed Wade switch toupees to raise money for lupus with a fundraising drive called, Raise the Wolf.  The 2nd biggest story:  after another down year in 2011 for Mauer, he will play primarily first base in 2012.  Then everyone will go crazy for a 12 homer hitting 1st baseman thinking he’ll be that much better if he doesn’t have to catch.  Well, that’s for another day (or year).  For this year, Mauer’s all name value.

  1. drpepper says:

    Viciedo vs. Snider as speculative add?

  2. DHill Dragons says:

    Swung a nice trade last night and a good add/drop for a little overnight roster makeover.

    New additions:
    CC Sabathia
    JJ Hardy
    Ackley (waiver add)

    Alexei Ramirez (I still have Starlin)
    Coghlan (waiver drop)

    I think the best of CC lies ahead and Pineda hasn’t been nearly as dominant lately and will hit an innings cap later on. I didn’t need both Castro & Alexei but I do like getting Hardy as he’s been white hot lately. Morse is certainly in a sell high groove. I pray that he doesn’t turn into the next Bautista (he won’t, he still strikes out a lot, doesn’t walk much and is streaky). And I’ll take the possible upside of Morneau & Sizemore for bench depth in the 2nd half of the season.

    Thoughts and/or impressions Razzball nation?

  3. herschel says:

    @Grey: Minor doesnt stay in the rotation after Beachy comes back, correct? Safe to drop in redraft leagues?


  4. Fonzie Guillen says:

    Reposting since the new post announcement went up as I was typing in the last thread!

    Working on a trade for some pitching. I’m able to let go of an OF (D. Brown, J. Bruce, Kemp, Dread Pirate, or Quentin), Rizzo, and/or Moustakas.

    His original offer was Greinke for Bruce, though I’d rather not let go of Bruce (and underperforming for career year isn’t a trade I want to make in any case).

    I’m eyeing Greinke, but he’s also got Marcum, Pineda, Price, D. Hudson, and Hanson.

    Thoughts on some fair trades from this group? The league format is
    6×6 H2H


  5. Bernie Brewer says:

    @Grey: I have Nishioka & S. Sizemore at 2B right now (16-team mixed). Do I:
    1. sit tight with Nishioka & Sizemore,
    2. pick up J. Weeks or Ackley or Lawrie (for his eventual call-up),
    3. trade J. Zimmermann or J. Sanchez if I can get H. Kendrick or R. Roberts in return?

    Thanks so much!!

  6. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Who do you like best, Beckham, Jemile Weeks, or Tsuyoshi Nishioka?

  7. Fonzie Guillen says:

    Ha! Easy enough. Thanks!

    Also, if you’re into spy fiction, the protagonist/narrator from The Thirty-Nine Steps describes, on separate and non-consecutive occasions, how he’s changed his appearance via various moustache-trims. Cust kayin’

  8. mets fan says:

    @Grey: If miller does pitch well on monday is he worth an add in a 12 team h2h league?

  9. Hi Grey — who is a better role of the dice at 3B between Viciedo, Ian Stewart, and Eduardo Nunez? And at 2B between J Weeks, Ackley, and Nishioka?

    This is in a 20-team roto league, and all told, I can roster three of above players. At the moment I have Stewart, Ackley, and Nishioka but am second guessing myself here.

  10. Buddo Chezuski says:

    Grey, haven’t seen any blurbs about Ian Desmond in a while. Steals are nice but rest of his numbers are belch-worthy. Unfortunately for me, there really aren’t any better options at the moment. Would you still stick with him at SS/MI in a 10 Team H2H?

  11. K!cks says:

    Come on JG! Why aren’t you leading off with Gardner? Gardner in the leadoff spot makes your offense better …

  12. Wilsonian says:

    @DHill Dragons: honestly, and I’m not trying to be a dick here, but I don’t really like that deal. It’s O-K. For one, Morse is on FIRE. I think you should be able to pry something away from someone that’s a little better than an injured (and injury plagued) combo of Morneau and Sizemore. Someone in your league has to think he’s the second coming of Bautista. Ackley isn’t that great, either, fantasy speaking. He’s solid, but he won’t provide much this year. CC is good, but his numbers aren’t any better than Pineda’s and I think you could probably have gotten something much more appealing than those guys for Pineda and Morse. The only thing I like is Hardy over Ramirez, but I don’t think it’s that great of a move to lose those other pieces at $0.50 on the dollar.

  13. brad says:

    Cut one:

    Kelly Johnson
    Mark Reynolds
    Dee Gordon
    Paul Goldschmidt

  14. brad says:

    @brad: whoops, I mean,

    Cut one:

    Kelly Johnson
    Mark Reynolds
    Dee Gordon
    Paul Goldschmidt

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Goldschmidt

  16. brad says:


  17. brad says:

    @Grey: thanks Grey. Would you rather have Goldschmidt or Viciedo?

  18. uncdrew says:

    Why are there so many more “buys” than “sells” every week. My 97-man roster is full, dude. Please tell me to sell Jorge de la Rosa or somebody so I can get rid of them.

  19. t-rex says:

    Hey Grey,

    I already pulled the trigger but just wanted to get your thoughs:

    In a keeper league, his Matt Garza, Nick Hundley and Howard Kendrick for my Alex Gordon, Jonathan Lucroy and Jonathan Sanchez.

