Fantasy baseball trading deadlines are right around the corner, time is slipping…slipping…slipping into the future and your fantasy baseball teams need to lose yesterday’s lunch or get off the pot.  The worst feeling is coming within a few points of winning and pulling up short because you held too tightly to your players.  In October, there won’t be an award for being 50 steals greater than everyone else while losing the championship by 1 point because you didn’t trade for power.

If you have a sizable lead anywhere, strengthen weak spots.  For instance, you have a 15 save lead over your nearest competitor, but a 25 save lead over the pack.  You see a trade partner for your Mariano, but they’re only willing to give you Carlos Quentin.  You try to convince yourself to do the trade, but decide Mariano is worth more.  So in the end you fall 5 homers short of 1st place, but you’re 35 saves up on everyone.  A Mariano in the hand is not worth two points in the standings.  In one year leagues, now is not the time to be worrying about the intrinsic value of a player.  Only worry about their value to your team.

Excess saves – chuck ’em for what you need.  Have Bourn, Rajai and Gardner — well, I’m not sure how you’re even competing — but trade them for some power.  Recently, we traded Pence for Bourn in one league because we really needed steals.  Would I have done that trade in March?  Nah, no way, nuh-uh.  But now?  Absolutely had to, or pray Pence steals 25 bases in the 2nd half.  You need to start acting now.  There’s no time like the present… The present is a gift… Sleep with scratchy rear, wake with smelly finger… Fill in your own cliché.  Just git r done!

  1. coco krispie says:

    if both have playing time the rest of the way who would you prefer? blanks or c. davis

  2. Dirty Jersey says:

    Ayudame por favor…

    I have been mulling this one over for a while…. Dynasty H2H league… I have Stanton locked up at a cheap price for the next 4 years…. or I can get Tulo, Hanson, and Lester (all only for this year) for him – I am tied for 1st with 9 wins, but i am tied with 4 other players…. do you do it?

  3. XTREMEHULK says:

    Drop Mark Melancon for Javy Guerra

  4. XTREMEHULK says:

    Sorry, that was a question not an statement

  5. Travis says:

    Would you rather have Hanson or Lester for the rest of the year?

  6. herschel says:

    @Grey: need help with runs/avg, have power to spare. my cruz/keljo for pedroia/damon?

  7. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    I accepted Lincecum and Carlos Lee this morning for Fielder, since my ERA and WHIP are pitiful. I think that works with this post. Of course, the deal helps the 1st place team, and they’re already 24 ahead of me.

    (Almost had my ERA down to 4, but Holland, Dempster, Salas, and Parnell gave up 15 runs in 10.2 IP last night.)

  8. Giacomo says:

    All – OBP head to head league, only start 4 pitchers each week, and three OF.

    My team as is stands is as follows:
    C Napoli
    1st Votto
    2nd Phillips
    3rd Reynolds
    SS Andrus
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Stanton
    OF Heyward
    Util Freeman

    SP Ubaldo
    SP Hommy Tanson
    SP CJ Wilson
    SP Bedard / Colby Lewis
    RP Feliz
    RP Valverde

    Was just offered Lincecum and Werth for Ellsbury. Which side do you like better given my team? Ellsbury has been so good but seems like a strong offer. Worried about Werth and whether he will turn it around.

    As always, thanks for the help!

  9. chata says:

    janssen comes in , throws one pitch and screws everything up .

  10. Mark says:

    I already made my move here, but I’d like your opinion as well, Grey. Rank the following RoS: Smoak, B. Allen, Blanks (Assume Allen and Blanks both have 1B/OF eligibility, though that may depend on what the corresponding move is for Blanks I suppose, he may not get 1B for a bit if its a Ludwick trade). As always, thanks!

  11. Derrick says:

    Who would rather have in the Util. spot between Espinosa and Stubbs?

    I am okay in every offensive category. I can’t figure out who to play.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VinWins: Sounds fair.

