As I’ve been saying for the last month, Neftali Feliz will be the closer and he doesn’t have syphilis.  Now stop experimenting on him!  Feliz shoots all the way back up to the top of the Donkeycorns and can/should/verb be the top closer in the game by the end of the season.  This also means Matt Harrison will be a starter.  And to that I say, “I enjoyed your work on Falcon Crest.”  Matt Harrison shall be now known as the Lone Ranger, as in he’ll be the lone Ranger that no one drafts.  Anyway, here’s some other fantasy baseball news:

Tommy Hunter – Suffered a groin strain.  I know too well about those!  Oh, wait, no I don’t.  *blushes*  Maybe they’ll put Neftali back in the rotation.  I’m kidding!  They’ll probably use Dave Bush.  Um, yikes.

Matt Dominguez – Out as the Marlins 3rd baseman so that leaves…. Drum roll, please.  Wes Helms, Greg Dobbs and Emilio Bonifacio.  Drum roller, “I can’t believe I’m drum rolling this crap.  I once drum rolled Fonzie setting a world record by jumping over 14 garbage cans on a motorcycle!”  My best guesstimate for playing time will be Wes Helms gets 300 ABs, Emilio gets 150 and Dobbs gets gobs of sunflower seeds stuck in his teeth.  It’s not a pretty blahtoon and should be avoided at all costs.

Chase Utley – Will start the season on the DL.  I imagine he will start May on the DL.  And June.  And July.  And… Well, you get the picture.  I wouldn’t draft Utley this year.  Not worth the ulcer.

Scott Rolen – Big injury wheel keeps on turning…Rolen, Rolen, Rolen hurt his fingers.  Rolen almost managed to get out of spring training without an injury.  He had to leave yesterday’s game after getting hit on the hand as he was unable to grip the bat.  Still TBD if this is serious but it didn’t seem like it was DL-worthy.  If it is, Juan Francisco likely makes the team and gets most of the starts.  (Please let Juan Francisco start for the Reds for our LABR team.  Reds-a-roni!)

Kevin Correia – Will be the Pirates Opening Day starter.  Correia?  Who is running Pittsburgh — Kim Jong-il?

Freddy Garcia – Will be the Yankees fifth starter.  We’ll see what Freddy Garcia shows up:  This one or this one.

Joe Nathan – As I said in Tuesday’s Closer Look, he’s been awful.  Wouldn’t be surprised if his job gets *pinkie to mouth* Cappsized, at least in the first few weeks.  Actually, here’s what I see happening.  Nathan gets torched and Capps saves a few games while Nathan works things out.  Then Nathan returns, gets torched again and, finally, the Twins send him to the Disgraceful List.

Lorenzo Cain – Melky Effin’ Cabrera is putting a hurt on Team Grey.  Looks like Cain is going to start the year in the minors.  And, even if he doesn’t, Melky’s locking up the center field job on the Royals.  Melky, I like your name, I do not like what you’re doing to Lorenzo Cain.  You’re on notice.

Cody Ross – The boo-boo on the moo-moo is going to have Ross shelved for 3 weeks.  Nate Schierholtz should see most of the time in right.  He’s pretty much waiver wire fodder in NL-Only leagues unless he’s hot.

Casey McGehee – Got hit by a pitch and was carted off the field.  X-rays showed he should be fine for the start of the season.  X-rays also found a misplaced remote control.

Justin DuchschererOrioles said he’d start the season on the DL.  Hate to be one for semantics, but I think they meant he’d spend the season on the DL.

Brent Morel – Will be the White Sox opening 3rd baseman, but he should be avoided in all leagues.  Though Morel does seem like a funghi!

Mike Minor – As reported here first after reading it elsewhere, Beachy will be the fifth starter.  Minor should change his name, aptronyms (Word of the day!) will get you every time.

Jair Jurrjens – Sticking with the newly established Braves starting rotation theme, Jar-Jar left yesterday’s game because of pain in his side.  Jar-Jar said, “Meesa tinks me side hurts me now.”  Braves are saying he’ll be fine for the start of the season.  Okay, but he’s injury prone and I think we see Minor and Beachy in the rotation before too long.

Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu is going to start the year on the DL because he has stomach issues stemming from a slow digestive tract.  His body treats all food like maraschino cherries and gum.  Food for Franklin Gutierrez is like last season for the Mariners.  Difficult to digest.

  1. NewBVick says:

    I was hoping to buy low on Feliz from people who thought he was going to disappoint as a starter. Oh well…

  2. chata says:

    rangers might give kirkman a shot .

  3. BigRedLatrine says:

    Looks like the Yankees are going to sign Millwood to a minor-league deal. I wonder if he will sneak into the rotation if Freggars stumbles.

  4. JoeC says:

    So again, I sort of punted Saves this year in my main league’s draft. It was semi-intentional, although looking back at the draft results, there were times in the later rounds I could’ve grabbed a late-end, low-end closer (ala Gregg, Rauch) and not have been any worse for the wear.

    I did grab Kyle Farnsworth. Since we know that “anybody can be a closer”, I think he’ll be alright. Assuming he doesn’t spike himself out of the game, that is (

    Sigh. Another season of vulturing for Saves!

  5. Steve says:

    Think i’m right in saying that this is not the first time that Melky has caused trouble between you and Rudy…

  6. The Gig says:

    For what it’s Wuertz or Werth, it could have been a drum Rolen for the Fla 3rd base shituation…….great stuff as always Grey (or whoever you are).

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Love the confirmed news on Minor. Now you can emoticon on everyones face who decided to doubt the stache. Guess they will have to go back to playing Warcraft in their moms basement and leave basebeall to the big kids.

  8. Child Please says:

    12-team Roto 5×5 (QS instead of Wins) 4-player keeper league, 200 GS limit

    Grey, I have an open roster spot and can’t decide between a bat (Valencia, Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe (2B, SS, 3B), Brandon Allen, Eric Young Jr., Bartlett), a SP (Pelfrey), or a RP (Balfour). Who would you pick up?

    C- Jorge Posada
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Neil Walker
    3B- A-rod
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    MI- Reid Brignac
    CI- Carlos Pena
    OFx5- Jason Heyward, Cruz, Rios, Granderson, Manny Ramirez
    UTIL- Justin Smoak
    BEN-David Murphy

    SP- CC Sabathia, Yovani Gallardo, Anderson, Hellickson, Shields, James McDonald
    RP- Kimbrel, Franklin, Francisco, Rodney, Fuentes, Farnsworth

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : What round would you target Utley in a 10 team keepers league that is 6×6. Fresh league so I’m looking for late round value and was thinking if Utley falls to the 10th or so, I should grab and stash.

  10. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Grey. I was planning on snagging Cain in my AL Only draft, how much does this hurt him? I mean Melky/Francouer/Gordon isn’t exactly Murderer’s Row. Also, I caught some of ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball Special last night and Karabell told me to not take Fielder/Howard/Teixera because I could just wait and get Gaby Sanchez or Adam LaRoche. I told my girlfriend how dumb that was but she didn’t seem to get my frustration, so now I vent to Razznation.

  11. SwaggerJackers says:

    @Grey: Nice Cuckoo’s Nest image reference.

  12. Sal says:

    Don’t slander Mike Minor or his lawyer, Sue Yu, will be contacting you.

  13. 24hourjack says:

    Grey….10 team 8X8 H2H keeper league,and Im pretty content w/ my team right now,however,we drafted early and Im having a hard time refraining from tinkering while I wait for opening day.Anyway….

    should I be satisfied going into the season w/ these SP’s?….

    D. Hudson

    Im still pretty deep at OF:Braun,Crawford,BJ Upton,Swisher,Lind,Raburn,Snider

    so,would you force the issue and try to deal for another no.2 type SP?….

  14. Eddy says:

    Grab Madson fellas, Lidge is going to start the year on the DL.

  15. Eddy says:


    Who would you pick up if both were available, Madson or Romo?

  16. Eddy says:


    If Madson is unavailable in your leagues, pick up Contreras as well. Amaro unsure who will close between the two.