    I’ll drop Hundley and grab Salty off waivers (I have Posey on DL).

    Thanks for the help.


  20. EG says:

    Rasmus or Boesch, ROS?

  21. RichC says:

    Hey Grey, Happy Fryday to you!

    Even though Rizzo has been up for a week or so longer
    then Ackley, who will have the better stats at the end of year?

    I like Ackley since he will have 2B eligibility along with OF eligibility.
    And they both play in a park with a “-co” at the end. Rizzo may have
    better power stats though?

  22. t-rex says:


    Which side do you like better:
    1. Greinke/M. Holliday
    2. J. Johnson/Theriot

    Thanks again,


  23. Wilsonian says:

    @t-rex: Greinke by a landslide.

  24. RichC says:

    Just for those who have not heeded Grey earlier advice.
    Here are the stats of Espinosa over the past 30 days courtesy of Yahoo:

    Danny Espinosa (Was – 2B)

    29/102 14runs 7hr’s 19rbi’s 3sb’s .284avg .357ob

    Over a 162 games, you’ll take that and be very happy!

  25. trick dad says:

    who wins here: morse and james shields for c. santana and j. zimmerman?

  26. trick dad says:

    @trick dad: non-keeper

  27. Salty Balty says:

    Looking to unload either I. Kennedy or J. Chacin in a keeper league for a bat. Second to last year of a five year keeper league, I have Verlander in the later rounds, and I’m not keeping two pitchers. Between the 2 of them, who do you think has the best chance of keeping their awesomeness going and who should I look to deal? I love them both, but desperately need a bat for the 2nd half.

  28. Sweet D says:

    If you needed roster room, would you drop brett anderson or bartolo colon? I know it sounds silly…but does it? Also, hold onto desmond jennings or gamble on the blackmon/shafer’s of the wire?

  29. t-rex says:

    Thanks Grey (and Wilsonian)

    New additions:
    1. Greinke/M. Holliday/Prado
    2. J. Johnson/Theriot/R. Weeks

    Still 1?


  30. p0rk burn says:

    Coghlan just optioned to Triple A, Dewayne Wise c’mon down!

  31. bogbert says:

    Looking at Grady, and looking at my wire. Plenty of speed but not much quality power. Would you drop Grady for any of the following (and my average is now plummeting thanks to Phillips, Rasmus, JP, etc.) –

    Swisher, Willingham, D.Brown, C.Ross, Espinosa, Helton, C.Pena, Trumbo


  32. schlitzy says:

    I am in 1st place in my 11 team 5×5 NL Only league by 10 points and third place is 28 points behind. I have a number of good young players at low prices and I’m looking to go for the jugular (one could say that I go big or I go home…ugh I hate that guy) and deal for high priced stars to solidify my spot on top. I’m trying to land Hanley and Greinke and the trade proposed to me is as follows (prices are for 2012):

    I give: Dee Gordon ($1), Pedro Alvarez ($7), Teheran ($1) and Daniel Murphy ($6).
    I get: Hanley ($38), Greinke ($31) and Fukudome (who cares, wouldn’t keep him)

    Like or no like? I might be able to swing Bruce ($36) for Gordon. IS that better?

  33. DHill Dragons says:

    @Wilsonian: I hear ya, and I appreciate your feedback. I realize that Morse is hot, but trading isn’t very active in my league so my options were limited. I think you’re selling CC a little short though, he has always excelled in the 2nd half. He’s a proven top 10 ace on a very good team that scores a lot of runs (something my team was lacking). Pineda has been very good to me but I feel his value was only going to go down from here and my league mates were already wise to the eventual innings cap which will probably coincide with our playoffs. Morse as hot as he’s been has had a tough time cracking into my lineup with Youk blocking him at 1st and Braun, Kemp, Dread Pirate and Bruce in my OF and Utility spots. Morneau I’m hoping will provide a good 2nd half, it seems like the Twins are playing much better now, but either way, he’ll be a spot Utility or off day fill-in. I agree that with 3-4 willing trade partners I probably could have squeezed a bit more out of the deal, but in setting my team up for a playoff run, I bolstered my starting staff and have some lottery tickets deep on my bench.

  34. chata says:


    this is from your last post (scroll down) :

    “Zack Greinke – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 10 Ks. His ERA is now up to 5.23. BUY! Seriously, don’t walk, run and buy him….”

    perhaps the reason he is so difficult to buy is that espn has greinke
    ranked 9th …. ahead of felix , cain , hamels , c.j. , verlander , marcum ,
    j.j , anibal , jered , jonathon , shields , lester , ubaldo , yovani , lincecum ,
    clay , jair , etc .

    a) ahead of your game
    b) a reason ‘why’ 53% of espn teams are abandoned

  35. Wilsonian says:

    @t-rex: no problem, and yeah, I’m still going Greinke side. JJ is hurt, Theriot is crap, and Weeks is good, but not to make up for the HUGE upgrade from Theriot to Holliday.

  36. Wilsonian says:

    @DHill Dragons: I totally understand. I’m currently trying to sell Pineda in another league and am having issues because everyone knows he’s capped. But I can’t help but think you probably coulda got a CC-ish SP and another pretty solid bat (of which I don’t consider Sizemore or Morneau – unless you’re in a 28 team league) like maybe a Gaby or something along those lines.

