Good for the Mets. Seriously. No joke. They deserve to act like they’re from a big market, because, here’s the wild thing, they are. How’sever, it is shameful how Cleveland punts every year. Offsetting Browns’ recent success? Baker Mayfield? More like Baker could field anywhere on that team. Also, what’s with all the sweets going from Cleveland? Lindor truffle, Cookie…Lucky it’s Shane Bieber vs. Shane Keebler or he would’ve been traded too. Cleveland’s front office calling up teams, “We got a Double-A middle infielder named Ferrero Rocher, any interest?”

The final trade was Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco for Andres Gimenez, Amed Rosario, Josh Wolf and Isiah Greene. I’ll let Prospect Itch discuss Wolf and Greene, if there’s anything to discuss. Getting back just those two shortstops is a jizzoke. If Andres Gimenez does well, he’s shipped to a big market in three years. If he does poorly, Gimenez and Jake Bauers hit in the heart of the order for the next five years. How bad was this offseason? Teams are struggling to give away superstars. Okay, okay, OKAY! Enough vitriol on the state of MLB teams not being competitive. It’s a bore. I realize it. It just gets me so goosed up! Breathe, Grey, breathe!

So, Francisco Lindor, welcome to the Mets. You may have been born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Florida, but you will now have to accentuate whichever family member lived or worked on Long Island, no matter how distant the relative. It is a Mets narrative staple. If you don’t have anyone from Massapequa or its surrounding areas, you best make someone up. Between Stroman, Lindor, Dom, Conforto, Nimmo, Alonso, deGrom, Thor returning, Wilpons leaving–holy crap, the Mets are a fun team. This is all an elaborate plot to make the Mets’ tragic return to Mets’ing that much more devastating, isn’t it? Prior to this trade in early drafts, y’all were out there throwing away Lindor after years and years of production, due to one two-month span. Those people were giant dopes. Wanna dig into his stats? Fine, his HR/FB% was goofy low for a guy whose HardHit% and Launch Angle went up. He had a 25.6% Line Drive rate, the highest mark of his career, and his walks went up. Lindor just turned 27 years old, and if anyone’s on the verge of having their best season of their already-great career, it’s Lindor. For 2021, I’ll give Francisco Lindor projections of 112/34/87/.283/17 in 608 ABs. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Carlos Carrasco – Also, traded to the Mets. Carrasco was one of the few guys helped by a partial season. Need to get some innings in, but don’t want to go 200 IP? 2020 had exactly what you needed! Now that I’ve seen Carrasco post remarkably similar numbers to every other season in his career minus his fluky bad 2019, when he was obviously dealing with more important things than baseball — MORE IMPORTANT THAN BASEBALL WHAT — and I trust Carrasco completely to be solid again. I already drafted him, and would absolutely again, though his trade might throw some helium in the thought bubbles about him, raising his price. In the NL East and a much better ballpark, he will be the ace we saw every year of his career, except one. Also, since no one (or maybe very few) will be throwing 200 IP this year, his inability to go 200 innings in 2021 won’t hurt him either. For 2021, I’ll give Carlos Carrasco projections of 12-7/3.36/1.14/187 in 164 IP.

Andres Gimenez – Went the other way in the trade. Already gave you my Andres Gimenez fantasy. Since his trade, I upped his projections since he doesn’t have to fight for playing time in an awful lineup, but, yeah, awful lineup. Also, there’s now a real worry that he will hit so much his batting average will bottom out and he won’t have any respite from the everyday duties and do doody after doody. Lots of doodies with duties. Of course, I’m still drafting him as a middle infidel. For 2021, will now give Andres Gimenez projections of 84/13/55/.251/27 in 527 ABs.

Amed Rosario – Also, went to Cleveland. Might be the biggest value change of anyone. Well, except Yu Chang. I said that time may Chang me, but Yu Chang time… Chang had his value obliterated. Rosario went from an afterthought, who shouldn’t have been drafted prior to this trade, to being an interesting late MI. MI crazy? I don’t think so. In two 500+ AB seasons, he was rosterable in 12-team leagues, and moves to a better ballpark. Not saying he will be Lindor lite, but he might be Andres Gimenez drafted later. Call him Andres 300 ADP. For 2021, I’ll give Amed Rosario projections of 61/12/59/.256/21 in 510 ABs.

Hansel Robles – Signed with the Twins. One of my favorite images in recent baseball history is Hansel Robles pointing up to his outfielders as a ball sails out for a home run. Not once, not twice, but nearly every time he gives up a gopher ball, he points up as pitchers do, and the ball just soars away into the night. Hansel, you are an absolute goof.