  17. Eric C. says:

    Need helping picking 5 of these keepers:

    -Desmond Jennings
    -Dominic Brown

    I’m more concerned about competing this year, so I’m thinking of not holding to Jennings or Brown.

  18. El Famous Burrito says:

    I was at the Braves game yesterday. Jar-Jar wasn’t helped off the field or anything. He didn’t run around with his hands up yelling “Meesa gonna die!”, he just didn’t come back out for the next inning. I didn’t even know there was anything wrong until today.

    What’s that mean? Not much, but I did get a sunburn to bring you that info, so…yeah.

  19. 14 Team NL Only, $275 Budget I joined as an expansion team.

    In the expansion draft I took:
    Wright- 46
    Drew- 23
    Soto- 20

    Claim Draft I took:

    Did I waste too much money taking Wright?

  20. Cain Fan says:

    Hey Razzers – I am doing my first H2H league this weekend. It’s a 6×6 (normal 5×5 plus Hits for offense, Holds for pitching – terrible I know). I was thinking of punting SP since they have even less value. I figured if I grab 10 bats then stock up on RP and MR I should be able to dominate. Thoughts?

  21. BryanK says:

    @Eddy: Sounds like it should be at least a few weeks of save vulturing, and with a shoulder issue who knows. I really need Cueto to hit the DL so I can snag one of these temp closers!

  22. BryanK says:

    @Eric C.: What are your keeper rules? Seems like an interesting assortment to be choosing from.

  23. Eric C. says:

    @BryanK: Eligible players were anyone drafted after round 8 or picked up during the season that wasn’t drafted. After this season, it’ll be round 13 and on.

  24. @Jason: Hey Jason…we’ll have a write-up on the Yahoo Friends & Family draft next week. We had talked about drafting a 1B/OF/SP in the first 3 rounds. I pushed for Felix in the 2nd round because it’s a 1250 IP cap league (so you can’t just throw more starters to improve Ks) and I felt that SPs might go fast. Basically, the 2nd/3rd round choice would’ve been Josh Hamilton / Jon Lester or F-Her/ Nelson Cruz. I’m happy we went w/ the latter.

  25. Pops says:

    Wht can we expect from Derek Holland now that he has won a spot in the rotation?

  26. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddy: in the words of the immortal Grey…”in other news, water is wet.”

  27. timSTi says:

    @Grey: 10 team 7 keepers: Fielder, Longoria, Kemp, JUpton, Jeter, Kershaw, & Hamels. I have the 4th & 9th picks in the first round and my usual 4th/17th thereafter. Looking for opinion’s on who to aim for. Here’s the top20 available.

    Pence, Krispie, Reynolds, Beltre, Gallardo, M.Young, Ethier, BJUpton, Victorino, Weeks, Feliz, Soria, Bell, Wilson, Alvarez, ArRamirez, Gardener, Tabata, Rasmus, & Bruce.

    What’re the top 3 I should aim for based on my keepers. 5 Of & 2 Ut + regular positions. Thanks!

  28. ichirosan says:

    20-man H2H league… who should I pick up? Chris Narveson or Brandon Beachy?

  29. BryanK says:

    @Eric C.: Tough to not be pitching heavy in those selections, I’d go:

    Tough call though.

  30. Arrec Bardwin says:

    Feliz/Brett Anderson or The Adverb/Colby Rasmus in a 16 team h2h points league.

    K’s are a -1 point value which gives me a bit a pause on Rasmus. Also dealing Feliz would leave me with 1.5 closers (valverde, kimbrel). The Adverb is the 2nd best sp in the scoring system, though, as CG and Shutouts are big points.

    OF/UTIL I currently have on the roster are Fowler/Manny/Swisher/Konerko/Kila/Coghlan.


  31. Eddy says:


    That same thought passed through my head when Ricky Martin came out.

  32. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    @Rudy: Surprised to see you guys go Starlin Castro there. Next SS didn’t come off the board for 4 rounds after that though so I guess maybe you hit a tier. I support the F Hernandez pick in an innings cap league for sure. AROD 8th overall. Lot of people buying his spring and the fact that he’s got somebody to feed him popcorn. Interesting draft. Looking forward to your write up.

