The Winter Meetings called it quits this week, and that was perhaps the worst Winter Meetings on record.  Was it because it was in Vegas?  Maybe there were a bunch more trades, but they all “stayed” in Vegas.  The Mariners kept busy gathering veterans who will never play for them, as they grabbed Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians for Carlos Santana.  You remember Santana, he was the last vet that the M’s traded for that won’t play for them.  If the Mariners are trading for vets who won’t actually play for them, they should grab Harold Baines so he can’t go into the Hall of Fame, because last time I checked active players aren’t allowed into the Hall.  Or why bother sticking with baseball players.  C’mon, Mariners, trade for Michael Jordan or Big Show or Turtle from Entourage.  It’s not like you have any expectation of them donning an M’s uniform.  So, the assumption is that Edwin will go to the Rays to bury their recently acquired Yandy Diaz.  You’d think a guy with guns like Yandy Diaz would be doing the burying.  If you don’t know what I mean, see the picture below.  If I don’t bring out the Crisco and apply the shortening, this post will be longer than The Fountainhead, so let’s just say you know Encarnacion, whether he’s on the Rays or Mariners.  For my Encarnacion projections I am assuming he’ll be on the Rays, and putting him at 78/33/91/.241/2 in 523 ABs, and I already gave you my Carlos Santana projections after his last trade, but am upping him slightly to 74/24/84/.232/2 in 563 ABs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Jake Bauers – Went the other way to the Indians.  Yes, that gives the Indians Bauer and Bauers.  The Indians are Bauer’ing up!  Bauer & Bauers sounds like an 80’s CBS show, except one of the two characters is really unlikable.  As for Bauers, I can’t believe the Rays traded him.  What are they doing?  Yo, Rays, you are already so young and cheap, do you really need to trade away Bauers?  C’mon.  The 2022 Rays will be trading away fetuses.  I like Bauers for fantasy, and he should be in the lead for a starting left field job.  His one drawback for fantasy is he’s a bit of a floor player vs. a big ceiling titan of industry.  Think 15/15/.260, or a poor man’s Benintendi.  I will call him, Ben Good-intentionsy.  Hmm, maybe not.  For 2019, I’ll give Jake Bauers projections of 54/14/61/.259/19 in 516 ABs.

Yandy Diaz – Went to the Rays in the Edwin/Bauers trade.  Maybe it’s because Yandy is built like a brickhouse, but I’m kinda hyped on him.  He’s the guy on the right in the pic below, not that the other guy is a slouch.  I mean, neither look like Grey Albright at the Gun Show.  Okay, this feels a little like an article submission to Men’s Health & Fitness.  The title of that article, “You Can’t Fitness Guy In Your Compact Car.”  The problem is if Edwin is indeed in Tampa, then I’m not sure how many at-bats Yandy gets.  For now, I’ll give Yandy Diaz projections of 31/12/38/.282/2 in 324 ABs.

Charlie Morton – Signed with the Rays.  The Rays went out and got Morton because they’re suspicious of too many people realizing their opener trick.  Kinda like how your dentist says, “Only one more filing,” then takes a pliers and rips out your back tooth.  Or is that only me?  Stupid Obamacare!  I’m a bit surprised the Rays went out and got Morton.  He doesn’t feel like the Rays’ type at all.  (Mad Libs in name of player you’ve never heard of who they’re about to turn into someone good) feels like the Rays’ type.  Morton had elbow issues at the end of last year, is 35 years old, and just threw the 2nd most IP of his career.  I don’t know, Rays, I think the Astros might’ve Jokey Smurf’d you.  I won’t be going out of my way to draft Morton this year.  For 2019, I’ll give Morton projections of 9-6/3.54/1.18/159 in 144 IP.

Justin Bour – Signed with the Angels.  This pushes Thaiss down.  Hey now!  I was just starting to look at my rankings that will be released in January and Bour was one of those guys who could’ve went to useless on a team with a 1st baseman, like he was in Philly last year, or sneaky valuable, like he was on the Marlins…Okay, not last year on the Marlins though, it was two years ago when he was valuable.  I could see him running into a 27+ homer, .270 season or a 15-homer, .220 season.  Of course, varying shades in between.  Hey, call him Justin G Biv!  For 2019, I’ll give him projections of 58/23/66/.242/1 in 461 ABs.

