Jorge Posada’s going to hit 161 home runs (accounting for one rainout, of course), Granderson’s going to win the MVP and Big Papi still sucks.  Oh, and Beckett’s record will be 0-25-1. Yes, a tie.  My crystal ball doesn’t lie, don’t second guess it.  Spring has sprung and baseball’s back.  It’s a good time to be alive.  The flowers smell different, don’t they?  They smell like hot dogs.   Right now, I feel like putting some endangered Chilean sea bass on the grill, an Olde English in an oversized cozy and kicking back for the next six months while the sounds of baseball dance in my head.   Oh, and win all my fantasy baseball leagues; that would be nice too.  The number one thing you don’t want to do in the next few weeks is overrate anything you see.  You’re not winning your league in the first few weeks, but you can lose it.  As inviting as Brett Gardner seems right now, don’t drop A-Rod for him.  Even if A-Rod cheats.  Brett Gardner’s an intriguing name in deep leagues.  Just don’t jump out the window until you see how real the fire is.  On the other hand, don’t ignore what goes on these first few weeks.  This is when The ‘08 Nadys (<–great band name) get signed, but is also when the ’09 Bonifacios open for them.  Anyway, here’s what I saw this weekend for fantasy baseball:

Jon Rauch – Officially the closer for the Twins.  Old news at this point.  But, as far as I’m concerned, old news is better than new news because saying new news sounds dumb.  Who are you, Starship singing Sara, Sara… Sara, Sara?  I get it.  One Sara would suffice.  No reason why Rauch can’t be completely effective as the closer, or effective until July when the Twins trade for Bell.  Rauch is a sneaky donkeycorn, which is redundant because all donkeycorns are sneaky.  It’s in their DNA.  In all the leagues I had Guerrier, and it was quite a few, I dropped him and grabbed Duchscherer.

Justin Duchscherer – When healthy, he’s pitched well.  When not healthy, you DL or drop him.  He’s a Bennis Carpensheeter.

Andrew Bailey – Limped off the field on Saturday with grabbing in his knee.  *sad trombone*  Bailey says he’ll be fine for Opening Day.  I say it’ll be a miracle if he gets through April healthy.  With Wuertz *pinkie to mouth* hurtz, I grabbed Ziegler and dropped Duchscherer in one league.  Yes, in the matter of two blurbs I’ve added two guys and dropped two guys.  That’s how I roll.

Gio Gonzalez – Named the A’s fifth starter.  I already dazzled your retinas with why to own Gio Gonzalez.  Gio’s 1980 Belushi wild, but he’s also pretty unhittable.  He could easily be the AL’s answer to Jorge de la Rosa.  Oh, and Gio pitches in a pitcher’s park.  Hello, melons, I like to squeeze.

Coco Crisp – Fractured his pinkie.  And the breaks keep coming for the A’s.  I mean good breaks.  Bee tee dubya, Fox didn’t crack the lineup even without Crisp.  Let us say, radicchio.

Jack Cust – Geez, is this an all A’s roundup?  Cust was designated for assignment.  Still… No Fox!  Eric Chavez will be the primary DH.  As far as Chavez can limp, DH may as well stand for designated hamstring.  Chavez doesn’t need Macho Camacho to knock him out, a strong gust of wind will do.  Fox will see his share of ABs this year.  Elias Sports Bureau said Jake Fox is the first super-utility man in the history of baseball who can’t play defense.  Actually, they didn’t say that, but something that was overheard this week in the Elias Sports Bureau compound, “On Monday, Peter, in accounting, imitated the dramatic prairie dog a record 17 times.”

Nate McLouth – Hamstring’s fine, will play on Opening Day.  This guy really fell off the map in drafts.  See no reason why he can’t give you a 20/20 season with a mediocre average.

Luis Valbuena – Bruised his hand and will miss a few days.  Grudzielanek will fill-in for him.  Somewhere the guy who has to sew the last names on the Indians’ jerseys groans.

John Bowker – Won the starting job over Schierholtz.  That’s like beating conjoined twins in a race to put on pants.

Scott Kazmir – To the 15-day DL.  No way!  C’mon!  Really?  He’s only supposed to miss two starts.  And I was only supposed to write a blog for a few months back in 2007.  Oh-kay.

Jeff FrancisRockies placed him on the DL.  In other news, who cares?

