Framber Valdez pitched after his fractured finger happened, so will be assuming it’s not too terrible. Haha, I’m lyin’ to myself! Now now NOW! Calm down, Grey, it’s gonna all work out. *turns abruptly to mirror* Is it? So, this isn’t great news, but it’s early enough, and it was his ring finger on his pitching hand, but our writer, Coolwhip, looked at his grips for me (because I was too panicked), and it seems Framber only uses that finger 10% of the time with his change, which isn’t a good pitch for him. He’s primarily a sinker/curve guy. I reranked him, placing him in an area where I’d still draft him, but obviously this isn’t the ideal stuff you want to see. Unless you’re a demented ess oh bee. You a demented ess oh bee? Hmm…? Are you? Tell me! Sorry, I’m amped up. Speaking of which, kinda, he will need to ramp up to game-shape after returning in May, so I’m conservatively projecting him to return end of May, early-June. Okay, clerical work now *adjusts priest’s collar* Here’s my adjusted top 80 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball with new projections; top 100 for 2021 fantasy baseball with Framber removed; top 500 for 2021 fantasy baseball with Framber moved down about 125 spots, and my pitchers’ pairings tool adjusted. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Taijuan Walker – Signed with the Mets. Now New Yorkers can go to Queens or Canal Street to see something Taijuan made. “Hey, check out this Rollex I bought. There’s another L for the metaphor of me spending $250 on a knockoff.” That’s a guy returning from Canal Street, knowing he got duped. You know who didn’t get duped? The Mets! Solid innings bet for Taijuan, and best case scenario is much better than that, since he’s only a couple years away from a 3.50-ish ERA, and the slider he was pumping in last year makes me optimistic. Honestly, I’m tempted to move him even higher in my rankings, but Syndergaard (eventually), Lucchesi, Peterson and Taijuan for two spots has me hedging a little. Can find him in the top 100 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball. 2021 Projections: 8-9/4.21/1.32/126 in 133 IP

Brett Gardner – Re-signed with the Yankees. It’s a very optimistic ranking of Gardner in my top 100 outfielders. Oh, not optimistic for him! No, not at all! It’s optimistic that the Yankees will actually play Clint Frazier. “Yankees, hey, long time no speak, so let me ask you something, and feel free to answer because I’m dying to know — why the eff don’t you ever want to play Clint Frazier?” That’s me calling the Yankees’ helpdesk. For what it’s Wuertz, I also tweaked down Frazier in my top 60 outfielders. 2021 Projections: 34/12/39/.230/8 in 271 ABs

Todd Frazier – Signed with the Pirates. See, this would trigger my “Asdrubal to Diamondbacks” Rule (might need a new rule name). The rule states if a team doesn’t spend more than $50 million in the offseason, they cannot sign someone under $3 million to start at any position. They must play an in-house prospect or player. Sorry, I don’t make the rules (I do make them). Imagine being the Pirates, and signing Frazier to replace Colin Moran, even for rest days, or even to platoon. What would you actually be gaining there? Just play Moran, you morons!

Kole Calhoun – Went for knee surgery, and his timetable is four to six weeks. I docked him two months from the season, because of the unknown. “All Kole’s turn to diamonds, and other myths we tell ourselves…On this Ted Talk I will explain–” Oh, hey, what’s up? Sorry was talking to myself. With Kole saying, “What’s the inflammation information, kneeth?” it’s time for someone to step up? Varsho! Since Calhoun took a knee (to the doctor), I moved Dalton Varsho up in the top 20 catchers, and bumped Calhoun down into the top 100 outfielders.

Ian Desmond – Sounds like he’s opting out of playing, i.e., saving Bud Black from himself.

Gio Gonzalez – Signed with the Marlins. Yo, yo, YO! Don’t be trying to mess with the South Florida Bad Boys rotation. Shizz is stacked, and we don’t have room for anyone else. Go swingman out of the bullpen, Gio.

Ian Kennedy – Signed a deal with the Rangers. Just what a Kennedy needs to do, head out to Dallas.

Scott Kazmir – Signed with the Giants. A random smattering of Giants pitchers:  Aaron Sanchez, Alex Wood, Cueto, and Kazmir. Are they putting together a team or a staged production of Grumpy Old Men?

Jarred Kelenic – In a rare move, without any major news, I’ve moved Kelenic up in my rankings — find his new ranking and projections in the top 60 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball. I’ll be damned if I’m ranking a sexy prospect lower than ESPN. Oh, hecks no. I also drafted my first share of Kelenic the other day. *motions to hostess* Table for 2, please. *looks at Kelenic, fans self* Why hello there, Jarred…It’s not pronounced like what I do with my apricot preserves? …I see…Are you sure?

Jake Odorizzi – Giving Odorizzi and Yasiel Puig one more week to sign before dropping them way down in all my rankings. You’ve been warned if you’re currently or about to draft.

Spencer Torkelson – Cut his finger with what the Tigers are saying was a fake can opener. “Hey, guys, don’t want to alarm anyone, but did someone label a sword as a ‘can opener?'”