Nathan Eovaldi – Re-signed with the Red Sox.  Eovaldi is coming off his best season and has really started to find his strikeouts with his 97 MPH fastball.  Plus, that command?  *chef’s kiss*  Okay, now to translate that into numbers.  He had a 3.81 ERA with an 8.2 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 and was able to throw 111 IP.  Everything in the 1st sentence, lavishing praise, was accurate, and all those numbers are true too, yet not very impressive.  Eovaldi seems to have stumbled into the Red Sox hype machine.  He was better in the 2nd half, but I see more of a potential decent fantasy number three.  For 2019, Eovaldi’s projections are 12-8/3.78/1.16/135 in 149 IP.

Jonathan Schoop – Signed with the Twins for one year to bridge the gap until prospect, Travis Blankenhorn, is ready, i.e., blank-around-the-horn to Blankenhorn.  I keed, Schoop’s not that bad.  The Brewers’ GM was brutally honest recently saying he made a mistake trading for Schoop.  Well, I’m gonna say he just compounded that error by not signing him for less than $8 million.  You can’t get a potential 25+ homer 2nd baseman for eight million in 1990, forget now.  I know he was awful last year, but he’s 27 years old and has averaged 27 homers every year.  Hey, 27’s wild!  Like the really terrible blackjack player once said.  For 2019, I’ll give him the projections of 66/28/78/.261/1 in 523 ABs.

Jordy Mercer – Signed with the Tigers.  He will be replacing Iglesias at shortstop.  Big shoes to fill.  Or rather, big pews.  For 2019, I’ll give Mercer projections of 46/7/51/.241/3 in 464 ABs.

Tyson Ross – Signed with the Tigers.  My mind was blown when I saw he had 150 IP last year.  Apparently, it doesn’t take a lot to surprise me.  So, Bruce Willis was dead the whole time?!  Are you sure?!  Don’t hate this signing by the Tigers (admittedly have no idea how much they paid), I could see Ross getting back to just under a 4.00 ERA, if his command continues to improve back to pre-injury levels.  For 2019, I’ll give him the projections 8-10/4.04/1.28/134 in 162 IP.

Jeurys Familia – Signed back with the Mets.  By the by, signed back is different than re-signed, resigned or signed back of fan while being bothered in line at KFC.  I’ll give Familia projections of 5-3/3.09/1.19/76, 4 saves in 71 IP.

Joe Kelly – Signed with the Dodgers. The reliever who was averaging 99 MPH in the playoffs only seems to be getting faster and faster with his pitches as he ages, which, of course, means when he’s 82 years old, Kelly will be throwing 176 MPH, and, honestly, with an eighty-year-old’s vision, that’s dangerous. Projections for Kelly are 6-2/3.66/1.21/72, 6 saves in 69 IP.

Jimmy Nelson – Re-signed with the Brewers.  Nelson is firmly in the “Don’t forget about these pitchers in 2019” camp, but only for people who didn’t own him for parts or all of 2018 when he was firmly in the camp of “He’s gonna return and be great, I can’t believe I only have to keep him on my DL for 6 weeks…hmm…9 weeks…hmm, he’s due back right after the break…will he be break in September?  Okay, I can drop him now, right?”  For 2019, I’ll give him 7-5/4.08/1.30/127 in 119 IP.

Tanner Roark – Acquired by the Reds for Tanner Rainey.  Too bad the Reds didn’t have a player named Mike Trouty to trade.  In 2017, Mr. Roark was a fantasy disaster, getting Tattoo’d to the tune of 4.67 ERA in 181 1/3 IP, but he still had his Ks (8.2 K/9).  Last year even those abandoned him, along with the fastball velocity, and his xFIP was 4.42.  Even if the Astros traded for Roark, I’d avoid.  With the Reds, a team that can turn good pitchers bad, I wish Roark well.  For 2019, I’ll give Tanner projections of 8-11/4.31/1.31/151 in 184 IP

Ivan Nova – Traded to the White Sox.  His last three year ERAs:  4.17, 4.14, 4.19.  I’d guess his next one off of that but A) That’s the world’s hardest SAT question. B) ERAs are kinda dopey. C) There’s no C.  Nova seems to be in that 6 K/9, no walk phase of his career.  “Do it for 17 years and call me,” says Jamie Moyer.  For 2019, I’ll give Nova projections of 10-8/4.22/1.27/126 in 186 IP.