  37. MrHappyTime says:

    Pick 3 pitchers to stream this weekend from this list. De la Rosa vs Hou, Stauffer @ Min, Carrasco vs Pit, Danks @ Ari, Humber @ Ari. Thanks in advance!!

  38. John Drunks says:

    need ss help, 4 closers total, in a keep ur 5 best league, with beachy in a minors slot all year…

    beachy + longoria + brian wilson for Hanley???

    i’m tempted…

  39. p0rk burn says:

    @John Drunks: You dont need SS help that badly. Step away from the ledge, man. Don’t do that trade.

  40. crews says:

    I’m in a couple CBS leagues and your blurb for Niese got me laughing…
    I just picked up Beachy in a H2H points league and here’s a piece of the CBS analysis from June 13 on him: “Beachy is 1-1 this season with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts, and he has struck out 46 batters in 44 1/3 innings of work. The 24-year-old is a low-end option across the board, when healthy.”
    So dude has a sub-3.50 ERA and a >9 K-rate (not to mention a sub-1.10 WHIP) and he’s a “low-end option?” Who’s in the mid-tier? Felix and Lincecum? Am I missing something? As you say, “Rhetorical!”
    Love the site, man. Thanks so much.

  41. Josh says:


    Lohse or Andrew Miller?

  42. birrrdy! says:

    @Grey: Liked the article, and intrigued due to my love-hate relationship with my Norwegian brethren Chris Volstad. In a 5×5 10 team NL-only keeper league. How would you rank these available starters?

  43. birrrdy! says:

    @Grey: starters are:

    – Volstad
    – Duke
    – Worley
    – LeBlanc

    Also, do you think any of the following are worth dropping to pick one or more of these up? Capuano, Leake, McDonald, Arroyo.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

  44. birrrdy! says:

    sorry Grey, guess the Volstad pitch was in your morning FIP article, but still possibly relevant for your buy-sell thoughts as well. thanks again!

  45. xopchipili says:

    what’s cooler than bein cool? Nelson Cruz! Or is it Matt Joyce? Oh, I know, it’s Two Thirds Of My Outfield!

    fortunately, there’s a man whose name is basically the first bit of Schmotato and the last bit of Hot all smashed together. That’s right, Luke Scott, come on down! You’re the next contestant on My Team Is Held Together By Used Bandaids And 30 Year Old Topps Bubble Gum!

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  46. Richie says:

    Hey Grey,

    Josh Tomlin a good stream option against PIT today?

  47. Random Collmenter says:

    i need pitching bad. would u trade Bupton for Greinke straight up? what about quentin for greinke? my other outfielders are holliday, hart, and lind… thanks.

  48. Bob says:

    @ Grey: Espinosa, K Johnson or Hill for 2B? Also drop Grady for Pagan?

  49. Art Vandelay says:

    I give Papelbon to get Choo. Already have Axford, Capps, and League, so I don’t need saves (although that reliever corps gives me agita). I have to pull the trigger, right? And I actually read this morning’s post on my smartphone on the toilet, not the afternoon. Prescient!

  50. Wheelhouse says:

    Morse or Butler? Butler’s very steady but don’t see the upside anymore.

  51. Jeff says:

    Hey Grey,

    Scherzer + Nelson Cruz or Tommy Hanson + Kimbrel

  52. steve b says:

    damn Grey,I dont wanna have your baby or nothing but you or so damn entertaining.TTMR wishes he could be as hip as you

  53. chata says:


    don’t start tomlin

  54. Richie says:


    I didn’t. I got advice from a few other people and they said he’s a no-go.

  55. airweino says:

    Need to pick up two guys…how would you rank these for this year?

    Rubby DLR
    R. Delgado

  56. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, Not looking good for Marcum :/

  57. Mr. Neutron says:

    @tggq21: Looks worse for Crawford…hammie pull.

  58. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    actually… Marcum is out of the game???? wonder what happened.. I’m stuck watching the Buccos game.. Black n yellow

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tggq21: Not sure, black n’ yellow.

  60. herschel says:

    @Grey: 5 x 5 roto, which 2 are your faves of the following ww pitchers? leake, karstens, rubby, lyles, mcdonald, nicasio amd paulino. mucho gracias.

  61. friar says:

    Who do you like better in a roto league for next week only?

    Cueto: vs. NYY (Nova), @ BAL (Arrieta)
    Bumgarner: vs. MIN (Pavano), vs. CLE (Carmona)


  62. Jhonhnyh Pheralhta for Dan Haren… the winhner is?

  63. herschel says:

    Shaun Marcum was pulled from his start against the Red Sox in Boston after just one inning on Friday evening.
    It’s currently unknown if the move is injury related, but beat writer Tom Haudricourt reports that Marcum did appear to be “favoring a leg.” Marcum’s one frame of work was an awful one, as he threw 45 pitches while allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two. His status should be updated later this evening.

  64. TomtheBod says:

    @Grey – Tabata and Billy Butler for Adam Lind; good trade?

  65. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    @herschel: Thanks even though that’s something I would not like to hear.

  66. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Jays’ announcers said Marcum had groin injury which could mean long DL stay.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VinWins: And there goes that.

  68. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    @VinWins: @Grey: So Glad I picked up Beachy today!

  69. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Oh god.. Now what happened to Youkilis?