  33. mymrbig says:

    I’m actually a big Correia fan, so don’t knock him! Technically, I’m a big Correia fan in my 16-team NL-only league where each team needs 5 SP. His younger brother died in early May in a hiking accident (he fell off a cliff, I’m not joking) and if you remove Correia’s 5 starts after his brothers death (combined 25 IP, 6.1 K/9, 5.0 BB/9) then his season looks much better (rest of season 120 IP, 7.4 K/9, 3.7 BB/9). Of course, its sad that he’s an opening day SP for a real MLB team, but I like him in deep leagues.

  34. Cain Fan says:

    @Rudy Gamble: I like it. I would say you guys and Funston are the top two going into the season. I like the high K SP, might have issues with Ws though, but those are flukey so who cares.

  35. Cain Fan says:

    @timSTi: Pence, Gallardo, Beltre, Upton, Victorino

  36. Cain Fan says:

    @p0rk burn: Depends on needs. Dunn/Reyes side is better offense by 10 HR/20 SB. I like the Lester side personally by a little bit.

  37. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Just drafted for my big money league. 14 team h2h. I punted closers. If you remember last year, having closers wasnt really a benefit for me as the pitching cats are IP, W, L, CG, Shutouts, SV, ER, HR, BB, K, ERA, WIN %, Blown Saves. Heres my team:
    C Matt Wieters
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Aaron Hill
    3B David Wright
    SS Elvis Andrus
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Jason Heyward
    OF Travis Snider
    UTIL Ryan Raburn
    BN Marlon Byrd
    SP Tommy Hanson
    SP Dan Haren
    SP Shaun Marcum
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Edinson Volquez
    SP Jorge De La Rosa
    SP Ian Kennedy

  38. Pooch says:

    Who’s a better Save vulture pick up to start the season? Madson, Contreras, Sergio Romo, or Jon Rauch?

  39. @OaktownSteve: I really like Castro this year. I’d probably take him straight-up for Rollins or Jeter (and I’d have to think about Al-Ram). He’s going to hit for average (.290+), get a ton of runs, and should help a little on power/speed: maybe 10 HRs / 20 SBs. It wasn’t worth the risk of waiting an extra round or two as there were still many teams with SS to fill.

    @Cain Fan: thanks! yeah, grey and my teams ALWAYS have Win issues. we had the best ERA last year in this league and finished middle-of-the-road in Wins. hopefully we get some Win luck.

  40. Eric C. says:

    @BryanK: Yeah it is a tough call. I think I’m more partial w/ Buchholz over Bumgarner tho.

  41. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddy: haha! Very nice. Good thing I never draft Lidge (or Ricky Martin) based on these issues…

  42. p0rk burn says:

    @Cain Fan: Yeah, I really need a #1 SP, could use an OF, and I’ve had a mancrush on Uggla since he was just a random Rule 5 guy nobody had ever heard of (I live in Miami). I figured having Andrus I could afford to flip Reyes for the name recognition, the rest being roughly equal.

  43. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    @Rudy: I don’t totally disagree with you. Seems like not a Grey player though. One of the things I think people don’t factor into their thinking is the opposite of players that help you are players that hurt you. There’s a lot of dead weight at SS with some multi-category killers, especially average killers. 10 home runs is just enough. You get a few more runs and rbi’s out of a guy that hit .290 than a guy that hits .250 of course. And he’ll run.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigRedLatrine: I wouldn’t waste too much time thinking about Millwood.

    @JoeC: You’ll be all right.

    @Steve: Yeah, liked it going the other way though.

    @The Gig: Thanks!

    @Mr2Bits: Oh, yeah, member everyone thinking I was crazy to say Beachy was in?

    @Child Please: Young

    @Mr2Bits: Sure

    @Clyde Prompto: I think that last sentence rhymed. Hurts Cain, yup.

    @SwaggerJackers: Thanks!

    @Sal: Ha

    @24hourjack: You don’t need more SPs.

    @Eddy: Madson

    @Eric C.: Alvarez, Beckham, Bumgarner, Marcum, Price…

    @El Famous Burrito: Thanks for the heads up!