Patrick Wisdom – Traded to the Rangers for Drew Robinson.  Here’s how I know which side I like for this trade.  Could I see myself ranking one of these guys for 2019 and, if so, which one?  How’s that for Wisdom?  Good!  Not only will Wisdom be worked into a platoon, he will have a chance to win a DH or 1B job outright.  Looking for a guy who won’t be drafted in any leagues who could return huge value?  Look no further!  In 2017 in Triple-A, he hit 31 homers and last year he went 19/13 in combined Triple-A and majors.  There’s a chance he could hit .220 and doesn’t have a guaranteed everyday job, but I like him as an end-game flyer in deep leagues.  For 2019, I’ll give him the projections 43/17/55/.234/3 in 357 ABs.

Lance Lynn – Signed a three-year deal with the Rangers. Usually I don’t mention how many years, because for fantasy it doesn’t matter, but, Hayzeus Cristo, three years to Lance Lynn?  Did the Rangers lose a bet at the Vegas Winter Meetings?  Did someone say, “We’re going to the Wynn,” and it was misheard?  Lynn was good in St. Louis, but Miles Ridikolas is good in The Loo.  Arlington is not The Loo, unless you’re using the secondary definition of a loo.  For 2019, I’ll give Lynn projections 8-11/4.24/1.34/148 in 153 IP.

Andrew McCutchen – Signed with the Phils.  Lots of talk about how this was a terrible deal for the Phils.  I don’t particularly love McClutchin’ His Knee for fantasy, but seems like a great deal for the Phils.  Listen, much love and respect to Nick Williams and Roman Quinn, even re2pect to them, if you prefer, but McCutchen’s uni number for a while was 22 so that’s re22pect, and, if you’re gonna be a contender, ya gotta make contender moves.  Contenda, even, and getting McCutchen is a contenda move.  For 2019, I’ll give him projections of 78/23/89/.251/11 in 541 ABs.

Troy Tulowitzki – Released by the Jays.  Tulo took the news in stride, straining his hammy.

J.A. Happ – Re-signed with the Yankees.  To get a deal, Happ didn’t even have to tell anyone how he’d hypothetically strike out Babe Ruth.  Have you heard about this?  Adam Ottavino said he would strike out Babe Ruth.  Offseason NFL is about who murdered who, offseason MLB is hypotheticals about superstars who have been dead 70 years.  Yo, who says baseball is not lit?  My thoughts on it, Ottavino’s a moron.  Saying he’d strike out Ruth is like saying I’d beat Albert Einstein at a quiz on Game of Thrones mythology.  Yeah, Einstein might struggle with that one.  Or a less ridiculous hypothetical, a top scientist today vs. Einstein as they’re quizzed on current science trends.  Any hoo!  Happ’s had a Verlander-type resurgence the deeper his career has gone.  Never sexy to rely on a 36-year-old, but if he can maintain a 9+ K/9 and 2.5-ish BB/9, then his xFIP will be under 3.90 and he’ll be worth owning in all leagues.  For 2019, I’ll give him the projections of 13-7/3.77/1.16/181 in 170 IP.

Chris Herrmann – Signed by the A’s.  On his Twitter bio (if he has one), he should list his name as Herr/mann.  It’s what all the kids are doing nowadays.

Billy Hamilton – Signed with the Royals.  With Merrifield and Mondesi, the Royals are moving towards an 80’s style go-go offense.  Now they just need Ron Washington.  Not to manage them, but to provide them with cocaine.  The Royals will also be moving towards using mini-souvenir bats, but they will be using them as batons.  For 2019, I’ll give Billy Hamilton the projections 54/3/34/.241/41 in 521 ABs.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome winter meetings wrap-up / write-up.

    a. Didn’t the Royals sign Terrence Gore? J/k, he’s still on the Cubs right? J/k.

    b. Man, what a great picture of Yandy. Also, well done in getting the sign at the gym in the shot. ‘No children allowed…’ Indeed, Yandy is no child and therefore has every right to be there working out!!!

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for December 14

    1. The skin of every human being contains a slave.

    2. The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder’s moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a privileged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.

    3. Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day he is always some man’s slave for wages, and does that man’s work; and this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do their own work and provide their own living.

    4. No animal inflicts it but Man and the Ant; no animal endures it with contentment and transmits it to his posterity without shame but Man alone.