  70. @Grey: Yeah, I know, but once I lose The Misplaced H, I have to find a new 3B in a 12-Teamer. Looking at names like Wigginton, Headley and Figgins makes me sad. Any suggestions?

  71. friar says:

    Choose your favorite 4 roto pitchers for the rest of the year out of: Garza, Billingsley, Bumgarner, Cueto, Kennedy, Lilly, J. Sanchez, Carpenter, and Scherzer. Thanks.

  72. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    This Red Sox’s game is Injuring everyone!!!! WTF is going on here?!?

  73. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Just got this rumor from a blog…

    “Youk was beat up after the THURS game but tried to play through it tonight. Whatever was nagging him forced him out of the game… Youk is at worst Day 2 Day”

  74. fyodor says:

    Hey Grey.

    Which two of Zimmermann, Garza, Beachy?


  75. Wilsonian says:

    @tggq21: but then again, aren’t we all day to day?

  76. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Actually… Stomach Illness seems to be the correct reason why Youk left.

  77. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    @Wilsonian: Minute to Minute with my health…

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tggq21: That doesn’t sound too bad.

    @fyodor: Zimmermann, Garza

  79. Exactly says:

    Viciedo or Wigginton?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Exactly: Viciedo if it’s for a bench spot.

  81. Exactly says:

    @Grey: I wish…thanks D. Wright!

  82. Exactly says:

    I also read that Arencibia might lose some time to Molina b/c of his thumb issue: stick with J.P. or pick up: suzuki, yadier, soto, buck?

  83. herschel says:

    charlie blackmon will not be denied.

  84. Casilla says:

    You’re wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong about Alexi Casilla. As a Twins fan I feel sorry for anyone that takes this advise.

  85. Garvey's Illegitimate Child says:

    @grey what are your thoughts on chris nelson?

  86. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    @Exactly: @Grey: If that’s the case… Would you drop J.P. for Olivo or hold?

  87. Wilsonian says:

    @Exactly: where did you read that? That’s shitty news.

  88. Steve says:

    Just dropped Aaron Hill.

    Didn’t feel a thing.

  89. potus says:

    @ all:

    left hip flexor strain for Marcum

  90. Wilsonian says:

    Speaking of…JP, Santana, Wieters?

  91. Steve says:

    Just taking Zimm a little while to get his timing back, I suppose…

  92. Exactly says:

    @tggq21; Wilsonian: On cbssports:

    According to the Toronto Star, Blue Jays manager John Farrell plans to reduce his rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia’s workload for a little while. Arencibia didn’t start on Thursday, but was back behind the plate on Friday. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout against the Reds, but the Blue Jays would win the game, 3-2. The rookie has been catching the entire five-man rotation and been dealing with a sore thumb. Jose Molina will continue to catch Zach Stewart and start catching Brandon Morrow. “I think the thumb has had a little bit of issue there with the aggressiveness with which he’s swung the bat,” Farrell said. “Like every guy in our lineup, they’re going to go through those ups and downs to a certain point, but I do think that the thumb has had some effect. To what extent I can’t quantify that, but any time you’re dealing with that thumb where your hand is going to roll over it one every swing, he’s had to manage the inflammation and a little bit of discomfort that he’s dealt with.”

  93. Steve says:

    Oswalt out of sorts again (sad face).

  94. Exactly says:

    Can someone please remind Oswalt that he’s pitching against the M’s and he’s actually good? Thanks.

  95. Steve says:

    @Exactly: I thought about commenting that Pineda had a no-hitter going to see if I could jinx it and help Roy out. Turns out thinking about commenting was enough.

  96. Exactly says:

    @Steve: I’m actually glad contreras is in…what to do about Oswalt…what to do?

  97. @Grey: Baker or Kuroda? 10 team 5×5 roto 1500 IP max..

  98. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Now that Pujols is 3B eligible, I’m trying to turn Youk into Votto. He wants Yovanni, I’d offer Chacin, Cueto or CJ. Enough?

  99. McBainus says:

    Dee Gordon gets a garbage time steal…nice.

  100. Wilsonian says:

    So I had an offer out of my Pineda/Zobrist for his Shields/Espinosa. I was actually going to cancel but he got to it an accepted during Pineda’s domination on Philly. Do you still like the deal for me?

  101. Flunkie says:

    Can we prettymuch forget about Lowrie forever?

  102. How the hell does Blackmon go 4/4 and not have a single SB? And how come his pic at ESPN is of some nerdy looking white dude? The Buffalo Soldier can’t be a nerdy white dude… can he?

  103. Oh, and The @Grey: Oh, and The Misplaced H gives me a grand slam (not to mention back-to-back days with a dinger) on his way out the door. Dunno’ if I should just be happy about getting the stats or be sad that Headley will be in his slot as of tomorrow.

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Flunkie: Yup

    @Awesomus Maximus: Buffalo Soldier!… Kinda sad about Headley but you can just play hot hands until someone sticks.

  105. @Grey: Yeah… and if Haren can deliver in the second half, I’ll be more than happy to play musical 3Bs for the rest of the season.

    Speaking of Jar Jar, are you familiar with The Phantom Edit?

    I haven’t watched it yet, but one of the draws is that nearly all “Jar Jar Antics” have been edited out, not surprisingly with no detriment to the film in any way, shape or form.