    @bensbias: Maybe, maybe not. Is that your whole team?

    @Cain Fan: Eh


    @timSTi: Pence, Victorino, 2nd baseman, closer, SP…

    @ichirosan: Beachy

    @Arrec Bardwin: Lee

    @mymrbig: He was also in Petco before.

    @tHe sHiT: Hitting looks stacked for a 14 team league, you do have a lot of risk on your pitching, which could be a concern.

    @Pooch: Rauch

  45. papasmurf says:

    For once, no injury news on one of my players. Nice!

    So far this year, there’s been ankle, back, quad, even hit in the head.

  46. ABell says:

    will Capps fall into the donkeycorns or brain freeze category when your twins scenario turns into reality?

  47. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Pitching went kind of quick in the early middle rounds, i didnt want to succomb to the run and miss out on good hitters. I knew there would be plenty of upside guys in the later rounds and left on the wire. I can always trade one of my top hitters for a stronger pitcher. I look at it more as calculated risk. Thanks for the input!

  48. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    @Rudy: So no Marlon Byrd?

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @papasmurf: Nice!

    @ABell: As long as there’s Nathan hovering, Capps won’t be a donkeycorn.

    @tHe sHiT: No problem.

  50. who would you want on your team in 20 team dynasty league

    Zach Britton OR Jake Arrieta OR Andrew Cashner – I own Cashner not really sure what is up with him with the cubs future plans

    who was rated better prospect – Britton or Arrieta

  51. K says:

    In a 14-team Roto league, would you spend a late pick on a Harper or Trout if you could keep 5 indefinitely at the round they were originally drafted?

  52. BigRedLatrine says:

    @Rudy Gamble:

    I noticed you have Travis Wood on Team Rudy. I’m a fan of his, where do you place his ceiling? (and how the hell did you lift it?!)

  53. Jeremy Guthrie – The number one starter for the Birds are the Word – If there was any upside and I am not sure there is will be lost in all of his matchups against the other teams number 1 starter

  54. Stephen says:

    @Mr. Baseball: I agree with Grey, but to pick one, I like Britton of Arrieta.

  55. K says:

    @Grey – I agree, I’d lean towards Harper also, but does it make sense to essentially waste a roster spot for a year when I can only keep 5? If I do, though, and he becomes a keeper, I can perpetually keep him and he only costs a Rd 25 pick.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @K: Nope

  57. Rabbit says:

    So Grey, was that an oblique reference (not to be confused with an oblique injury) to the infamous Tuskagee experiment in your intro? I appreciate the somewhat obscure cultural allusion. Tomorrow I expect you to connect Bartolo Colon and the Traingle Shirtwaist factory fire.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rabbit: Thanks for being the only person to get it!

  59. Carl says:

    Grey, I’m looking to waste a bench spot on a bat until the season starts,
    which of these guys would you take in a 12 team OBP league (I’m lightest on steals/R’s):


  60. BenB says:

    Grey, what pitchers have comparable value to heyward? i’m thinking of dealing him and sliding raburn into that OF spot, so it wouldn’t be too huge a downgrade. i need starters and closers, any suggestions appreciated. 6×6 league with OPS and k/bb. thanks

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Carl: Bourjos

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BenB: A number one starter, which you’re not going to get so hold him.

  63. GTS says:

    10 team H2H 6×5 auction league.

    I have 2B/SS/MI slots to fill and my draft is soon. What do you recommend of the following players available: Kinsler, Phillips, huge drop off -> Hill, Zobrist, Roberts…

    I can spend ~$20-$25 on either Kinsler or Phillips or punt 2B. Suggestions?


  64. Wake Up says:

    Nothing like starting of your morn…well, so I slept in…with a happy Tuskegee reference.

  65. Wake Up says:

    @Rudy Gamble: Wayan’s brother? His name always makes me think about sewing a nice skin suit.

  66. Wake Up says:

    @Rudy Gamble: I’m higher than Grey on Castro too. But you might be higher than Bill James with the double digit HR’s great expectations.

  67. Wake Up says:

    re:Madson beware his closing ability. He likes to cuddle, he’s just not that good at it.

