So Francisco Liriano didn’t exactly solidify your fantasy baseball team back in April. Well, as they might not say in China, don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Since returning to the minors, he’s pitched some decent games, but the most encouraging thing is he’s regaining his control. Right now he’s sitting at a 41/15 K/BB ratio. In most leagues, Liriano is worth a flier. Just know when he does return, you might get the obligatory crap first start, then you’ll drop him only to watch him perform well on a different team. (BTW, ever notice how weird ob- words are? Obligatory? That’s weird. What, am I being obtuse? And you probably wish you became an OB-GYN. Well, that’s obscene. High School Counselor, “Obstetrics? Don’t worry, you use a camera…” “Obscura? No, thanks. But if I ever have a kid I’ll name him, Obama.” Yeah, red states wanna send him back to oblivion. They can’t wait to read Obama’s political obit. Meanwhile, blue states are hoping he can Obi Wan their asses. Oh, boy. This bit’s obsessive. Obey Oberlin College!) Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball players to buy and sell:


Brandon Morrow – If he’s getting saves, you should be investing something. Is he better than Chris Perez? Is Chris Perez getting saves? Is he better than Heath Bell? Is Bell getting saves? I’m sure you get my drift.

Brad Hawpe – Even if you just start him against righties, he’s going to be worth it some point soon.

Khalil Greene – Rudy seems convinced the phonetically irrelevant “h” is throwing off his timing. I think it’s karma for being the only ugly mulatto person in the world. His early season struggles may just be one of the universe’s many unanswered questions along with, “Does God poop?” Either way, I think Greene’s overdue to turn it around.

Charlie Morton – He sounds like your Dad’s business associate. “Go get cleaned up. Your father invited Charlie Morton over for dinner.” “Aw, jeez.” “Don’t ‘aw, jeez’ me and put on your fancy dungarees.” I don’t know what Morton looks like, but his numbers in the minors were solid. 2.05 ERA, almost a K per inning. NL-Only leagues should definitely take a look.

Frank Thomas – Egads! When interleague’s over, The Big Hurt is coming back. He can be a fat-kidneyed harpy, but don’t let that cloud your judgment if you need home runs.

Ryan Spilborghs – Not so fast toadies, Willy T. is losing time in center for Spilborghs.


Ryan Zimmerman – Should not be on any teams. Even 10 team leagues that only use Nats player.

Homer Bailey – Maybe Ankiel can show him how to swing the bat.

Troy Percival – As soon as he comes back, start shopping him. He’s old and has already been retired once. For over a year.

Howie Kendrick – I don’t believe in guys who lack speed and enough strength to beat me arm wrestling.

Milton Bradley – At some point he will suddenly drop his ego on some part of his body and injure himself. You’ve been warned.

  1. JR says:

    I like the thought on Khalil. People seem to have given up on it. Plus, what you said about Hawpe is relevant here. Khalil has always had dramatic home/road splits (although that’s not true so far this year). As we know, PETCO kills hitting.

    The Padres have already played nine more games at home than on the road (37-28), that means they’re out of PETCO much more often for the rest of the year (53-44). If you have the roster spot (and that’s a big “if”), take Khalil and start him as a MI only on the road (just as you would only start Hawpe against righties).

    In fact, he could be the “reverse Randy Wolf.”

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JR: The reverse Randy Wolf? I like the thought of that too.

  3. wakeNbake says:

    once Santiago Casilla and Joey Devine both return, who do you like going forward for save opportunities (in case Street gets traded) and better peripherals??

  4. Steve says:

    Any thoughts on Alex Hinshaw? Me and the rest of the MR. Bs want to know…

  5. wakeNbake says:

    @Steve: I had Hinshaw for a while, but I wound up dropping him. He puts up K’s when he pitches but the reason I dropped him was because SF doesnt use him that often. I dropped him for Morrow about a week ago and It was definetely a better move. Id go with either Morrow or Taylor Buchholz if your looking to add a MR, they put up good ratios and both have a shot at closing with Putz being injured and Fuentes likely to be traded by All-Star break.

  6. BSA says:

    Well, I thought I was picking up Khalil at the right time and I have been sucking it at SS for the past month or so. High strikeout rates. Now, all I know is Tulo is on the mend and I have Alexei Ramirez to patch me over until then.

  7. BSA says:

    Crap, I missed Harang off waivers by two places on the wire. Now the only positive is that I moved up three spots because someone else picked up Furcal off waivers. Guess leaguemates aren’t as sleepy as I hoped.

  8. BSA says:

    Since I missed Harang I’m going to put Liriano on my radar and keep an eye on cueto who has been riding my bench. His game against the Cards didn’t help his case much.

  9. Frank Rizzo says:

    Had to go pick up Liriano because too many sites, including this one, are shouting from the rooftops that it’s time to add him. I couldn’t wait anymore or he wouldn’t be on my roster.