  106. chata says:

    listening to an interview with the former agent for jose tabata ….(he’s
    had 9 different agents , since) .
    the former agent says he first met tabata when there was some turmoil
    in his life .
    seems tabata’s wife kid-napped a baby and burned down a house .

    no word on how venezuelan authorities handled the situation .

  107. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    damn Grey,I was really hoping you would get me all pumped to p/u Snider again.I drafted him in a keeper league w/ irrational high hopes and then,of course,had to drop him.

    He’s just one of those players I cant quite get over.I’m in first place in that league,I am plenty deep at OF,yet Im still trying to rationalize grabbing him.

  108. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey and/or anyone else,10 team h2h 8×8 keeper league.I already have Fielder,Lind and Morse w/ 1B eligibility and Im looking for a SP,so….

    give up Rizzo(and a high draft pick) for Liriano?

    Liriano just seems so inconsistent still for a guy who should be really getting his shizz together at 28.

    what do y’think?

  109. schlitzy says:

    which side do you like better- A. Gone, sandoval and Bruce for Longoria, Hanley and Dunn.

  110. K!cks says:

    Melky, Abreu, Coco, Austin Jackson or Tabata?

  111. K!cks says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe
    Rizzo for Liriano is a great trade, depending on the pick.

  112. dirtyd says:

    Espinosa or Aaron Hill?

  113. Blargh says:


    Just traded my Cano for Hanley and nolasco. 20 team keeper. Thoughts?

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I heard about it, but never saw it. Honestly, can’t say I’m a huge Star Wars fan. First one was fun, I liked Empire, like everyone. Return was a mess, and the final three weren’t very good. Jar-Jar or not.

    @chata: Yeah, heard that before.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I’d take Liriano.

    @schlitzy: Bruce

    @K!cks: All coin flips… Abreu…

    @dirtyd: Espinosa

    @Blargh: Eh

  115. Tony says:

    drop fuentes? bailey just got the save…. i might be a day or 4 behind here lol, not like me but fuentes is 1-7 and i almost dropped his bum ass when he was kinda getting saves….

  116. Eddy says:


    Someone’s up early!

    Having a bit of a dilemma.

    Ackley or Bill Hall for razzball?

  117. @Grey: The prequilogy was god-awful, indeed… probably why I haven’t bothered watching The Phantom Edit. Just a funny concept, editing out a hated character and it having no effect on the plot… proves how pointless he was.

    Dunno’ if you’ve already seen Due Date (Robert Downey Jr & Zach Galirepczynski), but I thought I’d pass along a reco. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but funnier than I was expecting. It goes to some dark places quite often, which I know you can appreciate.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I liked it more than I thought, but had pretty low expectations and wouldn’t say I loved it. The car crash was ridiculous. I’m all for suspension of disbelief but they should’ve both died.

  119. Nick says:

    Is longoria going to turn it around at any point? I have aramis ramirez at util, would you want longoria or trade for verlander if you need pitching?

  120. Bosmosis says:

    Rox have 6 road games this week (5 vs RHP, 1 vs LHP)… Do you think it’s too risky to start giambi in a weekly H2H league? How many ABs do you reckon he’ll get? Otherwise I’m looking at Hafner, Wallace, Willingham… Thoughts? Thanks!

  121. elwood blues says:

    is vogelsong to be trusted the rest of the year..
    can I swap him for Nolasco or will I end up regretting it… Rocky has pissed all over my era and whip in recent weeks.. I am in need of some wins.. in a keeper league.

  122. elwood blues says:

    @elwood blues: my other option would be to float E.Sanchez to him.. for Vogel.. and hold onto Rocky. NL only 4×4

  123. @grey

    you mentioned Pineda as a SELL a few weeks ago, so I am trying to get some good value for him now, was offered Gregg (Balt closer) for him, but thought that would be selling short, he also has Bailey, do you think either one is a fair trade or should I go for both ( as they are both kind of turd closers)

    THanks! kR

  124. debar says:

    10-team h2h points league, got an open roster spot and biggest need is either 3b to rotate with mousse or a sp5 to rotate with latos/wandy/nolasco, who do i pick up:

    reynolds, aramis, danks, lilly, norris or jonsanchez

  125. Wilsonian says:

    Blackmon, Tabata, Lawrie…pick two in a 16 Team H2H Keeper

  126. Wilsonian says:

    @kR Express: I wouldn’t deal him for a closer. I just dealt him and Zobrist for Shields and Espinosa. I’d shoot a little higher.

  127. these are all free agents, please give your rankings:

    Brett Gardner
    Dominic Brown
    Dee Gordon

    My lineup is pretty solid, looking for a bat for DH or fill-in while Hanson is on DL.

  128. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Nunez or League for ROS…

  129. Sundersmack says:

    Why do you always have to bash on Jurrjens? Hes must have burned you in several leagues….anyways he’s been one of the bright spots on my team that has had bad luck so kiss my ass.

    12 team keeper mixed:

    M Montero
    J. Upton
    A. Jackson
    D. Brown
    B. Abreau
    J. Bruce
    D. Jennings
    Dee Gorden
    M. Prado

    M. Pineda
    D. Price
    M. Latos

    I don’t carry closers…waste of category we use the net/saves and net/sb

  130. Sundersmack says:

    Any suggestions on how to improve my team though a trade? I was trying to get Tulo fot teix and jeter….let me know…problem with trading pitching is people in my league don’t value pitching as much as hitting.