  68. JoeC says:

    @Grey: Ha! Thanks for the solace, Grey (which is frighteningly close to “thanks for the sauce, Grey”), but yeah, I know it’ll be alright because I did the same thing last year and Charlie Sheen’d the league.

    It is a lot of work though, vulturing for Saves. One of these years (probably when I have kids), I’m gonna just pick 3 top closers and cruise. And finish 7th. :)

    Jose Contreras just picked up and dropped Mike Minor. Let the game begin!

  69. need a sp says:

    Which 3 would get the pick for a 10 team mix
    Edwin jackson
    Wade davis
    Jonathan niese
    Bud norris
    Brandon beachy
    James mcdonald

  70. @OaktownSteve: ha! actually, we both kind of like Marlon Byrd only b/c he’s potentially hitting 3rd for the Cubs so his R/RBI should be solid with good AVG.

    @BigRedLatrine: Travis Wood just seems to project well based on ZIPS and Marcel. I think his ceiling is Ted Lilly – solid ERA/WHIP/Ks.

    @Wake Up: @Wake Up: nice SOTL reference.

    @Wake Up: wow…you never want to take the ‘over’ on a bill james projection. that said, he’s still young and has flashed some power in Spring Training. 10 HRs might be the ceiling for this year but others are saying he might peak at 15 HR power (

  71. JoeC says:

    @Wake Up: Agree. I’ve danced with Madson-as-closer before and he always disappoints. I actually think they’ll give it to Contreras, or maybe that’s just hope masking as analysis, since I just picked him up.

    You know, veteran saavy and all that! Manuel is crazy-loyal to Lidge, for seemingly no good reason other than Lidge probably has the confidence of a panda bear (I’m kind of making that up… not sure if panda bears actually have low self-esteem problems), so Charlie has to prop him up.

    Can’t do that now, Charlie! Give the job to the old man (he may actually qualify for Social Security) and let me taste the sweet success of vultured Saves!

  72. Wilsonian says:

    Not to frighten those Latos owners out there, but he was scratched from his next start due to a sore shoulder. No clue on severity, could be something small and just wanting to not push him…just thought you folks should know.

  73. Sal says:

    @Grey: Pick two keepers for H2H points league:

    Elvis Andrus @ Rd 16
    Ricky Weeks @ Rd23
    Clay Bucholz @ Rd24
    Mike Stanton @ Rd 26/27
    Neftali Feliz @ Rd 26/27

    I was thinking Stanton/Feliz or Stanton/Andrus?

  74. JoeC says:

    @Eddy: Thanks, Eddy, for the Lidge news.

    You da man!

  75. GTS says:

    @Wilsonian: Predictable but sad.

  76. elwood blues says:

    @wilsonian – Latos sore shoulder.. not shocked by this.

    Great, now it’s going to be impossible to trade him for anyone decent.. I have been trying for weeks to get rid of him in my keeper league, but didn’t like the offers.

  77. Howbone says:

    Thoughts on this standard 12 team 5 by 5 auction league team.

    C – Brian McCann
    1b – Adrian Gonzalez
    2b – Ian Kinsler
    3b – A-Rod
    SS – Stephen Drew
    CI – Adam Laroche
    MI – Rafael Furcal
    OF – Nelson Cruz
    OF – Adam Lind
    OF – Andres Torres
    OF – Chris Coghlan
    Util – Peter Bourjos
    Util – Sean Rodriguez
    Bench – Grady Sizemore
    Bench – Eric Young Jr.
    Bench – Seth Smith

    P – Francisco Liriano
    P – Brett Anderson
    P – Clay Bucholz
    P – Tim Hudson
    P – Jose Valverde
    P – Francisco Rodriguez
    P – Matt Capps
    P – Ryan Madson
    P – Chacin
    Bench – Edinson Volquez
    Bench – Edwin Jackson
    Bench – Tim Stauffer

    I know I have a few too many starting pitchers but I got each of those bench guys for a buck.

  78. mauledbypandas says:

    @Grey: I got the Tuskegee reference. I’ve always been so embarrassed as a human that we could do that to one another though.