Jose Alvarado – Traded to the Phils. The best way to clear up a closerfudge of a bullpen is for a team with no great closer trading or signing a great closer. The Phils did the opposite of that. They made it more closerfudgey — Closererfudge? Closerfudgier? A near-full-fledged fudge? Near full-fudged? Cougs, please send for help I can’t stop making bad portmanteaus. Alvarado would likely fit into the set-up role, but with Hector Neris in front of him, it might just become a committee. The only thing a committee ever made better is jerk seasoning, and we’re all out of seasoning! For 2021, I’ll give Jose Alvarado projections of 2-4/4.23/1.37/75, 7 saves in 58 IP.

Ervin Santana – Signed a minor league deal with the Royals. This gives the Royals Carlos and Ervin Santana. If you’re going with the offseason strategy that you don’t want to make a Santana jersey for only one person, Danny Santana is out there as a free agent.

Robbie Grossman – Signed with the Tigers. Woo boy, hot stove, amiright? The first big-money outfielder signing! By those big-market Tigers! I honestly half expect to hear the Tigers accidentally signed Grossman by looking at Robbie, saying, “Gross, man,” and they want their money back. For 2021, I’ll give Robbie Grossman projections of 61/15/66/.238/10 in 464 ABs.

Curt Casali – Signed with the Giants. Curt Casali, Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better, run, run, run, run, run, run, run–Wait a second, Curt Casali sounds like lyrics from Psycho Killer and now he moves to San Fran…Oh my God, Curt Casali is the Zodiac Killer.

 
  1. c says:
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    Man, Rosario and Gimenez are, essentially, the same player. However, the Indians seem to get a LOT of these types of profiles. JoRam was similar coming up. Here’s the mlb.com take on JoRam in 2012:

    While Francisco Lindor might be the middle infielder at Class A Lake County most people paid attention to in 2012, and with good reason, the guy who took over the job as his double play partner in June should not be overlooked. All the diminutive switch-hitter has done since making his United States debut in 2011 is hit, showing a knack for making consistent contact to all fields, not striking out and hitting for average while showing outstanding bat control. He has plus speed that allows him to steal bases and also works to his advantage defensively. Ramirez is looking like he’s going to be a very good defender at second with good hands, excellent range and an average arm. Indians fans might want to get used to seeing him alongside Lindor in the Cleveland lineup in the future.

    I think the Indians could tap into the power for Gimenez and Rosario. If they both could reach, say, 20 HR without sacrificing OBP, then the Indians could be fun.

    I wonder if the Braves will now back up the truck and trade Anderson, Waters + for JoRam?

    • Grey

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      Not sure Amed will ever have an OBP worth having, but maybe I guess… I’d hold if I were the Braves — those are a lot more than the Mets gave up — the Braves trade for JoRam would have to look like Johan Camargo for JoRam

  2. hondo says:
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    First!! I stayed up until now just so I could get that in before WilliamHung beat me to it.

    Anyway,now the Mets are talking about getting Kyle Seager.

    As a Nats fan,this might not be a fun season.Certainly less so than 2019.

    • hondo says:
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      Curses! Foiled again.
      And so 2021 truly begins.

    • c says:
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      as a Braves fan, I wouldn’t mind the Mets getting Seager. Bryant sort of scares me, but Seager is pretty meh.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with c

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you missed first by two mins

      Mets should not get Kyle Seager, that would be a step back to the Wilpons era

  3. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    he’s far too young to be the zodiac killer, however it’s likely he’s into serial killer lore and knows about what you speak.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ooh, maybe the Zodiac Killer was someone else then they forced Casali to take over when they got too old

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        yeah tag team serial killing, tag out when ya get old. classic.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    As fake Hubie Brooks and a real Mets fan, I’m 90% thrilled and 10% concerned that this will be Alomar redux or Baerga redux redux. But I don’t own of these guys.

    I do have a keeper question about guys I do own: which 5 of the following would you keep in a 5×5 15 team mixer (no penalties for draft position, no contracts)?

    Adalberto
    Corey Seager
    Kyle Tucker
    JD Martinez
    Yoan Moncada
    Luke Voit

    Blake Snell
    Lance Lynn
    Dinelson Lamet
    Josh Hader

    • Grey

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      Haha, nice

      Adalberto
      Corey Seager
      Kyle Tucker
      Yoan
      Snell

      Nice keepers — only think I can see if Luke instead of Yoan

  5. Cram It says:
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    LFGM!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      LFGM!