Seth Smith – Will start over Dexter Fowler on Opening Day.  It’s only Opening Day, but Fowler’s value could take a hit moving forward. Unless we can somehow coax Brad Hawpe to run into a wall.  Smith’s a great pickup in deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues.  His bat has never been the issue.  Playing time has.

Aroldis Chapman – Sent to Triple-A.  He’ll be back at some point.  June is my guess.  Filling in for him is…

Mike Leake -The first 1st (geez, so much redundancy in this post) round pick to make it to the major leagues from last year’s amateur draft (you know, the one with Strasburg).  Leake has quality control and strikeout stuff.  I’d grab him in keepers and NL-Only leagues.  Just remember Homer Bailey was a highly touted pitcher and we’re still waiting for him.  For every rookie phenom, there’s a few roofies in your drink and you wake up in Guatemala watching a high school production of My Fair Lady.

Mike Jacobs – Staying in the “Mike” genre, Jacobs will be in a blahtoon with Fernando Tatis.  I understand the Mets are biding their time until Ike Davis is ready, but they couldn’t have went after a 1st baseman this offseason.  The Mets are a big market team, right?  Cause I could’ve sworn New York qualified for that distinction.  The Mets really need to move past minayal and get on with pain and guilt.

Dustin Pedroia – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a HR yesterday.  He says he wants to go for 20 homers.  That would be a record for a Sparky Anklebiter.

Kevin Youkilis – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and hit his first and probably only triple this year.  Assist from Nick Swisher when his route to the Youk triple was through Beacon Street.

Josh Beckett – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Last year, his April ERA was 7.22.

CC Sabathia – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Another notoriously slow starter.  He’ll be fine.  Long season, yadda2.

Brett Gardner – 2-for-4, steal of home.  You tell Raphael that Brett Gardner ain’t taking no jive from no Western Union messenger.

Jorge Posada – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, HR, one manly pat on the butt from Andy Pettitte.

Nick Johnson – 0-for-3, hurt himself on Friday, but played yesterday.  If you have Johnson on your team and you need him to stay healthy, it’s like needing farts to not smell.

  1. Aaron says:

    I actually drafted Cust this year. Was hoping the DFA would mean he got picked up by a team in a hitters park. Cmon Yankees/Reds you need this guy picking up 650ABs for you.

  2. Aaron says:

    Cust Kayin’

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    I don’t think Mike Leake is listed on yahoo. Dammit.

  4. penpen says:

    Mike Leake seems like it should be a prank phone call name… but it doesn’t really work.

    “My clique? My clique? Is my clique here? Has anyone seen my clique?”

  5. Tony says:

    hip hip JORGE!

    i’ll take 3-4 from my catcher with a dong on opening night…. I love how espn has opening day today and all they’ve talked about is frikkin stupid donovan mcnabb….booooooooooo…….. basketball playoffs are coming, baseball is full swing and all they talk about is a guy who hasn’t been able to win it who’s at the end of his career going to a crappy team in washington….

  6. jj says:

    Word is McClouth will be platooning.

    Melky will play everyday. Switching from left to center.

    So basically it will be a Diaz/McClouth platoon.

    Who knows how long that will last.

    Plus Melky will be leading off.

  7. kangaroo hops says:

    I thought they ironed on the names on the jerseys, not sewed them on. At least not unless you are a franchise player.

  8. Jesse says:

    Where I’m from, Grey, it’s spelt “coozie.” ALso, “spelled” is spelt “spelt.”

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Posada hits 161 dingers, and has 322 passed balls.

    Nicked Johnson is the prime contestant for the Moises Alou Crack, Snap, and Pop award. True story – once he was injured while swinging a bat in the on-deck circle. Reports said he would be out 3-4 days. Wound up missing the entire season.

    Now I know why I have this intense fascination with Fox. By the end of the year, he will qualify at more positions then Jerry Hairston, and be completely inept at all of them. Whats the over/under on the number of games Chavez plays before he joins Nicked on the DL?

    Grey – Did you start Razzball in 2007?
    Todays column – funny as hell.

  10. Jesse says:

    The only way the whole “rookie phenom… roofie-in-the-drink … wake up in Guatemala to My Fair Lady” thing is worthwhile is if, when you wake up in Guatemala, you walk down to the mercado and yourself get a whole stack of pupusas. Then it’s alllllllll worth it. Am I right? Who’s with me?