Royce Lewis – Diagnosed with an ACL tear, and expected out for a year. Woofy woofy woof. Damn. He tore it when he slipped on melting ice in Texas. Hate to see it, Royce Lewis was taken out by climate change.

Nick SenzelReds’ manager Buddy Bell’s son, David Bell, said that Senzel will be their everyday center fielder, which is what they say, then on April 4th, they say Senzel is just getting “rest” after starting three whole games.

Jake Lamb – Signed with the Braves. The Atlanta front office neither confirmed nor denied getting Lamb to motivate Sandoval.

Shin-Soo Choo – Left the states to go play in Korea. Standing on the tarmac, Shin-Soo looks out over the horizon. Finally, with much sadness, “I Choo-Choo choose to take my puns elsewhere.”

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ryantodd
ryantodd
1 year ago

Need a trade opinion in a points league. The offer is Devers/5th round pick/9th or Springer/3rd/4th?

J-0Dawg
J-0Dawg
1 year ago

Grey! Thanks for answering my ? yesterday. Follow-up… so I can maybe trade Dom Smith ($1) and Soroka ($15) for Lamet ($3) and Civale ($5). In addition to Tellez and E. White, I forgot that I’ll be able to move Hiura over to 1B. Though now I gotta go find some second basement in the auction. Thanks brosef!

Regan
Regan
1 year ago

Stupid Yahoo gave Isiah Kiner-Falefa catcher eligibility. Doesn’t show up on your site though. Where would you rank him for catchers? Top 5 sounds about right to me, whatdya say Grey?

Whatever
Whatever
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

in a 12 team mixed OBP keeper (350 cap) would you trade a 37 dollar Rizzo for a 1 dollar Swanson? I have a plethora of corners: Vlad Jr, Machado, Bregman, Vaughn and have no middles.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

For this year and next,would you keep Wander or Ian Happ? Would be penalizing myself too much for 2021 keeping Wander? Can keep either for this year and next. When do you see Wander coming up? Thanks!

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
1 year ago

I’m drafting in a 15 team Fantrax Best ball on Sunday.It’s also a points league like Licketty Splits is in.
I’ve never done a Best Ball draft so reading the above comments helps a little.
I’m lookin’ forward to it!
RICK

John Donnell
John Donnell
1 year ago

Thanks for the updates Grey!

Got a keeper question for you…. 5 keepers allowed, Already planning to keep Soto, Harper, Turner, and Jose Ramirez. Candidates for 5th keeper are Sunny Gray, Lamet, and Paddack as SPs, Muncy, Goldy, Moncada, Gallo, Laureano. I feel like some SPs like Ryu, Lynn, Maeda and Gallen might be available with my first pick.

(Also get to have Kyle Tucker and Robles from the minor league part of our system)

Who would be your pick for the 5th spot? Any other changes you’d make?

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  John Donnell
1 year ago

Laureano is out for sure as you have plenty of outfielders.

With those SP’s possibly available along with your guys thrown back in, it comes down to me either Moncado or if you want two SP’s by keeping one and drafting one.

I would go Moncado then hit SP’s hard.

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

Made a lot of trades in my H2H dynasty league ahead of our draft and am left with his lineup. League has OBP in place of average and BB as an extra counting stat. Can I get your take on this team and how you think it looks/where to look in our draft? I’ll have about 8-9 picks to make to fill out my prospects and roster.

C Perez
1B Bohm
2B Gurriel, Jr.
3B Devers
SS Baez
CI Machado
MI Altuve
Of Arozarena
Of Reyes
Of Frazier
Of
Ut

SP: Gray, Lamet, Burnes, Gausman, Marquez, Dunning, McKenzie, Taillon, EdRod, Mize, Howard

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Jr
1 year ago

FYI it’s yahoo, so very conservative with position eligibility

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sorry, 10 teams.

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, I know. But it’s a really deep league pitching wise (it’s hoarded all year…) so they’re guys I gotta hang onto. Bassit, Eflin, Means, Manaea, Morton all available in draft, so I’ll try to get one or two of them and hope for the best!

Ryan741
Ryan741
1 year ago

Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points league. I’d be trading Devers for Karinchak, Suarez and Lourdes Gurriel?

Ryan741
Ryan741
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Would you do it if it was Grisham instead of Karinchak?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
1 year ago

So I am in a 12 team best ball point league ….last year was pretty meh for me but I like drafting 40 guys then just see how it plays out.
So I was bummed to get pick 8 then I see that 3 SP went 1-2-3 …one guy ahead me leaving me either Tatis or Mookie. So I get that this is like OBP with BB equal to one point like a hit & QS & W’s are both 3 points.
Am I missing something here??
Is a points format so different that I need to rethink what I think I know?
So do I just change the hitter rankings to draft as OBP & & pitcher rankings to be QS? Best ranking system to use for this?
Also K’s are 1.5 points & saves 6 …so I assume getting at least one quality closer would be a must.