    @Giacomo: Not crazy about it, unless you really have steals to spare which it doesn’t look like…No problem.

    @chata: Ha

    @Mark: Allen, Blanks…

  13. Ralph says:


    Chris Narveson or Brandy Beachon (aka Brandon Beachy)

    Jason Bay, Travis Snider or Vernon Wells

  14. Eddy says:

    I know we love to criticize headshots here at Razzball. I found this link which was quite amusing. #7 and 1-5 were great.

  15. chata says:

    rajai davis …. from norwich , connecticut …. home of some of the best sushi bars on the east coast …. with the 2-run double in the bottom of the 8th inning …. yippee !

  16. Mark says:

    Excellent ::taps fingers together a la Mr. Burns::. I had Allen already and just dropped Smoak for Blanks. I would have dropped him ages ago but my 1B is Carlos Pena and the wire was pretty barren of upside (though with Wright coming back I guess that frees up Sandoval to play 1B, but some part of me just can’t bring myself to put him there). “New toy” prospects flew off or wire in seconds so I missed out on Hosmer and Belt (even though I drafted Belt and re-added him the first time he was called up….sigh).

  17. Wilsonian says:

    So are you gonna do one of these bad boys for us Head to Headers? This obviously doesn’t directly pertain to us, although it does somewhat.

  18. @Grey @all Lets just say your team sucks ogre nuts…but you still have hope cause, shit you have 2 months left, am I right (delusional)

    Anyhow, if your shitty team had two meah pitchers on it (hypothetically of course) lets call them Jake Smeavy and Bransico Liriano…which would you drop to make room for the current smoking hot s’chomtato of the month?

  19. Oh and quick programing comment…ads with Tim Gunn no buens…

    Ads with Hedi Klum topless however Muy Buens…so much so I am clicking on that now…perhaps a bit too aggressively.

  20. Steve says:

    Romero owners who also have Rauch suddenly don’t feel quite so bad.

  21. Ralph says:


    Vernon Wells or Nyjer “don’t call me………Piers” Morgan

    Jon Rauch or Jason Izzyhausen

  22. radiohead says:

    @Grey and anyone else … would you drop David Hernandez now to pick up Blanks? Any chance Putz get dealt?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’m just glad I have Rauch.

    @Ralph: Apples and oranges…Rauch…

    @radiohead: Yes…Nah

  24. Pops says:

    @ Grey:

    Carlos Pena
    .230 / 20 / .341 / .458

    Ryan Howard
    .246 / 18 / .342 / .452

    The only difference between Pena and Howard is a couple of bloop singles, twelve million dollars per year and approximately one – hundred and twenty five ADP. Yikes!

  25. Pops says:

    @ Grey:

    Forgot to ask a question…. Ruissell Martin or Wilson Ramos ROS?

  26. Joel says:

    OK. Grey: If you had to bet: will Feliz still be the Rangers closer after the trade deadline?? I keep seeing them associated with heath Bell and Andrew bailey, so they obviously aren’t too thrilled with Neftali.

  27. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Who do you like better ROS – Bernadina or Maybin? Or same diff?

  28. zeke says:

    @Grey or anyone. I heard a rumor that the Astros were shopping Wandy. Anyone else have any info backing this, or was it just a wet dream? As an owner, I would love to see him on a contender down the stretch.

  29. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @chata: 2 infield hits before the grand slam that both should have been outs helped.

  30. Joel says:

    Grey: I have 4 closers, mariano, Paps, feliz and farnsworth. 1) who do u like better ROS, Feliz or farns? and 2) would u trade Feliz for Dan Hudson?

  31. YES! Ironman Heyward has hit a homerun and even more impressively, extended his consecutive games played streak to two.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Magoo: I retract that, Maybin’s out of his mind right now.

  33. Eddy says:

    Kipnis apparently called up.