  11. Eric H. says:

    @Grey: Dump Baez for Ziegler?

  12. Beau says:

    In a 10 team mixed 3 of league with $100 FAAB how much would you bid on hewyard?

  13. Hideousmutants says:

    Does anyone else notice a resemblance between Josh Beckett and Paul Krugman? I think it’s in the wide-eyed surprised look they both seem to always have.

    Drop Chris Young (SP) to get Duchscherer? He’s the last guy on my roster and the one I figured I’d drop whenever someone interesting came along.

  14. fredaycouples says:

    One Mr. Homey Bailey or door #1 (Gio Gonzalez)?

  15. Dingo says:

    I’m confused by the latest news on Reimold. He’s not the starting LF, but he’s still going to be on the roster as a platoon partner? Is he now going to be playing 1B as well?

  16. Beau says:

    @Beau: Also, drop kazmir for ziegler?

  17. BSA says:

    It is good to read this in the AM rather than catching on the world through CNN and SI. Welcome back to baseball everyone. Now if I would just stay away from my itchy trigger finger during these ups and downs of early spring.

  18. cnote says:

    Fredyacouples, I ‘d go with Gio cause of his K potential.

    A couple things:
    -Would you deal away Scherzer to acquire Hawpe?
    I have good pitching depth (Hamels, Baker, Weaver, Slowey, Price, Rowland-Smith, Hughes), and I could probably use a solid OF. I’m currently juggling Fowler/Snider in my last OF spot.

    -Pick one…Sheets or Cueto?
    I could add both, but I’d be dropping one of my closers (Marmol, Gonzalez, Dotel, Frasor, Rauch).

  19. Tony says:

    @cnote: wouldnt deal a bag of sunflower seeds for Hawpe, mainly because i love sunflower seeds and also bc i love seeds.

    you’ll find a better option on the wire at some point….

    I wouldnt drop a closer for those pitchers either, if you had to probably pick up Cueto.

  20. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Grey. Just wondering your thoughts on Robinson Tejeda. I’m in a 12 team AL only league where we all use a couple of middlemen. We don’t use Holds, but those K’s are hard to ignore.

  21. cnote says:

    I would definitely add Robinson Tejeda in an AL-only league.

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @cnote: i’d want cueto, and i’d probably drop dotel

  23. bobbo says:

    @Grey: I have a pretty dominant top of my staff in an innings limited roto league (King Felix, Sabathia, Wainwright). I need to move one of the following: B Anderson, Liriano, Harden. Which one gets voted off?

  24. quimmy says:

    14 Team 5×5 Roto:

    Which side do you want:


  25. The Cino says:

    Grey please help, mixed, roto, 12 team, 10×10 (includes K for batter) also count Saves and Blown Saves
    C1 MMontero
    C2 JClement
    1B RHoward
    2B BPhillips
    3B DWright
    SS HRamirez
    MI MPrado
    CI JVotto
    OF MKemp
    OF JUpton
    OF ALind
    OF CLee
    OF CQuentin
    SP Halladay
    SP Nolasco
    SP Garza
    SP Liriano
    SP GFloyd
    SP BPenny
    SP MLatos
    RP BWagner
    RP MThornton
    BN CCoghlan
    BN Conor Jackson
    BN CRasmas
    BN IDesmond
    BN RTheroit
    BN AChapman
    DL EBedard
    DL MWuertz
    I know have too many OF and IF and am light on Saves, all closers are gone so I could add setups, I probably need speed too. Who should I cut or trade and what should I be looking for? Should I ditch Penny or Chapman?

  26. Mr. Rickey says:

    12 team keeper 4X4 roto – how would you rank these OFs: Parra, Gomes, Nix, Schierholtz, Edmonds.

  27. metsfan says:

    @quimmy: I’d go with the Howard side. But I love Nolasco. I have him equal to Josh Johnson.