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Makes sense …thanks for the advice. Fantrax has their projection for each player based on this point system in the draft room …so I suppose I can draft more or less like usual but keep an eye on the projected walks & quality starts. They don’t seem way of wack as far as a players typical value.
That being said I am pretty stoked to have Tatis with pick 8 to start it off.

Earl
Earl
1 year ago

what say the master to this start for 5×5 roto (just entering round 10 of 28):

1b – Olson
2b –
ss – Bichette
mi – Baez
3b – Machado
of – Trout and Lou Bob

sp – Gioloto and Carrasco
rp – Raisel Iglesias

not too bad me think but need to decide where to go next. probably need some more speed and of course bit more pitching in next few rounds

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
1 year ago

Yo Grey, do you mind checking in with SteveNZ if you have direct contact info, lots of big earthquake activity down in that part of the world today…always think about him when i see news about that area…dont think i have seen him commenting lately…thanks!

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, being a reader/commenter going on 12 years i think, this community feels like almost family…hope SteveNZ is ok

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  ThE sHiT
1 year ago

Hey! All good here. Couple of pretty big earthquakes of the coast of NZ in the last few hours. Tsunami alert has been cancelled for the first one, but as a result of the second people in some coastal areas are being told to evacuate.

Hopefully it doen’t come to anything.

I’m in the biggest city and away from the coast, so a lockdown is the only thing I have to contend with right now haha.

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
Reply to  SteveNZ
1 year ago

Glad to hear youre good SteveNZ!

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
1 year ago

Guess who drafted Frambler the DAY HE TOOK THAT GROUNDER!?!? Stupid news doesn’t come out until the next day? Information Age 24 news cycle my ass.

Time to comb through the rankings again and see who is available for me to replace him with.

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
Reply to  mcmi11ions
1 year ago

Framber! I’m so worked up I can’t even type right.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

RW just said season ending surgery was recommended but he’s going for a 2nd opinion so I don’t think anyone knows just yet.

Will
Will
1 year ago

Stanton is available to draft in my keeper league for the first time in years, owner finally gave up on him. I know you have low expectations and have him ranked down around 108 but if he reaches the Zips or Steamer projections he’d be worth a much higher ranking. Is this the year? Or has your love for Giancarlo been burned too manyh times for you to draft him?

Steamer: .250 / 39 / 100 / 4
Zips: .250 / 38 / 111 / 3

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

I don’t think Grey is saying don’t draft him. Grey has him at 108…his NFBC ADP is even higher than that. You can draft him…around 100.

moses mashers
moses mashers
1 year ago

Hey Grey. Finally finished 1st draft. 10th pick, 12 team league. I am happy with the hitting.

C) Vazquez (17)
1B) Olson(7)
2B) Gimenez (18)
3B) Devers (3)
SS) Story (1)
CI) Moncada (9)
MI) DeJong (22)
OF) Yelich (2)
OF) Eloy (4)
OF) Blackmon (8)
OF) Kepler (16)
OF) Moore (13)
UT) Muncy (12)
UT) Schwarber (19)

Bench: Reynolds, McMahon

P) Lynn (5)
P) Carrasco (6)
P) Paddack (10_
P) Montas (14)
P)Guasman (11)
P) Eovaldi (21)
P) Montero (15)
P) Barnes (20)
P) Soria (28)

Bench: Dunning, Minor, Montgomery, Singer, Ottavino

moses mashers
moses mashers
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! I thought the same thing about saves. That’s why i grabbed ottavino late. I wanted to at least lock in some Red Sox saves when Barnes loses the job.

JB
JB
1 year ago

Would you move E Rosario for Josh Bell

Jb
Jb
Reply to  JB
1 year ago

10 team dynasty using OBP over Ave

JB
JB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Agree… I’m not big on Bell.

E Rosiaro for Rizzo any better?

Earl
Earl
1 year ago

I am amazed in some drafts I have been in how some people have drafted (maybe they know more than I do and that is very possible).

In one league, guy drafted like all pitcher for first 8 rounds before taking hitter.

In another league, guy did the opposite taking hitters for like first 8-10 rounds and then started with pitching.

Should be interesting to see how they do over season. Who knows maybe it will be good for them.

183414
183414
1 year ago

What’s up with Odorizzi ?
You’d think that if he was healthy and throwing, a few teams, starting with the blue Jays would have been calling . Something fishy here.

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

If he signs with the Stros, where would you rank him? Does seem a little strange that he hasnt been signed as of yet. Just lost F.Valdez and need a replacement. Looking at Yarbrough, Smyly for SP or keeping the slot open for streaming and grabbing a potential closer with Y.Garcia, C.Martin, D.Castillo, Harvey or Soto.

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

I think is the first time I’ve been in more than one league with you, and I’ve noticed a lot of similarities between your NFBC and Best ball and teams. Do you typically draft the same guys across all leagues? It’s interesting either way.