  131. Big Timer says:

    Thoughts on starting these SP’s tonight. I am barely up in ERA and WHIP, going to win K’s and barely up in wins.

    Danks @Ari.
    Malholm @Cle
    Wandy @LAD

  132. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: much obliged, sir. One more for the road:

    Which side…Heyward/Uggla/Gio OR J-Up/Kelly Jo/Greinke? What if it was J-Zimm instead of Greinke?

  133. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks. Don’t think he’d do it for Greinke. What if it was Ubaldo, Morrow, Garza, Dempster or Beachy? Still Upton side and which guys?

  134. bean says:

    if you had a kid right now would you name him Bernadina Sagnof Albright? Love it when my SAGNOFers hit dingers

  135. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: throw Norris in the mix, too.

  136. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Garza, Ubaldo, Morrow, Norris, Dempster…

    @bean: Did he hit another one today? He’s been lovely.

  137. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: sweet, thanks man. Much appreciated.

  138. Exactly says:

    So I’ve been trying to swing a Morse for Greinke deal, but the other manager is not completely sold on the idea…do you like any of these alternatives:

    A. morse and carrasco or holland for greinke and rios
    2. morse and pena for greinke and masterson or latos
    D. there is no D.

  139. bean says:

    @grey not yet! back to back dinger dangers tho the last two games. quick question: Ben Revere or Shafer for roto prob short term (2-3 weeks)

  140. Bsw says:

    Which side-stubbs/Daniel Hudson for f-her?

  141. friar says:

    Who wins this trade in a roto league?

    Weaver + Granderson for Votto + Cruz.


  142. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Need 2 of these 4 starters next week… Chacin @ Cle, Sabathia vs. Col, Beachy vs. Tor and D. Hudson @ KC?

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Fletch: Sabathia, Chacin…

  144. friar says:

    @Grey: Thanks

  145. Wilsonian says:

    Crawford to the DL.

  146. @Grey: It’s funny you mention that, because I was fully expecting the car crash to be a dream sequence, and then gave my wife a big eye roll when it turned out to have actually happened.

    As an owner of Wieters for three years running, I’m beyond angry, past frustration, and now at the point where I feel sorry for the kid. Everyone knows he’s uber-talented, but it just doesn’t seem like he’s going to live up to his potential.

  147. chata says:

    hanley batting 6th .
    bonifacio batting 2nd .
    who’da thunk it ?

  148. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Thanks for the advice! He bit on CJ/Youk for Joey.

  149. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey and everyone else:is it just me or is this really fkd up?….in a 10 team keeper league,there is an owner who is selling off every reasonably talented player he has to stockpile draft picks(and ruining his team in the process,but whatever).Anyway,I offered him Rizzo and a 12th rd pick for Liriano and a 25th rd pick,he turned it down.Then,an hour later he trades Liriano and a 24th rd pick for just a 12th rd pick….to the commissioner.Commish is in 9th place and Im in 1st,but still,this is kinda bs right?

  150. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    I give Joyce and Baker for McCutchen or;
    Joyce and Baker for Stubbs

    Are both good for me?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cheese: Stubbs…Yeah, both.

  152. aj says:

    Which 2 do you Start? 14 team 5×5. Could use steals
    Alex Gordon, Jason Bourgeois Corey Patterson, Carlos Pena, Justin Ruggiano

  153. aj says:

    or Ben Revere?

  154. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: 12 team dynasty league – trade my Lind & Walden for his Hanley? Thanks!

  155. Eddy says:

    Bet a lot of people got sonavabenched by Morrow today.

    I know I did.

  156. BlinkULDHC says:

    So….. are we dropping/moving Polanco in favor of Espinosa these days?

    I find it suspicious that Espinosa is so readily available, as if picking him up attaches a curse to you…. like if I pick him up I’ll get a phone call only saying “7 dayssss”…and then die a distorted face death a week later.

    What’s the catch, why is he so available these days? The low BA? The obscurity of the Nats? The fact that he’s a rookie?

    Espy’s counting numbers are just a shade below Cano’s (34-12-41-7 to Cano’s 40-14-45-6), and surpass a lot of higher profile 2B (Kinsler, Zorilla, Pedroia, MYoung, BPhillips, et al.)

    Probably a no-brainer to drop Polanco (30-4-38-3).

  157. Eddy says:

    So I’ve had a chance to watch a few ABs v. Rubby De La Rosa and he’s bene pretty impressive. Still some location issues, but his stuff is electric.

    His next few starts, if everything falls in place, are:


    He may be worth rostering for a bit.

  158. JackInTheBox says:

    So who’s starting Gallardo @Bos tomorrow?

  159. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Complete the equation: Felix Hernandez = Mark Reynolds + ??
    With the ?? being a pitcher.

  160. chata says:

    how nice was that danks stream ?

  161. Eng says:

    Grey, would you trade your Sandoval for his Dunn? Thanks in advance, I’m conflicted.

  162. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hey now. Trust you’re weekending well.

    Although his age was a caveat, you were high-ish on Torres this year. Looks like he’s losing PT. Is he at the point of being disposable?

