Dylan Moore is, simply put, Whit Merrifield for people who are smarter than Albert Einstein. You can hem, and you can haw, and you can even hew, but there’s no getting around it. Austin Meadows is the most overrated dumpster fire that was born from a stork pooping into a grassy field, so don’t even come at me with that guy, but if you want it, here goes: Dylan Moore is, simply put, Austin Meadows for people who look after wiping. You get up without looking? You’re a dirty stork-dropping turd hole and you’re not smart enough to see the wonderous wonder that is Dylan Moore. Dylan Moore is a young man’s Lorenzo Cain. Call him Still Able Cain. You want a better metaphor? Come up with it yourself, you two-bit noodle nose! How about we put some meat on these bones? In Dylan Moore’s last 151 games in the majors, he’s hit 17 homers and stole 23 bases. Wanna come at me with another guy who you want to compare him to? Fine, Tommy Pham went 24/31 and is a decade (minus six years) older than Dylan Moore. But get this, Pham’s Ks were going up last year and he hit .211. Moore’s Ks went down and he hit .255. Whaddup, Pham?! Who else you got to compare him to? Kevin Keirmaier?! Fine, go for it with Keirmaier, who has had one healthy season in his seven-year career when he went 10/18 back in 2015. Good luck with that! You want more? Well, I want Moore! So, what can we expect from Dylan Moore for 2021 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Dylan Moore hit nine homers and stole 37 bags in 2016. Sure, it was Single-A ball, but that made me horny so I had to pass it on to you. At no point in Dylan Moore’s minor league career did it seem like he was going to struggle with strikeouts. He actually seemed to have the making of a .275+ hitter. He has a 50-grade Hit Tool, and hit .373 in Double-A, .280 in Triple-A, then was promoted to the majors and bottomed out in 2019, hitting .206 with a 33% K%. It was, and is not good. Something was off, and I honestly don’t know what the problem was with homeboy, but he started to show who he was this year. His biggest adjustment was his cutting back on swings, in general. He became more selective, going from 67% Z-Swing to 61.2% and 44% to 41.5% Swing%. Being more selective should mean making better contact, and he did. His Barrel% went from 6.5% to 13.8 year over year, and his exit velocity jumped from 88.4 to 90.4 MPH. xBA went from .193 to .251, and xSLG went from .340 to .464. His 24.7% LD rate was a little high for him, likely due to a small sample, but isn’t totally off from his minor league numbers. Steamer projects him for a .222 average, but that seems off by one of the largest margins I’ve seen so far, or sofa if you sell couches. That could be as far off as forty to fifty points. Even conservatively, Dylan Moore’s gonna hit .250, book it, Paul Dano.

Spent a lot of time on his batting average, because I don’t think there’s much to say on his speed. His Sprint Speed is equal to Cavan Biggio, and feels like he’d have to be injured to not at least attempt to steal 25 bags. He might get caught a few times, sporting not the best caught stealing percentages, but he’s a lock for 17 steals, give or take three, and prolly take…or give. The one that gets him to 20 steals, I never know if it’s take or give.

Wait there’s Moore! The lede that is buried with this post is he is more of a 25-homer hitter than a 12-homer hitter. His 17.3 Launch Angle and 40+ Fly Ball rate could cause his batting average to fall a few points, but will also help him surprise with power. Looking for a guy who could shock the world and go 30/20/.270? I know, that sounds crazy, but the tools are there. No one, including me, is projecting him for that. It is a lot closer for him than, say, Tommy Pham or Austin Meadows or Whit Merrfield or Lorenzo Cain. This guy is Still Able Cain! For 2021, I’ll give Dylan Moore projections of 85/21/62/.262/20 in 567 ABs with a chance for much more.

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Yet another gem, keep ’em comin’ or pace yourself young man! Take your pick.

    a. Love Dylan Moore, had parts of him last year. He’s good. I’d want to draft him in a 12-teamer RCL like in round 20. What do you think?

    b. MLB quote of the day for December 15, 2020

    1. Mo Vaughn, born December 15, 1967

    ‘Vaughn was on the fast track to Cooperstown when he left the Sox as a free agent after the ’98 season. He was coming off a career-best .337 season, already had one Most Valuable Player trophy and three All-Star appearances to his credit, and had 230 home runs and 752 RBIs. But in the five years after he left, Vaughn played just 466 games, missing 2001 and shutting down last season with the Mets May 2. His numbers all declined drastically — .267 average, 98 homers, and 312 RBIs — and his acquisition, first by the Angels, then by the Mets, was considered a colossal mistake by both clubs, and indirectly led to the firing of two general managers, Bill Bavasi by the Angels, and Steve Phillips by the Mets.’