Rosterbater
Rosterbater
1 year ago

11 team keeper and lots of kept value throughout the league. I can keep up to 15. I know my pitching is light but here goes

Keeping these 12 for sure
Jose Ramirez (round 1)
Jacob Degrom (3)
Ozzie Albies (4)
Eloy Jimenez (5)
Gleybor Torres (12)
Brandon Woodruff (13)
Liam Hendriks (14)
Fun the Jewels (15)
Will Smith (catcher) (16)
Eugenio Suarez (17)
Trent Grisham (18)
Aaron Judge (20)

For my last 3 Im torn if I should keep any of these
Patrick Corbin (7)
Dominic Smith ((19)
Marco Gonzalez (21)
Dustin May (21)
Tony Gonsolin (21)

Thx for the advice

Rosterbater
Rosterbater
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

even with no bench spots

Rosterbater
Rosterbater
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thx Grey. Thats what I was thinking too.

Keep up the great work!!!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Did my 1st ever RCL draft last night, picked out of the 10 spot. Had one major mess up, as my laptop froze up in round 3 as I was frantically trying to draft Mondesi, and I ended up with Snell. But here is my team:

C Nola
1B Alonso
2B Lux
3B Machado
SS Anderson
CI Escobar
MI Gimenez
OF Bellinger
OF K Lewis
OF Blackmon
OF Myers
OF Santander
UT Yordan
Bench: Straw, Wendle

P’s: Snell, Lamet, Alcantara, McKenzie, Civale, Hand, N Anderson, Barnes, Antone, Graterol

Civale fell all the way to round 21, and followed that with Escobar in round 22. Liked the value there.

Thoughts?

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah 2B got away from me. Kept getting sniped. That is why I took Wendle with my last pick, figured I could platoon him and Lux until someone develops as a waiver claim.

Thanks man!

183414
183414
Reply to  TualatinTwoStep
1 year ago

What’s up with Odorizzi ?
You’d think that if he was healthy and throwing, a few teams, starting with the blue Jays would have been calling . Something fishy here.

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

After your post yesterday I was able to trade Tucker for Devers in my h2h dynasty league. Did a deeper look into tucker’s stats and he had a 2 game series in CO where he went 6 for 9 with 3 triples and a home run. Take that away and his slg drops from .512 to.460, which is a bigger deal in H2H especially. But I think you’re spot on about Tucker being a schmohawk!

Hopefully Randy lives up to the hype, because he’s now my OF1 with Lourdes, Franmil and Frazier (4 outfield spots)

Curious George
Curious George
1 year ago

Do you think the rays would bring wander up after gaining an extra year this season? Don’t want to overload my team with prospects… trying to decide between kelenic and wander

Put the devil in Ray
Put the devil in Ray
1 year ago

Standard h2h with 10 bench spots and open waivers is it a good idea to draft 2 of sale/syndegaard/severino and keep them on my bench since 10 is such a big bench? Thank you again!

M is for Mookie
M is for Mookie
1 year ago

Posted a few weeks ago but will re-ask now as the timing is much more relevant, in case anything has changed. I need to select keepers this weekend in a Yahoo 12 team 6×6 (standard hit + OPS; standard pitch + QS, using SV+H). Starting lineup is C/1B/2B/3B/SS/3OF/2 any position; pitchers are 3SP/2RP/4P, bench is pretty extensive, keep 3 for up to 3 years (including year 1). In order of your rankings the best players I have available to keep are below. I drafted all these players new last year, so could keep them all for this season and the next season maximum.

11- Yelich
61- Grisham
65- Lynn
72- Gray
97- Rizzo

Last time I asked you said Yelich, Grisham, and one of Lynn or Gray (personally I’d probably keep Lynn). Is that still the case? Is there any merit to taking Yelich, Lynn AND Gray (instead of Grisham) and not drafting SP3 til at least after I draft at least 1B/2B/3B/SS/2 OF and maybe a utility? I’m wondering whether I’d be more likely to want to keep the two SP next year over Grisham, but I suppose it depends on who I get to draft otherwise. Grisham just seems…eh? for his position, while Lynn and Gray are both, ideally, rock solid. But perhaps I am falling into the over-valuing of SP in a relatively shallow league…

Thanks for the advice as always

M is for Mookie
M is for Mookie
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sounds good, here’s hoping Grisham goes off 30/30. Thanks

hanklongball
hanklongball
1 year ago

Grey,

In a 12-team 5×5 OPS league with three keepers, would you hold on to Wander Franco or Bryce Harper? I already have Betts and Bellinger for the other two spots. Harper seems like a win-now, but Franco seems like the smarter pick for 2022 and beyond…

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
1 year ago

JBJ to the Brewers. So does he start over A Garcia most days? I assume JBJ might take CF from Cain? I imagine all 4 guys get a fair amount of playing time with Yellich in the lineup nearly daily.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Do the Brewers know something about the DH that we don’t or is someone getting traded? It is a strange signing for a small market team. They now have half of their payroll tied up in 4 OF’s vying for 3 spots.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  hot corner
1 year ago

And yet, some combination of Arcia, Urias, Shaw and Robertson on the left side of the infield. Maikel Franco would have been perfect for the Brewers.