  34. Chinaski says:

    Grey, just my two cents about Worley (based on your last comment about him in the other post):

    I absolutely agree with you about Worley actually pitching better than he should and this is the reason why i am not touching him. They will watch tapes, analyse him and they will easily come across the simple fact that this kid simply doesnt even bother to locate his pitches. He often throws the ball high up in the middle of the plate and i think its still surprising batters like “wow how could this guy give me something like this to hit”. I think they will start swinging at his pitches and they will hit him.

  35. Wilsonian says:

    CarGo left with another wrist injury from swinging a bat. This isn’t looking like something that’s going away.

    All things being equal, Freeman or Snider for a utility spot?

  36. Steve says:

    @Grey: LoMo’s been about as much use as a chocolate firescreen lately. Holding out any hope that he contributes the rest of the way?

    He’s supposed to be a hedge against my low-AVG guys!

  37. TheNewGuy says:

    Need power, would you trade McCutchy for Bruce (non-keeper)? Or look for slightly better.

  38. Eng says:

    Grey, please tell me that Bastardo loses the job asap….

  39. Eddy says:


    Gotta ask: G.Beckham or Kipnis in standard roto?

  40. Eddy says:


    Meant for Grey, not “TheNewGuy”

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Chinaski: I agree, but it may take a few starts.

    @Wilsonian: Yikes…. Snider

    @Steve: He should turn it around, but I don’t know your options.

    @TheNewGuy: Yup

    @Eddy: Kipnis

  42. Jordo says:

    Hey Grey,

    I’m tops in my league in saves by a long-shot, but middling in most offensive categories.

    If you were in my shoes, would you pull the trigger on a Kyle Farnsowth-for-Adam Jones trade?

    If so, whom of these OF’s would you waive to make room for Jones?

    Magglio Ordonez
    Eric Thames
    Travis Snider
    Denard Span — DL
    Vladimir Guerrero — DL


  43. Steve says:

    @Grey: Not looking to dump him – just seeking reassurance (emoticon).

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Indians promote prospect Kipnis: The Indians announced that 2B prospect Jason Kipnis has been promoted from Triple-A Columbus. It was speculated the move was coming after Kipnis posted these messages on his Twitter account: “IT’S TIME!!!” and “I’m coming Cleveland!!” Luis Valbuena was optioned to Triple-A Columbus and Jared Goedert was designated for assignment.
    (Updated 07/21/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 7/21/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    It’s going to be interesting to see where manager Manny Acta is going to play the budding prospect. Kipnis has primarily been a second baseman since 2010, but he played some in the outfield in 2009. The Indians have a need for outfielders, so it might be a way for Kipnis to get into the lineup on a regular basis. Kipnis has moderate power for a second baseman, but he is a good contact hitter and is worth the flier in deeper Fantasy formats.

  45. airweino says:

    Would you trade Lorenzo Cain or Dayan Viciedo for Kipnis?

  46. Steve Stevenson says:

    @Grey: Agree, Maybin’s out of his mind right now, but so is Reddick. Which hot streak are you riding (assuming all offensive cats needed equally)?

  47. Brew Crew says:

    (5×5 ROTO)

    1) Whos better for R/SB/Avg??
    Ez Carrera or Fowler??

    2) Have Bourn but only slim lead in speed stats…
    Would it be worth/fair to try dealing Lind or Snider for Ellsbury??

  48. Salty Balty says:

    Is Chacin droppable in a league where K/BB is a category? His 7 walk outings (see today) are poison in a tight category. I would be grabbing Mujica in his place. My staff would then be Verlander, Scherzer, Gallardo, Harang, Luebke, E. Jackson.

  49. Giant JJ says:

    Should I offer Panda and Karstens for Kershaw or is that not enough from my end. I could swap Karstens out for Masterson. 20 teams

    Ive taken your advice to not hoard waiver priority. Now I’m a waiver wire kamikaze and my team is better for it.

  50. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey: Yeah, that’s why I asked the Bernadina/Maybin question. May bin looks locked in right now, and we all know the kind of prospect he once was.