    Boston Globe Staff Writer Gordon Edes (01/25/2004, ‘For Vaughn, no mo’ baseball’, Source)

    2. Rick Helling, born December 15, 1970

    ‘I had some ability, but I didn’t have tremendous ability. But what I had was durability and accountability. That’s what I believed in. I took pride in taking the ball every fifth day. The most important thing to me was my teammates knew I was going to be out there every fifth day. Some nights were better than others, but every fifth day, I would try to find a way to battle and hopefully find a way to win. It was always about winning or losing. I didn’t care about my ERA, and I know I won a lot more than I lost. I’m very proud of that.’

    Rick Helling (T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com, ‘Helling remembered for showing heart with Rangers’, Source)

    3. Bob Feller, died December 15, 2010

    ‘I don’t think anyone is ever going to throw a ball faster than he does,” Joe DiMaggio was quoted as saying during his epic 1941 season, when he hit in a record 56 consecutive games. “And his curveball isn’t human.”‘

    Sportswriter Richard Goldstein in the New York Times (12/15/2010, Bob Feller, Whose Fastball Dazzled, Dies at 92, Source) [Bob Feller Quotes]

    4. Dick Newsome, died December 15, 1965

    ‘He (Dick Newsome) could throw a baseball so fast that I truly could not see it from the time it left his hand until it hit my glove. He scared the heck out of me. I put on my face mask, shin guards and two chest protectors just to catch him in ‘warm-up.’ It took weeks for my left hand to get over the bruises.’

    James D. Pearce in The Poor Town News (2003)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Think you’re gonna have to move sooner, tbh

      B. I used to go see Mo in Fenway when I was in college, he was so much fun…Then Angels and Mets had to ruin him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B. 4. Hadn’t even heard of Newsome until now

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!

        a. Me neither on Newsome. Looked him up on baseball cube…The quote and his stats do not follow. As in…

        1. He pitched 3 years from 1941 to 1943.
        2. He was 33 in 1943, his last year.
        3. He was a bad pitcher. His career stats…

        W-L 35-33, ERA 4.50, GS 74, CG 36, SHO 4, IP 526.0, H 575, R 296, ER 263, HR 32, BB 214, K 138, WP 13, HB 12, WHIP 1.50, H9 9.84, HR9 0.55, BB9 3.66, K9 2.36, RUNS ALLOWED/9 5.06, K:BB 0.64, WPCT .515

        Hard thrower and 2.36 K/9 does not follow. His rookie season he won 19 games with 17 complete games and 2 shutouts. His next two seasons were no good, he went to fight in WWII and retired to his farm after he got back. He died in auto accident in his native North Carolina. Sounds like the plot of a good movie.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Haha, I saw, shows you all those people who say anyone throwing 100 MPH would’ve been an ace 50 years ago

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Maybe his catcher had depth perception problems and couldn’t judge MPH

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              Grey!!!

              a. Maybe his catcher had soft hands though maybe too soft, hard to tell. I thought from the catcher’s comments that he’d be wild with BBs, unable to control or harness his pitches. That’s not the case. Then I thought for sure his H9 is like Koufax 6.00 but even that was wrong.

              b. Dylan Moore for prez for 2024!! I don’t like Dylan Moore, I LOVE HIM! The guy is great, I hope I can draft him this year. Him and Leody!

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                A. Haha, too much lotion on those hands!

                B. I hope we can count on your support!

                • Ante GALIC says:
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                  Grey!!

                  a. Ha! Madge, you’re soaking in it!

                  b. You can count on me! We’ll get him up to 100 ADP in no time! Seriously, 125NFBC ADP is awfully high. Thank God I don’t do NFBC drafts. Not in my purview.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    A. Haha, Madge!