  28. charlie batch says:

    please put in order! gio gonzalez, brandan morrow, wade davis

  29. The Cino says:

    I also have Sandoval for DH slot

  30. ok gio is available but who to get rid of?i have lots of bench pitchers already. for bats i just picked up ian desmond as a future prospect and scuturo who i thought could be great on boston?
    even though ive already got roillins…but 2 dh can be anyone

    so heres all my bench pitchers…..just grabbed h.street for down the road incase he really gets hot?someone dropped em when he got hurt. some dont like using rp but they can have upside when having a week of good matchups. ..or like papelbond and bell….they can be better than most sp in our leauge.papel gets me some on first day!!

    rp….aardsma..h street..marmol
    sp.. phil hughes and david price

    transactions are only a dollar……so ya thinking dump street back for gio? l

  31. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @quimmy: howard side, and it’s not even close.

    @bobbo: i’d probably just try to see which one would give you the most in return. i wouldn’t waive any of them. i’d be worried about injuries and ineffectiveness of all of them, so it might be worth keeping all 3 if you aren’t getting something of need in return simply because all 3 have question marks, and it’d be nice to have some sort of potential high end insurance policy.

  32. Denys says:

    Hands up: who’s dropping Strasburg or Chapman (and which one) for Gio Gonzalez?

  33. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @chiasports: do you not have a DL spot to store street? i’d probably drop street for gio. street could come back in a month or he could pull a reyes. furthermore, no guarantees morales doesn’t take the role and run with it. i highly doubt anyone in your league is chomping to grab an injured RP in the next week, so you can hold gio for a few starts and see what he’s got. worst case scenario, you drop him after he was 23 guys in 15 IPs and you pick up street or some other sagnof. best case scenario, he’s the next coming of jonathan o or george of the rose.

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Denys: if you don’t need gio right now, and you have some SP depth, i’d have to consider holding tight. if i did need some SP depth right now though, i’d drop chapman.

  35. jesse says:

    @The Cino: How many teams do you have in your league? It can’t be more than four (your team has 8 players taken in the top-3 rounds of my 12-team draft).

    If you are worried about speed and saves, I would consider moving one of your OF (especially Quentin, whose foot still concerns me, no matter what the Sox say) and some bench depth (I would be particulaly open to moving Chapman (so long as this isn’t a keeper)while people are still high on him – the truth is, he’s almost definitely not going to out-perform any of your top three arms at any point in the season, and I don’t think he’ll out-perform Liriano either.

    You could go after a number of closers that don’t have the big names by moving those two, and I would also try my damndest to bring in Julio Borbon as well, before people realize that this kid can sustain a .370 (okay, maybe .360, but with plus-plus speed) OBP in the bigs.

  36. bobbo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I agree I’d like to hold onto all of them. Problem is I’m in a keeper league and my 2 RP keepers that I locked were (prior to all injury news) Nathan and Street. Needless to say, I am quite light on saves with only Dotel and Madson to my name. Either I punt saves, or try to move a SP for some crappy closer. Ugh.

  37. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Gray:

    You could have pulled out this line as well for Gardener, “All is well, all will be well in the Gardener.” Good movie

    Update on Fat Puma: No exact time table of returning; looks like he could be out a lot longer then people think. Or not of course…

  38. The Cino says:

    @jesse: 12 team auction, some of my talent were keepers, some is explained by it’s a CBS league which ranks pitchers and closers very high, too high actually, and many of my opponents have no clue and follow CBS rankings/values too closely.

  39. Tony says:

    I love all the “who do i drop to grab GIO madness” and i snagged him up like 3 days ago…..

    What are others doing with Strasburg? Just holding tight if you drafted him?

  40. preptime says:

    Gio or Matusz?

  41. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Reimold is hurt and will be platooning. Me, “Okay, no biggie, I’ll pick up Fowler.”

    Fowler will not be platooning. Me, “Okay, I guess I’ll move on to Rasmus.”

    Reimold was MOSTLY just being held back because of his injury, and now Pie is hurt, so Reimold will probably start opening day… and maybe he won’t be platooning after all. Me, “Okay, I guess I’ll consider adding him again… but the O’s aren’t playing ’til Tuesday, so I’ll get the Monday start from Rasmus before I make the swap.”

    It’s crazy the shuffling you have to do once you get this deep into the season.

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @bobbo: i’d ride out madsen/dotel and see what happens. dotel can get you to ~30 saves even on a bad team, and madsen could take the job and run with it over an injured lidge, who may still suck when he returns. plus you never know when a team that drafted 4-5 RPs hoping to trade a couple might get tired of hoarding them and drop one for a flavor of the month guy on the wire. or you could have 1 of your 3 SPs start off the year hot and move them for a high end RP instead of trading them now for another donkeycorn that could lose his job in a month if he blows a couple of saves.