  163. bogbert says:

    Grey, if you needed mostly K and WHIP, who would you pick? Thanks

    Morrow, Stauffer, Beachy, Dempster, Carrasco

  164. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I can use 2 of these 3 in my RP spots for the rest of the season …which 2 do I go with? Stauffer, Bailey, Nunez

  165. chata says:

    would like to see collmenter get blown out of the water today .

  166. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    I need Arrietas two starts. Would you drop Garza for him? I like Garza but he is not pitching right now, he is just throwing the ball. Its not enough and i am not sure if he could get his act together any time soon.


  167. Amart says:

    Start Gallardo @Bos today?

  168. Donnie Baseball says:

    Bruce and Walden for King Felix?

    Which side? Thanks

  169. royce! says:

    Travis Snider got bonked in the head and now has a concussion. I’d expect his promotion to be delayed for who knows how long.

    And Happy Father’s Day to the dads out there. Teach them to be moral, kind, and most importantly, to write good.

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: For at least another year. Only half joking.

    **** Happy Father’s Day, fellas!

  171. nick m. says:

    10-team H2H – would you trade Walden and Bruce (mine) for McCutchen (his)? I have RP depth, but I’m not sure if I’d be taking somewhat of a hit in the power department…

  172. bogbert says:

    I think I need to create a bench spot for a hitter. Which pitcher is most droppable? I mostly need K and WHIP, and W to a lesser extent. Thanks Grey.

    Jurrjens, Latos, Liriano, Stauffer, Gio, Bedard

  173. chata says:

    marlins’ manager calls it quits .
    hanley still batting 6th in the line-up (dh) .

  174. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Liriano vs SD, Jurrjens vs TEX, Gallardo @ BOS …. which if any are you starting?

  175. friar says:

    How would you rank Kershaw, Verlander, and Hamels for the rest of the season? Would you trade any of those three guys straight up for either Papi or Pence?

  176. chata says:

    rumors surfacing that tampa bay got rid of kazmir and edwin jackson
    because of their recreational drug use .

    in retrospect , their era’s have certainly gotten higher .

  177. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I can use Stauffer at RP so I’m wondering if I should drop Bailey or Nunez for Stauffer and just plug Stauffer in at RP for the ROS …or just leave it as is with Bailey and Nunez.

  178. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: For once I’m glad I didn’t listen to your advice..

  179. Exactly says:

    in a 12-team H2H points league, need to make room for Holliday…is Pena/Oswalt for Greinke too much to give up?

    Also, would you still do Morse for Greinke? Why is it so hard to sell high? He just keeps mashing.

  180. Exactly says:

    Also, got offered Gallardo for J-Upton…figure you’d say Upton, but what about J-Up for Kershaw? Same?

  181. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Exactly: I’d take Greinke in both. I’d take Kershaw for Upton if I needed pitching.

  182. Exactly says:

    @Grey: gotcha…which would try first, pena/oswalt or morse?

  183. herschel says:

    @Grey: for next week in a weekly roto league, aaron hill (3 @ atl, 3 @ stl) or moustakas (3 vs ari, 3 vs chc)?


  184. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Pujols injured in collision at first base.

  185. Vince says:

    Grey would you give Rasmus for Billingsley?

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non keeper

    My team:
    C: Montero
    1B: Cabrera
    2B: Johnson
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Youk
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Lind
    Util: Rasmus
    Bench: Moustakas, Dom Brown

    SP: Felix, Verlander, Romero, Scherzer, Liriano, Latos, Lilly, Norris

  186. chata says:

    francoeur has 3 SB’s against me this week .

  187. Vince says:

    @Grey: How about giving my Rasmus + Johnson for his Billingsley + Kinsler?

  188. dan rydell says:

    grey and company, i need a little consulting on who to drop so i can activate heyward.


    i feel like its bartlett or lawrie. love lawrie’s potential but its handy to have bartlett since i have stephen drew at SS and he seems to have those stretches with him in and out of the lineup.

  189. @Grey: Fo’ sho’, but at least I didn’t pay $40 to watch Wieters suck. Please fart in Hanley’s general direction if you get a sec… he’s reaming me so hard that I can’t squeeze one out.

  190. Steve says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I traded Hanley away for Howard at the start of the week. Pretty pleased so far.

    Especially since I replaced Hanley with Hardy/Casilla :-)

  191. ChiSox says:

    Would I be crazy to drop Adam Jones for Desmond Jennings as a weekly points league bench option?

  192. Vince says:

    @Grey: My 2B Kelly Johnson

  193. chata says:

    still liking humber

  194. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ChiSox: Yeah

    @Vince: I’d take Kinsler and Bills.

  195. Vince says:

    @Grey: Thanks!

  196. friar says:

    There was a recent blockbuster in our league. My friend maintains it was an even deal, but to me it seems like a complete fleecing. I have no intention to veto, but I’m looking for some outside perspective for my own satisfaction. Who do you think wins this deal, and is it even close in your mind?

    Cano + C. Santana + Hamels = Rollins + Mauer + Pence + D. Ortiz

  197. Wilsonian says:

    [email protected]friar: I would easily prefer the Cano side, but it’s not too terribly lopsided, if at all. A lot of people that don’t read this site think Mauer is a God, and value him way higher than we do. Whether it’s right or not.