      • EnglishMetsFan says:
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        LET’S F*CKING GO METS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s hope the Mets don’t Mets now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, there’s real optimism in the air in Queens

      • Cram It says:
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        I feel like there is every spring. I know how this goes though. We’ll suddenly find out deGrom is injured, Conforto has COVID for 3 months, and Jeff McNeil was spotted storming the Capitol building. But I’ll stay happy in the moment while I can.

        • Grey

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          Haha, yeah, I think empirically they are just better than they’ve been in a long time

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great fantasy update report!!!

    a. I like all of these guys but especially Lindor and Carrasco. Carrasco is going after the top 15-ish so he could return dividends if you get him inside the top 15 for SP, right?

    b. Have a nice weekend or a Greyt weekend, your choice. I’ll take either after yesterday’s gaffe.

    c. MLB quote of the day for January 8, 2021

    1. Jason Giambi, born January 8, 1971

    ‘It’s a lot different when you’re down three and a guy (Jason Giambi) hits a (grand) slam. That’s pretty special. The rain was starting to come down pretty hard. Quite an atmosphere.’

    Robin Ventura

    2. Mike Cameron, born January 8, 1973

    ‘We all have bad days in the baseball field. To be able to run out there and chase down the ball and being able to compete, you’ve got to be happy. Some say the grind of the season will break you down mentally. But the way I look at it is I get a chance to run around for three hours and play baseball. I get a chance to go in my little kid’s world and have fun. The challenge of it makes it fun, and by me getting better every year that makes it more fun.’

    Mike Cameron in Baseball Digest (July 2002)

    3. Carl Pavano, born January 8, 1976

    ‘Never did I wake up and say, ‘This stinks,’ or ‘I’m so unlucky.’ Even when I went through that, I felt like I was lucky to get traded for Pedro Martinez. I was lucky enough to play in the big leagues. I was lucky enough to put on a uniform every day. I was lucky enough to give up the seventieth home run to Mark McGwire.’

    Carl Pavano in The Miami Herald (February 28, 2004)

    4. Jeff Francoeur, born January 8, 1984

    ‘Not many kids get a chance to play for the team they grew up watching. It’s awesome, a dream come true.’

    Jeff Francoeur in USA Today (Sports, 08/03/2005)

    5. Harvey Haddix, died January 8, 1994

    ‘Every once in a while a little guy squeezes in among the giants and shows he can play baseball, too. Such was the case with the diminutive Harvey Haddix, a wee left-hander who stood just five-feet, nine-inches, weighed a mere 160 pounds and in his early days was often mistaken for being a batboy. Haddix, whose nickname was ‘The Kitten,’ was no pussycat on the mound. In his first full year in the majors, 1953, he won 20 games. He won 18 the following year, and was in double figures six other times.’

    Author Rich Westcott in No-Hitters (McFarland Publishing, 02/15/2000, Harvey Haddix, Page 195)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yeah, he has been, hopefully he continues to

      B. You too!

      C. Wow, Pavano’s got some career highlights there

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Didn’t Pavano also get “lucky” with Alyssa Milano

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s his career highlight

  7. Dan says:
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    Good recap! Who do you think that the trade puts next in line for Cleveland’s rotation? Out of Adam Plutko, Logan Allan, Cal Quantril or maybe even Scott Moss? My first instinct is maybe Allan or Moss b/c no other lefties in the rotation, but not sure how the pecking order looks.

    • Grey

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      I’d guess Allen

    • NUX says:
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      Good point on the lefty thing and I do agree with Grey in that Allen prob gets first shot. I’ll be watching closely and adding Quantril if Logan Allen isn’t getting it done in the first start or three.

      Plutko wouldn’t be able to keep the job if they give him the job through the first couple of turns in the rotation. The Itch LOVES him some Scott Moss, so if he gets a chance, I’d be very interested too

  8. Rabbit says:
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    Does the Lindor trade hurt JoRam’s value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shave off some counting stats, sure — like 10 less runs and RBIs

      • LenFuego says:
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        Probably an HR or two and a SB or two as well … neither one of the new guys is an OBP guy and Lindor was, so shave off maybe 40 ABs? As a Mets fan, I am hyped about the trade, but as a Ramirez owner, I am bummed … hoping for that Braves trade!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, maybe shave a few ABs, but guys in bad lineups aren’t always bad, plus you have Jo-Ram for HRs/SBs

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    This trade also will have Degrom and Bieber pulling a freaky Friday! Now biebs will be the one with a 4-win Cy Young season.