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: i’d probably have taken rasmus over both of them anyway.

  44. Denys says:

    I have the dilemma of having both Strasburg and Chapman on my team and really want to hold on to only one of them.

    I think Chapman is the safer hold. Nationals aren’t going to be competitive this year, so there’s no reason to rush Strasburg – kid needs seasoning. After all he only pitched in college up to this point. Plus they won’t rush him on innings. So I don’t forsee anything until September this year. Late call up with the roster expansion and a couple of starts, or maybe just relief appearances.

    Though I don’t know the level of competition in Cuba, what I do know is that the Reds have a chance to stay in the divisional race this year. And that will prompt them to take a look at bringing Chapman up right away. As early as May, and as late as June. That division is so weak that “your fifth starter better than their fifth starter” scenario might actually win it.

  45. nick m. says:

    looks like russell martin is already batting 2nd for the dodgers. he went undrafted in a shallow bench h2h league i’m in – i already have mccann, but is it worth a tentative pickup to see if he rounds into form, then i can trade one? i’d have to drop someone in the marcum, wolf, frasor area…

  46. preptime says:

    Alcides Escobar batting 8th. Gomez batting 2nd.

  47. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, where Rasmus is at in that lineup… he’s probably close to a full-time playing Reimold. I’d rather have Reimold, personally… but I’d also rather know if he’s going to be full-time before I drop Rasmus for him. Can’t have everything…

  48. TJ says:

    Open roster spot due to Cliff Lee on the dl. In a k-heavy h2h league, who do i pick up- Gio, Latos, Clayton Richard or Justin Masterson?

  49. knighttown says:

    Making sure I have the right guys on my roster with a few names available on waivers. Please put in order:


    (I’d assume my top guys of Nolasco, Haren, Price, Sanchez and DeLarosa are clear of this group?)

  50. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    Oh. And Corey Hart is out of the line up.

  51. jesse says:

    @Denys: I disagree with your take on Strasburg v. Chapman. 1) It’s not about divisional races – there will be a Central American-style coup in Washington if Strasbrg isn’t on the mound by June 1. 2) To suggest that Strasburg needs any more “seasoning” than Chapman I think is a stretch, or just plain wrong. You can expect Strasburg to pitch as well as Prior did when he came up with the Cubs, which is to say, dominantly. And while Strasburg’s team won’t score a ton of runs and get him a ton of wins, at least they have a few defensive gems on that team, which is to say, I would be surprised to hear they are a worse than average defensive team on the whole (someone’s going to UZR me in the face on that statement probably).

    It sounds like you’re trying to talk yourself into Chapman. I don’t think you’re going to be able to successfully without lying to yourself.

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @jesse: i wouldn’t say the nats won’t score runs. i think they’ll end up being a pretty average offensive team.

  53. Juice says:

    Anyone have an opinion on Morrow versus Gio or is it just a toss up?

  54. Fresh says:

    10 team H2H points weekly rosters

    Drop Fowler for any of these guys?


    this is my only offensive bench spot

  55. Nathan says:

    Ian Desmond listed hitting 8th on Yahoo Gameday.

    I call shenangians.

  56. Nathan says:

    And of course, hitting second…

    The one, the only: Willie Harris. Someone kill me.

  57. GTG says:

    Would anyone start Marcum today in Arlington in a mixed league?

  58. Commish Cauda says:


    Let’s not get carried away here. Gio has skills but he’s a nack-end starter. Matusz is a ROY and future ace

  59. bobbo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Great points. Thanks for the advice! I guess I just started to panic a bit since I’m in a league that has Holds as a category as well, so most of the “closers-in-waiting” are also already on teams. Here’s hoping Bell or Broxton go down!

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Aaron: Hehe

    @Terrence Mann: Hadn’t even realized that, thanks for the heads up!

    @penpen: That’s hilarious.

    @Tony: Yup, title of this post was almost, “McNabb Traded, And Baseball Starts.”

    @jj: Could you show me a source?

    @kangaroo hops: Think that’s Little League, not sure though.

    @Jesse: Hehe

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha, funny stuff. Yeah… Thanks.

    @Jesse: I’m with you.