    Subject change…..Is Kinsler really this good? I have him and love the production so far but I could use pitching and I’m thinking about offering a guy Kinsler/Joba for Cano/Sabathia. Cano has to get hot doesn’t he?

  10. Zebo says:

    @everyone: is it safe to drop any or all of Nick Swisher, Joe Crede and Alexei Ramirez? They are supposed to destroy the Tigers, yet they have been something like 0 fer 27 since I picked them up off of their hot streaks.

    @BSA: does it stand for Boy Scouts of America?

  11. Zebo says:

    @everyone in the Commenters league: how do I gain access to see the draft results?

  12. wakeNbake says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Ian Kinsler is the man, and yes he is this good. Im a Yankee fan and I wouldnt even want Robbie right now, hes killing us. I could see why you waould make that deal but I also own Kinsler and I wouldnt trade him, hes breakin out in a stacked lineup.

  13. ParkCyde says:

    Nugget for Grey:

    “(Jun 10) According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Street’s velocity was down in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Angels because Street is playing with a groin injury.

    Advice: Street, who gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning, told the newspaper after the game that he was hesitant to push off his right leg. The right-handed reliever iced the area after the game and walked with a noticeable limp, but said he doesn’t think he’s headed to the DL.”

    You were pretty spot on about your “on the DL by June” prognostication. Truthfully, were you thinking about his groin? Do you think “icing the area” will really help?

  14. KarlJ says:

    The draft results are posted in the Forums in the section for Roster Rants/Raves. The Thread title is RCL Post Draft

  15. wakeNbake says:

    @ParkCyde: its a tough call who would step in as closer also, Foulke? Devine and Casilla(both comin of DL)??

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zebo: I’d bail on Alexei. He has no history. If the other guys are doing nothing but riding your bench, I’d consider the same.

    @ParkCyde: Sorry, I’m not prescient. I just know Huston Street is very injury prone. I also thought Kerry Wood wouldn’t make it until April 15th. I still think Wood’s a sneeze away from injury, but Marmol is gone in any league anyway so it’s pointless to talk about. I’d go Foulke, Casilla, Devine at this point. If they all get healthy and pitch well, I’d go Casilla, Foulke, Devine, depending on reliability.

  17. wakeNbake says:

    another closer to speculate on is B.J. Ryan right now. Watch him in his next couple of outings, hes been pretty bad and Toronto was accused of rushing him back. Scott Downs has been lights out and is next in line if Ryan’s elbow acts up.

  18. BSA says:

    @Zebo –
    When I was in elementary school I thought my initials were cool and I could tell people that my cub scout uniform had my initials and I am sure my parents appreciated the savings for boy scout sweatshirts they bought and didn’t have to pay for customizing.

    When I got to college I loved my initials because the girls thought I was still the boy scout (BSA) but I could throw the BS with the best of them so unfortunately some found out there was another nickname for BSA.

    Short answer, long – Brian Scott A

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Ha, good story.

  20. Tony B. says:

    Drop Perez for the returning Mike Gonzalez?

  21. Zebo says:

    @Grey: is it safe to drop Micah Owings for Liriano? How much longer till liriano comes back?

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zebo: I’d let Micah pitch one more start for you, his next. I’m even spotting him on a few teams. After that, let’s reevaluate.

  23. Mike says:

    Just read Rafael Soriano went back to see his doctor who performed Tommy John surgery on him because his tendinitis has prevented him from pitching since June 5th, cant be a good sign. Def add Mike Gonzalez.

  24. nick says:

    do u start figgins tonight on his first day back ? hes playing atlana’s jojo reyes

  25. Chris says:

    @ Grey: Do you think that Sean Gallagher might be worth a flier in NL leagues? He has looked pretty good in his last series of starts, and god willing, he isn’t Jason Marquis, or anyone that the Cardinals are pulling out of the junkyard.

  26. Bob says:

    @nick: I’m starting Figgy tonight. I paid fourth round value for him. Gonna cash in or die trying.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nick: Depends on your options.

    @Chris: Yes, definitely.

  28. p0rk burn says:

    Putz alert:

    “The Associated Press reports Seattle Mariners CL J.J. Putz (elbow) will not be used this weekend after he was diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow. He also had triceps tendon inflammation and an irritated ulnar nerve. The Mariners have decided against placing him on the 15-day disabled list for now. He will be re-evaluated Monday, June 16.”

    Doesn’t help me any since I was rooting for a DL stint to pick up Headley. I can’t really justify dropping Putz for a prospect.

  29. RT says:

    Start Burnett at Wrigley tonight?

  30. cockyphoenix says:

    Liriano or Guthrie?

  31. Mike says:

    @RT: I would, but it could be a risky move.

    @cockyphoenix: Obviously Guthrie now, but after All-Star break you cant ignore Liriano’s upside. Id give Liriano the edge after the break.

  32. Mike says:

    Willie Randolph is about to get fired….possibly the whole coaching staff as well.