No bueno
No bueno
1 year ago

Ayo Grey,

Our league has removed SV and transitioned to (SV + Hold) as a category this season. I know SAGNOFF but does this further discount the need for relievers as there are now more available? Thanks for the input.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  No bueno
1 year ago

Correct, since closers and relievers are of equal value.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

How old are you in fantasy years? For instance, I was in a 4×4 NL only, doing the stats by hand out of The Sporting News. My C2 was Bruce Bochy.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You’d think we’d be good at this by now.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My league started in 1984. Still going strong with the same ten original guys!

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It’s competitive as all get out. Everyone knows baseball really, really well and it’s a daily transactions league so ya gotta be on your toes with the moves and waiver transactions.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

That’s awesome. I’m pretty sure ‘84 was the year the book was published.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I have no idea, but I do remember that my first fantasy team had Jimmy Key on it.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  hot corner
1 year ago

Nice. Soft tossing lefties are roto gold.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Im relatively new to this stuff. My first league was 1997. However, I did start collecting baseball cards in 1978 and became obsessed with stats then.

Doodie
Doodie
1 year ago

I’ll get it started. “Cheap Bastards” rule. I’m sure there will be a better one.

geezus – that kennedy comment…..

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

I always appreciate your advice and thoughts…you commented previously that in my 12-team 6×6 (OPS and holds) roto league I should keep Degrom (in exchange for a first rounder), Yelich (2nd round), Lindor (3rd) and Juan Soto (12th).

So my first pick will be in the 4th round, 6th overall. For the next few rounds, how do you think I should approach it? Should I draft hitters in the 4th and 5th, and then a couple of starters, and wait on closers? Or should I draft a closer earlier since league history has shown a scramble for closers very early on (top closers in the 3rd or 4th round)? Or hitter, starter, hitter, closer, etc.?

I know it’s kind of a silly question without knowing who has been kept and who was drafted in the first three rounds, and I know you tend to prioritize hitting generally, but I’m just curious if I should consider a particular strategy.

ERad
ERad
1 year ago

Where would you target Wander Franco in a keep forever league where the top 50ish guys are already kept?

FTJr went in Round 5 a couple years ago, which at the time seemed like a huge reach but in hindsight was a great pick. Round 9-10 if I’m lucky?

ERad
ERad
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sorry, I wasn’t specific – it’s a real pet peeve of my wife’s!

5 keepers per team – 10 team league – that’s where the 50 comes from

ERad
ERad
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ah gotcha, another pet peeve is that I don’t listen!

Thanks G! Baseball on the horizon!

dj
dj
Reply to  ERad
1 year ago

Both ‘pet peeve’ comments were the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time (and true for my wife and Inas well)!

Kudos!

Brad
Brad
1 year ago

I need Hot Rod’s War Room spreadsheet in my life ASAP.

Help me, Hot Rod…you are my only hope.

BoKnows
BoKnows
Reply to  Brad
1 year ago

+1

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
Reply to  BoKnows
1 year ago

+99

NCPhilly
NCPhilly
1 year ago

The latest update from MLBTradeRumors.com, from Heyman as source, on Framber Valdez:

March 4: The initial recommendation for Valdez’s injury is surgery, tweets Heyman. The recovery time on the recommended operation would be sizable enough that there’s concern the left-hander could miss the entire season, Heyman adds. That’d register as a surprise based on the initial announcement, although we don’t know the extent of the fracture at this point or whether there was any additional damage in Valdez’s hand. The club is still seeking second additional opinions.
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/03/astros-framber-valdez-finger-injury.html

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

So my league is starting a format where the first 4 picks are keepers this season. I’m wondering based on ESPN rankings if you would consider avoiding 3B in the first 2 rounds if I draft a SS with my first pick. My reasoning for this would be, if I take Story 1st, then Machado, it might be a stretch to acquire guys like Robert or Jimenez in the 3rd round. Am I overthinking this? Let me know what you think. Thanks.

Here’s my league format:
12 team snake ESPN points league
First 4 picks are keepers for next 2 years

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  eballs
1 year ago

I’m not following your thinking. What does a 3B have to do with a SS? But if you like Eloy more than Machado, then take him.

Sport
Sport
1 year ago

To DH or not to DH. Right now there is no DH in the NL. Is the MLB going to change their mind in the last minute like last year Sir?

This weighs more on NL pitchers, in a fantasy perspective, does it not? How many more SO would you give a NL pitcher slotted to get 150 innings? Or are the projections already figured in to not have a DH in the NL?

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Sport
1 year ago

No DH. They’re kicking the can on that until the new CBA.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

You bastard I was about to swoop Kelenic a couple rounds early and now he gone cuz of your blurb haha

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  FrankGrimes
1 year ago

This AM in our’s too… by none other than Donkey Teeth!!!