    @Eric H.: Nah

    @Beau: $5

    @BSA: Morning to you.

    @Hideousmutants: Ha re: resemblance. I’d go with Duchscherer.

    @fredaycouples: Tomato-tomahto. I’d stick with Gio for now.

    @Dingo: They’re working Reimold back slow.

    @Beau: Nope on Kazmir for Ziegler.

    @cnote: I wouldn’t drop a closer, I’d try for someone better than Hawpe.

    @Clyde Prompto: Grab him, he sounds solid for that league.

    @bobbo: Harden

    @The Cino: I’d trade all your bench hitters for a closer. I’d also drop Chapman.

    @Mr. Rickey: That order, but flip-flopping Gomes with Parra.

    @charlie batch: I’d go with Morrow.

    @PaddyTwoTimes: You might have been the only one who got the reference.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha!

    @Denys: I wouldn’t own either, but Strasburg’s over Chapman.

    @nick m.: Don’t bother.

    @preptime: Thanks for the heads up!

    @TJ: Latos

    @knighttown: I’d flip flop Buchholz and Liriano.

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Juice: Morrow

    @Fresh: Blanks, but they do different things.

    @Nathan: Oh, those silly Nats.

    @GTG: I wouldn’t want to, but not sure who you’re going to start him against if not there.

  61. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Fresh: Depends on what you need, but I’d take Blanks over Fowler.

  62. Exile in Dixie says:

    A rookie with no seasoning whatsoever rushed to the majors to pitch for a maybe competitive Dusty Baker team? Mike Leake can’t get into the Yahoo player pool fast enough! I’ve got a Razzball league to win!

    NB: I realize that Dusty’s rookies usually start out insanely dominant and then fail the next year, but my cheap shot doesn’t work if you include that part.

  63. Bob says:

    Start Padilla v. the Bucs?

  64. ThePoonTycoon says:

    hang on to corey hart as a bench flier or go ahead and drop him for maybin before maybin has a big game and gets scooped?

  65. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Beau: eh, i just started checking rotoauthority this year, and i disagree with them on a lot of their rankings.

  66. Commish Cauda says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    Me too…actually I’d go with all of those guys except Reimold over Fowler. In such a small league, you can’t afford to roster/start guys who don’t get the ABs

  67. sun tea done right says:

    ’08 Nadys = bland name

  68. Commish Cauda says:


    I’d try to drop someone else and hold onto to Hart…but I think Maybin will be cover boy for post-hype sleeper weekly. He’ll be a hot add soon enough.

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: (and anyone else): Here’s the first installment of Choose Your Own Adventure: The Secrets of Fantasy Cove:

    Because of our league settings, Jason Heyward is now available through waivers. Putting in a claim costs me almost nothing (I’m 11 of 12 priority-wise right now). I have a full OF/Util though: Dunn/Lind/Grady/Borbon.

    Do I:

    a) Pick up Heyward; drop Sean Rogriguez, the soon-to-be-2B-eligible Wonder Boy of Spring-Time?

    b) Pick up Heyward; drop Matt Crapps, the 6th best closer on my team? (Yes, I have 6 closers. I collect ’em like pubic crabs.)

    c) Pick up Heyward; drop Franklin Morales, the 5th best closer on my team who may not close all year?

    d) Stand pat

    e) Manage my own damn team

  70. robertloblaw says:

    what do you predict the line for co-jack will be?
    yahoo just posted that he will leadoff in the opener…

  71. wily mo says:

    @knighttown: i might be going a little crazy on liriano at this point but i like him better than not only everybody on your first list but also jsanch and jdlr.

    these are the groups my brain breaks all those guys down into:

    1 – haren, nolasco (why are we even talking about this)
    2 – liriano, jdlr, sanchez (lefty’s K ranch)
    3 – price, ervin (the odd couple)
    4 – cueto, buchholz, latos (i am so young and talented that you cannot predict my movements. twilight new moon was awesome)

    i’m not saying i’m right, that’s just what i see. opinion! caveat!

  72. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I have embarrassed myself, my family, and all of America by misspelling Sean Rodriguez as “Sean Rogriguez.”

    I ask you to find room in your hearts to one day believe in me again.