  33. cockyphoenix says:

    @Grey: Thanks I thought that was just my orange glasses

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: They should get rid of Minaya.

  35. Mike says:

    @Grey: I agree, I live in NY and until the Mets started the biggest collapse in regular season history every Met fan I knew loved him. I couldnt understand it, all I saw was Minaya signing over priced veterans which now is killing this team with all the injuries. Look at Alou, he starts the year on the DL then comes back a months later to play one game and go back on the DL, unreal. Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee Fan.

  36. KarlJ says:

    The two signings that really left me shaking my head was giving no knees Luis Castillo a four year contract and giving Mota a 2 year deal after he was suspended for using steriods.

  37. Mike says:

    @KarlJ: your 100% right, how about the Pedro signing? I mean the guy was the best pitcher in baseball but he was aging and they sign him to a huge contract? Since coming to the Mets Pedro has been a failure because of injuries, he has given the team nothing.

  38. Chase says:

    Liriano projected stats for this year?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chase: Say 12 starts –4.00/1.15/65/6 wins, but there’s a chance for more, which is where the intrigue comes in.

  40. Frank Rizzo says:

    On the tails of all this Mets are a crappy organization talk I’m considering a big trade because I think the Mets are a sinking ship.

    I give…Wright/Crawford

    I get…Sabathia/Lowell/Holliday

    I need pitching for starters, think Lowell may be undervalued a bit but also have Miggy to play 3rd instead of 1st if Lowell busts, and I’m weak in the power categories and Holliday will do what Crawford won’t.

    I loves me some trading. How stupid am I?

  41. p0rk burn says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I don’t think thats a bad move. Miggy should turn things around enough to be serviceable (if not more), Holliday is Holliday, CC is looking like his old self.

    Wright is obviously a great player, Crawford isn’t half bad but I think he’s overrated for everything other than steals. If you don’t need Crawford’s speed you win.

  42. Frank Rizzo says:

    @pork burn: I would miss Crawford’s steals somewhat but he doesn’t seem to offer as much as Holliday does overall. I also have Kinsler, Furcal (if he ever gets healthy), Victorino, Granderson, McLouth, and Abreu for potential speed. Crawford’s hoped for boost in power has not happened this year. Lowell seems to excite no one but I really actually do like him since he bats 5th in that lineup. But if not, like I said, Miggy can be moved because I also have Connor Jackson, Giambi, and even Swisher to cover 1st. There’s a lot of decent options to play 1st.

  43. p0rk burn says:

    Putz update round 2:

    “Jun 13 John Hickey, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports the Seattle Mariners will place CL J.J. Putz (elbow) on the disabled list Friday, June 13, with a hyperextended elbow.”

    He’s DL eligible in Y? now. Act accordingly.

  44. Zebo says:

    @everyone: I am trying to send Brandon Phillips and Tim Hudson the other way to acquire Chase Utley and Jose Contreras. Will I get laughted at?

  45. p0rk burn says:

    I don’t think Hudson is so much better than Contreras that it balances out the drop off from Utley to Phillips. I’d rather make do with Contreras and keep Utley.

    Its not THAT bad . . . but I don’t think he’ll consider it.

  46. Zebo says:

    @pork burn: I have Ervin Santana, Scott Kazmir, Verlander, Harang at my disposal as well. Is it worth it for me to upgrade to Utley if I lose one of those 4 pitchers?

  47. p0rk burn says:

    Id stay put, I think the cost of getting Utley won’t be worth the upgrade. If your only 2b was Weeks then it would be worth the move. Phillips is having a surprisingly good season, ride him out.

    Others might disagree.

  48. Zebo says:

    Yea, Phillips is underappreciated for whatever reason. Grey hates him. I also have Cano and A Ram II as 2B options. I figure people always need 2B, so I am hoarding them.

  49. knighttown says:

    Two spots on the DL. Must drop one of V-Mart, Pronk or Putz or leave a spot vacant. They’ve all sucked anyway but that may be the fustration talking.

  50. cockyphoenix says:

    I wondered why I benched Hamilton then I semi-remembered that I set my lineup last night at the end of the draft. I swear I thought he was against Santana when I woke up. Next time I bench any of my stars I’ll give you a heads up so you can hit up those homers.

  51. BigFatHippo says:


    Leadoff homers by Bruce and Grady probably get wiped out by a monsoon in Ohio.

    Buddy of mine just called from there and said it’s raining so hard a catfish knocked on his door and asked for a towel to dry off with.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: “catfish knocked on his door…” — ha!

  53. cockyphoenix says:

    Ian Stewart has 2 home runs tonight. Where did he end up in the RCL?

  54. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    The Bruce Is Back.

  55. BigFatHippo says:

    He didn’t actually knock Grey, no fists you see.

    Just sorta flopped against it.

    Check out the Larry Wayne news, I may be snakebit.

  56. RT says:


    I actually sat Stewart and played Chipper. Who didn’t actually play. Ugh.

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