  51. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    That’s why I qualified it with “same diff.” I generally consider them the same type of player, was just wondering your thoughts on them.

  52. Eng says:

    Does Madson get job back?

  53. Carl Spackler says:

    5×5 H2H Jp, Lucroy or Ramos rest of the way?

  54. Eng says:

    Thank you. How do you see Belt comparing to Zimmerman rest of year? I have depth at 3B and have been offered Cliffy and Belt for Zimm. My offense and pitching need help though. yuck

  55. DHill Dragons says:

    With Grady Sizemore now out 4-6 weeks I’m looking at possibly dropping him. Would any of these waiver wire adds be an upgrade over sitting Sizemore until the playoffs?

    Cameron Maybin
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Brandon Allen
    Derrek Lee

  56. DHill Dragons says:

    Question B:

    Is Edwin Encarnacion an upgrade over David Freese?

  57. DHill Dragons says:

    Question C:

    There is no C.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eng: No comparison… Zimm has top potential, Belt hasn’t been good for longer than a week in the major leagues.

    @DHill Dragons: Maybin

    @DHill Dragons: Encarnacion

  59. Giant JJ says:

    Brandon Allen for Collmenter? 20 teams.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Giant JJ: It’s fair, depends on needs. I’d take Allen.

  61. KDR says:

    Just got back from Coors where Hommy took it on the proverbial chin today as CarGo went down with another wrist injury, damnation! And he started the game all Rickey-like too? Or would it be Rickeyesque? Rickey would just say Meesque. Ha, ha, here’s my question:

    5X5, 12 team, mix – 4 keepers per year (3 already taken, looking for 4th)

    Who would you keep of these 4 for 2012?

    Stanton @ $18
    DomonicB @ $10
    Trout @ $10
    Bryce Do-I-need-To-Say-His-Name [email protected] $10

    And like I used to write in my letter with my SASE to 80’s baseball stars for the autographs – “Thank you in advance.”

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @KDR: Ha! Stanton, Brown, Harper… I used to write, “May your future be as bright as the sun.”

  63. Eric J says:

    What the heck happened to Teixeira being a 2nd half player?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric J: He’s hit in all but one game since the ASB.

  65. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Jose Altuve? Right now Cozart is my U, I’m in need of counting stats and probably average. Also have Pence on my team, so whenever Pence knocked him in I’d get double credit. I’m doing decent with HR, pretty low in average, I’m leaning Altuve over Allen. Working on dealing pitching with a player to upgrade, as well.

  66. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Could also go with Kipnis

  67. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    And, to spam and annoy you, Blanks was called up. Petco ain’t gonna kill him like it did Rizzo; go with Blanks over Altuve/Kipnis?

  68. MrHappytime says:

    Kipnis or Ackley for the rest of the year?

  69. schlitzy says:

    just got to the saadi qaddafi piece on real sports. holy shit

  70. nick m. says:

    10-team H2H (categories). I’ve been offered his Ryan Zimmerman for my Walden and Sandoval. It should be an upgrade at 3B, and I’d have Papelbon, Salas, Santos, Bastardo, and Madson left, and could grab Melancon off the WW. Should I pull the trigger?

  71. Eric J says:

    Tex is .238/.314/.302 in July! Going 1 for 4 with single every game is far from special.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric J: And two weeks is far from a total disaster.

  73. Steve says:

    Can someone please reassure me that I was thinking clearly and correctly when deciding not to start Shields against the Yanks?

  74. Eric J says:

    2 weeks going on 3. It’s getting into disaster-ish territory.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He seems to do pretty well vs. the Yanks, for future reference. Especially in Tampa…

  76. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Eric J, June 15: I’m tired of Jose Bumtista. He’s an albatross, total disaster. Trade him for Colon?

    Kyle Blanks looks like a photoshopped version of 2004 Andruw Jones

  77. Quintero says:

    Vazquez or Felipe Paulino? Thanks!