    5. In those old slave-holding days the whole community was agreed as to one thing–the awful sacredness of slave property. To help steal a horse or a cow was a low crime, but to help a hunted slave, or feed him or shelter him, or hide him, or comfort him, in his troubles, his terrors, his despair, or hesitate to promptly to betray him to the slave-catcher when opportunity offered was a much baser crime, & carried with it a stain, a moral smirch which nothing could wipe away. That this sentiment should exist among slave-owners is comprehensible–there were good commercial reasons for it–but that it should exist & did exist among the paupers, the loafers the tag-rag & bobtail of the community, & in a passionate & uncompromising form, is not in our remote day realizable. It seemed natural enough to me then; natural enough that Huck & his father the worthless loafer should feel it & approve it, though it seems now absurd. It shows that that strange thing, the conscience–the unerring monitor–can be trained to approve any wild thing you want it to approve if you begin its education early & stick to it.

    6. …the “poor whites” of our South who were always despised, and frequently insulted, by the slave lords around them, and who owed their base condition simply to the presence of slavery in their midst, were yet pusillanimously ready to side with the slave lords in all political moves for the upholding and perpetuating of slavery, and did also finally shoulder their muskets and pour out their lives in an effort to prevent the destruction of that very institution which degraded them. And there was only one redeeming feature connected with that pitiful piece of history; and that was, that secretly the “poor white” did detest the slave lord, and did feel his own shame. That feeling was not brought to the surface, but the fact that it was there and could have been brought out, under favoring circumstances, was something–in fact it was enough; for it showed that a man is at bottom a man, after all, even if it doesn’t show on the outside.

    7. I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being–that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.

    8. You cannot have a theory without principles. Principles is another name for prejudices.

    9. …an antipathy with a reason back of it has no advantage in lasting qualities over an inherited antipathy whose origin has been forgotten.

    10. [From the New Haven (CT) Evening Register, March 26, 1888.] An interviewer got hold of Mark Twain in Washington the other day and tried to get him to talk politics, but beyond expressing a decided preference for Mr. Cleveland, the humorous Mark confessed to an ignorance of the subject. The following incident, however, shows that he is not without good ideas: Some one in the party suggested that the democratic party encouraged the confederate general too much, and asserted that Gov. Lee received a warmer welcome at the inaugural procession than Mr. Cleveland. This immediately stirred Mr. Clemens up, and he said: “That’s no argument against the party. There’s more prejudice than argument in that, but then human nature is largely made up of prejudices. If you had been shipwrecked, and were out on a raft beyond the sight of land or hope of rescue, with half a dozen of these confederate generals you antagonize so fearfully, and had nothing aboard but a wornout shoe and part of an old sock, you would have something else to think about than sectionalism.”

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Haha, Gore on the Royals would be amazing… I think they have to do it just because because because B. As Mike rightfully pointed out below, Altuve’s doomed C. 1. WHAT, Gross…. 2-10 Lots of slave quotes today huh, bummer Friday theme D. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Now you’ve bummed me out. Bummer Friday retort!

        b. I thought I was close when I started into Aunt Rachel (I think you said it was almost there) so I delved in further to the race/slavery paradigm. But I b. will quickly get out of that one, promise.

        c. Got any hints for the quote? Like what it’s about? Anything? Grey? You there?

        d. Best recent joke I’ve heard

        The Rupaul Drag show is branching out to the UK. The only difference is that the drag queen models in the UK will be wrapping their dongs to the right side. Get it? Ah, man. What a Friday bummer you are!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Aw geez! B. It wasn’t the slave angle C. Has to do with summer D. Ha… Oofa!

  2. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Geez Ruiz the guns on Yandy! I hope he brings back the Bo Jackson breaking-bat ritual after every strikeout! Which happens one in every five atbats for him. With one home run in 265 major league atbats….well, I’m not too optimistic he suddenly catches up to big league pitching. But he is only 27, latino 27, so probably 32.

    Tyson Ross signed for $5.75M for one season. Ugh, obviously Avila is banking on tradebait. Better than Lynn’s obnoxious 3 years, $30M! Sorry Texas, what happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas. You’re waking up to your new wife Lynn with a nasty hangover and he’s shaking your car keys saying “Come onnnnnn, I need to get some IHOP NOOOWWWWW! It’s the offseason and I need to get in shape!”