  73. Denys says:

    @jesse: that’s my word. but i think grey is right, don’t own either at this point. i just know there are teams in my league that’ll grab them right away and then i’ll regret once june rolls around.

    if i see a couple of gems from Gio, i’m rolling the dice, but pointless to do anything at this point while no one’s pitched an inning.

  74. Danny says:

    @Grey: I think I am going to need to stream a couple pitchers, who do you like the most this week out of:

    Homer Bailey
    Brad Penny
    Dallas Braden

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: lose capps. he’s as likely to lose saves to storen as morales is to street imo.

  76. MikeE says:

    So someone in our league dropped both Latos and Helton today… If I can get them, is it worth dropping Correia for Latos? What about Corey Hart for Todd Helton? I have average concenrs with both Mark reynolds and Chris Davis on my team…

  77. quimmy says:

    Votto/Hunter enough for Kemp?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @quimmy: I’d want Kemp.

  79. Buge Hoobs says:

    To fill my MI spot until Kinsler proves that he’s ready, would you rather go with Barmes, Aybar, or Scuturo (5×5) ?

  80. Sos says:

    Anyone else having problems with Yahoo? We changed a league setting last night and now won’t let us start till week two. It seems that other leagues are having similar issues. Anybody here? I guess you get what you pay for right?

  81. Rico says:

    Just a suggestion, but it seems like a lot of our comments relate to “which SP is better to own than which?” How about a weekly top 10 ranking of the commonly FA SP flier guys. Gio, Chapman, Morrow, Masterson, H-Bailey, Kennedy, and Penny would definitely be 7 guys of the 10 right now. You really recommend Morrow in that division? Just scares me silly.

  82. robertloblaw says:

    haha! grey, i meant for the entire season! :)

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Buge Hoobs: Barmes

    @Sos: I haven’t had any issues.

    @Rico: Every league’s different. Guys in your league who are FA aren’t in other leagues, but will take it under advisement.

    @robertloblaw: Ah… Great Runs, good average, eh RBIs and not good power.

  84. Commish Cauda says:

    ***16-team, H2H-POINTS League***


    Offered Mat Latos for Chris Davis (which you signed off on), but it wasn’t enough.

    (1) Would you do Kuroda for Chris Davis?

    (2) Would you rather have Todd Helton or Davis?

  85. robertloblaw says:

    thanks…so like span’s evil white brother? with maybe 5 less steals?

  86. wily mo says:

    i’d like to have a borderline-pitchers micro-symposium. i have a team, 12-team mixed, where i kind of completely opted out of drafting starting pitchers. like, liriano is my ace. that’s how hard i opted out. i have lilly and matsuzaka on the DL, then i’m filling six roster slots with late-round or waiver-type SPs.

    this is the group i have on the roster right now:

    * ervin
    * fausto
    * latos
    * chris young the tall
    * cj wilson (i’m crazy!)
    * ricky romero

    here is the top batch of arms on the wire:

    * gio
    * morrow
    * duchscherer
    * marcum (i drafted both duchscherer and marcum, then dropped them for fausto and young)
    * ian kennedy
    * jaime garcia
    * paulino
    * a bunch of guys like arroyo, maholm, feldman, randy wells, lannan, zito,
    padilla – the usual streamer suspects

    i know grey doesn’t like fausto, but i do. i’m usually the biggest K whore on the block, so i see the argument, but if he’s really got his control back, he was a cy candidate in 07, so i’m willing to give him a few starts.

    i have this weird cj wilson thing right now. we’ll see if it lasts more than one start.

    the crux of the moment is, i’m almost 50-50 on gio/romero right now. i love gio’s K upside, but i worry about blowups. with a staff this patchwork i can’t afford to open myself up to too much ratio abuse. can i? romero’s had a nice spring and is more of a groundballer, so he feels safer… yet he’s in the AL east, so i probably can’t even use him for starts against most of his division, which tames the joy. if i’ve gambled this far, should i just gamble over the top and take all the biggest upside plays? that would probably mean dropping young and romero for gio and morrow.

    interested in anybody’s thoughts.

  87. Tony says:

    @Sos: why are you changing your league settings on opening night? lol

    @Grey: grey for that article you could use the % owned as a guide….

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: I do the Buy/Sell with SPs. We’ll see, no promises.

  89. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Nathan: ESPN is showing him in the 8 hole, as well… WTF!?