Man, the influence of one Grey post is immediately felt throughout all pools.

Jolt

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  FrankGrimes
1 year ago

BTW, FG, you’re in Rudy’s league, correct? Or are you in DT’s league as well???

Jolt

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

I’m in Rudy’s Jolt.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Is blowhard Flowers in Razzslam? Tell Donk to get me in his league!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

3rd pick!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yup

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I don’t know anyone I think bender sounds familiar tho…

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  FrankGrimes
1 year ago

I’m in DT’s Razzslam. I have third pick. I don’t see a Flowers in there.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

With both had 1st pick then 3rd… Nice!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
1 year ago

A quick one … league context ESPN, 12 team, 5X5 roto.
Keeper bats Acuna, Betts, Tatis, Belly and Tucker
In upcoming draft, best bats on board will be Olsen and Blackmon. I realize Olsen is ranked higher, wondering if Blackmon might be a better fit for my roster construction? I obviously love my keeper bats, however if being nit picky average could be a minor concern. Given my keepers, do you lean Blackmon or Olsen? Thanks

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nice, thanks. Gurriel available as well. You have him approx. 40 spots lower than Blackmon, however your projections on them are remarkably similar Blackmon more runs, Gurriel more rbi’s, but everything else relatively comparable. Is there difference in rank based on expected role, ie Blackmon no competition for AB’s while Gurriel faces a loaded Blue Jay’s lineup, as a result could lose AB’s if inconsistent. Or possbily perceived value of where you would have to draft them. Or possibly track record? Thanks for clarifiying,

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, might take a chance on Lourdes! My Canadian bias has me thinking Blue Jay!

Cliff
Cliff
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

I have the first pick in the minor league draft part of my start up dynasty. 12 teams H2H points. Can’t decide between Franco or Kelenic. Franco fits right into my MI slot, but is projected to get called up later than Kelenic.

Hitters:
C- Grandal
1B- Vlad Jr.
2B- Ryan McMahon
3B- Devers
SS- Story
CI- Jose Abreu
MI-Arraez
OF- Yelich, Myers, Nimmo, Hicks, Kepler
UT- Yordan, Franmil Reyes

Points system: 1B-2; 2B-3; 3B-4; HR-4; R-1.2; RBI-2; BB- 1.5; SB-2.5;

Thanks!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Cliff
1 year ago

Can’t go wrong with either, I prefer Wander, his ceiling seems (and floor) seem higher to me.

Jb
Jb
1 year ago

Grey:

10 team dynasty.

I was offered Luis patino and max fried for Strasburg.

What side are you leaning

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Jb
1 year ago

For me, it’s Fried side by quite a bit. Fried younger, more durable and more upside than Stras. Bonus, Patino in a dynasty is a nice get!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Jb
1 year ago

Patino/Fried

Jb
Jb
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

I felt the same, but wanted to double check…. almost felt too good to be true.

Strasburg is a risk, but I gain in age and can slot Patino in a minor lg spot.

Thanks guys

Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe
1 year ago

I don’t know if I have a valid gripe, so I will listen to you, Mr. Grey, and the readers.

1. I sign up for an RCL. (I have been playing for more than 3 years, I think. I join money leagues as well.)
2. RCL fills up. I check out my draft spot. #3! I check out the teams in the group.
3. A day later, my draft spot changes. Same teams. Something fishy?
4. Last year I noticed the same thing happened. Same teams, my draft spot must have changed 2-3 times.
5. Looks like, and I could be wrong, someone joining, then dropping the league to get the spot they desire.

I know it shouldn’t matter, but something feels dishonest about manipulating draft order. (Is it? Am I being paranoid?)

I know, I know… draft the sh*t out of the others. But I remember reading an article in the past on this site where the first 5 picks tend to have a higher statistical success then the other 7. I could be wrong.

Sorry for awkward and possibly unjustified whistle blowing…

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Joe Shmoe
1 year ago

Joe Schmoe!

Just my 0.02$. Have also been in RCLs for the same period, actually one year more. Here’s my experience.

1. 2018, drafted 8th, won my league (RCL 48).
2. 2019, drafted 8th, came in 5th (RCL 31). I used all my moves before September 1.
3a. 2020, drafted 10th, won my league (RCL 47). My first pick was Tatis!
3b. 2020, drafted 8th, came in 2nd (RCL 11).

On the matter of the draft order being set and then changing, it could be as you say, someone manipulating the system. You just have to pull up your socks and be prepared. At least 2 hours before the draft the order won’t change and you can get a few mock’s in. Still have the war room and Grey’s top 500 which is the bible in every Motel 6, he’ll keep the light on for you.

Cheers,
Ante

Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe
Reply to  Ante Galic
1 year ago

Thanks, I have too much time for conspiracy theories.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, that’s what he was saying Grey. Somebody keeps leaving and returning intil the order is more to his liking. I have seen that before.

In other news, the Razz drafts went off without a hitch. Were autodrafters that got the stars. One revamped his team, using 25 (of 50 limit) moves for the 22-man roster.