    And Frozen Rope Kelly, he parlayed his playoff prowess into 3 years, $25M! Wow. Turning 31 next season, he earned $25M from a 65IP, 1.35WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 4.39ERA season. I’m trying to find the sexy in those numbers, I can’t. For fantasy, he’s totally irrelevant. For playoff baseball, he’s a filthy mistress from the underworld that the Dodgers paid a hefty price to blind opposing sluggers with his triple-digit heat in the seventh inning. Their bullpen cupboard is empty, this is who they targeted. Meh.

    So, finally a question: Looking at how awful the AL Central is shaping up to be, will that factor into your rankings? I mean, historically bad! Is it possible to have all five teams net 100 losses? Assuming the Tribe realizes this and doesn’t trade off all their stud starting pitching. Say, Bauer doesn’t get moved for instance, you would weight him more based on the fact he pitches against Royals and Tigers bats potentially 4 times each. So if Bauer has 32 game starts in a healthy season and Sale the same, wouldn’t Bauer be the higher rank in fantasy just based on division?

    Great write-up as always.

    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bitter Beerface: Haha, I know, doode is cockdiesel — Agreed on Lynn, such a terrible deal, Ross’s deal isn’t bad, you can’t really get anyone for under $8 mill as Lynn’s deal shows — I think Kelly’s fine for Ks and a handcuff, nothing out of this world, but if he’s behind Jansen, he will need to be owned in deeper leagues — Al Central gets factored in a bit, I love Bauer vs. the Al Central — but Tigers are actually trying to get better ( I think) — thanks!

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    the Billy Hamilton analysis is why I will always read Razzball !!!

    Speaking of speed, you like Villar as a top 80 player? Looks a lot like Mondesi and about 5 rounds cheaper. Seems like I saw you grab him in an early mock draft.

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    Yandy Diaz…best shape of his life! Surely he’ll easily surpass his highest prorated HR total of 9 at a Latino 27 3/4 years old…

    While I’m on board with the Mets moving Noah…if all they get for him is Jerry Tomato, I’m gonna go back to smoking cigarettes.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Cram It:
      If your gonna smoke,, smoke the good stuff, it will ease the pain of Noah pitching in NY, but in the Bronx!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: I already smoke the crack, but those cigs’ll kill ya!

        Brody can’t be that clueless.

      • Grey

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        @Malicious Phenoms: That would be the biggest mistake of the Mets franchise, and there’s been a few

    • Grey

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      @Cram It: Haha, Yandy is always best shape of his life — I wonder if they’re talking about Jerry Tomato for Noah just to see what they can shake loose in trades. I find it hard to believe they’re actually considering Tomato for Noah. And this is coming from someone who is worried about Noah’s 2nd half

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        @Grey: I’m worried about Noah’s health in general, and I’d rather strike now like they should have with Matt Harvey.

        I can’t fathom they’d make that trade straight up either. I’m reserving faith in Brody until he gives me a reason not to.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed… I think moving Noah isn’t awful, but for a 20-homer, .280 catcher? Feels so meh for one of their biggest pieces

  5. zombie says:
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    Great stuff, Grey! Was hoping for a Winter Meeting re-cap. My main draft is in Vegas every year and details are always on the down low. So you might be onto something. All over Schoop. Value should be obvious, but maybe not. 12 Team ADP? & “working on rankings” is always sweet music to the ears! Thanks & Happy Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: Thanks! Schoop’s around 120 I believe

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Last year they hardly did anything at the winter meetings, this year they hardly did anything that makes any sense.

    These bozo owners and agents are ruining the game.

    Before you know it each team will have 9 guys throw one inning each.

    30 mil for over the hill guys to pitch one inning.

    You could prolly get Bryce Harper’s dad for half a mil for 3 years.

    I miss Denny McClain and the year the Orioles had FOUR 20 game winners.

    Pretty soon no one will have a chance to win 20 games, never mind 30.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Haha, Harper’s dad! — I think the market has changed, no one is at Winter Meetings to do anything… A few years back Cano and Goldy would’ve been at Winter Meetings but now they’re fine doing them before

  7. Mike

    Mike says:
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    “Children are not permitted in workout/aerobics area”

    Sorry Altuve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, coming down hard on someone who was already pretty far down

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Doesn’t matter…every joke is over his head.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe, nice!

  8. MattH says:
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    What?! No spoilers in the Tyson Ross blurb. My night is ruined.

    Great write-up, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: I got a spoiler, it’s daytime, don’t look out the windows!