    • Grey

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      Haha

  10. Chucky says:
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    Are you downgrading Cleveland pitching, without Lindor up the middle? Bieber, Plesac, Civale, et.al.?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not downgrading them, but I’m not drafting Bieber, and unlikely Plesac

  11. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Good morning Grey. Hope you are well. I received two trade offers for Cronenworth and wanted your take on them.

    One team offered me Jesse Winker
    Another offered Daulton Jefferies

    Accept one or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Winker is fair — Do you need an OF?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        there are a few I am looking at for my auction draft:

        Dominic Smith
        Profar
        JBJ
        Alex Dickerson
        Heyward
        Victor Reyes (Who is high in my radar)
        Austin Riley
        Jarrod Walsh
        Berti
        Mullins
        Brosseau (Also high on my radar)
        Gardner
        Markakis
        Choo
        Leury Garcia

        Thoughts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, some decent names there

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Are you asking who to draft?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            the three that are high on my radar are: Garcia, Brouseau, and Reyes

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Reyes of those 3

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                I agree in order Reyes, Brouseau, and then Garcia

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Tommy Lasorda passed away at 93

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That sucks

        • Phil says:
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          But who are your current OFs? I imagine this is a dynasty or keeper league if trades are currently being offered to you. Also, who are your infielders?

          Keep in mind that it’s still unclear as to where Cronenworth will be playing now that they signed Kim to play second, but it will probably be left field (Grisham in center and Will Myers in right).

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            then where is Pham playing?

  12. Coolwhip says:
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    Cleveland just wanted to cut calories and salaries.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like Oprah

  13. Phil says:
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    HAHAHA, I love you Grey. Your Curt Casali blurb made me die laughing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  14. Dr Sauce says:
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    Great recap and enjoying the sleeper and fantasy outlook posts, lots to unpack on those pieces!

    Realize it’s early but I am starting to think a little on my keepers for next year. For context, I play in an ESPN, 5X5, head to head, 6 player keeper (no limits, no salaries, keep for as long as you like etc). We don’t use CI or MI. We start standard infield positions, 5 OF, 1 utililty, 5 SP and 4 RP. I have worked my team and been a little lucky as top 4 keepers are Acuna, Betts, Tatis and Bellinger (obvious no brainers).
    For the last two, I’m thinking Kyle Tucker and Jack Flaherty. However, I also have Trent Grisham, Cavan Biggio, Randy Arozarena, Lamet, Sixto, Ryu and Corbin Burnes.
    Would you exchange Tucker/Flaherty with any of the previous list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Wow, you have a ton of great names — Flaherty has to be one, then I guess Tucker, but there’s so many there

  15. Dr Sauce says:
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    Thanks, I drafted well and made some good pick ups. Lots of credit to you and your writers here at razzball. You probably recognize some names that came with Grey’s seal of approval: Lamet, Grish, Sixto, Burnes etc. Funny thing, however, with that team I was unable to win (came 2nd).

    Realizing it’s early, who would be your next two keepers (so essentially Keeper 7 and 8) on that list if we were to go with Flaherty and Tucker as #5 and 6.

    DeGrom might be available for trade. Would you move Flaherty plus any name not Acuna, Betts, Tatis and Belliinger to acquire DeGrom?

    Thanks Grey, really do appreciate your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, bunch of solid names there

      Grisham, Sixto or Burnes, prolly Sixto

      No problem!

      Sure, deGrom for Flaherty/Tucker?

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        Awesome, much gratitude!!

        Draft Strategy question: If my keeper bats are Acuna, Betts, Tatis, Bellinger and Tucker, thinking I have a great start in HR, RBI, R and SB’s. Maybe a little light on batting average … so thinking I should be targeting some higher average types. Is this how you would approach?
        Last year I was light on average, I focused my draft on well rounded players like Grisham, Biggio and Tucker to join my Acuna, Betts, Tatis and Bellinger. However, my batting average suffered because of it.