I joined a H2H league this morning because they draft this afternoon and I had nothing going until a 5:00 auction. What? Seems perfectly reasonable.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Doesn’t matter to me, either. I’ve found you can mess up your team from any slot. I had the #4 slot in each of 3 drafts Monday, and took Soto every time.

Yes, 50 moves. Try to make it as little time spent as possible to allow those fools that already have more than 2 teams to join. Did make it an 8-man bench to help out though.

david
david
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

To the best of my knowledge, the draft order changes every time someone joins the league. However once the league fills, you cannot delete your team and the draft order is therefore set in stone.

NUX
NUX
1 year ago

Maybe just wishful SAGNOF hope, but I was bumping up Locastro, after the Calhoun news.

I think I saw he tested positive recently, so that’s no good. But if no significant COVID issues, I still think he may benefit more playing time wise than Varsho in April. I have nothing to base that on at all, but with 101 ABs, I think Varsho is still a rookie? And that Snakes could do service time stuff? Right now, Roster Resource has Varsho in a LF platoon with other random OFs. But I could see Peralta, Ketel, Locastro being the OF from left to right on opening day. Would mean AssCab at 2B I think though.

There was a really great write-up in the Athletic the other day about how his teammates are rooting for him to take over the leadoff role in 2021. Obviously, we know it’s that time of the season for teams/players to be blowin’ smoke.

From that Zach Buchanan Atheletic piece that I just mentioned:

“Last season, Locastro showed some signs of figuring that stuff out. He received only 82 plate appearances but batted .290/.395/.464. His line-drive rate jumped to 32 percent from 21 percent a year earlier. He was less pull-heavy and sprayed the gaps more. He also increased his walk rate from 5.6 percent to 9.8 percent, making him less reliant on getting beaned.

With Locastro’s speed, the adjustments in his approach don’t need to be major to unlock an offensive force. Take his 2019 season. If you turn 10 of his singles into doubles and five doubles into triples, his OPS jumps from .697 to .838. “Or 20 more walks,” said Hazen, an adjustment that would boost Locastro’s 2019 OPS to .863. And that doesn’t even account for the offense Locastro would produce once on the basepaths.

“Driving the on-base independent of hit-by-pitches will transform him as a player,” Hazen said, “regardless of the power potential.” The Diamondbacks think that transformation is happening.”

And then later in the article… “What’s clear is that Locastro’s teammates want him in the lineup, and often hitting leadoff. Ahmed said he’d “love to see him hit at the top of our lineup.” Calhoun said all the cheerleading in BP was to let Locastro know center “should be his job, and to go out and earn it.” Eduardo Escobar was particularly effusive: “I told him when I retire in 10 years, if I’m a manager or a coach, I want Locastro on my team because he’s the best. He’s the guy you want on your team. He plays good baseball. He’s a smart guy. I love it. He has an opportunity in center field and hopefully is the leadoff guy on the team.”

Anyways, he was completely off my radar until recently. So I just thought it’s worth bringing him up. Love a speed demon (he is the fastest player in MLB apparently) who has that weird skill of getting plunked often.

In other SAGNOF news, my early Myles Straw call is looking even better with JBJ off the board. It’s kind of wild that the Astros would give him this job, but I’m glad that I was grabbing a ton of him early, just in case.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

*UPDATE* Locastro is asymptomatic and feeling fine according to Nick Piecoro in an AZCentral.com article yesterday afternoon. Should be back with the team in 10ish days.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

No offense Grey, but the fact that Locastro’s teammates , who play in the mlb say that locator should lead off, speaks volumes.

Thundergunn
Thundergunn
1 year ago

signing a 37 year old kazmir is the most giants thing ever

Ian desmond blurb made me cackle

I can stash 2 prospects in NA slot, It’s a 4 player keeper league. Trying to weigh guys who will be more valuable this year vs potential to keep. If you had to pick 2 out of these 4?

wander, kelenic, vaughn, jung

Gator
Gator
1 year ago

Saw Franco’s HR yesterday. The power and effortless swing reminded me of Griffey. Cant imagine he’s not called up by mid May. Who would you rather have over the next 3 years Franco or Mondesi?

Gator
Gator
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback. Thinking the same thing.

florida jack
florida jack
1 year ago

Kluber, 2 IP, 3K, faced 6 batters, nothing hit hard, topped out at 91MPH, per a scout in my section. looked sharp.

monday, Taillon, 1IP, 7 pitch inning, all from the stretch

Clyde Prompto
Clyde Prompto
1 year ago

I have so many questions about this Torkelson injury. Was the can opener a fake (something I’ve never heard of in my life), OR did he hurt himself with a tool used for opening fake cans? Follow-up: is Spencer Torkelson a plastic surgeon???

Clyde Prompto
Clyde Prompto
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hahahaha. Miguel Cabrera stuck a sign that said “CAN OPENER” on a wood-chipper and Torkelson stuck his arm into it while holding a can of Spaghetti-O’s. Classic Miggy prank!