  9. Axel Foley says:
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    What other teams besides the Rays could EE land on (assuming Seattle moves him?); of those teams, which would hurt his fantasy numbers the most.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

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      Padres? Actually staying on the M’s? Giants? Mostly teams that are not contenders to get him

  10. InferiorHippo says:
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    Hey grey!

    Someone I can’t get a good read on is Matt Olson. In a dynsasty league where we can keep players for 5 years. Also we keep 7 NA spots for prospects, once they play in majors their 5 years starts (exhaust rookie elig) I’m trying to sell high on Morton (good write up on him!). Thoughts on below trade.

    Matt Olson (3 years left) and Aj Puk for Morton (4)
    Also can swap out Puk for India

    OR should I hold out for something better?

    • Grey

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      I’d want Olson there

      • InferiorHippo says:
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        @Grey:
        He won’t do Puk but will do India and a better draft pick. Still do it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re better than me, I can’t

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Feels like guys like him and JoMa gonna have to grab a round early if you want them

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think JoMa’s lost about 300 ABs with Goldy addition

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Guess I’m still thinking he gets traded.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha… Hope so!

  11. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey!

    hope all is well.

    Keeper question… 14 team mix league, h2h, Stats include (k/9), 7 keepers,,… 2 UTL Spots

    For sure keepers:
    Machado
    Stroy
    Blackmon
    JD Martinez
    Scherzer
    Kluber

    For the 7th Keeper, would you keep Corbin or Jesus Aguilar?

    i don’t have a 1st round pick because i traded it last year

    Thanks!
    Chris

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris:
      STORY**

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aguilar

  12. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Bruce Willis was dead the whole time yo!

    Good stuff as usual Grey. Of the following, which two are most likely to get the most saves?

    Seranthony
    Alvarado
    Will Smith (not the fresh prince)
    Trevor May
    Buttrey
    Minter
    Vizcaino
    Colome

    Thanks au grizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Technically, Willis was killed in the 1st few minutes

      Thanks! Hard to say on saves yet, maybe Vizcaino and Alvarado

  13. Dave D says:
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    You or I are a Kinsler. Well, another puzzling move with a 2-year deal. At least not too much dough, but by July 2020 I cannot imagine IK above the Mendoza line.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So crazy that the Padres would give him a deal… What is the point of that

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: It’s cheaper but like last year when they signed Hosmer pushing Myers to third? Weird, but I guess Kinsler is a place holder for Urias 0r maybe they make the move of Tatis for Thor the Mets wanted before- or maybe Urias (and Mejia) for Thor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guessing Kinsler plays 2B for half a year, Tatis comes up and Kinsler bounces to 1B or 3B and Myers to OF

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hopefully at least

            • Sweatpants Nation says:
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              @Grey: Yeah, hopefully. Pads have too many OF that need PT. Margot is really the only CF other than Jankowski. They need to move Myers but that contract. Maybe the Mess will take that too haha.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, wouldn’t shock me tbh

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If they get Tatis with him

                  • Sweatpants Nation says:
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                    @Grey: Or urias and the Mets send Ahmed for the Tomato.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, also in play — better than them sending Thor

  14. Gigorilla says:
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    Grey — Some of us here in Brewtown agree that Stearns F’d up w/ Schoop. Big time, yes on both sides, first screwing with Shaw w/ Moose, then screwing him again with Schoop.

    So the boy wonder will sign a FA 2B for 10mil, plus have nothing in return for giving up Villar, Schoop, and 2 minor guys. That my friend is amazingly bad.

    After Stearns signed Schoop it was universal knowledge that Moose leaves, Shaw back to 3B, and Schoop to 2B for a year. I am confused. Perhaps Domingo can get some PT this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The only good that can come out of this is hopefully Domingo gets PT, but he’s by no means guaranteed it now… Think he’s still buried in the depth chart… That Domingo can’t get PT is perhaps worse than Schoop deals

  15. Hometown Heroes says:
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    I really hope Cleveland actually gets some bullpen and OF help with the savings from these deals…

    Question, 12 team AL only roto keeper league. Would you trade Byron Buxton ($16 2yrs) for Shane Bieber ($1 2 yrs) and Christin Stewart ($1 3 yrs)? Looking to shed payroll and think those two guys can be decent. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      They shot into sell mode fast huh? I’d take Bieber

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