  78. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hmmm. According to Yahoo he’s 3-10 against the Yankees with a 4.47 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. That’s before today. Didn’t check his home splits though.

    I started Weaver in the same league, so not a total disaster.

  79. wingsnbeer says:

    is altuve safe add for ros if in need of 2nd baseman? ros encarnacion or belt? i
    does the eventual call up of lawrie affect encarnacion assuming lawrie plays 3b?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Quintero: Paulino

    @Steve: Maybe it’s selective memory, but he seems to do well vs. the Yanks, especially at home. This year he had a 0.00 ERA vs. the Yanks going in.

  81. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Steve: If you’re streaming Barry Zito and sitting James Shields, you’re doing it wrong.

  82. agarthered says:

    Getting real sick of Arencibia lately, i only have 9 moves left for the year, is it worth ditching him for wilson ramos (blech..) or just hold on, and hope some magical catcher shows up like buster posey did for me last year.

  83. Steve says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: Good memory! Different leagues, very different situations. And Zito had been solid in three starts prior to that since coming off the DL. In PETCO it was worth a shot.

    Lesson learned though.

    @Grey: I maybe should have looked deeper. I’ll start him next time when he will, no doubt, get shelled. (emoticon)

  84. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Timely article as far as I’m concerned, I just sent Prince, Gio and C Perez for Miggy and Lester.


  85. Wilsonian says:

    I’ve got Lester coming off the DL shortly, who do you drop out of this group:

    SP: Gio
    SP: Kennedy
    SP: Morrow
    RP: Kimbrel
    RP: Walden
    P: Venters
    P: Izzy
    BN: Vazquez
    BN: Kuroda
    BN: Lewis
    BN: Mujica

    If Vazquez isn’t the drop, do you drop him for McDonald, Paulino, Bailey, Duensing, Nicasio?

  86. chata says:


    if you’re still awake , check out cavey’s line in the couchmanagers’ league .

  87. Wilsonian says:

    Oh, and according to Rotoinfo, the Mets are not going to deal Isringhausen. Which I’m sure is a lie.

  88. Steve says:

    @chata: That’s some pitching right there. I have a Weaver/Kennedy/Greinke day going in another league.

    Awake? It’s 3.40 in the afternoon. Just how slack do you think I am? ;-)

  89. chata says:


    my bad .
    i have trouble adding 3 hours to the posts in order to figure out
    what time it is here !

  90. chata says:


    re : cavey
    yeah , those 16 K’s only pick him up one point in the category .
    figure one point for the win and one point for the save , (maybe) , and the rest of his points were gained in whip !

  91. chata says:


    i’ve rostered ryan roberts and billy butler on the same team .

    out in arizona , they call roberts …. tatman .

  92. Steve says:

    Big shout-out to Ian Kennedy.

    And David Hernandez. Aren’t many things in fantasy baseball more satisfying than the closer/effective MR with SP eligibility.

  93. Steve says:

    @Steve: No need to hurry back, Putz.

  94. Bryan says:

    Was offered J.J. Hardy and Gardner for McCutchen. My SS right now is Ian Desmond and other outfielders are Morse, Hart, Pence. Pull the trigger?

  95. Jair Jurrjens says:

    Hello, Grey,

    I’m on this deep NL only team in NYC, and the owner is worried about me. I know I had a great first half (and bad first start), but I want him to have faith in me.

    His team is in 2nd overall, 1 point from first. Way ahead in RBIs, runs, steals, and tied with the guy in 1st for wins. He’s in the middle of the pack for ERA & WHIP even with my first half! Fortunately, Volquez hit the DL, and with Jaime, YoGa, myself, and this new kid Nicasio, I think we can make up 4-5 points in ERA & WHIP, and finish first in wins. Travis Wood should be back soon, and may help, too.

    Should he trust me, or does he do something drastic like trade Hanley for Halladay with the last place team?

    Thanks, in advance!


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