        • Grey

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          Your AVG doesn’t seem that bad as long as Belly doesn’t hit for a bad AVG again, and he shouldn’t — your keepers are well rounded

  16. Rakeman says:
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    Great stuff once again! I know your thoughts on drafting a SP before pick 50 in roto leagues. Do you feel the same way in bestball where there are no pickups? Pitchers fly off the board in a 9 pitcher best ball format. Best you can often get by pick 50 is Ryu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Depends more on how deep the league is vs. Best Ball — I don’t mind Ryu as my ace in like 10 to 15 team Best Ball tho

  17. Jimmy says:
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    Hey Grey..would you drop Jose Garcia for Miguel Amaya? 5×5 20 team keeper league…my only catcher is Sean Murphy….my SS are Bo, Willy Adames and Groshans…Geraldo Perdomo is available as well…I love Amaya! Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Nah, I wouldn’t

  18. Dave D says:
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    It’s the third consecutive Grey post highlighting a player from my early Razz DC team. Go figure. This is getting predictable but I cant complain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hey, Dave, you time traveler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nice! Wow, throwback

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You are a time traveler!

            • Dave D says:
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              Yeah. That was a pretty cool show, huh? Not many people remember that one. Its kind of forgotten. It made a huge impression on me at the time.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It’s like how I can’t stop thinking about the Hogan Family 35 years later

    • Hernan says:
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      Travis Kelce and Hollywood Brown, or Tyreek Hill and Mark Andrews???, asking for a “friend”…, happy for Lindor, Boricua Power!!!!!

  19. Dong Show says:
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    Grey I know you just did a sleeper post on him (and it’s the whole reason I’m making a run at him in my dynasty): Framber Valdez, do you think he’s closer to a real life 2/3 type of arm or a backend 4/5 type arm?

    He was pretty much an afterthought on his own team last year until Verlander went down and Urquidy barley pitched thus forcing him into the rotation. That curve is B E A utiful but control has always been his issue and he still gets Hit really hard. Kind meh statcast to him.

    But he’s also the kind of arm I love to gamble on and I feel the fantasy industry hasn’t hyped his value up too much yet which is good for me I hope.

    Guy is considering my Nick Anderson (closers whatever) and Willy Adames (I have Correa and Mondesi) for Framber. That feel market value fair right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber is a 2/3 — I wouldn’t trade him for a closer

      • Dong Show says:
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        Good I wont tell my trade partner that little nugget of info then haha

        Thank you Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  20. rotisserie.jedi says:
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    HA! Title Of The Year!

    You really need to pace yourself. January Grey drops the mic!

    “Sweet Lindor Truffles and Cookie!” ROTFLMAO

    How are you going to top that?

    • Grey

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      Titles are Rudy

  21. J-FOH says:
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    Lindor to the injury factory? What’s the over/under on 400 AB’s? 300?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aren’t you a Mets fan? Maybe that’s you’re saying that tho…hmm…

      • J-FOH says:
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        I love me some Mets but they produce injuries like the pirates produce bad teams

        • Grey

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          Sound like a true fan!

  22. Zeus says:
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    Don’t forget this is still the Mets.

    All sorts of calamities could befall them

    What is funny is that most of my Met fan friends reacted to the trade negatively like Gimenez is the next god.

    Seriously though this is a great trade to go for it now while DeGrom is still DeGrom and you have a good offensive nucleus.

    Stil F the Mets. I will continue to root for them to go 0-162 every year.

    • Grey

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      Haha, yeah, but they are good on paper — but, yes, Mets will keep Mets’ing

  23. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Last year, I drafted LouBob in a keeper league for $21 ($260 budget). I can keep him for $24 this year + know he’s a stud (not concerned about his final month). That said, do you think I’m really saving any $ by keeping him for $24 vs just paying the price to redraft him?

    Currently keeping Acuna ($32), Eloy ($10), Story ($19), Bieber ($19), and Machado ($31).

    I have two open keeper spots for the following options: LouBob ($24), Clint Frazier ($4), Burnes ($4), Ryu ($17), Snell ($19), Cookie ($12), Austin Nola ($8).

    Thanks!

    PS – love the Patreon, everyone should subscribe!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly go Cookie and one of the others, prolly Burnes — you can redraft LouBob

      Thanks, Duda! Appreciate it!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  24. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I just got a very interesting trade offer.

    I would get these three prospects: Luis Matos, Nick Bitsko, and either Cole Henry or Heston Kerstad

    I give up: Deivi Cruz

    Thoughts?

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      sorry Deivi Garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That seems decent for you

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        would u make the deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if you want to flip Deivi for those guys, it seems decent for you

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            The deal changed slightly. the deal is this:

            I give up Deivi Garcia, minor league prospects Nick Yorke, and Logan Wyatt
            I get minor league prospects: Nick Bitsko, Luis Matos and Cole Henry.