  90. Lava says:

    It’s interesting that Gio won the 5th starter spot over Cahill, who was DL’d for a pretty weak reason (shoulder soreness). If Cahill comes back and neither of Sheets/Duke are injured, Gio might get send down, so be ready for that. I’m sure he’d be back up at some point when either of Sheets/Duke gets injured, though. Just want to throw some caution into the hype, that’s all.

    And the Cust DFA was really surprising. Yeah, let go the only player who has hit 20+ HRs for the team since 2007? Ugggh, sometimes I wish I were a fan of a large market team.

  91. Sos says:

    @Tony: we do unlimited moves until opening day then switch to three. Also, our prez throws like a friggin girl. Yuk.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Yeah, very surprising.

    @Sos: Ha!

  93. Commish Cauda says:

    (continued from above…)


    Thanks for input.

    He just offered me Chris Davis for my choice to give up Kuroda or now Hammel. Am I missing something? I would’ve thought Latos and Kuroda would be more desirable than Hammel?

    Anyway, it’s my lucky day. Give up Hammel, right?

  94. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Follow-up question, from the man in the back:

    If I miss out on my Heyward claim, do I drop SeanRod for Chris Davis?

  95. NoonTime says:


  96. Commish Cauda says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: good idea…at least it’ll save you from continued spelling embarassments. ;)

  97. bobbo says:

    David Wright is a beast.

  98. Lava says:

    @NoonTime: I think he’s around a quarter of the way towards his 2009 total already!

  99. Denys says:

    Luis Castillo still plays 2B for the Mets??! WHAT?!?!?

    They really couldn’t draft/trade for a better 2B this whole time?

  100. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Denys: I think Castillo’s owns Minaya’s soul.

    Or maybe some incriminating Polaroids.

  101. Bob says:

    Damn, I’m already regretting not owning David Wright.

  102. Denys says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Option B sounds likely. Probably doing some coke at a titty bar, circa 2004.

  103. Tony says:

    wright 2 run DongGGGgGGGGggggGG!

  104. Lob Ball says:

    Ian Desmond, my starting MI is batting 8th today behind guys like Kennedy (6th) and Pudge (7th). BUMMER

  105. Howard says:

    Hi Grey, Just wanted to share this 12 team H2H of mine. It’s only rock n’ rollin’ cause I like it!

    C – Vmart
    C – Montero
    1B – Morneau
    2B – Philips
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulowitski
    IF – A. Escobar
    LF – Bay
    CF – Hunter
    RF – Blanks
    OF – Manny
    UT – Ibanez
    UT – Davis
    BN – Snider
    BN – Hawpe

    SP – Lester
    SP – Beckett
    RP – Jenks
    RP – Qualls
    P – J. Santana
    P – Thornton (holds)
    BN – Slowey
    BN – De La Rosa
    BN – E. Santana
    BN – Scherzer
    BN – Latos

    I know that I have “my father’s outfield” but hey, I am my father! Hawpe is on the way out as soon as I find a dance partner. Having two AL East starters is tough too but it could be worse. Maybe I could trade Beckett for Kershaw or reasonable faccimile. Better to wait until the hubris from last night fades!

  106. BSA says:

    Alright – Don’t ask why because it just is…..
    That and I couldn’t answer the question….
    Grey I know you consider catchers to be scabs you just leave alone yet I have a rotation of Martin, LaRoche, and Martinez for 1st and Catching. I am considering dropping one to go get a MR or closer in MR clothes.

  107. Robot Jones just fulfilled one of his 3 laws.

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lob Ball: Yup

    @Howard: Looks like a solid team. You’re obviously missing some speed, but in H2H I don’t mind that as much. Your pitching looks real solid.

    @BSA: Lose Martin.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Ha, indeed!


  109. the fantasy season is upon us

  110. mc serch says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hey, I have 6 closers too! It is an OCD-related illness of sorts…maybe we should start a support group? Hi, my name is Serch and I’m addicted to junky closers…

  111. Serious question: Should I drop Chase Utley? Dude is KILLING my batting average.

    Thanks in advance. I’ll hang up and listen.

  112. BSA says:

    @JR Ewing: Yeah, drop him right into my team – my password is: cmongetserious.

    I’m heading over to the new post.

  113. Mike says:

    Should I drop Bud Norris and pick up Gio Gonzalez? Pretty similar dudes, but I trust Norris a little more

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