Warren Shapiro
Warren Shapiro
1 year ago

So I gots me a Frambler…….

Anyway – some enterprising owner just offered me a 2 dollar Manaea for a 7 dollar rowdy in a 12 team al only obp auction 5×5 auction. I know you like you a Rowdy guy on your team but is a 2 dollar solid unspectacular arm worth a rowdy when his PT can be suspect?

galica123
galica123
1 year ago

Grey!!!

Superb writeup!

a. Comp problems, so sad for Hayes and Clint owners. Maybe Todd and Bret don’t last long.

b. MLB quote of the day for March 4, 2021

1. Jose Acosta, born March 4, 1891

‘(Jose) Acosta is a pretty good pitcher, a trifle small in stature, but with plenty of well-known intestinal upholstery which is sometimes termed guts. He has a beautiful curve ball and a lot of speed for a little chap, and should make a great relief hurler for the Mackmen, if he doesn’t die at the job through overwork. Acosta is a Cuban and came to this country with the invaders from the Antilles, and (Clark) Griffith has been sweet on him for some time. He acted in the relief role for [the] Nationals last year, and performed in no mean and insignificant manner.’

The Philadelphia Inquirer (01/11/1922, Joe Dugan Traded to Washington for Bing Miller, Outfielder, Jose Acosta, Pitcher: Macks’ Prima Donna Will Land in Boston, Page 16)

2. Dazzy Vance, born March 4, 1891

‘Back in Nebraska I knew a cowboy who, when he saw a horse, a gun or a dog that he liked, would say ‘Ain’t that a daisy,’ only he would pronounce ‘daisy’ as ‘dazzy.’ I got to saying, ‘Ain’t that a dazzy,’ and before I was 11 years old, the nickname was tacked on me.’

Dazzy Vance

3. Lefty O’Doul, born March 4, 1897

‘A kid copies what is good. I remember the first time I saw Lefty O’Doul, and he was as far away as those palms. And I saw the guy come to bat in batting practice. I was looking through a knothole, and I said, ‘Geez, does that guy look good!’ And it was Lefty O’Doul, one of the greatest hitters ever.’

Ted Williams in The Sporting News (1994)

4. Leron Lee, born March 4, 1948

‘I’d find myself batting against Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver. When Lou Brock didn’t want to play, they’d send me out there. One day in St. Louis, it was 110 degrees. At 11 in the morning, Lou comes to me and says ‘Give me a break today, play left field.’ I said, ‘Fine.’ He said, ‘Nolan’s pitching.’ That was great. I struck out three times on 11 pitches. The biggest thing that enticed me (to leave and play in Japan) was that I had a chance to be the No. 3 or 4 batter and play every day. I had been sitting around for seven years.’

Leron Lee in the Los Angeles Times (UPI, 01/26/1986, ‘Ex-Dodger Leron Lee Right at Home in Japan’, Source)

c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 4, 2021

‘I didn’t see Kirby Puckett as a Hall of Famer. I didn’t see Gary Carter as a Hall of Famer. I didn’t see Don Sutton as a Hall of Famer. I didn’t see Phil Niekro as a Hall of Famer. As much as I like Jim Rice, I’m not so sure he’s a Hall of Famer.’

Cheers,
Ante

183414
183414
1 year ago

Pirates

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  183414
1 year ago

Indians

183414
183414
1 year ago

If MLB had an actual Commissioner, the Oirates owner would be forced to sell the team. But unfortunately MLB has woke Boyfred as the worst commissioner of ant professional sport, and that says a lot. Certainly makes Selig look like Kennesaw Mountain Landis.

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

While my take on this is extreme and unlikely, I can see hayes starting the year in the minors. The pirates may be able to keep him from reaching arbitration until he is 27.

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

What does Pit gain by signing a carcass like Todd Frazier? You mention not playing Moran. He and frazier both can play 3b and 1b / no dh this year. I hate to say it, but Pit could be planning to play the service time game with hayes. He didn’t lose his rookie eligibility last year. While it seems crazy, the scariest part is that we are talking about the Pirates. They don’t seem to care. They could even fake an injury to hayes later in spring to stall him. I don’t mean to be negative but I have to consider the scenario.

Member Berries
Member Berries
1 year ago

Prospects showed up ready to drop bombs – Wander, Kelenic, and Dalbac all hit a HR on Wednesday. Vaughn and Duran hit one on Tuesday. This is me not mentioning TTrammel – feels like he’s 29 since he has been traded like 8 times.

I’m so hungry for baseball I’m overreacting to everything. GSanchez is back! Mitch Garver too. Alfaro and Ckelly stole a base?! Sign me up! Drafting 5 catchers. And Austin Hays who had a hr and SB aka 40/40 year coming.

I think I’m just going to use 2020 rankings.

Why wont the Angels strictly hit Ohtani? Listen, one healthy year of 450 at bats and we can let you start 10 games the following year.

Re: framber
Why I hate drafting early. Try to wait until end of spring or late March.