  198. Tony says:

    @Grey: grey whats up, is Heyward for Wandy too much? could I get Scherzer with heyward potentially? 12 teamer, h2h not a keeper. Is heyward worth two nickels anymore?

    Are those decent targets or am I crazy? And Uggla dropped, blow the waiver priority on him? I mean i might as well and sit him hoping for a turn around?

  199. friar says:

    @Wilsonian: That was my thinking as well. To me this seems like the Cano side gets the best two players in the deal without having to give up anything of incredible value. I know some people love Mauer, but this felt like you’d need to be head over heels with the guy to make the trade. Obviously, some people will do that, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t crazy for thinking this was lopsided.

  200. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Felix + Walden for J. Upton + JJ.
    I’m currently in a solid first place, so part of me wants to minimize the risk that JJ doesn’t come back…but is Upton too much to give up?
    If yes, what kind of player would be a good fit in place of Upton?

  201. Grey

    Grey says:

    @friar: I agree with Wilsonian.

    @Tony: I’d see about Scherzer, I think Heyward’s name value should get you something. I’d grab Uggla off waivers.

  202. Tony says:

    which side:

    A) ian kinsler/Rollins

    B) Brandon Phillips/Heyward?

  203. Tony says:

    @Grey: ya uggs will clear in a couple days, i was banking on burning the priority, there’s been nothing else close but RIOS dropped this year with potential to have a monster 2nd half…

    I’m looking to move heyward, i dont think he’s ready yet for 2011, maybe next year.

  204. Grey

    Grey says:

    @McBainus: Upton’s too much. I’d give a #2 OF.

    @Tony: B

  205. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Espinosa or Phillips for ROS?

  206. Tony says:

    @Grey: wow didnt expect you to say B. haha.

  207. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Pena appears on the way up: Diamondbacks 3B Sean Burroughs was outrighted to Triple-A Reno following Sunday’s 8-2 loss to the White Sox. According to multiple reports, the team is expected to purchase the contract of Wily Mo Pena, who is currently playing for Reno in the Pacific Coast League. Pena is batting .362 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI for the Aces.
    (Updated 06/19/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 6/19/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    While nothing has been made official, the club is expected to promote Pena over the next day or so. With Arizona playing nine of the next 12 games at American League parks, the team wants an extra bat with pop in the lineup to serve as the designated hitter. Pena should be able to provide that, as he has been tearing the cover off the ball down in Triple-A. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor the situation moving forward. If Pena is called up, his run producing ability makes him a possible sleeper candidate in NL-only formats, heading into Fantasy Week 12 (June 20-26). Stay tuned.

  208. AL KOHOLIC says:

    happy fathersday to all

  209. Fletch says:

    Sabathia …you fat pig!!

  210. Eddy says:


    Rauch or Javy Guerra?

    I’m scrapping for saves.

  211. @Grey: Considering their respective shituations (as well as my personal 3B shituation), what do you think of a recently proposed my Ubaldo for their Wright?

    I’m inclined to turn it down and not go above my Vogelsong, Bumgarner or Gee for Wright, but I’m curious as to WWGD.

  212. The talented MR. Deez Nuts says:

    hey fellas! just got back from vacation… you shoulda seen me in the forests trying to get reception on the iphone to get the daily razz reading!!! pretty amusing (i got mauled by bugs too).


    i’m in a predicament… I have to activate Holliday by tommorrow @ 5pm. My current OF’s are

    Kemp, Upton, Pence, Krispie, LoMo (all OF eligible only)
    my Utility is Blackmon (OF Eligible only)

    This is in a 12 tm NL only. unless i make a trade, i would have to drop Blackmon in order to activate Holliday.

    Some dude is trying to take advantage and offered me Miranda for Blackmon straight up, i didn’t reject it, as i figure it’s better then just straight dropping blackmon (considering i am starting Nady at 1B right now).

    Another dude offered me Votto ($20) for Logan Morrison ($5) and Tommy Hanson ($2)

    i hate to give up hommy tanson at $2 though… dude is a stud… any thoughts?

    would you:

    A: Drop Blackmon
    B: trade Blackmon for Miranda (and hope i get Goldschmidt when he gets called up)
    C: Trade LoMo and Hommy and get Votto

    decisions, decisions…

  213. @Grey: Right, and Ubaldo seems closer to being productive… relatively speaking, so I’d be trading a headache for a possible migraine.

  214. herschel says:

    @Grey: as a kimbrel owner, i was offered venters and guerra for farnsworth. worth the handcuff, or should i stick with kimbrel and farns (other closer is valverde)?

  215. Joe B says:

    @Grey: H2H league with HR allowed and K/BB as additional categories… I need one of these SP this week

    F Liriano @Mil
    S Baker @Mil
    G Gonzalez @NYM
    R Dempster @KC

  216. Wilsonian says:

    Better speculative DL add: Broxton or Nathan?

  217. K!cks says:

    Peralta or Mouse as my backup 3B?

  218. flylo says:

    Who wins in a BJ Upton for Greinke swap? h2h, redraft league btw. Thanks

  219. herschel says:

    @Grey: need to start 3 of the following in a weekly roto league (trying to make up ground in era/whip). who do you like?

    gallardo vs min
    d hudson @ kc
    norris vs tb
    kuroda vs ana
    nicasio @ cle, @ nyy

    thanks much!

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