  79. Nuke LaLoosh says:

    Which of the following is the best pick for a .460+ OBP and 20+ HR? Other offensive productivity (esp. AVG/R/RBI) would be my tiebreaker:

    Hideki Matsui

    Matt LaPorta

    Jim Thome

    Jack Cust

    Justin Smoak

    J.D. Drew

    Seth Smith

    Josh Willingham

    On another topic, which of the following has the best chance to step into the closer role and record, say, 15+ saves? HLD would be my tiebreaker:

    Koji Uehara

    Jose Contreras

    Jason Motte

    Evan Meek

  80. Wake Up says:

    @JoeC: Pick top 3 closers…and finish 7th! Well said. I’m a big fan of save vulturing(not in the Urban dictionary way though, I have friends that read this too) too. Shout out to Desmond.

  81. Nuke LaLoosh says:

    Oof. Just read the Tuskegee comments. Feeling small for even caring about fantasy baseball now. People are monsters.

  82. Wake Up says:

    @Wilsonian: Latos owner’s should be afraid. Very afraid.

  83. Nuke LaLoosh says:

    SORRY – I meant a .360 OBP when listing my hitters above.

  84. longbeachyo says:

    How do you feel about Kemp for McCutchen and J. Chacin???

  85. Eng says:

    Vulturing for saves is tiring, but I always find myself in the same position especially after having to draft DL CL Lidge. Even if I had a solid closers, I’d add terrible ones just so others could not (for better or worse). My ERA and WHIP are gonna be sore from being pulled down by my good starters and up by my bullpen.

    Is Beachy a better add than Niemann? Rookie pitchers scare me but, as a number 5, I guess upside is the name of the game.

    Also, I’m hoping I can drop Dotel if Rauch proves solid as Octavio really is trash.

  86. Nuke LaLoosh says:

    @longbeachyo: What is the format? Also, It isn’t an even trade – the value depends greatly on who do you have to cut to make room for Chacin?

    That said, depending on format and who you drop. I might want the McCutchen/Chacin side, but that’s because I play in an OBP league.

  87. Buddo Chezuski says:

    @K: Agree with Grey that it would be tough to use a spot on someone like Harper, especially with only 5 keepers. But I will say that you can make an absolute killing if you hit it big with a rookie on one of those picks and no round inflation. My league has a 1 round bump each year and I still have Longoria locked up for very cheap from 3 years ago.

  88. need a sp says:

    Which 3 would get the pick. I am in a 10 team mix

    Edwin jackson
    Wade davis
    Jonathan niese
    Bud norris
    Brandon beachy
    James mcdonald

    Everyones input would be great

  89. Benny says:

    Hey Grey- what’s your gut feeling on Brandon Belt being in the opening day lineup? Does the injury to Ross move Huff to the OF and pave the way for Belt to start right away?

  90. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Niese to grab Madson or Contreras? I have Kershaw, Haren, Marcum, Volquez, Chacin, D. Hudson, and Kennedy already. My closers are pretty solid too but I figure I have more than enough starting pitching.

  91. zzzzzz says:

    thoughts on my draft?

    OF-J-Up, Holliday, Werth, Krispie
    U-Tabata, Snider

    SP-Lincecum, Oswalt, Latos, Marcum, Scherzer, Lilly, Chacin, Beachy…

    oh 10 team h2h mixed

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howbone: Team looks light on power and you have some injury risks, it’s not a bad team overall though.

    @Nuke LaLoosh: Koji, Smith…

    @longbeachyo: Looks fair.

    @Eng: Niemann’s garbage.

    @Benny: Don’t think it happens.


  93. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:

    Latos…jeez. I can think of about three top pitchers I trust: The King, Halladay, Verlander. I can think of something negative/cautionary to say about every other top 50 pitcher on the board.

  94. You son of a bitxh Grey. You make 95% of the fantasy writers look bad.

    “Food for Franklin Gutierrez is like last season for the Mariners. Difficult to digest.”

    Classic. All your side-steps are seem effortless, like you have all these useless facts/anecdotes/pop culture references easily available at the front of your brain.

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