                    B. Yup

  2. Dave D says:
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    Nice write up. Fun fact: I drafted Dylan Moore in round 45 with pick 661 in our early Razz DC at this same time last year. I wish I would have gotten a whole year out of him (and Yordan Alvarez)! Sometimes it’s hard to pull the trigger the next year when you get a break out the previous year. I guess his current 110 NFBC ADP makes sense, but I’m behind the curb on his move up the draft board. Good luck in 2021, Dylan!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, something psychological about that…You enjoy the breakout then don’t want to pay full price…You liked getting the milk for free, perhaps

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, I hope I have this problem five-fold next year….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, that’s a problem you aim for, uh, five-fold

  3. Squidblob says:
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    I’m in a league where we keep 8 and I may have to choose this year between keeping Austin Meadows or Dylan Moore as one of my last keepers.

    • batflix says:
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      Meadows had covid last year, I’d give him a pass, his floor and ceiling dwarf Moore imo. Meadows is also several years younger than Moore.
      The Dylan Moore hype train is the product of a 20 game hot streak from my pov. The dude could be hitting at the bottom of the order, or out of a starting job, or both by mid season.

      But this was still a very amusing and interesting post, thx Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, batflix!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Moore, but do have Meadows in front of him in my rankings

  4. Jayj says:
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    My Mcneil for his Solak. dynasty 16 man. thanks. You dont seem to be a fan of mcneil.

    Also, do you see yandy diaz with any role in 2021? his approach is great. more walks than k’s. Again, he comes cheap for me, but considering shipping him. thanks.

    • jayj says:
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      Also, Laureano and Montas for Arenado. same format

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not a fan of McNeil — currently have Solak and McNeil back to back in my rankings, so dealer’s choice

      Yandy had a negative Launch Angle

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Just my two euros. I do not like Dylan Moore at all and he is 28. He won’t hit enough to put up any good numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore shares for me!

  6. Will says:
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    I suspect Dylan Moore will be a one year wonder like Hunter Dozier’s 2019 career year has turned out to be. Low contact rate, high strikeout rate guys who “peak” at age 27 after a long stint in the minors like Moore don’t usually pan out. He’s going 123rd in drafts right now, too rich for my blood. As a late round flyer, sure, but not at #123.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not out on Dozier yet…Speed/power/leadoff/won’t kill you in average, Moore’s checking the boxes for me

      • Will says:
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        Wil Myers going at about the same spot in drafts (120) as Moore right now. If they’re both available around there who do you pick, Moore or Myers (who didn’t run at all last season)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm, close, but I think Moore

  7. Hernan says:
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    Moore is the perfect example for the “ you want guys that can steal 20 bases without killing you in power?, there’s a premium on those”…, hence Grisham going in top 50, Moore inside top 110…, in 380 MlB at bats he has 17 homers and 23 steals, plays for a losing team, they always run, plays multiple positions, he’ll play 5 times a week…, plus the gains in hard contact seem legit.., and, and, he’s a member of the Better Burritos…,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes! Finally someone commenting they like him — a lot of naysayers today, Hernan, hold tight for pushback

    • Smitty says:
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      Very astute grab on your part Hernan. Dig dudes like him, but not on the Burrito Bros

    • NUX says:
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      Hernan! You back OTC in our Fantrax BB

  8. Tony Wonder says:
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    I’m with Grey on this one! Love me some Dylan Moore. Loaded up on him and Cronenworth last year everywhere I could and feel very comfortable rocking both of those guys out at 2B when needed. Add in the position flexibility with the pandemic still looming during the season and he seems like a great plug for any infielder injuries or as an OF3 if you’ve got 2B filled. I’ll take a lower batting average any time when that player still delivers decent power and speed. He will have 1B, 2B, SS, and OF eligibility next year in some leagues and by the end of the year he will add in 3B, catcher, general manager and bat boy. Mark my words.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agreed!

  9. The Great Knoche says:
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    You bring up a good point. How does a blind person know when they are done wiping their ass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, you got me there, better sense of touch?

    • Smitty says:
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      Like pitching, you get a feel for it

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The MLB owners never want to play a 162 game season again

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        They suck. Soon we’ll have 80 7 inning games, with all 30 teams in the playoffs smh ffs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, the owners would like that, tbh

          • Dave D says:
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            Of course it has to do with finances. Just like COVID. Humor ypurself and google “history of COVID patents” and lets talk about who might be benefitting the most? Not us and not MLB.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure if we ever see another 162 game season…Owners clearly want a smaller season, and more playoffs, and might get their wish if they give in to other players’ demands