            Thoughts?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, you’re overpaying now

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                what would you consider a fair deal with that trade offer

                • NUX says:
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                  Are you in contention in 2021 to try to win? Or are you trying to go so crazy young bc you think you are a ways away from winning?

                  Last year, around this time. I traded Deivi Garcia away for Jeter Downs and 2 first round draft picks. If you have to move Deivi Garcia off your team. Find the yanks fan that will overpay for him.

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Grey,

                Who would u rather have at SS Baez or C. Seager?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prolly Baez, my rankings come out soon

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    Grey just got a trade offer that I am thinking about accepting and wanted your opinion on it:

                    I give up Nick Castellanos ($35), Didi Gregorius ($22), Ke”bryan Hayes ($5) and minor leaguer Nick Yorke.

                    I get Javier Baez ($33), Kyle Tucker ($5) and two of these three prospects (Luis Matos, Nick Bitkos, and Cole Henry)

                    If so, which two prospects should I ask for?

                    • Grey

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                      Sounds decent, I’d take Matos, Bitkos

            • NUX says:
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              Is there a reason you are trying to go super young right now?

              It seems strange to trade off a guy like Deivi Garcia now that he is on the cusp for that type of package. Yesterday, I was saying to get Matos. And I do still like him. But I disagree slightly with Grey here. You can get more for Deivi if you had to move him. But you’ll get a shizz ton more back come spring training or around opening day. I’d suggest you decline. Based off of the gigantic roster you posted yesterday, league is crazy deep. So I get why some of these players need to be owned. I just think you are overpaying for them with the Cronenworth and Deivi offers

  25. Lost a good one today,. RIP Tommy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, big bummer

  26. NUX says:
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    OTC!

    My guess is you would have prob taken Solak if the guy before you didn’t just do that. I had Solak at the top of my queue but switched to Gimenez at the last second. I can’t lay off the triple elig guys. Its a big problem

    • NUX says:
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      Well done though, I did have Tandy next up myself. In a draft without you, he slides another round or two and its glorious

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, big fan of the Tandy Man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, think he was in my queue — I just realized you have my draft order now that you’re on Patreon

      • NUX says:
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        I sure do!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh

  27. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Last one for you….would you trade your Bieber ($19) + Eloy ($10) for any of the following guys?

    1. Treat Urner ($15)
    2. Soto ($14)
    3. Bellinger ($12)
    4. Mondesi ($11)
    5. Lindor ($15)

    • NUX says:
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      2:1 deal only?

      Bieber + Eloy for Soto, I’d consider that. Especially if Walks or OBP matter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Soto, agree with Nux

  28. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Yankees sign a pitcher! Jhoulys Chacin.
    Hot stove is getting fired up.
    I expect your weekend will be busy writing up that sleeper post for Monday. Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, wow, volleying right back after the Carrasco trade

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Gotta own the back pages

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, gonna be hard to bump Jhoulys off

  29. toolshed says:
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    I just read that Cleveland now has a payroll lower than Pit? I spit out my coffee and had to check. How is it possible?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to believe, but Cleveland has no OF

      • toolshed says:
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        Not sure Pit has anyone who qualifies as a major league hitter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s true, but Colin Moran is kinda interesting (only half joking)

    • Will says:
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      There are several players including Betts and Trout who wil make more on their own than Cleveland’s entire team this season.

  30. Brian says:
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    One more Betts trade offer, and this is one I think I actually might do, but wanted to run it by you.

    I was offered Alex Bregman, Eddie Rosario, and Jose Abreu for Mookie and my fourteenth round pick (it’s a Dynasty league, where each team can keep up thirteen players). Abreu would be an upgrade over Josh Bell (who I might not keep if I make this trade) and Bregman would be an upgrade over Suarez (who I could still keep or trade straight up for Brandon Lowe).

    I think I should probably do this. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re trying to get rid of a top 5 overall player?

    • Woolly the Mammoth says:
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      I wouldn’t trade Betts for that return.

  31. Brian says:
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    Welp… that helps. Guess I’ll hold. Thanks guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  32. Will says:
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    Schwarber to the Nats, one year $10 million. Soto to move to right field.

    Cubs end up with nothing in return for Schwarber.

    • Grey

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      Cubs are just packing it in, hopefully not for too many years for their fans

      • Will says:
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        LOL, yep. The commenters on the Cubs blogs are livid.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would be too

    • 10 million for a guy who hit .188, but could hit 30. Lots of big money flyin around

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ain’t my money, throw it towards all the other free agents now please

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