  10. CJ says:
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    Hey Grey – totally unrelated to your post but I have an opportunity to get Arenado in 100% dyno. No yrs etc and he needs OF. I have Sexy DP Betts Eloy and Ozuna. With Grish KB Happ and more to fill in if I move one. Soto is not going anywhere. So that said what would say. He is not high on OZUNA too. I can add SP like May or Howard or Ian A. If it helps. Happy Holidays homeslice! Thc

    • CJ says:
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      And Yordan too! “Shrugging shoulders” haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You have Yordan you mean? Him straight up works for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna and Howard work for me, but bigger than that doesn’t sound great

      • CJ says:
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        Cool. Can try… and yes to I have Yordan. Will try that as well.. I am only holding KB at 3b with any shot so hoping if no moves he comes around or gets moved to a happier place! THANKS!!! Cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, KB’s awful, but he has no trade value, methinks

          • CJ says:
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            Terrible… not dropping yet but need something. Well your input has always been wise! Have a great next few weeks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Appreciate it!

  11. Hernan says:
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    Random Question, does anyone knows who’s projected as Cubs Left Fielder???, asking for a friend…, lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ian Happ, as of now

      • Hernan says:
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        lol, I thought Happ was in Center with jason Heyward in right, since they let Almora go and Schwarber too….., interesting…, the cubs have a lot of money, still cutting players.., wonder if they’ll give Bote a full time job.., his statcast numbers are sick…,

        • Hernan says:
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          anyway, guess it’s too early anyways…, 92.5 Average Exit Velocity, 52% hard Contact…, Bryant sucks…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Bryant is very bad

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sick as in healthy?

          • Hernan says:
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            yeah, everyone loves the sexy prospects, i’m always in a quest to find the next random big time producer/late bloomer in a JD Martinez, Eugenio Suarez , Luke Voit , Christian Walker( to lesser extent)…, all they have in common is solid plate discipline and the ability to hit the ball hard, regardless of sample size or so…, in 711 MLB PA’s Bote’s walk rate is over 10%, 91.4 Average Exit Velocity, SwStk% down to a manageable 10%, chase rate also decreased by 10%…, his Launch angle has increased each of last 3 season, only 27…., lol, plus i was trying to guess one of your final Hitting Sleepers…Free BOTE!!!!!!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope, he’s not a sleeper… Those are interesting numbers, maybe I should look at him harder…. .233 xBA and unable to hit breaking/offspeed…He was super aggressive this past year…Wonder if it was a small sample thing

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                As a Cubs fan I can say he has the tools, but like you stated he has a lot of Pedro Cerrano in him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, #s seem to say that too

            • Smitty says:
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              Bote could hit 20 if he gets reg PT

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’d take that at like 550 overall

    • Will says:
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      Ah yes, this is the debate du jour on Cubs blogs. We only have two outfielders on the roster at the moment, Happ and J Heyward. Need a viable center fielder and another who can play the corners. Kris Bryant will spend some time in LF on occasion. But we’re diligently scouring the free agent wires and will likely bring in some (stiff) like Jackie Bradley Jr or Kevin Pillar. They could have had David Dahl for pennies but whiffed. Lots of Cubs fans want them to re-sign Schwarber but I think he’s AL bound to DH.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        They should look at Shin-Soo so they can have a leadoff hitter for once

        • Will says:
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          Meh, Choo looked bad during his age 37 campaign this past season. Lots of calls in Cubland for them to bring back Tommy LaStella as leadoff. Doesn’t help the outfield situation but the Cubs really do need more high average, high contact rate batters.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s fine, or maybe Grossman…Anyone really other than in-house

            • Will says:
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              Now there’s an idea. Grossman checks a lot of boxes for the Cubs – primarily plays left, good contact rate, takes walks, manageable K rate, can run a little (17 steals last 586 at bats). .240 isn’t your prototypical leadoff hitter but preferable to many Cubs in-house options right now.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, agreed!

                • hot corner says:
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                  Cubs should sign Grossman to play left and Cesar Hernandez to second and lead-off. Then, take a shot with Disco as a bounce-back. Fills 3 needs and not overly expensive.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Makes sense to me, wish someone would sign someone

  12. Bamabterry says:
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    Sleeper post…. just in time for me to draft him in the best ball 10’s league. Come on 20/20

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  13. DonnieB says:
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    Manager says Moore and Shed Long will compete for 2B duties. Whatever.

  14. John says:
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    Need to keep two of moore, Castellanos and blackmon. Any way you throw back Castellanos or blackmon for moore?

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